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2020.09.18 13:14 House_of_Suns /r/QOTSA Official Band of the Week 20: RADIOHEAD

Ah, change. Don't we all love it? Don't we all hate it? Remember moving out of your parents house and into some dingy college dorm for the first time? Getting married and having children? How about being forced by a global pandemic to live inside for literal months?
Yep. Change can be good, like the kind you find in your couch cushions. But change can also be very, very bad, like the kind of change that Weezer went through, going from indie rock darlings to a meme-driven cover band. Side note: get your fucking shit together, Rivers Cuomo. Either way, change is often divisive - and this concept is core to understanding today’s band of the week.
There is constant pressure for an artist to evolve and change their sound, to develop and create something new. Any real songwriter knows that they can’t just slap a different label on the same can and sell it back to their audience without losing the respect of their peers...unless you happen to be AC/DC, who somehow made the same album 15 times with two different singers. The pop industry’s oversaturated mess of recycled garbage is never going to be admired by critics, even though pre-programmed FM radio and tweens seem to love it.
Our very own Queens of prehistory are the perfect example of how an artist can experiment and advance their sound from record to record. Every album builds on the last one and takes their sound in a new direction. This can be both amazing AND divisive, depending on your point of view.
Today, we will look at a band that did even more. These guys went through one of the most daring style changes in music history, and came out the other side completely unscathed. They’re a shining example of how to evolve, and how to not only change your sound, but to change the very concept of rock music.
You guessed it, today’s artist is none other than RADIOHEAD
About Them
You know how music makes you happy?
This is not that kind of music.
If you are looking for a pick-me-up, for that Walkin’ On Sunshine vibe to make you bop down the sidewalk, then you need to run far, far away from this band. It is not that their music is Soundgarden-dark or Alice In Chains-dark. It is not NIN-angry or RATM-angry. Radiohead sounds like someone compressed a rainy day, mixed in two gallons of melancholy, got a distillation of being dumped by your girlfriend, and then made you watch your puppy get run over...twice. It is sorrow and regret and woe and dejection all brewed in a cauldron of gloom.
And it punches you right in the fucking feels, every time.
The band is made up of brothers Jonny Greenwood (who rivals Keaunu Reeves with his ability to somehow not age) on guitar and keys, Colin Greenwood on bass, Philip Selway on drums, Ed O’Brien on guitar and backing vocals, and the king of falsetto himself, Thom Yorke, on vocals, keys, and guitar. The five guys from the County of Oxfordshire in England all met in school. In the classic story of teenage rebellion, they got together and formed a band that no one had ever heard of called On A Friday. The band played together all through their teenage years and into university. As they cut their teeth on the local club and tavern circuit, the band got tighter and tighter. This was noted by Chris Hufford and Bryce Edge, who saw them play and were so impressed with their raw talent that they helped them record a demo tape and became the band’s managers - a position they still hold today. The demo was shopped to a number of record labels. The net result was that On A Friday was signed to a six-album deal with EMI.
Clearly, we all know and own On A Friday albums today, don’t we? Nope. At the request of their label, they changed their name to the moniker we all know now. The name was inspired by a Talking Heads tune. Clearly, David Byrne must have had a stash of band names hidden somewhere in his comically oversized suit.
The newly-minted Radiohead caught their ticket to fame with the song Creep. You have to remember that when the world were listening to Soundgarden and Kyuss and Stone Temple Pilots and Nirvana crank out amazing grungy, sludgy riffs and tunes, Radiohead rode a wave of self-loathing and awkwardness to international fame. The brilliance of Creep lies in the fact that its lyrics and its music are in direct contrast to each other. When you listen to Thom Yorke lament the fact that he is not worthy of wooing the girl he is chasing, you become sad. But the soaring major chords of the guitar pivot from one to another and create a cognitive dissonance. The music makes you feel the emotional joy of the man who fixates on his crush while the lyrics simultaneously show the soul destroying experience of his unrequited longing.
As it turns out, lots and lots of people have felt this kind of doubt and anguish. Creep was a bonafide hit and is still the band’s most successful single. It made their debut album, Pablo Honey, a world wide best seller. The band’s first international tour as an opening act for Belly and PJ Harvey saw them play the song every night to crowds who knew and sang every word.
The net result? They grew to absolutely hate the song, to the point where they abjectly refused to play it live for years at a time. The irony is, of course, that the incredible success of that one tune gave them immense freedom to experiment with their sound.
Their second album, The Bends, was no happier than the first. The tune My Iron Lung has the lyrics This is our new song, just like the last one, a total waste of time, which was a commentary on the fan’s reaction to Creep. But in a twist of fate, reviews of My Iron Lung said that it was just like Creep. It was enough to, I don’t know, maybe make your eyelid droop or something.
The Bends was released in 1995 and went platinum. Critics initially did not know what to do with it, as it was a genuine album rather than a few singles surrounded by filler. But classic Radiohead tunes High and Dry, Black Star, Just and Fake Plastic Trees can all be found here. The Chicago Tribune gave it one star out of four, and said that the lyrics were self-absorbed and the music was pretentious. Undeterred, Radiohead toured as an opener for Alanis Morrisette and R.E.M. The influence of this dark and moody album cannot be overstated. Acts like Muse, Coldplay, James Blunt and Garbage all cite it as a direct influence on them. Many Radiohead fans place it second only to OK Computer in the band’s canon.
So did Radiohead’s third album build on that kind of success?
Fuck no.
They had an amazing, world-topping single in Creep and then released an album devoid of singles.
They had a fantastic guitar-driven moody thematic album, and then completely abandoned that sound.
OK Computer is the ultimate anti-consumerist album, and it cemented Radiohead as the kings of progressive rock. One needs only listen to Stephen Hawking spittin’ fire on the tune Fitter Happier to know that this was unlike anything ever released, not just by the band, but by any band. Side note: This Hawking guy gets around, doesn’t he? Collaborating with Mastodon and Radiohead? I’d say with those unique vocal stylings, he has a bright future as a musician.
Everyone loved OK Computer...even The Chicago Tribune. It was immediately hailed by critics as the most important album since Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and The Dark Side of the Moon. It routinely makes lists of the greatest albums in rock and roll. Listening to it is an emotional roller coaster even now, more than two decades later. It foreshadows the information age and subsequent alienation that we all live in today.
Exit Music (For a Film) was originally written for Leonardo DiCaprio’s Romeo+Juliet, but the movie producers selected Talk Show Host from The Bends instead. Let Down is an absolutely haunting fan favorite that is still part of live sets from the band today. Karma Police, No Surprises, and Lucky were all released as singles from the album, and probably have helped to sell as much kleenex as they did vinyl. But the standout track on their third release was the multi-movement composition Paranoid Android. Named after Marvin the Paranoid Android from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, this song in four sections regularly appears on lists of the greatest rock songs of all time. The weird animated video cemented the song as an anti-capitalist anthem. It is a truly epic tune that drew immediate comparisons to Bohemian Rhapsody and A Day in the Life. Paranoid Android was over six minutes long and has soaring guitars and choral chanting mixed in with what sounds like an entire effects rack slowly dying by strangulation. It was the most ambitious track on an incredibly ambitious album, and critics loved every single note.
So of course, that meant that Radiohead had to abandon this sound for something entirely different.
The success of OK Computer and the tour that followed led to burnout for the band and writer’s block for Thom Yorke. When it came time to record Kid A, the band did not just take a left turn, they spun completely through a multi-dimensional roundabout. Thom Yorke set about writing the lyrics by cutting up and rearranging common sayings and phrases mixed with violent imagery and turning them into a kind of lyrical collage. In a band with four members who play some kind of guitar, they wrote songs with zero guitar lines. Thom Yorke has said that he approached his vocals on this album not as a singer with lyrics, but to use the voice more as an instrument on its own.
Since OK Computer was such a massive hit, anticipation for Kid A was high. Radiohead refused to do any promotion of the album. Nevertheless, the record company released the artwork and some ‘blips’ from the songs. The band played some tracks on tour and an underground internet market for bootlegs emerged. Three weeks before the release date the entire album was leaked on Napster.
When it was officially released in 2000, critics did not know what to make of it. Radiohead released no singles from the album. Some called Kid A commercial suicide. Others said it was confusing and aimless and self-indulgent, and the only challenging thing about the album was the very real challenge to your attention span. But history has vindicated this soaring, orchestral jazz-inspired album. Tracks like Everything in its Right Place and How to Disappear Completely and Idioteque are fan favorites. And I don’t care who you are, The National Anthem is a complete banger.
So the pattern was established: Each album was a complete pivot, and challenged their listeners to adapt to the new sound. Right?
Wrong again, motherfucker.
Amnesiac, released in 2001, picked up right where Kid A left off. This was completely intentional, since the writing sessions for Kid A had yielded too much material for one album. At one point, a massive double album - Kid Amnesiac? - had been contemplated, but the band decided to split the two. Sometimes derided as the B-Sides from Kid A, Amnesiac saw the band dive straight into ProTools and AutoTune and backmasking every single effect ever. This is blended with influences from Jazz and, presumably, whatever was on BBC World Service that day. They did release a couple of singles, notably Pyramid Song and Knives Out. QotSA fans will love a B-Side off of this album called The Amazing Sounds of Orgy which bears a striking resemblance to music from our paleolithic monarchs.
I’m not sure if you remember or not, but 2001 was a bonkers year. Kid A and Amnesiac were albums that were embracing the shift to the information age and incorporated electronica into music. But in the wake of the terrorist attacks in the US and the subsequent invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan, the entire global mood lurched from one of hope for the future to fear for our safety. Radiohead’s angriest album, Hail to the Thief, released in 2003, and captures that sense of urgency and distress. The core of the album was recorded in two short weeks in Los Angeles, with the band workshopping and completing almost one song per day. Given the complex reengineering that they had previously done on the last three albums, this was a significant shift in process. 2 + 2 = 5 was finished in just two hours.
The lyrics on the album were a grab-bag of quotes from Dante and nursery rhymes and science fiction and reflections on the election of George Bush Jr and the subsequent war on terror. Every song has an alternate title (because, well, Radiohead) and thus an alternate meaning. Ultimately, it is an album that cuts through the fog of war and is a massive critique of what the band perceived as the naked opportunism of turning real tragedy into profit (hence the album title). A little over two months before it was due to release, the album was AGAIN leaked online. This completely pissed off the band , as it was an unpolished version. The actual release was in June of 2003. And of course, Hail to the Thief soared to number one, on the strength of songs like There There and Backdrifts and Scatterbrain and the incredibly angry I Will. Critics fell in love with Radiohead all over again.
Hail to the Thief completed Radiohead’s six-album contract with EMI. This made them the world’s most popular unsigned band. But at this point, they had become too big for any one label, though many came knocking. They went on a hiatus to catch their breath and reflect on where they had come from.
Recording sessions for In Rainbows began in 2005 but stalled. The band tried again in 2006 and stalled again. The band took to the road and played the new songs live to work out the kinks. This seemed to work, because the third time the band went into the studio things started to click. In Rainbows has a post-anger clarity to it. Tunes like Jigsaw Falling into Place and Nude and House of Cards show the band had moved past their past, and were once again pioneers in the new frontier.
But what truly set the album apart from literally anything else in 2007 was the way it was released. Remember how Hail to the Thief and Amnesiac were leaked online? Well, Radiohead did what only a wildly popular unsigned band could do: they released In Rainbows online for free. They just asked people to pay whatever they wanted. This was a tectonic shift in the music industry which had seen profits spiraling downwards with the rise of single song purchases through digital platforms. Free music? For anyone? Once again, Radiohead completely challenged the existing model - just in a brand new way.
Oh, and I cannot stress this enough: Get yourself a set of good headphones and spend 43 minutes just listening to In Rainbows without distraction. It is a god damn amazing album with absolutely fantastic production. It is easily their most accessible album since The Bends.
Fans of Radiohead would have to wait another four years before their eighth album, The King of Limbs, was dropped. Named after a tree in Wiltshire, England, the album again is a shift in sound for the band (I know, I know, this is a complete shock for you). Released as a digital download, management stated that this was the most profitable album for the band out of all of them since there was no record label to feed. The songs are laced with looping and sampling and electronica. Heavy rhythms dominate and are interspersed with wind sounds and bird song. Basically, if you released this album on bandcamp, no one would pay any attention...but Radiohead released it, and it was an instant hit. The video for Lotus Flower spawned Thom Yorke dancing memes, which makes complete sense if you have seen it. It must be experienced to be understood.
Radiohead’s ninth and most recent release is 2016’s A Moon Shaped Pool. Eschewing birdsong this time, this album leans heavily into choir and orchestral and strings and chamber music to craft its sound. It is a broad commentary on climate change and groupthink. Burn the Witch, with its claymation video, is a visual treatise on the dangers of the mob and getting caught up in the moment. True Love Waits was a song that the band had been working on since 1995 and shows them at their disconsolate best.
And yes, A Moon Shaped Pool again hit number one on the charts.
At this point I am certain that Radiohead could piece together the sounds of dumping cutlery on the floor, whalesong and goose honks together with the back-masked theme from The Legend of Zelda to write a song about losing your umbrella on a rainy day...and have a number one hit. And if they do just that, I expect royalties.
What is certain is that fans are eagerly anticipating where Radiohead will go next. They are ready to embrace whatever change Thom Yorke and the boys throw their way, and don’t spend their time bitching about how the latest album from the band just isn’t as good as the rest of their discography.
There is a lesson to be learned there somewhere.
Links to QOTSA
Our prehistoric monarchs and Radiohead both have some things in common. The theme of change is absolutely one of them. Each album is an evolution (or revolution ) from what has gone before, and some of the fanbase can find this challenging.
Interestingly, both bands recorded songs called Burn the Witch, and both are indictments of groupthink. Josh’s version states, There they are, the mob it cries for blood, to twist the tale, into firewood.. Thom Yorke sings, Red crosses on wooden doors, and if you float you burn, loose talk around tables, abandon all reason. Written at different times by different artists, both explore the same theme with different sounds.
Josh has not been shy about how much he loves Radiohead. He has stated, “Not everyone is Radiohead. You’re talking about one of the finest working bands in the world…In Rainbows? I think it’s fucking awesome...it just comes out of a jam and keeps moving, and little things get stacked on top of what we hear before something else gets taken away, you know? It’s very cool. We were in New York when we heard the first single, and we were like shit, they’re haulin’ ass, that’s awesome.”
Both Homme and Thom Yorke have worked (albeit at different times) on the trip hop / alt rock band UNKLE. Yorke appeared on their second album, Psyence Fiction, lending his vocals to the song Rabbit in Your Headlights. Meanwhile, Homme played on their third album, War Stories. In particular, Josh sang on the song Restless, which is a certified banger.
Their Music
Creep -- over 421 MILLION views, incredibly popular, and hated by the band and hard core fans.
High and Dry -- Of course it ends in the rain.
Just -- Just an amazing video that tells an amazing story. Does anyone else still wonder what he said? In my opinion, I think he must have disclosed the reason why kids love the taste of cinnamon toast crunch. This knowledge is too much for mortal men.
Karma Police -- Let’s take a drive, there’s no way that could end poorly.
Paranoid Android -- I hope this makes you want to buy a purple toque, and not a g-string pouch for your family jewels.
Let Down -- Live in 2016
Everything in Its Right Place/Idioteque -- Live in 2016
The National Anthem -- A fanmade video with a cool visualizer.
Pyramid Song -- If you told me Boneface had a hand in this video I would believe you.
Knives Out -- This acid trip will give you nightmares about the game of Operation.
The Amazing Sounds of Orgy -- This sounds like it is right off of Lullabies to Paralyze.
2 + 2 = 5 -- Disclaimer: there is no actual math involved.
I Will -- Live in Paris
Jigsaw Falling Into Place -- All helmet cams, all the time (all the time)
House of Cards -- Apparently this video was shot with one of those pin things that you press against your face.
Lotus Flower -- So. Many. Memes.
Burn the Witch -- A low flying panic attack.
Show Them Some Love
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2020.09.18 13:11 nyawinga 28[F4M] Kenya/Anywhere African lady looking for friendship and possible romantic partner

I love dad jokes and silly puns, the cheesier the better. Most people would describe me as funny and even-tempered. I don't get offended easily. I love animals especially cats and penguins.
I'm 167cm, curvy African woman. I'm an atheist but if you're religious it's not a deal breaker. I'm working on improving my overall health through intermittent fasting and low impact exercise. I believe there's always room for improvement as long as I love myself through the journey.
I'm a home body so this lockdown situation didn't change my lifestyle much. I love listening to r&b, soul, hip hop, Afro pop and Afro soul. Music is a universal language so I'm happy to discover new genres from different cultures.
I'd love to meet someone I can always be open with and who understands my weirdness. I promise I'll understand yours. I'd prefer someone age appropriate so, 28 years old and above. I'd like someone who really wants to get to know the real me and enjoys deep philosophical conversations (not just surface level trivia about each other). I'm politically liberal so I eschew traditional gender roles. I believe relationships work when there's mutual respect, partnership and companionship.
Dating in a conservative society can be tough especially as a childfree woman. I feel like the odd one out. I don't want to be with someone who expects a Proverbs 31 woman while considering themselves the perfect, strong head of the family. So I decided to cast a wide net. I wouldn't be interested in someone who fetishizes black women or treats me as an experiment. Also I am not a gamer at all. If gaming is extremely important to you, (it's great don't get me wrong) I'm afraid I don't get it
So anyway I'm looking forward to giving this a shot. I know the long distance can be scary to some people but I think for the right person it's possible. Since travelling and socialising is at a stand still anyway I don't see what we have to lose. Once things get under control we can close the distance whichever way that works. Let's not put the cart before the horse. Let's get to know each other.
I'm willing to share sfw pics if you'll reciprocate. If you're interested I prefer reddit chat but DM anyway if you're not on the app. If we get along well I'm open to voice or video calls even sending audio messages if that's your comfort level.
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2020.09.18 13:08 Michaelboy670 Looking for a good build that'll run multiplayer games at 144fps / 1080p

>**What will you be doing with this PC? Be as specific as possible, and include specific games or programs you will be using.**

* Primarily discord running in the background since I will be playing with friends. I mainly play Fortnite, Valorant, Overwatch, Warzone, and some indie games. I don't mind running single player games at a low FPS just because I don't need the FPS advantage that is mainly for multiplayer games.

>**What is your maximum budget before rebates/shipping/taxes?**

* $1000 USD if possible, willing to spend extra if anything.

>**When do you plan on building/buying the PC? Note: beyond a week or two from today means any build you receive will be out of date when you want to buy.**

* Around mid/late October.

>**What, exactly, do you need included in the budget? (ToweOS/monitokeyboard/mouse/etc\)**

* Just the towePC itself.

>**Which country (and state/province) will you be purchasing the parts in? If you're in US, do you have access to a Microcenter location?**

* I live in the Nothern Mariana Island which is a US territory in the Pacific Ocean, therefore I have no access to a Microcenter as I will be purchasing online.

>**If reusing any parts (including monitor(s)/keyboard/mouse/etc), what parts will you be reusing? Brands and models are appreciated.**

* I have all the peripherals needed, so don't worry about that.

>**Will you be overclocking? If yes, are you interested in overclocking right away, or down the line? CPU and/or GPU?**

* I don't plan on overclocking.

>**Are there any specific features or items you want/need in the build? (ex: SSD, large amount of storage or a RAID setup, CUDA or OpenCL support, etc)**

* I don't know what RAID, CUDA or OpenCL means, so I just need a good amount of SSD space, preferabbly 1tb, I plan to add more if necessary.

>**Do you have any specific case preferences (Size like ITX/microATX/mid-towefull-tower, styles, colors, window or not, LED lighting, etc), or a particular color theme preference for the components?**

* I like a mid-tower case, I prefer a black/gray theme, some RGB would be nice but not too much.

>**Do you need a copy of Windows included in the budget? If you do need one included, do you have a preference?**

* No need a copy of windows.

>**Extra info or particulars:**

* As mentioned, I just want to run 144+fps at 1080p, nothing to fancy. Intel/Nvidia build. If necessary or recommended I'd love the CPU to be AMD
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2020.09.18 09:29 Captainhedges 23[M4F] Online/anywhere. Hopeless romantic looking for something special.

Hello there, people. I’m bad at intros so I’ll go directly go to the details.
I’m a multidisciplinary art student. My majors are sculpture, painting, and photography. I also play guitar. I jam by myself or with my friends from time to time. Mostly lead stuff. Physically, I’m 6’1. Average build(ranging from dadbod to fit). I have dark brown/almost black hair. Hazel colored eyes. I have a beard. My hair is almost full manbun length. I try to dress well. I used to have a style blog.
Interests: I love podcasts, tv series, music, travelling, art, film all that. I am a sucker for classical art. I consider myself a creative person. Not very imaginative tho. My favourite podcast is the joe rogan experience. Favourite shows are rick and morty, bojack horseman, breaking back, dark, and many more. I love rock, metal, classical, and indie music. My favourite bands are gojira, soad, radiohead, poor rich boy( a local indie band). Also did I mention how much I love art? :3 My ideal date plan would be to visit a museum or an art gallery. Mention that in your text so I know you read this. About you: Please me over 18. Mention your age, hobbies, and also send a picture of yourself.
https://www.instagram.com/p/BiugrndAOdh/?igshid=1gksqnszooe2i
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2020.09.18 09:11 DWSeven Help and advice needed to complete build (CAD$1,500)

What will you be doing with this PC? Be as specific as possible, and include specific games or programs you will be using.
Mostly gaming and day-to-day use, specifically I would love to play Cyberpunk 2077 with maxed settings (and other recent titles, as well as upcoming ones, obviously). Haven't fully settled on 1080p vs 2k vs 4k. I'm also very interested in 120 FPS for the added fluidity, and I don't know what kind of resolution can be reasonably expected with my budget. This is one aspect where advice is very welcome.
What is your maximum budget before rebates/shipping/taxes?
Around $1,500 CAD. Not a hard limit, and obviously I would love it if it cost me less, but let's start in that ballpark.
When do you plan on building/buying the PC? Note: beyond a week or two from today means any build you receive will be out of date when you want to buy.
ASAP. Severe issues with my current build, and having a really tough time troubleshooting and isolating the cause. I suspect my motherboard is dying, and as it's a ~5 year old build finding a replacement mobo would be difficult and expensive, and wouldn't be worth it at all.
Which country (and state/province) will you be purchasing the parts in? If you're in US, do you have access to a Microcenter location?
Purchasing from Quebec in Canada, but I could buy from other provinces without issue. Or even from the US, but I would avoid that if possible (longer shipping, surprise customs fees).
What, exactly, do you need included in the budget? (ToweOS/monitokeyboard/mouse/etc)
If reusing any parts (including monitor(s)/keyboard/mouse/etc), what parts will you be reusing? Brands and models are appreciated.
Are there any specific features or items you want/need in the build? (ex: SSD, large amount of storage or a RAID setup, CUDA or OpenCL support, etc)
Going to merge these questions for simplicity.
Build first draft (without the monitor): https://ca.pcpartpicker.com/list/BFHJFG
Will you be overclocking? If yes, are you interested in overclocking right away, or down the line? CPU and/or GPU?
Most likely, yes. CPU is a safe bet even if I just stick to the manufacturer boost clock. GPU unlikely, never done it before and the fact that I can't choose the cooling solution makes me wary.
Do you have any specific case preferences (Size like ITX/microATX/mid-towefull-tower, styles, colors, window or not, LED lighting, etc), or a particular color theme preference for the components?
I already have the case which is black with red LEDs for the fans. I guess it'd be nice if the rest matches, but I don't care too much. Definitely don't want to pay extra for RGB.
Do you need a copy of Windows included in the budget? If you do need one included, do you have a preference?
No, I already have a license for Win7/Win10.
Extra info or particulars:
Nothing that comes to mind at the moment. Thanks for taking the time to look at this.
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2020.09.18 08:53 JEG-MaL-82 I (16M) have had a bad experience my early high school and late middle school years

 I don’t think I’m old enough to talk with all of you. I mean I can barely drive on my own (I do actually have my license). Sorry off topic, I had a “girlfriend” even though I wouldn’t call it dating because I mean it’s middle school. But it had basically everything from saying I love you to each other to even the cute little names. Now the first year of this was AWESOME!!! I mean she was funny and great, this began to change with time. She started telling me things like “you don’t deserve me” and told me that she would be dating other people, of course knowing this is like 8th grade they didn’t like her the same way I did. So she came back to me a lot, this was getting normal for me even though I have bad jealousy out every hole in my body. But wait there’s more to this, this sweet christian girl I knew and went to church with had things I didn’t know. She had many personalities (which I will talk about if I can even remember this) and fantasies about me and her to the point that I get scared around her a year after we have broken up. It’s been two more years (I’ve spent 3 of my 15-16 years of life with her) and things start to escalate. She start telling people I was a no one and literally kissing other people (yeah this is really showing my 16y.o. relationships). I don’t think I brought this up but I have explosive anger issues, to the point where I basically black out and like wake up with no idea with what happened. It went dark and next thing I remember I get called into the office at school. I have the biggest headache I’ve ever had, and when I talk to the principal I realize what I did. I had gotten so angry that I literally SLAMMED MY HEAD INTO A LOCKER! All because I got angry over her. This eventually ends with us breaking up, or if I want to be truthful her leaving me for a senior that we both knew and went to our church. It’s not the most dramatic relationship but I hope I get someone to snap out of something they think is the normal. About that personality stuff, maybe some other time if this thing blows up or something idk. I’m not one for adding on to stories. So TL:DR I get angry over 3 year relationship and slam forehead into locker in blind rage. That’s about it. 
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2020.09.18 08:43 makmugens Just Felt Nice To Write It Down...

I think if I was honest with myself, the root of my depression is a fear that always prevented me from being open, sociable, and taking chances doing what I wanted at the risk of failure. I suppose it also stems from the idea that I was better than I was and that my life did not come to reflect this belief. It also comes from the world not meeting my ideals and expectations of it...because the world doesn't have to.

In terms of failure, my life is a series of jabs and hay-makers. Little deaths and big spills. Things that chip you down till your to afraid to even speak for fear of looking stupid and irrelevant. I've always admired people who seemed to have grit as a basic quality. When things get too hard for me I tend to give up. I worked with engineers and tech and watching them go through a problem...it killed me that I didn't have what seemed so basic to other people.

Can't say how many relationships I've ruined. Friends and potential loves. I did stupid things out of fear. Fear of being inadequate. Of being seen as empty, of being ultimately rejected for what is inside. Nothing. I would pretend to be exciting and worldly and this and that... All acts. All except the actual desire to be those things. All desire, but no courage. I'll tell you this... The one point I knew I would never have a love was when I was dating this girl and a friend of hers walked in and a smile I never saw before broke out on her face. It wasn't cheating or anything, it was just pure...something. As if she was instantly and deeply elevated by the persons presence. It was then I understood that I would never be able to make a woman smile like that. I couldn't bring a person that type of happiness and there would always be someone else who could do it better. That moment was years ago. I never even tried to date since then.

At the moment I'm staring down the rest of my life. I'm one of those people who don't believe in an afterlife. I don't see a grand purpose in life- whether I am where I am or managed to become king of the world- what does it really matter in the end. Still...I like to write. I know that. I always write. It's not even a conscious decision- it feels like I write by instinct. I couldn't stop if I wanted to, and I've tried a few times... I started writing fiction, but real life seems more interesting. Depressing...but there's a niceness about finding out how bits of the world works.
I think I'll die alone. And I wonder on that moment when it goes black. I always think about it- I been thinking about it for a long time. That moment. And the line between life...and nothing. What is the point of it all?

Ah well. This is me, so far. Perhaps there is a better future, but at the moment I'm sort of just waiting to die and looking out the side window as I drift through life.
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2020.09.18 08:28 Retrogratio Time to leave my consoles, hoping for some help on finalizing this build!

https://pcpartpicker.com/useTepasta/saved/#view=zNgZwP
I stole this build from someone else who had around the same budget as myself. I'm still not sure what video card to go with, and I have about $500 left in my budget. If you can recommend a video card in that ballpark, or even changes to the build I'm all ears!

What will you be doing with this PC? Be as specific as possible, and include specific games or programs you will be using.
What is your maximum budget before rebates/shipping/taxes?
When do you plan on building/buying the PC? Note: beyond a week or two from today means any build you receive will be out of date when you want to buy.
What, exactly, do you need included in the budget? (ToweOS/monitokeyboard/mouse/etc)
Which country (and state/province) will you be purchasing the parts in? If you're in US, do you have access to a Microcenter location?
If reusing any parts (including monitor(s)/keyboard/mouse/etc), what parts will you be reusing? Brands and models are appreciated.
Will you be overclocking? If yes, are you interested in overclocking right away, or down the line? CPU and/or GPU?
Are there any specific features or items you want/need in the build? (ex: SSD, large amount of storage or a RAID setup, CUDA or OpenCL support, etc)
Do you have any specific case preferences (Size like ITX/microATX/mid-towefull-tower, styles, colors, window or not, LED lighting, etc), or a particular color theme preference for the components?
Do you need a copy of Windows included in the budget? If you do need one included, do you have a preference?
Extra info or particulars: To clarify, I'm not final on the parts in the pcpartpicker link from above. But if you think the build is good, I guess all I'd really need is a recommended video card. I am okay with changing the parts in the list as long as I have around the same amount of storage, ram, and hopefully don't go over my budget of $1450. I hope that all made sense. Any help would be VERY appreciated, this is all still new to me.
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2020.09.18 07:57 IrocDewclaw Kinda fits here. Customers who changed your life.

I want to know if a customer ever totally changed your perception of the world.
So me 1st I guess.
This is gonna be long, so buckle in.
The date is somewhere in the 1970s and I'm in my Jr year of highschool and pull a teacher for my American Lit class everyone has warned me about. A Mr. ****
Now Mr **** is known to be an old school hard ass, but also a....character in 1970s terms, suspected looks around Gay.
A small man, about 5' 5-6" and 135-140lbs Mr **** a sharp dresser, from 1950, and very refined. Think, English Butler crossed with Southern Plantation mint julip drinking pretentious Gentleman slight in size and a little effeminate in nature.
The girls loved him...safe, we guessed. Guys hated him....worried, and unsure I guess.
His curriculum consists of several reports of college level work with full footnotes and sources, about 3 a quarter.... And my favorite....100 word spelling tests every Friday.
I hated this man.
During all this misery I was forced to endure, I had to listen to how much fun this jerk was having with his "friend" Bobby. So many Bobby stories. Bobby had been his friend since grade school. Bobby was so much fun they did so many fun things together. Bobby was successful and took him on trips and had been his friend forever.
Ok, we get it. You got a boyfriend named Bobby.
(I couldn't have been more mistaken)
I was forced in his class both my jr and senior yrs of Highschool. I hated his class, but passed , graduated and went on with my life...No more Bullshit, no more Mr. ****
Started College, took a few jobs after high school to, you know...pay bills.
Jump ahead about 2 yrs and I'm working as a bartender in an local Italian Restaurant, still new and slowly being introduced to each regular when they come in, cause hey, treat these guys better cause they buy alot of booze sort of thing.
One night I'm introduced to a regular who've I've yet to encounter....and its Mr ****. Oh! Shit. I hate this guy.
Of course he remembers me as a former student and asks stuff you'd expect to be asked by a former teacher, how you been? Whats happened since school?...ect
Over the next few months though, I get to know Mr **** a little better. Karl (yea thats his real name, really Mods @ this point it doesn't matter I used his name) turns out Karl happens to be a really nice guy, fun to talk to and have at my bar. Many, many stories of his times growing up, many including his friend Bobby. You remember him right?
Then Karl disappears, gone for several weeks.
He doesn't come in the bar, no one has seen him.
Then one busy Friday night, a big black stretch limo pulls up to the front door of the restaurant and the driver gets out to let his passengers out .
I watch as 2 of ....uh...2 women of very high class status climb out....followed by....Karl? They walk into the bar area.
Now, I'm not stupid. I've seen women of....questionable means before, but these girls were of the $10k a night questionable means. Their shoes cost more then I made a month. The Fur coats...I'd have mortgage my house. We are talking BIG BIG BIG money here.
The girls head to the ladies room, Karl comes up to the bar. Orders his usual and a couple Old Fashions for the ladies.
I'm curious as hell, but try and play it cool.
"Missed ya Karl, been a few weeks"
Yea was on vacation, took a trip.
"Really? Where'd ya go?"
"Well, Bobby and I actually went white water rafting down the Colorado River"
"Really Karl? That sounds like fun."
"Yea it really was, rafting then camping along the river you should go sometime .'
Silence
Silence
"Damn it Karl! What the fuck? You don't just pull in here in a limo and 2 hi class hookers without and explanation!"
"Whats with the girls? I thought you are gay!"
Karl looks at me, and a smile crosses his face.... "I'm not gay, tho I've heard that before. I'm as straight as you are."
The limo, the girls, they were a gift from Bobby for being his friend and spending a couple weeks together.
Me: "Really? I always just assumed you were gay and Bobby and you were a couple."
Karl with a grin on his face asks me if I'd like to see a picture of him and Bobby. So hell yea.
He pulls a picture out and hands it to me. Its the 2 of them, arms around their shoulders in front of their raft and the Colorado river.
It takes a second.....a couple of looks......it can't....no...I look at Karl and he reaches out and turns over the picture. On the back is hand written:
To my longest and dearest friend. Bobby. Under that a signature that matched the picture
Robert Redford.
I don't know what got me thinking of this other then realizing just how much of an actual influence on my perception of people this man had on me. It was a shame just how long it took me to realize his influence.
I wondered what happened to Karl over the yrs and a google search proved my fears.
Karl passed several years ago and tho I hadn't seen him in yrs it hit me in the feels to see he was gone.
I don't know if he was telling me the truth but the memory of the Character of the man I knew doesn't allow me to think otherwise.
Finally, just in case the very rare Chance of Mr Redford or someone from his staff seeing this....
If true, Please relay my condolences to Mr Redford on the loss of his dear friend . He touched more lives then he knew, and influenced more then he expected.
He is truly missed.
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2020.09.18 07:52 Disastrous_Horse_44 Ghosted after dating for a year and half...

THIS IS LONG BUT TRULY WEIRD! Part two is funny and I will post soon.
This is baffling to me even right now, happened early July. To give you some background, I met this guy through Bumble and we talked for like a month and a half before we met in person. He was super shy when we met (I am super not, friends describe me as awkwardly charming and chatty) but had the most beautiful smile, there was just something about him that made me want to continue to see him. I don’t think he said more than five things the entire time we were there - a Mexican restaurant for dinner but I was so nervous that I downed two Dos Equis (as did he) and filled up on chips and salsa - I also had learned from experience that it might be really, really awkward (as Bumble/Tindeetc.) app match dates can be, so I had eaten a light dinner ahead of our dinner date ha.
So we finish up and leave and he’s super sweet, wants to walk me to my car because it’s a huge parking lot and pretty dark. I had just gotten a new car (like three days prior) so I was still learning which car to look for, the car is a dark charcoal color, it’s dark outside, I was a little tipsy (I’m a cheap date) and I’m nervous/anxious because I don’t want to look like the total idiot I am starting to look like because guess who can’t find her car? I swear we walked every row around that complex (there were multiple restaurants clustered together, called Legacy for anyone in the DFW area) before I could find my car. For some reason the alarm button on my remote wouldn’t work, so I couldn’t set the car off and just easily find it. We walked that parking lot for at least 20 minutes, I was mortified. I felt so stupid!
On the way back to my apartment, I’m kind of laughing at myself and thinking about what a mess I am, and that I probably wouldn’t hear back from him but not even 20 minutes after our date ended, he texted me! He asked if I wanted to meet at a local sports bar to watch the Stars game (I’m a big hockey fan), to which I excitedly said yes.
Thus begins a cute relationship, he’s super sweet and kind of shy - the type of guy that seems like he’s been burned before by a previous relationship and a bit nervous to open up, no problem I’m patient. We went to the Dominican Republic together, Colorado (twice), Padre (twice), Austin, my family’s ranch, a few other spots that were meaningful. Our first big trip was to the Dominican, here is where I find out that he is a total dick when he drinks whiskey. In my experience, most men are total dicks when they drink whiskey. One or two drinks, cool no problem but more than that, guaranteed there will be a problem over nothing. He would get SO jealous over absolutely NOTHING. If he was drinking whiskey, it would get us in trouble. We went out to a bar with friends and there was a skee ball game, I was playing with a girlfriend while my boyfriend and his buddies were right behind us at the bar. My machine wasn’t really working, it would show a score but not the right one and then just turn off, whatever, I’m playing this game and having a good time right? Let me note it’s SUPER loud in this bar, like you had to yell at the person next to you to have a conversation - typically I hate bars like this but I was having fun and pretty tipsy and down for whatever. The manager walked over and put his hand on my back (not in a weird spot, like my shoulder) and leaned into my ear (because it was so loud) to tell me the skee ball machine I was on wasn’t working and gave me a few drink tickets as reimbursement. Boyfriend must have seen this interaction and gotten a VERY different impression. He walked up to me almost immediately after and said we should go somewhere else and I said okay, as we are walking out he says for me to go ahead with his friends that he’d be right there - he picked a fight with the manager of this very popular bar that we liked to go to all because of nothing.
I tell you this to give you some context of how exhausting the jealousy thing got. Another time, he came home from work and I was at his house (I work from home) and I had showered earlier and dried my hair and whatnot, I have really thick hair so I usually turn the shower head to the high pressure water setting to get conditioner out of my hair. Instead, boyfriend thinks this means I have had someone over to take a shower with? Because I had also done the laundry, like washed the sheets because guys never do that and it’s gross. So dumb.
Fast forward to May 2020. He goes on this annual bear hunt in Idaho with his best friend, basically they sit in below freezing temperatures eating survival packets of food waiting for a black bear that never comes. They went in 2019 for like 5 days I think? And boyfriend drove to a spot to get service every single night so he could call me and tell me they were okay and to tell me goodnight - his best friend he was hunting with didn’t even do this to check in with his wife! So I felt really blessed and thought I was really lucky to have found someone so thoughtful, yeah the jealousy thing was annoying but in time we could get past it, right? Wrong.
So this year at the bear hunt he told me he just didn’t have service and talked to me maybe three times total during their 10 day trip. They spent maybe 5 days total hunting and the rest of the trip getting wasted in local dive bars. Boyfriend is an Instagram addict and I can see he keeps logging in, it shows on the message part of Instagram when the person you messaged with was last “active.” So I call him out on it and ask what’s the deal, he says he just hasn’t had service but needs some space - again, I know he’s lying about having service but he asks for space and he’s on a guy trip so okay, I’ll respect that (but it’s just SO different from how he was last year on the same trip!). When he gets back, things are totally fine, he’s himself and sweet and we are good. Then Covid hit and he lost his job - a job frankly he hated and bitched about 24/7 so I thought it was a blessing in disguise. He was super committed to finishing the neighborhood he was working on and then was going to look for a new job, but now I figured he could find something else that he actually enjoyed and sooner! Hallelujah I don’t have to listen to him bitch about this job anymore, I was always supportive and listened but it was starting to wear on me.
Then it’s July. Boyfriends twin brother is getting married in another state. I have epilepsy and in the state of Texas, if you have a seizure you can’t drive for three months after. So my boyfriend had to do all of the driving, which was already pretty normal because 1. I’m a horrible driver and 2. He prefers to drive anyway - we go to the wedding in the other state, everything is great and we come back a couple days later. I don’t have my car so I need boyfriend to take me back to my place. But each time he was supposed to take me, something popped up or there was something going on, this went on for like a week. So we’d been together for nearly 18 days in a row at this point without a break, which was a lot for us. He also had a roommate and his best friend (the bear hunting married friend, who ended up divorced) was partially living at the house too. So I get it, it was a lot of people under one small, very old roof. I could have ubered home, but it was going to be like $100 and money it really tight right now for me. My friends were all working and I was sort of stuck.
My cousin was getting married sometime in the beginning of July (can’t remember the date) but it was like a week or so after we returned from Colorado. We for some reason are asked to go to the rehearsal dinner, we aren’t in the wedding but hey, sounds fun we will be there. Well the only thing to drink was Bud Light or the house made Margaritas (Joe T Garcia’s) because we were in like a entertaining location, not the actual restaurant. I hate Bud Light, Margs give me heartburn but fuck it I want to have fun. I think I had three of these margaritas (if you haven’t had Joe T’s, these are superrrr strong margaritas, not for the weak, like me) so I’m teetering on drunk when we leave, I’m feeling awesome-sauce! I will admit that liquor historically has allllways made me a bit feisty, especially if I’m with a boyfriend. All was well until like a block before we got to his house, he said something super racist and I can’t even remember what he said but I bit his head off over it. We are 28 years old, grow up. So now when we get to the house I’m still pissed off - I shower and go sleep in the guest room after crying for like 45 minutes (I know that was a dramatic overreaction on my part, I was drunk and I don’t drink often, still was stupid of me). The next day we both apologize to each other but boyfriend is trying to back out of going to the wedding altogether. Wtf no. He was at the dinner the night before, I asked if I could bring him because there wasn’t a “plus one” on the invitation, so it would have been really inconsiderate for him to be a no show. After going back and forth allllll day, we go to the wedding. He doesn’t even want to stay for the first dance, which I really wanted to, I love dancing at weddings, especially family weddings because I am a terrible dancer and it’s family so I don’t care! But no. We leave because “my best friend is at the house and my roommate is home and they are having so much fun and I want to be there too wah wah wah” so we leave the wedding and drive the hour back to his house. Next morning he was supposed to drive me home - instead popped up at like 9 am, zipped out the door with the guys to get breakfast and to go play golf. He doesn’t get home until like 6 pm...and he is wasted. I’m annoyed but whatever, I figure he can just take me home tomorrow, but no he wants to take me home right now - which I live 45 minutes-ish away, he’s drunk so no way am I letting him drive all that way. His friends are even telling him it’s not a big deal. Instead, he throws a temper tantrum. So I call my Dad last resort) to come get me. My boyfriend is fuming because I won’t let him drive me, I won’t let him pay for an Uber (he had already spent so much on all those trips and now he didn’t have a job) and now my Dad was on the way to pick me up. So he gets his dog, his best friend and they just get in his truck and are about to leave without saying a word to me. I walk outside and he’s about to back out of the drive way, I hold up my hands like “what the fuck are you doing??” And he came inside while the dog and the friend waited in the truck and just stared at the ground, I have never seen so much anger in someone’s eyes. And that was the last time we spoke!
He literally didn’t respond to any texts, any calls, any messages on social, NOTHING. He finally texted me and said I could get my stuff and move out on this date or this date and that was it!!!
What kind of person does this?? I was nothing but good to him. Did his laundry, cleaned his house, made dinner for him and all his buddies, I went hunting for the first time with him, tried golfing, I feel like I did everything I could have done to make him happy but clearly I didn’t. He told me that he loved me, I believed him at the time but now I feel like it was all bullshit. If you love someone, how can you totally ignore them for months? Their calls and texts telling you how much they love you and miss you and don’t know what is happening but want to fix it?
Part two I will post soon. I let my crazy show a little bit. I still didn’t get any answers but I did get some sweet satisfaction.
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2020.09.18 07:50 iamcag07 Interracial Dating Advice

Interracial Dating
I hope this is the right sub for this. I’m looking for advice on this situation, as I’ve Googled and come across a variety of opinion pieces and maybe there is no perfect answer... but... here it goes.
I (31cF) met Chris* (32cM) on Match.com. I sent him a heart and he responded asking me about one of my crazy travel stories on my profile. We talked constantly for days and finally agreed to meet up for a date at a Speakeasy outdoor pop-up.
It was amazing and we connected so much: flirty, but he was so respectful of space (and social distancing, haha) as we did meet online. It felt like a first date in high school. We only stopped talking when they were clearly beginning to close for the night and we were the second to last ones there.
The next day, I met up with some girlfriends for brunch and talked about my amazing date. Of course, they were excited their workaholic friend had found someone and immediately wanted to dissect his profile and see photos. So I passed my phone around and they all one by one cooed and sighed over his cheesy dad jokes, how ge spoke about his work ethic and passion, and of course his lopsided sweet smile.
Until my friend Denise* saw my phone. And she said, “Damn, all you cute white ladies always take the good ones.”
Chris is black (his parents are from Jamaica). And so is Denise (her parents are from the American south).
And one of my friend’s made a joke that I am actually technically brown (I’m Latinx). And Denise responded, “Girl, you know what I mean. If he were mine, this dude and I could raise some strong and beautiful Black babies.”
She was playful through it all and told me she was so happy for me. I reached out to her personally to follow up, and she just texted me back that I should read an essay by Jill Scott which would help shed a light on how she’s feeling. Also, that she loved me and would support me as a friend.
On one hand, I totally get where she’s coming from. We’ve been friends since college and I have heard her dating struggles and how important it is to her she find a good Black man. All these hopes and dreams that I could never wholly “get” but I can understand enough to support.
On the other, Chris is his own person and who knows why he likes who he likes. But he likes me and I... up until brunch... really liked him.
It’s been almost a week now, and he keeps nudging for a second date. But... I just feel myself pulling away. Not because I don’t like him - I really do - but because I feel like I am stealing something (or in this case, someone). Or I just feel like I’m ruining... whatever it is.
Any advice or insights would be much appreciated and heartfelt. ❤️
Edit: *denotes name change for privacy
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2020.09.18 07:47 BarneyBuckley Journey to Skull Island (My Story)

Journey to Skull Island (My Story)

This is my story based on the actual journey to Skull Island!
Introduction
Not so long ago, on a tiny island in the middle of the ocean… This island is nowhere to be seen on any man except for one special map. In order to get to this map they will have to go through trial and tribulation justifying the map and once they find the map it will take them to an island that is full of incredible creatures and will test ability to survive on the silent. This entire story is based on certain events and battles that are done on this island. The island is full of crazy unimaginable creatures we have gigantic dinosaurs such as the V-Rexes who are the main predators on this island there is only one threat to the gigantic creatures and then again the V-Rexes are a threat to him as well. One of the largest and known dinosaurs is called Apatosaurus you will see this on the island. There are giant slugs and spiders I live on the island. There are gigantic huge bats that live on this island.
We also have velociraptors run around and stare and run down dinosaurs as well. The most unique thing about this island is a gigantic spiders that are on this island this is a unique part of the story as well. There is also a huge gigantic prehistoric snake that eventually fights King Kong of this day is over 100 feet long and at least 25 feet thick around this thing is huge. This immense threats that this 25 foot gorilla has to deal with his got his work cut out for him and that is why he has become vicious and as a tenacious attitude and is extremely strong and is capable with his own strength of destroying anything he gets his hands on. His name is King Kong. So sit back and following through the many adventures and terrifying events that we go through once we go to Skull Island.
In Search of the Map
The crew of an archaeological expedition has been pondering about the existence of a map that could lead them to a mysterious island that is not located on any map to man. It seems according to legends and talk that there is an actual map that could lead to an island that is located somewhere 12° south and 78° east and it is located off of Sumatra, Indonesia.
Unfortunately many people have traveled those roots and have not seen no such island. It is rumored to have been said that this island is constantly underwater and above water and disappears underneath the water every few thousand years but never has been seen by man. The archaeological expedition as led by Jack Prancer who has a degree in archaeologically and has been studying fossilized units and dinosaur findings for at least 20 years now. He is followed by an excellent crew of his who also helped him in discovering new dinosaur findings. New bones and new species. He has always been fascinated with the fact that there might be an island that I could actually use it exists that of dinosaurs. Real dinosaurs! This is why he wants to find that map or if that map actually exists.
Jack is having a conversation with his second in command who is and has been by his side for better part of 10 years now so they know each other quite well and they know each other's intentions and he does know that Jack wants to find that map. His name is Samuel Harper. He too has been studying archaeology and also has attained a degree in archaeology but from a different University.
Jack-"Now Sam you know I want to find that map right? I just need to know where to start to look for this map."
Sam-"I do understand Jack and I also understand your need to learn and find out the truth about the so-called island that they call Skull Island."
Jack-"Yes same I have been trying to find this map in the last 10 years and as frustrating as it seems I think I am getting closer to making a connection and finding that map!"
Sam-"Jack I am with you all the way on this and if you do find a way to get to that map I'm right behind you because I am just as excited as you are and intrigue and hopefully this island does exist in what's on the island is yet to be known!"
Meanwhile Sam and Jack are diligently working there archaeological find out in the date which is located just southeast of Sumatra clear out in the middle of the desert. They're digging at what seems to be an underground mine or possibly a buried pyramid. They continue today as the rest of his crew are digging diligently and working very hard to get to the entrance of this mine or perhaps a pyramid.
It would be two days later they suddenly found something metal as they banged on it as a clear understanding dirt away they realize it is a door and they begin to clear the door completely free of dirt. Jack and Sam and over to the door which has a special locking key. In order for them to open this they need a special key and around the neck of Sam was a key and chain that was given to him by his late mother. The story to this key is his mother was an archaeologist and he followed in her footsteps and she gave him the key for keepsakes and it was the only thing that she ever gave him before she passed away. She never explained what he was about all what it was for, but suddenly he put two and two together. She was an archaeologist and it was a key.
Jack looks straight at Sam and looks down on his chest were the key is and then looked back up at Sam and Sam knew exactly what he wanted so without hesitation he pulled a key authenticity Jack.
Jack-"Is it really that simple you were given a key by your mother was an archaeologist and has been recorded to have not here and found some things and I believe this key might be a connection."
Sam-"All I can say is my mother gave me that key and for what reason I do not know but she did tell me you need to hang onto this comes one day you might need this. They didn't make any sense at first but today it does and I'm hoping that it is as simple as you say it is!"
Jack takes a key walks down the staircase to the door looks at the key and then looks at the slot in the door and carefully insert the key into the door turns into the right and the door starts clicking as you hear the tumblers drop. Jack's hand is shaking because it is possible it might have opened this door in his notes on was on the other side and he is completely excited with anticipation. Jack grabs a handle twisted to the right and it opens the door. He pushes it however it is very hard to push open because the door is extremely thick and heavy and possibly there is dirt and rock behind it stop you from opening.
So Sam and a few others push on the door hard and eventually it opens all the way up. They step inside and the first thing that happens is they get a whiff all the extremely old air that was sealed inside for so many years. They had inside and there are torches that seem to be already saturated with some kind of oil so they grab one and use a modern-day lighter and invited up and then light up with these as it lights up the hall in a work their way down to the main cavern. Which leads them to a table that is made of complete stone and it has hieroglyphics of Skulls in what looks like natives worshiping a giant gorilla.
They studied the hieroglyphics and see a pattern that possibly the map is not too far behind or is it. They look at the top of this table and the notice a box which is made of stone and it has a giant skull on top of it and then look at the box carefully to make sure there is no booby traps. You never can tell especially inside one of these things and as ancient as it is is always that possibility. Jack walks up to the box put both hands on the box and literally opens up the box with hesitation of course he then immediately let's go and steps back abruptly, but nothing is happening so we carefully walks back over to the box and he looks down inside and sees what looks like possibly a map but it is made of a special material it feels like skin, but it could be a leather material that the map is made up. He carefully grabs the map and immediately he gets an eerie feeling that something terrible is going to happen. He just senses it!
Jack-(all teary-eyed) "Sam I think we found it!"
Sam-(smiling) "Jack I believe you have! Are you excited now Jack!
Jack-"Guess What Boys! Guess Where We Are Going Boys! We Are Going to Skull Island!
Excited at their findings immediately step out of the pyramid or mine and immediately close it up and let anybody else's knowledge Jack gives them the order to bury back over. By doing this they are covering their tracks because from this point on there that I need to watch themselves because possibly there are people looking for the same thing so Jack is being very cautious right now.
Beginning of a New Journey
Jack and Sam and the rest of his crew would travel like three days to get to their destination. They are coming from the tip of Florida in a travel across the Atlantic Ocean which would take them three days then it would take another five days to travel along the coast of Africa in another additional four days from the tip of Africa to pass Madagascar straight to the Indian Ocean to reach its destination as they finally do reach Sumatra here is where they jump on board the steamship they call "the Bellecourt" Jack and Sam and the rest of the expedition are now getting ready to board the ship and she is a steamship that is roughly 250 feet in length she is pretty big for her size and for that year.
The captain of the ship is not that Capt. Mongo and he has been writing her for about 15 years and it is his ship because he finally purchased her and is very hesitant to that these archaeologists take her to unknown regions. After much debating they finally convinced Capt. Mongo to head full steam straight to coordinates 12° south and 78° East. With the map in Jack's hand he hangs on to this as if it were life changing and if he were to lose it would be the end of history. So he only looks at when he needs to and that he puts it back away in the small special metal box that he has hidden in his room for now. They would travel for additional two days and in this general area is where they would need to locate the island.
There are quite a few islands located in the general area of Sumatra and to find this particular island is like finding a needle in a haystack. They use a map to guide and throw any finally reach a destination where according to the map is where the island should be however all they see is a blanket of clouds which is kind of funny because normally the clouds are at sky level these are particularly at sea level. It is possible they could be releasing gases. Jack and Capt. Mongo discuss their situation and have to make a decision to actually travel blind through these clouds. They argue…
Capt. Mongo-"Jack I will not put my ship and my crew at risk for your greed! No way will I do that!"
Jack-"Capt. Mongo you need to listen to reason I need to know if the island is on the other side of this blanket of clouds!"
Capt. Mongo-"I told you Jack and not risking my crew for you!"
Jack-"Capt. I need you take a chance and hopefully we can get through this without much of a problem. I think this blanket of clouds is gas coming from the island so it houses don't think it's going to be hectic as we go into it is a great possibility they might send out until we get to the island if there is an island back there!"
Capt. Mongo-"All right we do this my way! We will venture into this cloudy substance, but we will do it at my pace and we will be careful! Do you got me Jack!"
Jack-"yes Capt. I do. We will do it your way! Thank you very much for your understanding and patience!"
The Bellecourt steams back up and head straight into the clouds but in a very slow pace and as they progress in it would be more like a half hour into it everyone is nervous because it feels very eerie because I can't really see anything. The Bellecourt steams on and eventually the clouds start to dissipate and thin out as they see a clearing up ahead they see something absolutely horrible as they see the island does exist in the first thing that they see is the gigantic mountain that resembles a Skull. The Bellecourt steams into position and as it is going pass on the jagged rocks there are certain carvings that seem quite recognizable to that of a giant gorilla or something that is warship on the island. It doesn't look like skulls it looks more like a gorilla.
The Bellecourt assumes position just 500 feet off of the shore of the island and the man prepare their equipment and their boats and they load them up and lowered into the water and proceed to row towards the shore. They start rowing to the shore when suddenly something huge was swimming by they don't know what it is but they are looking all around themselves frantically. Suddenly it swims by again and the crew begin to panic. Then there is a sudden calm there are three boats out on the water looking frantically and then suddenly splash directly out of the water comes a gigantic sea serpent it comes crashing down on one of the boats killing everyone in that boat.
The other two boats start rowing frantically as they managed to escape unscathed. They finally make it to the shore and they stand on the shore as a see this sea serpent just wondering around the Bellecourt. It is not harming the Bellecourt because it is too big but it is swimming around the ship as if he was going to do something to.
Crew Member-"Holy crap did you see that monster!"
Another Crew Member-"I don't think we can safely say it's a monster it is a prehistoric creature and it does resemble that of Elasmosaurus which is similar to a plesiosaur. Except it is a lot larger.
Jack-"I see that we have more than we bargained for if that is the first of the creatures that we are going to say that we need to definitely watch ourselves."
Sam-"I have to agree with you Jack I think we living in a world of dinosaurs now and that's a crazy shit!"
The men get their gear and they pack up and head into the islands once they break the first barrier of trees they are totally amazed at the architecture and other eroded monuments that are on the island. It is something that man has never seen. What they see is an extravagant populace culture it seems that the structures are of Peruvian culture. As they look around they notice very large rock formations that represent housing as well as theory statues of skeletons embedded into walls and a gross amounts of stick formations that are wrapped around these housings and there it seems that the state formation is a form of protection against something huge.
Among the most amazing of all the features that they see on this island, so far is a gigantic wall that stands around 75 feet tall and it seems to wrap the entire island. The thing is the way it is built it seems like it's holding something back on the other side of that wall. Now what is behind that wall we would soon discover really quickly here?
The Inhabitants
While Jack and his crew were checking out the entire structure on the island as well as the Great Wall which apparently will be holding something back but we do not know what it is because the doors that are leading to the wall are apparently close off on the outside to prevent something from inside coming out. Suddenly one of the cruel men see something dark and it is moving in a corner of one of the old Peruvian buildings. It apparently looks human however they distorted their body using certain mortification is to alter their body in a way. The crewmember carefully walks up to the native of the island and tries to lure her out because it is a female around 12 years old and eventually she eases her way out, but not too far from the building. Just so the crew can actually see what she looks like and one I mentioned body mortification you can see the eyebrows are peers with what looks like a very sharp bamboo toothpick like apparatuses.
They also have very gray colored pupils which honestly does not make any sense or how they got those pupils like that. Some of the high ranking natives do were headpieces that are cropped with feathers from: birds and their skin is very dank and very dark and oily. It seems these islanders or natives don't have the capability to stay clean and dry in this environment. Because of the lack of hygiene it seems the majority of the natives have a lot of chipped teeth so they look very wild in nature. Most of the natives their hair seems to be in dreadlocks that are very nodded and woven with what looks like yak hair. The last thing I want to mention is some of the higher ranking natives are wearing scrolls over there for heads and skeletal bones of small animals or possibly human we do not know around her neck. It seems these islanders have been here for quite a long time and have grown accustomed to their ways. They cannot speak any, language just moans and grunts.
Eventually we start seeing more natives as they grow comfortable with our presence, but at the same time they are very cautious because it's the first time they have seen any other humans on this island. The crew are not prepared or do they know how to interact with these natives as the natives begin to be very restless. The nervousness takes over as the natives suddenly rush off and hide to avoid any further confrontation with the crew. The crew suddenly looks around and they cannot find one native as if there were no natives on this island and all. This is how well they conceal themselves.
Into the Jungle
It is obvious Jack and the entire crew will no longer be associating themselves with the natives on this island because they are hiding from them because they just don't understand what they are aware they came from. So they make their way up to the wall which seems to wrap around the entire island with no way in except one gigantic two section door. It seems to be fastened and held back by two gigantic logs that slide across through hinges that go halfway across the door on both sides. The natives carefully peek at the see what the crew is doing as the crew climbs up to the level of the door locks on both sides six men on the side as they grab the logs they pull hard and they slide across easily because they are raised with some kind of heavy oil for lubrication. Jack and Sam make their way down to the basement door…
Jack-"Okay Sam when we push these doors open and as far as I can say this island is extremely huge so we need to stick together!
Sam-"yesterday I definitely agree with you that we deftly need to stick together! Because there is no telling what's on this island or with beyond these doors sort of speak!"
All six men three on each side of the two-sided doors push hard in the doors do swing open as they carefully walk in and they look around in case of any impending danger, but so far it looks safe so they grab their equipment and they head straight into the jungle. As they are walking into the jungle they noticed the vegetation as well as the trees are very different from what they've ever seen. One of the crew members is a paleontologist and has studied the plant life as well as the prehistoric bones so he has a great background in what certain things are. He starts popping off these crazy names of certain plants that he says do not exist today. That is setting the man in a different town they are already starting to be a little intimidated because now in the back of their mind their thinking possibly it could be like dinosaurs on this island.
They moved further and as a paleontologist notices certain trees he again says they are prehistoric in such and such an age. The crew listen but move on. As they venture into the jungle in the back of their minds they are wondering if there are any creatures of the ordinary on this island. They would soon find out that the creatures on this island or anything, but ordinary.
They make their way up to this to a range that is surrounded by heavy dense forest as well as huge stones that the men can look over and see a gigantic waterfall that leads down into a very green vegetative forest. It's an absolutely beautiful site. As they are looking they are hearing voices in the back deep in the forest where they came from the turnaround and wonder what is coming. They are petrified when they see a 25 foot dinosaur that resembles a Tyrannosaurus rex however this dinosaur is a lot heavier in muscle and has a gigantic huge head with a lot of huge gigantic teeth. It is bigger than a T Rex in weight distribution. This dinosaurs called a V-Rex which is called a Vastatosaurus Rex. It's easy crew and immediately started running after the crew and the crew runs towards the waterfall and they are cornered by this Vastatosaurus Rex at the same time they are looking over the waterfall because it seems to be the only way out.
They look down the waterfall ...
Sam-"Jack would you want to do here!"
Jack-"I think the only thing we can do is jump over that waterfall and that's a good 300 feet down. Whether we survive or not we are going to find out real fast!"
Sam-"Okay Jack just give us the word and we will jump!"
Jack-"On the count of three we all run and jump directly into the waterfall and hopefully we won't raise down into the rock down below!"
Crew Member-"Are you fucking crazy I am not jumping down that waterfall!"
Sam-" You will fucking jump or you will have to deal with this big guy. It's your choice you can stay here and he can have you for lunch or you can jump over that waterfall!"
The Vastatosaurus Rex carefully stares down all the crew as his mouth begins to water because it is lunch time for the Big V as he lets out a mighty roar and he spreads his legs so he can get ready to charge and snap up the crew for lunch.
Jack-"one, two, three, go, go, run!!!"
They run as fast as they can and without hesitation they jump directly into the waterfall falling directly down 300 feet into what they think is shallow water, but it is deep enough to save them however there are rocks and one of the crew members jumped in the path of that rock and smash his entire body on the rock below and now the entire pool of water below is turning red because his body is completely smashed and busted open. They managed to swim out of the water to the side as they look on as the one crew member did not quite make it and they grieve. Eventually they move on to their next destination what is in this lower Valley we do not know.
The Lower Valley
Jack and Sam and the rest of the crew are slowly venturing into unfamiliar territory again and this time there is no telling whether going to run into. It venture into the shallow part of the forest and they come across a very tiny field which is as high grass and it looks very peaceful, so Jack and Sam agree they will rest momentarily in this area. They break down food and drink as they rest for about a half hour. While they are resting they are hearing a distant cackling they can make it out but there seems to be several of those noises coming from the corner of the field. One of the men stands on a rock that is in the area and is checking out the area where they hear the cackling. He notices that the grass is moving rather rapidly something is moving in that corner and is moving very fast towards them.
The field has grass in the area that they are in is not as high as the grass going out ward as they hesitate they look on and they notice the strange looking dinosaurs that stand about 6 to 8 feet tall they resemble a Tyrannosaurus rex on a lot smaller and it seems they have feathers going down the top of their head to their neck. This is a strange creature is something they've never seen before. For obvious reasons. The paleontologist steps up and says no my friends we need to get here now they are velociraptors and they are predators and they are far worse than a Tyrannosaurus rex because they hunt in packs and the unique thing about these creatures is there very cunning and very intelligent. When you think you only see one they will attack you from the side this is how smart these guys are. We need to get here now. We are going to need to run extremely fast these guys are very fast and the thing is we need to get up in trees to avoid these bad boys otherwise we will not make.
The main thing is we have to climb trees and get up these trees as high as we can and there are trees directly behind us, so lovely turnaround and stray feathers trees and you climb them as fast as you can and get above that at least 12 to 15 feet. The men are scared as they're not sure if they can find this trees fast enough. They turnaround very slow and then suddenly they run as fast as they can straight up the trees. Two of them were a little overweight and could not climb as they struggle to find the trees velociraptors cut them to shreds and had been for lunch. One of the velociraptors because they have great jumping prowess literally leapt in the air while one of the men was climbing a tree and jump on the man with such impact that he crushed his head and he fell to the ground.
While the rest of the crew look on as they hang on for dear life in these trees. It would seem like hours before the velociraptors would eventually leave because they are he had enough to eat. So they left and was never seen again.
Gigantic Arachnids
By now the entire crew is extremely exhausted and afraid for their lives. They are at the point they are panicking now so it is up to Jack and Sam to calm them down.
Sam-"Okay then I know we've been through some serious trials and tribulations right now and we just lost half our group, but I think I need you guys to focus and try to put your fears aside so we can keep exploring this island."
Jack-"I thought there was some mystery to this island, but honestly I did not expect this and I know each and every one of you did not expect this."
Sam-"You guys need to understand this is no longer an expedition is a fight for survival. Not knowing we are dealing with a lot of dinosaurs in this "Lost World" fucking island."
Jack in the crew are traveling deep into the jungle now as the vegetation is starting to change to more rocklike formations in the eventually start traveling through a cavern which is very high and there is no way to climate however we need to get to the other side we will have to walk to this cavern.
Jack-"Okay men were not to break out the flashlights. Because we going to go to this cavern because there is no other way around this. I just hope for all our sakes that there is nothing crazy in this cavern."
Crew Member-"You are driving us crazy! This is such bullshit, and to think I was curious about this island and honestly I just want to get off this fucking island!"
Sam-"You my man. You need to calm down. We will get through this!"
The men turn on the flashlights as a walk into the cavern it has a very sulfuric smell. This is probably because the actual cavern is made out of a limestone. As a walking through the cavern the eventually do see a light about 1000 feet in front of them. As they are walking they are hearing shuffling noises. Like something is crawling on the ceiling and on the sides of the walls, so they point their flashlights in the areas that they are hearing these noises and they are seeing gigantic looking centipedes they have to be at least 3 feet long. They were huge.
Now scared again the men start walking a little faster however before the entrance there are an extreme amount of large arachnids crawling all the walls on the ground and on the ceiling they stopped. They watch the arachnids very carefully as to hope they are not poisonous. The arachnids are yellow and black in color and they stand at an average of at least 3 feet high they have extremely long legs.
Jack-"Men these arachnids are not overly aggressive as far as I can see if we tread lightly and walk very slowly we might be able to get out of here without being harmed by the arachnids."
Nervous Crew Man-"I don't know! I think we’re going to get it here. I just don't know! This is just crazy I want to get off this island!"
Sam-"We will get through this guys! You have to believe that there is a higher power! If you stick with me and Jack we will get you through this!"
The men carefully walk extremely slowly, so not to attract the arachnids. They inched their way through the tunnel and they are about to leave the entrance of the tunnel when suddenly one of the arachnids jumps on one of the crewmen's back and he begins to panic. Rifles suddenly light up as a fire on the arachnids and shoot like two or three of them while they are running. The one crewmen that had the arachnids jumped on his back he shakes and shutters and eventually shakes the arachnids off and starts running. They all make it through the cavern with no serious damage and the crewmen that got attacked by the arachnids he is okay he did not give bit he is just scared! Everybody gets their shit together and they journey further on into the island.
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2020.09.18 07:26 JagdKitty DISCREETOFFICESERVICES.COM... Chapter 1

(OBLIGATORY WARNING: The novelist in me is raising its head and I will be exploring this story line from time to time as well as writing other chapters in my Carol thread. Not every post in DOS.COM will have the expected steamy sex that readers on a site such as this expect. I hope you will still enjoy this and further chapters as they appear.)
My phone rang as I stepped from the train onto the platform. My commute from the suburbs to the city had ended in its predictable way. The call from Mom to catch up on my life since yesterday. Because I was always up and away from the house before mom and dad were awake, the morning phone call took the place of the conversations we used to have over breakfast before school. The usual pleasantries followed. (When was I going to look for a job better than being an office temp? A job that offered benefits and security...) She'd just begun to express wishes that I find a guy (I wasn't getting any younger... Grandchildren would be nice to have around while she was still young enough to enjoy them...), at that point, pleading being in a hurry, I hung up and checked my messages to make certain I knew the correct time of my first appointment. I had plenty of time so, stopping for coffee, I walked the short distance to the apartment I kept in the city that my parents knew nothing about. I'd been giving serious thoughts to moving out of my parent's house and to the city. I was almost 20 and two years out of high school. At the point of my life where most girls my age were in college, married, working and living in their own place or all of the above. Money was no longer an issue, but... But, the city was less than an hour's ride by train from our suburb. If my mom knew I had an apartment she would be dropping by at all hours of the day and any day of the week. I'd never be able to keep my secret a secret. Instead, I lived at home in the bedroom which had been mine since I was sleeping in a cradle. Mom and I still rode bikes together. Shopped together. Gardened, talked and watched weepy-eye Lifetime/Hallmark movies together. To keep Mom happy I even went out on dates occasionally. Dad? Oh, he huffed and puffed and bellowed like an elephant wondering, 'when are you going to leave the damned nest so your mom and me can have some damned peace and quiet around here!' Then, on Saturday mornings after falling asleep on the couch during a late night binge of watching the afore-mentioned weepy-eye movies, I'd find a blanket covering me and Dad making a huge breakfast while bellowing, 'eat you idiot and put some meat on those skinny bones so you have the energy to find your own damned place and leave me in peace!' Yeah, I've had Daddy figured out and wrapped around my little finger since I took my first steps. Thinking of steps, I looked at my watch and increased the pace of mine. Two blocks from the train stop I pushed open the doors of the brownstone building my apartment was in. Checking my mailbox first (empty) I ran the stairs for the cardio. On the third floor landing I met Danny heading down. A junior in college, Danny lived in the apartment below mine. Jeans, t-shirt and looking delicious as always in a rumpled way. I knew he had a little crush on me and wanted to ask me out. School work, part-time jobs, lack of money and a bad case of shyness kept him from asking. Exchanging heys, I was several steps past when I heard him stumble and almost fall with the thud of a bookbag hitting the steps echoing in the stairwell. Grinning, I tried very hard not to laugh. I just knew he'd turned his head to check out my butt and had tripped. I stopped on the landing above his and watched as he fumbled for his dropped bag. "You ok, Danny?" "Ahh, yeah. Just clumsy, I guess. You know," Danny changed the subject by pointing to my coffee. "It'd be cheaper to brew coffee instead of going out to buy one every morning." I'd made up the story of going out for coffee when Danny had met me coming in as he was going out once too often. "I know. I guess I just like the taste." "Hey, Olivia," Danny said as I was turning to go the remaining steps to my floor. "Thanks. I know I haven't mentioned this but, having someone as quiet as you above me, I mean, living in the apartment above mine, it's really great. I saw the hardwood floors when I moved in and I was afraid that I'd be hearing the clump, clump, clump of footsteps at all hours. How someone as big as you can move so quietly, well, when I'm trying to study it really means a lot." Since the reason I was away and not in the apartment at night would be too hard to explain I just took the compliment with one reservation. "Someone as big as I am?" "I meant as tall as you are. You're nowhere near fat! You have an incredible... I mean, your body is totally... Ahh..." The laughter I'd kept in earlier bubbled out and I took pity on the shy nerd. "It's fine, Danny, and thanks for the stammered out almost compliment. I gotta run to get to work on time but score an A on a test for me today." I had a corner apartment on the top floor. No clumping footsteps above me to have to put up with. Closing the door behind me I tossed my bag and keys on the table beside the door and breathed in the sweet smell of privacy. This was my first apartment and although I didn't spend much time here, it was still mine. All mine! I could decorate it the way I liked. Paint the walls the colors I liked. Buy furniture that I liked. I could even run naked through all the rooms. Cook in the nude. Throw caution to the wind and even fry bacon in the nude! Tried that once. Hot bacon grease spattering out of the skillet had me grabbing for an apron very quickly. So, ok, probably wouldn't fry bacon in the nude again but the important point was I could if I wanted to. Going to the bedroom, I stripped and tossed all my clothes onto the bed before opening the doors to my closets. The outfits I wore to and from home was for dad and mom's benefit. The clothes I kept here in my apartment were my real work clothes. Shopping in stores I'd never be able to afford on my pay as an office temp had filled my closets with beautiful clothes. Knowing who I was meeting, I picked out a backless, black dress and held it to my front. Shaking my head, imagining what my dad would say if he saw me headed out the door for a date in a dress this short and without a bra, I laid it on the bed. Hose, garter belt and panties, also black, joined the dress. Stooping, I surveyed the choices I had in heels and picked my ash colored Christian Louboutin's. Unlike many of my friends who exceeded 5'8", I liked being tall. Unless I'd had another growth spurt I was still just over six foot tall in my bare feet. The four inch heels of my Louboutin's would elevate me to over 6'4" and the client I was seeing this morning liked tall women. With wardrobe picked out that left the proper handbag to complete the assembly. Transferring what I'd need from the department store handbag I'd brought from home to my ash colored Celine handbag I kept here took only a minute. Earrings and rings I was wearing were removed and laid on my dress from home where I couldn't help but remember them. My watch was the only indulgence I allowed myself to wear home. It was exhausting enough to remember to remove and leave behind my 'city' jewelry. Luckily, my parents wouldn't know a four thousand dollar Cartier Rose Gold watch from a ten dollar watch from Wal-Mart. Checking the time before removing it I headed into my bathroom to shower. My actions this Monday morning would probably confuse almost everyone. But, there was a perfectly logical explanation that I hoped I'd never have to use. You see, a month after graduating high school, I actually was working for an office temp agency. Living at home to save money while trying to decide ja oder nein (three years of high school German) on the whole college question. I'd finished working for the day at the job I'd been sent to and was in front of the building trying to flag down a taxi when a lady had approached, handed me a card and offered me a job if I was interested. DISCREETOFFICESERVICES.COM... The address on the card she'd handed me was in the same building where I'd just worked but on a different floor. Inviting me upstairs to her office, she'd poured coffee and... ****************** "Discreet? Sounds like you work for the CIA or something," I joked, setting my purse down beside my chair and accepting the coffee mug Marla offered me. "Or something," Marla replied with a small smile, sitting in the high backed, reclining leather chair behind her desk. Holding her coffee mug in both hands she leaned back in her chair. "I've noticed you working in the building this past week. You're a very pretty young lady. Head cheerleader and Prom Queen in high school, I bet." "Thanks for the compliments." I felt the heat of a blush on my cheeks. I'd never felt comfortable accepting compliments for things I'd been born with. After all, how much credit can you take for being the recipient of a lucky arrangement of bits and pieces of genetic code? "But you lost your bet. Cheerleader, yes, but not the head cheerleader and I got enough votes to be a member of the Queen's Court but not the Prom Queen." "If I lost, then you won. I've got a job offer for you. You see, ten years ago I was sitting in a chair much like the one you are sitting in now and looking across a desk very much like this one. I was being offered the same opportunity I'm offering to you. Different office, different city, of course, but the offer was the same." "And in just ten years you worked your way up to being the boss? Or CEO, or whatever your job title is? You must have been very hard working." "I was. Also, the job I was offered, and am now offering to you, has sort of an expiration date. You either move up to management in a few years or you leave the field entirely. Eight months ago I chose to move here, open my own agency and move up to management." "Well, you must be doing something right. I mean, your office décor cost thousands! I measured an office to help order furniture for a new Vice-President of a company I temped at. I looked at the catalog they were ordering furniture from so I know a little about how much furniture like this costs." I reached out to run my hand over the smooth surface of her desk. "Solid walnut. Probably cost more than I'll make in a year on my salary." "Very perceptive. So, in a nutshell, let me make my pitch to you. Out there," Marla began with a graceful, encompassing wave of her hand. "Out there in the city, there are hundreds, thousands, of successful men and women. They became successful because of long hours of hard work. Long hours of hard work which left them exhausted and with few opportunities to enjoy the fruits of their hard work. "They had little time or energy to socialize, to date, to meet new people, to fall in love. Some of them remained single. Some settled for 'good enough'," Marla said with air quotes. "Most of my target demographic are in their middle-to-late thirties. All of them well off financially and tired of being single. Tired of having settled for 'good enough'. "They're out there looking for the excitement that was denied to them when they were on their way up the corporate ladder and not so well off financially. Unfortunately for them and fortunately for me and perhaps you, a leopard doesn't change its spots so easily. They are still stuck on that corporate treadmill. Long hours of hard work is all they've ever known for so long that getting off that treadmill seems impossible for them." Marla shrugged her shoulders to express bewilderment at the idea that people would voluntarily work so hard. Rising from her chair, Marla walked from behind her desk to the chair beside mine and sat. "But... Isn't there always a but? But now they have corner offices and private secretaries. Very large bank balances. Huge stock portfolios. Plush houses or mansions in gated communities. Expensive cars. And the damned fools are still working over a hundred hours a week! Now that they have everything they once thought they wanted, the idiots still can't stop from working themselves into an early grave. "But... There's that 'but' again. But humans want excitement, crave intimacy. Since my clients seem incapable of relaxing and taking the time to go out and find that intimacy, I provide them with intimacy. Any type of intimacy they desire, when and where they want. Do you understand?" It took me several seconds but the light bulb finally lit up over my head. "You're a Madame?!" Marla shrugged again and held her hands up and out, "What's in a name? Madame, CEO, company president. Call girl, escort, consort, mistress, hooker, whore... All the same thing. A rose by any other name... The only thing which changes is the degree of respectability the public attaches to the name." Marla sat back in her chair and asked me, "What would you say if I told you that all women become whores at times?" "I'd say that you're wrong," I replied forcefully. "My mom would never become a whore." "Really? Give me your definition of a whore?" "A woman who has sex for money." "So you agree that if a woman has sex for compensation she's a whore. But money isn't the only form of compensation there is. So now expand that definition. My definition of a whore would be... Any woman who has sex for any reason other than her own enjoyment. Are you a virgin, Olivia?" "Umm, no..." "Do you think that you've whored yourself?" "NO!" "Really?" Marla said with a tone of satisfaction in her voice. As if she'd already won our argument. "Ever been with a guy out on a date and he's all over you? He's whining about how horny he is. Pawing at your boobs and between your legs? Trying to undo your jeans? Your bra? You don't feel like having sex but to keep the guy happy you've gotten naked and spread your legs? Perhaps given him a blowjob or hand job just to satisfy and calm him down? Stop his whining? Wouldn't that qualify as having sex not for your enjoyment but for the compensation of stopping his incessant whining? Did you ever feel you were obligated to have sex because he was paying for the date? Now answer the question honestly, haven't you already whored yourself?" Marla stopped talking and waited for my reply. Remembering some of my dates in high school and what had happened on them, I thought about her definition of a whore as a woman who has sex for any reason other than her own enjoyment. I thought about it and... Marla took my continued silence as a yes. "Olivia, I don't know you very well but I'd make another bet that our experiences while growing up were pretty much the same. Middle class mores. Pretty and popular in school. I was the Prom Queen by-the-way. We've all whored for something," Marla said. She didn't say it in a gloating voice though, her tone was of someone just stating a fact. "You're tired of his whining so you have sex just to shut the asshole up. Maybe you think it will gain you popularity in high school. You're afraid of not having a date for the big dance so you do what it takes to keep a boyfriend who will invite you to Senior Prom. There's so many reasons other than because you wanted to have sex." Marla reached over and picked up a leather folder off her desk. "What I do is simplify things. I discard all the reasons a woman will have sex except for one. Money." Taking a paper from the folder, she handed it to me. The only thing on the paper was a number. "That is how much a woman earns every time she sees a client I set her up with. If my girl agrees to see a client she's only obligated to spend up to two hours doing what the client wants. The number is doubled if the client wants to include someone else. Tripled for the third person, etc., etc." I started doing the math and was speechless while Marla continued. "The number is also doubled for every hour or part of an hour past two hours of one of my girl's time he wants. So, let's say my client needs a date, arm candy, for a corporate party. The party lasts three hours and at the end he, or she, has a friend who wants to party on into the night for another two hours." I tried to do the math. I doubled the number for the third hour and added it to the first number then added another doubled number for the third person joining the fun. That still left the fourth and fifth hours to double and add... "Would you like to use my calculator," Marla asked with a laugh. "Here, I'll make it simple," she continued and pulling the paper from my hand, she wrote a much larger number down and handed the paper back to me. "That is how much my girl will make for five hours of her time." Holy Shit!!! I was speechless! A five hour party with two guys would go a long way to paying for a semester at any state college. I'm pretty sure that there are times when each of us wonders what we'd do for a large sum of money. I took another look at the number Marla had written down. I was tempted to ask for that calculator so I could calculate the number of days I'd have to work at the temp agency to get to that number. I sighed and handed the sheet of paper back to Marla. I shook my head. "I live at home. Even if I were tempted I could never 'date'," This time I used air quotes. "Go out on dates every night and still work to explain how I was making money? I'd be exhausted in a week." "Who said anything about working for me only at night," Marla asked. She got up and opened the blinds of a window wider. The city skyline was prominent. "Out there today I had six girls working. I still had to turn down clients. I'd have to turn down clients if I had twelve girls working every day. Some of my girls are like you. They live in the suburbs and when they are able, they come to the city and work one or two clients, sometimes even three clients a day if I can work the scheduling right. "Successful men and women who are too busy to take the entire day off. To tired after work for a date. But maybe they can free up an hour during the day. So I get a request for a girl at such-n-such time at either a hotel room or maybe just their office. If a girl is available and can make it to the location in time, I send her. "Some of my girls are proper, suburban married mothers who have kept their figure. Their brats are in school or at their grandparents for the day. Husbands are at work. She's bored so she tells everyone she's going to the city to shop and maybe see a movie. She'll let me know the date and the hours she'll be available in advance and I'll have a client lined up for her. Usually two clients if she has the time. Before she reaches home, money is deposited in a private account she keeps secret from her hubby. Many times? I'll never even see her that day." Marla went quiet and just watched me as I thought over all she'd said. I felt as if an entirely new world was opening up to me. I wasn't a virgin. I was even on the pill already because on some of the dates I went on to satisfy my mom, I also satisfied myself. "So I could continue to come into the city as if I was still working at the temp agency? What if a girl has to be on a train at a certain time? Would you pressure her to stay for another client?" "Never. You are only obligated to stay two hours each time you agree to see a client. All of my clients know this and if, at the end of two hours, you need to leave, that's it. It's over. "I've worked for a Madame who pressured her girls to do, 'just one more'. Pretty soon she had no girls working for her. I don't intend to make that mistake." "Your girls do anything the client wants? There are things, a lot of things really, that I've never done before." "Yes. If you agree to meet a client you are obligated to do anything he, or she, wants to do for at least two hours. On that point there is flexibility on only two conditions. Any act that could result in an arrest. So public sex is out! Any act that could result in bodily harm. So whips are out. Be kind'a hard for one of my suburban housewives to explain welts on her ass to her husband. My clients know these conditions. Clients, especially those who make appointments during the day for when they might have a break in their schedule, usually want just straight sex for some fun and stress reduction. But if I get a message that one of my girls refused any reasonable request though, she doesn't get paid." "I could do just one client a day and make way more money than I'd make temping. Do your girls, umm, find work every day?" "Olivia, you have seen yourself in a mirror haven't you? Looking at you, I estimate you're six foot tall, blonde, beautiful... Your measurements are 34C-23-35?" I nodded. "Olivia, I can guarantee that within a month you'll have every day booked with at least two regular clients. Ten clients a week minimum." I did the math again. That would be close to nine thousand dollars a week! "Doing the math, Olivia?" I nodded and Marla continued. "Don't forget to add in the tips. Your clients will be well off or even wealthy and though you may never, ever, ask for money nor discuss money with them, they often will show their appreciation to my girls for good service in the way of tips that average between two and three hundred dollars. Often more. Tips are kept by the girls. I don't get a cut of tips." I had my mouth open to ask the obvious question when Marla anticipated me and answered before I could ask. "Think about it before you ask why I don't take a cut of the tips. Knowing they get to keep 100% of tips make my girls try very hard to satisfy my clients. Satisfied clients keep coming back for more. I make more money from the repeat business of well satisfied clients than I would from any cut from the tips. Another business lesson I learned from a previous employer." Damn. Even at the low end of tips, with just ten clients a week, two a day, that would be an extra two thousand dollars. That would boost the total to over ten thousand a week! "Tax free?" "Tips, you can declare as much as you want or none. Your salary from me, yes. It's all taxable. No way do I want to cross the IRS. I file W-2 Forms just like any other business. As far as the IRS is concerned I just run another temp agency that also handles booking models for photo shoots. Pay stubs and info for filing taxes are kept here in the office. I never mail them out where husbands and others might see them. It's your responsibility to come get them if you want them." I was silent for a long time as amounts kept going round-and-round my brain. Ten thousand a week... Forty thousand a fucking month!!! Even with days off for holidays it would easily be over four hundred and fifty thousand in a year! Lots and lots of numbers followed by many zeros. Marla finally broke me out of my daze and led me to the door. Handing me her business card again she told me to think about her offer. "No pressure, but if you have any questions you can return here. If you decide you'd like to try working for me, come on back and I'll tell you the rules I have and then send you out to meet your first client." Hailing a taxi, I phoned Mom to tell her I'd missed my regular train and would be a little late. At the dinner table, I tried hard to act as if this had just been a normal day where nothing out of the ordinary had happened. Pleading a stressful day, I brushed my teeth and put on one of the many Hello Kitty t-shirts I had and wore to sleep in before going to bed early. Lying awake in the dark while thinking about what I could do with lots and lots of money...
*************************** I thought about Marla's offer for almost two weeks before calling her. After her assuring me that she remembered who I was I asked if the offer was still open. "It certainly is, Olivia." "And, ah, I'd be able to find work every day?" Marla laughed and answered, "For someone with your looks and body? I can find you work seven days a week if that's what you want. Is it?" "No! I mean, I wouldn't be able to explain my trips into the city on the weekends." "Well, as I said before, with just a little luck as far as scheduling goes, I'm certain you can have two jobs a day very soon if you want that much money. "But, that's enough over the phone. Never can be sure who might be listening in. If you're serious about wanting to work, then be in my office tomorrow at 9am. We can talk details then," Marla said and disconnected. The next morning I left for work at my usual time. I called the temp agency from the train and told them I was sick and wouldn't be in today. I sat in a coffee house drinking decaf trying to calm my nerves until it was time. In her office Marla wasted no time in coming to the point. "First rule, you never, ever!, mention money to any of my clients. I handle all of that. Second rule, you stay for the full two hours if the client wishes. Many of the daytime clients won't have two hours to spare. If they do, you stay. If they ask, it's entirely up to you if you want to stay longer than two hours. It's more money if you stay but it's your decision. Third rule, you do whatever the client wishes as long as there is no threat of arrest or bodily harm. No public sex where you can get arrested and if a guy gets too physical and you feel unsafe, do whatever it takes to get away. We can discuss it later when you are safe! The important thing is to get somewhere you feel safe and talk later. All of my clients know these rules, too." "Does that happen often," I asked hesitantly. I didn't want to get beaten up. "Never for the girls who work days and very rarely for ladies who have a weekend or a night they'd like a job. I try to weed out the wacko's and my clients during the day just want sex. To relieve stress or build their self-esteem or just to put a smile on their face... Who knows? "My fourth rule is for your protection, also. Never give a client your real name or phone number. I handle all the scheduling here. No reason for them to call you. Absolutely no reason for some idiot who's decided he can't live without you to phone 24/7 or suddenly show up at your house. I doubt your parents would understand. Within a few minutes my new name was decided upon and Marla said, "Ok. I'll make a phone call and you can see your first client this afternoon." "Today?" "Why not," Marla answered. "I'd rather know if you're serious about working for me now rather than later, I don't want to waste my time on someone who isn't certain." Marla had a point and taking a big breath, I nodded and said, "Call." Marla called and talked to someone for a few minutes and then hung up. I had my first appointment with a client scheduled for that same afternoon. Marla made me memorize the client's name and address and then added, "If you chicken out, which has happened before, no hard feelings, just never come to me again. Viv, you're intelligent and you have the face and figure to make a lot of money." Marla looked at her watch and concluded, "You have three hours and fifteen minutes to decide if you have the courage to follow through with what it takes to get that money!" I was unsure I had the courage. Very, very unsure. But, three hours and fifteen minutes later I was in a stranger's office as he expressed his delight, "Damn, Marla said she was sending someone who was perfect. Now I believe her. You are everything I hoped for, Viv. "I don't have much time. I wasn't expecting Marla's call back saying she'd found a girl. Get undressed. Get undressed," he commanded me as he took off his coat and tie." When he unbuttoned his shirt and tossed it onto a chair, I unbuttoned my blouse and tossed it. When his pants hit the floor so, too, did my skirt. Underwear and panties dropped at the same time. I still had my bra on but he reached around behind me to unhook it. In less than a minute we were both naked and he had my boobs in his hands, telling me how perfect they were. Leading me to a short couch against a wall, he laid me down and wasted no time mounting me. I was dry and his eager thrusts pulled and stretched me enough to cause me to grimace and softly cry out. It didn't take long before his thrusting between my legs caused my vagina to moisten. Moaning at how tight I was, soon he was fucking me hard. Hard enough to push my head to the edge of his couch before he stiffened and pushed deep with short, hard jabs as he came deep.
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Raising my head I looked down to watch as his cock still moved inside me. It didn't seem possible that in so short a time I'd gone from being a 'good girl' to becoming a whore. If there was any doubt in my mind, my client soon dispelled them. Pulling his cock out and tossing me my panties. Telling me to put them on quickly. "I don't want you dripping cum on my couch and carpet," he said. As soon as I'd done what I'd been told he came to stand beside the couch where I'd raised up to sit on the edge. There was no uncertainty of what he wanted. Remebering I was to do anything a client wanted, I got on my knees beside the couch and opened my mouth to take him. Cleaning his still hard cock of our sex was a first for me. The taste wasn't what I'd expected. Not as bad as I'd feared when I'd refused to do the same with boyfriends from my past.
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After getting dressed as quickly as we'd undressed, he pulled out his wallet and counted out bills then, with a shrug of his shoulders, he counted out more and pressed them into my hand with further instructions. "Get better clothes before you come back. Something that will say you belong here if a partner sees you. You look like a teenager who wandered in to use the bathroom. And get a Brazilian Wax. I don't like hairy pussies. Reminds me of my wife. Next appointment I hope I won't be so pressed for time so I can really enjoy you for longer. But for now, go... go... go..., I have another meeting to get to." On the elevator ride to the lobby I was sure people would look at me differently. But they didn't. I was sure I wasn't the only one to smell the sex that was wetting the crotch of my panties. But no one seemed to. I may have been new at being a whore but I wasn't new to going home after sex. Mom and Dad never suspected how many times I'd come home from a date with cum wetting my pussy and the crotch of my panties. I used the lessons I'd learned then to good effect now after getting directions to a ladies room from a guard in the lobby. Standing in a stall I used tissue to wipe the smeared cum from between my legs.
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While I was the only one in the bathroom, I rinsed the thick cum from the crotch of my panties. Twirling them quickly to spin as much water as I could out of the fabric, I stopped from putting them on and put them in my purse instead. An emergency tampon from my purse to keep more cum from leaking. One last swipe of my pussy lips with damp tissues and I left the building. Bright sunlight and a warm breeze cleared my head as I began looking for a taxi to flag down. This time when I entered Marla's office she came from around her desk to give me a hug. "The client called and said he was very pleased with you." "I'm not sure why? It all happened so fast I don't see how he could have enjoyed it." "One minute or two hours, it all pays the same," Marla replied with a shrug as she leaned against the edge of her desk. "He did say he wanted you to dress more like a professional before next time. Should I schedule you for a next time? Wait, wait, before you answer, here," Marla said as picked up an envelope from her desk and handed it to me. "You haven't given me an account I can deposit your pay in so that's it in cash this time. Now, tell me, do you want there to be a next time?" I opened the envelope and looked at the money, then mentally added it to the tip I'd counted out while in the taxi coming here. It was more money than I'd ever had in my hands at one time. It far exceeded my weekly paycheck from the temp agency. All for undressing and spreading my legs for ten minutes. "Hell, yes, I want there to be a next time!" After making plans to meet again in the morning, I left Marla's office and wandered the city streets. I had a couple of hours to kill before my train. I spent them window shopping. I would have bought a couple of the beautiful dresses on display but I had no way to explain to my mom how I'd earned the kind'a money to buy them in so short a time. I would have also gotten a very disapproving glare and stern words about saving my money for college. I'd only turned eighteen a couple of weeks before graduation. Legally I'm an adult and can do what I want, I pouted while looking at one dress I'd kill for! Yea, well, two months of being a legal adult didn't wipe out eighteen years of being my mom's daughter. I sighed one last time in longing over the dress then called the agency and told them I quit on the walk to the train. I may not be able to buy the dress I wanted but I could work at the job I wanted...
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2020.09.18 07:18 IUActivities Activities at IU Sep18-27

It is harder than normal to socialize and meet new people, so here is a list of activities for this week. This e-mailed list is mostly comprised of club events, but there are also some IU calendars to check out: https://beinvolved.indiana.edu/events https://events.iu.edu/bloomington/ You can find the Google Doc of this week here: Link At the end of this message is a list of Club Chats: GroupMe, Slack, or Discord.

Week of Sept 18th-27th Activities:

Times are Eastern/Bloomington/New York

Friday, September 18th

Friday Crafternoon

Cost: Free Contact: [email protected] Time: 12-1pm Location: In-Person Outside: 7th and Jordan Event Description: Stop to pick up or gather with others to do a craft activity. Each week, we’ll feature a different craft. Materials provided, limited quantity available.

Voting in Groups, Thinking Like Ideologues: The Paradox of Partisan Conflict in the United States

Cost: Free Host Organization: Center on American Politics Time: 12:30-2pm Location: Online https://iu.zoom.us/j/99946112490 Event Description: Using an original survey experiment, Schmidt confirms that partisan identifiers find it easier to associate their opponents with stereotypical policies rather than stereotypical groups. Moreover, ideology offers citizens uniquely high-quality information about parties.

Egocentric computer vision, for fun and for science

Cost: Free Host Organization: Luddy School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering CS Colloquium Series Contact: Roni Khardon ([email protected]) Time: 3pm Location: Online https://iu.zoom.us/j/684108959 Event Description: How can computer vision contribute to and benefit from this embodied perspective on the world? In this talk, I’ll argue for why computer vision on egocentric images and videos is uniquely challenging and interesting, and I’ll present some of my lab’s recent work in this area, focusing on two specific lines of work.

Spanish Study and Conversation tables

Cost: $0 Host Organization: Grupo Ñ Contact: [email protected] Time: 4-5pm Location: Online https://iu.zoom.us/j/93596410067 Description of Org: Grupo Ñ is a club for IU students interested in Spanish. The group focuses on creating and sharing events to broaden our understanding of Hispanic culture and to provide opportunities to practice speaking. Event Description: Come study and chat (in Spanish of course!). There will be upperclassmen who can help you review classwork that confuses you and prepare for the looming midterms, or you can just practice speaking in Spanish. We meet every Friday from 4-5pm through Zoom.

Inside Outdoors

Cost: FREE Host Organization: IU Outdoor Adventures Contact: [email protected] Time: 5pm Location: Online https://iu.zoom.us/j/95115205986?pwd=ZVJFWDZ0dDNWRnBVTi9Xc2VWVjJWUT09 Description of Org: UOA has helped members of the IU community lead active lifestyles by providing opportunities to participate in programs that foster a love of the outdoors. Offering academic courses for credit, gear rentals, adventure trips, workshops, and more, they're sure to have your next adventure in mind. Event Description: Inside Outdoors is a virtual sub-division of our IU Outdoors series, where Outdoor Adventures hosts a space for students, faculty, and staff to join in and talk about outdoor opportunities on and off IU’s campus.

Volunteering at Middle Way House

Cost: FREE Host Organization: Movement Exchange at IU Contact: Must register in order to participate. Email [email protected] for details on how to sign up. Time: 5p-6p Location: In-Person: Middle Way House Description of Org: We aim to use our love for dance as a way to connect with various communities. Event Description: Volunteer at Middle Way House on Fridays

Rosh Hashanah Services

Cost: FREE Host Organization: IU Hillel (Hillel Outreach and Special Events) Contact: Sue Silberberg, [email protected] Time: 7pm Location: In -Person AND Online In-Person: Hillel, 730 E 3rd St - In-person: registration required at https://calendly.com/iuhillel/high-holiday?month=2020-09 Virtual: registration required at https://calendly.com/mason-iu/virtual-rosh-hashana-services-programs?month=2020-09 Description of Org: Hillel is the Jewish “home away from home” at IU. Join your Hoosier Hillel family for great ways to meet other students and for learning and/or leadership opportunities. Go to iuhillel.org for more information. Event Description: Shana Tova from your Hoosier Hillel Family! Happy New Year! Rosh Hashanah begins Friday evening September 18 and continues through September 20. Conservative/Traditional Egalitarian Service, Reform/Musical Service, Rosh Hashanah Happy Hour, Torah/Learn about the binding of Isaac, Shofar Blowing and Tashlich. (see full schedule at https://iuhillel.org/high-holiday-2020-schedule)

Outdoor Movie: Mean Girls

Cost: FREE Host Organization: Indiana Memorial Union Board Contact: [email protected] Time: 9pm-10:45pm Location: In-Person Prebys Amphitheatre 100 S. Valentine Road, Bloomington, Indiana Description of Org: Another weekend of outdoor movie screenings sponsored by The Indiana Memorial Union Board and in partnership with the Indiana Memorial Union. Event Description: This Friday night tune into Mean Girls which has become a “cult classic” written by Tina Fey and starring Lindsay Lohan.

eSports Nite: Fortnite

Cost: FREE Host Organization: IU Late Nite Contact: [email protected] Time: 9pm-1am Location: Online https://beinvolved.indiana.edu/event/6183906 Description of Org: a campus-wide initiative that offers free activities and events after 9pm, Thursday through Saturday. Event Description: Join our virtual event that combines fun and competition hosted by a professional video game announcer! Think you've got what it takes to compete? Make sure you register in advance on beINvolved! Or, if you prefer to watch rather than play, tune in to our live twitch stream and cheer on your fellow Hoosiers! Here is the link to the registration page for this specific tournament. https://tournaments.bravous.com/tournaments/119313f2798a2f6ff5fedc3104044bca/register

Saturday, September 19th

Self-Care Saturday: Paper Weaving [Virtual]

Cost: Free Contact: [email protected] Time: 10:30-11am Location: Online Register to receive an email with the Zoom link: https://iu.zoom.us/webinaregisteWN_JjOfGteOQpCROJj2YH7lhQ Event Description: Unwind with artmaking. Drawing inspiration from Sarah Urist Green’s The Art Assignment, guests will learn how to make their own paper weaving using simple materials they have at home. Grab some paper, something to cut with (scissors, xacto knife, etc.), and a touch of creativity. This activity is great to do on your own or with friends or family!

Volunteer Service Saturday

Cost: $0 Host Organization: African Women's Leadership Organization (AWLO) Contact: [email protected] Time: 10AM-12PM Location: In Person Salvation Army, 115 N Rogers St Bloomington, IN 47404 Description of Org: African Women's Leadership Organization intends to to motivate and empower Afrocentric women while supporting women within the African continent. Event Description: AWLO will be volunteering at the Salvation Army for our very first Service Saturday! We will be working on sizing, kid's department, photos, fixing bookshelves, and more! Closed toe shoes will be required, hope to see you there!

Classical Connections Zoom Concert Series

Cost: free Host Organization: Classical Connections Contact: [email protected] Time: 1pm EST Location: online https://iu.zoom.us/j/91768188053 Meeting ID: 917 6818 8053 Description of Org: Classical Connections works with students from the Jacobs School of Music to bring the joy of music to diverse areas of the greater Bloomington community through musical performance, educational engagement, and interpersonal development. Event Description: Virtual musical concert for the Bloomington community featuring Jacobs School of Music students. If you are interested in performing for future concerts please email [email protected].

Outdoor Movie : Creed

Cost: free Host Organization: Indiana Memorial Union Board Contact: [email protected] Time: 9pm-11:15pm Location: In-Person Prebys Amphitheatre 100 S. Valentine Road, Bloomington, Indiana Description of Org: Another weekend of outdoor movie screenings sponsored by The Indiana Memorial Union Board and in partnership with the Indiana Memorial Union. Event Description: The former World Heavyweight Champion Rocky Balboa serves as a trainer and mentor to Adonis Johnson, the son of his late friend and former rival Apollo Creed.

Sunday, September 20th

Indoor Movie: Mean Girls

Cost: Free Host Organization: Indiana Memorial Union Board Films Contact: [email protected] Time: 2pm Location: In Person: IMU WHITTENBERGER RSVP Here: https://beinvolved.indiana.edu/event/6447195_ga=2.113252932.2130990725.1600313240-1316309806.1600116586 Event Description: Cady Heron is a hit with The Plastics, the A-list clique at her new school until she makes the mistake of falling for Aaron Samuels, the ex-boyfriend of alpha Plastic Regina Georgia. Rated PG-13. Please note: An RSVP does not guarantee you a spot at the event, limited space available. Please arrive early. Check-in begins 30 minutes before the start time of the movie. LIABILITY WAIVER REQUIRED https://iu.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_56nSRZms1DYhkJD

Monday, September 21st

Ultimate Frisbee Tabling Recruitment

Cost: $0 Host Organization: IU Women’s Ultimate Frisbee Contact: [email protected] Time: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM Location: Showalter Fountain Description of Org: Women’s Ultimate Frisbee Club at IU accepts new players from all skillsets. Women’s Ultimate Frisbee Club is a non-profit Ultimate Frisbee team for women at Indiana University. Event Description: Women’s Ultimate Frisbee Club at IU will set up a recruitment table on campus to recruit new members at 1:00PM – 3:00PM on Monday, September 21st.

IU Asian Culture Center, Purdue University, and University of Illinois present “Minor Feelings” Book Discussion Series

Cost: Free Contact: [email protected] Time: 12:30-1:30pm Location: Online E-mail for link Event Description: Join us as we read and discuss Cathy Park Hong’s Minor Feelings. Interested in attending? Please email [email protected] to receive a webinar link. IU students, faculty, and staff can access the e-book here

Jackbox Virtual Game Night

Cost: Free Host Organization: Student Athletic Board Contact: [email protected] Time: 5-6pm Location: Online https://iu.zoom.us/j/7473056790?pwd=L3pYOVBOanF3eHJYNTRqeTVGU3kzZz09 Meeting ID: 747 305 6790 Password: Gamenight" Description of Org: SAB provides students the opportunity to be an active part of the planning, organizing, and successful completion of athletic events. Event Description: Jackbox games for people to play throughout the event.

Aikido Short-Staff Practice

Cost: Free Host Organization: Aikido Club at IU Contact: [email protected] Time: 5:30-7pm Location: In-Person In front of the Intramural Center (Woodlawn and 8th) Description of Org: A martial art club emphasizing the continuous connection between the persons practicing a technique by redirecting their energy and intent, rather than clashing with them head-on, thus resolving the conflict in a energy-efficient way. Event Description: Physically distanced weapon practice. Training weapons are available to borrow.

The Ethics of COVID-19

Cost: Free Contact: [email protected] Time: 6:30-7:30pm Location: Online URL: https://iu.zoom.us/j/93033580754 Meeting ID: 930 3358 0754 Event Description: Tune in to this timely talk from internal medicine and pulmonary/critical care doctors on the ethics of COVID!

Defining Democracy: The Responsibility of Civic Engagement

Cost: Free Time: 7-8:30pm Location: Online https://iu.zoom.us/j/99178364501 Event Description: Part One of the IU Libraries’ Be an Informed Voter! Virtual Democracy Gatherings. Featuring Ann Birch, President of the League of Women Voters of Bloomington-Monroe and Martin Law, BLM B-town Core Council Member.

Tuesday, September 22nd

Discs in Dunn Meadow

Cost: $0 Host Organization: Women’s Ultimate Frisbee Club Contact: [email protected] Time: 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM Location: Dunn Meadow Description of Org: Women’s Ultimate Frisbee Club at IU accepts new players from all skillsets. Women’s Ultimate Frisbee Club is a non-profit Ultimate Frisbee team for women at Indiana University. Event Description: Women’s Ultimate will practice throwing discs in Dunn Meadow (while sanitizing their hands and/or wearing gloves). This is a recruitment event.

Quantitative Methods: Free help for graduate students doing research

Cost: Free Contact: [email protected] Time: 4-6pm Location: Online https://iu.zoom.us/j/94825645900 Event Description: Offered by IU School of Education Inquiry Methodology Program in the Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology. Need help with your research methods? Join Montserrat Medinaceli for Quantitative Methods, Tuesdays from 4 – 6pm

Outdoor Taekwondo Practice

Cost: Free Host Organization: Taekwondo Club at Indiana University Contact: [email protected] Time: 5:30pm Location: In-Person Outdoors at the Arboretum (Near the intramural center) Description of Org: The I.U. Tae Kwon Do Club has been an active part of the Indiana University Martial Arts Program since 1969. In that time we have trained hundreds of black belts and taught the basics of Tae Kwon Do to thousands of I.U. students. Event Description: Outdoor martial arts practice

Bloomington Birders Call-out Meeting!

Cost: Free Host Organization: Bloomington Birders Contact: [email protected] Time: 6-7pm Location: Online https://iu.zoom.us/j/96965041062?pwd=djNuM2d5RkNndm03cFo0a3hKa05HQT09 Description of Org: Bloomington Birders is a club concerned with local birds in Bloomington. Some activities the club participates in are birding, habitat construction, and learning more about our local birds. Event Description: Join us for a call-out meeting on Tuesday, September 22nd! We'll discuss our plans for the year and what we want the club to accomplish.

Take A Stand Talks: How does IU respond to violence against Trans students?

Cost: Free Host Organization: Office for Sexual Violence Prevention and Victim Advocacy Contact: [email protected] Time: 6-7:15pm Location: Online https://iu.zoom.us/j/98073724516 Description of Org: TAS Talks is a platform that allows students to connect with community safety and response professionals and experts. This is a place where participants can ask questions and discuss topics that they can't anywhere else. Event Description: A virtual roundtable discussion about the concerns and campus response to gender-based violence against Trans students.

Workout with Fencing Club

Cost: Free Host Organization: Fencing Club at IU Contact: [email protected] Time: 8-9pm 9-10pm is Social Hour Location: Online https://iu.zoom.us/j/99465430902 Description of Org: The Fencing Club at Indiana University is open to anyone in or connected to the IU community who is interested in modern sport fencing. Event Description: Zoom workout led by Fencing Club, followed by social time.

Civic Action, Advocacy, and Policy Considerations for Music Educators

Cost: Free Host Organization: The National Association for Music Education at IU Contact: Ava Traum ([email protected]) Time: 8-9pm Location: Online: Zoom < https://iu.zoom.us/j/91440392599?pwd=V1RuMXZaSTkzaU9tL0R2aXJFYW5rZz09 > < Meeting ID: 914 4039 2599 > < Password: nafme > Description of Org: NAfME at IU, is an organization through which students may attend sponsored events, find volunteer opportunities in local area schools, attend the state music education convention, assist IU in various projects throughout the year, and more as an advocate for musical learning. Event Description: Come learn about how you can register to vote, make a voting plan, and participate in the November 2020 general election! ​Additionally, we will explore ways in which to engage in music education advocacy and policy, including issues surrounding the profession, practice and equity.

Wednesday, September 23rd

Indiana Cybersecurity Regulation Virtual Event

Cost: Free Contact: [email protected] Time: 2-3pm Location: Online Register here: https://events.uschamber.com/INCybersecurity. Event Description: Join ILR for a Virtual Event featuring Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill regarding his office’s new cybersecurity safe harbor rulemaking initiative.

Aikido Sword Practice

Cost: Free Host Organization: Aikido Club at IU Contact: [email protected] Time: 5:30-7pm Location: In-Person In front of the Intramural Center (Woodlawn and 8th) Description of Org: A martial art club emphasizing the continuous connection between the persons practicing a technique by redirecting their energy and intent, rather than clashing with them head-on, thus resolving the conflict in a energy-efficient way. Event Description: Physically distanced weapon practice. Training weapons are available to borrow.

Inclusive Language 101

Cost: Free Host Organization: IU Center of Excellence for Women & Technology Student Alliance Contact: [email protected] Time: 6-7pm Location: Online Please register online for the event using this link: bit.ly/IncLan101 Description of Org: The Center's Student Alliance is a student organization formed to empower and enable women of all skill levels and disciplines to pursue opportunities in technology through collaborative development and promotion of diverse, technology-related activities. Event Description: During this conversation we will define inclusive language, discuss why it matters, and practice using it. We’ll talk about ways you can actively create a more equitable and inclusive culture in your communities.

Film: The First Rainbow Coalition

Cost: Free Contact: [email protected] Time: 7pm Location: Online For the Zoom link, RSVP to [email protected] no later than September 22, 2020. Event Description: This new documentary explores the legacy of the groundbreaking 1960s Rainbow Coalition of Chicago. THE FIRST RAINBOW COALITION united poor Blacks, Whites, and Latinos to openly challenge police brutality and substandard housing in one of the most segregated cities in America.

Jacobs School of Music Community Conversations

Cost: Free Host Organization: Jacobs School of Music Community Conversations Time: 7-8:30pm Location: Online Register in advance for this meeting: https://iu.zoom.us/meeting/registetJIodemtrzkrGdRUfmCosRj3iFxaWqlp3lVq Event Description: A Conversation about Social Justice, Opera, and Race, with Lawrence Brownlee and Marietta Simpson.

NBA x DCI Series: Audition Preparation Panel

Cost: Free Host Organization: The National Band Association at Indiana University Contact: Ava Traum ([email protected]) Time: 7:30-8:30pm Location: Online: Zoom https://iu.zoom.us/j/91809918762?pwd=V2REbWp5WlV2N21aMVUxMmoxa003Zz09 < Meeting ID: 918 0991 8762 > < Password: nba > Description of Org: The National Band Association is the largest professional organization for bands in the world. NBA at IU promotes the musical and educational significance of bands and is dedicated to the attainment of a high level of excellence for bands and band music. Event Description: Come join NBA with special guests Amanda Petro, August Merback, Jesse Saldana, Bobby Burns, Annelise Wingard, and Claire Wilcox as we discuss the process of taking a DCI audition and how to prepare, so be sure to bring your questions!

Thursday, September 24th

Voting in the age of COVID-19 Annual IU Women in Cybersecurity Talk

Cost: Free Host Organization: IU Center of Excellence for Women & Technology Student Alliance Contact: [email protected] Time: 12-1pm Location: Online Pre-Register to Join: https://iu.zoom.us/meeting/registetJ0vdeCgqT4qHNwCxtGuURyVjHJmZkFDKzKV Description of Org: The Center's Student Alliance is a student organization formed to empower and enable women of all skill levels and disciplines to pursue opportunities in technology through collaborative development and promotion of diverse, technology-related activities. Event Description: Board chair of Verified Voting Barbara Simons will discuss internet voting at this annual IU Women in Cybersecurity Talk.

Suffrage: Women’s Long Battle for the Vote

Cost: Free Contact: [email protected] Time: 4-5:30pm Location: Online https://www.facebook.com/events/957986774676278/ Event Description: A panel discussion exploring the newly published book Suffrage: Women’s Long Battle for the Vote by historian Ellen Carol Dubois.

Neurodevelopment Genetics

Cost: Free Contact: [email protected] Time: 5-6pm Location: Online https://iu.zoom.us/j/94047129089 Event Description: Come learn about the exciting field of Neurodevelopment Genetics with Dr. Christensen!

Outdoor Taekwondo Practice

Cost: Free Host Organization: Taekwondo Club at Indiana University Contact: [email protected] Time: 5:30pm Location: In-Person Outdoors at the Arboretum (Near the intramural center) Description of Org: The I.U. Tae Kwon Do Club has been an active part of the Indiana University Martial Arts Program since 1969. In that time we have trained hundreds of black belts and taught the basics of Tae Kwon Do to thousands of I.U. students. Event Description: Outdoor martial arts practice

Re-imagining Relationships: imagining(imaging), reflecting, communicating (for Graduate Students)

Cost: Free Contact: [email protected] Time: 6:30-8pm Location: Online Please RSVP for Zoom details! https://events.iu.edu/bloomington/event/143340-re-imagining-relationships-imaginingimaging Event Description: This is an introductory HLS Global Studio workshop for graduate students using drawing and movement activities that engage different metaphors and conceptualizations about water and what it means to be human.

Teaching Vocal Jazz with Kat Sherman

Cost: Free Host Organization: American Choral Directors Association Contact: Madelyn Merrell, [email protected] Time: 7:00pm Location: Online https://iu.zoom.us/j/91295947935 Description of Org: ACDA is a nonprofit music education organization whose central purpose is to promote excellence in choral music through performance, composition, publication, research, and teaching. ACDA has student chapters in colleges and universities around the country. Event Description: Come learn about techniques and tips for teaching vocal jazz to students with Kat Sherman! Feel free to bring any questions you have.

Discussion with Fencing Club

Cost: Free Host Organization: Fencing Club at IU Contact: [email protected] Time: 8-10pm Location: Online https://iu.zoom.us/j/99465430902 Description of Org: The Fencing Club at Indiana University is open to anyone in or connected to the IU community who is interested in modern sport fencing. Event Description: Discussion topic with Fencing Club.

Awkward Silence Comedy Show

Cost: Free Host Organization: Awkward Silence Comedy Contact: [email protected] Time: 9pm Location: In-person, campus location TBA Description of Org: Awkward Silence Comedy is a student-run long-form improv comedy group that performs free weekly shows every Thursday on campus. Find us on Instagram/Twitter (@awkward_iub) or Facebook for weekly updates on show locations. Event Description: Come enjoy an hour of free improvised comedy! Masks and social distancing are required.

Lotus in the Meadow 2020

Cost: Free Host Organization: Indiana Memorial Union Contact: [email protected] Time: 9:30-10:30pm Location: In-Person Dunn Meadow Description of Org: IMU has served as the hub of the campus, providing a welcoming place for students, faculty, staff, alumni, and visitors to connect with each other and the campus as they eat, relax, study, play, or celebrate. Event Description: Kick-off the Lotus Festival with the Indiana Memorial Union! We'll be hosting a pre-recorded set of Nation Beat on our inflatable film screen. So grab a couple of close friends, a blanket or some lawn chairs, and prepare to dance the night away with your fellow Hoosiers in a safe, socially distanced way.

Friday, September 25th

Friday Crafternoon

Cost: Free Contact: [email protected] Time: 12-1pm Location: In-Person Outside: 7th and Jordan Event Description: Stop to pick up or gather with others to do a craft activity. Each week, we’ll feature a different craft. Materials provided, limited quantity available.

How Politicians Use Twitter to Shape Voter Beliefs

Cost: Free Contact: [email protected] Time: 2-3:30pm Location: Online https://events.iu.edu/bloomington/event/138314-how-politicians-use-twitter-to-shape-voter-beliefs Event Description: Data scientist Derek Willis from ProPublica will discuss social media data analysis that demonstrates how politicians utilize Twitter to influence voters.

Spanish Study and Conversation tables

Cost: $0 Host Organization: Grupo Ñ Contact: [email protected] Time: 4-5pm Location: Online https://iu.zoom.us/j/93596410067 Description of Org: Grupo Ñ is a club for IU students interested in Spanish. The group focuses on creating and sharing events to broaden our understanding of Hispanic culture and to provide opportunities to practice speaking. Event Description: Come study and chat (in Spanish of course!). There will be upperclassmen who can help you review classwork that confuses you and prepare for the looming midterms, or you can just practice speaking in Spanish. We meet every Friday from 4-5pm through Zoom.

EEB Seminar Series

Cost: Free Contact: [email protected] Time: 4-5pm Location: Online Zoom registration required to attend. Registration link provided here: https://iu.zoom.us/meeting/registetJcude6gqjMoH9J3ymmG6GdtIkClmgW0Afj_?_x_zm_rtaid=R2Llw1lPTaaR7X68y5P9pQ.1599564358842.f90ce0a77e2342b51744bd0d5dab2395&_x_zm_rhtaid=99 Event Description: In this seminar, I will discuss varied efforts at appreciating the role of the environment in shaping evolutionary and ecological dynamics, spanning problems in protein evolution, drug resistance, and emerging infectious diseases.

IU Outdoors: Outdoor Strengthening

Cost: Free Host Organization: IU Outdoors Contact: [email protected] Time: 4:45-6pm Location: In-Person Meet at the Woodburn Clock Tower just southwest of Woodburn Hall. Please arrive for check-in between 4:30 and 4:45 PM. Event Description: This IU Outdoors event will be split into 2 groups of no more than 15 and will travel to different unique outdoor spots on campus. At each spot, the groups will focus on a series of beginner-level body weight strengthening exercises to get our blood pumping! The hour will finalize back at the Clock Tower at 6:00 PM.

Volunteering at Middle Way House

Cost: FREE Host Organization: Movement Exchange at IU Contact: Must register in order to participate. Email [email protected] for details on how to sign up. Time: 5p-6p Location: In-Person: Middle Way House Description of Org: We aim to use our love for dance as a way to connect with various communities. Event Description: Volunteer at Middle Way House on Fridays

Let's Move! Yoga & Dance W/ IU MoCo

Cost: Free Host Organization: Movement Cooperative at Indiana University Contact: [email protected] Time: 5-6pm Location: In-Person Woodburn Clock Description of Org: The Movement Cooperative at Indiana University (MoCo) aims to create a safe and welcoming environment in which members are encouraged to explore dance through creating, learning, and experimenting with movement. Event Description: 45-minute yoga flow, followed by a short improvised performance of dance and conversation with members of the Movement Cooperative. Bring your own mat and water, all levels welcome!

Union Board Film Screenings – Ratatouille

Cost: $0 Host Organization: Union Board Contact: (812) 855-4682 Time: 9:00 PM Location: Dunn Meadow, Prebys Amphitheater, and HLS South Lawn Description of Org: Union Board is the governing body of the Indiana Memorial Union and the largest student programming organization on campus. Driven by students and student ideas, the Union Board plans a range of fun, entertaining, and educational events for students to come together, explore multiple world views, discuss current events, and learn from one another. Event Description: Union Board will present three free outdoor film screenings of Disney's Ratatouille simultaneously at Dunn Meadow, Prebys Amphitheater, and HLS South Lawn.

Saturday, September 26th

Java with Java

Cost: Free Contact: [email protected] Time: 11-Noon Location: Online Register at: https://events.iu.edu/bloomington/event/142913-java-with-java Event Description: Virtually enjoy a cup of coffee with CEWT’s Women Who Code Student Alliance Team while we code with Java – No experience necessary! This is a time where we can virtually interact with you and just hang out while coding. Grab a cup of coffee, a fully charged laptop, and an hour of your time to hang out with our team; we will use this time to breakdown the basics of the Java coding language and teach some new skills working within the environment. We hope you leave with some newfound knowledge and connections within CEWT!

The Iris Book Prize: Reading, Award Ceremony, and Discussion

Cost: Free Contact: [email protected] Time: Noon Location: Online Register: https://events.iu.edu/bloomington/event/135766-the-iris-book-prize-reading-award-ceremony-and Event Description: Join us for a reading by author David George Haskell and a discussion with guest speakers Kocku von Stuckrad and David Abram, moderated by Lisa Sideris.

Outdoor Spaces Performance Series – Meet at the Metz

Cost: Free Time: 12:00-12:45pm Location: Metz Carillon Event Description: A carillon concert sponsored by the Jacobs School of Music and the Arts and Humanities Council.

Sunday, September 27th

Shoe Cutting Event

Cost: 0$ Host Organization: Sole Hope at Indiana University Contact: [email protected] Time: 11am - 2 pm Location: In-person / TBD Description of Org: Sole Hope is a non-profit organization based out of Uganda, and the goal of this club is to support this organization by gathering monetary donations and materials needed to make shoes for those in need. Event Description: We will be coming together and gathering all materials fundraised throughout the month to cut shoes for children in Uganda.

Access @ IU — Virtual Resource Fair

Cost: Free Host Organization: The Neurodiversity Coalition at IU Contact: [email protected] Time: 2-3pm Location: Online https://beinvolved.indiana.edu/event/6412932 Description of Org: We are a group of Indiana University students, staff, faculty and community members who support initiatives to make our campus (Bloomington) more inclusive of the rights and needs of IU students with neurodiverse brain function. Event Description: Come join us via Zoom to learn not only about the Neurodiversity Coalition @ IU, but about many valuable campus and community resources to take advantage of as an IU student! Struggling with prioritizing homework? Feeling down due to the pandemic? Hoping to learn about ways to get help with tuition? Organizations and other entities in Bloomington will be present to chat with folks, provide information, and represent the excellence they bring to students. Stay tuned for an official Zoom link, as well as a complete list of participating community resources!

Additional Social Connections

Animal Club

https://groupme.com/join_group/58658194/4MQ9EWZe

Beekeeping Club at IU

https://groupme.com/join_group/53531021/XtptFHYJ

Chess Club

https://groupme.com/join_group/54949198/APsSzhtv https://discord.gg/MS989wJ

Computer Science Club at Indiana University

Join us on Slack: https://csclubiu.slack.com/signup GroupMe: https://csclub.sice.indiana.edu/groupme

Corporate Strategy Club at Indiana University

https://groupme.com/join_group/61920167/3k7zVH0y

D&D Club

GroupMe! https://groupme.com/join_group/42711637/YvuemQ Discord! https://discord.gg/EAM9wzq

Drone Club

https://discord.com/invite/YXdH4cQ

[email protected]

https://gaming.indiana.edu/ https://discordapp.com/invite/iugaming

Global Soccer Supporters

https://groupme.com/join_group/61908401/q0f4VBna

Japanese Animation and Culture Club

https://discord.gg/4p5BaYu

Magic: the Gathering Club

https://discord.gg/K2GXGud

Passive Income Development Club

https://discord.gg/PUFdAgz

Politics Club

https://groupme.com/join_group/62121259/uhrIQz6q

Scholars Without Borders

https://groupme.com/join_group/62389887/2MLlj4sC

Students for Animal Behavior at IU

https://groupme.com/join_group/48616693/Et1QkqTW

Table Tennis Club at Indiana University

https://groupme.com/join_group/43617877/QtuJCY

Women in Accounting

https://groupme.com/join_group/47306889/EDV7Wj
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2020.09.18 07:06 CrystalxRose My Nightmares Came to Life In the Worst Way (pt 1)

At some point, I got tired of being lonely. That was my downfall, I suppose...the soul-crushing sense of alone-ness...that was what caused me to accept that first message from Sean. I mean, at least that was his name when I first met him. I don't believe he - it - has ever really had a name. I thought he was my Prince Charming; I guess I should have known fairy tales don't exist. Mm...I'm running out of time, it will be back any moment, so I should probably start from the beginning.
I was sitting on my balcony in my favorite chair, just sipping on my coffee and watching the world pass me by. It was a beautiful July evening; the sun shone brightly, the air was so still one could hear a leaf hit the ground, and the colors were pleasantly drenched in an extra bit of beauty. It was all so perfect, except for just one small thing.
From somewhere down the street, quick girlish laughter floated to me in the silence, followed by a lower masculine chuckle. I peered over the edge of my balcony to see a pretty girl strolling arm in arm with a handsome young man. He said something I didn't catch and she tossed her head flirtatiously, then slipped her fingers into his and squeezed lightly. They looked so happy and in love. I felt a lump forming in my throat, and suddenly I didn't feel like sitting on my balcony quite so much anymore.
I tried to busy myself in my kitchen with pouring another cup of coffee, but my hands were shaking. My vision blurred over as hot tears stung my eyes, and the cup slipped out of my hands and smashed on the floor. I whirled and slammed my palms on my counter. "God damn it," I whispered to myself, head hung low. "I'm so fucking tired of being lonely."
After a long moment, I sighed and knelt to clean up the mess. I had just mopped up the last of the spill when my phone chimed merrily, a tone I didn't recognize. I slid my thumb across my screen and saw a notification from this one popular dating site I joined, a message from someone named Sean. Curious, I opened the message.
Hey there, Leah. You're kind of cute! I like brunettes.
I raised an eyebrow, then clicked on his profile picture, and I swear I felt my heart drop to my toes. He was fucking gorgeous. Chocolate brown hair, electric blue eyes, and a smile that could stop time. He didn't have a pretty bad body either. Intrigued, I clicked back into the message and typed back to him.
Well, hi there, Sean. You aren't bad-looking yourself!
I was about to put my phone down, thinking it would be a while until he messaged me back, but to my extreme delight, my phone chimed again only seconds later. It was another message from Sean.
I live in Black Rock. Hbu?
I was elated. This incredibly gorgeous guy was right here in my hometown, and he was interested in me...ME!
Really? I do too!
I left it hanging, waiting to see if he would make the first move. He didn't disappoint. He messaged me back right away.
Great! Would you like to go out with me some time? I'd like to get to know you better.
I felt a goofy smile spread across my face as my thumbs clicked rapidfire across my screen.
Sounds good! What did you have in mind?
There's this great little coffee shop I like to go to down on Tulane. They have amazing lattes!
I know that place. I walk there sometimes. Love their mocha espresso!
Want to go, say, tomorrow evening around 5? I could come meet you on your street...or you could come to mine...?
How about the corner of Charleston and Limbaugh? That's like ten minutes from me. Unless that's too far for you?
No, that's perfect! So...see you tomorrow at 5 then?
You bet! Can't wait!
I put my phone down on the counter, goofy smile still plastered to my face. I had just agreed to meet a perfect stranger, and I was okay with that. I floated off to my bathroom to take a nice long relaxing bubble bath and mid-day-dream about my date tomorrow night with Sean.
I was in the midst of luxuriously stretching my legs out under the soapy water when I noticed it: a gigantic black spider sitting right on the edge of my fucking bathtub, just sitting there. Now, I have an absolutely paralyzing fear of spiders - I mean, who doesn't, right? Even though the water was still good and hot, I froze, statue-like, unwilling to even draw a breath in fear that even the slightest motion would trigger the ugly thing to crawl towards me. In seconds, my worst fear came to life.
I screamed as the nasty bastard scuttled right across the edge of the tub, directly towards where I was sitting. With a flexibility I didn't usually have otherwise, I leaped up and directly out of the tub in one fluid motion. My feet hit the slippery floor instead of the small rug, and my feet flew up in the air, and my head hit the floor, HARD. I was seeing stars. When the room stopped spinning, I stood up gingerly, groaning and holding my head as I fearfully scanned the bathtub for my attacker. To my horror, the water had already drained, and I swore the ugly thing looked at me before it crawled right down the fucking drain. Nope, nope, nope. I waited a few seconds to make sure it was really gone, then quickly stuffed my shirt down the drain.
Shuddering, I retired to my bedroom to browse on my laptop for a few hours in an effort to rid my thoughts of the eight-legged nightmare that had just violated the sanctuary of my own damn bathroom. Finally, after hours of funny YouTube videos, I was ready to go to sleep.
I wish I could say I slept easily. I know I woke up screaming at least once. I'm actually surprised my neighbors didn't call the cops. But then again, they knew about my nightmares; I'd only been living there for ten years or so. Luckily for me, they were sympathetic to my plight. It also helped that I was meticulous in my cleaning habits, so thankfully this didn't happen often, but when it did...I'll spare the gory details for those who might be arachnophobic, but I'll just state that when I finally did manage to fall asleep for an hour or two, I still felt the legs on me when I woke up. Better believe I checked every inch of my bed too.
Exhausted, I stumbled out to my kitchen, skin still crawling after my vicious nightmares. I made myself a cup of coffee and was just about to take a sip when my phone chimed. Suddenly excited, I snatched up my phone to see a message from Sean. Nightmares forgotten, I eagerly opened the message.
Good morning, beautiful! How was your night? Did you dream sweet dreams of our date later? I know I did!
I laughed a bit to myself. As sweet as that was, if only he knew.
I wish! I didn't get a whole lot of sleep. Bad nightmares. But I'll live, haha.
Nightmares? Poor Leah! If I'd have been there, you wouldn't have had any.
I laughed out loud at that even as I felt my cheeks flush with heat. Inspired, I typed back.
I have a feeling if you had been there, I wouldn't have gotten ANY sleep, lol.
He sent back a winky face and I felt my blush getting even deeper. Sure, I was probably moving too fast, but Sean was just so charismatic and charming. I don't know of any girls who wouldn't have done the same thing in my situation.
I can't wait for our date tonight!
Neither can I!
Well, I have a few errands to run, but I'll see you at 5!
See you later!
For the rest of the day, I was walking on air. I truly felt a strong connection with Sean even though I'd never even met him, and it seemed like he felt the same. Maybe they were right. Maybe true love over the internet WAS possible. I was so lost in my musings that when my clock chimed 4:00, I was startled. Giggling at myself for my silly reveries, I danced off to my bedroom to get ready for my date.
My room was soon strewn with clothes tossed here and there and everywhere as I dug through my closet for something suitable. At last I settled on a pair of black leggings and a cute red tank top. I threw on my sneakers and headed to my dresser to do my hair, but something caught my eye when I was less than a few steps away that caused me to freeze solid, one foot still in the air.
Another fat black spider sat in the shadow under my dresser, and I was sure I could feel its eyes on me. This one was bigger than the last one; I could see each one of its beady little black eyes gleaming from the light next to my bed. My heart stopped; I couldn't move, could only stare and pray that it just went away. But it wasn't to be so, because of course the damn thing came at me.
My paralysis broke as it closed on me and I let out a shriek that even split my own ears as I leaped back. I searched frantically for anything I could grab to smash the ugly thing and my eyes fell on my antique full-length mirror. Still shrieking, I ripped the mirror off its stand, raised it above my head and brought it down on the bastard with all my might. The glass didn't shatter so much as explode into shards, and I felt the enormous spider flatten under the weight of the mirror with a sickening crunch. It wasn't enough; I brought it down two more times just to be sure.
Panting, I dropped the mirror and stumbled back, exhausted. My arms ached, my throat was sore and my back was killing me, but at least that son of a bitch was dead. With a tiny part of me pleased at my victory, I ignored the mess and hurried to finish getting ready. No horrible spider was going to stop me from being excited over my date with Sean. How I wish I would have known that my nightmares were only beginning.
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2020.09.18 07:05 CrystalxRose My Nightmares Came to Life In the Worst Way (pt 1)

At some point, I got tired of being lonely. That was my downfall, I suppose...the soul-crushing sense of alone-ness...that was what caused me to accept that first message from Sean. I mean, at least that was his name when I first met him. I don't believe he - it - has ever really had a name. I thought he was my Prince Charming; I guess I should have known fairy tales don't exist. Mm...I'm running out of time, it will be back any moment, so I should probably start from the beginning.
I was sitting on my balcony in my favorite chair, just sipping on my coffee and watching the world pass me by. It was a beautiful July evening; the sun shone brightly, the air was so still one could hear a leaf hit the ground, and the colors were pleasantly drenched in an extra bit of beauty. It was all so perfect, except for just one small thing.
From somewhere down the street, quick girlish laughter floated to me in the silence, followed by a lower masculine chuckle. I peered over the edge of my balcony to see a pretty girl strolling arm in arm with a handsome young man. He said something I didn't catch and she tossed her head flirtatiously, then slipped her fingers into his and squeezed lightly. They looked so happy and in love. I felt a lump forming in my throat, and suddenly I didn't feel like sitting on my balcony quite so much anymore.
I tried to busy myself in my kitchen with pouring another cup of coffee, but my hands were shaking. My vision blurred over as hot tears stung my eyes, and the cup slipped out of my hands and smashed on the floor. I whirled and slammed my palms on my counter. "God damn it," I whispered to myself, head hung low. "I'm so fucking tired of being lonely."
After a long moment, I sighed and knelt to clean up the mess. I had just mopped up the last of the spill when my phone chimed merrily, a tone I didn't recognize. I slid my thumb across my screen and saw a notification from this one popular dating site I joined, a message from someone named Sean. Curious, I opened the message.
Hey there, Leah. You're kind of cute! I like brunettes.
I raised an eyebrow, then clicked on his profile picture, and I swear I felt my heart drop to my toes. He was fucking gorgeous. Chocolate brown hair, electric blue eyes, and a smile that could stop time. He didn't have a pretty bad body either. Intrigued, I clicked back into the message and typed back to him.
Well, hi there, Sean. You aren't bad-looking yourself!
I was about to put my phone down, thinking it would be a while until he messaged me back, but to my extreme delight, my phone chimed again only seconds later. It was another message from Sean.
I live in Black Rock. Hbu?
I was elated. This incredibly gorgeous guy was right here in my hometown, and he was interested in me...ME!
Really? I do too!
I left it hanging, waiting to see if he would make the first move. He didn't disappoint. He messaged me back right away.
Great! Would you like to go out with me some time? I'd like to get to know you better.
I felt a goofy smile spread across my face as my thumbs clicked rapidfire across my screen.
Sounds good! What did you have in mind?
There's this great little coffee shop I like to go to down on Tulane. They have amazing lattes!
I know that place. I walk there sometimes. Love their mocha espresso!
Want to go, say, tomorrow evening around 5? I could come meet you on your street...or you could come to mine...?
How about the corner of Charleston and Limbaugh? That's like ten minutes from me. Unless that's too far for you?
No, that's perfect! So...see you tomorrow at 5 then?
You bet! Can't wait!
I put my phone down on the counter, goofy smile still plastered to my face. I had just agreed to meet a perfect stranger, and I was okay with that. I floated off to my bathroom to take a nice long relaxing bubble bath and mid-day-dream about my date tomorrow night with Sean.
I was in the midst of luxuriously stretching my legs out under the soapy water when I noticed it: a gigantic black spider sitting right on the edge of my fucking bathtub, just sitting there. Now, I have an absolutely paralyzing fear of spiders - I mean, who doesn't, right? Even though the water was still good and hot, I froze, statue-like, unwilling to even draw a breath in fear that even the slightest motion would trigger the ugly thing to crawl towards me. In seconds, my worst fear came to life.
I screamed as the nasty bastard scuttled right across the edge of the tub, directly towards where I was sitting. With a flexibility I didn't usually have otherwise, I leaped up and directly out of the tub in one fluid motion. My feet hit the slippery floor instead of the small rug, and my feet flew up in the air, and my head hit the floor, HARD. I was seeing stars. When the room stopped spinning, I stood up gingerly, groaning and holding my head as I fearfully scanned the bathtub for my attacker. To my horror, the water had already drained, and I swore the ugly thing looked at me before it crawled right down the fucking drain. Nope, nope, nope. I waited a few seconds to make sure it was really gone, then quickly stuffed my shirt down the drain.
Shuddering, I retired to my bedroom to browse on my laptop for a few hours in an effort to rid my thoughts of the eight-legged nightmare that had just violated the sanctuary of my own damn bathroom. Finally, after hours of funny YouTube videos, I was ready to go to sleep.
I wish I could say I slept easily. I know I woke up screaming at least once. I'm actually surprised my neighbors didn't call the cops. But then again, they knew about my nightmares; I'd only been living there for ten years or so. Luckily for me, they were sympathetic to my plight. It also helped that I was meticulous in my cleaning habits, so thankfully this didn't happen often, but when it did...I'll spare the gory details for those who might be arachnophobic, but I'll just state that when I finally did manage to fall asleep for an hour or two, I still felt the legs on me when I woke up. Better believe I checked every inch of my bed too.
Exhausted, I stumbled out to my kitchen, skin still crawling after my vicious nightmares. I made myself a cup of coffee and was just about to take a sip when my phone chimed. Suddenly excited, I snatched up my phone to see a message from Sean. Nightmares forgotten, I eagerly opened the message.
Good morning, beautiful! How was your night? Did you dream sweet dreams of our date later? I know I did!
I laughed a bit to myself. As sweet as that was, if only he knew.
I wish! I didn't get a whole lot of sleep. Bad nightmares. But I'll live, haha.
Nightmares? Poor Leah! If I'd have been there, you wouldn't have had any.
I laughed out loud at that even as I felt my cheeks flush with heat. Inspired, I typed back.
I have a feeling if you had been there, I wouldn't have gotten ANY sleep, lol.
He sent back a winky face and I felt my blush getting even deeper. Sure, I was probably moving too fast, but Sean was just so charismatic and charming. I don't know of any girls who wouldn't have done the same thing in my situation.
I can't wait for our date tonight!
Neither can I!
Well, I have a few errands to run, but I'll see you at 5!
See you later!
For the rest of the day, I was walking on air. I truly felt a strong connection with Sean even though I'd never even met him, and it seemed like he felt the same. Maybe they were right. Maybe true love over the internet WAS possible. I was so lost in my musings that when my clock chimed 4:00, I was startled. Giggling at myself for my silly reveries, I danced off to my bedroom to get ready for my date.
My room was soon strewn with clothes tossed here and there and everywhere as I dug through my closet for something suitable. At last I settled on a pair of black leggings and a cute red tank top. I threw on my sneakers and headed to my dresser to do my hair, but something caught my eye when I was less than a few steps away that caused me to freeze solid, one foot still in the air.
Another fat black spider sat in the shadow under my dresser, and I was sure I could feel its eyes on me. This one was bigger than the last one; I could see each one of its beady little black eyes gleaming from the light next to my bed. My heart stopped; I couldn't move, could only stare and pray that it just went away. But it wasn't to be so, because of course the damn thing came at me.
My paralysis broke as it closed on me and I let out a shriek that even split my own ears as I leaped back. I searched frantically for anything I could grab to smash the ugly thing and my eyes fell on my antique full-length mirror. Still shrieking, I ripped the mirror off its stand, raised it above my head and brought it down on the bastard with all my might. The glass didn't shatter so much as explode into shards, and I felt the enormous spider flatten under the weight of the mirror with a sickening crunch. It wasn't enough; I brought it down two more times just to be sure.
Panting, I dropped the mirror and stumbled back, exhausted. My arms ached, my throat was sore and my back was killing me, but at least that son of a bitch was dead. With a tiny part of me pleased at my victory, I ignored the mess and hurried to finish getting ready. No horrible spider was going to stop me from being excited over my date with Sean. How I wish I would have known that my nightmares were only beginning.
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2020.09.18 07:04 CrystalxRose My Nightmares Came to Life In the Worst Way (pt 1)

At some point, I got tired of being lonely. That was my downfall, I suppose...the soul-crushing sense of alone-ness...that was what caused me to accept that first message from Sean. I mean, at least that was his name when I first met him. I don't believe he - it - has ever really had a name. I thought he was my Prince Charming; I guess I should have known fairy tales don't exist. Mm...I'm running out of time, it will be back any moment, so I should probably start from the beginning.
I was sitting on my balcony in my favorite chair, just sipping on my coffee and watching the world pass me by. It was a beautiful July evening; the sun shone brightly, the air was so still one could hear a leaf hit the ground, and the colors were pleasantly drenched in an extra bit of beauty. It was all so perfect, except for just one small thing.
From somewhere down the street, quick girlish laughter floated to me in the silence, followed by a lower masculine chuckle. I peered over the edge of my balcony to see a pretty girl strolling arm in arm with a handsome young man. He said something I didn't catch and she tossed her head flirtatiously, then slipped her fingers into his and squeezed lightly. They looked so happy and in love. I felt a lump forming in my throat, and suddenly I didn't feel like sitting on my balcony quite so much anymore.
I tried to busy myself in my kitchen with pouring another cup of coffee, but my hands were shaking. My vision blurred over as hot tears stung my eyes, and the cup slipped out of my hands and smashed on the floor. I whirled and slammed my palms on my counter. "God damn it," I whispered to myself, head hung low. "I'm so fucking tired of being lonely."
After a long moment, I sighed and knelt to clean up the mess. I had just mopped up the last of the spill when my phone chimed merrily, a tone I didn't recognize. I slid my thumb across my screen and saw a notification from this one popular dating site I joined, a message from someone named Sean. Curious, I opened the message.
Hey there, Leah. You're kind of cute! I like brunettes.
I raised an eyebrow, then clicked on his profile picture, and I swear I felt my heart drop to my toes. He was fucking gorgeous. Chocolate brown hair, electric blue eyes, and a smile that could stop time. He didn't have a pretty bad body either. Intrigued, I clicked back into the message and typed back to him.
Well, hi there, Sean. You aren't bad-looking yourself!
I was about to put my phone down, thinking it would be a while until he messaged me back, but to my extreme delight, my phone chimed again only seconds later. It was another message from Sean.
I live in Black Rock. Hbu?
I was elated. This incredibly gorgeous guy was right here in my hometown, and he was interested in me...ME!
Really? I do too!
I left it hanging, waiting to see if he would make the first move. He didn't disappoint. He messaged me back right away.
Great! Would you like to go out with me some time? I'd like to get to know you better.
I felt a goofy smile spread across my face as my thumbs clicked rapidfire across my screen.
Sounds good! What did you have in mind?
There's this great little coffee shop I like to go to down on Tulane. They have amazing lattes!
I know that place. I walk there sometimes. Love their mocha espresso!
Want to go, say, tomorrow evening around 5? I could come meet you on your street...or you could come to mine...?
How about the corner of Charleston and Limbaugh? That's like ten minutes from me. Unless that's too far for you?
No, that's perfect! So...see you tomorrow at 5 then?
You bet! Can't wait!
I put my phone down on the counter, goofy smile still plastered to my face. I had just agreed to meet a perfect stranger, and I was okay with that. I floated off to my bathroom to take a nice long relaxing bubble bath and mid-day-dream about my date tomorrow night with Sean.
I was in the midst of luxuriously stretching my legs out under the soapy water when I noticed it: a gigantic black spider sitting right on the edge of my fucking bathtub, just sitting there. Now, I have an absolutely paralyzing fear of spiders - I mean, who doesn't, right? Even though the water was still good and hot, I froze, statue-like, unwilling to even draw a breath in fear that even the slightest motion would trigger the ugly thing to crawl towards me. In seconds, my worst fear came to life.
I screamed as the nasty bastard scuttled right across the edge of the tub, directly towards where I was sitting. With a flexibility I didn't usually have otherwise, I leaped up and directly out of the tub in one fluid motion. My feet hit the slippery floor instead of the small rug, and my feet flew up in the air, and my head hit the floor, HARD. I was seeing stars. When the room stopped spinning, I stood up gingerly, groaning and holding my head as I fearfully scanned the bathtub for my attacker. To my horror, the water had already drained, and I swore the ugly thing looked at me before it crawled right down the fucking drain. Nope, nope, nope. I waited a few seconds to make sure it was really gone, then quickly stuffed my shirt down the drain.
Shuddering, I retired to my bedroom to browse on my laptop for a few hours in an effort to rid my thoughts of the eight-legged nightmare that had just violated the sanctuary of my own damn bathroom. Finally, after hours of funny YouTube videos, I was ready to go to sleep.
I wish I could say I slept easily. I know I woke up screaming at least once. I'm actually surprised my neighbors didn't call the cops. But then again, they knew about my nightmares; I'd only been living there for ten years or so. Luckily for me, they were sympathetic to my plight. It also helped that I was meticulous in my cleaning habits, so thankfully this didn't happen often, but when it did...I'll spare the gory details for those who might be arachnophobic, but I'll just state that when I finally did manage to fall asleep for an hour or two, I still felt the legs on me when I woke up. Better believe I checked every inch of my bed too.
Exhausted, I stumbled out to my kitchen, skin still crawling after my vicious nightmares. I made myself a cup of coffee and was just about to take a sip when my phone chimed. Suddenly excited, I snatched up my phone to see a message from Sean. Nightmares forgotten, I eagerly opened the message.
Good morning, beautiful! How was your night? Did you dream sweet dreams of our date later? I know I did!
I laughed a bit to myself. As sweet as that was, if only he knew.
I wish! I didn't get a whole lot of sleep. Bad nightmares. But I'll live, haha.
Nightmares? Poor Leah! If I'd have been there, you wouldn't have had any.
I laughed out loud at that even as I felt my cheeks flush with heat. Inspired, I typed back.
I have a feeling if you had been there, I wouldn't have gotten ANY sleep, lol.
He sent back a winky face and I felt my blush getting even deeper. Sure, I was probably moving too fast, but Sean was just so charismatic and charming. I don't know of any girls who wouldn't have done the same thing in my situation.
I can't wait for our date tonight!
Neither can I!
Well, I have a few errands to run, but I'll see you at 5!
See you later!
For the rest of the day, I was walking on air. I truly felt a strong connection with Sean even though I'd never even met him, and it seemed like he felt the same. Maybe they were right. Maybe true love over the internet WAS possible. I was so lost in my musings that when my clock chimed 4:00, I was startled. Giggling at myself for my silly reveries, I danced off to my bedroom to get ready for my date.
My room was soon strewn with clothes tossed here and there and everywhere as I dug through my closet for something suitable. At last I settled on a pair of black leggings and a cute red tank top. I threw on my sneakers and headed to my dresser to do my hair, but something caught my eye when I was less than a few steps away that caused me to freeze solid, one foot still in the air.
Another fat black spider sat in the shadow under my dresser, and I was sure I could feel its eyes on me. This one was bigger than the last one; I could see each one of its beady little black eyes gleaming from the light next to my bed. My heart stopped; I couldn't move, could only stare and pray that it just went away. But it wasn't to be so, because of course the damn thing came at me.
My paralysis broke as it closed on me and I let out a shriek that even split my own ears as I leaped back. I searched frantically for anything I could grab to smash the ugly thing and my eyes fell on my antique full-length mirror. Still shrieking, I ripped the mirror off its stand, raised it above my head and brought it down on the bastard with all my might. The glass didn't shatter so much as explode into shards, and I felt the enormous spider flatten under the weight of the mirror with a sickening crunch. It wasn't enough; I brought it down two more times just to be sure.
Panting, I dropped the mirror and stumbled back, exhausted. My arms ached, my throat was sore and my back was killing me, but at least that son of a bitch was dead. With a tiny part of me pleased at my victory, I ignored the mess and hurried to finish getting ready. No horrible spider was going to stop me from being excited over my date with Sean. How I wish I would have known that my nightmares were only beginning.
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2020.09.18 07:02 nyawinga [28F4M] African lady looking for friendship and possible romantic partner

I love dad jokes and silly puns, the cheesier the better. Most people would describe me as funny and even-tempered. I don't get offended easily. I love animals especially cats and penguins.
I'm 167cm, curvy African woman. I'm an atheist but if you're religious it's not a deal breaker. I'm working on improving my overall health through intermittent fasting and low impact exercise. I believe there's always room for improvement as long as I love myself through the journey.
I'm a home body so this lockdown situation didn't change my lifestyle much. I love listening to r&b, soul, hip hop, Afro pop and Afro soul. Music is a universal language so I'm happy to discover new genres from different cultures.
I'd love to meet someone I can always be open with and who understands my weirdness. I promise I'll understand yours. I'd prefer someone age appropriate so, 28 years old and above. I'd like someone who really wants to get to know the real me and enjoys deep philosophical conversations (not just surface level trivia about each other). I'm politically liberal so I eschew traditional gender roles. I believe relationships work when there's mutual respect, partnership and companionship.
Dating in a conservative society can be tough especially as a childfree woman. I feel like the odd one out. I don't want to be with someone who expects a Proverbs 31 woman while considering themselves the perfect, strong head of the family. So I decided to cast a wide net. I wouldn't be interested in someone who fetishizes black women or treats me as an experiment. Also I am not a gamer at all. If gaming is extremely important to you, (it's great don't get me wrong) I'm afraid I don't get it
So anyway I'm looking forward to giving this a shot. I know the long distance can be scary to some people but I think for the right person it's possible. Since travelling and socialising is at a stand still anyway I don't see what we have to lose. Once things get under control we can close the distance whichever way that works. Let's not put the cart before the horse. Let's get to know each other.
I'm willing to share sfw pics if you'll reciprocate. If you're interested I prefer reddit chat but DM anyway if you're not on the app. If we get along well I'm open to voice or video calls even sending audio messages if that's your comfort level.
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2020.09.18 07:01 CrystalxRose My Worse Nightmares Came to Life In the Worst Way

(Part 1)
At some point, I got tired of being lonely. That was my downfall, I suppose...the soul-crushing sense of alone-ness...that was what caused me to accept that first message from Sean. I mean, at least that was his name when I first met him. I don't believe he - it - has ever really had a name. I thought he was my Prince Charming; I guess I should have known fairy tales don't exist. Mm...I'm running out of time, it will be back any moment, so I should probably start from the beginning.
I was sitting on my balcony in my favorite chair, just sipping on my coffee and watching the world pass me by. It was a beautiful July evening; the sun shone brightly, the air was so still one could hear a leaf hit the ground, and the colors were pleasantly drenched in an extra bit of beauty. It was all so perfect, except for just one small thing.
From somewhere down the street, quick girlish laughter floated to me in the silence, followed by a lower masculine chuckle. I peered over the edge of my balcony to see a pretty girl strolling arm in arm with a handsome young man. He said something I didn't catch and she tossed her head flirtatiously, then slipped her fingers into his and squeezed lightly. They looked so happy and in love. I felt a lump forming in my throat, and suddenly I didn't feel like sitting on my balcony quite so much anymore.
I tried to busy myself in my kitchen with pouring another cup of coffee, but my hands were shaking. My vision blurred over as hot tears stung my eyes, and the cup slipped out of my hands and smashed on the floor. I whirled and slammed my palms on my counter. "God damn it," I whispered to myself, head hung low. "I'm so fucking tired of being lonely."
After a long moment, I sighed and knelt to clean up the mess. I had just mopped up the last of the spill when my phone chimed merrily, a tone I didn't recognize. I slid my thumb across my screen and saw a notification from this one popular dating site I joined, a message from someone named Sean. Curious, I opened the message.
Hey there, Leah. You're kind of cute! I like brunettes.
I raised an eyebrow, then clicked on his profile picture, and I swear I felt my heart drop to my toes. He was fucking gorgeous. Chocolate brown hair, electric blue eyes, and a smile that could stop time. He didn't have a pretty bad body either. Intrigued, I clicked back into the message and typed back to him.
Well, hi there, Sean. You aren't bad-looking yourself!
I was about to put my phone down, thinking it would be a while until he messaged me back, but to my extreme delight, my phone chimed again only seconds later. It was another message from Sean.
I live in Black Rock. Hbu?
I was elated. This incredibly gorgeous guy was right here in my hometown, and he was interested in me...ME!
Really? I do too!
I left it hanging, waiting to see if he would make the first move. He didn't disappoint. He messaged me back right away.
Great! Would you like to go out with me some time? I'd like to get to know you better.
I felt a goofy smile spread across my face as my thumbs clicked rapidfire across my screen.
Sounds good! What did you have in mind?
There's this great little coffee shop I like to go to down on Tulane. They have amazing lattes!
I know that place. I walk there sometimes. Love their mocha espresso!
Want to go, say, tomorrow evening around 5? I could come meet you on your street...or you could come to mine...?
How about the corner of Charleston and Limbaugh? That's like ten minutes from me. Unless that's too far for you?
No, that's perfect! So...see you tomorrow at 5 then?
You bet! Can't wait!
I put my phone down on the counter, goofy smile still plastered to my face. I had just agreed to meet a perfect stranger, and I was okay with that. I floated off to my bathroom to take a nice long relaxing bubble bath and mid-day-dream about my date tomorrow night with Sean.
I was in the midst of luxuriously stretching my legs out under the soapy water when I noticed it: a gigantic black spider sitting right on the edge of my fucking bathtub, just sitting there. Now, I have an absolutely paralyzing fear of spiders - I mean, who doesn't, right? Even though the water was still good and hot, I froze, statue-like, unwilling to even draw a breath in fear that even the slightest motion would trigger the ugly thing to crawl towards me. In seconds, my worst fear came to life.
I screamed as the nasty bastard scuttled right across the edge of the tub, directly towards where I was sitting. With a flexibility I didn't usually have otherwise, I leaped up and directly out of the tub in one fluid motion. My feet hit the slippery floor instead of the small rug, and my feet flew up in the air, and my head hit the floor, HARD. I was seeing stars. When the room stopped spinning, I stood up gingerly, groaning and holding my head as I fearfully scanned the bathtub for my attacker. To my horror, the water had already drained, and I swore the ugly thing looked at me before it crawled right down the fucking drain. Nope, nope, nope. I waited a few seconds to make sure it was really gone, then quickly stuffed my shirt down the drain.
Shuddering, I retired to my bedroom to browse on my laptop for a few hours in an effort to rid my thoughts of the eight-legged nightmare that had just violated the sanctuary of my own damn bathroom. Finally, after hours of funny YouTube videos, I was ready to go to sleep.
I wish I could say I slept easily. I know I woke up screaming at least once. I'm actually surprised my neighbors didn't call the cops. But then again, they knew about my nightmares; I'd only been living there for ten years or so. Luckily for me, they were sympathetic to my plight. It also helped that I was meticulous in my cleaning habits, so thankfully this didn't happen often, but when it did...I'll spare the gory details for those who might be arachnophobic, but I'll just state that when I finally did manage to fall asleep for an hour or two, I still felt the legs on me when I woke up. Better believe I checked every inch of my bed too.
Exhausted, I stumbled out to my kitchen, skin still crawling after my vicious nightmares. I made myself a cup of coffee and was just about to take a sip when my phone chimed. Suddenly excited, I snatched up my phone to see a message from Sean. Nightmares forgotten, I eagerly opened the message.
Good morning, beautiful! How was your night? Did you dream sweet dreams of our date later? I know I did!
I laughed a bit to myself. As sweet as that was, if only he knew.
I wish! I didn't get a whole lot of sleep. Bad nightmares. But I'll live, haha.
Nightmares? Poor Leah! If I'd have been there, you wouldn't have had any.
I laughed out loud at that even as I felt my cheeks flush with heat. Inspired, I typed back.
I have a feeling if you had been there, I wouldn't have gotten ANY sleep, lol.
He sent back a winky face and I felt my blush getting even deeper. Sure, I was probably moving too fast, but Sean was just so charismatic and charming. I don't know of any girls who wouldn't have done the same thing in my situation.
I can't wait for our date tonight!
Neither can I!
Well, I have a few errands to run, but I'll see you at 5!
See you later!
For the rest of the day, I was walking on air. I truly felt a strong connection with Sean even though I'd never even met him, and it seemed like he felt the same. Maybe they were right. Maybe true love over the internet WAS possible. I was so lost in my musings that when my clock chimed 4:00, I was startled. Giggling at myself for my silly reveries, I danced off to my bedroom to get ready for my date.
My room was soon strewn with clothes tossed here and there and everywhere as I dug through my closet for something suitable. At last I settled on a pair of black leggings and a cute red tank top. I threw on my sneakers and headed to my dresser to do my hair, but something caught my eye when I was less than a few steps away that caused me to freeze solid, one foot still in the air.
Another fat black spider sat in the shadow under my dresser, and I was sure I could feel its eyes on me. This one was bigger than the last one; I could see each one of its beady little black eyes gleaming from the light next to my bed. My heart stopped; I couldn't move, could only stare and pray that it just went away. But it wasn't to be so, because of course the damn thing came at me.
My paralysis broke as it closed on me and I let out a shriek that even split my own ears as I leaped back. I searched frantically for anything I could grab to smash the ugly thing and my eyes fell on my antique full-length mirror. Still shrieking, I ripped the mirror off its stand, raised it above my head and brought it down on the bastard with all my might. The glass didn't shatter so much as explode into shards, and I felt the enormous spider flatten under the weight of the mirror with a sickening crunch. It wasn't enough; I brought it down two more times just to be sure.
Panting, I dropped the mirror and stumbled back, exhausted. My arms ached, my throat was sore and my back was killing me, but at least that son of a bitch was dead. With a tiny part of me pleased at my victory, I ignored the mess and hurried to finish getting ready. No horrible spider was going to stop me from being excited over my date with Sean. How I wish I would have known that my nightmares were only beginning.
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2020.09.18 06:58 IUActivities Activities at IU Sep18-27

It is harder than normal to socialize and meet new people, so here is a list of activities for this week. This e-mailed list is mostly comprised of club events, but there are also some IU calendars to check out: https://beinvolved.indiana.edu/events https://events.iu.edu/bloomington/ You can find the Google Doc of this week here: Link At the end of this message is a list of Club Chats: GroupMe, Slack, or Discord.

Week of Sept 18th-27th Activities:

Times are Eastern/Bloomington/New York

Friday, September 18th

Friday Crafternoon

Cost: Free Contact: [email protected] Time: 12-1pm Location: In-Person Outside: 7th and Jordan Event Description: Stop to pick up or gather with others to do a craft activity. Each week, we’ll feature a different craft. Materials provided, limited quantity available.

Voting in Groups, Thinking Like Ideologues: The Paradox of Partisan Conflict in the United States

Cost: Free Host Organization: Center on American Politics Time: 12:30-2pm Location: Online https://iu.zoom.us/j/99946112490 Event Description: Using an original survey experiment, Schmidt confirms that partisan identifiers find it easier to associate their opponents with stereotypical policies rather than stereotypical groups. Moreover, ideology offers citizens uniquely high-quality information about parties.

Egocentric computer vision, for fun and for science

Cost: Free Host Organization: Luddy School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering CS Colloquium Series Contact: Roni Khardon ([email protected]) Time: 3pm Location: Online https://iu.zoom.us/j/684108959 Event Description: How can computer vision contribute to and benefit from this embodied perspective on the world? In this talk, I’ll argue for why computer vision on egocentric images and videos is uniquely challenging and interesting, and I’ll present some of my lab’s recent work in this area, focusing on two specific lines of work.

Spanish Study and Conversation tables

Cost: $0 Host Organization: Grupo Ñ Contact: [email protected] Time: 4-5pm Location: Online https://iu.zoom.us/j/93596410067 Description of Org: Grupo Ñ is a club for IU students interested in Spanish. The group focuses on creating and sharing events to broaden our understanding of Hispanic culture and to provide opportunities to practice speaking. Event Description: Come study and chat (in Spanish of course!). There will be upperclassmen who can help you review classwork that confuses you and prepare for the looming midterms, or you can just practice speaking in Spanish. We meet every Friday from 4-5pm through Zoom.

Inside Outdoors

Cost: FREE Host Organization: IU Outdoor Adventures Contact: [email protected] Time: 5pm Location: Online https://iu.zoom.us/j/95115205986?pwd=ZVJFWDZ0dDNWRnBVTi9Xc2VWVjJWUT09 Description of Org: UOA has helped members of the IU community lead active lifestyles by providing opportunities to participate in programs that foster a love of the outdoors. Offering academic courses for credit, gear rentals, adventure trips, workshops, and more, they're sure to have your next adventure in mind. Event Description: Inside Outdoors is a virtual sub-division of our IU Outdoors series, where Outdoor Adventures hosts a space for students, faculty, and staff to join in and talk about outdoor opportunities on and off IU’s campus.

Volunteering at Middle Way House

Cost: FREE Host Organization: Movement Exchange at IU Contact: Must register in order to participate. Email [email protected] for details on how to sign up. Time: 5p-6p Location: In-Person: Middle Way House Description of Org: We aim to use our love for dance as a way to connect with various communities. Event Description: Volunteer at Middle Way House on Fridays

Rosh Hashanah Services

Cost: FREE Host Organization: IU Hillel (Hillel Outreach and Special Events) Contact: Sue Silberberg, [email protected] Time: 7pm Location: In -Person AND Online In-Person: Hillel, 730 E 3rd St - In-person: registration required at https://calendly.com/iuhillel/high-holiday?month=2020-09 Virtual: registration required at https://calendly.com/mason-iu/virtual-rosh-hashana-services-programs?month=2020-09 Description of Org: Hillel is the Jewish “home away from home” at IU. Join your Hoosier Hillel family for great ways to meet other students and for learning and/or leadership opportunities. Go to iuhillel.org for more information. Event Description: Shana Tova from your Hoosier Hillel Family! Happy New Year! Rosh Hashanah begins Friday evening September 18 and continues through September 20. Conservative/Traditional Egalitarian Service, Reform/Musical Service, Rosh Hashanah Happy Hour, Torah/Learn about the binding of Isaac, Shofar Blowing and Tashlich. (see full schedule at https://iuhillel.org/high-holiday-2020-schedule)

Outdoor Movie: Mean Girls

Cost: FREE Host Organization: Indiana Memorial Union Board Contact: [email protected] Time: 9pm-10:45pm Location: In-Person Prebys Amphitheatre 100 S. Valentine Road, Bloomington, Indiana Description of Org: Another weekend of outdoor movie screenings sponsored by The Indiana Memorial Union Board and in partnership with the Indiana Memorial Union. Event Description: This Friday night tune into Mean Girls which has become a “cult classic” written by Tina Fey and starring Lindsay Lohan.

eSports Nite: Fortnite

Cost: FREE Host Organization: IU Late Nite Contact: [email protected] Time: 9pm-1am Location: Online https://beinvolved.indiana.edu/event/6183906 Description of Org: a campus-wide initiative that offers free activities and events after 9pm, Thursday through Saturday. Event Description: Join our virtual event that combines fun and competition hosted by a professional video game announcer! Think you've got what it takes to compete? Make sure you register in advance on beINvolved! Or, if you prefer to watch rather than play, tune in to our live twitch stream and cheer on your fellow Hoosiers! Here is the link to the registration page for this specific tournament. https://tournaments.bravous.com/tournaments/119313f2798a2f6ff5fedc3104044bca/register

Saturday, September 19th

Self-Care Saturday: Paper Weaving [Virtual]

Cost: Free Contact: [email protected] Time: 10:30-11am Location: Online Register to receive an email with the Zoom link: https://iu.zoom.us/webinaregisteWN_JjOfGteOQpCROJj2YH7lhQ Event Description: Unwind with artmaking. Drawing inspiration from Sarah Urist Green’s The Art Assignment, guests will learn how to make their own paper weaving using simple materials they have at home. Grab some paper, something to cut with (scissors, xacto knife, etc.), and a touch of creativity. This activity is great to do on your own or with friends or family!

Volunteer Service Saturday

Cost: $0 Host Organization: African Women's Leadership Organization (AWLO) Contact: [email protected] Time: 10AM-12PM Location: In Person Salvation Army, 115 N Rogers St Bloomington, IN 47404 Description of Org: African Women's Leadership Organization intends to to motivate and empower Afrocentric women while supporting women within the African continent. Event Description: AWLO will be volunteering at the Salvation Army for our very first Service Saturday! We will be working on sizing, kid's department, photos, fixing bookshelves, and more! Closed toe shoes will be required, hope to see you there!

Classical Connections Zoom Concert Series

Cost: free Host Organization: Classical Connections Contact: [email protected] Time: 1pm EST Location: online https://iu.zoom.us/j/91768188053 Meeting ID: 917 6818 8053 Description of Org: Classical Connections works with students from the Jacobs School of Music to bring the joy of music to diverse areas of the greater Bloomington community through musical performance, educational engagement, and interpersonal development. Event Description: Virtual musical concert for the Bloomington community featuring Jacobs School of Music students. If you are interested in performing for future concerts please email [email protected].

Outdoor Movie : Creed

Cost: free Host Organization: Indiana Memorial Union Board Contact: [email protected] Time: 9pm-11:15pm Location: In-Person Prebys Amphitheatre 100 S. Valentine Road, Bloomington, Indiana Description of Org: Another weekend of outdoor movie screenings sponsored by The Indiana Memorial Union Board and in partnership with the Indiana Memorial Union. Event Description: The former World Heavyweight Champion Rocky Balboa serves as a trainer and mentor to Adonis Johnson, the son of his late friend and former rival Apollo Creed.

Sunday, September 20th

Indoor Movie: Mean Girls

Cost: Free Host Organization: Indiana Memorial Union Board Films Contact: [email protected] Time: 2pm Location: In Person: IMU WHITTENBERGER RSVP Here: https://beinvolved.indiana.edu/event/6447195_ga=2.113252932.2130990725.1600313240-1316309806.1600116586 Event Description: Cady Heron is a hit with The Plastics, the A-list clique at her new school until she makes the mistake of falling for Aaron Samuels, the ex-boyfriend of alpha Plastic Regina Georgia. Rated PG-13. Please note: An RSVP does not guarantee you a spot at the event, limited space available. Please arrive early. Check-in begins 30 minutes before the start time of the movie. LIABILITY WAIVER REQUIRED https://iu.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_56nSRZms1DYhkJD

Monday, September 21st

Ultimate Frisbee Tabling Recruitment

Cost: $0 Host Organization: IU Women’s Ultimate Frisbee Contact: [email protected] Time: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM Location: Showalter Fountain Description of Org: Women’s Ultimate Frisbee Club at IU accepts new players from all skillsets. Women’s Ultimate Frisbee Club is a non-profit Ultimate Frisbee team for women at Indiana University. Event Description: Women’s Ultimate Frisbee Club at IU will set up a recruitment table on campus to recruit new members at 1:00PM – 3:00PM on Monday, September 21st.

IU Asian Culture Center, Purdue University, and University of Illinois present “Minor Feelings” Book Discussion Series

Cost: Free Contact: [email protected] Time: 12:30-1:30pm Location: Online E-mail for link Event Description: Join us as we read and discuss Cathy Park Hong’s Minor Feelings. Interested in attending? Please email [email protected] to receive a webinar link. IU students, faculty, and staff can access the e-book here

Jackbox Virtual Game Night

Cost: Free Host Organization: Student Athletic Board Contact: [email protected] Time: 5-6pm Location: Online https://iu.zoom.us/j/7473056790?pwd=L3pYOVBOanF3eHJYNTRqeTVGU3kzZz09 Meeting ID: 747 305 6790 Password: Gamenight" Description of Org: SAB provides students the opportunity to be an active part of the planning, organizing, and successful completion of athletic events. Event Description: Jackbox games for people to play throughout the event.

Aikido Short-Staff Practice

Cost: Free Host Organization: Aikido Club at IU Contact: [email protected] Time: 5:30-7pm Location: In-Person In front of the Intramural Center (Woodlawn and 8th) Description of Org: A martial art club emphasizing the continuous connection between the persons practicing a technique by redirecting their energy and intent, rather than clashing with them head-on, thus resolving the conflict in a energy-efficient way. Event Description: Physically distanced weapon practice. Training weapons are available to borrow.

The Ethics of COVID-19

Cost: Free Contact: [email protected] Time: 6:30-7:30pm Location: Online URL: https://iu.zoom.us/j/93033580754 Meeting ID: 930 3358 0754 Event Description: Tune in to this timely talk from internal medicine and pulmonary/critical care doctors on the ethics of COVID!

Defining Democracy: The Responsibility of Civic Engagement

Cost: Free Time: 7-8:30pm Location: Online https://iu.zoom.us/j/99178364501 Event Description: Part One of the IU Libraries’ Be an Informed Voter! Virtual Democracy Gatherings. Featuring Ann Birch, President of the League of Women Voters of Bloomington-Monroe and Martin Law, BLM B-town Core Council Member.

Tuesday, September 22nd

Discs in Dunn Meadow

Cost: $0 Host Organization: Women’s Ultimate Frisbee Club Contact: [email protected] Time: 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM Location: Dunn Meadow Description of Org: Women’s Ultimate Frisbee Club at IU accepts new players from all skillsets. Women’s Ultimate Frisbee Club is a non-profit Ultimate Frisbee team for women at Indiana University. Event Description: Women’s Ultimate will practice throwing discs in Dunn Meadow (while sanitizing their hands and/or wearing gloves). This is a recruitment event.

Quantitative Methods: Free help for graduate students doing research

Cost: Free Contact: [email protected] Time: 4-6pm Location: Online https://iu.zoom.us/j/94825645900 Event Description: Offered by IU School of Education Inquiry Methodology Program in the Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology. Need help with your research methods? Join Montserrat Medinaceli for Quantitative Methods, Tuesdays from 4 – 6pm

Outdoor Taekwondo Practice

Cost: Free Host Organization: Taekwondo Club at Indiana University Contact: [email protected] Time: 5:30pm Location: In-Person Outdoors at the Arboretum (Near the intramural center) Description of Org: The I.U. Tae Kwon Do Club has been an active part of the Indiana University Martial Arts Program since 1969. In that time we have trained hundreds of black belts and taught the basics of Tae Kwon Do to thousands of I.U. students. Event Description: Outdoor martial arts practice

Bloomington Birders Call-out Meeting!

Cost: Free Host Organization: Bloomington Birders Contact: [email protected] Time: 6-7pm Location: Online https://iu.zoom.us/j/96965041062?pwd=djNuM2d5RkNndm03cFo0a3hKa05HQT09 Description of Org: Bloomington Birders is a club concerned with local birds in Bloomington. Some activities the club participates in are birding, habitat construction, and learning more about our local birds. Event Description: Join us for a call-out meeting on Tuesday, September 22nd! We'll discuss our plans for the year and what we want the club to accomplish.

Take A Stand Talks: How does IU respond to violence against Trans students?

Cost: Free Host Organization: Office for Sexual Violence Prevention and Victim Advocacy Contact: [email protected] Time: 6-7:15pm Location: Online https://iu.zoom.us/j/98073724516 Description of Org: TAS Talks is a platform that allows students to connect with community safety and response professionals and experts. This is a place where participants can ask questions and discuss topics that they can't anywhere else. Event Description: A virtual roundtable discussion about the concerns and campus response to gender-based violence against Trans students.

Workout with Fencing Club

Cost: Free Host Organization: Fencing Club at IU Contact: [email protected] Time: 8-9pm 9-10pm is Social Hour Location: Online https://iu.zoom.us/j/99465430902 Description of Org: The Fencing Club at Indiana University is open to anyone in or connected to the IU community who is interested in modern sport fencing. Event Description: Zoom workout led by Fencing Club, followed by social time.

Civic Action, Advocacy, and Policy Considerations for Music Educators

Cost: Free Host Organization: The National Association for Music Education at IU Contact: Ava Traum ([email protected]) Time: 8-9pm Location: Online: Zoom < https://iu.zoom.us/j/91440392599?pwd=V1RuMXZaSTkzaU9tL0R2aXJFYW5rZz09 > < Meeting ID: 914 4039 2599 > < Password: nafme > Description of Org: NAfME at IU, is an organization through which students may attend sponsored events, find volunteer opportunities in local area schools, attend the state music education convention, assist IU in various projects throughout the year, and more as an advocate for musical learning. Event Description: Come learn about how you can register to vote, make a voting plan, and participate in the November 2020 general election! ​Additionally, we will explore ways in which to engage in music education advocacy and policy, including issues surrounding the profession, practice and equity.

Wednesday, September 23rd

Indiana Cybersecurity Regulation Virtual Event

Cost: Free Contact: [email protected] Time: 2-3pm Location: Online Register here: https://events.uschamber.com/INCybersecurity. Event Description: Join ILR for a Virtual Event featuring Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill regarding his office’s new cybersecurity safe harbor rulemaking initiative.

Aikido Sword Practice

Cost: Free Host Organization: Aikido Club at IU Contact: [email protected] Time: 5:30-7pm Location: In-Person In front of the Intramural Center (Woodlawn and 8th) Description of Org: A martial art club emphasizing the continuous connection between the persons practicing a technique by redirecting their energy and intent, rather than clashing with them head-on, thus resolving the conflict in a energy-efficient way. Event Description: Physically distanced weapon practice. Training weapons are available to borrow.

Inclusive Language 101

Cost: Free Host Organization: IU Center of Excellence for Women & Technology Student Alliance Contact: [email protected] Time: 6-7pm Location: Online Please register online for the event using this link: bit.ly/IncLan101 Description of Org: The Center's Student Alliance is a student organization formed to empower and enable women of all skill levels and disciplines to pursue opportunities in technology through collaborative development and promotion of diverse, technology-related activities. Event Description: During this conversation we will define inclusive language, discuss why it matters, and practice using it. We’ll talk about ways you can actively create a more equitable and inclusive culture in your communities.

Film: The First Rainbow Coalition

Cost: Free Contact: [email protected] Time: 7pm Location: Online For the Zoom link, RSVP to [email protected] no later than September 22, 2020. Event Description: This new documentary explores the legacy of the groundbreaking 1960s Rainbow Coalition of Chicago. THE FIRST RAINBOW COALITION united poor Blacks, Whites, and Latinos to openly challenge police brutality and substandard housing in one of the most segregated cities in America.

Jacobs School of Music Community Conversations

Cost: Free Host Organization: Jacobs School of Music Community Conversations Time: 7-8:30pm Location: Online Register in advance for this meeting: https://iu.zoom.us/meeting/registetJIodemtrzkrGdRUfmCosRj3iFxaWqlp3lVq Event Description: A Conversation about Social Justice, Opera, and Race, with Lawrence Brownlee and Marietta Simpson.

NBA x DCI Series: Audition Preparation Panel

Cost: Free Host Organization: The National Band Association at Indiana University Contact: Ava Traum ([email protected]) Time: 7:30-8:30pm Location: Online: Zoom https://iu.zoom.us/j/91809918762?pwd=V2REbWp5WlV2N21aMVUxMmoxa003Zz09 < Meeting ID: 918 0991 8762 > < Password: nba > Description of Org: The National Band Association is the largest professional organization for bands in the world. NBA at IU promotes the musical and educational significance of bands and is dedicated to the attainment of a high level of excellence for bands and band music. Event Description: Come join NBA with special guests Amanda Petro, August Merback, Jesse Saldana, Bobby Burns, Annelise Wingard, and Claire Wilcox as we discuss the process of taking a DCI audition and how to prepare, so be sure to bring your questions!

Thursday, September 24th

Voting in the age of COVID-19 Annual IU Women in Cybersecurity Talk

Cost: Free Host Organization: IU Center of Excellence for Women & Technology Student Alliance Contact: [email protected] Time: 12-1pm Location: Online Pre-Register to Join: https://iu.zoom.us/meeting/registetJ0vdeCgqT4qHNwCxtGuURyVjHJmZkFDKzKV Description of Org: The Center's Student Alliance is a student organization formed to empower and enable women of all skill levels and disciplines to pursue opportunities in technology through collaborative development and promotion of diverse, technology-related activities. Event Description: Board chair of Verified Voting Barbara Simons will discuss internet voting at this annual IU Women in Cybersecurity Talk.

Suffrage: Women’s Long Battle for the Vote

Cost: Free Contact: [email protected] Time: 4-5:30pm Location: Online https://www.facebook.com/events/957986774676278/ Event Description: A panel discussion exploring the newly published book Suffrage: Women’s Long Battle for the Vote by historian Ellen Carol Dubois.

Neurodevelopment Genetics

Cost: Free Contact: [email protected] Time: 5-6pm Location: Online https://iu.zoom.us/j/94047129089 Event Description: Come learn about the exciting field of Neurodevelopment Genetics with Dr. Christensen!

Outdoor Taekwondo Practice

Cost: Free Host Organization: Taekwondo Club at Indiana University Contact: [email protected] Time: 5:30pm Location: In-Person Outdoors at the Arboretum (Near the intramural center) Description of Org: The I.U. Tae Kwon Do Club has been an active part of the Indiana University Martial Arts Program since 1969. In that time we have trained hundreds of black belts and taught the basics of Tae Kwon Do to thousands of I.U. students. Event Description: Outdoor martial arts practice

Re-imagining Relationships: imagining(imaging), reflecting, communicating (for Graduate Students)

Cost: Free Contact: [email protected] Time: 6:30-8pm Location: Online Please RSVP for Zoom details! https://events.iu.edu/bloomington/event/143340-re-imagining-relationships-imaginingimaging Event Description: This is an introductory HLS Global Studio workshop for graduate students using drawing and movement activities that engage different metaphors and conceptualizations about water and what it means to be human.

Teaching Vocal Jazz with Kat Sherman

Cost: Free Host Organization: American Choral Directors Association Contact: Madelyn Merrell, [email protected] Time: 7:00pm Location: Online https://iu.zoom.us/j/91295947935 Description of Org: ACDA is a nonprofit music education organization whose central purpose is to promote excellence in choral music through performance, composition, publication, research, and teaching. ACDA has student chapters in colleges and universities around the country. Event Description: Come learn about techniques and tips for teaching vocal jazz to students with Kat Sherman! Feel free to bring any questions you have.

Discussion with Fencing Club

Cost: Free Host Organization: Fencing Club at IU Contact: [email protected] Time: 8-10pm Location: Online https://iu.zoom.us/j/99465430902 Description of Org: The Fencing Club at Indiana University is open to anyone in or connected to the IU community who is interested in modern sport fencing. Event Description: Discussion topic with Fencing Club.

Awkward Silence Comedy Show

Cost: Free Host Organization: Awkward Silence Comedy Contact: [email protected] Time: 9pm Location: In-person, campus location TBA Description of Org: Awkward Silence Comedy is a student-run long-form improv comedy group that performs free weekly shows every Thursday on campus. Find us on Instagram/Twitter (@awkward_iub) or Facebook for weekly updates on show locations. Event Description: Come enjoy an hour of free improvised comedy! Masks and social distancing are required.

Lotus in the Meadow 2020

Cost: Free Host Organization: Indiana Memorial Union Contact: [email protected] Time: 9:30-10:30pm Location: In-Person Dunn Meadow Description of Org: IMU has served as the hub of the campus, providing a welcoming place for students, faculty, staff, alumni, and visitors to connect with each other and the campus as they eat, relax, study, play, or celebrate. Event Description: Kick-off the Lotus Festival with the Indiana Memorial Union! We'll be hosting a pre-recorded set of Nation Beat on our inflatable film screen. So grab a couple of close friends, a blanket or some lawn chairs, and prepare to dance the night away with your fellow Hoosiers in a safe, socially distanced way.

Friday, September 25th

Friday Crafternoon

Cost: Free Contact: [email protected] Time: 12-1pm Location: In-Person Outside: 7th and Jordan Event Description: Stop to pick up or gather with others to do a craft activity. Each week, we’ll feature a different craft. Materials provided, limited quantity available.

How Politicians Use Twitter to Shape Voter Beliefs

Cost: Free Contact: [email protected].edu Time: 2-3:30pm Location: Online https://events.iu.edu/bloomington/event/138314-how-politicians-use-twitter-to-shape-voter-beliefs Event Description: Data scientist Derek Willis from ProPublica will discuss social media data analysis that demonstrates how politicians utilize Twitter to influence voters.

Spanish Study and Conversation tables

Cost: $0 Host Organization: Grupo Ñ Contact: [email protected] Time: 4-5pm Location: Online https://iu.zoom.us/j/93596410067 Description of Org: Grupo Ñ is a club for IU students interested in Spanish. The group focuses on creating and sharing events to broaden our understanding of Hispanic culture and to provide opportunities to practice speaking. Event Description: Come study and chat (in Spanish of course!). There will be upperclassmen who can help you review classwork that confuses you and prepare for the looming midterms, or you can just practice speaking in Spanish. We meet every Friday from 4-5pm through Zoom.

EEB Seminar Series

Cost: Free Contact: [email protected] Time: 4-5pm Location: Online Zoom registration required to attend. Registration link provided here: https://iu.zoom.us/meeting/registetJcude6gqjMoH9J3ymmG6GdtIkClmgW0Afj_?_x_zm_rtaid=R2Llw1lPTaaR7X68y5P9pQ.1599564358842.f90ce0a77e2342b51744bd0d5dab2395&_x_zm_rhtaid=99 Event Description: In this seminar, I will discuss varied efforts at appreciating the role of the environment in shaping evolutionary and ecological dynamics, spanning problems in protein evolution, drug resistance, and emerging infectious diseases.

IU Outdoors: Outdoor Strengthening

Cost: Free Host Organization: IU Outdoors Contact: [email protected] Time: 4:45-6pm Location: In-Person Meet at the Woodburn Clock Tower just southwest of Woodburn Hall. Please arrive for check-in between 4:30 and 4:45 PM. Event Description: This IU Outdoors event will be split into 2 groups of no more than 15 and will travel to different unique outdoor spots on campus. At each spot, the groups will focus on a series of beginner-level body weight strengthening exercises to get our blood pumping! The hour will finalize back at the Clock Tower at 6:00 PM.

Volunteering at Middle Way House

Cost: FREE Host Organization: Movement Exchange at IU Contact: Must register in order to participate. Email [email protected] for details on how to sign up. Time: 5p-6p Location: In-Person: Middle Way House Description of Org: We aim to use our love for dance as a way to connect with various communities. Event Description: Volunteer at Middle Way House on Fridays

Let's Move! Yoga & Dance W/ IU MoCo

Cost: Free Host Organization: Movement Cooperative at Indiana University Contact: [email protected] Time: 5-6pm Location: In-Person Woodburn Clock Description of Org: The Movement Cooperative at Indiana University (MoCo) aims to create a safe and welcoming environment in which members are encouraged to explore dance through creating, learning, and experimenting with movement. Event Description: 45-minute yoga flow, followed by a short improvised performance of dance and conversation with members of the Movement Cooperative. Bring your own mat and water, all levels welcome!

Union Board Film Screenings – Ratatouille

Cost: $0 Host Organization: Union Board Contact: (812) 855-4682 Time: 9:00 PM Location: Dunn Meadow, Prebys Amphitheater, and HLS South Lawn Description of Org: Union Board is the governing body of the Indiana Memorial Union and the largest student programming organization on campus. Driven by students and student ideas, the Union Board plans a range of fun, entertaining, and educational events for students to come together, explore multiple world views, discuss current events, and learn from one another. Event Description: Union Board will present three free outdoor film screenings of Disney's Ratatouille simultaneously at Dunn Meadow, Prebys Amphitheater, and HLS South Lawn.

Saturday, September 26th

Java with Java

Cost: Free Contact: [email protected] Time: 11-Noon Location: Online Register at: https://events.iu.edu/bloomington/event/142913-java-with-java Event Description: Virtually enjoy a cup of coffee with CEWT’s Women Who Code Student Alliance Team while we code with Java – No experience necessary! This is a time where we can virtually interact with you and just hang out while coding. Grab a cup of coffee, a fully charged laptop, and an hour of your time to hang out with our team; we will use this time to breakdown the basics of the Java coding language and teach some new skills working within the environment. We hope you leave with some newfound knowledge and connections within CEWT!

The Iris Book Prize: Reading, Award Ceremony, and Discussion

Cost: Free Contact: [email protected] Time: Noon Location: Online Register: https://events.iu.edu/bloomington/event/135766-the-iris-book-prize-reading-award-ceremony-and Event Description: Join us for a reading by author David George Haskell and a discussion with guest speakers Kocku von Stuckrad and David Abram, moderated by Lisa Sideris.

Outdoor Spaces Performance Series – Meet at the Metz

Cost: Free Time: 12:00-12:45pm Location: Metz Carillon Event Description: A carillon concert sponsored by the Jacobs School of Music and the Arts and Humanities Council.

Sunday, September 27th

Shoe Cutting Event

Cost: 0$ Host Organization: Sole Hope at Indiana University Contact: [email protected] Time: 11am - 2 pm Location: In-person / TBD Description of Org: Sole Hope is a non-profit organization based out of Uganda, and the goal of this club is to support this organization by gathering monetary donations and materials needed to make shoes for those in need. Event Description: We will be coming together and gathering all materials fundraised throughout the month to cut shoes for children in Uganda.

Access @ IU — Virtual Resource Fair

Cost: Free Host Organization: The Neurodiversity Coalition at IU Contact: [email protected] Time: 2-3pm Location: Online https://beinvolved.indiana.edu/event/6412932 Description of Org: We are a group of Indiana University students, staff, faculty and community members who support initiatives to make our campus (Bloomington) more inclusive of the rights and needs of IU students with neurodiverse brain function. Event Description: Come join us via Zoom to learn not only about the Neurodiversity Coalition @ IU, but about many valuable campus and community resources to take advantage of as an IU student! Struggling with prioritizing homework? Feeling down due to the pandemic? Hoping to learn about ways to get help with tuition? Organizations and other entities in Bloomington will be present to chat with folks, provide information, and represent the excellence they bring to students. Stay tuned for an official Zoom link, as well as a complete list of participating community resources!

Additional Social Connections

Animal Club

https://groupme.com/join_group/58658194/4MQ9EWZe

Beekeeping Club at IU

https://groupme.com/join_group/53531021/XtptFHYJ

Chess Club

https://groupme.com/join_group/54949198/APsSzhtv https://discord.gg/MS989wJ

Computer Science Club at Indiana University

Join us on Slack: https://csclubiu.slack.com/signup GroupMe: https://csclub.sice.indiana.edu/groupme

Corporate Strategy Club at Indiana University

https://groupme.com/join_group/61920167/3k7zVH0y

D&D Club

GroupMe! https://groupme.com/join_group/42711637/YvuemQ Discord! https://discord.gg/EAM9wzq

Drone Club

https://discord.com/invite/YXdH4cQ

[email protected]

https://gaming.indiana.edu/ https://discordapp.com/invite/iugaming

Global Soccer Supporters

https://groupme.com/join_group/61908401/q0f4VBna

Japanese Animation and Culture Club

https://discord.gg/4p5BaYu

Magic: the Gathering Club

https://discord.gg/K2GXGud

Passive Income Development Club

https://discord.gg/PUFdAgz

Politics Club

https://groupme.com/join_group/62121259/uhrIQz6q

Scholars Without Borders

https://groupme.com/join_group/62389887/2MLlj4sC

Students for Animal Behavior at IU

https://groupme.com/join_group/48616693/Et1QkqTW

Table Tennis Club at Indiana University

https://groupme.com/join_group/43617877/QtuJCY

Women in Accounting

https://groupme.com/join_group/47306889/EDV7Wj
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2020.09.18 06:53 Elyagodoodle My thoughts on Call of Pripyat (sort of a review but not)

TLDR at bottom in the form of a conclusion of this review and overall review of the individual games against each other (this post is long, its broken up to disguise the fact that it's long, but it's a damn long post).
Intro
I recently replayed Call of Pripyat for the millionth time, the last of the great stalker trilogy, and *very debatably* the best stalker game (I'm not saying it is, just that its in close competition with the other games because of how good it is). But where to start with a review of CoP. The best place would be something that all the games are known for, the bugs and instability of the X-ray engine.
Stability and Bugs
Generally the stalker series is known for its jankiness. It's ragdolls and loud object collision (whenever a burer tries to throw a barrel at you, and it collides with a wall repeatedly, it sounds like a fucking train is passing from two feet away) and it's crashing and freezing and buggy missions. However... Call of Pripyat is the least buggy game in the series BY FAR. No more bullshittery with missions not completing or starting, no more random crap stopping your game in its tracks, and no more insane crashing, kinda. Because ironically even though this game had less bugs than the rest, it crashed more for me, now that being said half the crashes occurred from one specific situation where my adjustable zoom would wack out and it would crash the game, so relatively, its more stable, and this is a huge step up, because like bad UI design or bad menu layouts or stuff like that, if they're there, its noticeable, and it detracts from a game in every way, even if it only effects one thing, but if they aren't there, it's less easily noticeable, but you need to focus on it, because in a day and age when companies pump out games after one year and they are bug ridden on day one with horrible game breaking lag, it's good to look at stable games and congratulate them on not fucking it up. But this game has other problems they traded for a stable game, like the difficulty of the game.
Difficulty and overall gameplay - Intro
Another thing stalker is known for doing is having pseudo-realistic difficulties and in the case of clear sky slightly less realistic difficulty where everyone carries a 20 pack of grenades and is also an mlb pitcher. But a perfect balance of difficulty is needed (similar to SHoC's mid game), and after clear sky's disastrous difficulty spikes and grenade aimbots and unfair one shots, I think GSC reeled it in and the result is a... slightly disappointingly easy game for a number of reasons.
Difficulty - Economy and Monetary exploits. - trust me, it needs its own section
In a game with a money or trading system, economy is essential to a game's difficulty being successful, and with the previous games they struck a good balance where the player would receive the big boi gear as they got deeper into the game, and money farming was ineffective in getting enough cash to purchase good gear. Also the good gear was only sold when the player got into better standing with people and better gear was slowly opened to the player as they proved themselves to the traders around them in the late game. But in cop, they royally fucked up, and I don't mean it in a way like it's slightly bad and good gear is unlocked a little to early, NO, to put into perspective, by my 4th hour of playing SHoC, I got an AK, a good pistol, and a stalker suit, pretty standard right? By my 4th hour in this playthrough of CoP, I had an Exo, an FT2000M, and a black kite pistol. WTF, you might be asking? What kinda super drugs are you on, what kinda mods do you got installed, what difficulty are you playing, and to that I answer in order of the questions, just cocaine LSD and some zone brewed "potions", no gameplay mods just absolute textures, and I'm playing on the chad difficulty, master. The secret lies in two ingredients that work together to break the economy, artifacts, and sleeping, with these two properties on your side, you can garner unlimited power and rubles. You see, if you sleep for two weeks, (after sleeping for these two weeks just pop one bread or sausage and you've filled up for the whole week... good game design GSC) and then go to all the anomaly fields in Zaton, you will acquire around 80k rubles worth of artifacts, sell them, repeat, and by the first month of in game time (or as I previously stated around 2-4 hours of irl time), you can order an FT from nimble, an exo from nimble, and a nice pistol or smg for shredding dogs. The reason this works is because emissions cause artifacts to form and by sleeping through a bunch of emissions, the anomalies will have made a treasure trove of artifacts. You couldn't do this in previous games because
A. The anomaly fields were not marked and were not as heavily concentrated as in CoP
B. You couldn't sleep to pass emissions rapidly
C. Damage wasn't as low as it is in CoP, meaning you would get sparked out instantly for one mistake.
By now you've realized the problem, money is worth too much for its relative IRL Time spent - amount acquired ratio, and because AI isn't good at artifact hunting and they'll basically never acquire anything its left all to you. Now some people out there will go, "so what, don't use this strategy if you don't like it, loot corpses for shitty guns like us chads out here" and to that I say, even if I can ignore an op strat, doesn't negate its existence and its effect on the game, when I can acquire top tier loot on my first day of playing IRL, we have a problem. A side effect of this "exploit" is that it renders any form of looting after a firefight completely worthless, because why do inventory management and weight - benefit analysis if you can just spend 10 minutes farming artifacts for a 100x better reward, it also trivializes many missions, why hunt a chimera in the dark if all you get is rubles and cheaper prices, I can just farm a little longer to make up for the money I lose by not having the cheaper prices, you see the problem now right? It affects everything and it just puts a stain on so many parts of this game, even more than what I already mentioned, the economy is broken, it affects parts of this game you wouldn't expect to be affected, and it's a damn shame.
Game Difficulty - Damage, balance, difficulty of specific sequences and enemies
Even if the economy is bad, and you can get top shelf gear in the first section, if the game is brutal, with pseudo-realistic damage values, it shouldn't matter right, well, yeah, but that isn't the case with this game, this isn't another clear sky where grenades rain from the heavens and bullets make you bleed like a chicken with its head chopped off, it's more reined in, lesser damage values, less bullet sponges relatively, and if the economy worked, this game would have had the best damage values for this type of game, probably rivaling the gameplay of SHoC. But for this section lets assume you aren't exploiting or farming artifacts or trying for money, and you get everything as you progress through the game at a steady rate. Then the balance works quite well, enemies in zaton early on carry at best IL 86's or chasers or aks, which works for lower level combat, then as you do missions for the loners or bandits, those respective factions get stronger, and late game stalkers can be seen with at best vintorez's and sgi's and spas 12s. This works, and it makes Zaton more fun to come back to later, instead of just as a place to get artifacts easy or talk to cardan about item 62. This wasn't the case in SHoC or CS, cordon would stay the same and coming back to talk to sidor was a chore instead of anything fun at all. Many people have fond memories of SHoC and getting scared by bloodsuckers and mutants in X-16 but as someone who recently replayed it after a while, I have distinct memories of running across cordon and garbage to fulfill quests that expired in a day and gave me little to no reason to complete them. Something I believe they fixed in CoP but I'm getting of topic, anyway difficulty rightfully scales into the endgame, and in some of the more difficult sequences you are pitted against many skilled monolith fighters with powerful snipers and Tunders/As vals. This gives replay value to the game and it makes staying in the zone a bit more fun, as you can engage tough enemies in unscripted encounters more often.
Mutants
But as we all know, stalker has two enemy types, stalkers, and mutants, and the mutants in the game are super difficult, and make up for the faults in the difficulty of firefights. New additions include the burer, a higher difficulty poltergeist capable of not only throwing crap at you, but also hitting you with powerful psy blasts, pulling your gun out of your hands, and throwing up psy shields to block your bullets, they also throw back grenades but whatever I guess. Yeah if that sounded hard it is, burers just combined too many of the abilities of other mutants, the kinetic abilities of the poltergeist, the psy blasts of controllers, and the relatively high resistance to bullets of mutants like the pseudogiant (stemming from their ability to block damage, their actual health is more like a controller's health). Another mutant is the Chimera, a terrifying acrobatic melee based mutant capable of leaping a huge distance to attack the player, shredding health and dropping players in close to two leaps. They act much like snorks but with increased damage, maneuverability, and a lot more health, requiring the player to use snipers or shotguns or even rpgs/grenades to kill them (rpg is my personal favorite, the damage was just perfect). Each mutant tells its own story with its appearance and much can be assumed about them before the disaster, its interesting and the new mutant additions both spice up the gameplay and difficulty, and also add to the extensive stalker lore. The returning mutants don't do anything new but stalker never messes up the scary moments caused by bloodsuckers and controllers and the like, but obviously its expected from a stalker game. Although something I noticed is that snorks seem to be really op in this game? Like they can jump miles with incredible accuracy, good health, and they do lots of damage, I had more trouble with snorks in this game than with chimeras, probably cause I only saw three of the latter, and only fought two of them.
Level Design
I didn't know of a section to put this so its on its own. But rightfully so, as SHoC and CS both used the same maps and map design (I'm aware CS added more maps, but they are very similar to the maps in SHoC in terms of design) they weren't as unique in that regard. But CoP mixed up the formula for maps, whereas the previous games had much more linear maps, with very few open maps, like army warehouses and great swamps being the outliers in my opinion. But was this change good? Did it positively affect immersion and gameplay, my answer to this is a resounding yes. I've always been fascinated with open worlds, they can depict a location in its entirety, and really immerse me in a world, so it disappoints me when I run into fences or forced barriers in a game about a real life location. That's also why I'm so excited for stalker 2, where they say there's no greyed out areas or blurred areas and everything goes into everything else directly without loading screens. So in CoP they opened up the map, and from the way the locations were set up, its very rare for the player to lose their immersion from running into a fence. However, the immersion is sometimes broken in locations like the cement factory, from which you can literally see pripyat over a fence, and could totally walk to, but, its the end of the boundary. But most locations in the map were in open places that didn't make me think, hmm, why can't I leave this place, compare this to a place like cordon, where every bit of it is locked off by hills and fences, it makes me feel like I'm in a game, or a shitty call of duty level, not a world, not a zone.
Side Missions and their drastic improvements
So something I always found annoying about the previous games was that the missions were boring to play, they were something that got you money that was it, you go to sidor, he tells you words, and then you go do what the mission asks, no story, and if there was one, it was basic, the dogs bother the local stalker? kill them! This guy is scamming harder than the great scammorovich? cant be having that, kill him! And fun as the shooting is in these games you need either a reason or something of interest to immerse you in the game and give you the motivation to blast people with shotguns and aks. This was also what annoyed me about the faction war system in CS and got me really uninterested in it, you did nothing besides shoot enemies and wait for your friendly troops to move their fat asses to the point you were defending, it wasn't very fun or interesting, and its the exact opposite in CoP, no mission (besides maybe the small missions at the waster processing plant and the one in substation workshops where you give the guy food for the tools) has a bad and not engaging story, and even if they did, this game offers something more, connectivity between the missions, take vano's mission for example, simple, talk to the bandit leader and negotiate (or blast) your way out of the checkpoint, then go back to vano and get his thanks. So you might be saying, that's not a good or engaging story, vano's not even funny, and yeah, I guess you're right, but think of it like this, his mission isn't explained in one dialogue box, it does something more than just shoot a guy or get a weapon or item, it isn't repeatable and it contributes to an achievement (which adds really good positive modifiers to your character) and it ties into another mission, where you can recruit vano to go with you to pripyat. That's what's so awesome about these missions, the heart of the oasis mission contributes to good standing with the scientists (which gives a good ending and an achievement when you have good enough standing) who will then let you take a closed respiratory suit for sokolov to go with you to pripyat as well. Almost every mission in this game has purpose and structure as a mission, you aren't running someone busy work for no reason, you're doing something that will both help in the long run and in the short term, that's good side mission design, tying back into the main missions and main content. However, that doesn't mean they should remove radiant quests, beard does offer a rudimentary artifact collection quest that's radiant, but besides that there's no reliable way to acquire money through missions, and as much as I jerk off missions with stories and tie ins to the main questline, radiant quests do add a way to make money through a reliable way that isn't hunting down every other stalker, but then again, hunting down every other stalker is pretty easy with how the faction system is.
Factions
Factions are a series staple for stalker, they provide side missions, different ideologies, gameplay changes, and were, and still are, great ideas. So how are they handled in this game, well, pretty poorly if I'm honest. Now obviously we can't have the Major join a faction (he more sides with them, he doesn't hardcore become a member of one of them), he's there on a mission, not to help out with the squabbles of the zone. But it seems stupid that he would ever join freedom as they hate the military and are "anarchists and bandits." I dunno, its a nitpick but no matter what he's a military man, not a freedom loving anarchist, he'd probably actually join Duty or stay out of the conflict. But that's just from a story and lore standpoint, what about from a gameplay standpoint? Well, this is another thing that hinders the difficulty, in every stalker game there are always those that are hostile, in this game obviously you can't be hostile to the military, but there still has to be plenty of shooting hostile faction members, if I side with duty obviously I should be out there blasting freedomers and they should be blasting me, but sadly, the faction system is weird. Do you remember shooting a bandit in CS as a pure kneejerk reaction from all those times you shot them in SHoC? I do, and I also remember that for the rest of the game the bandits (rightfully) hated me and I could not join them later. That sucked, but I liked that I had something to shoot at for the rest of the game, but do you want to know something cool? If I shoot a bandit squad, the whole faction doesn't come after me, EVER, and no matter how many of a neutral faction you shoot they will not engage you on sight and be angry all the time, it sucks and really dumbs down what I consider to be a series staple the choice between having the benefits of siding with a faction and having to sometimes fight off enemy faction members, it also makes the game, you guessed it, incredibly easy, and that's just another thing to add to the already large list of things that make this game easy. But there's more faction trouble, even if we say that shooting neutral guys doesn't matter to overall standing, what if you do missions that take down duty or freedom, surely then they'll hate you right? Well yes, but actually not always, you see in the list of achievements one of them is diplomat, that causes factions to respect you more and it raises your friendship with them just enough that even if you get to be a "friend of (your faction name here)," the opposite faction is still neutral to you, so remember back in this post when I said that enemies would stay challenging so that it made sense to return and fight enemies in the previous zones? well disregard that now, because if you get diplomat, you don't have much incentive to return to previous parts of the zone because the enemies there (usually mercs as in the case of Zaton) have been killed or dealt with in other ways, and now the factions just won't mess with you, so the only threats are mutants, which are usually just fleshes and dogs which aren't fun to fight or hard to fight. Again, they made a game that has so many advantages to free play modes, you can immerse yourself by hunting for artifacts, the shooting mechanics are awesome, the graphics and most importantly the sound design make you more immersed than before. But they also put so many obstacles to stop you from having this fun, now I hear you all scream, "just don't do the diplomat achievement you idiot!" yeah, I usually try not to get it, but that doesn't mean it doesn't exist, its still bad design imo, not using a game mechanic because it's bad doesn't remove it from existence, especially when it's something you literally get by doing two missions the right way, not exactly something you would get out of nowhere. So the faction system isn't that great in this game, and it becomes clearer and clearer as you play the game, because as soon as you get to Pripyat, where no one is your friend, and most mutants and stuff like that are really powerful, you see how much easier it was before, walking around the zone and not having enemies is like playing a mario game without enemies, yeah you could still fall into a hole or die by missing a jump, but the tension of dying is significantly lower and so is the difficutly.
Atmosphere
Now, we come to the series' strongsuit, atmosphere, and yeah, I love this game's atmosphere, its probably one of my favorite aspects of this game, seriously the sound design in this game in particular is super good. The zone constantly "whispers" at you, you'll hear echoey pieces of dialogue, monster noises in the distance, gunshots from far off battles, but my favorite of these is definitely the whispers, they are creepy and they flow into the eery background music, making the player feel constantly on edge, and that's a great effect, but unfortunately the whispers get turned off by an achievement and its annoying. I hear a lot of people go on and on about the atmosphere of clear sky but honestly, I never saw it, perhaps it was because I was so focused on the gameplay the atmosphere fell away, it didn't seem that much better than SHoC's and imo gameplay is just as important to atmosphere as visuals and sound design. I know I ragged on the economy breaking artifact exploit but think about it, thats exactly what every stalker does, they sit inside, then they go out and take artifacts to sell them and progress, and really that's the most important thing about that mechanic to me, I feel like a stalker, wandering the zone and acquiring any artifact I find, then selling it and living a looter's lifestyle, its atmosphere building at it's finest. Horror is also really prevalent in this game, especially in pripyat, and in every zone there's a section dedicated to horror, for Zaton, there's two main ones, the first is a completely off the grid encounter, no mission marker, no zone marker, no nothing, small cave in the cliffside houses a controller and the human he killed to take the cave. As you enter a harsh voice speaks to you and tells you to leave, this chilled me hard, but I went in anyway and as soon as I heard the signature high pitch of the controller's influence, I nearly shat my pants and ran. The other moment of horror is the bloodsucker lair, and the specific moment of walking into the room full of 10-12 sleeping bloodsuckers, that also got me good. SHoC was also really good at moments like this, but I felt the general eeriness of the environments in CoP made it beat out SHoC for scariest subsequent playthroughs for me. Obviously nothing can top the labs (scary as all hell, amazing part of SHoC), but for most of SHoC, there wasn't much ambience or real fright for me, but that's just me, many standby CS and SHoC as most atmospheric, me though, I just don't feel it in those games, although I see how they could be perceived that way.
Story
... I'm sorry I can't defend this utter catastrophe, because its, well its truly fucking abysmal, want me to summarize it for you? Major goes to 5 places to look at broken bits of crap surrounded by anomalies, he then does random shit for another dude of questionable voice acting talent, while learning the same shit we already fucking new and slightly expanding our knowledge of how the gauss rifle works and how someone is controlling the monolith (never explained tho cause fuck you that's why), then he leaves the zone, and we play a google slides (its a damn good one though I'll get to that). Seriously that its, we don't get any lore expansion, relative to the other games, and it's sad really, although it doesn't affect my enjoyement much, I kinda just see the helos and main story as an end goal, and the fun is in between, not ahead, that's compared to my playthrough of SHoC or CS, where my endgoal felt much more hyped up while the gameplay deteriorated into non relevance as I struggled to reach the end cutscene. And for me, I enjoy the former style of gameplay. And on that note, some of the story sections are the best parts of the gameplay or interesting moments, when you activate stingray 1, a horde of mutants is attracted, and you engage in a sort of tower defense game for the next minute as monsters rush you, and you use the mines that litter the area to deal with the first mutants. But of course that's not the best, because GSC finally figured out how to do an end section, only took em 2 games. In previous games the end sections lasted for fucking ever, think about SHoC at least, what you can do is basically head back after clearing the scorcher, and then fight through the rest of the game, you know, TWO WHOLE FUCKING AREAS WITH ONE SET OF CRAP, even if you pick up fang's exo and grab a spare gun and 2k ammo, you're still not guaranteed success as you wander through the halls of the CNPP, taking on over 100 different people for the best ending, plus snipers and rpgs. How about CS? Same thing, minus the guns being able to break, because squad leaders in CS could repair your guns, nice job GSC, thanks for removing the worst part of SHoC's ending, the feeling of shredded armor. In CS though, you probably fight through more people almost on your own, you go to red forest, shoot at bandits like you're playing the bridge section in COD:MW2 (the parallels are hilarious) but instead of 5 minutes its 30 minutes of non stop renegades who are supposedly the weakest faction after their collapse, but suddenly they muster up the half the zone to stand you down. And after that you still have to fight through Limansk, then Hospital, then the final bossfight, and that bossfight can also glitch out and become unbeatable but we don't have to talk about that. So from a gameplay perspective, what does CoP do? Well first of all it lets you start it on your own terms (relatively) instead of doing one mission and oops now you're thrust into the end sequences without breaks. The end sequence is also very short and sweet, one final push through monolith territory to leave the zone, its quite triumphant really, and if you took enough people with you in pripyat 1 (which is coincidentally also one of the best story gameplay moments) you have an easier time extracting with all of your men, its sort of the game's final hurrah, where you face off against the zone's toughest, aka snorks and a 30 man group of monolith and around 20 zombies, but its not constant, there's moments in between the action so you get build up to the fight. It was really good, but, ironically it was a bit short for an end sequence, because the whole sequence is track a signal, talk to strelok, then do extraction, maybe a section where you thinned out monolith forces or took out their *cough cough* RPGS AND GAUSS RIFLE USERS, that definitely should have been attacking the choppers as they landed, but I guess they were all doing other stuff I don't know the monolith's ways. This way the section wouldn't have felt as rushed as it did, you're basically just doing stuff and then, poof strelok appears and tells you the answers to all your problems and then you leave, ya need something to pad that out a little bit.
Miscellaneous gripes and great parts of the game
Repairing makes a return, with the upgrading mechanic returning in a much more fleshed out way: you get the three tool boxes and you can upgrade, although some upgrades are unique to the clear sky bro novikov, some are unique to Nitro and some are unique to cardan. This makes it a worthwile venture to get all the tools and the research for novikov so you can get the very best things. I like how you find them, I like the logic behind their placement, its great, and compared to CS's system where you find individual usb drives for the individual upgrades its really good, because CS's system required you to look it up or buy every single stash location from everyone then search every single one to find the correct upgrades. A small gripe I had was the lack of guidance on how to become friends with the different factions, most of the quests have little to do with helping the faction except for the warehouse underground, but that PDA (morgan's pda that starts the quest) is a really stupid idea to have as a quest starter, like most people who do that quest either haven't gone to Yanov yet and won't know that the other factions are even there, or they'll just sell it to Owl without recognizing it's importance, and the main problem is picking it up doesn't start a quest, it doesn't do anything of note, but it directly influences your ability to get strider as a companion, and he's pretty good, so it's annoying that some faction specific quests especially the one that requires you go to a specific location in Yanov and pull a svarog detector to open a spacial anomaly, but if you do that its actually pretty cool quest and gives good world building and lore. Modding is important in the grand scheme of stalker games, they help a lot with bugs, graphical issues, and can even create whole new experiences, so its nice to know that many mods stem from CoP and getting CoP gives you access to cool mods, and it also has the biggest array of mods for itself in general. Another thing, why does strelok show up, why can't the problems be solved without strelok telling us all the answers, why can't we do it. Something that showed up out of nowhere, was the powerpoint presentation that they had replacing the beginning and end of the game, as well as some cutscenes in between. These presentations are actually super cool, the one at the beginning of the game is both voice acted well and has good visuals, it also wraps up the plot of the previous games for us and any new players, its nice, and I like how the ending can show different things depending on the decisions you made and the missions you completed. I love it, a great artstyle a great idea, I want more slideshow stuff in the next game GSC.
Conclusion
By now you're probably saying, "dude you say all the time that CoP is your favorite, but you sure got a lot of shit to say and talk down about it," and yeah, but its because I love it so much I want to criticize it, its important to see flaws and point them out so that they will be remedied, and drawing sever attention to them creates a sense that they need to be fixed, even though, in my opinion they really aren't that bad. And truly its all down to player choice, recently there was a poll about which game was your favorite and it seemed even between SHoC and CoP, with CS trailing behind, which kind of encapsulated my experience with those games. However, I want to stress that it's definitely all down to player choice, these were based on my experiences, and I expect I'll have to fight tooth and nail to defend the atmosphere in this game because I love it, but most dislike it or prefer the other games' atmosphere, and it only a testament to how good and fun the gameplay is that the poorly designed economy didn't ruin it for me, a game where you earn something too fast and without skill or great thinking is usually a big turn off for me, I like a tougher economy, its why I loved Anomaly's economy, and it's also why I'll probably check out Misery after this and do a sort of review on that, because there seems to be a lot of argument around how fun the mod is and I've heard its tougher. In my opinion the story of this game isn't important, nor how the character's react, its about atmosphere, and gameplay, in fact the stories in the other games were not so great themselves, sure CS had a mildly interesting one, but it's more about the lore and the world for a story like this, and the other game's definitely did well in that section. Now here's my final thoughts on the series as a whole:
SHoC - Amazing start to a series, good graphics for its time, a decently made story, great horror sections and bursting with atmosphere in a world that while it looks dated now still immerses the player in its world. That being said I see this series as a sort of 3 stages of a cocaine high, SHoC is the beginning of the high and the weird attention to some things and neglect toward other things is prevalent, for instance the quests all have a day long time limit, that's tight if you want to complete more than one quest at a time
CS - In my opinion this is when the crash from the lack of cocaine kicked in, many bizarre changes to difficulty and overall balancing left the game in an odd state, coupled with the fact that the game was incredibly unstable and buggy at launch (and still today it is) it predictable flopped in the eyes of most fans, however, despite the shit I throw at this game, I recognize it's importance, because the mechanics birthed the refined mechanics of CoP, without CS, CoP would have had horrible mechanics, a bad engine incapable of many things (actually the CS engine was really good, just take a look at the new animations) and unfinished mechanics, in my eyes, CS was not the success I had hoped for, but that doesn't mean it wasn't both important and loved by many fans, and I won't be the one to argue your enjoyement of it, just my own.
CoP - Now, fresh from their cocaine high and crash, GSC pulled together it's ideas pooled from the previous games to create another one, with the most refined mechanics and idea implementation, but I'm a firm believer that mechanics don't make a game good, just their usage in the gameplay, which, to some, lacked the difficulty of the previous games, its like GSC relaxed from it's harsh difficulty to deliver a game that felt more safe, and that's both good, and bad.
Well that's that, to be clear my personal favorite is CoP, if yours is different, say why, don't just rant about how I don't know anything, because I'm already well aware of that, but seriously even if you just like it and can't explain why, great, if a series has one set thing that everyone likes, the devs never innovate, so it's good when people support different games.
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2020.09.18 06:42 IUActivities Activities at IU Sep18-27

It is harder than normal to socialize and meet new people, so here is a list of activities for this week. This e-mailed list is mostly comprised of club events, but there are also some IU calendars to check out: https://beinvolved.indiana.edu/events https://events.iu.edu/bloomington/ You can find the Google Doc of this week here: Link At the end of this message is a list of Club Chats: GroupMe, Slack, or Discord.

Week of Sept 18th-27th Activities:

Times are Eastern/Bloomington/New York

Friday, September 18th

Friday Crafternoon

Cost: Free Contact: [email protected] Time: 12-1pm Location: In-Person Outside: 7th and Jordan Event Description: Stop to pick up or gather with others to do a craft activity. Each week, we’ll feature a different craft. Materials provided, limited quantity available.

Voting in Groups, Thinking Like Ideologues: The Paradox of Partisan Conflict in the United States

Cost: Free Host Organization: Center on American Politics Time: 12:30-2pm Location: Online https://iu.zoom.us/j/99946112490 Event Description: Using an original survey experiment, Schmidt confirms that partisan identifiers find it easier to associate their opponents with stereotypical policies rather than stereotypical groups. Moreover, ideology offers citizens uniquely high-quality information about parties.

Egocentric computer vision, for fun and for science

Cost: Free Host Organization: Luddy School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering CS Colloquium Series Contact: Roni Khardon ([email protected]) Time: 3pm Location: Online https://iu.zoom.us/j/684108959 Event Description: How can computer vision contribute to and benefit from this embodied perspective on the world? In this talk, I’ll argue for why computer vision on egocentric images and videos is uniquely challenging and interesting, and I’ll present some of my lab’s recent work in this area, focusing on two specific lines of work.

Spanish Study and Conversation tables

Cost: $0 Host Organization: Grupo Ñ Contact: [email protected] Time: 4-5pm Location: Online https://iu.zoom.us/j/93596410067 Description of Org: Grupo Ñ is a club for IU students interested in Spanish. The group focuses on creating and sharing events to broaden our understanding of Hispanic culture and to provide opportunities to practice speaking. Event Description: Come study and chat (in Spanish of course!). There will be upperclassmen who can help you review classwork that confuses you and prepare for the looming midterms, or you can just practice speaking in Spanish. We meet every Friday from 4-5pm through Zoom.

Inside Outdoors

Cost: FREE Host Organization: IU Outdoor Adventures Contact: [email protected] Time: 5pm Location: Online https://iu.zoom.us/j/95115205986?pwd=ZVJFWDZ0dDNWRnBVTi9Xc2VWVjJWUT09 Description of Org: UOA has helped members of the IU community lead active lifestyles by providing opportunities to participate in programs that foster a love of the outdoors. Offering academic courses for credit, gear rentals, adventure trips, workshops, and more, they're sure to have your next adventure in mind. Event Description: Inside Outdoors is a virtual sub-division of our IU Outdoors series, where Outdoor Adventures hosts a space for students, faculty, and staff to join in and talk about outdoor opportunities on and off IU’s campus.

Volunteering at Middle Way House

Cost: FREE Host Organization: Movement Exchange at IU Contact: Must register in order to participate. Email [email protected] for details on how to sign up. Time: 5p-6p Location: In-Person: Middle Way House Description of Org: We aim to use our love for dance as a way to connect with various communities. Event Description: Volunteer at Middle Way House on Fridays

Rosh Hashanah Services

Cost: FREE Host Organization: IU Hillel (Hillel Outreach and Special Events) Contact: Sue Silberberg, [email protected] Time: 7pm Location: In -Person AND Online In-Person: Hillel, 730 E 3rd St - In-person: registration required at https://calendly.com/iuhillel/high-holiday?month=2020-09 Virtual: registration required at https://calendly.com/mason-iu/virtual-rosh-hashana-services-programs?month=2020-09 Description of Org: Hillel is the Jewish “home away from home” at IU. Join your Hoosier Hillel family for great ways to meet other students and for learning and/or leadership opportunities. Go to iuhillel.org for more information. Event Description: Shana Tova from your Hoosier Hillel Family! Happy New Year! Rosh Hashanah begins Friday evening September 18 and continues through September 20. Conservative/Traditional Egalitarian Service, Reform/Musical Service, Rosh Hashanah Happy Hour, Torah/Learn about the binding of Isaac, Shofar Blowing and Tashlich. (see full schedule at https://iuhillel.org/high-holiday-2020-schedule)

Outdoor Movie: Mean Girls

Cost: FREE Host Organization: Indiana Memorial Union Board Contact: [email protected] Time: 9pm-10:45pm Location: In-Person Prebys Amphitheatre 100 S. Valentine Road, Bloomington, Indiana Description of Org: Another weekend of outdoor movie screenings sponsored by The Indiana Memorial Union Board and in partnership with the Indiana Memorial Union. Event Description: This Friday night tune into Mean Girls which has become a “cult classic” written by Tina Fey and starring Lindsay Lohan.

eSports Nite: Fortnite

Cost: FREE Host Organization: IU Late Nite Contact: [email protected] Time: 9pm-1am Location: Online https://beinvolved.indiana.edu/event/6183906 Description of Org: a campus-wide initiative that offers free activities and events after 9pm, Thursday through Saturday. Event Description: Join our virtual event that combines fun and competition hosted by a professional video game announcer! Think you've got what it takes to compete? Make sure you register in advance on beINvolved! Or, if you prefer to watch rather than play, tune in to our live twitch stream and cheer on your fellow Hoosiers! Here is the link to the registration page for this specific tournament. https://tournaments.bravous.com/tournaments/119313f2798a2f6ff5fedc3104044bca/register

Saturday, September 19th

Self-Care Saturday: Paper Weaving [Virtual]

Cost: Free Contact: [email protected] Time: 10:30-11am Location: Online Register to receive an email with the Zoom link: https://iu.zoom.us/webinaregisteWN_JjOfGteOQpCROJj2YH7lhQ Event Description: Unwind with artmaking. Drawing inspiration from Sarah Urist Green’s The Art Assignment, guests will learn how to make their own paper weaving using simple materials they have at home. Grab some paper, something to cut with (scissors, xacto knife, etc.), and a touch of creativity. This activity is great to do on your own or with friends or family!

Volunteer Service Saturday

Cost: $0 Host Organization: African Women's Leadership Organization (AWLO) Contact: [email protected] Time: 10AM-12PM Location: In Person Salvation Army, 115 N Rogers St Bloomington, IN 47404 Description of Org: African Women's Leadership Organization intends to to motivate and empower Afrocentric women while supporting women within the African continent. Event Description: AWLO will be volunteering at the Salvation Army for our very first Service Saturday! We will be working on sizing, kid's department, photos, fixing bookshelves, and more! Closed toe shoes will be required, hope to see you there!

Classical Connections Zoom Concert Series

Cost: free Host Organization: Classical Connections Contact: [email protected] Time: 1pm EST Location: online https://iu.zoom.us/j/91768188053 Meeting ID: 917 6818 8053 Description of Org: Classical Connections works with students from the Jacobs School of Music to bring the joy of music to diverse areas of the greater Bloomington community through musical performance, educational engagement, and interpersonal development. Event Description: Virtual musical concert for the Bloomington community featuring Jacobs School of Music students. If you are interested in performing for future concerts please email [email protected].

Outdoor Movie : Creed

Cost: free Host Organization: Indiana Memorial Union Board Contact: [email protected] Time: 9pm-11:15pm Location: In-Person Prebys Amphitheatre 100 S. Valentine Road, Bloomington, Indiana Description of Org: Another weekend of outdoor movie screenings sponsored by The Indiana Memorial Union Board and in partnership with the Indiana Memorial Union. Event Description: The former World Heavyweight Champion Rocky Balboa serves as a trainer and mentor to Adonis Johnson, the son of his late friend and former rival Apollo Creed.

Sunday, September 20th

Indoor Movie: Mean Girls

Cost: Free Host Organization: Indiana Memorial Union Board Films Contact: [email protected] Time: 2pm Location: In Person: IMU WHITTENBERGER RSVP Here: https://beinvolved.indiana.edu/event/6447195_ga=2.113252932.2130990725.1600313240-1316309806.1600116586 Event Description: Cady Heron is a hit with The Plastics, the A-list clique at her new school until she makes the mistake of falling for Aaron Samuels, the ex-boyfriend of alpha Plastic Regina Georgia. Rated PG-13. Please note: An RSVP does not guarantee you a spot at the event, limited space available. Please arrive early. Check-in begins 30 minutes before the start time of the movie. LIABILITY WAIVER REQUIRED https://iu.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_56nSRZms1DYhkJD

Monday, September 21st

Ultimate Frisbee Tabling Recruitment

Cost: $0 Host Organization: IU Women’s Ultimate Frisbee Contact: [email protected] Time: 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM Location: Showalter Fountain Description of Org: Women’s Ultimate Frisbee Club at IU accepts new players from all skillsets. Women’s Ultimate Frisbee Club is a non-profit Ultimate Frisbee team for women at Indiana University. Event Description: Women’s Ultimate Frisbee Club at IU will set up a recruitment table on campus to recruit new members at 1:00PM – 3:00PM on Monday, September 21st.

IU Asian Culture Center, Purdue University, and University of Illinois present “Minor Feelings” Book Discussion Series

Cost: Free Contact: [email protected] Time: 12:30-1:30pm Location: Online E-mail for link Event Description: Join us as we read and discuss Cathy Park Hong’s Minor Feelings. Interested in attending? Please email [email protected] to receive a webinar link. IU students, faculty, and staff can access the e-book here

Jackbox Virtual Game Night

Cost: Free Host Organization: Student Athletic Board Contact: [email protected] Time: 5-6pm Location: Online https://iu.zoom.us/j/7473056790?pwd=L3pYOVBOanF3eHJYNTRqeTVGU3kzZz09 Meeting ID: 747 305 6790 Password: Gamenight" Description of Org: SAB provides students the opportunity to be an active part of the planning, organizing, and successful completion of athletic events. Event Description: Jackbox games for people to play throughout the event.

Aikido Short-Staff Practice

Cost: Free Host Organization: Aikido Club at IU Contact: [email protected] Time: 5:30-7pm Location: In-Person In front of the Intramural Center (Woodlawn and 8th) Description of Org: A martial art club emphasizing the continuous connection between the persons practicing a technique by redirecting their energy and intent, rather than clashing with them head-on, thus resolving the conflict in a energy-efficient way. Event Description: Physically distanced weapon practice. Training weapons are available to borrow.

The Ethics of COVID-19

Cost: Free Contact: [email protected] Time: 6:30-7:30pm Location: Online URL: https://iu.zoom.us/j/93033580754 Meeting ID: 930 3358 0754 Event Description: Tune in to this timely talk from internal medicine and pulmonary/critical care doctors on the ethics of COVID!

Defining Democracy: The Responsibility of Civic Engagement

Cost: Free Time: 7-8:30pm Location: Online https://iu.zoom.us/j/99178364501 Event Description: Part One of the IU Libraries’ Be an Informed Voter! Virtual Democracy Gatherings. Featuring Ann Birch, President of the League of Women Voters of Bloomington-Monroe and Martin Law, BLM B-town Core Council Member.

Tuesday, September 22nd

Discs in Dunn Meadow

Cost: $0 Host Organization: Women’s Ultimate Frisbee Club Contact: [email protected] Time: 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM Location: Dunn Meadow Description of Org: Women’s Ultimate Frisbee Club at IU accepts new players from all skillsets. Women’s Ultimate Frisbee Club is a non-profit Ultimate Frisbee team for women at Indiana University. Event Description: Women’s Ultimate will practice throwing discs in Dunn Meadow (while sanitizing their hands and/or wearing gloves). This is a recruitment event.

Quantitative Methods: Free help for graduate students doing research

Cost: Free Contact: [email protected] Time: 4-6pm Location: Online https://iu.zoom.us/j/94825645900 Event Description: Offered by IU School of Education Inquiry Methodology Program in the Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology. Need help with your research methods? Join Montserrat Medinaceli for Quantitative Methods, Tuesdays from 4 – 6pm

Outdoor Taekwondo Practice

Cost: Free Host Organization: Taekwondo Club at Indiana University Contact: [email protected] Time: 5:30pm Location: In-Person Outdoors at the Arboretum (Near the intramural center) Description of Org: The I.U. Tae Kwon Do Club has been an active part of the Indiana University Martial Arts Program since 1969. In that time we have trained hundreds of black belts and taught the basics of Tae Kwon Do to thousands of I.U. students. Event Description: Outdoor martial arts practice

Bloomington Birders Call-out Meeting!

Cost: Free Host Organization: Bloomington Birders Contact: [email protected] Time: 6-7pm Location: Online https://iu.zoom.us/j/96965041062?pwd=djNuM2d5RkNndm03cFo0a3hKa05HQT09 Description of Org: Bloomington Birders is a club concerned with local birds in Bloomington. Some activities the club participates in are birding, habitat construction, and learning more about our local birds. Event Description: Join us for a call-out meeting on Tuesday, September 22nd! We'll discuss our plans for the year and what we want the club to accomplish.

Take A Stand Talks: How does IU respond to violence against Trans students?

Cost: Free Host Organization: Office for Sexual Violence Prevention and Victim Advocacy Contact: [email protected] Time: 6-7:15pm Location: Online https://iu.zoom.us/j/98073724516 Description of Org: TAS Talks is a platform that allows students to connect with community safety and response professionals and experts. This is a place where participants can ask questions and discuss topics that they can't anywhere else. Event Description: A virtual roundtable discussion about the concerns and campus response to gender-based violence against Trans students.

Workout with Fencing Club

Cost: Free Host Organization: Fencing Club at IU Contact: [email protected] Time: 8-9pm 9-10pm is Social Hour Location: Online https://iu.zoom.us/j/99465430902 Description of Org: The Fencing Club at Indiana University is open to anyone in or connected to the IU community who is interested in modern sport fencing. Event Description: Zoom workout led by Fencing Club, followed by social time.

Civic Action, Advocacy, and Policy Considerations for Music Educators

Cost: Free Host Organization: The National Association for Music Education at IU Contact: Ava Traum ([email protected]) Time: 8-9pm Location: Online: Zoom < https://iu.zoom.us/j/91440392599?pwd=V1RuMXZaSTkzaU9tL0R2aXJFYW5rZz09 > < Meeting ID: 914 4039 2599 > < Password: nafme > Description of Org: NAfME at IU, is an organization through which students may attend sponsored events, find volunteer opportunities in local area schools, attend the state music education convention, assist IU in various projects throughout the year, and more as an advocate for musical learning. Event Description: Come learn about how you can register to vote, make a voting plan, and participate in the November 2020 general election! ​Additionally, we will explore ways in which to engage in music education advocacy and policy, including issues surrounding the profession, practice and equity.

Wednesday, September 23rd

Indiana Cybersecurity Regulation Virtual Event

Cost: Free Contact: [email protected] Time: 2-3pm Location: Online Register here: https://events.uschamber.com/INCybersecurity. Event Description: Join ILR for a Virtual Event featuring Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill regarding his office’s new cybersecurity safe harbor rulemaking initiative.

Aikido Sword Practice

Cost: Free Host Organization: Aikido Club at IU Contact: [email protected] Time: 5:30-7pm Location: In-Person In front of the Intramural Center (Woodlawn and 8th) Description of Org: A martial art club emphasizing the continuous connection between the persons practicing a technique by redirecting their energy and intent, rather than clashing with them head-on, thus resolving the conflict in a energy-efficient way. Event Description: Physically distanced weapon practice. Training weapons are available to borrow.

Inclusive Language 101

Cost: Free Host Organization: IU Center of Excellence for Women & Technology Student Alliance Contact: [email protected] Time: 6-7pm Location: Online Please register online for the event using this link: bit.ly/IncLan101 Description of Org: The Center's Student Alliance is a student organization formed to empower and enable women of all skill levels and disciplines to pursue opportunities in technology through collaborative development and promotion of diverse, technology-related activities. Event Description: During this conversation we will define inclusive language, discuss why it matters, and practice using it. We’ll talk about ways you can actively create a more equitable and inclusive culture in your communities.

Film: The First Rainbow Coalition

Cost: Free Contact: [email protected] Time: 7pm Location: Online For the Zoom link, RSVP to [email protected] no later than September 22, 2020. Event Description: This new documentary explores the legacy of the groundbreaking 1960s Rainbow Coalition of Chicago. THE FIRST RAINBOW COALITION united poor Blacks, Whites, and Latinos to openly challenge police brutality and substandard housing in one of the most segregated cities in America.

Jacobs School of Music Community Conversations

Cost: Free Host Organization: Jacobs School of Music Community Conversations Time: 7-8:30pm Location: Online Register in advance for this meeting: https://iu.zoom.us/meeting/registetJIodemtrzkrGdRUfmCosRj3iFxaWqlp3lVq Event Description: A Conversation about Social Justice, Opera, and Race, with Lawrence Brownlee and Marietta Simpson.

NBA x DCI Series: Audition Preparation Panel

Cost: Free Host Organization: The National Band Association at Indiana University Contact: Ava Traum ([email protected]) Time: 7:30-8:30pm Location: Online: Zoom https://iu.zoom.us/j/91809918762?pwd=V2REbWp5WlV2N21aMVUxMmoxa003Zz09 < Meeting ID: 918 0991 8762 > < Password: nba > Description of Org: The National Band Association is the largest professional organization for bands in the world. NBA at IU promotes the musical and educational significance of bands and is dedicated to the attainment of a high level of excellence for bands and band music. Event Description: Come join NBA with special guests Amanda Petro, August Merback, Jesse Saldana, Bobby Burns, Annelise Wingard, and Claire Wilcox as we discuss the process of taking a DCI audition and how to prepare, so be sure to bring your questions!

Thursday, September 24th

Voting in the age of COVID-19 Annual IU Women in Cybersecurity Talk

Cost: Free Host Organization: IU Center of Excellence for Women & Technology Student Alliance Contact: [email protected] Time: 12-1pm Location: Online Pre-Register to Join: https://iu.zoom.us/meeting/registetJ0vdeCgqT4qHNwCxtGuURyVjHJmZkFDKzKV Description of Org: The Center's Student Alliance is a student organization formed to empower and enable women of all skill levels and disciplines to pursue opportunities in technology through collaborative development and promotion of diverse, technology-related activities. Event Description: Board chair of Verified Voting Barbara Simons will discuss internet voting at this annual IU Women in Cybersecurity Talk.

Suffrage: Women’s Long Battle for the Vote

Cost: Free Contact: [email protected] Time: 4-5:30pm Location: Online https://www.facebook.com/events/957986774676278/ Event Description: A panel discussion exploring the newly published book Suffrage: Women’s Long Battle for the Vote by historian Ellen Carol Dubois.

Neurodevelopment Genetics

Cost: Free Contact: [email protected] Time: 5-6pm Location: Online https://iu.zoom.us/j/94047129089 Event Description: Come learn about the exciting field of Neurodevelopment Genetics with Dr. Christensen!

Outdoor Taekwondo Practice

Cost: Free Host Organization: Taekwondo Club at Indiana University Contact: [email protected] Time: 5:30pm Location: In-Person Outdoors at the Arboretum (Near the intramural center) Description of Org: The I.U. Tae Kwon Do Club has been an active part of the Indiana University Martial Arts Program since 1969. In that time we have trained hundreds of black belts and taught the basics of Tae Kwon Do to thousands of I.U. students. Event Description: Outdoor martial arts practice

Re-imagining Relationships: imagining(imaging), reflecting, communicating (for Graduate Students)

Cost: Free Contact: [email protected] Time: 6:30-8pm Location: Online Please RSVP for Zoom details! https://events.iu.edu/bloomington/event/143340-re-imagining-relationships-imaginingimaging Event Description: This is an introductory HLS Global Studio workshop for graduate students using drawing and movement activities that engage different metaphors and conceptualizations about water and what it means to be human.

Teaching Vocal Jazz with Kat Sherman

Cost: Free Host Organization: American Choral Directors Association Contact: Madelyn Merrell, [email protected] Time: 7:00pm Location: Online https://iu.zoom.us/j/91295947935 Description of Org: ACDA is a nonprofit music education organization whose central purpose is to promote excellence in choral music through performance, composition, publication, research, and teaching. ACDA has student chapters in colleges and universities around the country. Event Description: Come learn about techniques and tips for teaching vocal jazz to students with Kat Sherman! Feel free to bring any questions you have.

Discussion with Fencing Club

Cost: Free Host Organization: Fencing Club at IU Contact: [email protected] Time: 8-10pm Location: Online https://iu.zoom.us/j/99465430902 Description of Org: The Fencing Club at Indiana University is open to anyone in or connected to the IU community who is interested in modern sport fencing. Event Description: Discussion topic with Fencing Club.

Awkward Silence Comedy Show

Cost: Free Host Organization: Awkward Silence Comedy Contact: [email protected] Time: 9pm Location: In-person, campus location TBA Description of Org: Awkward Silence Comedy is a student-run long-form improv comedy group that performs free weekly shows every Thursday on campus. Find us on Instagram/Twitter (@awkward_iub) or Facebook for weekly updates on show locations. Event Description: Come enjoy an hour of free improvised comedy! Masks and social distancing are required.

Lotus in the Meadow 2020

Cost: Free Host Organization: Indiana Memorial Union Contact: [email protected] Time: 9:30-10:30pm Location: In-Person Dunn Meadow Description of Org: IMU has served as the hub of the campus, providing a welcoming place for students, faculty, staff, alumni, and visitors to connect with each other and the campus as they eat, relax, study, play, or celebrate. Event Description: Kick-off the Lotus Festival with the Indiana Memorial Union! We'll be hosting a pre-recorded set of Nation Beat on our inflatable film screen. So grab a couple of close friends, a blanket or some lawn chairs, and prepare to dance the night away with your fellow Hoosiers in a safe, socially distanced way.

Friday, September 25th

Friday Crafternoon

Cost: Free Contact: [email protected] Time: 12-1pm Location: In-Person Outside: 7th and Jordan Event Description: Stop to pick up or gather with others to do a craft activity. Each week, we’ll feature a different craft. Materials provided, limited quantity available.

How Politicians Use Twitter to Shape Voter Beliefs

Cost: Free Contact: [email protected] Time: 2-3:30pm Location: Online https://events.iu.edu/bloomington/event/138314-how-politicians-use-twitter-to-shape-voter-beliefs Event Description: Data scientist Derek Willis from ProPublica will discuss social media data analysis that demonstrates how politicians utilize Twitter to influence voters.

Spanish Study and Conversation tables

Cost: $0 Host Organization: Grupo Ñ Contact: [email protected] Time: 4-5pm Location: Online https://iu.zoom.us/j/93596410067 Description of Org: Grupo Ñ is a club for IU students interested in Spanish. The group focuses on creating and sharing events to broaden our understanding of Hispanic culture and to provide opportunities to practice speaking. Event Description: Come study and chat (in Spanish of course!). There will be upperclassmen who can help you review classwork that confuses you and prepare for the looming midterms, or you can just practice speaking in Spanish. We meet every Friday from 4-5pm through Zoom.

EEB Seminar Series

Cost: Free Contact: [email protected] Time: 4-5pm Location: Online Zoom registration required to attend. Registration link provided here: https://iu.zoom.us/meeting/registetJcude6gqjMoH9J3ymmG6GdtIkClmgW0Afj_?_x_zm_rtaid=R2Llw1lPTaaR7X68y5P9pQ.1599564358842.f90ce0a77e2342b51744bd0d5dab2395&_x_zm_rhtaid=99 Event Description: In this seminar, I will discuss varied efforts at appreciating the role of the environment in shaping evolutionary and ecological dynamics, spanning problems in protein evolution, drug resistance, and emerging infectious diseases.

IU Outdoors: Outdoor Strengthening

Cost: Free Host Organization: IU Outdoors Contact: [email protected] Time: 4:45-6pm Location: In-Person Meet at the Woodburn Clock Tower just southwest of Woodburn Hall. Please arrive for check-in between 4:30 and 4:45 PM. Event Description: This IU Outdoors event will be split into 2 groups of no more than 15 and will travel to different unique outdoor spots on campus. At each spot, the groups will focus on a series of beginner-level body weight strengthening exercises to get our blood pumping! The hour will finalize back at the Clock Tower at 6:00 PM.

Volunteering at Middle Way House

Cost: FREE Host Organization: Movement Exchange at IU Contact: Must register in order to participate. Email [email protected] for details on how to sign up. Time: 5p-6p Location: In-Person: Middle Way House Description of Org: We aim to use our love for dance as a way to connect with various communities. Event Description: Volunteer at Middle Way House on Fridays

Let's Move! Yoga & Dance W/ IU MoCo

Cost: Free Host Organization: Movement Cooperative at Indiana University Contact: [email protected] Time: 5-6pm Location: In-Person Woodburn Clock Description of Org: The Movement Cooperative at Indiana University (MoCo) aims to create a safe and welcoming environment in which members are encouraged to explore dance through creating, learning, and experimenting with movement. Event Description: 45-minute yoga flow, followed by a short improvised performance of dance and conversation with members of the Movement Cooperative. Bring your own mat and water, all levels welcome!

Union Board Film Screenings – Ratatouille

Cost: $0 Host Organization: Union Board Contact: (812) 855-4682 Time: 9:00 PM Location: Dunn Meadow, Prebys Amphitheater, and HLS South Lawn Description of Org: Union Board is the governing body of the Indiana Memorial Union and the largest student programming organization on campus. Driven by students and student ideas, the Union Board plans a range of fun, entertaining, and educational events for students to come together, explore multiple world views, discuss current events, and learn from one another. Event Description: Union Board will present three free outdoor film screenings of Disney's Ratatouille simultaneously at Dunn Meadow, Prebys Amphitheater, and HLS South Lawn.

Saturday, September 26th

Java with Java

Cost: Free Contact: [email protected] Time: 11-Noon Location: Online Register at: https://events.iu.edu/bloomington/event/142913-java-with-java Event Description: Virtually enjoy a cup of coffee with CEWT’s Women Who Code Student Alliance Team while we code with Java – No experience necessary! This is a time where we can virtually interact with you and just hang out while coding. Grab a cup of coffee, a fully charged laptop, and an hour of your time to hang out with our team; we will use this time to breakdown the basics of the Java coding language and teach some new skills working within the environment. We hope you leave with some newfound knowledge and connections within CEWT!

The Iris Book Prize: Reading, Award Ceremony, and Discussion

Cost: Free Contact: [email protected] Time: Noon Location: Online Register: https://events.iu.edu/bloomington/event/135766-the-iris-book-prize-reading-award-ceremony-and Event Description: Join us for a reading by author David George Haskell and a discussion with guest speakers Kocku von Stuckrad and David Abram, moderated by Lisa Sideris.

Outdoor Spaces Performance Series – Meet at the Metz

Cost: Free Time: 12:00-12:45pm Location: Metz Carillon Event Description: A carillon concert sponsored by the Jacobs School of Music and the Arts and Humanities Council.

Sunday, September 27th

Shoe Cutting Event

Cost: 0$ Host Organization: Sole Hope at Indiana University Contact: [email protected] Time: 11am - 2 pm Location: In-person / TBD Description of Org: Sole Hope is a non-profit organization based out of Uganda, and the goal of this club is to support this organization by gathering monetary donations and materials needed to make shoes for those in need. Event Description: We will be coming together and gathering all materials fundraised throughout the month to cut shoes for children in Uganda.

Access @ IU — Virtual Resource Fair

Cost: Free Host Organization: The Neurodiversity Coalition at IU Contact: [email protected] Time: 2-3pm Location: Online https://beinvolved.indiana.edu/event/6412932 Description of Org: We are a group of Indiana University students, staff, faculty and community members who support initiatives to make our campus (Bloomington) more inclusive of the rights and needs of IU students with neurodiverse brain function. Event Description: Come join us via Zoom to learn not only about the Neurodiversity Coalition @ IU, but about many valuable campus and community resources to take advantage of as an IU student! Struggling with prioritizing homework? Feeling down due to the pandemic? Hoping to learn about ways to get help with tuition? Organizations and other entities in Bloomington will be present to chat with folks, provide information, and represent the excellence they bring to students. Stay tuned for an official Zoom link, as well as a complete list of participating community resources!

Additional Social Connections

Animal Club

https://groupme.com/join_group/58658194/4MQ9EWZe

Beekeeping Club at IU

https://groupme.com/join_group/53531021/XtptFHYJ

Chess Club

https://groupme.com/join_group/54949198/APsSzhtv https://discord.gg/MS989wJ

Computer Science Club at Indiana University

Join us on Slack: https://csclubiu.slack.com/signup GroupMe: https://csclub.sice.indiana.edu/groupme

Corporate Strategy Club at Indiana University

https://groupme.com/join_group/61920167/3k7zVH0y

D&D Club

GroupMe! https://groupme.com/join_group/42711637/YvuemQ Discord! https://discord.gg/EAM9wzq

Drone Club

https://discord.com/invite/YXdH4cQ

[email protected]

https://gaming.indiana.edu/ https://discordapp.com/invite/iugaming

Global Soccer Supporters

https://groupme.com/join_group/61908401/q0f4VBna

Japanese Animation and Culture Club

https://discord.gg/4p5BaYu

Magic: the Gathering Club

https://discord.gg/K2GXGud

Passive Income Development Club

https://discord.gg/PUFdAgz

Politics Club

https://groupme.com/join_group/62121259/uhrIQz6q

Scholars Without Borders

https://groupme.com/join_group/62389887/2MLlj4sC

Students for Animal Behavior at IU

https://groupme.com/join_group/48616693/Et1QkqTW

Table Tennis Club at Indiana University

https://groupme.com/join_group/43617877/QtuJCY

Women in Accounting

https://groupme.com/join_group/47306889/EDV7Wj
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