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2020.11.17 08:47 Riffdealer666 [DISCORD] [M4A] Reclaiming a Lost World

Date: April 4th 2002 Location: 207 miles west of Costa Rica, 87 miles Southwest of Isla Sorna
The rhythmic thumping of helicopter blades rumbling in a steady unison could be heard across the ocean as various helicopters as well as two large cargo ships all heading for a fog shrouded Island that lay before them, Leading the birds we're four O.D green Chinook Cargo helicopters each housing a different group of men and women some Mercenaries, some scientists, and Technicians. The retaking and re-construction of the ill fated Jurassic Parks factory floor and research facilities on Isla Sorna would take all kinds. Only this time under a new brand and new financier. What could go wrong? Inside the lead Chinook sat Bravo Squad tasked with firstly securing the West-Airstrip and boat docks, setting up communications back to the main land, and securing one safe perimeter and moving on from there. At the very back of the chopper sat a man in his early 30's a battered and beaten dark brown cowboy hat pulled down over his eyes his long dirty blonde hair tucked behind his ears, He was casually tossing his HK-91 which sat between his legs from palm to palm. "Fifteen minutes till touch down," the pilot could be heard over their com's causing the man in the cowboy hat to raise his head and peer around the cramped chopper all faces of some form of anticipation, some faces of fear some even sleepy every the young man reached into his vest pocket the name :Addison: patched upon it along with several other patches of his own mostly in support of bands, not exactly regulation by any means. But nothing about this job was going to be regular by any means, pulling out a mashed pack of cigarettes along with a silver zippo he lit the cigarette and took a long drag exhaling slowly he thought to himself listening to the thump of the rotors. His eyes slowly make there way to you as he leans forward looking down the rows inside the helio.
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2020.11.17 08:21 Riffdealer666 [M4A] Reclaiming A Lost World.

Date: April 4th 2002 Location: 207 miles west of Costa Rica, 87 miles Southwest of Isla Sorna
The rhythmic thumping of helicopter blades rumbling in a steady unison could be heard across the ocean as various helicopters as well as two large cargo ships all heading for a fog shrouded Island that lay before them, Leading the birds we're four O.D green Chinook Cargo helicopters each housing a different group of men and women some Mercenaries, some scientists, and Technicians. The retaking and re-construction of the ill fated Jurassic Parks factory floor and research facilities on Isla Sorna would take all kinds. Only this time under a new brand and new financier. What could go wrong? Inside the lead Chinook sat Bravo Squad tasked with firstly securing the West-Airstrip and boat docks, setting up communications back to the main land, and securing one safe perimeter and moving on from there. At the very back of the chopper sat a man in his early 30's a battered and beaten dark brown cowboy hat pulled down over his eyes his long dirty blonde hair tucked behind his ears, He was casually tossing his HK-91 which sat between his legs from palm to palm. "Fifteen minutes till touch down," the pilot could be heard over their com's causing the man in the cowboy hat to raise his head and peer around the cramped chopper all faces of some form of anticipation, some faces of fear some even sleepy every the young man reached into his vest pocket the name :Addison: patched upon it along with several other patches of his own mostly in support of bands, not exactly regulation by any means. But nothing about this job was going to be regular by any means, pulling out a mashed pack of cigarettes along with a silver zippo he lit the cigarette and took a long drag exhaling slowly he thought to himself listening to the thump of the rotors. His eyes slowly make there way to you as he leans forward looking down the rows inside the helio.
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2020.10.07 01:52 LovinMysteries Was Kris & Lisanne “Sensible, Cautious, Meticulous Planners” as claimed by their parents?

The information I’ve read about Lisanne & Kris shows that they were good, nice, kind, caring, sociable & intelligent young women. They came from loving families and had lots of friends. Their parents described them as “sensible, cautious and meticulous planners”. Based on this statement a lot of people don’t believe they would have stepped off the path or walked onto a different trail. Unfortunately I think there is evidence that shows the girls were not as careful as their parents believed. I don’t think they were reckless or stupid but I do think they were naive and (maybe without realising) took risks that their parents were oblivious to.
In Kris’s diary (March 17th) she wrote about their trip from Costa Rica to Panama and about crossing the border. She wrote “a man approached us and asked if we had to go to Bocos. We were a bit suspicious, because we didn’t know very well if we could trust him. All the people were in a great hurry, because they thought we would not be able to catch the last boat. For this reason we decided to just jumped in the car and hope for a happy ending.” She also wrote about how they had to take a taxi through San Jose because they didn’t have any cash with them and then had to find their own way to the border. Non of this sounds sensible, cautious or meticulously planned.
In Lisanne’s diary (March 25th) she wrote that Kris was sick and stayed in bed for the day. She said “it’s not really wise to take to the streets on your own, but I did it anyway. Brought some postcards and went to some shops. Some Lisanne time! In the afternoon I picked up some smoothies for us”.
There was some confusion around the start date of their voluntary work in Boquete. I’m not saying this was their fault but you’d think a sensible, cautious, meticulous planner would have been in communication with the school in the days/weeks leading up to their arrival and any error would have been ironed out before they got there. Finding themselves with nothing to do they decided to walk the Pianista trail (completely ill prepared) and chose to ignore the advice from locals that told them not to go alone/without a guide.
I’m quite sure that when organising things at home like their schedules, study & work etc they were exactly as their parents described but going by the information above it’s not what happened with their Panama trip. They obviously felt safe taking the hike alone and so I’m quite sure that venturing off of the path and into the jungle to go to the toilet or take photos or to wander onto a different path definitely isn’t out of the question.
I feel so sad for Kris & Lisanne. Their lives were just beginning, this shouldn’t have happened and had they followed advice and gone with a guide it probably wouldn’t have happened.
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2020.09.22 10:59 JamiroFan2000 The COMPLETE Year-By-Year Jamiroquai Tour History META Year #15 2006

Hello Jamiroquai!
This is the eleventh META post for a new expansive series I have been wanting to do for some time for the subreddit, "The COMPLETE Year-By-Year Jamiroquai Tour History META'! This information will be eventually added to the Jamiroquai WIKI Page in it's entirety in the future but for the time being, it will be a recurring post series.
All of this information is being imparted to us from the Funkin Site fansite, massive thanks to my pal David Rowe for collecting all this important tour information during the nearly past +30 years of the band history, I hope everyone in the Reddit Jamily enjoys this & MUCH MORE TO COME! Cheers Reddit Jamily!

PREVIOUS POSTS OF THIS SERIES:

The COMPLETE Year-By-Year Jamiroquai Tour History META Year #15: 2006:

2006

Date Of Gig Country Concert & Additional Info
16 Feb 06 (Thu) Italy, Torino, Piazza Castello, Torino Festival, 2006 Winter Olympics Performed: Canned Heat, Space Cowboy, Revolution 1993, Little L, Dynamite, Use The Force, Love Foolosophy, Main Vein/Time Won't Wait, Don't Give Hate A Chance, Alright, Deeper Underground. Jamiroquai performed at Piazza Castello, the medals plaza of the Olympic Winter Games in Torino, Italy as part of what organisers called the "Torino Festival". Between 11 and 25 February the medals plaza hosted a "show with the best stars of the international music scene." Other acts performing included Duran Duran and Anastacia.
22 Mar 06 (Wed) Argentina, Buenos Aires, Club Ciudad de Buenos Aires Performed: Canned Heat, Space Cowboy, Cosmic Girl, Revolution 1993, Little L, High Times, You Give Me Something, Dynamite, Use The Force, Black Capricorn Day, 2001, Love Foolosophy/Main Vein, Time Won't Wait, (Don't) Give Hate A Chance, Alright, Deeper Underground. This concert was originally announced as being held at the Pepsi Music Stadium in Buenos Aires but was then changed to the 30,000 capacity Club Ciudad de Buenos Aires a few days later. According to the Ticketek.com.ar website, tickets sold out within 10 days.
24 Mar 06 (Fri) Brazil, Sao Paulo, Credicard Arena Performed: Canned Heat, Space Cowboy, Cosmic Girl, Revolution 1993, Little L, Seven Days In Sunny June, High Times, Dynamite, Use The Force, Black Capricorn Day, 2001, Love Foolosophy/Main Vein, Time Won't Wait, (Don't) Give Hate A Chance, Alright, Deeper Underground
25 Mar 06 (Sat Brazil, Rio de Janiero, Claro Hall Performed: Canned Heat, Space Cowboy, Cosmic Girl, Revolution 1993, Little L, Seven Days In Sunny June, You Give Me Something, Dynamite, Use The Force, 2001, Black Capricorn Day, Love Foolosophy, Main Vein, Time Won't Wait, (Don't) Give Hate a Chance, Alright, Deeper Underground
28 Mar 06 (Tue) Venezuela, Caracas, Poliedro de Caracas Performed: Canned Heat, Space Cowboy, Cosmic Girl, Revolution 1993, Little L, Seven Day In Sunny June, High Times, You Give Me Something, Dynamite, Use The Force, Black Capricorn Day, Love Foolosophy, Main Vein/Time Won't Wait, Alright, Don't Give Hate A Chance, Deeper Underground
30 Mar 06 (Thu) Colombia, Bogota, Parque Jaime Duque Performed: Canned Heat, Space Cowboy, Cosmic Girl, Corner Of The Earth, Revolution 1993, Little L, Seven Days In Sunny June, You Give Me Something, Dynamite, Use The Force, Black Capricorn Day, Love Foolosophy/Time Won't Wait, (Don't) Give Hate A Chance, Virtual Insanity, Alright, Deeper Underground. Originally announced as 29 March but was changed to the following day. The venue was originally set to be Rodzio de La Caro, until two weeks prior to the gig the band changed to a much larger venue - Parque Jaime Duque.
01 Apr 06 (Sat) Costa Rica, San Jose, Autodromo la Guasima, Festival Imperial Performed: Canned Heat, Space Cowboy, Cosmic Girl, Revolution 1993, Little L, Seven Days In Sunny June, High Times, Dynamite, Use The Force, Black Capricorn Day, Love Foolosophy/Main Vein, Time Won't Wait, Don't Give Hate A Chance, Alright, Deeper Underground
05 Apr 06 (Wed) Mexico, Mexico City, National Auditorium Performed: Canned Heat, Space Cowboy, Cosmic Girl, Revolution 1993, Little L, Seven Days In Sunny June, You Give Me Something, Dynamite, Use The Force, Black Capricorn Day, Love Foolosophy, Main Vein/Time Won't Wait, Don't Give Hate A Chance, Deeper Underground
13 Apr 06 (Thu) United Arab Emirates, Dubai, Dubai Media City Amphitheatre Performed: Canned Heat, Space Cowboy, Cosmic Girl, Revolution 1993, Little L, Seven Days In Sunny June, You Give Me Something, Dynamite, Use The Force, Black Capricorn Day, Love Foolosophy, Main Vein/Time Won't Wait, (Don't) Give Hate A Chance, Alright, Deeper Underground
22 May 06 (Mon) Spain, Barcelona, Parc del Fòrum, Laureus World Sports Awards (tv) Performed: Cosmic Girl, Space Cowboy, Love Foolosophy. The seventh annual Laureus World Sports Awards, which honours the world's best sportsmen and women, will be held in Barcelona, Spain, from May 20-22, 2006. Laureus TV programming annually attracts an audience of over one billion. www.laureus.com. Jamiroquai's backing singers (Lorraine, Hazel, Sam) were not present at this performance.
26 May 06 (Fri) Portugal, Lisbon, Rock in Rio Performed: Canned Heat, Space Cowboy, Cosmic Girl, Revolution 1993, Little L, Use The Force, Love Foolosophy/Main Vein, Time Won't Wait, Alright, Deeper Underground. Jamiroquai are one of the artists performing on the first day of this festival, which takes place over five days. http://rockinrio-lisboa.sapo.pt/. Following the concert, which was streamed live by AOL and broadcast on a number of radio stations around the world, the band headed into a small studio backstage to record some tracks for an AOL "session" where they performed Black Crow and Love Foolosophy.
02 Jun 06 (Fri) Germany, Nürburgring, Rock am Ring Performed: Canned Heat, Space Cowboy, Cosmic Girl, Revolution 1993, Little L, Black Devil Car, Love Fool, Black Capricorn Day, Alright, Time Won't Wait
04 Jun 06 (Sun) Germany, Nürnberg, Rock im Park No Info
15 Jun 06 (Thu) * Russia, Saint Petersburg, Ice Palace* No Info
18 Jun 06 (Sun) *Russia, Moscow, Olympiski No Info
20 Jun 06 (Tue) Ukraine, Kiev, Palace Of Sports No Info
22 Jun 06 (Thu) Georgia, Tbilisi, Philharmonic Concert Hall, Tbilisi Jazz Festival Performed: Canned Heat, Space Cowboy, Cosmic Girl, Revolution 1993, Little L, Black Crow, High Times, You Give Me Something, Use The Force, Black Capricorn Day, Travelling Without Moving, Love Foolosophy/Time Won't Wait, (Don't) Give Hate A Chance, Alright, Deeper Underground
02 Jul 06 (Sun) Italy, Palermo (Sicily), Velodromo Borsellino No Info
03 Jul 06 (Mon) Italy, Trani (Bari), Monastero Di Colonna Performed:Canned Heat, Space Cowboy, Cosmic Girl, Revolution 1993, Black Crow, Little L, Travelling Without Moving, You Give Me Something, Use The Force, Black Capricorn Day, Love Foolosophy / Main Vein, Time Won't Wait, High Times, Alright, Deeper Underground
12 Jul 06 (Wed) France, Ile du Gaou, Six Fours, Voix du Gaou festival Performed: Canned Heat, Space Cowboy, Travelling Without Moving, You Give Me Something, Revolution 1993, Black Crow, Little L, Dynamite, Soul Education, High Times, Black Capricorn Day, Use The Force, Love Foolosophy / Main Vein, Time Won't Wait, Alright, Deeper Underground. The concert was not listed at Jamiroquai.com when the European tour dates were confirmed at the start of June. It was finally confirmed by Jamiroquai.com a few days before the festival.
14 Jul 06 (Fri) Netherlands, Rotterdam, Ahoy, North Sea Jazz Festival Performed: Canned Heat, Space Cowboy, Revolution 1993, Dynamite, Soul Education, Alright, Travelling Without Moving, High Times, Use The Force, Black Capricorn Day, Love Foolosophy, Main Vein, Time Won't Wait
23 Jul 06 (Sun) UK, London, Victoria Park, Lovebox Weekender festival Performed: (Don't) Give Hate A Chance, Space Cowboy, Revolution 1993, If I Like It I Do It, Alright, Soul Education, Stillness In Time, Hot Tequila Brown, Travelling Without Moving, Use The Force, Black Capricorn Day, Love Foolosophy, Main Vein/Time Won't Wait, Deeper Underground. Jamiroquai headlined the main stage on the second day of this festival, held in East London. Ex-Jamiroquai bass player Stuart Zender was at the festival (performing with Mark Ronson's band) and watch Jamiroquai's performance from the front.
29 Jul 06 (Sat) Portugal, Azores, Festival De Ponta Delgada No Info
05 Aug 06 (Sat) Portugal, Madeira, Madeira Live Festival No Info
10 Aug 06 (Thu) Belgium, Lokeren, Lokerse Feesten Performed: Canned Heat, Space Cowboy, Revolution, Little L Dynamite, Use The Force, Black Capricorn Day, Travelling Without Moving, Love Foolosophy, Time Won't Wait, (Don't) Give Hate A Chance, Alright, Deeper Underground
12 Aug 06 (Sat) Denmark, Skanderborg, Dyrehaven, Skanderborg Festival The festival is held between 9 and 13 August.
14 Aug 06 (Mon) France, Colmar, La Foire aux Vins Performed: Canned Heat, Space Cowboy, Revolution, If I Like It I Do It, Little L, Hot Tequila Brown, Dynamite, Use The Force, Black Capricorn Day, Travelling Without Moving, Love Foolosophy, Time Won't Wait, (Don't) Give Hate A Chance, Alright, Deeper Underground
16 Aug 06 (Wed) Switzerland, Avenches, Rock Oz'Arenes No Info
19 Aug 06 (Sat) Switzerland, Littisberg, Open Air Tufertschwil Performed: Canned Heat, Space Cowboy, Revolution 1993, If I Like It I Just Do It, Little L, Black Crow, Use The Force, Black Capricorn Day, Travelling Without Moving, Love Foolosophy, Mein Vein, Time Won't Wait, (Don't) Give Hate A Chance, Deeper Underground
07 Oct 06 (Sat) UK, London, Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway (tv) Performed: Runaway. Broadcast on ITV1 (UK).
11 Oct 06 (Wed) UK, London (Camden), Roundhouse, Vodafone Live Music Awards Performed: Runaway, Love Foolosophy. Jamiroquai are one of the acts performing at the this awards ceremony.
25 Oct 06 (Wed) UK, London (Camden), Jazz Cafe, BBC Electric Proms Performed: High Times, Space Cowboy, If I Like It I Just Do, Emergency On Planet Earth, Seven Days In Sunny June, Black Capricorn Day, Canned Heat, Use The Force, Traveling Without Moving, Runaway, Virtual Insanity. Announced on 17 September, Jamiroquai are performing as part of the BBC Electric Proms music festival. Tickets could not be bought for the concert and were only available to competition winners and guests. Performing with the band on brass were - Trumpet: Colin Graham, Sax: Finn Peters, Trombone: Trevor Mires. Hazel Fernandez did not perform backing vocals and was replaced by Beverly Brown. The band performed a set to a crowd of approximately 200 people and the gig was broadcast live on BBC Radio 1Xtra.
27 Oct 06 (Fri) UK, London, Abbey Road, Live From Abbey Road (tv) (recording date) Performed: Canned Heat, Love Foolosophy, Travelling Without Moving, Runaway. Jamiroquai recorded a number of tracks for this new UK television show. Celebrating the renowned studio's 75th anniversary, the series will feature performances from a range of new and established artists. The series will debut on More4, ahead of its Channel 4 transmission. The show will have no studio audience or presenter with acts bringing their own engineers and given one day to record the sessions.
01 Nov 06 (Wed) UK, London, T4 (tv) (recording date) Performed: Runaway. Recording and interview - first broadcast on 5 November as part of T4 television show.
03 Nov 06 (Fri) France, Paris, Star Academy Performed: Cosmic Girl, Runaway. Cosmic Girl was performed with one of the contestants from the show, and then later on the band played Runaway.
04 Nov 06 (Sat) UK, London, BBC Television Centre, Strictly Come Dancing (tv) Performed: Canned Heat. Jamiroquai are the musical guest on UK television show "Strictly Come Dancing", broadcast live on BBC television.
05 Nov 06 (Sun) Spain, Barcelona, Operacion Triunfo (tv) Performed: Cosmic Girl. Jamiroquai performed on this television show and were also briefly interviewed.
14 Nov 06 (Tue) UK, London, BBC Radio 2 Ken Bruce show (radio) Performed: Runaway, Little L, Canned Heat, Travelling Without Moving, Love Foolosophy, Cosmic Girl. Live session for BBC Radio 2.
16 Nov 06 (Thu) UK,London, Mean Fiddler Performed: Space Cowboy, Canned Heat, If I Like It I Do it, Little L, Alright, Black Capricorn Day, Love Foolosophy, Travelling Without Moving, Deeper Underground, Runaway. Promotional gig organized by Capital Radio in London.
17 Nov 06 (Fri) UK, London, BBC Television Centre, BBC Children In Need (tv) Performed: Love Foolosophy, Runaway. Jamiroquai were one of a number of acts performing outside the BBC Television Centre in London in aid of the BBC Children In Need Appeal. The performance of Love Foolosophy was broadcast on BBC television later that night.
20 Nov 06 (Mon) UK, London (Camden), KOKO, The Album Chart Show (tv) (recording date) Performed: Love Foolosophy, High Times (not fully performed), Use The Force, Travelling Without Moving, Runaway, Deeper Underground. The band had to stop playing High Times part way through, which I understand was because of a problem with the sound coming from Jay's 'monitor' speakers (the ones in front of him on stage). They had intended to record the song again after their set but in the end they didn't.
25 Nov 06 (Sat) UK, London, Alexandra Palace This was a private gig for employees of the Carphone Warehouse group of companies in the UK.
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2020.09.07 04:38 500scnds [Table] My name is Paolo Cattaneo. 5 years ago I quit my job, sold everything I had and embarked in a trip around the world on a motorcycle. Rode for almost 185000 km. Still going! Here to answer question about self sustained living on the road and long distance solo travelling. AmA! (pt 1)

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How much does this lifestyle cost you on average? Obviously it will vary by location Since the most asked question will be probably this one, I decided to break it down mathematically so, hopefully, it would be more transparent for everybody.
I don't think I could summarize with an average how much I spent per month, since the delta from month to month was absolutely unpredictable. But somehow everybody seems to love maths so... There you go.
A couple of things first: 1) different countries have different cost for food, accommodation, fuel and spare parts so to make an average, it s actually quite hard. For instance, a country like Peru cannot be compared in terms of costs with a country like the Netherlands in all terms. 2) when I travel, I am not on vacation. Just because I visit places and don't work, doesn't mean I can afford things like people that go on vacation for 2 weeks. People on holidays usually maintain the same level of comfort they have at home, or even improve it, righteously spoiling themselves, for the few days they have off in a year. I do the exact opposite. I spoil myself by not having to go to work.
Hence, there are 3 major costs in travelling on a motorcycles are: 1) fuel and bike parts (tyres, oil, filters, etc) 2) accommodation 3) food
These are also in order of importance. Fuel and bike maintenance guarantees the continuity of the journey so, those have the absolute priority. Where I sleep or what I eat, do not matter much. I will survive whatever I eat and wherever I sleep. It's incredible what our body can do end endure.
After a year of travelling I found out that, because my life and routine changed completely, I didn't need 3 meals a day anymore. Removing 1 meal a day allowed me to save a lot of money in the long run. It is a sacrifice but it is doable and It is super practical. I also found fasting good for the mind.
Sleeping arrangements could also affect greatly on your expenditures so, depending on countries and weather conditions, I usually opt to sleep in my tent or in hostels. Sometimes I do couchsurfing or stay at other motorcyclists houses, friends, friends of friends, etc. I ve also slept at complete strangers houses that i met on the road and that were reaching out simply to help. It s unbelievable how many people, just want to give you a hand. It s impossible to explain it. You have to see it yourself to believe it.
The cheap hostel in Peru would cost $5-6 a night, while in the USA $25.
In this sense, I estimated an average of 10 USD a night for accommodation for and average of 20 days per month. Again, It is a rough estimate. Let s say the other 10 days I sleep at people's houses, or in my tent or couchsurfing (so at no cost). Foodwise I usually drink a coffee (I carry my own little Italian coffee machine) in the am, with a piece of bread or instant oatmeal. Then I ride the whole day and reach my destination at 4-5 pm. I then eat. I mostly eat vegetarian but i occasionally have meat. I mostly shop at cheap supermarkets or local markets. Vegetables are cheap and nutritious and available all over the world. And so is pasta and rice. This whole thing costs me let s say 10 USD a day.
So for Food and Accommodation I roughly spend 500 USD. Then there's fuel. Fuel costs can vary from country to country but, for the sake of it, let s put fuel price at 1.2 USD a liter (4.5 USD a gallon). My bike in standard riding conditions does 20km per liter of fuel. In 5 years I rode 180000 km. That's 36000 a year. That s 3000 a month. So 3000/20 = 150 liters. 150 x 1.2 = 180 USD
The grand total is 500+180= 680USD per month Let s put 100 USD in for extras and whatever. It's 780 USD a month, if you will. But trust me when I say that I think I spend less than that.
There you go.
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What is your coffee maker? Moka pot i'm guessing? I have a little Bialetti coffee machine, yes. :)
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Yeah, that confirms you are really Italian. So is my SO, and when we are traveling, she will start complaining about the bad coffee by the time we get to the airport 😄 I am Italian...but I'm also passed that point of complaining about food all the time! I learned to enjoy my meal...regardless. :)
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Any tips for the Bialetti? A neighbor gave me one and I used it with Café Bustelo and it was crazy stong, albeit not too bad. Use less coffee ground! 😅
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If you saved 40k, are you down to very little money now? I'm just thinking it's been 5 years, and I imagine you've had some unexpected expenses that would have your average end up being relatively accurate on aggregate, even if you typically spend less in a month. At $700 per month, you would be out of money. And even just the plane tickets from Australia to starting point and from somewhere to Greece where you say you were during Covid is a couple months of your budget I'd imagine. Yes, i had some unforeseen expenses. But luckily I also had a lot of help from people giving me shelter and food. In that sense I didn't spend all my money in food and accommodation but for the sake of average expenses I had to calculate it that way. In greece i found a job as volunteer in exchange of accommodation. That saved me 3 months of rent. Things like this cannot be included in average. I simply did the math to make people understand how much would it cost if life on the road would be without variables. There are too many to be considered.
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Even if it's only 600 at month, you have been riding around for how long? It seems hard to think you saved so much and you are still using the money you saved. Is anyone helping you financially? I swear...i am using my money. 😅👍 It s hard to imagine how cheap it is to live frugally...if you renounce to most comforts we have in life. But I wouldn't mind now to have a benefactor(s) and sleep in a comfy bed or have a nice meal for a change.
Does it not worry you how you might have exhausted your financial resources by the time you want to return? What do you think life after this would be like? I hope I don't sound rude; just trying to understand how you are managing your life. What you are doing is absolutely amazing; I'd love to travel too but I am not rich either, and the thought of ending up penniless by the time I am 30 terrifies me. Hey, it's a completely plausible question and I am happy to answer that. Quitting your job, your financial stability, selling everything you have, saying goodbye to everybody and ride off...it is a "liberating" experience. In this sense, all the fears you mentioned are gone or somehow abandoned, the moment you decide to go for it! I have no fear of what lies in front of me because the mental step that I took years ago, required me to go beyond exactly this mental gap of "jumping into the unknown". Financially speaking, yeah, i don't like to have no money aside...but also, I know that I will do something about it (like finding a new stimulating gig) when the time comes. When I found myself locked in Greece during the pandemic, I couldn't really foresee what would have happened in the next months. Surely paying rent for months and being confined in an apartment wasn't ideal so I looked for volunteering jobs. Found one that allowed me to stay in an apartment for free in exchange of 3 hours of work per day. My point is that, adaptation is a key skill that I got to develop thanks to this experience on a motorcycle. I will take care of the my retirement plan, when time comes.
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Thanks for the answer. That's a wonderful perspective. I guess your anxiety lessens once you realize how capable you are of adapting to different situations, which I'm sure you must have had to do a bunch of times since you started. You are amazing, thanks for the inspiration :) It's incredible how inclined we are to adapt, If we simply...TRY ! I never thought I would be able to do a lot of things I am doing today. I just gave it a try...failed...and tried again. I did learn, by simply trying. And I'm clearly not the sharpest tool in the shed.
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I feel like you cloud start vlogging your journeys, and form a Patreon to fund it. You've seen lots of fun things, and will see more. Yes. At the beginnings I started blogging but then I realized that it would have turned my trip into a job again...so i left the monetization of my journey aside. I just quit my job to travel and enjoy my life. Didn't want to think about money again! Patreon seem good but I haven't really found the guts to ask money to people...yet. When I ll be in need maybe i will!
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In no way am I trying to attack you or diminish your extraordinary feat; just the fact that you had the courage to take the first step gives me crazy respect for you. BUT. There is so much privilege needed to get to where you have gotten. Not financial privilege mind you, you've worked your arse off to get here. But the fact that you could somehow travel to and stay in the US (for 3 years!) and then Australia without really thinking twice tells me your white skin and European passport has played a huge role in your mental safety net. As a coloured man with a shitty passport, just getting a visa to fly somewhere would be a huge fucking deal. Add to that the racism I'd face in plenty of places around the world, yeah not happening haha. You are absolutely right, my friend. I do understand that the fact that I am white and that I have an EU passport helped me A LOT. I am absolutely aware of this and I am not so naive to think that most of the times I got away with many things because of this. Coming from other countries or being a different colour could unfortunately still play a role, these days, when moving from country to country. Said this, I got denied my entrance to USA few times anyway. They are quite strict in that sense. But it always depends on the customs officer you find at the time of entry. Anyway. I get your point. Although, it's not a definite factor for your will to travel. You can still do it.
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I love everything you're doing and have spent the last hour just reading your answers. I don't think you're answering anymore but... Do you have any plans of coming to India? I hope I get to meet you if you do come. Hey! Of course i have plans for India! Hopefully the covid will end soon! It all depends on that now
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You can write blogs, and make YouTube videos to sustain your adventures! I am sure many of us would like to see your journey. I got few videos on youtube but i never really invested too much time (clearly) in that. Maybe I should
I always hear about people "giving up everything" and traveling the world. However, most people have worries about their economic status. Can you speak to yours at the point when you embarked? How much money had you saved, did you have any debt, what did you do with your belongings (Were there things you stored somewhere because you did want to sell or get rid of them? Did you pay for storage?), did you create a plan to generate additional income (e.g., plans for side jobs while traveling), and have you thought how to re-integrate into the "working world" when your traveling concludes (or are you hoping YouTube, etc. supports you)? Thanks! So, I started saving money when I moved to Australia. In 5 years I rounded up $40k more or less. I had no debts and, regardless the bank offering me "super interesting" offers about Credit Cards or Mortgages to buy properties, I didn't end up getting in debts with any banks. I also avoided kids and wives. I was renting an apartment and sharing it with a friend. When I decided to leave I sold all my furnitures on Gumtree (local Craigslist) and donated all my clothes to Salvation Army (Goodwill). I had no belongings left except what I piled on the bike when I left. And few months in I also realized that I didn't even need some stuff that I brought along. I did quit my job with no plans to work while travelling. I wanted, for the first time in my life, have a moment to simply ENJOY THE MOMENT without thinking about work and life as I knew it. I wanted to experience freedom, without the burden of thinking about my future constantly and what's going to happen next. I was raised with this mental construct too, so to break free from that was indeed liberating. I do not know how is going to be when this part of my life ends. If I have to go back to work, I will. But with a different heart and mind.
How did you manage it, physically? I find that my legs, back, bottom and body ache after just a few hours of riding (3+ hours), and this gets worse and worse over time (6+ hours, etc). Even on a comfortable touring motorcycle, I can’t imagine riding continuously for weeks or months at a time. Yes. Physically was challenging indeed. I had to replace my seat because the was no more foam inside. It was like sitting on a stool. Back and arse are the worst affected areas. I rode with a bit of a windscreen, so that helped to ease some of the neck pain. Luckily I had some physical conditioning to start with, but eventually I got out of shape. But, like everything in life, we eventually get used to it.
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How many hours do you ride a day? It really depends. When I do ride, let's say that is a minimum of 1 and a half to 13 hours.
Could you maybe do a "what's in my bag"-post, show us the gear, tools and clothing you use and talk a bit about why you chose what? Ok.
Pannier 1 Camping Gear: - Sleeping bag - Air mattress - 3 people tent (I'm a tall guy) - $20 cooking pot set - propane gas tank - pocket knife - foldable chair - water bladder
Pannier 2 Electronics and knick knacks: - 11" laptop - 2 hard drives (backup!!!) - Chargers - portable tyre compressor - spare oil filter - spare front tube - cable ties - duct tape - bungee cords - first aid kit - spare bolts and screws
Tool bag - various moto tools
Duffle bag: - Clothes (various)
Tank Bag: - Drone - Toothbrush - Notepad - Small Lock - Pen
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Did you have any problems with the drone? I remember you told me once on instagram that you planned on visiting Azerbaijan but couldn’t because Azerbaijan closed all the borders. Let me warn you that if you decide to come when borders reopen, know that drones are illegal here. Retarded law I know but you really cannot do anything about it because it is highly enforced. Probably you can give it up in customs and pick it up when you leave Nicaragua is the same. They don't allow drones in their country. I had to send it to costa rica via mail.
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Traveling without a Leatherman. I can't believe it. It s listed. "Pocked knife" ;) You are right...i should have said Leatherman
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What drone do you have? DJI mavic Air.
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I have a CB600F I've fitted panniers to and can't fathom how you got all that camping stuff into one pannier, your packing skills must be sick I got some pretty roomy panniers too. Giant Loop is actually a company from Oregon, USA that makes these spectacular bags. Www.giantloopmoto.com I ve been riding with their products for years now.
Well nobody has asked it yet.. How did you self sustain yourself for so long? I understand everything is cheaper in South America but you also went through North America. In north America, specifically in USA, I had some friends that helped me finding accommodation along the way. I also wild camped a lot. Froze my arse up couple of nights too... But It's doable in Canada and USA since the land is so vast and you can always find a place to pitch your tent in safety.
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See my trouble always begins when I pitch a tent I used to be the same, mate!
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Maybe I'm just jaded but I don't know of anywhere you can just pitch a tent and sleep in the woods. Everywhere I've ever been camping there's an 80 dollar fee and you get a designated campground. Download iOverlander.
Hi, sorry if this is a personal question, but how often did you get laid? Do cultural differences play a role? Personal question, but interesting nonetheless. Thanks for asking "sensibly".
When travelling from town to town it's easy to meet people. The common Idea is that travellers get laid a lot. Unfortunately, in my case, I do not go out much when I travel, so my social encounters are limited to the location where I end up spending the night. I also typically stay not longer than a day or two, which is also usually not enough to create a connection with a potential partner (in my case). A lot of women are indeed attracted by the "solitary wolf" riding a motorcycle around the world, but they are not generally inclined to have a one night experience. Hence, the answer to your question, is that I rarely get laid. Cultural differences are what make mating interesting though. One trait that is standard for your part of the world, could be extremely exotic in another. Sometimes even the accent in which you speak a foreign language, could be a favourable factor.
But at the end, beauty is in the eyes of the beholder.
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Dai ammettilo che l'accento italiano aiuta. Storia interessante la tua. Ti auguro il meglio! Sorry guys.. Italian things going on here ( shakes hands in the air ) Un pochino aiuta! ;) cheers!
How did you deal with language barriers? In all latin america the most spoken language is Spanish. I struggled at the beginning but after the first month, I had a decent basic level that allowed me to communicate quite easily with the locals. In Brazil was hard again, since portuguese was completely new for me. But again, after 1 month I got used to it and I was able to have basic conversations. If you give yourself enough time, you'll pick up any language.
In other situations I used my english or sometimes, like recently in Greece, Google Translate. Works beautifully!
Is it true that Italian and Spanish go hand in hand? I had some friends from Mexico who were confident that they could pick up Italian if they lived in Italy and were forced to use it every day for a month or 2. There are different and discordant opinions about this. I personally believe that Italian and Spanish are VEEEEERY similar. I think that any spanish speaker could easily pick on italian if spending some time in the country. And viceversa. But I also met people that thought otherwise. Not sure why. It wasn't too complex for me to pick up spanish. Definitely not perfect, but way better than a native english speaker.
What was the coolest thing you saw? Hard to pinpoint one single thing. Saw so many incredible things in 5 years! Nature always strucks me the most. Some places leave you speechless. Some encounters too. But the coolest experience for me was to swim with marine wildlife in Australia and Ecuador.
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Hey I from Ecuador! Glad you enjoyed the wildlife. Can you elaborate on your experience there? Did you visit the Galapagos islands? Ecuador is hands down my favorite country...for its people, for nature, for food, roads...i mean, i had a fantastic time there. I also visited Galapagos and It was one of the highlights...of my life!! I mean...wow. simply incredible. If there was ever a place on earth close to Jurassic Park...
How does your license work? I mean if you have a drivers license in one country and you drive through multiple countries. What happens if you get pulled over? Having European or Australian driver license is sufficient to drive in most foreign countries. I do have an International Driver License, which is simply a piece of paper you can request from your local Automobile Club, that translates your license in many languages and which is helpful when finding an "scrutinous" policeman. At the borders they never check your driving license.
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What about the motorbike's papers? Did you need a carnet de passage ? And could you tell us about the shipping of the bike, plane or boat, expense, level of organisation needed? For the americas, you don't need CdP. The shipping of bike could be done by cargo ship or plane. Both are not cheap but quite feasible. There are agencies that usually take care of the paperwork for you. A simple google search could help you pinpoint some good info. Unfortunately because rules and prices change from country to country, prices have to be requested to the company you choose. It is usually around $1500 + to ship a motorcycle indicatively...for both sea or air freight.
Can you speak on your base knowledge of bikes at the start of your travels? I'm interested in purchasing a bike to cruise around America in once (if) this pandemic blows over. Did you ever have to do any emergency DIY work when you couldnt make it to a garage for professuonal repairs? First of all: DO IT!! it's an amazing experience. I had basic/zero motorcycle mechanical skills when I started. I often used youtube as a source of "inspiration". Now I rather do the job myself than taking my bike into a shop. If you are going to cruise around the US, you wont need to carry much spares, since you can buy and have most parts shipped wherever you are. Somehow even breaking down, if happens, is a great part of the overall adventure.
[deleted] I am not sure. Yet. Definitely the more I go on with this adventure (and life) the more I become aware of myself and my surroundings. I am looking forward to have somehow a peaceful life in harmony with my surroundings. Stress has been out of my life for a while now and I want to keep it this way. Don't have a family. Never had kids or wives. I think it's going to stay this way...but you never know.
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You've been doing this 5 years now. Do you feel the need to keep moving after you've been somewhere for a few days? How long is the longest you've been stationary since staring and did you ever feel like you wanted to get off the road for a longer time. Well...yes I always feel the need to see something more and explore. I get bored easily. But I have to say that during my Lockdown in Greece I was absolutely at peace. I really enjoyed my down time and i took advantage of it by taking care of many little things i left behind.
Did you tend to keep to yourself most of the time, or would you go out to meet people and socialize with the locals in the area? I am not really a "social beast" anymore. I socialize in hostels and when I look for food mostly...but I don't go out at night. That is quite personal, but I prefer a quiet night than pubs. This allowed me somehow to save a lot of money in the long run. I may have missed out in "social opportunities", but I prefer this way.
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But you did meet a lot of people right? Im not social at all and it keeps me from traveling, im afraid that it would ruin the experience if I dont click with anyone haha. You gave me some confidence this will be a smaller problem than I think it is. I am an introvert and generally speaking, kind of a geek. So yeah...not really the outgoing kind of guy...but, when travelling alone, you don't have that social pressure anymore. You are by yourself and there's nothing to tell you what you have or not have to do. you are free. And yes...you will meet tons of people!!
Where do you stay at (camping, airbnb, rental, etc) ? Where you get money from? What do you usually carry with you? What is you most essential item? Have you made many friends? I mostly stay in Hostels (when is cheap enough). In latin America, you can pay from $5-$10 for a night in a shared dorm. When in remote areas, I camp. Best thing ever. Otherwise I use Couchsurfing. Occasionally I stay with friends and/or other bikers that got to know my story and want to help out. I live off my own savings. Most essential Item is "Common sense". AKA try not to do extremely stupid things. :)
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How far do you usually have to plan ahead to find couchsurfing accommodations? The one thing that has deterred me from trying it out is that my motorcycle trips almost never stick to the schedule I have planned. Either due to unforeseen circumstances or maybe just deciding to ride around an area longer. Have you given people on CS a range of dates/times that you would arrive, or do you have to have your arrivals planned thoroughly? Yes, you usually have to investigate one or two weeks ahead to find accommodation with couchsurfing. Especially because I am a single guy. If i was a girl, i could find somewhere to sleep in few hours. Ahah. Oh well, women are less threatening i guess! ;) But yeah. You do need to check first and give a rough estimate of days of your permanence. Typically 2-3 days is the max. Then if both parties are ok, you can extend.
Have you ever done any housesitting for accommodation? I've done smaller trips like this, staying in hostels and campsites. I've heard of housesitting more recently and once I go again I'm thinking of trying it out. When looking at listings though it almost seems to good to be true. I just wonder if there is a catch to it I ve never done housesitting specifically. But I ve used HelpX, Workaway, woofing, etc to find occasional gigs that allowed me to get accommodation in return of small jobs. In Greece i stayed in a 9 apts complex on the beach by myself, in exchange of cleaning and painting! Great deal indeed
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If you were a woman, there would also be far more risks to couch surfing alone. I'd definitely prefer planning over higher risk of sexual assault. Women have more chances of getting hosted because there are a lot of women hosts too. Or couples. They are definitely more willing to host a woman. But i get your point
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Thanks, got another question. What is enough savings for a year in Latin America? well, it really depends of what kind of lifestyle you want. If you are ok sleeping in hostels every night and eating cheap market food...doesn't really take much! depending on which countries you want to visit too and how you want to move around! you can do it hitchhiking too if you want! and that won't cost you a thing! Just time!
How did you manage to not have your motorcycle stolen? Common sense. Mostly parked inside or in "safe areas" when possible. You can never be 100% sure but I never had issues of sort in my 5 years of travelling. Actually somebody stole my tool bag in Vancouver, Canada.
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As a Canadian id like to say “sorry”. apologies accepted! ;)
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As a Vancouverite, I'm not surprised. We have a large homeless population and they target anything they can find to steal and sell. It wasn't a homeless guy per se...was definitely a junkie. I went to Hastings street 3 days in a row to see if i could find my stuff...but it was gone. Bummer.
how were the first few months without the things that you were used to having? (sorry for the bad english, it isn't my main language) Your english is fine, mate! First month was HARD! 😅 I had never camped in my life and the longest moto trip I took by that time was only 350km. So yeah, in the beginnings the learning curve was steep! Basic things like "where to sleep at night every night" or "how to store food" were kind of abstract concepts for me. My first night camping was also my first night on the road. It was horrible. I paid so much money to camp in a so so campground, with noisy and drunk neighbors. It also rained at night. Haha An absolute fail! It got better and better with time. Also looking for food, packing and taking care of the bike. It was a full immersion in a brand new lifestyle for me. A great experience indeed
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Paolo, your first night camping sounds ... well, it sounds really terrible! I'm curious how you would compare that first inexperienced night with say... an average night camping somewhere, anywhere, I don't know... say 2-4 years later after having done it for a while. In which ways did that first inexperienced night of camping come to differ from your more seasoned camping night to night later on? What kinds of routines did you end up falling into on those nights that you picked up from years of experience having done it? Well...let's just say that my love for camping escalated quickly as well. I started camping in the wild...not in confined facilities, and I simply loved it. Sitting quietly in front of the fire at night, after a long day riding, watching the stars appear slowly in the sky... The silence. I learned that camping in a busy campsite, with kids screaming and music playing is not the kind of camping I was looking for. Surely is great for families, because usually it is a safe environment for kids to play in, but for solo travellers looking for some quiet downtime...it is not. Better to hide somewhere behind a tree or some bushes and have a quiet night with some privacy. Free of charge.
How badly do you stink? Joking of course, good luck with your adventures. If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? ;)
Not to be nosey but what would qualify as enough money to "sustain yourself for a while"? And how long do you consider that "a while" to be? I had no Idea how much It would cost me to live, travel and not work, since I had never done it before. But I knew how much It costed me to live in Sydney for a year, without any extras (just food, accommodation, rent and bills). I assumed initially that my trip around the world would have lasted a maximum of 1 year and a half. Was I wrong! I pretty much had saved $40k in 5 years of work.
Thanks for doing this! How much do you talk to strangers? I can imagine either being very sociable, or taking the opportunity to be more solitary. Also, when you were traveling the world, how specifically did you keep in contact with friends and family back home? Was one service/approach more effective than another? I love to talk with Locals!! It's the best thing! I love to talk with older people especially. They can really give you a better perspective about the place and overall more interesting stories about their lives. Sometimes there's a language barrier but I try regardless. Hostels are also a great place to meet friends and people from all over the world. Aside from this, travelling solo on a motorcycle or bicycle naturally attracts curiosity, so I also met some good friends of mine at gas stations or random rest areas in the middle of nowhere.
To keep in touch with family and friends nowadays is quite easy. Mobile data networks are excellent worldwide and you can buy local sim cards to use local carriers data traffic. I use whatsapp and fb messenger the most.
What kind of income are you receiving to sustain this lifestyle long-term? Living off my life savings. I am self supported. Just worked for few years, saving as much as I could and then took off.
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That sounds epic... Met a few guys like that, but never had the balls to do so myself. If you read this: how much of a mechanic are you? Do you do stuff yourself of do you bring your bike to the shop for maintenance/tires? At the beginning I wasn't really able to do much on my bike, except changing brake pads maybe. Then I tried and read forums online about troubleshooting...and of course youtube mate!! I tend to have a mechanic change my tyres, since it's a hell of a job and takes 4 minutes with proper machines. you can find tyre mechanics literally EVERYWHERE.
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But, with the estimate you gave it would cost like 9k usd per year to maintain that lifestyle. You’ve been doing it for 5 years. I guess it’s hard for a lot of Americans to imagine saving up 45k+ in the few years that you worked. trust me, It's even harder for an italian to conceive to save up 40k in 5 years of work. Most italians will be able to save that amount maybe in 10-15 years. That's why I quit my job in italy and moved to Australia, where salaries are way higher. It's just sad that I had to leave my family, friends and country to be able to have a better life.
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Why dont you try to register for welfare in Australia, and get the welfare cheques deposited into your account? I thought about it while riding around Australia. But I didn't find it fair. I mean, I wasn't in need of cash to sustain my living and there were probably people who seriously did. Plus I think you have to show up for interviews and stuff...so I preferred to let go.
OP, you're doing what I've dreamed of doing since I was about 21... I'm 32 now. I've saved a bit of money, and have no debt, and am still considering it... but feel as though it would be irresponsible at this point? shrugs I have a few questions, Ever considered staying at a spot for a few weeks and doing some manual labor for extra scratch to help you along in your travels? Ever had any problem with weird parasites in some of your rougher spots (scabies, bedbugs, intestinal issues) such as cheap hostels and whatnot? Since you don't go to bars or anything like that, what's the easiest way for you to meet new people? Ever felt any "I'm about to get robbed" vibes while on the road? Did you make rules like not traveling too late, etc.. I'm considering doing this very thing, since I make a good living but am already a minimalist and don't really need anything... I don't care about owning a house, or having nice clothes or any of that nonsense. I suppose it'd just be a drag to hit a dead end, have to return to the workforce after a few years of traveling and finding myself unable to secure a decent gig again. Anyways, if you've read this, thanks for your time and thanks for doing this AMA! Good luck man, and stay safe. Mate, when I left for my first trip around Australia, I was 34yo...so I completely understand where you are coming from. It take a bit of time to prepare and commit to this. I highly recommend it though. I stopped occasionally and did some jobs, yes, but were more like small temporary gigs...that paid maybe for a new set of tyres than anything. Still! Once I pressured washed mine trucks for a week in South Australia. Haha i was covered in mudd but I was happy. I also cleaned few apartments in greece in exchange of accommodation....things like that. Things will come your way if you look hard enough.
Didn't have any problems with bugs or parasites no. Got lucky on this one i guess. But i do believe I built my immune system pretty well.
The easiest way to meet people is in hostels. Being in your 30s you are already on the "old side" for a hostel, but you are still ok. ;) haha
Sometimes yes i felt i was going to get robbed or mugged...but never happened. I never travel with cameras and other expensive items with me. When i am on the bike, there s always the "surprise effect", meaning that people are more shocked to see somebody travelling solo than tempted to rob him right away.
How has the pandemic altered any future travel plans? The pandemic changed things quite drastically. A lot of other travellers I know got stuck somewhere or had to cancel their plans until further notice. Still not sure what to do in the long terms. Covid definitely made everything more unpredictable.
What are the cheapest and best places you would suggest a young person go visit? Also, just out of curiosity, when do you think you’ll stop? Well, there are plenty of great places to go explore on a tight budget. Latin America and South East Asia are generally speaking quite cheap. I would recommend Bolivia or Peru, in SA...and Cambodia in SEA. As a start...
I Hope I will be able to go on for few more years...but so far I am pretty content with what I've done already.
How do you overcomevia issues? I believe you referred to "Visa issues"?!
Well, having an Italian passport is quite handy since you get visa on arrival (valid for 1-3 months) as a tourist in most of the countries in the world. I had to request and pay for my Russian and Mongolian visa though. You can request that 1-2 weeks before entry in any available Embassy.
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And what about other practical stuff like insurance for the motorcycle(is it allowed to be abroad for such a long time ?) ? Maybe obligatory x-yearly technical vehicle inspections (so far not needed in a lot of european countries but about to change so you were lucky I guess) ? Official site of residence (or what is it called, it is really hard to be 'homeless' in some countries, probably depends on what your current 'home country' is ) ? Ok so, insurance for motorcycle is something you need to get every time you enter a new country. Some insurance companies will insure foreign vehicles, but it isn't always the case. My bike is australian so after a certain point you need to inspect the vehicle to renew the registration. There is a process through which you can go to an associated mechanic in the country where you are and have the vehicle inspected and the results sent to the Australian motorvehicle authority. Then you can renew your papers online and have the new registration sent to you overseas. My official country of residence is still Australia, because it is where I want to go back to.
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Thanks for the response. I can imagine it is not the most interesting thing to talk about but I am planning on doing something similar with a van + motorcycle (that fits in the van) combo so I am super interested in hearing about the (boring) administrative side of someone who is actually doing it :D. I had no idea something was possible like the remote inspection, I hope something similar exists in my country too. So far I only read you have to go to inspection asap when returning to your country if you were abroad. But I can imagine that is not going to fly if you plan on being away for a very long time though :P. Also: did you happen to keep a list of insurance companies that were willing to do it ? In that sense things change rapidly and new and better companies may arise. Better check with locals or use iOverlander app to find these kind of info.
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They cried about the former chief operating officer’s expletive-laced tirades, Applegate said, when she recalled him calling her “f-----g stupid” and then requesting she wear a tight dress for a meeting with clients, “so the men in the room have something to look at.” They cried about a wealthy suiteholder who grabbed her friend’s backside during a game, Applegate said, and the indifference the team’s top sales executive displayed when she complained.
But most of all, Applegate said, they cried about the realization their dream job of working in the NFL came with what they characterized as relentless sexual harassment and verbal abuse that was ignored — and, in some cases, condoned — by top team executives.
Applegate is one of 15 former female Redskins employees who told The Washington Post they were sexually harassed during their time at the club. The other 14 women spoke on the condition of anonymity, citing a fear of litigation because some signed nondisclosure agreements with the team that threaten legal retribution if they speak negatively about the club. The team declined a request from The Post to release former female employees from these agreements so they could speak on the record without fear of legal reprisal. This story involved interviews with more than 40 current and former employees and a review of text messages and internal company documents.
Team owner Daniel Snyder declined several requests for an interview. Over the past week, as The Post presented detailed allegations and findings to the club, three team employees accused of improper behavior abruptly departed, including Larry Michael, the club’s longtime radio voice, and Alex Santos, the team’s director of pro personnel.
In a statement, the team said it had hired D.C. attorney Beth Wilkinson and her firm, Wilkinson Walsh, “to conduct a thorough independent review of this entire matter and help the team set new employee standards for the future.”
“The Washington Redskins football team takes issues of employee conduct seriously. … While we do not speak to specific employee situations publicly, when new allegations of conduct are brought forward that are contrary to these policies, we address them promptly,” the team said.
The allegations raised by Applegate and others — running from 2006 to 2019 — span most of Snyder’s tenure as owner and fall into two categories: unwelcome overtures or comments of a sexual nature, and exhortations to wear revealing clothing and flirt with clients to close sales deals. Among the men accused of harassment and verbal abuse are three former members of Snyder’s inner circle and two longtime members of the personnel department:
Michael, senior vice president of content and “the voice of the Washington Redskins.” Seven former employees said Michael routinely discussed the physical appearance of female colleagues in sexual and disparaging overtones. In 2018, Michael was caught on a “hot mic” speaking about the attractiveness of a college-aged intern, according to six former employees who heard the recording. Michael declined an interview request and retired Wednesday.
Santos, the club’s director of pro personnel, was accused by six former employees and two reporters who covered the team of making inappropriate remarks about their bodies and asking them if they were romantically interested in him. In 2019, Santos was the subject of an internal investigation after Rhiannon Walker, a reporter for the Athletic, informed club management Santos had pinched her, told her she had “an ass like a wagon” and repeatedly asked her to date him, Walker said in an interview with The Post. Nora Princiotti, a reporter for the Ringer who formerly covered the team, also said in an interview that she was harassed by Santos. Santos, who was fired this past week, declined to comment. Richard Mann II, assistant director of pro personnel, who in one text message obtained by the The Post told a female employee he and his colleagues debated whether her breasts had been surgically enhanced and in another text message told another female employee to expect an “inappropriate hug … And don’t worry that will be a stapler in my pocket, nothing else.” Mann, who also was fired last week, declined to comment. Dennis Greene, former president of business operations, implored female sales staff to wear low-cut blouses, tight skirts and flirt with wealthy suite holders, according to five former employees, including Applegate. Greene’s 17-year career with the club ended in 2018 amid a scandal over the revelation he had sold access to Redskins cheerleaders — including attendance at a bikini calendar photo shoot in Costa Rica — as part of premium suite packages. Greene declined to comment. Mitch Gershman, former chief operating officer, who Applegate said routinely berated her for trivial problems such as printer malfunctions while also complimenting her body. Two other former female employees supported Applegate’s account of her sexual harassment and verbal abuse by Gershman, who left the team in 2015. “It was the most miserable experience of my life,” Applegate, now 31, said of her year working as a marketing coordinator for the club, which she left in 2015. “And we all tolerated it because we knew if we complained — and they reminded us of this — there were 1,000 people out there who would take our job in a heartbeat.”
Gershman, in a phone interview, denied Applegate’s allegations.
“I barely even remember who she is,” Gershman said. “I thought the Redskins was a great place to work. … I would apologize to anyone who thought that I was verbally abusive.”
No woman accused Snyder or former longtime team president Bruce Allen of inappropriate behavior with women, but they expressed skepticism the men were unaware of the behavior they allege.
“I would assume Bruce [Allen] knew because he sat 30 feet away from me … and saw me sobbing at my desk several times every week,” Applegate said.
Allen, who was fired at the end of last year, did not reply to interview requests.
While Applegate and others did not accuse Snyder of acting improperly with women, they blamed him for an understaffed human resources department and what they viewed as a sophomoric culture of verbal abuse among top executives that they believed played a role in how those executives treated their employees.
Snyder routinely belittled top executives, according to three former members of his executive staff, perhaps most intensely Greene, the former sales executive, whom Snyder mocked for having been a male cheerleader in college. After one executive staff meeting, according to one former employee, Greene said Snyder had ordered him to do cartwheels for their entertainment.
“I have never been in a more hostile, manipulative, passive-aggressive environment … and I worked in politics,” said Julia Payne, former assistant press secretary in the Clinton Administration who briefly served as vice president of communications for the team in 2003.
Payne did not witness or endure sexual harassment, she said, but she supported what many other former employees said about the culture under Snyder.
“With such a toxic, mood-driven environment and the owner behaving like he does,” Payne said, “How could anyone think these women would go to HR?”
On the first day of working for the team, new employees are given a manual that describes the organization’s core values.
“Congratulations on becoming a member of an elite team of people involved in a franchise with a tremendous past and a promising future,” the handbook states. “The level of media and public scrutiny of the Washington Redskins magnifies any inappropriate or unprofessional behavior, so a high level of professionalism is required from all employees.”
While there is a section discussing sexual harassment, many former employees said, if there is a process for handling sexual harassment complaints, it’s never discussed in the club’s brief onboarding process.
The team’s human resources staff consists of one full-time staffer — who also performs administrative duties at team headquarters — responsible for more than 220 full-time employees, according to several former employees.
“There’s no HR,” said one former veteran female employee who left in 2019. “And there was never a reporting process, nor was one explained to new employees about how you should report something.”
In a statement, the Redskins pointed out the team hired a new human resources manager in 2019 and this employee works with the team’s legal department on any issues involving employee conduct.
Former women employees said the first few weeks at Redskins Park also often came with an informal but invaluable orientation administered privately by veteran female employees who warned them to avoid certain people and places, such as the staircase near the entrance to team headquarters.
Lined at the top with transparent plexiglass, the stairs descend from the lobby to the locker room and training area, and someone standing at the bottom can look up the skirt of a woman standing at the top.
One former female member of the executive staff learned this lesson early in her tenure, she said, when she looked down to see a male trainer, two floors down, staring right back up, walking step for step with her.
“He even leaned to get a better angle,” the woman said. “He wasn’t even trying to hide it.”
For many women, their jobs with the team were their first out of college. Several expressed a sense of shame and said they realized they had accepted behavior years ago they now realize was inappropriate, such as an unwanted shoulder rub or a compliment about their legs.
“It was my first job, so I kind of normalized it,” said a woman who worked for the club for several years and departed in 2019. “And it was happening to every single one of my female co-workers under the age of 40.”
Training camp in Richmond in August was a hotbed of improper activity, several women said. Some encouraged younger female staffers to avoid the Tobacco Company, a bar and restaurant in a stately brick building frequented by team officials.
“I was propositioned basically every day at training camp,” said one female employee who worked for the team in the mid-2010s for several years. The overtures came in the form of a whispered invitation from one coach at the Tobacco Company to his hotel room, she said, as well as emails and text messages from other male staffers, also disclosing their room numbers and offering invitations for late-night visits.
Attending the annual NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis, former female employees said, also heightened the likelihood of unwanted attention and propositions at places such as Prime 47, a steakhouse and bar popular with league officials and journalists.
At the 2019 combine, Rhiannon Walker, new to the Redskins beat for the Athletic, arrived at Prime 47 to learn that Santos, the club’s scouting director, had been asking her reporting colleagues whether they thought she might be interested in him, she said in a phone interview this week. They tried to discourage him — outside of the ethical concerns, Walker said, her colleagues knew she was in a committed relationship and wouldn’t ever date a married man — but Santos was undeterred, she said she was told upon arriving.
Santos approached, she said, and the conversation started innocently. He showed her photos of his wife and young daughters on his phone, Walker recalled, reading from notes she later provided to her company’s lawyers describing the incident. Then Santos told Walker she had “worn the f---” out of her jeans the day before, she said, and asked whether she would date him if they were single.
“I told him that I do have a girlfriend and he does have a wife, so we don’t need to play hypotheticals here,” Walker said. “I was pretty blunt.”
Santos kept attempting to flirt for several minutes and told Walker he would “wear me down with his charm,” she recalled. Then he pinched her on the hip, in full view of other team employees and reporters, she said. Walker felt humiliated, she recalled, and concerned some people who saw what had happened would think she had welcomed the attention.
“It felt like pretty much the worst thing in the world,” Walker said. “He didn’t care. He thought it was funny.”
Walker later filed a complaint with the team. In a statement, the Athletic supported her account and confirmed the company’s attorneys spoke with Redskins management about Walker’s allegations.
“The Athletic unequivocally stands by Rhiannon Walker’s account of the harassment she endured from Mr. Santos,” the company said.
Soon after her incident with Santos, Walker said, she learned of another reporter who alleged she had endured similar harassment: Nora Princiotti, who covered the team for the Washington Times in 2017.
Princiotti, in a phone interview, said on two or three occasions, Santos pulled his SUV alongside her as she was walking out of Redskins Park and offered commentary on her body and wardrobe.
“He told me I had a great ass for a little white girl,” Princiotti said. “The general sentiment was that I should wear less clothing.”
Like Walker, Princiotti said she was struck by how brazenly Santos acted, as well as other team employees who commented on her looks. Princiotti said one male member of the communications staff once told her she had a nickname around Redskins Park: “Princihottie.”
“It was gross and also just a terrible pun,” she said. “There was an overwhelming sense that no one would ever do anything about this stuff.”
Walker informed Tony Wyllie, then the team’s vice president of communications, about Princiotti’s allegations, she said, and Princiotti confirmed she spoke to Wyllie about Santos. Wyllie, who left the team in 2019, declined to comment for this story. A few weeks later, team lawyers informed the Athletic that Santos had been disciplined but declined to specify how, Walker said.
Santos was fired last week, after The Post informed the team of allegations raised by other former female staffers. One former female staffer said she received a text, one night after work, in which Santos told her he had wanted to kiss her that day in the break room. Another former female employee said Santos told her, as she was walking into the office one day, she had a “nice butt” and asked her to turn around for him.
“I am done with the NFL,” the woman said. Her experience with the Redskins “has killed any dream of a career in pro sports.”
Santos was fired along with his top scouting assistant, Richard Mann II, who sent flirtatious, sexual texts to two former female employees they provided to The Post.
In an exchange with one former female colleague, Mann joked about getting an “inappropriate hug.” In two exchanges with another female colleague, Mann informed her he and his colleagues were discussing whether her breasts had been surgically enhanced — “real or fake is the debate,” he texted — and offered to bring her lunch for a favor.
“If I bring that I want to squeeze your butt,” Mann texted.
“Unfortunately that was (is?) the culture,” one of these women texted a reporter after forwarding the messages. “So we felt like we had to roll with it.”
In a phone interview, new team coach Ron Rivera declined to discuss why Santos and Mann were dismissed.
“We’re trying to create a new culture here,” Rivera said. “We’re hoping to get people to understand that they need to judge us on where we are and where we’re going as opposed to where we’ve been.”
To fans and the general public, Larry Michael is perhaps one of the more consistent aspects of a franchise marked by regular personnel turnover. The team’s lead play-by-play broadcaster for the past 16 years, Michael also served as senior vice president in charge of content, overseeing the club’s website and video department.
But among his mostly male staff on the video and digital teams, Michael for years had become a growing source of discomfort, according to four former employees, because of his penchant for off-color commentary about female colleagues.
“It was always objectifying; it was always derogatory. … I wouldn’t even know what to do. I would just shake it off,” one former male staffer said. “We’re all just afraid for our jobs and trying to make it.”
During training camp in 2017, Michael saw a young woman from the sponsorship staff walk by and turned to one of his staffers and commented on her “tight ass” before adding a remark about her social life, the staffer said.
“He said you can’t mess with her, though … because you know she’s f-----g every guy on the team, right?” said this staffer, who afterward mentioned the comment to four colleagues, including a veteran female employee.
“I was mortified but not surprised,” the female employee said. Years earlier, Michael had squeezed this woman’s face after a late-night taping of a team program and told her “she was so cute,” she said.
Another comment, recalled by two former male employees, involved a female colleague of Egyptian descent.
“He said it looked like she definitely had a little Greek in her because of her lighter skin complexion, as well as that ass,” one former male employee said.
None of these employees filed formal complaints, they said, because they never thought anything would come of it.
“They’re not going to get rid of ‘The Voice of the Redskins’ … over a $30,000-a-year marketing manager,” one former male staffer said.
Michael was the subject of one complaint in 2018, according to six former team staffers, after he was recorded discussing one female intern during practice one day. The incident occurred as Michael was being filmed for a team video production, former employees said, and an intern walked by.
Former team employees who heard the video had different recollections of the precise wording but agreed Michael remarked about how attractive he found the intern, who was in college.
“It was disgusting,” said one former female employee who heard the audio. “This is a grown man who could be my grandfather, and he’s talking about someone younger than me.”
One female employee complained about the video to the club’s legal department, and a team attorney took the hard drive from the employee who had discovered the video. When the lawyer returned the hard drive, this employee said, the file had been deleted. It was unclear to staffers aware of the incident whether Michael was disciplined.
“The club’s legal department removed the file from the hard drive and maintained the file in the organization’s confidential HLegal records where it still resides,” the team said in a statement.
On Wednesday morning, The Post requested an interview with Michael and informed club officials about comments attributed to Michael by his former employees and the “hot mic” incident.
Hours later, Michael announced his retirement.
“After 16 great years my time with the organization is over,” Michael said in a statement. “On to the next chapter.”
Before Emily Applegate changed jobs in December 2014, moving from working at FedEx Field to the team’s marketing department in Ashburn, she was warned by co-workers about her new boss, Mitch Gershman, she recalled. The club’s chief marketing officer had a reputation for an explosive temper, Applegate said, but not sexual harassment.
“I guess I was lucky enough to be more his type,” Applegate said.
Gershman often commented on her body or appearance, she said, in tandem with insults about her work performance.
“He would tell me I was stupid for not being able to print something out the way he wanted and directly follow with: ‘Oh, did you run extra yesterday? You look really good,’ ” Applegate said.
Gershman told Applegate never to wear flats, only heels, she said, and suggested form-fitting dresses for nighttime events with premium clients. He also inquired about her dating life and expressed concern she didn’t have a boyfriend, she said. In a text message exchange Applegate provided to The Post, she asked him about his plan for an upcoming sales meeting.
“Not part of it. No worries. Go find a dude!!” he replied.
There were also routine outbursts of rage, Applegate said, such as when Gershman got lost on the way to Joe Theismann’s Restaurant in Alexandria after he asked her to print out directions for him.
“All he had to do was type it in a GPS, and he spent 20 minutes screaming at how f-----g incompetent I was for not giving him proper directions,” she said. “I would leave work crying probably four days out of the week.”
Gershman, in a brief phone interview, alternately denied and said he didn’t recall conversations referenced by Applegate.
“I can’t comment on something that I can’t remember,” he said.
One other team executive repeatedly commented on Applegate’s appearance, she said: Dennis Greene, who held the high-pressure job of overseeing sales of luxury seating and premium suites at FedEx Field.
On one occasion, Applegate said, Greene complimented her on leggings she was wearing.
“He made a comment about how great I looked in these leggings because they were so tight,” she said. “That was actually the only time Mitch said something like, ‘Dennis, you can’t say something like that.’ ”
Women who worked for Greene hold conflicting feelings about their former boss. While they acknowledge he made inappropriate remarks and pressured them to wear revealing outfits and flirt with current and prospective suiteholders, they also were aware Greene faced tremendous pressure from Snyder to sell expensive seats for a team whose on-the-field product often made his job challenging.
Snyder “would humiliate Dennis in front of other executives because he was a cheerleader in college … and Dennis took everything. He did everything and anything he had to to make sure those suites were sold out year after year,” one former saleswoman said.
But even those sympathetic to Greene said his conduct left them with emotional scars. One saleswoman, who worked in the 2005 to 2010 time frame, recalled that Greene repeatedly offered to connect her with a plastic surgeon if she wanted breast enhancement surgery. He said he knew a doctor who had performed several procedures for cheerleaders, she recalled, and he could “get her a great rate.”
“Reducing a young woman to thinking that she can only do her job well if she wears a certain thing or exposes part of her body is demeaning,” this former saleswoman said. “It puts women in their place.”
Over the past few days, Applegate said, she has received messages from several former Redskins co-workers who have asked whether she’s concerned about potential retaliation she could face from the club. She has told them she’s not concerned, she said. She has no interest in working in professional sports again, took the LSATs this week and is studying for law school.
“I don’t see what I have to be afraid of,” she said. “I’m just telling the truth.”
To some of her former colleagues, there is one anecdote from Applegate’s time with the team that troubles them most. In 2015, Applegate said, she was pulled aside by Eric Schaffer, the club’s general counsel and senior vice president, who left earlier this year.
Schaffer was appalled by the verbal abuse Applegate endured from Gershman, she said he told her, and he offered to serve as a witness or connect her with a lawyer if she wanted to file a formal complaint. Applegate declined and said she feared making an issue of Gershman’s conduct would mark the end of her career with the team.
Applegate regards Schaffer as one of the few male team executives who treated her well. Some of her former colleagues, however, expressed outrage that Schaffer didn’t file a complaint of his own. According to the employee manual, “all supervisory and management personnel of the Redskins organization are expected to take immediate and appropriate action to prevent or stop harassment in the workplace of which they become aware.”
Schaffer declined to comment. Applegate said she understands why he didn’t make an issue of her treatment in 2015. It’s the same reason she never filed a complaint.
“I needed to keep my job,” she said. “When it comes down to it, 98 percent of people make decisions on stuff like this based on needing to keep their jobs … which is why this stuff goes on for so long.”
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2020.07.16 23:37 _Doctor_Teeth_ WaPo Bombshell

A few months after Emily Applegate started working for the Washington Redskins in 2014, she settled into a daily routine: She would meet a female co-worker in the bathroom during their lunch breaks, she said, to commiserate and cry about the frequent sexual harassment and verbal abuse they endured.
They cried about the former chief operating officer’s expletive-laced tirades, Applegate said, when she recalled him calling her “f-----g stupid” and then requesting she wear a tight dress for a meeting with clients, “so the men in the room have something to look at.” They cried about a wealthy suiteholder who grabbed her friend’s backside during a game, Applegate said, and the indifference the team’s top sales executive displayed when she complained.
But most of all, Applegate said, they cried about the realization their dream job of working in the NFL came with what they characterized as relentless sexual harassment and verbal abuse that was ignored — and in some cases, condoned — by top team executives.
Applegate is one of 15 former female Redskins employees who told The Washington Post they were sexually harassed during their time at the club. The other 14 women spoke on the condition of anonymity citing a fear of litigation, as some signed nondisclosure agreements with the team that threaten legal retribution if they speak negatively about the club. The team declined a request from The Post to release former female employees from these agreements so they could speak on the record without fear of legal reprisal. This story involved interviews with more than 40 current and former employees and a review of text messages and internal company documents.
Team owner Daniel Snyder declined several requests for an interview. Over the past week, as The Post presented detailed allegations and findings to the club, three team employees accused of improper behavior abruptly departed, including Larry Michael, the club’s longtime radio voice, and Alex Santos, the team’s director of pro personnel.
In a statement, the team said it had hired D.C. attorney Beth Wilkinson and her firm, Wilkinson Walsh, “to conduct a thorough independent review of this entire matter and help the team set new employee standards for the future.”
“The Washington Redskins football team takes issues of employee conduct seriously … While we do not speak to specific employee situations publicly, when new allegations of conduct are brought forward that are contrary to these policies, we address them promptly,” the team said.
The allegations raised by Applegate and others — running from 2006 to 2019 — span most of Snyder’s tenure as owner and fall into two categories: unwelcome overtures or comments of a sexual nature, and exhortations to wear revealing clothing and flirt with clients to close sales deals. Among the men accused of harassment and verbal abuse are three former members of Snyder’s inner circle and two longtime members of the personnel department:
Michael, senior vice president of content and “the voice of the Washington Redskins.” Seven former employees said Michael routinely discussed the physical appearance of female colleagues in sexual and disparaging overtones. In 2018, Michael was caught on a “hot mic” speaking about the attractiveness of a college-aged intern, according to six former employees who heard the recording. Michael declined an interview request and retired Wednesday.
Santos, the club’s director of pro personnel, was accused by six former employees and two reporters who covered the team of making inappropriate remarks about their bodies and asking them if they were romantically interested in him. In 2019, Santos was the subject of an internal investigation after Rhiannon Walker, a reporter for The Athletic, informed club management Santos had pinched her, told her she had “an ass like a wagon,” and repeatedly asked her to date him, Walker said in an interview with The Post. Nora Princiotti, a reporter for The Ringer who formerly covered the team, also said in an interview that she was harassed by Santos. Santos, who was fired this past week, declined to comment. Richard Mann II, assistant director of pro personnel, who in one text message obtained by the The Post told a female employee he and his colleagues debated whether her breasts had been surgically enhanced and in another text message told another female employee to expect an “inappropriate hug … And don’t worry that will be a stapler in my pocket, nothing else.” Mann, who also was fired last week, declined to comment. Dennis Greene, former president of business operations, implored female sales staff to wear low-cut blouses, tight skirts and flirt with wealthy suite holders, according to five former employees, including Applegate. Greene’s 17-year career with the club ended in 2018 amid a scandal over the revelation he had sold access to Redskins cheerleaders — including attendance at a bikini calendar photo shoot in Costa Rica — as part of premium suite packages. Greene declined to comment. Mitch Gershman, former chief operating officer, who Applegate said routinely berated her for trivial problems such as printer malfunctions while also complimenting her body. Two other former female employees supported Applegate’s account of her sexual harassment and verbal abuse by Gershman, who left the team in 2015.
“It was the most miserable experience of my life,” Applegate, now 31, said of her year working as a marketing coordinator for the club, which she left in 2015. “And we all tolerated it, because we knew if we complained — and they reminded us of this — there were 1,000 people out there who would take our job in a heartbeat.”
Gershman, in a phone interview, denied Applegate’s allegations.
“I barely even remember who she is,” Gershman said. “I thought the Redskins was a great place to work … I would apologize to anyone who thought that I was verbally abusive.”
No woman accused Snyder or former longtime team president Bruce Allen of inappropriate behavior with women, but they expressed skepticism the men were unaware of the behavior they allege.
“I would assume Bruce [Allen] knew, because he sat 30 feet away from me … and saw me sobbing at my desk several times every week,” Applegate said.
Allen, who was fired at the end of last year, did not reply to interview requests.
While Applegate and others did not accuse Snyder of acting improperly with women, they blamed him for an understaffed human resources department and what they viewed as a sophomoric culture of verbal abuse among top executives that they believed played a role in how those executives treated their employees.
Snyder routinely belittled top executives, according to three former members of his executive staff, perhaps most intensely Greene, the former sales executive, whom Snyder mocked for having been a male cheerleader in college. After one executive staff meeting, according to one former employee, Greene said Snyder had ordered him to do cartwheels for their entertainment.
“I have never been in a more hostile, manipulative, passive-aggressive environment … and I worked in politics,” said Julia Payne, former assistant press secretary in the Clinton Administration who briefly served as vice president of communications for the team in 2003.
Payne did not witness or endure sexual harassment, she said, but she supported what many other former employees said about the culture under Snyder.
“With such a toxic, mood-driven environment, and the owner behaving like he does,” said Payne, “How could anyone think these women would go to HR?”
On the first day of working for the team, new employees are given a manual that describes the organization’s core values.
“Congratulations on becoming a member of an elite team of people involved in a franchise with a tremendous past and a promising future,” the handbook states. “The level of media and public scrutiny of the Washington Redskins magnifies any inappropriate or unprofessional behavior, so a high level of professionalism is required from all employees.”
While there is a section discussing sexual harassment, many former employees said, if there is a process for handling sexual harassment complaints, it’s never discussed in the club’s brief onboarding process.
The team’s human resources staff consists of one full-time staffer — who also performs administrative duties at team headquarters — responsible for more than 220 full-time employees, according to several former employees.
“There’s no HR,” said one former veteran female employee who left in 2019. “And there was never a reporting process, nor was one explained to new employees about how you should report something.”
In a statement, the Redskins pointed out the team hired a new human resources manager in 2019, and this employee works with the team’s legal department on any issues involving employee conduct.
Former women employees said the first few weeks at Redskins Park also often came with an informal, but invaluable, orientation administered privately by veteran female employees who warned them to avoid certain people and places, such as the staircase near the entrance to team headquarters.
Lined at the top with transparent plexiglass, the stairs descend from the lobby to the locker room and training area, and someone standing at the bottom can look up the skirt of a woman standing at the top.
One former female member of the executive staff learned this lesson early in her tenure, she said, when she looked down to see a male trainer, two floors down, staring right back up, walking step for step with her.
“He even leaned to get a better angle,” the woman said. “He wasn’t even trying to hide it.”
For many women, their jobs with the team were their first out of college. Several expressed a sense of shame, and said they realized they had accepted behavior years ago they now realize was inappropriate, such as an unwanted shoulder rub or a compliment about their legs.
“It was my first job, so I kind of normalized it,” said a woman who worked for the club for several years and departed in 2019. “And it was happening to every single one of my female co-workers under the age of 40.”
Training camp in Richmond in August was a hotbed of improper activity, several women said. Some encouraged younger female staffers to avoid the Tobacco Company, a bar and restaurant in a stately brick building frequented by team officials.
“I was propositioned basically every day at training camp,” said one female employee who worked for the team in the mid-2010s for several years. The overtures came in the form of a whispered invitation from one coach at the Tobacco Company to his hotel room, she said, as well as emails and text messages from other male staffers, also disclosing their room numbers and offering invitations for late-night visits.
Attending the annual NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis, former female employees said, also heightened the likelihood of unwanted attention and propositions at places such as Prime 47, a steakhouse and bar popular with league officials and journalists.
At the 2019 combine, Rhiannon Walker, new to the Redskins beat for The Athletic, arrived at Prime 47 to learn that Santos, the club’s scouting director, had been asking her reporting colleagues if they thought she might be interested in him, she said in a phone interview this week. They tried to discourage him — outside of the ethical concerns, Walker said, her colleagues knew she was in a committed relationship and wouldn’t ever date a married man — but Santos was undeterred, she said she was told upon arriving.
Santos approached, she said, and the conversation started innocently. He showed her photos of his wife and young daughters on his phone, Walker recalled, reading from notes she later provided to her company’s lawyers describing the incident. Then Santos told Walker she had “worn the f---” out of her jeans the day before, she said, and asked if she would date him, if they were single.
“I told him that I do have a girlfriend, and he does have a wife, so we don’t need to play hypotheticals here,” Walker said. “I was pretty blunt.”
Santos kept attempting to flirt for several minutes and told Walker he would “wear me down with his charm,” she recalled. Then he pinched her on the hip, in full view of other team employees and reporters, she said. Walker felt humiliated, she recalled, and concerned some people who saw what had happened would think she had welcomed the attention.
“It felt like pretty much the worst thing in the world,” Walker said. “He didn’t care. He thought it was funny.”
Walker later filed a complaint with the team. In a statement, The Athletic supported her account, and confirmed the company’s attorneys spoke with Redskins management about Walker’s allegations.
“The Athletic unequivocally stands by Rhiannon Walker’s account of the harassment she endured from Mr. Santos,” the company said.
Soon after her incident with Santos, Walker said, she learned of another reporter who alleged she had endured similar harassment: Nora Princiotti, who covered the team for the Washington Times in 2017.
Princiotti, in a phone interview, said on two or three occasions, Santos pulled his SUV alongside her as she was walking out of Redskins Park, and offered commentary on her body and wardrobe.
“He told me I had a great ass for a little white girl,” Princiotti said. “The general sentiment was that I should wear less clothing.”
Like Walker, Princiotti said she was struck by how brazenly Santos acted, as well as other team employees who commented on her looks. Princiotti said one male member of the communications staff once told her she had a nickname around Redskins Park: “Princihottie.”
“It was gross and also just a terrible pun,” she said. “There was an overwhelming sense that no one would ever do anything about this stuff.”
Walker informed Tony Wyllie, then the team’s vice president of communications, about Princiotti’s allegations, she said, and Princiotti confirmed she spoke to Wyllie about Santos. Wyllie, who left the team in 2019, declined to comment for this story. A few weeks later, team lawyers informed The Athletic that Santos had been disciplined but declined to specify how, Walker said.
Santos was fired last week, after The Post informed the team of allegations raised by other former female staffers. One former female staffer said she received a text, one night after work, in which Santos told her he had wanted to kiss her that day in the break room. Another former female employee said Santos told her, as she was walking into the office one day, she had a “nice butt” and asked her to turn around for him.
“I am done with the NFL,” the woman said. Her experience with the Redskins “has killed any dream of a career in pro sports.”
Santos was fired along with his top scouting assistant Richard Mann II, who sent flirtations, sexual texts to two former female employees they provided to The Post.
In an exchange with one former female colleague, Mann joked about getting an “inappropriate hug.” In two exchanges with another female colleague, Mann informed her he and his colleagues were discussing whether her breasts had been surgically enhanced — “real or fake is the debate,” he texted — and offered to bring her lunch for a favor.
“If I bring that I want to squeeze your butt,” Mann texted.
“Unfortunately that was (is?) the culture,” one of these women texted a reporter, after forwarding the messages. “So we felt like we had to roll with it.”
In a phone interview, new team Coach Ron Rivera declined to discuss why Santos and Mann were dismissed.
“We’re trying to create a new culture here” Rivera said. “We’re hoping to get people to understand that they need to judge us on where we are and where we’re going, as opposed to where we’ve been”
To fans and the general public, Larry Michael is perhaps one of the more consistent aspects of a franchise marked by regular personnel turnover. The team’s lead play-by-play broadcaster for the past 16 years, Michael also served as senior vice president in charge of content, overseeing the club’s website and video department.
But among his mostly male staff on the video and digital teams, Michael for years had become a growing source of discomfort, according to four former employees, because of his penchant for off-color commentary about female colleagues.
“It was always objectifying; it was always derogatory. … I wouldn’t even know what to do. I would just shake it off,” one former male staffer said. “We’re all just afraid for our jobs and trying to make it.”
During training camp in 2017, Michael saw a young woman from the sponsorship staff walk by and turned to one of his staffers and commented on her “tight ass,” before adding a remark about her social life, the staffer said.
“He said you can’t mess with her, though … because you know she’s f-----g every guy on the team, right?,” said this staffer, who afterward mentioned the comment to four colleagues, including a veteran female employee.
“I was mortified, but not surprised,” the female employee said. Years earlier, Michael had squeezed this woman’s face after a late-night taping of a team program and told her “she was so cute,” she said.
Another comment, recalled by two former male employees, involved a female colleague of Egyptian descent.
“He said it looked like she definitely had a little Greek in her because of her lighter skin complexion, as well as that ass,” one former male employee said.
None of these employees filed formal complaints, they said, because they never thought anything would come of it.
“They’re not going to get rid of ‘The Voice of the Redskins’ … over a $30,000-a-year marketing manager,” one former male staffer said.
Michael was the subject of one complaint in 2018, according to six former team staffers, after he was recorded discussing one female intern during practice one day. The incident occurred as Michael was being filmed for a team video production, former employees said, and an intern walked by.
Former team employees who heard the video had different recollections of the precise wording, but agreed Michael remarked about how attractive he found the intern, who was in college.
“It was disgusting,” said one former female employee who heard the audio. “This is a grown man who could be my grandfather, and he’s talking about someone younger than me.”
One female employee complained about the video to the club’s legal department, and a team attorney took the hard drive from the employee who had discovered the video. When the lawyer returned the hard drive, this employee said, the file had been deleted. It was unclear to staffers aware of the incident whether Michael was disciplined.
“The club’s legal department removed the file from the hard drive and maintained the file in the organization’s confidential HLegal records where it still resides,” the team said in a statement.
On Wednesday morning, The Post requested an interview with Michael and informed club officials about comments attributed to Michael by his former employees and the “hot mic” incident.
Hours later, Michael announced his retirement.
“After 16 great years my time with the organization is over,” Michael said in a statement. “On to the next chapter.”
Before Emily Applegate changed jobs in December 2014, moving from working at FedEx Field to the team’s marketing department in Ashburn, she was warned by co-workers about her new boss, Mitch Gershman, she recalled. The club’s chief marketing officer had a reputation for an explosive temper, Applegate said, but not sexual harassment.
“I guess I was lucky enough to be more his type,” Applegate said.
Gershman often commented on her body or appearance, she said, in tandem with insults about her work performance.
“He would tell me I was stupid for not being able to print something out the way he wanted, and directly follow with, ‘Oh, did you run extra yesterday, you look really good,’” Applegate said.
Gershman told Applegate never to wear flats, only heels, she said, and suggested form-fitting dresses for nighttime events with premium clients. He also inquired about her dating life, and expressed concern she didn’t have a boyfriend, she said. In a text message exchange Applegate provided to The Post, she asked him about his plan for an upcoming sales meeting.
“Not part of it. No worries. Go find a dude!!” he replied.
There were also routine outbursts of rage, Applegate said, such as when Gershman got lost on the way to Joe Theismann’s Restaurant in Alexandria, after asking her to print out directions for him.
“All he had to do was type it in a GPS, and he spent 20 minutes screaming at how f-----g incompetent I was for not giving him proper directions,” she said. “I would leave work crying probably four days out of the week.”
Gershman, in a brief phone interview, alternately denied and said he didn’t recall conversations referenced by Applegate.
“I can’t comment on something that I can’t remember,” he said.
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2020.07.14 02:21 fractalfay My hands speaking my words: Recap of 90DF HEA S05E05

The struggle to select a single quote that captures the essence of an episode has never felt more real. From Debbie finally celebrating her inner Lady MacBeth, to Low finding a more eloquent way to say “I hate Othello,” this episode is 90DF Shakespeare. Hey nonny nonny.
In a moment of zero suspense, Larissa walks into the immigration office, and then walks right back out. That’s right, friends: those shots of her in the rest of the season aren’t holograms. She tells her friend that they took something like a mug shot, and “then she took the finger.” That Clue game always gets so weird after this turn.
Later on Larissa meets up with Eric, to ask if they can have a fake reunion to match their fake breakup from their fake relationship, and Eric asks if he can use that “ash in the wind” line he was saving for the next time he wrote a country song. Larissa says fine.
During their conversation we learn that Larissa broke up with Eric via text. Then people started harassing her online, calling “my butt cheesy butt,” and Larissa decided this must be Eric and filed a police report on him. That must have been amazing paperwork.
“Ma’am, just following up on a report you submitted. You’re on…instagram, is that right? Now the instagram, is that the internet? Okay, okay, just making sure. So, do you feel unsafe on the internets after this ‘cheesy butt’ threat that you received? And you have reason to believe that Eric is responsible for this ass slander? Does he have special knowledge of your butt cheese, ma’am?”
She and Eric still have issues, and they’re not afraid to exaggerate them for the next six or so episodes, while mining for something more interesting than “cheap” to butt heads about. That should carry them to the point in the narrative where Jess contacts Larissa to tell her that she was right.
Speaking of Debbie, she’s never left the country before, because the weight limit for checked baggage prevents her from taking Colt and her slot machine. Still, she’s eager to see what their Walmart is like, because there’s nothing more exciting than seeing the same thing you have at home, but elsewhere.
“That’s interesting,” Paul interjects. “Have you heard of this place called a ‘grocery store’? Karine says they have them in Brazil, but I didn’t pay attention to the food because it wasn’t in English.”
“Well I don’t understand why it’s not in English,” Mother Debbie is worried. “How do they expect people to go there? Do they even have maps? What about numbers? Do they use those funny symbols you see in caves? What time is Wheel of Fortune on there?”
Paul: Do you have an opening for a son, by any chance? I promise I’ll never leave. Ever.
Mother Debbie: Well I’m going to have to ask Colt. Until I do you can have this spare change I cut out of his pants, and caught in my mouth while clinging to his ankles. That’s why he wears shorts now. I don’t think that’s fair to me.
Debbie is concerned that Jess is another Larissa, and fears Colt will make the same decisions all over again. “If I tell you I have a bad feeling, will you listen to me?” She pleads with Colt.
“I don’t know,” Colt waffles. “You usually have a bad feeling about the women I’m dating by the third date.”
“The second date. Then I press my face into the glass of their bedroom windows until it leaves a grease print, and I come back again and again, until I am the bad feeling, imprinted FOREVER. You should probably never date anyone again.”
Colt just continues to pile the clothes Debbie folded into his Mary Poppins suitcase, while her anxiety forms a cloud around him.
“People at home are saying for God’s sake lady, let him live his life,” Debbie tells the producers. Yes, we are saying this. “Well, no.” This woman knows herself!
After a lengthy flight that I’m sure was peppered with stunning observations like, “well these peanuts are little” and “the sun sure is hot!” Colt is starting to worry that his mom tagging along wasn’t the best idea. She notes the Panda Express at the airport, and is relieved to see you can be disappointed anywhere in the world.
Jess is a bit uneasy as she awaits the arrival of Colt and his mother, because she’s thinking about Larissa’s warnings. She says she’s going to keep that conversation from Colt, because they agreed not to talk about it until the reunion.
They deplane, and Jess happily embraces Colt. Debbie is exactly as warm and welcoming as you’d expect, as she describes Jess as “voluptuous” which makes her think of sex, so the jealousy fertilizes her egg of rage. After both Colt and Jess assure viewers and Debbie that they eagerly anticipate sex that is sexy, and also sex with sexual sexiness, they get into an Uber for the hotel, and start tossing out hypothetical baby names. Debbie doesn’t understand why Colt never considered her ability to mother again. Hell she toted colt for 18 months, give or take, and breast fed him till 25. Now she’s getting left out? Unfair.
“I still change his diapers and fold his underwear in the cutest little squares,” Debbie spurts. “Then I warm them in my mouth and rewrite his name on the waistband with a sharpie when my drool fades the original name away. Sometime I blow them dry after he puts them back on. What are we talking about?”
Jess is all of us: “I think it’s weird that Debbie is here. It’s my vacation, and it’s better me and Colt alone.”
“Yes, those are alarme bells,” Larissa coaches. “They go a ding a ding a ding. Debbie is under bed right now-e. Also, do not eat the beef stew.”
Jess and Colt share a series of gerbil kisses right in front of first wife Debbie, and she has not consented to the triad. It burns her face, and she tries to wipe it away, but nope: it’s still her face. She thinks Jess is trying to talk him into being an adult, when he’s perfectly fine as a permanent 14 year old boy.
“I’m really sick,” Debbie declares. “And not manipulative at all.”
Hoping for an orgy, Colt only reserved one hotel room, and Debbie DGAF, she just needs to sleep. Jess starts pressing her about how she slept in Vegas or something, and this reminds me of a dog cornering a skunk, then barking at it. Debbie says you either let her sleep for ten minutes or take her to a hospital in 30 minutes, GODDAMMIT. I’M REALLY SICK. Then Jess says Debbie is rude, and while this is true, dude, you were barking at a skunk.
Tania is taking her scrutiny of Syngin on the road to a nice looking nail salon, thanks to friend Monique. Let’s all take a moment to reminisce about way back in the day, when we would dunk out feet in water and trust a stranger’s hands to soften our heels with a cheese grater before wrapping them in plastic bags full of wax. Good times. Anyway, Monique is acutely aware of what a giant pain in the ass Tania is, and points out that not only did they just get married, but now he has to wait on Tania hand and foot, so the “for worst” part of their wedding vows arrived a little early.
“He doesn’t wait on me hand and foot,” Tania corrects. “He just carries me around the apartment on his back, between bathing me and making me breakfast, and looking for a job. Yes, I have a crutch, what?”
Since expressing gratitude for his service can’t happen, Tania fixates on what she now describes as a drinking problem, while continuing to drink herself. She says he can work now and has been hunting for a job, but pickings are slim for a bartender who can’t pour a Guinness. The manicurist looks up periodically to make sure she’s actually on television.
Syngin has been waiting for his next chance to play the “you’re not my soul mate” card, and that moment is now. He’s beginning to piece together that he’s going to spend the next six months waiting for her foot to heal, then the six months after that watching her fill out disability forms for the instant arthritis that activated the minute she put a boot on. Then they’ll need another six months to save up money, then oh look, she’s pregnant, so maybe another 18 years in CT, with Syngin carrying Tania and all the babies from room to room like a possum. Plus, he didn’t get married to get married, he got married because the K1 left him without options.
Tania says she’s ready to make a one-to-three year plan, which sounds like something she does before blowing it off for a trip to Costa Rica, at which point it becomes a to-do list for the left behind. But Syngin? Now that he’s married, Syngin doesn’t know if he’s ready to be a husband, or to be burdened by children, and yes, men on this show never understand a biological clock, and Tania should start talking to her male friends about sperm donation now.
“I don’t know if I want to stay in a country that leaves you with a mountain of debt from a routine surgery,” Syngin doesn’t say at all. “I mean, my liver is going to fail sometime in the next ten years, and I’d like to be prepared.”
Tania is concerned that this is the first time she’s hearing that he’s uninterested in remaining in America. Syngin insists he doesn’t want to raise children here or send them to school here, and Tania makes her case with, “BUT I TURNED OUT FINE.” You know it’s true when someone shouts it.
Toddler Aseulu somehow impregnated Kalani twice before his balls dropped. Last night he shoved all his Batman comics and Lunchables into his Hot Wheels suitcase, and dragged it all the way to the bus where he asked for a one-way ticket to outer space, like the man of the house. Kalani reports that after he stormed away he sent her a series of riddles and a treasure map to help her pinpoint his location and be away from her children and family as long as possible. Kalani said tell me where the fuck you are, my dude, because it’s your son’s birthday, and Oliver shouldn’t wonder where his dad is when they all live in the same house. Asuelu agrees to return, but just to play video games and sulk, MOM.
Kolini and Low arrive for the party, and they ask where Asuelu is, and Kalani says that he “came back” when they don’t yet know the story of his leaving. Low asks for more information, and gets the details of their car ride, save for the whole “lying bitch” part. Low agrees to keep it cool since it’s Oliver’s birthday and he’s capable of thinking of others, but he’s going to go ahead and polish up his ass-kicking shoes so they’re ready to be taken for a walk. Kalani wastes her time checking on Asuelu to try to coax him away from his video games and into adulthood, by promising he can eat all the hotdogs he wants, before resuming efforts to arrange a party for her son, by herself. Teenagers, amirite?
Later on the party is happening, and Oliver is driving a remote control car all around the rental property. One of Kalani’s friends asks where Asuelu is, and Kalani says he’s stretching out his butthole in preparation for Low’s foot. She again says she’s going to check on him again, which is two times more than she should have indulged this shit, and he again says he doesn’t want to talk to anybody and is going to stay in his fort ALONE, MOM.
“It’s like talking to a four year-old,” Kalani tells Kolini when she returns, which isn’t fair, because even a four year-old would come out for cake.
As the party goes on, Low is not impressed. “The Samoan way, it would be my hands speaking my words,” Low explains. But he agreed to be nice (for now) because cameras are rolling, and that’s too much evidence for a lawsuit.
“This is why I said I’m the dad,” Kolini adds. “I mean, did you see his reference to his boo hole last season? Jesus Christ. She has two babies sucking the life out of her, and now she has a husband sucking the life out of her.” Then Kolini strikes a match on a gold filling to announce her status as keeper of the flame.
Eager to do the bare minimum, Aseulu finally opens the door and comes out. Kalani’s expression rotates between walking on eggshells and being psychically exhausted. When the party ends, Kalani asks if there’s anything he wants to say to her, and Asuelu asks why the word ‘house’ has an ‘ow’ in the middle. Kalani wrongly thought an apology might be directed her way. Nah. The plan is to maintain the tantrum until she demands that he go to Samoa alone, like the man of the house.
Is anyone on this show not dating a man-baby? Save us, Angela, save us! She’s getting ready to take off for Nigeria, and her friend Amy is going to help her out by taking care of her mother and the kids while she’s gone. We learn so much about Angela by the circle around her, which is huge and honest and loyal. Before walking out the door she fusses over her mother one last time, asks if she’s wet, which only further illuminates how much caretaking Angela does.
“Got any last minute advice?” She asks her mother as she readies to depart.
“Just go and get married, whatever,” Mother Angela says, and I need this embroidered on a pillow.
After her plane lands, Angela hunts down her MeMaw gear in baggage claim, and finally spies it thanks to some sticker decorations. Michael is waiting for her, wearing his Angela nameplate necklace. They warmly embrace, and it’s all happy and shit.
Michael and Angela are going to test drive living together by sharing an apartment. She walks in with a few compliments about the place, before the producers step in to ask if she can isolate something to complain about for fuck’s sake. Angela says I’ve got you, and declares she’s not sleeping in the bed, because it’s “hard as an erection.” Then she notices a dead rat in a trap, and Michael seizes the opportunity to chase her with it. This is one of the most relationship-like gestures in this series in a long time, and a reminder of how rarely we see a couple enjoying each other. More of this, please!
Libby will soon be studied in psychology classes as an example of total passive-aggression, while her husband will be offered up as exhibit A: the long term effects of bad romantic decisions. Mother Andrei has prepared a full afternoon spread my grandmother assures me is required of all Eastern European women, while Libby cuts up bananas and an avocados for homemade baby food for Eleanor. They’re both frustrated by the language barrier, but Andrei can’t be bothered to translate, because he’s showing everyone pictures of monster trucks and guns, and also his dick, like the head of the household.
Once they sit down Libby starts mining for a complaint, asking if Mother Andrei ever feels tired. His mother starts to say “of course” but Andrei cuts her off, insisting she says there’s “no room for tired” because she loves working a thankless second shift so that men can stand in a circle and scratch their balls. Libby thinks this might be a dig at her not working hard enough, and Andrei says Moldovans are more energized. This seems a great time to remind him that he doesn’t have a job, and Andrei wants to know if she’s trying to insult him, and insists she shouldn’t insult him in front of the family. Why, you ask? “Over there you listen, and here you listen double.” She falls silent in response, in a human recreation of the flaming apartment “this is fine” meme.
“I don’t know why he’s acting like the chauvinistic alpha male,” Libby says. Honey, he’s not acting.
Later, they head to meet Andrei’s fellow meatheads for beers. Libby is worried she’s going to be left out because of the language barrier, and asks if she “is just going to sit there” during this meeting. Passive-aggression to English translator: My Moldovan is pretty limited, so if you could remind folks of the language barrier and include me, I’d appreciate it. Andrei asks if this is some kind of feminism happening, and when Libby assures him she’s still a doormat and would be even if she called herself a feminist, he says, “What do you want? A podium to speak?” Podiums don’t speak, Andrei. Not without years of training.
In case anyone forgot, Andrei wants to be considered “the man of the house” without fulfilling his formulaic gender destiny, and yes, Libby is just as backwards as he is.
“It’s not that I have a problem with gendered expectations,” she explains. “It’s that I can’t fulfill mine while I’m busy fulfilling his.”
His friends immediately needle him about not working, and he says that yes, he’s a housewife, and his friend says he used to be a hard worker, and now he’s just working hard to piss Libby off.
“I work,” Andrei clarifies. “I hung television. And I’m going to still be the man of the house, and I’m still going to make the decisions for the family. Like I’m going to decide what we spend Libby’s father’s money on, and when Libby will ask for more. I will also schedule crying.”
Libby buddies up with the two other women at the party, and they ask why her family doesn’t like Andrei. She says that they think he’s rude, mean, lazy, and controlling. Libby asks if more Moldovan men are like that, and the response is yes. Nicely done, ladies. Your male population is secure. Libby also says that her sister Jen is loud and doesn’t care what others think, so she might offend someone, and she’s not going to bite her tongue. For the record, Libby thinks “biting her tongue” is bringing up what she means days after the conversation is over, and Andrei thinks if he wears his balls outside of his pants, his friends won’t call him a pussy for not having a job. Later they drive home and she asks if he had fun, and he asks if she got what she needed, before declaring that Jen might sleep in the basement if she offends someone, along with the blanket he made out of Libby’s self esteem.
Karine is attempting to change Pierre’s diaper, while Paul hovers at her elbow and tells her not to forget to wash his balls. This is some of Paul’s finest work. Then Paul hovers some more to repeatedly ask if Pierre’s hungry before she even has her tit out, and needlessly put a drape over her breast feeding, because to Paul that’s probably cheating, or the fast track to an STD. He pesters Karine to go get something to eat with his mom, which is really just a means of asking for money with grandchild leverage, since his full financial plan is asking his mother for help. Karine knows this is her only chance to escape, so he’s going to have to take that dinner alone.
Mother Paul is disappointed to see just her son, and says she wouldn’t have come if she knew that Karine and Pierre weren’t coming. Damn, the magic of that gifted hair lock must have faded. He tries to make Karine’s absence about invented offense related to her inability to use the bathroom at Paul’s mom’s house, but Mother Paul knows her crotch fruit is rotten. Paul insists he’s in trouble and on edge, as opposed to how relaxed he is the rest of the time, and tells his mom he needs a little financial support, because of course he does.
“It seems like he never gets his feet on the ground, or his head out of his ass,” Mother Paul states. She tells Paul that he should have some pride, and do it on his own. She says no, and tells him that he should have planned ahead. She’ll babysit, but she doesn’t think it’s fair using a baby to get what you want.
Asuelu: Have you tried becoming the baby?
Paul: I don’t want to ask you for any help, while I’m asking you for help. Remember how you really, really wanted us to come here?
Mother Paul: I pray for you a lot.
Later on Paul wears his trusty bulletproof backpack to the grocery store, because he never knows when he might run into himself. While Karine notes that this is, in fact, a grocery store, she’s unimpressed with Paul’s economic plan to buy more than you need, because savings. This is a great option for people not trying to squeeze milk from a nickel, but not for this destitute duo. Karine insists that $2 is less than $5, but Paul is not to be dissuaded. Since Karine hasn’t already tried to crawl underneath the floorboards, Paul takes command of the feminine hygiene aisle, demanding to know her preferred thickness and underwear adhesive. Karine begs him to stop, while Paul reflects that he knows there’s pearls, and there’s diamonds, and a whole range of flavors (except banana), that go in all kinds of holes. He’ll suss this out with the pharmacist. How is there not footage of Paul and the pharmacist?
“It’s beautiful, isn’t it?” For fuck’s sake, Paul.
Did Paul ask for a job application on the way out? No he did not.
Then they go house hunting, with Karine looking for her next husband on her phone, while Paul hunts for a rental agreement for a convicted felon with no job. They meet with a property manager, and Paul asks if they have anything four steps down from a tarp and two trees. She shows them “one of my redos yourself” that are sold as-is, which is something salvaged from the tornado fields of Xenia, Ohio. Karine hands down a firm veto, so they see a second mobile home, which is just as claustrophobic as the last one. Paul learns about the $500 lot rent they’d be surrendering, and wants to know if he can put in notice that it’s gonna be late now, or should he wait?
Karine got sold a bill of goods that life in the US of A would be better, and instead she’s lost family support, and stands to be crammed into an even smaller home.
“You no good husband,” she says, while asking the producers if she can get paid directly this round, because airfare back to Brazil is expensive.
Next week: Larissa spare changes for boobs, Syngin tries to escape service to Tania, Andrei continues to be Andrei, Debbie tells Jess that Colt can warm himself in her womb again anytime he needs to, Low threatens Asuelu some more, and Michael has a stunningly bad idea.
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2020.07.14 02:20 fractalfay My hands speaking my words: recap of Happily Ever After S05E05

The struggle to select a single quote that captures the essence of an episode has never felt more real. From Debbie finally celebrating her inner Lady MacBeth, to Low finding a more eloquent way to say “I hate Othello,” this episode is 90DF Shakespeare. Hey nonny nonny.
In a moment of zero suspense, Larissa walks into the immigration office, and then walks right back out. That’s right, friends: those shots of her in the rest of the season aren’t holograms. She tells her friend that they took something like a mug shot, and “then she took the finger.” That Clue game always gets so weird after this turn.
Later on Larissa meets up with Eric, to ask if they can have a fake reunion to match their fake breakup from their fake relationship, and Eric asks if he can use that “ash in the wind” line he was saving for the next time he wrote a country song. Larissa says fine.
During their conversation we learn that Larissa broke up with Eric via text. Then people started harassing her online, calling “my butt cheesy butt,” and Larissa decided this must be Eric and filed a police report on him. That must have been amazing paperwork.
“Ma’am, just following up on a report you submitted. You’re on…instagram, is that right? Now the instagram, is that the internet? Okay, okay, just making sure. So, do you feel unsafe on the internets after this ‘cheesy butt’ threat that you received? And you have reason to believe that Eric is responsible for this ass slander? Does he have special knowledge of your butt cheese, ma’am?”
She and Eric still have issues, and they’re not afraid to exaggerate them for the next six or so episodes, while mining for something more interesting than “cheap” to butt heads about. That should carry them to the point in the narrative where Jess contacts Larissa to tell her that she was right.
Speaking of Debbie, she’s never left the country before, because the weight limit for checked baggage prevents her from taking Colt and her slot machine. Still, she’s eager to see what their Walmart is like, because there’s nothing more exciting than seeing the same thing you have at home, but elsewhere.
“That’s interesting,” Paul interjects. “Have you heard of this place called a ‘grocery store’? Karine says they have them in Brazil, but I didn’t pay attention to the food because it wasn’t in English.”
“Well I don’t understand why it’s not in English,” Mother Debbie is worried. “How do they expect people to go there? Do they even have maps? What about numbers? Do they use those funny symbols you see in caves? What time is Wheel of Fortune on there?”
Paul: Do you have an opening for a son, by any chance? I promise I’ll never leave. Ever.
Mother Debbie: Well I’m going to have to ask Colt. Until I do you can have this spare change I cut out of his pants, and caught in my mouth while clinging to his ankles. That’s why he wears shorts now. I don’t think that’s fair to me.
Debbie is concerned that Jess is another Larissa, and fears Colt will make the same decisions all over again. “If I tell you I have a bad feeling, will you listen to me?” She pleads with Colt.
“I don’t know,” Colt waffles. “You usually have a bad feeling about the women I’m dating by the third date.”
“The second date. Then I press my face into the glass of their bedroom windows until it leaves a grease print, and I come back again and again, until I am the bad feeling, imprinted FOREVER. You should probably never date anyone again.”
Colt just continues to pile the clothes Debbie folded into his Mary Poppins suitcase, while her anxiety forms a cloud around him.
“People at home are saying for God’s sake lady, let him live his life,” Debbie tells the producers. Yes, we are saying this. “Well, no.” This woman knows herself!
After a lengthy flight that I’m sure was peppered with stunning observations like, “well these peanuts are little” and “the sun sure is hot!” Colt is starting to worry that his mom tagging along wasn’t the best idea. She notes the Panda Express at the airport, and is relieved to see you can be disappointed anywhere in the world.
Jess is a bit uneasy as she awaits the arrival of Colt and his mother, because she’s thinking about Larissa’s warnings. She says she’s going to keep that conversation from Colt, because they agreed not to talk about it until the reunion.
They deplane, and Jess happily embraces Colt. Debbie is exactly as warm and welcoming as you’d expect, as she describes Jess as “voluptuous” which makes her think of sex, so the jealousy fertilizes her egg of rage. After both Colt and Jess assure viewers and Debbie that they eagerly anticipate sex that is sexy, and also sex with sexual sexiness, they get into an Uber for the hotel, and start tossing out hypothetical baby names. Debbie doesn’t understand why Colt never considered her ability to mother again. Hell she toted colt for 18 months, give or take, and breast fed him till 25. Now she’s getting left out? Unfair.
“I still change his diapers and fold his underwear in the cutest little squares,” Debbie spurts. “Then I warm them in my mouth and rewrite his name on the waistband with a sharpie when my drool fades the original name away. Sometime I blow them dry after he puts them back on. What are we talking about?”
Jess is all of us: “I think it’s weird that Debbie is here. It’s my vacation, and it’s better me and Colt alone.”
“Yes, those are alarme bells,” Larissa coaches. “They go a ding a ding a ding. Debbie is under bed right now-e. Also, do not eat the beef stew.”
Jess and Colt share a series of gerbil kisses right in front of first wife Debbie, and she has not consented to the triad. It burns her face, and she tries to wipe it away, but nope: it’s still her face. She thinks Jess is trying to talk him into being an adult, when he’s perfectly fine as a permanent 14 year old boy.
“I’m really sick,” Debbie declares. “And not manipulative at all.”
Hoping for an orgy, Colt only reserved one hotel room, and Debbie DGAF, she just needs to sleep. Jess starts pressing her about how she slept in Vegas or something, and this reminds me of a dog cornering a skunk, then barking at it. Debbie says you either let her sleep for ten minutes or take her to a hospital in 30 minutes, GODDAMMIT. I’M REALLY SICK. Then Jess says Debbie is rude, and while this is true, dude, you were barking at a skunk.
Tania is taking her scrutiny of Syngin on the road to a nice looking nail salon, thanks to friend Monique. Let’s all take a moment to reminisce about way back in the day, when we would dunk out feet in water and trust a stranger’s hands to soften our heels with a cheese grater before wrapping them in plastic bags full of wax. Good times. Anyway, Monique is acutely aware of what a giant pain in the ass Tania is, and points out that not only did they just get married, but now he has to wait on Tania hand and foot, so the “for worst” part of their wedding vows arrived a little early.
“He doesn’t wait on me hand and foot,” Tania corrects. “He just carries me around the apartment on his back, between bathing me and making me breakfast, and looking for a job. Yes, I have a crutch, what?”
Since expressing gratitude for his service can’t happen, Tania fixates on what she now describes as a drinking problem, while continuing to drink herself. She says he can work now and has been hunting for a job, but pickings are slim for a bartender who can’t pour a Guinness. The manicurist looks up periodically to make sure she’s actually on television.
Syngin has been waiting for his next chance to play the “you’re not my soul mate” card, and that moment is now. He’s beginning to piece together that he’s going to spend the next six months waiting for her foot to heal, then the six months after that watching her fill out disability forms for the instant arthritis that activated the minute she put a boot on. Then they’ll need another six months to save up money, then oh look, she’s pregnant, so maybe another 18 years in CT, with Syngin carrying Tania and all the babies from room to room like a possum. Plus, he didn’t get married to get married, he got married because the K1 left him without options.
Tania says she’s ready to make a one-to-three year plan, which sounds like something she does before blowing it off for a trip to Costa Rica, at which point it becomes a to-do list for the left behind. But Syngin? Now that he’s married, Syngin doesn’t know if he’s ready to be a husband, or to be burdened by children, and yes, men on this show never understand a biological clock, and Tania should start talking to her male friends about sperm donation now.
“I don’t know if I want to stay in a country that leaves you with a mountain of debt from a routine surgery,” Syngin doesn’t say at all. “I mean, my liver is going to fail sometime in the next ten years, and I’d like to be prepared.”
Tania is concerned that this is the first time she’s hearing that he’s uninterested in remaining in America. Syngin insists he doesn’t want to raise children here or send them to school here, and Tania makes her case with, “BUT I TURNED OUT FINE.” You know it’s true when someone shouts it.
Toddler Aseulu somehow impregnated Kalani twice before his balls dropped. Last night he shoved all his Batman comics and Lunchables into his Hot Wheels suitcase, and dragged it all the way to the bus where he asked for a one-way ticket to outer space, like the man of the house. Kalani reports that after he stormed away he sent her a series of riddles and a treasure map to help her pinpoint his location and be away from her children and family as long as possible. Kalani said tell me where the fuck you are, my dude, because it’s your son’s birthday, and Oliver shouldn’t wonder where his dad is when they all live in the same house. Asuelu agrees to return, but just to play video games and sulk, MOM.
Kolini and Low arrive for the party, and they ask where Asuelu is, and Kalani says that he “came back” when they don’t yet know the story of his leaving. Low asks for more information, and gets the details of their car ride, save for the whole “lying bitch” part. Low agrees to keep it cool since it’s Oliver’s birthday and he’s capable of thinking of others, but he’s going to go ahead and polish up his ass-kicking shoes so they’re ready to be taken for a walk. Kalani wastes her time checking on Asuelu to try to coax him away from his video games and into adulthood, by promising he can eat all the hotdogs he wants, before resuming efforts to arrange a party for her son, by herself. Teenagers, amirite?
Later on the party is happening, and Oliver is driving a remote control car all around the rental property. One of Kalani’s friends asks where Asuelu is, and Kalani says he’s stretching out his butthole in preparation for Low’s foot. She again says she’s going to check on him again, which is two times more than she should have indulged this shit, and he again says he doesn’t want to talk to anybody and is going to stay in his fort ALONE, MOM.
“It’s like talking to a four year-old,” Kalani tells Kolini when she returns, which isn’t fair, because even a four year-old would come out for cake.
As the party goes on, Low is not impressed. “The Samoan way, it would be my hands speaking my words,” Low explains. But he agreed to be nice (for now) because cameras are rolling, and that’s too much evidence for a lawsuit.
“This is why I said I’m the dad,” Kolini adds. “I mean, did you see his reference to his boo hole last season? Jesus Christ. She has two babies sucking the life out of her, and now she has a husband sucking the life out of her.” Then Kolini strikes a match on a gold filling to announce her status as keeper of the flame.
Eager to do the bare minimum, Aseulu finally opens the door and comes out. Kalani’s expression rotates between walking on eggshells and being psychically exhausted. When the party ends, Kalani asks if there’s anything he wants to say to her, and Asuelu asks why the word ‘house’ has an ‘ow’ in the middle. Kalani wrongly thought an apology might be directed her way. Nah. The plan is to maintain the tantrum until she demands that he go to Samoa alone, like the man of the house.
Is anyone on this show not dating a man-baby? Save us, Angela, save us! She’s getting ready to take off for Nigeria, and her friend Amy is going to help her out by taking care of her mother and the kids while she’s gone. We learn so much about Angela by the circle around her, which is huge and honest and loyal. Before walking out the door she fusses over her mother one last time, asks if she’s wet, which only further illuminates how much caretaking Angela does.
“Got any last minute advice?” She asks her mother as she readies to depart.
“Just go and get married, whatever,” Mother Angela says, and I need this embroidered on a pillow.
After her plane lands, Angela hunts down her MeMaw gear in baggage claim, and finally spies it thanks to some sticker decorations. Michael is waiting for her, wearing his Angela nameplate necklace. They warmly embrace, and it’s all happy and shit.
Michael and Angela are going to test drive living together by sharing an apartment. She walks in with a few compliments about the place, before the producers step in to ask if she can isolate something to complain about for fuck’s sake. Angela says I’ve got you, and declares she’s not sleeping in the bed, because it’s “hard as an erection.” Then she notices a dead rat in a trap, and Michael seizes the opportunity to chase her with it. This is one of the most relationship-like gestures in this series in a long time, and a reminder of how rarely we see a couple enjoying each other. More of this, please!
Libby will soon be studied in psychology classes as an example of total passive-aggression, while her husband will be offered up as exhibit A: the long term effects of bad romantic decisions. Mother Andrei has prepared a full afternoon spread my grandmother assures me is required of all Eastern European women, while Libby cuts up bananas and an avocados for homemade baby food for Eleanor. They’re both frustrated by the language barrier, but Andrei can’t be bothered to translate, because he’s showing everyone pictures of monster trucks and guns, and also his dick, like the head of the household.
Once they sit down Libby starts mining for a complaint, asking if Mother Andrei ever feels tired. His mother starts to say “of course” but Andrei cuts her off, insisting she says there’s “no room for tired” because she loves working a thankless second shift so that men can stand in a circle and scratch their balls. Libby thinks this might be a dig at her not working hard enough, and Andrei says Moldovans are more energized. This seems a great time to remind him that he doesn’t have a job, and Andrei wants to know if she’s trying to insult him, and insists she shouldn’t insult him in front of the family. Why, you ask? “Over there you listen, and here you listen double.” She falls silent in response, in a human recreation of the flaming apartment “this is fine” meme.
“I don’t know why he’s acting like the chauvinistic alpha male,” Libby says. Honey, he’s not acting.
Later, they head to meet Andrei’s fellow meatheads for beers. Libby is worried she’s going to be left out because of the language barrier, and asks if she “is just going to sit there” during this meeting. Passive-aggression to English translator: My Moldovan is pretty limited, so if you could remind folks of the language barrier and include me, I’d appreciate it. Andrei asks if this is some kind of feminism happening, and when Libby assures him she’s still a doormat and would be even if she called herself a feminist, he says, “What do you want? A podium to speak?” Podiums don’t speak, Andrei. Not without years of training.
In case anyone forgot, Andrei wants to be considered “the man of the house” without fulfilling his formulaic gender destiny, and yes, Libby is just as backwards as he is.
“It’s not that I have a problem with gendered expectations,” she explains. “It’s that I can’t fulfill mine while I’m busy fulfilling his.”
His friends immediately needle him about not working, and he says that yes, he’s a housewife, and his friend says he used to be a hard worker, and now he’s just working hard to piss Libby off.
“I work,” Andrei clarifies. “I hung television. And I’m going to still be the man of the house, and I’m still going to make the decisions for the family. Like I’m going to decide what we spend Libby’s father’s money on, and when Libby will ask for more. I will also schedule crying.”
Libby buddies up with the two other women at the party, and they ask why her family doesn’t like Andrei. She says that they think he’s rude, mean, lazy, and controlling. Libby asks if more Moldovan men are like that, and the response is yes. Nicely done, ladies. Your male population is secure. Libby also says that her sister Jen is loud and doesn’t care what others think, so she might offend someone, and she’s not going to bite her tongue. For the record, Libby thinks “biting her tongue” is bringing up what she means days after the conversation is over, and Andrei thinks if he wears his balls outside of his pants, his friends won’t call him a pussy for not having a job. Later they drive home and she asks if he had fun, and he asks if she got what she needed, before declaring that Jen might sleep in the basement if she offends someone, along with the blanket he made out of Libby’s self esteem.
Karine is attempting to change Pierre’s diaper, while Paul hovers at her elbow and tells her not to forget to wash his balls. This is some of Paul’s finest work. Then Paul hovers some more to repeatedly ask if Pierre’s hungry before she even has her tit out, and needlessly put a drape over her breast feeding, because to Paul that’s probably cheating, or the fast track to an STD. He pesters Karine to go get something to eat with his mom, which is really just a means of asking for money with grandchild leverage, since his full financial plan is asking his mother for help. Karine knows this is her only chance to escape, so he’s going to have to take that dinner alone.
Mother Paul is disappointed to see just her son, and says she wouldn’t have come if she knew that Karine and Pierre weren’t coming. Damn, the magic of that gifted hair lock must have faded. He tries to make Karine’s absence about invented offense related to her inability to use the bathroom at Paul’s mom’s house, but Mother Paul knows her crotch fruit is rotten. Paul insists he’s in trouble and on edge, as opposed to how relaxed he is the rest of the time, and tells his mom he needs a little financial support, because of course he does.
“It seems like he never gets his feet on the ground, or his head out of his ass,” Mother Paul states. She tells Paul that he should have some pride, and do it on his own. She says no, and tells him that he should have planned ahead. She’ll babysit, but she doesn’t think it’s fair using a baby to get what you want.
Asuelu: Have you tried becoming the baby?
Paul: I don’t want to ask you for any help, while I’m asking you for help. Remember how you really, really wanted us to come here?
Mother Paul: I pray for you a lot.
Later on Paul wears his trusty bulletproof backpack to the grocery store, because he never knows when he might run into himself. While Karine notes that this is, in fact, a grocery store, she’s unimpressed with Paul’s economic plan to buy more than you need, because savings. This is a great option for people not trying to squeeze milk from a nickel, but not for this destitute duo. Karine insists that $2 is less than $5, but Paul is not to be dissuaded. Since Karine hasn’t already tried to crawl underneath the floorboards, Paul takes command of the feminine hygiene aisle, demanding to know her preferred thickness and underwear adhesive. Karine begs him to stop, while Paul reflects that he knows there’s pearls, and there’s diamonds, and a whole range of flavors (except banana), that go in all kinds of holes. He’ll suss this out with the pharmacist. How is there not footage of Paul and the pharmacist?
“It’s beautiful, isn’t it?” For fuck’s sake, Paul.
Did Paul ask for a job application on the way out? No he did not.
Then they go house hunting, with Karine looking for her next husband on her phone, while Paul hunts for a rental agreement for a convicted felon with no job. They meet with a property manager, and Paul asks if they have anything four steps down from a tarp and two trees. She shows them “one of my redos yourself” that are sold as-is, which is something salvaged from the tornado fields of Xenia, Ohio. Karine hands down a firm veto, so they see a second mobile home, which is just as claustrophobic as the last one. Paul learns about the $500 lot rent they’d be surrendering, and wants to know if he can put in notice that it’s gonna be late now, or should he wait?
Karine got sold a bill of goods that life in the US of A would be better, and instead she’s lost family support, and stands to be crammed into an even smaller home.
“You no good husband,” she says, while asking the producers if she can get paid directly this round, because airfare back to Brazil is expensive.
Next week: Larissa spare changes for boobs, Syngin tries to escape service to Tania, Andrei continues to be Andrei, Debbie tells Jess that Colt can warm himself in her womb again anytime he needs to, Low threatens Asuelu some more, and Michael has a stunningly bad idea.
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2020.06.30 23:38 Sad-Acanthisitta952 Continuation of the story of a biker girl “Comandante is still very respected in Cuba”

Continuation of the story of a biker girl “Comandante is still very respected in Cuba”
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- In Cuba, you met with the son of Che Guevara. What did you tell?
- The meeting with the youngest son of Che Guevara, who, like his father, is called Ernesto, was for me an absolute surprise and a pleasant surprise. Our consul in Cuba, Oleg Sheydin, and Ambassador Alexander Alexandrov invited me when the story of the theft of documents in Mexico happened. I flew to Havana the day before my birthday. The embassy staff arranged a meeting with Ernesto as a gift, with whom we immediately started talking as old friends: he is also a motorcyclist and organizes motorcycle tours to Harley-Davidson around the island.
Before that, I walked around Havana for several days and was faced with the not very pleasant behavior of the locals - they whistle after the women, shout compliments loudly and try to drag them to a nearby cafe.
When I traveled with Ernesto through the narrow streets of Havana, everything was different. The son of the commande is very well known in Cuba, welcomed and respected by his companions and guests. Now he is engaged in the construction of a museum center dedicated to his father.
Che Guevara died when Ernesto was very young, and he does not remember him well. The son of a famous revolutionary showed me photographs, gave me some books and the famous beret with a star.

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By the way, several years ago, at the invitation of the Harley-Davidson club, Ernesto was in Minsk. He says he liked everything: the city is clean, people are nice, the food is delicious.
- We met Neil and Patricia at the conference of motorcycle travelers, where I talked about a trip around the world. We immediately felt a spiritual kinship, although we belong to completely different nations and cultures.
This wonderful couple hails from Britain. All their life together, and this is more than 40 years old, they rode motorbikes. Having retired, they decided to go on a big trip on their own motorhome. We bought a military truck in excellent condition, completely redesigned the chassis, built a residential body and developed a route for South America. All conversations and dreams were just about that.
Аnd then ... It happened that it is impossible to predict, that which destroys dreams without warning. Patricia was diagnosed with cancer. This was followed by a long 2.5 years of struggle for life. But they won! They sold the house and all the property, leaving only their truck, living with hope and faith in the best.
We started from Montevideo (Uruguay), drove to Ushuaia (Argentina), celebrated New Year in a great company and set off along Carreter Austral (the famous road to Chile) to the north. On the way we picked up two hitchhikers.
It rained for a week without stopping, the carriageway became soft, the coating turned into a viscous liquid ... Trying to stretch out on a narrow road with a bus, the truck capsized and flew into a ditch.
The girl hitchhiker broke her head and lost her memory, the rest received minor injuries. The truck was badly damaged. A tank with water supplies broke through the control panel. In addition, when the car was taken out of the cuvette, the chassis was damaged.
Further worse. Neela was taken to the police as the alleged culprit of the accident with dire consequences. The end of the dream story? How would you feel? What were you thinking about?
But Patricia and Neil are amazing optimists and attract the same. The injured hitchhiker was able to recover, the charges were dropped, the emotionless police even invited the Briton to dinner. And five months later, the truck was restored.
And here we are together in Ecuador. New adventures, meetings and love that conquers everything.

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I’m really used to riding solo, I’m so calmer and more comfortable. There is no need to be responsible for fellow travelers. Therefore, I traveled all the way alone, with the exception of one month.
At the very beginning of my trip to Argentina, I met a German traveler. Patrick also turned out to be a motorcyclist. He stayed at the same hostel as me. We chatted for five minutes, and I drove on.
However, it was not possible to go far. First, a tripod with a camera was knocked down by a gust of wind and the lens shattered. Then the motorcycle headlights stopped working and the USB connector on the phone flashed, the battery of which began to run out quickly. Then a downpour began, during which the shock absorber bracket broke. And to top it off, the registration mark was lost.
I got terribly upset at the hostel of the next city on the way (Bariloche) and got stuck there for a week. And a few days later I noticed a familiar face. It was Patrick in company with an Argentinean acquaintance. For a couple of days we explored the surroundings. Then they left, and I remained to wait until the lens was repaired.
After a forced technical stop, she crossed the border and drove onto the famous Chilean road Carreter Australia. She deserves all those flattering epithets that she is bestowed upon.

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And when I returned to Argentina (I had to cross the Argentine-Chilean border more than once), I met Patrick again. He found himself in a situation similar to the one I had previously been in: his 125 cc Honda broke down and he was waiting for a spare part.
Meeting once again, we laughed and decided that all these delays in the way for a reason. As a result, together we went to Ushuaia (Argentina). The road was not easy: the routes along which we followed were known for squally winds, long sections without refueling, and a vast pump (in our opinion, the steppe).
We reached Ushuaia, which is called the edge of the earth (Fin del Mundo), and then returned to Buenos Aires. This is where our journey together ended. Patrick flew an evacuation flight to Germany, and I was left to wait for an export flight to Russia.

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“On the fifth day I was informed that I was subject to deportation”
- One of the main difficulties of traveling around the world is the need to interact with the global bureaucratic system. Each country, even the smallest, in its own way regulates tourism, the issuance of visas and the process of entry and import of a vehicle.
For example, in order to get to Costa Rica, you must have on hand a fresh original certificate of absence of a criminal record and not being in the criminal investigation department, with an apostille and translation into Spanish.
And in Colombia, the length of stay is equal to the duration of the visa and begins to count from the date of issue. It is precisely because of this that a problem arose with a possible deportation. I got a visa to this country in Mexico City. The journey to it took longer than I expected. The ship on which I crossed from Panama runs every three weeks. As a result, a stamp on entry into the country dated September 20, and the visa expired after six days.
Crossing the country in such a time is possible, but pointless. Therefore, I immediately began to find out in the migration department how to extend my stay or visa. In Cartagena (the fifth largest city in Colombia) no one knew what to do with me, and I was sent to the capital, Bogota. With the help of my Spanish-speaking friend from Hungary, we tried for seven (!) Hours to get at least some information from the migration staff, and then from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Nobody could clearly answer our questions. As a result of a long walk to all authorities, it became clear that no extension exists and it is necessary to apply for a new visa, which I did.
In fact, the period for considering a visa application is five days, my term in Colombia ended in four. I really believed in justice and a condescending attitude towards tourists. Do you think they reviewed the application in four days? Of course not...
On the fifth day I was informed that I was illegally in Colombia and subject to immediate deportation. The motorcycle was still at customs in Cartagena.
I won’t go into details about how much time, nerves and money it took to figure this situation out, but I got a new visa, traveled all over Colombia and forever remembered that bureaucracy is the most terrible mechanism that puts sticks in the wheels of travelers around the world.

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Until the entire border crossing system is automated and robots start working, everything will depend on the human factor.
I crossed the Chilean-Argentine border ten times, not to mention other countries and regions. Travel time varied from ten minutes to six hours. Somewhere I was photographed, treated to coffee and cookies, rejoiced at stickers and stories, and somewhere I was forced to unpack almost all the contents of wardrobe cases and bags. Deliberately spoiled blank pages of the passport, making stamps in the middle of the pages allotted for visas (this happened in Honduras).
But I came to the conclusion that at any border the best strategy is a broad smile, goodwill and easy naivety. We are all human beings and get the emotions we give away.
To be continued.
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2020.06.30 13:45 TessaBissolli A close examination of the story. Part 13: Liar, liar, Jennifer on fire.

The more we examine the story, the more it crumbles. Far from being poor writing, it is brilliant writing, especially if the audience has been hornswoggled alongside Liz in believing the bones were the remains of RR.
Honestly, Elizabeth, it astounds me that you could be hornswoggled by something as simple to fabricate as a DNA profile.
Red and Liz track the bones to Ross, the FBI gets Ross, Ross and Liz escape with a fake kidnapping, and the Jennifer re-appears, now an angel of vengeance, showing Liz a report, that aligns Liz with her against Red.

Let us start by examining Liz's point of view, which became the audience's point of view

Liz saw a report, shown to her by Jennifer, in a moment with heightened danger and in a hurry, after escaping the Post Office, that had her convinced the bag contained the remains of their biological father, the "real" Raymond Reddington (RR).
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As part of the charade, Ross punched Liz a few times on the head (Liz's own asking), after Liz had spent 10 months in a coma for head injuries.
That cannot contribute to her clear thinking, besides the fact that a biological relative is the best carrot for Liz. That, and as she told Cooper, however happy she was when she believed Red was her father, she also resented him for abandoning her:
When I thought he was my father, I hated him for abandoning me. I thought he shirked responsibility.
Then as soon as the FBI and Dembe arrive, Jennifer runs, and Liz believes Jennifer is afraid Red would harm her.
LIZ TO HALLUCINATION OF TOM: And Reddington nearly found out about Jennifer. And I think he would have killed her, too.....Instead, he got to do what he always does, try and save me.
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Jennifer ran away from there, but the sisters continued to be in contact, supposedly unified in the belief that Red had taken the name of their father, to find out who he was before taking the identity. Jennifer investigates and shows Liz an article abut a fire in Rehoboth Beach. They go there, but apparently is a dead end.
When Red arrives unannounced at Liz's apartment Jennifer apparently panics, but she just tells Liz that Red cannot see her. Liz's imagination supplies the rest:
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JENNIFER: You can't let him in. He can't see me.
LIZ: No, he can't. No one else is gonna die.
This becomes the groundwork on which Jennifer convinced Liz they had to sideline Red by having him arrested.
The only thing that you just said that matters is "whoever he is." That's the point, we don't know, and this is the only way we're gonna find out.
Look, I get it. I mean, I mean, I, I don't get it, but I accept it. He's part of your life. He drops by unannounced. He's like family. But being like family isn't family.
and celebrated it:
I know you were having second thoughts It was the right thing to do. What's the biggest obstacle standing between us and finding out who he really is? It was him. He deleted his file. He dropped by unannounced. I had to hide in the closet to keep him from seeing me. As long as he's free, we're never gonna find the truth. Personally, I think it's cause for celebration.
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They continue to investigate the surgery, find a man who had surgery near the date of the deleted file, and arrive at Renard's, who tell Jennifer that Katarina arranged the surgery. Jennifer leaves, afraid of becoming like Reddington.

BUT there are a lot of problems with that narrative.

WE can deduce Jennifer had the bones already when she meets Red in the restaurant, because we know Red had her under surveillance since he saw her at the bar and realized she was involved. That is since Garvey was shot. We saw the scene. Liz does not know this.
Liz believed the nonsense narrative that Garvey took the bones to Costa Rica to Ross, so that Ross would get them back to Jennifer in the USA. Red did too, because he was involved emotionally. There is no rational explanation for taking bones all over the world, when one could open a safe deposit box or a locker, and give the key to Jennifer. Garvey was creating a trail leading away from Jennifer.
Liz ignored the honest answer Jennifer gave her when Liz asked about the duffel:
LIZ: Did Garvey ever mention that duffel bag? Did he tell you where it might be? A locker? A storage unit?
JENNIFER: I-I don't know. Maybe.
At least Red did not know about that conversation.
Liz does not know about Red and Jennifer meeting at the restaurant. From Liz's point of view, it makes sense to believe Red would have killed Jennifer, but not from our point of view. We were witness to that scene, we saw Jennifer was not the least bit scared of Red, nor Red was threatening to Jennifer.
We also know what Garvey told Jennifer about hiding and about what Jennifer believed for the last 30 years. Liz does not know this, neither does Red.
Jennifer never told Liz about her conversation with Red in the restaurant, in which she was not scared at all, or showing him the gravestone, or shutting the door in his face. Jennifer never tells Liz that Jennifer knew that her mother had lied to her all her life, having Jennifer grow up scared of Reddington.
Of course Jennifer cannot tell Liz, but Liz should know Jennifer's mother was not scared of Red. Liz saw them saying goodbye, she saw the extent of danger Red was willing to undertake to get her back, that even after Liz told Red that she had taken Berlin money, he still went ahead and met Berlin. Liz talked to Jennifer's mother.
the things Liz should remember
But Liz is not good at putting things together, she gets emotionally involved and the promise of blood relatives wipes the rest of the considerations from Liz's mind.
Jennifer knew that the death of "Naomi" was not the death of her mother. It was a fake, and she knew it, as we see in her choice of words to Red. "(I can take you to Naomi", not 'I can take you to my mom'.)
But for her plan to work she HAD to avoid a meeting with Red and Liz face to face. The three of them could not meet or the charade to Liz about pretending to believe he was a supplanter and she was scared of him would be over.
The end result, was that Red never knew Liz was involved with Jennifer after the bar and the conversation, until Liz needs Red's help in getting Jennifer back when she is taken by Jancowitz's men. If Jennifer had not been taken, Red would NEVER had known Jennifer was involved in that whole affair. As far as Red was concerned, he would have believed that Jennifer wanted nothing to do with him:
I hope you give me one more to my final question. Will you please never contact me again?

Jennifer's point of view

Jennifer grew up from about age 5 believing her father was a traitor and a threat to her and her mother. In WITSEC, protected by Ian Garvey, who became a surrogate father to her.
GARVEY: You don't need to be protected from him anymore. Not after tomorrow.
In 2007, while she was in college, Jennifer and her mother parted ways, under circumstances that were unclear. What is clear is that the official US Marshals reports state they lost contact, so Garvey gave her an identity, while Naomi was right there in Philadelphia.
NAOMI: I don't know where Jennifer is. She knew you would come for her one day, and she left. I don't know where she is.
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JENNIFER: I know what it's like to have somebody love me so much they would rather cut ties than see me hurt. My mom did that. And not by slinking out in the middle of the night, by sitting me down when I was in college and patiently explaining how terrified she was of you, that one day you'd want back in my life, that you'd force her to tell you where I was. To protect me from that, from you, she walked out of my life.
Obviously she kept in contact with Garvey. We have 10 years of her life we know nothing about, until 2017 when Garvey gives her another bare bones identity as Lilian May Roth.
35, worked here for two years. Before that, she lived in Virginia. Never married, no kids. Nothing.
It is unclear if Garvey ever told Jennifer about Naomi's abduction in 2014. It appears she learned nothing about it at the time. In 2018 she learns, if any of what she told Red is true, that her mother had been abducted and had a finger severed, and then was killed in her new identity of 2 shots.
She was shot twice coming out of her apartment. No one knows why. I thought maybe you did.
... Her husband finally tracked me down told me some enemy of yours once kidnapped her, cut off her finger.
In 2019 Liz suddenly appears in her life, and Jennifer remember Liz, as we see when she takes Liz to the beach,
LIZ: 20 steps to the sand.
JENNIFER: You remember.
plus she had to have followed the news of her father helping Liz when she was on the run. For a woman scared of Reddington, she had to remember Liz being on the run with Red,
THE DIRECTOR SPEAKING TO THE PRESS: They are based upon information provided by Raymond Reddington, a traitor to our country and a fugitive who is helping ex-FBI Special Agent Elizabeth Keen avoid arrest. The daughter of a notorious KGB spy, Keen is a wanted terrorist. My accusers are criminals, the subject of one of the largest manhunts ever conducted.
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she was quite anxious to tell Liz who she really was:
JENNIFER: Look, Ian isn't my father. He protected me from my father. Got me into Witness Protection to keep my father away from me.
LIZ: you were in WITSEC?
JENNIFER: For most of my life, yeah. And now I know why. It's because the FBI spends more time looking for good people like my surrogate father rather than bad people like my real one.... Perhaps you've heard of him. His name's Raymond Reddington. He's been on the FBI's Most Wanted List for 20 years
The events result in Garvey dying, after telling Jennifer that everything she had believed was a lie for 30 years.
GARVEY: Everything you believed for the last 30 years has been a lie. You've spent a lifetime hiding for no reason
So, Jennifer already knew that Naomi had lied to her about been scared of Reddington, she believed her father had abandoned her but stayed in Liz's life,
I'm your daughter. The one you abandoned 28 years ago on Christmas Eve.
and she knew that whatever reason they were hiding it was not out of fear of her father. Then she discovers Garvey was a criminal and a murderer too.
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JENNIFER: Are you like him?
JENNIFER: I know about the Nash Syndicate, about Zarak Mosadek.
JENNIFER: Are you gonna kill him? Like you killed Tom Keen? ... Are you gonna kill Reddington?
Then she came in possession of the duffel bag and DNA report.
My personal belief is that in 2018 Jennifer's world was turned upside down: She realized that her mother lied to her about her reasons for hiding, because she was never scared of her father. Anyone capable of doing basic research would likely realize the murder of her mother was not real. If it were, Red would have found out about it.
So, could Jennifer be baiting Red to find her mother? What did Jennifer see in the original CODIS report, the same that for Tom meant he believed he understood everything (that is Tom's POV)?
If that report contained links to relatives, and, as it seems (covered in Part 9) linked the wife and mistress of Raymond Reddington (whoever had it would go to him, and they were valuable for auction, plus Kate's apology and loving gestures when she dug it), what did Jennifer learn and what were her actions designed to do?
Superficially, the explanation is that Red is not RR seems to fit, but as we covered in the other parts, once we dig into it, it is rubbish.

What did Jennifer really want?

Garvey told Jennifer: "Everything you believed for the last 30 years has been a lie. You've spent a lifetime hiding for no reason."
She and her mother were in WITSEC, which is reserved for witness providing evidence or testimony, and who are scared of retribution, or being eliminated to eliminate the proof and thus the danger to the criminal.
As a child she would have believed what she told Liz: " Got me into Witness Protection to keep my father away from me." But as an adult, she had to have questioned that.
Especially after discovering that her mother was not scared of Reddington at all, so they were hiding all right, just not from Reddington:
Everything you believed for the last 30 years (her mother had provided testimony about him being a traitor, and was terrified he would harm her or their daughter)
has been a lie (Naomi was NOT scared of Reddington).
You've spent a lifetime hiding for no reason (Jennifer had been hiding in terror of Reddington).
Jennifer's objective could not have been only to punish Red for abandoning her by sending him to jail. She KNEW they were hiding for "no reason". Her mother was as much a part of the charade as Red was.
Jennifer wanted the truth. Why had Red abandoned them, why were they hiding, and how they got into WITSEC. And we can see this in what she REALLY asked Red in the restaurant.

QUESTION No. 1 to Red: "Why am I here?"

She gave Red a good fair chance to give her an honest answer, in the restaurant. This question, until we learn what she knows, makes no sense, it sounds like she is a bumbling idiot. Jennifer is anything but.
She knew the whole reason for hiding was a lie:
then come to find out you weren't good or kind or decent. You were a traitor. And we were sent into hiding. From you. From my father.
Naomi was not scared of Red. Naomi had been rescued by Red, even if she lost a finger to an enemy of Red. And if she was not scared of him, was he even a traitor? If the evidence had been provided by Naomi, as she is the one in witness protection, was that all a lie too?
Why was important to BE in WITSEC? Why am I here is why were we in WITSEC.
She even TELLS Liz about it:
As long as he's free, we're never gonna find the truth. Personally, I think it's cause for celebration.
She asked nicely of Red, then roped Liz into investigating him, and who he used to be, but what she needed to happen, in order to find out why were they hiding for reasons unknown, with her mother's actions and Red'a acquiescence was to FORCE the reasons into the open by having him tried for treason.
As long as Red is free, he is not being tried for treason, and the reasons why they were in WITSEC do not come out in the open.
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The audience may think that "no reason" is because her father was dead, but if we factor in that the charges were cooked up by RR's mistress, but RR's wife is who has been hiding in WITSEC, and Naomi is not scared of Red, then we should understand what Jennifer is trying to find out or force out by sending Red to jail, where he would be tried for treason.
Let me put it simply:
OBJECTIVE = force the issue of the reason for being in WITSEC. Which would either force her mother to come back from her faked death (because if Red , who knew the identity he had sent her and Frank hiding as, could not find Naomi or any records of a public murder, is because that is a fake one, and Jennifer was good at researching things), or force to expose the charges to be a sham, exposing her mother's part in the whole affair.
Jennifer's plan was simple: she told Liz she needed to gain Red's trust, for a long term plan:
You and I can get to the truth, but if this is going to work, we need to gain Reddington's trust.
That got Liz feeling she was important and the more loved. Play on the narcissism. Short term, push to have him explain the CODIS match:
ROSS: He's not talking.
JENNIFER: He will. You have to keep pushing.
This means Jennifer, like Garvey did not feel that just seeing the match results gave her a whole truth. She, like Garvey, wanted an explanation, which is what Ross is trying to get for her:

Question No. 2 (asked through Sutton Ross): "So, the DNA report tell me what it means."

Forget about the window dressing for the charade with Jennifer that the bag remains are RR's :
Of course, perhaps you don't care about that. Perhaps her life isn't worth your revealing your precious secret for. After all, what is she to you, really?
The conversation between Red and Dembe regarding Ross and what he wanted makes it clear: the bag does NOT contain the remains of RR, who Ross wants revenge on:
DEMBE: Ross wants blood. He thinks you (RED) ruined his life.
RED: I didn't give Sutton Ross bogus plans for the Grayscape Seventeen.
DEMBE: But he (ROSS) thinks you (RED) did, and because of that, he wants to world to know what's inside the duffel (A secret Red wants to keep hidden.)
That secret concerns Liz (Red is desperate to keep it from her), concerns Jennifer (she wants to learn the truth) and concerns the woman we met as Naomi Hyland as well as the woman we met as a young woman in memories as Katarina Rostova.
So, with Liz onboard, Jennifer lets the bull in the china shop take the lead, and learns what Liz believes to be the truth. BUT a few things happen on the way to the objective.
As the sisters are planning their investigation by starting on the fire, and Jennifer is planning their little outing to the beach, Liz tells her that Reddington has given them the case of the surgeon who helped him become Raymond Reddington after the fire. For Liz it meant a confirmation that Red is not Reddington, but what did it mean for Jennifer?
Did jennifer know about the night of the fire beforehand? Or the shooting? Did Liz tell her about the fire? Because that makes a huge difference is what her other objective is, which is learn about the circumstances under which someone would need a face re-adjustment: needing to hide, becoming someone else, or repair damage.
On the way, she learns a few facts about the night of the fire: Liz shot their father, and Liz's memories were manipulated.
LIZ: Raymond Reddington is a fraud. An imposter who took our father's place over 30 years ago. The FBI can trace this Reddington forward from '95. And I know for a fact that our father died five years before that.
JENNIFER: The night of the fire.
What she asked of the sherif on Rehoboth beach was telling:

Question No. 3 to the Rehoboth Beach Sheriff: "So if someone got burned that night, there might be a patient record."

Did she believe her father had been burned? Did she KNOW her father had been burned? Did she remember someone with burns or wounds?
We have what Liz believes to be the truth:
Our father, the real Raymond Reddington, cheated on your mother with mine a Russian agent named Katarina Rostova.... He took me from her in Russia. She followed him to America where we were staying. They got into a fight, a fire started I got out, he didn't.
We know a lot of that is not true: She was taken from Canada, not Russia. The fight was not between the man who Red looks like, and Katarina, it was between a blond, tall man and Katarina, and between the blond tall man and a man who looks like Red in a hat. Since Red supposedly looks like RR, then the man she shot was NOT the blond fighting with her mother. She shot the man fighting with the man who was fighting with the woman.
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Jennifer is struggling to understand how Liz can believe their father died the night of the fire. Why does she not remember?
Liz states she KNOWS when there father died:
The FBI can trace this Reddington forward from '95. And I know for a fact that our father died five years before that.
But when she gets to the part when RR died, she is vague there:
They got into a fight, a fire started. I got out, he didn't.
But Jennifer's question is quite important. IF Jennifer knew those remains to be RR's, she would not question this. But she does: she cannot understand why would Liz believe their father died:
Wait. But how can you be so sure? You were 4.
She takes Liz to the Rehoboth Beach house lot, clearly expecting Liz to remember something or learn something. But what is important is what Jennifer should NOT know but does:
LIZ: This is where I killed our father.
JENNIFER: So that's why you were so sure about when he died. Because you shot him.
Stop and look at that last sentence: "Because you shot him."
Liz has said nothing of a shooting. This is what Liz said:
They got into a fight. A fire started. I got out, he didn't.
So, exactly HOW does Jennifer know it was a shooting? It has to be because she remembers her father with a gunshot would, or being told about it. What is certain is Jennifer knows a lot more than she is letting on.
She is puzzled as to how on earth does Liz not remember, how can she have fallen for a trick like hers:
JENIFER: Wait. If you killed our father, how come you didn't know Reddington was an imposter?
and that is how she learns about the memory manipulation:
LIZ: My memories of that night. He had them removed.. He told me he didn't want me to live with the weight of knowing I killed my father.... He said he did it to protect me - ... when what he was doing was protecting himself so that I would never question who he really was.
Jennifer pays no attention to the nonsense about why Red would do that, what she REALLY wants to know is WHO can do THAT:
He He removed your memories.... Who does that? ... Who can do that?
Does she suspect her own memories were manipulated?
Jennifer is who provided the information the fire was on the date Liz provided for the Dover motel stay. We have no confirmation at all.
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Then the former Sheriff arrived, and the questions turns to the people who may have been there. What Jennifer wants to know is about hospital records and people injured.
So, Jennifer seems to have known about a fire, and she seems to know about a shooting, and she is looking for hospital records. Then she becomes obsessed with finding the records of Dr. Koehler, and then keeps pushing to find Renard again.
In an unused scene, Jennifer tells Liz she could find no record on anyone with burns being treated.
Is it the truth? We do not know, but what Jennifer does is become increasingly desperate to find anything about that surgery, to add to wanting to know about medical records, about people with burns.
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And that takes us to the bizarre conversation with Jancowitz. I have to reference an excellent post by u/Cmceld. Jennifer never even attempts to disguise what she is doing to Jancowitz:
JENNIFER: We're sisters. We're looking for information about Raymond Reddington.
JANCOWITZ: Why?
JENNIFER: Because he's our father.
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Jennifer says Reddington, in present tense, is their father. Not a dead RR. He IS our father, not he WAS our father.
JANCOWITZ: Reddington's in jail. The Bureau is not looking for him anymore.
JENNIFER: We were looking for information about who he was before your girlfriend helped change his identity.

Question no. 4 to Renard: to find out who Red was before he became Reddington. His real identity.

Nothing in what Jennifer tells Red or anyone else other that gullible Liz reflects she believes Red to be anyone else than the man she believed to be her father growing up. The kind daddy who abandoned them.
Jennifer also knew that Liz was willing to do anything to learn that secret including shooting Red (again), who she believed was her father.
I am unwilling to accept that I am not entitled to know why my husband died. I am hurt. I do blame you. And pulling this trigger, something I desperately do not want to do, is me howling at the moon! Which is definitely your problem, not mine.
and later on at the ambulance with Garvey:
It's your last chance, Garvey. Tell me about that duffel bag. I'll take care of Reddington. I promise.
Jennifer believed her father preferred her sister to her, had not abandoned her:
I'm your daughter. The one you abandoned 28 years ago on Christmas Eve.
So, Jennifer wants to know why were they hiding, and who they really are. She will use Liz's anger at Red to get what she wants. Get to the truth, and punish the two of them.
The clue to this is what satisfies Jennifer about Red's "honest" answers in the restaurant (because she takes him to the tombstone). Not the stories of the cabal, not his being framed by them, but the bit about the individual chased by both the KGB and the CIA.
Jennifer is satisfied when Red tells her, without naming Katarina, that the reasons they were hiding is because it was easier to be a fugitive from law enforcement that hiding from Russia and the US.
What the surface SEEMS to be, is that Jennifer is satisfied and believed that what Red is saying is that it was easier for him to hide from the FBI, than it was to hide from Russia and the USA's CIA.
But that makes no sense for the audience. The individual chased by the KGB and the CIA in 1990 was "Katarina Rostova", not RR. Red never answers her when she thinks that person is Red.
The question is, did Jennifer REALLY believe Red was the one hiding from the KGB and the CIA, or by pretending to believe it was him, force him to really explain who was? Asking if it was him, to see if he answers truthfully. If he did not, then she would take him to the fake burial. But what would have happened if he told her it was Liz's mother?
WE can deduce what Red was really saying was the reason why Naomi and her were hiding in WITSEC was because it was easier for Red to evade the FBI (as a traitor with fabricated evidence) than it was for Katarina to evade the CIA and the KGB.
Not to mention what Red never even mention to Jennifer the Osterman Umbrella Company, the Townsend Directive and the people looking for the Sikorsky Archive, who all were looking for Katarina.
Which goes to the only LOGICAL reason why Red remained Reddington after getting the money from the banks. Regardless of who he was before, he could have changed his face and become someone else. Instead, he continued, not only a man wanted for treason, but a criminal wanted for a varied and ever-increasing multitude of crimes, a man feared for his violence and ruthlessness.
Liz was not well served by having a live Reddington. Nobody knew who RR was to her. Liz was not served by a live Katarina either. Liz was actually safe growing up as Elizabeth Scott Milhoan.
A live, criminally inclined Reddington served only one purpose: keeping Naomi and Jennifer in hiding. If she was scared of her husband, and he was a criminal, and she was in WITSEC because she had provided evidence or testimony against him for treason, (on evidence we KNOW was fabricated by Katarina Rostova,) then his terrified wife and daughter needed to be kept in WITSEC until such a time when he died, or was captured and tried for treason.

And then, Jennifer leaves in 6.08. But, as u/cmceld explores in her post, it is not because she was beaten. Or out of the cockamamie reason she gives Liz about turning into Reddington, because she is eager to go back and find Renard:
JENNIFER: But Renard does. She knows more than she's saying. You have to get her. And I can get us there.
But then, suddenly she changes her mind, and goes. WHY? The real reason, not this utter nonsense:
JENNIFER: I-I don't think I can do this. I spent my whole life running from Reddington because I didn't want his world bleeding into mine.
LIZ: We are so close.
JENNIFER: Yeah, but to what? To becoming him? I was always so afraid of what he might do to me and my mother, and now I'm equally afraid of what he's making me want to do to him.
She leaves after three things happened:
  1. Learns that a Russian woman, Liz's mother, Katarina Rostova was who arranged the surgery.
  2. Learns that Liz involved the FBI, by telling Ressler.
  3. Surmises Red is involved, when Renard is gone.
Because she cannot afford two things to happen:
But Ressler is not an emotionally uninvolved party. Ressler, as Red so eloquently puts it:
Agent Ressler was the FBI agent who spent the prime years of his career engaged in a futile game of whack-a-mole.
had become so engaged with catching Reddington, his fiancé left him:
RED: What happened to Audrey Bidwell?.... You were engaged.
RESSLER: To her, yeah. It was my engagement with you that ended that relationship. Five years, I chased you. Five years trying to make my name. Look where it's gotten me.

What is the likely reason(s) Jennifer left?

Because her little charade could be exposed and/or because she had a new avenue for investigating. Perhaps even a copy of Liz's badge, and using Liz's name to investigate Liz's mother.
Because one thing is certain: After Liz learned bot the tape from Minister D, she became uninterested in finding her mother, or have anything to do with her.
LIZ TO RESSLER: You're looking for my mother.... I told you, I'm not interested in digging this up, and I'm certainly not interested in you digging this up.
Ressler's asking questions about Rostova would not be associated by Fakerina with Liz, because the task force was classified and Fakerina had to go through the charade of calling Cooper in order to try to find about him. Ressler, Aram, and Samar would have been invisible to Fakerina. A classified unit that did not exist and whose members records ceased to be public after 2013. So, why does Fakerina believe Liz is asking questions about "Katarina Rostova"?
Perhaps, as u/simonjall suggested, because Jennifer is masquerading as Elizabeth Keen, FBI agent, asking her own questions about Katarina Rostova, the Russian woman involved in the Koehler surgery she wanted answers about.
Not with Elizabeth asking questions and telling ghost stories.
The question is, if Jennifer remembers spending time in the beach house with Liz, as evidence in her comment to Liz remembering "20 steps to the sand",
AND
Naomi had evidently met Liz, was able to recognize her under a different name, 25 years later. She inquires how much Liz knows, and marvels at Red "pulling off" working with her.
How does Jennifer remembers Liz calling Jennifer's mother? Mrs. Reddington? Aunt? Mom? What did Jennifer remember, and what did she think when Liz's mother was called a Russian spy in the news?
What did she see in the CODIS match report? What other relatives were identified?
Kate likely believed they were the remains of Katarina, and she had no interest in Carla or Jennifer Reddington. Garvey's only interest was in Carla and Jennifer Reddington, and not on Liz (whom he view as a corrupt cop on Red's pocket or in Masha Rostova or in Katarina Rostova. Red believed the bones would valuable enough to auction, and took them to burn at Dom's (Katarina), but whoever had them would go to him (Carla Reddington as RR's relationship to KR was a secret not known by many). The conversation between Red and Dembe concerning Ross's wanting blood makes it clear that neither Red nor Dembe believed the bones would be a "real" RR, but a secret Red wanted to keep.
Garvey is the officer notified of the match, so, he is the one who introduced the DNA against which at least ONE of the matches was made.
So, if Garvey wanted to find Naomi, who had disappeared violently in 2014, whose DNA did he introduced in CODIS for that purpose:
the difference is huge for what Jennifer wanted. Because if the DNA matched Naomi, then she knew that was a fake death, because Naomi was alive until 2017, so the old bones do not match.
But if the DNA matched Jennifer, the consequences are huge. For Jennifer and Garvey, it could mean that Naomi may not have been Jennifer's mother, and Jennifer's mother was long dead, especially once Garvey saw the old bones.
Did Jennifer then believed Naomi and Red had stolen her? That Naomi had stolen her mother's identity? And then the two questions Jennifer likely has are
  1. who is the woman she believed was her mother, the one we met as Naomi Hyland?
  2. who is she? Whose daughter Jennifer is?
And that brings the lovely clue of the book by Naomi in the cabin, a story about a substitute child:
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2020.06.29 23:09 fractalfay 635. See How Good Your English Is: Recap of Happily Ever After S05E03

Welcome to another tender episode of Happily Ever After, starring a six week-old kitten someone handed me in a grocery store parking lot as “questionable decisions,” and all of us at home as people grateful for Paul’s service.
Paul is leaving Brazil with Karine, who will be missed terribly by her family, while Paul’s family hopes he lost that underwear with his home address written on the waistband. When they finally reach the airport, Paul tells the flight attendant he’s That Guy, and is about to make baggage loading as difficult as possible. She suggests he just take the garbage out of his suitcase and keep what he actually needs, but Paul says then he would have nothing left.
Once they land, Mother Paul reminds us that she’s wearing a chastity belt to keep Paul from trying to crawl back inside her. The last time he camped out in the family home she kept stepping on his legos and he lost his keys in the mailbox, and the neighbors got all weird when he covered the windows in tinfoil. Still, she agrees to pick him up at the airport, and 90DF queues up the circus music as Paul pulls luggage off the conveyer belt and starts clown-car-ing it onto a single tiny cart. Paul earns that 90DF paycheck, which should be six figures. His first attempt at a luggage stack fails, and his mom narrates the tower’s fall with the baby in her arms, and swears she’s not going to drop this baby, by God. Then Paul builds his tower again, and this time makes it a few feet before it falls on its side, taking the cart with it. This is like Lord of the Rings with exclusively endings and wizards that refuse to return.
They head towards the mom-supported hotel in Louisville, with Paul snorting a line of Kalani and soiling his Joan Crawford diaper along the way. Pierre starts fussing, and Karine removes him from the car seat to shove a titty in his mouth. Mother Paul tries to gently coax a return to the car seat with a reminder they’re almost there, but it’s too late, as Paul’s record skips over and over on a demand that the kid be returned to the car seat, and he’s talking about Pierre. Mother Paul then tells Paul he’s annoying and an idiot, while Paul runs into traffic because he can’t find a jungle. Mom says that this is why she can’t live with Paul, and Karine wonders if she’s tried living elsewhere in her mind.
Finally at the hotel, Paul has cooled down, and pushes the massive cart towards their hotel room. “We’re in room 635. Let’s see how good your English is,” Paul maths. Karine decides not to tell him about numbers in Brazil. And speaking of math, that first geometry lesson was for naught, because now he can’t get the cart through the hotel room door. So he chucks bag after bag of stuffed animals, survival gear, and pork rinds into the room, while Karine holds Pierre up to the window to point out where freedom is hiding.
Colt is having a definitely-not-rehearsed conversation with Jess, who also isn’t acting, definitely. She just happens to suggest the possibility of a K1 on a show called 90 Day Fiancé. Colt and Jess are still recovering from Jess’ attempt at a prison break the night before, and Colt is concerned he might have used up the power of his patronizing expression. As they plod along, Jess asks if he’d go to Brazil with her to horrify her family, and Colt says of course, he’d love a vacation on 90DF’s dime. Jess says she loves Colt, except for the Colt-like parts of his personality. Colt also wishes for a different Jess, but with the same holes. Once they agree that upgrades would improve the current models, there’s a whimsical clodhopping dance by a fountain, to underscore Colt’s carefree nature, in case you weren’t convinced by his ultimatums about going out on a Saturday night. Later, Jess goes out with her friends, who are Brazilian girls in case you forgot, and they can’t believe this shit. Probably because it isn’t true.
Larissa is filming a makeup tutorial on leaving the house with seven shades of blended spackel for a date with a blind man. She’s eager to return to dating, but says she doesn’t like to meet people online, because they all pretend to like hiking and tacos, and what they really mean is walking around the block before ordering Taco Bell through DoorDash. The man she meets, Matt Overkill, is SO not-an-actor, but rather a stately gentleman of refined taste who finds blind dates becoming to his pallor. He’s been studying the I Am So Elegant Woo Book of Manly, and has the gift bag and card to prove it. Matt says she’s beautiful and exactly what he’s been shopping for. After adjusting his ascot and capping his Grey Poupon, he asks Larissa if she’s passionate about philanthropy. Larissa asks WTF is that, and Syngin says it’s a band from South Africa, while Libby insists it’s living with Andrei.
Matt declares himself part Egyptian, which is no place in Oklahoma I’ve ever heard of, and Larissa asks him to weigh in on the race controversies surrounding ancient Egypt, but he misunderstands and thinks she said something about three domestic violence arrests. She admits she used to be married to someone with a funny name, and after a struggle she finally says it’s Colt, as in 45, and is that the booze wrapped up in this tissue paper? Her arrest history is shocking to him, because with white collar crimes they just ask you to come down to the police station with your lawyer and then apologize for wasting your time. Matt asks her what values she looks for in a man, and she laughs and says citizenship, because it’s true. This is upsetting to a man with that haircut, looking for a soulmate who is “put together” in a way he deems acceptable.
Later Larissa admits she couldn’t afford to pay that actor twice, so instead she has an orgasm during cosmetic surgery, which is on brand. She tells the lady with the torture tools that Colt has a new Brazilian and the same fucking red shirt. Princess electrode asks if Larissa is jealous, and Larissa says no, she’s just fighting for a storyline.
Deep inside Father Libby’s pocket, Andrei calls his parents in a lame attempt to convince us that this wedding Libby lost weight for was totally unplanned and spontaneous. Libby’s passive aggression uncorks the minute Andrei starts making plans without her, which is odd following a confession that they already got plane tickets, which most folks would see as a sign of being aware of travel dates. Libby doesn’t want to stay with Andrei’s family, because she’s going there to bond with her own, and is hoping he’ll do the same, so his buzz will be sufficiently killed. They agree to have a rotten time with his family for three days, before Andrei has a rotten time with hers, and friends, I give you marriage.
Libby then assembles her clatch of Karens for gown shopping. The hapless salesperson asks where Libby intends to get married, and after Libby answers “Moldova” one of the sisters says, “No one knows where that is,” in a biting indictment of the US education system. Libby tells her that since this is last minute they need to buy something off the rack, which inspires the salesgirl to ask if she wants to return the tailored one, before Libby’s wink is properly decoded. After a couple of attempts, she is blown away by a “modest” gown with a see through back and titties with each nipple on the eject button. Mother Libby provides the obligatory “my daughter is an American” statement, while sister Libby sits sulking, and says that this is the dream wedding Libby wanted, with the right dress and the right time of year, and also it is so last minute but still exactly right. One of her sisters then starts crying about how Libby’s husband is standing in the way of Libby’s wedding. Let that one sink in for a minute.
Syngin’s servitude of Tania has escalated to literally carrying her on his back. She still has that pesky foot and knee injury, and just needs help picking out her clothes, taking a shower, getting to the kitchen, and sitting down. Other people might consider getting one of those leg scooters or a wheelchair, but that’s WAY too simple of an idea for this team. Once Tania remembers she has crutches, she goes to the doctor to learn about her foot’s progress. The doctor says this was a crush injury, which is more difficult to repair, and she’s going to be off her feet for about 12 weeks, which stands to derail her next herbal Costa Rica trip, and the goals and direction she totally has.
Then it’s job interview time, and Syngin heads to an Irish pub to discuss his history working at bars that don’t serve cocktails or Guinness. Instead of pouring drinks he pours his heart out, since this is the first time someone has listened to him uninterrupted since his plane landed. The bar owner says he understands Syngin needs a psychologist, but he’s just looking for someone who understands the chemistry of pouring a beer, so if the cameras could turn away he’ll go ahead and stuff that resume into the shredder. He tells Syngin he can drink that badly poured beer, and so Syngin adds a shot and another beer and asks how long he can sit there before he has to go home.
Once Syngin returns, Tania’s injury has turned from a 12 week recovery to indefinite, with arthritis waiting in the wings. She is filing for disability in her mind, while Syngin senses a future of carrying Tania from room to room in CT, and wishes he had gone for that second shot. Tania reminds us that she drinks a lot, especially in Costa Rica when Syngin calls, but this isn’t about her. And really, she just wants to be vulnerable about how much this injury sucks without a booze-rippled rant about having to work and not break chairs.
Kalani has one kid on her tit, and one tit with a kid. She picks the bigger tit up from a rough day of free sampling, and they decide to go get food. Asuelu orders avocado toast, which for some reason baffles Kalani, but she has no questions about the heavy cream mocha he orders, as he declares that coffee in the US of A is like dessert. As a resident of the PacNW, it is my sacred duty to tell him to put that sugary beverage right the fuck down and apologize for calling it coffee.
Ever the family man, Asuelu wants to blow off a measles outbreak for a trip to Samoa, where his family is eager to ask for money in person. Kalani doesn’t know about laying down $3K for travel and $700 for hand sanitizer, so she obsessively bleaches her life, which might have seemed like overkill during filming, but now seems like an excellent choice. The doctor arrives and says that the littlest sprout has sprung enough to handle the vaccine, which is 93% effective against the disease, but it’s still a good idea to avoid direct exposure. Asuelu insists that they have two kids, so they have a spare, so what’s the problem. Kalani is nervous because Oliver had a bad reaction the measles vaccine, and she’s breaking out in hives at the prospect of toting two tots across the world with a man who can’t hold a fucking door open. Asuelu suggests that maybe they shouldn’t take advice from someone who calls herself a doctor while still boasting a lady name, and Kalani says that women can be doctors too, but Asuelu can’t handle that mind explosion when he’s still trying to puzzle out the complexities of socks on tiny feet.
Angela is also in this episode, just to do again what she’s already done in other episodes: ask Skyla to come to her Nigerian wedding. When Angela fails to convince Skyla to abandon her granny, six children, and job, she solicits support from Michael, who struggles to find an argument that convinces Skyla while being utterly bankrupt of logic. Beyond this, Angela goes to her lawyer to see about a will being drawn up so her grandkids receive 50% of her estate if she dies post-marriage. She doesn’t want to cut out Michael all together, but she also doesn’t want him to get everything. The lawyer looks up the status of their K1 application, and sees that it has moved up the chain further than Angela knew. The lawyer says the K1 could be approved in 30-45 days, so maybe she should slow down this trip and the demands that six underage humans and an ailing mother fend for themselves.
Next week, Colt asks Debbie if she’d be open to a throuple, Larissa calls Jess because that’s what the script suggests, Andrei explains that Libby’s family is proud to be American and he’s proud to spend their money, Michael’s sister expresses concern that Angela is delusional about her womb’s storage capabilities, Asuelu declares the child-raising he can’t be bothered to participate in “easy” before he tantrums out of the house, and this kitten bites my elbow and hand through the entire recapping process.
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2020.06.29 23:08 fractalfay 635. See How Good Your English Is: Recap of Happily Ever After S05E03

Welcome to another tender episode of Happily Ever After, starring a six week-old kitten someone handed me in a grocery store parking lot as “questionable decisions,” and all of us at home as people grateful for Paul’s service.
Paul is leaving Brazil with Karine, who will be missed terribly by her family, while Paul’s family hopes he lost that underwear with his home address written on the waistband. When they finally reach the airport, Paul tells the flight attendant he’s That Guy, and is about to make baggage loading as difficult as possible. She suggests he just take the garbage out of his suitcase and keep what he actually needs, but Paul says then he would have nothing left.
Once they land, Mother Paul reminds us that she’s wearing a chastity belt to keep Paul from trying to crawl back inside her. The last time he camped out in the family home she kept stepping on his legos and he lost his keys in the mailbox, and the neighbors got all weird when he covered the windows in tinfoil. Still, she agrees to pick him up at the airport, and 90DF queues up the circus music as Paul pulls luggage off the conveyer belt and starts clown-car-ing it onto a single tiny cart. Paul earns that 90DF paycheck, which should be six figures. His first attempt at a luggage stack fails, and his mom narrates the tower’s fall with the baby in her arms, and swears she’s not going to drop this baby, by God. Then Paul builds his tower again, and this time makes it a few feet before it falls on its side, taking the cart with it. This is like Lord of the Rings with exclusively endings and wizards that refuse to return.
They head towards the mom-supported hotel in Louisville, with Paul snorting a line of Kalani and soiling his Joan Crawford diaper along the way. Pierre starts fussing, and Karine removes him from the car seat to shove a titty in his mouth. Mother Paul tries to gently coax a return to the car seat with a reminder they’re almost there, but it’s too late, as Paul’s record skips over and over on a demand that the kid be returned to the car seat, and he’s talking about Pierre. Mother Paul then tells Paul he’s annoying and an idiot, while Paul runs into traffic because he can’t find a jungle. Mom says that this is why she can’t live with Paul, and Karine wonders if she’s tried living elsewhere in her mind.
Finally at the hotel, Paul has cooled down, and pushes the massive cart towards their hotel room. “635. See how good your English is,” Paul maths. Karine decides not to tell him about numbers in Brazil. And speaking of math, that first geometry lesson was for naught, because now he can’t get the cart through the hotel room door. So he chucks bag after bag of stuffed animals, survival gear, and pork rinds into the room, while Karine holds Pierre up to the window to point out where freedom is hiding.
Colt is having a definitely-not-rehearsed conversation with Jess, who also isn’t acting, definitely. She just happens to suggest the possibility of a K1 on a show called 90 Day Fiancé. Colt and Jess are still recovering from Jess’ attempt at a prison break the night before, and Colt is concerned he might have used up the power of his patronizing expression. As they plod along, Jess asks if he’d go to Brazil with her to horrify her family, and Colt says of course, he’d love a vacation on 90DF’s dime. Jess says she loves Colt, except for the Colt-like parts of his personality. Colt also wishes for a different Jess, but with the same holes. Once they agree that upgrades would improve the current models, there’s a whimsical clodhopping dance by a fountain, to underscore Colt’s carefree nature, in case you weren’t convinced by his ultimatums about going out on a Saturday night. Later, Jess goes out with her friends, who are Brazilian girls in case you forgot, and they can’t believe this shit. Probably because it isn’t true.
Larissa is filming a makeup tutorial on leaving the house with seven shades of blended spackel for a date with a blind man. She’s eager to return to dating, but says she doesn’t like to meet people online, because they all pretend to like hiking and tacos, and what they really mean is walking around the block before ordering Taco Bell through DoorDash. The man she meets, Matt Overkill, is SO not-an-actor, but rather a stately gentleman of refined taste who finds blind dates becoming to his pallor. He’s been studying the I Am So Elegant Woo Book of Manly, and has the gift bag and card to prove it. Matt says she’s beautiful and exactly what he’s been shopping for. After adjusting his ascot and capping his Grey Poupon, he asks Larissa if she’s passionate about philanthropy. Larissa asks WTF is that, and Syngin says it’s a band from South Africa, while Libby insists it’s living with Andrei.
Matt declares himself part Egyptian, which is no place in Oklahoma I’ve ever heard of, and Larissa asks him to weigh in on the race controversies surrounding ancient Egypt, but he misunderstands and thinks she said something about three domestic violence arrests. She admits she used to be married to someone with a funny name, and after a struggle she finally says it’s Colt, as in 45, and is that the booze wrapped up in this tissue paper? Her arrest history is shocking to him, because with white collar crimes they just ask you to come down to the police station with your lawyer and then apologize for wasting your time. Matt asks her what values she looks for in a man, and she laughs and says citizenship, because it’s true. This is upsetting to a man with that haircut, looking for a soulmate who is “put together” in a way he deems acceptable.
Later Larissa admits she couldn’t afford to pay that actor twice, so instead she has an orgasm during cosmetic surgery, which is on brand. She tells the lady with the torture tools that Colt has a new Brazilian and the same fucking red shirt. Princess electrode asks if Larissa is jealous, and Larissa says no, she’s just fighting for a storyline.
Deep inside Father Libby’s pocket, Andrei calls his parents in a lame attempt to convince us that this wedding Libby lost weight for was totally unplanned and spontaneous. Libby’s passive aggression uncorks the minute Andrei starts making plans without her, which is odd following a confession that they already got plane tickets, which most folks would see as a sign of being aware of travel dates. Libby doesn’t want to stay with Andrei’s family, because she’s going there to bond with her own, and is hoping he’ll do the same, so his buzz will be sufficiently killed. They agree to have a rotten time with his family for three days, before Andrei has a rotten time with hers, and friends, I give you marriage.
Libby then assembles her clatch of Karens for gown shopping. The hapless salesperson asks where Libby intends to get married, and after Libby answers “Moldova” one of the sisters says, “No one knows where that is,” in a biting indictment of the US education system. Libby tells her that since this is last minute they need to buy something off the rack, which inspires the salesgirl to ask if she wants to return the tailored one, before Libby’s wink is properly decoded. After a couple of attempts, she is blown away by a “modest” gown with a see through back and titties with each nipple on the eject button. Mother Libby provides the obligatory “my daughter is an American” statement, while sister Libby sits sulking, and says that this is the dream wedding Libby wanted, with the right dress and the right time of year, and also it is so last minute but still exactly right. One of her sisters then starts crying about how Libby’s husband is standing in the way of Libby’s wedding. Let that one sink in for a minute.
Syngin’s servitude of Tania has escalated to literally carrying her on his back. She still has that pesky foot and knee injury, and just needs help picking out her clothes, taking a shower, getting to the kitchen, and sitting down. Other people might consider getting one of those leg scooters or a wheelchair, but that’s WAY too simple of an idea for this team. Once Tania remembers she has crutches, she goes to the doctor to learn about her foot’s progress. The doctor says this was a crush injury, which is more difficult to repair, and she’s going to be off her feet for about 12 weeks, which stands to derail her next herbal Costa Rica trip, and the goals and direction she totally has.
Then it’s job interview time, and Syngin heads to an Irish pub to discuss his history working at bars that don’t serve cocktails or Guinness. Instead of pouring drinks he pours his heart out, since this is the first time someone has listened to him uninterrupted since his plane landed. The bar owner says he understands Syngin needs a psychologist, but he’s just looking for someone who understands the chemistry of pouring a beer, so if the cameras could turn away he’ll go ahead and stuff that resume into the shredder. He tells Syngin he can drink that badly poured beer, and so Syngin adds a shot and another beer and asks how long he can sit there before he has to go home.
Once Syngin returns, Tania’s injury has turned from a 12 week recovery to indefinite, with arthritis waiting in the wings. She is filing for disability in her mind, while Syngin senses a future of carrying Tania from room to room in CT, and wishes he had gone for that second shot. Tania reminds us that she drinks a lot, especially in Costa Rica when Syngin calls, but this isn’t about her. And really, she just wants to be vulnerable about how much this injury sucks without a booze-rippled rant about having to work and not break chairs.
Kalani has one kid on her tit, and one tit with a kid. She picks the bigger tit up from a rough day of free sampling, and they decide to go get food. Asuelu orders avocado toast, which for some reason baffles Kalani, but she has no questions about the heavy cream mocha he orders, as he declares that coffee in the US of A is like dessert. As a resident of the PacNW, it is my sacred duty to tell him to put that sugary beverage right the fuck down and apologize for calling it coffee.
Ever the family man, Asuelu wants to blow off a measles outbreak for a trip to Samoa, where his family is eager to ask for money in person. Kalani doesn’t know about laying down $3K for travel and $700 for hand sanitizer, so she obsessively bleaches her life, which might have seemed like overkill during filming, but now seems like an excellent choice. The doctor arrives and says that the littlest sprout has sprung enough to handle the vaccine, which is 93% effective against the disease, but it’s still a good idea to avoid direct exposure. Asuelu insists that they have two kids, so they have a spare, so what’s the problem. Kalani is nervous because Oliver had a bad reaction the measles vaccine, and she’s breaking out in hives at the prospect of toting two tots across the world with a man who can’t hold a fucking door open. Asuelu suggests that maybe they shouldn’t take advice from someone who calls herself a doctor while still boasting a lady name, and Kalani says that women can be doctors too, but Asuelu can’t handle that mind explosion when he’s still trying to puzzle out the complexities of socks on tiny feet.
Angela is also in this episode, just to do again what she’s already done in other episodes: ask Skyla to come to her Nigerian wedding. When Angela fails to convince Skyla to abandon her granny, six children, and job, she solicits support from Michael, who struggles to find an argument that convinces Skyla while being utterly bankrupt of logic. Beyond this, Angela goes to her lawyer to see about a will being drawn up so her grandkids receive 50% of her estate if she dies post-marriage. She doesn’t want to cut out Michael all together, but she also doesn’t want him to get everything. The lawyer looks up the status of their K1 application, and sees that it has moved up the chain further than Angela knew. The lawyer says the K1 could be approved in 30-45 days, so maybe she should slow down this trip and the demands that six underage humans and an ailing mother fend for themselves.
Next week, Colt asks Debbie if she’d be open to a throuple, Larissa calls Jess because that’s what the script suggests, Andrei explains that Libby’s family is proud to be American and he’s proud to spend their money, Michael’s sister expresses concern that Angela is delusional about her womb’s storage capabilities, Asuelu declares the child-raising he can’t be bothered to participate in “easy” before he tantrums out of the house, and this kitten bites my elbow and hand through the entire recapping process.
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2020.06.24 14:45 old_richman living in the past: lp newsletter june 2000

COMET - MAY/JUNE 2000 - ISSUE 24
For people who like their travel news down loaded, not loaded down. Brought
to you by Lonely Planet (http://www.lonelyplanet.com)
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IN THIS ISSUE
Upgrade Your Iran Guidebook - News From LP Authors on the Road
Soapbox - What's Shaking the Thorn Tree, LP's travellers' bulletin board?
The Scoop - World News For the Itchy of Foot
Compass - Cuba Guides to Win
Decadent Dunnies - The Winning Toilet Humourists
In the Spotlight - Ecotourism in Costa Rica: Size Matters
Link - Bahrain, Kuwait & Qatar Guides to Win
Homepage - What's Happening on the LP Web Site?
Press The Flesh - Chat Online to LP Author Nancy Frey
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UPGRADE 'IRAN'
Paul Greenwood, the co-author of LP's guide to Iran and its online Upgrade,
says scoring a visa to Iran remains a matter of luck - or 'inshallah'. If
you get your foot in the door, however, you'll find Iran remarkably cheap
and safe to travel around and the people incredibly hospitable.
FACTS FOR THE VISITOR
* Visas & Documents: The good news is that visas are increasingly easy to
extend inside Iran, but the bad news is that visas to enter Iran are still
a hassle to get in the first place. The current advice is to apply in your
home country several months in advance; try again about two months later if
your first application is refused; or obtain an (extendable) transit visa
in a neighbouring country (Pakistan, Turkey or India). There has been no
letup in the letters from travellers with tales of woe, difficulty and
capriciousness when applying for visas. However, there are individual
stories of charm, ease and straightforward dealings between some travellers
and some Iranian consular staff. Annoyingly, it appears to be a matter of
luck - or inshallah.
US citizens can receive visas from the Iranian Interests Section in the
Pakistan embassy in Washington if they can prove they have prebooked
flights to/from Iran and accommodation in Iran, and have a 'good' reason to
travel there (or pretend that they do), eg an interest in Islamic
architecture, visiting family etc.
* Visa Extensions: Travellers (and the author) report successful visa
extensions in Tabriz (as much as 30 days is possible); Esfahan (only 10
days, but in 24 hours or less); Shiraz (seven to 10 days regularly given,
but 15 or more days if you ask nicely); Kerman; and Mashhad (30 days is
possible within 24 hours). Tehran is now far better, and extensions within
24 hours are currently possible.
* Money: There are now four exchange rates. The official rate of US$1 =
3000 rials, stubbornly set by the Central Bank, is meaningless; make sure
that banks don't use this rate when you change travellers cheques (if you
can) or get a cash advance with a credit card, or when you buy anything
with a credit card.
Secondly, banks that have foreign exchange facilities offer about US$1 =
5700 rials. Thirdly, the 'street rate' at the safe, legal money exchange
offices is about US$1 = 8000-8500 rials, and that is still the best way to
change money. Finally, the dodgy black market traders offer about US$1 =
8500+ rials, but the extra is not worth the risk. (The exchange rates
offered by money exchange offices, and particularly the black market
traders, will vary according to the current economic, political and social
situation in Iran.)
Many mid-range hotels will change money at about US$1 = 8000 rials. Budget
hotels are often not interested, or trustworthy; top end hotels usually
offer the bank rate of about US$1 = 5700 rials.
Travellers have had trouble converting rials into US dollars when leaving
the country, even with a bank receipt. Try at the airport, or better, don't
change too much just before leaving Iran.
* Costs: Entry fees to all government-run museums and galleries have now
been set at between 15,000 and 20,000 rials. The cost of transport, hotels
and food has increased by about 40% over prices quoted in the guidebook.
However, you get many more rials for your US dollar now, so Iran is even
cheaper than it was.
The minimum you'll need to pay for budget hotels, Iranian food and
overland, public transport is about US$10 per person per day. Unless you
thrive on discomfort, however, allow about US$30 per person per day. Add to
this the cost of internal flights (which are still ridiculously cheap),
long-distance chartered taxis and souvenirs.
* Post & Communications: Iran is very slowly getting on the Net. Several
Internet centres have opened in Tehran, and one has started up in Yazd. In
Esfahan and Shiraz, rug sellers in the bazaars have set up internet
stations. A little delta (triangle) sign indicates that computers are
available.
* Dangers & Annoyances: Despite the US and UK bombing of Iraq (and a stray
missile or two did land on Khorramshahr inside Iran), some huffing and
puffing between Iran and the Taliban in Afghanistan, and the murder of some
liberal writers, Iran remains one of the safest countries in the region.
There were several kidnappings of foreign tourists in south-east Iran in
1999, thought to be linked to the drugs trade, but their releases were
successfully negotiated.
US citizens remain unwelcome by the government (but not by the Iranian
populace in general). A bus carrying US businessmen was attacked in
mid-1998 by some radicals, although nobody was harmed. Despite this, US
visitors who can get a visa should have few problems if they keep a low
profile.
GETTING THERE & AWAY
* Air: Iran Air has commenced weekly flights to Copenhagen. Pariz Air has
commenced flights between Bandar-e Abbas and Ras al-Khaimah in the UAE,
currently on Sunday and Wednesday. Departure tax is about US$40.
* Land: Pakistan: There is now only one train per week between Zahedan and
Quetta. It leaves Zahedan at 8.30 am on Monday. The ticket office in
Zahedan is open from 7 am to 2 pm daily except Friday.
One traveller reported an unpleasant surprise when entering overland into
Iran. They were charged an extra US$174 in 'fuel tax', apparently to
compensate Iran for allowing foreigners travelling on transit visas to buy
petrol at such cheap prices, in an attempt, effectively, to charge the
equivalent of the higher petrol prices in neighbouring countries. This
doesn't apply to visitors with tourist visas.
GETTING AROUND
The government was forced to slash petrol subsidies in late 1998, so the
price of petrol nearly doubled. This naturally resulted in a similar
percentage increase in taxi and bus fares and may affect prices for other
forms of transport. However, by western standards the price of all local
transport remains incredibly cheap.
READ ON
Read the rest of Paul's handiwork online:
http://www.lonelyplanet.com/upgrades/up-ira.htm
or choose another Upgrade, from Japan to Jordan:
http://www.lonelyplanet.com/upgrades/
WHAT ARE UPGRADES, ANYWAY?
Upgrades provide a snapshot of the most important changes that have
occurred since the book was published. They only outline changes that
affect the usefulness of the book. They are written by Lonely Planet
authors and include unconfirmed news from travellers on the road.
We produce Upgrades to more than 50 best sellers and guides to countries or
regions that change rapidly. Our authors write the first Upgrade around
six months after the book is published and subsequent Upgrades every six
months after that. When the fully updated new edition of the book is
published the Upgrades cycle starts again.
Upgrades are supplements to our books designed to make each book even more
useful throughout its life. They're no substitute for our books, which are
thoroughly updated by LP authors for every edition.
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SOAPBOX
Votes are being cast on the Thorn Tree this month for the most awful
embassy and visa chase of all time. Kazaks worldwide seem to be winning:
http://thorntree.lonelyplanet.com/thorn/repliesflat.pl?Cat=&Topic=31170&view=expanded
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THE SCOOP
News For the Itchy of Foot
THAILAND
Severe flooding hit Central Thailand over the weekend 3-4 June, blocking
roads and leaving villages underwater. The Chanthaburi river overflowed
into farmland after heavy rains. Villages, orchards and fish farms in
Chanthaburi and Trat were inundated, and roads linking several villages
were blocked by tree trunks or branches. Many were covered by a metre of
water. Flooding reached the Khao Saming and Bo Rai districts of Trat, and
some parts of the Bo Rai district were inundated. In many of the flood
stricken districts water levels are not expected to drop in the near
future, and relief packages are being issued to remote villages.
Authorities have ordered full scale relief operations to be prepared as
concern grows over rising water levels. Travellers should be prepared for
transport disruptions in these areas, remain flexible in their plans and
consult local sources to keep up to date with developments.
INDONESIA
Indonesian police have expressed concern over the number of counterfeit
notes in circulation in Jakarta and on the island of Bali following the
arrest of 15 people this week for distributing funny money. An estimated
6.5 billion Rp of counterfeit money has been discovered in the past three
months, most of it in the form of 50,000 Rp notes. The government has
contemplated withdrawing the note (which bears the visage of disgraced
ex-President Soeharto) and re-issuing it with a new design. Meanwhile,
Indonesia's central bank has announced that there are flaws in some genuine
100,000 Rp notes, which smudge when rubbed intensely. Travellers in
possession of ink-smeared 100,000 Rp notes can exchange them at local
banks.
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES (UAE)
Abu Dhabi's first female-only shopping mall has proven to be a mild
success. As most shopping malls in the UAE are popular meeting places for
men to smoke and drink coffee in air-conditioned comfort, many women avoid
them. But not the She Zone, where more than 300 women visit each weekday
and about 1100 women visit on the weekends. In the She Zone women are not
required to wear the abaya - a long overcoat - or a veil while they are
shopping and all staff (including security guards) are female.
Scoop up news from the rest of the planet:
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COMPASS
How's Your Sense of Direction?
The Indians called the island Siguanea but when Christopher Columbus
arrived he renamed it El Evangelista. From the 16th to the 18th century it
was a hideout for pirates such as Francis Drake, John Hawkins, Thomas
Baskerville and Henry Morgan. They called it Parrot Island and their
activities inspired Robert Louis Stevenson to write 'Treasure Island'.
Since then the island has changed names a few more times and been home to
political prisoners and students from all over the world. These days its
big attractions are the unspoiled natural environment and the unhurried way
of life. Scuba divers are drawn to the entire region.
Name the island and the country to which it belongs and we'll put you in
the draw for one of 20 copies of 'Cuba' by David Stanley. Remember to
provide your name and postal address with your entry. We always pick
winners at random to give readers in all time zones an even chance. Email
us at: comet u/lonelyplanet.com.au.
Last month we described Skuon in Cambodia. The follow people picked up the
prizes: Alvin Lim, Ben Schonthal, Cheyne Keith, Eric Beadle, Graham Cullen,
Jaakko Kurki, Jane Hirons, Javier Segurotti, Kirsten Sander, Lim Lay Hoon,
Lubos Bartyzal, Martin Roberts, Michiel Jansen, Mikael Blixt, Natalie
Mei-Lynn Soh, Prentiss Riddle, Rich Garella, Tim Taylor, Zdena Plecita, Zoe
Arthur.
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DECADENT DUNNIES
Well, we did ask. Remind us never to use the words 'describe' and 'toilet'
in the same sentence ever again. One little request for stories of bizarre,
luxurious or otherwise memorable WCs in restaurants around the globe and we
opened the floodgates to more tales of filth and frivolity than you could
poke a funny smelling stick at.
The following 20 people picked up a prize for their efforts - both literary
and lavatorial: Ariana Cynowicz, Benjamin Scheiner, Chris Azure, Claire
Mitchell, Craig Zimmerman, Dorian Moro, Egan Cheung, Gavin Mooney, Jim
Calderwood, Jodie Holckner, Kassandra Humphreys, Kim Binstead, Liz
O'Donnell, Molly de Aguiar, Paul Roach, Poppy Collyer, Richard Carr,
Stephane Coillet-Matillon, Vanessa Dwyer and Xavier Finlayson.
Ben did it down a 15 metre mine shaft in Coober Pedy in outback Australia.
Molly opened the pod bay doors onto a 2001 experience in Paris. Liz got all
Phillipe Starck on us in New York. Poppy followed the instructions and
ended up learning more than she needed to know about the diet of French
lorry drivers. Chris and Richard? We couldn't in good conscience keep their
extracts to ourselves:
From Chris Azure of Hong Kong:
'The most memorable and bizarre restaurant toilet I've ever seen is without
a doubt the toilet of Seiryuumon, a Chinese theme restaurant in Shinjuku,
Tokyo.
The restaurant itself is a very memorable one, but the toilet is really the
strangest part. As soon as you enter, you notice that coming out of one of
the walls is a huge, grotesque figure resembling some kind of eight armed
Chinese god. Two of these arms are holding a big, red-lipped smiling mouth,
which, it soon dawns on you, is the urinal.
As you go up to the urinal and begin to do your stuff, some truly bizarre
music (with German lyrics, I believe) starts up, and in time to this, the
god starts to swing the urinal from side to side. The god's head revolves
to reveal an identical head wearing makeup and making a suggestive kissing
expression at you.
As if all this isn't enough, you notice a flashing light and you look up to
discover that one of the arms holds a camera (with 'gay photo' written on
the front) that points down and flashes away at you.
I'm not sure what's more amusing: the experience itself, or the embarrassed
expressions of others emerging from the toilet after knowing what was in
there. I just hope I don't see myself some day on some Japanese hidden
camera show.'
From Richard Carr of the UK:
'We spent an unhealthy morning in a deserted branch of Nando's (somewhere
between Port Elizabeth and East London, along South Africa's southern
coast) nursing a hangover, trying not to gag at the smell of cooked meat
and taking advantage of the 'bottomless coffee' offer.
Although the whole experience retains a dreamlike quality, I am almost
positive that the deep and capacious urinals were stacked full to bursting
with ice cubes. However many times I returned it looked as though the
urinals had only just before been filled to the brim - you honestly could
not have got one more cube in! This lavish effect was entirely out of
keeping with the ambience of what was barely more than a fast food outlet.
Perhaps the dial on the ice machine had broken off whilst turned to
'maximum output'.
There is something disturbingly satisfying about creating your own ice
sculpture using nothing more than the power of hot urine and a slightly out
of kilter imagination. The deep yellows straining through the reflections
of white and black tiling was deeply fascinating. The acoustics of the
gents, exacerbated by my hangover, amplified the sounds of cracking ice so
it was as though I was peeing beneath a moving glacier.
I have since taken up ice sculpture on a semi-professional basis, albeit
using the more usual tools of the trade: a chisel, a small hammer, a
sculpture's knife and a tub of luke warm water.'
***
IN THE SPOTLIGHT: THE PRICE OF ECOTOURISM IN COSTA RICA
Rob Rachowiecki, co-author of LP's new edition of 'Costa Rica', says size
definitely matters when it comes to ecotourism development.
Costa Rica has so much to offer the wildlife enthusiast that it's small
wonder that ecotourism is growing in the country. Over 70% of foreign
travellers visit one or more nature destinations; half of these visitors
come specifically to see Costa Rica's wildlife.
During the past few years, the natural wonders of Costa Rica have been
discovered. From the late 1980s to the mid-1990s, the annual number of
visitors doubled, and now over 700,000 foreign tourists visit every year.
The tourism industry recently surpassed bananas and coffee as the nation's
biggest industry (though 1998 figures placed it second, behind electronics,
another newcomer). Prices for the traveller have risen substantially.
The financial bonanza generated by the tourist boom means that new
operations are starting up all the time - many are good, some are not. The
big word in Costa Rica is 'ecotourism' - everyone wants to jump on the
green bandwagon. There are 'ecological' car rental agencies and
'ecological' menus in restaurants! Taking advantage of Costa Rica's 'green'
image, some developers are promoting mass tourism and are building large
hotels with accompanying environmental problems. Apart from the immediate
impacts, such as cutting down vegetation, diverting or damming rivers and
driving away wildlife, there are huge secondary impacts like erosion, lack
of adequate waste treatment facilities for a huge hotel in an area away
from sewerage lines, and the building of socially, environmentally and
economically inadequate 'shanty towns' to house the maids, waiters, cooks,
cleaners, and many other employees needed. I recommend staying in smaller
hotels that have a positive attitude about the environment rather than
large, mass-tourism destinations.
At first, the growth in tourism took the nation by surprise - there was no
overall development plan, and the growth was poorly controlled. Some people
wanted to cash in on the short term, with little thought for the future.
Many developers are foreigners - they say that they are giving the local
people jobs, but locals don't want to spend their lives being waiters and
maids while watching the big money go out of the country.
Traditionally, tourism in Costa Rica has been on a small and intimate
scale. About 90% of the country's hotels are small (fewer than 50 rooms),
and the friendly local people have worked closely with tourists, to the
benefit of both. This intimacy and friendliness was a hallmark of a visit
to Costa Rica, but this is changing.
The developers of a recent project to build a 402-room hotel (the first of
a chain) on a remote Pacific beach were sued for causing environmental
damage and treating employees unfairly. Although the government agreed that
laws were broken, the Spanish-owned hotel opened in 1992 and sparked off a
spirited controversy within Costa Rica.
The big question is whether future tourism developments should continue to
focus on the traditional small-hotel, ecotourism approach, or turn to mass
tourism, with planeloads of visitors accommodated in 'mega-resorts' like
the ones in Cancun, Mexico. From the top levels of government down, the
debate has been fierce. Local and international tour operators and travel
agents, journalists, developers, airline operators, hotel owners, writers,
environmentalists and politicians have all been vocal in their support of
either ecotourism or mass tourism. Many believe that the country is too
small to handle both forms of tourism properly.
***
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copies of LP's new guide to Bahrain, Kuwait and Qatar up for grabs if you
can guess the answer we're looking for.
Email us at [[email protected]](mailto:[email protected]) and don't forget to include your name
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were wrong or that we're dirty stinkin' cheats; we pick winners at random
to give readers in all time zones a fighting chance.
Last time we asked you what links a cave near Cape Mulinu'u on Samoa's
Falealupo Peninsula with Tupai Atoll, Tahiti, Black Rock (Tuoro) on
Rarotonga in the Cook Islands, Cape Reinga, New Zealand, and Nakaa's Beach
on Makin Island in Kiribati. The following people gave us the answer we
were looking for - all these places figure in local legends as gateways to
the underworld or the world of spirits: Adam Sebire, Andrea Rampone, Bert
Ungerer, Bjoern Thorsbakken, Claire Takacs, David Maude, DG Wood, Herbert
Bleyer, John Beston, Keith Bauerle, Mike Rubinstein, Paola Bava, Pete
Wenger, Phil Rich, Philipp Schott, Rosanne Tackaberry, Shelley Scott, Tara
Tuatai, Tom Toberty and Ulrich Kappler.
***
CONDENSED GUIDES GIVEAWAY
The following folks picked up a six-pack of Condensed Guides for
identifying Sennelier at 3 Quai Voltaire, 7e as the boutique art supplies
store we described in the last issue. Christy Buchanan, Claire Gould, Dan
Pleskach, Darren Hunter, Debby Heymans, Elizabeth Smithwick, Fiona Wilson,
Renate Mehr and Rob Schaab.
***
HOMEPAGE
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2020.06.11 15:37 TessaBissolli A close examination of the story. Part 7: What was Jennifer doing with Liz?

This series aims to explore the apparent narrative of the BL. When we do, a lot of the story is contradictory, likely a charade. The rest of the links are here: (part 5; part 4; part 3; part 2; part 1.
In the prior part 6 with Jennifer, I explored what did she really want to learn from Red, considering she was holding quite a few secrets of her own. She knew about the death of "Naomi Hyland", and likely, she knew it was fake as we see in her curious choice of words ("I can take you to Naomi.") Red believed she wanted to know why had she been abandoned, but her real question, the first one she asks, is "Why am I here?" And she considered a satisfying answer the story of the individual chased by the CIA and the KGB, who she assumes is Red.
Now, we still have to examine another part of the story that crumbles under careful examination. What did she want out of Liz when she showed her a report that led Liz to believe Red is not RR, because the bag of bones are the remains of RR.
Jennifer is not an unrelated bystander. She had grown hearing her father was a traitor, she had grown in WITSEC. She would be acutely interested in anything related to RR, thus likely to remember anything said about RR, because she lived in fear of her father.
Jennifer would remember Liz being on the run aided by RR: it was on the news.
They are based upon information provided by Raymond Reddington, a traitor to our country and a fugitive who is helping ex-FBI Special Agent Elizabeth Keen avoid arrest. The daughter of a notorious KGB spy, Keen is a wanted terrorist.
She would remember Liz being referred to as the daughter of a KGB spy. And, it seems when they visit the beach house, she remembers she and Liz being told the same thing "20 steps to the sand." She speaks of a pink room she had, and Liz remembers a pink room in her confused memories prior to 2.10.
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Moreover, Jennifer's mother seems to recognize in Agent Elizabeth Keen the child she would have known only until she was four years old, supposedly known as "Masha Rostova". She inquires from Red how much she knows, comments on Red's "pulling off" working with her, asks when is Red going to "tell her", adds a curious questioning inflection when Liz mentions her daughter,
LIZ: You were married to the man. You had a life, a child.
NAOMI: Jennifer?
LIZ: Yeah.
and flips when Liz starts talking about a connection between "the two of us."
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If Liz was calling RR daddy at the fire, and she seemed distressed at seeing him on the ground, then it follows that Liz had to have spent time with RR and with his wife and daughter, in order for all of those things mentioned above to occur.
I bet Jennifer remembers Liz as a sister that occasionally spent time with her family, and she is confused as to why does Liz not remember Jennifer at all. Jennifer is saying Liz is lying, when Jennifer speaks of wanting a sister she could be honest with.
So, what is the objective Jennifer has when she contacts Liz again, to show her a bag of bones?

Remember that Jennifer knew where Liz lived. She had spent the night there. She could have contacted Liz at any time, showed her the bag of bones. Why the theatrics? Why Ross? Why not simply show up, or call her, have Liz meet her somewhere, and show her the bag?

Remember that at that point, Ross did not have the bag. Jennifer did, and she shows up like an angel of revenge, bag in hand, a very different figure that the mousy, downtrodden wet blanket of her earlier appearances:
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Theatrics are usually done to confuse the issues, to create high emotional stakes that allow for the real motivations, the real intentions to remain hidden. (Think Fakerina's)
For it, we have to go back to their prior encounters, starting by when Liz shows up at the bar.
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Jennifer pretends not to remember her, or know who she is, or know about her connection to RR. She is playing dumb, which in itself is remarkable.
At this point, Jennifer had heard of her mother's death, and likely knows is fake, and she knows her mother and Red have been in contact, and she was not scared of him. She had been lied to all her life by her mother. Now she thinks Liz is lying too, pretending not to recognize her. Liz flashes a badge, with her usual, bull in a china shop subtlety
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Then Liz takes Jennifer to her apartment, which is still a mess of boxes with a clue wall, and tells Jennifer that the FBI is investigating Garvey. Which they are, but Liz is conducting her own parallel investigation. So Jennifer knows this is revenge, and then, Liz asks about ways to get Garvey. Meanwhile Jennifer thinks that while her father abandoned her, she had been in his sister's life.
Now Liz wants to take her surrogate father as well. I would say Jennifer is biding her time. For a woman who supposedly grew up terrified of RR, she is quite open to Liz: She purposely directs the conversation towards the fact she is RR's daughter, and hears Liz knows she is too.
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She then learns that Garvey, who she thought was a good man, is also a criminal, and is planning to kill Reddington, One more person lying to her, pretending not to be who they are (an upstanding US Marshal):
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She then learns Garvey has a secret, one that Liz is desperate to learn to the point of being willing to shoot the man she believes is her father, in order to learn this secret from Garvey.
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And then, SHE HAS THE BAG.
When did she get the bag? Not after the bar scene in which Garvey is shot, because Red has her under surveillance, both herself, and her phone. So, it was near her, and that is likely to be why she tells Liz that "maybe" she knows where the bag is, before Garvey is shot to death.
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So, why would Garvey involve Sutton Ross? We know he went to Costa Rica, and was seen handing a duffel bag to Ross. Sutton Ross was a man who had a grudge against RR, for he believed RR had been who procured the Grayscape 17 for him to sell to the Chinese. It had been a Naval operation instead. Likely a dead drop, and Ross never met RR. Garvey had been the one who was in charge of apprehending him, but instead of arresting him, he faked his death, and gave him a new name. Why? Maybe because they both had an issue with RR, or maybe because Ian Garvey had always been a corrupt cop. We do not know when was this, so we do not know his reasons. But he puts Ross in contact with Jennifer.
There was little chance of Jenifer getting the bag after Red was surveilling her. So, IF Jennifer had that bag before Red came at her door, still concussed from the accident when Garvey escaped, then what need was there to involve Ross, who wanted revenge against RR?
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It gave Jennifer an ally. Both Jennifer and Ross wanted revenge on Red. Jennifer wanted answers too.
Because it is likely that Garvey, and maybe Jennifer, until they learned of the shooting of Naomi Hyland in 2017, blamed Naomi's abduction on Red, and they blamed Jennifer and Naomi's lives on the run, scared of him, a traitor.
But let us think of the choices we have for those bones. First, there is the real identity of them. Then there is the issue of a fake death, considering that if they are older than 1995, it is very unlikely the intended way of identification would be through DNA. It would likely be through dental plates, as life was before DNA became a prevalent way, in the late 1990s.
For Garvey, his main interest would be in locating the missing Naomi. He showed total disregard for Liz, or for Tom. He had no need of DNA to locate RR, he was in the FBI's most wanted list. Naomi, on the other hand had disappeared without a trace in 2014 after a violent abduction. Garvey would be interested in THAT.
If those bones were identified as the remains of Naomi Hyland, then Garvey could use that to control Reddington, assuming it was him who killed her. He had a body to prove death of a woman who had claimed to be scared of him. A woman who was in Witness Protection scared of a husband accused of being a traitor. Connect those dots yourself.
Then Jennifer, and likely Garvey learn that Naomi did not die in 2014 when she was abducted. Red rescued her, and gave she and her husband a new name. So, it would seem that Naomi's fear of this man was a charade. Naomi lived until 2017, when she was "killed" of 2 shots in her new identity. And if she lived until 2017, those old bones he got in 2017, are definitely NOT hers.
Naomi never contacted Garvey, which explains why Garvey went from wanting to blackmail Red, to wanting "the whole truth": the truth of why had Red and Naomi pretended she was scared of her husband, when she was not. And that goes into what Jennifer questions Red about in the restaurant, about why were she and her mother in WITSEC.
I think Red, not knowing what she knew about \"Naomi Hyland\" did not understand what she was really asking. Emotions blind the mind.
Now Jennifer has Red's secret, one Liz is desperate to learn, and Red is desperate to keep from Liz, even though Red does not seem too bothered Jennifer has learned. Jennifer knows her mother lied to her. Jennifer knows Red is in Liz's life, and Liz was instrumental in taking Garvey from her. She knows Garvey was a criminal too, and he told her there were reasons for it. Everyone in Jennifer's life had been lying to her.
It would seem that involving Ross was a decoy move by Garvey, because even as Jennifer is under surveillance, she gets that bag. And we know this because of the way she phrases her offer to Red: She can take him "to Naomi," not to her mother. Jennifer knows her mother is somewhere, and is hiding, and everyone has lied to her.
What Ross provides is a highly emotional, high-stakes situation in which to present to Liz the bones and a report. Liz is told this information, they escape through a duct, Jennifer appears and shows Liz the report
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there is a pretend torture situation, and a very real beating of Liz, which likely obscured in Liz's mind the report she had seen:
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the ideal circumstances to begin a charade of her own: the investigation of "who is the pretender Red," by the angry Reddington girls.
"Payback's a bitch. Especially when there's two of 'em." Two of who? Two women wanting revenge, or two subjects on which to take revenge for Jennifer?
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Keep in mind Ross wanted revenge on Reddington for a 1989 US Naval counterintelligence operation that provided Ross with a plane that could not fly. Either the RR, or a pretend RR, provided him with the blueprints. BUT it is highly unlikely Ross ever met RR, a dead drop would have been the way to go. Ross would provide payment, and be told where to pick up the blueprints.
While Dembe, who knows Ross wants revenge on RR, and who knows Ross has the bones and has an identity for them, tells Red that Ross wants revenge on him, believing Red is the man who provided them with those plans, so, it means that even after seeing the report on the bones, Ross wants revenge on Red, believing him to be the man responsible for providing him with the dodo bird. So Dembe knows those bones are not identified as RR when Ross looked at the identification of them.
DEMBE: Ross wants blood. He thinks you (RED) ruined his life. (in 1989 when RR was still a well regarded rising star)
I didn't give Sutton Ross bogus plans for the Grayscape Seventeen. (it was a US Navy counterintelligence operation)
DEMBE: But he thinks you (RED) did, and because of that, he wants to world to know what's inside the duffel. (which cannot be the man who gave him the blueprints, who Ross believes is Reddington)
More so, Kate apologized to Katarina before digging them, lovingly touching the carved "K" on the tree. Dembe told Red Liz may never be ready to learn what Red to Katarina, and Red believed the bones would be auctioned as a high value item in Costa Rica. All that points to Red, Dembe and Kate believing the bones would be identified somehow as the remains of Katarina Rostova. Likely, not by DNA, which in 1991 was still not widely used for that purpose.
Yet Liz sees a report, shown to her by Jennifer, which lets her to believe unequivocally that Red is a supplanter of their father.
Their first line of investigation is provided by Liz, in the form of the items of the fire, and she tells Jennifer their father died that night. IF Jennifer replaced the original report, she then knows quite well their father is alive.
Jennifer then tells Liz that they had a beach house in Rehoboth Beach, and that likely RR took her there in the winter. Remember that Jennifer remembers her father disappearing "on Christmas Eve."
She knows the house burned down, but SHE is the one who provides Liz with the newspaper cutting (a copy BTW) of a fire, with the fire date provided by Liz based on the Dover motel stay she tracked down in 1991.
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Why would she take Liz here? Why would she call the sherif? She knows the report is a fake, RR is not the bag of bones. Is she trying to make Liz remember the fire? Remember her? Remember being there in that house?
The Sherif does not seem surprised to see two Reddington girls. But then Liz does her bull in a china shop again, and they leave with no information. Except for Jennifer who now has learned:
And the next they do, pushed by Jennifer, is have Red arrested.
JENNIFER: We have a plan, and if we stick to it, it's gonna work, but I can't do this without you.
...
JENNIFER: I know you were having second thoughts. It was the right thing to do. What's the biggest obstacle standing between us and finding out who he really is? It was him. He deleted his file. He dropped by unannounced. I had to hide in the closet to keep him from seeing me. As long as he's free, we're never gonna find the truth. Personally, I think it's cause for celebration.
LIZ: All he cares about is finding out who betrayed him... I can't imagine what he'll do I see hard times coming If he ever finds out that it was me.
Liz seemed shocked, but Jennifer is gleeful as she toasts to his getting the death penalty.
"Payback's a bitch. Especially when there's two of 'em."
WHY?
Let us back into when she shows Red a grave she knows to be a fake death. How likely is that she realizes Red would realize that too, once his shock wears off. She scampers out of there, and keeps out of sight of Red, and had she not been taken by Jankowics, she would have pulled that flawlessly.
She was baiting Red to go find her mother for her. I suspect her intentions are not good, warm and fuzzy, loving ones. Her mother lied to her her entire life. Her father was a part of those lies. Garvey was just like them. None would tell her the truth. And her father prefers Liz to her, even though Liz, a love child of his, shot him and destroyed their lives.
Once Red gives Liz Koehler's case, Jennifer is likely to assume that Red is looking for her mother. Assuming likely that Carla AKA Naomi changed her face, and is in the wind. Once he does this, all Jennifer has to do is hang out at Liz's apartment until Red shows up unannounced, which gives Jennifer the chance to sell Liz the idea that having him arrested would be a way to investigate unopposed. In reality, she wants to punish Red, and punish Liz.
But to Jennifer's surprise, what she learns after she is taken by Jankowics's men is that it was Liz's mother who arranged that surgery. And that is when she leaves, with a fitting matching black eye to Liz's:
https://preview.redd.it/v7gkcdafaa451.png?width=665&format=png&auto=webp&s=53f844fc64735f7a99f51ada52ecbc449fbe218a
Why?
What did that tell Jennifer that meant nothing to Liz? Especially if Jennifer knows that the bones in the bag are not the remains of RR.
Because the way this narrative apparently goes makes no sense: Jennifer asks Red why is she there? she is asking questions about what happened back there. Then she shows Liz the report, and they both investigate who is Red. They go to the beach house, which burned and find nothing. They focus on the Koehler surgery, which leads them to learn that Liz's mother arranged the surgery. And she leaves.
After being desperate to find answers.
I do not buy it. I think Jennifer left because she had a clue Liz did not see. She is on a mother hunt. And her destination might be, after all, Long Island, NY.
NY which is tied to the house Dom lives in, a house draw by Katarina or Liz as children, where Katarina's toys are. Where Katarina's mother was. Where the PO Box for communications is.
Also where Halcyon is. Where Susan Scott Hargraves lives.
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2020.05.24 02:37 displacedindavis Every women's national football team that's qualified for the FIFA Women's World Cup (WARNING: long post)

Women's football...is not quite on the same level as men. And unfortunately, some specific lawsuits and actions by certain players have sort of cast a negative light on the women's side of the sport, fair or not. While the men do play on a much higher level, that doesn't stop me from enjoying the women's game in its own way as well. As laughable as the reffing was at times during the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup, it was still great to watch overall and produced some memorable moments (also, my condolences to Scottish fans).
Obviously, I could do a men's list but it would be far longer, and mind you, this post is already really, really long. The women's game still has a lot of room to grow.
Argentina: best finish: 3rd group stage (2019). Appearances: 2003, 2007, 2019. Unfortunately, Argentina's women's team has seen nowhere near the success of its men's team: it took until 2019 for them to finally not lose a WC game, drawing Japan 0-0 in their first matchup and then staging a late 3-goal comeback to draw against Scotland (more on that later...). In 2003 and 2007, the team had some legendary losses (including an 11-0 shellacking against Germany in 2007), but their performance very much improved in 2019 where their only loss was 1-0 to England. They're still waiting for their first WC win, but maybe that'll come in 2023 if they can keep improving.
Australia: best finish: quarterfinals (2007, 2011, 2015). Appearances: all but 1991. Since qualifying in 1995, the Australian women's team has been a WC fixture. After failing to get a win in their first 3 tries, they've advanced to the knockout round every year since, though they've been beaten in the first round all but 1 year. Their 2007 appearance was a true miracle as Australia pulled out an equalizer in stoppage time against Canada to beat them out for the last knockout stage spot (this came after Canada had scored 7 minutes earlier). Sadly, they'd concede a late GWG against Brazil after fighting back from 2-0 down. It was more or less the same in 2011, with a late GWG against Norway also giving them a spot in the knockout stage. Unfortunately, they'd lose to Sweden. Australia had a more comfortable path in 2015 and exacted some revenge on Brazil, beating them 1-0 on a late GWG before bowing out to Japan in heartbreaking fashion (also on a late GWG). Then in 2019, they fought hard against Norway but completely blew it in PKs to get knocked out. The Australian team has nevertheless been very fun to watch, however.
Brazil: best finish: runner-up (2007). Appearances: all. While the Brazil women's team has not won a WC like the men, make no mistake, they're still a very strong national team. Their best run was in 2007 when they unfortunately bowed out to Germany 2-0 in the finals (they had smashed the US 4-0 in the previous round). They also had a nice run in 1999 with a golden goal victory over Nigeria before unfortunately bowing out to the US. Unfortunately, Brazil has seen more than its fair share of heartbreak in the first knockout stage round as well. Whether it be due to conceding a late a.e.t. stoppage time goal and then losing in PKs to the US in 2011 to losing on a late GWG to Australia in 2015 to losing in a.e.t. to France in 2019, you really got to feel for their fans.
Cameroon: best finish: round of 16 (2015, 2019). Appearances: 2015, 2019. Having just begun to make noise at the Women's WC, Cameroon's women's team has done quite nicely. True, they've had some really nice group draws to help them out, but you still gotta win games and Cameroon has done their part in advancing to the knockout stage each year they've made the Women's WC. Cameroon had an unfortunate 1-0 loss to China in 2015 where they could not recover from an early conceded goal. They also had the misfortune of playing England in 2019...that was just too much. But all in all, I do look forward to seeing them in the future.
Canada: best finish: 4th (2003). Appearances: all but 1991. Canada has been a consistent entry into the WC but have only just recently begun making it out of the group stage consistently in 2015 and 2019. 2003 was arguably their best year: they needed and got a clutch win over Japan to advance to the knockout round for the first time but lost a very close semifinal match to Sweden thanks to blowing a late 1-0 lead and then lost to their southern neighbors to walk away with nothing. After a heartbreaking draw to Australia in 2007 and a record low in 2011, Canada had another nice performance in 2015, defeating Switzerland in the round of 16 before losing 2-1 to England. In 2019, they unfortunately got knocked out by Sweden 1-0 in the round of 16. While Canada sometimes gets unfairly compared to their southern neighbors, for what it's worth they've still had their solid moments.
Chile: best finish: 3rd group stage (2019). Appearances: 2019. Chile had a great debut in the 2019 World Cup all things taken into consideration. Sure, it helped to have Thailand to beat up on in the final game, but they had some amazing moments even in their losses to Sweden and the United States. Obviously, the women's team is still overshadowed by the men's team, but it was still nice for the country to have their first Women's WC berth. Hope to see them in 2023.
China: best finish: runner-up (1999). Appearances: all but 2011. The Chinese women's football team might be one of the best national squads to have never won a World Cup, though they came oh so close in 1999 but unfortunately conceded just 1 more PK to the United States (they notably crushed Norway 5-0 in the previous round). Until Italy defeated them 2-0 in the Round of 16 in 2019, China had a knack of losing 1-0 or PK decisions which has been really infuriating for their fans. They're always almost there, but that sadly doesn't win WCs. I do think China is due for a WC win one day, I just hope they can get over this hump. They've been consistently good and have made the knockout round every year they've qualified for the WC (the only blemish being 2011, when they failed to qualify).
Chinese Taipei aka Taiwan: best finish: quarterfinals (1991). Appearances: 1991. Taiwan had a promising start in 1991 but then completely disappeared from WC contention afterward. They didn't perform all that well in the group stage in 1991, getting blown out by Italy and Germany, but they did beat Nigeria 2-0 to advance to the knockout stage, where they got handed a beating by the United States sadly. Unfortunately, they just haven't been the same since.
Colombia: best finish: round of 16 (2015). Appearances: 2011, 2015. Colombia's women's team had a nice 2010s all things considered. While they finished last in their group in their 2011 debut, they had strong showings against Sweden and North Korea, earning their first non-loss in the latter. And they had a shocking 2-0 upset over France in 2015 which propelled them into the knockout round, where they unfortunately got matched with the United States. They missed out in 2019, but I hope they return for 2023.
Costa Rica: best finish: 3rd group stage (2015). Appearances: 2015. Costa Rica didn't have a bad debut in the Women's WC TBH. They earned nice draws against Spain and South Korea and only lost 1-0 to Brazil. Their matchup against South Korea was almost a lost but they pulled out a clutch 89th-minute equalizer. They could've gotten away with another draw against Brazil were it not for a late GWG. It's sad that they had miss out, because they fought really hard. The sadly missed out in 2019, but maybe they'll return for 2023.
Denmark: best finish: quarterfinals (1991, 1995). Appearances: 1991, 1995, 1999, 2007. Denmark used to have a consistent women's football team, but as time went on, they've lost the luster they once had. Denmark's best chance of advancing past the first round of the knockout stage was in 1991, where they lost a heartbreaking match in a.e.t. to Germany. They again lost to Norway in 1995, and this was followed by an awful 1999 where they scored just 1 goal in group stage. Denmark shot themselves in the foot again in 2007 with late GWGs conceded against both China and Brazil to miss the knockout stage, and they haven't returned since. It is sad to see how this team has fallen, but hopefully they rise again.
Ecuador: best finish: 4th group stage (2015). Appearances: 2015. Ecuador has historically not had a strong women's side in football so it was real nice to finally make it onto the biggest stage in 2015. Sadly, they got blown out in their first two matches, losing 6-0 to Cameroon and then 10-1 to Switzerland. But they finished strong, losing just 1-0 to the defending champions Japan. The only goalscorer for Ecuador in this WC, Angie Ponce (on a PK), unfortunately also put in 2 own goals for Switzerland in the same match. She thus remains the only women's footballer to have done so in WC play.
England: best finish: 3rd (2015). Appearances: 1995, 2007, 2011, 2015, 2019. In the 2000s, the English women's team has been relatively successful. In 2007, they earned their first of 4 straight knockout-round berths to thanks to a draw against Japan where they scored two goals past the 80th minute. Unfortunately, their women's team has also had a fair share of heartbreak as well. At least they had a great finish in 2015, when they beat Germany on a late PK in a.e.t. in the 3rd-place match. That's great...but keep in mind that Laura Bassett scored an own goal GWG deep in stoppage time against Japan in the previous round which denied them a trip to the finals. They also had a heartbreaking loss to France in 2011 after giving up a late equalizer and then seeing their last two kicker miss to blow a PK lead. But overall, the English football team has shown a lot of competitiveness, and I very much enjoy watching them play.
Equatorial Guinea: best finish: 4th group stage (2011). Appearances: 2011. Ask anyone to name you every team that has qualified for a Women's WC and the one they'd most likely consistently miss is this one (or maybe not, because of how odd it was to see them in). Weird or not, the nation's women's team qualified in 2011 and although they lost all 3 of their matches, they were not to be laughed at either. They fought hard against Norway and Australia before losing by 3 goals to Brazil. Unfortunately, Equatorial Guinea's women's team has been banned from competition for the time being due to selecting ineligible players to its roster. It might be a while before we see them back again.
France: best finish: 4th (2011). Appearances: 2003, 2011, 2015, 2019. The French women's team has gained consistency in the 2010s and even had a 4th-place finish in 2011, also making the quarterfinals in 2015 and 2019. Sadly, each of their knockout round losses have also been quite heartbreaking. In 2011, after an amazing win in PKs over England where they got an equalizer late in regular time to tie the game, lost to the United States and walked away with nothing after giving up a late GWG to Sweden in the 3rd-place match. In 2015, they lost an unfortunate match to Germany by conceding just one more PK. In 2019, they lost on home soil by 1 goal to the US, and it didn't help that Megan Rapinoe scored both goals against them (she just might be public enemy #1 in the women's football world). However, they've shown amazing promise, and I do look forward to seeing them compete in the future.
Germany: best finish: won 2 World Cups (2003, 2007). Appearances: all. In the football world, Germany without a doubt boasts the best historical men-women combo as the only nation with both squads winning WCs (and multiple at that too). Germany is also one of just two teams (the other being the US) to make the knockout round every edition. 2003 was an especially exciting win as they scored the golden goal in extra time against Sweden to win. They also had a tournament clean sheet (aka no goals conceded in all matches) en route to their win in 2007. They have suffered some unfortunate close losses to Japan, the US, and Sweden in the recent WC editions, but the German legacy is still very much cemented.
Ghana: best finish: 3rd group stage (2003). Appearances: 1999, 2003, 2007. Ghana had a decent 2000s in terms of their women's football team, and even though they could never advance to the knockout tournament, I think this still counts as successful. Ghana may even have had a shot in 2003 had it not been for a close 1-0 loss to China in their first game, and they also got their first and to date only WC win against Australia in their last game. Sadly, their performances in 1999 and 2007 were nowhere near the level of 2003, and they haven't made it back since.
Italy: best finish: quarterfinals (1991, 2019). Appearances: 1991, 1999, 2019. It's been a long road for the Italian women's team back to the big stage. Prior to making it back in for 2019, all they really had to celebrate was a quarterfinals exit in 1991 where they gave up a heartbreaking PK a.e.t. goal against Norway and almost making the knockout stage in 1999 (if only they hadn't conceded a PK to Germany). But in 2019 they finally had their calling again, and they won their first knockout game over traditional powerhouse China before bowing out honorably to the Netherlands. I do hope they make the next WC edition as they showed much promise in 2019.
Ivory Coast: best finish: 4th group stage (2015). Appearances: 2015. OK, sure, Ivory Coast got destroyed 10-0 by Germany in their first WC matchup, but it was their first ever on such a big stage, and they honestly did better as the tournament progressed. While they also lost to Thailand and Norway, they put up decent fights against them in those games. Maybe Ivory Coast will have to wait a little while before their women's team qualifies for their next WC, but it was still nice to see.
Jamaica: best finish: 4th group stage (2019). Appearances: 2019. Jamaica had its first appearance in the WC in 2019...and it went about as expected, with them losing all 3 of their games in pretty convincing fashion and scoring just 1 goal in the group stage. The only goal scorer, Havana Saloun, was actually born in Hong Kong to a Cuban father and a Jamaican mother, then moved to the United States when she was two. Talk about a diverse set of teams you could choose to play for.
Japan: best finish: won 1 World Cup (2011). Appearances: all. Japan's WC win in 2011 was one for the ages. Not only were they exceptionally clutch (scoring a late equalizer in regulation, again in a.e.t., and winning the PK), they also brought a lot of joy for their country that was still recovering from the tsunami that year. Also, it was over the US, the only time that team has lost in the finals. And finally, Japan had not made it out of the group stage the previous 3 editions of the WC either. Japan had another great run in 2015, but sadly, the US was out for blood and revenge and they got curb-stomped in the final. That was followed up by a highly disappointing and somewhat controversial first-round exit in 2019 when the Netherlands scored a late PK GWG. Nevertheless, Japan remains one of just 4 squads to have actually won the Women's world Cup, the only one from Asia to do so, and one of just a few teams to have made every edition of the Cup.
Mexico: best finish: 3rd group stage (2011). Appearances: 1999, 2011, 2015. Mexico is another country where their men's team overshadows their women's team by quite a bit. After a lackluster 1999 where they scored just 1 goal in 1999, Mexico had a decent 2011 where they drew two matches, notably against England in their first. They could've beaten New Zealand as well in 2011 but they coughed up 2 goals in stoppage time to blow a 2-0 lead. 2015 was less good, where they finished with 1 draw and 2 losses, to finish back in the basement of their group. And they missed out in 2019. The team has yet to find a WC win but maybe if they qualify in 2023, it'll come.
Netherlands: best finish: runner-up (2019). Appearances: 2015, 2019. Having only just becoming relevant in women's football, the Netherlands were the real Cinderella story in 2019. After making their first WC and even advancing to the knockout stage (where they lost 2-1 to Japan in the first round) in 2015, they had a major breakthrough in 2019, and they wowed and inspired us with exceptionally clutch performances en route to the finals. Unfortunately, the US proved to be just a little too much, and they bowed out 2-0. But this was still one for the ages.
New Zealand: best finish: 4th group stage (1991, 2007, 2011, 2015, 2019). Appearances: 2007, 2011, 2015, 2019. Please don't hate me for saying this...but the New Zealand women's football team might be the biggest punching bag in Women's WC history. They've made it in 5 times and have still yet to win a match, always finishing as the doormat of their group unsurprisingly. Arguably the lowest of lows was when they didn't even score a goal in 2007. They finally got their first non loss: a 2-2 draw against Mexico in 2011. From 2011 onward, they've also been more competitive, only losing by more than 1 goal once (a 2-0 loss to Canada in 2019). Still, this team has scored just 8 goals in 15 Women's WC matches. Hopefully they'll be able to celebrate a win in 2023, assuming they make it in.
Nigeria: best finish: quarterfinals (1999). Appearances: all. Africa's most successful women's squad is also one of the few to have qualified every year of the Women's FIFA World Cup as well. They have only made it out of the group stage twice, losing in the first knockout round each time, but that's still really good all things considered. The 1999 edition was especially heartbreaking as they fought back to tie Brazil after being 0-3 down only to lose on a golden goal in a.e.t. They finally made it to the knockout stage again in 2019 only to get thwomped by Germany. Although it ended in disappointment, hopefully their 2019 performance does spell better times for Nigeria in the future.
North Korea: best finish: quarterfinals (2007). Appearances: 1999, 2003, 2007, 2011. The North Korean women's team had a surprise run in 2007, and they were greatly helped by earning a surprise draw against the American team in the group stage and beating Nigeria 2-0. However, Germany was just too much for them in the first round of the knockout stage. North Korea's run of WC appearances was sadly cut short after several of their players failed doping tests after 2011. They got a ban in 2015 and failed to qualify in 2019. Hopefully they'll return in the near future.
Norway: best finish: won 1 World Cup (1995). Appearances: all. The Norwegian women's team might have trailed off a bit but they were a major force earlier on and are still very much a contender now. Don't forget that they only conceded one goal en route to winning the Cup in 1995 (to Denmark), and that included wins over the US and Germany. They also finished a very close runner-up to the US in 1991 as well. Norway's only failure to make it to the knockout stage was in 2011 thanks to blowing a game against Australia. Sadly, they've usually had their hopes ended by the US, Germany, and recently England in previous WC editions as well. But all in all, the Norwegian team has overall been very strong historically.
Russia: best finish: quarterfinals (1999, 2003). Appearances: 1999, 2003. The Russian women's team had nice performances in 1999 and 2003 but then just suddenly disappeared from international WC competition. In 1999, their only group stage loss was to Norway by 1 goal, but they unfortunately lost to a stronger Chinese team in the first round. Germany was unfortunately way too much for them in 2003...they lost 7-1. Russia's women's team has since suffered a WC hex, narrowly missing out in 2007 and then failing to make it in for the entire 2010s. Hopefully the 2020s will bring something better.
Scotland: best finish: 4th group stage (2019). Appearances: 2019. Oh goodness...where do I go with this one. Even the term "heartbreaking" doesn't do the Scottish women's team justice in 2019. Even before the horrors of Argentina, Scotland lost two 1-goal games against England and Japan. But nothing compared to what happened against Argentina. ICYMI, Scotland blew a 3-0 lead after the 70th minute, with one of those goals being an own goal and the equalizer being a PK very deep into stoppage time. By blowing that lead, Scotland also blew their first opportunity to make the knockout round. I really hope they get another shot in 2023...but those chances may not come around all that often.
South Africa: best finish: 4th group stage (2019). Appearances: 2019. South Africa's women's football team finally got in on the action in 2019...and they proceeded to lose all 3 of their games and could only score 1 goal the entire tournament. You can't really blame them, though...they got a horrendous draw by having to play with Germany and China (not to mention an up-and-coming Spain). That group was a real bloodbath.
South Korea: best finish: round of 16 (2015). Appearances: 2003, 2015, 2019. The South Korean women's team is arguably the weakest of the Big 3 East Asian nations (China, Japan, and South Korea) but they've still had moments of success and have made the last two WC editions. Their signature moment was in 2015 when they snuck into the knockout stage where they unfortunately got blasted by France in the first round. Things didn't go as well in 2019, as they scored just 1 goal in the group stage, but all things considered, there are still things to look forward to for this team.
Spain: best finish: round of 16 (2019). Appearances: 2015, 2019. It took a little longer for the Spanish women's team to make some noise in the World Cup, but they've finally found some footing in the 2010s. Although they finished last in their group in 2015, they never lost by more than 1 goal in all their matches. And in 2019, they finally advanced to the knockout round and might have advanced further if not for 2 controversial PKs awarded to the United States in that matchup. I hope 2019 does serve as a nice stepping stone for Spain's women's team.
Sweden: best finish: runner-up (2003). Appearances: all. Sweden is another very successful women's squad to have not won a WC yet. They came close in 2003 where they got clutch wins against Brazil and Canada only to fall on an a.e.t. golden goal to Germany in the finals. They have a lot of 3rd-place finishes as well: in 1991, 2011, and 2019. Unfortunately, they were just outmatched in those years in the semifinals, and 2019 was especially painful as they lost in a.e.t. to the Netherlands. The team also contributed to a notable oddity when they drew all 3 of their group stage matches in 2015 to sneak into the knockout stage. This leaves the only time they failed to advance to the knockout stage in 2007 (thanks to a draw to Nigeria in the first game). I hope Sweden continues to contend because I really like their players.
Switzerland: best finish: round of 16 (2015). Appearances: 2015. The Swiss women's team in their only appearance to date made it past the group stage and fought hard against Canada (who had home field advantage) only to lose 1-0. For a women's team that hasn't seen much success historically, this was already a monumental achievement IMO. Sure, Switzerland might have benefitted from having Ecuador in its division, but you gotta feel good for them as well. They missed out in 2019, but hopefully we'll see them again in 2023.
Thailand: best finish: 3rd group stage (2015). Appearances: 2015, 2019. OK, I know what people are going to say...they lost 13-0 to the US in their first matchup and then 5-1 to Sweden in their second. But if you read more about their story about how they even got a team in the first place and how they qualified for the WC not once but twice, you can't help but feel a little happy that they were even able to enjoy the world stage. So when Kanjana Sungngoen scored Thailand's first and only WC goal in 2019 against Sweden, that was a real moment to celebrate. Their first win, however, came in 2015 against Ivory Coast. This might be a once in a lifetime experience, but I was glad to see Thailand in the WC.
United States: best finish: won 4 World Cups (1991, 1999, 2015, 2019). Appearances: all. I guess it's only fair that the best was saved for last. The USWNT is the most successful in terms of international success but also a very curious case as well. You know your team is good when anything less than a World Cup win is considered a failure. The team dominated the 1990s and after the dark ages of the 2000s, returned to their winning ways in recent years. They've only lost 1 group stage match in their history (against Sweden in 2011). And they've produced many memorable World Cup moments and some great individual performances as well (Brandi Chastain's GW PK in 1999, Carli Lloyd's hat trick in the first 16 minutes in 2015, etc.). In addition, they own a non-losing record against every national team in history. Despite their success, they are not very well liked, even reviled, by many people not just because they've been so dominant but also because of the controversies they've stirred in the courts and on the field. The USMNT also gets unfairly criticized in part because of their success as well (though I agree that you can't use the argument that the USMNT would destroy the USWNT because the two teams essentially fight in vastly different weight classes; the USWNT has just happened to be more successful in its weight class but it's not like the USMNT is bad). From personal experience, one person told me he hates the USWNT because, and I paraphrase, it gives Americans the excuse that they are a strong football nation when their men's side has accomplished almost nothing. I have no comment about that other than that might be a bit harsh. Regardless, as a team, the USWNT maintains a large following in the US because, simply put, Americans love to support its winning teams and a good number of people do support their cause as well, regardless of if you do or not.
BONUS: two teams have not qualified for a WC but have for the Olympics
Greece: it's great when you get to host the Olympics...because your women's football team qualifies automatically for the Olympic tournament. Unfortunately for Greece in 2004, that's about where the good news ended. They were hopelessly outmatched by the United States, Australia, and Brazil, although kudos to the Greek squad, they only lost 1-0 to Australia. Sadly, Greece wouldn't even score a single goal and was easily in the doormat of their group. Hopefully the men's team did......they also finished last in their group. No home field advantage could save either squad, unfortunately, but at least the Greek men already had a Euros title under their belt. The women still have a lot of catching up to do, unfortunately.
Zimbabwe: in the 2016 tournament, Zimbabwe was without a doubt the surprise qualifier, having never made a single WC appearance in history. They thus remain the only current women's squad to qualify for an Olympic tournament and not a WC tournament without being the host nation. Sadly, that's about the only distinction you can give them unless you count their 6-1, 3-1, and 6-1 losses to Germany, Canada, and Australia respectively. I mean, at least they scored goals?
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2020.05.19 21:58 gichigamigone My (23F) boyfriend (26M) has two kids with 2 different women and I've never dated anyone with kids before

I knew from the beginning that he had a 2yo son with a woman that he had been hooking up with. He co-parents with his son's mom when he's home (he works on fishing vessels in Alaska for 3-4 months at a time, 2-3 times a year) and financially supports her, his son, and her other daughter with another man. He is actively involved in his son's life as much as he is able to be.
I didn't learn about his 5yo daughter until after we'd been dating a few weeks. He had been married to his high school sweetheart and they ended up getting pregnant right as things started to get rocky for them. She ended up leaving him and told him that she had aborted the pregnancy. 3 years later, he found out that she hadn't. There were a lot of legal battles that he is still paying off and he lost all rights to see his daughter, as well as got slapped with a the maximum amount of child support payments. He hadn't had any contact with her for the last year and a half until about a month ago when his daughter's mom reached out from their new home in Costa Rica to reconcile and take steps to allow my bf back into his daughter's life.
I've never met his kids, and I don't intend to until we've been dating for at least a year. I guess the advice I'm looking for is how to navigate this situation. It never concerned me that he had kids, but I often have a hard time putting together the man I know to be my boyfriend with the type of father he claims to be. I had goals and dreams before I met him, but since meeting him have been thinking a lot about how to put those dreams together with a life that includes him and potentially his kids. He has always been very supportive of everything I want to do in life, of me following my dreams and accomplishing everything I hope to accomplish. He is often saying he would follow me anywhere, that he would do anything with me. He also says that he is recognizing that his kids are getting older and he needs to start thinking about settling down somewhere to be more stable for them.
I've been dating my boyfriend for about 4 months now and things have gotten pretty serious. We often talk about having a future together and getting married eventually and starting a family. Being with him has opened my eyes to what a true, healthy relationship should be, and he makes me unbelievably happy.
TL;DR: My bf has 2 kids with 2 different women that are both very complicated situations. It's hard to see the man I know as my bf as also being a father. Any advice on navigating dating a man who has kids?
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2020.04.30 23:04 displacedindavis Current IOC nation one-gold wonders in each of the four major Olympic competitions (Summer, Winner, Summer Para, Winter Para)

For many countries, gold medals are far and few between. Many nations are waiting for their first gold medal, and among those are nations waiting for their first medal period. While I hope to get to those in a future post, I wanted to focus specifically on nations that have won just 1 gold medal as of today. I'm not a huge fan of extreme nationalism in the Olympics, but you gotta admit that being the only gold medalist from your country has a special feeling to it. Even if the country ends up producing more gold medalists in the future, you can't take it away from that person/team who won the nation's first.
Athletes who won a gold medal as the country's first-ever Olympic medal are asterisked. In case the athlete still holds the nation's only medal, the name is italicized as well. Here goes:
Summer Olympics:
Winter Olympics:
For Paralympics, the country is asterisked if an athlete has not won gold in the respective summewinter regular Olympics competition and additionally italicized if the country has yet to medal in the respective summewinter regular Olympics competition.
Summer Paralympics:
Winter Paralympics:
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