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2 minutes ago, Abraham said:

Hi.

:bye:

Glad to hear everything is going well.

 

 “I would wake up early on Saturday and Sunday before anyone else woke up so I could drive into town and sit in the parking lot at Home Depot smoking and drinking tall boys until lunch...”

Were you looking for day-work?  “necesito 4 hombres para hacer el trabajo”?

Were you ever tempted to take up residence in one of the storage sheds they have on display out front?

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16 minutes ago, Officer Pete Malloy said:

:bye:

Glad to hear everything is going well.

 

 “I would wake up early on Saturday and Sunday before anyone else woke up so I could drive into town and sit in the parking lot at Home Depot smoking and drinking tall boys until lunch...”

Were you looking for day-work?  “necesito 4 hombres para hacer el trabajo”?

Were you ever tempted to take up residence in one of the storage sheds they have on display out front?

No, although in hindsight that would have been a better use of time.  

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2 hours ago, Officer Pete Malloy said:

:bye:

Glad to hear everything is going well.

 

 “I would wake up early on Saturday and Sunday before anyone else woke up so I could drive into town and sit in the parking lot at Home Depot smoking and drinking tall boys until lunch...”

Were you looking for day-work?  “necesito 4 hombres para hacer el trabajo”?

Were you ever tempted to take up residence in one of the storage sheds they have on display out front?

No ####. Everyone knows Lowes has better parking lots for drinking & smoking - they don't lock the sheds.

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9 hours ago, Officer Pete Malloy said:

The Slap 2

:lmao: just stupid

Guy seems mean.

On 5/25/2018 at 11:41 PM, Officer Pete Malloy said:

Oh.  The Andrew kid I posted about earlier in the week...the one who went to six flags even though he didn’t qualify...had his graduation appeal “hearing” today.

 

basically if a kid doesn’t qualify to walk across the stage (they still go on to HS) they can appeal and plead their case to a panel of teachers and admins.

I had to be there.  Andrew cried big crocodile tears. I ignored him and busied myself reading his 4 page long “rap sheet”.

Needless to say...it was a unanimous “no” from the panel.

 

On 5/26/2018 at 2:58 AM, DA RAIDERS said:

My money is on Andrew. Dude will "walk".  The age of entitlement and litigation. 

 

10 hours ago, Officer Pete Malloy said:

Oh.  Totally forgot this part.  After Andrew and his mom left (and after we voted) the andmin from the district says “I guess I’ll wait a couple of days before I shake down those parents for the money they owe the cafeteria.”

Between Andrew and his younger brother the bill is over $300.  

 

I'm with DR here. Unless you have armed guards willing to use excessive force, Andrew is fo sho bum rushing pomp and circumstance.

7 hours ago, Abraham said:

In case anyone cares anymore, here's the story of what happened, where I've been, and where I am now...

 

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In October 2015 I was 12 years married with two kids in a largely loveless marriage.  Most of my social interaction, as sad as it seems in hindsight was here in this thread. I traveled twice a month for work and every time I came home, my wife showed no interest in my journeys. Would you like to come along? No.  Over time we got more and more distant to the point where by summer of 16 she told me I was a "disruption to our lives" when I came home.  I was gone for 3 or 4 days at a time travelling to LA for work and she had zero interest in any of it.  I had an entire different network of friends and colleagues and she wasn't interested in that part of my life at all. I ran a 70 million dollar sales org and she didn't even know (or care to know) what I did for a living. Literally had no idea what I did to provide for our family.  We were strangers. Our then-5 year old was still sleeping in our bed.  Our 1.5 year old was in a bed in the master.  My wife and I hadn't had a date in years.  We hadn't been intimate once since our youngest was conceived. Our social circle was her family, full stop. I spent my time at our ranch out in my barn/office chainsmoking and getting drunk.  I would wake up early on Saturday and Sunday before anyone else woke up so I could drive into town and sit in the parking lot at Home Depot smoking and drinking tall boys until lunch when I would begrugingly go back to my from-the-outside-perfect life. 

In the entirety of our marriage she made my relationship with my parents and only sibling more and more divisive. So much so that our time with my nearby family was only a couple hours a year while our time with her family was measured in days and even weeks. I was culpable in this, admittedly.  I allowed it to happen because I was scared to stand up to her. I allowed a lot to happen.  A little at a time, brick by brick, your life becomes out of your control.  At least it did for me.

I wasn't perfect either, I messed up a lot of our financial future in the business I had during our 30's. I owed the IRS 70k and my former business partners another 30. But I NEVER ever cheated on her. 

In October 15 I went on a business trip to Las Vegas and met a young lady from a far off land.  We didn't hook up but we did spend the evening/night running around LV and having fun.  Las Vegas is my favorite place on earth and for 6 hours on a Thursday night I was happy again. (tanner: "gay") She gave me her number.  I texted her the next morning and she replied.  I went home to Texas.  A few days later I texted her again. ANd she texted me back.

In the coming weeks she and I texted a lot. All day every day.  But she lived 3,000 miles away so whatever. No chance anything will happen, right? But I was hooked.  I talked to GB Bentley, GB cosjobs and GB GM about the flirting/talking.

Cos: have some fun, no harm

GM: you are ####ed, and you will know it soon in a hail of fire and brimstone. ####ed to the hilt, Abe. ####ed.

Bentley: wtf, I don;'t even understand the life you lead.

5 weeks later the young lady had a layover in Houston while on vacation. I drove over from Austin and we had lunch. The texting continued.  Unlike many relationships we actually got to know each other through conversation instead of physical presence. We weren't dating, we were chatting and getting to know each other. Three weeks after that I invited her to meet me when I went to NYC for business.  She agreed to join me.

From there, we met every two weeks when I was on my business trips.  I would fly her to meet me in LA, NYC, San Diego, etc..  Very quickly I was madly in love with her, and she with me.

In January her ex-boyfriend came back to woe her.  In February she tried to "break up" with me."I am your mistress and I am breaking up a family and this is wrong. I don't want to see you ever again."  I persisted.

In March I told my wife I was unhappy in our marriage.  Without discussion or interest in "working on things" she threw me out of the house. We wouldn't speak again until about 6 weeks ago. (yes, we didn't correspond from that night in March 16 until just recently). In the interim I will just say "lawyers are expensive."

I persisted with the young lady from far away. I was patient as her ####### ex showed his true colors. I moved into a hotel in Austin. I slept on the couches of friends.  I drank a lot more than normal, more than even the people in this thread would deem excessive.  I posted a little, but never about the details.

In May 16 me and the wife decided to get divorced.  That took until August 17.

I had a meltdown on the boards on election night 16 and have largely been absent since then.  It was due. Sorry about that.  No promise that I'll be around more often but "back then" some of you seemed to wonder what happened to me. So here we are.

My ex and I are getting along better.  Her fiance is a calming influence on her and that has helped. She's engaged to remarry, which will save me about 5k a month in alimony. My relationship with my children, now 7 and 4, is a work in progress but positive and getting better.  I've been officially with the Other Woman since May of 16.  We have a house together.  I'll ask her to marry me in the next couple of months. If we are friends on FB/IG you've seen her I suppose although I would appreciate not posting any of that here. So if you ever wonder if anyone falls in love in Las Vegas and stays together, now you have at least one example.

I changed jobs last July from running a 70 million dollar sales org to a 110 million dollar sales org.  I got fired 3 months ago, partly my fault and partly theirs.  But I used my severance to start two new businesses and I've already replaced my income from my previous employer. Outside of health insurance costs for me and my kids I don't have complaints about being back in the business-owner space.  I'm a lot smarter now and know what I'm doing.  

My life has never been better.  Breaking out of the place I was to get to where I am now, as I told my mother, is the difference between a world in black and white and a world in 4k color.  I've never ever been happier, more fulfilled, more with purpose.  I have a relationship with my family after so many lost years. I have a partner with whom I can be honest. I am unencumbered with guilt, shame, and self-disappointment.  I can't get back 12 years of being married to the wrong woman, but I can be grateful to have moved on and make the most of each day.

Cos was right. Nothing wrong with having a little fun, especially when it leads to the best part of life I could imagine. I love her more each day and (tanner "gay") it keeps getting better.

GM was right. It has been hell and my relationship with my kids has been hard, but we are getting there.

Bentley was Bentley.  And for that I am grateful for his friendship

And shuke and I have played Chess the whole time, which has been my sole thread back to this place.

So that's all the news that's fit to print. This thread is my peeps, so all the best to each of you.

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Hmph.

HERD

Really, really happy you've come through this and found happiness, Abe. I genuinely appreciate your story, honesty and outcome. A fantastic reminder that we can affect positive change in our lives with work.

Gay.

While nowhere near as dire, I can unfortunately empathize with some of it. Also unfortunately, our Home Depot doesn't have a parking lot, so I spend my weekend mornings camped out in the middle of 23rd St avoiding traffic and swearing at anybody that honks at me. 

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7 hours ago, Officer Pete Malloy said:

:bye:

Glad to hear everything is going well.

 

 “I would wake up early on Saturday and Sunday before anyone else woke up so I could drive into town and sit in the parking lot at Home Depot smoking and drinking tall boys until lunch...”

Were you looking for day-work?  “necesito 4 hombres para hacer el trabajo”?

Were you ever tempted to take up residence in one of the storage sheds they have on display out front?

"Yo soy un muy bien worker."

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On 5/25/2018 at 9:28 PM, mr. furley said:

7 year old just came down the steps. nobody home in those eyes. mumbled something unintelligible, eyes wide open, sat down on the couch with her blanket and asleep inside of 2 seconds.

guess it's time to bolt the doors and seal the windows shut before she takes a walk around the neighborhood.

All the little kiddos have been dealing with viral infections this week, with one getting hives and my daughter a double ear infection.  She has been a bit....out there the last two days.  Yesterday morning around 5am she woke my wife up and told her to call her "Chocolate".  She has my skin tone.  

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2 hours ago, El Floppo said:

While nowhere near as dire, I can unfortunately empathize with some of it. Also unfortunately, our Home Depot doesn't have a parking lot, so I spend my weekend mornings camped out in the middle of 23rd St avoiding traffic and swearing at anybody that honks at me. 

That was you? 

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2 hours ago, Ignoramus said:

Is it a drive-thru HD?

It's N.Y.  The "Home Depot" is probably just a panel truck that someone has scrawled the words "Home Depot" on the side in Krylon, with a dude hanging out the back asking if you "want to buy some of these extra tools that my manager sent me out to try and unload.  We have too much inventory.  I can give you a real good price."

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I think I inadvertently coined a new term for female masturbation just now.

There is a big rhododendron tree planted just in front of my house, and it had started to lose its annual blooms, which are a gigantic pain to clean up because it's planted in a rock garden and getting them out of there and out of the rest of the plants takes forever.  My yard people come early this week, and I decided to knock down all the blooms so that they would have to clean them up instead of my waiting another two weeks for their next visit or, god forbid, cleaning them up myself.  That might make me a bad person, and I am OK with that.

So I'm out shaking and hitting this tree to knock off the 80 brazilian blooms when a neighborhood dog came by.  I stopped to talk to the dog and then went back to my work, not noticing that the owner was trailing a bit behind him.  The guy started talking to me when I'd turned my back again and scared the #### out of me, to which I exclaimed, "Oh, you caught me punching my Rhody!"

[pause]

"Not a euphemism."

It's probably good that I'm moving soon.

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4 hours ago, General Malaise said:

All the little kiddos have been dealing with viral infections this week, with one getting hives and my daughter a double ear infection.  She has been a bit....out there the last two days.  Yesterday morning around 5am she woke my wife up and told her to call her "Chocolate".  She has my skin tone.  

:lmao:

i'm working on day 9 of that virus. both ears hurt like a mother####er for about 4 days. so tired. so little energy.so little sleep. woke up at 4 today, choked down some Dayquil and watched Liverpool v Real Madrid for a while. came out to work on the yard when the birds started chirping. 

lucky so far that neither of my kids has it.. or at least hasn't complained about not feeling well yet.

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3 hours ago, Officer Pete Malloy said:

Of course

He was a good dog.*

*They're all good dogs, Brent.

3 hours ago, Getzlaf15 said:

How's the new house looking?   How close to being finished?

A little less than two months, allegedly.  I don't have any reason to think that date would slip at this point, but you never know.**

**See, e.g., Redmond Loghorn.

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6 minutes ago, mr. furley said:

it was 54 here last Sunday

it was 95 today

my a/c #### the bed around 7

it's about 83 indoors right now

shoot me

ooo ...sorry.  We just replaced the oldest of our units (25 yrs old) this week for fear of that very same thing happening this summer.  

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1 hour ago, Frostillicus said:

I can’t believe I paid to build a house but I’m damn glad I did. Our first night here and it is glorious. 

We don’t have tv or internet yet so we are watching old dvds of The OC. This show is awesome. 

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12 hours ago, mr. furley said:

it was 54 here last Sunday

it was 95 today

my a/c #### the bed around 7

it's about 83 indoors right now

shoot me

Go to Home Depot.  Sneak past the parking lot drinkers.  Buy a window unit air conditioner.  Everyone hangs out in one room together, door closed, until it’s fixed. 

Then return the air conditioner. 

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3 hours ago, Henry Ford said:

Go to Home Depot.  Sneak past the parking lot drinkers.  Buy a window unit air conditioner.  Everyone hangs out in one room together, door closed, until it’s fixed. 

Then return the air conditioner. 

I put a window unit  in the living room and the bedroom, for the summer, 15 years ago. My wife is from NC, that's how she rolls.  It is remarkably cheaper than running the central air. 

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On 5/27/2018 at 11:57 PM, Frostillicus said:

I can’t believe I paid to build a house but I’m damn glad I did. Our first night here and it is glorious. 

You're welcome.

-scarves everywhere

 

ETA.. but seriously happy you're happy with the new build. The "build" part always sucks, but then you're living in exactly what you want for as long as you want and the "build" part is in the rear view mirror as fodder for anecdotes.

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23 hours ago, DA RAIDERS said:

I put a window unit  in the living room and the bedroom, for the summer, 15 years ago. My wife is from NC, that's how she rolls.  It is remarkably cheaper than running the central air. 

the fad in the Europe is no central air, instead they have those Mitsubishi type single units in each room running off an exterior mounted compressor.  usually a compressor can run up to 3 of these units, which can do a/c and heat.  I have seen some of them now in my neighborhood.  I believe they will become more common in the future.  no sense for me to cool and heat 1200 sq ft upstairs if I am only in one room, may as well use the room unit.  the look isn't that terrible if mounted in the right spot.

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