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2019.03.24 07:25 honolulu_oahu_mod Aloha and welcome to the /r/OahuLounge ~ E Komo Mai!

The O'ahu Lounge is a place for past, current and future visitors to the beautiful islands of Hawai'i.
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The Waikīkī Lounge is a place for past, current and future visitors to the beautiful islands of Hawai'i.
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2023.06.01 00:15 lerhond Wednesday Esports Discussion - May 31

News

Sign-ups open

Road to Nexomania (NA)
NGS Storm Division (NA)

Results

Heroes International Nations Cup - EU qualifier - 2nd stage
VODs: day 6, day 7; YT playlists: Khaldor, Bahamut
Day 6:
Day 7:
Final qualifier standings (top 4 qualify for the LAN):
  1. Germany - 7-0 - darkmok, Deathknight, Dynouh, Gaflo, HasuObs, Niche, Ultralisk
  2. Sweden - 6-1 - captenrex, Henn1ng, Jia, lauber, Skogh, Svamp, Sven
  3. France - 5-2 - BananaH, Daykwaza, Eowea, Mascarade, Nagrom, PandaColada, yasu
  4. Poland - 4-3 - Aether, Alvarus, aryon70, itrax, Lavekall, RydzuSA, Twice
  5. Spain - 3-4
  6. Ukraine - 2-5
  7. Finland - 1-5
  8. Netherlands - 0-7

Schedule

For an always up-to-date calendar of Heroes esports matches and events, check the calendar in the subreddit's sidebar. You can also subscribe to that calendar by following this guide. There's also a calendar on Liquipedia's front page.
The Nations Cup LAN will be played next weekend, on June 10-11. It'll of course be streamed live on Twitch, but you can also attend it at XPERION Berlin - entrance is free! In the meantime, I don't have anything specific on the schedule, but you can check out Nexus Never Dies (EU), Heroes Lounge (EU), or HOTS Unchained (LatAm).
Amateur league stream schedules:

Resources

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2023.05.31 23:44 Regular_Barracuda314 BJC + St. Luke’s merger discussion thread

BJC and St. Luke’s (of Kansas City, not Chesterfield/Des Peres) announced their merger today. Given that they are a major employer here, many people could be affected. I’ve never dealt with St. Luke’s but I’m curious about a culture clash as they are a religious organizations.
https://www.stltoday.com/business/local/bjc-to-combine-with-kansas-city-based-st-lukes/article_28aaa98e-fff1-11ed-af6e-ff7a8c932893.html
https://www.beckershospitalreview.com/hospital-transactions-and-valuation/bjc-st-lukes-eye-integration.html
https://www.kctv5.com/2023/05/31/kcs-st-lukes-st-louis-based-bjc-healthcare-form-joint-health-system/
https://fox2now.com/news/missouri/bjc-healthcare-to-merge-with-kc-based-st-lukes-health-system/amp/
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2023.05.31 23:41 EngineeringOk3975 What other traps do y’all think Du’Met had in the hotel?

It’s a shame we didn’t get to see all of the traps that were alluded to throughout TDIM, but I have a few ideas as to what they could’ve been.
  1. Pool trap. The Guest Notes mentioned Lewis Lee drowning in a pool. Maybe he was chained to the bottom of it and failed to save himself as the water rose, drowning in the process.
  2. Electrocution trap. Based on promos, I thought the Nerve Center would be an electric room where somebody could potentially die. It wasn’t, but with how much of a mechanical genius Du’Met was, it would make sense for him to build an electrocution trap of some kind.
  3. Spike trap. We already saw a trap like this in the prologue, and since Du’Met copied H.H. Holmes, there’s no doubt he had his own spike trap hidden somewhere.
  4. Bomb trap. I thought the mannequin in the furnace would have a bomb in it, but that wasn’t the case. However, Du’Met wasn’t afraid to burn and blow stuff up, so maybe there was a room with a hidden bomb inside of it that exploded if victims weren’t careful.
  5. Lake trap. The Lonnit crew weren’t the only ones to make it outside of the hotel and I’m sure previous victims tried to swim across the lake to escape. Du’Met probably knew that and installed traps in the lake itself. Maybe blades or even nets to catch his victims like fish.
  6. Gun trap. Like in Saw II, perhaps there was a room in the hotel where, if somebody opened or peeked through it, a gun would pop out and shoot them. Du’Met was a firearms expert so that would suit him.
What kinda traps do y’all think were in Du’Met’s Murder Castle? 👀
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2023.05.31 22:48 artxdfw 34 [M4F] fwb & coffee - Dallas

Lets cuddle, get close, fuck, and fuck real bad because warm skins touching is just heaven.
I’m 5’11”, 180 lb, Middle Eastern descent, working professional, doing my grad school, have a family, and busy with a full life. I love what I’m doing, I love and value those around me but there is a side that I need/want/have to explore more.
I’m looking for a sneaky fwb relationship with a woman who is in a somewhat similar situation as I am. It can be either long or short term. I need to live the thrill of doing things in secret. I want to get away from my busy schedule for a quick car bj (I’m a 6”), a sneaky flirty coffee meet up, or cancel things off of my calendar to get to my girl for a half or full day of flirting, cuddling, dirty touching, fucking soft/hardcore, and exploring almost unlimited kinks. Some of my sexual kinks that I’m looking to explore with you is dirty talking and dom play.
I’m usually pretty generous with my partners when we’re together. I’m not a sugar daddy, to be clear, but I love to treat myself and my girl when the goal is to have a good time. I love for my fwb girl to try out some good Mediterranean food that you might not have tried out.
I’m open to any race, age, body type, marital status, social/financial situation. In general I’m pretty open to older ages, larger body types, and even married/in a relationship women, as long as it is drama free. Everything we do needs to be legal. You need to be clean, disease free, and dont smoke (at least when with me). I don't smoke, drink or do drugs. You can drink when you’re with me, but no drugs.
I’m looking for an indoor experience. Meaning I’m not generally interested in spending time going to the movies and/or bars. We can meet the first time in a public place for coffee but after that I’d want to be with you in a bedroom or a hotel suite just enjoying each others company. I love to chat, I’m a good listener, I love to have deeper thoughtful conversations too.
I can host and travel around DFW and even Texas if its worth it. Distance is not an issue to me. In fact I love to spend time cruising the roads with you sharing our music playlists lol.
Let me know how my post came across, and how you feel about it. If you are looking for what I’m looking for message me or send me a chat.
Its around 68 degrees in North Texas and will be like this for the rest of the weekend. This is a serious/real post and i’m looking for a woman who is as serious/real.
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2023.05.31 22:44 Adorable-Lack-3578 St. Charles Improvements

Lots of development. The area still needs a little grocery store for the neighborhood and all the little hotels with no restaurants.
https://www.nola.com/news/business/after-years-of-disinvestment-lower-st-charles-avenue-seeing-a-burst-of-redevelopment/article_cccace04-fc04-11ed-af00-2315c82ca433.html#tncms-source=business-headlines
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2023.05.31 22:36 Routine-Coast-6128 Subleasing at the Vistas San Marcos! Only a few units left so lmk if you’re interested

Subleasing at the Vistas San Marcos! Only a few units left so lmk if you’re interested
Subleasing my Standard bedroom in a 3 bedroom 2 bath apartment at the Vistas San Marcos from August 1st to July 31st 2024. Female only
Address: 401 N Fredericksburg St Apt 1547 San Marcos, TX 78666-5502 United States
-own bedroom -own closet - fully furnished -shared bathroom - shared kitchen and livingroom
Spacious and fully furnished apartment with a pool view balcony. Only a 5 minute walk from campus
Washer and dryer in unit
Parking Garage in complex
Gated apartment complex
Located on the 5th floor
Ps: The original price was $859/ month but with a $75 discount included it is now $834/ month
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2023.05.31 22:08 ArranSketchez Society is there to distract us from our true selves (updated)

Sorry guys, just a few wrong wordings and phrases that made it seem a bit confusing or contradictory. This is now clearer and easier to follow and understand 😇
Socio-psychologist, Erving Goffman, put forward the observation that it's like people play different characters everyday, whether consciously or subconsciously, in order to align and conform to our societal constructs and standards e.g. someone could play the role of a mother, nurse, friend, sister and a customer all in the same day - all of which requires different skills, abilities, regularities, rules, etc. Ever wonder why you come home exhausted with a low "social battery" or notice how different you are in public in comparison to when you're alone in your bedroom? Yeah, that . This suggests that in order to never have a low "social battery" or to never feel dissatisfied with how you are in public, you must conform to your own true standards and values, and not those of societies.
Because most, if not, all standards and constructs within society have been so normalised and common, people quickly grow to expect them to happen without a second thought. So, when someone does not conform to them and shows deviant, irregular behaviour (as mentioned previously, conforming to your own self and nothing else), people don't know how to react because their expectations have turned on their heads, so they either become awkward, offended or hostile. A simple example of this throwing a fork at the dinner table, or having races with shopping trolleys in supermarkets. Other good examples I've seen are from the medical drama "House M.D." Where we see Dr House pulling up to work in rented monster trucks, jumping from hotel roofs into swimming pools and blasting boombox music in the hospital. Be self serving for your own pleasure; don't wait for others to come around and hand it to you on a platter. It's not too extreme, and it isn't outrageously terrible... its just you turning your back on what everyone might expect. You really want to let rules weigh down and bore your life? As Dr House says, "rules are just something stupid people follow because they're incapable of always thinking for themselves."
Nihilism says don't conform to society! It's regular and common, which means it's boring! If you want to fulfill the only life you have and make the most of your time in existence, break away from society! (This is probably the reason why Neiztche moved away into the woods by himself and lived on his own terms). To live like a true nihilist, don't care about how others will respond to your unique behaviour! (Unless you actually want to conform to society and think that's how to fulfill your life... its not tho).
BUTTTT, BUT BUT BUT... You also have the responsibility to behave rationally. I mean, nothing is stopping you from being a complete dick like Mizzy, but nothing is forcing you to either. Just REMEMBER. If you act in a way that deprives someone else from their ability to live, whether through damaging or killing them, it is irrational according to (my view of) nihilism, because preventing the very thing a Nihilist must appreciate makes it unreasonable and illogical; if anything, you should be encouraging people to live to the fullest. (Criminal deviance like murder comes under irrationality - not a moral demand, just an error in logic and reasoning). So too does suicide, as although you're not technically harming anyone else, you're still going against the basis of this form of Nihilism. But ultimately, again, there is nothing stopping you, and it's not like youll recieve eternal damnation; it just comes down to irrationality.
Informal deviancy, however, like rudeness or breaking taboos is fine, chill, its whatever, so is countercultural deviance, which just means to be unconventional and going against the mainstream (so technically being a nihilist automatically makes you a countercultural deviant).
Things like drug/alcohol use, or addiction to any form of anything is also fine, as its your life + nihilism doesn't say to exactly prolong your life, just fulfill your life. It can damage your health physically and mentally, but it does ultimately come down to what you want; either say 'fuck it' and go ahead if it makes you feel good and fulfilled, or say 'na' and choose not to do it to prolong your life span and make room for other things you wanna do.
Pretty much, as long as it isn't irrational in accordance to nihilism, and you're not cutting yourself short of your own and only life, then just say one nice, big Enlightened "FUCK IT" and go right ahead 🤗 Live as you will, and find your true self for happiness. As Neiztche says: Don't regret the past or fear the future, just cherish things in the moment!
APPRECIATE LIFE BY CARING LESS ABOUT LIFE.
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2023.05.31 22:05 riggsindy Tour Dates with Godsmack and Staind

Tour Dates with Godsmack and Staind
If they weren't so damn expensive and they wouldn't have such a short set, I'd consider...
This came in an email, just FYI.
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2023.05.31 21:40 No_Cry5086 Veteran LCMS leaders call for a Change in leadership - voting congregations elect Rev. Dr. Pat Ferry

[Congregationsmatter.org An Open Letter to The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod
As we approach this year’s election for the office of president of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, the question is, “Is it time for a change in our national church leadership?”
The current president, while possessing theological convictions and a strong personality, has had 13 years to lead our Synod to accomplish its stated mission “… vigorously to make known the love of Christ by word and deed within our churches, communities and the world.” The past 13 years have been less than fruitful.
Here are some realities that currently describe our beloved LCMS • Large percentages of our congregations are dying, slowly but surely. • Baptized and confirmed membership numbers continue to decline. • Many congregations have difficulty finding and keeping a pastor. • A dire shortage of pastors has accelerated with historically low seminary enrollments. • Our Synod was recently identified as having the oldest average age of any Christian church body in America. Too many of our children and grandchildren are no longer in our pews with us. • Of our ten historic colleges and universities, three (Selma, Bronxville, Portland) have closed their doors in the past five years. Others are publicly criticized by our president. • Our Synod and Lutheran Church Extension Fund are defendants in a $300 million ascending liability lawsuit intensified by questions of institutional control. • Our Synod’s talented and motivated lay women and men are being kept in the shadows by leadership’s hyper-clerical aggrandizement of ordained clergy. • Lutheran Hour Ministries, LWML, and other parachurch organizations provide missional leadership on many fronts, while our national church body remains focused on the past. National leadership fails to inspire Lutheran Christians today to a bold, transforming witness in an increasingly secular world. We are called to be Christ’s ambassadors! (II Cor. 5:20)
Though a leader is not totally responsible for everything that occurs in an organization, what a leader says and does, his voice and vision, contribute greatly to the organization’s success.
Facing significant election opposition, our current president is asking for one more term. The question “For what reason?” is begged. What meaningful initiatives are underway that would be accomplished by maintaining the current administration for an additional three years?
We need a leader who is not only committed to Holy Scripture and the Lutheran Confessions, but one who is also attentive to the huge challenges facing our congregations and church workers and is dedicated to strengthening and encouraging our congregations, institutions, and organizations.
Wouldn’t it be great if we had an effective national leader who … • Keeps the Gospel at the forefront of everything including all social and ecclesiastical issues. • Encourages and advocates for our workers and ministries to walk together in proclaiming the Good News of Jesus Christ. • Empowers and encourages local congregations to reach out into their communities with the love of Jesus for all people. • Is a collaborative communicator who uses the District Presidents and other national, regional, and local LCMS leaders to work through issues and move Christ’s Church ahead in mission. • Shares and implements a mission vision for the church, with a strategic vision, to reach the mission goals. • Trusts God, and the priesthood of all believers, to appreciate and celebrate the diversity God is giving us in the church and lets the Spirit lead. • Is truthful and transparent, even-tempered, and evangelical, personal and professional. • Is as humble and graceful in personal relationships as he is in public appearances. • Is inspirational and visionary, respectful of the past yet focused on the future. • Demonstrates by words and actions his commitment to Christian witness and evangelical proclamation of God’s love in Jesus.
Under new leadership what could be different? • A welcome change in leadership—style, tone, personality, and, more substantially, a change in priorities, approach, and outlook as we go forward together. • In spite of the decline of Christianity in the US, our priority would still be to bear witness to our unchanging hope in Christ with an unbelieving world. • Our approach would be not merely to complain about all the things in our broken world that we are against, but mainly to proclaim who we are for—Jesus, who is for us, and who came to seek and save the lost. • Our support for Lutheran education at all levels would be an excellent priority. An approach that reflects confidence in educators serving in our schools, and trust that these colleagues are best able to connect faith and learning within their setting would be a welcome change. • The Church would do well to embrace this opportunity and become the staunchest champion of Lutheran education rather than its sharpest critic. • Division and factionalism would be replaced with a willingness to work together with mutual respect, trust, and support—to have each other’s backs rather than talking behind them. We need different kinds of churches to reach all kinds of people. • Ours is a Church body known for our commitment to the truth of God’s Word. Ours could also become known as people of God who engage others winsomely and compassionately so that our witness to the love of Christ might, by all means, win some!
Given the critical challenges facing the LCMS, is it time for a change in our national church body’s leadership? Many believe it is! May the Lord of the Church bless the future efforts of the Synod we so dearly love, vigorously to make known the love of Christ!
As leaders and formers leaders in The Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, we agree with the above concerns and endorse Pat Ferry for our next synod president.
Ray Mirly, President Emeritus, Missouri District
Tom Ries, President Emeritus, Concordia University, St. Paul
Viji George, President Emeritus, Concordia College, New York
Anthony Steinbronn, President Emeritus, New Jersey District
David Buegler, President Emeritus, Ohio District, former LCMS VP
Gerald Kieschnick, President Emeritus LCMS
Roy Maack, President Emeritus, Southeastern District
Warren Schumacher, President Emeritus, Northwest District
Orville Walz, President Emeritus, Concordia University, Seward
Ronald Meyer, President Emeritus, South Wisconsin District
Tom Cedel, President Emeritus, Concordia University, Texas
Will Sohns, President Emeritus Wyoming District, Former Chair of CCM
Kurtis Schultz, President Emeritus, Southeran District
Gerhard Michael, President Emeritus, Florida-Georgia District
Ken Hennings, President Emeritus, Texas District
Keith Kohlmeier, President Emeritus, Kansas District
Kurt Krueger, President Emeritus, Concordia University, Irvine
Larry Stoterau, President Emeritus, Pacific Southwest District
Dale Meyer, President Emeritus, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis
Jon Diefenthaler, President Emeritus, Southeastern District
John Nunes, Past President and CEO Lutheran World Relief and Concordia College, New York
](https://Congregationsmatter.org)An Open Letter to The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod
As we approach this year’s election for the office of president of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, the question is, “Is it time for a change in our national church leadership?”
The current president, while possessing theological convictions and a strong personality, has had 13 years to lead our Synod to accomplish its stated mission “… vigorously to make known the love of Christ by word and deed within our churches, communities and the world.” The past 13 years have been less than fruitful.
Here are some realities that currently describe our beloved LCMS
• Large percentages of our congregations are dying, slowly but surely.
• Baptized and confirmed membership numbers continue to decline.
• Many congregations have difficulty finding and keeping a pastor.
• A dire shortage of pastors has accelerated with historically low seminary enrollments.
• Our Synod was recently identified as having the oldest average age of any Christian church body in America. Too many of our children and grandchildren are no longer in our pews with us.
• Of our ten historic colleges and universities, three (Selma, Bronxville, Portland) have closed their doors in the past five years. Others are publicly criticized by our president.
• Our Synod and Lutheran Church Extension Fund are defendants in a $300 million ascending liability lawsuit intensified by questions of institutional control.
• Our Synod’s talented and motivated lay women and men are being kept in the shadows by leadership’s hyper-clerical aggrandizement of ordained clergy.
• Lutheran Hour Ministries, LWML, and other parachurch organizations provide missional leadership on many fronts, while our national church body remains focused on the past. National leadership fails to inspire Lutheran Christians today to a bold, transforming witness in an increasingly secular world. We are called to be Christ’s ambassadors! (II Cor. 5:20)
Though a leader is not totally responsible for everything that occurs in an organization, what a leader says and does, his voice and vision, contribute greatly to the organization’s success.
Facing significant election opposition, our current president is asking for one more term. The question “For what reason?” is begged. What meaningful initiatives are underway that would be accomplished by maintaining the current administration for an additional three years?
We need a leader who is not only committed to Holy Scripture and the Lutheran Confessions, but one who is also attentive to the huge challenges facing our congregations and church workers and is dedicated to strengthening and encouraging our congregations, institutions, and organizations.
Wouldn’t it be great if we had an effective national leader who …
• Keeps the Gospel at the forefront of everything including all social and ecclesiastical issues.
• Encourages and advocates for our workers and ministries to walk together in proclaiming the Good News of Jesus Christ.
• Empowers and encourages local congregations to reach out into their communities with the love of Jesus for all people.
• Is a collaborative communicator who uses the District Presidents and other national, regional, and local LCMS leaders to work through issues and move Christ’s Church ahead in mission.
• Shares and implements a mission vision for the church, with a strategic vision, to reach the mission goals.
• Trusts God, and the priesthood of all believers, to appreciate and celebrate the diversity God is giving us in the church and lets the Spirit lead.
• Is truthful and transparent, even-tempered, and evangelical, personal and professional.
• Is as humble and graceful in personal relationships as he is in public appearances.
• Is inspirational and visionary, respectful of the past yet focused on the future.
• Demonstrates by words and actions his commitment to Christian witness and evangelical proclamation of God’s love in Jesus.
Under new leadership what could be different?
• A welcome change in leadership—style, tone, personality, and, more substantially, a change in priorities, approach, and outlook as we go forward together.
• In spite of the decline of Christianity in the US, our priority would still be to bear witness to our unchanging hope in Christ with an unbelieving world.
• Our approach would be not merely to complain about all the things in our broken world that we are against, but mainly to proclaim who we are for—Jesus, who is for us, and who came to seek and save the lost.
• Our support for Lutheran education at all levels would be an excellent priority. An approach that reflects confidence in educators serving in our schools, and trust that these colleagues are best able to connect faith and learning within their setting would be a welcome change.
• The Church would do well to embrace this opportunity and become the staunchest champion of Lutheran education rather than its sharpest critic.
• Division and factionalism would be replaced with a willingness to work together with mutual respect, trust, and support—to have each other’s backs rather than talking behind them. We need different kinds of churches to reach all kinds of people.
• Ours is a Church body known for our commitment to the truth of God’s Word. Ours could also become known as people of God who engage others winsomely and compassionately so that our witness to the love of Christ might, by all means, win some!
Given the critical challenges facing the LCMS, is it time for a change in our national church body’s leadership? Many believe it is! May the Lord of the Church bless the future efforts of the Synod we so dearly love, vigorously to make known the love of Christ!
As leaders and formers leaders in The Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, we agree with the above concerns and endorse Pat Ferry for our next synod president.
Ray Mirly, President Emeritus, Missouri District
Tom Ries, President Emeritus, Concordia University, St. Paul
Viji George, President Emeritus, Concordia College, New York
Anthony Steinbronn, President Emeritus, New Jersey District
David Buegler, President Emeritus, Ohio District, former LCMS VP
Gerald Kieschnick, President Emeritus LCMS
Roy Maack, President Emeritus, Southeastern District
Warren Schumacher, President Emeritus, Northwest District
Orville Walz, President Emeritus, Concordia University, Seward
Ronald Meyer, President Emeritus, South Wisconsin District
Tom Cedel, President Emeritus, Concordia University, Texas
Will Sohns, President Emeritus Wyoming District, Former Chair of CCM
Kurtis Schultz, President Emeritus, Southeran District
Gerhard Michael, President Emeritus, Florida-Georgia District
Ken Hennings, President Emeritus, Texas District
Keith Kohlmeier, President Emeritus, Kansas District
Kurt Krueger, President Emeritus, Concordia University, Irvine
Larry Stoterau, President Emeritus, Pacific Southwest District
Dale Meyer, President Emeritus, Concordia Seminary, St. Louis
Jon Diefenthaler, President Emeritus, Southeastern District
John Nunes, Past President and CEO Lutheran World Relief and Concordia College, New York
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2023.05.31 21:08 acceberbex Best spa breaks on IoW for a small group

Has anyone been to a spa on the island that they'd recommend?
Thinking nice atmosphere, good food on site (light lunches), option for treatment (massage, facial type thing), pool, jacuzzi, maybe a variety of steam rooms/saunas (different fragrances maybe). Maybe offers a spa break with accommodation but I'm sure there will be places to stay nearby if there isn't accommodation at the spa.
It's for a small group for a celebration so looking for something a little more special than "hotel with a pool and jacuzzi on the edge of the pool" type thing
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2023.05.31 20:51 Shwingalokate 1964 Topps Giants Bob Gibson #41 Beckett Graded 6.5 - $45 including shipping

1964 Topps Giants Bob Gibson #41 Beckett Graded 6.5 - $45 including shipping
Paypal G&S preferred please. Thank you.
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2023.05.31 20:45 BruhEmperor The Military Crisis of 1890 American Interflow Timeline

The Military Crisis of 1890 American Interflow Timeline
The Military's Splendor
President Thomas Custer vowed in his election campaign to "Eradicate anything that could be a hinderance to our nation's unity.", noting the theocratic Revelationists and revolutionary Communards as his reference for this claim. When Custer stepped into office, his first concern was to fulfil this promise to ensure trust in his new government. Beginning on October 4th and organized by the new Attorney General Jesse Root Grant II and Secretary of Public Safety Lyon G. Tyler plus getting a $2,500,000 budget from Congress, Custer indirectly led a group of 8,000 militiamen to begin a nation-wide search and manhunt of anyone suspected of associating with the groups.
Occurring from October 4th to December 23rd, over 75,000 people were captured on suspect of being 'radicalized' in the so-called 'Custer Raids', with Custer even personally joining a raid on a Memphis church which was a hideout of Revelationists. The final blow to the radical movement was when Revelationist leader William D. Hoard was captured at a rural town in Wisconsin on December 14th while Communard leader Dyer Lum was captured in northern Pennsylvania on December 21st. The whole operation officially ended on December 23rd, with over 62,000 people actually found guilty of things like sedition and inciting rebellion, though Custer personally asked to not give any of them death sentences. Although some radical remnants persisted across the country, the operation was deemed a success as the major threats were now dealt with. About 700 people were killed during the raids itself, due to their resistance, suicide, or by accident.
On January 31st, after most of the perpetrators were sentenced, Custer proclaimed in a speech, "The woes of the overthrow of our republic is no more, the end of this terror has been seen, we shall now live in peace knowing that the crisis had persisted over 4 years is no more", Custer then announced the end of the state of martial law soon. Though many were praising him, unfortunately for the president, those cheers would be soon short-lived as another crisis was on the horizon.
Depiction of an anti-Revelationist raid in New Orleans, Louisiana
The Military's Hand
Martial law was officially lifted on March 4th, 1890, exactly one year after Custer took office, and 9 whole years after the Philadelphia Decree. However an unexpected side effect of ending martial law quickly was the reaction by the military, the military was promised heavy compensation by Custer for the probable loss of men, power, and overall prestige that would come of ending martial law. However when martial law finally ended, many of the armed forces were discharged without any job guarantees, leaving thousands of former servicemen unemployed and even desolate. It didn't help that the very military-weary Congress passed bills to heavily reduce to power to the military, restricting only to 24,000 men from its 32,000 previously, reduction in equipment, reduction in salary, and they could no longer freely investigate for radicals without Congressional approval.
Commanding General of the US Army John Schofield said about the restrictions as "...needlessly unfair and immobilizing, and it clearly shows the lack of concern our government now gives to our armed forces.. The growing unrest in the military prompted an unsatisfactory response by Custer that these changes were only for the time being, resulting in deep distrust growing against the government. Six months had passed and the restrictions had not been lifted, causing many to be finally fed up for their situation, thousands of unemployed veterans organized in outside the White House demanding the bonuses allegedly promised by Custer. The demonstration lasted a full day on September 24th before D.C. police dispersed the crowd and the veterans' calls being rejected on basis that the government couldn't afford it on the time being as the economy had stagnated.
This event caused a major scandal that divided the nation once again, as some were sympathetic to the military's cries as some saw them as asking too much from an already traumatized nation. A group that certainly wasn't happy about the ordeal was the military itself, outraged that their fellow servicemen were humiliated by order of the government, they began demonstrations across the country demanding better pay, the bonuses promised, and some more extreme even demanded a return of some of the powers they had during martial law. A major demonstration in St. Louis, where multiple raids against the radicals occurred, led to the police clashing the 200 or so demonstrators leading to multiple injured. Custer tried to quell the unrest by promising to lift some restrictions the next month, some in the military involved in the demonstrations like Major Arthur MacArthur, Colonel Harrison Gray Otis, and the aforementioned John Schofield were satisfied with Custer's promise and tried to call off the demonstrations. But more extreme factions of the military saw it as too little of a compensation, led by Officer Jacob H. Smith and First Lieutenant J. Franklin Bell, the extremist faction of the military demanded that their calls be more extreme met immediately.
A military demonstration in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania
The Military's Action Their calls were rejected once again, which was followed by a boost in salary, an increase in supplies and equipment, and bonuses being slowly handed out by early November, which satisfied many of those demonstrating. But once again the extremist members of the military still demanded some of the powers given to them during martial law, these men began to organize and even threatened to make the changes by force. The extremists even got some Congressional support from militarists and some in the new Reactionary Movement (more on this in Custer's full term) like Representative Clifton Breckinridge (C-AR), although the majority, especially the populists, were opposed to any more military power. Speaker Alexander S. Clay (C-GA) stating about the affair, "Those who call for the increased power of the armed forces clearly had not felt any trauma and pain from the martial law era that so many have felt.", Secretary of State Francis Cockrell also states, "Are we not the ones who feared for our lives during the time martial law? Are we not the ones who feared they would be taken from our homes and executed in a mud ditch? Everything done by the administration is completely justified."
Rumors of a possible military rebellion spread across the nation, although some dismissed the rumor, though the rumor began to spread across the world. French Prime Minister Georges-Eugene Haussmann visited New York City and the Hancock D.C. and met with President Custer on November 20th, although he decided to cut his supposed 10 day trip in half as he heard about the rumors. Although many dismissed it at first, the persisting anger of the extremists of the armed forces would change their minds. And turns out, they weren't wrong after all.
French Prime Minister Georges-Eugene Haussmann
The culmination occurred on December 15th, where 750 extremists from the military gathered outside the White House, with Jacob H. Smith and J. Franklin Bell leading the demonstration. Being armed, they once again demanded the restoration of the powers during martial law and claimed "...we aren't going to need to ask next time.", also threatening to fight back if the police is sent to disperse them. With a military coup d'état possibly on the horizon and the government couped out in the now exposed capital, the clock is simply ticking on what to do next as echoes of Andrew Jackson's July Coup back in 1831 spread across the halls of Congress as people brace for a ‘December Coup’. Outright accepting the extremists' demands is political suicide so possibly a compromise favorable to the extremists' demands is in order? Or maybe we stand our group against them and hope for the best? Standing down and negotiating could save the our demonocracy and is the smart move to play, yet could give the military immense power, as standing our group would be noble, but could led to full blown military rule. The situation is tricky and only God knows how we will end up, although many can agree on one thing, there will be blood.
Jacob H. Smith and J. Franklin Bell
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2023.05.31 20:18 Dismal-Jellyfish Federal Reserve Alert! Get ready for a new 'recession' definition! From today's Fed beige book - May 31, 2023: "Demand for transportation services was down, especially in trucking, where contacts reported there was a "freight recession.""

Federal Reserve Alert! Get ready for a new 'recession' definition! From today's Fed beige book - May 31, 2023:

https://www.federalreserve.gov/monetarypolicy/beigebook20230531.htm

Overall Economic Activity

  • Economic activity was little changed overall in April and early May.
  • Four Districts reported small increases in activity, six no change, and two slight to moderate declines.
  • Expectations for future growth deteriorated a little, though contacts still largely expected a further expansion in activity.
  • Consumer expenditures were steady or higher in most Districts, with many noting growth in spending on leisure and hospitality.
  • Education and healthcare organizations saw steady activity on balance. Manufacturing activity was flat to up in most Districts, and supply chain issues continued to improve.
  • Demand for transportation services was down, especially in trucking, where contacts reported there was a "freight recession."
  • Residential real estate activity picked up in most Districts despite continued low inventories of homes for sale.
  • Commercial construction and real estate activity decreased overall, with the office segment continuing to be a weak spot.
  • Outlooks for farm income fell in most districts, and energy activity was flat to down amidst lower natural gas prices.
  • Financial conditions were stable or somewhat tighter in most Districts. Contacts in several Districts noted a rise in consumer loan delinquencies, which were returning closer to pre-pandemic levels.
  • High inflation and the end of Covid-19 benefits continued to stress the budgets of low- and moderate-income households, driving increased demand for social services, including food and housing.

Labor Markets

  • Employment increased in most Districts, though at a slower pace than in previous reports.
  • Overall, the labor market continued to be strong, with contacts reporting difficulty finding workers across a wide range of skill levels and industries.
  • That said, contacts across Districts also noted that the labor market had cooled some, highlighting easier hiring in construction, transportation, and finance.
  • Many contacts said they were fully staffed, and some reported they were pausing hiring or reducing headcounts due to weaker actual or prospective demand or to greater uncertainty about the economic outlook.
  • Staffing firms reported slower growth in demand.
  • As in the last report, wages grew modestly.

Prices

  • Prices rose moderately over the reporting period, though the rate of increase slowed in many Districts.
  • Contacts in most Districts expected a similar pace of price increases in the coming months.
  • Consumer prices continued to move up due to solid demand and rising costs, though several Districts noted greater price sensitivity by consumers than in the prior report.
  • Overall, nonlabor input costs rose, but many contacts said cost pressures had eased and noted price declines for some inputs, such as shipping and certain raw materials.
  • Home prices and rents rose slightly on balance in most Districts, after little growth in the prior period.

TLDRS:

  • Demand for transportation services was down, especially in trucking, where contacts reported there was a "freight recession."
  • As in the last report, wages grew modestly.
  • Prices rose moderately over the reporting period
  • Consumers are lighting up the leisure and hospitality scene, education and healthcare are holding steady, and manufacturing is keeping its head above water, despite lingering and improving 'supply chain' drama.
  • Tighter financial conditions are leading to a spike in consumer loan delinquencies.
    • Meanwhile, high inflation and the end of Covid-19 benefits are pushing low and moderate-income households to the brink.
  • In terms of employment, it's a mixed bag.
    • Finding workers is like a game of hide and seek across many industries, but hiring in construction, transportation, and finance is becoming less of a mission.
    • Wages grew modestly, keeping pace with rising prices...
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Highlights by Federal Reserve District
Boston Business activity was flat on average. Modest revenue increases were reported among retail, restaurant, and manufacturing contacts. Labor demand weakened for a wide range of positions but headcounts declined only slightly. Wage and price pressures eased further on average but some sizable price increases were reported. The outlook was cautiously optimistic.
New York Regional economic activity declined at a moderate pace, with ongoing weakness in the manufacturing sector. Still, the labor market has remained solid, though there have been scattered signs of cooling due to heightened uncertainty. Inflationary pressures remained persistent. Conditions in the broad finance sector continued to worsen.
Philadelphia Business activity continued to decline slightly during the current Beige Book period. Contacts reported positive consumer sales, but that relatively high profit margins mean that volumes may be down. Labor availability improved, and employment grew slightly. Wage growth and inflation continued to subside. Contacts worried about the debt ceiling and bank failures but maintained positive expectations for growth over the next six months.
Cleveland Economic activity and employment were generally stable in the Fourth District, while cost and price pressures were little changed. Most firms indicated they were somewhat concerned about the standstill in Congress over raising the debt ceiling; however, these concerns did not appear to impact firms' outlooks for activity in the coming months.
Richmond The regional economy was little changed in recent weeks. Consumer spending on retail goods declined slightly but spending on travel and tourism picked up moderately. A lack of inventory ordering by retailers was felt in the manufacturing and transportation sectors. Commercial real estate activity and lending softened. Employment increased modestly and price growth eased slightly but remained robust, overall.
Atlanta Economic activity grew gradually. Labor markets became less tight, and wage pressures eased. Nonlabor costs moderated, on balance. Retail sales softened. Sales of new autos were solid. Leisure travel softened to pre-pandemic levels, and business travel increased. Housing demand was strong. Transportation activity declined. Energy demand was robust. Agriculture conditions slowed.
Chicago Economic activity was little changed. Employment increased moderately; nonbusiness contacts saw a small increase in activity; consumer and business spending were flat; and activity decreased modestly both for manufacturing and for construction and real estate. Prices and wages rose moderately, while financial conditions tightened modestly. Expectations for farm incomes in 2023 decreased some.
St. Louis Economic conditions have remained unchanged since our previous report. Labor markets remained tight, but reports of easing increased. Firms reported margin compression due to an inability to pass on input price increases. Residential real estate was largely unchanged, but demand for commercial properties weakened. The outlook worsened slightly due to concerns about weakening demand and macro uncertainty.
Minneapolis The region's economy grew slightly since early April. Labor demand was healthy, and wage pressures were high, but there were also significant layoffs. Price increases were generally modest, but levels remained high. Some manufacturers said input costs decreased, but most reported no change. Consumer spending rose modestly, and travel was strong. Minority-and women-owned firms saw a slight decrease in activity.
Kansas City Total economic activity across the Tenth District changed little during May. Job growth continued to slow, despite the number of job openings remaining elevated, as businesses were reportedly more selective in their hiring. Most businesses indicated price growth for finished products will likely moderate over the coming year. Growth in housing rental rates was also expected to moderate, even though it remains elevated in many parts of the District.
Dallas Modest growth continued, with revenue gains in the service and retail sectors. Housing contacts noted a decent spring selling season and stable prices. Credit conditions tightened further, and loan demand continued to decline. Payrolls rose moderately, and wage growth remained stubbornly elevated. Outlooks continued to worsen, and contacts voiced concern over waning demand, rising interest rates, and the overall health of the economy.
San Francisco Economic activity expanded somewhat. Employment levels were stable amid tight labor market conditions, while wage and price growth moderated further. Retail sales grew modestly, and activity in the services picked up somewhat. Manufacturing activity was robust, while conditions in the agriculture sector weakened slightly. Residential and commercial real estate activity fell, and conditions in the financial sector worsened modestly.
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2023.05.31 20:15 Mizzno [H] Games [W] Lost Ruins, Lone Fungus, Offers

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2023.05.31 19:58 fxd Bicycle Services

Hello!
I figured I would start here first as Reddit folks are often great.
I am starting a new business for bicycle service, classes, rentals and tours. We are just now starting to seriously look for people who are interested in getting in on the ground floor so to speak. It’s not a big money making scheme, we are instead looking to build a small sustainable community focused business offering personalized adult and youth mechanical classes, regular maintenance with pickup and drop off service, some sales of parts and a unique mobile model that will hopefully see us “pop up” around town and at local trails and parks.
My partner and I are fifteen year veterans of the bicycle industry and very underwhelmed with the quality of service centers in St Louis. We see a niche to fill with our focus on teaching people about their bikes, offering no ego service and the best possible care for your bike. Along with some of the best products for cyclists on the market today.
If you are interested at all I would love to begin building a small roster of bike enthusiasts that would like to be part of the newest bike biz in town.
We have much grander plans if we can make the first steps (!). Stay tuned….
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2023.05.31 19:30 David_Zemon Video suggestions for learning to kart?

I'm holding a party at Victory Raceway in St. Louis in a couple weeks. Attendees will range from me (an autocrosser with 5 years experience and essentially zero karting experience) to my family and non-car-enthusiast friends who may not even know what an "apex" is (in the context of driving).
I've done a brief search on YouTube had a bit of a hard time finding something appropriate. I'd love either a 15-30 minute video or a series of shorter ones that starts with "this is what the geometric racing line looks like" and ends with some differences between racing karts and cars.
Thank you in advance for any help!
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2023.05.31 19:19 Important_Chef_4717 Mom dragged my daughter into the pool, causing me to pack both kids up and leave early…..only to find out that she canceled our plane tickets home.

So my parents live 1500 miles away, making visits kind of arduous. I agreed to rent a car and pay for 2 hotel nights (she lives a bit far from airport), along with a couple restaurant outings and excursions for all of us if she paid for the airline tickets. We’ve done this before and it’s worked just fine, but we’ve also done it where I’ve reimbursed her (she wants the mileage rewards). Everything goes fine-ish until we arrive at her house where we discover that my daughter will be sleeping on a yoga mat and my son and I will share a foam roller. I jokingly said I’d just buy a couple of blow up mattresses because my kids are teenagers now and I’m far too old to be sleeping on the floor. She was upset, so I dropped the idea. Surely we can survive for 5 days on the floor. Day 3 she has my son mow her horse paddocks and muck all morning, then tells us we’re going to the community pool. We had already been swimming 3x, so we weren’t really in the mood. Especially when it was a holiday weekend and the pool was packed. My son and I definitively said we’d not be swimming at all, but my daughter said she’d put her feet in. She just didn’t want to swim as I had blow dried and curled her hair (and my mom’s) that morning. My mom starts in on her as soon as we arrive with how she’s definitely swimming, but my daughter holds firm and says she’s not. She will sit on the edge and put her feet in. She reminds my stepdad, who tells her that’s fine. It’s not fine. Once my parents are in the pool, they start telling her she’s going in one way or another and my mom gets out of the pool to push her from behind while my stepdad grabs her ankles and drags her. Daughter freaks out and holds on as tight as she can to the railing, but she’s no match for two adults. She can swim just fine, but she’s dunked as soon as she’s fully in the pool (she doesn’t know who pushes her head under) and then my stepdad says “well now your hair is wet so you can just have fun”. She was scared, but couldn’t see me or her brother because the pool was so crowded, so she stayed with my parents for about 10 minutes with a fake smile plastered on her face. She got out and came to tell me, but couldn’t really tell me everything as my mom was about 3 steps behind her. I just packed my kids up and went back to their house because I felt like she had a weird look in her eyes and my mom had a strange look. Once my daughter told us what happened, I was furious but said I’d talk to my parents about it. The talk went poorly. They “apologized” to her by telling her that she was fine and she was having a good time and she can swim blah blah blah. She was NOT fine; the backs of her thighs and lower booty were scraped up by being dragged and she was terrified. I told the kids to pack up because we don’t want them to ever think abuse is okay, even if it’s family. Both of my parents forced my kids to hug them goodbye and told them I was a bad mother for teaching them it’s okay to just runaway. I was loading the car during that exchange. We drove to the airport, arriving extremely late and I moved our return flights up. Did the online checkin, got a hotel so we could catch a couple hours of sleep on real beds. Downloaded our boarding passes to apple wallet morning of our flight and went through TSA. Once we got up to our gate, I had a weird feeling and checked our flight again. All 3 were cancelled. I freaked out and went to customer service, who were extremely helpful. I was able to repurchase 2 tickets but 1 had already been resold. I burst into tears because I really couldn’t leave myself behind or one of the kids and I had already turned in our rental car. The agent ended up putting one ticket in business class and didn’t charge me. We didn’t end up being stranded…….. but my husband (who didn’t attend this trip) is so furious that she put her own grandchildren in this situation that he’s not ever going to allow her access to them again. I think I agree with him, but I have also had to admit that the emotional manipulation and control is something that she’s done since I was a teenager myself. I’ve just been grey rocking her for so long that I missed a lot of warning signs. The only reason I even reacted this time was because she had targeted my daughter with demeaning comments this entire trip. It suddenly clicked and it’s probably the first time my mom has successfully gotten an emotional response from me in 20 years.
My kids immediately blocked her everywhere. I haven’t, but I am not sure if I should send her a text or email letting her know that the airline agent could see exactly when she canceled the tickets and her rewards account was suspended for malicious behavior? Then block her on everything? I just don’t know. The amount of money I spent to just get us home safely was insane, but we just needed to go home where we’re loved unconditionally by my husband’s parents.
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2023.05.31 19:12 bronzewtf Rally to Raise the Wage with Senator Bernie Sanders in Durham, NC on Thursday, June 1, 2023 at 7 PM

RSVP today to say you'll join Bernie in Durham, NC on Thursday, June 1 to rally our progressive movement in support of raising the minimum wage to $17 an hour.
Rally to Raise the Wage with Senator Bernie Sanders Thursday, June 1 Event starts at 7 p.m.
Hayti Heritage Center 804 Old Fayetteville St Durham, NC 27701
Street parking is available nearby. There is a large parking lot across the street in Heritage Square. Attendees are encouraged to car pool and take ride shares. GoDurham bus numbers 5, 7, and 8 all have stops within a 10 minute walk of the venue. The Durham Amtrak train station is 1.3 miles away.
https://www.facebook.com/events/211695118344954/
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2023.05.31 19:03 missourahallegedly [SELL] [US] Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer - Prussian Blue w/ carrying case & attachments.

PHOTOS: https://imgur.com/a/aQ2cC7G
(also, I might have imgur-ed wrong, my verification is in the last photo and this isn't NSFW lol)
FYI:
Paid $429.99, asking $300 OBO +/- shipping
Available for public pickup in St. Louis, Missouri OR shipping
Purchased in spring 2022. Fell out of love with blow drying my hair. Used five or so times
Missing originally included comb & hair brush for sanitary reasons
Smoke-free home, I do have a cat and have used this once since I got said cat.
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2023.05.31 19:02 Volt_Princess Why do some people assume front desk doesn't do anything?

I've been working front desk for almost two years now at a generic American hotel. And what I want to tell people is we don't just check people in, authorize cards, and out and hand them towels. We also stock the hotel shop, clean lobby bathrooms, the pool pathrooms and pool area, vacuum and mop the lobby, we take out trash all around the inside and outside of the hotel, we clean up biohazards from nasty people, we deal with guests who scream at us, threaten us, get drunk, get high, and destroy property. We get sexually harassed by asshole gueats. We also have to deal with kicking out some of these unruly guests and calling the cops. We also go up and fix PTAC issues, internet issues, TV issues. I have responded to vomit spills, shit explosions, pets making messes everywhere, DV issues, flooding issues, toilets backing up and clogging, you name it. I also change lightbulbs in rooms, and have worked on garbage disposal issues. We also deal with billing issues, complaints, you name it. I also have to act as sales at times as well. Even at front desk, they work you to the bone. You name it, we have also dealt with it. I have dealt with all of it. And all for less than $15 per hour. So, if we are away from the desk for a little bit, please don't be angry with us. We can't help it that we are given all these other responsibilities outside of being at the desk that we have to do. I am only one person, and I'm worn out and wanting to quit. I have no choice but to do what my managers tell me to do because I have to pay bills, and I don't want my other coworkers also being overloaded. Please be patient with us. We are not robots.
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2023.05.31 19:02 StLouis_Statistics Updated St Louis Unemployment Figures released May 31, 2023

Official unemployment figures for the St Louis economy were updated today. Numbers for March have been finalized and preliminary figures for April have now been made available.
March
The unemployment rate remained flat at 2.8% in March. 11,490 positions were added, but 11,475 workers entering the labor force balanced out the unemployment rate. The overall Nonfarm Payrolls figure did not change significantly. No individual sector saw significant employment changes.
April (preliminary)
The unemployment rate fell to 2.7% in April. 9,233 positions were added, with only 7,465 workers entering the labor force causing the unemployment rate decrease. Nonfarm payrolls increased by 10,200. No individual sector saw significant employment changes.
*StLouis_Statistics is a public service account committed to making /StLouis a better informed community.
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2023.05.31 17:43 m80mike I Was a Foreman at the Grazer Tower Demolition

Summary: A demolition firm struggles to take down a damaged building for their mysterious clients
I Was a Foreman at the Grazer Tower Demolition
By now Grazer Tower has faded as a household name but to some the rumors and madness surrounding it refuse to die. The demolition of the massive three hundred twenty foot octagonal hotel left a gap in the Atlanta skyline but little fondness in anyone's hearts. I have no particular first hand insight into the freak lightning strikes on the 30th floor atrium which killed 13 people but I am willing to tell my side of the story about the demolition effort leading to the botched implosion. I tell this as a full, open, and honest disclosure. The legal maneuvering and ink has dried, all of the dead are buried, and all the bleeding stopped. The scars remain, the pain persists, the things I saw there are burned in my head even after they've been discredited into the conspiracy theory woodwork of the internet. The lightning storm struck on a Sunday afternoon and the next day for all we knew the bodies were still warm when a lawyer representing the owners of Grazer Tower entered our corporate office. I look back on it now with open and clear eyes and realize it was all very strange from the start when my Lead Foreman, Tom, and I were called into the meeting in progress.
The lawyer and now our client, looked like a fairly normal man in his mid thirties aside from his impeccably white suit which was ironed to the point of looking like stone rather than cloth. Beside the white suit his lips were an uncomfortable maroon and glossy. Besides this he spoke in a plain, clear, and disarming manner refraining from legalese and maintaining a firm but not imposing eye contract with whomever he was speaking directly to.
He told us in no uncertain terms he was instructed to contract with our firm to take down his client's building. Tom and I were shocked when we heard this after all, the lightning disaster, while tragic and perhaps undeservedly tarnishing in the short term to the Grazer Hotel's reputation, did not render the structure unusable nor unsafe to its surroundings. The worst damage was that the steel dome of the 30th floor atrium had collapsed into the vaulted restaurant and ballroom of the 29th floor but that's where the structure damage started and ended, in fact aside from the 28th, 29th, and 30th floor, city engineers working overnight already declared the building sound. So while perhaps still time consuming and costly, repairing the building was definitely possible and cost effective but owners, to make an analogy, were basically insisting on totaling a car after a minor parking lot fender bender. They gave us a specific date by which the building needed to be taken down. When our Boss, Jim, rebuffed the lawyer, not only because the date was challenging and soon but also because it was possible we could have it dropped BEFORE the date specified. The lawyer insisted the building go down on the date given – not later and not earlier. Jim swallowed hard and then glanced at Tom and I. Then the lawyer involved the name of the head of the owner's group, a Mr. Rohmer.
Mr. Rohmer, according to the lawyer, was offering our firm one hundred percent of the cost upfront and another twenty perfect of the total cost plus any overruns – stating if the implosion came early or late, it would mean all very little – no, that's no a typo, that's how the lawyer phrased it from his client, Mr. Rohmer. With that detail out of the way, you can see how the car totaling analogy breaks down considering the owners did not stand to profit from it's demolition – in fact quite the opposite.
The lawyer chuckled a bit to break the tension. He explained his clients and Mr. Rohmer in particular were an unorthodox bunch and then even insisted he wear the white suit in any of their dealings. The lawyer produced a tablet PC from his messenger bag and leveled it to Jim. On the tablet was all the banking confirmation codes ready to go for a direct deposit into our firms account alongside a contract. Jim seemed to hiccup or belch in excitement as he hurried around the short side of his desk to sign it since his stubby t-rex arms could not reach across his desk.
The firm was committed, we were committed – I was committed and I started to mentally cramp up over the challenges we all faced. The Grazer Hotel was in the middle of a dense urban grid. It had to be precise drop with virtually no margin for error. Jim poured us a dram of scotch from the bottle hidden under his desk. None of us a second thought about Rohmer's cryptic remark – after all, how often did you get a one hundred twenty perfect no-bid contract walk in off the street, out of the blue?
A combination of exhilaration over the money and anxiety over the work load kept us all from sleeping that night. Jim and Tom ended up going out and having a wild night to celebrate while I went home to mentally prepare not only myself but also my wife and kids. As a family they were staring down a month and a half of late nights and weekends with no dad. My wife was frustrated until I told her about the bonus and then she said she'd fill the lonely time making plans to send the kids to Disney World and then find a place for us to spend alone together. The promise of a much needed vacation after this only super charged the butterflies in my stomach further in anticipation of this challenging season ending.
As the assistant foreman I had office and on-site duties. Most of it was coordinating between the two. This included personnel, setting up site security – including guards and cameras to keep urban explorers and vagrants of out the dangerous site and satisfy OSHA hazardous work place safety requirements. The most challenging duty was site prep which included disposal of furnishings, removal of windows and other flourishes of the structure's facade which could become deadly shrapnel during an implosion. Fortunately, despite all of this, the nagging questions about permits and clean-up contracts were already handled by the lawyer. Rohmer's group also waived any rights to furnishings which means they could be unceremoniously hauled out in any way we chose to and disposed of.
Now I suppose some of these things should have came as red flags to me – or at least some one in the company but we all justified it as the group must have connects and short cuts to permits and it was a relatively new building, only about twenty years old in fact and furnishings – whether old or new probably weren't of any antique or sentimental value. All in all these were blessings since they freed our hands a bit and made a near impossible deadline more possible.
Of course the good news came with some bad news. The city engineers forbade us from working at the 28th, 29th, and 30th floors – unless we brought in a separate crew to stabilize those levels first. This was quite the fly in the ointment for the controlled implosion plan we sketched out. The 30th floor wasn't as much of a problem but the 29th floor ballroom and the weakening of the 28th floor meant we can't inspect for how compromised they were by the steel atrium dome. For all we knew if we blew the 27th floor on down the dome could shift and topple over the top three floors outside of the implosion safe zone, imperiling people and nearby structures.
I raised holy hell about it while Tom stood calm. It could take months to stabilize and clear those floors and far more money than I thought our eccentric client would pay in overruns. Jim waved me off mid sentence and simply told me he'd take care of it. That was good enough for Tom so it had to be good enough for me. I went back to my job – securing site and planning drop.
Although we had a problem with the top floor our saving grace lie in the basements. It had a three story subterranean parking garage, a basement level pool, and a utility sub-basement. We could easily smash the first ten or twelve floors into that deep footprint. Also the utility sub-basement gave us a clean cut off from the grid and a fairly convenient way to protect the surrounding grid without interruption. Still, at least part of our team would take have to take three weeks out of our six and change to handle the utilities.
The first week was hectic, they always were but we hit no major snags. By the end of it were on schedule and all of the parts were coming together. We thought maybe, just maybe, we were well on our way to an early Christmas bonus but nothing could prepare us for what was coming.
If you work on a site long enough and work anywhere on the site security reporting chain you're bound to get a few questionable reports from your night guys. Let's face it, for folks who are wake all night five or six nights a week poking around with flashlights chasing shadows, every building every where is haunted. I've been on the site security chain for thirteen years so it was easy for me to dismiss reports from the night guys about unusual glows on gutted floors and stairwells, elevators which moved on their own with no one calling for them or inside when they opened on a random floor, or the security cameras and cellphones constantly going offline on the 27th floor and the utility sub-basement.
I wasn't convinced anything of concern was going on until I got called on site by the test drilling team. This team was responsible for sampling the support materials to determine where it was best to place the explosives and what explosives would be best to use. They reported the interior supports were designed in an unusual way with a honey comb of unorthodox metals and concrete not reported on the building's records or blueprints. Specifically, they reported the concrete was impregnated by some kind of metal veins which gave off a bright shimmer. I was asked to come identify it but they claimed it disappeared by the time I arrived.
I was irate at the team and their supervisor for having me to come on down on site for something that sounded so wrong to begin with. They showed me a grainy cellphone video and told me they would swear on a stack of Bibles the sparkling compound welled up in the test coring like mercury, turned blood red and bled on the floor before disappearing into the torn up carpet. I chastised them for making this up and threatened to get new sub contractors if they kept wasting my time. I spoke with a separate sample team on the lower levels and they too discovered some unusual metal compositions – ones which were different then the ones found the top floors. One of the engineers speculated that the contrast in metals between the top and bottom floors could be cause the building to hold an electrical charge, like a battery or like a capacitor. Either way, the engineer said it would require more explosives than initially thought to take down the structure.
A couple of weeks later we were painfully behind – glass removal in particular was going slow because those contractors claimed they were constantly losing their toys. They also claimed one night to have cleared the top five floors on the east side of all their glass – only for all the windows to appear fully intact the next morning. I was forced to end their sub contract due to misrepresentation of work accomplished.
The glass wasn't the only thing slowing us down. The wire and plumbing removal was hindered by the wires somehow were fused to the pipes and in some places, the pipes were fused to the load-bearing members – we thought maybe it was due to the lightning strikes but that really didn't make sense since all of the wiring and plumbing otherwise seemed to work fine before we turned off the utilities. The only thing going for us was the helicopter loophole. Instead of accessing the 30th floor through the condemned floors we were able to get work teams on the atrium floor by helicopter. The bodies of the 13 were removed before we started working and before the atrium fully collapsed into the ballroom but the teams working on the roof reported many unusual artifacts including stained glass and Greek letters comprised of unusual amalgams of metal.
All of the strangeness culminated in the disappearance of one of the night time security guards named Phillipe. I say disappear because his girlfriend filed a missing persons report with the police and when they came to investigate Tom was busy with the atrium operations so the job fell to me. I walked the investigator through guard's smart phone filed reports from the previous evenings. Admittedly I was behind on my end approving the reports so I was embarrassed when things in the report took a turn. His reports including the same odd glows the others were reporting in the stairwells and seeing metallic veins throb on the walls.
His last reports stuck in my head: Report: Sub-basement 4 clear, 0312. Report: Sub-basement 5 clear, 0305. Report: Sub-basement 6 clear 0237.
His “all clear” reports documented levels of the building which did not exist and the further he went into the areas which did not exist, the automatic timestamps went backwards in time. It made no sense – unless he was confused as to where he was due to intoxication and there was software glitch with the timestamps. I was forced to give the investigator no firm explanation.
It's easy to write off a high security guard – they're flaky by their nature and have plenty of reasons to ghost a part time gig and even to pull prank on their final reports. I almost wrote it all off until I saw his girlfriend – apparently his fiance, handing out missing persons fliers outside of the site gate one morning. She seemed absolutely heartbroken and I got stabbed in the gut thinking maybe this wasn't a ghosting and prank after all. Seeing is believing and the next week I started to believe. Tom was finishing up on the atrium level. We used some heavy lift choppers to remove the rest of the frame and glass. Now we could get a better look into the section which collapsed into the 29th floor. We started by using a series of video drones to investigate the melted twisted dome through the collapsed roof. We quickly learned that the drones were being interfered with as their feed would cut out or their batteries would die almost immediately upon entering the ballroom.
So, we had to cut some corners, against city regulations, we let Tom and two others rappel in from the roof on secured anchored lines with helicopter over watch support. We needed to do this because we needed make sure that collapsed wreckage would not move and potentially change the implosion direction. Tom got twisted in his gear as he tried to lean into one of the holes in the roof. He slipped and fell in, disappearing from sight. We frantically radioed for Tom as the other two workers abandoned their own attempts to peer in and scrambled to Tom's aid. Tom was pulled out of the section uninjured but he appeared to be in shock, he looked wild eyed and shook as he was put on the helicopter and lowered back to ground level. Within minutes, Jim called us back to the office to discuss the near miss.
Two weeks to go and week behind, a missing guard, and now a near fatal accident. That for Jim, was the last straw. Tom and I had run out the rope Jim gave us to hang ourselves with. Jim slammed his hand on his desk as he catastrophized, red in the face, nearly breathless, he yelled we could very well kiss that twenty percent goodbye with the way things are going. He pressured Tom to go on the record after his dip into the structure that the atrium debris ball in the ballroom posed no threat to the implosion. Tom was elsewhere. He stared off in a thousand yard stare before replying to Jim that it posed no threat. Then Tom headed for the door. Jim screamed at him that he wasn't done chew us out but Tom only said he had to get back to it. I supported Tom and followed him. He and I headed back to the site to secure the night shift changes – another night not at home and having a late dinner.
I asked Tom in the car ride back what he saw in there. Tom was fixed in a trance and barely responded. He said it was wild. When we got back to the site, Tom separated from me through the gate while I strolled across the street to grab us some dinner from a street vendor. As I stood around waiting for two gyros and two cokes I could help but be mesmerized by the gutted tower. It seemed to breath in the spotlights inhaling puffs of the dust and dirt on the site and then exhaling it. A faint glow, barely perceivable against the light pollution, seemed to brighten, dim, and fade from the upper floors with each of the building's breaths. I was transfixed on it and it was the first time the building gave me an eerie feeling.
I got back on the site, food in hand, there was a buzz in their air as the night shift streamed in and the day shift streamed out. I barely had my hardhat seated corrected on my head when the site's emergency alarm blew. The interim foreman tossed me a radio as I was swept with him and our site occupational safety and emergency personnel to the basement.
Our increasingly panicked footfalls blotted out the squawk of the radios but I could hear one name again and again in the equally panicked messages – Tom Tom Tom. Whatever was happening was happening to Tom.
We reached the pool level and a trail of gasps proceeded me into the pool. There was Tom in his vest and hardhat face down in the middle of the pool with crimson oozing out him into the cerulean tiles lining the drained pool. We piled in from the ladders and shallow end to get to him. It was apparent when the first folks reached him that he was dead. They hauled him out on a stretcher and to our shock he looked like he had been dead for much longer than possible and his skin was water logged despite there being no water. He had died of fall trauma possibly despite the pool only being six feet deep. The paramedics also claimed he had water in his lungs. Then I noticed he was wearing his rappelling harness weaved in his vest – but that made no sense – he took it and his vest off when we were getting chewed out by Jim. Why would he put his rappelling gear on again.
I was the assistant foreman no more. Now the buck stopped with me. As they took Tom to the morgue we all knew the show must go on – our client demanded it, Jim demanded it and Tom would have wanted it that way. The same police investigator from the guard's disappearance met with me over Tom's death. They said it was standard procedure with work place deaths. I gave him a copy of the footage on an SD card and left the moment after it left my hand.
I had the recording queued up to the time of the commotion. The video we provided had a poor angle and was focused on the door to monitor access – the comings and goings of people. It was shift change so people were filing in and out Tom was somewhere in the crowd. The pool was one of the areas which required both foot patrols and constant video monitoring. I hit the rewind button on accident and watched his body lie there and lie there and then the timestamp sped past the 1900 hour mark. We were in traffic from meeting with Jim at that time. This was impossible but I kept my finger on the rewind button. Around 1400 the camera shakes a bit and there is slight glow reflecting on the doors so I let it play back to the shake. There is a soft green glow and then could hear a heft thud in the room. I gulped knowing that was Tom falling into the pool around the same time he fell into the hole in the roof. The soft glow turned brighter and brighter like a laser shining into the lens – something that wasn't present on the rewind. There was a flash of an incomprehensible shape or form on the screen. I was physically hurt in my eyes like I had just stared into the sun. I was left dazed with the shaped burned into my eyes with each blink. Then the camera system shorted out and a tiny puff of smoke left the memory module. The cameras blinked off wall to wall, the whole system was dead.
With the cameras fried, regulations required someone high in the company to be on site or we'd have to leave for the night. So I stayed knowing we couldn't afford to lose an hour much less an entire night. I circled the pool between approving payrolls and directing the increased security guard traffic required to monitor more areas. I was thinking about what I would say at Tom's funeral. I was thinking about Tom's family and what they would think about his apparent suicide.
I was forced to patrol the rest of the sub-basements as well since most of the guards were at the site perimeters or higher levels. I would have to follow paths of Phillipe, the disappeared guard, and all of the other guards who had mismatched timestamps on their increasingly strange reports. If not for today's incident and the recording of Tom's death, I would have stood fast to the idea that these reports were the product of night jitters and drugs but now, no.
I gritted my teeth as I exited the pool area to patrol the lower levels. I hated this building I muttered to myself. I couldn't wait to see it all rumble. I thought about which part I'd like to keep from the site to place in Tom's casket – then I realized it probably wasn't going to be an open casket funeral. I was lost in my thoughts and hatred for the building as I roamed through the parking garage into the utilities basement. I lost track of where I was as I weaved down stairwells.
I shown my flashlight on the wall and the floor level sign said “Sub-basement 999”. I stopped cold in my tracks. I was hoping it was a prank but I knew it was no prank. Then I thought maybe I'd have some answers. Maybe I would finally see what all the strangeness was about. But then I freaked out about Phillipe's disappearance and turned to run back up the stairwell. I ran up four levels to what I thought was the lobby and I pushed the door open.
My jaw hit the floor when I saw a black and white galaxy – the stars were black and the space was white with gradations of gray. The whole room was just white outer space and the whole universe swirled fast counter clockwise. I tried to breath and when I did the galaxy shrunk before my eyes until it was the size of a tiny of marble and then even smaller to a speck of dust. I reached out as it floated towards me. I stared at the speck in a cold sweat. As I stared, I was looking deeper and deeper into impossible detail. In the dust I found the milky way galaxy, I found our solar system, I found Earth and then I found North America, and then I found myself back in the pool room dripping in sweat.
Time seemed to skip and space was malleable in that hotel. As we approached the deadline to drop it, some jobs which would take hours took days and some jobs which would take days took minutes. The anomalies seemed to swarm tonight and day and yet we pressed on. Tom was buried and I couldn't go.
We met the deadline and the city came out in numbers to watch us drop the thirty floor structure. They gathered nearly two blocks away clad in ponchos and dust masks bracing for the implosion triggered by half a ton of high explosives.
I was so burned out and demoralized. My mantra became “this is for Tom, this is for Tom” and it was the only thing carrying me to this day. I chalked up all the anomalies and even my own experience on 999th sub-basement level as a reaction to shock, loss, grief, and exhaustion.
We were on the thirty minute countdown and Mr. Rohmer's attorney was designated as the trigger man. He stood there with Jim and I in the command trailer with the detonator remote. The remote triggered a two minute countdown on the charges from a master control station in my command trailer. All the charges had to be hardwired old school style because we were getting too much walkie talkie and radio interference from inside the structure for any other method of trigger to be reliable. I was too tried to make a stink about insisting I do it. I just wanted it to be over but suddenly a freak thunderstorm brewed up over the city. The skies were overcast and we were on the verge of having to abort the implosion until the next day – despite the next day being a day past the deadline. If we didn't abort and went through with the implosion, there was a strong chance the shock waves from the blast would bounce back off the lower cloud base and shatter windows and ears across the city.
I sat in my command chair at the perimeter in dismay, almost in tears as it started to rain. I felt my heart drop into the acid of my stomach as I ordered the suspension of the implosion for the day. The lawyer, surprisingly, did not resist. I watched as the crowds dispersed from the viewing lines and police started to permit traffic back through the streets surrounding the site.
Then a group of unauthorized personnel threw open the door of the trailer. They were a mass of men and women clad in pressed white suits, stoney faces with thin maroon lips, one of them carried a white covered book.
The attorney dropped his eyes and head in deference to elderly man at the head of the congregation. The attorney addressed him as Monsignor. The man introduced himself as Monsignor Rohmer and he placed his hand on his attorney, calling him a cousin of the congregation, stating there will be no postponement and no delay.
Rohmer, a man I judged to be in his late 50's or early 60's was bald and covered it with a white derby hat. He was tall, about six five, and thin, so thin his suit fit him like snake half shedding its skin. His was face long and his cheeks thin and worn like a mountain side. His voice was steady and low like waterfall. Everything he said bloomed with authority and confidence. He ordered the building would be dropped in twenty minutes.
I told him I didn't care if he was the owner, the building could not be blown in this weather and I snatched the detonator out of his attorney's hands. Rohmer, moving faster than I believed humanly possible with some kind of martial arts move swiped the detonator from my hands. Simultaneously, he had two of his followers press Jim against the wall. They put him in a sleeper hold and he slumped down to the floor barely getting a word out. Then Rohmer gestured to his flock to follow towards the building.
They left in a fast deliberate almost choreographed walk like a flock of geese flying in formation. I grabbed the radio to get police help but I realized that was hopeless. I watched as our trailer was shrouded in the same interference we experienced in the building's interior. The CCTV monitors flickered out and the radio squawked static. Then I realized Rohmer had no control over the detonation and no way to contact his followers still with us in the command trailer. So I did what I had to and pulled the master key out of the master detonator in the command trailer and chased after the flock. I needed to know what was happening I needed to see with my own eyes what all of this was all about.
The Congregation had reached the lobby and I saw the trailing end of the clad white congregate into the stairwell. I darted at my best speed to follow them.
I reached the stair well door. I found Rohmer standing on the top step, apparently waiting for me. I was out of breath while he began to speak to me in his booming voice. He explained to me that if the building did not fall in the next twenty minutes, all of Earth would be pulled, sucked, inside out and down through the building into the black and white universe. The entire building, but especially the atrium dome, he continued, was designed and built to create and then temporarily contain an impossible shape, a living form, a 4 dimensional object, a tesseract, when struck by lightning in the presence of thirteen self-sacrificial Congregate members. This shape would slowly expand and cause space and time anomalies before growing so large inside compared to its size would pull us all into place with no life.
The shape was still in the process of forming even as we spoke, he said. It would reach critical mass and dimensional contortion and the only way to stop it was to disfigure and crush it in the hotel's collapse. He led me into the pool level where his entire congregation was sitting cross-legged where Tom fell. A green pulse, like a laser, came down from the ceiling into the group's center, where their white book lay open on blank pages. I had a feeling this glow was being projected down from the ballroom where the dome of the atrium was taking its final fourth dimensional form.
After a loud chant from the white clad followers, the book slammed shut and turned from a brilliant white shimming cover to one black as night. As they passed around book, their white suits turned black and the formed a single file line. Rohmer left my side and pulled the detonator from his suit. He showed it me and tossed it at me. In my panic I reached out with both hands to catch it but I forgot I still had the master key in my sweat slick hand and it fly out and fell at the foot of Rohmer.
I asked what he planned to do with the key without a lock and a jammed detonator. Rohmer bent down and grabbed the key and looked me without a hint of concern. He took the new black book into his hands and opened it facing the wall of the pool. A new green pulse launched from the book and flickered on the tiles. An octagonal outline appeared to frame a hazy image of a tropical beach. One by one Rohmer's congregation walked into the side of the pool, into glow and seemed to arrive safely on the otherside of the beach.
Once all his compatriots were on the beach, he turned a page in the book and reopened it, projecting another octagon portal on the side of the pool. I could see his destination – it was the command trailer. He stepped through portal and yelled to me from the other side that I had two minutes. The portal sealed.
I could hear the warning sirens we installed going off above me. Needless to say, I made it out, just barely. I reached the perimeter fence screaming to anyone who was in ear shot to run away. The building imploded as planned but I was caught in the dust cloud and developed tinnitus severe enough to be comparable with combat veterans.
The shock waves from the explosions were reflected off the cloud base and channeled down the street by other skyscrapers. Virtually every window in a two block radius around the site was shattered and hundreds of people were hurt in the resulting stampede and vehicle collisions caused by fleeing from the flying glass cascade. Parts of downtown looked like a war zone for weeks afterward.
Rohmer and the rest of his group, including the lawyer, had disappeared out of the trailer in another portal leaving a suitcase of gold equaling the twenty percent promised. Our company was fined, sued, and threatened with criminal charges and eventually put of business. There wasn't much left after paying the cities fines and lawyer fees.
Though I was spared any direct sanctions, I forced into an early retirement. I've had time to research Rohmer's group. There are at least six mentions of figures like Rohmer on the deepest parts of the conspiracy web. They seem to show up at a locale experiencing paranormal activity with a white book and then leave with a black book. Their departure usually marks the end of any strangeness. I can't be sure but this congregation seems to be summon demons, which they exorcise, by trapping them in their books. Trapping maybe a poor term to use since, as in the case of the Grazer hotel encounter, they can apparently cleanse the anomalies and then use the book containing them to weaponize a portion of the traits of whatever their unholy creations posses.
I suspect Rohmer and his congregation, now with the ability to teleport, are accelerating their plans, to whatever ends these paranormal means enable them.
Theo Plesha - Sequel to "Flush" by Theo Plesha on The Chilling App
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