Back the end of July/beginning of August, the complex was refurbishing the apartment above ours, and caused a water leak in the kitchen, which came down into our kitchen ceiling. Water in the light fixture, you could see the lines darkening etc.
They replaced the light fixture with a new one. The new one has had water leak into it. The ceiling in one section of the kitchen was clearly more damaged than the rest, and has started to sag, etc. I also suspected mold, when about late August I started getting symptoms I'd had when a previous apartment had black mold. (Migraines getting worse, more intense allergy symptoms, etc)
The apt management had CLOSED the ticket about the damage in our ceiling, and did nothing. So, after 3 months, I called Code Enforcement - as had a friend in the next building over, for the SAME ISSUE - Water damage in the kitchen ceiling, and they weren't fixing it, and other issues that he had and we do not.
Code enforcement let it slip they had a LOT of calls for this complex as of late. I am not hating on immigrants, here, I want that to be clearly stated. But the guys they send around to replace flooring, and do the refurbishment - they speak pretty much no English, and my Spanish is not good enough to keep up. I also know no Portuguese, and a couple of them speak that. But they do not have the knowledge to do this work, do it correctly and in a decent time frame. The vinyl flooring they installed in the hallways, is not flat and even. It has little rises and falls, like waves on water. They all seem to be nice, pleasant guys. But they're clearly super cheap labor, and that's why they're here.
So after Code came, they sent a couple of the crew leads to look at the ceiling. And after I explained the sagging happening over the stove, where there is heat and steam, etc, was concerning, and that I suspected mold - they said they would cut out that part of the ceiling, check the beams for mold, and replace it. Great. That was all I could have asked for.
Then they turned around and said Code only said they had to paint, since the leak was 'long ago fixed'. (then why has there been water in our NEW light fixture? they don't seem to care that there was/may still be leaking along the electrical. like.. wtf?) I called Code, the guy laughed, told me they have until Monday to fix the issue, and he'll be here on Monday.
They sent 3 guys to put primer over the water damage. this is a job I could have done in 10 minutes, with an extendable roller and paint pan. Took them like an hour plus, all told. Told me they'd be back Monday to paint it. Well, while looking over their work.. we found mold growing through the ceiling, near where they had been painting over the stove. So, we took pictures. I sent an email, and BCC'd code guy, showing we've found mold growing through where I said we would, and repeating my request to cut out and replace the drywall after checking/treating the beams. We'll see how it goes.
Forcing "purity" (interesting term for the topic, isn't it?) in an RPG is a slippery slope.
Sure, Genre-wise you don't want Luke Skywalker using 2022 tiktok meme examples in RP (he's supposed to be from a galaxy far away in a long time ago), but there's a pretty big line between "Creative preference" and "tyrannical GM nonsense". In the case of BofD and these two mentioned in the topic, their angle is that they view themselves to be an authority on the setting and they're literally inviting people to play content they view themselves to be owners of. So I don't get why people even bother to play that game, because ultimately it comes down to playing "house" with a couple of kids in their backyard and they'll make you leave if you're "not doing it right".
Why bother trying to be creative or create ANYTHING in an environment with someone who will tell everyone what their characters are, what they think, what they would or wouldn't do, etc?
These people are all "No" and not "Yes, and". They're not even "maybe, so" or "No, but". At the risk of sounding snide, they're literally using someone else's literary work and reputation to build themselves as an authority on the content and gatekeeping the shit out of it...and one of their preferred gates to keep is that BIPOC aren't in the ruling caste, make racist jokes, and consider black characters in the setting to be a matter of "woke cancel culture".
So, constructively, this should all be a lesson on do's and don'ts when it comes to understanding a few key things.
if you don't want people to try to create their own things and having a stake in it, you should be solo-writing it and not running it as an RPG where you falsely promote the concept of logging in to have agency over...well...anything.
Yes, it's true that players/fans blur the concept behind a character's skin color as being indicative of support for ACTUAL people with that skin color. Is it a minefield? Yes. Is it 100% about the content? No. It's somewhat shades of politics, social issues, etc blurring it's way into content. Still, it's best to understand this and take at least a "maybe, but" approach.
You could create a setting where 1000 all-white families boarded a spaceship and colonized a planet, and after 200 years there are 10,000 people who have ONLY mated with people on that initial all-white spaceship, and people will STILL be like "...can I play a black character?" and your answer should always, ALWAYS be to question why the fuck you decided creatively that everyone in that ship was white to begin with. What's up with that?
@Ghost I enjoyed the new Hellraiser. Maybe not as much as the first one but on par with the second one. I don't think it was perfect but what is? I'll definitely watch it again and I'm eagerly awaiting the announcement of a sequel.
She-Hulk, Episode 8...
LAST CHANCE TO BACK OUT...
Matt's arrived. And it's been worth the wait.
Fantastic interaction between Matt & Jen. Both in and out of the courtroom. They are now my new shipping obsession.
Plus, the walk of shame Matt does after leaving Jen's apartment was hilarious.
WTF wasn't the fact that Leapfrog used the wrong kind of fuel in his boot jets not discovered by Jen in her initial interview with him? I mean...that's just a basic question to ask before taking a product liability case, right? "Did You Follow The Operating Instructions?'...
Also, the 3rd Degree Burns exaggeration. My dude...you would not be out of the hospital, walking around, if you had suffered 3rd Degree Burns on your leg a few days/weeks ago... 2nd Degree is enough; 3rd Degree is charred flesh down to the bone.
@Ganymede I'm still unsure on how the intraction of HBO, HBO Max, and WB/Discovery is working. The new CEO of WB/D seems to be taking a chainsaw to movie and streaming projects, but some people are saying this isn't going to affect HBO, just the streaming content on HBO Max...
@too-old-for-this My dad was also never home for YEARS after my mother passed (I was 4 when she passed), I honestly think if she'd lived, even just a handful more years, I would have been far better off, in so many ways.
But, as a female, they just wrote me off as lazy when I was a shining star in class, and never did the homework.
I seriously wonder if going back to college classes now on Adderall would be different.
ETA: Stupid spelling mistakes in the wee hours.
I'm late to this comment - sorry.
I was like a 2.5 gpa high school student. I never turned in my daily work because I'd forget. I tested off the charts. I was intelligent, I was just bored.
In college I found things I adored doing and other classes that I had to force focus, but I was a 4.0 college student. I have full faith if you want to go back, you'd be a rockstar at it. With the added help of medicine to help you think and concentrate better, even more. So good vibes to you if you are going back.
Once upon a time on a game far, far, away... I had a RPing partner on a MU*. They were giving off all the indications of something being off about their patterns. They were partying harder, they were depressed, they were angry, etc. We would touch on it. I wasn't sure what to do for the longest time for many of the reasons already listed here. Then I just one day went -- Hey, are you really okay? Seriously? -- Then I went through and talked about medication and how I don't view it as something that had to be hidden. I shared a bit of my own personal story and that person ended up seeking help.
Now, it is not your JOB to do this. Please understand that. Not everyone is the same. -- My thought on it (which is personal) is that if someone is put upon my heart, then I should reach out. I would rather lose a friend with a show of concern then stay silent. HOWEVER that is just my thoughts and your choices are valid how you end up handling it.
On top of every shitty thing going on in the world are the sometimes-reminders that there's still normal, everyday shitty things happening.
My son had a close friend. Said friend rolled their car off the highway and died. It's the first time he's lost anyone close to him. He's dealing with it very well, but I'm finding that my normal anxiety about him getting hit by one of the idiot drivers around here has ramped up considerably.
(Editing to add:) He's got an auntie who's a hospice nurse and I've dealt with death on numerous occasions, so he understands he's got resources on how to deal with it and support. And the option of therapy if he decides he wants to give it a go.
@hella Oooh, thanks for these. I'm super burnt out on writing fiction (other than MUing) right now but I didn't know about any of these and will want them when my heart and brain and mind stop shying away from such things.