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Changing capital as a formable nation

2020.10.22 13:52 greece666 Changing capital as a formable nation

There are two bugs when you change from Hamburg to Hanover (I suppose with other formables it's the same). First, you lose some of your TCs (in my games, I lose those in the Baltic but not in Poland). This means you can't re-add them for five years and you might also lose your merchant. Second, the relative strength between you and your junior partners gets re-calculated and they might appear disloyal for a split second. If you are unlucky you might get a rival to support the independence of a vassal who was perfectly loyal until then. (I know that the first issue is specific to the move of your capital; a quick search on the second showed that ppl faced it in Russia campaigns so the cause of the bug might be again the move of the capital)
Now I understand the country is called Hanover for a reason and IMO it makes sense to have your capital moved. However, my suggestion is that the player gets the option to keep his capital where it is until the bugs get fixed. Moving your capital is supposed to be beneficial (a new city to develop) not to cripple your economy and diplomacy.
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2020.10.22 10:50 factorial-gmbh [HIRING] DevOps / System-Administrator (m/w/d) remote full or part time or in Hamburg, DE

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2020.10.22 10:46 factorial-gmbh [HIRING] DevOps / System-Administrator (m/w/d) remote full or part time or in Hamburg, DE

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2020.10.22 08:28 muclover 4,12% Zinsen Dank Parship

Dachte, ich teile mal diese nette Story, die ich im letzten Jahr mitgemacht habe.
Im August 2019 habe ich mich bei Parship angemeldet. Eifrig wie ich war, natürlich mit Premium-Account - sollte ja auch was werden. Hatte ja ohnehin 14 Tage Zeit, den Vetrag im Zweifel zu widerrufen. Preis Jahresmitgliedschaft: Stolze €688.
Nach 10 Tagen festgestellt, dass das nix wird - Auswahl an anderen Singles echt mies. Also Vertrag widerrufen. Bestätigung bekommen, mit dem Hinweis, dass ich den Dienst ja schon genutzt hab und daher anteilig eine Gebühr für die Nutzung zahlen muss (kannte ich, daher schon erwartet).
Was hat Parship anteilig berechnet? €688/365 denkt ihr (und damals ich)?
Nein. €518. Für 10 Tage Mitgliedschaft, weil es ginge ja eigentlich um die Anzahl der Kontakte, mit denen man schon geschrieben hat. Haben sie dann auch direkt abgebucht (hatte keine jährliche Zahlung vereinbart).
Natürlich erst mal richtig sauer gewesen, gegoogelt und festgestellt, dass dies ein Geschäftsmodell von Parship (bzw. der PE Digital GmbH hinter Parship und auch ElitePartner) und die meisten sich einfach nicht wehren.
Für die, die sich wehren, gab es einen Anwalt in Hamburg, der nix anderes gemacht hat als Parship-Verfahren. Und der eine 100%-ige Erfolgsquote vorweisen konnte, weil das Gericht in Hamburg auch die Rechnung Jahresbetrag/365 als gerechtfertigt ansah. Dafür musste man zwar erst nochmal Prozesskosten (bei meinem Streitwert 105 €) und Anwaltskosten (83 Euro) reinstecken, die hat man dann aber zurückbekommen, wenn Parship verloren hat.
Also: Anwalt beauftragt, alles hingeschickt und abgewartet.
Im Frühjahr dann die Nachricht, dass das Thema beim EuGH gelandet ist und erst mal alle offenen Verfahren ruhen, weil das Gericht in Hamburg anscheinend doch keine Lust hatte, das gleiche Verfahren eine Million mal durchzuziehen.
Der EuGH hat dann jetzt vor zwei Wochen entschieden, dass Parship natürlich Unrecht hat und Jahresbetrag/365 rechnen muss.
Ergebnis: Statt €588 zahle ich jetzt knapp €19, und auf das Geld, was Parship mir unrechtmäßig abgebucht und auf die Anwaltskosten fallen 5% Zinsen über Basiszins an, was effektiv 4,12% sind.
Definitiv besser als das, was man aktuell auf nem TG kriegt, wo das Geld zumindest für ne Weile gelegen hätte. Ü
Also, gar nicht mal so ein schlechtes Ergebnis. Wobei ich sagen muss, dass die Genugtuung bei der ganzen Sache den meisten Wert hat.
Zumal Parship gleich noch das nächste rechtliche Thema an der Backe hat: Durch die vielen Verfahren wurde klar, dass nicht alle Mitglieder gleich viel zahlen. Und bevor man überhaupt einen Preis angezeigt bekommt, muss man sein Profil inkl. Gehaltsangabe ausfüllen, damit man besser „gematcht“ werde kann. Falls Parship diese Info dazu nutzt, unterschiedliche Preise zu gestalten, ist das rechtlich fragwürdig.
Also, es hat sich gelohnt. Ü
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2020.10.22 07:38 SweetTeaFrancie He killed the family dog..

Hi everyone, this is my first time posting here, been lurking recently and it's helped a ton, but I'm unsure what to do now and would appreciate some advice. This is part rant, part advice seeking, I'm sorry, it feels like I need to give a lot of backstory and that makes this post so much longer.
My family's Q is our father, he's been a progressively-less-than-functional alcoholic for the last 15 years/so long as I can remember, and in the last six months has kind of devolving mentally. Besides my fatheQ, there's me, my little sister, my little brother (close in age but my lil bro and stepmom are the only ones who live near Q) and my stepmom who has been a wonderful mothering presence in our lives since 2001, as far as is relevant to the incident described below.
Our stepmom moved out and left him this past March, which good for her! We don't know how she made it that long besides her amazing heart. She always recommended Al-Anon growing up but we never went, I definitely wish we had in hindsight. I count her as a main reason all three of us grew up to be at least half functional adults.
My little brother and his wife lived with him from June to early October this year, the goal was to make sure he wasn't lonely, was eating properly (he's at a point where he doesn't eat unless someone cooks for him), and to generally bring some stability to his life since he's alienated everyone else in his life. Our Q is high-risk for the virus that must not be named, he's been a smoker the past 50 years and has the expected share of medical complications that come with that. They were servers in highly trafficked local restaurants, so they quit their jobs when they moved in and helped out around the house, cooked, gardened, took care of the dogs, pitched in financially when they could (including paying for his portion of half of the divorce filing papers from our stepmom).
At the end of September, our Q decided that he was being taken advantage of financially and emotionally abused by my brother and his wife, and threatened them to leave at gunpoint (within 2 weeks or less than an hour 'if they got disrespectful'). This was the turning point for me and my sister, we decided to go no-contact and help my brother and his wife get out of this situation however we could.
I don't believe his claims about them taking advantage of him financially or being emotionally abused, he's always been verbally abusive to all of us, and physically abusive to my brother growing up. They tried to enforce boundaries with him, and he resented/broke any boundaries set.
In the last six months he's coming unhinged and been increasingly invested in his martyr complex. Nothing he does/says is wrong, everyone else is terrible and mistreating him, expressing his rage any way he chooses to is always justified, and even mildly disagreeing with him leads to lengthy circular arguments and temper tantrums. He's funnelled all his energy outside of work into finding another partner, despite not being divorced yet, he's routinely overspent and asked my sister and I to help him out financially. He has a salary that doesn't justify overspending, at all, even living alone.
Main takeaway: Q has/had two great pyrenees dogs: an 11.5 yr old- Blanca and a 3 yr old- Tito, they were found and adopted from rescues by my stepmom. If you know anything about great pyrenees, they love to roam widely and freely, they bark like crazy, they're protective.
When my stepmom moved out, she let him keep the dogs to not be utterly alone. Blanca developed an anxiety disorder caused by thunderstorms after her OG partner in crime passed a few years ago, the vet prescribed her xanax, and later tramadol for her hurting joints from her advanced age. Q later claimed Tito has anxiety caused by thunderstorms too, although our stepmom never saw that behavior when she was still living there.
The point is he gets more xanax if he tells the vet both 90-120 lb dogs need it. He's bragged multiple times about how cheap/easy it is to get a xanax prescription for dogs through his vet clinic, versus a psychiatrist for humans.
Q abuses the xanax whenever he feels like it, he has offered it to me during visits with him + other family, I'm not blameless, there's 2-4 occasions in the last year where I took what he offered. I regret doing so and I intend never to touch that shit ever again unless it's actually prescribed to me.
I'm sorry this is so long, on to the real conflict:
Last night, he called at 8 pm (I ignored it since I'm trying to maintain NC) and shortly after texted my brother and I:
"Blanca got hit by a car when they were on a late night walk, she wasn't bloody but one of her back legs got broken."
I don't believe his story about being on a walk, he almost never took them on night walks growing up or during Blanca's life. While living with Q, my brother noticed he been neglecting the dogs: kicked them out the moment they started barking (they're great pyrenees, OF COURSE they bark), left the dogs outside overnight accidentally (it's Houston in the summer), left the gate to the yard open and they got out multiple times/wandered down the street, forgets to buy food for or feed the dogs, didn't keep up with medication prescribed by the vet that would help Blanca's painful joints because it was "too expensive" (aside from the tramadol because he takes that for fun when he's sore from building/spending all his money on projects to attract potential mates for himself in his delusions of grandeur).
I called him back shortly after the text and he was talking slow, not clearly drunk, but agitated and maybe under the influence of something.
He tried to tell us he was going to wait until morning to take Blanca to a vet clinic to be seen, he claimed he couldn't lift her into the car by himself to take her. Major BS, we've been on many camping trips in the last 10 years where he has had to routinely lift/help her up into the campetruck bc of her painful joints.
Then my brother found an emergency vet clinic open late at night, and even broke his intended no-contact with Q to come over and help load Blanca in Q's car to take her to the emergency clinic.
Then he doddled over whether he could afford it if they required payment up front; they take payment plans, he wasn't sure he'd qualify with his terrible credit. Lil bro and wife love on Blanca while they wait for him to sort it out. When I text him back a second time, begging him to take her to the vet, he responds "stop."
Finally he leaves two hours after she got hit, and less than an hour from leaving to go to the clinic- she's euthanized. He said the vet said she was too old for splinting the leg, it was either amputation or euthanasia.
She had a lot of pain in her hips, she was old AF, I don't think it would've been fair to amputate and turn her into a three legged dog at her age, but he's in a major city, it could've taken him up to half an hour to get to the emergency vet clinic.
He didn't wait for anyone (me or my brother, bro still lives nearby) to show up to say goodbye too, he didn't run out to go buy hamburgers or anything to give her one tasty last meal, I don't know how long he took to say goodbye to her himself or if he was even in the room when it happened.
There's an illogical voice in my head that thinks he chose the cheapest option, maybe he didn't even pay for x-rays if he could convince the vet he couldn't afford it despite a payment plan, maybe she could have used a splint if it was a clean break, we don't know or have anything to go on besides his word, which I don't trust.
I'm devastated, Blanca was my girl, she was a beyond beautiful aloof princess who wasn't afraid to let people or vehicles with trailers full of gardening equipment know what she thought of them; but I'm also furious.
I think his story is a lie. I suspect that he was high on doggie xanax, left the gate open and she got hit, he lives right next to a very busy street.
I want to report him to the vet who prescribes it, hopefully to remove the xanax prescription and maybe get something less abusable prescribed for Tito if he really needs it. But I don't know if it will ruin any future veterinary care for Tito and cause some serious legal ramifications for him? My stepmom wants to take Tito back in light of Blanca's passing and is unsure of how to proceed, since he's in her name with the rescue, but she left (abandoned?) him in Q's care. Tito is a 120 lbs, young and full of energy and love to give.
I know I'm so f*ing angry that he just gets to walk away from all of us as a martyr, thinking he is sooo right, did nothing wrong, whether it's now or in the last 15 years. That anger has been there before Blanca's passing, (and this might be hokey but I put stock in my dreams) I've had a lot of vivid dreams in the last month about snarling/growling/roaring and apparently that's a sign of repressed anger. It's not all about my family's Q but I think lately coming to terms with this dysfunctional relationship with my dad, and accepting that this is who he is, is a source of a fair amount of anger.
I don't know if reporting him to his vet would be the wrong move, not for his sake, but for mine. Is that action investing too much energy in trying to create real life consequences for his substance abuse?
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2020.10.19 22:16 cornbread36 Michael Lombardi Trade Ideas

“Why not move receiving tight end Evan Engram for a good value draft pick? Engram will want a new deal next season (as all tight ends desire since George Kittle and Travis Kelce reset the market this past year) and would resist playing for his $6 million fifth-year option, so why not be proactive? Why not take advantage of a needy team? Needy teams are what I refer to as ‘Wimpy Teams’. Remember, in the cartoon Popeye; his best friend Wimpy was always saying, “he would gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today?” Well, some NFL teams would gladly pay next year for something that might help them win today. The Patriots tried that last year with Atlanta receiver Mohamed Sanu; the Eagles helped their Super Bowl chances in 2018 (they beat the Patriots, 41-33) when they acquired running back Jay Ajayi earlier in the season. Teams want to maximize their chances and will gladly give away an asset next year for that burger today. The Giants need to search for a Wimpy partner, sell off receivers Golden Tate or Sterling Shepard to some team just one good receiver away from making a move. The Giants must realize the reality of their situation — which will require honesty amongst themselves, which has not been easy in the last four seasons.”
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2020.10.19 18:01 youto2 It Just Means More - Part Three

Kait kicks out with vigor. Kait sits up, but Stevens lays Kait right back down, and delivers another jumping knee strike! Kait, with her hand on her face, starts to roll away, trying to create some separation between herself and Milkman. Stevens is right on top of her though, and doesn’t allow for any separation. Tony grabs Kait by the arm, and pulls her back up to her feet, before Irish Whipping her towards the ropes with force! Kait rebounds off the ropes at high speeds, and Stevens takes her right back down with a big Leg Lariat! Kait is laid out on the mat, and Stevens tries yet another cover, hooking the leg!
1!
NO!
Kait kicks out just before 2, showing she still has plenty in the tank.
Paisner: And The Milkman is on a roll right now! Kaitlyn’s not in the danger zone just yet, but she needs to be careful, she can’t let Stevens build too much momentum!
Woodbridge: Perhaps Kaitlyns lack of recent in-ring action is affecting her performance tonight. Stevens has been sharpening his skills in the ring these last few weeks, while Kaitlyn is too busy being a SIMP.
Kaitlyn looks to be in pain, but she rolls over onto her stomach, and tries to get back up to her feet once more. Stevens quickly makes it up to his feet, and is right there to meet Kait. He hits her across the back with a clubbing double axe-handle, taking her down to her hands and knees. Stevens quickly turns around and runs to the ropes, bouncing off of them, and using the momentum to catch Kait right across the face with a Running Dropkick! Stevens gets atop Kait once again, hooking the leg for another cover!
1!
2!
Kait kicks out right after the 2! Kait seems to have a bit more desperate demeanor on her face, not looking nearly as confident as she once was.
Paisner: And now the pressure is starting to set in for Kaitlyn, at that moment she was just one second away from losing her title.
Woodbridge: She’s starting to understand the severity of the situation here. Stevens is chopping away at her, and he’s not giving her an inch to breathe!
The Milkman grabs Kait by the head, pulling her up to a vertical base. Milkman hooks her by the head, and tries to power her up for a vertical suplex, but Kaitlyn blocks it! Stevens tries to lift her up again, but another block from Kait! Milkman tries a third time, and a third block, before Kaitlyn manages to start to lift Milkman up for the suplex…...but Milkman flails his body and struggles out of it before she can get him all the way up for it. Stevens kicks Kait in the gut, before grabbing her arm, and going for an Irish Whip into the ropes, however Kait reverses it,and sends Stevens towards the ropes with an Irish Whip of her own! Stevens runs towards the ropes, but grabs a hold of the top rope, and uses his agility to leap over the ropes and land feet-first on the apron. Kaitlyn sees this, and comes running to knock Stevens off the apron, but The Milkman catches Kait in the face with a forearm! Kait takes a few steps back, standing a bit groggy, while Stevens starts measuring her up!
Paisner: The Milkman may be looking for a Springboard Dive!
The Milkman measures his target, and he jumps up to the top rope, springboarding off, looking for a crossbody!.......but Kaitlyn uses her power, and catches Stevens in mid-air!
Crowd: OOOOOHHHHH!!!
Woodbridge: Tony got caught!
Paisner: Look at the strength from Kaitlyn!
Kaitlyn holds Stevens in her arms for a few seconds, before chucking him over her head with a big fallaway slam! The crowd has a loud mixed reaction!
Crowd: YYEEAAHHH! / BBBBBOOOOOOOOOOO!!!
Paisner: Big fallaway slam, and while there are some Kaitlyn supporters here in attendance, I think the majority of them want to see a new champ crowned tonight!
Stevens lays on the mat, reaching out to the back, while Kait takes a second to breathe and regain her composure. Stevens fights back up to his feet, wincing as he does so, but Kaitlyn is up to her feet as well, and she takes him right back down to the mat with a Judo-Style throw, and immediately follows up with a Jumping Elbow Drop!
Woodbridge: And now Kaitlyn’s just about turned the tide of this matchup!
Stevens lays on the mat, coughing, possibly having the wind knocked out of him from that elbow. A bit slowed, Stevens rolls over onto his stomach, and pushes himself up to his hands and knees. Kait runs towards the ropes, rebounding off of them, and stepping off of Stevens’ back to leap up and hit him with a Jumping Senton!
Paisner: And Kait’s going right to work on Stevens!
Kait rolls Stevens on his back, and goes for the cover, lateral press!
1!
Stevens gets the shoulder up, 1 count only. Kait takes note of Milkman’s urgency, and she grabs him by the arm, pulling him back up to his feet. Kait grabs the groggy Milkman by the waist, and lifts him up for a Northern Nights Suplex, bridging into the cover!
1!
The Milkman once again kicks out at one, but Kait pays no mind of this. Kait simply gets back to a vertical base, and lifts Stevens up as well. She grabs the waist again, and she hits another Northern Light Suplex, with another Bridge as well!
1!
Once again, Stevens kicks out at 1! Kait almost immediately starts setting Stevens up again!
Paisner: Stevens kicks out at 1 again! Maybe he’s trying to send a message to Kait, trying to show his resilience!
Woodbridge: But I have a feeling like Kaitlyn will do this all day until she can get that two count!
Kait once again puts Stevens in position for the Northern Lights Suplex, however, Stevens sees it coming, and starts trying to punch the back of Kait to get out of her grasp. Kait adapts on the fly though, and she swiftly gets herself behind Stevens, keeping her grip around the waist, and lifting him up for a big German Suplex, with another bridge!
1!
2!
Tony manages to get the shoulder up! He lays on the mat clutching his neck, a bit shaken up by that exchange. Kait gets right back up to her feet, continuing to dictate the pace of this match.
Paisner” And that’s why Kait is the champion. She realized Stevens had the Northern Lights Suplex well scouted, and in less than a second she changed it up on the fly to a German, and it caught Stevens off guard for a two-count!
Woodbridge: And earlier we thought it was Kait in trouble, but now The Milkman may be the one who needs to worry!
Stevens slowly rolls over to the edge of the ring, and now lays on the apron. Kaitlyn sees this, and allows it to happen, walking over to the ropes, stepping through and standing on the apron herself. She bends over to pick Stevens up, and now both competitors stand on the apron.
Paisner: They’re both on that apron, dangerous place to be!
Kait throws a couple of right hands across Stevens’ head, and Stevens stands very wobbly-legged on the apron. Kait kicks Stevens right in the gut, before tucking his head underneath her arm and jumping off the apron, hitting The Milkman with an APRON DDT!
Crowd: OOOOOOHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!
Paisner: Damn! DDT right on the apron!!!
Woodbridge: And Kaitlyn may have just changed the entire complexion of this match!
Kaitlyn holds Stevens on the apron, preventing him from falling from the apron to the floor. She pushes him back within the ropes, and he rolls back in the confines of the ring. Kaitlyn slides back in, and crawls atop Stevens, hooking the leg for the cover!
1!
2!
Stevens kicks out at 2, but there's not too much gusto behind the kickout. Kait grabs Stevens by the head, and puts him in a chinlock, trying to drain even more life out of him. Kait wrenches her grip around the head of the milkman, and we see Stevens wincing in pain. Stevens tries to pry at Kait’s arms, trying to free himself, but he’s not finding much luck. Stevens’ movements become slower and slower, until Kaitlyn releases the hold, leaving Stevens laid out on the mat. Kait walks over to the corner of the ring, and climbs up to the second turnbuckle. She turns to face Milkman, and she leaps off, hitting him with a Second Rope Diving Elbow Drop! Kait follows up with a cover!
1!
2!
The Milkman once again kicks out at 2, even slower this particular time. Kaitlyn gets back up, and turns her attention to the corner once again. She steps through the ropes, and starts climbing all the way up to the top turnbuckle this time. She stands herself up on the top turnbuckle, and leaps off for a Top Rope Diving Elbow Drop!............but Milkman rolls out of the way and Kait crashes into the canvas!
Crowd: YYYEEEAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHH!!!
Paisner: Milkman dodged it!!!
Kaitlyn and Stevens both scramble up to their feet, and Stevens runs towards Kait, trying to catch her off guard with more offense, but Kait sees him coming and catches him with a Scoop Slam, taking Tony right back down to the mat!
Crowd: YYEAAHHH / BBBOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!
Woodbridge: Milkman tries to mount a comeback, but Kait cuts him right off!
Paisner: She knew Stevens was gonna be desperate to regain the momentum, and he fell right into her waiting arms.
Milkman lays on the mat in pain, and Kaitlyn pulls him back up to his feet in the center of the ring. Kait hits Tony with a barrage of Muay Thai style knee strikes, repeatedly driving her knee right into Stevens’ ribs and stomach. Kaitlyn then transitions into a cravate-style grip, and delivers a few more knees to the chest for good measure, before tossing Stevens across the ring with a Cravate Suplex!
Crowd: OOOOHHHHHHH!!!
Paisner: What a throw by Kaitlyn!
Woodbridge: She’s displaying her raw power here tonight, taking advantage of her power advantage over the lighter Milkman!
Stevens lays in a heap on the mat, and Kaitlyn crawls over for another pinning attempt, hooking the leg!
1!
2!
NO!
2 and a Half! Stevens kicks out. Kait checks with Tai Ni Wong to confirm it, but it is a 2 count only.
Paisner: I think Kaitlyn may be a bit surprised with Stevens’ tenacity here. He’s kicked out of everything she’s thrown at him.
Woodbridge: Stevens has withstood alot, but Kaitlyn has alot more in her arsenal, I assure you.
Kaitlyn rises up to her feet, and looks down at Stevens, who is crawling over to the side of the ring. She watches him crawl to the ropes, and Tony uses them to help pull himself up to his feet easier. Tony gets up to a vertical base, and looks over to see Kaitlyn staring him down, with her hands up, as if to say “come and get me.” The Milkman shows no fear, and hobbles over to her, but she takes him down with a big Chop Block! The Milkman reaches out to the leg, and lays on the mat wincing in pain for a moment. Milkman screams out in pain, but he takes a deep breath and he rolls onto his hands and knees, trying to somehow get back up to his feet. Kaitlyn sees Stevens in this position, and gets right in front of him, lifting her leg up in the air, and kicking Stevens right on the back of the head with an UNDER THE KNIFE!
Crowd: OOOOOOOHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!
Paisner: UNDER THE KNIFE! Stevens may be out of it!!!
Stevens lays on the mat, nearly motionless, and Kaitlyn rolls him onto his back, hooking the leg for the cover!
1!
2!
3-NO!
The Milkman kicks out!!!
Crowd: YYYEEEEAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!
Paisner: Stevens kicks out!
Immediately, Kaitlyn goes for another cover, this time hooking both legs, and really stacking Stevens up!
1!
2!
NO!
Crowd: YYYYEEAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!
He kicks out again! Tai Ni Wong calls for the 2, and much like earlier, Kait checks with him to confirm it. This time Kaitlyn’s starting to look a bit irritable upon hearing that she once again could not keep Stevens down for a three count.
Woodbridge: And now you can tell Kaitlyn’s starting to become a bit frustrated. When your opponent keeps kicking out and kicking out, it almost demoralizes you in a way, but Kaits gotta stay focused.
Paisner: Stevens is only flesh and blood, if Kait stays consistent, he will EVENTUALLY stay down. Kait’s just gotta stay on him!
Kait stands back up and looks out into the crowd, trying to fire herself up, but she looks out into the audience, and while there are definitely still some vocal Kait supporters, the crowd is getting louder and louder for Stevens over the course of this match.
Paisner: It appears as if Stevens’ perseverance is winning this crowd over! They’re all starting to believe in Tony “The Milkman” Stevens!
Crowd: MILK-MAN! MILK-MAN! MILK-MAN!
Kait tries to drown out the chants for her opponent, and she turns her attention back to the grounded Stevens. She pulls him back up to a vertical base, and she goes to work once more, hitting him with a barrage of forearms to the face, each one makes Stevens stand more wobbly. After about 10 or so strikes, Kait backs away from The Milkman for a moment, leaving him standing groggy in the center of the ring. Kait winds her arm up, as she sizes Stevens up, measuring her opponent. After winding up her arm a few times, she dashes towards Stevens, looking for a big Running Clothesline………...but Stevens ducks it! Kaitlyn immediately turns around, but she runs right into The Milkman, who takes her down with a clothesline of his own!
Crowd: YYYEEEEEEAAAAAHHHHHH!!!
Kait scrambles up to her feet, and Stevens takes her down with another clothesline!
Crowd: YYYEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHH!!!
Kaitlyn scrambles up to her feet yet again, and Stevens drops her with a THIRD clothesline!
Crowd: YYYEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!
Paisner: Now Stevens is starting to feel it! The crowd’s cheering for the Milkman!
Kait once again scrambles up to her feet, and she runs up to Stevens, meeting him head-on, but she gets a kick right to the gut. Kait hunches over in pain, and Tony tries to lift her up for a Powerbomb, but Kait blocks it, holding on to Tony’s thigh! Tony can’t get her up, but she wraps both her arms around both Tony’s legs, and she uses her power to hoist Stevens up……….and drop him to the mat with a VICIOUS ALABAMA SLAM!!!!
Woodbridge: GODDAMN! The Milkman just got dropped HARD!
Paisner: And once again, Stevens is cut off before any momentum can be built!
Woodbridge: And the way things look right now, it may just be a matter of time before Kait is declared the retaining champion!
Milkman lays in a heap on the mat, disoriented from the whiplash of that forceful Alabama Slam. Stevens is breathing heavily, but otherwise barely showing any signs of energy or life. Kait peels him up off the mat, and plants him with a Snap DDT! The Milkman is near motionless on the mat, while Kait gets up to her feet and stands tall, holding her hands up in the air for an even more negative response than the last time.
Crowd: YYEEAAHHH!! / BBBBBBOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!
Paisner: It seems that every time Kait cuts Stevens’ momentum off, the crowd gets more and more behind The Milkman!
Woodbridge: Be that as it may, this one may not be lasting all too much longer!
Stevens lays prone on the mat, but despite the look of pain, you can still see the determination on his face. Stevens starts pushing himself up, desperately trying to get back into the fight. He pushes himself up to his hands and knees, but Kait is right there, and pulls him up to his feet, tucking his head in between her legs before she hoists him up……...and drops him with a BIG Powerbomb!!!
Woodbridge: Powerbomb! What impact!!!
Milkman’s determined face now becomes one of solely pain. Kait stands tall once again in the middle of the ring, and now she looks ready to finish the job. She backs herself away from Stevens, and lies in wait, making Stevens use his energy to push himself back to his feet. Kait patiently waits, as Milkman struggles to get back up, showing the toll this match has taken on him.
Paisner: What does the Milkman have left to give?
The Milkman painfully tries to get himself back up to a vertical base, but it’s very much a labored process. The fans start cheering for Tony, trying to get him up to his feet and back in this fight!
Crowd: LETS-GO-MILK-MAN! clap clap clapclapclap LETS-GO-MILK-MAN! clap clap clapclapclap LETS-GO-MILK-MAN! clap clap clapclapclap
Tony hears the support, and with the arena behind him he manages to get up to his hands and knees, but as he starts to try and get up to his feet, he slumps right back down to the mat, with a look of agony and exhaustion on his face. The crowd sighs, but Kaitlyn sees this, and a smile forms on her face.
Woodbridge: If The Milkman can’t get up, this one’s just about over, and Kait realizes it!
Kait starts to look more confident, and she looks down at her nearly-lifeless opponent with a look of intent!
Paisner: Kait’s in Predator mode, and right now Stevens is the vulnerable prey! She’s going for the kill, Mark!
Kait walks over to Stevens, and forcefully pulls him back up to his feet. Stevens, very wobbly on his feet, stands upright in the ring for a couple moments, before Kait grabs him by the arm, and sends him towards the ropes with a hard Irish Whip!
Woodbridge: Here she goes!
Milkman rebounds off the ropes, and Kaitlyn spins herself twice, looking for the TWIRLY WHIRLY, but Milkman ducks the lariat, and he continues his momentum, running to the opposite set of ropes. Stevens rebounds off the ropes, but he runs right into Kaitlyn, who muscles him up into the air, catching him for a POP-UP POWERBO-NO! MILKMAN REVERSES WITH A HURRICANRANA!
Crowd: YYEEAAAAAHHHHHHH!!!
Paisner: What a Hurrianrana from Stevens!!!
Kaitlyn scrambles up to her feet, not wanting to give The Milkman too much momentum, but The Milkman fights through the pain, feeding off the emotion of the crowd, and gets up as well! Kaitlyn runs up to Stevens, but gets taken right back down by a Sling Blade from The Milkman!
*Crowd: YYYYYYEEEEAAAAAHHHH!!!
Woodbridge: This may be Stevens’ last opportunity to get back in this thing! He’s gotta swing for the fences here!
Kaitlyn once again scrambles up to her feet, this time a bit slower, as does the adrenaline-fueled Tony Stevens. Kaitlyn hobbles over to Stevens once again and he digs down deep, lifting her up on his shoulders, dropping her with THE MILKY WAY!
Crowd: YYEEEEAAAHHHHH!!!
Stevens takes just a couple seconds to catch his breath, but not long after he hooks the leg for the cover!
1!
2!
NO!
2 and a half, Kait powers out! The Milkman takes a couple more seconds to rest, and catch his bearings, but the roar of the crowd keeps him running, and he gets atop Kait, and starts raining down a flurry of right hands to the forehead of the champion! Kait tries to get her hands up to block, but Stevens’ fists keep finding their mark!
Crowd: YYYEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHH!!!!
Paisner: And after that kickout, Stevens’ is right back on the attack, wearing the champion down! This may be his last chance at putting away Kaitlyn, and he’s gonna ride this adrenaline rush and make every shot count!!!
Stevens throws a few more shots to the skull of Kait, before going for yet another cover, hooking the leg!
1!
2!
NO!
A bit less emphatic, but once again, Kait kicks out! Stevens gets back atop Kait, and throws a few more punches to the head of Kait, before getting back up to his feet, and dragging Kait’s prone body a bit closer to the turnbuckle.
Woodbridge: What's Milkman got on his mind?
With Kait laid out on the mat, Stevens walks up to the corner, and starts climbing the turnbuckles, looking to go high-risk!
Paisner: Stevens is looking to score big here!
Stevens stands up on the top rope, but he wobbles for just a moment, and he pauses for just a moment to catch his balance. Stevens re-orients himself, and leaps off the top, looking for the MILKSAULT!.......................but there’s nobody home! Kaitlyn manages to roll out of the way and The Milkman eats the canvas!!!
Crowd: OOOHHHHH!!!
Woodbridge: JAYSUS! Milkman just landed face and chest-first on that mat!
Paisner: Stevens struggled for just a moment on that top rope, and that created a small window of opportunity for Kait to dodge the Milksault!
Woodbridge: And just like that, The Milkman may have just seen his title chances go up in smoke!
The Milkman lays on the mat, in a hunched position, eyes closed with a pained look on his face. Kaitlyn slowly gets herself back up to her feet, and she sees Milkman prone. Kait stands in the corner, watching Stevens try to get back up to his feet, but having a bit of trouble doing so. Stevens slowly gets up to his hands and knees, and then pushes himself up to his feet in a hunched over position, but Kaitlyn bounces off of the nearby ropes, uses that momentum and comes dashing towards Tony, hitting him with a running UNDER THE KNIFE!
Crowd: OOOOOOHHHH!!!
Woodbridge: Kaitlyn taking Tony right back down!
Milkman drops to the mat, clutching the back of his head. Kait doesn’t stop her attack though, and she grabs Tony by the arm, forcefully pulling The Milkman back up to his feet, and hoisting him up onto her shoulders, dropping him to the mat with a big Death Valley Driver!!! Kaitlyn gets back up to her feet, and she looks very much ‘in the moment’, slapping herself in the face, looking absolutely fired up!!! The crowd responds with another slightly mixed, but now mostly negative reaction!
Crowd: YEAAHH! / BBBBBBBBOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!
Kait backs herself up in the corner, with her eyes deadlocked onto Stevens, as she lies in wait, waiting for her moment to strike!
Paisner: Kaitlyn’s looking for the Chargepin here, that devastating Spear!
Woodbridge: If she can get this, it may be all over!
Kaitlyn sits in the corner, looking absolutely intent on breaking Stevens in half. Stevens very slowly starts to rise to his feet, having no idea what awaits him. Stevens very laboriously finally makes it up to his feet, and he turns around to face Kaitlyn, who charges at him with a CHARGEP-NO! The Milkman catches Kaitlyn flush with a MAD COW SUPERKICK!!!!
Crowd: YYYYEEAAAAHHHHHH!!!
Paisner: THE MAD COW!!! FROM OUT OF NOWHERE!!!
Woodbridge: SHE’S OUT OF IT!!!
Kaitlyn is out on her feet, hobbling sideways a bit before finally collapsing to the mat in a heap! Kait is motionless, and Stevens quickly goes for the pin, hooking the inside leg!!!
Paisner: STEVENS WITH THE COVER!!!
1!
2!
3!
NO!
Paisner: WHAT?!?!?!?
Tai Ni Wong stops his count at 2.9, and points to Kait’s other foot on the bottom rope! But Kait did not get her foot there herself, we see the sudden appearance of GiGi at ringside!!!
Crowd: BBOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!
Paisner: Hey! What the hell?! That’s GiGi!!!
Woodbridge: What the hell just happened!?!?!?
We see a replay overtake the screen, and the fans in attendance can see on the video screen in the arena. The replay shows that as the referee started to count, GiGi came out from underneath the ring, and pulled Kait’s foot on the rope just in the nick of time!
Paisner: She was under the damn ring! How long was she under there!?
Woodbridge: She must’ve snuck under there as the lights turned dark before Kait’s entrance!
Paisner: I bet you’re right! Using terms that GiGi would, she just ‘came in clutch’ for Kaitlyn!
Woodbridge: Why would Kaitlyn want GiGi to cum in Klutch?! The hell did Klutch do to her?
Paisner: How many drinks have you had tonight, Mark?
The crowd starts booing the living hell out of GiGi, and by proxy, Kaitlyn. The Milkman now sees GiGi on the outside, and starts to look furious!
Paisner: Now, Milkman’s gotta be careful. Even though GiGi just SCREWED him out of the damn title, he has to stay focused here!
Woodbridge: It’s nearly impossible to focus with that damn jezabel at ringside, but he’s gotta find a way to!!!
Stevens tries to calm himself down, focusing on the task at hand, knowing that he’s here for the Independent Championship, above anything else. The Milkman grabs Kait by the leg, and pulls her to the middle of the ring, before trying to turn her over onto her stomach and lock her in THE FULL CHURN! He tries to get her over in the half-crab, but Kait fights it!
Paisner: Kait’s trying desperately not to get trapped in The Full Churn!
Kait struggles, but Stevens listens to the crowd cheering him on. With GiGi now accompanying Kaitlyn, the formerly-partisan crowd is now 100% on Stevens’ side, and now he feeds off their undeniable energy!
Crowd: LETS-GO-MILK-MAN! clap clap clapclapclap LETS-GO-MILK-MAN! clap clap clapclapclap LETS-GO-MILK-MAN! clap clap clapclapclap
Paisner: The crowd has come completely unglued for Stevens!!!
Woodbridge: Can he get her over?!?!
Kait desperately tries to fight it, but slowly but surely, Milkman is able to roll Kait over, locking in the half crab, and churning the leg!!!
Woodbridge: TONY HAS IT LOCKED IN! FULL CHURN ON KAIT!!!
Crowd: YYYEEEEAAAAAAAAHHHHH!!!
Tony has it locked in, and he really starts cranking on the leg, as Kait screams out in pain and agony! Kait is dead center of the ring, nowhere to go!!!
Paisner: Kait’s gotta make it to those ropes as fast as humanly possible, because she looks ready to tap!!!
Kaitlyn desperately scratches and claws at the mat, trying to crawl herself closer to the ropes. She slowly makes her way closer and closer, as The Milkman applies even more pressure!!!! Kaitlyn screams out even louder!!!
Woodbridge: Kaitlyn can’t take much more of this!!!
Kaitlyn inches closer and closer, and she reaches out, just a few inches away from the ropes……..
Crowd: MILK-MAN! MILK-MAN! MILK-MAN!
Woodbridge: ATLANTA HAS COME ALIVE FOR THE MILKMAN! TAP HER OUT, KID!
Paisner: Churn that leg like there’s no tomorrow, Tony!!!
Stevens starts to crank on her leg even more, and despite being just out of reach, Kait looks ready to tap!!!! As she looks ready to tap with her left hand, she reaches out to the ropes one final time with her right hand, just fingertips away…..but GiGi at ringside quickly pushes the bottom rope out a couple inches towards Kait, and those added inches allow Kait to grab ahold of the rope!!!
Crowd: BBBBOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!
It takes a second for referee Tai Ni Wong to notice it, him almost being sure Kait was ready to tap, but Wong sees the hand on the rope, and instructs Stevens to release the hold! Tony looks dejected, not wanting to release it, but Wong starts to count!
1! 2! 3! 4!
Stevens reluctantly lets go at the referee’s count of 4, not wanting to be DQ’ed, but dejected that Kait was able to reach the ropes.
Paisner: GiGi pushed the rope out for Kaitlyn to grab! Wong didn’t see it, he was completely focused on GiGi’s left hand, which she was about to tap out with!
Woodbridge: FUCK!
Stevens stares down at the mat, tired, disappointed, but he looks up, and sees the evil grin of GiGi at ringside, who is pleased with her handiwork. Stevens’ dejected demeanor turns into a vicious look, as he infers that once again, GiGi has helped prevent him from winning the title! Stevens starts to look incensed, and he has his sights locked on GiGi!
Woodbridge: If I were GiGi, I'd get the hell out of here right about now!
Stevens quickly rolls out of the ring, and makes a beeline for GiGi!
Crowd: YYYEEEEEEEEAAAAHHHHHHHHH!!!
Paisner: Stevens has had enough, and honestly who can blame him!?!
Stevens chases GiGi around the ring, and then up the aisle. GiGi runs back through the curtains, and Stevens stops his running at the aisle.
Woodbridge: GiGi’s just hauled ass outta here, she’s still got a World Title match tonight, she can’t risk taking a beating from Stevens now!
With GiGi gone, Stevens turns his attention back to the ring, where Kait is starting to come back to life, barely able to push herself up to a knee. Stevens exhaustedly walks back down to the ring, and rolls back in, getting up to his feet, walking over to Kait, but Kait pops right up out of nowhere, and catches Stevens with a kick to the gut, before quickly tucking the head, and planting him with a CRADLE DDT!
Crowd: OOOOHHHHHHHH!!!
Paisner: JAYSUS!
Woodbridge: SHE SPIKED HIM!!!
Stevens lays on the mat, barely moving at all, with a look of agony plastered on his face. Kait tries to fight her way up to a vertical base, but she struggles with her right leg, which was being tortured in the Full Churn not long ago. Nevertheless, she gets up to her feet, limping a bit, but at a vertical base nonetheless. She wastes very little time, and bends over to pull Stevens up to his knees, and then up to his feet. Kait puts the froggy Stevens into position, head tucked underneath her legs. She struggles to do so, but she digs deep, and with a labored look on her face, she lifts him up, and quickly drops him on the mat with a devastating PACKAGE PILEDRIVER!!!
Paisner: GODDAMN!!
Tony lays motionless on the mat, in the middle of the ring, and Kait takes just a quick second to favor her affected leg, but she soon after hooks both legs, going for the cover!
Woodbridge: Kait with the legs hooked!
1!
2!
3!
DING DING DING!
Crowd: BBBBBBBBBBOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!
Babaganoush: At a time of 35 Minutes and 52 seconds, here is your winner…….AND STIIILLLLL WiR Independent Champion……...KAITLYN….CASEY…..JONES!!!
Crowd: BBBOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!
Kaitlyn rises up to her feet, in a great deal of pain, but with a pleased expression on her face as Tai Ni Wong hands her the Independent Title belt. Tony Stevens remains motionless on the mat, and Wong starts to check on him, making sure he’s not injured as Kait celebrates.
Woodbridge: If it wasn’t for GiGi, Tony Stevens would be Independent Champ as we speak!!! GiGi saved Kait’s ass on 2 separate occasions!
Paisner: I gotta agree with you, Mark. Kaitlyn’s “simping” for GiGi paid dividends here tonight.
Kaitlyn, slower than a person with 2 good legs would, climbs up the turnbuckles, posing as she raises the title in the air, to a less-than-receptive reaction from the crowd.
Paisner: Tony Stevens had a great showing tonight. He was in there for over 30 Minutes and held his own with one of the best. I believe he will be Independent Champion someday, but for now, the title remains in the hands of Kaitlyn Casey Jones.
The lights then once again dim for a moment, ringside crew checking the quality of the mat and it’s canvas to make sure no wear and tear has made it unstable. And determining it’s safe, the lights come back on, as we see Javier Babaganoush in the ring, at the ready to announce our next match.
Javier: The following match set for one fall and a 30-minute time limit, and it is for the WiR Tag Team Champpionnshippp!!!
Crowd: WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Summer Nights by SIAMÉS hits the venue as the crowd gets loud for the tag team champions, but as the music plays, it is only June Emery-Anavae that comes out from the back, with a tag title around her shoulder and a smile that seems forced as she begins walking down the ramp, keeping her eyes on the ring as if to keep her mind off a nagging question.
Woodbridge: Where’s Kat?
Paisner: It would seem that’s the question everyone’s asking since last House Party when Kat turned her back and walked away from her Simp Squad companions after Gigi interfered in her match to get her a win. We haven’t seen Kat since!
June makes it to the ring and enters but there’s the conspicuous absence of her tag team partner and wife, and seconds pass that feel like forever while the silence hangs over the air but it is then filled with the notes of an unfamiliar song. Around 20 seconds pass before the lyrics reach “I am not your queen”, and the crowd cheers when Kat Anavae-Emery finally arrives at the venue!
Woodbridge: Thank god, she’s here! With.. a very new theme song!
Kat takes her time walking towards the ring, paying no mind to anyone as she walks past fans confidently. As the lyrics reach “You can’t imitate her”, Kat passes by the cameraman and she begins striking poses reminiscent of a certain live-streaming somebody in WiR.
Woodbridge: And a very new attitude too! I really thought we were gonna see a forfeit by the champions tonight, but maybe a new edge from Kat will put them over their opponents tonight!
Paisner: Kat looks like she has an entirely new focus tonight! It’s been a tumultuous period for the Simp Squad, as Kat doesn’t even seem to want to be associated with Gigi and Kaitlyn, as their absence here seems to indicate. The separate entrances are an unusual sight from the Stargazers as well; we can only hope the two StarGazers can keep it together and defend their tag titles tonight.
Kat finally reaches the ring and hops up on the apron, and June says something to her but Kat doesn’t seem to respond back.
Woodbridge: Yeesh, I’ve got the cold shoulder before but. Not during a title defense.
Paisner: Our tag team champions have held these titles since April, but this division between them does not bode well, new look or not.
Woodbridge: Even a minor slip up against as freshly put together a team as their competitors tonight could spell disaster for the champions. It only takes three seconds, Pais.
Now, a rock song cuts off the music and we see two men emerge from the back, one with blue hair and one who looks like a total douche. The crowd has a mixed reception as Jim Baker disregards all that. Baker then turns to his blue-haired friend and offers a fist bump, to which Dexter Flux replies with a handshake that cups around the fist of Baker.
Woodbridge: They’re an odd couple, aren’t they, Allen?
Paisner: The Horde definitely have an unconventional, outsider feel.
Woodbridge: Which is a polite way of saying they’re weirdoes. One of them is a milkman, and these two are a blue-haired freak and a man who’s mostly kind of an ass. And while Baker doesn’t have any major damage, wrestling 2 matches in one night is brutal, not a chance he’s 100 percent right now. Does anyone think they have a chance here?
Paisner: Come on, Mark. Yes, the Stargazers have had a hell of a run with the titles, but especially given their current state, I’m still steady under the impression that anything can happen in WiR. And anything HAS happened. That said, The Horde is a very unorthodox squad of guys. All of them are recent post-revival competitors in WiR, and Flux and Baker got a chance to get some redemption right after Tony’s failed attempt to claim the independent championship.
Woodbridge: But if Simp Squad come out of this….if GiGi wins later tonight, that could be all 3 titles in their possession.
Paisner: Lord almighty let’s pray we don’t have to bear witness to that. Lest we all become simps.
Baker and Flux make their way down to the ring, Baker being an ass to fans while Flux gently offers baby carrots from his pockets to fans. Baker makes it to the ring and places himself in the middle of the ring, and Flux politely makes his way up the steps on the outside of the ring, before settling onto the corner and twirling the tag rope around his finger.
Now that Baker and June are both in the ring, Javier begins to announce the competitors.
Javier: In the corner to my right. From Orange County, California, and Cincinnati, Ohio respectively; weighing in at a combined weight of 425 pounds, Dexter Flux and Jim Baker: THE HORRRDEEE!!!!
Crowd: BBOOOOOOOO!!!!
Javier: And in the corner to my left.. Weighing in at a combined 302 pounds, from New Hamburg, and Harmony, Ontario, Canada, Kat Anavae-Emery and June Emery-Anavae, THE STAAARGAAZERRSSS!!!!
Crowd: WWWOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!
June looks over at Kat once more, but Kat doesn’t make eye contact with her wife, and June turns back to face Baker as the referee Mia So Hung calls for the bell.
DING DING DING
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Thought i might as well post it here, here's one of the weirdest things i enjoy (my partner says it is lol) Kraft Mac n' Cheese mixed with Maruchan Teriyaki Beef Yokisoba noodles with a bit of milk added to make it creamier. Tastes kinda like a teriyaki burger if hamburger helper had that flavor. submitted by da__Reefeon to stonerfood [link] [comments]


2020.10.11 06:47 da__Reefeon here's one of the weirdest things i enjoy (or at least my partner says it is lol) Kraft Mac n' Cheese mixed with Maruchan Teriyaki Beef Yokisoba noodles with a bit of milk added to make it creamier. Tastes kinda like a teriyaki burger if hamburger helper had that flavor.

here's one of the weirdest things i enjoy (or at least my partner says it is lol) Kraft Mac n' Cheese mixed with Maruchan Teriyaki Beef Yokisoba noodles with a bit of milk added to make it creamier. Tastes kinda like a teriyaki burger if hamburger helper had that flavor. submitted by da__Reefeon to shittyfoodporn [link] [comments]


2020.10.05 05:06 500scnds [Table] I am a 26-year-old woman who was born blind, AMA. (part 1/3)

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There are a few clinical trials assessing the efficacy of new treatments for LCA. Are you part of any or considered any? If you were aware and chose not to, any reason why not in particular? This is such a great question. I personally don't want to be part of a trial, or even accept a cure if it becomes available. By this point I'm hard wired to be a blind person. The brains of congenitally blind people develop differently, and the thought of adding in all the sensory input from sight is quite disturbing. I'm in favour of treatments being developed to give people a choice, but it must be that, a choice. My concern is that in the future we will live in a society where if someone doesn't take the treatment, access to things like disabled student support services will then be removed, because the government will put the financial responsibility on the person for continuing to choose to be blind.
Of course, none of us know if this will happen or not but it is a worry. It's one of the many reasons why I focus so heavily on the need for universal design. If we build systems that are accessible to everyone, disabled people won't have to rely so heavily on additional support in order to access things like university.
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That is a really interesting response, especially your concerns regarding the governments stance on eligibility for support. What’s your experience of the RNIB been? The library and shop are good. Hard pass on almost everything else.
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So are you saying that if you could choose to have sight safely and effectively, you would not take it? Exactly that. would you choose to be blind? It would be a drastic learning experience and change my life. I already have the life I want, I travel, work and study. I go on dates. I do the things I want to do. Getting sight would involve a huge amount of rehabilitation to learn how to live with it, which might not even be possible because as mentioned, my brain developed differently. It's easier, from a neurology perspective, to adapt to a loss than it is to a gain.
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No, but that would be taking away a sense, not adding one. If I were offered something like...let's say echolocation; or the ability to read other's people's minds; I would take that. In a heartbeat. Not casting judgment. It just seems kind of odd that you would choose to not take sight. You could throw away all of the stuff you need to navigate the world. You could drive a car. You could do a lot more than are capable of doing right now, and I'm just surprised that you'd say no to making your life easier and...don't take this the wrong way...fuller. That's your perception. I've been really clear about why I wouldn't, particularly in relation to the brain development of congenitally blind children. It wouldn't be like I was suddenly a sighted person. The reality is, I'd probably never be able to do any of the things you've mentioned, because my brain would be incapable of interpreting that visual information, even if my eyes could see it. People are viewing this in a far too simplistic manner.
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Can you explain further why you would choose to go without sight if given the choice? That just doesn't make any sense to me, no pun intended. I understand you grew up without it but if I were given the chance to have another extremely useful amazing sense that I don't currently have I would not hesitate for a moment. I don't think you guys are fully appreciating that my brain has developed differently. I am not the same as you, I don't decode information in the same way. My visual cortex is likely activated when I read braille and process auditory information.
If I were to gain sight, there's a strong chance I would never be able to effectively use it. It might feel intuitive to you, but it would be like an alien had taken route inside my skull. The very limited studies that look at people who were born blind, or lost their sight early in childhood, are not promising. Mike May is probably the best example, and there's a reason he still lives as a blind person today.
And I couldn't just wear a blindfold. I'd then have to constantly have my eyes covered. Would I blindfold myself in the shower? How would that look in public. And what, ultimately would have been the point of any of it. The idea of gaining vision is distressing, more so than I think it is to lose it. Because when you lose it you can adapt. I'd never be able to adapt, and it would be there, sending my brain into overdrive and trying to use sensory processing resources that I just don't have. It would be like subjecting me to torture.
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I think some of the individuals here don’t really understand the neuroscience side. They think that there’s just an “unused” part of your brain that is waiting for sight input. Instead, since there’s no traditional sight input, the “visual cortex” is taken over by things you need, such as an expanded understanding of space. Not necessarily “better” senses but more utilization of the senses. Your hearing may not be better than mine, but you are better at using it than I am (as a sighted person). That “better at using it” translates in to more “brain space” needed. You’re right (of course) if you got sight, there’s no “spare neurons” waiting for input, it would be a learning/retraining and even some potential loss of something else. Overall, thank you for sharing your experiences, I have enjoyed reading them. I (like others) am so visual-focused that the seeing black part of things was also my misconception. Absolutely, this perfectly captures what I was trying to say. Thank you.
I have RP ( Retinitis Pigmentosa ), so I am slowly going blind. And mental health tips?? :) Hey, LCA is very similar to RP in terms of what it does to our eyes, we're just born blind. My best advice is to reach out to the blind community, especially in your local area if possible. Your blind friends can give you advice, they can teach you things, but they can also empathise when that's what you need. But keep your connections with sighted friends too, because they are just as great. Don't give up on your goals, look at them as an opportunity to learn something. By that I mean if you want to get a particular job, find out how other blind people do it and learn those skills. If you feel like you need professional mental health support there's no shame in getting it either. It is possible to go through this and come out the other side.
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Thank you for the heartfelt response. I struggle to accept my condition, and sometime looking for empathy feels like acceptance. But I think I will start being more proactive! I can't pretend I understand, because I've lived my whole life as a blind person. But I can see how it can be difficult. It's best to start working on the skills you'll need while you have vision, because then when you lose it, it's not such a huge adjustment and you can continue living as a perfectly functional blind person. If you're in the US, reach out to the National Federation of the Blind and find out about their training centers.
I've spent some time as a software developer trying to make my software accessible. Are there any common mistakes in "accessible" software that makes it hard to navigate via screen readers? Is there any type of accessibility software that doesn't exist yet, that should? Where is the first place you want to travel once this pandemic bullshit blows over? I think the hardest thing is when buttons aren't labeled correctly to interact with a screenreader. Though honestly I'm not a developer, good accessibility testing is really crucial. And as for travel...I'm not sure, I want to go back to the United States to visit friends, but we'll see.
This might sound stupid, but: How did you find out that other people could see? And when/how did you started to conceptually understand a little bit what that meant? I mean as a small child you just live as you know it, but at some point life forces you to become aware that others around you read the world really differently. I think I realised very early on, because I learnt that I could demand information from others. But the implications of what that meant for me and my future probably took a while to sink in. There wasn't a moment in which I realised, in my mind I've always known, but throughout the years different experiences taught me what impact it had. Particularly in relation to how other people responded to me.
How do you think your life would be different if you developed blindness later on in life rather than being born with it? Quite a few of my students, and also friends have lost their sight. I think you go through a different adjustment, because you're grieving a loss. I was born blind, I didn't lose anything and so I don't feel the loss in the same way. You'd have to relearn many skills that you had before, such as learning how to cook and travel as a blind person. But you'd also have visual memory and a visual understanding of the world that I don't have.
I hope this doesn’t sound rude but I’m unsure how to word it. Do you think you have a good grasp on what you look like? Do you ever wish you could see yourself? Edit: I’ve never gotten this many upvotes before thanks strangers! Kind of. I think for me it's the hardest part about my blindness. I know facts about my appearance, but there will always be that extra layer that I don't have, something everyone else gets to see that I don't. My knowledge of my appearance is always filtered through the eyes of others.
I once watched a documentary on a young man who learned to navigate by using clicking sounds and hearing the echoes, and was tested to have a high degree of accuracy. Do you have any similar experience, say hearing a noise coming from a building to know you’re close? Sure, most blind people use echo location, or flash sonar, to some degree. Much of it is passive, so the echo my cane makes when it taps something. I can gather a lot of information through that.
What is your career of choice? and what other careers are there for people who are blind/visually impaired? I just qualified as a rehabilitation teacher, working with blind people who have lost their vision. But I'm going back to university to get a masters degree in social and public policy. I'd like to get a PHD and work in academia, but we'll see. Almost any career is open to people who are blind. I know blind lawyers, accountants, teachers, artists, software developers, physiotherapists...
[deleted] It's vital if a child is born blind or loses their vision early on. It's critical if they are going to develop really strong literacy skills. I understand blind people who choose not to use it in the workplace, but it should always be a choice, rather than them not being able to use it because nobody taught them.
I've noticed that there's a cutoff point where my spelling gets worse. Usually it's when I haven't read about a topic in braille, so I'm missing the spellings of area-specific language. This is why I use refreshable braille as well so that I can access electronic text in braille and still develop those skills.
I am curious how do you navigate outside? I get frequently lost in my home city even with a perfect eyesight (and no innate bump of direction) 😄 I travel using a long white cane, which I use to detect things like steps and different surfaces. I use the information around me, such as listening to traffic patterns and other environmental sounds. I might also use gps technology and apps that will show me things like the bus schedule.
Sorry Reddit gave you a hard time about providing proof. My mom is legally blind, but she can still see light and dark and can get close to decent vision with the help of some specially made contacts and the thickest glasses I've ever seen. Do you have any vision at all? Is there any sort of contention between "legally blind" people who can still see and totally blind people? Thank you for doing this AMA, I think that awareness is super important and it can really only come from a firsthand source. It's ok, they accepted another method of proof. And I think there can be but there shouldn't be. Ultimately we belong to the same community and should be there to support one another. I do have light perception, but I'm unable to see colours or shapes, so it really is just light and dark.
Hi CatchTheseWords! How do you find blind people are treated in society? What can people do to make the life of blind people on society more comfortable? Often we're treated like we are less capable, almost like children. I've even been in a situation where a child is given more responsibility than me. The biggest thing is to respect that we are adults, we have skills and can contribute.
What is your concept of large objects? For example, are able to imagine an entire car at once like someone with sight can? I saw a video of a blind youtuber and he was unable to recognize what a toy car was by feeling it because he only ever touches a small portion of cars he comes in contact with, so he is unable to get an idea of what the whole thing looks like, so to speak. I grew up playing with toys, so I'd recognise something like a car because I've touched the real thing, but also the toys. But if you showed me a model of a famous landmark I'd probably have no idea what it was.
I am slowly losing my sight due to two inherited conditions. I'm trying to adjust my life and thinking now for the eventuality. It's really silly, but my greatest fear about not being able to see is not knowing if I am about to touch a spider. Do you feel hesitant about reaching out because of similar fears? Sometimes at night, or if I'm searching in the garage for something. But in general no.
What non visual things equivalent to body language do you notice about people when you first meet them? Speech patterns are a big giveaway regarding a persons emotional state. But I do think I miss out on some information because I don't see body language, particularly if I'm the only blind person in the room.
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How are social cues different with an all blind group versus a sighted or mixed group? When it's all blind people we tend to vocalise things more. There's no non-visual communication, so we're going to verbalise something if we want people to know. In a mixed group I might miss out on whole conversations because they take place through body language only.
Do you have any kind of visual sensations when you're dreaming? Have you ever taken a psychedelic drug and "seen" any hallucinations? This topic fascinates me. Also, what sort of entertainment do you enjoy? Most forms of entertainment that I enjoy rely on visual stimulation. Are you into music? Who are some of your favorite artists? I dream as I live, so with my other senses. I didn't experience anything visual, just auditory and also I felt like time had a physical manifestation. Was a weird experience. I like watching films and tv and also reading a lot. For visual media like films I use audio description, which is an additional audio track that describes visual actions.
Have you dated much? Do you think you would prefer or avoid dating another blind person? I have dated. I've actually never dated a sighted person. Like most people I can say I've had both good and bad experiences. I would be open to dating either a blind or sighted person, who they are is more important than whether they can see or not.
What is your primary form of entertainment? Of course I know that blind people still have television with descriptive audio, but do you enjoy this? Or are you more for music? Thank you for this chance to ask these questions! Primary would be books. I love music and TV, but there's nothing like a book for me.
How you know if you look presentable before you leave for the morning? Mostly by learning strategies like what colours go together, and how my hair feels when it's neat and tidy. If I'm unsure, I might use a service like Aira which provides visual interpreting through the camera on my phone to check.
What technology has helped or hindered you the most as you’ve grown up? I think having access to a smartphone. I can read books, scan the packaging on food, read my mail, easily communicate with friends by text, use GPS etc. And I can use a product out of the box, without having to buy additional software. The economic cost of having a disability is huge, so when technology includes built in accessibility features it helps remove some of those economic barriers. We must invest in accessible tech, rather than specialised devices which cost thousands and have a small market.
Have you ever experimented with psychedelics? If so, what was your experience like? I have. It was extremely weird. I felt like I could feel time, as though it had a physical manifestation. And I felt like I had achieved a higher sense of purpose and knowledge.
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That's an incredibly interesting answer. Thanks for that insight! Out of interest was it mushrooms or LSD? LSD. Never tried shrooms.
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When I read your post, I immediately thought of this thread which I had read earlier about a person blind from birth who experienced dmt for the first time. Would you be interested in trying dmt ever? Sure, why not.
As someone who makes websites, what can I do to make it easier for a blind person to use websites I make? What are common issues that annoy you? Comprehensive accessibility testing is important and complying with web accessibility guidelines. But a big problem for me is images that aren't tagged with alt text.
What is one thing you wish everyone knew about being blind? That I'm still an adult. I can make the same choices about my life as other people. This includes where I go and what I do, and whether I do or don't want help. It's often forced on me.
Which country is the best for a blind person to live in? It said you travel a lot so I thought you would know more about the procedures other countries have. I don't think there's one country that's best. Honestly I think a blind person should live where they want, and not base it around blindness. However, I do think living in a country with anti-discrimination laws, where you know you have a legal right to access education and employment, can help.
Does it suck having to touch things to read braille during a pandemic? Kind of. I'm not really enthusiastic about having to read the braille on the buttons of lifts. But then that's the same for anyone pressing the button. I just make sure to wash my hands a lot.
When I imagine something in my mind I see images. When you imagine something what are your thought processes? It depends. Mostly tactile, unless it's something like a flower or food in which case I think of smell or taste.
Do you have an understanding of color? Or is that just an unknown concept to you? It's unknown. I can learn facts about colour and the science behind it, but I'll never actually understand it in the way someone who can see does.
I'm a dental hygiene student and I have to take dental x-rays of a blind patient tomorrow. It's only my second time taking x-rays and first time ever working with (or meeting) a blind patient. What are some things I should do to make the appointment most comfortable for them? Honestly the best thing you can do is to ask them if there's anything specific they'd like you to do. My needs may not be the same as there's. For example some blind people would want to receive human guide around the room, but I would be happy to follow someone and use my cane.
Does being blind sometimes helps in a daily life? I think it's made my life more interesting. I know people all over the world because I met other blind people online. Sure, sighted people meet people online too, but there's no way of knowing if I would have if I could see. I travelled abroad alone for the first time to meet blind friends, which made me love travelling so then led to all the other things I've done. In daily life I'm not sure it makes a huge difference to me, but I do think it's resulted in me having some cool experiences.
What ways have you been able to express yourself creatively? My father recently lost his sight and this has been a struggle for him. I love to write, but I know a lot of blind people who enjoy tactile art. I'm just not really in to it.
Have you ever tried psychedelics? Or any kind of drug? If so how would you describe your experience? I’ve read some psychedelic experiences of blind people but almost all of them were people who became blind in life so they had a concept of vision. It would be interesting hearing from someone who has never seen anything in their life. Yeah, it was all auditory and physical sensations. I really enjoyed talking to and petting my dog, and music was very intense.
Is it true that if you lose one sense, your other 4 are enhanced? If so, can you feel a higher sense of smell, sound, etc? It's not true. I pay attention to my other senses more, so I may notice sounds you don't, but my hearing is technically no better.
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That's isn't necessarily true. Your auditory systems themselves are probably the same as any other person, but there has been research finding that blind people's brains have rewired themselves so their visual cortex is used for auditory processing. It is highly likely that your brain has more processing capabilities regarding audio, than those of us who can see. That's probably true. I feel like I devote more energy to it, which enables me to filter sound differently. But my actual ears don't pick up more, and if a sound is really quiet I'm not going to hear it either. I hope that clarifies my response a bit.
Can you picture shapes after feeling them? Like if you picked up a bottle or something and felt where the edges on it are and the overall shape could you picture it in your mind? Kinda like drawing it out in your brain? Idk No, I have no concept of vision so this isn't possible. I would imagine what it felt like in my hands.
What's the question you're most tired of hearing? So many. How can you even use a computer? When are you getting a guide dog? How many fingers am I holding up? I get that one less often now I'm older but it happened a lot in school.
Idk if this is too much to ask, but how do you know/confirm when your period comes? I track them in the health app on my phone. But I've also learnt to pick up on signs that tend to come before a period, like changes in mood etc. And then I might start wearing a pad a few days before just in case.
What's the correct way to approach a blind individual without scaring them? I think if you just walk up and say hi and identify yourself it's fine. I'm only startled if someone creeps up, or I'm not expecting anyone to be in a room.
Do you know when a room is bright or dark? I have a small amount of light perception, so yes. But people who can't see light can use apps or small devices to tell whether the lights are on.
Is it true you can recognize faces by feeling them? I've never tried. It would be very creepy and invasive to touch someone's face, and would make me very uncomfortable. It's just a trope you see on TV.
what's your earliest childhood memory? Approximately how old were you at the time? Walking across the stage in a Christmas production at my pre-school. I remember running my hand along the curtain. I must have been around 3.
What is your hardest daily task? Mostly visual content creation. I create YouTube videos and write a blog, but part of that is knowing the angle of my camera, and where to place images in a post. It's a headache.
What was it like living in Spain and Colombia? It was great. Spain was hard because it was my first time living in another country and I wasn't very outgoing. But living in Colombia was one of the best years of my life. I made a lot of friends and was able to travel a lot. It changed my perspective on many things, and made me realise that if I push myself, I can actually have great experiences.
How do you form mental images of people? Do you ever ask to touch a coworkefriend's face like portrayed in pop culture? I tend to gather information. You can tell how tall someone is by where there voice is, for example. But honestly unless I'm interested in the person I don't tend to think about it. And I don't know of any blind people who actually touch faces.
Are there any TV shows or movies you like to listen to? Have you listened to the tv show, Avatar The Last Airbender on netflix? One of the main characters is blind and in the show her blindness is shown as a strength, as she is one of the best of her fighting styles in the world because of her blindness. I do watch tv, but I haven't seen that one. I'll have to check it out.
What's one thing you wish people would stop asking you about? On or offline. Online, how are you even blind if you're using a computer. Offline, so when are you getting a guide dog?
If you could see for a day, would you do it? Is there any special place in your mind which you are curious about how it looks? Thanks for doing this! I imagine seeing would be very stressful and overwhelming, as my brain has adapted to being blind. Maybe for a day, but I wouldn't take a cure.
What is your favorite sound? Great question, maybe the sound of wind in the trees, but especially at night, combined with the smell.
If you could pick one thing to see, what would it be? I'm not sure. Because I've always been blind, I'm not sure my brain would even be able to interpret that visual information.
DO YOU FIND THAT PEOPLE TEND TO YELL WHEN TALKING TO YOU EVEN THOUGH YOU ARE BLIND AND NOT DEAF? Sometimes, or they speak really slowly. Or put on a tone of voice like they might with a baby or puppy.
How do you know when to stop wiping? I know it’s a popular question but I’ve never gotten a real answer It's just something you learn when you're a really small child? Honestly I'm baffled, do sighted people need to look? That seems...like an over-reliance on vision.
How do you perceive colours when reading or hearing about them? I don't. They're an abstract concept and don't really interest me. I have to know about them for the sake of others.
What are your dreams like? I dream very much as I live. My dreams consist of sound, smell, taste and touch.
Have you ever had self-esteem issues or feel uncomfortable about how you look? I mean, i know you don't know they way you look, but have you ever get too much concerned about it? Like thinking you're ugly, weird looking, disproportionated, etc. I have had self-esteem issues all my life and i find myself making me this questions a lot. Of course i can see the public figures and the "beauty standards", so it is easy to me to compare myself with them, but i'm sure you have heard a lot of "beauty people" descriptions in movies and stuff like that. Do you compare yourself to them? btw, english is not my first language, so i'm sorry if there are mistakes. Definitely. We live in a culture that is obsessed with appearance. Even though I can't see myself, it's still something I worry about.
Do you prefer to keep your eyelids open when you're awake? I do, though it's not really a preference, just something I naturally do.
Hi! If you do use them, how do you go about using dating apps? If you don't use apps, how do you meet people? (inb4 anyone responding with 'blind date' jokes) I've thought about using them but I haven't tried very seriously. Mostly I meet people through work or university, going to bars, chatting online etc. I guess the ways most people my age meet others.
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I have quite a few (5) questions. 1. Does it take long to use the internet? I imagine it's way slower than reading, right? (compared to Braille) With synthesised speech I can read at around 500 words a minute, though I'm working on increasing that. So it's actually very quick. The hardest thing is dealing with poor design, which braille wouldn't fix either.
2. The world and especially romantic relationships are quite focused on appearance. Is this weird for someone who can't see? It's something I worry about. I do think it's weird, but also I get it, and I definitely worry that I won't measure up to that expectation.
3. Do you care about your own appearance and if you look good or not? I do care. I have to learn which colours match etc, and it takes a lot of effort and doesn't feel natural, but it's important to me. I struggle with not actually knowing what I look like. Sure, I know I have brown hair, I know I have pale skin, but all of my information is filtered through others. I will never stand in front of a mirror and have my own perception of myself.
4. Would you want your partner to be pretty, or do you not care about this? How do other blind people think about this? I'm asking because I often see how blind people still care about their appearance and I'm wondering if those want their partner to care, too. I care to a point. I definitely have felt attraction to guys who are stereotypically attractive. But I've also been attracted to people who aren't because I got to know them as a person.
5. Last question: Do blind people have a similar concept of being superficial with other senses? E. g. only wanting to date or have sex with the best smelling partner (rather than focusing on personality) Kind of, I think voice can be a big one in that regard.
Were you good/bad/average at mathematics in school, and even now? I am a very "visual" learner, so things like graphs explain things better. Even counting objects is often accompanied with pictures at an early age. When you imagine "three" or "five", how do you perceive it? Still a set of repeated objects? I was pretty good. I don't picture it, when I hear the number 3, I just think 3, as if it was a spoken word. I did use tactile graphs as well in my classes.
How did you feel when your parents told you you were blind? I was diagnosed when I was 8 months old, so I grew up knowing I was blind. It was something we've always been very open about. My understanding of what it meant to be a blind person definitely developed over the years, but there wasn't a specific moment when someone told me I was blind.
A lot of people have this concept of love at first sight where they instantly find that they are strongly attracted to another person. What would your equivalent concept be? I once met someone and I knew that first time talking to them that they were an important part of my life from that moment on. I've never felt that before or since.
What do you imagine seeing is like? I don't. It's a totally unknown concept so it's impossible for me to imagine it.
What's the most common thing sighted people do for you that they don't necessarily have to? Rush to grab and help me. Which is really not helpful!
How was it growing up being blind? Were other kids nice through out school, and if not how would you rate your peers when you were a kid/teenageyoung adult (on a scale of 1-10 where 1 is "monsters" and 10 is "saint-like")? It's complicated. Some people were great, others weren't. I also had really poor mental health as a child which made me often shy away from interaction with other children, which didn't help.
What do you think of when you "picture" someone? Their voice? Do you have people describe themselves? Sometimes. If i'm interested in a person I might ask others what they look like. But often it's not something that I think about.
What do you like to do for fun? It depends. Go out with friends to restaurants or bars, read, watch films, go hiking, ice skate.
Do you use a smartphone? These days image processing is getting more and more powerful, so you can point your phone at something and it will tell you what its looking at. Do you use something like that? Also, when I see a blind person in the street, or the sidewalk more accurately, I always want to offer to help them. What's the best way to do so? "Hey blind man, do you need help" ? I do, but usually for reading printed text like my mail.
If you want to offer help you can just approach and say something like "excuse me, do you need any help?" or "can I give you some assistance?" But always accept the answer you are given. If we say no, we're good and we really don't need the help.
Are there jokes about sighted people? If so, can you share some of your favourites? I'm not sure if there are, but there should be.
What is one thing you’d like to know about seeing or sight? I'm not sure of one thing. I just love learning new things. So it's always interesting when someone gives me information I would never have known otherwise.
Whats is it like walking to where you need to go, like how do you go about efficiently while using things such as a mobility cane, or any other method to make sure you are not bumping into things? I use a long white cane so that I can travel safely.
Are you a fan of roller coasters? They're pretty fun.
I didn't see this asked yet, but what are your dreams like? Very much the same as my general life. I dream with sound, touch, smell and taste.
A couple of years ago, on holiday, I went to Dialog am Dunklen (Dialogue in the Dark) in Hamburg. I don't know if you've heard of it, so it a sort of interactive tour throughout different situations (city, forest, bar) but everything is pitch black. So sighted people get a peek into the experiences of someone who's blind. Is that something you'd recommend for people to do? Do you think it can help you if others understand even a little better what your world "looks" like? I don't think it really lets you know what my life is like because you're being thrust into this sudden world of darkness with no skills training at all. You're probably going to fumble around, crash into things and come away with the perception that blindness is hard. And sure, it would be for someone who suddenly woke up blind. But this has been my whole life, and I have perfected techniques for doing things so that I can compete on an equal level with sighted people.
What are the biggest "do's" and "don't" you see people doing around blind people? Do:
Just be relaxed, act like you would normally.
It's ok to ask the person if they need something, but don't feel like you are obligated to do that.
Expect them to contribute, whether that's to a friendship, or in a more practical sense. If everyone is bringing a dish to an event, there's no reason why they shouldn't.
Don't:
Over police your language. We say see, look, watch and it's totally ok.
Grab us because you assume we need help. Ignore us when we say no and keep doing it anyway.
Since you can't see colours, how have you built your wardrobe over the years and what is your go to "look"? Through learning different colour combinations. These days I live in leggings and long shirts, probably because it's a pandemic and I don't really need to do much beyond that!
Do you ever get lost in public? Do you usually prefer asking for help or do appreciate people come to check in if they think you need it? I’ve seen some blind folks look like they need some directions, but I always cringe a bit to ask but ask anyway. I’d rather just ask than possibly let someone wander around without help. I guess some nuanced etiquette tips would be helpful — I get not wanting to be infantilized, grabbed without consent, etc. Sure. I view getting lost as a fundamental part of being an adult out in the world, it happens to anyone, blind or not. Sometimes I might want help and sometimes I just need to work at figuring it out on my own. I'm pretty good at speaking up and asking for help if I need it, but if someone asks I still have the choice to say I don't need help. It's totally ok to help so long as you accept the answer.
What are your thoughts on super-powered blind characters like Daredevil or Toph Beifong from Avatar: The Last Airbender? They exist within a fictional universe, where people can have extra powers. So I just view them the same as I would any character within a fantasy or sci-fi universe. I get frustrated when a book is supposed to be realistic, but the portrayal of blindness is ridiculous.
What do you look for in a partner? Does physical attractiveness still matter or what other characteristics help you make the choice? Their smell, personality etc? All of it. Personality is a big thing. But smell, the sound of their voice, certain physical features.
What is something you wish everyone understood about what it’s like to go through the world without sight? That really, my life isn't all that different. I may approach tasks in a different way and I require things to be accessible to me. But I am capable of employment, of starting a family, of working towards my goals.
Can you still enjoy movies or tv shows? Sure, using audio description.
What is it like being sexually intimate with someone? Do you think it's less appealing to you if it's impossible to see the person or the actions? I've never been able to see, so I can't make a comparrison. But I feel like my sex life can be pretty great, like anyone I've had good and bad experiences.
What does a typical day look like for you? Well right now it's fucked up because of covid and I'm job hunting.
Wake up, shower, eat breakfast, job hunt. But when I was in the US I was working all day, so I'd get up and get ready, then travel to work. After work I might go out with friends and co-workers.
Have you ever walked through a spiderweb and how did that feel for you? Mainly asking because when I do it I have to close my eyes and wave my hands like an idiot trying to brush them off me I hate spiders, so it's always awful.
What makes you the most scared? Spiders maybe? I'm a wimp.
Does Reddit have a feature that tells you how many upvotes you’re getting? It does, yeah.
What words are the worst/most often mispronounced for computers to dictate back to you? Usually just bad spelling. I can't think of any specific words.
One thing that I love is to travel, but unfortunately many places around the world aren't accessible to those who lack sight. Do you have places you would like to visit, to try certain foods or listen to certain things or experiences? Assuming the accessibility of a destination isn't an issue, where would you like to visit? I want to travel everywhere, even though I know it isn't a realistic goal. But if I could go anywhere, I'd visit Antarctica.
How do you date? Like what’s your experience been like? Some of the difficulties? Even some of the benefits? It can be difficult because I worry that people won't see me as a viable prospect. I know there are people who overlook me because of my blindness, but I also have to remember that they aren't everyone. I have to be open to possibilities as well.
I guess a good thing is someone probably isn't going to bother dating me unless they really want to, because they've got to get passed all those misconceptions first. So when they do, it shows me that they are really interested.
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2020.10.04 10:19 RequirementFalse8890 Does this sound like SIBO?

Disclaimer: i am not looking for a reddit diagnosis. I’m just looking for some more information to help guide me in the right direction as I approach medical professionals.
I’ve been diagnosed with IBS and have had parasites ruled out and had stool/blood samples taken for IBD and had cameras in both ends and still have been slapped with IBS, and yet I feel that I don’t identify with a lot of they classic symptoms. I’ve been reading about sibo and I do feel like I align with a lot of the symptoms but there are a couple things that I still wonder about that I’m hoping I might be able to get help with. First, what I do experience: 1. Chronic diarrhea that occurs anywhere from 10 minutes- a day after eating, but typically 10-20 minutes after eating. 2. loose stools when I don’t have diarrhea. 3. sometimes constipation. 4. frequent bloating and allllways gurgling. 5. breath that sometimes makes my partner ask if I’ve farted :( but only sometimes. 6. bad taste in my mouth even after brushing my teeth despite having good dental health. 7. also very gassy and passing gas often. Often times when I wake up, regardless of whether I’ve eaten dinner the night before. 8. very little appetite and weight loss. 9. abdominal cramping/pain shortly after eating most foods. 10. itchy back and neck after eating that swells and reddens to the touch and becomes rashy like an allergic reaction (not specific to any particular food) only 30% of the time
Now why I have some questions: 1. I don’t understand fodmaps. This apparently applies to sibo too, but garlic and onion and many of the classically high fodmap foods have never been a problem for me, sure they hurt when I’m already in pain, but at that point even water hurts me. I don’t have “trigger foods” and never have. 2. “good days”. Do folks with sibo have good days? It’s hard to find online, especially when support groups are usually a place where people find relief to vent, but it doesn’t seem like anyone ever has a day where they can eat a meal without any reaction at all. sometimes I’ll have 2 good days in a row after 2 weeks of badness where I can eat almost anything (like I mean a McDonald’s hamburger level of junk) without any discomfort or any of the above symptoms. 3. I think whatever I have was medication induced. Not antibiotics, but I took a medication called topamax for cluster headaches and migraines which gave me some diarrhea as a side effect (which id already had a sensitive stomach before the med) but after getting off the medication it just really got so much worse
I approached my doctor recently and brought sibo up and was told, what it seems many people are told, which is that it’s incredibly rare and it was quickly dismissed despite my symptoms. I brought it up again and it was again dismissed without testing because I don’t fit the criteria. What I’d like to know is if anyone reading this thinks I fit the description or if there’s any characteristic that would be some sort of automatic disqualification of any sort before I keep pushing the issue.
I apologize for this incredibly long post but if you made it this far thanks so much for reading!!
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2020.10.04 01:18 blurryturtle Roland Garros Men's & Women's Round of 16 Writeup

A lot of people are asking for gambling advice. Mine would be don’t talk about mythical french dragons. After playing fast and loose with the dark arts, a pipe burst in my basement yesterday and I then found out that the shutoff valves had rusted out. Fun fact : flex tape makes you feel very optimistic when you’re stretching it over a leak but it doesn’t work, and just leaves you with new and creative angles for the leaks. I spent a lot of tiempo mopping my basement and setting things up for the plumbers, so I did miss a bit more of some matches than I’d really want to, which may help since I absolutely ate it on some of the round 3 matches.
Djokovic Khachanov : In an interview this week, Djokovic said, “My head is a perfect oval.” He was right, and it was on display against Galan. The first set was not only perfect tennis but entertaining. Novak (we’re on a first name basis) plays the kind of skillful game when he’s in control that is really enjoyable to watch. Time and time again he’s playing pingpong while other people are stuck covering a tennis court. The match tightened up in the second and third sets with Galan getting deep in a few games, but this was mostly a precursor to Djokovic’s first real test.
I had overlooked Khachanov in this draw because I felt he’d lose to Garin, but he played some great tennis today and his power and serving mean that while he may not have the best chance to win, he’ll certainly have an exciting affair with Djokovic. Garin withdrew from his doubles match a day or so ago and complained of dizziness. The physician was asking him how many fingers he was holding up and while he played pretty solid today, he had a sort of glazed look in his eyes throughout. After splitting sets I rather thought Garin would pull away. While Khachanov boasts a big offense, Garin’s speed makes it look like Khach has few options to score. Garin is just “there” for every shot, but he put a number of balls into the net with his forehand that he usually doesn’t.
Khachanov’s best chance in this match is to reign in the offense a bit. Djokovic thrives when his opponents make errors but sometimes gets frustrated when they make him work. The benevolent racquet applauding dropshot hitting Djokovic wins in style. The grumpy laugh at the sky shake his head smash a racquet Djokovic occasionally drops a set. It’s a testament to how good he is that he’s playing Khachanov and the discussion is “what can Karen do to steal a set”. Djokovic in 3, but this is the first chance for him to really show his level.
Carreño Busta Altmaier : Pablo, or Wobblo (as he’s known by rival trapeze crews) gave RBA a very long day. There were times when RBA took the lead but never for long. Carreno’s power was the big factor here and he hit a number of forehand winners. The inside in forehand he’s hitting is really deceptive and since inside-out is his usual pattern it works doubly well. I’m not sure patterns will be so ingrained in his next opponent as they are in RBA though. Altmaier is the story of the men’s side thus far having not dropped a single set through three rounds that continue to get more and more impressive. He plays very solid, hits hard, and his serving is surprisingly consistent even though it doesn’t seem like the biggest weapon. Berretini, though, refused to play more than a few shots per rally in this one. The first ball he could swing at he hit for winners. The ones he couldn’t drive he went for bailout dropshots. It was difficult watching him be so impatient to win rallies when they’re really nothing wrong with his defense or baseline game. Even in a straight set loss he had multiple looks at getting the lead in this match but there were just too many errors, and Altmaier playing at such a fast pace led to Berretini never really getting out of his rush.
After beating Struff and Berretini, it’s pretty clear that Altmaier will be a threat in this match. The last player to take a set off the hardworking German was Ruben Bemelmans in qualifying, and that result is half a puzzle now considering his consistency. I’m struggle to decide what to expect here. It’s another in a stream of these brand new matchups, which is great for the tour but difficult for anyone “trying” to make predictions. A good point to make here is that this is a reason “touts” and “prediction services” fail. By virtue of always trying to write a story or offer a possible outcome, you overextend beyond what your knowledge is. You come up with defendable positions rather than honest advice. It’s easy to write something convincing about a sporting event. All day long we’re thinking about potential futures in our head that will never come to be. Am I having a moment? Maybe. Perhaps it’s because I’m watching Collins bottle every volley or overhand she earns at the end of any point she’s winning. I learned about the term bottling this week. I’m gonna use it.
PCB should win this. Altmaier has benefitted greatly thus far from the errors of his opponents. PCB made very few of these in his match with RBA, just had a great run at the USO, and is the steadier player. It may take a while, since Altmaier is in such excellent form, but I still lean Wobblo, and maintain that that wire in the 2005 Southern Spain Trapeze Championships wasn’t regulation. PCB in 4.
Fucsovics Rublev : Are there no more lefty clay-courters left for Fucsovics to play? After disposing of ARV and Monteiro without much trouble, Fucovics magical victory against Medvedev is a distant memory. Time for another? Rublev beat Anderson pretty easily, and the bigman’s power during rallies was not much use against Rublev’s ballstriking. The matchup here is Rublev’s offense vs Fucsovics shot tolerance. The big Hungarian, who as we all know is from Nyíregyháza, is probably in the best shape of anyone on tour not named Nadal. He utilizes his speed and strength to really make the baseline small for opponents, and his precision game is something he keeps going with a reserved manner. He’ll never give away a match, and this is a good thing to have in his pocket since Rublev has a history of frustrations and errors. That history though, has not been present since the restart of the tour.
Rublev has been smoking the ball starting in Hamburg and his returning has been half clean winners and half solid returns. There is a good chance he will get into a number of Fucs’ service games and if you’ve ever had a wild squirrel with orange hair inside a duffel bag this is what it’s like to have Rublev in your service games. Squirrel smuggling in 4. I mean Rublev.
Dimitrov Tsitsipas : Oh heckkkkkk yeah. This is really and truly a brilliant round of 16 on both sides. Dimitrov was fortunate to receive an injury withdrawal from Carballes Baena, but he didn’t really need it. The big Bulgarian (who only appears past the second round once a year when the moon is full) has been in rare form this week, winning the matches he’s supposed to win and overall playing very overwhelming and consistent ball. This is what the fans want. I fade these guys at times and discuss their issues with consistency, but I absolutely concede that I would forfeit money to see the talent on display that Grigor possesses. Omg Collins won. How do ya like that. Anyway Dimitrov and Tsitsipas probably have two of the most “similar” games on tour, but one of them does way more with it. Tsitsipas played an injured Bedene who had issues with his ankle, and eventually retired, but similar to Grigor he really didn’t need it. Tsitsipas shrugged off the USO defeat, was good in Hamburg, and has been great so far in this event. Dimitrov’s athleticism and form can keep this one close for a while, but it really seems like Tsitsipas has elevated to another level here, and a rematch with Rublev is incoming. Tsitsipas in 4.
Sonego Schwartzman : Lorenzo Sonego can get things off the top shelf in the supermarket for you. Sometimes you’ll just be eating lunch somewhere in the world and Lorenzo Sonego will just snatch one of ur fries. This dude is lanky goodness, and something about him makes me want to buy a car. Fritz and Sonego played a really good match, and it was a good example of how a player can play 1 bad game and lose in straight sets. Fritz didn’t do much wrong here, but Sonego was excellent on the forehand wing. In the pressure moments he found big shots, and since Fritz wins behind his forehand, this gave him a slight disadvantage throughout.
Diego was down early to Gombos, but the guy manufactures breaks of serve better than anybody on tour. Consistently him, Nadal, and Djokovic are the top 3 in service breaks on tour, plus, he never steals french fries. This matchup is closer than people will expect. Sonego is very comfortable on clay and is solid enough to hang with Diego for stretches. If he serves well, he’ll be able to threaten to win sets. Fritz and Sonego was a long match, but two straight sets victories against servers won’t have Sonego in any fatigue issues. Diego is probably the best player left in the draw who you know won’t win the tournament, but he has a tendency to fall behind early in sets and this could become an issue since Sonego hasn’t really been making errors so far. I don’t like the -700 pricetag, but Diego should be able to break down Sonego’s backhand over the course of the match. Schwartzman in 4-5.
Gaston Thiem : Several times I looked at Gaston and Wawrinka’s match and felt like Wawrinka was playing great but the match was being played at Gaston’s tempo. Wawrinka needs time to set up, and with pauses in the rallies he becomes very difficult to beat. Gaston kept the ball moving though and that lateral war is not something that favors Wawrinka. It shoudn’t hurt him though. What ended up happening to Wawrinka was he played Gaston into the perfect training partner for him, and once Gaston had a read on where Wawrinka was going it became half a waste of time for Wawrinka to be hitting so hard. Fatigue set in in the 5th set, and Gaston honestly was the smarter competitor in this one.
Thiem and Ruud seemed like a high quality affair, but that only lasted for a brief period. Thiem is starting to really pull away late in matches and the reserved composure he plays with early in them has thus far not been solved by any of his opponents. A healthy dose of slices from Steve Johnson sees him losing, but the same strategy from Thiem (largely since he has the other one-handed stroke) sees opponents trapped trying to manufacture angles that feed into Thiem’s best shot. His accuracy when he plays down the line is starting to get real scary, since it was largely a redline shot in 2018 and a 60-40 prospect in 2019. I would say the AO where he beat Nadal was the first time where his backhand down the line was just an automatic point, and really how will people defend that as these long stretches of wins make him more comfortable and more confident? The kid is a monster, and yes tennis he also has a big butt.
Gaston will present the same steady defending and pace to Thiem, but Thiem is a much fitter player than Wawrinka and has a lot more variety/consistency in his game. Thiem in 3.
Zverev Sinner : Here I go hating again. Zverev has become like Fritz for me. I recognize that I tend to devalue their ability and focus on their bad performances/errors, and this skews my judgement. Writing these articles is beneficial for noting leaks like that. In their 3rd round contest though, Zverev and Cecchinato switched roles. Zverev made his first fast start in quite some time (I’d somewhat discount the USO against Thiem because that was more about Thiem being awful to begin) and returned extremely well. He was ripping his forehand crosscourt which is something we haven’t seen from him except in some rare instances late in matches. What went on on the other side of the net though was pretty difficult to watch. Cecchinato was cheated in this match. Nobody informed him of the new ATP rule about the ball having to both clear the net AND land inside the court. He will be filing an appeal, as he avoided both of these things like the plague. Not only did he make a ton of errors, but he took a return position not deep enough to return, and not shallow enough to catch the ball at a decent height. This was the Cecchinato that didn’t win a match for an entire year on tour, and after his first two matches where he was brilliant it is relatively unexplainable why he played this way. Even in this terrible form he was serving for the second set, and the momentum looked to shift but again, he was unaware of the new rules.
Sinner needed two come from behind sets against Coria to win, but he has shown that he is able to consistently produce his offense give the chance, and really what he struggles with is his lateral movement. More so on the forehand wing, but when he’s drawn wide he makes a lot of errors. It’s a similar issue to Kyle Edmund, and it’s partially the extreme grip. If Zverev shows up the same as he did against Cecchinato, he should win this, but even in a terrible lopsided loss, Cecchinato still won 9 games. Sinner will be significantly better, and where Cecchinato couldn’t get an unreturned serve, Sinner has a very competent service motion and can earn easier returns. In the interest of not just picking against Zverev every time, I will point out that Sinner has had fatigue issues late in matches, and Zverev served very well in his previous match. I think there is a big Ferrer factor with Zverev as he has seemed to have a specific gameplan in a few of his matches the past few events. This should be a high octane affair and the victory likely goes to who minimizes their errors. Passive Zverev loses this. Good first serve percentage Zverev wins it. Personally, as a person, I am the sort of person who thinks Sinner is going to win, but not if it goes to 5 sets. Sinner in 4.
Korda Nadal : Korda was probably the surprise of the round for most bettors. Pedro Martinez had been rolling through this draw and has become a very productive player against the 5-150 range of the tour. Korda is very smooth and displays the type of comfort on a tennis court that lets you know he’ll be on tour for a long time. He serve-volleys extremely well, and his forehand is smooth. The trouble with predicting he’d beat Martinez, is Martinez is different from anyone he’d played. Beating Seppi is good, but Seppi is a guy who never really wins a round during the clay season. Beating Isner is great, but Isner’s movement on clay is abysmal and he’s been less than stellar the past season or so. Playing a claycourter who’s been at the top of his game, it’s tough to look and say “Korda’s got this.” Yet, he had it, breaking over and over, and earning a primetime slot against Nadal. Since he’s so early in his career, no result here will be demoralizing for Korda. There’s still that “getting on court with an idol” benefit for him, and though he likely can’t win a set, any service hold or rally won will be a confidence boost for him. All positives here, but Nadal at RG is just a constant drag on his opponents physical reserves. I expect Korda’s serving to falter as this progresses. Nadal in 3.
Halep Swiatek : Anisimova looked good on a few shots early against Halep, showing her easy power. Unfortunately, as soon as Halep moved her she earned an error. This was the same pattern of Halep moving Anisimova over and over, and so the scoreline looks devastating, but it’s really just one issue that Anisimova will have to work on. Her movement on clay needs to improve to challenge the top players. Swiatek and Bouchard was a highly anticipated contest since both had kinda found their games in the restart, but Swiatek was all over her from the start. I am a big fan of underdogs, and on a tour where matches are often decided by a few key points, taking things for granted when backing a favorite is usually costly, but Halep’s defeat of Swiatek here last year was comprehensive. Swiatek is a great player, and her commitment to offense can really get her through tight matches, but Halep’s defending is the sort that there aren’t just endless chances to pick the next shot. She counterpunches with depth and is adept at passing players at net even on the run. Like a tiny Andy Murray, she makes the court seem small, and is perfectly comfortable playing her own offense when the open court presents itself. Halep in 2.
Trevisan Bertens : When you see a baby smile, you smile. It is the same phenomenon with Martina Trevisan. I called her Marta in the last post, and I apologize. Martina smiles from the first to the last point, and it is absurdly refreshing to see someone visibly enjoying their time competing. Sakkari was in full control of their match early, as Trevisan is a generally defensive player, winning by outlasting her opponents and by baiting them into lateral coverage contests. Trevisan was broken serving for the 2nd set but never stopped fighting. She was down multiple times in the tiebreaker but never stopped fighting. Her use of the moonball was exceptional, and Sakkari really missed an opportunity by not moving in on these shots. You’ll make some errors, but giving up court position is almost always wrong. Moonballs are offensive opportunities, and your opponent isn’t hitting them because everything is A ok on the other side of the net. They’re in trouble, and are hoping to buy time. Sakkari seemed throughout this like she’d win. She was really the better player, but her backhand made errors, and as the match descended into constant patterns of attack she found less open court and more smiley lady returns. Trevisan gave me actual joy watching her win her last two matches, and watching her hit her forehand cross court the entire match, then down the line whenever Sakkari bailed out too find a forehand was really remarkable.
Bertens has become a confusing prospect to me, but after a quick dismissal of Siniakova it’s clear she’s not dealing with residual cramping issues from her match with Errani. Trevisan was able to outlast Sakkari, but Bertens presents a more well-rounded attack. I don’t write Trevisan off, but she’s the sort of player who can’t put distance between herself and her opponents. She doesn’t really serve aces, she doesn’t really possess big power, and while she has a great deal of body control in her defending, she does give her opponent the ball to hit. I lean towards Bertens in 2.
Svitolina Garcia : Simple victory for Svitolina against Alexandrova. She hasn’t lost in the last two weeks and Alexandrova’s movement/offense weren’t enough. Garcia was beaten handily in the first set, and I was getting drenched by water coming from the ceiling in the second and third. I can say honestly that beating Kontaveit makes no sense, beating Mertens makes no sense, and now the very low +145 line for Garcia against Svitolina who is great on clay and won the last tournament makes me think she’s in line for another victory, and again it won’t make sense. Garcia makes the kind of errors that professional tennis player don’t make. She seems very awkward at times on her backhand, winding up with her racquet in too close and pulling the ball wide. She struggled early to find the pace of the ball against Mertens and dragged a number of shots long. When she does have her timing though, she crushes the ball. It’s the kind of offense you need to be standing still to execute, but the ball gets through the court quickly, and she tends to go big on returns which can mean a lot late in matches in the WTA.
The puzzle for me in seeing Svitolina listed lower is compounded by seeing that Garcia beat her in their most recent meeting on clay in 2018. Svitolina’s speed and consistency in moving her opponent is the sort of equation that Garcia has consistently lost again. Sometimes though, you have to admit you might be wrong. I lean towards Svitolina ending Garcia’s run here, but I get a similar sense that I did when watching footage of Anderson/Lajovic after being unsure why Anderson would have an edge. I would avoid this one, and I’m still picking Svitolina, but there’s reason to believe Garcia’s run will continue. Svitolina in 2.
Podoroska Krejcikova : Podoroska would be the first qualifier to win a major. That’s how good she has looked throughout her first three rounds, and now she gets a very interesting test. Krejcikova has a slow looking big swing, but the power she lazily seems to generate has shut down her last opponents in the deciding set. It seems like she’s out of it, and in her match against Pironkova she was down a set and looked like she’d be broken and lose in two, but her backhand kept firing, and her forehand was heavy enough to break down Pironkova. Podoroska and Schmiedlova was highly anticipated but didn’t deliver. Schmiedlova’s win against Azarenka seems to have been more about Azarenka, and Podoroska’s offense was in control from start to finish. I haven’t really seen a more noticeable impact player come onto the tour in a while, and though Krejcikova can wear down her opponents, I expect Podoroska to expose her lapses in play where Strycova and Pironkova wore down. Podoroska in 2.
Jabeur Collins : Sabalenka has to be crushed after losing that match. She played exceptional and was only a few inches off on the shots she was missing. After rolling through the second set Jabeur seemed out of this contest, and Sabalenka threatened to break in the third a few times, but Jabeur served well in those pressure moments, serving that we haven’t really seen from her yet this event. The out-wide serve from the duece court was a big factor, and her forehand was crispy. I finished up the day by watching Collins and Muguruza, and it did not disappoint. Collins was the better player in the first set despite being way ahead of Mugu in the errors column. Late in the first set Muguruza had only made 1 forehand error and I had thought Collins solid play and aggressive drives would force Muguruza into errors and that’d be her path to victory. Not so. This was a contest of solid ballstriking throughout, and in the second set Collins missed her targets. She won rallies but lost points, spraying balls wide or long anytime she got a look at a break point. It was hard to watch, and it continued early in the third. She was broken immediately, had a few breakback points and squandered them, and endured one of the longest stretches of missing overheads and swinging volleys that I’ve ever seen. It was 2018 Djokovic level overhead troubles, and the worst part was she was playing excellent and could have been right in the match.
At 3-0 in the third it looked over, but Muguruza serving at 40-15 found a double fault. Then she found an error. Then she found some more double faults. It took a while because Collins was still really choking, but she broke for 3-1. Muguruza really lost her game from 3-1 on, and only notched one more game. Her serve had been excellent throughout, and just disappeared. Her defending had been excellent, but she misjudged balls and found the net. It was a really confusing loss for Muguruza, but the secondary story was how well Collins was hitting the ball. She really crushed her backhand today, and stepped in on every moonball offering Muguruza served up. I would say she hit her forehand inside out less than 10 times in the match, but it was a decent strategy as it kept her in a rhythm.
So can she beat Jabeur? Collins looked a ball off on all her serves today, and actually all her aces in the match were called as lets. If she finds the rhythm, she can run away with this match, as her backhand is so solid and her proclivity for hugging the baseline will challenge Jabeur’s movement. Her issues will be the same here as against Muguruza; when she loses range she tends to play a few games where she hits the ball a few inches too deep, it’s almost as if she needs to remember to control her swing, as I saw her make a visible adjustment in the third where she wasn’t taking such a huge followthrough. This will be a good opportunity for both of them, and both have just beaten an opponent that says that they are genuine title contenders. The names are disappearing from this draw and the players left might not always get these opportunities, but their level of play says they deserve them. Collins in 3
Ferro Kenin : Fiona Ferro was so stressful to watch today. I felt she’d have control against Tig, and I was right but it didn’t translate to a simple victory. Tig is simply a divine defender, and her slices were touted by the announcers as ineffective but they kept Ferro from ever developing any rhythm. Tig wears her heart on her sleeve, and she looks like you stole her baby bunny after she loses points, and screams deafeningly loud after she wins points. It all was a bit distracting from the match, and as the crowd got into it she got a bit more frustrated. After taking a few years off the tour to have one of those babies, Tig really has to be pleased with her restart, and while she lost a lopsided 3rd set, she should have won the tiebreaker, and definitely was the better player in the 2nd set. Tig’s problem in this one was that Ferro seemed to play her best tennis once she was down. Whether it was a break or a break point, Ferro locked down her game when she needed to and although Tig comes up with a lot of great offense when it seemed like she’d never attempt any, she lacks power and is largely just a defensive grinder. The backhand broke down for Tig in the 3rd set, and it was a shame but a great win for Ferro.
Kenin and Bara was a fun match for Bara while she was up 2-0, but from there it was literally all Kenin. Do you think Kenin walks to the store or to walk her dog the same as she does around the court? She’s a legit marcher. She doesn’t seem like the best claycourter, but the round prior she found her range in one set, and in this one she really was excellent. Her backhand is just no place to direct the ball, and she’s begun playing a dropshot down the line off it that pairs so well with her crosscourt offering. Add in a forehand that isn’t huge but has a lot of whip on it, and you have a very difficult ask for Bara. In previous matches Bara’s speed and defending had exposed her opponents, but here since Kenin wasn’t making errors, Bara had difficult scoring points. Her serve left her after she got down in the scoreline, and it was one way traffic.
Ferro and Kenin is a match I expected Kenin to be priced higher in. Oddsmakers have set it as a pickem and while Ferro was great in the third set she really struggled to beat Tig and Kenin’s defense is a similar level but with more power. Stylistically, Kenin’s offense will be easier for Ferro to deal with than it was for Bara, as Ferro is adept at net and has a solid backhand and forehand. The power is there, and she’s very comfortable on clay, but she made a bit too many errors today against Tig for me to see her hitting through Kenin for an entire match. Playing at home though, and given how open her offense will be playing someone who isn’t using so many slices, she’ll be a tough test. Against Rybakina Ferro was excellent, and didn’t make the errors that she did when Tig slowed the game down. I am starting to think Kenin could have a good chance to make the finals though, as her next two matches are ones she should win. Kenin in 3.
Kvitova Zhang : Kvitova really played a great match today. Her stretch forehand created angles over and over, and once she did her backhand power through the court was just unreal reliable. Fernandez was everywhere, and led 5-2 in the first, but Kvitova wore her down, and it wasn’t just power but movement as well. Kvitova has shown up for this event, and pulling victory from a match where she was not on her favorite surface and down early is a very good sign. Zhang was solid today, but I really felt Burel would be a better test for Kvitova. Burel is just plain great. She plays like she’s never had a coach and just understands tennis. She serves well, executes any shot from anywhere when it’s right, and though she seems like a small Lauren Davis type she crushes the ball. It was a tough loss as she seemed throughout the match like she’s cross the finish line, but Zhang basically locked down on defense, and hitting through someone on clay for an entire match is just a tough tough thing to do. Sometimes you play better but lose the match, and that was Burel today.
Kvitova played a better defender in Fernandez, and one with more offense also. Zhang has been playing great, but plays in predictable crosscourt patterns and Kvitova’s power does tend to earn her balls to hit. Barring a similar slow start as she had against Fernandez, Kvitova in 2.
Siegemund Badosa : Siegemund turned around her match against Martic in excellent fashion. She always notches some wins on clay but knee injuries really have kept her from deep runs in the past two seasons. This though is a career changing moment for her. She can beat Badosa Gibert. I don’t say that just because she’s playing so well, but also because even on paper this isn’t an upset for Siegemund. Both are playing very consistent ball and thriving against offensive talents because of it. Ostapenko hit a lot of very angry shots, but every time she loses it’s because of her movement and because of her errors. It’s one plan and that’s ok but the tour is full of defensive tests and that plan isn’t likely to net her any further titles. Badosa is just 20 years old through to her first round of 16 which is brilliant. Someone is going to get their first huge paycheck this event and there isn’t a lot to separate these two. Siegemund has played a lot of offensive talents thus far, and seems to have thrived on moving them as the matches progress. She’s very coherent and measured, but Badosa’s speed may be a major factor in negating that. Badosa also won their most recent meeting on clay last year in a third set. A year’s progress for a junior player can mean a world of difference, and I think the edge sits with her here. Badosa in 3.
PS The requests for possibly more betting advice haven’t fallen on deaf ears. The problem with listing out picks is what I referenced earlier : pick services have an end goal in mind of telling you a defendable story. There is a great deal more than selecting a few matches a day that goes into the process, and unfortunately unless you’re placing the same wagers while livebetting that I am, you’re getting different lines and different results over time. A lot of my decisions tend to reflect my individual status/risk preferences as I go as well, so it’s difficult to just present a comprehensive mirror for people to look at. I’m not saying no though, and I’ve been thinking more about how best to present content that will help ppl avoid losses and traps on the tour, as well as proffer some of the lessons that I learned along the way so that at a minimum, people can save time and skip those hurdles. For the French I’m just going to stick with the writeups, but I’m working on it and will definitely do something next season, and will likely post some generic content/analysis of how the tour’s format/rankings/surface changes lend themselves to some decent spots. Cheers. People say that in Europe.
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2020.10.01 22:47 littledriel [WeWantOut] 38F Web Engineer, 37MtF Software Engineer US -> European Cities

I've been lurking here for a while trying to soak up as much general advice as possible before posting my specifics.
My spouse works for Google and is very high up the ladder (Senior Principal Engineer), and I'm a mid-level web engineer. We have a kiddo who is just over 2 years old. Together our combined assets are over 1 mil USD, if we sell our house. We both have college degrees and work experience. My partner is transitioning MtF, so we need to land someplace with LGBT rights and access to trans healthcare.
We're considering leaving the states and are in a much better position than the average because Google has at least one office in every major city in Europe, and my partner can transfer through Google who helps with the immigration details. Our plan is, once it's possible to travel again, to take a long working vacation to a few cities and see which ones we like best. We're trying to create that list, currently Amsterdam, Copenhagen, and Berlin are looking like the top candidates, but I'd love suggestions.
My partner is proficient in Spanish, I learned Japanese (used to be fluent a decade ago, not really helpful here), and a few years of Spanish and French each. Our plan would be to put me into intensive language classes immediately while they do nights/weekends classes. But no, we don't have enough language skills to be practical, we'd probably just try to hire translators to help at first.
We live in Portland, Oregon, and love the small city zany vibe here. We love having a garden attached to our house, being able to bike places or take transit, we love the "keep Portland weird" ness, we like having a good foodie culture available. We'd want access to good childcare, preferable cheaper than the US ($1500/month for one child), and medical care for transitioning (eg, hormone therapy) is mandatory. Having some natural areas around for hiking and camping in the summer is a big plus for us. Paths to residency and potentially citizenship (voting matters to me!), plus some sort of family visa for aging parents (once we're well established) are also considerations.
Google has offices in the following cities. Would you recommend any of these given our criteria?
Thanks!
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2020.09.30 03:01 blurryturtle Roland Garros Round 2 Men's Singles Writeup

Roland Garros : Aviator Adventurer? Or Mythical Dragon? Let's look at the facts.
1) Pokemon named the dragon looking pokemon Garrados (or something like that). Where did they get that idea? hmm
2) If you rearrange the letters in Roland Garros you get Roslan's Dragon, so the real question is was Roslan an aviator? because clearly Roland Garros was not
3) Many people dispute the realness of dragons, but have you ever been to France? If not, I promise you they had dragons
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5) Where did people even get the idea for airplanes from? Answer : from dragons. Dragons are notoriously good inventors, ever heard of fire? hoarding wealth? let's be honest, humans are just dragon wannabe's
Here's some tennis :
Djokovic Berankis : Quick standard work from Novak in the first round. No one looks more perfectly effortless than him when he’s in control. Berankis did well to surprise the lackluster Dellien even though clay isn’t his best surface. Dellien will likely be off the tour next year without some major grinding on the challenger tour. This next matchup looked good for a while at the USO but will be a similar result and a faster one on clay. Djokovic in 3.
Galan Sandgren : Cam Norrie and Galan played one of the worst 5-setters you could see if you were betting on either one. Nonstop exchanges of multiple games and no one could really sustain offense. I had thought Galan would run away with this one as he’s such a specialist but Norrie (when he wasn’t making errors) had control here and was the only one who could really change the direction of the ball or serve aces. Just the same scorelines but completely different play in the Sandgren and Hurkacz match. Sandgren hung around in the first set even though Hurkacz was dictating. It appeared fairly obvious that Sandgren’s plan was to hang in rallies and not go for much, hoping for errors. When Hurkacz managed to get broken at the end of the first it began to look like that was a solid strategy.
Sandgren was constantly serving at duece, facing break points in so many service games, and genuinely did not win this match at all. Hurkacz will need time or a new mental approach, because he’s losing matches due to errors, and this is a baaaaaad thing on tour because so many guys strategy when things get tight is to “try hard hope to earn errors”. When you’re known for making them guys try harder, and then you’re in the rare prison of supplying all the offense to a match. Guys like Federer can play 3 sets of offense, most of the tour is going to need to play error-free tennis so that their opponents are forced to at least go for something. Sandgren turned the tide in the 4th and 5th and Hurkacz began facing break points in all his games. The heavy ball Sandgren hits translates to a slightly more annoying pusher style, as he can kinda go for big targets and rely on pace/weight of shot to earn the point.
This next matchup opened at -195 for Sandgren and I tend to disagree. Sandren played an exhausting match but has gone through a number of deep runs at majors before. He’s not mercurial by any means on clay but he’s been working very hard the past few weeks to get his game together. Where Hurkacz has the weapons to really hurt Sandgren, Galan relies more on work ethic and simple consistency to unseat opponents. Barring fatigue, I don’t see Sandgren losing this, and he’ll have ample opportunities to break. His movement isn’t as good as Norrie but his offensive/service game are world’s more reliable. Sandgren in 4.
Garin Polmans : Garin and Kohl played a pretty good match, and Garin’s returning was what really got him over the finish line here. A lot of deep placement kept the times Kohl broke him from becoming a major issue, as he did have his chances. Garin is a player who thrives on flow and the more matches he wins the better he performs. Polmans, well, Polmans partied all over Humbert today. It was one-sided from start to finish, with Humbert just reflecting the ball and Polmans driving it. Fatigue could be a suggestion, but if you look at the guys who came from the ultra-fast courts of Hamburg they all struggled early in their matches. Humbert is not quite the physical talent that Rublev and Tsitsipas are so he wasn’t able to turn the tide, but they all found their timing around the 3rd set. Humbert’s mom is still cool, and he still has a bright future. If you like Polmans’ wacky hat and vivid celebrations on court (he seems almost like he’s about to start awkwardly breakdancing while celebrating/lamenting shots), him notching a win at a major is great for his ranking.
Garin is a better Polmans. I don’t consider Humbert’s demise a total implosion, and Polmans will be involved in this contest, but Garin is a player who usually loses to bigger weapons, and while Polmans moves the ball well he isn’t overwhelming. He can win a set or two because Garin is still in somewhat a daze from Hamburg, but I think Polmans will play Garin into a rhythm and Garin’s precision tend to improve as he strings games together. Garin in 4.
Vesely Khachanov : Vesely is starting to look like himself. Originally the inspiration for some Geico commercials, his transition to tennis has been brilliant, and his serving combined with the fact that he’s a lefty mean his game gives him an edge against most lower-tier players. Khachanov was one of the better comeback stories you’ll ever see in a straight set win. Majchrzak led by a break in every set and just couldn’t keep it together. A hint of future brilliance, but again his biggest issue is not being able to distance himself from his opponents in matches. Once Khachanov buttoned up his errors when he was down a break, it became difficult for Majchrzak to win rallies. I expect something similar in this tie with Vesely.
Vesely’s backhand has been the side that makes errors during neutral rallies, and for a guy who crushes the ball this represents a big target. Vesely will need to serve well to have a shot at this, and while matches between two big hitters tend to never go in straight sets, Khachanov and Garin looks like an inevitability. Khachanov in 4.
Bautista Agut Balasz : I’ve never seen someone look so dominant while getting beaten down. In the first set RBA was broken at love multiple times. Gasquet hit a number of unreal winners down the line with his backhand and worked to earn points with 20 shot rallies over and over. He led 5-2 at one point, but RBA had barely missed a shot to that point, aside from a few backhands into the net. Gasquet was emitting a quality of sweat I recognize as deep deep swampwater, and I know when things are that humid that comebacks are not in the cards. Gasquet lost the 1st set tiebreaker and was just about done. Gasquet is French for something, and while he’s out of the tournament here, he certainly has a neat backhand and a cool name,
Balasz was one of the cheapest and most straightforward options of the day, and Uchiyama never really put up a fight. Balasz has an interesting game and is worth watching, but his tournament is likely over. Gasquet was brilliant in the first set and still only won 9 games. The heavier balls and slower conditions mean RBA has a tough time hitting through the court, but the flipside is it’s very difficult to find points against him. Balasz may confuse him for a while, but errors will come as he forces shots. RBA in 3-4.
Pella Carreño Busta : Busta busta busta, I made you out of clayyyyyy. I know Pella’s name is first but I was just so relaxed watching PCB play his first round. He really comes into a match with a complete gameplan and sticks with it no matter the scoreline. Unpopular opinion : I don’t think he was going to lose in any fewer than 5 sets against Novak in NY. When he’s fresh and not making backhand errors it becomes extremely difficult to beat him, and for a guy whose somewhat regarded as a defensive player he steps into the court and unloads for winners whenever it’s possible. He is what Sandgren is trying to be.
Pella and Caruso played what must have been a depressing match for Caruso fans. Endless rallies, great quality tennis, but no real way for either player to find clean winners. Matches like that are difficult to watch because your neighbor will hear 3 hours of grunting coming from your apt and also because you know a few random points at the end of sets are going to decide things. Pella won those points, and though he was down early breaks he looked like himself for the first time. I’m glad I announced he has a terrible injury; I now know how to summon top play from any opponent.
I don’t know exactly what to expect from this matchup. They’ve traded some wins on hardcourt, but have oddly never played on clay. PCB’s movement/stamina are the biggest differences between him and Caruso, whose game sort of broke down as things progressed. Pella certainly played well, and even in a losing effort he’s going to make you play a ton of balls. The edge has to go to PCB given their recent forms, but his proclivity for going to duece means this could go the distance. PCB in 4-5.
Struff Altmaier : Struff and Tiafoe, or Struffafoe as they’re known from now on, played a pretty good quality match. I once again feel Tiafoe needs better coaching, as he was winning a fair number of the baseline rallies but insisted on playing dropshots. They cost him this match. I don’t know a nice way to outline that winning on tour just isn’t easy. The mental lapses are always going to cost you at a professional level, but Tiafoe has shown great improvements following the tour’s break, and you can’t just summon the type of resolve/focus that Nadal has. It’ll take time.
Altmaier (whose name is super annoying to type) beat Lopez in straight sets but these two pretty much started every service game at 15-40. It wasn’t great, but the conditions were such that Altmaier was able to take deep return positions and frustrate Lopez into forcing offense. A good win, and the comfort level may be a bit higher here against Struff, which should benefit him a great deal. Playing on tour in a major after grinding the challenger tour is something that gives you adrenaline you just don’t need at times, so a bit of comfort is a plus. I see a lot of recent wins for Altmaier but he hasn’t really played someone the caliber of Struff, and Struff’s loss to Coria troubles me but in a 3/5 format and after the good quality rallies him and Tiafoe had, Struff should be able to find an edge here. Struff in 4 or losing because he’s Struff.
Harris Berrettini : Popyrin really struggled on serve at times, and didn’t seem like he’d been playing enough clay leading into this match. Harris seems to get most of his points on tour in the majors, which is interesting for such a young talent. Berretini beat Pospisil like he did something, and there’s not a lot to say about this next matchup. Harris is a great server but lacks consistency. Berretini in 3.
Medvedev Ramos-Vinolas : Oops. The strangest thing about Medvedev’s loss was how early he started complaining about it. Halfway through the first set he was down a break and already fullscale yelling at the sky/his box/local squirrels/some children/the moon/the ocean/a rock/some guy. It reminded me of Novak’s wild frustration early against PCB. These guys shouldn’t be stressing so early in a match, but I think sometimes they know the writing is on the wall and the thought is too much. Fucsovics is not really a household clay name, but he stayed composed and got the job done here. Medvedev just forced shots here over and over, and it’s strange because his serve works fine on clay and his defense is good enough to really grind points.
ARV vs Mannarino on clay is like Mannarino vs ARV on grass. These guys have such specific styles that they really can’t overcome a surface disadvantage. ARV is the sort of test that Medvedev should have been for Fucsovics once he went down a few sets; very solid defensively, doesn’t give you much to work with, and works multiple shots to earn points rather than just hoping for a W. I tend to think Fucs is up to the task, and while the “going to disneyland” notion creeps in after a big win, Fucs has had enough “almost” situations against the top 20 that notching a win won’t change his game. Both should be fresh for this one and it should be a clean, crispy tennis match. Fucsovics in 3-4.
Giron Monteiro : So many matches went to overtime this first round. Both Halys and Giron were up a break in the 5th set, which is a much different feeling from Monteiro’s day. Thiago (which is the coolest name in the draw) added to Basil’s woes, breaking early and often. He just came off a finals appearance at a challenger a week ago and continued his good form. Giron represents a tough test because his speed/forehand are a gamechanger at times, but he’s unlikely to get the job done unless he gets an early lead. Monteiro tends to get out to quick starts and is a brilliant frontrunner. I give Giron a puncher’s chance, but can’t really think of a way he can win unless Monteiro’s backhand completely falls apart. Monteiro in 3-4.
Lajovic Anderson : When I picture these two I always think of them sitting across from each other wearing black turtlenecks and evilly stroking cats. Lajovic had a pretty tough time with Mager, who crushes the ball and is a good indication that Anderson’s hitting (during the rally at least) won’t be too much of an issue. Djere refused to hold serve in this match, and that’s a bad decision to make against a server. They played much of the first stretch of their match in light rain, and Djere seemed visibly upset heading into the break. I would say this was an empty victory for Anderson, but he served well and he at some point, will find his former form since he’s not exactly too old for the tour yet. I feel the same about Nishikori but the question of when is a difficult puzzle if you’re not in his camp.
Being conscious of your biases in assessing matches is a useful tool, and I’m aware that I’d never be backing Anderson in this one with Lajovic in good form. Due to this, Anderson having actually beaten Lajovic on clay two years ago in Madrid makes me think this is going to be closer than I’d normally expect. Anderson at full health gives him a slight nod. Lajovic on a decent run gives it to him here. I wouldn’t bet against Anderson here, but Lajovic in 5.
Davidoch Fokina Rublev : First time watching Mayo and he has a really nice game. Good power, good forehand, pushes the pace well. He was up early in the 1st but once errors crept into his game it slipped away from him. There’s a big key in professional tennis and it’s being able to maintain a level throughout a match, even if it means playing slightly less than your all-out game throughout. Fokina is very solid and very comfortable. He seems like win or lose his expression will remain the same, and that’s more confidence than indifference. Rublev played one of the more difficult first rounds, as anyone who expected Sam Querrey to come out firing that well must have six magic 8-balls hooked up to a super intelligent iguana flying along a slip-and-slide on it’s way to Narnia. Querrey is a scary guy when he serves well and his forehand is a thing of useless beauty. Ruvlev/Tsitsipas/Humbert all seemed like their timing was poor early in the matches and Rublev was the first to turn it around.
Fokina would win the first two sets against the Rublev from the first two sets. There’s no intimidation factor and his backhand/movement are rocksolid which is good since that’s the thing Rublev attacks the most. I think this is a tighter contest than oddsmakers are predicting but Fokina’s ability to hit winners during these baseline rallies is something I think will be absent. Earning errors, fine. Winning neutral exchanges at net, I definitely think so. Finding his way out of baseline rallies without Rublev errors? Idk. Rublev in 4-5.
Shapovalov Carballes Baena : Shap played one of the least inspiring first rounds of the heavy favorites, trading breaks and looking at times like he wouldn’t be able to find the effort to hit through Simon. Simon was happy to move the ball around but really couldn’t find 1st serves at any point in the match. It was not a great match which makes the next round interesting. RCB had some injury concerns for me going in but eclipsed those, beating Steve Johnson 1, 1, 0. For those of you not familiar with tennis, these are not good scores. RCB represents the opposite version of Simon’s game. He is dynamic, has multiple names, and hits with pace. He doesn’t serve aces but he puts his 1st serve in at a good clip, and although Shap should win this matchup almost all the time, his struggles against the pusher style of Simon in the first round make me wonder how much patience/resolve he has left after a month and a half of nonstop tennis. Shapovalov is not the -660 favorite that he is priced at in the books, and I’d avoid this one entirely unless you’re looking at RCB or the over. Shap still did break almost at will, so I’ll give him the slight nod despite his issues holding serve/hitting the ball over the net. (for those of you not familiar with tennis, hitting the ball over the net is often an effective strategy) Shapovalov in 4-5.
Martin Dimitrov : Maybe there’s something about Tuesdays that make me nervous about upsets, but this is an interesting contest. Dimitrov is -700 in this one. I also think he’s playing great ball lately, but that is not the correct line. Dimitrov is a big market and people haven’t heard of Martin so it lands this way. Sousa didn’t particularly do anything wrong in his opener against Martin, except for doing each thing you could do wrong once. He just looks unlucky out there. He’s hitting well at times, but just seems to find an error or unfortunate way to lose the point over and over. Martin, on the other hand, was crushing the ball. He hit clean winners time and time again on Sousa’s second serve, and I think that while he isn’t expected to beat Dimitrov, his ability to generate offense during baseline rallies will give him opportunities in some spots.
Dimitrov rolled Barrere, but he served at duece in a number of games. Barrere is a nice hardcourt player, but really hasn’t won too many matches on clay. It became a perfect situation for Dimitrov, who looks great when things are going well. Martin is the type of player that clay tends to produce; not a dominant guy or a title-winner, but someone who is very comfortable with their game and who isn’t too troubled situationally (similar to what we saw from Munar today competing against Tsitsipas without too much mental duress). If this were 2/3 I’d like Martin. In 3/5 I think Dimitrov will have ample chances to break serve, and so will only lose in 5. Martin in 5.
Milojevic Bedene : Upset of the first round for Milojevic. He hit the ball solid and was proactive about his shot selection, hugging the baseline and taking time away. Krajinovic really never had a chance to breathe in this one and as a player who refuses to move off the baseline, Kraj made a number of errors on the backhand trying to stand his ground. Nothing really new from him, as he’s been great on clay and also struggled at times. Bedene was solid against Rinderknech, who reminds me a bit of Ruusuvuori and may make his way on tour in a year or two. Good groundstrokes, very fluid forehand, and just a bit less experience giving Bedene the edge late in the match.
This is another match where I lean towards the upset, but is the breakdown. Milojevic beat a superior player in Krajinovic, but a less consistent one. Kraj has had his fair share of struggles. Bedene isn’t a threat for deep runs in events, but gets the job done very consistently when he’s “supposed” to win. That’s a big thing on tour, as upsets happen. I did like Milojevic’s pace, and were he playing someone who has a bit more variety in their game, I’d think he had a better shot. Bedene tends to play a very similar game though, and the edge here will be very small. Milojevic elevating his game as the Kraj match progressed rather than barely getting across the finish line indicates to me fatigue wasn’t a factor and that it was just a one-and-done effort. Milojevic in 4-5.
Cuevas Tsitsipas : Haha they put the Uruguayan flag for both, I thought. But it turns out I am a muppet and have much to learn about the world. Many countries enjoy stripey goodness it seems. Cuevas was a bit too good today, negating the over of 35 games even while going to 4 sets. Laaksonen looked ok in the second but Cuevas’ loopy returns saw Henri making error after error. The ball hitting the net with an open court is something that seems to compound struggles on tour, and this was over quickly. The polar opposite of Tsitsipas’ war with Munar, which took forever and featured some of the most skillful exchanges of the first round. Munar is everything you want in a smol one. Unexpected dropshots, clean shots down the line, and the ability to transfer luck if you rub his head. Tsitsipas looked very impatient, and I feel for Munar who really never had a chance to win after Tsitsipas found form, but Stefanos making this comeback is a very good sign. He was drenched in sweat, struggling to put this away, and never really blew up.
Stefanos and Pablo played a week ago and although Cuevas was good, Tsitsipas seemed like he was able to defend the court well enough that Cuevas was only going to get the match with errors. I expect to see something similar here, although Stefanos won’t be able to afford the sort of slow start he made against Munar. Tsitsipas in 4 or Cuevas in 4.
Bublik Sonego : Bublik got the job done, and Monfils left fans wondering if he really wants to be out there fighting any more. Nothing wrong with losing to a great server whose career is on the rise, but Monfils seems like he’s not fully engaged out there, and so as a professional athlete, people are going to ask questions. Sonego and Gomez had a good contest, and while I think Sonego matches up well with Bublik, taking 5 sets with Gomez means Bublik will be able to find breaks of serve. There are likely to be some tiebreakers here, but given Bublik’s ability to serve out Monfils, he’s likely to win them. Bublik in 4.
Albot Fritz : If you read my predictions, you know what’s coming. Albot broke his slump by playing spirited ball again Thompson. It was one of the quicker matches in the first round, lasting just (insert however many minutes it lasted). Fritz Fritz’d it up, almost dropping the ball against qualifier Machac. Considering he barely snuck by, there’s reason to believe this will be a tough contest as well, even with Albot’s struggles. Albot tests his opponents movement, Fritz makes errors on the run. Albot breaks serve at a higher clip than most guys on tour, Fritz is mainly just a server. I think Fritz is the better player here, but I think that the lead will be very important for belief here, since Albot has struggled lately. I think Albot’s movement will be a key on the slower surface, but he’ll need to get off to a quick lead since Fritz (as many servers are) is a very dangerous opponent in a 5th set. Albot in 4.
Gombos Rodionov : Finally a good reliable favorite. I warned readers that Gombos is the Gombosiest, but they didn’t listen. Coric found out the hard way, and honestly there difference in this one was just ballstriking. Coric was moving the ball around looking to present the “you can’t hit through me” challenge, and while this is a good strategy in later rounds, guys really crush the ball in the first round and the pace is much quicker. Gombos almost snagged Cilic in the USO, and didn’t falter here. Rodionov waited as long as possible to get going against Chardy, going down 2 sets and only winning the tiebreaker 8-6. He served for the match in the 5th set 3 times, and had a very lucky day to be playing Chardy. Chardy just couldn’t keep the ball in the court on offense, and will have to earn his points in the indoor season this year.
Rodionov plays a solid game, and being lefty helps, but he lacks big weapons which is why he mostly plays on the challenger tour. Gombos has enough power to be able to dictate here, and Rodionov coming through the qualifier and played 5 long sets will make this an uphill battle. Considering Gombos hit through Coric, the defense is unlikely to phase him. Gombos in 3.
Giustino Schwartzman : Lorenzo Giustino and Corentin Moutet had played the match of the first round by the end of the 2nd set. Moutet was just in unreal form and dictating most of the rallies in this one. Where he suffered was in two patterns. Giustino hit his forehand with height/shape rather than pace into Moutet’s backhand. Once into this pattern the shorter Moutet tended to drive the backhand downward crosscourt and Giustino would execute the same shot. The backhand never broke down but Giustino was able to wear down Moutet’s patience, and he took many opportunities as the match went on to run around his backhand and hit the inside in forehand. Giustino hit this ball crosscourt every time, really not missing often. These are simple exchanges but it’s the same shotpatterns that Djokovic employs against Nadal. What transpired was Giustino’s speed being pitted against Moutet’s arm, and while it looked like Giustino wouldn’t find offense, Moutet’s forehand got more loopy and Giustino found winners crosscourt since he was able to drive the ball more, and Moutet’s backhand lost depth and Giustino was able to catch Moutet with the forehand down the line over and over. If people are looking for the way to beat these lefty patterns this was a great example.
I had hoped Moutet would win, as his offense would be able to trouble Diego a bit more. Schwartzman beat Kecmanovic easily, and Kecmanovic had that “this draw sucks and I’m already thinking about the next tournament” glazed look in his eyes throughout this match. Giustino has to be exhausted at this point, after qualifying and playing an extra 2 sets of tennis in the 5th. Diego is the wrong opponent to try to outlast, and I think unfortunately Giustino will be more error prone here which will drive Moutet insane from wherever he’s watching. Schwartzman in 3.
Wawrinka Koepfer : Mats Wilander’s comment that Murray should leave these wildcards to younger players has some validity, but his presentation is part of what is wrong with social media. If he really had this concern, he could send Murray a message and offer some perspective. Maybe the clay tour isn’t really where Murray needs to play at this point. Posting these “open letters” and private messages as tweets is a really bizarre way to posture and the messages tend to be more about the person writing them than the issue at hand. Now, unfortunately, Mats Wilander (who I have never heard of) is an official douchenozzle in my mind. Unfortunate, but not as unfortunate as Murray/Wawrinka not giving us the classic we were all hoping for. Wawrinka has stumbled so badly recently that him playing his normal solid top 10 clay court tennis was unexpected. Murray’s movement was poor, but most players are going to lose to Wawrinka when he plays well.
Koepfer looked solid against in dispatching Hoang, and there’s something to the idea that this next contest will be tricky for Stan. There’s always the crisp shotmaking and overwhelming power, but Koepfer is not really looking to win the hitting contest anyway, and instead thrives on scrambling rallies and working his opponent’s backhand. The outcome here depends entirely on Wawrinka, as Koepfer is likely to be steady throughout. I expect at least one set to go the German’s way, as he has proven to be an extremely difficult out. Wawrinka in 4-5 but I would avoid backing Stan here if you like dollars, especially since he’ll likely show his level and have a more predictably simple match the next round against Nishioka. With guys who are good for deep runs in tournaments if they’re playing well, it often helps to gather information rather than let that fear of missing out have you backing question marks.
Gaston Nishioka : Lefty fiiiiiiiight! Gaston won the all-French affair pretty comfortably and Nishioka’s quality in his win over FAA was completely ignored. FAA can’t serve! FAA so many errors! Part of this is inconsistency but part of this is Nishioka being a wall and constantly moving his opponent. Gaston will be at a disadvantage here experience-wise but lefty vs lefty is always a difficult task for both, and Nishioka has been a mixed bag on the clay so far this season. Very tough to know how these two will match up, but the pre-match edge has to sit with Nishioka. Nishioka in 4.
Ruud Paul : Pretty simple victories for both of these two, and this will be a great match to watch. Paul has shown he can compete at the top level, but watching him in his doubles match today he didn’t seem to be serving great. His partner Monroe is a great player to watch at net which is why I caught it, and inferences from doubles aren’t the most reliable, but I think Paul will need to avoid long rallies with Ruud, who has been improving every week since the restart. Pretty similar styles at different points in their career. Ruud in 4.
Sock Thiem : Sock had some genuine emotion winning games against Opelka, and it’s nice to see him visibly motivated after his chubby troubles. Thiem looked like there wasn’t much adjustment to clay in the first round, and he was extremely composed/reserved while beating Cilic. Cilic isn’t in great form, but beating him so easily is a real testament to Thiem’s solid position in the top 2-3 players in tennis. Sock’s skill and whippy forehand allow him to match up better against the top tier than the results will indicate, but with Sock’s backhand still a liability this isn’t a spot where Thiem will struggle too much. Thiem in 3 and let the inbox threats begin, he is my pick to win this tournament.
Zverev Herbert : Zverev continued his slow start strong finish method against Novak. Once he locks down the errors he becomes a very tough out and he hits the ball with such reservation during rallies that when he does finally go for a clean winner his opponents almost don’t move. In Serena’s age of dominance she’d often lose the first two games and then break back and her opponents level would fall and Zverev’s slow starts give me the same sort of “accidental or genius” psychological strategic vibes. It’s more likely it’s just tall players start slow. Herbert beat Mmoh, who is somehow a pusher that makes errors. I’d like to see him (Mmoh) go a bit more offensive for a season, as looking to be solid from the baseline just isn’t enough to win on tour.
The Herbert Zverev matchup is an interesting one since Herbert’s game has the things that traditionally would snag a player who starts slow. Herbert is an old-school serve and volley player who is adept at adjusting his strokes to keep the ball in the court. Zverev is a bit too crispy at the moment to expect a bit blowup, but Herbert having a higher caliber of offense than Novak (who plays a bit too straightforward to really beat the mid-top tier guys) gives him a better chance. Zverev in 4.
Londero Cecchinato : Londero flipped the result against Delbonis, who he’d lost in straight sets against in their previous meeting. It’s nice to see him back in the win column, as he plays a very unique game, going for accurate offense and looking to test his opponents speed. If it weren’t for fatigue, I’d think he were a decent favorite. Cecchinato has been great though, and murmurs of his previous French Open run were flying with his snowball beatdown of De Minaur. De Minaur isn’t the best on clay, as many pointed out, but he has some notable wins in his past including PCB, and beating him is never simple. Cecchinato’s power gives him an edge here if Londero is tired. Slower legs will leave more short balls and Cecchinato can really dictate. He’s also fairly deft at using the dropshot which can wear his opponents down. Where I hesitate to just hand him the win is that these new wins have been out of nowhere, and he hasn’t played a real top level player yet. Londero is the first such test, as his claycourt game can threaten all but the top 10-20 guys at the French. No pick here, but if either is able to win this quickly then Zverev is in for a difficult 3rd round.
Paire Coria : Local kumquat Benoit Paire played quite well, beating Kwon in straight sets. There wasn’t a lot of hope for Kwon, and he struggled with his serving throughout. Paire, whose attention span is that of a drunk raccoon, will be a small favorite in his next round against Coria, but Coria is the quintessential villain to beat Paire. Coria lacks offense, but is a venerable wall. The errors Kwon made will be less available, and with Sinner looming in the next round both guys will know this is their last chance to advance. I expect Paire to either find great form here or lose. Finding great form isn’t what I expect, and if Coria is able to earn an early lead this could be over quick. Coria in 4.
Bonzi Sinner : Bonzi played great against Ruusuvuori, and I got that match completely wrong. Sinner’s defeat of Goffin coupled with his 6-2, 6-2 loss to Cilic a week or so ago makes me think Goffin is either a bit injured or just not fully engaged in this clay swing, but Sinner looks great. Sinner in 4.
Kukushkin Martinez : Fognini Fognini’d all over the place. He seemed to hurt his ankle during the 3rd set tiebreaker, and for a guy who lacks a bit of self control he shockingly did not withdraw. This seems to be one of his principles, as he’s finished matches injured before. Good win for Kukushkin, who hung around until he was given the match. Martinez on the other hand went out and earned it, downing the hard hitting Vukic in straight sets.
Martinez and Kukushkin are unlikely to have huge edges against each other. Kukushkin does his best work at majors, but not really on clay, and Martinez is a claycourt expert, but generally earns errors/preys on his opponents inconsistency. I expect long rallies, and I expect Martinez to gradually pull away in this one. Martinez in 5.
Korda Isner : I’m gonna have to be honest. I completely missed Isner’s match. It didn’t seem like Benchetrit was returning much, and Isner is generally the same. That being said, I regret this because Korda played very well in defeating Seppi and I’d like to be more confident about defending his chances here. Korda plays very well at net, and while he’s a bit green, he’s been losing in the qualifiers on tour for a few seasons now. Him starting to win matches now means we can expect a solid performance from him. He’ll have the edge in baseline rallies, and given they’re from the same country, he’ll be somewhat familiar with Isner’s game. This will come down to Korda’s ability to avoid bad service games, and whether Isner’s serve is unreturnable or not. These are question marks, and I’m starting to hate question marks. Not as much as I hate people bouncing the ball between their legs before their serves though. Korda in fourda.
Nishikori Travaglia : Clay Nishikori is back! A late 5th set victory against Evans saw many bettors writing creative words into the livestream chat, and if you’ve never been called an assfish, you can only imagine how upset Dan is tonight. Kei was happy to get across the finish line, and he has to feel like he can breathe a sigh of relief. Travaglia beat Pablo Andujar, who I have been instructed by my attorney to point out is not from Colombia and does not live in the jungle and does not train jaguars and does not sleep in a cave and does not channel magical eagles and definitely does not possess the ability to call the wind from within his lungs which are definitely not made out of the spirit of a cursed python. Andujar had been on a tear, and beating him in straight sets coupled with Travaglia’s serving prowess mean I make him a slight favorite to beat Kei in this matchup. Since Kei is struggling to find length and rhythm playing a big hitter is likely a bad situation, and I give Kei a good chance since he’s such a difficult defender to beat but he really will be behind the 8-ball in his service games. Travaglia in 4-5.
McDonald Nadal : Nice win and some much needed points and bucks for Mackie. Nadal didn’t look great against Gerasimov but Egor was hitting some great offense and Nadal doesn’t exactly need to press early. Nadal in 3 and the next round against Travaglia will be a good look at Nadal’s level.

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