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Cross country road trip (part 3)

2020.10.06 22:37 sadpotato231 Cross country road trip (part 3)

For those of you who didn’t read my last 2 posts, my other half of 10 years passed about 2 months ago and I’m traveling the country spreading her ashes. It has been incredibly difficult at times, but this is my story. It is long, but I like to think it’s a good read.
Nashville, TN: day 1
I guess I was just burning the candle at both ends. After a good night’s rest, I’m feeling much better. I’m sitting out on the back patio of my hotel enjoying a free cup of coffee. The sky is a bright and cloudless blue, the pool is open, and for once it seems that I am awake before the rest of the world.
After some debate on where to go and what to do, I decide to just head straight into the center of the city and walk until I find something worth while. Hopefully, I can find somewhere appropriate to spread some ashes, though I doubt it at the moment. I believe this will just be a pit stop to my next destination.
People here are relatively fearless about COVID. While some are quick to mask up, others are more reluctant to do so. Even walking through crowds is a minor deterrent for most. When we see a second wave of this virus, I will be the first to assign blame.
Holy hell. Never before have I seen so much live music in one square block. I’m not a big country fan, but I think I may have to adapt my preferences while I’m here. As I pull onto broadway street, I can immediately head a jumbled up mess of roughly 6 separate live music venues playing. The streets are lined with overflowing bars, with drunk tourists flooding into the streets, and frantic parents midway through realizing that perhaps, Nashville was not the best place for a family vacation. While I sit by, sip my black coffee with a shot of espresso and people watch. This may not be where country music was born, but it is certainly where it was conceived.
I’m not yet sure how I feel about Nashville. While surely, there is endless entertainment to be found here, I wish that it were a little more spread out. I like a good long walk on on a trip. There is no self sufficiency required to find a worth while destination here. Step onto Broadway and walk. You’ll find something you like. While convenience seems to be king, sometimes I like a hunt. However, it is impossible to deny the superlative quality of music here, nor the great abundance that it comes in.
Me to a local: What is there to do here? The local: Drink? Me: it’s not even 2 yet! The local: Hit a museum?
I spot the Johnny Cash Museum and talk to the barista.
Me: Is it worth it? Her: No. Me: Thanks for your honesty! Her: I get in for free and still haven’t bothered to make it all the way through. Me: So what would you do if you were only in town for 1 day? Her: There’s a lot of good restaurants around here. Me: I’m not all that hungry. Her: Drink?
I decide to stop asking locals for travel advice and check the maps to figure out what to do next.
They were not kidding, this city is big on alcohol. As I sit near a small fountain, I spot around a dozen bachelorette parties on open faced busses and biking I am determined to stretch my dollar as far as it will go when I spot my own personal back to back havens on my map. Option 1: a free of admission bar with preloaded arcade games Option 2: The Comedy Bar of Nashville
Upon further inquiry, I learn that the comedy show is sadly sold out. I will have to settle for arcade games.
As I step in, I spot a full floor of pinball as well as the classics, Pac-Man, Joust, Galaga, etc. While Katie and I were in Seattle, we found a similar bar, Art Marble 21. We spent roughly 6 hours in this bar, taking part in some intense ping pong playoffs against one another which eventually inspired us to purchase our own table in a 1 bedroom apartment. I still can’t believe I convinced her. Initially, we would play for hours until we were dripping with sweat, but as time went on we began using it less and less. Given the success of coin slot in TC, Katie and I quickly drew up some figures towards the potential cost of implementing something like this in TC. We had gone as far as to check out the price of various arcade games and to try to figure out how much a technician would cost in order to perform basic maintenance. We thought Right Brain’s building would be ideal for this, but since it was taken, the Warehouse district became our ideal choice. After figuring all the costs, we realized that we couldn’t have gone through with something like this without at least a decade of saving up. Still, it was a fun concept that we liked entertaining from time to time. Katie always suggested that we start with a taco truck and expand to our own bar if the truck was successful. Even in a major foodie city, I would kill for one of our shrimp tacos right now.
Alright Nashville, you’ve grown on me. I have found the alley that was meant for me. As I sit and enjoy the surrounding passerby’s I see a man walking with his puppy on his shoulder like a parrot. A block away there are 3 separate street performers. I’m currently sitting in an alleyway with 6 separate live music venues. Most of the bars have a small cover, so I’m waiting for the right one to spend my night at.
I’ve decided upon the free one. While the singer isn’t the best I’ve heard tonight, I’m enjoying the atmosphere greatly. As the guitar strums, my entire body is filled with vibrations from the amplifier. I immediately wonder what the occurrence of hearing loss is in this area. My money is on 20%, but that’s a conservative estimate. I’m not complaining. There’s a reason why his amplifier goes up to 11.
Nashville:2 Nick: 0
I bide my time by listening to a free concert outside of a popular club. This group is fantastic. While they deserve every dollar of the cover charge, I do not want to spend needlessly. As time went on, I ended up at Miss Kelli’s karioke. If you want to know where the real show is in Nashville, it lies not in the street performers or in the scheduled gigs, but in this goofy band of misfit locals. I’ve heard renditions of songs in this portion of my trip that have made every scheduled live event that I have ever attended look like pure unadulterated dogshit. I will not apologize for my vulgarity. I’ve heard world-class levels of country, funk, pop, and rock all in one bar. I’ve spent a total of 9 dollars on drinks with no regrets. There’s a guy singing blink 182 and sum 41 songs that remind me of middle school. He’s pretty good. He sounds almost identical to the band, but throws in little catch phrases and dances around like a madman. He’s having fun with it, but he’s also not taking himself too seriously. It’s a good show.
A slightly stout and awkward 20 something year old steps up onto the stage with her friend, a confident young woman with obnoxiously long fake eyelashes and long hair. The bartender leans in to tell me “she used to work here, you’re gonna want to watch this one.” I couldn’t determine which individual she was talking about, but nonetheless, I move up to the front row with excitement. I hear the karaoke attendant announce that they will be singing Shallow from the A Star Is Born soundtrack. Not my favorite song, but I’m interested to see how they handle it as a duet. The woman with the fake eyelashes begins. Huh... she’s good but not incredible. I really hope at this point that the other woman is the one who the bartender was talking about.
It was the other woman. Not only has this she now captivated the entire bar, for the first time in my life, my jaw is literally agape for an entire duration of a song and it’s a song that I don’t even really like all that much. I’m near tears. It’s not just the most beautiful performance I’ve heard live, it’s the most beautiful performance I’ve heard anywhere. It’s so good that her friend has stopped singing entirely and is just staring at her with the biggest smile as though she knows, it will not get better than this anywhere in this city tonight. There are times when the English language is horrifically lacking in the translation between intent and written word. It is possible for me to describe someone who is good, great, or even incredible. New words would have to be created to describe exactly what this young woman’s performance was like.
She finishes the song and is immediately twirled around by her husband. I make it a point to go over and say hello to them and to tell her how fantastic her voice is. Immediately, I see that there is a line of likeminded individuals forming behind me. I tell her most of what I have written here, but without gushing too much, and ask if she’s going to sing again tonight. She is not. I say my goodbyes to the group and am asked if I’m going up by one of the guys in the group.
Something that you guys don’t know about me is that I will do Johnny Cash songs at karaoke, but only after a few drinks. I cannot say whether it is good, but I believe it to at least be adequate. I don’t have much of a singing voice outside of that, but after some slight intoxication, I can delude myself into thinking that I sound enough like him to try. I explain my predicament and tell them, “I’m not actually sure if it sounds any good and I’m certainly not brave enough to follow what she just did.” The husband turns and says “Let’s get you a drink and find out.”
Nashville: 3 Nick: 0
Alright Nashville... at this point I have spent roughly a total of 80$ for this night, including my food, an Uber, drinks, and my hotel room. The husband of this insanely talented woman has been plying me with drinks and I have finally worked up the courage to go up. Before I approached the stage, he gives me a Jell-O shot “for good luck” and I head up to sing “Boy Named Sue.” There are strangers in the front row who I hear yell at one another “he’s pretty good!” In a venue like this, I’m beyond flattered. This is the highest complement that I could have hoped for. I stumble over a few of the lyrics, but quickly recovered. Afterwards there was some light cheering and I was able to retire for the evening with my head held high.
As I exit out onto the streets, I make small talk with the bouncer. He’s been making jokes with me all night and is now serving hot dogs out in front of the club. He shouts out, “Hey big man! Want a hot dog? Guaranteed, best in the country.” I turn and say “Best in the country? That’s a powerful statement there. I just got back from Chicago and I’m not sure anything will ever beat that hot dog.” He tilts his head back and replies “man, what’s Chicago got that we don’t got?” I say, “Hell man, you could eat at a McDonald’s in Chicago and it’ll still be the best meal ever. I don’t know what they do to food there, but it’s all just flawless. I don’t even like sauerkraut or coleslaw, but they load stuff like that on a hot dog in Chicago and it’s the greatest thing ever.” He narrows his eyes and as though he’s telling me a secret and almost whispering says, “We’ve got sauerkraut.” I take a hot dog with everything but relish and begin to scarf it down. I tell him, “This is a fantastic hot dog, but I will tell you that Chicago dogs are still the best.” “Really?” He replies. “Absolutely.” “Damn, I guess I’ve gotta go to Chicago.”
Day 1: Knoxville, Tennessee
I decided to stop in Knoxville on my way to West Virginia because of a deal that simply could not be beaten. A 3 star hotel for only 24$ per night. It’s about a 10 minute drive from the center of the city and at that price, I could hardly say no.
Who in their right mind rated this place 3 stars? The tattered siding combined with the bulletproof glass between the front desk attendant and I should have been a strong deterrent, but I paid online and am therefore screwed. The courtyard has an outdoor pool but the entire area looks relatively like a minimum security prison or like the aftermath of a zombie apocalypse. There is discarded furniture in the hallway, chained up doors, and unsupervised toddlers playing in the street. I immediately reconcile myself to either stay entirely in my room or to head into the city, but nothing else.
Entering my room, I am immediately expecting the bathtub to contain an unconscious man with an open cavity where his kidney should be. Thank god I brought my own blankets. I sit on the bed for a minute and to my surprise, it’s a relatively comfortable tempurpedic. Just kidding. It’s a rock. I shudder at the thought of the potential creepy crawlies living within it, but quickly remind myself that it’s just for 2 nights and that I saved a good amount of money by doing this. I miss Shirley so goddamn much right now. Her Airbnb was so cozy in comparison.
I spend a moment resting on my boulder and trying to figure out how I will occupy myself outside of this room in the near future. While searching things to do in this area, a plane passes overhead. And then another. And another. I’m a mile away from the airport. I quickly check the flights coming in and out today and find that there is a flight every 2-45 minutes from now until midnight. They start back up at 6 AM. So basically what I’m saying is that if you’re staying in Knoxville, I know a great place.
There is something majestic about the sky in Tennessee. Inexplicably, it seems like there is more of it here. The surrounding areas are filled with high rolling hills and trees for miles, but somehow it is the sky that I am fixated on.
I grab a bite to eat from the closest restaurant, a well reviewed Mexican spot. I order the chicken chimichanga and am delighted to see that it comes with all the fixings. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a messy slop or food on my plate, but it’s all I ever want. I turn into a giddy schoolboy when my plate is filled with toppings to slather all over my delicious deep fried bit of goodness.
As I sit after, I run into the same familiar predicament that seems to be plaguing my days lately. I’m not ready to go to bed. I’m in a new and unfamiliar city. It feels like a waste to sit inside, but there is also very little to do. I could go to a bar, but it isn’t as though I really want to.
I decide to just stay in and watch the wire. I have always felt that this is the unsung hero of HBO shows. It makes most other police based shows look like absolute trash. While there are exceptions to that rule, there are not many. There are speeches in this show that I think about long after watching them.
Day 2: Knoxville, Tennessee
I wake around 12 and find out that the hike I was going to go on is listed as closed due to COVID. I’m very confused and will have to find someone to contact to make sure. It seems a little hard to believe that restaurants are open and that hiking trails are closed.
I decide to head for a sandwich shop in town. It’s listed as 4.8 stars and only sells at 6$ a sandwich. A good sandwich and a cup of soup will always be near the height of luxury for me. While I love a bit of fine dining when I can afford it, there’s something comforting to me about this little hole in the wall diner. It’s run by an elderly couple who charges next to nothing for what should be 10$ minimum in any pub in the city and still seem to make a profit. I start to reason that their overheads are low. They’re located in a mostly abandoned little strip mall, so rent is probably reasonable. Their decoration budget includes mostly fake plants. Their staff consists mostly of themselves. They’re not out to make a fortune, they just wanted to work together and feed hungry folks for a reasonable price.
I decide to just drive out to Ijams nature center in hopes that it’s a fluke and luckily, I find that they are open. I head on into the visitors center and begin to ask about the trail. There is an option to zip line throughout roughly 3 miles, but I quickly decide that wouldn’t be the best venue for spreading ashes. Instead, I opt for the nature walk along the Tennessee River.
Despite my best efforts, I always seem to forget how much my mental status is improved by a nice long walk. I try to stay mindful of the importance of regular physical activity, but it can be difficult to continue through with once you build up to my particular size. Just know that if you are of a reasonable weight for a man my age, a mile of hiking for me is a mile of hiking for you if you were wearing a lead vest. It feels good though. With each step I feel my ligaments snapping back into working order. Muscle memory is a miracle.
It feels good to keep moving. It’s always easier when the environment is this gorgeous. I spot a bench with an immaculate view and while I don’t want to take a seat, I would be a fool to not bask in it for a few moments. As I sit, a shirtless man on a kayak is casting out his reel while he kicks his feet up on either side out of the kayak. He’s listening to black eyed peas. He bobs his feet in the water to the music as he slowly drifts through the motionless water. This man may never catch a fish, but he is surely living his best life.
He’s got a pull! I’m so excited for him! He tries to reel it in, but comes up empty. He shouts out, “Son of a bitch took another lure off of me! This fish has got a wicked sense of humor on him!”
I continue on walking until I find what looks like a reception area. There is a wooden gazebo with a handful of picnic tables along with a gorgeous garden, and a small stream that leads out to the river. After walking through the area, I feel a warm rush of euphoria rush over me. This is a peaceful, beautiful, quiet, and happy place. It’s filled with nature. There is a scurry of baby chipmunks that are prancing across the trail in front of me. I think she would like this. She used to feed the rabbits and squirrels outside of our apartment with whatever veggies we could find when we spotted them. It always used to make me smile. I really should start traveling with some carrots in my bag. With some effort, I head to the top of the stream to leave a small sprinkle here and head back to the car. Initially, I am bothered that the ashes sunk to the bottom of the stream rather than floating down it, but I quickly notice that of the small identifiable bits of ash, one moves down the stream every few minutes. Upon this discovery, I am immediately comforted and even overjoyed at the idea that she will move continuously throughout this stream for quite some time. She would like it here.
I decide to head on into the downtown section and am incredibly glad that I did. There’s a charming little plaza known as the market square. It contains roughly 30 shops all lined up next to one another. It’s mostly restaurants and bars, but there’s something about the practicality of it that I enjoy. I’m on a park bench listening to “take it easy”. He’s not particularly good, but this has always been one of my favorite traveling songs, so I stop for a minute to enjoy some free music. If traverse city is ever to make an adjustment towards big city living, it should involve a massive influx of live music in the streets. Interlochen is right there! For whatever change you have on you, you can enjoy an amateur concert in the park while people-watching. I would happily pay 5-10$ to enjoy such a glorious opportunity. Nearby there is a crazed homeless man with an equally crazed dog. The dog is aggressively barking at passing individuals. The singer has moved onto Bad, Bad, Leroy Brown and I decide that this will be my new spot to hang out for the foreseeable future. Free entertainment is always better. The area is relatively tame, but still has the aesthetic of a larger metropolitan. Nearby are trolleys that offer free transportation. The smell of good food is in the air. Every corner has live music. While it’s not always good music, it is always nice to post up for a minute and hear what the local bard has to offer. I’m decidedly a big fan. I expect that this area will get much crazier very quickly as the night presses on.
A man has taken the front stage in front of me and is doing a dead on Mitch Jagger impression with just a slight southern accent. It’s just enough to separate himself from any other impersonator. He came equipped with his own mic and amplifier. He’s covering Rolling Stones songs. I figure out that there’s a bar out front with seating that is right in front of his stage. This town feels a little more my speed. As I sit down, I feel obligated to order a drink, but I tell the waitress not to worry about me past that. She tells me that they have a special on whiskey drinks for 5$ so I order an old fashioned and hang out for roughly 2 hours. So many have told me that this town is dead and not to bother with it, but I’m a big fan. If this is this city when it’s dead, I’m not even sure I would love it as much when it was filled with people.
Next to me is an older man playing chess with a younger man who I assume is his son. There is a trio of friends playing a game that I have never seen behind me. It’s played on a small board. There are roughly 12 pucks, 6 of 2 different colors. On each player’s side is a rubber band that allows the players to place the puck flush against the rubber band, pull back, and try to shoot it through a small hole into the other player’s side. Generally, you just smash your puck into the other player’s. Once all your pucks are on one side, you have won. They’re losing it for this game and I find great amusement in this. Anyone who tells you that happiness can’t be bought chose the wrong thing to spend their money on.
This city feels like they anticipated it to be much busier than it is. There are trolleys that run all throughout the city, free of charge. There are sky high buildings, but seem to be relatively few actual citizens out. Maybe it’s just because I just came from Nashville, but it seems like this is among the most mellow cities I’ve been to so far and I love it.
The whole time, I have been writing this, I haven’t so much as had a sip of my drink. It’s the most fantastically smooth old fashioned I have ever tasted. The waitress tells me that they use an orange simple syrup and an orange bitters. As I enjoy, I spot a police officer coming by to cut the man on stage off from singing. Apparently somebody in the area complained about the noise. Real disappointment. I make a bit of conversation with the singer and he asks if he can trust me to watch his stuff while he runs back to get his car. Apparently this is the sort of city where you can trust a stranger with hundreds of dollars in equipment and roughly half that in tips. I’ve turned into a hawk. My eyes are fixated on this equipment and any stranger who approaches anywhere near it. He returns and thanks me heavily, telling me that if I’m in town tomorrow that I should swing back through and he’ll be playing different songs at the same spot. This is only the second time that I have wished that I would stay for another day, even in my terrible hotel room.
This city is simple and fantastic. I try to measure cities based on a specific criteria. 1: the number of experiences per square mile 2: the general vibe of people 3: the sights 4: the food 5: the general feel that you get when I’m there 6: the music 7: would I live here?
Oddly, this city hasn’t knocked any category out of the park, except for one. I have an inexplicable gut feeling that this is the right location for me at this time. It’s peaceful, but it’s big enough. It’s got music, but it’s not obnoxiously loud.
On my way out, the waitress tells me to hit up the local speakeasy, Peter Kern’s Library. It’s a small spot that was a speakeasy dating back to prohibition. I walk in, order a cheap glass of Pinot noir, and grab a spot to relax. There are a total of 5 booths and 1 table. The room is dimly lit with candles and there are soft vibrations of music pumping out of the speakers. The music has a quiet and beautiful sadness that is completely absent from the radio today. The wine is exquisite, with heavy notes of chocolate and black cherry. Sometimes when you get a wine with those notes, it just turns into a boozy form of sugary welches, but this is perfect. There’s a man in overalls and a newsboy cap talking about his experiences in the music industry with the bartender. He’s a musician turned promotemanager who had traveled all throughout the country. He’s regaling the bartender with stories of old about traveling by car all over while he lived on couches and slept out of his car. I chime in and explain what I’m doing and he offers to buy me a mixed drink. I reluctantly accept and decide that I will be taking several hours to walk and enjoy the city before driving home. It’s still only 6 PM, so I have at least 4 hours to explore, giving me more than enough time to work off 3 drinks. I order the Holly Golightly, named after a character from Breakfast at Tiffany’s. It’s made with strawberry and raspberry infused vodka, lavender liqueur, lime juice, strawberry vodka, and Prosecco. While I am more of a whiskey guy most days, I am also a fanatic for raspberries and high quality raspberry flavored things and this drink is no exception. It’s sweet and a little bitter in all the right ways. If it weren’t alcoholic, I would drink this in lieu of water. Each ingredient pops at alternate times. It’s like a rave of flavors on my tongue. Each unique characteristic is easily discernible from one another, but they all blend together so flawlessly that I immediately start to treat this drink as a precious delicacy that is meant to be cherished for as long as humanly possible. I thank the man in the overalls as he exits and I contemplate what exactly it is about me that causes strangers to want to ply me with alcohol when I travel. This is oddly not a unique experience for me, but it is always met with great confusion and graciousness. When Katie and I were in Chicago we were bestowed many free gifts (if you don’t know the story, I won’t be the one to share it here). It was not uncommon for us to go out and meet a fellow couple who was willing to pay for shots. I do not know whether this is unique, I only know that it has happened regularly since I was roughly 24. Through sheer discipline, I was able to make the drink last over an hour.
There is a restaurant that I have passed twice called Nama that I have immediately determined to be fantastic, but also outside my price range. As I’m passing I hear a couple sitting at an outdoor table. The man tilted his head back and yells out “half of sushi is awesome!!!!!” It’s the best unintended advertisement I have ever seen in my 29 years of existence. Rolls are roughly 5$ a piece, so I order 2 and await the joy that I expect to ensue. The sushi is great.
The waitress is wearing a Rolling Stones mask and asks what brings me to Knoxville. I tell her that I’m traveling the country. She asks why. I tell her and I immediately feel that familiar choke in my throat as my eyes begin to swell up. I can see the look of empathy in her as her eyes begin to water. She chokes up but gets out the sentence, “well she was lucky to have you.” It’s all I can do to shake my head, clear my throat, and let out a heavily restrained, “No... I am the lucky one. She was the best.” By the end of the meal we had both teared up in separate corners. I apologized for making her cry and she insisted on giving me a hug before I left. Ordinarily, hugs can be give or take. There are but three options. 1: the hugger squeezes too hard and hangs on for too long. This is typical of larger drunken men 2: the hugger squeezes too lightly and doesn’t know when they’re allowed to let go. This is typical of obligatory huggers 3: the hugger has studied from the masters. They have been preparing for this moment for their whole lives. In one flawless effort, they let out an appropriately long and sincere hug that leaves the huggie feeling fully embraced and comforted without crossing into any awkward territory.
Thankfully, she was the third. I thank her for the service and the hug and tell her that there is a guy in the market square who covers Rolling Stones songs and that he sounds just like the band. I tell her that if she’s free, she should check it out.
After finishing my meal, I decide that I have given myself an appropriate amount of time to sober up entirely and decide to head back to my shabby little hotel.
Day 1: Roanoke, Virginia
I pull in and check out what looks like a relatively uneventful city. There’s traffic, but not much else going on. That’s alright with me, I’ve been on the road for 5 hours and mostly just wanted an Airbnb to do laundry in. I’m wearing my cleanest dirty shirt and jeans that I’m fairly certain contain trace amounts of salsa from 2 days prior. I pull into an empty parking lot and discover that from the outside, this looks like an abandoned flower shop. All the blinds are down and there are no signs that anyone occupies this space except for the statues in the windows. I’m immediately concerned, but I punch in the code and get the green light to enter. Oh man! Don’t judge a book by it’s cover! Not only is this place pretty awesome, it also has a 55 inch tv in my room and the comfiest bed that I have ever lied down on. Next to the bed is a delightful glade plugin with a delightful scent that I am unfamiliar with. For 30$ a night it could not be beaten.
I take a moment to catch my breath while I schedule my trip for tomorrow to Blackwater Falls State Park in West Virginia. For a total of 50$, I will be spending 2 nights camping in what I believe will be one of the most beautiful parts of my trip.
I pick up some food, have a couple drinks, and head back to binge on some tv while I relax before the trip ahead of me.
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2020.08.23 11:44 OneSilverRaven Raven Reviews: Huniepop, The Best Example of What a Visual Novel Can Do Wrong.

TL;DR
Huniepop is the perfect storm bad visual novel and the example I point to when someone asks me to explain how to tell a good novel from a bad one at a glance. The experience of playing it is an exercise in frustration for an experienced visual novel reader and a terrible representative for an inexperienced reader. The rest of this review is me picking apart every aspect of the game in detail and arguing why it serves as such a great example despite the fact it does not qualify for the title of a “true” VN.
A WORD ON VISUAL NOVELS
If you were to search for Huniepop on VNDB you would be met with this screen, displaying that the game had once been considered, but was removed at some point after its inclusion. Following the link posted in the notice, you come across this thread which seems to broadly favor the ultimate decision to remove it.1 Another link leads you to this screen, where the database firmly sets guidelines for what may be added to the collection and in no uncertain terms Huniepop fails to meet them. This review is not an argument that Huniepop be considered a visual novel nor is it meant to say anything about VNDB as I'm sure the majority of people reading this (myself included) respect the thorough nature of the site and its authority. What I do intend to do however is use Huniepop as an example in place of a more traditional novel2 because despite not qualifying for the genre it manages to embody every single pitfall a poorly presented novel could fall into.3
Before I explain however it's important to note that Huniepop is a well known game and mainstream in a way that more “traditional” visual novels are not. Meaning that whether or not we like it Huniepop is a representative of the visual novel genre to the mainstream world.
Poll a random gamer about their favorite visual novel and you're likely to get one of three responses. That they have never heard of the genre, that they don’t play dating games, or a minority that will list one of the few popular titles. Dangan Ronpa, Gyakuten Saiban, 999, and Doki Doki Literature Club! are the ones I hear most often.4 Now an astute observer familiar with these titles will immediately notice that they all share a feature with Huniepop and each other that I think is key to understanding their mass appeal, and that is that they all hybridize the visual novel style with another genre of game. Dangan Ronpa and 999 are puzzle solving mystery games with game play dotted between novel sections. Phoenix Wright is a different breed of puzzle game but follows the same format. Doki Doki is the closest to a “traditional” VN but mixes heavily with horror elements and meta game play so the point still stands. Clearly, mainstream audiences more readily adopt VN’s that provide some kind of game play element.5
Because of their popularity this relatively small pool of games is what we have to draw from when talking about how Visual Novels are perceived by people unfamiliar with them. Overwhelmingly to an outside observer this genre would look to be composed of sexualized (Doki Doki, Dangan Ronpa to an extent,) simple (Puzzle games don’t exactly require twitch reflexes, just patience and time,)6 anime art games with a disproportionate amount of romance themes.7 Not a bad description for Huniepop if it was necessary to give it one so short. I think it's a good idea to keep in mind that the western idea of what a VN is typically about was the mindset behind this game's creation. The author of the game has even openly voiced that he does not believe Huniepop should be considered a visual novel at all.8
That being said it’s hard to ignore the parallels. Strip away for a moment the lack of actual text (the NOVEL portion of this visual novel) and you’ll be hard pressed to point out a significant difference between this game and one of the earlier examples.9 Sure the gameplay is different but “puzzle” is a wide genre. The art styles vary but that is true between any two games and even the 999 trilogy went from 2D to 3D between titles and that didn’t disqualify them. Huniepop actually has a few ADVANTAGES over some of these games with a wide variety of outfits for the heroins and a huge amount of CGs dwarfing Doki Doki and 999’s numbers. If you wanted to be purely objective then yes, Huniepop is not a visual novel, but it shares a lot in common with the genre and those similarities are fascinating to look at when judging its quality.
IF WE COULD READ A BOOK IN ONE PAGE
I have always maintained that the most important single feature of a visual novel is the title screen. Writing, which one can argue is more important broadly, can have good and bad moments and be incredibly inconsistent with even the best novels in this genre having individual scenes far below par.10 I can’t recount how many times a good novel has had a protagonist that brought down multiple scenes they were in.11 Art is divided into multiple sub-groups so I think it's unfair to lump every visual aspect together. Backgrounds, sprites, CGs, chibis, if all of these are bad then a novel is unlikely to gain much of a readership but if one or two suffer for the others there is a good chance it can be overlooked. Doki Doki had very simple sprites and backgrounds but made up for it with strong animations and clever use of audience expectations to use their sprites creatively. 999 has downright HIDEOUSLY choppy art in its first installment and subpar character models in later games (as well as almost no CGs in the second game and none in the third)12 but used its assets sparingly and spread out its best looking moments to compensate. Point being, as long as the writing and art isn’t so bad you can hardly look at it and enough of it is of a quality to catch a reader you can get away with focusing on a few points over others when necessary.
Without a doubt though your title screen is one of those points that needs to be top of the priority list. A bland or uninteresting title screen is a red flag larger than the banner on the Kremlin during the October parade. Why? Because it's the first thing you see, it sets the tone for the entire rest of the novel. The old adage “You can’t judge a book by its cover” exists because it is ridiculously simple to take a single look at something and let that first impression color your view of the entire work. Perhaps the saying is correct, but it can't be helped that this first screen sets expectations and a catching or interesting title presentation can make or break a reader's interest in what follows.
Let’s look at an example from one of the greatest western VNs Katawa Shoujo and the subtle way it plays with your expectations.13 Upon booting up the game you see this image. Which is relatively plain. The three features are the central canvas like space, the isolated options in the lower corner, and the game’s symbol in the upper corner. The eye is drawn to the center of the screen where the negative space causes a reader to search for something to latch onto. The option text is simple and uninteresting so the only real object to engage with is the heart. If you had never heard of Katawa Shoujo before starting this game it's easy to see this heart at the edge of all this negative space and take away that symbol as the only feature. This actually primes you for the novel you are about to read because Hisao, the protagonist, is only moments away from a heart attack, which will become the major defining feature you as the reader will see him as until he is fleshed out over the course of the novel's entire length.
Katawa Shoujo then slowly introduces the reader to the idea that the heroines Hisao meets, who he first describes and views as extensions of their disabilities, are not defined by the features they possess but the people that they are. In line with this as you complete more chapters the title screen shows a branching group of pictures stemming from that first title card of act 1. These reminders of your story with each route fill the once negative space with a bouquet of deeper memories. The theme of Katawa Shoujo is ultimately that people are more than the surface level we can see and making judgements on one trait, one object, like the heart in the corner is ignoring that more lies below the surface then being “The blind girl” or “the girl with no arms” or “the guy with arrhythmia.”14
Doki Doki Literature Club also has a great example of a title screen because it hides the horror elements the game is eventually going to spring and the twist that this novel is going to be unconventional in plain sight for a careful observer. The first thing I noticed when first reading this novel and something that a new reader would probably never guess is that there is no “extras” option, which means there is no gallery. Now this isn’t exactly something to be worked up about, I can name dozens of novels that don’t immediately allow access to the game’s extras. But normally the option is left on the title screen grayed out (Katawa Shoujo, Muv-Luv Alternative, Aokana: Four Rythems Across the Blue) not absent entirely. Secondly, the game's name has a tell that will definitely go over the head of someone unversed in Japanese culture, but the O in each Doki are pushed together to form an 8. This is an unlucky number in Japan like 13 would be considered unlucky in America. If you notice that detail you can probably also figure out that Doki Doki, the Japanese sound word for a heartbeat, has a double meaning as both a fluttering heart and a nervous heartbeat. The inclusion of unlucky 8 points the reader’s interpretation to the negative connotation, the game is literally telling you on the first screen “be prepared for unfortunate nerve racking events.” Combine this with the lack of an extras option and you can deduce rather easily that this otherwise cutsie looking VN is going to pull some tricks on you.
Now obviously I don’t expect that everyone who picks up a given novel is going to over analyze the title screen like I do. I doubt most people notice they are making judgments about a novel that early in the experience. But from an author's perspective you have to assume that your reader IS going to be that picky about your game and so they put a lot of effort in to showcase the worth of this highly visual medium right from the start.
Huniepop opts to do a very common style of title called an ensemble shot where all the important characters are on screen in a group. Lots of novels do this from Muv-Luv to Kindred Spirits on the Roof, not uncommon at all, but just like how a careful observer will notice the detail in the Doki Doki logo an experienced novel reader will immediately see a problem in this particular picture. That being the sheer number of people on the screen. In total Huniepop has 9 characters present on the title shot and that is well over the average number for a romance focused game where typically there are only 3-5 routes.15 Now I used Kindred Spirits as an example of another ensemble shot which has an ungodly 16 characters16 but that is the exception rather then the rule as EVERY character in the game is included and Kindred Spirits follows a unique story telling style that doesn't fit cleanly into the normal progression of traditional VNs.
Almost always ensemble shots showcase only the heroines of a novel and cut out any that aren’t romance options. Suki to Suki to de Sankaku Ren'ai actually goes a step further and despite having two characters that are both options for menu voices (something else usually reserved for romanceable heroines only) and two ecchi scenes apiece included only the four main route heroines in their ensemble shot. Muv-Luv also follows this trend with three ensemble shots on its title screens featuring the six main heroins and neglecting the two characters that play critical roles in the story despite the fact they also have one ecchi scene apiece, which hilariously is half as much as five of the heroins and equal to the sixth but that's neither here nor there.17
Just by counting the number of people on screen a reader can infer one of two things is almost certainly true. Either this novel is going to be lengthy, as many as 30 hours minimum and up to 100+ hours if properly paced.18 Or the characters in this novel aren't going to be given nearly enough time to be fleshed out because the novel simply has too many people19 to properly explore them all. Given the remaining details of the title card, the spinning pink background behind the logo and the floating shapes that invoke the same feeling as looking at a box of store brand marshmallow cereal my money would be on the later.
BECAUSE MAGIC IS UNIMPORTANT ENOUGH TO BE USED TO GET YOU LAID
For the sake of argument let's say you either didn’t notice or didn’t care about the pretty big warning sign I just pointed out and decided to start a new game. After selecting a save file and a gender the player is immediately thrown into the games potentially longest string of connected dialogues but for this section I’m only going to focus on the scenes you’re FORCED to do. The story opens with the reader’s character approached by a woman at a bar who berates you for several sentences about your inability to properly socialize while you demonstrate that you have just learned the English language and are having trouble remembering the difference between thank you and good morning.
Without warning you are forced to make several choices in a row that all effectively say the exact same thing and then the woman leaves. The next morning in your bedroom a lingerie model set to appear in Katy Perry's reshoot of California Girls wakes you up and you rightfully tell her that sleep is a gift bestowed by the gods and you are not going to be roused by what is clearly an illusion. Disregarding your valid skepticism the protagonist from the worlds sluttiest magical girl anime takes you on a date.
This brings us to the screen you will be staring at for roughly 70% of the time you play this game, but I’m actually going to skip over it just to finish the tutorial so table that for now. After your game play demonstration the Good Witch of the West’s rebellious daughter returns you to your room, gives you your menu screen and presents you with the only choice that has literally any bearing on your play through. Which place sounds like the best spot to pick up chicks? Now I, as a twenty something man, have attempted at least once to engage with a woman in all of these locations, but something tells me this games targeted demographic of horny high schoolers that strangely like doing puzzles they paid a ten spot for more than using google to find free videos have not. How many people actually chose the park on their first play through?
This brings us to the one and only thing that I can compliment about this game unapologeticly so prepare your angry comments. The introductory scenes for the various characters, while admittedly rushed and simplistic, are generally really good. Some are better than others, but the worst one of the bunch Kyanna still gives you the bare minimum to get a sense for their character and in a better novel that actually cared enough to flesh out these girls this would be a pretty good opening. I like the circular nature where meeting one girl leads to the next and essentially gives us two introductions to each character as we see them interact with one of the other flat pieces of cardboard we’re supposed to pretend are people.
Oh shoot didn’t quite have enough positivity to make it to the end of that paragraph did I?
Yeah these characters are all terrible and exist solely for player gratification. I can boil them down to one word each and I bet you’ll have no trouble guessing which one I’m referring to. In fact let's test that out shall we?
Asian, Tsundere, Shy, Cougar, MILF, Black, Nerd, schoolgirl, Neko, Alien, Slut, and dominatrix.
Think you got 'em all? Of course you did because as far as the game is concerned these single words are all these characters are. In a way this game is disturbingly meta because the protagonist treats these people in a way that seems almost clinically designed to mirror how you the player were always going to treat them.20 You ask superficial questions about them (Age, weight, height) and then answer those questions when prompted. No, actually, you have the OPTION to ask superficial questions about them because talking to the heroines is literally optional, there is a steam achievement for completing the game without ever doing it once. You have the OPTION to buy them things, from the insultingly basic preferred items that literally just cater to whatever fetish the character was made to fill to general food items and alcohol that force them to talk to you more and romance easier. And of course you have the OPTION, but are really forced to take them on dates.
But I’m still not ready to talk about the dates yet so let's switch topics.
HOW TO FAIL AT AESTHETIC DESIGN
Let's talk about the music. There are twenty three tracks in this game and all of them are forgettable garbage. One of those tracks is the opening theme and if you ever played this game with headphones you know EXACTLY what the opening notes of that song sound like because it was the last thing you heard before going deaf for three hours. For anyone who hasn’t had their hearing destroyed follow this link and you’ll see what I’m talking about, they set this theme about three times as loud as it should have been and what makes it worse is they put it over that off putting title screen to make this game as unappealing as possible! Of the twenty two remaining tracks two of those only play in your character's bedroom during and after the romance game. That leaves twenty tracks of music, not an bad amount. So when do those play? Well you might get a clue by looking at the titles, with such riveting names as Dagwood Park, University Campus, Fitness Club, and my personal favorite Hot Springs, because Onsen was apparently too complicated a word.
They all just pertain to the location they’re named after. No variety, no variation, and each time you return to the location they loop from the beginning so I hope you enjoy the first thirty seconds or so of these two and a half minute tracks because that's the part you’re going to hear.
You know what was one of my favorite parts of Katawa Shoujo? Something I always remembered even years after I read the story. The two rattles at the beginning of Kenji’s theme Out of the Loop. Kenji is insane by the literal definition, he has undiagnosed paranoia and is going to kill someone if not properly medicated21 but I was never upset to see him because this song loop always made me chuckle. The game is self aware enough to tell you Kenji is clearly wrong about everything he says by using his own theme to show the motif. He’s out of the loop, disconnected, thoughts rattle around his brain but nothing worth knowing. Now Kenji is actually one of the more interesting characters in Katawa Shoujo and much deeper then his introduction might lead you to believe but that's a topic for another day. What I wanted to illustrate is that music in a visual novel is one of the most important details you need to get right in order to have a good play experience for your reader.
Authors of films, TV shows and VNs don’t give characters their own themes because it's just tradition and saves time when you can copy paste someone's theme over every scene they’re in. They do it because music is an ingrained and easy to access part of human culture and can have a huge variety of effects when we hear it. Everyone knows what a “wild west” song sounds like. Everyone knows what jazz, and classical, and eastern music sounds like and if you don’t think you do you actually do but just can’t think of an example. I can play just five seconds of organ music and everyone who can hear it will immediately start thinking about vampires and cheesy cartoons about Gothic horror. When you are planning your musical accompaniment for a visual novel it is imperative you understand what you are trying to SAY with your choices and where they play. When I’m in the forest with the shy girl I should not be hearing the same music as when I’m in the forest with the obnoxious party girl. Going to a club with Cougar should not be the same as going with MILF because the atmosphere of the scene is completely different. I should not be thinking “I am at Lusty’s Nightclub with girl X.” I should be thinking “I am at a club with this girl who is _.” But when the music is always the same no matter what girl I bring it makes the place feel static and lifeless and the heroins uninteresting.
Another problem with Huniepop is the terrible UI which just bogs down the whole game. Granted, everything is straightforward and easy to understand, but the damn thing takes up three quarters of the screen! Now maybe you’re a speed reader and don’t care much for background art and fine details and if so i guess you can skip to the end of this section this complaint isn’t for you but for everyone else everything about this UI is chunky in the worst possible way. Of the six options on the screen at any given time the only two that REALLY need to be there are “talk” and “go on date” and the rest are just shortcuts to your menu. Now I'm not opposed to shortcuts, far from it, I love them, but that's what key binding is for. All you do by forcing these options on the screen is cater to the lowest common denominator of players and give the game a claustrophobic feel. It makes me wonder why you even bothered making the backgrounds at all if you were so ashamed of them you just had to shield as much as possible from view after the static sprite slides into place and we get half a second to look at the art. That is when the entire screen isn’t taken up by the glorified pachinko board which I’m still avoiding but I’ll get to it don't rush me next topic!
A SILENT CHARACTER TRAGEDY
So if I’m being honest everything I've said so far is kind of superficial. So the title screen isn’t great and the intro was hilariously rushed with unfunny jokes and the music is lame and the UI is chunky. Big deal, why do I care enough to talk about it? Well the truth of the matter is that Huniepop commits a cardinal sin that I think more people need to be cognizant of, and when I first realized why this game had always felt kind of off in my mind, I knew I had to say something. It’s not revolutionary to say Huniepop is a bad VN, or even a bad game. But those arguments have come to overshadow a bigger issue, one that affects people in the real world every day. This game at its core is fundamentally dismissive of the fact that your character is taking advantage of these girls and ultimately abandons them.
Now I know what that sounds like, I can already hear people calling me out as an SJW and laughing at the fact that I even brought this up in the first place. Visual Novels aren't exactly known as pillars for social equality and far more often than not the mistreatment of women isn’t even a thought that enters the head of the author or reader. These novels are after all works of fiction, and contain scenarios that could (hopefully) never take place in real life. But I’m not talking about every visual novel. As far as i’m concerned art is something that should never be censored regardless of its subject matter with even and perhaps especially the most despicable and depraved acts being showcased. As vile and terrible as it may be to commit sexual and physical crimes in reality a book is nothing more than a book, and it is up to the individual reading it to process the morality of its contents.
I don’t care if the other lessons that can be learned from this game go completely ignored or if everything else I've said here gets forgotten. If you take one thing away from this now eight page and climbing review, take this sentence. If you never sat down and thought about what is going to happen after you put down Huniepop for the last time to the girls in the story, then Huniepops message to you was the disgusting idea that it was a fun game to deceive twelve people into sleeping with you through lies, manipulation, and sometimes debatable force. Let's break it down.
Aiko is a gambling addict who at least dislikes her job and giggles when you give her Japanese objects playfully calling you “so racist.” Admittedly she is probably the one least affected by your actions and I don’t have a bunch to say about her but you are definitely not a healthy choice for her to date or have sex with or whatever you want to call your relationship because you’re not solving any of the issues she’s dealing with, you just make her laugh and look cute.
Audrey is a drug addict who is failing her classes, abuses others, and at best has a tenuous circle of friends who all call her a bitch behind her back. When you take her virginity she tries to open up to you but falls back on her aggressive personality because she can’t force herself to be vulnerable like that. She’s self destructive, lonely, and on a life path to a terrible future.
Beli is a shy girl with body image issues and given the fact her two interactions when you meet her are with older women probably finds it difficult to relate to her peers. She’s easily pressured, a lightweight, and it is going to absolutely break her heart when you reveal to her you’re seeing other people. More than anyone else in this roster she thinks the two of you are going steady and it is simply deceitful to pretend that's what's happening and lie to her face.
Jessie is a single mom who turned to porn to support her daughter and earned her daughters ire instead of her love. She hooks up with random men, like you, because it’s what she knows how to do. She’s a chain smoker, and probably also an alcoholic. Now unlike Aiko where her gambling addiction is literally debilitating and Audrey who is a serious hard core drug user Jessie isn’t that bad. Any one of these vices isn’t enough to mention, but all together it shows she has incredibly self destructive behavior. Again, not as bad as Audrey, but if she truly wanted Tiffany to forgive her and rekindle their relationship don’t you think she would have stopped smoking and doing the porn shoots? I don’t think she’s still going because she wants to, but because she can’t stop herself.
Kyanna is a single mother who you drag out to clubs and outings, keeping her away from her child, and reintroduce to alcohol knowing she has a history of substance abuse at parties. Now unlike some of the other girls Kyanna is going to be just fine when you leave, she’s got herself together and a good stable life, but you are absolutely not a good influence on her and only going to cause problems for her and her child.
Lola… alright you got me Lola is probably going to do okay. But pretty much every single dialogue option you have with her is a straight up lie unless you’re asking for her measurements.
Nikki is an introvert who at first pushes you away but eventually warms up to you to the point she poses sexually on her bed just to get your attention. The pleading nature of that text makes me shiver as this girl who complains about her small chest to you THE NIGHT YOU’RE ABOUT TO HAVE SEX is trying her hardest to get you to like her. She wants you to see her sexually so badly she throws her caution aside and goes all out just to have you cheat on her with her abusive friend that drug her to a club against her will.
Tiffany is the saddest story for me because she is on the exact same path as her mother and doesn't even know it. She’s hypersexualized, choosing to wear a fetishistic schoolgirl outfit, sending you panty shots she pretends her friend took without her knowledge, calling you a perv as she sends you nudes, just all kinds of stuff she hates her mother for. As far as we know she has no contact with her father so she’s basically going solo through college and here you come, lying to her face when she asks you if you’re seeing other people. Too afraid to ask you to go steady, too lonely to dump you when you can’t be faithful. I can only imagine what she’ll say when she finds out who you’re cheating on her with…
Celeste is literally an outsider to your planet and I will never be convinced your relationship with her isn’t rape. Her species experiences heat, she doesn't know your mating rituals, and she's literally a prisoner on Earth. This is rape. Point blank, no arguments, you rape her, I don’t give a damn if she’s smiling.
Kyu is a nymphomaniac and is definitely going to lose her job at some point. She’s got the whole gambit honestly with body dysmorphia, drug addiction, porn addiction, an abrasive sarcastic personality brought on by attachment issues and to top it all off she knows she’s in a video game about dating girls for sex so that can’t possibly be fun. Hell I’d turn to drugs too at that point.
Momo is a child. She’s literally 6, younger if we convert that to cat years. She has the mind of a child, she talks like a child, she's a child. This is pedophilia. Not even Loli just straight up pedophilia.
Venus is the literal god of love and seducing her is a feat of unimaginable consequences. I literally can not even begin to fathom what it would do to the world but I can tell you one thing. The fact that she was not always the god of love means somone else had that position before her and I can’t think of a better way to lose your job then to be reported for having sex with a minor, which is absolutely what you are to her being 2% her age.
Do I think the author intended any of these things to be taken this seriously? No of course not, but I think that's kind of the point. I don’t think ANYONE is taking this seriously because this game is a bad clone of bejeweled. And to be honest I’m not that upset about it either, at least not in this specific game, but I think it's worth thinking about because how many other visual novels have you played where you didn’t bother to think about what came next for the characters? Games that took themselves far more seriously than this one? If you’re reading this and I've somehow struck a chord with you maybe you should consider thinking back on some of the stories you’ve read and asking yourself to analyze them a little deeper. Or not, because that's hard and no fun.
Alright fine let's get the damn bubble pop out of the way.
NO, I AM NOT GOING TO REFER TO IT AS CANDY CRUSH
The main focus of Huniepop is on courting girls through seducing them with bejeweled. You play bejeweled to do this. It’s bejeweled.22
What am I supposed to say about it? This is a game 50 something moms play before they get their kids from tap recital. This game is literally one step up in complexity from PONG. Yeah I know there's Alpha mode23 and it gets harder and you have to use date gifts and alcohol and and and-
Yeah I don’t care.
I’ll admit the number of mechanics makes it more interesting then vanilla bejeweled because at least you have to kind of think around what each girl responds to and the passion mechanic is nice I guess but once you have everything unlocked it's really just a matter of picking one strategy that works and brute forcing your way forward. I appreciate that there isn’t a time limit because I like to play games planning several moves ahead, but that all goes out the window for the bedroom scenes which are awkward at best and distractedly off putting at worst.
You know what really gets me though? Why bother censoring this game. If little Timmy gets on dads steam account and buys a porn game for ten bucks little Timmy can learn to google the porn hub compilation of the sex scenes. It's different when the novel is otherwise child friendly like If my Heart Had Wings, still stupid but at least understandable, but we all know why people are playing this game and its not for bejeweled! So why bother? Why even go through the dance? They didn’t even patch out the scenes; you just have to rename the file and everything unlocks. Literally, look it up.
Anyway I guess that's all I have to say about it. For something that takes up so much of the game it certainly isn’t much to talk about.
It’s just fucking bejeweled.
WHY THIS GAME IS WORTH TALKING ABOUT
So at this point i’m eleven pages exactly into this review and god knows how many footnotes but I wanted to quickly summarize my thoughts before putting this review to bed. Obviously a reader can not be expected to have access to all the information about a novel before reading it, and most of my criticisms about Huniepop require that someone have at least started the game to notice them. Usually by that point you’ve already invested your time and money into acquiring the novel and its quality is unimportant. But even if they have your money I hope that referencing the things Huniepop so catastrophically failed at lets you figure out you’ve got a bad experience coming in time for a refund or at least lets you get out before wasting too much time.
I know I said at the top of this review that Huniepop is not a visual novel and I still believe that. But I can’t say there is no possible version of this game that I wouldn’t consider making the grade. If the developers had focused less on mass appeal and made the story longer. If there had been more effort put into the presentation. If they had just given the girls one or two more sprites each and replaced the dialogue options with structured conversation there could have been a real hidden gem here. I want to leave on that note. Imagine what this game could have been if they had spent a few months altering things about the flaws I pointed out. Maybe this game would have made it on the exceptions list.
If you have 10 dollars you really hate looking at and want to set a bar for yourself at the low point of what a visual novel can be then give Huniepop a try. Everyone else, just stay in bed.
FOOTNOTES
  1. This thread is actually genuinely hilarious because a user named Usagi goes on an absolute RANT about Huniepop not making the cut. I honestly recommend it to anyone in need of a laugh this is GOLD.
  2. Traditional as in standard formatting but also in general genre expectation.
  3. Or at least the ones I care about the most.
  4. Obviously this list isn't exclusive and my sample size is highly biased toward western gamers but you get what I mean.
  5. For the purpose of this review i'm going to ignore the fact that making choices is definitely a game play element because 99% of a traditional visual novel is non-interactive but VNs are absolutely still games I will not dispute that.
  6. Again this is a generalization if you're some kind of quick draw Sudoku solver don't fill the comment section with a rant about fast paced puzzle games you're hobby is valid calm down.
  7. This might be because the mainstream often confuses dating simulators with visual novels (which honestly I can't blame them for their is a LOT of crossover) but nonetheless it IS something the genre is known for and participates in.
  8. Originally I intended to provide a link to a tweet from the creator supporting this but it has since been deleted so unfortunately I can not. I pinky promise i'm right though so you have to trust me.
  9. Ya know, except that those novels are actually GOOD.
  10. Why Kindred Spirits needed to tell the story of Tsurogermine running from her teacher from TWO perspectives i'll never understand. I literally just saw it from Yuna's perspective and she has more information then you I don't need to know why you said GAH instead of AH.
  11. Takeru from Muv-Luv Extra anyone? Honestly couldn't stand that selfish prick till halfway through Unlimited and he didn't win me over till Alternative.
  12. If you want to get really technical the second game in the trilogy had a lot of CGs that just showed the posed character models but I hardly think that counts. Its not something worth arguing about but I personally don't count them.
  13. That isn't a controversial statement is it? I mean it doesn't exactly have a bunch of competition.
  14. If I ever feel brave enough I'll do a full review of that game to really delve into the themes but some great reference videos can be found on YouTube if you're curious.
  15. This is just in my experience and doesn't include "joke" or "bad end" routes. Numbers may vary but this is a good standard estimate.
  16. Kindred Spirits actually does a pretty good job of dividing those characters into groups and presenting them as units rather then individuals which helps to mitigate that number but still 16 is HUGE for a visual novel even harem games don't usually have that many.
  17. Yes, I am aware that Mikoto is not a valid romance option in Extra and saying that Muv-Luv has three title screens is kind of misleading but that isn't the point of this review and honestly not a huge deal.
  18. This estimation of time is taken from average novel lengths and my personal time to read them, it's only an estimation and not to be taken as a statement of fact.
  19. Especially when we count the unlockable characters.
  20. Namely, as disposable.
  21. Let me know if you got the reference, I'm curious.
  22. A game that can be found for FREE I might add.
  23. No joke their are half a dozen Steam guides on how to best beat Alpha mode and apparently it goes all the way up to lvl 100 which is INSANE! Who would play that much Huniepop that is like hours of work!
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2020.08.13 06:58 colorcodedcards "Someone help. I need help": Where is Monica Renee Bowie––a 34-year-old woman who was abducted in the parking lot of her upscale apartment complex in Atlanta, GA on the night of July 5, 2007?

Hi everyone! I'm back again with another lesser-known case––this time from Atlanta, GA. I want to give a quick s/o to u/Beardchester for the writeup they did on this case three years ago which gives a good initial outline of the case.
"A go-getter from the first day she learned to walk"
Monica Renee Bowie grew up in a middle-class neighborhood on Pittsburgh’s North Side with her mother, brother, and two sisters. She was close with her family and strove to set a positive example for her siblings by excelling in school–– “if you sat with Monica, she would wow you,” recalled her cousin, Lateshya Ellis. After graduating from Perry Traditional Academy, she enrolled in the accounting program at Cheyney University of Pennsylvania where she was chosen as the class valedictorian in 1996.
The ambitious Bowie was enchanted by the hustle and bustle of Atlanta and decided to relocate there in 2003. She got an apartment with her friend Danyell Sparks and the pair took full advantage of all the activities the city had to offer. Bowie first worked as a stripper for six weeks after her arrival in Atlanta but she had since redirected her attention to starting her own legitimate business.
Brenda Watkins, the manager of the Blue Flame, the club where Bowie worked, recalled her as a “nice girl, real nice.” She said that while Bowie primarily “kept to herself,” she was also “very ambitious”––Watkins was not sure if Bowie started stripping to invest in another business or not but she noted that she came in the club on occasion to “pass out new music from new artists.” Her first venture, Go2girls, was a hip-hop production company and she later opened LaCoca Wear Clothing, a boutique off Metropolitan Avenue.
Bowie had come a long way since her arrival in Atlanta––she successfully got two businesses off the ground and had found a good group of friends. “She didn’t allow negative things around her. That was her. She was a go-getter from the first day she learned to walk,” said Bowie’s mother Linda Howard. Sure enough, in 2006 Bowie moved out of the apartment she shared with Sparks and into her own place in the Berkshires at Lenox Place, an upscale building in an affluent area of Atlanta.
Her attorney described her as “a nice, happy, upstanding member of the Atlanta community” who had no issues aside from her “unfortunate brush with the law.”
This “unfortunate brush” was in fact Bowie’s first and only run-in with the law. On June 20, a police officer spotted her boyfriend Shernotta Walters standing in a Campbellton Road parking lot when he “smelled a strong odor of marijuana.” Walters was asked to identify his car in the parking lot which was subsequently searched by the officer who discovered marijuana, cash, and a firearm inside. Bowie had allowed her boyfriend to borrow her car and upon hearing that he would be arrested, she went to retrieve her vehicle. According to her attorney, she got to the scene and explained the situation to the officer who then arrested her alongside Walters. Bowie denied ownership of both the weapon and drugs found inside the car. Griggs said that the charges against his client were later dismissed in Fulton County Magistrate Court. Walters remained in the county jail, however, since possession of a gun was a violation of his parole.
Timeline
34-year-old Monica Bowie left her DeKalb apartment complex in the afternoon of July 5, 2007 to drive across town for an appointment with her attorney, Gerald Griggs. The two discussed her case and Bowie appeared to be in good spirits. Griggs said that “nothing was out of the ordinary”––Bowie was “smiling and laughing” and did not seem to have anything troubling her. She headed back home from his Decatur office around 4 p.m., ready to continue what seemed like just another day.
Later that evening, Bowie went out on the town and returned home later that night. A friend dropped her off in the parking lot at around 11pm. Around the same time, Brian Butler––a man who lived on the second floor of the complex––was working at his computer when his focus was interrupted by “loud shrills” which lasted about 30 seconds. “She was screaming ‘Someone help. I need help. Help me,” he told a reporter. Other witnesses told police that they saw a 2002 burgundy Mercury Sable speed away from the complex at about 11:10 p.m. but none reported seeing Bowie being put into the vehicle. The car had apparently been parked in the same spot earlier that day. Police were also given physical descriptions of two suspects by witnesses––a heavyset black male with a beard, possibly 20-30 years old and a small, dark-skinned black male in his late 20s-early 30s.
Multiple calls came in to 911 from the complex and police responded within minutes. Investigators quickly verified the witness reports and concluded an abduction had taken place––the parking lot showed clear evidence of a struggle. A woman’s green jacket, jewelry, a manila folder, a broken perfume bottle, a container of chicken wings, eyeglasses and two broken fingernails were found scattered in the parking lot. Papers found at the scene also bore Bowie’s name. The fingernails were sent to the crime lab for analysis but I could not find any information about the results of these tests if they were in fact conducted. The car was recovered in West Atlanta the day after the abduction and police noted that it was badly burned.
A bizarre twist in the case––one which I haven’t seen mentioned in other writeups––occurred nearly two weeks after Bowie disappeared. A spokeswoman for the Fulton County district attorney informed reporters that an investigating grand jury indicted both Bowie and Walters on July 10. She said that Bowie was indicted on one count of possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and one could of possession of a firearm and carrying a pistol without a license. When Bowie’s attorney was asked by a reporter if he wanted to respond to the charges against his absent client, Griggs was dumbfounded.
“That’s a surprise to me,” he said. “At this point our contention would be that the police have no evidence whatsoever linking my client to possession of any illegal substance. She was not the driver of that car, she was not in control of that car.”
Bowie’s mother Linda Howard then joined Griggs inside his Decatur office, staring down the small gaggle of reporters interested enough to show up. To Howard, the press conference was akin begging on her knees for media attention––the abduction of her daughter wrecked her emotionally and she couldn’t talk about Bowie without crying. Under normal circumstances she would have been able to talk about her daughter for hours but this time was different. This time Howard had to put her grief and trauma on public display––without it there was no hope of solving the case.
“Once the media stops, it’s hard to start it again,” Howard explained.
Bowie’s mother knew media exposure would be critical in solving her daughter’s case but she could not get anyone to cover it outside of Pittsburgh and Atlanta. Being the hometown of CNN headquarters, Howard assumed the broadcaster might be interested in the story only to be rebuffed. “I went to CNN personally and I couldn't get past the elevator,” Howard said. “I’ve been waiting for someone to call me back.” Without a way to secure a wider audience, the family focused on spreading awareness locally by holding prayer vigils and press conferences, posting fliers, and conducting door-to-door searches. Unfortunately, nothing came of their efforts––police largely remained at square one and had only concluded that Bowie probably knew her kidnappers and that her abduction was related to illegal drug activity.
Suspects
Shernotta 'Rico' Walters was ruled out as a suspect relatively quickly due to the fact that he was in jail at the time of Bowie’s disappearance. Law enforcement did consider him due to his prior criminal record and alleged involvement in drug dealing however no evidence was found that supported his involvement. From the beginning, Bowie’s family did not believe Walters was involved in her abduction but police understandably needed to investigate. Walters’ attorney, Dennis Scheib, told reporters that police questioned his client about the abduction. The pending charges against Walters was an obvious potential motive, but Scheib said that Bowie had “told [him] she would testify for him.” Police have named two suspects in connection with the murder.
27-year-old Lonnie Bennett was pulled over by police responding to the 911 calls while he was leaving the parking deck at the Lenox Apartments. The police incident report stated that Bennett was observed “coming out of or near” Bowie’s apartment after the alleged kidnapping, although it is unclear from news sources if the officer saw this and decided to pull him over or if that information was garnered from later witness interviews. In any case, the officer found a “large paper bag” in Bennett’s car which contained a “large amount” of cash, although police declined to specify exactly how much money there was. While Bowie’s attorney said that she did not know Bennett, he confirmed that he was “an acquaintance of Shernotta Walters.”
The second potential suspect identified by police was 24-year-old Jasper Devron Keels. Keels was arrested by DeKalb County police on Saturday and charged with theft for stealing the car used in the abduction as well as drug possession. Police said that Keels borrowed the car from an acquaintance on July 4 but instead of returning the vehicle to its owner, Keels abandoned it and set it on fire. The acquaintance, later identified as Tyrone Crawford, reported the vehicle as stolen the following day. Keels’ connection to the kidnapping was unclear from the beginning, as he was not thought to have known Bowie and police strongly suspected that Bowie knew her abductors.
“We are trying to see whether he has any connection to the kidnapping, but at this time we have not been able to make that link,” DeKalb County police spokeswoman Keisha Williams told reporters on July 17. “He’s not a suspect. Are we trying to connect him? Yes. But he’s not a suspect.”
In April 2018, Keels was arrested alongside another man following a traffic stop in Covington. A patrol officer spotted a gray Chrysler Pacifica travelling east U.S. Highway 278 and thought it looked similar to a BOLO (be on the lookout) put out by authorities in reference to multiple armed robberies and requested additional assistance. The two officers pulled the vehicle over and spoke with the driver and passenger who gave them fake names. The driver then abruptly hit the gas and floored it, prompting a high-speed chase. The occupants slowed down and then parked the car before both the driver and front seat passenger jumped out and ran across the median but the pair was quickly apprehended. Officers later identified the driver as Keels and charged him with giving a false name, felony fleeing and attempting to elude law enforcement, obstruction of officers, possession of cocaine, and driving with a suspended license.
As of 2020, no one has been charged with Monica Bowie's abduction and her family is still searching for answers in her case.
Questions:
  1. Who abducted Monica and why? If it was in relation to a drug dispute, how did she become involved? Was she collateral damage?
  2. To me, the fact that Monica’s own attorney wasn’t aware that a grand jury indicted his client on charges he thought were dismissed seems weird. I don’t necessarily know if it is related but how is it even possible for these proceedings to happen without the knowledge of the defendant’s attorney? Is it possible that the perpetrators knew of this indictment and silenced her for some reason?
  3. It has now been over seven years since Monica was abducted. Where is she? If she is dead, why hasn’t her body been found? I didn’t find any unidentified bodies matching her description in Atlanta, but there was one interesting potential match I found that I would love to get other people’s thoughts on––
The Elmore County Jane Doe (NamUs #UP5011) was found by a homeowner doing work on his property in Titus, AL on July 22, 2007. The man told police that he had rarely visited the property since 1991 and found the woman’s partial skeletonized remains while gardening. The body was wrapped in a green tarp tied with 72 feet of rope and buried in a shallow grave. Lime was also found at the scene which officers assumed was used to conceal the smell (it is a bit unclear if there was lime on the body as well).
[here is side-by-side comparison]
Due to the presence of the lime, authorities were unable to provide a specific estimated date of death but guessed that she died sometime between 1950 and 2007 (no postmortem interval could be established). Jane Doe’s ethnicity is listed as ‘uncertain’ on NamUS but the Doe Network also notes that she is probably black. Although the reconstruction shows her with short hair, the description notes that she actually had long, dark brown hair. Because only partial remains were discovered, the medical examiner was not able to provide an exact height but estimated she stood at around 5 feet tall.
There are a few striking similarities between Doe and Bowie, the close resemblance of Doe’s sketch to Bowie being the most notable one. The context in which Doe was found is also really interesting. If Bowie was killed by her abductors in Atlanta and then her body was transported to Titus in the car (perhaps in the trunk), it would make sense to wrap her in something to prevent her DNA from being found inside. Even if they planned on destroying the car from the beginning it would make sense to take extra precautions to prevent her DNA or hair from getting in the car in the first place. Additionally, the location Doe was found is only a 3-hour drive from Bowie’s apartment, meaning the person(s) transporting her body would have had plenty of time to drive there, dispose of her, drive back to Atlanta and burn the car (crossing state lines would also help throw off investigators further).
One thing that does not match up between Doe and Bowie is the height––Doe is estimated to be 5’0” while Bowie was 5’4”. I do know that the remains were incomplete which could throw off the height estimate but without knowing exactly which bones were recovered it is difficult to assess. The second point of contention is the stage of decomposition. Bowie was abducted on July 5 and the remains discovered on July 22 which seems like a pretty narrow window of time for a body to decompose so significantly. Finally, Bowie wore braces at the time of her abduction and it does not say anything about Doe wearing braces (it does say that dental records are available for comparison so perhaps there is additional information not listed in the profile).
Sources
Tiffany Cochran, “Friends Vow to Find Missing Woman,” 11 Alive News, July 20, 2007.
Juanita Cousins, “Abduction of woman suspected,” Atlanta Journal-Constitution, July 9, 2007, pg. B5.
Man charged in July abduction of woman,” Atlanta Journal-Constitution, September 14, 2007, pg. D5.
Jeff Mays, “Missing Atlanta Woman Monica Bowie Was Violently Kidnapped,” News One, November 7, 2013.
Andisheh Nouraee, “Monica Bowie kidnapping falls through cracks: Frustrations voiced for relative lack of media coverage,” Creative Loafing, July 25, 2007.
S. A. Reid, “Victim's lawyer shocked by abduction,” Atlanta Journal-Constitution, July 11, 2007, pg. D7.
––– “Woman’s screams go unheeded in DeKalb abduction,” Atlanta Journal-Constitution, July 10, 2007, pg. B3.
Marty Roney, “Body found in shallow grave,” Montgomery Advertiser, July 23, 2007, pg. 1A-4A. [part 1, part 2]
Jeffrey Scott, “Mom turns to media for help in case: Woman taken from DeKalb complex remains missing,” Atlanta Journal-Constitution, July 14, 2007, pg. B3.
Jonathan Silver, “Vigil focuses on missing woman,” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, July 17, 2007, pg. B1-B2. [part 1, part 2]
Larry Stanford, “Possible robbery suspects arrested after traffic stop,” Rockdale-Newton Citizen, April 2, 2018.
Deborah Todd, “Arrest made in Bowie kidnapping,” New Pittsburgh Courier, September 19, 2007, pg. A1-A4.
––– “Missing coverage for missing people,” New Pittsburgh Courier, August 1, 2007, pg. A1-A4.
––– “Pittsburgh native kidnapped in Atlanta,” New Pittsburgh Courier, July 18, 2007, pg. A1-A4.
Jodi Weigand, “Pittsburgh native who lives near Atlanta is missing,” Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, July 14, 2007.
Darryl Welch, “Robbery suspects arrested after high-speed chase on I-20,” Covington News, April 6, 2018.
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2020.08.09 08:39 Grampong Honeybee

Honeybee
Honeybee
Could you imagine where our lives would lead?
While I KNEW I would write this Snippet one day, I NEVER thought my Narrative would unfold like THIS, especially with a truly Soul-ripping twist I NEVER noticed until only minutes before the End over a decade later.
I try to avoid too much of my Life bleeding into my Snippets (some is unavoidable, since I write from my Experience). Not this Time, this Snippet shines the spotlight directly on the single biggest part of my Life (other than myself, of course), my Lifelong Love Honeybee.
A Lifelong Love is a very special type of Love, and each Life has room for only ONE Lifelong Love (but that one is FAR from guaranteed). There can only be ONE Love who meets you as a young adult, and continues with you on your Path for decades as together the two of you learn about each other and Reality, and then blaze a Path together into the Future hand-in-hand through births, deaths, jobs, burnt dinners, drunk relatives, and all the other Joys and Pains that Life brings.
For me, that Lifelong Love is Honeybee, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Our Lifelong Love has been sans pareille. She’s the Bestest Lifelong Love in History.
She was my Honeybee, and I was her Honeybee. What we are now to each other in this Impossible Year, and what we will be going forward, remains to be determined.
One Hundred Magickal Hours
On October 15th, 1987, I was home on leave, playing bridge at the local college when two of my buddies had to go to class, and Honeybee decided to Sit Down Beside Me, began talking, and started a Discussion with me. This was our first Moment together. She was a young beautiful brilliant cultured refined six foot blonde dressed in a true vision of late Reagan America with hairspray, Bass Weejuns, natural fibers, glasses with HUGE frames, shoulder pads, and more hairspray. Her Consciousness was blazing, and our Discussion added subject after subject such as why Bork had to be borked, to the impact of fire on the beginnings of civilization, welfare reform, etc. We were jumping from topic to topic, never losing the other, and both of us were having a great time.
An hour later, she had to go to class, but said she would return afterwards and we could continue our Discussion then if I was still here. My other buddy decided to take off and asked I wanted to come along. I said “Nah, she’s really smart and really cute. It’s worth an hour to see if she comes back.”
It’s obvious what happened an hour later.
Honeybee and I just kept our Discussion going hour after hour, topic after topic getting added, over dinner, driving around, back to her place and we talked until we fell asleep. OK, we did a few things OTHER than talking, but that was really just as offshoot of the talking (that’s my story and I’m sticking to it, ask Honeybee for her side if you want).
DC, the OG Road Trip
Friday evening, Honeybee had a road trip planned with a girlfriend of hers to Washington, DC, so I figured that this was going to be the last day I would spend with Honeybee before I had to return to base Monday. Coincidentally (synchronistically?), the driver had to bail so she drafted me into driving (IMO, more than a fair trade for few extra days with Honeybee).
This Road Trip set the standard for the many hundreds to follow.
Honeybee had her Violent Femmes tape, so we sang Blister in the Sun, Kiss Off, Gone Daddy Gone. The radio added I Got My Mind Set on You – George Harrison, Didn’t We Almost Have It All – Whitney Houston, I Think We’re Alone Now – Tiffany.
Everyone had a great time popping around DC for a couple days, Honeybee and I keeping that Discussion rolling. I found a treasure, a Magentalane album by Klaatu at a record store which would add many songs to our NEXT Road Trip like Mrs. Toad’s Cookies – Klaatu and our favorite to hear when we are almost Home, Magentalane – Klaatu
Black Monday
Honeybee was back in class Monday, and I needed to leave Monday evening. Honeybee and I realized that we had something Real and something VERY SPECIAL, but we lived 800 miles apart at the time. We agreed that we would try to see each other as much as possible, and when in the same city we were each other’s priorities, but otherwise we would live separate Lives and inform the other if there was “Something they needed to know,” which meant another Relationship which was rising in seriousness and a potential threat.
During our discussion, we noted that the stock market was crashing and had been the end of last week and this day would be called Black Monday. We laughed when we noticed that it started tanking roughly the same time Honeybee sat down to start our Discussion. We joked that us getting together had crashed the stock market.
The Honeybee Team Supreme
Together, Honeybee and I formed a Partnership capable of absolutely ANYTHING. Where I was weak, she was strong, and vice versa (and our strengths overlapped FAR more than they gapped).
My mental condition which Honeybee and I deduced as around the Asperger’s/Dyssemia area of the autism spectrum (we always refer to it as simply “Dyssemia”). My Dyssemia is inextricably linked to so many of my greatest strengths and weaknesses. While I have phenomenal intellectual capabilities, an Exceptional Memory which functions much like “Flashbacks” where I remember by reliving my Experiences with that information (both Good and Bad), and Math as my primary language, these abilities are achieved through a trade-off leaving me always an Individual, unable to join a Group or Consensus, and totally lacking in ANY “common sense”, lol.
Honeybee, OTOH, has her own set of phenomenal intellectual capabilities, her own Exceptional Memory which functions differently than mine (she considers mine “better”), fantastic language skillz, with a strong connection to and understand of the Consensus.
Honeybee can process data and multitask better than anyone, period. Watching her at full speed is an amazing sight. My specialties are pattern recognition, Gnosis, and penetrating focus. As individuals, we were Phenomenal. As the Honeybee Team Supreme, we were Transcendent.
Honeybee was the Yin to my Yang. We made an unbeatable Partnership, and proceeded to start taking Reality by storm.
Honeybee
I can't imagine how my life would be
If all your gravity did not hit me
Oh, don't you see?
Darling, my honeybee
Transplants
After spending a few years finishing college and taking the first few steps into the outside World, Honeybee and I recognized that we were “deadended” in our current location and decided to relocate. I wisely agreed with her when she suggested Central Florida because “If people save for a year or two to spend a week there, it’s GOT to be a good place to live.” And it hasn’t just been been a good place to live, it’s been SPECTACULAR!!! Honeybee made another of her great calls which possibly saved our Lives.
Honeybee and I packed every item we owned (and her cat who had adopted me as his hero) from The Old Apartment into a U-Haul and drove to the horizon to start our new Life without ANY idea where we were going to Live other than “Central Florida”. We were poster candidates for “Fools Rush In”, but Honeybee and I pulled it off yet again. We were truly The Honeybee Team Supreme, and nothing was impossible for us.
It was Just Like Heaven
But here we are
After all the messes and confessions
To the stars
That we never really owned as ours
The Honeybee Team Supreme’s Greatest Hits
Honeybee and I have shared so many truly spectacular Moments over our decades together. Here’s a sample of the highlights.
Travel
Honeybee and I took our first Road Trip the day after we met, and we never stopped until we recently parted.
The Honeybee Team Supreme does Road Trips RIGHT. The vehicle barely stops, bathroom breaks try to fit in gas stops, prepack food, we have it down after MANY hundreds.
Songs are chosen for singalongs, especially to stay awake driving. We started with our playlist from that OG DC trip and have added so many more like Goodbye Yellow Brick Road – Elton John, Paradise by the Dashboard Light – Meatloaf, One Headlight – Wallflowers, etc.
The Honeybee Team Supreme has been knocking out “Must Sees” for our Babybees as we enjoy them ourselves. A partial list:
Grand Canyon St Louis Arch NYC Washington DC Monument Valley Pike’s Peak Garden of the Gods Graceland Petroglyph National Monument Monticello Salt Lake City Yellowstone
We watched one of the very final Dreams Come True Fireworks performances from the top of the Contemporary Resort while eating unlimited sushi with an open bar as part of our hundreds of trips to Disneyworld.
Movies
Honeybee and I shared our Love of movies from the very beginning of our Conversation. We were both surprised we shared the same 40 year old black and white movie as our favorite: Holiday Inn. I had discovered it wrapping Christmas presents with my mother, as did Honeybee, so we naturally made this a Honeybee Team Supreme tradition.
We debated the “proper” ending for movies like Pretty in Pink, tossed themes back and forth, and were our own Honeybee Team Supreme version of Siskel and Ebert.
Honeybee and I Loved going to the movies, and 1999 the peak for us. Virtually every time we saw a movie, it was either phenomenal or fun. That was a GREAT year with Honeybee. Look at the movies we saw:
10 Things I Hate About You 13th Warrior American Beauty American Pie Any Given Sunday Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me Blair Witch Project Being John Malkovich Boys Don't Cry Cider House Rules Dick Dogma Election Eyes Wide Shut Existenz Fight Club For the Love of the Game Go Green Mile Iron Giant House on Haunted Hill Last Night Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels Matrix The Mummy Never Been Kissed Notting Hill Office Space Payback Magnolia Man on the Moon Mystery Men She's All That Sixth Sense Sleepy Hollow South Park Star Wars Episode I Stigmata Summer of Sam Talented Mr. Ripley Tarzan Thomas Crown Affair Topsy-Turvy Toy Story 2 Wild Wild West The World Is Not Enough
And just seeing the movies doesn’t cover the whole “movie experience”, because so many times our friends would add some of the best parts (like “Heavily Implied” taking on new meaning after American Beauty)
We Love Charlie Kaufman, Spike Jonze, Michel Gondry, and similar movies like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind with Wish You Were Here, Adaptation, etc. We Love classic movies, art movies, animation, etc.
Let’s just say Honeybee and I Love movies a LOT (and have a thousand discs still to watch).
Television
Honeybee and I were First Fandom for Reality TV, watching the OG Real World. While MOST Reality TV is beyond the Pale for us, we have passed this on to our Babybees. As a Hive, we watch Big Brother, Amazing Race, Project Runway, Top Chef, and similar shows and analyze the competitors and the competition (our Babybees are VERY astute).
Theatre
Live theatre has always been a special treat for Honeybee and me, and something we truly savor. Some of our favorites:
A spectacular performance of Fuenteovejuna at the Folger Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, DC in one of their rare non-Shakespeare plays.
An incredible college performance of The Mystery of Edwin Drood by Rupert Holmes of Escape (The Pina Colada Song) in the Annie Russell Theatre where the audience selection of the ending gave a lesser player a chance to shine, and boy did he.
So many local and community theatres like Manhattan South Studio Theatre, with productions like The Brady Bunch (The Second Coming of Jan), the Glass Jar, and countless others. Those shows took on additional special meaning when we knew the actors or writers.
The UNFORGETTABLE (unless you were my friend who slept through the whole thing) most self-indulgent FIVE hour Sherlock Holmes play EVER (with two intermissions). The second intermission included a police scene with a dead body in the middle of the road (we concluded the body was someone trying to RUN as fast as possible away from the Play, and that he was in better shape since he wasn’t going back inside for the rest), and ended with the announcement “IF anyone wants to go back in and watch, we will be starting soon.” We ALL rolled at the “IF”.
And, of course, Bandstand on Broadway.
Sports
My family’s relationship with Sports runs very deep and very wide. Honeybee jumped right in and she did a great job.
While I’m not sure she’s EVER understood the point of showing up to a spring training game over an hour early (“Why watch them bat when it doesn’t count?”), Honeybee REALLY enjoyed the one spring training game we NEVER saw. We met a few of my cousins before the game at the team’s hotel bar for a drink. Much like that Lays Potato chip, ONE drink is NOT possible when 1980 American League Rookie of the Year Super Joe Charboneau is buying using the Indian’s team expense account (Go Joe Charboneau for SURE). And when Super Joe is buying the drinks, getting you drunk, and telling story after story of his exploits, you never make it to the game. Those stories start with the famous ones that surfaced his rookie year, like drinking beer through a straw through his NOSE, him fixing that nose when it was broken using pliers and a few shots of Jack Daniel’s, and doing his own dental work, but they don’t end there. Honeybee and I both agree, once in their Life, everyone should have Super Joe get them drunk (it’s not to be missed).
Honeybee and I went to a LOT of sporting events, but my favorite Moment with her concerning sports was a Moment she took the initiative and Planned herself for me.
For Christmas in 2002, Honeybee gave me two tickets for us to see the North Carolina Scholastic Classic on January 20, 2003. That meant I was FINALLY going to get to see Lebron James play in my alma mater’s Green and Gold Irish jersey (Honeybee gave me one of those the next year). So Honeybee and I made another of our patented Road Trips, and I was not disappointed to see in person the phenomenon my brother told me could have jumped to the NBA after his freshman year of high school. LeBron did the IMPOSSIBLE, he successfully DEFENDED a 3 on 1 fast break (no human being should be able to do that). After I saw that, I turned to Honeybee and said “If he doesn’t get hurt and doesn’t lose his head, he can make a run at surpassing Jordan, because LeBron is drawing from the largest skill set I’ve ever seen with a perfect body.” Honeybee agreed and still does.
Concerts
Honeybee and I saw so very many great concerts together, there’s no way to do them justice. The best part for me was ALWAYS that I was sharing the experience with Honeybee (she ALWAYS makes even the most bland Experience wonderful for me).
We watched Crosby, Stills, and Nash open for the Grateful Dead at Three Rivers Stadium after wandering around for hours with the Deadheads (and we still have out tie-dye t-shirts).
Lifehouse, Everclear, and Matchbox Twenty performed a triple bill where a Joyous Art Alexakis who stole the entire show from Rob Thomas’ homecoming by having security chase him and his wireless guitar up and down the stairs of the Orena.
Wang Chung, Flock of Seagulls, Missing Persons, Gene Loves Jezebel rocked the House of Blues
We jammed to Experimental Jazz at the Disney Institute, countless concerts at Disneyworld (we skipped most because they didn’t fit our schedule well), etc.
Ushered in 2000 with Blue Meridian at the Have A Nice Day Cafe.
We stood right in front of the stage on Pleasure Island while Modern English sang Melt With You for food, followed by World Party in the rain.
Honeybee had to drag me away from Steve Kilbey of The Church when he was was too busy talking to me about my business and playing the “Proud Poppa” showing off his daughter’s artwork from college to remember to get ready for the concert in a tiny club.
Roger Daltrey delivered Tommy backed by the Cleveland Orchestra at Blossom in a performance Roger KNEW he had in him and had always wanted to give, and he gave that performance of his Life (we were so glad he didn’t “Die Before He Get Old” for Honeybee and I to have yet another of our Moments).
Our LAST concert was March 7, right before concerts went away, when we watched Michael Stanley Strike Up the Band One FINAL Time from the first row of the orchestra pit (if Honeybee and I never see another concert together, that was a Moment I’ll be happy to go out on).
People
The people who have crossed Honeybee’s and my Path, and walked with us for a while, demonstrate some SERIOUS “strength through diversity”.
Honeybee and I have yet to find people we don’t like (other than rude hurtful people, of course), and we have socialized across the entire social spectrum. We’ve gone out to dinner with couples who were having their version of our “smothered chicken”, we’ve joked with billionaires over which loge they watched the baseball team they own, we’ve watched Super Bowls and NBA Finals with hoop friends from pick-up games on the playground, we’ve plot doctored books and had the authors dedicate the book to us in thanks, etc.
Many interrelated circles of friends grew around the Honeybee Team Supreme, we had friends of all sorts. Honeybee and I struggled to figure out if we could fit TWO days at home a week into our social callendar.
Look around
We made a garden of the love we found
So many reasons I would fight to stay
You're the courage when I fade
Take a look at what we've made
Marriage
In 1996, I was working on our finances, and I shared with Honeybee that we would save about $3,000 if we were married, she got one of those looks of hers on her face, and I asked “Do you want to?” Not the most romantic or greatest of proposals, but she accepted anyway.
That great group of friends we assembled came together and threw us a FABULOUS Wedding, a bit Fandango style. We did everything backwards, a formal brunch followed by the ceremony in a beautiful rose garden. The reception was at a friends’ house, and then the after-reception of pizza and beer at yet another friends’ house around the block. Special people who shared a special day with us.
Missing were any rings. Honeybee is VERY particular about jewelry. She doesn’t like men wearing jewelry, so I have NEVER worn a wedding ring, at her request. As for her rings, at the time we could not justify the Engagement Ring she wanted, a 1 ½ carat emerald cut ring. I promised that ring to Honeybee, and she will have it, even if I have to give it to her at the finalization of the divorce as a “Thank you for having BEEN my wife” Ring rather than an Engagement Ring.
That silly ring, it wasn't meant to be
Luckily you saw in me
Something I couldn't see
”My Mind Is Gone, Is It EVER Coming Back!?!”
In late 2003, we succeeded in becoming pregnant with our first Babybee. The Collaboration we had been Planning and Loving toward had reached a new stage. still remember making special note of one of those Moments with Honeybee in early 2004 when we were Pregnant with our son. I brought her breakfast in bed (coffee for decades was standard, with extras like breakfast often added), and found her crying. I asked in a panic what was wrong, and Honeybee sobbed out, “My Mind is gone, is it EVER coming back!?!” All these strange Feelings and Emotions were taking over her Mind and Body, and she could tell that she was changing and becoming different than she had been before we got Pregnant.
I laughed and explained to her that those changes were her Body and Mind changing to give Birth to Babybee and become a Mommybee. I said that those changes were going to be in place until we decided to stop having children and breastfeeding, which was planned after our second child in about 5 years. That brought more tears from Honeybee and more laughter from me.
I NEVER should have been laughing, because I was horribly wrong about her Mind returning in 5 years. That wonderful incredible beautiful Mind she had shared with me for almost 20 years NEVER returned to what she shared with me before getting pregnant.
I NOW see the Moment of which I made that special note was NOT simply one of those tender Husband/Wife Moments that they look back on fondly (as Honeybee and I did so many times with this Moment, each of which now carries a touch of ash to me). No, this was the Honeybee I met in 1987, that incredible brilliant beautiful young woman to whom I instantly Bonded and Loved, with whom I started “officially” cohabiting in 1990, sweated out Midwest winters with windows open on a third floor of a Victorian house turned into a VERY cheap apartment (we did go out to dinner once a week for smothered chicken for under $20 total, tip included), packed every single one of our belongings into the back of a U-Haul to drive a thousand miles without a CLUE of where we were going to Live in 1993 (at once the Greatest and most Foolish thing we EVER did), started a business based on sharing my Love with others, launched her career and proudly watched her climb the corporate ladder saying “Farewell” to me, HER Honeybee
The Honeybee I Knew and Loved was actually saying “Goodbye” to me, and I didn’t Know it. I didn’t realize that my Honeybee I had Known and Loved for 16 years was leaving me, and from then on gradually my Loving Partner Honeybee would being replaced one tiny piece at a time by Mommybee, who does NOT Love me (or even understand I’m human) and sees me only as a resource for our Babybees.
I NEVER should have laughed, I should have been crying right alongside her. Now, I’ll be doing a LOT of crying not by her side waving Goodbye to my wonderful Honeybee in the Past who left me all those many years ago, but I never Knew she had gone. I’ve got a LOT of mourning to catch up on.
I’m giving you a horribly belated Goodbye now, Honeybee.
I’ve missed you so very much, especially these last few years. I’ve been so terribly Lost and Lonely without you (Mommybee abandoned our Discussion years ago, and you’ve only chipped in every so often since). I’m sorry I didn’t give you a proper Goodbye at the Time, but I didn’t Know you were going away Forever. We BOTH thought you were coming back. I didn’t even Know you were still Gone until last month. I really didn’t, Honeybee. Honest.
Such a fool
I took your love and I bent all the rules
You took the blow and didn't let it show
Stuck around to let me know
Built a family of our own
Male Light and Female Void
How could the Honeybee Team Supreme have missed such a crucial element, which eventually derailed their entire Plan? The answer is found in a VERY strange place.
Honeybee and I enjoyed exploring some of the most obscure areas of Reality in hope of finding Art and Artists. One of the most UNIQUE and GREATEST examples of Art we EVER found was the comic series Cerebus done by Dave Sim. IMO, Cerebus is the Finnegan’s Wake of comics and Sim is hands down the greatest living comic Artist. Sim’s 26 years of constant work on Cerebus produced that Artistic Alchemy where the Art and the Artist merge (which Sim later takes religious and visionary, producing an even MORE idiosyncratic work).
For all their magnificence, Sim and Cerebus are marred by what is a fatal flaw in most people’s eyes: Sim does not think or believe the genders are equal, and expresses his views in a strangely ham-fisted way which regularly melts down.
Honeybee and I LOVED extracting those parts which were Outrageous, and those parts which Sim had hit Truth (he has HUGE amounts of BOTH). Sometimes Outrageous and Truth were the same, as often happens in Art.
Here’s a summary of Sim’s system:
The Thinking Reasoning Male Light is Seminal Energy, while the Feeling Emotional Female Void is an Omnivorous Parasite.
The Male Light and Female Void can be combined by marriage into a Merged Permanence, with the components now called Merged Light and Merged Void. When Kids come Merged Light becomes Family Man.
All these Voids can be combined into a “Greater Void Wife and Kids” Omnivorous Engine, which serves the Vaginal Bottom Line. The Omnivorous Engine drives society through Lesser Void of White Collar Make-Work Programs.
The Female Void is essentially a black hole of resource need “For the Kids”, based on an Emotional and Feeling level. The Male Light cannot win on the Thinking and Reason level, as those are higher.
Many people see Sim’s Female Void as an Evil Woman, and dismiss him as a misogynist.
I’ve stripped as much of Sim’s “Simness” out of his system as I can. Here are some original sources for those who wish to read for themselves (insert all trigger warnings here): Male Light and Female Void, Reads, Tangents.
Mommybee
The Honeybee Team Supreme’s mistake is to think we were already a Merged Permanence which had avoided the Female Void issue. Honeybee is a Brilliant and Conscious woman, NOT a Female Void. We had been the Honeybee Team Supreme for almost 20 years, and no Female Void issues. We Knew the Female Void existed, but we thought we had the Female Void beat.
We were wrong. We were messing with Mother Nature, and it’s NOT nice to mess with Mother Nature.
We had not anticipated Mommybee being a Female Void and slowly robbing Honeybee of her Consciousness, leaving only Mommybee the Feeling Female Void.
When I joked with Honeybee when we were pregnant with our first Babybee, I had a general idea of the process, but the parts I missed were crucial. Emotion, Feeling, and Thought are progressive levels of abstraction, and the higher rests on the lower, with Thought supported by Feeling supported by Emotion.
My wonderful Conscious Honeybee had those three perfectly balanced, but when we got pregnant, Mommybee the Female Void which needs to provide for her Babybees ABOVE ALL ELSE disrupted her balance and Mommybee started to take over for Honeybee. As long as Honeybee and Mommybee agreed, all was well, but if they disagreed, Mommybee would win with Feeling and degrade Honeybee’s Consciousness a piece more.
I had NO idea that Mommybee was doing this until last month, so I kept executing the Plan which Honeybee and I had developed over 20 years. When Mommybee would criticize me and overrule me, I thought that was Honeybee, so I would try to Reason with her, explain that I was doing as we had Planned. Mommybee, the Female Void, saw Reason as a THREAT to her Babybees, and fought Honeybee’s Reason, and Honeybee played the rope in a Tug of War between me and Mommybee over her Babybees (a war I had NO CLUE was happening).
I am horrified that I was DESTROYING Honeybee when I was trying to follow the Plan the Honeybee Team Supreme had decided years earlier. But this Tug of War has been going on for 16 years, and Mommybee is clearly in control, with only little glimpses of Honeybee surfacing every so often.
Honeybee has lost her Consciousness, leaving Mommybee in charge until Mommybee can stop worrying so much because the Babybees are fully raised. That’s another five to ten years of Mommybee before there is much chance of Honeybee returning on a regular basis.
MAYBE.
What If?
Neither Honeybee nor I knew that us finally having the children to whom we so looked forward and had planned and worked for 15 years would unleash Mommybee and set in motion a process that eventually stole my Honeybee from me just like Alzheimer’s had taken my mother, one piece of her fabulous Mind disappearing at a Time until that incredible woman I Love so greatly was unrecognizable and GONE.
But if we HAD Known, would we have changed things (I would have changed how much I appreciated those days with just me and Honeybee, and then been prepared to adjust to Mommybee rather than blindsided)?
Other than being forewarned that Honeybee was going to transform into Mommybee, and preparing for that change, I don’t think there’s ANYTHING we would have done differently. Honeybee wanted me for her Love, her Partner, and the Father of her Babybees. She would have been incomplete without her Babybees, and I would NEVER want her incomplete for me to selfishly spend more Time with Honeybee, regardless of the Pain fulfilling our Dream of Babybees has caused me. Neither of us would have wanted anyone else to be the Father of her Babybees.
And I would never trade a Moment I got to spend with Honeybee for all the Pain and Suffering which Mommybee later inflicted upon me.
Soulmates
While Honeybee and I are Lifelong Loves, I thought for certain that we were also Soulmates, Ride together until one Dies, just like my parents with my father adding months to my mother’s Life through sheer force of Will and an eyedropper to feed her (and expert medical and legal skillz). In retrospect, I really should have paid MUCH more attention to how much Honeybee enjoyed For No One by the Beatles (she’s NEVER “needed” me, our Team Supreme was based on “Love” and “want”, NOT “need”) and the precedent of HER parent’s marriage, who separated and divorced when Honeybee and her brother were the same ages as our Babybees.
While Honeybee intended to be my Soulmate, Mommybee is NOT my Soulmate, she is a Female Void who has slowly taken over my Honeybee, one piece at a time.
Mommybee wants all my Resources and me to be happy just handing them over. I disagree, and that provokes Mommybee to attack me as if her Babybees’ Lives depend on it. Our differing POVs on this point DESPERATELY needs to be solved, but no solution is “pretty”.
Babybees
When I look at the Babybees which Honeybee and I Planned, Worked, and Loved so very hard to bring into Reality, I see that our efforts exceeded even our wildest Dreams. Our Babybees are absolutely spectacular, even more beautiful and brilliant than Honeybee and I could have ever Hoped. They are each special in their own ways, taking after Honeybee and I, yet adding their own unique spin. I could not be more proud of myself, Honeybee, Mommybee, and the Babybees in making this Collaboration a such a roaring success.
There will be NO Cat’s in the Cradle for me. I was with my Babybees CONSTANTLY with only a few hours off at a time until Mommybee decided to leave with our Babybees last month. I will always know that I was there during ALL their important formative years, because I’ve changed more diapers, driven to more sporting events, spent fewer days away from the Babybees, etc.
I even added my own new special touch to their education, riffing off Socrates, and taking his method to the next level. Instead of me focusing on pouring information and knowledge into our Babybees Minds by using questions to teach THEM, I let them teach ME their next lesson while I “played dumb”. This allowed me to focus their teaching attention at the exact point they needed to Know next, while giving them great confidence in their abilities to observe Reality and draw proper conclusions. I have helped them assemble models of Reality unlike ANY before them, totally unique and custom fit to THEM in new ways they found for themselves.
I look forward to the great Paths that will unfold before them. Those Paths will be Magickal and Marvelous. These Babybees of Honeybee and mine are truly special.
I just REALLY wish Honeybee and I could celebrate them. Or that I could celebrate them with Mommybee and our Babybees, rather than just watch their magnificent glory from a distance, which is what I anticipate happening.
But here we are
After all the messes and confessions
To the scars
That we never really owned as ours
One First Date
So, what’s next for me?
I’m going to Disneyworld, of course. What else would make any sense?
My Plan is to try and see what, if ANY, health dynamic might begin to be established between Mommybee and myself, now that I realize I am no longer married to Honeybee. Some sort of effective dynamic needs to be established because I’m going to be co-parenting with Mommybee for years, regardless of anything else.
Mommybee has agreed to take a day off her very important job (it really is, I’m very proud of how fantastically Honeybee/Mommybee’s career has progressed and I’m proud of the bits of help I’ve given her here and there, she’s a truly incredible woman) and leave the Babybees at her home so the the two of us can have a CHANCE to spend a day at Disneyworld as a couple like we we used to decades ago (the entire family tried a few weeks ago and didn’t make it long).
But I also have a Hope.
I’ve asked Mommybee to stay at her home with the Babybees this time and let me have the day with Honeybee.
I’m counting this as that “First Date” Honeybee and I always joked about NEVER having. At this point, I just want one day and one date with Honeybee, and this might be the LAST and ONLY chance I ever have.
I’m going to try and have a Moment with Honeybee and tell her how much I Miss her and I Love her. I Know now not to use those Facts and Logic which Honeybee Loves so much, but Mommybee despises when they conflict with her and her Babybees’ desires. I’ll focus on all those great Feeling and Emotions Honeybee and I had in the Past (and there were SO very many, and they were SO very great).
I’ll NEVER be able to fit all I want to say to Honeybee into a single Moment, even if we manage to stretch that Moment the entire day. But there is one thing I ABSOLUTELY WILL tell Honeybee.
“You’re the one. You’re the ONLY one.”
She’s my Honeybee, and I am her Honeybee.
She’s the Bestest Lifelong Love EVER.
For Crying Out Loud, I Love you, Honeybee.
And if our world comes tumbling down
I never could forgive myself for leaving out
You're the one
You are the only one
Won't you decide?
Won't you decide?
I want you to soar
Don't doubt anymore
(Little by little, we meet in the middle)
Won't you decide?
(What's your name?)
Won't you decide?
Snippet Playlist Alone Again, Naturally – Gilbert O’Sullivan Always on Your Side – Sheryl Crow, Sting Breakeven – The Script Circles – Post Malone Don’t Speak – No Doubt Far Away – Nickelback Happier – Marshmallo Here Come Those Tears Again – Jackson Browne Here’s Where the Story Ends – Sundays How’s It Gonna Be – Third Eye Blind In My Life – Beatles It’s All Coming Back to Me – Meatloaf My Immortal – Evanescence Rainy Days and Mondays – Carpenters The Reason – Hoobastank Reelin’ in the Years – Steely Dan She’s Gone – Hall and Oates Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word – Elton John Traces – Classics IV True – Spandau Ballet When We Were Young – Adele Winner Takes It All – ABBA Wonderwall – Oasis
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2020.08.06 14:42 Grampong Honeybee

Honeybee
Honeybee
Could you imagine where our lives would lead?
While I KNEW I would write this Snippet one day, I NEVER thought my Narrative would unfold like THIS, especially with a truly Soul-ripping twist I NEVER noticed until only minutes before the End over a decade later.
I try to avoid too much of my Life bleeding into my Snippets (some is unavoidable, since I write from my Experience). Not this Time, this Snippet shines the spotlight directly on the single biggest part of my Life (other than myself, of course), my Lifelong Love Honeybee.
A Lifelong Love is a very special type of Love, and each Life has room for only ONE Lifelong Love (but that one is FAR from guaranteed). There can only be ONE Love who meets you as a young adult, and continues with you on your Path for decades as together the two of you learn about each other and Reality, and then blaze a Path together into the Future hand-in-hand through births, deaths, jobs, burnt dinners, drunk relatives, and all the other Joys and Pains that Life brings.
For me, that Lifelong Love is Honeybee, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Our Lifelong Love has been sans pareille. She’s the Bestest Lifelong Love in History.
She was my Honeybee, and I was her Honeybee. What we are now to each other in this Impossible Year, and what we will be going forward, remains to be determined.
One Hundred Magickal Hours
On October 15th, 1987, I was home on leave, playing bridge at the local college when two of my buddies had to go to class, and Honeybee decided to Sit Down Beside Me, began talking, and started a Discussion with me. This was our first Moment together. She was a young beautiful brilliant cultured refined six foot blonde dressed in a true vision of late Reagan America with hairspray, Bass Weejuns, natural fibers, glasses with HUGE frames, shoulder pads, and more hairspray. Her Consciousness was blazing, and our Discussion added subject after subject such as why Bork had to be borked, to the impact of fire on the beginnings of civilization, welfare reform, etc. We were jumping from topic to topic, never losing the other, and both of us were having a great time.
An hour later, she had to go to class, but said she would return afterwards and we could continue our Discussion then if I was still here. My other buddy decided to take off and asked I wanted to come along. I said “Nah, she’s really smart and really cute. It’s worth an hour to see if she comes back.”
It’s obvious what happened an hour later.
Honeybee and I just kept our Discussion going hour after hour, topic after topic getting added, over dinner, driving around, back to her place and we talked until we fell asleep. OK, we did a few things OTHER than talking, but that was really just as offshoot of the talking (that’s my story and I’m sticking to it, ask Honeybee for her side if you want).
DC, the OG Road Trip
Friday evening, Honeybee had a road trip planned with a girlfriend of hers to Washington, DC, so I figured that this was going to be the last day I would spend with Honeybee before I had to return to base Monday. Coincidentally (synchronistically?), the driver had to bail so she drafted me into driving (IMO, more than a fair trade for few extra days with Honeybee).
This Road Trip set the standard for the many hundreds to follow.
Honeybee had her Violent Femmes tape, so we sang Blister in the Sun, Kiss Off, Gone Daddy Gone. The radio added I Got My Mind Set on You – George Harrison, Didn’t We Almost Have It All – Whitney Houston, I Think We’re Alone Now – Tiffany.
Everyone had a great time popping around DC for a couple days, Honeybee and I keeping that Discussion rolling. I found a treasure, a Magentalane album by Klaatu at a record store which would add many songs to our NEXT Road Trip like Mrs. Toad’s Cookies – Klaatu and our favorite to hear when we are almost Home, Magentalane – Klaatu
Black Monday
Honeybee was back in class Monday, and I needed to leave Monday evening. Honeybee and I realized that we had something Real and something VERY SPECIAL, but we lived 800 miles apart at the time. We agreed that we would try to see each other as much as possible, and when in the same city we were each other’s priorities, but otherwise we would live separate Lives and inform the other if there was “Something they needed to know,” which meant another Relationship which was rising in seriousness and a potential threat.
During our discussion, we noted that the stock market was crashing and had been the end of last week and this day would be called Black Monday. We laughed when we noticed that it started tanking roughly the same time Honeybee sat down to start our Discussion. We joked that us getting together had crashed the stock market.
The Honeybee Team Supreme
Together, Honeybee and I formed a Partnership capable of absolutely ANYTHING. Where I was weak, she was strong, and vice versa (and our strengths overlapped FAR more than they gapped).
My mental condition which Honeybee and I deduced as around the Asperger’s/Dyssemia area of the autism spectrum (we always refer to it as simply “Dyssemia”). My Dyssemia is inextricably linked to so many of my greatest strengths and weaknesses. While I have phenomenal intellectual capabilities, an Exceptional Memory which functions much like “Flashbacks” where I remember by reliving my Experiences with that information (both Good and Bad), and Math as my primary language, these abilities are achieved through a trade-off leaving me always an Individual, unable to join a Group or Consensus, and totally lacking in ANY “common sense”, lol.
Honeybee, OTOH, has her own set of phenomenal intellectual capabilities, her own Exceptional Memory which functions differently than mine (she considers mine “better”), fantastic language skillz, with a strong connection to and understand of the Consensus.
Honeybee can process data and multitask better than anyone, period. Watching her at full speed is an amazing sight. My specialties are pattern recognition, Gnosis, and penetrating focus. As individuals, we were Phenomenal. As the Honeybee Team Supreme, we were Transcendent.
Honeybee was the Yin to my Yang. We made an unbeatable Partnership, and proceeded to start taking Reality by storm.
Honeybee
I can't imagine how my life would be
If all your gravity did not hit me
Oh, don't you see?
Darling, my honeybee
Transplants
After spending a few years finishing college and taking the first few steps into the outside World, Honeybee and I recognized that we were “deadended” in our current location and decided to relocate. I wisely agreed with her when she suggested Central Florida because “If people save for a year or two to spend a week there, it’s GOT to be a good place to live.” And it hasn’t just been been a good place to live, it’s been SPECTACULAR!!! Honeybee made another of her great calls which possibly saved our Lives.
Honeybee and I packed every item we owned (and her cat who had adopted me as his hero) from The Old Apartment into a U-Haul and drove to the horizon to start our new Life without ANY idea where we were going to Live other than “Central Florida”. We were poster candidates for “Fools Rush In”, but Honeybee and I pulled it off yet again. We were truly The Honeybee Team Supreme, and nothing was impossible for us.
It was Just Like Heaven
But here we are
After all the messes and confessions
To the stars
That we never really owned as ours
The Honeybee Team Supreme’s Greatest Hits
Honeybee and I have shared so many truly spectacular Moments over our decades together. Here’s a sample of the highlights.
Travel
Honeybee and I took our first Road Trip the day after we met, and we never stopped until we recently parted.
The Honeybee Team Supreme does Road Trips RIGHT. The vehicle barely stops, bathroom breaks try to fit in gas stops, prepack food, we have it down after MANY hundreds.
Songs are chosen for singalongs, especially to stay awake driving. We started with our playlist from that OG DC trip and have added so many more like Goodbye Yellow Brick Road – Elton John, Paradise by the Dashboard Light – Meatloaf, One Headlight – Wallflowers, etc.
The Honeybee Team Supreme has been knocking out “Must Sees” for our Babybees as we enjoy them ourselves. A partial list:
Grand Canyon St Louis Arch NYC Washington DC Monument Valley Pike’s Peak Garden of the Gods Graceland Petroglyph National Monument Monticello Salt Lake City Yellowstone
We watched one of the very final Dreams Come True Fireworks performances from the top of the Contemporary Resort while eating unlimited sushi with an open bar as part of our hundreds of trips to Disneyworld.
Movies
Honeybee and I shared our Love of movies from the very beginning of our Conversation. We were both surprised we shared the same 40 year old black and white movie as our favorite: Holiday Inn. I had discovered it wrapping Christmas presents with my mother, as did Honeybee, so we naturally made this a Honeybee Team Supreme tradition.
We debated the “proper” ending for movies like Pretty in Pink, tossed themes back and forth, and were our own Honeybee Team Supreme version of Siskel and Ebert.
Honeybee and I Loved going to the movies, and 1999 the peak for us. Virtually every time we saw a movie, it was either phenomenal or fun. That was a GREAT year with Honeybee. Look at the movies we saw:
10 Things I Hate About You 13th Warrior American Beauty American Pie Any Given Sunday Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me Blair Witch Project Being John Malkovich Boys Don't Cry Cider House Rules Dick Dogma Election Eyes Wide Shut Existenz Fight Club For the Love of the Game Go Green Mile Iron Giant House on Haunted Hill Last Night Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels Matrix The Mummy Never Been Kissed Notting Hill Office Space Payback Magnolia Man on the Moon Mystery Men She's All That Sixth Sense Sleepy Hollow South Park Star Wars Episode I Stigmata Summer of Sam Talented Mr. Ripley Tarzan Thomas Crown Affair Topsy-Turvy Toy Story 2 Wild Wild West The World Is Not Enough
And just seeing the movies doesn’t cover the whole “movie experience”, because so many times our friends would add some of the best parts (like “Heavily Implied” taking on new meaning after American Beauty)
We Love Charlie Kaufman, Spike Jonze, Michel Gondry, and similar movies like Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind with Wish You Were Here, Adaptation, etc. We Love classic movies, art movies, animation, etc.
Let’s just say Honeybee and I Love movies a LOT (and have a thousand discs still to watch).
Television
Honeybee and I were First Fandom for Reality TV, watching the OG Real World. While MOST Reality TV is beyond the Pale for us, we have passed this on to our Babybees. As a Hive, we watch Big Brother, Amazing Race, Project Runway, Top Chef, and similar shows and analyze the competitors and the competition (our Babybees are VERY astute).
Theatre
Live theatre has always been a special treat for Honeybee and me, and something we truly savor. Some of our favorites:
A spectacular performance of Fuenteovejuna at the Folger Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, DC in one of their rare non-Shakespeare plays.
An incredible college performance of The Mystery of Edwin Drood by Rupert Holmes of Escape (The Pina Colada Song) in the Annie Russell Theatre where the audience selection of the ending gave a lesser player a chance to shine, and boy did he.
So many local and community theatres like Manhattan South Studio Theatre, with productions like The Brady Bunch (The Second Coming of Jan), the Glass Jar, and countless others. Those shows took on additional special meaning when we knew the actors or writers.
The UNFORGETTABLE (unless you were my friend who slept through the whole thing) most self-indulgent FIVE hour Sherlock Holmes play EVER (with two intermissions). The second intermission included a police scene with a dead body in the middle of the road (we concluded the body was someone trying to RUN as fast as possible away from the Play, and that he was in better shape since he wasn’t going back inside for the rest), and ended with the announcement “IF anyone wants to go back in and watch, we will be starting soon.” We ALL rolled at the “IF”.
And, of course, Bandstand on Broadway.
Sports
My family’s relationship with Sports runs very deep and very wide. Honeybee jumped right in and she did a great job.
While I’m not sure she’s EVER understood the point of showing up to a spring training game over an hour early (“Why watch them bat when it doesn’t count?”), Honeybee REALLY enjoyed the one spring training game we NEVER saw. We met a few of my cousins before the game at the team’s hotel bar for a drink. Much like that Lays Potato chip, ONE drink is NOT possible when 1980 American League Rookie of the Year Super Joe Charboneau is buying using the Indian’s team expense account (Go Joe Charboneau for SURE). And when Super Joe is buying the drinks, getting you drunk, and telling story after story of his exploits, you never make it to the game. Those stories start with the famous ones that surfaced his rookie year, like drinking beer through a straw through his NOSE, him fixing that nose when it was broken using pliers and a few shots of Jack Daniel’s, and doing his own dental work, but they don’t end there. Honeybee and I both agree, once in their Life, everyone should have Super Joe get them drunk (it’s not to be missed).
Honeybee and I went to a LOT of sporting events, but my favorite Moment with her concerning sports was a Moment she took the initiative and Planned herself for me.
For Christmas in 2002, Honeybee gave me two tickets for us to see the North Carolina Scholastic Classic on January 20, 2003. That meant I was FINALLY going to get to see Lebron James play in my alma mater’s Green and Gold Irish jersey (Honeybee gave me one of those the next year). So Honeybee and I made another of our patented Road Trips, and I was not disappointed to see in person the phenomenon my brother told me could have jumped to the NBA after his freshman year of high school. LeBron did the IMPOSSIBLE, he successfully DEFENDED a 3 on 1 fast break (no human being should be able to do that). After I saw that, I turned to Honeybee and said “If he doesn’t get hurt and doesn’t lose his head, he can make a run at surpassing Jordan, because LeBron is drawing from the largest skill set I’ve ever seen with a perfect body.” Honeybee agreed and still does.
Concerts
Honeybee and I saw so very many great concerts together, there’s no way to do them justice. The best part for me was ALWAYS that I was sharing the experience with Honeybee (she ALWAYS makes even the most bland Experience wonderful for me).
We watched Crosby, Stills, and Nash open for the Grateful Dead at Three Rivers Stadium after wandering around for hours with the Deadheads (and we still have out tie-dye t-shirts).
Lifehouse, Everclear, and Matchbox Twenty performed a triple bill where a Joyous Art Alexakis who stole the entire show from Rob Thomas’ homecoming by having security chase him and his wireless guitar up and down the stairs of the Orena.
Wang Chung, Flock of Seagulls, Missing Persons, Gene Loves Jezebel rocked the House of Blues
We jammed to Experimental Jazz at the Disney Institute, countless concerts at Disneyworld (we skipped most because they didn’t fit our schedule well), etc.
Ushered in 2000 with Blue Meridian at the Have A Nice Day Cafe.
We stood right in front of the stage on Pleasure Island while Modern English sang Melt With You for food, followed by World Party in the rain.
Honeybee had to drag me away from Steve Kilbey of The Church when he was was too busy talking to me about my business and playing the “Proud Poppa” showing off his daughter’s artwork from college to remember to get ready for the concert in a tiny club.
Roger Daltrey delivered Tommy backed by the Cleveland Orchestra at Blossom in a performance Roger KNEW he had in him and had always wanted to give, and he gave that performance of his Life (we were so glad he didn’t “Die Before He Get Old” for Honeybee and I to have yet another of our Moments).
Our LAST concert was March 7, right before concerts went away, when we watched Michael Stanley Strike Up the Band One FINAL Time from the first row of the orchestra pit (if Honeybee and I never see another concert together, that was a Moment I’ll be happy to go out on).
People
The people who have crossed Honeybee’s and my Path, and walked with us for a while, demonstrate some SERIOUS “strength through diversity”.
Honeybee and I have yet to find people we don’t like (other than rude hurtful people, of course), and we have socialized across the entire social spectrum. We’ve gone out to dinner with couples who were having their version of our “smothered chicken”, we’ve joked with billionaires over which loge they watched the baseball team they own, we’ve watched Super Bowls and NBA Finals with hoop friends from pick-up games on the playground, we’ve plot doctored books and had the authors dedicate the book to us in thanks, etc.
Many interrelated circles of friends grew around the Honeybee Team Supreme, we had friends of all sorts. Honeybee and I struggled to figure out if we could fit TWO days at home a week into our social callendar.
Look around
We made a garden of the love we found
So many reasons I would fight to stay
You're the courage when I fade
Take a look at what we've made
Marriage
In 1996, I was working on our finances, and I shared with Honeybee that we would save about $3,000 if we were married, she got one of those looks of hers on her face, and I asked “Do you want to?” Not the most romantic or greatest of proposals, but she accepted anyway.
That great group of friends we assembled came together and threw us a FABULOUS Wedding, a bit Fandango style. We did everything backwards, a formal brunch followed by the ceremony in a beautiful rose garden. The reception was at a friends’ house, and then the after-reception of pizza and beer at yet another friends’ house around the block. Special people who shared a special day with us.
Missing were any rings. Honeybee is VERY particular about jewelry. She doesn’t like men wearing jewelry, so I have NEVER worn a wedding ring, at her request. As for her rings, at the time we could not justify the Engagement Ring she wanted, a 1 ½ carat emerald cut ring. I promised that ring to Honeybee, and she will have it, even if I have to give it to her at the finalization of the divorce as a “Thank you for having BEEN my wife” Ring rather than an Engagement Ring.
That silly ring, it wasn't meant to be
Luckily you saw in me
Something I couldn't see
”My Mind Is Gone, Is It EVER Coming Back!?!”
In late 2003, we succeeded in becoming pregnant with our first Babybee. The Collaboration we had been Planning and Loving toward had reached a new stage. still remember making special note of one of those Moments with Honeybee in early 2004 when we were Pregnant with our son. I brought her breakfast in bed (coffee for decades was standard, with extras like breakfast often added), and found her crying. I asked in a panic what was wrong, and Honeybee sobbed out, “My Mind is gone, is it EVER coming back!?!” All these strange Feelings and Emotions were taking over her Mind and Body, and she could tell that she was changing and becoming different than she had been before we got Pregnant.
I laughed and explained to her that those changes were her Body and Mind changing to give Birth to Babybee and become a Mommybee. I said that those changes were going to be in place until we decided to stop having children and breastfeeding, which was planned after our second child in about 5 years. That brought more tears from Honeybee and more laughter from me.
I NEVER should have been laughing, because I was horribly wrong about her Mind returning in 5 years. That wonderful incredible beautiful Mind she had shared with me for almost 20 years NEVER returned to what she shared with me before getting pregnant.
I NOW see the Moment of which I made that special note was NOT simply one of those tender Husband/Wife Moments that they look back on fondly (as Honeybee and I did so many times with this Moment, each of which now carries a touch of ash to me). No, this was the Honeybee I met in 1987, that incredible brilliant beautiful young woman to whom I instantly Bonded and Loved, with whom I started “officially” cohabiting in 1990, sweated out Midwest winters with windows open on a third floor of a Victorian house turned into a VERY cheap apartment (we did go out to dinner once a week for smothered chicken for under $20 total, tip included), packed every single one of our belongings into the back of a U-Haul to drive a thousand miles without a CLUE of where we were going to Live in 1993 (at once the Greatest and most Foolish thing we EVER did), started a business based on sharing my Love with others, launched her career and proudly watched her climb the corporate ladder saying “Farewell” to me, HER Honeybee
The Honeybee I Knew and Loved was actually saying “Goodbye” to me, and I didn’t Know it. I didn’t realize that my Honeybee I had Known and Loved for 16 years was leaving me, and from then on gradually my Loving Partner Honeybee would being replaced one tiny piece at a time by Mommybee, who does NOT Love me (or even understand I’m human) and sees me only as a resource for our Babybees.
I NEVER should have laughed, I should have been crying right alongside her. Now, I’ll be doing a LOT of crying not by her side waving Goodbye to my wonderful Honeybee in the Past who left me all those many years ago, but I never Knew she had gone. I’ve got a LOT of mourning to catch up on.
I’m giving you a horribly belated Goodbye now, Honeybee.
I’ve missed you so very much, especially these last few years. I’ve been so terribly Lost and Lonely without you (Mommybee abandoned our Discussion years ago, and you’ve only chipped in every so often since). I’m sorry I didn’t give you a proper Goodbye at the Time, but I didn’t Know you were going away Forever. We BOTH thought you were coming back. I didn’t even Know you were still Gone until last month. I really didn’t, Honeybee. Honest.
Such a fool
I took your love and I bent all the rules
You took the blow and didn't let it show
Stuck around to let me know
Built a family of our own
Male Light and Female Void
How could the Honeybee Team Supreme have missed such a crucial element, which eventually derailed their entire Plan? The answer is found in a VERY strange place.
Honeybee and I enjoyed exploring some of the most obscure areas of Reality in hope of finding Art and Artists. One of the most UNIQUE and GREATEST examples of Art we EVER found was the comic series Cerebus done by Dave Sim. IMO, Cerebus is the Finnegan’s Wake of comics and Sim is hands down the greatest living comic Artist. Sim’s 26 years of constant work on Cerebus produced that Artistic Alchemy where the Art and the Artist merge (which Sim later takes religious and visionary, producing an even MORE idiosyncratic work).
For all their magnificence, Sim and Cerebus are marred by what is a fatal flaw in most people’s eyes: Sim does not think or believe the genders are equal, and expresses his views in a strangely ham-fisted way which regularly melts down.
Honeybee and I LOVED extracting those parts which were Outrageous, and those parts which Sim had hit Truth (he has HUGE amounts of BOTH). Sometimes Outrageous and Truth were the same, as often happens in Art.
Here’s a summary of Sim’s system:
The Thinking Reasoning Male Light is Seminal Energy, while the Feeling Emotional Female Void is an Omnivorous Parasite.
The Male Light and Female Void can be combined by marriage into a Merged Permanence, with the components now called Merged Light and Merged Void. When Kids come Merged Light becomes Family Man.
All these Voids can be combined into a “Greater Void Wife and Kids” Omnivorous Engine, which serves the Vaginal Bottom Line. The Omnivorous Engine drives society through Lesser Void of White Collar Make-Work Programs.
The Female Void is essentially a black hole of resource need “For the Kids”, based on an Emotional and Feeling level. The Male Light cannot win on the Thinking and Reason level, as those are higher.
Many people see Sim’s Female Void as an Evil Woman, and dismiss him as a misogynist.
I’ve stripped as much of Sim’s “Simness” out of his system as I can. Here are some original sources for those who wish to read for themselves (insert all trigger warnings here): Male Light and Female Void, Reads, Tangents.
Mommybee
The Honeybee Team Supreme’s mistake is to think we were already a Merged Permanence which had avoided the Female Void issue. Honeybee is a Brilliant and Conscious woman, NOT a Female Void. We had been the Honeybee Team Supreme for almost 20 years, and no Female Void issues. We Knew the Female Void existed, but we thought we had the Female Void beat.
We were wrong. We were messing with Mother Nature, and it’s NOT nice to mess with Mother Nature.
We had not anticipated Mommybee being a Female Void and slowly robbing Honeybee of her Consciousness, leaving only Mommybee the Feeling Female Void.
When I joked with Honeybee when we were pregnant with our first Babybee, I had a general idea of the process, but the parts I missed were crucial. Emotion, Feeling, and Thought are progressive levels of abstraction, and the higher rests on the lower, with Thought supported by Feeling supported by Emotion.
My wonderful Conscious Honeybee had those three perfectly balanced, but when we got pregnant, Mommybee the Female Void which needs to provide for her Babybees ABOVE ALL ELSE disrupted her balance and Mommybee started to take over for Honeybee. As long as Honeybee and Mommybee agreed, all was well, but if they disagreed, Mommybee would win with Feeling and degrade Honeybee’s Consciousness a piece more.
I had NO idea that Mommybee was doing this until last month, so I kept executing the Plan which Honeybee and I had developed over 20 years. When Mommybee would criticize me and overrule me, I thought that was Honeybee, so I would try to Reason with her, explain that I was doing as we had Planned. Mommybee, the Female Void, saw Reason as a THREAT to her Babybees, and fought Honeybee’s Reason, and Honeybee played the rope in a Tug of War between me and Mommybee over her Babybees (a war I had NO CLUE was happening).
I am horrified that I was DESTROYING Honeybee when I was trying to follow the Plan the Honeybee Team Supreme had decided years earlier. But this Tug of War has been going on for 16 years, and Mommybee is clearly in control, with only little glimpses of Honeybee surfacing every so often.
Honeybee has lost her Consciousness, leaving Mommybee in charge until Mommybee can stop worrying so much because the Babybees are fully raised. That’s another five to ten years of Mommybee before there is much chance of Honeybee returning on a regular basis.
MAYBE.
What If?
Neither Honeybee nor I knew that us finally having the children to whom we so looked forward and had planned and worked for 15 years would unleash Mommybee and set in motion a process that eventually stole my Honeybee from me just like Alzheimer’s had taken my mother, one piece of her fabulous Mind disappearing at a Time until that incredible woman I Love so greatly was unrecognizable and GONE.
But if we HAD Known, would we have changed things (I would have changed how much I appreciated those days with just me and Honeybee, and then been prepared to adjust to Mommybee rather than blindsided)?
Other than being forewarned that Honeybee was going to transform into Mommybee, and preparing for that change, I don’t think there’s ANYTHING we would have done differently. Honeybee wanted me for her Love, her Partner, and the Father of her Babybees. She would have been incomplete without her Babybees, and I would NEVER want her incomplete for me to selfishly spend more Time with Honeybee, regardless of the Pain fulfilling our Dream of Babybees has caused me. Neither of us would have wanted anyone else to be the Father of her Babybees.
And I would never trade a Moment I got to spend with Honeybee for all the Pain and Suffering which Mommybee later inflicted upon me.
Soulmates
While Honeybee and I are Lifelong Loves, I thought for certain that we were also Soulmates, Ride together until one Dies, just like my parents with my father adding months to my mother’s Life through sheer force of Will and an eyedropper to feed her (and expert medical and legal skillz). In retrospect, I really should have paid MUCH more attention to how much Honeybee enjoyed For No One by the Beatles (she’s NEVER “needed” me, our Team Supreme was based on “Love” and “want”, NOT “need”) and the precedent of HER parent’s marriage, who separated and divorced when Honeybee and her brother were the same ages as our Babybees.
While Honeybee intended to be my Soulmate, Mommybee is NOT my Soulmate, she is a Female Void who has slowly taken over my Honeybee, one piece at a time.
Mommybee wants all my Resources and me to be happy just handing them over. I disagree, and that provokes Mommybee to attack me as if her Babybees’ Lives depend on it. Our differing POVs on this point DESPERATELY needs to be solved, but no solution is “pretty”.
Babybees
When I look at the Babybees which Honeybee and I Planned, Worked, and Loved so very hard to bring into Reality, I see that our efforts exceeded even our wildest Dreams. Our Babybees are absolutely spectacular, even more beautiful and brilliant than Honeybee and I could have ever Hoped. They are each special in their own ways, taking after Honeybee and I, yet adding their own unique spin. I could not be more proud of myself, Honeybee, Mommybee, and the Babybees in making this Collaboration a such a roaring success.
There will be NO Cat’s in the Cradle for me. I was with my Babybees CONSTANTLY with only a few hours off at a time until Mommybee decided to leave with our Babybees last month. I will always know that I was there during ALL their important formative years, because I’ve changed more diapers, driven to more sporting events, spent fewer days away from the Babybees, etc.
I even added my own new special touch to their education, riffing off Socrates, and taking his method to the next level. Instead of me focusing on pouring information and knowledge into our Babybees Minds by using questions to teach THEM, I let them teach ME their next lesson while I “played dumb”. This allowed me to focus their teaching attention at the exact point they needed to Know next, while giving them great confidence in their abilities to observe Reality and draw proper conclusions. I have helped them assemble models of Reality unlike ANY before them, totally unique and custom fit to THEM in new ways they found for themselves.
I look forward to the great Paths that will unfold before them. Those Paths will be Magickal and Marvelous. These Babybees of Honeybee and mine are truly special.
I just REALLY wish Honeybee and I could celebrate them. Or that I could celebrate them with Mommybee and our Babybees, rather than just watch their magnificent glory from a distance, which is what I anticipate happening.
But here we are
After all the messes and confessions
To the scars
That we never really owned as ours
One First Date
So, what’s next for me?
I’m going to Disneyworld, of course. What else would make any sense?
My Plan is to try and see what, if ANY, health dynamic might begin to be established between Mommybee and myself, now that I realize I am no longer married to Honeybee. Some sort of effective dynamic needs to be established because I’m going to be co-parenting with Mommybee for years, regardless of anything else.
Mommybee has agreed to take a day off her very important job (it really is, I’m very proud of how fantastically Honeybee/Mommybee’s career has progressed and I’m proud of the bits of help I’ve given her here and there, she’s a truly incredible woman) and leave the Babybees at her home so the the two of us can have a CHANCE to spend a day at Disneyworld as a couple like we we used to decades ago (the entire family tried a few weeks ago and didn’t make it long).
But I also have a Hope.
I’ve asked Mommybee to stay at her home with the Babybees this time and let me have the day with Honeybee.
I’m counting this as that “First Date” Honeybee and I always joked about NEVER having. At this point, I just want one day and one date with Honeybee, and this might be the LAST and ONLY chance I ever have.
I’m going to try and have a Moment with Honeybee and tell her how much I Miss her and I Love her. I Know now not to use those Facts and Logic which Honeybee Loves so much, but Mommybee despises when they conflict with her and her Babybees’ desires. I’ll focus on all those great Feeling and Emotions Honeybee and I had in the Past (and there were SO very many, and they were SO very great).
I’ll NEVER be able to fit all I want to say to Honeybee into a single Moment, even if we manage to stretch that Moment the entire day. But there is one thing I ABSOLUTELY WILL tell Honeybee.
“You’re the one. You’re the ONLY one.”
She’s my Honeybee, and I am her Honeybee.
She’s the Bestest Lifelong Love EVER.
For Crying Out Loud, I Love you, Honeybee.
And if our world comes tumbling down
I never could forgive myself for leaving out
You're the one
You are the only one
Won't you decide?
Won't you decide?
I want you to soar
Don't doubt anymore
(Little by little, we meet in the middle)
Won't you decide?
(What's your name?)
Won't you decide?
Snippet Playlist Alone Again, Naturally – Gilbert O’Sullivan Always on Your Side – Sheryl Crow, Sting Breakeven – The Script Circles – Post Malone Don’t Speak – No Doubt Far Away – Nickelback Happier – Marshmallo Here Come Those Tears Again – Jackson Browne Here’s Where the Story Ends – Sundays How’s It Gonna Be – Third Eye Blind In My Life – Beatles It’s All Coming Back to Me – Meatloaf My Immortal – Evanescence Rainy Days and Mondays – Carpenters The Reason – Hoobastank Reelin’ in the Years – Steely Dan She’s Gone – Hall and Oates Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word – Elton John Traces – Classics IV True – Spandau Ballet When We Were Young – Adele Winner Takes It All – ABBA Wonderwall – Oasis
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2020.07.05 20:18 LearningIsListening A not-so-brief rundown of letters D-F in Jeffrey Epstein's 'Little Black Book'

Below is a rundown of letters D-F of Epstein's contacts. Last year, I wrote about letters A-C. You can check that out here (https://www.reddit.com/conspiracy/comments/cpis3n/a_brief_rundown_of_the_first_ten_pages_of_jeffrey/). There are some misspelled names. Epstein entered their names like this.
I have bolded some of the more interesting connections and information, but there could be much more that I overlooked. I hope something here strikes an interest in someone and maybe we can get more investigations out of this. Please, if you know anything more about any of these people than what is presented here, post below. I am working off of the unredacted black book found here: https://www.coreysdigs.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/Jeffrey-Epsteins-Little-Black-Book-unredacted.pdf
D-F
d’abo, Henri & Tatiana: John Henry Erland d’Abo is the grandson of the 9th Duke of Rutland (more info on what these titles all mean can be found here: https://www.debretts.com/expertise/essential-guide-to-the-peerage/what-is-the-peerage/). Tatjana is his wife. Henry is the chairman of Wilton Payments Ltd, a private company that helps with financial intermediation. He and Christopher O’Neill are the primary shareholders of the company. O’Neill is Tatjana’s half-brother, a British-American financier, and husband to Princess Madeleine, Duchess of Hälsingland and Gästrikland, a daughter of King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden.
d’abo, Mrs. Jennifer: British entrepreneur who passed away in 2003. d’Abo was once married to Peter Cadbury from the family of the famous chocolate company. Peter did not work for the company, but he and Jennifer d’Abo had a son together. Their son, Joel Cadbury, became owner of the Groucho Club, a watering hole often frequented by famous people. Three years after Cadbury sold the club, their website became the center of a child pornography scandal (link to story: https://www.sott.net/article/242698-Groucho-Clubs-website-forum-hit-by-child-pornography-scandal)
D’Alessie, Carman: This name turned up no results, however, we can safely assume that this is actually Carmen D’Alessio, the international nightlife guru who helped spawn Studio 54 and other famous clubs. She is a party legend with countless celebrity ties.
d’Arenberg, Prince Pierre: Family lineage can be traced back 1000 years. European royalty. Extremely wealthy not because of his ties to nobility, but because his mother, Margaret Bedford, was an heiress to Standard Oil (Exxon).
d’Uzes, Jacques De crussol: The 17th Duke of Uzes. Not much else found on him. Margaret Bedford married into his family shortly after her divorce with Prince Charles Auguste Armand d’Arenberg, father of Prince Pierre d’Arenberg.
Dabbagh, Amr A.: A wealthy businessman/investor from Saudi Arabia. Dabbagh recently faced corruption charges but settled with the Saudi Arabian government. Has ties all around the world, as he is a member of and/or serves/served on the boards of the World Economic Forum, London Business School, Cleveland Clinic, Jeddah Economic Forum, Harvard Institute for Social and Economic Policy in the Middle East, etc.
Dahl, Sophie: ‘90s-’00s model-turned-author and maternal granddaughter of famous author Roald Dahl (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, James and the Giant Peach, etc.) Dahl has been seen in photos with Ghislaine Maxwell.
Darrin, Drake: Not much information found. Darrin runs an investment group out of Greenwich, Connecticut. Lived about a mile away from Epstein in NYC.
Dartmouth, William: The 10th Earl of Dartmouth. Member of the European Parliament from 2009-2019. Became a stepbrother of Princess Diana when his mother embarked on a 2nd marriage with Diana’s father, John Spencer.
Davies, Jeff: Most likely refers to the current CFO for Legal & General Group. Davies was once a senior partner at Ernst & Young.
Davies, David & Linda: Sir David Davies is a wealthy banker and businessman with deep connections. A family friend introduced him to David Rockefeller back in the ‘60s, which helped him get his start. Linda, daughter of a Chinese-Malaysian tycoon, is his second wife. They were married for over 20 years but are now divorced.
Davis, Michael: A current partner at N3 Media, Davis has had many jobs. He started out working at CAA, one of the top agencies in the world. Check out this list of celebrities and athletes that they represent (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Creative_Artists_Agency_clients). Davis then went on to produce movies and TV shows before transitioning to digital media.
Day, Nick and Heather: Not much to be found on these two. There are several articles that speak of their ranch in Kenya. Apparently, it is a fairly popular spot where people stay to get some rest and solitude.
de Andrade, Marcelo: An international banker (not the serial killer) who lives within one mile of Epstein’s mansion in NYC. de Andrade was married to Lisa Bjornson, a successful banker and higher-up at J.P. Morgan Securities back in the ‘90s.
de Baecque, Patrick: de Baecque has his hands in online news media (lefigaro.fr) in France. de Baecque was named Director of Sales and Operations at Dolead in 2017. Dolead is a company that is involved with online marketing.
de Cabrol, Milly: A high-end interior designer based out of NYC.
De Cadenet, Alen: Alain de Cadenet is one of Epstein’s many Formula One contacts. Someone here probably knows more about de Cadenet, but he used to be a racecar driver and now works for ESPN and the Speed Channel as a host.
de Clermont-Tonnerre, Hermine: A French princess who used to have a penchant for partying. The only daughter of Charles Henri, 11th Duke of Clermont-Tonnerre, Hermine was one of 500 guests invited to Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother’s 100th birthday back in 2000. Hermine got in a motorcycle crash a month ago that put her in a coma.
De Georgiou, Anouska: A former British Playboy model who claims that Epstein groomed and raped her as a teenager when she met him in the 1990s. Her experience with Epstein is detailed in this article (https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/9974171/anouska-de-georgiou-jeffrey-epstein-rape-claims-nbc-playboy/). She speaks about how Epstein was able to lure her into the life as a young girl.
De Soto, Fernando: Very difficult to pinpoint. Best guess is that this is the Head of Real Estate at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in Madrid, Spain. I could be wrong, but this is the one that made the most sense.
Dedieu, Jean & Paulette: Nothing found.
Del Bono, Luca: Co-founder of Quintessentially Group, a hospitality group that specializes in leisure, travel, and tourism.
Dell, Adam: Brother of Michael Dell (Founder of Dell Technologies and 27th ranked richest person in the world in Forbes’s BS rankings that discount the elite families). Adam is a venture capitalist who has a baby with Padma Lakshmi.
Deluca Dina & Fouard Chartuuni: Fouad Chartouni is the president of Kensico Properties, a real-estate holding company in New York. Chartouni and his brother own the Lowell Hotel in New York. The Lowell is a high-end 5 star hotel that caters largely to film executives, fashion design CEOs, publishing CEOs, and financial CEOs. Madonna lived there for nearly a year after breaking up with Sean Penn. Dina Deluca is Chartouni’s wife. She used to work as an assistant in film and television, but now focuses on her DDC28 brand of bath and beauty products.
Derby Earl / Cntess Cass & Ted: Edward Stanley (known informally as Teddy) is the 19th Earl of Derby. Caroline Stanley is Ted’s wife. She was a socialite during the ‘90s and is the daughter of Robin Neville, the 10th Baron Braybrooke.
Derby, Ros & Jonathan: No info found.
Di Vita, Charlotte: Best known for her handcrafted teapots, di Vita started off as a volunteer who helped raise funds to help poor people, most notably in Kenya, Thailand, and Brazil. She helped locals grow food and even helped build 3 schools (37 teachers, 1100 students) through a charity, Trade plus Aid, in Bawku, Ghana, in 1995.
Dickenson, Debbie: Supermodel and actress. Sister of the more famous Janice Dickinson.
Dickinson, Janice: One of the most successful models of the ‘70s and ‘80s, Dickinson has been occasionally labeled as the first ever supermodel. Opened her own modeling agency in 2005. Ironically, she accused Bill Cosby of raping her back in 1982 and wrote about it in her memoir. When called to the stand during Cosby’s trial, Cosby’s lawyer pointed out the differences between Dickinson’s testimony and her account of the incident in her memoir. Dickinson said that her accusations of Cosby raping her while under oath were the absolute truth, while she took “poetic license” with some of the details in her memoir.
Dietrich Marc Antoine and Cath: Baron Marc-Antoine de Dietrich is a businessman. He resigned as director of Vossloh Cogifer in 2011.
Dietrich, Paul & Laura: Paul is Chief Investment Officer of Fairfax Global Markets LLC. They manage investments for private investors, retirement funds, and private institutions.
Dimbelby, Johnathan: Jonathan Dimbleby is a famous British reporter, political radio and television show host, and author.
Diniz, Pedro: Former Formula One driver and businessman. Now runs a large scale organic farm in Brazil.
Dixon, Alexandra: No info found.
Djerassi, Dale: Film producer and private investor who was married to Ghislaine Maxwell’s sister, Isabel, from 1984-1989.
Dolbey, Alex & Suzie: Suzie Dolbey (nee Murray-Philipson) is the daughter of the recently deceased Robin Murray-Philipson, who was the descendant of the Viscounts Elibank. Alex Dolbey has been the director of several management and investment companies.
Donne, Alegra: Couldn’t find much except a bunch of pictures of her hobnobbing at fancy parties. Actual name is Maria Allegra Donn.
Dori: Dori Cooperman is a socialite blogger who is friends with Alex von Furstenberg, Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton, among others. Daughter of Edwin Cooperman, former Chairman of Travelers Bank Group. Used to work for the famous publicist, Lizzie Grubman, who has represented Jay-Z, Britney Spears, and the Backstreet Boys. Cooperman is known for getting into trouble due to issues with drugs and alcohol.
Dorrit: Dorrit Moussaieff is an Israeli jewellery designer, editor, and businesswoman who married into royalty. Dorrit was the First Lady of Iceland from 2003-2016 after marrying President Olafur Ragnar Grimsson in 2000. Although Moussaieff claims that Epstein only had her phone number because they “lived on the same street in London sometime between 1978 and 1983,” the Daily Mail published a picture of her and her husband, President Olafur Ragnar Grimsson, with Ghislaine Maxwell.
Doss, David & Christy Prunier: David Doss has worked as producer and/or executive producer on NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw, NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt, Oprah in Africa, Primetime (with Diane Sawyer), Anderson Cooper 360, and Live PD. Doss now serves as senior VP of news programming for Al Jazeera America. Christy Prunier is a former Hollywood exec and founder of the Willa brand of beauty products.
Douglas, Diandra: Actor Michael Douglas’s first wife.
Dr. Eli Wiesel: Most likely Elie Wiesel, the famous Holocaust survivor and Jewish author of Night**. Wiesel was accused of sexual assault in 2017 (source:** https://www.newsweek.com/elie-wiesel-me-too-account-690891)
Drax, Jeremy: Founder of Parham Holdings, a London property operation.
Dreesmann, Bernard: Executive Chairman of Morleys department stores in London.
Driver, Minnie: Famous movie and television actress.
Dubb, Anthony V.: Dub is an investment banker and founder of Indigo Capital, LLC.
Dubbens, Peter: Peter Dubens is a British Internet entrepreneur and investor. Founder of Oakley Capital.
Dubin, Glen: Glenn Dubin is a billionaire hedge fund manager. There is a great article detailing Dubin and his wife’s relationship with Epstein here: https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2019/09/glenn-dubin-epstein-questions). Summary of the article: Dubin was the first one accused by Epstein victim Virginia Giuffre. Rinaldo Rizzo, Dubin’s chef, testified that sexual activities occurred between Dubin and a 15-year-old girl, which led to him and his wife quitting as personal chefs of the Dubins. Dubin’s wife, Dr. Eva Andersson-Dubin, dated Epstein for a long time before she married Dubin. The couple was so close with Epstein that even after Epstein was convicted in 2008 and officially a registered sex offender, they invited him to Thanksgiving dinner and wrote a letter to his probation officer that they trusted him around their children, who were all minors at the time. Multiple sources say Epstein was actually their children’s Godfather, but a spokesman for the couple denies it. Glen Dubin and Epstein helped each other with their business ties, as well. Dubin also had other ties with Epstein (personal friends with Les Wexner and others). Dubin and his wife are definitely major players in the Epstein saga.
Dubin, Louis & Tiffany: Louis Dubin is a real estate developer specializing in upper-middle class condominiums. Has sold luxury condominiums to the likes of Charles Bronfman, who has ties to the Clintons, Wexner, and whose family were in the NXIUM cult. Tiffany Dubin is the stepdaughter of the now deceased billionaire, A. Alfred Taubman, the owner of Sotheby’s, a famous auction house in NYC that often hosts parties for the rich and famous.
Dubin, Peter: Epstein is/was a moron. This is the same Peter Dubens listed just above.
Duchess of York: Former wife of Prince Andrew. Mother of Princess Beatrice and Eugenie. God knows the stories she could tell. Rumor has it her toes still look like prunes to this day.
Ducrey-Giordano, Francisco: Likely the owner of General Vegetables out of Italy. No further info found.
Duesing, Paul: An interior architectural designer who has worked on luxury and personal resorts all around the world. Duesing claims Epstein tried to hire him to work on Epstein’s home on Epstein’s private island back in 2002, but Duesing declined because he didn’t like Epstein. Says he doesn’t even know how Epstein got his number in the first place. Perhaps it was Duesing’s ties with the royal family. He tells stories of getting the Queen Mother drunk, being close with Lord and Lady Lloyd, working on the home of Mohamed Al-Fayed, father of Dodi, Princess Diana’s boyfriend who died in the car crash with her.
Duke of York: Prince Andrew, the toe-sucking pedophile (allegedly), himself. Photographed with victims, Epstein, and Maxwell many times over. His reputation has been completely crushed.
Dunbar Johnson Miranda & Steph: Stephen Dunbar-Johnson is the president, International of the New York Times Company. He oversees the strategic development of the Times Company’s international businesses. He also spent 12 years working at The Financial Times. Miranda Dunbar-Johnson is Stephen’s wife. She serves on The Paris Committee, which “plays a crucial role in increasing Human Rights Watch’s visibility in France.” David de Rothschild is on the honorary committee.
Dunne, Griffin: An actor, producer, and director best known for his role as Jack in An American Werewolf in London (1981).
Dunne, Philip & Dominice: Philip Dunne is a Conservative Party politician who has been a Member of Parliament since 2005. Domenica is his wife.
Duong, Anh: An artist, actress, and model best known for her self-portraits and her portraits of art collectors and influencers. As a model, Duong has worked for Dolce & Gabbana, Christian Dior, Donna Karan, Karl Lagerfield, Moschino, Yohji Yamamoto, and others.
Durso Luigi: Luigi d’Urso was a noble and Italian railroad executive who died in 2006. His grandfather was the 9th Duke di Cassano. His mother was the great-granddaughter of George Clymer, one of the founding fathers of the U.S. and signee of both the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution. d’Urso was also married to French designer and model Ines de la Fressange.
Duthie, John & Charlotte: John is primarily a television director based out of London. Duthie also won some poker tournaments against some of the world’s best players in the early 2000s. His wife, Charlotte played a big role in Sir James Goldsmith’s political career as a member of the Referendum Party back in 1997. Goldsmith received 3.5% of the vote in Putney, a constituency located in London.
Dzhabrailou, Umar: Umar Dzhabrailov is a Russian politician and advisor to Sergei Prikhodko, the current First Deputy Head of the Russian Government Office and Deputy Prime Minister of Russia in Dmitry Medvedev’s Cabinet. Dzhabrailov was rumored to be romantically linked to Naomi Campbell, supermodel and one of the main suspects in Epstein’s underage sex scandal, in the early 2000s. Dzhabrailov, a supremely wealthy businessman, ran for president in 2000, garnering 0.1% of the vote as an Independent. Dzhabrailov was a partner in Russia’s Radisson Hotel along with American entrepreneur Paul Tatum. After their falling out in 1996, Tatum was shot and killed. Some think Dzhabrailov was responsible while others think he was set up.
Ecclestone, Bernie: A billionaire British business magnate and former chief executive of Formula One Group. Ecclestone has faced some minimal controversies for tax evasion, bribery, and saying that Hitler was a man who was “able to get things done.” Disgustingly enough, Ecclestone, at the age of 89, became a father to his first son, Ace, on July 1, 2020.
Eckon, Paul: Paul Ekon is an international investor and venture capitalist who allegedly fled South Africa in the mid-90s because he was being investigated for links to a gold-smuggling syndicate. Has strong ties to South Africa, including being a personal friend of former president, Thabo Mbeki.
Edsel, Lucinda: No info found.
Edwards, Andrew & Tracy: Unsure. There was an Andrew Edwards and Tracy Edwards on linkedin who have a background in finance, but it is not conclusive whether or not they are the ones listed here or if they are even married. There is also a Tracy Edwards who is a former British sailor who used to work as a Project Manager for Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) and now teaches children of Internet safety and online reputation. This would be a far more interesting connection, but I cannot find anyone by the name of Andrew with a relevant relationship to her.
Ellan, Johnathan: No info found. Given his email, likely an employee of Starwood Capital Group, a private investment firm that is widely known for their luxury hotels. Starwood also specializes in real estate and energy.
Elias, Brian: A Miami Beach attorney.
Eliasch, Johan & Amanda: Johan is a Swedish billionaire businessman whose company, Gethal, was fined for alleged deforestation of the Amazon in 2008. The charges were dropped. Amanda is his ex-wife.
Elingworth, Charlie & Amanda: Charles Ellingworth is an author, businessman, and director of several real estate companies, most notably Cadogan Group, which owns most of the property in Chelsea, an affluent area in Central London.
Elizabeth: Not enough info.
Ellenbogen, Eric: An entertainment exec of Classic Media (a subsidiary of Dreamworks) and former CEO of Marvel Enterprises.
Ellingworth, Mr. & Mrs.: Charlie and Amanda listed just above.
Elliot, Ben: Current Co-Chairman of the Conservative Party in the UK and nephew of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall (Prince Charles’s current wife). Elliot is also co-founder of Quintessentially Group, a hospitality group that specializes in leisure, travel, and tourism. Epstein has several ties to this group. Elliot’s spokesman has said that Elliot never met Epstein. However, Elliot has been a dinner guest of Ghislaine Maxwell in New York.
Elliott, Gail & Joe Coffey: Gail Elliott is an English fashion designer and former model. Joe Coffey is her husband and co-owner of their fashion brand, Little Joe Woman.
Ellison, Mandy & Ralph: Ralph Ellison is a pharmaceutical executive and investor. He was CEO of DOR BioPharma Inc., now known as Soligenix Inc. a company focused on treating rare diseases. Soligenix came under scrutiny two years ago when they were accused of ripping off stockholders.
Elwes, Anabel: Not much information to be found on Annabel Elwes, although it is clear that she runs in elite circles. Back in 1997, Elwes organized the Hong Kong handover party in order to aid the Hong Kong Cancer Fund. Guests included Anthony de Rothschild (eldest son of Evelyn de Rothschild); James Hewitt (former cavalry officer who revealed that he had an affair with Princess Diana while she was with Prince Charles. Possibly the biological father of Prince Harry, if rumors are to be believed); actress Isla Fisher of Wedding Crashers fame; socialite Tamara Beckwith; and Bassam Debs (listed in the Panama Papers).
Epstein, Ed: An investigative journalist and friend of Epstein. Denies any knowledge of Epstein’s penchant for underage girls.
Erba Noona: Noona Smith-Petersen is a public relations executive who has worked for Giorgio Armani, Valentino, Calvin Klein, and Tod’s. She now owns her own PR firm. Noona is married to Enrico Erba, who is a client manager for Giorgio Armani.
Espirito, Santo, Manuel and Ros: Manuel Espirito Santo is likely an heiemployee of the Portuguese banking cartel, Espirito Santo, which received a major bailout in 2014.
Estlin, Jean-Marc: Jean-Marc Etlin is a banker and current partner in CVC Capital Partners, one of the world’s largest private equity and investment advisory firms.
Estrada, Juffali, Christina: Christina Estrada is a former Pirelli Calendar model and ex-wife (2001-2014) of Saudi billionaire heir and businessman, Walid Juffali. She received a £75 million settlement after their divorce.
Evans, Chris: Not the Captain America Chris Evans, but the UK television host and radio DJ. Evans has been rumored to often “flash” people at work (source: https://www.insider.com/police-build-case-on-chris-evans-sexual-assault-claim-2016-7). The BBC has also refused to investigate claims from an ex-Top Gear presenter that Evans “grabbed her breasts and touched himself.” When Evans was 35, he married 18-year-old pop star Billie Piper. They eventually separated and divorced years later.
Eveheart, Angie: Angie Everheart was one of the most well-known models of the 1990s. She has accused Harvey Weinstein of masturbating in front of her.
Faber, David: Due to the London area phone number listed, this is likely the former Conservative member of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. His maternal grandfather, Harold Macmillan, was Prime Minister of the UK from 1957-1963. As of 2010, Faber was to become head of Summer Fields, his former prep school. Summer Fields, an exclusive all-boys prep school, has come under scrutiny in the past. Tom Parker Bowles, son of Camilla Duchess of Cornwall (Prince Charles’s wife), has claimed that Summer Fields was “a hotbed of the sorts of things that are coming out now,” according to this article (https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2812235/Tom-Parker-Bowles-former-headmaster-dismisses-food-writer-s-claims-old-primary-school-hotbed-impropriety-complete-rubbish.html) from the Daily Mail published in 2014. Parker Bowles went on to claim that one master would join naked boys in the shower.
Faber, Sally & Brook Johnson: Charles “Brook” Johnson is a millionaire UK businessman and polo player. His wife, Sally Faber was a weather girl in the 1980s and former wife of former David Faber (listed above). They live next door to Prince Charles in Highgrove.
Faibairn, Charlotte: Charlotte Fairbairn is an author who has worked in the arts, politics, and journalism. Most importantly, she is the eldest daughter of Sir Nicholas Fairbairn (1933-1995), a Scottish politician and former legal adviser to Margaret Thatcher, who was posthumously accused of child molestation and sexual assault against an adult female. Sir Nicholas’s name was allegedly on a list of VIPs who attended parties at an underage boys brothel in the 1980s with Cyril Smith, another British government official and alleged serial sex offender. More info can be found on both here: https://www.scotsman.com/news/politics/sir-nicholas-fairbairn-child-abuse-scandal-link-1531718 and here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyril_Smith
Fairfax, The Hon Rupert: Hon. Rupert Alexander James Fairfax is the son of Thomas Brian McElvie Fairfax, 13th Lord of Fairfax of Cameron. Rupert is currently Managing Director of Fairfax Saddles, which was awarded the Queen’s Award for Innovation in 2018. This is the highest business award in the UK.
Fairweather, Natasha: A well-known literary agent who was the literary editor of The Moscow Times and writereviewer for the London Times and The Economist.
Fairweather, Ms. Catherine: Former travel editor at Harper’s Bazaar and Porter. Married to photojournalist Don McCullin. McCullin co-wrote The Palestinians with Jonathan Dimbleby, another Epstein associate listed above.
Fairweather, Ambassador & Lady: Sir Patrick Fairweather is a retired British diplomat. He worked as Ambassador to Angola (1985-1987), Italy (1992-1996), and Albania (1992-1996). Lady Maria Fairweather was a linguist and professional interpreter who once helped out Bill Clinton and Boris Yeltsin when the official interpreter disappeared at a crucial moment just before the commencement of the G7 Summit.
Fakhre, Armado & Jasmine: Amado Fakhre is the British-Argentinian Founder and former CEO of Coral Capital, a Havana-based investment group best known for its joint venture partner in Havana’s upscale Saratoga Hotel. Fakhre was arrested for corruption and Coral Capital was forced to shut its doors in Havana. Fakhre was interrogated for 20 months in a Cuban safe house and eventually got sentenced to 5-7 years for bribery, but did not have to serve any time. No explanation has been given. Jasmine is his wife.
Fakhre, Danny & Christine: Danny Fakhre is the Chairman of Kochii Oil out of Australia. Christiane is his wife.
Fall, Meredith: No info found.
Fallah, Mrs: Likely Gina Fallah, mother of Christina Fallah. Gina’s father was Reza Fallah, an Iranian businessman and political advisor.
Fallah, Ms. Christina & Jon Robe: Christina Fallah is an interior designer and owner of Christina Fallah designs.
Falletans, Olivier de: Managing partner at Bryan, Olivier, & Co., a mid-market investment bank in Technology. Olivier comes from a family of nobility dating back to at least the 13th century.
Fanjul, Pepe: Jose “Pepe” Fanjul is a billionaire businessman involved in sugar and real estate. Vice Chairman and President of Flo-Sun. “Pepe” is a Republican. He was one of the largest contributors to George W. Bush’s campaign, is an ardent supporter of Marco Rubio, and co-hosted a large fundraiser for Donald Trump. His older brother, Alfonso Fanjul Jr., is a Democrat and was a co-chair of Bill Clinton’s Florida campaign, further proving that POLITICAL PARTISANSHIP IS A CROCK OF SHIT.
Faulkner, Terence & Cornelia: Terence Faulkner is Chairman of Leathams PLC, a London-based food distributor. Cornelia is Terence’s wife. She is Director of Leathams and a specialist decorator.
Feeley, Fiona: An interior designer at Atelier Designs.
Fekkai, Frederic: A French celebrity hairstylist.
Feldman, Andrew: Orthopaedic surgeon in New York City.
Felix, Helena: Not much to be found on Helena. She was possibly the director of an investment firm called Edenhaven Limited. Her husband, Peter, was an oral surgeon. He passed away in 2011.
Fell, David & Anne: Nothing much found here. After a lot of digging, it turns out that David Fell lives in an apartment at 1177 Avenue of the Americas, a real estate holding of Larry Silverstein, owner of the World Trade Center who (allegedly) took out insurance on the WTC just before 9/11.
Ferragamo, Leonardo & Beatrice: Leonardo is the son of Salvatore Ferragamo, the creator of Salvatore Ferragamo, S.p.A., an Italian luxury goods company specializing in shoes, leather goods, and watches.
Ferranti, Hugo: Hugo de Ferranti is an art dealer. He is also a Director for Action on Addiction, a UK-based charity for people with drug and alcohol addiction issues. Kate Middleton has served as patron of Action on Addiction since 2012.
Ferry, Brian: Bryan Ferry is a singesongwriter and the owner of Studio One recording studio in London. In the 1970s, he was the frontman for the British rock band, Roxy Music.
Fiennes, Martin: The heir apparent to the Baron Saye and Sele, a title of peerage in England. Lives in Broughton Castle. Cousin of actor Ralph Fiennes.
Fiennes, Martin: Same person.
Fiennes, Ralph: Famous actor. Cousin of Martin Fiennes. The fact that Epstein knows so many people in this family is troubling.
Fiennes, Suzzana: A British artist who works exclusively with Prince Charles. Susannah is the twin sister of Martin Fiennes and cousin of actor Ralph.
Fifer, Chuck: Not positive, but could be actor Chuck Pfeiffer, who is a close friend of Oliver Stone and was in Wall Street with Michael Douglas. However, it could be someone else. Pfeiffer didn’t have much of an acting career.
Figg, Christopher & Charlotte: Christopher Figg is a movie producer and CEO of Piccadilly Pictures. Figg is best known for producing the first 3 Hellraiser movies, Trainspotting, Dog Soldiers, Heidi, Coriolanus (directed by and starring Ralph Fiennes), We Need to Talk About Kevin, and many others. Charlotte is his wife.
Finch Charles: A failed director who became a talent agent for William Morris. Oversees a private equity finance unit called Finch Asia and is Chairman of Dean & Deluca (66 stores nationwide). Most notably, Charles Finch is known to host extravagant, A-list laden parties at Cannes, home of the world-famous film festival, pre-Oscar parties, and pre-BAFTA parties. There is an in-depth article from the Hollywood Reporter about Finch and his Cannes parties here (https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/meet-charles-finch-ultimate-cannes-party-host-you-need-know-1001847). Regulaoccasional guests of his Cannes parties included: Harvey Weinstein, Rush Hour director Brett Ratner (accused of sexual abuse by 6 women, including actress Olivia Munn and actress/model Natasha Henstridge), Mick Jagger, and Netflix bigwig Ted Sarandos. Finch’s pre-Oscar and pre-BAFTA parties have attracted the likes of Jeff Bezos, Robert De Niro, Sofia Coppola, Pedro Almodovar, Margot Robbie, Rashida Jones (daughter of Quincy Jones, music mogul who has been accused of nefarious sexual endeavors), Tracee Ellis Ross, and others Finch is the son of famous actor Peter Finch (A-list actor from the 1960s-1970s, best known for his role in the movie Network, for which he won an Oscar for Best Actor) and Yolande Turner (actress). A deeper look into Finch’s parties and connections would definitely prove interesting.
Finklestein, Howard: Finkelstein is a public defender in Broward County, Florida. In Florida (and some other states), public defenders are elected, not appointed.
Firyal Princess: Jerusalem-born Jordanian princess who was once married to Prince Muhammad bin Talal. Firyal was named an UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador in 1992. Princess Firyal launched the International Hope Foundation in 1994 for the benefit of homeless and street children. Firyal holds positions with several museums (The Louvre, The Tate, MOMA, and Guggenheim), as well as positions with Columbia University, New York Public Library, United Nation Association, and International Rescue Committee.
Fisher, Dan: Given the address listed (Trump Tower), it is possible that this is a former lobbyist (https://www.citizen.org/news/36-former-lobbyists-working-trump-clear-conflicts-interest/) and current Special Assistant to the President and Director of the White House Visitors Office, however I am unable to confirm this information with 100% certainty.
Flick Mook: Likely Friedrich Christian Flick, known as Mick Flick. The Flick family was a billionaire coal and steel conglomerate that was accused of war crimes during the Holocaust. Flick’s grandfather financially supported the Nazi Party and used 48,000 forced laborers from the concentration camps, many of whom died due to the conditions. Grandfather Flick was found guilty of war crimes at Nuremberg and served 3 years of his 7-year sentence. Mick (Mook) sold most of his holdings in the ‘80s and retired a billionaire.
Foman, Bobby & Jeanette: Robert Q. Fomon currently works as a Managing Director for Morgan Stanley. He specializes in wealth management. He used to be an Assistant Director at Bear Stearns (owned by Chase), one of the investment banks that went under as a result of the 2008 financial crisis. His father is. Robert M. Fomon, Jeanette is his wife. D-F continued below....
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2020.03.16 15:01 Fwoggie2 Covid-19 update Monday 16th February

Virus statistics


Region Today Saturday % change in 48 hours
Global 164,837 142,320 +15.8%
China 81,077 81,021 +0.7%
Italy 24,747 17,660 +40.1%
Iran 13,983 11,364 +23.0%
South Korea 8,162 8,086 +0.9%
Spain 7,753 4,231 +83.2%
France 5,380 3,640 +47.8%
Germany 4,838 3,062 +58.0%
USA 3,774 2,174 +73.6%
Switzerland 2,200 1,125 +95.6%
UK 1,376 802 +71.6%
Netherlands 1,135 804 +41.2%
Norway 1,077 750 +43.6%
Sweden 992 775 +28.0%
Belgium 886 599 +47.9%
Denmark 864 801 +7.9%
Austria 860 504 +70.6%
Japan 780 675 +15.6%
All other countries with under 750 identified infections not listed. Total countries infected worldwide = 146, an increase from Saturday of 17 (although the Guardian says it's 156 countries). Source: The WHO dashboard (Link), except for USA where I'm using the John Hopkins University dashboard (Link). (Personal note: Western countries infection counts are increasing each day much faster than Asian countries but that may be due to cultural differences or it may be that they're doing my testing, if anyone can shed light on this please do).
Reminder, these are identified case counts and medical experts are reporting this virus has a long incubation period with people being infections despite displaying no symptoms; the true infection figures are likely to be much higher.

Virus highlights

UK Elderly could be quarantined for four months in 'wartime-style' mobilisation to combat coronavirus - ITV reports (link) that people over 70 will be instructed by the government to stay in strict isolation at home or in care homes for four months, under a "wartime-style" mobilisation effort by the government likely to be enforced within the next 20 days. It is part of a series of measures being prepared by the prime minister, health secretary, chief medical officer and chief scientific adviser to prevent the health service from "falling over" and to save lives as Covid-19 becomes an epidemic in the UK. The article doesn't mention it, but 18% of the UK are over the age of 65 (office of national statistics link)

US small businesses say coronavirus is starting to cause supply-chain squeezes and lost sales - CNBC reports (link) that new data from the National Federation of Independent Business show that the current effects may be limited, but worries are big. The group found that 74% of small businesses say they are not yet impacted by the pandemic, while 23% say they are being negatively affected. Just 3% report positive impacts. The group polled a random sample of 300 of its 300,000 members on Tuesday and Wednesday from employers with up to 120 workers. Of those who said they were not being impacted, nearly half anticipate the outbreak to affect their business if the virus spreads to or more broadly within their immediate area over the next three months. It gives the example of a small skin care company of 5 which is already facing losses of $10k USD.

Supply Chain Expert Tells Tucker What Coming Shortages Americans Should Know About, And It’s Not Toilet Paper - Fox news had Daniel Stanton on over the weekend (link). Forget about toilet paper shortages, that'll pass. Worry instead about disinfecting wipes, hand sanitizers, the hospital masks. "We need more of those than what we would normally consume,” he said. “For those things, we need to be increasing capacity, maybe creating some new supply chains, and in a lot of cases, we are dependent on foreign manufacturing and long-distance transportation to get those supplies.” Stanton said the U.S. could experience an inability to make several products Americans “want to buy” in the coming weeks. Axios echoes this (link), pointing out that that some food producers could find themselves without enough employees to manufacture, deliver and unpack groceries. The U.S. imports a lot of food from China, where factories are currently closed — meaning a possible supply chain challenge. Phil Lempert, a California-based food industry analyst, told the Washington Post "We’re going to have two-, three-, four-month lag time until those factories get back up to speed.”

Understanding how virus outbreaks go exponential - the Washington Post has an interesting (not behind its paywall) article here about how viruses spread and how effective quarantines can (or can't) be. If you're into exponential outbreaks explained in laymans terms, this is for you.

Other virus news in brief: The Guardian live blog unless otherwise stated)
- Multiple major airlines parking the majority of their fleets - American Airlines has suspended nearly all long haul internationals (It will continue to operate one flight daily from Dallas-Fort Worth to London Heathrow, one flight daily from Miami to London and three flights per week from Dallas to Tokyo Narita only), Virgin Atlantic is cutting 80% of its routes, British Airways is still realising details.
- Multiple stock markets are yet again suffering a major downward sales plunge (Market Insider link). At time of writing (13:05 UK time), Dax (Germany): -9.72%, Cac 40 (France) -11.12%, FTSE 100 (UK): -7.66%, ASX 200 (Australia, now closed) -9.72% , Hang Seng (Hong Kong) -4.02%, Nikkei 225 (Japan): -2.46%. Update 14:01, the Dow Jones has been open for 30 minutes now and is down over 10% at time of writing, the NASDAQ is down 11%.
- Spain enters near total lock down for 15 days: All non-essential shops, along with bars, restaurants and cinemas are closed, with residents only able to leave their homes individually and for specific reasons such as to shop for food or medications.
- Tube passengers in London are down 20%
- Kuwait, Qatar and Saudi Arabia have closed their borders for the next fortnight and shut down restaurants and entertainment venues. The UAE has not yet followed suit, but will stop granting entry visas from Wednesday
- Woolworths (major supermarket chain in Australia) is opening shops an hour early for the exclusive use of the elderly and vulnerable to give them a chance to get the supplies they need (there are calls in several other countries on social media to follow suit)
- The Netherlands announced the imminent closure for 3 weeks of most public places such as cafes and restaurants which prompted lengthy queues outside "coffee shops" for people to stock up on weed
- Multiple infectious disease experts around the world are criticising the UK for its herd immunity approach to the virus
- Lots of Parisians are ignoring official advice to stay at home; authorities may soon forcibly apply a quarantine as a result
- The coronavirus outbreak has caused China more economic damage than the global financial credit crunch in 2008 (more on that one here). NZ Prime minister Adern is saying the same thing (link) is likely to be the case for New Zealand too.
- After the UK health minister over the weekend announced the latest government steps on a right-wing national broadsheet paper (which put the article behind a paywall sparking lots of cross comments on social media), the government has agreed to start doing daily briefings
- Abigail Disney (the granddaughter of Roy Disney, co-founder of the Disney empire) has criticised crowds gathering at Disneyland in Florida on twitter in rather colourful language (the park is now closed until the end of the month as is the one in Paris)
- Nagoya's hospitals have reached capacity for coronavirus patients causing an overspill into other cities and prefectures
- Multiple major retailers are following Apple's leads and closing their stores, for example Nike on Sunday said it will close stores in Canada, Western Europe, Australia and New Zealand from March 16 to 27.
- LVMH (Owner of Tiffanys, Louis and Vuitton and Moet) is to manufacture 12 tonnes of alcohol hand gels and donate them to French hospitals free of charge
- Multiple cruise ships struggling to find port that will let them dock due to cases on board (more on that one here)
- There is a shortage of key ingredients that are needed to make testing kits in Australia - The Australian Medical Association told the Guardian on Monday that some jurisdictions had failed to properly stockpile a common reagent critical in the testing of coronavirus, creating supply issues because of the huge demand on Australian laboratories due to Covid-19 (link).
- Air Tahiti set a new record for a domestic flight for its flight from Tahiti to Charles De Gaulle over the weekend. Normally the flight stops over in LAX but due to new restrictions was unable to do so, so went non stop. The 15,715km flight (9,765 miles) took 16:15.
- New toilet rolls arriving in the US - Dr Daniel Stanton (well known in supply chain circles) pointed out that Solaris Inc (a major manufacturer) is bringing more in - 3.25m came in through one single port in the last week alone (linkedin link)

Supply chain specific news

MSC deploys largest containerships to transpacific - The 23,756 teu MSC Mia is to be deployed to the Transpacific tradelane reports Seatrade Maritime (link). One of the largest container ships in the world, Alphaliner said in its weekly newsletter that it believes the deployment was made in a move to address equipment shortages in the US caused by the large number of blanked sailings following Chinese New Year and the outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19) which saw much of Chinese manufacturing closed in February. “Since front-haul cargo volumes have collapsed and only relatively few containers from China arrive in Europe and America with cargo, there is currently not enough container equipment to accommodate European and American export cargo,” the newsletter said.

American and European ports suffer record low container equipment availability - Splash247 reports (link) that available containers at many major ports around the world outside of China stand at record lows, according to new data published today. The massive box imbalance brought about by the trade war and then the coronavirus sees Chinese ports rammed full of boxes waiting to move, while carriers are urgently deploying extra tonnage to other hubs where equipment shortages are now at their lowest levels ever. Container xChange, launched in 2018, runs its own Container Availability Index (CAx), which forecasts supply and demand in container logistics for most of the biggest port locations for the coming three weeks. The index works whereby above 0.5 indicates a surplus and below 0.5 indicates a deficit of containers. Container availability at the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles in the US, and at Hamburg, Rotterdam and Antwerp are now at their lowest levels recorded. Worst hit is Los Angeles, a location that is well known for its normal surplus of equipment. Instead of having a bigger surplus – last year’s CAx values for 40DCs ranged from 0.52 to 0.99 – the port is at an all-time low with a CAx value of 0.08 for 40DCs this month. (Personal note, 40 DC = 40 foot dry cargo container, i.e. the equivalent of 2 TEUs, twenty foot equivalent units)

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EDIT 16:00
1) Apologies for the date whoopsie in the headline, can't change it.
2) Several asked if they can send me $/£/€ via Patreon (in some cases because I've saved them time or money, others for no reason at all). I don't need the cash (that's lovely though) but food bank charities are getting really hit hard with all this panic buying. Please consider giving whatever you'd have given me to a foodbank charity instead:
UK: https://www.trusselltrust.org/
France: https://www.banquealimentaire.org/
Germany: https://www.tafel.de/
USA: https://www.feedingamerica.org/
Canada: https://www.foodbankscanada.ca/
Australia: https://www.foodbank.org.au/
Spain: https://www.fesbal.org/

(If you have a better food bank link than the ones above, please do highlight it).
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2020.01.28 00:53 clearliquidclearjar TALLAHASSEE EVENTS 1/28 - 2/3

There’s another list of all the regular stuff that happens every week, so don’t forget to check for all your karaokes, trivias, and so on. There are also links to all of Tally’s theater options, both stage and independent cinema (from fancy to cult).
The Leon County Public Libraries host classes, clubs, and events all the time. All ages, all locations. Check the calendar here.
TUESDAY, 1/28
WEDNESDAY, 1/29
THURSDAY, 1/30
FRIDAY, 1/31
SATURDAY, 2/1
SUNDAY, 2/2
MONDAY, 2/3
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2019.12.29 16:10 wkchan1 I just want to share with you all...

Hey! This is going to be a long story, but I hope you can give it a little read. :)
I just want to make a post about the meaning of neopets to me, as a young person that suffers from multiple sclerosis. I want to apologise in advance that my English isn't the best as it isn't my mother tongue and that my vision isn't good. So sometimes it results in typos.
My name is Yuko, and I'm a final year medical student. I'm 23 this year and was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis last year.
I started playing neopets when I was around 9 to 10. The reason why, was that I developed some neurological symptoms which prevented me from being able to go to school for a while and my neopets was very popular at school at the time, so a friend recommended it to me.
Back then, I had some difficulties controlling my eye muscles, meaning that I wouldnt be able to move my eyes in the ways I wanted them to, and I started developing some vision loss at that time as well (did not understand why back then. Eventually found out that it was due to optic neuritis - the inflammation of the nerve that supplies the eyes). Now I am completely blind in one eye and have about 20% vision in the other.
Despite of not having had a diagnosis, my symptoms got a lot worse really rapidly. I started developing sharp, intermittent pain in my face and began to lose control over part of my tongue. At one point, one side of my face dropped and I am still trying to do physio to regain some muscle control, despite I was told that it would not likely come back.
Over the years, I have struggled not only with my physical symptoms but also my self esteem. I isolated myself from friends and neopets was the only thing that kept me going. My pets at the time were the only things that I put all my time into. During the times of being more and more ill, I started teaching myself the syllabus for GCSE and Alevel exams and eventually managed to get into university and I cannot be more pleased.
At times when I was at my lowest, I would have thoughts of ending it all. This sort of feeling lingered for years and I felt like no one understood. I don't know another person who suffers from MS and while everyone my age was out enjoying their youth, I was in bed most of the time due to my disability. I would spend hours on neopets as it became my safe space.
In June 2014, i was crossing the road and was hit by a car going at a high speed, as part of my vision, especially the central part, was diminishing so I did not see the car coming. The injury has actually left me paralysed from neck down and that was the summer before I was about to start med school. I felt defeated and was actually trying to take my own life. One day I woke up to a present from the post. It was a hand drawn cloud jub jub which I had as my first ever pet on neopets, done by my best friend. I was going to overdose that day but I dropped my plan. I never imagined that neopets would be the thing that made me remember what it's like to feel simple happiness. It was the thing that kept me going.
Since then, I have been really keen to attend physiotherapy sessions. I told my therapist that my goal was to regain some muscle control in my hands so I could play Neopets! It made her laugh but guess what, it's been 5 years and I finally did it! In early December, I regained some small muscle control in my right hand and I have been getting back into things like writing and playing neopets again! 😊 I honestly haven't felt so happy for years since I became partially paralysed.
Although I'm still wheelchair bound, I am able to type, play neopets and write my medical exams now with visual aids.
When I got my diagnosis last year, I was devastated. I know that my multiple sclerosis will only get worse and its not curable, I am still really keen to make the most of every day. Every day since I have been able to move my right hand, I have been doing all my neopets dailies. I even regained access to one of my old accounts which I set up with my best friend, Tiffany (who drew me the cloud jub jub) back then. It's a wonderful feeling seeing that despite some changes, a lot of things on neopets have remained the same. I also found reddit this month because of a meme from here that my friend sent to me. I started going on some of the first dates in my life.
Thanks for reading my post. I just want to tell you all that I'm so grateful for everyone who has been so nice to me on reddit, and also one of my neofriends who I met through the forum on neopets when I was only young, as she messaged me a couple of times wondering where I'd gone, when I wasn't able to use my hands at all and couldn't play. She's in this sub reddit too. If you see this, Aimee, I hope you know how glad I am to have a great neofriend like you. One day when I'm able to, I'll come visit you like I said I would in Philadephia.
Lastly, if anyone ever needs someone to speak to, I'm always here for anyone to dm. I honestly understand how it feels to really wish there's someone who could just hear you out. I'm here for you all, like how many of you have been here for me since I have been on Reddit and trying to live like a normal person again.
I'm not sure if this is allowed as I'm completely new to reddit, but I just wanna say feel free to add me as a neofriend :) my username is kikicwki
☺️
Yuko
Tl;dr: I'm a girl with multiple sclerosis, and I just want to say that I'm so grateful for neopets and for all of you for getting me through the toughest days in my life.
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2019.11.30 18:25 bigbear0083 Wall Street Week Ahead for the trading week beginning December 2nd, 2019

Good Saturday morning to all of you here on wallstreetbets. I hope everyone on this sub made out pretty nicely in the market this past week, and is ready for the new trading week and month ahead.
Here is everything you need to know to get you ready for the trading week beginning December 2nd, 2019.

Markets may get a boost from cheery Black Friday consumer sentiment, seasonal strength - (Source)

Stocks have had a bang-up year so far, and they’re heading straight into the month that is often the best of all.
The S&P 500 is up more than 25% for the year. Thanksgiving week was technically positive for the market, with the small cap Russell 2000 breaking out, joining other indexes in an uptrend.
Stocks, however, were lower Friday in sluggish trading after the Thanksgiving holiday. Through Wednesday, the Dow, Nasdaq and S&P 500 had all popped to new record highs, with consumer discretionary and tech names leading the market higher this past week. The Russell 2000 is not yet back to its highs, but it pushed above its previous 52-week high, in a healthy sign for the overall market.
In the coming week, investor focus will move more intently to the topic of trade, and that is what will make or break the rally at year-end.
President Donald Trump has promised that a preliminary trade deal with China is close, but there still is no agreement and the Dec.15 deadline for new tariffs is getting closer. Trump’s signing of legislation Wednesday supporting the Hong Kong protesters drew a negative reaction from Beijing and adds more uncertainty to trade talks.
The health of the economy is also a factor for markets, and there is some key data, with the ISM manufacturing report on Monday followed by the government’s all-important monthly jobs data on Friday.

Best month of year

2019 has turned out to be a very good year for the market, with the Jan. 1 to Thanksgiving Day period the 14th best for the S&P 500 since 1928, according to Bespoke. The 25.5% gain in the S&P 500 was the best for the period since 2013, and now the market enters a typically strong period.
“December is the best month of the year. The S&P is up 1.6 percent on average. It also has the highest frequency of advances, up 76% of the time,” said Sam Stovall, chief investment strategist at CFRA. December is also the least volatile month of all, but it could see some bumps.
“The market tends to go through a mid-December low, which then represents a good buying opportunity, at least through the end of January,” Stovall said, adding he thinks the decline would be no more than 5%. “I don’t think we need a big pullback or a correction. A mid-single digit decline would be sufficient.”
Stovall said 2019 was set up to win because of the way the year started, following the sharp sell-off last December. When the months of January and February are higher, the S&P 500 has an average total return of 24%, according to data going back to 1945. If the following year does not see have a similar double gain in January and February, it still does fairly well with a normal average return of 8% to 9%, he said.
The market’s performance for the entire year also bodes well for a positive move into year-end, according to Bespoke. Since 1928, when stocks are up 20% or more by Thanksgiving, like this year, the S&P 500 usually ends the year even higher, with an average gain of 1.8% between Black Friday and New Year’s Eve, Bespoke noted.

S&P Sub-industry sector performance

Stovall also looked at sector performance for December, going back to 1995 and found that some of the worst performing S&P sub-industry sectors were retail oriented and are highly dependent on good holiday sales. On average, computer and electronics retailers were weakest, off 4.5%, followed by leisure products off 2.2% and department stores, off 0.9%. Specialty stores and apparel and luxury goods were also among the 10 poorest performers.
While 87% of the sub-industry sectors were positive, the top performer was homebuilding, up 4.5 %, followed by home improvement retail.
“You want to buy now what nobody wants to own,” said Stovall, noting the market is forward pricing so investors are looking ahead to building activity picking up in spring and summer when they dip into homebuilders. Companies that sell fertilizers also do well in December.
Stocks on Friday closed out their best monthly performance since June. The S&P 500 was up 3.4% to 3,140, and the Dow closed Friday at 28,051, up 3.7% for the month of November.
Technology was the best performing sector for the month, gaining 5.2%. That helped drive the Nasdaq up 4.5% for the month to 8,665.
Biotech was also a top performer, helping lift the Russell 2000, which gained 4% in November to 1,624. The IBB iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology ETF was up 11% for the month.

Trade tensions

The big risk to the market in December is the outcome of trade talks, but economic reports will be important as investors continue to assess whether the Fed was right in ending its rate cuts.
The economy has shown some signs of picking up, and a string of improved data has led economists to look for better growth in the fourth quarter. But the critical driver of growth continues to be the consumer, so holiday sales will be an important indicator to watch.
Employment data remains the most important of the economic reports, since a strong labor market is crucial for consumer confidence and spending.
Economists expect the economy added 183,000 jobs in November, according to Refinitiv. The economy added 128,000 jobs in October, even with the negative drag of 46,000 striking GM workers and the reduction of 17,000 federal government jobs, due to the end of temporary employment for Census workers.
“For the employment report, we think one factor that is likely to result in a slightly stronger headline payroll number is the fact we will now count the GM workers that were on strike,” said Barclays economist Pooja Sriram. “We estimated 36,000 to 40,000 were left out of the report in October. We think they’re to be counted as part of the November report. Much of that is going to be seen in private payrolls and especially in manufacturing payrolls.”
In October, ISM manufacturing activity improved, and even though it remained in contraction, some economists said the slowdown may be showing signs of bottoming.
The ISM index is expected to be at 49.4, still shy of 50, which shows expansion, but better than October’s 48.3. “We still think it’s going to be a sub-50 print,” said Sriram.
October’s durable goods report showed a surprise gain in business investment when economists had expected to see contraction.
Sriram said the speed of decline in manufacturing has certainly slowed, and she is watching the data closely. “I don’t think we’re comfortable saying we bottomed,” she said.
OPEC and Russia hold meetings in Vienna on Thursday and Friday, and analysts expect them to extend their production cutting agreement. However, Russia may seek to change the rules for how it counts its petroleum output, so the meeting may not be as predictable as expected, some analysts say.

This past week saw the following moves in the S&P:

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Major Indices for this past week:

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Major Futures Markets as of Friday's close:

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Economic Calendar for the Week Ahead:

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Sector Performance WTD, MTD, YTD:

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Percentage Changes for the Major Indices, WTD, MTD, QTD, YTD as of Friday's close:

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S&P Sectors for the Past Week:

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Major Indices Pullback/Correction Levels as of Friday's close:

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Major Indices Rally Levels as of Friday's close:

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Most Anticipated Earnings Releases for this week:

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Here are the upcoming IPO's for this week:

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Friday's Stock Analyst Upgrades & Downgrades:

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Next Week's Economic Indicators - 11/29/19

Even with a holiday and a shortened session Friday leaving no US releases in the past 48 hours, it was a very busy week for economic data with 36 releases in the first three days. Most of this data came in stronger than expected or above the prior reading where there were no forecasts. While the bulk of the week's data was strong, manufacturing data, namely from the regional Fed indices, was mixed. We started off with a weaker Chicago Fed National Activity Index on Monday. The index fell from -0.45 last month to -0.71 rather than the expected improvement to -0.2. The Dallas Fed's index was also out on Monday and it improved more than expected as well as versus the prior month. On Tuesday, the Richmond Fed's gauge on manufacturing was also worse than expected. On the bright side, other manufacturing hard data like durable goods came in much stronger than both the previous month and consensus forecasts. Housing data was also solid this week with better than anticipated home price growth shown in two of the three indicators: the quarterly Home Price Purchase Index, FHFA, and Case-Shiller (only the Case-Shiller index was weaker than expected, albeit up from the prior month). The second release of third-quarter GDP was the most notable indicator of the week with a much stronger than expected reading which showed the economy grew by 2.1% QoQ versus estimates of a 1.9% growth rate.
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We kick off December with another busy few days next week. Final November Markit and ISM numbers will kick off the week on Monday. While Markit is not expecting any change from the preliminary readings, ISM is expected to improve to 49.2 which would still be a contractionary print. In hard manufacturing data, later in the week we will see final durable and capital goods numbers for November. Vehicle sales figures will be the only release on Tuesday followed by the service counterparts to Markit and ISM indices on Wednesday as the rest of the week's main focus will be on labor data. After a surprisingly strong release last month, Nonfarm Payrolls is again expecting a strong print showing 190K jobs created in the month of November.
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Stocks To Be The Most Thankful For

Below is a list of the 25 best performing stocks in the S&P 500 so far in 2019. Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) tops the list with a gain of more than 100%. While no other S&P 500 stocks have yet to double this year, another semi name, Lam Research (LRCX) has come close with a gain of 99%. Xerox (XRX), MarketAxess (MKTX), and Target (TGT) have also all risen more than 90%.
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Apple (AAPL) is the 19th best performing stock in the list above. But because of its trillion+ dollar market cap, Apple's (AAPL) 69% gain has a much bigger impact on the overall stock market than all of the other stocks that have seen a bigger price move this year. In fact, of the S&P 500's 25% price gain this year, Apple has accounted for 2.24 of those percentage points (or roughly 9%).
Instead of looking at simple year-to-date price change, below is a list of the stocks that investors should be most thankful for this year because of their contribution to the S&P's gains. Right behind Apple (AAPL) in first is the other trillion+ dollar company -- Microsoft (MSFT) -- which has accounted for 1.7 percentage points of the S&P's 25% gain. After AAPL and MSFT are Facebook (FB), Alphabet (GOOGL), and Amazon (AMZN). Together these five mega-caps account for 25% of the S&P's move higher this year. While this group of companies has been vilified in 2019 for a number of things, they're certainly still delivering for the stock market in a big way.
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S&P 500 Industry Group Breadth Running Strong

The S&P 500 may be hitting record highs at a pace of more than once every other day, but would you believe that there are still Industry Groups trading below their 50-day moving averages? The chart below shows the rolling percentage of Industry Groups trading above their 50-DMAs over the last several years, and the current reading stands at 91.7%. Over the last five years there have been numerous periods where a higher percentage (and even 100%) of Industry Groups traded above their 50-DMAs, and the most recent was back in July.
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So which are the two outlier groups that are still below their 50-DMAs? Well, when everyone seems to be taking an offensive posture in the market, it's only natural that defensive sectors would be lagging, and two of the most defensive-oriented sectors in this yield-hungry world we live in are Utilities and Real Estate. Even these two groups, though, are only about 1% below their 50-DMAs, so all it will take is one or two good days for these groups to get them back over the hump. On the upside, Health Care Equipment & Services is the furthest above its 50-DMA at 7.72%.
The S&P 500 as a whole is currently just over 4% above its 50-DMA. What's interesting to note here, though, is that just 9 of the 24 Industry Groups are further above their 50-DMAs while 15 are not above their 50-DMAs by as much as the S&P 500. In terms of YTD returns, the S&P 500 is currently sitting on a gain of more than 25% YTD. Leading the way higher this year, Tech Hardware (Apple) has rallied just under 48%, while Semis are up just over 40%. Behind these two leaders, four other Industry Groups are up over 30% YTD. While there is no downside on a YTD basis, Energy has been the biggest laggard and is just barely hanging on to a YTD gain. If Energy can't hang onto a YTD gain in a year where the S&P 500 gains more than 25%, Energy investors may need to wear paper bags over their heads.
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Technology Sector P/E Highest in Ten Years

As equities run to all-time highs, valuations are at a fairly interesting point. As shown in the chart below using data from our Daily Sector Snapshot included with our Morning Lineup and The Closer, most sectors' valuations are at the upper end of the past ten years' range. Four sectors, Consumer Discretionary, Communication Services, Utilities, and Technology all have trailing P/E ratios in the 90th percentile or higher of the past ten years' readings.
Since the S&P 500 established its first all-time high since July on October 28th, Health Care and Financials have been two of the strongest performers rising 6.68% and 4.35%, respectively. Despite these runs, both of these sectors still have reasonable valuations relative to the past decade. For Financials, the current trailing price-to-earnings ratio is in the 42nd percentile of all days of the past ten years. No other sector has such a low reading although Materials and Energy are on the lower end relative to other sectors. On the other hand, Utilities and Technology have some of the highest valuations of the past ten years with the current P/E in the 97th and 99th percentiles, respectively.
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As shown in the chart below, most of the last 9-12 months has seen valuations for Utilities consistently in the uppermost range of the past ten years as investors chased yield in a low interest rate environment. But as risk-free rates have risen more recently, valuations for Utilities have pulled back a bit as price has slid. While there have been other periods in the past ten years where Utilities' P/E ratio was similarly elevated, arguably only 2016/2017 saw it remain at the upper end of the ten-year range as consistently as has been the case this year.
For Technology it is a whole different story. The P/E for the sector got crushed this time last year and after plummeting to the 31st percentile, it is has rebounded to the highest levels of the past ten years. The only other time that the sector traded at a similar premium relative to the past decade's range was back in early 2018.
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Thanksgiving through Santa Claus Rally Trade

Everyone is talking about yearend seasonal strength this year, but it’s not news to us. 2019 has been tracking historical seasonal market patterns quite closely this year and that suggests it is likely to continue to track it.
Our good friend Larry McMillan (@optstrategist) trades seasonal yearend strength with the Russell 2000 from the close the day before Thanksgiving through the end of our Santa Claus Rally (the last five trading days of the year and the first two trading days of the New Year).
So here we have run the numbers from 1979 when the Russell index data begins comparing R2K to the DJIA, S&P 500 and NASDAQ. The small-cap index Russell 2000 is the best performer up an average 3.1% (median 3.2%) with an 80% win ratio up 32 of the last 40 years. Last year was the worst and it’s been down 3 of the last 5 years.
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Giving Thanks for the U.S. Consumer

This Thanksgiving, we’re thankful for solid consumer confidence, even though it has wavered in recent months.
Consumer confidence fell for a fourth straight month in November, according to preliminary Conference Board data. Even though the Conference Board’s Consumer Confidence Index has dropped from its economic cycle peak, consumer sentiment is still historically elevated, as shown in the LPL Chart of the Day.
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We’ve been pleasantly surprised by the U.S. consumer’s resilience over the past year as other parts of the domestic economy have weakened amid global headwinds. Strong consumer spending has helped the economy grow at a 2% average rate over the past two quarters, despite drags on growth from business spending, inventories, and trade.
“Consumer sentiment has been largely immune from global headwinds,” said LPL Financial Senior Market Strategist Ryan Detrick. “We expect consumer spending to power economic growth through next year, so we’d like to see consumer confidence pick up more with signs of trade progress.”
Consumers have several reasons to be optimistic. Employment is the primary driver of consumer health, and the U.S. labor market has been resilient. Wages are growing at a healthy rate, and consumers are reaping the benefits of tax cuts and record-high stock prices. As long as the job market stays solid and inflation remains in check, we feel good about consumers’ prospects.
Still, there are growing signs of concern. While survey respondents have remained optimistic about present conditions, their outlook on future conditions has soured, according to the Conference Board. If consumers are feeling less confident about the future, they may be less inclined to spend and invest. That loss of confidence in the outlook could lead to economic weakness over time if consumers step back.
Overall, we would need to see more significant deterioration in consumer confidence before we would start to worry about the economic outlook.

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Here are the most notable companies (tickers) reporting earnings in this upcoming trading week ahead-
  • $CRM
  • $DG
  • $ULTA
  • $COUP
  • $MRVL
  • $WDAY
  • $ZS
  • $RH
  • $OKTA
  • $TIF
  • $CRWD
  • $KR
  • $CLDR
  • $DSX
  • $WORK
  • $BMO
  • $ZM
  • $CPB
  • $FIVE
  • $QTT
  • $DOCU
  • $MIK
  • $TD
  • $YJ
  • $LE
  • $AVAV
  • $RY
  • $SNPS
  • $HQY
  • $DCI
  • $BIG
  • $GSM
  • $SIG
  • $SMAR
  • $GIII
  • $HOME
  • $HRB
  • $DLTH
  • $TLYS
  • $ZUO
  • $GEF
  • $JW.A
  • $GMS
  • $EXPR
  • $ZUMZ
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Below are some of the notable companies coming out with earnings releases this upcoming trading week ahead which includes the date/time of release & consensus estimates courtesy of Earnings Whispers:

Monday 12.2.19 Before Market Open:

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Monday 12.2.19 After Market Close:

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Tuesday 12.3.19 Before Market Open:

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Tuesday 12.3.19 After Market Close:

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Wednesday 12.4.19 Before Market Open:

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Wednesday 12.4.19 After Market Close:

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Thursday 12.5.19 Before Market Open:

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Thursday 12.5.19 After Market Close:

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Friday 12.6.19 Before Market Open:

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Friday 12.6.19 After Market Close:

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Salesforce $162.89

Salesforce (CRM) is confirmed to report earnings at approximately 4:05 PM ET on Tuesday, December 3, 2019. The consensus earnings estimate is $0.66 per share on revenue of $4.44 billion and the Earnings Whisper ® number is $0.69 per share. Investor sentiment going into the company's earnings release has 77% expecting an earnings beat The company's guidance was for earnings of $0.65 to $0.66 per share. Consensus estimates are for year-over-year earnings growth of 8.20% with revenue increasing by 30.90%. Short interest has decreased by 48.0% since the company's last earnings release while the stock has drifted higher by 3.3% from its open following the earnings release to be 5.4% above its 200 day moving average of $154.54. Overall earnings estimates have been revised lower since the company's last earnings release. On Monday, November 25, 2019 there was some notable buying of 1,252 contracts of the $162.50 call expiring on Friday, December 6, 2019. Option traders are pricing in a 4.5% move on earnings and the stock has averaged a 3.7% move in recent quarters.

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Dollar General Corporation $157.36

Dollar General Corporation (DG) is confirmed to report earnings at approximately 6:30 AM ET on Thursday, December 5, 2019. The consensus earnings estimate is $1.38 per share on revenue of $6.91 billion and the Earnings Whisper ® number is $1.39 per share. Investor sentiment going into the company's earnings release has 77% expecting an earnings beat. Consensus estimates are for year-over-year earnings growth of 9.52% with revenue increasing by 7.67%. Short interest has decreased by 1.8% since the company's last earnings release while the stock has drifted higher by 3.8% from its open following the earnings release to be 14.0% above its 200 day moving average of $138.01. Overall earnings estimates have been revised higher since the company's last earnings release. On Wednesday, November 27, 2019 there was some notable buying of 574 contracts of the $100.00 put expiring on Friday, December 20, 2019. Option traders are pricing in a 6.3% move on earnings and the stock has averaged a 7.1% move in recent quarters.

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ULTA Beauty $233.86

ULTA Beauty (ULTA) is confirmed to report earnings at approximately 4:00 PM ET on Thursday, December 5, 2019. The consensus earnings estimate is $2.14 per share on revenue of $1.69 billion and the Earnings Whisper ® number is $2.17 per share. Investor sentiment going into the company's earnings release has 61% expecting an earnings beat. Consensus estimates are for earnings to decline year-over-year by 1.83% with revenue increasing by 8.33%. Short interest has increased by 1.8% since the company's last earnings release while the stock has drifted lower by 7.5% from its open following the earnings release to be 23.5% below its 200 day moving average of $305.86. Overall earnings estimates have been revised lower since the company's last earnings release. On Friday, November 22, 2019 there was some notable buying of 1,992 contracts of the $200.00 put expiring on Friday, January 17, 2020. Option traders are pricing in a 8.7% move on earnings and the stock has averaged a 9.9% move in recent quarters.

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Coupa Software $153.49

Coupa Software (COUP) is confirmed to report earnings at approximately 4:05 PM ET on Monday, December 2, 2019. The consensus earnings estimate is $0.06 per share on revenue of $96.50 million and the Earnings Whisper ® number is $0.10 per share. Investor sentiment going into the company's earnings release has 70% expecting an earnings beat The company's guidance was for earnings of $0.05 to $0.08 per share on revenue of $96.00 million to $96.00 million. Consensus estimates are for earnings to decline year-over-year by 53.85% with revenue increasing by 43.06%. Short interest has increased by 74.3% since the company's last earnings release while the stock has drifted higher by 2.7% from its open following the earnings release to be 26.1% above its 200 day moving average of $121.76. Overall earnings estimates have been revised lower since the company's last earnings release. On Friday, November 29, 2019 there was some notable buying of 679 contracts of the $172.50 call expiring on Friday, December 6, 2019. Option traders are pricing in a 9.8% move on earnings and the stock has averaged a 8.1% move in recent quarters.

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Marvell Technology Group Ltd. $26.37

Marvell Technology Group Ltd. (MRVL) is confirmed to report earnings at approximately 4:05 PM ET on Tuesday, December 3, 2019. The consensus earnings estimate is $0.17 per share on revenue of $660.23 million and the Earnings Whisper ® number is $0.19 per share. Investor sentiment going into the company's earnings release has 65% expecting an earnings beat The company's guidance was for earnings of $0.15 to $0.19 per share on revenue of $640.00 million to $680.00 million. Consensus estimates are for earnings to decline year-over-year by 55.26% with revenue decreasing by 22.42%. Short interest has increased by 25.8% since the company's last earnings release while the stock has drifted higher by 9.4% from its open following the earnings release to be 9.5% above its 200 day moving average of $24.08. Overall earnings estimates have been revised lower since the company's last earnings release. On Friday, November 15, 2019 there was some notable buying of 1,289 contracts of the $29.00 call expiring on Friday, May 15, 2020. Option traders are pricing in a 6.6% move on earnings and the stock has averaged a 1.8% move in recent quarters.

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Workday, Inc. $179.12

Workday, Inc. (WDAY) is confirmed to report earnings at approximately 4:00 PM ET on Tuesday, December 3, 2019. The consensus earnings estimate is $0.37 per share on revenue of $918.63 million and the Earnings Whisper ® number is $0.40 per share. Investor sentiment going into the company's earnings release has 64% expecting an earnings beat The company's guidance was for revenue of $918.00 million to $920.00 million. Consensus estimates are for year-over-year earnings growth of 640.00% with revenue increasing by 23.61%. Short interest has increased by 5.2% since the company's last earnings release while the stock has drifted lower by 2.7% from its open following the earnings release to be 5.1% below its 200 day moving average of $188.76. Overall earnings estimates have been revised lower since the company's last earnings release. On Monday, November 18, 2019 there was some notable buying of 1,895 contracts of the $160.00 put expiring on Friday, December 20, 2019. Option traders are pricing in a 6.4% move on earnings and the stock has averaged a 26.0% move in recent quarters.

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Zscaler, Inc. $52.13

Zscaler, Inc. (ZS) is confirmed to report earnings at approximately 4:05 PM ET on Tuesday, December 3, 2019. The consensus earnings estimate is $0.01 per share on revenue of $89.34 million and the Earnings Whisper ® number is $0.03 per share. Investor sentiment going into the company's earnings release has 75% expecting an earnings beat The company's guidance was for results to range from breakeven to earnings of $0.01 per share on revenue of $89.00 million to $90.00 million. Consensus estimates are for year-over-year earnings growth of 200.00% with revenue increasing by 41.14%. Short interest has increased by 110.8% since the company's last earnings release while the stock has drifted higher by 7.8% from its open following the earnings release to be 18.7% below its 200 day moving average of $64.13. Overall earnings estimates have been revised higher since the company's last earnings release. On Tuesday, November 12, 2019 there was some notable buying of 2,720 contracts of the $47.00 call expiring on Friday, January 17, 2020. Option traders are pricing in a 14.2% move on earnings and the stock has averaged a 15.2% move in recent quarters.

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RH $205.59

RH (RH) is confirmed to report earnings at approximately 4:15 PM ET on Wednesday, December 4, 2019. The consensus earnings estimate is $2.21 per share on revenue of $675.57 million and the Earnings Whisper ® number is $2.35 per share. Investor sentiment going into the company's earnings release has 69% expecting an earnings beat. Consensus estimates are for year-over-year earnings growth of 27.75% with revenue increasing by 6.13%. Short interest has increased by 14.1% since the company's last earnings release while the stock has drifted higher by 32.3% from its open following the earnings release to be 49.3% above its 200 day moving average of $137.69. Overall earnings estimates have been revised higher since the company's last earnings release. Option traders are pricing in a 13.0% move on earnings and the stock has averaged a 16.2% move in recent quarters.

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Okta, Inc. $129.78

Okta, Inc. (OKTA) is confirmed to report earnings at approximately 4:05 PM ET on Thursday, December 5, 2019. The consensus estimate is for a loss of $0.12 per share on revenue of $143.45 million and the Earnings Whisper ® number is ($0.10) per share. Investor sentiment going into the company's earnings release has 69% expecting an earnings beat The company's guidance was for a loss of $0.13 to $0.12 per share on revenue of $143.00 million to $144.00 million. Consensus estimates are for earnings to decline year-over-year by 220.00% with revenue increasing by 35.87%. Short interest has increased by 25.4% since the company's last earnings release while the stock has drifted lower by 0.7% from its open following the earnings release to be 17.2% above its 200 day moving average of $110.74. Overall earnings estimates have been revised lower since the company's last earnings release. On Wednesday, November 27, 2019 there was some notable buying of 549 contracts of the $170.00 call expiring on Friday, May 15, 2020. Option traders are pricing in a 8.7% move on earnings and the stock has averaged a 8.3% move in recent quarters.

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Tiffany & Co. $133.80

Tiffany & Co. (TIF) is confirmed to report earnings at approximately 6:40 AM ET on Thursday, December 5, 2019. The consensus earnings estimate is $0.85 per share on revenue of $1.04 billion. Investor sentiment going into the company's earnings release has 65% expecting an earnings beat. Consensus estimates are for year-over-year earnings growth of 10.39% with revenue increasing by 2.73%. Short interest has decreased by 38.0% since the company's last earnings release while the stock has drifted higher by 69.6% from its open following the earnings release to be 36.1% above its 200 day moving average of $98.28. Overall earnings estimates have been revised lower since the company's last earnings release. On Thursday, November 14, 2019 there was some notable buying of 3,427 contracts of the $100.00 put expiring on Friday, February 21, 2020. Option traders are pricing in a 0.5% move on earnings and the stock has averaged a 7.5% move in recent quarters.

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DISCUSS!

What are you all watching for in this upcoming trading week?
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and a great trading week ahead wallstreetbets.
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2019.11.30 18:24 bigbear0083 Wall Street Week Ahead for the trading week beginning December 2nd, 2019

Good Saturday morning to all of you here on stocks. I hope everyone on this sub made out pretty nicely in the market this past week, and is ready for the new trading week and month ahead.
Here is everything you need to know to get you ready for the trading week beginning December 2nd, 2019.

Markets may get a boost from cheery Black Friday consumer sentiment, seasonal strength - (Source)

Stocks have had a bang-up year so far, and they’re heading straight into the month that is often the best of all.
The S&P 500 is up more than 25% for the year. Thanksgiving week was technically positive for the market, with the small cap Russell 2000 breaking out, joining other indexes in an uptrend.
Stocks, however, were lower Friday in sluggish trading after the Thanksgiving holiday. Through Wednesday, the Dow, Nasdaq and S&P 500 had all popped to new record highs, with consumer discretionary and tech names leading the market higher this past week. The Russell 2000 is not yet back to its highs, but it pushed above its previous 52-week high, in a healthy sign for the overall market.
In the coming week, investor focus will move more intently to the topic of trade, and that is what will make or break the rally at year-end.
President Donald Trump has promised that a preliminary trade deal with China is close, but there still is no agreement and the Dec.15 deadline for new tariffs is getting closer. Trump’s signing of legislation Wednesday supporting the Hong Kong protesters drew a negative reaction from Beijing and adds more uncertainty to trade talks.
The health of the economy is also a factor for markets, and there is some key data, with the ISM manufacturing report on Monday followed by the government’s all-important monthly jobs data on Friday.

Best month of year

2019 has turned out to be a very good year for the market, with the Jan. 1 to Thanksgiving Day period the 14th best for the S&P 500 since 1928, according to Bespoke. The 25.5% gain in the S&P 500 was the best for the period since 2013, and now the market enters a typically strong period.
“December is the best month of the year. The S&P is up 1.6 percent on average. It also has the highest frequency of advances, up 76% of the time,” said Sam Stovall, chief investment strategist at CFRA. December is also the least volatile month of all, but it could see some bumps.
“The market tends to go through a mid-December low, which then represents a good buying opportunity, at least through the end of January,” Stovall said, adding he thinks the decline would be no more than 5%. “I don’t think we need a big pullback or a correction. A mid-single digit decline would be sufficient.”
Stovall said 2019 was set up to win because of the way the year started, following the sharp sell-off last December. When the months of January and February are higher, the S&P 500 has an average total return of 24%, according to data going back to 1945. If the following year does not see have a similar double gain in January and February, it still does fairly well with a normal average return of 8% to 9%, he said.
The market’s performance for the entire year also bodes well for a positive move into year-end, according to Bespoke. Since 1928, when stocks are up 20% or more by Thanksgiving, like this year, the S&P 500 usually ends the year even higher, with an average gain of 1.8% between Black Friday and New Year’s Eve, Bespoke noted.

S&P Sub-industry sector performance

Stovall also looked at sector performance for December, going back to 1995 and found that some of the worst performing S&P sub-industry sectors were retail oriented and are highly dependent on good holiday sales. On average, computer and electronics retailers were weakest, off 4.5%, followed by leisure products off 2.2% and department stores, off 0.9%. Specialty stores and apparel and luxury goods were also among the 10 poorest performers.
While 87% of the sub-industry sectors were positive, the top performer was homebuilding, up 4.5 %, followed by home improvement retail.
“You want to buy now what nobody wants to own,” said Stovall, noting the market is forward pricing so investors are looking ahead to building activity picking up in spring and summer when they dip into homebuilders. Companies that sell fertilizers also do well in December.
Stocks on Friday closed out their best monthly performance since June. The S&P 500 was up 3.4% to 3,140, and the Dow closed Friday at 28,051, up 3.7% for the month of November.
Technology was the best performing sector for the month, gaining 5.2%. That helped drive the Nasdaq up 4.5% for the month to 8,665.
Biotech was also a top performer, helping lift the Russell 2000, which gained 4% in November to 1,624. The IBB iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology ETF was up 11% for the month.

Trade tensions

The big risk to the market in December is the outcome of trade talks, but economic reports will be important as investors continue to assess whether the Fed was right in ending its rate cuts.
The economy has shown some signs of picking up, and a string of improved data has led economists to look for better growth in the fourth quarter. But the critical driver of growth continues to be the consumer, so holiday sales will be an important indicator to watch.
Employment data remains the most important of the economic reports, since a strong labor market is crucial for consumer confidence and spending.
Economists expect the economy added 183,000 jobs in November, according to Refinitiv. The economy added 128,000 jobs in October, even with the negative drag of 46,000 striking GM workers and the reduction of 17,000 federal government jobs, due to the end of temporary employment for Census workers.
“For the employment report, we think one factor that is likely to result in a slightly stronger headline payroll number is the fact we will now count the GM workers that were on strike,” said Barclays economist Pooja Sriram. “We estimated 36,000 to 40,000 were left out of the report in October. We think they’re to be counted as part of the November report. Much of that is going to be seen in private payrolls and especially in manufacturing payrolls.”
In October, ISM manufacturing activity improved, and even though it remained in contraction, some economists said the slowdown may be showing signs of bottoming.
The ISM index is expected to be at 49.4, still shy of 50, which shows expansion, but better than October’s 48.3. “We still think it’s going to be a sub-50 print,” said Sriram.
October’s durable goods report showed a surprise gain in business investment when economists had expected to see contraction.
Sriram said the speed of decline in manufacturing has certainly slowed, and she is watching the data closely. “I don’t think we’re comfortable saying we bottomed,” she said.
OPEC and Russia hold meetings in Vienna on Thursday and Friday, and analysts expect them to extend their production cutting agreement. However, Russia may seek to change the rules for how it counts its petroleum output, so the meeting may not be as predictable as expected, some analysts say.

This past week saw the following moves in the S&P:

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Major Indices for this past week:

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Major Futures Markets as of Friday's close:

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Economic Calendar for the Week Ahead:

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Sector Performance WTD, MTD, YTD:

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Percentage Changes for the Major Indices, WTD, MTD, QTD, YTD as of Friday's close:

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S&P Sectors for the Past Week:

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Major Indices Pullback/Correction Levels as of Friday's close:

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Major Indices Rally Levels as of Friday's close:

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Most Anticipated Earnings Releases for this week:

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Here are the upcoming IPO's for this week:

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Friday's Stock Analyst Upgrades & Downgrades:

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Next Week's Economic Indicators - 11/29/19

Even with a holiday and a shortened session Friday leaving no US releases in the past 48 hours, it was a very busy week for economic data with 36 releases in the first three days. Most of this data came in stronger than expected or above the prior reading where there were no forecasts. While the bulk of the week's data was strong, manufacturing data, namely from the regional Fed indices, was mixed. We started off with a weaker Chicago Fed National Activity Index on Monday. The index fell from -0.45 last month to -0.71 rather than the expected improvement to -0.2. The Dallas Fed's index was also out on Monday and it improved more than expected as well as versus the prior month. On Tuesday, the Richmond Fed's gauge on manufacturing was also worse than expected. On the bright side, other manufacturing hard data like durable goods came in much stronger than both the previous month and consensus forecasts. Housing data was also solid this week with better than anticipated home price growth shown in two of the three indicators: the quarterly Home Price Purchase Index, FHFA, and Case-Shiller (only the Case-Shiller index was weaker than expected, albeit up from the prior month). The second release of third-quarter GDP was the most notable indicator of the week with a much stronger than expected reading which showed the economy grew by 2.1% QoQ versus estimates of a 1.9% growth rate.
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We kick off December with another busy few days next week. Final November Markit and ISM numbers will kick off the week on Monday. While Markit is not expecting any change from the preliminary readings, ISM is expected to improve to 49.2 which would still be a contractionary print. In hard manufacturing data, later in the week we will see final durable and capital goods numbers for November. Vehicle sales figures will be the only release on Tuesday followed by the service counterparts to Markit and ISM indices on Wednesday as the rest of the week's main focus will be on labor data. After a surprisingly strong release last month, Nonfarm Payrolls is again expecting a strong print showing 190K jobs created in the month of November.
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Stocks To Be The Most Thankful For

Below is a list of the 25 best performing stocks in the S&P 500 so far in 2019. Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) tops the list with a gain of more than 100%. While no other S&P 500 stocks have yet to double this year, another semi name, Lam Research (LRCX) has come close with a gain of 99%. Xerox (XRX), MarketAxess (MKTX), and Target (TGT) have also all risen more than 90%.
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Apple (AAPL) is the 19th best performing stock in the list above. But because of its trillion+ dollar market cap, Apple's (AAPL) 69% gain has a much bigger impact on the overall stock market than all of the other stocks that have seen a bigger price move this year. In fact, of the S&P 500's 25% price gain this year, Apple has accounted for 2.24 of those percentage points (or roughly 9%).
Instead of looking at simple year-to-date price change, below is a list of the stocks that investors should be most thankful for this year because of their contribution to the S&P's gains. Right behind Apple (AAPL) in first is the other trillion+ dollar company -- Microsoft (MSFT) -- which has accounted for 1.7 percentage points of the S&P's 25% gain. After AAPL and MSFT are Facebook (FB), Alphabet (GOOGL), and Amazon (AMZN). Together these five mega-caps account for 25% of the S&P's move higher this year. While this group of companies has been vilified in 2019 for a number of things, they're certainly still delivering for the stock market in a big way.
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S&P 500 Industry Group Breadth Running Strong

The S&P 500 may be hitting record highs at a pace of more than once every other day, but would you believe that there are still Industry Groups trading below their 50-day moving averages? The chart below shows the rolling percentage of Industry Groups trading above their 50-DMAs over the last several years, and the current reading stands at 91.7%. Over the last five years there have been numerous periods where a higher percentage (and even 100%) of Industry Groups traded above their 50-DMAs, and the most recent was back in July.
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So which are the two outlier groups that are still below their 50-DMAs? Well, when everyone seems to be taking an offensive posture in the market, it's only natural that defensive sectors would be lagging, and two of the most defensive-oriented sectors in this yield-hungry world we live in are Utilities and Real Estate. Even these two groups, though, are only about 1% below their 50-DMAs, so all it will take is one or two good days for these groups to get them back over the hump. On the upside, Health Care Equipment & Services is the furthest above its 50-DMA at 7.72%.
The S&P 500 as a whole is currently just over 4% above its 50-DMA. What's interesting to note here, though, is that just 9 of the 24 Industry Groups are further above their 50-DMAs while 15 are not above their 50-DMAs by as much as the S&P 500. In terms of YTD returns, the S&P 500 is currently sitting on a gain of more than 25% YTD. Leading the way higher this year, Tech Hardware (Apple) has rallied just under 48%, while Semis are up just over 40%. Behind these two leaders, four other Industry Groups are up over 30% YTD. While there is no downside on a YTD basis, Energy has been the biggest laggard and is just barely hanging on to a YTD gain. If Energy can't hang onto a YTD gain in a year where the S&P 500 gains more than 25%, Energy investors may need to wear paper bags over their heads.
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Technology Sector P/E Highest in Ten Years

As equities run to all-time highs, valuations are at a fairly interesting point. As shown in the chart below using data from our Daily Sector Snapshot included with our Morning Lineup and The Closer, most sectors' valuations are at the upper end of the past ten years' range. Four sectors, Consumer Discretionary, Communication Services, Utilities, and Technology all have trailing P/E ratios in the 90th percentile or higher of the past ten years' readings.
Since the S&P 500 established its first all-time high since July on October 28th, Health Care and Financials have been two of the strongest performers rising 6.68% and 4.35%, respectively. Despite these runs, both of these sectors still have reasonable valuations relative to the past decade. For Financials, the current trailing price-to-earnings ratio is in the 42nd percentile of all days of the past ten years. No other sector has such a low reading although Materials and Energy are on the lower end relative to other sectors. On the other hand, Utilities and Technology have some of the highest valuations of the past ten years with the current P/E in the 97th and 99th percentiles, respectively.
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As shown in the chart below, most of the last 9-12 months has seen valuations for Utilities consistently in the uppermost range of the past ten years as investors chased yield in a low interest rate environment. But as risk-free rates have risen more recently, valuations for Utilities have pulled back a bit as price has slid. While there have been other periods in the past ten years where Utilities' P/E ratio was similarly elevated, arguably only 2016/2017 saw it remain at the upper end of the ten-year range as consistently as has been the case this year.
For Technology it is a whole different story. The P/E for the sector got crushed this time last year and after plummeting to the 31st percentile, it is has rebounded to the highest levels of the past ten years. The only other time that the sector traded at a similar premium relative to the past decade's range was back in early 2018.
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Thanksgiving through Santa Claus Rally Trade

Everyone is talking about yearend seasonal strength this year, but it’s not news to us. 2019 has been tracking historical seasonal market patterns quite closely this year and that suggests it is likely to continue to track it.
Our good friend Larry McMillan (@optstrategist) trades seasonal yearend strength with the Russell 2000 from the close the day before Thanksgiving through the end of our Santa Claus Rally (the last five trading days of the year and the first two trading days of the New Year).
So here we have run the numbers from 1979 when the Russell index data begins comparing R2K to the DJIA, S&P 500 and NASDAQ. The small-cap index Russell 2000 is the best performer up an average 3.1% (median 3.2%) with an 80% win ratio up 32 of the last 40 years. Last year was the worst and it’s been down 3 of the last 5 years.
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Giving Thanks for the U.S. Consumer

This Thanksgiving, we’re thankful for solid consumer confidence, even though it has wavered in recent months.
Consumer confidence fell for a fourth straight month in November, according to preliminary Conference Board data. Even though the Conference Board’s Consumer Confidence Index has dropped from its economic cycle peak, consumer sentiment is still historically elevated, as shown in the LPL Chart of the Day.
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We’ve been pleasantly surprised by the U.S. consumer’s resilience over the past year as other parts of the domestic economy have weakened amid global headwinds. Strong consumer spending has helped the economy grow at a 2% average rate over the past two quarters, despite drags on growth from business spending, inventories, and trade.
“Consumer sentiment has been largely immune from global headwinds,” said LPL Financial Senior Market Strategist Ryan Detrick. “We expect consumer spending to power economic growth through next year, so we’d like to see consumer confidence pick up more with signs of trade progress.”
Consumers have several reasons to be optimistic. Employment is the primary driver of consumer health, and the U.S. labor market has been resilient. Wages are growing at a healthy rate, and consumers are reaping the benefits of tax cuts and record-high stock prices. As long as the job market stays solid and inflation remains in check, we feel good about consumers’ prospects.
Still, there are growing signs of concern. While survey respondents have remained optimistic about present conditions, their outlook on future conditions has soured, according to the Conference Board. If consumers are feeling less confident about the future, they may be less inclined to spend and invest. That loss of confidence in the outlook could lead to economic weakness over time if consumers step back.
Overall, we would need to see more significant deterioration in consumer confidence before we would start to worry about the economic outlook.

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Here are the most notable companies (tickers) reporting earnings in this upcoming trading week ahead-
  • $CRM
  • $DG
  • $ULTA
  • $COUP
  • $MRVL
  • $WDAY
  • $ZS
  • $RH
  • $OKTA
  • $TIF
  • $CRWD
  • $KR
  • $CLDR
  • $DSX
  • $WORK
  • $BMO
  • $ZM
  • $CPB
  • $FIVE
  • $QTT
  • $DOCU
  • $MIK
  • $TD
  • $YJ
  • $LE
  • $AVAV
  • $RY
  • $SNPS
  • $HQY
  • $DCI
  • $BIG
  • $GSM
  • $SIG
  • $SMAR
  • $GIII
  • $HOME
  • $HRB
  • $DLTH
  • $TLYS
  • $ZUO
  • $GEF
  • $JW.A
  • $GMS
  • $EXPR
  • $ZUMZ
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Below are some of the notable companies coming out with earnings releases this upcoming trading week ahead which includes the date/time of release & consensus estimates courtesy of Earnings Whispers:

Monday 12.2.19 Before Market Open:

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Monday 12.2.19 After Market Close:

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Tuesday 12.3.19 Before Market Open:

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Tuesday 12.3.19 After Market Close:

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Wednesday 12.4.19 Before Market Open:

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Wednesday 12.4.19 After Market Close:

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Thursday 12.5.19 Before Market Open:

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Thursday 12.5.19 After Market Close:

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Friday 12.6.19 Before Market Open:

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Friday 12.6.19 After Market Close:

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Salesforce $162.89

Salesforce (CRM) is confirmed to report earnings at approximately 4:05 PM ET on Tuesday, December 3, 2019. The consensus earnings estimate is $0.66 per share on revenue of $4.44 billion and the Earnings Whisper ® number is $0.69 per share. Investor sentiment going into the company's earnings release has 77% expecting an earnings beat The company's guidance was for earnings of $0.65 to $0.66 per share. Consensus estimates are for year-over-year earnings growth of 8.20% with revenue increasing by 30.90%. Short interest has decreased by 48.0% since the company's last earnings release while the stock has drifted higher by 3.3% from its open following the earnings release to be 5.4% above its 200 day moving average of $154.54. Overall earnings estimates have been revised lower since the company's last earnings release. On Monday, November 25, 2019 there was some notable buying of 1,252 contracts of the $162.50 call expiring on Friday, December 6, 2019. Option traders are pricing in a 4.5% move on earnings and the stock has averaged a 3.7% move in recent quarters.

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Dollar General Corporation $157.36

Dollar General Corporation (DG) is confirmed to report earnings at approximately 6:30 AM ET on Thursday, December 5, 2019. The consensus earnings estimate is $1.38 per share on revenue of $6.91 billion and the Earnings Whisper ® number is $1.39 per share. Investor sentiment going into the company's earnings release has 77% expecting an earnings beat. Consensus estimates are for year-over-year earnings growth of 9.52% with revenue increasing by 7.67%. Short interest has decreased by 1.8% since the company's last earnings release while the stock has drifted higher by 3.8% from its open following the earnings release to be 14.0% above its 200 day moving average of $138.01. Overall earnings estimates have been revised higher since the company's last earnings release. On Wednesday, November 27, 2019 there was some notable buying of 574 contracts of the $100.00 put expiring on Friday, December 20, 2019. Option traders are pricing in a 6.3% move on earnings and the stock has averaged a 7.1% move in recent quarters.

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ULTA Beauty $233.86

ULTA Beauty (ULTA) is confirmed to report earnings at approximately 4:00 PM ET on Thursday, December 5, 2019. The consensus earnings estimate is $2.14 per share on revenue of $1.69 billion and the Earnings Whisper ® number is $2.17 per share. Investor sentiment going into the company's earnings release has 61% expecting an earnings beat. Consensus estimates are for earnings to decline year-over-year by 1.83% with revenue increasing by 8.33%. Short interest has increased by 1.8% since the company's last earnings release while the stock has drifted lower by 7.5% from its open following the earnings release to be 23.5% below its 200 day moving average of $305.86. Overall earnings estimates have been revised lower since the company's last earnings release. On Friday, November 22, 2019 there was some notable buying of 1,992 contracts of the $200.00 put expiring on Friday, January 17, 2020. Option traders are pricing in a 8.7% move on earnings and the stock has averaged a 9.9% move in recent quarters.

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Coupa Software $153.49

Coupa Software (COUP) is confirmed to report earnings at approximately 4:05 PM ET on Monday, December 2, 2019. The consensus earnings estimate is $0.06 per share on revenue of $96.50 million and the Earnings Whisper ® number is $0.10 per share. Investor sentiment going into the company's earnings release has 70% expecting an earnings beat The company's guidance was for earnings of $0.05 to $0.08 per share on revenue of $96.00 million to $96.00 million. Consensus estimates are for earnings to decline year-over-year by 53.85% with revenue increasing by 43.06%. Short interest has increased by 74.3% since the company's last earnings release while the stock has drifted higher by 2.7% from its open following the earnings release to be 26.1% above its 200 day moving average of $121.76. Overall earnings estimates have been revised lower since the company's last earnings release. On Friday, November 29, 2019 there was some notable buying of 679 contracts of the $172.50 call expiring on Friday, December 6, 2019. Option traders are pricing in a 9.8% move on earnings and the stock has averaged a 8.1% move in recent quarters.

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Marvell Technology Group Ltd. $26.37

Marvell Technology Group Ltd. (MRVL) is confirmed to report earnings at approximately 4:05 PM ET on Tuesday, December 3, 2019. The consensus earnings estimate is $0.17 per share on revenue of $660.23 million and the Earnings Whisper ® number is $0.19 per share. Investor sentiment going into the company's earnings release has 65% expecting an earnings beat The company's guidance was for earnings of $0.15 to $0.19 per share on revenue of $640.00 million to $680.00 million. Consensus estimates are for earnings to decline year-over-year by 55.26% with revenue decreasing by 22.42%. Short interest has increased by 25.8% since the company's last earnings release while the stock has drifted higher by 9.4% from its open following the earnings release to be 9.5% above its 200 day moving average of $24.08. Overall earnings estimates have been revised lower since the company's last earnings release. On Friday, November 15, 2019 there was some notable buying of 1,289 contracts of the $29.00 call expiring on Friday, May 15, 2020. Option traders are pricing in a 6.6% move on earnings and the stock has averaged a 1.8% move in recent quarters.

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Workday, Inc. $179.12

Workday, Inc. (WDAY) is confirmed to report earnings at approximately 4:00 PM ET on Tuesday, December 3, 2019. The consensus earnings estimate is $0.37 per share on revenue of $918.63 million and the Earnings Whisper ® number is $0.40 per share. Investor sentiment going into the company's earnings release has 64% expecting an earnings beat The company's guidance was for revenue of $918.00 million to $920.00 million. Consensus estimates are for year-over-year earnings growth of 640.00% with revenue increasing by 23.61%. Short interest has increased by 5.2% since the company's last earnings release while the stock has drifted lower by 2.7% from its open following the earnings release to be 5.1% below its 200 day moving average of $188.76. Overall earnings estimates have been revised lower since the company's last earnings release. On Monday, November 18, 2019 there was some notable buying of 1,895 contracts of the $160.00 put expiring on Friday, December 20, 2019. Option traders are pricing in a 6.4% move on earnings and the stock has averaged a 26.0% move in recent quarters.

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Zscaler, Inc. $52.13

Zscaler, Inc. (ZS) is confirmed to report earnings at approximately 4:05 PM ET on Tuesday, December 3, 2019. The consensus earnings estimate is $0.01 per share on revenue of $89.34 million and the Earnings Whisper ® number is $0.03 per share. Investor sentiment going into the company's earnings release has 75% expecting an earnings beat The company's guidance was for results to range from breakeven to earnings of $0.01 per share on revenue of $89.00 million to $90.00 million. Consensus estimates are for year-over-year earnings growth of 200.00% with revenue increasing by 41.14%. Short interest has increased by 110.8% since the company's last earnings release while the stock has drifted higher by 7.8% from its open following the earnings release to be 18.7% below its 200 day moving average of $64.13. Overall earnings estimates have been revised higher since the company's last earnings release. On Tuesday, November 12, 2019 there was some notable buying of 2,720 contracts of the $47.00 call expiring on Friday, January 17, 2020. Option traders are pricing in a 14.2% move on earnings and the stock has averaged a 15.2% move in recent quarters.

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RH $205.59

RH (RH) is confirmed to report earnings at approximately 4:15 PM ET on Wednesday, December 4, 2019. The consensus earnings estimate is $2.21 per share on revenue of $675.57 million and the Earnings Whisper ® number is $2.35 per share. Investor sentiment going into the company's earnings release has 69% expecting an earnings beat. Consensus estimates are for year-over-year earnings growth of 27.75% with revenue increasing by 6.13%. Short interest has increased by 14.1% since the company's last earnings release while the stock has drifted higher by 32.3% from its open following the earnings release to be 49.3% above its 200 day moving average of $137.69. Overall earnings estimates have been revised higher since the company's last earnings release. Option traders are pricing in a 13.0% move on earnings and the stock has averaged a 16.2% move in recent quarters.

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Okta, Inc. $129.78

Okta, Inc. (OKTA) is confirmed to report earnings at approximately 4:05 PM ET on Thursday, December 5, 2019. The consensus estimate is for a loss of $0.12 per share on revenue of $143.45 million and the Earnings Whisper ® number is ($0.10) per share. Investor sentiment going into the company's earnings release has 69% expecting an earnings beat The company's guidance was for a loss of $0.13 to $0.12 per share on revenue of $143.00 million to $144.00 million. Consensus estimates are for earnings to decline year-over-year by 220.00% with revenue increasing by 35.87%. Short interest has increased by 25.4% since the company's last earnings release while the stock has drifted lower by 0.7% from its open following the earnings release to be 17.2% above its 200 day moving average of $110.74. Overall earnings estimates have been revised lower since the company's last earnings release. On Wednesday, November 27, 2019 there was some notable buying of 549 contracts of the $170.00 call expiring on Friday, May 15, 2020. Option traders are pricing in a 8.7% move on earnings and the stock has averaged a 8.3% move in recent quarters.

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Tiffany & Co. $133.80

Tiffany & Co. (TIF) is confirmed to report earnings at approximately 6:40 AM ET on Thursday, December 5, 2019. The consensus earnings estimate is $0.85 per share on revenue of $1.04 billion. Investor sentiment going into the company's earnings release has 65% expecting an earnings beat. Consensus estimates are for year-over-year earnings growth of 10.39% with revenue increasing by 2.73%. Short interest has decreased by 38.0% since the company's last earnings release while the stock has drifted higher by 69.6% from its open following the earnings release to be 36.1% above its 200 day moving average of $98.28. Overall earnings estimates have been revised lower since the company's last earnings release. On Thursday, November 14, 2019 there was some notable buying of 3,427 contracts of the $100.00 put expiring on Friday, February 21, 2020. Option traders are pricing in a 0.5% move on earnings and the stock has averaged a 7.5% move in recent quarters.

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DISCUSS!

What are you all watching for in this upcoming trading week?
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and a great trading week ahead stocks.
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2019.11.30 18:21 bigbear0083 Wall Street Week Ahead for the trading week beginning December 2nd, 2019

Good Saturday morning to all of you here on StockMarket. I hope everyone on this sub made out pretty nicely in the market this past week, and is ready for the new trading week and month ahead.
Here is everything you need to know to get you ready for the trading week beginning December 2nd, 2019.

Markets may get a boost from cheery Black Friday consumer sentiment, seasonal strength - (Source)

Stocks have had a bang-up year so far, and they’re heading straight into the month that is often the best of all.
The S&P 500 is up more than 25% for the year. Thanksgiving week was technically positive for the market, with the small cap Russell 2000 breaking out, joining other indexes in an uptrend.
Stocks, however, were lower Friday in sluggish trading after the Thanksgiving holiday. Through Wednesday, the Dow, Nasdaq and S&P 500 had all popped to new record highs, with consumer discretionary and tech names leading the market higher this past week. The Russell 2000 is not yet back to its highs, but it pushed above its previous 52-week high, in a healthy sign for the overall market.
In the coming week, investor focus will move more intently to the topic of trade, and that is what will make or break the rally at year-end.
President Donald Trump has promised that a preliminary trade deal with China is close, but there still is no agreement and the Dec.15 deadline for new tariffs is getting closer. Trump’s signing of legislation Wednesday supporting the Hong Kong protesters drew a negative reaction from Beijing and adds more uncertainty to trade talks.
The health of the economy is also a factor for markets, and there is some key data, with the ISM manufacturing report on Monday followed by the government’s all-important monthly jobs data on Friday.

Best month of year

2019 has turned out to be a very good year for the market, with the Jan. 1 to Thanksgiving Day period the 14th best for the S&P 500 since 1928, according to Bespoke. The 25.5% gain in the S&P 500 was the best for the period since 2013, and now the market enters a typically strong period.
“December is the best month of the year. The S&P is up 1.6 percent on average. It also has the highest frequency of advances, up 76% of the time,” said Sam Stovall, chief investment strategist at CFRA. December is also the least volatile month of all, but it could see some bumps.
“The market tends to go through a mid-December low, which then represents a good buying opportunity, at least through the end of January,” Stovall said, adding he thinks the decline would be no more than 5%. “I don’t think we need a big pullback or a correction. A mid-single digit decline would be sufficient.”
Stovall said 2019 was set up to win because of the way the year started, following the sharp sell-off last December. When the months of January and February are higher, the S&P 500 has an average total return of 24%, according to data going back to 1945. If the following year does not see have a similar double gain in January and February, it still does fairly well with a normal average return of 8% to 9%, he said.
The market’s performance for the entire year also bodes well for a positive move into year-end, according to Bespoke. Since 1928, when stocks are up 20% or more by Thanksgiving, like this year, the S&P 500 usually ends the year even higher, with an average gain of 1.8% between Black Friday and New Year’s Eve, Bespoke noted.

S&P Sub-industry sector performance

Stovall also looked at sector performance for December, going back to 1995 and found that some of the worst performing S&P sub-industry sectors were retail oriented and are highly dependent on good holiday sales. On average, computer and electronics retailers were weakest, off 4.5%, followed by leisure products off 2.2% and department stores, off 0.9%. Specialty stores and apparel and luxury goods were also among the 10 poorest performers.
While 87% of the sub-industry sectors were positive, the top performer was homebuilding, up 4.5 %, followed by home improvement retail.
“You want to buy now what nobody wants to own,” said Stovall, noting the market is forward pricing so investors are looking ahead to building activity picking up in spring and summer when they dip into homebuilders. Companies that sell fertilizers also do well in December.
Stocks on Friday closed out their best monthly performance since June. The S&P 500 was up 3.4% to 3,140, and the Dow closed Friday at 28,051, up 3.7% for the month of November.
Technology was the best performing sector for the month, gaining 5.2%. That helped drive the Nasdaq up 4.5% for the month to 8,665.
Biotech was also a top performer, helping lift the Russell 2000, which gained 4% in November to 1,624. The IBB iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology ETF was up 11% for the month.

Trade tensions

The big risk to the market in December is the outcome of trade talks, but economic reports will be important as investors continue to assess whether the Fed was right in ending its rate cuts.
The economy has shown some signs of picking up, and a string of improved data has led economists to look for better growth in the fourth quarter. But the critical driver of growth continues to be the consumer, so holiday sales will be an important indicator to watch.
Employment data remains the most important of the economic reports, since a strong labor market is crucial for consumer confidence and spending.
Economists expect the economy added 183,000 jobs in November, according to Refinitiv. The economy added 128,000 jobs in October, even with the negative drag of 46,000 striking GM workers and the reduction of 17,000 federal government jobs, due to the end of temporary employment for Census workers.
“For the employment report, we think one factor that is likely to result in a slightly stronger headline payroll number is the fact we will now count the GM workers that were on strike,” said Barclays economist Pooja Sriram. “We estimated 36,000 to 40,000 were left out of the report in October. We think they’re to be counted as part of the November report. Much of that is going to be seen in private payrolls and especially in manufacturing payrolls.”
In October, ISM manufacturing activity improved, and even though it remained in contraction, some economists said the slowdown may be showing signs of bottoming.
The ISM index is expected to be at 49.4, still shy of 50, which shows expansion, but better than October’s 48.3. “We still think it’s going to be a sub-50 print,” said Sriram.
October’s durable goods report showed a surprise gain in business investment when economists had expected to see contraction.
Sriram said the speed of decline in manufacturing has certainly slowed, and she is watching the data closely. “I don’t think we’re comfortable saying we bottomed,” she said.
OPEC and Russia hold meetings in Vienna on Thursday and Friday, and analysts expect them to extend their production cutting agreement. However, Russia may seek to change the rules for how it counts its petroleum output, so the meeting may not be as predictable as expected, some analysts say.

This past week saw the following moves in the S&P:

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Major Indices for this past week:

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Major Futures Markets as of Friday's close:

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Economic Calendar for the Week Ahead:

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Sector Performance WTD, MTD, YTD:

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Percentage Changes for the Major Indices, WTD, MTD, QTD, YTD as of Friday's close:

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S&P Sectors for the Past Week:

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Major Indices Pullback/Correction Levels as of Friday's close:

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Major Indices Rally Levels as of Friday's close:

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Most Anticipated Earnings Releases for this week:

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Here are the upcoming IPO's for this week:

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Friday's Stock Analyst Upgrades & Downgrades:

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Next Week's Economic Indicators - 11/29/19

Even with a holiday and a shortened session Friday leaving no US releases in the past 48 hours, it was a very busy week for economic data with 36 releases in the first three days. Most of this data came in stronger than expected or above the prior reading where there were no forecasts. While the bulk of the week's data was strong, manufacturing data, namely from the regional Fed indices, was mixed. We started off with a weaker Chicago Fed National Activity Index on Monday. The index fell from -0.45 last month to -0.71 rather than the expected improvement to -0.2. The Dallas Fed's index was also out on Monday and it improved more than expected as well as versus the prior month. On Tuesday, the Richmond Fed's gauge on manufacturing was also worse than expected. On the bright side, other manufacturing hard data like durable goods came in much stronger than both the previous month and consensus forecasts. Housing data was also solid this week with better than anticipated home price growth shown in two of the three indicators: the quarterly Home Price Purchase Index, FHFA, and Case-Shiller (only the Case-Shiller index was weaker than expected, albeit up from the prior month). The second release of third-quarter GDP was the most notable indicator of the week with a much stronger than expected reading which showed the economy grew by 2.1% QoQ versus estimates of a 1.9% growth rate.
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We kick off December with another busy few days next week. Final November Markit and ISM numbers will kick off the week on Monday. While Markit is not expecting any change from the preliminary readings, ISM is expected to improve to 49.2 which would still be a contractionary print. In hard manufacturing data, later in the week we will see final durable and capital goods numbers for November. Vehicle sales figures will be the only release on Tuesday followed by the service counterparts to Markit and ISM indices on Wednesday as the rest of the week's main focus will be on labor data. After a surprisingly strong release last month, Nonfarm Payrolls is again expecting a strong print showing 190K jobs created in the month of November.
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Stocks To Be The Most Thankful For

Below is a list of the 25 best performing stocks in the S&P 500 so far in 2019. Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) tops the list with a gain of more than 100%. While no other S&P 500 stocks have yet to double this year, another semi name, Lam Research (LRCX) has come close with a gain of 99%. Xerox (XRX), MarketAxess (MKTX), and Target (TGT) have also all risen more than 90%.
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Apple (AAPL) is the 19th best performing stock in the list above. But because of its trillion+ dollar market cap, Apple's (AAPL) 69% gain has a much bigger impact on the overall stock market than all of the other stocks that have seen a bigger price move this year. In fact, of the S&P 500's 25% price gain this year, Apple has accounted for 2.24 of those percentage points (or roughly 9%).
Instead of looking at simple year-to-date price change, below is a list of the stocks that investors should be most thankful for this year because of their contribution to the S&P's gains. Right behind Apple (AAPL) in first is the other trillion+ dollar company -- Microsoft (MSFT) -- which has accounted for 1.7 percentage points of the S&P's 25% gain. After AAPL and MSFT are Facebook (FB), Alphabet (GOOGL), and Amazon (AMZN). Together these five mega-caps account for 25% of the S&P's move higher this year. While this group of companies has been vilified in 2019 for a number of things, they're certainly still delivering for the stock market in a big way.
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S&P 500 Industry Group Breadth Running Strong

The S&P 500 may be hitting record highs at a pace of more than once every other day, but would you believe that there are still Industry Groups trading below their 50-day moving averages? The chart below shows the rolling percentage of Industry Groups trading above their 50-DMAs over the last several years, and the current reading stands at 91.7%. Over the last five years there have been numerous periods where a higher percentage (and even 100%) of Industry Groups traded above their 50-DMAs, and the most recent was back in July.
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So which are the two outlier groups that are still below their 50-DMAs? Well, when everyone seems to be taking an offensive posture in the market, it's only natural that defensive sectors would be lagging, and two of the most defensive-oriented sectors in this yield-hungry world we live in are Utilities and Real Estate. Even these two groups, though, are only about 1% below their 50-DMAs, so all it will take is one or two good days for these groups to get them back over the hump. On the upside, Health Care Equipment & Services is the furthest above its 50-DMA at 7.72%.
The S&P 500 as a whole is currently just over 4% above its 50-DMA. What's interesting to note here, though, is that just 9 of the 24 Industry Groups are further above their 50-DMAs while 15 are not above their 50-DMAs by as much as the S&P 500. In terms of YTD returns, the S&P 500 is currently sitting on a gain of more than 25% YTD. Leading the way higher this year, Tech Hardware (Apple) has rallied just under 48%, while Semis are up just over 40%. Behind these two leaders, four other Industry Groups are up over 30% YTD. While there is no downside on a YTD basis, Energy has been the biggest laggard and is just barely hanging on to a YTD gain. If Energy can't hang onto a YTD gain in a year where the S&P 500 gains more than 25%, Energy investors may need to wear paper bags over their heads.
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Technology Sector P/E Highest in Ten Years

As equities run to all-time highs, valuations are at a fairly interesting point. As shown in the chart below using data from our Daily Sector Snapshot included with our Morning Lineup and The Closer, most sectors' valuations are at the upper end of the past ten years' range. Four sectors, Consumer Discretionary, Communication Services, Utilities, and Technology all have trailing P/E ratios in the 90th percentile or higher of the past ten years' readings.
Since the S&P 500 established its first all-time high since July on October 28th, Health Care and Financials have been two of the strongest performers rising 6.68% and 4.35%, respectively. Despite these runs, both of these sectors still have reasonable valuations relative to the past decade. For Financials, the current trailing price-to-earnings ratio is in the 42nd percentile of all days of the past ten years. No other sector has such a low reading although Materials and Energy are on the lower end relative to other sectors. On the other hand, Utilities and Technology have some of the highest valuations of the past ten years with the current P/E in the 97th and 99th percentiles, respectively.
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As shown in the chart below, most of the last 9-12 months has seen valuations for Utilities consistently in the uppermost range of the past ten years as investors chased yield in a low interest rate environment. But as risk-free rates have risen more recently, valuations for Utilities have pulled back a bit as price has slid. While there have been other periods in the past ten years where Utilities' P/E ratio was similarly elevated, arguably only 2016/2017 saw it remain at the upper end of the ten-year range as consistently as has been the case this year.
For Technology it is a whole different story. The P/E for the sector got crushed this time last year and after plummeting to the 31st percentile, it is has rebounded to the highest levels of the past ten years. The only other time that the sector traded at a similar premium relative to the past decade's range was back in early 2018.
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Thanksgiving through Santa Claus Rally Trade

Everyone is talking about yearend seasonal strength this year, but it’s not news to us. 2019 has been tracking historical seasonal market patterns quite closely this year and that suggests it is likely to continue to track it.
Our good friend Larry McMillan (@optstrategist) trades seasonal yearend strength with the Russell 2000 from the close the day before Thanksgiving through the end of our Santa Claus Rally (the last five trading days of the year and the first two trading days of the New Year).
So here we have run the numbers from 1979 when the Russell index data begins comparing R2K to the DJIA, S&P 500 and NASDAQ. The small-cap index Russell 2000 is the best performer up an average 3.1% (median 3.2%) with an 80% win ratio up 32 of the last 40 years. Last year was the worst and it’s been down 3 of the last 5 years.
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Giving Thanks for the U.S. Consumer

This Thanksgiving, we’re thankful for solid consumer confidence, even though it has wavered in recent months.
Consumer confidence fell for a fourth straight month in November, according to preliminary Conference Board data. Even though the Conference Board’s Consumer Confidence Index has dropped from its economic cycle peak, consumer sentiment is still historically elevated, as shown in the LPL Chart of the Day.
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We’ve been pleasantly surprised by the U.S. consumer’s resilience over the past year as other parts of the domestic economy have weakened amid global headwinds. Strong consumer spending has helped the economy grow at a 2% average rate over the past two quarters, despite drags on growth from business spending, inventories, and trade.
“Consumer sentiment has been largely immune from global headwinds,” said LPL Financial Senior Market Strategist Ryan Detrick. “We expect consumer spending to power economic growth through next year, so we’d like to see consumer confidence pick up more with signs of trade progress.”
Consumers have several reasons to be optimistic. Employment is the primary driver of consumer health, and the U.S. labor market has been resilient. Wages are growing at a healthy rate, and consumers are reaping the benefits of tax cuts and record-high stock prices. As long as the job market stays solid and inflation remains in check, we feel good about consumers’ prospects.
Still, there are growing signs of concern. While survey respondents have remained optimistic about present conditions, their outlook on future conditions has soured, according to the Conference Board. If consumers are feeling less confident about the future, they may be less inclined to spend and invest. That loss of confidence in the outlook could lead to economic weakness over time if consumers step back.
Overall, we would need to see more significant deterioration in consumer confidence before we would start to worry about the economic outlook.

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Here are the most notable companies (tickers) reporting earnings in this upcoming trading week ahead-
  • $CRM
  • $DG
  • $ULTA
  • $COUP
  • $MRVL
  • $WDAY
  • $ZS
  • $RH
  • $OKTA
  • $TIF
  • $CRWD
  • $KR
  • $CLDR
  • $DSX
  • $WORK
  • $BMO
  • $ZM
  • $CPB
  • $FIVE
  • $QTT
  • $DOCU
  • $MIK
  • $TD
  • $YJ
  • $LE
  • $AVAV
  • $RY
  • $SNPS
  • $HQY
  • $DCI
  • $BIG
  • $GSM
  • $SIG
  • $SMAR
  • $GIII
  • $HOME
  • $HRB
  • $DLTH
  • $TLYS
  • $ZUO
  • $GEF
  • $JW.A
  • $GMS
  • $EXPR
  • $ZUMZ
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Below are some of the notable companies coming out with earnings releases this upcoming trading week ahead which includes the date/time of release & consensus estimates courtesy of Earnings Whispers:

Monday 12.2.19 Before Market Open:

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Monday 12.2.19 After Market Close:

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Tuesday 12.3.19 Before Market Open:

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Tuesday 12.3.19 After Market Close:

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Wednesday 12.4.19 Before Market Open:

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Wednesday 12.4.19 After Market Close:

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Thursday 12.5.19 Before Market Open:

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Thursday 12.5.19 After Market Close:

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Friday 12.6.19 Before Market Open:

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Friday 12.6.19 After Market Close:

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Salesforce $162.89

Salesforce (CRM) is confirmed to report earnings at approximately 4:05 PM ET on Tuesday, December 3, 2019. The consensus earnings estimate is $0.66 per share on revenue of $4.44 billion and the Earnings Whisper ® number is $0.69 per share. Investor sentiment going into the company's earnings release has 77% expecting an earnings beat The company's guidance was for earnings of $0.65 to $0.66 per share. Consensus estimates are for year-over-year earnings growth of 8.20% with revenue increasing by 30.90%. Short interest has decreased by 48.0% since the company's last earnings release while the stock has drifted higher by 3.3% from its open following the earnings release to be 5.4% above its 200 day moving average of $154.54. Overall earnings estimates have been revised lower since the company's last earnings release. On Monday, November 25, 2019 there was some notable buying of 1,252 contracts of the $162.50 call expiring on Friday, December 6, 2019. Option traders are pricing in a 4.5% move on earnings and the stock has averaged a 3.7% move in recent quarters.

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Dollar General Corporation $157.36

Dollar General Corporation (DG) is confirmed to report earnings at approximately 6:30 AM ET on Thursday, December 5, 2019. The consensus earnings estimate is $1.38 per share on revenue of $6.91 billion and the Earnings Whisper ® number is $1.39 per share. Investor sentiment going into the company's earnings release has 77% expecting an earnings beat. Consensus estimates are for year-over-year earnings growth of 9.52% with revenue increasing by 7.67%. Short interest has decreased by 1.8% since the company's last earnings release while the stock has drifted higher by 3.8% from its open following the earnings release to be 14.0% above its 200 day moving average of $138.01. Overall earnings estimates have been revised higher since the company's last earnings release. On Wednesday, November 27, 2019 there was some notable buying of 574 contracts of the $100.00 put expiring on Friday, December 20, 2019. Option traders are pricing in a 6.3% move on earnings and the stock has averaged a 7.1% move in recent quarters.

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ULTA Beauty $233.86

ULTA Beauty (ULTA) is confirmed to report earnings at approximately 4:00 PM ET on Thursday, December 5, 2019. The consensus earnings estimate is $2.14 per share on revenue of $1.69 billion and the Earnings Whisper ® number is $2.17 per share. Investor sentiment going into the company's earnings release has 61% expecting an earnings beat. Consensus estimates are for earnings to decline year-over-year by 1.83% with revenue increasing by 8.33%. Short interest has increased by 1.8% since the company's last earnings release while the stock has drifted lower by 7.5% from its open following the earnings release to be 23.5% below its 200 day moving average of $305.86. Overall earnings estimates have been revised lower since the company's last earnings release. On Friday, November 22, 2019 there was some notable buying of 1,992 contracts of the $200.00 put expiring on Friday, January 17, 2020. Option traders are pricing in a 8.7% move on earnings and the stock has averaged a 9.9% move in recent quarters.

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Coupa Software $153.49

Coupa Software (COUP) is confirmed to report earnings at approximately 4:05 PM ET on Monday, December 2, 2019. The consensus earnings estimate is $0.06 per share on revenue of $96.50 million and the Earnings Whisper ® number is $0.10 per share. Investor sentiment going into the company's earnings release has 70% expecting an earnings beat The company's guidance was for earnings of $0.05 to $0.08 per share on revenue of $96.00 million to $96.00 million. Consensus estimates are for earnings to decline year-over-year by 53.85% with revenue increasing by 43.06%. Short interest has increased by 74.3% since the company's last earnings release while the stock has drifted higher by 2.7% from its open following the earnings release to be 26.1% above its 200 day moving average of $121.76. Overall earnings estimates have been revised lower since the company's last earnings release. On Friday, November 29, 2019 there was some notable buying of 679 contracts of the $172.50 call expiring on Friday, December 6, 2019. Option traders are pricing in a 9.8% move on earnings and the stock has averaged a 8.1% move in recent quarters.

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Marvell Technology Group Ltd. $26.37

Marvell Technology Group Ltd. (MRVL) is confirmed to report earnings at approximately 4:05 PM ET on Tuesday, December 3, 2019. The consensus earnings estimate is $0.17 per share on revenue of $660.23 million and the Earnings Whisper ® number is $0.19 per share. Investor sentiment going into the company's earnings release has 65% expecting an earnings beat The company's guidance was for earnings of $0.15 to $0.19 per share on revenue of $640.00 million to $680.00 million. Consensus estimates are for earnings to decline year-over-year by 55.26% with revenue decreasing by 22.42%. Short interest has increased by 25.8% since the company's last earnings release while the stock has drifted higher by 9.4% from its open following the earnings release to be 9.5% above its 200 day moving average of $24.08. Overall earnings estimates have been revised lower since the company's last earnings release. On Friday, November 15, 2019 there was some notable buying of 1,289 contracts of the $29.00 call expiring on Friday, May 15, 2020. Option traders are pricing in a 6.6% move on earnings and the stock has averaged a 1.8% move in recent quarters.

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Workday, Inc. $179.12

Workday, Inc. (WDAY) is confirmed to report earnings at approximately 4:00 PM ET on Tuesday, December 3, 2019. The consensus earnings estimate is $0.37 per share on revenue of $918.63 million and the Earnings Whisper ® number is $0.40 per share. Investor sentiment going into the company's earnings release has 64% expecting an earnings beat The company's guidance was for revenue of $918.00 million to $920.00 million. Consensus estimates are for year-over-year earnings growth of 640.00% with revenue increasing by 23.61%. Short interest has increased by 5.2% since the company's last earnings release while the stock has drifted lower by 2.7% from its open following the earnings release to be 5.1% below its 200 day moving average of $188.76. Overall earnings estimates have been revised lower since the company's last earnings release. On Monday, November 18, 2019 there was some notable buying of 1,895 contracts of the $160.00 put expiring on Friday, December 20, 2019. Option traders are pricing in a 6.4% move on earnings and the stock has averaged a 26.0% move in recent quarters.

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Zscaler, Inc. $52.13

Zscaler, Inc. (ZS) is confirmed to report earnings at approximately 4:05 PM ET on Tuesday, December 3, 2019. The consensus earnings estimate is $0.01 per share on revenue of $89.34 million and the Earnings Whisper ® number is $0.03 per share. Investor sentiment going into the company's earnings release has 75% expecting an earnings beat The company's guidance was for results to range from breakeven to earnings of $0.01 per share on revenue of $89.00 million to $90.00 million. Consensus estimates are for year-over-year earnings growth of 200.00% with revenue increasing by 41.14%. Short interest has increased by 110.8% since the company's last earnings release while the stock has drifted higher by 7.8% from its open following the earnings release to be 18.7% below its 200 day moving average of $64.13. Overall earnings estimates have been revised higher since the company's last earnings release. On Tuesday, November 12, 2019 there was some notable buying of 2,720 contracts of the $47.00 call expiring on Friday, January 17, 2020. Option traders are pricing in a 14.2% move on earnings and the stock has averaged a 15.2% move in recent quarters.

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RH $205.59

RH (RH) is confirmed to report earnings at approximately 4:15 PM ET on Wednesday, December 4, 2019. The consensus earnings estimate is $2.21 per share on revenue of $675.57 million and the Earnings Whisper ® number is $2.35 per share. Investor sentiment going into the company's earnings release has 69% expecting an earnings beat. Consensus estimates are for year-over-year earnings growth of 27.75% with revenue increasing by 6.13%. Short interest has increased by 14.1% since the company's last earnings release while the stock has drifted higher by 32.3% from its open following the earnings release to be 49.3% above its 200 day moving average of $137.69. Overall earnings estimates have been revised higher since the company's last earnings release. Option traders are pricing in a 13.0% move on earnings and the stock has averaged a 16.2% move in recent quarters.

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Okta, Inc. $129.78

Okta, Inc. (OKTA) is confirmed to report earnings at approximately 4:05 PM ET on Thursday, December 5, 2019. The consensus estimate is for a loss of $0.12 per share on revenue of $143.45 million and the Earnings Whisper ® number is ($0.10) per share. Investor sentiment going into the company's earnings release has 69% expecting an earnings beat The company's guidance was for a loss of $0.13 to $0.12 per share on revenue of $143.00 million to $144.00 million. Consensus estimates are for earnings to decline year-over-year by 220.00% with revenue increasing by 35.87%. Short interest has increased by 25.4% since the company's last earnings release while the stock has drifted lower by 0.7% from its open following the earnings release to be 17.2% above its 200 day moving average of $110.74. Overall earnings estimates have been revised lower since the company's last earnings release. On Wednesday, November 27, 2019 there was some notable buying of 549 contracts of the $170.00 call expiring on Friday, May 15, 2020. Option traders are pricing in a 8.7% move on earnings and the stock has averaged a 8.3% move in recent quarters.

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Tiffany & Co. $133.80

Tiffany & Co. (TIF) is confirmed to report earnings at approximately 6:40 AM ET on Thursday, December 5, 2019. The consensus earnings estimate is $0.85 per share on revenue of $1.04 billion. Investor sentiment going into the company's earnings release has 65% expecting an earnings beat. Consensus estimates are for year-over-year earnings growth of 10.39% with revenue increasing by 2.73%. Short interest has decreased by 38.0% since the company's last earnings release while the stock has drifted higher by 69.6% from its open following the earnings release to be 36.1% above its 200 day moving average of $98.28. Overall earnings estimates have been revised lower since the company's last earnings release. On Thursday, November 14, 2019 there was some notable buying of 3,427 contracts of the $100.00 put expiring on Friday, February 21, 2020. Option traders are pricing in a 0.5% move on earnings and the stock has averaged a 7.5% move in recent quarters.

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DISCUSS!

What are you all watching for in this upcoming trading week?
I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and a great trading week ahead StockMarket.
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2019.11.04 13:15 exploretoapp Things To Do: November 4th to 10th

Here's our usual list of events to kick off your week! We also post things to do ideas on our app (iOS, Android, Website) and Instagram

Monday November 4th
Canada International Dance Convention - ZKB 3rd Edition @ Delta Hotels by Marriott Toronto East 11 AM
Tiffany Young - Magnetic Moon North American Tour @ The Danforth Music Hall 7 PM
4th Ave @ Velvet Underground 7 PM
The Office Trivia 7.1 @ Hemingway's 6 PM
Gulfer / Spirit Was (LVL UP) / Sean Henry / Group Therapy @ The Baby G 7 PM

Tuesday November 5th
Double Derby Night @ Coca-Cola Coliseum 7 PM
Conan Gray: The Comfort Crowd Tour @ REBEL 7 PM
Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Los Angeles Kings @ Scotiabank Arena 7 PM
bea miller - sunsets in outerspace tour @ The Danforth Music Hall 7 PM
Chilean Wine & Food Festival @ Royal Ontario Museum - Peter F. Bronfman Hall 7 PM
Dayramir Gonzalez + OKAN CD Release @ Lula Lounge 6 PM
Bonfire Night British film & food fest @ The Grand Gerrard Theatre 6 PM
Mumiy Troll @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre 7 PM
Amber Run @ Horseshoe Tavern 7 PM

Wednesday November 6th
Mythology Mixology: Rubens and the Art of Storytelling @ AGO - Art Gallery of Ontario 7 PM
mxmtoon: the masquerade tour @ Velvet Underground 7 PM
Toronto Raptors vs. Sacramento Kings @ Scotiabank Arena 7 PM
Xiang Yue Shi Nian @ Sony Centre for the Performing Arts 7 PM
Judge John Hodgman Live @ The Danforth Music Hall 7 PM
Giselle @ The National Ballet of Canada 7 PM
Toronto BlaBla Language Exchange @ The Raq 8 PM
Hot Docs Podcast Festival 2019 @ Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema 6 PM
International Strength and Speed Challenge @ Coca-Cola Coliseum 7 PM
Jade Bird @ Mod Club Theatre 7 PM

Thursday November 7th
Giselle @ The National Ballet of Canada 7 PM
Greek Arabia @ Aga Khan Museum 7 PM
Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Vegas Golden Knights @ Scotiabank Arena 7 PM
Alestorm, Aephanemer & Lutharo @ The Opera House 7 PM
Solomun ▴ CODA @ CODA 10 PM
Toronto premiere of Winterland @ TIFF Bell Lightbox 6 PM
Mimico LP Release w/ Vallens, Bart at The Monarch @ Monarch Tavern 8 PM
Metric - Live at the Funhouse - An Acoustic Recording Event @ City of Toronto 7 PM
City Moguls: The Runway Show 2019 @ City of Toronto 7 PM
TQFF 2019: Stonewall 50 (Toronto Queer Film Festival) #tqff19 @ OCAD University 7 PM
Gallery and Exhibition Opening: NEW CIRCADIA (adventures in mental spelunking) @ City of Toronto 7 PM
Blue Hawaii • Stacey Sexton • Maggie @ Bambi's 9 PM
Small Cures Art Show + Auction @ City of Toronto 6 PM
Neo Soul Paint Night @ City of Toronto 8 PM
The Football Ramble Live @ The Danforth Music Hall 7 PM
Toy Sample & Clearance Sale @ City of Toronto 10 AM

Friday November 8th
Giselle @ The National Ballet of Canada 7 PM
Toy Sample & Clearance Sale @ City of Toronto 10 AM
Marc Anthony Opus Tour 2019 @ Scotiabank Arena 8 PM
Roger Sanchez @ Nest Toronto 10 PM
Samson and Delilah Screening @ AGO - Art Gallery of Ontario 8 PM
Chromeo [DJ Set] ▴ CODA @ CODA 10 PM
Owen Pallett at Longboat Hall at The Great Hall - Two Nights! @ The Great Hall Toronto 8 PM
The Irishman @ TIFF 11 AM
MAGFest presents: Game Over Toronto! @ Junction City Music Hall 8 PM
Redemption Past vs Present @ REBEL 10 PM
鬼 Oni Girls Night Market 鬼 @ See-Scape 7 PM
Toronto Halloween Hangover Party @ Fiction Night Club 10 PM
BODY FARM @ Tangled Art + Disability 6 PM
Salsa All Stars @ Dovercourt House 8 PM
Black Midi, Fat Tony @ Lee's Palace & The Dance Cave 9 PM
Studio 10 x Soul Space Presents: Remix for Remix @ Smiling Buddha 8 PM
Whole Life Expo 2019 @ Metro Toronto Convention Centre 4 PM

Saturday November 9th
Giselle @ The National Ballet of Canada 7 PM
Toy Sample & Clearance Sale @ City of Toronto 10 AM
Day of the Dead/Día de los Muertos @ Harbourfront Centre 11 AM
Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Philadelphia Flyers @ Scotiabank Arena 7 PM
Drumcode Showcase ▴ Toronto @ City of Toronto 9 PM
Undie Run 2019 - Toronto @ The Citizen 12 PM
Forgotten Rebels at Lee's Palace @ Lee's Palace & The Dance Cave 8 PM
Trance Sessions 3 Year Series- John Askew (All Night Long) @ ONE LOFT 10 PM
Pokey LaFarge at the Drake Hotel - Two Nights! @ The Drake Hotel 8 PM
Pale Lips w/ Prancer, Terrastray @ Monarch Tavern 8 PM
Gaga Workshop @ Canada's National Ballet School 4 PM
What A Girl Wants: Britney & Christina Dance Party @ Mod Club Theatre 10 PM
2SQTBIPoC Arts & Zine Fair! @ Toronto Media Arts Centre 12 PM
Yellow Claw at Forbidden City @ City of Toronto 10 PM
Hannah Wants - North American Tour @ CODA 10 PM
BIJOU - Crown Fall Tour at NOIR @ NOIR inside REBEL 10 PM

Sunday November 10th
Giselle @ The National Ballet of Canada 7 PM
Toy Sample & Clearance Sale @ City of Toronto 10 AM
Day of the Dead/Día de los Muertos @ Harbourfront Centre 11 AM
Gaga Workshop @ Canada's National Ballet School 4 PM
The Cinematic Orchestra @ The Danforth Music Hall 7 PM
Gioli & Assia, Jody Wisternoff, Kollektiv Turmstrasse, Tinlicker @ Evergreen Brick Works 3 PM
PuppyYoga @ One King West Hotel & Residence 12 PM
Trinity Bellwoods Apple Pie Contest @ The Opera House 2 PM
Idan Raichel Piano-Songs - Roy Thomson Hall @ Roy Thomson Hall 8 PM
Afro-Caribbean Vegan Holiday Market @ The 519 12 PM
Sunday Scene: Michèle Pearson Clarke @ The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery 2 PM
The Eco Lifestyle Market - Holiday Market @ The Great Hall Toronto 10 AM
Ontario Toyota Dealers Rodeo @ Coca-Cola Coliseum 1 PM
Juke Ross @ Velvet Underground 7 PM
MEC Toronto X POW Season Opener @ City of Toronto 7 PM

Ongoing Events
Toronto Stompbox Exhibit @ City of Toronto On until November 10th
3rd Monday Nights Free @ Royal Ontario Museum On until March 16th
Dufferin Grove Farmer's Market - Thursdays @ Dufferin Grove Farmers' Market On until December 20th
The Rocky Horror Show (Live) @ Lower Ossington Theatre On until November 17th
Chrysanthemum Show at Allan Gardens Conservatory @ Allan Gardens Park and Conservatory On until November 11th

Our picks and ideas
Best Thrift Shops Toronto's best prices for vintage clothing
Toronto Spas The best place to relax and escape the hustle
Date Night Hassle-free date ideas
Fun Things to Try Because life is too short
Toronto's Weed Stores High-quality bud from licensed retailers
Freebies & Discounts Living in the city is expensive, we can all use a break sometimes
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2019.07.22 22:17 StCrispian A haunted hotel adventure with a twist; feedback welcome!

Colita’s

Colita’s is a beautiful hotel, located on a dark desert road equidistant between several major cities or trading posts. It is built inside a clustered oasis; it is not known if the oasis occurred naturally or was created magically to accommodate the hotel.
The hotel consists of a ground level with a courtyard, dining hall, kitchen, staff quarters, and 10 of the hotel’s guest quarters. The second level has an open center extending the courtyard upward, the remaining 8 guest quarters, and a ballroom/art gallery. Stairs from the back of the ballroom lead into an third floor attic, which then has one additional staircase leading to the final floor. The fourth floor holds only an old mission bell, which is rung on a regular basis to tell travelers they are near.
The décor of the hotel is lavish, though dated. The entrance lobby has a 15’x10’ fountain across from the reception desk. The courtyard is filled with lush vegetation and beautiful statues. Each of the 18 guest rooms has their own theme, giving them a unique feel that allows patrons to choose their preference. Most rooms are 10’x10’, though there are more luxurious suites measuring 10’x15’ and 15’x15’. The ceilings have mirrors to reflect the beautiful decorations, and all feature magically chilled, pink sparkling beverages.

*The cast: *

The staff consists of the following 9 individuals, with a supplement of well-dressed goblins for room service and general upkeep.
Momma Colita (Human)– The owner. She is proud of her establishment, and genuinely pleased at any visitors that arrive. As she is searching for a solution to her ghost problem, she is very curious about any special powers the characters may possess.
Tiffany (Human) – Reception. Beautiful and welcoming, she warmly greets any new arrivals. She will usually be found greeting any nighttime arrivals with a candle outside the doors, but beyond that prefers to stay at her desk in case travelers arrive.
Mercedes (Human) – Waitress. Flirty and kind, she is always attentive to the needs of the guests. She will lend an ear to listen to traveler’s stories, especially when the story engenders sympathy.
*The Captain (Dwarf) – Head of staff. * He is a retired town Guard Captain from a major city. He runs a tight ship, but knows he is no longer the Captain of the Guard. He is initially stern but loosens up in time.
Knives (Human) – Cook. Great at what he does, but gruff and standoffish. Mostly remains in the kitchen, or in his quarters reading through his massive collection of cookbooks. Often requests strange ingredients from the Bens.
*The Bens (Halfling) – Runners. * 2 Halflings each named Ben. Will often prank guests and staff by stating that they were only pretending to be Ben; they’re actually Ben.
Shimmer (Half-elf) – Singeperformer. She has been performing at the hotel for years; she loves seeing the new faces that come through. Her performances are enhanced by subtle bardic magic and with well-placed presdigitation effects.
Adler (Elf) – The Night Manager. He is generally relaxed and carefree. Most authority resides with the Day Manager; Adler is here to keep the lights on.
*Flit (Goblin) – Head Goblin. * He is head goblin because his head is the biggest, and the other goblins rightly recognize the authority this affords him.
The guests should be a mix of unique individuals, with quirks and little suspicious details to make the party question who is behind the problems. www.whothefuckismydndcharacter.com is a great resource for generating these. Ideally there will be 4-6 guests, at least 2 of whom the party likes, and 2 of which they are suspicious.

*The Hook: *

The area outside the building is growing increasingly dangerous; travelers who draw near to the hotel are waylaid by giant vermin. It is fortunate that the attacks do not begin until close to the hotel, allowing travelers the opportunity to seek shelter. They are most active at night, which is why Tiffany leaves her post to light the way.
The hotel has faced troubles of late; the building is plagued by ghosts who bang about the place, menace the guests, and generally cause trouble. The staff have put out a request for help but so far none of the responders have been successful. The reward is growing as more and more adventurers fail; it now amounts to 10,000+ gold and a powerful or rare item that the party needs.

*The reveal: *

In reality, there are no ghosts. The haunting is caused by a modified version of Mordenkainen’s Magnificent Mansion, and the “ghosts” are Unseen Servants directed to cause chaos. Momma Colita has a scale model of the hotel hidden in her quarters, along with a small glass dome. Fitting this dome over the hotel causes the Mansion effect to manifest, removing it ends the spell. Ideally, this would happen during the second full night at the hotel. The party arrives at dusk the first night, seems some minor strange occurrences, and are told the next day that most of the problems happen at night. During the second night the hotel will be transported, and dawn will not come until they have resolved the plot. While the Mansion is in effect, leaving the hotel is impossible without the aid of planar travel.
Colita, Tiffany, and Mercedes are a coven of hags. Colita is an elder Night Hag, Tiffany is an Annis Hag, and Mercedes is a younger Night Hag. They are luring would-be-heroes to their hotel to trap them, torment them, and gain power through the suffering. The rest of the staff is not aware of their secret. They have been either deceived by the Hags or enchanted to be blind to the truth.
Momma Colita has taken 3 levels of Wizard (Illusionist) to supplement her abilities. The power gained from torturing the guests and collecting their souls has doubled her Wizard spell slots. Add 20 HP to the Night Hag stats, a +2 proficiency bonus to save DCs/attacks/intelligence+wisdom saves/Insight+Arcana, and a spellbook with the following spells:
*Cantrips: * Minor Illusion, Message, Chill Touch, and Toll the Dead.
*1st level: * Alarm, Silent Image, Tasha’s Hideous Laughter, Expeditious Retreat.
*2nd Level: * Phantasmal Force, Nystul’s Magic Aura
On a typical day, she casts Nystul’s Magic Aura on all three Hags to hide their magical disguises. She also adds to the “haunting” through use of illusions, Chill Touch, Message, Toll the Dead, or Phantasmal Force.
While the “ghosts” are harmless, there is a den of Meenlocks that have taken root behind the lobby office/bathrooms. They will harass guests in secret, or if feeling bold enough will kidnap them and turn them into another member of the den.
The walls and ceiling are hollow, and wide enough to allow the Hags and Meenlocks to travel in secret. Each room has a small covered hole through which a Hag Eye can be passed to spy on guests and identify promising targets. Guests will hear scratching in the walls as they pass, which the staff explains away as ghosts or rats drawn by the troubles.
The flyers asking for aid are enchanted. They promise a large sum of gold to everyone, but the second reward item is tailored to the desires of the reader. If there is something they deeply desire and are reluctant to speak of, the flyer may offer that as a reward for successful completion. However, the reward should read the same for all party members.

The Abyss

This constant stream of tortured souls gives Colita heightened power (doubled spell slots), and has opened a pocket overlay to the Abyss below the hotel. The most powerful denizen of this pocket overlay is a Nalfashnee called Zegorax. Most of the Demons below the hotel have formed from the spectral remains of those adventurers and guests who have succumbed to the Hags. Others like Zegorax have manifested directly from the Abyss after being drawn by the suffering. The lower level consists of numerous winding caverns, populated by Stirges, Varguilles, Flameskulls, a Chasme, Shadow Demons, Vrocks, and Zegorax himself.
As a dimensional overlay, everything in the Abyss layer is locked from transporting to the surface. There are several ways to access the Abyss. The hags possess the means to travel back and forth via Plane Shift, and the bell on the fourth floor can send the hag and one victim to the entrance of the layer. A ritual sacrifice will open the Abyss to the rest of the hotel. Once this has happened, the demons are still trapped inside the building by the Mordenkainen’s Magnificent Mansion effect. Breaking this after the demons have breached the hotel will release them to the surrounding area. Momma Colita has been waiting for a worthy candidate to be sacrificed. Observation of the party shows them to be adequate. If the party puts up too much of a fight to be sacrificed, the hags will instruct their dominated staff to take their own lives to open the barrier.
The Abyssal overlay below the hotel is a twisted mirror of the floors above.
The lobby area has a pool of lava in place of a fountain, black crystals taking the place of the desk or foliage in the courtyard, and a swarm of Varguilles where the Meenlock den was in the hotel.
The dining room’s mirror is a torture chamber where victims are vivisected and devoured.
The courtyard is home to a Chasme demon and a huge flock of Stirges.
The guest and servant rooms are cave areas home to Vrocks and Shadow Demons.
** Momma Colita’s room** has a parallel here, filled with rubbish, detritus, bones, and odd magic items. Demons do not visit this room, though it has curses, traps, and a pair of Flameskulls.
The ballroom is inhabited by the Naflashnee master and his Vrock slaves.
The attic has a group of shadow demons attempting to bypass the bell’s protections.
The bell exists in both worlds, protected here by a magic circle warding out fiends.
So far, the slain patrons have all been eaten by the hags, transformed by meenlocks, or tossed to the demons. Some unfortunate souls have turned into varguilles or demons. If the party spends enough time in Colita’s, they may come to recognize some of these creatures as former guests. The meenlock’s are likely to be the first threat discovered, as they lack the hag’s subtlety. When the party defeats them, Momma Colita will announce a great feast to thank them and to give them their reward. It is at this feast that she will attempt to slay them and release the demons.

*Encounters: *

*Outside the hotel, night: * The party is menaced by huge scorpions, swarms of vermin, vultures, crows, and giant rats.
*Hag nightmares: * Each night two party members will be tormented by nightmares, lose 5 max HP, and gain 1 level of exhaustion unless someone intervenes. Roleplay these dreams as bizarre occurrences, and don’t make it clear they are dreaming. Describe strange events, change up the room they are in, mention party members that don’t exist, etc.
*Outside the hotel, day: * A caravan passes, speeding up rather than stopping at the hotel. They have a dog with them that appears friendly but viciously attacks the party if they approach.
*Unseen Servants: * While they cannot directly attack the party, they can still cause harm or make it look they are attacking. Lift a dagger and throw it at a wall, set curtains and beds on fire, lift up the party’s weapons, knock over bookcases where the party was just standing. Supplement with illusions, Toll the Dead, or Chill Touch from the hags when needed.
*Meenlock den: * One of the restrooms is out of order. The hole below it has grown over with black moss and connects to a den of meenlocks. They will have recently transformed a guest that the party likes, with some recognizable feature such as eye color or shreds of clothing.
*The Feast: * The hags invite the party, staff, and guests to dine in Colita’s chambers where the reward shall be given. The food and drink is poisoned, and whether or not the party succumbs the Hags attack after it is ingested. When the party puts up any measurable resistance, the rest of the staff reacts to the Hag’s domination by going stiff, grabbing knives and standing up, then slitting their own throats. This breaks the dimensional barrier and releases the demons.
*The bell: * If the party does not make it to the feast, they may end up in hell by investigating the bell on the 4th floor. Make frequent references to it, including use of Toll the Dead and Alarm to make bell sounds and clue in the players. Additionally, the bell is the only way for the hags to bring their victims to the pocket hell. When someone disappears due to the hags, the bell should be heard. There is also a secret compartment in the floor of this room holding some of the hag’s more mundane but valuable treasures.
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2019.07.17 08:38 pijinglish Part 3: A Timeline of Epstein, Trump, Sex Trafficking, and the Intelligence Community

NY Daily News - February 28, 1993: The first newspaper article to note Ghislaine’s acquaintance with Jeffrey Epstein, at the opening of MercBar.
I'm going to borrow heavily from Cadet-Bone-Spurs' post made earlier today:
“Jane Doe” alleges Donald Trump sexually assaulted her on four separate occasions, culminating in a rape when she was just 13 at Jeffrey Epstein’s mansion.Her evidence? Three sworn declarations – from her, a friend she confided in at the time, AND one of Epstein’s recruiters.This case was filed in New York federal court in 2016. You can read her pleading here The case was NOT dismissed. Jane withdrew her complaint on November 4, 2016, saying she was “afraid to show her face” due to “numerous threats” against her.Jane came to New York in June 1994 “in the hope of starting a modeling career.” She soon met "Tiffany," who offered to bring her to parties where she could meet folks in the business - hosted by Epstein.This is eerily similar to tales of recruiters in MiamiHerald's reporting.Jane claims Trump had “sexual contact" with her at four parties she attended that summer. She understood both Trump and Epstein "knew that [she] was 13 years old.”The fourth time, she says "Trump tied me to a bed, exposed himself to me, and then proceeded to forcibly rape me."Jane claims a 12-year-old named Maria was forced to be involved in the third encounter. She never saw Maria again after that.Following the rape, Jane says Trump threatened to hurt her and her family if she ever told anyone. He suggested he could make her “disappear like Maria.”Jane is not the only witness offered in this filing. A woman using the pseudonym “Joan Doe” attests that she is willing to testify that Jane told her about the sexual encounters with Trump and Epstein “in the 1994-95 school year.”Here is her sworn declarationJane also filed a sworn declaration from Tiffany, who says Epstein employed her starting in 1991 “to get attractive adolescent women to attend these parties.” Tiffany corroborates Jane’s story and claims to have “personally witnessed” the four encounters between Jane and Trump.Tiffany also claims she personally witnessed the “one occasion where Mr. Trump forced [Jane] and a 12-year-old female named Maria [to] perform oral sex” on him. She also claims to have witnessed Trump’s later threats against Jane.Tiffany says she worked for Epstein until 2000....Here is more on Epstein that matches details in the MiamiHerald reports: being forced to give him massages, Epstein forcing digital penetration, his irritation at her protests, etc.Listen to her voice. Listen to her story.Here she recounts her first encounter with Trump when she was 13. Her description matches his known idiosyncrasies and germophobia:He required her to touch him with a glove."He seemed to take a liking to me because I was so young...he kind of liked things to be his first."**"Donald Trump specifically asked about me because I remind him of his daughter, and she said, 'Well, she's 13 as well.'"**I know we avoid seriously discussing this because it is disturbing beyond comprehension. But we all know what Trump has said about Ivanka.This. Adds. Up.
(1995) The Untold Story of Trump Model Management (Part 1):
7 years had passed since John Casablancas had appeared on the cover of New York magazine, declaring his love for underage girls, and Donald and Ivana had made a decision-their daughter, Ivanka, would become a model. Despite a widespread belief that she was too young, too naive, and wasn’t quite aesthetically suited for the industry-Ivanka Trump was nonetheless able to get signed to a major agency, At the tender age of 13, she signed on with the new look department of Elite Model Management- under the tutelage of none other than John Casablancas:"It seems that Monica Pillard, the president of Elite, had been eyeing Ivanka since she spotted her on her father's lap four years ago, when Mr. Trump was a judge of a new-talent contest for the agency.Mr. Trump and Elite have a longstanding, informal relationship. Ms. Pillard served as a judge in the Miss Universe pageant, which is jointly owned by Mr. Trump and CBS, as is the Miss Teen USA pageant. John Casablancas, Elite's founder, is a friend of Mr. Trump's, and Elite has held events at Trump Tower in Manhattan."Yes, Donald Trump decided to entrust his daughter to this man. Yes, Casablancas still had his job. He would weather charges of tax evasion, and class action lawsuit-but eventually his past caught up with him. In 2002 he was sued by a former model who alleged that Casablancas had raped her when she was 15, and then forced her to get an abortion. The lawsuit was settled for an undisclosed amount, and in 2003 Elite model management officially declared bankruptcy.Despite the fact that Ivanka largely flopped as a model, Donald Trump would continue to brag about her physical beauty, physique, and ostensibly prolific modeling career.
Personally, I think this is one of the most damning pieces of evidence. Trump knew the allegations against Casablancas, but he let Ivanka work for him anyway.
[EDIT: For the sake of fairness, here's some additional info about the Jane Doe case sent to me by another Redditor. I've been meaning to make a Clinton post because I have my own theories about what's happening there, but it should be noted that the Jane Doe case is still very much up in the air:The Guardian
A publicist using the pseudonym “Al Taylor” is acting as a representative for Johnson, and has been shopping around to media outlets a video of a woman who wears a disguise while recounting the allegations against Trump. “Taylor” said in telephone calls last month that he was seeking $1m for the tape.[H]e then became threatening when asked more about his motivations in seeking the money for the video and about his true identity. “Just be warned: we’ll sue you if we don’t like what you write,” he said. “We’ll sue your ass, own your ass and own your newspaper’s ass as well, punk.”
Jezebel
But even given Trump’s moderately disgusting track record with women, the fact is that a cadre of men have been shopping this Katie Johnson story around for nearly a year, while repeatedly refusing requests to interview the supposed victim. The facts speak less to a scandal and more, perhaps, to an attempt at a smear—one that finally, after months of clumsy maneuvering, is gaining speed.
Massive anti-Trumper Harvey Weinstein fixer lawyer Lisa Bloom was hired for 24 hours for her media connections to organize a press conference. She later admits that she never met or spoke with the woman.
In the article that contains the now infamous Trump quote about Epstein dating younger woman there are 16 quotes from Clinton and even Democrat icon Bill Richardson even calls Epstein a close friend.
Epstein: International Money Man of Mystery
In that same NY Magazine profile on Epstein they talk in depth about his closet and most trusted relationship with one woman in particular, Ghislaine Maxwell, she is said to have one on one dinners with the Clintons at and is so close to the Clintons that she was even at Chelsea Clintons "close family" wedding.
Ghislaine Maxwell is named in the Epstein case as his "madam" and the person whose job was to procure underage girls for him. She paid a multimillion settlement in 2015 to a victim and in another new court filing in April she is accused of helping rape a pair of teen sisters, one of them only 15.]
(1996) The Secret History of Jeffrey Epstein's New York Townhouse
For reasons that have never been explained, Wexner appears to have made a gift of the house to Epstein, transferring title for the cost of $0 around 1996. The New York Times reports the property was formally transferred in 2011 from a trust controlled by Wexner and Epstein to a Virgin Islands-based entity controlled by Epstein; Wexner, meanwhile, told the Times through a spokeswoman that he "severed ties" with Epstein a decade ago.
After Robert Maxwell’s death, Trump apparently kept in touch with Ghislaine, and was spotted chatting with her at Ford Model’s 50th Anniversary Party, which the article insinuates Trump crashed:
NY Daily News - October 31, 1997:
Pictured together are Donald Trump and Ghislaine Maxwell, as she “tries to get Donald Trump to focus on the conversation as models saunter by.” “Trump was able to feast his eyes on the likes of Ione Skye, Amanda de Cadet, Christie Brinkley, Elaine Irwin Mellencamp, VH1 model-of-the-year Karen Elson, and Dutch treat Daniela Van Graas. But rest easy, model mothers: The developer walked out with only a Travel & Leisure goodie bag.”
(1998) Jeffrey Epstein boasted that he played matchmaker for Donald and Melania Trump, report says
Donald and Melania Trump often have told the story about how they met at a Manhattan nightclub during New York Fashion Week in 1998.Jeffrey Epstein has never figured into this origin story — but the financier and former Trump friend has tried to take credit for this historical encounter between the future president and first lady.The New York Times, reporting on Trump’s long and difficult friendship with the newly jailed accused sex trafficker, said that Epstein was very eager to play up his connections to Trump after the 2016 election. One way Epstein did this was by “claiming that he was the one who introduced Trump to his third wife,” the Times reported....In Donald and Melania Trump’s version of how they met, they give credit to another person for their introduction: modeling agent Paolo Zampolli. The agent threw the party at the Kit Cat Club, where the then-celebrity real estate mogul spotted a beautiful 28-year-old model from Slovenia named Melania Knauss. At the time, Trump was still married, though separated from his second wife, Marla Maples. He also was on a date with another woman....Melania called, they went on a date, Donald soon got his divorce from Maples, and the two eventually married in 2005.If Epstein made claims that he somehow brought Donald and Melania Trump together, he could argue that the timing made sense.From the 1980s through the early 2000s, Trump and Epstein were Palm Beach neighbors and Manhattan high-flyers who shared an an appreciation for wealth and for being seen together at fabulous parties, especially if beautiful women were present, according to the New York Times and other publications.“I’ve known Jeff for 15 years. Terrific guy,” Trump famously told New York magazine in 2002. [Note: If true, this means they'd been friends since at least 1987.] “He’s a lot of fun to be with. It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side.”
Trump would divorce Marla Maples in 1999:
(1999) The Untold Story of Trump Model Management (Part 1):
[Trump] would also go on to unceremoniously dump Marla Maples, his long suffering mistress having become his reluctant second bride, and shut her down with legal arrangements that both forbade her from saying a negative word about him in public for all time, and ensured she got next to nothing in spousal/child support. Maples agreed to this despite the fact that she had already raised their daughter Tiffany almost entirely on her own. In fact until his presidential run Trump had not shown a modicum of fatherly interest in her life aside from the bizarre speculation-when she was merely a baby-about her future breast size and compliments of her 1 year old legs on Lifestyles of the RIch and Famous. Over a decade later, in one of his few public acknowledgements of her existence, he would smirk as he admitted to Howard Stern that he had urged Marla to abort her.
Palm Beach Daily News - June 13, 1999 : Reports that Avenue Magazine lists both Jeffrey Epstein (“rich guy”) and “Mar-A-Lago’s own” Donald Trump as among the 157 most eligible bachelors.
According to Mother Jones:
(1999) Former Models for Donald Trump’s Agency Say They Violated Immigration Rules and Worked Illegally. “It’s like modern-day slavery.
Founded in 1999, Trump Model Management “has risen to the top of the fashion market,” boasts the Trump Organization’s website, and has a name “that symbolizes success.” According to a financial disclosure filed by his campaign in May, Donald Trump earned nearly $2 million from the company, in which he holds an 85 percent stake. Meanwhile, some former Trump models say they barely made any money working for the agency because of the high fees for rent and other expenses that were charged by the company. ...Each of the three former Trump models said she arrived in New York with dreams of making it big in one of the world’s most competitive fashion markets. But without work visas, they lived in constant fear of getting caught. “I was pretty on edge most of the time I was there,” Anna said of the three months in 2009 she spent in New York working for Trump’s agency.“I was there illegally,” she said. “A sitting duck.”According to three immigration lawyers consulted by Mother Jones, even unpaid employment is against the law for foreign nationals who do not have a work visa. “If the US company is benefiting from that person, that’s work,” explained Anastasia Tonello, global head of the US immigration team at Laura Devine Attorneys in New York. These rules for immigrants are in place to “protect them from being exploited,” she said. “That US company shouldn’t be making money off you.”Two of the former Trump models said Trump’s agency encouraged them to deceive customs officials about why they were visiting the United States and told them to lie on customs forms about where they intended to live. Anna said she received a specific instruction from a Trump agency representative: “If they ask you any questions, you’re just here for meetings.”...Kate, who worked for Trump Model Management in 2004, marveled at how her former boss has recently branded himself as an anti-illegal-immigration crusader on the campaign trail. “He doesn’t want to let anyone into the US anymore,” she said. “Meanwhile, behind everyone’s back, he’s bringing in all of these girls from all over the world and they’re working illegally.”...We’re herded into these small spaces,” Kate said. “The apartment was like a sweatshop.”Trump Model Management recruited models as young as 14. “I was by far the oldest in the house at the ripe old age of 18,” Anna said. “The bathroom always smelled like burned hair. I will never forget the place!” She added, “I taught myself how to write, ‘Please clean up after yourself’ in Russian.”
According to this website:
In the late ’90s, the media documented that Trump attended dinner parties at Epstein’s 71st Street mansion. In April 1999, UK tabloid The Mail reported that Donald Trump was among the guests at a dinner Epstein threw in honor of Prince Andrew:
Palm Beach Post - February 20, 2000: Donald Trump, now dating Melania Knauss, hosts a pro-am tennis tournament at Mar-A-Lago, which Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell attend. “One celebrity, however, was not so obvious. Even when Trump announced England’s Prince Andrew, many in the crowd doubted his presence. For one, he stayed in the background, introducing himself as Andrew York, and for two, he’s recently shed 20 pounds, making him a possible double for actor Rupert Everett.” Trump is pictured with Melania and Prince Andrew, while Epstein and Maxwell are photographed with Michael Bolton.
Palm Beach Post - November 16, 2004: Trump bids $41.35M to best two other bidders, one of whom was Jeffrey Epstein, for Abe Grosman’s estate.
[Note: Palm Beach Daily News - May 2, 2018: "Trump’s former estate: The story behind the $95-million mansion tear-down” — "The buyer in July 2008 was Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev, who reportedly has never lived there and last year saw the end of a contentious, and stratospherically expensive, divorce from his ex-wife Elena, the terms of which were undisclosed. Property records give no clue as to whether there was an internal ownership change as a result of the divorce or any other factor.”]
In 2005, Trump married Melania Knauss:
(2005) Melania Trump's Life Before Marrying Donald Was Mysterious
She was born Melanija Knavs, (later westernized as "Melania Knauss," and ultimately, she took the last name of her husband after they wed in 2005), on April 26, 1970, in Novo Mesto, Slovenia — then part of Communist Yugoslavia. Her father, Viktor Knavs, now 73, was a car dealer, and her mother, Amalija, now 71, was a children's clothing designer, to according Biography.com. She grew up at home with her younger sister, and later learned that her father had a son from a previous relationship — her half-brother....After she signed with a modeling agency at 18, she dropped out of the university, according to Biography.com....Trump worked as a model in Milan and Paris before moving to New York in 1996. She worked with well-known photographers like Patrick Demarchelier and Helmut Newton, according to Biography.com, and graced the covers of magazines like Harper's Bazaar in Bulgaria and Vanity Fair in Italy. She also posed nude in GQ magazine in 2000.Not much is known about her modeling career between 1992 and 1996, when she moved to New York, per reporter Lauren Collins for The New Yorker. She went on to have reasonable success, and worked mostly in print....Melania Trump reportedly speaks Slovene, English, French, Serbian, and German. She is the first first lady to be born in a Communist nation and only the second to be born abroad......In a 2005 interview with The New York Post, Paolo Zampolli, the president of ID Models recalled: "It was unusual for her to go out; she never went to clubs or bars ... She never dated anyone in New York before Donald. She only went to movies by herself and to the gym."
(2002 - 2005) According to the Indictment[1] unsealed in Manhattan federal court:
From at least 2002 through at least 2005, JEFFREY EPSTEIN enticed and recruited, and caused to be enticed and recruited, dozens of minor girls to visit his mansion in New York, New York (the “New York Residence”), and his estate in Palm Beach, Florida (the “Palm Beach Residence”), to engage in sex acts with him, after which he would give the victims hundreds of dollars in cash. In order to maintain and increase his supply of victims, EPSTEIN also paid certain victims to recruit additional underage girls whom he could similarly abuse. In this way, EPSTEIN created a vast network of underage victims for him to sexually exploit, often on a daily basis, in locations including New York and Palm Beach.EPSTEIN’s victims were as young as 14 at the time he abused them, and were, for various reasons, often particularly vulnerable to exploitation. Moreover, EPSTEIN knew that many of his victims were under 18, including because, in some instances, victims expressly told him they were underage.In creating and maintaining this network of minor victims in multiple states to abuse and exploit sexually, EPSTEIN worked with others, including employees and associates who facilitated his conduct by, among other things, contacting victims and scheduling their sexual encounters with EPSTEIN at the New York Residence and at the Palm Beach Residence.In both New York and Florida, EPSTEIN perpetuated this abuse in similar ways. Victims were initially recruited to provide “massages” to EPSTEIN, which became increasingly sexual in nature and would typically include one or more sex acts. EPSTEIN paid his victims hundreds of dollars in cash for each encounter.In particular, during encounters at the New York Residence, victims would be taken to a room where they would perform a massage on EPSTEIN, during which EPSTEIN would frequently escalate the nature and scope of physical contact with his victims to include, among other things, sex acts such as groping and direct and indirect contact with the victims’ genitals. In connection with the encounters, EPSTEIN, or one of his employees or associates, typically paid each victim hundreds of dollars in cash. Once minor victims were recruited, EPSTEIN or his employees or associates would contact victims to schedule appointments for “massages.” As a result, many victims were abused by EPSTEIN on multiple subsequent occasions.To further enable him to abuse underage girls, EPSTEIN asked and enticed certain of his victims to recruit additional minor girls to perform “massages” and similarly engage in sex acts with EPSTEIN. When a victim would recruit another underage girl for EPSTEIN, he paid both the victim-recruiter and the new victim hundreds of dollars in cash. Through these victim-recruiters, EPSTEIN maintained a steady supply of new victims to exploit, and gained access to dozens of additional underage girls to abuse.
Jeffrey Epstein's Accusers Speak Out: "I Was Young, I Was Scared"
"I was young, I was scared, I knew these people were powerful," Virginia Roberts Giuffre, who was 16 when Epstein's ex-girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell allegedly recruited and groomed her for sexual slavery, told the Miami Herald in 2018 as part of the newspaper's massive investigation of Epstein's misconduct. "I didn't know what would happen if I said ‘no.’ I didn't know what would happen if I reported them. That 16-year-old girl just let it happen."Giuffre had been working at Mar-a-Lago when Maxwell recruited her to be a masseuse for Epstein, and claims she was forced to have sex with his prominent associates, including attorney Alan Dershowitz and Prince Andrew, Duke of York. (Dershowitz and Prince Andrewhave both denied Giuffre’s allegations.) She said she was sent to Little Saint James, Epstein’s private island in the U.S. Virgin Islands, where she alleges she participated in orgies with older men while underage....Courtney Wild, another survivor, said she met Epstein in 2002 when she was 14 and reportedly still had braces on her teeth. Like he did with many of the accusers, he first asked her to give him a massage in exchange for cash. Wild, who later helped recruit other girls for Epstein, said he liked girls who looked like her — white, very young, slender, and easy to manipulate."He told me he wanted them as young as I could find them," Wild told the Miami Herald in 2018. "If I had a girl to bring him at breakfast, lunch, and dinner, then that’s how many times I would go a day. He wanted as many girls as I could get him. It was never enough."...Sarah Ransome claims Epstein sex-trafficked her in 2006 and 2007 and that, like Giuffre, she was also forced to have sex with Epstein’s lawyer, Alan Dershowitz (which he has denied). "The news of my abuser's arrest today is a step in the right direction to finally hold Epstein accountable for his crimes and restore my faith that power and money can't triumph over justice," Ransome told CBS News.Wild and Michelle Licata, another accuser of Epstein, were in the courtroom on Monday during Epstein's arraignment hearing. Licata told Good Morning America that she cried when she saw the financier appear in court."I don't think anyone has been told the truth about what Jeffrey Epstein did," Licata told the Miami Herald in 2018. "He ruined my life and a lot of girls' lives. People need to know what he did and why he wasn't prosecuted, so it never happens again."
Palm Beach Post - July 24, 2006: Jeffrey Epstein arrested on solicitation charges and charged with a third degree misdemeanor.
Palm Beach Post - August 14, 2006: “Powerful Legal Team Stymies Detectives” — One of the first articles to go into charges against Epstein. Names his political contributions to Hillary Clinton and Chuck Schumer, among others. Also includes Trump’s 2002 quote: “He’s a lot of fun to be with. It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side. No doubt about it, Jeffrey enjoys his social life.” Alan Dershowitz uses the MySpace profiles of the alleged victims to discredit them.
(2007) It Sure Looks Like Jeffrey Epstein Was a Spy—But Whose?
In a report for the Daily Beast, Ward shed light on the Justice Department’s 2007 non-prosecution agreement with Epstein, that sweetest of sweet deals, since it got Epstein a laughably lenient sentence—for crimes which any normal person would have gone away for decades after admitting to.Alexander Acosta, the current U.S. Labor Secretary, is in the hot seat, since a dozen years ago he was the U.S. Attorney for South Florida who cut that deal with Epstein. Ward explained the background of that deal, which is now a noose for Acosta. Specifically, she elaborated that the Epstein issue came up when Acosta was appointed to the cabinet by President Donald Trump. Ward writes:*He’d cut the non-prosecution deal with one of Epstein’s attorneys because he had “been told” to back off, that Epstein was above his pay grade. “I was told Epstein ‘belonged to intelligence’ and to leave it alone,” he told his interviewers in the Trump transition, who evidently thought that was a sufficient answer and went ahead and hired Acosta. (The Labor Department had no comment when asked about this.)*Wait, what?So, Acosta, according to himself, backed off on prosecuting Epstein back in 2007, despite the possession of ample evidence proving his guilt, because he “belonged to intelligence.” Whose intelligence, exactly? is the first of many questions that arise here.This claim was met with an appropriate degree of skepticism, and Acosta had a chance to explain what he meant in a press conference this afternoon. On camera, Acosta maintained that he did the best he could with that case, while admitting that it hardly looks like a fair punishment now.The intelligence issue came up, and Acosta’s response was bizarre. He punted on setting the record straight, instead proffering this strange word salad when asked about Ward’s reporting:So there has been reporting to that effect and let me say, there’s been reporting to a lot of effects in this case, not just now but over the years and, again, I would hesitant to take this reporting as fact. This was a case that was brought by our office, it was brought based on the facts and I look at the reporting and others, I can’t address it directly because of our guidelines, but I can tell you that a lot of reporting is going down rabbit holes.To anyone acquainted with our nation’s capital, that’s a non-denial denial of an epic kind. Given the chance to refute Ward’s report, specifically that the Epstein case involved intelligence matters, Acosta did nothing of the sort. Indeed, he functionally admitted that it’s true.What then can we conclude at this point? It appears that Jeffrey Epstein was involved in intelligence work, of some kind, for someone—and it probably wasn’t American intelligence either. The U.S. Intelligence Community is lenient about the private habits of high-value agents or informants, but they won’t countenance running sex trafficking rings for minors on American soil, for years. While it’s plausible that Epstein was sharing some information with the FBI—many criminals do so to buy themselves some insurance—it’s implausible that he was mainly working for the Americans.
(2019) The Secret History of Jeffrey Epstein's New York Townhouse
In addition to “hundreds—and perhaps thousands—of sexually suggestive photographs of fully- or partially-nude females,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Alex Rossmiller revealed in a filing this week that the house also contained a massage table with sex toys and lubricant.
(07/08/19) Jeffrey Epstein had ‘vast trove of lewd’ photos of girls: Prosecutors
Federal agents who searched Epstein’s $77 million Upper East Side townhouse in Manhattan also found “in a locked safe ... compact discs with hand-written labels including the following: ‘Young [Name] + [Name],’ ‘Misc nudes 1,’ and ‘Girl pics nudes,’ ” according to a new court filing in Epstein’s case.Prosecutors said Epstein, a 66-year-old former friend of both President Donald Trump and ex-President Bill Clinton, represented both an “extreme flight risk,” and an “acute danger” to the public if he is freed on bail.“The defendant, a registered sex offender, is not reformed, he is not chastened, he is not repentant; rather, he is a continuing danger to the community and an individual who faces devastating evidence supporting deeply serious charges,” prosecutors from the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York wrote in their filing.Epstein pleaded guilty in 2008 to procuring a person under 18 for prostitution and felony solicitation of prostitution, according to his plea agreement on charges brought in Florida.He is accused in a new indictment unsealed Monday of trafficking “dozens” of minor girls, some of them as young as 14 years old, from 2002 to 2005. The indictment accuses him of having the girls brought to him to sexually abuse in his New York and Florida mansions, and then paying each of the girls hundreds of dollars.
I hope this insanely long post gives more detail into what might possibly be going on. While a few of the more conspiracy minded links might ring untrue to most of you, I wanted to include them in part because of how strange this story might be. Trump and Epstein have known each other for a very long time. The sources of their money still aren't clear, and they both have numerous links to more than a few shady characters. To wrap up with the quote from the original article:
Who are the suspects then? It seems awfully coincidental that Epstein’s best pal and business partner for decades has been Ghislaine Maxwell, the British socialite and daughter of the late Robert Maxwell, the media mogul who died under mysterious circumstances in 1991. Something of a Bond villain turned real life, Maxwell loved the limelight, despite being a swindler and a spy. British counterintelligence assessed that Maxwell was working for the KGB, while pervasive allegations that he was working for Mossad too are equally plausible.Since the lines between Russian intelligence, Israeli intelligence and organized crime can get remarkably blurry in practice, as I’ve explained previously, assessing whom Epstein’s been working for may prove difficult to answer with any precision. But we have a suspect list to start asking questions.What’s not in doubt is that a sex trafficking ring centered on minors, which involved numerous global VIPs in compromising situations, would be of high interest to quite a few intelligence services. The Epstein saga seems certain to get even more unpleasant and interesting.
End. [I'm actually working on a Part 4 to follow this up with a little more current info]
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2019.01.14 02:30 Maniax80 Slasherverse: Crystal Lake Chronicles Vol.2 PART 1!

Hello my fellow gore fiends, I'm back with some rather good gore for you all. Now as you all know, I've been working on the plot for Vol.2 of Crystal Lake Chronicles for about a few weeks now. I still am but I'm at the half way mark right now having reached Issue #4 of which I am currently working on. A seven issue deal, here is the first three issues of the plot for Crystal Lake Chronicles Vol.2!
Issue #1 The story picks up right where Vol.1 left off, during a blizzard where we see a red pickup racing down the road through the blinding white. The man behind the wheel is blackout drunk, red eyed, struggling to keep the wheel straight, and drunkenly singing Alice Cooper’s Teenage Frankenstein as he drums his fingers on the wheel. As this is going on we see a pair of very familiar shoes running through the forest in the snow. His lights on, the drunk driver takes another s a swig of beer as he tosses the empty can with the dozens of others on the floor of the truck. Casting the beer down, the two separate panels established for the drunk driver and the unknown individual come together as the man looks up to the road then as a woman comes running across the road. The drunk driver’s eyes bulge out of his head at this then, almost instantaneously straightening up as he grips the wheel and swerves to avoid the mysterious woman with him shouting “JESUS CHRIST!”. However, the driver’s attempt to avoid hitting the woman is too late as the tail end of the truck nails her and sends her like a skipping stone across the road, taking a whole page to display the car striking her.
Screeching to a stop, narrowly ending up in a ditch, the now VERY sober man rushes to the battered lying before him on the ground. Illuminated by the truck’s headlight, around the edge of it while still in the dark, the man kneels next to the woman with tears in his eyes as he looks her over. In next panel, a sort of low-aerial view of the scene, the woman question though is revealed to be none other than Hannah Fiaklov, the killer from Vol.1 and quite worse for the wear. Splayed across the road, the right side of her face is road rashed with it covered in a mix of snow, gravel, blood, and shredded skin, her right leg is bent in a way that it definitely should not be bent with blood soaking through the pant leg covering it, and a massive gash across her stomach which has soaked her black shirt. Looking her over, while although scratched up and likely having a few broken bones, the drunken man notices the giant gash across her shirt and stomach coated in her blood. Horrified by what has happened, the man looks over her as he covers his mouth in shock, the drunk driver notices the massive gash on her stomach as his hand leaves his mouth.
Turning to face Hannah, still on the ground breathing heavily with blood filling her mouth, the driver asks “Jesus lady, who did this do you?”. Painfully turning her head to him with terror in her eyes, with her final breath, she shakily says “J-Ja-Ja-Jason. Jason Voorhees”. The horrified man watches then as dying Hannah as releases that last steamy breath as the man stands up and looks off into the woods then, his eyes now filled with fright. In the final panel of this page, from the shadows, zooming in on it in 2 panels; an outline of the killer looks out across from the woods from behind the man as the final panel goes to black. With the narration at the bottom of the last panel reading ‘I’m sorry’, we an exterior shot of a TV station with the name Channel 93 branded on the side of the building with a caption reading “March 8th, Baltimore, Maryland” a few months after the ‘Fiaklov Murders’.
In a rather basic office, we see then TV reporter Robert Campbell being laid off by his boss. Robert has a sort of broken look on his face then as he more or less demands to why his boss, Mr. Marcus, is laying off. Giving a sigh, Marcus sits up from his desk and puts his hands on the desk and explains that Channel 93 is being bought out by the bigger news networks. Robert calls [email protected]#$ though on this though, pointing out that even though their being bought by a bigger news network it doesn’t mean that Marcus needs to lay him off. Marcus sighs then and tells him the truth, telling him that he’d hoped that this could’ve gone better for Robert as he explains that he’s letting Robert go because he just isn’t as popular as he was before with Robert’s rating being at an all time low for the past five years. Robert is shown to visibly surprised, as well as hurt, by this as Marcus explains that he’s sorry that Robert has to go but figures it is better to do it now before the bigger news companies make him do it. Not saying another word, swinging the door open, Robert walks out of the office as two workers sitting next to water cooler. One of the workers, a scrawny blond, looks to the fatter one and asks “What his problem?” with the fatter worker responding “Looks like he just got laid off.”.
Cutting to the next page, then we see Robert sitting in a bar then, his suit and hair disheveled, as he asks taps his glass on the counter as he asks the bar tender for another. Looking at him, cleaning glasses, the bartender takes the glass away and says “No offense Rob but I think you’ve had enough for the night.” as he goes to serve a set of new customer who just walked in. Looking onto one of the TVs on the news then, Robert watches as a female newscaster gives us a recap of Vol.1 as well as revealing that two hunters had also been killed not that far from Hannah’s murders. Revealing something even stranger, the woman states that Hannah’s final words were Jason Voorhees and states that more will be revealed on the subject tonight. Giving a bitter laugh, Robert scoffs at the story saying that they might as well just say that Jason did it. Pausing for a moment, gears turning in Robert’s head, he states then “That it!” as he throws on his jacket and rushes out the door.
Back at Channel 93, later that night, we see Marcus at his desk as Robert bursts in. Surprised by Robert’s sudden appearance, Marcus demands to know why Robert is here as he points out that he doesn’t work here anymore. Robert acknowledges this but asks Marcus to give him a chance and to hear him out as he just thought of something that may just be “Ratings gold.”. Intrigued, Marcus leans back in his chair and says that Robert’s got five minutes. Moving fast, Robert reminds Marcus of how the Fiaklov case is currently big in media right now of which Marcus acknowledges and asks then if that’s what this is about, Robert wanting to do a report on murders? Robert says no as he states that “They’re already beating that story to death, it’ll be yesterday’s news by next week.” and states that he wants to do a documentary. Curious, Marcus asks what Robert wants to do it on then as Robert puts his hands on Marcus’s desk and says “Jason Voorhees.”.
Issue #2: Continuing off last issue, we open up with some panels displaying a small town and some nature settings as well in the mix. Basically setting up a sort of serene sort of vibe as the next panel now displays a green, wooden town sign that reads in white ‘Welcome to Forest Green County’. A cleaned up Robert Campbell stands now in front of a camera no doubt as he begins his intro speech. “Forest Green County, a small peaceful town in western New Jersey, the kind of place you’d see in a postcard or in the movies. But thirty years ago this town went by another name, Cunningham Township, and thirty years ago a series of horrible murders had plagued this quiet, little town before seemingly coming to a close on November 13th, 1984. Now, over thirty years later, terror and murder has struck this once innocent town with the murders perpetrated by Hannah Fiaklov who is believed to have murdered several people in what is now being dubbed ‘The Morgan Family Cabin Massacre’. However with the death of the murderer, Hannah Fiaklov, on Karloff Road on December 13th, her final words left one massive question. A question my team and I hope to answer to what her final words meant. A name, one bone chilling name. Jason Voorhees.”
We fade to black then. We appear then after the scene cut, with Robert asking them if they got it as we expand out to see Larry, the camera man, and boom mike operator Craig. In a van, reading Channel 93, it slides open as Riley steps out from a set of TVs displaying Robert in them with Karen Chui in the process of editing. The girl, like the others in the captions, is read to be ‘the intern’. Robert asks how he did, seeming a bit tense after the performance, as Riley states that he did great but points out that Craig was holding the mike a little too low but points out they can edit it out in post-production. Giving a smile then as he watches himself on the screen, Robert asks Riley if she set up the interviews as she says she was able to book most of them. Robert heads into the truck then as Riley points out that maybe Robert should just wear the white t-shirt underneath the suit for the interviews.
Robert is momentarily confused, asking why and is answered with Larry pointing out it makes him look like he’s selling car insurance. Robert agrees, stating it is best to keep his look simple for the interviews, sliding off the suit jacket and button up before slipping into driver’s seat from the back. At the wheel now, he tells Larry to get up in the front with him as he states that he’ll need him to start filming. Larry, before getting up front, then as he states that he’s never seen Robert this tense or full of energy as Karen points out that this is his last shot and that Robert called in a lot of favors for this. We then get multiple panels with Robert interviewing multiple people on the subject of Jason Voorhees, the panels are listed below in the INTERVIEW PANELS section. Showing Robert driving through town then in the next panel, we get some narration from him pointing out that the mass assumption amongst the townspeople was that Jason may still be alive. Narration by Robert is given then on the subject, standing outside the Forest Green County Hospital.
“But what does this have to do with Hannah Fiaklov and how exactly does this connect to this killer from over 30 years ago connect to these modern murders. We went here to Forest Green County Hospital to find out.”
The panel cuts then to Robert as he sits down in the doctor’s office with Doctor Tabitha Daniels sitting on at her desk as Robert asks her about Hannah Fiaklov.
“In all honesty, Hannah was always a fragile girl. I was a close confident of the Fiaklov family long before the murders. I was also the one, who-um…Who Hannah came after, after she had lost it.”-Dr. Daniels
“ It?”-Robert
“The-the child. God (Shakes her head), I still remember the look in her eyes when I told her that.”-Dr. Daniels
“What exactly was this ‘look’?”- Robert
“… Emptiness, complete and utter cold. Like her whole entire world had been just…shattered. Believe me when I tell you this, Hannah Fiaklov had a very rough life with her mother having died in 2010 and her father largely being absent not long afterwards[1]. I guess all of that with the added of a child just pushed Hannah to her breaking point, I just never imagined that she would do any of that and I take some solace in the knowledge that she didn’t, not all of them at least.”-Dr. Daniels
“(Confused) I don’t understand, what do you mean by not all of them?”- Robert, adjust himself in his seat
“Well, as you know I was there to examine the bodies and the bodies of some of the victims after the massacre.”- Dr. Daniels
“Of course, along with Dr. Philip Richards.”-Robert
“Yes, anyways while doing the autopsies of the victims, it was obvious Hannah only responsible for three of the murders she was attributed to.”- Dr. Daniels.
“How so?”- Robert
“Well with Corey Shepherd, Kevin Hayes, and Deborah Morgan, they were all killed with a small-medium sized serrated blade.”-Dr. Daniels
“The hunting knife found on her body.”-Robert
“(Somberly nods) Exactly and there were multiple indications that these kills were ambush tactics, basic waiting for the right time to strike. However the other four victims, the bodies of Victor Lehman, Ari Palmer, and the Gant hunting party were quite visibly different.”- Dr. Daniels.
“What do mean by that exactly?”-Robert
“Their bodies, the wounds inflicted upon them were from a completely different weapon. A larger, longer bladed weapon much like a cutlass or….”- Dr. Daniels
“Or a machete.”- Robert
“Potentially. Now at first we had assumed that Hannah may have transitioned between weapons between the murders but after further examination and the discovery of John and Steven Gant [2] that idea was very quickly out the window.”- Dr. Daniels
“So you believe that another killer may have been responsible for this, a partner perhaps?”-Robert
“Oh I don’t believe that there was another killer, I know, all the evidence points towards this. I can’t say the same about them being a partner but I know for a fact that there was definitely another killer. The bodies of Ari Palmer, Victor Lehman, and the Gant’s all indicate that they were killed by someone else entirely.”- Dr. Daniels
“Interesting but, if I may interject, you mentioned that Victor Lehman among the body count for this potential second party, the body of Victor Lehman though was found with a slashed throat from the hunting knife Hannah Fiaklov had used [3].”-Robert
“You’ve read the police reports (Gives a faint smile), well what was left out in the report was what happened after. Now I can agree with you that Victor Lehman had his throat slashed by the murder weapon used by Hannah but that’s not what killed him. From his neck wound we found that he had abrasions around the laceration as well as his own blood covering his fingertips. It was likely that Victor Lehman was trying to hold the wound closed as to slow blood loss. He would’ve only lasted less than 20 minutes still from acute blood loss. But again that’s not what killed him, what we found was that Victor Lehman had died from an extreme forced fracture of the cervical vertebrae or to be blunt, his was snapped in a complete 180 degree motion [4]. That’s how I know that Hannah couldn’t have killed Palmer, Lehman, or the Gants, Mr. Campbell; these murders were well beyond her physical capabilities. Whoever killed these men was immensely powerful and judging by the sweeping, arc motion of the wounds, the individual was very, very big [5]. ”- Dr. Daniels.
“(Hands together, listening intently) Fascinating. (Unfolds hands)Now, Dr. Daniels, as a resident of Forest Green, I assume you’ve heard of the story of Jason Voorhees.”- Robert
“(Raises her hand) Stop right there, I see where this is going Mr. Campbell and no. I don’t believe that some local boogeyman from thirty years ago did this.”- Dr. Daniels
“But from what you described, these kills seem to match…”-Robert
“But nothing (Calmly, stands up)! If it is anything like that it is probably a copy cat like back ’89.” –Dr Daniels
“What about Miss Fiaklov’s final words though and the fact that the original Crystal Lake Killer was never really caught, doesn’t that hold some merit Mrs. Daniels?” –Robert
“Get out.”-Dr. Daniels
“I-I’m sorry?” –Robert
“Get out of my office. Right. Now. I don’t have time for this nonsense and would very much appreciate if you didn’t waste any more of my time with it.”-Dr. Daniels
The panel then shows Robert and the team leaving the office as Dr. Daniels looks to Robert then.
“And a word of warning to you, Mr. Campbell. Don’t go around stirring up old memories, especially not right now, people don’t want to remember Jason Voorhees or what he did over 30 years ago. Just leave it be, just leave it all be.”-Dr. Daniels.
Shutting the door, the camera turns onto a confused Robert before cutting out. We cut then to the next page at the shoddy Hodder’s Haven Motel where we enter the room of F7. Inside the room, Riley gets off the phone stating that the producers love it to Robert’s joy although pointing out that they would like him to spice things up a bit. However, Robert is too excited by this with him pointing out “WE’RE BACK!” with him kissing Karen’s head and offering to buy them all dinner from a pizza place he had saw down the street. Leaving from the door, Robert hollers out into the night that “I’M BACK!” as he exits the room. Larry laughs at Robert, cracking open a beer from the mini-bar and tossing Craig a candy bar, stating that he’s nuts while Riley points out that he’s just happy with Karen agreeing as she points out it has been his a large portion of his. Larry chuckles, falling back into the motel bed, stating that all he cares about is the fact that they’re getting paid earning a resounding “HERE! HERE!” from Craig eating a candy bar.
Outside, we see Robert walking down past the other motel rooms with a smile on his face as someone jumps him from behind. From the motel room, chatting away, the others are alerted to the sound of Robert crying for help as they quickly jump up from their respective spots. Outside pinned against the wall by the collar of his shirt, a man (Strongly resembling C.J. Graham) snarls at Robert as he warns him this.
“Now listen here news boy and listen good cause I’m only going to tell you this once. Leave, pack it all up and leave. Don’t go digging through old wounds because if you ain’t careful then what you’re looking for (Closes in on him), might get you.”. As Robert’s crew rushes in, with Karen threatening to call the police as Craig and Larry tackle the man to the ground, the man gets up holding his now bruised arm as he states that “You’re doomed, all of you, you’re all doomed.” . The man runs off then as Riley makes sure a frightened Robert is alright.
Panels: • [1]: Displays a younger Hannah Fiaklov standing over the open grave of what we can assume is her mother’s. • [2]: Displays two hunters, dressed in orange-camo hunting suits, dead. With one, a heavier set individual, on the ground with a massive stab wound through his chest and the other, a scrawnier individual, hanging from a tree with his entrails dangling from the branch. • [3]: Flashback to Victor Lehman’s death, displaying his horrified face as the blade cut his neck releasing a torrent of blood. • [4]: Narrated by Dr. Daniels, we see Victor crawling across the ground as he holds his sliced neck shut. In the next panel then, we see Victor having crawled to a pair of aged, brown boots as he looks in shock. The figure then, in the following two panels, grips the sides of Victor’s head and twists it around 180 degrees. • [5] We get the last panel displaying the dead Ari, with the massive gash in his skull, with a figure behind him holding the murder weapon. A blood dripping, serrated machete. Interview Panels: • A random teen, 20’s at a grocery store. “Yeah, my grandpa was one of the doctors who worked at the hospital when they brought him in ’84.When they thought he was dead anyways.” • Hooded teenager with oversize headphones. “That’s the guy who kills people in their dreams right?” • An older, blond woman at a local library “Of course, he was the reason why we changed the name of the town in first place. No one wanted to be remembered as the town the Crystal Lake Killer was from.” • A couple on the streets - “We were kids back then but yeah, parents wouldn’t even let their kids anywhere near the lake after the murders.”- Aged man resembling Shelly. - “Still don’t, they set a bunch of private property signs around the entire woods. Almost no one goes there anymore.”- Aged woman resembling Tina. - “Not unless you have a death wish anyways.”- Aged man resembling Shelly • Old man, resembling Steve Dash. “The one thing you media morons always forget with those movies is that they aren’t real and Jason isn’t dead, he’s still out there.” Issue #3: We open up the issue with a flashback to 1977 where we hear the sobs of a woman in a darkened home. Moving through a hallway lined with numerous pictures, we enter a grey room with the curtains drawn in leaving the room in an almost artificial night. In the room, sitting on edge of a bed, we see a woman sobbing over a framed photo. Moving to the side a bit, we see that it is a picture of a young Pamela with an infant Jason as tears splatter down onto the glass and can assume that it is Pamela looking at the picture. Looking down, still shown from behind as we withdraw from Pamela into darkness, we hear Pamela say this. “Oh Jason, my special, special boy… [1]What will become of you now?”
We then open a day after Robert was assaulted, with Robert now standing in front of a broken down home in the woods with the sun setting behind him in the distance. Currently being filmed, panning out to reveal it being recorded in the van by Riley and Karen observing, we get some narration by Riley. Narrated by Riley, of whom we focus on, we get some flashbacks to the night before with Riley explaining that they spent narrowly half the night talking to the police with a majority of them not getitng much sleep. Progressing forward, transitioning back to Riley watching the screen, we get a little info on Riley herself. “ I’ll admit that it’s not exactly ideal, being the unpaid intern and all, but compared to most of the internships I’ve had, Robert’s not that bad. A bit of an ego but he hasn’t tried to get into my pants like most of my former ‘mentors’ before. To be honest, I really hope that this all turns out well for him.”
Focusing back on Robert, returning to the camera POV, as he continues with the intro. “…But every nightmare has a beginning, an origin, and Jason’s all began with a single woman. Behind us here tonight is the childhood home of Jason Voorhees where we will explore the very foundation that forged the Crystal Lake Killer. The very person that brought him into this world, that had given him life. His mother, Pamela Voorhees.”
With the camera following him, illuminating him in the darkening background as night edges on, Robert steps over the collapsed door to the Voorhees House as he enters (Description of the interior of Voorhees House is provided in Descriptions). The camera pans down to the floor of the Voorhees house entry, covered in developing fungus and nuts, as it transitions back to a smiling Robert who walks through the hallways of decayed house as he narrates. “Now everyone knows the story of Pamela Voorhees for the most part, the loving mother of Jason who served as the camp cook at Crystal Lake until the death of her son drove her mad and led her to kill several would-be counselors on June 13th of 1979 before meeting her end at the hands of one of her would-be victims, Alice Hardy [2]. A rather simple story but many people fail to really scratch the surface of Jason’s mother. Before she was ever the mother of the Crystal Killer or had ever picked up a hunting knife (Leans arm on wall as he looks at a shattered picture displaying a faded Pamela at the center of the cracks), Pamela was a victim. At little over 18 years old on November 26th of 1951, young Pamela was found alone near Atsion Lake covered in blood [3], the sole survivor of a brutal massacre of a madman who claimed the lives of four local teens and the claimed sweetheart of the young Voorhees. Elias Miller [4]. The worse though was yet to come when Pamela was taken to a hospital where it was found that not only did she have no recollection of the events but was found to be pregnant from an unknown father, though the authorities did have their theories of course [5]. Nine months later in what the doctors had described as the most excruciating and horrific thing he had ever seen,Jason Voorhees was born [6].”
Walking down the halls then, we get a view of Robert then standing in the doorway to the kitchen (Roof caved in over table covered in growing plants), the camera following him as he looks in. Going to frontal view of Robert, he continues his narration.
“[7]Born with a rare bone disorder similar to that of osteopetrosis, the Voorhees family dealt with many hardships as Pamela struggled to pay for Jason’s medical bills. Despite this though Pamela loved her son but unfortunately Pamela’s paychecks from multiple odd end jobs could only support so much. [8] Before long, according to county records, the Voorhees family were faced with being evicted and their home repossessed. In order to save her home and continue to care for her son’s unique condition, Pamela came to find a job working at the newly started Camp Crystal Lake [9]where she worked as the camp cook. [10] And the rest, as they say, is history when on August 20th of 1963 a little boy drowned.”
We exit the flashback then as we get a camera view of Robert with a solemn face, his hand lying on the decayed table. From the camera then we transition to Karen and Riley in the van watching the screen. Watching the screen, Karen is noticeably surprised then when the camera feed begins go static as from the window near the table we can see the outline of a figure staring in. Responding with a “What the hell?”, with Riley noticeably confused by this as to what is the matter, Karen phones Larry and tells him that they’re getting some video static. They get into a brief spat about it, hushed of course as Robert continues on
“Larry, hey Larry?”-Karen
“Here, what’s up?” Larry, lifts walkie up as he continues filming.
“We’re getting a bit of static here, could you maybe dial it back?”-Karen, comes out garbled a bit on the walkie.
“Uh, can you say that again?”-Larry, receiving garbled message.
“(Exasperated) We’re getting some static over the video so could you please adjust the [email protected]#$ing dial!”- Karen, rather annoyed.
“Jesus, alright, alright. (Adjusts knobs on the camera as video feed clears up with Karen and Riley, the figure disappearing) Fuck! There, better?”- Larry
“Crystal, thanks.”-Karen
“Yeah whatever.”-Larry grumbles, following Robert.
Riley smiles at Karen, giving a bit of chuckle as she asks if that was really necessary. Karen gives a smile at this as she states “And make this job easy for him? (Chugs a bit of soda) Never.”
Back with Robert, he asks Larry and Craig to follow him as they exit the kitchen as they return to the hallway. From behind as Craig leaves, we see the outline of a man standing outside the window. From this brief perspective, through two eyes holes, we watch as Craig and the others exit the kitchen and return to the halls. Transitioning then back to Robert, walking down the halls, we receive some more narration.
“And what became of Pamela after her son’s death? Well, much like the house before you today, Pamela fell into disrepair (Stops in Pamela’s room). [11] The loss of her son, Jason, had driven Pamela into a deep depression, isolating herself off from the world around her. The cruel world that had claimed the life of her son [12].”
Robert rests his hand on the end of the bed frame, looking around the room before looking to the camera.
“You can almost feel it here,ladies and gentlemen, that overwhelming grief here. That excruciating pain of having lost a child.This though, was only the very tip of the iceberg. [13] In an interview with Pamela’s former psychiatrist Dr. Andrew Jarvis, in the two years Pamela had been under his care, he believed that the death of Jason had more of an impact on Pamela then anyone could have realized.”
The clip then plays with audio.
“Pamela was a damaged individual from what I could understand in are brief time together. What people fail to realize with Pamela is that she herself was a victim and the death of her son, Jason, it opened a fissure of sorts for the traumatic memories she had repressed for all those years.”-Dr. Andrew Jarvis
While in the van, monitoring the video feed, Riley receives a call to which she appears genuinely surprise her. We then return to Robert as he releases his hand from the bed frame as he walks around the room.
“And in the worst way possible when on June 13th, 1979, [14] all that pain and trauma Pamela had kept bottled up finally was unleashed.(Walks over to Pamela’s dresser, holding a picture of Pamela and a young Jason) A rather tragic story of loss but what truly makes this a true horror story was when her son, Jason, returned…”
The camera then cuts to black then as Robert states
“Alright, that’s a wrap! What you guys say we all get out of here?”- Robert
“I say that’s the best idea he’s had all night.”- Larry, hushed to Craig
“Amen to that, this place gives me the creeps.”-Craig, nervously looking around Pamela’s room.
From Pamela’s window then we get a sort of tease then with it being empty (Build a false sense that Jason would be there basically). Transitioning to the front now we watch Robert exit the house to meet Riley there waiting rather excited.
“Robert, got some news.”-Riley
“Good news or bad news?”-Robert
“I-It’s good news, like really good news. You know how you wanted to interview some of the survivors of the original Crystal Killer murders?”- Riley
“Yeah, most are dead though you said or told us to [email protected]#$ off.”-Robert
“Well...Yeah but I just got a call earlier Robert and you better get started early tomorrow Robert cause first thing tomorrow morning, you have an interview with Creighton Duke!”-Riley, sets her hands on his shoulders, ecstatic as Robert looks at her in wide eyed surprise.
The next page openly displays a panel with the words November 26th, 1951 displayed in italic read. A full frontal view, we hear the sound of repeated stabbing as the body of Elias Miller falls to the ground with his mouth filled with blood. Panning up, covered in blood and holding a kitchen knife, we see that the killer is none other than young Pamela who breathes heavily as she looks down on Elias. Unlike with Hannah, who was a remorseless killer, we see Pamela staring down almost in horror as tears fall down her face mixing with the blood as she drops the knife and looks to her hands. A crack then alerts Pamela that’s there’s someone there as we see young Pamela look on with a terrified expression before zooming in on her pupil to reveal the outline of something monstrous.
Flashbacks:
To note with these flashbacks, in the later section some of them very well coincide with Robert’s narration or begin with that narration.
[1] Panel turns completely to black as Pamela states, “What will become of you now?”
[2] We get a flashback to Pamela’s death with a view of the machete going through Pamela’s neck as her head goes flying off.
[3] Watch a couple of kids playing a game of tag ball, throwing a ball to tag each other, when the ball rolls towards the woods. Racing towards the ball, the boy bends over to pick up the ball when a pair of bare and muddy feet step right up. Looking up we see a bloodied and disheveled young Pamela looking down on the boy before collapsing to the ground as the boy runs off from her in fright as he calls for his mom.
[4] We are in a classic courtroom then as a man, the assumed killer is being sentenced. The judge, a scrawny old man, looks down upon the man stating that he is tried for first degree murder of Steve Mollin, Fred England, Tiffany Dupree, Sharlene Munson,and Elias Miller and is sentenced to life imprisonment. The man’s face instantly goes pale, panicking then, forcing two guards to restrain the man, he screams this.
“No. No (Man stands pleading now)! I didn’t- didn’t do it (The judge orders the guards to restrain him)! (Man thrashes as he’s dragged off) No! Please, you have to believe me, it’s still out there! The thing in the woods! It’s still out there!”
[5] Following Robert’s narration then, as the man is dragged off we watch as Pamela looks on to the man with tears in her eyes as a man, her lawyer we can assume, helps her up as we reveal her perfectly round belly as she guided off.
[6] The panel flashback, with that line finished from Robert, to an older version of Cunningham County Hospital as the date reads above: JULY 13TH, 1952. Entering into a emergency room, with a number of hospital staff are rushing through as screams can be heard from within. From inside the room, we can see the pregnant and pain stricken Pamela giving birth. Holding the hand of one of the nurses, whom tells Pamela to push, she gives one final scream as the doctor below’s eyes widen with shock as we hear the sound of a child crying.
[7] We watch then as the doctor hands Pamela the swaddled Jason as she looks down onto her son with tears in her eyes and smile on her face as she looks down on the young boy as Robert narrates thus initiating the transition to the next panel.
[8] Transitioning from Jason’s birth to 11 years later, with narration by Robert, see in the background a young Jason running around with a toy plane as Pamela looks down a bit worried at a pile of letters when Jason runs to her, tugging on her arm. Turning to her son with a smile, Pamela joins to play with her son as we see then the letters are all bank statements saying ‘Past Due’ or ‘Final Notice’
[8] We watch Pamela comes down the driveway, in a rusted ‘42 oldsmobile with groceries in the back, we see her look through the windshield as we see another car in her drive way already. A cherry red, 1949 Dodge Coronet. Stopping in the drive way, momentarily confused, Pamela turns to see a businessman-looking individual hammering in a ‘FOR SALE’ sign on her lawn. Stepping out of the car, in a bit of a speed walk, the conversation goes as listed below.
“Hey (Notices the man nailing down the For Sale sign). Hey (Quickens her walk to him)! Hey (Grabs the man’s shoulder) What are you doing?”- Pamela
“Nailing in a sign.”-Man, takes Pamela’s hand off his shoulder
“I know that but why?”-Pamela
“Bank’s repossessing the place lady.”-Man, hands Pamela a pink Notice as she reads it with a look of panic on her face as the man begins walking away to his car
“What?! No! No, you-you can’t do this!”- Pamela, following after the man as he gets to the car.
“Sorry ma’am but you should’ve thought about that before this. (Shuts the door of the car) If I were you? I’d start looking for somewhere else to live cause you ain’t living here anymore(Drives off).”
Pamela watches then as the man drives off, looking broken as she looks down onto the paper and then to the window as we see young Jason hiding behind the curtains.
[9] We see Pamela at a diner, worryingly holding a cup of steaming coffee with both hands, talking with what appears to be a friend across the other side of the counter whom passes her a flyer for Camp Crystal Lake which reads ‘Help Wanted’.
[10] Coinciding with Robert’s narration, we see a hairnet wearing Pamela in the camp kitchen, scrubbing a plate with a faint smile. She turns then to see a police officer enter with some of the counselors, her smile fading then as the officer approaches her. Angled at the floor, we watch as the plate falls to the ground, shattering across it.
[11] Coinciding with Robert’s narration, we see Pamela in the dark, barely illuminated by the light coming through the shades, in a child’s room putting away the toys in a wooden box that reads ‘Jason’. Setting a hand on the toybox then, we see Pamela looks somberly down on the box.
[12] Coinciding with Robert’s narration, we look to see then Pamela dressed in black in a cemetery. The skies grey and pouring rain, tears rolling down Pamela’s face, we watch her set down a bundle of flowers down on her son’s grave.
[13] Coinciding with Robert’s narration, in video documentary style, we see Robert sitting in a rustic, cabin style room in a chair facing a bearded man in a red flannel facing him in a similar chair.
[14] We see Pamela back in her bed, tearfully staring down at the picture of Jason as her eyes move to the dresser as unintelligible voices begin to fill Pamela’s head as she over and pulls a hunting knife from one of the drawers. Holding it to her face, we see Pamela’s reflection as her tear stained face now holds a look of rage with her eyes narrowed dangerously. Walking off then we look onto Pamela’s dresser and see a flyer for the new Camp Crystal Lake of 1979.
So what do you all think? Comment below and I promise that Part 2 to Vol.2 will be coming soon!
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2018.08.03 20:21 SaintRidley Get to know the MYC competitors - brief summaries, pictures, notable championships, matches from all 32 participants

This year’s Mae Young Classic has finally had the full field of 32 revealed. It’s time to get to know them a little better.
Aerial Monroe
Trained by George South Jr., Cedric Alexander, and Kaleb Conley, Monroe debuted in November 2015 for Queens of Combat. She’s been making a name for herself on the independent scene, occasionally teaming with SHIMMER champion and 2017 MYC competitor Nicole Savoy as the team #SwoleFamily (Monroe is Big Swole and Savoy is Little Swole).
Some matches:
vs. Nia Jax at WWE Monday Night Raw, August 1, 2016
with Beastly and Effy, vs. Priscilla Kelly, Darby Allin, and Su Yung at Fest Wrestling Love is a Battlefield 2: Electric Boogaloo Night 1, February 9, 2018
vs. Leva Bates vs. Beastly vs. Jason Cade vs. Vandal at Fest Wrestling Love is a Battlefield 2: Electric Boogaloo Night 2, February 10, 2018
Allysin Kay (Sienna)
Former WSU Tag Team champion, former GFW Women’s champion, former TNA/GFW/Impact Knockouts champion (2x)
Trained by Matthew Priest and Bill Martel, Allysin Kay debuted in 2008 for BCWA in Detroit, working there exclusively until 2010. She began working for various independent promotions such as AIW and WSU (where she teamed with Jessicka Havok and Sassy Stephie as the Midwest Militia, winning the first women’s WarGames match against Mercedes Martinez, Alicia, and Brittney Savage). The Midwest Militia would expand their territory, wrestling in NCW as well. Kay continued making waves, debuting in SHIMMER at vol. 49 and SHINE at SHINE 1, teaming with Taylor Made in both promotions. She toured Japan, teaming with Crazy Mary Dobson (Sarah Logan) in Diana, and Europe for Bellatrix. In 2016 she signed with TNA, debuting on Impact as Sienna. She feuded with Gail Kim and Jade (Mia Yim) and won the championship from Jade at Slammiversary 2016. After losing the championship, she won the GFW Women’s championship, defeated Rosemary to unify it with the TNA Knockouts Championship as the GFW Knockouts Championship, and by the time she lost the title the belt had been renamed the Impact Knockouts Championship. In early 2018 she left Impact. She does commentary alongside Lexie Fife for RISE’s RISE Ascent show and will return to SHINE at SHINE 53 as part of their tournament to crown a new champion.
vs. Christina Von Eerie at Beyond Tournament for Tomorrow II, November 17, 2013
vs. Heidi Lovelace (Ruby Riott) at AAW Take No Prisoners, May 1, 2015
vs. Solo Darling at WSU Power, May 9, 2015
vs. Allie at Smash 100, September 17, 2017
Ashley Rayne (Madison Rayne/Ashley Lane)
Former SHIMMER Tag Team champion, former TNA Knockouts champion (4x), former TNA Knockouts Tag Team champion (2x), 2014 Queen of the Knockouts
Trained by Jeff Cannon, she debuted in 2005 as Lexi Lane and began working the Ohio indie scene. She soon began expanding her reach, wrestling for various indies, and debuted in SHIMMER in 2007 at volume 15 as Ashley Lane, teaming with Lorelei Lee against the Canadian NINJAs. At SHIMMER volume 21 she and Nevaeh became the first SHIMMER Tag Team champions, holding the titles for 196 days with six successful defenses. In 2009 she debuted for TNA as Madison Rayne, quickly becoming a member of The Beautiful People. She would become a multiple-time champion in TNA over the next several years and has been a free agent of late, even teaming with Deonna Purrazzo at last November’s SHIMMER tapings as The Hottest Free Agents.
Some matches:
vs. MsChif vs. Lacey vs. Daizee Haze at ROH Return Engagement, April 19, 2008
vs. Gail Kim for the Knockouts Championship at TNA Lockdown 2014, March 9, 2014
vs. Deonna Purrazzo at ROH Survival of the Fittest Night 2017 3 dark match, November 19, 2017
Deonna Purrazzo
Former ECWA Women’s champion, 2015 and 2016 winner of the ECWA Super 8 ChickFight Tournament, and 2017 WOH Wrestler of the year
Trained by Damian Adams, Shawn Bennett, and Rip Rogers, Purrazzo debuted in 2013. She debuted for ROH in 2015, helping spearhead the push toward revitalizing the Women of Honor division. She was a fixture of the division until her departure earlier this year. She’s made appearances in TNA/Impact and NXT as well, and has also done two tours of Stardom. Her style is very technical: she and Madison Eagles had the best women’s match of Wrestlemania weekend this year at SHIMMER 100 and the first strike didn’t happen until nearly 7 minutes in.
Some matches: vs. Kimber Lee at WWR Revolutionary, July 31, 2016
vs. Candice LeRae at ROH on Sinclair #273, October 29, 2016
vs. LuFisto at Beyond #Caffeine, April 1, 2017
vs. Tessa Blanchard at Limitless Wrestling The World is Ours, January 19, 2018
vs. Mayu Iwatani at ROH on Sinclair #341, March 10, 2018
Hiroyo Matsumoto
Former SHIMMER Tag Team champion, former Artist of Stardom champion (3x), former Goddess of Stardom champion, former Oz Academy Openweight champion, former Oz Academy Tag Team champion (4x), former JWP Junior champion, former International Ribbon Tag Team champion, former DDT Pro Ironman Heavymetalweight champion
Trained by Mariko Yoshida, Hiroyo Matsumoto is a highly accomplished performer in Japan and has made her presence felt in the United States. She debuted in 2006 and has worked most promotions in Japan, including JWP, NEO, Ice Ribbon, Stardom, Oz Academy, and Sendai Girls. During her debut match for Ice Ribbon she destroyed a wall, earning the nickname The Lady Destroyer. In the United States, she and Misaki Ohata defeated the Canadian NINJAs at SHIMMER vol. 37 to become the third SHIMMER Tag Team champions. They would successfully defend the titles twice in their one-day reign before losing them to Daizee Haze and Tomoka Nakagawa at volume 40. In 2017 she retired her trainer and mentor, Mariko Yoshida.
vs. Mia Yim at Reina event, May 15, 2011
vs. Mariko Yoshida at Mariko Yoshida’s retirement show, November 19, 2017
Io Shirai
Former World of Stardom champion (2x), former Wonder of Stardom champion (2x), former Artist of Stardom champion (6x), former Goddess of Stardom champion, former High Speed champion, former SWA World champion, winner of the 2014 5 Star Grand Prix, former TLW World Young Women’s Tag Team champion
Trained by Takashi Sasaki and Tomohiko Hashimoto, Io Shirai debuted in 2007 at the age of 16, alongside her sister Mio. She and her sister worked the independent circuit in Japan for a few years, eventually collaborating with Kana (Asuka) to form a trio called Triple Tails, which produced three events of their own. Following the third Triple Tails show in 2011, the group broke up so Io could pursue a singles career. She would wrestle periodically in Mexico, but her home base became Stardom, where she won every title the she was eligible for and became the ace of the company. She did some work with Kairi Hojo (Sane) and Mayu Iwatani as the Black Lotus Triad in Lucha Underground as well as heading up her stable Queen’s Quest back in Stardom. Shirai was originally close to signing with WWE last summer but the offer was rescinded due to her medicals, leading her to return to Stardom for another year.
A match:
vs. Pentagon Dark at Lucha Underground Season 3, episode 13
Isla Dawn
Trained by Damian O’Connor, Mikey Whiplash, and Tommy End (Aleister Black), she had her first match at the end of 2013 against Nikki Storm (Nikki Cross). She stuck to the Scottish independent scene for most of her first year wrestling, working under the name Courtney. She added the name Stewart to her ring name during her tour of Stardom in 2016, which she did not complete due to homesickness. In late 2016 she debuted the persona of Isla Dawn, adding a bit of vampy edge to her character.
Some matches:
vs. Aubrey Bride at HCW Vendetta 2017, March 11, 2017
with Billy Brash vs. Su Yung and Ethan Case at AWE Homegrown 2017, May 1, 2017
vs. Ivelisse at an AWE show some time prior to September 14, 2017
Jessie Elaban
Trained by Matt Bloom, Sara Amato, and the rest of the WWE Performance Center coaching staff, Jessie Elaban signed with WWE in 2017. In college she was a volleyball player and afterwards she was a yoga instructor. Since signing with WWE, she has primarily worked the Florida loop of house shows, but she recently made the west coast tour after less than a year’s experience. She’s got a bit of a nerd gimmick going on. The MYC will undoubtedly be her in-ring tv debut, but she’s made one appearance on tv already.
Shayna Baszler shows Jessie how to properly apply a hold
Jinny
Current PROGRESS Women’s champion, former RevPro British Women’s champion
Trained by Jimmy Havoc, she had her first match in 2014 during a joint production by PROGRESS and IPW. Jinny would become one of the foundations of the PROGRESS women’s division in 2015, wrestling throughout the UK independents with her ice queen fashionista gimmick. She’s been collecting championships in the UK since last year, becoming a top heel in the region.
Some matches:
vs. Jamie Hayter at Wrestling League Ha’Penny Havoc 2, February 21, 2016
vs. Thunder Rosa at wXw Cologne, September 9, 2017
vs. Jimmy Havoc at Riptide Spring Break, May 4, 2018
Kacy Catanzaro
First and only woman to complete a City Finals course in American Ninja Warrior
Trained by Matt Bloom, Sara Amato, and the rest of the WWE Performance Center coaching staff, Kacy Catanzaro signed with WWE in 2018. She became famous for her run in American Ninja Warrior, where she became the first woman to scale the Warped Wall and complete a City Finals course. A gymnast in college, Kacy’s talents have led her toward unique mannerisms such as her in-ring entrance during NXT house shows. Her tv debut will be in the MYC.
Dallas City Finals, American Ninja Warrior 2014
Entrance at an NXT house show
Kaitlyn (Celeste Bonin)
Former WWE Divas champion, winner of NXT season 3
Trained at Florida Championship Wrestling during its days as a WWE developmental territory and more recently by Pablo Marquez, Kaitlyn made her debut in 2010 during season 3 of NXT. She won the WWE Divas Championship in 2013, and was involved in the first on-air contract signing segment for the Divas Title. She retired in 2014 to focus on her family and business ventures. In 2017 early 2018 she came out of retirement, working two shows for Coastal Championship Wrestling.
vs. Natalya at WWE NXT, April 4, 2012
vs. Beth Phoenix at WWE Smackdown, September 14, 2012
vs. Aksana at WWE Main Event, June 19, 2013
Karen Q
Former ECWA Women’s Champion
Trained by Johnny Rodz and Damian Adams, Karen Q debuted in 2014 for Victory Pro Wrestling under the name Karen Yu. At the end of 2015 she began wrestling outside her home promotion, adopting the name Karen Q for work outside Victory Pro. She began working shows for Ring of Honor in 2017. Beginning with a dark match before SHIMMER vol. 96 she formed a bickering team with Ray Lyn called the Bones of Contention, which has been a big part of her exposure through RISE.
Some matches:
vs. Tasha Steelz at WWR Identity Crisis, March 4, 2017
vs. Sumie Sakai at ROH on Sinclair #315 dark match, August 26, 2017
vs. Deonna Purrazzo no DQ at ROH Survival of the Fittest 2017 Night 2 dark match, November 18, 2017
vs. Jonathan Gresham at Beyond #LitUp, April 5, 2018
Kavita Devi
Trained by The Great Khali and the WWE Performance Center, Kavita Devi debuted for Continental Championship Wrestling in 2016. She was signed by WWE in 2017, appearing in a first-round loss to Dakota Kai in the MYC. She would have her second on-air match at Wrestlemania 34 in the women’s battle royal, memorably arousing the ire of Becky Lynch because she was wearing orange.
A match:
with Aliyah vs. Nixon Newell and Dakota Kai at NXT Live, April 19, 2018
Killer Kelly
Former and inaugural wXw Women’s champion
Trained by Bruno Brito and the wXw Academy staff, Killer Kelly debuted in 2016 for Wrestling Portugal (though she may have possibly debuted as early as 2010, adding “Killer” to her name in August 2017. She’s wrestled for various European indies, with wXw being her home. In 2018 she signed a UK contract with WWE and appeared on both nights of the WWE UK tournament special in a match against Toni Storm and Isla Dawn and a match against Charlie Morgan. She made her PROGRESS debut just last month against Toni Storm.
A match:
vs. Valkyrie at GWF Women’s Wrestling Revolution 8: All Eyes on Us, May 4, 2018
Lacey Lane
Former The Crash Women’s champion
Trained by Bubba Ray and D-Von Dudley, Lacey Lane debuted in 2016. She’s largely worked across the US south and in Mexico as a ruda, becoming The Crash Women’s champion in the process. She was originally supposed to sign with WWE in 2017 but the offer was withdrawn due to arthritis in her knee, giving her another year on the indies to tweak her workouts toward improving her knee ahead of a second chance at WWE.
Some matches:
vs. Kennadi Brink (Jessicka Carr) at PW2.0 Heat Stroke, August 2, 2016
vs. Lio Rush at PW2.0 Mother Mayhem, May 2, 2017
with Shane Strickland vs. Jason Cade and Veda Scott at FEST Bring Your Mom, May 17, 2017
vs. Thunder Rosa vs. Kylie Rae at CWA Raven Black Memorial Tournament, January 27, 2018
vs. Tessa Blanchard vs. Santana Garrett for The Crash Women’s Championship at a The Crash live event, July 14, 2018
Meiko Satomura
Former World of Stardom champion, former AAAW World Single champion (2x), former and inaugural AAAW Tag Team champion (3x), former Sendai Girls World champion, 2016 Chikara King of Trios winner
Trained by Chigusa Nagayo, Meiko Satomura made her debut for GAEA in 1995. She would quickly find success, becoming an inaugural tag team champion for GAEA a little over a year into her career as well as becoming one of the women featured during WCW’s partnership with GAEA. In GAEA’s last show in 2005, she defeated Chigusa Nagayo in the main event, closing the door on the promotion. In 2006 she founded Sendai Girls, which has been her primary focus in the time since, though she continues to work other promotions, including time in Stardom and even tours in America with Chikara. She is widely renowned for her stiff, realistic style, and continues to be a very strong performer.
Some matches:
vs. Malia Hosaka at WCW Worldwide, November 10, 1996
vs. Akira Hokuto at WCW Pro, December 8, 1996
vs. Akira Hokuto at GAEA Limit Break Night 5, April 29, 2001
vs. Aja Kong for the AAAW World Singles Title at GAEA Yokohama Final Impact, April 3, 2005
vs. Kana (Asuka) at a Triple Tails produced event, February 13, 2011
vs. Kana (Asuka) at Kana’s Kana Pro Mania event, February 25, 2014
with Minoru Suzuki vs. Kana (Asuka) and Naomichi Marufuji at Kana’s Kana Pro Mania Reach event, June 16, 2014
vs. Viper at Pro-Wrestling EVE She-1 Ace of EVE Night 1 Show #2, November 11, 2017
Mercedes Martinez
Former NWA Midwest Women’s champion, former IWA Mid-South Women’s champion, former NCW International Femmes Fatales champion (2x), former SHIMMER champion (2x), former and longest reigning WSU World champion (3x), former WSU All Guts, No Glory champion, former WSU Tag Team champion, 2008 winner of the WSU Women’s J-Cup, 2011 winner of the WSU/NWS King and Queen of the Ring, former SHINE Tag Team champion, former WXW C4 Women’s champion, former WXW Cruiserweight champion, 2014 inductee in the WXW Hall of Fame, 2017 inductee in the WSU Hall of Fame
Trained by Jason Knight, Mercedes Martinez debuted in 2000, starting out in the New England independent scene where she quickly became the centerpiece of the newly-minted NECW women’s division. She is a SHIMMER original, wrestling Sara Del Rey to a time-limit draw on vol. 1; that match put SHIMMER on the map. She’s wrestled all over the US, becoming the focal point of women’s wrestling for several companies, particularly for WSU, where she went on a three-year reign with the world title before losing to Jessicka Havok. She also staked out two more achievements in WSU by having the two longest matches ever recorded in women’s wrestling history, first against Angel Orsini in a 70-minute iron woman match (60 minutes plus 10 minutes of sudden death), and again in a match against Lexxus the next year that went 73 minutes. After a two year retirement to rehab shoulder injuries and consider if she wanted to continue wrestling, Martinez returned to wrestling in 2016, forming a heel stable called the Trifecta with Nicole Savoy and Shayna Baszler in SHIMMER (the semifinal of last year’s MYC between Baszler and Martinez is actually the climax of that stable’s story). She has headed up several seminars for RISE and continues to wrestle pretty much everywhere.
vs. Athena (Ember Moon) at SHIMMER vol. 45, March 17, 2012
vs. Kimber Lee for the SHIMMER Championship at AAW Windy City Classic XII, November 26, 2016
vs. Ace Radic for the WXW Cruiserweight Championship at WXW Manic Mayhem, May 20, 2017
vs. Raeven Marie for the WXW Women’s Championship at WXW XTreme War, June 2017
vs. Tessa Blanchard for the Phoenix of RISE Championship at RISE 9: Rise of the Knockouts, July 7, 2018
Mia Yim (Jade)
Former SHINE champion, former and inaugural SHINE Tag Team champion, former DDT Pro Ironman Heavymetalweight champion, former TNA Knockouts champion, 2016 Queen of the Knockouts
Trained by John Kermon, Mark Bravura, Christian York, and Daizee Haze, Mia Yim debuted in 2009 in the Virginia independent circuit. She would begin working for ROH and CZW within two years of her debut, and by 2012 she began making a splash in the all-women’s indies. She and Leva Bates would become SHINE Tag Team champions as the Lucha Sisters, later winning the SHINE Championship as well. She’s done several SHIMMER tapings, and her biggest national exposure came when she debuted for TNA in 2013 as Jade. She debuted as part of The Dollhouse with Marti Bell, eventually going on a singles run that saw her win the Knockouts Title from Madison Rayne in 2016. Her last feud in TNA was against Rosemary.
Some matches:
vs. Athena (Ember Moon) at AIW Girls’ Night Out 11, March 28, 2015
vs. Jordynne Grace at WWE #Revolutionary, July 31, 2017
vs. Deonna Purrazzo at WWR Adios Aurora, October 17, 2017
vs. Tessa Blanchard at Battle Club Pro May the Queen Reign, May 26, 2018
vs. Matt Riddle at Smash Wrestling episode 50, June 28, 2018
MJ Jenkins
Trained by Johnny Rodz, MJ Jenkins debuted in 2015. She would make her first cracks at big exposure with her Impact debut on March 4, 2017 and her SHINE debut at SHINE 45. Near the end of last year she left Impact. Last month she signed with WWE.
vs. Dominique Fabiano at WWR Project XX dark match, April 10, 2016
vs. Vanity at WWR Brick House, May 20, 2017
vs. Deonna Purrazzo at Battle Club Pro The Bounty in Kings County, August 11, 2017
Nicole Matthews
Former SHIMMER champion, former SHIMMER Tag Team champion (2x), former ECCW champion (3x), former ECCW Tag Team champion (2x), former ECCW Women’s champion (4x)
Trained by Michelle Starr, Scotty Mac, and Vance Nevada, Nicole Matthews debuted in 2006, working the Canadian indies alongside Nattie Neidhart. She would debut in SHIMMER in 2007 at vol. 15, teaming with Portia Perez to form the Canadian NINJAs, twice winning the SHIMMER tag team championship. She would eventually win the SHIMMER Championship, holding it for a year. She’s made tours of Australia, Japan, and England, but her primary promotion for most of the year is Vancouver’s ECCW.
vs. Bishop for the ECCW Title at ECCW Ballroom Brawl 3, January 17, 2015
vs. Shayna Baszler at ECCW Ballroom Brawl V, January 16, 2016
Priscilla Kelly
Former and inaugural SHINE Nova champion
Trained by Murder-1, Priscilla Kelly debuted in 2015, wrestling in the Georgia independent scene before expanding outward to Tennessee and North Carolina. She made her SHINE debut at SHINE 37, gaining her the exposure to begin getting booked outside the South. She continues to be primarily based in the Georgia/Florida area, though she made her debut in Japan earlier this year for Tokyo Joshi Pro and DDT. She’s a succubus by gimmick, so that may be an interesting transition to adapt it for WWE.
Some matches:
vs. SIS at CWF Mid-Atlantic Kernodle Brothers Tag Team Tournament 2017, March 25, 2017
vs. Joey Ryan vs. VANDAL at Fest Wrestling Brawl by the Beach, December 8, 2017
Rachel Evers (Rachael Ellering)
Former RPW Women’s champion, former WrestleCircus Lady of the Ring champion
Trained by Lance Storm, Rachel Evers debuted in 2015 for Prairie Wrestling Alliance alongside her trainer in a mixed tag team match. She would soon make her SHINE debut at SHINE 34 against Tessa Blanchard, sparking a series of matches between the two over the course of their careers to date. She made her SHIMMER debut at vol. 96, and has wrestled as unsigned talent for NXT several times. She’s done a tour of Japan with Stardom, ending that tour in a World of Stardom championship match against Io Shirai, and also worked with Impact. She was also part of last year’s Mae Young Classic.
vs. Kennadi Brink (Jessicka Carr) at ROH Road to Final Battle 2016 Night 1, October 21, 2016
vs. Su Yung at WWR Identity Crisis, March 4, 2017
vs. Tessa Blanchard for the WrestleCircus Lady of the Ring Championship at WrestleCircus SXWWrestleCircus, March 17, 2017
Reina Gonzalez
Trained by Ben Galvan, Richard Aleman, and George de la Isla, Reina Gonzalez debuted in 2014. She’s a second-generation wrestler and worked the Texas independent scene until being signed by WWE in 2016, where she has been at work in the Performance Center. She made her on-air debut in last year’s Mae Young Classic.
A match:
with Taynara Conti against Kairi Sane and Nikki Cross at NXT Live, May 20, 2018
Rhea Ripley
Former RCW Women’s champion (2x)
Trained up in Riot City Wrestling and the WWE Performance Center, Rhea Ripley debuted as Demi Bennett in 2013 for RCW, working the Australian indie scene, where she won two championships in RCW. She toured Japan, working in Reina, Diana, and ZERO1 during 2015-2016. She signed with WWE in 2017, making her on-air debut in last year’s Mae Young Classic.
Some matches:
vs. Harley Wonderland and Blair Alexis at RCW Key to the City 2015, October 10, 2015
vs. Savannah Summers for the RCW Women’s Title at RCW Reanimated 2016, January 30, 2016
vs. Kellyanne at RCW Strength 2017, April 22, 2017
Taynara Conti
Trained by Matt Bloom, Sara Amato, and the staff of the WWE Performance Center, Taynara Conti debuted in 2017 at WWE Fan Axxess before continuing to work on the Florida NXT tours. She made her on-air debut in last year’s Mae Young Classic. She has since made occasional appearances on NXT, including being the Undisputed Era’s choice to engage with Nikki Cross during their feud with Sanity.
A match:
with Reina Gonzalez against Kairi Sane and Nikki Cross at NXT Live, May 20, 2018
Tegan Nox (Nixon Newell)
Former WCPW Women’s champion, former DDT Pro Ironman Heavymetalweight champion (2x)
Trained by Dave Stewart and Mike Hatchman, Tegan Nox debuted in 2013 and quickly began to make a name for herself on the UK independent scene as Nixon Newell. She would work almost exclusively in the UK before signing with WWE in 2017, with notable exceptions being a tour of Stardom and two SHIMMER weekends. She was originally scheduled to be part of the first Mae Young Classic but was unable to participate due to injury.
Some matches:
with Rob Cage vs. La Famiglia (Giuseppe and Connor Matthews) at PWM Welcome to the Family 2016, February 27, 2016
vs. Eva Summers and Audrey Bride for the PWA Queen of Diamonds Championship at RPW Wrestlefest, October 15, 2016
vs. Bea Priestley for the WCPW Women’s Championship at WCPW Loaded #24, February 13, 2017
vs. Bea Priestley for the WCPW Women’s Championship at WCPW Stacked, August 24, 2017
Toni Storm
Current wXw Women’s champion, former World of Stardom champion, former SWA World champion, former and inaugural PROGRESS women’s champion
Trained by Dean Allmark, Toni debuted in 2009 as Storm when she was just thirteen. She convinced her mother to let her move to England to live with her grandmother and train under the tutelage of Dean Allmark. She would debut for PROGRESS in 2014, becoming one of the focal points of the nascent women’s division and the first PROGRESS Women’s champion. She’s made waves internationally, to the point where she made her debut for SHIMMER at vol. 100 against Nicole Matthews, a debut that was years in the making due to just how packed her schedule was. She recently signed an NXT UK contract and will surely be a centerpiece of the new NXT UK women’s division.
vs. Madison Eagles for the Pacific Women’s Championship at PPW Second Impact, March 16, 2013
vs. The Alpha Female (Jazzy Gabert) at an EAW show some time before April 11, 2016
vs. Mia Yim at SWE Morals Don’t Pay the Bills, July 2, 2017
vs. Wesna for the PROGRESS Women’s Championship at GWF Women’s Revolution 8: All Eyes on Us, May 4, 2018
Vanessa Kraven
Current NCW International Femmes Fatales champion, former SHIMMER Tag Team champion, former NCW Women’s champion
Trained by Ron Hutchinson and Zaquary Springate III, Kraven debuted in 2004 for Northern Championship Wrestling in Canada. Her size (she’s 6’ tall) has helped her make her mark as The Mountain, and she’s wrestled throughout the United States and Canada, as well as several tours in Japan. She’s a regular for SHIMMER and SHINE, winning the SHIMMER Tag Team Championship with Tessa Blanchard.
vs. LuFisto at Smash Super Showdown, August 18, 2013
vs. Courtney Rush (Rosemary) at Smash TV, some time before November 5, 2014
vs. Candice LeRae at Smash TV, some time before June 4, 2015
Xia Brookside
Former IPW:UK Women’s champion
Trained by Dean Allmark, Robbie Brookside, and Robbie Dynamite, Xia Brookside debuted in 2015. Primarily based in the UK indies, she first ventured outside the home countries for a couple dates in Germany for GWF in 2016, and in 2017 she did her first Japan tour with Stardom. Since her second Stardom tour early this year, she made her US debut in RISE at RISE 7.5, doing a one-month tour of US indies following that show.
vs. Pollyanna at GWF Women’s Wrestling Revolution, March 9, 2016
vs. Thunder Rosa vs. Nicole Savoy at Inspire Pro There is No Tomorrow, May 27, 2018
vs. Angel Hayze at Shield Pro Wrestling presents Almost Pro Wrestling, July 7, 2018
vs. Little Miss Roxxy for the Bombshells Championship at British Bombshells event, some time before July 10, 2018
Xia Li
Trained by Matt Bloom, Sara Amato, and the rest of the staff of the WWE Performance Center, Xia Li made her debut in the first round of last year’s Mae Young Classic in a losing effort against Mercedes Martinez. She has since worked the NXT Florida house show loops.
A clip:
vs. Mercedes Martinez at WWE Mae Young Classic, July 13, 2017
Zatara
Current Reina de Xtreme champion, former RLL Women’s champion (2x)
Trained by Atemista and Montoya, Zatara debuted in 2008 and has largely wrestled through the Chilean independent scene where she has won numerous championships under the name Tiffany. She recently started wrestling under the name Zatara.
A match:
vs. Sara Phoenix vs. Alison Evans for the Reina de Xtrema championship at Xtreme Club Control X, February 18, 2018
Zeuxis
Current CMLL-Reina International champion, former Mexican National Women’s champion, former CMLL-Reina International Junior champion, former Reina World Tag Team champion (3x), won Princesa Sugehit’s mask at the CMLL 84th Anniversary Show
Trained by Franco Columbo, Huracán Ramirez, Negro Navarro, and El Satánico, Zeuxis debuted in 2008. Initially a técnica, she became a ruda in 2009, working for CMLL for the bulk of the last decade. At CMLL’s 84th anniversary show she wrestled 2017 MYC competitor Princesa Sugehit in the first ever women’s mask vs. mask match at a CMLL anniversary show. Zeuxis severed ties with CMLL earlier this year and has worked independently since June.
vs. Dark Angel (Sarah Stock) at CMLL Martes en Arena Mexico, August 25, 2015
vs. Silueta for the CMLL Mexican National Championship at CMLL Martes en Arena Mexico, February 23, 2016 Fall one Fall two Fall three
vs. Princesa Sugehit, mask vs. mask at CMLL 84th Anniversary Show, September 16, 2017
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2018.08.03 20:19 SaintRidley Get to know the MYC Competitors - brief summaries, pictures, notable championships, matches from all 32 participants

This year’s Mae Young Classic has finally had the full field of 32 revealed. It’s time to get to know them a little better.
Aerial Monroe
Trained by George South Jr., Cedric Alexander, and Kaleb Conley, Monroe debuted in November 2015 for Queens of Combat. She’s been making a name for herself on the independent scene, occasionally teaming with SHIMMER champion and 2017 MYC competitor Nicole Savoy as the team #SwoleFamily (Monroe is Big Swole and Savoy is Little Swole).
Some matches:
vs. Nia Jax at WWE Monday Night Raw, August 1, 2016
with Beastly and Effy, vs. Priscilla Kelly, Darby Allin, and Su Yung at Fest Wrestling Love is a Battlefield 2: Electric Boogaloo Night 1, February 9, 2018
vs. Leva Bates vs. Beastly vs. Jason Cade vs. Vandal at Fest Wrestling Love is a Battlefield 2: Electric Boogaloo Night 2, February 10, 2018
Allysin Kay (Sienna)
Former WSU Tag Team champion, former GFW Women’s champion, former TNA/GFW/Impact Knockouts champion (2x)
Trained by Matthew Priest and Bill Martel, Allysin Kay debuted in 2008 for BCWA in Detroit, working there exclusively until 2010. She began working for various independent promotions such as AIW and WSU (where she teamed with Jessicka Havok and Sassy Stephie as the Midwest Militia, winning the first women’s WarGames match against Mercedes Martinez, Alicia, and Brittney Savage). The Midwest Militia would expand their territory, wrestling in NCW as well. Kay continued making waves, debuting in SHIMMER at vol. 49 and SHINE at SHINE 1, teaming with Taylor Made in both promotions. She toured Japan, teaming with Crazy Mary Dobson (Sarah Logan) in Diana, and Europe for Bellatrix. In 2016 she signed with TNA, debuting on Impact as Sienna. She feuded with Gail Kim and Jade (Mia Yim) and won the championship from Jade at Slammiversary 2016. After losing the championship, she won the GFW Women’s championship, defeated Rosemary to unify it with the TNA Knockouts Championship as the GFW Knockouts Championship, and by the time she lost the title the belt had been renamed the Impact Knockouts Championship. In early 2018 she left Impact. She does commentary alongside Lexie Fife for RISE’s RISE Ascent show and will return to SHINE at SHINE 53 as part of their tournament to crown a new champion.
vs. Christina Von Eerie at Beyond Tournament for Tomorrow II, November 17, 2013
vs. Heidi Lovelace (Ruby Riott) at AAW Take No Prisoners, May 1, 2015
vs. Solo Darling at WSU Power, May 9, 2015
vs. Allie at Smash 100, September 17, 2017
Ashley Rayne (Madison Rayne/Ashley Lane)
Former SHIMMER Tag Team champion, former TNA Knockouts champion (4x), former TNA Knockouts Tag Team champion (2x), 2014 Queen of the Knockouts
Trained by Jeff Cannon, she debuted in 2005 as Lexi Lane and began working the Ohio indie scene. She soon began expanding her reach, wrestling for various indies, and debuted in SHIMMER in 2007 at volume 15 as Ashley Lane, teaming with Lorelei Lee against the Canadian NINJAs. At SHIMMER volume 21 she and Nevaeh became the first SHIMMER Tag Team champions, holding the titles for 196 days with six successful defenses. In 2009 she debuted for TNA as Madison Rayne, quickly becoming a member of The Beautiful People. She would become a multiple-time champion in TNA over the next several years and has been a free agent of late, even teaming with Deonna Purrazzo at last November’s SHIMMER tapings as The Hottest Free Agents.
Some matches:
vs. MsChif vs. Lacey vs. Daizee Haze at ROH Return Engagement, April 19, 2008
vs. Gail Kim for the Knockouts Championship at TNA Lockdown 2014, March 9, 2014
vs. Deonna Purrazzo at ROH Survival of the Fittest Night 2017 3 dark match, November 19, 2017
Deonna Purrazzo
Former ECWA Women’s champion, 2015 and 2016 winner of the ECWA Super 8 ChickFight Tournament, and 2017 WOH Wrestler of the year
Trained by Damian Adams, Shawn Bennett, and Rip Rogers, Purrazzo debuted in 2013. She debuted for ROH in 2015, helping spearhead the push toward revitalizing the Women of Honor division. She was a fixture of the division until her departure earlier this year. She’s made appearances in TNA/Impact and NXT as well, and has also done two tours of Stardom. Her style is very technical: she and Madison Eagles had the best women’s match of Wrestlemania weekend this year at SHIMMER 100 and the first strike didn’t happen until nearly 7 minutes in.
Some matches: vs. Kimber Lee at WWR Revolutionary, July 31, 2016
vs. Candice LeRae at ROH on Sinclair #273, October 29, 2016
vs. LuFisto at Beyond #Caffeine, April 1, 2017
vs. Tessa Blanchard at Limitless Wrestling The World is Ours, January 19, 2018
vs. Mayu Iwatani at ROH on Sinclair #341, March 10, 2018
Hiroyo Matsumoto
Former SHIMMER Tag Team champion, former Artist of Stardom champion (3x), former Goddess of Stardom champion, former Oz Academy Openweight champion, former Oz Academy Tag Team champion (4x), former JWP Junior champion, former International Ribbon Tag Team champion, former DDT Pro Ironman Heavymetalweight champion
Trained by Mariko Yoshida, Hiroyo Matsumoto is a highly accomplished performer in Japan and has made her presence felt in the United States. She debuted in 2006 and has worked most promotions in Japan, including JWP, NEO, Ice Ribbon, Stardom, Oz Academy, and Sendai Girls. During her debut match for Ice Ribbon she destroyed a wall, earning the nickname The Lady Destroyer. In the United States, she and Misaki Ohata defeated the Canadian NINJAs at SHIMMER vol. 37 to become the third SHIMMER Tag Team champions. They would successfully defend the titles twice in their one-day reign before losing them to Daizee Haze and Tomoka Nakagawa at volume 40. In 2017 she retired her trainer and mentor, Mariko Yoshida.
vs. Mia Yim at Reina event, May 15, 2011
vs. Mariko Yoshida at Mariko Yoshida’s retirement show, November 19, 2017
Io Shirai
Former World of Stardom champion (2x), former Wonder of Stardom champion (2x), former Artist of Stardom champion (6x), former Goddess of Stardom champion, former High Speed champion, former SWA World champion, winner of the 2014 5 Star Grand Prix, former TLW World Young Women’s Tag Team champion
Trained by Takashi Sasaki and Tomohiko Hashimoto, Io Shirai debuted in 2007 at the age of 16, alongside her sister Mio. She and her sister worked the independent circuit in Japan for a few years, eventually collaborating with Kana (Asuka) to form a trio called Triple Tails, which produced three events of their own. Following the third Triple Tails show in 2011, the group broke up so Io could pursue a singles career. She would wrestle periodically in Mexico, but her home base became Stardom, where she won every title the she was eligible for and became the ace of the company. She did some work with Kairi Hojo (Sane) and Mayu Iwatani as the Black Lotus Triad in Lucha Underground as well as heading up her stable Queen’s Quest back in Stardom. Shirai was originally close to signing with WWE last summer but the offer was rescinded due to her medicals, leading her to return to Stardom for another year.
A match:
vs. Pentagon Dark at Lucha Underground Season 3, episode 13
Isla Dawn
Trained by Damian O’Connor, Mikey Whiplash, and Tommy End (Aleister Black), she had her first match at the end of 2013 against Nikki Storm (Nikki Cross). She stuck to the Scottish independent scene for most of her first year wrestling, working under the name Courtney. She added the name Stewart to her ring name during her tour of Stardom in 2016, which she did not complete due to homesickness. In late 2016 she debuted the persona of Isla Dawn, adding a bit of vampy edge to her character.
Some matches:
vs. Aubrey Bride at HCW Vendetta 2017, March 11, 2017
with Billy Brash vs. Su Yung and Ethan Case at AWE Homegrown 2017, May 1, 2017
vs. Ivelisse at an AWE show some time prior to September 14, 2017
Jessie Elaban
Trained by Matt Bloom, Sara Amato, and the rest of the WWE Performance Center coaching staff, Jessie Elaban signed with WWE in 2017. In college she was a volleyball player and afterwards she was a yoga instructor. Since signing with WWE, she has primarily worked the Florida loop of house shows, but she recently made the west coast tour after less than a year’s experience. She’s got a bit of a nerd gimmick going on. The MYC will undoubtedly be her in-ring tv debut, but she’s made one appearance on tv already.
Shayna Baszler shows Jessie how to properly apply a hold
Jinny
Current PROGRESS Women’s champion, former RevPro British Women’s champion
Trained by Jimmy Havoc, she had her first match in 2014 during a joint production by PROGRESS and IPW. Jinny would become one of the foundations of the PROGRESS women’s division in 2015, wrestling throughout the UK independents with her ice queen fashionista gimmick. She’s been collecting championships in the UK since last year, becoming a top heel in the region.
Some matches:
vs. Jamie Hayter at Wrestling League Ha’Penny Havoc 2, February 21, 2016
vs. Thunder Rosa at wXw Cologne, September 9, 2017
vs. Jimmy Havoc at Riptide Spring Break, May 4, 2018
Kacy Catanzaro
First and only woman to complete a City Finals course in American Ninja Warrior
Trained by Matt Bloom, Sara Amato, and the rest of the WWE Performance Center coaching staff, Kacy Catanzaro signed with WWE in 2018. She became famous for her run in American Ninja Warrior, where she became the first woman to scale the Warped Wall and complete a City Finals course. A gymnast in college, Kacy’s talents have led her toward unique mannerisms such as her in-ring entrance during NXT house shows. Her tv debut will be in the MYC.
Dallas City Finals, American Ninja Warrior 2014
Entrance at an NXT house show
Kaitlyn (Celeste Bonin)
Former WWE Divas champion, winner of NXT season 3
Trained at Florida Championship Wrestling during its days as a WWE developmental territory and more recently by Pablo Marquez, Kaitlyn made her debut in 2010 during season 3 of NXT. She won the WWE Divas Championship in 2013, and was involved in the first on-air contract signing segment for the Divas Title. She retired in 2014 to focus on her family and business ventures. In 2017 early 2018 she came out of retirement, working two shows for Coastal Championship Wrestling.
vs. Natalya at WWE NXT, April 4, 2012
vs. Beth Phoenix at WWE Smackdown, September 14, 2012
vs. Aksana at WWE Main Event, June 19, 2013
Karen Q
Former ECWA Women’s Champion
Trained by Johnny Rodz and Damian Adams, Karen Q debuted in 2014 for Victory Pro Wrestling under the name Karen Yu. At the end of 2015 she began wrestling outside her home promotion, adopting the name Karen Q for work outside Victory Pro. She began working shows for Ring of Honor in 2017. Beginning with a dark match before SHIMMER vol. 96 she formed a bickering team with Ray Lyn called the Bones of Contention, which has been a big part of her exposure through RISE.
Some matches:
vs. Tasha Steelz at WWR Identity Crisis, March 4, 2017
vs. Sumie Sakai at ROH on Sinclair #315 dark match, August 26, 2017
vs. Deonna Purrazzo no DQ at ROH Survival of the Fittest 2017 Night 2 dark match, November 18, 2017
vs. Jonathan Gresham at Beyond #LitUp, April 5, 2018
Kavita Devi
Trained by The Great Khali and the WWE Performance Center, Kavita Devi debuted for Continental Championship Wrestling in 2016. She was signed by WWE in 2017, appearing in a first-round loss to Dakota Kai in the MYC. She would have her second on-air match at Wrestlemania 34 in the women’s battle royal, memorably arousing the ire of Becky Lynch because she was wearing orange.
A match:
with Aliyah vs. Nixon Newell and Dakota Kai at NXT Live, April 19, 2018
Killer Kelly
Former and inaugural wXw Women’s champion
Trained by Bruno Brito and the wXw Academy staff, Killer Kelly debuted in 2016 for Wrestling Portugal [edit - actually 2010], adding “Killer” to her name in August 2017. She’s wrestled for various European indies, with wXw being her home. In 2018 she signed a UK contract with WWE and appeared on both nights of the WWE UK tournament special in a match against Toni Storm and Isla Dawn and a match against Charlie Morgan. She made her PROGRESS debut just last month against Toni Storm.
A match:
vs. Valkyrie at GWF Women’s Wrestling Revolution 8: All Eyes on Us, May 4, 2018
Lacey Lane
Former The Crash Women’s champion
Trained by Bubba Ray and D-Von Dudley, Lacey Lane debuted in 2016. She’s largely worked across the US south and in Mexico as a ruda, becoming The Crash Women’s champion in the process. She was originally supposed to sign with WWE in 2017 but the offer was withdrawn due to arthritis in her knee, giving her another year on the indies to tweak her workouts toward improving her knee ahead of a second chance at WWE.
Some matches:
vs. Kennadi Brink (Jessicka Carr) at PW2.0 Heat Stroke, August 2, 2016
vs. Lio Rush at PW2.0 Mother Mayhem, May 2, 2017
with Shane Strickland vs. Jason Cade and Veda Scott at FEST Bring Your Mom, May 17, 2017
vs. Thunder Rosa vs. Kylie Rae at CWA Raven Black Memorial Tournament, January 27, 2018
vs. Tessa Blanchard vs. Santana Garrett for The Crash Women’s Championship at a The Crash live event, July 14, 2018
Meiko Satomura
Former World of Stardom champion, former AAAW World Single champion (2x), former and inaugural AAAW Tag Team champion (3x), former Sendai Girls World champion, 2016 Chikara King of Trios winner
Trained by Chigusa Nagayo, Meiko Satomura made her debut for GAEA in 1995. She would quickly find success, becoming an inaugural tag team champion for GAEA a little over a year into her career as well as becoming one of the women featured during WCW’s partnership with GAEA. In GAEA’s last show in 2005, she defeated Chigusa Nagayo in the main event, closing the door on the promotion. In 2006 she founded Sendai Girls, which has been her primary focus in the time since, though she continues to work other promotions, including time in Stardom and even tours in America with Chikara. She is widely renowned for her stiff, realistic style, and continues to be a very strong performer.
Some matches:
vs. Malia Hosaka at WCW Worldwide, November 10, 1996
vs. Akira Hokuto at WCW Pro, December 8, 1996
vs. Akira Hokuto at GAEA Limit Break Night 5, April 29, 2001
vs. Aja Kong for the AAAW World Singles Title at GAEA Yokohama Final Impact, April 3, 2005
vs. Kana (Asuka) at a Triple Tails produced event, February 13, 2011
vs. Kana (Asuka) at Kana’s Kana Pro Mania event, February 25, 2014
with Minoru Suzuki vs. Kana (Asuka) and Naomichi Marufuji at Kana’s Kana Pro Mania Reach event, June 16, 2014
vs. Viper at Pro-Wrestling EVE She-1 Ace of EVE Night 1 Show #2, November 11, 2017
Mercedes Martinez
Former NWA Midwest Women’s champion, former IWA Mid-South Women’s champion, former NCW International Femmes Fatales champion (2x), former SHIMMER champion (2x), former and longest reigning WSU World champion (3x), former WSU All Guts, No Glory champion, former WSU Tag Team champion, 2008 winner of the WSU Women’s J-Cup, 2011 winner of the WSU/NWS King and Queen of the Ring, former SHINE Tag Team champion, former WXW C4 Women’s champion, former WXW Cruiserweight champion, 2014 inductee in the WXW Hall of Fame, 2017 inductee in the WSU Hall of Fame
Trained by Jason Knight, Mercedes Martinez debuted in 2000, starting out in the New England independent scene where she quickly became the centerpiece of the newly-minted NECW women’s division. She is a SHIMMER original, wrestling Sara Del Rey to a time-limit draw on vol. 1; that match put SHIMMER on the map. She’s wrestled all over the US, becoming the focal point of women’s wrestling for several companies, particularly for WSU, where she went on a three-year reign with the world title before losing to Jessicka Havok. She also staked out two more achievements in WSU by having the two longest matches ever recorded in women’s wrestling history, first against Angel Orsini in a 70-minute iron woman match (60 minutes plus 10 minutes of sudden death), and again in a match against Lexxus the next year that went 73 minutes. After a two year retirement to rehab shoulder injuries and consider if she wanted to continue wrestling, Martinez returned to wrestling in 2016, forming a heel stable called the Trifecta with Nicole Savoy and Shayna Baszler in SHIMMER (the semifinal of last year’s MYC between Baszler and Martinez is actually the climax of that stable’s story). She has headed up several seminars for RISE and continues to wrestle pretty much everywhere.
vs. Athena (Ember Moon) at SHIMMER vol. 45, March 17, 2012
vs. Kimber Lee for the SHIMMER Championship at AAW Windy City Classic XII, November 26, 2016
vs. Ace Radic for the WXW Cruiserweight Championship at WXW Manic Mayhem, May 20, 2017
vs. Raeven Marie for the WXW Women’s Championship at WXW XTreme War, June 2017
vs. Tessa Blanchard for the Phoenix of RISE Championship at RISE 9: Rise of the Knockouts, July 7, 2018
Mia Yim (Jade)
Former SHINE champion, former and inaugural SHINE Tag Team champion, former DDT Pro Ironman Heavymetalweight champion, former TNA Knockouts champion, 2016 Queen of the Knockouts
Trained by John Kermon, Mark Bravura, Christian York, and Daizee Haze, Mia Yim debuted in 2009 in the Virginia independent circuit. She would begin working for ROH and CZW within two years of her debut, and by 2012 she began making a splash in the all-women’s indies. She and Leva Bates would become SHINE Tag Team champions as the Lucha Sisters, later winning the SHINE Championship as well. She’s done several SHIMMER tapings, and her biggest national exposure came when she debuted for TNA in 2013 as Jade. She debuted as part of The Dollhouse with Marti Bell, eventually going on a singles run that saw her win the Knockouts Title from Madison Rayne in 2016. Her last feud in TNA was against Rosemary.
Some matches:
vs. Athena (Ember Moon) at AIW Girls’ Night Out 11, March 28, 2015
vs. Jordynne Grace at WWE #Revolutionary, July 31, 2017
vs. Deonna Purrazzo at WWR Adios Aurora, October 17, 2017
vs. Tessa Blanchard at Battle Club Pro May the Queen Reign, May 26, 2018
vs. Matt Riddle at Smash Wrestling episode 50, June 28, 2018
MJ Jenkins
Trained by Johnny Rodz, MJ Jenkins debuted in 2015. She would make her first cracks at big exposure with her Impact debut on March 4, 2017 and her SHINE debut at SHINE 45. Near the end of last year she left Impact. Last month she signed with WWE.
vs. Dominique Fabiano at WWR Project XX dark match, April 10, 2016
vs. Vanity at WWR Brick House, May 20, 2017
vs. Deonna Purrazzo at Battle Club Pro The Bounty in Kings County, August 11, 2017
Nicole Matthews
Former SHIMMER champion, former SHIMMER Tag Team champion (2x), former ECCW champion (3x), former ECCW Tag Team champion (2x), former ECCW Women’s champion (4x)
Trained by Michelle Starr, Scotty Mac, and Vance Nevada, Nicole Matthews debuted in 2006, working the Canadian indies alongside Nattie Neidhart. She would debut in SHIMMER in 2007 at vol. 15, teaming with Portia Perez to form the Canadian NINJAs, twice winning the SHIMMER tag team championship. She would eventually win the SHIMMER Championship, holding it for a year. She’s made tours of Australia, Japan, and England, but her primary promotion for most of the year is Vancouver’s ECCW.
vs. Bishop for the ECCW Title at ECCW Ballroom Brawl 3, January 17, 2015
vs. Shayna Baszler at ECCW Ballroom Brawl V, January 16, 2016
Priscilla Kelly
Former and inaugural SHINE Nova champion
Trained by Murder-1, Priscilla Kelly debuted in 2015, wrestling in the Georgia independent scene before expanding outward to Tennessee and North Carolina. She made her SHINE debut at SHINE 37, gaining her the exposure to begin getting booked outside the South. She continues to be primarily based in the Georgia/Florida area, though she made her debut in Japan earlier this year for Tokyo Joshi Pro and DDT. She’s a succubus by gimmick, so that may be an interesting transition to adapt it for WWE.
Some matches:
vs. SIS at CWF Mid-Atlantic Kernodle Brothers Tag Team Tournament 2017, March 25, 2017
vs. Joey Ryan vs. VANDAL at Fest Wrestling Brawl by the Beach, December 8, 2017
Rachel Evers (Rachael Ellering)
Former RPW Women’s champion, former WrestleCircus Lady of the Ring champion
Trained by Lance Storm, Rachel Evers debuted in 2015 for Prairie Wrestling Alliance alongside her trainer in a mixed tag team match. She would soon make her SHINE debut at SHINE 34 against Tessa Blanchard, sparking a series of matches between the two over the course of their careers to date. She made her SHIMMER debut at vol. 96, and has wrestled as unsigned talent for NXT several times. She’s done a tour of Japan with Stardom, ending that tour in a World of Stardom championship match against Io Shirai, and also worked with Impact. She was also part of last year’s Mae Young Classic.
vs. Kennadi Brink (Jessicka Carr) at ROH Road to Final Battle 2016 Night 1, October 21, 2016
vs. Su Yung at WWR Identity Crisis, March 4, 2017
vs. Tessa Blanchard for the WrestleCircus Lady of the Ring Championship at WrestleCircus SXWWrestleCircus, March 17, 2017
Reina Gonzalez
Trained by Ben Galvan, Richard Aleman, and George de la Isla, Reina Gonzalez debuted in 2014. She’s a second-generation wrestler and worked the Texas independent scene until being signed by WWE in 2016, where she has been at work in the Performance Center. She made her on-air debut in last year’s Mae Young Classic.
A match:
with Taynara Conti against Kairi Sane and Nikki Cross at NXT Live, May 20, 2018
Rhea Ripley
Former RCW Women’s champion (2x)
Trained up in Riot City Wrestling and the WWE Performance Center, Rhea Ripley debuted as Demi Bennett in 2013 for RCW, working the Australian indie scene, where she won two championships in RCW. She toured Japan, working in Reina, Diana, and ZERO1 during 2015-2016. She signed with WWE in 2017, making her on-air debut in last year’s Mae Young Classic.
Some matches:
vs. Harley Wonderland and Blair Alexis at RCW Key to the City 2015, October 10, 2015
vs. Savannah Summers for the RCW Women’s Title at RCW Reanimated 2016, January 30, 2016
vs. Kellyanne at RCW Strength 2017, April 22, 2017
Taynara Conti
Trained by Matt Bloom, Sara Amato, and the staff of the WWE Performance Center, Taynara Conti debuted in 2017 at WWE Fan Axxess before continuing to work on the Florida NXT tours. She made her on-air debut in last year’s Mae Young Classic. She has since made occasional appearances on NXT, including being the Undisputed Era’s choice to engage with Nikki Cross during their feud with Sanity.
A match:
with Reina Gonzalez against Kairi Sane and Nikki Cross at NXT Live, May 20, 2018
Tegan Nox (Nixon Newell)
Former WCPW Women’s champion, former DDT Pro Ironman Heavymetalweight champion (2x)
Trained by Dave Stewart and Mike Hatchman, Tegan Nox debuted in 2013 and quickly began to make a name for herself on the UK independent scene as Nixon Newell. She would work almost exclusively in the UK before signing with WWE in 2017, with notable exceptions being a tour of Stardom and two SHIMMER weekends. She was originally scheduled to be part of the first Mae Young Classic but was unable to participate due to injury.
Some matches:
with Rob Cage vs. La Famiglia (Giuseppe and Connor Matthews) at PWM Welcome to the Family 2016, February 27, 2016
vs. Eva Summers and Audrey Bride for the PWA Queen of Diamonds Championship at RPW Wrestlefest, October 15, 2016
vs. Bea Priestley for the WCPW Women’s Championship at WCPW Loaded #24, February 13, 2017
vs. Bea Priestley for the WCPW Women’s Championship at WCPW Stacked, August 24, 2017
Toni Storm
Current wXw Women’s champion, former World of Stardom champion, former SWA World champion, former and inaugural PROGRESS women’s champion
Trained by Dean Allmark, Toni debuted in 2009 as Storm when she was just thirteen. She convinced her mother to let her move to England to live with her grandmother and train under the tutelage of Dean Allmark. She would debut for PROGRESS in 2014, becoming one of the focal points of the nascent women’s division and the first PROGRESS Women’s champion. She’s made waves internationally, to the point where she made her debut for SHIMMER at vol. 100 against Nicole Matthews, a debut that was years in the making due to just how packed her schedule was. She recently signed an NXT UK contract and will surely be a centerpiece of the new NXT UK women’s division.
vs. Madison Eagles for the Pacific Women’s Championship at PPW Second Impact, March 16, 2013
vs. The Alpha Female (Jazzy Gabert) at an EAW show some time before April 11, 2016
vs. Mia Yim at SWE Morals Don’t Pay the Bills, July 2, 2017
vs. Wesna for the PROGRESS Women’s Championship at GWF Women’s Revolution 8: All Eyes on Us, May 4, 2018
Vanessa Kraven
Current NCW International Femmes Fatales champion, former SHIMMER Tag Team champion, former NCW Women’s champion
Trained by Ron Hutchinson and Zaquary Springate III, Kraven debuted in 2004 for Northern Championship Wrestling in Canada. Her size (she’s 6’ tall) has helped her make her mark as The Mountain, and she’s wrestled throughout the United States and Canada, as well as several tours in Japan. She’s a regular for SHIMMER and SHINE, winning the SHIMMER Tag Team Championship with Tessa Blanchard.
vs. LuFisto at Smash Super Showdown, August 18, 2013
vs. Courtney Rush (Rosemary) at Smash TV, some time before November 5, 2014
vs. Candice LeRae at Smash TV, some time before June 4, 2015
Xia Brookside
Former IPW:UK Women’s champion
Trained by Dean Allmark, Robbie Brookside, and Robbie Dynamite, Xia Brookside debuted in 2015. Primarily based in the UK indies, she first ventured outside the home countries for a couple dates in Germany for GWF in 2016, and in 2017 she did her first Japan tour with Stardom. Since her second Stardom tour early this year, she made her US debut in RISE at RISE 7.5, doing a one-month tour of US indies following that show.
vs. Pollyanna at GWF Women’s Wrestling Revolution, March 9, 2016
vs. Thunder Rosa vs. Nicole Savoy at Inspire Pro There is No Tomorrow, May 27, 2018
vs. Angel Hayze at Shield Pro Wrestling presents Almost Pro Wrestling, July 7, 2018
vs. Little Miss Roxxy for the Bombshells Championship at British Bombshells event, some time before July 10, 2018
Xia Li
Trained by Matt Bloom, Sara Amato, and the rest of the staff of the WWE Performance Center, Xia Li made her debut in the first round of last year’s Mae Young Classic in a losing effort against Mercedes Martinez. She has since worked the NXT Florida house show loops.
A clip:
vs. Mercedes Martinez at WWE Mae Young Classic, July 13, 2017
Zatara
Current Reina de Xtreme champion, former RLL Women’s champion (2x)
Trained by Atemista and Montoya, Zatara debuted in 2008 and has largely wrestled through the Chilean independent scene where she has won numerous championships under the name Tiffany. She recently started wrestling under the name Zatara.
A match:
vs. Sara Phoenix vs. Alison Evans for the Reina de Xtrema championship at Xtreme Club Control X, February 18, 2018
Zeuxis
Current CMLL-Reina International champion, former Mexican National Women’s champion, former CMLL-Reina International Junior champion, former Reina World Tag Team champion (3x), won Princesa Sugehit’s mask at the CMLL 84th Anniversary Show
Trained by Franco Columbo, Huracán Ramirez, Negro Navarro, and El Satánico, Zeuxis debuted in 2008. Initially a técnica, she became a ruda in 2009, working for CMLL for the bulk of the last decade. At CMLL’s 84th anniversary show she wrestled 2017 MYC competitor Princesa Sugehit in the first ever women’s mask vs. mask match at a CMLL anniversary show. Zeuxis severed ties with CMLL earlier this year and has worked independently since June.
vs. Dark Angel (Sarah Stock) at CMLL Martes en Arena Mexico, August 25, 2015
vs. Silueta for the CMLL Mexican National Championship at CMLL Martes en Arena Mexico, February 23, 2016 Fall one Fall two Fall three
vs. Princesa Sugehit, mask vs. mask at CMLL 84th Anniversary Show, September 16, 2017
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2018.07.29 21:59 mmmmmmmBRAINS Ken Nguyen

Name: Ken Nguyen
Age: 23 years old.
Appearance: Ken has black hair, blue eyes, and fair skin. His hair is semi long and straight and most of the time he slicks it back. Casually he is pretty stylish and look very conventionally attractive. While on the job he wears an advanced SWAT like uniform, jet black and head to toe with gadgets and protection.
Mentality/Personality: The Nguyen twins are surprisingly carefree for a pair of assassins and take great pleasure in tackling hard jobs and big names. They love having fun which includes work. To them a challenge is something rare and sought after, which is a main reason they found their way to Tech Chicago. When not working they enjoy partying and playing video games. Ken is a very talented dancer and Tiffany is a wonderful singer and smooth talker. They both very much enjoy each other company and always try to go on double dates when possibly. They are inseparable and their teamwork is hard to beat.
Background: Ken grew up in Los Angeles, California along with his twin sister Tiffany and is a first generation American from South Korea. His parents were mercenaries back in their home country so naturally Ken followed the family trade. Since the age of 5 both Ken and his sister trained in assassination under the tutelage of his mother and father. Together the kids learned the arts of stealth, hacking, assassination, hand to hand combat, firearms, lock picking, knife fighting, and escape artistry. Ken and his sister mastered their training in 10 years so at the age of 15 they started working side by side with their parents. Those years of experience really honed the twin’s skills and cemented them as true members of the Nguyen family. By the time Ken and Tiffany were 20 they had broken off from their parents to make a new duo called Death’s Shadow. Ken’s specialty is infiltration and close quarters engagement, always on the front lines ready for a fight. Together they make an amazing team and love taking on a challenge. With all the attention on the portals in Chicago Ken and Tiffany had to check it out for themselves. Now Ken and his sister roam the streets of Tech Chicago looking for new jobs and a way to see the other world.
Reputation: The Nguyen’s are by no means a household name but are a rumor in the criminal underbelly and by those of great wealth. They have a very prestigious reputation on the west coast but not so much in other parts of the country. Only those with heavy mercenary ties would know who they are.
Resources: Ken has access to significant amounts of money that peaks in the 100k range when combined with his sister’s wealth. After all their services aren’t cheap. He also has access to top of the line equipment which is very expensive to replace and often takes days/weeks to ship.
Power 1: - Enhances Reflexes Ken has lighting fast reflexes and can easily dodge close range attacks but not fast enough to dodge bullets. However, he is fast enough to react to someone using a firearm but isn’t able to react once a bullet is fired.
Power 2: - Super Speed Ken is fast but cannot reach speeds that true speedsters can. He can keep a pace of 30mph for extended period of time and can sprint up to 80mph. At his peak speed he can attain speeds of 120mph but this causes his muscles to break down which can land him in the hospital if abused. Melee combat at top speeds can tear muscles and break bones and is highly volatile to Ken.
Power 3: - Special Connection Ken and Tiffany have the ability to share all of the others senses. They both see, hear, smell, taste, and feel what the other is feeling at all times. This power cannot be turned off but can have their effects lessoned by concentrating intensely.
Power Versatility: Ken’s powers are pretty straight forward and can be pushed beyond their limit in do or die situations at a great cost physically.
Power Drawbacks: When Ken pushes his powers it physically exhausts them after his adrenaline dies down. This could leave his out of commission for a few hours up to a day. Also since he shares all his senses with his sister if you sensory overload one the other will also be affected.
Skill 1: Ken is a very talented break dancer and was the best of his crew back in LA. Break dancing oddly influences his hand to hand combat a bit, allowing him to use unpredictable movements to throw off his opponent.
Skill 2: Ken is an amazing driver who used to street race with his parents car back in LA. He’s the driver of the twins and rarely loses a fair race.
Specialization: Ken’s assassin training has been long and rigorous which has cemented him as one of the deadliest close quarters fighters in the states. His skills are broad but he specialized in hand to hand, lock picking, escape artistry, and stealth. He’s the infiltrator of the twins and is always the one on the front lines.
Equipment: Combat taser knife Combat shotgun Two handguns with silencers C4 Flash bang grenades EMP charges Nano fiber body armor
Strength Although Ken has been training most of his life the twins don’t have strength that would surpass a normal human. He can deadlift around 250lbs but that’s that maximum he can carry at one time.
Agility Ken is extremely agile, being able to climb and dodge with ease. Ken is incredibly dexterous, being able to dodge gunfire and run at incredible speeds.
Intelligence Part of Ken’s training was studying other cultures in case they needed to integrate quickly and easily for a mission. He has basic knowledge of most international cultures and is very knowledgeable about international history.
Wisdom One of the major faults with Ken is his overconfidence. His record is nearly flawless but occasionally he and his sister bite off more than they can chew and can be overwhelmed by a meta with superior skill or great power.
Defense Aside from the body armor he wears he is as fragile as a normal person. His is susceptible to anything a normal human is, which can be double if both Ken and Tiffany are affected. His armor can take low calabar gunfire such as basic pistols but can’t take point blank fire from shotguns or from sniper rifles. Hand to hand attacks and knife attacks are easily blocked.
Offense The most damage he can do depends on the firearms and explosives they carry. Oh and an 80mph knee to the face.
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2018.02.10 14:35 shawnee_ The LIST: PDX Metro events and happenings February 10-13

Saturday February 10, 2018

Sunday, February 11 2018

Monday, February 12, 2018

Tuesday, Feb 13

Wednesday, Feb 14

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2017.12.22 02:13 GreyBearKing Latest session recap. Long.

Session Recap: Warning: This is long. Also I typed it all on a phone so please forgive any small errors. I mainly typed this because my players typically forget what happens in between sessions so that next time when I cite a certain event I’ll have proof to show them that I’m not just making stuff up—though I could and they wouldn’t notice but that’s beside the point.
Party Members: Yuki - Human Rogue who was a member of an assassin league but ran away, hunted down by assassins from league Voled- Tiefling Warlock whose town worships a demon lord named Moloch and that town is currently petrified and they are investigating Charlie- Tabaxi Wizard who seeks adventure Sebastian Gregory- Human Ranger who met the party when they stayed at his farm and after his farm burned down (because of the party) he decided he would join them on their adventure Sugar- A Dragonborn Fighter with amnesia, pretty much destroys everything in sight. Yuki found him and uses him as muscle
When we left off half the party was shopping and the others went to the sheriff to ask for help. When they asked for help Sugar and Voled spontaneously started beating each other up and then Aggie, the sheriff, stopped them.
Starts off with the part of the Party walking around town and they go to the central area of town which has a waterfall falling from the heavens into a lake area with a bunch of locals swimming and having fun.
Yuki decides to go swimming. Tries to deceive locals and imitates a shark. Scares a 4 year-old. Sebastian goes to the market district to buy food. This town has loads and loads of fruit and he talks to a local and asks how a town in the desert is so plentiful. Local says that it’s all thanks to the great Astra, praise be unto her. When asked, local explains that Astra is a deity that created an oasis for them to survive and ensures their fruit harvest is plentiful every year. Sebastian asks for some bananas and the local gives him 18 bananas for free as a gift to a traveler and says “praise Astra!” Sebastian leaves and heads back to party.
Yuki tries to swim up the waterfall, rolls a 2 and gets pulled under and starts drowning. Lifeguard saves Yuki and brings Yuki into a little medical room/ lifeguard hut. Yuki wakes up and searches room, only finds various love letters written to the life guard from a variety of locals.
Yuki and Sebastian meet up with Charlie, Charlie proposes they look for Voled and Sugar since they haven’t seen them in a while. They go to sheriff’s office because they know that’s where they were last. They get there and hear voices coming from back room. Yuki stays out because of a bad history with the law and Sebastian stays out because he is scared. Charlie goes in and sees Aggie leading Voled and Sugar in team building exercises and has them in matching shirts that say “Get along.” They try to do a trust fall but Voled tries to have Sugar land on his trident but the trident breaks and is now just a pole. Aggie sees Charlie and says you must be their friend and talks about the progress they’ve made.
Party tells Aggie about the petrification of Voled’s town and Aggie claims that a Gorgon must have done it and says she’ll start researching how to fix it. They ask if she has any leads and she mentions that the well they used to get water from has been corrupted recently and Astra made a waterfall from the heavens to give them fresh water (goes into aqueducts before the lake/pool). The party gets a map to the well and before they leave Aggie lays a curse so Sugar and Voled have to hold hands until they settle their differences (Sugar’s player canceled last second because he was sick so I had this planned ahead in case that happened to explain what Sugar is doing).
Side note: At some point Voled’s player tries to claim that he and Aggie used to date. I tell him no and that I sent him a list of all the characters in the desert I’ve made and what you know about them in the past and asked if you wanted to change any background history before we started our first session and he said it was good. He then says that they never dated however Voled believe they did which led to some funny interactions in conversations.
Charlie informs Sebastian and Yuki what he heard. Yuki decides to go grab a giant rock and asks Sebastian for help. They run off on their own to find a rock. They bring this rock to the lake and use it to pull them both to the bottom of the lake quickly. They see a little drain/waterway and go through it and get sucked away at a very fast speed.
Charlie, Voled, and Sugar go off to the well and they find it and jump down. It’s a big jump and Voled lands on Sugar to soften the blow and Charlie uses his cat gracefulness to land safely. They see a narrow corridor ahead of them. Voled and Sugar go in first, but as they are shimmying through a grey ooze surrounds them and starts attacking. Voled puts a protection but doesn’t try to attack it. Charlie sees the ooze and throws a pebble at it, then gives up and just sits and watches.
Voled continues to struggle and gets hurt and begs Charlie for help. Charlie jumps in and pushes Voled and Sugar out of the ooze. Charlie is now getting hurt. Voled attempts to pull Charlie out but gets pulled in as well. Ooze crits Charlie to 0 HP on the dot and Voled is about to die, at this point we call the Dingo. Dingo is the name of the player who plays Sugar and we figured we needed a Dingo ex Machina to save them. Dingo starts coughing a bunch and then has Sugar let loose his dragon breath and the ooze is flammable and goes up in flames and runs away. Voled finishes off the ooze and saves Charlie.
They enter the next corridor and see a massive wall of ooze that starts chasing them down. They run away and find a locked door. Start attacking the door and end up setting it on fire and making a hole through it which they jump through. The ooze wall doesn’t follow them because the flaming door.
In the room there is a bookshelf, bed, and a partially dissolved skeleton with a helmet that says “I served as guardian of the well for 30 years and all I got was this stupid helmet.” Voled shoots a fire bolt through the hole they made to light the ooze on fire, when he does this the ooze is enraged and decides to go through the flaming door because it is already on fire. Ooze starts going through door and Voled hexes and Eldritch blasts it to hold it off while Charlie searches for an exit. Charlie tries to pry helmet off skeleton but can’t and decides to start pulling books off the shelf to see if there’s a secret passage. Charlie doesn’t read any of the book titles but does find that the back of the wooden bookshelf has rotted away and there is a breeze coming from behind. Voled stops blasting and helps Charlie push over the bookshelf. While he stops blasting, the ooze enters the room faster and they have to make a tumble check to enter the passage without being grabbed. Charlie succeeded but Voled failed. The ooze has a hold on his legs and Charlie has disappeared down the shoot and can’t help him. Voled then prays to his demon lord Moloch.
Side note: for all interactions with Moloch we phone the player of Sebastian’s older sister Katie and she plays the role of Moloch. Last time she talked with Voled she demanded that he pee in the water supply of all towns besides his. Voled hasn’t done this yet.
Moloch answers. First thing Katie says when Voled says he is in danger: “HAVE YOU PEED IN THE WATER SUPPLY?” Voled says he hasn’t. Katie says “I TOLD YOU TO PEE IN THE WATER SUPPLY!” Voled promises to pee in the water supply if Katie saves him. Katie says “FINE... BUT YOU MUST PEE IN THE WATER SUPPLY!” Katie opens up the earth and has a giant magma pool sweep up from underneath and burns the Ooze and then the magma forms into a thumbs up and Voled slides away safely.
At this point they see a big gelatinous cube in a room with various waterways pouring into it. Voled walks up and pokes it. Some acid spews out. Inside the cube is a shiny new trident and a small chest. Voled decides to get rid of his broken trident by putting it inside the cube.
At this point Yuki and Sebastian return. They’ve been going down a water slide this whole time. Yuki sees the cube and decides to land on it as they drop out of the ceiling. Nat 20 tumble check: bounces off the cube like a trampoline and lands safely. Sebastian decides to dig his dagger into the ground to slow him down and hang off it. Rolls well and does so, decides to stick another dagger in the ground and stand on his two daggers. This is very hard because the ground/wall he is sticking the daggers in isn’t very sturdy and running water is constantly flowing into him so he has to roll a 16 every round (which he did every turn for this whole encounter).
Anyway, the cube tries to attack people, people try to attack it. Yuki tries to throw a dagger to knock the chest out of the cube but fails. Sebastian uses his longbow while standing on the daggers underneath running water and hits the cube multiple times. Fight is pretty normal and they get the cube to 40% health and then Sebastian decides to use his whip to knock down a stalactite above the cube. He gets a Crit and a big stalactite Falls and instantly kills the cube but also crushes all the gear inside it. Cube gel goes everywhere.
Party talks about what they’ve been through now they are reunited, Sebastian offers bananas to them and they find out the bananas are magical because they are blessed by Astra and they heal the party up to full health.
In the room there’s a little waterway 20 feet deep. Voled investigates. I describe it as very dirty and murky water, but you don’t see any enemies or ooze in it. Voled drinks the water. A Water weird pops out and pulls him in. Yuki investigates the gel from the cube and collects it in some buckets and throws it on top of the water (also tested if it was flammable which it was). It floats in the water and is viscous enough to run on if you move fast. While this is going on Voled/Sugar are trapped and Voled tries to break out but fails. Charlie, Yuki, and Sebastian use the gel to build a bridge and they move past the water weird and then make it to shore on the other side and light the gel on fire to try to burn the weird. The weird is resistant to fire so it didn’t do much but was a valid effort. The room they are now in has a water pool in the middle with a hatch/door at the bottom and shore around the edges for the party to stand on as well as an exit to the outside. Sebastian tries to throw bananas into the weird for Voled to heal with. Voled can’t grab the banana so Sebastian throws another and Voled grabs it and heals.
A little before this point, I got a text from the Rogue that reads “I sneak away.” I mentioned that in this room there is a path to the outside and he wanted to leave the group while they were fighting. Now you may be saying it’s rude to have my phone at the table but I had my laptop up as my DM screen and I had my phone behind it and my other players didn’t notice and this Rogue was on his phone to text me but he normally isn’t and none of the party noticed the texting, and they also didn’t notice that I started skipping their turn because he was off on his own adventure.
Anyways, after a little bit of fighting and Voled/Sugar still being trapped Sebastian decides that he is going to leave and he doesn’t care about saving his party. He leaves, walks out into the desert and sees a gloomy town in the distance and a figure heading toward it who just came from this exit (it’s Yuki the Rogue). Sebastian decides that it must be a gorgon and falls into the cave for the party to follow him. Charlie comes out, and they make chase. Voled breaks out of the weird finally and follows behind them. Once again, no one realized Yuki wasn’t with them even though I explicitly said the names of the party that was chasing this figure and omitted Yuki’s name.
Alright, they get to town gates. Guards stop them and ask who they are. Party takes a while to come up with a response so one of the guards decides to just mind read the party. Decides the party is harmless and lets them in. Voled approaches the gates after this and the guards realize he is from Moloch’s town and they start making fun of him for being a lackey and relying on someone else for power and protection. They start laughing and let Voled in without checking him because they think of him as weak.
Some background for you: this is the Decaisatius Desert in which all of the towns survive by a patron deity. Moloch’s Town Moloch is made up of fully demonic teiflings and Astra’s town Nebulum is made up of humans but they each have a chosen warlock who gets the powers of their protector (Fiend for Moloch and Celestial for Nebulum). Now this town is Biblothecia which they don’t have a patron but rather have learned to siphon magic from some lovecraftian creatures (Great Old Ones) and everyone in the town knows magic but they do have one main protector as well who knows the eldest and darkest magic. Because they don’t rely on a patron they see themselves as better than all the other towns and they also focus on their education.
Anyway, once they are inside they all meet up and realize that Yuki isn’t with them. They ask if they left Yuki behind and I simply say that Yuki is not with them and you don’t know where they are. Yuki is off on their own adventure and speaking of that let me tell you what Yuki was up to.
Alright, Yuki makes it into town. Immediately goes to market district and searches for a shop with magic items and finds a bookstore with a lot of tomes. Goes upstairs and looks for Theives’ ‘Cant (I’m a sucker for Theives’ ‘Cant because I love secret passages and hidden messages and this is the first time anyone has acknowledged it in all our sessions) Finds some graffiti upstairs that points to a secret passageway beside a bookshelf. At this point the rest of the party decides to go shopping and they choose the bookstore (what are the odds?) and after they talk for a bit they hear a door from upstairs (Yuki) and Voled insists it must be a Gorgon and rushes upstairs but only find gibberish graffiti. At this point Sebastian asks the owner for a book on survival in the desert and starts reading up on this. Voled looks for a book on Gorgons but refuses to ask where it is and doesn’t understand the book sorting system. After failing to find a book Charlie asks the owner and gets an answer right away and Voled is surprised how easy that was. At this point Charlie leads a comic about someone named Gorthnak the destroyer and his sidekick Tiffany.
At this point Yuki takes some secret passages to a black market and Thieves’ guild. At the Thieve’s guild Yuki asks what is the most desired item in town, they say it’s Sentius’ Tomes but only an idiot would steal it because they would die and Sentius is the only person who understands the eldest tongue so only he can even use them. Yuki leaves and goes to giant library and guards block Yuki and say only citizens are allowed. Yuki understands that everybody knows magic and doesn’t want to mess with anyone. Yuki now enters the bookstore normally and reunites with the party.
Sebastian left the bookstore to go buy food. Finds a stand. All the food is rotten and the owner uses a spell to make them fresh again because Sebastian is an outsider and couldn’t do it for himself. Anyways, Sebastian asks for some history on the town and then the owner creates a seat for him and starts boasting on they came from nothing unlike all the other wusses who’ve been handed safety to them by deities. Sebastian mentions that Moloch’s town has been petrified by a Gorgon and the owner starts laughing and saying that’s what they get for relying on deities and that a 10 year old in Bibliothetica could defeat a Gorgon. Anyways, Sebastian learns from this to cure the town they have to make the Gorgon petrify itself.
When Yuki meets up with Voled, Sugar, and Charlie they ask the bookstore owner about Sentius. The owner mentions how Sentius is the most powerful. Voled then says “I guess you guys are just wusses who rely on Sentius to protect you.” At this dinner, the owner of the bookstore uses magic to throw Voled across the room, uses mind control to make him wet his pants, and then casts a spell and says “Have fun sleeping tonight.” The party then leaves the store.
At this point the entire party meets up again and they decide to go into the restaurant district to find a tavern. Yuki claims to have a plan. They enter a tavern with a bunch of people quietly playing Chess and Yuki says the plan won’t work. (Apparently the plan was to get a fight going and kill people and frame Voled and then defeat Voled to be honored amongst the town to gain access to the library and then learn some magic and secrets). Anyways there is a chess tournament and Sebastian signs up for it. They watch a main game and it looks like the board is materialized and controlled via magic. Sentius is playing and Yuki observes his style. Sentius likes to show off by handicapping himself and coming back as well as toying with his opponent. A Tournament Official sees that Sebastian is an outsider and says that he has to go grab something from the back and tells another TO to change the bracket to make Sebastian go against Jamison in round 1. Yuki goes and asks the bartender for a job and gets a job as a server because it’s a busy night and first shift is in 15 minutes. Yuki runs back to thieves’ guild and finds only 2 people are left. They seem like low on the corporate ladder and Yuki asks which one is a stronger mage. They both say “I am” and Yuki has them roshambo it out. They say “Rock Paper Sisso....” and then one punches the other one out. Yuki says they can join on the biggest score this town has ever seen and takes that one with them.
Sebastian investigates the tavern and finds a power ranking for this season of chess tournaments. He looks for Jamison and finds Jamison is dead last. He also notices that Sentius is in first and that he is ranked far above second.
Yuki enters with the thief in time for the work shift to start. Serves some drinks for a while and tells thief to wait. Thief starts drinking a lot.
Sebastian goes to play first game. Sees Jamison is a little kid and Sebastian crushes him. This surprises the TO that Sebastian was able to win. Jamison has some tears and Sebastian tells him that as long as he keeps practicing he can win everything one day and Jamison hugs him. Sebastian wins his second game as well (Voled bet all of his money on Sebastian this game) and moves on. Voled does not bet on Sebastian in round 3. Round 3 is Sebastian against a local named Phillip who has never made it to round 3 of the bracket before and is just happy to have made it this far. After a close game Phillip wins and Sebastian and Voled start cheering for Phillip in the rest of the games. After a very close next game Phillip makes a comeback and wins and moves on to semi finals against Sentius.
At this point Yuki gets a drink and heavily, HEAVILY, poisons it and then tells the thief to “Erase the past 24 hours of my memory and then tell me to give this drink to Sentius.” The drunken thief doesn’t question this and does so. Yuki gives the drink to Sentius, who immediately tests to see if it’s poisoned because he doesn’t trust anyone. When he finds out he question and read Yuki’s mind and finds Yuki to be innocent and goes to the thief and then uses magic and telekinesis to execute the drunk. Sentius is now furious and stops toying with his opponents in the chess tournament and hopes to end it quickly so he can leave because he is upset. He absolutely crushes Phillip but Phillip is just happy to have made it that far and the party hangs out with Phillip for a while.
They stay with Phillip until closing time and Philip goes home and the owner says that since the party is from out of town they can stay in a room in the back. It only has 2 beds but the rest can take the floor. The party agrees and rests for the night and the session ends.
TLDR; players left town, went in a cave, ignored the boss of the cave, found a new town, didn’t communicate with each other, people died, they found a random NPC and became better friends with them than any NPC I carefully planned at any other point in the campaign. Pretty standard stuff for a DM to deal with.
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2017.01.29 19:49 iminterestingplease Part 11

I can't believe it's only been 20 days. There have been a lot of changes. Let's hope it doesn't keep progressing at this speed.
2305.(Can't think of a title.)Do you remember it being so easy to clone your pet and all the info surrounding cloning animals in general?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pet_cloning
2306.(Movie Quote change.)"Nobody bats an eye."/"Nobody panics."
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pfmkRi_tr9c
2307.(Spelling change.)Disasterous/Disastrous
https://www.reddit.com/Retconned/comments/5qukwk/minor_spelling_me_disasterous_or_disastrous/
2308.(Phantom geography.)There is now a piece of land known as Kalingrad between Poland and Lithuania.
https://www.reddit.com/Retconned/comments/5r4ab3/kalingrad/
2309.(Geography change.)The lower right corner of Nevada is now different.
http://www.nevada-map.org/nevada-road-map.gif
2310.(Music Lyrics change.)"If I were to say to you."/"If I was to say to you."
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=deB_u-to-IE
Add-On: Do you remember the power going out for 36 hours in both the Twin Towers the weekend before 9/11 and the security systems being disabled and all the mysterious "workers"?
https://www.reddit.com/conspiracy/comments/5r0glz/911_wtc_towers_had_power_turned_off_for_36_hours/
2311.(Date change.)Do you remember the "Catch me outside, how about that?" girl on Dr. Phil being on years ago?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2l5Vrxqv3ZM
2312.(Movie name change.)Pet Cemetary/Pet Cemetery/Pet Semetary/Pet Sematary
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pet_Sematary
2313.(Animal name change.)Racoon/Raccoon
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raccoon
2314.(Can't think of a title.)Do you remember Ken Bone telling Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton to say one nice thing to each other instead of Karl Becker?
https://www.reddit.com/Retconned/comments/5r65h4/ken_bone/
2315.(Video Game name change.)Alex The Kid/Alex Kidd In Miracle World(Other titles?)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alex_Kidd_in_Miracle_World
2316.(Spelling change.)Acknowledgement/Acknowledgment
http://grammarist.com/spelling/acknowledgment-acknowledgement/
2317.(Can't think of a title.)Do you remember Generation Y and Millennials being the same?(And all the other names being the same?)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Millennials
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KbxdVI0P9kI
2318.(Can't think of a title.)Do you remember Duracell having a bunny mascot?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PTIA_6E51Cs
2319.(Sculpture change.)The Love Sculpture O has flipped the other way.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Love_(sculpture)
2320.(Can't think of a title.)Do you remember three presidents losing the popular, winning the electoral vote and still becoming president?(Do you remember a president losing both the popular, and the electoral vote and still becoming president?)
https://www.reddit.com/Retconned/comments/5revfj/presidents_winning_the_popular_vote_but_losing/
2321.(Bacon Bits name change.)Bacon Pieces/Bac'N Pieces/Bac'n Pieces
http://www.mccormick.com/spices-and-flavors/othebacn-pieces-bacon-flavored-bits
2322.(Music Lyrics change.)"Closing the goddamn door."/"Closing a goddamn door."
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RULJXfs1gio&t=8s
Add-On: Do you remember KitKat bars having 5 pieces instead of 4?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jCZvg0GUzvs
2323.(Movie Quote change.)"I leave you alone for 5 minutes."/"I leave you alone for 3 minutes?"(Do any of the quotes sound different to you?)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZMJFu3yL5f4
2324.(Music Lyrics change.)"You're only a day away."/"You're always a day away."
http://www.metrolyrics.com/tomorrow-lyrics-annie.html
2325.(Famous Chef name change.)Paula Dean/Paula Deen
https://www.google.com/search?q=paula+deen
2326.(Can't think of a title.)Do you remember Arthur being cancelled?
https://www.google.com/search?site=&source=hp&q=arthur
2327.(Movie Quote change.)"Click your heels three times."/"Tap your heels three times."
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ooM-RGUTe2E
2328.(Can't think of a title.)Do you remember interstate signs being black and white instead of blue?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yz9geMSMlmc
2329.(Can't think of a title.)Do you remember Los Angeles having a rainy season that lasts from December to March instead of it never raining in Los Angeles?
https://www.reddit.com/Retconned/comments/5rgvg3/los_angeles_winter_weathe
2330.(Geography change.)The Mediterranean Sea is now smaller.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mediterranean_Sea
2331.(Geography change.)The Black Sea is now smaller.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Sea
2332.(Geography change.)The Caspian Sea is now smaller.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caspian_Sea
2333.(Geography change.)The Aegean Sea now has a bunch of islands located around it.
http://www.worldatlas.com/aatlas/infopage/aegeanc.gif
2334.(Geography change.)Greece is now smaller.
http://www.in2greece.com/english/maps/map_of_Greece.jpg
2335.(Geography change.)Turkey is now smaller.
http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/middle_east_and_asia/turkey_physio-2006.jpg
2336.(Geography change.)The coast of Libya in North Africa now has a piece of it missing.
http://www.worldatlas.com/img/areamap/69ecadc3bc441838334d3ae631c9c4c7.gif
2337.(Geography change.)Egypt is now smaller.
http://egyptmap.facts.co/egyptmapof/EgyptMap.png
2338.(Geography change.)Malta has drifted more west.(It also is smaller, and is rotating.)
http://www.maps-of-europe.net/maps/maps-of-malta/road-map-of-malta.jpg
2339.(Can't think of a title.)The lead actor in Iron Fist is now Finn Jones instead of Emile Hirsch.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3322310/
2340.(Can't think of a title.)The Swastika is now moving the opposite direction from what it was before.
http://weknownyourdreamz.com/images/swastika/swastika-04.jpg
Add-On: Do you remember a White House annex being hit on 9/11?
https://www.reddit.com/Retconned/comments/5rvc0s/i_remember_a_white_house_annexe_being_hit_by_an/
2341.(Spelling change.)Stoole/Stool(As in stool samples.)
https://www.google.com/search?q=stool
2342.(Spelling change.)Google/Googol(Do you remember the number being spelled after the website or the other way around?)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Googol
Add-On: Do you remember log-in, log in, login on line, on-line, online off line. off-line, offline good day, goodday, day time, daytime, nighttime or night time?
http://www.dictionary.com/browse/day--and--night
Add-On: Do you remember half-hour, half hour, half-an-hour, or half an hour?
http://english.stackexchange.com/questions/1174/half-an-hour-versus-half-hour
2343.(Movie Title change.)They Live!/They Live
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IleHcDlPPgE
2344.(Can't think of a title.)Do you remember warm blooded animals such as reptiles and fish being a thing?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WRePu2hc1Mk
2345.(Car Company name change.)Alfa Romero/Alfa Romeo
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfa_Romeo
2346.(Singer name change.)Ne Yo /Ne-Yo
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ne-Yo
2347.(Singer name change.)T Pain/T-Pain
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T-Pain
2348.(Cheese name change.)Babybell/Babybel
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Babybel
2349.(Cereal name change.)Korn Flakes/Corn Flakes(It had flipped from corn to korn back to corn.)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HaXZ6K37nTk
2350.(Famous Actor name change.)Toby Maguire/Tobey Maguire
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r-8tQsE2R_I
2351.(Famous Radio Host name change.)Laura Ingram/Laura Ingrham/Laura Ingraham(Other spellings?)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laura_Ingraham
2352.(Snack Company name change.)Tyrells/Tyrrells(It went from Tyrrells to Tyrells back to Tyrrells.)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tyrrells_(crisps)
2353.(Phantom geography.)Do you remember the USA having a Gulf Coast?
https://www.reddit.com/Retconned/comments/5rfj2f/i_am_not_alone_in_about_the_gulf_coast/
Add-On: Do you remember the C and H in Maruchan being connected and the M cutting off on the left?
http://target.scene7.com/is/image/Target/14568314?wid=450&hei=450&fmt=pjpeg
2354.(Book Title change.)Moby Dick/Moby-Dick
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moby-Dick
2355.(Spelling change.)Fennal/Finial(Other spellings?)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Finial
2356.(Famous Actress name change.)Wynona RydeWinona Ryder
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winona_Ryder
2357.(Hygiene Product Logo change.)Oral-B dash is now touching the B, and R and A are now connected.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oral-B
2358.(Hair Product name change.)Brylcream/Brylcreem
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brylcreem
2359.(Trading Card name change.)Garbage Patch Kids/Garbage Pail Kids(Movie as well.)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garbage_Pail_Kids
2360.(Can't think of a title.)Do you remember your heart being about the size of one fist instead of two?
https://www.reddit.com/Retconned/comments/5t5x6t/your_heart_is_a_muscle_the_size_of_two_fists/
2361.(Can't think of a title.)Do you remember Venus being smaller than Earth?
https://www.reddit.com/Retconned/comments/5ta4bk/size_of_venus/
2362.(Can't think of a title.)Do you remember honeybees dying immediately when they stung something?
https://www.reddit.com/Retconned/comments/5taabl/honey_bees_dont_always_die_when_they_sting_you_now/
2363.(Can't think of a title.)Do you remember the back of the penny changing to a new "shield" design back in 2010 and being like that since?
https://www.reddit.com/Retconned/comments/5tb3hi/us_penny_coin_change/
Add-On: Do you remember all the holes on the front of the human skull?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=01VScSbhTig
2364.(Music Video Ending change.)Do you remember Someday by Nickelback ending with the man and woman seeing each other as ghosts instead of the woman just walking away from a car crash?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rVfsCnFprC4
2365.(Movie Scene change.)Willy Wonka now grabs the little girl's face and says "We are the music makers and we are the dreamers of dreams."
https://www.reddit.com/Retconned/comments/5tjou3/does_this_scene_from_willy_wonka_feel_off_to/
2366.(Can't think of a title.)Does Fitter Happier by Radiohead sound off to you?(Do the lyrics sound off?)
https://www.reddit.com/Retconned/comments/5tjfzq/radiohead_fitter_happier_now_contains_lines_that/
2367.(Can't think of a title.)Does Lisztomania sound off to you?(Do the lyrics sound off?)
https://www.reddit.com/Retconned/comments/5tjzaf/lisztomania_seems_slowed_down_song_me/
2368.(Band name change.)Megadeath/Megadeth
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Megadeth
2369.(Can't think of a title.)Do you remember the Razzle Dazzle ships in certain wars being a thing?(Do you remember Razzle Dazzle ships existing in general?)(Razzle Dazzle existing in certain things in general?)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WQQPP6TWJCQ
2370.(Fictional Family name change.)The Griswald Family/The Griswold Family(Not the rock band.)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Lampoon's_Vacation
2371.(Fictional Character name change.)Jake Burton/Jack Burton
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Big_Trouble_in_Little_China
2372.(Phantom geography.)Do you remember a Queen Elizabeth Island existing?(Have you heard of the history about the mutineers being found in Tahiti?)
https://www.reddit.com/Retconned/comments/5trobh/mutiny_on_the_bounty_mandela_effect/
2373.(Can't think of a title.)Do you remember the Earth's water being older than the Sun?
https://www.reddit.com/Retconned/comments/5trxo3/much_of_earths_water_is_older_than_the_sun/
2374.(Spelling change.)Flabergast/Flabbergast
https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flabbergast
2375.(Can't think of a title.)Do you remember water irises sticking out of the water as far as they can now?
https://www.caringpets.org/wp-content/uploads/garden-pond-water-iris.jpg
2376.(Song Title change.)Unbreak My Heart/UnBreak My Heart/Un-Break My Heart
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p2Rch6WvPJE
2377.(Music Lyrics change.)"Since the worlds were turning."/"Since the world's been turning."
https://www.reddit.com/Retconned/comments/5txlcj/we_didnt_start_the_fire/
2378.(Cleaning Product name change.)Detol/Dettol
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chloroxylenol
2379.(Company name change.)Pepperidge Farms/Pepperidge Farm
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pepperidge_Farm
2380.(Bank name change.)JoS. A. Banks/JoS. A. Bank(Joseph?)(Did it not say clothiers?)(No periods?)(Other spellings?)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/JoS._A._Bank_Clothiers
Add-On: Do you remember CVS Pharmacy having an uppercase P and having no heart in the logo?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CVS_Pharmacy
2381.(Grammar change.)Nevermind/Never Mind
https://www.reddit.com/Retconned/comments/5u2but/nevermind/
2382.(Spelling change.)AdvisoAdviser
https://www.reddit.com/Retconned/comments/5u1m1p/advis_
Add-On: Do you remember Mickey Mouse not having a tali?(He is now depicted with and without a tail.)
https://www.reddit.com/Retconned/comments/5u1vlc/mickey_mouse_has_a_tail/
2383.(T.V Show Quote change.)"Boss! The plane! The plane!"/"The plane! The plane!"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ADaRp-S_nso
2384.(Can't think of a title.)Do you remember Kim Jong-Un's brother being killed a few years ago instead of recently?
https://www.reddit.com/Retconned/comments/5u5rzh/not_sure_about_this_one_but_i_thought_the_brothe
2385.(Restaurant name change.)Raising Cain's Chicken Fingers/Raising Caine's Chicken Fingers/Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers(Do you remember it saying Chicken Fingers?)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raising_Cane's_Chicken_Fingers
2386.(T.V Show Logo change.)Finding Jesus: Faith, Fact, Forgery now has the E connected to the J.
https://imgur.com/a/tILMS
2387.(Phantom geography.)Have you heard of Arkhangelsk Oblast?
http://www.russianlessons.net/russia/arkhangelsk/russia-arkhangelsk.gif
2388.(Phantom geography.)Have you heard of Severny Island?
https://pavellas.files.wordpress.com/2014/01/706px-baffin_island_canada-svg.png
2389.(Phantom geography.)Have you heard of Yuzhny Island?
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/2/29/Yuzhny_Island.svg/468px-Yuzhny_Island.svg.png
2390.(Geography change.)Mongolia is even bigger now than before.
http://www.intourtrade.mn/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/Mongolia.jpg
2391.(Song Title change.)Boom Boom, Ain't It Great To Be Happy/Boom Boom, Ain't It Great To Be Crazy
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LdbPTF2VgtQ
2392.(Can't think of a title.)Do you remember the underwater continent known as Zealandia?
http://www.smh.com.au/technology/sci-tech/meet-zealandia-the-underwater-continent-that-new-zealand-sits-on-20170216-guf3ea.html
Add-On: Do you remember Nows And Laters, Nows Or Laters, Now Or Laters, or Now Or Later?(Do you remember "And" being capitalized or "Or"?)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Now_and_Later
2393.(President name change.)Lindon B. Johnson/Lyndon B. Johnson
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lyndon_B._Johnson
2394.(T.V Show name change.)American Dad/American Dad!
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Dad!
2395.(New Species.)Have you heard of the Neopalpa Donaldtrumpi?
http://www.cnn.com/2017/01/18/health/donald-trump-moth-trnd/
2396.(Can't think of a title.)Do you remember Chevrolet making a Chevrolet Corvette Station Wagon?
http://www.superchevy.com/features/vemp-1004-chevy-corvette-sportwagon/
2397.(Spelling change.)Worcester Sauce/Worcestershire Sauce
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Worcestershire_sauce
2398.(Safety Warning Quote change.)"Objects in mirror may be closer than they appear."/"Objects in mirror are closer than they appear."
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Objects_in_mirror_are_closer_than_they_appear
2399.(Band name change.)The Monkeys/The Monkees(Did the t.v. show name change for you as well?)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Monkees
2400.(Movie Quote change.)Dishes are done dude."/"Dishes are done man."
https://www.reddit.com/Retconned/comments/5uncj2/the_dishes_are_done_line_from_dont_tell_mom_the/
2401.(Book Quote change.)"I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear, and let it wash over me, and through me. And in the end, only I will remain."/"I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain."(Anything else in this book change for you?)
https://www.reddit.com/Retconned/comments/5uoa54/dune_litany_against_fea
2402.(New fruits.)Have you heard of the Jackfruit?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jackfruit
2403.(Sports Equipment Company name change.)Spaulding/Spalding
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spalding_(sports_equipment)
2404.(Can't think of a title.)Do you remember Zsa Zsa Gabor and Johnny Carson having an exchange on his show going as such "Do you want to pet my pussy?"-Zsa Zsa Gabor "I would love to if you(you'd?) remove that damn cat."-Johnny Carson?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wRR1aKBOCOQ
2405.(T.V Show Quote change.)"I thought I saw a pussycat. I did. I did see a pussycat."/"I thought I saw a pussycat. I did. I did saw a pussycat."
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0iM12GglePI
2406.(Geography change.)Do you remember Poschiavo being in Italy instead of Switzerland?
https://www.reddit.com/Retconned/comments/5urwb4/pe_poschiavo_its_in_what_country/
2407.(Geography change.)The Faroe Islands are now bigger than before.
https://www.reddit.com/Retconned/comments/5urxo9/faroe_islands_just_got_bigge
2408.(Car Company name change.)Hundai/Hyundai
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyundai_Motor_Company
2409.(Manufacturing Company name change.)Peterbuilt/Peterbilt
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V3wjN9tx_I0
2410.(Phantom geography.)Do you remember there being a Vancouver in Washington?(Was it only Canada before?)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vancouver,_Washington
2411.(New vegetables.)Have you heard of Glass Gem Corn?
https://www.reddit.com/Retconned/comments/5v2il6/rainbow_corn/
2412.(Restaurant name change.)Aunt Annie's/Auntie Annie's/Aunt Anne's/Auntie Anne's
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Auntie_Anne's
Add-On: Is the American Dad! theme song different to you in any way?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1slrsxNb31g
Add-On: Do you remember Jolly Ranchers, Jolly ranchers, or Jolly RANCHERS?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jolly_Rancher
2413.(Animal Anatomy change.)Does the front chest area of a dog look off to you?
https://www.reddit.com/Retconned/comments/5v7opdid_your_dog_grow_two_dangling_flaps_things_on/
2414.(Can't think of a title.)Do you remember Fukushima being damaged by the earthquake and tsunami in 2011 instead of nuclear weapons?
https://www.reddit.com/Retconned/comments/5v81s6/was_fukushima_attacked_with_a_nuclear_weapon/
2415.(Capital City change.)Anchorage, Alaska/Juneau, Alaska(Do you remember Alaska being a Russian territory at any point?)
https://www.reddit.com/Retconned/comments/5v7w3z/omg_really_i_am_totally_confused_double_me_about/
2416.(Bubble Gum name change.)Bubbalicious/Bubblicious
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NNacuCVTOWo
2417.(Phantom quote.)Do you remember Bill Gates saying "640 K(640K?) ought to be enough for anybody."?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2hf8o631ek8
Add-On: Do you remember the U and R being connected in the Saturn car logo?
http://logonoid.com/images/saturn-logo.jpg
2418.(Real Life Quote change.)"A day which will live in infamy."/"A date which will live in infamy."
http://historymatters.gmu.edu/d/5166
2419.(Decade Counting Tube name change.)Decatron/Dekatron(The latter is now an acceptable spelling too.)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dekatron
2420.(Famous Fashion Model name change.)Gisele Bünchden/Gisele Bündchen
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gisele_B%C3%BCndchen
2421.(Music Lyrics change.)"But don't break my heart, my achy breaky heart."/"But don't tell my heart, my achy breaky heart."
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=byQIPdHMpjc
2422.(Date change.)Do you remember the Original King James Bible being published in 1612 instead of 1611?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/King_James_Version
2423.(New species.)Have you heard of the Orange Alligator?
http://www.myrtlebeachonline.com/news/local/article133972914.html
Add-On: Do you remember yield signs only being yellow instead of red ones existing as well?
http://2passdd.com/taylowp-content/uploads/2015/04/YieldYellow.png
2424.(Dog Treat name change.)Begging/Beggin Strips/Beggin' Strips
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beggin'_Strips
2425.(Phantom movie scene.)Did a movie scene in Cast Away not get deleted before release in your memory?
https://www.reddit.com/Retconned/comments/5vnag7/the_tom_hanks_effect_i_mean_mandela_effect/
2426.(Computer name change.)Leveno/Lenovo
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lenovo
2427.(City name change.)Pittsburg, Pennsylvania/Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pittsburgh
2428.(Can't think of a title.)Do you remember being able to go up to the Statue Of Liberty's torch?
http://www.amny.com/lifestyle/why-can-t-we-go-up-the-statue-of-liberty-s-torch-1.7320932
2429.(Celebrity death that didn't happen.)Do you remember Rick Astley dying?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rick_Astley
Add-On: Do you remember hearing of CERN before the Mandela Effect?
https://www.reddit.com/Retconned/comments/5vq5f8/am_i_the_only_one_who_had_never_heard_of_cern/
2430.(Date change.)Do you remember smoking commercials being banned in the 80's or 90's instead of 1972?
https://www.reddit.com/Retconned/comments/5vtlqw/cigarette_commercials/
2431.(Music Lyrics change.)"I miss the rains down in Africa."/"I bless the rains down in Africa."
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTQbiNvZqaY
2432.(Can't think of a title.)Do you remember terrorist attacks happening recently in Sweden like Donald Trump claims?
http://www.firstpost.com/world/donald-trump-at-it-again-refers-to-a-terror-attack-in-sweden-which-never-took-place-3294024.html
2433.(Can't think of a title.)Do you remember Muslims cheering for 9/11 in New Jersey like Donald Trump claims?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kmBpRejIO64
2434.(Religious Quote change.)"Allah Akbar!"/"Allahu Akbar!"(Pronunciation has changed as well.)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allahu_Akbar_(disambiguation)
2435.(Real Life Quote change.)"You got mail."/"You've got mail."
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gFBLiHpkcOk
2436.(Skin Care Product name change.)Nivea(With accent above E.)/Nivea
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nivea
2437.(Celebrity death that didn't happen.)Do you remember Pamela Anderson dying?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pamela_Anderson
2438.(Beer name change.)Guiness/Guinness(The spelling of Guinness for everything has changed.)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guinness
2439.(Can't think of a title.)Do you remember certain companies such as Wonder Bread making rainbow colored bread in the early 2000's?
http://www.underconsideration.com/brandnew/archives/wonder_packaging_all_new.jpg
Add-On: Do you remember Downy being spelled Downey?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Downy
2440.(T.V. Show name change.)The Secret Life Of An American TeenageThe Secret Life Of The American Teenager
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Secret_Life_of_the_American_Teenager
2441.(Geography change.)Does the highway in Texas that stretches from San Antonio to Laredo look off to you?
https://www.reddit.com/Retconned/comments/5w3c9l/so_texas_geography/
2442.(Book Title change.)The Handmaiden's Tale/The Handmaid's Tale
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Handmaid's_Tale
2443(Book Quote change.)"I love you to the moon and back."/"I love you right up to the moon and back."
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guess_How_Much_I_Love_You
2444.(Music Lyrics change.)"Gimme some sugar. I am your neighbor."/"Give me some sugar. I am your neighbor."/"Lend me some sugar. I am your neighbor."(Does the background music sound different to you?)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PWgvGjAhvIw
2445.(Famous Actress name change.)Latoya Jackson/LaToya Jackson/La Toya Jackson
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_Toya_Jackson
2446.(Book Title change.)How To Kill A Mockingbird/To Kill A Mockingbird
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/To_Kill_a_Mockingbird
2447.(Famous Musician name change.)Screaming Jay Hawkins/Screamin Jay Hawkins/Screamin' Jay Hawkins
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Screamin'_Jay_Hawkins
2448.(Grammar change.)Becareful/Be careful
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O_TrX_pWonk
2449.(Can't think of a title.)Do you remember stones having roots, being able to grow, and being able to move on their own?
http://whenonearth.net/trovants-growing-stones-romania/
2450.(New species.)Have you heard of the Vampire Squirrel?(Did you know it had the world's fluffiest tail and hunted deer?)
http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2014/06/vampire-squirrel-has-worlds-fluffiest-tail
2451.(New species.)Have you heard of the Red Rhino?
http://www.lazoo.org/blog/2015/10/21/red-rhino-blogs-part-2/
2452.(Can't think of a title.)Do you remember there being chimp species that could eat lions?
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2007/jul/14/conservation.internationalnews
2453.(Can't think of a title.)Do you remember opossums having such dark fur and looking off?
http://static.boredpanda.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/optimistic-opossum-new-zealand-33.png
2454.(New species.)Have you heard of the Asian Palm Civit?
https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/564x/d0/cf/b0/d0cfb058e0fdc81f3250520ee47592c4.jpg
2455.(New species.)Have you heard of the Bongo Antelope?
http://cdn.c.photoshelter.com/img-get2/I0000eFLrsNSVu24/fit=1000x750/Belgium-Antwerp-Eastern-Bongo-Antelope-Antwerp-Zoo.jpg
2456.(New species.)Have you heard of the Aardwolf?
http://www.kruger-2-kalahari.com/images/Aardwolf_JEN4134.jpg
2457.(Can't think of a title.)Do you remember Ronnie Corbett's reaction to Rolf Harris's conviction being different?
https://www.reddit.com/Retconned/comments/5wecc0/ronnie_corbetts_reaction_to_rolf_harris/
Add-On: Do you remember "I pretended to pray." being the lyrics in California Dreamin'?(Does the song seem off to you?
https://www.reddit.com/Retconned/comments/5we2pz/california_dreaming_video_change/
Add-On: Do you remember "I felt the rains down in Africa." being the lyrics in Africa?
http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/toto/africa.html
2458.(Can't think of a title.)Do you remember Judge Judy using a gavel at any point?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l67Gm1MYVdE
2459.(Agency name change.)Center For Disease Control/Centre For Disease Control/Centres For Disease Control/Centers For Disease Control(Do you remember "And prevention"?)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Centers_for_Disease_Control_and_Prevention
2460.(Spelling change.)Garnment/Garment(It changed form garment to garnment back to garment.)
https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/garment
2461.(Music Lyrics change.)"Sweet dreams are made of these."/"Sweet dreams are made of this."
https://www.reddit.com/Retconned/comments/5whe4m/sweet_dreams_music_video/
2462.(Can't think of a title.)Does Rhythm Of The Night by DeBarge sound different to you?(Has the video changed?)(Do you remember so many versions?)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhythm_of_the_Night_(song)
2463.(Real Estate Company Logo change.)Do you remember all the letters in Century 21 being connected?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Century_21_(real_estate)
2464.(New fruits.)Have you heard of the Cherimoya?
https://www.reddit.com/Retconned/comments/5wkll3/cherimoya_new_to_me/
2465.(Stain Repellent name change.)Scotchguard/Scotchgard
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scotchgard
2466.(Famous Actor name change.)Warren Beaty/Warren Beatty
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warren_Beatty
2467.(Phantom t.v. show quote.)Fred Flintstone never said "Wilma, I'm home." on The Flintstones.
https://www.reddit.com/Retconned/comments/5wnjef/wilma_im_home/
2468.(Can't think of a title.)What color do you remember vermilion looking like?(Was it vermillion before?)
https://www.reddit.com/Retconned/comments/5wrydx/vermillion/
2469.(T.V. Show Quote change.)"Then we went out and took a class on a very outdated and very unnecessary form of communication."/"Then we went out and took a class on a very outmoded and very unnecessary form of communication."
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fWCQgLLtM_w
2470.(Plant name change.)Fuschia/Fuchsia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fuchsia
Add-On: Do you remember Marbro, or Marlbro cigarettes?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marlboro_(cigarette)
2471.(Country name change.)Columbia/Colombia
https://www.reddit.com/Retconned/comments/5wx75l/columbia_vs_colombia/
2472.(Geography change.)Does southeast Australia look off to you?
https://www.reddit.com/Retconned/comments/5wy57i/more_changes_with_australia/
2473.(Can't think of a title.)Do you remember Noctilucent clouds being a thing?
https://www.reddit.com/Retconned/comments/5wzzbp/night_shining_clouds_noctilucent_clouds_is/
2474.(Can't think of a title.)Do you remember there being a giant neuron in the brain?
http://www.sciencealert.com/a-giant-neuron-has-been-found-wrapped-around-the-entire-circumference-of-the-brain#.WLeThEIMfQQ.link
Add-On: Do you remember the S and P being connected in the Spalding logo?
http://logonoid.com/images/spalding-logo.jpg
2475.(Can't think of a title.)Do you remember there being purple skies?
http://blogstronomy.blogspot.com/2011/09/why-is-sky-purple.html
2476.(Snack name change.)Toast Cheese/ToastCheese/Toast Chee/ToastChee
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lance_Inc.
Add-On: Do you remember Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen being known as Popeyes Chicken & Biscuits or Popeyes Famous Fried Chicken & Biscuits?(Other names?)(Popeye's?)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Popeyes_Louisiana_Kitchen
2477.(Toy name change.)Nom Noms/Nom Nums/Num Nums/Num Noms
https://imgur.com/gallery/9mJj5
2478.(Can't think of a title.)Do you remember otters being able to juggle items such as rocks?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_RwmtrjeInc
2479.(Can't think of a title.)Do you remember dark lightning being a thing?
http://www.iflscience.com/space/what-dark-lightning/
2480.(Can't think of a title.)Do you remember radiation clouds being a thing?(Do you remember hearing of people who fly having a higher chance of being exposed to radiation?)
http://news.spaceweather.com/radiation-clouds-at-aviation-altitudes/
2481.(Can't think of a title.)Do you remember Steve Irwin irwin having a son?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_C._Irwin
Add-On: Do you remember Manchuran ramen noodles?(Other spellings?)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pVIyi_1veAM
2482.(Reality Show name change.)Kohlanta/Koh-Lanta
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Koh-Lanta
2483.(Clothing Store name change.)Aéropostle/Aéropostale
https://www.reddit.com/Retconned/comments/5xoyua/new_change/
2484.(Whisky name change.)Bullet Bourbon/Bullit Bourbon/Bulliet Bourbon/Bulleit Bourbon
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bulleit_Bourbon
2485.(Music Lyrics change.)"It's like an angel crying."/"It's like an angel sighing."
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=79fzeNUqQbQ
2486.(Storage Device Logo change.)The SanDisk logo now has part of the D cut off and the D is now connected to the N.(Do you remember ScanDisk?)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SanDisk
2487.(Fictional Character name change.)Shrenk/Shrek
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shrek
2488.(Phantom t.v. show.)Have you heard of The Roseanne Show?
https://www.reddit.com/Retconned/comments/5y3xj4/the_roseanne_show_is_this_real/
2489.(Company name change.)Hamilton Beech/Hamilton Beach
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hamilton_Beach_Brands
2490.(Company name change.)T.J. Max/T.J. Maxx
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T.J._Maxx
Add-On: Do you remember Nestlé, Nestlé's, or Nestlés?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nestl%C3%A9
2491.(Can't think of a title.)Do you remember flamingos being able to fly?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=meQBL0v0y7E
2492.(Skin Cream name change.)Noxema/Noxzema
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noxzema
2493.(Can't think of a title.)Do you remember John F. Kennedy being the youngest president ever instead of Theodore Roosevelt?(Bill Clinton?)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bv5UFuBMjaM
Add-On: Do you remember Melbourne being the capital of Australia?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bv5UFuBMjaM
Add-On: Do you remember the guitar being different in the opening scene of Back To The Future?(Did the confrontation between the vice principal and Marty play out differently? Did the amount of blood on the bandage look not as obvious? )
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P0_W8BeZJ04
2494.(Bandage name change.)Nu-Skin/Nu Skin/New Skin/New-Skin
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liquid_bandage
2495.(Can't think of a title.)Do you remember Nazis having jet fighters?
http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/nazi-jet-fighter-the-story-of-hitler-s-miracle-weapon-a-626950.html
2496.(Can't think of a title.)Crocodiles and alligators can cry actual tears.(They even bubble.)
https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/10/071003151131.htm
2497.(Can't think of a title.)Do you remember some rainbows being flat or being smaller or having less of an arc than they usually did?
http://atlantic.ctvnews.ca/ctv-news-at-5/weather-blog/the-story-behind-the-flat-rainbow-1.1408757
2498.(Can't think of a title.)Do you remember brinacles being a thing?
http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/15835017
2499.(Can't think of a title.)Do you remember ice shoves being a thing?
http://barrie.ctvnews.ca/polopoly_fs/1.1793866.1398536857!/httpImage/image.jpg_gen/derivatives/landscape_960/image.jpg
2500.(Movie Title change.)Sandlot/The Sandlot
https://www.reddit.com/Retconned/comments/5ybg3b/sandlot_or_the_sandlot_movie/
2501.(Chewing Gum name change.)Free Dent/Free-Dent/Freedent
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freedent
2502.(Chewing Gum name change.)Double Mint/Double-Mint/Doublemint
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doublemint
Add-On: Do you remember Orbits chewing gum?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orbit_(gum)
2503.(T.V. Show name change.)Starsearch/StarSearch/Star-Search/Star Search
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_Search
Add-On: Do you remember Star Burst, Star-Burst, Star Bursts, or Star-Bursts candy?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Starburst_(confectionery)
2504.(Song Title change.)If You See A Chance/While You See A Chance
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0j6g_uUhH2c
Add-On: Do you remember Baybel or Baybell cheese?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Babybel
2505.(Can't think of a title.)Does I think We're Alone Now by Tiffany sound off to you?(Does she say certain lyrics differently?)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w6Q3mHyzn78
2506.(Can't think of a title.)Does Am I Wrong by Nico & Vinz sound off to you?(Are some of the lyrics different now?)(Do you remember Nico 'N Vinz?)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bg1sT4ILG0w
2507.(Geography change.)Does Peru look different in shape or smaller to you?
https://www.reddit.com/Retconned/comments/5yj6w8/what_happened_to_peru/
2508.(Real Life Quote change.)"I'm really happy for you. I'ma let you finish, but Beyonce had one of the greatest videos of all time. Of all time."/"I'm really happy for you. I'ma let you finish, but Beyonce had one of the best videos of all time. One of the best videos of all time."(Does Kanye West deliver the line differently than you remember?)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1z8gCZ7zpsQ
2509.(Famous Singer name change.)Lionel Ritchie/Lionel Richie
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lionel_Richie
2509.(Company name change.)Marie Calendar's/Marie Calender's/Marie Callendar's/Marie Callender's(Do you remember an apostrophe?)(Do you remember an O instead of an A?)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rgAvijcpP5A
2510.(Can't think of a title.)Do you remember rabbits and hares fighting with each other and with other rabbits and other hares?(Do you remember them getting scared easier and not fighting back as much?)(Do you remember them getting killed easier and being on the roads more?)(Do you remember them freezing in fear more often?)
https://www.facebook.com/crazimals/videos/1399684016743413/?hc_ref=NEWSFEED
2511.(Can't think of a title.)Do you remember species of animals such as lizards having exclusively males or females only?
https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/asexual-lizards/
2512.(Can't think of a title.)Do you remember the ancient stepwells of India being smaller and less extensive than they are now?
http://assets.atlasobscura.com/media/W1siZiIsInVwbG9hZHMvcGxhY2VfaW1hZ2VzLzkzYzI3MGYzOGI1NmI0MDFiOF9jaGFuZGJhb3JpMDEuanBnIl0sWyJwIiwidGh1bWIiLCJ4MzkwPiJdLFsicCIsImNvbnZlcnQiLCItcXVhbGl0eSA5MSAtYXV0by1vcmllbnQiXV0
2513.(Can't think of a title.)Do you remember there being a parasite that could eat the tongue of a fish and become the tongue?(Do you remember fish having teeth or tongues at all?)
http://phenomena.nationalgeographic.com/2013/02/28/tongue-eating-fish-parasites-never-cease-to-amaze/
2514.(Can't think of a title.)Do you remember eagles being to carry such big animals such as a goat?(Do you remember them being able to fall long distances and still live?)(Do you remember them killing animals such as wolves and goats so often?)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NOkWpavE5gE
2515.(Video Game Object name change.)Ink Sack/Ink Sac
http://minecraft.gamepedia.com/Ink_Sac
2516.(Can't think of a title.)Do you remember the prefix "anti" meaning opposite instead of against?
http://www.dictionary.com/browse/anti
2517.(Famous Singer name change.)Bette MiddleBette Midler
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bette_Midler
2518.(Can't think of a title.)Do you remember the order of the colors of a rainbow being the opposite of what they are now?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rainbow
2519.(Cracker name change.)Lance's/Lance(Do you remember NipCheese, Nip Cheese, or Nip Chee?)(The Y in Toasty Crackers seem off to you?)
https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/5f/c0/80/5fc080875937f3b7766e9f3b899eaf94.jpg
2520.(Car Company name change.)Rolls Royce/Rolls-Royce(Does the logo look off to you?)
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rolls-Royce_Limited
2521.(Can't think of a title.)The O and E are now connected in Annuit Coeptis on the back of the dollar bill.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IhOkHRkcIkU
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