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I lost two great men last year - a lion guardian lover friend and a teddy bear tech geek cuddler. Valentines day ads from hotels and local spots are making me feel the sad bad...
 

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Yeah, no.
Sitting at work next to my very pregnant co worker, listening to her complain about how fat she is getting. Then listening to all my other coworkers chime in about it... Not necessarily sad but, its not "repulisve" ..ladies... there are worse things you could be than fat!
Right. You could be fat AND black like me! :confused:
 
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Sitting at work next to my very pregnant co worker, listening to her complain about how fat she is getting. Then listening to all my other coworkers chime in about it... Not necessarily sad but, its not "repulisve" ..ladies... there are worse things you could be than fat!

Ugh! Totally agreed! I've heard women and young girls complaining about being 5 or 10 pounds "overweight" and it drives me insane. It's gotten to the point where so many women feel they all need to be super fit or a size 2 to be "worthy" as a woman; almost as if being fit or having a little fat is what solely determines their self-esteem and happiness in life. *sighs* This culture of vanity insanity is so incredibly unhealthy for us all and it really needs to stop. All it does it damage people's self-worth and creates divisiveness to be able to truly See, accept and love people the way they are. It not only distorts people's view of others, but it causes their thoughts to be directed inwardly in a negative way in how we view ourselves. The worst part is that this intense culture of vanity insanity is directed toward women so much worse than guys, which tends to culminate in the types of conversations you heard today. It's so incredibly sad. :(
 

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Ugh! Totally agreed! I've heard women and young girls complaining about being 5 or 10 pounds "overweight" and it drives me insane. It's gotten to the point where so many women feel they all need to be super fit or a size 2 to be "worthy" as a woman; almost as if being fit or having a little fat is what solely determines their self-esteem and happiness in life. *sighs* This culture of vanity insanity is so incredibly unhealthy for us all and it really needs to stop. All it does it damage people's self-worth and creates divisiveness to be able to truly See, accept and love people the way they are. It not only distorts people's view of others, but it causes their thoughts to be directed inwardly in a negative way in how we view ourselves. The worst part is that this intense culture of vanity insanity is directed toward women so much worse than guys, which tends to culminate in the types of conversations you heard today. It's so incredibly sad. :(
As if shed know what to do with an ass if she got one! im feeling better lol
 

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Ugh! Totally agreed! I've heard women and young girls complaining about being 5 or 10 pounds "overweight" and it drives me insane. It's gotten to the point where so many women feel they all need to be super fit or a size 2 to be "worthy" as a woman; almost as if being fit or having a little fat is what solely determines their self-esteem and happiness in life. *sighs* This culture of vanity insanity is so incredibly unhealthy for us all and it really needs to stop. All it does it damage people's self-worth and creates divisiveness to be able to truly See, accept and love people the way they are. It not only distorts people's view of others, but it causes their thoughts to be directed inwardly in a negative way in how we view ourselves. The worst part is that this intense culture of vanity insanity is directed toward women so much worse than guys, which tends to culminate in the types of conversations you heard today. It's so incredibly sad. :(
Even employers are putting on the pressure with discounted health insurance for using a fit bit and doing a certain amount of step.
 
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Even employers are putting on the pressure with discounted health insurance for using a fit bit and doing a certain amount of step.

I know, I've heard about that too. It's sheer insanity. We have enough pressures from society all around us, the last thing we need is more pressures at work as well. It's just not right.
 

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General anxiety, confidence issues, self disgust. Blood pressure was high, so I'm trying to eat better and lose a bit of weight to combat it. I've been feeling awful lately, generally upset and whatnot. I broke down in front of my mother a week or two ago, I just felt so bad. I was fighting with myself to even post this. I'm just trying to be good for a change.
 

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General anxiety, confidence issues, self disgust. Blood pressure was high, so I'm trying to eat better and lose a bit of weight to combat it. I've been feeling awful lately, generally upset and whatnot. I broke down in front of my mother a week or two ago, I just felt so bad. I was fighting with myself to even post this. I'm just trying to be good for a change.
Good luck! Feel free to vent here.
 

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Apologies for restarting this thread after its thankfully long rest, but this is really bothering me:
No living without a telephone number.png
Less restrictive searches have plenty of articles about living without a cell phone or without a land phone, but only a couple about no telephone at all—and even those had phone numbers in things like Google Voice, converting to emails, and were temporary experiments, not forever living (as i seek).

Hate voice telephones—hate them—always have. Never wanted one. But apparently it is no longer possible to be a part of society (in the U.S. at least) without one.

Have had a traditional hardwired “land” line for decades. Don’t like it, but it was the least-worst option, and unlike Internet and cellular, still has some vague semblance of reliability during many major disasters.

AT&T (my hardwired provider going back to my grandparents in this house circa 1960) has been cooking the frog for years: slowly turning up the rates until the holdouts like me give up. Significant price increase this month, even bigger next month. I do not use the telephone except when forced to, and for the Mom Hotline, since she won’t use anything else.

Starting next month, the price is officially too high. This frog is cooked.

Economically i’m qualified for Lifeline and would do that if they’d let me, but they want proof that i’m on public assistance, and so far i’m not (despite no income), so i can’t give them the proof they require.

Ignoring economic issues (and that’s a significant consideration), i do not want to buy into the whole “smart” device culture: no interest in paying for a tracking device to serve others more than me, and be forced to upgrade when outside forces decide my device is obsolete and no longer operable because their bu$ine$$ model requires that i pay them more money and buy a new one.

Cannot tell you how much i hate Google/Alphabet, so anything related to them is off the table for me.

Likely i’ll move the number onto some VOIP service. Haven’t wanted to go there since when (not if) the home Internet service goes down, i’m totally disconnected from the world in terms of electronic communications. This is the only thing appealing to me about cellular: some shards of redundancy/backup.


What kind of world is this where you can’t even be on the fringes of society without a telephone number?!

Anyone else dealt with this? Any workarounds/suggestions?
 

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Likely i’ll move the number onto some VOIP service. Haven’t wanted to go there since when (not if) the home Internet service goes down, i’m totally disconnected from the world in terms of electronic communications. This is the only thing appealing to me about cellular: some shards of redundancy/backup.


What kind of world is this where you can’t even be on the fringes of society without a telephone number?!

Anyone else dealt with this? Any workarounds/suggestions?

I hate to say it @Sonic Purity but I think you've got the right idea with VOIP. It looks to me like the lesser of the evils for your situation. I do feel a bit of your pain. Where I live, I need long-range antennae and amplifiers just to get cell reception and internet.

They really are putting the squeeze on those of us that can't get a hold of the absolute newest tech (or those that would rather not).

I hope you can get things sorted out without too much pain.
 
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