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  1. “What do you think?” Ritch kept his eyes on the road, waiting for Bender to pass judgement. They had left Will’s old pickup at the Academy, agreeing Heinrich was a better ride, and were on their way to Wyoming to celebrate Thanksgiving with the Bender family again. Ritch was more concerned with the speech he was to deliver Friday morning. “It’s good, bro.” Will stashed the phone in a cup holder; he had been reading the remarks Ritch had prepared for the ceremony. “Short and sweet and very well written. I’m impressed.” “Ha! That was my dads’ doing with an assist from my brother. The
    69 points
  2. Matt was on a roll—absolutely killing his classes. There was one month left and he was almost finished with everything he could be done with and his end of year projects were as far as they could be at this point. He met with a small group between classes. He loved it. They each created a business plan and then someone in the group would audit another. It was challenging and involved so many different aspects of what he’d been learning. It felt like a real-life trial. Matt was more excited than ever to graduate. One more year. When he finished up with class he went to work. Monday was a s
    42 points
  3. I needed more film for my camera, I had to take a lot of pictures. “Are there any stores in the village where I can buy film for my camera?” “No, we have to go to Cavarzere. Once a week a car comes and takes us. It will be on this Friday.” That meant we would have to wait three more days before we could get to a store to buy film. That evening at Maria’s, Eva and her husband, Pietro, came to have drinks with us. I hadn’t met Pietro when I was at her home earlier. As we were sitting around the table chatting, Grandmother came and sat down with us. I noticed that the people sittin
    28 points
  4. During that last week, I asked Eva if there was an emergency how would they handle it. She said they would call the police in Cavarzere and they would send people to help them. She also said a doctor comes once a month to check on the villagers. I was concerned if something happened like a heart attack, the individual would be dead before help could arrive. She said that some of the men were trained in first aid and how to deal with emergencies. I also suspect some home-brewed remedies were used. It bothered me that the village was somewhat isolated. Depending on a car once a week to go t
    18 points
  5. Phillip pulled the grill out and warmed it up. This was going to be epic. Casey got to work in the kitchen with his able assistant Billy. They prepared bacon, corn on the cob, beans, peeled and sliced potatoes for fries, and sliced tomatoes and onions. Although the crowd was much reduced from the night before, there were plenty of hungry boys. Jack Murphy ran the city SWAT team. He, too, was a Gulf War vet; the second one in Iraq and the Afghanistan clusterfuck. His time with the Army Rangers had given him just the right credentials to run a small city’s Special We
    16 points
  6. Wow, an incredible amount of happenings in this chapter. Babies, Lucy, a ring ceremony ... and increased maturity. All nicely done as expected. Kudos.
    13 points
  7. "I want to go up there and beat the crap out of him." Dad murmured as he nodded his head in the direction of the forward cabin of the Air Force VC-20. It was a big plane, and we were in the large rear compartment that was arranged more like a conference room than a typical airliner. In the forward compartment, Dr. Grimes was handcuffed to a comfortable armchair with four armed sailors guarding him. "Leave him be, Dad." I said with an exasperated sigh. This wasn't the first time Dad had suggested doing that, but I hoped it would be the last. I was still tired, and I'd found out why this mo
    12 points
  8. I took a long drag of the cigarette, letting the stinging substance sit around in my throat for as long as I could before releasing it into the air. The smoke dissipated beyond the balcony and into the street just as a coal-black bumblebee flew by, likely attracted by the cranesbills and begonias of the lovely old lady from the apartment down below. Today was the day, and I wasn’t quite sure how I felt about that. I heard the iron-framed door slide open behind me, followed by a loud sigh that carried with it the cadence of loving disappointment. “Again, Lautaro?” I turned
    12 points
  9. “Damn it!” Rick swore aloud, his curse accompanied by the metallic ping of a faucet replacement valve bouncing on the shop’s concrete floor. At least he didn’t have to apologize for his ill temper. Irene continued her impromptu vacation from the shop; his calls remained unreturned. It made for a quiet Wednesday after a restless night, which wasn’t a wholly bad thing. He had walked over to pick up the newly re-silenced van from Guttmacher's, dodging Jerry's questions about the redness on his neck. Maybe Jerry's interest, like those marks, would fade, and all would be forgotten. Except
    11 points
  10. Awesome chapter. Plenty of things learnt in this chapter. Ritch seems to be maturing, now he's met his new nephews. Jeffery and Roo.
    10 points
  11. Maria sat down with us as I brought everyone up to date. I wished I would have brought more pictures. It was late when we went to bed. No loving tonight, we were too tired. We woke up late, took a shower, with benefits, dressed, and went to the lobby. Marie was up, “Sit down I’ll bring a light breakfast.” She brought us coffee, bread, and cheese. Sipping our coffee, Marie filled us in on the villagers and how we were related. I gave her the letters Nonna and Pa gave me. She said she would see that they got delivered. While she was talking, a young girl entered. “Angelina, come a
    10 points
  12. I went to the connection of cars two and three, and unlatched the coupling, and disconnected the hydraulic hoses, before climbing up onto car three pushing the button inside the door of car three, which releases the brakes, and I immediately felt the train slowly roll backwards, as we were on a very slight decline, and I hit the button again, to activate the brakes, once we were about 500 metres from the wreck. Happy that some of the train was well away from the wreck, I ran forward towards the wreck to try and help as many people as possible, just as emergency services began to arrive, f
    9 points
  13. Wonderful chapter, Carlos! So full of family, maturing, and, above all, powered by love! A great way to start Friday. May this tradition keep on for a long time!! Tony F
    9 points
  14. Caleb: The goblins moved in fast and low; four of them, each with blades held at the ready. He watched from his perch above them as they moved to surround the small flock that had gathered itself on the rooftop, occasionally squawking at one another, their cries oddly warped. Caleb grunted. It made sense that the government would want to contain the hunting birds quickly. Now that the things were without a beastmaster, they’d probably resort to attacking at random, and that wouldn’t do anything to help the already fragile balance of secrecy. He allowed himself a grim chuckle at that
    8 points
  15. I am beyond tired of our Provincial government and their weak answer to Covid. Now we are on an "emergency break". It means very little is going to change. They know it's illness of our essential workers driving this latest spike, yet, we do nothing to help them. No paid sick time, no vaccines. Frankly, I used to be a proud Canadian. Now? Not so much. Our true colours are showing.
    8 points
  16. Carlos: Although I haven't been commenting as often as I used to (or would wish to), Cadet just keeps getting better and better. To a casual reader each book might seem like its own entity. To a confirmed Hazdayophile, (hey, a new term), each chapter of every book has been advancing little by little through the years and setting stepping stones in the pond (a drop of water creates a ripple effect), that is the Abello / Davenport saga, leading us from story to story amongst the family. Hopefully not leading to a grand conclusion anytime soon. In summary, a great chapter for Good
    8 points
  17. Excellent chapter Carlos
    8 points
  18. Had dad's funeral yesterday. More people were there than we expected, including the owner/manager of the facility he was at when he fell, the head nurse from the last facility, and a couple of the hospice nurses. Had several compliments on the choice of casket, and how nice the service went. Running into work briefly this morning, doing a couple of errands, then coming home and going to sleep.
    8 points
  19. I legitimately cried ugly the final block to my house. I mean, what was the point anymore. Jonah said those words to me. He was the only thing in my life that brought the sunshine to school. Mom tried her best, but I worried she'd get too upset. Entering the house, I kicked off my shoes at the bottom of the stairs, then dropped my backpack by the newel post. I sat for a few minutes looking at my wounds, wondering if they'd get infected, then I began to pick at the scrapes with my fingernail until I opened up a large slit. Somehow the pain seemed nice. I couldn't be sure if that was normal
    8 points
  20. We waited till all the crowds had returned to their vehicles and driven back to town, before we moved the train into the shed, to get out of the hot and dry direct sunlight. While the three-administration staff, caught a taxi to Exmouth, Dad and I had a meeting with the train crew, giving them their accommodation information, and also discussing with Reynold the head porter, on sourcing food and drink supplies for the return journey. Once that was done, the train crew and our family caught taxis into town, to book into our accommodation, and to have a quick look around before dark. A
    8 points
  21. Stupid Matt...Matt...Stupid...Stupid Matt, somehow Matt has found out how to increase his density factor by a bazillion percent squared!!! “I don’t care, Matt. The only thing keeping me from kissing you right here is knowing you don’t want people to give you a hard time because I’m the boss. But me? I’d stand on the counter right here and announce it to the whole goddamn café.” “No need for that,” Matt said, blushing. “Maybe when summer is done and I come back from Dad’s? I’ll be in my own apartment and I’ll be a senior. Seems like a good segue to dating the boss.”
    7 points
  22. 7 points
  23. Yet another fun chapter. It's cool to see what the foundation does and the good that comes from it. Ritch looking good for the brass doesn't hurt either. I just realized you never mentioned if Joel had a date for the ring ceremony. If he did, I guess Ritch would be nice and remind them not to swallow.
    7 points
  24. Seven weeks after I came home from that rehab place down in Des Moines, I received a letter from the President of the United States. I read the letter at least five times before I realized it was a draft notice. I was supposed to report to the Seattle Armed Forces Induction Center in two weeks with enough clothing for three days. It didn’t say anything about needing money, but I thought that might have been an error and decided to take enough money also for three days. It also said failure to report as directed could result in various criminal actions. I thought about talking to E3 and Syl, bu
    7 points
  25. Hey Everyone, I thought I should drop in and say hi to you all. Things are good as long as I'm on painkillers otherwise I can't do much. Happy Easter to you all
    7 points
  26. Romeo really is growing up. A fun and informative chapter. And of course, I want more!
    7 points
  27. (Ethan) I tried to force myself to sleep, but every time I closed my eyes all I could see was the image of Evan's small urn being lowered into the ground. I had spent the past week in tears, but I was nowhere near as bad as my mother. She would down a bottle of wine every evening at the dining room table until she passed out. If it was after my father had gone to bed, I would slide a pillow under her head and put the bottle of wine in the fridge. Then, I would return to my room where I would break down into tears again because there was nothing that I could do for my mother. It was on one
    7 points
  28. Matt just sticks to his plan, never thinking Seamus wants the package deal. Kudos to Matt for wanting to succeed on his own but a Seamus in your corner (and bed) is a strong plus.
    6 points
  29. On my god, did I already say Matt was oblivious last chapter? I need another word for most oblivious to the millionth degree!!!! He just casually dropped the info that he's leaving with Aidan for the whole summer - AND - moving out when he gets back to the guy that's in love with him, in love with aidan, and is Aidan's primary 24/7 caretaker. Why would he be upset? Seriously? I'm starting to think the differences in their maturity levels are too much for them to make this relationship work.
    6 points
  30. Living with your boyfriend before you even start dating: moving so fast you go back in time? Matt is very young and living together permanently would be pretty terrifying that early in a relationship. I think Matt has the right idea. Seamus is just butt hurt (ha ha) and it also sounds like he’s very lonely. Hopefully some honest communication will help him cool off. Good for Matt on being ready to chase the man down and make him listen.
    6 points
  31. Yeah, surgery. But I'm still waiting to here from the hospital.
    6 points
  32. Trust dugh to choose the one that doesn't need a shave...
    6 points
  33. Good to hear from you, Chris. When is the next step for you? Surgery, right?
    6 points
  34. Happy dreams of chocolate eggs and jelly beans delivered by a sexy bunny ...
    6 points
  35. Thanks Page. I'm planning on a fish sandwich from The Fish Shack, a nearby foodtruck. They serve excellent fresh seafood along with "house" made chips.
    6 points
  36. Happy Good Friday, all!
    6 points
  37. Ritch is maturing in this chapter. He makes good as a public speaker, and he feels conflict over his multiple conquests and the woman he still feels attracted to. He enjoys being an uncle. This young man is changing as we read. Excellent chapter!
    6 points
  38. Yes and she will be the apple in the eyes of her new grandparents. Although they will have to compete with Brad
    6 points
  39. Yes, she was adopted in Italy and had an Italian passport. The paper Scott and Brad signed when Grandmother came out of the office were the adoption papers.
    6 points
  40. It's great to see Angelina get her passport so easily, she'll soon be in America with her loving parents with new grandparents to meet.
    6 points
  41. Would the adoption be in Italy or the US? At that point in time it might still be an issue for a same-sex couple to adopt in the US but if it happens in Italy the US would have to accept it am I right?Grandmother could probably make it happen
    6 points
  42. Have a good, Good Friday, everyone! But, of course, I can't resist the temptation to be a little irreverent...
    6 points
  43. 6 points
  44. Sounds like Matt is growing up and realise he needs to talk to Seamus about the summer, where he should live and actually ask Seamus what he thinks and wants.
    5 points
  45. Your welcome, my brother.
    5 points
  46. Obviously one of them is an especial treat for me ... Thank you bro.
    5 points
  47. 5 points
  48. Happy Good Friday, everyone. @dughlas Perhaps Avraham Aviv Alush will provide us with fishes and loaves.
    5 points
  49. Sounds like a lovely service.
    5 points
  50. 7pm came around much too quickly. Even though it was a school night, mum and dad were delighted that I was going on my first date and after setting a 10pm curfew, had insisted that I wear my best clothes. I had far more than clothes on my mind though and was feeling absolutely petrified at the prospect of being in the dark cinema with Lucy. Apart from being totally inexperienced in such matters, there was the small problem of Lucy being the wrong sex. I had no idea what I was supposed to do or say and in a moment of panic I even considered sneaking back into the house and hiding in my bedroom.
    5 points
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