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    The Lie in the Hallway

    Dustin needs to do a little research to find out that there are people who have been exposed to HIV who did not seroconvert. Exposure does not necessarily equal infection. And there are meds that can be taken to minimize the risk that a person who has been infected with HIV will develop AIDS. Even if Nate did have AIDS, many people who have HIV/AIDS are able to live very long lives by taking the cocktail. They are still working to develop a vaccine for HIV. But while there is still no cure for AIDS, it is not the death sentence that it once was. Safe sex is still incredibly important!
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    The Lie in the Hallway

    Naughty author! Don’t ever do that again! Bad, bad, bad! ;–)
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    Inspirational Quotes

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    Salix Babylonica 4 - Impressions

    Naturally Twyla has to prolong my agony by not mentioning the scrap of paper that we now know is a receipt (for the heater and the bucket?)! ;–) I suppose Jake & Twyla’s mother might have wanted Jake to die painlessly and my carbon dioxide poisoning theory would fit that. But how would she have gotten the heater and the dry ice in the bucket into Jake’s apartment without him realizing it? I know she was determined enough, but is she strong enough physically?
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    Salix Bablyonica 3 - Cracks Appear

    If the bucket held a chunk of dry ice, would the extra heat cause it to melt sooner and fill the apartment faster with carbon dioxide? That would also cause the combustion in the heater to fail. Would all of that show up in an autopsy? And now I’ll go read the newest chapter. ;–)
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    Fall 2018 LGBTQ movies

    I am scheduled to see Bohemian Rhapsody with a straight female friend who is turned on by Rami Malek. Aiden Gillen (Queer as Folk and Game of Thrones), Tom Hollander (Absolutely Fabulous: Absolutely Not!, Bedrooms and Hallways, Stage Beauty, and a couple of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies), and Mike Myers are also part of the cast. The preview clips that I’ve seen look promising… ;–)
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    Fall 2018 LGBTQ movies

    I noticed an ad for Boy Erased this evening hinted that it might have Gay content, so I looked it up on Wikipedia. Apparently it’s about a teenager forced to attend a Gay conversion therapy program. Russell Crowe seems perfectly cast as the homophobic Baptist minister. Nicole Kidman, Troye Sivan, and Flea more than balance out Crowe. Joel Egerton stars, wrote, produced, and directed the movie. ;–)
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    Inverted at Work? - a plea for advice

    I don’t know about anyone else, but just thinking about this topic made me think about how I’ve dealt with the issue over the years. I’ve realized that I’ve been very successful at times. But when I’ve had hostile or unsupportive managers, I’ve tended to be passive-aggressive and very unhappy. I work best when my manager trusts me to do my job without trying to micromanaging me. ;–) I’ve learned that I can function very well as an assistant manager, but being promoted to store manager was a disaster for me and my employer – I’m horrible at motivating others and my employees didn’t respect me enough to follow my directions when I wasn’t there to monitor them!
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    The Lie in the Hallway

    I tried to find ‘Heather’ on this page and only found it in your post! I couldn’t figure out if you were channelling me and mixing up two stories or what. I had forgotten Joey’s mom’s name. ;–)
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    Chapter 11

    Too soon for Devin to start stealing fries? ;–) Scottie is finally getting to know what it’s like to be recognized positively for his accomplishments. It only took three tries (his parents, his uncle, and now his aunt and cousin). After having been introduced, Alex’s sister just dropped off the surface of the earth… ;–)
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    The Lie in the Hallway

    But who is Heather?
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    The Lie in the Hallway

    So Brett goes searching for Joey and we get a cliffhanger at the beginning of the chapter! Such a novel concept. It’s a horrible and mean idea and should be banned from ever being used by any author ever again! ;–) Naughty author! Don’t ever do that again! Bad, bad, bad! ;–)
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    The Lie in the Hallway

    Dustin believes Luke without any evidence. Luke lies to try to get his way. Luke is an evil disgusting jerk. Mr Taylor refuses to listen to what others might have to say. If he had the opportunity to assist one of the ‘river rats’ he’d refuse while condemning them for their inability to improve their situation. He has no idea that Dustin works two jobs and goes to school, but he’s convinced that Dustin is on welfare and food stamps. Entitled Republicans have made sure that qualifying for social services is demeaning and difficult as well as very limited in duration due to legislation their lackeys have crafted and pushed through. Because of the limitations and restrictions, it is very difficult to transition from assistance to work. Shortsighted regulations create catch-22s that discourage exactly what the regulations were supposedly intended to encourage.
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    Epiphany... Say, What?!

    You’re not supposed to have to deal with stuff like that! Whoever prepped your new car before you picked it up really screwed up! They’re supposed to take care of things like that! But I’m sure they found the time to put their license plate frame and cardboard ‘license’ ad on your car! ;–)
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    Epiphany... Say, What?!

    There is a group that operates in my area that has arrangements with numerous stores to pick up expired and expiring food. They distribute that food to non-profits that serve the homeless and other low income people. The agency I used to get my psych therapy from was one of their delivery points. I was one of the clients that was welcomed to assist unloading the truck. There were often interesting and tasty things available, but sometimes the food was spoiled or opened (which we tossed out). ;–) There are groups in the San Francisco Bay Area that pick up excess food at restaurants and take it to agencies that serve food to homeless people. (The waste disposal company that serves San Francisco also picks up green scraps from restaurants to make compost. They sell the highly desirable compost to farms and wineries. It diverts the green waste from landfills.) ;–)
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    Inverted at Work? - a plea for advice

    I used to volunteer with an AIDS organization. One of the things I decided to do was to make an announcement every week at the local Gay community center about the organization. It helped that I knew many of the guys in the audience, but I also felt like I was putting on my ‘AIDS Project’ mask on when I did it. The person making the announcements wasn’t me, it was that other guy, the volunteer! ;–)
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    Chapter 16

    As long as the squash is the sweet liquid, not the gag-inducing vegetables! ;–)
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    Chapter 16

    I think Charlie, Kippy, and Max should visit them! ;–) I think the gang could use a little squish! ;–)
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    Musings About Tv Ads

    Apparently most people don’t notice the things that I do. Or if they do, they don’t pay attention to them the way I do. I am always a ‘Can’t see the forest for the trees’ kind of guy. I am probably on the mild end of the Asperger’s spectrum. The Toyota Mirai Hydrogen Fuel Cell vehicle ad has a subtle lens flare effect as the Mirai drives up. It gives the appearance of a tiny halo over the car. It’s an almost subconscious subliminal (it was on the tip of my tongue) thing.
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    Musings About Tv Ads

    I think it’s ironic that California Closets is using a Gay couple in their most recent ad! ;–)
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    Inverted at Work? - a plea for advice

    I am an introvert. I prefer to watch from the outside than be involved in the middle. But I’ve shocked my therapists when I’ve described standing up for myself and being very openly Gay when I was homeless and staying in shelters. They could never quite grasp why I was able to do that in that one area, but not in other areas in my life. I did not feel like I could not be Out while homeless (even when I stayed at an extremely conservative fundamentalist-run rescue mission). ;–) But in other areas, I have never felt it was as vital to me. ;–) I used to work in retail sales. For most of my life, I worked in stores that did not have commission. But my favorite job was selling Macintosh computers in an Apple-authorized chain that wasn’t owned by Apple. We had commission, but it was based on how well the store did, not the individual employees, so things were very cooperative. When that store closed (the holding company decided that, although we were profitable, we weren’t profitable enough and shifted money into a sister company and closed all our stores), another company bought the rights to the name. They opened stores in some of the same locations the previous company operated in. The second company paid commission based on individual sales. Things were much less cooperative and some did not do their share of the grunt work, somehow managing never to shelve incoming merchandise. ;–) This second company was much less fun to work for even though the work was nearly the same. I could never close sales the way my more aggressive coworkers did. I was much better at helping people figure out what they needed, not just what I thought they should buy. I’m sure I lost most of my sales to the internet. ;–) Basically, what this all boils down to is that if it’s important, you can almost certainly stand up for yourself. The question is whether your current job is important enough for you to make the effort. Only you can decide. And slight changes can make a huge difference in how your workplace feels. Are there similar employers that you could work for? Do you know anyone who already works there? Networking is often the best way to find a new job.
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    Chapter 27 - Forgiveness

    Will Gabriel create scholarships to award his cousins a full ride? ;–)
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    Chapter 34

    Mary always looks like she could curdle the cream! I watched a few of her Great British Baking shows on PBS, but quickly got bored with the hyped up energy of a program based on watching dough rise. It’s another reason why I avoid all ‘reality’ TV shows. ;–)
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    The Letters

    I hope we’re on a monthly schedule for this story now because that would mean we only have another week or two to go before a new chapter is posted! ;–)
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    Chapter 4

    Sunk a shot is colloquial English. It is a common form in the US. I think it would be how the boys would say that line, regardless of the correctness.

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