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    Just Ryder

    I’m hoping you carry Ryder into The Golden City beyond just having Messiah on the marquee seen from the bus! ;–)
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    Chapter 9

    Amy is frightened that her mother would still be too mad at her to help. I’m sure even she realizes how irrational that is. But it’s easier to ask her brother to once again come through for her. ;–) Did she go look up her ex-boyfriend to aggravate her mother?
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    The Spotlight took place in present day with the final chapter with the Sex Tape being posted in January 2018. The breakup was very early in Ryder’s career. I’m not sure when the stadium tours began… ;–)
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    The Fillmore was Bill Graham’s principle venue between 1966-68. Fillmore West, a few blocks away, became famous due to Bill Graham from 1968-71. The Fillmore Auditorium reopened under Graham’s management in the mid-‘80s, but was damaged by the Loma Prieta earthquake and closed. It reopened again in 1994 and is currently leased and operated by Live Nation. Its capacity is only 1315, so very small by Bay Area standards. ;–)
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    The Fillmore seems like a small venue if they’re still rising. That Ryder’s drug problem is already known in the public suggests they are beginning to fade. But I don’t think they ever reached the stage where they were playing at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk the way Berlin did this summer! ;–)
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    Chapter 103 The Painful Truth

    Those (apparently) Google-enforced asterisks make reading difficult. This is one area where physical books are superior to electronic stories. At least in more enlightened countries, books tend to be less censored than what we are now getting online. There should be an option to click that allows uncensored text for those of us who are old enough to deal with profanity and other adult concepts like the birds and the bees. My mistake. I accidentally turned on a word-blocking feature in a tracking blocking browser plug-in. There wasn’t any explanation of the option and I forgot I’d turned it on. But Google is forcing certain standards on websites that choose to use their ad services for the income. Sorry @chris191070, @Dodger, and @Butcher56!
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    Part 2 - Things We Found

    It’s interesting how teachers try to be so autocratic and they wonder why they face resistance. Things are so regimented yet they expect students to be able to think for themselves. Do it my way or get in trouble, but think outside the box and be creative anyway! ;–) I cannot imagine what it’s like to go to school these days with their locked gates and single entrances. Back in the mid- to late-‘70s when I was in high school, my school had an open campus. Many people left campus to eat lunch, the rich kids went to buy fast food, and poor kids like me took our brown paper bag lunches to the park to eat. It was a calm time between the chaos of the Civil Rights era struggles and fights, and modern day tensions and fears. ;–)
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    Chapter 103 The Painful Truth

    I’m sure I wouldn’t have answered differently, but Robbie made yet another mistake by lying to Nathan. It’s becoming clearer that Nathan isn’t the right guy for Robbie. I don’t think Alex is the right one either. Since Fran and Rory are both out, that leaves Tom. Lovely Tom who keeps giving mixed signals. Wonderful Tom who is probably Gayer than he wants to admit. Loyal Tom makes the best match with Robbie. It’s just going to take time to work out – he should apply to Canadian colleges (when he passes all his GSCEFGHIJKLMNOs or whatever they are)! ;–)
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    Chapter 8

    It’s too bad that skinny was never able to read the sequel. But I’m glad that Ehren was able to survive his bad experiences. Now he only has to survive the scariest and most dangerous place of all: high school! At least he has several people to keep him safe! ;–)
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    Discovery - Chapter 5

    Just like the bucket, there are several bits that I’d forgotten since I read this chapter… ;–)
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    Yay! Messiah! The promoters must already have figured out that Ryder is in a downward spiral since they’re not playing in a larger, more prestigious venue. (The big venues include SAP Center, Shoreline Amphitheater, and Levi Stadium in Silicon Valley; Oracle Arena, Concord Pavilion, and the Coliseum in the East Bay; Bill Graham Civic Auditorium and AT&T Park in San Francisco.) ;–) San Francisco’s Chinatown is the most famous one in the Bay Area, but Oakland has a large and thriving Chinatown too. But Oakland’s isn’t as tourist-oriented as SF’s. Just like Oakland in general, Oakland’s Chinatown is more working-class and less glamorous. SF intentionally designed its Chinatown to look the way Westerners think China looks like, kind of a Disney version of reality. 21% of SF’s population is Chinese or Chinese-American while Oakland’s Chinese and Chinese-American make up is only 8.7% of the population. Artie & Adam should take pictures of Dizzy’s injuries right away! They’ll need proof when/if Dizzy decides to pursue legal action against his mother’s boyfriend. People who batter their wives/girlfriends/spouses/partners/etc and their families should face charges!
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    Chapter 7

    Well, I’m glad chapter 9 has been posted so the next chapter isn’t the end that it was! ;–)
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    Chapter 6

    Two years is a looooooong discussion! ;–)
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    Chapter 5

    So I’m not the only one, huh, Dab! ;–) The description of Ehren's childhood with drug abusing parents suggests that he had a very deprived life. If your parents spend all their money on drugs and alcohol (actually another drug), they won’t be taking you to see movies, shopping for new clothes, paying for haircuts, or any of the other things most of us take for granted. ;–) I found out that barber colleges were a great place to get cheap haircuts, but there isn’t a lot of consistency because the students graduate and leave the college. ;–) UC students run a weekly clinic that offers free haircuts, massages, OTC drugs and vitamins, foot baths, basic medical checkups, and other services. But the clinic doesn’t operate when the Berkeley students aren’t in class. I think it’s difficult to organize these sorts of services because you need a venue and lots of volunteers. ;–)
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    Discovery - Chapter 2

    I’m reading the Comments as I get Notifications that @WildcatLes Liked one of my Comments. I haven’t reread the chapter itself. But, having read chapter 21, I’d long forgotten about the bucket that we’re talking about here. I’m sure there are other things that have been mentioned that I’ve also forgotten about… ;–)
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    Chapter 4

    When I first stayed at a homeless shelter, I still had contacts. People there thought it was weird that I was poking my eyes when I’d put them on or take them out! They’d never seen anyone doing that before. ;–) Having grown up in suburbs, contacts were very commonplace things to me. I never really thought about them much. But they were so much nicer when it rained because you just blinked and the raindrops disappeared – and you could wear ordinary sunglasses. (Unfortunately, I lost one of them soon after I became homeless and didn’t have any spares left. I got an exam and a free pair of glasses through a special program for homeless people. But I need to think about seeing an eye doctor to get my eyes checked and get new glasses again.) ;–)
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    Chapter 3

    I don’t think we’ve officially been informed yet, but I think Ehren is likely to be Gay. And Gay men sometimes have to deal with the same sorts of comments from other men that women get all the time. At least some of us understand how it feels when you’re misjudged by external things. In my case, it’s because I’m slightly shorter than the average US male – and because I’m Asian-American. Others would be dealing with it because they’re not perceived as being as ‘masculine’ as society thinks they should be. People forget that the definition of masculinity shifts and changes over time and differs in other cultures and societies. ;–)
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    Twelve Gays of Christmas isn’t on your list too? ;–) page 3, subtotal 24 (74 total Comments)
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    Chapter 2

    It’s difficult to trust when others can have incentives that affect you negatively. Certain things are freely shared (like where to get a free meal), but others are kept very secret (like where you sleep at night). Ehren is too young to apply for social services benefits on his own and contact with authorities could cause him to be returned to his parents or being placed in foster care at best and juvenile detention at worst.
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    Chapter 1

    I know I read this before, but I can’t figure out why I never Commented. I suppose it’s possible I read it on your site and didn’t realize you posted it here too. Oh, well. ;–) Ehren is very real to me. I’ve had interactions with people who were a bit like him in Berkeley. There are lots of young homeless people there because there are lots of services available. People like to complain about smelly homeless people, but never stop to wonder why they smell. If you can’t take a shower, the best you can do is a ‘birdbath’ where you splash yourself with water at a sink somewhere. If there is no place to do laundry at no cost, you spend your meager savings on food. A group in San Francisco refitted a bus with showers and drives it on a regular schedule to where homeless people congregate so they can bathe. One of the two places in West County that used to offer free showers and laundry to homeless people shifted their focus to out-patient recovery services instead because that’s where they could get funding to continue operating. The remaining provider cannot hope to serve the entire combined population of those who need the services. My city is just a microcosm of the Bay Area, California, and the entire US. Naturally, homeless people migrate to the places where they can get services, like Berkeley, Oakland, and San Francisco. They escape from cities and states that have no compassion!
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    Part 2 - Things We Found

    I have to reread the story, so I’ll Comment on this chapter after I do. ;–)
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    I’ll take the high road and say he’d be begging Kieran to let him back into his life! ;–)
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    Apology Card sounds better than Begging Card! ;–)
  24. I decided to watch Deadpool 2 tonight. It was amusingly violent (in an extremely cartoonish way) with way too many explosions and fights. Like Guardians of the Galaxy, it seemed designed to resurrect the careers of ‘70s and ‘80s musicians – but I’m still not sure why Enya agreed to let them use her song in the movie!  ;–)


    Ryan Reynolds doesn’t take himself too seriously. There is at least one moral to the story, but I doubt it’s primary target audience will notice. And why should anyone take life lessons from a Superhero movie?  ;–)

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    I think if when they go on the next trip together with the whole gang, Kieran will want to pay his own way. Kieran has pride and needs Kennedy to respect him. But will the idiot who tried to intimidate Kieran be invited back? I also think that Kieran will be able to provide convincing evidence that Kennedy needs to take more time off during the year. Imitating the worst practices of US businesspeople is counter-productive. I’m sure Kieran can make things well worth it for Kennedy! ;–)

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