Friday, 1PM: I leave work early. I have to set up for the gun show early because the only time my mechanic has for the alignment rack for the next week and a half is friday afternoon and I am in need of an alignment to keep my Michelin Defender's in a nice predictable wear pattern.
My loadout this weekend includes a whole bunch of the usual stuff, Colts, Sigs, HK's, Glock's a few Springfields and four Daniel Defense rifles and an FN SLP Mk 1. I haul over a few used guns that I just took on trade too, a Tavor 556 LH and a Mossberg 500 that I got for $100 off someone wanting to trade it towards a new Glock 23. Four trips with the hand truck gets everything in before the rain starts.
I have reserved two tables but I have enough merchandise to cover three. The exhibitor tells me tables went up so two tables cost me $160 for the weekend and I consider it a small expense to view the express train to hell that is the gun culture.
45 minutes flies by as I set up my table just the way I want it and I get to Lenny's to get my alignment done. He's been doing an alignment for me no charge for the past 3 years after I told him NOT
to buy an old Browning shotgun he fell in love with on gunbroker. He wanted to use it for upland hunting, sporting clays, skeet and anything moving through the air killing. It was an old gun that had FIXED barrel chokes - Full and Full. I told him RUN LIKE HELL. He said my advice saved him from a $1500 mistake and the least he can do is keep my car on the road no charge. He gets my car set up on his $80,000 hunter alignment rack and finds my toe in is way out of spec. He spends a few minutes banging around with a wrench and everything is all good. As he's doing that, since I know he won't take my money - I walk to the 7-11 across the street and grab him a tall boy of Rolling Rock. His week is so shitty that he shotguns it faster than Brett Kavanaugh circa 1982. Time to head home. I'm halfway there when the phone rings ring ring
FC: Go for FC
1: Hey FC, it's Captain Bob. How's it going?
FC: Good! I got your stuff fixed and ready to go on my desk.
1: I can be there in 15 minutes!
FC: I'll turn around, see you in 15.
Captain Bob is a four stripe left seat pilot for Delta on the triple. We love talking airplanes and guns. He's had me tune up an old 220 he wants to use at a class he's taking at FLETC later this year. Like a good pilot, he believes in a comprehensive pre flight inspection. And since his type rating says B777 and not P220, he wanted someone to make sure he's not taking a dud to class. All I did to it was give it a visual, clean and lube and although it probably didn't need it - it had a 20 year old recoil spring so I installed a new one just as a precaution.
I get back to my desk and get his gun ready, cleared and slide locked back as he walks in the door. He just got home from running a 777LR to Johannesburg and back and is very pleased to see his old 220 ready to roll. I take my glasses off and point out he's got a little bit of slide peening in a few spots but just keep it lubricated and it's normal wear and tear since he does not shoot it much.
He asks me if I have any 300 blackout ammo, I pull a case of 220gr OTM off the shelf. I tell him $450 on the ammo and the pistol inspection and recoil spring is on the house and he's having none of it. Hands me five crisp hundos and tells me to keep it. Just as I'm tucking the cash into my desk drawer, my door opens up and since I'm not wearing my glasses - I see a blurry silhouette of.....is that wonder woman? HUGE TITS on a small frame. I can't tell what's going on.
Lady: Hey FC, it's Lisa. I was just getting my wedding dress altered next door and wanted to say hi!
FC: Oh hey! I'm not wearing my glasses so I have no idea what's happening!
Lisa: See you tomorrow!
FC: I'l be there! So anyways Bob, that was strange. I am normally not used to having my door flung open by halfway attractive women.....
Bob: Neither am I! You should see some of the FA's on the J'burg route!
We have a laugh. Some more airplane talk about the old 72's and I tell him about the time I greased it in the box on the A320. Turns out he flew A320's as well as boeings and we revel in the differences in both the airplanes. I really like the Airbus design and their workflow even though Boeing guys love to hate it. He's happy with his 220 and we pull chocks.
I head home, throw a ribeye on the grill and go to bed early. I've got a busy day in the morning.
Saturday morning I wake up at 7AM and look at my to do list. Shit shower and shave. The gun show closes at 5. Lisa's wedding is at 6. The venue is at the lake 39 minutes from the VFW hall. I have a plan. I will leave STRAIGHT to the venue from the gun show and I'll put on dress clothes below the belt. After all, how often do you look at another man's pants? I throw on an HK black NO COMPROMISE Polo shirt untucked with a black alligator belt and Canali navy slacks with my new Allen Edmonds boulevards in black. Socks by Brumell and boxers by Fruit of the Loom. I walk into the VFW hall with a non iron Lauren white spread collar shirt, Ted Baker tie and Canali jacket slung over my shoulder. Nobody notices the pitter patter sound of leather soles on the concrete as the show starts coming to life.
It's 8:55. Lets get this show on the road.
The loudspeaker crackles and lets everyone in the hall know the doors are about to open up and asks us to check all our guns for ammo and zip ties. I get my table ready and pull out my 4473's on clipboards and check my pens. FFL in frame is standing up on the table, everything is tagged and tied. There will be no discharge of firearms at my table as a result.
9AM: Show opens. It's dead. Deader than dead. Like, life support dead. Typically there is a line from the entryway of the hall and around the building to get into the show every time.
This is not the show of years ago. This summer has been atrocious. I talked to the promoter and lots of vendors did not reserve tables for this and the next show. The numbers are way down.
Some people start to trickle in but it's not a good sign.
9:30AM: A fellow walks up and asks me if I have a Sig 226 TACOPS with TB in stock. I don't but vendors do. He drove 2 hours to this show to try and find one since his local place did not have it. They're on contract with sig and refuses to order one from distribution to make him happy and Sig has no idea when they're going to make more out of New Hampshire. Well, thanks to Ron Cohen making 26 SKU's for every single pistol - that's what you get.
9:41AM: Fellow wearing an INFOWARS shirt molests way too much merchandise on my table than I'm comfortable with. I shoot a knowing eye roll to Noah over at the next table. He's a 27 year old jewish gold bullion dealer from Long Island that votes libertarian and laughs at all my jokes. He adjusts his RON PAUL FOR PRESIDENT banner hanging off the edge of his table as I wait for Finger McBangerson here to go away so I can wipe down all my stuff.
10:23AM: Guy walks up to me and he says he's looking for a shotgun for competition. I point him towards the SLP at the end of the table.
10:24AM: Older fellow walks up to me and says he's looking for a gun for his wife as he lifts up a Colt Commander. I tell him that will definitely kill his wife. Guy looking at the SLP cracks up laughing. Older guy looks at me mortified. Then he gets the joke. Asks me about suitability of a steel framed colt commander for her. I say probably not a good first choice. Perhaps you should send her to an NRA basic pistol class.
10:39AM: Guy asks me what's the best I'll do on a Glock 17L. I tell him the tag is already priced more than fair. He asks if he can buy it with cash if he can get a discount. I'm like let me see. I ask him if he's got a state CWL. He says yes. I take off $20. He says it's a deal, hands me a stack of money, current CWL and a California drivers license.
FC: Do you have residency in this state?
1: No, I'm here visiting for work
FC: And you want me to sell you a gun with a California drivers license and no residency?
1: DUDE! KEEP IT DOWN! Do you have any idea what would happen if people found out I didn't live here?
FC: YES I DO! They wouldn't be a party to you breaking the law!
I hand him all his shit back and tell him to get on the next flight to Fresno.
12:01 PM: Lunchtime. I pick up my sammich from Jersey mikes and nobody fails to interrupt me to throw money at me. This is not a very good sign.
12:16 PM: I am scarfing down the last of my sandwich as Infowars shirt guy comes back around. We chat a bit about 1911's and he eventually tries to convince me that I need to buy the water filter that Alex Jones is selling to keep us from turning homosexual. I tell him now I'm not gay, but look at these shoes. I pull my left hock up and put a nice shiny new Allen Edmonds boulevard on the table. He seems to recoil in horror. As he walks away, I tell him he didn't even notice that I had them straight laced! They're fabulous!
Nobody understands my humor.
12:33 PM: The vendor to the left of me is selling clothing offensive to the left. MAGA hats, anti snowflake shirts, ISIS hunting permit graphic tees, etc. I debate calling one of my guys and having "MAKE 45ACP GREAT AGAIN" hats made up. I call up r_shackleford
and he thinks this is genius. We trade witty banter back and forth for a few minutes.
12:49 PM: The vendor in front of me is a gigantic pawn shop with 16 tables. There's a woman trying to sell them a rifle, and not succeeding at all. Sam looks over at me and points and says to her "you know, he buys guns too!"
FUCK YOU SAM.
FUCK YOU LONG.
FUCK YOU HARD.
The hambeast approaches and thrusts a rifle in my face. "WE BUILT IT CUSTOM" she says. "I NEED MONEY FOR CHEMO" she says. The barrel says 223 Wylde. The lower says Aero Precision. The price tag says $1500 OBO. I tell her she'd be lucky if she got HALF that in this economy. She complains that they really need the money and her two demon spawn that are traveling with her seem to be tired of her getting the same speech from every vendor in the hall.
NO YOUR GODDAMN HOMEBUILT 223 WYLDE AR15 IS NOT WORTH $1500
It's not even worth $750
It's worth MAYBE the same price as a new PSA rifle - $350, $450 tops if you threw in the little girl.
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The lady looks at me like a truck stop rapist and inevitably proclaims that SHE KNOWS WHAT SHE'S GOT. Words fail me. I shake my head as she walks away with her demon spawn and I shoot a look back at sam and mouth very carefully YOU FUCKER back at him. Sam cracks up laughing.
1:12PM: I'm asked if that's a Dead Air Sandman on my table. I say yes. Guy asks to look at it and explains to his friend that it's a DAA Sandman and talks about the mounting system.
FC: You know your stuff.
1: Yeah I just bought one.
FC: I'm the only DAA dealer around here, you don't look familiar. Who'd you get it from?
1: Silencershop. Used the kiosk at a dealer in another city 1.5 hours away
FC: Uh, I stock the sandman and would have made you a deal. Why'd you do go through them if you don't mind my asking?
1: Well it was a timesaver.
FC: How's that? I mean that place I know is an hour and a half away without traffic, so you made a trip there to do your stuff - then back. That's 3 hours. Then another 3 hours after your stamps clear - so that's 6 hours in a car total. I can call the PD, make an appointment for you to roll your prints and you're done in 15 minutes. Photos at CVS are another 15 minutes. How is 6 hours a timesaver instead of 30 minutes?
1: Well I just knew that if I had to make more than one stop I'd never do it, so it was spend 6 hours in a car and get it done in one shot or spend 15 minutes doing fingerprints or photos and being too lazy to do the other one and never sending in the paperwork. So this was the better choice for me.
FC: Uh. Okay?
1: Why don't you have a kiosk?
FC: I'm not paying $9000 for something that's going to save you time and cost me money and then have to deal with being tech support and having a device in my place of business that compresses my own margins. We're down to making $50 on a can from making $350. This isn't a position I'm interested in taking.
1: Well, sucks to be you. I'm buying all my cans from silencershop now!
FC: Enjoy your 6 hour drive.
1:30 PM: Man walks up with an old stainless combat commander colt. Series 70. No original box and sights. Looks well used.
Thinks I’m crazy when I say I won’t give him $1000 on trade.
1:39 PM: Guy comes back. Guy wants me to put a can on his 1917 eddystone that is not threaded. He asks what he can get for $150
1:45 PM: Lady picks up a Trijicon RMR and asks to turn it on. I shove a battery in it and turn it on.
1: This is a laser sight right?
FC: This is an RMR from Trijicon and RMR stands for Ruggedized Miniature Reflex sight - it uses a laser of sorts and projects it onto this lens here....
1: THIS COSTS $500? AND IT DOES NOT EVEN PUT IT ON THE TARGET?
FC: Well if you just look through the lens here you can see the red dot projected onto the glass.....
1: I CAN BUY A $30 LASER POINTER AND DUCT TAPE IT TO MY GUN AND I'D BE $470 CHEAPER AND IT WOULD PUT THE LASER ON THE BAD GUY! WHAT IS THIS GARBAGE YOU'RE TRYING TO SELL?
She walks away. My mouth is agape.
2:15PM: Old guy walks up and points at a Glock 34 I have on the table. MY FRIEND BOUGHT A GLOCK IN 89 WITH NYPD AND SHOT HIMSELF HOLSTERING IT. I DONT TRUST THE DAMN THINGS and shuffles away without me having time for a rebuttal
2:21PM: Someone walks up asking me if I want to buy a used les Baer Comanche. I tell him I buy when I can make money. I look at it. It’s clean.
He wants $1600. Street is about $1600, that's all the money. Street the gun sells for about $1799 NEW, which means I can buy it for less than $1600 new. I tell him this. He looks at me like Elizabeth Warren looks at Brett Kavanaugh and shuffles away. I shake my head as I notice a familiar face walk up. I can't place it. He looks at some guns.
2:25PM: I'm asked if I have a card from the familiar stranger. I reach down into my wallet and fish one out, I hand it to him and he smiles at me. It finally clicks.
FC: Dr Livingstone, I presume.
Doc: I haven't seen you in years, how have you been?
(The doc is FC's old therapist. He can't say hi to me walking around due to HIPAA but if I open a dialogue, it's okay)
FC: Eh, same old shit different day. I uh made some mistakes a few weeks ago and I thought of you.
Doc: Oh really? How so.
FC: Well uh. You remember that day when I told you to go back to the Office of the Bursar at UCLA and ask for a refund on your $125,000 post graduate education because it was nothing but academic detritus?
Doc: Well, I hadn't thought about it for a few years but it sounds like something you would say.
FC: It was right after you told me that I used 3 different quotes from 3 different academics in a span of less than 5 minutes to answer your question. You said that I intellectualize as a defense because I don't like getting close to people. I said you're full of shit. You asked me do I even know what intellectualize means? I said of course I know what it means, what do you think I'm some kind of idiot? Then you sat there grinning like a Cheshire cat at the thought of making me eat my own words.
Doc: Haha. Now, that sounds familiar. I remember that.
FC: Well I don't know how many patients are willing to say it but you were right and I was wrong.
Doc: I don't get much pleasure in hearing that, but did you learn anything about yourself?
FC: It took a few years to realize you may have been right all along but yeah.
Doc: Then what does it matter who's right or wrong as long as you learned something?
FC: Hmm. That's not bad. How's business?
Doc: Full appointment book and not taking new patients.
FC: I guess you could say it's........a little crazy?
Doc: I missed your humor. Tell me about this Glock 45...
I show him a few different guns and crack jokes about disgruntled patients. He says he'll think about arming himself what with crime and mentally unstable people being growth sectors in this post-trump apocalyptic nightmare. I tell him to be fore warned is to be fore armed. He seems reticent, but I can only lead the horse to water. I can't make him drink.
2:51PM: Fellow walks up.
1: I need a colt ladysmith. Do you have one?
FC: the colt or the ladysmith?
1: The colt ladysmith
FC: is it a colt or a smith?
FC: which model?
1: the ladysmith!
FC: I know but I need to know what model. They put that on a bunch of different guns
1: it’s the one with writing on the side of the gun. It says. LADY SMITH on it. You know the one
I realize the strongest case for repealing the second amendment is spending a day talking to people at the gun show.
3PM: Two hours left to go! The end is in sight! I haven't sold a single fucking gun yet!
3:02 PM: Man walks up. Hey do you have the new Sig 925?
FC: You mean 365?
1: No the 925
FC: Sig does not make a 925
1: Yes they do, it's the new one.
FC: The 365?
1: No! The 925!
FC: Can you show me a picture?
1: It's the one on the magazine.
FC: Most of sigs guns have magazines.
1: I mean the one in print. It's on the cover.
FC: The cover of the periodical you mean?
1: Yeah! You know the new one!
FC: Well if it's on the cover, it should be easy to find on google. Can you show me a picture?
1: There's nothing coming up on google for the Sig 925
FC: Maybe perhaps its because it's the sig 365?
1: I'm telling you it's not that. It's the new one they just came out with. It's the 925.
FC: Care to make a wager?
FC: If you bring me a photo I can try to narrow it down.
1: I'll find the magazine at home and bring it in tomorrow.
3:12: Numismatist neighbor Noah asks me a question
Noah: Hey! What's a hi point?
FC: A cry for help!
Noah: No I mean price wise?
FC: Like $100, they're garbage guns.
Me and Noah start talking. I am moving more and more libertarian every day. He's the treasurer of his local LP chapter in Suffolk county. For a jewish kid from Riverhead, we sure have a lot in common. We get into an animated debate on the virtues of Kelo v New London in that it was a shitty position for the town of New London to take Susette Kelo's house for redevelopment under eminent domain. If they wanted to redevelop it, for the government to use eminent domain is a government run amok. As a libertarian, he hates government overreaching - as someone who also hates that sort of thing, we are in very vocal agreeance.
The tshirt vendor is listening to us debate the merits of the case and how the SCOTUS created a TERRIBLE precedent regarding government using the takings clause and when we finish he asks us a question.
TShirtGuy: How the fuck do you two know so much about a supreme court case?
Noah: Well, when you went to college and you're an economics and pre law major....
FC: Let me make it simple. WE ARE NERDS!
Everyone has a laugh.
TShirtGuy: Speaking of funny, check this out! He holds up a shirt.
It says in big print on the front: the the reason gun shows exist is so women can know what it’s like for when they drag men to the mall
3:13 PM: I get in an argument with the republican candidate for office of something or other on gun laws. He is stupid and he is going to lose.
3:23 PM: A nice lady walks up. She looks familiar. She looks at some guns and feels up a 226 and remarks how well she likes how it handles.
FC: You're Bernice, aren't you?
Bernice: Why yes I am! You do not look familiar. How do I know you?
FC: You're still working at the courthouse right?
Bernice: That's right!
FC: Judge Snyder, right?
Bernice: No! He moved up to the appellate circuit last month it's...
FC: Judge Reinhold! That's right, one of his JA's called me to buy a gun last month. I forgot Christine told me, you're right.
Bernice: Holy crap, you have an incredible memory. When was the last time you were in front of Judge Snyder?
FC: Four years ago. I was the one that filed the motion citing the big lebowski.
Bernice: OH MY GOD THAT WAS YOU? I remember that!
FC: Yeah and I had to go dumpster diving to get my phone back.
Shit, was that really 4 years ago? Fuck.
We talk more about guns and stuff. She loves her old West German 226. I tell her that if she really wants to have some fun, she should ask Judge Snyder to tag along on his next range day. About two years ago, the judge called me up asking for some advice. He's Tet offensive era USMC and wanted a new toy to reach out and touch someone and was dead set on getting a new SR25.
I talked him out of it because SR25's are stupid expensive. I knew of another dealer that had a T&E 20" SR25 that they were looking to unload cheap and I told him that with the amount of money he'd save going to the T&E gun versus the new one - the delta would more than cover a Nightforce NXS, rings and mounting and that would save him money and be a good performer. I'm friends with his daughter on facebook and they both looked like they had a lot of fun ringing the gong at the gun club.
Bernice is impressed. Too bad she's not my type, we'd get along fantastically if I was 15 years older.
4 PM: 60 minutes left to this shit show.
4:04PM: The loudspeaker crackles. ATTENTION ATTENTION: BRETT KAVANAUGH HAS JUST BEEN CONFIRMED TO THE SUPREME COURT.
The proletariat rejoices and hooting and hollering typically reserved for the LSU game breaks out in the hall.
ALSO WILL THE RED JEEP PARKED IN THE FIRE LANE PLEASE MOVE - YOU ARE BLOCKING THE BBQ GUY FROM LEAVING. RED JEEP. MOVE OR YOU WILL BE TOWED.
4:11 PM: Guy walks up in civvies.
1: I wanna buy this but I’m not a state resident
FC: well what’s your deal? Give me some more to work with.
1: I’m from Texas but I’m in the military
FC: if you got your orders - PCS to any base in this state says you’re a state resident, but if you don't - I can't help you. I know a lot of guys don't travel around with their orders....
JUST AS I SAY THAT the guy pulls out a wad of hundreds out of his pocket and his PCS paperwork, signed, rubber stamped and billeted.
THIS HAS NEVER HAPPENED BEFORE.
I give him the clipboard as I look at his paperwork. No blank spaces, approved change of station to Barksdale AFB, address reads base housing, everything is in order for the young airman.
HOLY FUCKING SHIT. THIS IS AMAZING.
Forms done correct on the first swing.
I AM WAITING FOR THE OTHER SHOE TO DROP.
I call in the transaction and they tell me that the national system is down. NO IDEA WHEN IT'S GOING TO BE BACK UP.
I tell the USAF that the system is down and we can't do anything. He takes my card and hands me money and says just call him when it's ready to be picked up. Huh. Okay, he's cool with that. His girlfriend lives over here so he's back here every weekend. Done! I mark up the paperwork with some notes.
4:23 PM: One guy just walked up and told me that he had no idea HK made rifles. Apparently made a bunch of rifles a few years ago and stamped glocks name on them for Glock. Since Glock can't be found out to be making rifles. This captures the attention of another guy who asks me if my Glocks on the table have fluted firing pins. I tell him they do not make fluted firing pins. That makes no sense. He says yes they do make sense. They're fluted so they shoot underwater.
4:28 PM: Noah's table has someone in front of it debating buying some gold. As they delve into the discussion of gold and FIAT currency, I hear the following.
1: Bitcoin is a webpage. It’s like buying stock. Bitcoin issues shares and it dilutes so the price goes down.
Noah: I don't think that's how it works.
1: You’re basically buying a part of a big webpage
FC: This is like listening to someone try to explain that pi is exactly 3.
Noah: What's wrong with you?
FC: I am the Anthony Bourdain of the gun world. I eat, I drink and I yell at idiots.
4:45 PM It's getting close to show close, I need to get ready for the wedding. I grab my Lauren shirt that thankfully is non iron and just dressy enough to work and just casual enough to be worn without a tie if you need to and whip off my HK polo. I put on the shirt and tuck it in as I notice a lovely couple walk up out of the corner of my eye. Its Jim and Jane, Jane is a pharmacist that works at the hospital and Jim is a Gastroenterology resident at the hospital too. They buy lots of guns from me. I finish tucking in my shirt as we talk shop.
Jim wants 6 cans, 3 handgun and 3 rifle and wants to know what his options are. I rattle off all the options I would look at and I write some down on a legal pad for Jane to show him on the computer when he gets home. We talk 762 vs 556, 45 vs 9mm and direct thread vs QD for about 10 minutes as I tie off my blue Ted Baker tie into a Pratt knot. The apex of the tie just touches my belt buckle. Length is right on the money, and I didn't even have a mirror. Jane approves of my knot and color selection. Go me.
4:55 PM: Fabulousness achieved, I call back in and find out national system is still down. FUCK. Well this is gonna have to wait till tomorrow. I shove Airman Cecil O'Malley's paperwork under the table and start stowing stuff since the show is about to close.
4:59 PM: Table is covered up and FC is walking out the door as the announcement crackles over the loudspeaker. THE SHOW IS CLOSED. PLEASE LEAVE THROUGH THE FRONT DOOR.
5:01 PM: On the way to the wedding! I stop at Target along the way because I've forgotten to get a card. I find one that says "It was meant to brie" on the front. It has some greeting card herpes, aka glitter on it but I have no time to be picky. As I'm in line to checkout I write something cheeky.
"I always said love was cheesy and I camembert it sometimes.....Love, FC"
The cashier scans it, I plug my amex into the card reader as I slip in a yard in there and seal up the envelope and slide it into my jacket pocket.
The ride to the lake breaks every speed limit in two counties.
5:45PM: I arrive 15 minutes before the ceremony is about to begin and the parking staff puts me in the back lot. I hike over to the open bar and get a fresca. I'm supposed to behave myself, so FC quit drinking and is just chilling with a fresca as he scans the room.
I know NOBODY at this wedding except the bride, groom and MAYBE the bride's massage therapist. Nope. I know nobody here. Awwwkward. I behave myself and sip on a fresca as the wedding starts. She gets married. She says yes. He says yes. FC is an ordained minister and can step up and marry someone in case there's an emergency but my services will not be needed at this wedding because things are going smoother than a cold filtered miller genuine draft. It's all good. The DJ announces the new couple and they walk down the aisle together as husband and wife for the first time. The music starts playing. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NNEgUPKxk7A
ITS HEAVY D AND THE BOYZ! I HAVE ALWAYS WANTED TO GO TO A WEDDING WHERE THEY PLAY THE COUPLE OFF TO HEAVY D! I mention this to the people sitting next to me and they're like it's just like hitch!
I'm like what?
They go on to explain to me that it's a movie. Starring Will Smith. Huh. Didn't see that one.
5:45 PM: The open bar and the food is coming out. I look around and I definitely do not know ANYBODY HERE. I need to eat and go home. I grab a plate of cocktail shrimp and some lobster sliders and sit down at a picnic table away from the crowd. I don't even notice a busty brunette with cleavage showing also sitting at the table staring at her phone across from me until she says hi.
(I scarf down a lobster slider. Munch munch)
1: So how do you know the lovely couple?
FC: Well she was a friend of a friend and next thing you know I'm showing up to the Christmas party and the wedding. Then Seth is showing up and then they're getting married. You?
1: I work with Lisa, I'm a flight attendant. But I've been out of work for a few months. We had this thing at work. It's called a fume event. I happens when well uh how do I say?
FC: Contaminated bleed air via the pneumatic air conditioning kit - or PACK - gets into the cabin, causing all sorts of respiratory irritation and all sorts of other things for the crew. You're on the 320, right?
1: The airbus? Yeah. Me and Lise are also on the....
FC: 321 and the 319. Yeah, I'm familiar with the technology.
1: You're a pilot.
FC: Not exactly. I just know airplanes really well.
1: So you're an aerospace engineer.
FC: I wouldn't go that far. Hahaha. That's stretching it. A lot.
1: Let me get this right. You're friends with Lisa and Seth, you know airplanes, you're the only one at this wedding actually wearing a suit......
FC: To be fair, it's Louisiana in October. We're lucky most of the folks here aren't wearing Mossy Oak and Realtree.
1: Hahahahahhah! You must live in Baton Rouge!
FC: I do.
1: Me too! What part of the city? I live in (names neighborhood)
FC: I'm over in (neighborhood next to her)
1: OH MY GOD! That's 10 minutes from my house! So anyways, you're smart, you're funny, where have you been all my life? I'm Ally.
FC: I'm Will.
1: You wanna get dinner together? I literally do not know anyone else here and I was thinking about leaving before I met you.
FC: Uh sure. Lemme just top this fresca off.
1: I'll join you.
6:15 We're told by the bartenders to grab a ceremonial wedding tervis tumbler with a patch commemorating the happy couple's nuptials hermetically sealed inside. They didn't want a bunch of red solo cups going to the dumpster so they decided to ball out. I walk up to the table where there's literally 200 tumblers in varying colors to choose from and I grab a random one as Ally grabs one too. We head to the bar, she fills her with vodka and sprite. I top off with ginger ale because I'm staying sober and I have to drive 45 minutes back to casa de FC in BTR.
She asks me how I know so much about airplanes, I tell her it's been a lifelong obsession and I've done some ground school on the 320 and the 737 and I much prefer the 320. I ask her what's tough about her job and she tells me that most people don't know they only get paid when the doors close. I say yeah, block time is a real bitch sometimes. She looks at me like I'm crazy. I'm like what? She's like HOW DO YOU KNOW ABOUT BLOCK TIME? I told you, I know airplanes. We chat some more as the crowd gets drunker and drunker and more ridiculous on the dance floor. Someone requested Strokin' by Clarence Carter and the DJ ACTUALLY PLAYED IT. Goddamnit Lisa! HAVE YOU EVER HEARD OF A DO NOT PLAY LIST? Wow.
7:10 PM We find some seats for dinner as the buffet opens up, I pile a bunch of chicken marsala and beef wellington on my plate and we head back to the table. She's only a few years older than me and cannot believe that I am single. She asks if I've tried tinder. I tell her the tinder story about me being stuffed into the back of a police car and it is met with raucous laughter.
1: So, do you dance?
FC: I do a lot of things, but I don't dance. Baton Rouge is the city that rhythm forgot.
1: I don't really dance either. As a matter of fact, I'm perfectly content to people watch all night with you here by my side.
Her hand ran down to touch mine. It had a ring on it.
FC: What does your husband think about that?
Next thing I know, Lisa and Seth have dropped by the table to say hello. They're taking pictures with everyone and we can't continue the conversation we were just having. Lisa dives in to hug Ally, Seth gives me a handshake, sips my drink and asks why there isn't any bourbon in that tumbler.
FC: Gotta behave myself. Long drive back home.
Ally: OH MY GOD LISA! Will is FANTASTIC! Where have you been keeping him? He's funny, he's amazing and he looks hot in a suit! If I wasn't married, he'd be the perfect guy!
(We're cut off by Lisa, she looks at me sternly.)
Lisa: WHAT THE FUCK IS WRONG WITH YOU?
Lisa: Yesterday! When I was getting my wedding dress fitted! You called me a half attractive woman.....
FC: It's not a normal occurrence! Most of the women who open my door are total heifers! For real! Take the compliment!
Lisa cracks up, and Seth who has had a few drinks laughs so hard that he damn near falls over. You can hear the cackle of his laugh carry across the lake. The best man props him back up and they all have a laugh. The wedding planner slides in and tells the bride that her cake has been outside of refrigeration for an hour and 15 minutes now and is structurally deficient. They need to cut it now before it collapses in upon itself like a black hole. Lisa grabs Ally, Seth grabs me and the rest of the table follows. We're now part of the wedding cake cutting crew.
7:15 PM: The entourage all takes their Instagram positions as Lisa cuts into her structurally deficient cake and Seth resists the urge to do anything cheeky and fun with frosting. It's cute, everyone toasts the newlyweds.
7:20 PM: I pull Lisa aside privately and I ask her - what the fuck is Ally's deal? "If I wasn't married he'd be the perfect guy?" WHO THE FUCK SAYS THAT? A married woman? At a wedding? To a guy she JUST MET?
Lisa: Look, I have no idea how her marriage is going or what her deal is. But just because there's a goalie doesn't mean you can't score.
FC: WHAT THE FUCK IS THAT SUPPOSED TO MEAN?
Lisa: It means that maybe, if she's throwing herself at you......you should catch her. I gotta go throw the bouquet. Brb.
7:25 Lisa goes to throw her bouquet and Ally has found me and is back at my side.
1: Where were we? I was just saying to Lisa that I was wondering where a guy like you has been all my life? You are awesome.
FC: I am awesome, and you are married.
1: Yeah, I know. Come on, I really want you......I mean I really want you......to go photobooth with me. Come on, it'll be fun.
She grabs my arm and drags me to the photobooth and she puts ridiculous hats and stuff on me. I'm like no, I've been looking ridiculous enough from birth. i'm good. She literally begs me with puppy dog eyes and does that thing where she shows cleavage.
FC: Isn't this like against one of the ten commandments? Thou shalt not......photobooth with another man's wife?
1: Hmm. Yeah, I guess. You're really sweet though. If I was single, I'd be all over you right now.
FC: Who says that? Really?
1: So, answer me this. You're not an engineer. You're not a pilot. What do you do?
FC: Gun dealer.
1: So if I had something like an AR15 that needed some work, you'd be the guy to call?
FC: Maybe, depending on what you needed - there's a lot of things where I'll just tell you flat out what you're trying to do is uneconomical and a bad idea.
1: Well, I'd really like it if you could check out some of my equipment sometime.
FC, internal monologue: WHAT THE FUCK IS GOING ON HERE
FC, external monologue: Bring it by the gun show this weekend and I'll see what I can do.
I crack an uneasy smile as she gets up to go use the bathroom. I decide it's time to get the fuck out of here.
8:11 Making my escape plan proves to be a little tougher than I expected. The parking at the venue at the lake is dark and unlit and I have to navigate my way back to my car in the dark using the light from my phone. I reach into my jacket and I realize that their card is still inside. Fuck. I gotta go back. I turn around and head back to the gift table and I use some ninja recon skills I picked up in catholic school to make sure Ally is nowhere nearby. The coast is clear. I walk up to the little birdcage they have for cards, drop mine in confidently and get ready to turn on my heel and leave. I start making my way back to the parking lot when Seth is just walking out of the bathroom next to the gift table.
1: Hey man, you heading home?
FC: I am now, forgot to drop off your card.
1: Ally thought you left without saying goodbye to her, so she asked me for your number. I gave it to her.
FC: Oh dear lord.
FC: Did you hear that woman? "If I was single, you'd be the perfect guy!" Those words are not in a vocabulary of any married woman I know.
1: Dude, you just gotta chill out and go with the flow man. It's not your marriage. If she wants a piece of you, cut her off a slice.
FC: Are you serious?
1: When I met Lisa, she was still married to Freddie. Look at us now, 7 years later and we're happy. You want to be happy, don't you?
FC: Yeah but....
1: No but's! Go storm the castle! I gotta go, but I'll catch you at the afterparty tomorrow night! You going?
FC: Yeah at your house right?
1: Yeah, what time the gun show wrap up?
FC: 4, so I'll be out by 5.
1: I got steaks going on the grill at 3, I'll get save a nice one for you. You still a medium rare guy?
FC: You know it!
1: I think Ally is gonna be there too, you two should get to know each other a little better.
FC: That's what I'm afraid of!
Seth goes back to his wedding, I hop in the car and drive home. It's almost 10PM as I approach the Jersey mikes by my house. I stop in to grab a sandwich for Sunday.
Just as I walk up I hear one of the sandiwch makers swear she's going to slit the throat of the next person who orders a sandwich. Eep. I tell her I need a giant 9. She starts making me one. I ask her if she's trying to get out of here right at 10? She says yeah, she's trying to catch the end of the Yankees/Red Sox game. I tell her my old man was from Brighton and my mom was from Elmhurst, so there's no love lost there. We have a laugh. She caught the Yankees pummeling the A's in the wild card on Wednesday. I whip out my phone and check the score for her. Yankees are up 6-2. I tell her she should be able to catch the end of it at home or whatever sports bar she's going to. She tells me she's going to the outback steakhouse the next block over to watch it and they better have the game on when she rolls up in 15. I tell her I'll do her one better. I dated the bartender there (once, she friendzoned me) and I'll message her on facebook to have it on for you. It is at this moment, I am asked for the second time that evening - from a strange woman I've just met - where have I been all her life?
I head home, throw my sandwich in the fridge and head to bed wondering WHAT THE FUCK IS GOING ON HERE?
Did FC like get game all of a sudden?
Donald Trump is President.
The Eagles won the super bowl.
You can't make this shit up.
I got one more day at the gun show too.
Postscript: As I write this, it's Columbus day and the Indians, the Redskins and Braves all got their asses handed to them.
We truly live in interesting times.
Hello guys, this is my first post ( I actually created the account just for this). First of all, I apology for my bad English, even when I studied it for a while I still make a lot of mistakes... submitted by
Well.. I'll try to make it as short as I can.
I've been having problems at home, I mean it's a very long story that no one fully knows and I just need to get it of my chest. Everyone knows the main part of the story but no one actually knows my side, I mean, I was so little at the time that no one tough I actually understood or needed help too.
When I was in 3rd grade, my brother got diagnosed with cancer, that's when all started.
At school I used to be very extrovert, well behaved and smart (always the first or second of the class), the teachers actually liked me and I liked them back. My brother was introvert and average smart but loved math, when he got sick he even asked our parents for a math tutor, he was crazy for math, really...
School life was good.
Home life wasn't.
At home, our parents use to fight all the time, well, at least when they saw each other. Dad was a truck driver and traveled a lot. Sometimes he would spend a hole month in the road or so. They used to love each other but dad was a really jealous men and would fight with my mother about everything. Like, if a guy honked in front of the house was because he was calling her or something. He even confessed once that he tough mom saw some guy when he left for work and he got in the roof to wait an see it by himself ... He was totally insane with jealous .. but I loved him.
I remember one time when they were fighting that I went to my mom and I just graved her by the arm and told her to come with me, to stop listening to him while my brother was locked out in the bathroom 'cuz he didn't wanted to listen. Dude, I was about 5? I was in kinder garden at the time. I really hate when people talk things in front of kids and say "he/she doesn't know, he/she is just a kid"..
We didn't have much money but lets just say that we were a middle class family. We had the resources to live an OK life. We could afford going out once in a while and so. But then, that happened.
I was in 3rd grade when he got diagnosed with cancer, the doctor said we where on time, that it wasn't such a big deal because it was really tinny, that it wasn't "bad cancer" as he said. But, you know, eve tough the doctors said all that, we were obviously concerned. I mean, who wouldn't? At first, I guess because of my age, I didn't really realize about the situation, but seeing my brother going from a normal state to a barely talking or doing anything was when I really understood.
I changed a lot, a tried to take care of him, as a 7 year old girl I couldn't do much. I would buy some candy and give it to him, or let him use my favorite spot in the couch, you know, small things that at that time I tough it was something. I tried to be near him as much as I could, but he actually wanted to be alone.
The first 2 month were like that, him trying to be alone, nos talking much and so on. But I guess our parents talked to him or something, because he started to go out more. There was a girl who was madly in love with him (she's married now, but still comes once in a while to see us), she would ask him to go help her with math and stuff. They were part of the escort of the flag ??? at school (I don't know if you know what I mean....). Well... I mean, he had friends who care about him and tried to help him with depression. Even the teachers tried to help. He got in the soccer team, as well as me.
Margarito was the teachers name, he was really cool or so I though. I guess he tough it was a good idea for me to be in it team 'cus he invited me in it, I was the only girl in the team touh... I know he did it because he was trying to help me, to bend in. He noticed my change, I was introverted now. I got tired of things very quickly. I didn't paid much attention in class anymore until he invited me to the team. He would talk to me and tell me how brave I was, how great/mad skills I had when kicking the ball. He noticed I needed help too. And he did helped me, maybe a bit, but he helped me.
Meanwhile at home things were the same, dad fighting with mom about stup!d things. Dad's family don't liking mom. Dad's mom use to call mom a hore, just like grandad used to... Mom was a upper class girl when she met dad, grandpa (mom's dad) had trucks and "lands" before he got sick and died of a unknown sickness. They sold everything, every house, every truck, all they had just to help grandpa, but nothing worked. She was used to a certain type of lifestyle. She came from a big city were she used to go to clubs, hang out with friends (including male friends) and it was ok. But she moved here, were she met dad, a small town, were everyone know each other, were going out with "male friends" was a really good reason to be called a hore... She have some problems now, because of that, because of my brothers problem, because a lot of things... And I understand her situation. I really do.
Anyway, my brother had to go take chemo, and with dad working and mom going with him to the hospital, or sometimes both with him in the USA hospital, I had to stay somewhere, luckily at home alone. But no, almost all the time I had to be with someone. Either with any of moms sisters or with dad's brother... It was horrible. Mom's sisters tried their best to help, well, at least 3 of them (P, M, Y).
"M" had 2 daughters, I liked one of them and she kinda liked me back. The other was my brother's "best cousin" and she hated me. She would call me things and mock of me whenever she could. The other one, couldn't do anything to help me, she had her own problems, that house was a mess. "Y" had 2 kids, the son was nice to me, he helped me when he could, but the girl was horrible, she would kick me in the bed (we had to share her bed and she didn't like it), she was taller and bigger than me so she would push me easily whenever she felt like it. She would call me names too, but she would physically hurt me the most. Whenever she left a mark I would said I felt or something.. "kids are careless" right? "P" was a special case, I'll talk more about it latter... She had a daughter but she wasn't whit her. Other sister ("L") gave her to her "father". She latter escaped and went back to "P". She was nice to me, and "P" too, but "P" would always talk about things a kid shouldn't be hearing about. Sex, lovers, things like that. She cursed a lot. But it was fine. All I had to do was to "close my ears" and the place was fine. None of them lived in the same city as us, so I had to change schools about 4 times. I almost skipped 4th grade because of it.
And then, my fathers brother. He had 3 kids, 1 girl and 2 boys. They didn't liked me. The girl would call me names, fat, ugly, things like that, and even when those things hurted, i have to admit she wasn't smart with her insults. One of the boys would always fight with me, like physically fight, he punched me and pinched me whenever he felt like doing it. And then, there was this asshole. He abused me. He would "play" with me. "Let's play detectives, you are the thief and I catch you".
I didn't like it. But I couldn't do anything, because "If you don't stay with them, where you gonna stay?". So I just shush and closed my eyes, and shut my ears, and let go. Let if flow. I needed to help them as I could. Never telling anyone about it. Not a single thing.
My brother was in remission. That was good. We didn't had to be worried anymore. We just had to go check once in a while and that was it.
I was in 4th grade when my dad pasted away. He died in a crash, in his truck. Another driver who was high crashed him.
Mom said I could skip school but It was sport day at school and I really wanted to go. She turned the PC on and told me to play, it was about 7:40ish, "L" was there. Mom was crying. "it's a punishment of good because I cheated on him when we were dating" she said. Again, "kids don't know". My brother was at school at that moment, he had to go to another city to jr high? (sorry I'm not sure about the levels compared to Mexico...). She didn't told me anything, we waited until my brother was at home. It was 2pm when he arrived. She told us about dad.
He used to take me to trips with him all the time, I missed school a lot because of it, but it was ok, cuz I would study hard I get good notes so I could go with him again. He was the only one who took care about me, even when he was with my brother, he would talk to me, take me out, buy me things, protected me. He listen to me. He cared not only for his son, but for his daughter too. And he was gone.
I felt alone. I was alone.
"We are now all alone" she said. But I was long ago alone.
It was 10th of may (mother's day) when my brother answer a call. Someone told him he got cancer back, in his lungs. He called mom crying. Mom was furious. How can this person give a kid such a horrible news? I guess she was right, they should ask to talk to someone older, not a 15yr..
Since the begging my mom changed a lot, she was shy, wouldn't talk much and became overprotective with both of us. I couldn't go out at ALL. No friends, no movies, no nothing. I had to go with her everywhere, help her ask for help in institutions, being by her side at the hospital while waiting for my brother. Until one day they told us there wasn't anything left to do. We just went home, and stayed there. Waiting. My brother prayed, all days, at the same hour. I could heard him scream to good for help. But it was in vain.
I had nightmares sometimes and would wake up with my heart on the throat, dreaming she got arrested because we didn't paid for the hospital bill or something like that.
One day we were watching TV when he started to feel sick. Mom called the ambulance, and the rest of the family. Everyone was here. Everyone but dad's family. Just my uncle, he was the only one who "cared". He once said to my mother, that when dad was dying he told him to help up, so that's why he was there...
All the young ones were at home, we ordered pizza and were waiting for it. My uncle came back and told me to go with him and help him with the pizza but we went to the hospital with my brother. He was waiting for me. He died after I hold him and told him that we were going to be fine. Mom told him that all was good, "close you eyes dear, we are fine". I still remember that moment. He died and mom left the room, I stayed there for a moment and left too, looking for her. I just hugged her. I needed her. But she was busy with paperwork and stuff. Her son just died, I needed a hug and she was doing paperwork. I understand her now, She wanted to run and ignore what just happened, but I was a kid. I needed her. But I also needed to be strong and help her. Just like when dad died.
I tried no to cry. Or do it by myself. I didn't wanted her to see me crying.
We when back to "normal". Just she and I. She looked for a job. I continued my studies. I did EVERYTHING she told me to, even when I didn't wanted to. I went to the school she picked, studied what she wanted, did or said what she tough was correct. I didn't wanted to give her problems. As always keep silence about how I felt.
School was good again. Average grades now cuz I didn't cared about school anymore. I got spelled because of a bad joke a friend played to the teachers and I got involved... but all was fine.
Mom got a "lover". "A" was a nice guy, I liked him. But I didn't like him at first. He was funny and helped mom a lot. No more depression and stuff for her. She went out and had fun. And so I did. When she was happy, I could be happy to. I got my friends back, I got a life again. But even tough she was happy, I was scared to talk to her, to open up to her. Of her reactions. Every time she raised her voice, even if she wasn't talking to me, I started swatting and trembling. She was different. She cursed a lot, but she was fuk!ng happy, and I loved that. She was her best self.
Then she broke with him. And everything sucked again.
She changed jobs a few times (4 times to be accurate). She meet another guy, he was kinda weird. Upper class guy, bunch of trucks, very well dressed, but kinda weird... She liked him but then she just didn't.
This is when "P" comes along. She starts talking to my mom, telling her to act one way or another. That she needs to get a "MAN". To drink because men like that. To smoke so she looks interesting. Basically she change her in a horrible way. But that wasn't all, she took advantage of her. She would take money from her. She moved to our house with her lover (a nice guy btw), hitting mom, saying to the family that mom would always treat her wrong. Lovely... After a while she left the house but told everyone mom told her to leave...
I went to the university, took the acceptance exam twice but failed, I was scared of her reaction, So I immediately went to the language department and asked for info. I got in English and Japanese classes. She wasn't pleased but didn't yelled at me for failing a second time.
After a while, she had a "moment", she started to scream and cry and told me she couldn't with life anymore, that working was really hard for her, that she needed help. So I got a job. from 7am to 1 pm working and 1 hour left to eat, take the bus. I used to do homework and studying for exams at the bus because it was the only time I had available. Then, from 2 to 10 study at the university, getting home at 11pm, eat, shower and prepare things for work the next day. I was like that for 4 years. And the pay wasn't even good. I just made the correct amount for the bus to school. I didn't had time to do anything else. I didn't go out with friends. And If I wanted to go out or something, It was to dangerous to go by myself and I wasn't allowed to do so.
"L" moved to USA with her family, but one of her sons got in trouble, got 3 girls pregnant.. and got ini trouble with the police, so she sent him back to mexico (classy). Se asked mom to help him, and so she did. He was the same age0 my brother was so my mom felt like it was my brother. She gave him everything. And by everything I mean he took my room, my bed, my closet, the money I got working hard because he didn't had money and needed it to go out with his friends. 2 of my friends (girls I use to see once in a while) liked him. Both got pregnant... both aborted... It was horrible. Once they came home to talk to him, he saw them and ran away. Left the house saying that mom kicked him out of the house. Latter, one of the girls told me he said horrible thing about mom, that every night she would come home with a different men, that she didn't gave him food, that she took all the money his mom sent him (ohh yeah, "L" sent him money, about 5k a week, plus the money my mom gave him-the money I gave her...-... about 24k a month without any effort!!), that she was an alcoholic etc. At first I have to admit I didn't believe her, but latter, I saw an old classmate and told me all this asshole said about us. Thank god people knew how we were and didn't believed him u.u'
When I finally finish my studies, I got another job at a call center. It was worst... Sometimes I had to starts working at 6 am, I had to wake up at 3 or 3:30 am and catch the first bus at 4 am so I could arrive at 5:30ish at work. Or finish work at 11 pm, when there weren't buses and I had to spend the night at the bus station until 4 am the next day to get home. And the fact that I have anxiety attacks didn't help me at all. Every call I took, dried me up, I had to ask for authorization to had a stress ball with me because we couldn't have ANYTHING but a bottle of water in the desk. I usually closed my eyes while taking the calls, it kinda helped me.
She notices I was getting, lets say "weaker", I lost a lot of weight (which I have to admit help my self steem), couldn't sleep property, etc. And got me a job near home. I was at her office, doing some stuff for a engineer who lived in the building were she is administrator. I was near her all the time, It was good. The pay was good. We had money, we could visit our family in the other city. Everything was good. But one day this person had to go, and so I lost my job.
She said it was ok, to take a break. 1 month passed and I could see some "friends" and do things by myself, but she was getting anxious. So I got a job in the lowest place. It's a very known place (I won't say the name because a lot of people work there). There, if you are a women, people treat you like property. If they see you talking to a guy, you are dating him. If you don't play along, you are a lesbian or simply a hore. I didn't like it. It was from 7am to 8pm but the pay was good and I could give her money and help her with the expenses of the house. Some rumors of me sleeping with an architect started and I left it.
Then 2 guys came to the department building to work in the same place. They asked for help and I accepted. Again I could help mom with money and stuff. But again rumors started. The work there ended (it was for about 3 months), and these guys went back to their city. They told me that there there were a lot of Japanese companies, that I would find a job there immediately and that they would help me. So I went there, 20hours trip to get there. Far away from home. I instantly felt home sick, but I tough that maybe if I could get a good job and make enough money, mom would be fine. I stayed there for 3 weeks. Couldn't find a job, they didn't helped me and on top of all, I spent all the money I had. My Mom had to send me money to go back.
I started to look for another work, I got invited to another town to work as an interpreter by the people who I was working before these guys and again they let me down. Mom had to get a loan to get me back home. I was totally devastated. I couldn't find a job and mom was getting worse. Depression because we couldn't make a living with the money she made, she was alone, etc.
One day I got a call from a Japanese company near home (1 hour trip) that saw my CV online. I got a job there. It was awesome. I really loved that job. My boss didn't speak English or Spanish so I basically did everything for him. I translated every email to Japanese. Go with him to all the meetings, call conferences, etc. Helped him in the working place. I did a lot. It was totally awesome. I even did extra hours and didn't ask for the money. I could give my mom what she needed and more. We even got a loan to get a car, and started a group with some neighbors to help sick kids. Buying medicine, helping them raising money, buying food or clothes to the local orphanage and stuff.
Things were great.
I really loved my job. But it didn't lasted long. He had to go back to Japan. And a Mexican guy took his place. Then I did nothing. AT ALL. I spent the days sitting in my desk or helping the operators with their job..
Then one day my mom tells me crying that grandma is sick, that she is loosing her sight. I told her that I would give her the money, I mean, at that time Christmas is near and we get our bonuses back, so It wasn't a problem.
Then back at work this guy who took my other boss place, starts treating me bad. I can't explain it but he was rude to me. I was useless to him, just like everyone else. He was the almighty guy who was going to put the company in the map again. He was rude to all the operators. I couldn't handle it. Everyday he had to do something to put me in bad terms in front of the Japanese staff. Anything. Called me stup!d or inept in front of them. Saying I did something that I didn't do. I started to have anxiety attacks again. Whenever I saw him I started to tremble. I quited. 2 months latter he was fired u.u
The money I received when quitting, I divided in 2, one part for mom and I, and the rest I gave it to my grandma, so she could have the surgery she needed. She didn't undergo the surgery. She gave it to her husband, and hi gave it to his daughter, whos husband is in jail and can't help rise his 3 kids...
A few days passed and "Y" came home, and started talking about a great job opportunity, she started to talk about Bitcoins, my mom didn't knew what was it but I did. Then she told me to invest in one website she knows and so on, until she convinced me. Don't get me wrong, the website works and all, but she scamed me. She didn't explained correctly everything plus she, my own fuk!ng aunt took money from me saying that it was a fee she charges. I invested 20k and have receive 19k, and the money she took...
I was really mad, mom was REALLY REALLY REALLY MAD at ME. Her sister took money from ME, and she was MAD AT ME. I got depressed. I felt really bad. How could your own family do that to you? Even seen you in the situation you are, and they just pass by and take money from you? I got sick. Fever, I wanted to trow up all the time. I was desperated. I didn't knew that to do. Then a former teammate told me his mom had a Japanese school in another city, that she needed a teacher for basic Japanese classes. He gave his mother my phone number and she called me. She told me one of her teachers left because she had problems at home and went back to Japan to attend them. She said that she would provide me everything. Food twice a month, good bed, house with air conditioner, internet, laundry room, etc. I though it was perfect. But it wasn't.
It was a house, one of the rooms was conditioned as a classroom (one table, 2 chairs, one blackboard) They paid me 50 pesos a working day... If I didn't had classes one of the days, they obviously didn't pay me. I only got food from them twice in 3 months. Again, laid down. I stayed there for 3 months. earning 200 pesos a week. I swear to god I got sick of rice (it was the only thing affordable I had to eat). I had to sleep in the living room (a room with a tv and a old couch) because the room was way to hot to sleep in, plus the mattress was brownish... I got sick with sika, there were a bunch of mosquitos there and I couldn't cancel classes... Ohh yeah, I was the only teacher they had... Once I got enough money from "Y" scam, I took a flight home, lets say I made 2,400 and had to spend 2k in the ticket plus the food I took while being there.
Now I'm home. I've been here for 5 months without work. I've been offering japanese classes with no luck. I just can't find a job. Mom had an episode yesterday and I just can't take her words out of my head. "I'm sick of your fuk!ng Japanese" ("Me tienes hasta la madre de tu pinche Japones"). It's the only thing I studied. The only thing I'm good at. The only thing I have. I feel worthless. I don't know what to do. We still have things to pay, and I just can't find a job.
Am I doing something wrong? I just try to help my mom. I don't want to cause her any trouble, but the most I try, the worst it gets. I just need some advice. Some light.
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