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  1. Thread: Milestone Marker

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    I should note that COVID is just hammering even...

    I should note that COVID is just hammering even businesses like us, it's not just retail and movies, travel. Ad rates went way down, we went to 1/4 staff, let 75% go, so again I am lucky but people...
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    Yeah, I was recruited from Zoom and was allowed...

    Yeah, I was recruited from Zoom and was allowed to offer them to publish my stuff, too. But, there were financial issues for them and I told them to go fly. I still have total editorial freedom,...
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    6th month anniversary of making an actual real...

    6th month anniversary of making an actual real living writing on the net. Not luxury living but not poverty. I still do some law but only to keep skills.

    I enjoy it. It's the first job where it...
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    My only baby (one's allowed to call their child...

    My only baby (one's allowed to call their child baby the entire life in the south) started 7th grade - at home, for now - just this last week.

    To make it a bit more fun, between my stuff that I...
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    That is awesome. She has read other books but can...

    That is awesome. She has read other books but can lose her attention. My dad got her a series she likes, I can't even remember the name, it was pre-Potter. It's about an 11 year old girl who gets a...
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    It is great advice. It really is. We need to be...

    It is great advice. It really is. We need to be reminded of it often.

    MCMM: Mine found Harry Potter at this age and she's now one book away from reading the whole series. Of course she's read...
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    As they get older, the days just go faster for...

    As they get older, the days just go faster for mom and dad.

    Mine is 12.

    I try to remind myself every single day: "Don't look back with nostalgia or longing for when they were 4, cherish today...
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    I used to be really down on birthdays until my...

    I used to be really down on birthdays until my wife shamed me a few years ago.

    I would say: "What is the big deal of 'attaining an age'? Why is that anything to be proud of?"

    She said: "It is...
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    Ah, so all a guy has to do is wish himself a...

    Ah, so all a guy has to do is wish himself a happy b-day and everyone joins in? That's nice of y'all.

    I am having a much better birthday than an hour ago, at which point I was still looking for...
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    Birthdays don't normally bother me. But...

    Birthdays don't normally bother me.

    But tomorrow I have my last b-day before 5-"oh" and it is bothering me far more than my b-dat at 29 and 39.

    It's not like I didn't feel "middle aged" long...
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    Wow, congrats, it is a fun age. (They all are,...

    Wow, congrats, it is a fun age. (They all are, but this one is really fun. Last shot at being a kid.)

    I like that we start so early here. The extra month allows them to take a full week "fall...
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    Yes, you do. See? We've certainly...

    Yes, you do.



    See?



    We've certainly tried everything else.
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    My wife handled that whole thing. Showed her...

    My wife handled that whole thing.

    Showed her how, but then we both said, "it's your body, your decision from here on out. If you ask us, we'll give you our input."

    One of the most classic...
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    I am already dreading … I knew she would make it,...

    I am already dreading … I knew she would make it, she's cute, bubbly, smart as fck, and thin/muscular, when many many girls down here … are not? Actually, the obesity rate down here is one of the...
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    Yet. Me? I have trouble with how young the...

    Yet.

    Me?

    I have trouble with how young the whole "girl/woman" thing starts nowadays. Big part of me thinks that sixth/seventh grade are their last shot as "being kids" - they have the rest of...
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    First middle school football game, for which my...

    First middle school football game, for which my daughter made the cheerlea…. "Dance team" as a sixth grader among many 7th and 8th graders.

    Sigh.

    Very mixed feelings about a sixth grade … never...
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    For our ONE baby, I committed myself to "not...

    For our ONE baby, I committed myself to "not getting emotional, not shedding tears" and then promptly got there and had tears running down my cheeks.

    Thank god I wasn't the only man there in such...
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    Gotcha. I kind of didn't read in the obvious in...

    Gotcha. I kind of didn't read in the obvious in that. Makes sense to kid.

    Great story.
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    Great story, well told, and definitely a...

    Great story, well told, and definitely a milemarker in his life, and yours.

    Take heart in the phone call to Mom. I think it shows that the kid hit the sweet spot in showing equal affection for...
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    You should be damn proud. Good luck.

    You should be damn proud.

    Good luck.
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    This is not just the goofy Foo, it is also good...

    This is not just the goofy Foo, it is also good family.

    I think your milestone is wonderful to share, even though part of it must be painful. We're with you.
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    I cannot help but think this is wonderful news,...

    I cannot help but think this is wonderful news, despite realizing the pain you as a couple have gone through with this.

    As you know better than most, few appreciate the difficulty like me. I have...
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    Congrats!! Great school

    Congrats!! Great school
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    Seems like yesterday we held her hours after...

    Seems like yesterday we held her hours after birth.

    But, again, that's why I enjoy every single day and don't look back with longing.
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    A bonding moment. Especially since your passion...

    A bonding moment. Especially since your passion is brewing, and you can have them compare taste out with dinner.
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