Alanis Morissette partner

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32, run my own creative business, will take home around 410 HIH (before taxes)

2020.08.14 03:09 moneydiaries777 32, run my own creative business, will take home around 410 HIH (before taxes)

I'm 32, in a relationship, 410 HIH (pre-taxes)
Some details: I am self-employed and run my own business. I have film/projects which each employ 4-6 employees. I had extreme money insecurity when I was a small child (single parent) which grew into somewhat stable financial situation. I had 60k+ of student debt which I paid off myself! (PROUD)
I have a slew of people helping manage my projects/my finances which is critical. Agent (10% of overall) Legal (5%) Accountant $1500 py, financial advisor $750 py, and bookkeeper $1000py. Assistant is $900 every two weeks. My yearly expected income is post these above expenses i.e. agent/legal fees (besides asst) and prior to estimated taxes being taken out which I pay quarterly.
I have a ROTH IRA that I contribute to and I set aside 1k a month for retirement. I have pretty expensive medical bills but am just now getting better insurance. I started off in the industry making 28k and have built it to what I have now which is pretty incredible.
I inherited 37k when I late 20s. Prior to that, I was living paycheck to paycheck and tried to not spend it.
I have not bought a house or even looked into it, someone also asked if I was saving for a wedding and I was like "hmm, hadn't even thought about it." LOL lady power!
It all depends on when I get paid (in %'s via the contract or monthly) but I try to set 35% away for taxes immediately, paying estimated is a MUST. I can earn anywhere from 17k to 40k in a month. I pay my assistant out of pocket but otherwise I pay people per project.
Monthly expenses = ~$6,072
What I spent in the last week:
Wednesday: 12pm. It's vacation week but I have to head back to the city to go to the doctor for a diagnostic test. I am very excited to see some people for what feels like the first time in months! Me and Z (my partner) get into rental car and head the two hours. I have masks and hand sanitizer with me and I make sure I use the elevator solo. I have a two hour appointment and finally get good news. It comes at a cost $1100 and I hope insurance will reimburse me. $1100
1pm: I meet my assistant who has coffees in tow and we walk around talking about the work and what has to be done. She wears a mask and we try to stay apart from each other. $0 (she gifted!)
4pm: Z heads to our favorite chinese place to stockpile soup. We legit order 10 soups. $81 and we split so $40.5 (worth every penny!!)
6pm: drive back home, lots of tolls, probably ~25 each way and we split. $25
TOTAL: 1,165.50
9am: now I'm actually on vacation. I wake up late and try to not check my computer but fail.
1pm: I receive good professional news and I decide to take myself to Dunkin Donuts to celebrate! I get an iced coffee and a blueberry donut through the drive in and I wipe down the cup with a clorox wipe. I have to be hoarding these but I wanna celebrate today, I blast alanis morissette through the rental car speakers 3.81
3pm: I read in a hammock but mostly check my phone.
4pm: 50 minute therapy session with a chronic illness based LSCW. She is expensive but I truly get so much hope and validation from the sessions. I feel like I found the right therapist for me. $200
7pm: Z makes dinner, I set the table. I only make dinner 1x a week often because I am too tired. Not nice but they are the better cook. I remember to say thank you.
TOTAL: 203.91
10a: I sleep late today. I wake up feeling sad like I didn't take advantage of my vacation. I only take 2x a year but it is a during a really busy time. I decide that answering a couple of emails won't hurt...
3pm: I get off another work call and decide to go for a book. I rent a book from Audible, I have credits but I do pay a monthly fee. $18
7pm: I beg Z to let us do take-out. They remind me of the soup we have. I have the dumpling soup and it's 10/10 and we watch a Hulu show. $0
TOTAL: $18
Saturday: I am NOT GOING TO DO ANY WORK TODAY. Will I succeed?
11am: I rent a movie from of all places and take notes. $3.99
3pm: I then treat myself to a reality show season purchase pass via amazon. $12.99
6pm: Z says we have to go grocery shopping, we pick it out online and opt for contactless delivery. ~135 for my half.
TOTAL: $151.98
9:30a: I do a group zoom session and hope that it doesn't go too long. I donate $10 to the group. $10
1p: My friend Eduardo has been writing a couple of scripts and asks if I can give some feedback. I love him so I say of course. We spend 1hour on the phone and feel like we came up with some good ideas.
2p: I really want a cheese-steak but don't want to make it. The place is cash only so I go to the bank and try to get cash out. First time doesn't work, I try 5 more times. These cards will do not work, I can't go into a bank due to COVID. I want to see if it's the card or the ATM machine. I head to the Dunkin Donuts and the debit card works! Huzzah. Iced coffee and cheese-steak (weird combo but it works). $12
5pm: I do some prep work/homework for my upcoming session with an executive coach this week. $0
TOTAL: $22
8am wake up call, make coffee, let the doggo out. I call my assistant and we discuss the 8 priorities for the day (3 per project and 2 of my own personal TO-DOs). Her time costs $25 per hour. ~25
10am: talk with editor and we work through some editorial issues. I feel like we are making progress.
6pm: Z makes homemade chicken tenders and we watch TV separately (sometimes we need time at the end of the day to do our own thing). ~10
8pm: my pajamas have ripped and I decided to treat myself and buy a fancy pure silk nightgown. $214
TOTAL: $249.00
8am: Back to back phone-calls make this a stressful day. I follow up with my agency to see if we have received the monthly payment (we haven't, I actually spend a fair amount of time tracking down money).
1pm: I meet with one of my producers, I used to pay her out of my own pocket $300 per day but now a project is covering her. $0
3pm: I am dragging so I run to Dunkin Donuts (the only safe coffee option) $1.99
11:30p: I work all night, so much to do. I like the work but can't really seem to turn it off.
TOTAL: $1.99
10am: I feel foggy from doing too much work last night, like a hangover. I call my assistant and tell her to order coffee, conditioner and a new iPhone charger. She preps an order. $30
1p: Z is showing me up. They made home-made rolls so I make myself a turkey sandwich and have that and diet coke on the porch. It's pretty heavenly. $7
4:30p I do a quick call with my lawyer, and we are both running behind. Her time used to cost $500 per hour but now we are on a % basis. (EXPENSIVE)
5p: I do a 50 min session with an executive coach that helps me figure out leverage, time management issues and how to be a good boss. It's a new relationship but I'm gaining a lot of confidence from it. $350
6pm: Back to back calls and Z heads to the local fishery and picks up local red snapper. I am amazed! We have a healthy dinner but then I ask if we can go out for ice cream :) $17
7pm: my domain name is due to be paid for, it's gets put my amex $29.94
10pm: a work calls colleagues while I am writing this ;)
TOTAL: $433.94
What I learned this week: I expected a ton of money to come in this week but am still waiting for it. Medical bills suck and apparently I love Dunkin Donuts :) Great to spot trends and will continue to save, save, save and hopefully be brave enough to invest.
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2020.06.13 05:03 Sorpaijen Monk, Romantic or FWB?

Not sure where this will end up, but I think to start I'll posit three potential outcomes, among which I (50M) am debating:
1) Monk: I remain alone, forever.
2) Romantic: I somehow meet and fall in love with a romantic partner that moves in, becomes the love of my life, and I share my life with her.
3) FWB: I meet someone with whom I can have physical relations (or perhaps more) but purely on a casual, friends-with-benefits kind of basis.
Yes, being alone CAN be lonely but I worry that after thirty-odd "adult" years alone, I will come to resent having another person in my life, no matter how much I might appreciate the physical and emotional intimacy. Maybe that won't be the case, but in the back of my mind I worry that if I DO manage to somehow find a perfect (for me) mate that I'll end up sabotaging myself and then feel even worse off when things fall apart and I end up alone, again.
On a pragmatic note, being 50 years old already... in just twenty short years I'll be seventy (if I live that long) and likely not in very good health. I hesitate to get involved with someone who may think that I'm just looking for a 'caretaker'. Of course twenty years isn't a brief amount of time, I recognize, but still, I'm closer to 100 than 1, now. On the downslope, as it were.
The problem with this route is that it depends on a stranger choosing to integrate into my life for some reason. My self-esteem isn't so low that I don't think I could offer anything, but I'm pragmatist enough to recognize that the number of women who would LIKE to come into my world is pretty darned small (and shrinking every year).
Worse still, I am not a social creature and I simply don't LIKE going out to clubs, bars, or social gatherings of any kind. If I WERE to go out to such places to meet someone, how fair would that be, to mis-represent who I am? I know I would not ~continue~ to be a social butterfly long-term, so why lie up front?
That's the beauty (I've found) with online dating --- I can be up-front about it, and there MAY be women who also abhor crowds and want someone to curl up with on the couch to binge-watch a show, or take walks in the park or other introvert-friendly activities.
That's the hope, anyway. Reached out to eleven online matches so far, had ONE reply back and we had a brief conversation but that's it (she was young enough to be my daughter --- danged age filters don't work for damn, although we DID share many interests). For now, I still hold out some hope that I'll meet someone this way, and then further hope that the meet goes well, we 'click' and things advance and I DO accept having a separate person in my life. I reeeeeally think I would be okay with it.
From fiction (my only real source) I've seen that FWB relationships can be very unstable. Part of my problem is that I'm not really good at making friends at all, much less occasionally-romantic friends. But maybe, in the course of TRYING to find a life-long romantic partner, I meet someone that I ~can~ be friends with... we share similar interests, like doing the same things, etc. but (especially at our ages) we have our own separate lives and we retreat to those after our Encounters.
Maybe that would be enough? Maybe that would give me the (occasional) physical intimacy I crave and yet I'd be able to maintain my monk-like solitude most of the time, and would not feel bad about it? There's the danger that I'd develop deeper romantic feelings and WANT a more permanent arrangement, which could lead to dissolving the FWB relationship entirely, leaving me Monk-like alone again.
I guess the only rational thing to do is to start out TRYING to find a lifelong romantic partner... if I do, great, I just have to work to overcome my solitary nature and integrate two lives into one shared life. If I CAN'T do that, I can suggest a FWB arrangement where we each maintain our independence but still have a good relationship with, well, ~benefits~. More likely than not, though, it would just dissolve.
If, in the course of trying to find a life-long partner, I find that SHE does not want that, I have to decide if I am willing to 'settle' for FWB, if she offers/accepts the idea... or whether I should try to move on to find another woman to be my long-term romantic partner. I suspect the choice will not be mine in this case.
Lastly, if I just CANNOT find a long-term romantic partner, nor anyone willing to try the FWB route, I'll just have to accept the Monk life.
Won't know until it happens (if it happens) but I think I've convinced myself that if presented with the chance for romantic love, I would not self-sabotage just to maintain my monk-like independence / freedom. Worth trying, anyway.
PS: It's so frustrating, KNOWING at my core that there ARE women out there who are -just- like me, and who would LOVE to be with me, but we just never meet each other. What's that stupid Alanis Morissette lyric? --- "I met the man of my dreams, and then I met his beautiful wife".
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2020.01.31 18:31 queenrattie Dancing with both parents at the same time at my wedding?

Hello! My wedding is coming up at the beginning of May, and I just found the perfect song for me and my moms ("That I Would Be Good" by Alanis Morissette!) . I'm coming to Reddit for some advice because I have NO idea how dancing with three people at a time works, and all of my internet searches come up with nada. I love both of my moms and I want them equally involved with my side of the wedding (they both will be walking me down the aisle), and the idea of choosing one to dance with first and then rotating feels awkward to me. If possible, I'd like to slow dance with both during our daughtemommy dance. So... how?!
Have any of you danced with two additional partners at a time before? Any advice to make it less awkward? Have you seen it done before, and how did it turn out? I'm sure at some point we'll all break down crying, but hopefully we can squeeze some dancing in before that happens.
Thank you!
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2019.12.20 17:21 simplypnw I am 24 and make $54,000 a year working in politics in Seattle.

Hi, friends! I have an update. Here is the link to my August diary. I have switched jobs, paid off a chunk of debt, saved some money, and seen my personal spending increase. Hope it's fun!
Note: if you happen to think you can identify me, please don't comment. If you have questions about working in politics, please DM me. :)
Salary: $4,500 per month.
Partner’s Salary: $5,000 per month.
Note: All of these amounts for the shared expenses are for my half. We share a joint account where we contribute a set amount per month.
Paychecks: $1,730 every two weeks.
Pension: I have about $1,000 and a year of service credit in a PERS plan.
Roth IRA: Balance is $992. I am on-track to max it out in 2020.
Savings: $1,000 in our shared savings, $350 in my personal savings. We contribute $250 per month now that we have hit $1,000 and are aggressively paying down credit card debt.
Health Insurance: My work has premium free insurance, I am on J.’s plan, and he pays.
Rent: $839 for a 620 square foot open one bedroom, this includes pet rent and a storage unit in our building.
Utilities: Between $25 - $40 per month, added to rent.
Electricity: Budgeted $75 per month for my half.
Student Loans: $133 for my share. We have about $25k total.
Credit Card Debt: $140 for my half of payments. Our total is down to $6,082. It was just over $8,000 in August.
Car Loans: $235 for my half on two car loans. One loan has one payment left.
Car Insurance: $110 for my half.
Phones: $120 each month.
Subscriptions: $23 for my half. We pay for Hulu, Spotify, and Amazon which we share with my family. My dad pays for Netflix and shares.
Pets: $60 for our monthly Chewy order, $35 for pet insurance.
Comcast: $60.
My personal expenses:
Yoga: $112.32 per month for unlimited classes. I try to go 2x a week with my current schedule.
Charitable giving: $10/month to an abortion fund, and $50/month to a nonprofit I’m on the board of.
Extra savings: $100 per month.
Extra debt payments: $200 per month.
Day one
5:45 AM: There is no way in hell I am waking up before 6 AM on my day off. Yes, day off. I get one day off per week. Awake for long enough to kiss J. goodbye and see he’s set up the coffee for me.
7:40 AM: The kitty alarm goes off and I’m awakened by a very gentle head butt and demand for cuddles. Proceed to snuggle my cat while she lies on my chest. Eventually I am freed to make coffee in the Chemex. We love a Chemex in this house.
8:20 AM: Get a notification that this skirt I’ve been eyeing on ThredUp is available again. I buy it without checking my bank account, a first for me ($23.32). $23 shipped for a like-new Madewell skirt is a deal. My goal is to buy most of my clothes secondhand. $23.32
9:00 AM: I put on the Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and get to work on my chore list. ASP content is a definite need. At some point, I eat Din Tai Fung leftovers and some kiwis for breakfast.
12:50 PM: Finally emerge to drop my car off for an oil change and make a grocery run. We have a clean bathroom, the flannel sheets have been brought out for the winter, and laundry is happening! Outfit details are truly not worth noting today. I pick up canned pineapple, tortillas, a coconut cold brew because I’m a masochist and exhausted, Just Egg, benevolent bacon, bananas, Emmy’s peanut butter cookies, grapes, two bell peppers, two avocados, and a face mask ($18.10 for my share of the groceries, and $2.99 for the face mask). We’ll need to hit TJ’s as well, so grab your bingo cards! $21.09
2:00 PM: Car is ready so I walk to pick it up ($95.67). Applaud myself for being an adult. I’ve been generally awful at basic things like paying parking tickets and getting oil changes and recently decided to put on my big girl pants. Hit up the holy land of Trader Joe’s for: sourdough bread, frozen berries, cauliflower gnocchi, two cedar balsam candles, baby carrots, brown rice, an eggplant, cauliflower, Tofurkey Italian sausage, baby spinach, two pomegranates, a tomato, candy cane tea, a stalk of Brussels sprouts, a red bell pepper, and Enjoy Life dipped banana snacks ($33.37 for my half). Clearly I get carried away with myself but I’m thrilled to be done with the shopping and to get home to my cats! Also I feel like I’m lighting money on fire. PSA: the tea is disgusting. Don’t buy it. $129.04
3:00 PM: My day off is always a week day, so I balance recharging my batteries and actually contributing to my household. My partner is a true gem, and rocks it the rest of the week. I will generally meal prep breakfasts, chop up some sheet pan dinners so that they just need to be baked, and do our shopping. I make egg cups with the Just Egg and prepare a cauliflower gnocchi sheet pan dinner to be cooked later this week.
6:30 PM: We enjoy delicious white bean & rosemary soup with a BLT and then walk over to a local Christmas tree lot. The tree that calls to us is shorter than usual, although it’s cheaper and easier to walk home as our Christmas tradition requires ($15). Tonight we turn on Elf while pulling out our Christmas decorations! $15
9:25 PM: Complete abridged skincare routine - Mario Badescu cleanser (this product is too drying for me so I’m trying a more gentle cleanser soon), CosRX BHA/AHA toner, Acure Blue Tansy oil. Remember how I’m out of multiple beauty things and cringe at the thought of spending more money. I work on my reread of the Bell Jar and set my alarms for pilates!
Daily total: $188.45
Day Two
5:40 AM: Pilates is not happening. I feel groggy and blame the homemade cider we consumed last night - J. likes to home brew! The cats grace us with their presence and we all snuggle on our cozy flannel sheets. A wholesome family moment if there ever was one. I love my life.
7:00 AM: Finally leave my bed still feeling incredibly out of it. Breakfast this morning is an egg cup with avocado toast - I couldn’t be more of a stereotype if I tried. Keep my makeup to just brows, mascara, and a subtle lip tint today. This is a plug for Burt’s Bees lip shimmer. My skin is too dry for my CC cream when I’m out of my night cream and my exfoliant serum, so my skin looks flaky and awful but I’m still not motivated to order my Ulta cart. Pull my hair back with barrettes, somehow squeeze into black skinny jeans, put on an oversized turtle neck, and with fuzzy socks in Chelsea boots I’m out the door. I order a grande drip with chestnut praline syrup from Starbucks (paid with a gift card I have). Also fill up my car because I’m traveling literally hundreds of miles today ($38.50). $38.50
11:00 AM: in my infinite wisdom I realize that I can’t bring soup leftovers because my day is so full of travel and meetings in the field that I couldn’t heat it up. That will be a problem for later. At some point I order Alanis Morissette tickets for my family, but Dad will pay me for them. My dad and I are incredibly close and talk everyday. I grew up poor, and now that he makes a six figure income he really leans into treating his children. Please do not @ me about him buying me a concert ticket. J. and I plan on having him live with us when we buy a house, so it will even out.
7:30 PM: Somehow I blink and it’s dark out and 7:30 PM. My job involves a significant amount of community meetings and meeting with local volunteers. I meet with 13 people today and feel dead. I also sat down with the newest member of my team and treated him to coffee ($11.26). Today’s brutal schedule allowed no time to eat lunch so I stop at a Thai place that’s accidentally fancy and treat myself to veggies and peanut sauce ($21.00). When I die, bury me with this peanut sauce. End up making the ferry back to Seattle just in time ($15.75). I chat with my dad while waiting in line. We are tight. I have one document to finish and then a call at 8:15 which are the only two things keeping me from grabbing a drink with my best friend. I finish my document in the ferry, park downtown for a few minutes while I take my call, and head to C.’s. $48.01
9:00 PM: Once worked is wrapped, I have a glass of wine at C.’s place so we can catch up, head home after about two hours, and collapse into bed with J. once I do my nighttime routine. He tells me the highlight of his day is when I finally come home. Cue heart melting. Asleep by 11:30 after loving on the cats and making progress on The Bell Jar.
Daily total: $86.51
Day Three
6:30 AM: First alarm rings. I told myself if I woke up an hour early, I would be plenty alive by 7:30 pilates. Proceed to turn off my five alarms scheduled for the next hour. Eat an egg cup and shockingly make it to my class! The little victories.
8:40 AM: I shower, eat an avocado with Cholula in a tortilla, and hop on my morning calls. My cat keeps interfering with the video chat. I’m wearing basically the same outfit today except I opt for jeggings and a big flannel - it’s always a good day for a turtleneck. This look is called “Washington chic.” My personal style is a more feminine Jessica Jones if she shopped at Madewell - or thrifted Madewell in my case. Wednesday is a heavy meeting day for me so comfort is of the utmost importance. Also my work environment is the epitome of casual unless we have events. I do not miss wearing blazers and slacks. I’m really, truly not cut out for a business environment where I work 9 to 5 and have to business professional clothes. You would think I would thrive on order, but nope!
2:00 PM: Another day, another coffee shop! I’m at my favorite place so I buy a bag of special holiday roast beans in addition to my oat milk cappuccino ($27.02). Internally scold myself over being so frivolous with money. I really try to meal prep and make responsible choices, but I also work like 60 to 70 hours a week so I often excuse my poor choices. It’s not the best, but I tell myself I’m still saving and aggressively paying down debt. We have a plan to be free of the credit card debt by July and I track my every expense, so as long as I stay in budget I’m fine. I’m still adjusting since I only started this job a few weeks ago. My meetings this afternoon go well, and it seems like our team is in a great place! This is my first time with this many direct reports so it’s been a balancing act. I manage to get a few back-end things done for my team during the afternoon and clear out my inbox. Work is wrapped by 6:45! Just barely 10 hours today. $27.02
7:00 PM: Stop by a fundraiser my friend is hosting. J. is there with some of our closest couple friends. I donate $50 and we all head out to ramen after. I order the creamy veggie ramen and add spicy paste. The veggies are so good and I enjoy the flavor of the broth. We haven’t all gotten together in quite some time so it’s nice to catch up. I treat J. because he’s been an incredible partner and also just makes me swoon ($33). $83
8:45 PM: Home and settled into pajamas. This is considered an early night for me so we revel in it. I snuggle my cat and promise her I won’t spend any more money on coffee or eating out. Or clothes. Even though I’m down to one pair of pajama pants without holes. Everything is fine. The fam spends our evening on the couch after I start some laundry and prep overnight oats. We light candles and embrace the hygge. Also I eat a pomegranate because health. Definitely pass out on the couch and end up in bed at some point which means I skipped my skincare routine and belong in the Bad Place.
Daily total: $93.52
Day Four
6:20 AM: To pilates or time not pilates? That is the question. I’m awake early enough for the 7:30 class but also want to stay in bed. I blame the cozy flannel sheets. J. brings me coffee because he’s an angel.
7:35 AM: I’m not at pilates. But I sign up for classes for the next week and I help around the apartment - rotating laundry, putting together another sheet pan prep of fajita veggies and soy curls. J. does most of the maintenance but I try to spend 10 to 15 minutes getting shit done in the morning. I make a grocery list. We shop for three or four days at a time and it’s that time! I wish I could order groceries to pick up but I would rather let people at the grocery store see me naked than relinquish control of picking out my produce.
8:30 AM: My mascara is on its last legs which means I’ve run out of my serum, day cream, night cream, and am almost out of mascara and cleanser. I place my order from Ulta: ELF hello hydration face cream, CosRX gel cleanser, Essence mascara, The Ordinary BHA + ABA serum, Shea Moisture argan oil, and Mario Badescu seaweed night cream ($75.07). Can you tell I suffer from dry skin? Usually I replace products as they run out which doesn’t hurt because most things are less than $20. I stick to primarily drug store products but do feel Skyn Iceland calling to me... $75.07
9:15 AM: Head out for work! Today’s outfit is a black denim skirt, black tights, another turtleneck, and a chunky knit cardigan. I just watched the episode of Mrs. Maisel where Abe makes fun of himself for wearing two sweaters and I relate. Makeup is my simple look of brows, mascara, and a light lip. Also I pack a feast: oats, a smoothie, carrots, leftover soup, and energy bites.
5:00 PM: J. drops a coffee off for me at my office. I love him.
8:45 PM: That’s it for today! I realize I’ve clocked 11 hours today so it feels reasonable to head home. Without as many meetings today, I was so productive. My team aligned on our goals and I give them specific voter contact metrics they need to hit. I grab beer from the gas station and am so excited to see J., I don’t even care how gross we sound. We are classy and drink Rainier ($10.66). He made the fajitas I prepped and they’re awesome - the chipotle sauce he added really levels the dish up. We pack the leftovers away on a bed of spinach for lunch and clean up together. Look at me, eating so many vegetables!! Personal goal for tomorrow: only buy groceries. $10.66
10:45 PM: Manage to complete all steps of my nighttime routine (skincare, a glass of water, reading) and treat myself to a sheet mask to atone for my sins. There’s a good pun in there somewhere (tone, stone, sin, skin, etc) but I’m too tired. thank Pass out by 11:30 after finishing the Bell Jar.
Total: $85.73
6:30 AM: Feeling much shame and guilt this morning over my incredibly expensive week and poor work out habits. I make an extra payment on one of my credit cards - we don’t use any of them anymore, but I aim to spend half of my extra income on debt payments and that’s not happening this week ($50). $50
9:00 AM: Another morning with several calls! Also another sweater. I take my first call from home and then head into the office with so much food: another smoothie, leftover fajita veggies, Emmy’s cookies, and baby carrots. Add more things to the grocery list because I never went the other day. I am the picture of health. Our team is out in the field this weekend so I prep for that.
7:00 PM: That’s it for me today. I wrap up earlier on Friday which is nice so J. and I have made this our regular date night. I head home, change into cuter clothes, and we go to No Bones Beach Club. Tonight is J.’s turn to treat so I’m technically complying with the promise I made to my cat? No Bones is one of my favorite restaurants. The lovely person at the door tells us it’s an hour for a table unless we snag a seat at the bar which is first come first serve - and there are two bar stools available! We share fried mac & cheese balls, I get their volcano roll, and one of their cocktail specials with gin and pineapple juice. We go see some beautiful Christmas lights, as is our holiday tradition, after and are home by a reasonable hour. Home, shower, bedtime routine, etc.
Daily Total: $50
Day Six
7:00 AM: Happy Saturday! I wake up to coffee and after my first cup, J. and I walk to the store for grocery provisions. We get some speciality vegan products that are on sale, fresh bagels, and a salad for me to take to work ($17.89). At home, J. makes bagel breakfast sandwiches. $17.89
1:00 PM: Our team is in the field today, meaning talking to voters and community members. I attend the event launch of one of the people I supervise and she does a great job. I forgot my salad so I stop for a giant bowl of pho ($12.47). This means I broke my promise to my cat. Besides that, the day doesn’t really go as I had hoped and I end my work day on a somewhat sour note. $12.47
8:15 PM: We head to a holiday party extremely late. I hate being late. I drink a few beers (bless Rainier) and then we’re back home around midnight. J. doesn’t drink tonight so he drives. This is definitely way later than my usual bedtime.
Daily Total: $30.36
Day Seven
8:00 AM: Sleeping in is a beautiful thing and today is my Friday! We divide and conquer on breakfast and coffee. I make us a scramble with spinach, bell pepper, and onion. He leaves to watch football and I get to work on my to do list before having my day off tomorrow.
10:30 AM: Head out to watch another one of my staff launch and event! It goes fairly well although we are shy of our goals. I fill up my tank at some point during the day and listen to The Dollop as I travel ($36.74). $36.74
8:30 PM: Home for the night and I’m beat. Sunday nights are challenging because I am in a scramble to wrap my week up with a nice bow to actually enjoy my day off. I crack open a cold one with J. and try to put work out of my mind. I am exhausted.
Daily total: $36.74
Food + Drink: $163.77 - I would say that this is average between eating out and groceries. I typically do not eat out four times in a week. With my new job, I typically eat out two or three times: one night out with C., buying lunch twice a week because I end up forgetting my lunch or my team goes out together.
Fun / Entertainment: $15 (Christmas tree?)
Home + Health: $0
Clothes + Beauty: $101.38 - Ulta + ThredUp. My typical beauty spending is closer to $20 per month.
Transport: $186.66 - this is significantly higher than normal due to the oil change and the cost of the ferry.
Other: $100 - extra donation, extra CC payment. Extra CC payments are normal.
Total: $571.31 (oh my god that hurt to type)
This week is expensive for us. However, I would say that the irregular expenses aside, I feel fine with this level of spending. I have $800 left per month for discretionary spending after a budget for gas, extra credit card payments, groceries, etc.
In the months since August, we have paid down $2,000 in credit card debt and saved an additional $850. This was possible because I was paid out for my vacation time at my last job and my partner and I switched jobs. Before, we made a joint total of about $91,000. Now, we make about $114,000. I have another $500 payment towards our debt that actually posted today, 12/20.
Regular or somewhat regular expenses for this week: groceries, fancy coffee beans, gas station beer, a ThredUp purchase. I typically spend about $50 per month on thrifted clothes and I love fancy coffee.
Irregular expenses for this week: spending that much at Ulta at once, an extra $50 donation, an oil change, the ferry cost. The total of these irregular expenses are about $235.
I expected to spend more on: groceries. I made a decent grocery trip the next day (would have been day eight).
My personal spending for 2019 has averaged $363 per month. This includes clothes, coffee, going out, makeup, recreation, yoga, etc.
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2019.05.24 05:09 mannieb01 Res Announces Highly Anticipated New Solo Album

Multi-genre artist Res (pronounced "Reese") has announced her long-awaited album The Woman With A Thousand Faces, set to release this summer. She'll kick things off with the edgy, haunting first single "Hollow", produced by Jordan Davis (available on all streaming platforms 5/17/19).
Her debut album, How I Do, released in 2001, sold over 300,000 copies and offered an edgy rock-soul alternative to the neo-soul wave that dominated the era.
Over a decade after her debut album How I Do, Res' music maintains all the beauty and earnestness that captured the adoration of fans around the world. But don't call it a comeback, Res never stopped making music.
"The songs on this album were written as I faced all the challenges that came with taking full control of my life. I sing them because I found that the path forward is through patience, strength, and faith in myself.
"My songwriting partner Jonathan Jennings took the journey with me as we worked our way through the songwriting process. We wrote about my life as it was unfolding in real time. We talked for hours on end about my fears, my past relationships, the people close to me, and, most important, the choices I had made. What we discovered was I had become comfortable with being uncomfortable. Once we uncovered that truth, our writing became honest and the hooks and lyrics just spilled out. I think these are some of the best songs of my career and I'm looking forward to sharing them with my fans." - Res
In addition to her new album, fans will be thrilled to know that she is currently routing a tour of intimate shows across North America to showcase her hits, both known and undiscovered.
Res has worked with an impressive roster of award-winning artists including Mary J. Blige, Maxwell, Musiq Soulchild, Gnarls Barkley, John Mayer, and Alanis Morissette, among others.
While accepting her BET Award for album A Seat At The Table, Solange listed Res as one of her inspirations alongside Erykah Badu, Lauren Hill, Missy Elliott, and Aaliyah.
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2019.04.28 04:54 d8uv Ultimate Song Tournament 1992-2007, or why “Under the Bridge” is the best song of the 90s and 00s.

I was curious as to what the best song of the 90s and 00s would be. To figure this out, I created a massive 256-song tournament, and ran through it with my partner antarris

Our Filled Bracket

What the hell is that thing up there

For each year in our tournament, I took the top 16 songs from Billboard’s Year-End Hot 100 chart (which measures a song’s overall popularity over the course of the year), and seeded them appropriately (so that the more popular songs have a slight advantage). Then, I took the output of the 16 years, and ran a tournament to find the best song of the 90s, the best song of the 00s, then pitted those two winners in the grand final.
Note: In the filled-out bracket, we were mostly in agreement. When we absolutely couldn’t agree, we had to split. Splits are denoted by slashes; the song on top is d8uv’s choice, and the song on bottom is antarris’s choice.

Notes from the tournament

1992—Winner: “Under The Bridge”

d8uv: Note: “Smells Like Teen Spirit”–you know, the song that changed the entire rock genre—only got up to 32. And yet, “Just Another Day”, a song that you have never heard of, was the 10th most popular song. What the hell was wrong with the people of 1992? antarris: Not everyone was an angsty white suburban teenager, you know.

1993—Winner: “Nuthin’ But A ‘G’ Thang”

antarris: I don’t even know who like a third of these people even are. “I Will Always Love You” nearly won my bracket.

1994—Winner: d8uv: “Whatta Man”, antarris: “Don’t Turn Around”

antarris: The Sign was the first album I ever owned. I sang “Don’t Turn Around” in the shower through my mid-twenties. Sorry-not-sorry. d8uv: This was the year of Ace of Base, and as much as I love my trashy eurodance, the sound hasn’t aged particularly well. antarris: I live for my trashy eurodance. Fight me.

1995—Winner: d8uv: “Waterfalls”, antarris: “Gangsta’s Paradise”

antarris: “Waterfalls” is just a touch behind for me, probably because my little sister played it incessantly. She was seven. d8uv: Antarris called “Gangsta’s Paradise” out as “the only rap song every white person knows”. This was meant as a compliment, but I know better.

1996—Winner: d8uv: “Tha Crossroads”, antarris: “C’mon N’ Ride It (The Train)”

d8uv: When pressed for comment, all antarris said was “... it’s a choo-choo train.” antarris: Pure fucking lyrical genius. “Tha Crossroads” is my second favorite, though. d8uv: Still, I found myself honestly surprised at how much I liked “Tha Crossroads”.

1997—Winner: “Wannabe”

d8uv: This—like 1994—was a surprisingly weak year. Every matchup other than the final was super easy, and even the final wasn’t that hard. antarris: “Semi-Charmed Life” was #17. It would have won my bracket. I probably should’ve bought it instead of recording the video off MTV.

1998—Winner: “How’s It Going To Be”

antarris: This year was also surprisingly weak. Lots of “this is my third favorite song from this artist.” d8uv: Elton John cheated with a mediocre song that made into two years of this tournament.

1999—Winner: “Livin’ la Vida Loca”

d8uv: This had the hardest matchup in the entire tournament. The seeding was unkind, and forced two songs that would have won the year if they didn’t have to clash. “No Scrubs” vs. “Livin’ la Vida Loca”. But, in the end, Ricky Martin just barely beat TLC. I’m still not sure if this was the right choice. antarris: If “No Scrubs” had won, it would have made it just as far as “Livin’ La Vida Loca” did. It’s that good. My mom thinks we made the wrong choice, though.

2000—Winner: “Smooth”

antarris: I honestly thought d8uv would fight me on this one. I remembered him saying he absolutely hated “Smooth”. d8uv: My dad only listens to Classic Rock. So, when Santana came out with new music, of course he had to Limewire it, and he loved those singles. I heard “Smooth” so many times my teeth fell right out of my head. Turns out, it’s actually a great song. Who knew?

2001—Winner: “Fallin’”

antarris: A garbage-ass year. I’m pretty sure I rounded third base listening to that Staind song, though. d8uv: I thought Dido would win, since I love that song and still play it. antarris: I think you mean “Stan”.

2002—Winner: “In The End”

d8uv: Hybrid Theory is the rare album that became better over time. antarris: Seriously. I hated this in 2002. Love it now.

2003—Winner: “Crazy in Love”

antarris: I had somehow never even heard “Crazy in Love” before. Wow. d8uv: This did not win because it was novel. Lord knows, these pop charts are filled with random songs that we’ve forgotten. Almost every single one was forgotten for a reason. antarris: To be fair, I think 2001 made me give up on pop music for like a decade.

2004—Winner: “Hey Ya!”

d8uv: Outkast was as popular as they deserve, for once. antarris: I was promised Enya. I got baby Adam Levine instead. What the actual fuck.

2005—Winner: “Gold Digger”

antarris: That’s not even the best song named “Shake It Off.” d8uv: Kanye can be very VERY good when he tries.

2006—Winner: “Crazy”

antarris: “Crazy” vs. “Ridin’” was hard for me. I’m still not sure if I made the right call. d8uv: Are you sure you weren’t thinking of the Weird Al version? antarris: Yes. Fuck off.

2007—Winner: “Umbrella”

d8uv: Here it is, the weakest year of the tournament. There’s like one, maybe two good songs in this list.

90s Grand Tournament—Winner: “Under The Bridge”

d8uv: This was harder than the individual years, because we love every single one of these songs. “Under The Bridge” vs. “Nuthin’ but A ‘G’ Thang” was particularly brutal for me. antarris: We started listening to high-quality versions of the songs here instead of just streaming YouTube. Coolio going over Ace of Base in my bracket surprised me.

00s Grand Tournament—Winner: “In The End”

antarris: “Umbrella” over “Crazy” and “Gold Digger”? Really? It’s like I don’t even know you! d8uv: Should I pack up and leave? Maybe head to the train station? antarris: I picked the song about choo-choo tr--oh, I see what you did there. Not cool. d8uv: This song was always great, it just took a few years for people to forget the stank of nu-metal.

The Grand Final—Winner: “Under The Bridge”

d8uv: They tried so hard, and got so far. But, in the end, it didn’t even matter. antarris: Afterwards, I looked up some of the history on “Under the Bridge”, and this makes sense. A funk-rock band wrote a song based on a poem and had it produced by Rick Rubin. It’s like catnip to both of us for completely different reasons. d8uv: The thing that clinched it for me was the realization that this song builds so beautifully. It’s dynamic in a way most pop songs are, but maintains being interesting even during the subdued opening. antarris: Yeah, I used an orgasm metaphor when I advocated for it. d8uv: Most of the songs on this list were pop songs that became art. This song felt like art that became a pop song. That’s pretentious to say, so just remember—I almost went with “Umbrella”.


I chose these years because I needed to cut 4 years to get 20 years down to 16. Because of this, I excluded the two lowest-revenue (according to the RIAA, adj. for inflation) years from the 90s (1990 and 1991), and the two lowest-revenue years for the 00s (2008 and 2009). It might have been better to include them, but I didn’t want to.
Because the Billboard year ends in November, if a song is released during the winter, it’s likely that it won’t show up as a smash hit for one year; instead, it will show up as a mediocre hit across two years. Some songs can pull off charting highly in consecutive years, but that’s really rare.
It’s important to remember the wise words of Binary Star: Everything that glitters ain’t gold, and every gold record don’t glitter—that’s for damn sure. The Hot 100 measures popularity, not cultural relevance or quality. A lot of very good, very important songs didn’t make the cut for this tournament, while a lot of long-forgotten dross did. Ultimately, I’m fine with this. Most of the fun of filling out the bracket was running into songs I don’t remember and going “What the fuck are YOU, song?”
For singles with an A-side and a B-Side (ex: “Follow You Down / Til I Hear It from You - Gin Blossoms”) I chose the first song. This is a little arbitrary, but a line has to be drawn somewhere.
Some additional caveats (because antarris is an academic pedant): this obviously has too small and homogenous a viewing audience to be objective truth. While both of us have pretty broad taste in music, there are some genres—mainstream country and slow R&B in particular—that neither of us is super into. This probably skews our results significantly, especially in the 90s bracket.
Also, a better way to determine our sample of songs would be to take a page from Good Mythical Morning’s cereal tournament and set up a poll for each year. However, getting a survey sample that’s representative of the population at large would be extremely challenging with an internet poll and, let’s face it, we’re not getting grant money for this shit.

If you disagree, you should fill out your own bracket:
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2019.03.01 08:11 radiofan15 Lea Michele released her debut album, Louder, five years ago
This year marks the 10th anniversary on one of the biggest pop music phenomenon of the century, and looking back it’s quite interesting to see how relatively poorly has aged, I’m talking of course about the TV series Glee, and I’m not just referring to some of the controversial elements, lack of continuity and seasonal rot, but also to the unfortunate outcome most of its music related elements ended up with: unlike other properties with similar appealing like High School Musical, Victorious and Hannah Montana, this was a show with a decidedly bigger viewership on its prime and with way more musically inclined cast members, so it’s quite surprising how none of them succeeded as musicians during the show’s run or even after that.
Sure, some of them are doing fine in fields outside of music (Darren Criss won recently the Emmy and Golden Globe for the Gianni Versace miniseries, Chris Colfer is a NYT best-selling author, Melissa Benoist is Supergirl, Amber Riley has found her niche playing Effie White on Dreamgirls and Jane Lynch remains an American treasure) but several of the main cast members weren’t able to translate their Glee success to themselves or their aspiring musical careers: Criss himself has seen his cult following as an actor completely overshadow his musical output, Lynch has a Christmas album that you might have first heard about just now, Naya Rivera released an expensive-sounding song called Sorry with Big Sean in 2013 that underperformed and that’s it, Chord Overstreet is a country/folk singer with a decent but small career, Alex Newell has done quite good on its own although he has found way more success (in the UK at least) as a feature, Riley (who is also a member of theatre/pop supergroup Leading Ladies) and Matthew Morrison (whose debut album features Elton John, Gwyneth Paltrow and Sting) got some Glee push to promote their solo careers and the latter even released two albums and an EP during Glee’s run… heck, even He Who Shall Not Be Named And Loved To Think Dirty About Kids released some stuff during the show’s prime. As you can see, lots of them tried, but no failure to launch hurt the most than the highest-profile of them: Lea Michele and her debut album Louder.
Considering the show’s hectic schedule (choreography rehearsal, soundtrack recording, episode shooting, the habitual promotion and even arena tour… yes, the Glee cast did an arena tour during the show's prime with international dates and everything), its surprising that Lea, the de facto face of the show, found any time at all for doing anything outside Glee. Lea signed a contract with Columbia for the release of Louder on September 2012 and started working on the album the month after, on what she herself described as a slow process while she continued to work on a body of work that she herself described as very pop/rock oriented:
I set out to make a really pop-heavy album that was fun and empowering – I love Katy Perry and Kelly Clarkson! But then I found myself picking and writing these songs that were very emotional and dramatic. Louder has songs that express extreme love and some pain. I look at it and think, 'That was my year.' I didn't record any songs that I didn't completely relate to.
Here is where part of the problem with the album and whole era lies: Michele has a fantastic voice, she is a natural belter with a soprano vocal range spanning 2.7 octaves and one semitone with a great diction and strong technique to complement; however, even the people who praise her vocal chops admit that her voice is way to theatrical and “too perfect” for radio, this might not be an issue for some people but let’s remember this was the period in which even talented vocalists like Lady Gaga and Kesha triumphed on the radio and the charts without using their full vocal power. With Gaga serving as an influence for Louder alongside Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Alanis Morissette and Kelly Clarkson, a good balance needed to be achieved that could showcase Lea’s vocals in an appropriate setting without neglecting the songs themselves… this balance ended giving us "big, splashy, anthemic pop" tracks with a sound resembling "a cross between Evanescence and Kelly Clarkson without a whiff of a show tune".
This is, of course, not the only issue the album carried with it: Lea is a gorgeous lady with a very classy look but she’s not exactly a sex icon (it feels weird seeing her selling Candies, doing Lolita stuff for GQ and being fully naked for Women’s Health) and seeing her posing in provocative poses for the promotion of Louder felt decidedly uncanny, even if it accomplished that some people separated her from Rachel Berry. Another issue was timing, as the album had been originally finished in June 2013 and planned to release at November of that year but the release was pushed back to March 2014 with some additional songs being worked on for the project as a response to Lea's boyfriend Cory Monteith’s death. By the time the album was released, Glee was in the middle of the worst ratings in its history and Lorde had already dropped the Royals bomb that helped reshape the pop landscape during the course of 2014/15.
With a strong array of collaborators and a somewhat strong promotional campaign that included appearances in The X Factor USA and the Ellen show, Lea seemed poised to become the biggest new pop girl on town… unfortunately for her, Louder was a critical and commercial disappointment, barely selling over 100,000 copies in the US and ending up the year as the second worst reviewed album of 2014 on Metacritic just one point below Robin Thicke’s much-maligned Paula.
Is it really that bad? Not really, but it’s not an unsung masterpiece either.
"It's more than just an album to me […] It's a piece of my life that I'm so glad is here for me to have for the rest of my life. Now that it's coming out, it's unbelievable".
The album’s opening track is Cannonball, which showcases in its credits the level of talent involved on the record: Sia, Benny Blanco and Grammy winners Stargate; with such a strong team is not surprise that this was the album’s first single and only charting hit, peaking at #75 on Billboard (outselling every other Glee song from 2013 and leading Lea on becoming the only Glee cast member to chart on the Hot 100 as a solo artist) and #56 on the UK. With a video directed by Robert Hales), the track was composed following Monteith’s death and it shows the perfect blend of theatricality and pop sensibilities the team of writers/producers were trying to achieve. Sia’s footprint is very obvious when hearing Michele singing the inspirational lyrics about overcoming obstacles and rising above them set to a nice, mid-tempo beat. It's not too clear why one would want to fly like a cannonball, as she suggests throughout, but the song sounds empowering, and that's the point.
On My Way is the second track and second single, with writing credits by Ali Tamposi, The Monsters and the Strangerz (who also produced alongside Kuk Harrell) and Fernando Garibay. Another strong team of hitmakers give the summery pop rock bop a much deserved push.
In the song, Michele starts off with a slow, pouty vocal that quickly gives way to another club-oriented track that's about returning to someone who's not right for you, with sobriety and intoxication comparisons to love running rampant throughout, as she belts out that her "heart's too drunk to drive" and she exists in a "blackout state of mind". Despite being promoted in the Ellen show and with a video directed by Hannah-Lux Davis (in which Michele met her boyfriend Matthew Paetz), the song barely charted internationally.
By the third song, Burn with You, it's easy to tell that Lea has love on her mind, and she revealed that the track was Cory's favorite. Burn with You, which features collaborations from The Messengers) and Sir Nolan, starts off as a soft, folkie number that morphs into a midtempo pop ballad with a slow, warbled beat; the song tells the tale of two lovers who may not be right for each other, with dramatic lines like "I don't want to go to heaven if you're going to hell, I will burn with you." Rachel Berry would be proud.
Battlefield, co-written by Sia alongside classic jazz musician Larry Goldings exclusively for Michele after Cory’s death and recorded with any vocal editing, properly showcases that ballads are a natural fit for Michele, with her demonstrating vocal restraint when there's often temptation to go big on songs like this, especially with piano-based track as personals as this one. It's another song about falling in love and breaking hearts, where the battlefield is the struggle to let go. It's sappy, but it’s infectious and Michele owns songs like this.
At first, You're Mine (co-written by Sia) sounds like a low-rent Broadway rip-off, but it quickly turns into one of the more musically complex songs of the album. The foundation is a mid-tempo, hazy beat that pairs well with Michele's soaring vocals and subtle, lush orchestration which is sampled from the Nancy Sinatra song You Only Live Twice of the James Bond movie of the same name. Dubbed by Lea as her and Cory’s song, the track about unconditional love and is a showcase of the better and more fitting direction for Michele’s musical output, and it’s quite a shame there’s not many songs like this on the album
With the collaboration of (once again) Sia alongside Tove Lo, Thousand Needles is the dark-sounding middle point of the album, starting off with low-key percussion and jumping to an exploding electronic-backed chorus featuring the dramatic image of why losing someone is like "having a thousand needles in my heart". Outside of serving as a midpoint, it also serves as a transition, as every style that the album and lyrics covers is present in the previous tracks and what follows next is somewhat redundant.
Once again making her presence known, co-writer Sia (alongside Oscar-nominee writer Anne Preven) presents the title track Louder, which is a good resume of the atmosphere of the album, with its deeply enjoyable setup and pseudo-drop at the inspirational chorus in which Michele once again sings about overcoming adversity. Michele told Billboard that the album title was chosen from the song because "It shows off my voice as a singer, which is really important to me. I want to make sure that every song on my record is fun and enjoyable"… and it's fun and light indeed, fitting well on anyone’s workout playlist.
Cue the Rain finally presents a Michele co-writing credit (it only took 8 tracks to reach this point), and presents a remembrance of an ex while trying to explain where the love that they had went after the relationship ended, doing so with more fire references, more soul-searching and more wrestling with growing apart in a relationship. With a strong midtempo ballad atmosphere, this is the closest Michele comes from channeling Kelly Clarkson, with the whooping “oohhs” in the chorus and everything.
The ninth track, Don't Let Go, it's another upbeat mid-tempo pop song with rock and synth elements that features very standard imagery about flying high as a kite and holding on tight to present the feeling of falling in love. Although is decidedly catchy , it’s also very average and quite subdued, feeling more assembled in the same factory that gave us very similar and forgettable P!nk and Katy Perry deep cuts from the same era, with everything and a fade out to end it all.
The penultimate track in the standard edition is Empty Handed, co-written by Christina Perri and ex-Evanescence member David Hodges, which definitely gives to this ballad its rock vibe. Accompanied by an acoustic guitar backup that gives it a very Coldplay vibe, Empty Handed it's a slow-building piano-pop rock tune about letting someone love you, and it's one of the best songs on the album. Some people might find it too similar to The Scientist (especially after the drums kick in after the first chorus) or Perri’s own A Thousand Years from the Twilight Saga soundtracks, but that shouldn’t be a detriment of how great is the track overall.
If You Say So is the final track on Louder, also is the second song Michele co-wrote (alongside Sia) and deals directly with Monteith's death. It's a devastating piano ballad based around their last conversation and it was the last song recorded for the album, intentionally placed as the closer to contrast with the hopeful atmosphere of Cannonball:
Listening to it, it’s therapeutic and difficult. It will always represent the most devastating thing that’s ever happened to me in my whole life. But at the same time, music is therapy. It’s been therapy for me in the entire grieving process and in my entire life. I’m grateful that Sia collaborated on that song with me and it’s a moment in my life… music has just been so important and so helpful to me this whole year.
It was important to me that the album began with "Cannonball” and ended with “If You Say So.” I have to acknowledge what I’ve been through this year. It was really difficult, which I think is represented in “If You Say So” and a song like “Cannonball” represents finding strength and hope. These are the two sides of my life right now. The grief, but also the search for strength and hope. I really wanted those two songs to bookend the album. Really let everyone know where I’m at.
For an album that intended to introduce an artist’s personal voice and artistry to the mainstream, If You Say So it’s the album only fully revealing and naked moment, with the title referencing the last words Cory said to Lea before his accidental death, and her feelings the week afterwards. It’s definitely the album’s highlight and one of Michele’s finest moments overall, which is saying something.
In true late-00s/early-10s fashion, there are several configurations of the album with additional tracks… fortunately for completionists, only two additional editions with four extra tracks exists.
The Japanese version of the album includes the Bonnie McKee-penned To Find You, an upbeat ballad with some interesting production elements about going to end of the world to find your loved one… the song is cute and everything, but it’s some stronger percussions away from being another Katy Perry’s Roar/Sara Bareilles’ Brave and that’s not exactly a compliment.
The digital deluxe edition includes three more tracks. The first one is What Is Love?, a sappy and sweeping ballad about her questioning what she really feels for someone who was not what she thought she was.
The second one is the ballad Gone Tonight, co-written by Michele and CJ Baran among others, which deals how every problem Michele has with her partner goes away in a sexy night of hot steamy copulation or something like that… it’s sonically really generic but the implied subject matter is interesting to say at least.
The final track is The Bells, yet another ballad (more upbeat this time) apparently dedicated to Cory, in which Lea mentions how, ever since the love of her life is gone, she still hears the local church bells ringing ever since, an apparent reference to a possible wedding that unfortunately for her never took place. Is decidedly less personal and relatable than If You Say So but it’s not really trying to compete with so it’s still passable.
Louder is a good album, not really deserving of being considered one of the worst mainstream albums of its year, but I can’t blame those who might dismiss it as a collection of really good pop tunes with some filler to complement. Lea Michele, for starters, is not a pop star, she’s more of a Broadway star, a musical starlet or even a balladist… although the pure pop tracks in Louder are not bad at all (some of them are really amazing), they don’t really sound like Lea (and before you attack me, this is a sentiment she agrees with) and is quite a shame that this was the introduction Lea got to the mainstream scene as a solo performer, because it somehow made her indistinguishable of her Glee character (maybe only with some more sex appeal) while also showing her as a one-sided performer (several of the songs are cut from the same lyrical mold) and almost instantly dating the record; during her tenure in Glee, the songs from her that stayed with the fans and audience were the ones in which her voice was given enough and proper space to shine, with the remainder being left aside as mere karaoke covers, and as a proof of her artistry her sophomore effort Places, which unfortunately sold one fifth of what Louder did, is able to do her voice and talent justice by proving she has great potential as a musical force… but not as your standard manufactured pop singer.
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2019.02.04 02:51 ahf0913 How to run 100 miles with a robot: A 35-step guide

Back in October, I stood on the starting line of the Ghost Train 100 mile. Since then, I've been on-and-off try to write a race report that was clever and funny and informative. I was agonizing over every detail, trying not to forget anything and re-writing all the time. Now, more than three months later, it still isn't finished. Instead of agonizing, I asked myself what I wanted people to get out of the report, and came up with this how-to guide. It's much delayed, it's not everything, and it might not even be that good, but I hope you get something out of it.
  1. Befriend a Robot. In my case, Octopifungus. This runnit mod and runner of all the miles is my partner in lunacy. During 2018, we ran ~200 race miles together and more training miles. She regularly runs 70-80 mile weeks with no particular race goal in mind. I will interchangeably refer to her as "O" and "The Robot" throughout this guide.
  2. Pick a race. The race we selected was the Ghost Train Trail races in Brookline, NH. It's a small, tight-knit community trail race that is extremely popular among New England locals (i.e. it's already sold out with a waitlist for 2019). It's actually a 30-hour race that runs out-and-backs along a 7.5-mile section of trail between Camp Tevya in Brookline, NH and the Milford Department of Public Works. Runners have 30 hours to complete as many of the 15-mile out-and-backs as they want to or can. The trail itself is mostly flat save for one set of stairs and one douche-grade hill with technical terrain. Once runners reach 90 miles (the 6th lap), they can do an abbreviated out-and-back for 10 miles to finish the 100. 100-mile finishers earn a coveted railroad spike. When I first signed up for this race last January, I planned on finishing the 45-miler (3 out-and-backs). After a surprise 100k finish in June, I changed my plan to 75. Within weeks I let O talk me into the full 100. It was a tough sell.
  3. Train. Everyone's training looks different. Mine was mostly a continuation of a year of ultras that had begun with a 37-miler in May, a 100k in June, a light July, a marathon in August, and a 50k in September. I ran a lot of long, slow miles.
  4. Let the self-doubt seep in. My long slow miles don't hold a candle to O's. In my "super week" (the most miles in a week before the race) I topped out at around 85. 85 is just a little more than a regular week for O. Her super week was over 100 miles. She was confident in her ability to finish. Everyone around her was confident in her ability to finish. All I could think about was how foolish I would look trying to keep up with her and having to drop out at mile 60, or missing the cut-off by 10 minutes. It would not surprise me if everyone around me thought that too.
  5. Get to the start line. When I first started running, I had pre-race jitters so bad I couldn't eat. Those went away after I did a couple of marathons, but they were back for my first 100. I was frantically setting up our base camp area, I couldn't stomach the poptarts I brought with me, and I couldn't decide what to wear. Then I met up with O, and after about 15 minutes, a sense of calm fell over me. I ate half of a bagel she offered me, ditched my outer layers, and headed to the start line. 3, 2, 1, go.
  6. Run 15 miles. No disrespect, but once you train for a 100, 15 miles ain't shit. Don't go too fast (you still will--we did), keep it brief in the aid station (what do you even need at mile 7.5???), and eat a waffle or something. At least that's what I ate.
  7. Refuel. Refill bottles, eat something, drop outmost layer, get back on the trail.
  8. Time your walk breaks poorly with the rain. Now that your rain jacket is back at the start/finish area, it will begin to rain. If you follow our lead, you'll start incorporating walk breaks on this lap, and you'll only walk when it's raining, so that you're cold.
  9. Run out of things to talk about. Even robots run out of conversation after 5+ hours of chatter. We tried to remark about the people around us (What do you think his tattoo means?, How many times has that guy lapped us now?), but we were tired in both our legs and minds as we wheeled back in to mile 30.
  10. Drink water. Or don't, in my case. I thought I had to pee all between mile 23-30, but when I got to a porto at the start/finish, not a trickle came out.
  11. Pick up a saving grace. I think these are usually referred to as pacers, but fcukitstargirl came to breathe new life into us. She talked at us, kept the pace honest, and tried to problem solve as I...
  12. Have a total freakout. (TMI Warning, skip to step 13 if sensitive to Rule #9). I can't pee, and as I'm walking, my urethra is burning. It's as though I have a UTI with a sudden onset. Every time I try to pee, the burning gets worse. The necessity to drop out of the race starts to enter my mind.
  13. Really drink water. Seriously. I consumed the 2 liters in my CamelBak bladder plus a water bottle of Gatorade in hopes of salvaging my race.
  14. Perfect your eyeroll. In our PR or ER shirts and black shorts, O, myself, and F were dressed pretty much exactly alike. Other runners and aid station volunteers noted the matching outfits, and often went on to point out that F stood out because she looked Amazing. Fresh as a daisy. So strong. Well, that's because she was fresh as a daisy. She had power hiked 4 miles to our 34, LADY. Eyeroll.
  15. Start to fall off the pace. F and O keep powering ahead of me, and I'm falling off the back. I have to periodically sprint to catch up with them, which I'm sure looks ridiculous. I'm feeling awful. The daylight has all but faded. We pull into camp and I eat more, but I look bad. I know because...
  16. Make sure your spouse compliments you. My husband told me I looked the worst he had ever seen me. He's a sweet guy.
  17. Put on the traveling singlet. When your spouse isn't always the most supportive, it's important to know that Runnit is behind you all the way. I did feel it.
  18. Get warm, grab a headlamp, and get back out on the trail. This one's pretty self-explanatory. I did so, but told myself (and my husband) that I would be dropping at the end of the next loop if things don't improve. Also we took a picture first.
  19. Hit a deep low. As I march out of camp (still a little behind pace) with new layers, my headlamp, and a fresh can of red bull, all I can think about is how awful I feel. How I don't know how I got into this. How I'm letting O down and I'm going to have to let her go on ahead without me at the mile 60 mark. What all the people who signed the singlet I was now wearing would think. How all along this was how me (and probably, all of our friends) thought it would go down. How disappointed in myself I am.
  20. Confide. We have just picked up Runlowsky, our next pacer. He's hanging back with me while F and O trudge on about 20ft ahead. He asks me how I'm doing. Instead of lying, I tell him everything. He asks me if I've eaten.
  21. Do some math. Well, let your pacer do the math. I insisted to R that I had eaten, and I had. I listed my intake of waffles, some potatoes and gatorade, and a ring pop a course monitor gave me. I listed them confidently (almost in a ha! see?! kind of tone) and he calmly did the caloric math for me. I had been going for 45 miles and the food I listed was not adding up to more than maybe 1500 calories. No wonder I felt lousy and was falling off the pace.
  22. Eat something, bitch. I started consuming as much food as I could muster. I got a fresh cup of soup at every aid station hereafter, along with quesadillas, chips, pickles--anything that looked good, I ate it.
  23. Bounce back. Along with a successful pee break, restoring my nutrition led to my energy levels rising. I wasn't falling off the pace, I was right in the pack! I even made a sprint for a port-o-potty (once I peed, I basically couldn't stop for the rest of the race) and a spectator complimented my pace.
  24. Have a sing-along. Hits include 'I want it that way' and 'Everybody'--both by the Backstreet Boys.
  25. Recharge. O's husband (yes, robots have husbands, it's 2019!) brought us McDonalds. I scarfed down 6 McNuggets and popped open another can of red bull, plus I got out my watch charger and phone charger (even though I wasn't using it). I looked a bit like a cyborg myself, with wires running down my arm from my external battery in my vest.
  26. Come alive. Okay, "come alive" is a pretty relative term 60 miles into a race. But I started leading our little group of 3 (we still had R, but left F in camp with a bag of cheetos and a sleeping bag). Even robots, lacking caffeine...err..I mean...motor oil, get tired. She started to lag behind. I had had my low and O was strong for me right through it. It was my turn to be strong for her.
  27. Drop your pacer. Stomach problems can plague anyone in an ultra, even your pacer. When R shared his pains though, we were well away from the aid station and couldn't do much for him. We hiked on, with R following slowly.
  28. Have some alone time. We strode into camp at mile 75 with little to do but have some caffeine, food, and get back out. After having pacers for the last 45 miles, it was refreshing to just talk amongst ourselves. It was different telling O how I was doing--I didn't need to explain myself because she knew. We ran more in that section than we had in hours. It snowed briefly, and that turned to a persistent rain, but I was beyond caring about the weather.
  29. Dawn breaks. Just before dawn we picked up our last pacer at the turnaround point, jontas. J was underdressed and without a headlamp, but he was eager to pace us and we were happy to have him. R & Mr. O were there to greet us as well, which was a nice surprise and lifted our spirits.
  30. More singalongs. This one included Alanis Morissette.
  31. Get passed? I was extremely confused when a shorts-clad man running what seemed like world record pace (probably closer to 6 minute miles) whizzed by us yelling "EXCUSE ME! EXCUSE ME!" at the top of his lungs. And then another one. And another? Oh right, the 15-mile race started on Sunday morning.
  32. Smell the barn. We made it to mile 90. All we had left was a little abbreviated 10-mile out-and-back and we were done. We didn't need to climb the stairs or the SonOfABitch hill this loop. We just needed to finish. I was pumped. So much so that I was mildly annoyed when the crew told me to put on more clothes because the temperature was continuing to drop. I just wanted to get back out on the trail. I was so excited, I ask R to take this photo of my excited face.
  33. The longest 10 miles of your life. This was endless. We had a decent hiking pace (all things considered) on this lap, and somehow it just went on forever. 15-mile racers passed us and told us how great we looked--I'm sure I did after 24 hours on my feet, wearing all the clothes I brought with me, struggling to remain upright. Catwalk worthy, even. J took a picture of us at the turnaround and then we hurried forward. With 2 miles to go, reality set in that we were going to finish this thing. I began to cry a little.
  34. Fucking finish. Our crew was waiting for us. A few remaining spectators were cheering. We rounded the last bend and jogged for the finish line. It was over.
  35. Hug your robot. Seriously, hold on to her for dear life because your legs might give out. You have made it through this 100-mile journey together, step for step. In certain countries, you're legally married now. You might never be more grateful. Congratulations on that finish, Runnitor. Now, do what I did and go eat a bagel.
If your takeaway message from this guide isn't that your friends will lift you up, well, I'm not sure you know how to read. A million thanks again to our crew and pacers: Mr. O, R, F, J, and even Mr. A. I can't wait to pay it forward to all of you.
Caveat: (1) This was my experience and no one else's. O ran step for step of this race with me, and I expect her perspective on some of these events may differ. As always, YMMV. (2) This is super condensed. Many details were missed--people on the trail in costumes and funny hats, wildlife sightings (some real but mostly hallucinated), and many of the amazing things that make the Ghost Train Trail Races special. Sorry not sorry for not including it all.
All photo credit to R and Mr. O throughout.
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2019.01.09 14:54 tulsanewsbot What's happening around town (Wed, Jan 9th - Tue, Jan 15th)

Tulsa's event list.


Wednesday, Jan 9th

  • 1 Million Cups (36 Degrees North - Tulsa) Start Time: 9:00am
  • 2 Hip Chicks Roadshow (Claremore Expo Center - Claremore) The 2 Hip Chicks Roadshow is coming to Claremore and bringing dozens of vendors and one-of-a-kind items with them. This…
  • Aaron Lewis in Concert (Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa - Catoosa) Visit the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tulsa to see Aaron Lewis live in concert. While his solo music is more down tempo…
  • Air Supply in Concert (Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa - Catoosa) Former drummer for the biggest pop rock band of all time, Ringo Starr performs with His All Starr Band at Tulsa's Hard…
  • Alanis Morissette in Concert (Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa - Catoosa) Come see influential 1990s hitmaker Alanis Morissette live onstage at the Joint inside the Hard Rock Casino & Resort…
  • American Finals Rodeo (Claremore Expo Center - Claremore) The American Cowboys Rodeo Association presents the American Finals Rodeo this December at the Built Ford Tough Arena…
  • Appalachian Winter (Trinity Presbyterian Church - Bixby) Experience Joseph Martin's Appalachian Winter through the collective voices of the Trinity Presbyterian Church Chancel…
  • Aquarium Run (Oklahoma Aquarium - Jenks) The Aquarium Run in Jenks welcomes all runners and walkers to take part in this annual event promoting physical fitness and…
  • Aretha Franklin in Concert (Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa - Catoosa) Visit the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino near Tulsa to see Aretha Franklin live in concert. She'll be performing the hits…
  • Art off the Hill on Route 66 (Ne-Mar Shopping Center - Claremore) Art off the Hill on Route 66 features a variety of local artist booths and live demos for all to enjoy. Support the…
  • Art on Main (Main Street - Jenks) Art on Main is a celebration of Oklahoma art, wine and music in historic downtown Jenks. Art displays will include…
  • Autumn Leaves Quilt Show (Claremore) Visit the Autumn Leaves Quilt Show in Claremore to browse beautiful quilts made from local quilters. This fun and…
  • Bangers & Mash Lunch (Claremore) Kick off your St. Paddy's day weekend with a visit to the Claremore Daily Progress Parking lot for the annual Bangers…
  • Barefoot in the Park (Broken Arrow Community Playhouse - Broken Arrow) Head to the Broken Arrow Community Playhouse to watch the story of newlyweds Paul and Corie Bratter unfold. Local actors and…
  • Battle of the Big Cats: Route 66's Richest Noodlin' Showdown (Cherokee Casino Will Rogers Downs - Claremore) Whether you're a noddler yourself or just a spectator, Battle of the Big Cats: Route 66's Richest Noodlin'…
  • Bixby BBQ 'n Blues Festival (Washington Irving Park - Bixby) Bixby's largest family event and one of the largest barbecue competitions in the state of Oklahoma, the Bixby BBQ 'n…
  • Billy Currington in Concert (Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa - Catoosa) Travel to Tulsa to hear the award-winning and highly recognizable tenor voice of Billy Currington. Known for high energy…
  • Billy Idol in Concert (Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa - Catoosa) Tulsa's Hard Rock Hotel & Casino welcomes English rock musician Billy Idol. Once a musician in the band Generation…
  • Black Friday Coin Show (Glenpool Conference Center - Glenpool) The Black Friday Coin Show in Glenpool is a trade show for coin enthusiasts as well as novice coin collectors. This…
  • Black Gold Days (Black Gold Park - Glenpool) Black Gold Days in Glenpool celebrates the city's rich oil history with family-oriented activities and fun. Join…
  • Blondie in Concert (Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa - Catoosa) Come see Blondie live onstage at the Joint inside the Hard Rock Casino & Resort Tulsa. This pioneer in the early…
  • Blue Tie Affair (Blue Whale - Catoosa) Take part in a quirky, formal dinner hosted onsite at the Blue Whale in Catoosa. During the Blue Tie Affair, sit down for a…
  • Bob Dylan in Concert (Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa - Catoosa) Folk musician Bob Dylan celebrates his long career with a concert at the Hard Rock Casino & Hotel near Tulsa. Fans will…
  • The Book Of Mormon (Tulsa Performing Art Center - Tulsa) Thru Sun, Jan 13th The New York Times calls it
  • Boomfest at Riverwalk (Riverwalk - Jenks) Make your way to RiverWalk Crossing in Jenks for Sooner Boomfest, one of the region's largest Independence Day…
  • Boo on Broadway (Sand Springs) Boo on Broadway is a fun and safe way to celebrate Halloween in Sand Springs. Held in the city's downtown area, children…
  • Boots & BBQ Festival (Claremore Expo Center - Claremore) Make your way to the Boots & BBQ Festival in Claremore for a sanctioned Kansas City-style barbecue cook-off. This event…
  • Boston in Concert (Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa - Catoosa) Classic rock fans won't want to miss iconic rock band Boston at the Hard Rock Casino for an exciting performance. Since…
  • Bret Michaels in Concert (Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa - Catoosa) Get ready to rock out at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino when iconic rock star Bret Michaels takes the stage for an…
  • Brian Wilson in Concert (Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa - Catoosa) One of the founders of the Beach Boys, Brian Wilson is responsible for some of the most memorable melodies and lyrics of the…
  • Collaboration Breakfast for Community Partners of Entrepreneurship (36 Degrees North - Tulsa) Start Time: 8:00am
  • The Comedy of Errors (Broken Arrow Community Playhouse - Broken Arrow) Come see "The Comedy of Errors," one of Shakespeare's early and most uproarious comedies, live onstage at the…
  • The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) (Broken Arrow Community Playhouse - Broken Arrow) Broken Arrow Community Playhouse presents "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged" by Adam Long,…
  • The Conciliation Series (January Installment Opening) Artwork by Elizabeth Henley & Nicole Donis (Black Wall Street Theatre - Tulsa) Thru Sun, Jan 13th Start Time: 11:00am
  • Cultural Fronteriza + The EXPERIENCE (Hardesty Arts Center (AHHA) - Tulsa) Thru Sun, Jan 13th Start Time: 12:00pm
  • Daddy's Dyin' Who's Got the Will? (Broken Arrow Community Playhouse - Broken Arrow) Broken Arrow Community Playhouse presents “Daddy’s Dyin’ Who’s Got the Will?” this October. A…
  • The Dixie Swim Club (Broken Arrow Community Playhouse - Broken Arrow) Broken Arrow Community Playhouse brings "The Dixie Swim Club" to life, as local actresses put themselves in…
  • Bixby Freedom Celebration (E 121st St S - Bixby) Celebrate the 4th of July with a public fireworks extravaganza in Bixby. Taste snacks and samplings from fabulous food…
  • God of Carnage (Broken Arrow Community Playhouse - Broken Arrow) The Broken Arrow Community Playhouse presents “God of Carnage” this August. Watch as a playground altercation…
  • Godspell (Broken Arrow Community Playhouse - Broken Arrow) Broken Arrow Community Playhouse presents "Godspell," written by John Michael-Tebelak with music composed by…
  • Gray Matters by Todd Sparks (Chrysalis Salon & Spa - Tulsa) Thru Sun, Jan 13th Start Time: 12:00pm
  • Gypsy (Broken Arrow Community Playhouse - Broken Arrow) Head to Broken Arrow Community Playhouse for an exciting production of "Gypsy." Gypsy tells the story of the…
  • Happy Days (Broken Arrow Community Playhouse - Broken Arrow) Happy days are here again at the Broken Arrow Community Playhouse. Join Richie, Potsie, Ralph Malph and Arthur "The…
  • Hello, Penumbra: A Tulsa Artist Fellowship and Living Arts’ Curatorial Partnership (Hardesty Arts Center (AHHA) - Tulsa) Thru Sat, Jan 12th Start Time: 12:00pm
  • The Hexagon (Black Wall Street Theatre - Tulsa) Black Wall Street Theatre will present six short plays during special "The Hexagon" performances. In this…
  • Jason Wilson, ‘Hardline’ (Mainline - Tulsa) Thru Sat, Jan 12th Start Time: 4:00pm
  • John Mellencamp Exhibit & VR Dust Bowl Experience (Woody Guthrie Center - Tulsa) Thru Sun, Jan 13th Start Time: 10:00am
  • The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe (Broken Arrow Community Playhouse - Broken Arrow) Explore Narnia with a fresh take on the classic "The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe" at Broken Arrow…
  • Local Wednesday (Inner Circle Vodka Bar - Tulsa) Start Time: 4:00pm
  • The Mousetrap (Broken Arrow Community Playhouse - Broken Arrow) Come see a riveting production of Agatha Christie's "The Mousetrap" live onstage at the Broken Arrow Community…
  • Northeastern Oklahoma Wood Turners Association (108Contemporary - Tulsa) Thru Sun, Jan 13th Start Time: 12:00pm
  • Open Web Application Security Project: Tulsa Chapter (36 Degrees North - Tulsa) Start Time: 12:00pm
  • Over the River & Through the Woods (Broken Arrow Community Playhouse - Broken Arrow) Explore the theme of family love as you sit back in your cushioned chair while comedic actors put on a hilarious production…
  • Paws for Reading (Owasso Library - Owasso) Start Time: 4:00pm Registered therapy dogs are excellent listeners. Kids ages 5-12 are invited to read their favorite books to a furry, four-pawed friend. Registration is...
  • Picasso at the Lapin Agile (Broken Arrow Community Playhouse - Broken Arrow) Catch a local take on Steve Martin's off-Broadway comedy, "Picasso at the Lapin Agile." Broken Arrow Community…
  • The ReGifters (Broken Arrow Community Playhouse - Broken Arrow) The Broken Arrow Community Playhouse celebrates the coming Christmas season with Robert Lynn's comedic drama, The…
  • Shots & Shots (Inner Circle Vodka Bar - Tulsa) Start Time: 5:30pm
  • Speaking Of Which A Spoken Word Open Mic (Gypsy Coffee House & Cyber Cafe - Tulsa) Start Time: 8:00pm
  • Steel Magnolias (Broken Arrow Community Playhouse - Broken Arrow) Broken Arrow Community Playhouse presents "Steel Magnolias" by Robert Harling. Set in Truvy's Beauty Salon in…
  • Time for What Matters (36 Degrees North - Tulsa) Start Time: 11:30am
  • 😂 Warren B Hall (Loony Bin - Tulsa) Thru Sat, Jan 12th
  • Broken Arrow Wine Walk (Rose District - Broken Arrow) The Broken Arrow Wine Walk gives guests the chance to sample a variety of locally crafted drinks within walking distance.…
  • A Winter Rose Christmas (Broken Arrow Community Playhouse - Broken Arrow) Broken Arrow Community Playhouse presents "A Winter Rose Christmas" this December. A showcase of the…
  • Young Frankenstein the Musical (Broken Arrow Community Playhouse - Broken Arrow) Revisit everything you know about Frankenstein in "Young Frankenstein the Musical." Watch as Victor…

Thursday, Jan 10th

Friday, Jan 11th

  • Afistaface! (Soundpony Lounge - Tulsa) Start Time: 10:00pm
  • 🎭 Beauty and the Beast (Theatre Tulsa - Tulsa) Thru Sun, Jan 13th Start Time: 8:00pm PRESENTED BY: Theatre Tulsa
  • The Book Of Mormon (Tulsa Performing Art Center - Tulsa) Thru Sun, Jan 13th The New York Times calls it
  • The Conciliation Series (January Installment Opening) Artwork by Elizabeth Henley & Nicole Donis (Black Wall Street Theatre - Tulsa) Thru Sun, Jan 13th Start Time: 11:00am
  • Cultural Fronteriza + The EXPERIENCE (Hardesty Arts Center (AHHA) - Tulsa) Thru Sun, Jan 13th Start Time: 12:00pm
  • Electric Billy Club (Blackbird On Pearl - Tulsa) Start Time: 9:00pm
  • Gray Matters by Todd Sparks (Chrysalis Salon & Spa - Tulsa) Thru Sun, Jan 13th Start Time: 12:00pm
  • Hello, Penumbra: A Tulsa Artist Fellowship and Living Arts’ Curatorial Partnership (Hardesty Arts Center (AHHA) - Tulsa) 1 day left Start Time: 12:00pm
  • Hoe You Think You Can Dance! Dance Contest (The Majestic - Tulsa) Start Time: 11:00pm
  • Illusions XI (The Vanguard - Tulsa) Start Time: 9:00pm
  • Jason Wilson, ‘Hardline’ (Mainline - Tulsa) 1 day left Start Time: 4:00pm
  • John Mellencamp Exhibit & VR Dust Bowl Experience (Woody Guthrie Center - Tulsa) Thru Sun, Jan 13th Start Time: 10:00am
  • Karaoke 21+ (Mainline - Tulsa) Day 1 of 2 Start Time: 8:00pm
  • Northeastern Oklahoma Wood Turners Association (108Contemporary - Tulsa) Thru Sun, Jan 13th Start Time: 12:00pm
  • Pie Night (Antoinette Baking Co. - Tulsa) Day 1 of 2 Start Time: 5:00pm
  • RPM (The Hunt Club - Tulsa) Start Time: 10:00pm
  • Then & Now (Tulsa Artists Coalition - Tulsa) 1 day left Start Time: 6:00pm
  • 😂 Warren B Hall (Loony Bin - Tulsa) 1 day left

Saturday, Jan 12th

  • 🏃 918 Fitness Expo (Cox Business Center - Tulsa) Start Time: 10:00am Are you searching to find your fitness routine this new year? We are proud to showcase all that the 918 has to offer in terms of gyms, martial arts,...
  • All Star Team Roping (Claremore Expo Center - Claremore) Day 1 of 2 All Star Team Roping is a new and exciting format that is designed by team ropers to put the contestants first and the…
  • 🎭 Beauty and the Beast (Theatre Tulsa - Tulsa) 1 day left Start Time: 8:00pm PRESENTED BY: Theatre Tulsa
  • The Book Of Mormon (Tulsa Performing Art Center - Tulsa) 1 day left The New York Times calls it
  • Celebrity Cheer & Dance Regionals (Expo Square - Tulsa) Support competing teams of cheerleaders as they perform challenging routines sure to entertain the crowd and judges alike.…
  • The Classless (The Vanguard - Tulsa) Start Time: 7:00pm
  • The Conciliation Series (January Installment Opening) Artwork by Elizabeth Henley & Nicole Donis (Black Wall Street Theatre - Tulsa) 1 day left Start Time: 11:00am
  • Cultural Fronteriza + The EXPERIENCE (Hardesty Arts Center (AHHA) - Tulsa) 1 day left Start Time: 12:00pm
  • DJ FenixFX (The Majestic - Tulsa) Start Time: 9:00pm
  • 🎭 The Drunkard and the Olio (Tulsa Spotlight Theatre - Tulsa) Start Time: 7:30pm
  • Free Event: Mochas with the Musicologist (Tulsa Central Library - Zink Study Room - Tulsa) Start Time: 10:30am Mochas with the Musicologist returns for its seventh season of musical conversations over coffee! Join musicologist and Public Radio Tulsa host Jason...
  • Gray Matters by Todd Sparks (Chrysalis Salon & Spa - Tulsa) 1 day left Start Time: 12:00pm
  • Hello, Penumbra: A Tulsa Artist Fellowship and Living Arts’ Curatorial Partnership (Hardesty Arts Center (AHHA) - Tulsa) Last Day Start Time: 12:00pm
  • Jason Wilson, ‘Hardline’ (Mainline - Tulsa) Last Day Start Time: 4:00pm
  • John Mellencamp Exhibit & VR Dust Bowl Experience (Woody Guthrie Center - Tulsa) 1 day left Start Time: 10:00am
  • Josh Abbott Band + Grant Gilbert (Cain's Ballroom - Tulsa) Start Time: 7:00pm Get ready to honky tonk, when the Josh Abbott Band takes over Bob Wills' home stage, bringing their unique version of…
  • JT and the Dirtbox Wailers (The Hunt Club - Tulsa) Start Time: 10:00pm
  • Karaoke 21+ (Mainline - Tulsa) Day 2 of 2 Start Time: 8:00pm
  • Mike Hosty (Blackbird On Pearl - Tulsa) Start Time: 9:00pm
  • 🏃 Mind Body Spirit Motivation 918 Fitness Expo (Cox Business Center - Tulsa) All that the 918 has to offer in terms of gyms, martial arts, fitness related services, nutrition, fitness appeal and more. Come experience Zumba and boxing demos, fitness testing, ninja warrior obstacles, sporting challenges, body scans, recovery services, and more. Come meet Brooke Wells and get a picture and autograph.
  • Northeastern Oklahoma Wood Turners Association (108Contemporary - Tulsa) 1 day left Start Time: 12:00pm
  • The Oklahoma Wedding Show (Expo Square - Tulsa) Bring your significant other and trusted group of family and friends to the Oklahoma Wedding Show at Tulsa Expo Square. Held…
  • Pie Night (Antoinette Baking Co. - Tulsa) Day 2 of 2 Start Time: 5:00pm
  • Second Saturday - Free admission (Philbrook Downtown - Tulsa) Start Time: 12:00pm
  • Soft Leather (Soundpony Lounge - Tulsa) Start Time: 10:00pm
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2017.01.22 21:02 autotldr Manager Admits He Embezzled $4.8M from Alanis Morissette

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Jonathan Todd Schwartz, an entertainment and sports manager, admitted in court papers today that he embezzled more than $6.5 million from his clients - including $4.8 million from singer Alanis Morissette.
Schwartz, a former partner at GSO Business Management in Sherman Oaks, CA, admitted in a plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney's office that he took clients' money for himself and falsified account records to conceal the embezzlement of client funds.
Besides the money he embezzled from Morissette, who sued him last year for stealing more than $4 million from her, he also admitted in his plea agreement that he embezzled more than $1 million from another unnamed client and concealed the embezzlement by falsely coding the unauthorized cash withdrawals as money used for the client's home renovations.
He also admitted that that he embezzled $737,500 from yet another unnamed client and forged that client's signature on at least two cash receipts.
"Money managers have fiduciary and moral responsibilities to their clients that begin with preserving client assets and not using that money to line their own pockets," said U.S. Attorney Eileen M. Decker.
While he has agreed to plead guilty to filing a false tax return for the year 2012, Schwartz admitted in the plea agreement that he did not report any of the approximately $6.5 million he obtained through his embezzlement scheme to the IRS. As a result of the entire scheme, Schwartz acknowledges that he owes the IRS more than $1.7 million in federal income taxes.
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2017.01.21 17:07 autotldr Manager Admits He Embezzled $4.8M From Alanis Morissette

This is an automatic summary, original reduced by 39%.
Jonathan Todd Schwartz, an entertainment and sports manager, admitted in court papers today that he embezzled more than $6.5 million from his clients - including $4.8 million from singer Alanis Morissette.
Schwartz, a former partner at GSO Business Management in Sherman Oaks, CA, admitted in a plea agreement with the U.S. Attorney's office that he took clients' money for himself and falsified account records to conceal the embezzlement of client funds.
Besides the money he embezzled from Morissette, who sued him last year for stealing more than $4 million from her, he also admitted in his plea agreement that he embezzled more than $1 million from another unnamed client and concealed the embezzlement by falsely coding the unauthorized cash withdrawals as money used for the client's home renovations.
He also admitted that that he embezzled $737,500 from yet another unnamed client and forged that client's signature on at least two cash receipts.
"Money managers have fiduciary and moral responsibilities to their clients that begin with preserving client assets and not using that money to line their own pockets," said U.S. Attorney Eileen M. Decker.
While he has agreed to plead guilty to filing a false tax return for the year 2012, Schwartz admitted in the plea agreement that he did not report any of the approximately $6.5 million he obtained through his embezzlement scheme to the IRS. As a result of the entire scheme, Schwartz acknowledges that he owes the IRS more than $1.7 million in federal income taxes.
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2015.05.26 23:01 tabledresser [Table] IAmA: I am Gobi M. Rahimi, Tupac's production partner. I am making a film about my experience with Tupac leading up to his last week of life, and all that transpired at the hospital. AMA.

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Why wasn't the footage of Pac turned over to TASF FOUNDATION right after Pac was assassinated? Why isn't Afeni Shakur supporting your film project? How can you use Tupac Shakur image without permission of TASF FOUNDATION? How much do you plan to donate to the TASF foundation for inner city kids? Why were you taken to court for footage of 2Pac that belongs to Tupac Shakur Foundation? Why would Tupac Shakur get into a production deal with an amateur film maker when Pac has worked with all the biggest directors in the industry? Why are there rumor you tried to extort millions from Afeni for 2Pac footage, then you claim your office was robbed? Why would footage that I own be turned over to the Foundation Donavan? You continue to spread lies about me and what I've done in the past. Read my HipHopDx interview Link to I actually got an email from Pac's family last night, telling me they really enjoyed this article. Tupac LOVED me, and I'm sorry that causes you so much jealousy bother. I feel bad for you. My first directing gig, 2 Of Amerikaz Most Wanted, is one of the most played videos on MTV history. I've worked with global brands around the world and created some award winning content. So not sure what you are talking about. There are no rumors that I "extorted millions from Afeni" other than the ones you have tried to spread. Anyone call do a google search for me, Afeni, lawsuit and NOTHING will come up. Again I'm not sure what you gain by spreading poison. I do know that people like you will fade away into oblivion at some point, cause you are operating like a Darth Vader, not a Luke Skywalker. Let's see who's on top when the truth comes out. Be well and God bless your soul.
I've never been taken to court for anything. You're sources are delusional Darth.
Can you give us a short Pac story behind the scenes? The original "How Do You Want it" video was directed by a porn director by the name of Ron Hightower. All the girls in the video were either strippers or porn stars. After the shoot, all the girls, Pac, Ron my partner Tracy and I went to Pac's hotel suite at a hotel in LA. We all started drinking Crystal/Alize, smoked a ton of weed and listened to some of Pac's new unreleased music. As we were all starting to dance. My partner Tracy and I started to dance together in our own world. After a few minutes I looked over and saw that all of a sudden all the girls were totally naked in a straight line. Pac was on one end and Ron Hightower on the other. It was surreal. Tracy grabbed my hand and pulled me out of the suite. I can only imagine what would have happened had we stayed ;-)
Why would he pull you out? Pac wasn't sharing? She was my GF and didn't want me to be in a room filled with strippers and porn stars.
Hey Gobi i was jw if u guys do not get the money for the movie will it still come out and will plp still get a copy of the dvd and i was a big fan of 2pac and still am and why is there plp that think 2pac is still alive so can any one tell me more about 2pac write back jay. 100%. You will get everything you are promised.
The last question I have is do you really have this much material? Where were you during tupac resurrection or biggie and tupac. Where were you during all these documentarys? You also stated that this movie will get made regardless if you raise enough money. Does this mean you intend to take some of the profits and use it to your own gain? You confused me on this one. I do have enough footage that's never been seen before, for Pac to play himself in my film. I worked on Tupac Resurrection. I did all the celeb and family interviews for the extras on the DVD. Biggie and Tupac was done by an English director in the UK, I can't be involved in everyones project. I never said I'll make the money regardless if the money is raised. The money will have to be raised. If it's not raised on crowd funding, it will come as independent investors. My team and I have been approached by a number of outside investors, who we're meeting with. I intended on letting the fans be a part of this process on gp. Either way I'm not going to give up on this story, because I believe in it. If I wanted to do anything for personal gain, I would have done it over the last 20 years cuz.
@GobiRahimi: Question: Since 1994 I've Read 715 Books One Of My Top FavouriteS Is The Rose That Grew From Concrete, I've Read Tupac Read Alot Of Books Can You Name Some Of His Favourites. What Is Your Favourite Tupac Song? That's a lot of books. One of our prizes in our fund raising campaign Link to
Is a piece of original art by famed artist Mike Saijo, which is one of my Tupac photos, printed on a layout of every page from The Rose That Grew From Concrete". Have you read my book "Thru My Eyes", you can find it on Amazon, but also there's a new, larger version being printed for his Bday on June 16th. I don't know all of Pac's fav's although there were a lot of them. I know The Art of War was one of his favorites. I love 2 Of Ameriakaz Most Wanted for many reasons, aside from it being my first directing gig, but I also really like Letter To The President, cause I like the militant nature of calling out POTUS.
How has Tupac impacted your life personally? God such a tough question. He was hands down one of the best human beings ever to cross my path. He was limitless, filled with love and so damn talented. He showed me how to go for it. It's taken damn near 20 years for me to do so. In fact I now see clearly how Pac would have hateraid coming at him from every direction, cause he was such a trendsetter and people in general are not fans of leaders or individuals that challenge the "norm". I'm trying to tell my little sliver of a story about my experience with Pac and I have people coming at me from every direction calling me a lier and a thief. It's bananas. Crabs in a bucket.
Gobi I have a question where exactly were the bandages on his body and were they consistent with the photo that came out after his death. Also you made a claim that Tupac kept getting out the bed and pulling the plugs was he ever coherent and did you attend the funeral? I can't tell you exactly where the bandages were, as I only saw him at around 4am on the 5th night of sitting watch. There was a fat white nurse, sweet as a button, who came out one night and said "son you've been sitting here all this time and you haven't gone in to see him not even once", so I she took me in and I saw him lying in bed. His head was twice it's normal size from the water on the brain and he was bandaged up a few different spots and missing a finger (that was shot off). That same nurse is the one that told me he kept trying to get out of bed and that's why he was in an induced coma. The rational being that a gunshot victim wakes up at the scene of the crime...
Alright and did you attend the funeral? If not any rational behind there being or not being a funeral. And why was his body cremated one day after PENDING a murder investigation. Did afeni explain anything to you at all? Does this make any sense to you? I wasn't invited to his memorial and am not really sure why that went down. I've never had a convo with Afeni about why he was cremated, cause it's really not my business and because i believe Pac passed on September 13th 1996. Life I've said numerous times. The Tupac that I got to know and love would NEVER be able to stay quiet this long while others mix and remix his music, and his legacy.
Would there be any unreleased new songs in the movie? Ideally there would, but having said that and knowing how difficult it would be for us to get Pac music given the biopic with Morgan Creek. That's why we decided to do an ALL STARS dedication album with original music. In an ideal world I want everyone who was inspired by Pac and some of his unexpected friends like STING, MADONNA, ALANIS MORISSETTE and all his contemporaries liKE NAS, NAUGHTY BY NATURE and much more. Also as I mentioned before, BROTHER ALI, KENDRICK LAMAR, EARL SWEATSHIRT.
When you say that no one was there for Tupac, you mean that he didn't have close friends or family at all? Or just no one was there for him at that moment? When we got to the hospital It was all Suge's entourage. The only people there for Pac were Kadada Jones and his cousin Jamala who were crying their eyes out on pay phones. Since non of us trusted any of the Death Row people, we felt he was unsafe from jump. We posted up and HAD to protect him at all costs. Others started showing up the next day. I sat guard/watch from 12am-8am each night amongst threats and general insanity. When they say truth is stranger than fiction, this is one of those stories.
So even in the hospital you felt like someone could come in and do further harm to Tupac? Did something like that have any precedence? Like, at the time, were there people coming to hospitals to "finish the job?" On the 3rd night that I was there. The Death Row marketing guy walked up to me and said "they just called the ROW and said they're going to come finish him off". That was one of the many death threats.
How have people been messing with his legacy? "History is written by great peoples contemporaries". There's a ton of people that were around Pac with very deep and insightful stories about their experience with him, his plans and what he shared with him. I think it's crucial for all the people who have these stories to come together so that his legacy can be as accurate as possible. It's a disservice to his spirit if his legacy is handled ONLY by people that didn't even know him.
What is your opinion of the current state of hip hop? Commercial, underground, whatever you want to speak on. I HATE current hip hop. I think it sucks ass. Music in general has dumbed down. Hip Hop now is like FOX NEWS. It's just bs. Hip Hop used to be a conduit for what's really going on in the world, now it's just a beat with some "skeet skeet skeet" on top of it.
Underground is where it's at. We want to do a UNITY soundtrack for this film and I'd love to bring artists like BROTHER ALI to the table.
Chance the rapper. Vince staples. Ab soul. J Cole. Joey badass. Big krit. OG maco. Jay electronica. I'm sure there's a lot more but I don't listen to every artist. The mainstream may suck in your opinion but that doesn't mean all hip hop today sucks. I totally agree. What i am referring to is mainstream. Underground is filled with talent.
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2015.05.15 22:32 SylphofBlood H.A.S. Bonus: Titillating Tidbits

Greetings scholars! Welcome to a small teaser side project.
If you’re one of the recent additions to our little corner of the internet, you may have missed the first four of ten in my Hellsing Analytical Series- essays exploring the series as literature. Consider it my gift of obsession to everyone. After all, you can’t have an analyst without anal. ;D
My previous efforts can be found here, here, here, and here.
Part of producing these is of course doing the research, and I have, oh, nearly ten pages of notes, quotes, symbols, segues, theories and awkward tangents just waiting to be spread. So... Why not spread ‘em? Here’s a collection of glimpses into my mind; a tasting of ideas for essays past and future. Things might get a little dark.
OVA I: It’s not just BDSM, it’s Vampire BDSM™
To ignore the undercurrent of Dominance and submission in Hellsing is to snub the very dynamic it is built upon. Integra, Alucard, Seras, and even Pip can all be considered one big happy bondage family with a well-defined hierarchical structure. It is inherently polyamorous and demonstrates sexualities alternative to the hetero status quo. The breakdown: Domme Integra mastering both her pet vampires, switch Alucard and his pet, submissive Seras. Even Seras has a pet in Pip! Where IxA, IxS, and AxS follow the Masteslave(or pet) bond, Seras and her familiar Pip have almost a “topping from the bottom” connection with Seras as the D and Pip the s, even though Pip demonstrates personal qualities that land him squarely in Dom territory. Though Seras takes him on as a subordinate extension of her own ability, she’s attracted to him because he displays the same possessive affection of her as Alucard and Integra do, plus the desire to protect and support her.
OVA II: Classic ‘daddy’ issues
Integra’s gender and sexual identity are caught up in her relationships with her family. Notice that when she’s not acting as Sir Hellsing in her daily professional capacity, she actually dresses like a woman. Her suit-wearing habit is a masquerade, a woman mocking the realms of men by proving she can play the part better. She cannot truly respect a man or give herself completely to one because every single man in her life has left her or betrayed her, from her father to Walter to Alucard. Integra reaches for Seras because the girl represents something Integra has never known and never had: A female relationship. Integra covets that connection to the point of possessing Seras as deeply as Alucard does. BTW, the dinner table scene is totally symbolic of oral sex between them, whether you realize that “penetrating” Seras’ mouth with her finger puts Integra squarely into a Domme’s position over her sub, or if you take it a step further and think about the kind of oral sex lesbian vampires might have...
OVA III: Someone’s been studying his Gray’s Anatomy
Hellsing has taken the concept of straight gore-fest horror and raised it to a level of the sublime. The violence is devastating in its impact, stomach-churning yet compellingly beautiful, highly stylized. But in all ways, the snatches we get are realistic. By that I mean, anatomically correct, not taken to the level of cheesy. Torrents of blood might be a dime-a-dozen with the series, but that does not spare us the sight of a dead infant clamped in the jaws of a Nazi vampire, or the spilled guts of the Wild Geese’s adjutant as he lies in pieces. Each brush with an actual dismembered or mortally wounded body is rendered to portray the full weight of its horror. Despite how glib its characters are to die and kill, Hellsing never lets the viewer forget how excruciatingly awful that attitude is, how gruesomely they will pay. Good horror shouldn’t just desensitize the viewer to violence, it should present the painful, repulsive truth.
OVA IV: Yes, this Implies that Seras is DOUBLE PREGNANT
The giving and taking of blood by the vampires in Hellsing is a physical and spiritual experience with highly sexual connotations. In both cases you have acts of penetration and the exchange of fluids, plus the “siring” of offspring. By the end of Hellsing Seras has been bitten and “sired” by Alucard, making her an extension of his presence. Part of his will is preserved in her. Furthermore, Seras takes in Pip’s spirit and makes him part of her body and power. Both men’s existences are inside her, and they live on through her. This is a total “Maury” episode, people- “I’m DOUBLE PREGNANT by DIFFERENT MEN!” Drops mic
OVA V: Always let your conscience be your guide
Seras the vampire is unlike pretty much every other vampire in the series, including her Master. She does not seek destruction or death, she seeks to protect those she loves and carry on. Nor does she drink blood with greedy carelessness. When Pip offers himself, she accepts, and his spirit joins her conscious mind. Now, if we compare Seras in “blood rage” mode from OVAs I and III, she’s mindless, destructive, gleeful, even, to simply rip apart her enemies. Perhaps the reason she didn’t drink Alucard’s blood in OVA I has to do with her reaction to giving into that more vampiric side of herself. Perhaps she feared a lack of control, and the loss of goodness inside herself. When Pip remains with her, he symbolically becomes her literal spirit of humanity and keeps her from straying too far from her loving, buoyant self.
OVA VI: The kind of ironic Alanis Morissette was singing about
Ok, just think about this: The Major loves war so much he spent 50+ years devising a monumentally destructive attack on London that sacrifices his entire life and all his allies, over 3 million innocent civilians and more- but he can’t even shoot a guy at point-blank range. He’s so laughably bad at the most basic skill set of being a soldier. He’s not even physically fit enough to be a soldier. How absurd! He sucks so hard at shooting things his last happy thought is “I finally hit something!” This is what we literary types term “dramatic irony”.
OVA VII: Sigmund Freud would have a field day with this
There are many avenues of diversity among Hellsing’s cast, not the least of which is the array of gender expression among the female characters. Heinkel and Integra both share a penchant for wearing men’s clothes to do the dirty work, but Integra makes no secret of actually being a woman. Now, if you’re a manga fan, you’ve probably read Crossfire. Which means you know that Heinkel is a woman, while someone who only came into the anime might not realize. Yet, one might get the sense that she isn’t just guised as a priest for the sake of functionality- as she’s primarily a marksman and sniper, her clothes seem more like a personal expression. I am not sold either way, but I do think Heinkel’s relationship with Yumie pulls her toward either being transgender (living as a straight man) or lesbian, with Yumie as her partner in all ways.
OVA VIII: I think I’ve still got a few virginities left
The premise behind our vampire lore here is the notion that one must be a virgin, specifically bitten by an opposite-sex vampire, to turn. Yet, at a couple of moments, the rule seems almost arbitrary, existing to be mocked in Integra and Alucard’s hands. Alucard can change his body into any form he likes, including that of a woman, so why would the “opposite sex” rule be any hindrance to him? Furthermore, the concept of “virginity” must be examined here, because in its strictest definition (and most likely where this is coming from), “virginity” is conceptualized as someone who has never had standard PiV sex. So.... What about anal? What about oral? What about a first kiss, even? Are gay and lesbian people still “virgins”? You can even expand the basic idea- physical purity- to foods, substances, experiences. Integra has defiled her purity a little bit by smoking tobacco- she’s not “virgin” of that. If she really is going to give Seras the business behind the scenes, is she still “virginal”? The characters repeat this rule but they themselves seem to live in opposition to it. Vlad Tepes, even, was most likely not a virgin of damn near anything by the time he had his head cut off. He wasn’t “made” by anyone, either, he just kind of made himself. What use are the rules then?
OVA IX: It’s not just gruesome, it’s a history lesson!
Hellsing has weight and resonance as a story in no small way because of its roots in our reality. While Millennium’s characters and mission do not really recreate the Nazi mindset or atrocities as they were historically done, they do acknowledge their banner and their history, right down to the hordes of stolen treasures that the Captain takes Seras to for their showdown. We read stories and watch them because we wish to see a reflection of our own struggles and challenges in another package. If we can connect to a piece of work such as this, it lingers within us and is remembered, passed along. By weaving scraps of reality into the fantastical the author has shown the level of his craft- good writing takes research and accuracy in order to have impact. There’s a reason Harry Potter will endure and Twilight will be forgotten, decades and centuries from now. That reason is called storytelling, and it is not to be underestimated.
OVA X: Christ in a miniskirt!
We do have quite a lot of Christian influence going on in Hellsing, and an awful lot of deaths are handed out in the name of God. However, do any of the religiously-based characters enact actual Christian principles? Yes, certainly, not the least of which is Andersen. He orchestrates Maxwell’s death because the man dared to usurp God’s power of judgment. Andersen also sacrifices himself willingly to carry out what he sees as the Lord’s work- when he stabs himself with the Nail of Helena, he is making himself a twisted metaphor for the Savior. Yet, there’s a moment where one character also takes on that role and does it with much purer and simpler intentions. Seras, jumping into the fight to save her Master, throws herself willingly into the thorns for the sake of her love of him. Christ’s crucifixion was partly an act of self-sacrifice that proved his love of mankind. Seras’ willingness to do the same demonstrates a powerful, unconditional love for Alucard that pulls him back from defeat and unites the two of them. To the end, Seras is still the most pure and selfless character, and she is Hellsing’s savior in her own right. Alucard, Integra, and Pip’s spirit only survive because of her.
That's it for now, but I will also be doing a second bonus- a brief analysis of the "Hellsing Abridged" series!
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