Flush it Friday: Good Things Can Be Bad Things Too Edition

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I’m not one to get all philosophical about how living in the present is the only true way to live, but I try to follow that to a certain extent. These past few weeks, and with at least two weeks to go, it has been a practically impossible feat. I’m stuck in something of a transition zone, where everything I am doing is a conscious effort to assist my future plans and doing anything else seems like a waste of time.

So what horrible thing is forcing me into this state? Well, that’s another issue. I’m actually very happy to be moving back to Chicago (actually in the city this time and not in one of the surrounding strip malls that are affectionately known as suburbs), but it has also effectively put my life on hold.

Two years on the east coast ended up being just the right amount. Ms. Stick got her Master’s. I… worked and wrote a bunch of blog posts. I made a grand total of 0 friends (I have now realized the importance of finding work in an office with more varied demographics), but I did get to do a bunch of cool shit like see concerts and baseball games in Boston and NY, go to breweries in seven different states, do a weekend vacation in Montreal, and do some pretty solid hiking (which I’ll miss in the flat midwest).

The last few weeks have been filled with selling furniture to weirdos on Craigslist, planning the move, and planning a wedding the month after we get back. Oh did I not mention the marriage thing before? Probably not. I’m not good at talking about personal stuff. But anyway, it’s pretty cathartic throwing away and selling all the old college kitchen utensils and furniture in anticipation of getting the good shit as wedding gifts. Our apartment is comically empty right now. Everything that is left is getting crammed into one of those little 8’x8′ boxes that get magically shipped across the country because fuck driving a Uhaul (W will probably agree).

Good: Can’t wait to be back in the same general area as friends and family.
Bad: Job searching. Writing cover letters. Interviews.  But at least I’m being allowed to temporarily work remotely for my current job which takes some pressure off.
Ugly: The Cubs’ record. In the wise words of Rob Schneider, “OH NO, WE SUCK AGAIN

Here’s the weekly wipe, get caught up on all the stuff we talked about this week.

(Pictured: One of the other cool things I got to do here, which was seeing some shows at a shitty dive bar and getting to talk to some great dudes in Bereft (in the image), Aseethe, Empty Vessels, Chronologist, Capture the Sun, and Hadean.)

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  • Señor Jefe El Rossover

    Best of luck to you on your move and new life journey!

  • ME GORAK™✓ᶜᵃᵛᵉᵐᵃⁿ

    WELCOME HOME TO #MIDWESTTOILETCREW MR STICK

    https://youtu.be/V6Dfo4zDduI

  • tigeraid

    GOOD: VACATIIIIIIIOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOON
    BAD: Rushing to get out of town on a Friday evening for vacation.
    UGLY: The way a lot of ignorant, angry bigots in my country are reacting to the Omar Khadr virdict. 🙁

    • Óðinn

      What? It’s almost like you have a problem with torturing minors into a confession at a US prison set up outside the boundaries of the United States specifically to deny people their legal rights as human beings. Sheesh. Some people.

    • sweetooth0

      Yeah everyone is getting caught up with the wrong part of this story. We’re paying because we fucked up and didn’t follow the rules. It should serve as a lesson to not do that again in the future.

      • sweetooth0

        because yeah, paying out 10 million to a guilty ass murderer really is shitty.

        • Óðinn

          I’m not even convinced that he actually murdered anyone. I can’t necessarily say that’s true.

          • more beer

            He did plead guilty, so there is that.

          • Óðinn

            Under the circumstances of torture and the threat of being locked up in Gitmo forever, yes. Kadr has shed that he only pled guilty to get out of Gitmo. Henever should have been there in the first place.

          • more beer

            If he was forced to be a child soldier. It is because his father forced him. But by all of the accounts I have read, he knew exactly what he was doing. Doesn’t it concern you that giving him this much money, that it is going to get used to pay for more terrorism?

          • Óðinn

            The accounts I’ve read say that his father did force him, and from as young as the young age of 10. So I don’t think he had the maturity to understand what he was being forced to do. Khadr had said that he thinks killing is wrong, regardless of your religion. No, I don’t have any concerns about Khadr using that money for terrorism.

          • more beer

            He knew there was a $1500 A head bounty on any American soldier killed. He said ” I am going to kill a lot of Americans, and make a lot of money” seems to me that is understanding what he was doing. He has been taught from a young age to kill the infidels. I am sorry but this is ingrained in him. It isn”t going to change. Mark my words he will use that money for evil. When heroes hope it isn’t on someone you know or love.

          • Óðinn

            His “confession” was obtained under the cricumstances of torture, threats of rape, and threats of being kept in Guantanamo forever. I can’t take it as credible under those circumstances. The US and Canadian governments failed in giving Khadr his due process and they tortured him. I have no fear of Omar Khadr.

          • more beer

            The methods they used are hardly torture. Threats really shouldn’t be considered torture. He should have sued his father, since it is his fault he was in such a predicament in the first place. He was an enemy combatant who was also making improvised explosive devices and land mines. He was far from just some innocent kid. Ask any soldier who was a POW during WWII held by the Japanese if these techniques are really torture, they will laugh. Remember everyone in prison says they are innocent. So him saying killing is wrong really doesn’t hold much weight with me. This money will be used against the west in a horrific way.

  • The Mighty Thorange

    GOOD: Got my PC upgraded. Playing Witcher 3 on ultra settings with some graphics and texture mods. It is a thing of divine beauty.
    BAD: Still unemployed. Had some job interviews in the past two weeks but not heard anything back from anyone. Pain in the arse.
    UGLY: Almost a complete TPK at D&D yesterday. Could have gotten uglier but my bard saved the day somehow. Fucking necromancer and his bullshit OP metal gnome construct.

    • ME GORAK™✓ᶜᵃᵛᵉᵐᵃⁿ

      WUZ U ABLE FIND GPU???? BITCOIN MINER DICKS MAKE GORAK STOP BUILDING PC 🙁

      • The Mighty Thorange

        That sucks dude. I got myself an Nvidia GTX 1070. Bought it a wee while ago but needed a bigger case for it and had to wait until I had some expendable cash for a new one.

        • ME GORAK™✓ᶜᵃᵛᵉᵐᵃⁿ

          ME SHOULD REALLY SELL RX 470!!!!! COULD PROBABLY GET 1080 TI & HAVE $$$$$ LEFT

          • The Mighty Thorange

            That’s a good one. Get the 1080 if you want. I am not to sure what the difference between those are but it sounds like a solid plan.

    • Óðinn

      If only you could get payed to play Witcher 3.

      • The Mighty Thorange

        I know right? Could easily spend 200 hours on one playthrough.

        • Óðinn

          That’s a lot of overtime.

    • The Mighty Thorange

      Forgot to post tunes. Not completely metal but it’s awesome and about one of the most metal mythological characters ever so fuck it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zgfYrGvxrgw

  • Howard Dean
  • Congratulations, Señor Palitos. Also, thanks to the Toilet Overlords for making the Weekly Wipe. I wuv u all

  • ThunderLager

    GOOD: Waiting for a call from a job recruiter – possibly with my former employer & listening to Metal Massacre I, & have a million music things to write about this weekend.
    BAD: Feel like I’m gonna fall asleep at like 3:30pm & my apt’s a fucking mess.

    • Howard Dean

      The American Sonofabitchin’ Dream, Mr. Dusty Motherfuckin’ Rhodes! Howthehellareya?!

      Great American Champion. RIP.

      • ThunderLager

        The afterlife is soo stweeeth, baybah! I’m gonna haunt one of them fuckin’ ghouls like Paul Ryan tonight in my Midnight Ridah git up, eff yew wheel.

        • Paul Ryan, sweepmaster of Origin?

          • ThunderLager

            Nah definitely not him – the Adult Eddie Munster dipshit from Wisconsin & now national politics.

    • Janitor Jim Duggan

      Love the profile photo.

      • ThunderLager

        Thanks a lot, Janitor. Hope the cleaning isn’t too much of a pain today.

        • The Arm(KJM)

          I also appreciate the Dusty pic.

          • ThunderLager

            Thanks – I found it by watching an entire episode of Georgia Championship Wrestling and this gem was in the middle of it. He quotes Sabbath’s “Heaven and Hell”, too!

  • JWG

    Bad: Either those antibiotics I was on last month didn’t actually do enough or I’ve actually got something wrong with my guts that’s not just the h. pylori overabundance – it might have been coincidental rather than causal even.

    I’m feeling fairly constantly gross, virtually everything I eat leads to an Ugly bowel-shaking bowl-befouling mess (I’m running out of toilet bowl cleaner exponentially faster than normal). If I go back to my GP and he just suggests more antibiotics I’m going to be so mad.

    That said, my sister thinks I could probably switch to her GP. He’s younger, more into really weird cases (and given my neurological and gastrointestinal histories I definitely qualify as ‘weird’) and unlike my current one isn’t afraid to refer to specialists when he’s not making much progress. There’s quite a shortage of them around town and he’s not technically taking new patients, but it can’t hurt to try to exploit the family connection.

    But anyway. On to Good things:

    – One of the indie game projects I’ve backed just sent me a backer survey this AM. As usual I pledged only for a digital (Steam) copy so I’ll get it very soon
    – Another for which I sent a survey a while ago just closed their Live Beta and have announced an impending release
    – I got development updates for three others, all of which are on or ahead of time, so I’m looking forward to a whole bunch of indie games to play in the Fall

    – It sounds like my copy of Volume 2 of Moonshot (an indigenous comics collection) is right about to be sent. There was a delay because I also backordered V.1 and their supplier ran out last month and only just told them, but it was resolved a few days ago. The source is Canadian so there’s not going to be any kind of customs delay, meaning I might even have it next week.

    – Teaser Trailer for Ayla, for which I’ve been patiently waiting for a while. This may or may not be the next film I review for TovH, depending on whether or not I get to see The Heretics first:

    http://screenanarchy.com/2017/07/ayla-dee-wallace-and-tristan-risk-in-teaser-for-elias-gansters-new-flick.html

    • JWG

      Not Metal (indie-folk goth cabaret waltz something something):
      https://youtu.be/-RbF3odGy34

      Features: increasingly Tim Burton-esque corpsepaint, plus a few more slightly-sanitized horror movie tropes (though if there’s a director’s cut I bet it would qualify as a ‘red band’ trailer for a film that doesn’t exist). See for instance the “Production Designer took the title a bit too literally” ending.

    • JWG
  • sweetooth0

    GOOD: Got a stupid big mailmanbro delivery yesterday. Oddly enough all stuff ordered a wildly varying times. Off work in a couple hours, it’s super nice out, lookin forward to some ice cool brews and BLASTING the new live Carpenter Brut LP. Apparently the race track in the city (SIR) has free admission all weekend, so good chance we’ll be checkin that out!

    BAD: My NIN Fragile: Deviations 1 record arrived mangled as all fuck. From what I’m seeing online, this has happened to pretty much everyone who pre-ordered it. The box and the way it was packed was amateur hour in the extreme, records still in sleeve (and this is a 4LP set with two records per sleeve), no corner pads, no bubble wrap, nothing, ugh. Gotta double check my actual vinyl since people are reporting horrid scuffing and warping and I didn’t look close last night. On the bright side, it sounds like they will be sending out replacements, however not till the end of July.

    UGLY: another brutal layoff at work, so now I have to try and figure out who will be picking up the slack for all of the holes in our processes now (I do all of the documentation at my job). At least I’m still employed though, apparently I’m considered “mission critical”.

    • TheGranulatingDarkSatanicMilfs

      That sucks about the NIN LP. Especially since I was considering buying it myself

      • sweetooth0

        well on the bright side, at least they seem to be replacing them. They’re sending me a new sleeve supposedly. The records themselves are OK.

  • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

    Good: A (much too) late happy birthday to More Beer and Gorak. My apologies, I’ve been exceptionally busy for a while, so I wasn’t up to date.

    Bad: I’m looking at a long ass time of working without any upcoming vacation.

    Ugly: recently there’s some new white trash dude frequenting the gym where I’m working out. Now he’s a reasonably strong guy and while he was benching a pal of mine (who’s a Nigerian dude) offered to “spot” (making sure things would go alright with the bench pressing) him – and the guy just scoffed at him. Recently I also saw him wearing a swastika t-shirt. I don’t go around confronting anyone without them giving me a reason to, but here’s hoping that guy won’t try to pull any shit.

    Good pt. II: stay metal

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q7X2nYM-Ejk

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M8WFl4Mo1yM

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VBeuh1WHN3c

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DJXnDFnfyTI

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GjCFGz_6-PQ

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=71YppPLrf8o

    • ME GORAK™✓ᶜᵃᵛᵉᵐᵃⁿ
    • more beer

      Thank you Frank. That dude sounds like a douche bag, if you are lucky he won’t let anyone spot for him and he will drop the bar on his throat.

      • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

        Haha! The good thing is that once in a while you get these kind of assholes, but they just come and go. Unless they start real shit, it’s best to just ignore them and before you know it you don’t have to watch their ugly mug anymore because they already fucked off back to where they came from.

        • more beer

          Yea you certainly don’t need unnecessary bullshit in your life.

  • GOOD: Reconnecting with a friend I hadn’t talked to in a while, nice relaxing weekend over the 4th, and another one already here.

    BAD: Gotta mow the yard this weekend and it is hot as FUCK outside. My ginger skin nearly bursts into flames immediately upon walking into the sun. Legs and chest are sore as phuq from lifting this week.

    UGLY: I’ve been listening to really shitty hip hop this whole week for some reason, and I have no clue why.

    • ThunderLager

      I can TOTALLY relate to having ginger skin that bursts into flames. I think I wasn’t born to be in temps past 80 F.

      • The Mighty Thorange

        Same. Too used to the rain and cold. It was 18 Celsius here earlier and unbearable for my pasty, ginger, Celtic complexion.

    • ThunderLager

      Much cuteness from Abbath & Horgh of Pugs.

    • GoatForest

      Did you name him Tripod, also?

  • Depechemodeisgangsta

    Good luck with the wedding, hope everything works out.
    I liked the Cubs story from last year, since their fan base deserved some happiness, but i still hate the Cubs the way they treated the whole Bartman stuff, there was still game 7 and they blew it also.
    But Tim Kurkjian said that the Cubs and Astros should be very good since they are young teams.

    Super pump i will finally get to see Metallica live tonight, and stadium is like 15 minutes away from work, is super hot day with sensation around 100 degrees, funny story when i was around 12 years old and at that time music for me was whatever they played on radio, at that time it was the beginning of Britney, Backstreet Boys etc… and there was this guy who wanted to date my cousin and he gave her 2 CD and she didn’t listen to them, but i did and good thing i did, because it was Master of Puppets and Ride The Lighting, after that my 1st Metallica album i ever bought was And justice for all, which is my favorite Metallica album.

  • Jay Riemenschneider

    GOOD: Got back into reading (I saw this like I took a hiatus), and with that came back the spark to write again. “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep” is even better than Blade Runner (which am I obsessed with). Cracking open “Fiskadoro” by Denis Johnson next.

    BAD: Back and right hip are shot as fuck lately. Trying to find a better job is hard.

    UGLY:
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/9a53f4d35671327831701741c5044e4afa1513a50900194356cb8dcd4e18c908.jpg

    • more beer

      There was a bro dude dipshit on one of my job sites a few weeks ago with those Monster rims on his truck. What made it worse was he was an old bro dude.

      • Somebody sure has to be in love with a beverage to make such a purchase!!

      • Óðinn

        Haha! I saw kind of an old bro dude recently too. I guess maybe more of a bro douche. He was in a Starbucks with his girlfriend, one of those women who lifts weights all the time. She had a Trump-style tan and veiny arms. Even though she probably spends a lot of time in the gym, her complete lack of body fat, overly-tanned leathery skin and brittle hair from overuse of blonde hair dye, made her look very unhealthy. Anyway, the dude wore a skin-tight wifebeater, those True Religion jeans from 10 years a go, and flip flops. It looked like he was trying to be a bro in the bar from 2007 or something. I remember thinking it was a bad look for a guy in his 50s (or any age now that I think about it). I didn’t didn’t see his vehicle, but I’m fairly certain that he drives a white Ford F-250 with Monster Energy Drink decals.

        • more beer

          The dude at work was way out of shape and just gave off a total dipshit vibe. But it was those rims that killed me. I mean who the fuck buys things like that? But it was an F-250 they were on.

  • Freedom Jew

    GOOD: I’m unemployed and out of the job that was driving me nuts!

    BETTER: I start my new job on Monday morning. A step up on all fronts, especially compensation.

    BEST: Thanks to the Clamato Crew for help keeping me sane over the last few months of this process – you know who you are.

    BAD: I cried a little bit today because I’m going to miss a lot of the people that I worked with for over a decade.

    UGLY: Randal Thor is a stupid Darkfriend who won’t wear the gift that I overnighted to him. 🙁

    Gut Shabbos!

  • Good: The Place Between the Pines!!
    Bad: watched it on my couch at home, because my digestive inner workings are misbehaving (like I need moar of that!)
    Congrats on getting hitched and moving back home, Stick! You’ll be within TovH meet-up distance again!

  • High on Vallenfyre

    It’s all good for me. I’ve had the whole week off and I’m seeing Maiden in a couple of hours.

    • FrankWhiteKingOfNY

      Seeing Maiden in a couple of hours is a very good “good”.

      • High on Vallenfyre

        Agreed! I’ve seen them a couple of times, but my girl has never seen them. So it should be a good time.

  • Hans

    Good: Ran for about 2km (~1 1/4 miles) last weekend for probably the first time since about 15 years. Quite the experience!

    Bad: Think I need to see a doctor, something wrong with my throat.

    Ugly: G20 “protesters”. Protest very quickly devolved into arson and looting, and this has been going on since last night. It’s quiet in the part of town where I live, but shit’s bonkers for sure.

    • GL

      Semi-completely off topic, my family is from Oldenburg Germany. Granted that was ~180 years ago. But hey, figured it was worth mentioning! Vehorn, Heitbrink, Heitkamp, Dahlinghaus… all family names. Awesome!

    • Jeremy Riegel

      Treadmills help. Before last month I’d run a mile without stopping literally three times in my life, but when I run on a treadmill I can do two miles easily. Potentially being launched into a wall is good motivation to not stop.

    • GoatForest

      Fuuuuck.

  • Óðinn

    That Archire song sounds like a bad parody of Dethklok.

  • Taylor

    Good: I took a day trip to Connecticut. My day was filled with trips to an aquarium, beach, boothe memorial museum, downtown Milford, and other fun adventures. I temporarily have YouTube red so I was able to jam some tunes that I don’t have on cd yet during the 2.5 hour trip up (and the other trip back home), and I pulled out some old cds I hadn’t heard in a while.

    Bad: I Got even more sunburned, which is annoying, and developed a sore throat from yelling music lyrics. It was a short trip, I was there for only ten hours.
    I temporarily got lost in the Bronx.

    Ugly: The money I dropped on gas in order to drive from philly to Milford and back again in one day in a depressingly inefficient van.
    Sunburn, a low cut shirt, and a seatbelt for five hours.

    • Joaquin Stick

      Ha, I was at a beach in Milford on the fourth. Weird.

      • Taylor

        That’s cool, haha. I hope you had more fun than I did. My beach excursion lasted all of 40 minutes before I remembered that I’m not a beach person.
        It was refreshing to just listen to the waves and not die of heatstroke, though.