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verushka70: I took this photo of a waterfall at dusk in Olympic National Park in 2009. (waterfall)
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Bob the nurse, Down To The Boe
verushka70: Modified publicity still puts Fraser and RayK closer together in a slashy moment. (F/K)
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end of summer cicada in rain

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inadvertently super slashy accidental Longmire S4 screencap
verushka70: Modified publicity still puts Fraser and RayK closer together in a slashy moment. (DS slash)
Look at these velcro-secured, wide "ankle straps for cable workouts".
neoprene ankle straps

I can't be the only one who immediately thought "bondage" upon seeing these... can I? I mean, come on. They're perfect restraints!

Just get a double snap bolt
double snap bolt

and you're in business.

A length of broom handle
broom handle
with eye screws
#6 eye screw 3 pack
and more double snap bolts, you've got a spreader bar.

Put 'em on your partner's wrists, attach a short length of chain, and now you can chain 'em to ceiling pipes in the basement. Get some long cable ties, you can hog tie someone.

So versatile! So cheap and DIY! I mean, the whole setup -- with everything above and 2 pair of "ankle straps" (for wrists and ankles) -- would be under $30-40, depending where you shop!

Oh, and I guess you could use 'em to work out, too.
:)
verushka70: I took this photo of a waterfall at dusk in Olympic National Park in 2009. (waterfall)
So I turned 50 at the end of November.

For reasons that don't need exploring at this juncture, a major 50th celebration wasn't happening... )

Out of many photos of other people's phones in the dark with a spotlighted blur of Hugh, I *did* finally get 2 decent pics.

I am totally going to see Headstones next time they're in Buffalo. Or Niagara.

I was already a huge fan. Now I am a CONVERT to their live shows. And next time, I'm taking Ride_4ever with me!!

Also long overdue: recap of my 2017 ficcing... eventually. It was surprisingly productive despite months of PT/OT for lateral epicondylitis & carpal tunnel of the R forearm from Oct. 2016 through June 2017. I even Big Banged in addition to the dSSS. Go, me.

verushka70: CKR's hands are just so damn sexy. (hand porn)
Has anyone out there flashed a custom ROM on your Android mobile phone? A friend of a friend has asked me to do this for his Samsung Galaxy S7 phone, so he can use it on any mobile carrier he wants.

I've never flashed a custom ROM before. I've been meaning to do it on my own Android (I hate the bloatware phones come with). The only reason I haven't flashed a custom ROM on my current (or past) phone is (1) fear of bricking my only phone (boo...), and (2) sheer laziness and procrastination.

Although I'm not completely up to date tech-wise, I'm not clueless... I've installed Linux on a few machines over the last decade; I'm ex-IT -- in my previous career/life, I used to do tech support and build/repair/upgrade PCs... I've replaced keyboards and screens on laptops and netbooks in the last several years... and I always upgrade the RAM in new laptops/netbooks because they never come with enough/maximum RAM (and I refuse to pay someone to be my nerd when I can be my own nerd).

So if you have... please comment on your experience. I'm curious as to how tricky/easy it was for you.

TYK!
verushka70: CKR laughs in this publicity photo outtake from Due South ep Strange Bedfellows. (CKR)
My sister sent this to me. One of her students sent it to her. It didn't really tell me anything I didn't already know... but it does spell it out in a nicely graphical way.

political leanings of publications
verushka70: CKR laughs in this publicity photo outtake from Due South ep Strange Bedfellows. (RayK)
Caught this on the Weather Network app on my Roku streaming device... thought I'd share the source from Youtube!

Truly Canadian: RCMP in red serge chasing a black bear

verushka70: I took this photo of a waterfall at dusk in Olympic National Park in 2009. (waterfall)
I actually began this in 2013. I worked on it more in 2014. It sat on my hard drive/cloud space since, and I periodically tweaked it over the years. I kept meaning to submit it to
http://older-not-dead.livejournal.com/
for an amnesty prompt, and kept forgetting. Remembered just the other day, July is an amnesty month over on http://older-not-dead.livejournal.com/, so I can post it! Yay.

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TITLE: Ground Rules
AUTHOR: verushka70
FANDOM: Heat (1995)
PAIRING: Vincent Hanna/Neil McCauley
GENRE: Slash
PROMPT: Amnesty -- Promptathon 05: love & hate, ?. ?/?. Special chemistry
RATING: Explicit
WORD COUNT: 6023
SUMMARY:Vincent glances over his shoulder once as he pisses. He meets Neil's eyes in the mirror over the sinks. When he does, he sees it in Neil's eyes. He will know when the time is right. There will be some sign from Neil. Vincent can feel it.
WARNINGS:(Canonical) presence of guns and ammo, which are not used for violence in the story.
TAGS: Alternate Universe, Enemies to Lovers, First Time, Fix-It, Missing Scene
DISCLAIMER: This is fair use.
NOTES:Possibly our most iconic (and hottest) Italian-American actors, in the same movie, with an actual scene together (unlike The Godfather), with some lovely, subtle enemy slash? I was so there.

Ground Rules at AO3.
verushka70: I took this photo of a waterfall at dusk in Olympic National Park in 2009. (waterfall)
So... when I heard Bryan Fuller (Hannibal, Wonderfalls, Pushing Daisies,
Dead Like Me -- all shows I LOVE) was doing American Gods, I decided to
read the novel first. Of course I procrastinated that.

I wanted to read it first because in the past, I've experienced a kind of
cognitive dissonance when I started watching a movie or series and
afterward read the book(s) (which came first) because the characters
described were somewhat different than as presented (and than the actors
cast) for the show or movie.

Consequently, I've avoided pre-show buzz. All I knew was that Ian McShane
was cast. Of course, less than 20 pages into the book, I knew what role
*he* was playing... heh.

So over the last week (ish), in between beta-ing efforts, I've been reading
(and listening to, when I couldn't read) Neil Gaiman's American Gods.

What an insane, lovely, sprawling, chaotic, fantastic novel. Having
received a color plate book of The Ring of the Nibelung from my brother in
high school (illustrated by the Hillebrandt brothers, big deal fantasy
illustrators back in the 70s/80s) helped me get some of the mythology, but
it isn't necessary, and in fact, knowing what I knew about Loki (the
mythological creature, not the comic book/movieverse character) was a bit
of a spoiler because, well, he's *Loki*.

(Let's put it this way: back when I worked in IT, we would name our various
servers all kinds of interesting names... but our boss was not pleased when
a couple of the network analysts wanted to name one of the background
servers Loki. "You're going to curse it to crashing a lot," she said. It
didn't, but we all saw her point.)

Never read anything by Gaiman before (terrible omission, I know, but I
haven't really called myself a scifi fan for a couple decades). But now I'm
primed to tackle some other stuff by him.

I know I tried reading some of his stuff in the 90s, but I couldn't get
into it. I think that was my ADD really taking hold though. Or just too
much other shit going on. At any rate. Here we go!

\o/
verushka70: CKR's hands are just so damn sexy. (CKR's hands)
I don't usually do memes, but I saw Ride-4ever's and thought, what the hey, I'll try it. The results are pretty all-over-the-place, probably because they span across dS, TW, True Detective, Moonlight, the Vampire Diaries, and Longmire fanfics -- two of which are crossovers.


Damon had found it early on while lazily snooping among Elena’s things in her room for signs of the depth of Stefan’s infatuation.

When he comes home for Christmas from college and Walt calls him and says they should get dinner, Henry's heartbeat accelerates and he feels his face warm.

They spend more time on the Rez than in Durant because the Rez is somewhat more tolerant and slightly less suspicious or panicked by one white boy on their land than whites are by a lone Indian boy.

It's dusk but there is still enough light to track and a full moon is on the rise.

They are chasing and tackling each other, then "wrassling" (as Walt's mother puts it) until one or the other gives in, buzzing with teen hijinks and the general good humor Walt exhibits more the farther from home he is.

The pounding on his door this close to sunrise startled Josef.

It was late, but Josef's vampire companions – the “up all night” party atmosphere – had eased Mick's discomfort with himself.

"There is a reason to have locks on doors," Henry murmurs.

Ray’s tiredness and color lately alarms Fraser.

Henry has done what he could to interrupt Walt's workaholic isolation, cautiously and platonically -- dropping off food, cajoling Walt to go hunting or fishing or just riding through the Bighorns.

Her hair was not wild and thick.

“You clear my schedule for the next hour?”

"That breakfast buffet was the only reason to go to that opening address, and it wasn't even good," Ray muttered, looking at the schedule of speakers, seminars, and breakout sessions for the next two days of the conference.

They get to wherever in the sticks of the bayou they're supposed to be.

It was one thing to be a rookie.

Exhausted from lacrosse practice, Stiles climbs the stairs up to his room slowly, his bookbag feeling like a ton of bricks.

"I'm telling you, they're natural enemies, Fraser," Ray grumbled from the couch, watching Dief walk over to Turtle's tank.

The failure of previous relationships to turn out like he'd hoped (let alone their tendency to turn out disastrously) has taught Derek to have exactly zero expectations from any encounter with anyone.

It is not Stiles' fault if he notices everything.

Tonight Ray will do it.
verushka70: CKR laughs in this publicity photo outtake from Due South ep Strange Bedfellows. (RayK)
Recently, Ride_4ever reminded me that a past dS fic (on a 10-year-old LJ comm related to DS_Match), "I'm here...", wasn't up on AO3. So I imported it to AO3.

Rating: Mature
Category: M/M
Fandom: due South
Relationship: Benton Fraser/Ray Kowalski
Additional Tags: Touching, Angst with a Happy Ending
Originally published: 2007-11-18 (backdated)
Words: 4698
Title: I'm here. You're here. They're gone.

Summary:

Ray shakes his head, closing his eyes, as if to say he has the patience of a saint but he won't forever.

"Frase -- stop -- don't apologize." He clenches his jaw, unclenches his jaw, runs a hand through his hair and opens his eyes to stare moodily at Fraser. "Get in here."

Story at AO3
verushka70: Veronica smiles smugly before giving the finger (Veronica Mars movie)
So I finally watched Suicide Squad on my HBO-only cable& internet subscription.

So...
Harley Quinn's deepest desire is... SPOILERS )
verushka70: S4E1 Walt alone silhouette wearing hat and holding shotgun (Walt-silhouette-hat-shotgun)
I posted some mostly low wordage fics to AO3 in March. Though completed/posted in March, they were not necessarily written this month; some were in the works for a while. I'm indebted to Tarlan for beta-ing the Moonlight fics and to Ride_4ever for both beta-ing the Longmire fics and coming up with the ficlet series title.

We also dedicated the Longmire ficlets to Zen because Zen turned Ride on to Longmire, and Ride turned me onto Longmire -- so my Longmire fics truly would not exist without Zen, and I would've missed all the wonderful older_not_dead slash on Longmire.

I chose not to use archive warnings on the Longmire teen slash. Stories are tagged/rated appropriately. here be ficlets )



verushka70: CKR laughs in this publicity photo outtake from Due South ep Strange Bedfellows. (CKR)
So yesterday on my break, an African-American co-worker asked my opinion on something. She asked what I thought "bromance" meant.

I told her as far as I knew it was from reviews of the first Hangover movie, and it means 'male besties.' (I later found out I am wrong; it actually dates back to the 1990s, according to Wikipedia.) I also said it has been applied to things like Brokeback Mountain (I had read that in more than a few articles about BBM, though I felt that was an incorrect usage; the point of "bromance" is that it's nonsexual).

She explained that her 12th grade son's teacher described him, in front of his entire class, as being in a 'bromance' with his best friend. This led to all his classmates teasing him relentlessly about being gay ('you know, in our culture, that's not acceptable,' she told me), until one kid took it too far, which culminated in a fistfight with her son.

The fistfight unfortunately occurred at a time when some inspection of the school was happening, and the inspectors observed it, which reflected badly on the school. Now the school wants to suspend and possibly expel him.

She mentioned her son is on the honor roll and she thinks this is really unfair, given that it was the teacher's comment that started the whole thing. He is getting harassed on social media too, she added. She said she tried talking to the principal, who blew her off, saying her son shouldn't have taken it the way he did (and didn't address the fact that the other kids also took it that way. The principal said two of the male teachers in the school have also been described as in a "bromance" and didn't take offense. She asked me what I thought, what she could do.

I asked her [which was my immediate first guess]: Was it a white teacher who said it?
She said, Yes.

I said, Well, that would explain why this all happened. Try to explain to them that it means a different thing in white culture than in black culture, and due to the cultural differences, this teacher's statement had a negative social impact for your son, to the point that he is being teased and harassed constantly about it. And it sounds like the school is retaliating for your son's fight happening at the same time as the inspection, making the school look bad. If it had not happened at that time, would they be this harsh? She said she didn't know, but she though not.

I said I know teens take stuff to heart and are really sensitive, and combined with the cultural difference in the meaning, it's clear all his classmates took it the same way he did, which she should bring to the attention of the people she has to talk to. In other words, it's NOT just her son who interpreted "bromance"="gay", but his peers do, too.

We both lamented how stubborn and sensitive teens are, and she worried out loud that this would derail the progress he's made (it's only his 2nd year at this school - they moved into district last year).

She said she would try using the cultural difference angle in her last resort to try to avoid her son getting suspended or expelled: talking to a board member.

I personally think it was kind of inappropriate for the teacher to use the term "bromance" anyway because of the possible connotations it could have, in any culture. However, I'm sure she didn't mean it in a negative way. But it's not just what you say but how it comes across, and maybe it was culturally insensitive of the teacher, though I have to say, I was unaware that African-Americans interpret "bromance" to mean "gay" until this conversation. But I can see why people from any culture might perceive it that way -- it's got the word "romance" in it.

I'm fully aware if you said it to most white adult males they would likely not be bothered. However, I wonder if teenaged white boys would feel differently and interpret it as "gay," too.

Adolescence is such a terrible time of caring so much what other people think of you, first and foremost your peers.

But I'm wondering what other people think. Does "bromance" have a culture-bound meaning/interpretation? or an age-related meaning/interpretation?

What do you think?
verushka70: Veronica gives the finger to an asshole (lipstick flip-off)
I should've gone to bed like half an hour ago. I have to be at work at 6:30am. But I thought I'd catch Elementary.

Which continues to disappoint. I haven't even been keeping up with it this season. I watched the premiere of S5 and then it was catch as catch can -- if I caught it, I watched it; if not, oh well.

The introduction of yet another sidekick this season was pretty meh; it's become a show formula now. Whatevs. (I was glad to see Nelsan Ellis as Shinwell because I hadn't seen him since True Blood. Crossover with Lucifer so he can be together again with Kevin Alejandro/Det. Douchebag (as Lucifer calls him)? Heh, I haven't even looked for that fic, but I bet it exists!)

ANYHOO... my disappointment tonight boils down to the inevitable biological destiny writers can't seem to help imposing on the most kickass female characters.

(So help me deity/ies, if they do that to Jessica Jones, I WILL FUCKING SCREAM AND THROW THINGS)

SPOILERS FOR ELEMENTARY 5X15 text )
verushka70: I took this photo of a waterfall at dusk in Olympic National Park in 2009. (waterfall)
A friend sent me the link to this fascinating article ("Even good bots fight" on PLoS One) on bot behavior from Oxford researchers. I had no idea how embedded online bot activity is. The sheer volume of their activity is almost frightening: responsible for some 24% of Tweets in 2009; 54% of online ad campaigns in 2012 and 2013 were viewed by bots (which I'm sure advertisers didn't take into account, lol).

From the intro to the PLoS article:
"...bots have been responsible for an increasingly larger proportion of activities on the Web. For example, one study found that 25% of all messages on Yahoo! chat over a period of three months in 2007 were sent by spam bots [9]. Another study discovered that 32% of all tweets made by the most active Twitter users in 2009 were generated by bots [10], meaning that bots were responsible for an estimated 24% of all tweets [11]. Further, researchers estimated that bots comprise between 4% and 7% of the avatars on the virtual world Second Life in 2009 [12].

A media analytics company found that 54% of the online ads shown in thousands of ad campaigns in 2012 and 2013 were viewed by bots, rather than humans [13]. According to an online security company, bots accounted for 48.5% of website visits in 2015 [14]. Also in 2015, 100,000 accounts on the multi-player online game World of Warcraft (about 1% of all accounts) were banned for using bots [15]. And in the same year, a database leak revealed that more than 70,000 “female” bots sent more than 20 million messages on the cheater dating site Ashley Madison [16]. "

And you thought all they did was spam you with Viagra, foreign pharmacy, and upfront-fee phishing scams!
more about bot behavior, including culturally distinct online environment bot behavior )
verushka70: CKR's hands are just so damn sexy. (CKR's hands)
So in the last 12 years when a ton of shit happened to me IRL (mostly repetitive strain injury-related, then a terrible combination of aging/sick parent related with job loss/layoff with returning to school/switching fields/careers), I fell of the Internet and out of fandom stuff for much of that time. I started to fall off around 2003-2004 due to severe bilateral tendinitis, and my absence was probably longest/participation was lowest from 2005 to around 2010 or 2011.

explanation of how I didn't know about terms like cis and non-binary and ace until I returned to online fandom and encountered these terms on Tumblr, with some history of my fannishness and love of slash and how the latter brought me into the former more than a couple decades ago )

But what do we call ourselves? Do we have a name outside fandom, in the larger world, or in academia or gender studies? Do women who love slash have a term specific just to the love of slash? (Was there ever an archaic term for this, like from centuries ago? because that would be so cool... though I doubt that women of yore were able to be "out"/open about how they felt about seeing two dudes together, at least not if they found it super-sexy and squee-worthy.)

If there is a term for "women who enjoy contemplating/imagining two men being romantically &/or sexually involved with each other," is that terminology dependent on how we identify sexuality-wise? (given that there seem to be as many LGBTQ women who dig slash as there are vanilla het chicks, possibly more, that seems unlikely)

Is liking slash it's own thing, separate and apart from gender and sexuality? (Are there male slash fen? who aren't LGBTQ? IDEK -- I truly don't. Would this term -- if one other than "slash fan/fen" exists -- apply to those guys as well as us females, or would any such terms distinguish between the genders of the slash-admirers?

Maybe cis and non-binary and ace are terminology formed within that particular confluence of university studies and fandom (that's certainly where I was and what I was doing when I got into fandom).

But "slash" was a term before people were able to get slash stories through email lists or off the 'net. (I am familiar with the history of the term "slash" and origins in fandoms like original ST or MUNCLE.)

Yaoi (as a term) became popular in the late 90s, but that more describes the genre itself, than us women who love it. (And I can't say I personally relate much to yaoi for the simple fact that 99.9 times out of 100, I am not into boy/boy or tween/tween m/m... For me personally, at least one of the "m"s in "m/m" has to be an actual adult man -- YMMV -- Plus I'm not a manga/anime fan, unless you count a crush on Racer X when I was about 6 years old... I totally ditched Speed Racer for Racer X *g*!).

While such a term might be specifically about fans who like to contemplate m/m romance/sex, I would think it Could not be exclusively about watching/contemplating m/m couples being romantic &/or having sex -- because so much slashfic in so many different fandoms is PG rated with no sex at all, or primarily portrays the m/m relationship as deep partnership/friendship expanding into the realm of more than platonic love, yet less than explicitly sexual.

So... It's an interesting question, and I really don't know the answer. This isn't the first time I've pondered this in the last several months... it's just that I finally bothered to post the question.

I suppose I am fine with the term "slash fan" -- I just wondered if there was another term.

(I do object somewhat to the term "slasher" even though it is most expedient, but only because of the potentially violent connotations of "slashing" and "slashers.")
verushka70: S4E1 screen cap Henry holds Walt down (holds-Walt-down)
So I ficced some more in January... I'm trying to hang on to that momentum.

~ ~ ~

(Not Quite) Roughing It (on AO3)
Fandoms: Longmire (TV)

Slash - Walt Longmire/Henry Standing Bear
Characters - Walt Longmire, Henry Standing Bear, The Ferg (Longmire), Victoria "Vic" Moretti,
Tags - Affection, Nature, Camping

Teen And Up Audiences, No Warnings Apply

Summary: They stare into the fire, tucked snugly against each other despite layers and jackets. Their arms tighten around each other. Henry looks up at the inky, moonless sky, millions of bright stars hemmed in only by the dark silhouettes of the tree tops around them and the mountains beyond.

Words: 2,549

(Not Quite) Roughing It (on AO3)
Fandoms: Longmire (TV)

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A Suitable Alternative by verushka70
Fandoms: due South
Slash - Benton Fraser/Ray Kowalski
Characters - Diefenbaker, Benton Fraser, Ray Kowalski
Alternate Universe - Vampire, Community: ds_snippets | dsc6dsnippets

Explicit, No Warnings Apply

Summary: “Take it.” Ray shoves his wrist higher under Fraser’s nose, the scent of his blood enticing. “Your eyes -- you're fanged out –- drink!”

Words: 298

A Suitable Alternative (on AO3)

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Finally, Goran Višnjić: So I've been watching Timeless... and, wow, guh, hot older 40 man. Like, Tyler Hoechlin-ish (almost complete with the eyes, though they don't light his eyes properly to highlight their strange color), but almost 20 yrs older. HOT. I'll have to go back and watch all the ER eps I never saw him in because after I became an RN I stopped watching all medical shows because everything is so medically inaccurate 99% of the time and MDs are continually shown doing stuff they never do which is almost always done by RNs (like administering chemo, drawing blood, starting IVs, chest compressions, giving resuscitation meds... I could go on... sure, the doctor orders the meds or whatnot and intubates the patient for resuscitation, but RNs will keep you alive until he/she gets you intubated).

But supposedly ER had an RN consultant for accuracy. So I might give it a shot now. Because Goran is muy caliente. I think the first thing I saw Goran in was Practical Magic with Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman, but even though he was hot in that, he was also violent and creepy. Maybe I should've watched more ER -- it had some critical
acclaim, iirc -- but I was too busy watching ST:TNG, X-Files, and BTVS (not to mention Forever Knight and due South in the 90s), lol.

Prime-time medical soap opera wasn't on my radar... if it's not scifi or supernatural, I gravitate to cop shows, it seems -- or vampire cop shows, lol, since slightly more than a decade after Forever Knight was cancelled, Moonlight came along with Jason Dohring and Alex O'Loughlin both playing vampires. Ironically, Moonlight was the first thing I saw
Abigail Spencer in, and now she is a lead character on Timeless, which is the show that has rekindled my lust for Goran Višnjić.

FULL CIRCLE! \o/ My ADD brain <3s that.
verushka70: S4E1 Walt alone silhouette wearing hat and holding shotgun (Default)
I found out from this post that LJ has removed the secure https login, leaving only the insecure http login

So all LJ passwords have likely been or will be harvested for hacking.

GOD DAMN IT TO HELL.

I'm off to DW. My LJ updates will be READ ONLY x-posts from DW. Do not comment here any longer, please -- you won't get a reply!

ETA: As I understand it from LJ's own OpenID login FAQ, one can use OpenID on LJ because using an OpenID login/password completely bypasses. The relevent section says:

Identity accounts use a trust relationship between LiveJournal and the identity service to allow you to comment on LiveJournal using an identity others will recognize without having to create a standard LiveJournal account. LiveJournal does not gain access to your password for the identity service and the identity service does not gain access to your LiveJournal password if you have one.

So, for those comms that don't have a backup/sister comm on DW, I'm going to use my OpenID login to LJ.

If your OpenID is through LiveJournal, your password goes through Livejournal -- through the less secure http standard, which is easy to hack for password theft.

If your OpenID is through another OpenID identity service -- such as Google/Gmail -- your password does not go through Livejournal, it goes to your OpenID identity service, which should use https (Google/Gmail does).


I hope that clarifies somewhat... I know it is confusing!

This also means I have to use Gmail Circles, which I kind of loathe (and don't use). But whatever... at least it's more secure.
verushka70: S4E1 Walt alone silhouette wearing hat and holding shotgun (Default)
If you're undecided about going to the protest in your city/area Saturday 1/21, read this.

This is not political, it is personal.

I've been to several protests in my adult life: more than many people; way, way less than some.

I'm pushing 50 and I still go to protests sometimes. This is one of those times.

From past experience, I know when I attend a protest, I will:

1) feel BETTER!
2) SEE that I AM NOT ALONE!
3) take ACTION/avoid passivity (and the hopelessness that goes with it)!
4) feel HOPE!
5) be with a lot of like-minded people!
6) feel COMFORTED by the SHEER NUMBERS of like-minded people!
7) be INSPIRED and AWESTRUCK at the COLLECTIVE ACTION!
8) COUNT AS ONLY ONE AMONG MANY (hundreds, thousands, maybe tens of thousands)!
9) BE HEARD and IN THEIR FACE and MAKE THEM DEAL WITH ME/US!
10) EXERCISE my damn CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS TO ASSEMBLE AND TO FREE SPEECH!

There is nothing like the awesome, hopeful, energized, and (perhaps unexpectedly/oddly) patriotic emotions you feel when you and tons of other like-minded people take over the streets of your city or your capitol.

It's one thing to know abstractly you're not alone; SEEING you are not alone is UPLIFTING!

HEARING hundreds or thousands of people chanting, throwing your voice in with theirs, is GALVANIZING!

It is almost tribal in a way and it is AWESOME! You feel a kind of "social high" from collective activity with other people.

Everyone agrees on the protest issue, so everyone is friendly, supportive, and nice to each other!

You'll see and meet a ton of cool people, maybe make new friends and/or run into old ones!

So if you're undecided, do the thing that will make you feel better: MARCH. PROTEST. Make your voice HEARD.

You will literally feel better, psychologically and physically.

You really will.

And you'll know you aren't alone.

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