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The COMPLETE Year-By-Year Jamiroquai Tour History META Year #15 2006

2020.09.22 10:59 JamiroFan2000 The COMPLETE Year-By-Year Jamiroquai Tour History META Year #15 2006

Hello Jamiroquai!
This is the eleventh META post for a new expansive series I have been wanting to do for some time for the subreddit, "The COMPLETE Year-By-Year Jamiroquai Tour History META'! This information will be eventually added to the Jamiroquai WIKI Page in it's entirety in the future but for the time being, it will be a recurring post series.
All of this information is being imparted to us from the Funkin Site fansite, massive thanks to my pal David Rowe for collecting all this important tour information during the nearly past +30 years of the band history, I hope everyone in the Reddit Jamily enjoys this & MUCH MORE TO COME! Cheers Reddit Jamily!

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The COMPLETE Year-By-Year Jamiroquai Tour History META Year #15: 2006:

2006

Date Of Gig Country Concert & Additional Info
16 Feb 06 (Thu) Italy, Torino, Piazza Castello, Torino Festival, 2006 Winter Olympics Performed: Canned Heat, Space Cowboy, Revolution 1993, Little L, Dynamite, Use The Force, Love Foolosophy, Main Vein/Time Won't Wait, Don't Give Hate A Chance, Alright, Deeper Underground. Jamiroquai performed at Piazza Castello, the medals plaza of the Olympic Winter Games in Torino, Italy as part of what organisers called the "Torino Festival". Between 11 and 25 February the medals plaza hosted a "show with the best stars of the international music scene." Other acts performing included Duran Duran and Anastacia.
22 Mar 06 (Wed) Argentina, Buenos Aires, Club Ciudad de Buenos Aires Performed: Canned Heat, Space Cowboy, Cosmic Girl, Revolution 1993, Little L, High Times, You Give Me Something, Dynamite, Use The Force, Black Capricorn Day, 2001, Love Foolosophy/Main Vein, Time Won't Wait, (Don't) Give Hate A Chance, Alright, Deeper Underground. This concert was originally announced as being held at the Pepsi Music Stadium in Buenos Aires but was then changed to the 30,000 capacity Club Ciudad de Buenos Aires a few days later. According to the Ticketek.com.ar website, tickets sold out within 10 days.
24 Mar 06 (Fri) Brazil, Sao Paulo, Credicard Arena Performed: Canned Heat, Space Cowboy, Cosmic Girl, Revolution 1993, Little L, Seven Days In Sunny June, High Times, Dynamite, Use The Force, Black Capricorn Day, 2001, Love Foolosophy/Main Vein, Time Won't Wait, (Don't) Give Hate A Chance, Alright, Deeper Underground
25 Mar 06 (Sat Brazil, Rio de Janiero, Claro Hall Performed: Canned Heat, Space Cowboy, Cosmic Girl, Revolution 1993, Little L, Seven Days In Sunny June, You Give Me Something, Dynamite, Use The Force, 2001, Black Capricorn Day, Love Foolosophy, Main Vein, Time Won't Wait, (Don't) Give Hate a Chance, Alright, Deeper Underground
28 Mar 06 (Tue) Venezuela, Caracas, Poliedro de Caracas Performed: Canned Heat, Space Cowboy, Cosmic Girl, Revolution 1993, Little L, Seven Day In Sunny June, High Times, You Give Me Something, Dynamite, Use The Force, Black Capricorn Day, Love Foolosophy, Main Vein/Time Won't Wait, Alright, Don't Give Hate A Chance, Deeper Underground
30 Mar 06 (Thu) Colombia, Bogota, Parque Jaime Duque Performed: Canned Heat, Space Cowboy, Cosmic Girl, Corner Of The Earth, Revolution 1993, Little L, Seven Days In Sunny June, You Give Me Something, Dynamite, Use The Force, Black Capricorn Day, Love Foolosophy/Time Won't Wait, (Don't) Give Hate A Chance, Virtual Insanity, Alright, Deeper Underground. Originally announced as 29 March but was changed to the following day. The venue was originally set to be Rodzio de La Caro, until two weeks prior to the gig the band changed to a much larger venue - Parque Jaime Duque.
01 Apr 06 (Sat) Costa Rica, San Jose, Autodromo la Guasima, Festival Imperial Performed: Canned Heat, Space Cowboy, Cosmic Girl, Revolution 1993, Little L, Seven Days In Sunny June, High Times, Dynamite, Use The Force, Black Capricorn Day, Love Foolosophy/Main Vein, Time Won't Wait, Don't Give Hate A Chance, Alright, Deeper Underground
05 Apr 06 (Wed) Mexico, Mexico City, National Auditorium Performed: Canned Heat, Space Cowboy, Cosmic Girl, Revolution 1993, Little L, Seven Days In Sunny June, You Give Me Something, Dynamite, Use The Force, Black Capricorn Day, Love Foolosophy, Main Vein/Time Won't Wait, Don't Give Hate A Chance, Deeper Underground
13 Apr 06 (Thu) United Arab Emirates, Dubai, Dubai Media City Amphitheatre Performed: Canned Heat, Space Cowboy, Cosmic Girl, Revolution 1993, Little L, Seven Days In Sunny June, You Give Me Something, Dynamite, Use The Force, Black Capricorn Day, Love Foolosophy, Main Vein/Time Won't Wait, (Don't) Give Hate A Chance, Alright, Deeper Underground
22 May 06 (Mon) Spain, Barcelona, Parc del Fòrum, Laureus World Sports Awards (tv) Performed: Cosmic Girl, Space Cowboy, Love Foolosophy. The seventh annual Laureus World Sports Awards, which honours the world's best sportsmen and women, will be held in Barcelona, Spain, from May 20-22, 2006. Laureus TV programming annually attracts an audience of over one billion. www.laureus.com. Jamiroquai's backing singers (Lorraine, Hazel, Sam) were not present at this performance.
26 May 06 (Fri) Portugal, Lisbon, Rock in Rio Performed: Canned Heat, Space Cowboy, Cosmic Girl, Revolution 1993, Little L, Use The Force, Love Foolosophy/Main Vein, Time Won't Wait, Alright, Deeper Underground. Jamiroquai are one of the artists performing on the first day of this festival, which takes place over five days. http://rockinrio-lisboa.sapo.pt/. Following the concert, which was streamed live by AOL and broadcast on a number of radio stations around the world, the band headed into a small studio backstage to record some tracks for an AOL "session" where they performed Black Crow and Love Foolosophy.
02 Jun 06 (Fri) Germany, Nürburgring, Rock am Ring Performed: Canned Heat, Space Cowboy, Cosmic Girl, Revolution 1993, Little L, Black Devil Car, Love Fool, Black Capricorn Day, Alright, Time Won't Wait
04 Jun 06 (Sun) Germany, Nürnberg, Rock im Park No Info
15 Jun 06 (Thu) * Russia, Saint Petersburg, Ice Palace* No Info
18 Jun 06 (Sun) *Russia, Moscow, Olympiski No Info
20 Jun 06 (Tue) Ukraine, Kiev, Palace Of Sports No Info
22 Jun 06 (Thu) Georgia, Tbilisi, Philharmonic Concert Hall, Tbilisi Jazz Festival Performed: Canned Heat, Space Cowboy, Cosmic Girl, Revolution 1993, Little L, Black Crow, High Times, You Give Me Something, Use The Force, Black Capricorn Day, Travelling Without Moving, Love Foolosophy/Time Won't Wait, (Don't) Give Hate A Chance, Alright, Deeper Underground
02 Jul 06 (Sun) Italy, Palermo (Sicily), Velodromo Borsellino No Info
03 Jul 06 (Mon) Italy, Trani (Bari), Monastero Di Colonna Performed:Canned Heat, Space Cowboy, Cosmic Girl, Revolution 1993, Black Crow, Little L, Travelling Without Moving, You Give Me Something, Use The Force, Black Capricorn Day, Love Foolosophy / Main Vein, Time Won't Wait, High Times, Alright, Deeper Underground
12 Jul 06 (Wed) France, Ile du Gaou, Six Fours, Voix du Gaou festival Performed: Canned Heat, Space Cowboy, Travelling Without Moving, You Give Me Something, Revolution 1993, Black Crow, Little L, Dynamite, Soul Education, High Times, Black Capricorn Day, Use The Force, Love Foolosophy / Main Vein, Time Won't Wait, Alright, Deeper Underground. The concert was not listed at Jamiroquai.com when the European tour dates were confirmed at the start of June. It was finally confirmed by Jamiroquai.com a few days before the festival.
14 Jul 06 (Fri) Netherlands, Rotterdam, Ahoy, North Sea Jazz Festival Performed: Canned Heat, Space Cowboy, Revolution 1993, Dynamite, Soul Education, Alright, Travelling Without Moving, High Times, Use The Force, Black Capricorn Day, Love Foolosophy, Main Vein, Time Won't Wait
23 Jul 06 (Sun) UK, London, Victoria Park, Lovebox Weekender festival Performed: (Don't) Give Hate A Chance, Space Cowboy, Revolution 1993, If I Like It I Do It, Alright, Soul Education, Stillness In Time, Hot Tequila Brown, Travelling Without Moving, Use The Force, Black Capricorn Day, Love Foolosophy, Main Vein/Time Won't Wait, Deeper Underground. Jamiroquai headlined the main stage on the second day of this festival, held in East London. Ex-Jamiroquai bass player Stuart Zender was at the festival (performing with Mark Ronson's band) and watch Jamiroquai's performance from the front.
29 Jul 06 (Sat) Portugal, Azores, Festival De Ponta Delgada No Info
05 Aug 06 (Sat) Portugal, Madeira, Madeira Live Festival No Info
10 Aug 06 (Thu) Belgium, Lokeren, Lokerse Feesten Performed: Canned Heat, Space Cowboy, Revolution, Little L Dynamite, Use The Force, Black Capricorn Day, Travelling Without Moving, Love Foolosophy, Time Won't Wait, (Don't) Give Hate A Chance, Alright, Deeper Underground
12 Aug 06 (Sat) Denmark, Skanderborg, Dyrehaven, Skanderborg Festival The festival is held between 9 and 13 August.
14 Aug 06 (Mon) France, Colmar, La Foire aux Vins Performed: Canned Heat, Space Cowboy, Revolution, If I Like It I Do It, Little L, Hot Tequila Brown, Dynamite, Use The Force, Black Capricorn Day, Travelling Without Moving, Love Foolosophy, Time Won't Wait, (Don't) Give Hate A Chance, Alright, Deeper Underground
16 Aug 06 (Wed) Switzerland, Avenches, Rock Oz'Arenes No Info
19 Aug 06 (Sat) Switzerland, Littisberg, Open Air Tufertschwil Performed: Canned Heat, Space Cowboy, Revolution 1993, If I Like It I Just Do It, Little L, Black Crow, Use The Force, Black Capricorn Day, Travelling Without Moving, Love Foolosophy, Mein Vein, Time Won't Wait, (Don't) Give Hate A Chance, Deeper Underground
07 Oct 06 (Sat) UK, London, Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway (tv) Performed: Runaway. Broadcast on ITV1 (UK).
11 Oct 06 (Wed) UK, London (Camden), Roundhouse, Vodafone Live Music Awards Performed: Runaway, Love Foolosophy. Jamiroquai are one of the acts performing at the this awards ceremony.
25 Oct 06 (Wed) UK, London (Camden), Jazz Cafe, BBC Electric Proms Performed: High Times, Space Cowboy, If I Like It I Just Do, Emergency On Planet Earth, Seven Days In Sunny June, Black Capricorn Day, Canned Heat, Use The Force, Traveling Without Moving, Runaway, Virtual Insanity. Announced on 17 September, Jamiroquai are performing as part of the BBC Electric Proms music festival. Tickets could not be bought for the concert and were only available to competition winners and guests. Performing with the band on brass were - Trumpet: Colin Graham, Sax: Finn Peters, Trombone: Trevor Mires. Hazel Fernandez did not perform backing vocals and was replaced by Beverly Brown. The band performed a set to a crowd of approximately 200 people and the gig was broadcast live on BBC Radio 1Xtra.
27 Oct 06 (Fri) UK, London, Abbey Road, Live From Abbey Road (tv) (recording date) Performed: Canned Heat, Love Foolosophy, Travelling Without Moving, Runaway. Jamiroquai recorded a number of tracks for this new UK television show. Celebrating the renowned studio's 75th anniversary, the series will feature performances from a range of new and established artists. The series will debut on More4, ahead of its Channel 4 transmission. The show will have no studio audience or presenter with acts bringing their own engineers and given one day to record the sessions.
01 Nov 06 (Wed) UK, London, T4 (tv) (recording date) Performed: Runaway. Recording and interview - first broadcast on 5 November as part of T4 television show.
03 Nov 06 (Fri) France, Paris, Star Academy Performed: Cosmic Girl, Runaway. Cosmic Girl was performed with one of the contestants from the show, and then later on the band played Runaway.
04 Nov 06 (Sat) UK, London, BBC Television Centre, Strictly Come Dancing (tv) Performed: Canned Heat. Jamiroquai are the musical guest on UK television show "Strictly Come Dancing", broadcast live on BBC television.
05 Nov 06 (Sun) Spain, Barcelona, Operacion Triunfo (tv) Performed: Cosmic Girl. Jamiroquai performed on this television show and were also briefly interviewed.
14 Nov 06 (Tue) UK, London, BBC Radio 2 Ken Bruce show (radio) Performed: Runaway, Little L, Canned Heat, Travelling Without Moving, Love Foolosophy, Cosmic Girl. Live session for BBC Radio 2.
16 Nov 06 (Thu) UK,London, Mean Fiddler Performed: Space Cowboy, Canned Heat, If I Like It I Do it, Little L, Alright, Black Capricorn Day, Love Foolosophy, Travelling Without Moving, Deeper Underground, Runaway. Promotional gig organized by Capital Radio in London.
17 Nov 06 (Fri) UK, London, BBC Television Centre, BBC Children In Need (tv) Performed: Love Foolosophy, Runaway. Jamiroquai were one of a number of acts performing outside the BBC Television Centre in London in aid of the BBC Children In Need Appeal. The performance of Love Foolosophy was broadcast on BBC television later that night.
20 Nov 06 (Mon) UK, London (Camden), KOKO, The Album Chart Show (tv) (recording date) Performed: Love Foolosophy, High Times (not fully performed), Use The Force, Travelling Without Moving, Runaway, Deeper Underground. The band had to stop playing High Times part way through, which I understand was because of a problem with the sound coming from Jay's 'monitor' speakers (the ones in front of him on stage). They had intended to record the song again after their set but in the end they didn't.
25 Nov 06 (Sat) UK, London, Alexandra Palace This was a private gig for employees of the Carphone Warehouse group of companies in the UK.
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2020.09.07 04:38 500scnds [Table] My name is Paolo Cattaneo. 5 years ago I quit my job, sold everything I had and embarked in a trip around the world on a motorcycle. Rode for almost 185000 km. Still going! Here to answer question about self sustained living on the road and long distance solo travelling. AmA! (pt 1)

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How much does this lifestyle cost you on average? Obviously it will vary by location Since the most asked question will be probably this one, I decided to break it down mathematically so, hopefully, it would be more transparent for everybody.
I don't think I could summarize with an average how much I spent per month, since the delta from month to month was absolutely unpredictable. But somehow everybody seems to love maths so... There you go.
A couple of things first: 1) different countries have different cost for food, accommodation, fuel and spare parts so to make an average, it s actually quite hard. For instance, a country like Peru cannot be compared in terms of costs with a country like the Netherlands in all terms. 2) when I travel, I am not on vacation. Just because I visit places and don't work, doesn't mean I can afford things like people that go on vacation for 2 weeks. People on holidays usually maintain the same level of comfort they have at home, or even improve it, righteously spoiling themselves, for the few days they have off in a year. I do the exact opposite. I spoil myself by not having to go to work.
Hence, there are 3 major costs in travelling on a motorcycles are: 1) fuel and bike parts (tyres, oil, filters, etc) 2) accommodation 3) food
These are also in order of importance. Fuel and bike maintenance guarantees the continuity of the journey so, those have the absolute priority. Where I sleep or what I eat, do not matter much. I will survive whatever I eat and wherever I sleep. It's incredible what our body can do end endure.
After a year of travelling I found out that, because my life and routine changed completely, I didn't need 3 meals a day anymore. Removing 1 meal a day allowed me to save a lot of money in the long run. It is a sacrifice but it is doable and It is super practical. I also found fasting good for the mind.
Sleeping arrangements could also affect greatly on your expenditures so, depending on countries and weather conditions, I usually opt to sleep in my tent or in hostels. Sometimes I do couchsurfing or stay at other motorcyclists houses, friends, friends of friends, etc. I ve also slept at complete strangers houses that i met on the road and that were reaching out simply to help. It s unbelievable how many people, just want to give you a hand. It s impossible to explain it. You have to see it yourself to believe it.
The cheap hostel in Peru would cost $5-6 a night, while in the USA $25.
In this sense, I estimated an average of 10 USD a night for accommodation for and average of 20 days per month. Again, It is a rough estimate. Let s say the other 10 days I sleep at people's houses, or in my tent or couchsurfing (so at no cost). Foodwise I usually drink a coffee (I carry my own little Italian coffee machine) in the am, with a piece of bread or instant oatmeal. Then I ride the whole day and reach my destination at 4-5 pm. I then eat. I mostly eat vegetarian but i occasionally have meat. I mostly shop at cheap supermarkets or local markets. Vegetables are cheap and nutritious and available all over the world. And so is pasta and rice. This whole thing costs me let s say 10 USD a day.
So for Food and Accommodation I roughly spend 500 USD. Then there's fuel. Fuel costs can vary from country to country but, for the sake of it, let s put fuel price at 1.2 USD a liter (4.5 USD a gallon). My bike in standard riding conditions does 20km per liter of fuel. In 5 years I rode 180000 km. That's 36000 a year. That s 3000 a month. So 3000/20 = 150 liters. 150 x 1.2 = 180 USD
The grand total is 500+180= 680USD per month Let s put 100 USD in for extras and whatever. It's 780 USD a month, if you will. But trust me when I say that I think I spend less than that.
There you go.
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What is your coffee maker? Moka pot i'm guessing? I have a little Bialetti coffee machine, yes. :)
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Yeah, that confirms you are really Italian. So is my SO, and when we are traveling, she will start complaining about the bad coffee by the time we get to the airport 😄 I am Italian...but I'm also passed that point of complaining about food all the time! I learned to enjoy my meal...regardless. :)
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Any tips for the Bialetti? A neighbor gave me one and I used it with Café Bustelo and it was crazy stong, albeit not too bad. Use less coffee ground! 😅
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If you saved 40k, are you down to very little money now? I'm just thinking it's been 5 years, and I imagine you've had some unexpected expenses that would have your average end up being relatively accurate on aggregate, even if you typically spend less in a month. At $700 per month, you would be out of money. And even just the plane tickets from Australia to starting point and from somewhere to Greece where you say you were during Covid is a couple months of your budget I'd imagine. Yes, i had some unforeseen expenses. But luckily I also had a lot of help from people giving me shelter and food. In that sense I didn't spend all my money in food and accommodation but for the sake of average expenses I had to calculate it that way. In greece i found a job as volunteer in exchange of accommodation. That saved me 3 months of rent. Things like this cannot be included in average. I simply did the math to make people understand how much would it cost if life on the road would be without variables. There are too many to be considered.
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Even if it's only 600 at month, you have been riding around for how long? It seems hard to think you saved so much and you are still using the money you saved. Is anyone helping you financially? I swear...i am using my money. 😅👍 It s hard to imagine how cheap it is to live frugally...if you renounce to most comforts we have in life. But I wouldn't mind now to have a benefactor(s) and sleep in a comfy bed or have a nice meal for a change.
Does it not worry you how you might have exhausted your financial resources by the time you want to return? What do you think life after this would be like? I hope I don't sound rude; just trying to understand how you are managing your life. What you are doing is absolutely amazing; I'd love to travel too but I am not rich either, and the thought of ending up penniless by the time I am 30 terrifies me. Hey, it's a completely plausible question and I am happy to answer that. Quitting your job, your financial stability, selling everything you have, saying goodbye to everybody and ride off...it is a "liberating" experience. In this sense, all the fears you mentioned are gone or somehow abandoned, the moment you decide to go for it! I have no fear of what lies in front of me because the mental step that I took years ago, required me to go beyond exactly this mental gap of "jumping into the unknown". Financially speaking, yeah, i don't like to have no money aside...but also, I know that I will do something about it (like finding a new stimulating gig) when the time comes. When I found myself locked in Greece during the pandemic, I couldn't really foresee what would have happened in the next months. Surely paying rent for months and being confined in an apartment wasn't ideal so I looked for volunteering jobs. Found one that allowed me to stay in an apartment for free in exchange of 3 hours of work per day. My point is that, adaptation is a key skill that I got to develop thanks to this experience on a motorcycle. I will take care of the my retirement plan, when time comes.
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Thanks for the answer. That's a wonderful perspective. I guess your anxiety lessens once you realize how capable you are of adapting to different situations, which I'm sure you must have had to do a bunch of times since you started. You are amazing, thanks for the inspiration :) It's incredible how inclined we are to adapt, If we simply...TRY ! I never thought I would be able to do a lot of things I am doing today. I just gave it a try...failed...and tried again. I did learn, by simply trying. And I'm clearly not the sharpest tool in the shed.
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I feel like you cloud start vlogging your journeys, and form a Patreon to fund it. You've seen lots of fun things, and will see more. Yes. At the beginnings I started blogging but then I realized that it would have turned my trip into a job again...so i left the monetization of my journey aside. I just quit my job to travel and enjoy my life. Didn't want to think about money again! Patreon seem good but I haven't really found the guts to ask money to people...yet. When I ll be in need maybe i will!
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In no way am I trying to attack you or diminish your extraordinary feat; just the fact that you had the courage to take the first step gives me crazy respect for you. BUT. There is so much privilege needed to get to where you have gotten. Not financial privilege mind you, you've worked your arse off to get here. But the fact that you could somehow travel to and stay in the US (for 3 years!) and then Australia without really thinking twice tells me your white skin and European passport has played a huge role in your mental safety net. As a coloured man with a shitty passport, just getting a visa to fly somewhere would be a huge fucking deal. Add to that the racism I'd face in plenty of places around the world, yeah not happening haha. You are absolutely right, my friend. I do understand that the fact that I am white and that I have an EU passport helped me A LOT. I am absolutely aware of this and I am not so naive to think that most of the times I got away with many things because of this. Coming from other countries or being a different colour could unfortunately still play a role, these days, when moving from country to country. Said this, I got denied my entrance to USA few times anyway. They are quite strict in that sense. But it always depends on the customs officer you find at the time of entry. Anyway. I get your point. Although, it's not a definite factor for your will to travel. You can still do it.
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I love everything you're doing and have spent the last hour just reading your answers. I don't think you're answering anymore but... Do you have any plans of coming to India? I hope I get to meet you if you do come. Hey! Of course i have plans for India! Hopefully the covid will end soon! It all depends on that now
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You can write blogs, and make YouTube videos to sustain your adventures! I am sure many of us would like to see your journey. I got few videos on youtube but i never really invested too much time (clearly) in that. Maybe I should
I always hear about people "giving up everything" and traveling the world. However, most people have worries about their economic status. Can you speak to yours at the point when you embarked? How much money had you saved, did you have any debt, what did you do with your belongings (Were there things you stored somewhere because you did want to sell or get rid of them? Did you pay for storage?), did you create a plan to generate additional income (e.g., plans for side jobs while traveling), and have you thought how to re-integrate into the "working world" when your traveling concludes (or are you hoping YouTube, etc. supports you)? Thanks! So, I started saving money when I moved to Australia. In 5 years I rounded up $40k more or less. I had no debts and, regardless the bank offering me "super interesting" offers about Credit Cards or Mortgages to buy properties, I didn't end up getting in debts with any banks. I also avoided kids and wives. I was renting an apartment and sharing it with a friend. When I decided to leave I sold all my furnitures on Gumtree (local Craigslist) and donated all my clothes to Salvation Army (Goodwill). I had no belongings left except what I piled on the bike when I left. And few months in I also realized that I didn't even need some stuff that I brought along. I did quit my job with no plans to work while travelling. I wanted, for the first time in my life, have a moment to simply ENJOY THE MOMENT without thinking about work and life as I knew it. I wanted to experience freedom, without the burden of thinking about my future constantly and what's going to happen next. I was raised with this mental construct too, so to break free from that was indeed liberating. I do not know how is going to be when this part of my life ends. If I have to go back to work, I will. But with a different heart and mind.
How did you manage it, physically? I find that my legs, back, bottom and body ache after just a few hours of riding (3+ hours), and this gets worse and worse over time (6+ hours, etc). Even on a comfortable touring motorcycle, I can’t imagine riding continuously for weeks or months at a time. Yes. Physically was challenging indeed. I had to replace my seat because the was no more foam inside. It was like sitting on a stool. Back and arse are the worst affected areas. I rode with a bit of a windscreen, so that helped to ease some of the neck pain. Luckily I had some physical conditioning to start with, but eventually I got out of shape. But, like everything in life, we eventually get used to it.
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How many hours do you ride a day? It really depends. When I do ride, let's say that is a minimum of 1 and a half to 13 hours.
Could you maybe do a "what's in my bag"-post, show us the gear, tools and clothing you use and talk a bit about why you chose what? Ok.
Pannier 1 Camping Gear: - Sleeping bag - Air mattress - 3 people tent (I'm a tall guy) - $20 cooking pot set - propane gas tank - pocket knife - foldable chair - water bladder
Pannier 2 Electronics and knick knacks: - 11" laptop - 2 hard drives (backup!!!) - Chargers - portable tyre compressor - spare oil filter - spare front tube - cable ties - duct tape - bungee cords - first aid kit - spare bolts and screws
Tool bag - various moto tools
Duffle bag: - Clothes (various)
Tank Bag: - Drone - Toothbrush - Notepad - Small Lock - Pen
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Did you have any problems with the drone? I remember you told me once on instagram that you planned on visiting Azerbaijan but couldn’t because Azerbaijan closed all the borders. Let me warn you that if you decide to come when borders reopen, know that drones are illegal here. Retarded law I know but you really cannot do anything about it because it is highly enforced. Probably you can give it up in customs and pick it up when you leave Nicaragua is the same. They don't allow drones in their country. I had to send it to costa rica via mail.
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Traveling without a Leatherman. I can't believe it. It s listed. "Pocked knife" ;) You are right...i should have said Leatherman
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What drone do you have? DJI mavic Air.
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I have a CB600F I've fitted panniers to and can't fathom how you got all that camping stuff into one pannier, your packing skills must be sick I got some pretty roomy panniers too. Giant Loop is actually a company from Oregon, USA that makes these spectacular bags. Www.giantloopmoto.com I ve been riding with their products for years now.
Well nobody has asked it yet.. How did you self sustain yourself for so long? I understand everything is cheaper in South America but you also went through North America. In north America, specifically in USA, I had some friends that helped me finding accommodation along the way. I also wild camped a lot. Froze my arse up couple of nights too... But It's doable in Canada and USA since the land is so vast and you can always find a place to pitch your tent in safety.
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See my trouble always begins when I pitch a tent I used to be the same, mate!
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Maybe I'm just jaded but I don't know of anywhere you can just pitch a tent and sleep in the woods. Everywhere I've ever been camping there's an 80 dollar fee and you get a designated campground. Download iOverlander.
Hi, sorry if this is a personal question, but how often did you get laid? Do cultural differences play a role? Personal question, but interesting nonetheless. Thanks for asking "sensibly".
When travelling from town to town it's easy to meet people. The common Idea is that travellers get laid a lot. Unfortunately, in my case, I do not go out much when I travel, so my social encounters are limited to the location where I end up spending the night. I also typically stay not longer than a day or two, which is also usually not enough to create a connection with a potential partner (in my case). A lot of women are indeed attracted by the "solitary wolf" riding a motorcycle around the world, but they are not generally inclined to have a one night experience. Hence, the answer to your question, is that I rarely get laid. Cultural differences are what make mating interesting though. One trait that is standard for your part of the world, could be extremely exotic in another. Sometimes even the accent in which you speak a foreign language, could be a favourable factor.
But at the end, beauty is in the eyes of the beholder.
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Dai ammettilo che l'accento italiano aiuta. Storia interessante la tua. Ti auguro il meglio! Sorry guys.. Italian things going on here ( shakes hands in the air ) Un pochino aiuta! ;) cheers!
How did you deal with language barriers? In all latin america the most spoken language is Spanish. I struggled at the beginning but after the first month, I had a decent basic level that allowed me to communicate quite easily with the locals. In Brazil was hard again, since portuguese was completely new for me. But again, after 1 month I got used to it and I was able to have basic conversations. If you give yourself enough time, you'll pick up any language.
In other situations I used my english or sometimes, like recently in Greece, Google Translate. Works beautifully!
Is it true that Italian and Spanish go hand in hand? I had some friends from Mexico who were confident that they could pick up Italian if they lived in Italy and were forced to use it every day for a month or 2. There are different and discordant opinions about this. I personally believe that Italian and Spanish are VEEEEERY similar. I think that any spanish speaker could easily pick on italian if spending some time in the country. And viceversa. But I also met people that thought otherwise. Not sure why. It wasn't too complex for me to pick up spanish. Definitely not perfect, but way better than a native english speaker.
What was the coolest thing you saw? Hard to pinpoint one single thing. Saw so many incredible things in 5 years! Nature always strucks me the most. Some places leave you speechless. Some encounters too. But the coolest experience for me was to swim with marine wildlife in Australia and Ecuador.
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Hey I from Ecuador! Glad you enjoyed the wildlife. Can you elaborate on your experience there? Did you visit the Galapagos islands? Ecuador is hands down my favorite country...for its people, for nature, for food, roads...i mean, i had a fantastic time there. I also visited Galapagos and It was one of the highlights...of my life!! I mean...wow. simply incredible. If there was ever a place on earth close to Jurassic Park...
How does your license work? I mean if you have a drivers license in one country and you drive through multiple countries. What happens if you get pulled over? Having European or Australian driver license is sufficient to drive in most foreign countries. I do have an International Driver License, which is simply a piece of paper you can request from your local Automobile Club, that translates your license in many languages and which is helpful when finding an "scrutinous" policeman. At the borders they never check your driving license.
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What about the motorbike's papers? Did you need a carnet de passage ? And could you tell us about the shipping of the bike, plane or boat, expense, level of organisation needed? For the americas, you don't need CdP. The shipping of bike could be done by cargo ship or plane. Both are not cheap but quite feasible. There are agencies that usually take care of the paperwork for you. A simple google search could help you pinpoint some good info. Unfortunately because rules and prices change from country to country, prices have to be requested to the company you choose. It is usually around $1500 + to ship a motorcycle indicatively...for both sea or air freight.
Can you speak on your base knowledge of bikes at the start of your travels? I'm interested in purchasing a bike to cruise around America in once (if) this pandemic blows over. Did you ever have to do any emergency DIY work when you couldnt make it to a garage for professuonal repairs? First of all: DO IT!! it's an amazing experience. I had basic/zero motorcycle mechanical skills when I started. I often used youtube as a source of "inspiration". Now I rather do the job myself than taking my bike into a shop. If you are going to cruise around the US, you wont need to carry much spares, since you can buy and have most parts shipped wherever you are. Somehow even breaking down, if happens, is a great part of the overall adventure.
[deleted] I am not sure. Yet. Definitely the more I go on with this adventure (and life) the more I become aware of myself and my surroundings. I am looking forward to have somehow a peaceful life in harmony with my surroundings. Stress has been out of my life for a while now and I want to keep it this way. Don't have a family. Never had kids or wives. I think it's going to stay this way...but you never know.
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You've been doing this 5 years now. Do you feel the need to keep moving after you've been somewhere for a few days? How long is the longest you've been stationary since staring and did you ever feel like you wanted to get off the road for a longer time. Well...yes I always feel the need to see something more and explore. I get bored easily. But I have to say that during my Lockdown in Greece I was absolutely at peace. I really enjoyed my down time and i took advantage of it by taking care of many little things i left behind.
Did you tend to keep to yourself most of the time, or would you go out to meet people and socialize with the locals in the area? I am not really a "social beast" anymore. I socialize in hostels and when I look for food mostly...but I don't go out at night. That is quite personal, but I prefer a quiet night than pubs. This allowed me somehow to save a lot of money in the long run. I may have missed out in "social opportunities", but I prefer this way.
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But you did meet a lot of people right? Im not social at all and it keeps me from traveling, im afraid that it would ruin the experience if I dont click with anyone haha. You gave me some confidence this will be a smaller problem than I think it is. I am an introvert and generally speaking, kind of a geek. So yeah...not really the outgoing kind of guy...but, when travelling alone, you don't have that social pressure anymore. You are by yourself and there's nothing to tell you what you have or not have to do. you are free. And yes...you will meet tons of people!!
Where do you stay at (camping, airbnb, rental, etc) ? Where you get money from? What do you usually carry with you? What is you most essential item? Have you made many friends? I mostly stay in Hostels (when is cheap enough). In latin America, you can pay from $5-$10 for a night in a shared dorm. When in remote areas, I camp. Best thing ever. Otherwise I use Couchsurfing. Occasionally I stay with friends and/or other bikers that got to know my story and want to help out. I live off my own savings. Most essential Item is "Common sense". AKA try not to do extremely stupid things. :)
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How far do you usually have to plan ahead to find couchsurfing accommodations? The one thing that has deterred me from trying it out is that my motorcycle trips almost never stick to the schedule I have planned. Either due to unforeseen circumstances or maybe just deciding to ride around an area longer. Have you given people on CS a range of dates/times that you would arrive, or do you have to have your arrivals planned thoroughly? Yes, you usually have to investigate one or two weeks ahead to find accommodation with couchsurfing. Especially because I am a single guy. If i was a girl, i could find somewhere to sleep in few hours. Ahah. Oh well, women are less threatening i guess! ;) But yeah. You do need to check first and give a rough estimate of days of your permanence. Typically 2-3 days is the max. Then if both parties are ok, you can extend.
Have you ever done any housesitting for accommodation? I've done smaller trips like this, staying in hostels and campsites. I've heard of housesitting more recently and once I go again I'm thinking of trying it out. When looking at listings though it almost seems to good to be true. I just wonder if there is a catch to it I ve never done housesitting specifically. But I ve used HelpX, Workaway, woofing, etc to find occasional gigs that allowed me to get accommodation in return of small jobs. In Greece i stayed in a 9 apts complex on the beach by myself, in exchange of cleaning and painting! Great deal indeed
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If you were a woman, there would also be far more risks to couch surfing alone. I'd definitely prefer planning over higher risk of sexual assault. Women have more chances of getting hosted because there are a lot of women hosts too. Or couples. They are definitely more willing to host a woman. But i get your point
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Thanks, got another question. What is enough savings for a year in Latin America? well, it really depends of what kind of lifestyle you want. If you are ok sleeping in hostels every night and eating cheap market food...doesn't really take much! depending on which countries you want to visit too and how you want to move around! you can do it hitchhiking too if you want! and that won't cost you a thing! Just time!
How did you manage to not have your motorcycle stolen? Common sense. Mostly parked inside or in "safe areas" when possible. You can never be 100% sure but I never had issues of sort in my 5 years of travelling. Actually somebody stole my tool bag in Vancouver, Canada.
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As a Canadian id like to say “sorry”. apologies accepted! ;)
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As a Vancouverite, I'm not surprised. We have a large homeless population and they target anything they can find to steal and sell. It wasn't a homeless guy per se...was definitely a junkie. I went to Hastings street 3 days in a row to see if i could find my stuff...but it was gone. Bummer.
how were the first few months without the things that you were used to having? (sorry for the bad english, it isn't my main language) Your english is fine, mate! First month was HARD! 😅 I had never camped in my life and the longest moto trip I took by that time was only 350km. So yeah, in the beginnings the learning curve was steep! Basic things like "where to sleep at night every night" or "how to store food" were kind of abstract concepts for me. My first night camping was also my first night on the road. It was horrible. I paid so much money to camp in a so so campground, with noisy and drunk neighbors. It also rained at night. Haha An absolute fail! It got better and better with time. Also looking for food, packing and taking care of the bike. It was a full immersion in a brand new lifestyle for me. A great experience indeed
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Paolo, your first night camping sounds ... well, it sounds really terrible! I'm curious how you would compare that first inexperienced night with say... an average night camping somewhere, anywhere, I don't know... say 2-4 years later after having done it for a while. In which ways did that first inexperienced night of camping come to differ from your more seasoned camping night to night later on? What kinds of routines did you end up falling into on those nights that you picked up from years of experience having done it? Well...let's just say that my love for camping escalated quickly as well. I started camping in the wild...not in confined facilities, and I simply loved it. Sitting quietly in front of the fire at night, after a long day riding, watching the stars appear slowly in the sky... The silence. I learned that camping in a busy campsite, with kids screaming and music playing is not the kind of camping I was looking for. Surely is great for families, because usually it is a safe environment for kids to play in, but for solo travellers looking for some quiet downtime...it is not. Better to hide somewhere behind a tree or some bushes and have a quiet night with some privacy. Free of charge.
How badly do you stink? Joking of course, good luck with your adventures. If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? ;)
Not to be nosey but what would qualify as enough money to "sustain yourself for a while"? And how long do you consider that "a while" to be? I had no Idea how much It would cost me to live, travel and not work, since I had never done it before. But I knew how much It costed me to live in Sydney for a year, without any extras (just food, accommodation, rent and bills). I assumed initially that my trip around the world would have lasted a maximum of 1 year and a half. Was I wrong! I pretty much had saved $40k in 5 years of work.
Thanks for doing this! How much do you talk to strangers? I can imagine either being very sociable, or taking the opportunity to be more solitary. Also, when you were traveling the world, how specifically did you keep in contact with friends and family back home? Was one service/approach more effective than another? I love to talk with Locals!! It's the best thing! I love to talk with older people especially. They can really give you a better perspective about the place and overall more interesting stories about their lives. Sometimes there's a language barrier but I try regardless. Hostels are also a great place to meet friends and people from all over the world. Aside from this, travelling solo on a motorcycle or bicycle naturally attracts curiosity, so I also met some good friends of mine at gas stations or random rest areas in the middle of nowhere.
To keep in touch with family and friends nowadays is quite easy. Mobile data networks are excellent worldwide and you can buy local sim cards to use local carriers data traffic. I use whatsapp and fb messenger the most.
What kind of income are you receiving to sustain this lifestyle long-term? Living off my life savings. I am self supported. Just worked for few years, saving as much as I could and then took off.
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That sounds epic... Met a few guys like that, but never had the balls to do so myself. If you read this: how much of a mechanic are you? Do you do stuff yourself of do you bring your bike to the shop for maintenance/tires? At the beginning I wasn't really able to do much on my bike, except changing brake pads maybe. Then I tried and read forums online about troubleshooting...and of course youtube mate!! I tend to have a mechanic change my tyres, since it's a hell of a job and takes 4 minutes with proper machines. you can find tyre mechanics literally EVERYWHERE.
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But, with the estimate you gave it would cost like 9k usd per year to maintain that lifestyle. You’ve been doing it for 5 years. I guess it’s hard for a lot of Americans to imagine saving up 45k+ in the few years that you worked. trust me, It's even harder for an italian to conceive to save up 40k in 5 years of work. Most italians will be able to save that amount maybe in 10-15 years. That's why I quit my job in italy and moved to Australia, where salaries are way higher. It's just sad that I had to leave my family, friends and country to be able to have a better life.
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Why dont you try to register for welfare in Australia, and get the welfare cheques deposited into your account? I thought about it while riding around Australia. But I didn't find it fair. I mean, I wasn't in need of cash to sustain my living and there were probably people who seriously did. Plus I think you have to show up for interviews and stuff...so I preferred to let go.
OP, you're doing what I've dreamed of doing since I was about 21... I'm 32 now. I've saved a bit of money, and have no debt, and am still considering it... but feel as though it would be irresponsible at this point? shrugs I have a few questions, Ever considered staying at a spot for a few weeks and doing some manual labor for extra scratch to help you along in your travels? Ever had any problem with weird parasites in some of your rougher spots (scabies, bedbugs, intestinal issues) such as cheap hostels and whatnot? Since you don't go to bars or anything like that, what's the easiest way for you to meet new people? Ever felt any "I'm about to get robbed" vibes while on the road? Did you make rules like not traveling too late, etc.. I'm considering doing this very thing, since I make a good living but am already a minimalist and don't really need anything... I don't care about owning a house, or having nice clothes or any of that nonsense. I suppose it'd just be a drag to hit a dead end, have to return to the workforce after a few years of traveling and finding myself unable to secure a decent gig again. Anyways, if you've read this, thanks for your time and thanks for doing this AMA! Good luck man, and stay safe. Mate, when I left for my first trip around Australia, I was 34yo...so I completely understand where you are coming from. It take a bit of time to prepare and commit to this. I highly recommend it though. I stopped occasionally and did some jobs, yes, but were more like small temporary gigs...that paid maybe for a new set of tyres than anything. Still! Once I pressured washed mine trucks for a week in South Australia. Haha i was covered in mudd but I was happy. I also cleaned few apartments in greece in exchange of accommodation....things like that. Things will come your way if you look hard enough.
Didn't have any problems with bugs or parasites no. Got lucky on this one i guess. But i do believe I built my immune system pretty well.
The easiest way to meet people is in hostels. Being in your 30s you are already on the "old side" for a hostel, but you are still ok. ;) haha
Sometimes yes i felt i was going to get robbed or mugged...but never happened. I never travel with cameras and other expensive items with me. When i am on the bike, there s always the "surprise effect", meaning that people are more shocked to see somebody travelling solo than tempted to rob him right away.
How has the pandemic altered any future travel plans? The pandemic changed things quite drastically. A lot of other travellers I know got stuck somewhere or had to cancel their plans until further notice. Still not sure what to do in the long terms. Covid definitely made everything more unpredictable.
What are the cheapest and best places you would suggest a young person go visit? Also, just out of curiosity, when do you think you’ll stop? Well, there are plenty of great places to go explore on a tight budget. Latin America and South East Asia are generally speaking quite cheap. I would recommend Bolivia or Peru, in SA...and Cambodia in SEA. As a start...
I Hope I will be able to go on for few more years...but so far I am pretty content with what I've done already.
How do you overcomevia issues? I believe you referred to "Visa issues"?!
Well, having an Italian passport is quite handy since you get visa on arrival (valid for 1-3 months) as a tourist in most of the countries in the world. I had to request and pay for my Russian and Mongolian visa though. You can request that 1-2 weeks before entry in any available Embassy.
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And what about other practical stuff like insurance for the motorcycle(is it allowed to be abroad for such a long time ?) ? Maybe obligatory x-yearly technical vehicle inspections (so far not needed in a lot of european countries but about to change so you were lucky I guess) ? Official site of residence (or what is it called, it is really hard to be 'homeless' in some countries, probably depends on what your current 'home country' is ) ? Ok so, insurance for motorcycle is something you need to get every time you enter a new country. Some insurance companies will insure foreign vehicles, but it isn't always the case. My bike is australian so after a certain point you need to inspect the vehicle to renew the registration. There is a process through which you can go to an associated mechanic in the country where you are and have the vehicle inspected and the results sent to the Australian motorvehicle authority. Then you can renew your papers online and have the new registration sent to you overseas. My official country of residence is still Australia, because it is where I want to go back to.
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Thanks for the response. I can imagine it is not the most interesting thing to talk about but I am planning on doing something similar with a van + motorcycle (that fits in the van) combo so I am super interested in hearing about the (boring) administrative side of someone who is actually doing it :D. I had no idea something was possible like the remote inspection, I hope something similar exists in my country too. So far I only read you have to go to inspection asap when returning to your country if you were abroad. But I can imagine that is not going to fly if you plan on being away for a very long time though :P. Also: did you happen to keep a list of insurance companies that were willing to do it ? In that sense things change rapidly and new and better companies may arise. Better check with locals or use iOverlander app to find these kind of info.
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2020.09.06 18:40 AlexFST Football Manager 2020 best youth academies for cheap regens

After not knowing where to hunt for the best regens/newgens, I decided to make a spreadsheet to help. I figured it might be good to share!
Here's the direct download in case you want to save the spreadsheet: FM20 cheap academies.
Team Nation Training description Youth description Training facilities Youth facilities Junior coaching Youth rating Total Status Earliest newgen spawn date
SL Benfica Portugal State of the art State of the art 20 20 19 20 79 Professional 19 March
RB Salzburg Austria Superb Superb 19 19 20 20 78 Professional 3 March
Sporting CP Portugal State of the art Superb 20 19 18 19 76 Professional 19 March
Ajax Netherlands Superb Superb 18 18 18 19 73 Professional 26 March
Basel Switzerland Excellent Superb 17 19 17 20 73 Professional 9 March
Anderlecht Belgium Superb Superb 18 19 16 19 72 Professional 19 March
Club Brugge Belgium State of the art State of the art 20 20 15 17 72 Professional 19 March
AZ Netherlands Superb Superb 18 18 17 19 72 Professional 26 March
KRC Genk Belgium Excellent Superb 17 19 16 19 71 Professional 19 March
Feyenoord Netherlands Excellent Excellent 17 17 18 19 71 Professional 26 March
Jicaral - Sercoba Costa Rica State of the art State of the art 20 20 20 10 70 Professional 8 April
PSV Netherlands Superb Superb 18 19 16 17 70 Professional 26 March
Ludogorets Bulgaria Excellent Excellent 17 17 15 20 69 Professional 19 March
Colo Colo Chile Excellent Excellent 17 16 16 20 69 Professional 30 September
Pachuca Mexico Superb Superb 19 18 15 17 69 Professional 27 February
FC Porto Portugal Excellent Great 17 15 20 17 69 Professional 19 March
River Argentina Excellent Excellent 17 16 15 20 68 Professional 8 November
Standard Belgium Excellent Superb 17 18 16 17 68 Professional 19 March
FC Viitorul Romania Great Great 15 14 19 20 68 Professional 19 March
Partizan Serbia Excellent Excellent 16 16 16 20 68 Professional 5 March
Ajax CT South Africa Superb Superb 18 18 15 17 68 Professional 3 April
Vélez Argentina Excellent Superb 17 18 13 19 67 Professional 8 November
Admira Austria Excellent Superb 16 18 15 18 67 Professional 3 March
Austria Wien Austria Excellent Excellent 17 17 18 15 67 Professional 3 March
Sparta Prague Czech Republic Excellent Excellent 17 17 17 16 67 Professional 19 March
Stuttgart Germany Excellent Excellent 17 16 14 20 67 Professional 9 March
Maccabi Tel-Aviv Israel Great Excellent 15 17 17 18 67 Professional 9 March
Crvena zvezda Serbia Great Excellent 15 16 16 20 67 Professional 5 March
Pyunik Armenia Great Excellent 14 16 17 19 66 Professional -
Melbourne City Australia Superb Superb 18 18 14 16 66 Professional 14 September
Melbourne City (NPL) Australia Superb Superb 18 18 14 16 66 Semi-professional 14 September
Universidad de Chile Chile Superb Great 18 14 15 19 66 Professional 30 September
Slavia Prague Czech Republic Excellent Excellent 17 16 17 16 66 Professional 19 March
Middlesbrough England Superb Superb 18 18 14 16 66 Professional 14 March
Maccabi Haifa Israel Great Excellent 15 17 16 18 66 Professional 9 March
Rangers Scotland Excellent Great 17 15 14 20 66 Professional 14 March
Suwon South Korea Great Excellent 15 17 16 18 66 Professional 15 September
Shakhtar Ukraine Superb Superb 18 18 15 15 66 Professional 16 March
AKA St. Pölten Austria Excellent Excellent 17 17 15 16 65 Amateur 3 March
Universidad Católica Chile Excellent Excellent 16 16 15 18 65 Professional 30 September
Dinamo Croatia Great Great 14 14 17 20 65 Professional 9 March
FC Midtjylland Denmark Great Great 14 15 16 20 65 Professional 19 March
Verdy Japan - - 15 15 15 20 65 Professional 21 September
Kairat Kazakhstan Excellent Great 16 15 14 20 65 Professional 21 September
Chivas Mexico Excellent Great 16 15 14 20 65 Professional 27 February
Vålerenga Norway Great Excellent 15 16 14 20 65 Professional 5 February
Celtic Scotland Excellent Great 17 14 14 20 65 Professional 14 March
Grasshoppers Switzerland Great Great 15 15 17 18 65 Professional 9 March
Flamengo Brazil Superb Great 18 14 14 18 64 Professional 21 September
Botev Plovdiv Bulgaria Excellent Excellent 16 16 15 17 64 Professional 19 March
Carlos Sarmiento Colombia Good Excellent 13 16 17 18 64 Semi-professional 16 January
Envigado F.C. Colombia Good Excellent 12 16 18 18 64 Professional 16 January
FC Nordsjælland Denmark Great Great 14 15 17 18 64 Professional 19 March
Olympiacos Greece Great Excellent 15 16 14 19 64 Professional 9 March
PAOK Greece Great Great 14 15 15 20 64 Professional 9 March
Vitesse Netherlands Superb Excellent 18 16 15 15 64 Professional 26 March
Lech Poland Great Great 14 14 16 20 64 Professional 9 March
Hearts Scotland Excellent Excellent 16 16 14 18 64 Professional 14 March
Ulsan South Korea Great Excellent 15 16 17 16 64 Professional 15 September
Zürich Switzerland Great Great 14 15 17 18 64 Professional 9 March
ES Tunis Tunisia Excellent Great 16 15 15 18 64 Professional 8 April
Galaxy Academy United States State of the art Superb 20 18 12 14 64 Semi-professional 2 January
LA Galaxy United States State of the art Superb 20 18 12 14 64 Professional 2 January
Estudiantes (LP) Argentina State of the art Excellent 20 17 12 14 63 Professional 8 November
Sturm Graz Austria Great Excellent 15 16 17 15 63 Professional 3 March
RGUOR Belarus Good Excellent 12 17 17 17 63 Semi-professional -
CSKA-Sofia Bulgaria Great Great 14 14 15 20 63 Professional 19 March
Levski Bulgaria Great Great 14 14 15 20 63 Professional 19 March
ASEC Mimosas Côte d'Ivoire Good Great 12 15 17 19 63 Professional 8 April
Derby England Excellent Excellent 17 16 15 15 63 Professional 14 March
Breiðablik Iceland Great Great 15 15 13 20 63 Professional 14 April
Sanga Japan - - 15 14 14 20 63 Professional 21 September
ES Sahel Tunisia Great Great 15 15 15 18 63 Professional 8 April
NYCFC United States Superb Superb 19 18 12 14 63 Professional 2 January
Toronto FC Academy United States Excellent Superb 16 15 16 16 63 Semi-professional 2 January
Defensor Sporting Uruguay Adequate Great 9 15 19 20 63 Professional 17 January
Western Sydney Wanderers Australia Excellent Excellent 16 16 10 20 62 Professional 14 September
Slavia Sofia Bulgaria Great Great 14 14 15 19 62 Professional 19 March
Leeds England Superb Excellent 18 17 14 13 62 Professional 14 March
Académie JMG Mali Mali - - 15 17 15 15 62 Amateur 21 September
Atlas Mexico Excellent Great 17 14 13 18 62 Professional 27 February
Cerro Porteño Paraguary Great Excellent 15 16 14 17 62 Professional 21 September
Libertad Paraguary Excellent Great 16 15 15 16 62 Professional 21 September
Sp. Braga Portugal Excellent Excellent 16 16 16 14 62 Professional 19 March
Žilina Slovakia Great Great 14 14 15 19 62 Professional 18 March
Dynamo Kyiv Ukraine Superb Superb 18 18 12 14 62 Professional 16 March
Shakhtar Football Academy Ukraine - - 20 17 11 14 62 Semi-professional 16 March
FC Dallas United States Excellent Superb 16 16 12 18 62 Professional 2 January
NYC Academy United States - - 19 17 12 14 62 Semi-professional 2 January
SKC Academy United States Superb Superb 18 18 12 14 62 Semi-professional 2 January
Sporting Kansas City United States Superb Superb 18 18 12 14 62 Professional 2 January
Toronto FC United States Superb Superb 19 19 11 13 62 Professional 2 January
Baník Ostrava Czech Republic Great Great 14 15 16 16 61 Professional 19 March
Viktoria Plzeň Czech Republic Great Great 15 15 15 16 61 Professional 19 March
Sochaux France Great Excellent 15 16 16 14 61 Professional 9 March
Fjölnir Iceland Great Great 15 15 12 19 61 Professional 14 April
F Marinos Japan - - 16 15 12 18 61 Professional 21 September
América Mexico Excellent Great 16 15 13 17 61 Professional 27 February
Pumas Mexico Excellent Great 16 15 13 17 61 Professional 27 February
sc Heerenveen Netherlands Great Great 15 14 16 16 61 Professional 26 March
Rosenborg Norway Great Great 14 14 13 20 61 Professional 5 February
Stabæk Norway Good Excellent 13 16 15 17 61 Professional 5 February
SMS Łódź Poland Great Great 14 15 15 17 61 Amateur 9 March
Spartak Moscow Russia Great Excellent 15 17 12 17 61 Professional 23 February
FC Dallas Academy United States Excellent Superb 17 17 11 16 61 Semi-professional 2 January
Nacional Uruguay Average Great 10 14 17 20 61 Professional 17 January
AA Gent Belgium Excellent Excellent 17 16 13 14 60 Professional 19 March
Sarajevo Bosnia & Herzegovina Great Excellent 15 16 14 15 60 Professional 8 April
Atlético Mineiro Brazil Superb Great 18 15 11 16 60 Professional 21 September
Septemvri Sofia Bulgaria Great Great 14 14 15 17 60 Professional 19 March
Gamba Japan - - 14 14 13 19 60 Professional 21 September
Urawa Reds Japan - - 16 14 12 18 60 Professional 21 September
Bodø/Glimt Norway Great Great 14 15 15 16 60 Professional 5 February
Zagłębie Lubin Poland Good Great 12 15 15 18 60 Professional 9 March
Hibernian Scotland Great Great 15 15 15 15 60 Professional 14 March
Maribor Slovenia Great Great 14 14 13 19 60 Professional 19 March
SuperSport Utd South Africa Excellent Great 17 15 15 13 60 Professional 3 April
Lausanne Switzerland Great Great 15 15 14 16 60 Professional 9 March
Dnipro Ukraine Great Excellent 14 17 16 13 60 Professional 16 March
Real Salt Lake United States Excellent Excellent 17 17 12 14 60 Professional 2 January
Zulte Waregem Belgium Great Great 15 15 14 15 59 Professional 19 March
West Brom England Great Great 15 15 14 15 59 Professional 14 March
Auxerre France Excellent Excellent 16 16 13 14 59 Professional 9 March
Grampus Japan - - 15 14 12 18 59 Professional 21 September
Vit. Guimarães Portugal Excellent Great 16 14 16 13 59 Professional 19 March
Krasnodar Russia Excellent State of the art 17 20 12 10 59 Professional 23 February
BK Häcken Sweden Excellent Great 16 15 14 14 59 Professional 3 September
Dnipro Football Academy Ukraine - - 16 15 15 13 59 Semi-professional 16 March
Lanús Argentina Excellent Great 16 15 12 15 58 Professional 8 November
Central Coast Mariners Australia Great Great 14 14 14 16 58 Professional 14 September
AKA Burgenland Austria Great Great 14 14 14 16 58 Amateur 3 March
AKA HIB Liebenau Austria Great Great 14 14 16 14 58 Amateur 3 March
AKA Vorarlberg Austria Excellent Excellent 16 16 13 13 58 Amateur 3 March
Rijeka Croatia Great Great 15 14 13 16 58 Professional 9 March
Esbjerg fB Denmark Great Great 14 14 15 15 58 Professional 19 March
El Nacional Ecuador Good Great 12 14 15 17 58 Professional 21 September
Sunderland England Superb Excellent 18 17 11 12 58 Professional 14 March
HK Iceland Great Great 14 15 12 17 58 Professional 14 April
Molde Norway Great Great 14 14 14 16 58 Professional 5 February
Jagiellonia Poland Great Great 14 14 12 18 58 Professional 9 March
Belenenses Portugal Great Great 15 14 14 15 58 Amateur 19 March
Vojvodina Serbia Great Great 14 14 14 16 58 Professional 5 March
IFK Norrköping Sweden Great Great 15 14 14 15 58 Professional 3 September
Servette FC Switzerland Average Excellent 10 16 16 16 58 Professional 9 March
D.C. United United States Great Excellent 15 17 12 14 58 Professional 2 January
DCU Academy United States Great Excellent 15 17 12 14 58 Professional 2 January
RSL Academy United States - - 15 17 12 14 58 Semi-professional 2 January
Newell's Argentina Great Great 14 14 13 16 57 Professional 8 November
Mouscron Belgium Great Great 14 15 14 14 57 Professional 19 March
Beroe Bulgaria Great Great 14 14 14 15 57 Professional 19 March
Saprissa Costa Rica Great Great 15 14 14 14 57 Professional 8 April
Birmingham England Great Great 14 14 15 14 57 Professional 14 March
Blackburn England Excellent Great 16 15 13 13 57 Professional 14 March
Swansea England Great Great 14 14 12 17 57 Professional 14 March
Caen France Great Great 14 15 15 13 57 Professional 9 March
Marathón Honduras Average Great 11 15 18 13 57 Professional 8 April
Antlers Japan - - 15 14 10 18 57 Professional 21 September
Sheriff Tiraspol Moldova Excellent Great 17 14 12 14 57 Professional 21 September
Académie Mohammed VI Morocco - - 12 15 14 16 57 Amateur 8 April
FC Groningen Netherlands Great Great 14 14 15 14 57 Professional 26 March
FC Utrecht Netherlands Great Great 14 15 14 14 57 Professional 26 March
Olimpia Paraguary Good Great 13 15 14 15 57 Professional 21 September
Kaizer Chiefs South Africa Excellent Great 17 15 12 13 57 Professional 3 April
Kalmar FF Sweden Great Great 14 14 14 15 57 Professional 3 September
NY Red Bulls United States Great Excellent 14 16 13 14 57 Professional 2 January
Charleroi Belgium Great Great 14 14 14 14 56 Professional 19 March
O'Higgins Chile Great Great 14 15 12 15 56 Professional 30 September
Wadi Degla Egypt Great Great 15 14 13 14 56 Professional 8 April
Le Havre France Great Great 15 15 13 13 56 Professional 9 March
Lens France Excellent Excellent 16 16 12 12 56 Professional 9 March
Pumas Naucalpan Mexico Good Great 13 15 12 16 56 Semi-professional 27 February
Hamilton Scotland Good Great 12 14 15 15 56 Professional 14 March
Real Sporting Spain Excellent Great 16 14 13 13 56 Professional 29 March
LAFC United States Excellent Great 16 14 12 14 56 Professional 2 January
LAFC Academy United States Excellent Great 16 14 12 14 56 Semi-professional 2 January
Union Academy United States Great Superb 15 18 12 11 56 Semi-professional 2 January
Peñarol Uruguay Average Excellent 11 16 15 14 56 Professional 17 January
AFA (ANG) Angola Great Great 15 15 10 15 55 Amateur 8 April
Independiente Argentina Great Great 15 14 10 16 55 Professional 8 November
Shirak Armenia Average Great 11 15 13 16 55 Professional -
Desportivo Brasil Brazil Excellent Great 17 14 10 14 55 Professional 21 September
AGF Denmark Great Great 15 15 13 12 55 Professional 19 March
OB Denmark Great Great 14 14 13 14 55 Professional 19 March
Reading England Great Great 15 15 12 13 55 Professional 14 March
Nancy France Great Great 14 15 13 13 55 Professional 9 March
Siquinalá Guatemala Great Great 15 15 15 10 55 Semi-professional 8 April
Bnei Yehuda Israel Great Great 14 14 12 15 55 Professional 9 March
S.C. Ashdod Israel Good Excellent 12 16 13 14 55 Professional 9 March
Albirex Japan - - 15 14 10 16 55 Professional 21 September
AR Tuzo Mexico Great Superb 14 14 11 16 55 Professional 27 February
Pachuca III Mexico Great Superb 14 14 11 16 55 Professional 27 February
Vardar North Macedonia Great Excellent 14 16 12 13 55 Professional 8 April
Obolon Ukraine Good Great 12 15 15 13 55 Professional 16 March
Atlanta United United States Superb Great 18 14 11 12 55 Professional 2 January
Atlanta United Academy United States Superb Great 18 14 11 12 55 Semi-professional 2 January
NYRB Academy United States Great Excellent 14 16 13 12 55 Semi-professional 2 January
FC Bulleen Lions Australia Good Great 13 14 9 18 54 Semi-professional 14 September
Altach Austria Great Great 15 15 12 12 54 Professional 3 March
Litex Bulgaria Great Great 14 14 13 13 54 Professional 19 March
Vejle Denmark Good Great 13 14 14 13 54 Professional 19 March
Cardiff England Great Great 15 15 11 13 54 Professional 14 March
Coventry England Great Great 15 15 12 12 54 Professional 14 March
Troyes France Great Great 14 15 12 13 54 Professional 9 March
Atlas III Mexico Good Great 13 14 11 16 54 Semi-professional 27 February
Auckland City New Zealand Good Great 12 14 14 14 54 Professional 8 April
FC Ebedei Nigeria Average Great 10 15 15 14 54 Amateur 21 September
Motherwell Scotland Average Great 11 15 14 14 54 Professional 14 March
Sundowns South Africa Excellent Great 16 14 14 10 54 Professional 3 April
Wacker Innsbruck Austria Great Great 14 14 12 13 53 Professional 3 March
Liefering Austria Good Superb 12 17 12 12 53 Professional 3 March
Oostende Belgium Excellent Excellent 16 16 11 10 53 Professional 19 March
Bahia Brazil Excellent Great 16 14 9 14 53 Professional 21 September
Unión Española Chile Good Great 12 15 12 14 53 Professional 30 September
Ipswich England Great Great 14 14 12 13 53 Professional 14 March
Lorient France Great Great 15 15 12 11 53 Professional 9 March
RTD Academy Ghana Adequate Great 8 15 15 15 53 Amateur 21 September
Chievo Italy Great Great 15 14 12 12 53 Professional 19 March
Arendal Norway Great Great 14 14 11 14 53 Semi-professional 5 February
Altınordu Turkey Excellent Excellent 16 16 16 5 53 Professional 9 March
Inter Miami United States Great Great 14 14 11 14 53 Professional 2 January
Philadelphia United States Great Great 15 15 12 11 53 Professional 2 January
Juniors OÖ Austria Great Great 14 14 12 12 52 Professional 3 March
Dinamo Brest Belarus Average Great 11 15 13 13 52 Professional -
Alajuelense Costa Rica Good Superb 12 14 13 13 52 Professional 8 April
Zagreb Croatia Excellent Great 16 14 12 10 52 Amateur 9 March
Stoke England Excellent Great 16 15 10 11 52 Professional 14 March
FH Iceland Great Great 14 14 12 12 52 Professional 14 April
ADO Den Haag Netherlands Average Great 11 15 13 13 52 Professional 26 March
Famalicão Portugal Great Great 14 14 12 12 52 Professional 19 March
Aberdeen Scotland Below average Great 6 14 14 18 52 Professional 14 March
Kilmarnock Scotland Good Great 12 14 12 14 52 Professional 14 March
Karpaty Ukraine Great Excellent 14 16 12 10 52 Professional 16 March
Earthquakes Academy United States Great Great 15 15 11 11 52 Semi-professional 2 January
Seattle United States Great Great 15 15 11 11 52 Professional 2 January
Sounders Academy United States Great Great 15 15 11 11 52 Semi-professional 2 January
Vancouver United States Good Great 12 15 11 14 52 Professional 2 January
Whitecaps Academy United States Good Great 12 15 11 14 52 Amateur 2 January
Huracán Argentina Good Great 12 14 9 16 51 Professional 8 November
Beerschot VA Belgium Average Great 10 14 13 14 51 Professional 19 March
Bury England Great Great 15 15 11 10 51 Professional 14 March
Guingamp France Great Great 14 15 10 12 51 Professional 9 March
Karlsruhe Germany Great Great 14 14 12 11 51 Professional 9 March
Bursaspor Turkey Excellent Excellent 16 16 14 5 51 Professional 9 March
IMG Academy United States Great Excellent 15 16 9 11 51 Amateur 2 January
Bochum Germany Good Great 13 15 12 10 50 Professional 9 March
Keflavík Iceland Great Great 14 14 10 12 50 Professional 14 April
Njarðvík Iceland Great Great 14 14 12 10 50 Professional 14 April
Villa 2000 Indonesia - - 14 14 13 9 50 Amateur 6 March
Instituto Argentina Average Great 10 14 11 14 49 Professional 8 November
Alexis García Colombia - - 9 16 14 10 49 Semi-professional 16 January
FAS El Salvador Adequate Great 8 15 13 13 49 Professional -
Kaiserslautern Germany Great Great 14 14 10 11 49 Professional 9 March
Tobruk Israel Basic Great 4 14 13 18 49 Semi-professional 9 March
U del Futbol Mexico Great Superb 14 14 11 10 49 Semi-professional 27 February
Atlas Académicos Mexico Below average Great 6 14 12 17 49 Professional 27 February
Chivas III Mexico Good Great 13 15 11 10 49 Semi-professional 27 February
Escuela Chivas Mexico Good Great 13 15 11 10 49 Semi-professional 27 February
Burton England State of the art State of the art 20 20 4 4 48 Professional 14 March
Pumas III Mexico Good Great 12 14 10 12 48 Professional 27 February
San Jose United States Great Great 15 15 9 9 48 Professional 2 January
Luton England Great Great 14 14 10 9 47 Professional 14 March
FC Nürnberg Germany Great Great 14 14 10 9 47 Professional 9 March
Padroense Portugal Good Great 12 15 12 8 47 Amateur 19 March
Zenit Russia Average Excellent 11 17 9 10 47 Professional 23 February
Dynamo Academy United States Great Great 14 14 10 9 47 Semi-professional 2 January
Houston United States Great Great 14 14 10 9 47 Professional 2 January
Bentleigh Greens Australia Average Great 10 14 8 14 46 Semi-professional 14 September
Osmanlıspor F.K. Turkey Excellent Excellent 16 16 9 5 46 Professional 9 March
Portland United States Great Great 14 14 9 9 46 Professional 2 January
Timbers Academy United States Great Great 14 14 9 9 46 Semi-professional 2 January
Volyn U19 Ukraine - - 10 15 10 10 45 Semi-professional 16 March
Nacional da Madeira Portugal Great Great 14 15 11 4 44 Professional 19 March
Gençlerbirliği Turkey Great Great 15 15 11 3 44 Professional 9 March
Pôle Espoirs Réunion Réunion Adequate Great 8 15 10 10 43 Amateur -
Vorskla Ukraine Average Great 10 15 9 9 43 Professional 16 March
Kasımpaşa Turkey Excellent Excellent 16 16 8 2 42 Professional 9 March
Sumy Ukraine Adequate Great 8 14 9 11 42 Professional 16 March
Volna Belarus Below average Great 7 15 11 8 41 Professional -
Antalyaspor Turkey Great Great 15 15 9 2 41 Professional 9 March
Başakşehir F.K. Turkey Great Great 14 14 10 3 41 Professional 9 March
Huddersfield England Great Great 15 15 5 5 40 Professional 14 March
Desportiva Brazil Average Great 10 14 7 8 39 Professional 21 September
Tavria Crimea Average Great 10 15 7 7 39 Professional -
Volyn Ukraine Good Great 12 15 6 6 39 Professional 16 March
Stars of Africa South Africa - - 10 14 12 2 38 Amateur 3 April
DUFS Zorya Ukraine - - 5 15 7 7 34 Semi-professional 16 March
Académie JMG Ghana Ghana - - 3 17 4 1 25 Amateur 21 September
Hacettepe Turkey Below average Great 7 14 3 1 25 Professional 9 March

What are the best teams?

The best academy is SL Benfica's, with a near-perfect score of 79 out of 80. Portuguese teams make up two out of the top three sides in this list. The Netherlands and Belgium dominate the top spots, with 7 of the top 13 sides coming from these nations.
There are some semi-professional and amateur teams that do impressively well, too. Melbourne City (NPL) are the best semi-pro team with a score of 66/80, while AKA St. Pölten have the best amateur academy, with a score of 65/80.

Methodology

This list was made using FM Genie Scout 20, and the columns Training facilities, Youth facilities, Junior coaching, and Youth Rating are all taken directly from the app. The Training description and Youth description columns reflect what is shown in the game. I have totalled the Genie Scout columns and sorted the sheet by that total.
I've included teams with a Youth decription of "Great" or higher (Youth facilities rating of 14 or higher). I've also excluded any teams from the top five divisions in Europe in an effort to keep costs down - the emphasis is on cheap, after all. Obviously "cheap" varies depending on the team you're managing, but there should be something here for everyone.
Training facilities have been included so that if you arrive a little late to the party, there is a greater chance of the newgens developing a little at the club. If you get them on day one, you can ignore this column.
Note that this list is not exhaustive. I've stuck to Genie Scout's ratings, but I know there are some teams that have "Great" or better youth facilities that I have not included. Often these are B teams, which seem to inherit their descriptions from their parent clubs. But some are like Solihull Moors, which have a Youth description of "Great" but Youth facilities value of 3, which should result in "Basic" or "Poor". Here, I've stuck to Genie Scout's values.
I am also indebted to u/Joltie for their list of youth intake dates in Football Manager 2020. These dates are listed in the right-most column. Some nations do not have an intake date, and you may not see them every produce newgens, but I've included them anyway just in case. These are marked with a dash in the intake date column.
Finally, be aware that a nation's youth rating is very important. While Pyunik sits pretty high on the list, Armenia's low youth rating means the club may never produce a quality newgen. That said, they are worth checking thanks to their top-notch facilities and very cheap asking prices.
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They cried about the former chief operating officer’s expletive-laced tirades, Applegate said, when she recalled him calling her “f-----g stupid” and then requesting she wear a tight dress for a meeting with clients, “so the men in the room have something to look at.” They cried about a wealthy suiteholder who grabbed her friend’s backside during a game, Applegate said, and the indifference the team’s top sales executive displayed when she complained.
But most of all, Applegate said, they cried about the realization their dream job of working in the NFL came with what they characterized as relentless sexual harassment and verbal abuse that was ignored — and, in some cases, condoned — by top team executives.
Applegate is one of 15 former female Redskins employees who told The Washington Post they were sexually harassed during their time at the club. The other 14 women spoke on the condition of anonymity, citing a fear of litigation because some signed nondisclosure agreements with the team that threaten legal retribution if they speak negatively about the club. The team declined a request from The Post to release former female employees from these agreements so they could speak on the record without fear of legal reprisal. This story involved interviews with more than 40 current and former employees and a review of text messages and internal company documents.
Team owner Daniel Snyder declined several requests for an interview. Over the past week, as The Post presented detailed allegations and findings to the club, three team employees accused of improper behavior abruptly departed, including Larry Michael, the club’s longtime radio voice, and Alex Santos, the team’s director of pro personnel.
In a statement, the team said it had hired D.C. attorney Beth Wilkinson and her firm, Wilkinson Walsh, “to conduct a thorough independent review of this entire matter and help the team set new employee standards for the future.”
“The Washington Redskins football team takes issues of employee conduct seriously. … While we do not speak to specific employee situations publicly, when new allegations of conduct are brought forward that are contrary to these policies, we address them promptly,” the team said.
The allegations raised by Applegate and others — running from 2006 to 2019 — span most of Snyder’s tenure as owner and fall into two categories: unwelcome overtures or comments of a sexual nature, and exhortations to wear revealing clothing and flirt with clients to close sales deals. Among the men accused of harassment and verbal abuse are three former members of Snyder’s inner circle and two longtime members of the personnel department:
Michael, senior vice president of content and “the voice of the Washington Redskins.” Seven former employees said Michael routinely discussed the physical appearance of female colleagues in sexual and disparaging overtones. In 2018, Michael was caught on a “hot mic” speaking about the attractiveness of a college-aged intern, according to six former employees who heard the recording. Michael declined an interview request and retired Wednesday.
Santos, the club’s director of pro personnel, was accused by six former employees and two reporters who covered the team of making inappropriate remarks about their bodies and asking them if they were romantically interested in him. In 2019, Santos was the subject of an internal investigation after Rhiannon Walker, a reporter for the Athletic, informed club management Santos had pinched her, told her she had “an ass like a wagon” and repeatedly asked her to date him, Walker said in an interview with The Post. Nora Princiotti, a reporter for the Ringer who formerly covered the team, also said in an interview that she was harassed by Santos. Santos, who was fired this past week, declined to comment. Richard Mann II, assistant director of pro personnel, who in one text message obtained by the The Post told a female employee he and his colleagues debated whether her breasts had been surgically enhanced and in another text message told another female employee to expect an “inappropriate hug … And don’t worry that will be a stapler in my pocket, nothing else.” Mann, who also was fired last week, declined to comment. Dennis Greene, former president of business operations, implored female sales staff to wear low-cut blouses, tight skirts and flirt with wealthy suite holders, according to five former employees, including Applegate. Greene’s 17-year career with the club ended in 2018 amid a scandal over the revelation he had sold access to Redskins cheerleaders — including attendance at a bikini calendar photo shoot in Costa Rica — as part of premium suite packages. Greene declined to comment. Mitch Gershman, former chief operating officer, who Applegate said routinely berated her for trivial problems such as printer malfunctions while also complimenting her body. Two other former female employees supported Applegate’s account of her sexual harassment and verbal abuse by Gershman, who left the team in 2015. “It was the most miserable experience of my life,” Applegate, now 31, said of her year working as a marketing coordinator for the club, which she left in 2015. “And we all tolerated it because we knew if we complained — and they reminded us of this — there were 1,000 people out there who would take our job in a heartbeat.”
Gershman, in a phone interview, denied Applegate’s allegations.
“I barely even remember who she is,” Gershman said. “I thought the Redskins was a great place to work. … I would apologize to anyone who thought that I was verbally abusive.”
No woman accused Snyder or former longtime team president Bruce Allen of inappropriate behavior with women, but they expressed skepticism the men were unaware of the behavior they allege.
“I would assume Bruce [Allen] knew because he sat 30 feet away from me … and saw me sobbing at my desk several times every week,” Applegate said.
Allen, who was fired at the end of last year, did not reply to interview requests.
While Applegate and others did not accuse Snyder of acting improperly with women, they blamed him for an understaffed human resources department and what they viewed as a sophomoric culture of verbal abuse among top executives that they believed played a role in how those executives treated their employees.
Snyder routinely belittled top executives, according to three former members of his executive staff, perhaps most intensely Greene, the former sales executive, whom Snyder mocked for having been a male cheerleader in college. After one executive staff meeting, according to one former employee, Greene said Snyder had ordered him to do cartwheels for their entertainment.
“I have never been in a more hostile, manipulative, passive-aggressive environment … and I worked in politics,” said Julia Payne, former assistant press secretary in the Clinton Administration who briefly served as vice president of communications for the team in 2003.
Payne did not witness or endure sexual harassment, she said, but she supported what many other former employees said about the culture under Snyder.
“With such a toxic, mood-driven environment and the owner behaving like he does,” Payne said, “How could anyone think these women would go to HR?”
On the first day of working for the team, new employees are given a manual that describes the organization’s core values.
“Congratulations on becoming a member of an elite team of people involved in a franchise with a tremendous past and a promising future,” the handbook states. “The level of media and public scrutiny of the Washington Redskins magnifies any inappropriate or unprofessional behavior, so a high level of professionalism is required from all employees.”
While there is a section discussing sexual harassment, many former employees said, if there is a process for handling sexual harassment complaints, it’s never discussed in the club’s brief onboarding process.
The team’s human resources staff consists of one full-time staffer — who also performs administrative duties at team headquarters — responsible for more than 220 full-time employees, according to several former employees.
“There’s no HR,” said one former veteran female employee who left in 2019. “And there was never a reporting process, nor was one explained to new employees about how you should report something.”
In a statement, the Redskins pointed out the team hired a new human resources manager in 2019 and this employee works with the team’s legal department on any issues involving employee conduct.
Former women employees said the first few weeks at Redskins Park also often came with an informal but invaluable orientation administered privately by veteran female employees who warned them to avoid certain people and places, such as the staircase near the entrance to team headquarters.
Lined at the top with transparent plexiglass, the stairs descend from the lobby to the locker room and training area, and someone standing at the bottom can look up the skirt of a woman standing at the top.
One former female member of the executive staff learned this lesson early in her tenure, she said, when she looked down to see a male trainer, two floors down, staring right back up, walking step for step with her.
“He even leaned to get a better angle,” the woman said. “He wasn’t even trying to hide it.”
For many women, their jobs with the team were their first out of college. Several expressed a sense of shame and said they realized they had accepted behavior years ago they now realize was inappropriate, such as an unwanted shoulder rub or a compliment about their legs.
“It was my first job, so I kind of normalized it,” said a woman who worked for the club for several years and departed in 2019. “And it was happening to every single one of my female co-workers under the age of 40.”
Training camp in Richmond in August was a hotbed of improper activity, several women said. Some encouraged younger female staffers to avoid the Tobacco Company, a bar and restaurant in a stately brick building frequented by team officials.
“I was propositioned basically every day at training camp,” said one female employee who worked for the team in the mid-2010s for several years. The overtures came in the form of a whispered invitation from one coach at the Tobacco Company to his hotel room, she said, as well as emails and text messages from other male staffers, also disclosing their room numbers and offering invitations for late-night visits.
Attending the annual NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis, former female employees said, also heightened the likelihood of unwanted attention and propositions at places such as Prime 47, a steakhouse and bar popular with league officials and journalists.
At the 2019 combine, Rhiannon Walker, new to the Redskins beat for the Athletic, arrived at Prime 47 to learn that Santos, the club’s scouting director, had been asking her reporting colleagues whether they thought she might be interested in him, she said in a phone interview this week. They tried to discourage him — outside of the ethical concerns, Walker said, her colleagues knew she was in a committed relationship and wouldn’t ever date a married man — but Santos was undeterred, she said she was told upon arriving.
Santos approached, she said, and the conversation started innocently. He showed her photos of his wife and young daughters on his phone, Walker recalled, reading from notes she later provided to her company’s lawyers describing the incident. Then Santos told Walker she had “worn the f---” out of her jeans the day before, she said, and asked whether she would date him if they were single.
“I told him that I do have a girlfriend and he does have a wife, so we don’t need to play hypotheticals here,” Walker said. “I was pretty blunt.”
Santos kept attempting to flirt for several minutes and told Walker he would “wear me down with his charm,” she recalled. Then he pinched her on the hip, in full view of other team employees and reporters, she said. Walker felt humiliated, she recalled, and concerned some people who saw what had happened would think she had welcomed the attention.
“It felt like pretty much the worst thing in the world,” Walker said. “He didn’t care. He thought it was funny.”
Walker later filed a complaint with the team. In a statement, the Athletic supported her account and confirmed the company’s attorneys spoke with Redskins management about Walker’s allegations.
“The Athletic unequivocally stands by Rhiannon Walker’s account of the harassment she endured from Mr. Santos,” the company said.
Soon after her incident with Santos, Walker said, she learned of another reporter who alleged she had endured similar harassment: Nora Princiotti, who covered the team for the Washington Times in 2017.
Princiotti, in a phone interview, said on two or three occasions, Santos pulled his SUV alongside her as she was walking out of Redskins Park and offered commentary on her body and wardrobe.
“He told me I had a great ass for a little white girl,” Princiotti said. “The general sentiment was that I should wear less clothing.”
Like Walker, Princiotti said she was struck by how brazenly Santos acted, as well as other team employees who commented on her looks. Princiotti said one male member of the communications staff once told her she had a nickname around Redskins Park: “Princihottie.”
“It was gross and also just a terrible pun,” she said. “There was an overwhelming sense that no one would ever do anything about this stuff.”
Walker informed Tony Wyllie, then the team’s vice president of communications, about Princiotti’s allegations, she said, and Princiotti confirmed she spoke to Wyllie about Santos. Wyllie, who left the team in 2019, declined to comment for this story. A few weeks later, team lawyers informed the Athletic that Santos had been disciplined but declined to specify how, Walker said.
Santos was fired last week, after The Post informed the team of allegations raised by other former female staffers. One former female staffer said she received a text, one night after work, in which Santos told her he had wanted to kiss her that day in the break room. Another former female employee said Santos told her, as she was walking into the office one day, she had a “nice butt” and asked her to turn around for him.
“I am done with the NFL,” the woman said. Her experience with the Redskins “has killed any dream of a career in pro sports.”
Santos was fired along with his top scouting assistant, Richard Mann II, who sent flirtatious, sexual texts to two former female employees they provided to The Post.
In an exchange with one former female colleague, Mann joked about getting an “inappropriate hug.” In two exchanges with another female colleague, Mann informed her he and his colleagues were discussing whether her breasts had been surgically enhanced — “real or fake is the debate,” he texted — and offered to bring her lunch for a favor.
“If I bring that I want to squeeze your butt,” Mann texted.
“Unfortunately that was (is?) the culture,” one of these women texted a reporter after forwarding the messages. “So we felt like we had to roll with it.”
In a phone interview, new team coach Ron Rivera declined to discuss why Santos and Mann were dismissed.
“We’re trying to create a new culture here,” Rivera said. “We’re hoping to get people to understand that they need to judge us on where we are and where we’re going as opposed to where we’ve been.”
To fans and the general public, Larry Michael is perhaps one of the more consistent aspects of a franchise marked by regular personnel turnover. The team’s lead play-by-play broadcaster for the past 16 years, Michael also served as senior vice president in charge of content, overseeing the club’s website and video department.
But among his mostly male staff on the video and digital teams, Michael for years had become a growing source of discomfort, according to four former employees, because of his penchant for off-color commentary about female colleagues.
“It was always objectifying; it was always derogatory. … I wouldn’t even know what to do. I would just shake it off,” one former male staffer said. “We’re all just afraid for our jobs and trying to make it.”
During training camp in 2017, Michael saw a young woman from the sponsorship staff walk by and turned to one of his staffers and commented on her “tight ass” before adding a remark about her social life, the staffer said.
“He said you can’t mess with her, though … because you know she’s f-----g every guy on the team, right?” said this staffer, who afterward mentioned the comment to four colleagues, including a veteran female employee.
“I was mortified but not surprised,” the female employee said. Years earlier, Michael had squeezed this woman’s face after a late-night taping of a team program and told her “she was so cute,” she said.
Another comment, recalled by two former male employees, involved a female colleague of Egyptian descent.
“He said it looked like she definitely had a little Greek in her because of her lighter skin complexion, as well as that ass,” one former male employee said.
None of these employees filed formal complaints, they said, because they never thought anything would come of it.
“They’re not going to get rid of ‘The Voice of the Redskins’ … over a $30,000-a-year marketing manager,” one former male staffer said.
Michael was the subject of one complaint in 2018, according to six former team staffers, after he was recorded discussing one female intern during practice one day. The incident occurred as Michael was being filmed for a team video production, former employees said, and an intern walked by.
Former team employees who heard the video had different recollections of the precise wording but agreed Michael remarked about how attractive he found the intern, who was in college.
“It was disgusting,” said one former female employee who heard the audio. “This is a grown man who could be my grandfather, and he’s talking about someone younger than me.”
One female employee complained about the video to the club’s legal department, and a team attorney took the hard drive from the employee who had discovered the video. When the lawyer returned the hard drive, this employee said, the file had been deleted. It was unclear to staffers aware of the incident whether Michael was disciplined.
“The club’s legal department removed the file from the hard drive and maintained the file in the organization’s confidential HLegal records where it still resides,” the team said in a statement.
On Wednesday morning, The Post requested an interview with Michael and informed club officials about comments attributed to Michael by his former employees and the “hot mic” incident.
Hours later, Michael announced his retirement.
“After 16 great years my time with the organization is over,” Michael said in a statement. “On to the next chapter.”
Before Emily Applegate changed jobs in December 2014, moving from working at FedEx Field to the team’s marketing department in Ashburn, she was warned by co-workers about her new boss, Mitch Gershman, she recalled. The club’s chief marketing officer had a reputation for an explosive temper, Applegate said, but not sexual harassment.
“I guess I was lucky enough to be more his type,” Applegate said.
Gershman often commented on her body or appearance, she said, in tandem with insults about her work performance.
“He would tell me I was stupid for not being able to print something out the way he wanted and directly follow with: ‘Oh, did you run extra yesterday? You look really good,’ ” Applegate said.
Gershman told Applegate never to wear flats, only heels, she said, and suggested form-fitting dresses for nighttime events with premium clients. He also inquired about her dating life and expressed concern she didn’t have a boyfriend, she said. In a text message exchange Applegate provided to The Post, she asked him about his plan for an upcoming sales meeting.
“Not part of it. No worries. Go find a dude!!” he replied.
There were also routine outbursts of rage, Applegate said, such as when Gershman got lost on the way to Joe Theismann’s Restaurant in Alexandria after he asked her to print out directions for him.
“All he had to do was type it in a GPS, and he spent 20 minutes screaming at how f-----g incompetent I was for not giving him proper directions,” she said. “I would leave work crying probably four days out of the week.”
Gershman, in a brief phone interview, alternately denied and said he didn’t recall conversations referenced by Applegate.
“I can’t comment on something that I can’t remember,” he said.
One other team executive repeatedly commented on Applegate’s appearance, she said: Dennis Greene, who held the high-pressure job of overseeing sales of luxury seating and premium suites at FedEx Field.
On one occasion, Applegate said, Greene complimented her on leggings she was wearing.
“He made a comment about how great I looked in these leggings because they were so tight,” she said. “That was actually the only time Mitch said something like, ‘Dennis, you can’t say something like that.’ ”
Women who worked for Greene hold conflicting feelings about their former boss. While they acknowledge he made inappropriate remarks and pressured them to wear revealing outfits and flirt with current and prospective suiteholders, they also were aware Greene faced tremendous pressure from Snyder to sell expensive seats for a team whose on-the-field product often made his job challenging.
Snyder “would humiliate Dennis in front of other executives because he was a cheerleader in college … and Dennis took everything. He did everything and anything he had to to make sure those suites were sold out year after year,” one former saleswoman said.
But even those sympathetic to Greene said his conduct left them with emotional scars. One saleswoman, who worked in the 2005 to 2010 time frame, recalled that Greene repeatedly offered to connect her with a plastic surgeon if she wanted breast enhancement surgery. He said he knew a doctor who had performed several procedures for cheerleaders, she recalled, and he could “get her a great rate.”
“Reducing a young woman to thinking that she can only do her job well if she wears a certain thing or exposes part of her body is demeaning,” this former saleswoman said. “It puts women in their place.”
Over the past few days, Applegate said, she has received messages from several former Redskins co-workers who have asked whether she’s concerned about potential retaliation she could face from the club. She has told them she’s not concerned, she said. She has no interest in working in professional sports again, took the LSATs this week and is studying for law school.
“I don’t see what I have to be afraid of,” she said. “I’m just telling the truth.”
To some of her former colleagues, there is one anecdote from Applegate’s time with the team that troubles them most. In 2015, Applegate said, she was pulled aside by Eric Schaffer, the club’s general counsel and senior vice president, who left earlier this year.
Schaffer was appalled by the verbal abuse Applegate endured from Gershman, she said he told her, and he offered to serve as a witness or connect her with a lawyer if she wanted to file a formal complaint. Applegate declined and said she feared making an issue of Gershman’s conduct would mark the end of her career with the team.
Applegate regards Schaffer as one of the few male team executives who treated her well. Some of her former colleagues, however, expressed outrage that Schaffer didn’t file a complaint of his own. According to the employee manual, “all supervisory and management personnel of the Redskins organization are expected to take immediate and appropriate action to prevent or stop harassment in the workplace of which they become aware.”
Schaffer declined to comment. Applegate said she understands why he didn’t make an issue of her treatment in 2015. It’s the same reason she never filed a complaint.
“I needed to keep my job,” she said. “When it comes down to it, 98 percent of people make decisions on stuff like this based on needing to keep their jobs … which is why this stuff goes on for so long.”
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2020.07.16 23:37 _Doctor_Teeth_ WaPo Bombshell

A few months after Emily Applegate started working for the Washington Redskins in 2014, she settled into a daily routine: She would meet a female co-worker in the bathroom during their lunch breaks, she said, to commiserate and cry about the frequent sexual harassment and verbal abuse they endured.
They cried about the former chief operating officer’s expletive-laced tirades, Applegate said, when she recalled him calling her “f-----g stupid” and then requesting she wear a tight dress for a meeting with clients, “so the men in the room have something to look at.” They cried about a wealthy suiteholder who grabbed her friend’s backside during a game, Applegate said, and the indifference the team’s top sales executive displayed when she complained.
But most of all, Applegate said, they cried about the realization their dream job of working in the NFL came with what they characterized as relentless sexual harassment and verbal abuse that was ignored — and in some cases, condoned — by top team executives.
Applegate is one of 15 former female Redskins employees who told The Washington Post they were sexually harassed during their time at the club. The other 14 women spoke on the condition of anonymity citing a fear of litigation, as some signed nondisclosure agreements with the team that threaten legal retribution if they speak negatively about the club. The team declined a request from The Post to release former female employees from these agreements so they could speak on the record without fear of legal reprisal. This story involved interviews with more than 40 current and former employees and a review of text messages and internal company documents.
Team owner Daniel Snyder declined several requests for an interview. Over the past week, as The Post presented detailed allegations and findings to the club, three team employees accused of improper behavior abruptly departed, including Larry Michael, the club’s longtime radio voice, and Alex Santos, the team’s director of pro personnel.
In a statement, the team said it had hired D.C. attorney Beth Wilkinson and her firm, Wilkinson Walsh, “to conduct a thorough independent review of this entire matter and help the team set new employee standards for the future.”
“The Washington Redskins football team takes issues of employee conduct seriously … While we do not speak to specific employee situations publicly, when new allegations of conduct are brought forward that are contrary to these policies, we address them promptly,” the team said.
The allegations raised by Applegate and others — running from 2006 to 2019 — span most of Snyder’s tenure as owner and fall into two categories: unwelcome overtures or comments of a sexual nature, and exhortations to wear revealing clothing and flirt with clients to close sales deals. Among the men accused of harassment and verbal abuse are three former members of Snyder’s inner circle and two longtime members of the personnel department:
Michael, senior vice president of content and “the voice of the Washington Redskins.” Seven former employees said Michael routinely discussed the physical appearance of female colleagues in sexual and disparaging overtones. In 2018, Michael was caught on a “hot mic” speaking about the attractiveness of a college-aged intern, according to six former employees who heard the recording. Michael declined an interview request and retired Wednesday.
Santos, the club’s director of pro personnel, was accused by six former employees and two reporters who covered the team of making inappropriate remarks about their bodies and asking them if they were romantically interested in him. In 2019, Santos was the subject of an internal investigation after Rhiannon Walker, a reporter for The Athletic, informed club management Santos had pinched her, told her she had “an ass like a wagon,” and repeatedly asked her to date him, Walker said in an interview with The Post. Nora Princiotti, a reporter for The Ringer who formerly covered the team, also said in an interview that she was harassed by Santos. Santos, who was fired this past week, declined to comment. Richard Mann II, assistant director of pro personnel, who in one text message obtained by the The Post told a female employee he and his colleagues debated whether her breasts had been surgically enhanced and in another text message told another female employee to expect an “inappropriate hug … And don’t worry that will be a stapler in my pocket, nothing else.” Mann, who also was fired last week, declined to comment. Dennis Greene, former president of business operations, implored female sales staff to wear low-cut blouses, tight skirts and flirt with wealthy suite holders, according to five former employees, including Applegate. Greene’s 17-year career with the club ended in 2018 amid a scandal over the revelation he had sold access to Redskins cheerleaders — including attendance at a bikini calendar photo shoot in Costa Rica — as part of premium suite packages. Greene declined to comment. Mitch Gershman, former chief operating officer, who Applegate said routinely berated her for trivial problems such as printer malfunctions while also complimenting her body. Two other former female employees supported Applegate’s account of her sexual harassment and verbal abuse by Gershman, who left the team in 2015.
“It was the most miserable experience of my life,” Applegate, now 31, said of her year working as a marketing coordinator for the club, which she left in 2015. “And we all tolerated it, because we knew if we complained — and they reminded us of this — there were 1,000 people out there who would take our job in a heartbeat.”
Gershman, in a phone interview, denied Applegate’s allegations.
“I barely even remember who she is,” Gershman said. “I thought the Redskins was a great place to work … I would apologize to anyone who thought that I was verbally abusive.”
No woman accused Snyder or former longtime team president Bruce Allen of inappropriate behavior with women, but they expressed skepticism the men were unaware of the behavior they allege.
“I would assume Bruce [Allen] knew, because he sat 30 feet away from me … and saw me sobbing at my desk several times every week,” Applegate said.
Allen, who was fired at the end of last year, did not reply to interview requests.
While Applegate and others did not accuse Snyder of acting improperly with women, they blamed him for an understaffed human resources department and what they viewed as a sophomoric culture of verbal abuse among top executives that they believed played a role in how those executives treated their employees.
Snyder routinely belittled top executives, according to three former members of his executive staff, perhaps most intensely Greene, the former sales executive, whom Snyder mocked for having been a male cheerleader in college. After one executive staff meeting, according to one former employee, Greene said Snyder had ordered him to do cartwheels for their entertainment.
“I have never been in a more hostile, manipulative, passive-aggressive environment … and I worked in politics,” said Julia Payne, former assistant press secretary in the Clinton Administration who briefly served as vice president of communications for the team in 2003.
Payne did not witness or endure sexual harassment, she said, but she supported what many other former employees said about the culture under Snyder.
“With such a toxic, mood-driven environment, and the owner behaving like he does,” said Payne, “How could anyone think these women would go to HR?”
On the first day of working for the team, new employees are given a manual that describes the organization’s core values.
“Congratulations on becoming a member of an elite team of people involved in a franchise with a tremendous past and a promising future,” the handbook states. “The level of media and public scrutiny of the Washington Redskins magnifies any inappropriate or unprofessional behavior, so a high level of professionalism is required from all employees.”
While there is a section discussing sexual harassment, many former employees said, if there is a process for handling sexual harassment complaints, it’s never discussed in the club’s brief onboarding process.
The team’s human resources staff consists of one full-time staffer — who also performs administrative duties at team headquarters — responsible for more than 220 full-time employees, according to several former employees.
“There’s no HR,” said one former veteran female employee who left in 2019. “And there was never a reporting process, nor was one explained to new employees about how you should report something.”
In a statement, the Redskins pointed out the team hired a new human resources manager in 2019, and this employee works with the team’s legal department on any issues involving employee conduct.
Former women employees said the first few weeks at Redskins Park also often came with an informal, but invaluable, orientation administered privately by veteran female employees who warned them to avoid certain people and places, such as the staircase near the entrance to team headquarters.
Lined at the top with transparent plexiglass, the stairs descend from the lobby to the locker room and training area, and someone standing at the bottom can look up the skirt of a woman standing at the top.
One former female member of the executive staff learned this lesson early in her tenure, she said, when she looked down to see a male trainer, two floors down, staring right back up, walking step for step with her.
“He even leaned to get a better angle,” the woman said. “He wasn’t even trying to hide it.”
For many women, their jobs with the team were their first out of college. Several expressed a sense of shame, and said they realized they had accepted behavior years ago they now realize was inappropriate, such as an unwanted shoulder rub or a compliment about their legs.
“It was my first job, so I kind of normalized it,” said a woman who worked for the club for several years and departed in 2019. “And it was happening to every single one of my female co-workers under the age of 40.”
Training camp in Richmond in August was a hotbed of improper activity, several women said. Some encouraged younger female staffers to avoid the Tobacco Company, a bar and restaurant in a stately brick building frequented by team officials.
“I was propositioned basically every day at training camp,” said one female employee who worked for the team in the mid-2010s for several years. The overtures came in the form of a whispered invitation from one coach at the Tobacco Company to his hotel room, she said, as well as emails and text messages from other male staffers, also disclosing their room numbers and offering invitations for late-night visits.
Attending the annual NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis, former female employees said, also heightened the likelihood of unwanted attention and propositions at places such as Prime 47, a steakhouse and bar popular with league officials and journalists.
At the 2019 combine, Rhiannon Walker, new to the Redskins beat for The Athletic, arrived at Prime 47 to learn that Santos, the club’s scouting director, had been asking her reporting colleagues if they thought she might be interested in him, she said in a phone interview this week. They tried to discourage him — outside of the ethical concerns, Walker said, her colleagues knew she was in a committed relationship and wouldn’t ever date a married man — but Santos was undeterred, she said she was told upon arriving.
Santos approached, she said, and the conversation started innocently. He showed her photos of his wife and young daughters on his phone, Walker recalled, reading from notes she later provided to her company’s lawyers describing the incident. Then Santos told Walker she had “worn the f---” out of her jeans the day before, she said, and asked if she would date him, if they were single.
“I told him that I do have a girlfriend, and he does have a wife, so we don’t need to play hypotheticals here,” Walker said. “I was pretty blunt.”
Santos kept attempting to flirt for several minutes and told Walker he would “wear me down with his charm,” she recalled. Then he pinched her on the hip, in full view of other team employees and reporters, she said. Walker felt humiliated, she recalled, and concerned some people who saw what had happened would think she had welcomed the attention.
“It felt like pretty much the worst thing in the world,” Walker said. “He didn’t care. He thought it was funny.”
Walker later filed a complaint with the team. In a statement, The Athletic supported her account, and confirmed the company’s attorneys spoke with Redskins management about Walker’s allegations.
“The Athletic unequivocally stands by Rhiannon Walker’s account of the harassment she endured from Mr. Santos,” the company said.
Soon after her incident with Santos, Walker said, she learned of another reporter who alleged she had endured similar harassment: Nora Princiotti, who covered the team for the Washington Times in 2017.
Princiotti, in a phone interview, said on two or three occasions, Santos pulled his SUV alongside her as she was walking out of Redskins Park, and offered commentary on her body and wardrobe.
“He told me I had a great ass for a little white girl,” Princiotti said. “The general sentiment was that I should wear less clothing.”
Like Walker, Princiotti said she was struck by how brazenly Santos acted, as well as other team employees who commented on her looks. Princiotti said one male member of the communications staff once told her she had a nickname around Redskins Park: “Princihottie.”
“It was gross and also just a terrible pun,” she said. “There was an overwhelming sense that no one would ever do anything about this stuff.”
Walker informed Tony Wyllie, then the team’s vice president of communications, about Princiotti’s allegations, she said, and Princiotti confirmed she spoke to Wyllie about Santos. Wyllie, who left the team in 2019, declined to comment for this story. A few weeks later, team lawyers informed The Athletic that Santos had been disciplined but declined to specify how, Walker said.
Santos was fired last week, after The Post informed the team of allegations raised by other former female staffers. One former female staffer said she received a text, one night after work, in which Santos told her he had wanted to kiss her that day in the break room. Another former female employee said Santos told her, as she was walking into the office one day, she had a “nice butt” and asked her to turn around for him.
“I am done with the NFL,” the woman said. Her experience with the Redskins “has killed any dream of a career in pro sports.”
Santos was fired along with his top scouting assistant Richard Mann II, who sent flirtations, sexual texts to two former female employees they provided to The Post.
In an exchange with one former female colleague, Mann joked about getting an “inappropriate hug.” In two exchanges with another female colleague, Mann informed her he and his colleagues were discussing whether her breasts had been surgically enhanced — “real or fake is the debate,” he texted — and offered to bring her lunch for a favor.
“If I bring that I want to squeeze your butt,” Mann texted.
“Unfortunately that was (is?) the culture,” one of these women texted a reporter, after forwarding the messages. “So we felt like we had to roll with it.”
In a phone interview, new team Coach Ron Rivera declined to discuss why Santos and Mann were dismissed.
“We’re trying to create a new culture here” Rivera said. “We’re hoping to get people to understand that they need to judge us on where we are and where we’re going, as opposed to where we’ve been”
To fans and the general public, Larry Michael is perhaps one of the more consistent aspects of a franchise marked by regular personnel turnover. The team’s lead play-by-play broadcaster for the past 16 years, Michael also served as senior vice president in charge of content, overseeing the club’s website and video department.
But among his mostly male staff on the video and digital teams, Michael for years had become a growing source of discomfort, according to four former employees, because of his penchant for off-color commentary about female colleagues.
“It was always objectifying; it was always derogatory. … I wouldn’t even know what to do. I would just shake it off,” one former male staffer said. “We’re all just afraid for our jobs and trying to make it.”
During training camp in 2017, Michael saw a young woman from the sponsorship staff walk by and turned to one of his staffers and commented on her “tight ass,” before adding a remark about her social life, the staffer said.
“He said you can’t mess with her, though … because you know she’s f-----g every guy on the team, right?,” said this staffer, who afterward mentioned the comment to four colleagues, including a veteran female employee.
“I was mortified, but not surprised,” the female employee said. Years earlier, Michael had squeezed this woman’s face after a late-night taping of a team program and told her “she was so cute,” she said.
Another comment, recalled by two former male employees, involved a female colleague of Egyptian descent.
“He said it looked like she definitely had a little Greek in her because of her lighter skin complexion, as well as that ass,” one former male employee said.
None of these employees filed formal complaints, they said, because they never thought anything would come of it.
“They’re not going to get rid of ‘The Voice of the Redskins’ … over a $30,000-a-year marketing manager,” one former male staffer said.
Michael was the subject of one complaint in 2018, according to six former team staffers, after he was recorded discussing one female intern during practice one day. The incident occurred as Michael was being filmed for a team video production, former employees said, and an intern walked by.
Former team employees who heard the video had different recollections of the precise wording, but agreed Michael remarked about how attractive he found the intern, who was in college.
“It was disgusting,” said one former female employee who heard the audio. “This is a grown man who could be my grandfather, and he’s talking about someone younger than me.”
One female employee complained about the video to the club’s legal department, and a team attorney took the hard drive from the employee who had discovered the video. When the lawyer returned the hard drive, this employee said, the file had been deleted. It was unclear to staffers aware of the incident whether Michael was disciplined.
“The club’s legal department removed the file from the hard drive and maintained the file in the organization’s confidential HLegal records where it still resides,” the team said in a statement.
On Wednesday morning, The Post requested an interview with Michael and informed club officials about comments attributed to Michael by his former employees and the “hot mic” incident.
Hours later, Michael announced his retirement.
“After 16 great years my time with the organization is over,” Michael said in a statement. “On to the next chapter.”
Before Emily Applegate changed jobs in December 2014, moving from working at FedEx Field to the team’s marketing department in Ashburn, she was warned by co-workers about her new boss, Mitch Gershman, she recalled. The club’s chief marketing officer had a reputation for an explosive temper, Applegate said, but not sexual harassment.
“I guess I was lucky enough to be more his type,” Applegate said.
Gershman often commented on her body or appearance, she said, in tandem with insults about her work performance.
“He would tell me I was stupid for not being able to print something out the way he wanted, and directly follow with, ‘Oh, did you run extra yesterday, you look really good,’” Applegate said.
Gershman told Applegate never to wear flats, only heels, she said, and suggested form-fitting dresses for nighttime events with premium clients. He also inquired about her dating life, and expressed concern she didn’t have a boyfriend, she said. In a text message exchange Applegate provided to The Post, she asked him about his plan for an upcoming sales meeting.
“Not part of it. No worries. Go find a dude!!” he replied.
There were also routine outbursts of rage, Applegate said, such as when Gershman got lost on the way to Joe Theismann’s Restaurant in Alexandria, after asking her to print out directions for him.
“All he had to do was type it in a GPS, and he spent 20 minutes screaming at how f-----g incompetent I was for not giving him proper directions,” she said. “I would leave work crying probably four days out of the week.”
Gershman, in a brief phone interview, alternately denied and said he didn’t recall conversations referenced by Applegate.
“I can’t comment on something that I can’t remember,” he said.
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2020.07.15 10:02 Joltie Football Manager 2020 Youth Intake Interval Dates for Top Division Clubs per country

Searching for the Youth Intake dates in FM2020 gets nothing but the usual lazy "It's randomized" without any further elaboration, so I decided to take it upon myself to see the interval dates from which clubs of most important countries actually have youth intake days, so if someone other than me is interested, they'll know when to start looking.
Keep in mind that this is solely based on a single 6-European & 2 S.American League 2033 save game file that I'm using, so I cannot guarantee 100% certainty.
Some caveats that I've seen:
  1. If the nation has no selected leagues in your game, and doesn't have a significant influence in your game's player database, usually most 1st Division teams of that country will have their youth intakes within 3 days of the Youth Intake Date Start. However, if your game has a country's leagues, it can take up to 4 weeks for all the top division clubs to have their Youth Intake Days. Lower division clubs (or rather clubs with poorer youth infrastructure, more on that below) begin their Youth Intake Days roughly around the same date that the Top Division ones finish and it progresses downwards into the amateur levels, depending on how many leagues you have of that country.
  2. What I noticed is that the order by the teams have their Youth Intake Day follows how good their Youth Recruitment is compared to other clubs in that country from the leagues you have running on the game, so in truth in a country where you have a large database for your game, if a lower division club has outstanding youth infrastructure, it may very well be among those to get a Youth Intake in the first few days. Case in point: Belenenses, which is in the third Portuguese tier, got its youth intake in the second day, after the best academies in Portugal (Benfica, Sporting, Porto, and a couple others)

Yearly Youth Intake Earliest Date Start Countries
2/1 USA
16/1 Colombia
17/1 Uruguay
5/2 Norway
23/2 Russia
27/2 Mexico
3/3 Austria
5/3 Serbia
6/3 Indonesia
9/3 Croatia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Poland, Switzerland, Turkey
14/3 England, N. Ireland, Scotland, Wales
16/3 Ukraine
18/3 Slovakia
19/3 Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Italy, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia,
26/3 Holland
29/3 Spain
3/4 India, South Africa
8/4 Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Angola, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Belize, Bermuda, Bosnia, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Cayman Islands, Chad, Costa Rica, Curaçao, Dominica, DR Congo, Egypt, Gabon, Gibraltar, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Iran, Iraq, Ivory Coast, Jordan, Kenya, Kosovo, Lebanon, Libya, Luxembourg, Malta, Martinique, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mayotte, Montenegro, Montserrat, Morocco, Namibia, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, North Macedonia, Oman, Palestine, Panama, Qatar, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Somalia, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Martin, Syria, Tahiti, Tanzania, Togo, Trinidad & Tobago, Tunisia, Uganda, US Virgin Is., Yemen, Zanzibar
20/4 Hong Kong
1/8 or 2/8 Malaysia
14/8 Iceland
18/8 or 19/8 Finland
3/9 Sweden
14/9 Australia, China
15/9 South Korea
21/9 Afghanistan, Barbados, Benin, Bolivia, Brazil, British Virgin Is., Brunei, Canada, CAR, Chinese Taipei, Comoros, Congo, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Faroe Islands, Fiji, French Guyana, Georgia, Ghana, Grenada, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Haiti, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Liberia, Macau, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Moldova, Mozambique, New Caledonia, Nigeria, North Korea, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Sao Tome & Principe, Sri Lanka, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Sudan, The Gambia, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Vietnam, Zambia, Zimbabwe
30/9 Chile
8/11 Argentina
So if on a certain year, by that specific day, there is no youth intake in that country, the next day some club should have a youth intake day, otherwise it is unlikely that there will be a club in that country doing a Youth intake day.
So now every time that the date is rolling over, keep an eye out for the Youth Intake screen of those countries and now you have more tools to attempt to poach fantastic players while they are young.
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2020.06.30 23:38 Sad-Acanthisitta952 Continuation of the story of a biker girl “Comandante is still very respected in Cuba”

Continuation of the story of a biker girl “Comandante is still very respected in Cuba”
Original article here, biker girl website here. Recently, this story has become popular, for those who want to become a sponsor of her travels, we will provide the necessary information in a personal message.
- In Cuba, you met with the son of Che Guevara. What did you tell?
- The meeting with the youngest son of Che Guevara, who, like his father, is called Ernesto, was for me an absolute surprise and a pleasant surprise. Our consul in Cuba, Oleg Sheydin, and Ambassador Alexander Alexandrov invited me when the story of the theft of documents in Mexico happened. I flew to Havana the day before my birthday. The embassy staff arranged a meeting with Ernesto as a gift, with whom we immediately started talking as old friends: he is also a motorcyclist and organizes motorcycle tours to Harley-Davidson around the island.
Before that, I walked around Havana for several days and was faced with the not very pleasant behavior of the locals - they whistle after the women, shout compliments loudly and try to drag them to a nearby cafe.
When I traveled with Ernesto through the narrow streets of Havana, everything was different. The son of the commande is very well known in Cuba, welcomed and respected by his companions and guests. Now he is engaged in the construction of a museum center dedicated to his father.
Che Guevara died when Ernesto was very young, and he does not remember him well. The son of a famous revolutionary showed me photographs, gave me some books and the famous beret with a star.

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By the way, several years ago, at the invitation of the Harley-Davidson club, Ernesto was in Minsk. He says he liked everything: the city is clean, people are nice, the food is delicious.
- We met Neil and Patricia at the conference of motorcycle travelers, where I talked about a trip around the world. We immediately felt a spiritual kinship, although we belong to completely different nations and cultures.
This wonderful couple hails from Britain. All their life together, and this is more than 40 years old, they rode motorbikes. Having retired, they decided to go on a big trip on their own motorhome. We bought a military truck in excellent condition, completely redesigned the chassis, built a residential body and developed a route for South America. All conversations and dreams were just about that.
Аnd then ... It happened that it is impossible to predict, that which destroys dreams without warning. Patricia was diagnosed with cancer. This was followed by a long 2.5 years of struggle for life. But they won! They sold the house and all the property, leaving only their truck, living with hope and faith in the best.
We started from Montevideo (Uruguay), drove to Ushuaia (Argentina), celebrated New Year in a great company and set off along Carreter Austral (the famous road to Chile) to the north. On the way we picked up two hitchhikers.
It rained for a week without stopping, the carriageway became soft, the coating turned into a viscous liquid ... Trying to stretch out on a narrow road with a bus, the truck capsized and flew into a ditch.
The girl hitchhiker broke her head and lost her memory, the rest received minor injuries. The truck was badly damaged. A tank with water supplies broke through the control panel. In addition, when the car was taken out of the cuvette, the chassis was damaged.
Further worse. Neela was taken to the police as the alleged culprit of the accident with dire consequences. The end of the dream story? How would you feel? What were you thinking about?
But Patricia and Neil are amazing optimists and attract the same. The injured hitchhiker was able to recover, the charges were dropped, the emotionless police even invited the Briton to dinner. And five months later, the truck was restored.
And here we are together in Ecuador. New adventures, meetings and love that conquers everything.

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I’m really used to riding solo, I’m so calmer and more comfortable. There is no need to be responsible for fellow travelers. Therefore, I traveled all the way alone, with the exception of one month.
At the very beginning of my trip to Argentina, I met a German traveler. Patrick also turned out to be a motorcyclist. He stayed at the same hostel as me. We chatted for five minutes, and I drove on.
However, it was not possible to go far. First, a tripod with a camera was knocked down by a gust of wind and the lens shattered. Then the motorcycle headlights stopped working and the USB connector on the phone flashed, the battery of which began to run out quickly. Then a downpour began, during which the shock absorber bracket broke. And to top it off, the registration mark was lost.
I got terribly upset at the hostel of the next city on the way (Bariloche) and got stuck there for a week. And a few days later I noticed a familiar face. It was Patrick in company with an Argentinean acquaintance. For a couple of days we explored the surroundings. Then they left, and I remained to wait until the lens was repaired.
After a forced technical stop, she crossed the border and drove onto the famous Chilean road Carreter Australia. She deserves all those flattering epithets that she is bestowed upon.

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And when I returned to Argentina (I had to cross the Argentine-Chilean border more than once), I met Patrick again. He found himself in a situation similar to the one I had previously been in: his 125 cc Honda broke down and he was waiting for a spare part.
Meeting once again, we laughed and decided that all these delays in the way for a reason. As a result, together we went to Ushuaia (Argentina). The road was not easy: the routes along which we followed were known for squally winds, long sections without refueling, and a vast pump (in our opinion, the steppe).
We reached Ushuaia, which is called the edge of the earth (Fin del Mundo), and then returned to Buenos Aires. This is where our journey together ended. Patrick flew an evacuation flight to Germany, and I was left to wait for an export flight to Russia.

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“On the fifth day I was informed that I was subject to deportation”
- One of the main difficulties of traveling around the world is the need to interact with the global bureaucratic system. Each country, even the smallest, in its own way regulates tourism, the issuance of visas and the process of entry and import of a vehicle.
For example, in order to get to Costa Rica, you must have on hand a fresh original certificate of absence of a criminal record and not being in the criminal investigation department, with an apostille and translation into Spanish.
And in Colombia, the length of stay is equal to the duration of the visa and begins to count from the date of issue. It is precisely because of this that a problem arose with a possible deportation. I got a visa to this country in Mexico City. The journey to it took longer than I expected. The ship on which I crossed from Panama runs every three weeks. As a result, a stamp on entry into the country dated September 20, and the visa expired after six days.
Crossing the country in such a time is possible, but pointless. Therefore, I immediately began to find out in the migration department how to extend my stay or visa. In Cartagena (the fifth largest city in Colombia) no one knew what to do with me, and I was sent to the capital, Bogota. With the help of my Spanish-speaking friend from Hungary, we tried for seven (!) Hours to get at least some information from the migration staff, and then from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Nobody could clearly answer our questions. As a result of a long walk to all authorities, it became clear that no extension exists and it is necessary to apply for a new visa, which I did.
In fact, the period for considering a visa application is five days, my term in Colombia ended in four. I really believed in justice and a condescending attitude towards tourists. Do you think they reviewed the application in four days? Of course not...
On the fifth day I was informed that I was illegally in Colombia and subject to immediate deportation. The motorcycle was still at customs in Cartagena.
I won’t go into details about how much time, nerves and money it took to figure this situation out, but I got a new visa, traveled all over Colombia and forever remembered that bureaucracy is the most terrible mechanism that puts sticks in the wheels of travelers around the world.

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Until the entire border crossing system is automated and robots start working, everything will depend on the human factor.
I crossed the Chilean-Argentine border ten times, not to mention other countries and regions. Travel time varied from ten minutes to six hours. Somewhere I was photographed, treated to coffee and cookies, rejoiced at stickers and stories, and somewhere I was forced to unpack almost all the contents of wardrobe cases and bags. Deliberately spoiled blank pages of the passport, making stamps in the middle of the pages allotted for visas (this happened in Honduras).
But I came to the conclusion that at any border the best strategy is a broad smile, goodwill and easy naivety. We are all human beings and get the emotions we give away.
To be continued.
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2020.06.16 16:14 LundgrensFrontKick Adam Sandler said he would make a terrible film if he didn't win a Best Actor Academy Award for Uncut Gems. To help him out, I analyzed his films and their movie posters to come up with a perfectly bad Sandler film entitled 'Jacked Up'

Adam Sandler said he would make a terrible film if he didn't win a Best Actor Academy Award for Uncut Gems. To help him out, I analyzed his films and their movie posters to come up with a perfectly bad Sandler film entitled 'Jacked Up'
Earlier in the year, Adam Sandler was a guest on Howard Stern’s show to discuss his starring role in the excellent Uncut Gems. During the interview, Sandler made a joke about what would happen if he didn’t win the Best Actor Academy Award. He told Howard:
“If I don’t get it, I’m going to f–king come back and do one again that is so bad on purpose just to make you all pay. That’s how I get them.”
In a bad news, bad news situation, Sandler wasn’t nominated, and he’s promised to make a terrible film (I’ll still watch it a few times regardless). In an effort to assist the Sandman with his terrible film, I dug through all of his films and analyzed their posters to come up with the objectively worst Sandler picture that could be made. Here it is:
  • Jacked Up
  • Directed by Dennis Dugan
  • Written By - Tim Herlihy
  • PG-13
  • Running Time: 135 minutes
  • Released on Netflix
  • Predicted Tomatometer score - 6%
  • Predicted IMDb score - 3.75
Adam Sandler plays a personal traineshoe salesman named Jack Goodheart who is married to Janet Goodheart (Also, Sandler, using a very off-putting voice). They travel to an exclusive resort in Costa Rica to attend his 30th high school anniversary during the fourth of July weekend. During the event, Rob Schneider (playing a terrorist) and his team of henchmen, hijack the event and take everyone hostage, including State Senator Chuck Finley (Terry Crews) and presidential candidate Casey Fitzpatrick (Maya Rudolph). During the melee, Jack and Janet escape, and the two use their past military experience and buff physiques to save the day. This PG-13 action-comedy is entitled “Jacked Up” and ends with a jet ski chase at the hotel’s lazy river pool that circles the hotel. The film is directed by Dennis Dugan, and co-stars Kevin James, Chris Rock, David Spade, Salma Hayek, Terry Crews, Steve Buscemi, Taylor Lautner, Luke Wilson, Peter Dinklage, Maya Rudolph, and Al Pacino.
Here's the first fan made poster. I'll add as more people share. Thank you Kelkith
Here is another fan made poster! Thank you TreMetal
Another very fun poster!
This is how I came up with the storyline. I pulled together his best and worst films to find patterns that appear. Here are Sandler's lowest rated films on Rotten Tomatoes and IMDb. I drew a lot of inspiration from them. Also, I tried to make this as objective as possible.
  • The Ridiculous 6 (0% TM) - Action Comedy - Action hero
  • Jack and Jill (3% - 3.3 IMDb) - Two Sandler's - Jet Ski scene - Married - Holiday
  • Grown Ups 2 (7%) - Reunited with old friends - Married
  • Bulletproof (8%) - Action comedy
  • The Cobbler (9%) - Shoe repairman
  • The Do-Over (10%) - Action Comedy - Reunited with old friend - Married
  • Grown Ups (10%) - Reunited with old friends - Holiday - Married
  • Adam Sandler’s Eight Crazy Nights (12%)- Takes place during a holiday
  • Blended (14%) - He’s a dad who travels to Africa
  • Going Overboard (1.8 IMDb) - Lots of terrible boat action
  • The Week Of (5.1 IMDb) families get together for a wedding
  • Sandy Wexler (5.1 IMDb) - Sandler pulls a unique voice (which isn’t statistically a good thing
Here’s all I research I compiled to create Jacked Up
  • A trademark of Sandler’s latest movies is that he likes to travel to beautiful locations to film (which is brilliant, and why not?). The Do-Over, Just Go With It, Blended, Grown Ups 1 & 2 and Murder Mystery are examples of his penchant for travel. The problem is, the films have a lower Tomatometer average (21.2%) than the films where he didn’t travel to nice locations (37.4%). This is why he travels in Jacked Up.
  • Sandler has several directors that he enjoys working with. Those Directors are Steven Brill, Dennis Dugan and Frank Coraci. Steven Brill (20%) has a lower Tomatometer average than Dennis Dugan (24%) and Frank Coraci (30%). However, Dugan is responsible for Jack & Jill, so I’m giving him the director’s chair. He did direct Happy Gilmore, so this could backfire on me. Frank Coraci directed The Ridiculous 6, but, I love the baseball scene and he also directed The Waterboy and The Wedding Singer.
  • Aside from You Don’t Mess With the Zohan (which is brilliant, and has a fun jet ski action scene), His action comedies are lackluster. Bulletproof (8%) and The Do-Over (9%) didn’t win him many points. That’s why Jacked Up features an action-centered plot.
  • His films featuring him as a married man have a 29% Tomatometer average. Movies featuring him as a single man have a 38% Average. Thus, the marriage to himself (think Jack & Jill) is included. It’s a double whammy
  • I picked Tim Herlihy to write because he wrote The Ridiculous Six, Grown Ups 2 and Pixels (8% average). I do love his Happy Gilmore, Billy Madison, The Wedding Singer and The Waterboy scripts though
  • His PG-13 (29%) rated films have a lower Tomatometer average than his R (51%) and PG-rated (45%) films. For Netflix, M rating = R and TV-14 = PG-13
  • I included a pool because in Airheads he is a pool cleaner who thinks about swimming pools. Also, Grown Ups, The Do-Over, Jack and Jill feature swimming pools. They have low scores.
  • Movies that feature Sandler doing a voice have a lower Tomatometer score (24.8%) than his regular voiced roles (36%).
  • None of his Fresh films feature a jet ski - 50 first Dates (45%), Jack & Jill (3%) and You Don’t Mess with the Zohan (37%) are all Rotten
  • In The Ridiculous Six, Grown Ups, The Do-Over, and Bulletproof he plays a totally capable man who isn’t an underdog like he is in Billy Madison and Happy Gilmore. So, he can’t be a doofus during the action scenes.
  • Randomly enough, Rob Schneider shouldn’t adopt some kind of stereotyped character because his makeup-less roles have a lower Tomatometer average (27.6%) than his stereotyped roles (32%).
  • His lowest rated movies on IMDb are Going Overboard (1.5), Jack & Jill (3.3), The Ridiculous 6 (4.8), Sandy Wexler (5.1) and The Week Of (5.1) - These movies feature water exploits, gun fights, weird voices, two Sandlers, and large gatherings. These things are all in Jacked Up.
  • *Bulletproof (*$25 million), Little Nicky ($39 million) and Blended ($46 million) are a few of his lowest grossing comedies. In these films, he uses a wild voice, goes on vacations and engages in action shenanigans. I left out movies like Spanglish and Reign Over Me because they aren’t traditional Sandler comedies. Also, Billy Madison and Happy Gilmore weren’t huge earners. However, they established him as a force of nature.
  • His first or last name couldn’t begin with an “R” - Howard Ratner (Uncut Gems), Henry Roth (50 First Dates), Robbie Hart (The Wedding Singer).
WHAT DOES THE POSTER NEED TO LOOK LIKE?
  • He cannot be centered on the poster. His best films Punch Drunk Love, Happy Gilmore, Funny People and Uncut Gems feature him centered on the poster. The Wedding Singer, Reign Over Me and The Meyerowitz Stories don’t have him centered. However, the movie posters that have centered have a 48% Tomatometer Average. The Posters that have him on the left have a 30% Tomatometer average. I’m going with that.
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He' rarely centered in his "worst" films
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  • There needs to be multiple people on the poster. When Sandler is alone on a poster, his movies have a 42% Tomatometer average. The movie posters with 4+ people have a 20% Tomatometer average. More is good.
  • In this poster he needs to be holding something random. In The Cobbler poster he is holding a coffee cup (this is important) and the movie has an 8% Tomatometer score. In The Wedding Singer (microphone) and Happy Gilmore (golf club) and The Waterboy (bucket, helmet) he is holding items related to his character. He needs to be holding something weird (like a can of sponsored coca-cola). Also, the posters that feature him holding an item (31%) have a lower Tomatometer score than the posters featuring him not holding anything (42%).

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  • It’s best if his entire body is on the poster. The movie posters featuring a full-bodied Adam Sandler have a lower Tomatometer average (31%) than his partial body posters (43%).
  • Ideally, the title would be in the center, because Jack & Jill and The Ridiculous Six have somewhat centered titles.
Poster
  • Title centered
  • Sandler(s) on left side - Full body
  • At least six other characters on the poster
There you have it! I can't wait to watch Jacked Up.
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2020.06.03 21:46 levilarrington I'm Turning 43

We had drinks the other day. Because we are old, we went to WildFin for no better reason than I wasn't hungry and there's basically nothing to eat there - so why the hell not? Also, on a Friday night no restaurants have seating in Issaquah except the chains like Red Robin and WildFin. The fact that I'm explaining this all to you tells you I'm getting old.
Old people tell long stories that go nowhere (visit the rest of my posts here). A story about how you got tickets to a Guns and Roses concert will not involve only Stub Hub and some guy from Lynnwood, it will branch off like nerves into what you ate the day you got the tickets, the fact that you needed to get gas along the way, and how Helen, your aunt called you while you were in the car to ask how to make a baked potato. It's almost as if midway through the story you realize there's no meat to it and you start adding flair by way of the other dead ends your story could involve if you expand it to include all events in the universe. Your story will also become more important to you as you tell it and as your audience becomes more and more void to any enthusiasms. The audience may try to steer the story to its end or change the subject. But you won't go out like that - you will talk over them. If no one is listening, you become more and more confident with talking to yourself. And so on. Prepare yourself by editing Stephen King books. And if you told the story once you probably told it 89 times. You're gonna start a lot of these out with "Stop me if I already told you this", but you really should just say "Stop me."
Old people get divorced. You won't believe it. No one will. But Johnny Goodguy and Jane Happiness will cheat on each other and spend five years fighting over the kid's motorbikes. Most divorces you see coming never happen. Those fuckers deserve each other. The ones that you don't will plague your 40s. If it's you - woe to thee. If it's not, you better be prepared to start having sleepovers and kicking your drinking and drugging up a level. Your friend got divorced. He does not want to be alone. You are now a surrogate. And if you happen to have a lot of friends this shit goes down like a nuke and you end up with 11 dinner dates a week where you drink too much talking your buddies off a ledge. Pretty soon you have the problem, in your liver. Then those drainage ditches of emotions get needier. Pretty soon they start blaming you for not being a good friend because they can't spend the next three months at your house while the ex bangs some grocery clerk in his old master bedroom you helped paint when you were 28.
Old people get sick. You grow up thinking that cancer is some rare disease that no one gets. So much that if someone gets diagnosed with it on TV you're like HOLY SHIT! But in reality, people get cancer all the time. Or any other disease. But I've seen more cancer in my forties than I did in my whole life. Eventually, you become numb to it and become a resource on symptoms and remedies and treatments and doctors and years to live. Pretty soon your flu symptoms are emergency trips to ER because you've seen this before. Johnny told you he had these pains right before he was diagnosed. This is the end. You have bone, liver, and heart cancer. Your hair is the only part of your body that is clean. Then your sister's kids give you lice.
Old people act like children. I have one friend who feels the need to call me about everything on his way to any event we go to. For instance, when we went out to a buddy's cabin he called me to tell me he was stopping for gas, then grabbing a bag of limes and chicken at Safeway, then to tell me there was traffic on 90, then to tell me he might stop at Jack n the Box, then to tell me he's only an hour a way, then to tell me that he's stopping for gas and then I told him he already did that and he thanked me. Drinking and drugs? 40 year olds begin to share the same excitement they did when they were 18. Goes for sex too. I haven't seen a full blown mid-life crisis but I've seen friends rent a Lamborghini for two weeks, buy a Tesla, take out a 401K loan to buy a Corvette, used proceeds from the sale of a house to buy a Porsche even though the sale of the house was because of a divorce that had him underwater, pick up checks right and left after telling you they will only have 500 a month to live on after buying an 800000 dollar home, eat cheeseburgers, chips, soda, smoke cigarettes, call people fags, vote for Trump - the list is ongoing. Point is, don't expect to grow up much.
Old people can only play golf. Around 40 you break a leg, you pull your Achilles, you hit some gravel on a motorcycle - you're done with sports. You can no longer play any sport that requires any cardio or danger so you pick up some golf clubs and become tree mold. If you see someone golfing they have admitted their body no longer works. Golf is the dumbest game invented. The premise is you hit a ball into a hole with a club. The truth is you hike in the forest getting liquor'd all. There is no point in golf barring the ability to drink in public. As substances become more and more legal, I would imagine a golf club will resemble an outdoor crack house in the coming decades.
Old people like real estate. Back in your twenties you might find people surfing the net for new music, new clothes, and new movies. At 40 you look at real estate. Mainly to see if you have a bigger wallet than the person next to you, but also for that dream of buying property that's going to save your life. I have a friend who started an investment group with what appears to be the dumbest man alive. He tried to get me involved, but the more he explained it the more I wondered if at the end of the whole thing I'd end up with points towards towards a new boom box. I declined. Next thing you know, he's telling me about this property in Costa Rica he bought. Then another one in Florida. Then another one in Panama. Well, turns out the one in Florida was a crack house. His genius buddy never went down to Florida to inspect the "luxury apartment complex" he bought. So, when he went down he had to clean up feces from bedrooms, evict and work with law enforcement to clean up the place, etc.. There's now a for real hit out on my friend because he tore down a large business component for Joe Jack Crack seller.
I could go on, but as I said above....
43....what the hell?
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2020.05.09 01:48 fyouk Hexagon Challenge : Part Six. Riding Off Into the Sunset.

Hexagon Challenge : Part Six. Riding Off Into the Sunset.
Precedently in Hexagon Challenge : Oceania, more Oceania, Asia, Africa, South America and Europe

Welcome to the final part of my Hexagon Challenge. As you'll see, the conquest of North America was pretty quick. But we'll take this as an opportunity to reflect on the career as a whole in this post.
Before I start, I want to thank everyone who've commented on any part, it really did good for my ego. One or two of you have also told me that they started their own Pentagon/Hexagon because of these, and that's fantastic. Best of luck to any of you out there !

Anyway, let's get into it.
I left a Bayern loaded with wonderkids that should be stacked for the years to come, and moved on to Mexico. Jobs in Mexico have a tendency to not get open very often - interesting ones at least - so I prepare myself to be patient. However, Mexico gets eliminated from the Copa America 2044 in the Quarters Finals, prompting the sacking of their 4-year manager. That turns out to be great news for me, as the federation would turn to the Mexican Premier League to get their new manager.
Upon seeing this, I immediately apply for the club he just left.

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And that's how I ended up at the helm of Club América. A giant of Mexican football, having won the most domestic titles (19 at the date of my arrival) and already 10 continental titles, although the last was in 2027, almost 20 years ago at that point.
I was surprised when I met my team, as only 16 players were in that roster ! Not sure how that happened, but we would need some bodies to fill the room. Good news, we actually have a pretty chunky transfer budget of 35M to do exactly that. Perfect.
Because of that situation, I would not go for the big transfer, the star that would change everything, I simply could not afford it. I had to bring in a lot of players and in total that's 8 players that would arrive with the intent of getting solid minutes. The main focus were midfield and wingers.
Before I arrived, the club had already won the Mexican Supercup, and lost in the first round of the Leagues Cup, which is a sort of pre-Champions League if I understand correctly ? 8 Mexican teams and 8 MLS teams in a single elimination tournament. Anyway, we were out, so no continental football for me before the start of the actual Champions League in January, for which we were qualified.

2044/2045


The season started very well, and the objective of qualifying for Apertura Playoffs (so top 8 after 19 games) would not cause any problems.
Even thhough we were out of the Leagues Cup, we had the Campeones Cup to play. Sort of a North America Supercup, it is a game between the MLS champion and the Mexican League (or Supercup ?) Champion. Pitted against New England, we drew 1-1 but won the penalty shootout. A first trophy for me !
The rest of the first part of the season went well too, except that in the last 3 games, we could not score, dropping from 1st to 3rd in the standings.
We then could not score either in the Quarters Finals of the Playoffs, and would get out. Very disappointing, and a good opportunity to already qualify for next year's Champion League wasted.

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Not much happens in the january transfer window, I don't feel we have gaping needs, and we don't have much money to do much anyway.
Our troubles with scoring would continue at the start of the Clausura though, and we achieve the incredible feat of 5 consecutives 0-0 ! With the last games of the Apertura, that's 10 games without scoring ! A more radical tactical change than the tinkering I've been doing is necessary.
And it'll prove effective, as we find the back of the net again.

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These 5pts in 5 games have made a run at the top spot difficult, but our objective is still to qualify for the Playoffs, and that is still well in sight. We would indeed achieve it.

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You can note that despite going more than a quarter of the period without scoring, we still have a decent Goals For number. Once again though, we would crash out in the first round of the Playoffs. Oh well ...

Now, for the actually interesting bit. The Champions League.
This is a weird one, I'll be honest. No Group Phase, only 16 teams in home/away ties. 4 from Mexico, 5 from MLS (4 USA and 1 Canadian), and 7 from Central America and the Caribbean.
Basically, if you're not in the only MLS - Mexico confrontation in the First Round, that's a freebie, the other leagues being very very weak.
And a freebie we got ! We got drawn against a team from Costa Rica. First leg away, and that's a 6-0 win for us. Complete rotation for the second leg, a small 2-1 win but more importantly, we're through to the Quarters.
That's where the hard part begins, as we're put up against Monterrey, another Mexican team. So far this season we've beaten them in the Supercup, but lost in the League. That would be verified in the first leg away, as their dominant defense rendered our offense ineffective, and a 25m semi-volley right into the top corner would even give them a 1-0 win. We were much better at home, went up 1-0 before half, and then got robbed of a second goal near the end because of an imaginary offside ! And a wonderful goal at that. Infuriating. 1-1 aggregate after 180 minutes, that means a penalty shootout, of which we come out victorious 5-4. Thank god we're not getting eliminated because of a blind ref.
After that I'm pretty surprised to find out I'm the last Mexican team in the competition, as the 3 others semi-finalists are MLS teams. And not even good ones ! At the time of the draw, they are respectively 9th, 9th and 11th (out of 13) in their conferences. i'm starting to feel good about this ...
First one up, Seattle. Oh fuck, they were the ones that booted us out of the League Cup earlier this year. But we're a better team now. Better indeed, as we beat them 3-2 in Seattle. Could've been worse for them, we really dominated and conceded avoidable goals. We rectified that with a 4-1 win at home to qualify for the Finale.
Real Salt Lake in the Finale. We start off well, but miss a penalty after 15 minutes in the first leg at home ! 10 minutes later however, we open the score. Huge relief for me. We even add up a second goal later, and win the first leg 2-0 at home, only allowing them to shoot 3 times. 2-0 is still a short lead though, the second leg won't be a walk in the park ... The first half of the second leg is pretty uneventful and we even score just after the break ! That means they now have to score 4 goals ! It's pretty much in the bag, given how bad they've been offensively. They score, we score again, and it ends up 2-1 for us. 4-1 aggregate, and CHAMPIONS OF NORTH AMERICA !!

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That was fast. I didn't expect this to only last one season, but I'm not too mad either.

My career is now over, I have won the 6 prime continental competitions, I have conquered every corner of the planet, I have nothing more to accomplish in this world.
Quite fittingly, 2044/2045 is also the first season since I left where AS Dragon did NOT win the Tahitian League. We've gone full circle.

I have managed more than 1000 games, seen my 12 clubs score over 2100 goals and concede a third of that. I have led teams to 17 league titles and 34 cup titles, among which 11 continental ones as well as a Club World Cup. I am up to 8th in the Hall Of Fame.
I've failed miserably in some places, and have created dynasties in others (AS Dragon winning 24 consecutive league titles, Henan Jianye winning 9 of the 11 titles after my departure as well as a second Champions League, Sétif not being that successful in the league but winning a 2nd straight Champions League, Estudiantes winning 6 of the next 7 after I left ...)
And I have played this save for over 730 hours ...

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My complete palmares (I'm not counting Supercups) :
AS Dragon (2019 - 2025)
- 5 Tahitian First Division
- 3 Tahitian Cups
- 2 Oceanian Champions League

Shabab Ordon (2025 - 2027)
- 2 Jordanian Premier League
- 1 Asian Confederations Cup (of which I've only played the Semis and the Finale)
- 1 Jordanian Cup

Henan Jianye (2027 - 2029)
- 2 Chinese Superleague
- 1 Asian Champions League

ES Sétif (2030 - 2032)
- 1 Ligue 1
- 1 Coupe d'Algérie
- 1 African Confederations Cup
- 1 African Champions League

Deportivo Tachira (2034-2036)
- 2 Venezuelian Premier Division

Estudiantes de La Plata (2036 - 2039)
- 2 Argentinian Premier Division
- 1 Copa Sudamericana
- 1 Copa Libertadores

FC Nantes (2039 - 2040)
- 1 Euro Cup II

FC Bayern Munchen (2041 - 2044)
- 3 Bundesliga
- 1 DFB Pokal
- 1 Club World Cup (of which I've only played the Quarters, Semis and Finale)
- 1 Champions League

Club América (2044 - 2045)
- 1 North American Champions League
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2020.05.07 11:03 beefdingleberries My story with ultimate... Also why I quit

I can't sleep, and writing about some experiences from my past is good therapy. This is a long story, so you should get some snacks.
I quit ultimate around this time, 3 years ago after almost 10 years of playing. Why? Well here’s my story. Also, maybe something to take into consideration if you captain/coach a team. It was a sunny day in May in the mid 2000s, I’m a 15 year-old sophomore in high school and these random guys show up to our Phys-Ed class and give us a demo on this new and exciting game called, “Ultimate Frisbee.” It was fast, exhilarating, people were diving for these discs like crazy, the guys were super competitive but good sports about everything. I was hooked instantly, from the moment I saw the first guy laying out. At the time, I played soccer, football (well a punter, really) and ran track, so this game was straight up my alley. Soon enough,I found out that a few other kids from my high school really liked the sport, too. I remember them asking me at lunch one day, they were these quirky cross-country/track kids who always had their own kooky shenanigans going on. “Sure,” I told them, “I’d really love to.” I like to think back to this point as me opening to my playing ultimate “timeline.” (Just binged community, sorry). Turns out, around a bit less than a year later, this rag-tag group of quirky kids is actually quite good at ultimate, they recruit a couple of sprinters and a few other soccer players and we win our league undefeated against kids who were playing in YCCs and they were ANGRY at us. We make it all the way to the state semi-finals and lose to a team that matched us athletically, and had much much more experience than our few months. But that’s okay, we come back next year, make states again, lose in quarter-finals this time and finish 6th overall. The teams were a bit ready for us, this time. But the stage was set, we were really into this whole new game. At the time I couldn’t play in the Youth Club team in our area. I had to tend and help out with my family’s business for the summer. Still, I longed for those fun road trips with guys doing silly things in hotels, having team meals and being part of a group of guys having fun, but trying to win and being good sports and teammates all-around. But sure as hell, next fall in college I was playing ultimate again. This time, the team was much different and surprisingly enough, I fit in quite nicely. Not only were these guys good, these guys are shooting to make it into the winners bracket at nationals. Maybe even quarter-finals at the time, maybe more. We were training hard together, in the snow, in the cold, rain. Lifting, track workouts, 80s montages of physical activity, you name it. We’d sit down and eat at the dining hall after practices, with dry patches of dirt across our chests and huge plates of pasta and alfredo sauce before us. Buying leggings at Marshalls that’d be filled with holes by the end of that weekend. Road trips with weird stories, stand-up comedy, conspiracy theories, drunken stories, conversations about paranormal experiences, us almost getting arrested in Texas, weird North Carolina underage drinking laws, almost getting frostbite in Ohio. Travelling to California for the first time in my life. Going to Florida in winter, and seeing the entire country through the lens of competitive ultimate and with a ridiculous group of guys. Who would work with one another in order to make us better as a unit. Go throw. ”Wind is picking up, let’s go do some hucks up wind.” We’d party, laugh, cry, eat and travel the country together. It was camaraderie like I’ve never witnessed it before. We made it quite far into Nationals by my junior year. Like I said before, I was busy in the summers and financially quite broke from the season already. Still played a bit of open club, to stay in game form, but couldn’t fully commit to it.
By the time I was a senior, money and time were a bit tighter, so I played with the B-team that year. It was still fun, they had their own little camaraderie, their rituals were fun and we still won a lot of games, even though when we’d play really good A-teams, we’d lose by a bit larger of a margin. But still, the smile on my face was still there when lining up for a pull. I still felt the adrenaline when we called out numbers for man mark. We’d call our defensive formations and the loud sideline of your brothers cheering you on, would give you goosebumps. You wanted to LAY the FUCK OUT for anything and everying (#gratuitous). Good times, huh? Come grad school time, I moved to the South and attended a small college.I got a tip from a professor that a bunch of guys played. Sure let’s check it out. I wasn’t great, they were playing with lines of 16 against 20. Travelling, horrible marks, etc. Okay sure, these guys haven’t really played a lot, I’m just going to keep to myself and try not to be a dickhead and call everything, unless it’s too blatant. Still, I didn’t enjoy it. In fact, the few times I did call something, I was already labeled that dickhead. I would try to teach people or give them tips on form, catching and maybe even organize the pickup a bit, to hopefully get a decent team going. But they didn’t really want to listen. The guys would participate in Sectionals and call it quits by the end of Saturday… or so I heard, I wasn’t there. I had gone back to playing soccer and since this school had a lot of internationals, I met people from all over the world. Some of whom I’m still good friends with to this day and have visited and hosted me in their home countries. I tried the cities and towns nearby for their ultimate scenes. Played in a couple of tournaments with co-ed clubs from nearby and tried doing a summer league, but quit half-way through. This is when I started to see the toxic side of a lot of ultimate. I had seen summer leagues before and played rec-leagues with some undergrad friends and we sort of played them to throw around sometimes, but really didn’t get into the full spectrum of it. I had a lackluster time at these tournaments, all the older ladies were bickering about the younger ones behind their backs, the guys were guilty of this too.. Lots of people didn’t know their roles on their teams and would try and catch one-handed pulls when going upwind. People were hooking up / breaking up with former partners on the same team and causing a bias in our lines called. The team meals were more forced than anything, just awkwardly sitting there doing small-talk with a bunch of people I barely knew in a Cracker Barrel in Louisiana. Eventually, I quit for some time, until I returned home. I didn’t try out for the top open club in my city because I was way out of form and even in college because of my schedule I couldn’t make the full jump up to open club, either. I ended up at yet another co-ed, as an old friend of mine had invited me to come try out. I was hoping it was different from the time before, but it was more of the same, and much worse. People’s attitudes were toxic as hell, lots of bickering and talking behind people’s backs, no sort of support for younger players/rookies on throwing. No collective workouts outside practices. Team dinners/bonding events were forced and seemed more of a chore than anything, I was sidelined constantly, even though I was playing well and was getting D's almost every time I was out there. Captain didn’t really like me to begin with. I quit half-way through the season; didn’t even bother buying jerseys or going to sectionals. Afterwards, I worked in Europe, Asia, Central/South America some time. So, to my lack of better judgement, I tried out their local ultimate scenes. By this time, I couldn’t even stomach it anymore, it was even worse than before because EVERYONE was cheating under the gaze of Spirit of the Game. You’d call a travel, they’d sneer at you with sad puppy eyes and let out a “noo, man he just started.” “Okay sure…” Then the guy would throw a ridiculous crossfield flick-huck… “Are you kidding me?” Then, some guy marking me calls “Dangrous Play” because I D‘ed him on an upline cut and didn’t even touch him. I was perplexed, because the call was out of nowhere. Yeah, I’ve had BS fouls called on me and just said contest and just ended it there. But seriously, that’s a soccer call when my cleat comes too high up. Our team wasn’t as good anyways, so I resorted back to soccer with similar results as grad school. Played in Argentina when I was there, didn’t have a good time either, but nothing too bad like the next two.
And finally we got China and Costa Rica. OH. MY. GOD. In China (at least where I was), playing had blatant cheating and then they’d call a foul on you for just getting a D on a 50-50 disc, then you’d obviously contest and they’d berate you on how shitty your spirit was. Five minutes later a disc obviously thuds on the floor and they’d call it up and a whole 10 minute argument would ensue.
In Costa Rica, I was playing at this tournament and called a travel on this older gentleman, who gets on my case because he’s wearing sneakers and the ground is wet. “Alright, man… Sure. I”m trying not to be a dickhead about it.” Guy claims to have been playing for 20+ years... Guy fouls me on an in-cut.. “Well, fine just don’t listen to anything or acknowledge a stoppage.” This guy keeps on calling fouls for whenever he gets hand/foot blocked. Next game, he literally breaks another Costa Rican guy’s collarbone trying to push him out of bounds. Older guy goes on to contest the foul and argues that in his 20 years of playing that has never been a foul. Guy with a broken clavicle comes back a few hours later with a cast. A few months later in a pickup game, that same older guy is doing his same thing. Along with another friend of his. Some other guy who actually knew how to play just took them on and almost fought them. Later on, I told him I felt the same, and the dude despite sounding like a douchebag, invited me to come play soccer with him and his friends… Which turns out, was way more fun and there seemed to be camaraderie and sportsmanship in his group. But at this point, I’m just jaded to what ultimate around me has become. I start to question why am I even playing anymore. I just don’t care. That wide eyed 17 year-old’s illusionment finally deflated like an empty hot-air balloon. I love soccer, but I was always a better ultimate player and the fact that I enjoy my second favorite sport now makes me truly sad. The sport that once gave me my group of college friends, first date, first girlfriend, first time drinking, first college halloween parties, going to Zodiac, Wildwood, Beer Leagues. These are some selected experiences of mine that I can remember. My experiences, especially with co-ed were terrible, were they like this for anyone else here? Did you guys also have terrible experiences playing ultimate overseas? I know in college, we would mock spirit, or not take it as seriously at times. I’ve also heard this from even Callahan nominees. (This statement might be quite controversial to some) .
I was never here nor there with it. I just liked being fair and a good sport about things, but I wasn’t going to congratulate or even praise the other team even if they did get spectacular plays. After the game, sure. Lastly, words from a Vet: if you’re captaining a team, support your rookies, and new players. If you’re in a healthy ultimate community, encourage good sportsmanship at least and maybe weed out the toxic people and blatant cheaters on pickup. Sometimes I wonder, how things would’ve turned out without ultimate in my life. Throwaway… because I obviously know former teammates and friends who lurk this subreddit. I’m afraid I actually gave out too many details to compromise myself. You can probably infer that I’m from the East Coast. So we’ll leave it at that.
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2020.05.06 19:04 Buck_Joffrey Wealth Formula Episode 208: 4 Doctors, a Virus, and a Battered Economy: Part 1

Catch the full episode: https://www.wealthformula.com/podcast/208-4-doctors-a-virus-and-a-battered-economy-part-1/
Buck: Welcome back to the show everyone. Today on Wealth Formula Podcast this is a very interesting, different sort of format we got here and you know I think you'll find this useful. I have with me today, I have three of our listeners who also happen to be members of Wealth Formula Network and they're also active members in Investor Club and they're physicians all of them. And so we've got Ian Kurth who's been on before is a neuroradiologist in Wisconsin. And we have Paresh Mehta who's a GI gastroenterologist doctor in San Antonio. And then John Foley who's a neurologist and who has a lot of experience actually in immunology and things like that too and he's based in Utah. Guys first of all I want to thank you for joining us. I wanted to start out real quick and just for a little perspective this is kind of for each one of you maybe just getting to know kind of like you know what's your specialty we already talked about that but maybe kind of like you know what's going on with your work right now, how you're handling it, and then you know also you know talk about what you do outside of medicine in terms of you know your investments and stuff like that you know just a high-level perspective so people know who's actually talking. Why don't we start with you John?
John: Sure so buck I'm a practicing neurologist specializing in clinical neurology which primarily involves taking care of patients with multiple sclerosis and related disorders. I've had a significant interest particularly in the coronavirus pandemic due to the fact we have a lot of immunocompromised patients primarily because of the medications that we’re using in multiple sclerosis so I've been following it pretty closely. Our practice right now is following the guidelines of the state of Utah so we are primarily doing telemedicine for follow-up patients we still do some infusions and emergent cases where we'll see the patients directly. As far as investments go, I'm not real big on the general stock market. I have a lot of investments in real estate and some backup investments in precious metals in case the world falls apart which it's proceeding to do.
Buck: I thought I saw some zombies in the backyard. They came for me first because I was the one making jokes about them. How about you Paresh?
Paresh: Yeah thanks Buck. My name is Paresh Mehta. I'm a practicing gastroenterologist down in San Antonio Texas. There's about 25 of us in the group. What does a gastroenterologist do? Well we deal with all type of things such as acid reflux, ulcers, Crohn's disease, colon cancer prevention and lots of other things in between. We also recently joined one of the largest groups in the country with about total of 350 GI Docs that's sort of allowed us to grow and take into account some of the changes in medicine in regards to payers and other hospital systems Mar group currently you know we're made up of surgical centers and outpatient office visits just like you saw in other states so most of our visits now have been sort of pushed to telehealth which is a video platform to kind of chat like this online in order to diagnose and get things done for patients. Our surgical centers have been closed over the last four weeks which means all of the procedures such as the endoscopies which are cameras going down and colonoscopies have been shut down but just recently the governor of Texas is gonna allow us to open back up so we're slowly trying to figure out how to do that.
Buck: Got it. You're also a guy who's you know certainly got exposure to you know multiple real estate offerings and I know you do a lot of other things. Ian ,you've been on before but if you want to give us a brief reintroduction that'd be great.
Ian: Thank you so yeah I gave my earlier introduction but basically I'm a married father for I did my academic training at a variety of institutions including undergrad at the University of Michigan Medical School Michigan State and I did a diagnostic radiology residency and neuroradiology fellowship at Duke. For the past 13 years I've been in private practice with the same group here in northern Wisconsin and recently because of the current circumstances I've dusted off my old clinical reference books and have been forcing myself to explore some more clinical topics in an effort to remain informed in an effort to yeah be a resource to family and friends and community and so forth this so anything I say during this should be you know listened to through the lens of a radiologist.
Buck: Listen and Ian if you go by the way if you go back to the shows previously you get the whole story any it's really interesting in many ways I've called him the Wealth Formula poster child because he's you know quintessential high paid professional who's really created you know this very elaborate investing I guess you would call an investing business right I mean he is looking at deals all the time and investing and deploying capital and thinking about this stuff so I would encourage you to listen that as well. Guys obviously you know the last I'll just remind everybody that I that I actually am a physician although I haven't practiced now for about four years so this is four physicians who are going to talk about the current situation and the reason I wanted to do this is because frankly there's so much BS out there. There's a lot of misinformation about this virus you know we call Covid-19 there's a lot of information on potential therapies vaccines unfortunately we live in a world where there are often more than one set of facts which makes it really really difficult for people to understand what the truth or what you know what's not true so John let's start with you right now what is going on with the Covid-19 pandemic and maybe you can kind of give us a little bit of an idea from you know what you're seeing in terms of you know the curves and also you know true advances or non advances in therapy.
John: Well let me take just a few minutes I'm going to try and stay on the light side for a numeric data and such but there's a few things that we have to do to just sort of level set the discussion I think one is what is the virus that we're dealing with so this has an official name of SARS Covid-2 it has about 80% of the call homology or similarity to the original SARS virus which had a much higher mortality rate, probably around 10% we call that classic SARS and this family of viruses that coronaviruses for the most part we know them through the common cold there's probably at least four strains of Coronavirus that produce the common cold. They’re large envelope single-stranded RNA viruses. This thing is extremely contagious we use a scale for infectivity and if you take a virus like measles which is probably has about 11 or 12 which means that for one person infected maybe 11 or 12 people will actually come down with the virus from that one contact this might be as high as six I mean official estimates have put it around three but that's primarily using the number of known cases. And so a known case is a case that has been shown to be positive by a technique called polymerase chain reaction in this case reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction. So if you look at those numbers worldwide were about 2.6 million with a mortality of about a hundred and eighty three thousand and a case fatality rate of about seven percent. Now the problem with that case fatality rate is again it's only measuring those people that actually tested positive by this basic test the PCR which amplifies little pieces of the virus. It's looking more and more like there's a very large percentage of the population who actually have been exposed to the virus, their innate immune system has handled it at the level of the nasopharynx and they produced antibodies and long term antibodies are called IgG and that rate is really unknown but probably is at least ten times the number of diagnosed cases which would put our fatality rates that's called the infection fatality rate that would drop that dramatically probably under 1%. To give you an example flu mortalities are generally around point one percent so as far as where we’re at on the curve it looks like the US is coming close to peaking but the US a very large country's got a lot of variability there are a number of states that really aren't anywhere near peaking for instance in Utah we might not peak until July even June or July. So the virus it's very interesting as well and I'm sure we'll get to talking a little bit more about country variability and lock down and how tight the lock down is to change the numbers but anyway that's a little basic overview before we get into the specifics.
Buck: Yeah you know and one of the things you pointed out I think are really important to just sort of people to know. This is different in that from the first SARS virus people might remember the first SARS virus and it was somebody else as a problem right it was in China it was never something that you know we saw in this country and the reason for that was that the first SARS virus was so damn deadly right and it also wasn't something that you had so many asymptomatic carriers with. So the paradox of this virus is that it's it's you know not like it has a brain but it's smarter it's a smarter virus it doesn't kill as much it infects a lot more and it kills you know it kills less but the pure volume of people who are getting infected it was what's creating the you know then that the numbers game that's resulting in all these deaths so that's what's making it so challenging. Paresh and Ian, either one of you have anything to add to that?
Paresh: Yeah I'll just jump in and say if we come out of the medical knowledge and just thinking about the listeners of Wealth Formula, you know my thoughts are the current status is evolving and still progressing I mean if you really look at what we know today the evidence suggests that you know some areas appear to be peaking but around the you we're still seeing increasing in areas really the ones that may have been a little bit less stringent with the social distancing you know one of the key issues we have and I'm sure we'll get into this later is what's been effective in other areas has been able to test and also then quarantine in social distance since we haven't had that ability here in the US that's why we've forced to the whole everybody socially distance and get away from each other and you can see some of the issues that's causing so yeah my thoughts are right now it's still evolving and we're learning a lot more about exactly where it's gonna land and then I think some new information is coming out also on what its gonna look like later this year when the flu Peaks again.
Ian: Yeah I'll jump on that and just say that you know I will put this out there and say I humbly recognize we humbly recognize that today is April 23rd 2020 and anything that we say today in regard to the current knowledge of science and the situation could be proven ridiculously false the future and we're all sort of navigating this in the best way that we can with the best data that we have access to and trying to convey that data to the population frankly we're trying to translate that data and then and that's what one of the challenges I found myself faced with recently is to do what we do every day a practicing physicians it's to be a translator for people so take complex topics and themes and convey them and stories are now just to make them you know relatable and understandable and frankly actionable so kind of further upon that and one of the bIgGest themes that I find myself sort of trying to convey to people is that you know in my opinion that we're not going back to how it was anytime soon. They people people yearn for that and they really just want to have it how it wasn't in February when nobody knew about this but it that's just not a reality and you know I've heard this description that what people want it to be as a corona blizzard it's this big you know bad thing everybody goes into their homes let's to pass and then we come all come out of hiding and it's sunny and and and we can go about our day but that's actually probably the wrong approach and and it should be you know basically we're all you know likelihood facing kind of a corona winter, it's gonna be a long protracted process where we're just gonna you know attempt to buy yourself time with this isolation and then allow the scientific method to you know get us ahead on various therapies and knowledge about the about the virus and potentially a vaccine soon.
Buck: Yeah I saw a study recently I think it was yesterday I saw a study about about how many people if all of the quarantine stuff was taken off today how many people would actually go on a plane you know and how many people would actually feel comfortable going to like a football game and the numbers were staggering right it was like 80% in every category from these major things were No and so we'll get into this later but there's a in enormous economic consequence to this that that we haven't even gotten close to yet. John I want to go with go to you again because I know you've been following some of the studies we've been talking about that talking about them a little bit on even in Wealth Formula Network. You know until a month ago hydrochloric win or or chloroquine or Plaquenil all these are the sort of the same drug in one way or another they're they're they're old malarial drugs and and they were kind of you know they've been around for 50 years maybe Plaquenil is used to treat lupus now and you know it actually showed some benefits in some studies particularly out of France for Covid-19 in terms of at least decreasing death maybe decree you know decreasing the amount of time to clear the virus etc. And then I think based on that I think that became a trump mantra you know to hit Plaquenil and you know the A-pak the Azithromycin etc but then we've had mixed studies, we've had really confusing stuff out there in some studies actually showing increases in mortality and patients that were given a Plaquenil. John can you give us you know specifically and more generally about what's what do we really know about the Hydroxychloroquine and in Z-pak without the political sauce on it and also you know if there any other drugs that really are showing some promise.
John: Sure so this really is a way Buck that just amazing how science can get interpreted in ways that really can be extremely detrimental I think to understand hydroxychloroquine you have to understand a couple of other things one is its relationship to zinc and what zinc does and also where in the disease process you really place the drug name. So hydroxychloroquine so let's just talk about the progression of the disease in my mind it kind of boils down into three stages. In the first week generally you become symptomatic get right around the five to six date can be out to 14 days after exposure especially in older people seems to take longer for the virus to build up but essentially and pre-symptomatic people can be infectious for probably at least a couple of days which further complicates, we'll be talking later about social distancing and looking actually at contact tracing and such but essentially you have a first week in which viral replication is going crazy, your body's throwing a little bit of nonspecific IGM antibodies added in that first week but it doesn't really work that well by day 10 you pretty much have started to build IgG antibodies to epitopes or locations inside the virus that can be attached by antibody. So that viral increase in load really is occurring in that first week week-and-a-half once you move into the second week you either stabilize the IgG works reasonably well your viral loads start to decline and you you can still be very sick for a number of days but but you don't start entering the respiratory distress stages where you drop your saturations and you start to where you’re taking a lot of breaths that's the stage where you need to be probably in the hospital watched very carefully because you can go move to AR D s and and respiratory support very very quickly within less than a day and then there's that third stage which is really characterized by cytokine storm which is a bunch of proteins in your body especially one protein interleukin 6 which kind of goes crazy and reacts dramatically to the virus being in your lower lungs. So I really feel that hydroxychloroquine doesn't do much in those later stage hydroxychloroquine is really you want to use day one through five day one through seven maybe and most of the studies have concentrated on hospitalized patients so hydroxychloroquine is less toxic than chloroquine what it seems to do is it increases the pH and so it interferes with things like viral fusion to the cell and the membranes. Most antivirals work best given very early and the other thing that hydroxychloroquine does is it helps transport it's called an ionafore it helps transport zinc from the circulation into the cell and zinc really has a toxic effect on viruses. Most of the studies to date have been pretty late have not necessarily included zinc or zinc levels we know that people most at risk for this disease are the elderly and diabetics and obese, they tend to be zinc deficient. There have been a few small studies and there have been a number of just empiric sort of announcements of what clinical practice has yielded. The French study you alluded to Buck showed showed significant reduction in progression to the more severe stages there was an early actually this was a had a control group the Chen study 31 patients in each group and they found that fever cough and pneumonia improved an 81 percent of the of the treated group and these people were treated with 200 milligrams bi di hydroxy chloroquine for five days no zinc added not much in the way of Studies on as if through Meissen many people are using hydroxychloroquine in addition do as if for Meissen right now because of the potential risk of adding multiple QT prolong the heart interval that's been discussed quite a bit I'm not sure I would use azythro in combination but I sure would use hydroxychloroquine and zinc early on.
Buck: So just to interrupt you I mean you know well I mean for the non physicians basically I think what John is is getting at is that there’s studies out there and they're conflicting and they're confusing and part of it simply could be that we you know we tend to look at a drugs in a in a vacuum right this works this doesn't work but what John is saying is hey this disease has different phases to it you know and you have one phase at sort of the beginning and then the middle and then the end and the studies that if I'm if I'm hearing you're right John the the studies that are they're all anecdotal they're not double you know the the the gold standard type of testing that we want to do but the studies out of France that we're showing some promise they were showing that you know if you used it early on in disease I mean this things seem to you know really potentially have some benefit and the stuff were you saw mortality in other words people dying more because of it actually may have been because in people who were already in a later stage of disease is that is that what you're saying.
John: Yeah there was one study that just came out that really got in the news and was just extremely irritating this is the VA study with 368 vets retrospectively and basically they there was a selection bias where they gave hydroxychloroquine at these patients who were on ventilators in the process of dying and then they came up and said that yeah more people on hydroxychloroquine died and that got in the mainstream news and was amplified without giving the details about the fact that they gave hydroxychloroquine to people that were worse so you know there's there's this kind of thing and it was at a very late stage it was basically in that what I would call phase 3 of disease progression and you wouldn't expect hydroxychloroquine to work. The thing that kills you is primarily sort of a coagulation prop problem in conjunction with an ARDS.
Buck: So it's your own immune system that gives them amounts of big reaction and it's ultimately what kills you and in what you're trying to do is prevent that stage. So Paresh and Ian jump in here any additional thoughts on what John is talking about or maybe just some specific thoughts that your own feeling about you know hydroxychloroquine at this point you know what yeah what I got to tell you one thing what I hate seeing is seeing this thing getting politicized, I would say that you know Trump probably shouldn't be you know acting like the you know the public health director of the United States he really shouldn't be doing that but on the other hand the problem is that there's so much partisan stuff about this that there's a real potential that you know this drug actually could be a benefit to people and instead of looking at it objectively has become a partisan issue which is just insane so what do you think Paresh, Ian?
Paresh: I’ll jump in and say you know John summarized that very nicely and I couldn't agree with you more I think there is there's definitely seems to be some potential benefit in the early stages of using hydroxychloroquine or some derivative of that you know a good analogy is in the real estate world as we all know and with alternative assets says put a team together let's figure it out and put the best people on the team if you look at what came out of the NIH I think the last 24 hours is they did exactly that and said hey is there a benefit between hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin and people who have Covid-19 infection that included 50 to 50 different individuals including doctors pharmacists, CDC, FDA and basically they just came out and said at the end of it based on what they know today at least that they would not recommend doing that they actually say that you know the quote is they would not recommend using this with co19 patients and so the more definitive clinical trials are needed to really get the optimal outcome. So I think that says enough now. Is that enough to say that this will never be used or that we may not use it eventually maybe for early stages no but I do think it's helpful to have that full team of experts together and give us those results.
Buck: How about you Ian?
Ian: Yeah no I appreciate those comments and these two colleagues here joining me are way more involved in the nuances of this then then I am in and I appreciate the context that they offer I mean my approach to this tends to be sort of higher level. I'm certainly not a biologist epidemiologist I know enough to be dangerous and I know that sort of the processes that need to occur for drugs to get the market for therapies to be effective for the standards that we need to abide by to keep our population safe and to treat them and in my opinion you know repurposing existing therapies is probably the fastest way to sort of manipulate the curve right now and to by ourself time to get additional information about how this is evolving and to buy ourselves time to yeah you know redirect and repurpose manufacturing to get you know personal protective gear to our front liners and so forth so I know that there's other therapies that are looking to be repurposed I mean a lot of it talk about antibody therapy which seems to be promising but that's also challenged by time and resource intensive processes and you know there's a number of different drugs that are sort of being analyzed by artificial intelligence to further you know for the prospects of them being fruitful but ultimately it's gonna take some time right it's gonna take some time for these to evolve and I place my trust in the institutions that are that are performing that kind of research and I know and I also like to tell people this that there's been really no point in recent history where the entire world's scientific community is pulling the sled in the same direction like there's some smart people working on this everybody is kind of working on this and ultimately we're gonna we're gonna figure something out that's just gonna take some time.
John: Can I just make a quick comment just you know one thing that is a little frustrating is for experts and you know I'm not a virologist or an epidemiologist either but to say there's no data that anything really makes a difference and that we need to wait for phase 3 clinical trials well those will occur they'll be available probably in six months but it also is I mean those people in New York are in the trenches there's at one point thousands of people dying every day and it is the art of medicine and I guess and I'd like to get an opinion from all my colleagues on the show whether they would use hydroxychloroquine if they developed a fever to 101 shortness of breath and cough.
Buck: I think they would do that that's a great question
John: I think we have to get that question answer but one thing is you know there is a point where you look and you just say okay clinically what's the risk benefit ratio of intervening we give hydroxychloroquine to thousands of people who going on trips as an anti-malarial yep and and to me the risk benefit equation of doing this is well within the bounds that I would be comfortable with.
Buck: I would just I would just echo something there and I think that what from what I've seen from the literature and I haven't dove as deep as John but I've been trying to to read the more significant studies but for me anecdotally and again this is not medical advice at all and just because you know when I think about you know the stays that most reflects somebody who's in early disease and who you know doesn't have an underlying heart problem which you know I don't think I do. If I had a strong suspicion of you know that I that I was infected I would probably opt to to take the Plaquenil when and again it's because I don't think the data is clear but I think that you know the French studies out there are they're not perfect but there there's some there's better than you know a little bit of evidence there I think so I would do it. Paresh, I'm guessing you're a no on that.
Paresh: No it’s not a zero sum game at all. If the evidence was there and suggested that I had exposure or it seemed like it was higher than higher than average chance that I contracted the Covid-19 infection definitely would be on my list I'm definitely not a hard no. We run into this issue all the time in medicine and this is just one that happens to get international spotlight rightfully so is what do you do boots on the ground and what do you do with what a clinical trial says and it's a very difficult decision.
Buck: How about you Ian would you do it?
Ian: I think it's situational dependent yeah I mean I know I don't have a strong opinion yet I probably I would probably lean towards considering it based on what we see and based on and this is just coming from where I am health-wise you know I don't have an own heart problem I'm fairly healthy and I would like to you know be in the cohort that survives us and that seems to be a low-risk way to maybe add an incremental benefit.
John: There is one little other data point Buck. Costa Rica has six hundred and eighty-one cases so you heard you know we're net internationally around five to seven percent on our case fatality rate which remembers only be the clearly diagnosed cases. Costa Rica started using this hydroxychloroquine regimen very early in their curve and their case fatality rate not infection fatality rate is still below one percent they've had six deaths doing that so you know kind of indirect population data but still interesting.
Buck: One other question I have for any of you is obviously you know Plaquenil is used for patients with lupus so are we seeing people with lupus dying? Do we know? I mean if there's a lower incidence of infection, I mean obviously lupus is not something you probably can get a huge amount of data in a short period of time but has anybody heard about that?
Paresh: You're right you know the Lupus spectrum is wide and and the degree of patients that are using front-line or mild to moderate level treatment like hydroxychloroquine versus some of the other patients were using more significant immunosuppressants it's kind of hard to tell. I've not seen anything but I have not look forward either.
Buck: Got it. John?
John: I just have an anecdotal report of one patient who was on 200 milligrams of Plaquenil a day for discoid lupus she was hospitalized with worsening Covid-2 we in discussion talked to her hospitalist increased her dose from 200 to 600 and added azithromycin and the next day she started to reverse her oxygen needs and dropped from 4 liters down to 1 in about 24 hours but you know again a single anecdotal yeah so not sure what to make of that.
Buck: Is there any other drugs that I think you know just briefly I mean obviously we can we've got it some other things I want to talk about but any other really promising drugs here that anybody knows about?
John: Yeah I think the ILsix story is very interesting Buck, so that's interleukin 6 it's probably the lead cytokine or a little tiny protein that gets excited in cytokine form. There's two drugs undergoing trial right now and they're both very interesting. There's a German study that showed that if you're IL-6 level got higher than 80 pica grams per ml you are 22 times more likely to need a ventilator so you know that's something that all the critical care Doc's are following now in the ICU and these two drugs are potent inhibitors of IL-6. So we have a little bit of preliminary data that suggests that it works in more severe cases but big studies are this drug these drugs really need these major phase 3 trials and they're ongoing and they started in the beginning of April. The only other drug that I would want to say something about is Remdesivir. This morning they accidentally released the results of their early Chinese study which looks like it didn't help all that much it is a drug that binds to viral RNA polymerase.
Buck: That's the Ebola drug.
John: That was the old drug that didn't work but what fairly well in SARS and MERS so I don't know we'll have to wait and see what the American Studies on that look like but again it's a drug that mainly impacts the virus and you're talking about late-stage people you know it's a good question whether impacting the virus is going to matter at that point.
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2020.04.17 00:54 Throwaway326202011 Is my request for a divorce justified?

ThrowRA because my husband is on Reddit
Me (36F) and my husband (40M) just got married on March 26th.
We have been together for almost 5 years.
This man swept me off my feet when we first met. He is a doctor and I was a single mother struggling. He swooped in and literally saved my life. He is my best friend and when things are good, they are SO good. He has given me and my daughter a life like I never imagined was possible. My whole world revolves around him.
I have noticed recently that he is all about himself and it has gotten worse lately. He bought a motorcycle in February without telling me, the next day visited a strip club and had a $350 experience in which I accidentally found out about (otherwise he never would have told me), during our "honeymoon" a couple weeks ago he picked a fight with me (calling me controlling because I'm still pissed about the motorcycle) then proceeded to hole up in our spare bedroom and watch porn on the Oculus for HOURS.
I followed through with our wedding because he seemed remorseful and I had hope that these issues would eventually resolve with time.
I found out last night that he got a hooker in Costa Rica and had a little side piece in Vegas when we were first dating. I feel like this is the last straw and that this is not the partnership that I need.
I feel like common courtesy, honesty, transparency, and loyalty are the bare minimum in a marriage and he is giving me none of these.
I just need to know I'm making the right decision.
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2020.04.07 01:13 throwawayy387 1 night in Costa Rica. triggers

I was probably 14 at the time, I kinda washed away the memory of this. It isnt a memory I'm fond of, as I'm not close to my father. but anyways, here it is. (writing style is shit, I was just writing my thoughts down as I'm drunk)
My parents divorced when I was in 3rd grade. My mom packed all us kids up(I'm the youngest). and drove some 1500 hundred miles to get away from him. He was abusive, demeaning, and a failure as a provider. So of course in 5th grade my mom sends me to live with my dad. I raise myself for the whole year. walk to school, cook, do laundry, get made fun of for wearing the same clothes repeatedly (I didnt speak up if I needed clothes, scared to get hit). And got my ass kicked when my dad got home if he got drunk (mostly beer in the fridge). Im in 6th grade My dad starts dating a stripper, she moves in. things are good for a few weeks, shit gets crazy. She talks shit about me and dislikes me. thinking back they were using hard drugs. But it causes drama with my dad and me. he beats the crap out of me, I run away from.home. Dont see him again till I'm 14. I go to Costa Rica to visit my dad. He wants to show me this business he has "cooking" up fixing cars. I meet his costa Rican family, his new girlfriend is the same age as my oldest sister. She has 3 kids and he pays for her shit. while I was mowing lawns for school clothes... he thinks it's this great idea to take me to the strip club with his buddy from the states. we go, he try's to get me to drink beer, I say I dont like the taste. he tries to get me a lap dance, I go play pool. He keeps asking me if I liked any of the girls there. I say yeah they are cute, he asked me which one I want. I tell him I dont want to do that. he dismisses it, and keeps the night going. We are in Jaco Costa rica. they have a big tourist section, brothels and stuff, he tried to get me in, the bouncers tell.me to fuck off. he buys me a six pack and tells me to go back to the room. I drink one or two beers, as I'm nervous of why I'm waiting, I was still a virgin. A woman shows up, and ask me what I want. I tell.her in broken spanish I dont want anything. I try try try to stop it, but she has me take my clothes off, and boom I lost my virginity to a prostitute at 14. I felt like shit after. I remember trying to ask in broken Spanish for her to just drop it.
anyways my dad come in the room.and tells me to go to the other room. and then the fucks the same chick in the room. that moment scared the shit out of me. like everything in total was shit, but who the fuck does this without even asking their son. having a fucking conversation, asking if this is what they want to do. idk I haven't spoken to him in over 10 years.
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2020.02.10 18:55 Eviva899 Planning to visit Montreal/Quebec in March, looking for some advice

Tried posting this on quebec but so far no luck, so hello! Just as the title says I’m planning a visit to Montreal and then later to Quebec in March, likely to do 20th and 21st on Montreal and then 21st in the afternoon arrive to Quebec City and stay there till the 24th. It’s my second time visiting Montreal but my first time in Quebec City and my first time while it snows. I’m a solo traveler from Costa Rica and I’m mainly looking for advice on things to do, restaurants, hidden gems to see and do, guides and ideas overall on how to make the most of my time. What activities are happening during those dates that I could perhaps take part in? Is there any club or bar with live music or DJ sets I could go to? I’m into music, culture, food, museums, photography and art!
Lastly, how should I dress? I’m from Costa Rica so I’m not used to the type of whether there is on Quebec when I get there so I’m a little lost regarding that.
I thank you all for your kindness and your attention!
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2020.02.10 16:49 Eviva899 Bonjour! I’m planning to visit Montreal/Quebec in March and I’m looking for some advice. Your help is much appreciated!

Hello everyone, just as the title says I’m planning a visit to Montreal and then later to Quebec in March, likely to do 20th and 21st on Montreal and then 21st in the afternoon arrive to Quebec City and stay there till the 24th. It’s my second time visiting Montreal but my first time in Quebec City and my first time while it snows. I’m a solo traveler from Costa Rica and I’m mainly looking for advice on things to do, restaurants, hidden gems to see and do, guides and ideas overall on how to make the most of my time. What activities are happening during those dates that I could perhaps take part in? Is there any club or bar with live music or DJ sets I could go to? I’m into music, culture, food, museums, photography and art!
Lastly, how should I dress? I’m from Costa Rica so I’m not used to the type of whether there is on Quebec when I get there so I’m a little lost regarding that.
I thank you all for your kindness and your attention!
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2020.01.29 05:23 SomeCruzDude Megathread: 2020 CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship (1/28 - 2/9)

This is for discussion of the tournament overall as well as results of the matches not broadcast in the US. Individual match threads should be made for the USWNT matches broadcast in the US since they are larger discussions.

2020 Olympic Qualifying Championship

Today kicks off the quadrennial tournament which sees 8 teams compete for two spots in this summer's Olympics. The competition consists of a group stage with the top two teams in each group qualifying for the semi-finals, and the winner of those semi-finals qualifying for the Olympics as well as the CONCACAF tournament's final.
As it stands, 6 of the 12 clubs competing in the summer have qualified:
Hosts: Japan, CONMEBOL: Brazil, OFC: New Zealand, and UEFA: Great Britain, Netherlands, Sweden
CONCACAF is next up, with the Asian and African confederations deciding their entrants in March, and a playoff between AFC and CAF squads in April to decide the final squad.

Results/Fixtures (Times ET):

Date - Home Away TV
1/28 6-1 Costa Rica Panama N/A
1/28 4-0 USA Haiti Fox Sports 2
1/29 11-0 Canada Saint Kitts and Nevis N/A
1/29 1-0 Mexico Jamaica N/A
1/31 0-2 Haiti Costa Rica N/A
1/31 0-8 Panama USA FS1
2/01 0-6 Saint Kitts and Nevis Mexico N/A
2/01 0-9 Jamaica Canada N/A
2/03 0-6 Panama Haiti N/A
2/03 6-0 USA Costa Rica Fox Sports 1
2/04 2-0 Canada Mexico N/A
2/04 7-0 Jamaica Saint Kitts and Nevis N/A
2/07 1-0 Canada Costa Rica Fox Soccer Plus
2/07 4-0 USA Mexico FS1
2/09 0-3 Canada USA FS2
(Broadcasters are for American TV, can list others if anyone is interested)

Group A

Team Pts W D L GD
USA 9 3 0 0 +18
Costa Rica 6 2 0 1 +1
Haiti 3 1 0 2 0
Panama 0 0 0 3 -19

Group B

Team Pts W D L GD
Canada 9 3 0 0 +22
Mexico 6 2 0 1 +5
Jamaica 3 1 0 2 -3
Saint Kitts and Nevis 0 0 0 3 -24

Semi-finals

Canada 1-0 Costa Rica
USA 4-0 Mexico

Finals

Canada 0-1 USA

Don't see a match thread after the match has started? Request one from matchthreadder using this link! Just replace "Home" and "Away" with the relevant teams

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2020.01.22 15:46 s3x_p3ac3 My (27F) partner (27M) of 3.5 years confessed to cheating on me at a bachelor party

So let me get right into it. I’ve been dating my partner for 3.5 years, but we’ve been friends for about 3 years before that. He had always had a thing for me, and waited around for our timing to line up. We moved in together a year and a half ago when I started my PhD program, and we had a seemingly healthy, open, if somewhat imperfect, relationship. I always felt loved by him, and even though he can be impatient and struggles with pretty significant ADHD I never doubted for a second how much he loved and was devoted to me.
This NYE at 3am after we got home from a night out, as we were watching something he very abruptly tells me he needs to confess something to me. He then confessed to cheating with me at a bachelor party he went to in Costa Rica last June. I was so shocked, I felt like the rug had been pulled out from under me. It turns out she was one of the sex workers who was working the club they got a table at, and at the end of the night she propositioned him and he “impulsively” said yes after drinking, doing coke, and staying out all night for 3 days along with that toxic male peer pressure. He says they used a condom, she had a “license” meaning she had to get tested every 2 weeks, and he got tested there and as soon as he got back to the states (I made him print his records and get tested again).
I’ve basically been dissociated ever since. I feel numb. Part of me is glad he eventually did tell me but I am more upset about the 6 months he kept it from me. We signed a 2 year lease in that time. I spent the holidays with his family away from mine. He comforted me 4 months ago when we found out my DAD was on a date with another woman. I’m just disgusted by the misogyny of it all, and feel like my trust has been betrayed and violated. I am pretty liberal sexually, and though we don’t have an open relationship he knows I question the concept of monogamy and we’ve talked about threesomes etc. but of course...these require respect and communication and maturity all of which this doesn’t show. I’ve also been going through a significantly hard time in my PhD program, and feel particularly betrayed by the timing as well as have been having the cliche “I drove him to do this” thoughts, as I have never been more stressed and unhinged in my life.
He assured me it’s been eating him alive, and he told me because he wanted to be held accountable. This is the only instance of cheating in his past (lucky me) and he assures me the whole experience put him off and he will never do anything like this again. He is currently in therapy (as am I...I also AM a therapist), and reports he will do whatever he has to in order to make it work. I’ve been struggling whether or not a one time transgression is worth throwing away an otherwise great relationship out for, particularly when we’re already so entangled. There’s a lot of other details, I’m not sure what’s pertinent or what’s just extra noise in my head, by any insight would be great. And please no “once a cheater always a cheater” posts. This isn’t a black and white issue, and I hate posts that over simplify the “just leave him.” I don’t think cheating is always the end all be all, and I’m looking for a well rounded dialogue!
Edited to say: there are a lot of supporting details I could provide about our relationship, the infidelity, and everything that has happened since. Please don’t fill in the gaps I haven’t provided! I haven’t forgiven him or taken him back. He currently is staying with a friend and I have made it clear we are indefinitely not together until I figure out what I want to to next steps and he has agreed. I’m disgusted by what he did, and am not trying to excuse it. I was just hoping to have conversations that were more emotionally intelligent than the typical bye forever comments. I appreciate the thoughtful questions and sharing of personal experiences!
Edit 2: he paid for the encounter: $600. Pretty sure he also got ripped off because he was a drunk white dude.
Edit 3: As far as his “why,” I have gotten a mixed bag of answers from him. The reasons I stated above aren’t meant to be “excuses,” just environmental factors present. And he is in no way leaning on these as justification. He told me he is exploring this in his own therapy, but he was feeling poorly about himself and his worth prior to this event. Now I’ve felt plenty badly about myself and have NEVER cheated. But it’s hard because my big picture empathic therapist brain sees all sides constantly, which has been confusing for me as I’m processing this myself. Just trying to give y’all the details I myself am working with. Some of the things matter to some people, and some don’t!
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2020.01.17 02:29 TheTaintedSpud I'm bored... Imma do a X-Men in the MCU thing!

Marvel logo and all that. Opening Text: Cape Canaveral, 2005

The first shot is of some people holding up cell phones. in the screens several figures in blue rush past. The camera pans up to the Original 5 X-Men. Cyclops, Marvel Girl, Beast, Iceman, and Angel. They're fighting the original Acolytes, sans Magneto. So Fabian Cortez, Chrome, Delgado, Annamarie. and Winters. Its a quick fight, but we get to see each of the O5 at work. Cyclops comes up with a plan, Angel outmaneuvers Chrome and uses him to take down Delgado who had been wrestling with Beast, Marvel Girl mentally incapacitates Annamarie which causes Winters to surrender (a nod to her being brainwashed by Annmarie in the original run) and Iceman ties them us with his... well ice.
After the fight Xavier arrives. Beast uses a device to fry all the security camera footage and cell phone recordings. Then Xavier starts to mindwipe people. Everyone's eyes glaze over except for one young (like 4-5 yrs old) girl. Fade to black and the X-Men logo.
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We pick back up 18 years later. A young brown haired woman is walking in the rain in New York. She enters a nondescript building and is greeted by her coworkers. One in particular, a lanky blonde haired man with glasses asks her how did her trip go. Something like this:
"Hey, did you find the Wild Man of Alberta?" he asks derisively. "I emailed you my story on the flight back, didn't I?" she shoots back. "Look, Kate... you're a good reporter, but you need to stop chasing these tabloid stories.... "Tabloid? Cameron, half the world got turned to dust then came back, and what I'm looking for is... tabloid stories?" "People spontaneously getting superpowers? Yeah, its far out there, even for this day and age. I'm just saying.... do some real news for once..."
Kate rolls her eyes. "I'll be in my office." She goes to her office... which is basically a broom closet with a desk. On her desk is a photo of her parents and her, the child from the opening scene. She reaches as if to pick it up, but her hand goes right through it. Then she pulls it out and does pick it up, sighing. "I know its real..."
Later that day she returns to her small apartment with an armful of Thai food. After she enters and checks her messages (maybe use it to throw some bones, maybe a call from a Dr. Reyes or something) she gets a knock at her door. She opens it and sees a Vietnamese woman she greets as Xian and Xian refers to her as Kitty. Xian invites her for dinner with a large amount of implication it'd be a romantic dinner, but Kitty says she's got a lot of work to do. She sits down and starts typing, but spots a red glow outside.
She phases through the wall and cases it down, learning the glow came from the glasses of a man. He looks at her through the pouring rain. "Katherine Pryde. Graduated top of her class from MIT with a degree in Computer Science and Engineering."
"Yeah, I've watched enough movies to know where this is going. You don't exist, right?"
"No... I very much do exist. But this chase of yours, looking for the X-Men? Its better that you drop it..."
"Is that a threat?"
"No... its a warning." The man's eyes glow bright red. But another red flash occurs behind Kitty and a beam of red energy lands square in the first man's chest. Kitty turns to see someone run away, but when she turns to the first man he's already gone. She pursues the second man, phasing through buildings to close the gap. Just as she tackles the second man, the first seemingly falls from the sky, his eyes again glowing red. A short fight ensues with the two firing eye beams at each other until Kitty, having noticed sparks coming from the wound on his chest, pushes her hand through his head. The robot spasms and falls, his eyes going dark.
"What the hell was that?" Kitty asks. The second man, wearing conspicuous red glasses, answers "the reason you might not want to get involved in all this..."
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As Kitty tends to the man's wounds he introduces himself as Scott Summers. He explains that the X-Men were a group of mutants who would locate other mutants, asses if their powers were dangerous, train them, and then recruit them or allow them back into the public as necessary. They would also engage other, hostile mutants and when they were done, Xavier would wipe the memories of any witnesses.
He goes on to explain that he was in South America, on a small island west of Costa Rica when the Snap occurred and most of his squad vanished. After weeks of searching they returned to learn about the scope of what happened. Among the missing were their leader, Charles Xavier, his brother Alex, and his fiancée, Jean Grey.
One by one the X-Men began to disband. Even after the snap was reversed, few came back. Even worse, Jean and Xavier were still missing, and without Xavier they had no way to track new mutants. Then a few months ago mutants began disappearing. He received a distress call from one of his old teammates, Petra, but arrived to find only blood and signs of a struggle. Kitty says she might be able to help.
Kitty races back to her workplace, encountering her coworker Cameron again. He repeatedly tries to get her attention but she is focused on getting to her computer. She inserts a USB drive and starts downloading her own files to it. Cameron knocks on door, demanding to know what she's doing. Kitty deflects. Finally the door flies off its hinges, and Cameron stands there, eyes glowing. Kitty reacts trying to disable it as she did earlier, and it staggers him, but he seems to adapt and backhands her.
Scott arrives and blasts Cameron, but he's adapted to his blasts as well. Kitty grabs the USB and runs through him, grabbing Scott and leading him out of the building. Cameron is in hot pursuit. In the city streets we get an action scene as Kitty and Scott try to evade Cameron, but more and more people start turning into whatever he is. We finally end up in Central Park, where Scott and Kitty find themselves surrounded. But before they can be blasted all of them turn and blast each other. From the shadows Xian steps forward, eyes glowing pink before they return to their normal hue.
Scott recognizes Xian as an X-Men in training. Xian tells him that a few of the trainees (and one veteran) kept in touch, feeling there was something odd going on. She'd been keeping an eye on Kitty after realizing she was a mutant, and also hints at an attraction to her. She brings them to a nearby warehouse, where Cannonball, Blink, and X-23 are waiting. Also among them is Iceman, who hugs Scott and apologizes for leaving.
Kitty goes through her files, finding a pattern of strange reports about an empowered individual coming up, then a disappearance in the area. They've dragged Cameron's body with them, and Kitty quips that she knew he was a tool, but not a robot. Xian clarifies he's not, otherwise she wouldn't have been able to possess him. Scott notes that he seems to be a mix of robotic parts and flesh, but the two seem fused together, as if the body was growing the robotic parts.
Kitty manages to find a port and starts Hollywood hacking Cameron's machine half's files. While he is Scott is taking this hard. The X-Men should have been there to prevent this. Bobby tries to console him. He didn't know this was going on. Kitty's found something, but not a lot. A location Cameron was instructed to bring Kitty to, and a name, Sebastian Gilberti.
The ragtag X-Men take off... by car. Because they don't have an X-Jet at the moment. Kitty on her laptop notes that Gilberti was a noted transhumanist and roboticist working for Hammer Industries. When Hammer went under he went off the grid. While stopping for gas the gas station attendant turns into one of the machines and attacks, being driven off. But he does manage to grab Xian. The X-Men follow in hot pursuit, with Xian possessing Blink to relay her path as well as use her teleportation powers to close the gap. They arrive at an abandoned Hammer Industries complex (because using Stark Industries is overdone) They follow Xian into a secret tunnel, catch up to the robot and disable it, freeing her.
In the compound there are tubes filled with various mutants, cameo time! At its center, wrapped in wires and strapped into a massive machine is Charles Xavier. Scott rushes to him, and gets blasted. Not a direct hit, but enough to send him reeling. Gilberti emerges and monologues a bit, how he created this techno-organic beings to act as his own "shield against the superhumans. A Phalanx." He sees the rise of groups like the Avengers as a threat to humanity, and mutants especially as a threat as they can be "virtually anyone." He thus dubs himself "Bastion." He managed to locate Xavier after the return Snap, and is using him to collect mutants to add their genetic heritage to his Phalanx.
Fight time as Bastion summons swarms of Phalanx. The other X-Men start opening the tubes containing the other mutants, so plenty of opportunity for fanservice. Kitty fights Bastion... but its less of a knock down drag out fight and more her phasing through his attacks while trying to talk him down. She points out that he claims to love humanity, but has imprisoned so many of them and killed more. There's parallels there, Kitty was obsessed with finding the X-Men, with no goal of what she would do after. She uses this to ask Bastion, what's his goal once humanity is "safe"?
During the struggle, Scott has freed Xavier and asked where Jean is. Xavier says that Jean never re-appeared, and he can't sense her. Scott goes ballistic, blasting the hesitating Bastion. Kitty uses the distraction to grab him and phase him underground. Bastion screams and struggles, but goes quiet as they sink underground. A few moments pass with so sign of Kitty. Everyone looks on, then... triumphant music swell, Kitty, covered in dirt, phases back up through the floor. Xian embraces her, shippers everywhere squee.
Last scene is at the ruins of the X-Mansion. In the background we can see the X-Men rebuilding... Colossus carrying girders, Storm summon rain to mix cement, stuff like that. Xavier, Kitty, and Scott are talking. Scott notes that she finally found the X-Men, and got her story. Kitty shrugs. "Problem is, I killed my boss," she says cheekily. "Pretty sure that's torpedoed my credibility... if I had any," Scott offers her a place with the X-Men, and she accepts. Roll credits!
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Mid credits scene: One of the kids is sitting in a mostly rebuilt living room, flipping through the channels. An advertisement of the Hellfire Gentleman's club comes on, along with hints of Emma Frost, Sebastian Shaw, and Selene. Another student enters and he quickly changes the channel with a blink (shout out!)
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End credits: These tend to be a bit sillier. So... Xian is pacing outside a door, practicing asking Kitty on a date. She finally knocks on the door,,, which is answered by a blonde with a Russian accent. "Oh, sorry... I must have the wrong room," she says and walks away embarrassed.... just as Kitty phases up through the floor and hands the blonde a mixing spoon.
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2020.01.13 11:22 fractalfay Keep Calm and Carry On: Recap of S07 (which will not end) E10

In Lagos, Nigeria, Michael is waiting to manipulate Angela with a freshly-baked swindle cake. She Kool-Aid Man’s through the gates, and demands to know if Michael can detect what she’s put Botox through. He looks confused, so she tells him to look for the middle-finger wrinkles smoking on top of her that’s-another-lie wrinkles. He sees the pirate ship, and fondly recalls the magic-eye paintings from shopping malls.
Angela’s still outraged that her tax payer status didn’t earn her the right to a K1, which is fair when you consider that Robert’s broke ass nabbed one with the unstable income of Uber in the aftermath of an eight-hour courtship. She asks Michael if he presented a binder of evidence, with special notation of their engagement ceremony, and he tells her they already know he’s engaged. Angela nipples announce the turkey is done, and she insists that if the embassy knew his mom threw a party for her, the K1 would be hers.
“Michael acts like he knows everything,” reports Angela, who knows everything.
In the hotel room Michael declares he has a surprise for her, which Angela assumes is “panties” because she’s already scored cake. Instead, he’s made her a sweet clock where every hour is a different picture of them together. Angela appreciates it, and we appreciate that it isn’t panties, but since Angela loves Michael for his mind, she’s come prepared with another arsenal of blurred-out sex toys and political underwear.
The next day Michael drives Angela to breakfast for the obligatory 90DF gross-out scene. Sugary cereal apparently didn’t register on the appalled scale, and the toothy-fish is a worthy effort, but give it up 90DF; food follies peaked with diaper eggs.
Michael tells her that after the K1 rejection he went to see an immigration lawyer, which pisses Angela off, because she’s already cutting a check to Bob’s Big House of Fancy Lawyering. Michael explains that his lawyer told him that it would be easier to get a spousal visa than a K1, which Angela knows is a secret plot to swindle her out of a state-side wedding witnessed by a field of children and a disbelieving daughter feigning sterility. He asks her to please consider a Nigerian wedding, and they could just, um, I don’t know, have another fucking wedding instead of wasting another 18 months of life?
“I don’t know, Michael. We could milk several seasons of many different shows if we drag this out as long as possible. Nicole had how many seasons, and Azan was only on some of them.”
“But what if TLC won’t pay for the wedding?”
“Really Michael? Are you kidding me right now? How many times can they show Mursel crying on the floor? Are you not entertained?” I am entertained, and this is accurate.
In Kyiv Mike and Natalia are still at odds, and in a few short hours he leaves for the USA! USA! The producer asks if they’re in a good place, and Natalia says they are.
“Do you love Mike?” They ask, which makes sense as a follow-up question in a scene that is totally not contrived at all.
“First, I must pause for uncomfortable stretch of time,” Natalia begins. “Once Michael looks like bullet has traveled through vital organ, I will say fine, yes, okay, I love Mike, fine. What is that? Those are just words. I wash from mouth. Now I succeed in hurting him. Point, Natalia.”
“Yeah…I think I’m going to test out what they call disassociation,” Mike responds. “Let me know when I need to check back into my body.”
Natalia: It would be a lie from my side to say that I love him.
Mike: Yep, just hovering above the room, looking down at my body, and over at the minute hand on my Angela and Michael clock. What’s that, my flight is leaving in five short hours? Better get to the airport. I can go through security, then go outside, and come back in again — all from outside of my body. Security will seem so kind.
Mother Natalia starts to run down the stairs with a box of emotional band-aids, but Natalia still has to throw her ring, and if she does that shit in front of her mother she’s getting beaten with a slipper. Mike is shocked at this, since he’s still reeling from his generous helping of no-love, and Natalia is flummoxed by his lack of response, while also being flummoxed that he responded at all.
“I wanted him to show some action,” she says. “Not like traveling thousands of miles or proposal. Like Sean Penn kidnapping Madonna. You see, all of relationship is test, over and over. He must prove to me always.”
Mike: What is this, am I packing? I think I have everything. Oh wait! My dignity. Has anyone seen my dignity?
Natalia: I leave in mother’s room.
Mike: Hi Mother Natalia. I have to go. Your daughter is on bath salts. If you don’t mind, I’d like to cry on you for a second. You like me still, right?
Mother Natalia: You are so nice Michael. Everything is okay. All will be well. All will be well. I love you so much. Keep calm and carry on! (I love this woman.)
Their story closes out with Mike dragging his sad self down to a waiting car without Natalia, who is still waiting for an apology, because he has to be sorry he booked that flight. I think Natalia does love him, but loves self-sabotage more. Or, much like Mother Natalia, I am in complete denial that she’s put Mike in the throw-back pile.
Is anything going well? Juliana is getting married in 10 short days, and Michael got her bike to tool around town and gain some freedom in the days before she can have a job and a license. She helmets up and rides CeCe’s cheerleading stuff over to Sarah’s house, and stays to flap the dog’s gummy lips and drink coffee.
Her story starts to emerge in layers: she started modeling at 15, when she was lured into one of those modeling scams where somehow you end up owing an agency money in the end. When she returned home at 17 she joined a church that she now describes as a cult, and was introduced to a man 17 years her senior. After their marriage was arranged he changed overnight, and expected her to remain in the house and cook and clean. So one day she just got up and left.
“Just got up and left, just like that?” Syngin needs details.
Sarah is emotional about the intensity of this story, and the fact that Juliana has lived seven lifetimes in 23 years, and says Juliana has a lot more depth than first impressions might lend.
Both are enjoying becoming friends, so Sarah picks Juliana and her multiple bags of dress up for a formal fitting. To demonstrate one of the many ways exes are extremely valuable as friends, Sarah tells Juliana that she used to surrender her paycheck to Michael and just trust him with it, illustrating that his need for financial dominance is not a new thing. She also tells Juliana to remember she’s not a servant, so if Michael tries to make her one, show him the new housekeeper line-item in the budget.
“Do you know why we got divorced?” Sarah laughs. “He thought doubling what I have to do on Monday was a Mother’s Day gift. He didn’t read any of the articles I forwarded about the second shift, and unequal work distribution at home, or the average prison sentence for women who trap their husbands in a hoarder’s closet and dare him to fight his way out.” Juliana is taking notes, because do not fuck with Juliana. She dealt with bitchy models and cultists, and she will cut you.
Juliana walks out of the dressing room in the most amazing poof wedding dress in 90DF history. She looks good, and hopes that Michael doesn’t become another man who changes into someone she doesn’t recognize the moment they are married.
Now that we’ve observed a story with depth, let’s revisit the shallow halls of Anna and Mursel, and the single-sentence storyline that has somehow been stretched into a series of bloated paragraphs. Guess what? Mursel is going back to Turkey. Guess what else? Anna is upset like a teenager. She sulks into her phone and demonstrates the perils of non-waterproof mascara, while Mursel cries and kneels on the ground. She ups the theater hoping he’ll change his mind and “choose her,” because didn’t something like that happen in every romantic comedy with Julia Roberts? She takes the cry train to the living room, the car, the airport, the gate, and Anna’s car again. It occurs to me that a normal person might milk an emotional reaction out of this, but their story is already too absurd and trapped in middle-reader fan fiction — and 10 episodes deep we still have no idea what their actual relationship is about. So, as Shaun would say, let’s move on.
Blake and Jasmin are getting ready to meet up with Blake’s merry band of LA cliches. Like many introverts before her, Jasmin is using the “almost ready” technique to minimize social interaction. In the future, I’m hoping she goes with, “I’ll just meet you there” which is WAY more effective at reducing club minutes and scaling social interaction back to a drink request from the bartender.
Blake frets about them being late, since he needs to get their early to warm up his face mask, and fields a call from the green room where anxiety is mounting. LA must be different from PDX if music gigs actually start on time, and not when the drummer is done doing the junkie nod in the back of his van, or when someone finally gets the singer to stop crying.
Jasmin is relieved that her sister is there, so they can activate introvert wonder-twin powers and retreat to a table to watch the minutes tick by on a Michael and Angela clock. Jasmin states that she never went to clubs in Finland, because there were too many people and a club was happening inside. As a musician’s girlfriend, pro tip, Jasmin: look for the moody murder of people knitting sweaters, working on laptops/iPads (NOT phones), or memorizing the periodic table with index card assistance. This pod = the band’s significant others, and they are waiting for you to come by and not talk about the band. All you need is a polite smile, a short review of the evening’s show, and a wave when you’re done loading gear, because you will see the same effing team next show, and the show after that. No one is shooting enthusiasm canons from their eyes after the first 15 shows.
Anyway, on stage, the group is ready. This hip hop act features Blake in a Theo Huxtable shirt and a luchador mask, while his friend borrows from Trent Reznor’s early-90s Head Like a Hole closet. They yell things into a microphone and bounce, while Jasmin admits that if she wasn’t dating Blake, she wouldn’t like his group, and she doesn’t really like hip hop. Janette asks if she wants to dance and encourages her sister to get into it, but Jasmin holds back, but doesn’t have to for long, since their entire set appears to be one song.
Self-Righteous Rita is flipping through her book of judgments to isolate her feelings about this, and settles on the fact that Jasmin should have switched her dials to extrovert instantaneously, and jumped around in circles with the rest of the crowd. She tells Blake for the hundredth time that she thinks Jasmin is “using” him. Rita is probably not known for her people-reading skills. Blake probably like that he doesn’t have to fight Jasmin for precious spotlight minutes. She’s also so damn blunt that if she didn’t love him she would probably say, “Hello Blake, I do not love you. I will go with my sister now. Goodbye.”
The next day Blake heads to the studio for further interaction with the group of friends that have been “totally welcoming” since day 1. They wonder where Jasmin is. Because what woman doesn’t want to hang out, watching men do things?
They repeat for the 30th time that they keep waiting for Jasmin to become a completely different person, and it’s not happening, and they have opinions. Blake sticks up for her and says that you can’t change someone, and that’s just how she is. THANK YOU BLAKE. What his friends are failing to notice is that Blake doesn’t have a problem with how Jasmin is – they do. They aren’t the ones dating her.
Also: when you are an introvert, you are expected to apologize ALL THE TIME for not having the personality to be a social titan on command. When extroverts start apologizing for asking us to catch a launched bouquet for superstitious purposes, or for asking us to marvel at frilly clothes sculpted for a tiny person between theme-related games that include fake poop and diapers, we’ll start apologizing for turning deer-in-headlights in the company of double-digit people.
“She’s been here a month, and I don’t know if her name is spelled with a z or an s,” Everett explains, because apparently his language arts deficiency is Jasmin’s problem. “What, we have to just accept that she’s not exactly like us?”
Blake: Um…yes? Are we gonna like, I dunno, work on music? No? I’m going for a walk, I can’t look at that fucking white sweatshirt anymore.
Same Blake. Same.
Meanwhile, Fucking Tania is crawling out from the bowels of hell to assume Balrog form, and Syngin is the only person who isn’t arming himself in anticipation. He’s nervous about their reunion, since while she was gone they had a lot of arguments about her not caring about anyone but herself. The anxiety informs no less than four hands-through-hair tics while wandering through the airport.
When he sees Fucking Tania come through the gates he leaps over the guard rail, while the cameraman spins and spins as a reminder that we’re entering an alternative dimension where skipping out on 30 days of a 90 day visa is responsibility. Tania huffs Syngin’s pheromones to identify her prey, while speaking fondly of Syngin’s habit of chewing her food for her. Regurgitation fetish = new to me. For his part, Syngin confesses that he almost put on one of her dresses while she was gone, and now he’s thinking about trying on her skin, so she needs to put the lotion on its skin or else it gets the hose again.
“I know I’m a little extra,” Tania says. “What do you mean that’s the understatement of the year? I feel like you’re not hearing me.”
“We’re gonna sleep SooooOOOO late,” Syngin retorts, using the powers of his armpit.
After maybe six hours of peace, they’re awake and ready to head to CT to make the most of that shed life. Since Syngin’s comfort is always distressing, AND he accidentally wore deodorant, Tania explains that what she really wants is to be a yuppie, but also a hippie, and to have a job without working. She figures she’ll go to yoga class a few times a month and always buy organic dairy products, because she likes to have goals. She starts going in on Syngin for not having a focused, on-track life, like someone who going to Costa Rica “for the community” does. She hasn’t even been able to see his work ethic through anything other than the bartending gig where she met him and his ongoing indentured servitude.
Syngin looks in his pocket for the fucks he has left to give, and there’s a little hole in the bottom where they all slid out. Right beside the last remaining fuck he finds the lyrics to “You Don’t Know Me” from the immortal Nickelodeon television show, Victorious, and he’s forced to ask himself: what would Jade do? Jade, reach Syngin through the armpit portal.
Syngin: You think you know me but you don’t know me.
Tania: I’m really like, craving stability right now.
Syngin: You think you own me, but you can’t control me.
Tania: I really want to start working on those goals we talked about before I left.
Syngin: You look at me and there’s just one thing you see. So listen to me. Listen to me!
Tania: I feel like you’re not hearing me.
Syngin: You push me back and I push you back HARDER.
Tania: This is what happens when I feel like I’m not being heard!
Syngin: You scream at me and I scream at you, LOUDER.
Tania: I’m afraid you’re not as serious as me.
Syngin: I’m DANGEROUS, I’m WARNING YOU.
Tania threatens to leave him on the side of the road, and he wisely states that this doesn’t sound half bad. Since her bluff has been called, she does a half-assed backpedal where she apologizes, but reminds him that unless he lashed himself while she was gone, she’s got a lot of making up to do.
Syngin reveals that prior to meeting Tania he was one of those dudes who turned 40 at 20 and just stayed there, and spent seven years of his life working in the mines. This isn’t the challenging labor of learning salsa in Costa Rica, but it is the fucking mines. After that he decided that he would approach life with whimsy, because after you see people crushed in total darkness while wading through endless rock, you really can’t work someplace awful, like an Amazon warehouse. So now he’s looking for safer careers, like…firefighter. And police officer. Hmm. Maybe these two really are meant to be.
Next week: Fucking Tania answers the question, “How can she get any worse?” Emily continues to believe she’s marrying Sasha, and Blake thinks today is the day Jasmin will appreciate a drunken party with his super-welcoming friends. Juliana is upset because no one from her family even bothered to text her, Mike is in the airport alone, and Robert is back like herpes, and there’s not enough ointment for everyone. I’m sorry, is this preview supposed to stimulate excitement for the next episode? Syngin, I’m going to need to double-huff your armpit.
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