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How A High School Reporter Scored An Interview With The US Secretary Of Defense
"Hi Jim"
By Talal Ansari

James Mattis, US Defense Secretary, rarely gives interviews to news outlets — and if he does, they’re not very long.

The retired four-star Marine Corps General pretty much dropped from the national spotlight as the Trump administration battles several investigations about whether aides colluded with Russia during the campaign. One official reportedly said, “He sees no value in having his name in the paper.”

The photo that revealed Mattis’ cell phone number.

So when he gave a student at the Mercer Island High School newspaper a 45-minute interview in late June that resulted in a nearly 6,000 word article — covering topics like ISIS and the differences between the Trump and Obama administrations — the big question was: How?

Teddy Fischer described the process to BuzzFeed News as “miracle after miracle.”

In May, Fischer, who will be a junior at the Seattle-area high school in fall, came across an article from the Washington Post about President’s Trump’s longtime bodyguard. The photo showed Trump’s bodyguard walking with a stack of papers, and on a yellow piece of paper was a Mattis’ cell phone number.

Fischer called the number. No one responded, and Fischer didn’t leave a message.

So he texted Mattis instead, stating who he was, that he was from Mattis’ home state, Washington, and that he was writing an article on US foreign policy. (Fischer wasn’t — at the time.)

Fischer saved the number in his phone as “Jim M.” A week later, while in his journalism class, Fischer looked down at his phone to see “Jim M’ calling.

"I didn’t think this would happen so when he called, I wasn’t ready. It was a little awkward because I think he was ready to do it right on the spot,” Fischer told BuzzFeed News.

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It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Season 10, Episode 9
“Frank Retires”

Mac: I came up with a really great idea, dude.
Charlie: Yeah?
Mac: I’m gonna play both sides.
Charlie: Why would you tell me that?
Mac: Should I not have?
Charlie: Probably shouldn’t ‘cause if you’re trying to keep a secret from me, well, now I know.
Mac: Should I tell them?
Charlie: No, I don’t think you should tell either side 'cause if you try to play both sides and they both know, you’re not playing anybody.
Mac: What should I do now?
Charlie: I don’t I don’t give a shit. Why are you here?

Ever mess with the wrong guy?

Friend told me about a guy he knew named “Ben” and how he met out some crazy revenge:

Ben was driving himself down Johnson Rd. Now Johnson Road was one of those uncommon roads in suburbia that was kind of narrow. As he was driving, there were these three teenagers, 16, 17 and 19, walking shoulder to shoulder along the road with their backs to him. Not trying to hit them, Ben moved to the far left side to avoid them and give them enough safe space.

Turns out it was a ruse by those three kids to get cars to pass along them just like that. When he passed by them, they took out baseball bats they were hiding and started smashing his car as he passed. Took out his side mirror and minor damage.

Ben wasn’t too happy so he pulled over and got out of his car to address this, not too smart since it’s already 3 to 1 but you’ll understand in a minute. The three kids see him and realize their advantage and start charging at him, bats raised.

Now here’s where it gets good.

Ben pulls out a gun and tells them all to freeze. Turns out, Ben’s a retired Marine with a concealed weapons permit. The three kids freak out and stop dead in their tracks, arms raised. Ben directs them to get on their knees, lay facedown, and keep their arms and legs spread-out. Now this was back in 2000 when cell phones weren’t as common, but Ben happened to have one. He called the cops on the kids right then and there. He said, “My name is Ben, I’m on Johnson Road and three teenagers just attacked my car and threated to attack me. I am carrying a gun with a permit and have them on the ground and subdued, I need an officer to come by here as I am pressing charges and I want them arrested. When the officer arrives, I am the one with the gun and I will follow his instructions.”

The kids start begging for him to let them go, cursing each other, and probably giving sob stories but Ben’s not listening. The cop arrives, orders Ben to put down his gun, which he does, and then it gets better!

Turns out the cop is a retired Marine too! He hears Ben’s statement, sees the evidence, and then they have this exchange:

Cop: “So they came right at you?” Ben: “Yes.” Cop: “And you didn’t shoot them?” Ben: “No, they listened to my commands so I didn’t see the need.” Cop: “That what they’re teaching now?”

The cop then looks at the three kids and says, “You’re lucky you got him and not me, I’d have shot all three of you, coming at me with bats. If this guy would have shot all three of you dead, told me what happened, I’d send him on his way.” So the three kids get arrested and the cop tells the two youngest that they’re probably going to screw up their lives if they keep this up. He tells the 19 year old that he’s over 18 and an adult so it’s too late for him, he’s going to jail for this.

Then it gets better.

They all end up in court and, as it turns out, the judge’s son is currently in the Marines. He tells the other two that they’re going to be tried as adults too and eventually all three go to jail for the maximum sentence our state allows for this crime!

Fantastic Beasts meets Jurassic World

Enter Percival Graves. 

Retired Recon Marine, general badass with troubled past, salty attitude and sarcastic outlook on life. When he agrees to become the head of security on Isla Nublar it seems like a step up - the pay is good, the booze is better, no one shoots at him and people generally stay out of his business when he is not on duty. His brilliant tactical mind, dirty language and a total disregard for a proper dress code quickly earn him a place on the top of the command chain and dozens of not-so-secret admirers in a matter of weeks. He has no time for ass licking so he tells the big bosses off without a hint of fear; he is brash and he is rude, but still - they listen, because they know - he is there to keep them safe.

All and all, life is good. 

But then…

Enter Newt Scamander. 

Famous british writer, paleobiologist and zoologist, specialist in endangered and extinct species and the bane of Graves’ existence. 

He saunters into the lab one Sunday morning, all shy smiles and sassy answers and freckled skin and Graves knows that he is fucked. 

Newt is quick, brilliant, charming and doesn’t give a damn about Graves opinions. Not that he ever tells that to Graves’ face - he is too passive agressive for that- instead, he  listens carefully to Percival ranting about security protocols, his own apparent death wish and company procedures, and then goes on into the raptor cage like he planned in the first place. After all, he was invited to Isla Nublar to oversee the rebirth of extinct dinosaurs and study their behavior, he will not have anyone stand in his way- even a very frustrated Head of security. 

They are not dangerous, Mr. Graves, they only lash out if scared. 

Graves quickly gets used to a daily dose of ministrokes. 

And the worst part- he kinda gets it. This insatiable desire to study, to learn, to interact, the love and passion for what Newt is doing. But still, he’d rather do something entirely different to that pesky posh brit than watch him play with carnivorous monsters. 

Marines don’t shy away from the fight- so Graves hits on Newt, over and over again, but it just bounces back or gets ignored - and Percival isn’t sure if Newt is simply not interested, or truly that oblivious. Until one day he notices lingering gaze that Newt allows himself when he thinks Graves isn’t looking. 

“Retrieve and interrogate” - the op is planned, wine and dinner acquired, base secured and Graves can’t wait for the end of the shift to whisk Newt away and finally convince him that unresolved sexual tension is not healthy and there’s nothing wrong in good regular lovemaking. 

But of course, MURPHY’S LAW#1. 

There’s a monster on the loose, panic across the island, Scamander is nowhere to be found and Graves is running out of patience. 

He makes a promise to himself that no matter what, he will find Newt, fuck him into the mattress and when they both can’t walk anymore, kiss him silly and play “count the freckles”. 

If they survive the night, that is. 

The Gotham Job

A Leverage/Batfamily crossover, written by crazysnake19 and @imnotafan.

Eliot swore up and down that he would walk the day they took a job in Gotham. So Fate deemed it only fitting that a friend of his would bring the case to the team.

“Judge Moretti is in the pocket of the Irish Mob, the Sicilians, the cartels, the Triads,” explained Adam O’Donnell. “He’s got countless police on his payroll, and they serve as his personal stooges to harass his enemies, plant evidence against them, and make them go away permanently if those aren’t enough.” 

The retired Marine clenched his hands. “I fought in Iraq, Mr. Ford, but my wife fights far more dangerous battles than I ever did. This man lets violent offenders out with a fine or a slap on the wrist and sentences non-violent offenders to three times the normal sentence. Colleen was going up against this guy, and he and his buddies framed her for misappropriation of funds.”

“She’s one of Gotham’s Assistant District Attorneys?” Nate asked.

“And she’s down for fraud, Nate,” Eliot growled. “One of the bravest women I have ever met is in jail and about to be put away with hardened criminals she prosecuted for trying to stop this guy.”

Nate eyed him. “Only if you’re sure,” he conceded, knowing Eliot would recognize the ‘last chance to back out’ signal in his voice.

Eliot’s jaw tightened. “I’m sure.”

Nate turned back to O’Donnell. “We’ll take the case.”
BREAKING: Trump Weighs Mobilizing National Guard for Immigration Roundups: AP
A draft memo obtained by The Associated Press outlines a Trump administration proposal under consideration to mobilize as many as 100,000 National Guard troops to round up unauthorized immigrants. Millions of those who would be affected in 11 states live nowhere near the Mexico border.

(AP) – The Trump administration is considering a proposal to mobilize as many as 100,000 National Guard troops to round up unauthorized immigrants, including millions living nowhere near the Mexico border, according to a draft memo obtained by The Associated Press.

The 11-page document calls for the unprecedented militarization of immigration enforcement as far north as Portland, Oregon, and as far east as New Orleans, Louisiana.

Four states that border on Mexico are included in the proposal — California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas — but it also encompasses seven states contiguous to those four — Oregon, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana.

Governors in the 11 states would have a choice whether to have their guard troops participate, according to the memo, written by U.S. Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, a retired four-star Marine general.

While National Guard personnel have been used to assist with immigration-related missions on the U.S.-Mexico border before, they have never been used as broadly or as far north.

The memo is addressed to the then-acting heads of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and U.S. Customs and Border Protection. It would serve as guidance to implement the wide-ranging executive order on immigration and border security that President Donald Trump signed Jan. 25. Such memos are routinely issued to supplement executive orders.

Also dated Jan. 25, the draft memo says participating troops would be authorized “to perform the functions of an immigration officer in relation to the investigation, apprehension and detention of aliens in the United States.” It describes how the troops would be activated under a revived state-federal partnership program, and states that personnel would be authorized to conduct searches and identify and arrest any unauthorized immigrants.

Requests to the White House and the Department of Homeland Security for comment and a status report on the proposal were not answered.

The draft document has circulated among DHS staff over the last two weeks. As recently as Friday, staffers in several different offices reported discussions were underway.

If implemented, the impact could be significant. Nearly one-half of the 11.1 million people residing in the U.S. without authorization live in the 11 states, according to Pew Research Center estimates based on 2014 Census data.

Use of National Guard troops would greatly increase the number of immigrants targeted in one of Trump’s executive orders last month, which expanded the definition of who could be considered a criminal and therefore a potential target for deportation. That order also allows immigration agents to prioritize removing anyone who has “committed acts that constitute a chargeable criminal offense.”

Under current rules, even if the proposal is implemented, there would not be immediate mass deportations. Those with existing deportation orders could be sent back to their countries of origin without additional court proceedings. But deportation orders generally would be needed for most other unauthorized immigrants.

The troops would not be nationalized, remaining under state control.

Spokespeople for the governors of Arizona, Utah, Nevada, California, Colorado, Oklahoma, Oregon and New Mexico said they were unaware of the proposal, and either declined to comment or said it was premature to discuss whether they would participate. The other three states did not immediately respond to the AP.

The proposal would extend the federal-local partnership program that President Barack Obama’s administration began scaling back in 2012 to address complaints that it promoted racial profiling.

The 287(g) program, which Trump included in his immigration executive order, gives local police, sheriff’s deputies and state troopers the authority to assist in the detection of immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally as a regular part of their law enforcement duties on the streets and in jails.

The draft memo also mentions other items included in Trump’s executive order, including the hiring of an additional 5,000 border agents, which needs financing from Congress, and his campaign promise to build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico.

The signed order contained no mention of the possible use of state National Guard troops.

According to the draft memo, the militarization effort would be proactive, specifically empowering Guard troops to solely carry out immigration enforcement, not as an add-on the way local law enforcement is used in the program.

Allowing Guard troops to operate inside non-border states also would go far beyond past deployments.

In addition to responding to natural or man-made disasters or for military protection of the population or critical infrastructure, state Guard forces have been used to assist with immigration-related tasks on the U.S.-Mexico border, including the construction of fences.

In the mid-2000s, President George W. Bush twice deployed Guard troops on the border to focus on non-law enforcement duties to help augment the Border Patrol as it bolstered its ranks. And in 2010, then-Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer announced a border security plan that included Guard reconnaissance, aerial patrolling and military exercises.

In July 2014, then-Texas Gov. Rick Perry ordered 1,000 National Guard troops to the border when the surge of migrant children fleeing violence in Central America overwhelmed U.S. officials responsible for their care. The Guard troops’ stated role on the border at the time was to provide extra sets of eyes but not make arrests.

Bush initiated the federal 287(g) program — named for a section of a 1996 immigration law — to allow specially trained local law enforcement officials to participate in immigration enforcement on the streets and check whether people held in local jails were in the country illegally. ICE trained and certified roughly 1,600 officers to carry out those checks from 2006 to 2015.

The memo describes the program as a “highly successful force multiplier” that identified more than 402,000 “removable aliens.”

But federal watchdogs were critical of how DHS ran the program, saying it was poorly supervised and provided insufficient training to officers, including on civil rights law. Obama phased out all the arrest power agreements in 2013 to instead focus on deporting recent border crossers and immigrants in the country illegally who posed a safety or national security threat.

Trump’s immigration strategy emerges as detentions at the nation’s southern border are down significantly from levels seen in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Last year, the arrest tally was the fifth-lowest since 1972. Deportations of people living in the U.S. illegally also increased under the Obama administration, though Republicans criticized Obama for setting prosecution guidelines that spared some groups from the threat of deportation, including those brought to the U.S. illegally as children.

Last week, ICE officers arrested more than 680 people around the country in what Kelly said were routine, targeted operations; advocates called the actions stepped-up enforcement under Trump.


A Retired Marine And A Photojournalist Confront War’s ‘Invisible Injuries’

After Marine Sgt. Thomas (“TJ”) Brennan was hit by the blast from a rocket-propelled grenade in Afghanistan in 2010, he suffered a traumatic brain injury that left him unable to recall much of his immediate past — including, at times, the name of his own daughter.

“When I got blown up, it erased a lot of my memories,” Brennan says.

Brennan began therapies to address his TBI. He used the 200 letters he’d exchanged with his wife to put together a broad narrative of his time at war. When it came to the grenade blast itself, Brennan pieced together the sequence of events surrounding his injury with the help of Finbarr O'Reilly, a photographer who had embedded with Brennan’s unit in Afghanistan.

“I have the whole sequence documented of him,” O'Reilly says. “One of the things I … [photographed] was this Afghan national policeman who fired the rocket that ultimately went astray and blew up very close to TJ, knocking him unconscious … and the explosion afterwards, and the guys who went to recover TJ.”

Back in the U.S., both men struggled with the aftereffects of war. Brennan suffered from PTSD and debilitating depression, while O'Reilly grappled with the psychological toll of years spent documenting human brutality in conflict zones across the world. Together, they collaborated on a memoir, called Shooting Ghosts, about what Brennan refers to as the “invisible injuries” of war.

Photos (Top) A U.S. Marine from the 1st Battalion, 8th Marines, Alpha Company looks out as an evening storm gathers above an outpost near Kunjak, in southern Afghanistan’s Helmand province.

Bottom: Photographer Finbarr O'Reilly says he was drawn to Afghanistan’s “rugged, cinematic desert landscape.”

Finbarr O'Reilly/Reuters/Viking

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly says the U.S. needs to “do a better job to vet” residents of seven majority-Muslim countries that the Trump administration has temporarily banned from entering the U.S.

In an interview with Morning Edition host Rachel Martin, the retired Marine Corps general said the ban, which has been blocked by a district court order that is now being reviewed by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, “is not based on religion in any way.”

He said the seven countries — Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Iran, Somalia, Libya and Yemen — are unable to vet their citizens and “provide us with information that we’re comfortable with.”

Kelly said the administration is considering requiring residents of the seven countries to provide lists of the websites they’ve visited and their passwords, to enable officials “to get on those websites to see what they’re looking at.”

Homeland Security Secretary: Travel Vetting Could Include Passwords, Tweets

Photo: Claire Harbage/NPR

Dangerous Woman

A/N: Welcome to my new story! Again, trying to branch out and write a new type of reader and keep the ideas new and interesting.

Warnings: Swearing

Summary: You’ve caught the eye of Tony Stark to become the head lawyer for the Avengers. You never expected your life to change but fate has a funny way of turning everything upside down.  

Bucky x Reader

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Retired Marine Corps General James Mattis, former head of U.S. Central Command, is a real, bonafide badass. In fact, if you parachuted him unarmed onto an island inhabited by psychotic ninja robots, he would get more kills than famed Scottish warrior William Wallace.

There was rumors of a story that shows Mattis has a compassionate side to him. The story goes that Mattis stood duty on Christmas back when he was a brigadier general so that a younger Marine could spend the holiday with his family.

Since the privilege of rank makes it extremely rare for general officers to pull duty for their subordinates, the story seems extremely unlikely…to say the least.

However, we were was able to find out what happened from retired Marine Gen. Charles Krulak, who was commandant when the story took place. Every Christmas during his tenure, Krulak delivered cookies to every Marine duty post around Washington and Quantico, Va.

Back in 1998, he was making his final delivery to Marine Corps Combat Development Command headquarters at Quantico when he asked the Marine on duty who the officer of the day was.

“The young Marine said, ‘Sir, it’s Brigadier General Mattis.’”

Krulak thought the Marine had misunderstood him, so he asked again, but he got the same answer.

“I looked around the duty hut and in the back, there were two cots: One for the officer of the day and one for young Marine. I said, ‘OK, let me cut through all of this: Who was the officer who slept in that bed last night?’

“And the Marine said, ‘Sir, Brigadier General Mattis.’”

At that moment, Mattis walked around the corner.

“So I said to him, ‘Jim, what are you standing the duty for?’ “And he said, ‘Sir, I looked at the duty roster for today and there was a young major who had it who is married and had a family; and so I’m a bachelor, I thought why should the Major miss out on the fun of having Christmas with his family, and so I took the duty for him.”

Never before or since has Krulak run into a general officer standing duty on Christmas Day.

“I think it says volumes about Jim Mattis and his leadership style,” Krulak said. “He did it very unobtrusively. He just took the duty.”

Gen. Mattis who famously said he enjoys shooting the Taliban, so no one is going to call him a softie. But by standing duty so that a young Marine could spend Christmas with his family, he showed you don’t have to be heartless to be a leader. But don’t expect him to pull that stuff on Presidents Day.


I Have an Idea

Okay, so the Voltron team works together so well! And remember that one episode where Lance is all like “We’re like space cops on space patrol!” and I’m like…. dude…. what a great AU! 

So imagine this: The Voltron team as New York cops! Or like NCIS Agents! 

-Allura would be the Chief or director, giving orders and being a Badass in general

-Shiro would be the hardened detective, squad leader, Leading the team with a stern sense of justice, and an Iron fist (hahah… Iron fist…)

-Keith would be a detective also, working right along side Shiro, Kinda as his shadow, or whatever.

-Lance would be a Beat cop at first, but eventually would be promoted to detective, after working a case with Keith and Shiro or something, and Shiro brings it up to Allura about his natural talent, and she is like, “fine, but he is your responsibility” 

-Pidge works in the lab, running analysis on stuff, being awesome and fantastic!

-Hunk would work as a Beat cop, alongside Lance until he gets promoted, but he is still Lance’s go to for information. Hunk is the guy that they send undercover for missions, because people just have a way of trusting him. 

-Hunk also brings the team food like all the time, so everyone loves him, and he just wants to make the world a safer place, the beautiful angel!

-He actually wants to take over running his parents restaurant when they retire, so he became a cop in the mean time.

-Coran is (get ready for this) The morgue guy! but like can you imagine!? He is just all cool and collected in front of the dead bodies, and Hunk is in the background throwing up. He is just old and weird, but everyone loves him, and respects him. 

-Coran is super in denial about getting old, “Yes of course I can see that Puncture wound!” “No I dont need my glasses! *gets his glasses after they leave*” 

-Coran has been there so long, that he has formed a kind of father daughter relationship with Allura, cause he was there when she was working her way up the ranks, and she still comes to him for advice. 

-Zarkon would be the crime boss that runs everything in the city.

-Lance and Keith being super competitive on the job, Like Lance: “ I got some information on the heist Keith, did you get anything?” Keith:”actually I did.” Lance: *kind of shocked* well what did you find then? Keith: I’m not telling you, cause then you will tell Shiro and pretend like you found it! Shiro: “why dont you both tell me what you found before I fire both of you and replace you with Coran!”

-Shiro having PTSD because he is a retired Marine, and got blown up and has scars all down his left arm, and all over.

-Pidge uses her access to the government computers and databases to search for her missing family, who as it turns out were in Shiro’s squad, when he was in the military

Oh my god I have so many ideas for this!!

I’ll probably come back and add more!
Trump’s Threat to North Korea Was Improvised
His aides assumed that he would be asked about North Korea during an appearance tied to his opioid meeting, but Mr. Trump had not told them what he would say.
By Peter Baker and Glenn Thrush

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. — President Trump delivered his “fire and fury” threat to North Korea on Tuesday with arms folded, jaw set and eyes flitting on what appeared to be a single page of talking points set before him on the conference table at his New Jersey golf resort.

The piece of paper, as it turned out, was a fact sheet on the opioid crisis he had come to talk about, and his ominous warning to Pyongyang was entirely improvised, according to several people with direct knowledge of what unfolded. In discussions with advisers beforehand, he had not run the specific language by them.

The inflammatory words quickly escalated the confrontation with North Korea to a new, alarming level and were followed shortly by a new threat from North Korea to obliterate an American air base on Guam. In the hours since, the president’s advisers have sought to calm the situation, with Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson assuring Americans that they “should sleep at night” without worrying about an imminent war.

But the president’s ad-libbed threat reflected an evolving and still unsettled approach to one of the most dangerous hot spots in the world as Mr. Trump and his team debate diplomatic, economic and military options.

The president’s aides are divided on North Korea, as on other issues, with national security veterans like Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, the national security adviser, on one side and Stephen K. Bannon, the president’s chief strategist, and his allies on the other.

While General McMaster and others consider North Korea a pre-eminent threat that requires a tough response, Mr. Bannon and others in the nationalist wing argue that it is really just a subset of the administration’s conflict with China and that Mr. Trump should not give more prominence to an unstable rogue operator like Kim Jong-un, North Korea’s leader.

Mr. Bannon’s allies in the alt-right media and activist groups have been waging a ferocious public attack against General McMaster, characterizing him as soft on issues like Iran, Israel and terrorism and promoting a hashtag #FireMcMaster. They are angry that General McMaster has pushed out several hard-liners associated with Mr. Bannon from the National Security Council staff. Mr. Trump came to General McMaster’s defense last week with a statement expressing confidence in him.

But in the North Korea debate, like a similar one over Afghanistan, Mr. Bannon has been arguing against what his side considers the excessively militant approach of the “war party” of General McMaster. While Mr. Bannon has his own channel to the president, he has been shut out of most formal discussions of North Korea by the national security team.

Neither camp advocated language like “fire and fury,” according to the people involved. Among those taken by surprise, they said, was John F. Kelly, the retired four-star Marine general who has just taken over as White House chief of staff and has been with the president at his golf club in Bedminster, N.J., for his working vacation.

The president had been told about a Washington Post story on North Korea’s progress in miniaturizing nuclear warheads so that they could fit on top of a ballistic missile, and was in a bellicose mood, according to a person who spoke with him before he made the statement. His team assumed that he would be asked about North Korea during a scheduled media appearance tied to his opioid meeting, but Mr. Trump had not mentioned his comment during a conference call beforehand that focused on North Korea.

seashells and ocean smells

pairing:dowoon x reader

genre: fantasy, ponyo au

word count: 1,981

note: a second piece written for dowoon’s birthday, this short fic is also inspired by the studio ghibli/disney film ponyo. if you’ve seen the film you might understand if you haven’t i hope it’s not too odd. part of the day6 x studio ghibli series i’m doing pls look forward to the others! happy reading!

He adored the ocean and if it were possible to live there he would.

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Got a call from my dad today; a friend of his who has a contracting/construction company was called to remove bees from a lady’s garage wall and then fix the wall. So, he got me in touch with the guy, who was going to kill them but ended up not because I said I’d come remove and relocate them. 

Long story short I got a free hive of bees, the contractor is getting paid through the homeowner’s insurance company and is going to split it with me since technically he subcontracted the bee removal to a specialist (me) and he took a bunch of youtube videos that I’ll have to find and link later. 

J.K. (The contractor) is a retired Marine. Him and his employee were hiding behind me, the 135 pound woman, the whole time. I, per my standard bee handling procedure, was wearing short sleeves and no bee suit. It was kind of hilarious. 

The hive was huge holy shit. The lady said they’d been there for awhile and I believe it. Looking at the hive and the comb, it’s been there three years at least. It was getting honeybound. I pulled at least 50 pounds of surplus honey out of it, and they still have a good 80 pounds left THIS EARLY IN SUMMER. 

So I also am extracting honey now. 

Also I think I’m now ‘the bee lady’ for J.K.’s contracting company SO. 

Congratulations to our new Defense Secretary General Mattis (Marine Corps Retired)! A proud moment in American history. -
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my dadsona … .

A retired Korean American marine who lost his arm and most of his eyesight. He adopted his late sister’s daughter, Yijun and is very protective. He’s very quiet but is a huge nerd and can be really passionate about video games. He’s a full time concept artist and sometimes substitutes at Yijun’s school.