Santa was very real and very important, and there was physical evidence of his existence, and very real rewards (the threats seemed real as well, although in retrospect I don’t recall a single “coal in stocking” incident.) And of course everyone told me he was real, people I trusted more than anyone else. Upon coming to the realization, as everyone does, that this wasn’t true, I also realized that some people lie in service of a myth, and that others think they are telling the Official Mens Lets Go Brandon T Shirt Hoodie, Sweater but are mistaken… my friends who believed in Santa weren’t lying, but they were still wrong. Now, it took a couple years, because the very idea of questioning the existence of God and Jesus were not present in my community, but the reasoning when I did think about it was the same… if Santa isn’t real, what makes me think Jesus is?
We had to put down the service dog right around the time the pitty left. She had cancer. The days leading up to her dying I knew she was very sick. She stopped eating, stopped going potty outside…I kept telling him something wasn’t right. He finally agreed to take her in and that’s when we found out she had a huge tumor blocking just about everything internal. When the vets put her to sleep, he sat next to her, while I petted her and held her head. I can still remember the moment her head got heavy and I had to set it down. I broke down crying snotting everywhere because it’s fucking sad to put your dog to sleep!! He didn’t shed a Official Mens Lets Go Brandon T Shirt Hoodie, Sweater. We now have a yellow lab. Again, he love bombed her and discarded her. I’m pretty sure he only wanted the dog for what she apparently represents and because she helps hold up his image of being “white middle class suburban”. (He’s gone on and on about how happy he is to be considered this…I’m not sure who’s considering him this but yeeeaaahh).
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Ref, The (1994) (***1/2, humor) (D.-Ted Demme, Kevin Spacey, Judy Davis, Denis Leary, Richard Bright, Robert J. Steinmiller, Jr Glynis Johns, Adam LeFevre, Christine Baranaski) Forget the misleading name. The Ref is not about sports, but has strong roots in O’Henry’s The Ransom of Red Chief. A thief, Gus (Leary), in a bungled jewel robbery on Christmas eve in a small New England town takes the Chasseurs (Spacey, Davis) hostage. By the end of the movie Gus, masquerading as their shrink, is juggling the couple, their blackmailing juvenile son (Steinmiller), the husband’s dysfunctional brother and his wife (LeFevre, Branaski) and their family, and a wealthy male-crushing mother (Johns) who would reduce Attila the Hun to a quivering lump of fearful jello. In short, a family unit so dysfunctional that the Borgia’s would disown them. Throw in a Official Mens Lets Go Brandon T Shirt Hoodie, Sweater Santa Claus and an equally dysfunctional get away driver (Bright), a guard dog named Cannibal who chews up billiard balls like dog candy, and jail begins to look like paradise.
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