if it happens, it happens. if not, we're all still here, which is something to enjoy.
RE: VPNs - tbh doing a blanket ban on them is probably more harm than good, especially considering how common and popular they are these days. i'd like to subscribe to one at some point (i've heard FreeVPN is kinda crappy and might actually track your data...?). unfortunately, this also means that it's still very possible for trolls to make their way in, but the likelihood of that is still on the low end.
earlier: finished rewatching my favourite war documentary series. the last episode is the saddest.
currently: been watching GameGrump's playthrough of Paper Mario: The Thousand Year Door, and laughing, cringing, and raging along with it. i've been watching in spurts, since every so often i'd like a break for a different kind of video (history, reddit, people just doing stuff).
later: possibly anime? i'm doing something alongside this that requires me to focus off the screen, so this is up in the air.
@hal: i'm angry at your doctors on your behalf. why tf aren't you supposed to have pills? is there some reason they haven't told you....? (that shit's important, i can speak from experience on that one.)
@Fuuka: i remember being told to get off the internet when i was a wee lad, but it was because someone needed to use the phone. we didn't have internet for about 7-8 years during childhood, so i can't relate too much, since most of my net usage was at school or the library. ^^;;
@Mokaal: proooooud of yoooooou (tbh, though i adore the ocean/swimming in general, riptides and drowning are fears of mine for sure. i literally listed riptides as a fear during a French project in 5th grade, and the teacher had to figure out what to translate it as. xD; )
had a similar experience at my last job, actually; yer girl's afraid of spiders, but i've been getting better at dealing with them for the past few years. at that job, you were GOING to be around spiders, whether you liked it or not, so it helped take the edge off a smidge. i even helped rehome a bunch to the bushes nearby, instead of on the ground or gas pumps, where they might have been smooshed. ><;
@Zacian King of Windows: i hope you're feeling better. was having a big ol' case of the sads earlier, myself, and been hella anxious lately.
@everyone: sorry i kinda ghosted for the past month (even if it's fitting for spoopy month to be a ghost, lol), lotta stuff going on atm. ;^;
unless they moved, two of our own live in WV. i'm sure they'd agree on some level that it's kinda gross (like, super republican, kinda religious, etc), but the scenery is supposed to be gorgeous, there's a lot of cool history there, and the cost of living is lower. plus, the climate's kinda moderate, i think? (some of their winters can be tough, depending on how far into the mountains you are.) i think the biggest things you'd need to worry about there (besides what's already mentioned) would be things like water quality due to coal mine pollution, as well as access to state services and the potential for poverty. but poverty's a concern everywhere. :0
i'm super biased, ofc, but i think you'd mostly like it here (the Northeast). you get used to the cold, and if you are, sweaters are a thing. i actually prefer that, since i can always put on another sweater--i can't remove my skin. ><;
my loyalties to here are for many reasons, though. despite our troubles, i'd be loathe to leave my family behind. (even after death. i try and visit the family grave a few times a year.)
i imagine that, like Walt Disney, Joseph II Holy Roman Emperor, and George II (or III?), Microsoft seems to be taking the "we know what's best for you" creepy overbearing parent type of leadership. chances are that customization will likely come in the future, but who knows. iirc, what build you have can restrict certain options, but i don't know too much about 11 (like, there's a home and a business version....right? or is it just one thing now?).
i have 21 growing dragons, so in lieu of images, i'm just posting them.