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The Transplant's Guide to Laredo

2020.11.25 00:19 gooselives_ The Transplant's Guide to Laredo

Buen día!
Welcome to The Gateway City. You're probably reading this because you are relocating to Laredo for work. Moving somewhere new can always be a chaotic experience, but I hope this extensive guide on all aspects of Laredo living will help make your time in Laredo as memorable as mine was. Grab a Dos XX with Tajin or a Margarita and enjoy. A bit about myself: I lived in Laredo from early 2016 - to late 2017 after I graduated from college for work. I periodically go back to visit friends since I live in Houston now. I didn't make a ton of money when I was there for my flying job, but I still had the time of my life. Please keep in mind these are my opinions and thoughts from my time there. I had a blast being there in my early 20's, but I know priorities and interests change as people age, however, I've tried to be objective when writing this guide for everyone.
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Overall thoughts:
The best way I can describe Laredo is that it's like you took a trip to Mexico, but you get to keep all the cool benefits of being in the United States. It's kind of the best of both worlds, and I found both the people and culture of Laredo to be great. There is nothing like grinding at work during the week just to make it to hang out at the pool day drinking with your friends doing Carne's (short for Carneasada aka cookouts), going out, and the afters (after parties) on the weekends. Oh, I forget to mention the food is AWESOME. Also worth noting, anyone that is not Latino in Laredo is a minority which is kind of a cool experience in itself.

The Weather:
Take a look at your weather app for Laredo right now, if it's winter you'll notice that it's probably in the 50-70 degree range. In very rare circumstances it has snowed in Laredo, but being from the Midwest I found the winters are super mild. Summer on the other hand is a whole other animal, expect hot temps in the low 100's especially in mid to late summer. In reality, there is Summer and Fall in Laredo. Fortunately, it is a normally dry heat. It can get slightly humid though if the winds are out of the East from the Gulf, but it depends on the day. It's usually sunny a majority of the time though which is cool. Your summer wardrobe will be in use 9-10 months of the year.

Where to live:
Like anything this depends on your budget, however, Laredo is a very affordable city when it comes to renting and buying. I lived off Bob Bullock Loop and 359 (Southside). Like anything, economically driven rent in the city fluctuates but is extremely affordable compared to almost any other city. I paid 1000/mo for a nicer 2 bed 2 bath. Around town, a nice one bed runs in the 600-850/mo range and 2/2 runs in the 1100-1200/mo area at the nicer complexes.
My roommate and I lived where we did because we flew out of the airport so it was a quick drive for us, but if I had to do it again, I would have probably lived in a bit more of a "busier" part of town in the McPherson and Delmar area or on the north side since we found ourselves driving there when we'd go out most of the time. This area is also considered to be some of the more "higher end" part of town with nicer houses and stuff. apartments.com has been my go-to source the past 6 times I've moved, give it a look if you are shopping around.
I highly recommend picking a place with a pool and/or a grill if you're remotely interested in that sort of thing. Due to Laredo's climate the pool and grilling out are a way of life. It's also a great place to meet people.

Getting Around:
Having a vehicle is the most practical answer for Laredo, however, Uber and Lyft markets have popped up in the last few years. The bus system for the city is called El Metro. Laredo is pretty easy to get around, the only major highway is 35 which starts at the river (the Rio Grande crossing downtown) and goes to points North like SA, Austin, and Dallas. Bob Bullock Loop orbits the city to the East.
**Important Notes About Driving in Laredo*\*: Uninsured motorists are abundant meaning expect some sort of increase in your car insurance. I thought I knew how to drive until I came to Laredo. People drive fast, yellow lights mean speed up, and red lights/stop signs are optional. For some reason, drunk driving is also a very abundant thing, especially in the evenings/late night hours. I'm hoping this issue has improved since I lived there since Uber and Lyft are now a thing. Either way, stay alert, be a defensive driver, and you'll be fine.

What to do:
Many locals cite "things to do" while living in Laredo to be the toughest category to fill. Bottom line, it's a small town, however, there is something for everyone in town!
Bars:
Going out is the big thing to do in town most weekends as drinking is considered one of the biggest activities. I loved it, but I also know it's not for everyone. However, there are a wide variety of bars to pick from each having a different vibe. I've listed some of my favorites below. A lot of bars/restaurants have a DJ or band after a certain time. Bars are spread out across the city, but cluster in the McPherson/DelmaJacaman (pronounced Haca-man) area and now downtown. Bars close at 2 AM but people love to party till the sun comes up so after-parties at people’s houses are common.
Restaurants:
So many good ones that can range from cheap to expensive, but the food is good at all of them! Here is my list of local spots, but Yelp is usually a good place to check for updated options.
Activities:
https://www.facebook.com/365thingslaredo Is a great group to follow to get daily updates on things going on around Laredo.

Where to shop:
This one is a big no brainer for me personally, but HEB, the big Texas grocery chain, is the move. They have great selections (especially their meat and produce) and pretty good prices. If you want to save a bit more, Fiesta or Walmart is your only other big options that are worth a look. Laredo also has any major brick and mortar retail store Best Buy etc and a Mall with all the normal Mall stores. The outlet mall on the river is a super cool spot to I recommend doing some retail therapy at.

Where to Workout/Active Stuff:
There are all sorts of gyms between cross fit, yoga, Orange Theory, and your brick and mortar gyms (Crunch, Anytime, Golds, etc.) If you're into outdoorsy trail stuff North Central Park has a nice set of trails and Lake Casablanca State Park on the East side has some pretty good trails for the area also. If golfing is your thing there are a couple of golf courses, Casablanca Golf Course is your run of the mill Par 3 and the Laredo Country Club is the nice golf course in town. I know Laredo also has some rec sports adult leagues if you're into that like Flag football and stuff, Google should be able to help you find out more about those.

Safety and Crossing the border:
Laredo like any mid-size city has its share of crime, however, there is a very large presence of Local and State Police, DEA, FBI, and Border Patrol in the city due to its proximity to Mexico. Like any major city, lock your doors and take out any valuables in your car. The few homeless people stick to the I-35 corridor mostly. Lock your doors and windows and you'll be fine. There are sketchier parts of town the further south you go, but I never had issues as many of these people are often very humble and respectful people.
Cartels:
I remember watching the Border Wars show before I moved and thinking "Oh shit, what did I sign up for?" Cartels are simply a reality of life especially on the border, but they also exist in any major city around the world, they just happen to be a bit more prevalent in their activities at the border. They exist and have a hand in many things both in Nuevo Laredo and Laredo (businesses, politics, etc.). Like anywhere keep a street smart head, vigilant attitude, and don't hang out with the wrong types of people and you will be fine in Laredo. LADIES, please carry some sort of protection with you like mace and stay in groups when out, especially when downtown.
Crossing:
I'll start with this disclaimer that I'm a 6' white guy, so I don't blend in that well. However, I dated a girl I met at a bar who lived across in Nuevo Laredo for 10 months so I got my full share of the crossing experiences. I'm witting this during COVID times so things are a bit different atm. The crossing is an experience I could and probably should do a thread about on its own, but I'll summarize what I can here.
There are two ways to cross: 1. Driving or 2. Taking the footbridge both located downtown. I walked every time because my GF at the time would pick me up on the other side, but a word of caution. If you drive understand that having non-expired US plates and a nice car makes you a target for robbings and other non-fun stuff. I recommend getting a bank such as Charles Schwab with zero international ATM fee's and that gives you a 1:1 exchange rate when pulling out cash from an ATM, however, the border exchange places near the bridges work in a pinch. Cash is king there. If you do cross you need to at least have a remote working knowledge of the Spanish language or be with someone who does, it's amazing how different life can be across a 20-foot body of water.
I often heard stories where people crossed to go to places like Jose Frog's and other bars and shops every weekend in the ‘80s, but times have unfortunately changed since. There were relatively calm periods and today there are periods of literal war in the streets. Please ask one of the many locals that commute to Laredo daily for work if they think it is safe to cross for that day since it is truly a dynamic environment. If you work in any sort of government or law enforcement line of work, DO NOT CROSS.
If you do want to cross, understand that I recommend the following:
Looking back I was pretty reckless at times when I went across because I was with my GF, her brothers, or her family most of the time so I felt relatively safe. Please live through my experiences if you are dying to push the envelope with crossing. If you're considering a visit to "La Zona", don't. It's cool, but you can get the same experience in Vegas without the fear of being kidnapped or killed. Going out over there is super cheap, but the bars all pay a "toll" to the cartels weekly to operate. It's not out of the ordinary for Federales/Cartel to come through a packed bar with AR-15's or the cartel to kick everyone out if the business didn't pay that week. We got stopped by the cartel a few times asking why I was visiting so much. They watch the bridges 24/7, they know the second you step on their turf, and they know what you do and who you do it with. Remember that you can also easily get mixed up with the wrong people on the Laredo side of the river which is equally as dangerous. Know who your friends are!

Closing tips:
-Laredo is what you make it, if you do nothing and sit around it’s going to suck so make the best of it.
-I wish my Spanish was a bit better before I moved there. It comes in handy A TON as Spanish is the preferred language and a majority of folks speak it. Knowing it will make your life easier.
- Get one of those windshield sun shades for your car, they are a necessity in the hot weather
- Gentlemen. If your single don’t be creepy, go talk to that girl and ask her to dance! Latin culture is very cool, open, confident, and fun.
- Embrace the culture and enjoy it
- Go to a Quinceañera and a traditional Mexican wedding
- Learn how to Line Dance and Cumbia!
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2020.11.24 00:10 500scnds [Table] Iama guy who has been living alone in an abandoned ‘ghost town’ for over 6 months. I bought the town just over two years ago. AMA! (pt 2/3)

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Hey, I don't really "follow" anyone, but I've seen you in passing a few times (via the internet), and love what you're doing. I think the most recent thing I saw was your video making a "sitting room" in one of the mines. Do you ever sleep in the mines? It seems like it would be eerily quiet, for some reason I want to do it. Weirdly enough, I actually spent the night in a mine about a week ago. From 6pm - 8am. I used the old hoist cage to go to a lower level of the mine and had them bring up the cage so there was no way for me to chicken out.
I'm not afraid of a lot, but that was spooky. Really weird experience...
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I know elsewhere someone asked about paranormal experiences and you had that cool story about the bunkhouse. Any spooky experiences in the mine? Last night I wanted to push the issue, so I went into a mine after it was already dark out. It shouldn't matter, because inside the mine it always looks the same, but it added a weird element to it. I was more jumpy that I normally am. And when it came time to leave, to not see the 'light at end of tunnel' was weird...
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Them? Who's them? I thought you were alone. Someone needs to operate the hoist (elevator) to let you into lower levels of mine. They came for that weekend to fix the water that pools at the 700 level of the mine
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Very cool! I have an old friend who has explored many abandoned mines in his day. He is an artist and would do plain air paintings underground within the mines. He would set up his portable isle around some interesting artifacts and then paint them with oil. I own one! I think what you are doing is really awesome! That's cool. Have a link to any of his work?
What does it mean to "buy a town"? Do you own the land and the buildings? Are you responsible for suppling water, electricity and other services etc? If someone were to move in and set up a business do they pay you tax? I own the land, buildings, mineral rights under the town, etc. It's approximately 380 acres total, surrounding by BLM land. So no real neighbors for a very long ways!
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What exactly is Black Lives Matter land https://www.blm.gov/
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Haha you just made my day! I’ve seen some similar towns driving through the Rockies in Colorado and you’re fulfilling a dream of mine! Congrats on having the guts to chase your dreams, I hope you enjoy every day and have great success! Thank you!
What motivates you to go through this? A weird sense of obligation. Maybe it's being by myself or here at the property too long, but I feel a heavy sense of obligation to make sure this town is restored for generations to come. I think it's an important town, with an important history, and somehow adopted it as my duty. Things are easier to work on when you think they're important. And I think this town is important.
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If I didn’t have like a family and a life I would totally just come run the saloon - I would just polish bottles for 8 hours a day and say “howdy stranger” every time you show up, lol And it would be a good time for sure.
I remember your other post! So cool. Have you done research as to what it looked like before and trying to replicate or are you recreating it as you like? Will you open it to visitors once done? Thanks for sharing your experience! I am trying to put back some buildings where they once were! I have some photos of the old layout and an idea of what each building was. Slowly we'll get there...
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Do you have a historian or researcher involved to help establish some of the information about the houses, such as the architecture or families that lived in them? Yes, we have the help of two historians who (literally) wrote the book about the town. Whenever I have questions, I shoot them a note. It really helps piecing everything together. And appreciating everything more.
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What is the name of the book? Curious to read it Cerro Gordo - Pictures of America. Roger and Cecile Vargo.
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I congratulate and wish you the best of luck and success in your journey. I have a few questions for you. 1.) What made you decide to buy Cerro Gordo? I understand it was once a silver mining town, and out of all the ghost towns their are in CA, why did Cerro Gordo stick out? Thanks! The history. There are other plots of land with old buildings on them, but none (in my opinion) have what Cerro Gordo has. I love history and particularly American Western history, and Cerro Gordo is about as real-deal Western town as you can find.
2.) You mentioned the town had a lot of murders and other misfortunes back in it's day. While those types of places might have been fun to visit, they aren't as much fun to live in. How do you plan on convincing people to move and start businesses at Cerro Gordo? I don't envision people moving here fulltime. More like visits with overnight accommodation.
3.) What are some of your best accomplishments so far, and what do you think you'll struggle with the most? I think finding and retrieving water was huge. Water has been the missing piece at Cerro Gordo for a long time, and it was very difficult/dangerous to get, but we went down and got it. It will bring a lot of benefits to the town
How do you deal with tresspassers? Do you let urban explorers in? Right now it's weird because of the pandemic. Of course I want people to experience the town, but it's also my home. So when someone comes up unannounced, it's a bit weird. Like imagine if I walked into your home with no announcement.
My email address is very public. If people arrange ahead of time, I have no issue.
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I drove the old Swansea Cero Gordo Rd at the beginning of May. I planed to stop in and say hi, but the large 'Private Property' sign definitely kept me out. I recently saw one of your videos published arounf that thime where you stop and say "We have a visitor" and then "Oh well" as I motor by. Dang! The Salt Tram road? How was that? Feel free to stop and say hi. I'm always here...
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When you google the town it comes up as a business listing with hours/reviews, so maybe for the time being you can switch it to "temporarily closed" to help with the unannounced guests. I've tried, but Google has the phone number tied to some phone we don't have access to. It's been an ongoing thing...
Have you tried pitching this to any producers/networks? Someone living in and reviving an abandoned ghost town is right up the Nat Geo / Discovery / HGTV alley. I'd watch it. Some production companies have approached. It always seems to go sideways because I guess that's how that industry works?
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I hope that if you ever do get picked up by a major network, that you don't stop uploading to YouTube. Your videos feel so genuine and interesting on your own, and I feel like a major network would over dramatize every little thing you do there. Thank you! I'm glad you like them. They take me a while to make and I try to put a lot of effort it. I'm also learning how to do all that while on the go...
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I was up there a year or so ago, we couldn't explore much of the town because there was a small film crew doing their thing. Cool town though. I'd live to go back and check it out more. Come check it out again. Lots of new things up here...
What happened to the old caretaker? I can’t recall the elderly gentleman’s name, but he was certainly a character. Robert! He went home early in the pandemic to be with his wife. So I've been filling in for 7 months or so...
Binge watched all your video a few days ago and I have to say that I love the story of the town and how you show it on the channel. I am thrilled to see how the town will look soon and about your future adventures. My question is, how are the kittens and the goats doing? keep up the good work, love from europe. Wow! Thank you for checking out the videos! That's cool Kittens and goats are good! Just fed both of them. The kittens grow so fast. They eat soft cat food now, so not as difficult as bottle feeding...
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Great project; please lose the cats, the nice furry pussies who get fed and still look to kill anything that moves, all day and night...- (The raptors will help you with the cats if you keep 'em going). Good luck with a great project. But we have a serious mice population that I was hoping to chip away at with the cats. I'd rather have cats than mice, you know?
I watched that one video of you going down into the mine where all those people died and the exit was caving in a bit, my butthole was awful clenched. Have you/will you ever go back? I just did that two weeks ago. No, I don't think I'll go back to that level of the mine. It's too dangerous and I went to every corner of it. I didn't find the exit I was looking for, so will search for exists in different places. So as long as I own the town, the 200 level will remain closed.
Have you poked around with a metal detector around the old buildings? I used a metal detector and found some old Chinese coins in an old stone cabin a month or so ago. Some photos here
How much did the town cost and how were you able to afford it? $1.4M. I put essentially my life savings into it, convinced a lot of other people to put in, and took short term loans in order to close.
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Have you seen Schitts Creek? haha, I've seen an episode.
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So if you’re living there alone, what do the other investors get out of it if they don’t live there? Vacation/get away spot? Hopefully eventually some type of revenue if we have overnight accommodations. Also yes, a place to come relax when needed.
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Where do you get your water? Isn’t the groundwater super contaminated from the mercury and other chemicals used in the processing of gold/silver? Right now we truck it in. But we're exploring other options like water that pools down in the old mine. Obviously it will be thoroughly tested first...
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Who did you actually buy it from? Was it necessary to buy the whole town or could you have bought sections. What is the size of it, assuming in acres. It was about 380 acres. We purchased it from the family who had owned it for 20-30 years prior.
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How will you convince businesses to set up shop there? Or what’s your end-goal now? I can't see other shops setting up. More like an overnight retreat for people. Limited amounts of people staying overnight, more people visiting during the day to learn about the history and enjoy the natural beauty...
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Who did you purchase it from? A family who owned it for 20 or 30 years.
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Curious, looking back, do you think you overpaid? No way. It's become my life's work and calling and that isn't easy to find. For me at least...
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Kossimer: This isn't an investment with an anticipated return, is it? What were you convincing them of exactly? Rpanich: “Dude it’s gonna be sweet!” Basically.
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No, in all seriousness, in addition to collateral you need to show any qualified lenders (e.g. banks, etc, not friends and family) a proper business plan to assure them that you'll be able to have the cash flow and profit in order to secure a loan. You don't have to get into specifics, but what is your plan to be able to repay those loans? Meaning what do you intend to do to the town to improve it and have the revenue needed to repay the loans? It looks like a pretty neat place (I remember your previous AMA) and I'm really curious how you plan to monetize and what you've done and intend to do. I'd love to be doing what you're doing. :) Also, didn't you mention there is an old caretaker you've let stay? Or was that a different AMA I'm confusing your's with? I hope by next summer to have overnight accommodation options. Hopefully that will show the cashflow to refinance with a more traditional lender... Caretaker is back home with family because of pandemic. I've been filling in for 7 months!
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Have you thought of renting out the town as a Hollywood movie set? Tremors 8 beckons... I would! I think it would make a great set...
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Once you get overnight accommodations you could offer a free stay to a big ghosty YouTuber in exchange for them filming and talking about the history there. So much potential. Sam & Colby came up. They're pretty big. And also great guys.
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Let Reddit know when it opens. I’m 10ish hours away and Me and my girlfriend love all the paranormal stuff so it’s something we’d both love to do. Will do!
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I'm a field trained wendigo expert that has recently been flirting with banshee trapping if you need me to move into your ghost town. Important to know a good wendigo guy.
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Hey, so you're talking about next summer (rough time to be opening anything right next to Death Valley). Do you guys have a plan to open any campsites in the meantime? I've been trying to plan out a Death Valley trip for a long time, but the first-come/serve and limited camping in the park has my friends skittish we'll be stuck. Luckily the town is up at 8,500 ft, so it's a lot more temperate that it is down in the valley. Probably 30 degrees cooler or so. I would love to have camping options on the backside of the property. It is much more heavily wooded and has amazing views of Death Valley Park.
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What are you anticipating being able to offer people that would convince them to go there and stay? A lot of history and stunning natural beauty. The town is up in the mountains overlooking Sequoia National Park and Death Valley National Park. It's absolutely stunning here.
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Have you considered making it a movie set? I feel the town is a pretty good movie set as it is. Would love to get some more filming up here.
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Can always resort to renting space to canna growers. If you have it, they will come. No water...
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So now that you have made this investment, what do you plan to do to make a return on investment? I’d like to move there, but hospital access and internet seem like the first problems. How do you even feel safe in such a deserted place? If your appendix suddenly burst, it seems you are screwed. Any other unforeseen health emergency seems equally deadly. I actually had appendicitis 2 months ago, so that issue hits close to home. I was luckily able to drive myself to the hospital about 2 hours away.
We don't plan to have long term residents, but overnight guests. More of a retreat/lodge. I imagine we'll have to have some medical staff on staff, but larger emergencies we'd have to drive them or get a helicopter worst case scenario.
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Commenting on the top post to say I love your TikToks. Whenever one pops up I squeal a little bit. I hope you find an old Levi's storage depot with 300,000 pairs of immaculate jeans. hahaha, thank you! I appreciate it. I too hope to find immaculate jeans soon.
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Similarly, what sort of liability did you accept when you bought it? I'm thinking of any potential environmental hazards left from the mining company, or the structures deteriorating, leeching lead or oil or asbestos or whatever. And liability to people driving through, coming to visit, etc. There's a lot of liability with an old mine. The one I'm most concerned with is people falling in old mine shafts. We have signs at the entrances of most and barb wire, but it's still a threat. In terms of environmental, they had inspected before and not raised issue on the property.
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Consideration for you: There are a lot of mine explorers/caving groups who would love to come up and explore your mines. Why not post up that it's available, it's got camping etc available, and that you're looking for people? Because I know plenty of guys who'd jump at the chance to come visit. Added bonus: you get to curate who comes thanks to the EXTREMELY insular nature of caving/mine exploring I've thought about it, but have a few issues with it. When we first bought the town, I was approached by a very 'credible' mine exploration group. These guys were supposed to be as good as they come. The deal was they could explore the mine, but they had to get me photos of the water and the pump. Well, they showed up and they aren't pros at all. Complete amateurs and their recklessness could have gotten themselves killed. I don't want that type of liability. Also, they didn't get my water photos. Also, they spray-painted the town and left their stupid exploration cards in all the mines they went into. It (obviously) left a bad taste in my mouth. I know that isn't representative of all mine explorers, but I just don't want to risk it. Also, most are good, but some want to take stuff home. I don't do that. Anything here stays here. It goes in the museum. I've seen videos (before I owned it) of guys exploring the mines and taking stuff home. It drives me nuts.
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That sounds like you ran afoul of "goontubers", as they're unaffectionately nicknamed in the UK. The easiest method to beat this is to get in touch with your state's cave rescue organisation, then ask them for volunteers to explore your mines. The reason I suggest the cave rescue group is because they're usually the best cavers, and have an exceptional wealth of knowledge about caving and all the risks associated. If you were in the UK, I could signpost you to some people who would be exactly what you need, but unfortunately you're not! haha, 'goontubers' - I hadn't heard that. But yeah, these guys were them.
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SkivvySkidmarks: Ya, you really need to vet these types as best as possible. So many people are Class A bullshitters and outright charlatans that you need to proceed with caution. Look no further than that Fyre Festival joker that bilked everyone out millions. TommyToad: Or the dude that tricked people into investing in a $1.4M old dead town Ha! Yeah, exact...wait a second
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The spraypainted the town? Wtf? How? Also leaving their cards sounds dumb AF, anyone down there wouldn’t need their help to explore it? Not even useful cards! Just playing cards with their logo on it. As if to show "look we've already been here" - so dumb
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I'm no caver, but next time I'm in the area I'd like to find every single one of those cards and burn them. That is such a dick move holy shit. I take them and rip them up whenever I find them. So infuriating
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Report them for littering. Get those fuckers fined $500 for every card. Not a bad idea.
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Since you own a town can you have a police department and ticket people? I've tried throwing friends in 'jail' for being too drunk last summer. They didn't oblige. I should issue a warrant for their arrest...
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Do you have one of those sheriff star badge thingies? Pretty sure it would work if you had one of those. Two! Gotta regulate somehow
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OMG I'm mad for you! Who referenced them as "as good as they come"? A few people. They have a decent YT channel. They're good at spinning themselves as real explorers, etc...
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Oh wow, this is even more disrespectful than leaving shitty business cards around. It’s like pre-planned littering. That is a good way to describe it. It's pre-planned littering.
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Did you catch one of them taking something, crack your whip, and say "IT BELONGS IN A MUSEUM!" ? Snakes. Why’d it have to be snakes?
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I saw a video recently on tube where they visited the mine there on the 200 level where apparently 30 people died from a cave in. The vid description mentioned he was back living there as caretaker due to the pandemic. Is that your channel man? Ghost town living? That's me! Howdy. Did you like the video? Any others I should make?
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Hey! That video man was so fascinating. A lot of history down there. That has to be one of the more creepy mines I have seen on YouTube. Glad you came back safely. How deep does that mine actually go? I'm guessing there is a normal entrance that others before you have used to explore a little and then the cage way of getting down that you used? Other videos.. you mentioned here about some buildings still left in the town. Not many compared to the hay day but would be interesting to see more of them, what their purpose was, an idea of how they lived etc. I haven't had a chance to watch much else on the channel so you might already have that stuff there! The main union mine goes 900 ft down. There are 6 levels to the mine that each have miles of mine at them. Only way to get into that specific mine is that old hoist cage...
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Dude I love how you literally purchased and then moved into a remote ghost town and still managed to find THAT FUCKING GUY who always manages to be present no matter where you are in the world. Like they literally just came out to litter in your mines for fun lol. right??
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Was this this group? https://www.meetup.com/SoCalX/ Here's a video of the card they left in a mine: https://youtu.be/RnAs9HKyqoA?t=870 No, different group. But annoying to think multiple groups do this. Especially on someone else's property, after they've been nice enough to let you explore there.
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Out of curiosity, this wasn't the Sam and Colby crew, was it? I watched that video a few weeks ago but Idk when it was filmed. No, they were great. This was a year or so ago. Way before them...
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I live near there (not like right next door, but close enough) i have 4x4 vehicles, any chance i could very respectfully visit? Shoot me an email with some potential dates? Possible depending on dates. [email protected]
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Hi Brent! I’ve been following you from Austin, and I wish you the best of luck. Appreciate that!
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Do you have governmental authority? Can fine/convict them for littering or defacing the place? I can't, but I could call county about stuff.
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Late to the party, but check out the guys from the "Mines of the West" YouTube channel. They're a lot more low-key and actually know what they're doing. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOlnSz4KfPqAuOPRBUnzayw I know them! We chat on Instagram occasionally.
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As far as I know, Underground Explorers are the only ones doing this stuff as a legit business. I can't believe a recognizable group would do that to Cerro Gordo and leave their names as evidence. People sure can be terrible. Ding ding ding.
Are you aware of Cerro Gordo's significance in the sport of hang gliding? "In July 1977 Jerry Katz, flying a Pacific Gull Alpine, launched from Cerro Gordo in the Inyo mountains on the east side of California's Owens Valley. Four hours eighteen minutes after take-off he landed at Betty's, a house of ill-repute in the Nevada desert, ten miles north of Benton Station. At 103 miles, it was the first hang glider flight longer than 100 miles, and was a world record." I'd been passively told this, but never saw it in print. Thank you! That is awesome. I weirdly haven't met any hang gliders since being up here for 2 years. Maybe they assume it isn't possible because it's privately owned. I like the idea however...
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As I understand it Cerro Gordo was a popular launch in the 70s because of its location at the south end of the Inyos, which enabled pilots to stay up on the thermals over the high mountain peaks as they drifted along in the prevailing south wind, maximizing distance flown. The reasons it declined in popularity were apparently that (1) the launch point is pretty far back from the valley floor, so if a pilot encountered serious sinking air they would have to land in rough terrain and (2) it faces west, so pilots have to wait until early afternoon, when the upslope winds start, to launch--which is usually fine for hang gliding but not when you're going for a distance record. In the 80s a new launch was discovered across the valley at Horseshoe Meadows, which faces east and allows much earlier starts, so the long distance pilots refocused their attention there. Ahhhh, interesting. Thanks for that info!
Ever have the thought that you died in that town in a past life and that's what's drawn you to it? Weird you say that. I never have until really recently. I've never felt a 'calling' before, but definitely feel one here. A responsibility to a task. And feel at peace when working on it and anxious when not here...
Holy cow Brent, it's wild seeing your name here today. Just today I watched the video of the aftermath of the hotel fire after learning about your channel a couple of weeks ago and inching through what you've shared so far. 1) You are an inspiration, truly. I think what you are doing touches several sorts of yearning most of us feel; the desire to dedicate yourself to a place and honor it, to build something consciously together, to seek harmony with nature, to strive to make something better....all of it is lacking in most of our lives or we're too caught up in systems that flat out do not allow for most of these factors to enter our day to day. 2) You're in a really special corner of the states - as I know you know - if you have time any time soon, be sure to get yourself to the Saline Valley hot springs just on the other side of the Panamint Mtns. You wont regret it, though the journey is tough. 3) I'm trying to move back to SoCal as soon as I'm able (COVID tosses and turns sent me across the country for work) and whenver that happens - a year from now, maybe three, I intend to come see this place if I can and make myself available for build days. Again, what you're doing touches something special and true and I want to lean into that. In the meantime you can expect a few bucks here and there as finances allow. I want you to see this through. Questions: Have you got a library or a library of sorts in mind? Any particular sorts of music that you feel fit with the place? You say the time spent there has changed you, can you say more about how? What do you view differently now than you may have before moving to Cerro Gordo? I'll be reading the thread now, apologies if you've already answered some of these. Again, bravo, keep going, and thanks for taking a risk and seeking a life that shines a light. oh wow, thank you for watching the videos! This part of the country is definitely very special. The whole 395 corridor is one that I didn't know well before moving here, and now can't envision living without. I do have a library of sorts here. I have a lot of books related to the area or the mine (Silver Seekers, From This Mountain, City Builders, The Boys In The Sky Blue Pants, Water Seekers, etc). I hope to fill it with many more books. I feel a lot more connected with the property now of course, but also generally that I've slowed down. And that I'm OK with slowing down. I don't fill my day with needless tasks. I sit with ideas longer. Generally think I'm more happy. Probably?
Did you own Cerro Gordo when Ghost Adventures filmed there? What was that experience like? I did!
They were fine. It was a big production. I didn't get to participate in any real way, but they respected the town and rules outlined
How do you get wifi there? I use an ATT hotspot. It isn't perfect, but works just fine for reddit.
ATT has a tower on a surrounding mountaintop...
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Okay, so now knowing this and seeing your other post about going in the mines, you really should have an emergency contact who will call search and rescue if you don't check in by a certain time. I know you've got experience now, but plan out your trips, make an itinerary and give it to your emergency contact with instructions to check with you by a certain time, and if they can't get ahold of you, to call the sheriff. I typically tell my friend when and where I'm going into a mine. He knows the property so understands where I'll be. I usually say if I don't call in X hours for him to be concerned.
You may have had this question already, but does the lack of human contact not drive you insane with loneliness or boredom? I've never lived alone and I'm pretty extroverted, so I can't even imagine not having housemates let alone being alone in a town lol. If it does get to you sometimes, how do you deal with it? Sometimes, but I think it is an interesting time to be alone. Because most my friends aren't hanging out with each other anyway because of the pandemic. So the FOMO of hanging with friends is a little bit relieved because of that.
I can still call them, email them, etc when I need to.
I also have found myself more introverted, so I don't mind the time alone...
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How do you bathe? I use a camp shower. Basically a bag of water you put in the sun to heat up, then has a nozzle on the end to bathe under...
Kind of a weird question.....What’s it like living with no trees? Cuz, I can’t se any trees..... It's a good question. Most the trees were chopped down for firewood around the main town. They are pinyon pines too, so they take hundreds of years to regrown.
On the backside of the property there are quite a few trees. So if I'm missing trees, I just shoot back there
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Are you planning to replant trees? That would be a good site. I would like to, but have to figure out the water issue first. Pinyon Pine and Juniper trees are frequent here. Both take a really long time to grow...
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"They are pinyon pines too, so they take hundreds of years to regrown." By which you mean 10 or so years to mature...? Not from what I've seen. I have a friend out here who grows them from seeds. A 10 year old tree might be 2-3 ft tall.
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To be fair, that's likely due to the dry climate and poor nutrients. If the trees are watered and fertilized artificially occasionally during the first, say, 5 years, you would probably be able to get a tree that's at least 10ft+ tall in that time (or more, depends on how fast the tree can grow, whether you add fertilizer, etc) I'm down! Tell me what to give these things and I'll give them whatever they need to get a forest going back up here again.
Why do your friends not live in Cerro Gordo? Those with whom you bought the town. They all have lives and obligations elsewhere
Oooo I think I follow you on Tik Tok! Is that annoying reporter still waiting on your property for his interview? 🙂 hahaha, I ended up giving the interview and actually gave him a beer and some dinner. He's cool dude. Wasn't bothered at all to be waiting. He was just enjoying relaxing in a cool place...
Hi, I asked a question on the last AMA and didn't get the answer I wanted, so I'll ask again. Have you reinstated the weekly murders? Only of mice.
Carried out by my 7 cat coconspirators.
Have you considered promoting it as a film location? It’s pretty amazing. There have been a few films and TV shows shot here!
Most notably, the scene in Iron Man where he is blasted out of the bunker in 'Afghanistan' and driven along the road was filmed at Cerro Gordo. The blast happened here.
The movie "Nevada Smith" with Steve McQueen was filmed here as well.
Since we've owned it, Jeff Goldblum shot an episode of his "World According To" here and "Ghost Adventures" also shot here...
[deleted] To make sure the town is standing long after I'm gone. And that more people get to know about its history, its impact on California's history.
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Right, but how do you intend to do that? I mean you just bought an old town that realistically is missing most of the stuff that would allow you to turn it in to some sort of vacation area (water, sewage, etc), so how do you intend to actually monetize this? Let’s be real, you’ll have to monetize it to ensure it’ll be standing after you’re gone. Offer overnight accommodations. Hopefully by next summer. We have approved plans from county to truck up water. So we will have 5-6 rooms available to rent. Plus people coming for the day to take tour of town
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I commented elsewhere about having a big water tank at a higher elevation but if you’re going to trick water up that’s even better to get you started. Gravity fed water is absolutely the easiest way to get water pressure. Also, and this might be in your plans already, goats do a great job of clearing brush and that can create a good fire break naturally plus goats don’t need the same amounts of water as cows if you want some dairy or meat. Totally. On the money with both those. The water tanks are a good ways above the main town. Gravity does the trick. And one of the main reasons for the goats (outside the companionship) was to eat away brush from the buildings for fire prevention...
Have you ever lived anywhere that routinely gets snow? Respectfully, while watching your video and seeing you say you were snowed in, I thought that is nothing but a Tuesday in January where I am at. I think you will find over time you will get used to it and get better at navigating it. I grew up in Florida and lived in Texas before this. So no, I was not used to snow. Also I had a 2WD base model Tacoma that weighed nothing and would spin out on a sprinkle of rain, so I definitely wasn't fully prepared.
This winter will be different. I'm much more prepared and I've learned a lot in 6 months. I think I've changed a lot.
I too laugh when I watch that first video these days. I was so new at it all...
My wife and I think that you should have a dog or two. Why no dog?! :) I grew up a dog person, so I'd love to. The cats are mainly practical. As in, I need them to hunt mice. The dog would be a great companion, just sometimes I go hiking for 12 hours or so at a time. I'd have to get an outdoor type dog...
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Holy crap. Of all the craziness I’ve read here, you not having a dog is craziest. I’d feel way safer with a dog. Plus, that’s hell of a life for a dog. What type should I get?
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I see you have goats, but why no chickens? Easy to care for and lay daily once developed and eat all your table scraps. Just getting the hang of the animals thing. Need to get a good coop to keep the bobcats and such out. But I'd LOVE to have chickens long term.
Who picks up your garbage? Me, mainly. I bring it to a transfer station in a neighboring town when it piles up enough
Does all work and no play make Brent a dull boy? Here's.......BRENT!
Damn, doesn't quite hit the same haha
Just wanting to let you know that for the past 2 weeks I have been watching your video's since I've been home sick with covid (positive test and some pretty nasty symptoms) and your amazingly high production quality video's really inspired me to do some soul searching as to what kind of things I want to be doing with my life in a couple of years. And for that I can't thank you enough! God bless you and your future endeavours (also please be careful on your own exploring). As for question: how severely haunted is the town, specifically that one shack, actually and have there been more weird things going on? Oh wow. Thank you! I appreciate that. Weird things happen occasionally. I think if you're in a town expecting to hear nothing and see nothing, if you see anything or hear anything it is really weird.
Last summer I visited Cerro Gordo during a road trip with some friends and got a legitimately fantastic tour given by Robert(I believe). Is he still around, or...? Robert is the best! He is still around, but just back with his family for 7 months or so because of pandemic. I think he's coming to visit next week
Who or what entity actually owned the town before you? I'm curious how the chain of title worked. I've never seen a whole town for sale. The town was passed down from individual owners for a while. A family owned it before us that had it for 20+ years. When the parents died, the children had lives of their own elsewhere and searched for the right party to buy it. Luckily they chose us...
Can I visit when the plague is over? Sure!
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I’d vote for you. Absolutely amazing job you’ve done; you are living my dream. Thanks for adopting an important piece of history and wanting to keep it as is for generations to come! Thank you!
Have you started building the New American Hotel? Indeed! We just got final permits on the 23rd to officially build and operate it, so it's full speed ahead
You allowed Sam and Colby to visit with their friends. Did they respect the property? They did. I outlined some basic rules and they followed them. I like those guys. We've stayed in touch...
What’s a normal day like for you? I wake up, feed the animals (goats and kittens). Make breakfast. Check/send emails for an hour or two. Go work on the property for a while (currently I'm clearing a site that I hope to build a new cabin on). Then I come back for lunch/more emails. In the late afternoon I leave the phone behind and go hiking to find an abandoned mine or some other cool thing out there. Treasure hunting. Then I come back, make dinner. Maybe look at the stars for a while. Go to bed.
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2020.11.19 17:29 SaintRidley Wrestling Observer Rewind ★ June 13, 1988

Going through old issues of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter and posting highlights in my own words, continuing in the footsteps of daprice82. For anyone interested, I highly recommend signing up for the actual site at f4wonline and checking out the full archives.
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  • The WWF is the source of most of the news this week, and the first major thing is the Superstars taping on June 1. Dave was in Oakland and gives a full recap of the show. They had 12,120 in attendance (around 9,000 paid) and a gate around $110,000. Dave compliments the show’s atmosphere and WWF’s commitment to putting on a show, even if their style has some drawbacks. He does say that for an arena show, 29 matches is normally way too many, but since it was a tv taping, you know what you’re getting yourself into. Everyone who complains about modern tv tapings, be glad you weren’t going to these. They managed a good pace overall and kept the entire taping under 4 hours (last year’s taping in San Francisco was nearly 5 hours and had fans booing everyone in the last hour because they just wanted to see Hogan and get their money’s worth before leaving). Anyway, if you know 1980s Dave, you know his first major complaint is always going to be about unannounced changes to the advertised card. All during their tv hype for this, they were pushing Honkytonk vs. Beefcake with Jimmy Hart banned from the building. They forgot about that last bit and Jimmy was there. Then they talked about how the next show in town, Jimmy would be banned from the building. They also advertised free t-shirts to all fans in attendance, and they didn’t come through on that. Dave thinks it’s a real swing and a miss - 12,000 fans all wearing a Randy Savage t-shirt would have been a remarkable sight and been really effective. Anyway, Dave thinks most were pretty happy with the show as a whole.
  • I’m not going to go through everything on this taping, because Dave seriously covers all 29 matches, but here are some highlights and even that’s a lot. Dave gives a Brady Boone vs. Steve Lombardi dark match 3.25 stars. WWF is now doing all announcing from their studio in Connecticut, so no live announcing in the arena or even intros for each hour of the taping, which makes it hard to tell what’s going to be on what week’s show. That said, this did help things along in terms of speed. They had Slick do an interview introducing the Big Boss Man, and because they didn’t really work to change his look, he got some chants of “Bubba, Bubba” from those who recognized him. Dave takes the time to comment on Warrior’s utter lack of conditioning, as he was winded before he could even finish his entrance and could barely beat his chest. He says it’s a real statement to call anyone a worse worker than Andre the Giant right now, but Warrior has him beat by a mile. Bossman’s tv debut match was against Louie Spicoli. He squashed Spicoli in about a minute or so, then cuffed him to the ropes and beat him with his nightstick. The Hart Foundation has reunited as a face team and kicked Jimmy Hart to the curb. Rick Rude has a lot of heat thanks to the angle with Jake Roberts, and Dave can’t remember the last time a heel was so universally hated. At most he had a dozen women cheering for him, while everyone else was against him. Don Muraco “chased” Jimmy Hart to the back in an angle clearly setting him and Greg Valentine up for a feud and potentially writing Billy Graham off as a manager, but Jimmy ran so much faster that he beat him to the back by a mile and a guy behind Dave joked that Jimmy Hart is the best athlete on the show. The Rockers re-debuted for WWF and have made it two days with the company, doubling their previous record for WWF tenure. Dave thinks Michaels and Janetty are exactly what WWF needs: a babyface tag team with a rock and roll gimmick (WWF has never done that before, while other promotions have overdone it) and they got a good reaction. Dave makes an ill-advised comparison between Beefcake being over big in the area because he’s billed from San Francisco to “taking pride in living in the AIDS capital of the world.” I think we can expect letters about that in the coming weeks. Badnews Brown is doing a thing with the raising a black gloved hand in the air and Dave thinks it would have been really over if this were 1969, but it’s about 20 years too late to really strike that iron effectively and Dave jokes that you’d think Verne Gagne came up with that one until you realize he only just learned last year that baseball broke the color barrier. Dave compliments Rude again and says he’s such a good heel that Dave doesn’t even like watching him. By hour 3, fans were catching on with the Bossman’s gimmick and it was getting some good heat. The Hart Foundation’s first face match saw them beat a face jobber team and wrestle like heels while playing to the crowd like faces. The crowd was a bit confused, but Dave thinks faces who wrestle like heels could get over well once the crowd shakes off the classical conditioning. He especially compliments Bret’s fake knee injury as the best thing on the card and best sell of a fake knee injury he’s ever seen in WWF. Fans started leaving after the 26th match on the show and by the time the DiBiase vs. Savage (with Elizabeth) match happened, there were fewer than 7,000 left (and under 4,000 left by the finish). Dave quips that they probably left after seeing what Liz was wearing. Sure, Dave.
Watch: Big Boss Man makes his WWF tv debut
  • Electronic Media Magazine wrote a pretty frank kayfabe-breaking note in their May 23 issue, and they predict Ted DiBiase as the next WWF champ. They say:
While sports prognostication is normally a risky business, the scenario of who becomes the World Wrestling Federation’s champ is scripted out months in advance. It’s based on the popularity of the wrestler, not his record, according to the results each performer inspires in WWF’s multimillion dollar merchandising sales. Based on that criteria, insiders are laying odds that the next WWF champion will be “Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase. But look for Hulk Hogan to reclaim the crown in a matter of months.
  • Anyway, Dave gives his thoughts on this prediction. Dave figures Hogan’s a draw with or without the belt, so he’ll probably be paired with Bossman and Andre for the fall while Savage needs the belt right now to remain a draw. He’s reminded of New Japan 1983, where everyone assumed the boom from January to August was due to Inoki and without him things would stall out, and the same would be the case for WWF this summer without Hogan. New Japan didn’t stall and that eventually led to the split that created the original UWF. WWF doesn’t have to worry about anything like that happening, but it’s conceivable that WWF continuing fine without Hogan could reduce Hogan’s pull because the company would know they can weather through without him. So Dave thinks, given that and how far behind the NWA is, that keeping the belt on Savage for the time being (provided he still remains able to draw) is the smart move. Ultimately, when Savage loses the belt comes down to Hogan’s ego and whether Hogan feels he needs the belt and if he’ll demand it when he returns, if he’ll have patience, or if he’ll leave the company if he can’t just call his shots. If Savage does stop drawing, by all means transition to DiBiase then Hogan, but right now Savage is working as an attraction and it’s best to work in such a way where you can have two of those (Hogan and Savage) rather than only just one. It may even be better to have Savage as champion since Hogan only works weekends and tv, rather than the full schedule like Savage does.
  • WWF is also expanding their schedule again beginning on July 7. They’ll be running a fourth touring group to hit small towns they used to consider too small to be worth going to and do charity shows. Dave interprets this as WWF’s attempt to deliver a killing blow to the other promotions that are currently run pretty ragged. The charity shows, for instance, are most probably designed to be able to snipe charity deals from smaller promotions because WWF will be able to offer a more lucrative product in place of, say, a charity show run by Ron Fuller. It also opens roster spots up for WWF, which means plenty of room to hire disaffected NWA guys.
  • Finally, on to something not WWF: Chigusa Nagayo appears to be preparing to retire from All Japan Women. The promotion is planning a huge show in a baseball stadium to commemorate her retirement. Chigusa is easily the most popular and highest paid woman wrestler in the history of the business, and she’s only 23. The implications for All Japan Women are huge. They just had three other key retirements recently, including Devil Masami, Dump Matsumoto, and Yukari Omori. For big draws from their golden era of 1984-86, they only have Lioness Asuka left, and her popularity is significantly down from its 1985 peak. Surprisingly, it looks like AJW wants her gone just as much as she wants to be gone. Maybe she’s outgrown the company and become difficult to deal with, maybe the promotion doesn’t feel they need her enough that they need to submit to her demands. There’s also the fact that since she has had her peak popularity, the promotion is worried that keeping her as the main attraction will make the promotion look bad for being centered around a fading star (Dave gives examples like Dusty in the NWA, Inoki in New Japan, the original Sheik in Detroit, the Von Erichs in WCCW, Lawler in Memphis, etc.). Just as the Beauty Pair (Nancy Kumi and Jackie Sato) and Mimi Hagiwara gave way to the Crush Girls (Lioness Asuka and Chigusa Nagayo), so too must the Crush Girls give way to the next big stars, and AJW seems to want Yumiko Hotta and Mitsuko Nishiwaki to be the next major stars.
  • Chigusa leaving will be a big blow to AJW for a long while, but if they can get these new wrestlers over, they can build up again. The company and Chigusa both know that she can’t be on top forever and she has nowhere to go but down from being the top star of the women’s wrestling industry. Chigusa has numerous options available to her. She has a clothing company, can use her celebrity to do game shows, and could even gather wrestlers together and start her own promotion, as some of the speculation suggests. Dave spends a bit of time describing Japanese teen idol culture and concludes that it’s very fun to follow how it all works and how it intersects with wrestling. Anyway, this is all a bit premature and a false alarm (the part about Chigusa retiring - all the implications of what would happen upon her retirement is super interesting and important to consider). Chigusa will do a tour in the U.S. and Canada later this year and will return to AJW in the fall, before retiring for the first time in 1989 (she’ll unretire in 1993.
  • The June issue of Washington Monthly has a piece on commission regulation of pro wrestling. Mostly it kind of laughs at how wrestling is regulated currently. It’s written by the same guy who wrote the Penthouse piece on the Von Erichs that’s in development hell. That’s tentatively scheduled for the September issue now, by the way.
  • There were three shows in Oregon last weekend: Owen, Haynes, and McMahon. Haynes put on his championship tournament final and won that in front of a crowd, while Owen did a kids get in free gimmick and had Buddy Rose vs. the Assassin in a bullrope match to main event. WWF, however, drew their biggest crowd ever in Oregon on May 30, getting 7,500 people (Hogan never even cracked 5,000 in Portland).
  • Also, the advertised Hennig vs. DeBeers AWA title match in Salem Oregon on May 19 did not happen, as expected. Hennig was no longer champion and didn’t even show up, so they made a battle royal the main event. Matt Borne won. DeBeers claimed in an promo that “Verne Gagne has put economic sanctions on me.”
  • The IWGP Title is currently held up because of silliness involving Riki Choshu. The main event on May 27 was originally supposed to be Fujinami defending against Seiji Sakaguchi, but Riki Choshu complained and got inserted as challenger instead. The finish to the match, which to be clear was obviously a work due to the fact that Fujinami took his boot off, involved the ring breaking and Fujinami “spraining” his ankle. So Choshu attacks the ankle, Fujinami removes his boot and tries to fight on, but they stop the match and rule it a no contest. Choshu says that since it was an accident, he didn’t want to win the title that way, so the belt is held up until the June 24 show in Osaka.
  • Owen Hart also won the IWGP Jr. Heavyweight title on the same night. He’ll likely drop the title before the end of the tour, but he is scheduled for another tour in late August, which throws a wrench in Dave’s understanding of any plans he has vis a vis WWF.
  • Adrian Adonis is being cheered in New Japan. He was a big star here several years back and the fans still remember him. He’s definitely put on a lot of weight since those days, though, so the fans have also been pretty shocked by his physique.
  • Steve Williams is probably not going back to New Japan any time ever. He’s skipped out on too many tours and they weren’t happy about that.
  • UWF has announced their June 11 card. They’ve got Maeda vs. Takada in the main event and Kazuo Yamazaki vs. Norman Smiley. The show is already sold out (7,000 seats at a price of $28/ticket = $106,000). All Japan has a show in the same building a week earlier and tickets are selling slowly. UWF is trying to get Bob Backlund in against Maeda for their December show, but that’s conditional on getting Backlund to do the job. Good news from the future: Backlund will be on the show. We’ll get into the details and how plans change down the line.
  • Devil Masami came out of retirement for JWP’s May 28 show. JWP was going to fold on May 29, but they managed to draw 4,000 fans and are going to do occasional spot shows from here on out. Dave says those shows will be “promoted by the local mob” and that may or may not be snark, I’m honestly not sure.
  • No real news from All Japan Women beyond the Chigusa Nagayo situation. Retirement rumors are swirling, and Leilani Kai beat her in a non-title match on May 28, so it might be that they’re prepping Kai as her retirement match.
  • The lineup for the second NWA Clash of Champions has changed. Barry Windham will now be wrestling Brad Armstrong in what’s sure to be a fantastic match if it’s given time. TBS’s press release about the show gave Dusty the biggest bio (no surprise) which called him “one of the two biggest stars in professional wrestling today, along with Ric Flair.” Dave notes that Windham’s bio calls him the “frequent tag team partner of Lex Luger,” so obviously these are a touch dated. Clash shows are set for September 7 and December 7 as well.
  • [NWA] Jimmy Garvin did a great promo on the June 4 TBS show. He admitted he’s married to Precious and really heated up the rivalry with Kevin Sullivan. Dave thinks it’s no coincidence they’re doing this at the same time as Rick Rude is feuding with Jake Roberts over Jake’s wife. It’s a formula that gets over big.
  • NWA is putting a lot of hype into Luger vs. Flair at the Great American Bash, and it’s getting lots of buzz among fans. Most people Dave talks to think they might even put the title on Luger. Nothing’s certain yet, but they’re definitely doing good work in the build here.
  • [WWF] Islander Tama (Sam Fatu, aka Tonga Kid) has quit WWF. That leaves the islanders as Siva Afi and Haku, which really sucks because Tama and Haku worked really well together and Siva is… not great. Dave’s heard two stories here. One is that he was upset with his Wrestlemania paycheck and the other is that he was upset with how Sika was let go and the rest of the family put pressure on him to follow suit.
  • [WWF] At the Rochester, MN tapings on May 11, Vince apparently gave a speech about the evils of steroids. According to the speech, being on tv will make you larger than life and you won’t need steroids because you’re on tv. This all stems from an employee in some auditorium finding a needle and leftover steroids backstage after a WWF show and accidentally getting stuck by the needle and freaking out about potentially getting AIDS. Remember, kids, don’t share needles.
  • Terry Taylor is coming to the WWF to work as a babyface. I think he’s too chicken to try being a WWF heel.
  • There’s talk of WWF doing a feud between Cheryl Roberts and Raven. No, not Scott Levy. Cheryl is, of course, Jake Roberts’ wife. Raven is Rick Rude’s valet, played by his sister Nancy.
  • TV in Memphis to set up the June 6 Hennig vs. Lawler match was really hot. They had Hennig in studio making fun of a local car dealer and attacking him, then later demanding Lawler come out and when Lawler didn’t come out he destroyed the studio. Lawler only came out when Hennig threatened to beat the shit out of Lance Russell if Lawler didn’t come out by the count of 10. Of course, they kind of undercut some of the tension by having the Toyota dealer promise to refund the fans if Lawler doesn’t win on June 6.
  • WCCW’s Memorial Day card in Fort Worth drew roughly 1,500 (5,000 claimed on tv). That’s the biggest crowd they’ve had in a long time. Plans for Lawler to come work with Kerry Von Erich appear to be shelved - he’s coming in on June 17-19, but he’ll be working with Terry Taylor and Iceman King Parsons instead.
  • Makhan Singh is a heel and currently feuding with Kerry Brown in Stampede, but appears to be developing a cult following. He’s doing well on promos and he’s doing color commentary with Ed Whalen and a lot of folks feel like his work on the desk has significantly improved the show. So he’s developing a fanbase that quite likely will cheer for him. Can you believe that this guy winds up being Bastion Booger?
  • Dave gives a June 1 Continental match between Tom Prichard and Tony Anthony 4 stars. It was a 9 minute first blood match and Prichard bled first, but Danny Davis wiped the blood off him to keep the referee none the wiser.
  • In USA Wrestling, Doug Furnas almost won the Tennessee championship from Buddy Landel in a tv match, but Guerrero shenanigans kept the gold off him. Furnas won clean, but Hector Guerrero slipped a foreign object into Furnas’s trunks and told the ref, who reversed the decision promptly upon discovering the weapon. Guess we can see where Eddie got his ideas from.
Watch: Hector Guerrero lies, cheats, and steals
  • Over in Europe, Otto Wanz still reigns supreme. Scott Hall is over there right now working for him, and Wanz is defending his version of the world title against Bruiser Brody on July 9. Apparently he got Andre the Giant back in January and Andre did a job for him too. Well, it was December, and it was by countout, but yes.
Watch: Otto Wanz vs. Andre the Giant, December 1987
  • AWA is looking for a new booker. They fired Wahoo McDaniel and Ray Stevens for running their own independent show in Virginia without telling AWA about it. Just in case you thought Vince was the first promoter to not like his guys running their own shows.
  • Windy City Wrestling is holding a show on July 16 at DePaul University and they’re hoping to get Brody in to wrestle Nord the Barbarian in a cage match. Brody is already booked that weekend, though, so if he doesn’t come, it’s because he’ll be in Puerto Rico. He really should have picked Chicago that weekend.
  • There’s a really fascinating letter about the western Pennsylvania wrestling scene from the 1950s and into the 70s. They used to get tv from the International Amphithetre in Chicago featuring guys like Thesz, Gagne, Buddy Rogers, the Lisowskis, and others and the letter writer wonders if anyone still has the old film of those matches sitting on a shelf somewhere. They did, and there’s a youtube channel dedicated to all this old wrestling: The Chicago Film Archive. Anyway, by the late 50s, tv wrestling in Pittsburgh got taken over by a live studio show from Philadelphia every Saturday, but it wasn’t very good and then another promoter took over the tv there and you had guys like Waldo Von Erich, the Tolos Brothers, Ilio DePaolo, and others. Soon after, Toots Mondt (an associate of Vince McMahon Sr.) started romoting in the area and brought in the best of the NWA at the time - Argentina Rocca, Buddy Rogers, the Kangaroos, Haystacks Calhoun, Sweet Daddy Siki, and a young Bruno Sammartino. But the biggest star was the Crusher (Reggie Lisowski), who started heel and became even bigger when he turned face, and in his later years they tried turning him heel again to go against Bruno, but the feud died because his appeal was gone and turning him heel was a mistake (this is weirdly reminiscent of Steve Austin’s trajectory and the mistake of his heel turn, it feels like). When Bruno became the champ, that was shortly after WWWF broke off the NWA and the local shows started to die off as he went on tour, but the big shows still did well and there was still a surge of excitement and popularity. Big monthly shows in the local arena did well, but rarely sold out. Things went bad when Bruno dropped the title to Ivan Koloff and wrestling interest dropped significantly and it wasn’t until Bruno got the title back that things interest started rising again. It’s really remarkable how important a figure Bruno was in the western Pennsylvania scene at the time.
  • A writer asks Dave if he thinks Flair should consider jumping to WWF, and Dave responds. He says there’s a bigger chance of it happening now than at any previous point (not that he’s saying Flair will jump, just that the circumstances are most favorable to a jump right now), and that does make it an interesting question. If they wanted to, they could go all in on Flair and he’d be a big draw. But because Flair’s synonymous with the NWA, there’s a lot of ways they could sabotage that because of the egos at play and the need to show that they’ve been better than the NWA all along (see WWE and anything remotely WCW in the past 19 years). And some of the reasons they might convince themselves Flair wouldn’t get over with their audience are even valid: Flair thrives in long matches and WWF doesn’t really do those. He’s pushing 40, and that’s pretty old (ha!). So yeah, if Flair were to be the top of the card in WWF, that would feel to some like an admission that the NWA is on par with the WWF, and that won’t sit well with some of the suits with big egos. But at Flair’s age, a run with WWF to make the big bucks and work shorter matches is likely to have some appeal - he’s an old man in a young man’s game, and he’s got to know that. Well, let’s look at what Ric Flair had to say about the idea of being too old to do it and retirement, about 20 years later.
Watch: Ric Flair’s thoughts on being an old man in a young man’s game and retirement
  • Another letter asks Dave for some more information on his sources for the OWF debut and the World Class Texas Stadium show. Basically, some quibbles about attendance in the former, including asking for clarification on what Dave meant when he said the crowd had “a higher class of fan, similar to a WWF crowd.” In the case of the World Class stuff, the writer straight up disagrees on the quality of the latter and asks Dave to be more positive about WCCW for the sake of the business. Dave goes ahead and answers the challenge. He names the source for his claim on the “higher class of fan,” which he meant in terms of socioeconomic class: Mike Rodgers, who publishes the major newsletter on the region called Ring Around the Northwest. Rodgers has been following wrestling in the area enough to know what kinds of crowds different promotions draw in the area and Dave stands by Mike’s assessment. As for World Class, Dave had 21 letters from those who attended the show and all but four (and those four include this letter Dave is responding to) considered the show subpar, and Dave makes sure to clarify that he didn’t call it subpar, but that he reported fan reception as indicating it was subpar. Dave even called a contact who knows the regulars for WCCW’s shows in the area after getting this letter and asked him what people generally thought, and that contact also reported general disappointment. As to being more positive about WCCW, Dave gives credit where due (he was very positive on Michael Hayes as a booker), but the promotion is showing no signs of a turnaround. It’s loads better than it was when Fritz was still in charge, but they’re still flubbing basic business in so many ways and making terrible booking choices and Dave can’t just give them a pass for that. There’s also some stuff about WWF in here where the writer calls WWF fans idiots and claims nobody intelligent would pay to go to a WWF show, and Dave mentions that he has paid to go to WWF shows and finds them enjoyable as a social outing with friends, even if he’s not interested in their wrestling enough to go on his own. So yeah. Mostly included the stuff on this letter because it’s a peek behind the curtain of Dave’s contacts and how he gauged fan reactions back in the day.
  • Also, Percy Pringle is playing face and holding the mic for interviews on World Class tv now. Dave says his facial expressions are hilarious, and I’m demanding we get a Percy Pringle facial reactions subreddit and simp account like the Alexa Bliss one asap.
NEXT WEEK: NWA Blows Clash II advertising, Clash II review, Bodyslam movie review, Brother love coming to WWF, Summerslam announced, and more
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2020.11.16 16:02 rusticgorilla Lost in the Sauce: Barr's DOJ shut down investigations of Trump and admin officials

Welcome to Lost in the Sauce, keeping you caught up on political and legal news that often gets buried in distractions and theater… or a global health crisis.
Housekeeping:

Post-election

On Saturday, Trump announced on Twitter that he has put his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani in charge of his campaign's long-shot post-election legal challenges. Other people on the team include Joseph diGenova, Victoria Toensing, Sidney Powell, and Jenna Ellis.
  • Giuliani worked with a Russian agent to smear Biden. diGenova and Toensing tried to get the Justice Department to drop charges against corrupt Ukraine oligarch Dmytro Firtash. Powell represents Michael Flynn and champions "deep state" conspiracies. Ellis said gay marriage leads to pedophilia.
NYT: Mr. Trump turned to Mr. Giuliani earlier on Friday in reaction to the latest setback he faced in court, this one relating to votes in Maricopa County, Arizona… A half-dozen other Trump advisers have described Mr. Giuliani’s efforts as counterproductive and said that he was giving the president unwarranted optimism about what could happen… In an Oval Office meeting with aides on Thursday, Mr. Trump put Mr. Giuliani on speakerphone so the others could hear him. He angrily accused the aides of not telling the president the truth
Giuliani’s conspiracy-riddled rant at Four Seasons Total Landscaping was so disastrous that it “scared off many of the lawyers” recruited to argue election-related lawsuits. Politico: “Campaign officials described the episode as disastrous...there are widespread concerns within Trumpworld and GOP circles that Giuliani’s antics are thwarting the president’s legal machinery from within.”
Two major law firms have withdrawn from Trump campaign cases as his legal challenges crumble. Arizona’s largest law firm Snell & Wilmer dumped the RNC and Trump campaign effort to challenge votes in Maricopa County. Porter Wright Morris & Arthur is abandoning Trump’s attempt to block Pennsylvania's popular vote for Joe Biden.
  • In one day (Friday), nine cases meant to attack President-elect Joe Biden's win in key states were denied or dropped - seven in Pennsylvania, one in Arizona, and one in Michigan.
The new federal chief information security officer, Camilo Sandoval, has already taken leave from his day job to participate in a pro-Trump effort to hunt for evidence of voter fraud in the battleground states. The group, Voter Integrity Fund, is a newly formed Virginia-based group that is analyzing ballot data and cold-calling voters. Sandoval was officially appointed on Nov. 4, 2020, but lists his starting date at October on his personal LinkedIn page.
WaPo: Sandoval is part of a hastily convened team led by Matthew Braynard, a data specialist who worked on Trump’s 2016 campaign. Another participant is Thomas Baptiste, an adviser to the deputy secretary of the Interior Department who also took a leave to work on the project. Braynard said in an interview that several other government officials on leave are also assisting the effort, but he declined to identify them.
Media’s role:
  • Facebook Cut Traffic To Leading Liberal Pages Just Before The Election: Liberal page administrators who spoke with BuzzFeed News said that their reach declined by as much as 70%, and still hasn’t recovered.
  • Facebook Live Spread Election Conspiracies And Russian State-Controlled Content Despite Employee Fears: The social network’s live video tool has recommended videos featuring misinformation and the hyperpartisan views of Trump allies leading up to and following election day in the US.
  • In the week after the election, Trump’s postings dominated Facebook, accounting for the 10 most engaged status updates in the United States, and 22 of the top 25. “I WON THIS ELECTION, BY A LOT!” was his top post.
  • YouTube Is Doing Very Little to Stop Election Misinformation From Spreading
  • Social media app Parler receives financial backing from conservative hedge-fund investor Robert Mercer and his daughter Rebekah, The Wall Street Journal reported. Parler turned into a kind of de facto home for conservatives’ protests against the election— including the persistent “Stop the Steal” campaign— after the race was called for former Vice President Joe Biden. Several high-profile conservative social media personalities encouraged people to abandon Twitter and Facebook because of their moderation policies, and instead follow them on Parler.

Transition

Emily Murphy, the head of the General Services Administration, still hasn’t signed the official letter that would allow the incoming Biden team to formally begin the transition. House Democrats are assessing options to force the GSA’s hand, which could include summoning Murphy to the Hill to testify or suing her. “Obviously, Congress could file suit against the GSA administrator for failing to do her duty. We could seek to get a court to, in fact, issue an order
Her ascertainment is the legally necessary precursor to the government’s assistance to the Biden-Harris Presidential Transition Team. It releases $6.3 million dollars to the team, which is funded by public and private money; a loan of expanded federal office space and equipment; access to government agencies that will begin sharing information and records about ongoing activities, plans and vulnerabilities; national security briefings for the president; and other support.
  • The Office of the Director of National Intelligence recently confirmed that it is not providing national security briefings to the president-elect. The Defense Department has also reportedly indicated that it will not meet with the Biden-Harris transition team until Murphy formally affirms the apparent winner.
One of the officials fired in Trump’s latest purge was helping prepare for the transition to the new administration. USAID Deputy Administrator Bonnie Glick was removed abruptly to make way for a Trump loyalist after she had been supportive of transition planning, including the preparation of a 440-page manual for the next administration.
The GSA’s refusal to enact the transition has locked Biden’s team out of crucial Covid-19 pandemic data and government agency contacts. The president-elect’s Covid-19 task force has been trying to work around the federal government by connecting with governors and the health community.
  • The head of Operation Warp Speed, Moncef Slaoui, called on the White House to allow contact with the Biden team, saying “It is a matter of life and death for thousands of people.”
White House’s Office of Management and Budget is considering 145 new regulations and other policy changes they could enact before Biden’s inauguration - rules that will be challenging to undo once they are finalized. Critics and supporters of the administration say they expect a final burst of regulations to be finalized in the weeks before Jan. 20.
The rules under development include policies that the incoming Biden administration would probably oppose, such as new caps on the length of foreign student visas; restrictions on the Environmental Protection Agency’s use of scientific research; limits on the EPA’s consideration of the benefits of regulating air pollutants; and a change that would make it easier for companies to treat workers as independent contractors, rather than employees with more robust wage protections.
Last week, both Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and White House trade adviser Peter Navarro said they’re preparing for a second Trump term. “There will be a smooth transition to a second Trump administration,” Pompeo said during a news conference Tuesday afternoon (clip). Pompeo then doubled down on Fox News (clip). “We are moving forward here at the White House under the assumption there will be a second Trump term,” Navarro said on Fox Business Friday (clip).

DOJ interference

Attorney General William Barr stopped career prosecutors in DOJ’s Public Integrity Section from investigating whether President Trump broke any laws related to his conduct with Ukraine last year. The section was initially given the green light to pursue “a potentially explosive inquiry” into Trump, but after the Senate acquitted the president during impeachment proceedings, Barr sent the case to the U.S. attorney’s office in Brooklyn.
Prosecutors in DOJ’s Public Integrity Section were also prevented from bringing charges against former interior secretary Ryan Zinke by political appointees atop the Justice Department. Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen told prosecutors that they needed to gather more evidence and refine the case against Zinke for lying to Interior investigators.
  • The investigation into Zinke stemmed from his decision to block two Native American tribes—the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan—from opening a casino in Connecticut. Zinke’s office had been lobbied heavily by MGM Resorts International, which had been planning to open its own casino very close to where the tribes intended to break ground.
Sixteen assistant U.S. attorneys specially assigned to monitor malfeasance in the 2020 election urged Barr on Friday to rescind his memo allowing election-fraud investigations before results are certified. "It was developed and announced without consulting non-partisan career professionals in the field and at the Department. Finally, the timing of the Memorandum's release thrusts career prosecutors into partisan politics," the prosecutors wrote.
An internal Justice Department investigation found that federal prosecutors who oversaw a controversial non-prosecution deal with Jeffrey Epstein in 2008 exercised “poor judgment” but did not break the law. “They just say he used poor judgment, and that's their way of basically letting everyone off the hook while offering some sort of an olive branch to the victims that we acknowledge weren't treated perfectly,” said Brad Edwards, who sued the DOJ in 2008 on behalf of Epstein accusers.

Immigration news

Eastern District of New York Judge Nicholas Garaufis (Clinton-appointee) ruled that Chad Wolf was not legally serving as acting Homeland Security secretary when he signed rules limiting DACA program applications and renewals. Therefore, in a win for Dreamers and immigration activists, Garaufis said the changes were invalid.
The judge described an illegitimate shuffling of leadership chairs at the Department of Homeland Security, the agency responsible for immigration enforcement, for the predicament of Wolf's leadership and that of his predecessor, Kevin McAleenan.
"Based on the plain text of the operative order of succession," Garaufis wrote in the Saturday ruling, "neither Mr. McAleenan nor, in turn, Mr. Wolf, possessed statutory authority to serve as Acting Secretary. Therefore the Wolf Memorandum was not an exercise of legal authority."
  • There's a renewed push to get Chad Wolf confirmed as Homeland Security secretary -- a position in which he's been serving in an acting capacity for a yearr -- before Inauguration Day. In the past week, Homeland Security officials spoke to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's office about bringing the nomination to a floor vote in the coming weeks.
Within the last six months, as the coronavirus pandemic gripped the US, the Trump administration filed 75 lawsuits to seize private land along the US-Mexico border for the border wall." People right now are having to choose between their health and their homes," said Ricky Garza, a staff attorney at the Texas Civil Rights Project, a legal advocacy group.
After a series of price increases, Trump’s border project will cost taxpayers $20 million per mile of border fence. A review of federal spending data shows more than 200 contract modifications, at times awarded within just weeks or months after the original contracts, have increased the cost of the border wall project by billions of dollars since late 2017.
DHS has expelled unaccompanied immigrant children from the US border more than 13,000 times since March, using the coronavirus as an excuse to deny children their right to asylum. Previously, unaccompanied children were sent to government-run shelters as they attempted to pursue their asylum cases.
Migrant children from Central America are being expelled to Mexico, where they have no family connections. The expulsions not only put children in danger - the policy violates a diplomatic agreement with Mexico that only Mexican children and others who had adult supervision could be pushed back into Mexico after attempting to cross the border.
The House Judiciary Committee released a report on the Trump administration’s policy of separating families at the border, revealing that the federal agency that cares for migrant children was not told about the policy. The chaos contributed to the inability to later reunite parents and children.
The Trump administration is trying to deport several women who allege they were mistreated by a Georgia gynecologist at an immigration detention center. Hours after one detained woman spoke to federal investigators about forced hysterectomies at a Georgia detention center, she said ICE told her that it had lifted a hold on her deportation and she faced “imminent” removal. Six former patients who complained about Dr. Mahendra Amin had already been deported.
Northern District of Illinois Judge Gary Feinerman (Obama-appointee) blocked a key Trump administration policy that allowed officials to deny green cards to immigrants who might need public assistance Advocates who had feared that the policy would harm tens of thousands of poor people, particularly those affected by widespread job loss because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Miscellaneous

Microsoft said it has detected attempts by state-backed Russian and North Korean hackers to steal valuable data from leading pharmaceutical companies and vaccine researchers. “Among the targets, the majority are vaccine makers that have COVID-19 vaccines in various stages of clinical trials.”
Two census takers told The AP that their supervisors pressured them to enter false information into a computer system about homes they had not visited so they could close cases during the waning days of the once-a-decade national headcount.
The Supreme Court on Tuesday signaled it’s unlikely to tear down Obamacare over a Republican-backed lawsuit challenging the landmark health care law. Chief Justice John Roberts and Trump appointee Justice Brett Kavanaugh strongly questioned whether the elimination of the mandate penalty made the rest of the law invalid. Kavanaugh appeared to signal on several occasions that he favored leaving the rest of the law intact if the mandate is struck.
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (R) was sued last week by four whistleblowers claiming that he abused his office to benefit himself, a woman with whom he was said to have had an affair, and the wealthy donor who employs her before retaliating against the members of his staff who reported him to the FBI.
The Trump administration is rushing plans to auction drilling rights in the U.S. Arctic National Wildlife Refuge before the inauguration of Biden, who has vowed to block oil exploration in the rugged Alaska wilderness. Biden’s efforts could be complicated if the Trump administration sells drilling rights first. Formally issued oil and gas leases on federal land are government contracts that can’t be easily yanked.
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2020.10.15 15:53 HeyitsyaboyJesus Nebraska 2021 Recruiting Class Review: 10/15/2020

I spent my off time this week taking a hard look at the recruits of this class. I’ve compiled our current commits below and done my own evaluation and what I see in each recruit- the good and the bad. I’ve made determinations on how I think they should be rated and compare that to their 247 rating.
I’m a complete amateur at evaluating recruits and have no experience other than watching film and seeing what the experts take into account and how they rate players. This was an exercise for me and I gave a brief bio about each player. The heights and weights are taken from 247 and from what I’ve seen on film as some of the weights were not up to date. I followed 247’s rating explanations as a guide.
Koby Bretz - Omaha, NE
6’2” – 185lbs
Distance to Lincoln: 50.74 Miles
Profile: 88 247 – 5.6 RivalsHudl
Current Position: S/WR
Recruitment Position: S/Field OLB
Koby Bretz plays for Omaha Westside in Omaha, Nebraska. Last year Westside played Bellevue West for the state title but came up short. This year, they and Bellevue West are again the favorites to play in the state championship. The currently are undefeated sitting at 7-0.
Bretz is a tall, powerful, athletic Safety that shows great speed and angle recognition when coming downhill. While not the strongest looking player, he brings a level of physicality to Westside’s defensive backfield, capable of forcing fumbles on devastating hits. He has highlights of him coming between gaps and through blocks to make tackles. His playmaking highlights at safety much of the time is in run support, but in the games I’ve seen of him this year he has been able to recognize pass plays and make some high caliber PBU’s. At wide receiver he has shown that he can go up and make plays on balls while showing above average straight-line speed (this also shows up in his pursuit as a DB).
Bretz has all the tools to be a great player- of this class, he has one of the highest ceilings. He is someone that will need a year to learn hone his skills as a DB, get stronger and learn the playbook. His frame looks like it can hold another 20-30lbs comfortably- however he will need to work hard to develop himself. I think he starts out as a Safety before moving down to the field OLB. I think he can be a force at this position- he is a gifted tackler. Additionally, if the staff felt like they needed him at ILB, I feel as though he could play this position as well.
Bretz is rated an 88 by 247. I think his rating is appropriate. Depending on how he has looked this year, I could see him rise. Unfortunately, he has not posted any of his gameplay from this year on hudl.
Marques Buford – Oakdale, CT (Cedar Hill, TX)
6’0” – 195lbs
Distance to Lincoln: 1274.04 Miles
Profile: 87 247 – 5.5 RivalsHudl
Current Position: ATH – DB/WR
Recruitment Position: DB
Marques Buford plays for St. Thomas More Preparatory School in Oakdale, CT. Buford is a two-time state champion with his high school team at Trinity Christian School in Cedar Hill, TX.
Buford is an excellent all-around athlete playing at Defensive Back. He was a top camp performer multiple times in high school. He is agile, he is fast, he has great hands and a solid frame. He can lockdown receivers in man coverage and go up for balls just as well. He has solid play recognition ability and tackling ability. With a year at Prep School, he will be in a similar position to Alante Brown this year and have the opportunity and come in and help the DB room immediately.
When viewing his film, Buford does not have any immediately recognizable deficiencies. He will need to continue working hard and improve his body and skills as a DB.
Buford is rated an 87 by 247. I think Buford is underrated here and should be a borderline 4* at an 89 or 90. He is the best prep school player in the country.
James Carnie – Firth, NE
6’5” – 223lbs
Distance to Lincoln: 19.8 Miles
Profile: 86 247 – 5.6 RivalsHudl
Current Position: TE/OLB
Recruitment Position: TE
James Carnie plays for Norris High School in Firth, Nebraska. His team finished 7-4 last year and currently sits at 6-1 this year.
Carnie is an athletic Tight End/Outside Linebacker standing a 6’5” 223lbs. During the summer Carnie caught eyes with his 32.5” vertical and 4.6- 40 yard dash time at the Warren Academy Showcase. He is regarded by some as the best tight end in the state of Nebraska. This season he has shown that his athleticism in camps shows up on the field. He is a physical blocker and pass rusher, capable of pancaking DBs/LBs and coming off blocks to chase down QBs/RBs. Carnie has been able to show his speed and explosiveness on the field as a tight end, getting free from DBs and winning footraces to the end zone. He has shown ability to go up for 50/50 balls and yank them out of the air. His hands have improved greatly from last season and over the course of this season.
He is a physical player that will need to improve his body position going into contact. Carnie can run through people with poor tackling now, but if he lowers his shoulder, he should be able to blow through better tacklers. He has shown that he can drag tacklers and spin out of waist tackles.
Carnie will need to improve his route running ability, while decent now, he needs better breakouts and crisper routes. He also needs to improve his general elusiveness and on-the-field speed slightly, it appears that not all the speed he gained during the offseason has translated.
When he gets to Nebraska, he must maintain the same mentality he had over the summer and this season, working hard, and proving he can be a great player. He will need to continue to gain lean muscle and explosiveness to be a physical blocker and pass catcheroute runner.
Carnie is rated an 86 by 247. I believe this is the correct range for him to be in, however, I could see him improve to an 88 with his performance over the season and into the playoffs.
Gabe Ervin – Buford, GA
6’0” – 200lbs
Distance to Lincoln: 834.65 Miles
Profile: 84 247 – 5.7 RivalsHudl
Current Position: RB
Recruitment Position: RB
Gabe Ervin plays for Buford High School in Buford Georgia. Buford High School won the 5A state title last year in a come back victory and moved to the 6A division currently sitting at 3-1 this season. While the school is not filled with P5 athletes, the school executes its offense and defense at a high level to control and win games.
Playing at the Running Back position, Ervin is one of the most intriguing prospects of Nebraska’s class. He appears and is capable of being a 3-down back that runs downhill, makes quick cuts and breaks tackles. However, Gabe Ervin’s athleticism is more than being a downhill bruiser and he has shown he can be shifty in the backfield and bounce the football outside the tackles this season. Ervin is capable of getting down the field in a hurry and if a seam opens up in the middle of the field he will hit that seam and take it to the house- he is capable of accelerating and hitting his stride as soon as he reaches the second level.
Ervin’s vision and ability to read defenses is at a high level coming out of high school and I think this is attributed to the system he plays in and the coaching he has received. In game film I have seen him make reads on linebackers and use footwork while he is in the backfield to get LB’s to bite on the wrong gaps- in a particular play that he did this he turned what would have been a 7 or 8 yard gain to a 40 yard gain.
Ervin’s shiftiness is not given enough credit, he has been able to put DB’s and LB’s on skates with his footwork. He has shown that he can put defensive players at bad angles to make tackles and then break them- shedding them off his hips or with a stout stiff arm. His balance is very impressive and has shown great resilience on going down on ankle tackles. Last year Ervin averaged ~6.7 ypc. He seeks to improve his YPC and has done a good job, rushing for 178 yards on 10 carries in his most recent game.
Ervin is rated an 84 by 247. I believe Ervin deserves at least a 4-point bump. Ervin’s running style is akin to what Devine Ozigbo’s looked like his senior season. Strong downfield runner with unexpected elusiveness, but Ervin’s ability to bounce the ball outside the OT’s this season has been his biggest improvement and it has surprised a lot of people- me included. According to “Tracking Football” Ervin scores a 4.6 out of 5.0 on their athleticism scale when looking at his height, weight, and track times. This is considered “exceptional”. If I were to describe Ervin’s running ability and approach to the game in one word it would, “professional”.
Thomas Fidone – Council Bluffs, IA – US Army All American
6’5” – 225lbs
Distance to Lincoln: 54.1 Miles
Profile: 95 247 – 6.0 RivalsHudl
Current Position: TE
Recruitment Position: TE
Thomas Fidone plays for Lewis Central High School in Council Bluffs, Iowa. He is an Army All American Tight End. Thomas Fidone is the best Tight End in the nation of the 2021 class. He is the best route running and pass catching tight ends I’ve ever seen at the High School level. If you were to look at all the recruits this cycle and ask for the best route runners and pass catchers (RB’s, WR’s, and TE’s included) Fidone would still be at the top of the list. His breakouts are exceptional, his footwork is exceptional, his hands are exceptional. He stands at 6’5 225 and runs a 4.63 – 40-yard dash with a 37” vertical, all of which shows up on the field, winning in foot races to the endzone and showing elusiveness and acceleration.
He is a physical player and wins jump balls and sells his body out to make great catches. He drags defenders and puts them in the dirt with stiff arms. He is a capable and physical blocker. He is an extremely hard worker that wants to be the best.
Fidone is rated a 95 by 247. He has had a fantastic season so far. He has a shot at becoming a 5* player by 247, but I believe much of that decision will come down to how he plays at the All-American Bowl.
Mikai Gbayor – Irvington, NJ
6’2 – 220lbs
Distance to Lincoln: 1172.70 Miles
Profile: 87 247 – 5.6 RivalsHudl
Current Position: ILB
Recruitment Position: ILB
Mikai Gbayor plays for Irvington High School in Irvington, New Jersey. His school lost in the semi-final for the state championship. His team is off to a 2-0 start this season.
Gbayor plays Inside Linebacker and is a physical presence in the center of the field. He has solid play recognition, appears to be a sure tackler and often is a decleator. He has multiple highlights of him destroying RB’s and QB’s. Unfortunately, he doesn’t have a ton of hudl film for me to look through. He is best as a run stopper and is fast enough to hit gaps he needs to. He has a long frame and appears to be able to put on a good bit more weight and muscle. His lateral movement needs to improve as does his pass coverage and acceleration. However, I do think he has the athleticism to pull this off- he will need to dedicate himself to the S&C program and to improving technique.
Gbayor is rated an 87 by 247, I think this is a fair assessment. I do think his skill is in the 85-87 range. If he can show this season that he has improved his acceleration, ability to get off blocks and pursue sideline to sideline he will be a force to be reckoned with.
Kamonte Grimes – Naples, FL – US Army All American
6’2” – 205lbs
Distance to Lincoln: 1324.77 Miles
Profile: 88 247 – 5.5 RivalsHudl
Current Position: WDB
Recruitment Position: WR
Kamonte Grimes plays for Palmetto Ridge High School in Naples, Florida. His team went 4-6 overall in 2019, but are off to a 3-0 start this season. He is an Army All American.
Grimes is both a Wide Receiver and Defensive Back at his high school but was recruited as a WR by the Huskers. He spent the offseason becoming a better athlete and really worked on his body. Over the summer he accepted an invitation to play in the Army All American Bowl. Grimes is another unique prospect. The way that he runs makes him look slower and less elusive than he is, but he can create separation and outrun pursuing players. He glides and is a smooth route runner. He can go up for balls and break tackles made with poor angles. He’s a willing blocker. I think the biggest parts of his game he needs to improve upon is his explosiveness and route running.
Grimes is rated an 88 by 247, I find this to be a fair rating. I found the invite to the Army All-American Bowl particularly interesting as I don’t see him as an elite receiver. I think his performance at the AA Bowl will tell us a lot about how good he is.
Heinrich Haarberg – Kearney, NE
6’5” – 185lbs
Distance to Lincoln: 119.43 Miles
Profile: 88 247 – 5.6 RivalsHudl
Current Position: QB
Recruitment Position: QB
Heinrich Haarberg plays for Kearney Catholic in Kearney, Nebraska. His team finished 7-3 last year and currently sits at 5-1 this season.
Haarberg is a tall athletic and raw Quarterback. He has a lot of untapped talent and if he can hone his skills, he can be dangerous. Haarberg makes throwing 50-yard bombs and 20-yard lasers look easy. He’s adept at using his body and hips to generate power on his throws and can make strong throws while on the run and across his body. Haarberg is a boon in the QB run game, an area his team has relied on a lot this season. He can run through tackles and likes to play physically- he lowers his shoulder into contact. If Haarberg gets into the open field he can win footraces, having run a sub 11.0 100m.
Haarberg will need to spend time with Verduzco to improve as a QB, but understands he needs work. I’m not super familiar with looking at and evaluating QB’s, but I can tell he has poor footwork when he drops back in the pocket. If Haarberg spends a lot of time in S&C, he can become a force in the QB run game that no player wants to tackle. I can see him getting up to 235lbs and still retain his speed.
Haarberg is rated an 88 by 247. I think this is an appropriate rating. He has a very high upside and athletic ability, he just needs to develop and harness it.
Shawn Hardy – Kingsland, GA
6’3” – 190lbs
Distance to Lincoln: 1086.47 Miles
Profile: 85 247 – 5.6 RivalsHudl
Current Position: WR
Recruitment Position: WR
Shawn Hardy plays for Camden County High School in Kingsland, Georgia. His team finished 8-3 last year and sits at 4-2 this year.
Hardy is a taller receiver that excels in his ball tracking ability and ability to go up and win 50/50 balls. He has solid speed to take the tops off defenses on go routes with his long stride. He plays a physical game when jumping up for balls and routinely rips the ball from defenders’ hands. He has surprising elusiveness for his size, and it has really come out this season with being able to accelerate around blocks and make strong cuts. While his route running is solid, there is always room to improve. His top end speed, elusiveness and acceleration only need a slight improvement to take him from a good receiver to an elite receiver. He has already improved his acceleration markedly.
Hardy is rated an 85 by 247. I think Hardy is underrated and would consider him our best receiver of the class when looking at this film. He plays against a high level of competition in Georgia 7A football- he finished with the 2nd most receiving yards in his conference and is on pace to surpass his previous years number. I would give Hardy a 2-point bump to an 87, maybe a 3 point bump to an 88.
Randolph Kpai – Sioux Falls, SD
6’3” – 185lbs
Distance to Lincoln: 189.39 Miles
Profile: 90 247 – 5.7 RivalsHudl
Current Position: LB
Recruitment Position: ILB
Randolph Kpai plays for Washington High School in Sioux Falls, SD. Last year his team finished 4-7 and is currently 3-4 on the season.
Kpai is one of the most athletic Linebackers in this class and it is apparent on his film. Kpai can accelerate to gaps and lay the wood on whatever offensive player is unlucky enough to get hit by him. He doesn’t have any official testing numbers but just watching his film you can see his ability- he moves at a different speed than everyone else on the field. Kpai could be either a Field OLB or WILL ILB and be effective in either position. He is fast coming off the edge and closing in on ball carriers to make tackles. He strikes blocks hard and can chase RB’s and WR’s laterally. He’s everything you want athletically at LB.
Kpai remains slight at 6’3, but he should be able to add a lot of good weight to his frame and become a dangerous player. He will need time to learn assignments and continue getting experience at one of the toughest positions to learn in football to become a great ILB.
This season Kpai leads his team in Solo (25) and Assisted (35) tackles. He is second on the team in TFL’s with 6.0. He sits at 1.5 sacks this season. Kpai has forced a total of 7 turnovers (4 INT, 3 Fumbles) in the 7 games he has played and has recovered 1 fumble. He has a total of 60 yards after interceptions. He already has two touchdowns scored on turnovers. He has performed very well throughout this season.
Kpai is rated a 90 by 247. I think this is an… adequate rating. Kpai could manage to see a slight bump. A total of 7 forced turnovers and 2 defensive touchdowns to his name, as a linebacker, is nothing short of impressive. I could see Kpai deserving up to a 2-point bump. I think he is one of most overlooked guys of the class by fans.
Henry Lutovsky – Mount Pleasant, IA
6’6 – 330lbs
Distance to Lincoln: 269.38 Miles
Profile: 87 247 – 5.7 RivalsHudl
Current Position: OL
Recruitment Position: OL
Henry Lutovsky plays for Mount Pleasant High School in Mount Pleasant, Iowa. Last season his team finished 6-3. They currently sit a 3-3 on the season.
Henry Lutovsky plays on the Offensive Line and has seen himself move around from OG to OT- usually to match up against a defensive line’s best player. In his first game he played against TJ Bollers, a 4* DE committed to Wisconsin. He started slow and had a tendency to over pursue at OT, but as the game went on he got more comfortable and prevented Bollers from making an impact on the game- him finishing with only 3.0 tackles for the night and no TFLs/Sacks (albeit the Panthers schemed away from Bollers).
Lutovsky is strongest at the offensive guard position and maintains good hip position and feet movement while driving through blocks and maintaining pass protection. At this level, his strength is overwhelming and rarely sees himself challenged- regularly pancaking his competition. He stands at 6’6, 330lbs and carries his weight extremely well. There are videos of him moving and jumping that are impressive to see at his size. Lutovsky will continue to need to develop and hone his game, but at his size and with his ability he would easily be a starting OG at the G5 level as a true freshman.
Lutovsky is rated an 87 by 247. I find his rating quite low for his ability. I think the biggest thing holding Lutovsky back from seeing a ratings bump is a lack of activity in camps and not seeing better competition. I really would have liked to see him get an invite to the All-American Bowl and see how he stacks up against elite competition. It’s hard to justify more than a 2 or 3-point bump for Lutovsky because he simply has not played against good enough competition, but I think he deserves to be in the low 4* range at a 89-91. I think I’m able to justify that rise alone in his performance against Bollers, at a position that he normally doesn’t play.
Lutovsky is one of my favorite recruits of this class, he has been a peer recruiter for this cycle and carries one of the most impressive OL frames this cycle. I think Lutovsky will be an elite offensive lineman for this team and an eventual NFL draft pick.
Seth Malcom – Tabor, IA
6’3” – 195lbs
Distance to Lincoln: 54.51 Miles
Profile: 83 247 – 5.6 RivalsHudl
Current Position: LB/RB
Recruitment Position: LB
Seth Malcom plays 8-man football for Freemont-Mills High School in Tabor, Iowa. Last year his team finished 8-2. His team currently sits a 2-1 for the season.
Seth plays both Linebacker and Runningback in 8-man football making him particularly difficult to evaluate. The game between 11-man football and 8-man changes quite a bit, but I can comment on what I’ve seen from him on his junior film in terms of athletic ability.
His best feature is how hard he plays and how tough he is. He plays with a chip on his shoulder like he’s got something to prove. He’s a patient linebacker that will wait for a play to develop before filling his gap- this can be a bit of a double edged sword- but may be a result of 8 man football since the game has a lot more space and one missed tackle can be a touchdown. He’s pretty nimble on his feet and you can see that in his RB highlights.
He needs to improve his lateral speed, general explosiveness, and striking/coming off blocks. He will need to dedicate himself as a student of the game and work closely with Barret Ruud and Luke Reimer (a former 8-man playing in Kansas) to learn 11-man football. He’ll need to spend equal time in the weight room, developing his body. If the staff can develop Malcom into a starter at Nebraska, it will be a major accomplishment.
Malcom is rated an 83 by 247. It is difficult to just a higher rating for Malcom and I found it strange that the staff took his commitment. Malcom has a lot to prove and the odds stacked against him.
Latrelle Neville – Missouri City, TX
6’3” – 195lbs
Distance to Lincoln: 775.97 Miles
Profile: 85 247 – 5.8 RivalsHudl
Current Position: WR
Recruitment Position: WR
Latrelle Neville plays for Hightower High School in Missouri City, Texas. Last year his team finished 6-5 and they currently sit at 0-1 this season.
Latrelle is a large Wide Receiver that can operate as a punishing blocker and tremendous leaper. Latrelle can go up for balls and snatch them out of the air. He received high flying evaluations his sophomore year of High School, before dropping off to his current rating.
Neville is difficult to evaluate because the QB play at his High School has been atrocious. His QB barely threw a .500 completion rate and threw half as many picks as TDs. Many times, his QB had to settle for shovel passes. It’s been difficult to evaluate Latrelle for me because there simply isn’t much of him. Between his Sophomore and Junior year there was a drop off in his play due to the QB situation and due to the weight he gained. He played heavier his junior season than he is now in his senior season. In the short film that I’ve seen of his senior season he is faster and more agile than he was last year, his routes look crisper, but it is really hard to say.
Neville is rated an 85 by 247. I think this is an appropriate rating. I don’t think we will know what Neville can do until he gets here or manages to put up more film- but with his QB returning from last year, I don’t think we’ll get to see much.
Patrick Payton – Miami, FL
6’5” – 205lbs
Distance to Lincoln: 1405.29 Miles
Profile: 89 247 – 5.7 RivalsHudl
Current Position: OLB
Recruitment Position: OLB
Patrick Payton plays for Miami Northwestern High School in Miami, Florida. His team has yet to play this season. Last season he played for Miami High School and finished 8-4.
Payton is a lengthy, lean, athletic Outside Linebacker that uses his speed and agility to come off the edge, rush the passer and get into the backfield. Payton understands his reach and can make arm tackles and trip up ball carriers when pursuing at disadvantageous angles. He’s skilled at using his hips and hands to get around blocks. He’s shifty and slippery enough to get linemen to pursue blocks on him and slip around them. He had a productive season last year, accruing 17.5 sacks.
Payton is rated an 89 by 247. I think this is an appropriate rating. His biggest detractor is simply his weight and strength. At 205lbs, he isn’t big enough to compete at the P5 level. If he can gain the weight and strength, he instantly becomes a lot more dangerous.
Teddy Prochazka – Omaha, NE
6’8” – 300lbs
Distance to Lincoln: 50.74 Miles
Profile: 88 247 – 5.9 RivalsHudl
Current Position: OT
Recruitment Position: OT
Teddy Prochazka plays for Elkhorn South High School in Omaha, Nebraska. His team sits a 6-1 this season after finishing 7-4 last season.
Prochazka plays Offensive Tackle. He carries a hulking frame while maintaining a high level of athleticism and mobility. He suffers from the same problem that plagues Lutovsky in that the competition level he is up against is just not good enough to test his skills. I find that Prochazka’s form is not as polished as other offensive tackles, getting out of position and standing upright at times- technique is something that he will need to attack when arriving on campus.
Prochazka is rated an 88 by 247. I think his athleticism and size could justify him seeing a slight bump a point or two- but his technique really holds him back. The coaching he’ll receive from Austin should help him make that leap to the next level.
AJ Rollins – Omaha, NE
6’6” – 220lbs
Distance to Lincoln: 50.74 Miles
Profile: 86 247 – 5.6 RivalsHudl
Current Position: TE/DE
Recruitment Position: TE
AJ Rollins plays for Creighton Preparatory School in Omaha, Nebraska. Last year his team finished 6-4, this year his team currently sits a 6-2.
Rollins carries a sizeable frame with the ability to put on ~25-35 more pounds on comfortably. From his film it appears that he’s quick out of his 3-point stance and that is where he is able to create the most separation and get open. It doesn’t appear that he has top end speed or agility- an area he will have to work on to compete with the other tight ends joining him in this class. When the ball is thrown his way he’s able to jump and extend upwards, high pointing his catches. His physicality as a blocker is a strength and he can stand up against edge rushers and engage LBs downfield.
His breaks on his route running are decent and he’s able to create separation, but like Carnie, needs to improve his route running.
Rollins is rated an 86 by 247. I think this rating is appropriate. Unfortunately, I haven’t seen a lot out of him this season and I don’t think it’s possible he rises. His QB’s play has been poor and has had trouble getting him the ball. It’ll need to be a year where Rollins focuses on his blocking and making the most out of the catches he gets.
Lardarius Webb Jr. – Jackson, MS
5’10” – 170lbs
Distance to Lincoln: 690 Miles
Profile: 84 247 – 5.5 RivalsHudl
Current Position: CB
Recruitment Position: DB
Lardarius Webb Jr. plays for the Jackson Academy in Jackson, Mississippi. He is the son of former Baltimore Raven Lardarius Webb. His team sits 5-3 this season. Last season his team finished 7-5.
Webb is a tough prospect for me to judge adequately, I feel that DB film is tough to evaluate well. From what I’ve seen Webb is a tad undersized and will need play a role similar to what Dicaprio Bootle does where he accelerates and sticks to receivers, getting his hands in where balls are thrown. Webb has a decent number of TFL’s (4) as a CB for the season and seems to be capable of reading when screens are coming and breaking to the receiver. He plays hard and throws as big of hits as he can, but he will need to put work in the S&C room to get where he needs to be- he also needs to improve his tackling form and wrap up appropriately. From his training film, what I find most impressive about him is his hips. Webb has very fluid hips and can whip them around to follow receivers’ changes of direction- however, he will need to increase his speed and acceleration breaking to the ball once his hips are aligned.
Webb is rated an 84 by 247. I think this rating is appropriate and I’m a little surprised it’s not lower. There isn’t much film on him and I wish that DB’s put more film of them covering receivers rather than them going for the big hit or big play, because there isn’t much to learn from those.
Malik Williams – Buford, GA
6’0” – 187lbs
Distance to Lincoln: 834.65 Miles
Profile: 81 247 – 5.6 RivalsHudl
Current Position: DB
Recruitment Position: DB
Malik Williams plays for Buford High School in Buford, Georgia. Buford High School won the 5A state title last year in a comeback victory and moved to the 6A division currently sitting at 3-1 this season. While the school is not filled with P5 athletes, the school executes its offense and defense at a high level to control and win games.
Williams is a rangy, strong corner that jams receivers at the line of scrimmage. He is solid at accelerating and breaking to receivers with the ball, but alike Webb, doesn’t have a lot of film of him operating in coverage. From what I’ve seen he seems to play off receivers slightly too much and allows them just enough room to be hit with a pass. I’m unsure if that is a factor of him not being able to keep up with receivers and being beaten on go routes or if it’s him not understanding how far off the receiver he needs to play. For a CB, however, he is strong and long enough to come off blocks and make tackles- this is an area I think he is particularly strong in. I think he will be capable of playing safety or cornerback at Nebraska.
Williams is rated an 81 by 247. I think this rating seems a tad low, however, alike Webb there isn’t much to justify him seeing a rise. I do think Williams is a better DB than Webb though. If Williams puts up film of him in coverage locking down receivers, making tackles, breaking up passes and making interceptions, I expect to see him rating rise (you can say this with just about any DB- but if your coverage is so good QB’s won’t throw the ball to your area, you need to show that). He plays for a great team in one of the larger classes in Georgia. You don’t start on a championship team in Georgia without being a good player.
Branson Yager – Grantsville, UT
6’7” – 332lbs
Distance to Lincoln: 824.28 Miles
Profile: 83 247 – 5.7 RivalsHudl
Current Position: OT
Recruitment Position: OT
Branson Yager plays for Grantsville High School in Grantsville, Utah. His team currently sits at 5-5. Last season his team finished 10-3.
Yager plays offensive tackle; he can be punishing with his blocks and pancake guys that line up across from him. He was matched up against an All-American Defensive end last year and played okay. His frame, although massive, needs work. He will need to spend a lot of time in the S&C program, breaking himself down and building himself back up – he needs to improve his agility, speed off the line and flexibility. He has trouble at times getting across laterally to make blocks on rushing defenders. He has the poor tendency to lurch forward while trying to make blocks, causing him to miss them at times.
Yager is rated an 83 by 247. I think this an accurate rating. I think Yager could see a 2-point bump if his overall athleticism has improved, but looking at his senior film, he looks about the same as he did last year with slight improvements in blocking form. If Yager arrives on campus, drops weight to 300 and rebuilds himself from there, I think we could be looking at an interesting prospect at offensive tackle. Yager understand he needs time to develop, however, he needs to hit the ground running.
In Review
Nebraska’s 2021 recruiting class is not as star studded as our previous classes, but it contains a lot of athletes that have low floors but high ceilings. It is a much more local class than previous classes with 9 recruits coming from the 500-mile radius and an average distance to Lincoln of 583.2447 miles. I think this can be attributed to both COVID and the talent that seems to be on the rise in Nebraska.
I would describe this class as developmental. If the coaching staff can develop these players, it will be a very solid class. There are still some additions that the staff needs to make at DL to make this a complete class.
Notes/Fun Facts
Our highest rated recruit of this class is Thomas Fidone, rated as the #1 Tight End in the country at a 95. Our lowest rated is Cornerback, Malik Williams at an 81. I would consider the most underrated recruit of this class to be Gabe Ervin, rated an 84 or Henry Lutovsky, rated at an 87.
The farthest from Lincoln is Patrick Payton at 1405.29 miles, while the closest recruit is James Carnie at 19.8 miles.
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2020.09.20 22:31 inkandpaperlife First Ever Speeding Ticket Question

I am an Austin resident who got a speeding ticket in Fayetville, Texas (an hour and a half away). My court date is tomorrow (a Monday). Since today is a Sunday, I can't call the court and ask these questions.
My question is: do I actually have to appear in court? I plan to do the defensive driving option. My citation says I must either appear in court or mail in my citation with the request to do the defensive driving option. It's too late to send something in the mail. Can I fax the request to the court? (there's an option to pay online, the court appearance required even if I pay online though) Will the court allow me to appear in a court closer to me? Can I reschedule my court date by calling and requesting that tomorrow? What are my options.
Yes, I know I was stupid to wait this long!
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2020.09.15 19:29 xHourglassx Horrible Service Situation- Need Advice

Listen to my tale of woe and please give me some advice. I don't know where to go from here.
I took delivery of a Model Y in San Antonio, Texas in June. My wife and I live in Odessa, TX, which is about 6 hours from the nearest service center. For some reason, I wasn't offered home delivery for the vehicle; it was fine, we made a getaway weekend out of picking up the car. It appeared to be mostly perfect, with a few minor panel gap issues that I felt I could address later. While I absolutely love the car, I did notice two potentially major issues later on. For one thing, there was a bad leak in the rear hatch that would cause water to spill into the back when it rained. Additionally, the front driver's side wheel makes a loud clicking or grinding sound whenever it's driven forward or backward at low speeds. The sound cannot be heard from inside the car, but it's very apparent when standing outside or driving with the window down. It's concerning.
I made a service appointment for August 28 in Austin. I was quoted a turnaround time of just a few hours and offered some Uber credits. Because we're from 6 hours away, I fussed until we got a loaner. I don't like to be "that guy", but I knew that if something went wrong with the car, we'd have no way back home. Sure enough, a few hours later I checked my app and saw that the estimated completion date was now September 4th. Had I not begged for a loaner, we would have been stranded 6 hours from home. Anyway, we took the loaner back home with us and awaited updates on the car. September 4th came around and I never received any updates by text or email regarding the car. I started messaging the number they gave me and I was told no work had been done yet. I cannot fathom why I was even given the appointment on the 28th if they were so busy they couldn't touch the car for a week.
On September 8th, I suddenly got notification that the car was ready for pickup! Awesome. Except when I checked the invoice for tech notes, I noticed that they didn't even try to replicate the sound from the wheel because "It was thunder storming and so it was too loud outside for us to hear any noises from the car". Baffled, I messaged the tech and asked whether someone could please double-check once the storm dissipated. He insisted that they needed me to make a second appointment; they were in a rush to get the loaner back as they're in "high demand". I explained that the 12-13 hour round trip commute is logistically very difficult for us, and I can't simply take it back for a second service appointment for quite some time. Conversely, it would only take a couple seconds to get in the car and replicate the noise. It's very apparent. Plus I was out of state visiting family because a close relative had just died. I couldn't have gone to pick up the car that day even if I'd wanted to. What the tech said next floored me. "Sorry to hear about your family. Can a close friend possibly take your loaner from your house while you're away and drive it to the service center for us?" I didn't dignify that with a response.
I can't get in touch with anyone from the service center. The email address I was given weeks ago has yielded nothing as the guy won't respond. The messaging service auto-replies with "Your service appointment has concluded". I can drive all the way to Austin and get the car, but if it's still making a grinding sound then I won't feel comfortable taking it on a 300-mile trip back home (across the West Texas desert, no less). If I leave it there, they may not even touch it unless I make a new appointment (soonest opening is weeks from now), and god forbid there is a storm outside and they decide working on cars is suddenly impossible until it's clear skies again.
Is there any way to escalate this? What would you do?
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2020.09.15 19:29 xHourglassx Horrible Service Situation- Need Advice

Listen to my tale of woe and please give me some advice. I don't know where to go from here.
I took delivery of a Model Y in San Antonio, Texas in June. My wife and I live in Odessa, TX, which is about 6 hours from the nearest service center. For some reason, I wasn't offered home delivery for the vehicle; it was fine, we made a getaway weekend out of picking up the car. It appeared to be mostly perfect, with a few minor panel gap issues that I felt I could address later. While I absolutely love the car, I did notice two potentially major issues later on. For one thing, there was a bad leak in the rear hatch that would cause water to spill into the back when it rained. Additionally, the front driver's side wheel makes a loud clicking or grinding sound whenever it's driven forward or backward at low speeds. The sound cannot be heard from inside the car, but it's very apparent when standing outside or driving with the window down. It's concerning.
I made a service appointment for August 28 in Austin. I was quoted a turnaround time of just a few hours and offered some Uber credits. Because we're from 6 hours away, I fussed until we got a loaner. I don't like to be "that guy", but I knew that if something went wrong with the car, we'd have no way back home. Sure enough, a few hours later I checked my app and saw that the estimated completion date was now September 4th. Had I not begged for a loaner, we would have been stranded 6 hours from home. Anyway, we took the loaner back home with us and awaited updates on the car. September 4th came around and I never received any updates by text or email regarding the car. I started messaging the number they gave me and I was told no work had been done yet. I cannot fathom why I was even given the appointment on the 28th if they were so busy they couldn't touch the car for a week.
On September 8th, I suddenly got notification that the car was ready for pickup! Awesome. Except when I checked the invoice for tech notes, I noticed that they didn't even try to replicate the sound from the wheel because "It was thunder storming and so it was too loud outside for us to hear any noises from the car". Baffled, I messaged the tech and asked whether someone could please double-check once the storm dissipated. He insisted that they needed me to make a second appointment; they were in a rush to get the loaner back as they're in "high demand". I explained that the 12-13 hour round trip commute is logistically very difficult for us, and I can't simply take it back for a second service appointment for quite some time. Conversely, it would only take a couple seconds to get in the car and replicate the noise. It's very apparent. Plus I was out of state visiting family because a close relative had just died. I couldn't have gone to pick up the car that day even if I'd wanted to. What the tech said next floored me. "Sorry to hear about your family. Can a close friend possibly take your loaner from your house while you're away and drive it to the service center for us?" I didn't dignify that with a response.
I can't get in touch with anyone from the service center. The email address I was given weeks ago has yielded nothing as the guy won't respond. The messaging service auto-replies with "Your service appointment has concluded". I can drive all the way to Austin and get the car, but if it's still making a grinding sound then I won't feel comfortable taking it on a 300-mile trip back home (across the West Texas desert, no less). If I leave it there, they may not even touch it unless I make a new appointment (soonest opening is weeks from now), and god forbid there is a storm outside and they decide working on cars is suddenly impossible until it's clear skies again.
Is there any way to escalate this? What would you do?
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2020.09.10 22:43 nise7en Austin, Texas & Mountain Biking - Interview Seth Buckner

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One of the pushers and movers of the ATX mountain bike scene.
After I posted the last two pieces Austin, Texas & Mountain Biking, and Austin, Texas & Mountain Biking — Community. People have reached out to me, recommending me to connect with Seth. I did have the opportunity to learn more things from him. Interviewing Seth made me understand more of Austin’s MTB scene. Seth is one of the icons that contributes to the growth of the scene in a little/big city, Austin, Texas. I added you on Facebook because your name seems to be popping up on places I looked for Austin mountain biking. What is your story? — My Name is Seth Buckner, 34 years old; I’ve worked at Apple Corporate as my full-time career since 2011.
How long have you been around in Austin? — Born and raised in north Austin, TX, my entire life.
What got you into gravity bikes? — Well, the long story.
I have tons of childhood memories riding mountain bikes as a young kid. Most memorably, in the super rocky dry creek beds in a greenbelt behind a house grew up in, riding in the rain and thunderstorms through the neighborhood on a silver hardtail that said “alloyminium” on the side. I raced BMX (at the original Capitol City BMX location off FM620 in the late ’90s) until I was about 13. After that was involved in other sports (skateboarding and competitive NPPL paintball) for most of my adolescent years. I got re-introduced to biking/mountain biking after getting a DUI when I was 19 years old in 2006. I lost my driver’s license for a year and bought a Kona Hardtail that was way too small for me from the pawnshop in a ghetto part of town.
I started getting into mountain biking and urban assault free ride type of stuff. The first actual mountain bike I ever built was a 2007 Kona stinky deluxe 26 inch Freeride bike off of wheelworld.com with a frame and a build kit; that was my full-time trail bike. Like a 42-pound nine-speed free ride bike in the Texas summer heat. But I like big hit type stuff, and I’m glad I was dumb enough to start on a rig like that. Haha.
Over the years, I slowly progressed as a mountain biker and got into downhill parks. 2008–2009ish at Trestle Winter Park, CO was my first ever DH park trip; I fell in love with that and the mountains. I eventually started going to local enduro races also.
Seth, I’ve had people tell me that you have pushed the limits of mountain biking in Austin. How is this so? — I will call myself a very dedicated and inclined (pun intended) trail builder who wants to stamp my mark on my Austin hometown, and Texas state. With gnarly trails that I love to ride for myself and the mountain biking community. I have grown to be super passionate about trail building. I built pretty much the entire cat mountain trail system over the last five years, built a full 10 stage enduro specific trail system at Bandera bike park in 2019, and now building trails at camp eagle. Where my race timing company Victory Racing — u/victoryracingevents just had a two day, eight staged shuttle supported enduro race last weekend, and that was incredible!
What drives you the most? — Mountain bike life is easy to love. Traveling places bring in the greatest form of outdoors — the mountains! I love to build trails. And shred them with my friends and also blow outta-towner people away with Austin mountain biking. Texas shredding is the real deal!
From start to finish, I get to be creative out in the woods and use that as a huge outlet for me, and then I get to have tons of fun riding those trails I built with my dog and my friends.
I quit drinking altogether in January of 2017. With the trail building being such an outlet, it was one of the easiest, non-wavering things I’ve ever done as far as a big lifestyle change. I don’t think at all I would’ve done it as well without all the trail building to occupy me. It also helped me get better as a rider.
What gets you to go out on the land with a chainsaw, tools, and a few friends? — Trail building is super meditative and therapeutic for me. You being out there in the woods either alone, with your dog or with your friends. Fresh air, away from all the city stuff, exercise, and you get to be creative designing and building trail. It’s just like a bunch of grown men acting like kids out in the woods but with power tools and more focused visions.
Tell me about 512 Freeride and your involvement? — I helped manage and promote the free ride 512 mountain biking club and help to get people into that style of mountain biking. Urban assault, freeride, downhill parks, Red Bull Rampage watch events, dig and ride events. FR512 is Still in existence, and there’s an awesome mountain bike club with a good group of people running it! The Rocky Hill Ranch Freeride 512 location is unique, and I would recommend anybody to check them out.
What about Victory Racing — Victory Racing was born in early 2019 when we were gaining momentum building Bandera Bike Park. The business/property owner that I was building the trails for wanted to start having races there. We came to a loan agreement, and I purchased a complete SportIdent active timing system. Capable of 8 stages and 200 racers per day in its current configuration and beacon/timing chip count. I started Victory Racing Company and Race Team.
What I believe makes Victory Racing unique is that we create the trails/venues where we are hosting the races. We are the first ever to provide full shuttle supported events (Bandera Race #2 & 2020 Shred Eagle @ Camp Eagle). Our events generally have more stages per day than other promoter’s events (all except one have been eight stages per day vs. others’ 4–5 stages max per day). Victory Racing also tends to race higher-level-difficulty race stages. They are not always the most beginner-friendly compared to other Enduro promoters in the state of Texas. There is a Risk vs. Reward balance when choosing to race higher-level stages with potentially higher consequences. Still, our events have all been great successes with extremely low incidences with rider safety. They seem to be providing the ultimate Texas enduro racing experience based on participant and racer feedback.
Dude, what’s going on at Cat Mtn.? — Oh man! Cat Mtn. is my pride and joy, my happy place. What I am most proud of In my life to date. It also has a cool story behind it, and I’d love to tell you.
About 11–12ish years ago, a couple of local Austin guys (who now all live in Angel Fire, NM at one of the best DH parks in the USA) pioneered and built just a small few of like 2–3 rowdy DH bandit trails with some really-super-sketchy wooden works of trail art big hit features in the woods, at cat mountain. A 108-acre wooden canyon nestled right in the middle of a very nice neighborhood in the hills of northwest Austin. Me, Wesley Crow, Brandon Goodman, and others, used to go out there and hit these wooden ladder drops and some single-hit drops and stuff like that.
Years went by, the pioneer guys all moved out of Texas (to Angelfire, NM, where they still reside), the woods took back the trails, and the wooden features rotted. Cat mtn. just went back to a patch of woods.
I went to buy a set of brakes and a bleed kit from a guy on craigslist. The dude would only talk to me through email and wouldn’t give me his phone number, but gave me his home address to meet him there at 6:30 pm one day. I drive there, park in front of his house for like an hour. The guy no shows, and I leave. No responses to email, either. I went onto the local mob forum board and posted about how flaky craigslist people are, even the sellers, and told me a story about the brakes. I just told you.
The seller saw that post and replied, apologized, and delivered the brakes. That’s the first time I ever met the guy.
A year or two goes by, and the same guy I got the brakes from posts on the forum board that he purchased the entire Cat Mtn property…!!!!! I’m shocked! I messaged him and told him the background of Cat mtn. and that we used to ride there. I explained I was part if FR512 and would love to bring the place back to life. And to keep the rest short and sweet, he gave me the keys to the kingdom, and here we are today. The free ride 512 club started to resurrect the place as a group effort. Ultimately it became mainly my thing, and I have been digging and running the trail system for close to 5 years now.
Its meant to be a very advanced trail system, not beginner-friendly. I take advantage of the super steep, rocky, and raw terrain there. My opportunity to build advanced wood features to build my favorite kind of trails I like to ride in places like New Mexico and Colorado. A trail that inspires a lot of my work is Upper Chillin’ double black at Angelfire Bike Park.
It will continue to create new lines there and keep pushing to keep it the raddest place in the state. Cat Mtn Invitational Enduro #2 is happening there Later this year.
Do you love your pup, don’t you? Does the pup run with you on the trails? — My boy Mack. Best trail dog ever :) he’s now almost 7, black lab & slight pitbull mix. He has been on the trails riding and building with me since he was four months old. He is getting into his more mature years now but is still super active; I’m just a lot more careful with the heat and running him on rides like we did when he was younger. He loves to hang out while we dig and lay in the cool dirt as we dig it up.
Is there anything you want to add or shout out on this piece, Seth? — Thank you, everyone, who has supported me and my efforts within Texas trail building and race promotion. Or just being riding buddies or a friend, thank you, everyone, who has come out to help dig. Your donations to trail building, racing my events and Promoting Victory Racing.
The biggest shout out to the most help of trail building, being my long time bike trip homies, my all-around right-hand bros, and the biggest supporters have been Alan Paryzek and Jason Kennedy. Yall have been there for me the longest and have been such huge help, and I could’ve have done it all without yall! Everyone else yall know who yall are!
Thanks again, and stay tuned for more from Seth Buckner and Victory Racing.
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2020.08.29 15:33 s810 Old Austin Tales: Stories From Old Brodie Lane - 1880s-1950s

There are no photos of the events I'm sharing with y'all today so put on your tl;dr goggles, it's time for a text post. Not a very long one today. Just a few stories from Old Brodie Lane.
Let me start out by saying I was born a North Austin person. I've lived in places all over town but only one on the Southwest side. That was back in the late 90s, in an apartment complex still today named after a salad dressing. You'd think they would have changed it in the last 23 years. I've talked about the experience here before. I didn't enjoy living there. I used to try to bike down Brodie in a time when the modern trail system along Mopac was just a faraway dream (South Mopac itself wasn't finished when I left). But anyway back then there were still pretty large swaths of farmland in that area along streets like Brodie and Davis Lane, waiting to be subdivided to become the growth of today.
I moved out of there after a year long lease back to my native Northside, but by the year 2000 it was all apartment complexes and HEBs and Home Depots and Targets and such down there, like death spores from the old West Gate Mall had been released in the wind and traveled southwest to spawn big box children over a wider area.
I wanted some more historical context to see how this strange area of Travis County full of caves and huge oak trees between Oak Hill and Austin became such a modern jumble of apartments and neighborhoods and giant commercial developments. What farms were those I saw in the 1990s? Who are streets like Brodie and Davis named after? Today with the help of The Statesman archive and a few other sources I hope to share with you a bit of what I found out.
I, among others, have discussed the small town of Sunset Valley here in the sub before. You may have gotten a speeding ticket there, the place exists in its current form as a giant speed trap. However, the place was founded in the 1950s by people living in a few of the older neighborhoods and farms around there who were trying to head off annexation by The City of Austin. It turns out some of them were descended from an even more stubborn and NIMBY-like stock of people who lived in the same area. They didn't want roads. Even when they got roads that connected with the City and the surrounding communities they didn't want them to be improved so traffic wouldn't come. Having relatives in County Government helps decide where the roads go. But I'm getting ahead of myself.
The Brodie Family was from Arkansas. They were a very large family. The patriarch was named James Brodie. You can see he had at least seven children of his own, and then he had nine siblings who also had lots of children. It's confusing without getting deep into genealogy sites, but some of these siblings and cousins came to live on the same property in Travis County.

August 7, 1883 - James Brodie Purchases Zivley Farm

Property of J.W. Hanning. Price paid, $8500. Zhapelman and Bergen made the sale.

August 17, 1883 - James Brodie Farm Sale

432 acres, highly improved,... a most desirable property

November 22, 1893 - The Horse Went Home

And the Question Now is Who Was in the Buggy House?
On last Friday night a son of Mr. Brodie who lives five miles out on the Fredericksburg road took his sister to an entertainment which was given in the neighborhood. When he drove home he passed a short distance from the house a gray horse hitched to a buggy and tied by the roadside but no one was anywhere in sight. After getting home and when in the act of putting up his own horse he heard someone moving around in the buggy house. He called several times to know who was inside and finally a man came out and said he lived there. On young Brodie's intimating that he lied the stranger broke and ran and as he did so he dropped several old sacks in one of which was found a buggy robe. The elder Brodie was aroused and he at once went up me road to watch the gray horse. No one came for it and on Saturday morning he brought it to town and wanted to know of Sheriff White what to do with it. Mr. White told him to turn it loose and follow it home. Mr. Brodie then took the old gray down to the foot of the (Congress) Avenue and turned him loose. He at once struck out for East Austin and never stopped until he reached the house of old Bill Reeves, where he was given a most cordial reception. In answer to Mr. Brodie's questions old man Reeves said that his horse and buggy had been stolen on Friday night on Sunday he went out to Mr. Brodie's and claimed the buggy. The Reeves tribe are hard stock, different members of the family having been tried for all kinds of stealing. Two of old man Reeves nephews and one of his sons are now serving terms in the penitentiary for theft.
James Brodie's kids grew up in Travis County at the turn of the 20th century in the same area where Brodie Lane still is today. Yet if you look on old maps like this one from the 1890s it's really hard to make heads or tales of the roads in the area. As the Brodie kids became adults, the girls got married, some to out-of-towners and moved away, some to local boys. One of the sons got divorced early in 1899, a very rare thing back then. Another son sold wood. The boys in the Brodie family who didn't stay behind on the family farm went to school and mostly got government jobs. In 1910 one son is listed as running a family dairy business, and by 1920 another son had a seat on the Travis County Commissioner's court.

September 23, 1910 Tuesday Evening Party

Tuesday evening a merry and beautiful party was given in honor of Miss Bonlta Zimmerman, who leaves next week to take charge of a school at Merrilltown. The scene of hospitality was the home of Mrs. James Brodie, on the south side, and a delightful occasion It proved to the charming honoree and her friends. The evening was passed with music, among the selections being several piano solos by Miss Zimmerman, and selections on the violin by Mr. Schwartz, interspersed with songs and instrumental pieces on the gramophone. Delicious refreshments were served in the prettily decorate dining room, which was in a color scheme of white and green, class colors of the guest of honor. Those present to bid her good-bye were Messrs. and Mesdames Charles Pace, C. H. Talley of Italy, Texas; Will Schwartz. J. C. Brodie, Will Scantlan. J. H. Langsford. Edgar Williamson, Misses Mary and Celia Pace, Gertrude... (names unreadable)

December 18, 1920 - Brodie Speaks of Road Work Going Forward in Travis County:

Important Short Cut About Complete
Permanent Strip On Fredericksburg Highway. . .H. E. Brodie, newly elected county commissioner from Precinct No. 3, stated Saturday morning, upon being asked concerning the matter; that the county road working outfit has just about completed the grading and graveling of a strip of road in his precinct near St. Elmo. This gravel will be carefully and compactly rolled before the workmen leave the place. The strip of road referred to is a short one, stated Commissioner Brodie, but is an essential connecting link between the Post and the Brackenridge roads and one traveled by many citizens in that community. Commissioner Brodie spoke of some other work that is going forward in that precinct on what is known as the Austin-Fredericksburg highway. It seems the road out as far as the end of the Davis lane, going west, is in fairly good condition, and the two and one-half miles now being- constructed from the end of that lane to Oak Hill will be permanent work, and Uvalde asphalt is being used. It is ten or eleven miles from Oak Hill to the Hays county line, whereas it was originally Intended that the Austin-Fredericksburg road being built from this city to the Hays county line, through an edge of that county, through Blanco county and a portion or Gillespie county to Fredericksburg, the county seat, j It has been stated that all counties concerned in the building of this high way west from Austin have voted bonds except Travis. The two and one-half miles of good road now being completed was financed by Travis county with warrants, stated Mr. Brodie, together with aid from the Texas High way department.
The patriarch of the family died in 1921. There were still plenty of Brodies around.
In 1925 the area around Brodie Lane was popular with young people from Austin looking for a place to make out. Along comes a mystery man with a shotgun.

June 8, 1925 - Gun Man Invades Spooners' Paradise

Chases Petting Parties Away
Investigation of the reported hold up of a young couple in an automobile in Brodie Lane, about 5 miles south of the city of the Oak Hill Road, was started Monday by the sheriff's department, it was announced by Chief Deputy Sheriff John B. DuPriest. The sheriff's department admitted it had no knowledge of the affair until a news story was published Monday. The reported hold up was said to take place last Friday night.
According to the story told an Austin Statesman reporter by a man who said he witnessed the occurrence, a Hudson five-passenger speedster drove up to a car parked along the roadside along the Oak Hill road which was occupied by a young couple. The man in the Hudson, occupied with a shotgun in one hand and a flashlight in the other, is said to have walked up to the car and was surprised when the young man recognized him.
"I heard there was a man beating a woman up and I came out here to investigate," the alleged gunman, dressed in overalls, is said to have replied to the young man who asked what he was doing there at that time of night.
The alleged gunman then demanded to know if there were any other cars parked along the roadside, and when told in the affirmative, the man is alleged to have proceeded southward. There were eight occupants in the car, according to the story told the Austin Statesman reporter, who made a brief investigation of the affair Monday morning.
About 30 minutes later a Buick car with a Lockhart license number drove by going toward Austin," the Statesman's informant said. "This car was occupied by a young couple who appeared to be rather excited." According to the story told the Austin police department by the young man in the Lockhart car, he and his girl were parked along the roadside on the Oak Hill road five son automobile drove up behind them. A man dressed in overalls got out and pulled his gun and told them he held a commission from the Austin Humane society to arrest them. He is alleged to have told the young couple that he was tired of seeing young couples along the roadway "necking" and other things they should not do. The young woman is said to live in Austin.
Something might have happened between the Davis family and the Brodie family. The following happened in 1926:

August 31, 1926 - Davis Lane - Commissioners Settle Road Dispute

Charging $3000 of Travis County money had been expended by Commissioner W. E. Williamson in building a "private road," a delegation of citizens of precinct No. 3 Monday afternoon were denied a petition asking that the alleged money spent be returned to the road and bridge fund. Travis County commissioners refused the petition on the ground that only $750 had been expended and on a "legally authorized road." The committee charged that the road, known as the "Davis Lane" had been built out of county money for a private citizen and had cost $S000. Both claims-were denied by the commissioners and the request that the $3000 to have been spent was refused. The appearance of the committee Monday afternoon was the culmination of a dispute which has been going on for some months. --H. E. Brodie. who opposed Commissioner W. E. Williamson in the first primary, charged the road is a private road. Williamson answered by alleging that Brodie's name was on the petition asking for the road.
The Davis family appears to have won that round. 12 years later another road issue was before another court:

October 4, 1935 - Court is Restrained in Road Opening

Travis County's Commissioners Court Friday was temporarily restrained in 126th district court from opening a second class road in Precinct 3, as result of an in junction petition filed by five Precinct 3 property owners. Dist. Judge W. F. Robertson set Oct. 12 as a date for hearing of the case on its merits. The commissioners court last July 17 voted to open the road from the Davis and Brodie lane to the George Baker tract between Oak Hill and Manchaca, because of "public necessity." But the petition filed by the complaining property owners asserts that no public necessity exists for the road, that the road opening was designed by Precinct 3 Commsr. John E. Shell on "solely for the purpose of dispensing political favors at the expanse of Travis county." Plaintiffs in the case are N. A. Dawson and wife. Mr. and Mrs. R.H. Henderson, and Mrs. B. B. Davis.
In the 1940s after World War II the Brodies' neighbors started to move away. Change was coming to the area and by 1954 along comes Sunset Valley to the north.

September 16, 1954 - Incorporation Comes Dear to New Town

Incorporation of Sunset Valley the newest town in Travis County-cost that area two road improvement projects which had been planned by the County Commissioners Court. County officials Wednesday called off bids slated for issuance next Monday following incorporation of the town along the Fredericksburg Highway. The incorporation barred expenditure of county funds in the area. County Engineer Ian Morgan said late Wednesday afternoon there was no choice but to cancel the two projects, which included widening and repaving two miles or Brodie Lane from the Fredericksburg Highway, new paving for another mile stretch of the road and paving a half mile of Sunset Trail. Morgan said the county will go ahead at a later date with the new paving on Brodie Lane which will be outside the limits of the new village. Morgan said the county is barred from doing any road work in side incorporated towns unless the towns pay for it.
So there you have a few tales from Old Brodie Lane. There are not a lot of biographical details in the Statesman archive and I'm sure a lot more on popular genealogy sites. I don't want to give away too much modern history but most of the Brodie family moved away from Austin or were buried back in Arkansas. Today what remains of the Brodie Family Farm is a wedding venue. However there were so many members of the Brodie family I wouldn't be surprised to learn there were at least a dozen or so members of the family left in town today.
That's all for this week. The only photo close to the area in the UNT archive is this one of the intersection of Brodie Lane and Oakdale Lane in 1958. No other Bonus Pics today I'm afraid. I am told I do too many posts about the suburbs so something downtown next week.
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2020.08.26 18:31 CFB_Referee Hurricane Laura

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2020.08.10 20:38 Buck_Joffrey Wealth Formula Episode 224: Multifamily Macroeconomics in the Twilight Zone

Catch the full episode: https://www.wealthformula.com/podcast/224-multifamily-macroeconomics-in-the-twilight-zone/
Buck: Welcome back to the show everyone. Today my guest on Wealth Formula Podcast, he's been on the show before. He's economist Ryan Davis. He actually joined us at one of our last Wealth Formula meetups. Of course, the last one we had was canceled but Ryan was at the one before that. He serves as a chief operating officer at Witten Advisors and provides fact-based research analysis and discussion to help clients like us formulate their apartment strategies and these insights and for investment decisions for multi-family development and buy/sell opportunities which as you can imagine we're all looking for some of this advice these days. Ryan has a PhD in economics from the University of Texas. Ryan, welcome back to Wealth Formula Podcast.
Ryan: Thank you. Glad to be back.
Buck: Yeah it's been like a pandemic ago when we last talked right? Listen, you know I want to kind of jump into the whole you know what the heck is going on, I mean the overall, if you would, you know kind of give me your overall assessment of the economy. I mean obviously we know these huge drops in GDP etc which were expected last quarter. How is this all affecting real estate asset prices especially you know apartments which is you know is our interest and something that you specialize in?
Ryan: Sure so yeah the great unknown is the pace of the recovery. So we had that big drop through April in terms of employment and then we got a bounce back in May and June and the hope was that it was going to be a V-shaped recovery. But then we saw virus cases ramp back up in the second half of June into the early part of July and the local economy started rolling back some of their openings and so with that, we've kind of stalled out recently. So we'll get the July numbers this Friday for overall payroll gains and that could I think the consensus is anywhere between one, one and a half million jobs it could be negative so who knows but it looks like the hope for a v-shaped recovery in the economy has kind of stalled out after the first two months of optimism. And so we think that going forward we won't see any the worst is behind us really and so we won't see you know the big losses that we experienced in March and early into April so kind of what we're calling for right now is for the national economy to continue to add jobs for the remainder of the year and then beginning next year a recovery should emerge and that would sustain demand for housing and ultimately apartments going forward. In the near term as far as multi-family goes we expect some pain through the end of this year and then into the early part of next year. In terms of pricing power, if we had to boil it down to one number it's rent growth so year over year effective rent growth we think that declines to eight percent rent cuts this year and into the early part of 2021. That varies considerably on a local market basis I think our worst-performing market is Metro New York City probably no surprise there but then also many of the other gateway markets such as Boston, LA, the Bay Area, etc. We expect rent declines to be lower than that eight percent across the board, however many of the inner west, Texas, southeastern market should outperform still see rent declines but not closer to five/six percent range at the depth and so we expect near-term pain but then as we get out into 2021 and afterward and the economy begins to add a lot of jobs we would expect rent growth to return to multi-family. And then what that means for pricing in terms of apartment assets for right now in the second quarter hardly any deals trade at hand so it's really tough to get a sense of where pricing is and with the deals that have traded though the cap rates have remained relatively stable which is a good sign. We've heard from some of our merchant builder clients where they had assets they had constructed and were going out to the market to sell in the early part of April they were saying 10 discounts in terms of the compared to pre corona levels but that has since come back in the last 45-60 days and maybe it's only one to two percent in terms of the haircut that they're seeing out there right now. And there's a just a ton of capital that wants to get back into multifamily at the same time there's hardly any distress out there right now so there's a lack of available to you know supply to buy and so everyone is just kind of in this standstill there's a big ass gap because buyers aren't willing to pay yesterday's prices for assets but sellers aren't willing to give any you know deep discounts right now and so it's kind of a standstill and we’ll see how all this plays out.
Buck: Yeah you know it's really interesting we're obviously you know through, you work with Western Wealth Capital, one of my partners and you know it's funny because we were kind of thinking well maybe there'll be some real buying opportunities but you know we've seen a little bit maybe just you know from buyers who are sellers who just are just wanting to get out while they're ahead maybe they made some money you know maybe they and at this point you know they're just thinking let's just cash out and maybe they're willing to take a little bit less but for the most part you know if you look across our own portfolio and it might be because it's largely again Texas and Arizona, etc that and maybe it's because it's mostly working-class B and you know high C class apartment but our portfolio you know the numbers are just as good as they've ever been in terms of you know occupancy in terms of even our we're still raising rents. And so when you look at that you're like well I mean how do you expect there to be any you know smoking deals out there if the sellers really aren't feeling any distress. So is there a difference you know when you look at something like a B and C class apartment scenario versus A right now or have you been able to break that down a little bit because I think the people I know who are in the A-class and new build are you know they're certainly feeling things a little bit more than we are.
Ryan: Yeah so what we've heard from some of our clients in terms of early on so may June in terms of rent collections class A's were actually from a nationwide perspective actually exceeded the class B and C product. Now we don't think that will continue going forward and the main reason is that new deliveries that are coming online they will compete with the existing top of the market product and so we think that it will be short-lived in terms of the top of the market outperformance and another part is due to just the nature of this downturn where low-wage sectors were hit extremely hard in April, got some bounce back in May and June but the leisure and hospitality sectors lower-paying positions those have been the most impacted so far. But going forward we don't think that this downturn would be any different than prior recessions in terms of the class A leading the way down in terms of jobs and occupancy and also rent growth or rent cuts in the near term. So class A’s will lead the market down but then as we get out into the later part of next year and into early 2022 then class A's would outperform the broader market. So yeah we think through the end of this year until early next that B's and C's will hold up relatively better but that's mainly a function of just the competition that it takes to get these new projects they will get leased up it's just a matter of the market-clearing price and so those have to compete those could be mostly with the top end of the spectrum and so we see big rent declines and concessions in the class A space going forward.
Buck: You know there's this thesis that's going around in the multi-family space and you know I've been sort of you know looking at it this way too for a while though I'm starting to you know feel like it's maybe not gonna happen is this idea that there's going to be a potentially before we really rebound and start heading up again that there’ll potentially be a you know big tsunami of defaults and things like that. Right now at least what I'm you know seeing and hearing about in terms of the lending markets and in terms of these properties, there really isn't much indication of that right now is there I mean what do you think?
Ryan: No at least not in the short term I mean again there's it goes back to my earlier comment there's been no distress really and so that is due mainly to the huge stimulus packages that have been passed those from a fiscal standpoint and a monetary standpoint which is it's crazy to think that GDP declined at an annualized rate by 32 however incomes soared and so that's all due to the stimulus that we saw and so that's helped prop up renters incomes and allow them to pay rent. Now going forward I think some of these the number of defaults I don't think there will be a tsunami, at least that's how we view it right now, ask me again in a week and it could change, but I think that the defaults will be very market specific and so those geographies that have been hit harder we'll see a larger number but many of the Texas markets, Phoenix, Denver, southeast high growth markets where you've got this short-term tailwind in terms of folks at the margin more and the trends that have been in place for years of folks moving from gateway markets into these inner markets will be kind of you know given a stairway shot really in the near term and so that would help to prop up multi-family fundamentals and so yeah if you're expecting a tsunami of defaults in any of those markets that I've mentioned again it kind of gets a little bit granular in terms of you know potentially Orlando might have some problems just with the amount of supply and then the you know low-wage in tourism industries being impacted more dramatically and that would lead to some weakness in Orlando but out outside of that maybe Houston you could argue you know somewhat but outside of those two and those those areas of the inner west Texas, southeast Florida should be but hold up you know relatively well and I would think that the main stress points will be out you know on the coast in California potentially portland we do think seattle holds up relatively well and then northeast in terms of you know New York and Boston as well so I think it's very locally market driven.
Buck: Yeah it's interesting you know we did we were a little worried about Houston too but our you know Houston portfolio is actually doing awesome it's not having any problems at all which is which was you know again, knock on wood that’s what it's been so far. Let me ask you another question you mentioned the pent-up demand of you know money on the sidelines waiting to get back in and you know and in many situations, they have to get back in right they're mandated to deploy capital and that sort of thing do you the one thought that I've had through this is you know multi-family and well multi-family in general has held up so well during this period of time does that potentially create a situation where you know the big money that's coming in starts looking at this even harder as potentially a little bit of a hedge or a little bit of safe haven. What what do you guys think is going to be the effect of that you know the relatively stable performance and then ultimately you know having all of this money on the sidelines,? Do you see paradoxical even further compression of cap rates over the next couple years? What's your thought on that?
Ryan: Yeah and so kind of pre-corona our forecast was for cap rates to continue to decline and you know taking a step back it was mainly driven by global factors with the aging populations across the globe that have built wealth up and all that investment needed to be placed somewhere. And so those trends were driving returns lower for longer and so those are the demographic that have not been affected by the pandemic. And so just from a global standpoint, we're expecting returns across all assets whether stocks bonds you know all classes of real estate whether it's multi or industrial retail office, etc those returns would continue to head lower. Now we've had the pandemic and we've seen multi-family and industrial hold up exceedingly well and who knows what to make of retail office and lodging just lots of pain and in those sectors and so if you need to be allocated to real estate then multifamily and industrial or where you want to be at least in the short term and especially if you're looking for consistency of returns and you know risk-adjusted on a risk-adjusted basis you know multi-industrial or have outperformed other asset classes and so really to get into the lodging office retail space probably more opportunistic mindset in terms of those assets may need to be repositioned etc and so I think a lot of that money that's out there is not looking to get there's a lot that's looking for that type of asset turnaround story but there's also a lot of money out there that needs the stability. And so that should continue to compress cap rates or put a really put a cap on that cap rates and so it would be no surprise if cap rates on an aggregate basis hold steady and maybe even decline despite a deterioration in short-term fundamentals and part of that is due to the long-term belief in apartments going forward and so yes there's a short-term dislocation where we expect some move-outs that you know this year actually there are a lot of move-outs that we expect and so there's going to be a lot of doubling up folks moving back in with their families but then there's going to be pent up demand as we as that recovery takes hold next year and that will be released and so we see leasing to be through the roof next year and then out into 2022. Then at the same time as that demand story improves in the short term we see starts decelerating dramatically so we've we're going from a 400,000 unit run rate to about 200,000 units by the early part of next year. And so new production is going to get cut in half now that we don't get any benefit of that immediately so we have to wait till later part of 2022 and 2023 before we see that slowdown and production really lift fundamentals and so I think everyone is seeing that yes there's some short-term disruption in the multi-family market right now, but the long-term drivers are there and if you have the capital to wait out this very painful period in the short term then there will be major benefits after that we should see after next year.
Buck: Now one of the things you said I think earlier is that the worst is behind us do you believe that's the case in terms of rent growth and you know rent cuts and that sort of thing right now?
Ryan: I think the worst is behind us in terms of the economy. I think that going forward we should continue to produce job gains on a monthly basis, though this next report could see some layoffs we'll see the consensus is one million one and a half. In terms of multi-family we do not think the worst is behind us we think that fundamentals will continue to deteriorate into the early part of next year we think that you know kind of right now in terms of year over year rent growth in the early part of this year let's call it three, three and a half percent we've since gone down to zero percent in the second quarter. So on a quarterly basis we've seen some dramatic rent cuts, again this is on a national basis and then as we move forward we see occupancy dropping by about three percentage points into the early part of next year, rent declines of about eight percent through the remainder of this year into the first quarter of next year and so no we do think that there will be some deterioration and fundamentals going forward. On the flip side of that might present some opportunities and so any assets that were purchased specially in your space in terms of if they were bought at the top of the market at the end of last year in the early part of this year and now that value-add story isn't there where you might not be able to get the rent bumps that you were expecting so some of those assets will have to be recapitalized and so that might present some opportunity as the year progresses but again like you said we haven't seen that materialized so far.
Buck: Yeah that's the tricky part right I mean it's sort of like I think when you're on the buy side here you're saying well I mean these prices that we're seeing right now you know with prolonged you know low-interest rates which we can pretty much guarantee at this point for a period of time and then the pent-up demand. It's sort of like okay well I mean this actually might be one of the better times to buy if you consider what could potentially happen in the next you know 18 to 24 months in terms of you know explosive growth. When you look at those indicators that you're you know that you're talking about that may lead to some of the more explosive growth metrics what markets come to mind the most for you?
Buck: Now one of the things you said I think earlier is that the worst is behind us do you believe that's the case in terms of rent growth and you know rent cuts and that sort of thing right now?
Ryan: Yeah so our general geographic areas that we like we like the southeast, parts of Florida, Texas and the inner west. We really like Atlanta, we like South Florida though there's a little more pain in the short term some of our clients are saying it kind of in terms of you know rent collections you know northeast but also yeah LA but then South Florida is outperforming those two areas but still lagging some of these other markets. So we like the Texas markets long term the interwebs you have Phoenix, Denver, Salt Lake as well. We like Seattle that's an outlier on the west coast but then the other markets whereas in the Bay Area we expect those you know rent growth numbers to average four, four and a half percent which stack up really well across the nation but for those markets that's a recession pretty much and so compared to what's normal and the cap rates you have to pay the rent growth numbers there kind of you know lackluster. So the midwest the markets they won't be hit as hard but still they don't get that explosive growth going forward and so we really like the inner West Texas, southeast of Florida markets and you know part of that has been driven being driven by the migration flows. So domestic migration numbers have really helped out all of these markets we've seen outflows from the northeast boston new york the bay area Southern California we've seen migration outflows from those markets into the you know inner west you know Las Vegas the inland Phoenix, Denver you know people moving from the coast into those markets and then you know also parts of texas as well but then in terms of the northeast the flows that are coming in to the Nashvilles the Charlottes, Raleighs, Atlanta, Florida markets we and then also Texas as well and so those trends have been accelerated at least in the short term, but it's important to remember that those have been going on for a decade at least even more and then other markets and so it's not anything new but at the margin that will support many of these other markets.
Buck: Yeah on the west coast I mean there's that flight to Arizona as well right from California. One of the things that you know is worth talking about is what effect this has had you know the pandemic and the recession on the lending market, with Fannie and Freddie and you know how that might be playing into any of the growth or lack of growth.
Ryan: Yeah I think on the financing side you know debt for stabilized assets it's there and it's cheap you may have to you know have higher reserves than you've had typically but for the most part it's there and so that's part of the appeal of buying assets right now with these record low interest rates. So I think for stabilized assets yeah it's there for new construction it is dried up considerably and this is a change in the last 30 to 60 days and so the fed does a survey each quarter of banks and their tightening of multi-family construction lending standards and that the latest report shows 70 percent of banks tighten their multi-family construction loans last quarter which we haven't seen those levels since 2008/2009. And so I think part of it's the lenders are trying to make sense of what they have in terms of all these other asset types in terms of real estate or retail, lodging, office loans, they're trying to you know spend a lot of time working those out and so then you add on the uncertainty in terms of the economic recovery etc, they've pretty much put a halt on new construction loans. And so that's been a big change here in the last two months call it. Then on the equity side I think returns have been increased but still available and interested but you know a lot of you know equity and especially focusing in on the new starts pipeline if all the deals that have been started are continuing and it's kind of a mixed bag from our clients in terms of are you seeing delays or actually some other clients that reported these they were able to speed up the timing in terms of getting able to get trucks into sites very easily and then also the construction workers that were on you know working on hotels motels those have come into the apartment sector and so that's provided more manpower in terms of getting these deals done. And so those that were under construction are continuing to proceed, those that were capitalized I think that but haven't begun those have been they haven't pulled out completely they just said let's press pause to see let's say can we get any break in construction costs over the next several months and so the equity and banks they're still willing to do it move forward on those deals that have been capitalized but are you know slow playing it. And then you get to the others where there's land sites and they hadn't been entitled and haven't been capitalized those deals we think have been shelved for right now and so it kind of where some opportunity could be is on the land side of you know potentially purchasing some land sites that might be teed up for development as we get further along in this recovery.
Buck: Again one of the things that you're saying though in terms of construction loans not being there again it helps us for those of us who have apartment portfolios already that are already there that that again goes to the issue of a simple supply and demand issue which we can benefit from if there's not a whole lot of new builds. You know this is a major driving variable in in apartment buildings nationally can you give us a little bit of the idea of you know just not being able to keep up with you know population growth in various parts of the country, can you give us a little bit of you know sort of a thousand-foot view on the perspective on how big of an issue that actually is?
Ryan: I don't know if it's that big of an issue you know on on the whole and I think that you know some of these higher growth markets in terms of where we've you know call it the Atlantas and North Carolina markets, Central North Florida, Texas, the inner west regions where we've seen large population growth statistics you know high growth markets but they're also they also tend to be the highest in terms of supply for housing and so it's more easy to build in those markets especially you know out as you get away from the know central cities etc and so where we've seen the the biggest barriers to supply are out on the coast and so we've seen you know job growth be pretty good in those markets but the supply hasn't kept up at all and so that's why you're seeing you know these big you know rent affordability you know problems in the coastal markets and so we think that supply not keeping up with the population dynamics is more of a coastal problem but then you know as you get into the markets that are more accepting of new development then you know we've seen housing supply increase at a rapid clip in many of these other markets I think you know Austin you know even through the June of this year permit activity for multi-family continued to set it reached big big levels and so I think year to date in Austin it's already pulled permits on almost 10,000 units already which is you know huge numbers. And so I do think that while these population growth numbers and some of these markets are you know off the charts especially compared to you know some of the coastal markets, that supply has been able to keep up there and so yeah you see pockets of where you know rent growth you know bumps up to you know five, six percent levels, it's especially that was the case in Phoenix and Las Vegas over the past two to three years where those markets were leading in terms of rent increases but they tend to you know be markets that you know will accept more new supply and so that will tend to even out over the long term.
Buck: How's Vegas doing out of curiosity because that one was just crushing it. It seemed it seemed a little dangerous you know it seemed like one of those markets where it's like wow is it real or is it one of those things that's just gonna go back to Vegas.
Ryan: Yeah exactly and yeah kind of thinking that you know before kind of goes back to your comment earlier about people moving from the coast to getting in their car and driving to the riverside and then Las Vegas and Phoenix and so it was benefiting from a real out-migration from expensive coastal California. That said that just the nature of this pandemic crushing leisure and hospitality and the conference circuit that the job losses in Las Vegas I think you know through April into May led the nation. We've seen some a bit of a bounce back there but really the question is you know how fast does the the conference you know a circuit come back, how fast are people willing to travel to casinos, I know they have already, but I think that pre-corona the growth was real and yeah absolutely now it's a little bit different you know market in terms of the cost and you don't want to go in there and if you're a developer you don't you know want to build a high-rise there and so your strategy is a little bit different but so far it's held up relatively well, all things considered, but still a lot of weakness that is materializing in Vegas.
Buck: Interesting stuff. Well listen I don't want to keep you all day long, Ryan, but it's been great talking to you. Where can we learn more about your work?
Ryan: Sure. Probably the easiest is wittenadvisors.com you can go there, all our contact information is there, feel free to reach out with a phone call or send me an email anytime and I'll be happy to give you more details on the services that we provide and how we add value to many clients that are in either owner, operators, developers, equity or lender clients.
Buck: Fantastic thanks again and we'd love to have you again you know in a few months to reassess where we are at.
Ryan: All right. Sounds good. Looking forward to it.
Buck: We'll be right back
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2020.08.06 08:27 BB-Boleyn I’m BB Boleyn - the most famous rock star in the world - and I’ve got a creepy groupie - Part 2

Part 1
Stan - my deranged stalker - has been turning up at different places: A fan, a roadie, a check-in agent, a pilot ... it’s beyond weird.
Houston, Texas.
Janie, my publicist has a surprise for me. After tonight’s show my boyfriend is coming to stay with me for the night: Brandon St John - professional wrestler.
It was what they call a “Showmance”. I’d met Paul, or Brandon as he was known to fans only 6-7 times. Janie’s sister was a wrestling promoter and put us in touch. Janie guessed it’d be good for my image. We had a few dates but suddenly People magazine were calling us 2020’s most powerful Super Couple. What an accolade. Our six dates had already netted us millions as a couple. Despite this we were still attracted to each other and it seemed to be working - so far.
Brandon met me after the show. He’d just “won” the Royal Rumble and was enjoying the publicity. Turning up at my show only amplified that. The press were rife.
I left the stage after our encore and Brandon met me. We walked the long walk to the dressing room pursued by Press.
A strange older lady intercepted me en route, her eyes crazed and hair a mess: “do not look at the outsider journalist - i beg you!” And with that, she turned down a side corridor at the arena and vanished.
”Ms Boleyn - when are you and Mr St John making things official?!”
”Do you want a baby hon?!”
”Brandon how does it feel to be Royal Rumble Champion for 2020?”
Then there he was. Stan. In a long trenchcoat with a notebook like some old-timey reporter. Just like he was dressing up for the part.
“Betty honey, what message do you have for your number one fan?!”
I stopped walking, frozen in fear. The cameras flashed.
Where was Tony?
Nowhere to be seen.
This is where you step in Tony - you really are the worst bodyguard...
Stan stopped abruptly, halting the crowd of journalists behind him. He shuffled two steps closer and inches from my face he said softly: “ 2nd Chance to say yes to me. You don’t want to regret this, honey!”
Brandon wasn’t even fighting my corner! He stood, staring deadpan into the middle distance.
“Have a look at my notes!” Stan whispered excitedly, pushing forward his notebook with a maniacal grin on his face. Then he fled.
Lightbulbs flashing all around, I reluctantly thumb through the notebook.
It’s not a scrapbook of images like last night. In some ways it’s more weird. It’s a transcript - a detailed and frighteningly accurate word for word account of everything I have said today since I woke up this morning.
The strange older lady appears again behind the journalists - shaking her head in frustration.
Paul - “Brandon” and I returned to the penthouse and within seconds he was shirtless. I’d been looking forward to this for weeks.
I fixed us a double scotch.
There was an urgent knock at the door.
Brandon rolled his eyes and went to see who it was.
Stan stooped in at speed wearing a suit and carrying a gun marching straight to the bedroom door - Almost as if he already knew the layout of the room.
“Tony asked me to keep watch tonight” he announced and took a seat by the bedroom door. Just pretend I’m not here”.
“No! Get out you creepy shit - I’m not having you sit outside the bedroom as we’re ....”
“It’s cool, babe” says Brandon. “He’s just keeping us safe”
What kind of man is ok with this?!
“No, this is the crazy stalker I told you about ... it’s not ok!! I want him out”.
Text from Janie: “Have a good rest - will get you at 12:00 tomorrow”.
I frantically text back: “he’s here in the room - get Tony quickly!”
A red ! appears - the message fails to send.
I look at Brandon, exasperated. I can’t believe he doesn’t care about Stan being here. It’s the first alone time we’ve had in months.
“Babe honestly it’s fine just pretend he isn’t here”. Still not comfortable with it I visit the bathroom and freshen up. When I return, Stan and Brandon/Paul have switched places.
Stan is in bed, naked and Brandon is sitting guard looking comotose. No reaction, no blinking. Is he even breathing?! He looks dead to the world. I rush over to check on him.
Stan smiles at me, leaps out of bed and lunges at me again with that filthy grey cloth. He smothers my face. The room spins and i pass out.
”Wake up call for Ms Boleyn”
I bolt upright. Sunlight ploughs through the floor-to-ceiling windows of the penthouse. I look around. I’m alone. No Stan and no Brandon. Not even a trace of them either. Weird.
My phone has died. I have no idea what time it is but I know I need to be up and ready by 12:00. I turn on the TV.
Hollywood airhead gossip columnist Carli Carlsson is on screen, busting at the seams to release whatever inside scoop she has. In front of a huge crowd she swings round to face the camera:
”Guys, I’m in Houston, Texas and it’s with a heavy heart I report to you today that Paul D Austin, known to fans as WWE Superstar Brandon St John has died aged 37 at the Metropole Hotel, downtown Houston. Consuela Gonzalez, a housekeeper at the hotel found the sports star hanging in his room at 7:30am this morning. A note left close by blamed his girlfriend, the British rock star BB Boleyn as the reason behind his suicide. This is Carli Carlsson, for Inside Scoop, TMZ!”
Before I could even digest this news, Tim, Tony and Janie burst into my room, dressing me and pouring me into an outside car.
Phoenix, Arizona.
“Sullivan Saxe” said Janie my publicist. “He’s the CEO of the hottest new social media site”.
“Janie, he is 24! 10 years younger than me!”
“It would be so HOT!” She insisted.
“Janie, my boyfriend’s dead - why don’t you care?!”.
She shrugged it off as if we’d simply broken up. Not that he had killed himself blaming me.
“It wasn’t a real relationship you know that”.
“I don’t buy his suicide note either - look you know Stan was in the room ...”
“No more details have been released! You just need to get over it!” She snapped.
“Look, I’m not ready for a new relationship, ok? I need to process what’s happened. This has really shocked me, Janie!”
She didn’t care. Narrowing her eyes, pursing her lips and peering into the distance she tapped her chin, deep in thought.
“Hmmm, come to think of it you do sell more music when you’re single” she mused.
My phone pinged.
“We need to get ready for tonight”.
An unknown number. I knew exactly who it was - and I dreaded tonight’s show.
Janie left me alone in my dressing room an hour before the show. She never leaves me alone.
My new make-up artist entered. She smelt bad.
She looked .... odd.
She looked at me in the mirror.
“Hello Honey! I’m thinking a classic Vintage Hollywood look tonight - red lips, strong eyebrows? Dramatic hair ...”
She looked so familiar.
She made up my face beautifully. My hair however was a different story.
Leaning down slowly behind me to my right shoulder and looking at me in the mirror, she put a hand to her face and slowly pulled off a prosthetic mask revealing herself to be Stan, grinning at me like the cat that got the cream. I gasped but before I could move he aggressively slapped handcuffs on my right wrist locking me to the bar under the chair arm - then matched it again with a new pair on my left wrist. Smiling and sniggering like a lunatic looking at me in the mirror he slowly began to shave my head. My thick, lucious, platinum blonde locks dropped pathetically to the floor as he transformed my long Barbie doll hair into a short, shaved crop. I squirmed and ducked in the chair desperately trying to escape the clippers.
Pain filled my nose and throat as i started to cry. My beautiful long hair. All the things that made me famous he was taking away from me - first my musical knowledge, my breast implants, my A List boyfriend and now my hair.
He finished the shave with a proud “ta-da!”
Gone was the sexy alter ego I spent years creating. I looked as deranged as Stan.
“If I can’t have you, nobody else can” he declared with a cocky and arrogant smirk.
“And now?!” He sang, smiling at me in the mirror. Then spun my chair round to face him: “IT’S SHOWTIME!”
There was no extra time. The opening act had been done for 35 minutes.
Opening the dressing room door, he sprinted at breakneck speed through the backstage corridors pushing me in the chair, manically laughing over and over. Whooping and cheering and sneering at me.
Arriving at the stage and with great speed - so much so I couldn’t process what was happening - he released the handcuffs, yanked me up by the back of my shirt, swung my Guitar across my shoulder and shoved me forwards towards the thousands of waiting fans.
I staggered onstage to fastly decreasing applause.
Bald.
Part 3
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2020.07.20 18:44 Colemanton Suspended License

I am a Texas resident and I was in an accident in Florida last spring, for which I was given a citation for reckless driving. While paying the ticket I selected the option to take the defensive driving course. I had taken the course within the last year so assumed that it would not ultimately keep points from being assessed, so I never took the course (bonehead move, I know. I am now aware that the year-count starts from the date that you elect to take the course, not the date you actually complete it).
Because of this, an extra $41 was assessed which I was never notified of, and upon receiving in the mail a notice that I had not satisfied the requirements of my citation I tracked down my payment receipt and just mailed that to the office in Florida (I know, bonehead move NO. 2, I should have taken the time to bring up my citation on the OC website to see if I had missed anything). Having never received any followup notices in the mail I assumed the matter resolved.
Fast forward to early June, and my friend gets arrested driving through Oklahoma after being pulled over for speeding. Turns out his license had been suspended for four years and he never even knew. This prompts me to check my status. Long story short it has been suspended since october of last year.
I check my citation on the florida website and get in touch with the collections agency they have sent it to and pay the 41 stinking dollars (FOR ELECTING TO DO SOMETHING THAT ISNT REQUIRED, AND DOESNT EVEN REDUCE THE CITATION FEE FOR CHRISTS SAKE). Anyway, they send the confirmation to Florida who in turn send me my confirmation necessary to get the non-resident suspension lifted. I overnight it to the office in Austin and according to the USPS tracker it was confirmed delivered on thursday, June 25th. I also paid the reinstatement fee on the DPS website.
Now, according to the DPS website, it can take up to 21 days for them to process the documents upon receipt. Ill allow that while they may have received the notice on the 25th, it may not have actually been collected until the next morning (Friday, June 26th)? Regardless, it has now been either 22 or 23 days since the office in Austin should have received my notice.
I have scheduled an appointment with the DPS in Austin but its not until December 22nd. Please... if anyone has any insight into what may be going on I would really appreciate some assistance. Thanks.
Currently on hold with my local DPS office (Galveston, going into hour 2) since every time I call the one in Austin I get an AM saying phone lines are too busy and they hang up on me
Edit: Only just now seeing the DPS website specifies 21 BUSINESS days, so I guess it has only been 17/18 business days. I guess I will wait another few days before I really start panicking then.
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2020.06.09 04:40 MilkshakeIsNice The Mute

Four and a half billion years ago, life began on the planet of Earth, and with it came the infinity of potential futures for it’s universe. The first forms were microscopic, only a few trillion atoms in size. They were as simplistic as it could get. They had the ability to consume for energy and reproduce; that was all that was needed. As time went on, life began to become more advanced, larger, (and most importantly) more intelligent. This life would be capable of surpassing the universe’s own perils. Perils some would refer to as cogs in the machine of “The Great Barrier”. Despite the mass extinctions that have threatened life time and time again on the planet, life continued on sooner or later. The grass became green, the birds grew wings to fly, and life started to become pristine and perfected with every passing millenia.
With this in mind, it is almost certain that the downfall began with the evolutionary trait of sentience, and eventually sapience. The evolving family tree in the Primates group eventually becoming known as homo sapiens, after constant evolution, now had too great of an intellectual potential for it and it’s home’s own good. At an exponential rate, they began switching the rules of life that had been going steady for billions of years. Rather than adapting to the environment, the environment came to need to adapt to them. The resources once abundant in every corner of the globe became perverted to suit the needs of the humans, as they would begin to call themselves. The species grew a carbon footprint that would never be able to dematerialize as they grew more knowledgeable, with the idea of higher powers in existence becoming obscured in favor that they were the peak lifeform.
Unbeknownst to all living things however, there was one creature watching, learning, and living vicariously throughout all of life, it too viewing sapience as the greatest gift imaginable. This creature lived solely outside the ever expanding edge of the universe, meaning as the universe grew larger with each passing second, it grew. This entity would never possibly on its own be able to reveal itself to any living thing in the universe, nor could it ever want to, for the mind of this being was a database containing all knowledge of everything that has ever lived. As nobody knew of this being, it too didn’t know of itself. This being, watching silently throughout the eons, is the mute; a higher power of unknown size, origin, and capability.
With a being of such inconceivable size, it is nothing less than ironic that the universe’s demise started with humankind’s discovery of items inconceivably small. This would mean the extermination of life in the universe would originate in the 1940s, with the discovery of virtual particles in the field of quantum mechanics, and roughly a decade and a half later with the discovery of neutrinos - subatomic particles so small they can pass through solid matter.
Despite the obvious nuclear threat that had been prominent in the world throughout the latter half of the twentieth century, it is almost undebatable that humankind had progressed farther in these 50 years than ever before. They took advantage of light’s near instantaneous traveling properties to make the internet. They would utilize semiconductors to create computers accessible to billions on the planet in compact sizes, but by far the most awe inspiring achievement accomplished was the demonstration of spatial travel. This event proved to humanity, and the mute, that life didn’t have to be confined to a planet that they were slowly but surely killing as they progressed onwards.
Throughout this span of time, humanity’s consequences were beginning to show on a celestial scale. A hole in the ozone layer of the planet’s atmosphere was discovered to be from human use of products being released to the air. Miniature continents of trash began forming in the once beautiful blue oceans, filled with toxicity that would take a millenia to degrade. Millions of acres were defaced, animal habitats were wiped clean off the map, and the degrading situation of Earth would mean the children of those who caused it would be doomed to attempt to face the consequences of their ascendants. They had successfully created slums in heaven, and branded mother nature as a slave, a mistake that a no miracle, however great, could fix.
Perhaps that's what the Gidim research team had been hoping to find when they announced operation Galaga back in 2032. Using virtual particle manipulation and photon manipulation, and a large amount of hydrogen, a group of astrophysicists in Houston, Texas, led by Austin Gidim, had created a machine known as the neutrino catapult, capable of launching particles faster than light. This launched particle, referred to as a Gidim particle, had managed a speed equivalent to the speed of light to the power of the speed of light (roughly 300,000 kilometers a second ^ 300,000 kilometers a second). Due to its original nature of a virtual particle, the first proven tests with these only lasted a few seconds before dissipating from existence, but the team had confidence that they would be able to manipulate these particle’s existence time to a few hours, being more than enough time to escape the known boundaries of the universe. This discovery was at first kept top secret, due to the potential unknown effects of these particles and what could arise from being shot at such a speed. For the first week of its discovery, only eleven humans knew of this discovery, and one unfathomable being outside of the universe.
Once the consequences were found to be insignificant at most, (slight radiation release here and there, as expected), the discovery was made public. The public announcement of the discovery was juxtaposed with the announcement of using the catapult to see outside the universe in the same speech.
It was Sunday, August 22nd, 2032 when Austin Gidim made the speech which had everyone wondering, waiting for what was inevitably going to be the most significant discovery of their reality. The mute, joining them in their excitement, not knowing of itself.
“Since our first trip to the moon in 1969, the world’s greatest and most revered scientists and thinkers have been seeing space as the final frontier; the ultimate goal for an inevitable utopia of this species to be present, with each person their own galaxy. And now, we have before ourselves, the possibility to go the extra mile. With this new faster than light catapult, we are planning for its use to see what lies outside the very boundaries that make up the universe as a whole.”
It was official. Mankind now had the technology and the intentions to know what was beyond the universe. Excitement was thriving in humanity, and none was more excited than the mute. The date for the launch was set to be a week after the speech, which was plenty of time for the team to work. Within these days, theories on what lies ahead were booming. Perhaps they had discovered the secret to exploring parallel universes. Maybe they would uncover an ethereal realm of some sort. Maybe they would find nothing at all. Whatever people believed, they waited patiently for answers. As for the team on the project, they had work to do. It felt like just another week in the office, even though everyone on the project knew it was much more. By the fifth day, they had their game plan set up.
The particles launched would emit heat, which would emit extremely high frequencies that traveled at the same speed. The frequencies would bounce off anything they successfully managed to collide with, and would return to computers on Earth with models showing its surroundings. Due to the particle’s extreme speed, there was an estimated 1e-6423 chance that a particle launched would collide with anything. It was obvious as well they would be launching multiple particles, in case one part of the border of the universe somehow happened to differ from another. By Saturday, there were half a thousand particles ready to be launched through the edge of the universe.
That Sunday, seemingly everyone with a television or internet tuned in to watch the broadcasted experiment as it happened. The scientists on the Gidim team were excited not only at the fact they were about to see what was beyond the universe, but also from the inevitable fame that would soon follow.
“It is with great pride we hold today that we are living in what will undoubtedly become one of Humanity’s greatest milestones and achievements in history. When this speech is over, we will launch roughly five hundred particles throughout various directions we have access to, and in an estimated three hours later we will have results on what is outside our universe.” Austin spent several more minutes thanking his friends and family, as well as old teachers, to help him get to the position he was currently in. With eager excitement, he launched the particles.
In a fraction of an attosecond, the particles passed mars, jupiter, pluto and neighboring solar systems. They warped through galaxies, then galactic clusters racing to their absolute limit. People spectating the events were cheering, whether it be at home or at work.
90 minutes had now passed since the launch, when everyone in the team unexpectedly felt an incredibly sharp jolt of pain surge through their bodies. Another 90 minutes passed, and then the results came in. It was a scientist by the name of Adam Porter that first noticed what had happened.
The particles’ frequencies had returned to Earth. This was expected.
The surroundings of the frequencies ricochet patterns had returned to computer simulations. This was expected.
The pattern of the frequencies proved that the particles had ricochet off of other objects, and flew past Earth. This is when the science team grew anxious.
The chance of one particle hitting anything at all was virtually nothing, nevermind all of them. Even if a particle did somehow manage to collide with something, the result would be estimated to be a supermassive blackhole the size of several large galactic clusters, which would wipe the other particles from existence, which they didn’t.
Confused and nervous, a scientist was ordered to load up the model the frequencies had produced. It took 5 minutes to load. The first thing they noticed was a large wall near the edge of the screen. Austin was the one to realize quickly that this wall wasn’t a glitch or a limitation of the technology; this was what the particle had collided with.
This mass couldn’t have been matter still being put out in the universe from the big bang fourteen billion years ago. Even with such high density, the particles still would have an impossibly low chance of colliding, and as previously mentioned, black holes of extreme sizes would immediately produce. There was something out there; something of such impossibly high density, something that ignored conventional laws of gravity and physics, something that was now hurt.
For the first time ever, the Mute had felt pain, and as it did, so did every living thing on Earth that was capable of. It wasn’t just physical pain the Mute had felt. The Mute, along with the scientists, were growing extremely nervous of what results had come up.
There was one person on the science team who had always had a more superstitious look on science as a whole; one Jonathan Tuckers. The team had been trying to debate each other, wondering what had just happened in the experiment. Jonathan was the first to try to link the jolt of pain they had collectively felt to the results they were seeing. Out loud, he proposed the idea of a living creature similar to that or identical to that of a God had been disturbed by what they had done.
As quick as he said it, the Mute became aware of itself. It looked through the eyes of all of humanity, to see the technology of the species that discovered it suddenly fail.
Structures like houses, offices, bridges, suddenly collapsed without any probable cause. The tires in speeding cars suddenly popped, causing them to violently crash, killing everyone inside. Aircraft suddenly stopped working, dooming everyone inside to die violent deaths.
This was frightening to say the least to the Mute, but what scared it even more were the unnatural, grotesque, almost cartoonish ways some people died. Some people running from the chaos ensuing around them tripped, breaking open their skulls like an egg, splattering their cerebrum across the ground. The density of water seemingly vanished, causing all those swimming in it to fall to their deaths as they hit the floor of the ocean or sea, their femurs impaling the sides of their torsos. People jumping out of aircraft in a desperate attempt of survival had their skin ripped off their body by the force of the wind blowing against them as they fell thousands of feet above ground, exposing the muscles while their human hides flew off of them like blankets.
Humanity, as rapidly as it had learned, was going extinct. The final charge in this unconventional end to the human race, was the failure of nuclear systems across the globe, frying the planet to a radiated crisp, swiftly ending life on Earth. At last, the universe was silent. With the death of all living things, the Mute put its previous knowledge together, to find out quickly what it was. It realized that this would mean it would never learn anything new ever again. But forever, it would always be haunted with a lingering fear. Was there something more powerful than itself? Were there other entities like itself? Surely this composure of everything couldn’t be so nihilistic in nature. With the death of life, the Mute realized that it would never learn why humanity died, and why it died in such a grotesque, unconventional manner.
Or perhaps it was for the best. Perhaps it was a lesson for what happens when life goes too far, and uncovers what isn’t meant to be known. If there were other Universes, however they may be separated from each other, then was humanity simply a special brand of life? The Mute, was forever now to permanently not know an answer to these questions, and after seeing what had happened to humanity, perhaps it was for the best.
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2020.06.09 04:28 MilkshakeIsNice The Mute (Cosmic Horror)

Four and a half billion years ago, life began on the planet of Earth, and with it came the infinity of potential futures for it’s universe. The first forms were microscopic, only a few trillion atoms in size. They were as simplistic as it could get. They had the ability to consume for energy and reproduce; that was all that was needed. As time went on, life began to become more advanced, larger, (and most importantly) more intelligent. This life would be capable of surpassing the universe’s own perils. Perils some would refer to as cogs in the machine of “The Great Barrier”. Despite the mass extinctions that have threatened life time and time again on the planet, life continued on sooner or later. The grass became green, the birds grew wings to fly, and life started to become pristine and perfected with every passing millenia.
With this in mind, it is almost certain that the downfall began with the evolutionary trait of sentience, and eventually sapience. The evolving family tree in the Primates group eventually becoming known as homo sapiens, after constant evolution, now had too great of an intellectual potential for it and it’s home’s own good. At an exponential rate, they began switching the rules of life that had been going steady for billions of years. Rather than adapting to the environment, the environment came to need to adapt to them. The resources once abundant in every corner of the globe became perverted to suit the needs of the humans, as they would begin to call themselves. The species grew a carbon footprint that would never be able to dematerialize as they grew more knowledgeable, with the idea of higher powers in existence becoming obscured in favor that they were the peak lifeform.
Unbeknownst to all living things however, there was one creature watching, learning, and living vicariously throughout all of life, it too viewing sapience as the greatest gift imaginable. This creature lived solely outside the ever expanding edge of the universe, meaning as the universe grew larger with each passing second, it grew. This entity would never possibly on its own be able to reveal itself to any living thing in the universe, nor could it ever want to, for the mind of this being was a database containing all knowledge of everything that has ever lived. As nobody knew of this being, it too didn’t know of itself. This being, watching silently throughout the eons, is the mute; a higher power of unknown size, origin, and capability.
With a being of such inconceivable size, it is nothing less than ironic that the universe’s demise started with humankind’s discovery of items inconceivably small. This would mean the extermination of life in the universe would originate in the 1940s, with the discovery of virtual particles in the field of quantum mechanics, and roughly a decade and a half later with the discovery of neutrinos - subatomic particles so small they can pass through solid matter.
Despite the obvious nuclear threat that had been prominent in the world throughout the latter half of the twentieth century, it is almost undebatable that humankind had progressed farther in these 50 years than ever before. They took advantage of light’s near instantaneous traveling properties to make the internet. They would utilize semiconductors to create computers accessible to billions on the planet in compact sizes, but by far the most awe inspiring achievement accomplished was the demonstration of spatial travel. This event proved to humanity, and the mute, that life didn’t have to be confined to a planet that they were slowly but surely killing as they progressed onwards.
Throughout this span of time, humanity’s consequences were beginning to show on a celestial scale. A hole in the ozone layer of the planet’s atmosphere was discovered to be from human use of products being released to the air. Miniature continents of trash began forming in the once beautiful blue oceans, filled with toxicity that would take a millenia to degrade. Millions of acres were defaced, animal habitats were wiped clean off the map, and the degrading situation of Earth would mean the children of those who caused it would be doomed to attempt to face the consequences of their ascendants. They had successfully created slums in heaven, and branded mother nature as a slave, a mistake that a no miracle, however great, could fix.
Perhaps that's what the Gidim research team had been hoping to find when they announced operation Galaga back in 2032. Using virtual particle manipulation and photon manipulation, and a large amount of hydrogen, a group of astrophysicists in Houston, Texas, led by Austin Gidim, had created a machine known as the neutrino catapult, capable of launching particles faster than light. This launched particle, referred to as a Gidim particle, had managed a speed equivalent to the speed of light to the power of the speed of light (roughly 300,000 kilometers a second ^ 300,000 kilometers a second). Due to its original nature of a virtual particle, the first proven tests with these only lasted a few seconds before dissipating from existence, but the team had confidence that they would be able to manipulate these particle’s existence time to a few hours, being more than enough time to escape the known boundaries of the universe. This discovery was at first kept top secret, due to the potential unknown effects of these particles and what could arise from being shot at such a speed. For the first week of its discovery, only eleven humans knew of this discovery, and one unfathomable being outside of the universe.
Once the consequences were found to be insignificant at most, (slight radiation release here and there, as expected), the discovery was made public. The public announcement of the discovery was juxtaposed with the announcement of using the catapult to see outside the universe in the same speech.
It was Sunday, August 22nd, 2032 when Austin Gidim made the speech which had everyone wondering, waiting for what was inevitably going to be the most significant discovery of their reality. The mute, joining them in their excitement, not knowing of itself.
“Since our first trip to the moon in 1969, the world’s greatest and most revered scientists and thinkers have been seeing space as the final frontier; the ultimate goal for an inevitable utopia of this species to be present, with each person their own galaxy. And now, we have before ourselves, the possibility to go the extra mile. With this new faster than light catapult, we are planning for its use to see what lies outside the very boundaries that make up the universe as a whole.”
It was official. Mankind now had the technology and the intentions to know what was beyond the universe. Excitement was thriving in humanity, and none was more excited than the mute. The date for the launch was set to be a week after the speech, which was plenty of time for the team to work. Within these days, theories on what lies ahead were booming. Perhaps they had discovered the secret to exploring parallel universes. Maybe they would uncover an ethereal realm of some sort. Maybe they would find nothing at all. Whatever people believed, they waited patiently for answers. As for the team on the project, they had work to do. It felt like just another week in the office, even though everyone on the project knew it was much more. By the fifth day, they had their game plan set up.
The particles launched would emit heat, which would emit extremely high frequencies that traveled at the same speed. The frequencies would bounce off anything they successfully managed to collide with, and would return to computers on Earth with models showing its surroundings. Due to the particle’s extreme speed, there was an estimated 1e-6423 chance that a particle launched would collide with anything. It was obvious as well they would be launching multiple particles, in case one part of the border of the universe somehow happened to differ from another. By Saturday, there were half a thousand particles ready to be launched through the edge of the universe.
That Sunday, seemingly everyone with a television or internet tuned in to watch the broadcasted experiment as it happened. The scientists on the Gidim team were excited not only at the fact they were about to see what was beyond the universe, but also from the inevitable fame that would soon follow.
“It is with great pride we hold today that we are living in what will undoubtedly become one of Humanity’s greatest milestones and achievements in history. When this speech is over, we will launch roughly five hundred particles throughout various directions we have access to, and in an estimated three hours later we will have results on what is outside our universe.” Austin spent several more minutes thanking his friends and family, as well as old teachers, to help him get to the position he was currently in. With eager excitement, he launched the particles.
In a fraction of an attosecond, the particles passed mars, jupiter, pluto and neighboring solar systems. They warped through galaxies, then galactic clusters racing to their absolute limit. People spectating the events were cheering, whether it be at home or at work.
90 minutes had now passed since the launch, when everyone in the team unexpectedly felt an incredibly sharp jolt of pain surge through their bodies. Another 90 minutes passed, and then the results came in. It was a scientist by the name of Adam Porter that first noticed what had happened.
The particles’ frequencies had returned to Earth. This was expected.
The surroundings of the frequencies ricochet patterns had returned to computer simulations. This was expected.
The pattern of the frequencies proved that the particles had ricochet off of other objects, and flew past Earth. This is when the science team grew anxious.
The chance of one particle hitting anything at all was virtually nothing, nevermind all of them. Even if a particle did somehow manage to collide with something, the result would be estimated to be a supermassive blackhole the size of several large galactic clusters, which would wipe the other particles from existence, which they didn’t.
Confused and nervous, a scientist was ordered to load up the model the frequencies had produced. It took 5 minutes to load. The first thing they noticed was a large wall near the edge of the screen. Austin was the one to realize quickly that this wall wasn’t a glitch or a limitation of the technology; this was what the particle had collided with.
This mass couldn’t have been matter still being put out in the universe from the big bang fourteen billion years ago. Even with such high density, the particles still would have an impossibly low chance of colliding, and as previously mentioned, black holes of extreme sizes would immediately produce. There was something out there; something of such impossibly high density, something that ignored conventional laws of gravity and physics, something that was now hurt.
For the first time ever, the Mute had felt pain, and as it did, so did every living thing on Earth that was capable of. It wasn’t just physical pain the Mute had felt. The Mute, along with the scientists, were growing extremely nervous of what results had come up.
There was one person on the science team who had always had a more superstitious look on science as a whole; one Jonathan Tuckers. The team had been trying to debate each other, wondering what had just happened in the experiment. Jonathan was the first to try to link the jolt of pain they had collectively felt to the results they were seeing. Out loud, he proposed the idea of a living creature similar to that or identical to that of a God had been disturbed by what they had done.
As quick as he said it, the Mute became aware of itself. It looked through the eyes of all of humanity, to see the technology of the species that discovered it suddenly fail.
Structures like houses, offices, bridges, suddenly collapsed without any probable cause. The tires in speeding cars suddenly popped, causing them to violently crash, killing everyone inside. Aircraft suddenly stopped working, dooming everyone inside to die violent deaths.
This was frightening to say the least to the Mute, but what scared it even more were the unnatural, grotesque, almost cartoonish ways some people died. Some people running from the chaos ensuing around them tripped, breaking open their skulls like an egg, splattering their cerebrum across the ground. The density of water seemingly vanished, causing all those swimming in it to fall to their deaths as they hit the floor of the ocean or sea, their femurs impaling the sides of their torsos. People jumping out of aircraft in a desperate attempt of survival had their skin ripped off their body by the force of the wind blowing against them as they fell thousands of feet above ground, exposing the muscles while their human hides flew off of them like blankets.
Humanity, as rapidly as it had learned, was going extinct. The final charge in this unconventional end to the human race, was the failure of nuclear systems across the globe, frying the planet to a radiated crisp, swiftly ending life on Earth. At last, the universe was silent. With the death of all living things, the Mute put its previous knowledge together, to find out quickly what it was. It realized that this would mean it would never learn anything new ever again. But forever, it would always be haunted with a lingering fear. Was there something more powerful than itself? Were there other entities like itself? Surely this composure of everything couldn’t be so nihilistic in nature. With the death of life, the Mute realized that it would never learn why humanity died, and why it died in such a grotesque, unconventional manner.
Or perhaps it was for the best. Perhaps it was a lesson for what happens when life goes too far, and uncovers what isn’t meant to be known. If there were other Universes, however they may be separated from each other, then was humanity simply a special brand of life? The Mute, was forever now to permanently not know an answer to these questions, and after seeing what had happened to humanity, perhaps it was for the best.
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2020.06.09 03:43 MilkshakeIsNice The Mute (Cosmic Horror)

Four and a half billion years ago, life began on the planet of Earth, and with it came the infinity of potential futures for it’s universe. The first forms were microscopic, only a few trillion atoms in size. They were as simplistic as it could get. They had the ability to consume for energy and reproduce; that was all that was needed.
As time went on, life began to become more advanced, larger, (and most importantly) more intelligent. This life would be capable of surpassing the universe’s own perils. Perils some would refer to as cogs in the machine of “The Great Barrier”.
Despite the mass extinctions that have threatened life time and time again on the planet, life continued on sooner or later. The grass became green, the birds grew wings to fly, and life started to become pristine and perfected with every passing millenia.
With this in mind, it is almost certain that the downfall began with the evolutionary trait of sentience, and eventually sapience. The evolving family tree in the Primates group eventually becoming known as homo sapiens, after constant evolution, now had too great of an intellectual potential for it and it’s home’s own good.
At an exponential rate, they began switching the rules of life that had been going steady for billions of years. Rather than adapting to the environment, the environment came to need to adapt to them. The resources once abundant in every corner of the globe became perverted to suit the needs of the humans, as they would begin to call themselves.
The species grew a carbon footprint that would never be able to dematerialize, as they grew more knowledgeable, with the idea of higher powers in existence becoming obscured in favor that they were the peak lifeform.
Unbeknownst to all living things however, there was one creature watching, learning, and living vicariously throughout all of life, it too viewing sapience as the greatest gift imaginable. This creature lived solely outside the ever expanding edge of the universe, meaning as the universe grew larger with each passing second, it grew. This entity would never possibly on its own be able to reveal itself to any living thing in the universe, nor could it ever want to, for the mind of this being was a database containing all knowledge of everything that has ever lived. As nobody knew of this being, it too didn’t know of itself.
This being, watching silently throughout the eons, is the mute; a higher power of unknown size, origin, and capability.
With a being of such inconceivable size, it is nothing less than ironic that the universe’s demise started with humankind’s discovery of items inconceivably small. This would mean the extermination of life in the universe would originate in the 1940s, with the discovery of virtual particles in the field of quantum mechanics, and roughly a decade and a half later with the discovery of neutrinos - subatomic particles so small they can pass through solid matter.
Despite the obvious nuclear threat that had been prominent in the world throughout the latter half of the twentieth century, it is almost undebatable that humankind had progressed farther in these 50 years than ever before. They took advantage of light’s near instantaneous traveling properties to make the internet. They would utilize semiconductors to create computers accessible to billions on the planet in compact sizes, but by far the most awe inspiring achievement accomplished was the demonstration of spatial travel.
This event proved to humanity, and the mute, that life didn’t have to be confined to a planet that they were slowly but surely killing as they progressed onwards.
Throughout this span of time, humanity’s consequences were beginning to show on a celestial scale. A hole in the ozone layer of the planet’s atmosphere was discovered to be from human use of products being released to the air. Miniature continents of trash began forming in the once beautiful blue oceans, filled with toxicity that would take a millenia to degrade. Millions of acres were defaced, animal habitats were wiped clean off the map, and the degrading situation of Earth would mean the children of those who caused it would be doomed to attempt to face the consequences of their ascendants. They had successfully created slums in heaven, and branded mother nature as a slave, a mistake that a no miracle, however great, could fix.
Perhaps that's what the Gidim research team had been hoping to find when they announced operation Galaga back in 2032. Using virtual particle manipulation and photon manipulation, and a large amount of hydrogen, a group of astrophysicists in Houston, Texas, led by Austin Gidim, had created a machine known as the neutrino catapult, capable of launching particles faster than light.
This launched particle, referred to as a Gidim particle, had managed a speed equivalent to the speed of light to the power of the speed of light (roughly 300,000 kilometers a second ^ 300,000 kilometers a second). Due to its original nature of a virtual particle, the first proven tests with these only lasted a few seconds before dissipating from existence, but the team had confidence that they would be able to manipulate these particle’s existence time to a few hours, being more than enough time to escape the known boundaries of the universe. This discovery was at first kept top secret, due to the potential unknown effects of these particles and what could arise from being shot at such a speed. For the first week of its discovery, only eleven humans knew of this discovery, and one unfathomable being outside of the universe.
Once the consequences were found to be insignificant at most, (slight radiation release here and there, as expected), the discovery was made public. The public announcement of the discovery was juxtaposed with the announcement of using the catapult to see outside the universe in the same speech. It was Sunday, August 22nd, 2032 when Austin Gidim made the speech which had everyone wondering, waiting for what was inevitably going to be the most significant discovery of their reality. The mute, joining them in their excitement, not knowing of itself.
“Since our first trip to the moon in 1969, the world’s greatest and most revered scientists and thinkers have been seeing space as the final frontier; the ultimate goal for an inevitable utopia of this species to be present, with each person their own galaxy. And now, we have before ourselves, the possibility to go the extra mile. With this new faster than light catapult, we are planning for its use to see what lies outside the very boundaries that make up the universe as a whole.”
It was official. Mankind now had the technology and the intentions to know what was beyond the universe. Excitement was thriving in humanity, and none was more excited than the mute. The date for the launch was set to be a week after the speech, which was plenty of time for the team to work. Within these days, theories on what lies ahead were booming.
Perhaps they had discovered the secret to exploring parallel universes. Maybe they would uncover an ethereal realm of some sort. Maybe they would find nothing at all. Whatever people believed, they waited patiently for answers. As for the team on the project, they had work to do. It felt like just another week in the office, even though everyone on the project knew it was much more. By the fifth day, they had their game plan set up.
The particles launched would emit heat, which would emit extremely high frequencies that traveled at the same speed. The frequencies would bounce off anything they successfully managed to collide with, and would return to computers on Earth with models showing its surroundings. Due to the particle’s extreme speed, there was an estimated 1e-6423 chance that a particle launched would collide with anything. It was obvious as well they would be launching multiple particles, in case one part of the border of the universe somehow happened to differ from another. By Saturday, there were half a thousand particles ready to be launched through the edge of the universe.
That Sunday, seemingly everyone with a television or internet tuned in to watch the broadcasted experiment as it happened. The scientists on the Gidim team were excited not only at the fact they were about to see what was beyond the universe, but also from the inevitable fame that would soon follow. “It is with great pride we hold today that we are living in what will undoubtedly become one of Humanity’s greatest milestones and achievements in history. When this speech is over, we will launch roughly five hundred particles throughout various directions we have access to, and in an estimated three hours later we will have results on what is outside our universe.”
Austin spent several more minutes thanking his friends and family, as well as old teachers, to help him get to the position he was currently in. With eager excitement, he launched the particles.
In a fraction of an attosecond, the particles passed mars, jupiter, pluto and neighboring solar systems. They warped through galaxies, then galactic clusters racing to their absolute limit. People spectating the events were cheering, whether it be at home or at work. 90 minutes had now passed since the launch, when everyone in the team unexpectedly felt an incredibly sharp jolt of pain surge through their bodies. Another 90 minutes passed, and then the results came in. It was a scientist by the name of Adam Porter that first noticed what had happened.
The particles’ frequencies had returned to Earth. This was expected.
The surroundings of the frequencies ricochet patterns had returned to computer simulations. This was expected.
The pattern of the frequencies proved that the particles had ricochet off of other objects, and flew past Earth. This is when the science team grew anxious.
The chance of one particle hitting anything at all was virtually nothing, nevermind all of them. Even if a particle did somehow manage to collide with something, the result would be estimated to be a supermassive blackhole the size of several large galactic clusters, which would wipe the other particles from existence, which they didn’t.
Confused and nervous, a scientist was ordered to load up the model the frequencies had produced. It took 5 minutes to load. The first thing they noticed was a large wall near the edge of the screen. Austin was the one to realize quickly that this wall wasn’t a glitch or a limitation of the technology; this was what the particle had collided with.
This mass couldn’t have been matter still being put out in the universe from the big bang fourteen billion years ago. Even with such high density, the particles still would have an impossibly low chance of colliding, and as previously mentioned, black holes of extreme sizes would immediately produce. There was something out there; something of such impossibly high density, something that ignored conventional laws of gravity and physics, something that was now hurt.
For the first time ever, the Mute had felt pain, and as it did, so did every living thing on Earth that was capable of. It wasn’t just physical pain the Mute had felt. The Mute, along with the scientists, were growing extremely nervous of what results had come up.
There was one person on the science team who had always had a more superstitious look on science as a whole; one Jonathan Tuckers. The team had been trying to debate each other, wondering what had just happened in the experiment. Jonathan was the first to try to link the jolt of pain they had collectively felt to the results they were seeing. Out loud, he proposed the idea of a living creature similar to that or identical to that of a God had been disturbed by what they had done.
As quick as he said it, the Mute became aware of itself. It looked through the eyes of all of humanity, to see the technology of the species that discovered it suddenly fail.
Structures like houses, offices, bridges, suddenly collapsed without any probable cause. The tires in speeding cars suddenly popped, causing them to violently crash, killing everyone inside. Aircraft suddenly stopped working, dooming everyone inside to die violent deaths.
This was frightening to say the least to the Mute, but what scared it even more were the unnatural, grotesque, almost cartoonish ways some people died. Some people running from the chaos ensuing around them tripped, breaking open their skulls like an egg, splattering their cerebrum across the ground. The density of water seemingly vanished, causing all those swimming in it to fall to their deaths as they hit the floor of the ocean or sea, their femurs impaling the sides of their torsos. People jumping out of aircraft in a desperate attempt of survival had their skin ripped off their body by the force of the wind blowing against them as they fell thousands of feet above ground, exposing the muscles while their human hides flew off of them like blankets. Humanity, as rapidly as it had learned, was going extinct.
The final charge in this unconventional end to the human race, was the failure of nuclear systems across the globe, frying the planet to a radiated crisp, swiftly ending life on Earth. At last, the universe was silent. With the death of all living things, the Mute put its previous knowledge together, to find out quickly what it was. It realized that this would mean it would never learn anything new ever again.
But forever, it would always be haunted with a lingering fear. Was there something more powerful than itself? Were there other entities like itself? Surely this composure of everything couldn’t be so nihilistic in nature. With the death of life, the Mute realized that it would never learn why humanity died, and why it died in such a grotesque, unconventional manner.
Or perhaps it was for the best. Perhaps it was a lesson for what happens when life goes too far, and uncovers what isn’t meant to be known. If there were other Universes, however they may be separated from each other, then was humanity simply a special brand of life? The Mute, was forever now to permanently not know an answer to these questions, and after seeing what had happened to humanity, perhaps it was for the best.
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