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2019 One of the Greatest Miami Dolphins Seasons Ever!

2019 One of the Greatest Miami Dolphins Seasons Ever!
“Whoa! That is a big statement! Winning five games should not be counted as a great season to anyone” I hear you shout at your screens.
But look, these were not just any old 5 wins, in any of the old greatest Miami Dolphins seasons ever discussions!
Ok, ok, excluding the Perfect season and the other Superbowl seasons, those deep Marino led playoff runs and the wildcat season oh and the mighty D seasons of the late 90’s/early 2000’s. The wild cat year? I knew it could not last (it was a gimmick)? Gases 10-6 season? I was duped to be fair. I still stand by the statement “2019 being one of the greatest Miami Dolphins seasons ever”.
Firstly, a little about me. I am from the UK and first started watching the beautiful brutal game way back in 1984. The games were on in the early hours of the morning at 14 years of age, I had to sneak downstairs (we only had one TV in those days) and watch the game of the week on Channel 4 (yes, back then we only had four channels). Watching games with the volume down (so my parents couldn’t hear me), was tough but the excitement and the “violence” was new to me unlike rugby the speed was immense, my eyes darting around the screen trying to locate the ball. Those same eyes came to hate the horrible Mondays in school, where I was falling asleep, but this new game (new to me) with bright colours fanfare and cheerleaders made it all worth it. Getting to watch teams like the Bears, Redskin, Raiders, and 49ers (what was a 49er? I could only imagine some behemoth gold digger with huge hands and gap teeth). English football teams seemed rubbish by comparison, we had the “Blues” “the “Reds” or worse the “Canary’s” or the “Magpies” hardly the type of names to instill fear in your opponents. In those early days, I had not decided on a team to follow, would it be the Lions or Bengals (with the cool, tiger stripes on their helmet) or those New York footballing Giants? I just could not decide but come January 1985, that changed, I “snook” downstairs to watch this thing called a Superbowl, the team in white, a team called the Dolphins v the team in red those behemoth 49ers. As the game progressed, I wanted that team in white to come back and win, sadly, as we all know, that never happened but I felt it was my duty to see if that team in white could win it all next year. After all, they had a “quarterback” named Dan Marino who not only wore no.13, to f**k with the footballing Gods but made throwing the football look magical as well as being supposedly the best young quarterback in football. So, I became a lifelong Dolphin fan, and imagine how my affiliation for this team grew when I found out they had the ONLY perfect season. The year I was born!! I was meant to be a Dolphin fan!
So, back to that great 2019 season, I know some out there have already scoffed at the title and not bothered to read, which is shame because I’m hoping to show everyone why I think it was one of the best ever.
Let us go back to the beginning and relive it together.
New coach, new beginning, haven’t we heard that before? See, being a Dolfan, we were spoilt we had the great Don Shula (RIP) for what seemed like ever and we won consistently with perhaps only the Packers, Steelers, Cowboys, and the Patriots with the same luxury. Yes, occasionally we would drop a 6-10 or 8-8 season but those years we had excuses, an “injury” or we were unlucky against a bad team or two. But after Shula, we fell into the trap of the lower teams the ones not worthy to be in the same sentence as the Dolphins. that trap was inconsistency in the head role, did we love Jimmy Johnson really? (yes, we felt he could win us a Superbowl) but to me he replaced our mini deity. Ok, Shula had some issues like, why, why, why keep Tom Olivadotti around? I had a hard time understanding that (frankly still do), anyway love him or hate him Johnson built a good foundation then buggered off. Dave Wannstedt next, hmmm, even though his tough running program would eventually be good enough for second most wins for a head coach in Dolphins history and our first division title in the 2000s, we just did not have the same feeling for him.
Then it spiraled out of control • Jim Bates • Nick Satan • Cam Camuuurgghhron (thank you Camarillo) • Tony Sparano – RIP • Todd Bowles • Joe “wet lettuce” Philbin • Dan Campbell – My choice for the next full-time head coach, sadly not to be • Adam “Stare through a wall” Gase
A sorry bunch, no wonder we only had two winning seasons with that lot.
After all the “new head coach, new beginnings bullsh*t over the years, forgive me, if I wasn’t waving the flags for this “new beginning”. After all, how many 7-9/8-8 seasons do you have to go through, before you become cynical?
Brian Flores – new coach bringing, a wining attitude and new culture blah blah blah. Win big year one, then disappear like most of the others. I suppose I was happy we had addressed the minority coaching element. Yeah, sure, and he just helped coach that Pats defense in the Superbowl! Again, yeah, OK. Something a little different than all the Offensive minded geniuses that have come and gone over Don Shula express way piqued my interest but I certainly had lost hope that Cowher would come out of retirement, so here we go again.
Preseason woes I understood the jettisoning of older talent. Sorry, I loved Cameron Wake, I liked Kristian Alonso and Kenny Stills, but we needed a fresh start. I liked this approach, I liked the fact we were tearing it down and starting again, for the first time in over 20 years I had some optimism. I knew this coming season would be tough but at last, not the same old “overpay for a couple of names” and hope for the best approach. To be honest, I was thinking, why Stills and not Devante Parker? Weren’t you? Minkah Fitzpatrick, shocked me but hey if you do not like it here, there is the door. Laremy Tunsil? Hmmmm, not sure what is happening, let us see how it all plays out I thought.
When the preseason rolled around and new faces were churning through., I still felt its was a good thing, knew there would be painful things to come and could not understand the media giving Flores a whooping “he’s putting players lives in danger” etc. I wanted to give this guy a chance, we were finally doing something different.
Tank for Tua or Fitzmagic? I never understood the whole tanking notion. No one plays to lose and even if the coaches were coaching to lose, individual players own pride would force them to go against the coaching. I just do not get it!! No one player can change a franchise fortunes, yes, the great ones are instrumental in a franchise’s direction, but you need fifty plus players to play this game (Eighty if your Miami). Quarterbacks do not block for kicks, do not play in a 3 deep cover shells, and rarely catch their own throws. I had seen too many franchise’s push all their chips in, on a number one quarterback draft pick only to flame out and be right back where they were three years later. Was I concerned about our QB situation? Dam right, we had an unproven Josh Rosen and an aging Ryan Fitzpatrick, that could not win over 16 games. My thoughts were Fitzpatrick for 4-6 games and Rosen all the way.
Boy was I wrong.
But still, I liked what we had done, created massive cap space, acquired a sh*t load of draft picks and we would probably end up with the no. 1 pick as well. Bring the hurt, next year’s our year!
Week 1 v Ravens – 0-1 FUGLY is the only word that can be put here. Nothing to be happy about, apart from not being shut out! (I hate it when, we cannot even muster a field goal) Jason Sanders put our first points of the new season up with a 54-yard field goal. Then later some kid wide receiver called Preston Williams, scored a wonderful toe tapping 6-yard TD. The rest of the game, we will just leave behind us shall we.
Not getting shutout felt like a blessing and that undrafted free agent wide receiver showed a little. Come on guys? what did we really expect. We had newly signed offensive lineman and defensive backs playing their first NFL snaps ever! It has been reported since that half the players did not even know each other’s names for heaven’s sake.
Week 2 v Patriots – 0-2 See above but worse!! My pet peeve we did not even get a single score. Come on are we really that bad? Absofudginlutley! Bad, bad, bad game but come on, typically for us, the only game Antonio Brown plays for the Patriots is against us!
102 points given up in two weeks, how is this one of the greatest seasons in Miami history you ask? Well that is all part of it. These lows were low, like snake belly low. Somehow, I felt like this was part of the plan? Was this what tanking for Tua looked like? How would we turn it around? Fitzpatrick was being Fitzpatrick. Rosen, Rosen, Rosen, we chanted in unison. Rosen’s going to come in and light it up, I thought. Yes, massive lows but still I had optimism
Week 3 v Cowboys – 0-3 Another drubbing but signs of some life were showing, Rosen was in, though not great he seemed to be able to handle it, no interceptions even though he like Fitz before him was running for his life most of the time and we also held them to 31 points. Was there improvement? No, not much.
It was around this time the “takes no talent” war cry came into my consciousness. I had seen it all over the years, no more “fail forwards” or copied “winners within” bull, please.
I’d seen it mentioned through the preseason but watching this team I started to hear the “it takes no talent” mentioned where coaches ran with their groups, I saw the early buds of accountability show through, not the fake accountability that Gase talked about. I saw actual accountability DB’s holding their hand up owning blowen assignments, not the pointing fingers, I saw a really bad O line start to fight through to the whistle. Yep, losing felt awful for this storied franchise, especially the way we were losing but I felt this is going somewhere. Didn’t you?
Flores was growing on me.
Week 4 v Chargers – 0-4 Hmmm, liked seeing Walton out there he looked good in his little time on the field, Grant’s good return would have been great if a penalty had not brought it back. As for Rosen, doubts were forming in my mind. Yes, a fairy tale ending would have seeing him doing great things, but his play was erratic, and that interception was UUggllyyyy. On a high note, Parker and Williams were both starting to shine, and it was our second game with only allowing 30 points.
I couldn’t complain, I knew this first month would be tough, but we had a bye week coming and the Redskins were next, I felt we could take the Redskins and get our first win, excitement building, FINS UP.
Week 5 bye week
Week 6 v Redskins - 0-5 Bring it on! This is our week! Two winless teams, my excitement for the “takes no talent” crew against a poor Redskins team was palatable. Then BUMP! Down to earth like a stone, Rosen was like a scared kid, sacked a bunch and those picks. Fitzmagic, Fitzmagic, Fitzmagic! We chanted, oh’ how fickle we fans are. After watching our defense playing its best and Fitz back in the fold, doing his thing we were on the up. Flores deciding to go for two points was gutsy, showing belief in his players and a belief in the “process”. Maybe if we had tied that game with momentum on our side, for sure we would have won. But he went for it all and the skins knew they got away with one.
Week 7 v Buffalo 0-6 Our AFC East rivals always give us a game and we were ready! The excitement that Fitz brought from the previous week was still coursing through my blood with names rising through the ranks like Walton, Williams, Gesicki and Parker on offense and Mcmillan,, Wilkins, Biegel and Charlton on defense things were looking up. I honestly felt good, we were 0 -6 but it was coming together, and our play was improving.
Week 8 v Steelers 0-7 We traded Drake. Walton must be the guy now? The coaches must see something, maybe it was the fumbles for Drake? This season is weird every week there is a new name for the defense and O line and now it seems a new runner. The game: We were winning! Can you believe it! We are out in front against the steel curtain, alright not the “real” steel curtain but you know where I am coming from. It was Fitz v Fitz, their Fitz, our old Fitz won this battle. “tosser” (English for w**ker) with our Fitz throwing two picks, that gives me fits! A weird call from the defense allowing for a Pittsburgh touch down allowed us a great glimpse into Flores mindset. Flores response “We can second guess a lot of calls. I am not going to second guess that one. I thought we had success with the call, and they made a play." Competitive and a true belief into the process. I am really starting to like our coach. 0-7 never felt so good.
You could feel we are ready to start winning, we were close, so close. Watching no names start to play ball, seeing defensive lineman Christin Wilkins in the endzone every time we scored on offense was fun! Watching other teams rejects perform at a high level was infectious! We are doing something that never has been done before, yes there have been tear downs and rebuilds before but nothing on this scale and now we were being competitive too!
Week 9 v FTJ 1-7 The ol’ enemy, why we hate the Jets more than anyone else I’m not quite sure. They have never kept us from the Superbowl’s of the early 90’s like the Bills had and they haven’t dominated the division like the Pats either. I blame Marty Lyons and Jason Klecko for taking the best center in football Dwight Stephenson down. Yes, the Jets, we just do not like em!
What a game, our first win of the season, over the FTJs and one in the all staring eyes of Gase.
With some great plays from Gesicki, Williams (sadly Williams was injured in this game) Beigel and Needham, who for an undrafted free agent that may or may not have made it on to the practice squad in other years has really been improving each week. This was our first complete game and though not perfect we had one in the win column 1-9.
Hearing complaints that the Dolphins were not tanking right (incredulously chuckling to myself while I type this), can you believe it?
Week 10 v Colts - 2-7 8 beers, large bag of bacon crisps (potato chips to you guys) I am all in for this one. After last week’s game, the talk all week, the Indianapolis Colts will bring the Dolphins down to earth and the tank was still on. Where do we begin?
Defense, defense, DEEEE FENCE, with 3 turnovers and a stout end to the game the D kept us in it all day, on one particular interception I found myself shout “YES, PARKER, YES!! Then asking myself “Parker? Who the hells Parker? I had to check that Miami had not done a Gronk special and put Devante Parker out there but another new defensive back Stephen Parker had made a great play in the secondary! That is just how this season is rolling, unknowns stepping up and doing things that “takes no talent” (I use this on my kids now, honestly). I now am in awe of how a 37-year-old QB can move and run and duck and slide go headfirst into defenders. I hold my breath each time, thinking, get up son, get up! And he duly does with his chin strap over eyes and the beard flowing everywhere. This season is now fully infectious (bad choice of words considering the year we are having) but this was last year, and I am loving it!
Two wins, feels like 10. We are competitive, with everyone saying we should not be, everyone apart from Flores who all year talked with belief that they were sticking to the process. THE PROCESS WAS WORKING!
Week 11 v Bills - 2- 8 This game brought us back to an ugly reality, we can win but we are not quite fully there yet. Did any of us really think we would go 3 in row?
The score line seemed remarkably similar to the last game v the Bills, but the stats were not. Fitz threw for over 300 yards and Parker (the Devante one) caught 135 of them. Another player who I feel could do some great things used right, is Jakeem Grant and he showed us that explosive talent with a kick return, which to me is the single most exciting play in football (please don’t replace the kick off NFL) he then added a seven yard TD run as well as three catches. I am loving seeing him in the endzone surrounded by everyone at least a foot taller than him (I’m 5’5) go Grant!!
Week 12 v Browns 2 - 9 The Browns game was a strange game to me, all the euphoria of wining a couple of games and the recent good play seemed to fizzle out a bit in this game and it is the game I least remember. Jarvis Landry makes me cry. He scored two touchdowns against us, but I loved him when he played for us. His energy and physical play were awesome, and I would have loved to see him retire a Dolphin for life, with all the team receiving records but alas it was not meant to be.
Week 13 v Eagles - 3 - 9 Was not looking forward to this game, really needed to see the life return to the team, needed to feel renewed but to be honest I expected a hammering. So, to my surprise a bunch of cast off’s, undrafted free agents, a couple of rookies with just a sprinkle of seasoned vets put a beat down on a recent Superbowl champion, YES!! that’s my Piggin team, right there!! GO FINS!
Fitz played a great game throwing high point balls to Gesicki and Parker all day, along with three TDs. It was also time for the intern, another running back Patrick Laird was proving he could be counted on and finally we saw a glimpse of the old Albert Wilson who has quietly come on late in the season after last year’s injury. Of course, we will never forget the Mountaineer Shot! Haack threw an under-arm throw to the waiting Sanders in the back of the endzone what a play! What a formation! what the hell!! That was audacious! It ranks right up there with the other great Miami’s moments, the Miami Miracle, the Wildcat, the Clock Play, the Sea of Hands and Longest Game, you name em!
Did I mention I was really starting to like our coach!
Week 14 v FTJ - 3 -10 A team that was supposed to flop badly, who had no chance of winning a single game, a team of deadbeat and losers, anyway enough about the Jets. There we were, sitting right there with three big juicy wins. Honestly, at this point in the season, I am more excited for the upcoming game than I had been in years. We had so much to like, an aging QB journeyman, playing some of his best ball in years, a budding superstar at wide receiver, a genuine threat at tight end and a defense playing with “out any talent” and as we already know it “takes no talent”. But with all that said and done, we were coming into the dreaded December! 30 years ago, December was our month, especially at home. Lately it has seemed like December was our Achilles heel. How many times did we need one win in December? How many times where we stood with 7 wins in our pocket only to walk away with those same 7 wins? How many seasons wasted because we panned out in December? I hated December and low and behold, a game we Couda, Shouda Woulda won, we lose by a single point to those stinking Jets.
Week 15 v NY Giants - 3 -11 Staying up north, we faced a NY Giants team that hadn’t done sh*t all year, with a better roster than ours may I add but this was Mannings day and the whole team rallied around him (even though I’m sure he was trying to lose with all those picks) but we just couldn’t get over the “last home game for Manning” hype. I am not too upset about this, after all it was Manning that twice denied Brady & co, let him have this one in lieu of saving the 72-perfect season for us I thought.
Those dreaded December blues were kicking in though. It would have been a shame to flame out like so many teams of the past.
Week 16 v Bengals – 4 - 11 I had ordered pizza in, beers were chilled. I thought no way are we going to lose to the Bungals! (well, I actually prayed we would not lose to the Bungals)
WE WON? WE WON!! In December! yeah! “Ok, calm down, it was against the Bungals”, I can hear you thinking but come on, what a game, the two worst teams put on the best show this Sunday (tanking my backside). We came back from a couple of down weeks and showed that this team, this organization is now different from previous years, there was no “not playing for this coach” or “we’re not good enough” mentality anymore. There is a pick ourselves up and let us keep working attitude and I love that.
Good game from Fitz and his magic with a “big man” TD for Wilkins, yep you read it right, Christian Wilkins the defense end, Wilkins joined William "The Refrigerator" Perry as the only rookie defensive linemen with a touchdown reception in the Super Bowl era (and to see him celebrate was so much fun, love it!). Parker, Gesicki and most of all Albert Wilson who looked exactly like he did before he was injured. Our defense was playing lights out till the 4th quarter. Then we had an implode and I thought, as did all of us “here we go again” but into overtime we managed to get the wining field goal and we galloped away with a sneaky but well deserved win.
As a fan, that game gave you everything you’d want, the thrills of an offense, rolling to its own tune, a defense playing tough, the dreaded completed onside kick and finally on to the field goal to seal the win. Our ““fourth”” win of the season!
Do not forget the fans singing happy birthday that day to the” Jaw” Mr. Shula at the 72 reunion. What a day to be a Fins fan! I was all in, on the “process”.
Week 17 v Patriots – 5 - 11 You want a fair tale ending?
Well alright, I will give you one. Miami beating New England in their own back yard to finish the season 5 – 11 (feels like 11-5). How about them apples! Pats fans. We had not beaten the Patriots at home since 2008 (I do not even know how that is possible)? But yep, this win was the proverbial cherry on top. Our man Fitz led a final drive to take the win and give us all, lots to celebrate A. Our fifth win B. Force the Pats into third place (no home field advantage for later in the playoffs) C. Ruin Tom Brady’s final regular season game, with a little extra help from our very own Mr. Rowe’s early pick six!
Two massive wins in late December and the last one probably the sweetest of them all. Man, what a season, probably one of the greatest in Miami’s history wouldn’t you agree?
How does that make you feel? I feel like, this last season is the turning point for our next decade. Yes, there’s lots variables injuries, trades, rookies not panning out but to think we can win five (could easily been six or seven) with the squad we had. To feel like we finally have some direction. To see players, respond to a coach in the right way, I would say the futures bright, the futures aqua, white, and orange!
Thoughts on the future Brian Flores Have I mentioned I like this guy, we have had enough of the one hit wonders, the, lets all be friends and the downright letdowns at the head coach position, haven’t we? I think, Brian Flores is fair but hard and every report says the players like him, so yeah, he has got four more years and I would like to see those extended after those four years, if we are still trending in the right direction. Am I expecting Superbowl’s? of course I am, I’m a fan but realistically, playoff runs, consistency and an identity would suffice, just some overall stability. Bringing back the glory days, where we are in the conversation come January for a few years, A HOPE, A CHANCE, that is what fans want. A feeling that this could be our year (every year) not having to deal with the December blues, certainly not watching our division rivals every January while we lament another year of what if’s, that is for sure.
Players I would like to see in the Pro-bowl next year
Ryan Fitzpatrick – Hold on, “not Tua?” I here you say. I love Tua and the fact we did not tank and still got him is great. And yes, he could play next year, he’s certainly a more gifted athlete than Fitz but Fitz as something else, the IT factor, I would like to see him get us into the play off hunt, have a final great season and get a Pro-bowl nod then ride off into the sunset.
Matt Breida- Love his speed and it would be great if he became our feature back and puts up Pro-bowl type numbers this year Devante Parker – Well this is obvious; I would love to see him continue and get some recognition
Albert Wilson – I know some people think he’s a bust but when healthy this guy makes plays, I saw so many times, how he would give a move on someone and gain more YAC , don’t sleep on Wilson next year.
Mike Geiciki – See Parker above, he is ready to truly breakout and with more consistency from the QB position, he can make it
Ted Karras – Yes, the center, it would be great! he becomes the leader of our offensive line and it would piss Pats fans off too!
Christian Wilkins – This kid showed enough for me to think he can play up to his draft status and get in
E. Ogbah/ S Lawson – Either of these guys going to the Pro-bowl next year bodes well for our defense
Jerome Baker – He may get lost with all the new linebackers coming in but with his range, it would be great to see him get a ticket too
Kyle Van Noy – The big name at linebacker, I hope he is worth it and plays lights out all year
X Howard/ B Jones – Why not? We could potentially have the best one-two cornerbacks in the league, I would watch the Pro-bowl just to see those two white Dolphins helmets on either side of the field at the same time.
I know realistically not all those guys will get in, but any combination would be great
Players I hope continue to grow on our team
Tua Tagovailoa – Yes it would be great if he starts straight away but see “fits for Pro Bowl” above, I would be happy to see him learn and show up in spot duty giving us glimpse of what he can do and getting us hyped for 2021
Patrick Laird – Our intern, love his speed and elusiveness and it would be great if he became our primary backup to brier (I know we have Jordan) but Jordan has a different running style. Hopefully, Laird can put up decent numbers
Jakeem Grant – Probably my favorite player, please stay healthy & please keep returning kicks for TD’s. I hope Brian Flores and Chan Gailey have some ideas on how to use him in our offense properly, he could be our Tyreek hill with good coaching and the right scheme.
Austin Jackson – I hope this rookie gets it and quick, him and Hunt would be great, if they can play for ten years maybe becoming our new Richmond Webb and Keith Sims combo? Davon Godchaux - I know some of you will be saying he is already established but it would be great if he continues maybe he could be a Pro-bowler this year?
Vince Beigel – I loved this guy’s motor from last year and I really hope he does not lose out on reps with all the new additions at linebacker
Nik Needham – This is another player like Beigel that I’m rooting for, to me, his name was coming up all season (some not great) but most of it solid play and again I hope he doesn’t lose on out reps due to other players that have joined the team.
Erick Rowe – He moved around last year filling in where needed but with a full year at safety it would be great to see him evolve his game to the next level
Come back players Preston Williams – If he can come back and at least be the same player as last year, we can all expect big things from this undrafted player
Bobby McCain – Is he a slot guy or a safety? It would be nice to see him really get his teeth in to one role that would really benefit the team
Andrew Van Ginkel – Was injured for most of the year but managed to comeback late in the season. It will be interesting to see if he can fit and keep a roster space, he did flash at times, so, here is hoping.
Well there you have it, my breakdown of one the greatest seasons in Miami history, a season full of highs and lows, despair, and incredulities. This team showed the media types that they have no idea what goes on under the bonnet of an NFL team.
We as fans, finally had season worth investing in and we should have genuine hope that we have turned the corner. A season, that saw us break records both good and bad, a season that will live long in the memories, lasting longer than any other in recent times.
A 5 -11 season that does not leave us dreading next year but has given us instead, a euphoric sense of pride and anticipation for what next year brings. I for one feel the best about this team since Ricky Williams 1800 yards season! Yes, we have been given hope before only to be let down, but I do not get that sense this time around. Do you?
Thanks for reading.
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A list of people in the MS Universe

MS/Chief Hun: The Purple Status Younique Presenter. this sub was created to discuss her dodgy business endeavors
C, AKA Bae: MS's on & off boyfriend
Louie: her pet cat
Trainer: A Melaleuca Hun and MS's personal fitness trainer
JB: Owns and online & IRL boutique, friend of MS. AKA Chair Burning Friend. They burned a chair at a bonfire party together in March 2020
KG: MS's former Black Status Upline. She quit Younique to join Arbonne, and has since disappeared from MS's social media.
MH: MS's current Black Status Upline
MS2: A Blue Status downline Younique Presenter & IRL friend. Also sells BS Haircare.
STG: Sells products for teeth whitening, self tanner, and a lash serum. Sold training pre-COVID to perform teeth whitening and tanning in client's homes. Now has an official affiliate program for those who purchase a presenter kit.
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A Beginner’s Guide to Improving Your Lawn This Spring & Summer

-- PLEASE NOTE: While questions are very welcome in the comments, be sure to check the two part FAQ below this post as it gets into many of them! --

Three points of orientation:

Make sure this guide pertains to you. This guide was written for those who are growing cool season grasses. What does that mean? Well, there are all sorts of different grasses grown on home lawns but they can generally be split into two camps: cool season and warm season. Cool season grasses include fescue, bluegrass and rye, and are most often grown in the central to northern parts of the USA or in milder parts of southern California. If you live in one of these places, you very likely have cool season turf. Warm season grasses include bermuda, centipede, zoysia, St. Augustine and bahiagrass, and are most often grown in the south and southwestern parts of the country. The differences between cool season and warm season grasses are significant and just like you can’t cook a strip steak and a beef shank in the same way, this cool season plan is simply not going to work if you have warm season turf.
Have reasonable expectations. Sadly we have to begin with what for some of you will be a bitter pill to swallow: if your lawn is in really bad shape, following the steps in this guide is not going to take it from a “2” to a “10” by the end of the summer. The reason for this is simple: the time to renovate and truly transform cool season lawns is in late summer and early fall. The goal here is to make big, noticeable improvements and get you ready for fall when you can truly take your lawn to the next level.
About me and about this guide. I am a lawncare DIYer. Like many of you I bought a house and then had a realization that I had to take care of a lawn and had no idea what I was doing. This guide contains many of the lessons I learned in figuring things out. It also contains lessons learned from watching Allyn Hane (Lawn Care Nut), Pete Denny - u/gciturf (GCI Turf), Matt Martin - u/thegrassfactor (The Grass Factor) and Ryan Knorr, along with reading this sub and thelawnforum.com and listening carefully to the golf course professionals I know. That said, all of the writing is my own though I owe a significant debt of gratitude to u/SirThomasFraterson and u/Unabomber007 who generously read a draft of this guide and offered thoughtful suggestions and critique.

Late Winter (aka Where to Begin):

This is where you start. While it is obviously intended for you to complete these steps in February or early March, if you have found this guide later in the season you still want to start here. Every other step will depend on these things being done.

Step #1 - Measure Your Lawn.

This step is not optional. If you don’t know how big your lawn is there is no way you can apply anything to it as you’ll have no idea how much to apply. There are online tools you can use to get a rough idea of your yard’s size, but I have found they can be off by as much as two hundred square feet. My recommendation is to buy an appropriately sized tape measure or measuring wheel and actually walk your lawn. Unless you have a truly tiny yard, you’ll probably want to divide it up into different areas. To do this take your measurements and draw a small map of your property and identify your particular zones. Treat each area separately.

Step #2 - Get a Soil Test.

Like the previous step, this is not optional. When you are ill and go to the doctor, he (or she) performs tests before he takes any action. He doesn't just cut you open or prescribe random medications hoping everything will work out. Before you add anything to your lawn or do any work to it, you have to test your soil. You can do this at any point, I usually do mine in February. MySoil is an easy, though very expensive source for soil testing. A much cheaper option is to use your County Extension Office, which is staffed by state university employees focused on local agriculture and gardening issues. Find their site and then look around for soil testing; it’ll be there. (Once you find your office's website, it is worth bookmarking it. It will offer a lot of advice for lawncare that is particular to your state. Some of the advice might be considered conservative by the standards of many in this sub, but it is worth having, nonetheless).

Step #3 - Buy a good-quality mower, sprinkler setup, broadcast spreader, backpack or pump sprayer and a scale.

Lawncare is an equipment-driven hobby and there are tons of things you can buy but these five are are the essentials. Of course if you already have one of these items, only upgrade if you feel that your current equipment isn't doing the job.

Step #4 - Fix your pH, if your soil test says you need to.

When you get your soil test back it is most likely going to indicate that you have too little of several things, and perhaps that you have too much of one or two. Ignore everything right now except for pH. This is crucial. If your pH is out of whack it is going to affect your grass' ability to make use of nutrients in your soil. If your pH is low you'll want to add lime; something like ‎Pennington Fast Acting Lime will work. Add it according to your soil test's recommendations and in the amounts specified on the product’s label using your broadcast spreader. If your pH is too high, you'll want to add sulphur. Southern Ag Pelletized Soil Acidifier is a good product. You can apply lime or sulphur any time of the year that the ground is not frozen.

Early Spring:

Step #5 - Aerate your lawn… but only if it is necessary.

Lawn aeration is the process of pulling soil cores out of the lawn in an effort to reduce soil compaction and allow air, water and nutrients to reach the root zone of your grass. Perhaps due to the strident marketing efforts of a couple large lawncare firms, beginners tend to think that they must aerate their lawns every spring and fall. This is not true. You should only aerate your lawn in the spring if it needs it. How do you know if it needs it? Do the screwdriver test. Any day that the ground is not frozen, take a flat-head screwdriver and attempt to push it into the soil in several places in your lawn. The screwdriver should easily be able to sink into the ground. It it cannot, water your lawn lightly and try again. If it still cannot, you should consider aeration.

Step #6 - Apply a Pre-Emergent Herbicide.

A pre-emergent herbicide is exactly what it sounds like: something you put down to prevent weeds from emerging. It differs from the more common post-emergent herbicides (discussed in Step #9) that attack weeds that have already sprouted. A pre-emergent won't prevent all weeds - or even most - but it will prevent one devastating one: crabgrass, and because it can do that it is an essential part of spring lawncare. The two main options for pre-emergents are Prodiamine and Dithiopyr. Both work well and both come in a dizzying array of formulations, both brand name and generic, liquid and granular, and mixed with fertilizer or without it. The differences matter to a certain extent - and if you are new and can’t decide, go with this easy to apply granular from Sunniland - but what matters much more is getting one of them down at as close to the right time as possible. What is that right time? When your soil temperatures are approaching 55°F. How do you know when that is? Use this website, going back to 2019 and clicking around looking at the 5 year averages for various spring dates. Doing this will give you a rough idea of the right time. As that time approaches, check the website daily. When soil temperatures are consistently around 52 or 53°F - according to the 24 hour average - go ahead and apply.

Mid to Late Spring:

Step #7 - Throw down some fertilizer!

About two to three weeks after your first pre-emergent goes down you’ll want to apply fertilizer. This can get very complicated very quickly but I am going to try to keep it as simple as I can via the following sub-steps:
  1. Figure out how much nitrogen your lawn needs. Grass requires a lot of things, but chief among them when it comes to nutrients is nitrogen. What you want to do is apply between .75 pound and 1.5 pounds of nitrogen per thousand square feet of grass this spring in two split doses. Lean towards somewhere between .75 to 1 pound if you fertilized heavily last fall. Go heavier if you didn’t - particularly if you have never applied fertilizer to your lawn - or if your lawn was seeded or sodded in the latter half of last year. Do not exceed 1.5 pounds of nitrogen. More will not equal better in this context.
  2. Choose a fertilizer. Like lawn mowers, there are nearly endless options when it comes to fertilizer. The generalized nature of this post precludes an in-depth discussion of fertilizer brands. That said, if you are a true beginner, it is hard to go wrong with Milorganite. It is easy to apply and its iron content will give your lawn an enviable dark green color. Yes, there are cheaper fertilizers, better fertilizers, liquid fertilizers, etc. but Milo is a good place to start and available pretty much everywhere in the country.
  1. Translate this “x pounds of nitrogen per thousand feet” (from sub-step #1) into actual pounds of fertilizer. To do this you’ll need to do some very simple, middle school-level math. Any fertilizer you buy will show its analysis on its label. The first number in the trio refers to the percentage of nitrogen in the fertilizer. (The second refers to phosphorus, the third to potassium). To get the “pounds on the ground,” use the following formula: the amount of nitrogen you want to apply ÷ the fertilizer’s nitrogen percentage in decimal form.
  1. Take this ‘x pounds fertilizer per thousand square feet’ information and apply it to the different areas of your property.
  1. Split up your total fertilizer amount into two applications. The first application, to be done two to three weeks after your first pre-emergent goes down, should amount to 2/3rds of your total fertilizer. Your second application which should go down three weeks later should consist of the remaining 1/3rd.
  1. Apply using the same technique discussed in Step #4. As discussed there, lower your spreader setting when you are first beginning so as to ensure an even application.

Step #8 - Apply some humic acid and sea kelp.

This step is optional but I wouldn’t skip it unless you lack the money or time. Humic acid is derived from compressed organic mattter mined from the earth and in that sense it can almost be thought of as like an essence of compost. Humic acid will help improve your soil chemistry and structure and allow your grass to better take up the nutrients you provided it in Step #7. It will also encourage positive microbial growth in your soil. Sea kelp contains two major plant growth hormones that are thought to encourage root growth. There are products like N-EXT RGS and this blend from Simple Lawn Solutions that combine both humic acid and sea kelp (both are liquid products and are best applied using a cheap hose-end sprayer attachment) but you could also buy them separately: The Andersons makes an easy to apply humic acid granular and kelp4less.com offers a variety of sea kelp products. The latter two suggestions offer great value.

Step #9 - Kill your weeds.

Your lawn probably has weeds and spring is going to be a time they are going to rapidly grow. Getting rid of them is important as many weeds will outcompete your grass if given the chance. There are thousands of herbicides available but you’ll need just a couple:
  1. An all-purpose. This will be what you will use on most of your broadleaf weeds like dandelions and plantains. Bayer Advanced makes a product that is effective and available basically everywhere. Compare-n-Save makes an incredibly cheap version that works about as well. SpeedZone is a step up, a “higher power” product used by many professionals, but is not something I would recommend if you have never sprayed weeds before as over-spraying it can do serious damage.
  2. Something for clover. The above products will damage clover, but with the possible exception of SpeedZone, probably won’t knock it out. If you want to kill it - along with its “cousins,” oxalis and chickweed - you’ll need something that contains triclopyr. Your best option is the easy to find Weed B Gon Chickweed, Clover, Oxalis Killer.
  3. Specialty items for grassy weeds and other hard to kill items. A favorite of this sub, Tenacity works great on things like crabgrass, annual bluegrass, nimblewill, and yellow nutsedge. Quinclorac also works on crabgrass but if you put down a pre-emergent (Step #6) you shouldn’t have much to deal with. I’d hold off on buying either of these until you see if you actually need them.
A few details to note regarding herbicides:
How to spray weeds: This video from the Lawn Care Nut covers the basics of spot spraying. A few additional points that Allyn didn’t cover: Avoid watering or mowing for at least 24 hours after spraying. The point is to let the herbicide get absorbed into the weed and work its way through it. Washing the herbicide off with water or cutting the sprayed parts off with a mower will obviously hinder that effort.

Step #10 - Treat your lawn for grubs (if they are an issue in your neighborhood) and, if needed, treat for other insects.

Grubs are the larvae of beetles, to the untrained eye they look almost like little white shrimp. They commonly feed on the roots of grass plants and in doing so can devastate a lawn. Grubs are not present in every lawn or even in every neighborhood. I obviously can’t tell you if they are present in yours. You can ask around in your local garden center or chat with a neighbor who is into lawncare and see if he or she is treating for them. If you think grubs might be an issue for you, I suggest a two-pronged attack:

Summer:

Cool season grass has the name it does for a good reason: it thrives during the cooler days of spring and fall. And it struggles in summer, at least in any place where daytime highs exceed 85°F with any regularity. Thus, the proper approach to summer is to hang on, keep the grass healthy and prepare for fall when it can be at its best again.

Step #11 - Mow your lawn!

While I put this step in this section as it is most relevant to summer, make no mistake about it, you should begin mowing as soon as your grass beings growing in the spring. A few tips to help you along:

Step #12 - Water effectively.

If you live in a cooler, rainier place you might be able to get away without watering much in the spring but virtually everyone is going to have to water in the summer. Here are some tips to water effectively:

Step #13 - Prevent fungal diseases if you live in an area where they might strike.

While humans and animals are most often stricken with viral or bacterial diseases, these almost never occur in cool season grasses grown for home lawns. What do occur are fungal diseases. Fungi, as you might have learned in high school science, are a separate kingdom of organisms apart from plants, animals and other tiny things. Fungi that affect lawns require two things in order to grow: heat and humidity. If you have conditions where the temperature (in degrees Fahrenheit) and the percent humidity added together equal 150 or higher, you are at risk for disease. Things you can do to lower your risk include:

Step #14 - Plan for fall.

Fall is the optimal time to seed cool season lawns. If your lawn is thin, you’ll want to overseed it. The best time for this is when your soil temperatures fall to about 70°F. (To find out when this is use the tool linked to in Step #6). If you didn’t aerate in the spring, doing so in the fall - and then seeding - is generally a good idea. Spend some time figuring out what type of seed to plant, what type of starter fertilizer you are going to use, how you are going to control weeds and how you will handle watering. The more detailed your plan going into fall, the better your chances for success.

Plan Review:

NOW
WHEN SOIL TEMPERATURES APPROACH 55°F:
TWO TO THREE WEEKS LATER:
WHEN SOIL TEMPERATURES APPROACH 70°F:
THREE WEEKS AFTER FIRST FERTILIZER APPLICATION:
THROUGHOUT SUMMER:
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$INKW running on news! .0042 >>

Greene Concepts Expands within the CBD Industry Through an Alliance and Partnership With New World Health and Wellness
https://finance.yahoo.com/news/greene-concepts-expands-within-cbd-123000112.html
Marion, NC -- June 9, 2020 -- InvestorsHub NewsWire -- Greene Concepts Inc. (OTC Pink: INKW) is happy to announce a partnership with New World Health and Wellness, a Washington-based manufacturer and online distributor of CBD wellness products. Along with one of its vendors Stay Cool, a CBD / Kava drink manufacturer, New World Health and Wellness will sell its product lines through the recently announced Greene Concepts Water Club subscription service.
The Company recently announced the launch of its Water Club Online subsidiary thru a website aptly named WaterClubOnline.com. The Company is branding an affiliate and social networking program centered around the sale and supply of certified artesian spring water which is the Company's own BE WATERTM brand. This new alliance and partnership with New World Health and Wellness, in addition to vendors such as Stay Cool, will build upon this distribution branding channel to market and distribute a variety of CBD wellness products.
According to Grandview Research, the global cannabidiol (CBD) market was valued at USD 4.6 billion in 2018 and is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 22.2% from 2019 to 2025. The estimated global market size for 2019 is $7.1 billion and $9.3 billion in 2020 (see here).
David Day, CEO of New World Health and Wellness shares, "The Greene Concepts Water Club exponentially increases our footprint in the CBD industry as we offer healthy solutions for people and pets (from our canine CBD line). One of my prized vendors, Stay Cool, is also participating in the Water Club and will offer Kava and CBD beverage lines to present healthy alternatives to the public. Our products, derived from the purest natural CBD, are developed with a centric based focus on assisting the body's own natural healing properties in the reduction of chronic pain, stress, inflammation, anxiety, sleep and heart health and legalized for distribution throughout the country. We have also created specialty lines for several national golf courses, as well as sponsor Koroshes quarter midget car racing for children and sponsor two MMA fighters Sua Tuani and Melanie McIntyre. As a shareholder in INKW stock, I am personally committed to the Water Club's success."
Steve Wiggins, founder and CEO of Stay Cool mentions, "We are honored to partner with Greene Concepts to sell our products through the Water Club along with our continued connection with New World Health and Wellness to maximize sales and reduce stress and anxiety for our customers. Stay Cool, in combination with other healthy lifestyle choices, can change people's lives and help people find their true self. We offer both Kava and CBD drinks which produce a positive and fast acting state of relaxation for the mind and body upon consumption. Through the Water Club service, we will offer free shipping with the purchase of three cases or more."
Lenny Greene, CEO of Greene Concepts highlights, "New World Health and Wellness attaches Greene Concepts to a multi-faceted CBD expert and retailor with a real pulse on the CBD industry who can connect us with other CBD companies such as Stay Cool. Thanks to these two companies we can market CBD and Kava wellness products through our subscription services at Water Club service where the consumer pays a monthly service fee to receive the products at their front door along with our BE WATERTM line. We will begin distribution with the Stay Cool and BE WATERTM products followed by the line of CBD creams and roll-ons and then our Happy Mellow formulated line that we announced in the previous press release. My pets and I have personally experienced the health increases thanks to the resources from these two companies and the results have been outstanding. The chance to grow our Water Club exponentially through the provision of these healthy products is a 'must-do operation' that should bring us millions of dollars in new revenue."
About New World Health and Wellness
Founded by David and Julie Day, the New World Health and Wellness CBD retail store opened its doors in 2019 as the only CBD retailor in the Marysville, WA area near Seattle. The store offers numerous CBD whole-body wellness products to include pain relief, oils and tinctures, pet care, edibles and skin care. With a company goal of educating the community on the healing properties of CBD to help others achieve better health, New World Health and Wellness develops brands to better enable and strengthen both the mind and body.
www.nwhealthcbd.com
About Stay Cool
Stay Cool provides kava & CBD beverage solutions as a healthy way to manage stress, anxiety, pain, sleep issues, & more! The company's purpose is to inspire positive change & inspire others to make healthier, informed choices that will positively impact their lives and those around them. Stay Cool all-natural beverages combine Kava and CBD to produce a positive and relaxing sensation when drinking it (The Stay Cool Process) to offer a sense of well-being. Kava is a plant native to the South Pacific Islands with the plant root used for medicinal purposes, stress reduction/relaxation and other benefits. Offering quality tasting products in three flavors: strawberry, pineapple and mango, the products have undergone independent 3rd party lab testing for result verification.
https://www.drinkstaycool.com/
About Greene Concepts, Inc., Mammoth Ventures, Inc. and Water Club, Inc.
Greene Concepts, Inc. (http://www.greeneconcepts.com) is a publicly traded company. Through its recently acquired wholly owned subsidiary, Mammoth Ventures Inc., the Company has entered the specialty beverage and bottling business and is an emerging leader in the global scientifically formulated beverage industry. Through its subsidiary Water Club, Inc. we intend to pursue subscription-based delivery of water and scientifically formulated beverages directly to the consumers home and market the convenience of this service thru social media affiliate marketing partners.
CONTACT:
Greene Concepts, Inc.
Investor Relations
[[email protected]](mailto:[email protected])
Lenny Greene
[[email protected]](mailto:[email protected])
559-434-1000
$INKW
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Chinese Tech's Godzilla Vs. Kong: How the Battle Between Alibaba and Tecent Will Shape the Future of Technology

Although most listeners to the Wealth of Nations podcast are only vaguely aware of Chinese technology giants Alibaba and Tencent, the two companies play a dominant position in China's technology ecosystem. Alibaba and Tencent both have market capitalizations over $500 billion, a market capitalization more than 8 times greater than their largest domestic competitors. As a result, Alibaba and Tencent have the power to shape how the internet feels and operates in China far greater than Apple, Facebook, Amazon or Google in the United States. It is vital to understand Alibaba and Tencent, and the rivalry of these two corporation to understand how technology in China works. In part one, I will describe the business models of Alibaba and Tencent, and how they compare to their nearest American counterparts. In part two, I will describe how both companies are creating rival technology ecosystems by financing networks of startups across many fields. Finally, in part three I will discuss how the rivalry between Alibaba and Tencent has accelerated the development of health technology in the face of COVID-19.
Alibaba is often described as the Amazon of China, but such a description is incomplete. Unlike Amazon, which is primarily a business to consumer company, Alibaba is first and foremost a business to business companies. Although Alibaba has branched into all areas of e-commerce, including Ali Express which sells low cost goods in the United States, it's most important business, Tabao.com, is a market that connects small businesses and factories to each other. Unlike Amazon, Alibaba does not own any of its own stock, or charge commissions for sales through its platform. Rather, Alibaba, like Google, will promote firms that pay to rank higher on their search engine. Total turnover for Tabao was $474 billion in 2020, and for Alibaba as a whole is $922 billion. Gross merchandise volume for Alibaba is more than three times what it is for Amazon. Alibaba has further extended its business into digital payments. Concerns about customer security forced Alibaba to create Alipay, a digital wallet. The data Alibaba gathered through Alipay gave Alibaba a wealth of data that banks do not have access to, allowing Alipay to become a major lender and Alibaba has loaned over $290 billion to mostly small businesses, embedding Alipay deeply into everyday life.
Tencent is often compared to Facebook, but it's business model differs dramatically from Facebook. Unlike Facebook, Tencent does not rely on advertising revenue. Instead, it's most important product is WeChat, a messaging service similar to WhatsApp. WeChat monetizes primarily through games and other services. Although I have described WeChat as a messaging app, it pervades social life in China to a far greater extent than any American messaging app. The reason this is the case is that WeChat has a payments platform fully integrated into the system. As a result, one can, via text message do everything from hailing a cab, ordering take-out, paying ones utilities, to hiring a masseuse. Moreover, Tencent has WeChat Moments, a Facebook like service and WeChat offers tools that allows stripped down websites to be embedded in WeChat. The result is that the average Chinese phone user spends nearly half of his time on WeChat affiliated apps. WeChat and Alibaba's competition on digital payments has dramatically expanded the use online payments. The total value of digital payments in 2018 was $40 trillion, double the amount from the previous year. More than one third of all payments are digital, much higher percentage than in the United States, with payments accepted everywhere from malls to street vendors.
Alibaba and Tencents' rivalry extends beyond digital payments. Both companies have set up cloud computing, retail, food delivery and many other industry. Tencent and Alibaba have taken their conflict outside the boundaries of China, with both companies using venture capital to finance firms in India, Indonesia and other countries throughout the world. One area where conflict between the tech giants has been the most fierce is in food delivery. The dominant player, Meituan is backed by Tencent, while Alibaba is backing Ele.me. Both countries have invested, and lost billions in building the infrastructure and gaining the market share to succeed in food delivery, and glimmers of profitability have only recently emerged. Before the crisis, China had 406 million use food delivery every year, making $66.3 billion of orders and food delivery is substantially more common in China than the United States. As a result, the Chinese food delivery system was prepared to deal with the surge in demand caused by COVID-19 lockdowns. Demand for frozen food increased 600% and for pet supplies by 500% during the height of the lockdowns forcing Meituan and Ele.me to innovate. Both companies have built relationships with farmers to supply neighborhoods with fresh produce, with neighborhoods and local governments cooperating to get essentials without excess contacts. Both companies have even experimented with high tech tactics such as self driving vehicles, and sci fi-esqu exoskeletons to help gig workers climb stairs.
Alibaba and Tencent have both played a major role in directly combatting COVID-19 as well. One of the most striking features about life in China today is the ubiquity of color coded apps that act are scanned via QR codes. Individuals must report whether they have a cough, fever or other COVID symptoms, and whether individuals have been in close contact with people with COVID-19. Users are given red, yellow and green statuses based upon their response to the app, which gives a QR code necessary for everything from entering grocery stores to using public transit. The health QR codes are for from perfect. They are not true digital tracing apps because they rely on self-reporting, and give massive amounts of information to unaccountable and oppressive governments.Although this might feel like a massive government overreach to Western ears, it marks a simplification of overlapping systems of surveillance maintained by community groups, security guards and police. Health QR code systems got their start when the local government of Hangzhou, the city in which Alibaba is based, commissioned it creation. Local governments, noticing the benefits of the system, commissioned Alibaba for similar systems. Tencent, unwilling to let Alibaba pull ahead of it in any field, created its own system. Both companies are competing, and innovating to build more advanced digital tracing systems.
The rise of technology in China raises the massive question of how long the United States will retain its technological superiority. The Chinese government has been used its digital power to censor social media abroad, and Tencent has a long history of working with the Communist party to censor internal opposition. Technology and censorship is a topic I wish to explore in much greater detail in a future episode. At the same time, it is important to recognize the innovation and entrepreneurship happening in Chinese technology. Although one normally assumes innovation flows from Silicon Valley to China, American companies are borrowing and copying from their Chinese counterparts. China's technology sector has the potential to be a massive positive force in economic development in not just China, but the world. But it will only be able to play such a positive role if the government of China allows it to play such a role.
www.wealthofnationspodcast.com https://media.blubrry.com/wealthofnationspodcast/s/content.blubrry.com/wealthofnationspodcast/China-Tech.mp3
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35 F With a lot of questions. Sorry for the long post.

I am joining this "adult" self harm sub because I feel the problems I am having with self harm are in the realm of grown up problems. Simply put, I can't find a doctor to help me and I just dont know what to do, where to go, or how to manage this sickness. This is long, and you don't have to read it! But if you are a grown up living successfully with a self harming habit, can you maybe give me some advice? I'm feeling trapped and out of options.
I have called more than 30 therapists leaving some version of the following message:
"Hi... uh....my name is ______ and I was referred to your office by (my insurance provider). I am 35 and am seeking immediate therapy for bereavement counseling and swlf harm. Two years ago I would have told you I am a healthy, normal, active 35 year old woman. But after the loss of my mom, my world sort of fell apart and I have started hurting myself and I don't know why and I just can't stop on my own. I need help. Please call me back to schedule a consultation. If you aren't accepting new patients, please call me back to tell me that you received this message. If you know anyone in network who is accepting new patients I would really appreciate the information. Thank you so much for your time." I list my phone number at the beginning and twice at the end.
You know how many have returned my call? Not a single one. I went through this same battle a year ago in January. By March I had gotten one person to finally return an email, but none of the 27 calls I had made. I wasn't totally thrilled with the experience, but I trusted this young man with a LOT. Six months into therapy he relocated. We continued online sessions until he just stopped asking me to schedule them. It's like the care plateaued and he had other, more important clients to deal with. I'm sure that is the, "crazy woman who lives in my head" talking but... I felt like an inconvenience to him. He was tired of hearing the same problems and symptom week after week. He never reached out again to see how or if I even was anymore. It has taken me a year of procrastinating to start the process again. I hate it. Almost as much as I hate me.
What do you do, when you share such an intimate part of yourself with someone and they don't care/don't respond? How are you guys keeping it together? How do you get affiliated with professional help when no one will return the repeated calls for help?
I'm not a cutter. (No shade... it's just not something I have ever done) Instead, I repeatedly and forcefully punch, scratch, and slap myself in fits of fury and rage. In the middle of a normal day, seemingly out of nowhere, I will realize some stupid fucking thing that I did or did not do that I should have and I totally lose my shit at myself. I use foul language either out loud or to myself. I flagellate until marks appear which sort of brings me back around to myself again. Then I am despondent and tired for hours or through the next day. I have gained 60 pounds in a year. I will have weeks or months where I am normal and then it starts up again. I am sad a lot, but mostly I am just really, REALLY pissed off.
My partner knows. My immediate family knows now, because it's pretty hard to hide. I often have a black eye hiding under many layers of makeup. I currently have two large scratches on my cheek that when asked by outsiders, I'll blame on the cat. My thighs have bruises all over them from digging my nails into them through my pockets when the feeling overwhelms me in public. I have permanent ringing in one ear from a really good punch last summer. There are light scars from scratches that drew blood on my forehead and neck. I know this is wrong. I know that it is ridiculous. I know that I am jeopardizing my job, my relationship, and my friendships. I just don't know how to control it.
I have sought professional help. I really, truly have. But none has come through yet. I made the terrible mistake of sharing the problem to my PCP last summer when I came in for a weird lump in my neck and she would not stop lecturing me about my weight gain (it was about 25 pounds gained then in the wake of my mother's recent death.) I explained that I had other more pressing issues to deal with than my diet, but that I acknowledged and understood the health risks of being obese and knew how to go about losing the weight. (I weighed more than 300 pounds during my 20s, and successfully lost 140 pounds through healthy diet and exercise. I was about 190 lbs at 5'9 during this appointment) She wanted me to join weight watchers immediately. I declined. When she asked what could be more important than my physical health I explained that I was going through some mental health issues after a debilitating injury that resulted in recent spinal surgery and losing my Mom unexpectedly was traumatizing and that I was worried starting a new diet would lead to new bad behaviors like starvation and deprivation. I broached the topic by saying I was having hard time being kind to myself and that a diet wasn't going to help things at present. I was open to exercise, which I was doing at the time. I explained that I knew how to count calories, owned a beautiful food scale from William Sonoma, had a fitbit to track my activity, but that I just wasn't at a mental place to get going yet. I did not deny that the weight gain was bad, I expressed that I was more overwhelmed with other aspects of my mental health.
She wrote me a prescription for Zoloft and said I was clinically depressed. She matter of factly said that once I got over my little bout of depression with this medication I could "start on that weight watchers program pronto." I left the office quietly stunned. When I went to have the script filled, two things happened. 1) the pharmacist pulled me aside because I also filled my script for meloxicam (an anti inflammatory for injury related pain) and 2) she asked me some disturbing questions. The pharmacist said that taking the zoloft with meloxicam would totally destroy my kidneys. She also said that if I had any history of suicidal thoughts or self harm this medication could increase the risks of suicide ideation. Greeeeat.
I then talked with my therapist (still local at this time) about deciding between the medication for my pain or the one for my brain... and he said loudly to toss the pills out and that depression was NOT my issue. I have a lot of ups. I have a regular range of emotions. I make my bed every morning because I have ambition. I look forward to many things. I am sad and angry at myself a lot, but not what you would describe as "clinically depressed". He said my symptoms were more similar to coping with ptsd than anything else and that Zoloft was not only NOT going to fix the self harm behavior it was probably going to add the risk of suicide when my ups were no longer so "uppy" from the medication.
At a follow up two weeks later with the PCP she became irate when I admitted to not taking the zoloft. I explained the pharmacist's warning about the meloxicam and the advice from my shrink. She asked what I was so afraid of by taking the meds? Upset and overwhelmed, I began to cry. I said, "I don't want to kill myself and I am afraid that taking this medication will be the thing that tips me in that direction." She asked what I meant. I showed her the bruises and explained that I had been self harming for several months and seeing a psychologist for it but that I would prefer any medications for mental health to come from an actual psychiatrist or specialist whom I could talk with regularly, not my general physician I see only once a year. I begged her to just give me any referral if she thought I needed depression meds and asked if I could just please, please have an ultrasound on the weird lump I made the appointment for in the first place?
She dropped me. She fucking dropped me as a patient. Amid my sobs pleading for the care I came in seeking she told me that I obviously had no faith in her as my doctor and that she could no longer trust me as her patient because I would not follow her advice. I asked if there was anyone else in the office I could see and she said she did not feel comfortable referring me to anyone else there. I asked about the psychiatrist and she scoffed that no one was taking new patients and the waiting list would be months long, which was why she had tried to help me with a script in the first place. I understood all of that too well and begged her to reconsider. I told her I would take the medication if that was the problem. It had taken me years to find an office where I could see the same doctor each time and I didn't want to start using urgent care for maladies again. It made no difference. I didn't even know that my doctor "firing" me as a patient was an option before then.
It was 3 months later when my psychologist stopped scheduling me. I have no urge to contact him and I dont really trust him for leaving me out at sea. I probably am depressed now. I have gained all that weight my doctor was so afraid of. My boyfriend of 6 years has been great through it all, but he is exhausted from doing damage control. It's like he's living with an abusive partner... but instead of me abusing him, he has to watch me do it to myself.
I teach 10th grade English. I look like a normal put together adult. My friends think I am just your average 30 something woman who loves gardening and her pets. I refer students who show signs like mine to see professionals all the time. But I can't seem to get help for myself. I am trying to handle it on my own in the interim but am busting at the seams. Working from home is a whole mental clusterfuck. I feel like a lazy piece of shit for sitting on my ass in front of a computer all day while my house is in shambles around me. When I try to do housework, I feel like I am neglecting my students who need (and deserve!) constant attention. The district I work in canceled our Spring break because they were worried about losing engagement. I have been in disaster mode for months and am frazzled and tired and especially hard on myself. We get one week off next week and then summer school begins. The program is even more rigorous than the last 13 weeks and I'm just not sure how I'll do it.
If you made it this far. Thanks. Thanks for listening. Not sure what I'm looking for or why I'm here, but it feels kind of good sharing my secret. I don't want it to be a secret because I want to stop. I am trying. But I am not succeeding. How are you doing it? How are you getting better?
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Chinese Tech's Godzilla Vs. Kong: How the Battle Between Alibaba and Tecent Will Shape the Future of Technology

Although most listeners to the Wealth of Nations podcast are only vaguely aware of Chinese technology giants Alibaba and Tencent, the two companies play a dominant position in China's technology ecosystem. Alibaba and Tencent both have market capitalizations over $500 billion, a market capitalization more than 8 times greater than their largest domestic competitors. As a result, Alibaba and Tencent have the power to shape how the internet feels and operates in China far greater than Apple, Facebook, Amazon or Google in the United States. It is vital to understand Alibaba and Tencent, and the rivalry of these two corporation to understand how technology in China works. In part one, I will describe the business models of Alibaba and Tencent, and how they compare to their nearest American counterparts. In part two, I will describe how both companies are creating rival technology ecosystems by financing networks of startups across many fields. Finally, in part three I will discuss how the rivalry between Alibaba and Tencent has accelerated the development of health technology in the face of COVID-19.
Alibaba is often described as the Amazon of China, but such a description is incomplete. Unlike Amazon, which is primarily a business to consumer company, Alibaba is first and foremost a business to business companies. Although Alibaba has branched into all areas of e-commerce, including Ali Express which sells low cost goods in the United States, it's most important business, Tabao.com, is a market that connects small businesses and factories to each other. Unlike Amazon, Alibaba does not own any of its own stock, or charge commissions for sales through its platform. Rather, Alibaba, like Google, will promote firms that pay to rank higher on their search engine. Total turnover for Tabao was $474 billion in 2020, and for Alibaba as a whole is $922 billion. Gross merchandise volume for Alibaba is more than three times what it is for Amazon. Alibaba has further extended its business into digital payments. Concerns about customer security forced Alibaba to create Alipay, a digital wallet. The data Alibaba gathered through Alipay gave Alibaba a wealth of data that banks do not have access to, allowing Alipay to become a major lender and Alibaba has loaned over $290 billion to mostly small businesses, embedding Alipay deeply into everyday life.
Tencent is often compared to Facebook, but it's business model differs dramatically from Facebook. Unlike Facebook, Tencent does not rely on advertising revenue. Instead, it's most important product is WeChat, a messaging service similar to WhatsApp. WeChat monetizes primarily through games and other services. Although I have described WeChat as a messaging app, it pervades social life in China to a far greater extent than any American messaging app. The reason this is the case is that WeChat has a payments platform fully integrated into the system. As a result, one can, via text message do everything from hailing a cab, ordering take-out, paying ones utilities, to hiring a masseuse. Moreover, Tencent has WeChat Moments, a Facebook like service and WeChat offers tools that allows stripped down websites to be embedded in WeChat. The result is that the average Chinese phone user spends nearly half of his time on WeChat affiliated apps. WeChat and Alibaba's competition on digital payments has dramatically expanded the use online payments. The total value of digital payments in 2018 was $40 trillion, double the amount from the previous year. More than one third of all payments are digital, much higher percentage than in the United States, with payments accepted everywhere from malls to street vendors.
Alibaba and Tencents' rivalry extends beyond digital payments. Both companies have set up cloud computing, retail, food delivery and many other industry. Tencent and Alibaba have taken their conflict outside the boundaries of China, with both companies using venture capital to finance firms in India, Indonesia and other countries throughout the world. One area where conflict between the tech giants has been the most fierce is in food delivery. The dominant player, Meituan is backed by Tencent, while Alibaba is backing Ele.me. Both countries have invested, and lost billions in building the infrastructure and gaining the market share to succeed in food delivery, and glimmers of profitability have only recently emerged. Before the crisis, China had 406 million use food delivery every year, making $66.3 billion of orders and food delivery is substantially more common in China than the United States. As a result, the Chinese food delivery system was prepared to deal with the surge in demand caused by COVID-19 lockdowns. Demand for frozen food increased 600% and for pet supplies by 500% during the height of the lockdowns forcing Meituan and Ele.me to innovate. Both companies have built relationships with farmers to supply neighborhoods with fresh produce, with neighborhoods and local governments cooperating to get essentials without excess contacts. Both companies have even experimented with high tech tactics such as self driving vehicles, and sci fi-esqu exoskeletons to help gig workers climb stairs.
Alibaba and Tencent have both played a major role in directly combatting COVID-19 as well. One of the most striking features about life in China today is the ubiquity of color coded apps that act are scanned via QR codes. Individuals must report whether they have a cough, fever or other COVID symptoms, and whether individuals have been in close contact with people with COVID-19. Users are given red, yellow and green statuses based upon their response to the app, which gives a QR code necessary for everything from entering grocery stores to using public transit. The health QR codes are for from perfect. They are not true digital tracing apps because they rely on self-reporting, and give massive amounts of information to unaccountable and oppressive governments.Although this might feel like a massive government overreach to Western ears, it marks a simplification of overlapping systems of surveillance maintained by community groups, security guards and police. Health QR code systems got their start when the local government of Hangzhou, the city in which Alibaba is based, commissioned it creation. Local governments, noticing the benefits of the system, commissioned Alibaba for similar systems. Tencent, unwilling to let Alibaba pull ahead of it in any field, created its own system. Both companies are competing, and innovating to build more advanced digital tracing systems.
The rise of technology in China raises the massive question of how long the United States will retain its technological superiority. The Chinese government has been used its digital power to censor social media abroad, and Tencent has a long history of working with the Communist party to censor internal opposition. Technology and censorship is a topic I wish to explore in much greater detail in a future episode. At the same time, it is important to recognize the innovation and entrepreneurship happening in Chinese technology. Although one normally assumes innovation flows from Silicon Valley to China, American companies are borrowing and copying from their Chinese counterparts. China's technology sector has the potential to be a massive positive force in economic development in not just China, but the world. But it will only be able to play such a positive role if the government of China allows it to play such a role.
www.wealthofnationspodcast.com https://media.blubrry.com/wealthofnationspodcast/s/content.blubrry.com/wealthofnationspodcast/China-Tech.mp3
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Lemonade Launches Pet Health Insurance Program - SoFi Blog

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Lemonade Launches Pet Health Insurance Program

by SoFi
July 16, 2020 at 12:56PM

Easy Coverage for Dogs and Cats

Lemonade (LMND) rolled out a pet health insurance program yesterday. Now, dog and cat owners in 33 US states will be able to buy coverage for their four-legged friends through the platform.
The company’s pet health insurance will start at $12 per month. Existing Lemonade customers will have the opportunity to bundle renters or homeowners insurance with pet health insurance to receive a 10% discount off their monthly fee. Leftover premiums from the program will be donated to charities focused on animals.

Lemonade Forges Ahead After Successful IPO

Lemonade went public about two weeks ago, with one of the most successful IPOs of 2020 so far. The company is known for its hassle-free user experience, and mainly caters to millennials and younger generations. 70% of its customers are under the age of 35.
Lemonade has approached the insurance industry the way Salesforce (CRM) and CrowdStrike Holdings (CRWD) approached the software industry—by adapting a legacy business to meet the needs of people in a fast-moving, tech-centric world.
Offering pet insurance is Lemonade’s most recent step in creating a customer-centric experience.

The Pet Insurance Industry Is Poised for Growth

The US pet insurance market is worth billions of dollars. As pet adoptions rise, and veterinary costs go up, Lemonade saw an opportunity for growth.
Shai Wininger, COO and Co-Founder of Lemonade explained , ”As pet parents ourselves, we found the existing options to be lacking, so we built a product for cats and dogs from the ground up. This means an insurance policy that’s short and easy to understand, and a user experience created with the pet, and their parent, at its core.” Investors will be watching to see if Lemonade’s new offerings for users’ four-legged friends will continue to push its shares higher.
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Contract from Bundang and my not-so-great experience with a couple recruiters

Hello, I wanted to post a contract I received from P bundang a while back just for those people who were wondering about the place etc. I also wanted to share my experience with this recruiter and another recruiter as caution for you all. Maybe you have had better experiences with them or maybe this is normal, Please let me know. These two recruiters (technically three) are the only recruiters that I have had contact with that did not do a video call with. I just had a video interview straight with the school. They both only gave me one school so far. I would like to know if they want you to use Korean, shouldn't they give you more pay than a teacher who doesn't know?
I have a BSN, no experience, and would go in as either E2 or F4.
So my experience with the recruiters: this recruiter Pau.L for P Bundang is Korean and he definitely does not speak English very well. There were some miscommunication when I asked a bunch of questions about the contract and there were lots of broken English. He was not too bad overall.
Another recruiter I used was Teach ESL Korea. I spoke with D.an, never had a call with him. I was thrown off by his demeanor and this put up a small red flag for me. I gave him a picture of me without glasses (I usually wear glasses so without them I tend to focus harder and my pupils look more together), and he goes, "do you have a medical condition with your eye? Koreans can be rather sensitive to such issues." I was like, ooookay... Anyways, moving on, we sent more emails back and forth. After a few days of no emails I suddenly receive an email from another person seonyung (misspelled purposefully, "SY") stating that they are a partner of D. D.an never told me that this Korean recruiter would contact me; I had to ask him myself. I thought this was unprofessional. I asked A BUNCH of questions with this school's contract and and pay and they answered the questions, but did not want to revise. Also I would suggest if you have questions about the contract ask to speak with the school rather than communicating with your recruiter because after speaking with the director, there were lots of misinformation SY was giving me. There were lots of broken English so it was hard to understand. I like the director but I feel like lots of people on reddit will just tell me to find another place lol. A big turn-off and red flag for me was when D (who stopped emailing me after just sending me to SY,) sends an email saying, if you send a huge list like this, this would be a huge red flag for any school. I was pretty mad about this honestly. And then no more emails from him again.
After speaking with the recruiters with my long list of questions about the contract, both school directly spoke with me to address the questions again, which was nice. However, they did not want to revise anything about the contract even a couple typos. The second school listed offered to give me a raise but for no exit airfare. Both school did this sketchy salary split that is in the contract below.
I will bold the potions that I did not like. I understand that some of the things on the contract may be similar with other schools. If you want to know all the questions I asked and all the answers I've gotten, I can post that too. I also took out a few things here and there.



  1. The Employer and Employee agree to fully comply with the terms of the contract stated.
A. Working Conditions
  1. Affiliate:
  2. Position: English Language Instructor
  3. Contract Period:
  4. Work Hours: 5 calendar days per week from Monday to Friday 9:00-19:30 (T/TH 9:00-6:35)
(Depending on the circumstances of the company, workers may work overtime, within the limit of 12 hours per week, and work on holidays or at night.
5) Break Time: 9:00-9:35, 12:00-12:40, and 14:10-14:55 (May change pending employer’s operational need)
6) Holiday: All national holidays will not include any provisional holidays such as cultural, festival, or election days, set up temporarily.
7) Paid Leave: Paid Leave is granted as provided by the Labor Standards Act, and in agreement with the contractor, P Vacation will be replaced with an annual paid vacation.
8) Miscellaneous: Matters not explicitly stated in the Contract shall be determined by the Labor Standards Act and the rules of employment.


9) Duties and Position
The Employer hires the Employee in the capacity of English Language Instructor (hereinafter “ELI”). The Employee’s duties may be reasonably modified at the Company’s discretions from time to time.
The ELI shall perform the following duties:
- Plan and conduct classes in levels assigned by Employer, using textbooks, materials, course curriculum and other resources approved by Employer. (They said in the interview that I would have lesson plans for each class already made. Later they said it's just to see if I understand them???)
- Assist with the participation in activities related to the instructional programs of Employer, including, but not limited to, departmental meetings, general faculty meetings, and special presentations and events.
- Assist with projects related to the activities concerning international cooperation carried out by Employer.
- Assist Employer with out-of-classroom activities related to the regular curriculum of Employer, including, but not limited to, fieldtrips and school-wide assemblies, as well as other extracurricular activities.
- Assist with the development of teaching materials, supplementary materials, tests, evaluations, and other programs related to English language teaching.
- Assist or conduct teacher training for new ELIs under the direction of Employer.
- Assist, monitor, and supervise ELIs in their teaching methodology and implementation, and classroom conduct under the direction of Employer.
- Perform other duties as designated by Employer.
- All materials developed by Employee while working for Employer will become the property of Employer, and the Employee shall not seek compensation and/or payment beyond what is stated in this Contract.


2. Salary
Category Base pay Overtime Dining Allowance Total (Unit: Won)
Annual amount 22,394,425 8,805,575 1,200,000 32,400,000
Monthly amount 1,866,202 733,798 100,000 2,700,000
  1. Base Pay: 2,508 hours for annual working hours (209 hours for working hours per month)
  2. Allowances:
*Overtime Allowance: 52 hours of monthly overtime will be included as part of the salary and overtime allowance will be provided in case of any hours worked exceeding this, provided that it is approved in advance. (I feel as though this is really low pay then)
3) Severance Pay: The average wage for 30 days is paid as severance pay for one year of continuous work.
Severance payment method will be in the form of the retirement pension system (definite contribution type) that the labor and management agrees to, and the detailed information is based on the pension policy. (They said to me that the severance and pension is separate...but...)
  1. Pay and calculation period and day
Employee’s salary shall be paid on a pro rata basis on the (10) tenth day of each month. When employee has not worked a complete pay period, salary for that pay period shall be paid on a pro rata basis based on the number of total work days for that pay period divided by the number of actual worked days in the pay period.
If Employee is absent from work with or without having obtained a prior approval, Employee’s salary for that month shall be deducted by the amount calculated on a pro rata basis for the number of absent days.
Employee shall not claim against Employer any compensation and/or payment other than those provided for in this Contract.


  1. (disclosure agreement)
  2. Orientation
Employee will be required to undertake orientation and training for 3-4 days intended to provide employee with the requisite familiarity with institute operation and policies and to ensure that employee possesses adequate knowledge of skills related to duties and employment.
Employee shall assist and participate in the following events. Time and location for following events shall be decided by the Employer and may fall on the weekend.
  1. Teacher’s Workshops (Spring & Fall)
  2. Campus Orientation Sessions
  3. Any activities planned to achieve the duties set forth in Duties and Positions.
[Additional Articles for Foreigner]
  1. Benefits
  2. Medical Insurance
Employer shall provide Employee with medical insurance through the National Health Insurance Corporation (NHIC). Employee and Employer shall pay fifty (50) percent each of premiums and fees. Employee agrees to provide Employee with a medical insurance card issued to the Employee from NHIC within 30 days of the Contract commencement. (do they need to state the actual percentage on contracts of the NHIC and pension?)
2) Pension
Employer shall provide Employee with a National Pension Scheme. Employee and Employer shall contribute fifty (50) percent each of premiums and fees.


  1. Housing
  2. Employer shall provide Employee with single housing selected by Employer. Housing selected may include a studio or apartment. Employer may provide temporary housing until the appropriate housing for Employee becomes available. Employer shall pay the monthly rent and deposit on the housing selected.
  3. Employee shall pay all costs, expenses, fees, charges, taxes, etc., incurred in using the housing. Employer shall provide the following items: a bed, washing machine, stove/burner, refrigerator, table & chair, and air conditioner.
  4. Employee shall take care of above items and shall be liable for the cost of repair or replacement of these items damaged due to negligence. However, Employee shall not be responsible of said items due to wear and tear from normal use. Employee shall report damage(s) to Employer immediately, if not, it will be deemed Employee’s negligence.
  5. Employer reserves the right to conduct announced inspections of housing provided to Employee. Employer reserves the right to deduct 100,000 Korean won at the end of the contract for cleaning costs.
  6. If Employee chooses not to accept the housing provided by Employer, Employer shall provide Employee with 200,000 Korean won per month as rent subsidy in lieu of Employer provided housing.
  7. Smoking is prohibited in Employer provided housing.
  8. If the Employee has pets, he/she is responsible for any damages caused by the pets. At the end of the contract, housing will be reviewed for damages and the Employee will be billed if necessary.


  1. Airfare
  2. Employer shall provide the Employee a one-way economy-class airfare for the closest airport to Employee’s city of origin. Employer agrees to purchase the one-way airfare for the Employee prior to Employee departing for Korea.
  3. All connecting flights within the Employee’s home country, or any other flights not provided for in the travel itinerary authorize by Employer, shall be paid for by Employee.
  4. If Employee’s contract is terminated, whether by Employee or Employer, within six months of the contract commencement date, Employee shall repay the price of the ticket on a pro rata basis calculating the number of days that the Employee has worked since the start of Employment. (But later in the contract there is no word of the six-months)
  5. After Employee has completed the full period of employment, and all the duties within that period, Employer shall provide the Employee one-way economy airfare from Seoul-Incheon International Airport to the biggest airport of Employee’s home country. However, if Employee renews the Contract for an additional year, return airfare will be provided to the Employee at the end of the renewed Contract period.
  6. If already present in South Korea upon signing the contract, after fulfillment of the contract for one year, a one- way economy airfare back to Employee’s home country.
  7. If employee moves or transfers to another employment institution in Korea. Employee’s return airfare will be forfeited.
  8. Employer will provide a return ticket up to 1.1 million Korean won. If return ticket exceeds this amount, Employee will be responsible for the difference.


  1. Paid Vacation
  2. Employee shall be provided with Paid Vacation in accordance to Korea Labor Law for foreigners.
  3. Employee shall be given the following renewal benefit on the assumption that he/she re-signs another year without discontinuity in employment.
a. Employee shall be given a raise of 100,000 Korean won per month in recognition of Employee re-signing for an additional year. Amount will be determined by Director depending on performance evaluation and work ethic.
b. Employee will receive additional paid vacation days throughout the year determined by Employer.
3) Paid Vacation is a benefit given to Employee on the assumption that the Employee fulfills the Terms of Employment. In the event the Employee is unable, Employee shall pay back a portion (pro-rated monthly) of Employee’s salary equivalent to the total number of paid vacation days used by Employee.


  1. Medical Test
  2. Employee will undergo a random drug test (thrice a year) during the period of employment. Employer will determine the date, time, and location.

  1. Codes of Conduct
  2. Employee shall not behave in any manner that may damage or tarnish the reputation of the teaching professional and the Employer. Employee shall comply with and observe any code of conduct applicable to Korean teachers.
  3. Under Korean immigration law, Employee shall not receive pay from any other job, including a part time job, outside the duties of Employer, during the Terms of Employment.
  4. Employee shall not be involved in any activities, which may cause harm to the students or bring detriment to the reputation of Employer.
  5. Termination of Contract
  6. Resignation
If Employee wishes to resign and terminate this Contract, Employee must provide Employer minimum ninety (90) days prior, written notice of resignation stating the last date of work and the reason for resignation. If Employee chooses to resign, the airfare for the return flight shall be paid by Employee and his/her VISA shall be cancelled. (nothing about the six-months)
2) Termination by Employer
Employer may terminate this Contract for any one of the following reasons:
A. If Employee violates the laws of the Republic of Korea.
B. If Employee fails to perform or unsatisfactorily performs any of the duties stipulated in this Contract for any reason.
C. If any certificates (education, experience, qualification) submitted at the time of employment is forged.
D. If Employee is absent from work for more than three (3) days without Employer’s authorization.
E. If it is determined, that Employee is prevented from or incapable of performing his/her duties for a medical reason, whether it is a physical or psychological ailment. If requested by Employer, Employee must be immediately available for a medical examination.
3) If the Contract is terminated, Employer shall pay Employee a prorated, monthly salary based on the number of days actually worked by Employee during the last pay period of employment. The Employee shall immediately refund the airfare, if any, pursuant to terms. The terms of this Contract and the rights and obligations of the parties’ named herein shall be interpreted solely according to the laws of the Republic of Korea. If a dispute or disagreement arises in connection with this Contract, the parties shall first try to resolve it in good faith. However, if the parties fail to resolve such disputes to their mutual satisfaction, their disputes shall be resolved by arbitration in Seoul, Republic of Korea, according to Commercial Arbitration Rules of the Korean Commercial Arbitration Board.
We conclude an employment contract as described above, and prepare two copies of this contract.

Keep one copy for Employer and one copy for Employee.
Edit: took out the names of the hagwon on contract.
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Type me? (questions + extras)

How old are you? What's your gender? Give us a general description of yourself.
I'm in my late 20s and biologically female, but uncomfortable (at best) with the concept of gender. I don't wish I were a guy, but I wish that gender just.. wasn't a thing I have to deal with. My main hobby is WoW mythic raiding, and I also draw a bit. I have no interest in pursuing a career in either. I wouldn't describe myself as competitive, but if I find something interesting enough to be worth committing time and attention, then I want to excel at it. It's more a mindset of wanting to do better rather than be better than others, if that makes any sense? I would also rather become top tier at something I'm naturally good at, than to try really hard and be merely okay at something I'm not.
My closest friend described me as quiet, pensive, forgetful, quirky, clever, intensely focused on a select few topics, opinionated (but only on specific topics), and socially oblivious. I don't consider myself a 'fan' of anyone/anything and have a "there are no idols, only rivals" mindset. Both respect and disrespect have to be earned.
Is there a medical diagnosis that may impact your mental stability somehow?
No - or to be specific, I've never actually had a psych evaluation so who knows. I don't think I'm mentally unstable in general (I'm consistent in how I react to a given situation), and not a volatile person in general, but I can go from 0 to 100 in an instant if lines are crossed which must not be crossed.
Describe your upbringing. Did it have any kind of religious or structured influence? How did you respond to it?
As a kid my parents made me go to church every Sunday, but I slept through most of service! I'm not religious or spiritual. I consider myself agnostic - I don't feel like I have enough information to either accept or reject religion, but I want to decide for myself later in life as opposed to being 'born into' religion and never questioning it.
What do you do as a job or as a career (if you have one)? Do you like it? Why or why not?
I work as an interdisciplinary project manager. As a kid I never knew what I wanted to be when I grew up - although I can't say this is my dream job (I don't have a dream job!), it's a really nice work-life balance and I don't have to do much public speaking. I just prepare documents and send emails all day. I'm okay with keeping work and play separate, as long as I'm able to find fulfillment some way or another.
If you had to spend an entire weekend by yourself, how would you feel? Would you feel lonely or refreshed?
Spend an entire weekend at home? Sounds like a regular weekend to me! I care about feeling like I'm valued and accepted as part of a group, but I don't actually feel the need to socialize much. As long as it's not a very extended period of solitude, I can always come up with something to do, something to think about, or get very lost in reading Wikipedia pages. :^)
What kinds of activities do you prefer? Do you like, and are you good at sports? Do you enjoy any other outdoor or indoor activities?
I prefer to be on the computer! Besides RPGs and drawing, I also enjoy coding, writing, and coming up with imaginary worlds/characters. I like activities where I can succeed through creativity and analysis (being proactive), not repetition and reflexes (being reactive). The only sport I enjoy is archery. I like the sense of mastery and the fact that it's a meditative solo sport. I have decent body awareness but slower-than-usual reflexes, and dislike breaking a sweat.
My other favorite indoor activities are sleeping and cat naps.
How curious are you? Do you have more ideas then you can execute? What are your curiosities about? What are your ideas about - is it environmental or conceptual, and can you please elaborate?
I can be very curious, but I don't "learn for the sake of learning." The subject matter has to have some kind of significance or use to me. I'm already a very forgetful person as is; my long-term memory will only retain information that matters to me. I'm terrible at trivia games and my friends jokingly say that I live under a rock because I have no awareness of pop culture or names/dates. I don't care that some person set a bizarre world record 50 years ago or whatever.
Psychology is a big area of curiosity for me (it started with me wondering why I'm the way I am), along with animal behavior, human physiology (I can never remember the names of different bones, though) and disease processes, language, cultural, and social phenomenon (I was quite chuffed to learn the word 'doomscrolling' this year).
I have a hard time verbalizing my ideas for the most part, even after they've been realized. I have to "reverse-engineer" my own ideas in order to describe how they tick. My ideas typically begin as a passive observation or a gut feeling - like "this process seems inefficient" or "how can I solve this?" Then I start wondering how it came to be, how it works, what could be done with it/how it can be implemented, how it could be made better. I will turn a single idea in my head over and over very thoroughly until I feel like I've looked at it from all angles (that I'm aware of, anyways) including all possible interpretations, outcomes, and courses of action. The way I describe my creative and learning processes is "problem/prompt -> ??? -> implement solution." That's it. By the time an idea becomes practical enough to actually put into action, it's already been refined to a point where I'm just 'doing it' without relying on trial and error. For example, I have a pretty good success rate with code working correctly on the first try.
When dealing with interpersonal issues or overly complex systems involving people I frequently suffer from analysis paralysis because I feel like there's no way to know which outcome(s) are actually more likely to happen - or I might not even be interpreting the situation correctly to begin with. People are the ultimate wild card. On a societal level humans may tend to behave a certain way, but individuals can and will prove you wrong.
Would you enjoy taking on a leadership position? Do you think you would be good at it? What would your leadership style be?
Definitely not! I have strong opinions at times, but prefer to take more of an advisosupport role to help guide the leaders as opposed to being one myself. Charisma is my dump stat and I'm very bad at acting and public speaking. It also makes me incredibly anxious.
Are you coordinated? Why do you feel as if you are or are not? Do you enjoy working with your hands in some form? Describe your activity?
I have good hand-eye coordination which manifests in drawing and music (I play the piano at an advanced level). I would say I have above-average hand dexterity but my agility as a whole is average. I rarely work with my hands unless you include typing on keyboards, holding a pen, and petting my cat. I lose interest in other hands-on activities (e.g. cooking, knitting, gardening) quickly, especially if they are repetitive or tedious.
Are you artistic? If yes, describe your art? If you are not particularly artistic but can appreciate art please likewise describe what forms of art you enjoy. Please explain your answer.
I draw digital (2D) art with a pen and tablet. However, I'm not passionate about it, and wouldn't describe myself as "artsy". I appreciate having the functional ability to create my own artwork and graphics on demand but only if there's a specific motivation to do so (for example, making myself a streaming overlay, or visualizing my original characters) - I don't enjoy making art for its own sake. I'm very focused on trying to understand "art technique" and I improve my art skill by actively analyzing existing artworks as opposed to simply Drawing A Lot or gradually improving over time. I don't have the interest or motivation to draw regularly and couldn't imagine trying to force myself to draw for the sake of improvement - that would just make me want to draw even less.
Why did I even start drawing if I don't feel strongly about it? Originally, it was an extension of role-playing. When I was young I made up entire fantasy worlds and storylines for my toy characters. That transitioned to drawing comics, so that I could keep coming up with stories even when I didn't have access to my toys. I still have the same love of world building and character design to this very day, and drawing is part of how I'm able to express it.
Also, I would say I have a distinct sense of aesthetic style - but it's not one with universal appeal. Good thing I'm only appealing to myself.
What's your opinion about the past, present, and future? How do you deal with them?
The past doesn't define me, but makes me who I am today, and will forever leave its mark on me. It's not good to be stuck in the past but it's also important to recognize its influence.
The present.. is the present. I don't really have an opinion. It just is.
The future is unknowable, full of potential, and full of terrors. I'm awful at dealing with it - I'm just anxious ALL THE TIME. I also catastrophize about literally everything, but especially things involving difficult social situations and/or people acting unreasonably.
How do you act when others request your help to do something (anything)? If you would decide to help them, why would you do so?
That totally depends on who's requesting help and what they're requesting help with. If it's something with mutual benefit, I'll gladly help out. If it's something really inconvenient or unpleasant for me, I would only help if I'm feeling nice/have nothing else going on, or feel like I owe them a favor. I dislike owing anyone anything and also avoid asking others for help unless I'm truly desperate and unable to accomplish it myself. I don't feel like anyone has a right to my time and I project this on others as well, so I don't think I have a right to ask them to inconvenience themselves for my sake either.
How I respond to a request for help could range from dropping everything I was doing to help them immediately, say I'll help them when I have time, decline to directly help but connect them with someone who can help, decline nicely, to a very delayed response (or not responding at all), if my social batteries were too drained to deal with declining them at the time.
Do you need logical consistency in your life?
YES and I will devolve into uncontrolled anxiety (or rage.) if I feel like the people around me are being fickle or irrational. I feel that I'm internally very consistent, so my struggles with logical consistency are more a result of other people.
How important is efficiency and productivity to you?
Efficiency is very important. I love to optimize and when I do something I want it to count. I want to write the cleanest code possible and always seek to min-max on any game I play.
Productivity, on the other hand, not so much. I'm lazy and frivolous, and while I have intense bursts of productive energy at times, I'm also a big procrastinator. I care more about the quality of my work than the pacing or volume of work completed. As long as I'm not missing any deadlines, isn't it better to focus on quality?
Do you control others, even if indirectly? How and why do you do that?
I don't want to control or be controlled. This is a core value for me. If someone breaks this unspoken agreement first by attempting to control me, then all bets are off - they can't be reasoned with, and I'll use all the manipulative psycho/social tricks in my book to try and regain some sense of autonomy.
What are your hobbies? Why do you like them?
I like WoW raiding because it requires teamwork, I'm good at it, and I feel like my team appreciates me for it. The eternal question is whether I'm good at it because I like it, or I like it because I'm good at it. The two tend to go hand in hand for me.
I rather specifically like the MMORPG game genre. Other game genres such as FPS, RTS, and MOBA don't appeal to me because they don't have a strong sense of character progression. I like to invest my time and effort into really refining a single character and giving it an immersive identity and story over time, as opposed to merely viewing the player avatar as a tool/skill-set to win against an enemy team.
What is your learning style? What kind of learning environments do you struggle with most? Why do you like/struggle with these learning styles? Do you prefer classes involving memorization, logic, creativity, or your physical senses?
I need to know why the learning material is important. I'm terrible with names and dates, but can give you a summary of the concepts - just not when or by who. I will struggle with any learning model or subject that relies on rote memorization. I kept confusing the Krebs and Calvin cycles in biology class, although I could describe the actual cycles themselves just fine. I learn best if the tl;dr is presented first, and then the supporting details. My favorite classes involve logic (e.g. programming) followed by creativity, research, and designing solutions to hypothetical real-world situations. My grades in school were all over the place. Teachers either loved or hated me. I write concisely and regularly lost points on assignments due to the word count being too low. The longer I work on a paper, the shorter it gets, as I figure out additional ways to phrase things even more succinctly.
How good are you at strategizing? Do you easily break up projects into manageable tasks? Or do you have a tendency to wing projects and improvise as you go?
I improvise and procrastinate pretty much everything!
What are your aspirations in life, professionally and personally?
I don't really know. Professionally I want a stable income at a job that I do well and enjoy, and to have a good work-life balance. Personally, I'm not interested in romantic relationships and just want to have some good friendships founded on mutual interests and respect.
What are your fears? What makes you uncomfortable? What do you hate? Why?
I rarely meet people IRL who I get along and share mutual interests with. This has made my online friendships/group affiliations extremely important to me. Over the years I've experienced a variety of gender-based discrimination ranging from people not taking me seriously after finding out I'm a girl, being "girlfriendzoned" by the guys I meet, and being "replaced" by flirtier girls because I wasn't reciprocating. Sexism in gaming is no doubt a problem of its own but essentially I feel triply penalized for a) being a girl online, b) not fitting stereotypes of girls online, and c) trying to establish myself through male-dominated metrics (game leaderboards, etc.)
With that being said, what I fear and hate is that even if I am more than qualified as a player, I might still be excluded simply because I'm a girl or I'm not outgoing/flirty/social/etc. enough for a gaming group to want me around. This started in the 2000s and it's 2020 now, things have improved somewhat, but it's still a constant fear.
What do the "highs" in your life look like?
I don't experience strong bursts of excitement but I'm happiest when I have a stable group of friends and gaming teammates, and feel accepted and valued for who I am. I also find coding and solving puzzles to be very satisfying.
What do the "lows" in your life look like?
People acting selfishly/emotionally in a way that hurts me. Over time I've taken a more cynical stance on this and although I might feel that it was unfair, I now understand that people are merely looking out for themselves--nothing personal--, and I just happen to be on a completely different wavelength. I don't feel too hurt if there's a rational reason for why someone made a certain decision, but decisions based only on emotion frustrate me to no end because emotions are a raging storm that can be manipulated, often predicted, but never trusted.
How attached are you to reality? Do you daydream often, or do you pay attention to what's around you? If you do daydream, are you aware of your surroundings while you do so?
I get lost in thought all the time, but never daydream (if you define daydream as "a series of pleasant thoughts that distract one's attention from the present"). My thoughts originate as specific topics/problems/worries/etc. and wander from there. I don't seek escapism, I want to analyze the problem from all angles and understand it better. I ruminate a lot. I don't pay attention to my physical surroundings while in my own mind.
Imagine you are alone in a blank, empty room. There is nothing for you to do and no one to talk to. What do you think about?
How long am I going to be in this room? How did I get here? Is there a door? Am I waiting for someone/something? Do I have magical powers?
After I've exhausted all the questions relevant to analyzing the blank empty room scenario, I'd shift my attention to ruminating about the various things in my life that still worry me. Or I might just lie down and try to take a nap.
How long do you take to make an important decision? And do you change your mind once you've made it?
Forever. No, seriously. I'm so afraid of regretting my decision that I let lots of opportunities pass me by while I sit there hoping for more information that'll help me make a decision with more peace of mind. I never feel like I know enough to make an informed decision, since the future is unknowable. (And that's what makes it so scary.) The higher the stakes, the more paralyzed I get. I'm a lot better at protecting what I have right now, than taking risks for potential gain.
I'm very prone to regret and second-guessing, especially in the face of new information coming to light after I've already committed to a decision.
How long do you take to process your emotions? How important are emotions in your life?
Oh no...
My negative emotions are like a storm. I can't resist immediately trying to tackle my emotions when they happen, although I know it would probably be better to let them calm down before going into analysis overdrive. I'm not good at "accepting" my emotions, I want to aggressively solve the problem that triggered negative emotions and come up with a solution or at least understand it better.
I'm of the opinion that regardless of whether you tend to trust emotion or reason, at the end of the day, humans are inherently emotional creatures. Even logic can be bent and twisted to serve the agenda of one's emotions. It's even worse if you delude yourself into thinking that you're not affected by your emotions, because that just makes it harder to self-identify their influence on your motivations, behaviors, and thought processes. When I was younger, I used to try and ignore my emotions entirely. Now, I try to quarantine them before they wreak havoc on my life, in a place where they can be safely studied.
Do you ever catch yourself agreeing with others just to appease them and keep the conversation going? How often? Why?
To keep the conversation going? No. I frequently keep my mouth shut to avoid pointless drama, but I won't directly contradict my own opinions and values just to appease someone else.
If I do, then my relationship with the person has already been damaged beyond repair (see: question on controlling others).
Do you break rules often? Do you think authority should be challenged, or that they know better? If you do break rules, why?
I break rules on a case by case basis. I have my own sense of morality and it's a balancing act of what's acceptable or pragmatic.
Authority is about who's in power, not who is right.

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