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Thanks, DB! Writers groups are definitely not for me. I sort of was in one once before. I stumbled into it online while searching for information on lit agents. I didn't contribute much to the group, I just used it to see what agents were looking for, how long their processes were, etc. One night, while drunk of course, I was reading a thread there titled, "Should white men stop publishing?" It was all about how the true literary geniuses of the world (the dimwits of the writing group, actually) couldn't get published because they were being crowded out by white men. And JK Rowling. Anyway, I responded with, "I squandered my white privilege on a loading dock job and a ten year old Ford." Banned.

Just like I drink solo, I write solo. I simply can not participate in group activities. I never show my stuff to anybody except the lit agent, editor, or judge I'm submitting to. I did make an exception once, while drunk of course, and sent a poem to a published poet in my Facebook friends list. He seemed to like it. I subbed it and it got rejected. (See above.)

Made it to the end of another week and picked up the six pack of 16 oz Hamm's! I could get used to this.
I think you have got to get some other eyes on your work before submitting to agents or for publishing. If not, you are just setting yourself up for more heartache. You are better than that.

If you would like a little unbiased feedback (comments and critiques), I would be happy to read whatever you have.
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What are prices for six-pack cans in your area?

At Del Mission Liquor in San Diego, CA, a six pack of 12 oz Bud is $6.78. A six pack of 16 oz Hamm's is $6.79.

Why is bottled beer more expensive? Years ago there was a television commercial for some cheap beer (I forget the name) and the commercial ended with a guy exclaiming, "Bottled beer taste - IN A CAN!" as if bottled beer was supposed to be superior.

Saturday night, freshly showered/shampooed, a meal of Chef Boyardee and a ham sandwich. It's time to drink!

26 years ago this month Bukowski wrote a letter to his publisher explaining how he deals with nutcases who send him letters in the mail. "I'm not sure but over the haul of time I've found the best method is simply non-response. Formality only enrages them and kindness never works." He was explaining it because his publisher had started getting letters from nutcases too.

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So I just did a side by side taste test of Hamm's and Budweiser and the Bud does taste better. But the Hamm's is still good. If Bud is a 5, then Hamm's is a 4. (But due to the extra 4 oz, I give it a 5.)

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Woohoo! Just went to the liquor store across the street for another six pack of Hamm's. There was a group of "fabulosos" over there buying vodkas and orange juices, etc. and one of them tried to jump in front of me in line. the clerk told him that I was next and made him wait!

There was some homeless guy outside the liquor store with a notebook and pencil. I stopped in front of him to ask him what he was writing about, but he didn't answer. I was going to offer him a Hamm's if he would tell me, but he had a tall boy of something in a bag, and he didn't want to chat. I noticed that his pencil wasn't moving over the page as if he was waiting for inspiration before writing or drawing. i didn't bother him anymore and went home. To post this.

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Hugh wrote:
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What are prices for six-pack cans in your area?

At Del Mission Liquor in San Diego, CA, a six pack of 12 oz Bud is $6.78. A six pack of 16 oz Hamm's is $6.79.

Why is bottled beer more expensive? Years ago there was a television commercial for some cheap beer (I forget the name) and the commercial ended with a guy exclaiming, "Bottled beer taste - IN A CAN!" as if bottled beer was supposed to be superior.

Saturday night, freshly showered/shampooed, a meal of Chef Boyardee and a ham sandwich. It's time to drink!

26 years ago this month Bukowski wrote a letter to his publisher explaining how he deals with nutcases who send him letters in the mail. "I'm not sure but over the haul of time I've found the best method is simply non-response. Formality only enrages them and kindness never works." He was explaining it because his publisher had started getting letters from nutcases too.
A tall sixer of Genny is roughly 5-5 something max at the grocery store near me. Although I was literally just there my memory is complete shit.
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you don't see a lot of 6 packs over here in the UK, some craft beers and sometimes on a few premium priced lagers. Most beer in sold in 4, 10,12, 15, 18 or 24 packs and nearly all canned beer here (again withe the exception of craft and a few premiums) is sold in 440ml or 500ml can (i think like 16-18 oz??) a 4 pack of 440's would be like £3-£5 dependent on beer, maybe a bit less at a cheap store and a bit more at a petrol station or more expensive place. I would never buy in smaller quantities though, it can be nearly half the price per liter when you go for an 18 rack.
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That's something I always think about when buying a six pack - I would have saved money if I bought the 12 or 18 pack. But it's easier to part with the smaller sum of money.

WOOHOO! I'm on a one week paid vacation, and with this holiday I don't have to be back to work for ELEVEN DAYS! I just cracked open my first Hamm's and I can sleep in late tomorrow - no fucking family to mess up my Thanksgiving.

Do any of you loners out there get invitations from people who have pity for you thinking that you will be lonely if you don't spend Thanksgiving or Christmas with someone? I used to. For almost a decade I would go to a Tgiving dinner hosted by a friend who invited scores of other friends to her home. Over time, I knew fewer and fewer of the people there, and then about ten years ago I turned down the invitation. It was like a catharsis! I finally got my holiday back. But even at work, people who know I'm a loner ask me what I'm going to do for Tgiving or Christmas, and when I tell them ABSOLUTELY FUCKING NOTHING! they are in shock. One guy called me a "machine" when I told him I don't do holidays, I'm not sure what he meant by that, but it must have something to do with a lack of need to be with other people.

Drink up solitaries! Let the non-loners think that this is their time of year. We laugh at their traffic jams and airport delays, alone with our booze.

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One of my Facebook friends from England has been posting stuff about Black Friday deals in stores. But England doesn't celebrate Thanksgiving. Have you guys appropriated a portion of our holiday?

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And so the Thanksgiving ( Dranksgiving ) holiday begins. A solo mission indeed. An inaugural valium and a pour of Oban 18 to start the day. I've got a full plucked duck that I plan on contributing to our later day celebration. I stopped by to check in to confirm if anyone else was starting out on the same page as I did, but not luck. Ok, I'll return back in a few hours with bourbon and barrel aged gin I brought from the distillery ( mixes well with eggnog ) Hopefully this will influence others to kick off some drinking. Crossed paths with a lady friend I had spent some brief time with who happen to express disappointment in me and how I've handled myself in a non-existent relationship between the two of us. This had somewhat shifted my favorite holiday vibe. Ok, no holding back now. One more pour, crank some tunes and prep for the good times today will bring. Side note, every bar in town decided to stay open so I can at least go down there to spread some liquid havoc. Happy Thanksgiving all. Even it it turns into another solo mission, I know I can report back to you guys to share some holiday drinks with. Cheers

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Thu Nov 22, 2018 12:28 am
That's something I always think about when buying a six pack - I would have saved money if I bought the 12 or 18 pack. But it's easier to part with the smaller sum of money.

WOOHOO! I'm on a one week paid vacation, and with this holiday I don't have to be back to work for ELEVEN DAYS! I just cracked open my first Hamm's and I can sleep in late tomorrow - no fucking family to mess up my Thanksgiving.

Do any of you loners out there get invitations from people who have pity for you thinking that you will be lonely if you don't spend Thanksgiving or Christmas with someone? I used to. For almost a decade I would go to a Tgiving dinner hosted by a friend who invited scores of other friends to her home. Over time, I knew fewer and fewer of the people there, and then about ten years ago I turned down the invitation. It was like a catharsis! I finally got my holiday back. But even at work, people who know I'm a loner ask me what I'm going to do for Tgiving or Christmas, and when I tell them ABSOLUTELY FUCKING NOTHING! they are in shock. One guy called me a "machine" when I told him I don't do holidays, I'm not sure what he meant by that, but it must have something to do with a lack of need to be with other people.

Drink up solitaries! Let the non-loners think that this is their time of year. We laugh at their traffic jams and airport delays, alone with our booze.
I typically spend Thanksgiving with my mom and/or sister, which is what I did earlier. I typically enjoy myself immensely, which I did earlier today. Xmas I could do without although I usually get offers to go places and do things. I just have no use for it. I usually get strange looks from the people at work when I try to explain why I don't get all worked up for the 25 th of December. On the bright side for the first time in years Xmas is a paid lost day of work for me.
Woo!
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I don`t get invited anymore, over the years people learned to figure out my answer. Edit actually it`s over ten years now
It would need to be the most kick-ass party of the century to lure me out off my comfy-zone.
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Hugh wrote:
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One of my Facebook friends from England has been posting stuff about Black Friday deals in stores. But England doesn't celebrate Thanksgiving. Have you guys appropriated a portion of our holiday?
I had no idea that the black Friday sales had anything to do with thanksgiving....we have them here but I think people just assume it's on a random thrown together Friday in November. I'm not complaining I got some cheap bourbon out of it.
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benitobeast69 wrote:
Sat Nov 24, 2018 4:59 pm
Hugh wrote:
Thu Nov 22, 2018 12:31 am
One of my Facebook friends from England has been posting stuff about Black Friday deals in stores. But England doesn't celebrate Thanksgiving. Have you guys appropriated a portion of our holiday?
I had no idea that the black Friday sales had anything to do with thanksgiving....we have them here but I think people just assume it's on a random thrown together Friday in November. I'm not complaining I got some cheap bourbon out of it.
It doesn't really hane anything ti do, directly, with Thanksgiving. Black Friday is the day when retailers finally begin to turn a profit for the year. Until the last week in November, retailers actually operate at a loss, or "in the red". Generally, profits for the calendar year are made during the second half of the fourth quarter (placing the "in the black"). This time period is so important that many retailers stage huges sales to lure customers through their doors. So, with or without Thanksgiving, black friday exists.
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Hugh wrote:
Sun Nov 18, 2018 12:56 am
There was some homeless guy outside the liquor store with a notebook and pencil. I stopped in front of him to ask him what he was writing about, but he didn't answer. I was going to offer him a Hamm's if he would tell me, but he had a tall boy of something in a bag, and he didn't want to chat. I noticed that his pencil wasn't moving over the page as if he was waiting for inspiration before writing or drawing. i didn't bother him anymore and went home. To post this.
If this isn't poetry, then you must have natural cadence.

I tend to purchase guzzling-beers in large quantities, but I don't do this often because of a secondary reason: my knees hurt from walking back home with 24 cans in my backpack and 12 packs in my hands. The primary reason is because i don't like the way strangers look at me outside.

See, I used the little i as well.

keep it up Hugh.

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There's a nice little area in town with about 15 bars all within three or four blocks. I've decided to try to have a drink in each one today. I'm flying solo, so I don't have to worry about any agenda but my own. There is an oddly sad beauty in this.
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