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  1. 5 points
    punkdaddy

    Punk Daddy's daddy

    The origin of the name punk daddy begins in 1992. I was a 14 year old kid who loved to act and was acting in my first High School play. I was very insecure this particular year and there were some girls I liked who were making fun of me. Playful fun but I told them, “well you know what they say about black guys, right?” For those that don’t know, “they” say black guys are well endowed. From there I gained the nickname, Big Don. “Don” is PD’s real first name. In my junior year, I played the role of Daddy in a play, was way more secure in myself, and those same girls changed my nickname to Big Daddy. When I went to college I joined a web chat as Big Daddy. However, I was very precocious as gained a nickname – Punk Daddy – from the older folks who thought I was just a kid who should go back to school and not talk to them about matters of the day. I like Big Don, Big Daddy, but I liked Punk Daddy the most because I felt like most people in my world wouldn’t associate me with that name. And I like being different. So when I joined NS back in 2004, I had been using Punk Daddy for years and it became my first nation name. ------------------------------------------------- This post isn’t really about my name but about punk daddy’s daddy. He passed away on August 21st. I’d venture to guess that both Darkesia and Eli are aware as they are my friends on Facebook. It was a pulmonary embolism that took him out. From the moment he woke my stepmom to tell her he was having trouble breathing to the moment he died was about 40-45 minutes. I did some reading on massive embolisms and they strike suddenly and they are not easy to treat once symptoms start showing. In the days prior to my dad passing away I had texted him this “I want you to live to see that day” regarding seeing me, his son, reach a particular level of financial success he and my mom had tried to attain (and failed) back in the early 90s. He didn’t respond to that text which wasn’t unusual, so don’t read too much into that. My last text to him was “TGIF!”, it’s funny that’s the last message I sent to my father. He was my best friend. He could tell me things others couldn’t. As the oldest son, I took on the responsibility of writing his obituary. It was not easy but I knew that I had to do it. The final result was something I’m sure he would have enjoyed. I’ve also had bad job news and my oldest son is also having some health issues. It’s been a trying time. But my head is still up and I wanted to share with you all where I was. PD
  2. 4 points
    Cormac

    Punk Daddy's daddy

    PD, Westwind, and Eli, I'm very sorry for your losses. I lost a very close friend in 2013, and it still hurts every day, though less now than it did before. My mother is also severely disabled and 62 now, and I know we may not have many more years left together, though I hope for as many as I can get. You're so right about enjoying the time we have with our loved ones. Please know that you have a community here that cares about you, not just TWP but the NationStates community in general, and you're in our thoughts.
  3. 4 points
    Westwind

    Punk Daddy's daddy

    *hugs* I am so sorry for your loss and troubles PD. I truly am. Thank you for sharing. Apparently August was a bad month for us. I lost my father on August 14th. Long suffering from Heart Failure and Kidney Failure, it's good the suffering is over, it was an ugly death, they said it's worse suffering than cancer. I'd been taking care of him since May, once he could no longer walk or stand. His final decline began last November. He was the only person that I talked to on the phone, we were our last family connection. Everyone else was gone. He was the last of his generation. Now, my daughter and I are the last of my immediate family, the end of my surname. My world is much emptier now. It's strange that the phone no longer rings from his calling, and he's no longer there to share things we would. I've lost 17 friends and family members in two years. Oldest was 82, youngest was 28. Several in my age range among those gone. Parents, half-brother, cousins, high school friends, college friends, gone. I can count the few distant family members on one hand, most I haven't seen in 30 or 40 years. I always knew I'd have to watch everyone else die, but never expected it to happen so soon or so fast. I don't think of myself as old, though my daughter keeps telling me I am. There's not much left of my interpersonal world. And now I'm picking up the peices of their lives, before I can create a new life for myself. I am the repository of all the family history, all the family memories. Things like the bronzed baby shoes of my great grandmother. The gold nugget my great-great grandfather found in Alaska. Notes from ancestors that are unsigned, who knows who wrote them. My grandparents school grade reports, etc etc. I have memories of my great-grandparents, I knew a Civil War veteran that was captured and interred in a Confererate POW camp. (He said the prisoners were fed as well as the guards.....poorly. They ate grasshoppers.) It ends with me. My daughter didn't know our family, doesn't have the memories, and someday she will marry, and I will be the last of my name. All those memories lost, like tears in the rain - Bladerunner But I am trying not to live a self-pity party. Life goes on. These are tough times. I have all that was left behind, a massive amount of work to take care of it all, sort it all, figure out what to do with it all. By myself, and for what purpose? It's a little lonely to be honest. And difficult given my disabilities/health. Many months of sorting things out lie ahead. But, I am not grieving as badly as I expected. I grieved throughout his suffering, so the end was a moment of peace and relief. I heard the death rattle, watched his last breath.He did not fear death, it was not his nature. Nor did he want to be mourned. He did have a day of tears and regrets a few days before he passed. Both my parents before they died made a point of making sure I knew that they felt they lived a good life, were satisfied, and were proud of me. Grief is a very personal thing, and we all must travel that path in our own way. Let no one tell you how to grieve. I was not satisfied with the obit that I wrote, but it was fine, others have complimented me on it. It's just that it's impossible to summarize a life in a paragraph. It's so insufficient, yet what more can you do? I like these lyrics.... ...father, I'm in need of your hand so I can face the world bravely and father, do you understand what it is you mean to me Like a warrior you always conquered every battle you had to face And through the hard times when life was a bitter fight it's you who would give so unselfish you lived A tribute to the world that blood Is thicker than water I'm tryin' to say that I love you I'm tryin' to say that I miss you Oh, father I'll leave a paraphrased a note for everyone else, it's an old saying: Enjoy and appreciate those close to you as long as you can. You never know when the Universe might need them back. *hugs, cries*
  4. 3 points
    Eli

    Punk Daddy's daddy

    Yes Don I did see the trauma that unfolded with your Father's sudden passing and silently wished you and your family the best as they dealt with the emotional flood all that entails. Westy I had heard via the grapevine of old NS players that you too were enduring/living that end of life experience with your father. Like you all I have lived that lately, in 2014 with my father and 2015 with my mother, it is the emotional gamut from pride in lives well done to anguish that you never get to discuss the mundane happenings of day to day life with those that gave that wonderful gift to you. Lessons learned, love multiplied and passed on. I for one feel lucky to have been the recipient of their wisdom and affection. Life is good, life is sad sometimes, I think I'll call my daughter...
  5. 3 points
    The WA get's stuck on these hot-button issues now and then. It seems to me that the only way to resolve it, has been to pass something that will address the issue without imposing upon other positions, and I think this is the only proposal that will do that. Thus I voted in favor, to put the issue to rest. Yes, it does have flaws and loopholes. But I feel it's flaws are overshadowed by the threading of the needle it does to uphold individual rights while not imposing on national sovereignty, or other individual rights.
  6. 2 points
    Westwind

    Hello from Moorishland

    I suppose I should also mention that you'll find more folks around to chat with on our Discord server. You can find the link under the 'TWP Chat Services' menu at the top of the forum. (although, I'm almost never there myself, I'm more of a forum rat )
  7. 2 points
    Darkesia

    Punk Daddy's daddy

    I have no words, only tears and hugs.
  8. 2 points
    Eli

    Admin Requests Part Quatre

    done, left his primary as Guardian
  9. 2 points
    While I agree that such smugness shouldn't be rewarded, I don't feel that should play a role in this proposal. Perhaps they might've been rude back then, but perhaps they've changed or became polite. Plus, I feel like this is just bringing up a dead horse to kick at again. Especially with those impressive achievements. So, while I usually follow the recommendations of the WA Minister, I feel like I'm going to keep the boots off. I just feel that this action down a year ago shouldn't play a part in how we vote about this person's commendation. But then again, I was never there, so I don't know how smug they were. EDIT: After hearing that both the author and the nominee has voted against it, I think I'll change my vote to "Against" as well.
  10. 2 points
    Big Bad Badger

    Leaving Nationstates

    Offshore Racing, Take care man, it has been a pleasure to get to know and work with you! Peace, B
  11. 2 points
    Just keep in mind that the Delegate is not required to explain their voting decisions.
  12. 1 point
    Well, this is awkward.
  13. 1 point
    It shows how quickly stamps can buy approvals, more like. Also, this is now at vote.
  14. 1 point
    Massylia

    Hello from Moorishland

    thank you Westwind ahh ok ;-)
  15. 1 point
    I have no doubt that the nominee has excelled at their field. They certainly weren't made an Issues Editor for nothing. However, you may recall that earlier this year, while Badger was Delegate, the nominee stormed into the region and started to act smug about their disagreements with how we managed our internal affairs, an action that got them banned. While they are no longer on the banlist, I see no reason why we should reward such behaviour by supporting this commendation, so my recommendation is to stomp this.
  16. 1 point
    I hope you can make it for next update, then, because this proposal is now in the queue.
  17. 1 point
    Candlewhisper stormed in here and immediately felt the need to question TWP tradition. Also, I find the proposal itself to be somewhat lacking. Stomp.
  18. 1 point
    If this had happened 2 or 3 years ago when the nominee was relatively new, it could be forgiven. But this banning happened recently and when they were supposed to be doing their good deeds. Will be stomping as soon as it goes to vote.
  19. 1 point
    Do I make myself clear enough?
  20. 1 point
    I've noticed that Auralia has a very legalistic way of writing proposals. The advantage is that they cover all their bases and leave few, if any, loopholes, but the disadvantage is that they look impenetrable at first glance. I don't think these provisions are written in a way that is more verbose than they need to be, but I do think that it'd be helpful if I broke these clauses down one by one (as Auralia has posted here in the past, he is more than free to correct me if I get any of them wrong). Clause One: This grants individuals the right to form consensual domestic partnerships, start families and dissolve the aforementioned domestic partnerships. Clause Two: Ensures that member states are free not to provide special legal recognition to domestic partnerships (including marriage) if they so wish (great for libertarian and minarchist states). Clause Three: This doesn't do anything that GA #39 a.k.a. The Right to a Lawful Divorce doesn't already do, but it's a small part of the proposal so I can forgive it. Clause Four: If you're going to provide special legal recognition to opposite-sex couples, you have to do the same to same-sex couples (and vice versa, of course). It also handily covers interracial marriages while leaving age of consent untouched. In other words, Marriage Equality done right. Clause Five: In all honesty, I think that this clause speaks for itself. Clause Six: Blocks any future WA legislation that specifically concerns marriages or other similar relationships. Clause Seven: Ensures that this proposal doesn't accidentally contradict any previous resolutions. Overall, I can't find any problem with this proposal and Auralia is a very accomplished author. Therefore, my recommendation is to vote in favour.
  21. 1 point
    Powerboat_Racer

    Leaving Nationstates

    (Also posted on TWP RMB) Friends of The West Pacific. I have decided to leave nationstates. This decision was not taken lightly, but it had to be made. I am trying to start a business and of course. it takes up most of my time now, which leaves me little or no time to for me to tend to my nationstates nation and my TWP duties. I would like to say thanks for making my stay here in The West Pacific a pleasant one and fun and to everyone I met, it was nice meeting all of you. Long Live The West Pacific!
  22. 1 point
    Powerboat_Racer

    Leaving Nationstates

    I'll be sure to come back and visit now and again
  23. 1 point
    Westwind

    Leaving Nationstates

    *sniffs....sniffs again....breaks out sobbing* But, but.....we'll miss you! Fair travels to you, may the winds of fate blow in your favor.
  24. 1 point
    Willania Imperium

    Leaving Nationstates

    Sad to see you go, but I hope RL is a kind mistress. Hope your entrepreneurial efforts pay off!
  25. 1 point
    Darkesia

    Leaving Nationstates

    Take care and best of luck on your RL business. Try to come back to visit once in a while and reminisce about when we all had more time to play. You will be missed. Thank you for all of the work you put into the region.
  26. 1 point
    Darkesia

    Admin Requests Part Quatre

    Done
  27. 1 point
    Wampummariut

    Admin Requests Part Quatre

    Whoop whoop, being too late to read this. Masked as Military?
  28. 1 point
    Big Bad Badger

    Here's A Challenge!

    In your case, I think that get a free trebuchet ride is more appropriate.
  29. 0 points
    I have decided to vote AGAINST.