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What are your favorite books to read

The Darkest Minds Trilogy (Alexandra Bracken), Ashes Trilogy (Ilsa J Bick), like everything by Sarah J Maas and Quinn Loftis, I quite enjoy Stephen King, and various other authors. There's a book I can't remember the name of, but the protagonist is a suicidal I think and it's a zombie apocalypse. She found shelter in a school with a bunch of others and she keeps considering ways to get out so she can die without putting the others in harm's way. I tend to favor fantasy, apocalyptic, supernatural, and horror stories. And I don't really think Stephen King's book capture me in a horror way, I think he's more of thriller for me.

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Do you think it is difficult to live as a vegetarian/vegan?

Maybe it used to be, but when you go out to eat now, there are a million vegetarian options and a lot of stores and restaurants will cater to vegans. I absolutely do not have the willpower for veganism, but I could totally be a vegetarian. I think that's what it comes down to. Are you able to commit to it? If the answer is yes, it shouldn't be hard at all.

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Is there a certain quote you live by?

Actual quotes? Generally not. "Nothing gold can stay." I quote that regularly in my head. "Livin' like Larry." I say that regularly out loud and it's usually when I hate myself for what I'm doing or I'm joking around.
Things I say (also in my head)? "I don't get paid enough to deal with these people." "This was not in my job description." "Just gonna send iiiiiittt!" (That is quoting my brother; it's even the voice he used.)
There are various other quotes, both mine and not, floating around in my head. Those are pretty much what I live by.

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What is your best childhood memory??

Tbh, my childhood wasn't great. It's like I had a mediocre childhood to prepare me for the shitty adult life coming. I'm trying really hard to find the best.
I hung out with my childhood best friend like everyday during the summer. She lived across the boulevard and wasn't allowed to cross to my side without her mother and mine was too busy to give a fuck so I went to her. I'd been crossing alone since I was 7 or 8. Almost directly across the boulevard from my house was an ice cream shop called B&F. They didn't just have ice cream, they had a section of penny candy and since we never had enough for ice cream, we went for that. They had water balloons for 3 pennies one summer. We bought as many as we could and then we went to her house and pelted each other in the backyard. I think that moment was my favorite. My favorite person in the world (at that time), probably my favorite place to be, no responsibilities (though I'm sure I was ignoring mine), neither of our mothers were screaming at us and neither of us were crying.

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Do you have free space on your phone? How much?

Yeeesss and I love it. My old phone had 16 GBs of space and the phone system took up 10 of them. I could have a lot of tiny apps or like three big ones and I always had to have my photos backed up so I could remove them from my phone to have more space. I have used 48 gigs and still have 80 left. It's amazing in my little world.

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What is the least stressful job you can think of?

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Maybe being a librarian. I've always spent a lot of time in libraries and you don't really have the rude, condescending people there. Someone couldn't use the computer because they didn't have their card on them. There were no rants or raves, just an, "Oh, alright. Sorry about that." Super polite. Always. The only real worry is someone is going to spill something on the books or a little kid is going to get hurt while running on the stairs or around the bookshelves. There aren't many deadlines or quotas to fill. You get to give back to the community and encourage people to read. Being the one to run the library would be a different story, but I think librarians are some of the most peaceful people.

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Do you judge people based on their knowledge of grammar?

No. Not everyone was fortunate enough to get the same education as I did and I know that's I also know a lot of foreign people that speak in broken English or don't have the best grasp on the language. Everyone is different. I don't ever compare others to me and I try to discourage others from doing it too. Everyone learns differently. One of my friends has horrendous grammar. As long as I can decipher what they're trying to say, I'm alright. And I'll try to help if I can.

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Do you judge people based on their knowledge of grammar?

No. Not everyone was fortunate enough to get the same education as I did and I know that's I also know a lot of foreign people that speak in broken English or don't have the best grasp on the language. Everyone is different. I don't ever compare others to me and I try to discourage others from doing it too. Everyone learns differently. One of my friends has horrendous grammar. As long as I can decipher what they're trying to say, I'm alright. And I'll try to help if I can.

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Should people be given a second chance? ?

Depends on why they need to be given one. If it's for something small and not super significant, then sure. If it had more of a sway between you guys, you'd have to decide then how you feel about it. If it was monumentally horrendous, something that changed you irrevocably or you told yourself you'd never forgive them for, don't. If it was unintentional and they're genuinely remorseful and actually trying to change, you'd have to weigh your feelings and decide then. If they're not remorseful or if they went out of their way to do it, if they don't see anything wrong with it, or all of the above, no second chances. I don't think chances are like lollipops. If you finish one, you don't get another every time.

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If you could play any musical instrument, what would it be?

I played the flute for like ten years and I know a bit of piano and tried to teach myself on a cheap old guitar that I stole from my brother, but it came out of tune every time I out my fingers on the strings. I'd absolutely kill to be able to play the piano and guitar at the level I can play the flute. To just be able to have the instrument in front of me and not have to think about the notes and how to execute them as I play them.

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