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    Fuck big pharma in the U.S., go to Mexico. Mexico is fucking awesome. With U.S. prescription prices, I recommend someone with an expensive list of generic Rx's make a yearly trip. Or every six months. I have my aunt send me a whole bunch of shit like thyroid meds, and heparin and clomid when I needed them. Most legit pharmacies will ask you for a script but the shady ones will give you anything if you give them a story (bought a bunch of Xanax in Cabo, unfortunately found out it wasn't my thing.)

    The only thing is Rx's which still have patents and no generics will cost you the same or almost the same.

    For specialty drugs like for IVF, I ordered from the U.K. I spent $3-4k on scripts that would have cost $5-7k in the U.S. Again, fuck big pharma.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CornFlakegrl View Post
    The one time I was in Mexico (Tijuana) there were "pharmacies" every block or so. I went in and there are people in lab coats with prescription pads. LOL, like they just write up what you want and then dispense it I guess. I did not buy anything. I'm a fraidy cat.
    oh me too! i was gonna try to get some lip plumping stuff or botox to bring back and destroy my face with, but i chickened out!!!

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    21 April at 15:01

    It's awful, but it's not fatal.
    That's the dispatch I'm sending back from exactly one year into this shadow-slog. A year ago today -- an hour from now, I'm just realizing -- I came back from dropping Alice off at school. I'd let Michelle sleep in. Got our daughter dressed and ready for school -- lunch packed, class folder in her backpack. I stopped on the way home to buy Michelle an Americano and left it on her bedside table around 9:30am. Went up to my office, did some writing, answered some e-mails, Tweeted some thoughts on Prince dying. There was an art show at Alice's school in the afternoon and my wife and I were going to go, get dragged around the room by Alice as she chattered about her artwork and the work of her classmates. Except instead I came back down into the house and the life i knew was gone.
    I'm one year into this new life -- one I never even imagined, and I can imagine some pretty pessimistic and dark contingencies, some stomach-freezing "what ifs." But not this one. This one had such a flat, un-poetic immediacy. The world gazes at you like a hungry but indifferent reptile when you're widowed.
    Last night I took off my wedding ring. I couldn't bear removing it since April 21st, 2016. But now it felt obscene. That anonymous poem about the man mourning his dead lover for a year and a day, for craving a kiss from her "clay cold lips." I was inviting more darkness. Removing the ring was removing the last symbol of denial of who I was now, and what my life is, and what my responsibilities are.
    But it's not fatal.
    I put the ring in this little box I'd had made, when Michelle and I moved out of the house we lived in together in Burbank -- first as boyfriend/girlfriend, then as fiancees, then as a married couple. When we moved into our new house I had the box made, and filled with it random trinkets and scraps of our life leading up to marriage. The first movie we went to after moving in with each other, the first movie premiere we went to, hotel keys and love notes and pictures.
    Michelle brought me nothing but happiness. You see it in our faces, that picture between the two pics of the box. That was taken literally a month after we started going out. Look at us. We knew this was it.
    So the ring goes with the happy stuff.
    And no, I'm not making today any sort of dark ritual or painful memorial. No graveside visit. Those are for when Alice and I have something exciting to say to her. No candle lighting or ballon launching. We think of her every day -- she's still so tied into our worlds, in a way that's encouraging, and energizing. So why light a flame that will die, or release a balloon that will disappear? Michelle's gone but she wasn't the kind of soul that disappears or dies out.
    I'm gonna pick Alice up at school later. She wants to go to a pet store and buy "worms that will grow into beetles." She's becoming a cool bug girl and Michelle would have thought that was hilarious (Michelle HATED insects). Then we'll go get ice cream. Or go home and play a game. I'm her dad. I want to make her days fun.
    I've become friends with a lot of other people who share my tragedy. We're an informal, subtle little club. No rankings or initiation ceremonies or secret handshakes. And no, we don't "see it each other's eyes" or "sense it without saying it." We went through something that transformed us but, for the most part, we keep it together. We lost someone who made us live better in the world. It would be an insult to them not suddenly live badly in this world.
    I plan things better. I'm more patient. I still sleep badly, and my weight and health need some work, but that's combat damage. There's got to be a way to fix those without being shitty to friends and strangers who are struggling with chaos. I'll try.
    One year in. Another year starting. It's awful, but it's not fatal. Message received? Over and out.



    As Canadian as possible under the circumstances

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    How eloquent.

    What a beautiful memorial to his wife.

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    Ugh I cry every time I read something he has written or said about her.

    I watched 48 Hours Saturday. It was about the serial killer she was investigating. Patton is having her book finished. I hope that the ultimate tribute to her will happen and they will find out who this guy was.
    I am going to come and burn the fucking house down... but you will blow me first."

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    ^i watched it too. i guess i've seen too many of those but if the husband was all "i told her to sleep in as long as she wanted, i heard her snoring around 10 am so i got her an americano and put it next to her and then came back a few hours later and she was dead" (like he said) that would be the story of the guy they were investigating for her death.
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    I'm just so sad for Patton that my ID loving mind never even went there. Maybe you need to step back fgg!
    I am going to come and burn the fucking house down... but you will blow me first."

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    ^nope! my husband and i decided he did it because he was sick of hearing about EARON! LOL!
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    I haven't been paying much attention to this story, but in the last six months, I've gotten heavily into the EAR/ONS case. I love true crime but even this one freaks me out. There's a website devoted to minute details of each of his victims and I can't read it at night or when my son isn't home. This guy is a true psychopath. I've always been the type of person that makes sure every window/door is locked and shut, but I'm 100 times worse now. Since EAR/ONS has never been caught, it's giving me serious hebbie-jeebies that this author was writing a book about him and then had this really freaky death (murder?).

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    Quote Originally Posted by MsDark View Post
    You realize that there are legitimate diagnoses where opiate meds (even fentanyl) would be prescribed?

    This proves nothing. I'll give an example.

    There was a point in our (me and MrD) lives where if we all went toes up at the same time and someone (in a professional capacity) came to our house to clean it out or investigate, you would have found my "amphetamines" (diet pills), MrD's weed stash, a couple of real, definitely non-fake ecstasy tabs from a friend with whom we had a party with the year before with a bunch of people at our house when he was in town. A bottle of hydrocodone from where I'd had more than one root canal done after DarkJr. (And learned ever since the agony of having one get infected, NEVER to turn down a pain med script...even when I didn't need them... I would always get it filled and hold on to that shit forever). Then there was my xanax script from PPD. (Again, held onto that forever). Being that MrD was a bartender when we worked at the casinos, we usually had a large amount of liquor and wine in the cabinet. The good stuff.

    Neither of us was a junkie. But we could have popped positive on a blood test if taken at the right time. MrD was only a weekend beer drinker, and occasional liquor imbiber at that time. He did take a few hits off a joint in the garage on a fairly regular basis at one point in our lives. But frankly, it calmed his ass down and I wish he had stuck to weed. If that shit had been legal we might never have ended up divorced.

    I might go months without ever having a drop of booze if life was busy and full of responsibility. We were partiers when DarkJr went to the grandparents' (And the moon was full, and friends were also kid-free, and we didn't have to work the next day, etc. You get the point). All while working hard, keeping up a home and family life, putting a kid through private school, and me back to school eventually.

    You be the judge. Were we junkies?

    This woman's privacy is being violated. She was obviously loved by people. And clearly able to function in life.
    Quote Originally Posted by idunno View Post
    Well, the fentanyl and opiates were prescribed to her, so presumably she did have some sort of diagnose. It's a matter of definition or semantics, but I think a non-drug addicted patient would ask their doctor how the fentanyl mixes with benzos and amphetamines and any other drugs they're taking, both prescribed and recreational. Amphetamines are amphetamines whether they come in diet pills or from your friendly neighborhood dealer.
    Of course Radar is laying it on thick with the "private drug den". They aren't known for their restraint or consideration.

    The thing that makes me curious is the opiate/benzo combo. I've been on strong opioids off and on for 28 years ever since a very bad car accident. My tolerance to it has gone up, obviously, but I've never been addicted to it. My doctor makes sure I have a decent amount at all times. I still get migraines, and sometimes my neck or back go out and I can't move. I take maybe one every 2-3 months and still have a 3/4 full bottle upstairs. It's only there for when I need it.

    I've been on Xanax (strong dose) for about eight-ish years, pretty regularly. I have panic/anxiety and for me, it's a necessity. My point is that I have NEVER taken those together. If I've taken a Percocet (10mg pills), there is no anxiety so the Xanax wouldn't really do anything and it would be a wasted pill. One of the strongest side effects of opioids is euphoria, and there is no anxiety in that state. I've been on Fentanyl twice, both times while admitted for two different surgeries in a hospital, and it is definitely exponentially stronger than Oxycodone, which should make the need for Xanax non-existent. It's just something really strange that jumped out at me when I read what her toxicology came back with. I'm not a doctor, but I have long experiences with both types of drugs.
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    Michelle McNamara’s Hunt For The Golden State Killer

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    It’s been a whole year since true crime writer Michelle McNamara unexpectedly passed away in her sleep. Consumed by her hunt for a prolific serial killer she dubbed the Golden State Killer, McNamara’s last days were dedicated to identifying him and finding closure for the families of his victims. Sadly, her quest was cut short before she could solve the case. Now her husband, comedian Patton Oswalt, is picking up where McNamara left off.

    The Golden State Killer is probably not a name many are aware of, nor are the other two names previously given to the monster who wreaked havoc across California between 1976-1986. The East Area Rapist, or the Original Night Stalker (not to be confused with the Night Stalker Richard Ramirez, who was apprehended in 1985), sexually assaulted over 50 women and brutally murdered at least 10 people during his reign. Despite his immense criminal history, the killer and his victims are often overlooked, and the case remains unsolved.

    His crimes first began with burglary and rape. Initially known as the East Area Rapist, he would stalk women in upper middle-class neighborhoods, and scope out their homes—learning the layout, studying family photos, and hiding rope to use later—before attacking them in their bedrooms as they slept.

    He targeted young, single women before moving on to attacking couples. He would arrive on a bicycle, break into the home by prying open a window or door, wake up his victims, and threaten them with a gun. He bound and blindfolded them, and sometimes made the female victim tie up the male victim.

    After he attacked, the intruder would spend hours inside their home. One time he ate leftovers in the kitchen as his victims lay helpless upstairs. He even brought his dog to his crime scenes. When one of his victims escaped and he was almost caught, the East Area Rapist changed his MO.

    Graduating from rape to murder, the East Area Rapist would take on a new name: The Original Night Stalker. At the time, authorities were unaware the two cases were committed by the same individual because the killer would strike at different locations in California, and he would change his behavior.

    One thing that remained constant throughout was the killer’s mental state. He was often described as shouting or talking to himself at the crime scene, and one of his outburst ruined a planned attack on October 1, 1979.

    He broke into a home and startled the victims by shouting, “I’m going to kill them” to himself as he entered their room. As the couple screamed for help, their neighbor, an FBI agent, heard their shouts and chased the attacker as he fled the home.

    The attacker left his bicycle at the scene, and dropped his knife. He proved to be too fast for the FBI agent, and managed to get away on foot—but not before he left footprints behind. The footprints linked him to the murders of another couple, but they didn’t help police discover his identity.

    It wasn’t until DNA evidence was uncovered in 2001 that both the East Area Rapist and the Original Night Stalker were determined to be the same person. The frightening revelation connected the dots for detectives, but it made it even harder for them to solve the case.

    Considering how the killer took his time at every crime, touched things all over the home, dropped evidence, was seen by numerous witnesses and chased from the scene, it should have been easier to uncover his identity. And not only did the killer take his time at the scene, but he didn’t shy away from the media.

    The rapist and killer spent most his crime spree looking for attention. He sent poems to newspapers, and even submitted hand-drawn maps of suburban neighborhoods. His ability to escape every one of his crimes and remain unidentified made him cocky.

    The Original Night Stalker was brazen with his attacks, and his torment didn’t end once he left the homes of his victims. The killer called his victims before and after their attacks. He called to wish one victim a merry Christmas in 1977, and he called another victim to say, “Gonna kill you,” repeatedly.

    There’s even a rumor that claims a man spoke up at a town meeting discussing the East Area Rapist, and criticized other men for allowing their wives to be assaulted. Days later, the man and his wife were attacked by the East Area Rapist.

    But despite all the evidence, the killer evaded police, and the case has remained unsolved until this day. His crime spree is relatively unknown to many because the cases were pushed to the side for bigger stories and other killers who were caught at the time—like Richard Ramirez.

    McNamara became aware of the killer after reading a book by retired detective Larry Crompton called, “Self Terror.” Fascinated by the case, she scoured the web for any details she could find, and to her surprise, not much came up.

    Eventually, she found a true crime message board and read through thousands of posts on the killer. In 2006, she created a blog called True Crime Diary, where she would share her research on unsolved crimes. Her biggest focus was the Original Night Stalker case.

    Unlike other infamous killers in history—the Son of Sam, the Zodiac, or BTK—the Original Night Stalker/East Area Rapist didn’t have a catchy name. So, to bring attention to the case, and to show the immense ground the killer covered across California, McNamara titled him the Golden State Killer.

    Giving the killer a catchy name was just the first step, and it certainly wasn’t going to solve the case on its own. So, McNamara stepped out from behind her computer screen to solve it herself. Far from an armchair detective, McNamara retraced the Golden State Killer’s steps, visited all his crime locations, met with witnesses, and actively searched for new evidence.

    Oswalt described his wife to PEOPLE, “She was obsessed with cold cases – with crimes that, despite mountains of evidence and witness accounts and man hours committed to puzzling them out, still remained maddeningly unsolved… She could retell these stories and frame them in a way that made them feel immediate.”

    McNamara’s passion and dedication to the case earned her respect from police officers who worked on the case. Her series of articles in LA Magazine dedicated to finding the killer sparked the interest of investigator Paul Holes with the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s office.

    Holes explained that McNamara was more than just a journalist obsessed with a story; McNamara was an investigator just like them.

    Not only did McNamara follow and investigate leads from detectives, but she brought them leads as well. One time she tracked down a set of antique cuff links she believed were stolen from one of the killer’s victims. Sadly, they were not—but the lead made McNamara feel like she was getting closer on the killer’s trail.

    Unfortunately, the trail would end for McNamara on April 21, 2016. Before she died, McNamara was working on a book about the murders, a book she hoped would identify the Golden State Killer. Following her unexpected death, her husband explained that the book will be finished.

    In a Facebook post, Oswalt stated, “She left behind an amazing unfinished book, about a horrific series of murders that everyone — including the retired homicide detectives she worked with — was sure she’d solve. The Golden State Killer. She gave him that name, in an article for Los Angeles Magazine. She was going to figure out the real name behind it…”

    He continued, “Any spare energy I’ve managed to summon since April 21st I’ve put toward finishing Michelle’s book…With a lot of help from some very amazing people. It will come out. I will let you know.”


    McNamara may not have lived to see the Golden State Killer’s true identity, but her efforts to find him have left a tremendous effect on the case. Her investigation brought new wide-spread attention, and her book may just help catch him.

    Michelle McNamara?s Hunt For The Golden State Killer ? Blumhouse.com
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    I'm glad he is doing this for her.
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    Patton Oswalt engaged to actress Meredith Salenger


    Patton Oswalt is engaged to Meredith Salenger just 15 months after his wife’s death.

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    BY Rachel Desantis
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    Updated: Thursday, July 6, 2017, 11:31 AM
    Patton Oswalt has found love after loss.
    The comedian, 48, is engaged to his actress girlfriend Meredith Salenger, People reports.
    The happy couple's impending nuptials come just 15 months after Michelle McNamara, Oswalt's wife of nearly 11 years and the mother of his 8-year-old daughter Alice, died suddenly in her sleep in April 2016 at age 46.
    Oswalt and Salenger, 47, first went public with their romance at the premiere of "Baby Driver" last month in Los Angeles, and have since taken to flaunting their love for each other on social media.
    Patton Oswalt remembers wife on one-year anniversary of her death
    Salenger, who has appeared in shows like “Grey’s Anatomy” and done voiceover work for shows like “Star Wars: The Clone Wars,” seemed to acknowledge the happy news on Instagram Wednesday night with a photo of her catching a bouquet at a friend's wedding.


    "Once upon a time… in 2008… at my friend's wedding… I caught the bouquet… #fairytalesdoexist."
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    Speaking of Salenger, I was working in a video store in 1988-1989 when people were renting two of Salenger's films all the time - "A Night in the Life of Jimmy Reardon" (with River Phoenix), and "Dream a Little Dream" (with the Corey's). She was super cute and still looks great.


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    I've seen her is several things. I'm happy for Patton and his daughter.
    I am going to come and burn the fucking house down... but you will blow me first."

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