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    2017-11-16 05:00
    &ldquo;I want to be a comedian. A lot of people in my class think I&rsquo;m funny. Sometimes it can be hard to think of a good joke that isn&rsquo;t about Trump. But even if you don&rsquo;t get any laughs, you can usually just keep silent for a few minutes and try again. Sometimes I accidentally make jokes that only I get. Like the other day I tried to tell a joke about that lady who handed out cashews instead of candy for Halloween. But only my friend Aiden knew about the Cashew Lady so nobody laughed. But then later my teacher asked where I got my sources for my constitutional rights paper. And I told her I got them from &lsquo;a sorcerer.&rsquo; Even she laughed at that one.&rdquo; <br>
    2017-11-15 04:00
    &ldquo;I came to America when I was six years old. Mom said she brought us here so that we&rsquo;d have opportunities in life. She said that back in the Bahamas, it&rsquo;s only the &lsquo;haves&rsquo; and the &lsquo;have nots.&rsquo; She wanted us to have more choices. But I don&rsquo;t think she fully understood how things work here. She was a news reporter back in the Bahamas. But the only job she could get here was taking care of oldpeople. My dad could only work construction. We moved to four different states just so they could find work. They always told me, &lsquo;Just study hard in school and everything will work out fine.&rsquo; So that was my plan. I got all A&rsquo;s up until the 11th grade&ndash; except for one B in math. My goal was to get top twenty in my class, then go to college, then get a degree, and then get a job. I realized the truth my senior year. My guidance counselor told me I couldn&rsquo;t get a loan. I couldn&rsquo;t get financial aid. Even if I could find a way to pay for school, I probably couldn&rsquo;t get a job. I felt so mad at everyone. There were some kids who completely slacked off in school, but even they were going to college. I started having panic attacks. My dad told me not to worry. He called me a &lsquo;doubting Peter.&rsquo; He invited all his friends over to a fish fry to help raise money. And he did get $3,000. But that wasn&rsquo;t enough. So I searched really hard on the Internet and found the Dream.us scholarship. My mom was so excited when I got it. They&rsquo;re paying for me to go to Queens College. Now my mom&rsquo;s really scared again because DACA got revoked. She&rsquo;s crying all the time at work. I try to tell her that no matter what happens, we&rsquo;re not going to die. We just might have to start over.&rdquo; <br>
    2017-11-15 04:00
    &ldquo;My mom went off when she found out I was gay. It&rsquo;s not accepted in Jamaican culture. I had to pretend I was &lsquo;over it&rsquo; just so I could stay in the house. I didn&rsquo;t really have anyone to talk to about it. I was always getting in fights with other kids. I didn&rsquo;t even have a real friend until I was seventeen. I joined my school&rsquo;s volleyball team, and the coach paired me up with a boy named Winnie to work on drills. I was still in the closet. He was much more flamboyant than me. He&rsquo;d make me laugh. We&rsquo;d talk about other boys on the team. He showed me how to not take myself so seriously. And we had similar backgrounds too. Winnie lived in a single parent home. His mother didn&rsquo;t accept his lifestyle either. Sometimes we&rsquo;d talk on the phone at night. Or we&rsquo;d get a slice of pizza after practice. These were things that I&rsquo;d never done with anyone before. I never pursued anything romantic because I couldn&rsquo;t risk the friendship. It was the first time I didn&rsquo;t feel alone.&ldquo; <br>
    2017-11-15 04:00
    &ldquo;Zoe loves the movies. So I knew if I was going to propose, it had to involve the movies. But I can&rsquo;t make a movie myself because I don&rsquo;t work in film. So I had to get creative. I ordered a black-and-white Italian film from a vintage film dealer. It seemed vaguely romantic. I spent four months editing it on my computer. I changed all the subtitles. I cut out the harem scene. I completely changed the plot so that it resembled our lives. I wrote some dialogue about picture frames because Zoe&rsquo;s family owns a frame shop. And I love trains. So I made the main character a train enthusiast. When I finished the editing, I rented out a small theater with sixty seats. I invited all of Zoe&rsquo;s friends and family. I made sure everyone sat in the front and didn&rsquo;t turn around. The weather was beautiful that day. Zoe didn&rsquo;t want to go to a movie. We got in a big fight about it, but I finally convinced her. I was so nervous that I laughed during the whole film. I&rsquo;d seen all the jokes 1000 times but I laughed at them anyway. Then during the final scene, the main characters started speaking to the audience, and one of them asked: &lsquo;Does anyone here want to get married?&rsquo; So I stood up. The lights came on. All her friends and family turned around. And I gave a speech that I prepared. I was so nervous that I forgot to ask the actual question. But Zoe bailed me out and said &lsquo;yes&rsquo; anyway.&rdquo; <br>
    2017-11-15 04:00
    &ldquo;At first I told myself I could get past it. I said, &lsquo;Let&rsquo;s just see how it goes.&rsquo; We had excellent dates. Everything else about her was exactly what I wanted. I didn&rsquo;t want to ruin something good for that one little reason. But it&rsquo;s been 1.5 years. And I feel horrible, but I just can&rsquo;t get past it. And I feel like a bad person for being bothered by it. I can&rsquo;t bring myself to tell her. We&rsquo;re going to couple&rsquo;s therapy next week, but I still don&rsquo;t think I&rsquo;ll be able to say it. Is there any right way to ask someone to lose weight for you?&rdquo;<br><br>
    2017-11-15 04:00
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