The shit has hit the fan for a buddy of mine. We have been partners in some internet marketing programs over the past couple of years and were on the verge of doing very, very well, not that what we have been doing was anything to complain about but all that just came to a screeching halt. The guy is even a member here. Because my buddy failed to respond to court orders regarding a civil matter, he managed to propel that civil matter into a criminal matter by not responding and is now in jail on no bond and is facing extradition to a distant state. The guy has life-threatening health issues and is not being given his medication, is not receiving proper medical care and I have contacted everyone is sight from the state Attorney General on down to no avail. The guy will probably die in jail awaiting the court. I didn't know we have debtor's prison here in the USA but we sure as fuck do! In the last few days I have found out that he was not entirely truthful with me about a number of things. Not that I have been scammed but rather, taken advantage of in a big way. He did not impart to me information about his situation and had he done so, things would be a lot different. He would not be in jail, his house would not be knee-deep in animal shit and his wife would not be on the verge of having to go into an institution. I know he felt bad about his situation but I thought we were friends and he should have opened up to me. This situation has even left ME owing someplace around $2K, which I can pay off a bit at a time but I'm not angry about it. When things like this happen I don't get angry, I just get a little harder. a little more cynical and I really don't like that. I knew that he had serious heath issues, I knew that he was having money issues and I have sent him literally thousands over the past year or so in payment for internet work that he did for me and his cut on our marketing efforts. We live in different cities about a hundred miles apart and we have only personally met maybe four times but we spent hours on Skype, sent money back and forth with PP, Green Dot, wires and bank accounts. Let me repeat that he did NOT full describe the other issues but did I not pick up on cues he may have communicated? I know that I am a self-centered rat bastard but occasionally even I can pick up on shit and I think the cues were just not there. The problem started as a relatively small one, only a few $K but has now advanced into someplace around $12K and the court wants it now and there ain't no way this can happen in the time frame being allowed. I'm not looking for anything here and am mostly venting I guess but I am hurtin' for cetain. He just did not tell me and in fact had told me that he had the matter under control. His pride maybe? I just don't fucking know. Did I fail him? I just don't fucking know. I got a twelve-pack and am going to think about it a lot today. To borrow from George Carlin's "Seven Words You Can't Say On Television": Shit, piss, fuck, cunt, cocksucker, motherfucker, and tits.