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How's It Going?: Burger Edition

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Burgers! I love a good burger. Over the years, I’ve gotten better and better at making my own tasty burgers. This is both a blessing and a curse. On the one hand, being able to make tasty smash burgers or juicy grilled burgers at home is excellent during a time when most of us are stuck at home. But it also means whenever you go over to someone’s house to have burgers, there’s a very real possibility you are going to eat a dry meat puck that has little flavor. You’ll have to smile and nod and go “Oh, this is good! Thanks.” But inside you’ll be sad. I’ve tried to be proactive about this situation, offering tips to folks making burgers who are going down a bad path. Stuff like “Maybe these bad boys are done?” and “Did you..uh..put any salt and pepper on them? You should.”


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How’s it going? Any specific meals you’ve been cooking up lately? Have you started going out more? (While wearing a mask I hope.)

Kotaku Weekend Editor | Zack Zwiezen is a writer living in Kansas. He has written for GameCritics, USgamer, Kill Screen & Entertainment Fuse.

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So I found out yesterday that one of my best friends since 4th grade or so nearly beat his baby to death Thursday night. The baby is alive and might make it with no lifelong problems, but from what I understand there were several broken bones (including a femur), and some of them showed signs of healing, which means it has happened more than once. Because of that CPS isn’t letting the mother near the baby at this time too, since it looks like she didn’t report the abuse. Personally I think she’s innocent in it. She’s extremely sweet and level, and he’s a trained actor and a very convincing liar; he probably made it look like an accident.

I’m oscillating wildly between furious and heartbroken. What I really hate is that the news wasn’t even that shocking. We all knew he had anger and self control issues but I guess we hoped he wouldn’t hit a fucking baby.

His parents had to take a second mortgage to bail him out (should have left him there to rot, IMO). I’m on good terms with the whole family but I’m not sure if I should contact them and say anything or offer to help or what. He’s become persona non grata among my circle of friends. Kicked from discord, unfriended, blocked on cell phones, you name it.

I’m sorry I dropped this in this thread but I really don’t know what I can do. Probably nothing.