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How Do I Make Money Using Bet365 Cash Out?

The Bet365 Cash Out add-on has been available now for a couple of years and is used by hundreds of thousands of punters allow over the world every week.

Whilst Bet365 were not the innovators of the original tool (that was Betfair Sportsbook) they have embraced it due to their extensive in-play markets and heavy marketing and advertising across major sports events.

To describe how Bet365 cash out works in basic terms, it’s a way to allow punters to control their bets, allowing you to stop your bet and take a return before the event has finished. The amount offered will be based on how the bet is going at the time and could be higher or lower than the original stake placed.

There are many theories on how the system can be maximised to ensure that you make as much money as possible from the Bet365 cash out tool.

These are generally based on a number of trading methods that people have been using on the exchange markets for years but now you don’t have to worry about a ‘rival’ punter offering up odds for you to claim as these returns will be offered direct from the bookmaker.

One method is to bet small amounts on events that have very high odds, such as a team at the bottom of a league winning at a team at the top and cash out in the event of the less fancied team taking the lead. This happens a lot more than people think, with the smaller teams playing defensively and hoping to nick a goal from a set-play.

More often than not this then spurs the home team into life to attack more imaginatively and look to win the game. The idea is to remove your winnings as soon as the smaller team has taken the lead, although for some the temptation may be to see if you can hold your nerve for as long as possible to see if the profits go up even further!

Other techniques take a little research, such as looking into low-scoring teams that are playing each other in football and placing bets on draws, no goals being scored or under 2.5 goals in the game and seeing how long you can hold your nerve for before cashing out.

And then of course there is the accumulator Bet365 cash out method, which would seem the only way to put multiple bets on these days. Using the cash out method allows you to be able to remove any winnings before the results come in. Let’s face it, there is normally always one game that lets you down, so if your bets are all winnings and you can’t face that last-minute inevitable equaliser messing up your bet again it might just be time to cash out!

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Everyone Loves Bonuses

Vegas in the desert

Vegas in the desert (Photo credit: Bert Kaufmann)

Guess what? I like to get something for nothing. Show me someone who doesn’t and I’ll show you someone who is either not telling the truth or has too much money for their own good. So yes I pick up buy one get one free deals, collect coupons, get money off at the gas station – all the normal stuff. If there’s a promotion available on something I want, then I will use it.

On my European trip I noticed the same thing around the betting industry (yes as you can tell, it’s certainly something that captivated my interest as I haven’t stopped going on about it since).

If you think about it, Vegas has been doing loyalty points since time began. Sit for long enough at the tables and you’ll get comped a free meal, show tickets or even free nights in the hotel. It’s nothing new. I mean you only have to sit down at all to get yourself free drinks if the waitress is nearby.

What Las Vegas doesn’t do enough of, or in most cases doesn’t do at all, is loss leading promotions – something to get you through the door in the first place. They probably figure it’s not necessary as normally their gaming tables and sportsbooks are full without them having to do anything extra. But online, the situation is very different. Online bookies have to work very hard to get new customers and even harder to keep them.

With most online betting companies you get both type of betting promotions particularly on sports. First of all there is always something to get you through the door, either a no deposit bonus, a matched bet or a “place one bet get one bet free” type of offer.

Then when you’ve joined and opened your account, there’s more stuff to keep you engaged. Things like money back offers, insurance on losing bets, free bets in play if you bet before the start of the game. All sorts of stuff I didn’t even get chance to look through it all.

Makes sense really, because there is so much competition. If these bookies didn’t make all that effort to keep you loyal to them, chances are you’d just wander off and try somewhere else. You need to work hard to get customers and you need to work hard to keep them, that’s the way the online betting market works.

So if and when you’re allowed to and choose to try your hand at online betting, those promotions and rewards are coming your way. Just something to look forward to and brighten up your day.

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Classic Games Countdown

I liked this PC game countdown from WackyModder84 on YouTube. The guy has attitude which I respect. I haven;t heard of all the games but still enjoyed listening to the commentary on these, and there were a few I have played before.

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Side Effects of Sports Gambling

Sports betting, MGM Grand

Sports betting, MGM Grand (Photo credit: runneralan2004)

Gambling on a whole can present many negative effects and “sports betting” has the ability to cause much more harm than other forms of gambling. The major concern with sports betting is that it questions the integrity of the game being played. Around the globe, countries, leagues and governing bodies are struggling to cope with the takeover of the sport by persons who tempt players to fix matches so as to favor the outcome of bets made on that matchup.

Is It Fixed?

There is no doubt that match fixing occurs in just about every sport but on what degree and how far mainstream is decided based on the sport or country. In football for example, La Liga and especially the Italian League, Serie A has been bombarded with the negative spinoffs that come with sports betting and the persons who are greedy enough to destroy the various sports for money.

“Sports betting” has reached a level that it has the ability to cause serious problems for a college student athlete. These athletes are heavily approached by bookies in attempt to have them alter games and affect points spread.

The ramifications are grave and a player can be publicly humiliated and expelled from college just because he was wowed by the cash being offered. Not to mention if the athlete had the opportunity of going pro, those chances would be no longer. The truth of the matter is, it is happening as you read this article and one may question are we naive to think we can exist in a sports betting industry that does it by the books.

Start ‘Em Young

It is believed that “sports betting” is having a huge impact on the youth population, specifically teenagers who are 18 and under. This demography can quickly relate to sports and as a result will be even quickly drawn to wagering on sports. There is no doubt that wagering on sports or gambling at a young age has detrimental effects.

I can attest to starting sports betting as a teen and that is probably why I have the knowledge I have today but there were instances as a teen that I had lost all my money and had no idea what to do. It took a toll on me and began to have an impact on my grades.

Understanding

It wasn’t that I wasn’t good at sports betting but I was too young to understand at that time how important money management is to long term success where as I was more focused on short term success at the time. Sports betting companies love that they can attract such demography and it ensures they will stay in business for a very long time. There was a study done by the American Academy of Pediatrics that hinted that over a million teenagers were said to be addicted to gambling in the United States.

It must be noted that addiction to sports gambling can lead to other addictions as well. There is a very thin line and if you know you are showing signs of addictive behavior please try and get help. Sports betting can earn you money but only if done right and only if done along with money management skills.

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Thinking Of Joining A Dating Site

Yeah I know what you’re thinking – Tracy is so cool, she can easily hook up with someone any time she likes right? So why would she even be thinking of online dating? Thanks for the compliment, but life ain’t always that easy.

Truth is I don’t have the time to find Miss Right at the moment, even though I feel I do still have the confidence to charm her when we do meet. So I’m doing the cyber nerd thing and playing the field online. That way I can check out hundreds of possible matches without even needing to leave the home – or even get dressed!

One thing to realize is that dating online still requires you to make some effort, it’s just a different approach to picking someone up in a bar. So I started looking for some tips and came across (not literally) these two ladies discussing some handy tips.

So now I know all that I reckon I’m all set, just need to join up on some of the web’s top dating sites and leave a good profile that’s going to attract the right sort of interest. I’ll keep you guys updated when I get some matches and hopefully they lead to a good first date and maybe more!

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A Classic

Can’t really call my blog crazy tracy, and not have a soundtrack to match can I?

So without further ado, here’s Steve and the boys….

Nice to see Liv making an early appearance here as well. She’s cute.

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Crazy Europeans

Most people in the US would not know, but it was the Eurovision song contest yesterday. Never good. Always funny to see what the crazies from various Euro nations will come up with.

This year my favorite was Jedward from Ireland. They didn’t win, but they sure made me laugh hard! I challenge anyone to watch this with a straight face…

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AAARGH! Stressed Again!

Can you imagine living a life without stress? Unfortunately, that is impossible, and truthfully, some stress is helpful. It is easy for your stress to get the better of you, resulting in negative consequences. This article will give you some useful tips for getting a handle on the stress in your life.

Don’t start relying on alcohol if you have had a rough day. Having a drink every night to ease some of your stress can lead to dependency. This can easily push you into a downward cycle that is difficult to break.

Change your attitude; by playing the victim you are only adding to your stress levels. It is essential that you never do this. Try and imagine what it would take for you to live perfectly stress-free. It is actually impossible, so don’t make yourself a victim, it won’t help you reduce stress.

Make time for meditation. Meditation provides an opportunity for both physical and mental relaxation. Meditating regularly will soon show an improvement in your overall stress level. This is a good way to always stay in control of your stress, no matter what the situation is.

A professional massage can help reduce stress. Mental stress is often absorbed by the body as muscle tension. A thorough massage relaxes your muscles and rubs away accumulated stress.

Mediation can be a very beneficial tactic to use against stress or anxiety. Mediation can lessen your anxiety and calm your mind. Meditation is not about practicing complex exercises. Sit in your favorite room and read a book or listen to music.

Try exercising if you feel anxious or stressed out. A simple walk around your neighborhood can greatly reduce the anxiety you feel.

Take a deep breath and pause for a moment before confronting a stressful situation. Take a step back and count from one to ten, while taking some deep breaths, and then rejoin the situation. Waiting a few seconds will help you control your stressful reaction and behave more calmly and more professionally.

Find the right tips for your situation, and try them out when stress rears it’s ugly head. When you are feeling stressed, it can be very difficult to use those important stress management techniques. Attempt to follow the advice in this article, and see if any of these tips are effective for you. Incorporate them into your daily life, and find out if they can help you to manage stress and become more relaxed.

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Welcome

ALKIE! My name is Tracy and I’m an alcoholic. This is where you’re supposed to say, “Hi Tracy!” I’ve been in recovery for nearly 19 years (September 23, 1988) and my life has changed so drastically since those gray, blurry days. I’m not very anonymous. It never made much sense to me that when you’re drunk you scream to all your neighbors, “I’M DRUNK! WOO HOO, LOOK AT ME! I’M DRUNK!” but when you get sober and go into AA, you whisper, “I’m in recovery.” So, let me just say, “I’M SOBER! WOO HOO, LOOK AT ME! I’M SOBER!” Okay, this being “A,” let me tell you about me….

BROTHERS I have three insane brothers. They’re not clinically insane–I’m pretty sure they don’t meet criteria for admission–but dig a bit and you’ll see.

CATS I’m not crazy about cats. I have one cat named Sabrina and she’s as indifferent to me as I am to her. I think she and I have an understanding (you stay away from me, I’ll stay away from you), but every so often, she wants me to pick her up. I don’t know why. She doesn’t enjoy it that much and she squirms to get away like seconds later, but I do it and pretend to be all smitten with my kitten. I guess I am, in a way, and I do love her. But I know I couldn’t tolerate another cat, and she probably couldn’t tolerate another owner.

DADDY When I was a little girl my Dad used to make the best toys! He carved them out of wood and they looked so real you’d think they were alive! And he was a good father. Once when I got lost he searched all over for me and eventually fell into a whale’s mouth. I had to go in there after him and….wait, that was Pinocchio and his Dad. My Dad was actually an architect. He designed houses and restaurants. We used to take camping trips and do sac races in the back yard. One day I got hit in the nose with a football. He convinced me that despite the swelling, I should go to the school dance because, after all, Davy Jones was scheduled to appear. Um, that might have been Marsha Brady and her Dad. Okay…my Dad worked as a reporter for a nationally syndicated newspaper. Sometimes he’d put on a cape and take me flying around the neighborhood, fighting crime and jumping buildings in a single bound. What memories!

EXERCISE Next letter…

FRIENDS My friend Susan is the funniest woman in the universe. I can’t tell you how many times she and I have just sat around laughing our asses off. Her mother is even more certifiable. Susan is the best friend I’ve ever had. She is the person who taught me the true meaning of friendship and for that, I am forever grateful. It helps too that whenever I’m doing something idiotic she will say without flinching, “You are such an asshole.” I like that in a friend. I have very few friends, but the ones I do have are very, very close. I’ve recently discovered something about myself. I can be your friend all the way–scars, nightmares, fears, insecurities and secrets–or not at all. I cannot tolerate acquaintances. You are either my friend all the way, or you are just somebody I work with.

GAMES For me, there is only one: Scrabble. I am a Scrabble FREAK! I will play Scrabble at the drop of a hat and I will play for hours and hours and hours. Sometimes I even play with myself! Okay, let me re-word that. Sometimes I play solitare Scrabble. I cannot be beaten. I am the Scrabble Goddess. I fall asleep at night making up plays in my head and counting my score. For fun I sit around and try to name all of the 98 two-letter words. I have every Q word that you can play without a U memorized. I’ve addicted more than a few people to Scrabble….in particular, Susan, Dottie, and my ex-girlfriend, Lori. And I created monsters. They are champs in their own right but occasionally I have taken pity on them and let them win….*ducking*…..I amScrabble. Scrabble is me. Wanna play? Go to The International Scrabble Club website, sign up and come find me.

HOBBIES I love to make scrapbooks. I have wanted to do it since I was in my early twenties, but at 35, I finished my first book. It is, of course, Spencer’s baby book and it is awesome! I love scrapbooking because it takes me away from myself when things get hectic and re-focuses my attention on…well…me. Sounds strange, but it’s sorta like takin’ a stroll down memory lane and the way you can see things through hindsight. The memory of the event and feelings are there, but the edge has been taken off somewhat and you can really look into your past and see what a complete asshole you were. My other hobbies include reading, making webpages, and photography. I used to also say that writing was a hobby of mine. I do not say this anymore. I am now a serious fucking writer looking for literary agent representation.
Photography is a somewhat new passion and I’m still learning the ins and outs of working the freaking camera. I’m still shooting on auto-focus, but I think those other buttons do something and one day, I might just press one and see what happens to the universe. UPDATE: (6/03) I did press some of those other buttons and now I can only shoot on manual focus. My photos look like shit.

INTERNET The Internet has become, for me, a giant used car lot. This very site has been taken over by spammers who are busy day in and day out sending out millions of pieces of spam from gofuckyourself@crazytracy.com and wannagetareallybigdick@crazytracy.com I get over 3,000 emails a day from “failed attempt deliveries.” They have also infiltrated my blog. If Kim and I don’t keep on top of it every friggin’ day, the site gets lambasted with ads for online casinos, antidepressants, pain meds, diet pills, cheap vacations, etc., etc., etc. Recently I went away for a one week vacation and when I came back, it took me 90 minutes to download my mail. My computer finally just blue-screened and a small electric transloader exploded a few blocks away. What I really want you to take away from this page more than anything is this: If you get an email from buyallegracheaponline@crazytracy.com, it is not coming from me.

JOB I’m a Registered Nurse specializing in psychiatric nursing. I was working in the Psychiatric Emergency Room for a while, but got quickly burned out. (That’s not actually true. I HATED the people I worked with and the misery in that was palpable.) I’m now working on an inpatient psych unit and loving it and hating it at the same time. UPDATE: 9/2004 I am still working on that inpatient psych unit and I still love it and hate it at the same time, two years later. UPDATE 5/25/07: I no longer work on that particular inpatient psych unit. I spent another year there and then moved to North Carolina with Spencer. I just celebrated two years here at this new job and love it.

KARMA I am a firm believer in Karma. I believe with everything that’s spiritual that if you put negative energy out into the universe, you’re gonna get it back three-fold. Conversely, I believe the same happens with positive energy. If you’ve ever wondered why everything someone touches turns to shit, it’s because that person is crapping all over the universe, and boy does it hit the fan when it comes back. Do something nice. Do it for the sake of being nice. Do it because you want to do something nice for someone or for the neighborhood or for the country or for the universe. Kindness is its own reward, so expect nothing…and bless the spirits when it comes back three-fold.

LISA My sister Lisa is an amazing woman. She came to power as Europe’s first ever woman Premier and was the first Prime Minister in over one hundred years to win three consecutive terms in Office! She reversed the whole British economy and drove Britain out of decline, winning the Falklands War and defeating the power of the trade unions. Wait, that was Margaret Thatcher. Lisa was born in Chicago, Illinois, on October 26, 1947, daughter of Hugh and Dorothy Rodham. Her father owned a fabric store, and her mother was a full-time mother and homemaker. Lisa entered Wellesley College in 1965 (three years before she was born), went to Yale, and married Bill in 1975. Shit, that was Hillary Rodham Clinton. Well, take the two personalities, tough-as-nails bitches who don’t let anything get in their way, mesh them together, and you’ll have someone–I don’t know who, but it sure as hell isn’t my sister.

MOMMY My Mom is the most awesome person in the galaxy. When she brought me home from the hospital as a newborn, she was only 23 and already had three babies (ages 1, 2, and 3). Why she didn’t eat some of us at birth I’ll never know. Some people like to refer to my Mom as “the Maid of Orleans.” She was a patron saint of France and a national heroine, leading the resistance to the English invasion of France in the Hundred Years War. Damn it! That’s Joan of Arc.

NIECES & NEPHEWS In order of age, they are Tabrina, Christopher, Jeremy, AJ, Ashley, and Cameron. They are all multi-talented and have special powers. Some have telekinetic abilities and a few can even fly! Some have average, run-of-the-mill super-friend powers, like walking through walls or climbing up the sides of buildings, while others can make the weather change and suck energy out of someone’s body by a mere touch. Of course, I may be thinking of the X-Men, but my nieces and nephews are so talented, it’s easy to see why I might get them mixed up.

ORCHIDS I love flowers. I love all kinds of flowers, my favorites being orchids, gladiolas, tulips, carnations, and wild flowers. Unfortunately, a few years ago I developed allergies to anything that pollinates, except, strangely, orchids. So now, orchids are to me the most lovely flower in the universe, because I can have one, in the house, without blowing snot on the wall. (My family appreciates this as well). I never had allergies until I moved to Virginia a few years back and was subjected to my very first official Spring. Yes, we do have Spring in Florida, but not quite like the Spring that springs in Virginia. It’s like a deadly nasal virus hell-bent on squeezing you dry of your last breath and filling your sinuses and bronchials with a pollinated ooze that will, if left unchecked, choke you to the ground and suck out the last vestiges of purifying oxygen circulating vicariously through your lungs. You might be saying to yourself now, “This woman is seriously derranged” “That’s horrifying!” But the doc told me that thousands and thousands of people who move to Virginia (and surrounding areas) who have NO HISTORY OF allergies, take one spore-saturated breath of Virginia Spring air and combust spontaneously. There are tales of several people just bursting into flames. I have proof of this if you don’t believe me. (Note to self: get proof of this). So, that’s why I love orchids. *curtsy*

PSYCHIATRY Like I said before, I am a Registered Nurse specializing in Mental Health and Addictions Treatment. If you took away all the political bullshit associated with this, and you also took away most of the doctors, and perhaps gave some of the nurses lobotomies, and maybe counselled the Social Workers and just went ahead and fired every fucking person alive in management right now, the job would be utterly perfect. That’s right. Just leave the patients. They rule my universe. They are the ONLY reason I even go to work. They teach me more about myself than anyone ever has before. And they transcend without effort anything I could say about them now. Good, bad or ugly, they make this career for me.

QUITTING I quit smoking on April 10, 2001. It hasn’t been that long, I know, but I think I’m over the worst of it. I didn’t kill anyone or scare any children. I didn’t peel the paint from the walls or break dishes just for the sake of hearing them crash. I never even got irritable! I did get a teensy weensy tiny winy wittle little bitty bit irritable. I think that irritablity might have caused my family (and pets) to dive into the nearest room when they saw me walking down the hallway. And it might be why they continue to talk to me in soft voices and give yield to whatever show I want to watch, whatever movie I want to see, whatever time I want to get out of bed, when I want to go to bed, to the bathroom, to the beach, and to the kitchen. The patch has helped a lot and sometimes I can go nearly the whole day without wearing it! And then, invariably, I see them….sitting quietly in a corner with their heads bent together and I can hear bits of whispers, “I’m not telling her! I told her yesterday. You tell her!” and “I’m not going through that again. I’ll just put patches in every room and hopefully she’ll get the hint without her head exploding.” I’m determined this time to quit for good, one day at a time. If only these patches weren’t so damn hard to light! (UPDATE 6/15/01: I’m still quit! I still haven’t started again! How the hell can you write this so that it makes sense? I’m still a non-smoker! No, because that implies that I never smoked at all. Okay, try this: I haven’t had a cigarette since 4/10. Update 10/01: I started smoking again. It’s all bin Laden’s fault, of course. I’m stressed out.
UPDATE: MARCH 18, 2002 I quit smoking again. It’s been about 15 days. I’m wearing the patch off and on. I figure bin Laden is a prick. Why should I waste precious lung cells on that fuck?UPDATE: JUNE 9, 2003 I am still a non-smoker! I think about it every friggin’ minute of the day…that smoke, that lovely inhale. FUCKERS! UPDATE: SEPT, 2004 I am still not (officially) smoking. I have smoked recently, though, after my grandmother’s funeral and I’ll have a puff with Kim here and there. I’m in denial maybe. UPDATE JUNE 2006: It’s amazing how much a fucking Bio can change in the course of someone’s life, isn’t it? I’m smoking my ass off. UPDATE MAY 2007: I quit smoking February 27th and used the patch. Then I started smoking again. It’s Tracy’s fault.

RELATIONSHIP My girlfriend and I have the same name. It doesn’t become a problem except at night when we’re having wild monkey sex and start calling out our own names. She’s the boss of me. I’m her bitch. Or so she thinks!

SPENCER After a rough first-year at the Creative Arts School, Spencer headed into sixth grade with more motivation than I’ve ever seen! He doubled-majored last year and did poorly, especially since his least favorite class was one of his majors (ART). But he pulled it off quite nicely by excelling in his other major (VOCAL MUSIC). He was hoping to go into instrumental this year, but the competition for that major is extreme and most of the kids take private lessons and tutoring for hours and hours outside of school. They suggested that Spencer take some private lessons before declaring INSTRUMENTAL as a major, but he doesn’t really have the motivation to do even that. He loves to sing and his voice is incredible. Unfortunately, as with all the boys at his school, his voice will change. He might not be able to continue his current major for very long, especially if his voice starts to drop and rise all over the place. He is such an awesome kid. (His personal webpage is no longer public and is available only to close friends and family members.) UPDATE 6/2006: Spencer just finished 7th grade, made the honor roll every semester and will be starting home-schooling next year. UPDATE 5/2007: He’s in 8th grade and hates it. Looking forward to High School. I hope he won’t be too disillusioned.

TRACY My parents were going to name me Kelly (and I wish they had). There are few people in the world that love their own names, I guess. But I really hate mine. It’s not a grown up name. It’s a little girl’s name or a clown’s name or a nickname for a new computer software program, like a spell-checker or a weather predictor. The name has its origin in Greek, of course, and means “unmastered” or “wild.” Did my parents research this? Nope. They just said, “Tracy’s a nice name,” and gave it to me like a birthmark that cannot be erased without expensive medical or legal procedures. Now the name Kelly, on the other hand, is a nice-sounding grown-up name with German origins. It means….well, it means farm-by-the-spring, but meaning is not the most important thing here. Sound is the most important. If your name is Rudolph, it doesn’t much matter that it means Famous Wolf. You’re still gonna take a lot of crap about it at school. (This letter should have been “tangent.”)

UNSOLICITED EMAIL …otherwise known as SPAM. (Okay, I’m reaching, but how many “U” words can you think of that are interesting enough to write about?) I hate unsolicited email. This tangent goes out to my favorite spaminator….and you know who you are: I have absolutely no interest whatsoever in enlarging my penis. If I even gave one shit about penises, I’d just go buy one at the sex shop, and I’d be sure to buy the right size in the first place. How the hell would you enlarge this penis anyway? With PVC pipe and duct tape? Ouch. Assholes.

VIRGINIA (IT SAYS VIRGINIA, NOT VAGINA)… We lived in Virginia for two years. It was wonderful to experience the seasons in all their splendor, and believe me, a Virginia autumn cannot be adequately described with the human language. One thing I do miss about Virginia is all the culture and history surrounding every little town. We lived just blocks from the Manassas Battlefield and we were minutes from D.C. We’ve seen the White House, the Smithsonian (where we saw the ruby slippers…thrill, thrill, thrill), the Mall, the Children’s Museum and so many other wonderful sites.

WRITING For the most part, the writing I’m doing now is concentrated on my blog.

(X-RATED) MOVIES X-rated movies? Well, not X-rated, but it was the only way I could cram my favorite movies into this long and windy autobiography. They are: 

The Color Purple
Gia
The Godfather I & II
Hannah and Her Sisters
Gone With The Wind
Fried Green Tomatoes
The Matrix
Shawshank Redemption
American Beauty
Deconstructing Harry
Practical Magic
The Sixth Sense

 

YUMMY & NOT YUMMY These things are YUMMY: Lobster, strawberries, chocolate, Ceasar salads, frosted mini-wheats, mushrooms, chocolate, bagels, grilled-cheese, popcorn, roasted peppers, deviled eggs, chips & spinach dip, watermelon, chocolate, and chocolate. These things are NOT yummy: Lima beans, Italian desserts, tuna casserole, chicken casserole, liver, dark chocolate, licorice (any flavor), and Starbucks coffee and anything else they sell. I love going to Starbucks. I love the artsy-fartsy atmosphere and the scents, but I can’t consume anything they make. It makes me gag.

ZODIAC I’m a Pisces, which, simply translated, means I’m an emotional hysteric most of the time. I don’t know much about horoscopes, but what I do know is that I fit that Pisces definition to a “T.” Pisces is a water sign, which implies that I can “go with the flow.” (Sorry, I had to say it). Water signs typically are able to “meld into” or “mesh” around whatever the environment is exhibiting at the time. And that can be an “emotional” environment as well. If I’m happy and then get around someone who’s depressed, I’ll pick up on that and become depressed myself. If I’m depressed and then get around someone who’s happy, more than likely they will piss me off with their cheerfulness and cause me to say hateful things. Okay, so I don’t always “meld.” Pisces people, especially women, are clay. They mold themselves to fit whatever feeling or situation that surrounds them. It’s not always good. A friend of mine pointed out that because Pisces are fish-people, if you pollute their environment, they’ll get sick. I once worked in the Cardiology Department at a Florida hospital where the staff was so dysfunctional and everyone was sleeping with everyone else’s spouse, it made me physically sick. The environment was so thick and heavy and caustic, I ended up with an ulcer…and I wasn’t even sleeping with anyone! No really, I wasn’t. I used to think everyone was like this…that nobody could function well in a tense environment day after day. I was wrong. Some people punch in and punch out and aren’t affected at all by what’s going on around them. Lucky bastards.

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