MENTAL NOTE

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

You Spin Me Round, Round, Baby, Round, Round

You may have heard it said before that this thing called money equals... well, not happiness; that money makes the world go nuts (not round) and spin out of control. Weee! Where is Superwoman when you need her? But maybe ─ just maybe ─ money is a key to happiness, and some of us just don't want to hear about it. 

I say a key on purpose. I'm pretty sure that every person who is not a self-respecting sheep with an attitude is different, and maybe your key to happiness ─ as well as your own definition of happiness ─ is different from mine. If so, that does not automatically mean that money can't make another person happy, even if their idea of happiness makes you cringe and pray for salvation. A person like myself. I like to think that all you need is half a brain so you don't spin out of orbit when you hit the proverbial jackpot.

But why is it that some people get really passionate (to put it mildly) when you tell them money is a key if not the key to happiness? Could it be that being rich isn't normal and we feel safest in a world where we're surrounded by people who are a bit like us, people who think like us, people who like us wonder why in the hell we've become so sensitive, why the government wants us to be afraid, very afraid, but also people who we can relate to financially ─ you know, normal people? Isn't it normal people who say that a fool and his money are soon parted?

My wicked-smart cous Azra (slash rookie desert lover) once said that it's a lack of money that makes a person unhappy. I suppose she had a point there. You want to pay your medical bills only to find that red is not your favorite color, you've got a problem, and a certain cash flow would ease much of your very real pain. But here's the thing: who am I to decide what a lack thereof really means? Does it only mean you have none, as in zero bucks to spend on food so now I'm going to die and unmetaphorically at that? I don't think so. Just look at me. I'm blue but I'm not poor. Not by a longshot. I can buy myself pretty much all the food that I need. I can pay my medical bills even if once in a while red comes a-knocking on my door making me all navy-looking. So in my book a lack of money does not mean zero marbles. Still, I would feel so much better if I could just stare those bills in the face and make them feel meaningless, like a bunch of insignificant numbers that can't hurt me today or ever.

Yesterday I wanted to buy myself a decent Ford because my shitty German keeps flipping the proverbial bird, but I came a couple of thou short, so the deal was off. Wouldn't it be great if I could just buy that car? I'm talking luxury, I know, but it would've made my life easier. So much easier. You've got a phone, a laptop, maybe a tablet. I didn't send you this post by Blue Bird Mail. I bet owning the thing you're looking at fulfils a certain need. I bet you don't even think about it twice, but a computer is 'just luxury', depending who's pointing that out to you. So is a car. So is a hundred grand.

Money makes a person lazy. Okay... so what if it does? Define lazy. How come we have been brainwashed into believing that laziness is a sin when we are clearly programmed to be lazy?  Isn't hard work overrated when your boss is an ass and your customers want to spit on you? Isn't hard work overrated when life's too short to show off your efforts that no one really cares about, not even you? Plus we're talking luxury again, for most people on this planet don't even have a job. Does that mean I should pretend a bit more cash wouldn't make my life much easier? Should I pretend that sitting in my own car listening to Car Wash isn't so much more comfortable than waiting outside in the pouring rain hoping for the next bus to show up and actually stop between now and, what, an hour? I don't think so. All you need is half a brain. Think of all the good things we could do if we had a bit more money to spend. And when I say more money, I don't mean having more marbles than the king of Spain before he decided to shoot those poor elephants and dub himself a hero.

Think of all the people you could help. You could start your own company and offer people a decent job. You could tell your Mom it's time for her to retire. You could buy the company you work for, fire everyone who's incompetent, and turn the whole operation into an  unprecedented success. Okay, maybe that scenario requires you to have a truckload of cash. You know what money doesn't buy you: half a brain.

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Say it ain't so...

112 comments:

  1. Money definitely is THE key to happiness! If you don't have it you are miserable... if you have it you can buy everything - a car, a house, a trip, food, clothes, you can make others happy, you can help others..... Without money - no home, empty belly, no health, no love....

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    1. And you know what you're talking about, Dezz - unfortunately. Sigh.

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    2. Sadly, I do.... In other news, where did you go missing for a week or two? Hope you're not ill again.... How is Angelina? And Mongo?

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    3. Yes, I was ill - an annoying fever. I'm much better now, working my butt off, and what a butt it is... Angie's condition has somewhat stabilized. Pain is still the game, unfortunately. Mongo still thinks he's Batman. Fatman would be a more accurate description. He's fast asleep as I type this.

      How are you?

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    4. It's funny, but I have an unusual fever today, I'm literally shaking, did you pass something onto me? With our luck, Blue, hope it's not ebola...
      Poor Angelina, give her a nice cosy massage! And then ask her to return the favour....
      My Ignatius also looked very fat today like Mongo, some might think he was pregnant... I've discovered that he likes yoghurt so I've been fattening him up for the winter....

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    5. You've got the shakes too? Say it ain't so. Of course it's 'just' a fever. Ebola schmola... No, I'm afraid a massage only hurts, especially when I'm using my hands. They're kinda big you know ;) A pregnant Ignatius... Well, at least somebody is pregnant today - if only in an imaginary n' nonsensical way. Hey, I like yogurt too.

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    6. I did, had to take an ibuprofen and lie down a bit... hope I wake up alive tomorrow :)
      You know what they say... big hands... big.... bill for liquid soap....

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    7. Is that what they say? Ibuprofen is like candy to me. Still don't like it though. Wake up alive and kicking!

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    8. it did the job last night, after I drunk it the shaking stopped after me being miserable almost all day. I shouldn't drink it, though, since it can mess with my heart pills...

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    9. Your heart pills... Yeah be careful not to have anyone or anything mess with those. Good to hear you're feeling somewhat better.

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  2. Like a record, baby . . . Now that song will stay in my head for hours, or even days. I've been poor and I've been rich. I won't say I was happier when I was rich, but it made life much easier when I didn't have to worry about where the bucks would come from for keeping our (very nice) house in good shape and providing for my children's needs, and sometimes their wants. Taking the occasional nice vacation and having cars that were paid off was great. I don't think we were wasteful with our money. Much of it went to charity. But then X developed gambling fever and everything went to hell in a handbag. Now I just barely have enough money. I'm okay with that. It's better than living with a crazy person. I am sorry if you're not able to do that which you truly need, but I feel pretty certain you are the kind of person who will get by.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. And what a song it is. I would apologize if I weren't too busy smirking.
      You've been poor and you've been rich. I wonder what it's like to not have to wonder where the bucks will come from to pay my next medical bill. I'm planning to take a vacation come, what, July unless my car breaks down on me again or my roof starts leaking. #Raindrops keep falling on my head...# Sing along, Janie!

      A gambling fever...living with a crazy person... Like I said, all you need is half a brain. I'm sorry to hear about your current situation. I hope you can find a way to change it for the better - you know that. Yes, well, I'm still alive, I'm still able to count my bills and find a way to get rid of them, but I've seen better days.

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  3. Pffft those who say money doesn't bring happiness already have money, so they can say that and remain sunny. They can stick it up their rear, as money does bring happiness I fear. And not truck loads or anything like that is needed at all, just enough to not care about paying the bills at one's hall. And no debt up the arse, making it rather sparse. Hard work is over rated in a way too, not that I want to be lazy at my zoo. But you could work your butt off all your life and what do you get at the end of all that strife? A fancy watch maybe? Whoopdi friggin doo with such a spree. You wasted any spare time you had working and now you are old with a knee that is jerking. A waste of life is all working hard will get you in the end. Again, that is only if you are stuck in the 9-5 trend. Trying to break out may be worth it in the end. All comes back to having money to spend.

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    1. Those who say money doesn't bring happiness already have money or lost it on account of their own stupidity - I'm told. Did you say they can stick it up their rear? Well, I'll tell them next time I see them. Which is your favorite bill? Mine is the Doc's. I know I should be grateful he and his team are there for me, and I also know a lot of folks out there have never ever seen the inside of a hospital for that matter for all the wrong reasons, but a bit more dough would come in handy. As in really handy. You know what I'm talking about. I mean, where's your DVD collection, right? I remember. Working overtime... don't you just love it? No debts... I wonder what that's like. A friend of mine has zero debts, but then again half his family are lawyers or mayors.

      I know what to do with that fancy watch that I don't care about... The words stick and arse spring to mind, alright.

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    2. haha yeah many lost it to their own stupidity, just going on some spending spree. No debt what so ever would be the life indeed. But I highly doubt that will ever take seed, DVD collection sold and long gone here at my lawn. Good the drs are there though, but yeah not cheap to go.

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    3. You'd almost think healthy, money and happiness are a threesome haha. No I'm not talking drs and nurses... NURSE!

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    4. A naughty nurse
      With gadgets in her purse? lol

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  4. Money may not make you truly happy but no money makes you truly miserable

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  5. Yes, no question, money makes things easier! Happier? Probably. But I do have to say when I lived in Honduras and the people there were as poor as you can get, with dirt floors and rice and beans for food, that they could still be happy. Yet, their lives weren't easy. Money would have made things easier for them, no question. Would they have been happier? Yes? The only problem is happiness is so hard to quantify, right? And just like you said, how much more money would it take? These are tough philosophical questions, Blue!

    I hope some money works it way into your life so you can get that Ford!

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    1. Anything that puts a smile on your face makes you happy. When it's easy to get yourself some decent food, you smile. When you don't have to decide between a medical bill or walking in the rain, it puts a smile on your face. When you can afford that winter coat.... it makes you smile. Even health is related to money. I know my Doc is. I know I make my students happy, but they have to pay for it. No need to quantify happiness. Anyone who tries to quantify life will end up feeling miserable. Everyone is different. Everyone has a different definition if at all. It all boils down to: what puts a smile on your face? ;)

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  6. What money doesn't grow on trees? Even if you shower it with affection it won't grow? Now, you tell me ;)

    Money, makes the journey in life a bit easier as you can enjoy some of the comforts of life. Does it buy true happiness and love? I don't think so, as these are emotions that come from within and sometimes out of our control. I guess money is a double edged sword. I think people just want to live comfortably not necessary rich.

    Blue you are a thinker in the blue realm..How is my blue guy?

    So, now I have this song playing in my head..sing it with me blue...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F8Fk9EvaUyo

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    1. Did he say... the chicks for free? There's no such thing as a free chick - and I mean that on many levels and seen through many different glasses. I guess my affection isn't worth a dime, much as I would like it to be worth a buck. At least. Emotions come from within but can be triggered my something on the outside. How else would we communicate and love each other? I once read an article that said that people are happy when they do something that is difficult but not too difficult to be able to pull it off, whatever it is.

      Your blue guy is blue, a dark shade of blue. I don't smile a lot and I think too much, neither of which seem to get me anywhere. No more fever, though, so that's a good thing I suppose.

      #Money for nothing and the chicks for free....#

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    2. Blue, I don't think anything is really free in life, I think it all comes at some cost and I'm not talking just monetary...you put yourself out there and take a chance and that chance might get you burned even when you bare your soul. That is true something on the outside might start the spark that ignites the flame within..

      Nothing wrong with being blue I'm often blue..

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    3. I've bared my soul plenty of times only to get it burned, but that's alright. Sometimes it leads to unexpected happiness. What's that? Well, I'll tell you one day.

      Nothing wrong with being blue. But... no chicks for free?

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  7. I am so on board for this post. It's one of those that has a strong point-of-view that I sometimes disagreed with but then you persuaded me over to your side. Well done. To your point, I think/hope I make enough money to be comfortable, but not so comfortable that I don't stress out about money which keeps me motivated. If I was lazy-rich, I would probably fall into a pit of hallucinogenic drugs...which, upon seeing that written out sounds like a lot of fun.

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    1. A pit of hallucinogenic drugs or a abyss of political lucidity.... I don't know which is worse. Good to hear you're on board. I still had a seat left and it had your name on it. It's a bargain, so no need for good ole Pick to break out in a sweat.

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  8. It all depends on what you want from life. If you want to eat, then sure, money is helpful.

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    1. What I want is to be able to smile, I what I want. Say something funny, Lynda. I need it. Lynda?

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    2. I do make you smile... sometimes :)

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    3. Almost always. And you know it.

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  9. That last paragraph nails it though. Poor people can't help poor people. Think of all the good you could do with money to spare.

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    1. Hi, Alex. Yeah, money makes money. With a capital M.

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  10. Money is magical cause
    Having more is not a crime
    Having less is sadness
    Having none is a jam

    Root of all evil
    True up to a point
    A lot is a marvel
    Get a big amount

    Like how do you know
    Buy a lottery ticket
    Or go to a casino
    ‘Invest’ a good bet

    If all else fail
    Try working in a job
    It will avoid jail
    You are not a total flop

    Hank

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    1. And something tells me you don't mean strawberry jam... Hi Hank The Poetry Tank. The root of all evil - the way I see it - isn't money. It is us people. Which makes me wonder how any of could have been made in His image, as some would want me to believe. Maybe I need to buy myself a lottery ticket. Do you reckon I can win me some?

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    2. Yes, why not?
      Buying and winning
      But the odds!
      Entirely different thing

      Hank

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    3. I need an app to change the odds.

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  11. Blue, I have many thoughts on money (as apparently do you). Have you noticed how many well-to-do people feel guilty over their own success? Once upon a time folks who worked hard made money, and were proud of their efforts. Now... not so much. In fact, working hard seems to be out of vogue. When did we come to admire the person who doesn't work and lives at subsistence level?

    Money - alone - doesn't make anyone happy. Just like good health doesn't make someone happy. Just like family doesn't make someone happy. But it sure is nice to have all those things. How much money, how much health, how much family... well, that is all relative.

    Money... not the root of all evil or the key to joy.

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    1. Hi Robin. I've been so busy lately I keep apologizing to everybody for not stopping by. Good to hear from you. If working hard is out of vogue, it seems to me that I'm as old school as they come. I need to make some changes... Thanks for reminding me. No one should ever feel guilty for being successful - no one. I just don't get that. I remember when I was a hit (a what?) and I could buy whatever I wanted and enjoy life to the fullest. Of course I miss those days... I worked hard for all of it - just not so hard that I forgot to live.

      Everything is relative. You're so right.

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  12. I don't believe that money = happiness, but I do know exactly what you're talking about here. I don't need a mansion, or the world's most expensive luxury car, because in the end what's the difference between those super expensive things and their more sensible counterparts? However, it sure would be nice to have enough money on hand to be able to easily afford everything my family needs, and then have a bit extra to buy a few fun things here and there without breaking the bank. Y'know what I'm sayin'?

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    1. Hi Candice. How are you today? I don't need a mansion, though I wouldn't mind living in one. The world's expensive car they can keep. I couldn't care less. Which brings me to my point that everyone is different and everyone has different needs and a different idea of happiness.

      Yes, I know what you're saying. Do you know what I'm saying when I say I know what you're saying? ;)

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    2. Yep. I know what you're saiying. When I think about living in a mansion, it kind of stresses me out. All that space. Such fancy, schmancy stuff everywhere. I'm such a clod, I'd be terrified of breaking, well, everything! The only thing that I really want that can be found in most mansions is the great, big library, complete with desk and comfortable chairs/chaise lounges for reading in comfort. Sigh...I could really go for one of those...

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    3. Holy Crap! I just missed a big typo! Saying, not saiying! Where did that come from?!?

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    4. A mansion built of pure concrete, and custom built too. No fancy stuff except for a diamond statue of you pointing at the stars, of course. Nothing you can break. Plus a library the size of... well.... a library.

      Sold?

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    5. P.S. saiying sounds a bit like Australian to me. No?

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    6. Sold! Except I'm adding a whole lot of well-cushioned surfaces. That way, when I trip over...well...the air around me, I won't end up with any major injuries.

      P.S. Yes. Yes it does. And it makes me seem super cultured, knowing how to spell stuff in Australian. :)

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    7. I knew it... You ARE super cultured. How exactly does one trip over the air around um... one? (Don't I sound super cultured too using 'one' instead of 'you'?)

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    8. Definitely super cultured. We could give even the most snooty, high-class of people a run for their money! :)

      One trips around the air around one by being me. I don't know how I do it, but I always manage to hurt myself even in the most seemingly harmless of circumstances. It's a gift. (Anyone else might call it a curse, but I choose to see it as a gift.)

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    9. We could teach them Advanced Snootiness and earn a few bucks. A truckload, of course. But um.... that's quite a gift you've got there.

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  13. While I don't need a castle, a sports car or to be eating filet mignon every night, it would be nice to live in something bigger than a 1 bdrm apartment and have a car..any car and not have to stretch the food budget so thin that we eat chicken and rice ten times a month. Money might not be able to buy happiness but it could buy me a comfortable existence.

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    1. Filet mignon... again? Nope, they can keep their filet. A car and a decent-size apartment sounds like a plan. You sure ain't asking to much in my book at least. I bet your pet rat would love to live in a castle, though. He would go on a journey and investigate each nook and cranny.

      A comfortable eixistence = happiness. No?

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  14. Money does make things so much easier. It's nice to imagine that the harder/better you work, the more money you'll have, and the easier things will be. Unfortunately the link between hard work and money seems to have been severed for many people in the current economic climate. Some people do very little and have so much, while others work three jobs and can barely make ends meet. And when you do work hard, the only result seems to be people expecting more of you.

    This got depressing, so I will leave you with ABBA: "Money money money, must be funny, finally facing my Waterloo, Fernando. "

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    1. The link between hard work and money often doesn't make sense. I still don't know why some managers earn so much when clearly we could do without them. Why do cleaners earn so little when clearly it's a tough job? What's the price of fairness?

      Your ABBA-inspired hit is impressive. You could earn a lot of money selling it to Justin Bieber. Who?

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  15. Money is necessary and definitely part of a set of keys. If it became your sole purpose, however, with neglect to other aspects of your life, then the key is not good for you...

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    1. That's right. It's a key. Now all I need to do is find mine for I keep l keep losing my keys.

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  16. One of the things my grandmother used to tell me........"When poverty walks in the door, love flies out the window."That's all I know about love and money."

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    1. Your grandmother was a smart woman. Love and money go hand in hand. Much more so than fairy tales would like us to believe. I find it interesting that some of my readers say they don't need a lot of money - just enough money to live comfortably, as if comfort doesn't make us happy. It would put a smile on my face.

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  17. Mmm I say be able to work a decent job with decent hours and make a good pay as long as u r working for the pay and then going out and being able to play.

    That would be my ideal of happiness.

    My life has taken on some changes and they all started with the "emergency move" at the day job. Ever since then I have been blessed blessed blessed. I can't explain it. I, now, have a very caring and thoughtful roommate. Someone to come home to basically and it feels different.

    And I am involved in so many things now that I don't have time to be sad or mad.

    This evening I am getting manicure, walking the pups, going out to play with roommate and her friends from work. Tomorrow I am "sleeping in late" and then running a few errands and volunteering for a different play. And Sunday, I am going to church, out to lunch with friends and then off to visit Gizmo aka JacksonBrown.

    Any free time I will be reading my newest novel Dollbaby: A Novel by Laura Lane McNeal that was just published and finally in the library. I am trying to cut back on buying books. We will be decorating and cleaning the studio and then watching the Ole Miss and Bama game. I will be watching tv and catching up. I have not had a tv in my home for close to five years. And, of course, spending quality time with Professor and snuggling with him. He starts his training next week.

    Life has been very good to me lately Blue. Very good!!!

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    1. A manicure... Is that a fact? Life HAS been very good to you, and you know what: you deserve it too. That rollercoaster ride was starting to get a bit on the long side. Your emergency was a very smart move. It created your own crossroads and chose wisely. I wonder what sleeping in late means in your book... till 6? ;) Well, it sure is good to know you're smiling again.

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  18. I dont think money make the happiness grumpy.
    Of course we need money to live but alwsys amazing me how many things wants some people.
    Im really a not rich person.many times I dont travel to other sites.
    But I learn this is my life an love it.
    I have two wonderful kids a nice hubby
    And my house.many people dont have that.
    Only I would love have money to buy more books :)))

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    1. Just like you said: you need money, and everybody's needs are different. You've got a nice house and wonderful kids - so you need money. Having more money to buy books would make you smile a bit more, so... ;)

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    2. Yep, Gloria, you are lucky to have a house! And your loving family... so money isn't such a big issue....

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    3. Are you father material you think, Dezz? I bet you are.

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    4. me? Never! Keep me away from babies.... I've actually never held a baby in my arms... we never had lil' kids in the family

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    5. Just checking... Seems to me we're one of a kind. And what a handsome kind at that!

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    6. we're two of the gorgeous kind! Not to be replicated so that our gorgeousness should remain original LOL

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    7. Im sure you both were lovely kids dears:)))
      All of us were cute:))

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    8. Were? We still are! Right, Dezz? Dezz?

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    9. yep, I didn't comment being scandalized that Gloria Dear would assume we aren't anymore.... What the what?

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    10. What the what! That's right. Hahaha. Now, where's Theresa when you need her... I need some of that special conditioner of hers. For my legs, of course.

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  19. I was laughing my "bum" off in front of a crowd on Beale Street. However, I am sure they are used to this all the time. We were leaving the play to go to the car. And my shoe got caught up in my evening flowing black slacks. And down I went and it was not graceful. I knew I would not be able to help myself and just guess I made the decision not to try to catch myself with my arms don't need a broken wrist. So I bounced off the sidewalk with my body. Hahaha--I am surprised I did not get hurt. And then I laid there on the ground and laughed and laughed and laughed. And I told the crowd of people "I'm serious. I have not been drinking YET!!!"

    It was hilarious. A gentleman came and helped me up. I thought that was very thoughtful and I allowed him too.

    Then I did go home and drink a diet coke and coconut rum. And we laughed some more. To hilarious. I wish u could have seen it cuz I felt like I bounced literally bouned.

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    1. Miss Marples ungraceful fall... and you didn't need a drop of bourbon to do so either. Are you sure I can't find your trick on YouTube? ;) Ah the rum came afterward...

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  20. And also the another gentleman that I sat next to a man in his 70's was talking to me about where he worked. He is a pharmacist. I used to be a pharmacy tech. Bottomline is that he told to come work for his company. I said that is so funny that you brought that up because I have been entertaining the idea of getting back into the business. I was not even the one that brought it up. We were talking about where we had lived, gone to school and occupations. He said, "Tell them when u apply for the position my name." I will have to get recertified. So we will see where that goes. How about that!!!

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    1. Yeah how about that. You're basically offered a job. You live cross roads, don't you?

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  21. I have a decent Ford AND a shitty German car and I'm not all that happy. But, in all fairness, I'm not unhappy either. As many of the others have said, money matters only up to the point that you're comfortable, because if I'm spending every night worrying if I can even pay my bills and live in my house and eat food, then I'm not happy.

    My brother-in-law, the millionaire, is actually not lazy. Sometimes he'll work 24 hours straight just to keep his business going on track, all so he can retain his money flow. I'd say overall he works about 80-90 hours a week, every week. So in other words, he works so hard he doesn't even get to enjoy it. I'd hardly call that happiness, and if me making 7 figures meant working that much, I wouldn't do it. I've seen the effect it's had on his health/well-being.

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    1. 80-90 hours... I rest my case: all you need is half a brain. So you have a shitty German too... well, I sure didn't expect that. Plus a decent Ford? Would that be a decent Mustang by any chance? A comfortable life means a lot of things to different people. What we call comfortable someone else may call luxurious. Well, you know what I mean.

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  22. I believe the only thing that is free...is the love of your family♥️
    We are very comfortable.....also grew up very comfortable......very lucky that way.
    My children have gone thru some very rough times, and we have been fortunate to be able to help them out....as our parents did for us.
    Well....this sounds like an ODE to me! Didn't mean to sound like that.
    Money indeed makes the world go 'round.....if only there was enough for everyone!
    Some have waaaay too much....and others have none.
    Choices....I guess they made poor choices....
    Geesh..... enough.....
    Enjoy your weekend Blue....
    Toodly doo!
    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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    1. I LOVE your ode to you. Tell me more. You sound like a great Mom. If there was enough for everyone, the rich wouldn't be rich and sue the rest of us for making them unhappy. Ha!

      Anyshooters, I had a great weekend. We went for a ride in my car visiting places, we had a wonderful dinner in a very inviting restaurant.... And none of it was for free ;)

      Toodly doo! (Um...)

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  23. Shhh - my latest money making endeavor is to hold myself hostage. If you ever want to see me type across this page again - send a thousand dollars. It could work except with family. That crowd sucks a-hole-nuther-level. (smile)

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    1. That's it... $1000? We need to talk. Did you say... sucks?

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    2. Dixie, can you kidnap me too? But ask $10,000 from Blue for me, because I'm expensive that way....

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    3. Sure... why not? Who needs a car anyway... ;)

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    4. car schmar.... walking is healthier for you anyway....

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    5. We all know I could do with a couple of pounds less. And I'm not talking tht UK dough either.

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  24. Lol. I wish.
    Maybe in a different life time.

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    1. Keeping my fingers crossed for you, Lady Lilith. :)

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  25. Last sentence = words to live by. I'm in charge of a dinner that costs $1,000 per table and some of these people don't know which end is up (or rear.)

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    1. Yep... there's no way you can buy half a brain.

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  26. Had to laugh at your money tree or lack there of. I don't believe money buys happiness but it sure can relieve a lot of the day to day stress.

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    1. Relief=happiness. No? Hey, there's nothing funny about my money tree!

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  27. I come from a poor background. Single mama had 4 kids to feed. I knew that wasn't going to be me some day, so I busted my ass, as did hubby, to get what we wanted. We aren't rich, but we are definitely comfortable, and that makes me happy. My 3 siblings, on the other hand, did not learn from mama's mistakes, and are still living the poor life. They are bitter people who outcast me as the "stuck up" one because I am not begging, borrowing, nor stealing to get what I want. Now, money does make life easier, but I do firmly believe you make your own happiness, rich or poor. Even as a trailer park girl, broke and stealing toilet paper from the gas station bathrooms down the road, I remember many laughs and happy times. It's all about perspective, I suppose.

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    1. it is my experience too, sister Theresa, that family might hate you or outcast you if you prove to rise above them or if you become a better person. They will try to put you down so that you would be down in the bottom with them. The only solution is to make your own family and leave the bad ones behind and that is what you did!

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    2. Absolutely Dez! It's so true what they say. Misery loves company, and if they can't bring me down, I guess it's more fun to bash me. It's ok though. This girl has some pretty thick skin so I just let them talk all they want. I refuse to waste anymore tears on those people and chose to live a fulfilled life with those who do love me, blood or not.

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    3. Theresa The Stuck Up One... The nerve, right? Well, all I can say is all too few people learn from their parents' mistakes (or anybody's mistakes for that matter). I raise my hat for you.

      Dez... don't let anybody get you down.

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  28. ....And you could send Jules to Bora Bora and buy her cocktails...yaddah...yaddah...

    I think that people misinterpret money: They see it as evil or something when it is in fact, simply a tool. Like a gun. A gun is not harmful on its own; it depends who is holding it. Same with money. It is a tool that aids a better quality of living and who doesn't want that, come on?!

    Hello Blue...sorry I went away on a blue trip for a while. Now I'm a bit pinker :)

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    1. She loves me... she loves me not... she loves me... she loves me not...

      Ah there you are, and a bit pinker too. You look great. Yeah, people tend to misinterpret money, alright. All you need is half a brain to use that tool without spinning out of control in the process.

      No need to say sorry. There are quite a few people who owe me an apoligy, but you're not one of them. :) Ever. Hey, how's life in good ole Britain?

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    2. It's wet, wet, wet. A touch too cold and terribly, bloody expensive. But, ya know, I love it really.

      Besides, when I come here 'tis always sunny ;)

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    3. What in the world is an apoligy? Frenglish? So true: you are The Sunshine! (Notice the word The...)

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  29. The "bounce" that I did off the pavement apparently left me a little more "hurt" than originally thought. I had to take off from work on Monday. My elbow was swollen up horribly. It still has not stopped hurting. And yestereday evening, I realized I had stepped on some foreign object. All they could tell me was it was some piece of small metal thing. It was like all of a sudden like I had something on the bottom of my foot and painful. How is that possible that u step on something and not realize it till later? Maybe cuz my elbow was hurting so bad I ignored the other pain in my foot. Who knows what I stepped on? Needless to say they had to take out foreign object from my foot. And it was not pretty either. Blah--but the good news is I got to stay home and watch a lot of episodes of the Closer. And I got to snuggle with the Professor. And to top it off it was the perfect day to do that cuz it was raining.

    I tell u what I'm learning. There are a lot of people out there with different personalities and characters. That's all I'm gonna say about that.

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    1. How come I'm not surprised to hear you are more hurt than you originally thought? Dear Lord... a foreign object? Couldn't they be more specific? Well, I be the Professor didn't mind seeing a bit more of you, now did he? Snuggle shuggle. Love makes the world go round.

      That's all you gonna say?

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  30. "Money can't buy you happiness... but it does bring you a more pleasant form of misery."
    ~ Spike Milligan ~

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    1. so very true! It's the best pill for easing of misery :)

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    2. It so happens that I could do with one more pill. Crikey! Oh hi Wendy.

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  31. Well, it looked like some type of metal thing but went in like a splinter and cut like a piece of glass. Who knows what it was? Truthfully, who knows where I picked it up at. They were renovating the studio these last couple weeks and I did step on something sharp but could not find it again. Maybe because it went in my foot. And then I bounced off the pavement which was made of bricks. I can't believe it's almost a week later and still my elbow looks "ruff". I was rolling on the brick pavement laughing so hard at the time. And my shoe did fall off. So maybe I stepped on it then. Who knows??? All I know is that a few days later I felt I was walking on something like a ball or something was in the way of the bottom of my foot and that is when I noticed injury. Strange but true.

    Things have been really good lately.

    My roommate, D, is rather anal and a tight ass. I saw that in the nicest way. Although, it sounds quite negative. I realize though after observing her and how upset she gets over things. It is not directed at me but at herself. She makes life so much more difficult than it needs to be. However, there is underlying reasons why she is this way. And for that reason alone I can except her issues for now anyway. I find that I enjoy living by myself and the pup. My lease expires in June of 2015. Currently, I am reevaluating a few things in my life and roads I want to go down. I do believe that I will want to live alone again. So I am moving towards being by myself with the pup come June again. Is that selfish? I do not know. I just know that I like to come into a home that is relaxed. D seems to always be wound up tight. And I know that eventually I will tire of this type of situation. For now, it is ok but I do not want it for a lifetime.

    The pup starts his behavioral evaluation and training Saturday. I am looking forward to it. I want the pup to have the best life possible.

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    1. The pavement was made of bricks... and your shoe fell off. How did you do that. I still don't know. But it's good to hear you're doing fine even if your roommate is anal. Did you say anal? I live with someone who makes her own life more difficult too. I guess we're all different even if we're all the same.

      Why would wanting to live without a roommate be selfish, Miss Marples? I don't think it is. It's my belief you should do what feels right, and if what feels right i living by yourself and your furry friend, well, that's your God given right. At least in my book it is.

      Sweet little pup. He's lucky to have you to look after his well-being.

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  32. Whoa wee--finally done with training in day job and getting thrown into the trenches again with deadlines and rush jobs. Love the rush and the excitement of it all. Training wheels finally have come off and I have my own guys I'm assigned too exclusively. I work well under stress and deadlines.

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    1. Deadlines and rush jobs are your thing, so I'm happy for you. Whoa wee in the place to be. Have a great weekend.

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  33. I'm not adverse to an increase in cash flow (and investment/savings). Now that I'm getting older, it's very impt. to me to have all bills paid off, and something invested to leave the (hopefully all grown by the time I kick the bucket) kids.

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  34. To me it works something like this: Would I rather be emotionally poor or financially poor? I'll take financially poor. I used to make a pretty decent living when I was able to work. It made life that much easier and I wasn't worried about how I was going to pay my bills. Now, things are a bit more stressful trying to make ends meet but it's still better than being void of being able to see all the good things in life. It's humbled me for sure.

    Elsie

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