MENTAL NOTE

"Though we cannot make our sun stand still, yet we will make him run."
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Cats and dogs can be friends. So can cowboys and indians. So can we.
Why try to be the best when there's no hierarchy in heaven?

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Not Running in the Family

If jealousy is a sin, may I drop dead and never speak again. Why? Well, it's that time of year when I'm reminded of how ridiculously unsuccessful my family is as a whole and so much the exact opposite of the family that a dear friend of mine was lucky enough to be born into. I hope you don't know what that's like. 

You may have noticed I'm no stranger to issues. Which, if the glass is half full, is a good thing as it serves — quite unfailingly, I might add — as a stark reminder of my humanity. "You're not perfect, but at least you're human!" Well, that's great. If, as on most days, the home of my drinks is half empty, my familiarity with all things angry, frustrating and shocking blue is kind of a burden that may well explain why I'm so heavy despite my butt being fairly tight for a 46-year-old. Just so you know. Today the glass is half empty, and that means I'm once again haunted by the reality that is one hundred percent not my friend's.

My friend Ray grew up in a family of self-made winners. His siblings and cousins are diplomates, surgeons and lawyers. Their children are future diplomates, surgeons and lawyers. His brother is so rich that buying Ray a stack of first-class plane tickets is not only a must but very much the only option. We're talking pocket change. My friend's sister is so successful that headhunters come flying from all over the country in hopes of drawing her attention and returning home with a signature that's bound to boost their career. How's that for successful?

Oh I know what you're thinking, and I hope you mean it, too: "Money doesn't make you happy" — but money's just half the story. It's the result, not the aim, of who they are. And believe me, if you've got the brains to handle the kind of responsibility that comes with a substantial cash flow (and you may have guessed they do, in spades), money makes you very happy. It opens doors to pockets of freedom. We're talking independence begetting unity. It is the glue that keeps the boat afloat and the family together. When somebody is ill, they've got the means to afford a thorough checkup. When a child is born, they don't have to worry like my parents did about whether or not they'll be able to afford their child a proper education. Education is expensive. You may have noticed. Doctors are expensive. I know this to be as true as the gold I don't have. Take a glimpse at my medical bills and you'll know what I'm talking about. Money does not always lead to ugliness, you see.

But my jealousy runs deeper than their silver-lined pockets. I'm jealous of their closeness and especially of their collective determination to be somebody — to make the world their oyster. (Thank you, O Captain, my Captain.) It's that extra spark that makes the difference between generally good and generally great. They motivate and inspire each other, and the fact that money isn't an issue helps a great deal. When I grew up, no one had a college degree, no one ran a business, no one knew chapter and verse of the intricacies of the art of being inspirational. No one knew a single line. (Not one iota, Mr. Keating.)

So whenever Ray stops by to say hi, I typically make it my business to remind him of his luck. Come X-mas time, his family members fly from all over the world to be together. They just make it happen. They rent a place or spice up one of their homes to celebrate their sense of belonging. It's a beautiful thing, it really is. They are a caring, sharing and decent bunch and at the same time a bright, determined and successful bunch. My relatives, on the other hand, are not rich or — most of them — bright, but, boy, many of them sure know how to waste a good buck. It's too depressing to witness. And to add insult to injury, our once big and sparkly family is now incredibly small and dying like a candle no one cares about. I guess you could call it the survival of the fittest. Does that mean I don't love any of them? No, it doesn't. But let's put it this way: even if I had that first-class ticket, I wouldn't know who to fly to.

And that's the unsweetened truth. 

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Now, that's what I call a X-mas card!

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  1. Being born into it would sure be nice, could afford anything no matter the price. But at least they sound like decent people too. I know one who got everything handed to him at his zoo. He thinks he's really the shit. When really he is nothing but a grade A douchebag nitwit. Money is grand, sure would never find me complaining with it in hand. Can get things done and provide for some fun. But to those who say it is luck or some crap like that. Pffffft is all they get from the cat. Such people got off their ass to make money come to pass. At least one point in their family tree. While many others are all poor pitiful me.

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    1. Yes, they are very decent. Would be something to be a member of such a close-knit and caring bunch. I bet they could fly to Bora and back, Cat. You're right, it's ambition and drive, not luck.

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    2. Being able to fly there and back
      Would sure be fun as they stay in a million dollar shack

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  2. It would be great to be one of life's hi fliers, whilst being a decent sole of course. Yes, money isn't everything but it sure helps. It all depends on how one measures success doesn't it.

    But things are cyclical . . . things come and things go and it may just be that our families may rise from the ashes of obscurity and shine brightly like charasmatic beacons. Sadly it would not be me but perhaps one or more of my descendants. Meanwhile I have to hold fast to "it is love that makes the world go round and not money!!"

    Talking of success I am posting a Donald Trump joke to make you smile. See next comment. . . . :)

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    1. A decent sole (good one) is all we need, Eddie. Preferably two, or three if you're a tripod. Thanks for the wonderful comment. Cyclical things are, near and far, in my case usually far... like that northern star. Ray's big family is full of love.

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    2. Love your drawing . . . it's evolving all the time ~ save a place for Linda . . . lol

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  3. Here is the Donald Trump joke, as promised:

    There were 4 passengers in a jet plane and it got into trouble and was about to crash. The pilot said, "I have some good news and some bad news. The good news is that we have some parachutes and the bad news is there are only 3 and there are 4 of you. You will have to sort it out amongst yourselves!"

    The first passenger said, "I'm George Clooney and I must be saved otherwise half the women on the planet will suffer nervous breakdowns or serious depression if I die!" So he strapped on a parachute and jumped out of the plane.

    The second passenger said, "I'm Donald Trump and I have recently been elected President Of the USA. I am the smartest president the world has ever seen and it would be a shame to rob the world of my genious!" And with that he grabbed backpack, strapped it to his back, saluted and jumped out of the aircraft, singing the Stars and Stripes.

    The next passenger said, "I am the Pope", and turned to the fourth passenger, a little boy, and said, "Here, you take the last parachute and save yourself. I have had a good life and lived to a ripe old age and you have your whole life before you ~ enjoy it!"

    The boy said, "It's ok, your Holiness, there are parachutes here for both of us ~ the smartest president in history jumped out of the plane with my school satchel strapped to his back."



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    1. Ha ha... singing the Stars and Stripes, too!

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    2. It sure is thougj I sure the joke's on us when he sees our bank account.

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  4. My brother is that kind of wealthy, but he worked his ass off for it. Hundred hour work weeks are not my thing. And while he can fly us all in first class for a get-together, it's not a close thing. That I would want to experience more than money.
    We are blessed we don't worry about money and have enough to share with others. But we've also not lived above our means, either.

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    1. Your brother's a self-made man, deserving every back he makes, deserving respect, too. Too bad it's not a close thing, which is exactly what makes my friend's family so unusual. They always make time to get together, and you know time is money.

      Thanks for sharing that, Alex.

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    2. I'm a Christmas Ninja Turtle! Very cool. Thanks for including me.

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    3. What's X-mas without an actual Christmas Ninja Turle? If there were more space, I'd would have included a dragon.

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  5. First of all, it is wonderful to see the classic football-headed Brandon and Bryan. Their new stuff is just fine, just fine, but I like the classic strips before they grew fingers and started getting chased by famous pop stars.

    I'm not convinced that money is necessary for a close and happy family. It sounds as though your friend is simply doubly blessed. I don't know how my own situation is going to look in 20 years, so I'll leave it at that...

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    1. Doubly blessed he is, doing his doubly blessed biz. Twenty years from now I'll be either retired or dead. Allow me to stick my head in the sand and do an ostrich.

      The classic Brandon and Bryan... I had that picture hidden somewhere on my old drive. Back then I gave them a Boss jet and installed a hyperdrive to go to the year 2016.

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  6. My daughter and I were talking about something similar this week. My husband is extremely successful in what he does. My daughter was telling me how for her, looking up to her Dad made her work harder and she has, in turn, been successful in her (completely different and much shorter) career. HOWEVER, she believes that for her brother (our youngest and only son), Dad's success has been something he feels he can never live up to. From our standpoint, he seems to give up easily, or just plain not try. It's been difficult to watch.

    All this to say that their are positives and negatives to being born into success,

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    1. There, not their. Damn autocorrect.

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    2. Autocorrect is never correct. I hat it, hate it, hate it. That said, thanks for the great comment, Bijoux, and how do you pronounce your name anyway. Patt says he knows but won't tell me. Your husband is an inspiration, my dad was a sob that my Momma should've dumped the second I was born. Your son may surprise all of you, including himself.

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  7. I have a family like your's. My brother and sister had a family like your friend's (minus the wealth, but they have it all together, while we seem to flounder and make terrible mistakes and cause me much anxiety). I know they have their share of problems, but its hard to relate to them at times and sometimes (a lot of times) I feel I'm being judged.

    betty

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    1. I can relate, betty. If feel like I'm being judged on a daily basis for all the wrong reasons, so I keep my distance. Sorry to hear about the anxiety, but what can you do except giving it your best shot? My worst judge is me. Giving it my best shot is never good enough.

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  8. My definition of success isn't the world's definition. Sure, money makes things easier, but I'm not willing to put that kind of work into it. I'm too much of a 'creative' to care about that stuff. But a close family! That's different. My family is teeny-tiny compared to most, but we have heaps of love for one another. That's what matters to me.

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    1. I hear ya, Lynda. I guess that friend of mine is just doubly blessed. Minus one thing, though... he is not creative. Well, there you go! :)

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    2. See! Bet he wishes he was creative!
      Hey!! I have wings!! And a cool hat!!! Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

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    3. That hat looks good on you, Lynda!

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    4. I can rock hats! Especially unusual hats. It's because they take away attention from my face! hahahahahahahahaah!

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    5. Nothing wrong with your face, Lynda. It always puts a smile on my face, and not because it's funny.

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  9. I believe Johnny Depp said something like, "Money doesn't buy happiness, but it buys you a big enough yacht to sail right up to it." I think that's pretty spot on. It would have been nice to have been born with a silver spoon in my mouth, but then again, I feel a sense of pride for the small amount of nice things I've been able to accumulate on my own through hard work. I think I appreciate those things much more than I would if I didn't have to work hard for them.

    I'm glad your friend seems to have a good head on his shoulders though, and doesn't seem like a grade A asshole, like most silver spoon kids I know.

    If you had the cash, I'd surely welcome you to fly out to our family gatherings. Maybe someday we'll all be rich enough, we can have holiday gatherings with our "internet family". You, Dezzy, Pat, Dixie... the whole gang is invited!

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    1. Depp sure knew what he was talking about. Having been born with a silver spoon in your mouth doesn't mean you don't have to work hard, though. It just makes it easier to meet the right people, find a good job and, well, choose. So many of us are stuck in a rutt (me included) and choices are not aplenty, if you know what I mean. Sure, I'm proud to have been the first one in my family with a college degree, but making money is hard when it's just you who inspires you, and I suck at that. If I had the cash, I'd invite the whole lot of you to Bora Bora and we'd have some fun. I'd get yourself, Dixie and Dezzy a decent doctor, too. Maybe in our next life?

      What next life....

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    2. I ain't wearing a swimming suit if we ever go to Bora Bora, just so that you know... Unless you pay me a total body plastic surgery before that... and cure my heart with a harem of handsome BoraBorans....

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    3. The cat would be up for the giant litterbox
      All better stay on the rocks lol

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    4. @Dezmeister - What, no Speedos?

      Pat - Thanks for the heads-up, Catman!

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    5. If Dezzy ain't wearing no swimsuit, does that mean he's going in his birthday suit? I'm sure he'll attract a harem of handsome BorBorans then ;)

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    6. There are hundreds of wild dogs on Bora Bora too
      One better watch what hangs in view

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    7. Ouch! Thanks for the tip.
      Won't be shaking a hip

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  10. Money isn't everything
    Very true in the saying
    But without will be a daze
    Doors are shut in one's face
    Some people are lucky
    To have them early
    First Class Tickets are insane
    Happy being ordinary and plain

    Hank

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    1. Money is the glue
      That can fix my blue shoe
      Luck is rare
      Got nothing to spare
      No ticket to fly
      I could tell you why :)

      Hello Hank...
      The one and only Poetry Tank!

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  11. Pffft, missy, at least you have some kind of family, I have none, I'm like all alone in this world... Imagine growing up and living all your life, with all its ups and downs (always downs in my case) with no momma, or papa, or anyone around you, it is like you don't even exist. There is not a single moment in my life that I ever had family to celebrate with, which is why graduation and all other big moments were depressive to me.
    But you can always be close to me, Blue, I've no brother, you've no brother, I just got my sister Theresa and that is it.
    PS why do I have gremlin ears again? :) I swear I shall drink some water after midnight....

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    1. Deal.

      You have gremlin earls because they look good on you. It makes my art um... festive :p

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    2. Dezzmeister - you can be be my brother any time too *hugs*

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    3. there, Wendy, he got rid of me thanks to you :)

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    4. have you no shame, sending me off to the Middle Earth like I'm some kind of Hobbit or something...

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    5. Gremlin. You're a gremlin. It's not the same. Check your feet.

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    6. Why are you counting? Are you counting on some miracle? I gave that one up a long time ago, Dezzmeister.

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    7. Half a world away, but Dezzy, I do love you so! You'll always have me, babe ♥

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    8. Well, Dezz, with Theresa on your side, it seems to me you've got a reason to smile.

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  12. And we're all getting coal for christmas

    so I hope people have a grill

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  13. As long as we're telling Donald Trump airplane jokes, here's an old one that I've updated:

    Donald Trump is on an airplane. The flight attendant announces that the plane is going to crash, and they're three parachutes short. Three men or women will have to jump without a parachute (or die in the crash).

    An Englishman gets up, says "God save the Queen!" and jumps.

    A Frenchman gets up, says "Vive la France!" and jumps.

    Donald Trump gets up, says "Make America great again!" and kicks out a Mexican.

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  14. What a great Christmas card. You are so talented.
    Your friend's family sounds wonderful...though not the norm:)
    Hope your holidays are wondrous, Blue.

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    1. I knew someone was missing from that X-mas card! You may want to look again, Sandra :)

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  15. I used to be wealthy. I always said that money doesn't buy happiness, but when something goes wrong, money makes life a whole lot easier. I have four older sisters. They are all millionaires, while I struggle along with my dogs in my little house. I'm fortunate to have a place to live, but yes, I'm jealous. And my sisters do not care that my life has changed so drastically. My cup is not half empty. It's empty. Thanks for putting me in your Christmas gathering.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. So much for sisterly love. That's gotta hurt twice as much. :(

      You're welcome, Janie.

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  16. Having just come from Hollywood, land of the rich, I assure you I didn't see anyone who was dabbing their tears with $100 bills. They all seem pretty damn happy. Money doesn't buy happiness, but it sure buys food, shelter, medical attention, and overall peace of mind. It was almost unreal watching a whole group of people just not worry about anything (except tiny, trivial things).

    Anyways, if you'll excuse me, I have to go heat up some ramen noodles to fight the sickness that I'm battling which I'm about 90% sure won't kill me since I can't afford to go see a doctor. But, you know, I'm super happy because I've still got a great family that loves me and all of that other crap.

    (I can't even afford that Boss 3000 Timewarp machine anymore. Had to sell it because the payments were too much)

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    1. Food, shelter, medical attention, and overall peace of mind sounds like happiness to me.

      You need a Boss that runs on solar power.

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  17. I hear ya, Randy. Loud - and - clear. Kindred spirits. That's what we are. Enough said.

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  18. I just spotted my eye! Thanks :) xo

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  19. Hi Blue, That is one beautiful card you have created with all your special friends. Love resonates in your work and you know we love you too. I am honored to be part of your life. I was wondering why are you on the tree twice is that your alter ego? (smiling)

    No silver spoon here, I guess I'm generally good, but will never be great at anything. Except in my dreams I am extraordinaire...

    love ya Blue ((hugs))

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    1. Thatisn't me. It's X-mas decoration. I'm in my cave on the right. :)

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    2. heehee - of course you make a lovely X-mas decoration as the real you is in the blue cave darlin'...

      A song - hauntingly beautiful Christmas past...

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

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    3. Thanks for sharing! Beautiful...

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    4. If I get home on Christmas day
      I won't need soft words to say
      I'll miss you and I can stay a while
      You'll see it in my eyes and when I smile

      If I get home before midnight
      While you're still sleeping tight
      I'll take you in my arms and there you'll stay
      If I get home on Christmas day...


      If is such a powerful word.

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    5. "If" is a powerful word of possibility, "will" is a powerful word of affirmation/commitment as "I will" get home ., just sayin'

      Love the song and sentiment...

      "I'll be with you on xmas if only in my dreams"

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    6. Writing letters everyday
      Never really seem to say
      The way I feel deep in this heart of mine
      Thought I'm half a world away
      If we're patient and we pray
      Know I'll get my chance with you this time

      still singing Blue ....how about you?

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    7. Still singing, too :)
      Where's my blue suede shoe?

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  20. Happy Christmas Blue!!!! Love love love the card & am honoured to be included. I hope you find some quiet time to feel happiness & peace over the Yuletide.

    No silver spoon here either. I thank the powers that be everyday that I am fit & healthy - the medical costs for so many become insurmountable. I think I'd trade a first class flight for economy & donate the bucks to pay a few bills of those I know are struggling.

    X

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    1. What... no silver spoon there either? We have a lot in common, except that you are in top shape and I'm not haha!

      Anyone who's willing to help out other folks is to be included. You're so kind.

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  21. Oh how I relate to this. This sounds like the echoes of jealousy, which is, in this case, not necessarily unhealthy. You're looking at a family that is close-knit and a source of inspiration. Now only if you could snip out the part that also inspires self-loathing.
    It's great that Ray and his clan have the advantage of getting the head-start of a well-off family who also somehow knew to imbue their children with motivation. I came from a middle-class broken family with no idea how to motivate anyone. Hence my lackadaisical striving for mediocrity (not that my laziness isn't also to blame). Without knowing the path to success like that family has, it's really difficult to negotiate life's offerings to choose the path of monetary success.
    Hold on, I just noticed that, while I thank you for including me, my avatar, which perfectly lends itself to being an ornament (pickle ornaments are a thing) that I'm relegated to a weird sandwich board? Pickle ornaments, look into them, embrace them, include them.

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    1. Thanks for sharing that, Pick. I came from a working-class broken family and was the first to actually get a college degree. No need to thank me. Any particular pickle ornament you reckon I should look into?

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  22. Oh, Randy Mandy, did I tell you I'm currently translating Phaidon's Art Museum, which weighs about 16 pounds and has about 1,000 pages? Care to give bro some help? You may translate first half and I will cover the nude acts..

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    1. I'd rather have Mongo for breakfast. When is your deadline?

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    2. New Year Eve :) it is a deaTHline not deadline, indeed

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    3. Speaking deadlines.
      We've got a reunion concert on the 16th, Carols in the Domain appearance on the 18th, Then we have to wrap up our
      Dance Dance Big Show tour on the 20th before we head to the UK and Ireland next year

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    4. The Wiggles meant to say 'Speaking of deadlines',
      But you get the idea. They've also been busy bees for 25 years

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    5. who are these Wiggles, Blue, and are you their manager? Or their costume designer? Wardrobe assistant? 25 years is a long time of banging the drums and plucking the banjo....

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    6. I guess I plug them a bit.

      Never heard of them. Until now.

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    7. da 100! What do I get?
      You're saying you're having spammers from Oz?

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    8. could be that Lynda lady, she looks awfully suspicious to me and she is down from Oz!

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  23. I made the tree! Also, success and money are certainly wonderful things. Health and peace of mind trump it every single time though. At least that's what I try to tell myself when the holidays come around and everyone's comparing their progress to their neighbors'

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    1. Of course you made the tree. You're Rooth! Yes, health comes first. Unfortunately so do my medical bills ;)

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  24. My family are not the richest, but we did not have any issues regarding money or resources growing up. Along with money, overall attitude of a person is also dependent on the family and circle of friends one grows up with.

    Not completely on topic, but have you heard about the Anna Karenina effect?

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    1. Yes, that would Tolstoy. What makes a family successful... Something about the need for all the boxes to be ticked or else that family, too, won't be successful - like mine. Good point, KK. I'd say that's on topic.

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  25. "You may have noticed I'm no stranger to issues."

    My Blue brother, you put it so well!

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    1. No use saying I'm perfectly sane. Did you find yourself? Not because you are lost... I mean... on the X-mas card?

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  26. Ok...I know that I made a comment on this post and I came back to see if you had replied and it is nowhere to be found. Either it was so damn depressing that it made you cry and delete it or it's lost out there in the cloud.

    If I remember correctly I think I posted something about families getting to a certain point when the siblings break off to start new traditions with their kids and grandkids and they now have their own huge family gatherings and the ones we knew as kids dwindle down. But on the plus side, at my age now I'm tired and so ready to have someone else take the reins of tradition and run with them. I'll be happy to sit in a corner and eat tamales and watch the fun and know that when I'm tired I can just go home to my nice clean and quiet house and enjoy me time!

    And money does buy happiness, don't let anyone tell you different. When I have a problem and I can throw money at it and it goes away I'm happy. Merry Christmas to you!

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    1. A comment? What comment? BLOGGERRRRRRRRRRRRR! You know I always reply even if a comment is so depressing I need my Momma to give me a pat on the back. Was it depressing, really? Well, since I'm always blue that would've be right up my alley. Maybe I pressed delete instead of reply and didn't even notice. What? No, I'm sure Blogger would ask me if I really wanted to delete a comment, right?

      Anyway.... there you are, and I will of course add you to my ever-growing X-mas card, too. There's plenty of space for everyone. But let me first read the rest of your comment.... (reading) What do you mean, "at my age"? wink wink. I hear ya. Yes, finally who has the guts to say it out loud: money does buy happiness. Education, health, a home, food, vacations, going to the movies, restaurants, sending each other a present, a bus ticket to visit your loved ones. The list is endless, and I'm not talking about greed of having a fetish for things.

      Merry Christmas to you, Alicia :))

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  27. Money can do two things, either make things easier for you or make you a jerk. I know some who have money and it just made them jerks like they can buy people a gift and it should make that person like them more. It's horseshit. My family doesn't have money and it's hard struggling for every little thing we want but we have what we need for the most part.

    Merry Christmas. I saw my profile avatar on your tree and was like, damn, that's scary. Oh wait, that's me. LOL

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    1. You thought, damn, that's scary? Hahahaha that's so funny. Yes, money turn people into jerks. That's why I said, "if you've got the brains to handle the kind of responsibility that comes with a substantial cash flow, money makes you very happy."Cool... I'm quoting myself. Don't I look important and broke?

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  28. Money is essential in life. People seem to forget it is greed way more so than money itself that has led to many ills in the world. Even if we lived on a barter system there would still be someone willing to kill his or her neighbor for their prize cow. On that note Happy Holidays Blue and count your blessings. Because I don't think you want to count the cash. God I'm mean today. :)

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    1. Good one! I love it when you're being mean like that. I also knew someone was still missing from my X-mas card.

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    2. Thanks for putting me in Blue! Really appreciate it and Merry Christmas my blue Oscar (Sesame Street). :p

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  29. Firstly, that’s the best Christmas card I’ve ever seen! You are so creative, Blue.

    Money isn’t the most important thing but it’s right up there with oxygen. No, it doesn’t make you happy but it sure does make life a lot more pleasurable and easier.

    This family sound like a Disney movie but do you know what Blue? I think it’s the triers, workers and those that have fought in the playground of life that are the most fun and interesting. LIKE YOU. YOU'RE THE BEST. And…look at this delightful blog famalam here! You can’t beat that! x

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    1. And as for this family, they are so motivated to make a difference that somehow they always pull it off, whatever "it" is. That's exactly what I mean.... a family of triers, workers, the opposite of quitters.

      Yes, this is quite a famalam, all right. I may not have 1,000,000 followers (obviously because I'm not on facebook, right? Right?), but this is quite a loyal bunch.

      No, you are the creative one, Ms. I'm-a-professional-writer-now-so-eat-your-heart-out. Which is why I wrote a favorable review on amazon especially for you. Short, but favorable - as in 5 stars. You ARE a force to be reckoned with, Jules. As if you didn't know.

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    2. Love you. You are an absolute darling. Cream of the crop, A number 1. Ya get me?!

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  30. I know a family like that too. It's nice. I appreciate their closeness and their 'making it happen' during the holidays too. My friend flies his wife's family from Brazil to the US all of the time, to 'visit.' Not just Christmas either. Seriously, it must be nice... no it must be awesome to have that not be a financial challenge (or impossibility). :) Merry Christmas, Blue. Belva's looking hawt on that Christmas tree!

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    1. Hi Rosey. I knew someone was missing, but you're included now. Yes, Manzi um Belva looks great.

      Ten days to X-mas, Rosey!

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  31. Are you sure they are as happy as they seem on the surface?? Most families portray an air of happiness on the surface, but when we dig deeper they are often as dysfunctional as the rest of us LOL

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    1. Finally someone who asks me that question. Yes, I know, Keith. They are entirely not-dysfunctional. :)

      Good to hear from you.

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  32. Hey, I'd rather be blue, thinking of you.......
    You got me ker-stumpled. Some of those silver spoons might have mercury and lead and it's not a good idea to have that in the mouth.

    How poor are churchmice? I don't know but I was born at the beginning of the big depression and poorer than those guys. And the depression did NOT last just a few years.... it went on until after WW2 ....at least for most people, including me.

    But I gotta say, Blue, that I have always been grateful for those depression years. How else would I be so fortunate to now appreciate plumbing and to recognize what is fraudulent in life? I do admit that during one starving period
    of my young life, I took a vow (like Scarlet in the cotton field stubble) that I
    would never be poor again. I set my goals high and I did achieve. But what have I really learned in this lifetime? My answer is so corny that I'm embarrassed to say it..... it's moderation, love and helping others. It's been an interesting journey but those were the same things I had with the churchmice. That's proof to me that our journeys don't really take us very far.

    I like to think of John Glenn. He really took a long journey but his values remained the same.

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  33. Thanks Blue
    Ready on cue
    Hank is with wings
    To go up swinging
    Eager to be seeing
    Good tidings in 2017

    Hank

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