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Chemistry behind love Posted on Jul 08, 2008 at 11:42 AM
To understand that sometimes you have the most unexpected reactions because you are " in love" and understand some crazy behaviours of friends... some research I did on the subject LOVE: There's a lot of real chemistry behind love! Chemistry is in the roots of every step in a relationship, and this field is under continuous research. When you fall in love, your brain suffers some changes and also certain chemical compounds are released. Researchers consider three stages in love: lust, attraction and attachment, each of them involve different chemicals. 1) Lust Lust is driven by initial physical attraction and flirting. This stage can depend on characteristics such as a symmetrical face and proportionate body dimensions. Flirting can include gazing into the eyes, touching, and mirroring in body language. The two chemicals that surface during this stage are the sex hormones (testosterone and estrogen) and pheromones. In the animal world, PHEROMONES are individual scent "prints" found in urine or sweat that dictate sexual behavior and attract the opposite sex. The existence of human pheromones was discovered in 1986, finding these chemicals in human sweat. 2) Falling in love - Attraction When you fall in love you may have many physical symptoms: lose of appetite, can't sleep, can't concentrate, palms sweat, butterflies in stomach... This is due to surging brain chemicals called monoamines: (it can happen in our virtual world ...) - DOPAMINE: it's commonly associated with the pleasure system of the brain, providing feelings of enjoyment and reinforcement to motivate us to do certain activities. It's released by naturally-rewarding experiences, such as sex or food. Some research studies show that when female rodents were injected dopamine in the presence of a male rodent, the female will pick him out of a crowd later. (atention male bloggers)! - PHENYLETHYLAMINE: It's a natural amphetamine like the known drug and can cause the same stimulation effects. It contributes to that on-top-of-the-world feeling that attraction can bring, and gives you the energy to stay up day and night with a new love. Hummm.... I remember that feeling... probably the most powerful we can feel, thanks god it cant last too long or we would die... - SEROTONIN: it controls impulses, unruly passions, obsessive behavior, aiding the sense of "being in control". If you feel you are in Control you are Lost LOL - NOREPINEPHRINE is another neurotransmitter which induces euphoria in your brain, exciting the body by giving it a booster dose of natural adrenaline. This causes the heart to beat faster and blood pressure to rise. That's why you can experience a pounding heart or sweaty palms when you see someone you're attracted to. Wonder if I will ever feel that again ... ............................. 3) Attachment - Staying together There is a sense of calm and stability that we feel with a long-term partner, a sort of bond that keeps couples together. This kind of love is driven these hormones: - OXYTOCIN: it's sometimes known as "the cuddle chemical." It's the hormone best known for its role in inducing labor by stimulating contractions. But recently it has been observed that it may influence our ability to bond with others, as both genders release this hormone when touching and cuddling, with the oxytocin level peaking during orgasm. - VASOPRESSIN: also called as "the monogamy chemical". Researchers have found that suppression of vasopressin can cause males to abandon their love nest and seek new mates. - ENDORPHINS: they are biochemical compounds that enhance our immune system, block the lesion of blood vessel, have anti-aging, anti-stress and pain-relieving effect, and also help to improve your memory. High levels of oxytocin and vasopressin may interfere with dopamine and norepinephrine pathways, which may explain why with the time attachment grows as mad passionate love fades. Ok Ladies and Gentlemen now we can understand better what is going on!
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History and Future of Light Posted on Jul 03, 2008 at 12:25 AM
The history of man-made light is based on heat. Wax, oil and gas burn to produce light. The filament in an incandescent bulb heats up to produce light. Gas in a fluorescent tube is zapped to illuminate. The basic method is "Heat it up, and it glows." For more than 120 years, incandescent light bulbs have brightened and literally warmed our lives. Electric-powered bulbs were a major improvement over candle, gas and oil light sources, but they are extremely inefficient. Bulb-based light sources are far better at producing heat than light, up to 90 percent of the power going into a bulb is converted to heat. Compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs) are more efficient, and are an excellent alternative to incandescent bulbs for Edison-socket light fixtures. However, they contain a small amount of mercury, making them hazardous waste when they break or burn out. LEDs Light emitting diodes (LEDs) are solid-state lighting components. They have no moving, fragile parts and can last for decades. LEDs can be many times more energy efficient than light bulbs, depending on the application. Just as vacuum tubes in televisions were replaced with solid-state components, the last remaining vacuum tube light bulbs are being replaced by solid-state components. Ann Arbor installed more than 1,000 LED streetlights in 2007. The City anticipates a 3.8-year payback on its initial investment. The LED lights typically burn five times longer than the bulbs they replace and require less than half the energy. Each fixture draws 56 watts and is projected to last 10 years, replacing fixtures with bulbs that use more than 120 watts and last only two years. Full implementation of LEDs is projected to cut Ann Arbor?s public lighting energy use in half and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2,425 tons of CO2 annually, the equivalent of taking 400 cars off the road for a year. Indoor directional and down light solutions are also becoming available. According to the University of California, Santa Barbara, widespread deployment of LED-based lighting could SAVE $115B in electricity costs in the U.S. alone by 2025.
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I am so proud Posted on Jun 28, 2008 at 01:59 PM
I am proud of my sister and my best friend, and 2 Prizes they won in Brasil and in Italy for a unique project. Let me explain. I live is a city called Camacari, that has the largest petrochemical pole of south america. And also 42 km of beautiful beaches. The area of the Pole the downtown area is below poverty line. So for many years noting was done for the people that lived there. Until 2004. That is when Cae won the elections to be the mayor. He was what you call the underdog just me and one italian friend that introduced us believed from day 1 he was going to win. He asked me if I wanted any position on his administration and I said I would be here to help him anytime but no thanks I did not want to work, I rather be a friend. My sister that was leaving the state administration started to working for him. Then here at home they started to dream about one project, the architect my friend Lucinei, my sister Ana and my friend Cae the mayor, and the idea was to make a place where the students could go after school. And from there they started... when the building was almost ready he asked my sister to be in charge to make it happen. It is not because she is my sister but she is a great administrator. And she managed to get some of the best partners in private industry to become involved. When it first started she told me she could not survive being so close to so many people with problem. And that meant to deal from some kind of child abuse or child without a shoe to wear and more. Well, one year and 4 months they have 7,000 regular students in courses from theatre, sports, arts, computing, languages, karate, capoeira, swimming, volley-ball, basket-ball, soccer, painting, instrument player, singing, dance, ballet ( 8 students this year were chosen by Bolshoi company to apply for full scolarship in the south of Brasil). From 6 to 100 years you have students there. To change peoples life became something so important to her that she does not want to leave the project, she wants to expand it. It is contagious. And the Theatre - for the first time people are having access to plays, orchestra presentations, and much more. Everybody that visit the project is impressed, specially because the people look so proud to either work or study there. Remember this is a poor as can be area. With a population of 200,000 . Only known as the the Petrochemical Pole. People that work at the pole do not live here, not even blue collar. There is not a middle class. The self-esteem of the people compared to 4 years ago is amazing. Cae is doing a wonderful work and is considered the best mayor of Bahia, one of the 10 best of Brazil. And my sister helped him to make one of his dreams better than he ever imagined. And it is all a coincidence I came from Miami to live on the beach 30 miles away from Salvador (where anyone normal would prefer to live) most of the year this place is too quiet, beautiful, but no people arround.. And here I became a friend of an Italian that introduced me to Cae e Luiza(his wife and also a politician) I liked them from the very first day. I never had to leave home to make things happen. It was not just to be in the right place at the right time, almost as if my new mission (after a sad and broken heart) was to get the right people together. So I am his " sister " and best friend, and he does listen to me and some of my out of the box ideas. We are all together at least once a week, he and his wife, my sister and myself. The more I know him the more I believe he is someone very special... and wish more politician were like him. This country would be a better place. Smiling... of course!! Lisi
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What is a millionaire? Posted on Jun 25, 2008 at 12:59 PM
I still have my doubts of what is one. Someone that has 10, 50, 100, 500 million US$? someone that have 10 houses around the world, each one with its own staff, a modest Cessna Citation VII or a Boing BBJ?, Rolls Royces, Bentleys, and Ferraris, 100 feet yachts? People that have everything money can buy can be yikes too much problem, what do they dream about? And if they are single... once again... they are even a bigger problem. And I am talking about the good, nice ones. It has to be more than that, much more than money... What is your idea about millionaires?
I Am Wrong! Posted on Jun 23, 2008 at 02:04 PM
I don't want to be Right anymore. The amount of destruction caused in mankind history is always to prove X was right, and of course Y also thought it was right, so it is enough to me. Nobody fights to be wrong, so I will be probably quiet. The only time we will say easily they are wrong is when they are in the road. To be wrong is just and evidence I may have to drive longer to get where I want to go... so to be wrong should be just that: the way I am living, or loving or thinking, or wanting someone in my life will take longer... that is all. The fight for the right is not with me anymore I will keep on doing my best to myself and to others even if I am wrong. Because I simply will always be wrong to someone ... and I like to be lost, that is when I discover new things new ways and new possibilities, and that is the way I like to be sometimes. and I also like when I read things I don't like or have a completely different perspective, idea or opinion, it is up to me to learn from them too, so if I was not ready to blog because I was afraid I could be attacked that is only my problem and I am the only responsible for it. Being wrong is much more friendlier than being right I have no doubts no one will want to be wronger than me... and I will be more humane or am I wrong?
Energy, coincidences, power Posted on Jun 20, 2008 at 05:20 PM
Coincidences open us to ideas of the purpose of human life on this planet, and the real nature of our universe. As humans we can project our energy by focusing our attention in the desired direction, so where attention goes, energy flows, influencing other energy systems and increasing the pace of coincidences in our lives. Unfortunately too often we can find ourselves weak and/or insecure and to gain energy we tend to manipulate (conscious or not) or force others to give us attention and thus energy. When we dominate others this way, we can feel more powerful, but they are left weakened and often will fight back. When we learn to give energy, we realize that will get it back in an enhanced way, so we don't have to take it from anyone. First we have a question; then dreams, daydreams, and intuitions that lead us towards the answers, which usually are provided by the wisdom of another human being. We can increase the frequency of guiding coincidences by uplifting or sending energy to every person that comes into our lives. By seeing the beauty in every face, we lift others into their wisest self. Uplifting others is especially effective in groups where each member can feel energy of all members of the group. When we know our personal mission we enhance the flow of mysterious coincidences as we are guided toward our destinies. "all the good in me beholds all the good in you" or: Namaste Lisi this is a modified text about the Celestine Profecy.
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More than I could dream to find! Posted on Jun 19, 2008 at 06:38 PM
True Love OK young men ... and women, do you think you could love like that? :: An elderly gentleman in his 80's, arrived to have stitches removed from his thumb. He stated he was in a hurry as he had an appointment at 9:00 am. I took his vital signs and had him take a seat, I saw him looking at his watch and, since I was not busy with another patient, I went over to evaluate his wound. While taking care of his wound, we began to engage in conversation. I asked him if he had a doctor's appointment this morning, as he was in such a hurry. The gentleman told me no, that he needed to go to the nursing home to eat breakfast with his wife. I inquired as to her health. He told me that she had been there for a while and that she was a victim of Alzheimer Disease. I asked if she would be worried if he was a bit late. He replied that she no longer knew who he was, that she had not recognized him in five years now. I was surprised, and asked him. "And you still go every morning, even though she doesn't know who you are?" He smiled as he patted my hand and said. "She doesn't know me, but I still know who she is." I had to hold back tears as he left, I had goose bumps on my arm, and thought, "That is the kind of love I want in my life." ::
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MM managers I want and explanation! Posted on Jun 15, 2008 at 10:05 PM
Please, Let me know why you are removing pictures of my blogs. That are all public domain and edited by me. If you remove ONE more picture, without an explanation, I will feel that I am invited to leave your site. And I certainly will. Thanks aVirtualone
HOMELESSGUY needs our help! Posted on Jun 13, 2008 at 09:20 PM
OK ladies, you saw it, our sensitive friend WWD is now a Homelessguy. And as I am following his efforts to give one of us a blanket chest, I feel I must do something to help. I selected 3 options of alternative housing we could help him build... it is just a question of creativity... he wont ask for big donations any 5 to 10 thousand from each will be more than enough! He is too big to sleep in the car and his back must be killing him! This picture with the WHWWWD (Wish He Was Wood Working Dog) is just to create an extra motivation to all of us!!!
How sensitive we want our man? Posted on Jun 13, 2008 at 11:02 AM
After reading the poetic post by HomelessGuy aka WWD, TURNING IN MY TIGHTS, I am thinking about the subject... Is there a Strong Sensitive Man arround? or if they are strong they can't be sensitive and if they are sensitive they can't be strong? I know I want a strong, polite and elegant man but I am confused about the sensitive part...
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International Community Posted on Jun 11, 2008 at 03:34 PM
There are so many nice people from all over the world that could join us at the blogs! American, Canadian and British friends welcomed me here, and I feel already at home, it would be nice if more nations would join us!! There are lots of ideias to exchanged and lots to learn from all of you!
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Am I crossing the line? Posted on Jun 10, 2008 at 04:09 PM
According to MM rules this what should be avoided... and I agree once I am in a place I have to follow their rules. But let's see: if a picture can be shown in a web safe search ON it should be considered OK or not? What is allowed and what is not? I never would upload anything that anyone over 10 could see so I need to know more cause I am feeling lost. And cu-seeme video conference don't even exist anymore so I am not sure what was the problem. I keep pleading NOT GUILTY! I never did any of the following: ........ 1. Profane, vulgar or porn messages. 2. Commercial solicitations, including web URLs. 3. Contact information (email, home phone/address, etc.). 4. Any URL regardless of the intent or content of the site. ........ Lisi "ready to rodar a baiana"
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What triggers your HULK? Posted on Jun 09, 2008 at 06:38 PM
I am a very easy to deal person, polite, great sense of humor, bla bla bla... but if someone says or leave in the air the possibility that I could be lying I turn Green, my heartbeat doubles, i forget to breath and go to the jugular...-- really I turn into Hulk! Does anyone have similar experiences?
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Understanding my own Nature Posted on Jun 02, 2008 at 02:55 PM
I hope you read this story! ... I've been looking fot it for some time but most versions I found were not what I wanted. This one is very interesting!! Have a wonderful week! Part 1: A long time ago, there lived a wise man along the banks of a well known river. One day, after a heavy downpour, as the wise man was walking along the river, he noticed a scorpion floating downstream. The scorpion was trying desperately to stay afloat in the water to keep himself from drowning, but the force of water was too much for him. He would come up for air, but the force of the water would again submerge him, and he would have to struggle hard to come up for air again. Observing the serious situation of the scorpion, the holy man went into the river and extended his hand to the scorpion to pull him out of the raging river. No sooner had his hand reached the scorpion, when the scorpion bit the wise man. Feeling the pain, the wise man was taken aback, but he still did not give up. He extended his hand again to the scorpion, only to be bit again. At this point the wise man thought for a minute and came up with a different strategy. He went ashore and brought a broken tree limb and extended it towards the scorpion. No sooner had the limb reached the scorpion, when he grabbed it. The holy man then brought the limb with the clinging scorpion to the shore and left it on dry land, thus saving the scorpion from drowning. In the meantime, a crowd had gathered by the river, and they watched the pain and the determination of the wise man to save the scorpion?s life. As the wise man was walking towards his hut, they asked him, ?Sir, why is it that you kept on helping the scorpion when all he would do is to bite you in return?? At this point our wise man smiled and said "Even the scorpion at the moment of drowning is not ready to give up its nature to bite. How can I forget my nature of compassion? I can't be less than the scorpion. I must be Me. This is my nature. Everything has its own nature." ------------------------------------------------- Part 2: There is a small village of scorpions living near a river. One day an elder scorpion is telling a bedtime story to young scorpions of the village, as follows:Kids! Always beware of human beings. They have no respect for life. We animals only kill for food or if we are attacked. But human beings kill not just for food, but sometimes just for fun. We animals never kill our own species. But human beings kill their own species if others do not agree with them. Take pride in being an animal, always respect life. Kill only for food or if you are attacked. Let me give you an example.One day it was raining heavily. Our river came alive and the water was singing and roaring with joy. I was thrilled to see all this joy around me and decided to take a dip and join the river waters for a small trip. Thus I walked up to the river banks, and jumped into the singing waters. I would take a dive under water, come up for fresh air and dive again. It was simply wonderful. The pleasant atmosphere, the singing waters, the forest coming to life at the sight of plenty of water, was just plain wonderful. It just cannot be described in words.As I was just floating around and having the time of my life, I saw a man at the river bank just staring at me. I did not like the look in his eyes. And then I saw him jump into the river and come towards me. That raised my concerns and I feared for my life. He came right at me and tried to grab me. This is not good, I told myself, but I still did not want to hurt him badly. After all, I am an animal and I respect life. I thus just gave him a warning shot and bit him slightly to keep him away from me. He backed off but then again came back to grab me. I still did not get mad and just gave him another warning by just biting him a little harder. He then backed off and went ashore. But to my horror. he came back with a large stick to beat me. At that point I really got angry. Before the stick could strike me, I jumped out of water and grabbed it. I kept hissing at him to keep reminding him to leave me alone or else I would not be kind the next time around. He finally got the message and left me on the river bank. Once he was gone I jumped back in the river and continued my joy ride. ------------------------------------------------- How many times we take for granted that whatever we know is the total knowledge? Do we ever stop to think that what we see and think to be the reality may not be the only reality and there could be another reality? Is this not one of the major sources of conflict in the world that we want to impose our solution on someone else? How often do we realize that even though our intentions may be to help some one else, if we do not take their environment and motivation and their reality into account we may end up doing more harm than good? adaptation of a story by: Sushil B An extension of the story from Panchatantra
MiniMe! Posted on Jun 01, 2008 at 02:13 PM
I made some minimees most were for the tomato war... the intent is just to imagine us as we were cute little people and having lots of fun... if anyone do not like their " minime " please let me know and I will remove it fast ok?? If someone want a minime... please let me know and I will be happy to make one!!
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To blog or not to blog! Posted on May 29, 2008 at 09:28 PM
In my teenage and young adult years I would always want to be "right" and if someone would dare to challenge my word, I would jump in their jugular!! but at the same time all I wanted was to please everyone, and feel "liked". When I realized that it was OK if someone did not like me, and I did not have to be right it meant Freedom!! I finally could be me! I was so Happy!! I started to understand that my failures and mistakes were a process I had to go thru to be a better human being, I started to love myself, enjoy my own company and be my best friend, only then I was able to love the others and accept them they way they were/are. The universe is very kind to me, it gives me everyday more understanding, and prepares me to my new mini-missions. Today I will be crying, I started yesterday, but my tears are just 'saudades" of my 2 new loves... Carol and Peter... tonight she sat down on the floor with me and patiently asked me not to cry, Peter just smiled and you know men... does not say much... open his arms and after letting me kiss him many, many times ... just wanted the computer! they are going back to Sao Paulo, with their grandmother (my sister). Their mother (my niece) can hardly wait one more hour to be with them... Carol's 2 years birthday is today but the party will be Sunday. Peter is almost 8 months. Then a few hours ago my best friend called (the mayor), I told him I was not going to the event with the 3 African Ambassadors this morning because I wanted to be with the babies, he said he would come with his wife to make me company later, and that he invited someone to have dinner here but not sure if Friday or Saturday... lots of things to tell me ...(he won the title of best mayor of the state, one of the top 10 of the country and one of 100 of Latin America).. Life is beautiful!
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Technologically Challenged Posted on May 28, 2008 at 09:16 PM
Just in case you think you are TC ("Technologically Challenged"), the following is an excerpt from an article in the Wall Street Journal: 1. Compaq is considering changing the command "Press Any Key" to Press Return Key" because of the flood of calls asking where the "Any" key is. 2. AST technical support had a caller complaining that her Mouse was hard to control with the dust cover on. The cover turned out to be the plastic bag the mouse was packaged in. 3. Another Compaq technician received a call from a man complaining that the system wouldn't read word processing files from his old diskettes. The customer had stuck labels on the diskettes, then rolled them into his typewriter to type on the labels. 4. Another customer was asked to send a copy of her defective diskettes. A few days later, a letter arrived from the customer along with photocopies of the floppies. 5. A Dell technician advised a customer to put his trouble floppy back in the drive and close the door. The customer asked the tech to hold on, and was heard putting the phone down, getting up and crossing the room to close the door to his room. 6. Another Dell customer called to say he couldn't get his computer to fax anything. After 40 minutes of trouble-shooting, the tech discovered the man was trying to fax a piece of paper by holding it in front of the monitor screen and hitting the "send" key. 7. Yet another Dell customer called to complain that his keyboard no longer worked. He had cleaned it by filling up his tub with soap and water and soaking the keyboard for a day, then removing all the keys and washing them individually. 8. A Dell technician received a call from a customer who was enraged because his computer had told him he was "bad and an invalid". The tech explained that the computer's "bad" command and "invalid" responses shouldn't be taken personally. 9. A confused caller to IBM was having troubles printing documents. He told the technician that the computer had said it "couldn't find printer". The user had tried turning the computer screen to face the printer, but that his computer still couldn't "see" the printer. 10. An exasperated caller to Dell Computer Tech Support couldn't get her new Dell computer to turn on. After ensuring the computer was plugged in, the technician asked her what happened when she pushed the power button. Her response, "I pushed and pushed on this foot pedal and nothing happened." The "foot pedal" turned out to be the computer's mouse. 11. Another customer called Compaq Tech Support to say her brand-new computer wouldn't work. She said she'd unpacked the unit, plugged it in and sat there for 20 minutes waiting for something to happen. When asked what happened when she pressed the power switch, she answered, "What Power switch?" 12. True story from a Novell NetWire SysOp: Caller: "Hello, is this Tech Support?" Tech: "Yes, it is. How may I help you? Caller: "The cup holder on my PC is broken and I am within my warranty period. How do I go about getting that fixed?" Tech: "I'm sorry, but did you say a cup holder?" Caller: "Yes, it's attached to the front of my computer." Tech: "Please excuse me if I seem a bit stumped, it's because I am. Did you receive this as part of a promotional, at a tradeshow?" Caller: "It came with my computer. I don't know anything about a promotional. It just has '4X' on it." At this point the Tech Rep had to mute the caller, because he couldn't stand it. He was laughing too hard. The caller had been using the load drawer of the CD-ROM drive as a cup holder, and snapped it off the drive! 13. Another IBM customer had trouble installing software and rang for support. "I put in the first disk, and that was OK. It said to put in the second disk, and I had some problems with that disk. When it said to put in the third disk - I couldn't even fit it in.." The user hadn't realized that "Insert Disk 2" meant to remove Disk 1 first.
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New employee Posted on May 28, 2008 at 11:58 AM
a new employee was hired at the Tickle Me Elmo factory and she duly reported for her first day's induction training, prior to being allocated a job on the production line. At 08:45 the next day the personnel manager received a visit from an excited assembly line foreman who was not best pleased about the performance of the new recruit, she was far too slow, and she was causing the entire line to back-up, delaying the whole production schedule. The personnel manager asked to see what was happening, so both men proceeded to the factory floor. On arrival they saw that the line was indeed badly backed-up - there were hundreds of Tickle Me Elmos strewn all over the factory floor, and they were still piling up. Virtually buried in a mountain of toys sat the new employee earnestly focused on her work. She had a roll of red plush fabric and a bag of marbles. The two men watched amazed as she cut a little piece of fabric, wrapped it around a pair of marbles and carefully began sewing the little package between Elmo's legs. The personnel manager began to laugh, and it was some while before he could compose himself, at which he approached the trainee. I'm sorry, he said to her, not able to disguise his amusement, but I think you misunderstood the instructions I gave you yesterday.... Your job is to give Elmo two test tickles. This allegedly took place in a factory in the USA which manufactured the Tickle Me Elmo toys, (a children's plush cuddly toy which laughs when tickled under the arm).
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Addicted to Blogland? Posted on May 27, 2008 at 05:49 AM
How do we know we are addicted? What are the signs? I got the idea I might be, reading I am Cassie's blog, I think I am starting the road to addiction as: 1)I am reading the blogs before my e-mails! 2)I can't sleep if don't check what is going on in blogland! what are the other symptoms?? I need help before it is too late... or is it too late already???
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Tears Posted on May 26, 2008 at 08:48 AM
My father just called a minute ago. To remind me that my mother died 40 years ago today. And asked if I thought my sister and brother would remember! I said Dad for sure they do, today it is a day to say thanks for her being in our lives, and to thank you for being my father, for my younger sister and brothers and my stepmother. I love you. As I said that I could not stop the tears. To be his daughter and have the family I have is one of the reasons I say I was born smiling! My mother died May 26 1968 in a small plane crash, I was exchange student in Detroit at that time. She was 37 beautiful, and a great wife and mother! Will be hugging her in my dreams today.