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Why I No Longer Commute to Work

Originally posted on: AmericaOnCoffee

Janey was always the one. She was. shapely, tall and pretty. She knew it because guys were always swooning her.

As every weekday morning, Janey would pick up five co-workers: Lorna, Lindsey, Amy, Dawn and Carmen in her spacious golden brown Audi. We head to our job at Crimwinkle and Snowden, a very prestigious marketing firm that distributed household supplies. We were all marketing representatives, and our jobs demanded the highest standards in our appearances and attitudes.

This was a good reason why the six of us were so lax and loose behavior on our way to work. We laughed and joked about the silliest of things.

But, at some point there was a guy quite handsome looking staring at Janey. He appeared quite irritated. Janey said “Wow” he was quite cute and took his behavior as a come on. We co-worker/ride sharers didn’t know what to make of it.

The guy beckoned Janey to pull over so he could talk with her.

She did and he gave her a hard punch in the face.

This was a morning of a Ravenous Rage! I may be telling it from a ride-sharer-onseer perspective, but it happened to me, Janey. My friends never commuted to work with me again. And, it was such an embarrassment that I quit my job Crimwinkle and Snowden

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“WIND BENEATH MY WINGS (Lyrics) – BETTE MIDLER”

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The highest-charting version of the song to date was recorded in 1988 by singer and actress

Bette Midler

for the soundtrack to the film Beaches. This version was released as a single in early 1989, spent one week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in June 1989, and won Grammy Awards for both Record of the Year and Song of the Year in February 1990. On October 24, 1991, Midler’s single was also certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America for shipment of one million copies in the United States. In 2004 Midler’s version finished at No. 44 in AFI’s 100 Years…100 Songs survey of top tunes in American cinema.

“Wind Beneath My Wings”

has also been recorded by Kerry Ellis, Lee Greenwood, B.J. Thomas, Willie Nelson, Kenny Rogers, Sheena Easton, Patti LaBelle, Captain and Tennille, Joe Longthorne, Eddie and Gerald Levert, John Tesh, Judy Collins, Shirley Bassey, RyanDan, Israel Kamakawiwoʻole, Sonata Arctica, Chyi Yu, Perry Como, Sergio Franchi, Steven Houghton and Celine Dion, Nancy LaMott, the Mighty Clouds of Joy and R. Kelly. Paloma San Basilio (Spanish version “Gracias a ti”) Lou Rawls sang the song at the nationally-televised 50th Presidential Inaugural Gala on January 19, 1985, the day before the second inauguration of Ronald Reagan.

In a 2002 UK poll, “Wind Beneath My Wings” was found to be the most-played song at British funerals.[3]

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High Maintenance Men Are On The Scene, Move over Glamour Girls!


The Brazilian bikini wax for men is becoming an ever more popular for the body conscious gent. Some wonder, what man would willingly allow his more intimate parts to be exposed to hot wax before having that wax ripped from his body? The answer is more guys than you might think!

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Who is Wearing the Crown In Your Relationship?

HIGH MAINTENANCE MEN!

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You’ve no doubt heard about high maintenance women. They’re the manipulative princesses who become needy and moody when they don’t get their own way. But did you know there is also the high maintenance man? They’re a different breed altogether, but their behaviour is just as consuming.

HIGH MAINTENANCE MEN ARE THE GUYS WHO HAVE YOU MAKING SMALL ADJUSTMENTS IN YOUR LIFE IN ORDER TO ACCOMMODATE THEIR INSECURITIES. YOU MAKE THESE ADJUSTMENTS BECAUSE THE DRAMA THAT FOLLOWS IF YOU DON’T, SIMPLY ISN’T WORTH IT. EACH SMALL ADJUSTMENT ON ITS OWN MIGHT SEEM LIKE NOTHING BUT EVENTUALLY YOU’RE TURNING YOURSELF INTO A CONTORTIONIST JUST TO KEEP THE PEACE. THE BIG PROBLEM WITH EACH OF THESE ADJUSTMENTS IS THAT YOU ARE RELINQUISHING A SMALL ASPECT OF YOURSELF EVERY TIME YOU ALLOW IT. EVENTUALLY YOU’LL FEEL LIKE A PRETZEL TWISTING TO ACCOMMODATE THIS PERSON AND AVOID THE DRAMA.

He doesn’t like that dress you love? You stop wearing it. He doesn’t like one of your friends? You stop hanging out together. He doesn’t like your favourite bar? You stop going. In the short term, high maintenance men might seem worth your while, but in the long run the daily adjustments become exhausting and isolating.

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What are the early signs of high maintenance men? Jealousy, possessiveness or a mighty big chip on his shoulder. Anything you do that feels empowering or involves a life beyond the relationship will be seen as a threat so that’s usually where the drama begins. It’ll start with him not liking one or two of your friends, or criticising an activity you love to do. Eventually it’ll escalate to mocking various friends or demeaning something you’ve always loved doing. It wont necessarily be an outright assault either. It’ll usually come laced an a joke so that it’s your problem for taking things too seriously or being overly sensitive. Sarcasm and cynicism are tools widely wielded by the high maintenance man.

If you’re wondering if your man is high maintenance think about a future event with friends or family. If it’s easier if he’s not there, then he’s probably high maintenance. Or if you find yourself constantly making excuses for your partner ‘oh that’s just him, he doesn’t like it when (insert normal human interaction)’ then the chances are he’s high maintenance.

KEEP IN MIND, THIS RELATIONSHIP MIGHT BE DOABLE WHEN YOUR YOUNG AND HAVE YOUR OWN LIFE, BUT WHEN YOU HAVE HIS KIDS AND ARE DEPENDENT ON HIS INCOME, THIS BEHAVIOUR BECOMES POSSESSIVE & CONTROLLING.
Eventually life with this man is exhausting, isolating and above all, chips away at your self-esteem. You’ll feel you can’t tell your close friends about him as it’ll sound petty, because as discussed above, each individual thing on it’s own is no big deal. It’s the cumulation of living with these contortionist adjustments, day-in day-out, that becomes a huge problem.

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WHAT TO DO ABOUT A HIGH MAINTENANCE GUY IF YOU’RE ALREADY INVOLVED?
Push back! You’ve created a monster by allowing this behaviour to continue, so now it’s time to establish some healthy boundaries. All those things you’ve stopped doing because of him? Start doing them. Yes there’ll be drama from his end, but you can’t buy into it. It’s time to stand up to this immature bully before you have nothing left of authentic, divine you.

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Dreams so real, and not far from reality… with people and places

Always a ride up, or, a ride down.

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What are all the ways to achieve lucid dreaming?

From what I can understand, you are really passionate about Lucid Dreaming. Great! Never lose that. I have been practicing Lucid Dreaming for about 5 years now. I still consider myself a novice. I think it will be best if I would like to share with you my experiences and methods :

First of all keep a dream journal. It is a must. If I may I would like to suggest this app (Yes. 21st century you have apps for everything :D) Dream Moods Dream Dictionary – Android Apps on Google Play. The reason why I like this app is that not only can you write and store your dreams date wise, it automatically links the symbols from your dream journal. So you will be able to understand what are you common dream symbols.
Keeps performing reality checks throughout the day. Reality check is a technique to spot the difference between a dream and waking reality. Like for example you will find it very difficult to count your fingers in a dream. They will either be distorted or there may be a few missing or a few more. So for my reality check I look at my right hand and count the fingers. Then I look away for a few seconds and count them again. The trick is to make it a habit so that you will do it reflexively in your dream. And once that happens you will immediately become lucid. A better way to perform reality checks is to first observe what are your most common dream symbols. Lets say it is a train. So whenever you see a train while awake perform the reality check. How to Use Reality Checks to Have Lucid Dreams
Do not attempt to lucid dream when you are very sleepy. You will simply end up having a nice sleep. That is not what we want right? So when you are attempting lucid dreaming make sure that you are just feeling a bit tired and not too sleepy.

For me, I had some of my best lucid dreams in the afternoon. (Sometimes I took a nap after having lunch). Though they were less vivid than the ones which I had achieved using the WBTB technique. The MILD (Mnemonic Induction of Lucid Dreams) technique gave me the best results during these afternoon sessions. Mnemonic Induction of Lucid Dreams (The MILD Technique)

You can follow the Wake Back To Bed (WBTB) technique. This is a really powerful technique and is very useful for beginners. So lets discuss it in a bit detail. Wake Back To Bed: Lucid Dream with WBTB
Wake Back To Bed, or the WBTB method, is a variation on the Cycle Adjustment Technique with one key difference: the results are immediate. You can use this method every day of the week, or just on weekends – it’s up to you. The more you practice this lucid dreaming technique, the more lucid dreams you can have. The steps are simple

Step 1 : Go to bed as normal and allow yourself to sleep for six hours. Set your alarm clock or have another early riser wake you up.

Step 2 : After six hours, get out of bed and fully wake yourself up. Find something to occupy your brain to make you alert. Read about lucid dreaming if you want to stay focused on the subject. Stay alert for 20-60 minutes. (Hint: you must get out of bed!)

Step 3 : Go back to bed and relax. If your mind is too alert, practice meditation, listen to brainwave entertainment and/or perform Mnemonic Induction of Lucid dreams. Use your visualization skills to place your mind back in the dreamscape and plan your next lucid dream as you fall asleep.

Ok. Back to where we were. You can also use the WILD technique. Though I have not used this technique much and so will not comment on it I have modified the WILD technique to my advantage which I will explain now.

So now what I am going to discuss is something of a shortcut for me. This may not give you the most vivid lucidity but for me it is easier to achieve. So first I force myself into sleep paralysis (yes, I somehow enjoy sleep paralysis). Once I have induced sleep paralysis, there are basically two paths which I can follow :

Astral Projection using the rope technique (which is a topic for another day! :D)
Lucid Dreaming using the MILD technique.
How to Induce Sleep Paralysis

That is pretty much what I have been able to achieve as a lucid dreamer. Keep practicing. Never give up. It took me about five years to get to where I am now. Have patience and let your imagination take you wherever you desire. Happy dreaming!

[Now– Questions, Questions, Questions!]

What are the benefits of lucid dreaming?

What are the dangers of lucid dreaming?

Have you ever had a lucid dream? How was the experience?

How can we experience lucid dreaming?

How can I lucid dream if I keep forgetting reality checks and I don’t have the motivation for a dream journal?

7 Steps to Start Lucid Dreaming

1. Remember your ordinary dreams.

A lot of people say ‘I don’t dream’, everybody dreams, whilst you may not remember them you still dream. To start remembering your dreams try this simple technique.

Each night before drifting off to sleep repeat the phrase ‘I will remember my dreams as soon as I wake up’. Say this phrase over and over until you fall asleep, after a few days you will start to remember your ordinary dreams.

2. Keep a dream journal

This can be tedious but it’s well worth the effort. Even writing a few short sentences about your dream is enough. This will get you into the habit of remembering your ordinary dreams and to start looking for dream signs within your dreams. It can also be a tool to analyze your thought processes.

3. Pick out dream signs

A lot of your ordinary dreams will have objects or people in them that could act as a cue to you waking up in your dreams. For example if you regularly talk to ‘Elvis’ in your ordinary dreams this is an obvious dream sign and can be used to ask yourself if you are dreaming because you know Elvis is dead.

4. Notice your waking world

To be conscious in your dream world means you have to be conscious in your waking world. That might sound crazy, as you are conscious when you are awake. However what I mean is ‘consciously focused’ . For example you are consciously focused when learning a new task, you are thinking about every action you are taking to get the right steps. When you have learned the new task you no longer have to focus as intently as you did when learning it. Being consciously focused means looking around you and saying what you see, feel, hear, smell and touch and voicing it. This has the added benefit of being in the moment and can help you to inner calmness, it’s almost zen like.

If you start to consciously focus on the world around you, you will carry this over into the dream world.

5. Ask yourself; ‘Am I dreaming?’

Ask yourself just now ‘Am I dreaming?’. Your obvious answer is to say no, of course you are not dreaming. How do you know? Don’t just say; because I know, try and think about why you are not dreaming. For example you could say if I was dreaming I would be able to fly. When you are dreaming you cannot read text for longer than a few seconds, so try reading text to prove to yourself you are not dreaming.

This again will carry over into your dreaming world and you will start asking the same questions in your dreams which can turn into a lucid dream.

6. Your first lucid dream

Many people have their first lucid dream simply by reading about it. You might find that you become over-excited and lose the lucid dream however, you first lucid dream will be remembered for years to come.

7. Staying lucid

I have used different techniques to stay within a dream however by far the best one is calming myself down with self talk and dream spinning. If you find that you are losing your lucidity you can talk to yourself to calm yourself down and just start noticing the things around you in your dream.

Dream spinning is when you feel you are losing control of your dream you mentally spin like a tornado to stay within your dream. This is focusing the mind on staying lucid.

Have you ever had a lucid dream? If you have why not tell us about it by leaving a comment.

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“Concierge… Concierge… Concierge Please!”

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Concierge around the world are asked to do weird stuff all the time. All part of the job for a concierge! As long as its legal, moral and ethical a concierge will do it.

Dinner Dates

By Katharine Giovanni

About 15 years ago I was told a story by a retired hotel concierge. He was quick to assure me that this incident happened years ago in the 1970’s and is no longer practiced.

Back then, this hotel concierge secretly kept two lists at his desk. The first was a list of celebrity men who liked to have dinner and companionship with women not their wife. The other list was of celebrity women who wanted the same thing. One night, a celebrity gentleman called the desk and asked the concierge to find him a dinner date. The concierge then randomly chose a name from the other list and contacted her. When she arrived at the suite, imagine her surprise when the door opened and it was her husband! Wouldn’t you like to have been a fly on the wall to hear THAT conversation?

Reprint Information: You can reprint this article as long as the copyright and author biography are included. Thank you!

Copyright © 2017 by Katharine C. Giovanni. All rights reserved.

About the Author: Katharine is a world-renowned concierge and front desk trainer/consultant/speaker and three-time award-winning bestselling author. She is considered by many to be one of the original founders of the independent concierge industry. Her warm, friendly and approachable style inspires people to be their very best! To read more about her, please visit. www.KatharineGiovanni.com

 
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CAUTION!  …BECAUSE THERE ARE SO MANY UNREAL MEN

 
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Only Slightly More Unpleasant than a Normal United Flight

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The forcible removal of a passenger from a United Airlines plane after they overbooked his flight has quickly gone viral in an untempered PR disaster for the Chicago-based airline.

The video of the passenger being manhandled, dragged from the plane and beaten bloody by security guards has become the subject of widespread parody and derision. United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz issued an apology for “having to re-accommodate these customers.”

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