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Thursday, November 29, 2007

Strike It Up, You Know How Lonely One Can Feel

Unless you've been living under a rock and/or don't own a television, you probably know about the writer's strike that's been going on for the past few weeks. I don't know all the details, nor do I care to, but it basically boils down to this- the writer's want one thing, the head honchos want another, and us, the viewing public, is forced to sit through the ugly mess like some child of divorce, a la Drew Barrymore in Irreconcilable Differences.

I don't mean to come across as not caring about the specifics but I mean really. To me it just seems like it's a fight between the rich and the richer, a lot like Cinderella's wicked step sisters fighting at the ball. The execs, the writers and the actors who have decided to join the cause- none of these parties are suffering whether they "win" or not. No, the people who suffer are the little guys of the television industry. The production assistants, the costume designers, the lighting crew and of course you and me since pretty soon we'll have nothing to keep us occupied and might be force to (shudder) actually pick up a book or talk to our families.

Not only has this debate divided Hollywood down the middle, it's also caused stars to take a stand whether they wanted to or not. Some shows halted production almost immediately. Saturday Night Live for instance can't very well go live without writers. Then again, given the material that's been on SNL lately, maybe a little late night improv might not be such a bad idea after all.

Ellen DeGeneres took a lot of heat however for remaining on air, something that baffles Ellen herself considering other hosts such as Oprah Winfrey and Rachael Ray have decided to do the same. I think that's a testament to her character. After all, it's not the writers or the executives that are really hurting here, it's the crew who doesn't make nearly as much as the other parties involved. I was hoping that was Ellen's reason and I think it is. I also think it's a testament to how funny she is if she's truly proceeding without writing. I think a lot of live shows shut down out of panic. Then you'd have to know how entertaining the hosts aren't.

There are other shows that continue to march on despite the strike as well- mainly of the reality television drama. Shows like Dancing With the Stars and the upcoming Dance Wars and American Idol don't need scripts to proceed. I also hear they are under a different union so somehow, someway they aren't really effected by the strike. Other reality shows like Amazing Race are already completed filmed so their completion does not hinge one way or another on the strike itself. And then there are the shows that may actually come back early like Big Brother, which just ended in September, since that could take up a few nights of TV and a few thousand brain cells.

Ironically it's a standstill like this that might hurt the writers as the more and more people who are "forced" to watch reality TV may adopt and "out of sight, out of mind" approach to their once beloved TV shows. If you don't believe me, just ask the creators of Lost or Heroes who lost viewers last year after long hiatuses. Attaining success is one thing, but maintaining it is another thing entirely.

So where do we go from here? Well although strikes like this have occurred before, I can't honestly say I remember what happened. Besides the world was a different place then. Online content and reality television as well as lukewarm pilots weren't nearly as plentiful some twenty years ago. Once the strike is settled, do shows simply pick up from where they left off? Depending on how long this takes, when the shows do return, what season are they considered to be in? Are the last episodes we are watching now really the premature season finales?

I don't know about the rest of you, but I am actually one television fan who is okay with the strike for selfish reasons. I need the time to catch up on the shows I've fallen behind on. Finally, I might get a chance to watch shows that have been burning a hole in my tivo like Burn Notice, State of Mind, Eureka and Family Guy. I may even finally get to watch those last three episodes of The OC. Don't go telling me what happened to Seth and Summer. I'll get to it in due time.

So will the night the lights went out in Hollywood be the death of the medium? Me thinks not. It just might mean a lot of crappier television while waiting for the usual crap to come back.
Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Tell It To Me Tuesday " Miami My Only Vice"

I hope everyone had a safe and happy Thanksgiving. TITMT took a much needed break last week, but I'm happy to say I have at least one brand new AOGB post this week and the next, so hopefully we'll be up and running a bit more smoothly again. I have to admit though, I am once again hitting a dry spell in terms of TITMT content. I can think of questions to ask, but then I remember I have to answer them too and suddenly they don't seem so great anymore. So if you have any ideas for future TITMT questions, be sure to leave me a comment here or drop me a line at

Chicago said it best when they said some habits are hard habits to break. Okay, so maybe that wasn't exactly how they put But everyone has a thing or two or five that they wish they could change about others. But remember, whenever you're pointing the finger at other people, you've got three more pointing back at you. Pretty creep when you think about it, right?

So this week what I want to know is...

What are a few of your hardest habits to break?

You can tell me about current habits you have or others habits you have "kicked" so to speak. The beauty is in the details after all.

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Monday, November 19, 2007

Write Back Weekend " These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things Tracks"

I decided to skip TITMT this week due to lack of time with the holidays and report cards.... I just got around to this today. As you all know, it's Thanksgiving (Happy Thanksgiving!) and I doubt a lot of people will be visiting this blog today anyhow. TITMT will resume next week according to schedule. Happy turkey day to all who celebrate!

While I love long winded questions like last week's TITMT, I have to admit that answering them can be a rather daunting task. Sure, I could easily make a list of albums I've loved throughout the years, but without any explanation, I somehow find that that the list itself becomes rather...listless, for lack of a better word.

I also find that when it comes to list making of the pop culture variety, there comes an inordinate amount of pressure. Pressure that is inflicted by no one on myself but myself. All five to ten of you who still stick with me in reading this blog surely skim what I write. And yet that's why I think my posts have become less frequent. For me, I'd rather do them right or not do them at all.

This being said, what follows is the abbreviated list that I came up with. The lack of completeness continues to frustrate me, but I'm "letting go" by not adding on more to the list so instead I can add a bit of meat to the descriptions (and avoid unnecessary crucification as well). Also it should be noted that a "best albums" includes many different types of bests. Sometimes the memories alone that you attach to something make all the difference.

1980's: Period of Discovery

1. Rick Springfield-Greatest Hits Since I was a little kid when Rick Springfield first became popular, I didn't actually discover most of his music until the early nineties. At the time I borrowed his greatest hits album from someone else. That album was my gateway release to all things Rick Springfield and is a must have introduction record.

2. Madonna- True Blue Suffice it to say that anything Madonna related was quintessential in the eighties. True Blue, however, was the first album of hers that I truly connected with and enjoyed pretty much every track.

3. Squeeze- Babylon and On This is one of my favorite albums by one of my all time favorite underrated bands. Unfortunately, they aren't together anymore, so I have to relish instead in the classics. In fact I love them so much it was hard to choose a favorite albume. I settled on this one because it holds a special place in my heart since it was one of my bargain bin finds. I paid at the most $2.00 for it. It was one of the best $2.00 purchases I ever made.

4. Cyndi Lauper- She's So Unusual It was a perfectly titled album in its perfect time and place. I don't think I truly appreciated Cyndi Lauper nearly as much as I should have growing up. It's only in recent years, when I see how she has influenced other artists and how I miss the type of music that she made unique that I miss her and how it used to be.

5. Debbie Gibson- Out of the Blue A guilty pleasure choice for sure, I clearly remember being in love with this album back in the 1980's. I thought it was so cool that she was only like ten years old than me, too and writing and performing at such an early age. Part of me wanted to be Debbie Gibson back then. Sure it sounds funny now but back in 1988 you couldn't really blame me.

6. Tiffany- Tiffany Nothing else to say but see above, sans the writing part that is. In retrospect, I actually think Tiffany was the superior vocalist who got stuck in a world of mediocre material. If only she had the writing abilities of Debbie Gibson (and the marketing genius behind Britney Spears) we might have heard more from her.

7. George Michael- Faith In the eighties, George Michael was like the little artist that could. No one expected an alum from a band called Wham to be a big sensation, regardless of how many hits the colorful duo may have had. But just as soon as George Michael's star show brightly, it seemed to self destruct. Such a shame too when there's so much talent.

8. Michael Jackson- Thriller
Just the fact that this album is still discussed and referred to now tells you how much of an influence it had on artists, both past and present. Sure I love Justin Timberlake, but his sound didn't come out of the sky people.

9. Huey Lewis and the News- Sports Not only did I love all things Huey Lewis, I loved their infectious videos, too. Looking back they were like the good time bar band that happened to make it big, but back then, that translated to cool, too.

1990's: Period of Fascination

1. Lauren Christy- Breed Another bargain bin purchase, I bought this album on a whim. I had heard of Lauren Christy before, but wasn't all that impressed with her sound. Imagine my surprise by being blown away by tracks like I Want What I Want and Bleed. How she didn't have a big hit on her hands is still beyond me.

2. Jellyfish- Bellybutton and Spilt Milk It's impossible to pick just one album for some artists. Jellyfish is one of them. They only had two albums though so the fact that both of them made them to my top list gives you a clue of just how awesome they are.

3. Taxiride- Imaginate I forget how I discovered this band but I do remember the first song I heard by them was Get Set. I think it was their only minor hit here in the states, and oddly enough, it's probably one of my least favorite tracks on the album. Overall though the whole collection is a full of hits that never came to pass.

4. Tonic- Lemon Parade and Sugar I love everything Tonic has done and I was lucky enough to see them play live once. They aren't together right now and lead singer Emerson Hart is doing his own thing. The voice is the same, but the material I miss. If You Could Only See still makes me say "awww" to this day.

5. Third Eye Blind- Third Eye Blind and Blue I don't know what happened to this band but 3EB really rocked the late nineties. Both of these albums were good, but there are a few songs on their debut album that totally blew me away when I first heard them. I also used to have a crush on the lead singer, Stephan Jenkins, but that's before I heard his speaking voice.

6. Letters To Cleo- Wholesale Meats and Fish and Go I owned Wholesale Meats and Fish because of their single, Awake but didn't really put the album into heavy rotation until LTC was the band to play on our campus one year. Ever since then I wondered why I didn't start listening sooner. Now I miss what once was. Girls have tried to rock before but back in 1997, I totally would have loved to be a rocker chick like LTC's Kay Hanley.

7. Jude Cole- A View From 3rd Street and Start The Car Anyone who knows me knows that Jude Cole is a staple in my musical collection. Though he has turned his talents to being behind the scenes these days, these two albums are underrated gems full of good, solid music.

8. Athenaeum- Radiance Another album I discovered by accident, this band had one minor hit with the song, What I Didn't Know. Believe me when I tell you though that what you don't know is just how awesome this band was. I say was because I'm not sure if they are together anymore though they did have some kickass songs on their hard to come by second release as well. They never managed to break on through to the other side though.

9. Cake- Fashion Nugget and Prolonging the Magic Although a bit of a novelty band, Cake personified the perfect mix of sarcasm and rock. I don't know how they managed to do it time and again, but they did. Their later albums tapered off a bit in this department but I suppose that change was inevitable. I Will Survive still goes down as one of the best and original remakes to date though.

10. The Party- The Party Somehow it doesn't seem to do them justice to refer to them as the band that Mickey Mouse Club built. Still, for accuracy's sake, that's exactly what they were. I know that they weren't really responsible for the idea or even the material, but the five person, boy/girl mix was classic and even somewhat original in a day and age where boy bands were all the rage. I can still remember loving snippets of this album from the commercial. Then I bought the album itself, and the other three to follow and I became a surprising lifelong fan.

11. Better Than Ezra- Deluxe
Although Better Than Ezra is still technically around, their first album remains the best containing hit after hit song. I also had the privilege of hearing these guys play live in their heyday.

12. Alanis Morissette- Jagged Little Pill
Any girl who grew up in the mid nineties knew Alanis. Most girls might have even identified with her. I know I have had a few moments in my life where I felt Alanis was speaking on my behalf. I know this wasn't her debut, but it was a rebirth of sorts. Very few albums have been this monumental in an artist's career. Unfortunately that makes it hard to duplicate its success. It's ok though. Even though the awkward teenage days are behind me, my love for Alanis remains.

13. Danielle Brisebois- Arrive All Over You My theory on this album is a simple one. This record came out shortly after Alanis's record. Both of them were former child stars (Danielle was on All In the Family) with something to prove. Only problem is Alanis got their first, bottom line. My only wish was that Danielle had found her niche. Unfortunately, I'm still waiting.

14. Vertical Horizon- Everything You Want I don't get it. This album is the perfect example of a true hit record. Song after song is great. But the pressure to live up to the first album never did amount to what I expected it to. I surely thought this band would have been in it for the long haul, or at least another
solid album or two. But record company woes prevented that from happening in a timely fashion. Before you knew it, time had marched on as did VH fans. Not this one though.

15. Live- Throwing Copper Yet another classic from my high school days, Live had so many great songs on this album. My personal favorite is probably Pillar of Davidson because it was one of the few that wasn't played out in 1994.

16. New Radicals- Maybe You've Been Brainwashed Too Although it might have seemed that Danielle Brisebois went back into oblivion, she actually continued to make music with the New Radicals, headed by creative front man, Gregg Alexander. They are best known for being a "one hit wonder" band for the song Get What You Give. Anyone who has ever listened to the album knows though that you get much more than that.

17. The Greenberry Woods- Rappledapple and Big Money Item I discovered The Greenberry Woods when they opened up for Tears For Fears. I think I actually went to the concert to see Jellyfish, the second opening act, but that's neither here or there. I bought the Greenberry Woods album right away and actively sought out Big Money Item. Both albums had classic harmonies and pure potential pop hits galore. Once again, it wasn't meant to be.

18. Robbie Williams- The Ego Has Landed Although Robbie Williams was technically a boy band alum, there's very little evidence of this on his debut album. He was always like the Robert Downey Jr. of the pop world to me, full of talent but always on the verge of self destruction. I know I'm talking about him in the past tense as if he isn't around anymore but the truth of the matter is nothing he's done since has come close to his impressive debut. Nothing.

2000's: Period of Disillusionment

1. Avril Lavigne- Let Go Sure Avril is a bit played out now, but I still can remember listening to her album over and over being amazed by how much I really liked it. I still get somewhat excited when I hear she has a new album coming up, but unfortunately everything else she has done so far paled in comparison.

2. Jimmy Eat World- Bleed American I remember receiving this record to review as an advance back when in 2001. I had just started a new job and it was right around September 11th. I heard that the title track was actually renamed because of 9/11. Regardless of it's name, this album was my introduction to all things Jimmy Eat World, and what a wonderful world it is.

3. Melissa Lefton- Melicious Technically I'm not sure this album was ever actually released. I also received this to review and loved the fun feeling of it. It's all the best things you love about pop and the eighties rolled into one. Melissa really was the Tracey Ullman or Julie Brown, with a dash of Cyndi Lauper thrown in, of our generation. I don't think anyone will ever know it though.

4. Pink- Missundaztood, Try This, I'm Not Dead I'll make this short, but sweet. I didn't know how great Pink was going to be after hearing her debut single There You Go, but her music went in a different direction. Now where she goes, I follow. Anything Pink makes tickles me.

5. Mandy Moore- Mandy Moore I don't understand why Mandy "I'm a movie actress now" Moore has decided to shun her early musical roots. When she says she hates the music she was making them I sincerely hope it's her debut album and not the one I'm talking about here because it's a wonderful pop record which, truth be told, her newer material doesn't hold a candle to creatively. Sorry, Mandy.

6. Rilo Kiley- The Execution of All Things and More Adventurous I never would have imagined that little child actress Jenny Lewis would go on to be one of my biggest musical influences as an adult. She just transcends so many genres it's amazing. If you haven't checked out Rilo Kiley yet, what are you waiting for?

7. Phantom Planet- The Guest After The OC came and went, Phantom Planet was perhaps best known as the band that sang their theme, California. A great song in its own right, it really just skims the surface of what Phantom Planet's album was all about. I was so excited to hear their subsequent releases, but being typical "artist types" they seemed to sacrifice a good thing for experimentation. I'm still hoping they get back on course one day.

8. Ben Folds- Rockin' The Suburbs Whether he's with the Five or not, Ben Folds is an unapologetic, mediocre singer at best. But the rawness shines through in his material. Needless to say there's some really strong pop tunes on this album. Who says all singers need to have great voices? Sometimes it's just as important having something to say.

I thought about compiling a recent list but reconsidered since it hasn't been that long to really list all time faves. Like any list I make, it's all a work in progress. Don't be surprised if you see the best of 2007 in an upcoming, "feeling nostalgic because it's the end of the year" type list, soon!
Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Tell It To Me Tuesday "Put Your Records On"

Anyone who knows me know I am a serious music lover. I always have been and I always will be. If you are anything like me you know how it is. Even if you aren't you can easily answer today's question...

What are some of your favorite albums?

If you want to make a top list or break it up by genre or decade, that's cool with me. Basically anything that has a good beat that you can dance to qualifies to be listed here.

If you are participating on your blog, the rules are simple:

1. Answer this question ON YOUR BLOG and THEN link back to it via the box below.
2. Leave a comment letting me know you played along.
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4. If you have any questions or you're confused just ASK!

Monday, November 12, 2007

Write Back Weekend Monday "Just Desserts"

It's so funny that this week's TITMT question was about desserts. Well, ok maybe it's not so funny, but it is mildly amusing at least. In order to understand my answer to the question, I have to rewind to the conversation I had with a friend of mine just earlier today.

A few friends and I are meeting for dinner later on tonight. We were talking about how if the waiter we know is there, we can get free dessert. Only something like "free dessert" has never been all that tempting to me. This is because I'm not now, nor have I ever really been, a sweets person. Now that doesn't mean I don't have a favorite dessert or two, I'm just saying given the choice between dessert or a cup of soup, nine times out of ten I'd choose the soup (yes, even if it's summertime).

There are some desserts that have never been tempting to me. For the most part, I can easily resist almost anything that is chocolate. I enjoy a Twix bar or peanut butter cup from time to time, but I never understood the whole chocolate craze. Even when I do want a piece of chocolate, a mini bar like that is good enough. Oh and chocolate yogurt. I like that for some inexplicable reason, too. Like I said, nothing is absolute.

Still, I figured since TITMT questions are more or less the land of the "top five or so answers that are on board" I might as well tell you about five of my favorite desserts, in no particular order, of course, just something I'd like to order, as the case may be. They may have changed over the years, but I'll answer as if I was ordering in present time, not the past. Also note that I stuck with sweet desserts however I whole heartedly acknowledge that sour and salty are equal important, just different is all.

1. Italian Ice-
First of all let me preface this choice with an explanation. Depending on where you live, italian ice can come in many different forms and as a result, they are often varying levels of icy goodness. Suffice it to say I've had some italian ices that are fantastic, while I've had others that should be embarrassed to call themselves ice as they are nothing but water with some food coloring and flavored sugar added. A lot of people like the chain of Rita's Water Ice. It's alright, but my heart belongs to a local chain of Italian Water/Cream ices known as Ralph's Italian Ices. The flavors are unique, plentiful and downright delicious.

2. Cheesecake Factory Cheesecake- For some people, any old cheesecake will do. Not this girl. Although I enjoy most cheesecake flavored things, I often finding eating a whole piece of cheesecake to be a bit of a cumbersome task. Like they tend to say, there can be such a thing as too much of a good thing. Cheesecake Factory cheesecake on the other hand has a lighter taste to it that's hard to describe if you've never tried it. I'm not saying it is lighter, au contraire, but that it's something definitely worth trying, especially if you are cheesy, like me.

3. Warm Pumpkin, Apple or Pecan Pie- It was very hard to choose one pie as my favorite, so instead I chose the trifecta of pies, if you will. These three pies are three of my favorite part of the fall season. I know you can technically eat any pie, especially apple, any time of year. But there's just something about a piece of warm pie with a cup of coffee or tea on a warm, fall night. Yum!

4. Pistachio Pudding- To be honest, I think all puddings are delicious and perhaps it's because I don't eat pudding all the time that the charm of a good bowl of pudding is still appealing to me. I chose pistachio because it's the forgotten pudding. Nowadays nearly every flavor you can think of (and even some you never would have) come in easy to serve, on the go packs. All that is, except pistachio. Sure, you can make pistachio instant pudding, but sometimes instant just isn't instant enough. I also love vanilla and butterscotch pudding, among others, but that's not important now.

5. Cinnamon Nut Roll from the diner- This choice is probably the most geographically specific one on the list. New Jersey is known for being the land of the diners and when a diner is good, it is a wonderful thing. Diners are perfect for light meals, big meals and most importantly, great deals. The one diner we always go to gives you dessert with your meal as part of the price. I'm always stuffed by that point because the meal also includes salad bar, soup and the meal itself. Needless to say I almost always take my dessert home for this reason alone. Their cinnamon nut roll is perfect and it can easily serve a dual purpose, as a late snack or an early morning breakfast. Desserts are fun in general, but it's even better when they're versatile.

Now that I've written this entire post before eating dinner it's actually served to make me hungrier and a bit sad that I probably won't have any of these this evening. It's ok. Eating in general is still "sweet" to me!
Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Tell It To Me Tuesday "How Sweet It Is"

One of my favorite new shows of the fall season is Pushing Daisies. I like this show because it's unique and quirky and shows some innovation, too. It revolves around an otherwise ordinary pie maker who has a rather extraordinary gift, he can make the dead, undead with the touch of his hand.

I know the premise of the show isn't important now, but my love for Pushing Daisies Ned the pie maker, indirectly lead me to this week's TITMT question...

What is your favorite type of dessert?

If you are participating on your blog, the rules are simple:

1. Answer this question ON YOUR BLOG and THEN link back to it via the box below.
2. Leave a comment letting me know you played along.
3. If you are interested in adding the box to your site, please visit Mister Linky.
4. If you have any questions or you're confused just ASK!

Monday, November 05, 2007

Write Back Weekend Monday "Spooky Little Girl Like You"

Last week I asked you a pretty broad question...What is the scariest (or some of the scariest) experiences you have ever had?

In order to answer such a question, one has to define what makes something scary. For instance, I often dub a lot of things as scary. Some might even say I overuse the term thus the word itself is in danger of losing some of it's scariness, so to speak.

But I can't help it. For me there are differing levels of scary. Life changing experiences, things that are unexplainable, bad dreams...they all qualify as truly scary moments that very few could argue against. On the other hand, I also dub things such as Florence Henderson singing or Gary Busey doing just about anything as "scary" as well. I suppose you could say all things scary therefore, are in the eye of the beholder.

Since I've been blogging for years now, some of the scariest moments of my life have been cataloged on here. So instead of retelling the stories, I will simply link to them. If you haven't read them before, consider them new to you.

1. There's the now infamous day of my car accident as told through the following post, I Chose The Road Less Traveled And I Got Screwed.

2. How about close encounters of the unexplainable kind as outlined here, in I See Dead People?

3. Then there's the time, I could have sworn I wrote about here but I guess I didn't when I fell down my basement steps. This happened a few years ago. It all started because my sock got caught on a loose nail as I was going down. It gives me chills to think about it, even now because I can still remember it happening in my mind. It's a weird feeling being in the throes of something you are unable to stop. As I went tumbling down the wood steps, headed towards the cement landing, all I could do was pray I'd land safely. I remember landing and instantly springing up, just to see if I could and climbing back up the stairs. My parents were in the kitchen still horrified that it had happened since it all happened so quickly. As soon as I got back up the stairs that's when the reality of the situation kicked in and I started crying- partly out of relief that I was safe and partly because it was pretty damn scary. Besides having a few bad bruises, I was in good shape otherwise.

4. Another scary experience I recall was the second time I had tubes put in my ears. I was about eight or so, in the beginning of second grade. The first time I was too young to remember anything, being only about three at the time. This time I was aware and can still remember how the video for Rod Stewart's Some Guys Have All The Luck was ironically, the last thing I saw before I left in the early morning hours to go to the hospital. Not only was I getting tubes put in my ears for the second time, I also had my adenoids taken out as well as my tonsils. I completely remember waking up and being in so much pain and being so scared. At some point during the procedure I clearly remember them poking me with what felt like needles to calm me down. I had no idea what they were using or why they were doing it, but I still remember it to this day because the whole experience was quite traumatic, at any age.

5. Another distinct "scary" memory I have is from my childhood. I was about nine or so at the time and my grandparents, who lived 45 minutes away, had gotten a prank phone call from a little girl who was allegedly crying and saying her mom was on the floor bleeding. My grandparents, being naive and older, fed this sick kid information and said "Janet, is that you?" Of course she went with it and said yes.

Not thinking clearly, they never called back, they just got in the car and drove to our house, panicked at what they were going to find. Not only did they not think to call the house, they didn't think to call 911 before making the trip, a trip mind you, that my grandfather shouldn't have taken in the first place considering his night vision was very poor. I can still remember how they were so confused when they got there and how while I had done nothing wrong, everyone still somehow seemed so intense and mad with me. I think my grandparents had a really hard time wrapping their heads around the fact that I was indeed, not the person to make the call and that my mom, who was standing right there, was OK. The girl called back again only the next time she said she was a girl named Rosalie. Luckily by that time they had learned their lesson.

I know that other scary experiences have happened in my life, but just talking about the last five have spooked me enough for one evening so I think I'll leave it at that.



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