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It Weighs Less When It's Not In My Chest...

Once upon a time… That’s how these things start, right? The line that starts the whole story. After that, nothing else even matters but getting to the happily ever after. I used to think I could see mine, out there on the horizon, but each time I think I’ve got it in my sights, something happens that shows me differently.     The settings and circumstances change, characters come and go, and there’s plenty of romance and drama to make it interesting. Even if you could predict how it ended, it

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I Need A Favor...

If you're fluent in reading and writing Spanish, good with spelling and grammar, and have a couple spare hours and would like to help me out with a project, let me know!   Thanks!

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Review of the Patrick Stump show in LA at Hotel Cafe in March 13th

You Don’t Even Need a Ticket, Just Clap   It’s been said that great things come in small packages, and the moment I walked into Hotel Café in Los Angeles, I knew that truer words haven’t been spoken. The intimate venue and stage only serves to showcase just how much that applies to the man standing in the center of it. It will never stop being surprising how such a big sound and a contagious energy can come from someone so small.   When you first see Patrick Stump, a few things run throu

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Every Breath Until I Have Nothing Left

You take my breath away and then ask if I’m okay, Neat trick, to feel amazing while you’re suffocating. My heart’s beating out of my chest and my head goes black, And the thing is, I wouldn’t ever give these moments back. There’s something scary about feeling so alive, And considering the alternative, I’ll survive.   For every night and every right, for our daydreams in the sunlight, For every wrong and every song, I knew it was you all along, Cause these days and minutes are the ones

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A Persuasive Essay Written By My Daughter

Gay Rights- What’s So Right About Them? “The true civilization is where every man gives to ever other man every right that he claims for himself.”- Robert Green Ingersoll. According to this quote and our Constitution of the United States of America, our country is not a true civilization, but a country where bigotry, hatred, and discrimination are chosen by its citizens. One in ten people are gay, which means everyone knows a gay person, they just might not know it yet. These

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It's Times Like These That I Wish I Could...

It hits me at the strangest times, Like a punch in the gut or a paper cut. Sometimes it’s swift, makes me feel like I don’t know how to breathe, Other times it stings, little flashes of the past. A minute or a lifetime, but it’s one thing I can count on… Now that you’re gone.   Days pass until they add up to forever, And no matter what I try, I miss you more than ever. ‘Cause you’re a part of me, of who I am, And living this life without you Is harder than I can stand Even

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Bits and Pieces of My Thanksgiving

While shopping for the things we needed for our Thanksgiving dinner, I asked the kids if they would prefer Cool Whip in the tub or Reddi Whip in the can for their pie, and after a few seconds of careful consideration, they both say, "spray can," and while I'm just glad they are finally agreeing on something, my daughter says, "that way, I can spray it in my mouth". I replied, "While I appreciate your honesty, I don't think that's going to happen." Instead, what did happen was I ended up wrestlin

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I'm Playing For A New Team...

Most people can look back over the years and identify a time and place at which their lives changed significantly. Whether by accident or design, these are the moments when, because of a readiness within us and a collaboration with events occurring around us, we are forced to seriously reappraise ourselves and the conditions under which we live and to make certain choices that will affect the rest of our lives. - Frederick F. Flack   That time for me is now.   It feels like I have spent a li

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Doing My Part - Public Service Announcement For @TBSOfficial

I got the new Taking Back Sunday album, Live Form Orensanz, a few days ago, and I've got to tell you, it's so beyond amazing. The strings, the depth of the music, the emotion, it moves me and it is because of this that I've given it control of my iPod and that I'm telling you about it.   Just look!   My Blue Heaven     Also, I'm not gonna lie... It was pretty awesome to come home from work yesterday and be able to say to my daughter and her friend, "Ask me who started following me o

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Day 1 - Letter to your best friend

To the Birthday Boy: I figured it made sense to start with you since I could take the opportunity to write this to you on your birthday and I know how much you love having it made into some big thing. I really wish I could be there to celebrate with you and make you some birthday cake while you hug me from behind. Instead, you

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The Toast Always Lands Butter Side Down

Viv: knock knock Viv: i come to fixing the pipe... Viv: okay? Viv: zoey just came running in all WHAT THE ACTUAL f**k!? Rich: ? Rich: the rapist is back? Viv: cause there are strange men and plastic and ladders and the couch and table are moved and ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh Rich: ok Viv: water's off now Rich: ok Viv: why do all repairmen smell like oil and paint? Rich: standard issue cologne Rich: eau de manuel labor Rich: manual Rich: well i suppose manuel probably fits most of the time Vi

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Hey Guys, Do Me A Favor...

Help my friend Ron recieve a $15k scholarship, which he could really use. Any help is greatly appreciated.   The URL to his submission is: http://fastweb15years.com/entries/3697/   Please go there and vote for him. You can vote once a day, I believe.   Thanks so much!

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Everything I Think and Feel Is Written On My Face, Maybe I'll Be Prettier Now

I think I might be having a mid-life crisis. Except, if you do the math, that means I'll only live to 66, although that's 10 years longer than either of my parents made it, but still, not nearly long enough. I keep running from it, like if I can put it off for another decade or two then that must mean I've outsmarted death somehow. It's inevitable. Death, I mean, but that doesn't mean I'm going willingly.   Do you know that it's less than 1200 days until my daughter graduates from high school

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This is my life...

... and I'm still laughing!   I just got home from work and Rich and I are eating dinner and I'm talking to my fourteen year old daughter and she tells me that her colorguard instructor told them all they should watch some movie she can't exactly remember the name of because it's FUNNY! After much nonsense, we figure out the movie is Pee Wee's Big Adventure...   This is what happened next:   Me: Didn't he go to jail? Rich: In real life? Yeah... Me: Tell her what for. *insert uncomfortab

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The Way You Roll Your Eyes, The Way You Taste, You Make It Hard For Breathing...

I know... it's been entirely too long. I really do miss you, old friend. I wonder if this is why I haven't been sleeping well, why I'm so exhausted. It could be the getting up before 5 a.m. thing, but I think it's more mental. I NEED a place to dump everything out, sort through it, pick the things I want to hold onto, put them back in an orderly fashion, and then put the rest out there with a sign that says: FREE! PLEASE TAKE!   There are a million stories to tell, things to laugh about, tears

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Don't Hate The Player, Hate The Game....

... and, oh, how I hate the game.   If I were six or seven, you might 'let' me win, and if I was ten, I'd take my proverbial ball and go home. Around thirteen, I'd try to revise the rules in my favor, and at sixteen, I'd hold you to every literal word of them and use them against you. At some point, you realize that if you don't get caught, sometimes it can work out in your favor to do things the way you want to as long as no one gets hurt.   The laws are made for the lesser of our society

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Make a mosaic... I did!

Rules: a) Type your answer to each of the questions below into Flickr Search (http://www.flickr.com/). Using ONLY the first page, pick an image. c) Copy and paste each of the URLs for the images into Mosaic Maker. (Change rows to 3 and columns to 3.) (http://bighugelabs.com/flickr/mosaic.php) d) Save the image and post it!   The Questions: 1. What is your first name? (Vivian) 2. What is your favourite food? (Pasta) 3. What is your favourite colour? (Green) 4. Favourite band? (Pani

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