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You gotta lotta time to think with your knee jacked up over your heart, listening to the tendons heal.

How is it that a German Catholic from the West side of Cincinnati cannot abide beer?

Why does a person with a mathematical learning disability develop a lifelong obsession with the space program?

What's going on when the child who actively prayed for her appendix to burst so that she may legally leave class becomes a teacher?

Why would a horribly pale woman who can't stand bugs or humidity and who very nearly failed Spanish move to Florida for five years, and then mope in front of a Cocoa Beach webcam for minutes on end after moving out?

How come the same person who writes scathing essays about unrealistic female body image stands in front of the dressing room mirror with half a swimsuit on and bursts into tears?

Why did the the girl once voted "Most Likely Future Nun" graduate from the sister school of the flagship of Catholic higher education and then marry a person who currently has Martin Luther's Bible Concordance bedside?

How can a person who was born on the coldest day in the history of Cincinnati dread winter so deeply that a cold window triggers a panic attack?

Why do babies, even paper babies in a magazine, make me cry, but the thought of producing one also triggers a panic attack?


just asking at:  mbe@drinktothelasses.com

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[...] Beth, off the Percoset Share and [...]

How? Why? I don't know but they make for great writing MB! We love you and the honesty you reveal to us when you write.

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterHunter House Mom

Thanks, Mom-- I love you too.

P.S. Thank you for pushing out my husband.

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMB

all i can say is that if you REALLY want to get a realistic view of your body image you should spend a few hours in any swim park.

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterstarnarcosis

Enjoy those pills while they last! I just read an article that it has been recommended the FDA take percoset and vicodin off the market.

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered Commenteramy t.

As the movie http://www.imdb.com/media/rm1997575424/tt0245712" rel="nofollow">"Love's a Bitch" teaches us:

You want to make God laugh? Tell Him your plans


July 2, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterred pill junkie

That's the best advice I've had all week.

July 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMB

[...] July 9, 2009 · Leave a Comment Earlier I mentioned a Cocoa Beach webcam, which I visit on a daily basis so that I know how to feel.  If it’s a [...]

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