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  1. Mike: A New, Improved Situation

    That wedding registry eliminated any feelings of romance I had about their wedding. LOL Not that they would care, but it's a pet peeve of mine when engaged people register for huge quantities of overpriced cooking and dining items. How much formal entertaining do they plan on doing? They probably won't use most of it on a regular basis - if at all. And why load yourselves down with a shitload of stuff when you're just starting out as a couple? I mean, I know Mike likes to eat but do they really need a $380 dutch oven? A $600 mixer? A $699.99 blender? (Okay, it's on special for $549.99 - but still.) All of which makes me think they also plan to spend quite a bit on the wedding. If they're thinking the Jersey Shore money is going to be around forever, then Mike didn't learn much from his previous spending sprees. And if they actually do use all the stuff they're asking for on the regular, then Mike must be planning on turning himself into a perfect human sphere. Oh well.....Rant over. I'll just go back to minding my own business. LOL
  2. For anyone who will be in the area of Huntington, Long Island on 12/21/18: Groupon is now offering discounted tickets for "Countess Luann and Her Holiday Cabaret Show" at the 'cavernous" Paramount Theatre. They're "selling fast" at $25, priced down from $66.75. Any takers?
  3. Flipping Out In The Media

    https://people.com/home/jeff-lewis-claims-faking-relationship-jenni-pulos-flipping-out/ https://people.com/home/flipping-out-jenni-pulos-jeff-lewis-orig These articles threw me for a loop. So if Jenni was never his actual assistant - what else was fake?
  4. For what it's worth there's a petition to get People of Earth renewed: https://www.thepetitionsite.com/797/721/848/to-syfy-network-pick-up-the-show-people-of-earth/ Sadly it's gotten only 700 signatures so far.... I'm really going to miss this show. Who knew that a show about aliens and their abductees would give us such a lovable, relatable cast of characters.
  5. Small Talk: Atkins, South Beach, Raw Food, More

    I know that the place I have to exercise the most self-control is in the supermarket. I don't normally eat ice cream but when I do - I'm like a crack addict on a binge. I'm sure all the pleasure centers of my brain are lit. I've come to the sad realization that there are certain foods that I just can't buy because I'm incapable of eating them in moderation. Plus it doesn't help that I do a lot of my shopping at Costco where all the food containers are supersized. Also, a lot of processed food in general tends to trigger my appetite but not leave me satisfied. Anyway, I've gotten a lot better at being able to look at certain foods in the grocery aisles, acknowledge that I have no control over eating them, and then visualize my inevitable feelings of remorse. LOL
  6. Small Talk: Atkins, South Beach, Raw Food, More

    Well, this forum is a heck of a lot more interesting than the show. Lol Count me in as someone whose weight is in a constant state of flux. The thinnest I ever was as an adult was 119 (due to stress) and the heaviest was 200. Now I weigh 180. A few years ago I was 165. Who knows what my ideal weight is supposed to be. I would be more than happy to get back to 165. That was the magic weight that made my acid reflux disappear. So here's my story. Years ago, I gained a substantial amount of weight. I was always starving. I would eat a big breakfast so I would make it to lunch, then eat a big lunch so I would make it till dinner. But I would still wind up snacking. So for a period of about 3 years I was gaining about a pound of month. Couldn't figure out what was going on. Then I happened to overhear a conversation about how the prescription allergy medication I was on (for the past 3 years), Hismanal, could cause weight gain. (Later it was taken off the market as it could cause "rare cases of cardiovascular events". Yikes!) Who would have thought that an allergy medication could cause appetite increase (or heart attacks)? I sure didn't. Apparently my allergist didn't think to mention it to me either. So I stopped it. My appetite went back to normal, and the weight started to come off. But only about half of it. My metabolism had changed. My body knew it was shrinking and it was going to do everything it could to make sure I didn't starve to death. Lol Sounds strange but that's often how the body reacts to weight loss. Last year, I started a medication for psoriatic arthritis - Methotrexate. Same thing started to happen. I went from 175 to 185 within 6 months. I blamed myself. Didn't occur to me that it was one of the side-effects of the medication. Turns out it was. When my doctor switched the medication my appetite decreased. But, again, I only lost half of what I gained. Of course, there are other factors that play a role in my weight. (My workplace has so many co-workers who walk around randomly offering sweets that it feels like Halloween everyday.) But just knowing how those two medications affected my appetite has made me aware that the causes of weight gain can come from unexpected places. Anyway, as a result of this constant yo-yo-ing, I am a voracious reader of weight related news articles. It is very complicated. Here's an article I found to be quite interesting: https://www.nytimes.com/2016/05/02/health/biggest-loser-weight-loss.html
  7. There's a book called "I Hate You--Don't Leave Me: Understanding the Borderline Personality". I never read it but I love the title. LOL Anyway, it reminds me of Bethenny. I get that she's genuinely bereaving her lost friendship. But she needs to ask herself - why would anyone want to remain friends with someone who always wants to play defense and offense? There are no winners in that type of relationship. Her deep rooted lack of trust is exhausting. That said Carole is no prize either. For someone who has been relentless in showing how laid back and above-it-all she is: why would she bring up their strained relationship during a group dinner? Yeah, I know it's standard HW practice but it just seemed so passive-aggressive.
  8. Well, I can see why Dorinda is fed up with Sonja and the so-called family crest. I know I am. LOL For starters, it's doubtful that the Morgan family that Sonja was married into ever boasted of having a family crest. Maybe a distant ancestor might have had one, but these Morgans have been Americans for centuries - not European royalty. And then there's the obvious fact that a lone horse does not constitute a family crest. So basically the slippers are just a way for Sonja to market her affiliation with an already existing shoe collection, and to have a story line where she can spew faux outrage that the dignity of her illustrious family has been besmirched. Oh, and play the role of the misunderstood victim....again.
  9. General True Crime Shows

    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/27/science/dna-family-trees-cold-cases.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fscience&action=click&contentCollection=science&region=rank&module=package&version=highlights&contentPlacement=2&pgtype=sectionfront Interesting article...Apparently the same DNA sleuthing that was successfully used to track down the Golden State Killer is now being used to help solve other cold cases: "In the last seven days, genealogical sleuthing techniques that are old to a handful of genealogists but new to most law enforcement have led to arrests in Washington State and Pennsylvania and unearthed a lead in a 37-year-old murder in Texas. All three cases were only revived when crime scene DNA was uploaded to GEDMatch, the same open-source ancestry site used in the Golden State killer case." And thanks for the heads-up. I now know to erase "The Last Defense" and the latest episode of Murder Comes to Town.
  10. And according to all TV meteorologists - temperatures reaching the 80s, or better yet the 90s, is a cause for great celebration. Weird that it can now happen any time during the year - even in northern climes? Not even worth mentioning. Let's all go to the beach!
  11. After watching this last episode I feel compelled to paraphrase Alice Roosevelt Longworth's famous quote in regard to her father, Theodore Roosevelt: Bethenny always wants to be the corpse at every funeral, the bride at every wedding and the baby at every christening. She just can't help herself. Bless her heart.
  12. Pet Peeves

    Actually it occurred in the afternoon. And her facial expression didn't convey a need for haste as much as a look of self-righteous triumph. Generally I try to see other people's points of view. But in her case she seemed to believe that her station in life gave her special powers - like damning me to Hell. LOL But thanks to everyone's feedback here I feel so much better! I guess I'll venture out later. Give that food shopping thing another try.
  13. Pet Peeves

    Some people make me regret leaving my home.....So I pull into a crowded U-shaped gas station and there is a black SUV following me. I drive around the U and pull in front of an available gas pump. The black SUV is now a few yards in front of me, stationary, and at a perpendicular angle. A woman in her Sunday best gets out and tells me she was backing into that very pump. There was no way for me to know this as I drove into the space, plus I'm already in the space. Also, she had been right behind me when I had driven into the station, so it wasn't like she had been waiting a long time for it. Naturally I'm a little surprised at her request. I hesitate a moment and she immediately says "I'm a pastor." I'm thinking "What does that have to do with anything?" (I hate it when people try to pull rank, especially when it's of the holier-than-thou nature.) So now she has irked me, but I politely tell her it will just take me 5 minutes. (I have a small car and I'm using a credit card so it actually took me less time.) She then loudly makes this pronouncement: "I'm a pastor and you're going to Hell." Whaaa? I asked the obvious question: "I'm going to Hell because you can't wait 5 minutes?" So she drove away to another pump probably feeling very Godly and smug. In fact, I suspect she's probably always on the look-out for opportunities in which she can feel Godly and smug..... All I can say is that I pity the people who are in her congregation. That woman was nothing more than a narcissist hiding behind the cloak of religiosity. Nevertheless, her creepiness did have an effect on me. I had planned to do some food shopping but instead I fled to the tranquility of my home. Sometimes those random encounters with creepy people really shake me up.
  14. I wouldn't be surprised if production was involved in arranging for those girls at the club to be "found" by Jenni. Why else would she suddenly be interested in finding not just one but two girls for Paulie? I've already read how production ordered the Sammie doll. But of course the show had to make it look like it was Paulie's bright idea. And I also have my doubts about those other woman who were supposedly stalking them at the club. They looked too young to care about that whole crew. Plus they were laughing when the bouncer - who was also smiling - came to take them away. Of course the show has to make it look like wild and crazy times always follow this group. That said - the way Ron acted is all on him. What a self-pitying jerk. I feel sorry for his baby.
  15. General True Crime Shows

    I was confused by the initial reporting until I read this article: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/27/us/golden-state-killer-case-joseph-deangelo.html?action=click&contentCollection=Health&module=RelatedCoverage&region=Marginalia&pgtype=article Apparently, the site that the detectives used is called GEDmatch. People don't send them an actual DNA sample. Instead they upload their genetic profile to the website. (But, of course, this profile has to be obtained by first sending their actual DNA sample for testing to other sites such as ancestry.com, etc.) GEDmatch, which is free and oddly enough operates out of a private house, just provides people with an additional means to put out their DNA info into cyberspace with the goal of finding relatives - close or distant. (Be careful what you wish for!) So the detectives made up a name, submitted the DNA test results (obtained from a well-preserved sample from a 1980 murder), and found someone who shared enough of the GSK's DNA profile to be considered a relative. What followed was good old-fashioned, time-consuming, labor-intensive detective work. Pretty amazing. Now if they could just find the Zodiac killer....