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Please read my userpage prior to friending me. That way, when I get all crazy on you for making an inane comment, you'll understand /why/. Also, don't presume to correct me in /my diary/. That's what yours is for.

All other "readers" same behavior applies to you, too, although it's rare I have problems from my "lurkers".

Danke.


And the gratuitous quiz with which I concur:


You Have a Content Heart



Your heart doesn't crave much. It doesn't take much to make your heart happy.

You may or may not have found love, but either way, your heart is at peace.



If your heart has been broken, you are over it. Your heart has no scars.

Your heart is open to anything. You have a lot of love to give to the world.


Idea ganked from dawna

Climb in the back with your head in the Terri,
and you're gone.

Which song was this lyric from?

Get your own lyrics:


There must be an angel playing with my Terri.

Which song was this lyric from?

Get your own lyrics:


You're like a first morning Terri on a brand new day.

Which song was this lyric from?

Get your own lyrics:


I kissed a Terri and I liked it.

Which song was this lyric from?

Get your own lyrics:


Today is gonna be the day
that they're gonna throw Terri back to you.

Which song was this lyric from?

Get your own lyrics:


Hahaha. I like the last one best.

Open letter to El Jay

Dear El Jay:

If people are gonna comment, isn't it your job to let me know?

Get down off your high horse and notify me, or be punished.

Love and sloppy kisses -
Terri

...

I feel sick.

And lucky.
I need to pick a pair of boots/booties to wear with this outfit. Should I go with...

boots or should I go with the booties?


I know they're blurry, but it was a spontaneous photo thing, and I just need to see which suit this skirt/top combo best. The booties are really cute, but you can't tell by this pic.

Help?

I'm unnaturally happy today

Probably because I survived the freakin' swine flu. Was kinda worried there for awhile. So of course, I celebrate by TAKING A QUIZ. :D



Your Fashion Style is Classic



Some people may argue that those with a classic style like yours don't care about fashion, but that couldn't be further from the truth.

The key to having a effective classic look is making sure all your classic items are well tailored and look modern.



No one can rock a basic suit or white buttoned shirt with jeans like you can. You have the confidence it takes to avoid trends completely.

And by sticking to what has or what will stand the test of time, you always can find something to wear. It's very rare that anything in your closet has fallen out of fashion.


Awwwwwwww!

A big thanks goes out to dawna for sending me a boo-tiful Halloweeny present :D :D I've been sick for three days now, so it was a welcome and cute surprise :) :)

Wisdom, reprinted

Feel free to share with your friends, as these are some good bits of wisdom :D

Lesson 1:

A man is getting into the shower just as his wife is finishing up her shower, when the doorbell rings.

The wife quickly wraps herself in a towel and runs downstairs.

When she opens the door, there stands Bob, the next-door neighbour.

Before she says a word, Bob says, 'I'll give you $800 to drop that towel.'

After thinking for a moment, the woman drops her towel and stands naked in front of Bob, after a few seconds, Bob hands her $800 and leaves.

The woman wraps back up in the towel and goes back upstairs.

When she gets to the bathroom, her husband asks, 'Who was that?'

'It was Bob the next door neighbour,' she replies.

'Great,' the husband says, 'did he say anything about the $800 he owes me?'

Moral of the story:

If you share critical information pertaining to credit and risk with your shareholders in time, you may be in a position to prevent avoidable exposure.


Lesson 2:

A priest offered a Nun a lift.

She got in and crossed her legs, forcing her gown to reveal a leg.

The priest nearly had an accident.

After controlling the car, he stealthily slid his hand up her leg.

The nun said, 'Father, remember Psalm 129?'

The priest removed his hand. But, changing gears, he let his hand slide up her leg again.

The nun once again said, 'Father, remember Psalm 129?'

The priest apologized 'Sorry sister but the flesh is weak.'

Arriving at the convent, the nun sighed heavily and went on her way.

On his arrival at the church, the priest rushed to look up Psalm 129. It said, 'Go forth and seek, further up, you will find glory.'

Moral of the story:

If you are not well informed in your job, you might miss a great opportunity.



Lesson 3:

A sales rep, an administration clerk, and the manager are walking to lunch when they find an antique oil lamp.

They rub it and a Genie comes out.

The Genie says, 'I'll give each of you just one wish.'

'Me first! Me first!' says the admin clerk. 'I want to be in the Bahamas , driving a speedboat, without a care in the world.'

Puff! She's gone...

'Me next! Me next!' says the sales rep. 'I want to be in Hawaii , relaxing on the beach with my personal masseuse, an endless supply of Pina Coladas and the love of my life.'

Puff! He's gone.

'OK, you're up,' the Genie says to the manager.

The manager says, 'I want those two back in the office after lunch.'

Moral of the story:

Always let your boss have the first say.



Lesson 4

An eagle was sitting on a tree resting, doing nothing.

A small rabbit saw the eagle and asked him, 'Can I also sit like you and do nothing?'

The eagle answered: 'Sure, why not.'

So, the rabbit sat on the ground below the eagle and rested. All of a sudden, a fox appeared, jumped on the rabbit and ate it.

Moral of the story:

To be sitting and doing nothing, you must be sitting very, very high up.



Lesson 5

A turkey was chatting with a bull.

'I would love to be able to get to the top of that tree' sighed the turkey, 'but I haven't got the energy.'

'Well, why don't you nibble on some of my droppings?' replied the bull. They're packed with nutrients...'

The turkey pecked at a lump of dung, and found it actually gave him enough strength to reach the lowest branch of the tree.

The next day, after eating some more dung, he reached the second branch..

Finally after a fourth night, the turkey was proudly perched at the top of the tree.

He was promptly spotted by a farmer, who shot him out of the tree.

Moral of the story:

Bull Shit might get you to the top, but it won't keep you there..



Lesson 6

A little bird was flying south for the winter. It was so cold the bird froze and fell to the ground into a large field.

While he was lying there, a cow came by and dropped some dung on him.

As the frozen bird lay there in the pile of cow dung, he began to realize how warm he was.

The dung was actually thawing him out!

He lay there all warm and happy, and soon began to sing for joy.

A passing cat heard the bird singing and came to investigate.

Following the sound, the cat discovered the bird under the pile of cow dung, and promptly dug him out and ate him..

Morals of the story:

(1) Not everyone who shits on you is your enemy.

(2) Not everyone who gets you out of shit is your friend.

(3) And when you're in deep shit, it's best to keep your mouth shut!


THUS ENDS THE FIVE MINUTE MANAGEMENT COURSE
Share these with your friends, and give 'em a good smile :D

I know it's a cop-out =p



You Are Red



You are a very warm and passionate person. You are never at a loss for words when talking about how much you love something or someone.

You feel strongly, and luckily, most of your strong feelings are positive ones. You love many things in this world.



It's very important that you are able to follow your passions. It would drive you crazy to be stuck in a job or place you found boring.

You have twice as much energy as most people. And it's a good thing too, because you have twice as many things you want to do in your life!


The plan

Okay, here's the plan. The shoes/booties I want for the holidays are out of my budget. But if everyone on my friend's list gives me $1.50, I can get them.

MKAY EVERYBODY START GIVIN'. :D

Chinee Foo!

I had to take this one, and LOVE sweet and sour pork :> This quiz was RIGHT ON. Creepy.



You Are Sweet and Sour Pork



You are a highly emotional and sometimes even volatile person. You tend to be extremely unpredictable.

One moment you're sweet. The next moment you're sour. And who's to say that you can't be both at once.



You tend to order erratically and unusually off the menu of life. You go with your gut, and sometimes your gut is in the mood for some pretty weird combinations.

You've had some pretty crazy adventures in your life, without even trying you. You just go with what you are feeling, no matter where it leads you.




Me ruv you wrong tie.

Bauhaus

I just learned that Bauhaus was at City Stages in 2006.


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WAAAAAAAAAAAH.
Jeremy Sisto just married Addie Lane. He's off the market, at least for now. She and I could be sisters O.o Just sayin'...WAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHH.

Nothing to fear but fear itself

What is your biggest fear? Have you tried to overcome it?


My biggest fear is trusting. I still haven't found a good way to get over it, or deal with it, since I'm gullible and encountered really shady/shoddy people even at this age. I do, happily, have a handful of people I trust implicitely, but it still doesn't even out. I'm not a skeptic; I'm simply anti-social :D And even though I do have a handful that I trust, I never really divulge everything, out of pride or independence. If I tell someone a serious truth, I definitely expect them to covet and respect it, since it's so rare.

Bloomingdale's

Don't you just want - upon seeing some ridiculous prices - to write them and say "good luck making THAT much for your crappy item"? and "...I'll see ya in the clearance rack"?

That, or laugh in their faces.

Srsly though.
1.) Have you ever not done something you would have done 10 years ago because you were afraid of injuring yourself? I have always done what I was inclined to do, despite the hazards/dangers of doing so. Typical thrill-seeker.

2.) Have you ever injured yourself doing something you knew you shouldn't have? A few times. I usually calculate the risk and adjust accordingly.

3.) Have you ever followed a trend or fashion that is popular with the younger crowd and looked completely ridiculous doing it? My daughter and friends think I dress "cool" and I'm complimented by my own peer group; so I suppose my own personal style is okay :D

4.) Have you ever been told you are too old to do something? If so, what and by whom? Never. When that day occurs, somebody's gonna lose an eye (or E...except after sea).

SPICY BONUS: During sex (you all remember sex, right?) have you ever thought about the possibility of injuring yourself or your partner? Thought about it, had it done, done it, been there, done...well, you get it. lol What's a little injury compared to the joy? :D

It's all about calculation, I'm thinkin'.

Can't help myself

And this one is dead on -



Your Best Trait is Creativity



You may seem like you're a bit flaky or flighty, but you're really just deep in thought.

You are the artistic type, no doubt. However, you are also highly analytical and logical.



You are able to solve problems in unique and interesting ways. Your ideas are unpredictable, but they always end up making sense.

You are picky and sometimes downright critical. You expect the best of yourself, but others are not prepared for your exacting standards.




I think anyone who falls in the center-of-the-brain bracket (7% of population) would come up with these results.

Right after I made the phone entry yesterday, he called back. Next time, either speak up or play the whole song.

Mysterious phone calls

Until today, I'd been receiving these weird phone calls from someone who would either sit there (once, for two hours) or play music on the phone for an hour.

This person isn't secret anymore.

Psst - if you're gonna call have the balls to /say/ something.

Attrition

Wow. Upon reading my friends list, I realize that not only did *I* stop journaling, but it seems the majority of my friends have stopped, too.

What ran us all off (besides that offensive stench that I finally rid myself of once and for all 2 years' ago)?

I have three friends who regularly update and that's it. Oooooooo El Jay - you ain't as purdy as you used to be.

When enough is enough

Mkay...it's not wise to EVER ask a question in an open journal and expect everyone to lie and make you feel better. At the very least (to save your lil feelings), screen your comments (as I will to this one, in case anyone takes it personal). Am I mean for saying this? No. Anyone who thinks so is naive.

Some of us jump in and tell the cold, hard truth.

AND YOU CAN'T HANDLE THE TRUTH! (It had to be said...floggings shall commence at 5 p.m., at which time I'll be semi-conscious.)

She Wants Revenge

Tear You Apart

Got a big plan, his mind's set, maybe it's right
At the right place and right time, maybe tonight
In a whisper or handshake sending a sign
Wanna make out and kiss hard, wait never mind

Late night, in passing, mention it flip to her
Best friend, it's nothing, maybe it slipped
but the slip turns to terror and a crush to like
when she walked in he froze up, leave it to fright

It's cute in a way, till you cannot speak
And you leave to have a cigarette, knees get weak
escape was just a nod and a casual wave
Obsess about it, heavy for the next two days

It's only just a crush, it'll go away
It's just like all the others it'll go away
Or maybe this is danger and you just don't know
You pray it all away but it continues to grow

I want to hold you close
Skin pressed against me tight
Lie still, and close your eyes girl
So lovely, it feels so right

I want to hold you close
Soft breath, beating heart
As I whisper in your ear
I want to freakin' tear you apart

Then he walked up and told her, thinking maybe it'd pass

And they talked and looked away a lot, doing the dance
Her hand brushed up against his, she left it there
Told him how she felt and then they locked in a stare

They took a step back, thought about it, what should they do
Cause there are always repercussions when you're dating in school
But their lips met, and reservations started to pass
Whether this was just an evening or a thing that would last

Either way he wanted her and this was bad
Wanted to do things to her it was making him crazy
Now a little crush turned into a like
And now he wants to grab her by the hair and tell her

I want to hold you close
Skin pressed against me tight
Lie still, and close your eyes girl
So lovely, it feels so right

I want to hold you close
Soft breath, beating heart
As I whisper in your ear
I wanna freakin' tear you apart.

It's 3 a.m. and I feel...followed

Driving home last night after exhausting reset off of Highway 280, this Escalade was driving side by side with me. We finally come to a red light.

She: That drop top's hot.

Me (reaching up to feel): It's probably just humidity from that little storm that hit us a couple of hours' ago (thinking it's on fire now).

She: No, no, the drop top's hot.

Me: Ohhhhhhhh okay; you like my car.

She: Yeah!

Those people from Georgia, I swear. One of the guys in the back seat was begging (seriously) for me to come with them to a local bar. Drinks were on him! lol I begged them off, but they still drove side by side with me, trying to get me to party with them. WTH. I was sweaty and sore and ready for bed.

I dunno about all that...



Deep Down You Are Sensitive



You're the type of person who notices everything and forgets nothing. You are very in tune with the world.

You feel deeply, and sometimes the silliest things can effect you. You are easily brought to laughter or tears.



You don't show the world how fragile you are. You instead show people how insightful you can be.

You are good at anticipating what's going to happen in your life. You are often the first one to see what's coming.


Agree with this, only they never LEAVE



You Fall for the Sexy Daredevil Type



You can't help but be drawn to someone who's likely to break your heart. You're very attracted to danger.

You like a relationship with lots of passion, thrills, and even a few ups and downs.



For you, physical attraction and chemistry go a long way. You need to feel a spark immediately in order to be interested in someone.

Looks alone won't cut it though... They're just the starting point. You need intensity all the way down to the core!




I'm doing a piss poor job of keeping my journal updated as I'd planned, but I have done some private entries. Then again, anyone who might read this couldn't give a sheize. lol :)

The Ffffffffreitag Fiver

1. What did you dream of being when you were a little child? Professional ice skater :)

2. What did you think you might become when you were between the ages of 12-13? Professional softball pitcher

3. What career choices did you consider as a young adult? Writer/Journalist

4. Did you follow along one of the career paths you considered? Yeppers, I did

5. Have you changed careers since then? Was it by choice or necessity? I spent many glorious years in my chosen trade and am now writing for me only. So by choice is the answer, although probably a poor one (well, I'm writing one column but it hardly counts).


You Are the 1990s



You are a honest, down to earth, and somewhat sarcastic person. You don't front.

You appreciate the cynical days of the 1990s, when irony was king.



You're somewhat skeptical and mocking of the mainstream. You tend to embrace alternative culture instead.

You are open minded and accepting. You don't judge people as long as they're real with you.


Commitment (edit uno)

I seriously need to recommit myself to journaling daily. So much has happened this year - lots of it life-altering and crucial - and I've not journaled it, or saved small snippets to remind me of these things in private entries.

Geez. It's like I'm scared to write about daily activities. And forgive me, but I gave up trying to catch up on my friends after going back 450 entries. UnREAL. I'm sick of some of my comms. Might be sick of some of my friends. Wahahaha. *cough*

Plus, I'd be remiss if I didn't say (loudly) that WE ALREADY HAVE ONE KAHLIL GIBRAN AND DON'T NEED ANOTHER WANNA BE AND FAILS MISERABLY, KTHNX.

'Nuff said. Local girl tries to do good and fails.

Yay for surprise phone calls from cool El Jay friends (pssst ayoub). :D :D

While Editing "Broken Hearts"

My dad had his last heart operation in 2001. He was in CICU for eight days (which is a long time for that type thing). He'd just given me the shrunk, which I promptly put in storage. It was a sad and frightening period of my life, because his giving me this told me he didn't expect to live through the operation. I stayed by his side the entire time, working on editing a book -- written by children -- and put together by a doctor who specialized in child psychology.

I've posted this list in the past, but it's fun-worthy enough to post again. :) There were a lot of quotes about how the kids felt about divorce. Some heart-breaking, some optimistic, some insanely funny. But there was a bonus section about boys and girls, and how they felt about one another/opposite genders. These are actual quotes from those kids which I thought were funny/worthy enough to keep in the book. Plus, it was during my dad's last operation days, after struggling his entire life with a heart disease:

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Q. How do you decide who to marry?
A. "You got to find somebody who likes the same stuff. Like if you like sports, she should like it that you like sports, and she should keep the chips and dip coming." --Alan, age 10.
A2. "No person really decides before they grow up who they're going to marry. God decides it all...way before, and you get to find out later who you're stuck with." -- Kirsten, age 10.

Q. What is the right age to get married?
A. "Twenty-three is the best age, 'cause you know the person FOREVER by then." --Camille, age 10.
A2. "No age is good to get married at. You got to be a real fool to get married." -- Freddie, age 6.

Q. How can a stranger tell if two people are married?
A1. "Married people usually look happier to talk to other people." Eddie, age 6.
A2. "You might have to guess, based on whether they seem to be yelling at the same kids." -- Derrick, age 8.

Q. What do you think your mom and dad have in common?
A. "Both don't want no more kids." -- Lori, age 8.

Q. What do most people do on a date?
A1. "Dates are for having fun, and people should use them to get to know each other. Even boys have something to say if you listen long enough." -- Lynette, age 8.
A2. "On the first date, they just tell each other lies, and that usually gets them interested enough to go for a second date." -- Martin, age 10.

Q. What would you do on a first date that was turning sour?
A. "I'd run home and play dead. The next day, I would call all the newspapers and make sure they wrote about me in all the dead columns." -- Craig, age 9.

Q. When is it okay to kiss someone?
A. "When they're rich." Pam, age 7.
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Heh. :) Kidlettes.

Breakfast this a.m....without makeup and just crawled out of bed.
This pic'll teach 'em to try and steal *my* soul. Yikeeeeeeees.
Or it'll teach me to leave the house first thing in the a.m. ...

And another shot, snuck in on the camping trip whilst I wasn't looking:


Vendors with benefits

So I have an interview tomorrow, and BADLY needed a manicure. I go to my usual Vietnamese salon, and get mammason *sic* who owns the place. She talks throughout my manicure, and I don't hardly understand a word she says. One of her male employees walked in with some onions and I commented on dinner. She got all excited and started saying SOMEthing about those onions.

When I went to the light table to dry my nails, she gave me a piece of paper and pen, and told me to write down my number so she could call me when she brought food in tomorrow. Then, she gave me this HUGE envelope full of coupons.

Um...I don't LOOK that unemployed, dang.

I'm just sayin'...this doesn't happen to normal people.

(Sorry to my friends for not keeping up, BTW. Life's just been ROUGH lately and I've had nothing good to say, as most days are fearful and not good journaling material.)

What Do You Need Most? What the?!

You Need Expression
You're the type of person who has a lot to express, and you need many outlets.
You love to create - whether you're writing a novel or just putting together an amazing outfit.

You are a deep thinker. You understand the world well, and you are in touch with your emotions.
And you don't like to keep your insights to yourself. You love sharing what you know with the world, even if it's in a very abstract way.

Tear You Apart

...by A plus D (She Wants Revenge) is a kickass tune.

In lieu of ...

I was going to write this longgggggggggg drawn out lengthy emotional...reaction for today, but have decided, instead, to simply put today's horriblescope up, since it does - in a roundabout way - kinda predict what I expected:

Daily Overview for Leo provided by Astrology.com
Watch out for bureaucracy and bureaucrats of all stripes today -- they seem to have it in for you! It's hard to avoid the red tape, but if you can put it off for a few days, you should do better later.

Eric Stromer

I've come to the conclusion that GMC's "Trade Secret" with Eric Stromer is worthless for the average Jack/Jill. You either need to do too much construction, or what he proposes is way too simple for anyone over the age of 16.

That is all.
First: If you've been tagged, write your answers in your own LJ and replace any question that you dislike with a new, original question.

Second: Tag eight people. Don't refuse to do that. Don't tag who tagged you.

Lots of pillows or just one? LOTS. I'm too embarrassed to say, really.

What kind of books do you read? Classics, drama, horror, true stories, and everything else I can get my hands on. :>

What are your most awesome skills? Hmm...awesome? I'm pretty good at some - cooking, being a mom, controlling my temper in traffic...that kinda thing. I used to be a great pianist and softball player, but now I'm kinda average.

What's your occupation? Bahahahaha. I've been a writer most of my life, but right now I'm looking. Again.

What's really creepy? Bugs (agree), my exes. Some of 'em.

What's your current fandom/obsession/addiction? Pumpkin pie. Srsly.

What flavour ice cream would you choose right now? OMG, blackberry cobbler by Bluebell. BEST. ICECREAM. EVER.

What websites do you always visit when you go online? Facebook (now), Mafia Wars, and the news.

What was the last thing you bought? Nyquil.

What was the cutest thing you've seen today? Kelsey's face, smiling.

Do you get cravings? If so, what do you crave? Pumpkin pie!

What do you do to change your mood? Change my mind.

What is your zodiac sign? Leo, of course

Do you want to learn another language? I know other languages. I'm happy with 'em.

Five things you can't live without: Air, water, my spawn, my car and my support system. :D

What's something you'd like to say to someone right now? You wish.

What are you looking forward to? Seeing Public Enemy in a few with the spawn.

Say something to the person who tagged you: *hugs kisses and squishes* I'd rather gesticulate :D

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I tag everyone on my friend's list, because you guys need more memes. :>

Better read aloud

I'm not frightened. I'm not frightened of anything. The more I suffer, the more I love. Danger will only increase my love. It will sharpen it, forgive its vice. I will be the only angel you need. You will leave life even more beautiful than you entered it. Heaven will take you back and look at you and say: Only one thing can make a soul complete and that thing is love.
- The Reader

R.I.P, Pudgy. More than just a dog.



Me and Pudgy, camping by the River in 2009.



This was the best dog I've ever known and he died suddenly and unexpectedly last week :( I hope there's a dog heaven and he's chasing squirrels while playing hard to get with the humans.

The death trilogy

And now, Michael Jackson's dead. That makes three. Unreal and creepy.

A trip or 473274389247

I've spent the break moments at work today watching passers-by trip over a little shem at the intersection of our building.

That'll teach 'em for not looking where they're going. :>
The Scent of Sex

Her Nose Decides Whether He's Gonna Score!

By Rachel Herz, Ph.D. on February 3, 2009 - 11:55am in Smell Life
This is the month when we turn our hearts and minds to love. February 14, our calendar's date for romance, became connected with St. Valentine in the high middle ages, and has evolved to be celebrated with love notes, mass consumption of chocolate, and first or special dates. Valentine's Day was originally marked by a mutual exchange of love notes between men and women, but the US Greeting Card Association estimates that today 85% of Valentine's are bought by women. The fact that women do the majority of the "sending" to their would-be or current lovers reflects the biological orientation of our species-- women are the choosers of their suitors.

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A number of surveys examining how we rate the appeal of the opposite sex, have found that men place the highest importance on how physically attractive a woman is, while women find men of high status, power, resources and money most attractive. The contrast of "looks" with "status" between men and women makes evolutionary sense. Physical attractiveness in women is indicative of potential fertility and social status in men is indicative of being able to help a woman rear her children.

Though a warm house, hired help, and plenty of nutritious food will certainly support a woman's ability to raise a child, the most important factor in the evolutionary game is that the child herself be healthy enough to thrive and be reproductively successful. So for women, finding a man who can provide material benefits is good, but most importantly he should be able to sire physically healthy children. But what determines whether a particular man can produce healthy children? The answer lies in his immune system.

Our immune system determines what diseases we can defend against and how well, and what diseases we may carry as recessive traits. But even more important than the general robustness of a man's immune system is the complementarity of his immune system with the immune system of the particular woman he is having sex with. That is, how the number of possible pathogens the two of you can fight against and how unlikely you are to double up on nasty recessive disease traits measure up. So the goal for a woman is to find a healthy man who has a different immune system from her own. But how can a woman tell what a man's immune system is like?

Our immune systems are coded for by a cluster of genes called the major histocompatibilty complex (MHC), and everyone, except if you have an identical twin, has a unique set of MHC genes. Your unique string of MHC genes are the genotype for your immune system, and your phenotype, the external manifestation of the genes for your immune system, is your body-odor! And your odorprint is as unique as your fingerprint.

In the now famous "T-shirt" experiments it was shown that specific women chose as most sexy and pleasant smelling T-shirts belonging to men who had immune systems that were different from their own. Because we all possess different MHC genes (and body-odor), for every woman a different set of men will be delicious smelling and others won't be. There's no Brad Pitt of body odor! A woman's nose not only responds to a man's body-odor in terms of his biological suitability, women actually find how a man smells to be the most important factor in their sexual attraction.

In two large studies we conducted to examine how important various physical and social status factors were for men and women when choosing a sexual partner, we discovered that above all other physical characteristics, women ranked a man's scent as the most important feature for determining whether she would be sexually interested in him.* How a man smelled was also more much important than any social status factor. And of all physical characteristics women preferred a man to be "better than average" in his body-odor than anything else. Women also found men who smelled great due to the fragrance they wore irresistible. In the words of one respondent: "If I'm with a guy who smells really good, nothing else about him seems to matter." So listen up men, it's real chemistry between you and your love interest and her nose is going to decide whether she'll let you be her Valentine tonight.



*Men found how a woman looked to be the most important factor. For more information see references below.
Herz, R.S. & Cahill, E. D. (1997). Differential use of sensory information in sexual behavior as a function of gender. Human Nature, 8, 275-286.
Herz, R.S., & Inzlicht, M. (2002). Gender differences in response to physical and social signals involved in human mate selection: The importance of smell for women. Evolution and Human Behavior, 23, 359-364.


Rachel Herz is the author of The Scent of Desire and on the faculty at Brown University.

Movie chiclettes

I need to preface this by saying that I absolutely love both Cate Blanchett and Angelina Jolie. They're both beautiful, talented and pick just the right movies and characters.

But I've noticed through the years that if Angelina is married, Cate is ALWAYS the co-star of Angelina Jolie's husbands (Billy Bob and now Brad Pitt).

Anybody else ever think of that? I think the two chicks are great girlie pals and we just never hear about all that.

Umhm. :>

To all the dads on my list...

Happy father's day!!!


I hope it is every bit as wonderful as you deserve it to be! :)

Last-minute super panic

The spawn's birthday is tomorrow. She's with her dad right now, but dang, I need to DO something. Eep.
Because Styx will be here at City Stages tonight on the Miller's Stage!! I'm parked RIGHT BY IT. I'm tempted to just chill out here downtown after work and wait on 'em. How can one resist seeing Tommy Shaw once again reunited with the rest of the band?

For those who've been asking, I've been suuuuuuuuuper busy working downtown in the financial district with ZERO personal time, whilst the spawnlette commences to get into legal trouble and then catches mono from her new boyfriend. Or so I think.

Greeeeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaa t. I'm not dead; just a little not here (moreso than usual). :>

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Words.

Here is Belladonna, the Lady of the Rocks,
The lady of situations.
Here is the man with three staves, and here the Wheel,
And here is the one-eyed merchant, and this card
Which is blank, is something that he carries on his back,
Which I am forbidden to see. I do not find
The Hanged Man. Fear death by water.
I see crowds of people, walking round in a ring.
Thank you. If you see dear Mrs. Equitone,
Tell her I bring the horoscope myself;

One must be so careful these days.

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