Remember, even discussing Stress, we need to laugh a lot. A lot.
Psychologist on the Loose.
Dateline: Second night in the Las Vegas PBR (Professional Bull Riders) Rock Bar across from Planet Hollywood. Go to Bizarre Things Seen in Vegas, Get a Grip, Pt. 5 for the particulars on this den of Vegas revelry. For now, on this second night, let’s just say, the Judy Dench Vegas woman, me, perched at the bar slugging back coffee and pinging keys on my laptop—is slightly out-of-sync with the crowd. The line for the More >
Get a Grip, Part 3
Dateline: St. David’s North Austin Medical Center Mobile International Branch Office. Currently I’m waiting to be fitted with one of those hideous, heavy boots. Why do I burden you, kind reader, with this minutia?
Because I am the poster child for the Stress Prone Personality (SPP) of the GET A GRIP Series.
Back in early November, I had an “event” on the first day of a week in San Francisco. I’m at the medical center because I approached the event (stupid jump off a boulder) More >
The Anxiety of Others, “The Woman Who Wasn’t Out of Toothpaste Incident”
Dateline: Las Vegas Wynn Race and Sports Book Branch Office. The Wynn is the prestige place to stay and with prices to keep out riff-raff like me. All the Sports Book requires is that I have a drink ticket which is only possible if I make one five dollar bet. This is a good deal. For five dollars you can sip coffee for hours. And, who knows, you might win your bet.
Set-up: Janie is married with three young children. She wants her children to have a happier childhood than she More >
Banned in Vegas, The Road Rage Tour
Dateline: International Branch Office in the Las Vegas Paris Sports and Race Book. I just won $2.40 on a horse named “BR’s Funny Money.” Initials of maiden name? BR. I had to bet. Even My Sister the Baptist couldn’t pass up that kind of omen.
Set-up: To withstand the horrors of what follows, you need to read Banned in Vegas, Episode One.
Here we are in Vegas, my friend, Janie on her rented red scooter.
Dateline: Las Vegas Branch Office in the Paris Hotel Race and Sports Book.
You’ve heard about the awesome high rollers banned in Las Vegas? The wise guys banned for counting cards or using some other complicated system at the Blackjack tables? The just too famous for their own good celebrities banned for their wild antics?
Well, turns out, getting banned in Vegas is not as nearly as hard as those celebrities make it sound.
In fact, with the help of my friend (Let’s call her Janie) I, too, was able to achieve “banned in Vegas” status.
Anxiety. (That word is a plant. The guy who helps me with More >
Books and Movies on the Couch Defining Yourself as a Person: Laura Lippman’s I’d Know You Anywhere The challenge of applying Bowen Natural Systems Theory is that the trip is not simple. You can’t define yourself as a person by following a few ‘tips’ from a magazine, an online set of rules, from the hoorah of a motivational speaker. Defining a person is bloody hard. It’s hard to comprehend what “defining a self” even means. We need all the examples we can find. Defining a self means working toward having more of decisions and actions based more on “best thinking” and having fewwer More >
Okay, let’s get one thing straight right off. The disaster was not all my fault. Today is a very windy day. On an even playing field with no wind, I could have saved the others.
A lack of furniture forced me out of my cave and into the new world, the one where the next generation lives. As far as technology is concerned, I give them their fast and clever thumbing. But when did the kids take over furniture? Not that technology hasn’t led me down the path of updatedness. In fact, the 60” HD at the end of the bed is the reason I’m out More >