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 >
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 >
Dateline: Threadgill’s Restaurant, South Austin.
Set-up: Plane from Mexico City to DFW diverted to Houston. See Huts and Cots.
Parked on the Houston tarmac, I slip into a mini-meditation: Cool air in. Warm air out. The exact technique will be highlighted in a later post. But not here, because while the practice was somewhat successful, I can’t claim stellar results.
However, because of the mini-meditation, I resisted leaping out of my seat and informing the entire plane: “You know what the pilot is really saying, don’t you? He’s saying that you are very likely never going to see your loved ones More >
Dateline: DFW Airport Branch Office
MysteryShrink Lesson to remember: “It’s unfortunate, unpleasant, and inconvenient—but not a catastrophe unless I decide to make it one. . . . Or unless flight attendants aren’t speaking any longer and they are handing out cots.”
That’s right cots.
Then there was the “$12,000.00 South American Renewal Experience” with each traveler upgraded to their own private hut. That’s right hut.
More on the story when recovered from trauma.
More on the Stress Prone Personality. When I wrote a book on the subject, I was quite sure events couldn’t turn an average person into a Stress Prone Personality—but 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 >
Dateline: Luxury bathtub in Financial District Hilton in Madrid. To figure out how and why the location is mentioned, you must first read The Madrid Death March, Episode One, Episode Two, Episode Three, Episode Four, and Episode Five. There just no easy way to get in this silly a predicament.
So how does an hour in a luxury bathtub qualify as one of the biggest lessons I’ve learned? How does that experience make so many later interactions down right funny instead of stressful?
Picture this. Switching hotels in Madrid, and too cheap to More >