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    Valantine's Special

    best to get into the mood quickly.. only a couple of days away


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    hahahhahahaha.....even the mouse was insulted...

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    as per usual, careful with your choice of presents..she may have a taste for it


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    im still waiting for my woman to invite me out for a dinner ...

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    I'm still waiting for.....anything....lol

    Oh, I'm going to regret this.

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    I was born on this day of Love so i always get cards , i disappoint the postman though he waits for a hot chick to answer and gets me lol xx

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    Quote Originally posted by Tribe View Post
    I was born on this day of Love so i always get cards , i disappoint the postman though he waits for a hot chick to answer and gets me lol xx
    Happy Birtday Tribe I wish and hope you have a lovely day.

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    Some Dani Katz for everyone on Valentines Day
    http://realitysandwich.com/261476/fl...ntines-script/




    Its that time of year, again. You know, the one where single women bitch and whine and contemplate slitting their wrists because theyre single, and taken dudes navigate the suffocating pressure of having to prove their love by purchasing any number of highly specified ritual objects including, but not limited to, cards, flowers, and sterling silver Tiffany bracelets that clasp with a heart-shaped dog tag, to say nothing of the standard prix fixe dinner eaten at a restaurant that is either a) trendy, or b) sentimental, and that definitely charges for substitutions.

    Valentines Day is a stupid fake holiday made-up by greedy corporate monsters to sell greetings cards for which innocent old-growth trees gave their lives.

    This is an excerpt from the Valentine I made last year, and posted online for sale, but sent to no one whomsoever, because Valentines Day is stupid, and I refuse to drink the Kool-Aid, despite my willingness to profit off of it.

    When it comes to Valentines Day, no one is more jaded than I am. And yet, I am not alone. The single person sulking their way through a(nother) lonely Valentines Day is as much a cultural stereotype as the googly-eyed couples trading teddy bears and balloon bouquets in honor of the occasion. We are the ones who instead of connecting with what is (friends, neighbors, the barista who knows our order by heart, and decorates our morning latte with foam kitty faces) decide to be sad and ****ed about what isnt (I dont have a girlfriend), and then spend the day pouting, and feeling sorry for ourselves, and vibing low and snarky and over it. I get it. Ive done it. A zillion times. The thing is; its pointless. Corporate American Culture (CACa nice vomity acronym) doesnt care whether we like their game or not, because there is no shortage of willing customers who do.



    Besides, its not like its news. Of course CACs version of Valentines Day is bull**** hopped-up on hydrogenated corn syrup, and shrink-wrapped in plastic while proclaiming pithy romantic love declarations with all the depth and authenticity of a Jell-o shot. Whatever. But, to reject the entire holiday especially the exaltation of Love part just because its been deformed by some dying happily ever after narrative, is to empower its irrelevant mythology, and remain enslaved to its energies. Remember, sovereign beings dont react, we respond.

    There is no victory in contraction. Nothing is won. All that happens when we feel sorry for ourselves because were rolling solo, and erect big brick walls around our hearts is that we set ourselves up for a sucky day, and then leak our indulgent suck-fests all over our neighborhoods, and our planet, and our morphogenetic field. Yay, us.

    Valentines day can kiss my ass, the girl in front of me at Nature Well declares, poking at her smart phone while waiting for her kale smoothie.

    I suppose it can, but it wont. Valentines Day isnt going anywhere. So, we can dread it, hate it and rail against it; or we can flip the script, and rock it.




    The revolution will be adorable.


    The real way to flip the Valentines script is to take it back for ourselves to ditch the What about me? Wheres my love? Where are my roses? hysteria, and get back to the roots that were always implied, if never properly acknowledged Love, and not just some romantic fairy tale appropriation, but the animating force that infuses every ounce of life within this reality.

    And no, Im not suggesting running a complex quantum physics experiment, or penning some heady thesis on the 540 Hz frequency. What I am saying is that we dont have to be in love with a romantic partner to feel love or give love or be love, and we certainly dont need to be in a relationship to rock Valentines Day.

    I heart your birthmark. Will you go across the floor with me, Valentine?

    I scribbled this missive on the inside of one of the fifty blank Valentines Cards I shoved in my dance bag before leaving the house, and sashayed it on over to the shy girl with the stripey leg warmers while she was stretching out before class.

    She smiled, she blushed. She leapt to her feet and gave me a hug. And yes, she went across the floor with me.

    Hello, phenomenal posture! I wrote to the bearded man with the newsboy cap waiting at the bus stop. I decree you my afternoon Valentine. Consider yourself loved. xodk



    love you so much murdered tree front

    I gave away every card, all personalized on the fly, and proffered to strangers, and even a few friends. It was hands down the best Valentines Day I ever had, because I decided to give not a single **** about what I was or wasnt receiving, and focus only on giving as much love as possible. And, when I arrived home later that night to a massive bouquet of lilies waiting on my doorstep lovely thought they were, as well as he who sent them is they didnt inspire even a fraction of the joy the days Valentine love bomb exchanges did.

    Best birthmark ever, I wrote to the security guard checking bags at the Barneys New York warehouse sale. Be my Valentine, pretty please?

    He actually teared up. And then he called me Sweetheart, after thanking me, and showing the woman behind me in line the awesome Valentine he just got.

    Ill take a heartfelt Sweetheart over a dozen obligatory store-bought roses any day, Valentines or not.

    Love doesnt (have to) mean a wife, a boyfriend, a soulmate or The One. For this conversation, and for this revolution, we mean Love as in the natural state of our unguarded hearts brave, open and generous in their outpouring, and their expression. We mean Love as in the way humans get to relate when were not mind****ing ourselves about commitment or coming off as too available, or making up stories about how love is something to be earned, and not something to be shared freely among our fellow humans for no other reason than were breathing the same air, and walking the same earth, and navigating the same tendency to suffer and doubt and isolate and feel less than. We mean Love as in a gesture that says: I see you. I honor you. I appreciate your participation in this Earth game and you know what, man? I love you.



    The truth is everyone deserves love, and no one has enough of it. Valentines Day is the perfect portal through which we can mitigate some of the terrible ouch that comes along with being human, and thinking were separate, and that God forgot about us, because Valentines Day is a day when its okay to love, when we actually have culturally-mandated permission to open our hearts and be kind and sweet to one another, despite the couple box into which CAC attempts to shove it.

    And so it is that I am taking back Valentines Day, one #lovebomb at a time, and I am inviting you to do it with me. Heres how: Give love. And then, give more love. Then, be love and feel love and radiate love and share love, and then, as long as youre at it, give more love.

    Allow me to demonstrate:



    This is Lakshmi, the Hindu Goddess of Abundance. Ive appointed her the official Love Army mascot (#lovearmy), not only because she has all those extra arms, ripe for the gifting, but because she reminds us that Love exists in endless supply, and that the more Love we give, the more Love we receive. See that thing behind her head? Thats the thousand-petaled lotus flower that lives in the heart of the Buddha. Know where else it lives? In your heart. And in mine. And in the heart of every sentient being on the planet. Now, accessing it is a different matter, but Im willing to bet that spending the day dropping love bombs on our fellow humans will accelerate its opening about a zillion times more effectively than sulking about how lame Valentines Day is, and since we already know what that experience is like, anyway, how bout we table our jaded outlooks for the day, and give the revolution a go?

    Please accept this Valentine as a token of my Love for you. Pass it on. Take a screen capture. Email me for a jpeg (katzdani@yahoo.com). Pass it on. Print it. Post it. Tag it. Share it. Widely. Joyfully. Generously. Freely. Its a #lovebomb. It exists to dazzle as many hearts as possible. And, if its not your style, then make your own #lovebomb, or call in the energies of Love itself and allow it to infuse your heart and your spirit, and to animate your being throughout the day by way of smiles and eye contact and compliments and well wishes for everyone not just your mate, your crush or your mistress. Its your Valentines Day. You get to make of it what you want. So, why not make it something wonderful?

    Food for thought. A(nother) revolution rocked.

    P.S., I love you.

    xodk


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    Happy Valentines one and all !!

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    Have I got the right thread for this, or am I about to get kicked outa here?



    The missus bought a Paperback,
    down Shepton Mallet way,
    I had a look inside her bag;
    T'was "Fifty Shades of Grey.

    Well I just left her to it,
    And at ten I went to bed.
    An hour later she appeared;
    The sight filled me with dread...

    In her left she held a rope;
    And in her right a whip!
    She threw them down upon the floor,
    And then began to strip.

    Well fifty years or so ago;
    I might have had a peek;
    But Mabel hasn't weathered well;
    She's eighty four next week!!


    Watching Mabel bump and grind;
    Could not have been much grimmer.
    And things then went from bad to worse;
    She toppled off her Zimmer!

    She struggled back upon her feet;
    A couple minutes later;
    She put her teeth back in and said
    I am a dominater !!

    Now if you knew our Mabel,
    You'd see just why I spluttered,
    I'd spent two months in traction
    For the last complaint I'd uttered.

    She stood there nude and naked
    Bent forward just a bit
    I went to hold her, sensual like
    and stood on her left tit!

    Mabel screamed, her teeth shot out;
    My God what had I done!?
    She moaned and groaned then shouted out:
    "Step on the other one!!

    Well readers, I can tell no more;
    Of what occurred that day.
    Suffice to say my jet black hair,
    Turned fifty shades of grey.

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    OMG!! Too Funny.......

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    Love, Love, Love... <3


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    Quote Originally posted by norman View Post
    Have I got the right thread for this, or am I about to get kicked outa here?



    The missus bought a Paperback,
    down Shepton Mallet way,
    I had a look inside her bag;
    T'was "Fifty Shades of Grey.

    Well I just left her to it,
    And at ten I went to bed.
    An hour later she appeared;
    The sight filled me with dread...

    In her left she held a rope;
    And in her right a whip!
    She threw them down upon the floor,
    And then began to strip.

    Well fifty years or so ago;
    I might have had a peek;
    But Mabel hasn't weathered well;
    She's eighty four next week!!


    Watching Mabel bump and grind;
    Could not have been much grimmer.
    And things then went from bad to worse;
    She toppled off her Zimmer!

    She struggled back upon her feet;
    A couple minutes later;
    She put her teeth back in and said
    I am a dominater !!

    Now if you knew our Mabel,
    You'd see just why I spluttered,
    I'd spent two months in traction
    For the last complaint I'd uttered.

    She stood there nude and naked
    Bent forward just a bit
    I went to hold her, sensual like
    and stood on her left tit!

    Mabel screamed, her teeth shot out;
    My God what had I done!?
    She moaned and groaned then shouted out:
    "Step on the other one!!

    Well readers, I can tell no more;
    Of what occurred that day.
    Suffice to say my jet black hair,
    Turned fifty shades of grey.


    They might be over 65, but these former burlesque dancers haven't lost the charisma that made them so desirable in their heyday.

    Whether it's a seductive, sensual pose or something more fun and playful, it's clear they aren't afraid to be bold in front of the camera.

    "I really enjoyed being around those women," said photographer Marie Baronnet, who documented them in her book "Legends: The Living Art of Risque." "I found that they had a real knowledge of life but also of this work. They were very self-sufficient."
    All of the women featured in Baronnet's book used to dance in burlesque theaters, enticing the audience with a strip show.



    But burlesque is about more than just skin.

    "Burlesque is interesting because it's a space where women of all kinds, physically speaking, can actually go onstage," Baronnet said. "They have to have personality and rhythm, they have to know how to dance, and they have to also be an artist because they have to do all those costumes and create a choreography."

    Burlesque was also empowering for many of the women, especially Americans who performed before the sexual revolution of the 1960s.

    "Striptease for them was a passport to discover their own country and to travel abroad. ... They would have agents, they would get contracts," Baronnet said.

    Over time, however, burlesque theaters lost their popularity in the United States as strip clubs became more prominent.



    "The '80s were really the era where all the glamour kind of disappeared and what the audience wanted was more flesh always," Baronnet said. "All of those women always described in the interview how it was difficult to transition between the '70s and the '80s, where the glamour was no longer there and the bosses of the clubs were asking them to get rid of the costumes and actually show more."

    "And those women arrived at an age where they were 40, 45 sometimes 50 years old. They were still very beautiful, but it was also an age issue where they saw that maybe they should stop and start to do something else. Also, the money was not the same. They used to make a lot of money, and suddenly it wasn't that good."
    Baronnet became interested in burlesque during a trip to Las Vegas in 2011, where she met legendary dancer Dixie Evans. She later photographed an annual burlesque festival in the city.

    Through the contacts she made there, she reached out to former burlesque dancers across the country and asked if she could come to their homes and photograph them.

    We would put on the costumes and makeup, we'd do the hair and the lights, and then suddenly they would just know how to move.


    "The idea was to go to them and not to do something in a neutral place, because I wanted to feel the atmosphere of where they live," Baronnet said.

    All of the women in the book are at least 65 years old, and some are even in their 90s.

    "We would put on the costumes and makeup, we'd do the hair and the lights, and then suddenly they would just know how to move," Baronnet said. "And they like that. I think there is a part of them where they are very exhibitionist. They like to show off and just dance and move and seduce men."

    The poses were a collaborative effort, but Baronnet had a certain vision, too.

    "I didn't want to do something that was too close (to what) they were used to doing for so many years -- and that men photographers especially ask -- which is to be like a pinup like the typical Bettie Page picture," Baronnet said. "Sometimes they would give that, and I would always kind of like twist it and say, 'Let's try something else, because this has been seen over and over again.' "

    Although burlesque isn't dead -- it's even enjoying a bit of a renaissance today -- these women represent a bygone era, and Baronnet gives them the spotlight one more time.

    "They witnessed a time that completely disappeared, and they mastered the art of striptease in a very special way, and they never really were recognized for that," she said.

    Marie Baronnet is a French photographer based in Los Angeles. Her book "Legends: The Living Art of Risque" can be purchased through Idea Books.
    "Truth is a Pathless Land" J. Krishnamurti

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