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I’m sure you’ve seen those “Magic Secrets Revealed” shows where they show the audience how to do some stage illusion out there, and I suppose you’ve always wondered if that means that everyone will know how your tricks are done and no one will be amazed, etc.  Well I’m here to dispel that whole myth.

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I can’t recall the first trick or magician I had seen, but I do have vague memories of being a volunteer for a magic show performed by…the Burger King. Yup, the Burger King. I must have been about 11 or so and I had to pop balloons with my pointed fingers (in the shape of a gun), and then a dove appeared. Ooo.

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I was out with a singles group through meetup.com recently and a guy I was talking to asked me if it was my first meetup, and I said no, but it was my first with that group and that I ran my own group. He asked what group, and I told him the boardgame group and his response was something akin to recognition (“Oh, right”). Now, I know I have the only real & successful boardgame group in the area, but he doesn’t belong to it, and I doubt he was truly familiar with it (because the name of the group isn’t boardgames). But I found it interested that he seems to feign recognition, probably to help with our male bonding or something.

A few nights ago, I was out with some friends and one of them was describing some place she used to go to to another friend who apparently lived close to there. Anyway, the description got to a point where the friend receiving the description agreed she knew where something being described was. Yet, I don’t think she did know. But I believe that in doing so, she “moved the story along”. Otherwise, there would have been this continued “you know where that X is, you know, behind X shop” [on a side note, if you lived in Rhode Island, you tend to give directions based on where something used to be].

Anyway, just found it interesting how people simple want to admit being in the know on something, even if their not. I’ll have to pay attention the next time someone asks me something similar and I don’t really know what they’re talking about.




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I started this blog about 6 months ago with an intent to post regularly, but time got short and I found other things to do. But with recent circumstances I’ve found that I need to write my thoughts down in a central location.

My younger cat, Ollie is close to dying. He has cancer is the current theory. Basically he’s losing weight and is becoming weaker. It’s likely he won’t last the week. It’s a very sad thing to see him whither away like that.

But death makes you think of life. Where you are and where you want to be. And as I don’t believe in an afterlife, it also has now made me think about the mark I’m leaving on the world

And that’s where the writing comes in. I want to tell my story. Maybe not all of it, but the parts that need remembering. And in that mix, I want to talk about magic.

And to show my commitment, I did this first “re-entry” back into the blog.

Thanks Ollie for being a cat whose only thought was to give love, I will miss you. This post is for you.




Just a quick not to say that I have now leveled off at 204 pounds, so four more to hit my initial target. Actually, 4.1 more pounds, because my initial target is to get below 200 pounds. I think if I can hit that milestone, it will help me feel a little better about myself, and push me in the right direction to get on that excersise bike. I know, it’s counter-intuitive, but it’s me. A box full of contradictions.

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I’m 205.2 pounds (plus or minus .2). There, I said it. And to keep it in perspective, I’m 5’8″-ish. I won’t tell you how off that is from where I likely should be, you can do the math. Overall, it’s really not terrible, but I want to lose about 20 pounds. Not all in a week, or anything, but in a few months. My initial goal is just to get below 200, which I haven’t been in several years.

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No, I’m not moving (…yet). But I helped a friend move today. Actually, I helped a friend move some things into the garage of his future wife’s future house (they’re not closing until just before the 11th), and in 2 weeks I’m likely helping him move the stuff from the garage into the house. I’m not a big fan of helping people move, because I’m not a big fan of asking people to break their backs to help me move – I plan for movers, these days putting money aside for just that purpose. Anyway moving makes me think of past moving. So, as it’s been a few days since my last post, I thought I’d share with you my moving history. I know, you’re excited.

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You know how they say that someone’s handwriting tells you something about them? Well, how about how someone writes out their phone number? I was just going through and updating my contacts, some of whom are on Facebook, and I realized how many different ways there are to write a phone number:


This is how I write phone numbers, the “proper” method as I like to call it:
(555) 123-4567


The no separation method:
5551234567


The spaces for separation method:
555 123 4567


The all dashes method:
555-123-4567


The periods method:
555.123.4567


And not to confuse things, but don’t forget those that add the 1 before the area code (and not to mention people outside of the US who have a whole slew of numbers we don’t want to mess with).


That’s pretty much the lot of them – which kind of person are you?



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