The other day my boss asked me how my flight to Albuquerque was. I told him it was ok. He knows I DO NOT like flying, but I told him that it went pretty well, and that taking half a Xanax before each flight made things more tolerable.
My boss seemed pleased to hear this, and then he told me that I should talk to one of our clients (Gary -- a really nice guy that wears a gag-inducing amount of cologne and has a girlfriend that is a dead ringer for Olivia Newton-John) about his 1989 United Airlines Flight 811 from Hawaii. He mentioned that during this plane trip Gary witnessed the cargo door burst open mid-flight, and he saw two rows of people in front of him get sucked out of their seats and ejected from the plane. OMFG!!!!!!!!! So I found information on-line about this horrendous accident. Click here if you want to read about it.
And, thanks boss for reassuring me about how safe it is to fly. OMFG!!!!!
My co-worker knows that I really don't like flying, and he has a girlfriend that really doesn't like flying either. He has done a fair amount of research on the safety (OR LACK OF SAFETY) of flying. He told me about this test and said I might not want to watch it. HAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAH.
But then he sent me this video that is somewhat reassuring as to how much goes on behind the scenes when pilots land a plane.
UGH!!! It is all so unnerving and I don't think I will ever like flying!!!! Hurtling through space in a metal tube isn't my idea of a good time!!!!
You might think that Richard Misrach took the photographs on these pages while hovering over different beaches around the world. But he actually shot them all from the same high-rise hotel in Hawaii. Misrach, a 59-year-old fine arts photographer known for his pioneering work with color and unsparing images of the despoiled American West, says he enjoyed the lofty perspective from the hotel's balconies: "I always thought about it as being a god's-eye view, looking down and seeing these amazing human interactions." Though the connection may not be obvious, his pictures of people relaxing and playing were deeply influenced by the events of September 11, 2001. That morning, Misrach, who lives in Berkeley, California, happened to be in Washington, D.C., which was shaken by the attack on the Pentagon, and he was anxious about his son, Jake, then a freshman at New York University. He finally reached Jake and was able, a few days later, to drive up to Manhattan. "I went in at night past blockades and got into the city," he says. "There was still ash falling from the sky. It was really eerie. I found Jake and took him to a friend's house outside the city." After returning to California, Misrach decided to go ahead with a planned trip with his wife, Myriam, to Hawaii, where they had often vacationed. But he was "haunted by the whole experience in New York," he said at the Art Institute of Chicago (the show's organizer). "It changed the way I looked at everything." So even his picture of a lone couple on a beach can be vaguely unsettling: their isolation underscores their vulnerability, and the photographer's long-range viewpoint is clearly that of someone watching. It's no accident that the title Misrach gave to the exhibition and book of photographs taken in Hawaii over four years is "On the Beach," from the 1957 Nevil Shute novel about life after a nuclear holocaust. The photographs are, in a word, stunning: the largest measure 6 by 10 feet and are so detailed you can read the headlines on a beachgoer's newspaper. To create the pictures, Misrach used a view camera that holds 8-by-10-inch negatives, which, he says, "give you a level of definition that you'd never get with a 35-millimeter camera." He scanned the negatives into a computer, and sometimes digitally removed people, heightening the feeling of isolation. When he was satisfied with an image, it was burned with lasers onto photographic paper that then went through a chemical developing process. These ambiguous pictures would appear to be a departure from his best-known series, including the politically overt Cancer Alley of 2000, which exposed industrial pollution along the Mississippi River, and his 1990 Bravo 20 about the devastating environmental effects of bomb tests at a U.S. Navy range in Nevada. The beach images "seem much more beautiful, almost in a way more soft than some of his other work," says Sarah Greenough, photography curator at the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC. "After you look at them for a while, though, they are hardly soft at all. There really is something very ominous going on." Misrach says the new work is of a piece with his focus on people and the environment. But, he says, "it is much more about our relationship to the bigger sublime picture of things."
Have you heard of Perfect 12 Introductions? If you need a good laugh, go to their website. Or just take a look below -- my favorite parts (besides the tag line On a Scale of One to Ten, Our Women are a 12) are in red.
About the owner....
SIMONA FUSCO our Founder & CEO
Perfect 12 Introductions was founded by Simona Fusco. Simona Fusco is an internationally renown expert matchmaker and America’s most trusted and awarded adviser. As a sought after Media Expert she shares her perspective and advice on relationships and has been featured on CNN, CBS, TLC, KCAL9, FOX News, etc. Simona is frequently seen in magazines and newspapers including Robb Report, Angeleno, San Francisco, Aspen, Esquire, US Weekly, New York Post, Huffington Post, Beverly Hills Magazine, etc., and writes for national publications on relationship advice. She also has a book set for release in 2013.
With her European background, class and sophistication are a given. Born in the fashion mecca of the world, Milan, Italy, and raised in both Europe and the US, Simona started her career as an actress and model, appearing in numerous Films and TV shows as well as gracing the covers of magazines worldwide. Throughout her cinematic career she was exposed to many of the type of executives and beautiful women that she would eventually cater to in her business. Her first experience with a matchmaker was in her early twenties when she met and eventually married legendary Starmaker and Producer Jay Bernstein. After Jay’s untimely death, Simona found love yet again through matchmaking.
After her positive experiences with matchmaking, she began working with some of the world’s top relationship experts. Always pushed by her entrepreneurial spirit, she created her own elite, executive matchmaking service. Her client list quickly grew to include many of the Forbes Fortune 500, hedge fund managers, real estate developers, entrepreneurs, celebrities, dot-com billionaires and CEOs of some of the most prominent companies in the world.
In recognition of her success, Simona was presented and honored, among other honorees, dignitaries and royalty, by the Mayor of Los Angeles, Mr. Eric Garcetti, with a Global Excellence Award in Women’s Entrepreneurship. Simona was recognized as a Prominent Business Woman and World Renowned Entrepreneur of the year for her achievements and contributions both as a matchmaker and philanthropist.
How We Work
1. To be considered for membership with our elite matchmaking service simply complete our Confidential Information Request Form or call us on our Toll Free number to speak with a Perfect 12 Team member. 855 FIND-LUV (855-346-3588)
2. Once you submit your Confidential Information Request Form, one of our elite matchmaking service team members will get in touch with you to set up a confidential, complimentary consultation to get to know you and find out exactly what it is you’re looking for in your Perfect 12 and which membership option best fits your lifestyle. We will talk about your lifestyle, personality, interests, values, goals, age preference, religion, education, previous marital status, children, and many other factors that are essential to you.
3. Once we understand the type of woman you would like to meet, we will establish which membership package best fits your lifestyle and create a “Personal Marketing Campaign” where we conduct your “Custom Tailored Matches” in your chosen locations for those women that adhere to your choice, lifestyle, personality, interest, philosophy and values.
4. With our Concierge Service we are able to create an exceptional evening for you and your date. From getting you accommodated at the latest gourmet restaurants to an exclusive red carpet movie premiere or A-list mansion party, we will create a first class evening for you. Your date will be pleased to know you’re the man on the town to be with and be seen with.
5.Through Perfect 12 you will have access to World Renown Relationship Expert and Celebrity Image Consultant Dr. Lillian Glass who has written 15 books on the subject and who’s clients have included celebrities such as Nicolas Cage, Dustin Hoffman, Sean Connery, etc, as well as world leaders, politicians and sports figures. Now through Perfect 12 she’s available to you too!
Is Matchmaking for me?
The answer is YES. Now that you’re successful in business, it’s time to
make you a success in your personal life as well. In today’s world
matchmaking is as important as having an accountant handle your taxes, a
business manager manage your finances, an attorney handle your legal
affairs, etc. Why would you leave your love life to a layperson or
chance? Online dating is not only dangerous but frequently
Who knows who’s really on the other side of your screen. Who are they? What are their intentions? What do they REALLY look like? Hopefully you have grown out of looking for your significant other at a nightclub because that never works out in the long run. The bar scene? Come on. I have yet to meet a woman that likes being approached by a random stranger with some ridiculous pick up line. A Quality woman wouldn’t be caught dead at a bar or a nightclub. If you are thinking that you are not the type of person who would work with a Professional Matchmaker, you are wrong. My clients are all social, very successful professionals who have NO trouble getting their own dates, they just have not yet found that right person with whom to share their lives with. Sometimes circumstances like being preoccupied with career, spending too much time in the wrong relationship and/or being too busy with other obligations make it so you are not where you expected to be in dating or in relationships. 1) Your picker is broken basically, which means you keep falling for the same type of person over and over, even though they’re completely wrong for you. If you feel this way, don’t despair; many people feel exactly the same way. 2) A reputable matchmaker with several successful years in the love business can be the best thing that’s ever happened to you if you’ve come to the realization that you might be the common denominator in the failure of many of your past relationships. They can give you the advice and truth to finally ‘wake you up’ and steer you in a better direction. 3) You’re worried you might wind up on an episode of Dateline NBC? If physical security is at the top of your list and you’ve already experienced your fair share of nutty men/women, then rest assured — knowing that we pre-screen a potential date which allows you to feel that much more safe and open to connecting with someone new. You can have the confidence that we did a background check before getting caught up in a tumultuous relationship. 4) Sometimes you just need a pro. You wouldn’t try to fix your own teeth, would you? You’d go to a dentist, and if by chance you broke your leg, the first thing you’d do is head straight to a doctor. This is your heart, and oftentimes, it needs a bit of help too! Take me for instance: I was approached by a matchmaker at the young age of 20. I certainly did not think that I needed a matchmaker. How dare they approach me and assume that someone like me needed help?! I am a beautiful, young woman. I have never had a problem getting attention or meeting men however, the type of men that did gravitate towards me were usually of Quantity, not of Quality. I am not the type to go out much and neither do most of my beautiful girlfriends because we have seen and heard it all and are not interested in it.
Long story short, I gave matchmaking a try. My matchmaker found me not
one, but both of my husbands, and then some long term relationships. My
first marriage was to legendary Starmaker Jay Bernstein. I know right?
Why would HE be with a matchmaker?? He was world renown, famous,
attractive, wealthy, he had women galore and managed some of the most
beautiful women in the world such as Farrah Fawcett, Suzanne Somers,
Linda Hart, Linda Evans, Pamela Anderson, and so on. You can imagine how
women literally threw themselves at him. However, even so, he decided
that it was time to get real and that life is about QUALITY not
QUANTITY. He was at the end of the day HUMAN, just like you and I, and
wanted to be loved as a human being not just for being rich, famous and
being able to create stars. Unfortunately Jay passed away all too soon.
He was the love of my life and honored me with his legacy; our beautiful
daughter. Yet, I found love again with one of the most respected top
attorneys in the country. How did we meet you ask? Guess. Yes, you
guessed right. Through a matchmaker.
By now I am sure you understand why I got into matchmaking. Not only was it extremely successful for me but it really WORKS. Matchmaking is so important no matter your stature, wealth or fame. At the end of the day, all we want is unconditional love and that my friends, is priceless. Here at Perfect 12 we screen everyone that applies with our company so that you know that the women you’re matched with are not only beautiful, but complemented by their personality, intelligence and values that you both share. We also offer valuable feedback after each and every date as well as date coaching and our infamous concierge service. Perfect 12 is your one stop for all things needed to turn your match into a lasting, successful realtionship. After all, your acumen has earned you success in business. Our acumen will bring you success in finding the relationship you have always desired.I am America’s most trusted and experienced adviser to discriminating clients whose most precious assets are their time and reputation.
First Date No No’s
1) Don’t be late on your first date. It’s one thing to run 10 minutes behind but anything much longer than that is just plain disrespectful. It gives the impression of being irresponsible and that your date is not of importance to you. 2) Don’t talk about your ex. If you do, don’t trash-talk them. It comes off as obnoxious and that you are not over them. 3) Don’t talk about your clock ticking and wanting to get married or wanting children right away. It scares people away and gives the impression of being desperate. 4) Don’t drink more than 2 glasses of alcohol. More makes you loose control over your conversation and inhibitions. 5) Don’t talk about religion in depth. If it comes up, don’t try to persuade your date to believe in your believes more so than the other.It’s a sensitive matter for some and could give the wrong impression. 6) Don’t talk about politics. Again, a sensitive subject especially when you try to push your believes onto others. 7) Don’t brag about the things you have or can do. It’s a turn off. Let your actions speak for themselves. “Actions speak louder than words”. 8) Don’t be rude to the waiter/staff. I always observe how my date treats other people. It shows whether or not you have respect for other people. 9) Don’t talk badly about your mom or dad. It’ll look like you have daddy or mommy issues. Big red flag! 10) Don’t have sex on the first date. A kiss will do. Pace yourself and truly get to know the person first.
BARF!!!!! THANKS FOR THE LAUGHS!!!! AND, UHHHH, WHO WAS IN CHARGE OF WRITING THIS SHIT?!?!?!
The other day I was trolling around this site when I discovered these beautiful photographs by Eugene Richards. Richards' series -- The Blue Room -- features images of abandoned houses in rural America. Peaceful, quiet, lonely, and forlorn, these photographs are a reminder that unexpected beauty can be found anywhere, even in the midst of neglect and decay.
Eugene Richards, photographer, writer, filmmaker, was born in Dorchester, Massachusetts. After graduating from Northeastern University with a degree in English, he studied photography with Minor White, then joined VISTA, Volunteers in Service to America, which assigned him as a health advocate to eastern Arkansas. He helped found a social service organization and a community newspaper, Many Voices, which reported on black political action and the Ku Klux Klan. Photographs he made during those years were published in his first monograph, Few Comforts or Surprises: The Arkansas Delta.
Upon returning to Dorchester, Richards began to document the changing, racially diverse neighborhood where he was born. His second monograph, Dorchester Days, was published in 1978, the same year he was invited to join Magnum Photos, where he remained for seventeen years.
Among numerous honors, Richards has won a Guggenheim Fellowship, three National Endowment for the Arts grants, the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Award, and the Robert F. Kennedy Lifetime Achievement Award. Cocaine True, Cocaine Blue and Dorchester Dayswere chosen for the inclusion in the exhibition and catalog, The Open Book, which cites the finest photographic books from 1878 to the present. But, the Day Came a film written and directed by Richards, was named Best Short Film at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival.
Did mom and dad tell you about Alan? Poor guy, there is always a story. He got his pinky finger caught in the fan of his flying machine while it was on. He and some friends looked for it and when they couldn’t find it they got their dogs to help with the search. His own dog found it and ate it!!!! How’s that for loyalty? Can you just picture it??? So that branch of the family is down two toes (Neil) and two fingers (Rocky & Alan).
AHHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAH!!!!! Yes, I am a horrible person because this made me laugh so hard!!!!
I'd like to give this hat to my oldest sister. She drives me crazy. She is a MOOCH. Would you like examples? She traveled with my parents for about a week prior to our recent family reunion. I suspect she did that in order to avoid paying for a car rental, and to get free meals. I can't stand that. We all need a helping hand in life from time to time (WHEN WE ARE CHILDREN), but there comes a time when you should pretty much be able to pay your own way in life, and maybe even start helping others that are in need. If you are in your FORTIES, and you have a decent job, you should be able to pay for your own travel and NOT TAKE ADVANTAGE OF YOUR ELDERLY PARENTS THAT ARE ON A FIXED INCOME.
When this sister exclaimed how "inexpensive" the room rental and catering were for our family reunion, I promptly asked who paid and how much, and wrote a check to help cover the expenses. Did my sister? Methinks not.
I recently found out that my parents help this sister out with airfaire money every Christmas. HELLO?!?!?!? Why???????? She has a full-time job! Why does she accept so many handouts????????
I can't stand moochers. I like receiving gifts and favors as much as the next person, but I try my very best to give BACK to those that are generous with me. I don't know why I am so sensitive (obsessive? judgmental?) on this particular topic, and I don't know why others are so INSENSITIVE in this matter.
P.S. My boyfriend has told me that I am "weird" about money. Lol.
The happy couple -- Richard Ramirez and Doreen Lioy
During the summer of 1985, a string of gruesome nighttime killings generated widespread panic throughout California. The assailant, nicknamed the "Night Stalker," entered homes through open doors and windows and shot, strangled or stabbed occupants. In some cases the Night Stalker raped and tortured victims and left satanic imagery at crime scenes.
Richard Ramirez was eventually identified, captured, and arrested for the horrific Night Stalker crimes. In 1989, after a trial that lasted nearly 14 months, a Los Angeles jury convicted Ramirez of 13 murders, 5 attempted murders, 11 sexual assaults and 14 burglaries. Ramirez was sentenced to die in California's gas chamber.
By the time of Ramirez's trial, "fans" were writing him letters and paying him visits. Beginning in 1985, freelance magazine editor Doreen Lioy wrote him nearly 75 letters during his incarceration. In 1988 Ramirez proposed to her, and on October 3, 1996, they were married in California's San Quentin State Prison. Before Ramirez's death, Lioy stated that she would commit suicide when Ramirez was executed. However, Doreen Lioy and Richard Ramirez eventually separated. At the time of his recent death related to B-cell lymphoma, Ramirez was engaged to a twenty-three year old writer who was residing between Los Angeles and New York City.
Ramirez's gruesome childhood experiences certainly must have contributed to his violent tendencies. Or maybe he was just born evil. I don't really know. But how does one explain Doreen Lioy's MARRIAGE to Richard Ramirez after his trial and conviction? Why would one willingly choose to contact let alone MARRY such a monster? After reading about Ramirez's recent death, I started wondering more and more about his wife, and what might have motivated her to connect with Ramirez, the man that committed so many heinous crimes. I found this article, which explains a bit of the psychology of those attracted to serial killers:
Rosalie Martinez, a public defender and mitigation specialist, was once married to an attorney. They had four daughters. After she met death row inmate Oscar Ray Bolin Jr. in 1995, she left her husband for him. Martinez and Bolin married that same year, over the phone.
Bolin, a former truck driver, has been convicted 10 times for raping and killing 3 women in Florida. In each case, rulings have been overturned due to errors. This week, he was back to the courtroom for another retrial. Convicted again, he received a life sentence on top of two death sentences.
Martinez, who believes Bolin is not a killer, once stated that when she met him, he left her “breathless.” She sensed his loneliness and isolation. She told a reporter, “It affected me because I felt the same way.” She decided to marry him, she said, to raise awareness of the injustice of his plight.
Plenty of serial killers have attracted mates, especially those with a high media profile. Carol Ann Boone became Ted Bundy’s girlfriend while he went through his legal proceedings in Florida. She took every opportunity to describe how he was being unfairly railroaded.
Even after he was convicted for three murders, Boone maintained her stance, and during the penalty phase of his 1980 trial, she testified on his behalf. They exploited an old law and married in the courtroom just before he received a death sentence. Boone had a child with Bundy, but eventually realized he was guilty. She took her child and moved away.
Women who have married serial killers have given several different reasons. Some believe they can change a man as cruel and powerful as a serial killer. Others “see” the little boy that the killer once was and seek to nurture him. A few hoped to share in the media spotlight or get a book or movie deal.
Then there’s the notion of the “perfect boyfriend.” She knows where he is at all times and she knows he’s thinking about her. While she can claim that someone loves her, she does not have to endure the day-to-day issues involved in most relationships. There’s no laundry to do, no cooking for him, and no accountability to him. She can keep the fantasy charged up for a long time.
These wives often make significant sacrifices, sometimes sitting for hours every week to await the brief face-to-face visit in prison. They might give up jobs or families to be near their soul mate, and they will certainly be spending money on him—perhaps all they have.
The offender need not even be attractive to hook a potential wife. One-eyed Henry Lee Lucas had his share of female admirers. Despite his supposed sexual relationship with drifter Ottis Toole, he was apparently still compelling as a mate. One woman (married) even devised a plot to free him by posing as his supposedly murdered former girlfriend—a girl that Lucas had confessed to strangling and cutting into pieces.
Some mental health experts have compared infatuation with killers to extreme forms of fanaticism. They view such women as insecure females who cannot find love in normal ways or as “love-avoidant” females who seek romantic relationships that cannot be consummated.
Yet while this might be true in some cases, several devotees have been strikingly beautiful, educated, and even married. A few have been lawyers, psychologists, or judges.
Women attracted to killers (especially serial killers) are usually in their thirties or forties. Although their motives for getting so passionately involved vary, they share in common a fierce sense of protection over the relationship. Some know that their incarcerated spouse is guilty, but others insist on his innocence—despite clear evidence to the contrary.
Most people think such relationships defy common sense, but some theorists have hypothesized a biological impetus that operates apart from logic. Primate research finds that females prefer the larger, louder, more aggressive males who show clear markers of their maleness. In humans, then, certain women might sense in an aggressive male a larger-than-life companion who can deliver more than an ordinary man could. Through him, she subconsciously perceives, she gains status and protection.
Whatever the psychological dynamic, the most dangerous males in a prison, if also media-genic, will likely draw women who hope to become their wives.
Thoughts on this? I guess there really is a lid for every pot.
Do you follow @lalunajade on Instagram? I just LOVE her photos. Her pics are unique, with interesting subjects. Clean backgrounds and carefully cropped compositions make her shots stand out in the best possible way. Some of her pics feature rather creepy/scary/intimidating critters (as well as some unbelievably cute doggies), and I like that. Many of her photographs feature things that I have never seen before, so it is always a treat to see a window into her world. Here are some of her incredible pics:
@lalunajade (Vicki) is from Finch Hatton, in North Queensland, Australia, which is near Eungella National Park. A lover of the great outdoors, she collects all sorts of curious critters from her region, as well as from other regions.
If you like what you see above, check her pics out on Instagram -- @lalunajade. :]