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Tuesday, November 30, 2004

Genuine Millionaire, Part II 

If I Had $10,000,000

Since Genuine so generously bequeathed ten million in tax-free U.S. American currency to me, I should (at least) let my benefactor know how I plan to use the gift.

01.    Pay off remaining mortgage on primary residence.      Amount remaining: $9,800,000.

02.    Purchase ocean-front cottage in either Carpenteria, CA or Savannah, GA to "escape" to whenever life gets too hectic (Spring/Summer).      Amount remaining: $9,500,000.

03.    Purchase mountain chalet in either Maine or Colorado to "escape" to whenever life gets too hectic (Autumn/Winter).      Amount remaining: $9,200,000.

04.    Upgrade primary residence (although brand-new construction) with hardwood on the third level, build a separate studio in back, build a separate workshop in back, add additional garage space and convert the lower level into a full rec-room, upgrade electronics, appliances, window treatments, and assorted wants and desires.      Amount remaining: $9,100,000.

05.    Provide either new residence or needed upgrades to parents' house (whichever they prefer), including weekly cleaning and lawn maintenance crews.      Amount remaining: $8,950,000.

06.    Take the long-talked-about trip to our native homeland - Ireland - with my parents.      Amount remaining: $8,935,000.

07.    Invest in the best savings plan possible, and only use from the interest accrued for miscellaneous "fun" expenses.      Amount remaining: $5,435,000.

08.    Create a travel fund (invested to accrue interest) for exploring the world.      Amount remaining: $4,435,000.

09.    Create a philanthropist fund (invested to accrue interest) for supporting charities, the arts, those in immediate need, etc..      Amount remaining: $2,435,000.

10.    Buy (well-thought-out and appropriate) gifts for friends and loved-ones.      Amount remaining: $2,300,000.

11.    Set up scholarship funds (invested to accrue interest) for my nephew (age three) and niece (due in January).      Amount remaining: $2,000,000.

12.    Create a retirement fund (invested to accrue interest) that will support my lifestyle, activities, needs, and creative endeavors in my "golden years."      Amount remaining: $1,000,000.

13.    Create a "slush" fund for rainy day play (invested to accrue interest) - anonymous donations and gifts to deserving individuals, organizations, and causes, and big-ticket items for friends and loved-ones when they cannot afford the costs (such as auto replacements, down-payments for houses, etc).      Amount remaining: $0.

Thank you, kind Genuine, for the most generous gift . . . and the (Mitty-esque) opportunity to do something good to help others, too.

(c)   2004    A Southern Belle's Life

Exploding Mailbox 

I can't explain it (other than simple passive-aggressive behavior), but I can't seem to take the time to read the ever-accumulating mail in my e-mail box.      Before friends start lighting torches and storming my house, let me clarify that with . . . I read the mail from friends, usually as soon as it arrives, but I seem to let the avalanche of yahoo-groups posts, subscribed-to newsletters, and assorted this-n-that just clog up my mailbox day after day.      At least I have filters that sort all of that miscellaneous mail into individual folders for groups, newsletters and the like but, still, I can't seem to bring myself to just read and/or delete the back-log.

Right now, I have several yahoo-group folders with anywhere from 40 to 600+ messages that just keep on accumulating.      And that is even after I logged in and set 4-5 of my groups to "special-notice-only" status.

P-r-o-c-r-a-s-t-i-n-a-t-i-o-n seems to be my mantra when it comes to my e-mail box.      Unless I do something soon, I'm afraid it may simply explode from the massive influx of e-mails!

(c)   2004    A Southern Belle's Life

Monday, November 29, 2004

Genuine Millionaire, Part I 

While visiting Not All Who Wander Are Lost's site for my daily read, I found the link and accompanying dialogue to the bequeath by Genuine to all who read that blog.      On Genuine's blog, I found the following:

"I just gave each of you $10 Million dollars to do anything with it you would like.      You can blow it all or set long term goals for your future.      You are a Genuine Millionaire.      Now tell me what you would do.      You can put it here in comments or post it on your own site.      I really am curious about how you are going to spend your money.      Give us all a peek.     Invite us into your Walter Mitty world.

What great fodder for a writing prompt.      I'm going to give this some thought . . . more later . . .

(c)   2004    A Southern Belle's Life

White Noise - EVP 

Check out the White Noise trailer, for the movie debuting January 7, 2005.      I stumbled across the link to the trailer somewhere among my surfing today and, although I haven't heard of the movie before, it is on my "Must-See" list now.

I've always been fascinated with the supernatural, unexplained phenomenon, and occurrences such as this movie depicts.      If you want to learn more about E.V.P. (Electronic Voice Phenomena), you can check out the American Association of EVP (A.A.E.V.P.) here.

Never dismiss anything just because you can't explain it away . . .

(c)   2004    A Southern Belle's Life

Lost In A Crowd 

I recently entered one of my photos in a Photo Contest.      There were several different categories in which to choose to best represent the "type" of photograph that I was entering.      The contest only allows one photo per household for the contest, so I chose one that I thought would be a bit historically-eerie and thought-provoking, as well as scenic.      I guess I should have checked the gallery before choosing my category because the category that I chose (Travel) must have a ba-zillion and two other entries already.      I guess my little photograph will just be lost-in-the-midst.      For anyone interested in seeing what I submitted, you can check it out here -
Civil War Relics, Chattanooga, TN.

Author's Note:      Since posting the above-referenced link, the site has changed the placement of my photo to: this instead.      FYI, FWIW.

At least I took the plunge and entered.      That's better than procrastinating on getting my work in different venues other than just shops and art shows.      Is it more exposure (pardon-the-pun) than other venues?      I guess I'll just have to wait and see . . .

(c)   2004    A Southern Belle's Life

Saturday, November 27, 2004

Who Am I (really)? 

After much evaluation, the time has come to update both my Artist's Statement and my Writer's Statement, as well as update my Portfolio.      It is a little disconcerting when doing something such as this to see where you were - as opposed to where you are now, both in the creative realm, as well as with life in general.      I'm sure it could (potentially) be a reawakening for the creative spirit, if done with an open mind and a nonjudgmental attitude, yet beginning the process is leaving me more frustrated than inspired.

I'm curious as to what other writers and/or artists consider their strengths and weaknesses, and how they view their statements as it reflects what they do, and how they create.      I'm actually very interested in hearing how others approach the statements that are so often requested by potential publications, galleries, shops, et al.      I actually find it quite difficult to reduce my creative spirit into a few paragraphs designed to capture the essence of who I am as a writer, photographer and artist.      Does anyone else find this a daunting task as well.

(c)   2004    A Southern Belle's Life

How Much Are You Worth? 

According to, I'm worth $3,077,535.98!      How much are you worth?

(c)   2004    A Southern Belle's Life

Thursday, November 25, 2004

Turkey Day! 

It has been a hectic - hectic week for me this week       I haven't had much computer time at all ... as my blog reflects ...

But, to all who read my ramblings,


I hope to get back into the swing of things next week.      Have a SAFE and WONDERFUL holiday (long) weekend!

(c)   2004    A Southern Belle's Life

Monday, November 22, 2004

What Number Am I? 

I just can't pass up something like this.     Thanks to Grey Biker for sharing . . .

You Are the Individualist


You are sensitive and intuitive, with others and yourself.

You are creative and dreamy... plus dramatic and unpredictable.

You're emotionally honest, real, and easily hurt.

Totally expressive, others always know exactly how you feel.

Not too far off target, actually!

(c)   2004    A Southern Belle's Life

Thursday, November 18, 2004

Updates F.Y.I. 

There have been quite a few updates recently on my other sites.     If you have the time, take a few moments to check them out:

A Southern Belle's Works - the latest column published in the North Texas e-News.

Good Girls Don't . . . But (sometimes) I Do - catching up on my meme addiction.

Never Under-estimate A Southern Belle - another previously published piece (from a site that I choose to no longer be affiliated for integrity reasons).

Scavenger Hunt Memes - still waiting on this new meme to catch on with others.      Feel free to spread the word!

A Southern Belle's Expressions - new photographs from two recent Harley road trips.     Check out the Art District / Coolidge Park - Chattanooga, TN and Point Park, Lookout Mountain, TN Galleries.

Here's a little teaser for all you photo buffs out there . . . an aged newspaper effect of one of the Civil War cannons at Point Park.

And, don't forget -- we're still looking for feedback and suggestions for our upcoming holiday . . . just around the corner, next April.     Southern Belles' Month is just a little over four months away.     Let's hear your ideas for some events in your area.     You may contact A Southern Belle's Life through

(c)   2004    A Southern Belle's Life

Tuesday, November 16, 2004

Cattle Call 

Last Friday, I drove down to the Town Center @ Cobb to attend the Victoria's Secret GRAND OPENING at the Mall.     The event started at 9:00 a.m., and I arrived promptly at 9:00.     I expected a few people to be there, but I expected -- since it was a Friday -- that most people would be at work or at school.     Man, was I EVER wrong!!

They had the poles-&-straps up in a winding line similar to l--o--n--g amusement park lines or airline ticket counters.     The security was heavier than if the President himself were arriving any minute.     All the little petite "Vickie" girls were dressed in their black uniforms and talking into mics concealed inside the lapels of their jackets, and were listening intently to the earpieces tucked firmly into their ears.

I waited over an hour and a half JUST to walk through the front door -- AN HOUR AND A HALF!     And, wouldn't you know it -- they didn't have the gold shimmer bra that I went to buy in my size.     BUMMER!     I stood in line all that time and I still have to order that bra out of the catalogue.     Of course, that didn't stop me from shopping . . . I'm a VS junkie!     I have nothing in my lingerie drawers but VS . . . and the credit card bills to prove it!

Still, I could not believe the number of people lined up to get into VS.     But, what can I say???     I was one of them . . . and waited over an hour and a half just to get inside!

(c)   2004    A Southern Belle's Life

Thursday, November 11, 2004

Unabashed Promotion 

I enjoy memes.     I think a lot of the ones I participate in on my sister blog, Good Girls Don't . . . But (Sometimes) I Do are just plain fun.

So, that gave me the bug to want to start one of my very own.     And, so I did.     Of course, the word isn't out yet, so the poor little blog is just sitting there all lonely and forelorn.     And, that's why I'm mentioning it here.     Perhaps someone will be interested in participating each week.     It is a twice-a-week Scavenger Hunt . . . Tuesdays are photos, and Thursdays are URLs.

If you want to check it out, add a link to it, or otherwise just take a peek or play along, it can be found at: Scavenger Hunt Memes.

MEMES . . . it's a good thing!

(c)   2004    A Southern Belle's Life

Makes Me Proud 

It's stories like these that really make me proud to be . . . not only a Southerner but, in this instance, from Tennessee (once even living in Red Bank for about seven years -- it is a suburb of Chattanooga).     And, TRUST ME!, the "proud" part was most definitely oozing with sarcasm!

Sometimes Fact is Stranger than Fiction

Red Bank, Tennessee - Employer Spankings

You can fire your workers but you can't spank 'em.     Authorities in Red Bank, Tennessee, have charged Paul Levengood with two counts of sexual battery.     Police say two 19-year-old women complained that Levengood would spank them when they made mistakes on the job at Tasty Flavors Sno Biz.     One of the women says Levengood made them sign a statement when they started working giving him permission to bust their "behind any way he sees fit."     Levengood is now free on two-thousand-dollars bond.

One girl continued working for a year after the incident.     The other did not leave when it happened to her the first time because she "didn't have a ride home."     I think I'd start walkin'!

The update today is that Mr. Levengood (from Cleveland, TN) was released on bond and is now in the hospital due to a possible suicide attempt.     He is charged with two counts of sexual battery.     In addition to the spankings, he also took photos of their bums (not at the same time he was spanking them) -- perhaps "trophy" photos???

(c)   2004    A Southern Belle's Life

Wednesday, November 10, 2004

Another 50 Questions 

Category:   Blogging

  1. What year was the best year of your life?  So far, 1987 - or 1991 - or 2003;
  2. One animal or insect that Noah should have left off the ark? Spiders (really, all bugs!);
  3. Do you make a wish before blowing out your birthday candles?   Always!;
  4. Do you generally open your bills on the day that you receive them?   Yes;
  5. How many pillows are on your bed?  Fifteen;
  6. Favourite ice cream flavour?   Daiquiri Ice;
  7. What is the most pro-dominant colour in your wardrobe?   Earthtones;
  8. Have you ever seen a ghost?   Yes, several;
  9. Would you rather go to a carnival or circus?   Circus;
  10. Favourite meal: breakfast, lunch, or dinner?   Dinner;
  11. Your favourite childhood book?   I never read so-called "children's" books - I liked science fiction and horror, even as a child;
  12. Have you ever flown first-class?   Not yet;
  13. Would you go on a reality show?   Never;
  14. Are you more optimistic or pessimistic about the future?   Depends on the day;
  15. Pancakes or waffles?  Pancakes;
  16. If you could own a home anywhere in the world, where would it be?   On the coast - somewhere in Europe;
  17. Your favourite Soup of the Day?  Minestrone
  18. What site is a must see for all visitors to your city?   Back in my hometown - The Tennessee Aquarium;
  19. Can you recommend a good restaurant in your city?   Back in my hometown - Kanpai of Tokyo;
  20. You go to the zoo; what is the one animal that you want to see?   The large cats;
  21. Potatoes, rice, or pasta; Which is your favourite?   Sometimes potatoes, sometimes pasta;
  22. What is the best movie that you've seen this year?   Collateral;
  23. What do you like on your hotdog?   I don't eat hotdogs;
  24. What in your life are you most grateful for?   Friends and family who love me;
  25. You are home alone and use the bathroom; do you close the door?  Yes;
  26. What is your favourite small appliance?  Blender;
  27. Salty snacks or sweet treats?   Salty;
  28. Are you usually a little early, a little late, or right on time?   Depends on the day and the destination - I'm either a little early or a little late;
  29. What is the most daring thing that you have ever done?   I'd like to plead the fifth on this one, please;
  30. Have you ever met someone famous?   Various local tv and radio personalities, several regional and national stand-up comedians, and Peyton Manning (what a jerk!);
  31. What was one of your favourite games as a child?   Policewoman;
  32. At what age have you looked your best?   26;
  33. One person that never fails to make you laugh?   Toby;
  34. What was the first music that you ever bought?   Oh, jeez, that's impossible to remember since music is such a part of my life;
  35. If you could change one thing about your family life when you were a child, what would it be?   My childhood, no matter how it may have been then, is part of who I am, and what made me who I am today;
  36. What is the one thing that you cook that always receives compliments?   My secret-recipe 4-alarm chili and my homemade salsa;
  37. From what news source do you receive the bulk of your news?   The Internet;
  38. In the last calendar year, how many people have you told that you love them?  5-6;
  39. Who received your first kiss?   His name was Michael;
  40. The single most important quality in a mate?   Honesty;
  41. What do you value most in a relationship?   Compatability;
  42. What is your morning routine that you perform religiously (time permitting)?  Herbal tea and scones;
  43. At the movies, what is your snack of choice and where do you like to sit in the theatre? Popcorn with extra butter and salt, large soda and chocolate - middle of the theatre, middle of the row (center of the theatre/screen);
  44. Have you ever consulted a telephone psychic?   No, never;
  45. Would you ever consider plastic surgery? Yes;
  46. Do you believe there is life on other planets? Yes;
  47. Ever ridden in a hot air balloon? No;
  48. Turn on the radio/tv to your favourite music station - what's playing?   Madonna - Material Girl;
  49. Do you believe in an afterlife? Yes; and
  50. What would you like to accomplish with the remaining years of your life?   Achieve literary success.

(c)   2004    A Southern Belle's Life

Friday, November 05, 2004

My Name In Lights (Okay, Type) 

Even when you expect it, seeing your name in print gives you a little flutter in your belly when you first read it (well, at least it does for me).     I was recently mentioned in my good friend Patricia Paris' latest syndicated column, which can (also) be read here (which is her Patricia Paris, Stories Told With A Southern Drawl site).    Patricia has a down-home charm about her writing, and can take the everyday and make it put a smile on your face.     This is exactly what she did with her latest column, "E-Mails and Gee! Mails" which not only talks about the mail she receives from friends far and wide, but the assortment of other mail that seems to find its way into her mailboxes as well.

I can totally relate to what she's saying . . . imagine my surprise to even find out that there are misguided souls out there who (1) think anyone built like me would have a penis (well, I don't have one that's attached to my body - that's not to say that I'm without one whenever I want one); and (2) that I would be interested in information from some total stranger sent via e-mail to enhance, enlarge or otherwise alter in any shape, form or fashion any penis that may be in my possession.     Toss in all the ads for prescription drugs, home loans, mortgage refinancing, repairing credit reports, the miscellaneous foreign billionaire's family member that needs my assistance in moving large sums of money from one country to another, and all the other C-R-A-P that clogs up my mailboxes on a daily basis (and that is WITH a multitude of spam filters, blocked senders' lists, and the like!), and I know E-X-A-C-T-L-Y what Patricia is talking about!

But, I digress . . .

If you have a moment or two, please check out my friend Patricia Paris' work -- she's an amazing writer with a quirky sense of humor.     And, to top it all off, she's a published author, too -- with her latest book going to press next week.     You can see (and buy) her books by checking her out at The Writer Gazette.

(c)   2004    A Southern Belle's Life

Birthday Cards 

I received an on-line birthday card from a friend today through Birthday Alarm and here's what it said:

Imaginative, passionate, intense, strong-willed and charismatic.     Scorpio, the world is yours for the taking.

Element:   Water
Keyword:   Sex
Gemstone:   Opal
Ruling Planet:   Mars/Pluto

It's amazing how well that person, and that birthday card, know me!     *ha-ha*

I have to admit, though, I am a typical, text-book Scorpio in EVERY sense of the word!     I've been celebrating all week (thanks to my s.o.), and tomorrow is actually the BIG day - another year older (or, at least as far as governmental entities go, I will be).     We're supposed to be going on a day-trip Harley ride tomorrow in search of picturesque venues to photograph, followed by watching the Alabama - Mississippi State football game.

I have more to tell you about my celebratory week, but I'll save that for a separate entry . . .

(c)   2004    A Southern Belle's Life

Wednesday, November 03, 2004

50 Questions 

Category:   Blogging

  1. Your name spelled backwards: Nasus or Yttik;
  2. Where were your parents born? My mother - Atlanta, Georgia, my dad - Soddy-Daisy, Tennessee;
  3. What is the last thing you downloaded onto your computer? Blogrank button;
  4. What's your favorite restaurant? Kanpai of Tokyo;
  5. Last time you swam in a pool? Last time I was in a pool was last summer;
  6. Have you ever been in a school play? Yes, a few;
  7. How many kids do you want? None;
  8. Type of music you dislike most? Country;
  9. Are you registered to vote? Yes;
  10. Do you have cable? Cable for my Internet modem - Satellite for my television;
  11. Have you ever ridden on a moped? Moped - no, Motorcycle - yes;
  12. Ever prank call anybody? Of course;
  13. Ever get a ticket? A few - got most of them taken care of, though;
  14. Would you go bungee jumping or sky diving? Nope!;
  15. Farthest place you ever traveled. The Southern Caribbean;
  16. Do you have a garden? A small herb garden;
  17. What's your favorite comic strip? Rhymes With Orange and Pearls Before Swine;
  18. Do you really know all the words to your national anthem?  Yes, of course;
  19. Bath or Shower, morning or night? Showers - morning, Baths - night;
  20. Best movie you've seen in the past month?  I've seen quite a few - most were *ho-hum* - I did like "Dodgeball," though;
  21. Favorite pizza topping? Cheese, with extra cheese;
  22. Chips or popcorn? Chips with salsa, popcorn at the theatre;
  23. What colour lipstick do you usually wear? Shades of brown;
  24. Have you ever smoked peanut shells? No, why would I?;
  25. Have you ever been in a beauty pageant? No;
  26. Orange Juice or apple? OJ;
  27. Who was the last person you went out to dinner with and where did you dine? My s.o., Charles and Barbara - Red Lobster;
  28. Favorite type chocolate bar? Caramello;
  29. When was the last time you voted at the polls? 1990;
  30. Last time you ate a homegrown tomato? A few months ago at my parents' house;
  31. Have you ever won a trophy? Yes, a few;
  32. Are you a good cook? Yes;
  33. Do you know how to pump your own gas? Yes, of course;
  34. Ever order an article from an infomercial? No;
  35. Sprite or 7-up? Either, but I'm giving up sodas -- again!;
  36. Have you ever had to wear a uniform to work? Yes, my first job a zillion years ago;
  37. Last thing you bought at a pharmacy? A prescription;
  38. Ever throw up in public?  Unfortunately yes.   After a late night in San Antonio, we had an early afternoon flight and I had a bit of . . . well, . . . bottom line - alcohol poisoning - and threw up on the airplane;
  39. Would you prefer being a millionaire or find true love?  I have true love - I'll take the million!;
  40. Do you believe in love at first sight? Not really, but I do believe there can be a strong initial attraction;
  41. Ever call a 1-900 number? Never;
  42. Can ex's be friends? Definitely - some of my best friends are;
  43. Who was the last person you visited in a hospital? My s.o. when he broke his elbow;
  44. Did you have a lot of hair when you were a baby? Nope, just a little fuzz;
  45. What message is on your answering machine? Semi-regular stuff;
  46. What's your all time favorite Saturday Night Live Character? Anything that Gilda Radner did;
  47. What was the name of your first pet? Rocky;
  48. What is in your handbag (purse)?  Wallet, business cards, cell phone, micro-recorder, credit cards, ink pens, notebook, compact, lip gloss, hair brush and tons of receipts;
  49. Favourite thing to do before bedtime?  Listen to classical music; and
  50. What is one thing you are grateful for today? Friends and family that love me.

(c)   2004    A Southern Belle's Life

Annie, Crash & Me 

A couple of weeks ago, I was contemplating belief systems in a blog entry.     Since then, I've given quite a bit of thought into what makes me who I am . . . in simple terms.     To be honest, that is a harder task than it sounds.     I challenge everyone to give it a go (and, when you do, be sure to post a link back here and let me know where your condensed-version is posted).     Since I originally made reference to the exchanges between Kevin Costner and Susan Sarandon in Bull Durham (1988), this blog entry is appropriately titled, "Annie, Crash & Me."

So, without further ado, I give you my pronunciamento, condensing my existence into a few words that, hopefully, encompass who I am . . .

I believe that "Southern by the grace of God" is not just some catchy phrase, but gospel.     I also believe that "Southern Belle by the grace of God" is Chapter 2, Verse 1 of that same book.     As for me, "Protected by Smith & Wesson" is not just some bumper sticker on the back of a redneck's pick-up, but exactly what my home and person are.     I believe that, when needed, kicking up the southern accent a few shades a'la Steel Magnolias -- coupled with a hair flip, coy eye contact, and a sly smile -- will get you practically anything you want or need.     I believe that there is no such thing as too many shoes, too many purses, too much jewelry in the jewelry box to choose from, or too many "pretty, pretty boys that [she] calls friends" (thank you - D. Felder/D. Henley/G. Frey).     I believe that there's something magnificently freeing to slipping into leather, strapping on a helmet and straddling the back of a Harley-Davidson.     I believe that the saying "A bad day at the beach is better than a good day at work" isn't just a saying, but a fact!     I believe in Birkenstocks, tie-dyed t-shirts, and denim - and, I also believe in silk, cashmere, lace and 6" f.m. heels.     I believe every day starts with slipping into Victoria's Secret!    *and I have a platinum Angel card to prove it*     I believe there are high-maintenance occasions, and no maintenance days.     I believe that Spring/Summer means only O*P*I Chick-Flick-Cherry and Autumn/Winter means only O*P*I Vampire-State-Building.     I believe in heavy metal, cool jazz, classical, classic rock -- and being open to lots of new experiences . . . whether visual, auditory, physical, or even a completely other realm or dimension.     I believe in surrounding myself with friends who share the same twisted sense of humor that I have, and enjoy every moment we share together!     I believe life is an adventure -- and I bought tickets for all of the thrill-rides!

If you're interested in even more, you can check out the link to the right ----> (under view my complete profile) for a few more interesting tid-bits about your favorite Southern Belle!

Trackback - Belief System

(c)   2004    A Southern Belle's Life

Monday, November 01, 2004

Moshin' Around 

Last week, one of my best friends and I went to a concert.      Granted, that doesn't sound like any earth-shattering news but, . . . you would have to understand the intricacies of all of the multi-level situations involved to fully appreciate the magnitude of the event.      My s.o. doesn't like metal; neither does my best friend's s.o., so he and I decided to drive down to The Masquerade for the Devastation Across the Nation Tour (you can check out the press release for the Atlanta kick-off here).

You would have thought we were committing an array of cardinal sins instead of simply getting into a single night of a little heavy metal with the way "some" people were acting over the whole thing.      Of course, with this single blog entry, I've probably destroyed many readers' visions of a demure Southern Belle in just a few key strokes but, come on . . . I can't sit around and sip mint juleps in my hoop skirt on the veranda EVERY day now, can I?!?      I'm just glad I wasn't the oldest person there, for cripes-sake!

If you want to check out the bands that we caught at The Masquerade, take a look:

The Haunted

Shadows Fall

Damage Plan

And, for all of those who have given me grief over my choices as of late, I think I will adopt one of Damage Plan's releases from their latest New Found Power as my new anthem . . . those smart enough to check out the discography can probably figure it out . . . B. - you know which one . . . I think we were both rockin' to it last week, eh?!?

(c)   2004    A Southern Belle's Life

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Susan Reno-Gilliland, known as "Miss Kitty," an Irish lass, a true Southern Belle; a writer, photographer, animal-lover, dreamer, stargazer, totally tangled (or is that entangled?) in relationships, slightly obsessive iNFp with stories to tell!    . . . (fascinated by forensics, human behavior, pushing all the right buttons of men I find interesting, and seeking utterly-sweet revenge without any repercussions.)     I am a Friday's Child.    Friday's Child is loving & giving.
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