"Making objects of beauty is a revenge on depression." - Matjames Metson
My favorite new thing? Art Abandonment! click on the link to see what it's about!
I am in a band called The Sump Pumps; I play percussion and sing backup.
I am a tour guide for Chicago Hauntings. This is a ghost hunting tour created by Ursula Bielski, a world-renowned author and ghost-hunter.
I am a firm believer in the paranormal and am a "professional" ghost hunter. I have visited some of most haunted places in the US. I take digital images of spirits and EVP recordings. I have conducted healing and casting circles and house clearings.
I was struck by lightning when I was 12.
A piece of my artwork is on permanent display in Malaysia.
I've started "super couponing." My best coupon experience was just a few weeks ago when I saved 100%; all I paid was .9 tax!! My goal is to get cart loads of free or nearly free groceries and donate them to the food pantry that helped us when we were in need. Check out jillcataldo.com for some great tips and tricks.
I once stalked Bono outside his hotel room in the freezing cold Chicago winter and had my picture taken with him.
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Favorite by Instrument/Skill;
Lead Guitar - My Ray (of course!), Dave Grohl, Lindsey Buckingham
Rhythm Guitar - David Gilmour, John Lennon
Bass - Stefan Lessard, Adam Clayton, Flea
Drums - Neil Peart, Martin Chambers
Girl Singer - My Mom who sang opera on the stage of the Lyric Opera House in Chicago, Amy Winehouse, Adele, Lily Allen
Boy Singer - Bono, My Ray, Dave Matthews, David Gilmour, Tom Chapin, David Gray; Elvis Costello
Lyricists - Elvis Costello, Neil Peart, Paul Hewson
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Fave colors: dark blue, silver, deep purple, black.
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Preferences: Book to movie; Hardback to Paperback; reading to tv, wood mounted rubber stamps to acrylic mounted rubber stamps; toilet paper coming out from the bottom to coming out from the top; Coke to Pepsi; 12 grain wheat to white; psychological thrill to gore; 2% milk to regular; half caf to full caf; Equal to Splenda; Target to Wal-Mart; Edgar to Sig; cloudy to sunny; cool to hot; truth to lies; black and white to color; sepia to black and white;
Some of my favorite people are: My Ray, My Meagan, Matjames Metson, Susanah (whom I miss terribly), my Uncle Al, Kelly Y., Maizey, Chloe, Tyler Durden, Jana Holle, Uncle Billie, Mike Rowe, Vincent D'onofrio, Heidi Klum, Ursula Bielski, Angelina Jolie, Leland Chapman, Daniel Burnham, Dan the EMT who tried to save my Ronin,
Some of my favorite books: The Hiding Place by my Tante Corrie TenBoom; The Help by Kathryn Stockett; Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen; The Odessa Files by Frederick Forsyth; The Taking by Dean Koontz; Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow; There Are No Children Here by Lafeyette and Pharoah Rivers; The Sinking of the Eastland, America's Forgotten Tragedy by Jay Bonansinga.
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Rating Policy as it pertains to evil swappers and vile flakers.
On this issue I will not budge. I am a patient person and will give extra time for many reasons: life, mail, weather, sickness; but the minute you ignore me and/or lie about it, all bets are off.
Also be advised that once a "3" or a "1" has been issued, it will not be rescinded. I do not bandy about with the "1" and "3" buttons and only issue them in the direst of situations. In fact, I've only issued one "1" and no "3's." You could send me the winning lottery numbers to the largest pot of gold in the world and your rating will not change.
If you do flake on me:
A pox upon you! I will gather all manner of beast, and using "The Force," I will send them to your place of residence where they will lick your windows with their slimy beast spit and breathe their stinking beast breath deep into the bowels of your most prized possessions. A smell, I assure you, that can never be eradicated.
Furthermore, I will do everything in my power and use every method at my disposal to ensure that other swap-boter's are aware of your loathsome, vile, wormy behavior.
Everyone will know your name; you won't be able to swap a quarter for two dimes and a nickel.
Hell knows NO FURY like a Lora flaked.
You have been warned.
June 16, 2012
I am an original member of this site. I've been on since 2006. I guess I've been lucky up to now; I am saddened to report that I have been flaked.
@VAGrammy66 - flaked for the "Inspired by Postage Stamps Booklet."
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