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Via one of my favorite websites, Pia Jane Bijkerk:

"Something I'd like to point out is how important it is for any artist, designer, photographer, writer to find our own voice, our own way of doing things, to find ourselves in our work. It is difficult to focus on what we want to do when out there is a vast ocean of inspiration, and I enjoy watching other artists' work too, but I think it is very important to stop looking outside and start searching inside when it comes to creating our work. I believe this is priority, it's a way of respecting others as well as respecting ourselves."

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Scene, EXT 
It's 9 a.m. and I'm sitting at the dining room table staring/drooling in front of a breakfast burrito while already up for five hours and going on four hours of sleep. It's storming outside and the house feels chilly.

ME
You know what? Forget the Snuggies. It looks like a wizard's outfit. Like Mickey from "Fantasia." Right now I could totally go for a blanket burrito. Like a swaddle. 

CHRIS
Like this?

Chris demonstrates wrapping up in a blanket, swaddle-style.

ME
Exactly. Sometimes a person, an adult person, just wants to be swaddled. 

CHRIS
Yes, like a straight-jacket. 

How AT&T Screwed Us Over

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Yesterday afternoon I checked my spam folder and discovered, lost in an assortment of porn solicitations, email from some dude in Africa who told me he wanted me to inherit his millions, were a few emails from AT&T with recent dates informing us that they had improperly removed a nice chunk of cash, for us, from our bank account after we canceled our service with them a couple months ago. 

We called and called and called the customer number for AT&T and got nothing more than a fast busy signal. We thought this problem has been resolved, you see, AT&T had tried to take $220 from our account previously and we canceled service yet again. We've canceled service twice yet AT&T still likes sticking their hands in our cookie jar, and, to quote "Stepbrothers," DON'T YOU MESS WITH MY NUT.

So I did what any reasonable person would do, which was to take to Twitter and throw a fit since CALLING THEM ON A TELEPHONE wasn't working. I don't know if their customer service is based in the United States or is a fantasy and the whole of AT&T's customer service exists just as a number on a website that goes to nowhere, but it seems like it wouldn't be crazy to assume the latter. 

So on Twitter @ATTCustomerCare said she would help. Chris talked to her on the phone last night after I emailed my basic account info to her. Apparently, she's having the same difficulty as we are at getting her employer to give a rat's ass about resolving our issue because it's 11 a.m. central and this has been going on since early evening yesterday. I don't have patience WHEN IT COMES TO MY NUT. I'm not sure if this person is real, if she's a robot that AT&T made to further exasperate people by promising to help, getting them within an inch of thinking that they were going to be helped and then leaving them hanging, I don't know. I hope she helps.

Hey AT&T! We're a middle-class family and that $220 dollars you take a month? That's way over a week's grocery bill for us. That's over a month's worth of gas. That could cover a couple of our utilities. In an economy which is the way it is, I don't appreciate being forced to grab my ankles by a company that thinks it's OK to bilk middle class families out of money they use for essentials and then refuse to fix the problem. 

If AT&T doesn't fix the problem and refund what they took from us I will lodge a formal complaint and if I have to bring Johnnie Cochran up in here to talk about how in this case, the GLOVE FITS then so be it. 

*UPDATED: My Roof is a Big Top

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Small big top in the city

A couple of years ago we went to see Circus Flora, St. Louis's one-ring, Euro-styled circus nestled a whisper south of downtown. I've always loved the circus, especially how so many participants are families, performance dynasties. 

Circus Flora has reached out again this year and is offering two of YOU readers two four-pack, two-family tickets for their 24th season to see the opening night performance of Ingenioso, based on Don Quixote. Tickets are for TOMORROW, June 4th, at 7 p.m.
If you miss out on this giveaway, tickets start at just $8.

Because my comments are wonky and I'm preparing to move to an entirely new platform, what we'll do is this: if you're on Twitter and would like four free tickets to tomorrow's opening night of Circus Flora, @ me on Twitter and include the hashtag #circusflora. I'll pick two winning families THIS EVENING and afterwards get your information to give to the Circus Flora crew who will then have your tickets waiting at will call. 

In the meantime, here are a few photos from our last visit.

*UPDATE: We have winners!

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I wrote down all the replies using the #circusflora hashtag on Twitter Liam and Ewan each drew a name. This is who they grabbed:

Lisa_S_47 and 

You each get four tickets for tomorrow's opening night performance at Circus Flora! I'll contact you via Twitter to get your info for the Circus Flora people. 

Thanks everyone! We'll do this more often :)
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