When last we met, you saw me give up taking pills. Now you get to see why. Warning: Watch this on an empty stomach. It can be a little graphic.
I have not taken a vitamin in five months. I try to stay healthy and I do believe that supplements are part of this. Lee laughs at me and my daughter cannot be in the same room as me if I am trying to take a pill. The pills simply do not go down and I end up spitting out some bad tasting slime. So I have given up taking normal pills. So this is my quest. I am the Man Of La Mancha, tilting at the windmill of my own gag reflex. This is my quest.. to swallow that pill… no matter how hopeless…
Come back on Wednesday when I actually try to take a pill.
Warning: it is not for the faint of heart.
I am having a little problem starting this post because it is about a piece of art. It is straining my writing ability to take the emotional content that I felt looking at a painting and put it into words. A high school friend of Lee’s invited us to the gallery opening of Mike Rivero, a Cuban impressionistic painter. In case you did not know this, Lee is Cuban. Both of us come from immigrant families. My grandparents emigrated from Hungary. More importantly, Lee’s parents are Cuban political exiles. I have heard all of the stories of how my in-laws came to this country, how my father-in-law escaped execution and how they moved to California and created a new life from nothing. As an American born, I have always thought that my in-laws are more American than me because they had to risk everything to have the country that I take for granted.
When I saw Mike’s piece entitled Balsero Pensivo (Pensive Rafter) something caught in my throat. Though I thought that I fully understood the piece, I asked Mike about it. The artwork shows a rafter about to leave his country. Mike said that the thick black line on the horizon represents bad weather or something more, the solid and tangible unknown. To the left of the rafter is an insubstantial series of lines that are the raft which are nothing if compared to the solidity of the horizon.
It was the eyes of the man in the work that got both Lee and I because we have seen these eyes in real life. One eyes swirls with escapist fears while the other is a pinpoint of shock and sadness. This is the reason that I could not put into words the spectrum of emotion that I see in the eyes of Mike’s work and in the faces of all of the political refugees that I have had the privilege of meeting over the years.
I would love to spin this article into a statement on immigration or the politics of our country but I can’t. The feel of this painting still lingers with me. Politics give way to hope. Fear turns to opportunity. This is the American dream.
To see more of Mike Rivero’s work, click here go to his Facebook page.
The people from Fox Entertainment invited us to the Los Angeles zoo to see Koalas and to get a screening of their movie, Koala Kid. Yes, everything about that sentence is 50 flavors of awesome. First, let’s start with the Los Angeles Zoo. Lee and I are originally from LA County so the zoo is a childhood favorite. It was one of those perfect days with a light breeze and temps in the 70’s. This meant that the animals were out and active. We actually saw a Warty Pig scampering in its enclosure. This was simultaneously cute and ugly because the pig looked like it needed a good orthodontist and cosmetologist.
We got to see the Koalas and one of the docents educated us on the Australian critters. Did you know that eucalyptus is poisonous and even the Koalas cannot eat too much or they would get sick? Also, they are not as sweet and we had thought. The docent showed us a picture of a Koala defending its territory. These guys have teeth, long mean teeth!
Lastly, we got to meet the very pregnant Jenni Pulos from the Bravo reality show Flipping Out. She plays Charlotte in the movie Koala Kid. Charlotte is a star struck young koala and makeup artist. The movie is super cute, following the adventures of the bullied white Koala named Johnny (played by Job Schneider). He runs away and… Wait, we cannot tell you the whole story. Suffice it to say that there are alligators, kangaroos, and dingoes with the voices of Alan Cummings, Norm MacDonald and Tim Curry. Our boys loved it.
Koala Kid comes out April 30, 2013 exclusively at Wal-Mart. Of course, we need to thank Fox for giving us this opportunity to see the zoo, meet an actress and see Koala Kid.
I write about addiction all the time. I have seen it from all sides. I have been a substance abuse counselor for many years and worked with hundreds of people. I have seen addiction of every kind in my own family. In my own life, I have identified my own addictions many times on CoupleDumb as well. One of the addictions I have that I am sure that I have never mentioned here is my smoking. It is one of the reasons that I am so happy that V2 sent me their product for review. I started smoking at a very young age. I was never a heavy smoker and usually cognizant of not smoking near the kids or in the house. I decided to quit a few months ago and am proud to say that as of January 13, I have not had a cigarette.
That being said, I always knew nicotine was not my addiction. I have a psychological addiction to the act of smoking. This is why recently, during a very stressful time, I really craved a cigarette. It wasn’t the nicotine but the mindless act of smoking. This is why I have to thank V2 E-Cigarettes for keeping me true to my promise to stop smoking. When I am stressed I can use my V2 E-Cigarettes and the need to smoke is satisfied without needing to light up.
They sent me a starter pack of flavors with different nicotine levels and flavors ranging from Peppermint to coffee and even chocolate. The cigarette flavors come in all flavors resembling the popular brands and available in different levels of nicotine. When you use the V2 E –Cig you will satisfy the need to smoke and not have to leave society to smoke either. V2 E-Cig releases water vapor. There is no offensive smoke smell and you don’t need to take a shower and brush your teeth after every cigarette.
My favorite flavor is Mint Tea. It is smooth and refreshing. In fact, I am perfectly happy smoking this without nicotine and my need to smoke is sated. This is a great way to stop smoking and using nicotine. You can wean yourself off all nicotine while using V2 E Cigs and still enjoy the act of smoking. It will save you money too because each cartridge lasts a long time. Also, V2 also has a great program called Smoke4Free where you can earn credits to purchase more cartridges by referring your friends.