IT’S A MAN’S MAN WORLD – A Movie Review of “THE KITCHEN”

Gary : August 14, 2019 11:19 pm : blog

by Gary Smolker, movie and values critic

I LOVE GANGSTER MOVIES

I have always been drawn to gangster movies.

In gangster movies people take charge.  They solve their own problems.

I like cleverness and ingenuity.

I like winners.

I like to see something done spectacularly well.

In gangster movies there is always cleverness, ingenuity, something done spectacularly well and winners.

THE KITCHEN is a gangster movie.

THE KITCHEN PLOT

THE KITCHEN is about how the wives of New York gangsters (Cathy, Ruby, and Claire) continue to operate their husbands’ rackets after their husbands are locked up in prison.

The wives manage their husbands’ rackets better than their husbands had.

They improve the operation and profits of their husbands rackets.

There is enormous tension when the husbands come home and find that their wives have been very successfully operating their rackets and have profitably expanded.

MY EMOTIONAL RESPONSE

While watching that movie, I thought it was a lousy movie – because while watching it, I thought was a boring senseless diatribe against the stupidity of men who sincerely believe it is a man’s world.
The first half of the movie is extremely slow.
I felt lI was trapped in my seat, forced to see the main characters – all women, wives of mobsters – being mistreated by their husbands and the man their husbands worked for.
Little did I suspect at the time that the first half of the movie was an awkward setup for what turned out to be an awkward story told with a sense of frustration, a sense of hope and with high praise for scheming intelligence, planning and virtue.
This is a very clever, though slow moving movie.
At the end, I decided the movie is so slow moving because it is building up to a surprise ending.
I am glad that I sat through the entire movie so that I can report to you that this is a new kind of movie, a feminist movie, a woman power movie.
It is a very clever movie.
It is a film that is a work of the art of film making whose artistic redeeming value is it’s surprise ending.
It is difficult to have a surprise ending.
This movie has a surprise ending.

BEST PARTS OF THE MOVIE

One best part of the movie to me was a dramatic display of good old fashion virtue by the Italian Mafia Boss of Brooklyn in his handling of a creepy husband who tried to sell-out his wife.
Another best part of the movie to me was the reaction of the female Irish Mafia Mob Boss (Kathy, played by Melissa McCarthy) to being told that a contract had been put out on her and her two co-Irish Mafia Mob Bosses (Ruby, played by Tiffany Haddish, and Claire, played by Elisabeth Moss).

EDUCATION

THE KITCHEN is a violent movie that has one scene that for most people will be an educational scene.

In this scene, Claire is taught how to dismember a man (her husband who she has just shot) so that his body will sink and not float when placed in the East River.

BOX OFFICE

Everything Has A Cost – For Example, You Must Lose A Fly to Catch A Trout

If you want to see movies made by major film studios about how stupid men are, movies about the daily frustration of being a female, if you want movies that strongly and dramatically portray a feminist point of view, you should go see this movie.

Unless you buy a ticket to see this movie, movie studies like Warner Bros. will stop making this kind of movie.

REDEEMING VALUE

Although I originally thought this movie has no redeeming value because it is about how stupid men are and about how brutish and awful men can be, after thinking about this movie for 24 hours I came to realize if we want to have movies that express the frustration of being a woman today, we must pay to see movies like this one.

This movie is a one of a kind movie, a new kind of movie, a woman power movie.

The end of the movie is an intriguing revelation, a surprise ending that makes you realize you did not understand why what happened throughout the movie happened.

 

INFLAMMATORY ACTION SCENES

The women in this movie had all the spark and life beaten out of them, until their husbands were sent to prison.

Claire

In this movie we see one of the mobster husbands frequently beating his wife Claire before he was sent to prison.

Things are different after their husbands get out of prison.

In one scene, she Claire (played convincingly by Elisabeth Moss) shoots and kills her husband when he tries to beat her up after he gets out of prison, then Claire cuts him up, breaks his bones and punctures his lungs so he will fit in the truck of her car and sink when Claire dumps him in the East River.

We later learn Claire’s husband beat Claire while she was pregnant causing a miscarriage.

Ruby

In one after their husbands get out of prison, we see Ruby (a powerful brilliantly scheming intelligent black woman, played by Tiffany Haddish) while having an argument with her white Irish Mobster Husband, tell her husband that during their entire long marriage she only had three orgasms, the rest of the time she had sex with him she faked having an orgasm.

In a later scene, after she has been informed that her husband has been killed by a gang of Italian mobsters she (Ruby) and Claire and Kathy paid to kill Ruby’s husband and Claire’s husband, we see Ruby tenderly kissing her dead husband’s forehead while inspecting his dead body lying on their bed.

Kathy

In my opinion, the first good scene in this movie happens more than half way through the movie, when the Italian Mafia Boss in control of Brooklyn tells Kathy, Ruby and Claire that a $75,000 contract has been offered by the Irish Mob Boss of Hell’s Kitchen to kill them.

Kathy replies: We will pay you $100,000 to kill the Irish Mob Boss and his underlings – including Ruby’s and Claire’s husbands.

 

BLACK WOMAN POWER SURPRISE ENDING

This is a woman power movie and a black woman power movie.

The most intelligent person in this movie is the Black Woman Ruby.

There is a surprise ending that reveals the power the black woman Ruby had over the fate of everybody.

ASSESSMENT

This movie is a about women who take charge.

They solve their own problems through their cleverness, ingenuity and hard work.

These women are a salty crew.

They are not flat boring cardboard characters.

 

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Politicially Incorrect Film Reviews: THE ART OF SELF-DEFENSE

Gary : August 5, 2019 5:36 am : blog

(a movie review by Gary Smolker, movie and values critic)

A NOT ENTERTAINING POLITICALLY CORRECT MOVIE

“The Art of Self-Defense” is being hailed as an offbeat sinister dark comedy classic.

Many of the scenes in this movie are gruesome.

As I watched this movie, on the big screen in a movie theater, I became more and more repulsed and kept asking myself: “What is this movie about?”

This movie is a criticism of the power structure in our society.

WHAT IS THIS MOVIE ABOUT?

“The Art of Self-Defense” is a feminist movie.

This movie is a criticism of masculinity.

The story told in “The Art of Self-Defense” is a very strong a criticism of our male dominated hierarchical society, of our society in which symbols – such as what you wear – denote who and what your are.

“The Art of Self-Defense” is a cry of protest in the fictionalized world of male hereditary privilege and power shown on the screen, a dramatically cruel and unfair world where a woman can not earn a black belt in Karate because she is a woman.

REALITY CHECK

“The Art of Self-Defense” takes toxic male masculinity to absurd extremes with no discussion of the rising power of women in contemporary society; makes no reference to the political battles women have won that give them preferential treatment under the law, lower standards for hiring, and control of what men may legally say.

THERE ARE WOMEN WHO HOLD A BLACK BELT IN KARATE

I know a woman who has a black belt in Karate.

WAKE UP CALL

This movie is a wake-up call for men who are not aware that women are winning the battle of the sexes for privileges and power because they are fighting hard and men act as if they don’t know there is a public relations battle for political power going on.

THE STORY

The movie begins with a scene of the main character being mugged at night by a motorcycle gang while on his way home from shopping for dog food for his pet, a small cute Dachshund.

The main character (played by Jesse Eisenberg) is a timid bookkeeper whose name is Casey.

To protect himself, after being mugged, Casey attempts to purchase a pistol.

He goes to a store that sells guns.

When he attempts to purchase a pistol, Casey is told that he has to apply for permission to purchase a gun, fill out forms, and wait for his application to be approved.

Frustrated by his inability to purchase a pistol, Casey joins a neighborhood karate studio to learn how to protect himself.

As the story progresses, we learn that the head karate instructor Sensei is a sick sadistic person.

Sensei ran the motorcycle gang that attacked Casey.

We also learn that one of Casey’s fellow karate students – a woman – brown belt Anna (played by Imogen Poots) saved Casey’s life.

Anna was on the scene as a member of the motorcycle gang that mugged Case.

Anna saved Casey’s life by pretending to hear police sirens.

She told the other gang members to stop beating up Casey and to flee because the police were coming, she heard police sirens.

After Casey joins the karate studio, movie focuses on the tortuous activities of the head karate instructor Sensei who on the side leads a motorcycle gang that mugs people who are walking alone at night.

A hierarchical fraternity – lead by Sensei – consisting of karate students both practices karate, take karate lessons in the karate studio, and at night as a member of a motorcycle gang attacks people walking alone.

The movie is about the interactions between members of that fraternity.

In those interactions toxic masculinity is taken to absurd extremes.

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Film Review: Stuber and the lessons for men and women

Gary : July 17, 2019 7:14 am : blog, Uncategorized

The movie STUBER poses as a madcap comedy about a relentless cop tracking down a drug dealer with the help of an UBER driver who the policeman kidnapped.

    STUBER is really a tender love story about the fragile relationship the policeman has with his daughter.
    STUBER fantastically presents human dynamics.
    The daughter feels her father doesn’t care about her because he constantly ignores her while relentlessly pursuing criminals.
  There are two lessons here.
    LESSON FOR WOMEN: The fact your father or boyfriend or spouse ignores you doesn’t mean he doesn’t love you deeply.
       LESSON FOR MEN:   Men: Make the important woman in your life feel your are exclusive and she is extremely important to you. Women desperately need emotion security.  Women don’t have emotional security unless the man in her life makes her feel she is important to him.
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Love And Fulfillment In Love: Just a thought

Gary : April 3, 2019 10:32 am : Afterglow, blog

Dear ReaderThere are two reasons people “love” their boyfriend girlfriend spouse:

*They find out who they are while “loving” the other person.

*Loving the other person fulfills them.

WOMAN: When a man is with the right woman they are caught together in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendor and travail of the earth.

They are gifted with an extension of senses everyone else has lost or never attained; they begin living by voices we shall never hear. \

They fill up each other’s senses. They entice each other to #explore in a way they never have before.

 

 

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About Caviar

Gary : March 13, 2019 7:09 am : Afterglow, blog

It is important for a gentleman to properly distinguish the traditional use of the word Caviar from the present common use of the word/name (noun) Caviar.
Is Caviar a noun or an adjective?

For my own education, and out of curiosity, I will look into the origin of the pink “food” called Caviar I was eating on a cracker yesterday morning.

BUILDING NEW RELATIONSHIPS

I have been on two new intensely exciting adventures since the end of last year:

  • an high speed emotionally and intellectual intense new growing relationship adventure of exchanging acts of love with one woman and
  • an intense culinary adventure of eating meals and dishes she chooses. She often prepares food dishes and meals, brings me delectable things to eat that I have never tasted before and orders things to eat and drink for me when we go out.

She has lived a multicultural life since the day she was born.

Being with her every day is like being on a never ending “It’s A Small World” ride at Disneyland.

FOOD

My female friend loves to discuss recipes.

I am sure without having any ingredients nearby, she is very capable of tasting and smelling the ingredients in the dishes someone else is preparing and she is instantly able to discuss the final product.

Last night she explained to me how to prepare asparagus – while I was cooking dinner for the two of us.

While talking to me she sliced a banana, put whipped cream and chocolate sauce on the banana slices and put each slice of banana on a graham cracker.

She munched on that treat while dinner was being prepared.

 

WORDPLAY

She told me there are two types of people in the world:

+ Those who have played SCRABBLE with her and lost; and

+The rest of the world.

But now back to caviar-

Caviar (less often, caviare) is a delicacy consisting of salt-cured roe of the Acipenseridae family. The roe can be “fresh” (non-pasteurized) or pasteurized, with pasteurization reducing its culinary and economic value.[1]

The rarest and most expensive form of caviar comes from the critically endangered beluga sturgeon that swims in the Caspian Sea

The pair of shoes in the photograph below is a tooth brush holder.

The other photos below are of my breakfast this morning.

Crackers with a light dab of butter covered with a stack of caviar

Lox (smoked salmon)

Capers

Red Onions

Lettuce

Bagels

Cream Cheese

Lessons Learned:

You don’t have to go to Russia to eat Russian Caviar.

You don’t have to go out with the woman of your dreams to have a sexy experience.

Eating breakfast at home with the right lady is a sexy experience.

Being “together” anywhere doing anything with the right woman is a sexually fulfilling experience.

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On #Foreplay And #Afterglow- New Columns

Gary : February 26, 2019 10:24 am : Afterglow, blog

Dear ReaderBelow are two pictures to help your imagination.

 

Imagine a man entertaining a woman at his place.

 

He has Honey Crisp Apples.

 

He starts slicing an apple.

 

He puts the sliced apple on a plate.

 

Then he heats a bottle of chocolate syrup in the microwave.

 

Then he takes the bottle of hot chocolate syrup out of the microwave.

 

You can guess what happens next..

 

I highly recommend SANTA CRUZ organic CHOCOLATE flavored syrup.

 

By the way, “Open the flap before heating. Do not shake the hot bottle.”

  

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Men Can Cook

Gary : February 6, 2019 12:27 pm : blog

MEN CAN COOK Photo of tomatoes stuffed with cheese and crumbled Smoked Gouda Triscuit about to become stewed tomatoes then to be served with roast leg of lamb with pearl onions and red potatoes for homemade dinner tonight.

After we take the roast leg of lamb out of the over we are going to make rosemary based gravy. That is what I am having for dinner tonight in my apartment. Saturday night homemade dinner. After working ten hours in my office today.

We are also having honey carrots and garlic bread with our leg of lamb main course tonight. For dessert we are having baked apple.

BACHELOR RECIPE FOR BAKED APPLE: Cut and core apple then fill with red hots and a little cinnamon.

We are also having HONEY CARROTS and Garlic Bread

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Always Be Stylish- Even if you’re too scared to take a chance on relationships

Gary : February 4, 2019 12:22 am : blog

Many women have had their heartbroken by a man and don’t want that to happen again.
Consequences: They don’t cut themselves any slack or the menu men in their lives any slack. The least they can do if they want to be stylish is to always be wearing good shoes.

RESPONSE 1: “if you are going to kick my ass please be wearing good shoes.”’
RESPONSE 2: “Well, if a woman is going to rip your gills off, it is good that she is wearing great shoes!”

OBSERVATION: He has a look of terror as she is ripping his gills off! Women were not defenseless in vintage sci-fi; women are not defenseless today!

There is a natural kindness that many men possess.  
 
They like to help women.
 
They will help a woman no matter what the woman is wearing, no matter how the woman looks, or how well she is dressed.
 
There is no need for anyone to use their body to get things.
 
Some things are just kindly given.
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Life Without Art Is Useless

Gary : January 27, 2019 12:49 am : blog

Save urban wildlife.

There is art everywhere.

Life without Art is artless.

A zillion adventures begin/are set loose in your life when you travel.

Do you like coffee? Coffee originally came from Africa, it was first cultivated in Ethiopia. Let’s have a coffee in Zanzibar in the Zanzibar Coffee House. Zanzibar is a historical trade route.

There are lots of inexpensive hotels there.

And also: Life without art is artless

 

Wall art painted on walls of a multitude of buildings make Venice,. California especially, cool, hip and glamourous. Gary Smolker, Fashion Blogger

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The Feminization of Men (and Society)

Gary : January 19, 2019 4:33 pm : blog

We have a collective memory. Some people among us have experience memory  and  knowledge  embedded in their DNA when they are born from five generations hence. They have memory embedded in their DNA of things they “saw” before they were “born” and of things that they saw that will happen in the future.

They remember everything they hear including what they had heard before they were born.

More and more of them are amongst us. They are touchy feely and highly sensual.

NEWS FLASH: In a recent survey 99 out of 100 women said they want to be men in their next life.

This realization seems to provoke passionate responses from feminists and those who aren’t.

How does that survey/headline play into the “ME TOO MOVEMENT”, the “Feminist Movement”, the expression “PENIS ENVY.”?
Have you ever met a BITTER WOMAN?
Due to modern fertility technology – artificial insemination – Many women think they don’t need men in order to have a baby – and that men are basically sperm donators.
Have you ever heard this thought:: “The benefit of a relationship is not worth the effort necessary to have a relationship … not worth the effort.?
Have you ever heard this thought: “ Can’t live with them, can’t live without them.”?
What percentage of the men think all women are crazy it is just a matter of degree?
I told a woman I would like to find a women just like my mother was.
She replied, “They don’t make them like that anymore.”
“OLD FASHIONED” AND “THIS AIN’T KANSAS TOTO” have a whole new meaning today.

 

 

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Feed Your Soul Spirit

Gary : January 11, 2019 9:25 am : blog

FEED YOUR SOUL SPIRIT.

Love is the light of the world.

Feel the power of love in a LOVE POEM written on a garage door fronting on an alley in Venice,California (or any street in your zip code).

Love adorns the world with beauty. Love brings its kindness and imagination to all things. Love needs no persuasion to be real.

Love never ends.

Relatedness is the lifeline of every living being.

ASIDE: MIND GONE NAUGHTY-When I showed this post/poem to a woman she blushed, then told me, “MY MIND WENT NAUGHTY WHEN I READ WHAT IS WRITTEN ON THAT SIGN. IS THAT SIGN SOMEONE’S ADVERTISEMENT?

She told me that before reading what I wrote. ADVICE: Words have many meanings. “Break me down. Pick me up.” Has many meanings.

I interpreted those words completely differently than she did. We are all constantly evolving.

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HAPPY NEW YEAR- Learn To Listen

Gary : January 2, 2019 10:01 am : blog

I drank two glasses of calming tea in the three hour time period from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. last night while listening to a women passionately describe the hummus she had made earlier in the day that would be served at her family’s New Year’s Eve dinner. This women is very inspirational.

I have seen her the past three nights. She is an ideologue full of pathos, logos and a good sense of humanity. THE PASt THREE NIGHTS SHE INSPIRED ME WITH HER PASSION VERVE INTELLIGENCE AND WILD ABANDON.

Sunday night we sat in P.F.Chang’s talking to each other until the restaurant closed after seeing the MULE – with the waiter’s permission we didn’t order anything or a “drink” because we were not hungry.

I left a substantial tip in cash when we left the table we had been sitting at. Women are fun to talk to. DGTWS dedicates 2019 paying homage to women.

At DGTWS, it is our duty and our responsibility to inform our male readers that exciting down to earth intelligent women exist.

ASIDE: When I told the woman I was with on New Year’s Eve up to 10:00 p.m. of my desire to find a woman to cook with, she told me she and the women she knows cook alone; they even wash and cut vegetables themself because if anyone else was helping them they would just get in the way … slow down the process and might lower the quality of the final product.

Lesson Learned Guys: Alway be helpful, but first learn to listen to your women. If she thinks you’re getting in the way- then go grab drink, flip on the TV sports and oblige her by letting her know you’re available if she needs you. You’ll both be happier.

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What Do Beverly Hills Women Want? First, don’t be too invested . . .

Gary : November 5, 2018 11:21 pm : blog

Welcome to our Halloween Post-Mortem column (all pun intended).

This year I lost my way then found it again at a very private party up in the Beverly Hills. Never mind that daytime Beverly Hills reminds me of an expensive nursing home. Everyone here likes to talk about the great things they did . . .20 years ago.

Or even better, they talk a big game about what they’re going to do (as long as someone else comes along to do the hard work of pulling their wagon). ASIDE: Here’s a bit of advice to those of you ambitious types who plan to move to L.A. to make your fortune:

 

 

 

 

 

Do not move to Beverly Hills. Your wealthy neighbors have nothing to prove, are living out-to-pasture, or worse, married into their money and will be of no use in helping launch the Next Big Idea you are trying to get off the ground.

Okay, back on topic-The Beverly Hills Halloween party and my inability to drink alcohol most of the time. This means I have to be engaging with strangers and attractive women who likely have as much money as me or more- and do this all using my own wits. Terrifying, no?

But your intrepid columnist has an advantage you likely don’t- I was once engaged to a Playboy Playmate and learned quite a few things about the subtleties in the way super-hot women of all backgrounds evaluate men. Suffice it to say, I applied just one of these lessons on Halloween, surrounded this night by very attractive models from all over Europe and the U.S. at this exclusive party at the home of a very attractive and enigmatic German expat named Sofia. (Sofia is what I never thought I would meet- a human female who is actually shaped like a Barbie Doll- see above photo).

My lesson applied? Be friendly. Be in the moment with the person you’re talking to- but NEVER BE INVESTED IN ANY OUTCOME. Talk a hot woman and tell her she’s funny (or smart), just never compliment her looks like all the other schmucks she talks to during her day. Let her know you’re single and and then hit her with this- “You’re adorable and you’d be a great catch – for my golfing partner (or brother, or biz partner, etc).

And then introduce her to one of the other guys at the party she doesn’t know. Obviously, this means you’ve scouted out some of the more interesting/attractive guys beforehand, learned a little bit about them and remember their names.

This is how dating non-investment works. You’re engaging, interested, but not afraid to expand your new lady friend’s social horizons with other interesting people. Don’t be afraid that the woman in question will be whisked away by the other guys- they will return back to you during the night because only you have shown extraordinary self-confidence, charm, and a concern for her social prospects beyond what you want from her. You show that you are willing to add value to her life, not just trying to get something like a selfish womanizer.

And after you do this- RINSE AND REPEAT with another hot girl. God forbid you come away with several gorgeous women who want to be your pal. Nothing wrong with that, it’s all good. And actually very helpful in finding a long-term relationship- but more on that in another post.

This is the behavior of an Alpha Male at any income level, in any zip code. You are not invested in how she JUDGES you. You are not a wuss like the rest of the dorks trying to make her the center of their lives instead of inviting her to join you on the interesting and exciting path you are traveling.

Hey, it works for me. Now go get busy . . .

 

 

 

 

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Halloween Treat- A common secret of your future success

Gary : October 31, 2018 1:50 am : blog
Believe or not I once had an imaginary one question employment application form. The one question I asked was the following question: ARE YOU A MANIAC?
Meet “Boo.” I met Boo in Rio de Janeiro. In August.  Boo is a Management Consultant.
Meet “Lisa.” I met Lisa in 29 Palms in May. Lisa is a Drum Medicine Woman.”
The four of us probably have more in common than we can possibly imagine.
One of the wonderful things about Trump’s business experience is the lesson you can make huge mistakes and be a huge success anyways.
CONCLUSION: Being a maniac makes a big difference.
Being a maniac is important. … when I met Boo and when I met Lisa – sparks flew on my maniac energy counter.
They are both bright lights, extremely high energy.  I predict they sometimes get carried away.
When they enter a room, the room lights up from the force of their purposeful intellect and mania (enthusiasm, vitality, and positive energy) oozes out of their pores.
By the way, my friend Paul Fegen – who has found nationwide show biz fame after he turned 70 is known by his close friends for his dynamic hard core entrepreneurship – and his extremely high energy too –
Paul never stops going. Nothing (not even failure) stops Paul.
Paul has fast hands – the hand is quicker than the eye type fast hands- and never stops doing card tricks and never stops doing deals
I am sure Donald Trump, you, Boo and Lisa live in a state of inner calm because of your high intensity approach to everything you take in and because each of you is hyper trained and in a constant state of hyper training.
Ask any Olympic Gold Medal Winner – about their training, practice.
They will tell you pain comes with the territory.
You have to love what you are doing  more than you hate the pain to win an Olympic Gold Medal or anything else.
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“Diamonds Melt” And Other Sage Advice From Young Women

Gary : October 19, 2018 10:48 am : blog

“Clearly, she doesn’t have a dog!”

Last night I attended a lecture in Santa Monica, California titled “What We Know About the Inside of the Earth.”

Among other things the lecturer – who is working on a PhD in Geology at UCLA – told us diamonds are not forever. “If you leave your diamonds out and your house burns down your diamonds will melt.”

I told that to a woman this morning. She replied, “Diamonds might not last forever, but they still are a ‘girl’s’ best friend.”

ASIDE: Healthy relationships require emotional, intellectual and spiritual depth.

COMMENT 1: Clearly, she doesn’t have a dog.

COMMENT 2: Healthy relationships require emotional, intellectual and spiritual depth.

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