Diet Drinks

The problem with the world is that everybody is a few drinks behind.  ~  Humphrey Bogart

People drink diet cola in the mistaken belief that it’s healthier than the ‘real deal’ loaded with sugar.  Some people even have diet mixers with their whisky, gin, vodka, or tequila.  As a matter of fact, the diet cola is probably doing them just as much harm as is the booze.

The main sweetener used in diet drinks is aspartame, and it and other nonnutritive sweeteners will have some very harmful effects on your body.  In the USA aspartame is also marketed under the name of Nutrasweet.

It turns out, that rather than helping you lose weight, these artificial sweeteners will increase your appetite, make you eat more, and thus gain weight.

Artificial sweeteners can also give you cancer, dementia, diabetes heart disease, or a stroke.  Artificial sweeteners also disrupt the important balance and diversity of healthy bacteria in your gut.  Drink lots of cola with artificial sweeteners and not only will you go crazy, you will also suffer from obesity.

So why is diet coke promoted so much?  Profit.  Aspartame is much, much cheaper than real sugar.

Some say that aspartame easily converts to formaldehyde in the body.  And that Hitler used aspartame as a poison.  All I know is that I prefer women who spill their booze.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

at least it’s not wasted

Happy St. Valentine’s Day

love is hard to put into words, but I do my best

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Doubt thou the stars are fire,

Doubt thou that the sun doth move,

Doubt truth to be a liar.

But never doubt I love thee.

 

jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

she was the bloom of a rose

she destroyed my soul

three things cannot long be hidden; the sun, the moon, and the truth  ~  Buddha

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under this bohdi tree

things are bad being me

as dire as could possibly be

look around and what do I see

that at least I knew and loved thee

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

I see the moon

smiling down on me

Lust, Greed, and Addiction

I’ve been through some terrible things in my life, some of which actually happened.  ~  Mark Twain

Lust, Greed, and Addiction.  These are deadly sins ~ deadly because lust, greed, and addiction can all drag you down to a rock-bottom more horrible than your worst nightmare, humiliate you, make you ill, and then kill you.  Lust can give you all kinds of STD, take you to dangerous places, where you could meet some very nasty people.  Greed can make you take risky decisions with money, accept all kinds of bad financial advice, and ultimately take every penny and asset you have, including your home.  And addiction is more terribly dreadful than you could possibly imagine.  If you are a woman, and addicted to anything, you will most likely do some sordid things just to feed your addiction.

It can all begin innocently enough, a date with a co-worker, regularly sitting at the bar in your favourite pub, losing a couple of hundred dollars in Las Vegas.  But it may only be a matter of time before you’re the bum on the streets, or the easy slut sitting at the bar in your favourite pub, who’s just looking for a younger guy to fuck her like an animal.

The sad thing is, that once you’re on the train to destruction, there’s usually no getting off until the last stop.  Almost everyone I’ve ever known who has taken that ride is now dead, often horribly so, well before their time should have been up.  The list of illnesses and causes of death that lust, greed, and addiction will give you is long and horrific; insanity, renal failure, wet brain, suicide, pneumonia, cirrhosis, cardiovascular failure, cancers, accidents, gastrointestinal disorders, blood disorders, pancreatitis, malnutrition, AIDS, random violence, domestic violence, brutal rape, beriberi…..

What can you do if you have lots of casual sex, constantly think about ways of making money, gamble, drink too much and / or take drugs?  Well, you can’t stop on your own.  So get help before you are utterly rejected by everyone who cares for you.  Try Alcoholic Anonymous, Gamblers Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous…..  It’s pointless going to your doctor, the average doctor is as much use helping with these problems as is a cement life jacket.

Some say that they drink, take drugs, gamble, make rash decisions, and have casual sex because of too much stress, worry, and fear.  And that they could clean up their act anytime they like.  All I know is that almost everyone is stressed, worried, and a little afraid, but they don’t all die an early, disgusting death.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

just an easy slut, drinking alone, only one friend in the world, a barman

love’s lost lament

when the lovers’ moon has set, no lantern can replace it

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no affection, love is gone,

my life is hard and unholy

like all good men and true

I’ve had to pledge my soul

for if not for love and honour

then what else is right and whole?

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Storm wave

jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

her harbour light kept me safe

Ordering On-Line

a flower cannot blossom without sunshine, and a man cannot live without love ~  Max Muller

Yesterday I committed the cardinal sin for a guy ordering a gift on-line.  My gift to a friend of mine arrived on the wrong day!

A bouquet of flowers I ordered from a great florist in California arrived on February 11th, and not on Valentine’s Day.  That is so very bad.

It was also completely my fault.  In completing the long and complicated on-line order form I neglected to enter the day I wanted the damn flowers delivered ~ so of course they were delivered immediately.  Bummer!

If a guy is going to order flowers for Valentine’s Day, then they should arrive on February 14th.  Similarly, if a guy is going to order flowers or a gift for a friend’s birthday, then that should arrive on her birthday, and not some random day near her birthday.

Only at Christmas is it permissible for flowers or a gift to arrive early, because nobody actually delivers on Christmas Day.

So, my hugely expensive bouquet for Valentine’s Day is slightly wasted.

Men can be such fools at times.

Some say it’s not the gift that counts, but the thought behind it.  And that a kind word is worth more than any mere bouquet of flowers.  All I know is that I hope my friend isn’t too disappointed.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

a man can’t really go wrong sending flowers to a woman

 

The Hero’s Journey

we are already found; already truly, entirely, messily, marvelously who we were born to be  ~  Anne Lamont

Real bravery is not an absence of fear; real bravery is pressing on to do the right thing even though you may be very afraid.  Real heroism is putting others first, even at your own peril.  Real gallantry is showing courageous behaviour, and especially politely protecting and cherishing all women ~ no matter what.

Our modern word Hero derives from the classical Greek and Latin word Hērōs meaning “protector” or “defender” or “to safeguard”.  A classical Hero is a warrior who lives and dies in the pursuit of honour.  In ancient legend, How Horatius Held the Bridge as in the poem by Thomas Babington, and the 300 at the pass of Thermopylae.  In modern times the first responders who went into the burning Twin Towers are rightly thought of as Heroes.

The journey of an individual towards selfless heroism follows a pattern, oft-repeated in myths, legends, history, by Hollywood.  A relatively ordinary man, (heroes are almost always men), with more than his fair share of flaws and character defects, is thrust unexpectedly into an extraordinary situation.  More often than not a group of innocent individuals are threatened with serious injury and death by some very evil people, or a malevolent force of nature.

This ordinary man is forced by circumstances, and probably against his will, to step up and save the potential victims from harm.  Usually there is a woman, a romantic interest, somewhere in the background.

It will turn out that this reluctant hero has an unexpected and previously unrevealed skill, ability, and strength of character which will allow him to face down the bad guys, and thus save the day.

Our hero will probably suffer greatly, and be badly injured during his journey into heroism ~ sometimes he may die.  Usually there won’t be a romantic reconciliation with the woman he loves ~ instead he will metaphorically ride off into the sunset, nursing uncomplaining his physical, emotional, and spiritual pain.

Hollywood has innumerable examples of this hero’s journey; High Noon, Die Hard, North by Northwest, Alien, (Ripley was a heroine), Star Wars, Shane, Valdez is Coming….  More importantly, this story is played out many times over in real life.  And yet, these stories almost never have a happy ending.

Some say that true happiness is to have no ambition, and yet to work like a horse as if you had every ambition.  And that it is to live apart from the cares of another, not need her, and yet still to love her.  All I know is that true happiness is being wherever you are, and whomsoever you truly are, and not let that scare you.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

it’s not the age honey,

it’s the mileage

 

Monochrome Monday ~ Desire

human behaviour flows from just three main sources; desire, emotion, and knowledge ~ Plato

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there is nothing real but dreams and love

and love is like the wind

I may never know from whence it comes

teach me how to find

the true love and desire in you

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

the mystery of a masque

the cruel sea

a goddess rose from the sea, to tear male hearts asunder

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cruel love’s eyes

a bleak winter mirror

seen through a glass, darkly

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

there is naught so cruel as the sea

cast as a mirror of man’s soul

 

Scenes on Sunday ~ Where was Love?

love is not something you feel, it’s something you do

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

it seems that she wanted a lover

and a regular guy wouldn’t do

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