Who You Calling a Hick?

Written by David Leonhardt

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You go torepparttar grocery store to get your food. We cut outrepparttar 118183 middle man. We pick our own raspberries (both black and red) out back. And out front. And downrepparttar 118184 hill. And over inrepparttar 118185 woods.

We grow our own apples; in fact,repparttar 118186 trees might give fruit by next year...hopefully.

And when we're inrepparttar 118187 mood for chicken, we sit silently atrepparttar 118188 property line with a hatchet, waiting for a stray bird to accidentally wandering underrepparttar 118189 fence. Or we drive to town for some KFC.

It's true. The nearest grocery store is seven miles away. But it takes me only seven minutes to get there...which is how long it took me to get out ofrepparttar 118190 condo parking lot when I lived inrepparttar 118191 city.

We don't need bars. We have bonfires. The action gets pretty hot, especially when we have plenty of wood to burn. And who needs alcohol when you can just stand downwind fromrepparttar 118192 fire?

We don't worry too much about breathing in pollution. There's not much of that around here. But we do keep our mouths closed whenrepparttar 118193 mosquitoes are swarming.

Lady bugs are very pretty, but not when there are 30,000 of them squeezing their way into your walls. If only they ate mosquitoes

We have mice. You have rats. Mice are cuter.

Too bad they don't eat mosquitoes.

Sure I commute. What do you think we have a staircase for?

Don't get me wrong,repparttar 118194 city's a great place for theatre, basketball and fancy restaurants that serve you itsy bitsy morsels on huge white plates with sweeping splashes of colored sauces.

But have you ever noticed how very few depictions of paradise include skyscrapers, traffic lights and hot dog vendors? Come pay us a visit and you can enjoy paradise all to yourself...if you don't mind sharing it withrepparttar 118195 chickens,repparttar 118196 skunk,repparttar 118197 crickets,repparttar 118198 mice andrepparttar 118199 mosquitoes.

Excuse me now. I have a mouse trap to empty.

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Are We Too Competitive?

Written by Gina Schreck

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Enemy?! What is everyone talking crazy for? This is just for FUN!

And at that moment,repparttar young man boy threw a kick to his opponent’s head and it landed right on his nose! Blood was spurting out everywhere and byrepparttar 118182 sound of it, it was broken for sure.

Oh my goodness, what did I sign up for? Was this some secret underground fight club and only one person was supposed to come out alive? Did my husband secretly arrange for me to be here when he was out of town to teach me a lesson? I'm not that competitive!

I started praying. Please don't let me bleed too much. I just got this uniform and blood is so hard to get out. Lord I will be nice when we play card games at home from now on!

I looked over at my secret movie pal, Siskel, now with fear in my face. Luckily she hadrepparttar 118183 same look in her eyes.

Fortunately for both of us, there is a lot less rage, stamina, and oxygen for that matter, inrepparttar 118184 over forty women's division.

We both went out torepparttar 118185 middle. We shook hands and bowed. When they said "Sijak" which means "begin" in Korean, but always reminds me of Pat Sajak and makes me want to buy a vowel, we began.

Punch, kick, punch...huff, puff, huff puff. Kick kick kick. Whew, huff, puff. I don't know what it looked like fromrepparttar 118186 side, but it definitely didn't feel likerepparttar 118187 ultimate fighting match we had just seen before us.

All of a sudden, Siskel threw a pretty solid punch at my chest, and then she immediately said, "Oh, sorry!"

I busted up. I laughed atrepparttar 118188 thought of us, two ladies who should be exchanging movie reviews and recipes for desserts, out here punching and kicking each other and then apologizing for it. I laughed so hard, my mouthpiece came flying out ontorepparttar 118189 mat and then she started laughing. She said at least it wasn't my teeth! I got a side cramp. They had to call time so we could compose ourselves.

We finished three rounds andrepparttar 118190 score was 8 points to 4. I took home a gold medal and realized it WAS FUN!

I only wish I had video tapedrepparttar 118191 match so perhaps my husband would liftrepparttar 118192 ban on my playing in game night!

© Gina Schreck is the “Cheerman of the Bored” and she helps people Reconnect with What Matters Most! She is the author of several books, including Inside Out Success: Reconnecting with What Matters Most, and Marriage Mechanics: A Tune Up for the Highway of Love! She speaks to organizations that want to improve relationships from the inside out. To contact Gina, call 303-978-0887 or check out her website at http://www.schrecktalk.com/

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