Pain vs. Pleasure, Scams I’ve met

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Carolyn See’s birthday cake

Shiatsu massage today so I can move my muscles and unwind a bit. The thing with shiatsu massage is that it’s sort of painful. I’m no expert on massage, but I know that Esalen massages are highly sexual and make it difficult to walk afterward because you’re so turned on that you can seriously barely function. That’s what they call “a sensual massage,” and when you go to Burke Williams, the massages are all about relaxing. When you get a shiatsu massage, it’s all about the muscles being unwound. That unwinding is painful. But when they stop torturing your muscles,, that’s when the pleasure part begins.

Running a marathon is a bit like that. The first part of the running is fun but then it gets a bit tiresome. Then you say to yourself, pretty soon I’ll be done, I’ll be in the Jacuzzi at the hotel room drinking champagne and then it seems okay. Pain, then pleasure.

Marriage has some pain, some pleasure too. It is my theory that if there is more pain than pleasure in any relationship that you are doing it wrong. Friendships can deteriorate somehow until eventually you are not having fun. Every time you see the other person they’re whining or accusing or talking down to you or you end up feeling guilty. I think that ideally when you are with your friends, you feel loved, wanted, adored and yes, your friends should tell you when you’re screwing up, or starting to go for scams, but you should be your own best self when you are with your friends.

Speaking of scams, what is it with the Nerium scam? Pretty much anything that you can’t buy in stores but have to buy through a pyramid scheme is a scam. Avon isn’t really a scam because there is no huge pyramid happening. Mary Kay is a scam as is Amway, Cutco and Herbalife. Nerium is the latest in a series of scams that Americans always seem to be going for. Are Americans needier or greedier than people in other parts of the world? It’s hard to say.
Nerium is supposed to make your skin better. It costs $80/month. For that much you could get a monthly facial which would do a lot more for you. Most professional skin products last more than a month and work a lot better than Nerium.

Most of us at some time in the U.S. will have someone try to sell us something whether it’s Mary Kay or Tupperware. You can buy equally good products in a drug store, but people get into buying from a friend. I don’t like the idea of buying stuff from friends. I’d rather buy from Walgreen. I don’t want to be responsible for buying stuff whether I need it or not to keep my friends afloat.

Americans are gullible; there’s no doubt about it. There’s a sucker born every minute, and I’m not just talking about the ones who go to the circus. But that’s another story.

Pain and pleasure are both part of the human experience but a little research will save you from investing your hard earned dollars in scams. Anything you can google followed by the word, “scam” and a lot of stuff comes up is not a good sign. Like “Narrative magazine scam.”

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