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Killer Weed Saved My Life
Page 5

Idiot’s Guide To Entrepreneurship
Page 8

Galveston Island, Birthplace of Rock n’ Roll
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Ron and Cecila enjoy their latte’s and G’Wiz issues at the Dragonfly, located on the corner of T 1/2 and 61st Street. $2/ hourWi-Fi Internet usage! Check out www.galvestonwizard. com, Galveston.com, more! (Caramel Creme....yum!)

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Words To The WISE,
We grow stronger by the day! Each and every one of us. Stronger yes, but wiser? We have ourselves discovered that the only true enemy each and everyone of us is mortal! We will one day die.. That is, unless you can deliver unto us A Dragon’s Liver (certificate required), 3 Talons from the now Extinct Catbird species, LaFitte’s Treasure, (on display at the Galveston Historical Foundation still?) and a few other ingredients! Let us not side track. Our only true enemy is time. Galvestonians must work together as one if we are to survive. Think of the Island as one body. We must get healthy and whole again. More Good Samaritans, more noble lords, more open-ness to ideas, viewpoints, talents, strengths and opportunities. Helping your neighbor in their quests in the slaying of the dragon’s that oppress them, the more we begin to create a “bond.” This “bonding” together begins with the first smile, the first wave. Your fellow man and woman are you! Only their perceptions are different! Their world’s may be far different from yours? Communication is the key! If we learn (over time, this will not happen overnight) to see what other people’s world’s are like by sharing experiences, thoughts, and ideas of our own, we open up communication for mutually beneficial understanding and opportunity! Don’t let your fear of the unknown keep you from the realm of the known.
Greetings From the Galveston Wizard,

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As always, the Galveston Wizard looks forward to hearing from our readers! Below are just a few of the letters that we received from readers just like you! We want to hear from you! Send thoughts, ideas, suggestions and corrections to thewiz@galvestonwizard.com Wizard, I love what you guys are doing! It gets me excited about Galveston all over again! Keep up the good work! -Avid Reader Thank you, Avid Reader! We appreciate your note of support! Support our advertisers and help spread the word about us! Thanks again! We appreciate the opportunity to find you! G’Wiz, I see you’ve been working on the website some more! AND, you took your wizard logo off of the front page!!! NO NO! Got it!, and Thanks for paying attention! Wiz, I just got a video camera, I don’t know what kind of webspace you have, but maybe we could make some videos for the GWiz website. Phase 2 of our Web site is coming soon! Check for updates at www. galvestonwizard.com

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G’Wiz: Galveston Wizard

Subject: RE: Driving Range Coupon
Roger, Greetings from the Galveston Wizard! Are there any other areas of interest that we can relay to our readers regarding the range, etc? Also, we heard the assumed transfer of the beer sale option was undermined by TABC? Beer Available ? How is the response on the bucket of balls coupon? It may take the time to get our readers’ full attention, but if they can find it in there, they will eventually use it! (or one like it!) How could we capture more of there attention? A bigger ad! What about professional golf instruction? Galveston Wizard, We have had a couple of responses on the coupon, and we now have our beer license so come by and hit some balls and have a cold one. At this time I don’t know of anything going on. We will be planning some clinics in the near future and golf lessons are available by the pro Joe Russo by appointment.

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Killer Weed Saved My Life
Without Mary Jane’s help, I couldn’t have kicked my alcohol and nicotine addictions. I’d be in prison, a mental institution or the grave now if I had not utilized the marijuana maintenance program and the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous to wean myself away from booze. I also used pot to quit smoking tobacco. And I’m not the only one who’s done this. Unfortunately, people are to afraid to publicly praise pot because the War on Drugs focuses so hard on this beneficial herb. It is ridiculous to maintain this senseless marijuana prohibition, while any adult can legally and easily obtain over the counter of any convenience store two of the most deadly addictive drugs known to mankind and womankind. Tobacco and alcohol are well known killers. More people have died from water overdose than from marijuana overdose. There is no such thing as a lethal dose of marijuana, but the powers that be choose to treat it like heroin, crack cocaine and methamphetamine in the Drug War, in spite of the fact that, after a thorough study, the National Commission on Marijuana and Drug Abuse (the Shafer Commission) determined that pot was relatively harmless and should be legalized in 1972. The Shafer Commission findings include: - No significant physical, biochemical, or mental abnormalities could be attributed solely to their marihuana smoking.” (National Commission on Marihuana and Drug Abuse, “Marihuana: A Signal of Misunderstanding; First Report, Washington, DC, U.S. Govt. Print. Off, 1972) - No valid stereotype of a marihuana user or non-user can be drawn. - Young people who choose to experiment with marihuana are fundamentally the same people, socially and psychologically, as those who use alcohol and tobacco. - No verification is found of a causal relationship between marihuana use and subsequent heroin use. - Most users, young and old, demonstrate an average or above-average degree of social functioning, academic achievement, and job performance. - In sum, the weight of the evidence is that marihuana does not cause violent or aggressive behavior; if anything marihuana serves to inhibit the expression of such behavior. - In short marihuana is not generally viewed by participants in the criminal justice community as a major contributing influence in the commission of delinquent or criminal acts.” - Neither the marihuana user nor the drug itself can be said to constitute a danger to public safety. - Recent research has not yet

proven that marihuana use significantly impairs driving ability or performance. - No reliable evidence exists indicating that marihuana causes genetic defects in man. - Marihuana’s relative potential for harm to the vast majority of individual users and its actual impact on society does not justify a social policy designed to seek out and firmly punish those who use it.
See the report at http://www. druglibrary.org/schaffer/library/studies/nc/ ncmenu.htm

See Weed, pg 25
well. And with the discipline I was given, it’s my obligation to give back.” By the way Paypa’s album, My Life, My Tears, My Pen Vol 1...Malnourished, is available now on cdbaby, i-tunes, and . “I don’t want you to support me because you like my music. It’s hot, that’s a given. I want you to buy my album because you support me. And feel my struggle. I don’t need corner men good, truth be told all I need is one fan. (A play on one of the tracks from his album.)With one fan I know that person likes me for me, and really cares what I have to say.” “And any word to your doubters?” we asked in summation. “Thank you.” Spoken like a true man of class.

Music Spotlight
Remember way back in the second issue we wrote about this guy Paypa the Ghost? Well, it turns out that this man is more than meets the eye. With a bit more research, one can go beneath the surface. You’d be hard-pressed to find a more well-rounded guy. You would have to mass a gang of life experiences to be so humbled, some of which might take you from the lowest of lows to the highest expectations of your self. Lows Paypa knows, very familiarly. But he has come along way from a homeless juvenile to persevere other the toughest odds. I ask him that he remembers from that time in his life. “I remember failing the fifth and six grade. It wasn’t because I didn’t get it, but it’s hard to pass math

by Eric Greer without doing homework. I didn’t have a home so I failed. I worked real hard to keep that secret. “Enrolling myself in school, not letting my teachers know... I got away with it for a while.” He pauses as the story quietly moves in to his CPS days. “I remember not being a happy child. I remember a lot of unanswered questions. Things that no child should ever have to ask. I thank God for my grandmother.” Once in CPS’s custody, his grandmother, Lorraine Smith, took him in without hesitation. When you consider his nursing background, it’s no wonder why he dedicates his all to her in her time of need now. “Caring for her is the reason I got into nursing in the first place.” And his tireless efforts

don’t stop there. During a time when other quote the phrase, “Tis the season ”; Antonio Smith questions, “ What about the other seasons? Are there not hungry people in the spring?” I for one think charity is too important to be bound by seasons. So when you consider his two jobs, his own company to run, AND his care giving! I asked him where he finds the time for it all, A question he said he would have to get back with me on. You see giving to those less fortunate is second nature to Paypa. “The little that I can do to help others that are in the position I once held pale in comparison to what they need. I just do what I can. I learned how to give when I was in the Army. It’s not always about money. Sometimes giving can be calculated in time as

Catch Paypa at ”Word War 2” July 28th at Ms. Margarets Club, 3114 Market Street, Galveston 77550. Doors open at 7pm, show starts at 7:30. Hosted by Terell Smith

from the vault...
A recent text message informed us that if none of us had bought gas on May 15th, the gas companies would have lost 2 billion dollars and gas would have dropped 36 cents per gallon. The message then went on to say that it happened that way in 1997. We were then told to pass the message on. We missed the day, but you get the idea, right? Did it work?

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Sylvester the Cat
(guest columnist)

G’Wiz: Galveston Wizard “Holy Moly” and “Sufferin’ Succotash!” I’m more nervous than a long-tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs!

Hadn’t had one cat this week get run over by an electrified wheelchair, but plenty of close calls. Poor Tom, my drinkin’ buddy went to the “Candidate’s Forum” and came back all depressed. Seems there was this doctor of some type carpin about “second hand cigarette smoke.” Tom is one of those bright cats and knows bullshit when he smells it. Tom’s depressed because he says “Those fanatics won’t

give up until everyone is an ex aerobic instructor dying of absolutely nothing. We headed out to the cruise terminals this week for some hand outs. Didn’t seem anyone had much time for us. Too busy getting ready for their leisure time, waiting in long lines, traffic snarls, people cutting lines, and more snarls. The one person who did take notice of us was the traffic cop. Wouldn’t let

us go across Harborside. No tourists or stray cats for downtown I guess. The best pickins this week out of the garbage for us cats was DiBella’s on 31st and P, but even that was pretty slim. I really don’t want this getting around, but Tom and I had a pretty good meal there and headed over to Cocktails for Karaoke. They always let me waltz right in and I don’t feel too indignant when they call me the “Cocktails

Cat.” Tom’s STILL depressed with Kon Tiki gone and the Balinese Room shuttin’ down. He says his great-great-greatgranddad went there when they still had gambling. Says the female felines were thick as fleas in those days. But Tom’s always depressed about somethin. Galveston’s still a great place as long as you can stay out of the dog pound.

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We won’t beat down your door to get you in the next issue of the Galveston Wizard, but we would love to have you! Readers, promote your ideas! Businesses, promote your services and merchandise!

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The Lovely Cat does a quick glance thru the most r e c e n t issue of the Galveston Wizard! “ F u l l Color!” she observes. “For your pleasure!” we we respond.


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The 17th Annual Spirit of Flight Air Show and Special Guests! At our own Scholes International Airport! Lone Star Flight Museum, Ron Carter, Moody Gardens, Landry’s, and Others sponsored the event. Learn more at www. lonestarflight.org! How can we get from Galveston’s Airport to Dallas? What do we do? Is it going to cost me way more than, say Southwest Airlines? How can we make it that way. 2 flight options per week to different places? Let’s figure it out, readers! Flashback to April 28-29th. (Similar to today but sunny, ten degrees cooler and with a breeze!) e (Think “Sound Effect”)

Lone Star Flight Extravaganza!




Photo credit Todd MacKenzie



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y first day out was iffy. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. It had been a couple of months since I explored the market happenings “in town”. Growing up here has made me believe my memories of Galveston will always be somewhat consistent, though I’ve watched this island transform many times. Not too many major changes, right? Wrong. Armed with contracts, rate sheets and issues of The Wizard, I was off. My iffy start quickly became interesting. En route, two blocks from where I parked my car, I felt the sudden urge to look for the nearest lavatory. Low and behold, STEWART TITLE. Thank goodness they knew me. Whew! I was privileged to have had a nice visit with Harriet Dues. She calls me Lou. This was an auspicious beginning for my new role and journey as marketing something-or-other for The Wizard. I’ve been planting seeds all week to see what feedback I would receive while doing my duty and feeling out new and established businesses that could advertise at a fantastic price. Now it was time to convince them. I set out for JUJU’S. This one was going to be tough. I felt all the male eyes stare me up and down as I entered. I asked the barmaid if I could please speak with owner. Ha. One of them was standing right there at the bar. Randy was a delight. He made me giggle. I’m sure he will soon remember me. I’ll be back to see him again, soon. Real soon, OK Randy? While I moseyed down the Strand to the next establishment, I looked around. No, I mean really looked around. Things were different. New stores were all around me that I’ve not ever been into. As a BOI, local, Ball High graduate, avid partier and partaker of anything that occurs on the Strand, I was ashamed. Where have I been? Out west too long?


On The Job
with Linda Sivy

When the lovely young hostess at LUIGI’S asked me to wait just a moment, I think I expected to be greeted by the manager. Nope. Out came Luigi Ferre himself, covered in pasta dust. I became hungry just looking at him. He left his kitchen while making pasta just to come speak with me. I felt honored. This was big for me. I strolled right into TINA’S next. This place smells great. Tessa McWilliams was very informative and friendly. I felt completely at ease while there. I’ll shop there because I liked what I saw and because Tessa was nice to me. Good ole customer service at it’s finest. Did I mention, The Galveston Wizard eagerly pursues ongoing relationships with potential advertisers and sponsors to help educate and inform its readership of the products and services available in Galveston, as well as the island itself? Just checking. Where was I? My last stop was the best. I walked right into my two most mischievous brothers, Damian and Darren Patrick with JUNK IT Mobile Dumpsters (281-559-1705). I enjoyed their company while they bought me a drink at TSUNAMI. After I pitched my sale, I was challenged to a drinking contest. Bless them both. I left, a little less-sober, with a partial contract in hand. I’ll see them on Sunday to seal the deal. It was a success, then. Both on Wizard terms and more personal ones. Not only did I score some ad sales, I was delighted by the new people I met, treated nicely everywhere I went, obtained free booze, had great conversation AND discovered that I have so many new and exciting shops, restaurants, galleries, studios and so much more to visit and sell ad space too… right? I’ll see YOU soon. The Galveston Wizard eagerly pursues ongoing relationships with potential advertisers and sponsors to help educate and inform its readership of the--- Wait, I already said that. Maybe not as less-sober as I thought I was. Thanks again, Damian and Darren.
(Staying cool in the heat.)

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“It sure is!”


We know what many of you are thinking... “What’s Entrepreneurship?!” I guess we’ll go where we always go first, the dictionary! (Go get one already! They’re fun! Think that’s no fun? Try a Spanish/English dictionary foo’ !) American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language desribes “Entrepreneurship” as a person, who organizes, operates, and assumes the risk for business ventures. (Undertake) You’ve done it when getting others to put in money on pizza. Or organized a group event. Achieving your dreams and reaching your aspirations is completely up to you. No one else can make it happen. So we guess the next question is, “What do you want to do?” We’ll let that sink in for a moment. So what do you want to do?!! Hah! Thought we’d move and talk about something else! Let us continue! When you’ve got the idea of what you want to do, point yourself in that direction! The journey will not be an easy one! And you will find yourself meeting obstacles nearly every step of the way! As you begin to figure out the success “formula” for your business venture, you will begin to see other layers of opportunity above the one you knew. As you put yourself out there behind something that you believe in and take pride in, others will get excited about it too! Keep up the good work, team! ”?burcs uoy ,tey sdrac ssenisub toG“!tsaF knihT

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G’Wiz: Galveston Wizard Self Employed Checklist Author unknown Step 1: Figure out what’s holding you back. If you have been stuck in a bad situation and have not gotten the courage to leave, it might be time to do some soul searching. That’s what Lisa, a former marketing account manager in Missouri, did. She had been with the same company for more than two years, all of which had been extremely unpleasant. She disagreed with the company’s business philosophy, felt unappreciated and overworked, and knew she had no future there. But she remained with her employer, even though she was unhappy. “It was difficult for me to leave because no matter how bad I felt my job was, it was still a job and a paycheck. My job was a security blanket,” she said. She finally realized that she needed the confidence to try something new and had to be sure she had another source of income before leaving. What’s keeping you at your job? Once you have identified your own personal roadblock you can figure out how to get around it. Step 2: Get your financial house in order. If it is possible to stay at your job for a little while longer, you might be able to save up a “bridge fund” to help get you through a period of unemployment. If you just need to break free now, there are options. You can tap into your savings, cut back on unnecessary expenses, or ask for support from your family. That’s what Christie did. As an accountant, she had grown tired of her career and felt unfulfilled. She opted to quit without another job lined up, and had to move back in with her parents to make ends meet while she figured out her plan. She got a job at a restaurant, saved some money, and applied to the Peace Corps. She is now a volunteer who puts her business experience to use helping those in need. “While it was hard to give up the security of a wellpaying job and a challenge to move back home, it was the right decision in the long run,” she said. Step 3: Look into temporary options. Lisa didn’t feel comfortable leaving her job without another position lined up, so she agreed to work at a family member’s company temporarily while she figured out what she wanted to do. Temp work is a great option for individuals who can’t go without a job for any amount of time. Consider freelancing options and look into sites like Sologig.com. There may also be seasonal or part-time work you can consider, like being a camp counselor or lifeguard during the summer. Taking an opportunity like this will give you the flexibility to continue your job search and might be a nice change from you regular routine. Step 4: Set goals. Sometimes it is difficult to try something new if you don’t know where you’re headed. Make your transition easier and set some real, attainable goals. These might mean setting an “end of the line” date for when you will resign or develop a manageable networking plan. Pick a date to get your resume together and review online job sites to see what types of positions are available in your areas of interest. The bottom line is giving yourself a game plan to follow will make it easier for you to make real changes. Step 5: Remember what’s really important. You spend a lot of time at work, so you certainly should do something that makes you happy. There are so many jobs and opportunities out there, there’s just no excuse for staying in a situation that you hate. So do something good for yourself - declare your own independence this summer and start following your dreams! Promotions! The saying goes, “It takes money to make money.” This is true! Every smart investment that you make with your business will yield more money in the future! Use money is a tool to reach your dreams, not as your main goal. This will help your “Networking” which, if done well and for long enough, will make your life “Easier.” Whoops, forgot to turn the quotaion for empahsis effect “off.” Well there it went again!

Disciplining yourself to where you are maximizing your efforts at all times can be difficult! Networking ‘til two may cost you that business at 9:30 the next day! What is it that you really want to do? Don’t allow yourself to be caught up in the conflict that WILL surround you as you embark on your quest! It does get easier with time. (We hope!) As you get better at handling your business, more opportunities will present themselves to further stretch and grow you in your ventures! Don’t forget, it is ok to ask for help!

Organize! Humans, like all things, are constantly looking to go from a high pressure system to a lower pressure system. What tools could you use to help make things easier? What helps you? Tell us so we can tell your fellow readers!

Plans! Write it down! It’s all important! Mapping out where you want to be and making steps to get there will yield amazing results. Where you headed? Better to figure out now!

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Want to know what running your own business feels like? Ask someone who Is Running one. What advice/suggestions could they offer you?

We are all in this life together! Check out photographer Imagician’s work online! You can purchase prints at his site, http://imagician.zenfolio.com! the more you buy, the more lenses he can buy and places he can be to bring you more pics! Sweet!

Can’t think of a place to start? Douglas at Douglas’ Mens Store is a nice business. They have everything! One could go in there completely naked (we wouldn’t advise “that” though) and come out looking like a million bucks!


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Organize a “Think Tank!”
(photo credit: The Imagician) “In the film, Coach Carter, a player named Timo quits the team and later asks to be reinstated. Coach tells Timo he must complete 2,500 push-ups and 1,000 sprint drills in five days. But by Friday, Timo is short of both goals, and Carter asks him to leave the gym. At that point, another player steps forward. “I’ll do push-ups for him,” he says. “You said we’re a team. One person struggles, we all struggle. One person triumphs, we all triumph.” The teammate drops to the floor and begins doing push-ups. One by one, the rest of the team joins to help. Timo reach his goal. This is Howard Butt, Jr., of Laity Lodge. Teamwork is more than working together—it’s sharing one another’s burdens in the high calling of our daily work. Carry each other’s burdens , and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. (Gal. 6:2)” Get more encouragement and ideas at www.thehighcalling.org. A friend forwarded us their link and we thought we might forward to for your observations. . . why not? Teaming up and taking on projects together makes them easier on everyone! Perhaps you have a series of skills that your fellow man is lacking! What exciting projects and ventures could we embark on together?

As far in every direction as we could see, vehicles followed the convoy leading Eddie Tamez, a Galvestonian slain while serving in Iraq, to his final resting place. Our hearts go out to those who have lost loved one’s in our country’s war efforts, and our prayers go out for a safe return to all of our soldier’s still at risk for the sake of our country. We cannot express our thanks enough for your service and sacrifice!

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Galveston Island...
by Gordon Haire
sang it, and it became a local hit. While in Galveston, he made his first record, for

G’Wiz: Galveston Wizard

Birthplace of Rock ‘n’ Roll

Roy Brown wrote, arranged, performed “Good Rockin’ Tonight,” arguably the first true Rock ‘n’ Roll song, on The Island in 1947. Good Rockin’ Tonight was the second Elvis Presley song for Sun Records in 1954, and has since been covered by Pat Boone, James Brown, and Kevin DuBrow. “Rockin’ at Midnight,” Brown’s sequel to “Good Rockin’ Tonight,” was a top 30s hit in the 1980s by Robert Plant and the Honeydrippers. In the book, “Island of Color: Where Juneteenth Started” by Izola Ethel Fedford Collins, some old time local jazz musicians claim that Brown wrote “Rock Around The Clock.” In “Unsung Heroes Of Rock ‘n’ Roll,” Nick Tosches writes: From Shreveport he went

to Galveston, Texas, where he

wrote the song that made him

famous. “I think we had the first

black group on radio in that area,”

he say… But I wrote a tune called

‘Good Rockin’ Tonight.’ We added

a trumpet player to the group.

His name was Wilbert Brown,

and when we did our radio show

on KGBC he sang ‘Good Rockin’

Tonight.’” One fateful day, Wilbert

fell sick and Roy sang the song.

The audience loved the way Roy

Gold Star. Brown fled Galveston after he was caught fucking the girlfriend of the club owner he was working for. In New Orleans he ran into Cecil Gant, a fellow unsunghero-to-be. Gant heard Brown’s “Good Rockin’ Tonight” and brought him to Jules Braun, who owned DeLuxe Records. Brown’s first DeLuxe release, “Good Rockin’ Tonight,” was issued in September 1947. According to Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, Brown offered the song to Wynonie Harris, who turned it down, but changed his mind after Brown’s record became a local hit in New Orleans. Harris recorded his version of “Good Rockin’ Tonight”in December that year, and released it in February 1948. Harris’s version was much wilder, and was a #1 R&B hit that remained on the chart for Roy Brown performed “Good Rockin’ Tonight,” the first Rock ‘n’ Roll half a year, while Brown’s song, at the KGBC studio in the Commerce Building, 2102 Strand. Where original version charted for is the historical marker? just one week in 1948, and a craze of using gospel style which might be thought of as only after Harris’ recording backbeats in blues and rhythm and “Good Rocking Tonight part II” was a hit. blues records, and that craze led to because it included updates on the The song’s success jumpsame characters as the original. started Brown’s career, which Continues at “Birthplace” included two #1 R&B hits. In 1949, It reached #2 on the R&B chart, Page 28 where it remained for a month. he released Rockin’ at Midnight, a (Our First Jump! Ready? Weeee!) Harris’s version started sequel to Good Rocking Tonight,


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Boss Hogg Rolls in The Hood, Gets His Ride Pimped

Racial Harmony on The Job

White man: Hung-over, not injured.
M. Phillips

Mss. March, May, June, & All-Year-Long

y mission: to ascertain the threat level for a Caucasian wandering the seawall during The Texas Beach Party Weekend (aka Kappa Weekend, April 20-22). There are two ways to accomplish this. I could kidnap an obsessive marathon runner, tie him in a chair and drill on his teeth. “Is it safe?” I’d keep asking him, though never clarifying exactly what “it” is. Our editor wouldn’t subsidize that method (evidently, dental drills are expensive and he’s not a Laurence Olivier fan) so I was left with nothing but the alternative. Go and find out for myself. I’m as white as they come, and therefore highly qualified for the job. With the Matching Shoes and all... Yep- Big Ol Snake, Lil Bitty 4wheeler Did I feel threatened? Well, yes. I found myself in imminent danger of a brain freeze from the piña coladas at the Holiday Inn SunSpree bar. Otherwise, the experience was marginally more dangerous than mowing my lawn and a good deal safer than a Mexican revolution in Chiapas. It was more fun than watching the History Channel, and wholly less tiresome than Scrabble. I hope that clears things up. Did I feel awkward? Absolutely – just as awkward as a six-four hippy with 25 pounds of camera gear feels…pretty much everywhere he goes. As ever, I strongly recommend joining the party before you knock it. Mine wasn’t the only pale face in the crowd and, with the exception of that belligerent Rasta at the three-card Monte table, I was met with hospitality Cops Abound, Pimps Gotta Lay Low at every turn. If anyone else was rude or hostile to me, it He called this move: “The Fo Hunnut happened after the seventh colada and is thus not memorable. (Alternate: “It’s a tip jar.”) Dolla Mistake”


Houston R&B Artist, Bertell, doesn’t give free CD review copies to journalists, damn it (left). My barstool at the SunSpree was considerably safer than where that kid is standing (right).

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Happy Belated Mother’s Day

May 13th
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Take the time to get back to nature. Appreciate the world that you live in. Take a deep breath. You are alive!

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Restaurant Guide
Courtyard Cafe 2519 Market (409) 763-3845.

G’Wiz: Galveston Wizard
by Robert Taylor and Tim Thompson

Once of the nice things about the German-Czech menu is that it’s very simple, never more than about four major entrees, which This is the first in a series usually include such standards of reviews of local Galveston as Wienerschnitzel, Stuffed eateries and restaurants. We are Cabbage, Hungarian Goulash, not food critics, just two guys Chicken Paprikash, and Sausage. who like to nosh. Today we are You can choose from several reviewing the Courtyard Cafe, sides, which include sauteed red located at 25th and Market. It’s cabbage, garden salad, sliced only open Thursday, Friday and cucumbers in vinegar, and potato Saturday nights and they do not salad. Dessert, such as German accept credit cards, so bring Chocolate Cake or Bread Pudcash. This european-style restau- ding, is also usually available. rant is owned by Ladislav Klos, who hails from Bratislav, SlovaThe other night, a nice cool kia of all places. Klos (he goes night that we enjoyed out on the by “Klaus”), a local building patio, we ate there. One of us contractor and long-time Galves- had the Wienerschnitzel, which ton soccer player, runs Courtyard is NOT a hot dog, mind you, but with his lovely wife Terry. breaded and fried pork cutlet.

It was very tasty. The other member of the party had As seen in the countless times a sausage we’ve all driven past it and not sandwich, paid attention. complete with sauerWhy not check it out? kraut, which An incredible quest! was not on the menu but Klos was willKlos built the whole place himing enough self and it’s reminiscent of Euroto whip it up. Add some spicy pean classical architecture. On mustard and you’re in heaven. Friday nights the African Drum The sides, especially the garden Circle usually meets there, and salad and the sauteed red cabsometimes on weekends there is bage, were delicious. live accordion music. Check out Another nice thing about one of the best-kept secrets in Courtyard is the ambiance--it’s like no other place in Galveston. downtown G-town.

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Mom and Pop r p restaurant true to it’s Name
Tradition of excellence, hospitality, and good food at DiBella’s Italian Restaurant ood o oo foo The DiBella name has been synonymous s elbow grease, and lots of old family pictures!) elbo o with the tradition of good food and hospitality Di Bella's DiBella’s has developed the reputation as the y Bell Bella el since Placido DiBella arrived on Galveston Island “Cheers” of Galveston...a place where everybody sland “Ch slan l Cheers” G h from Sicily over a hundred years ago. knows your name! knows no nows rn Frank “Nickels” DiBella (Pops) earned his ear hs Nearly every night, diners can find Charley e nickname as the gentleman in charge of Galvesarge o G esge Gal ese Galv making his rounds, and the friendly service team mak ng h ak g hi k ton City parking meters for 30 years. Sanda year . Sand ar Sanda ars. Sand rs. rs da d is always serving up the tastiest Italian Food! i alw y lw Marie DiBella (Mama) had no trouble earning trou le earning roub e arni g ou oubl arn uble rn In the kitchen you’ll discover the spirit of th t her reputation as the best cook on the Island. ok on the Island k he Islan h slan s and. nd. n Mama DiBella watching over the staff as they M aD Di Anyone can tell you taht Mama’s meals were ama meals were ama’ eals ere m als als e make you the best pasta on the island! The ma ake b truly something to behold. Frankie, Charley, ehold. F Charley, harley, ey, ey DiBella’s hope that you will enjoy the family DiB Di and Josephine would often come home to pasta ou ould often co e home pasta uld come ome o atmosphere that is as rich as their food! atmosph tmosph mo p mosph ph sa drying on their beds in preparation of the meals eds i preparatio f e m ls s preparation ar r mea me So come relive great Italian Cooking in a come re ve great me r e rea e re Frank “Nickels” (Pop) & Sanda Marie (Mama) to come. Each meal included 3 meat entrees, meal includ eal include meat entrees al ded t ntrees traditional Italian Restaurant. DiBella’s is open trad on alia Restaura tradition Italia Resta ad nal dition d di n esta e aur estaur The DiBella’s lasagna, meatballs, vegetables, and a cornucopia ls veg s vege vegetables an cornuc pia s c nucopi cornu pia pia Tuesday - Friday for lunch from 11-2, and for Tue d y Fri Tuesday Frida or lunc esda Frid es lun of homemade desserts. Those were truly the days dinner from 5-9 (Tues-Thurs , Sun), and from 5de serts. Tho we t desserts. T se w re tr esserts esserts e he days dinner rom 5-9 (T es Thur dinne n nner m -9 (Tues-T es-Thur The DiBella Family sends a heartfelt special of good food, good conversation, and no concern 10 (Fri - Sat) Cash or Check only. Located at 31st thank you to Jennifer Bryant, and would like to good conversation an conv tion concern 10 (Fri Sat) Cash or Check n n S ) Ca ash e for cholesterol! t and Ave P estero s est 1 ! ste and Avenue P on Galveston Island. and A enue Avenu enu alveston Islan lveston I la ve on wish all the best to her husband Dan, and the girls, 3 In 1989, Al’s Cafe became DiBella’s Italian For reservations, large parties, catering or Keely, Caroline and Grace. Restaurant! (with the help of a little paint, some info call 409.763.9036




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is the calm before the storm. This means something, and you should be on your toes. Arguments that begin with nothing usually end in fine. 4. Go Ahead: This is a dare, not permission. Don’t Do It! ders why she is wasting her time thanking you, do not question, or standing here and arguing with Faint. Just say you’re welcome. you about nothing. (Refer back to #3 for the meaning of noth8. Whatever: Is a woming.) en’s way of saying F@!K YOU! 9. Don’t worry about it, I got it: Another dangerous statement, meaning this is something that a woman has told a man to do several times, but is now doing it herself. This will later result in a man asking “What’s wrong?” For the woman’s response refer to #3. 6. That’s Okay: This is one of the most dangerous statements a women can make to a man. That’s okay means she 5. Loud Sigh: This is ac- wants to think long and hard betually a word, but is a non-verbal fore deciding how and when you statement often misunderstood will pay for your mistake. by men. A loud sigh means she thinks you are an idiot and won7. Thanks: A woman is

1. Fine: This is the word women use to end an argument when they are right and you need to shut up. 2. Five Minutes: If she is getting dressed, this means a half an hour. Five minutes is only five minutes if you have just been given five more minutes to watch the game before helping around the house. 3. Nothing: This


Where are our Night-Life Wizards at?
The philosopher “Beck” once narrated to insanely “Whir-ry”lyrics the phrase “Where it’s at!” and the backdrop of sequential claps emphasizes the phrase “I’ve got two turntables and a microphone.” We know you are out there...finding “Where it’s at.” We are also looking for “Where it’s At!” But here’s the thing.... (stay with us here)... “Where it’s at.” with the “it” being the understood “best place to be.” is an elusive title to maintain! As we analyze this phrase, we run into additional problems! It turns out that the understood idea of “It” is different for nearly everybody! There is a checklist of things in each of our mind’s when we consider whether or not we want to be “Where It’s At,” on any given day of the week. Want there to be more people with similiar interests at your favorite place to be? While “where it’s at” for some may be two turn tables in a microphone, imagine how many others are looking for speakers, interesting events, places, specials, discussion groups, services. They just need a guide. How may we be of service?

“ I Guess you’re not ready for that one yet...

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A true nightlife wizard will know where this is...

Check out http://www.galvestonmusicscene.com/ and http://www.therealgalveston.com/ for a few good ideas!

...but you kids are gonna love it!”

by David Stanowski

The investmestment community, and the financial press, seem to be nearly breathless in their pronouncements that the world is “awash in liquidity”! Their implication is that liquidity is always a good thing! However, liquidity can come from two sources: savings or credit. It is obvious that this liquidity did not come from savings, but from a concerted effort by central bankers to stop the financial meltdown caused by the stock market collapse of 2000-2003. Their methodology was not to “print money”, but rather to extend credit to nearly anyone who wanted it. At the same time, many who had accumulated equity in their homes, chose to withdraw some of it with homeequity loans, which added to the outstanding household debt. As borrowing and spending increased, our national savings dropped even further, so that it is now negative, which means

that the country as a whole is spending more than our total income, and financing this lifestyle with credit.

pulse, whether or not they really qualified for the loans. The other step was to allow “creative payment terms” that the applicants could handle for the first few months, but would put them in “debtor’s hell” when the terms reset. This added debt has created an unprecedented lack of liquidity at the household level. American households no longer have the cash to meet

to be sold to pay bills, and service debt. At the same time, the amount of liquid assets, and current income needed to service mortgages has

Most of the newly created credit ended up in the residential real estate market as mortgages were written for virtually anyone with a

their liabilities. What assets households still have are becoming more and more illiquid, made up as such things as real estate, cars, boats, furniture and jewelery. Things that will eventually have

accelerated upward. There are only two ways that this household liquidity squeeze can resolve itself. People will either become very frugal, and live on far less than their debt service costs, for many years, which will allow them to reduce these huge debts. Or, a massive wave of bankruptcies will erase much of the debt for them. Which do you think is more likely?

Visit David Stanowski’s ultra-informative Financial Web site at http://www.thefinancialhelpcenter.com Become a finance wizard!
Make something of yourselves!
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“Do it for Tuffy!”
(We’ll get those b@st@rds)

Hmm...this guy might have a few ideas as to what’s going on in the music scene in Galveston....

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Server Underground
The 2 year itch - Waiting tables in Galveston
anonymous underground server (Uncut Version) Anyone who has ever waited tables will know immediately what I’m referring to when I speak of the two year itch. Two years at one restaurant is about how long it takes to master the position and then get completely burned out and want to either move on to another restaurant, or get out of the business completely. If you have ever gone out to eat and have noticed that your server seems to hate their job and resent you for eating in their restaurant, ask them how long they’ve been working there. I will give any server props for staying at a restaurant longer than 2 years while being completely content in doing so. You know you’ve got the two year itch when: -you wake up in the middle of the night and think “I forgot to get that table the straw they asked for” -you’ve thrown change at customers as they walk out the door. -refilling someone’s water is like pulling teeth -you’ve put eye drops in an unruly customer’s meal (don’t do.) -while handing back the tip you’ve said “you need this more than I do” to a bad tipper. -the sound of your coworkers voice makes you want to punch them -you’ve lost all faith in generosity and add a gratuity to every large party -you hate any section you get in the restaurant -you throw down in the wait station -not even the free bread is palatable -every day your boss seems more and more like an incompetent idiot -you’ve figured out every co-workers’ “server character” -your table has overheard you gossiping about them -you’ve paid off your boss or the hostess to get the good tables

Got an article idea? A scenario so hilarious it must be shared with others in the industry? 200 words!

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EE “ FR “Enjoy the fruits of your efforts to DO something.


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Petit Fours and Truffles by Chef Becky

and, of course, the Galveston Wizard

Nearly every person polled in our recent study said that they prefer “sun tan” toned physiques to the increasingly popular “television tans,” which has seemingly swept the nation. Which one are you working on?

“Take care of the one’s you love!”

Don’t be “blind” to the opportunities that surround you!


professors at Texas A&M University have

A group of graduate students and

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set out to understand what species can be transported across the world’s oceans, inside the ballast tanks of sea going vessels. The basis of the project is to understand the survival of micro-organisms, specifically bacteria, invertebrates and phytoplankton that are transported in ballast water. Ships take on and release ballast water to compensate for weight added or removed from the vessel. If a ship takes on fuel, they will deballast (dump water) and as the ship burns that fuel the ballast tanks will be refilled. Regulations are in place to control where ships can dump the ballast water they carry on the ship. If a ship has taken on coastal water they can only dump it in the same area

Check out the 570-feet-tall San Jacinto Monumement! Wow!

they acquired the water and if water is taken on in the open ocean it can basically be dumped anywhere. This is supposed to help control invasive and exotic species from being transported to a new location. Not all transported species are invasive but if they adapt to their new environment they can disrupt the original ecosystem in various ways. Texas has a very interesting Some examples of the effects of invasive species are decreasing history! Check it out! biodiversity of native ecosystems and decreasing the quality of habitats for native organisms, ranging from algae to fish (www.fws.gov). We are collecting samples from ships ballast tanks as well as port samples. We are working to create an extensive database of species that are surviving in ballast tanks as well as a survey of species that are living in different waters around the world. In a local effort we are collecting samples from the major ports along the Texas coastline, including Port of Houston. Samples have also been collected from the ports and estuarine system all along the Texas coast and they will be analyzed “D@mn Tourists!” using molecular methods to identify the species that are occupying “Hmm.” Labeling ballast and ship Oh well! When in these waters. If any of you readers have access to ballast water feel channel water tanks. Rome...! free to contact me at jls4513@tamu.edu. Together we can work together to improve the quality of our oceans!!
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Jamie Steichen

Cleaning the truck back in Galveston. Diesel ain’t easy to find, it seems!

GPS readings, nets, jugs, and writing in notebooks with pencils! Look at these scientists go!


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Congratulations Sharon and Igor Capoferri. Married April 25th, 2007

“Do Not Trust This Man”

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Vamanos a jugar futbol!


Your cell phone begins to ring. You tell your friends that the thing is so small you keep losing it, so you keep it in your wallet. As you explain this to your friends you reach into your back pocket and pull out your wallet. You open your wallet and produce your phone. The Secret Cell phones have gotten small, but we haven’t reached the point yet where you can safely stick one in your back wallet. So in order to create the illusion we have to use a bit of subterfuge. Prior to reaching for your wallet, secretly palm your phone into your right hand (figure 3).

This magic trick is somewhere between a gag and magic effect.You can use this when you get a call or whenever you need to phone someone and have a crowd.

Then grab your wallet with your right hand and bring it in front of your body. As you do this, take the wallet with your left hand (figure 1). Pretend to reach into your wallet with your right hand and produce the phone that was hidden in your hand (figure 5).
Copyright 2006 Andrew Mayne reserved.

Special thanks to Andrew Mayne. Check out www.iTricks.com for more fun magic and more!

Pasted Panoramic View of La Costa Productions’ Studio.

Featuring a Full Wall Mural by Isaac, also Mahogany’s album coming soon!


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Out on the Town!
We set out on the town to get people as excited as we were about the Galveston Wizard! New friends made and old friends found in new places! The Galveston Wizard T-Shirts were a hit!
Top (At Right): Kraze K and Eve Chillin @ O.C.B. They found a new home in G-Town from K.C. Nice to meet you! Bottom Left (At Right): Chance enjoys a smoke after a long session of promotions...and who’s that behind the bar at O.C.B.? Go check it out! Bottom Right (also at Right): Blinded By the Flash on the camera and shouting about the Wizard!

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“In a World at war with itself.”

Want to organize a

Video Game Tournament

We need details.
Possible Dine and Gaming Opportunity Combo?


with GameCrazy
“Get your joystick greasy”

Wild Wings


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Snack Attack!

Cut up a skinned cucumber, squeeze half of a lemon over slices, sprinkle paprika to taste and start munching!

Galveston College student Priscilla Hartranft recently won an award at The Texas Society of Radiologic Technologists held in South Padre Island, TX. Hartranft, a student in the radiation therapy program and upcoming graduate, placed third in the student manuscript competition. Students are required to write a technical manuscript on a cutting edge technology or treatment procedure. This is the fourth year in a row the Galveston College Radiation Therapy Program has placed in the student competition at the state society. In 2004, the program won 1st, 2nd & 3rd place, in 2005 the program won 2nd place and won 2nd place again in 2006. Haven’t you been thinking about going back to school? See the Galveston College Ad, page 5 for more details!

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“To new friendships, and new possibilities!”
While completing an order form for our Phase III business cards at Minuteman Printing, we were asked if we knew of a local named Tim Day making waves on the island, and who has also been working on many projects with Minuteman Printing. We had, but didn’t know immediately how we could contact him. They said we should definitely talk to him, and they even printed up one of his cards for us to have right there! (They might even do that for us someday! Nice!) We called him after we left Minuteman Printing and he informed us that he was actually himself heading to a Networking Happy Hour that he hosts at Chico’s Paradise’s Rooftop Bar off of Seawall And Broadway. Several gatherings that he had hosted there has placed him in the position of unofficial master of ceremonies to the Friday Happy Hour. “We want to create a place where business people can meet and network. Seeing what other people are doing, and how they can create work together.” We made the trip, curious ourselves as to how the renovations at Chico’s Paradise were going, and to investigation of the festivities. A toast at the end of our first happy hour networking visit went thusly, “To new friendships, and New Possibilities.” Cheers! Go see!

Tim Day talks with a happy hour patron!

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(Best GM ever?)

New additions!

Post work gatherings!

Rachelle, Renea and Donnie

First things first.

Advertising is simple!

We can get to Galveston quicker now...we hope!


Taken 04/27/07 This billboard, as seen at the intersection of 11th and SeaWall, reminds us that as we become more consistent, we will be able to bring you more consistent and timely advertismenets and promotions!

Could buy the

Balinese Room
Who would run it? What would you do with it? Sounds like fun!

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Zombies Ate My Package
by You-Staring-At-My-Package?
I’ve more than once heard it said that anything not nailed down on your property is subject to thorough inspection or removal by unseen forces. My philosophy has been always been one of “Remove Temptation and there is none.” and lavish yard furnishings or other amneties seem to be down on the list. But what happens when you start missing packages meant for delivery at your house? When you come home to find that a book you had ordered online had been cut open, inspected, and then re-taped shut! Little things like missing radios, or blatant rummagings by unknown trespassers has many residents jaded and angry. Often can also find local fast food burger wrappers, styrofoam fragments, or empty beer cans on our many well-traveled streets on our fair island. Remember, if you throw something on the ground without regard to the fact that someone else will have to pick it up, then you are being highly inconsiderate to your fellow islander. If you take something that does not belong to you, or put yourself in a situation where you would be tempted to covet and steal what others work for, be mindful of how it affects those people with which you are victimizing. We are all on this island together. If you want something, go out and get it the right way. Earn it! Please respect your fellow Galvestonians’ property and belongings as we ask them to be respectful of your property and belongings. Everybody wins when we treat others’ like we would like to be treated!

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Don’t Forget o Smile Don’t Forget to Smile! on’t orge Smile! on’ orget Smi e! Smile mile il

(It’’s Contagious!) (IIIts Conttagious! (It’s Contagious!!!) t’’ onttagiious t’s Contagiousss!) t on ag ou


A little girl asked her Mom, “Mom, may I take the dog for a walk around the block?” Mom replies, “No, because she is in heat.” “What’s that mean?” asked the child. “Go ask your father. I think he’s in the garage.” The little girl goes to the garage and says, “Dad, may I take Belle for a walk around the block? I asked Mom, but she said the dog was in heat, and to come to you.” Dad said, “Bring Belle over here.” He took a rag, soaked it with gasoline, and scrubbed the dog’s backside with it to disguise the scent,

and said “OK, you can go now, but keep Belle on the leash and only go one time round the block.” The little girl left and returned a few minutes later with no dog on the leash. Surprised, Dad asked, “Where’s Belle?” The little girl said, “She ran out of gas about halfway down the block, so another dog is pushing her home.”

Honest differences are often a healthy sign of progress. -Mahatma Gandhi Indian political and spiritual leader (1869 - 1948)

immy Barnes came away from the University of North Texas with a Bachelor of Arts degree and dreams of teaching art at his high school alma mater. One glance at the pay scale for teachers and he decided he needed another dream. I imagine Jimmy taking a logical approach here – listing what he’s qualified to do and what he likes, then looking for gainful employment meeting some of both criteria: 1. I can paint 2. I like titties Short lists are usually the best ones. I first met Jimmy at Gravity Restaurant & Bar (2120 Strand) where he can often be found plying his trade during local events. He’s been painting titties since 1999 and conservatively estimates he’s handled over 1000 breasts (500 pairs). He’s got me


trips and I forgot to Keeping Art Abreast guidedhefishingpaints theiracting as chauffeur.a shortage of ask if ever tits. When there’s

beat. “Oh yeah,” he says, “not a bad gig.” I’m inclined to go along with him there, adding a couple of expletives and an imbecilic grin. Can’t help it. However, when Jimmy says, “After [painting tits] so long, it’s just a job now,” I’m sure he’s understating his level of job satisfaction somewhat. Along with two partners, Jimmy also runs Cabana Boys Concierge Service (www. cabanaboyservice.com), catering to the year-round needs of vacationers, from booking accommodations to arranging

skin to adorn, Jimmy can be found creating commercial art, yet another sideline. Locally, you can see his 2D work at Novo’s West End and Demitris Cabaret. Jimmy vows he’ll never retire from tit painting. He still remembers every one, nearly a decade of bazooms. During our interview at Novo’s, he stares absently at the table between us and regales me with stories of private parties and custom choppers spanning both melons. Jimmy acknowledges the shock value of his medium (acrylic on booby), and he still gets a kick out of seeing his work on the internet. “Ever get any dates out of it?” I ask. Coming around to the requisite question. “Not generally, but I got a phone number last weekend. I’m hopeful.” As I stand to pay my check, apropos of an earlier topic he adds, “You need control, patience, and a good location to do this job. And you need to have another job. [Tit painting] is more of a habit.” “Did you say hobby?” I asked. “No.” M. Phillips War Correspondent

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G’Wiz: Galveston Wizard by Charity

Confessions of a Fire Eater
Many of you Galvestonians may have seen me and my group Pyrosphere swinging flames around town. Many of you have also slipped a tip into my hat (Thanx once again! :~) however, since we all live off Island and we drive around all of the time, most of those tips have been going straight into the gas tank. A full tank would get us about 125 miles, which left us pulling over and pumping quite a bit. My Partner Kali happened to be filling up at a Kroger Gas Island when he noticed a yellow hose with a big stop sign on the handle that read for Flex Fuel Vehicles only, 85% Ethanol. This fuel is 85% Ethanol and 15% gasoline. The ethanol used in this case is made from corn, which is fermented and turned to alcohol (the exhaust smells like moonshine!). 1 bushel of corn (35 liters) makes 2.8 gallons of ethanol (10 liters), also 18 pounds of a byproduct called DDGS (Distillers Dried Grains with Solubles) is created, which can be used to feed animals. Corn Farmers all across the nation are rejoicing in the boom ethanol fuel will bring to their business, As I was rejoicing when I saw a decal on the fuel door of the car saying “Ethanol Fuel or Unleaded Gas Only”. Our car takes this stuff and we had no idea. So at $2.45 a gallon, we filled her up. Within the first day we noticed a significant change in how smooth the motor was running, and how clean the exhaust smelled. Not only that, we drove 250 miles after the first time filling it up with E85, doubling our gas mileage. I cannot even describe the feeling I have driving around with E85 fuel, but it’s like a dream come true, I kept wanting to shout about it to the world, hence this article. It is interesting that my savior should come in the form of

corn, Indigenous cultures of this continent (corn, or maize originated in Central America) have held corn to be sacred and essential for thousands of years. The Mayans say the Gods added their blood to cornmeal to make humans, and they absolutely depended upon corn (maize) as the one staple their diet could not be without. At the risk of sounding CORNY I can assure you, now my car’s diet will never be without it. Now for the bad news, at present time I have been unable to find a source on the Island. The closest place would be the new Kroger on Highway 96 in League City, however many of the Kroger’s in the Houston area with a gas island offer E85. The money you will save makes it well worth the trip.

Imagine doubling your gas mileage, at $2.45 a gallon, you do the math. To find out if your car takes it, look on the inside of the fuel door for a decal saying Ethanol or Flex Fuel Vehicle. For a list of cars that use Flex Fuel visit http://fueleconomy.gov/feg/byfueltype. htm For a list of locations that sell E85 visit http://www.e85refueling.com/ If we all are saving money on our fuel, we’ll have more to support the local economy. www.myspace.com/pyrospheric , www.myspace.com/charity66

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Our Story begins on a day like any other day...
People across the globe are waking up to their worlds as they have always known it. (“I Can’t forget to pay the electric bill!” or I’ve got that meeting at 2pm!”) Those people that work while most of us sleep know just how different today is! Aliens have made contact with earthlings and have docked themselves on the moon. They politely await a meeting with the world’s leaders, and they come in peace! Better yet, they bring promise of a new, better way of living! They are not Aliens in U.F.O.’s but are actually a Nacireman species just three light years away! They live underground on their planet, as the sun is harsh. A cool planet core has them actually living in a world much like ours, but inside out! They still can’t believe we walk with our heads pointed skyward! Why don’t we fall to the clouds? The goal of their diplomacy is to exchange their technology and wisdom for the one thing their planet is in desperate need of, water. The people of earth welcome the Nacireman’s with parades and celebrations across the globe, and the people look with new hope to these Nacireman saviors. The first several months of this new era prove promising to the people of earth! But change does not come easy. Pockets of discontent emerge as “flaws” in their society are brought to the light and scrutinized. Nacireman representatives in certain areas are even met with open hostility and hatred. The Naciremans know only of their ways, and quickly begin helping humans reach their levels of sophistication. Technology and information from the Naciremans provide Humans the greatest leap their species had ever known. Humans are instructed that “communication,” and “harmony” are the two main goals of any “higher species.” However, the separation between “higher species” and “lower species” is more of a sliding scale, as every creature, plant, or animal on earth all “can” communicate, but the “forward conversations” are only held by “higher species.”

The biggest mistake one can make is assuming that because you don’t understand a language, doesn’t make their thoughts, ideas, and potential any different from

See Story, pg 27

It only takes a minute to read this...
A cardiologist says if everyone who reads this shows at least 10 people; you can bet that at least one life will be saved.

During a BBQ, a friend stumbled and took a little fall - she assured everyone that she was fine (they offered to call paramedics) and that she had just tripped over a brick because of her new shoes. They got her cleaned up and got her a new plate of food. While she appeared a bit shaken up, Ingrid went about enjoying herself the rest of the evening. Ingrid’s husband called later telling everyone that his wife had been taken to the hospital - (at 6:00 pm, Ingrid passed away.) She had suffered a stroke at the BBQ. Had they known how to identify the signs of a stroke, perhaps Ingrid would be with us today. Some don’t die. They end up in a helpless, hopeless condition instead. A neurologist says that if he can get to a stroke victim within 3 hours he can totally reverse the effects of a stroke...totally. He said the trick was getting a stroke recognized, diagnosed, and then getting the patient medically cared for within 3 hours, which is tough.

Thank God for the sense to remember the “3” steps, STR. Read and Learn! Sometimes symptoms of a stroke are difficult to identify. Unfortunately, the lack of awareness spells disaster. The stroke victim may suffer severe brain damage when people nearby fail to recognize the symptoms of a stroke. Now doctors say a bystander can recognize a stroke by asking three simple questions: S * Ask the individual to SMILE . T * Ask the person to TALK, to SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE (Coherently) (i.e. . . It is sunny out today) R* Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS .

Together we can!
When the first lawn mower starts on a Saturday morning, many stir in their beds for the first time. There’s so much to get done today! Remember, It’s only work if you treat it that way. Work can be fun! It’s the getting your body to do something you don’t necessarily want to do that is difficult! The strain of laziness, if overcome with action, sets in motion oceans of opportunity and potential for your day! But that doesn’t mean you can’t nap for 5 more minutes...it IS Saturday after all.

*NOTE: Another ‘sign’ of a stroke is this: Ask the person to ‘stick’ out their tongue. If the tongue is ‘crooked’, if it goes to one side or the other, that is also an indication of a stroke If he or she has trouble with ANY ONE of these tasks, call 911 immediately and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.

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Susan, Donna, Kelly, Becky, and Diana Davison pose for a pic! (Above) Curtis and Jahhi handled the music. Good stuff. (Above) Donna warms herself on Dr. Dolphin’s fur. Wait a minute, dolphins don’t have fur! (At our 4 o’clock) Holly and Nicki just chillin outside. Scored a Schlitterbahn bookmark and some and n business cards! (Below) Kids in what appears to be farm animal costumes. . .


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Editor’s note: The information in this column is not intended as legal advice but to provide a general understanding of the law. Readers with legal problems, including those whose questions are addressed here, should consult attorneys for advice on their particular circumstances.

Ask Bruse Loyd

We had readers lob a few questions to our friend and attorney, Bruse Loyd. Check out the responses!
Question #1 for the matter to be brought to his superior’s deny your request. Your best bet is to stay “I was stopped for a curfew violation and attention, so this sort of behavior doesn’t out of trouble, until you can afford it. the officer took my phone and went thru it. continue. Is this a violation of my privacy, and if so, Question #3 how can I protect my right to privacy?” Question #2 “I was recently hit by a City Vehicle (a “I had an attorney for a felony case and I big one), and the authorities held them 1. Yes, your civil rights were likely violated. fired him. What procedure must I follow to responsible. They then put the pieces of A law enforcement officer may conduct get a court-appointed lawyer to represent my bumper and fender in my car and a warrant-less search of your person or my case? towed my car away. How do I best go property during a traffic stop, but only if he about getting my life back to where it was or she has ‘probable cause’ or a legitimate 2. Make a request for a court appointed before this all happened? safety concern. Unless you are excluding attorney to the Court your case is in – but important facts in describing the incident, it don’t count on getting one. The State of 3. Sue the City and the driver for property sounds like the officer had no legal reason to Texas has a law called the Texas Fair damage, and if applicable, personal injury. search your cell phone. How can you protect Defense Act. Each Texas County is required In some instances, the City can be held the privacy of the data within your cell phone? to make and submit a plan to administer responsible for the acts of its employees’ Reference your user manual and turn on your this Act in its courts. However, it’s not that committed during the course and scope of key-lock feature. Regarding the officer’s easy to get court appointed lawyer – also their employment. Although municipalities actions, realistically, there isn’t much you can referred to as ‘indigent representation’ – for in Texas enjoy certain immunities from do, other than maybe file a formal complaint a reason. For example, in order to get free lawsuits, if you have a good case, you can with his or her department. It does not sound representation in Galveston County, you prevail and be compensated for your like the officer’s actions warrant a federal must sign a ‘Pauper’s Oath’ (yeah, that’s loss. Also, don’t delay pursuing your lawsuit for violations of your constitutional what it’s really called), swearing that you claim if you think you have one, the rights, but it would probably serve the officer cannot afford a lawyer and showing, in law limits the timeframe in which (and the public he or she is sworn to protect) great detail, why. Even then, the Court may claims can be filed. Good luck.

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From Weed, pg. 5
It’s been more that 35 years since Richard “Tricky Dick” Nixon received that report, ignored it, and declared War on Drugs. His decision was blatantly hypocritical, since he was an alcoholic addicted to prescription medications. Thirty-five years later, even though everyone should know better, this lunacy persists. Drunk drivers, who pose a clear and imminent threat to lives and property, and who are a real danger to themselves and others, are treated much more leniently than pot smokers. I loved to drive when I drank. Boozing, cruising and barhopping was my favorite passtime. Fortunately, I never ran into another vehicle or person while driving drunk, but I did damage a few highway signs and guardrails. The insanity of it all was that I thought I was a great

driver. The irony is that I don’t like to drive stoned, and will get behind the wheel only when there is no other choice. I am aware of my impairment and compensate for it. I just make sure I’m not driving slow enough to warrant unwanted attention from the constabulary. I have been through a 30-day drug and alcohol treatment program (two days to detoxify and 28 days of treatment.) After completing the treatment program, I continued to attend group therapy sessions for eight months. During that time, I never met anyone who was seeking treatment for marijuana addiction. There were coke heads, hop heads, speed freaks, upper freaks, downer freaks. The resident physician gave lectures on drug addiction, and everyone took her seriously until she started putting out the Reefer Madness Pot Propaganda. You would have thought that she was a standup comic. She was literally laughed out of the room. Her information

came from the National Institute on Drug Addiction (NIDA). Practically all of the pseudo scientific anti-marijuana misinformation comes from NIDA at taxpayers’ expense. (I’ll expose NIDA’s policies and practices in a future column.) The main reason that the-powers-that-be oppose the legalization of marijuana is that there is no profit in legal pot. In fact, the Killer Weed could cut deeply into the huge profits being raked in the lawyers, doctors, pharmaceutical companies, and the booze industry. There is no telling how much money lawyers make “defending” harmless pot smokers at taxpayers’ expense. Court appointed attorneys milk the system for everything it’s worth before copping a plea – something the defendant could do himself. The drug enforcement cops and their slimeball informants would have to find a way to make an honest living. (I’ll expose law enforcement’s dirty tricks and underhanded techniques in a later column. The slimyest

“cooperating individual”—that’s the official cop term for snitch – has much more moral character than the people for whom he works. The last “cooperating individual” I met was a convicted baby raper.) Once people discover that they can get a safe and healthy high without a subsequent hangover, they might just abandon booze. The legal drug dealers would really lose out when folks suffering from stress related erectile function discovered that weed works wonders for the libido by greatly enhancing all of the senses. Ball High would have a whole new meaning. People who never heard of the Galveston Independent School District’s high school would be wearing Ball High jerseys. I’m certain that the jersey number 69 would be extremely popular. Lightin’ up, Jay Tokerman

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From Story
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yours. For instance, a grasshopper is a “higher species,” while a snail is a “lower species” simply because it spends all of it’s time sleeping, foraging or massaging it’s underbelly with occasional movement across the surface texture the snail is looking for. The only way to determine a species’ place on the Naciremans’ scale is to communicate with it. “The communication barrier is the one enemy, the bringer of wars, hatred, and destruction.” Various terrorizing attacks on the Nacireman diplomats and their impressive transports strain relations. Soon Nacireman Aqua Transports returning to be filled come bearing news of uncertainty as to the effectiveness of the trips. New developments with other liquids on

planets closer to home are being Earthlings that they will make every effort to continue future relations developed at a rapid rate. and technology exchanges when the A religious zealot assassinates people have had the time to fully a Nacireman diplomat on the implement and absorb the new way European continent and an outbreak of life they have been learned. The earth is given one more of pockets of dissent emerge. Many organizations and groups find chance. The flood waters of neglect themselves questioning the benefits have been pushed back, like the day of the technology this Alien race of the Great Flood. The water that the Naciremans brings. The pillars of change that have taken to utilize as fuel on their the Naciremans are able to instill own world allows the earth itself and facilitate creak and groan as to take on new changes. Seafront the Naciremans figure out how to property becomes countryside, the continue the progress they have ice caps begin to re-emerge, ocean made, but many grow homesick of currents reestablish their vigorous their worlds. A partially telepathic tour around the large land masses, race, many Naciremans take on and the climate reacts positively. The re-supply of Nacireman physical sickness at the strain of thoughts and words of their loved air supply, in the form of Carbon ones back home. Dioxide, alleviates the Green House The people of Naciremans effects and has scientists, engineers, eventually withdraw nearly all of and thinkers worldwide searching their encampments, and inform for harmony in its fuel and energy

usages. The people of earth are now equipped with the knowledge of good and evil. They know how to do it wrong, and suddenly every piece of history is a harsh reminder of their true ignorance and newness to the world they occupy. Many humans now realize that they are not the only species on the earth, and still many more get uncomfortable when asked if they think that humans really are a “higher species.” Time will tell, the Naciremans decide. We are left again, floating thru space. We’ve learned a lot. The Naciremans neglected to share their technology fully with us, only their ideology. Looks like we Earthlings will have plenty of time to absorb what we have learned. Hopefully, when we are ready, we will be ready.

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Island is the Birthplace of Rock continued from page 10 ‘n’ Roll and that radio station KGBC was the first white station rock and roll. to air the first Rock ‘n’ Roll song? Elvis probably performed Does anybody even know his “Good Rockin’ Tonight,” when name? I never heard of him before he appeared at the Galveston City Coliseum January 19, 1956. Former I accidentally discovered him while researching something else on the Galveston cop, Oscae Eklund internet. told me that, prior to his act, Elvis What in hell is wrong with was caught in the back seat of his the people who are paid good Cadillac convertible with a 14money to promote The Island? year-old girl. Oscar suspected that We need to celebrate, promote, the police commissioner Walter Johnston got paid off, because Elvis encourage and support our local was allowed to perform, then given musicians, actors, dancers, artists and writers. a police escort over the causeway, Roy Brown and The and told never to set foot on The Island’s Rock ‘n’ Roll legacy has Island again. been ignored. Mrs. Collins, in her Are there any Roy Brown book at least preserves some of the historical markers or monuments? history of jazz in Galveston. The Do any streets or buildings bear Galveston Island Jazz Ambassadors Brown’s name? Is anyone beside keep that legacy alive, and receive yours truly proclaiming that The a pittance from the city fathers and

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mothers to help them do so. Of course, Rock ‘n’ Roll is alive and well on Galveston Island, with the energetic live music scene at our bars and nightclubs. We need to keep this talent on Galveston Island. The lyrics: GOOD ROCKIN’ TONIGHT (Roy Brown) I heard the news, there’s good rockin’ tonight Gonna hold my baby as tight as I can Tonight she’ll know I’m a mighty man I heard the news, there’s good rockin’ tonight Oh, lead me in the alley behind the barn Don’t be afraid, I’ll do you no

harm Baby, bring my rockin’ shoes ‘Cause tonight I’m gonna rock away all my blues Have you heard the news, there’s good rockin’ tonight Well, Elder Brown, Deacon Jones, They’ve left their happy home They’ll be there, just you wait and see A-jumpin’ and a-stompin’ at the jubilee Hey man, there’s good rockin’ tonight Sweet Lorraine, Sioux City Sue, Sweet Georgia Brown, Caledonia, too They’ll be there jumpin’ like mad Hey, sister, ain’t you glad We got the news there’s good rockin’ tonight!

Man humbles self, gets rewarded! (2 kings 5:1-14, KJV Bible)
1. Now Naaman, captain of the host of the king of Syria, was a great man with his master, and honourable, because by him the Lord had given deliverance unto Syria: he was also a mighty man in valour, [but he was] a leper. 2. And the Syrians had gone out by companies, and had brought away captive out of the land of Israel a little maid; and she waited on Naaman’s wife. 3. And she said unto her mistress, Would God my lord [were] with the prophet that [is] in Samaria! for he would recover him of his leprosy. 4. And [one] went in, and told his lord, saying, Thus and thus said the maid that [is] of the land of Israel. 5. And the king of Syria said, Go to, go, and I will send a letter unto the king of Israel. And he departed, and took with him ten talents of silver, and six thousand [pieces] of gold, and ten changes of raiment. 6. And he brought the letter to the king of Israel, saying, Now when this letter is come unto thee, behold, I have [therewith] sent Naaman my servant to thee, that thou mayest recover him of his leprosy. 7. And it came to pass, when the king of Israel had read the letter, that he rent his clothes, and said, [Am] I God, to kill and to make alive, that this man doth send unto me to recover a man of his leprosy? wherefore consider, I pray you, and see how he seeketh a quarrel against me. 8. And it was [so], when Elisha the man of God had heard that the king of Israel had rent his clothes, that he sent to the king, saying, Wherefore hast thou rent thy clothes? let him come now to me, and he shall know that there is a prophet in Israel. 9. So Naaman came with his horses and with his chariot, and stood at the door of the house of Elisha. 10. And Elisha sent a messenger unto him, saying, Go and wash in Jordan seven times, and thy flesh shall come again to thee, and thou shalt be clean. 11. But Naaman was wroth, and went away, and said, Behold, I thought, He will surely come out to me, and stand, and call on the name of the Lord his God, and strike his hand over the place, and recover the leper. 12. [Are] not Abana and Pharpar, rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? may I not wash in them, and be clean? So he turned and went away in a rage. 13. And his servants came near, and spake unto him, and said, My father, [if] the prophet had bid thee [do some] great thing, wouldest thou not have done [it]? how much rather then, when he saith to thee, Wash, and be clean? 14. Then went he down, and dipped himself seven times in Jordan, according to the saying of the man of God: and his flesh came again like unto the flesh of a little child, and he was clean.

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Brother-Have you got a dime? I mean $10.00! ot
By Danni Owens Hello Galvestonians!! I know there are plenty of you out there that have complaints of your own. Please write me and let me know what they are. The Galveston Wizard will give you a forum to air those complaints. This first gripe is mine and no doubt one that you also deal with if you live here or visit. Panhandlers-BeggarsCon Artists Please don’t give money to these people. We will never see any improvement if we continue to give. Don’t be intimidated by these people. The ones that are “hungry” turn down your offer of food and would rather have the money. Some need gas money to get back to Houston. Didn’t they realize before they came that they would also have to drive back to Houston and bring enough for gas? Yes, go back to Houston and take a couple more with you. Friends of mine have told me they would offer them a dollar and be asked, “How about five?” Some won’t take you at your word that you will not give them money. “Ma’am. Ma’am, but ma’am!” No, you don’t understand, no money from me to you. Some freak out and follow you to your car when they are told no. Knocking on your window, yelling, “Who do you think you are?” – Well, I’m the person you are begging from and the answer is no…so keep moving! Don’t be fooled by these scam artists. A young girl came into the business where I previously worke. She asked for ten dollars so she and her mom could get back to Houston. “We’re broke. We lost all of our money.” “Do I know you? I asked. “No.” replied the girl. “Then why would I give you the money?” She goes next door to the dentist office and comes back with twenty dollars given to her by an older woman in the waiting room. My son followed her around the corner and watched her hand the money to her “mom” and she added the bill to a 4” thick roll of money held together by a rubber band. I know they scammed more that day than I earned. No pride. No job. And plenty of time to try to relieve you of your money! One homeless man decided to make his bed in the beautiful, lighted landscape of a drug store on 25th and Broadway. I would like to see what would happen if you or I decided to make that our spot for the night. I have complained to this store several times about this and the many beggars that approach you going in and

“A quick moment of zen.”

coming out. One customer that overheard me complaining said I must not be from Galveston. I would like to tell him that I do live here; I just refuse to accept that this is the way it has to be!!! One business owner that does try to keep panhandlers off his property said it best. “I didn’t invest $1,000,000 in my business just so these beggars can make $10.00 and run my customers off in the process.” Complain to the businesses you choose to do business with and choose not to do business with them if you continue having trouble. Broadway Boulevard is usually the first street that people drive down when they visit Galveston. It is steadily

improving, and should not be littered with people lying about. Don’t you think visitors to Galveston go back home and tell not only the good things about Galveston, but about this also? I have always thought the Salvation Army should be moved elsewhere along with any place that feeds them. At the very least, get it off Broadway and away from the Strand area where we could have a chance to make downtown Galveston what it could and should be. One last thing – any towns that bring their homeless to Galveston should be fined and made to take theirs back and twice as many as they try to dump on us… Just say no…Hell no!

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Amazing Story
In 1986, Mkele Mbembe was on holiday in Kenya after graduating from University. On a hike through the bush, he came across a young bull elephant standing with one leg raised in the air. The elephant seemed distressed, so Mbembe approached it very carefully. He got down on one knee, inspected the elephant¹s foot, and found a large piece of wood deeply embedded in it. As carefully and as gently as he could, Mbembe worked the wood out with his hunting knife, after which the elephant gingerly put down its foot. The elephant turned to face the man, and with a rather curious look on its face, stared at him for several tense moments. Mbembe stood frozen, thinking of nothing else but being trampled. Eventually the elephant trumpeted loudly, turned, and walked away. Mbembe never forgot that elephant or the events of that day. Twenty years later, Mbembe was walking through the Chicago Zoo with his teenaged son. As they approached the elephant enclosure, one of the creatures turned and walked over to near where Mbembe and his son Tapu were standing. The large bull elephant stared at Mbembe, lifted its front foot off the ground, then put it down. The elephant did that several times then trumpeted loudly, all the while staring at the man. Remembering the encounter in 1986, Mbembe couldn’t help wondering if this was the same elephant. Mbembe summoned up his courage, climbed over the railing and made his way into the enclosure. He walked right up to the elephant and stared back in wonder. The elephant trumpeted again, wrapped its trunk around one of Mbembe’s legs and slammed him against the railing, killing him instantly. Probably wasn’t the same elephant.

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Etiquette Advice Column
Dear Captain Chinbeard, I know how good you are with the ladies. Why, just last weekend, I saw you at The Spot surrounded by beautiful women. But charming, wellmannered gentlemen such as yourself are bound to get all the action you please. How can an average Joe like me get a date once in awhile? -A. Joe as much as you arr. Would YE be offended if a fine lass went up to ye an’ grabbed your sandy bottom? Har har, I think not. So ye should feel free to do the same to show your interest. Contrary to what everyone is sayin’ these days, they’ll be flattered and excited by it. Unless you’re ugly. If ye be needin’ a trip to the drydock for cosmetic upgrades, ye need to be...more...indirect. Find one ye like, and Ahoy thar Joe! Talkin’ with talk about the boring stuff that the wenches be much eas- they’re always luffin’ their jibs ier ‘n many a fellow think. about. I happen to be incredFirstly, ye need to remember ibly handsome an’ charmin’, that wenches are folk like us. so I’ve never had to do this. Tharr thinkin’ about makin’ I suppose ye could talk about the beast with two backs just clothes or flowers. Pretend to be an interestin’ fellow, even if ye ain’t. I see all sorts of men doin’ this at the bar, and more often than not, it works. Good luck to ye, and remember: There are plenty of things out there scarier than a lady. May ye plunder bountiful booty, Captain Chinbeard.

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