Thursday, September 29, 2022

Cave of the Winds and some Bonafide BBQ


Hey pals!  Thought I’d post some Colorado lifestyle blog and keep it on a little lighter note today.  So let’s get right to it!

 Cave of the Winds is a tourist attraction in Colorado Springs, Colorado that had been patiently sitting in my bucket list for some time.  However, when I finally had the opportunity to go, it was pouring rain…ALL DAY (kinda an anomaly in the desert)!  But really, what better activity to engage in on a soggy day than cave exploration and…some really tasty BBQ!


First, almost everything in Colorado now requires call ahead reservations, and therefore, yes, I recommend you call ahead for reservations.   Although we’ve had several businesses leave due to stringent, almost mafioso treatment from our environmental folk, we continue to have an influx of people moving here, as evidenced by the auto traffic and exorbitant real estate and rental prices.  Recently, I wanted to do a tour of the Coors Brewery in Golden.  And, not too long ago you could just walk right in and get a full tour and tasting.  Now you have to book a tour at least a month out!  

So, with that said, when we arrived, there was no immediate tour available of Cave of the Winds.  Which was fine because we were all hungry and COTW has no concessions…until you complete the tour and then walk out to the gift shops and food vendors.  They don’t want people bringing food and drinks into the fragile ecosystem of the cave.  So, I happened to know that we were in close proximity to a very famous Texas BBQ joint called Rudy’s.  It kinda looks like a gas station (and it is) from the road, but I’m telling you it’s legit GREAT BBQ - and having lived in Memphis, I consider myself an expert.  So I’ll start with a few tantalizing pictures of Rudy’s food.  They’re known for their brisket but their pork tenderloin is divine.  And they have killer sausage links!  Really, you can’t go wrong with anything on the menu.  Except for the green chili bisque.  To me, the flavors were too hot for me to enjoy and my nose was like a faucet.  But you may like that experience, especially if you have Covid.  Go ahead and run that shit out.  It’s better than anything Johnson & Johnson makes.  

Rudy’s is an extremely laid back atmosphere with football on the televisions and checkered table cloths on picnic tables and big galvanized tubs of iced down beer.   They designed the restaurants with garage door walls which can open when it’s really nice outside.  You walk in and stand in a line to place your order and it’s weighed out and put into a crate on top of paper for you to carry to a table.  No plates - real simple business model.  Quick Trivia - why is it they give you white bread at BBQ joints?  Answer: it absorbs the acid of the BBQ and aids in indigestion.












And now to the main feature of this post - Cave of the Winds…

The cave is located in William’s Canyon in Colorado Springs, and was discovered in 1881 as one of the highest caves in North America!  The name, Cave of the Winds, is from the Ute and Apache tribe who believed the cave was home to a Great Spitit of the Wind.  Local Colorado Springs brothers John and George Picket discovered the cave while hiking through the canyon and within a year it become a very popular tourist attraction.  The cave now boasts as the oldest natural attraction in the state of Colorado.  

Why you should go?  Because caves are fascinating!  You’ll see an impressive variety of stalactites, stalagmites, speleothems, flowstones, draperies, and helictites, if you’re into that sort of thing.  

Additionally you should know that it’s officially the season for their “Lantern Tours!”  Be sure to book ahead for these as they were completely sold out the Saturday we went.   The Lantern Tour includes a pitch black cave tour with lanterns while the tour guide tells some pretty creepy stories!  So fun!!!

Here are some snaps of the visit…






This was my first time using my emergency road side kit - my paper blanket kept Izzy warm while we waited on our tour. 







This sweatshirt was so soft.  I’m have non-buyers remorse.  Also, one of my favorite quotes.  

Massive sinkholes right outside the cave exit.

Random trivia:  The cave is a settling for a 2006 episode of the animated “South Park”: https://youtu.be/rdmVreywFik

Cheers!
Kimmie


Friday, September 16, 2022

Mmmmmkay Ultra

 Welcome back!  And apologies it’s taken me so long with my last “stay tuned” blog.  I’ve been hostessing my parents in town who have been visiting their favorite daughter, doing a little site seeing and looking at Colorado real estate - ultimately realizing how laughable it is.  Colorado is gorgeous and the weather is supreme, but just take a look at some of the Zillow listings and you’ll understand what I mean.  Here is a picture of me and my sister, Izzy-balls from their visit:

Izzy is a doll face but she can’t hold her “licker” in this high altitude (like her  sister)

Okay, as promised, I’ll just jump right in to “brainwashing” and demonstrate with clear and compelling evidence that just because the “gobment” didn’t “learn you” this in taxpayer-funded public school, that doesn’t make it a conspiracy theory!

It shocks me constantly how many people have never heard of "MK Ultra."  It doesn't necessarily surprise me that this wasn't taught in public schools.  I'm more or less underwhelmed by the lack of historical knowledge the typical American has.  


But first, theme music:  Okay, this song has nothing to do with MK Ultra, but who doesn't like Emerson, Lake and Palmer?  

Let me start back in not-too-distant-history, June 1964.  The Soviets (Russians) were knee-deep in control of human behavior through their mastery of human experimentation.  This human experimentation and treatment was strictly regulated in the US after WWII and the signing of both the Geneva Convention and Helsinki Accord.  As a side note, The Office for Human Research Protections is part of the US Department of Health and Human Services - they enforce the Common Rule designed to protect people and research funded by Health and Human Services.  

To the Soviets, controlling the development of behavioral patterns in its citizenry was congruent with Communist principles - everyone should be the same, equal and cooperate.  It just so happens that around this time in history, JFK was warning Americans about a system "operating from the shadows" which posed grave danger and presented a need for increased security.  Sounds crazy, right?  I mean what was JFK talking about?  Well, let's look back a little before that.

As far back as the 1930's, the general consensus was to look at the "character" of a doctor and not their actual conduct.  I recently watched this series on Peacock called “Dr. Evil” about this surgeon, Christoper Dunsch, who killed a TON of people (either on purpose or through gross negligence), and this was within the last decade.  So, I would venture to say, that not much has changed.  At the end of the series, it says, “this will happen again.”  He was a psychopath and very good at manipulation and gaining confidence - a “con artist.”  Plus, on paper, he looked really good!

My little brother works in hospitals and I have worked in medical analytics and we are both well versed in quality and safety.  Plus our grandfather died at Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville, TN as a result of an egregious error.   Every day in the US, you could fill an entire jumbo jet with the amount of patients killed as a result of medical malpractice, error or omission, or just straight negligence.  

Okay, I digress…

MK Ultra was introduced by the CIA on April 13, 1953 by CIA Director Allen Dulles.  He assured the CIA that MK Ultra was necessary to counteract Soviet brainwashing.  He also believed that both public policy and science should be owned by the elites and uber rich.  Sounds so "conspiracy theory" of someone to say that in, oh, 2022, right?  But, Allan Dulles firmly believed this.  He stated before the International Military Tribunal in the first trial in history for crimes against the peace of the world, "the perversion of the minds of selected individuals...deprived of the ability to state their own thoughts...so that they respond docilely to the orders of their masters."  He set out to use MK Ultra as a brain washing experiment - an attempt at indoctrinating millions of people so that they would peacefully comply and not threaten the ruling class.  A lot of people think we are a democracy and we aren’t - we classify very much as a Constitutional Republic in which money creates opportunity.  The United States has very much a ruling class!  Only rich people get the best justice and opportunities and it’s corporate centered.  Whoever has the money, rules!

This is Allen Dulles who was ultimately implicated in the embarrassing failure of Bay of Pigs in Cuba (not MK Ultra) and forced to resigned under JFK. 

After the death of Stalin, Dulles entered into what was known as "brain warfare."  And, Dulles’s experiments are still deemed the "Most Bizarre CIA episodes in US History."  MK Ultra lasted from 1953 until 1964 and included electrical stimulations and brain mapping, mainly focusing on the stream of consciousness.

By the mid 1970's, the public finally learned about the taxpayer-funded mind control without the approval/consent of the many Americans Dulles experimented on (informed consent).  Dulles basically weaponized science and psychology against the citizenry without their knowledge.  There were a total of 140 MK Ultra Projects using LSD, tranquilizers, hypnotics, and other drug interactions.  The LSD was used in small amounts in the water and a total of $375K was funded by the Rockefellers, Fords, and Carnegies.  Again!  To my point, American is run by ultra rich families, organization and corporations - a Plutocracy!  That’s why they fear Donald Trump - because the Waltons don’t like him and he wants to give power to the people.  Whereas the ruling class would prefer to keep an exclusive non- competition “good ol boy’s club.”  Think Yale Yacht Club, Free Masons, Illuminati, and Skull and Bones.

Dulles practiced inducing retrograde amnesia and the erasing of memories.  It was a brutal program with over 10,000 patients that included hospital inpatients, children, military members (armed forces), and prisoners.  Zero consent was given by any of the patients (informed consent).  On the topic of human experimentation, prisoners are easy targets - they can’t say no, easy to monitor on camera, no outside interference (controlled environment), and more vulnerable than homeless people who can run!  Another vulnerable group is patients Alzheimer’s!  You can’t get conformed consent from them - legally anyways.

During the MK Ultra period in America things escalated quickly.  There was a Canadian (born American) who engaged in the removal of a patient's brain during an MK Ultra experiment; this person became despondent and was unable to talk until he died of pneumonia.  Absolutely nothing happened to the crazy Canauk!    

Also, there was an evil scientist named Ewen Cameron who wanted to erase, rewrite, and reprogram minds using Rockefeller money.  His aim was to directly control a subject’s personality.  During his monstrous experimentations on 149 subjects (that we know of), he used aerosols (depleting the ozone - however we consider these conspiracy theory in 2022 with chem trails), rapid hypnosis, radiant energy, and remote polygraphs.  During the investigations into his unethical pseudoscience, Cameron died mysteriously in the Adirondacks in Maine, America’s vacation land.  On a side note, do you know how you’ll be able to recognize people from Maine in Heaven?  They’ll be the ones asking to go back home.  I’m not being endorsed or monetized in any way the state of Maine, but they do make a damn good lobster roll.  

In 1972, almost all of the classified documents were destroyed under “tricky Dick” Nixon.  The intent of this massive document scrub/shred was to avoid embarrassment as to the extent these experiments were allowed to happen before someone said “WTF!!!  What the hell is MK Ultra…is this a beer!?!” What Americans do know is there was sensory deprivation, psychic driving, breaking down an individual under constant interrogation, and other unthinkable torture sessions.  Americans will never know how far it all went.  But, for those who spoke out, the experiments were getting to a point of controlling an individual to the degree he would do the government's bidding against his own will or judgment.  For example and completely as a hypothetical, a male in complete isolation playing video games non-stop being brainwashed into shooting up a school.  In 2022, anyone who even suggests this is deemed a whacko conspiracy theorist, even with clear and convincing evidence of a history of our own CIA (government) performing these brainwashing experiments on people!  


If you’re up for some light reading this weekend:

Have a lovely week!

Kimmie


Sunday, August 28, 2022

The Asch Paradigm

Most people who read my posts know my story.  I relocated to Boulder County, Colorado from the East Coast March 2020 right as the world would forever be changed.   The beginning of the infamous “two weeks to break the curve” turned into “shelter in place” and ask no questions whatsoever - you best  trust the science, or else - with relentless propaganda repeated in cycles!  My next post will discuss the power of social conditioning, or brainwashing, through repetition.  So stay tuned!


They say there’s really no good time to start a business, to do a major relocation, or start something scary and totally new.  But, wow, like I got dealt one of the worst undeniable possible scenarios in what otherwise would have been the most exciting moments of my life.  Often times I wonder about the many other people who packed up their cars to move to a new city across the country to be completely blindsided by the unforeseen events and met with despondent masked mobs, “eyes without a face.”

And queue the theme music.  Billy Idol obviously slays the original; however I’m in love with this cover by Angel Olsen: https://youtu.be/uUMSSora5gY

The shit show that was 2020 was not only completely unnecessary (as they are learning more people are dying of suicide and delayed medical care than fatalities due to COVID and Fauci lied about natural immunity), but imagine at the time the challenge of being in brand new surroundings and seeing zero smiles, just masked faces living in a state of heightened fear.  Everyone I interacted with for the following years would behave the exact same and think in the EXACT same way!  

Also, the most bizarre situations happened.  I remember walking down the sidewalk in downtown Longmont and a man diving behind a tree and peering out like I was the Boogie Man.  I assume it was because I was enjoying oxygen too much and, for that reason, he believed me to be a walking cesspool of COVID.  This was one of many irrational fear situations I encountered.  I also remember going on a hiking date with this guy who started yelling and badgering me relentlessly for getting up for another beer, two yards from our table without a mask at a brewery in Nederland.  Later, after he profusely apologized, I learned he didn’t even believe in masks. He had just been programmed to react that way to people who didn’t follow the mob rules.  This guy also has a fake vaccine passport and talks all day about how he believes in vaccines.  Why?  To conform to the crowd and be socially accepted, even when he disagrees with the crowd.

Yes, it’s been a long strange trip, especially after the CDC basically just came out and admitted everything they’ve stated as fact for the past two years was a lie.  But, really anyone exercising common sense knew that already.  So, my question is why didn’t more people speak up and why wasn’t there any resistance to the absurdity!?  And why did families divide and people hate on each other for not following the mob?  And why in the HELL is COVID considered political!?!  I’ll give you all the time you need on that one.   How is a virus remotely political!?  You’ve been programmed that almost every single topic is political - and guess what?  That silences you!  Instead of sharing ideas openly and freely, you are now fed the narrative and told that it’s the societal norm and to fall in line, or else.    There is a quote I want to share that I believe wholeheartedly:


So, why did seemingly so many people (almost soulessly and in a zombie squad fashion) immediately fall into lock step with the crowd and the media and the CDC and become militant to anyone not doing the same.  I ask this, because now we know as a fact that everyone was completely fooled by “the facts,” “the $$cience” about the virus, the numbers, and the efficacy of an experimental vaccine/boosters.   All of it was a lie.  The answer I present you with (for anyone still seeking closure): (drumroll please), have you ever heard of theAsch Paradigm!?  They didn’t teach this in public school, unless you took Abnormal Psychology at your public university.

Way back in 1955, Dr. Asch, a human behavioral scientist, set out to study the undeniable power of conformity.  And what he discovered was pretty damn powerful regarding the “how and why” people will conform with the societal “norm,” EVEN when they know it’s wrong!  Kinda makes you think of the Holocaust and how so many people could stand by idly while the Nazis marched innocent people into concentration camps and gas chambers!  This helps explain it!  

What Dr, Asch found, in what is now known as the Asch Paradigm, is that the majority of people will go with the crowd and conform even while consciously knowing what they are doing is completely wrong.  He led an experiment with flash cards using a control group and paid actors to see the power of persuasion to simply toss your conscionable beliefs in exchange for acceptance or conformity.  He was quoted in his ultimate post experiment conclusion as saying: “That intelligent, well-meaning, young people are willing to call ‘white, ‘black’ is a matter of concern.”

Dr. Asch is not the only person who scientifically proved the undeniable power of conformity.  Also see:

Bandwagon effect 

Collective Responsibility 

Communal Reinforcement 

Crutchfield Situation 

Muzafer Sherif

Milgram Experiment 

Overton Window

Spiral of Silence 

Stanford Prison Experiment

Jim Jones “kool-aid”

And soon to be added in due time IF the government didn’t write textbooks…The Branch Covidians Cult of 2020-2022

So know this: the crowd is made up of a bunch of cowards who are led more by the fear of standing alone and the social construct of conformity than they are of bravery or conviction.  It is so brave to be able to stand alone in your convictions, and I salute you immensely if you’ve been able to stand against the mob of the past few years!  As Dr. Asch studied, it is actually extremely brave and unusual for a person to stand alone in her convictions and break away from the paradigm. 

Kimmie 



















Sunday, August 21, 2022

LAUNCH! Colorado Kimmie's Dope Soaps

 Hey Guys!  

I worked legit all weekend on launching a website!  I had no idea how long it required one person to sit completely still until completion.  However, after about 100 people in a row asked me if I had a website for my soaps, I figured maybe I should.  So, I did.  I consider it my virtual Farmer's Market.  Business cards are en route.  So, I present to you my website, ColoradoKimmiesDopeSoaps.com.





This weekend, I made a few soap sets inspired by the changing season and impending Autumn - and quite honestly completely forgot how much I love taking raw ingredients and crafting them into a satisfying end result of exquisite artisan soaps.  Every time I make a new batch, I take one for selfishly for bathtub.  I love each and every one of my creations.

There are a few things that make my soaps unique and a bit harder to sell online.  First, my signature soap bars are called "Colorado Kimmie's Beach Bars," and they smell so lovely.  So, that's pretty hard to convey online when you are unable to physically walk up to my booth and smell my product.  However, I spare no expense on essential oils.  And, I do consider that when pricing my sets.  Also, my signature bars are beach bars, although stay tuned, as I will create different seasonal small batches for your bathing and self-care pleasure throughout the year.

First, uniquely, my bars have a hand grip that is ornamental - meaning, I use organic materials from the sea to craft the glycerin mold with ingredients from the sea such as seashells, seaweed/grass and other naughty items from the sea.  As you use my soaps, the glycerin will slowly wear over time, making the beach bars look antiqued and straight out of the ocean.  On the flip side of the beach bars, I layer exfoliating sand, vitamin e, and essential oil(s) in a richly luxuriously lathering shea butter base.  It's so fun to shave with these.  I created them for the heels of my feet, but they are also gentle enough to use on your face. 



My soaps will leave you feeling fresh, smooth, sexy, invigorated, tingly, refreshed...like you just walked out of the ocean.

Thank you for supporting my small business and checking out my new launch!

Now take a bath you dirty hippie!

Colorado Kimmie

Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Cryo My Bio…

Brrrrrrr!

Scientific fact: when things get cold they contract.  In rifles and guns they use cryo to vacuum out the air in the chamber to make the metal rigid and molecularly extremely strong.

Last week I tried cryo therapy for the first time ever!  I’m one of those brave people who will try most anything once.  Plus, I had been hearing about all the health benefits and thought I’d give it a whirl, especially since this place in Denver was offering intro prices of $10!

The health benefits include a variety of bonuses: lymphatic health, reduction in inflammation for athletes, runners, bikers, and an increase in production of collagen (among other things - these were just a few benefits that interested me).   And, I had a lymph node that had been sticking out since the COVID variants and was told that some people who come into contact will have a lymph node harden for 6 months to a year.  And after one session of cryotherapy my lymph node disappeared!

Okay, so here’s how this went down.  I basically went into a room and stripped down.  The location I visited had a little private “locker room” where I put on a fancy robe, some socks, and some slippers.  I removed all jewelry and hair accessories - basically anything metal that could freeze to my body or my hair.   

Next I walked out to be greeted by a cryo cutie who put me in gloves, a mask over my nose and mouth to protect these delicate areas of my face and prevent frost bite, and a warm beanie.

She asked me what kinda music I’d like to listen to while in the cryo chamber (this helps your mind focus on an outward stimulus as opposed to how freaking cold it is and how claustrophobic it is in there).  Then she walked me through the instructions.  The cryo vault or chamber basically has two small rooms.  You walk into the first room which is sub temps of -50 degrees and you take a few cleansing breaths for roughly 5 seconds.   This acclimates your body to be able to open the door to the interior chamber which is a balmy sub freezing temp of -150 degrees.  

You’re standing there for 2.5 minutes and encouraged not to watch the timer behind you while your music plays and you try NOT to think of how freaking cold it is!  When you walk out, all this cryo steam follows you out and you feel like Darth Vader. 

Immediately, I could feel the effects to my body as she recorded by body temps of 54.8 degrees.  She encouraged me next time to try and go even colder than -150 since I’m so warm blooded.  I’m one of God’s chosen ones in that I’ve never experienced sleep disorders or issues sleeping (they say it’s because you’re soul is rested and you’ve lived right by doing right unto others), but yes, another health benefit of cryo is to remedy insomnia and induce very deep rested sleep.  That night I don’t even remember turning over once.  

Feeling like a true mountain woman!  Here are some snaps of what it looks like.  Also down the hall, there were people lined up in medical chairs with IV’s in their arms.  There is a menu of “cocktails” you can choose to pump into your body for differing health benefits.  These IV’s run anywhere from $150-300 a session.   Cryotherapy is anywhere from $50-75.


Dressing rooms w robes, socks and slippers 


I have my second session this week and the insides of my nostrils are feeling a little chapped.  I think when she explained to take a few breaths in the first chamber she didn’t quite mean the deep cleansing yoga breaths I took.  But, I’m looking forward to it.  I’ve been feeling different on the treadmill and overall feel younger.  

If you get the opportunity, you should totally check it out for the experience!  Especially if you get the $10 discounts!

Have a wonderful week,
Kimmie 

Sunday, August 14, 2022

There is Nothing Sexier Than a Humble Person...

 I learned this a long time ago.  A lion does not have to tell others he/she is a lion.  Other people will just automatically know and recognize a lion when they see one.  On the flip side, a person demonstrating narcissistic and arrogant behavior is revealing deeply rooted insecurities and hurt.  I will repeat this.  People who seem narcissistic and cocky are the most INSECURE people to walk the face of the Earth!  Arrogance is one of many masks a person will wear to hide their insecurities.

What can be their insecurities?

That they're not good enough (even if they are).

Not intelligent enough (even if they are smart as a whip).

Body dysmorphia (even if they are perfect).

Weaker to their competition (even if they are the strongest).

They may constantly feel slighted by the opposite sex (even when they aren't).


Bottom line, these insecurities are rooted inside a person's head and have absolutely nothing to do with you.  When someone acts like an arrogant asshole, the best thing to do is ignore it.  It's a battle they fight in their own mind day in and day out, a rather sad and unfortunate warzone to take up rent-free space inside their noggin.  And, sometimes, as hard is it is to not take it personally, especially if it's a parent or sibling or spouse, you just got to know that it has absolutely nothing to do with you.

People who are truly talented and skilled in life always stay humble and exhibit a quiet confidence.  Why?  Because they have nothing to project and/or mask.  The quiet humble people ARE the true lions.  Humility, while our culture would like to sell the opposite, is an ultimate sign of strength.  A strong person can stand completely alone during the strongest adversity.  He or she exhibits a sexy, quiet self-reliance, determination, and conviction.  

A truly skilled, strong individual does not ever have to put others down to feel better about themselves.  Rather, lions are the mentors, holding out a hand to help others stand up.  A strong, humble, confident person RARELY follows the crowd, in fact you'll often times see them riding solo.  A strong person demonstrates both humility and vulnerability, because they love who they are and are brave enough to share their real true nature with the world.  I'll repeat that for the kids on the back row.  Showing humility and vulnerability is the sexiest and bravest trait in the world.  I've always been attracted to lions for this reason.  They are the deep thinkers and the individuals who can reveal their souls, because they have no fear or insecurities about who they really are.  They're not an imposter - someone pretending or feigning confidence.

When someone is acting out with narcissistic tones like a brazen ass clown, it is important to keep in mind that anyone who is above you (fairing better in life) will NEVER try to hurt you.  Only the hurt people hurt people, and it's a universal truth.  You can bet the farm on it.  Jealous people will hurt the person who they, deep down, desire to immulate their character traits.  Yes, it's something you have that they don't have that drives them crazy, and they sometimes don't even know it consciously.  They just covet who you are, and you unconsciously mirror back to them their insecurities and what they lack.

 Again, with insecure people, the battle is in their head.  It's always, 100% of the time, people who are beneath you that will try to bring you down.  But, once you know that these people mask deep insecurities, you'll learn that it's not your war to fight and you can focus your energies on a seat at the table in the lion's den...bettering yourself and hanging out with like minded people.  

I realize what I'm saying seems foreign and goes against the fakeness of this world, but that doesn't make it any less true.

On a side note, does anyone else find this whole Anne Heche thing remotely bizarre?  It's like I was hearing she was fine and would recover, that she was on life support, and she was dead - all in one day.  I think she was dead on arrival, but the press releases were just highly unusual and inconsistent.  And, then I learned she was working a project/film about sex trafficking.  And, I won't lie, that did make me put on my aluminum foil hat.  I find it funny that people still use the term conspiracy theorists after 100% of "conspiracy theory" has since come true.  Perhaps it's time to open our minds a little or at least adjust to a mindset of "hey, at this point, anything's possible."  If you read enough history, you'll know that to be true.  In the end, it's all history repeating itself.  We may be done with history but it's not done with us.

Deep thoughts...drafted at z'pool...

Colorado Kimmie

Friday, August 12, 2022

Abraham Shakespeare

Annnnd the winning numbers arrrrre…

The Mega Millions lotto went down a few weekends ago, and I was eating guacamole and fajitas with friends and washing it down with cerveza as they called the winning numbers.  Nobody at our table won, unless you consider that guacamole a win (which I did, along with the Texas-style mesquite fajitas).  There were many winners that night all over the country, but I’m pretty sure the big winner was an airline flight attendant from Illinois.   The state of Illinois is fortunately one of the states that doesn’t require a posting of the winner and actually allows anonymity, which is a good thing!  People will come crawling out of the woodwork as soon as they publish your name, and winners have attested to this nightmare to the point many published winners have to go into hiding and become a recluse.  

She cuts her teeth on wedding rings in the movies 

I had always heard, in passing, about the curse of the lottery, but I never really actually believed it.  I thought maybe it was one of those urban legends serving to detract you from doing anything remotely fun.  As with most rabbit holes, I immediately jumped down, and  I started researching the lottery curse on my phone.  And, I quickly realized that, like the actual lottery itself, the odds ain’t really in your favor.  Wasn’t it Ambrose Bierce who said that the lottery is nothing more than a tax on stupid people?  But then the reciprocal argument would be:  you can only win if you play!   It’s almost like a government-run social experiment to show how free money can’t build wealth or buy happiness, even when it’s straight handed to you in enormous lump sums, minus all the taxes that go right back into to the government-run social experiment which is around 40% of your earnings.   

First, statistically speaking, over 70% of winners are destitute and miserable within 7 years of cashing in.  Seven in ten people fair WORSE after winning the lottery than their simple and peaceful lives before the big win!  Have you ever seen the movie “A Simple Plan” with Billy Bob Thornton and Bill Paxton?  It’s one of my favorite movies themed around “the things that you own end up owning you.”

From really strong marriages completely crumbling to people’s lives being destroyed to the very core, there are not very many long-term happy endings produced from lottery winnings.  Probably the worst one I read about was Abraham Shakespeare, from Tampa, Florida.  With a birth name like that, you know his life would turn out stranger than fiction. He was an illiterate black man, an hourly manual laborer, who randomly won the $30 million lottery in 2009, and his life legit came unglued.  He was riding with some other workers that day and went in to buy a drink and use the restroom and fatefully bought a lottery ticket.

Abraham Shakespeare


Suddenly, out of nowhere this blonde woman, Dorice Moore, with an unbeknownst history of being a transient and a shyster, befriended him with promises to grow his earnings.  And, by 2010 ol’ Abraham vanished into thin air.  It’s like he fell off the earth.  He went missing, and nobody, not even his family knew where he was.  They found “poor” Abraham in a block of concrete buried in the back yard after using ground penetrating sonar.  Dorice is serving a life sentence for the murder of Abraham with no chance of parole.

Abraham published on his big day and Dorice the psychopath…

Sometimes you think the lottery will solve everything, but the truth is, the odds are not great at all.  Many winners have attested that they wished they had immediately ripped up their lottery ticket!

May the odds forever be in your favor,

Kimmie 

Cave of the Winds and some Bonafide BBQ

Hey pals!  Thought I’d post some Colorado lifestyle blog and keep it on a little lighter note today.  So let’s get right to it!  Cave of the...