Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year to You and to Yours!

Happy New Year!! I found this quote on on 123 NewYear's website and it's my wish for all my friends and family: On this New Year I wish that you have a wonderful January, a lovely February, a Peaceful March, a stress-free April, a fun-filled May, and Joy that lasts from June to November, and finally a happy December. May my wishes come true and may you have a charming and lucky New Year 2013.
We had a great 2012. Myrtle Beach Kids Stuff took over the #4 position for Myrtle Beach kid attractions and we are working to get on the first page for Myrtle Beach family attractions.

I started added a blog to our Virginia Beach tourist attractions website and am happy to say that we are on the first page Google search results for the term Virginia Beach attractions. There are a couple more terms we want want to capture, like tourist attractions in Virginia Beach and Virginia Beach Aquarium.

So what do we have planned for 2013? We're going to spruce up the Myrtle Beach Kids Stuff website and add a new page for Dolly Parton's Pirates Voyage. We're also going to add a couple photo albums for Alligator Adventure and Ripley's Myrtle Beach Aquarium.

The Florida tourist attractions website was completely neglected in 2012 and will be revamped in 2013. I'll be adding a blog and reworking over the next six weeks. I've already started a Pinterest page for the website, but haven't loaded any pictures yet... that's in the work and on the to do list.  The attractions in central Florida are among my favorite tourist destinations, so I am looking forward to adding some new content and sprucing things up a bit.

The most exciting project is the Myrtle Beach Entertainment website! It is shiny brand new and only the index page is up and running right now (with no working links.) It's aging like fine wine while I wrap up a couple things on the Virginia Beach website. This website is going to showcase all the great live theatre venues in the Grand Strand area. It's going to be super fun to put together.

2013 is going to be a great year! All the best to you and yours.

Mit Tressler

Friday, December 28, 2012

Virginia Beach Zoo Baby

It's a girl!! And she needs a name...

The Virginia Zoological Park has a new resident: a baby siamang. The baby was born on August 20, 2012 but zookeepers needed time to determine her sex. The proud parent's are named Bali (father) and Hitam.

Siamings are the largest members of the lesser ape family. They have shiny black fur and a large throat pouch that can be expanded to the size of the ape's head to make loud mating calls and communications.

With long arms and legs, siamangs are known as the kings of swing! They are acrobatic, comical and well-suited to a life in the tree-tops of the Malaysian forests.

The zoo in Norfolk VA is having a contest to name the little baby and they're taking suggestions on their Facebook page. To enter, simply like the page and suggest a name before January 15, 2013. The winner will get to have lunch with the siamang zookeepers and a $200 shopping spree at the zoo's gift shop.

Mit Tressler

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Brookgreen Gardens

Brookgreen Garden's Nights of a Thousand Candles comes to an end this weekend.

The sculpture garden is alight with more than 5,000 candles and more than 100,000 Christmas lights. Nights of a Thousand candles is an annual holiday celebration within Brookgreen Gardens and is a wonderful, charming way to experience the artwork and sculptures of one of our most popular Myrtle Beach attractions.

Admission is $16.00 for adults and $7.00 for kids between the ages of four and twelve. The price includes live entertainment, indoor art exhibits and (of course) thousands upon thousands of sparkling lights that wrap the gardens in a festive holiday spirit.

There will also be plenty of drinks and snacks available including wine, hot chocolate and hot apple cider.

The final days of the event will be December 20, 21, and 22. The park opens at 3:00pm and the candles are lit at about 5:00pm. The park doesn't close until 10:00pm so there is plenty of time to enjoy all of the scenery.

If you're looking for more fun things to do in Myrtle Beach, check out our Myrtle Beach Kid's Stuff website. We showcase family-friendly attractions in the Grand Strand.

Mit Tressler

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Ripley's Aquarium Myrtle Beach Holiday Events

Ripley's Aquarium Myrtle Beach has a lot of different events going on for the holiday. News 13's Lauren Hinnant stopped by the local attraction to check out the Festival of Trees, which includes 55 Christmas trees representing the diversity of each state and territory of the USA.

Lauren also talked with Ripley's Jessica Mula about the Toys for Tots gift drive and (of course) the feature attraction for December: Scuba Saint Nick and the Merry Mermaids.

I would have loved to see more footage of the different Christmas trees but I guess the news story is only a teaser so that we will go visit the aquarium! (By the way, the teaser worked... I'm going to Big Lot's tonight to get my gift to donate and will be making a trip to the aquarium this weekend.)

Scuba Santa will be making appearances on the weekends and is a huge hit for families with young kids. Something interesting that I learned was that Santa can actually talk to the kids while he is scuba diving! Children can ask questions about the marine life and even tell Saint Nick what they want for Christmas.

Remember, admission to Ripley's Aquarium in Myrtle Beach is only $10 when you bring a new, unwrapped present to donate to the Toys for Tot's gift drive. Admission for kids is just $5 with a present. It's a great price for a great cause, so come on out and visit one of the most popular Myrtle Beach attractions in the area.

Hope to see you there! Mit Tressler

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Christmas at Ripley's Aquarium Myrtle Beach

Looking for an excuse to visit Ripley's Myrtle Beach Aquarium?

The aquarium is partnering with Toys for Tots to bring the spirit of Christmas to children who are less fortunate and who may not have any gifts to open Christmas morning without the aid of this charity organization.

Toys for Tots collects new, unwrapped toys and distributes them to needy children in the same locale where the gifts were collected. So you'll be helping kids right here in town.

Local businesses, like the aquarium in Myrtle Beach, play a huge role in making this toy drive a success by offering discounts on products and services in exchange for a gift (or two!) for a less fortunate child.

Bring a brand new, unwrapped toy to Ripley's Aquarium and receive a discount for more than half off the standard admission price.

Ticket prices are normally $21.99 for adults and $12.99 for kids, but when each person brings a new toy, the admission price is reduced to just $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for kids.

It's a great price for a great cause.

The gift drive is running from now through December 19, 2012. Ripley's Aquarium is located at 1110 Celebrity Circle, Myrtle Beach, SC 29588

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Wild Water and Wheels

Wild Water and Wheels of Myrtle Beach, SC, is more than your standard, everyday water park or run-of-the-mill amusement park. It's a kid's paradise with over 35 rides and attractions that include a giant wave pool, speed water slides, go-carts, carnival kiddie rides, a miniature putt-putt golf course, a race track for beginner and intermediate drivers, and even a huge bumper boat area with a waterfall.

What kid wouldn't want a summer of fun for Christmas? Season passes are on sale now and are good for the entire 2013 season.

The Waterpark Season Passes are on sale for *$59.95 and the Full Park Season Pass that includes unlimited access to the water park, miniature golf course, bumper boats and go-carts is on sale for *$94.90. (Prices good for online purchases only.) 

The weather is beautiful here in South Carolina and the park will be open from May 24th until September 1st.

Wild Water and Wheels is a action-packed Myrtle Beach water park and amusement park that will keep your family having fun and staying active all summer long. This sale is scheduled to end December 24th, 2012.

Here is the original sale ad below!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

North Myrtle Beach's Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony

North Myrtle Beach's Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony was held at McLean park on Friday, December 3, 2010.

My step-daughter, Alex, is involved with Keep America Beautiful and her group group helped set up decorations for the Christmas Festivities along with several other Horry County residents.

We arrived at about 4:00pm bundled up with hats, gloves and thick sweaters, and got straight to work. About 30 volunteers worked on setting out hundreds and hundreds of luminary candles throughout the park and then making a second go round to light all of them. (I saw a lot of Advil in my future...)

The kids did a great job and worked their little hearts out. Filling bags with a handful of sand, dropping a votive candle in each one, placing them on both sides of every single path in the park, lining them around the lake and then setting them alight.

By the time the sun went down and the ceremony started, the park looked amazing.

The Keep America Beautiful volunteers enjoyed Papa John's Pizza and hot chocolate compliments of the North Myrtle Beach Parks and Recreation Department.

The city put on a nice show with singers and performers of all ages.

Santa arrived via the North Myrtle Beach Fire Department's truck. Sirens blazing. The kids went nuts. Santa set up camp at the gazebo overlooking the pond and the kids lined up and eagerly waited their turn to tell him what they wanted for Christmas.

Alex handed out candy to the kids after they finished up with Santa. After the last child in line whispered their Christmas wish to Santa it wasn't time for us to go home... it was time to help clean up!
Melinda and Alex ran through the park stomping out the luminary candles. I think they had more fun stomping the luminaries out than they did setting them out and lighting them. Although they were strutting around like peacocks when the parents told them they were old enough to use the lighters properly, and sent them out on a mission to light as many candles as they could before the sun set.

Little did they know, our backs were hurting from bending over and setting out so many luminary candle bags... we could have cared less if Alex and Melinda set the entire park on fire as long as we didn't have to bend over and light all those damn candles!

After five hours outside, I was seriously chilled to the bone and ready to head home. It was a fun night and I'm super proud of Alex, Melinda and all of the other kids who participated with Keep America Beautiful.

Next year, I am going to wear electric socks!

And now onto my shameless self-promotion...

If you're planning a trip to Virginia Beach, VA, be sure to check out Myrtle Beach Web Marketing's website on Virginia Beach Attractions. With fantastic amusements nearby like Busch Gardens Virginia and the Virginia Zoo, Virginia Beach is the perfect centralized location for a fantastic family vacation.

Busch Gardens Virginia is just a quick 45 minute drive from the Virginia Beach oceanfront, and the Virginia Zoo is less than 20 minutes from the oceanfront boardwalk.

Monday, December 6, 2010

I'm in love with a gay man...

I am not sure what planet I have been living on, but I totally missed out on the entire Adam Lambert thing. I am so in love with this gay man that I am completely beside myself. 

The last gay man I was in head over heals for was Jacob from Gold's gym. Gold's had some pretty decent looking guys hanging out, pumping iron, but none of them tripped my trigger.

Same ol' Same ol'


One day, this guy walks by and I am like BAM. OMGosh. I have to meet him, Jan! He has the X-factor.

What the F is that?

You know, the unknown, something special that you can't put your finger on. The X-factor. That guy, over there. He has *** IT ***!!

Jan rolled her eyes, got off the stationary bike and went outside to have a smoke.

I watched my mysterious x-man for a couple days. He was oblivious to my fascination. Drat. OK. Activate Plan B. Think quick!! I literally throw myself in front of him when he walks by...

OH! HI! (sweet, innocent smile)

You see, MBWA (Myrtle Beach Web Angel) is no dummy. She knows that once you actually say hi and smile at a guy- you go up at least 10 notches on his radar. Ugly, pretty, skinny, fat... you just seriously gained some ground just by being nice, looking someone in the eye, smiling and saying hello.

We start smiling every time we see other in the gym. A little wave. I have a serious crush. Jan can't figure it out. She says he is not my "normal" type, whatever that is. I told her there is just something special about him but I am not sure what it is yet.

We finally formally introduce ourselves. Chat forever while on the elliptical machine. I stay on the machine until I almost pass out. He has a lot of endurance. His name is Jacob. The X-factor? Did he have it? You bet he did. My sweet Jacob has a genius IQ and a great smile. Not a lie. He edits books for the super smart--- doctors and such. He is smarter than they are and fixes their mistakes!! Jacob has a brilliant mind. He is charming, witty and has beautiful sincere eyes. We are going to be perfect together...

He's gay, Melissa.


Yes. He's gay.


He is hanging from a shoulder harness over there doing the splits...

What?! Oh, well... he likes yoga. He is very spiritual. That doesn't mean he is gay.

His leg is stretched behind his head.

He's flexible. Maybe double jointed.

His feet are literally touching the back of his head now. Look.

I'm not looking. Leave me alone.

He's gay.

You're just jealous. You don't want me to be happy.

I am not jealous of your gay boyfriend.


Denial. Denial. Denial.

No fair. No fair. No fair. I called dibs...

I was crushed. My crush was crushed. It was over before it even began. Sigh.

How depressing for me. The story doesn't have a terrible ending. I met my Fave Dave a short time later. Dave's not gay, but close enough. He is a metro and sensitive. I had to give him manicures and pedicures to bring him up to snuff, but I love that man. He is actually better than gay. He is a manly-man structural airplane mechanic AND screams like a girl if he stubs his toe. Who could ask for more?

I haven't been in love with another gay man since Jacob. It's been years. Until now. Tonight. By chance, I am watching E. Joan Rivers just got through trashing everyone in Hollywood. I enjoyed it. Cheap laughs at other people's expense.

I start poking around on my cell phone, playing Scrabble against the computer. Another show has come on with this guy named Adam Lambert.

I glance up. Who is that? Adam Lambert? Whatever. Back to Scrabble.

But he starts to catch my eye. X-FACTOR ALERT!!!  X-FACTOR ALERT!!! I start watching. Homely, overweight, ginger kid takes American Idol by storm. I set my phone down. His voice: brilliant. He is singing Zeppelin, Hendrix, Queen.

My trigger? Tripped.

Where the hell did this guy come from? Oh my. He looses weight, dyes his hair black, puts on leather. I go nuts. I am all over my droid pulling up YouTube videos of Adam Lambert. The icing on the cake? Yep. He is gay.

I love him so much. The more music I pull, the more I adore him. I don't know how I missed him.

Well, yes I do. I don't actually watch a lot of TV. My internet is set to only bring me news on things I am already interested in. I don't get the newspaper. I listen to Pandora and create my station based on music I already like...

Anyways- this Adam. Adam, I worship and adore you. My finance is incredibly sexy. He can dance. He dresses really well and he has a super hot body. David. I am going to dress you up just like Adam. I am going to put eye liner on you and buy you black leather pants. We're going to pretend you are Adam Lambert and I am going to see if I can make you straight...

You're here, for my entertainment tonight...

Now onto the shameless self promotion of my very favorite website!! If you are planning a spring break vacation, be sure to check out Myrtle Beach Web Marketing's site on all the very best Myrtle Beach Attractions! Myrtle Beach Kids Stuff has all the best information on local area attractions including the Myrtle Beach Aquarium and all of the Myrtle Beach Water Parks. Be sure to check us out! Our website will help make your trip to Myrtle Beach, SC a vacation that your whole family will enjoy!

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Virginia Beach Aquarium responds to Gulf Oil Crisis

The Virginia Beach Aquarium sent two key members of their Stranding Response Team to the Audubon Aquarium of the Americas for 10 days to assist with saving and rehabilitating sea turtles sick from the gulf oil spill.

Mark Swingle (the aquarium's director of research and conservation) along with Christina Trapani (assistant stranding response coordinator)  flew to New Orleans on June 29th and embarked on a 10 day mission to provide relief and assistance to the Audubon staff who has been working tirelessly to save hundreds of turtles affected by the spill.

The Audubon Aquarium of the Americas is working in conjunction with the Louisiana Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Rescue Program and is the primary responder for the rescue, rehabilitation, and release of all marine mammals (dolphins, whales and manatees) and sea turtles along the Louisiana coast.

Hundreds upon hundreds of sea turtles are expected to become stranded in the area and in need of help. The largest challenge facing these environmentalists is being able to house them long-term because as of right now, they cannot be released back into their native habitat.

Swingle and Traponi are just two of many volunteers joining the effort to assist in the gulf. Their focus will be assisting veterinarians with feeding, administering medications, treating injuries and keeping tanks clean.

The Virginia Beach Aquarium Stranding Response Team has responded to over 1500 marine animal strandings and more than 2200 sea turtles. The Stranding Response Program is supported by donations from the community, corporations and grant-making organizations. You can get involved and help by making a tax-deductible gift to the Virginia Aquarium.

If you're looking for things to do in Virginia Beach, remember the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center! Your admission price helps support the important research and conservation programs that the aquarium participates in.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Virginia Zoo

One of my earliest memories was standing with my face pressed up to the fence of the Lafayette Zoo and having a deer come up and kiss me. I was super tiny. Maybe just 3 or 4 years old. That deer just made my day. That sweet kiss might have very well been the start of my childhood fantasies of living a Dr. Doolittle lifestyle surrounded by bunnies, horses, lions, tigers and whatever creature the good Lord wanted to throw my way.

I was lucky enough to own a small pet shop and surrounded myself with beautiful tropical fish, small parrots, adorable newts, silly frogs, mean hamsters and even I even had a snake that I was afraid of. I've been bitten by the best: hamsters, parrots, a Rottweiler and even my crazy cat, Mo.

I love going to zoos, aquariums, wildlife refuges, etc. I am a true tourist at heart and love to travel and take pictures.

My friend Jan and I have several attractions websites: Virginia Beach Attractions, Myrtle Beach Kids Stuff, Florida Tourist Attractions and Charleston Things To Do. I jump at every chance I get to build pages on cool places like the Virginia Beach Aquarium, the Virginia Zoo and the Myrtle Beach Aquarium. Visiting all the great area tourist attractions gives me the opportunity to indulge myself in everything I am passionate about: animals and their environment, travel and tourism, web-design, videography and photography.

Most recently, I took my nephews, Jack and Sam, too the Virginia Zoo. They are adorable and completely photogenic- so lots of pictures and video clips were taken by their doting aunt. The video below was the icing on the cake for the Virginia Zoological Park page.

I miss my little nephews so much and have watched this video more than 20 times.

While there isn't a Virginia Beach Zoo, this tourist attaction definitely made it on our Virginia Beach Attractions website because of its close proximity to Virginia Beach.

I hope you enjoy it the video and hope that you get a chance to visit the Virgina Zoo sometime in the near future. They have made a lot of improvements over the last 5-10 years, so if you haven't been in a while it's definitely time for a visit.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Forces of Nature vs. Mit Tressler

Forces of Nature 15
Mit Tressler 0

Seems like nothing is going my way and the trip to Philadelphia is jinxed. Either that, or I have a hex on me...

I got up Friday morning at 8am and we finished packing the U-haul at 5:00pm. We rolled out for the 14 hour drive to Philadelphia at 5:30.  Yep- that's PM. Jimboo and I were in the Bug, Dave and Alex followed behind in the U-haul.

The drive wasn't bad. Sometime around 4am we were near Washington DC and made a quick detour into the city to show Dave and Alex the White House. My GPS went insane and had us driving in circles forever. We did pass the Jefferson Memorial and the Washington Monument.

It was dark out and we had the big truck, so we didn't stop. We just drove around in circles for a while.

We grabbed breakfast, then lunch, secured our storage and got to the hotel around 4:30pm. 36 hours with no sleep and counting.

The hotel was impressive at first, or maybe it was just being in the big city. Super tall, big lobby, cool views. In addition to the $160.00 a night base rate we were paying, there was a 20.00 a day surcharge for parking and another 20.00 surcharge for the internet.  Surprise. Welcome to Philadelphia.

OK- it is what it is. It was around 5pm before we got checked in. The carpet in the room was covered in nasty stains, and Jimboo was interested in quite a few of them.

We were hungry and decided to hit the streets to find a Philly Cheesesteak sandwich. UTTER FAIL. We walked forever and got a lot of great shots of the city, but I swear there was no food to be found. A couple people seemed friendly and gave us directions. Little did we know they were evil little minions sent to aggravate us and give us directions that led to nowhere. Somehow we ended up in a sketchy part of town, but finally got to eat the Cheesesteak that had eluded us for hours. You would think it would have been wonderful because we were starving and delirious from lack of sleep...

Um, no. Overcooked, dry, bland. Sad Sad Sad. Bummer.

We made it back to the hotel and I wanted to go to sleep, but Dave's daughter, Alex was begging for the pool so we decided to go for a swim before turning in. There was a stack of towels by the door and so we jumped right in. By the time we were done swimming a truckload of kids stormed the pool area and swiped all the towels before we could grab one. Darn.

We were freezing and dripping wet with no towels. I called the front desk and they said they would bring some right away.

We waited. And waited. And waited. I called again and waited some more. They never came. We called a third time. We trekked through the hallways dripping wet.

Maybe it was the lack of sleep, maybe the 40.00 a day they were nickle and diming us for internet and parking, maybe it was the towels... but my patience was shot and I could go to a much less expensive hotel and be treated like crap. I called the front desk at about 9p and told them we were out of here. Little did I know I was cutting off my nose to spite my face but it felt good to say goodbye to this hotel.

Do you know we drove for HOURS trying to find a pet friendly hotel with availability? Ultimately we found a great place and I finally got some sleep about 42 hours after my day began. The hotel was called Element and is right over the PA line in Ewing, NJ. The comforters were white and plush, the pillows and bed were wonderful and my sweet little Jimboo even got his own bed (which he turned his nose up at and climbed under my covers to go to sleep.)

If your looking for Philadelphia hotels and don't mind a bit of commute, I highly recommend the Element. And the complimentary breakfast? Not a dry bagel or stale muffin in site. I had a warm egg and cheese croissant along with granola cereal with blueberries and cherries.

The Element was my light at the end of the tunnel.

The story goes on and on with spilled drinks, broken sunglasses, a GPS on drugs, slow refunds, but I 'll wrap it up for now and end on a high note of some cool city shots of Philadelphia.

Starting a new day in a new town.
There it is! Philadelphia! Woo Hoo!
View from our hotel.
Not sure what I think of rooftop tennis...
Tooling around town.
The city is awesome and overwhelming.

Some areas are skeeeery...

We finally found a sub shop on this street.

Heading to Chinatown.
Entrance to Chinatown.
I didn't really find anything cool to buy. Just ate an almond cookie.
A charming little street hidden in the middle of the city.

So this beach girl is a little out of sorts in this big city. Roof top tennis? I guess you gotta do what you gotta do.

I would like to have some sand between my toes- maybe I will go buy a bag at Lowe's and pour it on the ground outside of my hotel room. 

Speaking of beaches! I was in Virginia Beach several weeks ago and got to visit my wonderful, brilliant, highly photogenic nephews, Jack and Sam. With the Virginia Beach Attractions website well underway, I am always looking for things to do in Virginia Beach! As always, we were pressed for time, so Dave and I decided to take Jack and Sam to the Virginia Zoo. It's right down the street from my brother's house and I totally love going to the zoo. Any zoo. Okay- so it's not in Virginia Beach, but is only about 20 minutes away- so close enough for Rock and Roll. More on that trip in my next blog!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Til I find the righteous one... Computer Blue

Last night, I downloaded 27 Prince songs from Amazon.com. I tortured David's daughter with my jams all afternoon...

I was reminiscing about Junior High School and telling Alex how Chris Woolard and my brother would pick me and my best friend (Debbie Keener) up from school every now and then. Chris had an 84 GT Mustang and we would tear out of Brandon Jr. High School's parking lot blaring 1999 and waving to all the losers who had to ride the school bus.

Alex laughed and said, "Isn't funny how YOU THOUGHT you were so cool back then, but when you look back now... you guys were really so nerdy?"

I said, "Um no, Alex. We actually were cool. You're the nerd. We were bad ass... for real."

I'm feeling like it's time to trade my bug in for a mid-life crisis car.
Jimboo and I would really be cool then... for real.

Are you going to be visiting Myrtle Beach this summer??? If so, please check out Myrtle Beach Kids Stuff for all the absolute BEST Myrtle Beach attractions! We have pages for all of the Myrtle Beach Amusement Parks, the Myrtle Beach Aquarium and all of the fantastic Myrtle Beach Water Parks.

Myrtle Beach Kid's Stuff was my first project with Jan and it's now the top site for kids attractions in Myrtle Beach! One day I would love to make it to the first page for the highly coveted 'Myrtle Beach Attractions' key phrase! You can help! Check out the site- take a spin around and look at some of the great hotels that are kind enough to post ads!! Hooray!!

High on my list of priorities... staying out of a mental ward.

This has nothing to do with the beach or the good life and I don't give a hootie patootie. This blog is a rant and not about anything happy so stop reading if you were hoping I was going to spread some joy... Yep. My inner child is pissed off again!

My friend just lost her dad. He struggled with addiction much like my mom. She commented how sad it was that he only had a few possessions left for her to go through- his girlfriend took off with the few meager belongings he had to his name and the only things left for her were a couple of shirts and some pants that the nursing home gave him. There is a good chance that her dad's girlfriend isn't even aware that he passed away. I didn't ask Cindy, but I'm guessing that her dad's girlfriend is a struggling addict too.

The whole situation has ticked me off and brought up some feelings I thought were long packed away and now I am up at 3:45am on a manic rip. I always felt angry about my mom and why things were so damned hard for her. Why couldn't she just have that little tiny house with the white picket fence that she wanted so damn bad?

Was that just too much to ask for? It sucks and makes you question what we are doing here? What's the whole purpose? Why is life so good to some people while it hands others nothing but crap?

Don't come back preaching how it's all about the choices we make. ANY ONE OF US COULD HAVE GONE DOWN A SHITTY ROAD. The wrong best friend, the wrong boy friend, the wrong things available during a time of crisis.

There but for the grace of God go I. There but for the grace of God go I.

My mantra.

It's the only reason any one of us aren't out on the streets smoking crack and shooting heroin. Don't pat yourself on the back or think you're special just because you didn't struggle like my mom or like Cindy's dad. We just got lucky, I guess.

Speaking of God, I was just cussing him out today. (And I am not joking. I have a strange relationship with him since my parents died. I am still pretty ticked off and hopefully he understands and will forgive me for screaming at him in my darker moments.)

Anyhoo- I'm not gonna lie. It's been a hell of a ride with Dave's kids lately and I have to wonder how God could take away my wonderful family who loved and cared about me so much- and replace them with selfish, ignorant, creepy little boys (one of which continues to pick his nose at age 24, another who doesn't think shampoo is necessary and the other who thinks he is a brilliant prodigy because he knows how to use dental floss.)

Mr. Dental Floss sat down Monday night and told David that he was here to take all he could get from us and was not staying in our house to contribute in any way. This is how he justifies not taking out the trash, leaving dirty dishes, and not even putting a dime towards the gas in the car Dave let's him drive.

He honest to God, actually said, "Dad, I'm not here to contribute..."
This is the kid who is sleeping in my 600 thread-count sheets, raiding my closet for the Calvin Klein towels, gobbling down $30 a bottle vitamins that I bought by the handful and eating a half gallon of Breyer's premium ice-cream in one sitting. Every bit of toilet paper that has wiped his little white hiney in the last 6 months has been purchased by me (probably with a coupon!) The sense of entitlement makes me want to vomit and I want to pummel him.

John McEnroe help me out here!!!

(Thanks John.)

Did the kid really just say that?!
I am still frothing at the mouth- I swear I am.

Right now I am like a rabid dog and Dave has to keep pulling me away because I am pissed off like Cujo. If it were me- Mr. Fancy pants would be riding a bike from this point forward and sharing a bowl of kibble with Jimboo. Oh, who am I kidding?? My little pooh-berry Jimboo doesn't eat kibble...

He looks at it, rolls his eyes and waits patiently for me to share my Filet Mignon with him. But the kid? Yeah- I'd be feeding him Jimboo rejects.

For now- I feel better just getting this off my chest. In fact, I am thinking about blocking all the kids from my facebook account so I can bitch about them more often... OH WHATEVERRRRRR!!! That would only enable them to continue being little creeps.

I need to get them out of whatever crazy land of denial they have been living in. I will be the guiding light... it's my new mission. Come on boys, Melissa is going to show you the way to the promise land!! Thou shalt honor thy father... Follow me!!

(I freaking love this pic and will use it every chance I get!)

Back on subject. Dave is such an amazing guy-- are these kids seriously cut from the same cloth? Do they have brain damage? Is this just a phase? Was I a huge asshole too at age 20 and have just forgotten?? Help me understand!!!

ok. I'm done with my rip now. Now I can go and sleep like a baby.    sigh.

Anyhoo- no matter what- I have to keep my eye on the golden ring, which is building a little empire of high ranking websites and not letting these kids push me completely over the edge before I take over the world. Staying out of a mental ward is high on my list of priorities right now...

Onward with the shameless self-promotion!

The newest site is Attorneys-SC. This website is going to eventually have a directory of SC lawyers that will include divorce lawyers in SC, car accident attorneys in SC and any other type of lawyer someone in South Carolina might need.

The directory of SC attorneys is a work in progress! I built the template for the site, edited the photos, created the background tile (which I think is horribly horribly cool!!) and wrote the content.

My buddy, Jan Chilton, is my Myrtle Beach SEO extraordinaire and works tirelessly behind the scenes to get our sites ranking in Google, Yahoo, Bing, etc. It's no easy job, but she's a champ and we have no fear.

Pop onto the new Attorneys-SC website and have a look around. Oooh and Ahhh a little. We like the colors and think it's sleek and sophisticated. Now if I could just get myself to start working on that darn directory of SC lawyers!!! It's the easy part, which makes it no fun at all to work on.

Thanks for letting me vent.