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[Author's Note: This is the continuation of "Friendship is Like Outback Steakhouse: Author's Introduction and Part I". It is very important that you read the intro and Part I before you read this installment].

Part II---

I am spending tonight, Friday night, with my Grandmother Pearl. She is Grandmother Pearl because she is very sage-a pearl of wisdom, if you will.
We are now sitting in the Outback Steakhouse on Village Lane in Bossier City; my grandmother's house is situated within walking distance from here (but we drove). When I go into an Outback Steakhouse, I remember those radio commercials featuring an Australian man singing the Outback jingle. I like how the jingle finishes with 'No rules, just right!'.
I told Grandmother Pearl about how I ended things with Cory and my state of mind after the fact. She seemed proud of my attitude over the whole thing, which pleases me because I haven't always been famed for my attitude. But, of course, Grandmother Pearl is very accepting of who I am and has been a shoulder to lean on for my whole life. She is one of the few people in this world who I feel good telling nearly everything about my life.

Our rack of ribs and sweet potatoes have finally arrived; Outback Steakhouse is overwhelmingly popular in Shreveport and Bossier City; therefore, Friday nights usually warrant a little extra patience. Grandmother Pearl and I, however, can easily pass the time with conversation.
The sweet potatoes are the best of all the restaurants in town, and there are quite a few restaurants to beat. Chili's takes the cake for the best restaurant overall, however, because, in addition to great meals, they have the best dessert of all: their signature Molten Chocolate Cake. Grandmother Pearl and I frequent Chili's; I think we are the most frequent of their visitors, unless there is a fanatic out there who we haven't met.

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Grandmother Pearl and I have the same favorite TV show: Numbers. It airs every Friday night at nine o'clock on CBS. It's about two brothers who solve crimes using math. Charlie the brilliant mathematician is our favorite character because he is highly intelligent and EXTREMELY sexy. (He's my celebrity idol, so to speak!). Every time his face appears on the screen, I place my hands on my heart and say something like, 'So hot!' under my breath. I figure that my soulmate is a lot like Charlie the brilliant mathematician.

(To be continued...)

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"Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not."-Jeremiah 33:3, King James Version

"Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path."-Psalm 119:105, New Living Translation

The present and future are not about who you were in the past-rather, they are about who you are and who you will become.

"Writing is truly glorious in that an author can put on paper the words that fear denies the voice to speak."-from my short story, "Set Free"

"...What you feel is what you are;
What you are is beautiful..."
-from "Slide" by the Goo Goo Dolls

Life surprises you! And I'm talking about the good stuff, because a bad surprise is not a surprise at all, it is just shock and horror. All of these good surprises, they are rewards, and the things that happen to remind you that you matter and that you should make yourself faithful so that you can be deserving of all of life's good surprises. Every wonderful surprise in life is a chance to flourish, so grab life by the horns-but don't ride, steer instead: life's horns are life's joystick. You can handle it, because your life's horns are made especially for you. If you don't give up, all of this will hold true and life will continue to surprise you.

Aubri, a. k. a. "Leopard Lady"


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