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Poll #1007053 Which would you choose?

Which is the lesser of two evils?

Having little flesh colored bumps on your face that look like acne (without the redness)
Having little divots in some of those same places that look like tiny acne scars

There are options for the tiny divots, which will (perhaps) fill in some with time). Laser resurfacing can even things out, but that takes at least 7-10 days without makeup, so most women won't work during the initial healing period. Plus, you look like you've been burned (which you have), so that is a ways in the future. Of course, it's only lightly burned, which makes the skin turn over faster, removes fine lines & wrinkles, and supposedly gives you a younger complexion.

Oh, and my neck is killing me. Had a little surgical procedure ("with complex repair") on the back of my neck (where it meets the top of the shoulder) in the office, and the anesthetic is wearing off. God, it's gonna be fun trying to work tomorrow, considering I lift my arms and move a lot through the day. And putting on a sports bra to exercise? Gonna be a little while...

In happier 50bookchallenge news, I just read another! I'm well behind where I need to be, but damn! I watch too many TV shows, and am trying to get caught up!

8.) Jonathan Livingston Seagull, by Richard Bach
I remembered reading this when I was much younger, and feeling like it was rather "mind expanding" for me at that age, so I decided to read it again. Got it from the local library. It clocks in at 93 pages, but I'd say that (conservatively) 20-30 of them are large, semi-impressionistic illustrations/photos. Still, the story of the gull who only wanted to fly, who was outcast from his Tribe because he wouldn't follow the rules and only fly for food, touched a chord in me. He found others like himself, and eventually attained enlightment. A fast, but good read.

"Most gulls don't bother to learn more than the simplest facts of flight--how to get from shore to food and back again," writes author Richard Bach in this allegory about a unique bird named Jonathan Livingston Seagull. "For most gulls it is not flying that matters, but eating. For this gull, though, it was not eating that mattered, but flight." Flight is indeed the metaphor that makes the story soar. Ultimately this is a fable about the importance of seeking a higher purpose in life, even if your flock, tribe, or neighborhood finds your ambition threatening. (At one point our beloved gull is even banished from his flock.) By not compromising his higher vision, Jonathan gets the ultimate payoff: transcendence. Ultimately, he learns the meaning of love and kindness. The dreamy seagull photographs by Russell Munson provide just the right illustrations--although the overall packaging does seem a bit dated (keep in mind that it was first published in 1970). Nonetheless, this is a spirituality classic, and an especially engaging parable for adolescents. --Gail Hudson

Jonathan Livingston Seagull is a bird who teaches us how to follow our dreams and reach our goals, no matter what anyone else might think. Jonathan is a seagull who wants to master the art of flying, even though his flock has told him many times that all seagulls should concentrate on is getting food. Jonathan has tried to be a "good gull," but he cannot quell his urge to fly. Richard Bach reads this fable in a calm voice that sounds like a blowing wind. When there's fighting among the gulls, the tone of his voice reflects that anger. Jonathan's tale moves us as much as Richard Bach's voice does. J.F.M. © AudioFile 2004, Portland, Maine

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