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Nothing but the Truth, So Help Me Blog!

Posted on Mar 28, 2010 by Lisa Ricard Claro   4 Comments | Posted in Don Rickles. Don Johnson · hypnosis · secrets · St. Maarten · tattoo · truth

Thanks to those of you who played my silly guessing game.  The time has come for me to fess up.  Here’s the truth:

1.  Don Rickles – True! Driving in Vegas–where we lived back in the ’80s–Joe and I were stuck at a light.  A knock at my passenger window startled me out of my skin.  The knocker was none other than Don Rickles on a bicycle.  He blew me a kiss, gave me a huge smile, and went on his merry way.  As my dear cuz Jo pointed out, in Vegas, anything can happen!

2.  Don Johnson – Dreaming! My hubby has known for 30 years that he never has to worry about me being unfaithful because I can’t even cheat in my own dreams.  Being a good girl really bites sometimes…

3.  Arrested in St. Maarten – Big fat lie!

4.  Bunny hop in Vegas at the Union Plaza on New Year’s Eve – True! I may be a good girl, but I know how to have fun!

5.  Department of Housing and Urban Development – True! The Las Vegas television station accommodated my battle with the government and within two weeks the house in question received a makeover, went up for auction, and I soon received new neighbors, a young couple with twin boys. It worked out for everyone, even the feds.

6.  Snowflake tattoo – Big fat lie!  Alas, I do not sport a tattoo either seen or unseen.  Someday, maybe…

7.  Childbirth without anesthesia – True! My dad taught his clients self-hypnosis for weight loss, cessation of smoking, and pain control.  He taught me self-hypnosis to help with concentration during school exams, but it dovetailed nicely with my Lamaze classes. I delivered all three of my kids without anesthesia, and my last OB (a short, chubby, Filipino man whom I adored) declared:  “Wonderful! You should have ten babies!” Yeah, easy for him to say. I stopped after three. (And looking back, what kind of noodlehead doesn’t use anesthesia during childbirth in this day and age?)

So now you know the truth about l’il ‘ol me. I’m a faithful, untattooed, self-hypnotizing, noodleheaded, bunny-hopping crusader who receives blown kisses from old comedians and has never been arrested. I also admit to a longstanding addiction to dark chocolate, QT toffee coffee and Lay’s potato chips.

Now you know all my deep, dark secrets.  Shhh…don’t tell anyone.

‘Til next time –

4 Responses to "Nothing but the Truth, So Help Me Blog!"

  1. Comment by BECKY
    March 29, 2010 at 12:24 am  

    Awesome, Lisa!! And unbelievable about the self-hypnosis during childbirth!! Amazing!! I'm running out of adjectives here!! Hey, why did you live in Las Vegas? I have an inquiring mind!

  2. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    March 29, 2010 at 5:43 am  

    My folks moved to Vegas from NH right after I graduated from high school (we have close relatives in Vegas). I met my hubby while attending UNLV. We moved away in '85, but it was a cool place to live back then. While serving hurricane drinks at a UNLV Greek function (I'm an Alpha Delta Pi) I chatted with a guy who had me in stitches. After he wandered off my husband told me it was Norm Crosby, the comedian. I had no clue. 🙂

  3. Comment by Lynn
    March 29, 2010 at 11:15 am  

    Lisa thanks for sharing, that was fun getting to know you better. I'm so jealous you gave birth with no anesthesia. I tried but with my first I was in labor for 40+ hours and at some point I think I asked my husband for a gun and to shoot me and put me out of my misery. There was no question with the other two that drugs would be involved.

  4. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    March 29, 2010 at 2:15 pm  

    Hi Lynn – After the first I knew what to expect, so by kids 2&3 I had my routine. Also, my babies were little, the largest being just over 7 lbs. Had they been 8+ pounders, I would've caved!

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