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     “Do you wanna tell him what we bet, or should I?” Adele asked her husband.

     “Go ahead,” he said.

     “What?” I asked.

     “We bet that there’s more food in our rental refrigerator than there is in your home refrigerator.”

     Out of all my friends, Adele has the hardest time accepting my raw dog lifestyle. She’s been very practical and methodical with her life, planning everything and making sure it goes according to schedule. It’s worked for her and she has a full fridge. I, on the other hand, do not plan and just go with the flow, which is probably why I have just a pickle jar, but that’s alright. I work hard to pay my own bills, so why does it matter how I live? If you wanna live bougie, I’ll let you. If I wanna live raw dog, then let me. She wants the best for me, which I appreciate, but I had to tell her that sometimes her comments aren’t warranted. She apologized.

     My fridge has been especially empty since starting Job #2. Between family meals twice a day and working there five days a week, I’m eating for free all the time. It hasn’t been good for my love handles, but it’s been great for my savings. I just reached my summer goal and it’s a month early! Woot woot! Let’s celebrate with a pickle dipped in peanut butter.

     I bet I have less food in my fridge than you do.

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“I saw how Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix went down and a part of me wanted to go down with them but then another part of me would be very sad if some twenty-five year old lady singer ten years from now said, ‘I wish Stevie Nicks would have thought about it a little more. I wish she was still around.’ That’s kind of what stopped me and made me really look at the world through clearer eyes.”

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Adele was born Adele Adkins in 1988 in north London to a working-class mother and an estranged father. It was her young mother, who was only 18 when Adele was born, who encouraged the soul singer to test her limits and explore her creative side. From four years old, Adele had been obsessed with emotive voices, especially those of singers like Mary J. Blige, Lauryn Hill and Alicia Keys. But her real musical “awakening” came when she discovered Etta James and Ella Fitzgerald records at a thrift store.

The story of how Adele took over the charts will make you love her even more