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Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of pageLink to this message   By Brett Harrison (Brettski511) on Saturday, October 22, 2005 - 11:18 pm:

The year is 1999. Dotcom golden boy Barry Sussman can do no wrong. The world is his oyster. Then, after he is bitten by a bunch of losers at a "Xena: Warrior Princess" convention, his life goes south. Like a bad country song he loses his business, his girl and his apartment catches fire. While selling his valuable record collection at a flea market he meets the mysterious Madame Rosa, who explains to Barry that he has The Mark of the Loser. She ominously informs Barry that if he doesn’t get rid of the mark in 72 hours he will be a loser for all eternity. The only way Barry can rid himself of the mark is to face his fears. Madame Rosa invites Barry to stay with her for a couple of days while he follows his quest and, of course, helps her set up at the flea market. Also living with Madame Rosa is her granddaughter Mavis, who will be leaving soon for medical school on the west coast. With Madame Rosa’s guidance Barry faces his fears, which include “fear of heights” and “fear of confrontation”

With only one hour and one fear to go Barry risks it all and travels to the airport to tell Mavis how he really feels about her. Although Mavis is flattered, she leaves anyway. But, miraculously, Barry loses the mark. Later on, Madame Rosa explains that Barry won because “no man is a loser who risks it all for love”

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