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Green Room - Week 9 - Weekend Edition

Listen to people when they speak.

Believe that what they are saying is valid.

Those are important things that you hear quite a bit these days.

But I'm going to add one. One that you don't hear, and that (knowing me) will probably end up getting me in trouble:

If it does, just remember that I'm delusional on painkillers right now, so I'm not right in the head. :)

But I think the next step is to process that information. Because everyone's perspective is valid, and what they have gone through is real. That doesn't mean though that the conclusions they have reached as a result of those is actually *the truth*.
Look for commonalities in the stories of different people and where they line up. And where they do not. Process that information, while acknowledging that it's your own set of biases that are doing that filtering.

I've just seen far too many arguments that have devolved into a "don't discount my experience!" as if that were the end. It's not (although it may be the end of that particular conversation with that particular person, because why are you arguing with someone who is sharing their story anyway???) it's a piece in a bigger picture. Take in that one, and every story that you hear and put it in the mosaic of the experiences that shape your own views.

Because all you have is your own perspectives, so your views are limited. If you're not right about everything (and since you are not ME, you are not.) and neither is anyone else. (again, except ME!)

Just keep that in mind, while at the same time keeping your mind open to other people's experiences.

/old white guy's drugged out rant

Now get off my lawn and go vote for your favorites! http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/894182.html

Vote - Week 9

A few words from clauderainsrm:

No drops. No bye-outs and the room to hide is quickly running out as the pack continues to shrink.

Just a bunch of folks fighting it out for the right to survive another week.

The way the Idol Gods demand it!

The Rivals tribe has become an unofficial team, and will be treated as such this week. There is also a Sudden Death match, where one will move on to next week and the other will be eliminated.

As for the rest - we will be losing a total of 3. (the teams or “team” with the three lowest average scores) will lose their member with the lowest total.

Which is 4 folks leaving us this week.

So if you read something you love - get out there: comment to those entries, engage the writers responsible and let them know how much you appreciate them by clicking that box next to their name!

Supporting the things you love is the best way to show appreciation, in Idol and in life. So get out there and do it, and then tell a friend or three! Let them know how many awesome things are happening at LJ Idol!

The poll closes Monday, Feb 15th at 9pm EST.

Good luck to everyone!

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Green Room - Week 9 - Day 4

Today is your deadline: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/892170.html

There's also a Home Game link for those interested in that: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/892170.html

I'm at work, but not really functioning very well.

But I'm here.

Where are you and how well you are functioning?

Home Game - Week 9

The topics this week are:

the Buddha on the road,
White out

IF you are not a current contestant, but still feel like writing, this is the place to link your entries!

Green Room - Week 9 - Day 3

Earlier today I heard the phrase "get some suction over there or you're going to drown him"

You know what phrase I wouldn't like to hear again? That's definitely one of them. That and "spraying blood everywhere".

It was the first time I've ever been conscious for an tooth extraction - and I had two of them done. I'm not going to put it up there on my favorite experiences.

BUT I did want to stop in Idol so you would know that I was still alive and that the deadline is still very much on...

that and to say "Thank You".

Why "thank you"? Because removing what was left of those teeth is another step in the direction of getting the bridgework I need done - the work that this mini-season helped to make possible. (Raised almost half what was needed, I was able to save the other half)

So congratulations, you almost drown me! :)

and at very least you caused me a hell of a lot of pain! That should give you something to smile about the next time I torture you with deadlines and polls!

So thank you to everyone in this mini-season, or who became a Patron: https://www.patreon.com/user?u=70027&ty=h or who uses our Amazon link (I think most people have forgotten about that, but there's a lot of Idol-related books out there as well as just clicking through it to whatever it is you were buying anyway helps) http://astore.amazon.com/li0cd-20

Your deadline is tomorrow night: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/892170.html

and my going back to resting is right now.

Green Room - Week 9 - Day 2

New Hampshire felt the Bern and everyone got Trumped.

One state or the way things are going to go?

I have no idea!

I do know though, that the new topics are waiting for you: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/892170.html

and that there is a Work Room for you to bash things around in: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/892470.html

I've also heard some rumors of changes in teams, but those are just rumors until I get an email about them, so send them in to clauderainsrm@gmail.cm before Thurs at 8pm EST!


How have you been doing?

What do YOU know?

Green Room - Week 9 - Day 1

Last night was pretty busy. We had the results: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/892023.html

The new topics: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/892170.html

as well as a new Work Room: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/892470.html

and some pretty blatant references to the idea that a second chance may be coming soon.


I've been noticing a lot of the "flashing the V-sign" in pictures from teen and pre-teen girls. That sounds weird, unless I point out that I live with one. :) Then it's "Oh, Celena has hit the age where she's starting to get into the whole selfie thing".

I'll admit it, I've never quite understood the selfie craze. But I know there's an empowerment element to it (as well as a narcissistic element, which that blend pretty much describes "being a teenager") and it doesn't harm anyone so really what's the problem?

I was curious though, about what made people start making the V-sign, since I was pretty sure she wasn't telling the French to F-off because she still had her bow fingers. (and she isn't sure either other than "it's what you do")

So I looked it up this morning and figured I'd share it for anyone else who was wondering "when did this become a thing?" http://time.com/2980357/asia-photos-peace-sign-v-janet-lynn-konica-jun-inoue/

As it turns out, quite some time ago... but it took awhile to get back to the US mainstream!

I still want them to get off my lawn, but at least I kind of understand it. (still think it looks ridiculous. But I highly doubt that I'm the target audience of any of them, so who really cares what I think? :D)

Work Room - Week 9

The new topic choices are up: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/892170.html

Which one is speaking to you?

What is it saying?


You've had 9 weeks to study and learn from each other - any suggestions on what topics you think might produce the best results from which writers?

Topic - Week 9

We have another selection of potential topics for you this week.

As usual, you only need to pick one of them.

They are:

the Buddha on the road,


White out

Link your entries back to this thread by Friday, Feb 12th at 8pm EST.

Have fun!

Results - Week 8

Last week was brutal, and this week continues that trend, with some unexpected results.

Close votes and unexpected results - that's what Friends and Rivals is made of!

In this case, 1 vote separated staying and going, and about .75 between the teams! That's damn close.

We are losing:

Team Late to the Party's idekmybffjill
Team Norbert's ellakite

From the Rivals, it was


and a tie between aresrising05 and tijuanagringo which will send them into a Tie-Breaker head-to-head Death Match next week!

There will be another chance to get into the competition coming up relatively soon, so I hope everyone sticks around and plays the Home Game until that window opens up - and then goes full speed into the fray to fight for their second chance!


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