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Green Room - Week 11 - Day 15

The week that just won't end has a couple more days in it! Make sure you are getting your votes in! Poll 1: https://therealljidol.livejournal.com/1100331.html and Poll 2: https://therealljidol.livejournal.com/1100647.html

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I've been giving some thought to how to get people to comment more in the Green Room and right now I have two options: (1) Kick people until they comment and (2) Select someone who isn't commenting on a regular basis and haze them! Nothing brings a group together quite like beating up on an unsuspecting target! Perhaps even a public stoning! People love those!

Note: I never said these were *good* ideas! ;)

Hey, at least I'm not buying doughnuts from some "elitist" place, unlike some Canadians I could be mentioning!

Oh, maybe we could stone some Canadians! That's fun for the whole family!!

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What do YOU have going on this weekend?
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Green Room - Week 11 - Day 14

I saw a comment, and this wasn't the first time that I've heard/seen this, about how there isn't a lot of conversations happening in the Green Room lately.

It referenced that they were discussing it elsewhere, how no one was really talking here. (paraphrased)

I have a solution. It's complicated and nuanced. But I think that it could catch on, and people will like it:

Talk about things here.

Bring up that no one is talking and challenge them to talk more.

Or better yet, bring up something interesting that you think folks will respond to with interesting thoughts of their own!

It's your space. Use it.

Because all silence tells me is that people don't want/care about having it. I don't *think* that's true. But I also can't force anyone to talk about anything, or anywhere, that they don't feel like talking!

Well, *I* can. Because I have an army of trained monkeys and robots, and robot monkeys, that can be deployed at a moments notice to destroy you and everything you love, at my whim. But most people can't.

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There are two polls: https://therealljidol.livejournal.com/1100331.html which is a standard poll, and a Contestant Only poll for Topic 2 - https://therealljidol.livejournal.com/1100647.html

Have you seen anything that you think needs more love? (or in the case of Poll 2 that you want to make sure is getting more love)

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Pull up a stool. What's going on in life that YOU want to talk about?
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Green Room - Week 11 - Day 13

There are two polls happening right now: Topic 1 - https://therealljidol.livejournal.com/1100331.html which is a standard poll, and a Contestant Only poll for Topic 2 - https://therealljidol.livejournal.com/1100647.html

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Anyone doing the math probably realized that once this poll closes, we will be at 50 contestants. Which means this coming week is the last time to use your regular byes.

Golden Ticket byes are good until 40.

And of course, somewhere in all of this is Second Chance which could mess with both of those goal lines!

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It occurred to me yesterday just how much traveling I've done over the last couple of years. It went from barely leaving my county (or some of those years, my apartment), to crossing off some long standing "bucket list" places! There are probably at least two more trips before the end of the year (to places I've been before - such as the family reunion that is planned for this summer).

I seem to be making up for lost time.

What have YOU been catching up on? Other than sleep... which is something that I *still* need to do.
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Vote - Week 11 - Topic 2

Good evening,

It's time for the vote on Topic 2 of Week 11.

As I said in the poll post for Topic 1 https://therealljidol.livejournal.com/1100331.html the scores of these two votes will be added together to determine who will eliminated.

The vote for Topic 2 is CONTESTANT ONLY. Which means that if you are a current contestant, you will need to send your votes to me via email - clauderainsrm@gmail.com

Please indicate your own username on your vote, even if you think that I should know it. :)

If you are wondering "Am I a current contestant?", that's simple, if there was a visible poll this week, would your name be on it? If so, then you are a current contestant. If not, then no.

We ARE losing someone before this vote. She will still be a part of the Topic 1 poll. But as of Topic 2, she has been eliminated. Goodbye to someone that I thought was going to fight her way quite a bit further into the competition - minikin. Hopefully this means she is going to be fighting her way back into the fray as part of Second Chance!

This poll closes the same time as the Topic 1 poll: Sunday, Jan 26th at 8pm EST.

The entries are over here: https://therealljidol.livejournal.com/1099371.html

So make sure to read, comment and vote for your favorites!

Good luck to everyone!
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Vote - Week 11, Topic 1

A few words from Gary:


It’s a “weird week” in a “weird season”. So it shouldn’t be that surprising that the vote this week is going to be a bit “weird” as well.

There were 2 topics this week.

This is the poll for Topic 1. The poll for Topic 2 will be in it’s own post.

The scores for each of these topics will be added together, and those with the fewest total votes will be eliminated.

Before we get to that though, a little more “weirdness”, or maybe it’s just a lot more sadness - we are losing two incredible writers to the tragedy of the bye-out: brienneofsnark and xlovebecomesher.

They will definitely be missed - but hopefully not for long! Second Chance is starting soon, and I hope we will see them there.

As for the rest of you -you have 2 polls worth of entries to read! So hopefully you’ve already been reading.
But if you haven’t, then start reading, commenting and voting for your favorites now.

It’s going to be a big cut. (in comparison to other votes this season at least). We are losing the bottom 5.

The poll closes Sunday, Jan 26th at 8pm EST.


Good luck to everyone!




Poll #2098498 Week 11 - Topic 1

The Ballot: The Ballot

14(2.5%)
10(1.8%)
14(2.5%)
11(2.0%)
9(1.6%)
8(1.4%)
belenen's Bye Week – Votes For This Contestant Will Not Count
3(0.5%)
10(1.8%)
6(1.1%)
12(2.2%)
11(2.0%)
12(2.2%)
12(2.2%)
5(0.9%)
14(2.5%)
14(2.5%)
11(2.0%)
11(2.0%)
10(1.8%)
9(1.6%)
9(1.6%)
7(1.3%)
13(2.4%)
16(2.9%)
9(1.6%)
11(2.0%)
11(2.0%)
4(0.7%)
16(2.9%)
6(1.1%)
5(0.9%)
10(1.8%)
8(1.4%)
11(2.0%)
11(2.0%)
12(2.2%)
15(2.7%)
5(0.9%)
10(1.8%)
10(1.8%)
11(2.0%)
11(2.0%)
12(2.2%)
7(1.3%)
11(2.0%)
10(1.8%)
11(2.0%)
10(1.8%)
10(1.8%)
3(0.5%)
7(1.3%)
13(2.4%)
11(2.0%)
11(2.0%)
9(1.6%)
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Green Room - Week 11 - Day 12

*looks around the office*

Where are the beignets?

Why is there not a Second Line that follows me when I go to the printer?

Why isn't there an incredible musician just hanging out, jamming, on a random corner?

This sucks.

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Your entries are due today https://therealljidol.livejournal.com/1098382.html and at https://therealljidol.livejournal.com/1099371.html

That part doesn't suck.

If you've been reading ahead, you get to check out some new entries - and if you haven't, (1) why not? and (2) you have a LOT more cool entries to check out.

and of course (3) I'm going to get to eliminate some people soon, and that always cheers me up! (Not when you bye out, but when I actually get to eliminate you! So do that!!)
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Green Room - Week 11 - Day 11

I asked someone to fill in to post Green Rooms every couple of days while I was gone. I'm really sorry that it didn't end up happening. Apparently, good (free) help is hard to find!

Hopefully you were too busy writing to notice. ;)

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There were two topics - the first one needs to be linked at: https://therealljidol.livejournal.com/1098382.html and the second one at https://therealljidol.livejournal.com/1099371.html

Although from the looks of things, people are waiting until the last day to post, which is TOMORROW.

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New Orleans was great, of course.

It's funny because it felt like we went all over the place. But it was really just to the French Quarter and the surrounding districts.

One of the many highlights was at the wedding itself. (We went for my cousin-in-law's wedding), which took place in Jackson Square.

Which meant that there were plenty of spectators and assorted street performers just milling about, including a creepy clown/jester, who did the classic slow walk/intense stare all the way around the perimeter while the wedding took place. I'm pretty sure the guests got more video/photos of him than they did that part of the actual ceremony!
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Green Room - Week 11 - Day 6

Your entries for Topic 1 are due TODAY - https://therealljidol.livejournal.com/1098382.html

you may have noticed that there is now a Part 2 topic that is due next Tuesday: https://therealljidol.livejournal.com/1099371.html

The Week 11 poll will happen after the *second deadline*.

If you want to look at this as an extension for people to work on Topic 1 entries, OK. But it also means the stakes are going up due to a second topic. Making it into Week 12 may have gotten a little more tricky... ;)

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Other than this development, how are YOU doing today?
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Topic - Week 11 - Part 2

You read that correctly, this is a "keep racing" announcement. :)

There is a Part 2 for Week 11.

Once you are finished with your first topic (due tonight), there is a second topic.

That topic is:

If the Creek Don't Rise

The Work Room is over at https://therealljidol.livejournal.com/1098660.html, feel free to keep using it.

The new topic is due Tuesday, January 21 at 7pm EST

Have fun!
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Green Room - Week 11 - Day 4

I went to the doctor's office today, but all they did was suck my blood.

Don't go to see Dr Acula.

(paraphrase of the late great Mitch Hedberg)

But that IS what I did this morning.

This weekend was mostly sleep and reading.

What did YOU end up doing?

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Remember: There's a new topic https://therealljidol.livejournal.com/1098382.html and the Work Room https://therealljidol.livejournal.com/1098660.html

You had "awhile" back when it came out - but that's down to only a couple days!