July 3rd, 2014

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Green Room - Week 13 - Day 10

There is a guy named Henry who hangs out at the bus stop.

I know that his name is Henry because someone got out the label maker and put it on his crutches.

He never gets on my bus, but he's always talking to the driver and a couple other regulars, who, on occasion, will go with him across the street and buy him a sandwich.

He's probably in his early 20's and is apparently always going over to his girlfriend's house - which is something that the people who know him well tease him about.

I've noticed him before, but never actually talked to him.

He just wasn't on my radar as anyone other than "that friendly guy".

Today though was a little different. He took something out of his deep pockets and handed it to the driver "In case you need it".

It was a water balloon.

He reached into his other pocket and pulled out two more.

He opened his bag - and the guy was carrying a small arsenal of water balloons!

This guy, walking around on his crutches and eating sandwiches - this guy who was always just nice and friendly, a guy that no one "would ever suspect", was preparing to launch all out war against anyone who bugged him today.

Which of course got me thinking about Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law and hoping that he didn't end up on the wrong end of it.... or Georgia's Don't Ask/Open Carry Everywhere law and how two guys ended up in a tussle at a store on DAY 1 of that being implemented.

What if Henry carried out his "prank" there?

Heck, what if he got his hands on something a little bigger than a water balloon to take care of anyone who "bugged" him?

There are certainly people like that.


There are also people like those found in this week's poll: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/753252.html

People who need your vote to avoid going home tonight!
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Results - Week 13

Week 13 was certainly interesting.

At least from where I am sitting.

It's only fitting that the results end up being pretty interesting as well.

You're probably looking at the page and saying "What's so interesting about that?" Especially since none of the special powers were used this week.

Well, to start off - there were 3 sacrifices this week.

Including two from one tribe. Which means that no one else in that tribe is going home.

Leaving us, before the votes were even finalized, are slammerkinbabe, ecosopher and finding_helena.

Which means there is still one person from the Redemption Tribe and two people from Tribe 1 up for elimination.

Leaving us this week are xshibumix and (by *1 vote*) kotenok_angel and sinnamongirl.

Thank you so much to all of you for coming out this season, and I hope to see you in the Home Game! (as well as hoping, as always, that you will continue to support and cheer on your favorites, and of course that you will take the opportunity for Second Chance when it happens!)
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Topic - Week 14

I had something else in mind for this week's topic - but I read something today that made me sit up and take interest. It just really fit my vision for this season, so I'm going with it and inserting in something new and, I hope, fun, into the mix.

So I'm calling an audible and changing course slightly. But within the context of where we're going. :)

I'm not sure if it's true or not, but regardless, it makes for an interesting story - and an idea that I think could go in a lot of cool ways.

The story was about KGB training and how they used to take new recruits and put them in a room with a chair.

They weren't allowed to come out until they got a

Confession from the Chair

The deadline to link your entries back to this thread is Thursday July 10th at 8pm EDT

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Work Room - Week 14

As I said in the new topic thread http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/754594.html I decided to change things up for a couple reasons.

One of them is I thought there was such a great deal of potential in the topic idea - and a lot of potentially fascinating paths to take with it.

The other is that it's a brand new idea that I am running with.

Which is something that came up this week.

I was asked, by a few people, about the rules of "What is allowed for an entry" when it comes to re-using old/pre-existing material.

Now, we've had this come up before - with people wanting to rework an old entry and after thinking about it, I realized that there really isn't any way for us to KNOW that you had done it, unless we happened to be familiar with every single piece of your work. Which wasn't likely.

On the other hand, knowing that everyone else was working their butt off to produce new work - the fact that the person doing it would *know* that they hadn't put in the effort, that would be enough to make them want to do the same.

That self-policing has worked for 8 seasons plus two mini seasons. Never really became a problem. People would rework something, but they would make sure that enough effort was put into it that it became something new or at very least improved it to the point that it was noticeable. (usually proving side by side examples)

Last week we had a case of someone simply re-posting something from a few years ago.

Based on the rules, as they stand, it's OK. Because of what I just said.

But based on the emails I've received, I'm not the only one who thinks that it's not cool.

Granted, I have a different take. Those people who contacted me think it's cheating the system by not working as hard as everyone else.

I think it's cheating yourself out of the experience.

No one is in trouble, and I'm certainly not going to go around pointing fingers. NOR SHOULD ANY OF YOU. Because nothing wrong was done. Or, if it was, it wasn't on purpose...

BUT I want to make sure everyone is on the same page with this. Part of the experience of Idol is producing something new every week. (Like I did with the topic! See, it all ties together)

It's something that I love seeing, and I hope that you feel the same way.


So, what ideas do you have for the topic?