May 27th, 2016

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Green Room - Week 23 - Day 10

The poll is ending today: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/934362.html and still anything can happen both in the poll you can see and the "Favorite entries" you are sending me! That latter one is down to *1 vote* separating four different entries with several others being really close. So you can be the deciding factor.

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Speaking of "deciding factor", I was trying to sort through some stuff this morning and realized that I had something staring me in the face the entire time.

As you know, LJ Idol's 10th anniversary is next week. We'll be kicking off our official celebration after this mini-season ends (and I get the new graphics. Hint Hint. :D)

But I was considering doing what people always tell me "You should do that!" and post a link to the paypal account. Especially with the dental stuff going on, but more because I know it's something folks like to do. (and those who can't/aren't able - or even those who just don't want to - that's cool too. But I have been told over the years that I should "look out for myself" more than I actually do.

With how awkward I usually am at it, hopefully people know that I'm not very good at that.

On the other hand - doing it for someone else I can do without any sense of shame at all. ;)

Those who have been around Idol and/or my life for any time have heard me mention my niece Katie. If you know anything about her, you know that she's the best person in the entire world and you are lucky that you are able to breathe the same air in the same universe as someone as awesome as she is.

Seriously. She's one of the most naturally kind and good hearted people I've ever met and life has given her plenty of reasons not to be.

I was going to "get into it". I actually typed most of it out, but then deleting it. Because that's her business, not mine to share. Let's just say "things haven't always been good" in her life and she's been through quite a bit.

But now - now she's GRADUATING HIGH SCHOOL! There was a time when I didn't think that was possible... there was a time when *she* didn't, but it's happening. On June 2nd she's asked me to be there for her ceremony. I didn't go to my own graduation, but I'm going to hers.

Why does this all tie together with what I was saying? Because I have this root canal coming up. It's going to take away from what I was going to give her as a graduation present. It's just really shitty timing.

Would she understand if she had to wait for a gift? Yeah, she would probably tell me that she just wants me there, and mean it. She would tell me that she doesn't want a gift.

But she's my Katie. If it's possible to do, I want to try to do it.

So what I'm doing is being as straight forward with you as I can be. If you were one of those people who were considering "putting something in" at the end of the mini-season or "for the 10th anniversary", I'm telling you what it's going to: It's a donation to Katie to help her start her post-high school life. My paycheck is going to go toward bills and the root canal - with Cynthia doing more than her share of our expenses (as usual).

She's 18 and still trying to figure out what that is going to look like. I have no idea where she is going to go and what she is going to do. I just know she is going to be a great person while doing it.

So if you want to throw something into that, and are in a place in your life where you *can*: paypal.me/GDreslinski

If not, and you happen to be connected with me on other social media - add your voice to the congratulations when I post about her graduation next week! :)

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tl;dr - I love Katie. Remember to vote.
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Results - Week 23

This week there is good news, and bad news.

The bad news is of course a contestant being eliminated.

The good news is the huge advantage that someone else just won - which of course is bad news for everyone who isn't them.

So we will handle this in the order of what will make the most people sad first, the elimination.

Saying that anything is a huge blow or a shocker or really anything else at this point, especially in this mini-season, has become routine. But at this point, there are only a few folks left standing, so someone we love was going to end up going.

This week that person was lrig_rorrim.

Thank you so much for everything this mini-season and of course for continuing to be awesome! (I shouldn't have to tell you to Home Game, but just in case - Home Game! :D)

Btw - before she left, she sent me a message saying to give her bye to kathrynrose. (for those keeping score of such things, and note: the special byes are good until we hit the Top 4 and can be transferred to someone else, which is why she was able to do this)


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Now for the "good news" part of it.

There was a "poll within a poll" this week - people have been sending emails to me since the poll opened, to vote for their favorite entry of the week. It was a CLOSE vote. In the end, it was decided by a *single vote*, cast in the last few hours.

According to the voting public, Idol's favorite entry of the week was kathrynrose's "Vellichor"!
http://kathrynrose.livejournal.com/842354.html

Congratulations!

As for "What is the advantage?"

A one week (non-transferable) immunity. As long as something is turned in for the poll - you can not be eliminated. You have a guaranteed spot in Week 25. At this point in the game, that's *huge*!
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Work Room - Week 24

Just a few minutes ago, Cynthia called me into the other room. She's been getting really into photography lately and had just found the official state archive for images of Florida history.

There are a ton of really cool images in there.

That, combined with the fact that the deadline for this week is actually the official 10th anniversary date for LJ Idol got me thinking about preserving history.

Is there anything of yours - writing or otherwise, something of *you* - that you would want to have preserved so that people could take a look at it long after you are gone?

If so, what is it?

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and how are you feeling about the topics? http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/935840.html It is a Work Room after all. :)