August 18th, 2020

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Green Room - Week 30 Day 12

The poll closes tonight: https://therealljidol.livejournal.com/1161522.html

So speak now or forever hold your peace... or at least hold it until the next vote, if the person you want to win is still in this. It's really really close, so who knows how this is going to end up going!

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My cousin posted something on FB that caught my attention. Which, if you know FB at all, you know that's not going to lead anywhere good... but one of his comments to the original post struck me as noteworthy. It was about why he has a "Blue Lives Matter" license tag.

"What people don't realize is that it's gotten me out of at least 4 speeding tickets"

I've heard that before. Before "Blue Lives Matter" it's heard it as a reason why people donated to the Fraternal Order of the Police, to get the sticker, so that cops would take it easy on them.

It wasn't until I read that yesterday though, that it really hit me - that people honestly believe that you need to flatter, and in some cases, bribe a police officer. That you can, in the case of my cousin, be committing an actual crime (speeding) and get away with it. He made it sound like it was a good thing. But to me, that seems to be exposing the root of the very real problem that needs to be addressed.

The LEOs that I work with are all really nice and, from what I can tell, good at their jobs. I'd really hope that they wouldn't let someone off easy just because of this kind of thing. But I've also seen it happen before... so yeah, they very well could be doing that as well.
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Results - Week 30

If I had money, I would have put it on the odds that rayaso was making it to the finals. That he might just the guy to break the "No Man Has Ever Won a Regular Season of Idol" curse. When I said that there was a "head pick", someone that if you just looked at the way things tend to flow, was the one who if they got to the end would probably be the "favorite."

There was even a part of me that was starting to wonder if there was a small chance of all male Top 3. It's first time we've ever had this many guys close to the finale, so it was the first time I've ever been able to speculate about such a thing happening...

Instead, we are saying goodbye to him here, at the Top 5.

It has been an amazing run. I used "favorite" in quotes earlier. Because at this point everyone is a favorite of someone. But I don't think there's any denying the amount of love out there for rayaso over the years, with good reason. He's an incredible writer, and an incredible person. Thank you so much for giving so much of yourself, in your entries and in the way you treat other people.

I'm going to miss reading his entries. But fortunately not for very long, since no one has very long left in their run.

I don't even get to welcome him to the Jury, since their final decision has been made - they gave the penultimate immunity this week.

Immunity started out as being really close. Then the votes for one person just took off. It looked like it was going to be a run-away/not even close. But then the tide turned and almost all the rest of the votes that came in were for the other person... and the last couple votes were mixed. Who was ahead on the vote count changed at least 4 times over the course of the last 24 hours. It ended up being decided by 2 votes. Which is in true Season 11 fashion.

Congratulations to dadi!
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Topic - Week 31

There's no Work Room this week. At this point, there really isn't a lot to say.

You're the Top 4. Congratulations.

There is a specific topic reserved for the finale. If you know Idol, you know what it is. If you don't, it's easy enough find. Or ask and people can tell you...

So this is the final chance to get to the end. One last push and you are there.

It's an Open Topic.

If you have any reserves, this is the time for you to burn them up. Leave it all on the page. It's open topic, so anything goes. Show us what you've got.

The deadline to link your entries is Friday, August 21st at 8pm EDT

Have fun!