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Green Room - Week 0 - Day 1

Elizabeth Smart ends up all over my facebook page early yesterday afternoon, being quoted about the dangers of abstinence-only education.  Next thing you know, *three* women who have been held captive for 10 years reappear and gain their freedom!

Way to “one-up” Smart there! “Yeah, you had a horrible ordeal – but there were *3* of us! Our foundation is going to be better!”

Or, is it a matter of one caused the other. If so, *checks today’s facebook offerings*, what does that mean for our cats? Will there be *3 times* the amount of cat videos available by the end of the day?

Speaking of people who have been held captive for years – the Week 0 topic is up: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/649689.html

Just a couple items of note in regard to that. (1) Make sure that the person you want to write about is actually signed up. We’ve had a couple of those already.  So, check the Sign Up page if you’re not sure.   If they aren’t, well then, it’s the perfect opportunity to convince them to sign up! :D

(2) There was a question of, if two people are using the same account, can they write about each other?  The second part of it is “can spouses/SOs/friends write about each other?”    That’s a trickier question, because I set guidelines, I don’t make a lot of rules about how someone interprets them.    On the first part, I’d prefer that people using one account write about someone with a separate account. The reasons for this actually go into the second part – which is that the intention of this is people getting to know each other.  In the first case, that also means that it’s likely that someone else *won’t* end up having someone write about them. Which really sucks.   I know that’s not the intent, but that’s the likely result. So, keep that in mind.

(3) Not directly related to the topic, but something that did come up as a result: Make sure that <b>I</b> know if you have another account.  I try my best to police the use of multiple accounts to stop people from voting from more than one. So, if I know about it ahead of time, I can make sure no one slips. If I *don’t* know about it in advance, and end up finding out… and voting patterns do tend to show me quite a bit of that kind of thing, then I have to take action… and no one wants their Idol run to end that way!  No one else has to know – but I do. So shoot me an email at clauderainsrm@gmail.com and just keep me in the loop!

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If you’ve seen the Sign Up page today, we are at the minimum! http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/648417.html That said, I’m keeping sign ups open for a few more days! So, if you have been on the fence about participating, now is the time to jump on in!

Also, I randomly assigned all of the sponsorships last night, as a tentative measure. “If nothing else comes in”…  kind of thing, and there are 9 people who still need sponsors!   So, if anyone wants to help them out, or if you’ve been hanging back and just haven’t sent anything yet, again – now would be a good time! 

Oh, and once you have done that, make sure to send me your topic selections!

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With all of that out of the way, how is your week going so far?

And Happy kandigurl's birthday to you!

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mezzogiorno
May. 7th, 2013 12:37 pm (UTC)
Frist!?
mezzogiorno
May. 7th, 2013 12:38 pm (UTC)
By which I mean, my week is going fine, thank you! I'm really excited about this introduction challenge!

Also, I very nearly just sent you 5 Turkish lira. That's a tricksy box.

Edited at 2013-05-07 12:42 pm (UTC)
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n3m3sis43
May. 7th, 2013 12:43 pm (UTC)
I have like 5 accounts. You know about 3 of them and I never, ever use the other two. If you need to know what they are for proof of this, please let me know and I will email you the names. :D

Hilariously, the number of times I've been asked if I am a particular person who's playing this round is... very high. And I am not that person. ;-)
theun4givables
May. 7th, 2013 06:21 pm (UTC)
Are you sure? ARE YOU SURE YOU'RE SURE????
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theun4givables
May. 7th, 2013 12:44 pm (UTC)
I'm going through the introductions posted so far and loving them. Kinda sad I'm not doing it this go around. I would love to hear what someone would say about me. :)

This week is going good. :) Yesterday was my 6th year wedding anniversary with Ev. Though this weekend is where the real celebrations are gonna happen. :) We're going away for the weekend without a child. It'll be glorious. :D
mezzogiorno
May. 7th, 2013 12:48 pm (UTC)
They are very nice so far, it's been good fun. And congratulations! Where are you going?
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lawchicky
May. 7th, 2013 01:03 pm (UTC)
Happy Tuesday everyone. It's looking gloomy around here, but I'm hoping the day won't be too bad. We are going to the Islanders game tonight, and I'm really hoping that they win. I'm also sitting through continuing education this afternoon, which is a snooze, but it needs to get done. I have to pick up a few hours of continuing education between now and my birthday, when I need to renew my license. Blah!
ellakite
May. 7th, 2013 01:08 pm (UTC)
A relative of mine had been considering moving to Cleveland.
Really. They had decided against it a few weeks ago... but right now I am *SURE* they feel like they "dodged a bullet"...

In the news, they're calling the rescue of those three women "a miracle." While I am glad they were found alive, I would hardly call being held captive for 10 years "miraculous"...
clauderainsrm
May. 7th, 2013 01:13 pm (UTC)
Re: A relative of mine had been considering moving to Cleveland.
As someone originally from that area, I can say that anyone who chooses not to move to Cleveland should feel pretty good about themselves! :)
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adoptedwriter
May. 7th, 2013 01:19 pm (UTC)
I just signed up. Using my main acct too. Now I need somebody to intro me and a bud to introduce. Hello out there! AW
n3m3sis43
May. 7th, 2013 01:30 pm (UTC)
Oh, and I put up a post trying to recruit more victims:
http://n3m3sis42.livejournal.com/1162166.html

My victim-count so far this round is kind of impressive. It almost makes me feel bad I'm not playing. :P
n3m3sis43
May. 7th, 2013 01:52 pm (UTC)
Oh, and in honor of Topic 0 going up, another macro...
sweeny_todd
May. 7th, 2013 02:27 pm (UTC)
Re: Oh, and in honor of Topic 0 going up, another macro...
haha! they are so cute!
banyangirl1832
May. 7th, 2013 01:54 pm (UTC)
Gary, you'll be getting an email from me later on today (when I'm not half awakedly trying to shove coffee and breakfast into my face hole).

Claimed my person and have been claimed by somebody. This is going to be fun! Looking forward to having tomorrow off so that I can start working on my entry. For today, though, I've got a lunchtime shift at the restaurant and then I have to scoot my butt to the pet store to acquire more noms for my turtle.
ashgaelsonaria
May. 7th, 2013 04:10 pm (UTC)
Awe. You have a turtle?
I have frogs. African Clawed Frogs.
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cacophonesque
May. 7th, 2013 01:59 pm (UTC)
I claimed someone whom I admire and respect a lot for the introductions (and I hope that I can write something that does her justice). And I've been claimed by someone I've wanted to know better. So, I think Week 0 is off to an exciting start. :)

Although I will admit that last night I was having flashbacks to gym class where teams were being picked and I kept refreshing and hoping that someone was going to pick me.

Not sure what the day holds. Wrangling the little one, maybe going outside for a walk... jotting down ideas for my entry.
n3m3sis43
May. 7th, 2013 02:05 pm (UTC)
I expected to feel that way during the first Intersection week of season 8. It turns out that most of the time, the "picking" stuff in Idol ends up being fun and not too stressful. :)
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majesticzaichik
May. 7th, 2013 02:06 pm (UTC)
Got laid off effective immediately today! I'm happy because I hated the job and I get a month of severance, then unemployment and savings to rely on, but it's iffy when I'll get my next gig :/.
bookishgeek
May. 7th, 2013 02:08 pm (UTC)
Oh no, I'm sorry! :(
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mac_arthur_park
May. 7th, 2013 02:07 pm (UTC)
Having a pretty good week here, if you ignore the weather. I've re-connected with an old friend (actually, more like a brother from another mother). I thought the relationship was beyond repair, but May is OUR month (we were born exactly 6 years, 5 hours, 26 minutes and 42 miles apart. And didn't meet until I was in highschool on another coast and he was dating my best friend) and I am dedicating myself the the Goddess of Second Chances this year, so it seems fitting. It feels really good to talk to him again. Plus it's nice to have someone to check in on my family (he lives a block away from my grandparents and 4 blocks from my mom).

Other than that, I'm just hoping I make it through this week and Mother's Day without breaking something.
bookishgeek
May. 7th, 2013 02:12 pm (UTC)
I recently reconnected with an old friend as well - it feels great! Too bad you just reminded me that Mother's Day is a thing that happens Saturday, crap. :/
bookishgeek
May. 7th, 2013 02:10 pm (UTC)
I work in the registrar's office of a university in Georgia. Graduation is Friday. Let me paint you a word picture:

Two schools have recently consolidated. This means that we're not putting together diplomas for one school (~750), but for two (~1.5k combined).

Each student gets TWO diplomas - one from Consolidated School C, and then one from either Defunct School A or Defunct School B.

My job is to label and stuff each diploma envelope. So I have about 1.5k envelopes spread between my office and my poor coworker's office, and I am having to put ~3k diplomas in them BEFORE FRIDAY.

YEPTHISWEEKISJUSTGREATTHANKYOU D:
mac_arthur_park
May. 7th, 2013 02:13 pm (UTC)
Ouch. Good luck!
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whipchick
May. 7th, 2013 03:04 pm (UTC)
So excited to see awesome veterans, exciting newbies, and cool cheerleaders on the sidelines!

I'm in South Africa, which I love, and am on my own for the week, which I also love, having not been alone since November. However, the fact that I can not go outside alone at night (because, South Africa, and I don't have a car right now so I am a walker/biker) makes me WANT TO GO OUTSIDE AT NIGHT DESPITE NEVER BEFORE WANTING TO DO THIS.

AUGH.
roina_arwen
May. 7th, 2013 03:15 pm (UTC)
It's amazing how saying that you CAN'T do something immediately invokes the MUST DO THIS gene!

It's like saying "don't think of a purple elephant," then ALL YOU CAN THINK OF is purple elephants!
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roina_arwen
May. 7th, 2013 03:14 pm (UTC)
Okay Gary - here's my query: If I send you another sponsorship or two, does that mean that *I* get to pick 2 (or 4) more topics to go with them? Hmmm... might just be worth a few more dineros if so!

I still need to compose my intro, still pondering how I want to approach it. I love this twist - nice going!

As far as my car goes, the issue isn't mechanical, it is definitely either (or both) of the front tires. Hubby wants me to bring it over to Walmart after work and have their guys look it over, since we got the tires there in the first place. Whee.

clauderainsrm
May. 7th, 2013 03:37 pm (UTC)
Technically speaking, the topics go to the contestants. That said, if it raises a few more bucks, maybe I *should* open it up for people to submit extra topics for a donation! :)

(Of course, then I'd need to make sure they actually get used during the course of the mini-season. So there's a downside to it as well!)
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