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Green Room - Sign Up Week - Day 1

The Season 10 sign up sheet is officially up: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/945807.html

So please make sure to spread the word. We've had a decent response so far, but the sooner we have a full house, the sooner we can get this thing rolling down the tracks to our inevitable doom.

People have been asking me: "Gary, why Season 10?"

and I've said, "Because it comes after Season 9."

They say, "Gary, why now? Isn't everyone in the world focused on the trainwreck we are calling the US Presidential election?"

and I say, "Yes. Which means that something with EVEN HIGHER stakes is needed! Something that truly matters - like who will be the next LJ Idol!"

People ask, "Kill kill kill"

and I say 'SHUT UP VOICES IN MY HEAD!!! NOT TODAY! NO. NOT TODAY... well, OK, maybe today... BUT NOT TOMORROW!!"

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Anyway, it's nice to see you.

How have you been doing?

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theun4givables
Nov. 1st, 2016 12:54 pm (UTC)
FIRST?

Morning everyone, how's things? Enjoying my last couple of days of vacation by trying to tackle this NaNoWriMo thing...

First year I didn't have anything explicitly planned to do in a while, so this should be fun. xD
n3m3sis43
Nov. 1st, 2016 01:02 pm (UTC)
*hands you a cookie*

Fun, yes. That's what they call it. xD
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n3m3sis43
Nov. 1st, 2016 01:04 pm (UTC)
Second? Heh.

First day back at work from vacation, followed by several days off work and on pain meds after surgery (I'm fine). I apologize in advance for any bizarrely loopy GR comments I may make over the next week.
murielle
Nov. 1st, 2016 02:52 pm (UTC)
Hi! I remember you, too! How are you healing? Bring on the loopy, that's always fun. 😉
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baxaphobia
Nov. 1st, 2016 01:11 pm (UTC)
Hi! A green room! Yay! All is fine in this corner of Massachusetts. I'm off work today because I have a dentist appointment right in the middle of the day and it was not practical to go into work, come all the way back here and go back to work again on public transportation. And any excuse to not have to go into the craziness that can be my office! How's everyone?
swirlsofblue
Nov. 1st, 2016 04:26 pm (UTC)
Hello! Hope the dentist went well :).
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muchtooarrogant
Nov. 1st, 2016 01:11 pm (UTC)
Ah, presidential MEHsidential, but you're going up against NaNo?

I'm doing okay, and have attempted to recruit a coworker, even before completely deciding that I'll be participating myself. So it goes. :)

Dan
clauderainsrm
Nov. 1st, 2016 01:28 pm (UTC)
I always go against NaNo. :)

Honestly, I've seen enough people combine the work they are doing, using Idol as a springboard for their novels. So I know it can work.
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murielle
Nov. 1st, 2016 01:16 pm (UTC)
Okay. Why am I doing this instead of enjoying a few minutes more sleep? Last time I signed up for Idol my overriding emotion was mind numbing terror and dread, this time I'm enjoying watching everyone sign up. I get a huge kick out of seeing folks I remember from last year, and feel completely nostalgic when a newbie signs up.

I hope this is a fantastic season for everyone! Bon chance, everybody!
baxaphobia
Nov. 1st, 2016 01:18 pm (UTC)
It feels good to come back "home" doesn't it? And once you've done it it is not as intimidating...only a little bit!
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unmowngrass
Nov. 1st, 2016 01:22 pm (UTC)
Hi!

Going out to visit my grandma in a bit. Today's her birthday :) And maybe we'll hear when she's getting moved to the home that is literally only up the road from me (15 houses away!), rather than all the way over the other side of town like she is now, so I will be able to visit her more often.

My anxiety is currently sky high, but I'm able to recognise it an be like, "ok, I have sky high anxiety and I feel in desperate need of some tlc, but it is only anxiety, I'll live" kinda thing. So yay.

Other than that, y'know, still alive and stuff so it's all good.

---
PS. Does anyone know how to tell if a pineapple is ripe before I cut into it, please?
clauderainsrm
Nov. 1st, 2016 01:26 pm (UTC)
Smell the base of it. If it smells like pineapple, you're good. If it doesn't really have a smell, it's not ripe yet.

(or at least that's what I've heard)
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banyangirl1832
Nov. 1st, 2016 01:41 pm (UTC)

SO EXCITED to get another season of Idol. Thanks Gary! Though I'm not sure I'll be thanking you in a few weeks, what with the two jobs, NaNo AND Idol. We'll see!


I moved into a new house in a new town with the Sam creature at the end of June, got a new job at the end of May, and celebrated my cat's 19th birthday in August! Got an ADD diagnosis and a dermatillomania diagnosis, but the ADD meds fixed my PTSD, and they help my ADD symptoms. All hail Dexedrine!


On the path to starting a small gluten free, allergen-accommodating baking and prepared foods business. Going to attempt to use the holiday season to bake All the Things and get feedback and practice and a regular rotation of goodies that I can sell at farmers markets next year. Goals! You gotta have 'em. Hope everyone else has been well too!

baxaphobia
Nov. 1st, 2016 01:48 pm (UTC)
Wow! a 19 year old kitty! My 4 year old ragdoll kitty had to be put to sleep in May. He had a lot of health issues that we just couldn't solve. Poor boy. On a good note though I now have a really wonderful new kitten. His name is Sheldon.
So are you supplying all the goodies for the Green room? haha
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wolfden
Nov. 1st, 2016 02:21 pm (UTC)
I'm excited for a new season of Idol.

Life is interesting and complex. I'm 4 weeks out from surgery to repair my ankle. It's healing up well just much more slowly than I would like. We are getting estimates to repair water damage to our house which happened just before Hurricane Matthew came past NC and created lots of jobs for contractors.

Today I have a routine doctor appointment and then an appointment to test drive a car (well I get to test ride a car). Then I need to knit as much as possible because I have a blanket I'm trying to finish before this weekend.

murielle
Nov. 1st, 2016 02:32 pm (UTC)
Hi!

A fellow knitter! Great to meet you!

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clauderainsrm
Nov. 1st, 2016 02:48 pm (UTC)
Btw - this is mostly aimed at veterans, but if you see a newbie sign up, make sure to go welcome them. They aren't always going to know to come into the Green Room and socialize, so the better ambassadors we have from the vets, the more comfortable newbies are going to be!

Thanks!
banana_galaxy
Nov. 1st, 2016 04:38 pm (UTC)
Is that why you told them to say if they're a newbie in the sign up sheet? :P
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lilmissmagic71
Nov. 1st, 2016 04:09 pm (UTC)
Feels like old times...
*looks around* Wow... I can't believe I'm back! Hi all the folks! What a welcome break from the world out there! I much prefer the world in here!

For old friends... I am looking forward to catching up with everyone... For new friends... HOWDY! :)
baxaphobia
Nov. 1st, 2016 05:22 pm (UTC)
Re: Feels like old times...
Hi! An old friend! It's so good to see you back here! I hope this finds you well!
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swirlsofblue
Nov. 1st, 2016 04:29 pm (UTC)
Hello everyone! Looking forward to speaking to everyone again and seeing what everyone is going to write.

I'm going to make an effort to be more sociable this season. Let's see how that goes.
baxaphobia
Nov. 1st, 2016 05:08 pm (UTC)
Me too! That's half the fun of Idol! Welcome back!
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kathrynrose
Nov. 1st, 2016 05:44 pm (UTC)
Show of hands - who's already started their Season 10 spreadsheet?
beeker121
Nov. 1st, 2016 06:01 pm (UTC)
Mmm, spreadsheets. Though I'm taking my usual route and waiting for several of you spectacularly organized people to get ahead of me so I have something to use for comparison.

Also, I'm actually supposed to be working since it's the first which means all the things to close October.
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lordrexfear
Nov. 1st, 2016 05:48 pm (UTC)
Oh great... Green rooms... comments, trying to think of things to say.

Remind me why I would put myself through this pain again? Maybe it's like the same pain of watching The Voice and seeing people more talented then others getting eliminated because taste and quality are subjective concepts. I watch till there's literally NO ONE left I got a feeling for... or maybe someone who did nothing for me does one performance which changes my entire opinion.

I guess Idol is the same way. So is all contests with people doing things.

lilmissmagic71
Nov. 2nd, 2016 01:33 am (UTC)
UMMMM because we are all awesome together... even competing.. :) I'm glad you decided to rock this one, dude.
banana_galaxy
Nov. 1st, 2016 05:49 pm (UTC)
Okay, so Gary gave me enough convincing to sign up. Hoping I have enough time to play again this season. Not sure how many faces I'll recognise since I haven't been very actively involved since season 7. But a lot has changed in my life since then (what was it, 2011 that season ended?) and now that my life is feeling a little transitional again, I figured I could give it another shot. Even if I do have to drop out before being voted out.

(And hi, those of you who've seen me in seasons past would know me as comedychick; I'm not trying to hide :))
adpaz
Nov. 1st, 2016 06:23 pm (UTC)
That's almost exactly what's gone on with me too! I'm starting to feel where I might... just might... be able to keep up with this again. Glad to see you back too!
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adpaz
Nov. 1st, 2016 06:21 pm (UTC)
How on earth did I talk myself into this again? I guess I'm just a glutton for punishment.

Well, that and I'm trying to get my 10 year old practicing his writing as well, so I figure the best way to do that is to set a good example! I should about something, right?!
xo_kizzy_xo
Nov. 1st, 2016 06:35 pm (UTC)
Woo hoo, you're back! :)
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