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Green Room - Week 0 - Day 9

There are people talking about boycotting Chili's due to their treatment of a Veteran on Veteran's Day.

What chain restaurants do YOU think should be boycotted due to their treatment of FOOD? ;)

Speaking of Veterans, well, a different kind of veteran at least:

Remember to get me your votes for Week 0 of the Veterans poll by Thursday! http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/950046.html

Under "Information you can use": I'm ready to make two announcements that I will now bury in a Green Room post. So hopefully you're paying attention. I'm not just putting it as a comment though, so that's good, right? ;)

(Seriously, I'll make an "official post" about it as a reminder, but I'm thinking about it now...)

You will have two byes this season, good between now and the Top 50.

That's two "free passes", where you can sit out and rest a week. Life happens, especially around the holidays. So there's two times you don't have to worry about it. Once you miss the third time though, you are automatically eliminated. There *is* a Patron level though where you can earn a "Bye to give someone else" though. (For those keeping track of such things)

Also - the Sign-Ups are still open: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/945807.html and that's tied into the bye situation. I WILL be closing them at the deadline to get your entries in for Week 1.

I can't say the actual date for that yet (obviously) but for those still trying to make up your mind, or those trying to get their friends to join in on the party, that is going to be the time to keep an eye on.


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Nov. 15th, 2016 01:56 pm (UTC)

Two byes sounds great to me.

Do you know, I can't think of any chain restaurants I really actively dislike? Oh wait, no --Denny's. I refuse to ever eat at a Denny's again.

I hope more people do sign up. There are some old friendly faces I'd like to see, for one thing.

Edited at 2016-11-15 02:12 pm (UTC)
Nov. 15th, 2016 02:18 pm (UTC)
Feel free to tag them. Peer pressure! :)

Yuck! - messygorgeous - Nov. 15th, 2016 04:09 pm (UTC) - Expand
Nov. 15th, 2016 02:07 pm (UTC)
May it rain cookies upon you and may you feast upon cake!
Nov. 15th, 2016 03:22 pm (UTC)

sneaky sneaky gary, also only 2 this season, crosses fingers that I stay inspired!

Fast food is all so horrible but all vices in moderation has always been my philosophy

Nov. 15th, 2016 04:29 pm (UTC)
"Only" 2. Hahahaha. That's what I was used to when I played in season 6 & 7. If he's offered more byes since then, he was clearly being generous.

And we had more people in those seasons, too, so that's upping the challenge even more.
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Nov. 15th, 2016 04:06 pm (UTC)
TWO byes? Yeep!
Ok. I avoid Applebee's for crimes against food. Also O'Charley's and Ruby Tuesday too. To me it's just paying extra for the same kind of things I make in my own kitchen, with a less flavor and I have to wait a long time to get it.

Generally, I'd prefer to spend my money on something local. Usually those places are fresher, more creative. However, I LOVE Outback. The Wallaby Darned frozen drinks are incredible, a Bloomin' Onion and Aussie Cheese Fries...SO GOOD! Juicy steak, thick baked potato...gah, I am feeling hungry.

So, in other news, I just went to a seminar on effective communication. Did you know that words comprise just 7% of what we take in as we attempt to understand other people? That puts us in a unique position with Idol, using *only* our words to communicate ideas and emotions effectively! I <3 a challenge.
Nov. 15th, 2016 06:55 pm (UTC)
Re: TWO byes? Yeep!
Applebee's has upped their game in the last year or so. Went to our local one over the summer and was pleasantly surprised. It's not a place I'd go out of my way to eat at, but it's nice knowing that they're capable of giving you a decent meal.

We lost our only Outback a couple of years ago. I'm not sure if another restaurant took its place.
Re: TWO byes? Yeep! - messygorgeous - Nov. 15th, 2016 07:47 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: TWO byes? Yeep! - theun4givables - Nov. 15th, 2016 09:12 pm (UTC) - Expand
Nov. 15th, 2016 04:10 pm (UTC)
I didn't have time to read & vote for the newbies poll, seeing as I had to drive to Lancaster and back and participate in their improv festival over the weekend, but I thankfully got through 25 veteran intros yesterday, so I'm a little over halfway done now. It's going to be challenging to pick my top 5 favourites.

I read an entry yesterday from someone I knew, who I had no idea I'd introduced to Idol in a previous season! That was a cool discovery.

Oh, and I actively don't eat at McDonald's because of their treatment of food.

Edited at 2016-11-15 04:11 pm (UTC)
Nov. 15th, 2016 11:52 pm (UTC)
McDonald's hamburgers taste like clinical depression.
Nov. 15th, 2016 04:56 pm (UTC)
Hahahaha, having held a job in the food industry to put myself through uni, I make it a point not to eat anywhere OTHER than my own kitchen. I am not kidding.

Patron link?
Nov. 15th, 2016 05:12 pm (UTC)
Patron link
(no subject) - messygorgeous - Nov. 15th, 2016 07:50 pm (UTC) - Expand
Nov. 15th, 2016 05:11 pm (UTC)

My experience at Chili's involved bad chicken tacos and the result looked like this:http://www.extremepumpkins.com/pukingpumpkin.html

Nov. 15th, 2016 07:48 pm (UTC)
Nothing like food poisoning to turn you off a place FOR EVER.
Nov. 15th, 2016 05:23 pm (UTC)
I once worked for a convenience store kitchen. That is, the kitchen in their business office in one of the industrial areas in the city where we made the sandwiches sold in the stores. I will never, ever eat any of the prepared sandwiches from that chain because anything that fell on the floor went back in the sandwich except the slices of processed cheese. Why just the cheese? Because the filth from the floor would be obvious when it stuck to the cheese. I also tell friends and family not to eat there either. Don't buy 7&11 sandwiches!

Now I know it's not a restaurant chain, but they make and sell food, so I think they count.

Patron level?

Nov. 15th, 2016 05:27 pm (UTC)

The different levels/rewards are listed. There will be an email going out to qualifying Patrons prior to Week 1.
Nov. 15th, 2016 05:55 pm (UTC)
Patisserie Valerie. It's a chain in the UK. It gives off an overwhelming vibe of 'we're too posh for the likes of you to eat in here' and then the food tastes incredibly underwhelming if not outright bad.

Ooh two byes. Will have to see how long I can hold on to them.

How do we know what patron level we are?
Nov. 15th, 2016 06:44 pm (UTC)
If you qualify, I will send you an email.

But otherwise, log in to your Patreon account and it should tell you. (in the middle of "work" right now, but I'll do it later if you still need it)

Nov. 15th, 2016 06:58 pm (UTC)
As somebody who currently works in food service, I guess I'm a bit more forgiving if something falls on the floor. The trick is to abide by the 5 second rule. Why isn't whatever fell tossed? Because that'd be wasting money.

There are degrees of damage, however. A brief oopsie is one thing. Something you didn't realize fell and has been stepped on? Yeah, into the trash it goes.
Nov. 15th, 2016 08:32 pm (UTC)
I worked in a restaurant in college. I was front of house, but more than once I saw someone accidentally sling a piece of meat from grill to plate and miss and it would hit the floor - where they picked it up, rinsed it off and threw it back on the grill. I want to believe that was enough to kill the germs...
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Nov. 15th, 2016 08:18 pm (UTC)
I haven't eaten at most of the places mentioned because we don't have them here (except McDonald's, of course). I once drove to Burlington, Vermont to try Applebee's. It was decent, but I wouldn't care if I never ate it again...

Only two byes?? Yikes! I am going to do my best to not use mine until March, but Gary, I know you sometimes give extenuating circumstance byes - aside from the obvious (giving birth or death in the family) are there any other circumstances that would qualify?
Nov. 15th, 2016 09:10 pm (UTC)
Other byes I have given in the past: Baby bye. (the week of, or the week after giving birth. Although alycewilson might laugh at you. ;)

Death in the family. That's less often. But I have extended them based on circumstances.

Someone's house burning down.

Broken leg *did not* get a bye. Not did "I'm sick".

Ultimately, I'd save them until you *really* need them, or (ideally from a strategy standpoint) use them to "back into" the Top 50, so you don't have to worry if you will make it or not. :)

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Nov. 15th, 2016 08:46 pm (UTC)
Has anyone made a spreadsheet I can steal? I'm really not sure what all I should put on it besides names and weeks. LOL

Help a newbie out, vets! :)
Nov. 17th, 2016 03:25 am (UTC)
I'm just now seeing this (running behind this week on everything.)

It's a good conversation to have early in the Green room. Maybe we can start tomorrow's with it.

I haven't made mine yet, and different people have different things on them. It might be nice for the new folks to hear what people track.
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Nov. 15th, 2016 08:51 pm (UTC)
I don't go out to each much due to not having much of an income. When I do, it's usually to local places, not chains.

I've had bad experiences everywhere but Ruby Tuesday, and that's a minor miracle considering half of my high school worked there.

Oh well?
Nov. 15th, 2016 09:13 pm (UTC)

Chili's and Applebee's are my least favorites but I do love Maggie McFly's (small chain, huge menu, really solid stuff) and Outback and Maggiano's  (small Italian chain like an Olive Garden but better).

Nov. 16th, 2016 05:55 am (UTC)
Meta: Week 0...Day 9!?!?!
From inside the Green Room wing on meteor base 'Merica, the baseball cap wearing rebel, Cloworora, stood, propped up against the metallic walls of the literary cyber-terrorist Gary's lair.

"You know, not to be glib, compadres, but I think we need to send Gary back to school. Either that or common core math is seriously worse than we imagined. We're on day nine of week zero. Day. Nine. Week..." Cloworora casually pointed out. Following a snort, bright blue eyes peered from under his cap. The huddled masses of LiveJournal Idol Season 10 squinted back at the hatted freedom fighter as though he'd cut a particularly horrid brand of flatulence.

"...And this is why I sidestepped the minefield of introductions, jeez," cloworora muttered while folding his arms over his chest in a slump against the wall.

Edited at 2016-11-16 08:37 am (UTC)
Nov. 16th, 2016 10:49 am (UTC)
Re: Meta: Week 0...Day 9!?!?!
...wait a sec, I think you're onto something.

:checks title:

Y'know, I was wondering if Gary was going through a time and space burp without realizing it...
Re: Meta: Week 0...Day 9!?!?! - clauderainsrm - Nov. 16th, 2016 04:51 pm (UTC) - Expand
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