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Green Room - Week 4 -Weekend Edition

The poll is happening right now: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/966583.html

So make sure you are getting out and supporting your favorites.

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Speaking of "getting out" this morning I went out to the manatee viewing center. It's only my third time being out there, and it's one of those experiences where you can get a little overwhelmed.

Over a hundred manatees (some of them babies) gathered in the waters around the power plant. (they come there when the water starts getting cold). Seeing manatees in the wild is one of the cool things about living in Florida, but that many of them, in one place just kind of makes you take it all in.

Especially when you see the scars from the propellers that have hit them over the years.

That kind of makes you hate people.

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Speaking of hating people, I met lawchicky last night... heh, oh come on, like I was going to miss *that* transition!

Actually, I met *three* Idolers last night! I'll admit, I completely forgot her husband was handtruck who briefly participated in Season 8. Also, for some reason, I didn't connect the dots, until we were introduced that they were the parents of Idol Minor fan favorite Olivia!

I always have so much fun meeting Idolers, and it's (almost) never enough time. (I've stayed with a couple before, so there was enough time there. :D) It's always cool - and a little surreal to come face-to-face with the fact that there are actual people on the other side of the internet.

(and yes, I did brutally kick her like the hippie she is. She deserved it for taking a bye! :D)

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murielle
Jan. 8th, 2017 05:54 pm (UTC)
First?

I think it's so cool to meet online friends. I did back in the old days before I had a computer that allowed me to see graphics. There is something so different about meeting people you "know" but don't know.

Happy Sunday!

Edited at 2017-01-08 05:57 pm (UTC)
kschlotwrites
Jan. 8th, 2017 08:19 pm (UTC)

So far you're the first and only!

murielle
Jan. 8th, 2017 09:37 pm (UTC)
Now there are two of us! You know what that means? We get All the cookies!
ellakite
Jan. 10th, 2017 02:06 am (UTC)
Uhhh... that isn't how it works.
Back in "The Old Days", folks didn't get cookies as a result of declaring themselves "FIRST!" Rather, they got cookies when they declared... something else... and then I vented my spleen at them for using my idea without my permission.

Unfortunately... *whimper*... I no longer have a spleen to vent:

http://ellakite.livejournal.com/555994.html

i'm sorry... i just can't do it any more...
murielle
Jan. 10th, 2017 03:57 am (UTC)
Re: Uhhh... that isn't how it works.
I don't know how it works. (Sad face) I have seen cookies. Gary has taken cookies. I have seen danish. I am confused by online edibles. I'm also never sure I am first because Kindle lag.

Concerned for your spleen. I don't think it's supposed to have vents. (Worried face)
adoptedwriter
Jan. 8th, 2017 10:58 pm (UTC)
I agree!
ryl
Jan. 8th, 2017 08:43 pm (UTC)
I'm jealous. I want to see a manatee. That's the only reason I'd ever come to Florida. Well, that and to kick the people who hit them with their outboard propellers. >:(
uselesstinrelic
Jan. 8th, 2017 08:44 pm (UTC)

Your manatee visit sounds alternately adorable and depressing.

adoptedwriter
Jan. 8th, 2017 10:58 pm (UTC)
Gary, If I get back to Tampa this summer and don't have such an "agenda", we will have to meet up again.
Yes, folks, I too have met Gary, and he is real!

Also, Manatees are super cool! My daughter was obsessed w them in 3rd grade. We took her to Homasassa Springs to see them. We have 2 at the Cincy Zoo. Girl Scouts got to do a "Sleep Over w the Manatees" one time. So fun to lay there in a sleeping bag in the dark and watch them glide and bop around!

They've had so little respect from humans.
http://www.savethemanatee.org/ For years we participated in this by "adopting" manatees for our kids. They loved it!
kathrynrose
Jan. 8th, 2017 11:11 pm (UTC)
Here I am, late to the GR, and somebody's eaten all the cookies. :(
rswndrlst
Jan. 9th, 2017 03:21 am (UTC)

Gary lives in florida?


ohhh the hippies thing makes more sense now...


:goes back to being strung out in orlando and trying to acclimate to the culture:

I brought my own bag, you know in san francisco they banned plastic shopping bags... do you realize how terrible plastic water bottles are? styrofoam? whaaat? you know in san francisco there's compost bins, wait your landfillbin is green?

clauderainsrm
Jan. 9th, 2017 04:48 pm (UTC)
Yep. In the Brandon area. Which, in turn is "in the Tampa area". :D

dreamweaver523
Jan. 9th, 2017 03:05 pm (UTC)
was it River Ventures in Crystal River for the manatee viewing? We are headed there tomorrow!
clauderainsrm
Jan. 10th, 2017 01:52 am (UTC)
Nope. Down at the Big Bend Power Plant. They have a manatee viewing center because when it gets cold, they all head down to the warm waters around the plant.
ellakite
Jan. 10th, 2017 02:11 am (UTC)
I saw a whole a bunch of manatees at Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park several years ago. The springs are hot water springs, so manatees naturally congregate there in cold weather.
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