Thursday, January 01, 2009

Welcome 2009!!!!!!!



I thought I should hop on and do a quick New Year's Day post, before slowly melting into my couch. Last night, and indeed the entire Fiends Around The World New Years Eve Bash was simply the best New Years Eve Party EVER!!!!!!!!!

I added up the comments, starting at midnight in New Zealand, and ending this afternoon all over the place...Get read for this....

Six-Hundred and Six Comments, in about 36 hours!!!!!!

Now, that, My Fiends, is a Party!!!!!

Thank you for being a part of it!

(And thank you new de-lurker, Moon in the Gutter! Come out again! Sorry, Dabbler, you are a Fiend now, not a recently de-lurked, doesn't take long...Does it?)

And Thank you for the Best New Years Ever, Ever!!!!!!

I was going to post some pics of the Fiends at the gig last night, only to realize, Aleta, Gayle, El and friends, that I got the rest of the pub, but, uh, not you. Well, Gayle and Aleta took enough for anyone, and I hear they are all over the place. Cool.

Magic came out several times today for play, Lear let me pet him for a moment, (Yes, there was Tuna involved) before turning to the Little Queen's plate, for seconds, Venus keeps bringing me Feather sticks, she has four now on the couch with me, but I think it is Mim who has got New Years Day DOWN.....



Yes. Of course the Bengals sleep on Mink. Duh!

Love and Lazy New Years Day,
Lorraine

207 Comments:

At 4:48 PM , Blogger Dragonsally said...

Perfect Mim - wish I had something as soft and cuddly as the mink to sleep on. Post your photos too Lorraine, the more the better!

It truly was a great way to spend NYE and NYday

 
At 4:50 PM , Blogger Adri said...

We Fiends sure are a chatty bunch!

 
At 4:53 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

It was pretty amazing! Total world party, with people going off to sleep, and coming back and New Years coming in all around the world!!!!

Next party, we podcast as well. Maybe St Pats? It IS generally a 12 hour gig...

 
At 4:54 PM , Blogger Dragonsally said...

that would be brilliant

 
At 4:57 PM , Blogger EmilyLady said...

The Fiend party was indeed magnificent -- Happy New Year to you and Magic and Boss and all!

 
At 4:59 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Would, wouldn't it?

Say, we haven't heard from El yet today...And none of the Fiends at the show should be feeling any worse for the wear today, all being moderate drinkers...

How many of you are still in PJ's? Hee-hee....

 
At 5:10 PM , Blogger FiendOfFur said...

a little late with the Happy New Year wishes from here, work and sleep kept me away. I'll plan for next year.

 
At 5:15 PM , Anonymous Lysandwr said...

Here!

But..

I guess you could call it moderation....spread carefully over MANY hours :) Oh, you mean the Fiends AT the gig! hehehe.

On the other coast, wonder if Val is feeling less murderous yet.

Yes to St. Patrick's Day! Can't think of anything else I'd rather do! Pretty sure there isn't exactly going to be a Sesiun got up in this town.

 
At 5:16 PM , Blogger ariandalen said...

Well...I'm just got out of pajamas around 5 PM (CST). I haven't done much at all today, not even cooking/preparing a meal. I have washed some dishes, and will probably change out the dishwasher after a while.

Mim seems to own the mink coat. I don't think I would try to move her. Ms. Fabulous, you may have more luck, assuming you want her moved. ;)

Webcast! St. Patrick's Day! COOL!!

 
At 5:22 PM , Blogger Adri said...

I'm in slouchy jeans and a t-shirt, but only because I had to go to the grocery.

...couldn't resist buying more bubbly wine. It was on /sale/

 
At 5:24 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Mim loves my coats. And shoes. She got a Thing for a velvet jeans jacks and would sleep on it where ever it was, and if it was on a chair, she would take it down. It now lives in her cat bed, along with a pullover...

It' never too late for Happy New Year, Fur!!!!! Glad to see you anytime!

I don't drink, so I didn't have that problem today, but gigs take it OUT of you, and I have two more to go.

I too, wonder how Dread Val is doing? When last heard she was going to kill a snoring person, find out about crashing bottles, and drink coffee and Gatorade...

I loved the way she worked her way west this morning....And she has certainly seemed to have done a FINE job as designated drinker for me!

 
At 5:24 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

And why not Adri!

I got dressed too to shovel and go to store, but it's sweats all the way..

 
At 5:38 PM , Blogger ariandalen said...

Adri, if you missed it last night, mix pomegranate juice with champagne. Wonderful stuff, silky and smooth. :) Better than a regular Mimosa.

 
At 5:41 PM , Anonymous Lysandwr said...

almost like the classic Kir Royale (Kir--red currant liquor--with champagne) Talk about silky! :)

Yes, if there is a way to add alcohol to alcohol, I probably know it.

 
At 5:47 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

I thought Kir Royal was Chambord with Champers?????

 
At 5:49 PM , Blogger vampi said...

Happy 2009!!!

wow lot's of comments, that was fun.

crazy david house is a house in a very nice area of la with at least 17 full size statues of david around the driveway. be sure to check out the series to see the creepy black mannequin mrs claus.

 
At 5:50 PM , Anonymous El said...

*stumbles in blearily*

Did I, uh, hear my name being called?

Hah, no, I kid. I am in the land of the living, and I even put some photos of the party on facebook. There's one of you, Q, that makes me smile every time. Your purple crown was pretty perfect. :)

I've done a grand total of nothing today, but as I have tomorrow off too I don't feel too awful about it.

ariendalen- I love mixing mimosas with different juices! My favorite so far has been pear nectar, but I haven't tried pomegranate mimosas yet.


Happy new year!

 
At 5:56 PM , Blogger gaypet said...

Pama (pomegranate liquor) and champagne. Um, yes please!

Hi there. :) Full day with M. Who will hopefully sleep now. And making food. I posted at the end of the last. Can't seem to construct a full sentence. :P

Hope you all are having a wonderful beginning to the New Year.

 
At 5:56 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

There's El! Hi El!

I must see these photos, I'd forgotten I sure did have a purple crown!!!!!

Hi Vampi, saw you Ugg comment, and I agree....

I have become She Who Wields The Feather Stick with out ceasing...Wonder if it counts as a workout...

I've been going from room to room today playing feather stick with three sets of Bengals...

(you lot only think my life is exciting...)

 
At 5:57 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Did M wake VERY early Gayle???? Glad you had the day with him!

 
At 6:01 PM , Blogger Adri said...

Ooooh! Pom juice here I come!

I'm currently playing tomb raider-- piloting Ms Croft around feels productive. She is so very strong and decisive. :D

 
At 6:01 PM , Blogger Siri said...

El, I don't see your pictures on Facebook - I see gayle's and Aleta's, but not yours...could it be we aren't friends there?

sob

 
At 6:02 PM , Anonymous Lysandwr said...

Pear Nectar!! What a GREAT idea.

Okay, my bad....Kir is Black Currant, not red. For a truly enticing googlecation on the different versions (and in France, you CAN ask for blackberry-Chambord- or peche/peach) please see HERE
I foresee a new toasting series for next NYE.

Cool to see the David pics, thanks Vampi. I see the present owner (same guy?) no longer paints them in exceedingly bright colours and suggestive patterns.... :)

 
At 6:03 PM , Anonymous Lysandwr said...

Room to room Bengal Feather Stick service sounds like a heck of a lot more exercise than I've had in the last 24 hours, I'll tell you that!

 
At 6:04 PM , Blogger Dragonsally said...

You stole m sentence Siri...El, can we friend you on there?

 
At 6:06 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Of COURSE yo know the Cray David house, Lys, why am I surprised???

Hurrah for Tomb Raider!

 
At 6:10 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

That is SUCH am amazingly freaking wonderful magic photo I stole it and added it to tonight's post!!!!!!

Thanks El!!!!!!!!!

(now you don't need to be her friend to see it, but be her friend anyway, she rocks!)

 
At 6:10 PM , Anonymous El said...

Siri- It may be! That is a tragedy and we must fix it!

I welcome all sorts of friends on facebook, but I don't have everyone's full names... you can find me through Gayle and Aleta, (my full name is Ellyn and my last name starts with a G) or you can email me if you want at evabluedream at gmail dot com.

(I apologize for the cryptic avoidance of names. I am a little leery about full names and the internets... my mother taught me well, I guess! I know all the fiends are safe, but you never know who's watching... *paranoia*)

(Can I get any more parenthetical? Jeez.)

I would love to have more fiends on facebook, though!

 
At 6:12 PM , Blogger vampi said...

oh he used to paint them? i'm so sad i've missed that.

yes repeat featherstick may be tiring...but think how feather stick is bringing out the fun and joy in certain kitties...

 
At 6:14 PM , Blogger AletaMay said...

That photo is amazing. You look like transcendence personified!

 
At 6:19 PM , Blogger Dragonsally said...

El, you must have your name set under supersluth status, its not appearing that I can see in Aleta or Gayle's list...which leads me to say, Aleta or Gayle - could you recomend El as a friend for me and Siri at FB please? Or El, you could grab my name from their list, Its easy to find me - same user pic there

 
At 6:23 PM , Anonymous El said...

Ah, yes, I forgot about that. I am sneaky!

I've changed the setting, so people should be able to see me. Sally, I'll add you right this minute and that will take care of it! :)

 
At 6:24 PM , Blogger Adri said...

I want to be facebook friends with Fiends!

You can search for me via my email address: persephone451 (at) gmail (dot) com I think. Just include in your friends request that you are a fiend! :D

 
At 6:34 PM , Blogger Dragonsally said...

Just added you Adri

 
At 6:35 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

If anyone wants to be my friend and isn't, add me but send a message, as I don't know all the names...

I can generally figure it out from who you are friends with, but I am kind of picky, I don't add everyone who wants to be my friend.

Fiends to, are SO A list!!!!!!!!!!

 
At 6:42 PM , Blogger Adri said...

Yay! I'm going on a Fiend-friending spree!

Q-- I added you but forgot to send a note (thus breaking my own rule, 'cause I don't add people who randomly friend me, either.) You can see my leopard tattoo in my userpic, though.

 
At 6:43 PM , Anonymous Lysandwr said...

Vampi--there was much uproar...imagine er, delicate portions of the anatomy painted fuschia and hot pink. hehehehe.

But that was in the 80's , I THINK. It all runs together. :)

Lorraine--leftover (hangover?) from all those SoCal years. If it was interesting, odd or just differently cool; we were all over it. 25 years ago I was married in the pool area of Here (pictures 4 through 12)

Okay....I'll stop living in flashback now...

 
At 6:52 PM , Anonymous Lysandwr said...

OKAY!!!!

I did it.

I registered for Facebook. And, even though I'd never registered before, there were already two people popping up as "friend requests".

And they weren't even Fiends?
One was a friend from my first Iraq tour, of whom I'd lost track.

Maybe this wasn't such a bad idea, after all!

 
At 6:54 PM , Blogger Siri said...

LYS!!! WooT!!!!
Find me slg6734atmsndotcom

 
At 6:55 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Adri, I'd add ANYONE with a Leopard tattoo!

(I'm getting my first Leopard, Venus of course, in a couple months from Hannah at Kat Von D's shop in LA!)

Yea Lys! Facebook is too much time and too much fun! Just so you know tho, I don't do the sending Things, drinks, plants whatever...No time..

 
At 6:59 PM , Blogger Adri said...

Lys-- that means they put your email address in to try to find you at some point, I think.

Facebook is tons of fun. I've connected with some of my old scouting friends, and it's a really great way to keep up with my family on a daily basis, too. I find most of the applications pretty annoying, but they're easy to ignore.

re: tattoos-- I need to have the rest of mine finished out. I'm going to do a shoulder cap with cat and technology symbolism.

 
At 7:05 PM , Anonymous Lysandwr said...

Okay, adding Adri was easy (thanks!!)
And through her I was able to send friend requests to Siri and Sally.

Help me out here please!

 
At 7:05 PM , Blogger Dragonsally said...

I'm out of the habit of all that stuff on FB now too Quiche, except for a select few things, but even then I rarely do them now. (did that sound circular, or is it me?)

 
At 7:07 PM , Blogger Dragonsally said...

You should have got a 'thingie' from me with just about everyone on it Lys.

 
At 7:09 PM , Anonymous Lysandwr said...

Obviously my motivation was largely the pics....so if someone already connected can help me friend Aleta n Gayle....it would be great!

Thanks for the support, Lorraine and Siri \0/

 
At 7:13 PM , Blogger Siri said...

Lys, if you go to my page, (click on my picture) you should be able to see my friends, and click on their names to add them...I think.

But Sally may have already hooked you up!

Off to bed, Fiendom - I have to work tomorrow. grrr.

 
At 7:15 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

How come Lys doesn't want to be MY friend??????

 
At 7:16 PM , Anonymous Lysandwr said...

Apologies for being so slow...Angus has taken possession of my left arm.

Thanks for the welcomes on walls!!

Swimming through the sea of info, I found and requested Gayle.

Progress ;)

 
At 7:19 PM , Blogger gaypet said...

I don't do plants and what-not on Facebook either. Just not enough time to work it all out. Sure do like having so many Fiends there now tho!!

OK, I really must get a few things done now that M is asleep. He (did I say this already?) slept till 9:30 but we have to get up at 5 tomorrow so...

Night all.

 
At 7:21 PM , Anonymous Lysandwr said...

oh my Fabulous Friend!--I can't FIND you!

 
At 7:21 PM , Blogger Siri said...

I think I just sent Lo to you Lys....

 
At 7:22 PM , Blogger vampi said...

i like the flair and superpoke applications, i stopped with all of the others. some are cute for a while but get boring and become a time sink. facebook has a nice ignore all feature i click every so often to delete them.

 
At 7:26 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I found Lorraine! on Sally's page.

 
At 7:28 PM , Anonymous Lysandwr said...

Thank you all for the help...and that last one was me :)

 
At 7:28 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Well, anonymous found me, hee-hee..

Try Lorraine Garland

 
At 7:29 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

My picture looks like that one eyed girl from Futureama...

 
At 7:35 PM , Anonymous Lysandwr said...

*I* wasn't going to say it :)

 
At 7:35 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Lys, I went thru my frinds list and tagged everyone you might know, and all of the fiends....

 
At 7:44 PM , Anonymous Lysandwr said...

Brilliant--thank you!

 
At 7:56 PM , Anonymous Lysandwr said...

Must be slow from the drink...I can't seem to see any tagging....

BUT much thanks to those friending me!--so much easier :)

 
At 7:56 PM , Blogger ariandalen said...

So. I am one of the few fiends left not on Facebook.

I'M STILL HOLDING OUT!

;)

 
At 8:04 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Not for long Adrindalen! MMmwwhahahah!

Lys, what it does is send a friend request from me to them, saying Hey look! LYs is cool, be her friend! They have to accept you....

One thinks it's likely...But they aren't on ALL the time, will take a couple days I am thinking.

 
At 8:23 PM , Blogger Ticia said...

Adri and El, I just requested fiendship with you, but I'm on my phone, so no note... My name is my name though...

 
At 8:24 PM , Anonymous Lysandwr said...

Ariandalen.....sorry! I know there going to be plenty of days when I'll be lucky to even post here......

I think Facebook will be too much for my paranoid soul, er, my inadequate connection OFTEN!
(Just in it for the pictures, man....:))

 
At 8:29 PM , Blogger Adri said...

Ticia and Na, I've added you both!

Adrindalen, join us on the dark side! I hear there are cookies. >_>

 
At 8:30 PM , Blogger na said...

I just found Lys and El on facebook. I, too, avoid most of the apps, except flair, and I just HAD to find out what Buffy the Vampire Slayer character I was - w00t I was Angel, and my guy was Buffy. Love it.

Deeply impressed with the number of comments we chalked up yestereve!

Wishing for kitties. We spent part of the evening with neighbors who have three cats (two are rescues, t'other an adopted stray \o/ ). Three of four people in our home really want kittehs. The other shall become amenable, mwaahahaha.

 
At 8:32 PM , Blogger na said...

Oh duh! Yes, found you, too Adri! Do you still have purple hair?

 
At 8:37 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Purple hair is a better idea than one might think at first...

Says Q from her Bengal covered couch and SUV....I love days off!

 
At 8:37 PM , Blogger Adri said...

I do! It's hard to see in my current profile picture because the lighting was bad and that's a webcam shot. (Also, I just refreshed the dye so it's VERY dark right now)

My fringe/bangs are royal purple, which I achieve with bleach and Special Effects 'Deep Purple' dye (along with, sometimes, help from Manic Panic Ultraviolet or Special Effects Pimpin Purple).

 
At 8:39 PM , Blogger Adri said...

Er, that is, my facebook profile pic (it's from last night). My blogger profile pic is nicely lit and shows plenty of purple!

Purple hair is a /great/ idea providing you don't have a boss that will disapprove. I think some of my clients were taken aback at first, but it's actually a help at conferences because people remember me. (My business partner has AMAZING dreadlocks, too, so we become 'that company with the hair')

 
At 8:42 PM , Blogger na said...

Manic Panic! That's the stuff I used when I made my hair fuschia. It got all over the walls of my bathroom, as I had long hair then.

I always wanted purple hair. I mentioned this once to my mother, back in high school. She said I'd have to find a new place to live. Apparently she didn't mean it, but I believed her. Gave myself a mohawk instead. :P

 
At 8:49 PM , Blogger Dread Val said...

Well, here I am at urgent care, after a day of entertaining my brother and his wife. Waiting to get seen by a doctor to see exactly what the crud I have IS.

The crashing this morning was a well-intentioned guest trying to clean up the beer bottles, but they all went crashing onto the floor. I did threaten death, or No Coffee, which is worse, really. Got coffee, got Gatorade. Then had to go entertain my little brother on his last day in town. Finally dumped him back at our mother's place, as I was feeling feverish, and headed down to urgent care. Where, mysteriously, my insurance card got demagnetized. Of course.

Oddly, no I'll effects from all the drinking last night, except apparently taxing the hell out of my immune system. Throat is sore, I have a fever, and I ache all over. Yay. I keep thinking, didn't I just DO this last week?!

Grr.

 
At 8:51 PM , Blogger Chantrelle said...

Sorry I missed the party! Happy New Year!!!!!

We went out to an early dinner and then spent the evening w/ our neighbors, drinking (way too much) wine and playing Mah Jong. Fun, mellow night that still resulted in a wicked hangover.

Purple hair - i miss mine! Now that i officiate weddings though, i need to stick w/ natural brown. Don't want to lose any clients because of something silly like hair color!

Off to start watching season 2 of Dexter!

HAPPY 2009 FIENDS!

 
At 8:51 PM , Blogger vampi said...

i so desire purple hair. i've always been scared to bleach my hair myself, and i don't have a hair goddess i trust here, or anywhere really. every time i get my hair cut it tends to be trauma. i have very difficult hair. it's really fine, but i have tons of it, but that's not the issue. my hair shrinks differently when wet, so i always have hair that ends up looking like it wasn't cut, or i did it myself.

i have been alternating between black and maroon

 
At 8:55 PM , Blogger vampi said...

Chantrelle, wait, wait, you officiate at weddings? do tell more.

oh poor Val, please do get better. many hopes for very good tylenol with codiene, which works wonders for me with sweet dreams and loopy times.

oh, and i'm the boss, i had slightly pink hair when they hired me, and i don't see clients, so i can be as rad as i want. besides, one of the client facing people has a mohawk.

 
At 8:56 PM , Blogger Adri said...

vampi-- find someone who will cut your hair dry. Call and ask around; lots of stylists who specialize in curly hair will cut dry hair. :)

Val-- I think I'd prefer a hangover to death flu. :( Hope you feel better soon!

 
At 8:57 PM , Blogger bulfinch's aglaia said...

That picture of you rocks, Q. You look wonderful. And Mim is such a smart kitty! :-)

Lys, I will be peeking at Facebook soon to see if you're around...

I had purple streaks once. Started with blue, decided I liked purple better. Then went all jet black. Then red. Then tried blonde for a bit. Then back to reddish hightlights. Then stopped with the coloring out of sheer laziness. Then promised myself that when I started to go grey, I would just go grey, no playing footsies with nature anymore. So I don't. :-)

The odd schedule that is my school life (both teaching and going and tutoring) begins revving up in earnest tomorrow. In addition to my day job as an inclusion special ed teacher, I will be taking one grad class (will be taking two over the summer, so no worries, mates, I will be staying on track), I will be tutoring 3-6 hours a week at the local college's athletic dept., and at least until early February will be teaching homebound 4 hours a week. And if I were offered more tutoring and/or homebound, by God's mercy, I'm taking it. Need the dollars, you know. Job loss in the family sucks. Anyhoodle, all this means is that while I will be reading this wonderful blog every evening, I will not be posting like I have been over these sweet holly holidays. But will be leaning that much harder, for comfort's sake, if more quietly on those who *are* posting...

It bears repeating -- thank you for the best party ever and Happy New Year, fiends!

 
At 8:59 PM , Blogger ariandalen said...

Aw, Val. That seriously sucks. Hope they can help you feel better at the clinic.

 
At 9:01 PM , Anonymous Lysandwr said...

Manic Panic rules, I LURV it.

Dread Val--yuckies!! Burning that fever out for sure, aren't you.

My sympathies. You know, Mimosas are just FULL of Vitamin C. And if you use Pomegranate juice, that's a lot of immune system support and anti-oxidants.

 
At 9:03 PM , Blogger na said...

Val! Be well!

Hi Chantrelle - *waves*

I work from home, so come to think of it, could do whatever I wanted with my hair. Hmmm. Don't think it's the kind of thing that would get me kicked out of the country...

 
At 9:06 PM , Anonymous El said...

Val, I hope you get better quickly. Urgent care is one of my least favorite places to be.

I'm jealous of all the fiends who get to have radical hair! The place I work is quite strict when it comes to that-- not out of conservatism, really, but because we don't want to do anything that will distract the students. They have enough trouble paying attention as it is.

That's what my bosses say, anyway. I think the kids would LIKE my crazy hair.

I'd especially like pink hair, I think. Or green and blue highlights.

 
At 9:15 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Oh VAl, I do hope you get better this is certainly no fun at all!

Chantrelle, so glad you are back , we did miss you!

I am pretty sure I would never dye my own hair, bad idea, but I am lucky to have a Boss who is not phased by hair colour at any rate..

 
At 9:19 PM , Blogger na said...

Hey Grace - if you will, can find me on facebook, too from other fiends' friend lists. My full first name is renata.

 
At 9:20 PM , Blogger na said...

Or, can hint me how to find you.

 
At 9:21 PM , Blogger Dan Guy said...

Watching "bad" movies
makes me so happy sometimes,
staying up too late.

The complexity
of film-maker intentions
is enough for me.

 
At 9:36 PM , Blogger Chantrelle said...

Poor Val, feel better soon! Yuckies.

Dexter isn't happening tonight, hubby's sleeping early. He has to quit coffee, alcohol, anything fun because of pre-ulcerous symptoms (acid reflux, etc) for a whole month. He's a grumpy boy.

vampi - i marry people :) I was ordained in '95 on ulc.org and married friends/family for years and just this year decided that i can do it for people i don't know and get paid! whee! I had a last minute wedding the day after xmas, it was great! It's so much fun.

Now that it's 2009, our fiend meetup is THIS YEAR! woo!

 
At 9:40 PM , Blogger gaypet said...

Good:
Manic Panic, "bad" movies

Bad:
Val in hospital!

Yikes. I hope you are feeling well soon!

Ya, that's me. Not sleeping.

 
At 9:51 PM , Blogger ariandalen said...

Okay. :)
This is for all fiends who like watching bad movies. Rent "Hell Comes to Frogtown." Not, I repeat, not child safe; would be classified as Adult Content, I don't remember if there is nudity though there is definitely women in bras and panties. It stars Rowdy Roddy Piper as the last fertile man in part of post-apocalyptic America, a con man who gets captured by the law. The government wants him alive, so to bring him in they put on an a chastity belt that will explode if he doesn't stay within a certain range. Sendahl Bergman (from "Conan the Barbarian") plays one of the policewomen/rangers bringing him in. It's so bad it's funny, even with it not to be taken seriously. Special effects are bad, mutant costumes are really bad, but it's just too damn funny not to see it. We actually own it, and have watched it several times.

 
At 10:28 PM , Blogger Stacy said...

600+ comments for NYE? That's some kinda record. So sad I missed the whole thing! I was home having a movie marathon w/El. We rented 8 movies! Only watched 4 last night. Still in my jammies and it's bedtime all ready. Gotta work tomorrow :(

Missed all the fiends! Love to Mim on her woobie. But fur? Really? I didn't think anyone still had furs (other than the kind still on the animals) But of course Mim chose wisely. Wonder if she has little dreams of chasing them all down and as she digs her claws in; feeling the life leave their tiny bodies as she thinks MINE! all MINE!

 
At 10:29 PM , Blogger Dread Val said...

Diagnosis: tonsillitis. Have antibiotics, and am home and in bed now. But I have the best medicine of all: Fiendish Love. ;) thank you all, loads. ;)

 
At 10:30 PM , Anonymous Lysandwr said...

Rowdy Roddy Piper *AND* Sandahl Bergman? WOWZWERS!!!

Too awesome. I am speechless.

 
At 10:34 PM , Anonymous El said...

Okay, Stacy, I just have to let you know that you have the same name as my mother, and when you talk about doing things with YOUR El I have to do a double take! Too funny.

 
At 10:39 PM , Blogger Stacy said...

And Dread Val, DANG! You were just sick; now cut this out right now! You simply must start taking things a bit slower lady and give yourself some well deserved time off!

The 4 movies last night were:
Fred Claus (kinda cute)-Love Vince Vaughn)
Get Smart(Funnier than I thought it would be)
Hellboy I (cool)
Hellboy II (should have stopped at I)

This am watched:
Journey to the Center of the Earth (Brendan Frasier)
Narnia (Prince Caspian)

Still to come:
Eagle Eye (Shia LeBouf)
Flashbacks of a Fool (Daniel Craig)

in case enquiring minds want to know

 
At 10:41 PM , Anonymous Lysandwr said...

Val--Tonsillitis? Who gets that in this day and age?

SO....get better quick and soon.
(sends soothing healthy vibes)

 
At 10:42 PM , Blogger Stacy said...

El NO WAY!!! I just told my El & she laughed too! I often think when I'm posting and say things like "Me & El" that I have to disclaim saying it's not YOU but my El. LOL

Val! Fiend love & all the kitteh's & goggies too! Hope your snugglyon particle fields weave their magic & you are on the road to recovery soon. Anything is better than having to go to urgent care on a holiday no less.

 
At 10:54 PM , Anonymous El said...

It is really weird. :) My mother even spells hers the same way you do, without an "e" in Stacy.

So! Fiends, take note! I am not the same as Stacy's El. Except when I am.

...right, I am getting loopy. Sure sign of bedtime.

Val, drink lots of tea, you poor thing. The rest of you fiends: make mischief! Good night!

 
At 10:59 PM , Blogger Stacy said...

Doppelgangers of the world, UNITE!

Unless you're dyslexic; then I believe the phrase is

UNTIE!

I'm off to bed too. *sigh*

Fiends make merry!

 
At 11:02 PM , Blogger Dragonsally said...

Val, not good. Tonsillitis HURTS. lots of fluids for you.
Stacy and El - that's too weird.

 
At 11:04 PM , Blogger ivenotime said...

600 + comments! wow, busy and festive indeed! i will try to read at least the majority! A wonderful and happy new year to all the fiend family!

my family and i just returned a couple hours ago from a short trip we took together - a 4 day cruise to the bahamas, kindof a surprise for the daughters, and nice for us five to be together as life will not permit that much often anymore. on the way there, we had our flight diverted due to a medical emergency, we were literally the last people to be allowed on the boat before the gangplank was pulled up. then, it was smooth sailing until nye about 1 am- sadly, sadly, a young man, an employee of the cruise line (carnival) fell overboard and the ship and coastguard worked 5 hr to try to find him, and the coastguard is still working on it - with no sign of him yet. a sad and somber start to the new year. on our first flight on the way home today we had an extremely disruptive passenger who was so obnoxious and unusual the plane turned back, and all of us had books, belts, keys at the ready - we were that scared of him. wow, what a strange trip it's been, to paraphrase the grateful dead. Hope your nye has been fun, and your new year one of hopes, dreams and the drive to achieve them.

it is so good to be home, and tho tank had wonderful caregivers and had new playmates, he jumped on my lap and would only present me with his rump. his sign for No, You Are Bad And I Do Not Like You.

again, blessings on you all! Happy New Year!

 
At 11:05 PM , Blogger na said...

::heal:: Val. Glad they can give you antibiotics and I hope that does the trick for you!

It's ffffrakking cold here -11 F but "feels like -29 F". Erk. I was wickedly happy last night to hear a native Albertan complain of the cold.

'Night-morning all, hope every last one of you is warm and well (or at least on the mend) in every way.

 
At 11:05 PM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

97 comments already?
Good heavens.
Mim would now how to lounge in style.
After all she IS a Chanel kitty.

 
At 11:09 PM , Blogger na said...

Oh hey Sue! Good to see you back. Sorry the family fun was marred with sadness and weirdness. Amazing how both fragile and resilient we as beings are.

 
At 11:10 PM , Blogger vampi said...

ooh poor val:( will they take them out? isn't it quite dangerous as an adult? i had it once but they decided not to operate. i was releived as a child, but now i'm scared i have a time bomb in my throat.

just watched bolt. because boy is in some animation society, we get all sorts of dvd's. we got madagascar 2, bolt, wall-e and some shorts. that's keeping us in entertainment right now :) he get's to vote on everything like the oscars, but for animation movies. it's sooo cool. i can't believe we moved here for my job, and he got a job in the movies. it's so cliche.

 
At 11:12 PM , Blogger na said...

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At 11:16 PM , Blogger Dragonsally said...

Sue, wow. That's one eventful short trip.

 
At 11:19 PM , Blogger ivenotime said...

it was weird, and did remind us of how fragile we are, and also to appreciate the moments we have. My heart goest out to that young man and his family. Scanning really quick - feel better Val - hope you are on the mend, Grace - good luck - you will do great, and in the next day or too i will update my connections on facebook (welcome lys!) and Hi Na, hope you are staying warm, our weather is brisk - but not too terrible, a still welcome change.

 
At 11:20 PM , Blogger vampi said...

oh my sue, sorry the trip was marred by so much. i am glad you got to spend time together.

 
At 11:21 PM , Blogger ivenotime said...

its now about 2 30 am, and i have been up since 4 am - i should be more tired! Hi sally, how's things with your mom? hope that is going well for her. Vampi, I seriously envy your hub's animation voting privileges....

 
At 11:29 PM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

Tonsilitis? Yickes. Antibiotics suck as you normally cant't drink at the same time. Good thing you got them NOW, after the partying. Get better soon, Val!

That David mansion is way too kitsch.

 
At 11:30 PM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

No! Mim had safe pads on her claws. I suppose she still does although adult sizes are a different colour.

 
At 11:37 PM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

Good heavens, sue, that was one hell of a holiday!
Glad you made it safely home.

 
At 6:24 AM , Blogger EmilyLady said...

What a great new verb Boss has invented over on his blog: Wiiing.

 
At 7:19 AM , Blogger Phiala said...

Val! Maybe all the Fiends should chip in and buy Val a relaxing vacation somewhere with air quality, and a case of vitamins!

I want purple hair! First, though, I would need a job NOT working for the government.

I have the herd mentality - I just signed up for face book. I sent the folks with email addresses in the comments section friend requests, but didn't catch on to saying that it was a Fiend request immediately. If you get a request from sarah goslee, that's me. :)
I really don't want a fb account, but I want to see the pictures!

Today I will do all the useful and interesting things I'd planned to do yesterday... off to a good start already.

 
At 7:57 AM , Blogger dabbler said...

Don't feel new anymore, Q, no worries! And, if I haven't said it, thanks for inventing this place.

I'm on facebook...mainly to play Wordscraper (Scrabble clone, sorta) with a couple of friends... love you all, and feel free to friend me, but I warn you, I'm boring!

katieatwildbearddotnet Wow, that looks peculiar. I don't really eat wildbeards...that e goes with the kati.... Picking hair out of teeth. Blech!

Get well wishes to all...

Katie

 
At 7:58 AM , Blogger dabbler said...

Oh....and great party!

 
At 8:02 AM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Sue! Such a holiday! Too scary being on a plane with weirdo man, and so sad about the boat...

I don't put the soft paws on anymore, they didn't like them, and it was handy when they were kittens who didn't know not to claw, they know now and are more careful....

Slept weirdly, now am tired, but have to go to work...

 
At 8:04 AM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

Well, it must have felt awkward for them because it meant that their claws had to be drawn all the time...

 
At 8:04 AM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

Tea. I need more tea.

 
At 8:07 AM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

They were cute, and helped, but I don't think they are good for Kitties..

Right work now.

 
At 9:36 AM , Blogger ariandalen said...

Val, tonsillitis is no fun, but at least it's not mono. Hopefully, you'll be feeling better soon.

Vampi, I had tonsillitis a couple of times when I was in grade school. I still have my tonsils, and I'm 47. You really don't have anything to worry about.

Sue, glad you made it home okay. Wish that your holiday hadn't been marred.

Lys, I knew you'd be interested. ;) I think it was Roddy Piper's first movie. It's somewhere around twenty-five years old. We first watched it on VHS, though we found it on DVD several years ago.

 
At 10:53 AM , Blogger bulfinch's aglaia said...

Oh Dread Val, how awful. I hope the antibiotics help and FAST. Also, if you finish the antibiotics and still feel bad, go *back* to the doctor and demand bigger and better ones! You've been sick for too too long, DV, and we can't have that.

 
At 11:49 AM , Anonymous El said...

I'm so happy to have new friends on facebook. It made my night!

ariandalen- wasn't Roddy Piper in the Cyndi Lauper "Goonies" music video? What a strange thing...

I'm off to Swahili lessons. When I get back I will teach everyone how to say "fiends have spicy brains." Won't that be delightful?

 
At 11:57 AM , Blogger vampi said...

lol fun transaltion site

Original English Text:
fiends have spicy brains

Translated to Japanese:
魔神はぴりっとする頭脳を持っている

Translated back to English:
Demon God has the brain which is made the [pi

Translated to Chinese:
守护程序上帝有做的脑子[pi


Translated back to English:
Protection program God has doing brain [pi


Translated to French:
Dieu de programme de protection a faire le cerveau [pi


Translated back to English:
God of program of protection has to make brain [pi


Translated to German:
Gott des Programms des Schutzes muss Gehirn machen [PU


Translated back to English:
God of the program of the protection must make brain [PU


Translated to Italian:
Il dio del programma della protezione deve fare il cervello [unità di elaborazione


Translated back to English:
The God of the program of the protection must make the brain [processing unit


Translated to Portuguese:
O deus do programa da proteção deve fazer o cérebro [unidade de processamento


Translated back to English:
The god of the program of the protection must make the brain [unit of processing


Translated to Spanish:
Dios del programa de la protección debe hacer el cerebro [unidad de proceso


Translated back to English:
God of the program of the protection must make the brain [unit process

 
At 12:01 PM , Blogger spacedlaw said...

Translating programs are hours of guaranteed fun and bewilderement.
Anything in Swahili?

 
At 12:13 PM , Blogger Kitty Cat said...

I cannot keep up with all of you lovelies...
happy new year and to Val, be well sister.

it is a foggy grey day here in the LA area, Hollywood is sleepy.
i love it!

Quiche, the purpley-blue lit photo of you is beautiful.
wish i had seen you play!
xoxox from the superhero headquarters.

 
At 12:40 PM , Anonymous Lysandwr said...

Phiala--I completely understand; that is what lured me in to finally FB register.

Either that, or the Featherstick Lorraine was waving at me :)

Kitty-Happy New Year! I *think* I sent you a Friend request on FB; that was in the first rush after joining and I'm uncertain as to whether I did it right :)

Vampi--I love that Fiend became Demon God became God of Protection Program. We are all Protection Program Gods! (er, and Goddesses!)

El--At one point or another Cyndi Lauper managed wrestlers; maybe Rowdy Roddy was one of hers. Or they were just friends. In any case, I do remember seeing them around together.

 
At 12:49 PM , Anonymous Lysandwr said...

Phiala--for some reason I can't seem to find you on FB. Unless that is you in Ohio? Next time you're on, go to Lorraine (or one of the other Fiends you've already Friended)and fine me on their friend list.

You know, I never thought of myself as this Friendly before....*g* just kidding, a concierge HAS to be!!

Facebook would have been an essential work tool back then :)

 
At 12:54 PM , Blogger Phiala said...

Lys, I sent you a friend request this morning when I made the account.

Unless there are other Lysanswyrs who are friends with Fiends...

I'm friends with a bunch of Fiends already so you can find me that way too.

I think it was the featherstick, don't you?

 
At 12:57 PM , Anonymous Lysandwr said...

Boy, I REALLY am new to this FB thingie.

Got your poke, Beez! And finally saw the requests from Phiala and Stacy. So that's all good now.

And time for me to be out and about with all the things that were put off...
Laundry. Gotta love it. Come the revolution, I will have my OWN energy efficient environmentally positive washer and dryer.
No, not a tub with a wringer, either.:)

 
At 1:07 PM , Blogger gaypet said...

I hope the antibiotics do the trick, Val!

Sue, Yikes! What a crazy trip. Glad you made it home.

Today I was eating lunch with the kids (5 of them today) and trying to explain that people believe different things and we didn't need to try to convert each other over PB & J today. The "Santa is real" kids were trying to convince the Jew and Hindu (one each). I was calmly explaining that we can all believe in what we want when:

Kid one: I know who Santa's brother is!

Kid two: GOD!

I think they were a little alarmed at how hard that made me laugh.

 
At 1:27 PM , Blogger Dragonsally said...

Drat. Blogger just ate my post.
difficult typing around this .
Tysie's first webcam photo!
Vampi. love those translations.

 
At 3:31 PM , Anonymous Lysandwr said...

Sally--showed your pic of Tysie to my mother, as that is also Angus' favourite position when she is on the computer. I sit in a chair or on the couch, which makes it difficult for him to do that (hence the "arm-blockage and wrappage" he likes to do instead, necessitating one handed typing) but she has her lap-top set up on the breakfast nook table.
hehe

For interested parties, I see that io9.com changed their tune rather quickly after being ever so politely, Britishly yet thoroughly spanked in Neil's blog for inaccuracies. "Related news" became "related rumour-mongering" blamed on fans, rather than stated as fact. Weasels!

 
At 3:51 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Thanks Kitty!!!!!!! I sure do wish you had been there too!!

Loved the translations! I laughed so hard, which amuses the post office to no end....

Winter storm warning just went up. Rats. Tomorrow afternoon thru till morning.

This does not make for good going to gig tomorrow, we shall see tho, might yet miss us...Get ready Sue, it's headed your way!

 
At 3:54 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Figured that would come down, people make up the strangest things....

Just heard about a rescued Bengal kitten in Sacramento that someone found, apparently, am waiting to hear more....How can you FIND a Bengal tho, is my question? Kittens go for huge $$ $600-$900 for a pet.

We shall see.

 
At 4:11 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Right. Here I am home for half an hour. LOVELY to chat with you all, lol.

I'll just comment on myself, and go off to my gig now.

Chatter me nice things and I will do a new post when I get back....

 
At 4:15 PM , Anonymous Lysandwr said...

It's California, Quiche. People throw away designer 10,000 couches when they are "imperfect".

VERY sad but true. Good luck to little Bengal kit.....i

 
At 4:19 PM , Anonymous Lysandwr said...

hah!!! It's all that feather stick waving!!

They're all on FB, writing on walls.

hehe. Just kidding. This is a MUCH prettier wall to write on.

Hey, have fun w/gig tonight but STAY SAFE, okay? Most especially the getting there and the getting home.

I am off to music jam myself tonight....not so much celtic, but hey--it's live music!!

 
At 4:21 PM , Blogger FiendOfFur said...

Hope you have a good show Lorraine. I forgot I had a FB profile, some of you are getting requests from me. One of these days I'd like to get to a gig, after all, I only live 3.5 hours away.... when the weather gets better, I promise.

 
At 4:23 PM , Anonymous Lysandwr said...

Ahem. If I may have your brief attention? Thank you.

"designer $10,000 couches" that is...

 
At 5:20 PM , Blogger gaypet said...

Sorry I missed you, Q. Rock on!

 
At 5:39 PM , Blogger AletaMay said...

Have a great gig tonight Q! I am sure there will be people there. Maybe some that have not yet left from Wed. night! Say hi to Paul!

Val -- so sorry. Very smart of you to go to the Dr. and get going on treatment right away.

Great to have so many fiends on Facebook. Weird but interesting place.

 
At 5:39 PM , Blogger gaypet said...

You know, when someone says "bury the hatchet" am I supposed to imagine burying it in their head? No, right? ;)

 
At 5:56 PM , Blogger Adri said...

Hullo fiends! I hope everyone is having a great night (afternoon, Sally). I'm stuffed full of chinese food and thinking of watching some tv before diving back into Tomb Raider.

I wanted to share the fortune from my cookie:

"A smooth sea never made a skillful mariner"

 
At 6:25 PM , Blogger Chantrelle said...

Facebook is weird. I just got 'friended' by a college roommate...that housing situation did not end well. But its been 15 years, guess we can bury the hatchet ;-) Wherever it may fall!

Making chicken and barley soup for dindin. Trying not to watch the pot so it will boil.

 
At 7:15 PM , Blogger Beez said...

Gayle said:
You know, when someone says "bury the hatchet" am I supposed to imagine burying it in their head? No, right?


Well, I always do! :D

 
At 7:29 PM , Blogger gaypet said...

I am glad that I am not alone in that! :)

 
At 7:49 PM , Blogger vampi said...

chantrelle, my highschool sweetheart and ex-fiance friended me on facebook a while ago. now THAT was odd, we did not part as friends.

and to bring back the rose bowl parade conversation about the snarky old people...stephanie and bob eubanks... article here

 
At 7:55 PM , Blogger gaypet said...

Well, I don't really want to bring the room down but I just found out my friend and his boyfriend were jumped and beat up on New Years. My friend has stitches. In his HEAD. Ugh! They are both OK. But it's awful. I wish I had been there. With a hatchet.

 
At 7:59 PM , Blogger vampi said...

omf gaypet, are they ok? that is so beyond belief. my thoghts go out to them. i hope the perps are caught and prosecuted to the fullest extent

 
At 8:03 PM , Blogger gaypet said...

Thanks, Vampi! The cops were no help and didn't arrest anyone. Even tho they had them there. We shall see what happens next.

He is very lucky. They had him on the ground, kicking him. He could have been seriously injured or killed. Narrow escape!

 
At 8:06 PM , Blogger Adri said...

I think we just found the best use for the metaphorical hatchet yet.

gaypet, my heart and thoughts go out to your friend and his boyfriend. What a horrible way to start the new year-- I am glad that overall they are ok!

 
At 8:08 PM , Blogger gaypet said...

Thanks Adri. Me too!

 
At 8:17 PM , Blogger AletaMay said...

So sorry Gayle. Why in the world did the police not do anything? I really don't know what else to say. I am really not so much in favor of fighting violence with violence... but I sure understand the impulse.

 
At 8:29 PM , Blogger gaypet said...

Aleta, I am actually an aspiring pacifist and REALLY don't think violence is ever OK. But "aspiring" is the key point. I know that if I had been there I would have some inner work to do to get back to my peaceful place.

Gandhi said that true pacifism comes from the heart and that it is not just about actions but what you feel in your heart. I choose not to be violent. But my gut tells me to kick the shit out of them. More work to do. :)

 
At 8:44 PM , Blogger Beez said...

Th'art better women than I.

I go for kicking the shit out of them- no question.

Now, it's been a few years since I actually put this in practice, but it's always the first impulse.

 
At 8:49 PM , Blogger na said...

Gayle! First you had me in metaphorical stitches, but it's awful to hear about the real ones in your friend's boyfriend. Oooh that frosts my cake! Sincere healing wishes to them both.

facebook. I was at first overzealous in accepting friend requests. Then I got a wtf? invite from an ex, decided enough was enough, and I clicked "ignore". Have since learned that you can't send someone a friend invite more than once (ever), and if you ignore they can't resend. I'd guess this helps prevent a stalking sitch, so good. Bummer tho', I removed someone I didn't need to, and learned you can't "refriend" later.

I also once recycled all my concert ticket stubs. Regret that some now. What's the opposite of a "packrat"?

 
At 8:55 PM , Blogger Beez said...

Opposite of packrat=organized which is not me.

 
At 8:58 PM , Blogger na said...

:P Took half an hour to write a comment (simultaneously getting monsters to sleep).
I appreciate the points about pacifism vs violence, thought vs action. I find I am skeptical that a person can be wholly engaged in the chaos of a normal life (whatever normal is for their culture) and be wholly pacifistic. Not saying it's impossible, not saying it's not worth striving for. Just wondering.

 
At 8:59 PM , Blogger gaypet said...

I think the thing with this friend is that he and I have been close to this citation before and, I know it's lame, but I can't believe I wasn't there to protect him. Nothing I could do but somehow I still manage to feel like a failure.

I remember the moment I decided to stop fighting. I used to think that if I didn't start it then I was in the right. But the guy who started it was still bleeding. And I felt bad. I was a bit of a problem child. :)

You are all so supportive. No matter your feelings on "shit-kicking" I am honored to be your friends! Thanks again.

 
At 9:01 PM , Blogger na said...

lol, Beez. I dunno. May be possible for one to be TOO organized, if it means throwing away that which you later miss.

 
At 9:03 PM , Blogger Beez said...

*laughing*

Well, at all 5'3" of me, I really needed to start learning to think before opening the can of whup-ass on someone.

The surprise factor is priceless though.

 
At 9:03 PM , Blogger na said...

Gayle, are the attackers' identities known? Can something be pursued yet? Possibly there is something still that can be done on behalf of your friends, and long term help prevent other bashing incidents?

 
At 9:05 PM , Blogger na said...

Oops. Made an assumption. Anyway - that other people can be prevented from being harmed by these presumed thugs, I meant.

 
At 9:05 PM , Blogger gaypet said...

Ya, I am not organized either. I have boxes sitting in my apartment with no where to go 'cause I have crap I can't get rid of!

I think the mindset of a true pacifist is not something I will ever attain. It is an ideal for me. I would defend myself and my friends and if violence was necessary I would probably resort to it. But I am trying to teach M that violence is NOT OK. Ever. I guess I hope that we will evolve to a less violent place as humans. But that will be centuries from now.

So for now. Bury the hatchet!!! :D

 
At 9:08 PM , Blogger Beez said...

*falls over laughing*

Bury the hatchet indeed!

G'night all- Work X 2 tomorrow.

 
At 9:10 PM , Blogger na said...

Wonder if the U.S. could ever have a Department of Peace, like Kucinich has proposed.

 
At 9:11 PM , Blogger gaypet said...

Na, frankly, my friend really should go to civil court as he is an actor and the stitches and bruises will affect what roles he can get for a while. I think at the moment he is just working on feeling safe in his own skin. I will talk to him again on Sunday and see how he feels about court. There is still a lot of bigotry out there. The cops would be (apparently) evidence of that.

Beez, I am not exactly formidable and I stopped fighting at 14. But I bite, so...

 
At 9:12 PM , Blogger na said...

G'night Beez!

I'm ready for the virtual Black Books party, whenever others are!

 
At 9:13 PM , Blogger gaypet said...

Na, there is this great yard sign in my neighborhood that says "I am for preemptive peace." Love that!

Night, Beez. Have a good day at work-s.

 
At 9:15 PM , Blogger AletaMay said...

Makes complete sence to me Gayle!

 
At 9:21 PM , Blogger ariandalen said...

Gayle, I'm so sorry about your friends. Surely they can file charges against the bigots, and possibly against the officer(s) who was there and did nothing. ::shrug:: I plead ignorance of the law on the best course to take. ::sigh::

Beez, you can be an organized packrat. Everything is in its proper place, yet nothing gets thrown away. Takes a lot of discipline, but it is possible.

So, back to Renata's question. The opposite of a packrat would be a minimalist. At least, that's what seems to me to be the best answer. :)

 
At 9:26 PM , Blogger gaypet said...

Once again the, more than, supportive Fiendom has come to the rescue. Thank you all for the good vibes. I will let my friend know. You have made a crap night MUCH better. Thank you!!

Night.

Sorry, Q. I hope you had a great gig and got home safe to feather sticks and Bengals.

 
At 9:28 PM , Blogger na said...

Yes, from my far-removed vantage, those cops do seem to be perfect evidence of bigotry. I can't help but wonder if there are other officers in their force who would act differently than they. One can wish, hope. Urgh. A hundred other thoughts about this. If they pursue it, may a civil case be productive and Make a Difference, be helpful to your friend and his bf.

I feel like beating up a pillow.

 
At 9:32 PM , Blogger na said...

Yes, ariandalen! Exactly! Minimalist. That I am, or strive to be.

Very challenging to live with a Packrat and two young kids, it is. And to love books and scifi shows.

Balance, balance, balance.

 
At 9:36 PM , Blogger vampi said...

i am watching some very odd thing on hbo called cat dancers about some exotic cat trainers

 
At 9:37 PM , Blogger Dragonsally said...

Gayle,that is awful about your friend and his boyfriend - please give them get better quick thoughts from down here.
Adri - that must be the best advice from a fortune cookie ever.
I have just got back from the hairdresser. Be prepared for a shock shortly.

 
At 9:40 PM , Blogger bulfinch's aglaia said...

My nephew is a rookie cop in the LAPD, and I think he is a good person who cares, so I will hope that not all cops are uncaring bigots. And I would advise exploring the possibilities of a civil suit, oh yes. Although I know nothing about the law, I still think it couldn't hurt to check with a good lawyer. But that's always a tough decision. I hope the wounds, of all kinds, heal quickly and with no scars.

In my heart and head, I am terribly violent. Fighting back is my go-to move, even if it's just verbal and all in my head. Something I need to work on, of course, sigh. I admire the true pacifist. (One of my favourite saints is St. Seraphim of Sarov, who was severely beaten by a man trying to rob him and then pled for mercy for the robber. He truly believed that state-inflicted punishment wouldn't help someone he saw as a wounded soul. But I am so far from that sort of love for others that I cannot even imagine it well.)

I am thinking of hangin' round until Ms. Fablo shows back up. Unproductivity is no longer my middle name, it is my first and only name. In all caps. I should be in bed, but no. If I'm up, I should be doing work. Again, no. Wow, I need someone who is willing to use violence to give me a sharp smack and get me back to working mode!!! Oh help and bother...

 
At 9:51 PM , Blogger na said...

BA, I think it's the New Year thing. I, too, am completely off work, but have much to do. Have now spent two nearly-unproductive days in a row. This is serious sloth mode for me.

 
At 9:54 PM , Blogger Dragonsally said...

Every summer my hair shrinks - its so thick and unruly its unbearable when the weather gets hot unless it is short, and every few years I go blonde for summer...doesn't look like me in the mirror yet.

 
At 10:00 PM , Blogger na said...

Has anyone seen Dragonsally? There's someone here claiming to be her...

Looks great, Sal! Thanks for the warning. :)

 
At 10:04 PM , Blogger bulfinch's aglaia said...

DragonSally, WOWNESS! How cool, and brave. I have never done the short short thing. You look really good! :-)

 
At 10:05 PM , Blogger vampi said...

woah!!! that's awesome. i need to do something drastic soon. i'm fed up with my hair.

ok, do not, i repeat, do not watch cat dancers. tear jerker

 
At 10:05 PM , Blogger Dragonsally said...

Thanks Renata, I'll always like it for a while. I'm thinking of putting a pink or purple streak through it, just for fun.

 
At 10:05 PM , Blogger bulfinch's aglaia said...

And thanks, Na, for the encouragement. I am going to believe you and hope for a better, hardworking me tomorrow.

 
At 10:07 PM , Blogger Dragonsally said...

Thanks Vampi and BA...its fun.

 
At 10:10 PM , Blogger ariandalen said...

Looks good, Sally. :)

I've had short hair only once in my life. I was in third grade. I don't think it was quite as short as yours, but close. The rest of the time my hair has been shoulder length or longer.

I have never been blonde.

 
At 10:21 PM , Blogger Dragonsally said...

Oh, I have to add, my hair grows really quickly...won't stay this short for long

 
At 10:26 PM , Anonymous Lysandwr said...

Pre-emptive Peace/Pacifism only works against someone who cares....those attackers (and the bigoted cops) didn't. Well, they didn't care about the right things.

Anyway, I am a pacifist EXCEPT AND UNTIL there is a threat towards those I love and care about...or towards those who cannot protect/defend themselves.

Then, well....bet y'all can figure there aren't many limits. Um, I don't have a gun in the United States.... nor, to be honest, am I much of a martial artist any more. But so many things can be weapons, in the hands and hearts of the inspired.

I tried pure pacifism; I flailed. 'Bout as successful as I was at being married. Do respect it; just can't BE it.

 
At 10:26 PM , Blogger na said...

I was once blonde - until about the time I turned three. ;)

 
At 10:29 PM , Anonymous Lysandwr said...

Miss my waist length hair! But short hair has it's place as well...and yours looks great, Sally!

 
At 10:31 PM , Blogger Dragonsally said...

" Do respect it; just can't BE it." Well said Lys, and ta.

 
At 10:32 PM , Blogger Adri said...

Ok, I just read a chick lit book and it was a fun read, but there was a family scene that just had me bawling. Whew. Probably needed that cry.

Sally! Love the hair! It's very dramatically different; I can tell you will love it.

I cut mine off to my ears when I was 14, then didn't cut it at all again for ten years I was so traumatized! I had something like 2.5 feet of hair when I started trimming it back and cutting it again.

Here's my reaction to being blonde (preparing to dye my hair the first time): zomg blonde!

 
At 10:36 PM , Blogger na said...

Mmmmm. Such good food for thought on the pacifism topic. Lys, your note about protecting loved ones reminded of a moment when my son was still a babe in my arms, and someone wanted to give him a kiss. Bless her, she is a retarded woman, so makes some strange sounds that bothered him, but she's kind and harmless. And yet, when he got upset, a Mother Bear awoke in me and rooooaarrrred. I had the presence of mind to simply carry him away.

 
At 10:51 PM , Anonymous Lysandwr said...

na-completely understandable!! Nature gave you that reflex for good reason. And it sounds like you did an excellent job of tempering instinct with reason.

Myself, well, sometimes it is a bit much. When I used to go to clubs in LA with friends (mostly female, we ran in packs :) )I bared my teeth (and sometimes aimed well-placed elbows and/or boots)against SO many overly aggressive clubbers of either gender! Now, THAT'S overly protective :) I've mostly gotten over that level.... but not entirely!

 
At 11:03 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Home now, my dears, such a lot going on!

First off, Gayle, my heart is with you and your friend.

On the whole thing of being a pacifist, well, violence is NOT the answer to every little problem, but if it is needed, yes, I would , and have, indeed fought back. You have to. To protect yourself, or someone you love.

You have to be strong. When push comes to shove, if it is your life, or a loved ones, shove. Ideals are lovely, but they don't much always work. DO what you have to.

Sally! Are you , like 21? Fods! There's a change for a girl!

Right. I promised a new post, for those who are up, I'd best go and write it....

 
At 11:04 PM , Blogger FabulousLorraine said...

Yes, been there Lys, No One gets to touch me without an ok, and yes, I will make that CLEAR...

Are we going to 200 before I do this new post???

 
At 11:08 PM , Blogger Chantrelle said...

oh, i'll help get to 200! About to head to bed but checking in for a new post :)

 
At 11:08 PM , Blogger na said...

I was wondering about 200, too...

 
At 11:08 PM , Blogger na said...

Is it cheating to...

 
At 11:09 PM , Blogger na said...

...do something like this?

 

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