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I was really busy lately, so I brought in some hired help. My friends from United Airlines will now be handle any and all complaints. Just raise your hand if you need help with something, and they will show up and escort you to a special debriefing area we have set up. If you're feet are hurting, don't worry - they will just carry you there.

I've also brought in some old friends from Pepsi to help with our new ad campaign - where voting in LJ Idol polls destroys all racism and everyone is happy. Don't believe me that is what occurs? Go check out the new one and see for yourself! http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/1003004.html

I've also brought some folks from Livejournal itself in to consult on some long term planning ideas and to help with general communication. Those are areas they have always been outstanding in, so I'm sure this is going to be *great*!

Please help welcome our new additions to the staff!

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For those of you on Facebook - I'd highly recommend checking out my FB friend (and all around good guy) Steve Helling's pictures and stories from his trip to visit Syrian refugees in Iraq. They are all public, so just click here https://www.facebook.com/steve.helling and go see them!

He had the opportunity to see first hand what a lot of people talk about, but not many fully understand.
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My Sim City (Big Damn Town) is coming along. It's no longer on fire, and has full police, fire and health coverage. I just have to make sure to set those in place as I continue to expand the borders of the town, so that it doesn't fall into disrepair again. Heck, almost all the roads are in decent shape!

Did I plan a restroom break around when one of the "assignments" for the Mayor's challenge was due, when I knew there would also be a shipment within a few minutes for that, and could flip things around to a brand new assignment? No. That was you. Damn you for doing that! Have some priorities!!!

Do I still need help? Hell yeah I do. But I'm feeling much better about my situation right now...

Oh wait, this isn't my "Sim City blog". It's something else... oh yeah,

so, without getting into detailed spoilers - my theories about how this season of Survivor is going to go have continued to be accurate with another "Big Target" taken off the board. I have a feeling the end game is going to be people that the general audience doesn't remember.

That's kind of how I figure a LJ Idol: All Stars would play out - with the "big targets" leaving early (probably byeing out) and the end game being folks you would have never expected to be there, if you were making guesses on Day 1.

That said - a lot of my early picks for Season 10 winner are still in the running! So I could be completely wrong about how it would play out.

Oh yeah, LJ Idol! That's what we are here to talk about. Well, technically, it's the Green Room, so we can talk about anything we want! :)

Here is the link to the poll: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/998161.html

and for the Second Chancers in your life, their final topic: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/998873.html
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I don't have anyone specific to praise today - unless of course you count the work being done in this week in the poll: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/995007.html

Have you checked it out yet? Any stand-outs that you want to give a little extra love to, in the form of a shout-out in the Green Room?

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We also have the Second Chance topic up: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/995134.html but there's nothing currently there to praise. Unless you really like wide open spaces! ;)
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The last few days have been great for my movie-watching. First we saw Moonlight and then last night it was Get Out.

Saying that both are "completely amazing" probably undersells them.


There's a lot to be said for films where you can just go in and completely escape. But there's something special when the story can be used to make you think, and talk about, deeper issues for hours, and days, after the fact.

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The poll closes tomorrow, so make sure to get your votes in! http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/991458.html

The Second Chance topic is also waiting for them: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/991512.html
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The poll is up: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/983712.html

Second Chances sign ups are happening: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/981280.html

Please spread the word about both of these!
Once that Second Chance door closes, it closes... so hopefully everyone who wants to play *can*...

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This morning I came up with what I think is going to be "the next step" of Idol. Not sure if it's a mini season or a regular season, or if what we know will morph... it was all in a dream. So who knows what it actually *is*. But I just wanted to let you know I was thinking about it, because I've had a few people tell me that they wanted to play "next season" and I haven't actually committed to that yet. We'll have to see what this idea becomes. :)

(and more importantly - how this season plays out! That's going to be a *huge* factor! )
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I'm not going to lie, after last night http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/976853.html I did consider cancelling this week of voting. But I *think* she would want someone to be eliminated, and maybe have a shot at coming back via Second Chance! (Note - I could be wrong about that. But she was very much into "competing in Idol and doing as well as she could*.

So the poll is still going - http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/976026.html and make sure to support the entries you've enjoyed and the people you want to see more of this season!

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What do you have going on this weekend?
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Make sure to take the time to read, comment and vote for your favorites! http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/969972.html and then spread the word, because the only way these people are going to get the love they deserve is if you do that - and the only way *you* will get the love *you* deserve is other people repaying that favor!

As writers, we need each other. This is no different. So get out there and give support to the work you enjoy seeing!

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Speaking of, I've only watched the first two episodes - but I'm finding the show Fleabag. It's on the BBC, but is being shown on Amazon. (I'm not watching it on either of those. :D)

Every episode of the Nerdist Writers Podcast ends with asking "what are you enjoying", and it was mentioned on a recent show, talking about how they thought the combination of effectively breaking the fourth wall, combined with a rare "unlikable female lead" made it interesting. I'm enjoying it so far. I'm enjoying the interplay between characters and seeing the backstory develop.

What are YOU enjoying, that you haven't seen (many) other people talking about?
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We're halfway through the Break - and it feels like it's taking forever! Hope you are using the time wisely to rest up - and of course, writing for the Break topics: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/961914.html

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How was your Christmas and Kwanzaa? How is your Hanukkah and Yule going?

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Hopefully this link will work (Medium is blocked at work, but I read it on the bus) https://medium.com/@sobiq4/writing-loneliness-and-the-exquisite-pleasure-of-connection-59e6a28a5457

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How was your staged fight at the mall yesterday? Did it go well?
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It's deadline day!

http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/958277.html

So get to work you slackers!!

*cracks whip*

*steps on a crack, breaks your Mama's back*

*wears a bright red flower pot on my head*

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So, Survivor fans - Adam.

Discuss.

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So, Non-Survivor Fans - people who you know named Adam.

Discuss.
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Because a little Rev Peyton in the morning is always a good thing - here's a video of Rev himself playing (and firing) a Shotgun guitar: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1QHxWNl3TDI

Apparently, the video ended up on the front page of Reddit and was shown on @Midnight with Chris Hardwick. Which is awesome - this is the band that I've been following since a little after their first album came out. (around 2007/2008). I love these guys and am glad that more people have been paying attention to them.

Although I'm torn, because their shows *here* have never been well attended - and I have that "I want everyone to go see them!" combined with "I like being right up front and having room!" feelings going to war inside of me. :)

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The Week 2 poll is up: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/956559.html Which isn't inside of anyone (unless you had it implanted there) but is certainly going to war...

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What is going to war inside YOU today?
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Happy Thanksgiving!

The real one. Not the fake Canadian one. The one that is celebrated in 'Merica! Like in Standing Rock. I'm sure they are gathering together today for a nice meal. Right?

(Seriously, I hope someone is doing something nice for those folks today. Even if that "nice" is "not spraying with firehoses". That would be a nice change of pace)

Thanks Gary, way to bring the holiday down...

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Speaking of bringing the holiday down - there is a poll up right now: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/953518.html So make sure you get over there and read, comment and vote for your favorites!

You can vote for as many as you want to support - so spread the love! (and pass word along for others to do the same. That's how we get new readers for your work, by word of mouth)

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What awkward conversations/moments around the dinner table are you looking forward to today?

We ended up having to change our plans at last minute due to the original host being sick (who doesn't usually do it, but she wanted to have dinner over at her house due to her thinking this was likely her Mom's last Thanksgiving. Given that the Hospice nurse is now staying with them, she was right to think that) But the change actually worked out for the best. This is going to be *a lot* better for us, and far less of a chance for explosions. (due to someone who is known for trying to start fights, because he thinks it's funny, not being a part of those new plans)
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It's our last day together.

LJ Idol: Friends and Rivals is coming to a close, with the poll ending tonight: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/941351.html so make sure to get your votes in to choose your next LJ Idol!

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Usually, at the end of a season I pass the hat. But (1) I did that a few weeks ago and (2) I'm going to share this link instead:

http://www.oneorlando.org/

"The purpose of the Fund is to provide a way to help respond to the needs of our community, now and in the time to come, after the effects of the Pulse tragedy."

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Throughout the mini-season, and well, over the past few years - there has been a lot of talk about the differences between "Old Idol" and "New Idol", which is really just a new version of the "fiction" vs "non-fiction" debate. :)

On the way into work this morning, as I was drifting in and out of sleep, I was thinking about what I wanted to say in the last Green Room of the mini-season. I was thinking about conversations I had when non-fiction was the "norm". That by talking about it in a piece that was being voted on, that people were "exploiting" their own sexual abuse. That people were lying about being blind/deaf/etc or having multiple personalities.

That people were lying about their past - who they were, what they had done.

There was a lot of that talk behind the scenes.

A contestant was writing first person accounts of her life as a dragon. For some reason no one minded that. :)

Which was the example I always used - that if you tell me "I'm a dragon" I will say "OK, you're a dragon". Because what is it costing me to believe that? Absolutely nothing.

What reminded me of this has been all the talk about gender lately. Some of it in regard to Orlando (well that's been "sexual identity" which is different. But let's just lump it all into one thing while acknowledging that it's completely not the same thing), some from "Great Restroom Debate". Some just from reading what people are talking about, that intersected with the two.

I don't claim to be any sort of expert on how people identify. Far from it. I know some things, other things I've had looked up - and still more I don't even have a very good understanding of once I have - and of course there are constantly new variations and names for things popping up that leave me just shaking my cane and yelling at people to just stay off my lawn.

Here's the thing though - I don't *have* to understand the minutia to still get the overview of "let people live their lives". As long as no one else is being harmed and everyone involved knows what is happening and are consenting - how is anything going on with your life impacting mine?

So tell me your pronouns and I'll use them. Tell me who you love and I'll try to remember their names. (Note: I may fail in both of these, but that's just because I deal with a lot of people. But remind me and eventually I'll get it)

I'll get things wrong. Hell, I've probably gotten most of this post wrong and said something horrible! Go ahead and tell me (I prefer politely, because who wants to be yelled at? :D) and I'll make a mental note to not get it wrong next time.

Some might interpret this as "Gary cares about us", but really it's because you all look alike to me and really the only *true* label on you is "dirty hippie foreigner". Which makes you all equal when it comes to Idol. Everyone deserves the same amount of kickings, and you know you are going to get them!
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Good morning.

Actually, I'm not having a good morning (toothache). But hopefully you are!

So far, 2 of you have all 3 entries completed, and 1 is working toward that. The rest of you? Have some work to get done! http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/932438.html

*insert "Or is this the Final 3????" rhetoric here*

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How was your weekend?
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Just as a "heads up", because more and more people seem to be caring about this these days:

LJ Idol polls are unisex.

Like this one: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/931251.html

Well, OK - it's *barely* unisex, in that it's almost completely women. But "barely" still counts!

If nothing else, voting is open for both women and men - voting in the same place!

If that offends you, you can vote in this separate, completely binary gender specific, poll instead. The Women's poll is located at http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/931251.html
and the Men's is http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/931251.html
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I went to the news feed to see if there was any interesting enough to talk about this morning.

The good thing about how personalized the news has gotten is that you can find things related to your interests. The bad thing is that I'm sure I've missed important things happening in the world because the top stories are all about what is happening on the Game of Thrones or the Walking Dead.

I'm sure Captain America being the 5th highest opening ever has some bigger picture relevance. But I'm sure there's something more important in the world that is happening right now.

For instance, the top headline could be about the poll happening right now: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/928666.html

I can easily see that being one of the most important things happening in the world!

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I was just looking at this, and thought it was interesting - of the Top 10:

1 member of Team #Hack
5 members of Team #Avocado
1 member of Team Clueless
2 members of Team Weird Sisters
2 Team Ocelot (1 of them was also on another team)

2 of the current contestants started out as Rivals. 8 started on Teams. So I think the verdict is "Teams were a benefit to getting to the Top 10".

What will happen next? *shrug* That's up to the voters!
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The poll closes tonight http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/926149.html and we will see who is going to emerge with an advantage for this last stage of the competition!

Looking at the slate of talent, it's kind of difficult to tell who *doesn't* have an advantage! So it's going to be who has the "outside" advantage!

Will we see familiar faces in the finale? Will people who have never been there before show up? Will it be a mishmash and over the next couple of weeks we will have no idea what's going on until it actually happens? (Betting on the last option)

Whatever the finale looks like - it should be exciting, and the road to get there will doubtlessly have a few surprises in store for us all!

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How was YOUR weekend?
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The poll is closing tonight. In less time than it will take Tyrion Lannister to ferret out the Sons of the Harpy from Meereen, we will be losing 3 more contestants!

It's up to you - dear readers and voters in the battle for who will claim the throne of LJ Idol - to decide who will get one step closer, and who will end up a head shorter!

http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/923642.html

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You know what they say: "When you play the game of Friends and Rivals, you either win or you die!"

(or something like that)

What do you plan on doing?

(and what did you do this weekend? Did you win more than you died? Or died a little more than you won?)
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Kids today!

They want everything, and they want it right now! ;)

http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2016-04-17/girl-who-asked-obama-to-put-women-on-banknotes-opposes-delay

Seriously though - is it worth waiting to have a woman on the US currency $20? If it was originally said that the change should happen to the $10 (because that was the next one set to be updated) should that proceed, regardless of the sudden popularity of Alexander Hamilton?

Should they just change both? Who should be on them?

Personally, I think all images currency should be changed to pictures of LJ Idol winners. I'm pretty sure there are some island nations that have already done this.


There will be no delay in the poll results though: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/921038.html Those are coming tonight! So make sure to make your support for your favorites known!
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Thanks to everyone who wished me a "Happy Anniversary", both on here and on FB. We had a really nice weekend. I figured you guys knew what to do with your spare time - read, comment and vote for your favorites: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/918431.html

I hope you are doing that, because right now (as I'm posting this), there is a 11 points difference between the top of the poll and the bottom of it. I said it last week, but it's still true, so I'll say it again: that number can change. Especially given that by the vote totals of the last couple of weeks, there are still *a lot* of folks who haven't shown up to vote yet!

If this is a week where fewer people are going to be making the decision though, that just means that your individual vote became that much more potent. But let's face it, as close as pretty much every poll has been in this mini-season, it's probably going to come down to the wire again!

Based on that - who isn't getting the love you think they should be? Sing their praises! Who knows who might be listening!

(and let me know about anything fun *you* did this weekend!)
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I have a bat covered in barbed wire. I called her "LJ Idol".

By the end of the night, you are going to know who is going to be bashed in the head. There is no cliff-hanger, or "fade to black", you are going to *know*! (You definitely won't have to wait until next season!!)

I'm not going to play "eenie meanie" with anyone. I know where that supposedly came from... and even if I didn't, that's not how I do business.

I leave it up to the voters!

So make sure you are reading, commenting and voting for your favorites: http://therealljidol.livejournal.com/915342.html

Right at this moment - the "top" of the poll and the "bottom" of the poll are separated by 12 votes. Which, given how close every poll has been this season, you might think "Wow, that's a lot". It's not. 12 votes is something that could very much change during the course of a day. Especially as things get closer to the wire and there are fewer entries to read.

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