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11 December 2007 @ 09:48 am
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I lost the final round of pbficsurvivor last night (by one vote!) to chanchito_z, a more than worthy opponent. Here's my banner of goodness:



Meanwhile, the "Stories I Never Wrote You" meme is still going on over here. If you haven't taken part, why not check it out?

Running: 35:22 time on 4 miles for Sunday! Whoo! \o/. There are more Xmas lights up than last week, though many are rather minimalist (especially compared to ours). Our daughter has apparently picked up some of our attitude on this (she didn't understand why it made us laugh, but the tone was hilarious):
Lauren: Some people barely try! They slap a string of lights on their house and think, "Hey, I'm done..."

Cycling yesterday: Holy Mother of Misery! Slightly underdressed for the temperature, to say the least. I hate this part of the year, when it edges colder daily and you can never be sure what to wear. Brrrrr...

Xmas prep: God, the errands. The "undoing other purchases" errands. The kids who drop new ideas on you after you think you're done! And why is it so hard to find a Toys For Tots drop-off barrel? You'd think it would be simple this time of year!

Tonight: Reaper Reaper Reaper! *Hammers into own head* Must not get distracted by House, M.D. Do you know, my Portland Seester does not get the CW channel? I consider this a tragedy, though only for two particular shows...

Books On Tape: My parents loaned me a record of Phillip Margolin's "Sleeping Beauty." I'm not sure I'll be able to stand it— Oswego was pronounce as "OsWAYgo" instead of "OsWEEgo," and one of the murder victims is a Tanya that the reader keeps calling "TANya" (as in, 'suntan') instead of "TAHNya." Boy, that grates. And then there's the descriptions of things that occur outside the POV, like the sound (!) of flesh being stabbed in the next room. SOUND? Are you nuts?

ETA for above: "WilLUHmet" for Willamette. It's wilLAMit, damnit! ARGHHHH!


 
 
 
The Good, The Bad and The Lanathelana on December 11th, 2007 06:34 pm (UTC)
Awwww :( That means no hilarious staged doll adventures of Michael and Lincoln? :(((((

Pamalax has to stage a new one asap otherwise poor Michael will be lonely!

Just kissing. Awesome great honor. And gorgeous banner :)

If he weren't so darn expensive I would vote for everybody pitching in to buy you Lybian!Terrorist!Lincoln to ravish your Michael :) (you do know that you still have to take pictures of him or something)
The Good, The Bad and The Lanathelana on December 11th, 2007 06:36 pm (UTC)
And kissing instead of kidding is the most awkward typo EVER :)

But I swear, s is right next to do on the keyboard.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: PB Final Hughalfshellvenus on December 11th, 2007 06:40 pm (UTC)
Awwww :( That means no hilarious staged doll adventures of Michael and Lincoln? :(((((
*cries* Though I'm sure chanchito_z has it in her to do some of that on her own! *waits for it*

Just kissing. Awesome great honor. And gorgeous banner :)
Ooh, Freudian slip! *smooches* That last story was a gamble, because it was dark instead of fluffy, but on the other hand I think it was really, really good. Definitely the longest single story I've ever written for Prison Break, and it had a lot of back-and-forth timeframe technique that I really don't do in general, so there was some growth there. :)

I would vote for everybody pitching in to buy you Lybian!Terrorist!Lincoln to ravish your Michael :)
Hahahahaha! That's exactly what that Plastic!Lincoln looks like. God, why must all the official action figures be so weird? And so unlike the actors they're based on? :0
The Good, The Bad and The Lana: bunnies pair of vampire bunniesthelana on December 11th, 2007 06:52 pm (UTC)
There are no words for how badly I need that comment edit function. *shakes fist* Damn you livejournal! (and no, I'm intentionally not buying a paid account because livejournal has been so weird lately)

Hahahahaha! That's exactly what that Plastic!Lincoln looks like. God, why must all the official action figures be so weird? And so unlike the actors they're based on? :0

*crawls under a rock and hides* I think he's kinda hot. For an action figure I mean. Which admittedly isn't a big accomplishment since all action figures are pretty fugly (what are they worried for? That they will make little boys gay?). But yeah, you know, in that scruffy Lincoln kind of way... Besides you know me, I have a soft spot for that scuffy middle eastern male beauty ideal :)

And at least he his face isn't as weird looking as Michael's.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Bladehalfshellvenus on December 11th, 2007 06:59 pm (UTC)
There are no words for how badly I need that comment edit function. *shakes fist* Damn you livejournal!
Actually, I see that it isn't available on all of my own comments in the "Stories I Never Wrote You Post." What's up with that? Too busy creating features like "flagging down obscene entries" to support the features people actually want?

I think he's kinda hot. For an action figure I mean.
Well actually, I do too. :0 I just don't think he looks like Lincoln. But Middle-Eastern can be very sex-ay, and that's definitely what he looks like. :D

And at least he his face isn't as weird looking as Michael's.
Cross-eyed insane constipated-gerbil Michael? ;)
The Good, The Bad and The Lana: smilie priyankathelana on December 11th, 2007 07:05 pm (UTC)
Cross-eyed insane constipated-gerbil Michael? ;)

*spits drink*

I'm at a libary. You can't just make me laugh out loud :D
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: heh-hehhalfshellvenus on December 11th, 2007 07:12 pm (UTC)
*spits drink*

Whoo-hoo! I win! \o/
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The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: PB Final Hughalfshellvenus on December 11th, 2007 07:12 pm (UTC)
*curses that one vote*
It was a tough competition all the way through, and I was glad of the challenge. Just hurts to lose at the end.

And the banner is lovely-- they all were. So nice of you to make those for everyone! :D

As for the TANya thing. I didn't used to mind, but it's irritating the shit out of me in my old age.
Here on the West Coast, no-one says TANya. Sounds like a Midwest thing, or maybe East Coast. Ouch.

But what would bug me even more in your country is being "TANyer", which just adds insult to injury. :0

I personally hate being called KYA-ren (same dreadful "a" sound as 'tan', "instead of "kerren", the way everyone else says it). People from the East Coast do that, and it breaks my ears. :0
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The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Venushalfshellvenus on December 13th, 2007 07:22 pm (UTC)
KYA-ren? Seriously? People are fuckin stupid...
Well, it's a dialect. They don't even hear that they're doing it.

I mean, Joolier for a pretty name like 'Julia' drives me nuts, but still... dialect. Although that extra "r" IS hard to take. ;)
Entendre? Make mine a double.: Prose before Hosdeirdre_c on December 11th, 2007 07:11 pm (UTC)
Hey! Congrats on the runner up! You rock. :)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Venushalfshellvenus on December 11th, 2007 07:17 pm (UTC)
Thank you, Dee! Oh, what a battle that was. Right to the finish!
happy is as happy does: total badass - emily nicolehappywriter06 on December 11th, 2007 07:11 pm (UTC)
It was a tough choice, like asking to decide which is better, double fudge brownies or german chocolate brownies? Anyway, congrats!!

As far as the 'TANya' thing, the only way I could maybe deal with that is if the narrator has a southern accent. Otherwise, annoying. I had two BFFs growing up in NJ named Tanya and I never heard anyone say 'TANya.'
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on December 11th, 2007 07:21 pm (UTC)
It was a tough choice, like asking to decide which is better, double fudge brownies or german chocolate brownies?
It appears that the jury really sweated over it too, which means the effort was definitely put in all around-- not just by the final writers. :0

and I never heard anyone say 'TANya.'
I'm thinking that with that plus the "OsWAYgo" thing (Lake Oswego is a city in Oregon), a little research on the part of the story's on-tape reader was in order. Criminy!

*still stews over Agent Mulder's AHR-i-gone from the X-Files Pilot episode way back when* *and NeVAHduh too, because the residents and West Coast folks flatten the 'a' on that one*

Edited at 2007-12-11 08:50 pm (UTC)
Recycledfaery: Went - blowing kissrecycledfaery on December 11th, 2007 08:34 pm (UTC)
wow ladies you did it! Congratulations to both of you. I am so proud of you.
Now you can go and have a nice hot shower and climb into a soft bed.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: PB Final Hughalfshellvenus on December 11th, 2007 08:52 pm (UTC)
Hee-- what a perfect icon!

Now you can go and have a nice hot shower and climb into a soft bed.
People keep mentioning the shower thingy. Is there a problem? *notices dead flies all around* Totally a coincidence! Wait, come baaaaaaack!

Princess Robot Bubblegum!astrothsknot on December 11th, 2007 08:41 pm (UTC)
I'm still hating the dark nights and the rain. I can't stop eating and I'm bored witless.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Venushalfshellvenus on December 11th, 2007 08:54 pm (UTC)
can't stop eating and I'm bored witless.
It would drive me nuts in your shoes! When does it get dark? It'll be 5pm here when we hit the Solstice, but earlier where I grew up (around the 45th parallel). You're even farther North!

Any chance of indoors aerobics, or walking on the lunch hour (such as it is)?
Princess Robot Bubblegum!astrothsknot on December 11th, 2007 09:03 pm (UTC)
We have lunch in the office. So I can't get out at lunch time. Nominally dark is at 3.45pm, but some days it doesn't get light at all, if it's really rainy. It was like that when Stewart got run over

I keep trying to find time to go on my trampette, but I keep getting thwarted. I'm maybe walking around 20k a week, but I'd do 70-100k in the summer pw easy.
Princess Robot Bubblegum!astrothsknot on December 11th, 2007 08:42 pm (UTC)
And, HUZZAH!! for the fic award!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: PB Final Hughalfshellvenus on December 11th, 2007 08:55 pm (UTC)
The competition ran for a long, long time-- started back in September! But I got a ton of stories out of it, so all to the good. :D

And thank you!
wrldpossibility: air high 5wrldpossibility on December 11th, 2007 09:42 pm (UTC)
Wait...there's another runner on my flist?! Yay! And you run an 8-minute mile? *iz impressed*

I can do that, if I'm only running a few miles. *smiles*. For my daily 3.5 mile run, I run a 9-10 minute mile. For my 6-8 mile runs, I don't even want to know. Do you run every day? (I cycle too, but only in the gym, not out in the great wide world.)

Anyway, great job on survivor, you and Chan both!!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: PB Final Hughalfshellvenus on December 11th, 2007 09:56 pm (UTC)
And you run an 8-minute mile? *iz impressed*
Oh, I totally don't! Getting under 9-minutes is a serious victory, and and 8:30 mile is about my cap over a major haul. I ran an 8-minute time on a mile-and-a-half once as part of a 5K, back when I was running 5 miles regularly.

I actually only run once a week, as cross-training for the cycling. I'd prefer 2-3 times a week, but ever since the plantar fasciitis that killed my running for nearly two years, I'm not pushing my luck. I went back up to twice a week for two weeks, and then right back down again when the front of my heels started to hurt again! *hates stupid, wimpy feet*

Anyway, great job on survivor, you and Chan both!!
Boy, what a tough finish! *is still hurting over it* But the fic results were fabulous!
Cass E. Pants: text - snowpocalypse?cass404 on December 12th, 2007 12:37 am (UTC)
Oswego was pronounce as "OsWAYgo" instead of "OsWEEgo,"

That's just .. obscene. I live in one of those places named that. It's ... kinda creeping me out, actually. The PNW has some wacked out pronunciations but that's not one of them. Sheesh.

Congrats on the runner up!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Venushalfshellvenus on December 12th, 2007 12:52 am (UTC)
The PNW has some wacked out pronunciations but that's not one of them. Sheesh.
Mostly they're Indian names that are spelled badly for how they're pronounced, like Yachats (YAW-hots) or Willamette (wi-LAM-it). But in any case, they're really familiar to the people who live there, so why would you mangle them? :0

And I still remember second season of "24," where President Palmer was out fishing in the mountains... in Lake Oswego. Bwah-ha-ha! Must have been some writer who went to MapQuest for a big lake near Portland, and did no research on whether it actually fit the claims they were making about it.

Congrats on the runner up!
Thank you! Now maybe I can concentrate on some of those SPN holiday stories I'm supposed to be writing. *feels guilty already*
Cass E. Pants: text - snowpocalypse?cass404 on December 12th, 2007 01:37 am (UTC)
Willamette (wi-LAM-it)
Rhymes with "Dangnabbit!" (What? It's my mnemonic. And the only way I could stop from looking a fool when I moved here. Well, not a fool so long as I only said it in my head and not out loud.)

where President Palmer was out fishing in the mountains... in Lake Oswego. Bwah-ha-ha!
o.O! That's hysterical! I hadn't moved here yet when that aired. Now I must queue the show just so I can point and laugh. Maybe the writer heard we kept the yuppies here and garbled in their brain as this is where we keep the guppies?

My pronunciation issues (aka, "when Cass says stuff wrong") come from always living much closer to Mexico than Canada. So I skew Spanish, not Indian. But I am learning.

No guilt! Just, um, write a lot of SPN stuff now, m'kay?
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on December 12th, 2007 01:46 am (UTC)
Well, not a fool so long as I only said it in my head and not out loud.
There are no bad methods so long as they work, that's my motto. I still haven't convinced my spelling-challenged daughter to say words in her head the way they're spelled, which has been my secret for years. Especially ones like sepArate, and cOLOnel (seriously, how can we pronounce that with an "r" in it?) and calendAR.

I grew up in Oregon, so I learned the names in the setting. Which forces you to get over why Champoeg is pronounced "shamPOOEY", or why the Wallowas are pronounced "willAWuhs." Because it makes no actual sense.

My nemesis, with a music background, is that I learned Latin and Italian pronunciation and not Spanish. Never a big deal until I moved to California, where I stumble over Las Cruces as "Las KROO-chayss" instead of the simpler "Las KROO-sess" like everyone else. Argh!

Maybe the writer heard we kept the yuppies here and garbled in their brain as this is where we keep the guppies?
Haha! I don't know, I'm just wondering how they failed to notice that there was CITY built up along an entire side of it, for crying out loud. Right to the shoreline!

Just, um, write a lot of SPN stuff now, m'kay?
*is so trying* Christmas is such an overloaded, stressful season when you have kids-- much worse than usual!
Cass E. Pants: text - silence is goldencass404 on December 12th, 2007 02:00 am (UTC)
I still haven't convinced my spelling-challenged daughter to say words in her head the way they're spelled, which has been my secret for years.
I still mentally stop and try to remember if you are "able" to compat or are "ible" to compat. Um, I had to make up a new verb, but I can totally spell compatible correctly.

Never a big deal until I moved to California, where I stumble over Las Cruces as "Las KROO-chayss" instead of the simpler "Las KROO-sess" like everyone else. Argh!
We are exactly as opposites on pronunciations. I did the opposite - California (to Arizona, to California) to Oregon. I see two ll's and want to make a y sound.

I'm just wondering how they failed to notice that there was CITY built up along an entire side of it, for crying out loud. Right to the shoreline!
And not little cabins or anything. I mean, that's high rent over there. Like, I came from San Diego and the prices of homes right there were boggling kind of high rent.

Also I think Tigard should be pronounced like Tigger. Because nothing is as cute as a Tigger. Except for Dean. Or maybe Jared, but that's cause he *is* Tigger.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: JSquaredLovehalfshellvenus on December 12th, 2007 02:11 am (UTC)
Um, I had to make up a new verb, but I can totally spell compatible correctly.
Apparently I'm still struggling with a few now. Not "supposably" for "supposedly" or anything, but "insubordinate" which seems like it ought to be "insubordinant" to me. :0

and the prices of homes right there were boggling kind of high rent.
I think those might be the highest in Oregon, so yes. They're staggering!

Or maybe Jared, but that's cause he *is* Tigger.
He totally is! I'm used to "TYgerd" though, obviously, so I don't think about it.

A travel agent from Australia once booked a motel for us so my husband could take the Oregon Bar Exam (back when we dreamed... *sigh*), and kept writing the city as "BeavOrton." We still laugh about it. Duuuude... :D
(no subject) - cass404 on December 12th, 2007 02:42 am (UTC) (Expand)