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Sunday, August 14th, 2005
10:14 am
Walken in 2008
NOW we're talkin'. Let's hire Walken!
Saturday, August 13th, 2005
10:21 am
Saturday, March 26th, 2005
10:18 am
Just got back from Austin,TX
S(outh)X(by)S(outh)W(est) music festival...took many snaps. Some are posted here...Ooooooooo I'm in love with Billy Idol. I am wearing his spit...we were that close! Check me out! http://www.flickr.com/photos/15999800@N00/?saved=1

Current Mood: chipper
Thursday, February 24th, 2005
10:30 am
**Get out of the dark and into the light today, dear Aries. Your monkey-like nature will shine through. Feel free to act as primal as the situation allows. What is needed now is some raw action-oriented energy. You are the perfect one to provide this important piece of the puzzle. Be on the lookout for unexpected events, however, since they are more than likely to crop up on a day like today.** I just want to know ...WHAT THE FOCK DO THEY MEAN BY MY MONKEY-LIKE NATURE...!!!!!??????

Current Mood: angry
Thursday, January 27th, 2005
6:18 pm
Did I forget to say...?
My caudal appendage is VERY rare. That distinction doesn't help me get dates.

Current Mood: annoyed
6:03 pm
In the rabbit hole,they have tails, don't they?
For years I've been having sex at a place called AS YOU WISH. It's a sexual fantasy warehouse.

No REAL relationships out there in the world for me. (At least I haven't TRIED any)
But it's ok. The sex in that place is fine. You pull up scenarios...like, you know..."C2 please and I would like Lonnie as my partner".

I've been to three doctors in my adult life. Three doctors three opinions BUT one part is the same in three prognoses. NOT OPERABLE. Too much of *this* intermingled with too much of *that*.

I've had all clothing altered and in my adult life I have to finally come to the realization that my...um...problem...will be forever visible to the world.

And FORGET a man to love me for what I am. I, MYSELF, wouldn't even love me.

But no worries. Lonnie is sturdily built and has a good sense of humor. AND he doesn't mind when I ask for him more than once at AS YOU WISH.

Current Mood: calm
Sunday, January 23rd, 2005
8:03 pm
Goodnight, Johnny.

Who knew he would pass before Ed MacMahon
Wednesday, December 15th, 2004
2:40 pm
I hope you can access the link
Peculiar Postings Japanese 'lap pillow' offers solace to lonely men $90 pillow comes with one red and one black skirt http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/6717610/?GT1=5936
Monday, December 6th, 2004
6:37 pm
Vera = 藤原 Fujiwara (wisteria fields) 千秋 Chiaki (very fine in autumn)

Current Mood: content
Saturday, December 4th, 2004
9:49 am

Please. I wrote my friend Ryoji in Japan, asking him what his opinion of our (re)election was.
Now Ryoji was a Graphic Designer here for seven years which is when we forged a strong friendship. He learned English fine...but always was uncomfortable with it. NOW he is back in Japan. I found the application, SHERLOCK (a thing that came on my eMac in OS 10x) wherein you can *paste* a message, say, in Japanese, and it TRANSLATES for you and vice versa.

Ryoji was ECSTATIC.
Now to the problem at hand. I asked him that question. It took me a while to even be able to ask that. I have friends in France and Canada who have OFFERED their opinions NO PROB ...heheheh...but they all state that the personal one- on- one relationships they have with Americans belie the bigger CRAP picture.

I THINK Ryoji has written back something he took time to really think about but SHERLOCK has done a VERY BAD JOB on it. I can't get some of what Ryoji means...and I don't want to hurt his feelings by saying so.

The problem is two-fold. I'd LIKE to be able to understand my friend AND I'd like to find a better TRANSLATOR (Preferably...VERY preferably these days...a FREE one)out there in the world.

Remembering I am one of the MAC users you all don't run into very much, does ANYone know of a TRANSLATING app that WORKS?

I'll paste Ryoji's answer in Japanese AND what Sherlock did to it here:

メールありがとう。今回は私の日本語文と英語翻訳文を送信してくれてありがとう。 私の英語の勉強になります。若干ニュアンスの違う言葉もありますが、言いたい内容 は伝わりますね。
さて、ご質問の私の友達は建築家です。正確にはクライアントですが、プライベート のお付き合いが多くなりました。今は仕事はありません。残念。
大統領選挙のことですが、私も雅子もケりー候補が当選することを願ってました。し かし、アメリカの国民がブッシュ候補を選んだのですから、我々日本人がとやかく言 うことはできません。ある TVキャスターのコメントがあります。「パスポートを持 っている人はケリー候補を押し、パスポートを持っていない人はブッシュ候補を押 す。つまり、世界情勢を良く知っている人はケリー候補、自国の情報だけを信じてい る人はブッシュ候補 ということ」 私も同感。
日本の総理大臣、小泉純一郎はブッシュ大統領が大好き。ブッシュ−小泉の関係が今 後も続くことになり、彼は大変満足しています。何と言ってもアメリカと日本は強い 信頼関係にある同盟国です。この事実は変わりません。政治の関係は政治の問題で す。人と人の関係は別です。これはアメリカに係わらず、世界の国や民族との関係は 対等でなければなりません。将来「地球連邦」という一つの対等なコミュニティがで きるといいですね。実現できるのはSFの世界だけでしょうか? 人と人の関係は強い ものです。次の大統領選挙で正しい選択ができることを願います。


返信のときは、私の日本語文と英語翻訳文も送信していただけませんか? とても良 い英語の勉強になります。お願いします。

High, Vera,

Mail thank you. This time my Japanese statement and the English
decodement transmitting, thank you for. It becomes my English study.
Somewhat, also the word where the nuance is different it is, but don't
you think? the contents which would like to call are transmitted.
Well, my friend of question is the architect. It is the client
accurately, but association of private became many. Now there is no
work. Regrettable. It is Presidential election, but I also Masako the
り - asking the fact that candidacy is elected, it increased. To do,
it meaning that the oak and the American citizen choose bush
candidacy, because it does, our Japanese and like this cannot do word
う thing. There is comment of a certain TV caster. "The passport the
person who the holding っ て is pushes Kelly candidacy, the person
who does not have the passport the pushing does bush candidacy. In
other words, the person who knows world situation well Kelly
candidacy, believes just the information of the home country and the
る person agrees thing "me, bush candidacy. Prime Minister Japanese,
as for Junichiro Koizumi bush president is loved. The bush - Koizumi's
relation it is decided that also the rear of now continues, he is very
being satisfied. Whatever saying, America and Japan are ally which is
relation of strong reliance. This fact does not change. It relates
politics with problem of politics. Relation of the person between the
person is another. As for this the countries of the world and relation
with race must be equal regardless of America. In the future in one
equal community, "terrestrial federation" should have finished, don't
you think? is. Is the fact that it can implement probably just the
world of SF? Relation of the person between the person is strong ones.
You ask the fact that it can do correct selection with the next
Presidential election. It is the season when it becomes cold. Being
vigorous, please pass.

Including love, Ryoji

At the time of PS reply, you cannot transmit either my Japanese
statement and the English decodement? Very, it is well and becomes
English study. We ask.

Current Mood: stressed
Saturday, November 27th, 2004
9:23 am
Friday, November 26th, 2004
2:11 pm
Writing Contest/ Exercise
There is NaNoWriMo...and then there is this. I did the Autumn one. It's kinda neat to be forced to come up with a short story in 24 hours. They tell you the subject and word count at the start time . All in all it's a *spurt* of good writing exercise. It only cost $5. This one is a contest. There are prizes. Money prizes. (Not that the mention is going to sway anyone)

Link: http://www.writersweekly.com/misc/contest.html


Current Mood: energetic
Sunday, November 7th, 2004
8:16 am
The very beginning of my NaNoWriMo thing
Mallie’s small naked feet impressed the soft cotton as she walked upon it. Acres and acres of very soft, white cotton spread out before her in all directions. Now this feels so good, she thought as she delicately ambled in no specific direction. Midnight blue trees and shrubs made of fine china sprang up across the landscape.

*Dark,dark blue is my very favorite color*, Mallie said outloud. *How lucky I am that the trees are colored blue in this fine place.* She smiled to herself as she felt a gust of wind ruffle her dark hair even though the cut was very short. Her translucent,pale skin nearly matched the terrain and her eyes,richly blue, were striking. She’s a very pretty young girl.

She paused in her stroll to take deep breaths of the clean air.
*...smells of lilac, like that huge bush I pass on the way to Meadow Brook.*
Mallie glanced around her but didn’t see a lilac bush. She found it totally delightful that the air in this place was a pale purple or a lavender aroma, to her way of thinking. She broke into a little dance, clapping her hands with glee,as any 13 year old would do ,finding herself in a lovely place like this.

As she continued on she noticed what she was wearing. *Oh, this is nice,* she whispered. It was a spotless muslin jumper with a crisp, new cream colored blouse underneath. The outfit smelled of clean cloth, as Mallie gathered the skirt to her face. * One of my friends must have made these things for me,* she mused. *I will live here forever and ever,* she said, as she plopped down under a delicate blue tree, sinking ever so slightly into the fluffy hillside.
Mallie closed her eyes and fell into a light sleep.

A ray of morning sun lazered across her face and pried open her eyes. First one then the other. For a moment it didn’t occur to her that she was not in the cottony blue and white, sweet smelling world she had discovered. Stretching is good,she thought as her feet kicked the red coverlet that was a mere memory of a real blanket, to the end of the cot. Arms up above her head she stretched luxuriously but little by little an unpleasant smell crept into her nostrils. Closing her eyes tightly, she tried to squeeze back into sleep, but the offensive odor filled the small room. The smell ,she knew, was her own.

Time to get up. A bucket was ready by the door and Mallie grabbed it and a towel,a bar of brown scrubbing soap, her only other fresh jumper and the little bag of clean white rags , strips and strips of white fabric. She also grabbed the coverlet and the old yellowing sheet she slept on. The sleeveless night-shirt she had on was wet, now, and clinging. Mallie was uncomfortable but she looked forward to the morning ritual. This, along with sleeping and being lost in a dream, was her favorite time of the day. The morning already seared even at the early hour. Mallie burst out of the tiny hut, arms full , her smalll body trailing a mixture of urine and fecal matter behind her as she headed for the little running brook about 40 yards from her door. As she passed a lilac bush in bloom she inhaled and sadly remembered her dream.

To be continued
Monday, November 1st, 2004
9:39 am
Luck to all...
...undertaking, once again, the NaNoWriMo challenge! LET'S DO IT!!!
Saturday, October 23rd, 2004
9:22 am
Just have to say...
...I'm new to HITCHIKERS GUIDE TO THE UNIVERSE...and I am recording the chapters each week off BBC 4.

It's VERY funny!

Thursday, October 21st, 2004
5:10 pm
...that would be JON...JON Stewart.
Tuesday, September 21st, 2004
10:17 am
Now THIS is a creative Blog
the comments page to one of the hosts many thoughts:

10:06 am
10:04 am
Thursday, August 26th, 2004
4:29 pm
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