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September 6th, 2004
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Back from my time travels with random spoutings...
Just bits and pieces...

I saw a billboard for LOST - TWICE!!!! (just the blue background, a series of almost-silhouettes of the cast standing, and "LOST"... *sigh*)

Drove up to the Chicago area for a short visit. Not visiting people. Visiting my prairie. *sigh* It's so beautiful and alive and lots of cool bugs (including STRIDERS! *ggl*) and flowers and deer and chipmunks and birds... I miss it. Took a bunch of photos, but nothing outstanding. Maybe I'll post them later.

A flock of little sparrows flew across the path of my car and - *gulp* - I didn't break. *winces* So I hit one. *sad* I didn't mean to; usually if you try to avoid something on the road you end up with a greater chance of hitting it as it tries to avoid you - or you hit a car. Went back... it was bright-eyed, but its body wasn't moving. I held it for a bit - no blood, and one leg seemed to move. Debated putting it to rest as the kindest thing, thinking that perhaps its spine was damaged, but ended up putting it up under a bush, out of the way. The one movement of the leg made me think it might recover. It was gone the next day. Perhaps it recovered. Perhaps it was eaten. I hope I did the right thing.

Tried to find the Kane County Fairgrounds for the flea market - had to look it up on the internet - *L*! Lord, my memory is so faulty. Didn't buy anything, but had a yummy funnel cake - the last of the season.

Listened to the tape that tootsiemuppet gave me at C4 last year, of her reading/singing ALL of "My Fair Gamgee"!!!! *tears up* It was wonderful!!!! Thank you so much, Gilly!!!!!!!!!!! (((((((((((((((((Gilly))))))))))))))) Really, what a wonderful thing, to HEAR somebody reading your work! And sing it! Your English was great, Gilly, and you sounded so professional, like the people they hire to do books on tape. *G* But as to the singing... *cough*... well... umm... I really liked hearing you sing "We Love the MOOOOOOOOOOOON!" at C4! *G*

Also listened to "Sunshine on Leith" by The Proclaimers. HC, I do really love it! *S* Great songs, so sincere, great sound. I like that they can be so earthy and so spiritual and so damn Scottish all at once - *L*! I think of them as the Scottish Everly Brothers. The one surprise? I didn't really like their "Oh, Jean" - I thought the way that Billy sang it was much clearer, better, more singable! Don't you? Damn - that really says a lot about him, that he was better than the original. Also listened to Butterfly Boutcher (don't laugh; she's damn good! opened for Sarah McLachlan... good strong rock with a bit of pop and attitude - check her out), The Dubliners, Man of La Mancha (*G*), Guster, John Mayer (for you, pooh! *G*), Coldplay, and some great stuff recorded by a variety of artists in the studio at KBCO in Boulder, CO.

Needed the break badly. Am at work now, but feel pretty overwhelmed by all I have to do. Hope I get through the week. Hope I get through the month, and that things are running more smoothly by then, with not too much craziness.

Jeremiah was great; so glad we finally get to see these episodes (go Sean!). Elijah's back in LA. Lovely new Billy pics at Patsie's (thanks, HC!). And, soon - Dom! Remember when we were all worried about him finding work, and now Purifiers is out, and he's in LOST? And my latest edition of Entertainment Weekly has LOST as the best new drama of the fall season. Now, if it only weren't on ABC and followed by Bachelor... ugh. *G* Always happy to see the hobbits doing well.

September 5 was the 1 year anniversary of my last day at work (the last day of actually working there, that is; we still got paid for 2 more months but were told to go home). A good friend in Chicago called me up and we chatted; I called up another good friend who's now in St. Louis. I feel very healed and moved on, and in a good place. My only concern right now is getting through this current set of difficulties at work, which I will do my best at and accept however it goes, and finding some flesh-and-blood friends in the area by the end of the year, which will mark 1 year in Indy. I love all of you, but it's good to have folks to go see plays with, and to help and be helped by. *S* On the other hand - Ren Fair in Ohio/Kentucky? Cool! *S* And Tig's play (don't let us forget about that, Tig!).

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From:fangirlsays
Date:September 6th, 2004 05:09 pm (UTC)
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Also listened to "Sunshine on Leith" by The Proclaimers. HC, I do really love it! *S* Great songs, so sincere, great sound. I like that they can be so earthy and so spiritual and so damn Scottish all at once - *L*! I think of them as the Scottish Everly Brothers. The one surprise? I didn't really like their "Oh, Jean" - I thought the way that Billy sang it was much clearer, better, more singable! Don't you? Damn - that really says a lot about him, that he was better than the original.

*squee* for the Proclaimers! And YES YES YES, I like Billy's version MUCH better; the original is frankly just a little blah; Billy put his heart into his and that makes me verreh happeh. What's your favorite song? I so love "Cap in Hand".
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From:rosamundeb
Date:September 6th, 2004 05:12 pm (UTC)
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"a little blah" - yes, that's it exactly - and so unusual for them, too! "Cap in Hand" does such a great job of helping you feel another person's side of the story without being preachy or militant about it. Is that the one that mentions how odd it feels to be "the minority"? On the other hand... aren't there always going to be minorities in democracy? Makes you think! Ah, and the change in "Oh, Jean" to "I love you" from "I love her" - and the way he sang, half to his fans, and half to Ali and the gang... Whew!
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From:quiet_moments
Date:September 6th, 2004 06:46 pm (UTC)
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I also think Billy did a much better job on "Oh Jean." Makes me really hope that he will do a CD someday. He's amazing!

I am so excited for Lost! I saw 2 commercials for it today alone. And I am so proud of him! It's like, I know LOTR fans knew of Dom for a while now, but it feels like the rest of the world is about to discover what we already know. And I am so happy for him!

Glad you were able to have a break, and that it was a good one. :)

If you get some free time in October, you might wanna consider coming for a visit during our festical. Crafts, antiques, flea markets, food, etc. And gorgeous scenery.

I also need to get to Indy sometime and visit. I have family there I need to see as well. Hopefully soon!
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From:quiet_moments
Date:September 6th, 2004 06:47 pm (UTC)
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*festival*
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From:rosamundeb
Date:September 7th, 2004 06:28 am (UTC)
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Really? Which festival is that? And yes - so cool for Dom! *S* Just hope LA doesn't make him crazy.
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From:quiet_moments
Date:September 8th, 2004 10:07 pm (UTC)
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It's called the Covered Bridge Festival. I am sure you will hear about it on your local tv stations, etc. I think a lot of people tend to stay in Indy and drive to the festival. And it's easy to get to, just hit US 36 (I think in Indy it might be called Rockville Road) and follow it for about an hour, and you're in the heart of the festival. :)

The festival is held because our county has more of the old-fashioned covered bridges than anywhere else in the world. And people love to come in the fall to see them, because they are out in the country and usually the foliage is just beautiful.

Plus we have a little turn of the century village where there are people demonstrating the way of life at that time.

I am not sure if it would be something of interest to you or not. But I thought I would invite you just in case. :)
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From:rosamundeb
Date:September 9th, 2004 08:39 am (UTC)
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Great! What date and town?
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From:quiet_moments
Date:September 9th, 2004 10:20 am (UTC)
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It's county wide from the second Friday in October lasting 10 days. I will look to see if there is a web site with more information, and get back to you. :)
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From:quiet_moments
Date:September 9th, 2004 03:55 pm (UTC)
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This will take you to the site for the turn of the century village I mentioned. And the town that is the HQ for the festival is just a mile or so up the road from the village.
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From:rosamundeb
Date:September 9th, 2004 05:02 pm (UTC)
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Cool! Thank you! *G*
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From:anonypooh
Date:September 7th, 2004 05:50 am (UTC)
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first and foremost - striders are NOT cool!
Striders are put on this earth to frighten poohbears!

sssh - I get to watch the first two episdoes of Lost today!! - or maybe tomorrow - gotta go see Riddick first this evening.

So will you be revisiting Chicago again next April for the LotR con?

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From:rosamundeb
Date:September 7th, 2004 06:33 am (UTC)
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EEEE!!!!! *hates you!* You get to see them already??? *pouts* Not fair! Not fair! As to Chicago - sure, if there's nothing conflicting. *S* Not the greatest season in the world to visit Chicago, but... eh!
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