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Alcarcalime
Tol Eressea


Sep 20 2013, 10:46pm

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Sorry, Daniel [In reply to] Can't Post

The Indian in Indian Summer refers to American Indians. Back in the old days, they used the warm spell before winter to go attack some settlers!




Starling
Half-elven


Sep 20 2013, 11:28pm

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This is the race that never ends... [In reply to] Can't Post

...it just goes on and on my friend. Crazy


Ataahua
Superuser / Moderator


Sep 21 2013, 1:27am

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Yachting's version of The Neverending Story. [In reply to] Can't Post

*drums fingers*

Celebrimbor: "Pretty rings..."
Dwarves: "Pretty rings..."
Men: "Pretty rings..."
Sauron: "Mine's better."

"Ah, how ironic, the addictive qualities of Sauronís master weapon led to its own destruction. Which just goes to show, kids - if you want two small and noble souls to succeed on a mission of dire importance... send an evil-minded beggar with them too." - Gandalf's Diaries, final par, by Ufthak.


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Starling
Half-elven


Sep 21 2013, 2:00am

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You need a diversion [In reply to] Can't Post

There are plenty of thrilling stories to keep you occupied as the time passes until the next race. Why not follow Liz Hurley and Shane Warne's 'crisis talks'. Or, if you prefer something more traditional, you could follow John Key's 'Royal Tour'.
If none of this takes your fancy, you could always check out the weather. There's bound to be a bit of it about this weekend.

Don't say I didn't try to help you through this difficult time. Angelic


Aunt Dora Baggins
Half-elven


Sep 21 2013, 2:12am

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I'm planning to go to a dream writing workshop tomorrow [In reply to] Can't Post

My little sister is teaching it: link. My daughter plans to go with me. The one last week was cancelled due to flooding, when my sister was trapped in her neighborhood. But the local streets in Boulder are drying out, even though the canyons are still impassable.

I've been glued to the news all week. I've been very lucky that our house is on high ground, and so is my workplace, and so is the highway I take to get to work. But that highway is closed east of my work and west of my house, so I've been feeling a bit like I'm living on an island.

In fact, looking at a map, I realized that I am almost on an island, The rivers north and south of me come together east of Greeley, and have their headwaters within a mile of each other high up on the Continental Divide to the west. So when the north-south bridges were out, I really couldn't get out of my local area. There was one day we went to buy gas and the station was out because the supply trucks hadn't been able to get in.

And of course the mountains are pretty inaccessible right now, so who knows when I'll get back. A minor matter compared to all the suffering other people are going through, but I'm still feeling it. I want to get up to Estes and support the local businesses, who are using the slogan "Mountain Strong". But it's a five-hour drive now over some hairy roads, so I'm not sure when we'll get back.


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"For DORA BAGGINS in memory of a LONG correspondence, with love from Bilbo; on a large wastebasket. Dora was Drogo's sister, and the eldest surviving female relative of Bilbo and Frodo; she was ninety-nine, and had written reams of good advice for more than half a century."
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"A Chance Meeting at Rivendell" and other stories

leleni at hotmail dot com
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Aunt Dora Baggins
Half-elven


Sep 21 2013, 2:18am

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Sounds lovely! [In reply to] Can't Post

We were actually in a drought until last week. So I know how welcome rain can be. I'm glad you're having a sweet, slow rain.


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"For DORA BAGGINS in memory of a LONG correspondence, with love from Bilbo; on a large wastebasket. Dora was Drogo's sister, and the eldest surviving female relative of Bilbo and Frodo; she was ninety-nine, and had written reams of good advice for more than half a century."
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"A Chance Meeting at Rivendell" and other stories

leleni at hotmail dot com
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Ataahua
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Sep 21 2013, 2:38am

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You're all heart, Starling! / [In reply to] Can't Post

 

Celebrimbor: "Pretty rings..."
Dwarves: "Pretty rings..."
Men: "Pretty rings..."
Sauron: "Mine's better."

"Ah, how ironic, the addictive qualities of Sauronís master weapon led to its own destruction. Which just goes to show, kids - if you want two small and noble souls to succeed on a mission of dire importance... send an evil-minded beggar with them too." - Gandalf's Diaries, final par, by Ufthak.


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Starling
Half-elven


Sep 21 2013, 3:33am

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In all seriousness, [In reply to] Can't Post

I am impressed with Dean Barker's stoicism.
Yesterday we had the whole school gathered to watch what we thought would be the winning race. The kids were terribly disappointed when the racing was called off. But in the middle of this there was a lovely surprise. Some of the classes had written to Team New Zealand, and a reply email came back while we were all gathered together. It was a lovely response, full of detail and answering the questions the children had asked. It definitely wasn't a 'stock' letter. The kids were thrilled, and they all felt super important.

I'm not massively into the America's Cup, but I do love to see people excited about something. When my staff asked if we could watch the racing on our interactive board, I immediately said yes. I remembered a long time ago when I was at teachers' college, a mean lecturer who wouldn't let us watch a crucial Olympic race, so we all missed out on seeing Danyon Loader win gold, and had to sit through a tedious technology lecture instead. I certainly do not want to be remembered in that way!

And what's with the 40min time limit anyway? Is it something to do with TV coverage? That would be my guess.


Ataahua
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Sep 21 2013, 6:09am

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Yes, it's a requirement of TV coverage. [In reply to] Can't Post

The network wants a two-hour package with two races within it - which explains why they didn't just let the first race finish and hold over the second race to the next day. *fume*

How lovely that your students got that response from the team! I bet the kids will remember that for a very long time. :)

Celebrimbor: "Pretty rings..."
Dwarves: "Pretty rings..."
Men: "Pretty rings..."
Sauron: "Mine's better."

"Ah, how ironic, the addictive qualities of Sauronís master weapon led to its own destruction. Which just goes to show, kids - if you want two small and noble souls to succeed on a mission of dire importance... send an evil-minded beggar with them too." - Gandalf's Diaries, final par, by Ufthak.


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cats16
Tol Eressea


Sep 21 2013, 6:56am

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Ooo enjoy the trip, Kim! [In reply to] Can't Post

Sounds wonderful. Smile


cats16
Tol Eressea


Sep 21 2013, 7:00am

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Hiya, Altaira. [In reply to] Can't Post

One last calm weekend before the plunge into the overwhelming-at-times and busy Fall. Planning on enjoying good company and doing as little as possible. Cool

Stay dry there in Colorado, and I'll be thinking of you all during the stressful clean-up period.

Hope everyone has a great weekend. Smile


DanielLB
Immortal


Sep 21 2013, 7:21am

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Ahh, I see. Thanks for the correction! [In reply to] Can't Post

There's my ignorance for you. I've googled it now. Wink

I suppose North American Summer just doesn't have the same ring to it.



sherlock
Gondor


Sep 21 2013, 1:54pm

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Going to the [In reply to] Can't Post

movies with a friend today & chores tomorrow. Will probably be spending time with my granddaughter & grand puppy at some point.

Have a great weekend all!


sherlock
Gondor


Sep 21 2013, 1:58pm

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Great pics!// [In reply to] Can't Post

 


Altaira
Superuser / Moderator


Sep 21 2013, 3:45pm

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We still have the bubbly on ice! [In reply to] Can't Post

Well, it's actually in the 'fridge. I bought it two days ago thinking it couldn't go on until the weekend. Crazy

Yep, that was a heart breaker for sure. We were comparing that ludicrous rule to NFL games, basketball, soccer, etc. They'd never dream of stopping a game just because the network has to move on to different programming. We'd never heard of such a thing. *fumes along with you* Mad

Most of the races have been on TV here, but not yesterday, so I was following along with the 'stuff.nz' bloggers. They were saying that for the longest time NZ TV wasn't mentioning the time limit, so everyone watching on TV there must have thought it was in the bag. Ouch.

Don't worry, they'll win today and we'll devote a sip or two to our NZ family and friends! Smile


Koru: Maori symbol representing a fern frond as it opens. The koru reaches towards the light, striving for perfection, encouraging new, positive beginnings.



"Life can't be all work and no TORn" -- jflower

"I take a moment to fervently hope that the camaradarie and just plain old fun I found at TORn will never end" -- LOTR_nutcase





Ataahua
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Sep 21 2013, 7:45pm

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The bloggers on Stuff do a great job, don't they? [In reply to] Can't Post

I followed them for most of the last week instead of watching it on TV in the cafeteria - after the near-capsize I needed a break from the TV tension! NZherald has a similar function on their webpage too.

Just 25 more minutes and we're into the next race. I so hope Dean Barker can win this one, finally!

ETA: Ach, the first race delayed: http://www.stuff.co.nz/...t-Americas-Cup-again

Celebrimbor: "Pretty rings..."
Dwarves: "Pretty rings..."
Men: "Pretty rings..."
Sauron: "Mine's better."

"Ah, how ironic, the addictive qualities of Sauronís master weapon led to its own destruction. Which just goes to show, kids - if you want two small and noble souls to succeed on a mission of dire importance... send an evil-minded beggar with them too." - Gandalf's Diaries, final par, by Ufthak.


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(This post was edited by Ataahua on Sep 21 2013, 7:52pm)


Altaira
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Sep 21 2013, 8:12pm

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We're hearing 2:00 p.m. San Francisco time [In reply to] Can't Post

It's on TV here now. We're just afraid that with an hour delay, NBC might cut off to something else before it's all over. I hope not! It will be hard enough to get around the house for the next hour with all my fingers and toes crossed.


Koru: Maori symbol representing a fern frond as it opens. The koru reaches towards the light, striving for perfection, encouraging new, positive beginnings.



"Life can't be all work and no TORn" -- jflower

"I take a moment to fervently hope that the camaradarie and just plain old fun I found at TORn will never end" -- LOTR_nutcase





Patty
Immortal


Sep 22 2013, 8:48pm

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Hope everyone's weekend was happy... [In reply to] Can't Post

of course I'm late. But that's just me, lately.

It's Bilbo and Frodo's birthday, and I thought today would be an appropriate time to begin my journey looking into the past of my ancestors--at least as far back as I can go, seeing as how descendants of former slaves won't be able to go back very far. I've heard some interesting family tales that I intend to research as far as I can.

I've put off upgrading the iPad to iOS 7 because I've been hearing many tales of woe. I also don't like the look of this new OS, so I may hang onto iOS 6 for a while. Any other apple users care to share their experiences I'm specifically wanting to know if you think Siri's voice recognition is any better.

I had planned also to watch LotR today, but I think that may be too much. I do have Masterpiece to watch tonight, as usual.

Happy birthday of note to all Tolkien fans!

Permanent address: Into the West






Meneldor
Grey Havens


Sep 22 2013, 10:06pm

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Saturday was great. [In reply to] Can't Post

I volunteered to help out with a church youth canoe day. Good kids and a few hours in a canoe; how can anyone not have a great day doing that? Smile


They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters; These see the works of the Lord, and His wonders in the deep.


Kim
Valinor


Sep 22 2013, 10:46pm

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thanks cats! [In reply to] Can't Post

I'd say I'd have a drink for you, but I've already said that to too many people. At this rate, I'll be drinking all week and...hey wait a minute, on second thought...

Waiter!

Cool


Alcarcalime
Tol Eressea


Sep 23 2013, 9:10am

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Well, [In reply to] Can't Post

I think it's understandable that someone in England would not automatically think of Indian Summer as being something particular in relation to the U.S. I do rather think the settlers looked at the warm spell with some apprehension.




entmaiden
Forum Admin / Moderator


Sep 23 2013, 1:00pm

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I love this time of year. [In reply to] Can't Post

I grew up calling it Indian Summer, not understanding the history, but the combination of cool mornings, warm sunlit days and the changing leaves against a blue sky is just intoxicating. I know winter is coming, but fall is just spectacular.


cats16
Tol Eressea


Sep 23 2013, 7:56pm

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Hahaha make sure to toast to Thorin while you're there ;) [In reply to] Can't Post

Though I'm sure you've taken care of that already. WinkCool


Alcarcalime
Tol Eressea


Sep 24 2013, 9:54am

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Oh, I understand! [In reply to] Can't Post

We also love that last warm spell before winter closes in. It is almost magical! There is something about the color of the blue sky that just says Autumn. I don't see that color any other time.




Patty
Immortal


Sep 24 2013, 1:27pm

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Yes, it's definitely my favorite time of year... [In reply to] Can't Post

although it's when my allergies are at their worst.

I always think September is the shortest month of the year. This early Fall stage just doesn't last long enough.

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