History lesson - the Native Americans showed French explorers how to fend of scurvy by drinking pine tea...
They took this knowledge back to France, and the medical community at the time laughed at the idea and dismissed it as witchdoctory.
This was at a time when the British "Limeys" had supreme dominance over the waterways and French sailors were dying by the hundreds due to scurvy.
Don't knock it.
but birra...tea...made from...pine. Pine TEA, birra! aughhh
Have you seen any big outbreaks of scurvy lately? hmmm? No, you haven't. He's passing up lovely jasmine tea and willingly drinking floor cleaner. and he points and yells "bourgeoisie!" when I add a few ice cubes and sugar to my tea. He's lucky he's cute and has that little accent thing going!
Liam: yeah... they were at war with that tribe, so after they recovered from scurvey they killed them and captured the leaders
Liam: (who had helped them out personally)
Liam: french people are awesome
Joli: awwww...now you're doing it, too! We'll have the french all pissed off, too. Hissing under their berets and waving loaves of french bread menacingly at us as we pass by :(
Liam: bourgeoisie? more like "bloody colonials"
What is the most reckless thing you have ever done? (Just pick one.) What were the circumstances/ why did you do it? Are you proud of having done it? Ashamed? Or do you have other thoughts associated with that moment in time? Was there a price to be paid for having done it or did you "get away with it?" Would you do it again? Why or why not?
I won't do the 'this one time at bandcamp' routine :P
I will say this. In Kuwait, we (being two crazy young men) drove through a minefield and did donuts in a hummer. Yup, pretty dumb.
Why we did it was because we could...ok, truth is, it was a dare.
Proud? Ummm, no. Ashamed? Likewise, no. I have never felt more alive.
Price? Besides the FN terror of the moment? None.
Would I do it again? Yes...IF I did not have kids. Which I did not at the time I did it.
One other is weaving in and out of traffic on the 495 doing 140...lol. This was recent, so I can't say anything other than midlife...lmao.
That's really hard... I think I'll have to think about it.
I've lived a sheltered life compared to some.
It was probably... The decision to pack a bag and go on a trip hundreds of miles away from anyone I know with a person I met in person only once before at a dinner. I'm so glad I did it, that leap of faith has brought such an amazing chapter to my life.
I got married. :/
I snuck out of the house while my parents were on vacation (after they called to make sure I was home) with my then boyfriend. We drove up to the mountains and started climbing one at around 1am because we wanted to see the sun rise.
When we got to the top, there was a sort of an outcrop where the mountain had started to erode. I walked out onto that outcrop, sat down on it with my legs either side of it (yes, it was that narrow) and watched the sun rise while dangling my legs over a very far below ground.
It was totally worth it, it is a memory that will be burned into my mind til my dying day. I would do it again in a heartbeat if my body was willing, but I am glad I managed to do it at all:)
I am proud of it because I can now take "See a sunrise from the top of a mountain" off my list.
Interestingly, I found a tiny seashell at the top and to this day I wonder how it got there!
Well, it wasn't totally my idea but I could have bailed out before it started.
I rode down I-95 in Miami at about 70 MPH on the hood of a Camaro. I was really drunk at the time.
I can't say I am either ashamed or proud, there were no repercussions as A) I held on with a firm "Kung-Fu Grip" so I didn't fall to my death and B) We were not observed by the Men and Women of Law Enforcement. I sure as hell would not do that again. Why...I was lucky I didn't die and, anyway, I never get that drunk anymore!
I love New Year's resolutions. The new year is always a great time to clear the slate...to begin something you've wanted to do for a long time. To quit something you've needed to let go of for a long time. To plan for that trip. To volunteer for that cause.
I want your resolutions, so give em to me! Here's a tip...if you're planning something general like starting an exercise program or losing weight, make it a bit more specific, like: I will walk 20 minutes a day 3x per week.
So list those resolutions in comments! I want to see your fresh new starts!
I'm going to start by trying the sweet potato and banana, and proceed very cautiously from there. My diet could use a good swift kick in a healthier direction. It's not at the top of my list. In fact, compared to some things it's totally insignificant. But from small beginnings... well, we'll see.
I'm trying to be nicer to other VR members, the ones I don't get along with as I would like to mend fences. I've already started but they aren't biting lol....
I achieved my main resolutions for 2008 - I lost two stone in weight and I passed my last professional exam. This year I want to get down to 13st, run an organised 10k race (I havent done so in at least 5 years), and r-eenact another historical period (that was a 2008 resolution that I didnt achieve)
2009 will be my coming of age year. I will be 40. That being said, it will be a year of new starts for me. First and foremost is the business. I resolve to make at least $550 a day and/or 4 new customers per day. I will seek out a new niche every two weeks for consideration and implementation into a business online. Healthwise, I resolve to migrate to a vegetarian eating life style, taking small incremental steps to overall better health. Exercisewise, I resolve to continue to lift and do aerobic type activities within the capability of past injury. I resolve to meet more people and learn to be a better friend to the ones I already have. I resolve to make a different in the world by contributing to Habitat for Humanity this year by donating my time and energy to the building of a house for someone less fortunate. I resolve this year to let go the things I cannot change and embrace the things I do well in to enhance my life the lives of others.
I resolve to work more and rest less. Sleep is for the weak! Eating is unecessary! I can live on coffee, rum and gumption!
I will start my plans for world domination - the first stage will be to get all the people of my community to revere me as a god, and then we will branch out to the city.. the county.. then Canada!
...there are less of them and they seem more gullible.
I will find the fountain of youth and the holy grail. Once I have obtained immortality, I will be unstoppable!
*cough - cough* *ahem*
I might delay some of these until 2010....
Beastt, the awesome thing about that first meal is that Dr. McDougall calls it "Sweet Beginnings." Also, it's wonderful and you'll love it.
Pandora, what a great resolution. Making amends is one of the most adult motivations I know.
Everdene, your successes are inspirational. I may talk to you from time to time this year when my motivation wanes. I'd love to know more about the historical re-enactment...what period? Where? In what venue?
Stonecrow, you're digging deep. Your scope is wide, but the true focus at its core is very focused. You are not only "coming of age," but becoming clay. You are reaching for that teachable spirit within. Very admirable.
birra, you don't already live on rum and gumption?! You know what's funny? If you DID dominate the world, I would be proud to live in your new world order. (P.S. Canada really SHOULD be annexed anyway. It's so messy hovering up there thinking it's a country. We could pave it and make it a huge theme park. Long overdue...I like the way you think.)
Mine are as follows:)
To lose 100lbs before next christmas.
To make my hand work well enough that I can draw using a pen.
To make my body work enough that I can clean my house (and god knows it needs cleaning)
To work on my portfolio.
To spend more time with my family.
To be thankful for what I have in life.
Finally, to stop stressing like Chicken Little all the damn time:P
Irony, if I were God, you'd be excused from believing you ever needed to make another resolution. You are as dear and good as I would ever have another human being. I love you, precious girl.
I've resolved to stry doing more crunches every day, to really trim down my waist so I can feel better about myself. The exercise feels good and it won't hurt my looks.
Also resolve to read things more thoroughly. Didn't notice that comment about paving down my country and making an amusement park.
Sorry, for whatever it is we did to you.
I resolve to not need to make resolutions to change anything in my life.
I will push myself harder to get my photography off the ground.
I will stop taking other people so seriously and focus on the worthwhile.
I also resolve to read things better and NOT take things so seriously just because I want to be mad at someone *smiles*
DISCLAIMER: I love Canada. Anything offensive in here about Canada is a JOKE! (Except to you, Liam, friend and Canadian par excellence...ice definitely belongs in tea and if I want it hot, putting a cup in the microwave DOES SO taste just fine. And you DO say aboot no matter how much you try to deny it. P.S. It's completely cute and if you ever stop, I'll boot you aboot the arse!)
Morri, when you need me, I'm here. Right behind you with my arms ready to hug you and my foot ready to boot your butt along. Both things when you need them, cuz we's perfice friends. (That posture really screws my balance, btw. I look like the Karate Kid after drinking a diet coke roofie.)
A safe and wonderful Xmas to you and yours.
I look forward to hearing that Telling!!
Be safe and know you and yours are cherished and loved.
From my home to yours. Happy Holidays.
Merry Christmas, Joli.
Merry Christmas to you and yours.
Enjoy your holiday Jo!
Part of me always wonders why anyone would live in a place ripe for disaster, but moving on or out would destroy such a unqiue culture. A Cajun spin on the Night Before Christmas- sounds delightful.
Explaining the avatar
It was made for me some time ago when I mentioned to Ockham that I needed a chocolate IV drip because I was knee-deep in stress. If you look closely, you'll see that the chocolate plasma bag is labeled.
It's an IV of liquid Lindor truffles! How do I love thee, Ockham? Happy PMS Girl! Furthermore, if I WERE a vampire, you could have my share of blood; I'd sink my fangs into these lovely balls of chocolatey heaven and drain them until they crumpled like Fay Wray!
Come to me, my dear...I vant to suck your truffle.
Hey you stole that last line from me! lol jk
Great image and nice story.
Hmmm... have you tried them in white chocolate? Oct is the only time I can find them but still...Oh My Gods!!
*eyes half close and grin comes to her face just thinking of them*
You just summed up love..
LOL, completely cute!
Yep, I got some hidden away...but not for long lol
I am holding out for Occam truffles myself. I plan on caressing them at nights and breathing them in and every so often taking one from their number. The others may never know what happened to it. Perhaps they will choose to think of my hand as the hand of a truffly god taking the faithful to heaven. Little truffle stories will grow about how a young truffle, if it is very good and chocolatey all its life, will get chosen by the hand that comes from the sky and the afterlife will be warm and satisfying.
I am procrastinating.
I should get back to painting.
I want truffles.
~puts on shoes and heads to store for nummies~
I'll wear it when you come over.
but ONLY when you come over.
I like this Fan Club banner you made for me:
you spoil me.
But.. but... where is the accordion?
that's a different psychopath.
Do you know what's sad? I actually downloaded software to do that crappy face swap. I spent way more time on it than it looks like, and it's all watermarked. It sucks being PhotoShopPhobic :(
The fan banner is a fraud...everyone knows I would have lisped. sheesh.
i made that myself -- in MS Paint!
I party like it's 1995.
This was in the journal of a VR member:
What a great idea. It is high time we have our own "dictionanary"
"Vampire vocabulary dictionanary
Yes is wa, No is za.
T is I re is am.
We have to be indepence from Humans.
Their brains are abnormal our brains are normal."
Joli: T can't help but zatice that you aren't using our special vocabulary.
Morrigon: I'll strangle you
I shared the awesomeness with Ockham
Joli: I have beauteousness for you
Ockham: your gifts are usually cloaked in daggers and spite
This was too good to pass up:
Stabb: If I'm not paying enough attention to you, it's because I'm trying to figure out how to remove this Trojan
Me: Pinch the tip and roll it down slowly.
Uh..no.. that's the way you put one on.
To remove it, you pinch the tip and pull as hard as you can while standing over your partner...
Trojan is the extra large size, right?
No no no, you're thinking "Magnum"
Trojan?? As in Greeks??
OMG! no you didn't! too funny.
He looks soo cute!
At last, his reason for being furry is explained. All those therapy shaving sessions weren't needed after all. ;)
Put a sled on that boy!
Heh.. looks like he had fun! It's probably melted already...
He is so cute! I love that doggy.
*yells out in a mommy voice*
Get out of the road!! You want to get hit again!
Wow! You're actually getting an accumulation (well, by Arizona standards).
Girl... dog... camera... snow. Wonderful combination. You have some really nice shots here. I love the action shots with him running.
Snow is great fun for doggies!
Except those with short hair... >.>
He is looking very good. :) Great pictures, I am jealouse, you have snow.. :D
I rescind my previous comment about no snow. That's snow. In New Orleans. Bizarre. Jesus is on the way.
Now c'mon.. who didn't sign the Kyoto Accord??
oh it looks like he had a blast!
It's actually the Kyoto Protocol and America did sign, but just hasn't ratified it.
Wanted to be sure we were clear on that.
You have to understand...this NEVER happens! As birra put it, "It's a Christmas miracle!" (You have to say that in a girly goofy voice.) I'll get more pics soon...there's so much more even since I took these.
It's practically a BLIZZARD!
Of course, I look at it and think.. "FEH. That's not snow!"
Get the girls and Meatball dressed up in Santa attire and take some pictures - instant holiday cards.
Heheh that's so awesome.
You took my snow!!
*looks out at the rain*
Dang you.... dang you to snow cream!
yeah snow!!! enjoy it then. oh and don't try to drive.
Poor meatball looks as if he's not quite sure if he should enjoy it or not lol
Meatball! cute! Oh...here is a message from Idaho...thats not snow. LOL
Wow, that is soooo cool! I am a little envious too, we get lots rain but no white stuffs :(
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The mean American grey squirrels have already invaded the UK and pushed back the gallant forces of our reds...
It's the second wave of our colonial plan.
We held our fire ’til we see’d their faces well.
Then we opened up with squirrel guns and really gave ‘em … well
We fired our guns and the British kept a’comin.
There wasn’t nigh as many as there was a while ago
We fired once more and they began to runnin’ on
Down the Mississippi to the Gulf of Mexico
Y'all gonna try that shit with the Mexicans too?
Wait- he did all that just for some peanuts? Sure he is an American? Now the candy bar I can see... lol
I love it, VW!
Gads, those things need a union!
Actual video of the secret Squirr'Al Qaeda training camp.
Those dirty little bastids. Glad you are doing your part to warn people, Jo.
So? She had yet another moment of pure intellectual and artistic genius. She managed again to match a somewhat ordinary image, photographed with the skill of an artist, and put it together with words that transcend the image itself and blend the image to her mind's eye. Is massive, elegant, brilliance in combining artistic media any reason to...
..yeah, okay. Fine!
That was a big elbow pimple too. Just ask my Dad.
Elbow pimples? Ouch! That sounds like curse material. I may well consider this when next laying down hefty curses on people who have gotten on my nerves. Instead of crabs the size of camels infesting their pants, I will smite them down with elbow pimples:D
Morri and Birra made me snow videos! Loooooove!
I woke up and had a message from birra to go look at two videos. It was birra shoveling snow and Morri filming (clever girl!).
What an awesome way to start my day. You two are so cute. Thank you. If I can't have snow, it's a great gift to have friends who will share theirs with me. I love you guys!
Morri...next time, get more footage of his butt. The trees are great...love the sidewalk, but seriously, more birra butt! :)
You got it ma'am.
Heh heh...Today I have a mission...
Snow is the devil's frozen urine, for those of us who actually have to deal with the stuff regularly. :|
Verrrry wise words....
Ugh... no can do, we can't afford the wide angle lens required for more birra butt...
Maybe if morri just stands about a block down the street while filming...
I like the black and white better....makes his butt look arty and sexy.
Disclaimer: This is a conversation between myself and Ockham. It is all in fun. If you see yourself in here, please laugh... If you don't have the ability to laugh at yourself, I'm really sorry. Absolutely everything here is silly.
Joli : Oh wow...I saw a great poster today
Joli : “EMO. It's like Goth, but for pussies.”
Ockham : hahaha
Joli : I LOVE it
Joli : (Gives Ockham a link)
Ockham : OW
Joli : Look at the image...first on the page.It's priceless
Joli : look at that guy!
Ockham : I can't get past the user pic
Joli : Actually, the avatar is intriguing in that same way the "Darth using a water filter at the beach" picture is. It makes so little sense that I can't stop looking
Ockham : it's terrifying
Joli : yeah...bunny ears, a toilet and an accordion
Joli : I've had more soothing nightmares
Ockham : that man has hunted
Ockham : that man has *killed*
Joli : LOL
Joli : I suspect he may be cool
Joli : He's said a kind word or two to me
Ockham : those eyes are not windows into a consciousness. They are the gateway to a psychopath, a man who doesn't even know what remorse involves.
Joli : but...bunny ears
Ockham : disguise
Joli : cute lil bunny ears
Ockham : bet there's a switchblade hidden in them
Joli : aww...if he wears bunny ears, surely that's a sign that he's gentle
Ockham : you're falling for it :(
Ockham : I don't want to see your face on a milk carton, Jo
Ockham : "Have you seen our little Jo? Last seen cooing about bunny ears" :(
Ockham : then we'll get the call from the police, your body found in a ditch, covered with dozens of switchblade lacerations
Joli : I think the correct interpretation here is, "Hello, I am a gentle man who likes warm animals and the soothing strains of music. Pardon my dirty legs as I have just finished gardening. Shall I play for you, my dear?"
Ockham : The police will shake their heads and sigh, saying "If only more women knew the warning signs."
Ockham : I can't save you, can I? :(
Joli : He looks lonely. Maybe he needs a ride.
Ockham : he wants you to join him for a ride
Ockham : in his van
Joli : hahahaha
Ockham : it's got "FREE CANDY" written on it
Joli : He's probably just misunderstood
Ockham : The inside of the van contains no candy
Joli : Your problem is that you're so quick to judge!
Ockham : but it does hold the last weeping memories of many little boys' anal virginities :(
Joli : You're a bad man to envision such a thing. He liked my flower picture caption!
Joli : That surely means something good
Ockham : He's going to rape you in his van and dump you in a ditch :( :( :( :( :( :(
Ockham : I am trying to save you :(
Joli : I bet he writes poetry
Ockham : but I cannot :( you refuse to listen, taken in by the Pied Piper's clarion accordion tune.
Joli : just look at that tortured expression
Ockham : it's tortured because he doesn't have a little boy's spleen to chew on at that moment
Ockham : that is what makes him sad
Joli : you know, the accordion is a misunderstood instrument
Ockham : of pedophiles
Joli : I think that's part of the imagery here. He's trying to tell us something
Ockham : It's the last gasp of humanity in him.
Ockham : It's trying to ward away the smart little boys.
Joli : See? I knew you'd warm up to him
Ockham : I would burn that man alive if I could, to save those poor children, his legacy of damnation.
Joli : Because you care about people! :)
Ockham : oh
Ockham : ...
Joli : gotcha
Ockham : I guess I should let him remain at large
Joli : so, what's new in Ockham Land?
Ockham : not very much :) my kitchen is covered in chocolate from when I made truffles, I need to clean it up soon
Joli : you made...truffles?
Ockham : yes
Ockham : I make awesome truffles :)
Joli : (puts on lipstick)
Joli : I'll be right over
Ockham : hahahahahah
Joli : I love truffles...Lindor....drool
Ockham : haha
Ockham : these are BETTER than lindor
Joli : Hold on now...them's fighting words
Ockham : they are!
Ockham : I have crafted something amazing :)
Joli : hmm...what is the chocolate for the outer part?
Ockham : tempered chocolate
Ockham : it's a rather dark blend, which I laced with sugar to make an inner glaze
Joli : Ockham...you DO like girls, yes?
Ockham : yes :P
Joli : I think hanging out with Brits is rubbing off on you
Ockham : what? I just made chocolate
Ockham : THINK, Jo
[5:53:24 PM] Joli : dood...you made an inner glaze!
Joli : oh
Joli : ohhhhhhhh
Ockham : I made GIRL ATTRACTANT
Joli : damn you and your hot intellectual savvy
Joli : he wears tweed and elbow patches and tastes of truffles
Ockham : haha
Joli stands in line
Ockham : see what I do
Ockham : is I leave a trail of the truffles
Ockham : leading right into the van
Joli : yes...you are clever indeed
Joli : It's so clear to me now
Ockham : I know!
Ockham : I will send you some for Christmas :)
Joli : It's better than deer scent
Ockham : I will give you the gift of IRRESISTABLE CALORIES
Joli : you could say something to remind us how sad we are...
Joli : then offer your devil wares
Joli : you will be elbow patch deep in pootie
Ockham : hahah
Joli : What's with the psychos?
Ockham : I don't know
Joli : you need to re-align your magnetism
Ockham : haha
Joli : it's pointing to magnetic nuts
Ockham : hahahaha
Ockham : no trust me, my nuts appear to be quite non-magnetic
Joli : *blink*
Joli : oh man
Joli : I'm totally picturing your nuts now...thanks
Joli : Allie is on the phone...new sea monkeys have arrived
Ockham : yay
Joli : my last ones died :(
Ockham : awww :(
Joli : they always die
Joli : I am the Sea Monkey Black Death
Ockham : plague monkey
Joli : I will love them and pet them and they will be my friends
Ockham : you murderer
Joli : *shaky breath*
Ockham : I can't believe you, Jo. Your blood must be like ice.
Joli : I want to love the sea monkeys
Ockham : Mind of a killer :(
Ockham : Love them with cyanide and death?
Joli : I have a new friend who will play accordion music to them
Ockham : oh god
Ockham : :|
Ockham : accordion man is the devil's right hand
Ockham : you can't see it
Ockham : you're blind
Ockham : bliiiiiiiiiind
Joli : sea monkeys love the calm lilting notes of an accordion polka
Joli : they trust him because he wears bunny ears :)
Ockham : and in the morning they're all dead
Ockham : HMM
Joli : well, no...that's without him and just me
Ockham : ........
Ockham : YOU
Ockham : ARE
Ockham : HIM
Ockham : AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH
Joli : they call me Typhoid Monkey
Joli : SMDS...everyone knows about sudden monkey death syndrome
Joli : It's not my fault
Ockham : hahahahaha
Hehe .. You two need to start writing screen plays .
I wrote a comment and clearly dabbler ate it!
It was witty and incredibly well written.
It had the best joke in the world attached to it as well! You would have peed yourself laughing!
It had space aliens in it, Art Bell was on the phone feeding me info as I wrote.
I included the meaning of life, oh yes, and it has been forever lost in the aether.
It probably wasn't as good as this one.
Only one of these statements is possibly the truth:P You can choose which:D
Irony and Ockham in my journal again...I just peed a little.
You know, you can get nifty pads for that. You need never again have to run to the bathroom clutching your crotch as your... eyes stream with laughter. You can use a lady diaper and waddle there at your leisure.
Just a thought:D
You think of everything. I'm not worthy!
I see you left out the Q. Revisionist history? Conspiracy? Mind controlled by Accordion Man? I can no longer trust you. :|
Good to know some of the replacements have arrived.
omigawd, that's funny.
*wipes tears from eyes*
You guys are priceless.
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