June 16th, 2004

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Meet Joe Blog

Recently I was chatting with somebody about how it seems like a lot of time I get news via LJ faster than I do through "traditional" media channels, because there are so many people with eyes and ears and their info travels like wildfire. Sometimes I'll read about a news story or report or something and then find out it's not hit the general media yet (not big time, anyway). Anyway, TIME has done an article related to this phenomenon and I thought I'd pass along the link:

Meet Joe Blog
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Yankee visits the South

Just had a very atypical work day...

Absolutely exhausted by spending all day up in, of all places, Buford, Georgia, a small town up north of Atlanta, near Lake Lanier. Caleb and I drove out around 8 a.m. and from 9 to 5 conducted interviews with various town "stakeholders" about the city, local shopping, parks, housing, etc. -- the good, the bad and the ugly.
Caleb's work is quite understaffed at the moment for planning work, which is why *I* am out there (getting paid by the hour) helping them.

I conducted four 45-60 minuute interviews, each of them with somebody who'd lived in this small town all their life and had 3-4 generations of relatives before them who'd called Buford home. Two of the guys were like 70 and had "dirt" on everybody and everything, which was pretty funny. I think somehow it tickled my latent journalistic instincts ;)

I did 3 interviews in the morning and then for lunch two people from the city planning staff took us out to this fancy restaurant on the uber-Old-South main street. It was real yummy! Actually I really like these occasional opportunties to visit these small towns and cities, since they're actually The South, unlike Atlanta, he he. A lot of towns I've visited are quite pretty too.

Afterward I had only one more interview and then Caleb had two more. I sat in on one with this English guy Mick who'd (for some reason!) lived in Buford since 1982 and is a bit of a local tycoon, owning several busineses and properties around town. He had fancy cufflinks and to me seemed funnily out of place there, not to mention his extremely weird English/Buford accent (e.g. using y'all and cheerio in the same sentence).

During Caleb's last interview I got bored so I went on a walk around the downtown. It was *quite* hot out (about 100) and muggy and ugh, in dark gray wool suit, that is just gross! Finally around 5 we got to go home finally, which involved the highway... YUCK I am so, so, so glad I never, ever have a need to go out on those hideous things, they're an invention of the devil!

I'll post some pictures I took in town and on the highway, but right now I need to have a shower and chill out. Since I don't have a story up for discussion, I'm skiping out on writer's group. I've had more than enough talking and "meeting" today!

ADDENDUM
Here are the pictures.
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sh*t!!!!

omg...

just saw what the 9/11 commission announced about the terrorists original plans

if that plan had been completely carried out, we would SO be living under martial law now. like, guys with guns walking the streets outside my building ('cause there's a huge federal building a few blocks away).

plus yeah, thousands and thousands MORE people would've died, been injured or been sickened by contamination.

i feel sick to my stomach, and not just from buford.
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Wendy in Fan Fic

The challenge: Go to fanfiction.net and run a search of LotR and Harry Potter fanfic for ones that use your name in the summary. For each categroy, find the cheesiest and/or most Mary Sue-ish. Post to LJ.

For LotR We Have...
Beauty and the Warg by Dreamality
On her way to see the Broadway play Beauty and the Beast, Wendy is in a car crash. When she awakes, she's in the one place she's always dreamed of going: Middle-earth. There's just one problem: She's a Warg! (Full summary inside) NOW COMPLETE!
Lord of the Rings - PG - English - Humor/Romance - Chapters: 11 - Words: 17958 - Reviews: 111 - Updated: 5-3-04 - Published: 3-22-04

For Harry Potter We Have...Wendy the new girl from Hogwarts by didygal
A new girl called Wendy had saved Harry from.... DEMENTORS! Well, REVIEW!
Harry Potter - G - English - General - Chapters: 1 - Words: 540 - Reviews: 0 - Updated: 4-1-04 - Published: 4-1-04

And some other fandom Wendys...

Pirates Return to Neverland by love2rite reviews
What happens when Peter Pan, Wendy and the Lost Boys meet Captain Jack Sparrow?
Pirates of the Caribbean - G - English - General - Chapters: 3 - Words: 2295 - Reviews: 4 - Updated: 4-7-04 - Published: 4-6-04

Um, and need I even MENTION that there are over 200 Peter Pan fan fics which include Wendy in the summary? Aye, I think that is not necessary...
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