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Subject: I would do anything for love...

Forum: I would do anything for love...

Hey! My first video!

Okay, so a fun topic tonight. In case you didn't catch what I was saying above, this question comes from the Meatloaf song: "I Would Do Anything For Love". Please Youtube the music video if you haven't see it....well worth it.

This song is a lovely ballad, that talks about his unbelievable love for someone, but it is so fricking cryptic. The lyrics go: "I would do anything for love, but I won't do that..." What the hell, Meatloaf?! What do you mean?

**I would like you to name 5 things; either describing what Meatloaf just won't do for love and/or what you wouldn't do for love. Let's solve the mystery!**

I am also pasting some of the song's lyrics for clues:

"And I would do anything for love
I'd run right into hell and back...
And I would do anything for love, but I won't do that
No, I won't do that

Anything for love
Oh, I would do anything for love
I would do anything for love, but I won't do that
No, I won't do that.

As long as the planets are turning
As long as the stars are burning
As long dreams are coming true
You'd better believe it, that I would do

Anything for love
And I'll be there until the final act
I would do anything for love, and I'll take a vow and seal a pact
But I'll never forgive myself if we don't go all the way, tonight
I would do anything for love
Oh, I would do anything for love
Oh, I would do anything for love, but I won't do that
No, I won't do that"

I'll start:
1. Meatloaf is referring to anal sex. I don't personally think it's sexy, and I certainly don't want anything in my rear end; especially where BMs and farts come from. I don't blame Meatloaf!

2. Meatloaf is referring to scat and golden shower stuff. Enough said.

3. Regarding love, I wouldn't ever hang out genuinely with Bill O'Reilly, or anyone from the Fox News Gang for my husband, unless he was kidnapped or something; then I would have to consider it.

4. I wouldn't eat anything with maple, raisins or Spam whilst listening to the Taylor Swift song "I Knew You Were Trouble" whilst taking a puke bath whilst getting yelled at.

5. I think that Meatloaf is referring to the annoying Taylor Swift song I mentioned. :) Mystery solved!

Subject: Re: S-A-T-U-R-D-A-Y NIGHT

Forum: S-A-T-U-R-D-A-Y NIGHT

I know what you mean! I really don't mind staying home on a Saturday. I've lived through my crazy college days, and nowadays, between my husband and I, we are so fricking busy that most Fridays and Saturdays, we just collapse. I could care less. Sometimes, we get really wild and stay up to watch SNL! CRAZINESS!

I'm 29, and I feel like I am starting to feel my age. I especially feel it when I sub for volleyball and I am so sore that I can barely walk comfortably. I know that I'm not ailing, but yeah; growing old stinks! (in case you didn't hear that enough from your grandparents.)

I definitely miss being young at times; mostly for when life gets crazy with responsibilities, like paying for stuff. I wish sometimes that life could work on shimmies! ;)

Subject: Fiction or Non-Fiction?

Forum: Fiction or Non-Fiction?

AH! It's Monday! AH! (not a fan)

So; we are trying to find a substitute for one of our favorite (mostly) non-fiction t.v. series, "The Tudors". We have watched the show twice now and are looking for something similar.

We found a show on Netflix called "Reign", which is about Mary, Queen of Scots (who was Elizabeth I's half-sister), but it started out being a 90210-type show, and we had to turn it off. It just seemed that it was a little more fiction than we were hoping for, which was confirmed in its' Wikipedia article.

I tend to prefer non-fiction t.v./movies over fiction, while my husband prefers the zombie and alien-type stuff, in which you could argue that they could be real.

**When watching t.v. shows or movies, do you prefer fiction or non-fiction? When reading books, do you prefer fiction or non-fiction?

If you prefer non-fiction, do you have a preference in what aspects of history you view? (For example, I don't like watching programs about the American Civil War.) If you prefer fiction, do you have a preference in which aspects you prefer? Do you like witches, vampires, zombies, wizards, etc.?

Have you always had these preferences, or did they come about for any particular reason? Have your preferences for fiction or non-fiction changed as an adult?**

Subject: Re: Weddings

Forum: Weddings

Congrats to Granite and your godparents!

The last wedding that I went to, aside from our own, was about 15 years ago. The ceremony was held in a church, and it was a very long ceremony--probably an hour and a half to two hours. I remembered that I kept trying to get emotional, (as I love a happy cry and weddings seem like a safe place to do that, I guess) but the ceremony readings seemed really dry and I couldn't get into it. I cannot even remember whose wedding it was, but I was ecstatic when we were done. They had bubbles too, to blow outside, and that was fine. From there, we had a late lunch at a church, and the food was okay. I remember the church being cleaner than other churches I had been to, and everyone was happy.

That is the thing about weddings is that everyone is generally happy. I mentioned in your other forum that I worked in banquet serving for a few years at a hotel, and that was a lot of hard work, but a lot of fun too. (I only stopped because our sales manager was stealing our gratuities.) You see some really extravagant weddings, including some that had a bottle of good champagne at every table, candy imported from Israel, an elaborate cake at every table, and I was surprised that many weddings had open bar, which costs a fortune! As banquet servers, we would see the bill for the services; including the buffet or plated dinners, the open bars, the cutting of the cake, (which was $2.50 per slice at the time) a stage set-up for the DJ, etc. I cannot believe how much is spent at weddings.

In our wedding, I was determined not to spend that much. My husband was okay with that as he had been married before. I always love the dancing at weddings, but we would have to forgo that. We decided to rent out a balcony, basically, at an old, yet beautiful Masonic temple. for the ceremony. It looked like a palace, I felt like a queen, and it only cost us $40. Plus, our wedding party was small (only 14 of us) and so we ate at our local, Italian restaurant, which cost around $200, including tip. The annoying expense was getting someone to marry us, which cost us $150. What a rip off. We also rented a hotel for the night and the hotel gave us the Presidential Suite. My mom and dad bought the cake, which was delicious and lovely. For all of that, we spent much less than $1,000 and had a nice, quaint, beautiful wedding. (With my student loans, I felt irresponsible spending anymore.) For that, we got exactly what we wanted. Yay.

Subject: Do we play up to the camera for online posts?

Forum: Do we play up to the camera for online posts?

**I apologize in advance for the loud video. I was trying to be "excited" in front of the camera to play up my point.**

This morning, I was reading the news at Yahoo News and saw a video of teenage girls who were excited that their mother was having another baby. (Source: Yahoo News: "Daughters Go Wild When They Learn They’ll Be Big Sisters"). The news was given to them by a chocolate chip cookie bar with the news in icing, that anyone would be excited about.

I noticed that the girl on the right started to laugh a bit, which is what I used to do when my grandpa was videotaping our birthdays and I was aware of the camera. It wasn't like a "I'm laughing because I'm shocked and can't believe it!", but it seemed more like a "I'm on camera and I need to think about what I need to do next" giggle. The gal on the left seemed pretty genuine with her response.

**That brings me to our question: When we know that the video or picture is going online, do we play up to the camera? I would describe the "playing-up" part in the video as over-exaggerating our excitement, pretty much acting to the camera.

For pictures, do we try and "model" (i.e. hand on the hip, look over your shoulder, pursed-out lips, sucked in jawline, etc.) the pictures instead of letting them be natural? (I tried to do my best impersonation of a "model look" in the video but it just made me look constipated. ;) And I'm regular!)

Are these videos and pictures true representations of the moment in which we are trying to capture, or are we getting to the point where the videos and pictures are more contrived due to the high chance of them getting online? Are we missing the point of what pictures and videos are intended to be?

In that case, what are the point of taking videos and pictures? Why do you take them? Do you feel that you "model" or play up to the camera? Are we becoming a society that prefers to have contrived pictures and videos to look perfect? What do you think this says about our present culture?**

It's an understatement to say we are more aware of the cameras than we have in the past 30 years. Due to the internet outposts like YouTube, and Facebook, people definitely play to the cameras for both pictures in and videos.

I also see this now with younger girls, and I think: do you want to look perfect for the masses, or how you truly were in the moment? I think it's a disservice to our culture, as the truth is, life is not perfect, but hopefully that will eventually balance out.

Subject: Re: Fiction or Non-Fiction?

Forum: Fiction or Non-Fiction?

Murr-The possibilities are limitless for fiction-that's a great point! I love history too! And I have found that "truth [really is] stranger than fiction" when it comes to historical topics. Where else can you have kings burning people as witches, a large wooden horse where people hide and take over a city, and those weird German helmets with the pointy-things from World War I? Nowhere, that's where! History is awesome and my preference for reading/documentaries/movies/t.v. shows as well.

Tenk-I don't get the whole zombie thing, but I know some people are REALLY into it. To each his own. :) Getting to space is obviously very cool. Feel free to contact my husband when you go. He is also very much into space and aliens. Sounds like you've been for a while! Dune is a good book. I don't care that much for fiction, but I do like Game of Thrones. It focuses on the personal relationships as well as action. Documentaries are great too--and yep--they can even make salt documentaries fascinating.

3black-I like mysteries; stuff that is cerebral yet entertaining. I'll have to check out James Rollins. He sounds like my kind of author. Louisiana history! I forget how old parts of the state are. I agree with you on the vampires, zombies, or wizards, but for some reason I find the witches aspect fascinating. Why isn't the broadening of subjects working to your favor?

mart-Another mix of fiction and non-fiction! I have not seen "Modern Family", but have heard great things. We started watching Cosmos but couldn't get into it, unfortunately, but yes we like space too. It's overwhelming to know that there might be other life forms out there and even how our galaxy was formed. Huh, Popular Mechanics had a show for kids? You learn something new everyday! And you are learning when someone is not forcing you, and I think we are more apt to retain things not under duress.

Hope-Any particularly juicy memoirs? My husband loves the Walking Dead. I know the premise of "The Cove" and I know it would only make me mad. We'll check out "Food Inc."!

LaNe-I like Game of Thrones as it is reminiscent of wars, costumes, and languages of yes, medieval times. I am appalled at how we used to live-drinking from our sewer? No thank you! We'll have to check out "House of Cards". Is it the American or British version? Great advice! We love shows from other countries!

Kayla-Why as an avid fiction fan are you branching out into non-fiction? Any particular reason?

Subject: Are monarchies necessary?

Forum: Are monarchies necessary?

​​Chances are, you have seen the many articles about Duchess Kate Middleton and her struggle with morning sickness as well as her choice of clothing styles over the last few years. And we all know about Pippa's famous booty.

I found an article this morning that made me sick to my stomach. It talks about how much current monarchies are actually worth. To give you a sample, King Abdullah bin Abdul-Aziz, the King of Saudi Arabia is worth $18 billion and makes "$1 billion a day from oil exports alone". (E! "The Queen of England Is Worth How Much?!—Find Out How Rich Royal Families Around the World Actually Are!"). Queen Elizabeth II is worth $500 million and her annual salary is $12.9 million.

Topping the list is Bhumibol Adulyadej, King of Thailand, who is worth $35 billion. Contrary to other kings that I have read about, this king develops rural properties and according to the article, even farms himself. In this article, I also read about other monarchs doing similar public work. Maybe some monarchs are not so bad?

Other countries that have monarchies include: Brunei, Abu Dhabi, Liechtenstein, Morocco, Monaco, and Swaziland.

Aside from being born, what responsibilities do the monarchies have? According to the official website of the British Monarchy, it seems like the Royal Family's primary goal is to "helping to strengthen national unity and stability". These duties include diplomatic visits, to opening new buildings, to "carrying out important work in the areas of public and charitable service".

**With that said--Do we need these upper-crust families anymore? Why are certain people being born into royalty and continuing to be filthy rich? Is that fair to the rest of us? Or, is that continuing to add to the class gap around the world?

Is there another form of government that would better benefit the common people? Or, does a monarchy benefit the common people?**

The minimum wage did not pass in Illinois, so I am really feeling annoyed with "the man". That may have sparked this forum as monarchies are the epitome of "the man".

I wonder if things would be better for the common people by replacing the monarchies with a form of government that fits the majority of the country (as I feel that monarchies are inefficient). The countries could put any money saved into more public programs. Even beginning to think about overthrowing the monarchies and implement this sounds exhausting, but I think the effort would ultimately benefit the people.

Subject: Are we working ourselves to death?

Forum: Are we working ourselves to death?

A Japanese restaurant is being forced to pay a family $500,000 in damages after they worked their Restaurant Manager too much and caused him to commit suicide. "In the seven months before he hanged himself, he had worked an average of 190 hours overtime every month and had taken just two days off." (Yahoo News: Japan Restaurant Ordered To Pay $500,000 Damages After Suicide"). The logic is that the long hours (almost 48 overtime hours a week) and lack of mental breaks caused his suicide.

​The Japanese even have their own term for "death by overwork", or karoshi. ​

I was surprised to hear this as normally we hear the overwork mentality about Americans. (and of course, ​I cannot neglect to mention ​the sweat shop workers abroad who work long hours for a very small wage. How can we not manage to pay them a fair wage? We have MANY American companies overseas and CEOs that make oodles and paid their retirement​.) (end rant)

​**​Is Japan taking a step in the right direction with this verdict?
​ Does America need to adopt this ruling?

At what point do big businesses go too far? ​Is overwork the company's fault or the employee's fault? If overwork seems as common in Japan as it is in America, is there a better solution than taking the company to court?**

​Let's take a look at our country. An article from the Huffington Post claims that Americans have the time off; we just don't use it. (Source: Huffington Post Business: "Americans Are Overworked But Aren't Taking Time Off. What Gives?"). It claims that only 57% of people that have time off don't take it. To make matters worse, 70% of Americans are "disengaged" with their jobs. This disengagement is causing more people to become freelancers, and among them, 88% like their job.

*What do you think of these statistics? Are you happy at your job? What keeps you at your job? What can we do to make work better for ourselves? Is there an easy solution?

Also, is freelancing here to stay, or simply passing trend? Do you freelance? Are you satisfied with your line of work?**

Subject: Re: CollegeNet Etiquette

Forum: CollegeNet Etiquette

Thank you for your responses. Some were kind, (Thank you @ae, @kate, @liss, @Rabbitt, @Granite, @Christy, @Five, and pretty much everyone) all seemed honest, and some were unnecessarily humbling.

I appreciate how people were saying that this also happened to them. There is really not a manual for this thing (CollegeNet).

And naw, I don't think the world revolves around me--the opposite actually. I was raised to take responsibility for almost everything. It would have been a lot easier if I was responsible for losing this past week.

I knew I was responsible when I lost within my first few weeks of September. When we had forum topics about CollegeNet, I learned about the "requirements" and thought afterwards"ah, that's why I didn't win" as I was visiting my friend and didn't make the daily posts. No problem.

****And let me make something clear: my frustration was not from me not winning; losing is a normal part of life. It's the fact that at 5:00, I refreshed the CollegeNet site and was still at #13. I still don't what happened between then and the last minute. That is what is absolutely gut-wrenching after that whole afternoon of wondering and hoping.****

(And yes--obscenities were thrown.)

I asked the IT part of CollegeNet what happened, and they couldn't tell me as it is an automatic thing.

And @Cire--funny you mention #7. That's exactly what I started out as on Wednesday. Seriously. I moved from #7, to #10, to #12, and then at #13 around 1pm and stayed there until 5. (Lesson learned: anything can happen.)

Also, I believe that there is a direct correlation between the votes and moving up as when I get the magical email saying that I have a vote, I move up almost immediately.

(That's what she said.)

And yes, @yanno, Genevieve--of course I love CollegeNet, appreciate everything, don't blame the person that won, and have no choice but to "get over it", but I still stand by my frustration. Like I said, it was a shocker and there is no manual for this thing.

@Cire's Monarchy post--I'm planning on posting a response on the Monarchy thread. Stay tuned.

Subject: Re: CollegeNet Etiquette

Forum: CollegeNet Etiquette

Thank you again for your input.

I do want to again clarify that I was not upset for being in last place or losing. The way that the numbers were falling, that was what was going to happen.

@Tastam--What I was upset at was it was 5:00pm; I refreshed the website, and it still showed I was #13. So; it was 5:00pm and I literally had won...but I didn't....I don't know what happened in basically the last 10 seconds. That was the upsetting part to me.

I understand that people may not be able to vote until a certain time, but I feel that I would be doing myself and fellow posters a disservice by not educating voters on the possible repercussions of voting so late. People might continue to do it if they legitimately do not know, and I am trying to avoid that. If they can't help it, oh well.

I relate it to one of my favorite movies: "Grumpier Old Men 2": "You can wish with one hand and crap in the other, and see which gets filled first." I'm not holding my breath that anyone will listen, but at least I have said my piece. That's all I can do.

By the way, when anyone gives out tough love, they should understand who the person is first. As easy as it is to say "get over it", those are strong words. I have a mother that is wonderful, but when I was younger, had the tendency to say things like "We're not paying for your college or car" then end with "you're going to have to get over it" instead of talking through it for a solution. She did this a lot. She also used to openly tell me that I had a big nose. (I know that she was always trying to be realistic with me, but sometimes she could have approached things very differently. People will not get your message if they can't get past the medium. She also had a bad childhood where she had to deny stuff in her mind to make it easier on her. Her father openly adored her sister and shoved aside Mom.) I know that sounds whiny, but I'm human for God's sake.

Those words are a lot harder to swallow for me than other people, but I understand the context here. (I prefer the concept of "moving past" or "tomorrow is a new day"). I love CollegeNet and have no choice but to "keep calm and carry on".

@Falcon--Naw. There were 14 winners. And I lost literally in the last 10 seconds, so that is where I was very annoyed. (And I never saw my number move down.)

@Woody--Thank you for the kind words and things to think about. There really is no manual for this thing.

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