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Silence ain't golden.

Because even though I did shut-up for once, I didn't get even remotely rich...

I'm also ever so slightly perturbed to note that I'm returning to an almost empty blog! (I swear I didn't touch anything or try to upload anything (again) by my-highly-unqualified-self that I wasn't supposed to! Honestly, oh, Web-Goddess!)

Now, I'm all for minimalism and yes, I'll even admit that the empty space does seem very Zen-like while also allowing for an intense and uninterrupted look at her gorgeous design, but I'm also just a touch unnerved by the fact that I've seemingly stepped into some sort of Blog Bermuda Triangle.

Is that some kind of Punishment for Lazy Bloggers Who Go for Weeks Without Updating that I wasn't aware of..?

Before I enlist the help of my rescue cavalry yet again, let's see if this entry also gets sucked into the same mysterious cyber vortex* as the rest.

*Saw the following bit somewhere (but can't remember exactly where, otherwise I would've linked it): Apparently the cyber equivalent of the Bermuda Triangle is known as the Trippy Triangle. Am I tripping? Or is that really well-known (or even obscure, then) Geek Speak for it?

Off to the chaaarmin' city of Charleston South Carolina today until Friday on an impromptu, pre-birthday surprise trip, courtesy of the boy.

Depending on the computer situation over at the hotel, I will try and blog from there. I've so much to tell anyway!

Off to pack and to work on my draaawl, y'all!

(Can blog entry titles be this long? Should it be allowed?)

Do you remember how I went completely batty with spring (hay) fever and thus managed to get myself cast in a summer theatre production?

Well, if you don't remember or didn't know, I did and ... alas, I did.

Despite the fact that I've no talent for acting and no memory for remembering lines (which, I've discovered much to my dismay, is a crucial and mandatory skill for actors (even for amateur actors like me!) to possess!); and despite a brief encounter with a rodent, I've been having - dare I even write it? - fun.

Well, "fun" in a nerve-wracking sort of way.

And a few frenzied and unexpected events surrounding the production occurred this past week.

Geek Out!

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Where does one take an illegal outlawed alien on a Friday night?

So this weekend Stacy made the mistake of unleashing me on her blog.

Since it's weekend and I'm too lazy to write anything else, here's what I bored her readers with.

(Update: I'm having computer glitches, so Stacy's since returned from her trip. Oh, you were thinking that I'm merely posting in African time, did ya? Anyway, so now you can safely go and visit her site, without the risk of running into me. The best author of Stacy's blog is Stacy. She is very funny.)

Anyway, here's my second-hand post:

A recent encounter with a crew from a racing sailboat docked at Baltimore's Inner Harbour took me back to my own - somewhat reluctant - international sailing debut a few summers ago in Norfolk, Virginia.

My reluctance stemmed from my nautical skills, which were (and still are) naught.

And speaking of mice...

Oh? We weren't?

Well, we are now, aren't we? And besides, since it's clear that you haven't been paying attention, I did talk about mice earlier this week over here and here.

(And all this ongoing mouse-talk is clearly Eve's and Emily's fault for sending me a gorgeous book on the making of Stuart Little.)

In April 2002, when I was still filled with youthful optimism and trying to write for a living (as opposed to now being just old and still attempting to write for a living), an interesting story happened to cross my path here in Baltimore which inspired me to write another sequel to that animated film "An American Tail."

Here, especially for your Thursday/Friday torture pleasure is a copy of the article I wrote.

It's Raining...

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... Presents! Lots and lots of PRESENTS! And sometimes, a shower of gifts is better than a rain storm of men (Not that I would know what that's like though, "sigh") ... Sorry guys, no offense!

Yes, the plain old regular rain and thunderstorm was in full-swing when the mailman showed up at my door weighed down by a huge box in his arms.

A huge box with a post mark and return address on it that said:

Houston, Texas!!!

It was, believe it or not, the rest of my Win a Blog prizes (Yes, really, as if winning this site and your readership and the yummy design and the hosting and the scripting and the gift certificates aren't more than enough prizes already!!!), courtesy of these two lovely lasses. Needless to say, it instantly brightened up the rainy day for me!

Missing Links

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I don't know if it's just me being my usual and very "disleksick" self again, but I seem to have misplaced two of my cyber pals.

You see, the links I have to get to their sites now take me to error or (gasp!) this-domain-name's-now-up-for-grabs pages!

I'm really confused (ah, yes, what's new, right?), so if you and you still happen to be out there and around, please let me know! I'll be quite sad if you don't have blogs anymore!

Or if anyone else know where they can now be found on the web, please let me know? Because knowing me I probably have the URLs wrong! (And here's hoping that I did indeed just flub!)



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I've learned a few things during this long weekend.

Dear United States of America,

First off, and before I start hitting you up for favours... eh, favors (See, I sometimes even remember how you spell words which shaves about 10 wpm off my typing speed, so thank you for that): Happy Birthday to you-hooooo!

You are big and beautiful and your flag is very pretty. I also like that you have four time zones right here within your very own borders. It's downright impressive for places to have even two, but you have FOUR and that just... well, that just wows me.

I also like the people you manufacture over here. They are very friendly and attractive and I like the way they talk and roll their r's and how they say tomaydo instead of tomahto.

After several years of living under the same roof, I've made a new discovery about the boy.

(Yes, I'm awfully quick and observant, aren't I?)

Q & A

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Last night she asked me the following question: "What do you think is the most beautiful geographical aspect of South Africa?"

Steel yerselves for my sappy reply.

Red on Show

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Yay! For some reason Simon has deemed me worthy of his blog showcase.

Thank you, Simon! I feel incredibly flattered, especially since I've been checking out the other showcased blogs and wow... the writing talent on display is completely mind-bloggingly (yes, pun intended!) amazing. (And see, all I manage to come up with are these lame puns, ha ha.)

Anyway, here are just some of the other sites I've discovered via the showcase:

is a South African girl living in South Africa. That doesn't sound very original, we know, but you might find it remotely interesting when you learn that she has only recently returned to South Africa for the first time after a nine year, one month and two week (non-stop!) stint in the United States where she accidentally became an outlawed alien (also known, especially in immigration circles, as an 'illegal immigrant.' We prefer the term 'outlawed alien' ourselves). During her reversed exile from her homeland, she kept herself occupied by winning this website (but only after shamelessly bribing the judges) and thus being unleashed on the web where she slowly, leisurely became the World's Laziest Blogger; by being a nanny and by attending sci-fi conventions in search of other aliens. In the US, she also made her sailing debut, her international acting debut, tried and failed to learn the piano, and never learned to cook. She is hopelessly addicted to coffee, dogs (especially Labrador Retrievers), how-to books (with a particular fondness for her copy of the Time/Life A - Z Medical Encyclopedia), and she tends to grossly overuse parentheses (we're not kidding) during her attempts at writing, which you may - if you really have masochistic tendencies - subject yourself to by reading the words to the right of this column. If you REALLY and truly STILL want to know more, you can read her C.V. here.
Or you can stalk her send her some love via e-mail at: redsaid[AT]gmail[DOT]com

The Wish List (Because yes, she really does need more how-to books. Honestly!)


  • Redsaid Author Profile Page: Terra: YES! Wait... you didn't think that I would be this possessed to post for NO REASON, did ya???... [go]
  • Terra.Shield : OH! ... [go]
  • Marco Author Profile Page: Be a bit like serving drinks at AA?... [go]
  • Marco Author Profile Page: I personally think it is a mindset that has been cultivated over the years, and one, if not stemmed,... [go]
  • Redsaid Author Profile Page: Ms. Crazy Cat Lady Pants!!! Squeeeee! Sooo good to see you! (I thought NO ONE was bothering to read ... [go]
  • Ms. Pants : Kitties don't get enough credit sometimes. (All times, if you ask me, but I'm a Crazy Cat Lady.)... [go]
  • Redsaid Author Profile Page: Hey Tamara! I know, right?? That is a tough act to follow indeed. I adored that dentist. He used to ... [go]
  • Tamara Tipton : Well, I am not sure how any dentist could live up to that standard! LOL! I hope your appointment was... [go]
  • Redsaid Author Profile Page: I'm really really glad that I'm not the only one, Po! Sometimes I drive myself mad with all the what... [go]
  • Po : Those questions run through my heads for various times in my life too, that is for sure!... [go]
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