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rcmann
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I google my real name and find 49,600,000 results in 0.28 seconds. Egad.

Even worse, scads and wads of them are writers. Fiction and non-fiction. Professors & preachers.

*sigh*

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RC i know how it is having a super common name. A bunch of people with my name. I think I have the 3rd most common last name in the world.
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You should be Alan Crank.
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A couple of years ago I googled my writing name. Found two--might be the same guy.

One wrote nonfiction---books about ancient calendars.

The other was a poster on at least one political blog. A democrat I think. As I said it both could be the same person. But just for fun I thought about posting conservative comments on the same blogs with my pen name. [Smile]


But rc did you try changing the names around or their spelling? Instead of i put in a y or make it mman

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I don't suppose Bob would work?
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Well, you could try Boobie Mann, um, that is, I mean Bobby Mann.


Or

Bob Tiberius Mann

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I'm going to bed.
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They say a lot of those misspelled names you see on rock bands these days are not to be clever, but so they stand out from the correct spelling when someone Googles them. What one won't do to be an individual...
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I suppose I could use the original Celtic form of my name. Or maybe use the literal meaning, that would be weirdly distinctive. I could steal a name from one of my Cherokee ancestors, like "Mankiller", except she might come haunt me over it.

*sigh*

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As long as your writing doesn't suck it'd be more like honoring her as opposed to stealing the name.

[ June 16, 2012, 08:51 PM: Message edited by: GreatNovus ]

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I suppose I could use the original Celtic form of my name. Or maybe use the literal meaning, that would be weirdly distinctive. I could steal a name from one of my Cherokee ancestors, like "Mankiller", except she might come haunt me over it.
Pardon me for not being PC But You're Irish Indian??? Or Indian Irish.


Holy cow is your real-not so real name Walker???

Inside joke for C.E. Murphy fans.


Which come to think of it I might the only one of here.

But Bobby Walker could be a good pen name. Or better yet Johnny Walker.

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Not Johnny Walker. Given my background it would be more like Jack Daniels.

I'm Scot-Irish-Cherokee-Welsh.

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Voyager 1 is in the helio-sheath )is that the right term?) ahead of schedule. Seems that our first interstellar probe is now nibbling the edges of raw infinity. Cosmic radiation has suddenly shot way up in the last month. Apparently we, as a race, have advanced to the level of interstellar travelers.
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I bought this pair of oven mitt potholders last week. They were sold one at a time but I needed two. My old oven mitts have just worn out and have holes where you hold the hot pot.

The old ones have that silicone padding / lining that's supposed to be more heat resistant, and it seems to be---when I've used them, I didn't feel any heat through them.

But there's just one problem---they don't seem to be made to be worn by human hands. My old oven mitts had a thumb and the rest---these ones have kind of an alligator jaw, with one side smaller than the other---but you can't really put your thumb in one side and the rest of your fingers in the other. They're very uncomfortable to use.

So I continue the search---but what gives?

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Probably trying to be cool and different or put out by a chef TV show. Or both.
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Ritz KitchenSmart Oven Mitts, with Neoprene. Made in China, it says---and before anyone jumps to conclusions, I'm sure the Chinese have opposable thumbs, just like nearly every other human being on the face of the earth.

I suppose I'll try online ordering...just in the past couple of days, I ordered three things I couldn't find locally on short notice: (1) a new charger for my Nook Color (I think the old one is broken---at any rate, it's bent a little, and sometimes doesn't charge), (2) a replacement FM repeater plug-in for my iPod (the old one I was using busted and doesn't deliver as strong a signal as it used to), and (3) some pocket-T-shirts intended for the Big and Tall (the ones I get all seem to come up a little short in length---I'm trying this out, but I'm flying blind).

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My wife orders some things by mail. How good a result depends on the product and if she can find it locally. Usually what ever it is arrives in good shape and works fine or fits okay but sometimes she gets something that isn't quiet right. She has returned items a few times and a couple of times never got to sending them back.

One certain popcorn company never sent her order and it took her months to get a refund. They may have been going out of business. Other businesses will send a postage sticker with no problems. She has to pack the items but the postage is paid. But that is a minority of times. Usually, as I said, no problems.

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Try welding gloves. Seriously.
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Oh, I usually don't have trouble, though I've had my share of problems. Busted subscriptions from fly-by-night SF magazines...the Beatles still owe me an "Anthology Laserdisc" T-shirt...and one of the Beatles cover bands still owes me a CD. They all cashed the checks. The money involved isn't a big deal, though.

Recently I bought several books of self-published Internet Comics. From past experience, I figured this would be fraught with trouble, but I've gotten every one I've ordered so far. (I did advise one guy to spring for the bubble-wrap envelope next time, not tight-fitting plastic.)

But, believe me, I know what can happen to something in the mail. My day is just filled with stuff that gets torn up by the machines. And I've lost five manuscripts somewhere along the way...

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quote:
Try welding gloves. Seriously.
That is such an interesting suggestion. How well would they clean up if I spilled something on them?
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They are designed to be used in oily mechanic's shops. They are tough enough to stand up to most cleaning agents:)
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Oh...then a brand-new fresh pair of welder's gloves should be all right...in, oh, about twenty-eight years of use, I never washed my regular oven mitts.
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I am guessing that they could handle cake batter:) Maybe even bacon grease, although I won't go out on a limb about that one. [Big Grin]
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Oh, a while back I was using a oven mitt to take a pan out of the oven. Suddenly I felt a burning sensation on my hand, I executed a very fast controlled drop of the pan onto the stove door. My wife wondered what happened and I said something about getting burned. She looked over the mitt and said there's a hole in it.

I said, "I figured that out as soon as the pain started."

Actually, it was a thin area not a complete hole so I wasn't really burned. But since then I have not used any of them.

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I have a simpler solution. My wife does all the cooking.
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Well, my wife is busy at work and with her online craft business...besides I could very well be the better cook. More practiced anyway.

[ June 25, 2012, 11:40 PM: Message edited by: LDWriter2 ]

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Well, working in the fast food industry for a few years cured me of any fear of cooking...or desire to eat out...so if I don't cook I don't eat.
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I am banned from the kitchen. Even my offspring, traitorous little brats, will join forces to physically remove me if I get close to the stove. Bah.
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I was gonna make french fries today (I usually do on Mondays) but got a bucket of KFC chicken instead. Not bad, but it was suggested to me---I wouldn't have gone on my own, probably.
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Too tired to write, too tired not to. Waiting for a professor to decide if she'll take pity on me and give partial credit for four (read FOUR) exams that I didn't see (and so didn't take till way past the due date). I have work tomorrow, a research paper for biology to write, scholarships to hunt for, and bedsheets that need changing. To top it all off, I think that my cell phone is about ready to die...

~Shay

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Damnit, well I've blown a headgaskit in my car... SO i either pay 3 times what I bought the thing for to fix it now, but another car, or find a way to get around for 2 or 3 weeks until my uncle can get down here till help me and pay him what i bough for the car to fix it. >_<;;

I literally just put new brakes on the damn thing too. Why couldn't this crap wait till after the divorce atleast...

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You need pizza.
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Yes, yes I do. I have a feeling a guy that use to be my best friend is going to invite me to go clubbing with him tonight. Not really my thing, but might be nice to get out for a bit.
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Hey didn't some here do a story about a new type of flash mob???
On the challenge forum.

Check out this News Video

Flash Mob

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So did anyone here about the pornstars and what they are giving their twitter followers since the heat won?

My mind is blown, no pun intended.

urgh.

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Well decent day...

1. Fools at the mechanic shop tried to rip me off wanted to charge me 2 grand-ended up fixing it for under 100.

2.Made 110 bucks in roughly 3 hours.

3. Played holdem with about 15 people, beat 13 of them agreed to "tie" with the other guy because he wanted to call it quits.(went from first guy out last game to 2nd place in the league lol)

4. Car is running even better than before thanks to point #1.

5.Got some new clothes that actually fit.

6.Bar Tab was 5 bucks, and thats about where I plan to keep it.

7.Killed it at work today, have done half what I did last month and we're only two days in.

The only thing that sucked about today is a cdplayer ate one of my CDs, but my uncle is up for a few days and he can tinker with anything so he can prob get that back for me. Awesome day was awesome.

What all winning did yall do today?

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I'd have to know the specific problem with the car, and the fix, before I could judge what it would or should cost.

I won on Monday, kind of, by getting a day off that I was originally scheduled to work.

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Skipping Monday is always an epic win.
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Been on vacation. A writing-cation [Smile]


Haven't gotten done quite what I planned but still did some significant writing stuff.

Finished revising a novel last week--even went back and added to it and finished--but don't tell anyone there's one tiny bit I still have to go back and add.

Started revising a second but this one is going to take longer, so far it needs more work than that last one.

Revising-no make that rewriting-my next WotF story.

Have one story almost ready to mail out for the first time. Thought it might go to The Extreme Planets antho but it's way too short for them so I didn't get a second story out to them before the deadline last saturday.

We get to see "Brave" Thursday.

Got to eat lunch at Honey Ham three times. Love their sandwiches and ham and bean soup.

Ordered a book online at Barnes and Noble. A series I thought had ended but there is at least one more book. B&N hasn't carried it for four weeks at least. They have the previous books in the series just not that one. Think there is another series like that. I thought it had ended but there another book, but I can't think of what series that is.

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And

Nice homes to live in.


Cool Homes


And interesting fodder for stories I would think.

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A series I thought had ended but there is at least one more book.
Frustrating. I found out that a book I enjoyed, back in the 1980s, itself a sequel to somebody else's work in the 1960s, had multiple sequels---but I found that out long after they'd all long gone out of print and beyond my ability to find and read. (This is yet another reason I don't like indefinite series.) I'm hoping they'll turn up in e-format...
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Happy Fourth of July to those who celebrate it!

I spent most of the day baking, of all things---chocolate chip cookies, intended for a bake sale at work. Lucky for me I woke up around 1:00 AM...the rest of the day, my plans are still vague...

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Well went to court, and since i'm in the middle of a divorce(despite the fact it was wrote up[i think] and served after i got assaulted) they're going to delay the aggravated assault case for another 3 months and they might just dismiss it all together. Are you ****ing serious? So if it happens again it'll be a first case which can be exponged, then if it happens a third time it'll be another first time offense with no penalty, and then finally on the fourth incident she might finally have to deal with some sort of consequence?

Noone is going to ****ing change under that situation. If theres no consequences and you're not gave help or therapy you're not going to change. And as people are allowed to continue the cycle they only get worse. After four times God only knows how much you'll have done.

>_<;;

Swear I feel like having an aneurism.

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Cops and the courts aren't like they are on TV or in the movies...a good day for them is when no one presses charges...
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Depending on jurisdiction, as the victim you might have a say in whether it gets dismissed. It is not entirely up to the prosecutor. You were the one injured, therefore you are the citizen who has the right to demand redress of grievance.

There are such things as nonfeasance (refusal to do one's job), misfeasance (screwing up one's job), and malfeasance (deliberately doing the wrong thing). Public officials are not fond of hearing any of those three words mentioned.

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I'm just wondering if they still make Mr. Bubble.
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You can get several varieties of Mr. Bubble Bubble Bath through Amazon-dot-com. But you might want to peruse your local supermarket first...

Every so often I have to track down something like that. A while ago it was Smith Brothers Cough Drops---I found them, but it's been awhile, and I think the site I got 'em from went out of business. (Not that I need 'em right now, but I like to have 'em when I need 'em.)

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Cat back. [Smile]


I don't want to say more now--have an E-mail address to check before signing off and to bed--but we Praise God, she is healthy--even with fleas--and after a short period of hiding seems to be back to normal.

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Congratulations!
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Gratz on the cat LD.

Signed my MDA today and finally got the keys back to the apartment and turned them in. Now the waiting game.

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