Aug 16th 2010 10:52PM First I have to address the individuals who believe the SCA is a clut - these people are from varried backgrounds, social circles, political and religious backgrounds, cultures and creeds. There is no 'one' unifing element that draws them, other than a love for history and an age - where men weren't bragging about who had the more expensive car in the garage or how much money he was pullig down at the local law firm. These are, by and large, some of the nicest, non-judgemental, and personable people that you will ever find outside any organized Rennisance Faire. Rarely, if ever, have I heard of someone being cast away for 'not fitting in'. If someone has a problem in their life that leads them to leave their spouse and child, SCA had little, if anything, to do with it. As as to it being like AD&D....try picking a fight with a Guildmember and see how your +4 Holy Avenger with a mele bonus of 5 does against men and women who weild REAL weapons. Try going to an SCA event and actually 'experience' it rather than just watching and passing judgement. Yesh!
May 1st 2010 9:40PM Uh, one little problem with your rant...Barbaro was a gelding. He wasn't shooting blanks, he wasn't even shooting. His owners wanted to try to save his life - nothing more, nothing less.
May 1st 2010 9:33PM As a horse lover AND a race lover, I cannot believe the amount of ignorant, idiotic and outright blindsided comments made here. Super Saver and his jockey ran an amazing race and should be commended. Just as the owners and trainers of all the horses in the filed commended for a great race. Congratulations on a race well run under much less than ideal conditions.
As was previously stated, before making such shortsighted and narrow minded comments, please do your research first. Horseracing is NOT a cruel sport and a good many owners and trainers put a great amount of personal affection into the horses they run. And genuinely a very few racehorses end up in stockyards. What was done to Ferdinand by his 'investor owners' raised more than a few eyebrows and more than enough ire among the horse community to make sure things like that don't happen again. You think racehorses don't live to ripe old ages? One name for you - Seattle Slew. You think owners just want the insurance money from their horses death? Another name for you - Barbaro. Jockeys, as a rule of thumb, tend NOT to use the whips unless absolutely needed - and for those who say it's abuse, have you ever actaully see one of these riding crops (yea, surprise, it's not called a whip)? They are short and only provide a stinging sensation to the horses flanks - they do not cause perminent harm. I know a few jokeys personally and some of them have never even used the whip to encourage their mounts. You want cruelty in a equine sport? Try bulldogging - those spurs the cowboys wear? They aren't just for show. Better yet? Try going to countries where they have a sport called horse tripping. You want something to protest - protest that.
Apr 29th 2010 1:28PM Word to the wise, folks, never, never, NEVER tell a woman she needs to GAIN weight! Yesh! "Yea, honey, I think you'd look really hot if you put some meat on those bones." Talk about your deal breakers. Right up there with "Wow, you're really packin' on the pounds! You ever think about joining Weight Watchers?" ....jerks.
She's young, she probably works out and has a healty diet. She looks lovely in both pics but you can definately see the prospect for getting attention in the second photo.
Apr 29th 2010 3:21AM I think the casting couch got this one all wrong. Jackie had a beautiful face and a soft, gentle smile, not the sideways smirk that Katie does. Don't get me wrong, she is a talented acress, but they should have looked closer to see who reall exemplified those qualities that made Jackie the TRUE Queen of Camelot.
Apr 16th 2010 7:30PM Vets, as with any other doctor, trust is a key issue - if you don't trust them or get the feeling that they are looking out for your (or your pets) bests interests, gut instinct usually is right on. While you may not have the time to research every vet in the area, it may be a good idea to at least check them out. See what kinds of patients are in the waiting area and talk to them, if you can. Not everyone is going to have a good opinion of the same vet. I've taken my dog to several vets in her life and the one that came recomended through the Humane Society was NOT a good fit. He was bruque, rude and handled my dog roughly. So I went out to find one on my own. The other vets she has seen since are gentle with her, she likes them and is not as stressed out when she's taken to their office as with the former. They treat her well as do the nurses, and they don't try speaking down to me becasue I don't speak 'vet-ease'. Do a little checking around and I'm sure, like finding your own doctor, when you find the right vet for your pet, it will be a clear match.
A quick note to all the naysayers of Holistic medicine - while it may not be the 'cure all' that so many claim it to be, don't be so hasty to judge, remember, ALL medications on the market now have a holistic root somewhere in their making. Even those for animals. Certainly a little 'new age' thinking can work hand in hand with the more modern medications. Have a open mind. You might surprise yourself.
Apr 11th 2010 7:34PM Rest in Peace, Dixie. You were a wonderful talent and will be missed~
Apr 6th 2010 6:54PM Unfortunately, this code of morals doesn't hold true to all housekeepers that are hired. I know a couple who had to take to the habit of locking up perfumes, stemware, silverware and plates because they would mysteriously chip then vanish when their housekeeper was around. As long as you interview the people who are going to be taking care of your home (if you're too busy or lazy to do it yourself), just make sure you have a good feel for them. Gut instincts can go a long way, folks.
Mar 8th 2010 12:36AM Mary Travers of Peter, Paul and Mary was another that was, to my mind, conspicuously left out, among others. Much as I may respect James Taylor, this is a tribute to those who were lost, THEY should take center stage and be presented full screen to the TV viewing audience. The way it was presented you could barely see who the first three or four people were (yes, I know Patrick Swazee was the first...but still). Last year I was REALLY let down when half of the performers lost couldn't even be SEEN for focusing too much attention of the performer 'paying tribute'. This is for those the entertainment world LOST, not the one that's singing. Play a nice insturmental balad or something and foucs the attention on THEM! I still feel the greatest injustice in past years was to Heath Ledger. Shame on you Academy!
Nov 11th 2009 2:52AM I can't agree with that. By your definition then, Horse Racing (one of the oldest sports known) would not be considered a sport at all (nor would many other equestrian events save for maybe bulldogging and saddle bronc). But then, most sports that would fall under your catagorization, also wouldn't involve a 12-15 hundred pound animal as part of the equation. Most sports are governed by some kind of clock - hockey, soccer, football, baseball, basketball, sumo wrestling (okay, I'm reaching, but you get the idea). Not all sports are about getting the better of an opponent and have to do more with the skill of a group of or individual player. While poker may not be a conventional 'sport' it takes a great deal of skill to be able to play well. That doesn't mean I would like to see the World Chamionships of Poker in the nexy Olympics, but neither would I care to see pole dancing exhibitions. And, by THAT definition, then Ballroom and Tap Dancing would be sports. It's all perception and how a game/sport is recieved and responded to that elevates its social status. Oh, and for the record, I WOULD consider pole dancing a sport - it takes as much talent and training to do and you have to be, at the very least, limber, to do it well.
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