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We really shouldn't be creating new forums for so little actual discussion. We'll have to require a larger number of people claiming they will participate before we create a brand new book forum. This discussion might have been better in the "Additional Fiction Book Discussions" forum.



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That's post number 7777 for you Chris. That means you're going to heaven! :clap: :bananadance:



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ROFLMAO

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Yes we are having a somewhat desultory discussion, which I rather think would suit Oscar!!! :cool:


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I am so-o out of it. What is "ROFLMAO?"

"Ralphed on floor laughing my ass off?" Did I get it on the first guess? Someone should hire me to crack codes.


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Miss Latilla here. My daughter explained to me it's "Rolled on floor," not "Ralphed." Well I was close. I think someone must have explained it to me before and it just didn't stick or I wouldn't have gotten that close. I should never try to crack codes. I might not only hurt myself but jeopardize the commonweal.

About the topic: I haven't been participating, but maybe I shall now. Afterall, Oscar Wilde is not only a fellow-Libra, but one of several authors who share my very birthday. (Others include Eugene O'Neill and Gunter Grass. Italo Calvino is the day before.) It Must Mean Something. I'd better not attempt to guess what.


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I'm a Libra too. I share my birthday with Chuck Berry, Lee Harvey Oswald, and Martina Navratilova.....so really....no wonder I'm a mess!!! :cry:


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I'm a Libra too. I share my birthday with Chuck Berry, Lee Harvey Oswald, and Martina Navratilova.....so really....no wonder I'm a mess!!!


Oh, you must be fishing, but I'll bite, anyway, because we Libras are like that, no dignity at all when it comes to liking people and showing it:

Oh, Penelope, wonderful, lovely Penelope! You're not a mess.

(I'm such a slut....Oh! Oh! Your turn.) :laugh:


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Oscar Wilde is not only a fellow-Libra, but one of several authors who share my very birthday. (Others include Eugene O'Neill and Gunter Grass. Italo Calvino is the day before.)


The people who share your birthday are much more respectable than mine. So I think I deserved a little reassuring boost to my morale. Thank you.

Much appreciated! ;-)

People who are Libras are meant to be either, bossy boots, sorting people out like Margaret Thatcher. Or ditherers like me and Oscar. I think I imagine him to be a ditherer, because I mix him up with Stephen Fry.
Which are you?


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People who are Libras are meant to be either, bossy boots, sorting people out like Margaret Thatcher. Or ditherers like me and Oscar. I think I imagine him to be a ditherer, because I mix him up with Stephen Fry.
Which are you?


Okay, now we're getting to the point at which I would be best advised to move to a personal message, because you are so close to pulling my covers. How about you, Penelope? Are you really only a ditherer? I think most people who know me would say I'm a ditherer, yet...my job consists of recruiting, training, supervising, scheduling and mentoring enough volunteers to support a 24-hour crisis line every single day of the year, co-facilitate support groups, give presentations.... (Come whisper-close, here, Penelope). It's giving the impression of dithering that allows me to TOTALLY RULE THE WORLD!!! Whuh-huh-huh-ha. Oops. I gave it away. I'm a tyrant.


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Nope, I'm definitely a ditherer. Real indecisive Libran.

I could never give anyone any orders because I can never think of any.

Which is why I have almost always worked by myself in small second hand bookshops. Where I can waffle away with the customers, but do my own thing. I did once, for about five years, work in an office at ICI with nine other women. I loved it. It was great fun. Although I admit I enjoyed the social life more than the actual work. :D

I just asked OH what he thought. He said, 'Pen, you're like a coiled spring' but he was being very sarcastic.....and laughing, so I know he meant the opposite. :cool:


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Nope, I'm definitely a ditherer. Real indecisive Libran.

I could never give anyone any orders because I can never think of any.


Who says I have to give orders, much less make any decisions -- I can't make a decision to save my life, Penelope -- in order to express my bossy Libran side?

The place where I work is a collective, so all policies and new decisions are based on staff consensus; we are survivor-centered, empowerment model, so I don't have to make any real decisions in doing direct service, either. What I have to do that engages my stealth-boss qualities is to get all the after hours crisis line shifts and tabling hours and so forth covered by volunteers who can and will do the job; and I work with volunteers so that they understand how not to be bossy, or oppressive or re-traumatizing, or rescuing, but rather to support, offer information on options, give validation, believe, and affirm. Neither I nor the volunteers can be bossy, yet I have to model this and enforce it so they truly won't be.

It is a very subtle kind of bossiness, not always easy, but that's what's fun about it. You have to make it seem really cool and intrinsically satisfying to do what you're doing so that people will take hours of training and do it for free and feel good about it. This is no mere use of force we are discussing. This is a fine art of delicate bossiness. It's very satisfying. Kind of like being a dominatrix because it is led by the person you're "dominating." You just have to understand what they want and what their limits are and go from there.


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Sorry, I am reading it, I just get so busy some times. :P Plus I have been trying to keep up with all the books that we are working on. It is fun, but a challenge. I have to admit I have made it farther on The Name of the Rose so far but I am reading dorian grey also.



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Or ditherers like me and Oscar. I think I imagine him to be a ditherer, because I mix him up with Stephen Fry.
Which are you?


You are right. He does look alot like Stephen Fry. And they are both gay.
Don't feel too bad about the company you keep on your birthday. I share a birthday with Timothy Leary. :?



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I share a birthday with Timothy Leary.


Oh God, I'm sorry Trish....we'll try not to hold it against you.

Really, this sums up this whole forum. We can't help who'se born on the same birthday as us. We can't help into which culture, society, mind-set we're born....it is bound to influence us.

We can only talk to one another and try to understand. :cry:


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