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I had a life, once
« on: May 30, 2006, 07:15:20 pm »
I saw BBM for the first time on December 27th. I had a life before that. Now...

Things I have given up since seeing BBM

1. Cooking
2. Going to the grocery store (actually, most all sorts of shopping, to be honest)
3. Reading the newspaper
4. Watching TV (never watched much, but I have been cured of my apprentice addiction)
5. Balancing the checkbook
6. Exercising
7. Sleeping much less (down to 5 hours a night from 8)

Things I do, sorta...

1. Eat (when someone puts food in front of me. See no. 1 and 2, above)
2. Pay the bills (also difficult, see no. 5, above)
3. Work
4. Talk to my family

Things I do with gusto and passion

1. Write fanfic
2. Read fanfic
3. Hang out on the bettermost board (since 3/30; prior to that it was IMDb. Same thing)
4. Hang out in the bettermost chat
5. Scour the Internet for pictures of Heath Ledger
6. Scour the Internet for articles about Heath Ledger
7. Scour the Internet for anything else related to bbm
8. Have sex with my husband

No. 8 is the only reason my husband hasn't divorced me...

Others?

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Re: I had a life, once
« Reply #1 on: May 30, 2006, 07:20:01 pm »
Good for you Leslie - sounds like you have a very balanced life there!  ;D
What more do you want lady?  ;)

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Re: I had a life, once
« Reply #2 on: May 30, 2006, 07:20:42 pm »
ROFLOL.....sounds good to me Leslie!

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Re: I had a life, once
« Reply #3 on: May 30, 2006, 07:43:59 pm »
I saw BBM for the first time on December 27th. I had a life before that. Now...

Things I have given up since seeing BBM

1. Cooking
2. Going to the grocery store (actually, most all sorts of shopping, to be honest)
3. Reading the newspaper
4. Watching TV (never watched much, but I have been cured of my apprentice addiction)
5. Balancing the checkbook
6. Exercising
7. Sleeping much less (down to 5 hours a night from 8)

Things I do, sorta...

1. Eat (when someone puts food in front of me. See no. 1 and 2, above)
2. Pay the bills (also difficult, see no. 5, above)
3. Work
4. Talk to my family

Things I do with gusto and passion

1. Write fanfic
2. Read fanfic
3. Hang out on the bettermost board (since 3/30; prior to that it was IMDb. Same thing)
4. Hang out in the bettermost chat
5. Scour the Internet for pictures of Heath Ledger
6. Scour the Internet for articles about Heath Ledger
7. Scour the Internet for anything else related to bbm
8. Have sex with my husband

No. 8 is the only reason my husband hasn't divorced me...

Others?

L
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Re: I had a life, once
« Reply #4 on: May 30, 2006, 07:52:39 pm »
What you had - that's 'a life'?  ;)

I actually do still go to the grocery store - have to, 'cause I'm the only one around here capable of it, apparently.  ::)

And I do still exercise.  But, tell ya what.  The truth is... I've been working out like a maniac lately mostly because I'm inspired to look my best in a couple of weeks.  Meetin up with some good, old friends, dontcha know.

But what don't I do since BBM that I used to?

1) Tolerate mediocre movies.  If they don't pull me in in the first 15 minutes, I turn 'em off and send 'em back (to Netflix, that is).

2) Watch very many other movies at all unless I know they're gonna pull me in in the first 15 minutes.  (I couldn't watch any other movie for the first two months.  Since then, it's still been slow going.)

3) Hear any love song on the radio and not relate it in some way to BBM.  If it's something I just can't possibly relate to it (but that's rare), I turn it off.

4) Have any kind of lengthy conversation about anything that I don't segue somehow, some way, into BBM.

Aw, Brokeback.  Why don't you just let me be, hunh?

All this reminds me of a song:

When you just give love, and never get love,
You'd better let love depart.
I know it's so, and yet I know,
I can't get you out of my heart.

You made me leave my happy home.
You took my love, and now you've gone,
Since I fell for you ...

Love brings such misery and pain.
I guess I'll never be the same,
Since I fell for you ...

Well it's too bad, and it's too sad,
But I'm in love with you ...
You love me, then you snub me.
But what can I do, I'm still in love with you.

Well, I guess I'll never see the light.
I get the blues most every night,
Since I fell for you ...

Since I fell for you.

(Buddy Johnson)





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Re: I had a life, once
« Reply #5 on: May 30, 2006, 07:55:40 pm »
What you had - that's 'a life'?  ;)

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Re: I had a life, once
« Reply #6 on: May 30, 2006, 08:09:38 pm »
"You call that a life?"

"You shut up now.  This aint Alma's fault"


See?   I'm even thinking and talking in BBM-Speak!

Life?    No.  I was asleep before BBM.  Now I am ALIVE!

Well,  locked in my computer room 22 hours a day, but alive!   LOL.

Although I haven't turned on my stove in months.


"I'm pretty good with a can opener though"   


There I go again!      :laugh:

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Re: I had a life, once
« Reply #7 on: May 30, 2006, 08:16:22 pm »
i hear ya, david...i don't know why i didn't notice this before...after Jakes says that about the the can opener...you see him kinda lounging back, TRYING to open a can of beans and not having much luck...gets the bean juice all over his hand...
just like Ennis asking for soup instead of beans, jack takes the camp tenders job to give Ennis an opportunity to be out with the sheep, which i think a guy like Ennis woould prefer..
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Re: I had a life, once
« Reply #8 on: May 30, 2006, 08:21:21 pm »
Well Leslie, you are part of the flippin reason I don't have a life! If I could read something other than Fanfic, see a movie that doesn't star Heath Ledger or Jake Gyllenhaal-wait, I'm getting over that one, do something in the evening other than hang out in the chat room or on Bettermost I WOULDN'T BE HAPPY! So far, I like my new no life but when the empty cat food cans take over the house I might need to think about doing something differently. Until then....

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Re: I had a life, once
« Reply #9 on: May 30, 2006, 08:42:56 pm »
Well Leslie, you are part of the flippin reason I don't have a life! If I could read something other than Fanfic, see a movie that doesn't star Heath Ledger or Jake Gyllenhaal-wait, I'm getting over that one, do something in the evening other than hang out in the chat room or on Bettermost I WOULDN'T BE HAPPY! So far, I like my new no life but when the empty cat food cans take over the house I might need to think about doing something differently. Until then....

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Just to keep you all on your toes, I am having a fabulous time right now writing about Jack & Ennis buying a new mattress...

I had a life, once...

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Re: I had a life, once
« Reply #10 on: May 30, 2006, 08:47:09 pm »
My reply should be things I gave up for Brokeback...cause my life is the same I've just crammed all this into it as well.

I use to read voraciously, now I only read 2 or 3 books a week... :-\

I use to watch TV, now I only watch Prison Break and CSI and they're both over for the year so.... :D

I use to meet my friends for coffee, a movie, lunch, a long chat on the phone on the days my Dad's caregiver comes, now I go in my room and close the door and log on here instead more often than not. ::)

I still cook every day, in this house full of men I better or they'd live on pizza...but they do the dishes. ;)

I only vaccume and dust  once a week now and I get the caregiver to do the laundry for me. My house is alot dustier than it use to be but still clean enough to be healthy :o

I still drive the kids to school and pick them up on my car pool days.  I still go to all the little league practices and games with my youngest and the night varsity baseball games with my oldest.

And I am in love for the second time in my life...Thank you BBM for that most of all  :-*

« Last Edit: May 30, 2006, 08:52:35 pm by vkm91941 »

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Re: I had a life, once
« Reply #11 on: May 30, 2006, 08:49:14 pm »
Boy ya'll are obsessed!  LOL

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Re: I had a life, once
« Reply #12 on: May 30, 2006, 09:02:30 pm »
Boy ya'll are obsessed!  LOL

Chris, a man in the 1000+ posts club calling us obsessed? Pleasseeee....
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Re: I had a life, once
« Reply #13 on: May 30, 2006, 09:05:24 pm »
Chris, a man in the 1000+ posts club calling us obsessed? Pleasseeee....

HEY....don't get all subject changy on me!  LOL

We're focusing on you're guyses craziness today...because frankly all of you put together wouldn't have enough time to focus on mine!

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Re: I had a life, once
« Reply #14 on: May 30, 2006, 09:13:23 pm »
HEY....don't get all subject changy on me!  LOL

We're focusing on you're guyses craziness today...because frankly all of you put together wouldn't have enough time to focus on mine!

Who's getting subject changy? LOL
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« Reply #15 on: May 30, 2006, 09:16:03 pm »
Who's getting subject changy? LOL

ROFL....there you go again *hides head in shame*

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Re: I had a life, once
« Reply #16 on: May 30, 2006, 09:23:06 pm »
Ahem, back to the topic at hand

In my former life, I could keep my mind on a topic for more than 30 seconds, before feeling an obsessive need to go check email or the bettermost board for updates....

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Re: I had a life, once
« Reply #17 on: May 30, 2006, 09:41:12 pm »
I had a pre-Brokeback life, and now I'm having a post-Brokeback life.  Two completely different animals. 

Ostensibly the same - kids, marriage, work, home, friends, pets, holidays, etc etc - but OH SO different internally.  While I don't want to go as far as saying it wasn't really a life, the difference is so tangible, and so pronounced that I'm forced to wonder what the heck I was doing all that time  :-\

Seems as though that other world, the world in which one is untouched by Brokeback (the world the unbelievers still exist in) is muted, and the lens isn't quite clear.  Seems like a dark, archaic world, a left-behind world.  This new world is bright, sparkling, joyful, honest, and singing with possibility and power  :).

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Re: I had a life, once
« Reply #18 on: May 30, 2006, 09:47:47 pm »
I had a pre-Brokeback life, and now I'm having a post-Brokeback life.  Two completely different animals. 

Ostensibly the same - kids, marriage, work, home, friends, pets, holidays, etc etc - but OH SO different internally.  While I don't want to go as far as saying it wasn't really a life, the difference is so tangible, and so pronounced that I'm forced to wonder what the heck I was doing all that time  :-\

Seems as though that other world, the world in which one is untouched by Brokeback (the world the unbelievers still exist in) is muted, and the lens isn't quite clear.  Seems like a dark, archaic world, a left-behind world.  This new world is bright, sparkling, joyful, honest, and singing with possibility and power  :).

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Re: I had a life, once
« Reply #19 on: May 31, 2006, 01:14:09 am »
Lesdlie, I hasve given up all the things you have, plus cleaning ther hoiuse...

Then there are the times you get a little, tiny inspiration for an originasl story, like about YOU, or ytour grandma, or an old firned, or someone real...and "he's ccries he's mastered it, without half trying; appears the moon, and once again, he's lying..." (IT's a little dirtieer in germna, but for this purpose, the English suits..)

Idiot,s all of em!

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Re: I had a life, once
« Reply #20 on: May 31, 2006, 04:41:14 am »
Lesdlie, I hasve given up all the things you have, plus cleaning ther hoiuse...

Then there are the times you get a little, tiny inspiration for an originasl story, like about YOU, or ytour grandma, or an old firned, or someone real...and "he's ccries he's mastered it, without half trying; appears the moon, and once again, he's lying..." (IT's a little dirtieer in germna, but for this purpose, the English suits..)

Idiot,s all of em!



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Re: I had a life, once
« Reply #21 on: May 31, 2006, 08:28:42 am »
which I used to do, once in a while

When you had the entry fee in your pocket?  ;)

Lemme give you one of my famous toothy grins and take another toke o my beer...

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Re: I had a life, once
« Reply #22 on: May 31, 2006, 08:32:28 am »
When you had the entry fee in your pocket?  ;)

Lemme give you one of my famous toothy grins and take another toke o my beer...

(God help us all.)

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Re: I had a life, once
« Reply #23 on: May 31, 2006, 09:38:21 am »
 :) i I used to just check email everyday and log off - now I have to check this thread and some of the IMDb boards several times a day and evening too, it's like I am OCD with all of the BBM stuff - I still think about that movie every single day!  In fact I wish there was a way to see it again on the big screen - it never played the discount theatres here in KC - I keep hoping though :D
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Re: I had a life, once
« Reply #24 on: May 31, 2006, 12:06:47 pm »
Victoria, this is impressive:

I only vaccume and dust  once a week now

I only vaccumed and dusted once a month even before Brokeback!

And Chef Judy, what a great term: BBMOCD. I've got it, too. (Note: I have a close friend with regular OCD and tell you what, BBMOCD is a lot like that. Only much more pleasant.)

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Re: I had a life, once
« Reply #25 on: May 31, 2006, 01:01:40 pm »
Quote
I only vaccumed and dusted once a month even before Brokeback!

Guess you don't have a dog, do you?   :laugh:
I used to vaccume only once a week befor I had a dog. But this hairy b*stard makes me vaccum at least every second day. Love him although.

Before Brokeback I used to see other movies. Now I'm totally ruined for movies. The only other movie I've seen from beginning to the end is 10 Things I hate about You. You can guess why.

Before Brokeback I used to watch TV. Now the only TV interest that's left is my ER addiction.

Before Brokeback I used to read books. Now I read on BetterMost. Or fanfiction, which I never liked before. But with fanfiction, you can always hope for a happy end.

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Re: I had a life, once
« Reply #26 on: May 31, 2006, 01:26:44 pm »
Before Brokeback I used to read books.

Now I just sit there holding the book, sometimes focusing my eyes long enough to read the same paragraph over and over, but mostly just gazing off into space ...

I used to get actual work done from time to time. But since I work at the computer in my home office, you know what I spend my work time doing now.

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Re: I had a life, once
« Reply #27 on: May 31, 2006, 01:27:23 pm »
This thread is hilarious!! :laugh:  ;D  :D

 I'll add my comments later..

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Re: I had a life, once
« Reply #28 on: May 31, 2006, 01:48:50 pm »
But since I work at the computer in my home office, you know what I spend my work time doing now.

Shit. That's hard  ;) If you don't force your attention to it, it might stoke the day, rewarm that old, cold time on the mountain when the boys owned the world and nothing seemed wrong. :)

That's quite a temptation, sitting on the computer all day for work. And additionally at home, where no boss comes and controls you. You can use Oscar Wilde in excuse: "I can resist anything but temptation."

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Re: I had a life, once
« Reply #29 on: May 31, 2006, 01:57:23 pm »
You can use Oscar Wilde in excuse: "I can resist anything but temptation."

Perfect. It's the story of my life.

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Re: I had a life, once
« Reply #30 on: May 31, 2006, 02:06:00 pm »
Here I am, a pale trembling relic of my former self (remember, I said I stopped eating and exercising), with an editor screaming at me that he wants the disaster preparedness article yesterday!! and I am reading my own damn fanfic.

Something is seriously wrong with this picture.... ;D

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Re: I had a life, once
« Reply #31 on: May 31, 2006, 05:17:28 pm »
Maybe my life will be 'back to normal' after the 12th?  Or after Leslie finishes the story?

But then again, what's 'normal'?  :D

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Re: I had a life, once
« Reply #32 on: May 31, 2006, 06:09:19 pm »
Things look pretty much the same on the outside.  But instead of becoming glued to the couch, I'm now glued to my desk chair, on the computer, sharing and absorbing the oberservations of others in my same situation.  I can't just sit and watch TV or a movie like I used to, let it "entertain" me, I crave more meaning.  I was OCD on the imdb site for months, but have finally realized there is more to life.  Like this site!   Oh well, like I said, pretty much the same outside. 

I have started engaging with other people more, doing things, dinners with friends, calling up just to chat, etc; rather than sitting home and "relaxing" (another word for tuning out). I'm engaging more.  I watch some of my favorite "old" movies again, with renewed appreciation and a more poignant intrigue, they affect me more emotionally somehow. I tear up at scenes that used to just give me tingles, that sorta thing.   

Reading fan fics has become my recent fanaticism.  I have actually bought several 3 ring binders, and sit at night while watching something banal on TV, and punch holes and organize collected fan fics, hundreds of pages of fan reviews from various websites, critical reviews, special threads from the "old" imdb board, etc into an organized BBM library.  My partner thinks I've completely lost it. I'm now on my 9th or 10th binder!  I know down the road I'll get to reading all of it again, but right now, I'm still reading all the fan fic I can get my hands on.  I only catalog ones I really like, and there are about a dozen in my library right now, some completed, some still works in progress.

If I had more $ and more wall space, another recent facination or fanaticism, is finding screen caps of my favorite shots. I print them out on a color laser printer, and they go into the scrapbooks as section dividers/headers.  I  uploaded one of my favorites to photofiddle.com and had them put an "oil painting" effect on it and digitally print it onto an 18" by 12" canvas. That one I'm going to stretch and hang on the wall. 

I still have only watched the film three times completely through.  It's still just too sad, and I act like the "walking wounded" (sorta like Ennis) for a couple of days afterward. 

I'm really looking forward to seeing more of you guys at the BBQ in August.  Making my travel plans this week. 
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Re: I had a life, once
« Reply #33 on: May 31, 2006, 06:24:01 pm »

 I know down the road I'll get to reading all of it again, but right now, I'm still reading all the fan fic I can get my hands on.  I only catalog ones I really like, and there are about a dozen in my library right now, some completed, some still works in progress.



Pat--welcome to our little group. Looks like you are new here. Pull up a chair, have a piece o'cherry cake.

I hope, hope HOPE that my story is among those you have cataloged. I have gotten lots of favorable reviews and believe me, I need those positive comments to justify the hours I have spent not doing other stuff (see my original post). In case you are not sure who I am....I am MaineWriter (aka Leslie) and my story is A Love Born From Steel. Sixteen chapters posted, I am working on no. 17.

http://www.fanfiction.net/s/2853224/1/

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Re: I had a life, once
« Reply #34 on: May 31, 2006, 10:46:47 pm »
Reading fan fics has become my recent fanaticism.  I have actually bought several 3 ring binders, and sit at night while watching something banal on TV, and punch holes and organize collected fan fics

You too?! Phew!

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Re: I had a life, once
« Reply #35 on: May 31, 2006, 10:59:20 pm »
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See?   I'm even thinking and talking in BBM-Speak!

Reading through this fantastic thread... it occurs to me that we really do all talk in a kind of BBM code.  I LOVE it!  These funny little phrases and references from the movie really make BetterMost feel like quite the exclusive club... We even have our own language!!  Certain words and phrases will never seem the same to me again.  Adorable.   I find myself thinking in BBM-Speak all the time.

Let be. :D


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Re: I had a life, once
« Reply #36 on: May 31, 2006, 11:07:27 pm »
We even have our own language!!  Certain words and phrases will never seem the same to me again.  Adorable.   I find myself thinking in BBM-Speak all the time.

Me too! And I get a secret little thrill whenever I say something in ordinary conversation like "I swear" or "Tell you what" or "hunh" or "high-altitude f*ck" (OK, so I've never actually said that last one).  ::)

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Re: I had a life, once
« Reply #37 on: May 31, 2006, 11:09:40 pm »
As for me, I try to incorporate the word "woolies" into as many conversations as possible these days. 
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« Reply #38 on: May 31, 2006, 11:31:41 pm »
I found this paragraph from an article while surfing the webby web today:

Jake Gyllenhaal's brain-liquifying levels of dreaminess have made him a universal object of desire, with every surfacing photograph of him and companion used as definitive evidence in the ongoing "He's on our team!" tug-of-war.

Who does not agree with that description of our boy???
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Re: I had a life, once
« Reply #39 on: May 31, 2006, 11:58:04 pm »
Well, as much as I do find Jake truly adorable, he'd have a hard time working his way onto my "team" (since I'm a girl-on-girl kind of girl). ;)

But, I do quite love the phrase "brain-liquifying levels of dreaminess..." :D  He does have some of the prettiest eyes ever.
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Re: I had a life, once
« Reply #40 on: June 01, 2006, 12:06:38 am »
"Sure enough"   ;D

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Re: I had a life, once
« Reply #41 on: June 01, 2006, 06:24:21 am »
Me too! And I get a secret little thrill whenever I say something in ordinary conversation like "I swear" or "Tell you what" or "hunh" or "high-altitude f*ck" (OK, so I've never actually said that last one).  ::)
Me too! Me too!

Love the "brain-liquifying levels of dreaminess" too!!

Sorry, my comments are not adding much to this thread, but I always think that sadly, soon I'll be over BBM, but it isn't so! It goes on and on.. It's little things, but they are there!! Just yesterday there was a funny BBM-happening, but I'll disclose that in a seperate thread..  ;D

ABSOLUTELY LOVE this thread! 100%..

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« Reply #42 on: June 01, 2006, 09:48:45 am »
Oh, I still have the same life I had before I ever heard of the words "Brokeback Mountain."

Many of the expressions which Annie Proulx used in her short story, I had been using or had heard other people using them.

I do say that if a person has become so obsessed with a fiction story in movie form, where not even one historical fact that can be documented is mentioned, said person needs to see a licensed and certified mental health professional, such as a psychiatrist, psychologist, social worker or some other person with a therapy title.

Yes, I do say the obsessed with Brokeback Mountain persons do have a psychological problem. Oh, I am not an expert on psychology; but, since I took so many psychology related courses in university for both of my degrees, I was state-certified to teach a high school course in the subject. 

All I have done since I read the book and later saw the movie has been to give examples from the movie and/or the book in internet discussions of the type that I have been involved in since the summer of 1998 when I first got on the internet.

Almost every issue raised or life situation in the movie can be discussed in one or more of the 10 Yahoo Groups which I created and are currently active.

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Re: I had a life, once
« Reply #43 on: June 01, 2006, 10:13:08 am »
Tiawahcowboy, I think you are in reversed denial!

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Re: I had a life, once
« Reply #44 on: June 01, 2006, 10:17:16 am »
Tiawahcowboy, I think you are in reversed denial!

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« Reply #45 on: June 01, 2006, 12:05:17 pm »
Tiawahcowboy, I think you are in reversed denial!

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« Reply #46 on: June 01, 2006, 12:13:20 pm »
I have had some off-the-board BetterMost Forums member discussions about how some of the members of this forum have let a fictional story take over their lives almost like they were possessed by a non-existent spirit.

Maybe since Jack's mother believed in the Pentecost and it has been documented with those involved in the movie production that she was a Pentecostal, maybe the special Holy Spirit gift of casting out unwanted spirits should be exercised.

Pentecostals don't practice the catholic rituals of exorcism; they just believe in laying hands on the possessed person and tell the unwanted spirit to leave in the Name of Jesus.

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Re: I had a life, once
« Reply #47 on: June 01, 2006, 12:15:27 pm »
I do say that if a person has become so obsessed with a fiction story in movie form, where not even one historical fact that can be documented is mentioned, said person needs to see a licensed and certified mental health professional, such as a psychiatrist, psychologist, social worker or some other person with a therapy title.

I think you just described my Lord of the Rings obsession. ;D

In all seriousness, I think discussing movies/books on the internet, or writing and reading fan fiction, or laughing at jokes that nobody else gets, are no worse as hobbies than, say, watching American Idol or the NBA play-offs. They're better activities, I think -- they work our emotions and our brains. They aren't passive activities.

And it's possible to eventually balance life and obsessions. (I'm still holding down a job, raising a kid, training to run a high-altitude marathon... I don't clean my house much, but I was never very good about that.)
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« Reply #48 on: June 01, 2006, 12:30:43 pm »
Not judging anyone, I just don't watch American Idol nor do I watch team sports programs.

One's hobbies, aka favorite leisure time activities or occupations, should give one an uplift in life, which some of us local people call recharging one's batteries; they should not bring one down.

One is not supposed to let what was once a hobby become an obsession.

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« Reply #49 on: June 01, 2006, 03:53:46 pm »
To get this back to being funny....

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« Reply #50 on: June 01, 2006, 04:18:43 pm »
Not judging anyone, I just don't watch American Idol nor do I watch team sports programs.

One's hobbies, aka favorite leisure time activities or occupations, should give one an uplift in life, which some of us local people call recharging one's batteries; they should not bring one down.

One is not supposed to let what was once a hobby become an obsession.


Maybe, just maybe, one wants his or her said hobby to become an obsession.
Maybe one doesn't have much else in life.
Maybe one doesn't need their batteries recharged.
Maybe one wants to buy new ones..

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Re: I had a life, once
« Reply #51 on: June 01, 2006, 04:29:04 pm »

One is not supposed to let what was once a hobby become an obsession.

I didn't get that memo so...

My house is covered in fur balls
My cats hate me cuz I'm always at the computer
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I am up waayyyy too late-Fan fiction is going to be the death of me-when it stops being the life for me!

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« Reply #52 on: June 01, 2006, 05:42:04 pm »
I didn't get that memo so...


LOL neither did I

I also didn't get the memo that says Jack and Ennis are fictional characters with no connection to real life, whatsoever.

To me, they are as real as any of my friends--they talk to me, I hear their voices, and now I have started receiving email from them. Seriously!

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« Reply #53 on: June 01, 2006, 06:18:59 pm »
To me, they are as real as any of my friends--they talk to me, I hear their voices, and now I have started receiving email from them. Seriously!

Leslie,

Would you pass my e-mail address to Ennis and Jack too?


You guys are funny, and this thread is too funny. 

I identify myself with a lot of what you have shared .  I still have the BBM Fever article saved on my laptop.  :)


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« Reply #54 on: June 01, 2006, 07:29:20 pm »
I still have the BBM Fever article saved on my laptop.  :)


JennyC, what is the Brokeback Mountain Fever article?  Can you tell me where I can view it?

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« Reply #55 on: June 01, 2006, 07:38:31 pm »
JennyC, what is the Brokeback Mountain Fever article?  Can you tell me where I can view it?

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Brokeback Fever: A New Clinical Entity

I wrote it before I stared on my story. It is posted over in the Brokeback Fan Fiction section...last one on the list, I think.


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« Reply #56 on: June 01, 2006, 07:46:27 pm »
And if Ennis and Jack are not real, why the hell are they always talkin' to me?!

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« Reply #57 on: June 01, 2006, 09:02:22 pm »
My cats hate me cuz I'm always at the computer

I KNOW!!  My kitten feels the same way about me!  She's also mad that I've decided to call her a "fuzzy" much in the same manner as Aguirre calls the sheep "woolies."  One of my new favorite vocab words.

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« Reply #58 on: June 01, 2006, 09:09:25 pm »
I KNOW and have known real life people who have/had lives and personalities similar to those of the fictional Jack Twist and Ennis Del Mar.

Annie Proulx's Brokeback Mountain short story is like the stories, aka parables, Jesus told. His parables were not true stories but stories with a moral lesson to them.

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« Reply #59 on: June 01, 2006, 10:10:54 pm »
I KNOW and have known real life people who have/had lives and personalities similar to those of the fictional Jack Twist and Ennis Del Mar.

Annie Proulx's Brokeback Mountain short story is like the stories, aka parables, Jesus told. His parables were not true stories but stories with a moral lesson to them.

With the greatest respect, tiawahcowboy, some of us (who shall ..... ahem .... remain nameless) have backgrounds in the real thing, ie, psychiatry.  They might say that a hobby or interest is only problematic when it impacts negatively on relationships and ability to function long term.  They might also, in a completely off the record, casual sort of way, diagnose the vast majority of Brokies with a galloping case of sanity.  It's blazingly apparent to me that (I'll use the quantifier again) the vast majority have clearly demonstrated significant POSITIVE change in their lives as a result of being touched by Brokeback Mountain.

Now, I'd like to ask you if you'd have us sit at home and wait to die, American Idol notwithstanding.    Whether it's the hand of God at work, or simply a unique piece of art released into an unsuspecting world, I can't say, but either way it's all GOOD.  Who gives a flying f*#ck about our Brokespeak, and our collectables, and our repeated viewings, and our foruming late into the night.  None of those things, alone or together, amount to anything remotely approaching psychosis or even mild dysfunction. 

Tell you what, the truth is, it could be like this, just like this, always.  It'd be a sweet life, for what it's worth.  For how long?  Long as we can ride it.  I'm posting four hours a day (don't want no game and fish catching me on no forum) and I'm gettin' tired of this dumbass missing.  We can get together, way the hell out in the middle of the thread, but seeing eye to eye on this, no way.

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« Reply #60 on: June 01, 2006, 10:18:13 pm »
With the greatest respect, tiawahcowboy, some of us (who shall ..... ahem .... remain nameless) have backgrounds in the real thing, ie, psychiatry.  They might say that a hobby or interest is only problematic when it impacts negatively on relationships and ability to function long term.  They might also, in a completely off the record, casual sort of way, diagnose the vast majority of Brokies with a galloping case of sanity.  It's blazingly apparent to me that (I'll use the quantifier again) the vast majority have clearly demonstrated significant POSITIVE change in their lives as a result of being touched by Brokeback Mountain.

Now, I'd like to ask you if you'd have us sit at home and wait to die, American Idol notwithstanding.    Whether it's the hand of God at work, or simply a unique piece of art released into an unsuspecting world, I can't say, but either way it's all GOOD.  Who gives a flying f*#ck about our Brokespeak, and our collectables, and our repeated viewings, and our foruming late into the night.  None of those things, alone or together, amount to anything remotely approaching psychosis or even mild dysfunction. 

Tell you what, the truth is, it could be like this, just like this, always.  It'd be a sweet life, for what it's worth.  For how long?  Long as we can ride it.  I'm posting four hours a day (don't want no game and fish catching me on no forum) and I'm gettin' tired of this dumbass missing.  We can get together, way the hell out in the middle of the thread, but seeing eye to eye on this, no way.

W

Wolf,
I don't know who you are but you just rode into this conversation like a knight in shining armor...

ooops, wrong movie...

You just rode into this conversation like a cowboy astride his stallion, waving a lariat...

Welcome, sweetheart. Pull up a chair and let me serve ya some coffee and a piece o'cherry cake....

Feeling sort of protective here, since I started this thread...appreciate your input...it was so needed and I was about to be less than polite.

Thanks--looking forward to getting to know you.


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« Reply #61 on: June 01, 2006, 10:18:56 pm »

Tell you what, the truth is, it could be like this, just like this, always.  It'd be a sweet life, for what it's worth.  For how long?  Long as we can ride it.  I'm posting four hours a day (don't want no game and fish catching me on no forum) and I'm gettin' tired of this dumbass missing.  We can get together, way the hell out in the middle of the thread, but seeing eye to eye on this, no way.

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« Reply #62 on: June 01, 2006, 10:19:11 pm »
Wolf,
I don't know who you are but you just rode into this conversation like a knight in shining armor...

ooops, wrong movie...

You just rode into this conversation like a cowboy astride his stallion, waving a lariat...

Welcome, sweetheart. Pull up a chair and let me serve ya some coffee and a piece o'cherry cake....

Feeling sort of protective here, since I started this thread...appreciate your input...

Leslie
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LOL....where's my cake Leslie?

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« Reply #63 on: June 01, 2006, 10:19:35 pm »
With the greatest respect, tiawahcowboy, some of us (who shall ..... ahem .... remain nameless) have backgrounds in the real thing, ie, psychiatry.  They might say that a hobby or interest is only problematic when it impacts negatively on relationships and ability to function long term.  They might also, in a completely off the record, casual sort of way, diagnose the vast majority of Brokies with a galloping case of sanity.  It's blazingly apparent to me that (I'll use the quantifier again) the vast majority have clearly demonstrated significant POSITIVE change in their lives as a result of being touched by Brokeback Mountain.

Now, I'd like to ask you if you'd have us sit at home and wait to die, American Idol notwithstanding.    Whether it's the hand of God at work, or simply a unique piece of art released into an unsuspecting world, I can't say, but either way it's all GOOD.  Who gives a flying f*#ck about our Brokespeak, and our collectables, and our repeated viewings, and our foruming late into the night.  None of those things, alone or together, amount to anything remotely approaching psychosis or even mild dysfunction. 

Tell you what, the truth is, it could be like this, just like this, always.  It'd be a sweet life, for what it's worth.  For how long?  Long as we can ride it.  I'm posting four hours a day (don't want no game and fish catching me on no forum) and I'm gettin' tired of this dumbass missing.  We can get together, way the hell out in the middle of the thread, but seeing eye to eye on this, no way.

W

Well said Wolf!   :)

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« Reply #64 on: June 01, 2006, 10:23:40 pm »
LOL....where's my cake Leslie?

Chris, you ain't a newcomer, thought you had the recipe...but if you really insist, I'll have a piece waiting for you on Tuesday...

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« Reply #65 on: June 01, 2006, 10:40:08 pm »
Chris, you ain't a newcomer, thought you had the recipe...but if you really insist, I'll have a piece waiting for you on Tuesday...

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« Reply #66 on: June 01, 2006, 11:05:17 pm »
Wolf,
I don't know who you are but you just rode into this conversation like a knight in shining armor...

ooops, wrong movie...

You just rode into this conversation like a cowboy astride his stallion, waving a lariat...

Welcome, sweetheart. Pull up a chair and let me serve ya some coffee and a piece o'cherry cake....

Feeling sort of protective here, since I started this thread...appreciate your input...it was so needed and I was about to be less than polite.

Thanks--looking forward to getting to know you.


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aww shucks, them's kind words, friend  :).  I'll have a cup 'a' coffee but I can't eat no cherry cake just now - just ate soup  ;).  give you warnin' I can't post worth a damn, tho I am pretty good with a goddamn bitch of an unsatisfactory situation, as per the decidely weird turn this thread took!

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« Reply #67 on: June 01, 2006, 11:08:55 pm »
I wish I'd written that!

 ;D ;D ;D

all thanks to Ms Proulx, bless her cotton socks.

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« Reply #68 on: June 01, 2006, 11:19:05 pm »
Well said Wolf!   :)

I second that! (Or third or fourth it, I guess.)

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« Reply #69 on: June 01, 2006, 11:49:43 pm »
Hey, guys (Ihey were looking at a beautiful statue of Kaileya Krishna, their heads close together). No response. I crossed myself, ands said "Holy Mary, Mother of God, and the n called, louder: Let's git, unkles yiou wanna sit around tying knots all day." They slowkly turnee around, and approached my group of five, waiting for the rest of my architecture tour. "What did you say?, "one of them said. "Excuse my language," I said to the remainder of the ]group: "I;m trying to conduct an architecture tour here, is that a fuckin' proiblem?" "Can you do that all day?' the other one said. "Maybe not," I said,
"As I was sayging, George Sexton held out this pallette of colors to the curators, pastel colors, and said, I want each of you to chboose...."

Neither of them said anything for the remainder of ther tour, although they spent more time looking at me than thre archiutecture. At the end, one of them said 'See you around, I gyuess," and they walked out of my life.
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« Reply #70 on: June 02, 2006, 12:09:37 am »
It's all GOOD, except my psyhologist wants me to shell out $250 for a pasychiatrist to perscribe some anti-psychotic pills for...she uses the word "Manic," every time she addresses me in gvroup, and once oir twice in pivatre sessions.

It's asll GOOD, except I don't sleep, eat, or do other things I am obligated to do, because I'm on the comoputer all day, writing things...

It'sall good, except the only persoin I know who needs to see this movie hasan't , bwcause "I rarely see movies, unless I'm on the road, and someone has HBO on," he says. TICK, TUICK, TICK...

It's all just GREAT...


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« Reply #71 on: June 02, 2006, 03:48:57 am »
I second that! (Or third or fourth it, I guess.)

I had unignore tiwahcowboy to see what he said. I 5th it! I wonder what reincarnation he will come back as next!? *sigh*

I KNOW!!  My kitten feels the same way about me!  She's also mad that I've decided to call her a "fuzzy" much in the same manner as Aguirre calls the sheep "woolies."  One of my new favorite vocab words.


These kittie situations sound familiar! They jump up and lie on my lap while i type away to get some attention.. Skimble - the one I affectionately call fat cat as he's huge compared to his brother! - actually say last night bolt upright on my lap and seemed to be staring at the screen.. I think he likes Jack and Ennis too.

Perhaps he's gay!?!

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Re: I had a life, once
« Reply #72 on: June 02, 2006, 10:38:56 am »
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Tell you what, the truth is, it could be like this, just like this, always.  It'd be a sweet life, for what it's worth.  For how long?  Long as we can ride it.  I'm posting four hours a day (don't want no game and fish catching me on no forum) and I'm gettin' tired of this dumbass missing.  We can get together, way the hell out in the middle of the thread, but seeing eye to eye on this, no way.

You know, we could still smarten up and head on down to the church social, long as it ain't all that fire and brimstone crap.  We ain't the restaurant type, though - more than likely we'll just go out an' get drunk.  You want some smokes?  They're in the pocket o' my blue shirt.  May not be back 'til late, once we get to drinkin' an' all.  But you know, that foreman owes me.  I'm from Texas.  I've told ya, and now I'm gonna show ya.
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Re: I had a life, once
« Reply #73 on: June 02, 2006, 10:46:33 am »
I'm from Texas.

That mean you don't drink coffee?  ;D
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Re: I had a life, once
« Reply #74 on: June 02, 2006, 11:05:20 am »
That mean you don't drink coffee?  ;D

Not with my lovers' wives, no.  ;)
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Re: I had a life, once
« Reply #75 on: June 02, 2006, 11:48:00 am »
Not with my lovers' wives, no.  ;)

You meet your husband at an Aggie game?  :D
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Re: I had a life, once
« Reply #76 on: June 02, 2006, 01:08:25 pm »
You meet your husband at an Aggie game?  :D

No.  At a bar.  Said he'd been eye-ballin' me for an hour and can't believe I didn't pick up on it.
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Re: I had a life, once
« Reply #77 on: June 02, 2006, 02:05:43 pm »
No.  At a bar.  Said he'd been eye-ballin' me for an hour and can't believe I didn't pick up on it.

What were you waitin' for? A matin' call?  ;)
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Re: I had a life, once
« Reply #78 on: June 02, 2006, 02:13:08 pm »
What were you waitin' for? A matin' call?  ;)

Apparently.  Or a lightning bolt - whichever came first.
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Re: I had a life, once
« Reply #79 on: June 02, 2006, 02:21:27 pm »
Apparently.  Or a lightning bolt - whichever came first.

Thank goodness, apparently it was the matin' call.

Although, come to think of it, when I met my boyfriend, the matin' call struck like a lightning bolt!
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Re: I had a life, once
« Reply #80 on: June 02, 2006, 04:58:10 pm »
In my old life, I used to listen to NPR. I used to watch the news. Somehow or another, I totally missed that there was an earthquake in Indonesia...

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Re: I had a life, once
« Reply #81 on: June 02, 2006, 06:22:24 pm »
In my old life, I used to listen to NPR. I used to watch the news. Somehow or another, I totally missed that there was an earthquake in Indonesia...



I hear you Leslie.  I still listen to NPR during my commute, but no nightly news for me too.  I almost never missed an episode of The Sopranos, but I lost track of this season's episodes (partly because the season is not that good) since I can not pull myself away from the computer when the show is on.

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Re: I had a life, once
« Reply #82 on: June 02, 2006, 07:58:20 pm »
Dinner consists of meals in a can

Oh, see, now that's where you and I differ, Ruby.  I'm nore of a mocrowaved frozie sort of person.  Sometimes I can get in a couple of threads or PMs while waiting for it to cook.  And then I can sit at the table with my laptop in front of me while I eat.  It doesn't get much better than that.  Multi-tasking!  :laugh:

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Re: I had a life, once
« Reply #83 on: June 03, 2006, 08:03:29 pm »
You 'n Alma.

That's a life?

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Re: I had a life, once
« Reply #84 on: June 04, 2006, 09:04:49 am »
You shut up about Alma.  This ain't her fault.

(It's Jack's and Ennis' fault.  'Cause o' them I'm like this...)
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Re: I had a life, once
« Reply #85 on: June 04, 2006, 11:16:06 am »
I have managed to still have a life outside the realms of the Internet quite successfully I think. Maybe it's because most of the time I'm working on my dissertation in my computer, so it's not a real effort to be online and read the posting from time to time, as well as, snoop around and visit other sites.  I still cook (I love cooking, that's one thing I have in common with Jake), I still go out with my friends, I still go to the movies,I read books before going to bed (although lately I've been reading Leslie's stories and others from fanfiction) but I watch less TV than I did before seeing Brokeback Mountain, to tell you the truth, but that it's good. Too much BS on TV anyway.
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Re: I had a life, once
« Reply #86 on: June 04, 2006, 07:04:26 pm »
I have managed to still have a life outside the realms of the Internet quite successfully I think. Maybe it's because most of the time I'm working on my dissertation in my computer, so it's not a real effort to be online and read the posting from time to time, as well as, snoop around and visit other sites.  I still cook (I love cooking, that's one thing I have in common with Jake), I still go out with my friends, I still go to the movies,I read books before going to bed (although lately I've been reading Leslie's stories and others from fanfiction) but I watch less TV than I did before seeing Brokeback Mountain, to tell you the truth, but that it's good. Too much BS on TV anyway.

Sounds like you have found a really good balance, Natali. I am at the computer all day supposedly working, too, but that is only more temptation to hang out here instead.

I think a big factor for me is that I recently moved from one city to another, and I work out of my home, so now outside of my family members -- who often drive me crazy -- I have no good friends close by (a couple of very casual friends/acquaintances). So now you guys are the friends I see most often!

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Re: I had a life, once
« Reply #87 on: June 04, 2006, 07:29:02 pm »
In my old life, I used to listen to NPR. I used to watch the news. Somehow or another, I totally missed that there was an earthquake in Indonesia...

It's disheartening that the headlines are coming closer and closer to BBM territory with all of this talk lately about an amendment to the constitution to ban same-sex marriages.
 >:( :(



Anyway.... back on topic... I can't believe how much time I spend having to read to catch up with all the amazing posts here at BetterMost these days-- in all kinds of threads.  I was away for two days and now I come back to hours worth of reading.  Very cool.
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Re: I had a life, once
« Reply #88 on: June 04, 2006, 07:50:43 pm »
Sounds like you have found a really good balance, Natali. I am at the computer all day supposedly working, too, but that is only more temptation to hang out here instead.

I think a big factor for me is that I recently moved from one city to another, and I work out of my home, so now outside of my family members -- who often drive me crazy -- I have no good friends close by (a couple of very casual friends/acquaintances). So now you guys are the friends I see most often!


I know that feeling Katherine! The solitude you feel when you move to someplace new. But it'll pass as time go by and as you get to know more people and all.

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It's disheartening that the headlines are coming closer and closer to BBM territory with all of this talk lately about an amendment to the constitution to ban same-sex marriages.

Amanda (right?) where are you at? In Spain same sex married is allowed (I'm sure you all know that) which is unbelievable in a country so profoundly catholic as this one. Gays and lesbians can even adopt kids. That's how it should be everywhere else, shouldn't it? 
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Re: I had a life, once
« Reply #89 on: June 04, 2006, 08:11:48 pm »
I know that feeling Katherine! The solitude you feel when you move to someplace new. But it'll pass as time go by and as you get to know more people and all.

Amanda (right?) where are you at? In Spain same sex married is allowed (I'm sure you all know that) which is unbelievable in a country so profoundly catholic as this one. Gays and lesbians can even adopt kids. That's how it should be everywhere else, shouldn't it? 

Heya opinionista,
Thanks for the post!  Yup, I'm Amanda.  I'm in the U.S. (Pennsylvania).  There was just a thing on the national news (NBC) about Bush's new big push for an amendment to ban gay marriage.  The analysis on the news tended to say that Bush is trying to use the issue to bolster his really poor approval ratings right now... and to appeal to his deeply conservative base.  It's extremely upsetting to me (it's upsetting on a general level, but on a personal level too.  I'm a lesbian myself, so these issues tend to become really emotional).
 >:( :(

The news about stuff like this juxtaposed simultaneously with all the awards and respect and acclaim for BBM is just so wierd.  I mean here I am celebrating the big win for Heath and Jake on the MTV awards for their hot and romantic gay kiss... and then this depressing political news comes up on TV.  This country truly has a split personality right now.
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Re: I had a life, once
« Reply #90 on: June 05, 2006, 02:58:05 am »
B'lieve that's how he won Ohio, last time around...those who don't learn  from history are etc...
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Re: I had a life, once
« Reply #91 on: July 21, 2006, 12:13:48 pm »
I have a little time this morning, and I'm actually caught up withthreads on the first page, so I'm going back, back, back.  I'm on page 6.  I had a life once...

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Re: I had a life, once
« Reply #92 on: July 21, 2006, 12:16:25 pm »
When I told my husband I am now a moderator here at bettermost (over on the fanfic forum) he gave me the exact same look that Ennis gives Jack in the bar when Jack is talking about the asphyxiated sheep. I mean, I think he thought my life was gone before but now....?

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Re: I had a life, once
« Reply #93 on: July 21, 2006, 12:23:44 pm »
It looks like we've got our second big storm in 3 days coming. There's a good chance our power will go off again, so I should really turn the computer off before that happens, but what am I doing instead? Posting here.

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Re: I had a life, once
« Reply #94 on: July 21, 2006, 01:04:57 pm »
Court, you'll be pitched off yer mount!  DON'T jeopardize your link to us!  Write a limerick, read the short story, counting how many times the letter E appears, take a nap so that you can stay up with us good and late this evening.  We'll miss ya, Bud!

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Re: I had a life, once
« Reply #95 on: July 21, 2006, 04:20:20 pm »
False alarm Elle! It was stormy this morning, but it's nice and sunny now. I thought it would be a repeat of Wednesday (HUGE storm, half a million people with no power in the St. Louis area!). It's all good now though, I'm still here!

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Re: I had a life, once
« Reply #96 on: July 21, 2006, 04:55:40 pm »
When I told my husband I am now a moderator here at bettermost (over on the fanfic forum) he gave me the exact same look that Ennis gives Jack in the bar when Jack is talking about the asphyxiated sheep. I mean, I think he thought my life was gone before but now....?

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Re: I had a life, once
« Reply #97 on: July 21, 2006, 08:22:15 pm »
I will echo DeeDee's sentiments...

 :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:

This thread is adorable...

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Re: I had a life, once
« Reply #98 on: July 21, 2006, 09:08:36 pm »
:laugh:   :laugh:   :laugh:

Dee, I need a screen cap of that picture....I am sure you have one...

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Re: I had a life, once
« Reply #99 on: February 05, 2009, 05:43:41 pm »
 :D :D :D

I just rediscovered this thread because I happened to notice a guest viewing it.  And, I just had some fun re-reading this.  Ah, memory lane...


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Re: I had a life, once
« Reply #100 on: February 07, 2009, 02:03:59 pm »
Thanks for bumping, Amanda.  I was just wondering where to bestow my 7,000th post, and this seems an appropriate thread.  ;D

I had a life, once.  ::)
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Re: I had a life, once
« Reply #101 on: February 07, 2009, 02:08:20 pm »
Thanks for bumping, Amanda.  I was just wondering where to bestow my 7,000th post, and this seems an appropriate thread.  ;D

I had a life, once.  ::)

 ;D  :)

Well congratulations Meryl. We all still have a life, only better, right?  :)
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Re: I had a life, once
« Reply #102 on: February 07, 2009, 02:45:30 pm »
;D  :)

Well congratulations Meryl. We all still have a life, only better, right?  :)

Right!  And more sedentary.  ;D

Thanks for the congrats!  8)
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Re: I had a life, once
« Reply #103 on: February 07, 2009, 06:51:38 pm »

Congrats High Priestess!!! :D



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Re: I had a life, once
« Reply #104 on: February 07, 2009, 11:04:41 pm »
Congrats High Priestess!!! :D

Thanks, Amanda!  :-*
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Re: I had a life, once
« Reply #105 on: February 08, 2009, 12:01:17 am »
I like my new life quite a bit. Since I am no longer watching a verywin movie compulsively, I am working on myself and my issues. It is not all bluebirds singing and whiskey springs, but I feel like I am on the right path toward 'finishing the story' so that is as good as good as it is going to get. 
Wouldn't it be great if there were maps to our individual Brokeback Mountains. 
Guess I will kee fumbling along ...with a little help from my friends.

Safe travels, All.

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