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Maggie
Just trying to put one foot in front of the other like everyone else
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To quote another company's property, "Food, glorious food!" I am a complete sucker for anything food related. My family even plans vacations around food. So it should come as no surprise that I adore the food booths at the Flower... Continue reading
Posted May 19, 2015 at The Bad Influence Speaks
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(More will be added as I finish uploading everything) Mickey and Minnie (on the other side of Spaceship Earth) Butterflies Cinderella and Prince Charming (in France) Peter Pan and Captain Hook (in the UK) Pan Captain Hook Winnie the Pooh... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2015 at The Bad Influence Speaks
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The International Flower & Garden Festival at Walt Disney World Epcot is a springtime annual event that started in 1994. Each year topiaries of various (and differing each year) Disney characters are placed in the park along with garden exhibits,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2015 at The Bad Influence Speaks
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This was the second year the vendors at DragonCon were in the America's Mart building. The aisles are much wider there but it is still difficult to move about. BISis and I did most of our shopping during the parade.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2014 at The Bad Influence Speaks
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This was the second year the vendors at DragonCon were in the America's Mart building. The aisles are much wider there but it is still difficult to move about. BISis and I did most of our shopping during the parade.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2014 at The Bad Influence Speaks
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If you woke up tomorrow, and your internet looked like this, what would you do? Imagine all your favorite websites taking forever to load, while you get annoying notifications from your ISP suggesting you switch to one of their approved... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2014 at The Bad Influence Speaks
On Thanksgiving I will stop to give thanks that my family is safe and healthy, especially because I realize that, following the tragedies of this year, it is all too real a possibility that they might not have been. Bobby... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2013 at The Bad Influence Speaks
DragonCon comes up next week. And we all know that cons aren't for the timid. There are still some good rules, or guidelines as it were, for surviving at DragonCon (or any other convention). 5-3-1 Rule: 5 hours of sleep,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2013 at The Bad Influence Speaks
A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one. George R. R. Martin Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2013 at The Bad Influence Speaks
from the Dutch Harbor Telegraph police blotter: 2 February, Saturday 1907 - Suspicious Person/Activity – A drunken man phoned police and said he was naked, cold, and exposing himself to passing vehicles and in need of assistance. He was unable... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2013 at The Bad Influence Speaks
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BISis and I recently took a trip to Chincoteague, VA, home of the Misty of Chincoteague stories. What can you do in a tiny island town in the middle of January? Well, not a huge amount, but it was a... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2013 at The Bad Influence Speaks
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Directed by Taylor Hackford, Parker is part of the story of a thief who lives with a strict code where if you give your word you follow through. The character is based on a series of novels written by Donald... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2013 at The Bad Influence Speaks
I have always believed that hope is that stubborn thing inside us that insists, despite all the evidence to the contrary, that something better awaits us so long as we have the courage to keep reaching, to keep working, to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2012 at The Bad Influence Speaks
People who are fighting for equality may have differing opinions of what that means and different methods of approaching the fight; it doesn’t mean that they aren’t fighting for the same things. My vision of equality is simple: whatever someone’s... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2012 at The Bad Influence Speaks
I wanted a perfect ending. Now I’ve learned, the hard way, that some poems don’t rhyme, and some stories don’t have a clear beginning, middle and end. Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2012 at The Bad Influence Speaks
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BISis and I cut back some on the panels this year to reduce stress and line standing. Celebrity Panels: I think the celebrity panels get bigger and wilder every year at Dragon*Con. BISis and I started the con off with... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2012 at The Bad Influence Speaks
Being poor is not an indication of potential or worth. It's a lack of resources. Kim Harrison, A Perfect Blood Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2012 at The Bad Influence Speaks
As the old saying went, a TV can insult your intelligence, but nothing rubs it in like a computer. Sherrilyn Kenyon, The Guardian Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2012 at The Bad Influence Speaks
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This is the second year BISis and I have swung by the steampunk showcase at the Westin. By the by, we found it's best to go later because it's less crowded. As usual it had such gorgeous creations. Dragon*Con 2012... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2012 at The Bad Influence Speaks
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Welcome to Atlanta. Don't worry, we're all a good kind of crazy. Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2012 at The Bad Influence Speaks
Many people believe geekdom is defined by a love of a thing, but I think — and my experience of geekdom bears on this thinking — that the true sign of a geek is a delight in sharing a thing.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2012 at The Bad Influence Speaks
I fly out for Dragon*Con in two days! And I haven't finished packing. I am so incredibly behind this year with things. I need to get packed tonight (except for the few things I'm going to wash Wednesday night) and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2012 at The Bad Influence Speaks
@Zigeunerkarten. I just use the code provided by Twitter and insert it into a "create your own html" section in the sidebar.
Dragon*Con comes up next week. And we all know that cons aren't for sissies. There are still some good rules, or guidelines as it were, for surviving at Dragon*Con (or any other convention). 5-3-1 Rule: 5 hours of sleep, 3... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2012 at The Bad Influence Speaks
We were discussing homosexuality because of an allusion to it in the book we were reading, and several boys made comments such as, “That’s disgusting.” We got into the debate and eventually a boy admitted that he was terrified/disgusted when... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2012 at The Bad Influence Speaks