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Post 821

Purr in Boots

Aah, Pierrre... minichessMouse and I have known each otherr ffor ssome time. Sshe wass involved in a Holiday Panto, "The Motherr of All Goossess", back in 2003. https://www.h2g2.com/dna/h2g2/brunel/F107682?thread=232283 That'ss a link to the Pantomime prroduction, iff you'rre curriouss. It wass one of the besst parrticipation eventss I'd everr been parrt of...


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Post 822

Purr in Boots

smiley - cat
...and to be ffairr, thiss iss actually the mosst ussefful link, as it prrovidess the lisst of all the Panto locationss.

https://www.h2g2.com/dna/h2g2/brunel/F107682?showthread=430936

Fforr yeowr rreading pleassurre...
smiley - cat


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Post 823

Blue-Eyed BiPedal BookWorm from Betelgeuse (aka B4[insertpunhere])

smiley - biggrin
There was this thing that happened... about seven years ago. Quite a few of us Salonistas participated. It was desinged to be a 4th of July celebration (for the Americans) and a Pooh Sticks Competition (for those in the UK and other portions of Europe). The Thread can be found here: F38024?thread=8303156
smiley - tardis
Things were moving along fine... up to a point. As sometimes happens, the thread lost steam and petered out. Folks lost interest in the mini-adventure, and the Pooh Sticks Competition never happened.
smiley - sadface
That Thread was one of the last ones I was active on, before my (ex)spouse insisted I give up HooToo. I was accused of quite a number of malefeasances, including having an "online affair." None of it was true, but I relented and gave up participating in H2G2. This is the reason I've been gone from the site for seven years (as of this writing). In January of 2019, we divorced. I initially began including some details of all this in this Posting, but it droned on, so I have posted on my own space with the info. Don't read it if you abhor negativity.
smiley - cdouble
Where was I...?
smiley - erm
Oh, yeah...
smiley - tardis
I've come back to HooToo, unfettered by the negative, accusative, hypocritical individual that caused me to give it up. While sifting through the old Threads I'd been involved in, I ran across the one listed above. It had saddened me to see the original adventure wither away. After several weeks of working with the H2G2 Moderators, I gained access again to several of my 'personas' that had gone fallow over the years. I took them on the adventure, revisiting the Beach, the Lifeguard Station, the Woods, and the Town Bridge... all in an effort to complete the Pooh Sticks Competition. We did... all of us. And we ducked into the Forum and Firkin for drinks and a bite, afterward, to celebrate that we'd brought the event to a close.
smiley - cheerssmiley - sreehc
B4ifindalltheother'loosethreads'iwanttoweavetogether


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Post 824

Caiman raptor elk - Escaping the Array

Hi B4, I have seen you around several times recently. Good to see you back. Luckily, my wife does not object to me being on Hootoo at all.

One of my troubles is that most of the times I think I encounter an interesting space outside the Post or forum (mostly because they are mentioned on other people's spaces), it appears to have died out years ago.

This thread may hold the answer to the question of life the universe and everything, just by ending on conversation page 42. (Unless this sparks fresh conversation, in which case I will be happy to take part)


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Post 825

Milla, h2g2 Operations

smiley - lurk

smiley - towel


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Post 826

Pierre de la Mer ~ sometimes slightly worried but never panicking ~

smiley - lurk


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Post 827

Blue-Eyed BiPedal BookWorm from Betelgeuse (aka B4[insertpunhere])

Also smiley - lurk...

...and then, as my manner is, I toss out a random comment.
smiley - winkeye
For any of you who knew me "back in the day," you may remember I spoke occasionally of my spouse and children. The latter have all grown or gone; the former is now truly a "former" spouse. And without her paranoid squelching of my interaction with other humans, I'm back to hold conversations with people (You) who have a wide range of experience and ideas.
smiley - magic
I've been divorced for a little over a year. In that time, I met someone online who I "click" with. I met WilloBreeze in the open-world environment known as Second Life. We "danced" our avatars together, struck up a conversation, continued to meet, and eventually met in Real Life. We have even moved in together and have been sharing our lives, in SL and in RL.
smiley - hug
Here's the BIG NEWS: Willo and I are getting married at the end of May 2021. Not something I expected to be doing when I went through that big, nasty divorce. But, as I said, we "click." I like to point out that in the entire time we've known each other, we have had 0 arguments. None. No rollercoaster emotional upheavals like my prior spouse, that I could almost set my calendar by. Willo and I have a mindset that we seek out a Win-Win situation at all times. We value and respect each other. So... yes, I'll embark on the journey of one last marriage.
smiley - geeksmiley - handcuffssmiley - senior
smiley - footprintssmiley - footprintssmiley - footprints
...and I'll continue to pop in here simply to check on folks I knew "back in the day." So... Say 'Hi' every once-in-a-while, if you're doing the same...
smiley - booksmiley - biro
B4istartinsistingUcallmeMisterB4


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Post 828

Baron Grim

smiley - cheerssmiley - bubbly


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Post 829

Pierre de la Mer ~ sometimes slightly worried but never panicking ~

smiley - cheersB4&WilloBreezesmiley - bubbly


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Post 830

Rosa Baggins

Congratulations B4 and WilloBreeze for forthcoming wedding.smiley - bubblysmiley - bubblysmiley - bubblysmiley - bubblysmiley - bubblysmiley - giftsmiley - giftsmiley - giftsmiley - giftsmiley - winekeysmiley - winekeysmiley - winekeysmiley - winekeysmiley - biggrinsmiley - cheers


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Post 831

Milla, h2g2 Operations

Ooooh congratulations B4!!!
smiley - towel


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Post 832

Blue-Eyed BiPedal BookWorm from Betelgeuse (aka B4[insertpunhere])

smiley - tekcorsmiley - galaxy
We came back from our Wedding Vacation this first weekend in June, after a whirlwind week-and-a-half driving tour to visit Family and Friends.
smiley - towelsmiley - suitcasesmiley - towelsmiley - suitcase
We spent a few days in advance prepping and packing, then piled everything into our KIA Sorento and hit the road. We took off from Fulton, Missouri, and followed I-70 east until we cleared St Louis, and took I-55 south. We had originally planned to bunk the first night in Batesville, Mississippi (about 1/4 the way into the state), but realized we could make our first stay location by adding a few more hours of driving time. So, we clocked in about 10 hours of drive time and parked it in Ethel, Louisiana (near Baton Rouge), with a couple friends we know from Second Life (an online virtual environment). It is Chuck's house, and Kathy came in from Oregon to visit him (and us, because...marriage), and we all got a chance to see each other face-to-face, rather than simply as a voice and an avatar. We'd planned to stay with them for two days, but had to cut it short after a visit to The Myrtles, a supposedly haunted antebellum plantation home. There was a family matter that needed to be addressed by our host, so we gave him the time and opportunity to do so.
smiley - bus
The third day of our trip found us taking a short jaunt over to New Orleans to visit with my oldest daughter, Sarah. It was great to hug her once again, after almost 4 years since we'd last seen each other. She was bright and vivacious as ever, and her companion, Orion, was also a real treat to meet. The both showed us around the bars where Sarah works, and we took a side trip do a bit of trinket shopping in the French Quarter. I bought a hand-made leather journal embossed with an owl on the cover, and a fleur-de-lis on the spine. After the visit, we proceeded to the hotel near Ocean Springs and rested for the night.
smiley - lighthouse
Our next visit was slated with my sister, Yvette, her husband, Edd. Because he had a niece who was graduating and he wanted to attend, we let them do so while we took the day to explore downtown, the Farmers Market, tour my old schools and childhood hangouts, and then spent some time on Front Beach walking in white sand while the waves rolled in from the Gulf. We picked up a few drinks at the Rouse's grocery store and retired for the evening.
smiley - starsmiley - crescentmoon
We slept in, then took a drive along the beach, going as far west as Gulfport. In so doing, we noted there was a USAF Retirement Community that had easy access to the beach via walking ramps over the traffic of US-90. We doubled back and met my sister, her husband, and another friend of the family, Thomas, who I'd been pals with in our teenage years. We dined at The Blind Tiger, on the beach, overlooking the bay and the barrier islands. It was great to get reacquainted and joke about all manner of things past and present. We parted company with my long-time friend, yet took the offer to hang out with my sister and her hubby back at the family home they inherited from my Mom. Again, more discussions and humorous asides filled our time until the night was far spent. Laura and I promised to return again as soon as practical to keep the fun going amongst us.
smiley - hugsmiley - hug
The next leg of our journey took us north to Louisville, Kentucky, where we bunked to recover from the looooonnng drive up I-65. The next day, we went into the city proper to link up with a high school chum, Jack, who had relocated from the Coast to there. We enjoyed lunch at a Bourbon-themed restaurant, and all three of us told amusing anecdotes, filling the couple of hours spent together. Afterwards, we took the shorter leg of I-65 up to Fort Wayne, Indiana.
smiley - footprintssmiley - footprintssmiley - run
Our first day there, we made time to take lunch with a friend of Laura's, named Laura, at a 'favorite' restaurant called Kosmos, featuring Greek cuisine and more American fare, all of it scrumptious. Later that evening, we shared time with her son, Mark, and his wife, Amanda, at a nice steakhouse called Logan's. Good food and good conversation helped us all share a bit of our respective lives up to this point.
smiley - strawberriessmiley - stiffdrink
The following day, we met Linda, one of Laura's other friends, at her home and took lunch at Casa, an upscale Italian Ristorante. There were reminiscences and funny asides, and good food... so much none of us were able to finish. The three of us drove into town to the Dash-In, where we met Hijiri at his work, and made him promise to meet us for our evening meal. We then took the opportunity to take an open-air walk in a new downtown park, a treat for my Laura. Then we tooled down to the Mall and met more of her family for burgers and floats at Red Robin. I got to meet Roy and Ruth, as well as Adam, the oldest son. While there, Jun (Mark's former spouse) dropped in for a few minutes. She and Laura hugged extensively and vowed to still keep in touch. After she left, her son Hijiri arrived to dine with us. All six of us then went to the local high school to wait for Jordan, the youngest of Ruth's kids, to finish with marching band practice. While we waited, Ruth's daughter Lindsay, and her fiance Josh, arrived in the parking lot. Shortly thereafter, Miyabi, Jun's daughter joined us. Finally, Jordan was free to join us. We all stood around for over an hour, joking, laughing, telling crazy stories of family members and events. Long day...
smiley - cdoublesmiley - cdoublesmiley - cdoublesmiley - cdoublesmiley - cdouble
We linked up with 'the other Laura' one more time, for a late breakfast, and chatted about more things. We drove over to Plymouth and checked out the accommodations at Biddle Point, though they weren't ready to give us the room yet. Therefore, we took time to visit with one of Laura's sisters, Cathy, at her log cabin home, sitting on the front porch enjoying libations and chatting. Afterwards, we went back and checked into one of the nicest B&B stays we've ever had. The grounds were beautifully landscaped and manicured, the buildings were well-maintained and stylish, and the room was gorgeously decorated and cleanly appointed. We took a short nap, then headed into town to Christo's, a family restaurant, and spent time with another sister, Gail, and her husband, Robert. Truly a good time, and some interesting insights into the whole family came up.
smiley - magicsmiley - magic
We took advantage of the peacefull B&B atmosphere, then rested, then awoke in the middle of the night, danced in SL for an hour, then went to sleep again. We still awoke early, packed, stuffed everything into our vehicle, then availed ourselves of the gourmet breakfast offered by the owners. We finally got on the road and headed home. It was a straight-thru drive of about 8 hours, bringing us home before 4pm in the evening. Safe and sound, back to our duplex, unloaded, and sighed to be able to sleep in our own bed again.
smiley - hug
B4someoneclassifiesthisasaTravelogue


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Post 833

Pierre de la Mer ~ sometimes slightly worried but never panicking ~

Sounds like the perfect honeymoon. Congratulations once again! smiley - smiley


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Post 834

Milla, h2g2 Operations

So happy to see that story! Seeing family and friends again is always lovely! <3

Today's exciting things in my household was a) a cancelled web meeting and b) cleaning out junk e-mail that had been collecting since May? April?

This girl knows how to party, let me tell ya! smiley - rofl

So, now I might just fart around on the web and see what other things seem exciting.
smiley - towel


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Post 835

Pierre de la Mer ~ sometimes slightly worried but never panicking ~

Is fart away an appropriate answer to that, I wonder? smiley - angel


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Post 836

Baron Grim

Absolutely!

"On the web, no one can hear you fart (around)."

smiley - sighsmiley - spider


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Post 837

Pierre de la Mer ~ sometimes slightly worried but never panicking ~

Phew, that's a relief smiley - smiley

Wait, that didn't sound right smiley - erm


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Post 838

Blue-Eyed BiPedal BookWorm from Betelgeuse (aka B4[insertpunhere])

smiley - erm
Far be it from me to try to find a causal relationship between two very disparate systems, but I think if smartphones had not been built so smart, HooToo might still be the most vital social media on the web.
smiley - huh
Hear me out...
Aside from the original "smileys" (using combinations of characters on the keyboard) folks used to use on early computers and the first phone texting systems, ~this~ place right here was a trailblazer for folks to express their feelings via more than just words.
smiley - eureka
HooToo was groundbreaking in that respect. The original authors who set up the environment recognized that using iconography would broaden the range of expression in the chat threads. I remember when Apple computers first used info from a Berkeley study and took onboard the idea that an image could convey ~more~ than a whole slew of words. And it didn't take long for PC graphical UIs to take over for "command line prompts."
smiley - artist
Lastly, consider how people consider any great piece of art. When a picture embodies concepts or emotions that strike a chord across cultures and other self-imposed human boundaries, more people will feel affinity for the images conveyed and are more likely to repeat them. Hence, the wide-spread use of emojis that "mean something"...
smiley - oribsmiley - booksmiley - magic
B4iwriteanentiretreatiseonasubjectalreadychronicledoverdecades


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Post 839

Milla, h2g2 Operations

Makes me wonder when each of our smileys were created, actually
and yes, they *are* just the best set available
smiley - towel


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Post 840

Caiman raptor elk - Escaping the Array

They have all been created after September 19th 1982...smiley - coolsmiley - runsmiley - magic


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