July 29th, 2011

Neck Tattoo

Writer's Block: Crime pays

Do you think that criminals should be able to profit from selling their memoirs, after serving jail time?

Yep. Simple enough. Moreover, I am reassured that should I wind up in prison [and I very well may…] that I’ll have something to do with my time. Please oh please, mister prison guard, can’t I have a pen? We live in hope.

Here’s the thing though. Politicians sell their memoirs, actors sell their memoirs, blokes on car shows sell their memoirs, people we’ve never heard of become famous because they’ve sold their memoirs… are those people really any more interesting or of any more value to the western canon than criminals? We don’t give money to these people because they’re arbiters of morality, we give money to these people because we find them entertaining, or interesting. Frankly, I’d rather read the memoir of a violent pimp than Barak Obama’s [or any other politician’s] self-aggrandizing crap. Besides, convicted criminals have a bitch of a time finding gainful employment; all they have are their histories, why not let them profit from what they’ve got?

... Holy Crap. Is LJ working? Will Wonders never Cease? 
zk1

Вопрос дня: Выйти на свободу богатым

Do you think that criminals should be able to profit from selling their memoirs, after serving jail time?

Если он совершил что-то такое, о чем было бы интересно почитать (жуткое убийство, например), то его следует КАЗНИТЬ. А рассказы всякой мелкой сошки всё равно читать никто не будет - много не заработает
zk1

Вопрос дня: Выйти на свободу богатым

Do you think that criminals should be able to profit from selling their memoirs, after serving jail time?

Если он совершил что-то такое, о чем было бы интересно почитать (жуткое убийство, например), то его следует КАЗНИТЬ. А рассказы всякой мелкой сошки всё равно читать никто не будет - много не заработает

Writer's Block: Crime pays

Do you think that criminals should be able to profit from selling their memoirs, after serving jail time?
Politicians do after serving their time. *shrug*

Actually, I never thought about it. But copycats of politicians don't wind up in more dead people, usually.

...Bleah. It's too late. I just can't think. I think I lean toward no, or at least no, not the part about the crimes if it's nasty stuff.

Вопрос дня: Выйти на свободу богатым

Do you think that criminals should be able to profit from selling their memoirs, after serving jail time?

После освобождения из тюрьмы они уже не преступники, они свою вину искупили. Вопрос не релевантен
рисованая тян

Вопрос дня: Выйти на свободу богатым

Do you think that criminals should be able to profit from selling their memoirs, after serving jail time?

Ну не могу на это не ответить. Да да да! Должны иметь возможность. Но только если они такие же пиздатые, как Шантарам, иначе в топку же. Хотя или не должны, ведь хватит с нас и одного Грегори Робертса о_О хммм. 

Writer's Block: Crime pays

Do you think that criminals should be able to profit from selling their memoirs, after serving jail time?

No. Many would think serving jail is not a bad idea since they will able to make profit from their experience. Jail experience should be used to give lesson to others so that they don't follow what the criminal has done before. making money through this kind of experience will make them half-heartedly sincere in educate others about not to become like them. 

Вопрос дня: Выйти на свободу богатым

Do you think that criminals should be able to profit from selling their memoirs, after serving jail time?

За преступление лишают свободы, в отдельных случаях жизни. Запретить писать невозможно так же как и мыслить.

Вопрос дня: Выйти на свободу богатым

Do you think that criminals should be able to profit from selling their memoirs, after serving jail time?

Некоторые вообще не должны выходить.А талантливые жулики,без сомнения,должны быть вознаграждены.
стоп коррупция

Вопрос дня: Выйти на свободу богатым

Do you think that criminals should be able to profit from selling their memoirs, after serving jail time?

Приговор и освобождение из тюрьмы - это еще не значит, что человек преступник, в России очень большой процент судебных ошибок.
Но с другой стороны -писать мемуары еще ни кому не запрещалось, а мемуары некоторых выдающихся личностей после тюрьмы -читают до сих пор! Напомним: читают мемуары Ленина, Сталина и др.
PrettyDanielDangerCyclone

Writer's Block: Crime pays

Do you think that criminals should be able to profit from selling their memoirs, after serving jail time?


Yes, I do. Here in the US, at least, prisoners do still have some rights, and no one should be banned from writing a book, no matter if we find it distasteful or not. I don't really like mass murdering fuckheads, but that doesn't mean I don't think that they should be allowed to write about their experiences. It may actually prove beneficial to the rest of it. I do think that proceeds from those sorts of things, well, some of them should probably go to some sort of charity or the like.

Вопрос дня: Лучший совет

What’s the best advice you’ve ever gotten (and want to share with other LJ users)?

Хочешь быть счстливым - будь им!
Безотносительно: совет, данный своевременно, - как волшебный пинок с ускорением к манящей цели - инициирует мечту, дает  энергетику и побуждает к действию. Не отказывайте в совете и не отказывайтесь от советов!
Trained lion

Writer's Block: It’s the thought that counts

What was the best gift you’ve ever received? Who was it from and what was the occasion?

The best gift I ever received was the news that my brother was coming hoome from the eye hospital. This was on Christmas Eve.

My mother answered the phone and got the news. I was out the door and headed to the hospital before she finished asking the question if I would pick him up.
Sanji

Writer's Block: It’s the thought that counts

What was the best gift you’ve ever received? Who was it from and what was the occasion?

That… is a hard question to answer.
I’ve been very fortunate in family and friends, and they’re all pretty generous. One year for Christmas, when I was about five and my sister was seven, my mom made us scrub out an enormous wooden chest that she picked up at a flea market or something. She told us we were doing some of Santa’s chores so that he had time to deliver presents, and once it dried, filled it with “dressup” clothes for us. Sparkly things and someone’s ugly old bride’s maid’s dress and… fun.
More recently, she bought a bright hatbox printed with… the most insipid cutesy teddy bears and “Christmas” scenes and… okay so I burst out laughing when I saw it, but she’d filled it with… cartoons, and video games and… just fun stuff. Stuff that appealed to my inner child [which, let’s face it, isn’t so inner because I still buy stuff like Legos and Play-Doh on a semi-regular basis], and it was great.

But… honestly, as much as I love getting toys [I do. Beats clothes, jewelry, technology… I open a box and there’s a phone in it, I get pouty], I prefer giving gifts. I like to make things for people, and wrap them in pretty paper, and do absurd things with ribbon… the whole presentation. I like to surprise people and let them know that I’m thinking about them. And sometimes it even goes right.

Вопрос дня: Выйти на свободу богатым

Do you think that criminals should be able to profit from selling their memoirs, after serving jail time?

'иметь возможность' безусловно должны,ведь теперь они свободные люди. вопрос в другом, заработают ли? думаю, на это способны единицы
Ебал я капитализм!

Вопрос дня: Выйти на свободу богатым

Do you think that criminals should be able to profit from selling their memoirs, after serving jail time?

а что им запретишь что ли? Жаль только, что те, кто был упечен туда спецслужбами и своими врагами врятли уже напишем мемуары( А вот у всякой дряни типа насильников, убийц и воров хватит совести! Я бы им хер дал! Я считаю, что человечество от них надо избавить, так как выйдя на свободу они продолжат свои грязные дела. Но с нашей системой... Они блядь гуманные! А этим тварям можно убивать?! Сколький они ещё убьют, изнасилуют?! Мда, жидам товарная система выгодна... Да и зачем избавляться от преступников, когда можно их заставить работать на себя? Думаете зачем в тюрьмы интернет провели? Добрая часть троллей- зеки. А что, дешево! Да и кучу другой дряни они делают. Вот их могут пустить впереди себя, когда КОН прилетит. Знают, что у нас и от этого говна хотят избавиться, но жидов это не спасет.

Writer's Block: It’s the thought that counts

What was the best gift you’ve ever received? Who was it from and what was the occasion?


With out a moments hesitation I know the answer to that question is my little schnauzer Shayleigh. I happened to mention to Ms. Brause (who I have known since I was in 2nd grade) someday I wanted to get a dog to jog with. She declared she was going to get me one just for the heck of it. I didn't really take her seriously at the time, but about 3 years later, here she is lying on my bed. She doesn't jog, but what she does provide for my life every day abundantly makes up for that.

Writer's Block: It’s the thought that counts

What was the best gift you’ve ever received? Who was it from and what was the occasion?


With out a moments hesitation I know the answer to that question is my little schnauzer Shayleigh. I happened to mention to Ms. Brause (who I have known since I was in 2nd grade) someday I wanted to get a dog to jog with. She declared she was going to get me one just for the heck of it. I didn't really take her seriously at the time, but about 3 years later, here she is lying on my bed. She doesn't jog, but what she does provide for my life every day abundantly makes up for that.

Вопрос дня: Выйти на свободу богатым

Do you think that criminals should be able to profit from selling their memoirs, after serving jail time?

Ага, конечно не должны! но кто хочет этого несомненно имеют имеют на это право! Ибо у нас в конституции закреплена свобода слова, свобода совести и свобода мироисповедания. Иными словами - верю во что хочу (государственной религии НЕТ), говорю что хочу (нашлись бы слушатели), и возвожу в ранг бога своего избранника (это про депутатов и президента, которым Конституция и Закон, в силу их всеобщего признания не писаны.) Попробуйте набрать в любом поисковике фразу "ГАИ и депутат"  и все поймете.

Не бойтесь врагов - самое страшное :они могут Вас убить. Не бойтесь друзей: самое страшное они могут Вас предать. Бойтесь равнодушных, ибо с их молчаливого согласия все зло на земле.

Светлый Зет

Вопрос дня: Скандалы

What was the last political scandal that got you all riled up?

Андерс Брейевик. Это ж надо по медвепутским новостям так врать! Что ж, всё равно мир избавится от иллюминатов. Ох, не сладко парню прийдется!:-( Но будем надеяться на лучшее. Ещё меня выбели события в Актобе. В нескольких стреляли, тела увезли на машинах. Сдается мне, что парень был ещё жив, и его пытали. Потом мужа с женой загребли. По телику как всегда всё врут. Вот мне от этого не спокойно... И ещё мне очень не нравится то, что америкосы мир против казакстанцев настраивают. В прошлом году нашего студента обвинили в педофилии. Слава Богу его оправдали и он благополучно вернулся домой. А вот второму не повезло. В этом году в мальчугана коб запустил 11 пуль только за то, что он якобы громко постучал в дверь. Всё оправдали тем, что он якобы был террорист. Родители до сих пор ничего не могут доказать, а коб оказался психически больной. Теперь наших опять обвиняют в терроризме. Может в Казакстане и есть сволочи, которые могут кого-то подзорвать, но сейчас накатывают на невинных людей. Это всё политическая игра иллюминатов, натравливающая людей друг на друга. То же делает Медведев, натравливая русских на чеченов.

Вопрос дня: Выйти на свободу богатым

Do you think that criminals should be able to profit from selling their memoirs, after serving jail time?

Какой актуальный вопрос? Преступник да ещё грамотный, да способный изложить мысль на бумаге, Бред.
Но если он наймёт пишущего журналиста, то может чего и получится у преступника. Журналиста придётся замочить, что бы лишнего не сболтнул.
icon avatar smile

Writer's Block: A novel idea

Which book would you want to see turned into a videogame?

Off the top of my head, Arthur C. Clarke's Rendezvous With Rama might make an interesting first-person game.

I don't say shooter, because it's not a shooty sort of story. And we have more than enough fucking shoot-em-up games, already—which i usually put in god-mode at some point, so i can just explore without being pestered by the token beasties.

I'd certainly enjoy exploring a virtual Rama. And the sequels offer yet more detail.

It could work as a text adventure, too. Planetfall on steroids. ;)

[Ooh! Someone should remake Adventure (aka Collossal Cave) as a first-person.]

Domestic? Never!

Writer's Block: It’s the thought that counts

What was the best gift you’ve ever received? Who was it from and what was the occasion?

My brother got mac, and it meant that I got the three year old PC that we used to share to myself. There wasn't really an occasion it was just a really hectic  eight grade year, where we could share a computer and get all our stuff done simultaneously. Plus, I really like my PC I named him Hobbes, because I named my calculator Calvin. 

Writer's Block: It’s the thought that counts

What was the best gift you’ve ever received? Who was it from and what was the occasion?

The best gift I ever received was an invitation from a friend to see where he lives.  He also invited me to see how he water-skiis, despie having a disability.  The reason he invited me was simply because I as up in Wisconsin visiting my family.
vizcaya

Writer's Block: It’s the thought that counts

What was the best gift you’ve ever received? Who was it from and what was the occasion?

The best gift I ever received was not intended as a gift, but as a piece of advice.  In fact, it was probably a criticism, but it definitely changed my approach to life.

In 10th or 11th grade, a friend asked, "Why do you always walk with your head down, looking at the ground?  It's like you don't want anyone to talk to you."

I don't now.
ME

Writer's Block: It’s the thought that counts

                                                                                    I have to say,the best gift I ever got was a Christmas gift from my grandmother, I was only fourteen at the time,and still in the *what do i get* phase of celebrating the holidays,everyone was kind of short on money that year,we got one *big* present and then things we needed like clothes etc.,when we got up Christmas morning,my grandmother was by the tree,and three of us stared in amazement,there were 100 gifts for each of us under there.Everything from pencils and pens,combs and brushes,to scarves,hats,there was something in every single box for us,we still(MANY yrs later,lol) recall the *year of 100 presents* as the best holiday we ever had!


cathouse

Writer's Block: It’s the thought that counts

What was the best gift you’ve ever received? Who was it from and what was the occasion?

The best one was a computer waaaaay the hell back in the days of Windows '95. It was a top of the line Gateway that cost about $2,000 - not including the 15' CRT monitor. It had a 56K dialup modem, and the HD was a WD 10G, there was 124M of RAM, and it had a CD-ROM drive and 2.4" floppy. I added an Iomega ZIP drive later. The sound and graphics riser cards were honking huge. 

Best. Present. Ever.

I used computers at work (Win3x) but at the time a home computer was outside of my financial range.
Escape button

Writer's Block: It’s the thought that counts

What was the best gift you’ve ever received? Who was it from and what was the occasion?


My aunt Betty suprised me to see Stephen King at the UW campus. He was promoting his latest book under his new publisher. Best part is that when I got in line to receive my signed book, he complimented me on the bandana I was wearing.

Writer's Block: It’s the thought that counts

What was the best gift you’ve ever received? Who was it from and what was the occasion?

A good laugh when I was on twitter, where they said a known porn star was on FBI's 10 most wanted for their shakedown of celebrities. It was from a guy or girl who hated this one person. Why they said it, no idea.

Вопрос дня: Выйти на свободу богатым

Я не против того,чтобы преступники написали мемуары,и если этот продукт можно продать,то значит в них есть что-то,что нужен для читателя.Отсиживая срок,человек меняет себя,идет переосмысливание жизни и своих поступков,как в сторону улучшения,так и в сторону ухудшения себя.Но я точно знаю,что с негативным воздействием продукт просто не будет работать-его никто не купит.Если он написал,то он своим опытом,хотел предупредить людей,чтобы они ,как он не испортили себе жизнь.Хотя когда чужой опыт останавливал кого-то?Есть люди наступающие на одни и те же грабли не единожды....
CCartoon Miranda & Andy

Writer's Block: Crime pays

Do you think that criminals should be able to profit from selling their memoirs, after serving jail time?


Oh no, no, no, NO! This is so wrong! Especially when justice is not served and the culprit(s) get a small sentence or not sentence at all!

However, the sad part is that it happens and the bad guys end up profiting on the victims demise. If anything, all proceeds should go the victims or their families. We're so inundated with opinions and conjectures by the media that the the reality of injustice and harm is lost to the sensationalism and hype. No wonder agents and managers bombard the bad guys, let's face it, ugly & mean sells throw in a modicum of grief and drama and it's a money maker for everyone but the family.

'nuff said...
девочка
  • iola65

Вопрос дня: Выйти на свободу богатым

Do you think that criminals should be able to profit from selling their memoirs, after serving jail time?

странный вопрос.А что, кто-то запрещает им писать мемуары?И почему после освобождения-у них во время отсидки масса свободного времени,можно и пографоманить.У Владимира Соловьева (философа XIX века) однажды спросили: - Ваше любимое занятие? - Писать, когда пишется, и слушать милых людей, - ответил он. От своего скудоумия добавлю : Ненавижу, когда не пишется и нет рядом милых людей. А у них на этот момент все присутствует - рядом милейшие человечки и писаться должно хорошо...
Вопрос в другом - будет ли эта писанина востребована.Если это мемуары какого-нибудь шизоида типа Андерса Брейвика либо опального олигарха вроде Ходора - да, а всякую мещанскую муть читать не будут.Равно как и покупать.

Writer's Block: It’s the thought that counts

What was the best gift you’ve ever received? Who was it from and what was the occasion?
The birthday party my older sisters had for me last year. My grandma was there, and she had a lot of fun, which made it the best thing ever. It was just great to watch her having so much fun and trying and liking new foods.
Trance1

Writer's Block: It’s the thought that counts

A card and tears.

My birthday was yesterday and my little cousin Cindy (she's 7) made me this really awesomely bad ass card with ribbons, butterflies, peter pan stickers, snowflakes and drawings of my cats. It has got to be the absolute best card I've ever seen.

The tears part, as odd as it sounds, was after she gave me the card she went in her room and was really upset and crying because I wasn't going to have a surprise Alice In Wonderland Tea Party for my birthday. Instead I get to spend today out shopping with her.

I have never had anyone (other then myself of course) cry because I wasn't going to have a birthday party and for some reason I thought that was like the sweetest thing ever.

I told her 'Tiwawa doesn't need a silly surprise party because she gets to spend all day with her Cindy-Who and that's the best birthday present ever'

That's my best gift.
Tsuna

Writer's Block: It’s the thought that counts

What was the best gift you’ve ever received? Who was it from and what was the occasion?

The best gift I have ever received was a old game from my first grade teacher. This was back in 2002(? or 2001) so it wasn't cheap. I remember being sick or something, and when I came back, she gave me the game and said, "Good job!" I don't remember what I did, but it was the first (and currently, last) time a teacher gave me a gift.

I saw her just last year at a cultural festival I was volunteering at.

Apparently I live only a few blocks away from her. xD


sam the eagle - dunno source

Writer's Block: Crime pays

Do you think that criminals should be able to profit from selling their memoirs, after serving jail time?

Can I just say that the criminal = violent = murderer assumption drives me crazy? I see no problem with someone who's been in jail for drugs or chronic shoplifting writing a memoir and profiting from it. I do see a huge problem with serial killers profiting from writing memoirs. However, there are a lot (and I mean, a lot) more people in prison in the first group than the second group. I really wish people would take a second to learn what the prison population in North America actually looks like before treating everyone who's been incarcerated like a serial rapist/murderer.
Na'vi Eye

Writer's Block: Crime pays

Do you think that criminals should be able to profit from selling their memoirs, after serving jail time?
Well, I think whether or not it's alright depends on two main factors, how serious the crime was and whether or not their story presents the consequences of their actions in a way that is likely to discourage others from making the same mistakes.
stickfigure

Writer's Block: It’s the thought that counts

What was the best gift you’ve ever received? Who was it from and what was the occasion?

I can honestly say that for my 34th birthday, this past June, I received the greatest gift of my wretched life - the return of my Beast.

He is a gift that keeps on giving. And giving. And giving.

<3

Writer's Block: It’s the thought that counts

What was the best gift you’ve ever received? Who was it from and what was the occasion?

A 1956 Massey Fergusson Pony Tractor (yes, a real one).

All my life I had wanted a horse and when my partner said to come out to the barn for my birthday present I thought all my dreams had come true - well the pony was only a mechanical one but I loved it anyway.  I used that tractor for six years til we moved.
slightly strange

Writer's Block: It’s the thought that counts

What was the best gift you’ve ever received? Who was it from and what was the occasion?

I am going to be super cheesy and go with life. My mom gave it to me, I guess she figured she had to get the baby out some way and giving birth seemed like the logical solution. I mean, shit if she didn't have me I wouldn't exist and I wouldn't have had a chance to receive another gift. Silly gooses.

Writer's Block: It’s the thought that counts

What was the best gift you’ve ever received? Who was it from and what was the occasion?

Honestly? I don't know. I rarely get gifts. I've had a few suprise gifts that were from friends and wonderful. Like Jen sending me a coffee press. That was awesome.

I'd prolly say the pearls my father got me for graduation. By that time he had gone blind and was housebound. He had people go look for him at jewelers, got several necklaces and chose from them by touch. He put a lot of effort into it.
hunter

Вопрос дня: Подарок

What was the best gift you’ve ever received? Who was it from and what was the occasion?

складная карманная лупа) подарил мне ее 100 лет назад крестный отец моего брата. совершенно неожиданно и без повода, да еще и в тайне от брата, чтобы тот не обижался и не завидовал...

Writer's Block: Crime pays

Do you think that criminals should be able to profit from selling their memoirs, after serving jail time?

AFTER serving jail time a person is back into the society and should be able to do the same things as any other member of the society. The person has already paid off and should be able now to start an earnest living. Including profiting.
stana guitar

Writer's Block: Crime pays

Do you think that criminals should be able to profit from selling their memoirs, after serving jail time?


I think this is alright, since they served their time in jail and this is a good way for them to make money when they get out of jail again. It makes things for them to start in 'normal life' again much easier.
They will be able to earn proper money and won't have to do anything criminal all over because they won't get a job because of their history.
y, prosto

Вопрос дня: Выйти на свободу богатым

Do you think that criminals should be able to profit from selling their memoirs, after serving jail time?

я уверен что должен зарабатывать . но с отчислениями в казну и за проживание в тюрме также должен платить .

Writer's Block: On repeat

OK, there is something that I want to get off my chest, but the problem is that you may not believe me. You would maybe say that I am imagining things, but I know that I am not. When I would talk about this with a friend who I trust, I would have like a panic attack. I control it, but this still scares me. I do like the band Breaking Benjamin, but there is one song that I don't like... It's from their album Phobia. It's called Evil Angel. Anyway, one night, I was sitting in my room. This was when I had that big gray computer in there. So, I wanted to listen to the CD, and I was having a good time listening to it. Then when the song Evil Angel came on, I knew something was going wrong. I had a tight feeling on my chest, and I felt like I wasn't going to breathe. I know, this does sound crazy. But this is TRUE. I'm feeling kinda tensed just typing about this. I had my door closed, and the room was dark. This is the scary part. After I took the CD out, I looked at the back part of the door, and saw a face. It looked evil. Now, when I see Breaking Benjamin in concert, I get kinda scared and nervous, because of them when they play the song. They did play the song at Edgefest 07, and that was the year that this all happened. And I had a sick feeling in my stomach. That's why I listen to the radio when I take a bath, and when I go to sleep. Because one night, I was getting ready to go to bed, and I heard the song in my head. It was haunting me, and I wanted to cry and scream at the same time. Just to tell it to stop playing.



Now, when I try to tell it to my friends who would trust and believe me, I get very scared.



I finally figured out the song Let Go from RED is talking about that there is something that you can't let go of. I do pray to God to get rid of the fear, but I don't think you can really get rid of a fear like this. I havnot listened to that CD since that happened. Well... some. But just not all the time anyway

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stargates

Writer's Block: It’s the thought that counts

What was the best gift you’ve ever received? Who was it from and what was the occasion?
It is a nest of handmade russian dolls with Star Trek character on it. The outside one was Picard, then Riker, then Worf, Q and the inner one was a Starfleet communicator.

I have been a fan of ST for a long time and this is the most unusual ST related gift that I have found. It was from my Sister, Brother in Law and their two children. The children had chosen it for me.

It was also very coincedental as I had been looking at normal russian dolls earlier on in the month and was thinking of buying one.

I recieved it for my birthday this year.
кокетка

Вопрос дня: Подарок

What was the best gift you’ve ever received? Who was it from and what was the occasion?

Пока это был  билет на  БД на Иглесиаса от подруги ! Детская любовь и мечты стали реальностью-он к нам приехал. Хотела сама билет купить, но она опередила (не договаривалить и я не просила). Классно, когда чел. без слов знает, чего хочет другой и делает это.
Не зря мы уже ну 12 лет точно дружим.

Writer's Block: It’s the thought that counts

What was the best gift you’ve ever received? Who was it from and what was the occasion?

Life, not sure who gave it to me, other than my mom and dad. Have not a clue what it is for and how I am supposed to play with it. However, I am having a wonderful time so far. O, and I do not understand the occasion as well. 
desk
  • rileyc

Writer's Block: It’s the thought that counts

What was the best gift you’ve ever received? Who was it from and what was the occasion?


Ack! Now I'm getting a 500 Internal Error notice when I try to post! Phooey.

Mostly I'm seeing if I can post by responding to the writer's block question, as that worked once before.

But as to the question, I've been blessed with a lot of wonderful gifts -- many of them some of you out there :) -- and it's hard to pick favorites.

One standout, though, has to be the scrapbook maverick4oz made me one Christmas, full of pictures of my parents and stuff. It was actually meant to be a gift for me to give out to relatives -- a gesture amazing in itself. Sadly, the rest of the family didn't seem to appreciate it much, but that in no way diminishes it for me. I will love and treasure that collection of memories forever!

The gift, again from Mav, that absolutely knocked my socks off was a piece of art she commissioned, of the 'Burg Boys, sending it to me in the form of a poster, a mug, and some note cards. I could predict getting certain books or videos, but this was something I absolutely never saw coming!

The Keller bear darthrami sent me is another stand out -- along with the Beecher bear Mav later got me to go along with him.

Of course there's my laptop, a joint venture of Mav's, catheights, autiger, and slip_f18 -- needless to say that's way up high on the list!

Times some of you helped out with some more financial aid are treasured too -- and still blow me away! :)

Then there's the gift of friendship, memories of wonderful chats (I miss those a lot!), and sharing current obsessions, laughter and having someone to talk to who doesn't think I'm a weirdo. That is truly priceless.

:hugs you all:

Вопрос дня: Выйти на свободу богатым

На свободу у нас богатыми обычно выходят те, кто перед тем как сесть хорошо наворовал, да еще хорошо и припрятал от следственных органов. Поэтому наши зыки в основном не пишут мемуаров - они сразу становятся депутатами и пишут законы, которые позволяют им в будующем легко уходить от правосудия.
18

Вопрос дня: Подарок

What was the best gift you’ve ever received? Who was it from and what was the occasion?

Лет 5-7 назад. Когда мобильные телефоны с фотокамерой ещё только начали выпускаться и были предметом гордости, мама подарила мне телефон марки "Siemens".
Это, действительно, было приятным подарком на окончание учёбы в средней школе)

Вопрос дня: Выйти на свободу богатым

Do you think that criminals should be able to profit from selling their memoirs, after serving jail time?

Я не думаю , я точно знаю ,что жулики должны иметь такую  возможность  зарабатывать ! И тому есть не мало примеров ...

Вопрос дня: Выйти на свободу богатым

Do you think that criminals should be able to profit from selling their memoirs, after serving jail time?

Я не думаю , я точно знаю ,что жулики должны иметь такую  возможность  зарабатывать ! И тому есть не мало примеров ...

Вопрос дня: Выйти на свободу богатым

Do you think that criminals should be able to profit from selling their memoirs, after serving jail time?

Я не думаю , я точно знаю ,что жулики должны иметь такую  возможность  зарабатывать ! И тому есть не мало примеров ...

Вопрос дня: Выйти на свободу богатым

Do you think that criminals should be able to profit from selling their memoirs, after serving jail time?

Я не думаю , я точно знаю ,что жулики должны иметь такую  возможность  зарабатывать ! И тому есть не мало примеров ...
целуймечта

Вопрос дня: Подарок

What was the best gift you’ve ever received? Who was it from and what was the occasion?


Из тех подарков, что я получила... Самое лучшее - это люди, которых я люблю и которые любят меня, получила я их видимо по воле судьбы или Бога, называйте как хотите, а по поводу? В этом мы с Богом солидарны, чтобы сделать подарок человеку не нужен повод, нужна любовь.
panda

Writer's Block: It’s the thought that counts

What was the best gift you’ve ever received? Who was it from and what was the occasion?

The best gift that I ever received was my first guitar. My parents gave it to me when I was 12  and eight years later I still have it and others to go with it. They started my love for music and it's the best part of my life!
ава_попа

Вопрос дня: Подарок

What was the best gift you’ve ever received? Who was it from and what was the occasion?

Сделанное своими руками сердце в коробочке от любимого мужчины к 14 февраля. Отягчающие обстоятельства: даритель не признаёт никаких праздников, терпеть их не может и практически всегда игнорирует.

Writer's Block: Crime pays

Do you think that criminals should be able to profit from selling their memoirs, after serving jail time?

That's a tough one. One the one hand, I think a strong moral argument can be made against criminals continuing to profit from their crimes after the fact. On the other, true crime authors exploit their infamous deeds to make money all the time and no one says a thing about that. Isn't it just as immoral to profit from another's crimes as it is to profit from your own? It seems to me that, in order to be consistent, it should be the case that anyone, including the criminal, can profit from the crime or else no one should be allowed to profit from it.

Writer's Block: It’s the thought that counts

My high school offered students the chance to go to Europe. Every year it was somewhere different. I dont remember where they went my freshman, my sophomore year was England, junior year was France, and senior year was Italy.

My parents paid for me to go to France and Italy. It was not a christmas or birthday gift. It was not a graduation present. They just wanted me to go. And that is what made it so special.

Writer's Block: It’s the thought that counts

What was the best gift you’ve ever received? Who was it from and what was the occasion?

I have two to chose from, but I'll have to go with a fantastic letter my mom gave me at my (I think) twelfth birthday. We were broke ruined at the time and she couldn't give me a gift. The letter made me cry. It was along the words of: "I want to give you the world, because you deserve it, but I can only give it to you if you also take it" It was longer than that, but to sum it up, that's what it was about. That was six years ago and I still think of it quite often. 
To know she spent time and thought on something so simple yet amazing makes me even more happy :)
ветер

Вопрос дня: Подарок

What was the best gift you’ve ever received? Who was it from and what was the occasion?

Сегодня в 11 часов заработал мой ЖЖ. Сейчас это для меня самый лучший подарок !
Оказывается отобрав , а потом вернув ...можно заработать БОЛЬШУЮ благодарность. Потому  как -  БЫЛО ЧТО ТЕРЯТЬ ! Сделали нам всем "козью морду" - дали  понять , кто в этом доме хозяин ! Увы , не мы...! господа товарищи !
Mini me

Writer's Block: It’s the thought that counts

What was the best gift you’ve ever received? Who was it from and what was the occasion?


When my aunt was training to be a nursery nurse, she wrote up the first few months of my life in a school exercise book, illustrated with occasional photos of me as a baby, some with my mum and other family members, and other things (ISTR that there's one of my footprints in there as well). She gave it to me as a present on the occasion of my first wedding. Such a wonderful present to receive.

I have to confess, I'm not 100% sure where it is at the moment. It's, um, in the house *somewhere*.