December 7, 2003
Volume IV - Issue 177
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Signs of Christmas Appearing on SpinDizzy
It's becoming obvious that the Christmas season is upon us. Signs of the season are appearing all over SpinDizzy. Many residents are starting to wear their holdiay garb, and some are even taking on holiday forms.
Patch O'Black, local Jellicle cat, not only has a reindeer form, but has built a wonderful Winter Wonderland area. It has a frozen lake for skating. A nice otter slide, and plenty of snow for snowball fights and building snowmen. Patch is hoping folks will visit. It's at three north, six east, take the path, then go to Jellicle Fields and finally the cold path.
BarterGarter, local gartersnake merchant, has been offering hot chocolate and candy canes at her cart and "Santa" hats are being worn by many. But the most obvious sign of the season is the 2003 SpinDizzy Christmas tree in the Rose Garden. Many folks have taken time to "trim' the tree. As is usual, by the end of the holidays, it will be overloaded with all manner of decorations.
And of course, the holidays are bringing out the good cheer and fellowship that this season is known for, an attitude that most SpinDizzy regulars practice all year round.
Interview with Findra
The idea for an interview column was that I (or someone else on the MUCK) would interview a different Spindizzy character each week. That way, we could all get to know each other better, and learn little-known facts that don't come up in every day conversation. If you'd like to do an interview for next week, go ahead (just be sure to tell me first so I don't do one too!).
Standing before you is an anthropomorphic cartoon rabbit. The first thing you notice is that her soft white fur seems to have a touch of pink, and is offset by her yellow dress. Findra smiles at you as she sees you looking at her, showing her large front teeth which you think make her look cute, but others might think goofy. Two soft ears emerge from the top of her head, one slightly bent downward, and someone has tied two yellow ribbons there to match her dress. Findra's arms end in soft furry hands, which are perhaps a cross between human hands and rabbit's paws. Her dress reaches down to her knees and two shapely legs lead down to her bare feet.
Adara pulls out her handy dandy notebook (just like Steve! Oh no!) and flips to a new page. "Basics first. Name, age..."
Findra chirrrs softly, "Findra Dolphin. 22. =:)"
Findra chirrrs softly, "Um ... yeah. =:)"
Adara hmmms, "That's an interesting last name for someone who isn't a dolphin."
Findra grins. "Well, I started off as a dolphin, but then managed to work out how to turn into a bunny, among other things."
Adara purrs, "That's not a change you see every day. How did that come about?"
Findra chirrrs softly, "I studied with the sea elves a little, and managed to pick up some of their druidic arts. One of them was the ability to change form."
Adara purrs, "And you chose a rabbit?"
Findra nodnods, ears flopping. "They seem to be a form that most people like." =:)
Adara makes more notes, "When and how did you first come to Spindizzy?"
Findra hmms and tries to think back. "It was quite some time ago, right in the early days of SpinDizzy, I think. I came here in September, 1998. I think it was either Austin or Skyler that mentioned the place, and asked if I wanted to come over and check it out."
Adara purrs, "Wow. So you're really like one of the founding fathers of Spindizzy. Or founding mothers, as the case may be. How much of what Spindizzy is today is result of your work- I know you're an administrator here, and probably contributed a lot to the modern look of Spindizzy (I wasn't here back then, but I'm assuming things have changed a bit)."
Findra laughs, "Founding mother? Me? Not really. =:) I didn't really do much when the muck was being formed. I didn't arrive until later on. Mostly, I've only contributed things much more recently."
Adara purrs, "Things such as?"
Findra chirrrs softly, "Oh, well the main one is just looking after the muck's server. I've tried to help out in other ways, like explaining how the Acceptable Use Policy applies to behaviour, and similar sorts of things."
Adara smiles and makes more notes, flipping that particular page over, "What is your favorite thing about Spindizzy?"
Findra grins. "Oh, that's easy. It's the fact that it's small, friendly, and it's not too hard to know everyone else on the muck."
Adara purrs, "Does that make it different from most of the other mucks you've experienced?"
Findra chirrrs softly, "Oh, yes. Mostly the mucks are so big that you can't possible know everyone on them, or so small that most of the time there's no-one else there. SpinDizzy's reached a rather happy medium."
Adara purrs, "I know that a while back, there was talk about recruiting more people on to Spindizzy. Considering what you said about, how do you feel about that?""
Findra chirrrs softly, "I don't think there's a problem with having more people on here. I'd hate to see SpinDizzy become something closer to Furry Muck, though. As long as people understand what it is that makes SpinDizzy special, and respect that, then I'm quite happy. =:)"
Adara checks her watch, "Well, I need to be leaving soon. I'm sorry we can't chat longer. Thank you so much for taking time out to talk with me.
Findra chirrrs softly, "You're most welcome. :) We can carry on some other time, if we see each other about!"
Adara grins, "OK! Thank you again. =)
Gilead's Otterrible Puns
Gilead's Otterrible Jokes:
What bird doesn't know the words?
What do you call a huge, predatory shorebird?
What does the forest do when it gets cold?
What type of tree takes careful tending by otters to survive?
What kind of tree do giant vixens inhabit?
But if they lived in maples, what treat would flow under the bark?
Why don't lobsters ever share?
Why are donkeys stubborn?
What's the most popular license plate frame in the ocean?
How do you make a fish hit the right notes?
Is a tarnished $0.10 coin a dim?
How can you tell Buckingham Palace has the best toilets in the world?
Where do weasels live in college?
Is an ermine with bronchitis a wheeze el?
Is a nerdy tree rat a square el?
Is a rotary linkage in the desert a cam el?
Is a centaur with a sore throat like hoarse, but not hoarse?
If you had two long-nosed procyonidae of equal rank, would they be co-atis?
Where do you keep spikey rodents?
What do you call a giant green deer with bulging muscles?
What do you call a cartoon deer with very slender, effeminate features?
What do you call an immortal monkey?
What do you call a really tiny bull monster?
What do you call a cold horse with a human torso?
What do you call a horse with a human torso on vacation?
How can you tell when a vampire has alergies?
If you give an otter a shave and a haircut while he's asleep, what do you get when he wakes up?
Every other week, I will be calling attention to the new members of our community. (Editor's Note; ...with the permission of each of the new folks featured, of course. Folks who don't want to be featured in this series, will of course, have that wish fufilled.) This is not to embarrass them, but rather I do it in the hopes that it will encourage everyone to give them a special welcome and friendship.
The following members are new to our community as of a week or two ago at most. Please give them a warm welcome and offer assistance if needed. Who knows, you might even make a new friend or two!
Dear Fished out:
Dear Bearing Up,
Dear Bearing up,
Dear Bearing Up,
Dear Bottled Water:
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