November 28, 2004
Volume V - Issue 227
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Local balloons save parade
Disaster was averted this week as the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade got underway. As thousands of anxious parade watchers lined the streets to see the show, there was trouble behind the scenes.
As the parade was starting to get underway, the famous Charlie Brown chasing the football float (pictured above) and its accompanying football float sprang serious leaks. Being one of the crowd favorites, balloon technicians worked feverishly to repair the broken seams. But with the scheduled start of the parade only minutes away, it seemed that it would have to go on without the beloved float.
The other balloon floats were obviously concerned, and knowing that local balloons, Dolly and Beltrami, were watching the parade, signaled the SpinDizzy residents that their help was needed.
Quickly notifying Brenda, local part-time giant balloon cougar, they gathered together and (don't ask how,) went to the site of the parade. Dolly and Beltrami used some balloon magic to form themselves into the Charlie Brown and football floats, and Brenda was asked to join the parade to add an extra bit of spice to it.
Handlers learned quickly that they were there for show with the "SpinDizzy" floats, as they were fully capable of steering themselves and starting and stopping on cue. Dolly and Beltrami's "disquises" were almost perfect, although the TV comentators did make note of how lifelike the balloon cougar's fur appeared.
All three balloons made their way through the parade route without incident, and organizers expressed their deepest thanks. All three have been asked to appear in next year's parade as themselves. Dolly, Beltrami and Brenda said they were glad to help, and flattered by the offer. They said they would consider the offer for next year.
Kits Help Repair Jellicle Levels in Spindizzy
Spindizzy residents who spent their Sunday evening in the Rose Garden may have noticed that PatchO’Black, local jellicle cat, had lower jellicle levels than usual- so low, in fact, that he was beginning to fade altogether.
Elissa, local vixen kit, Zach, local human pre-teen, Mugen, local kitsune kit, and Mosi, local meerkit, decided to do something about it.
They were unsure of what “jellicle” meant, but they felt it must have something to do with the similar sounding word “jell-o”. So the kits decided to create a jell-o kitty in hopes that it would bring Patchy’s jellicle levels up.
Elissa found a cookbook with a jell-o recipe in it, and the kits managed to trudge through it as best they could, confusing the term ‘tbsp’ for a teaspoon, and using slightly dirty water from the fountain. They set the resulting mixture on a block of ice, hoping it would freeze in time to help Patch out before he disappeared completely.
Things looked hopeless, as it was obvious that the jell-o would not gel in time to help the jellicle cat. But KevMan, local bi-breed and father of Mosi, used magic to secretly set the jell-o mixture in record time.
The kits offered it to PatchO’Black, who instantly began to fade back in. As the kits rejoiced, Patchy informed them that it had not been the jell-o that had given his jellicleness back, but rather the love and concern of the little kits.
Once fully healed, Patch rewarded them all with some ice cream from his jellicle fields. Another jellicle disaster had once again been thwarted.
Pun war erupts
Windwhistler, local centaur, was in the Rose Garden one day when he told all concerned he was thinking of opening up a centaur themed tavern. Needless to say, this triggered a punwar.
Windwhistler "I was thinking of opening a centaur themed tavern."
Thankfully, no injuries were reported.
Gilead's Winter Wasteland of Puns
Q: How does an otter stay warm in frigid weather?
Q: How do snake "ladies of the evening" keep warm all winter?
Q: Why didn't birds fight consistently for the North in the American Civil War?
Q: Why don't snowshoe hares, arctic foxes, and ermines ever join the Klan?
Q: What did the Ottoman Empire do for Thanksgiving?
Q: What did the Otter Empire do for Thanksgiving?
Q: How do bears celebrate the winter holidays?
Q: What are coatis most thankful for around Thanksgiving?
Q: Who brings presents to the barn for Christmas?
Q: How do wild canidae mothers keep their cubs warm in the winter?
Q: How do cats stay warm in the winter?
Q: How do red pandas stay warm in the winter?
Q: What do arctic foxes use to add flavor to their gourmet sauces?
Q: Why couldn't the winter bear find the point x=3, y=7?
Q: What eats penguins and falls apart?
Q: Why are penguins so great at pool parties?
Q: Why did the arctic fox's new car go out of control and fall off a cliff?
Q: Why was the car replaced free of charge?
News from Duma Mountain, or, Spotty Journalism
Spindizzy's weekly Bardic Circle (Poetry/Filk gather) met Friday, November 26, at 7:00pm Spindizzy time, in a Quiet Garden, moderated by Ray. In attendance at varying times were: Elizabeth, Slug, Nogitsune, Alair, Alicia, Adara, Gilead, Elericia, Roofus_roo, Stormsong, Windwhistler, and PatchO'Black.
Ray opened the session, reading "Twas the night of Thanksgiving" ( No author credited), in response to a request for a poem about "Turkey birds." He then read an original filk, titled, "Anime Eyes (Or, the Fanboy's Lament)" ( Original song Ebony Eyes by Bob Welch ). Ray then followed that with a pair of original poems, titled "The Vigil," and "Vigil's End." Gilead then read "Frustration," by Dorothy Fess Parker.
Adara changed the mood with a fey poem, titled, "Stolen Child." Elizabeth followed that by singing "Moondance," by Van Morrison. Gilead then sang, "Tonight and the Rest of my Life," by Nina Gordon, which he followed presently with a ribald limerick. Ray then sand a filk, titled, "I Fought the Borg" (to the tune of "I Fought the Law"), by Ellen Edgerton.
Stormsong then recited a brand-new, untitled poem, freshly-writ, about love. Elizabeth followed that by reading Robert Frost's "The Freedom of the Moon." Ray read another, original poem, titled, "Virtual Riches." At that point, PatchO'Black arrived, and Ray sang "Jellicle Fields Forever" ( Original music and lyrics by Lennon/McCartney). At that point, the moderator excused himself, ending the official session, to continue informally as attending furs might desire.
The next session will be Friday, December 3, from 7:00pm to 9:00pm Spindizzy time (luge N5 W4, [B]asalt [P]illars, [E]nter [P]ortal). All are welcome, either to read or just to listen. Check the eventlist for more details.
In related news...
Friday, December 10, in lieu of the usual Bardic Circle, Elizabeth and Ray will be hosting a Winter Holiday Dinner Party at Gepard Manor, in Keresztulerdo. Details will appear in the eventlist, and also on the Bulletin Board. Everyfur is welcome; this will be an open-house event. Hope to see you there!
This week in history
It was suggested (see below,) that we show headlines from years back. So lets give it a try. Click on the links if you'd like to go back and read the story.
Spindizzy WorldJournal: A livejournal experience
Notes from the SpinDizzy Live Journal Community
Remember, user names on the Live Journal forum may be different than those of characters here.
Newspaper Circulation Report
@Action News, SpinDizzy's weekly paper, apparently has a fairly healthy circulation, so we figured we'd show just how healthy it is.
Each week, as long as there's room. I'll show the 'hit graph' for the @Action News website.
Welcome to the latest edition of Bearing up, the advice column where Ba'ar (That's me!) has answers to your most challenging questions.
Dear Bearing Up:
Dear. T. Turkey:
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Dear D. Emocrat:
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Dear Bearing Up, There's this balloon girl I really like, but I'm not sure how to ask her out on a date. Any suggestions?
Dear H. Elium: Get her HIGH and then ask her.
Remember possums (to steal a term from Dame Edna ;-D), if you have any questions, please page mail me (Ba'ar) online or send mail to email@example.com . Thanks.
This week, Argon asked, "I'm doing a survey for @Action News. With Thanksgiving this week, what is it you are thankful for?"
Notices and Corrections
The Doze Garden
A side effect of Macros and Thanksgiving feasts.
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