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Today's thought for the day... [Oct. 25th, 2007|08:47 am]
terribleturnip
Some people are so self-centered that it's a wonder they don't create their own black hole.



Can't you people get anything right? I'm a veteran of our small town weekly paper -- I've been featured as a personal chef, for my work with greyhound adoption, and of course, each year they run something on Scary Perry. And each time there's usually a boner. That the adoption fee is $95 instead of $195, some paraphrasing of what I said that usually winds up making me sound as if I failed Freshman Grammar. (And I know it's not me. Really. I've done a lot of TV interviews and done interviews for books and larger papers -- I give good soundbite.)

But this last one...jeez. Admittedly, I'm already annoyed, because the Gazette photographer couldn't come to take the picture when the kids were home from school, and really, the picture is way more interesting with kids, plus they get such a kick out of it, whereas I'm a bit jaded.

Even if I try to ignore the errors of fact in the article -- like saying that the event is monitored by the police and volunteer fire department (which it's NOT), spelling Dr. Jeckyll wrong, jumping back and forth between using Perry Avenue and Perry Street, that there's a house with a fire dancer (which there was once, several years ago...and if the Fire Department wasn't having apolexy before, they are now..) and several other minor things...

Then he quotes me as saying "For all the work, it's so much better than trick-or-treating in the mall." No. The line is "we do it so that kids will have a safe place to trick or treat the way WE did. We think that trick-or-treating in the mall is just sad." I know. I've been giving this interview for six years. And since I'm used to being misquoted and as misquotes go, that's not THAT bad. Except that the next one is "The day of and beforehand...it seems like you're doing all this work for just a three hours of festival."

"For a three hour event" my friend, that's what I said. (Because I hear the theme from Gilligan's Island every time I say it.) And I always use "as if you're doing" becaues "like" is a pet peeve of mine. And "a three house of festival?" Even if someone talks that...wouldn't you fix the grammar so that it didn't look as if you interviewed the moron of the block? I'm not even going to piss and moan about how you messed up the noun and verb agreement in the rest of the quote, since you did it to my neighbor who's a VOA reporter and I know he gives fabulous and grammatically correct soundbite for a living.

And some of you are thinking "well, look at you, missy, complaining about press coverage!" And you're right, I'd give my left nut (if I hadn't lost it in that hand of poker, sigh) for that kind of coverage for Virginia Faire but the thing is, we don't WANT any coverage. Why?

If you've ever harbored the desire to find out what 4200 pieces of Halloween candy looks like...it's in my living room. (To be fair, that includes what I bought for a neighbor and the 1000-piece neighborhood back up supply, because the new people NEVER believe us when we say 1200-1600 pieces...)

Hmm. And my horoscope today did say something about how I shouldn't whine so much....
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[User Picture]From: thatliardiego
2007-10-25 01:33 pm (UTC)
Hey, they spelled your name right.

And love the hair...

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[User Picture]From: terribleturnip
2007-10-25 07:24 pm (UTC)
It was raining. And I need a haircut. And...oh, hell, at least I have lipstick on this time. Last time I was in the Post, the first comment out of my mother's mouth was: they couldn't even give you a few minutes to run in and put on some lipstick?
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[User Picture]From: thatliardiego
2007-10-25 07:26 pm (UTC)
YOUR MOM is so supportive.
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From: pyrateatlarge
2007-10-25 02:36 pm (UTC)
Lemme see if I understand what you've said. . . that you and some kids are giving away Hallowe'en candy at VARF because the mall festival is only three hours long?

(ducking)
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[User Picture]From: terribleturnip
2007-10-25 07:22 pm (UTC)
You can run, but you can't hide. On the other hand, you could rum and then you wouldn't need to hide....
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[User Picture]From: madam_macaw
2007-10-25 02:57 pm (UTC)
I agree. I was in the hospital with MRSA (the hospital version) so I know a "little" bit about it and I can't tell you how many news stories I heard on TV and the radio that were utterly ridiculous!
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[User Picture]From: skivee
2007-10-25 06:22 pm (UTC)

Those Bastards

Anybody who says that all publicity is good publicity hasn't been misquoted in some rag to the point of sounding like you be graduating from Camp Christopher really soon.
By the way, did you know that I am a classically trained guitarist, and that there is no admission fee to see me play at MDRF? No, REALLY! I read it in the paper.
You already knew that the Jousters at the renaissance fair use fake lances that break on que, right?
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[User Picture]From: terribleturnip
2007-10-25 07:25 pm (UTC)

Re: Those Bastards

And see, by classically trained, I just assumed they meant "beaten with sticks whenever you played the wrong note." Or is my German showing again....
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[User Picture]From: thatliardiego
2007-10-25 07:27 pm (UTC)

Re: Those Bastards

No, sometimes we just beat him with sticks for the hell of it.
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[User Picture]From: skivee
2007-10-25 07:29 pm (UTC)

Re: Those Bastards

In truth I made the mistake of telling a reporter that much of my guitar playing is influenced by my love of classical music...symphonic music; Not like the classical guitar stuff that Greg plays so well.
And when I was beaten, it was with clubs.
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[User Picture]From: thatliardiego
2007-10-25 11:47 pm (UTC)

Re: Those Bastards

I was beaten with spades and it rubbed off.

HAH! Steal THAT joke! I dare you! I double dare you! I triple-dog dare you!

Showbiz, baybee! Tip the veal!
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[User Picture]From: ferlonda
2007-10-26 03:35 pm (UTC)
We've had a number of articles written about us and our music and it's always, always... wrong in some incredibly stupid way. One guy- really nice, brought a tape recorder and everything- managed to get everything wrong, including my name mis-spelled and said a friend of mine was my sister (I have a sister but not that friend, not that I mind having another one but...), that my dad was French (nope- English and Heinz 57), my mom was American (nope, French and American) and then listed a number of the songs we sing, calling them chanties and of course not one of them was. Promotional material is often pretty wrong- my favorite mistake was the woman in England who was so excited that I played the saw. The gurdy was just not enough to alleviate her disappointment.
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