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Date: 2008-09-07 00:19
Subject: it's...!
Security: Public
Location:the utility room in the sky
Mood:cheerfulcheerful
Music:doll by doll
Put up the maypole, string the bunting, roll out the barrel, get some chocolate and Guinness for Lili, mix up a bathtub of daiquiris for Selkie, put a *snigger* decaffeinated teabag in a cup for Thog, and essay the ancient barbershop quartet of greeting (found by Stephen Hawking embedded in the Fibonacci Series) for teacher_bear is among us. Welcome, Dave. Now you can witness first-hand the madness you've previously only heard about from artykat.
teacher_bear almost certainly didn't realise (I have to admit I almost forgot, things have been a bit mad at work and at home this week) but he arrives on an auspicious occasion, for today (tomorrow, for those of you on the other side of the village pond) marks the second anniversary of the foundation of the villages.
Yes, folks, it's Founder's Day.
Here's my first post, weighted with the prescience which has since become such a trademark of the villages, usually in relation to politics. Although, to be fair, this was in the days before I was introduced to LOLcats. It seems a very long time ago, when it was just me and jmward14 and the qnotku and the (still sadly-LJless) OJM. We've come a long way since the days when I didn't even know what ROFLOL meant and I was having panic attacks because I didn't know how to insert italics.
If you'll allow me a moment of maudlin sentimentality, I'll raise a glass to all villagers, whether you take part in the general knockabout or you watch from a distance. I'm proud to be in the company of such a bunch of good people. Here's to you, and all best wishes.
Now let's PARTY!!!!
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RealThog: morans
User: realthog
Date: 2008-09-07 01:13 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:morans

"put a *snigger* decaffeinated teabag in a cup for Thog"

Snigger right back at ya. I'm now officially back on THE REAL STUFF. Over three months now since they made me into Imitation Roadkill[TM], so I'm laying into the Tetley's British Blend with a vengeance!

Jane brought over some Red Bush Tea (not actually tea, but tealike), as featured in the Alexander McCall Smith #1 Ladies' Detective Agency novels (none of which I've read); her reasoning was that it doesn't have caffeine and I should try it. After gagging over the first few gulps, I've come to like it as an occasional alternative and plan to pick some up when we're across for FantasyCon -- it seems unheard-of in the US, despite the massive popularity here of the McCall Smith books. It's about the first Tealike Substance I've ever enjoyed, probably the first.

I'm not the only expat who favours Tetley's British Blend. I happen to know that it's teacher_bear's tipple too -- that is, when he's not at PARTIES like this one, when he's fighting with the Selkster over who gets to jump into the daiquiris first.
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jmward14
User: jmward14
Date: 2008-09-07 02:00 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
There's a good reason why ruriboos isn't terribly popular in the US. Like a lot of herbal infusions, some folks have terrible reactions to it. I'm one of them. Of course, I can't handle medicinal zinc either. Since a lot of folks tout ruriboos as a cold remedy, I suspect the two allergies are related.
Hugs and smiles,
Jean Marie
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RealThog: leavingfortusa
User: realthog
Date: 2008-09-07 02:21 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:leavingfortusa

Says "rooibos" on the pack, but I assume it's the same stuff.

I'm not too sure I go along with your explanation that it's unpopular here because people all over the place are suffering adverse reactions! Human physiology is roughly the same in the UK as it is here, and apparently the stuff's on sale fairly widely there; I doubt this'd be so if a lot of people were having trouble with it.

Not sure about the zinc connection. And of course there's no way to tell. Was it a packeted brand you tried, or something loose?

As I say, I plan to stock up with a few boxes of the bags in the UK, if I get a chance.
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jmward14
User: jmward14
Date: 2008-09-07 04:06 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
I seem to be allergic to zinc supplements in any form--tab, tincture or spray.
It's not the physiology that's different; it's our FDA. That and our rather bizarre definitions of acceptable foodstuffs. You won't find many black currant products here either, because we ripped up all the shrubs in the early part of the 20th century under the mistaken assumption they harbored a pest detrimental to cash crops.
But there's no need to go to the UK to stock up. Most of the big specialty tea companies and a lot of local loose tea shops carry it. Spellings vary, but you can usually tell what it is by its description.
Hugs and smiles,
Jean Marie
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RealThog
User: realthog
Date: 2008-09-07 04:49 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)

"It's not the physiology that's different; it's our FDA."

Yeah, true. The controls are stricter over there.
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RealThog: morans
User: realthog
Date: 2008-09-07 02:34 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:morans

"And there's the fact that it just plain tastes nasty."

It tastes pretty good, one you get used to it.

If you have a sophisticated palate, that is.

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(no subject) - (Anonymous)
RealThog: new writings in the fantastic
User: realthog
Date: 2008-09-07 02:38 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:new writings in the fantastic
"Says the man who finds haggis a delicacy.
And with that, I'm off to eat my bright orange Kraft mac-n-cheez."

My case is proven.

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jmward14
User: jmward14
Date: 2008-09-07 04:10 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
There is that. Of course, after surviving a childhood of my mother's cooking, I determined very early that if it tastes bad it's bad for you. She and the Army certainly provided enough examples of that immutable law--as my juvenile medical records can attest.
Funny thing, once I allowed to forage for myself, I never had another hospitalization for, um, "stomach problems".
Hugs and grins,
Jean Marie
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(no subject) - (Anonymous)
RealThog: morans
User: realthog
Date: 2008-09-07 02:22 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:morans

Well! You simply have not given it a proper try.

Too immersed in daiquiris, I have no doubt.
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RealThog: leavingfortusa
User: realthog
Date: 2008-09-07 02:32 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:leavingfortusa

For all your talk of hurling, here are a few salient facts:

a) Rooibos is a fuck of a sight more palatable than Lipton's decaff;

b) Rooibos is a fuck of a sight more palatable than Lipton's decaff Green;

c) Rooibos is a fucking fuck of a sight more palatable than Bromley's decaff;

d) Rooibos is a fuck of a sight more palatable than Bromley's decaff Gree;

e) Rooibos is a fuck of a sight more palatable than whatever decaff muck it was they served me as decaff tea in the hospital;

f) Rooibos is at least comparable with the English Tea Store Decaff Irish Breakfast wot my pal Bill DeSmedt very generously sent me -- quite how generously I realized when I went to their site and discovered I couldn't afford to buy more;

g) Rooibos is not a fuck of a sight more palatable than the Sainsburys Red Label Decaff that Jane also brought with her -- how can it be that a UK supermarket chain can produce relatively inexpensive decaff that tastes pretty damn' close to The Real Thing while it's beyond the might of the US Industrial Behemoth to do the same?

I think we should be told.
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RealThog: leavingfortusa
User: realthog
Date: 2008-09-07 02:42 (UTC)
Subject: (no subject)
Keyword:leavingfortusa

As I say, I'd never prefer it to Proper Tea, but it's an acceptable enough alternative (once you get used to it; see original note) that I plan to keep some around as an occasional alternative.

My initial reaction was indeed that the stuff was pukerama; but that's what I thought the first time I tried scotch.
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