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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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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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(no subject) - (Anonymous)
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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