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message 1: by Joy H. (last edited Mar 05, 2011 11:33AM) (new)

Joy H. (joyofglensfalls) | 172 comments This is an ongoing topic for general chit-chat, in other words, for conversations which might be off-topic in other areas of this group. It will be an ONGOING topic so that it will keep on going even when the subjects change.

Our moderator, Jackie, approved this idea. (See Message #7 below.)

Members can feel free to jump in and add their ideas to the conversation any time. We might think of it as a comfortable lounge.

PS - It's OK to mention TV shows in this thread but any extensive conversation about them should take place at the specific group topic.

message 2: by Joy H. (last edited Mar 05, 2011 05:57AM) (new)

Joy H. (joyofglensfalls) | 172 comments So let's start off with the latest new item around here. Some of us have just learned a new coding to use for spoilers. We've been having fun with this in another topic here called "Suggestions". (You might go there to find out how to use the coding.) It's at:
(See Messages #3 and #5.)*

OR click on "(some html is ok)" above the comment box. That will show you a sample of the "spoiler" coding.

*Jackie explained it this way:
The way to do it, for those that do not know is the same as for italics or bold. Just insert the word 'spoiler' where the 'i' or 'b' would be.
Like this, but with no spaces: < spoiler > ____ spoiler >

Anyway, here's an off-topic message for Michael from Minneapolis:
(view spoiler) (g)

message 3: by Michael (new)

Michael | 422 comments To be honest, I have to say that I (view spoiler)

message 4: by Joy H. (last edited Mar 03, 2011 10:23PM) (new)

Joy H. (joyofglensfalls) | 172 comments LOL ! You surprised me!
Well, Michael, I'll be honest with you too... (view spoiler) (lol)

(view spoiler)

(view spoiler)

message 5: by Robyn (new)

Robyn (roxy_nj) | 2775 comments Joy - thanks! I've noticed the new spoiler technique & have been wondering about it!

message 6: by Joy H. (new)

Joy H. (joyofglensfalls) | 172 comments You're welcome, Roxy. Nice to meet you.

BTW, I noticed that in your profile you said: "Despite my love of reading I seem to be incapable of expanding my vocabulary. In other words....I suck at describing books."

I've always felt at a disadvantage trying to find the right words when expressing myself. My advice to you is to keep practicing. The more you practice, the better you'll get. I can see myself improving all the time now that I'm doing so much communiciating online. I guess I'm a late-bloomer. :)

Actually, I find that I can express myself better in writing than by talking. Writing gives me a chance to think about what I want to say. And the more I write, the better I talk. At least I feel that way. It all boils down to practice.

There's one specific hint I can give you. When you're searching your mind for the right word, go to the following website:
That website supplies you with all the synonyms you need. After using that website for a while, you'll find your vocabulary expanding by leaps and bounds.

For example, look at all the words you could substitute for the word "wonderful":
Scroll down at that page and you'll get all sorts of ideas. Years ago we had to go to a book to find synonyms. These days they are right at our fingertips. And soon you will find that they are on the tip of your tongue!

Sorry to sound preachy but I'm just passing down what I've learned from my own experience. Practice does work!

message 7: by Jackie (new)

Jackie (thelastwolf) | 4961 comments I like the idea of an ongoing thread. Many of our topics go off on tangents too, I like the natural course of a conversation.

Why don't you retitle this thread 'Ongoing Chit Chat' or something like that and move it in the General Folder?

message 8: by Joy H. (last edited Mar 03, 2011 10:17PM) (new)

Joy H. (joyofglensfalls) | 172 comments OK, Jackie, I'll do that. It's a good idea. I like the new title. I might edit Message #1 a bit so that it will serve as an opening comment.

message 9: by Joy H. (new)

Joy H. (joyofglensfalls) | 172 comments Jackie, I've now moved the topic into the General folder. I hope folks will find it and enjoy participating.

message 10: by Jackie (new)

Jackie (thelastwolf) | 4961 comments Me too.

message 11: by Joy H. (last edited Mar 04, 2011 10:12AM) (new)

Joy H. (joyofglensfalls) | 172 comments I thought I'd take some time here to introduce myself. It may seem to some that I've suddenly barged in with lots of comments and nobody knows where I came from. :)

The background story is that Jackie has been a long time contributor to my own group and I've grown to appreciate her intelligence and her communication skills. In fact, Jackie and I have met each other in person 3 times in the past. So when she recently mentioned that she had become moderator of this TV group, I thought I'd take a look. I liked what I saw!

I'm 76 years old and my husband and I are both retired. I stay home a lot, especially in cold weather. So naturally I enjoy communicating online. I've been online since 1995 and originally started communicating online via the newsgroups. In fact I was online with the original Network before the Web became available to most people. So I've had a lot of experience online and have been a moderator of various groups in the past. I was a Special Contributor to the old Prodigy Bulletin Boards in the 1990s.

Anyway, that's my story. I look forward to getting to know the fun people in this group. I do watch a lot of TV, but lately I've been having trouble finding shows I like. So maybe you all can stimulate my interest in some of the new shows.

message 12: by Eileen (new)

Eileen I was looking around and maybe I missed it but I was wondering does anyone watch Castle? I love this show. If you do I have a question to ask about last weeks episode.

(view spoiler)

message 13: by Susan (new)

Susan Eileen !!
I watch Castle and I thought for SURE when they were freezing...
but nooooooooooooooooooo - they make us hang on for NEXT years episodes !

altho the NEW boyfriend is hunky ! ( I remember him as "Coop" CUPID on the TV show Charmed! )

message 14: by Joy H. (new)

Joy H. (joyofglensfalls) | 172 comments Eileen, this group is discussing Castle at the following link:

message 15: by Eileen (new)

Eileen Hi Ark! See you over at the other thread and we can discuss Castle.

Joy..thanks, heading over there.

message 16: by Jackie (new)

Jackie (thelastwolf) | 4961 comments Thanks for message #14, Joy. I was absent for a few hours due to a much needed nap. After reading til 5am last night, the town's snow removal crew at 7am with it's BOOM BOOM of the payloader and the BEEP BEEP of said payloader backing up had me awakened far too early, lol

Eileen and Ark, enjoy the Castle discussion. I myself do not partake....have fun.

message 17: by Joy H. (new)

Joy H. (joyofglensfalls) | 172 comments You're welcome, Jackie. Do you think I should add words to the title of this topic which would qualify it as a non-TV and non-movie topic? I'm afraid I've started a Pandora's Box here. :)

If so, what words would be best?
Suggestion: "ONGOING Chit-Chat (non-TV/non-movie)"

message 18: by Susan (new)

Susan For anyone who watches Blue Bloods is a repeat tonight!! :(

message 19: by Jackie (new)

Jackie (thelastwolf) | 4961 comments I would leave it. The group is centered around TV so I would expect TV talk. But I think you should make the decision as to how you want it, and how it should be worded. I trust your judgement.

message 20: by Holli (last edited Mar 04, 2011 02:33PM) (new)

Holli If I might chime in here.... wouldn't ongoing for TV be what we do in the individual TV show threads themselves already? i don't feel we need a separate thread for that. If you want to have a thread for Chit-Chat that isn't TV related you can do that here.... that sounds good to me.....

message 21: by Joy H. (new)

Joy H. (joyofglensfalls) | 172 comments Jackie wrote: "Now I'm thinking....maybe two topics, ongoing for TV and ongoing for non-TV."

Wouldn't that start more duplication of conversations or, shall I say, parallel conversations, some within the Ongoing topic and some at the specific topic?

I was hoping this Chit-Chat topic would be about subjects other than TV, just as the Constant Reader GR group has a "lounge" for subjects other than books. See the CR group here:
They call the lounge a "Salon".

For now, I'll leave this topic as it is. I'll try to suggest appropriate links when needed. We can always shut the topic down if duplication keeps occurring.

message 22: by Jackie (new)

Jackie (thelastwolf) | 4961 comments Ok, then, just the one topic. You'll have to edit the title to specify 'non TV'

message 23: by Holli (new)

Holli I changed the title to Non-TV Talk.... how's that? :)

message 24: by Joy H. (last edited Mar 04, 2011 02:40PM) (new)

Joy H. (joyofglensfalls) | 172 comments Hi Holli! I like the words "non-TV related". Should I add that to the title of this thread?
What do you both think?

message 25: by Holli (new)

Holli There you go....

message 26: by Joy H. (new)

Joy H. (joyofglensfalls) | 172 comments Thanks, Holli! That should do it. LOL
I like the new title for this topic: "Non-TV Related Talk".
Excellent! Very clear and concise.

message 27: by Joy H. (new)

Joy H. (joyofglensfalls) | 172 comments Holli wrote: "I changed the title to Non-TV Talk.... how's that? :)"

That would be fine too. Use whichever title you think best. This group is YOUR baby. :)

message 28: by Joy H. (new)

Joy H. (joyofglensfalls) | 172 comments Susan wrote: "For anyone who watches Blue Bloods is a repeat tonight!! :("

I tried to find a topic named "Blue Bloods" at this group, but didn't find one. Does anyone know if there is one? If so, what is the link?

message 29: by Joy H. (last edited Mar 04, 2011 03:26PM) (new)

Joy H. (joyofglensfalls) | 172 comments PS - Maybe there should be a general topic named something like:
"Having trouble finding a topic about your show in this group?"

I'll go now and make this suggestion in the Suggestion topic.

message 30: by Jackie (last edited Mar 04, 2011 03:49PM) (new)

Jackie (thelastwolf) | 4961 comments I don't know why it doesn't show up in the search box but I went through the Drama section and found it in less than 15 seconds on my own.

message 31: by Joy H. (new)

Joy H. (joyofglensfalls) | 172 comments Hurray, Jackie! You found the "Blue Bloods" topic! :)

I wonder why it didn't show up via the GR search application.

I didn't know it would be in the Drama section. I'm not familiar with that show.

message 32: by Holli (new)

Holli What shows do you watch Joy?

message 33: by Jackie (last edited Mar 04, 2011 05:27PM) (new)

Jackie (thelastwolf) | 4961 comments I'm familiar with it's genre because I watch it. For those that watch any particular show generally know the genre and can find their show in the newly cleaned folders.

I don't know why the search isn't working on this particular show. If it becomes a major issue I'll contact GR about it. I've got other issues going on with them at the moment and don't want to flood them too much and be annoying in the process, lol

message 34: by Joy H. (last edited Mar 04, 2011 05:31PM) (new)

Joy H. (joyofglensfalls) | 172 comments Holli wrote: "What shows do you watch Joy?"

Holli, that's a TV related question! LOL

What a revoltin' development THIS is! LOL
(That saying is from a 1940s radio show called "The Life of Riley". I'm showing my age!)

I know what I'll do! I'll list some of the shows I watch inside the following "spoiler" coding:

(view spoiler)

Holli, tell me a little about yourself. I see from your profile that you're from Texas. I also see that you like "books that contain insights into people". That's a good way to put it. I too like that sort of thing. That's usually why I like books told in the first person because you can learn what's going on in the character's head.

A great book for that sort of thing is The Master by Colm Tóibín, a fictionalized biography of Henry James. While it's not in the first person, the narrator tells the story as if he knows Henry James' inner thoughts. It's a great read. Below is a link to my review:

message 35: by Jackie (new)

Jackie (thelastwolf) | 4961 comments Joy wrote: Holli, that's a TV related question! LOL

LOL, you're soon find that pretty much every topic around here will lead to TV. We are TV addicts and freely admit it, hahaha

message 36: by Joy H. (new)

Joy H. (joyofglensfalls) | 172 comments My TV keeps me company. It's a window on the world for me. Even though I don't watch some of the latest sitcoms or series, sooner of later I manage to find programs that interest me. Sometimes it takes a lot of looking around or waiting. I have to admit that I often complain that there are not enough programs which I truly enjoy. I HATE the reality shows.

message 37: by Jackie (new)

Jackie (thelastwolf) | 4961 comments You and me both, I detest reality shows. I'm into escapism which is why I prefer scifi or fantasy series, then drama. I can't stand american sitcoms either.
I'm watching Smallville right now and then Supernatural.

message 38: by Joy H. (last edited Mar 04, 2011 07:32PM) (new)

Joy H. (joyofglensfalls) | 172 comments I just realized, after looking up "Smallville" at Netflix, that it's about Superman. Wow, it's in its 10th season.

message 39: by Joy H. (new)

Joy H. (joyofglensfalls) | 172 comments PS-I guess it's OK to mention TV shows, as long as we don't get too involved with them. :) It's like being on a diet.

message 40: by Jackie (last edited Mar 04, 2011 08:20PM) (new)

Jackie (thelastwolf) | 4961 comments 10th and final season. It's a lot better than I thought it would be. I didn't watch it when it first premiered because I didn't think it would last. Was I ever wrong! My nephew loaned me 9 seasons last year so I could catch up; he knows I like comicbook heroes and said I would like it. He was right.

And getting to look at Tom Welling is a bonus.

message 41: by Stacy (new)

Stacy (sjhensley) | 928 comments There is a movie debuting on Lifetime this Monday with Heather Locklear. It's called "He Loves Me" and it looks really good!

message 42: by Jackie (new)

Jackie (thelastwolf) | 4961 comments Stacy, what's it about? The synopsis area for it at imdb is empty. Which Lifetime? The original Lifetime or Lifetime Movie Network?

message 43: by Joy H. (last edited Mar 05, 2011 05:46AM) (new)

Joy H. (joyofglensfalls) | 172 comments Tom Welling is a good looking boy!

I see that the release date for "He Loves Me" is March 7.
Heather Locklear, 49, plays "Laura, a real estate agent with a very dark hidden life..."
From article at:

PS-The article linked above says that Locklear will wear a "$4,000 Giorgio Armani suit in the opening scene".

Now WHO needs a 4,000 dollar suit! That's outrageous when our county has so many homeless people and people in poverty or without jobs. I can't understand such extravagance. But there's no way to regulate such things. It's free country. But the average people can complain loudly. Then maybe the fashion industry will be ashamed to brag about their expensive clothing! Don't forget how the environmentalists made fur coats look bad! OK, I'll get down from my soapbox! :)

message 44: by Jackie (new)

Jackie (thelastwolf) | 4961 comments Might be interesting... and I always liked Heather Locklear.

message 45: by Holli (new)

Holli Joy, I'm actually from California. We moved to Dallas a year ago with my boyfriend's job. I do love books that contain insights into how people think so thanks for the recommendation!

message 46: by Stacy (new)

Stacy (sjhensley) | 928 comments "He Loves Me" is on regular Lifetime. I think it sounds really interesting!

"By all appearances in “He Loves Me,” Laura (Heather Locklear) believes she leads an idyllic life. She’s a successful Seattle real estate agent, presumably happily married to one of the city’s leading cardiologists and mother to their darling six-year-old daughter. When Laura begins to suspect her husband is cheating on her, she is devastated by his infidelity, despite having a torrid affair of her own. While she desperately tries to save her marriage, Laura’s mysterious past begins to emerge, making her more paranoid, delusional and violent in alarming ways. As her mental state continues to unravel, whoever gets in the way of Laura’s myriad of fantasies becomes expendable — no matter who they are — revealing the shocking dream world that insulates her from reality."

message 47: by Stacy (new)

Stacy (sjhensley) | 928 comments It almost sounds like a Black Swan type movie without the ballet and the lesbian porn!

message 48: by Joy H. (new)

Joy H. (joyofglensfalls) | 172 comments Holli, what part of CA did you move from?

When I compared our books, I saw that you have _The Master_ on your to-read shelf. So you will probably read it eventually.

message 49: by Jackie (new)

Jackie (thelastwolf) | 4961 comments Stacy wrote: It almost sounds like a Black Swan type movie

Maybe I won't be watching it then. I didn't care for Black Swan all that much. Surely not enough to watch something similar.

Thank you for the synopsis, Stacy, it helps in choosing what to watch.

message 50: by Joy H. (new)

Joy H. (joyofglensfalls) | 172 comments About "He Loves Me" and "Laura’s myriad of fantasies" and "the shocking dream world" (See Message #46), I have to say that I don't enjoy dream sequences in films or books. I like to stick to the straight plot.

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