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Title: Haids' Thread
Post by: tessspoon on September 24, 2010, 09:15:38 AM
I decided that Haids needs her own thread, because she's been a great addition to this forum, is just awesome in general, and I'm always looking forward to her getting on and posting with me. :D

So yeah, this thread's for you and whatever you want to do with it. ;D
Title: Re: Haids' Thread
Post by: kindofdoon on September 24, 2010, 09:22:40 AM
Yay for Haids! :jester:
Title: Re: Haids' Thread
Post by: Enchantermon on September 24, 2010, 09:27:27 AM
Indeed! Haids = awesome.
Title: Re: Haids' Thread
Post by: waltzdancing on September 24, 2010, 10:00:27 AM
Hooray for Haids. I think she was one of the first people I befriended on the forum.
Title: Re: Haids' Thread
Post by: kindofdoon on September 24, 2010, 10:02:01 AM
Same here. Haids was my first friend on the forums.
Title: Re: Haids' Thread
Post by: writerlove on September 24, 2010, 11:19:52 AM
Hailey is a nice gal and serves the recognition for it! (although, for some odd reason, for a minute I thought her name was Stephanie :P) Don't ask me why. I have noooo clue. But anyway, she's great :D
Title: Re: Haids' Thread
Post by: Haids1987 on September 24, 2010, 12:05:06 PM
Wow!  I'm honored!  I didn't realize I was "have her own thread" material. ;]  Thanks, all! 

Title: Re: Haids' Thread
Post by: crayauchtin on September 24, 2010, 12:18:45 PM
Doesn't Haids kind of already have a thread in regards to her upcoming wedding to B'rrr? :P
Title: Re: Haids' Thread
Post by: Haids1987 on September 24, 2010, 12:24:04 PM
Psh!  Psh!  Some wedding planner you are, the thread has been sleeping for months!
Title: Re: Haids' Thread
Post by: crayauchtin on September 24, 2010, 12:26:28 PM
That's because I'm planning! :P
Title: Re: Haids' Thread
Post by: Haids1987 on September 24, 2010, 12:27:29 PM
Lame excuse. If you're not careful I'll let Deloria plan it. :pokerface:
Title: Re: Haids' Thread
Post by: snabbott on September 24, 2010, 12:35:29 PM
Yay!

The wedding thread is just not the same as having her own personal thread.
Title: Re: Haids' Thread
Post by: tessspoon on September 24, 2010, 12:37:08 PM
The wedding thread is about... the wedding.

This thread is about whatever she wants to make it about. :P
Title: Re: Haids' Thread
Post by: crayauchtin on September 24, 2010, 12:40:17 PM
The wedding thread is about... the wedding.

This thread is about whatever she wants to make it about. :P
Ok, see, that is a solid argument.
Title: Re: Haids' Thread
Post by: Haids1987 on September 24, 2010, 05:58:19 PM
'Kay so, in honor of my thread, I decided to fill out one of those lame email surverys so my fellow Questers can learn some things about me they didn't know before.  Like:

Name: Hailey
Sex: Chica
Birth date: May 9th, 1987
Location: A Seattle 'burb you've never heard of
Height: 5'8 (do you visulaize me that tall? :P)
Eye color: Brown
Hair color: Brown
What does your name mean: "English surname meaning 'of the hayfield.'" Laaaame!
Favorite TV shows: I love Friends, How I Met Your Mother, and The Office
Favorite drink: Snickers Mocha :smitten:
Favorite colors: Pink and pink.  Or, if I'm Julia Roberts in Steel Magnolias, "Blush and bashful."
Favorite smell: Downy fabric softener and lilacs
Where do you see yourself in 10 years: Married to Rob and having lots of Questing babies. ;)
First thought in the morning: "What time is it?!"
Do you get motion sickness: Yeah, but not so bad that it's frightening to ride with me on a roller coaster. :X
Future son names: Gabriel, Alexander (yeah!  True story!)
Future daughter names: Annaleighsa, Lucy, Dierdre
What do you drive: An '02 Hyndai Elantra named Josie
Do you sleep with a stuffed animal: Yep!  My old, faded, noseless Care Bear named Tenderheart.
What is your zodiac sign: Taurus, the Bull.  Rawr.
If you could have any occupation when you get older, what would it
be:
I wanna be a librarian!
If you could have a tattoo, what and where would it be: Dude, I have five!  A lamp post; a Care Bear riding a My Little Pony; a Golden Snitch; a butterfly; and "Aslan is on the move" on my foot. :yes:
What is your favorite quote: "Lord, what fools these mortals be!" -Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream
What’s on your walls in your room: A Disneyland poster!
Which one, Coke or Pepsi: Pepsi!
Which kind of milk is your favorite: Ugggghhhh, I hate milk.  Didn't know that, didja?  8)
Are you a righty, lefty, or ambidextrous: Righty
Who is your biggest crush right now: Alexander of Daventry!!!
Nickname: Haids
Do you Drink: Yep.  
Best friends online/offline: My forum friends here at TSL!  <3 you guys!
Favorite Movies: Moulin Rouge, Romeo and Juliet, The Princess Bride, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, 101 Dalmatians
Favorite Holiday: Halloween!   :pumpkin:
Title: Re: Haids' Thread
Post by: kindofdoon on September 24, 2010, 06:01:13 PM
Future son names: Gabriel, Alexander (yeah!  True story!)

OMG. Amazing idea!
Title: Re: Haids' Thread
Post by: Delling on September 27, 2010, 11:58:05 AM
Congrats on your thread, Haids! :D Also, thanks again for mine! :)

Wow!  I'm honored!  I didn't realize I was "have her own thread" material. ;]  Thanks, all! 


Aww, silly, of course, you're "have your own thread" material! :)

First thought in the morning: "What time is it?!"
Yup... lately it's been late in the morning...

Do you sleep with a stuffed animal: Yep!  My old, faded, noseless Care Bear named Tenderheart.
What is this? Everyone else got to keep their stuffed animals... *grumbles* *is just grumpy that he couldn't find his favorite teddy bear to bring with him*

What is your favorite quote: "Lord, what fools these mortals be!" -Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night's Dream
:D That is one of my favorite quotes! Possibly my favorite Shakespeare quote of all time... but then I'm also partial to running through whole scenes of MacBeth.

What’s on your walls in your room: A Disneyland poster!
Fun story: there is a poster of the infamous "Marilyn Monroe meets subway vent" on the back of my door in the apartment, left by the previous tenant. ::) I'd just rip it down and toss it out but the other person is supposed to come back for some of her stuff and it's stuck up there pretty well (gonna have to scrape it off if I can't rip it off).
Title: Re: Haids' Thread
Post by: Haids1987 on September 27, 2010, 02:12:00 PM
Fun story: there is a poster of the infamous "Marilyn Monroe meets subway vent" on the back of my door in the apartment, left by the previous tenant. ::) I'd just rip it down and toss it out but the other person is supposed to come back for some of her stuff and it's stuck up there pretty well (gonna have to scrape it off if I can't rip it off).
LOL, that IS a fun story! Reminds me of Harry Potter, with the portrait of Mrs. Black stuck on the wall for all eternity. :P
Title: Re: Haids' Thread
Post by: kindofdoon on September 27, 2010, 07:36:33 PM
Haids! I LOVE your new avatar! :sweetheart:

If you want, I can crop it so you can have just the King of Towns and no background.
Title: Re: Haids' Thread
Post by: KatieHal on September 27, 2010, 07:47:33 PM
Hooray for the King of Town!
Title: Re: Haids' Thread
Post by: kindofdoon on September 27, 2010, 07:55:07 PM
Here, I found an über-high-resolution version of the good ol' King of Town.

(http://hrwiki.org/w/images/f/f1/kot.PNG)
Title: Re: Haids' Thread
Post by: Haids1987 on September 27, 2010, 08:05:31 PM
You're so good to me, Doon.  Thank you!

And thank you, Katie, the King of Town has always been my favorite Homestar character.  He cracks me up.
Title: Re: Haids' Thread
Post by: kindofdoon on September 27, 2010, 08:11:54 PM
I've always loved how his mustache jangles around whenever he talks.
Title: Re: Haids' Thread
Post by: Haids1987 on September 27, 2010, 08:18:52 PM
He is totally one of the best characters out there! 

Side note, I just found this video on youtube.  Made me laugh!  :watchout:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9p30heMs8UU&feature=related
Title: Re: Haids' Thread
Post by: kindofdoon on September 27, 2010, 08:23:35 PM
XD Such good comic relief.
Title: Re: Haids' Thread
Post by: Haids1987 on September 27, 2010, 08:25:54 PM
Making fun of Cedric is always laugh-inducing.  I love how it's not just us that hate him, it's the world. XB
Title: Re: Haids' Thread
Post by: Enchantermon on September 27, 2010, 08:41:05 PM
That was awesome!
Title: Re: Haids' Thread
Post by: kindofdoon on September 27, 2010, 09:02:39 PM
I'm hopping on the bandwagon! Do you mind, Haids?
Title: Re: Haids' Thread
Post by: Haids1987 on September 27, 2010, 09:24:48 PM
Not at all!  ;D "LONG PANTS!  Evewybody, evewybody, long long pants! Long long long long long long pants!"

Katie's turn now.  She should be Strong Sad. :sneaky:
Title: Re: Haids' Thread
Post by: kindofdoon on September 27, 2010, 09:27:00 PM
No, Katie is definitely Marzipan! She even sounds a bit like her!

(Posted on: September 27, 2010, 11:25:53 PM)


If you decide to join in the HSR silliness, here's Marzipan for your avatar.

(http://hrwiki.org/w/images/6/6a/NewestMarzipan.png)
Title: Re: Haids' Thread
Post by: Haids1987 on September 28, 2010, 08:58:49 PM
LOL, you're right, she's Marzipan.  C'mon, Katie, come to the dark side!

(Posted on: September 27, 2010, 08:29:12 PM)


I was just discussing TSL with my sister.  The conversation went something like this:

Me: "So I played a little Episode 2 last night."
Ash: "How was it?"
Me: "Awesome!"
Ash: "Good."
Me: "I love the voice for Graham.  I just...love it!"
Ash: "That's 'cause he's dead sexy."
Me: (Surprised) "Graham?"
Ash: "Yeah.  You know it's true!  Don't be ashamed."

LOL.  It IS true.  We Dundas girls just have a thing for the Daventry boys, I guess.  ;D
Title: Re: Haids' Thread
Post by: kindofdoon on September 29, 2010, 06:54:27 PM
Uber-kudos, Haids. The HSR avatars were a great idea.
Title: Re: Haids' Thread
Post by: Haids1987 on November 22, 2010, 05:31:56 PM
Thanks!  :drinking: We be gettin' our Homestar all up in he'e. ;)

(Posted on: September 29, 2010, 06:00:05 PM)


THE SKY IS FALLING!!!

(http://i56.tinypic.com/1222fde.jpg)

(http://i52.tinypic.com/qspdaw.jpg)

(http://i52.tinypic.com/2ez4tjc.jpg)

It hasn't stopped snowing allllllllllll day.  I had to drive home in it. :shock:  Oh hey, there's my car Josie in the background of the third pic! <3
Title: Re: Haids' Thread
Post by: kindofdoon on November 22, 2010, 05:38:38 PM
Oh, I haven't seen this thread in a long time. As for the snow, those are nice pictures, and I wish I could be there.
Title: Re: Haids' Thread
Post by: Haids1987 on November 22, 2010, 05:56:23 PM
It IS really pretty, but holy shout, is it dangerous! There was a school bus in a ditch this morning, and a fourth grader broke her arm out at recess at the elementary school. :(

Don't you guys get snow down yonder? I thought that the Eastern states got it too!
Title: Re: Haids' Thread
Post by: tessspoon on November 22, 2010, 06:01:40 PM
It's been really warm here this year. Tomorrow it's going to be a high of 74. Almost December, and 74. :P
Title: Re: Haids' Thread
Post by: kindofdoon on November 22, 2010, 06:04:25 PM
We usually do, but you are also more Northern than me.
Title: Re: Haids' Thread
Post by: Haids1987 on November 22, 2010, 06:48:49 PM
It's been really warm here this year. Tomorrow it's going to be a high of 74. Almost December, and 74. :P
Awww, man.  I wish!  8)
Title: Re: Haids' Thread
Post by: Enchantermon on November 22, 2010, 07:08:57 PM
I thought that the Eastern states got it too!
They do, but it depends on which Eastern states you're talking about. I don't know where Tess is, but here in northeastern NC it's been warmer than usual for the most part; it got up to 71 today. Snow doesn't happen too often around here, but when it does, people go crazy. School has been canceled for half an inch before. :P
Last year things were insane; we got some sheets of ice and snow that were lovely to look at but treacherous to drive; I had to travel between NC and VA to get back to school and the four lane highway was down to two lanes, one on each side, and that was after the snowmobiles came through. The rest was clogged with ice several inches thick. At times the road even completely disappeared. Even the major interstates had blocked lanes; I had to get off on an interchange using a ramp that was completely covered in ice. It was pretty miserable.
Title: Re: Haids' Thread
Post by: tessspoon on November 22, 2010, 08:03:18 PM
I thought that the Eastern states got it too!
They do, but it depends on which Eastern states you're talking about. I don't know where Tess is, but here in northeastern NC
Winston-Salem, NC. :P
Title: Re: Haids' Thread
Post by: Enchantermon on November 22, 2010, 10:30:57 PM
Oh, hey neighbor.
Well, sort of. :P
Title: Re: Haids' Thread
Post by: Haids1987 on November 22, 2010, 11:07:12 PM
No, no, you gotta say it like Flanders: "Hidalee ho, neighborino!" ;)
Title: Re: Haids' Thread
Post by: Enchantermon on November 23, 2010, 06:01:08 AM
Heh. You're lucky I even know who Flanders is; I don't know how he talks. :P
Title: Re: Haids' Thread
Post by: Haids1987 on November 23, 2010, 02:24:23 PM
Here's (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rd7FrSSN4yc) a quick clip of how he talks. ;D
Title: Re: Haids' Thread
Post by: Enchantermon on November 23, 2010, 03:40:03 PM
Oh dear, lol.
Title: Re: Haids' Thread
Post by: Haids1987 on December 04, 2010, 04:30:08 PM
It's Christmastime at Haids' house! ;D I always put up a little tree in my room, and my theme is cupcakes and candy.  I have a giant snowflake-shaped gingerbread cookie on top of my tree instead of a star. :)
(http://i53.tinypic.com/2s13cwo.jpg)

Two of my (many) cupcake ornaments.  I think I counted that I have 24 cupcakes on my tree.
(http://i53.tinypic.com/dyn3pw.jpg)
(http://i51.tinypic.com/wilz0n.jpg)

Aaaaaaaaaand finally, my new Starbucks ornament.  I'm not really a huge Starbucks fan, but it represents my heritage and plus, it's so freaking adorable.
(http://i53.tinypic.com/x55oqp.jpg)
Title: Re: Haids' Thread
Post by: Arkillian on December 04, 2010, 04:47:08 PM
Aaaaaaaaaand finally, my new Starbucks ornament.  I'm not really a huge Starbucks fan, but it represents my heritage and plus, it's so freaking adorable.
(http://i53.tinypic.com/x55oqp.jpg)

You are officially epic awesome. XD
Title: Re: Haids' Thread
Post by: Haids1987 on December 04, 2010, 04:59:34 PM
Wow, thank you! I've been called awesome before, but "epic awesome" is a new one! :D
Title: Re: Haids' Thread
Post by: kindofdoon on December 04, 2010, 06:00:14 PM
I like the Starbucks ornament.
Title: Re: Haids' Thread
Post by: Haids1987 on January 28, 2011, 07:01:34 PM
Doon told me he was interested in how the Chronicles of Narnia helped me embrace my Christianity, so I told him I'd share my testimony with him.  If you're interested, read on. :)

In 2005, I had just graduated from high school and was struggling to feel God's presence.  I had always considered myself a Christian, but I always felt like there was a wall between me and God—I prayed constantly about it, but I never seemed to feel the instant gratification that I wanted then and there.  I didn't want to talk to my family about it; I was scared to death to talk about the Bible or anything that might relate to it.  I had had two very bad experiences with my friends' churches (fire and brimstone-type churches that terrified me), and I came to the conclusion that that all churches must be like that.  These two churches I had tried made me feel guilty, like I wasn't doing enough as a follower of Christ, and also, like they didn't quite believe that I had accepted Him into my heart.  THAT was the worst part!  I was scared to death that I had never truly accepted Him, and that I was doomed for the bad place.
    I heard that the Narnia movie was coming out in December of 2005, and I didn't want to be one of those posers that read the books just because the movie was cool now.  When I saw the previews for it in October, I hurried out and bought the books so that I could have "read them before they were cool *grin*." My sister Ashley had already read them when she was my age, and so we read them every night together before we went to bed.  She told me that her church was having a group of sermons called The People of the Lion, and that I should go listen to them.  The very idea of setting foot in a church scared me—how could I go to church, people in churches made me feel like a failure!  But Ash assured me that her church was very mellow, very calm, no jumping up and shouting and making everybody feel like the only people who were worthy were the pastors.  I finally agreed to give it a try. 
    After attending the first two sermons in the Lion series, I felt so much more comfortable.  I felt better about going into churches and not feeling inadequate; I felt welcome, like people were happy that somebody new was attending.  Also, since the sermons were about something I could relate to, I realized that there was nothing to be scared of here.  I had read most of the Narnia books by now (was probably on book five or six) and I could clearly see the parallels when Pastor David pointed them out. 
Of course, I was still a little doubtful of myself, since I was a new church attendee.  How could I be sitting here when I was still wondering if I had truly accepted Jesus?  I had yet to finish The Last Battle in the book series, a pivotal moment in my entrance into true faith.
    The night that Ashley and I attended the MVPC screening of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, we decided to finish off the last book in the Narnia series.  The Last Battle is intense.  It's a parallel of the book of Revelation in the Bible, but presented in a (mostly) kid-friendly way.  I REALLY hope you've read it, because I'm about to ruin it for you if you haven't!
We had only a few more chapters to go, and Ashley read them to me while we lay on her bed and I listened quietly.  After she had finished the final paragraph ("...now at last they were beginning in Chapter One of the Great Story, which no one on Earth has read, which goes on forever, in which every chapter is better than the one before."), I was surprised to find myself sobbing like a little baby.  (Feel free to laugh at my descriptions of myself at this point, now that I look back I find myself laughing too.)  Ashley looked at me in bewilderment. 
     "Why are you crying, Hailey?" she asked.  With a choke, I shook my head and attempted to explain. 
     "I...don't know, Ash.  It's just—they go the whole series building us up and…and then they all die at the end and…I don't know, everything is great and they're all..."  I simply could not explain why I was crying so hard.  Ashley continued to stare at me in astonished silence.
      "I'm sorry, Haids, I didn't know that it would make you so sad," she said quietly.  I shook my head again.
     "No, Ash, I don't think I'm sad, I—gasp—j-j-just—gasp…" I choked on another sob and bawled my eyes out, leaving both Ashley and myself very confused as to why.
The next day I told my mom that we had finished the final book.  When she asked how it was, I told her with a sheepish grin, "I was crying last night, but I think that I'm okay now,"
     “Ashley told me you were really upset last night,” Mom said curiously.  “Why were you crying?”
     “I don’t really know,” I answered honestly.  “Do you mind if I tell you the ending?”
     “Nope.”
     I began to explain the last three chapters of the book.
     When I got to the part when the dogs and bears who were fighting for Narnia had fallen in battle, but were alive again and simply ecstatic when they were in the "real" Narnia, the tears came to my eyes again and my voice cracked.  I tried to continue talking without another bout of hysterics, but the more I told her, the harder I cried.
     I started just sobbing and sobbing again as I went on the descriptions of how they had all ended up in Heaven in the end, and how "nothing that is good can be taken away in the Real Narnia."  Mom looked as confused as Ashley had the night before.  She asked me why I was so sad, and still had no answer other than to tell her that I wasn't really sad.  I just let myself cry and cry as I had the night before.
     Throughout the entirety of the next two weeks, my normal chatty, animated self seemed to be hiding.  I was very quiet and thoughtful, and MUCH more emotional than I normally am.  Any little thing would set me off, whether I heard that Courtney Cox was pregnant or that my cousin was entering the fifth grade.  I would just cry, completely freaking out the rest of the family, but feeling strangely better after doing so.
     I would randomly bring up Narnia all throughout those couple weeks.  I'd ask Ashley questions about it, if she thought that Susan ever came back to Narnia or if the parents were in pain when they were in the train accident.  Tears would always come to my eyes when I talked about it, and Ash seemed to realize that something was happening inside of me, and patiently answered my seemingly pointless musings to the best of her knowledge.
     The church sermons continued the People of the Lion series.  As I listened to the pastor link these children’s books with deep intricacies of Christian faith, it suddenly became clear to me why I was so emotional after finishing them.    
     I was completely, 100% in love with Jesus.  I finally understood the sacrifices that He had made for you, for me, and all of humanity, and I knew that He had been in my heart all along.  It simply took Jesus manifesting Himself in the form of Aslan, the Great Lion, for me to truly appreciate Him and know that He was answering my desperate prayers that I had been saying for the past year as a struggling young Christian. 
     He worked out my kinks and led me to the church and back to Jesus through CS Lewis, the movie screening, and through Pastor David's sermons on it.  I know now that it was all part of the Plan.  I was finally fitting in as a true follower in the puzzle of the universe: that at that moment of that day in Ashley's room bawling my eyes out, I was truly not afraid anymore and could rely on Jesus to help me "shed my dragon skin."

Title: Re: Haids' Thread
Post by: kindofdoon on February 03, 2011, 10:53:59 PM
Thanks for sharing this, Haids. It was enjoyable and informative to read.
Title: Re: Haids' Thread
Post by: Haids1987 on February 03, 2011, 11:30:00 PM
Thank YOU, Doon, for actually being interested. :)  I have never posted this story in such a public place before, but I'm so glad that this is a community where we can share such personal details about our lives without fear of judgement or belittling.

I wrote all this down a few weeks after my experience so I could always remember how it made me feel, and to share with other people--whether they're asking for my testimony, or if they simply don't understand my obsession with all things Narnia.  That's why I have the lamp post and "Aslan is on the move" tattoos; they're not just a shout out to CS Lewis' amazing storytelling abilities, they're true symbols of my faith and how Aslan has changed me for the better.  "But courage, child: we are all between the paws of the true Aslan."
Title: Re: Haids' Thread
Post by: snabbott on February 04, 2011, 09:06:25 AM
Wow... just wow. :yes:
Title: Re: Haids' Thread
Post by: Haids1987 on February 04, 2011, 12:02:23 PM
;] Thanks, Snabbott.
Title: Re: Haids' Thread
Post by: Enchantermon on February 04, 2011, 12:08:00 PM
:)
Title: Re: Haids' Thread
Post by: Deloria on February 07, 2011, 01:23:26 PM
I'm very impressed you felt comfortable enough here to share all that. :) It can't have been easy.
Title: Re: Haids' Thread
Post by: Haids1987 on April 15, 2012, 07:04:30 PM
Thank you, Deloria. :hug:

See, this is another prime example of why I love it here.  Deloria was right, it wasn't easy (I read through it about four or five times before posting it because I was freaked out it was too personal/cheesy/boring), but I knew that if I shared it here with all of you guys, it would be okay.  I've gotten to know you all, and, like I said, I can be frank without the fear of being judged or mocked.  And you're all so supportive all the time, and I so appreciate it!  Thank you for giving me the courage to share my story with all of you. <3 <3 <3

(Posted on: February 07, 2011, 05:35:08 PM)


So now that the shock has worn off and reality has set in, I can tell you guys about what happened during my absence.

Most of you remember me being in the wedding last year for my high school friend, and how I was being driven to insanity by the bride, Jennica.  After the wedding we were kind of in and out of touch over the past year, since my feelings were still hurt over the way things went down, and we haven't seen each other since then.

I woke up on Thursday morning and 6:15 to get ready for school, and I saw that I had missed a call from an unknown number on my cell phone. A message had been left at 5:45, only a half hour prior to me waking up: "Hi Hailey, this is Donna [a friend of Jennica's], and I'm calling on behalf of Jennica's family. I don't know if you heard, but she was admitted into the emergency room last night, and so I'm calling close friends and family before it gets out on Facebook. Call me back at this number." She sounded perfectly calm, so I continued my routine and left for school at 7:00.  I called my mom on the way and told her what Donna had said, and she was like, "Don't worry, Hailey. I'm sure it's nothing serious, the emergency room could mean anything, from an ear infection to a tubal pregnancy. Just call back and see what's going on."

After I got my coffee and was on the road to school, I called Donna back. I asked what was up, and she asked if I was in a place where I could talk. I was like, "Yep. What's going on?" She was speaking so normally, so calmly, that I had no indication of what she was about to tell me. She said that Jennica had been admitted into the emergency room the night before with severe migraine pain and seizure-like symptoms. She went unconscious in the early hours of the morning, and was pronounced dead around 5:30.  Since she was so calm, I was childishly expecting her to go on to say that Jennica was revived and was now stable, etc, but the lull in conversation lingered for a moment before she continued, "Jennica is no longer with us."

This was when the world stopped turning.  My heart was going in overdrive, and I felt like someone had hit me over the head with a brick. I don't even remember what I said to her. I know I said something about being sorry that she had to be the messenger, and asking a million times if she was okay, but all of a sudden I realized that I was parked outside of my mom's work (she works as a preschool teacher at a church) and was hyperventilating.  Somehow I made it into her classroom, and one look at my face alerted her that something was wrong. "Hailey?" she asked uncertainly.

"She died, Mom." These three words brought me to near collapse on the floor. My mom had me by the arm in an instant and I found myself in an empty classroom, my arms wrapped around my mother so tightly that I must have been hurting her. I have never cried like that in my life. I couldn't breathe. It felt like there was an elephant sitting on my chest. My hands were shaking, and my knees were literally knocking against one another, making it impossible to stand. All I could think about was Jennica's family, her 21 year-old husband who has to be the one to act as next of kin. They only celebrated their first wedding anniversary on March 19th.  Jennica was 25 years old.

Through the grapevine, I've heard that Jennica went to the doctor on Tuesday morning because of such severe headaches. I don't know what the doctor did for her then, but in any case she was admitted into the hospital on Wednesday afternoon. They did an MRI and found a huge, rapidly-growing tumor in her brain, and it was still increasing in size. She went unconscious at around midnight Thursday morning, and was on life support until her family decided to take her off. She had no brain activity at all, and was pronounced dead at 5:30ish.

I'm doing better now, but the initial shock at hearing that someone who had always been perfectly healthy and was so young had died so suddenly—it was just immensely sad and frightening. Like I said, we weren't super close anymore and had drifted apart over the year (which was entirely my fault; I'm horrible at returning phone calls and talking on the phone), but all the same, we had known each other since junior high and were friends all through high school. We skipped out of last period to go see Star Wars Episode III our senior year, and she was in a group of eight of my friends that rented a beach house the day after graduation. We had roots. Knowing that she is gone, that she leaves behind a grieving family and such a young husband…it's horrible. It's just sickening.

I'm comforted by my faith, though, and Jennica was also a very strong Christian woman. There's no doubt in my mind that she's where she always knew she would go. I just can't stop thinking about her husband. He's so young. He had to be the one to sign the papers to take her off life support. He had to approve organ donation. He has to decide what she will be buried in.

Anyway, that's my story. I'm still quite shaken up about it, and it still seems unreal sometimes. But God is carrying everyone through it, and I know, I KNOW, that Jennica is with Him.
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Post by: KatieHal on April 15, 2012, 08:17:22 PM
Oh my. I'm so sorry to hear about your friend, Hailey--that's just awful to hear, especially about someone so young. I hope you're doing better, and that her family is coping as best they can as well.  :hug:
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Post by: Delling on April 16, 2012, 02:52:44 AM
Oh, Haids! :( That's awful. :( Sorry to hear it. :hug:
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Post by: darthkiwi on April 16, 2012, 06:24:43 AM
That's such a terrible thing to happen! And it all happened so suddenly. :( I'm truly sorry. :hug: I don't really know what to say.
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Post by: ladidada on April 16, 2012, 06:49:13 AM
Something very similar happened to my brother last year. He went brain-dead and my parents had to pull the plug. It was 3:34 in the morning when I got the call from my dad. My dad told me he was crying from laughing so hard an hour before it happened. Completely out of the blue for everyone. My brother used to tell me that we have the ability to never, ever regret tomorrow............................... ..so don't.

It's just that simple. Carpe diem, Seize the day. <3
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Post by: KatieHal on April 16, 2012, 06:51:08 AM
Oh, wow. I'm sorry about your brother, ladida. :(
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Post by: snabbott on April 16, 2012, 08:20:05 AM
:hug:
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Post by: Haids1987 on April 16, 2012, 08:59:35 AM
ladida, that's horrible. Unfortunately I can feel your pain all too well. And you're right, it doesn't do to waste time--carpe the hell out of this diem!

Thank you for your kind words, everyone. I understand that it's tough to know what to say. Just knowing that I can talk to you guys and be honest about what I feel--and knowing that you're all here for me--is such a blessing. <3
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Post by: ladidada on April 16, 2012, 09:46:41 PM
It's a life changer for sure, makes your world cloudy and stormy for a long time but eventually you will remember more and more good things and these beams of light will break through these dark days and you will make it through with a stronger, more positive you. God can't always promise the skies will be blue but He can promise to always see you through.

With a year behind me, I'm not sad, I'm proud of him. He is in every way worth bragging about and in every way super without the cape ^_^ He also always fills me with a boost of never-ending confidence. My way of making him proud is I decided to absorb all the great qualities he had that I lacked and make them a part of me. He makes me a better person.
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Post by: Haids1987 on April 16, 2012, 10:49:56 PM
 :'( :)

You are wise beyond your years. :hug:
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Post by: writerlove on April 16, 2012, 10:55:35 PM
*Hugs* That is such a touching testimony to your brother's legacy. I'm sure he is smiling from the heavens right now.

And Hailey, hugs and prayers. I wish I could be of more help *hugs*
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Post by: Haids1987 on April 17, 2012, 10:09:39 AM
I wish I could be of more help *hugs*
You're here for me, that's all I need. :)
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Post by: Deloria on April 17, 2012, 12:25:58 PM
Oh wow...I'm so sorry I didn't see this until now. Are you okay?
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Post by: Damar on April 17, 2012, 04:53:25 PM
Sorry for the loss, Haids.  There's nothing anyone can say to make it better, and that's as it should be.  The sense of loss shows that there were good times and as time passes, it will be that you remember, not the sadness.  No loss, no matter how sudden or tragic, can take away the good memories you have of your friend.  Death may be a part of life, but those memories you have are just as much a part of life and they will replace the grief in time.
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Post by: Haids1987 on April 17, 2012, 09:37:58 PM
Thank you, Damar and Deloria. I'm doing MUCH better than I was--my family, friends, and God have been carrying me and lifting me up. Plus, everybody here has been amazing. I am a blessed woman indeed. <3

Damar, you're right; there are lots of good memories that we had together, and that's what I need to keep in my mind.  I just have to keep reminding myself: she only died one day. The circumstances were horrible, and it was a terrible day, but that can't be the first and main memory I have when I think about her. She was a good person, a true woman of God, and the world lost a compassionate, sparkling soul last Thursday.  But there were many, many days before that--when we were in mythology class together in high school; when we and a group of friends "kidnapped" our friend Wes on his birthday; when we stood in line and high-fived stormtroopers in line for Star Wars III...these are the things I need to think about. Thank you for the reminder. :)
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Post by: writerlove on April 18, 2012, 10:28:30 AM
I agree with Damar. You have so many good memories that will always be with you. Hang on to those because they will carry you through this time. But also remember it's okay to be sad sometimes. Losing someone hurts and it takes time to heal. We're all here for you though :) <3
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Post by: Haids1987 on May 03, 2012, 10:07:49 AM
God have mercy!  More tragedy in the life of Haids--I found out yesterday that an 18-month old baby boy I babysit for, Anderson, died in his sleep on Tuesday afternoon.  :'(

Father, carry me through. Whatever You're trying to tell me, my ears are wide open!
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Post by: writerlove on May 03, 2012, 10:24:41 AM
Noooo :( I'm so sorry to hear that. Prayers are with you and his family <3
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Post by: KatieHal on May 03, 2012, 11:04:57 AM
Oh no! Oh, that's awful.
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Post by: snabbott on May 03, 2012, 11:27:39 AM
 :'(
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Post by: tessspoon on May 03, 2012, 11:56:28 AM
That's terrible! So sorry to hear that, Hailey. :(
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Post by: Deloria on May 03, 2012, 01:10:02 PM
SIDS?
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Post by: Delling on May 03, 2012, 02:00:03 PM
... so sad :( :(
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Post by: Haids1987 on May 03, 2012, 02:35:42 PM
Thank you all. I'm in such shock right now I can't even believe this. What is happening[/]?!

SIDS?
Perhaps, but unlikely. He was 18 months old, and that's supposed to be  waayyyyyyyy out of the danger zone for SIDS.
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Post by: koko_99_2001 on May 04, 2012, 04:39:04 AM
Oh Haids...I am so sorry to hear that! His family is in my prayers...
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Post by: Haids1987 on May 04, 2012, 08:46:13 AM
Thank you, Cat. <3

Man, I need some good news for this thread! I need to make it less depressing than it's been the past month!
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Post by: GrahamRocks! on May 05, 2012, 12:18:23 PM
Something positive? Hmmm... oh! Pixar' new movie "Brave" is coming out soon! I'm also a Narnia fan, Haids! What do you think of the movies?
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Post by: Haids1987 on May 05, 2012, 03:54:38 PM
Brave looks awesome! I can't wait to see it! It'll be strange, however, to see a Pixar movie based on humans. Usually it's animals...or toys...or monsters...

Usually I'm such a weirdo about seeing movie adaptations of books, but for some reason the Narnia books were my exception.  I really liked them!  Voyage of the Dawn Treader has been my favorite Narnia movie so far; I loved the in-your-face religious undertones and Aslan's obvious representation of Christ.  I don't just cry when I watch that one, I sob. Sooooooo good!
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Post by: KatieHal on May 06, 2012, 09:13:20 AM
I saw a longer trailer for Brave last night when I went to see Avengers. It looks just awesome, the music sounds great, I can't wait to see it.

Also, the Avengers was freaking awesome!
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Post by: GrahamRocks! on May 06, 2012, 12:00:20 PM
Brave looks awesome! I can't wait to see it! It'll be strange, however, to see a Pixar movie based on humans. Usually it's animals...or toys...or monsters...

Usually I'm such a weirdo about seeing movie adaptations of books, but for some reason the Narnia books were my exception.  I really liked them!  Voyage of the Dawn Treader has been my favorite Narnia movie so far; I loved the in-your-face religious undertones and Aslan's obvious representation of Christ.  I don't just cry when I watch that one, I sob. Sooooooo good!
Yeah! I love how they not only followed the book, but EXPANDED the story a bit. No longer was the mission of simply: find the seven lords, and hopefully bring them home. But, they expanded it so as their swords were important and they ended up saving the world from the Dark Island! Although, I do have one complaint... they left atleast one little plot thread hanging: What happened to Lord Bern? For whatever reason, they changed him from the happily married peaceful man who became the Duke of the Lone Isles to a poor man in the streets who helped them out. They never resolved his part of the story!

Also, in the ending, niiiice foreshadowing for The Silver Chair!
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Post by: writerlove on May 06, 2012, 01:27:34 PM
I read the first Narnia book when I was a child. Haven't gotten around to the others though. I have enjoyed the movies a lot. So probably need to read the books now :P
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Post by: Deloria on May 06, 2012, 02:59:19 PM
I could never get into the series. Or really anything fantasy. Even Tolkien bored me to death. :P
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Post by: Delling on May 06, 2012, 03:01:16 PM
I could never get into the series. Or really anything fantasy. Even Tolkien bored me to death. :P

:o But KQ... how... wha?? *is so confused right now*
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Post by: GrahamRocks! on May 06, 2012, 03:18:31 PM
 :yes: :S :shock: :rofl: :o ???

...???
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Post by: snabbott on May 07, 2012, 07:03:22 AM
I could never get into the series. Or really anything fantasy. Even Tolkien bored me to death. :P

:o But KQ... how... wha?? *is so confused right now*
I have to admit, as much as I like Lord of the Rings, I had difficulty getting into the story - Tolkien's writing style is difficult for me. Eventually, the story got interesting enough that it made up for the style.

Also, Hailey! You're a Care Bear again! :D
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Post by: Delling on May 07, 2012, 07:12:33 AM
My confusion is moreso that she likes KQ and mythology but can't get into fantasy fiction... it confuses me. :(

...although I have to admit that it can be hard to find good fantasy fiction.
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Post by: Haids1987 on May 07, 2012, 11:39:42 AM
I have to admit, as much as I like Lord of the Rings, I had difficulty getting into the story - Tolkien's writing style is difficult for me. Eventually, the story got interesting enough that it made up for the style.
I thought it was sooooooooooooooo boring. I do NOT like Tolkein's style at all. I gave it a fighting chance, I really did. And I know there are a bazillion religious undertones there too, but ugh. It was painful for me to even get through The Hobbit.
Also, Hailey! You're a Care Bear again! :D
I am! I was a Flynn supporter for a long time. It's time to be happy and rainbowy again!! :)
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Post by: KatieHal on May 07, 2012, 01:06:49 PM
LotR is a very dense read that's almost more like a history book than a fiction novel, it's true.
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Post by: Haids1987 on May 07, 2012, 01:46:43 PM
That's a very good way of putting it, Miss Hallahan. :yes:
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Post by: darthkiwi on May 07, 2012, 07:34:40 PM
Well, it's an epic. So by definition it sort of sloshes around different stories and mentions myths and legends that only ever come up once but are implied to be in the lore.

Beowulf does this kind of thing. Seamus Heaney referred to it as "channel surfing into another poem". Which is a good way of putting it.

Still, I haven't read LotR in a long time. I can't remember much about the style at all.
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Post by: Deloria on May 07, 2012, 09:34:33 PM
I like epics. I love things like the Heimskringla saga and Beowulf. I'm not sure why I couldn't get into Tolkien.

As for King's Quest, why I like it has nothing to do with fantasy fiction. :P The interaction with fairy tale characters wasn't why I enjoyed them. The first five basically consisted of finding objects, talking to fairy tale characters and giving them those objects in exchange for other objects until you reached your objective. This was occasionally interrupted with minigames, like the spells in King's Quest III. The games frankly weren't all that compelling. :P In fact, I think they got much more interesting as they got away from the mixed-up fairy tales thing because Sierra's original or semi-original characters were so much more interesting than the stock fantasy fiction ones. Rosella's being a troll isn't amusing because she's a troll, but because she considers herself repellant and disgusting now and has to get used to being herself in a body she dislikes. It would have had the exact same effect if she'd just been turned into a fat girl with acne and a peg-leg. :P I really only truly like King's Quest VI and VII for their gameplay. The others just have nostalgic value. :)
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Post by: Haids1987 on May 08, 2012, 10:49:14 PM
No big, I get that completely. King's Quest spans the ages, and you don't need a reason to love it! :)

(Posted on: May 07, 2012, 08:35:48 PM)


So I've been playing through King's Quest 6 yesterday and today, always a pleasure! I started today from where you get the swamp ooze, played all through, saved when Cassima and Alexander were talking through the wall, got all the way to the final battle...then died because I didn't swing the sword quick enough. ::) But I noticed something: I hit "talk" on Alhazred at that part (which is part of the reason I was so late on starting the fight), and the narrator said something like, "Calling to the four winds won't help Alexander here!" !!! Is that where it came from?

Also, question: is the Realm of ther Dead supposed to be like a limbo? Because when I was playing that scene tonight I found myself thinking: they're chained because of earthly troubles. They can't move on, and when they do, they have their final meeting with the Lord of the Dead. What happens from there? Does he send them to heaven or hell?

Discuss.
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Post by: Rosella on May 09, 2012, 03:05:55 AM
Well, I think the four winds came from KQVII, since you have to capture one of them and talk to all 4, though I didn't know they were mentioned in KQVI too. XD

And that's an interesting point. I'm pretty sure that before the gate is supposed to be limbo, but after that...doesn't seem any more concrete, does it? XD I don't think he sends you to another realm, per se. Maybe you just get to chill in his chambers past the river Styx?
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Post by: writerlove on May 09, 2012, 01:55:53 PM
Haha, I did not know that line was in KQ 6! I literally cackled after reading that. I do not know if that's where FW got their name, though.

It's an interesting theory about the Realm of the Dead. I also have a question to pose about this: If they are so chained by earthly troubles, what would allow them to enter the Underworld? Allaria still has her ticket when she meets Alex. Maybe because of that remaining connection to the Land of the Living they aren't allowed in. I don't know. Just completely rambling here.
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Post by: DawsonJ on May 09, 2012, 11:05:33 PM
Thanks for the cool tidbit, Haids.
It's been years since I've played KQVI.  I should put it on my (seeming endless) list of games to play.

The concept of the dead being chained to the world of the living is rather popular.  I just finished playing Dragon Quest IX on the DS, which also heavily relies on that concept.  Part of the game is based on meeting with the dead and fulfilling their wishes so that they can be free to leave.  In that game, you're basically an angel (though called a "Celestrian" - no imagination! :wall:) who at times must meet with the dead to send them off.  Sometimes they need a simple explanation, other times they need something done to relieve their stress, which keeps them tied to the world of the living.

Even Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door has an NPC with that problem. Actually 2 - one helps you as an NPC, whereas the other is a boss who ends up an ally.
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Post by: Haids1987 on May 10, 2012, 08:52:02 AM
I'm pretty sure that before the gate is supposed to be limbo, but after that...doesn't seem any more concrete, does it? XD I don't think he sends you to another realm, per se. Maybe you just get to chill in his chambers past the river Styx?
See, that's kind of what I always thought too--that dead King's Quest characters go to the Realm of the Dead and just kind of live out the rest of eternity in ghoulish misery. But it doesn't seem logical to me that they would have their hearing with Samhain and not face some kind of judgement--a retribution of sorts--and then move on. But hey, when you hold up the mirror, it does say aomething about the "surrounding spirits" turning away. Maybe you're right, Kelsey--all the cool ghosts get to hang with the Lord of the Dead!
If they are so chained by earthly troubles, what would allow them to enter the Underworld? Allaria still has her ticket when she meets Alex. Maybe because of that remaining connection to the Land of the Living they aren't allowed in.
I think that's exactly what it is. We aren't shown what happens when you first enter the Realm of the Dead (except that you get a quippy one-liner to take with you), so perhaps they get a ticket the moment they enter it? Allaria says that she and Caliphan can't leave because they are chained by their earthly sorrows. They have to go somewhere when they die--and if my theory is correct, then the Realm of the Dead is the place they go until they can move on and be judged.
The concept of the dead being chained to the world of the living is rather popular.  I just finished playing Dragon Quest IX on the DS, which also heavily relies on that concept.  Part of the game is based on meeting with the dead and fulfilling their wishes so that they can be free to leave.  In that game, you're basically an angel (though called a "Celestrian" - no imagination! :wall:) who at times must meet with the dead to send them off.  Sometimes they need a simple explanation, other times they need something done to relieve their stress, which keeps them tied to the world of the living.
If you believe any of it, this also links right to the idea of cleansing a place to rid it of spirits--"smudging," as the Native Americans call it. I, for one, totally believe in ghosts and spirits, angels and demons, so it's not so far-fetched to me that a spirit might need help moving onto whatever lies beyond. If they're still stuck here, then they obviously ARE still connected to Earth somehow, so they can't become part of the Great Beyond if they're still bound by human worries. They might need an explanation or "something done to relieve their stress" in order to get them to move on. So to me, the Realm of the Dead represents that placeholder until they can.

Most enlightening, everyone. Thanks for the answers! :)
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Post by: darthkiwi on May 10, 2012, 11:54:32 AM
Bear in mind Caliphim and Allaria can't move on, because of their unfinished business, but they *do* have a ticket - which they give to Alexander, which for some reason allows him to get past the doorkeeper. That's probably just puzzle logic overruling metaphysical laws, but it does seem weird that Alexander, who is very much of the land of the living and therefore has more unfinished business than any ghost, can get in just by showing a ticket, which would seem to be an irrelevance anyway since it's no good if you're a ghost with unfinished business.

Hmm.

Also, while many afterlife myths involve judgement of some sort, this is not really true of all. In Greek mythology, the really really bad people go to Tartarus, and the really heroic people who died in battle go to the Elysian Fields, but everyone else - regardless of what they did in their lives - just go to Hades, which is a big, expansive, boring plain. You'd literally have to do something of mythic proportions (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tantalus) to get sent to Tartarus.

The Vikings also believed that people who died in battle would go to Valhalla, and everyone else would... presumably go somewhere less fun. As far as I know, though, your prior actions wouldn't determine whether you go to Valhalla or not: a novice soldier killed in their first battle would presumably get in, while a soldier who had emerged victorious from hundreds of battles but died in his bed wouldn't. Which is interesting, as it shows how culturally determined our ideas of value are, and what you need to do to be supremely valued in a society.
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Post by: Delling on May 10, 2012, 01:41:03 PM
Bear in mind Caliphim and Allaria can't move on, because of their unfinished business, but they *do* have a ticket - which they give to Alexander, which for some reason allows him to get past the doorkeeper. That's probably just puzzle logic overruling metaphysical laws, but it does seem weird that Alexander, who is very much of the land of the living and therefore has more unfinished business than any ghost, can get in just by showing a ticket, which would seem to be an irrelevance anyway since it's no good if you're a ghost with unfinished business.
Not quite. It makes sense actually that ghosts would need a living champion. Think of it this way: you have unfinished business but you can't return to the land of the living at least not properly. If you were to go before Samhain, he would simply ask why you hadn't finished your business before coming and usher you on into the afterlife. No good. So, send someone who obviously shouldn't be there in your place. But THERE IS a precedent for what Alexander does (a story that you can find either in the booklet with the game or in game, I forget which or if it's both).


The Vikings also believed that people who died in battle would go to Valhalla, and everyone else would... presumably go somewhere less fun. As far as I know, though, your prior actions wouldn't determine whether you go to Valhalla or not: a novice soldier killed in their first battle would presumably get in, while a soldier who had emerged victorious from hundreds of battles but died in his bed wouldn't. Which is interesting, as it shows how culturally determined our ideas of value are, and what you need to do to be supremely valued in a society.
Valhalla was Odin's hall. Sessrumnir was Freyja's. Freyja got first pick of the fallen as she was the first valkyrie. Sessrumnir was a lot like Valhalla though with the orgiastic side of things dialed up to 11... basically, when it says "Freyja got her pick", it means it in more ways than one... ...

Nifleheim was where your average Joe Viking Norman could expect to go. What you got to do there varies somewhat with what you were/did in life, but all accounts agree it is a cold and unfriendly place... most likely filled with lots of bitter accountants who didn't make it into Valhalla (that's my theory anyway). Intriguingly though, Nifleheim as the land of ice was primeval and had been around since the beginning alongside Muspelheim, the land of fire. (Some versions split Nifleheim and Hel(a) (the a is quite actually optional) with Nifleheim just being a land of ice and Hel(a) just being the land for the unhonored dead (in order to do this and maintain the 9 worlds mandate they generally had to demote (usually) either Nidavellir (home of the dwarfs ("dwarves" was a Tolkien thing)) or Svartalfheim (home of the dark elves)... everyone knows Nidavellir's just a dwarf world anyway ::) :P))
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Post by: Haids1987 on May 10, 2012, 03:39:06 PM
Not quite. It makes sense actually that ghosts would need a living champion. Think of it this way: you have unfinished business but you can't return to the land of the living at least not properly. If you were to go before Samhain, he would simply ask why you hadn't finished your business before coming and usher you on into the afterlife. No good.
But it doesn't seem that you CAN go to Samhain at all until your unfinished business is complete. I don't think he could even see you until you had it all squared away.
But THERE IS a precedent for what Alexander does (a story that you can find either in the booklet with the game or in game, I forget which or if it's both).
I'm not sure what you mean here, Delling--do you mean the knight who went to the underworld to challenge Death? The one whose gauntlet you steal?
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Post by: DawsonJ on May 10, 2012, 11:24:56 PM
Not quite. It makes sense actually that ghosts would need a living champion. Think of it this way: you have unfinished business but you can't return to the land of the living at least not properly. If you were to go before Samhain, he would simply ask why you hadn't finished your business before coming and usher you on into the afterlife. No good.
But it doesn't seem that you CAN go to Samhain at all until your unfinished business is complete. I don't think he could even see you until you had it all squared away.

The mother ghost, the King and the Queen seem to have decided not to go farther in. It could be said that Alexander had "unfinished business," which actually was his reason for entering the Land.  As did the knight in search of his maiden (whose gauntlet you steal and throw in Samhain's face (metaphorically)). It would seem that one's choice has more to do with one's entry than one's needs would.  Some may choose to stay in the above area of the Land of the Dead in an attempt to find a way to become a Revenant (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Revenant), as the fleshly beings aboveground may attest (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fmjp8LWjoWY). (As you can see in the video, not everyone aboveground was in spirit form.)
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Post by: Deloria on May 11, 2012, 04:13:01 AM
I got the impression that if you stayed outside for long enough, so if some grievous wrong had been done to you and you were incapable of feeling a sense of vindication even long after everyone who could have been punished or helped you resolve your issues or find peace had died, and you'd spent all those years just reflecting on your problems, that your body would be restored so you could help yourself but that you could also go insane in the process, explaining the mindless zombies. :P
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Post by: Haids1987 on May 11, 2012, 08:39:00 AM
.........that idea had never once occurred to me. But wow, it's totally valid. Thank you Deloria! :yes:
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Post by: DawsonJ on June 16, 2012, 01:11:10 AM
"Haids! Haids! You there? Pick up. I know you can hear me..." - I actually have friends who leave messages like that on people's cellphones.   ::)

Anyway, to the point... Have you done any research on www.DreamInCode.net or www.CPlusPlus.com?  Since you're learning forms of the C language, I thought these sites may be of help.

Have fun!  :gossip:

*The More You Know*
:rainbow: (... If only.)
Title: Re: Haids' Thread
Post by: Haids1987 on June 16, 2012, 06:49:31 PM
(http://www.pitch.com/imager/the-more-you-know-tire-slashing-edition/b/original/2562312/597a/themoreyouknow.jpg)
;D

No, I have never raided those websites before, thank you, Dawson! You're so cute to even think of me! ;]  C#...good times, man! Do you speak C# also?
Title: Re: Haids' Thread
Post by: DawsonJ on June 16, 2012, 11:55:33 PM
(http://www.pitch.com/imager/the-more-you-know-tire-slashing-edition/b/original/2562312/597a/themoreyouknow.jpg)
;D

No, I have never raided those websites before, thank you, Dawson! You're so cute to even think of me! ;]  C#...good times, man! Do you speak C# also?

Thanks for the screenshot.  That works better.

Actually, I don't program anything but batch files (and I do RAM Hacking - for various gaming systems), BUT I like programming languages.  I mostly read them for reverse engineering and simple hacking. If you ever need help with Hexidecimal editing, feel free to ask.  :P

I can't believe I forgot...
-There's a YT channel dedicated to introducing programming languages and free apps for programming: SchoolFreeware (http://www.youtube.com/user/SchoolFreeware/videos?view=1)

-Microsoft Visual Studio Express (http://www.microsoft.com/visualstudio/en-us/products/2010-editions/express) (free version). This site also offers free training videos for VS Express tools.


I'm hacking my way through the Dragon Warrior / Dragon Quest Series now, but I may take some time off before DQVIII to study some other subjects.
Title: Re: Haids' Thread
Post by: Haids1987 on June 17, 2012, 04:01:18 PM
Oddly enough, I have no idea how to be a hacker! :no: I wish I knew, but I've been so busy trying to learn programming, how to create little mini programs, I haven't really had much of a chance to try and figure out the ins and outs of being a hacker.

Computer geeks--we're awesome, aren't we? I take pride in my geekiness!
Title: Re: Haids' Thread
Post by: snabbott on June 18, 2012, 11:46:59 AM
Oddly enough, I have no idea how to be a hacker! :no: I wish I knew, but I've been so busy trying to learn programming, how to create little mini programs, I haven't really had much of a chance to try and figure out the ins and outs of being a hacker.
How to become a hacker (http://catb.org/~esr/faqs/hacker-howto.html)

Computer geeks--we're awesome, aren't we? I take pride in my geekiness!
:thumbsup:
Title: Re: Haids' Thread
Post by: Haids1987 on June 18, 2012, 01:05:32 PM
Oddly enough, I have no idea how to be a hacker! :no: I wish I knew, but I've been so busy trying to learn programming, how to create little mini programs, I haven't really had much of a chance to try and figure out the ins and outs of being a hacker.
How to become a hacker (http://catb.org/~esr/faqs/hacker-howto.html)
LOL, I have had that page bookmarked since last summer and I still haven't tried it out! XD Thanks, Steve. :D
Title: Re: Haids' Thread
Post by: DawsonJ on June 19, 2012, 03:37:02 PM
I like the forums at www.GameHacking.org.  Also, there's the EnHacklopedia (http://gamehacking.org/wiki/EnHacklopedia). ;)

If you want an excellent program for game hacking, there's always www.CheatEngine.org.  I use that one with the PS2 games I buy and play through PCSX2.  The only problem is the inability to share the codes with console users.  There are some cheat engines that work with PS2 emulators, though.  I just prefer CheatEngine.  (It can also be used to make a Trainer to deal with the faulty health bars in Torque Engine games. I may make one for TSL eps 2 & 4 someday. ;))

Oddly enough, I have no idea how to be a hacker! :no: I wish I knew, but I've been so busy trying to learn programming, how to create little mini programs, I haven't really had much of a chance to try and figure out the ins and outs of being a hacker.

As you learn programming, you'll see how many programs, games, etc are written in C.  You'll see how easy it is to hack them, too.  In fact, open-source programs tend to have forums where you can submit your changes to their code.  It's a great time to get into programming.  Now that even the all-greedy Microsoft is offering programming freebies, and so many programs are now open-source, you get lots of free practice. ;)

Hacking rocks!  *Just remembered... I have to finish DQVI so I can post all the codes...  :'(*
Computer geeks--we're awesome, aren't we? I take pride in my geekiness!

It's all about the White and Nerdy (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N9qYF9DZPdw), computercentric,  nerd-overkill (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qpMvS1Q1sos) way of life! :yes:
Title: Re: Haids' Thread
Post by: Haids1987 on June 20, 2012, 08:44:13 AM
Thanks for the links, Dawson--as soon as I find some time, I'll check them out and see what I can do!  ;D

You're rad! Why weren't we friends earlier?!
Title: Re: Haids' Thread
Post by: DawsonJ on June 20, 2012, 08:49:38 PM
You're rad! Why weren't we friends earlier?!

Ooh... "Rad"... me like. :yes:
Whoa, trippy.  That sends me back to the totally tubular 80s (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vU8qmYCI2sU&feature=related)!  Punky Brewster (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xCJrrftP7Ds), Get Along Gang (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dqCoYM0Pxq0), Teddy Ruxpin (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2kc2HvjO8z4), Enchanted Journey (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6280C94UY-w&feature=plcp)  and Kissyfur (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hRzfSz_oIag), anyone?

Let me know if you need any more info, Haids.  I have my connections in quite a few Internet sites. ;D
Title: Re: Haids' Thread
Post by: Haids1987 on June 21, 2012, 08:48:42 AM
DUDE! I have the coolest book called Totally Tubular 80's Toys. (http://www.amazon.com/Totally-Tubular-Toys-Mark-Bellomo/dp/1440212821) It starts at toys in 1980 (My Little Ponies came out that year!) all the way to 1989. It seriously touches on everything from Ghostbusters to Roger Rabbit to He-Man and She-Ra. SO MUCH FUN! :D

Let me know if you need any more info, Haids.  I have my connections in quite a few Internet sites. ;D
Fo sho! :yes:
Title: Re: Haids' Thread
Post by: KatieHal on June 21, 2012, 09:23:51 AM
Dammit, Dawson, now I'm reliving my single digit years and watching Punky episodes on youtube!

...hee!
Title: Re: Haids' Thread
Post by: Haids1987 on June 21, 2012, 01:58:05 PM
Dammit, Dawson, now I'm reliving my single digit years and watching Punky episodes on youtube!

...hee!
And what, my dear one, is wrong with that? I love reliving my single digit years! I watched the Care Bears Movie II three nights ago just for fun! :yes:
Title: Re: Haids' Thread
Post by: KatieHal on June 21, 2012, 02:15:01 PM
Mostly just that I've got a ton of work to do :)
Title: Re: Haids' Thread
Post by: DawsonJ on June 21, 2012, 03:34:00 PM
Katie, you should just buy the season DVDs of Punky Brewster.  When that weekend comes around, you can pop 'em in and indulge.  I did that with season 2 recently.  Cool news:  if you buy all 4 seasons on DVD, you get all but 1 of the Punky Brewster cartoon episodes.  (Oh yeah, I totally went there! So? :P) Just beware of the "Best of Season x" DVDs.  The full seasons are harder to find, but far better.  Season 2 has a 5-part episode that likely isn't on the Best of DVD.

I went on a Wings binge a few months ago; I watched the whole series in chronological order (except seasons 5 & 6, because 6 arrived in the mail first), and it was great!

I still need to watch the Bunjee Venture (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f_7XPErKIag) on YouTube soon.  Interesting note: the guy who voiced Captain O. G. Readmore in that episode also voiced Bunjee (http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=iHY8NcsclOA#t=12s) in the movies - Frank Welker (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0919798/).
Title: Re: Haids' Thread
Post by: KatieHal on June 21, 2012, 06:28:49 PM
There was a 5-part episode? About what??

The weirdish part is that while I remember watching Punk Brewster for at least a couple years, it turns out I was watching the re-runs that...some channel...was airing. So from the start of a 'season' to the end, they'd air a certain selection of episodes from each season, starting with 1 and going through 4. I didn't really get that I wasn't seeing a regular season until years later. :)

I rewatched 'Perils of Punky' today on youtube. Man, that spider-thing scared the crap out of me as a kid. And it was years before I saw the concluding episode, I always just caught the first one!
Title: Re: Haids' Thread
Post by: DawsonJ on June 21, 2012, 10:27:40 PM
The 5-part episode was about Henry's business burning down just as he's about to adopt Punky... and she got taken away from him because he was broke. He was in the hospital during most of the story.  They stretched the heck out of that storyline.  Fortunately (for those who were watching the show "live"), it wasn't a cliffhanger.  But, yeah... 5 episodes near the end of season 2...

Is "Perils of Punky" about the Cave Demon thing?  I skipped those two episodes, even when I recently watched the 2nd season. Horror is not my bag.


Haids, here's an example of RAM Hacking (http://gamehacking.org/vb/threads/6669-DawsonJ-s-Dragon-Quest-VI-Realms-of-Revelation-(U)-(NDS)-Codes) (my prefered term). (Scroll through the "CODE" section of the post.) Tomorrow'll be a pain, but I'll finish cleaning up the other game codes and post those there, too. :yes:
Title: Re: Haids' Thread
Post by: snabbott on June 22, 2012, 08:13:04 AM
Mostly just that I've got a ton of work to do :)
César says: :whip: :P
Title: Re: Haids' Thread
Post by: Haids1987 on June 22, 2012, 08:40:09 AM
I rewatched 'Perils of Punky' today on youtube. Man, that spider-thing scared the crap out of me as a kid.
OH MY GOODNESS, that was scary as all freaking get-out! For me it was the skeleton dog. He was all normal one minute, then all of a sudden...hey, skeleton dog!  :S Punky Brewster--good clean fun! I loved her sunshine pigtails.

I might be prejudiced, since I came from that era, but 80's (and 90's) TV shows and cartoons were the BEST. Remember when they were all pastel-colored and cute? Rainbow-colored animals come to save the day? I miss them.

Haids, here's an example of RAM Hacking (http://gamehacking.org/vb/threads/6669-DawsonJ-s-Dragon-Quest-VI-Realms-of-Revelation-(U)-(NDS)-Codes) (my prefered term). (Scroll through the "CODE" section of the post.) Tomorrow'll be a pain, but I'll finish cleaning up the other game codes and post those there, too. :yes:
Thanks again, Dawson! I'm not at my home computer right now, but I'll be sure to bookmark that page when I get there! You're rad as can be! :yes:
Title: Re: Haids' Thread
Post by: KatieHal on June 22, 2012, 01:23:41 PM
Well, at this point and at our age(s) I would hesitate strongly to call it "horror". It's super cheesy.

Haha, yeah, I realized that her outfit in that two-parter is actually the 'classic' Punky look, the one they put on her cartoon character and everything--purple vest, sunshine pigtails, bandanas on her jeans for some reason! Oh 80's fashion.

ETA: Nevermind, she's re-wearing the iconic outfit there...it did come from earlier in the show.

Wow, that's an intense 5-parter subject matter. ...I might have to queue that up to watch at some point...
Title: Re: Haids' Thread
Post by: DawsonJ on June 22, 2012, 09:20:14 PM
Wow, that's an intense 5-parter subject matter. ...I might have to queue that up to watch at some point...

There's a LOT to that story.  It was as much frustrating as interesting to see how it would turn out. :yes:  It even includes an early cameo of Tannis Vallely (http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=Z3hIB6FcXn4#t=19s).
...And it gives a realistic view of television reporters.  :evil:


EDIT:  Just found a site with concept art for Street Fighter x Tron (http://segmentnext.com/2011/01/04/street-fighter-x-tron-edition-concept-art/). Nice!  I got the Blanka picture a while ago, but didn't realize there was a set.  :D
Title: Re: Haids' Thread
Post by: Say on January 07, 2013, 07:13:37 PM
Where are you, girl? D: