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This icon gets less appropriate by the minute, so I'm trying to write faster. [Apr. 27th, 2010|05:19 pm]
Marissa Lingen
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Poll #1557142 fair and balanced

A book with truly fair and balanced perspective might contain the opinions of both:

right-wingers and left-wingers
wingers and centers
forwards and defense
goalies and...oh, screw it. Nobody wants to hear from goalies.
coaches and players
coaches and officials
Franco and Anglo
US and Canadian
hockey people and non-hockey people
Don and Don
Dick and Bert
Ernie and Bert
people who ticky and people who do not ticky

A book is probably seriously UN-balanced if it:

combines hockey with magic
combines Scottish ballads and Chinese mythology
combines Minnesotans with Sidhe
combines outstate characters with characters from the Twin Cities
is written by the likes of us
is written by the likes of *you*--who's this "us"?
features somebody's combative elderly relatives
is any fun at all.

Mris can probably finish the zeroth draft of this book before the Stanley Cup is awarded.

Hell yah! I believe in you!
Hell yah! I have no idea when that is, but I like to be positive and supportive!*
Good Lord willin' an' the creek don't rise.
Errm. Well, it's not what we'd call a *firm* deadline, is it, dear?
Well, before it's awarded to the Wild, anyway.
This entire poll makes no sense to me, but I like cheese.
This entire poll makes no sense to me, but I do NOT like cheese.

*This answer in place for careswen, although others may feel free to use it.

[User Picture]From: jenett
2010-04-27 10:56 pm (UTC)
Does it mean I've naturalised as a Minnesotan if I
a) Looked at your second list

b) Went "I could buy that in the right setting" to everything until...

c) I got to "combines outstate characters with characters from the Twin Cities"

d) When I went ... "Well, you know, it'd really depend on how it was set up. I'm not sure I could suspend disbelief that far for most people, but for Mris...."
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[User Picture]From: mrissa
2010-04-27 11:39 pm (UTC)
Tam Lin is from Fridley, and Janet's best friend Angela is not only from Minneapolis, she still lives there.

I know! Marvel at the diversity!
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[User Picture]From: akirlu
2010-04-27 11:18 pm (UTC)
On behalf of non-Franco, non-Anglo hockey players, I wish to protest this poll.

Oh, wait. You're not James Nicoll. Nevermind.

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[User Picture]From: mrissa
2010-04-27 11:39 pm (UTC)

How James Nicoll is like orphans.

What's more, I never was.
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[User Picture]From: pnkrokhockeymom
2010-04-27 11:26 pm (UTC)
Heeeeee. "Before the cup is awarded to the Wild."

SHHH. I know, I know, I was darned lucky my team even made it in to the playoffs this year and let me tell YOU THIS, after 18 years, I would have been an unhappy hockey mom.

If you can get the book done before the Wings win the Cup this year might depend on how many of the games you're watching, hmmmmm?
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[User Picture]From: mrissa
2010-04-27 11:40 pm (UTC)
Wellllll, there is that, but you know I like you and apis_mellifera despite the Wings Thing rather than because of.
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[User Picture]From: miz_hatbox
2010-04-27 11:35 pm (UTC)
Is that supposed to be "Don and Don" or "Don and Ron?" I mean, I'm guessing one of those Dons is Don Cherry (which would make it Don & Ron, for Ron MacLean). If not, who's the other Don? (I suppose it could be Don MacLean, or even Don McLean... though I would bet a slice of American Pie that everyone's sick of hearing from Don McLean.)

Edited at 2010-04-27 11:39 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: mrissa
2010-04-27 11:42 pm (UTC)
When I say "Don and Don," I mean Don and Don. In this case it is Don Duguid and the late lamented Don Chevrier, my favorite pair of curling announcers. I have never heard them sing "American Pie," and now of course it's too late for Don Chevrier.
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[User Picture]From: sartorias
2010-04-28 12:18 am (UTC)
Not only have no idea when, but what it is . . . however, if it has anything to do with sports, I won't remember five seconds after being told as I've got no context.

But writing? That is the win!
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[User Picture]From: mrissa
2010-04-28 01:22 am (UTC)
There is an exchange in this book wherein Tam asks Carter if he thinks the Stanley Cup is the Holy Grail, and Carter looks at him like he's stupid and says it doesn't have to be, it's the Stanley Cup. So that's the emotional meaning of it.

Literally it is the best trophy in all of sports, a great huge silver thing that's had silver rings engraved with team name and year added to it since 1892. There is not a prize in North American sports older, and certainly none more venerable.
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[User Picture]From: also_huey
2010-04-28 12:37 am (UTC)
...hockey and magic... ...hockey and magic...

...shit, that means Halak still has two wishes left. WE'RE BONED! SOMEONE CALL A WIZARD!
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[User Picture]From: mrissa
2010-04-28 01:24 am (UTC)

Caps vs. Habs is one of this year's match-ups where I would cheer for either of the teams if they were playing someone else (someone like, say, the Wings or--I don't even want to type this--the Canucks).
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[User Picture]From: dormouse_in_tea
2010-04-28 01:09 am (UTC)
I giggled the entire time I was reading this poll, and I DEVOUTLY hope that the un-balanced list is actually a checklist.

Also, I'm allowed to mock the Wild. My team's the Ducks. :P
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[User Picture]From: mrissa
2010-04-28 01:25 am (UTC)
It is a checklist. Yes.

I didn't realize Ducks fans had any room to mock anybody. :)
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[User Picture]From: leahbobet
2010-04-28 01:27 am (UTC)
Bill Barilko approves this poll.
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[User Picture]From: mrissa
2010-04-28 01:28 am (UTC)
It hardly needs further endorsement, then.
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[User Picture]From: fidelioscabinet
2010-04-28 02:53 am (UTC)
Excuse me while I take a moment to lay a flower on the grave of the Predators' play-off hopes again.
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[User Picture]From: mrissa
2010-04-28 02:58 am (UTC)
You are in good company with most of the people here.
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[User Picture]From: buttonlass
2010-04-28 03:30 am (UTC)
I'm just reassured that you aren't hanging around with people who don't like cheese. That's just unnatural.
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[User Picture]From: mrissa
2010-04-28 11:51 am (UTC)
I mostly included that in case people with dairy allergies wanted to answer that they were confused. Some of them still do like cheese, of course, but just can't have it. But I would imagine that some would have sufficiently negative associations with the consequences of cheese not to like it any more, poor things.
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[User Picture]From: moiread
2010-04-28 03:37 am (UTC)
Unbalanced in the best way.
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[User Picture]From: pameladean
2010-04-28 04:21 am (UTC)
I didn't actually have a problem with any of the combinations in that question, but the closest to a problem that I had was with outstate people and people from the Twin Cities.

Balance is overrated, anyway.

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[User Picture]From: pameladean
2010-04-28 04:22 am (UTC)
BALANCE IN NOVELS is overrated.

I had better go to bed now.

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[User Picture]From: reveritas
2010-04-28 04:58 am (UTC)
Put a tapir in it!
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[User Picture]From: timprov
2010-04-28 07:25 am (UTC)
I'm afraid when I gave her permission to write it by herself it totally lost the necessity to have a tapir in it. And it's not like one is going to appear without some serious work.
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[User Picture]From: careswen
2010-04-28 09:34 pm (UTC)
Regarding question #1: I have been thinking a lot about introverts extroverts lately, and how they make good teammates, and your statement about forwards and defense made me realize that in the great hockey game of life, mmerriam is the defense, and I am the forward on our team.

Regarding question #3: You know me too well. I had already enthusiastically clicked that button before I read the footnote! :-)

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[User Picture]From: mrissa
2010-04-28 11:44 pm (UTC)
#1: That is so sweet. You always know that if you pass it back to the point, he'll be there to keep it from going over the blue line. Um. Just go, "Oh, yeah!" in an enthusiastic voice there.

#3: It's like we've known each other awhile or something....
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[User Picture]From: mycroftw
2010-05-10 03:35 pm (UTC)
A book can only seriously UN-balanced if it's written by one of its organizations. Everybody else has biases for or against the UN.

<Emily Litella>Never mind.</Emily Litella>
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