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Posted on 2008.09.04 at 22:31
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Because I need distraction and also because I love linguistic stuff, a meme! By way of everyone, most recently malnpudl:



WHERE I COME FROM:

Birth to age 16, suburban Massachusetts north of Boston. 16 to just recently, all over Rhode Island. Now I'm back in Massachusetts. USA, all.

WHAT DO YOU CALL:

1. A body of water, smaller than a river, contained within relatively narrow banks?

Brook, or stream if it's smaller. I've used creek, rarely.

2. What the thing you push around the grocery store is called?

Shopping cart or carriage. (patchfire calls it a 'buggy', which amuses me to no end).

3. A metal container to carry a meal in?

Lunchbox.

4. The thing that you cook bacon and eggs in?

Frying pan or skillet.

5. The piece of furniture that seats three people?

Sofa, although I've been known to use 'couch'.

6. The device on the outside of the house that carries rain off the roof?

Downspout, I guess.

7. The covered area outside a house where people sit in the evening?

Porch.

8. Carbonated, sweetened, non-alcoholic beverages?

When I was a kid, we called it tonic. Apparently it's not a term much used in Massachusetts anymore. In RI it's soda, and that's what I call it now.

9. A flat, round breakfast food served with syrup?

Pancake or Johnnycake. These are two different foods.

10. A long sandwich designed to be a whole meal in itself?

Sub or grinder.

11. The piece of clothing worn by men at the beach?

Swimming trunks or bathing suit.

12. Shoes worn for sports?

Sneakers.

13. Putting a room in order?

Tidying up.

14. A flying insect that glows in the dark?

Firefly.

15. The little insect that curls up into a ball?

Pillbug.

16. The children's playground equipment where one kid sits on one side and goes up while the other sits on the other side and goes down?

Seesaw.

17. How do you eat your pizza?

With my hands. And anchovies, onions and feta cheese (I call it the Halitosis Pizza).

18. What's it called when private citizens put up signs and sell their used stuff?

Garage sale or yard sale, depending on whether it's in a garage or a yard.

19. What's the evening meal?

Supper or dinner. It was always 'supper' when I was little.

20. The thing under a house where the furnace and perhaps a rec room are?

The basement, if it's finished and made into a room. The cellar if it's just a furnace and water heater and boxes and stuff. My mother always said 'downcellar' as a location.

21. What do you call the thing that you can get water out of to drink in public places?

Drinking fountain, although it's a bubbler in RI (pronounced 'bubblah').

Okay, now back to Northern Exposure. Why on Earth didn't I watch this show when it was out?

Comments:


Isis
isiscolo at 2008-04-10 02:55 (UTC) ()
Eee, why didn't you? That is, actually, one of the very few shows I watched when it was out. I have written fic for it! I can rec you fic for it! Oh, man, I am all nostalgic for it now. I ♥ Northern Exposure SO MUCH.
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primroseburrows at 2008-04-10 02:58 (UTC) ()
I'm a little over halfway into the pilot and I love it. Not to mention the little voice in the back of my brain screaming OMG CROSSOVER.
Loony Loopy Lea Lovegood
chickadilly at 2008-04-10 03:07 (UTC) ()
*buts in*

I hope you don't mind me asking about the fic recs? I love NX (it's one of my all time favourite tv shows) but I've never been able to find much fic for it. I've seen a few Chris/Joel fics that were decent but I have yet to find a decent Joel/Maggie fic ... or any het fic for the show. (Not that I'm adverse to the slash - I'm not - but Joel/Maggie was my OTP for that show and I'd love to read a really good J/M fic!)
Isis
isiscolo at 2008-04-10 03:22 (UTC) ()
I requested Joel/Maggie for Yuletide a few years back; nobody wrote it, but oxoniensis later wrote something sort of for my prompt: the shapes of all things in the spirit.

Other recommended stories are Things That Happen in Cicely by leda_speaks (PG, various pairings including both het and slash) and Dostoevsky Was an Epileptic by mandysbitch (NC17, Chris/Joel).

I have written a gen story I'm pretty proud of (Merry Christmas, Dr. Fleischman) and a tiny porny ficlet (Alive, Chris/Maggie NC17) for a porn battle prompt. (Yeah, I prefer Joel/Maggie, but this was the prompt. And somehow Joel/Maggie porn would be fraught, you know? I'd rather have a long Joel/Maggie story with a bit of smut in it, I think.)

I see you're already a member of population849 so I won't point you there, but maybe primroseburrows will be interested :-)
Loony Loopy Lea Lovegood
chickadilly at 2008-04-10 03:29 (UTC) ()
*bounces*

This is awesome - especially because I didn't realize that there was this much fic out there. I am a member of the Pop849 community and I think that was the only thing I found for fic for the show. I think if the show as airing now it would be hugely popular on LJ but since it was aired in the early 90's there just isn't too much out there.

So, this is wonderful - thank you! :) :)
Isis
isiscolo at 2008-04-10 03:32 (UTC) ()
There are also several stories on the Yuletide archive (www.yuletidetreasure.org) although I think they are all slash of various sorts and none of them really rang my chimes strongly.
Loony Loopy Lea Lovegood
chickadilly at 2008-04-10 03:35 (UTC) ()
I think I skimmed the Yuletide fic once last year but I didn't really read too much this year. I should check it out again. Thanks for the suggestion. :)

(I may have read your fic Merry Christmas Dr. Fleishman, though - the name sounds familiar. I'll have to see. XD)
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primroseburrows at 2008-04-10 04:48 (UTC) ()
I think if the show as airing now it would be hugely popular on LJ but since it was aired in the early 90's there just isn't too much out there.

due South was mid-90s (94-99) and it's got a very active fandom with quite a bit of fic. Who knows why some older shows have fan activity and some don't? There could probably be a heck of a lot of meta discussion around the question, I guess.

Also, if you like NX, you'd probably love dS. If you haven't seen it, that is. Or even if you have. *g*
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primroseburrows at 2008-04-10 04:41 (UTC) ()
I will definitely read the fic (and check out the comm) but I want to see more of the series first. Apparently some people read fic first, but I like to see canon before fanon, I guess. *g*

Edited at 2008-04-10 04:49 (UTC)
Loony Loopy Lea Lovegood
chickadilly at 2008-04-10 04:51 (UTC) ()
I have seen DS and I liked it quite a bit though it's been years since I watched it. It didnt' grab me the way NX did - can't really say why - but I did like it.

Though I will say that from what I've seen that the popularity is more because it's more easily slashed? Am I wrong on that? That's the impression I get from an outsiders perspective. (And that's not a bad thing at all - cuz those boys were hot! :D)

But I'd totally read a crossover if ... ya know ... someone wrote it. just sayin' ... ;)
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primroseburrows at 2008-04-10 11:38 (UTC) ()
Though I will say that from what I've seen that the popularity is more because it's more easily slashed? Am I wrong on that?

You're probably right. It's very slashable because, at least in the last two seasons the subtext was deliberate. Practically text. :)

And that's not a bad thing at all - cuz those boys were hot! :D

Hot doesn't begin to describe them. And it's good on top of that. I mean, I'd watch Paul Gross recite the alphabet for an hour (and not just to hear him say 'X-Y-Zed'), but the quality added to all that pretty is really what hooked me on the show.

But I'd totally read a crossover if ... ya know ... someone wrote it. just sayin' ... ;)

Oh, I'd LOVE to do that! I'd probably need a co-writer who was a hardcore NX fan, though. But gah, what an idea. I can't think of two otherwise unrelated shows that are more suited to a crossover than NX and dS. At least from the four NX eps I've seen so far.

Loony Loopy Lea Lovegood
chickadilly at 2008-04-10 23:48 (UTC) ()
There was one NX meets the X-Files Crossover that I read years ago but I tried to find it last night to no avail. I imagine the author has long since taken it down. Bummer. But yes - I could see a crossover with these shows for sure.

I'm kind of a lazy writer (*snorts* that's an understatement) but I'd be happy to bounce ideas off of if you ever DO write it. :D :D :D
Isis
isiscolo at 2008-04-10 08:12 (UTC) ()
Oh, you should see as much as you can. Awesome, fun show. And knowing your special interest in childbirth, there are some eps you will ADORE.
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primroseburrows at 2008-04-10 11:42 (UTC) ()
I've finished the first four eps and they're ready to go back to Netflix for the next installments. Whee!

And knowing your special interest in childbirth, there are some eps you will ADORE.

I'm generally snarky and hypercritical of media birth depiction (woman clutches her abdomen in sudden searing pain and goes on to scream her way through giving birth to a newborn that looks like a six-month-old, blech) , but sometimes there are shows that pleasantly surprise me.



Edited at 2008-04-10 11:42 (UTC)
Isis
isiscolo at 2008-04-10 14:46 (UTC) ()
Nah, this is an episode in which everybody scares a pregnant Shelly with horror stories about childbirth and raising children, and she runs off into the woods and encounters a "support group" made up of famous historical mothers, run by Mother Nature (who is totally kick-ass). It's really fun. One of the episodes that has stuck in my brain, you know.

I may have to rewatch these myself.
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primroseburrows at 2008-04-10 16:32 (UTC) ()
Oh, that sounds like a great concept! Maybe I should torrent these instead of waiting around for Netflix.

My favourite character so far is Marilyn. If I ever write this hypothetical crossover there will SO be Fraser-Marilyn dialogue.
Isis
isiscolo at 2008-04-10 16:44 (UTC) ()
Which reminds me: Strangers in a Strange Land is a bunch of tiny crossovers between NX and other stuff, including dS. Not my favorite story, but a clever concept, and I recognized most of the crossovers at least vaguely. My favorite one is the HP cross!
Loony Loopy Lea Lovegood
chickadilly at 2008-04-10 23:44 (UTC) ()
I could be wrong but I think this one will pleasantly surprise you. It's one of my favorite episodes. I especially loved the concept ...


Magpie
sistermagpie at 2008-04-10 03:01 (UTC) ()
God, I was a huge NE fan. Until they destroyed it at the end. :-IMO, of course.:-)
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primroseburrows at 2008-04-10 04:43 (UTC) ()
*covers eyes* Don't tell me, I don't wanna know. ;)
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chickadilly at 2008-04-10 04:52 (UTC) ()
Ya know - I recently rewatched Season Six and it wasn't as bad as I remembered. Its not as good as the earlier seasons and it did jump the shark but I think the distance from it ... not seeing it in quite a long time ... let me appreciate it more.

And some people love Season Six so you might like it. I'd be curious to know what a total newbie to the show thinks ...
Loony Loopy Lea Lovegood
chickadilly at 2008-04-10 03:05 (UTC) ()
Oh Oh! Northern Exposure! I LOVE that show! Alas, there isn't much of a fandom for it (*pouts*) - I wish there was more fic. I LOVE Joel/Maggie (though I also like the other pairings too ... but Joel/Maggie was a total OTP back in the day ... )

The show did jump the shark in the last season and a bit in the second to last season as well ... but up until then it was quality writing.

*ALAS - this is the only NX icon I have left. I used to have more ...
Icepixie
icepixie at 2008-04-10 03:51 (UTC) ()
Eeeeeeeee, NX! That is my absolute, bar none, FAVORITE show EVER. I aspire to one day write something as awesome as just about any episode of the series.
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primroseburrows at 2008-04-10 11:46 (UTC) ()
I aspire to one day write something as awesome as just about any episode of the series.

That's exactly how I feel about Slings & Arrows (which only has eighteen episodes instead of a bunch of seasons). I'll definitely watch all of NX, because I'm loving it so far.
Icepixie
icepixie at 2008-04-10 22:00 (UTC) ()
Yes, I also feel much the same way about S&A. (In my personal hierarchy of shows, it's second after NX, actually.)

Mmmmm, thinky TV.
Loony Loopy Lea Lovegood
chickadilly at 2008-04-10 23:50 (UTC) ()
That is my absolute, bar none, FAVORITE show EVER.

YAY! I'm not alone - it's actually tied with M*A*S*H for me but there will never be another show that has that soft spot in my heart. :D :D

I really need to bring back my NX icons ... :D Anyway. Um. Hi. :D
Icepixie
icepixie at 2008-04-12 01:50 (UTC) ()
Yay for NX-love! I also can't think of another show that could take away its palce in my heart...it's the perfect combination of magic realism, quirkiness, absurdism, drama, and literary references. LOVE.
Vee
vsee at 2008-04-10 11:35 (UTC) ()
I am wandering through randomly and not even really online at the moment *whistles innocently*....

I just wanna say, I love Northern Exposure with a fiery passion and I will be so happy if you ever decide to talk about it or write it.
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primroseburrows at 2008-04-10 11:44 (UTC) ()
If I ever decide to write a crossover I'll need a co-writer, so be warned. ;)
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patchfire at 2008-04-11 02:18 (UTC) ()
Okay, now I need BSG s3 :P
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primroseburrows at 2008-04-11 05:30 (UTC) ()
You got it baybee. Friday night, Saturday at the latest. (I have a writing deadline so it'll have to fit in with all that kinda stuff)
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patchfire at 2008-04-11 14:20 (UTC) ()
:)))))))
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