Forum posts made by seeker4

Topic RUMPLATIONS: Honky Tonk and Cyber Bar
Posted 16 Oct 2017 05:51

Hi Scott!! Big Hugs

Hi, back. Big Hugs

Whatcha drinking this fine morning, Hannah? I'll get you one of whatever you want.

Topic Help in these difficult times
Posted 16 Oct 2017 05:49

I grew up in the Cold War. There were times when we thought the world was royally fucked. But we made it to the fall of the wall. I keep that in mind when I hear people bemoaning the imminent fate of the world. The fact is, the Cold War probably seems less bad than what we have now for one reason: no social media. No people constantly wailing and whining on Twitter and FB and God knows where else. We got our news from reliable sources for the most part (unless you're of the "mainstream media is the tool of the elites" school, in which case there are no reliable sources and you're probably relying on shit like Breitbart for your news) which kept the tone of even letter to the editor fairly moderate.

So, I keep things in perspective, I avoid Twitter rants to the point of unfollowing people I like when they go down that rabbit hole, I've left FB completely (doesn't do much for me anyhow), and I read mainstream, middle of the road sources for my news. And guess what? I'm more anxious about my own life than I am about the mess that is the world.

The fact is, we made it through the Cold War with only brushfire wars like Vietnam to show for it. The "Big One" never happened. I'm guessing it will be the same. There may be some shifts in global power. I expect China to come out as a major player equal to the US and Russia for one thing. Xi is already coming across as the most reasonable world leader internationally even if he's turning into an oppressive creep at home. But that need not be the "end of the world", just another of the many shifts in the path of history. The twentieth century saw Britain and other Western European powers fade in favour of the US and Soviet Union/Russia. The twenty-first may see China eclipse one or both of those.

Am I concerned about the state of the world? Sure. The NK situation, the Iran situation, the idiot in the White House, etc. are all concerning. Am I anxious? No more so than at any other juncture in history during my lifetime.

Topic RUMPLATIONS: Honky Tonk and Cyber Bar
Posted 16 Oct 2017 05:31

A tea to start the day, please. Don't worry, I'll hit the hard stuff later.

So, 5,000 words about boobs. In a month. When I have a five day family trip and a business conference and a new employee starting and I'm trialing two streaming services to see if I want them in addition to, or instead of, Netflix (Crave, a Canadian one run by the company I get my TV service from, and Amazon Prime). Good luck to those who enter. I do have a thought on what to write but not sure I'll have the time.

Topic Announcing our new "Boobies" Competition $500 going to charity
Posted 15 Oct 2017 13:09

God, I love boobs. Alas, I'm not sure I have it in me to come up with a comp-worthy story about them by November 19. Got a lot happening in life and work between now and then plus a story (that has 0% chance of fitting in this comp) on the go that I quite like and would like to finish before the poop hits the fan in other areas.

I'll try to read and vote on those who do, though. Bookish was the first comp where I really made an effort to read as many of the stories as possible and it was a fun exercise.

Topic Which improvements or features would you like to see added?
Posted 15 Oct 2017 12:54

Perhaps a dictionary in the submission box. I would find it useful.

Most browsers support spell-checking now and it should work in the submission box. Chrome, my browser of choice, does for sure. That said, I don't write in the box anyhow, and spellchecking is part of it. I write in Word or Google Docs (Latter is free, by the way) and only copy and paste to the submission box when I'm satisfied with it. The submission box is a bit half-arsed as an editor to say the least.

Topic RUMPLATIONS: Honky Tonk and Cyber Bar
Posted 15 Oct 2017 12:48

A NEW CONTEST!

we're going from books to 'Boobies'.

This is a special contest, all prize money will be given to breast cancer research. The top three finishers will have their status upgraded one level. There's no special word limit and the deadline is Nov. 19th.

All the rules, regulations, and other related odds and ends can be found on the 'Competition' page. Check it out.

Anybody ready for a refill?

glasses8

Rum and coke, amigo. Probably sitting this one out unless inspiration strikes. My head is in a different space right now.

And people are whining about their placement? Really? Being part of a field that good should be reward enough.

Topic RUMPLATIONS: Honky Tonk and Cyber Bar
Posted 15 Oct 2017 06:37

I assume you mean oceanrunner, but Burquette has been known to stick her head in here occasionally, too. It was an excellent slate. I was disappointed, but not surprised, at not even making the top ten. I love mine but I'll be the first to acknowledge it was a good story in a great field.

Headache and related meds are gone so I'm drinking again. Berthas w. BBB to start.

Topic What is your favorite hot tea?
Posted 15 Oct 2017 06:13

What? No black tea other than Chai? As a great Starfleet Captain once said, "Tea. Earl Grey. Hot." With lemon black (either plain pekoe with lemon added or a lemon blend) second.

I do also like oolong and green and currently have a very nice oolong courtesy of my Chinese brother-in-law. It's supposed to be one of the best in China.

Topic Announcing the Winners of our "Bookish" Story Competition
Posted 15 Oct 2017 06:10

Congratulations all. Never got around to Lupus' piece but I had the other two picked as podium material.

Topic RUMPLATIONS: Honky Tonk and Cyber Bar
Posted 14 Oct 2017 16:43

And the ape is back. Someone mentioned tequila. Why not? Anything exciting happen today that didn't involve beefy guys throwing a weird-shaped ball to each other?

Topic RUMPLATIONS: Honky Tonk and Cyber Bar
Posted 14 Oct 2017 11:43

Quiet in here, today. Hmm.

*slips behind bar, pulls self a pint, puts it on ShamelessFlirt's tab*

Dumb de dum. Nothing to see here.

*Settles down and starts drinking*

Topic Long Johns: Does anyone wear them anymore?
Posted 14 Oct 2017 11:39

https://upload.lushstories.com/385821422-lj.jpg

lol yep they do have flaps.
I only wear them when it gets bitterly cold, maybe once or twice a year if I'm outside for a long period in winter.


Yeah, I've only ever worn them outside and haven't done so in a long time (I don't much outdoor activities in winter). My son skis but he wears sweatpants under his ski pants normally rather than long johns.

Topic RUMPLATIONS: Honky Tonk and Cyber Bar
Posted 13 Oct 2017 13:18

Have fun. I'm a terrible drunk. Get all sleepy and cranky. And since I'm already in that state courtesy of headache, I won't be joining you.

Rump, I'll have a virgin caesar (ironic name if there was one given ole Julius' rep).

Topic Moderator of the Month, for September
Posted 13 Oct 2017 13:13

Congrats, you saucy lady, you.

Topic RUMPLATIONS: Honky Tonk and Cyber Bar
Posted 13 Oct 2017 08:50

Headache today. Drugs = no booze. Just some plain old tea, please.

On a more positive note, I'm quite happy with my current writing effort. May be a while before it hits Lush, but I like it (it's space-based s-f, inspired by the success of Fox's The Orville and the new Trek)

Topic how many like wife sharing
Posted 13 Oct 2017 08:46

Never done it. Would I? With the right guy and her approval. However, the latter ain't gonna happen. I've known her long enough and well enough to know that.

Topic RUMPLATIONS: Honky Tonk and Cyber Bar
Posted 12 Oct 2017 12:37

Something strong, please. I came home to discover my family had thrown away my cat's favorite baskets, boxes, and toys. They thought they were helping somehow. That I would stop obsessing. I'm going to stay here until my murderous impulses pass. I'll just hang out in the corner with Coma and Tose and get quietly drunk.

I hope everyone else is doing well today.

Time to throw away your family's favorite baskets, boxes, and toys. evil4

Rump, pull me a pint and get the lady whatever she wants. On my tab.

Topic Blocking other Members
Posted 12 Oct 2017 12:34

I'm all for a feature like that, but I know that some people only use the block feature in the chat rooms, to block a certain person's images that are not their cup of tea. That's a valid use of the feature I think where blocking/unblocking the same person multiple times makes actual sense.


Or there could be a separate block for the chat room that doesn't affect forums, PMs, story comments, etc. Then they can block the images without having to keep unblocking them when they want to communicate some other way. Not sure if this makes sense since i don't chat.

Topic An honest question about penis size
Posted 12 Oct 2017 12:31

1. No idea. Some researcher must have graphed it and published means, standard deviations (no, not that kind of deviation), etc. but I don't have it handy.

2. I have measured but rarely talk about size save when it is appropriate. Even in my stories. I generally don't get that specific, just "long" or "thick" or whatever is appropriate.

Topic RUMPLATIONS: Honky Tonk and Cyber Bar
Posted 11 Oct 2017 18:08



Or, you could do what a girlfriend of mine did when she appeared on a big talk show, she took Beta Blockers.

Sigh. I'm ON beta blockers. Mild hypertension for the past, oh, four or five years.

Anyhoo, I'll take a nice glass of Scotch before bed.

Topic RUMPLATIONS: Honky Tonk and Cyber Bar
Posted 11 Oct 2017 13:53

Something strong needed. How about your strongest vodka in a screwdriver.

Less than 24 hours before I have to do a presentation. I was being kind of casual about it because I thought it was one outside party plus our own execs. Now I find out the CEO of our corporate group is going to be there. 18 years with the company and I have never been in a meeting with the corporate CEO before, let alone presented with him in the room. Oh well, there's a first time for everything.

Topic Catalonia is threatening to make my globe obsolete
Posted 11 Oct 2017 12:16



Now look at our last go here in the USA. Something like 50% of eligible Americans are registered to vote. Again, something like 50% of all registered voters showed up for the 2016 Presidential election or mailed in a ballot.

Of that 50% of 50%, something like 50% voted for either Clinton or Trump.

So lets do the math. .50 * .50 * .50 = Trump is in the White House based on the votes of 12.5% or one eighth of all eligible Americans voters.

Based on that I don't think we need to be pointing any fingers at the election in Catalonia.

To be clear, I'm not American. And I never pointed fingers, just pointed out that breaking up on a country on sub-50% turnout is a bit of a questionable proposition. Canada certainly wouldn't accept such a result in Quebec (in fact, we have a law in place requiring a clear majority on a clear question). Canadian turnouts have been slipping, too (68% last election). However, I would suggest that breaking up the country needs to be held to a higher standard than simply electing a government.

Topic Catalonia is threatening to make my globe obsolete
Posted 11 Oct 2017 10:21



In Canada we deal with this same type of thing every few decades or so, but Quebec separatist sentiment remains at about 50/50. If over 90% of Catalonians want out, then something is very very wrong.



My one worry is that if Catalonia goes and Scotland starts mulling separation from the UK again, it might inspire our separatists to have another go. Even if the PQ stays in opposition, if support for them starts to rise, the Liberals could use the "threat" of resurgent separatism to try to wrest more power and money from Ottawa.

As for Catalonia itself, the low turnout (42% or something like that) makes that 90% figure a little iffy. You really don't know what it might have been had the turnout been, say, 80 or 90 percent. I am all for self-determination but it needs to reflect a true majority and needs to be negotiated.

Topic RUMPLATIONS: Honky Tonk and Cyber Bar
Posted 11 Oct 2017 10:15

Jeff wrote: I bought donuts! Glazed. Powdered. Sugared. Frosted with sprinkles. Cream-filled (heh)

Me, I wrote: What, no eclairs, napoleons, apple fritters, Danish, or chese blintzs, and where are the doughnut holes? (shakes head in disappointment) Thanks anyway, big guy. Here's your coffee. ;)


Dutchies, man. You gotta have dutchies.

http://lh6.ggpht.com/-YTxZ16EVP2Q/UK1T2G44bAI/AAAAAAAAC_c/r6Qtz-iu_ms/Dutchie_thumb%25255B1%25255D.jpg?imgmax=800

Maybe it's a Canadian thing.

Thank you, my pity party will be starting later tonight. Still no sign of my cat.

Lost kitty makes me sad. Big Hugs Let's make it a double. Big Hugs

Some Bertha's with BBB would go well with a doughnut, I think.

Topic How would you address the underlying causes of crime?
Posted 09 Oct 2017 11:29

Income equality, perhaps through Universal Basic Income or a negative income tax (my son, who has been studying economics informally in his spare time, advocates the latter), would go a long away towards resolving some of the underlying social ills.

Keeping first time offenders, esp. young people, out of the general prison population and focussing on reform and education for them instead of punishment. In fact, I'd want to keep as many non-violent first (or even second) offenders out of traditional prisons as possible. House arrest with ankle bracelets, residential reform schools, boot camps with a job training focus, that sort of thing.

Decriminalize (not necessarily legalize, though I'm somewhat in favour of that, too) possession of soft drugs and participation in the sex trade while coming down harder on dealers, pushers, human traffickers, and pimps who drive many young people into these activities.

Racial equality is a harder one to address without getting into controversial ideas like affirmative action but it needs to be addressed. Just not sure of the best way other than people finally get it in their heads that we are all one species and need to be treated equally.

Those are a few ideas to get things started.

Topic RUMPLATIONS: Honky Tonk and Cyber Bar
Posted 09 Oct 2017 10:45



He at least is good for fetching me some dunkin coffee.



Isn't that what teenagers are for (besides mowing the lawn and shovelling snow)? laughing6

Of course, mine would never fetch me Dunkin' (or Timmy's since we're in Canada) coffee. He'd grind me some of his fancy gourmet beans and make it in his French press.

I think a pint is in order for me.

Topic Bitter v Sour
Posted 09 Oct 2017 06:08

I don't consider oranges, grapes or melons to be sour. Just saying.

Oranges, it depends on the variety. Not sure what you get over there, but some of the US and Mexican ones can be. If you're mostly getting Spanish clementines and that sort of thing, yeah.

Ditto grapes, though eating grapes usually aren't.

I've never had a sour melon (and I'm not overly fond of them for that reason, too sweet for me) but I suppose they could exist.

Topic Coming out about Lush?
Posted 09 Oct 2017 06:06

Anyone else currently in or been in the position of Lush being a secret but starting to realize you wanted to be out about it?

For me, Lush has been a bit of an "affair", a way to get my sexual desires and frustrations worked out relatively safely. But as I get more and more positive comments and start placing or running up in comps, I'd love to share my writing with people I actually know. I'd love to boast and celebrate if/when I finally win a comp or get an EC (neither has happened yet but who knows).

My wife won't take to it very well. She's never been fond of porn, erotica, and such. The problem is if I "come out" in my non Lush spaces, she's going to find out. I'm even a bit worried about my Twitter because I've realized that while she's hardly a regular there, she does follow me and if you look at my followers list, I've got some Lush connections on there who aren't as reticent about it as I am. In some ways, I'm content to leave it that way. Take the passive-aggressive approach of dealing with it if/when she finds out rather than proactively revealing my secret life.

Others I know will probably be more sympathetic. Some may even encourage me or at least be interested in seeing what I've written.

Thoughts, fellow Lushies?

Topic RUMPLATIONS: Honky Tonk and Cyber Bar
Posted 09 Oct 2017 05:59

Two toddlers and an infant seems like a bit much. I'd be drinking something stronger than tea, but that would be after. Then again, barring the diaper changes, I'd still take that over a bunch of teenagers. At least mine seems to be maturing fast now that he's left the nest (based on our last couple Skypes anyhow).

Tea here as well, Rump. Might as well just keep that kettle hot.

Topic RUMPLATIONS: Honky Tonk and Cyber Bar
Posted 08 Oct 2017 19:25



I'm Back! My wife and I with 2 other couples went to Nashville for the game against Vandy. They did put a beating on those 'Dores, 45-14.

We did the whole weekend. I highly recommend Nashville as a place to visit. There is way more great live music venues than you can see in a weekend or a week, and great restaurants. We did quite a bit of country dancing.




I could have gone to a conference in Nashville this week but too much going on at work for me to be away that long. Another time.

A glass of vino. Red.