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News, Current Events, and World Affairs / Climate Change
« on: January 24, 2011, 09:10:54 PM »
Here's a question.  Do you believe that humans have adversely sped the natural cycle of climate change on Earth?


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General Discussion / Halloween Naughty or Nice
« on: October 15, 2010, 11:40:38 PM »
Just curious about how many on here dress up for Halloween?  I think it's more a U.S. thing, but ya'll should give it a shot.  You'll never get a better excuse to play pretend publicly.  (private pretend is a whole nother ball of wax, hot or cold per your preference of course   ;))

I love to dress up.  Sadly I've never gotten a chance to indulge in a truly naughty costume.  What's your poison?  Naughty or Nice?

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General Discussion / Favors
« on: April 08, 2010, 09:00:24 PM »
I have question to pose that often comes up in my circle of family and friends.  It has to do with the giving and receiving of favors.  It seems to me that most people have a tally sheet in their heads to track favors given and received.  Then when the balance gets a little off kilter they become upset with those they feel are not keeping up their end of the favor trade.

To my mind this is foolish and the cause of unnecessary strife between people who care about each other.  So, now and for many years, I strive to only give that which I can freely give without any expectation of reciprocation.  This means I had to learn to say no without feeling guilt for it, even when others tried to make me feel guilty for it.  And like so many simple things, it wasn't easy.

My question is:  Where do you stand?  Favors freely, or do you expect reciprocation? Have you encountered the disgruntlement I spoke of above?  Or, do you have a completely different method of handling the issue?  Have you never even seen this issue? 

(please keep in mind I am clearly not discussing a business arrangement where service is exchanged for compensation)

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General Discussion / Early riser or Night owl?
« on: March 29, 2010, 04:05:30 PM »
I am a diehard night owl, and I was wondering where everyone else fits.  However, I have to confess, I often wish I was an early bird.  Mornings smell so good, fresh and clean.

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Travel and Leisure / Funny travel tweets
« on: February 28, 2010, 02:22:41 PM »
I could have put this under humour, but I chose travel.  I like to live dangerously.

http://www.cnngo.com/explorations/none/25-hilarious-travel-tweets-might-make-you-pee-little-908942?TrackID=obpaid

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General Discussion / Food and Flirtation
« on: February 28, 2010, 11:39:32 AM »
While I was eating breakfast, this thought came to me, an epiphany with a side of sausage and eggs.  I wondered what foods you think are the most appropriate for a romantic meal?  What are the no-go foods?  Anything with strawberries is, of course, sexy as all get out.  Provided your date isn't allergic because sudden attacks of death often put a damper on a romantic evening.

And, of course, spinach is a no-go food because it seems to like attaching itself to one's teeth.  Also, when cooked, it is yucky (personal opinion, there).

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Art and Entertainment / Short Stories
« on: February 20, 2010, 04:51:48 AM »
This is one of my very favorite short stories by a brilliant writer.  I though I'd share it and see what everyone thinks.

The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas

by Ursula K LeGuin - from The Wind's Twelve Quarters

With a clamor of bells that set the swallows soaring, the Festival of
Summer came to the city Omelas, bright-towered by the sea. The ringing
of the boats in harbor sparkled with flags. In the streets between
houses with red roofs and painted walls, between old moss-grown
gardens and under avenues of trees, past great parks and public
buildings, processions

moved. Some were decorous: old people in long stiff robes of mauve and
gray, grave master workmen, quiet, merry women carrying their babies
and chatting as they walked. In other streets the music beat faster, a
shimmering of gong and tambourine, and the people went dancing, the
procession was a dance. Children dodged in and out, their high calls
rising like the swallows' crossing flights over the music and the
singing. All the processions wound towards the north side of the city,
where on the great water-meadow called the Green Fields boys and
girls, naked in the bright air, with mud-stained feet and ankles and
long, lithe arms,exercised their restive horses before the race. The
horses wore no gear at all but a halter without bit. Their manes were
braided with streamers of silver, gold, and green. They flared their
nostrils and pranced and boasted to one another; they were vastly
excited, the horse being the only animal who has adopted our
ceremonies as his own. Far off to the north and west the mountains
stood up half encircling Omelas on her bay. The air of morning was so
clear that the snow still crowning the Eighteen Peaks burned
withwhite-gold fire across the miles of sunlit air, under the dark
blue of the sky. There was just enough wind to make the banners that
marked the racecourse snap and flutter now and then. In the silence of
the broad green meadows one could hear the music winding throughout the
city streets, farther and nearer and ever approaching, a cheerful
faint sweetness of the air from time to time trembled and gathered
together and broke out into the great joyous clanging of the bells.

Joyous! How is one to tell about joy? How describe the citizens of
Omelas?

They were not simple folk, you see, though they were ...

Read the rest of the story here: http://harelbarzilai.org/words/omelas.txt

[modified at the request of the poster]

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Art and Entertainment / John Barth
« on: January 20, 2010, 10:05:06 AM »
Someone sent me this quote from John Barth, "In art as in lovemaking, heartfelt ineptitude has its appeal and so does heartless skill, but what you want is passionate virtuosity."

I thought it appropriate to our venue.  I haven't read any of his novels, but he sounds interesting, so I may have to pick up one or two.

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Travel and Leisure / Spring Mysteries
« on: January 14, 2010, 04:20:12 AM »
This is a festival I mentioned in another post.  It's held every Easter by the Aquarian Tabernacle Church.  This is a Wiccan church, and the festival is Wiccan/Pagan in its purpose.  I'm not a member of the ATC, but I am a member of a similar church.  Please note that this is in no way intended as a recruitment or advertisement for my faith.  A question was asked, so I'm just answering it.

That said it's a fun festival.  Hundreds of people come every year.  This will be the 25th consecutive year of the gathering at their current location.  Here's a link that talks about it in more detail:  http://www.aquatabch.org/spring-mysteries-festival

I'm way looking forward to it this year.  It's always a blast, exhausting and energizing all at the same time.

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General Discussion / The Longest Night
« on: January 01, 2010, 10:18:07 PM »
And it wasn't New Years Eve  :-)

You probably already know that cultures around the world have some kind of midwinter celebration.  This often occured on the longest night of the year (this year was 12/21).  It's a hopeful point in the dark of winter.  It signals a return of the light and the spring in the distance.  From that point onward the minutes of daylight gain on the minutes of night. 

So, I was thinking about this and the year that just ended, and I was curious.  What over the last year stood out for me?  What was the high point?  The low? 

The high point for me was making a decision to allow the possibility of pain into my life.  Sound odd?  Well, it's true.  I've protected myself very well from being hurt.  Got a nice big wall around me to prove it.  Unfortunately, I never installed a gate.  Trapped within, I've watched the world go by and longed for the courage to escape my self-imposed prison.  So I've scaled the wall, and I perch now on top.  It's a wide world below me and soon I will be in it.  I begin my descent and each step is frightening and exhilerating.  My feet meet earth, and I turn.  The new day breaks and I know not what awaits me.  Knowing isn't the point.  The point is, finally, I'm looking forward to it.

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General Discussion / Lucifer... 2010's hottest new baby name?
« on: December 15, 2009, 06:50:11 PM »
My barrista told me today that her boyfriend wants to name their first daughter Lucifer.  And then they can call her Lucy.  What do you think?  Could this catch on?  I already know a guy named Gabriel, and we're wrapping Adopt-A-Family presents for a boy named Angel.  Maybe some more of the lesser known or oft-maligned biblical names are making a comeback.  Who wants to be the Magdalene?! 

Not sure about the spelling on a lot of them.  I never could get all the way through the Bible.  The begats chapter always kills me.  Seriously, with a book so full of progeny, it has some funny ideas about the merits of the progeny process.  And some of those people were at it for centuries!  Too right there's a reason we have the term, "in the biblical sense".  A very knowing people those folks.

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General Discussion / Instant Lust
« on: December 08, 2009, 09:21:17 PM »
I've talked about this before with my therapist, but I thought you guys might have some thoughts, too.  And I don't have to pay you a couple hundred bucks an hour.  At least not in the forum   ;)

So the question/issue is, I don't have lust at first sight.  I can't look at a man and want to be intimate with him, just based on initial attraction.  I can appreciate that he may be yummy, but I don't have any desire to act on it.  I have to know a man and like him before any more urgent feelings develop.  Also, I'm very shy and skittish if I think a man is flirting with me.  This combination of factors has had a predictable effect on my love life (think Sahara)  Please note that this is the only area in my life where shy and skittish exist.

It's actually what prompted me to consider a male companion.  I figured at least that way I'd know one of us knew what they were doing. 

But, what I really want to know is... can anybody here relate?  Is this a common problem, or should I be in some psychiatric article somewhere?

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Travel and Leisure / Vegas for the 1st time
« on: December 06, 2009, 11:35:22 PM »
So, I've been enjoying the high life here in vegas for the past couple days.  I am in love with the spa at Caesar's Palace.  And holy cow, this town is over the top big and bold.  Love it.  Not a gambler, but so much other stuff to enjoy.  I'll definitely be coming back for another mini-vacay.  Highly, highly recommend the Qua (the spa).  Fabulous roman style baths (tepidarium, caldarium, and frigidarium).  Had a hot stone massage and a full body chai tea mud mask.  Having the Ayurvedic (scrub, wrap, and massage) tomorrow morning before flying back to freezing Washington State.

Went to dinner atop the Palms at Alize.  It was gorgeous and fantastic food/service/views.  Next time I come here, I'm definitely catching a show.  I'll probably spa again, too.  I talked with a lot of women who said they'd tried others and didn't think any of them were as good as Qua.  So, I'll probably stick with Qua.  I hope I can force myself to try other restaurants.  It's hard for me to try a new place, when I already know a really great place.  Still, maybe Japanese next time.  At least that way it's a completely different style of food.  With my gluten allergy, Japanese is usually a good bet for me. 

Oh yeah.  Betting.  I heard there was gambling here, too. 

 :)

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Introductions / Hello from Amber
« on: November 29, 2009, 02:32:27 AM »
Hi all, I'm so excited to meet you!  Been following the posts for awhile now.  Hope all the US residents had a nice Thanksgiving.

~Amber

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