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Wednesday, 17 September 2008 09:48 pm
rosiedoes: (Default)
Has anyone here ever been to Denny's and would therefore be able to tell me about what the places are like?

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Sunday, 10 February 2008 07:49 pm
rosiedoes: (FOB: SrsBiz)
Does anyone have a reasonable quality version of the 'A Little Less Sixteen Candles...' video for download?

I'm back to working on the Vampverse fic because I can't get my head around the other three right now, and it would be a big help.

Thanks, kids.

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Sunday, 10 February 2008 05:45 pm
rosiedoes: (Favourite: Cake)
So, when we were in the US, Julie and I had this amazing, amazing bread in the Cheesecake Factory, which was dark, dark brown and had oats on top.

Does anyone know what kind of bread that is?

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Monday, 28 January 2008 07:52 pm
rosiedoes: (Mood: History)
Today, I sent $200 and a whole bunch of candy to an elderly lady living on Pine Ridge Reservation and trying to single-handedly raise two teenagers and a six year old.

Without wishing to make this sound arrogant, what did you do, today? And what more could you have done?

Even if it means clubbing together with a couple of friends, why not 'adopt an Elder'? Send them a food package, or clothes, or if you have it to spare, some money. These people really and truly have nothing; if you can skip a few lattes or pass up on a few packets of cigarettes, and put the cash into a collection, contact my friend Brenda.

Brenda is flying out to Pine Ridge this spring, for the first time in a while. She's going to check on old friends and in part, to gather more information on the circumstances there. When she returns, she's hoping to do some talks about the situation there - if you know anywhere who would like to host a small charity event like that, let her know.


Wednesday, 16 January 2008 08:13 pm
rosiedoes: (Mood: History)
Hello Everyone,

I sincerely hope the New Year brings you all that you wish for and a good year for everyone.

Unfortunately, this will not be the case for a lot of Elders on the Pine Ridge Reservation, many struggling to bring up Grandchildren also. This is the case on other Lakota reservations too. I am being told of Elders sitting in the cold because they have no money for fuel for heating. I have just been told of one full blood Lakota man that collects soda cans just to try and get some money for fuel and food!! The Elder is not on his own, there are way too many that have to live this way and no help is ever given.

I am slowly accumulating a list of people that live in the remoter areas of the reservation lands, and are always struggling just to try and get through life, especially in the winter months, and I am putting this newsletter out to ask for help for these people.

You can help by sending a few dollars, or a food parcel etc, and also by writing to them and touching the hearts of these people, thus giving them some hope that someone, somewhere cares!!

If anyone would like more information about this project I am trying to build up, then please e-mail me at:- info@lakota-aid.co.uk

If you would like to make a difference to an Elders life, no matter how small a contribution, then please contact me and I will give you the relevant information for an Elder.

Also, I am going back to South Dakota in march of this year after a couple years gap due to personal circumstances. I am so looking forwards to seeing my friends on the reservation again, but this will also be a trip in which I intend to do a lot of research and gain more knowledge of conditions etc on the reservation.

Bearing in mind that I live in the UK, I am intending to do more talks after this trip about my work with the Lakota people and if anyone would like me to do a talk on this subject, then again please e-mail me at:-


Thank you for reading this newsletter and I hope that this appeal will touch the hearts of many people.

Best Wishes for 2008

Brenda – www.lakota-aid.co.uk

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Friday, 11 January 2008 09:04 pm
rosiedoes: (Mood: Geek)
I'm going to buy a Sidekick Slide this weekend.

Does anyone have one of these, or have any thoughts on them?

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Sunday, 4 November 2007 01:17 pm
rosiedoes: (Mood: Geek)
People who know more advanced HTML than I do: I need to create links in those little scroll boxes so people can copy the text and paste it to their own LJ/MySpaces. How do I do that?

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Friday, 2 November 2007 07:53 am
rosiedoes: (Mood: Geek)
Thinking about buying this camcorder to take to Chicago (and on investigations).

Techie types - I don't really understand the jargon, although I know it has night vision, can someone explain to me how I get the footage onto my computer and what recording format it uses (ie. it says DVD but that seem absurd on a camera that size)?


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Saturday, 13 October 2007 11:52 pm
rosiedoes: (Mood: Geek)
Can anyone point me to an easy to use file conversion software? My phone generates .m4 files that I can't play anywhere.


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Tuesday, 2 October 2007 07:43 pm
rosiedoes: (Mood: Geek)
Would there be such a thing as a kind of plug-in for Office 2007, to make their new version of Word in some way fucking usable?

This is pure horror.

Also, I just talked to my housemate and he has the same problem with his new Toshiba that I do: the windows and cursor bounce around. We're both assuming we're hitting a shortkey somewhere, but we're buggered if we can figure out what it is. Grr.

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Tuesday, 14 August 2007 08:47 pm
rosiedoes: (Mood: Geek)
US kids - what month do you finish your penultimate year of high school? June or July?

Also, what when do you start sending applications to colleges?


Thursday, 15 February 2007 10:48 pm
rosiedoes: (Mood: Remember)



Paying it Forward

Monday, 4 December 2006 11:17 pm
rosiedoes: (Mood: Happy)
Some of you might have seen the new community on the LJ Spotlight, [livejournal.com profile] payingitforward - a community where people ask for help for third parties, and others do what they can; or just talk about the nice things they've done, or people have done for them.

Well, here's mine - and it's not what you think:

Over the weekend, after the initial discovery was made about Brenda ceasing the in-take of donations for Lakota-Aid, I paid $20.00 (p+p) as a donation for the DVD about Pine Ridge. Then, the next day, I paid $25.00 to the Propane Fund from the Friends of Pine Ridge.

I spent hours emailing people and organisations and creating [livejournal.com profile] lakota_support - trying to rally supporters (even just people who can pass on word of what is going on - or indeed, what is not) and bring to light what is happening.

During the day, I received information about a little boy with leukaemia and made my first post at [livejournal.com profile] payingitforward.

Laying in bed, last night, I couldn't sleep for thinking about Pine Ridge and how I could raise money and awareness, and help poor little Marcus Ten Fingers. I came up with some ways and did a few calculations, and today I sent $100 cash (recorded, don't worry) direct to his family, with a card and some sweets/candy.

Walking to my psychic development group in the rain, in the middle of London, in the evening rush hour, I still wanted to do more. It's like eating, but never feeling full - no matter how much I gave, it felt insufficient.

And then, I stopped to buy something for dinner in a supermarket, and when I returned outside - still dark, still wet, still awash with commuters oblivious to the world around them, blanking the homeless man in the doorway, attempting to make a living from selling The Big Issue.

I stopped, and pulled out my wallet, asking how much it cost, these days.

"£1.50", he told me, and started to take a new copy out of his little plastic wallet.

And I realised something: I never read the actual magazine. I buy it to help the sellers out.

"Here," I said, giving him the money, "you may as well keep the copy and sell it to someone else, I never read it - just cut out the middle-man and take the money."

The grateful smile and the sincere 'thank you' that man gave me - for just £1.50 ($3.00) - was so rewarding. I finally felt like I'd done something to make someone's day just a little bit better. And I realised how hard I've been any time I've walked past the sellers in the street who are trying to make a living, even in their position, when they could be begging.

I'm not going to get to see the smiles on the faces of the Ten Fingers family, but if they're even a fraction as grateful as he was - and I'm confident they will be, for anything anyone can give - it'll be worth having to tighten the purse strings for the rest of the month.
rosiedoes: (Mood: Sad)
Hi Everyone

I am appealing on behalf of a little Lakota Boy named Marcus Ten Fingers, who has acute child Leukaemia.

He has to go to a hospital in Minnesota for chemotherapy treatment, but his family has no money for fuel to get him there, hotel and food money for the family etc, and they are in desperate need of help.

They have asked for help from agencies and from the tribe, but no money is available so I have been asked to put out an appeal for this little boy.

Please send anything you can as soon as possible to :-

Theodora Ten Fingers
1015 Wamblee Dr
Rapid City
South Dakota

The treatment for Marcus starts on December 28th, so please make his, and his family’s Christmas look brighter by helping in anyway you can.

I also wish everyone a Happy Christmas and a Good New Year and I will keep posting newsletters and information for the Lakota people as they come in.

Best Wishes to all

Lakota Aid.

Edit: Advice from Brenda:

Thankyou for all you are trying to do and if you send dollars inside a greetings card and put this inside a bubble wrap pack and really seal it all well it will get there by airmail ok. I have sent some myself this way and it does get there ok.

[livejournal.com profile] lakota_support

Saturday, 2 December 2006 07:05 pm
rosiedoes: (Mood: History)
After some discussion with friends, I have created this community: [livejournal.com profile] lakota_support.

Together, if we can't raise much in monetary terms, at least we can raise awareness.

I'd really appreciate your help, guys.

Lakota Aid

Friday, 1 December 2006 11:19 pm
rosiedoes: (Mood: History)
As it gets to the winter season, where here, it's a bit cold - in Vancouver it's snowing...

We get to go home. For the people of Pine Ridge - the Native Americans whose ancestors were massacred at Wounded Knee - it means coming deaths from cold, as their elders sleep in cars to give the young people 'space' to sleep in. And by space I mean room in a six-berth mobile home, with up to thirty people in.

Recently, a group of film makers and a friend of mine, Brenda Aplin - founder of Lakota Aid, who I plan to do a parachute jump in aid of - went out to the reservation to make a documentary highlighting the way people are forced to live.

Since the settlers came and forced them to the reservations - destroying their way of life and their ability to live from the land they way they always had - Pine Ridge and the people of the Black Hills have spiralled into poverty. Unemployment is at 85-95% of the population. There is no technology or industry at all.

Infant mortality here, is the highest in the continent.

Please, if you can, go to Lakota Voices and make a donation of $20.00 (that's about £12.00 including postage) and in return you will receive a copy of the documentary on DVD.

Brenda tries to raise the money to heat and feed as many families as possible on the reservation, and to do that she needs to fill propane tanks. Each tank costs up to £300.00. Donations have been so poor in the past year, that Brenda has removed the option from the website - but I'll find out how you can donate, if you want to, just let me know.

This is something that really means the world to me. The people of Pine Ridge share my ancestors.

If you need convincing, watch the trailer here. Thirteen still-born babies in two months, because of radiation in the water is too much by anyone's standards. One is too many.

As, one person quoted correctly says, "If we were four-leggeds, everybody would help us. But we happen to be two-leggeds, so people don't care if we go extinct... and that's where we're headed."
rosiedoes: (Mood: Heritage)
On an entirely separate note, would anyone be happy to competently translate some English into German for me, please?

I don't have the text right now, but I'll need it in the next week or two.


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