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Monday, July 24, 2006



Last week my gal and I took a long weekend in Kauai, Hawaii - an area I consider to be one of the most beautiful spots on the planet. Kauai boasts the wettest area on the planet (464 inches of rain per year average!) The day we took this picture, it was raining throughout the 4 mile hike (one way) to the waterfall and it was blowing so hard that you couldn't get within 100 feet of the base of the waterfall without bullets of water barraging your face like buck shot! A truly awesome display of mother nature's power:
On a much more casual excursion, we visited Spouting Horn (below) where the lava has formed a hole for the incoming waves to crash UP through, thus spouting into the sky. There is an accompanying air escape hole that makes a dragon breathing sound with every wave.

I hope you all had equally eventful weekends. With the insufferable heat everywhere this weekend(117 F here), I would highly recommend you all to escape to an air conditioned movie theater and watch Al Gore's "An Inconvenient Truth" (click here to see the trailer). Talk about Mother Nature's Fury! Jaw dropping and eye opening. I hope this helps us all to consider what we can do individually to help preserve this amazing planet and our existence on it.

All Things Possible!


  • At 3:25 PM, July 24, 2006 , Blogger Tim said...

    Looks like you had a fantastic weekend. I love to hike (and photography) and that looks like one trail I will have to try some day.

    We had an fun weekend ourselves attending a benefit concert for a little 4 year old girl that needs a heart transplant. It was a weekend long event, with many bands, most local, but the Guess Who (yes they are still alive....well most of em) closed the show Sunday night. I am a people watcher. I get a kick out of watching people just being people. It was fun to watch all the "grandmas and grandpas" rockin out, dancing and having a good time. It was sort of like a mini Woodstock and ironically, it was held in Woodstock, Illinois. The best part was that over $100,000 was raised and it all goes towards this little girls medical bills. There ARE good people out there doing good things in this world. Unfortunately, we don't hear enough about them.

    Stay cool


  • At 4:23 PM, July 24, 2006 , Anonymous Sue said...

    Yes, Chris, stay cool! I heard it from my daughter that it was HOT there. They moved cross-country last week to Virginia, so now I'll be thinking about the weather there.

    Maybe the ice pack idea everyone told me about would work for the heat, as well. I remember my mom telling us something like that during hot and humid summers when we were growing up, with no air conditioning.

    Apparently there is record heat everywhere. As you said, good time to hole up in a cool theater.

    Hope to see the Al Gore documentary sometime. What other movies are you recommending this summer?

    Does anyone know anything about "Way of the Peaceful Warrior"? I've been hearing a lot about that lately.

    The Woodstock concert sounded great, Tim. It's heartwarming to hear stories like that!

    All the best! Sue

  • At 2:04 PM, July 26, 2006 , Anonymous Jaschenka said...

    Hey all! Wow Chris wonderful photos -Mother Nature at her best indeed. But just out of curiosity: what does a breathing dragon sound like? ;)

    Yeps we are having an official heat wave over here too..second week in a row with temperatures up to 34 °C. Dogs hate it, I can't really take them out unless it's early morning or late at we are all being pretty lazy. But it's good practice for my upcoming trip to China in just a couple of weeks. I hope to have some nice photos to show you all then too.

    But first my mind is set on the upcoming Castlefest, a big medievalish event that I'm really looking forward to- not in the least because I'll be meeting up with friends again.

    Have a great summer you all. Stay healthy, stay cool. Be Inspired!

  • At 3:47 PM, July 26, 2006 , Blogger Christopher Showerman said...

    Cool Tim!! You get to go to Woodstock - and what a great cause!! Bravo!

    Thanks Sue - I haven't heard much on "Way of the Peaceful Warrior" but I loved the book. Is it based on that? I haven't seen anything lately that I'm dying to reccomend. Anyone else have input on good summer movies not to be missed??

    Hey Jaschenka - I bet they'll let you know what a breathing dragon sounds like at Castle fest - but of all people - I suspect you already know!

    Stay Cool!


  • At 8:56 PM, July 26, 2006 , Anonymous Sue said...

    The Peaceful Warrior? You can go the website of Dan Millman, author of the book, that you spoke about Chris. It has the movie trailer and other links, as well as info on his books, speaking engagements, and even an offer for a free e-chapter. It's a Lionsgate film.

    I know nothing about the book, but since you have read it, can you fill us in? It sounds very remarkable...and the film is apparently out now.

    Sounds intriguing...Sue

  • At 1:46 PM, July 27, 2006 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Hi Christopher

    i'm a friend of Jaschenka's who hasn't posted before but hear about you regualrly from her. I love your phots and the descriptions esp the dragon breathing.

    Hope you don't mind me posting.


  • At 8:30 PM, July 27, 2006 , Anonymous Patrick said...

    Chris, yes, I had an equally eventful weekend in Pittsburgh. Getting the chores done makes me sound like a breathing dragon, and being on-call for work makes me feel like I am being barraged with buck shot! How can that POSSIBLY compare to beautiful Hawaii? But as you always say, all things are possible!

    Tim, for those of us who could have attended the original Woodstock, it sounds like you had a weekend with a real purpose. I am sure the weekend felt productive and hopeful.

    Sue, maybe we should buy an ice sounds like we could come up with hundreds of ways to use the cold rocks!

    Jaschenka, you are always preparing for something wonderful...China and Castlefest...what fun! We are looking forward to the Shadyside Arts Festival and the main food festival here in the Little Italy section of Pittsburgh. Lots of pizza and funnelcake.

    Angi, welcome to the Forum Family! Enjoy the wonderful comments and heartfelt emotions from these fine folks.

    Stay cool, everyone. Maybe I will look for the Peaceful Warrior this weekend...I have not read Millman yet.

    I look forward to hearing from you all!

    Patrick in Pittsburgh

  • At 1:10 AM, July 28, 2006 , Anonymous Jaschenka said...

    Hey folks!
    Why is it we all seem to take such an in interest in breathing dragons -one way or the other- all of a a sudden *lol*?! Ute, do you have any idea how they sound; you're the expert here! And be careful with the dragonhunt people, surely you all know the phrase: 'Do not meddle in the affairs of Dragons..for you are crunchy and good with ketchup.'

    Angi, good to see you here and enjoy your stay in this lovely little corner of the web. (I first met Angi in the fantasy world -she is an amazing watercolour artist and does the most gorgeous landscapes and fantasy portraits!)

    Patrick- that art festival sounds cool. And 'funnelcake'? No idea what it is but it sounds yummie.

    Anyone who wants some suspense in the theatres this summer go check out this one:

    And we have to wait some time for this movie but I already know I want myself a Minimoy for Christmas!
    Have a great weekend everybody. Be Inspired!

  • At 12:34 PM, July 28, 2006 , Anonymous Patrick said...

    Jaschenka, funnelcakes are nothing more than a flour mixture deep fried quickly in long tubes and then covered with powdered old Croatian/Italian pastry. Good for nothing but palatable enjoyment and weight gain...

    The trailer for "Arthur and the Minimoys" looks fantastic. I can't wait to see the movie!

    Angi, I am considering getting a tattoo. Is there a place I can see some of your work...maybe one of your fantasy portraits would be a good subject for my body art?

    Enjoy the weekend!
    Patrick in Pittsburgh

  • At 1:31 PM, July 28, 2006 , Blogger Christopher Showerman said...

    Hey You Guys!

    I'd like to join everyone else in welcoming Angi to our forum family! Thanks for typing in. If you have any artwork you'd like to share with us, please email it to me and I'll put it up on the Fan Contribution page!

    Sue, as I remember, Peaceful Warrior was an autobiographical story about how Dan Millman met a man who reshaped his ideas about real power, success, and masculinity. It has been a while since I read it.

    Wow, Patrick - a Tatoo?? That's a big step. Maybe you'll also get some ideas at the art festival there. Can you still donate blood if you have a tatoo?

    Jaschenka! Thanks for the links. I'm curious about Lady in the Water. I was so enamored with M. Night Shyamalan's first movie that I have seen everything he has done since. 6th Sense remains my favorite though. And a funnel cake is like a stroopwafel without the Stroop!

    Hope you all have a fantastic weekend!!


  • At 1:33 PM, July 28, 2006 , Blogger Christopher Showerman said...

    PS: Ute, do you by chance have any recordings of breathing dragons?

  • At 3:21 PM, July 28, 2006 , Anonymous Jaschenka said...

    Hey again all..
    Patrick, those funnelcakes sound good and since I lost 2.5 kilos and have no idea where they went but want them back..send some my way, okay!

    I am actually in the process of designing my own tattoo that I will get once I am totally happy with the design. Here's the rough sketch so far if anyone is interested:¤t=bowconcept.jpg&refPage=&imgAnch=imgAnch9
    Patrick, feel free to contact me if you wanna talk tattoos- got lots of cool links and all!
    And Chris, I think you can still give blood without a problem when you have a tattoo..of course you need to wait untill it is fully healed which takes some time.

    Hm, if anyone has recordings of dragons breathing it would be Ute for sure!

    Till later, people. Be Inspired!

  • At 3:24 PM, July 28, 2006 , Anonymous Jaschenka said...

    (sorry that link opened my entire photobucket..scroll down for tattoo design -the bow- on left midpage)

  • At 3:45 PM, July 28, 2006 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I didn't particularly notice their breathing much when the dragons came to my "wedding" last weekend but they do have nice warm scales and like to be stroked.

    I do larp btw so dragons attending weddings is perfectly normal.

    Chris in England you can't give blood if you have a tattoo - seen as risk of speading infection.

    Jasch you already know i love your tattoo design as it is and look forward to seeing the finished piece.

    Many thanks for the very warm welcome on here - jasch said you were all really friendly.


  • At 8:06 PM, July 28, 2006 , Anonymous DaveW said...

    Funnel cake? Mmmmm, I'm drooling just thinking of it - along with Elephant Eats and Corn Dogs, Funnel Cake is one of my favorite fair and festival foods.

    I can't say that I have ever wanted to get a tattoo - but it sure seems that everyone either has or is getting one these days.

    I enjoyed the pictures of Hawaii, too. I also have been away for a few days - but in the opposite direction and enjoyed a brief visit to Montreal, Quebec. It was my first real exposure to a culture where English wasn't the predominate language and was glad to find out that more of my one semester of college French stuck with me than I thought.

    Stay cool everyone - it sounds like it's going to be a hot one again this weekend regardless of what continent you are living on!


  • At 8:25 PM, July 28, 2006 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Patrick, that ice franchise sounds great...could use some ice packs in this hot and humid wave we're having here. Can't imagine the temperatures in California...hope they are subsiding. Today I heard on one report that the walnuts were cooking in their shells. That the agriculture is really suffering.

    Jaschenka, thanks for the thoughts on Lady in the Water, I'd been wondering about that film..and the cool French/English link to the Arthur film..

    As for funnel cakes, I would love to try them, perhaps I'll make it near that territory on a trip east to Virginia in the months coming up. When we were visiting Solvang in CA earlier this year with our daughter, we enjoyed the local Danish community delicacy there...Aebleskiver, a puffy round pastry served with raspberry jam and dusted with powdered sugar. This just reminded me I had thought about ordering the fixings online to recreate the experience. Can you do that with funnel cakes?

    Wow, Chris, your photos of Kaui sure inspired some unique discussion on this forum!

    Have a beautiful, peaceful weekend everyone...Sue

  • At 8:38 PM, July 28, 2006 , Anonymous Sue said...

    PS Looks like my welcome to Angi got cut off when I posted last.
    Welcome Angi...hope you enjoy the ATP forum family! Did you say wedding last weekend? Congratulations!

    Also Dave, just saw that you went to Montreal...I'd love to travel up there. Was it for theater? My daughter went there with her high school band and French class together! Imagine that! She loved it...I really need to get there someday...Sue

  • At 10:42 PM, July 28, 2006 , Anonymous Ute said...

    Hi Guys,

    you've been busy! Lots of great comments.

    Great photos, Chris! I've been to Kauai in 1994 (I think). Very beautiful and very wet! Did you also take the helicopter tour over that canyon they call the "Grand Canyon of the Pacific"? That is really awesome.

    Sorry, I have no recording of a breathing dragon, but if you really want to know I recommend you watch the movie "Dragonheart" which is probably the best dragon movie ever. I also loved the book a lot.

    Things have *finally* cooled down tonight. It's still 19°C, but since it rained it actually feels a bit cool. The last couple of days it's been humid and hot and we have no air-condition at the office, so that was no fun.

    Jaschenka, how is the weather over there? I still don't know which clothes to pack for "Castlefest"!

    Hi Angi, nice to hear from you!

    I'm having a great day today: it's "book mile weekend" (which is a sort of open air book fair) which I will go to today with some friends, after that we will grab a bite to eat and then we are going to see "Pirates of the Carribean" which opened here this week.

    Have a great weekend everyone.


  • At 9:10 PM, July 29, 2006 , Anonymous DaveW said...

    Sue, I was actually in Montreal for business and didn't get a chance to see much of the city - except for a hike up Mount Royal, from which the city gets its name - but I saw enough to endorse it as a place to visit! Lot's of history, culture, and good food too.

    By the way, tonight I went to see "Monster House" (in 3D no less) and want everyone to know that this is one great film. Well written and directed even though it isn't from my favorite animated film studio (you can all guess which one that is).

    One word of caution - it has several scary moments, even for adults, so I wouldn't recommend taking young children (7 or younger) even though it is an animated film. Seeing this movie has made my weekend even better!


  • At 5:11 AM, July 30, 2006 , Anonymous Sue said...

    Thanks Dave, I appreciate the endorsement of that beautiful city. There are some places like that, also Nova Scotia, that I have always wanted to get to...someday! You've reminded me to put that further up on our to-do list! Don't get to travel a whole lot, but should focus on weaving some of those spots into our plans. I enjoy hearing from all the forum family about your various travels. Have never been to Hawaii either! But we did see a wonderful waterfall among the redwoods in California in April that was worth the hike to (although it was a bit shorter trek than the 4-mile one that Chris took!) My heart goes out to all the people in that wonderful state, who've been experiencing the effects of the heat wave. It was so beautiful and green when we were there. Our heat wave is only in the 90s, which seems much more bearable when thinking of triple digits.

    It tends to make you think about the subject of global warming...I hope sometime to see Al Gore's movie. It must be having some kind of effect. I keep seeing references to it in lots of places.

    Since we don't have air conditioning, I've been using that tried and true ice-cold cloth trick, But a specially made ice pack would be great to have! Hope everyone enjoys the rest of summer and that it's sizzling in many ways other than the high temps! Sue

  • At 6:15 AM, July 30, 2006 , Anonymous Patrick said...

    Happy Sunday, all! The above normal temps combined with some rain last evening left a haze of dragon's breath on the ground which was beautiful. It sounds like we are moving toward a Forum Family mascot!

    Chris, getting a tattoo IS a big step. I have thought about getting a tattoo for many years. Your question about blood donation post tattoo is a good one. Donors are deferred for 12 months after getting a tattoo to make sure any potential infection or threat of hepatitis due to non-sterile procedures has passed. Of course, everyone's blood is tested for viral markers before their donations are processed, so we would destroy any donation with a marker anyway.

    Jaschenka, your website is wonderful! I saw an image of our Chris--good picture! Thanks for your offer to share tattoo designs (and yours is beautiful), but I have a local tattoo artist who is really good and who is desiging two images for me to consider. The first is Icarus, and the second is a merman. Once the final image is drawn and the decision is made, my left arm will be the billboard for a beautiful piece of art. I will let you know what I decide.

    Dave, my professional organization--the American Association of Blood Banks--will be meeting in Montreal in October 2008. I am looking forward to Montreal!

    For everyone's enjoyment, I have posted a Funnel Cake recipe which I found on the Food Network website:

    1 cup water
    3/4 stick butter (6 tablespoons)
    1 tablespoon sugar
    1/8 teaspoon salt
    1 cup flour
    1 cup eggs, about 4 large eggs and 2 whites
    Vegetable oil, for frying
    Powdered sugar, for topping

    Boil water, butter, sugar, and salt together in a saucepan. Add flour and work it in until it is all incorporated and dough forms a ball. Transfer mixture to the bowl of a standing mixer and let cool for 3 to 4 minutes. With mixer lowest speed, add eggs, 1 at a time, making sure the first egg is completely incorporated before continuing. Once all eggs have been added and mixture is smooth, put dough in a piping bag fitted with a number 12 tip. Heat about 1 1/2 inches of oil in a heavy pan. Pipe dough into oil, making a free-form lattice pattern; cook until browned, flipping once. Remove cake from oil, drain on paper towels, and top with powdered sugar. Continue until all of the batter is used.

    Let me know how you like them!

    Enjoy your day, everyone!

    Patrick in Pittsburgh

  • At 12:39 PM, July 30, 2006 , Anonymous Ute said...

    Hey Patrick,

    I like your idea of having a dragon as the forum family mascot. As to me a dragon stands for strength and wisdom I think it would be a perfect mascot for us. And I just love dragons! Did anyone here read "Eragon" and the sequel "Eldest" by Christopher Paolini? A must, if you like dragons and/or good fantasy stories! The only bad thing about it is that he is still writing part three...

    Thank you also for the Funnel Cake recipe. Maybe Jaschenka and I can bake them together when I am staying with her. What say you, Jaschenka? We could use your new frying pan! ;)

    Lots of love to everyone,


  • At 2:33 PM, July 30, 2006 , Anonymous Jaschenka said...

    Hey all.

    I agree- a dragon would be perfect as a mascot!

    Patrick: thanx for checking out my website (not sure if you mean my Mythreal site or just the photobucket link I posted before *lol*) and yeah I'd love to see the design you have in mind for your tattoo. I agree- it IS a big step and that's why I decided I won't get mine until I'm completely happy with the design. However, mine will be more than just a pretty picture (or at least that's how I see it) since it is filled with symbolism and therefore quite special to me. Any particular reason why you are going for these specific mythical creatures and does your tattoo artist by any chance have a website we can visit? (And thanx for the medical backgrounds on blood donations & tattoos!)

    Ute: sure we can try and make Funnelcakes..sounds kind of like Reibekuchen don't you think?! I hope we have some energy left after Castlefest for baking. I'll get you an update on the weatherforecast before you leave but I think it won't be as hot as it has been in the past week so that's good!

    Sue, I am so glad we seem to gather here with people who do still respect nature in all it's many forms. Let's keep this place a green place.

    Greenthings and Be Inspired!

  • At 9:33 PM, July 30, 2006 , Anonymous Sue said...

    Jaschenka, thanks...I agree about respecting and being in harmony with nature. And I enjoy the perspectives from everyone on the forum. It's great to know others around the globe are having the same kinds of thoughts. Makes it seem a little smaller, and that each of us can make a diffence in our own little corner of it! -- Looking forward to hearing all about your Funnelcake experience with Ute! Keep cool this week everyone...Sue

  • At 8:05 PM, July 31, 2006 , Anonymous Patrick said...

    Jaschenka, I did visit Mythreal and your costumes are beautiful! My partner and I have created stage costumes for a few years and it is definitely challenging and fun work!

    The artwork and glassware are also wonderful! Keep up the good work!

    Incredible heat again today in Three Rivers country. Should calm down by Wednesday.

    Have a great week, everyone!

    Patrick in Pittsburgh

  • At 2:13 PM, August 01, 2006 , Anonymous Jaschenka said...

    Hey Patrick. Thanks a bunch for visiting my site and glad you enjoyed my costumes and doodles -my two main passions in life (okay next to my hubby and doggies..)More to be uploaded but that's my husbands department so it'll have to wait till he gets back from China.
    I actually did theatre costumes as well, about ten years ago! Volunteered in a couple of stage productions -including The Taming of the Shrew- to do costumes and sets. It was great fun.

    We are in the middle of an amazing thunderstorm right now. Enjoy the second half of the week, people!
    Be Inspired!

  • At 8:11 PM, August 02, 2006 , Anonymous DaveW said...

    Jaschenka, your husband's in Chine, huh? My understanding is that the Chinese view dragons in an entirely different way than those of us from the so-called "western" cultures and that they are revered more than feared. Oh, and I hope you get back to doing theater costumes - a good costumer is worth his/her weight in gold!

    We are still in one heck of a heatwave here in southern Michigan/northwest Ohio - nearly 100 degrees F today with humidity so high you can drink the air! It was supposed to cool off this evening but so far it hasn't...

    Stay cool everyone!

  • At 8:12 PM, August 02, 2006 , Anonymous DaveW said...

    I meant "China" and not "Chine" in my message above, of course. I gotta learn to edit before I publish...

  • At 12:30 AM, August 03, 2006 , Anonymous Jaschenka said...

    Hey Dave.
    *lol* Editing can be tricky..especially when English is not your first in my case! ;)
    Yep my husband is in China for his work for six months . He's staying in Shanghai and came back for a two week break last month. In return I'll visit him for two weeks mid august.
    You are right, dragons are very special in China. There is one particular temple in Shanghai that is called 'the House of the Dragon', it's wonderful. Hope to visit it myself when I'm there.

    Well with running my one little business in fantasy costumes I'm stilling getting my share in doing crazy costumes..and hey I even get to wear them when I visit fairs and festivals -like the upcoming Castlefest. But yeah doing theatre was great fun. There's nothing like the scent of heavy velvet curtains and dusty wooden floors like in those old theatres!! *sighs*

    Be Inspired, everyone!

  • At 5:55 AM, August 03, 2006 , Anonymous Sue said...

    Speaking of "Mother Nature's Fury" as Chris mentioned at the beginning...Dave, what about the heat yesterday in Michigan...wasn't that a scorcher? We were without power for a few hours. Always makes you appreciate it when life gets back to normal. Our daughter and son-in-law in Virginia say it's extremely hot and humid there yet. And the news reports confirm that the Eastern U.S. is getting cooked! My son-in-law said (they just moved from CA last week) that they went from hot, hot to hot and humid...probably worse for most of us. Hope you are keeping cool in Europe,Jaschenka and everyone there. Looks like it's a sizzling summer for all of us! Sue

  • At 4:35 PM, August 03, 2006 , Blogger Tim said...

    Sue, Dave, Patrick and anyone else in the heat scorched areas of the country. I feel your pain. We were with out power for almost two days. The temperature at 8 pm in the house was 98. I spent the night outside sleeping (sort of) on the deck but the mosquitos were terrible. It was miserable.

    The worst part was we lost everything in the freezer and refridgerator. Like Chris, I eat six times a day, whole foods, lots of protien etc. Of course we had just loaded up with a weeks worth of food that is now rotting in the garbage.

    I try to find the silver lining in everything. I feel very fortunate that it wasn't worse. Unlike people in New Orleans during Katrina, our power was out not quite 48 hours, I at least had a deck I could sit on and was not trapped on my roof, and the worst that I lost was some food, all of which can and has been replaced.

    Stay cool everyone. In a few short weeks, the nights here in the mid west will start to get cool and fall will be on it's way. I can't wait... Tim

  • At 7:23 PM, August 03, 2006 , Anonymous DaveW said...

    Isn't it wonderful? In summer we can complain about the heat and in winter we can complain about the cold!

    Of course, in all seriousness, the weather can play havock with lives and sometimes tragically so. We seem to forget that ultimately, Mother Nature is in charge and not us. I was lucky in our area and we didn't lose power - at least not to my knowledge - and I am certain that everyone who had an air conditioner had it on. It was nice today that it only got up into the mid-eighties and not the nineties. Though we started the day with quite a thunderstorm.

    Hang in there everyone - as Tim points out fall is on the way (at least in the northern hemisphere).


  • At 8:08 PM, August 03, 2006 , Anonymous DaveW said...

    Just saw an interesting rumour on a comics related website - so Chris, any truth to the talk that there may be a "fantastic" role in your future? To soon to say anything? I hope we aren't "doomed" to wait long for an answer!


  • At 8:09 PM, August 04, 2006 , Anonymous Sue said...

    Enjoyed your posts everyone about the summer heat. It's beautiful here in Michigan now that the cool front came through. Highs in 80s and balmy evenings. One of those for my family will be Saturday evening at Tiger Stadium in Detroit for what's turning out to be an annual event and a way to celebrate together as a family since our parents passed away. Last year we celebrated my birthday there with was great...and the Tigers actually won that night! This year we're celebrating my brother's August birthday, one of those marker ones! And fireworks again...with the team having a great season. Summer and baseball...summer and fireworks. Those are the memories we like to treasure..our field of dreams!

    May your mid-summer nights be beautiful! Sue

    PS Looking forward to hearing about Castlefest!

    PPS...Chris...Yes, what about those rumors?

  • At 8:18 AM, August 05, 2006 , Anonymous Sue said...

    OK...before all you Tiger fans out there call me on it, I'm going to Comerica Park, as my husband reminded me. But the rest of the story is the same! ATP weekend everyone! Sue

  • At 7:39 PM, August 06, 2006 , Anonymous Sarrellec said...

    Hello Chris, here. Everyone that posts is very positive and interesting and I'm a bit embarrassed because my central point to post is:


    I've read how rough you were on yourself in order to display that fantastic body in GOTJ2 and I, as an old gay man, have to tell you how much I appreciate all of your hard work just for me to look at.


    Now that THAT is out of the way, everything ELSE I've read about you shows you to be so much more than just a great body. You obviously put a lot of energy into just being and helping people out while occupying that spotlight. It's not all altruistic, but, honey, take it from an old man, altruism all by itself doesn't really help anyone.

    There has to be SOMETHING in it for the provider, or human resentment sets in.

    I used to get my spotlight while performing in local charities' shows for AIDS organizations as well.

    Was it to help Stone Soup or the local help-house? You betcha! But was it also so people would listen to me sing and make me and them happy for a little while? You betcha!

    I loved it. A win-win situation for everyone!

    So...enjoy the benefits of a pretty face and a beautiful body and a kind soul.

    I wish you the very best of luck and, again, really appreciate all the hard work you put in just so I, and, I'm quite sure, a few million other men as well as women out here, get to enjoy watching.

    The only thing I'll ever really miss in this life is that I was never beautiful and never had a chance to be. Aren't genetics a pain?


  • At 11:36 AM, August 07, 2006 , Blogger Christopher Showerman said...

    Howdy Yall!!

    I loved all the action in the forum and thank you so much for the recipie for Funnel Cakes, Patrick!! Who would have thought that you could learn such gourmet tips on my website!! Bravo!

    As Dave so astutely pointed out, yes, I did audition for Fantastic Four but the part would have been mostly hiddend behind prostetics. I have instead decided to take the part on the LEGENDS tour with Joan Collins and Linda Evans even though it is only understudying two very brief roles. For more info on that, go to:

    Welcome Sarrellec! Thanks for the lovely comments - and yes I couldn't agree with you more about altruism...there really is no such thing! And from your writing and involvement with charity, you are definitely in touch with your own beauty!

    Hey Sue! Hope you found a way to stay cool with all those TIGERS at Comerica park!

    All Things Possible!

  • At 7:01 PM, August 07, 2006 , Anonymous DaveW said...

    Chris, it wasn't actually that astute of me - one just needs to frequent sites devoted to comic books and movies to discover that if a superhero movie is being made that you seem to be mentioned as considered for a role. Too bad that this one would have wasted your vocal talents - after all everyone knows that James Earl Jones was the voice of Darth Vader (original trilogy) but few remember that David Prowse was in the suit and that a third actor played Vader's "spirit!"

    Break a leg on the tour - I checked out the Joan Collins' web site and it looks like an ambitious schedule but that you will be visiting some great cities throughout North America.

    Oh, and Sue, how about those Tigers? I haven't been this excited since 1984...


  • At 8:11 PM, August 07, 2006 , Anonymous Sue said...

    Dave...thanks for the comment! Yes it was a beautiful night at Comerica Park Saturday and there were a lot of Indian fans in front of us who couldn't figure out what happened at the end of the 9th inning! I don't know if any of my photos turned out with my little camera...but there were 43,000 people with standing room only...and then there were fireworks and we were only 10 rows back. So we got a little bit ash covered...and you're right, it is exciting to be excited about the TIGERS again!

    Thanks for filling us in about the movie rumors, Chris. You really are going off on an a whirlwind adventure with the "Legends" --- Hope you will be able to keep tuned in to the forum family while you are touring and report back some of those adventures! Speaking of "fantastic"....this seems like a fantastic opportunity to meet an incredible number of people and see an incredible number of cities, as Dave noted... Best wishes! Sue

  • At 8:35 PM, August 07, 2006 , Anonymous Patrick said...

    Chris, it is so good to hear from you! I know you are busy, but we miss you here with the family. I join Sue in hoping that you will be able to stay connected to us during your travels. You will be in a few cities close to Pittsburgh...I will attempt to see the show. Good luck!

    Welcome, Sarrellec. Everyone in this forum is able to see the beauty in a multitude of people, places and things, so enjoy.

    I'm not sure everyone knows where everyone lives. I'm from Pittsburgh (home of the world champion football team the Steelers)! Where does everyone else reside? The world becomes significantly smaller when we know where we are.

    Be happy, and have a great week, everyone!

    Patrick in Pittsburgh

  • At 2:27 PM, August 08, 2006 , Anonymous Alex said...

    Hi all my dear friends!

    I was unable to post on Forum in the last three weeks because of own technical difficulties but everything is ok now! This Our Forum Family is wonderful and then i missed you all greatly. So, referring to your previous nice comments in July, i want to thanks you very much all and particularly Chris, Tom, Lara, Patrick and Dave for your support, condolencies, kind and sweet words and thoughts. They means a lot to me so i appreciate them very much; thanks for being all so good, nice and sensitive! Tom, you know that i loved what you done for your grandmother, mom and now for your dad and i'm sorry to hear he's not good; also thanks for your suggestion about good blood donation. Lara, sorry for your stomach ailments and hope you are well very soon! Patrick glad you had good trips last month and thanks for your Funnel Cakes recipe. Ute, thanks for the advice about how overcome the low levels of iron in the blood and congrats for your renewed beautiful website for Kieren; you've made a great job. Jaschenka, your albums on Photobucket are beutiful; i liked your dogs and all pictures. Welcome Angi and Sarrelec!

    Good to hear you decided to take part to "LEGENDS" Chris! Congrats, good luck and even though they are "only" understudying and brief roles hope you have great times anyway; i look forward to read news about that and seeing some your pictures and-or videos in the next months.
    Also i'm very glad you and your gal had a nice long week-end in Kauai, Hawaii in spite of the wet weather; thanks for sharing that with us and for posting those two beautiful pictures.
    I appreciate very much what you said about to help and preserve this amazing planet and our existence on it. Very well done to recommend watching Al Gore's "An Inconvenient Truth".
    I take interest in weather, climate changes, environment protection like work and hobby.
    As we know well extreme weather events and anomalies rise are more and more intense and frequent all over the world because of the rapid increase of greenhouse gases and global warming: incredibly strong heat waves, droughts, hurricanes, tornados, winds, thunderstorms, downpours, lightnings, etc. The US Climatic Data Center says that a lot of cities in the continental United States have set new records for high temperature this summer. Only two recent examples: in California during the last extreme heat wave Woodland Hills in Los Angeles County reached 119F (49C) and reported 21 consecutive days of temperatures exceeding 100 (38C)degrees, beating its old mark by six days; Danville in San Francisco Bay reached 116F (47C).
    These are the natural reactions to the unceasing and devastating environment alterations.
    The most part of humans have still to understand that they are not the absolute masters of this amazing planet. They and we all are part of it. Everyone must love, respect, preserve this planet; it's a wonderful gift exactly like our own life!

    Like Sue and Patrick said, i hope you will be able to stay connected to us during your tour.
    Please let us know what happen and particularly how you are because we are a family here and we love you so much!

    All the best, hugs and love to everyone!

    Alex in Turin, Italy.

  • At 9:13 PM, August 08, 2006 , Anonymous Sue said...

    Hi Alex in Italy! Hope to visit your wonderful country sometime. You wrote a great post...very enjoyable to read. Looks like Chris is getting quite a send-off from the forum! Best wishes...Sue

  • At 3:33 PM, August 10, 2006 , Blogger Christopher Showerman said...

    Hey Alex!

    Great to see you in here again and wow- what a great post! Glad you're past your technical difficulties. In answer to yours and Patrick's question, yes - I will indeed be checking in to the Forum while on tour. I may not be as frequent, but I'll definitely keep you all posted of all the backstage excitement during the tour. As Sue mentioned, I'm looking forward to all those opportunities ahead.

    Dave, I never actually knew that David Prowse was the body of Darth Vader! Thanks for pointing out that similarity with my Fan4 possibility. As we're on the subject, just so you all know - Brother Ape was voiced by John Cleese but was physicalized by a great and very funny australian actor named Richard Mueck.

    All Things Possible!

  • At 5:03 PM, August 10, 2006 , Anonymous DaveW said...

    What!?! John Cleese wasn't in the 'Brother Ape' outfit? I am just shocked...shocked...(LOL)


    PS - but I have to admit that Richard did an excellent job. It must be tough to get the ape movements down in such a way as to be believable. It seems to me that at one time in Hollywood there were actors who specialized in portraying our simian cousins - I wonder if that is still the case today?

  • At 4:13 PM, August 11, 2006 , Blogger Tim said...

    Andy Serkis who played Gollum in the Lordof the Rings movies played King Kong in Peter Jackson's remake of the movie. He had gorilla movement and body language down perfectly. I realize that CG can help but the basic movements were his. He is a fantastic physical actor

    Hope everyone has a great weekend. It's cool here in Illinois at the moment. Time to get the dogs out for a good run.


  • At 10:09 AM, August 12, 2006 , Anonymous Jaschenka said...

    Hey all!

    @Tim: Indeed - Andy Serkis did such a great job on LOTR and KingKong! Gollum is one of my fav characters from the LOTR prrrreciousss! ;)

    Well, good to see all you had such fun on here. I am recovering from a long weekend of mead, fun, friends, costumes, great performances and more of this swirly woosh woosh nonsense, *lol* -also known as Castlefest! The weathergods truly favoured us and we had lovely temperatures and sunshine. Ute, it has been great to catch up with you, thank you for all the fun & friendship! *hugs*
    It is impossible for me to share all that happened- I could talk for hours. Here's a couple of links to give you an idea of what has been going on if you're interested:
    (my favourite neo-Celtic band Omnia performing- quality isn't too good but you get the idea)¤t=100_0110.flv&refPage=&imgAnch=imgAnch11
    (an impression of the fireshow by my friends of 'Kaos' at )
    (a whole load of photos if you're STILL not bored..I especially like the ones from Rob Franken and Midfan)

    Okay..I'll be off to China in a day for a two week stay with my husband. I'll try to check in here every once in a while to keep informed and maybe get some cool adventures this way. Take care you all and till soon. Be Inspired!


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