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  • Imagine Questions For Posting In 2018... -- Comicality, 04:11:31 12/15/17 Fri


    So, as many of you know, I've been asking questions every week to get a community discussions on topics that I thought we could all relate to in one way or another. There are new readers showing up almost every day now, and some are young, and others are older...but all are welcome. And being able to talk about these topics in an environment that welcomes this kind of discussion is the idea that this whole site was built on.

    Well...that and porn! LOL!

    All of them got responses, but I said that I would bring back a few of them a second time to see if we could get some more input on them. Plus, I wanted to answer the ones that I never got a chance to answer before myself. Fair is fair after all. Cool?

    So...below (and above in the next post) will be the entire community interaction section ("Comsie-Q's") for the entire year of 2018! (Both on the Shack AND from The Comicality Café!) If you guys already answered the question...don't worry! I've got your responses copied for the magazine, and I LOVE ya for contributing to something that was so important to me getting right! You guys are the best!!!!

    If you guys missed one of the questions, didn't respond, or wanted to elaborate with something more, feel free to reply to any of the questions below! Anonymous replies are always welcome and respected. We're just looking for some candid views on topics that a lot of us have gone through growing up, and may still be going through now! Cool?

    Give me a few minutes to get everything together, and answer a few questions of my own! Seezya then!


    So, as many of you know, I've been asking questions every week to get a community discussions on topics that I thought we could all relate to in one way or another. There are new readers showing up almost every day now, and some are young, and others are older...but all are welcome. And being able to talk about these topics in an environment that welcomes this kind of discussion is the idea that this whole site was built on.

    Well...that and porn! LOL!

    All of them got responses, but I said that I would bring back a few of them a second time to see if we could get some more input on them. Plus, I wanted to answer the ones that I never got a chance to answer before myself. Fair is fair after all. Cool?

    So...below (and above in the next post) will be the entire community interaction section ("Comsie-Q's") for the entire year of 2018! (Both on the Shack AND from The Comicality Café!) If you guys already answered the question...don't worry! I've got your responses copied for the magazine, and I LOVE ya for contributing to something that was so important to me getting right! You guys are the best!!!!

    If you guys missed one of the questions, didn't respond, or wanted to elaborate with something more, feel free to reply to any of the questions below! Anonymous replies are always welcome and respected. We're just looking for some candid views on topics that a lot of us have gone through growing up, and may still be going through now! Cool?

    Give me a few minutes to get everything together, and answer a few questions of my own! Seezya then!

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  • It's been an exhausting week... -- Comicality, 01:00:29 12/15/17 Fri


    Still can't rest until Sunday, but I'm burning that midnight oil until it runs out tonight! :P

    I did answer a TON of emails on Tuesday night, not as many on Wednesday, but I'll be trying to work on that again this weekend. K? Promise.

    Also, TODAY is the deadline for getting anything into Imagine Magazine's premiere issue! So send your stuff in as soon as you get a chance! If you're making any corrections or anything...finish them up and get them to me! Comicality@webtv.net so we can get you set up! Big kisses to those of you with MULTIPLE entries for us to use over a couple of issues next year! That's awesome! See? Now you've got a celebrity section in an online magazine! Welcome aboard, superstar! Hehehe!

    Now then, with work/stories/emails...I haven't been able to interact on the Shack message board as much as I would like to. I miss you guys sometimes. :(

    Let me attempt to fix some of that, as well as get in some last minute comments for Imagine at the same time! Cool?

    I'll work to put some of them in the replies below right now! Cool? And the rest I'll just answer on the board where I can.

    Here goes:

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  • Tuesday Christmas Song -- Sam. :), 17:35:29 12/12/17 Tue


    Home alone right now hi Kevin. :) Suits me cos I have some Christmas things to do that I don’t want Rob to know about just yet. Marky’s working real hard it’s a busy time and Rob’s out with his uni buds, Xmas binge, getting loaded hehe. He’s wearing the shepherd outfit that he wore last year so looking forward to him getting home. :) I had a couple drinks with them earlier then left them to it. Lol one of the guys is dressed as Superman but he’s got a blow up doll strapped to the front of him it’s nothing new you see it most weekends and you can guess what happens poor dolly gets abused stupid. It’s amazing how many girls do that as well they like watching as much as guys hehe. Hey guys carpe diem YOLO. Wow I just said YOLO haven’t heard that for years. :)

    I pick up my new car tomoz woohoo so a driving Christmas song. Sadly Chris Rea collapsed onstage a few days ago was taken to hospital and had to cancel the rest of his tour. This song is always a firm favourite this time of year. Get well soon Chris and have a great Christmas.

    https://youtu.be/DDt3u2Ev1cI


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  • GAH!!! WE MISSED MATT'S BIRTHDAY YESTERDAY! -- PeteIM, 12:36:22 12/13/17 Wed
    Happy (Belated) Birthday, Matt!

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  • Oh it's Christmas. :) -- Sam, 02:52:57 12/14/17 Thu

    https://youtu.be/_EXV-tvIBV4


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  • Good morning. …Two weeks today woohoo :) -- Sam. :), 03:43:03 12/11/17 Mon


    I don’t think I’ll ever stop looking forward to Christmas, the lunch, the party at night always awesome. There’s a tradition at my parents’ house and that is the tv is unplugged when they go to bed Christmas Eve and it’s off for the day it’s always been that way. It’s not a problem really because none of us are tv people as I said here many years ago most people spend a third of their life sleeping which still seems dumb so why spend another third watching tv wtv it just doesn’t figure. Another tradition is that the landline is unplugged and all mobile phones, tablets and laptops are switched off from mid-day until 4 pm Christmas is all about family and friends being together. My bro and his gf will be coming home next weekend we’re totally looking forward to that, they lives in Lyon now. It’s also the first Christmas Rob and me will spend together after all those years lol.

    Our night time parties are pretty cool, legendary and wild lol and obviously like every household a ton of oldies get played. This is one of my Grandfathers favourites and now mine. He’s not the 80’s Northern Soul era though closer to original Motown lol the Northern Soul boys just happened to pick it up. Anybody that has an original 65 copy of this is lucky one sold for £25k about eight years ago.

    Morning Jam. :)

    https://youtu.be/yFGg0AgDTz0


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  • This video stunned so many people this weekend -- Sam, 14:16:34 12/11/17 Mon


    It had millions of us in tears. It’s sad that bullying is still ripe in schools because a kid doesn’t fit the norm but as my dad said it’s been happening for so long now. In his days tall kids would be ridiculed along with short kids, fat kids along with skinny kids, wear glasses, have spots, the face isn’t perfect etc. I can’t say I came across it some kids were made fun of maybe but definitely not bullied maybe it’s down to where the school is but I do think UK schools have a tighter rein than USA schools.

    Anyhow Keaton’s brought a lot of awareness with this video and hopefully the bullies may just feel a bit of guilt. We love you Keaton we’re your friends.

    https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/dec/11/celebrities-rally-in-support-of-bullied-boy-keaton-jones

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  • Grief sucks... :-( -- bwctwriter, 19:25:57 12/11/17 Mon
    I'm barely over my grandmother's death, and now I gotta be strong thru a memorial service for an 11-month-old boy who I only briefly cared for, but heard so much about... Brutally abused and neglected by his parents until his injuries were too much for him...

    I can only take comfort in knowing that, in his final days, he was surrounded by a new family... A family that took greater care of him than anyone else in his life... We, the nurses and aides of Hasbro Children's Hospital, were his real family. I hope he knew, if even for a moment, that he was loved before he died. :'(

    Rest in Peace, Tobi... Those... MONSTERS... will never hurt you again.


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  • The Shack's Top 10 Songs of 2017 -- TurtleBoy, 15:27:27 12/11/17 Mon
    Nominate FIVE (5) of your most favourite Songs! If someone else has nominated a song, great! That's what we want. The most-nominated songs will make the cut! If there's a tie, we'll have a 1V1 Death Match! >:O

    To nominate, add your five songs in a reply below, or you can email me at turtleboy@csob.me

    How to play:

    1) Songs can be from Past or Present: "Whispering", by Paul Whiteman, "We Will Rock You", by Queen, "Despacito", by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber
    2) You cannot nominate the same song more than once. If someone else has nominated your song, you can nominate it again.

    You have until December 21, 2017 to cast your votes.

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  • Emails galore... -- Comicality, 01:40:32 12/12/17 Tue




    I've got today and tomorrow off from work! Yay! And that means that I will really REALLY try to get to as many emails as I possibly can within the next 48 hours! So kisses and hugs if you sent me anything, and my DEEPEST apologies if it took me a while to get back to ya! Just...'life'. You know? Hehehe, it's pesky! Trust me, I'd rather talk to you guys instead!

    Also, if you sent something in for Imagine Magazine, you're first on my list! I know you've got a Dec 15th deadline, so I'll get to you as soon as possible. Thank you SO much for stepping up and submitting something to support the effort! LOVE YOU LOTS!!!

    I will also try my best to get some of the longer email responses done and give you guys my undivided attention! I know it's been a while. So look for something from me on Wednesday! If I don't get to you by then, I'll try gain this weekend. I'm working on it, K?

    I'm a bit outnumbered here, but I'll get back to you as soon as possible! And HOWDY to the brand new Shackers who are finding this place for the first time! Welcome aboard! ::Giggles:: Feel free to say hello. Even you few guys who are...ahem...underage. :P Shhhh...I won't tell if you don't tell. :P

    That's it for now! Emails coming soon! Seezya soon!

    - Comsie!

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  • Sweeeeeeeeet!!! -- Comicality, 11:09:30 12/10/17 Sun


    Geez, slow down Marvel! You're hitting us from all sides these days! Still, can't wait! Season 2 is gonna be badass! Jessica! XD

    https://youtu.be/QK_iX5cPDhE


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  • Hehehe, coming to prime time... -- Comicality, 01:30:16 12/10/17 Sun


    LOL! Right between "Doogie Howser" and "The Wonder Years"! I can see it now! :P

    https://youtu.be/S-4rhjO6xYg


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  • wow. just posted. http://www.tedlouis.com/parker/boy_toy.html -- RickGayAZ (tearful), 17:36:43 12/09/17 Sat
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  • == JUKEBOX JIMMY == -- Comicality, 12:31:35 12/08/17 Fri





    THIS WEEK'S CHALLENGE: - "Staring Contest"! There's nothing more attractive than a set of piercing eyes! Any shape, any color. They can reveal your heart, and stun those around you with a beauty that shines from within. This week, Jimmy wants the 'eyes' to have it! Search your playlists for songs about eyes or with the word 'eye' in the title! They are the windows of the soul, after all! Give us at least one, no more than four! Cool? Happy hunting! And remember...Jimmy's eyes will be watching you!

    (Please put all video embeds in the reply below to prevent the board from slowing down.)


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  • GAH....ok!!! :O -- Comicality, 17:47:50 12/08/17 Fri
    SOME of the characters in this trailer are real! And some are super advanced CGI representations! James Cameron and Robert Rodriguez have come to together to see if we can tell the difference!

    I can...ummm...SORTA tell the difference...I think. But not really! Gah! Technology is fucking scary!!!

    https://youtu.be/aj8mN_7Apcw


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  • It was 37 years ago today -- Sam, 06:51:26 12/08/17 Fri


    https://youtu.be/STJqNYHxqCI


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  • imagine Magazine Question... -- Comicality, 10:45:51 12/07/17 Thu




    This is a question that I've asked from time to time whenever the issue came up in conversation, but I'd like to get a bigger answer from you guys who might not have replied n the past. Might as well add it to the magazine! So here goes:

    Imagine that someone that you don't have any real feelings for or any relationship...maybe even someone you barely know at all...decided they had the hots for you. They could have picked anybody, but they chose you. And their crush exists whether you return it or not. How does that make you feel?

    Now don't bother saying, "I'm old and ugly and stupid and no one will ever want me," because that's just not true. Everybody is somebody's dream boy! And pessimism is unattractive, so...focus! Hehehe!

    If you knew that someone was seriously interested in you, how would you react to that? Does it make you uncomfortable? Do you feel the need to return those feelings? Maybe you like it! It makes for one hell of an ego stroke, doesn't it? Are you shy about it? Do you find a sense of humor about it? Do you rush to tell them you're not interested so they can stop? Or maybe you think it's harmless and keep from mentioning it.

    Some people are truly flattered by the idea of having someone else find the beauty in who they are. Then again, some people are creeped out by the fact that some stranger might be stroking himself silly to thoughts of you naked every night before bed! There's a wide spectrum of feelings there.

    I was just interested in your thoughts on this. And remember, we're not talking 'sexual harassment' here. No inappropriate touches or dirty comments, nothing like that. This is just someone that thinks you're really cute, and a good person, and they chose you to be the object of their affections. Let us know what goes through your heart and mind in these situations! Inquiring minds want to know!

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  • Well, I'm surprised it took them this long... -- Comicality, 19:13:58 12/07/17 Thu


    It was bound to hit some scandalous TV network eventually...

    https://youtu.be/jk5-sIiZQ7s


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  • Oh hey, a book club title has been turned into a movie -- Cirrus, 02:46:35 12/03/17 Sun
    A while back I wrote a review for a book called "Simon v the Homo Sapiens Agenda". Well now it's been turned into a movie called "Love, Simon". I'll have to re-read the book, but I got to admit, at first blush it doesn't feel anything like the story I remember in my head. The trailer only references the anonymous email conversations Simon is having with Blue in the most oblique way, and there's no hint of the flirty banter I remember from their back and forths.


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  • Awesome he’s back in the real world -- Sam. :), 09:12:04 12/07/17 Thu


    Macauley is looking great real healthy especially compared to a few years ago. I honestly thought he wouldn’t be around this long. I’m convinced that dark period he went through was totally down to being abused by Michael Jackson and industry creeps, I thought he’d end up like Corey Hains, River Phoenix etc., an early death because of those creeps. Jackson may have put out some good music but I think he was a manipulative monster where young kids were concerned. Wtv he’s gone and Macca is still with us and now doing just fine. Well done Kevin millions of us are happy for you.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-5145201/Macaulay-Culkin-Brenda-Song-dine-Paris-Jackson.html

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  • For all you guys who have something to say, your audience awaits you! -- Comicality, 21:55:27 11/15/17 Wed




    A couple of months ago, I set out to bring 'Imagine Magazine' back in a major way! This time, posting a new issue every single month (instead of every two months), and making sure that all of our issues were locked and loaded and ready to go SIX MONTHS in advance! That means articles and group discussions and short solo stories and much much more! That was the big goal. Get six months worth of personal material done by December 1st!

    Well...we don't have six months ready.

    We have almost NINE months ready!!! And thanks a TON of you guys who chipped in to make that possible! ((Major Hugz))

    Now that the framework is almost done, I wanted to reach out to you guys so you can be a part of the celebration! Yes, you too can be a part of Imagine Magazine's content! No experience necessary! (But you guys already have plenty of experience because you post on the Shack, or go to the chatroom, or have sent me emails in the past) You guys all have interests, you have things that you're excited about, passionate about! You demonstrate it all the time. This really wouldn't be much different. Remember, Imagine is a place for all of us! Not just me. Hehehe, I have the Shack as my little online kingdom! This is a community effort that we can all enjoy being a part of. And there a LOT of new visitors coming in the next couple of weeks! So you might as well 'show em some skin', right?

    Ahem...that's metaphorically speaking! Don't send nudes. :P

    Here are a few of the things that Imagine is looking for:

    STORIES - This is number one on the list! Especially since the Shack is a site for gay romance and erotica, it kind of makes sense, right? Now, I understand that everybody isn't an author and some people are a little shy about taking that first step towards posting something so personal. That's cool. However, if you're a writer and you want to get your name out there, jump right in!

    What we're looking for are short exclusive stories (Just a one time deal, beginning to end) to showcase your talent! Stories should have a minimum word count of about 1500 words (about the size of an average "Billy Chase" chapter), but they can be as long as you want them to be after that! We'd love to see what you've got to offer. Remember, I NEVER thought I'd be writing online for this long when I started. I took a chance, and here we are!

    Every author who submits a story will be given an opportunity to advertise their website or their other stories online, as well as their social media links, ebooks, etc. And as a featured artist for that month, I'll be conducting a short interview with you, personally, to ask about your writing process and your story and what to look for in the future! The whole point is to get you the comments and the praise that you deserve for your work. You guys should give it a try. Trust me...you're better at this than you think you are.

    (More details on this in the short Q&A below in the reply!)

    ARTICLES - Now, for those of you who might have been scared off by the 'story' requests, don't run off just yet! Imagine is always going to be looking for articles from you guys! Articles that you can bend and shape and tailor make it to fit your own personal interests! I love to see you guys post on the board, and I've learned and seen so much thanks to you sharing a piece of yourself with us. Posting stuff on the board and writing an article for Imagine Magazine are pretty much the same thing! Just a little more polished up, that's all!

    You tell US what you want to write about! Are you a huge fan of "Stranger Things"? Tell us about it! Do a review for the series, tell us about the actors, research some of what went on behind the scenes! A short article, write it up, send it to me and say, "Comsie, I wanna add this to the magazine!" AWESOME! I love it! That's it! We'll do the rest!

    Do you love music? Constantly buying new albums? Know of some underground artists? Talk about it, do a little research, send it in! Are you a big movie buff? What are your favorites? Give us a top ten and explain why you like them! Send it in! Do story reviews for other authors on Nifty, tell us about a personal issue that you might be dealing with (Dwayne sent in a GREAT article about Tourettes Syndrome! We'll make sure you get to read that soon!), maybe you have something to say on real life issues in LGBT community, maybe you're trans and want to share your experience, or have dealt with depression and suicidal thoughts. Or...maybe you're just having a goofy moment and want to indulge in a spontaneous moment of diehard silliness! LOL! Which TurtleBoy and I will be doing quite often, so you'll feel right at home!

    The point is, this is YOUR show! If you just want to post an ad or two every now and then, that's fine. If you want to have a monthly column in the magazine where people come looking for your reviews or your commentary or your sexy jokes...even better. Send us five articles, send us ten, send a HUNDRED if you want! We'll keep them on hand and make sure they all get out there for the rest of our family here to read! K?

    ARTWORK/ANIMATION - For our talented artists out there with a pencil, pen, photoshop equipment, or animation programs...we'd LOVE to have you join the party as well! If you have your stuff posted online and want to share it on Imagine, contact me and we'll find the best way to put it on display. Picture sizes and resolution and all can be worked out to make sure your work is in the best light. And be sure to sign it so you can get full credit! I know that we have some skilled folks out there! A great example of this is in the 'Vampire Sightings' section of the "GFD: Blood Bank"! (https://gfdbloodbank.com/vampire-sightings/images/)

    So that's the kind of material that we're looking for right now! If you want to secure a spot in the FIRST few issues, where the hype will be at it's highest and you're likely to get the most attention, please send you genius to me at Comicality@webtv.net by December 15th! That way, we can get the magazine put together and looking fancy without intruding on anybody's holiday fun! Cool?

    We've got nine months of awesome set up for you guys! Soon to be TEN! And you guys helped to make that happen just by participating in the weekly discussions! Easy, right? Hehehe!



    As I said before, the whole idea about the magazine is to show the world how awesome we are as a community! Hehehe! We're the X-Men, we're The Avengers, we're the Justice League! We're a whole circus full of wonder and delight, and combined...'imagine' what we could accomplish!

    If you're excited and have any ideas or any questions at all, just drop me a line at Comicality@webtv.net and I'll get back to you ASAP! (I'm finally getting back to a predictable schedule again, so I am much closer to my email now than I have been in almost a year! So now would be the best time to get a hold of me!)

    If you've got ideas, write them down! Type them up! Do it while you've got that big, beautiful, smile on your face! Hehehe, DON'T wait until three weeks from now to get started, lose your passion, and then make excuses about being busy. You would SUCK for that, and I just told everybody you were awesome! So...don't you embarrass me, damnit! LOL!

    Ok, I know this is one of the longest posts in Shack history, so I'll be posting a few Q&A's in the reply below! Hopefully it will answer any questions you may have. But if not? Comicality@webtv.net get a hold of me and I'll do what I can to straighten everything out!

    SUPER thanks in advance! And I hope to hear from you guys soon! Spread the word! :)

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  • This is soooo true... -- Dwayne, 19:06:58 12/04/17 Mon

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  • An example of the coming Imagine Magazine short stories... -- Comicality, 18:32:16 12/05/17 Tue


    First off...BIG THANKS to those of you who sent in stories for the January issue of Imagine Magazine! Gah! They're awesome! I haven't seen them all yet, but what I've seen so far went above and beyond the call of duty! Hehehe, and I can't thank you guys enough! I've gotten back to some of you, but I'll be working to contact the rest of you within the next day or two! K?

    Anyway, I've been working on sooooo many short stories for Imagine that I am literally gonna stop myself and try to focus again! LOL! Seriously, they're just a bunch of sweet, innocent/not so innocent, stories of teen discovery that I wanted to add as a part of what many of us had to go through growing up. That's all I'm looking for, personally. Something short and sweet to tell a moment in a gay person's life. As you see more and more of these show up, I'm sure you'll get the idea...and maybe even get some ideas of your own.

    Send them in! Comicality@webtv.net, I'm ready where you're ready! K? Hehehe, I know you wanna tell your story and be heard. I know it.

    Oh YEAH! I can see you smiling! ::Giggles:: Yep! THAT idea..right there! Use that one! What have you got to lose?

    Anyway, head over to the Library! "Photos Lately" is waiting for ya! Like I said, short, but sweet! Check it out! Let me know what you think! And check out my other shorts like "Switched On", "Welcome Back To Shacker High", or "Written", for the same kind of feeling. Cool?


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  • When did THIS happen??? :O -- Comicality, 04:59:28 12/04/17 Mon


    Omigod...little Reed Deming got all...grown and delicious! Hehehe! I guess it has been a few years since his youtube and X-Factor days. But yes! I like this. I'm guessing his wish came true. Mwah!

    https://youtu.be/5gDeuD13xqk



    Oh wow...yeah, that was over five years ago! So I guess that would make him 18 or 19 now? Whoah! Time flies!

    https://youtu.be/JduyLBe72ps


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  • Wonder what it's like moment -- Sam, 14:30:13 12/03/17 Sun


    Ok it's not a big deal but many times I’ve wondered what it would be like to experience Christmas somewhere sunny and hot. Well I'm sort of 50% od the way there lol. Friday night was the Christmas light switch on with carols and Christmas songs outside a church in the centre of the town. The temp was about 24c/75f at 7pm and we were wearing just shorts and tshirts it felt quite weird especially for Rob and me. Our French friends who are with us have a milder winter than we UK boys but not like it is here right now. I've gotta say I reckon I prefer our winter weather for Christmas ideally cold and blue skies, snow would be a bonus. I'm not complaining about the sun though we're loving it. Saturday in the main square there was a Christmas fiesta aimed at young kids and they totally loved it, singing dancing, playing games and general messing around. Again though it did seem strange seeing them all with red Christmas hats when the temperature was like 26c/79f. Wtv they loved it all and it was their day this weekend is the start of all the Christmas runup.

    So yeh we're loving it here Wednesday is far too close for our liking. We all love the Spanish way of life especially here. The place is packed with tourists mainly German but hey they're cool just don't mention Hitler or the war. :) So many clubs and bars don't open til gone midnite especially weekends which is awesome. There's a Christmas fair here right now and kids from about 14 turn up about midnite lol well it was the weekend and yay for siesta time in the afternoon. :) Back home if a 14yo was out at that time they'd get a ride home in a cop car but this is Canary Islands, it's their way of life and it’s totally kid friendly there aint no room for predators here kids are safe and I gotta say well behaved we haven't seem any sign of a yob culture that you get in a lot of countries.

    We've got a great hotel 3 rooms next to each so we can yak on the balconies. We've got really deep all over tans yay for nude beaches and a nude bathing area in the hotel grounds Rob says I look more Spanish than the Spanish lolz yeh well I do have Spanish blood in me. Good air conditioning which is must right now the outdoor temperature hasn't dropped below 20c/68f at night since we've been here so you can imagine a room with no aircon yuk sticky lol. We know good restaurants, bars and clubs from previous visits which is a great help and met some cool people. We're def trying to work it so we can get back here in February. I've mentioned this before but Santa Cruz which is just up road really is known for having the best Mardi Gras celebrations and carnival next to Rio de Janeiro and we def wanna try and be here for that next year. Fingers crossed it can happen.

    Anyhow I best go. The others are having a siesta and want to wake up about 7:30pm. I had about an hours sleep after a nookie session lol but me and sleep don't really happen. :) Can't leave without a song so something Spanishy and Christmasy lol. As some people here know I only found this a few years ago well my Grandfather put me on to it lol and I totally love it. Stevie when he was 17 singing Ave Maria in Latin with an awesome harmonica break. OK I can't find a copy they've been deleted and I gtg lolz.

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  • This guy is brilliant -- Sam, 11:04:25 11/27/17 Mon


    Every week he’s been on XFactor he’s been excellent better than the guest stars. It’s the final next week and personally I hope he doesn’t win cos it will mean he’s in Cowell’s clutches and we know what he churns out. Kevin has a big future ahead of him without Cowell. Like they say watching it on bigscreen tv is like being at a Kevin concert. Grace is really good too and most weeks has been singing here own songs. Simon has the groups and there’s a boyband that’s doing well but we’ve had enough of boyband dross. Hopefully they’ll win leaving Kevin and Grace to move on to better things. Kevin is a star for me though.

    https://youtu.be/zcn7TNPNtis


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  • Sad News -- Fox (In Mourning), 00:51:25 11/30/17 Thu
    Hey Shackers,

    It is with a heavy heart that I must give some very bad news. Last Tuesday 11/21/17 at around 07:00am my mother was killed in a tragic car accident.

    Last Tuesday, started out as just another normal day for me, playing video games in the morning before work. I had just finished getting out of the shower, when my doorbell starts ringing. Kind of unusual, but I figured, it was a neighbor. When I got to the door, after hustling to put on clothes, I was met by a State Trooper. My world stopped in the blink of an eye. After much profanity, I graciously invited him in, I didn’t want a scene on my front porch. I had to have him speak with my sister. Both of my older sisters are in the medical field. My middle sister left work and was being driven to my house by co-workers. Much of the next 40 minutes were a blur. Time really does funny things when you’re experiencing this level of stress.

    Then I had to call my employer to let them know (and break their hearts) I have to say something about my co-workers. Two of them immediately and without hesitation offered to come down and be with me, while I waited for my sister to arrive. That takes real balls, to offer to sit with someone, who’s having one of their worst days of their lives and to be ready to see them at their absolute worst. Thanks ‘B’ and ‘T’ I will never forget, what you offered to do, with love in your hearts.

    Much of the rest of the day is a blur. I remember having to call friends and family and comfort neighbors on their driveways. It was surreal, to say the least.
    For a number of reasons, I can’t go into specifics of what happened. I can say, that because there was a commercial truck involved, the formal investigation is going to take months. I can also tell you that no one other than my mother was physically hurt. I can also say that my mother had aid, almost immediately after the impact due to an off duty police officer. I will forever be thankful to him for doing all he could to help my mother in her darkest hour. May he find peace.

    Thanksgiving threw a massive wrench into any arrangements we tried to make. I’d like to think that it was my mother working her magic behind the scenes, that allowed my siblings and I to get as much done as possible. The funeral home we found was perfect. Their staff helped us every step of the way, with professionalism, compassion and grace.
    One thing we weren’t prepared for was the out pouring of love and support from my community. My mother was featured on the evening news, after my sisters agreed to give an interview; and very prominently on local social media. Surreal. Sorry Mom for all the unwanted attention. In the midst of all the social media chaos, I had yet another co-worker jump to my defense, and say things that really touched me. Thanks ‘K’.

    The day of funeral I somehow managed to completely hold together. Not one single tear fell. My family did more than enough crying for me. I hope no one was uncomfortable by my lack of visible emotion. I know we all grieve differently, and I honestly couldn’t have told anyone before all this happened how I was going to react.

    My mother was kind, patient, compassionate, strong, humble, graceful, understated and smooth. She raised a difficult son, much later in life. She was the one who forged me into the man I am today. It was with her quiet strength and grace that I’ve been able to get through the longest week of my life. The man I was before all of these events is gone forever, yet a Phoenix has risen from the ashes of tragedy. I’m going to go on and do great things. Be a successful new homeowner, make mistakes and yet I hope to be able to teach others not to do the same. I want to continue to share all of my love, especially with a ‘shack out back’

    Love,
    Fox

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  • == JUKEBOX JIMMY == -- Comicality, 13:58:33 12/01/17 Fri





    THIS WEEK'S CHALLENGE:

    - "Five Senses"! Howdy, music lovers!!! Hehehe! Sorry about being absent for the last two or three weeks! I've been training for a new job that is officially in full swing as of this week...and my brain has been numb for a while! So let's liven it back up again! This week, we're celebrating the 5 senses! That's right! Sight, smell, sound, touch, and taste! Jimmy is looking for you guys to go through your playlists and find music that displays one of these senses in the song title! (Examples below!) Any kind of music, from any genre, from any era of music! As long as the title mentions use of one of the five human senses! Cool? Give us at LEAST one! No more than four! Happy hunting! And welcome back to the ULTIMATE online community jukebox!!! XD



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  • LMAO!!! Because...kids! :P -- Comicality, 16:11:31 12/01/17 Fri


    Honestly, with all of my cousins, this is what my house looked like on Thanksgiving! Hehehe! Except, I was under a mound of them with kids climbing on my lap and shoulders and kicking nd pinching and slugging me the whole time. Owwww.... :O

    Anyway, it brings me so much joy to see kids happy! Hahaha! It really does! God bless 'em! :)

    https://youtu.be/Ogjht6OtaFQ




    Ps- WAIT...do they all know KARATE??? That sounds dangerous...

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  • domestic violence -- Jon, 09:52:51 12/01/17 Fri
    I wanted to share an experience I have been through: domestic violence. It can be tricky because it might be emotional (vs overtly physical). Don't underestimate the effects of someone's constant manipulations and criticisms. If I can offer any advice, if it feels wrong, speak up for yourself, listen carefully, and don't hesitate getting help. Any relationship involves some conflict, but when is it something else? Is this about making normal adjustments? Is it a fundamental incompatibility, a mental health issue, or abuse (not mutually exclusive)? Of course, make your own conclusions, and be safe first. Getting help from a psychologist and/or domestic violence councilor was worthwhile for me. If it's domestic violence, and they can't admit to it, couples counseling probably won't be helpful. May you never have to experience this personally.

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  • 180 BC Roman Romance - CLASSIC! -- Plutarch (Shocked), 01:46:17 12/01/17 Fri
    "There was a youth who, ever since his boyhood, had been the favourite of Lucius. This youth Lucius kept ever about him, and took with him on his campaigns in greater honour and power than any one of his nearest friends and kinsmen had. He was once administering the affairs of his consular province, and at a certain banquet this youth, as was his wont, reclined at his side, and began to pay his flatteries to a man who, in his cups, was too easily led about. "I love you so much," he said, "that once, when there was a gladiatorial show at home, a thing which I had never seen, I rushed away from it to join you, although my heart was set on seeing a man slaughtered." 3 "Well, for that matter," said Lucius, "don't lie there with any grudge against me, for I will cure it." Thereupon he commanded that one of the men who were lying under sentence of death be brought to the banquet, and that a lictor with an axe stand by his side. Then he p353 asked his beloved if he wished to see the man smitten. The youth said he did, and Lucius ordered the man's head to be cut off."

    This was written by Plutarch two thousand years ago! Pretty crazy.

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