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Old 12-26-2000, 10:01 PM   #1
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Talking with some friends i noted that they think that tolkein fans are like star trek fans. They are under the impression that we are a bunch of nerds who hide behind our computers. I am attempting to show them that this just a stereotype so please list your profession and where you are from so i can print this out and show it to my friends.

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Old 12-27-2000, 01:35 AM   #2
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<img src="http://www.barrowdowns.com/images/posticons/redeye.jpg" align=absmiddle> Re: What do you do for a living?

I resent that comment about Trekkies. Did you see the previews for that movie, freaks. I live in West Virginia, USA. I am a student at an institute of higher learning. And the reason I got hooked on Tolkien was that old Hobbit movie. I saw it when my older brother was doing a project on the book and was trying to understand it better.

Only one of my friends has ever read anything of Tolkiens, The Hobbit and The Lord of The Rings. He liked them and we talk about it occasionally. Of course he is hardd to talk to since we never do anything anymore(he thinks he is all high and mighty since he goes to one of those Ivy League schools)The rest of my friends either don't really read, or they just like other types of books. None of them think i am weird about it.

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Old 12-27-2000, 03:19 AM   #3
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My name is George Lashkhi, I'm from Georgia and I'm working in a bank, as well as accomplishing my master's degree in Near East history. But, in fact, more than all ofl those activities I like reading and discussing Tolkien.

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Old 12-27-2000, 03:37 AM   #4
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I've got one of my friends on to the Hobbit, and am starting him on LotR. He really likes it; and we talk about it sometimes.
As for those 'trekkies'; they can bugger off back where they came from and try reading some Tolkien books. All said, however, this is not really a 'legal' thread and once you've got a few listings here, Brian, I suggest you pack it in. The board, after all, does have a reputation to uphold as the most factual forum around.
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Old 12-27-2000, 06:11 AM   #5
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Yah Baby, the trekkies can b....r off and I must admit that the star wars and prop fans on the Ezboard are a bit weird too.

I am a Civil Engineer with a 17 year long ( I am 29 )passion for TOLKIEN and his books, as well as lead figurines depicting the LOTR and others...

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Old 12-27-2000, 09:18 AM   #6
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As a fan of both Star Wars and Star Trek, I must take exception to some of the above comments. Don't be a snob! And don't stereotype fans of one thing the same way that others stereotype Tolkien fans! Break the chain! Watching movies and TV and reading are not mutually exclusive activities.

(BTW, we prefer to be called &quot;Trekkers&quot;. <img src=wink.gif ALT=""> Hehe.)

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<blockquote>Quote:<hr> What do you do for a living?<hr></blockquote>
Breathe.

What a silly question.

OHHHHHHH you meant: occupation to 'make a living'?
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Old 12-27-2000, 09:45 AM   #8
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Lol. Real Estate? I figured you for a techie. My occupation? Well........ considering the bashing thats already begun here, I might not be inclined to reveal my secret identity.

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Peter Parker.

I think the entire world knows who you really are by now.

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Old 12-27-2000, 10:06 AM   #10
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I don't like spiders <img src=wink.gif ALT="">

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Soooooooo the Green Goblin, disguised as Spider-man, disguised as Peter Parker, disguised as the clone Ben Reilly, disguised as the Scarlet Spider, disguised as Gwen Stacy, disguised as Mary jane.

How clever of you.

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Old 12-27-2000, 10:28 AM   #12
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Old 12-27-2000, 12:59 PM   #13
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Being a fan of both, and of many other things, I am certainly NOT a nerd. I work, I go to school, I act, I run track and cross-country, and I'VE JUST BEEN ACCEPTED TO EMORY AS A PREMED STUDENT!!!!

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Congrats, OWT. Maybe you can call Barrow Wight for a job in the medical field.

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I deliver newspapers. But that isn't that bad as I'm a high school student.


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I'm a high school student and I'm absolutely and totally dependent on my parents for tha cash flow (read no part time job). Guess where I'm from? Bet you'll never, ever get it!
Hey, what do all the students here want to do for a aliving when they're old enough. Slightly modified, sorry Brian.

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I'm a complete and utter lazy bum... uh... highschool student with no part-time job, that is to say.

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I try to find out what makes fruit flies tick.

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And now for something completely different...
I am a police officer in Alabama,though by no means do I conform to the stereotype. <img src=wink.gif ALT="">

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Nudge nudge, say no more, say no more.

I have this parrot.....

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I bet some of you feel really old. It seems like half of us here are either in high school or the next step up. I believe that I will graduate from college with a degree in Civil Engineering(thought Aerospace but decided it had to much physics), then again I have time to change my mind and major if I want to.

a parrot, huh? maybe gerbils just aren't good enough for you.

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But, we must remember that gerbils are better than parrots at breeding the bubonic plague, and I'm pretty sure that parrots don't eat smelly flowers that often.

(Although parrots don't get sick and die, they just start pining for the fjords of Norway...)

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Some interesting replies. I work (part-time) for Her Majesty`s Civil Service, the most bureaucratic, inefficient and downright incompetent organisation on earth. I fit in rather well there, actually. Before that I stayed at home raising my kids for 7 years, and before that I studied Medieval History at Glasgow University.

I think it is a bit unfair to characterise Tolkien aficionados as nerds. In my experience they come in all shapes and sizes. I play chess regularly, which undoubtedly attracts more `socially challenged` people than JRRT.

Having just read my post I realise that I probably sound like a bit of a nerd myself, so I would just like to mention that I have studied various martial arts since I was seven years old and am a human killing machine.

Look into the http://www.fortunecity.co.uk/library/classiccourt/77/Mirror of Desire.</a> </p>Edited by: <A HREF=http://www.barrowdowns.com/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_profile&u=00000099>Taimar</A>&nbsp; <IMG SRC=http://www.ezboard.com/ezgfx/gicons/black_ball.gif BORDER=0 WIDTH=10 HEIGHT=10> at: 12/28/00 9:53:05 am
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TAIMAR ISSSSSSSSSSSSSSS JAMES BOND!

Where do you get those wonderful toys?

Her Majesty's CIVIL service?
Is that what they're calling it now?
Guess with all the movies; it's not so sercret anymore.
Kinda like Mithadan.

A human killing machine?
Do you have proof? Bodies? A rap sheet we can inspect? <img src=wink.gif ALT="">

If you go around killing everyone; I'd classify that as 'Socially Challenged'.

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lol, another completely deteriorated topic. *sigh*

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<blockquote>Quote:<hr> What's with the parrot, Saulotus? Does it have something to do with your name?<hr></blockquote>
Ok everyone; since the Star Trek refs are becoming abundant.... say it with me now:

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<img src=laugh.gif ALT=":lol"> No thread is ever truly lost, as I was reminded fairly recently by the Governor.

Livings, eh?
I'd like to totally disprove this 'nerd' misconception by saying that I am a highly accomplished olympic athlete and Hollywood movie star, but I work in a bookshop in Scotland so I can't.
Actually I'm a professional Internet detective.
Actually I edit those little Collins handbooks about superstitions and archery.
Actually I arrange major illegal export operations involving countries who have grown bored of war.
Actually I sell hard drugs to teenagers in India.
Actually I am an apprentice pick-pocket.
Actually I taste-test Wrigley's Airwaves gum for a living. Honey &amp; Lemon is a definite go.
Actually I specialise in over-the-phone interviews with clients wishing to sell adult spacehoppers.
Actually I am working on a new grading system for electric head shavers, or 'clippers'.
Actually I fill up those plastic kiddies ball pools that you see in Ikea and places like that.
Actually I am an electronic IQ-building bus expert.
Actually I am a theatre director.

One of the above could be true; however, to reveal the true nature of one's existence in a place like this must surely be asking for it really. I like this thread, though. It encourages people to diclose information about themselves under an apparently appropriate and therefore 'secure' context, thus making it possible for the thread's original author to choose future topics of conversation or interest that bit more freely. The time for secrecy has come to pass.

Actually I measure snow fall across the central belt, starting in Ayrshire and finishing at the firth of Forth. Taimar: be on your guard for some serious blizzards my friend!



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References to Star Trek, Star Wars, Monty Python? Let's keep our eye on the ball people. This is a Tolkien forum, dammit......janet.

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<blockquote>Quote:<hr> This is a Tolkien forum, dammit...<hr></blockquote>
Oops! Be careful... Mithadan's going for the Sword of Damoclese...
Heads will roll (along with eyes, I think)

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Poetry, Mithadan... non-regulation.

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this topic went off the beaten path. But as for your comments Grey Fool i am hurt. so i challenge you to a wizards duel. Come and get me you fool.....you......Grey....Fool!!!

&quot;dont meddle in the affairs of wizards...&quot;

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A snow measurer across the central belt!!!
Ah, thou art the ultimate man...umm...wizard Grey Fool...
And now thou shalt duel to defend your ideals. The middle ages return on a web page...Ironic, I call it.

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<blockquote>Quote:<hr> this topic went off the beaten path.<hr></blockquote>
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Saul and Underhill, you take me out of context. You better come down to the lab and see whats on the slab.

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The branch of the Civil Service I work for is as far removed from James Bond as it possible to imagine, Saulotus.

Thanks for the weather forecast, GF. I`m actually enjoying the snow and have just returned from a snowball fight with a group of neds in a local park. I tried hard, but I don`t think I left any dead bodies behind. The only bad thing about the wintry weather is that I live within walking distance of work and can`t use it as an excuse for an unofficial holiday, as 90% of my colleagues seem to have done.




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Do you guys don longjohns under your kilts when the mercury dips below freezing or are you still like the badass Scots of old who used to go &quot;commando&quot; all the year round?

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I would wear three pairs, Mr. Underhill. If I went commando I would be `chapped ***`, not badass.

Look into the http://www.fortunecity.co.uk/library/classiccourt/77/Mirror of Desire.</a> </p>Edited by: <A HREF=http://www.barrowdowns.com/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_profile&u=00000099>Taimar</A>&nbsp; <IMG SRC=http://www.ezboard.com/ezgfx/gicons/black_ball.gif BORDER=0 WIDTH=10 HEIGHT=10> at: 12/29/00 11:15:38 am
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To put the wandering thread back to where it came from, I'm a student on what you could call high school. I will try to do sth with computers when I grow up tho.


Whoops, brian might better not print this reply out, or he thinks we ARE nerds!<img src=smile.gif ALT="">

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Not Brian, he knows we are not , his friends might

And, TLW, what is a secret place so unguessable that you live in? Are you an alien? Should we call for this elderly guy and this another chap I forgot the names of, you know, both always wearing black suits, you should know them...

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I saw you giving out your secret in another post I must confess I never thought JRRT was famous in India too. The more I'm glad to learn it now. Welcome and may the year (and millenium) to come be joyful for you.

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