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A Few of FR's Finest....Every Day....10-16-02
Billie and daisyscarlett

Posted on 10/16/2002 12:05:59 AM PDT by daisyscarlett







The Free Republic Forum has approximately 14 "Daily Threads". Today, we are happy to SPOTLIGHT one of them, along with its founder, anniegetyourgun, and its current teacher, RikaStrom.

The mission of the Word for the Day Thread is to raise the level of discourse and expand language abilities. The Rules are simple: Everyone who chooses to post must leave a post using the "word of the day" in a sentence. The sentence must, in some way, relate to the news of the day.

Anniegetyourgun started the Word for the Day thread on 2-10-01. Click here to read that first thread .

Anniegetyourgun called the thread "Word For The Day" because she planned to "teach" a daily class. She developed a Freeper school scenerio-establishing the routine, monitoring responses, setting the rules, "grading" the results, etc. She did "lesson planning" the night before and opened the school house door every morning at 7 am PST. Soon the WFTD thread took on the feel of a cyberclassroom. Since AGYG is not a teacher by profession, this was quite an accomplishment!

Being as Freepers have such creative minds, one thing led to another. They soon had things like "recess" bells, lunchroom time (complete with tuna croquettes), JimRob as principal, and Show and Tell days. They even fancifully created teachers of other classes at FR School. (BTW, ultimately, the Spanish teacher ran off with the German teacher!) They also had running jokes about the school nurse, as many of the guys in the class presumed she was beautiful and were always coming down "ill" for some reason!

There have always been special weeks at WFTD, such as "graduate level" word weeks, a week of some of the latest words added to the English language (neologisms), Spring Break vacation week, etc. One weekend, they had an open house on FR so people could find out more about WFTD – complete with student work being "displayed". During the summer of 2001, there was a "WFTD Summer Camp" at Camp Lotsawords -. lotsafun was had at Camp Lotsawords - including pranks!

In the real world, at least two homeschool mothers on FR have used the WFTD thread for their children everyday.

anniegetyourgun
Freeper since 11-24-00

"In Her Own Words"

"I hate to say it, but it seemed to me that there was a need on FR to perhaps 'upgrade' the language, spelling, grammar, word usage, etc. Rather than insult folks by saying so, I thought I might try a forum that would allow people to expand their vocabulary, explore word origins, and generally try things out."

"The thrill for me was to find so many on FR who are truly gifted writers, people with excellent imaginations, those with incredible senses of humor who were always making me laugh out loud at my desk, even a student who wrote the FR school song."

"I had to stop in May (2001) due to schedule changes and RikaStrom took over. I was so relieved because the 'students' had become so close and I hated to see it die out."

"I had a blast with WFTD. I believe it has contributed to the 'persona' of FR. Why, we've even seen BIG name journalists use the WFTD in an article they wrote within a day or two of it coming up on our thread. Coincidence? U decide!"

Just in case you are wondering, that is not really a photo of anniegetyour gun shown above. Anniegetyourgun says she "actually looks like a cross between Marsha (of Brady Bunch) and Joey Heatherton - if you can imagine them in their mid-forties!"

RikaStrom
Freeper since 11-10-00

RikaStrom's Profile Page leads off with the following:

"I am the current 'teacher' for WFTD, the FReeper school of vocabulary and inventive verbiage. This school was the creation of Anniegetyourgun.

If you have a sense of humor, please come on in. If you are part of the 'short bus' group, you can come in too. My students need targets for their verbal veracity. We thank the talented Registered for our school logo!"

Miss Rika took over posting the WFTD thread during the Spring Break thread in 2001. At the time, "that particular thread was keeping me sane." So she decided that she would step right up and continue to post the thread after it became impossible for Miss Annie to continue. She has been posting the WFTD thread for over a year and a half.

RikaStrom, who is also very active FReeping with the Houston Chapter of FR, recently started a new job and does not have the time luxury that she experienced at her previous position. Student Bella_Bru is now sharing teaching duties with Miss Rika. Mistress Bella does one week, Miss Rika does one week. This new arrangement began around September 10, 2002.

Here are two links to memorable threads suggested by Miss Rika.

Word for the Day Review 4-24-01

Word for the Day Review 6-04-01

THANK YOU, ANNIEGETYOURGUN
THANK YOU, RIKASTROM

YOU ARE TWO OF FR'S FINEST








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Will the class please rise for the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance.

I Pledge Allegiance to the flag of the United States of America and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.


1 posted on 10/16/2002 12:05:59 AM PDT by daisyscarlett
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To: ST.LOUIE1; Mama_Bear; Billie; The Thin Man; Grammy Bear; Diver Dave; JustAmy; g'nad; logos; ...

2 posted on 10/16/2002 12:11:15 AM PDT by daisyscarlett
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To: anniegetyourgun; RikaStrom
The "word for the day" is Congratulations. Congratulations you two for a job well done.


3 posted on 10/16/2002 12:18:24 AM PDT by daisyscarlett
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To: daisyscarlett
Most of Erika's best work comes straight out of a novel that I finally completed named................











Green Eggs and Ham!!!


Congrats Erika!!!!


Stay safe; stay armed.


4 posted on 10/16/2002 12:26:27 AM PDT by Eaker
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To: daisyscarlett
Boy some people really get up early.Congrats RIKASTROM and thanks for your efforts on FR. Good morning daisyscarlett...
5 posted on 10/16/2002 1:34:43 AM PDT by .45MAN
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To: daisyscarlett; anniegetyourgun; RikaStrom; Bella_Bru; xsmommy; Slip18; SeaDragon; maxwell; Argh
How nice to see the founder and teachers of the Word for the Day thread honored here today! Thank you, diasyscarlett, for this report and for honoring one of FR's finest institutions.

Congratulations to FR's Finest:
anniegetyourgun, RikaStrom, and BellaBru!



Ask SeaDragon - or any of the WFTD boys - about the Janitor's Closet!




(See proof here that I actually attended class and was Numero Uno for a day!)

6 posted on 10/16/2002 1:53:16 AM PDT by .30Carbine
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To: daisyscarlett; Billie; Mama_Bear; dansangel; Pippin; All
Mornin', All !!


Have a cup while you FReep !




For those who prefer hot chocolate.....





7 posted on 10/16/2002 1:57:55 AM PDT by MeekOneGOP
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To: daisyscarlett
Good morning Daisy.


8 posted on 10/16/2002 2:34:40 AM PDT by Aeronaut
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To: daisyscarlett; anniegetyourgun; RikaStrom; All
Good Morning, Daisy!

I see you are featuring a thread I've never been to, but after reading your intro to it and the intro from AGYG and RikaStrom, I thing I'll go over there and check it out. besides, I need some language skills!

and congratulations AGYG and RikaStrom!

BTW: I won't be posting much during the day while I'm at work as They(My employers) are monitering what I type or post here.

So I'll say GOOD MORNING TO ALL WHO POST AND LURK ON THIS THREAD, MAY GOD BLESS YOU ALL!

9 posted on 10/16/2002 3:51:05 AM PDT by Pippin
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To: MeeknMing
Good Morning, Meekie! Have a great day!
10 posted on 10/16/2002 3:52:04 AM PDT by Pippin
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To: MeeknMing
You have mail, Meekie! :^)
11 posted on 10/16/2002 3:59:07 AM PDT by Pippin
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To: daisyscarlett; RikaStrom; Bella_Bru; ralph; otterpond; Silly; DainBramage; doubled; Countyline; ...
Oh, thank you so much for the recognition - though the spotlight is largely on Rikachika who does a wonderful job (with help from substitute Bella)!

And how appropriate to open "class" today with the pledge!

12 posted on 10/16/2002 4:02:17 AM PDT by anniegetyourgun
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To: anniegetyourgun; Bella_Bru
Congratulations ladies for the recognition of your fine contributions to FR. I stand in awe of your talent and commitment.

Granny Hugs to both of you.
13 posted on 10/16/2002 4:19:21 AM PDT by Iowa Granny
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To: daisyscarlett; All
In memory of my fellow Vietnam helicopter pilots who were killed in that war the following were lost on todays date. God bless them all.

1967 MAJ Michael F. Field -- 1/9 CAV 1 CAV, Age 30, Arlington, Virginia
1968 1LT James A. Crowley II -- 11 ACR, Age 23, Springfield, Massachusetts
1970 CPT Robert T. Wilson -- 335 AHC, Age 24, Dothan, Alabama
1972 1LT James D. Dugger Jr. -- 57 AHC, Age 25, Pottstown, Pennsylvania

IN THE SHADOW OF THE BLADE

SCOUTS OUT!

14 posted on 10/16/2002 4:19:55 AM PDT by ladtx
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To: Mr_Mayor; Mixer


Happy Anniversary, Mr Mayor!!
We are so happy that you are a part of FR and the Finest Thread!

15 posted on 10/16/2002 5:00:30 AM PDT by JustAmy
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To: ladtx
Good Morning, ladtx
It's sad that we could not have had another day with no losses. May God Bless your fellow helicopter pilots who were lost on today's date. God Bless and Comfort their Families.
Thank you again for remembering them and thank you for your service to our country. You are appreciated.
God Bless our Military, Past and Present.
God Bless America!
16 posted on 10/16/2002 5:04:39 AM PDT by JustAmy
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To: daisyscarlett
Thank you Daisy. We're honored that you decided to spotlight us. :-)
17 posted on 10/16/2002 5:07:49 AM PDT by RikaStrom
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To: Eaker
LOL, Thanks Eaker!

The librarian is going to expect to you to return that book now. She called and told me it had been overdue for 15 years. ;-)

18 posted on 10/16/2002 5:09:25 AM PDT by RikaStrom
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To: .45MAN
Thank you and you are welcome. :-)
19 posted on 10/16/2002 5:10:26 AM PDT by RikaStrom
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To: .30Carbine
ROFLOL! .30 where did you get that pic?! That's going to get swiped.

Thanks .30, how's the hubby treating you?

20 posted on 10/16/2002 5:11:13 AM PDT by RikaStrom
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To: Pippin
Good Morning Pippin. You would be welcome in WFTD.

Thank goodness for lunch hours, that's how I get my freeping dose in now.

21 posted on 10/16/2002 5:12:19 AM PDT by RikaStrom
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To: anniegetyourgun
I have to "borrow" that pledge gif too. I think I'll add it under our logo. :-)

Morning Miss Annie. It's good to see you.

22 posted on 10/16/2002 5:14:37 AM PDT by RikaStrom
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To: anniegetyourgun; RikaStrom; Bella_Bru


Congratulations on being featured as three of FR's Finest.

23 posted on 10/16/2002 5:19:01 AM PDT by JustAmy
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To: daisyscarlett; Pippin; MeeknMing; Billie; dansangel; All
Good Morning, All

Daisy, Shaggy dropped by to say it's a wonderful day!

24 posted on 10/16/2002 5:25:17 AM PDT by JustAmy
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To: ladtx
So young, they were all so young.

Thanks for adding their names and I'm sorry that you had names to add.

25 posted on 10/16/2002 5:34:01 AM PDT by RikaStrom
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To: JustAmy
Thank you, sweetie...I love those flowers!
26 posted on 10/16/2002 5:39:43 AM PDT by anniegetyourgun
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To: daisyscarlett; anniegetyourgun; RikaStrom
Kudos to Annie & Rika!!!
Outstanding choices for the spotlight!
27 posted on 10/16/2002 5:42:59 AM PDT by humblegunner
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They were very young. It really brings the point home when I realize that I have 3 sons, whose ages are 30, 28, and 22. My heart goes out to the parents of those lost so young.
28 posted on 10/16/2002 5:43:42 AM PDT by ladtx
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To: JustAmy
Thank you Amy. Those are beautiful.

I have to wander off to work, I'll come back during lunch.

29 posted on 10/16/2002 5:44:50 AM PDT by RikaStrom
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To: anniegetyourgun; RikaStrom; Bella_Bru
anniegetyourgun, RikaStrom, and BellaBru!

Although I have lurked at WFTD, I have always been far too intimidated to post there! :-) It is a great service to FR, and the three of you should be so proud of the results!

Enjoy your day in the spotlight ladies!
30 posted on 10/16/2002 5:47:20 AM PDT by ladyinred
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To: daisyscarlett
Good morning Miss Daisyscarlett, lovely graphic at the beginning with the books framing the copy!

Up a little early here in California, so I decided to drop by and see if breakfast is ready!
31 posted on 10/16/2002 5:49:19 AM PDT by ladyinred
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To: MeeknMing
I always forget to thank you for the coffee and hot chocolate. I take both you see, never being able to decide which one I want!
32 posted on 10/16/2002 5:51:10 AM PDT by ladyinred
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To: daisyscarlett
Good morning all you beautiful dolls. We are welcoming some well needed rain here in Southeastern Pennsylvania. It's a beautiful day.
33 posted on 10/16/2002 5:53:04 AM PDT by Temple Owl
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To: Pippin
Hi Pip!
What is the deal with your employers? Silly me, guess you can't answer that right now, right?
Have a lovely day in spite of someone trying to spoil all your fun!
34 posted on 10/16/2002 5:54:27 AM PDT by ladyinred
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To: daisyscarlett; anniegetyourgun; RikaStrom; Bella_Bru
Congratulations to some fine "refined" freepers. I have occasionally popped into your thread and have always walked away awed by the talent AND humor of the posts AND critiques. After reading the background...I think I need to spend a little more time there!

Daisy...another wonderful spotlight today. Freepers are the best!
35 posted on 10/16/2002 5:56:22 AM PDT by dutchess
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To: JustAmy
Good morning Amy! You are up early aren't you? I guess the cows and the roosters wake up you country folks pretty much at the crack of dawn right? (hee hee)

BTW: Are we doing the Halloween candy thingie this Friday, or does JustFrank eat it all if you leave him in charge?

Have a fun day in EIEIO!
36 posted on 10/16/2002 5:58:07 AM PDT by ladyinred
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To: ladtx
Awe...four today...and yes..they were so young. I'm sure a day does not pass that their family's miss them...Thanks for keeping their memories alive....
37 posted on 10/16/2002 5:58:39 AM PDT by dutchess
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To: anniegetyourgun
You know you contribute so much to FR even without being the teacher anymore at WFTD, so you deserve to be honored BIG TIME!
Thank you Miss Annie, for all you do to make FR the greatest stop on the WWW!!!!
38 posted on 10/16/2002 6:00:23 AM PDT by ladyinred
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To: ladtx
RIP
Heroes one and all, may they never be forgotten, and always be honored. (you too, for that matter)
39 posted on 10/16/2002 6:01:47 AM PDT by ladyinred
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To: dutchess; RikaStrom; otterpond
Thanks, dutch! Though I'm not so sure how 'refined' I am! The really refined folk are the ones who used to post poetry to the WFTD thread. I think they outgrew us and went on to their own thread! Oh, the haiku in those early days....
40 posted on 10/16/2002 6:01:54 AM PDT by anniegetyourgun
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To: ladyinred
Oh, LIR, how sweet of you to say that. I've got such a long list of Freepers who consider me an enemy, it's nice to hear from a friendly one from time-to-time!
41 posted on 10/16/2002 6:04:40 AM PDT by anniegetyourgun
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To: ladyinred; All
Hey! Why does everybody leave when I show up huh?
I am starting to get a complex!
42 posted on 10/16/2002 6:05:31 AM PDT by ladyinred
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To: ladyinred
HI Lady
Yes, the roosters woke me this morning and just what is your excuse for being up before morning?



I plan to take I will send the Treats for Troops Goodie Bucket this Friday.
If JustFrank gets out of line, threaten him with the woodshed. That should work.

43 posted on 10/16/2002 6:16:35 AM PDT by JustAmy
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To: anniegetyourgun; RikaStrom; Bella_Bru; daisyscarlett; Billie; Mama_Bear; dansangel
The words we use convey who and what we are, certainly, and determine how we are perceived.

It is a pleasure to honor you three in The Spotlight, with your efforts to evoke from us our best!

44 posted on 10/16/2002 6:20:48 AM PDT by LadyX
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To: daisyscarlett; Billie
Good morning ladies. Hope you have a great day.
45 posted on 10/16/2002 6:22:20 AM PDT by Auntbee
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To: ladyinred
"Why does everybody leave when I show up huh? "

Well, I'm somebody and I haven't left but I need to either turn on the heat or go back to bed. It is cold this morning.
46 posted on 10/16/2002 6:23:20 AM PDT by JustAmy
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To: JustAmy
It is cold isn't it? I have a small heater on by my feet. I did consider lighting the fireplace!
I wonder what I am doing up myself! Must be that age thing! I sure can't blame roosters here in the city!
Mntgrl and I are talking about Halloween costumes on the Friday after the 31st, or maybe even before. Wadda you think?
47 posted on 10/16/2002 6:27:11 AM PDT by ladyinred
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To: ladyinred
That sounds grate for the Friday after Halloween. I may go as JustFrank! LOL That's should be okay since JustFrank is very patriotic.
I will not be able to make the Rally on the 25th. Another football game.
48 posted on 10/16/2002 6:34:00 AM PDT by JustAmy
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To: daisyscarlett
What a great thread! Thanks for pinging me to it.
49 posted on 10/16/2002 6:39:24 AM PDT by VRWCmember
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To: Eaker
lol...Just love you Houston FReepers...Good morning...


50 posted on 10/16/2002 6:41:15 AM PDT by daisyscarlett
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