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    My Incredible Summer by Cole Parker

    Not only is this a great story, but the lad in the picture at the top is absolutely adorable. Another story with fabulous picture accompaniment. Since I just read the story today, on the AD site, I assume this is the "un-vacuumed" version. I must say that even so it really is pretty tame as this kind of story goes, so the CW standard really must be "family friendly." And is that scene where Jody gets Li to put his head underwater even permissible? There are some great quotable quotes in the story but I don't want to spoil anything. R
  2. I have to admit this story left me wondering just how kinky VP Hendricks actually is . . . R
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    Freshman Dorm by Colin Kelly

    If he isn't already doing so, Colin should seriously look into becoming a travel writer. His eye for detail and thorough explanations would be perfect in that genre. He has a gift for making even the most mundane details sound interesting. I mean that seriously -- I'm not being facetious. I was reflecting on my own freshman experience lo these many years ago, when dorms had nothing but stairs (no elevators) and there was no internet or other organized way of selecting your dorm, finding out about roommates, etc. At my school, the students were informed of what down they were in. The occupants of the rooms in my dorm were assigned alphabetically by last name, and I did not find out who it was until we both arrived at the campus. Remarkably, in those days, the school actually had a housekeeper that came through the rooms once or twice a week to straighten up a bit and sweep up all the dust bunnies. That ended shortly after my arrival for cost reasons, but it at least meant that the rooms did not become pig sties (is that a plural?). It is amazing how most college students can live without some external influence! R
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    The Garden by Nevius

    Reading this again because it's a repeat "Pick from the Past." My only real complaint is that the story is presented in orange type on a grey background, too blinding for me. Thankfully my iPhone has a "Readers View" option that allows me to convert the pages to something I can actually view. Someday it would be nice to modernize these pages to make them more readable. R
  5. I have long considered myself to be a pretty serious geek, but I think Colin has me beat. It is obvious in the joy he takes in learning about and describing things like the technology used to remove yellow jacket infestations, from the techniques to the hoses to the remedial application of fine mesh with frames to cover vent holes. Other stories include other examples of the same thing -- detailed descriptions of computer hardware, software, systems, etc. There is just a certain personality that is fascinated by how things work and how things connect together. I feel like a kindred spirit. Now of course this story takes some twists that are absolutely unexpected and make the whole thing much more interesting. But I have to say that just the yellow jacket part had a fair amount of tension. I don't know about other people, but to me, the idea of going after a yellow jacket infestation is pretty terrifying. No doubt this is related to the fact that my next younger brother and I got first-hand experience with yellow jackets when we were 7 and 9 back in Maryland -- we stepped in a massive underground yellow jacket's nest and got stung literally from head to foot. (The yellow jackets back east like to nest in the ground.) My only real question from the story is, what happened to Ryan? R
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    Fifteen by Frederic

    I read it some time back, and I could swear I either started or found an earlier thread about it. It's really quite an amazing odyssey. R
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    Pick of the Bunch by Ivor Slipper

    I could not agree more. The picture obviously served as an inspiration. R
  8. Interesting to find a Kewl Dad story here. I found the dynamic of Kevin and Phillip to be most engaging. As with other Kewl Dad stories (hosted elsewhere) the kids seem very precocious and it's hard to remember that they are just starting middle school. No matter -- it's still a good story (and not particularly "short"). It shows the drama of growing up pretty vividly. I also thought Terry was a pretty cool kid, and I wish I had known someone like that when I was that age. Thomas is OK, and a good stabilizing influence. Roger is an ass and we eventually find out why. http://www.awesomedude.com/kewl-dad/the-secret-life-of-nerds/the-secret-life-of-nerds.htm R
  9. A cute story with a nice ending. Well done. http://www.awesomedude.com/pedro/at-the-end-of-the-world/at-the-end-of-the-world.htm R
  10. This tale continues the saga established in the earlier Border Wolves installments. It is pretty much imperative to read the earlier series, in order, before tackling this one, because much of the content will not make sense otherwise. And it is probably not a serious spoiler to mention that this one clearly sets the stage for a Border Wolves 4 sometime in the future! R
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    Site lag on forum.

    Still getting this error message with new topic postings. However, the topic does get posted, and the error message makes no sense. 504 ERROR The request could not be satisfied. CloudFront attempted to establish a connection with the origin, but either the attempt failed or the origin closed the connection.
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    Summer Job by Altimexis

    Another story which brings up the subject of soul mates. It is a very gratifying story and a worthwhile addition to the seemingly inexhaustible pantheon of Naptown stories. R
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    Gabriel's Island, by Marin Giustinian

    My sense is that the concept is not random as generally conceived. As in this story, one mate will be drawn, for reasons that do not necessarily make sense, to the other. Whether it's the unseen action of a god like Freyr or some other mystic influence, the notion is that forces will come into play that tend to steer the mates toward each other. R
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    Gabriel's Island, by Marin Giustinian

    I have run across this "twin souls" concept in other stories, often involving Native American culture. It is an interesting idea. R
  15. I was surprised to find no topic already in existence for this short story, which is now a Pick from the Past. I remember reading it in the past, perhaps just browsing Cole's story page, but it was fun to read again. Cole does angst better than just about anyone. it was cool to see how all the various dilemmas worked out. R