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LJ Idol IX - 0. Introduction

Hi. My name is Elena.

I am 32, Russian native speaker, engineer, technical translator, and graduate, as well as eternal, student.
Listen to music (Joe Dassin and Johnny Cash), read books, love live theatre (Alan Rickman, John Hurt, Stephen Fry and many others are awesome on stage), follow fandoms (Star Trek and Harry Potter), and blog about random things that interest me, sometimes dabbling into fiction and fanfiction.

This is my fourth season, and I am looking forward to the strange places Idol topics sometimes direct my thought process.

Bring it on!


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Mar. 5th, 2014 08:15 pm (UTC)
Nice to meet you! I'm returning after a few seasons away, so you are all new to me!
Mar. 5th, 2014 08:24 pm (UTC)
Nice to meet you as well. I was in seasons 7, 8 and a, and yes, I think we did not interact then :).
Mar. 5th, 2014 08:58 pm (UTC)
Have a great season - I'll watch for your entries.

I competed in seasons 6 and 7 as FlashpaperTiger
Mar. 5th, 2014 09:02 pm (UTC)
Thank you.

I must confess that I do not remember you in season 7. I never could keep up with everyone's entries. :/
Mar. 5th, 2014 09:11 pm (UTC)
4 seasons! That's awesome!

I enjoy Johnny Cash's music as well, thanks to an old record my dad used to play of his when I was a kid. I loved the revival of interest in him that the film 'Walk The Line' ignited for Johnny Cash's life & music.
Mar. 5th, 2014 09:17 pm (UTC)
There is a debate (at least, among French music lovers) over which singers' songs are good mostly because of their text, and which catch your attention with their music.

Johnny Cash definitely does it with his words. So much said with so few of them.
Mar. 6th, 2014 01:15 am (UTC)
I am a live theatre fan too :-) good to see you again.
Mar. 6th, 2014 11:23 am (UTC)
Thank you, you as well.

How often do you go to theatre? I do not do so often at all, maybe 3 or 5 times a year.
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Mar. 6th, 2014 02:05 am (UTC)
Welcome back.
Mar. 6th, 2014 11:50 am (UTC)
Thank you. And same to you :)
Mar. 6th, 2014 02:25 am (UTC)
Yaaaay! You remind me to write mine. I thought you said you weren't doing this?? Maybe I'm mistaken or you've changed your mind or something, but I always look forward to your entries :D. You're one of the few writers who writes something interesting for me 100 percent of the time.
Mar. 6th, 2014 11:55 am (UTC)
Aww, thanks :D

I was on the fence for a while, because I have very little time, but then I decided to do it anyway. (The poll I have posted helped, but I already was more than 70% sure I would when I posted it.)
Mar. 6th, 2014 02:57 am (UTC)
Welcome back! AW
Mar. 6th, 2014 11:51 am (UTC)
Thank you!
Mar. 6th, 2014 05:44 am (UTC)
Fourth season! You competed in my first season, Season 5. Which others?

Also, I'm a Stephen Fry fan, too. Do you follow him on Twitter? He's always interacting with fans.
Mar. 6th, 2014 12:05 pm (UTC)
Um, I started in season 7, but I have seen you around a lot. Unbelievable that it is already fourth!

I do follow him, but I only look into the interactions that are made seen to all through .@someone'sName, I do not go to the main account page to see other conversations.

Edited at 2014-03-06 12:05 pm (UTC)
Mar. 7th, 2014 02:07 am (UTC)
Great to see you back for season 9! :D
Mar. 7th, 2014 10:38 am (UTC)
Thank you!
Mar. 8th, 2014 03:50 am (UTC)
Yay for strange thought places. :) Good luck and welcome back.

Mar. 8th, 2014 09:10 am (UTC)
Thank you, Dan :)

Mar. 8th, 2014 07:39 pm (UTC)
Thank you for asking to add me to your friendslist, and you have been added!

I relate to being an eternal student too, as you know! If you aren't learning, you aren't living!

Good wishes!
Mar. 8th, 2014 07:43 pm (UTC)
If you aren't learning, you aren't living!
So very true.

Thank you :)
Mar. 8th, 2014 08:40 pm (UTC)
I was just indulging in Johnny Cash's rendition of Own Personal Jesus. Can't beat the man in black.

Fourth season, wow. Most of the people I've commented on are like me - their first season. You must have produced quite a lot of work!
Mar. 8th, 2014 08:49 pm (UTC)
Not that much, really, I never got further than week 10, but not because I was voted out, but because I could not write around real life consistently. I want to improve it this time, if I am not voted out before that, lol.
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Mar. 9th, 2014 01:30 am (UTC)
I'm alwasy impressed when I find out someone's bilingual, especially in languages with different alphabets. I also enjoy live theatre (specifically, musicals).

This is my second season of Idol, and I'm looking forward to getting back into it.
Mar. 9th, 2014 10:35 am (UTC)
Knowing different alphabets makes you wonder what street signs you understand look like to those who do not. I always imagine them written in Hebrew. It is also quite efficient, my one trip to Israel showed that they have about as much information in English as we do in Russia, which is barely sufficient to navigate, haha.

I am also looking forward to all the unexpected topics. :)
Mar. 9th, 2014 01:40 am (UTC)
All these years I've "known" you, and it never sunk into my head that you were raised speaking Russian.

My family is Polish on both sides... but I never learned the language. Pity.
Mar. 9th, 2014 10:22 am (UTC)
Re: Huh.
I hope that this means that it is not immediately obvious that I am not a native speaker? It is difficult to judge your own accent and how you appear to others.

I know a Belgian lady who is Flemish, but was forced to accept French as her mother tongue, because she was born shortly before WWII and her parents enforced its use both inside and outside the family so that their children experienced less antipathy because of their Germanic roots.

I hope your reasons were less dramatic (but could not help but speculate a little about the cold war).
Mar. 9th, 2014 05:45 am (UTC)
Good to see you back! Oh the strange places our brains go on Idol!!
Mar. 9th, 2014 10:23 am (UTC)
Yes, I can not wait :)
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