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« Reply #16650 on: July 20, 2013, 06:38:15 AM »

I can't remember any pink boa, so I guess I'm on the safe side  angel
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« Reply #16651 on: July 20, 2013, 06:46:17 AM »

LOL.

I'm pretty sure there are still videos out there of my pole-dancing skills. This might damage the political carreer my mom has in mind for me  Smiley

Don't worry Cyrillic, I'll vote for you.  Smiley
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« Reply #16652 on: July 20, 2013, 07:05:35 AM »

LOL.

I'm pretty sure there are still videos out there of my pole-dancing skills. This might damage the political carreer my mom has in mind for me  Smiley

Don't worry Cyrillic, I'll vote for you.  Smiley

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« Reply #16653 on: July 20, 2013, 07:34:19 AM »

LOL.

I'm pretty sure there are still videos out there of my pole-dancing skills. This might damage the political carreer my mom has in mind for me  Smiley

Don't worry Cyrillic, I'll vote for you.  Smiley

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« Reply #16654 on: July 20, 2013, 07:45:40 AM »

Thank you. I'll grant you honorary Dutch citizenship for your compliment.
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« Reply #16655 on: July 20, 2013, 08:01:09 AM »

I have to write a speech for someone's birthday. Let's see if Demosthenes, Lysias or St. Gregory the Theologian can give me some help.

You could try something like this.

Wow - he's good!

Indeed. Just sad that he's muslim.

But he wouldn't sing like that if he wasn't. Sometimes I wonder what would happen to all of the beautiful cultural aspects of Islam if all the Middle East returned to Orthodoxy.

We could assimilate some things.

We could go back to holding our hands the way they do at prayer:


The miniature of the 13th century Byzantine manuscript., shows the divine service at Sophia of Constantinople. In front, in surplices and hats stand the singers, on the dais, - the emperor and the people. All hands are crossed on the chest, with hands hidden.
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« Reply #16656 on: July 20, 2013, 08:07:24 AM »

Thank you. I'll grant you honorary Dutch citizenship for your compliment.

I'll consider that a great honor, Meneer Minister-President.
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« Reply #16657 on: July 20, 2013, 08:09:39 AM »

I have to write a speech for someone's birthday. Let's see if Demosthenes, Lysias or St. Gregory the Theologian can give me some help.

You could try something like this.

Wow - he's good!

Indeed. Just sad that he's muslim.

But he wouldn't sing like that if he wasn't. Sometimes I wonder what would happen to all of the beautiful cultural aspects of Islam if all the Middle East returned to Orthodoxy.

We could assimilate some things.

We could go back to holding our hands the way they do at prayer:


The miniature of the 13th century Byzantine manuscript., shows the divine service at Sophia of Constantinople. In front, in surplices and hats stand the singers, on the dais, - the emperor and the people. All hands are crossed on the chest, with hands hidden.

Yeah, lets do that.  Smiley

Did they get that from us?
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« Reply #16658 on: July 20, 2013, 08:19:04 AM »

Only $20 for a Big Mac meal at McDonald's in HK! So awesome here!

$20...? What does that work out to, like $6 US and 1,000,000,034,032,013 Yen?

It is about USD$2.5 lol. They don't use Yen here, they use Hong Kong Dollars lol
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« Reply #16659 on: July 20, 2013, 08:19:31 AM »

Did they get that from us?

I imagine. Along with the prostrations...

Maybe we should sue them for worship copyright infringement!  Angry
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« Reply #16660 on: July 20, 2013, 08:22:52 AM »

Thank you. I'll grant you honorary Dutch citizenship for your compliment.

I'll consider that a great honor, Meneer Minister-President.


Oh you, what a flatterer you are  Smiley
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« Reply #16661 on: July 20, 2013, 08:26:28 AM »

Did they get that from us?

I imagine. Along with the prostrations...

Maybe we should sue them for worship copyright infringement!  Angry

Yeah, every time they make a prostration, they'll have to give us a dollar.

Seriously though, I don't know if you can say that they "stole" prostration from us. I mean, even the celts prostrated before their gods, and I can only imagine that the pagan arabs did so too. It's a pretty universal form of worship.
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Seriously though, I don't know if you can say that they "stole" prostration from us. I mean, even the celts prostrated before their gods, and I can only imagine that the pagan arabs did so too. It's a pretty universal form of worship.

They didn't interact with Celts the way they did with Syriac Christians: Arabic salat (prayer/prostration) ~ Syr. slotha (prayer).
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« Reply #16663 on: July 20, 2013, 08:32:46 AM »


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President of the EU, eh? Now we know which way the NWO is coming! Tongue
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« Reply #16664 on: July 20, 2013, 08:34:54 AM »

Seriously though, I don't know if you can say that they "stole" prostration from us. I mean, even the celts prostrated before their gods, and I can only imagine that the pagan arabs did so too. It's a pretty universal form of worship.

They didn't interact with Celts the way they did with Syriac Christians: Arabic salat (prayer/prostration) ~ Syr. slotha (prayer).

Isn't that mostly on a linguistic level?
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President of the EU, eh? Now we know which way the NWO is coming! Tongue

Well, if anyone has to rule the world it'd better be me. I'll be a gentle dictator.
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« Reply #16666 on: July 20, 2013, 08:36:26 AM »

President of the EU, eh? Now we know which way the NWO is coming! Tongue

I'll be sure to vote for him if he promises to replace the heretical Latin alphabet with ... Cyrillic!  Wink
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« Reply #16667 on: July 20, 2013, 08:40:18 AM »

President of the EU, eh? Now we know which way the NWO is coming! Tongue

Well, if anyone has to rule the world it'd better be me. I'll be a gentle dictator.

With mad pole-dancing skillz, natch. Tongue
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« Reply #16668 on: July 20, 2013, 08:41:02 AM »

I'm quite flattered that someone would think I am the life of any party, I'm usually the guy asleep in the corner.  Tongue

You party so hard that you pass out early  Smiley

Unless there is pole-dancing involved. Wink


At first I was afraid I might have told too much once in a slip of the tongue, but then I realised you were talking about that curious thread Cheesy

I wouldn't know anyway; I'm much more of a tribal fusion belly dance girl myself... angel
Hmmm, that sounds like another quite beneficial exercise.  I shall have to recommend it to my wife as well.  Cheesy
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« Reply #16669 on: July 20, 2013, 08:42:33 AM »

Isn't that mostly on a linguistic level?

They pray like us, they talk like us... They say they have the faith of Abraham. Too many coincidences!
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« Reply #16670 on: July 20, 2013, 08:45:51 AM »

I wouldn't know anyway; I'm much more of a tribal fusion belly dance girl myself... angel
Hmmm, that sounds like another quite beneficial exercise.  I shall have to recommend it to my wife as well.  Cheesy

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Belly dance is a non-impact, weight-bearing exercise and is thus suitable for all ages. It is a good exercise for the prevention of osteoporosis in older people. Many of the moves involve isolations, which improves flexibility of the torso. Belly dance moves are beneficial to the spine, as the full-body undulation moves lengthens (decompress) and strengthens the entire column of spinal and abdominal muscles in a gentle way.

Dancing with a veil can help build strength in the upper body, arm and shoulders. Playing the zills trains fingers to work independently and builds strength. The legs and long muscles of the back are strengthened by hip movements. Paffrath researched the effect of belly dance on women with menstruation problems. The subjects reported a more positive approach toward their menstruation, sexuality, and bodies.

Beginning in the late 1990s, belly dance hit the mainstream marketplace with fitness videos/DVDs by such artists as Veena and Neena, Rania Bossonis, and Dolphina. These videos are still popular throughout the world and have been credited with opening a new market of belly dance fitness classes throughout the US and abroad.
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« Reply #16671 on: July 20, 2013, 08:47:27 AM »

Isn't that mostly on a linguistic level?

They pray like us, they talk like us... They say they have the faith of Abraham.

I didn't say they hadn't  taken anything from us. I just wondered if the prostration thing was a specific inspiration from the christians. But, then again, I'm not a historian.
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« Reply #16672 on: July 20, 2013, 08:49:55 AM »

I am enjoying some Irish Oak in a rusticated Savinelli Roma 606 with a glass of scotch.  Simple things in life make it amazing!
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« Reply #16673 on: July 20, 2013, 08:51:01 AM »

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« Reply #16674 on: July 20, 2013, 08:54:47 AM »

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"Veena, Neena, Rania & Dolphina" - sounds enticing! Someone could name an establishment after them.
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« Reply #16675 on: July 20, 2013, 09:02:12 AM »

I feel like a Black Sheep on this forum now.
I feel like an old goat. Grin
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« Reply #16676 on: July 20, 2013, 09:07:14 AM »

I can waltz. Beat that.
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« Reply #16677 on: July 20, 2013, 09:43:34 AM »

I can waltz. Beat that.

I can waltz and cha-cha-cha.
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« Reply #16678 on: July 20, 2013, 09:44:35 AM »

I feel like a Black Sheep on this forum now.
I feel like an old goat. Grin

I know that feeling as well, unfortunately. Embarrassed
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« Reply #16679 on: July 20, 2013, 09:49:57 AM »

I can waltz. Beat that.

I can waltz and cha-cha-cha.

I can do the limbo. Sort of.
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« Reply #16680 on: July 20, 2013, 09:52:21 AM »

I can waltz. Beat that.

I can waltz and cha-cha-cha.

I can do the limbo. Sort of.

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« Reply #16681 on: July 20, 2013, 09:54:25 AM »

I can waltz. Beat that.

I can waltz and cha-cha-cha.

I can do the limbo. Sort of.

 Cheesy

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Pun intended?  Wink
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« Reply #16682 on: July 20, 2013, 11:31:31 AM »

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"Veena, Neena, Rania & Dolphina" - sounds enticing! Someone could name an establishment after them.

A couple of Veena & Neena complete routines are on YouTube. It took a bit of work to download, convert and join the segments, but totally worth it.
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I feel like a Black Sheep on this forum now.

Why is that?
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« Reply #16684 on: July 20, 2013, 01:09:36 PM »

I have about a half a pound of raw spinach that is going bad. It is slimy to the touch and smells like cooked spinach. Is it still safe to eat? I would hate to throw it away, but if it is unsafe I need to. Any idea?
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« Reply #16685 on: July 20, 2013, 01:12:43 PM »

I have about a half a pound of raw spinach that is going bad. It is slimy to the touch and smells like cooked spinach. Is it still safe to eat? I would hate to throw it away, but if it is unsafe I need to. Any idea?
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« Reply #16686 on: July 20, 2013, 01:14:04 PM »

I feel like a Black Sheep on this forum now.

Why is that?

IDK, because I'm religiously retarded at the moment. I want to be Orthodox, but I'm not and I just feel awkward. I'm stuck somewhere between Orthodoxy and Buddhism. Undecided

I also feel like a black sheep in the city I live in now because, well, it is 95% Asian and Cantonese speaking. And I'm this White, Nordic guy. Embarrassed
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« Reply #16687 on: July 20, 2013, 01:28:01 PM »

I feel like a Black Sheep on this forum now.

Why is that?

IDK, because I'm religiously retarded at the moment. I want to be Orthodox, but I'm not and I just feel awkward. I'm stuck somewhere between Orthodoxy and Buddhism. Undecided

IMHO you can find 95% of Buddhism in Orthodoxy (5% accounts for belief in reincarnation and pelagianism), but not the other way around. Buddha didn't say "I am the way, and the truth, and the life".
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« Reply #16688 on: July 20, 2013, 01:31:47 PM »

I feel like a Black Sheep on this forum now.

Why is that?

IDK, because I'm religiously retarded at the moment. I want to be Orthodox, but I'm not and I just feel awkward. I'm stuck somewhere between Orthodoxy and Buddhism. Undecided

I also feel like a black sheep in the city I live in now because, well, it is 95% Asian and Cantonese speaking. And I'm this White, Nordic guy. Embarrassed

I don't know what you've been through but perhaps you could try emailing a local Orthodox parish and explain your situation? No need to start with Confession or anything that dramatic. You could just talk and I'm sure their priest would listen and understand your situation even if you didn't up end returning to the fold. That is, if you find a common language. Do you speak Cantonese?

As for the being a foreigner in Honk Kong that sure sounds hard. I'd like to move abroad at some point but I fear similar kind of situation. I'll light a candle for you tomorrow at the church.
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« Reply #16689 on: July 20, 2013, 01:34:41 PM »

or look at the bright side of it : even EO looks pathetically western compared to Buddhism.
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or look at the bright side of it : even EO looks pathetically western compared to Buddhism.

Well considering the numbers of Western nightstand Buddhists and the sparsity of EOs in the West... Tongue
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« Reply #16691 on: July 20, 2013, 01:39:33 PM »

I also feel like a black sheep in the city I live in now because, well, it is 95% Asian and Cantonese speaking. And I'm this White, Nordic guy. Embarrassed

Well, don't let it get to you! Embrace it - you can feel special! And there's a lot to learn. Beginning with language.  Smiley

Also, they say exile/alienation (xeniteia) can be a great incentive for prayer.
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« Reply #16692 on: July 20, 2013, 01:53:41 PM »

I have about a half a pound of raw spinach that is going bad. It is slimy to the touch and smells like cooked spinach. Is it still safe to eat? I would hate to throw it away, but if it is unsafe I need to. Any idea?
You're not gonna eat that raw? Cooking should kill all bacteria.
Thank you!
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« Reply #16693 on: July 20, 2013, 01:58:29 PM »

I have about a half a pound of raw spinach that is going bad. It is slimy to the touch and smells like cooked spinach. Is it still safe to eat? I would hate to throw it away, but if it is unsafe I need to. Any idea?
You're not gonna eat that raw? Cooking should kill all bacteria.
Thank you!
I myself , have never been afraid of trifles like bacteria, worms, mold or spiders just saying. I've eaten a lot of those.
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« Reply #16694 on: July 20, 2013, 02:01:05 PM »

Look, my religion is more exotic than your religion! No, my religion is more exotic than yours!
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