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Seeing as we've got confessions and problems and issues springing up in threads all over the shop, I thought it might be interesting to have an open letter thread. Cathartic, perhaps. From your mother ruining your wedding, to your boyfriend who can't stop peeing on the toilet seat, or even that guy on the bus who kept making that annoying noise with his mouth, get it out here.

I'll get the ball rolling.

To my dear darling boyfriend,

Just because you are technically 'clean' when you come out the shower, it doesn't mean that I am okay with using the same towel you've been rubbing all over yourself for a month. I know you have others. I bought you two myself. Drag them out from the murky depths of the laundry basket, wash them and allow me the temporary use of a clean one.

Love, Cat

Dear girl,

I still like you. I know you know it. I know you don't care. I'm happy we continue to talk and I hope we never stop talking but I have to stop myself from liking you. Otherwise, I may end up where I was in June 2009 and I refuse to go back there.

-Josh

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Dear girl,

What the hell is the matter with you?  Joshy's a catch.  Wake up and smell the awesome!

Storm

Dear Chris, Rolando, and Nita,

Thanks ever so much.  I'm still riding the high!

Storm

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dear vw,

i am single again and THANK SWEET BABY JESUS cause this guy was crazy. i think i am finally where i need to be mentally for this dating thing... far away!

amy

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amy,

wow im out of th loop, i didn't know you were seeing someone!

-allison

universe,

maybe bring my package to me? i know im not in town to get it, but i'm sad. and i like packages. let it get to my house!!! thanks.

-allison

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Dear nipple piercings,
If you're infected I'm seriously just going to cut you off. Stop being assholes
-Sarah

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Storm,

:)>>> Thank you. I think I'm doomed to heartache and pain for eternity. Ha.

-Josh
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Amy,

I want to congratulate you but I don't know if that's the right response. If you're happy with the turn of events, I support it. If you're unhappy or unsure, I support you and hope that you get to where you need to be.

-Josh
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Leona Lewis,

I admit it. I like some of your pop tunes. However, your cover of Nine Inch Nails song, 'Hurt', is beyond insulting. I understand artists like to add their own interpretation of songs. This song, though, should have been off limits to you. Please read the lyrics:

I hurt myself today
To see if I still feel
I focus on the pain
the only thing that's real
The needle tears a hole
the old familiar sting
Try to kill it all away
but I remember everything

What have I become?
My sweetest friend
Everyone I know
goes away in the end
You could have it all
My empire of dirt
I will let you down
I will make you hurt

I wear this crown of shit
Upon my liar's chair
Full of broken thoughts
I cannot repair
Beneath the stain of time
the feelings disappear
You are someone else
I am still right here.

What have I become?
my sweetest friend
Everyone I know
goes away in the end
You could have it all
my empire of dirt
I will let you down
I will make you hurt

If I could start again
a million miles away
I would keep myself
I would find a way...

NOW! Please tell me how taking out some of the lyrics and adding a pop beat to these words makes your interpretation anything but a shit-covered five gallon bucket of curdled vomit. You should've left this song alone.

Sincerely,
Defensive NIN fan that has gone through what NIN describes and occasionally goes through to this day but uses the lyrics to pull himself through,
Josh

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dear allison and josh,

ya i didn't talk about the sitch much or announce it cause i knew it was wrong... the gut feeling thing just wouldn't go away... i am glad i got out of it safely cause this guy was crazy... glad to be back :) first night alone (well bro is here on the couch cause i was afraid of the dude coming) and i couldn't be happier!

amy

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amy, wtf kind of crazy dudes do you find? I'm glad you're out of that relationship.

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amy, wtf kind of crazy dudes do you find? I'm glad you're out of that relationship.

i think i am a magnet... he was hot so i guess that was the draw... but.totally.crazy.times.infinity...

this taught me a lesson though in what i want in a relationship, balance for sure, i never realized how "balanced" i had become until someone wanted to be around/ with me 24/7 and it was just too much... he was very very sweet to me but crazy

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dear allison and josh,

ya i didn't talk about the sitch much or announce it cause i knew it was wrong... the gut feeling thing just wouldn't go away... i am glad i got out of it safely cause this guy was crazy... glad to be back :) first night alone (well bro is here on the couch cause i was afraid of the dude coming) and i couldn't be happier!

amy

Like! Hahaha!

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Josh, how do you feel about Johnny Cash's version? I love his.

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amy, wtf kind of crazy dudes do you find? I'm glad you're out of that relationship.

i think i am a magnet... he was hot so i guess that was the draw... but.totally.crazy.times.infinity...

this taught me a lesson though in what i want in a relationship, balance for sure, i never realized how "balanced" i had become until someone wanted to be around/ with me 24/7 and it was just too much... he was very very sweet to me but crazy

Ah well, at least it helped you to figure out what you want and don't want. Sucky that he was too clingy, it's cool when you find a really sweet dude but them being overly so and clingy too early on freaks me out.

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Josh, how do you feel about Johnny Cash's version? I love his.

I thought Cash’s approach to the..canvas..(for lack of a better word) was wonderful. For his interpretation, I understood where he was coming from and I loved his technique. However, I didn’t care too much for the painting he painted.

In other words: I don't like it as much as the original. Maybe it’s because the original has meant more to me? I also trust/love Trent Reznor’s technique, atmosphere, and end result more than Cash’s.

I hope you were able to follow my art explanation. Ha! NIN is my core, S_o_G.

-Josh

PS. The Leona Lewis interpretation, though…….she should stick to her water color and finger paint paintings.

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Dear Big Cheese,

Thanks ever so much for the almost non-existent holiday bonus.  A whopping $20.00 more than the administrative assistant who "works" 5 hours a day and spends most of that time on ebay.  Really, thanks.  I feel so appreciated.

Under Appreciated

*Correction: before withholding and 401K deductions, it was exactly the same as the administrative assistant's.

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Dear V.P. Whose Office is Down The Hall,

Congratulations on your new promotion.  I'm going to miss you around here an awful lot.  You're always fun to talk to and bs with when I'm walking past your office.  Your cheery disposition is going to be appreciated up at the Seattle office.  When you leave, though, PLEASE don't take your Keurig with you.  That is my life line.  They have so many coffee pots up at the corporate office, you won't need this one.  Yeah, sure, it's great for making oatmeal, too, but maybe I can trade you for a measuring cup?  I know it won't be your problem later, but my productivity will take a sharp nose dive if you take that precious coffee pot away from me. 

Respectfully,
Laura

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Dear VegWeb,

Does anyone have the cooking challenge theme/ ingredient list for each week? Otherwise I'm going to have to repost a new challenge trying my best to remember what I paired =/

Why is it the one time I have to prove I can coordinate something shit hits the fan?

Amy

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Dear Amy,

Internet search engines often have a cached copy of recently deleted web pages. Assuming you mean the thread "12 WEEK VW COOKING CHALLENGE STARTS 1/9/12", currently google's cache has page 1 (from 2012-01-03 -- missing some posts) and page 2 (from 2012-01-07), while yahoo's cache has page 1 (from 2012-01-08). In particular, your initial post was

Quote:
We have all decided this cooking challenge will begin Monday 1/9/12 and end 12 weeks later on Sunday 4/1/12.

Each week will consist of 2 ingredients and 2 themes specified below. You can use however many ingredients/ themes specified for the given week.

Example for Week 1: You could use both black beans and mango (Ingredients) and the Caribbean/ Tropical (Theme) in 1 dish or you could just make 1 dish focusing on black beans.

Try to make a dish a day if possible or hit all 4 specified items that week.

Please try to take pictures if you are able and upload them. If not, it is still ok, a recipe review works fine (But ya'll know we vegans like some food porn).

On to the List:

Week 1 (1/9/12-1/15/12): Mango, Black beans, A cookbook(s) you haven't used since going vegan, and Caribbean/Tropical
Week 2 (1/16/12-1/22/12): Miso, Shrooms, Bryanna Clark Grogan, Chinese
Week 3 (1/23/12-1/29/12): Cayenne pepper, Buckwheat, Dip/ Condiment, Ethiopian
Week 4 (1/30/12-2/5/12): Leeks, Pineapple, Fusion cuisine, Soup
Week 5 (2/6/12-2/12/12): Lentils/Split Peas/ Dried Beans, Millet, Indian, DIY Milk and Ice Cream
Week 6 (2/13/12-2/19/12): Asparagus, Tempeh, Donna Klein, Italian/ Mediterranean
Week 7 (2/20/12-2/26/12): Silken Tofu, Cashew, Isa/Terry, Latin
Week 8 (2/27/12-3/4/12): Jackfruit, Coconut, Crockpot, Moroccan
Week 9 (3/5/12-3/11/12): Cabbage, Fresh Herbs (Mint, Thai Basil, Thyme), Raw, Salad (Pasta, Kale, Coleslaw, etc)
Week 10 (3/12/12-3/18/12): Eggplant, Chile Peppers, Robin Robertson,Thai
Week 11 (3/19/12-3/25/12): Quinoa, Amaranth, Colleen Patrick G., Meatloaf/ Loaf/ Roast
Week 12 (3/26/12-4/1/12): Broccoli, Polenta, Fermented/ Pickled, Blog/Online/VWRecipes

Post your stuffs on here!

Hope that helps,
kuzu

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Dear Admin,
Please listen to Kuzu, and retrieve the last month's worth of posts and recipes if at all possible.
I didn't get a chance to print out some that looked really good.
Love,
YG

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Dear Amy,

Internet search engines often have a cached copy of recently deleted web pages. Assuming you mean the thread "12 WEEK VW COOKING CHALLENGE STARTS 1/9/12", currently google's cache has page 1 (from 2012-01-03 -- missing some posts) and page 2 (from 2012-01-07), while yahoo's cache has page 1 (from 2012-01-08). In particular, your initial post was

Quote:
We have all decided this cooking challenge will begin Monday 1/9/12 and end 12 weeks later on Sunday 4/1/12.

Each week will consist of 2 ingredients and 2 themes specified below. You can use however many ingredients/ themes specified for the given week.

Example for Week 1: You could use both black beans and mango (Ingredients) and the Caribbean/ Tropical (Theme) in 1 dish or you could just make 1 dish focusing on black beans.

Try to make a dish a day if possible or hit all 4 specified items that week.

Please try to take pictures if you are able and upload them. If not, it is still ok, a recipe review works fine (But ya'll know we vegans like some food porn).

On to the List:

Week 1 (1/9/12-1/15/12): Mango, Black beans, A cookbook(s) you haven't used since going vegan, and Caribbean/Tropical
Week 2 (1/16/12-1/22/12): Miso, Shrooms, Bryanna Clark Grogan, Chinese
Week 3 (1/23/12-1/29/12): Cayenne pepper, Buckwheat, Dip/ Condiment, Ethiopian
Week 4 (1/30/12-2/5/12): Leeks, Pineapple, Fusion cuisine, Soup
Week 5 (2/6/12-2/12/12): Lentils/Split Peas/ Dried Beans, Millet, Indian, DIY Milk and Ice Cream
Week 6 (2/13/12-2/19/12): Asparagus, Tempeh, Donna Klein, Italian/ Mediterranean
Week 7 (2/20/12-2/26/12): Silken Tofu, Cashew, Isa/Terry, Latin
Week 8 (2/27/12-3/4/12): Jackfruit, Coconut, Crockpot, Moroccan
Week 9 (3/5/12-3/11/12): Cabbage, Fresh Herbs (Mint, Thai Basil, Thyme), Raw, Salad (Pasta, Kale, Coleslaw, etc)
Week 10 (3/12/12-3/18/12): Eggplant, Chile Peppers, Robin Robertson,Thai
Week 11 (3/19/12-3/25/12): Quinoa, Amaranth, Colleen Patrick G., Meatloaf/ Loaf/ Roast
Week 12 (3/26/12-4/1/12): Broccoli, Polenta, Fermented/ Pickled, Blog/Online/VWRecipes

Post your stuffs on here!

Hope that helps,
kuzu

OMG I LOVE U!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Dear everyone,

Thanks to dear Kuzu, I have been able to find a few cached files from Dec. and such (lost review threads and reviews). If you can think of something you want found, I can try to look for it!

-AC

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