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About Natalie The Rogue Rhymer
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Hello and thank you for stopping by to check out my bio. I recently moved to Southern CA from beautiful Victor, CO-Population 450 Elevation 9696 and I'm lovin' CA. The weather is lovely and the people are divine for the most part.

My husband and I won a car on Let's Make a Deal.  If you'd like to see our it is...

I have been married to my wonderful husband, KJ, for 13 years now.  We have a great Siamese cat, Tiki (named after Tiki Barber-Retired Giants RB).  And, yes, I love football-Go Broncos!!!

I decided to type out my “official” bucket list.  Some of the items on the list are…

*Go skydiving
*Jog a mile without stopping
*Watch a live fight (boxing) in Vegas
*Perform a standup comedy act
*Go to Carnival in Rio de Janeiro
*Volunteer at a homeless shelter on Thanksgiving
*Memorize the symbols of all elements on the periodic *Pay for a random person's groceries
*Learn to belly dance
*Play one $500 hand of blackjack
*Come up with my own personal theme song
*Jump into a pool in an evening gown and stilettos

I joined poetry soup because I love poetry and I also had a goal (on my list) to win at least 3rd place in a poetry contest.  Thanks to Paula Swanson, I was able to cross that one off with a 1st Place win in her Yard Sale Contest.  I decided that since the poetrysoup gang is so warmhearted, I wanted to hang out here for good :)

‘Talkin’ Technology’ winners announced and hear about my method of judging/new contest!

Blog Posted:7/24/2011 7:07:00 PM

First, congrats. to all of the winners.  I loved all of them and it was very hard to judge-really, really hard. 

So, those of you who are ‘regulars’ at judging contests will probably find this a little silly…but here’s what I did.

1.  I read each one and indicated the “good poems” so I could move on to round 3.

2.  For round 3, I copy/pasted and formatted every poem to be able to print each poem on its own sheet. 

3.  Next, I wrote out numbers on bright cardboard and labeled each 1-10 and then a category for HM. 

4. Then, I re-read all of the poems and ranked them to which place I felt they should receive.  It was great, I had numbers and poems sprawled all over my living room!

5.   Next, I decided to read them all out loud to my husband.  He liked most of them but felt many were “too long”-LOL!  He’s  a guy that pretty much only watches ESPN highlights, though, so don’t take it personally   I did listen to his input and rearranged a few. 

6.  After that, input the ranking into the computer.

7.  I then checked them over twice…and you will see the list of winners on the ‘official’ contest results page. 

I hope I become more efficient at this someday

It was my first contest, so if you think you (or someone else) deserved a higher place, you may be right.  I did try hard (and judged blindly) and I will only get better with time…so please have mercy J.   

So, join my next contest, will ya? 

It will be about things that other people do that drive you crazy.   I’m sure you catch yourself saying, “What is he or she thinking?”  An example would be the girls at my gym who bring cell phones into the sauna.  Really?  

Again, thanks to all that entered and congratulations!!!

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  1. Date: 7/25/2011 7:04:00 PM
    Thank you Dr. Ram and James-I enjoyed both of them greatly :)

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  1. Date: 7/25/2011 5:15:00 PM
    Mega thanks for my placing Natalie, I'm over the moon, with my humble Limerick. Smiles to all who entered and the winners :)

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  1. Date: 7/25/2011 4:16:00 PM
    Thanks Natalie for my placement in your contest and am ready for your next.

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  1. Date: 7/25/2011 11:34:00 AM
    Andrea you little belly dancing 'devil', you :) And with your teacher? Wow, that would make some headlines in my small town :) Nette and Nikko-thanks for your comments and I hope you enter my new one. Love, Natalie

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  1. Date: 7/25/2011 11:06:00 AM
    I really liked reading how you went about with your judging, Natalie! Way to go for you! I am so sorry I missed your contest, I sure can have my head float sometimes, I got sort of stumped for this, then now I realize I could have written one since I was on tech support before (haha one of the ironies of my life, since I am no techie. at all), oh duhh for me O_o...anyhow, well hmmm interesting new contest-- lemme see if I can come up with something :D boy oh boy this might be tricky, since it could reveal too much about me. uh-oh.

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  1. Date: 7/25/2011 11:06:00 AM
    oh! Sorry for babbling!! Super congrats to all your winners, ^_^

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  1. Date: 7/25/2011 4:58:00 AM
    jeepers, i missed your techie contest, nats ;i'll make up for it by entering your " annoting" contest.. congrats to all with huggs! :)

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  1. Date: 7/25/2011 1:47:00 AM
    thanks so much for the placement, Natalie, and Congrats to all the winners. Also, I enjoyed your bio here. YOu have had a blessed life. why aim only for third place in a contest? I bet you can score a first place easily! Luv, Andrea PS one thing on your bucket lislt I have done is belly danced. And one night I was able to do it in a restaurant with my teacher, just for kicks!(oh, and I've done a ten kilo race without stopping and I've been to Rio, though not during cArnival, and that's about as far as I got on your bucket list myself!!)

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  1. Date: 7/24/2011 11:18:00 PM
    Kash-Yours was so differnt and sweet-I really enjoyed it-thanks so much for entering :)

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  1. Date: 7/24/2011 10:49:00 PM
    Thanks for my placement Natalie...enjoyed your contest.

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  1. Date: 7/24/2011 10:26:00 PM
    Thanks Chris, Constance, Paula, Linda, Rick and Carrie for commenting on my blog! Also thank all of you for your kind words. Chris-We shouldn't have to worry about offending someone-everyone has good intentions...I think it is great to write and "push the envelope" sometimes-makes for a more interesting story :)

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  1. Date: 7/24/2011 10:00:00 PM
    Natalie, thank you kindly for my 1st place, but also simply for sponsoring this fun contest. I am never sure, if my entries might offend someone or not, so I am very glad you enjoyed my entry. Sometimes my most seemingly innocent poem can offend someone? lol. Congratulations to the winners~!

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  1. Date: 7/24/2011 9:10:00 PM
    great theme..great winners..congrats to u Natalie and to all the winners... appreciate my top ten win for "Gadget Magic" luv..glad u liked my nice Italian boy line..haha..and the eulogy for my go phone..haha..

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  1. Date: 7/24/2011 9:06:00 PM
    I love the way you judged.......great method...and I thank you for a beautiful WIN...I'm so glad the humor rang through!!!!~God bless ~ ^Rick

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  1. Date: 7/24/2011 9:06:00 PM
    CONGRATS to all the WINNERS....

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  1. Date: 7/24/2011 7:28:00 PM
    Thanks Natalie, for my placement in your delightful contest! I think you did a great job judging for the first time, and worked hard to be fair! Thanks so much for a great job, and fun poems to read! love, Carrie

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My Past Blog Posts

Mega Lotto-What would you do with $290 million?
Date Posted: 3/22/2012 10:43:00 AM
I just picked up my new car!!!
Date Posted: 1/6/2012 8:43:00 PM
Poetry Soup Year-End Award Results :)
Date Posted: 12/26/2011 9:45:00 PM
Anyone want to read my winning short story?
Date Posted: 12/16/2011 8:03:00 PM
Last Call-Poetry Soup Year-End Awards...only a few days left to vote!
Date Posted: 12/9/2011 9:43:00 AM
Poetry Soup 'Just For Fun' Year-End Awards…Most Likely To…Please VOTE!!!
Date Posted: 11/22/2011 4:14:00 PM
Help from parents/teachers/aunts/etc. of 6-8 year olds
Date Posted: 11/21/2011 11:57:00 PM
If you could would you want to die? "Die a fun death" Contest
Date Posted: 11/18/2011 3:26:00 PM
Sleazy or Sexy? Game
Date Posted: 11/17/2011 10:45:00 PM
I was a contestant on a gameshow yesterday...wanna see?
Date Posted: 11/3/2011 2:15:00 PM
Edited...Which is True…Is it #1 or #2? Updated w/ answer :)
Date Posted: 11/2/2011 5:05:00 PM
How old is too old to trick or treat?
Date Posted: 10/31/2011 10:46:00 PM
Ungrateful Panhandlers
Date Posted: 10/30/2011 7:43:00 PM
Happy Hour-What R U Havin' Today?
Date Posted: 10/14/2011 4:45:00 PM
I survived...Thanks for all of the advice :)
Date Posted: 10/2/2011 6:11:00 PM
Help...Advice on camping please :)
Date Posted: 9/29/2011 10:59:00 PM
‘Criminal or Genius’ contest results posted
Date Posted: 9/28/2011 4:31:00 PM
Genius…or criminal…what do you think?
Date Posted: 9/3/2011 6:31:00 PM
Burlesque Twist Winners Posted-Congrats :)
Date Posted: 8/17/2011 9:13:00 PM
Burlesque Twist-New Contest & wish me luck at the race track :)
Date Posted: 8/10/2011 5:27:00 AM
Cellphones in the sauna...What annoys YOU? Results Posted :)
Date Posted: 8/2/2011 8:37:00 PM
‘Talkin’ Technology’ winners announced and hear about my method of judging/new contest!
Date Posted: 7/24/2011 7:07:00 PM
Talkin' Tech. New Contest-I hope you'll consider entering :)
Date Posted: 7/11/2011 8:41:00 PM

My Poems

Date PostedPoem TitleFormCategories
9/16/2012Ode to Vie My Love Hate PoemRhymesatire,beautiful,beautifu
9/14/2012My Slutty Aunt's WeddingRhymesatire,wedding,wedding,
6/30/2012The Devil Moved in Next DoorVillanelleslam,
6/10/2012Pal in a TumblerDiminished Hexaversenostalgia,
6/10/2012Early RetirementNarrativesatire,teacher,night,nigh
6/3/2012Streaking at the MallLimerickurban,
3/11/2012If I were a Guy, I'dRhymesatire,
2/19/2012skaterboy's delightHaikuromance,teen,
2/18/2012moles last supperHaikunature,
2/11/2012I've Got a Big Butt and I Cannot LieMonorhymeslam,
2/9/2012Love in Ten Year IncrementsFootlelove,
1/21/2012Anvil DreamsQuintellaloss,sad,
1/17/2012My favorite thing about Poetry SoupFree versepeople,
1/17/2012Breakup TextLimerickgirlfriend-boyfriend,slam
1/17/2012Strong WomenFree versepassion,woman,
1/14/2012Time to Pay the TollVillanelleloss,passion,
1/13/2012Lee Ramage-Our random pleaMonorhymedevotion,
1/3/2012Love -n- the LotteryLimerickpassion,satire,i love you
12/27/2011Mile High ConsequencesLimerickfantasy,romance,
12/23/2011I Just Can't WinRhymeromance,wife,
12/23/2011Rusty RemnantsKimolost love,
12/21/2011 To-Susan, From-NatalieFree versededication,
12/18/2011 My New Year's Wish For YouAcrosticdedication,inspirational,
12/17/2011Morning GriefKimodepression,
12/15/2011HEADS UP-Quirky Cook OffFree verseadventure,cowboy,

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Fav Poems

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His Old Pick-Up TruckRhymedog,funny,me,old,
Ode To The Toilet PlungerLight Poetryfunny
TOP TEN PEEVESRhymelife,socialme,me,
Why Pa Ain't Pet Sittin' No MoreLimerickfunny
In My OpinionRhymefunnywife,me,
The Greatest Poet EverRhymefunnywrite,me,write,
When Madness Rides on Moonlight Sestinagod,life,
Wisdom of the CougarRhymelife,philosophymen,men,
Home BrewLimerickfriendship
Boozer Not a LoserLimerickfunnywine,
Retired Romance : RepostLight Poetryloveold,old,
This grinds my gearsRhymefunnyme,car,me,money,
Murphy's Lesser Known LawsRhymefunny,
One Night StandFree verseslam,care,care,me,
The Bird is the WordLight Poetryfunny,holiday,thanksgivin
Permanent Check-MateRhymeallegory,introspection,li
The Optimistic Pessimists ResolutionsLight Poetryfunny,holiday,me,me,time,

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binibining p.iNk Philippines Flag Philippines Read
Robert A. Dufresne United States Flag United States Read
Linda-Marie SweetHeart Italy Flag Italy Read
SillyBilly theKidster United States Flag United States Read
Andrea Dietrich United States Flag United States Read
Robert L. Hinshaw United States Flag United States Read
Paula Swanson United States Flag United States Read
RALPH TAYLOR United States Flag United States Read
Chris D. Aechtner Canada Flag Canada Read
Chris Matt United States Flag United States Read
nette onclaud Philippines Flag Philippines Read
Tony Lane United States Flag United States Read
jack horne United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom Read
ChiquitaChiamaka Baity United States Flag United States Read
Lee Ramage Canada Flag Canada Read
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