victory is close

Victor Victorious

Can’t believe it’s been 10 episodes and it just occured to me that Victor’s surname is Nikiforov, which comes from the Greek name Νικηφόρος (Nikifóros) and means Bringer of Victory.

So his name is Victor Who Brings Victory or (loosely translated) Victor Victorious.

No wonder he was always a champion. This is character naming on a par with Remus Lupin.

Victory

A word of caution to younger Americans for whom this is the first presidential election they were politically, socially and mentally aware enough to comprehend:

The early coverage on election night is likely to sound really intense and desperate and things might look really scary for your candidate, but most of that Drama is manufactured for the sake of ratings.

Some tips:
1. Pay attention to the percent of polling places reported in/percentage of votes tallied. Often they’re reporting on huge differences in position based on very little data.

2. Remember that five or more hours separate the first poll closing and the last. The United States covers a lot of time zones so we won’t have anything like a final call, barring a massive landslide victory, until close to midnight Eastern time.

3. The pundits are going to make all kinds of final-sounding and dire pronouncements, but they have to fill those five or more hours of ballot counting. It’s their job, and in their best interests, to keep coming up with things to say that will keep your hand off the remote control.

Be patient, don’t give in to the panic and stress they want you to feel.

Apparently in Japanese katsu ( 勝 ) means “victory.”

And the sign for Ki ( 生 ) means living

So Katsuki (勝生) means Victory Life

And yet our Katsudon’s only victory comes from Victuuri

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Can you just see them now?

After they have defeated another foe…

EMMA: That was amazing! Another victory.

REGINA: That was very close. (scowls at Emma) TO DEATH. We could have died.

EMMA: What else is new?

REGINA: (halts and stares as Emma walks a little ahead) You’re smug. Why are you so smug?

EMMA: Because it’s US, Regina. It’s you and me and WE are doing what we do best in a fight. We win! Together. Side by side. It’s how we roll! Emma & Regina.

REGINA: (raises an eyebrow) Regina & Emma.

EMMA: (waves it off) We’re like Batman & Robin.

REGINA: (walks beside Emma, smirking) And of course WHO would be Batman in this scenario?

REGINA AND EMMA: (together) Me.

REGINA AND EMMA: (together) YOU!?

They both pause. Regina starts walking

REGINA: No. I think clearly, I’m Batman. You’re my little “sidekick-puppy-person”.

EMMA: What?! No way!

They come to a halt again.

REGINA: Now really. You’ve just controlled your powers all of “5 minutes” and you think you are the magical mastermind?

Regina starts walking. Emma follows and sidles up next to her.

EMMA: I was the Dark One! Those “5 minutes” felt like a freaking eternity with Gold in my head.

REGINA: I have been Magical for so long. I have performed spells you haven’t even heard of yet.

EMMA: But I’m the SAVIOR.

REGINA: (frowns at the ground in front of them) Your point?

EMMA: I AM BATMAN.

REGINA: (appears as if she doesn’t want to argue anymore) Fine.

EMMA: You’re Robin. (twists her mouth in disgust) Which is just sad because that’s a STUPID name for a guy. (stomps forward a little)

REGINA: (sobers and grabs Emma’s elbow) Hey. Wait. (studies Emma, slowly smiles) You’re still jealous?

EMMA: What? No.

REGINA: (starts chuckling, slowly slips her hands around Emma’s waist) Aww, that’s cute.

EMMA: (grabs Regina’s shoulders) I’m not jealous!

REGINA: (pulls Emma closer, very close) Kiss me, stupid.

Their lips meet softly and quickly. Regina pulls away.

REGINA: You can be Batman.

EMMA: No. I’m not Batman because YOU say I’m Batman. I’m Batman BECAUSE I’m Batman.

REGINA: (now kissing down Emma jaw to the crook of her neck) Mmm-hmm. Yes, Darling.

EMMA: (whimpers, then straightens) No! I’m Batman! dammit. (stalks ahead)

REGINA: (unable to hide laughter) What? Emma! (carefully walks in heels through the forest, laughing) You’re missing a moment here.

It brushes your fingertips like fire, like thunder. It burns to know you’ll never hold victory on your tongue.
—  coming close but falling short // abby, day 215 // prompt for @paintingsunny

VICTORY!!!! Famed Ringling Bros. circus closing after more than 100 years

The decline of ticket sales helped lead to the move
Taking elephants off the road and high operating costs hurt the business

(CNN) The Ringling Bros. circus is closing down after more than 100 years in operation, according to a press release from Feld Entertainment, which has owned the circus for the last 50 years.

“I have made the difficult business decision that Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® will hold its final performances in May of this year,” CEO Kenneth Feld said.

High operating costs and the decline of ticket sales “made the circus an unsustainable business for the company,” Feld said.


And after “the transition of the elephants off the road, we saw an even more dramatic drop” in ticket sales, Feld said.

Before taking the final bow, the Ringling Bros., will perform 30 shows across the United States between now and May.

For years, the elephants have been in the spotlight and their dance routines featured prominently in the shows.

But due to mounting criticism from animal rights groups, the Ringling Bros. phased out the elephant acts entirely.

Off stage, the Ringling Bros. runs an elephant conservation center which sits on 200 acre of rural land in Florida, between Tampa and Orlando.

Created in 1995 by Ringling, the facility focuses on the care and study of Asian elephants – an endangered species that it had used in its shows.

Public outcry

But several animal rights groups repeatedly criticized, picketed and sued Ringling Bros. for its treatment of the animals.

The animal rights group, PETA, spent years petitioning against the treatment of circus animals.

(CNN) The Ringling Bros. circus is closing down after more than 100 years in operation, according to a press release from Feld Entertainment, which has owned the circus for the last 50 years.

“I have made the difficult business decision that Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® will hold its final performances in May of this year,” CEO Kenneth Feld said.

High operating costs and the decline of ticket sales “made the circus an unsustainable business for the company,” Feld said.


And after “the transition of the elephants off the road, we saw an even more dramatic drop” in ticket sales, Feld said.

Before taking the final bow, the Ringling Bros., will perform 30 shows across the United States between now and May.

For years, the elephants have been in the spotlight and their dance routines featured prominently in the shows.

But due to mounting criticism from animal rights groups, the Ringling Bros. phased out the elephant acts entirely.

Off stage, the Ringling Bros. runs an elephant conservation center which sits on 200 acre of rural land in Florida, between Tampa and Orlando.

Created in 1995 by Ringling, the facility focuses on the care and study of Asian elephants – an endangered species that it had used in its shows.

Public outcry

But several animal rights groups repeatedly criticized, picketed and sued Ringling Bros. for its treatment of the animals.

The animal rights group, PETA, spent years petitioning against the treatment of circus animals.


The Humane Society of the United States, a longtime critic of the show’s animal welfare practices, acknowledged that Ringling Bros. has made changes over the past century and a half, but claims the changes didn’t happen quickly enough.

“It’s just not acceptable any longer to cart wild animals from city to city and have them perform silly yet coercive stunts,” the society’s President and CEO Wayne Pacelle said in a statement Sunday. “I know this is bittersweet for the Feld family, but I applaud their decision to move away from an institution grounded on inherently inhumane wild animal acts,” Pacelle said.

In 2011, Feld Entertainment agreed to pay a fine of $270,000 to the US Department of Agriculture for alleged violations of the Animal Welfare Act.

The company did not admit wrongdoing but promised to implement new training for all personnel who handle animals.

Ringling Bros. has made recent changes to its traditional lineup to capture the attention of more attendees.

Just this week, the first-ever female ringmaster, made her circus debut in Orlando, Florida.

The full cast of the circus is between 250 and 300 people. With three performing units, the circus visits about 115 cities each year.

Ringling Bros. was founded in Baraboo, Wisconsin, in 1884 by five of the seven Ringling brothers.

The family ran the circus until 1967 when it was sold to Feld Entertainment, according to the Wisconsin Historical Society.

CNN’s Faith Karimi contributed to this report

Watch… https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.cnn.com/cnn/2017/01/14/entertainment/ringling-circus-closing/index.html?client=safari

Jonerys Week Day 4: Role Reversal

Danera Snow and Jahaerys Stormborn, the Dark Targaryen. Danera is a bastard born northerner, Jahaerys is the last surviving son of Rhaegar Targaryen and his wife Lyanna Stark. Roberts Rebellion only worked after they were wedded and bedded and Lyanna, pregnant almost to term, had fled to exile in Essos. She died in childbirth, leaving Jahaerys in the care of Ilyrio until the war of five kings sets a chain reaction in motion that sets him back on the track towards Westeros.

Meanwhile Danera is the only woman in Robb Stark’s volunteer section of his army, fighting with skill and vigour until he dies and she joins the Brotherhood Without Banners. Years later, Jahaerys Targaryen lands with his fleet in Dragonstone and enlists the Brotherhood. It is only a matter of time until the two of them meet on the battlefield, fighting the Lannisters at the Twins.

After winning a close victory, Jahaerys defies all his plans and advisors in marrying the base born commoner. He’s not worse off for it. And when the news of the Night King and his walking dead men reaches them, they join the fight with the Northerners as one. Jahaerys and Danera Targaryen.

quick motivation exercise

You need motivation asap and is starting to freak out. Already reblogged your entire dashboard, and asked for the help of your favorite blogs, but nothing seems to work. Well, fear not my friend, this is what you need to do: 

  • Lay down and grab your phone
  • Get an inspirational song or playlist. One that says you’re gonna do it, that you’ll be victorious. 
  •  Close your eyes. 
  •  Put yourself in the song. Think about the road you have to take, about what you need to do. Think about what will it give to you. An A on a test? The first place? Suddenly, studying math doesn’t seem as bad as it used to be. 
  • Now go do it. Make the song come true.
Day 319: Command Me [Pt. 1]

Part 1 of 2! By request of the newly minted Kinky Anon. Not really NSFW, but next chapter will definitely be!


An insult. That was the only thing in Spy’s head as he stormed down the halls of the base. The match today had been so close. Victory had been in their grasp, there for the taking and to finally break the losing streak that had dogged them ever since they’d arrived at Sawmill. All until the last few minutes, when the RED Spy had made his way to the capture point and single handedly eliminated Heavy, Engineer, and the toymaker’s two turrets. That would have been bad enough, except that he’d not done it alone.

As he turned the corner, his target suddenly came into view. Medic stood at the foot of the stairs, his Medi-pack still slung over a shoulder as he made his way to the infirmary.

“Medic!”

Medic didn’t even look up, even as Spy saw his shoulders twitch at hearing his name. Instead, he turned and walked briskly towards the infirmary.

“What were you thinking, healing him?” Spy demanded, chasing down the white coat that fluttered in front of him. “How on earth could you think he was me!?”

“To start, he looked just like you!” Medic spun around, irritation clearly showing on his face.

“That amateur!?” Spy threw up his hand in exasperation. “His disguises are mediocre at best. I can assure you that he looked nothing like me.”

“Then I congratulate you on looking into a mirror everyday. Trust me when I say that the rest of us do not spend so much time examining your face.”

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