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  1. Dear Addie,

    Do time travelers get headaches from all the sudden switches in time?

    Do you ever just switch the time machine on "whatever" to be surprised by your destination?

    Did you get to see King Tut on your last visit to Egypt???? If not, will you go back and visit him? You could learn how to WALK LIKE AN EGYPTIAN!!!!

    Thanks for the answers,
    You newest and bestest fan.... Mama Lisa

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    1. Dear Mama Lisa,

      Thankfully, I don't seem prone to what you might call "Jet lag." I believe that to be due to the fact that while I am moving through time I always arrive on the new date at the same time that I left. For example: if I leave 1864 Philadelphia at 9:22 a.m., I arrive in 2012 Phoenix at 9:22 a.m. and vice versa. I just have to plan accordingly if there is a specific event I want to witness.

      And since you didn't ask, I don't get headaches when traveling by dirigible either since the speed is so slow my body has plenty of time to adjust.

      I did switch my WABAC Machine to "whatever" once ... and got the stuffing scared out of me. (Momma can attest that I am several ounces lighter now.) As you might ascertain, I don't scare easily. I now try to be a bit more prudent in my date selections.

      HOWEVER, if I can install a dead man's switch (not to be taken literally, of course!) that will ensure my safety upon arrival I shall certainly do so again.

      And finally, no I have not seen King Tut ... yet. Thanks for the suggestion though!

      But why walk like an Egyptian when you can dance? "Dancin' by the Nile, (Disco Tut)"

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  2. how do you know that Paolo Conte wrote the score for Wings, and not J S Zamecnik?
    Thank you. RRR

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    1. There seems to be some debate, but according to the University of North Dakota website:

      "Dr. Paolo Conte was born in Palermo, Italy on Feb. 29, 1890 to Gaetano and Clorinda Conte. His musical talents were demonstrated at age 4, when he was heard improvising on the piano. He received his musical education in Venice, where he was a student of Tagliapietra, Wolf-Ferrari, and Busoni. He earned a master's degree in psychology and his doctorate in musicology from the University of Padua. In August 1914, Dr. Conte came to UND to teach piano and composition at Wesley College.

      "Dr. Paolo Conte died in Colorado Springs on Sept. 11, 1966 at age 76. His compositions number in the hundreds and have been used in teaching, radio, and movies.

      "The Paolo Conte Papers were deposited in the Orin G. Libby Manuscript Collection as a gift of William R. Conte (Paolo Conte's son), Olympia, WA on July 15, 1994. Additional deposits were made by Mary Margaret Frank, Grand Forks, North Dakota on April 9, 1996, and by William Conte on June 29, 1998."

      Also, while spending a year in Europe in 1914, Maud Hart Lovelace met Paolo Conte (who later inspired the character Marco in "Betsy and the Great World"). Conte proposed to Lovelace while she was living in Venice, but she rejected him. He moved to the U.S. to head the conservatory at UND. Conte wrote the score for the first academy-award winning film - Wings. The book has photographs of Conte. Details about her life and work can be found in The Betsy-Tacy Companion by Sharla Whalen.

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  3. Dear Addie,
    I'm a doll who wants to time travel, the name is Kit,can you set me up

    -Kit K.

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    1. Hi Kit, I sure can! Just send some good photos to me at steampunkaddie@gmail.com and tell me where you want to go.

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  4. Dear Addie,
    I'd like to go to the distant future with you, sort of a star-trek idea, can I?
    From your new friend,
    Kit

    p.s
    Can I consider you my new friend?

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  5. Dear Steampunk Addie,

    Hi! I'm one of your relatives (I think...) I'm Addy, too. But I spell it with a "Y". Personally, I like to be called Aduke...my mom's kinda formal. Anyway, she was wondering how to take care of my hair, since it's textured and very long. My "sisters" are Kit and Ruthie, and their hair is shorter and easier to take care of. If you had any thoughts, we would both greatly appreciate it (she wants my hair to look better for family photos and I just want her off my back!)

    Thanks,
    Your Friend,
    Aduke

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    1. Hi Aduke!

      Yes, ou hair can be hard to manage. When combing it out, Momma takes a small section (about a pinch or an inch) wets it down with a a spray bottle, and starting on the ends starts combing it out with a metal pick (not a brush). As each end gets detangled she moves up another inch or two and repeats until she reaches my scalp. Then she gets a new small section and repeats until done.

      When she is done I usually wear my hair in a braid or a snood so we don't need to repeat any more than necessary!

      Good luck!
      Steampunk Addie

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    2. I just let her know and she says she'll try it! Thanks!

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  6. Hi Addie,

    My name is Storm and I love steampunk stuff but my friend (owner) doesn't know where to find it cheap as possible could you recommend anywhere that sells steampunk stuff 18inch size or does how tos/ patterns? (it would be even better if the patterns were free!)

    Thanks,
    Storm and her friend (owner) willow

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    1. Dear Storm and Willow,

      While I know of know free steampunk patterns, all you really need is imagination and creativity. The hardware store is my favorite place for accessories, such as my hoseclamps, chains, etc. If you go to JoAnns or Michaels look for Tim Holtz or 7 Gypsies in the scrapbook area. They have GREAT items that are steampunky.

      http://timholtz.com/
      http://www.sevengypsies.com/

      I, of course, can also be a source of inspiration for you and Your Friend.

      Good luck!
      Steampunk Addie

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  7. Addie,

    I'm "Pepsi", Kit's sister, I was wondering if you watch a Disney channel show called Gravity Falls and if you could go there? I am rather curious.
    - Pepsi

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    1. Hmm, I had never heard of this Gravity Falls until now. It does bear looking into. Stay tuned!

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    2. Just wondering...will you meet Dipper and Mabel? Me and my sisters LOVE the show,
      p.s. will you ever go hunting supernatural creatures?
      -Pepsi

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    3. Oh, I might meet Dipper and Mabel someday. I've now watched one show and quite enjoyed it. However, I do not "hunt" anything. I do like to go looking for supernatural creatures though.

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    4. Sorry, I meant searching, not hunting...But if they try to kill me, all bets are off.
      -Pepsi

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  8. Dear Addie,
    It would be AWESOME if you could go on Aoshima and ride on him :p
    -Pepsi
    p.s. have anyways of getting rid of older fashion-obsessed doll sisters who insist upon smearing make up on your face?

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    1. Err, I must admit I have no desire to ride Aoshima at this point in time. That thing is the stuff of sugar-induced nightmares! However, I do reserve the right to change my mind.

      As for your older fashion-obsessed doll sisters who insist upon smearing make up on your face, tell them to BACK OFF. At our age, we have no need for cosmetics. In fact, makeup in 1864 was considered to be improper, vulgar, and acceptable only for actors.

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  9. What are you going to be for Halloween?

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    1. I'm having a hard time deciding since I have such a fabulous wardrobe. I'm torn between "Went With the Wind" and "Steam Trek." What do you think?

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  10. Dear Addie,
    I'd like to join your steam team, I admit I'm not very steampunk, I'm more future-y, I believe I could be of some use to you, I have a Gameboy with time traveling and somewhat hypnotizing properties.
    PLEASE?
    -Pepsi

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    1. Sure! Send me a photo and I'll add you!

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  11. How about going to smile dip world, or Oz? Just suggestions for your next travel

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    1. Gravity Falls? Or Oz? Oz is my first destination choice but I do like Gravity Falls, too.

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  12. Dear Miss Addie,
    Is your hair hard to brush? Does it tangle often? And what's your favorite type of cookie?
    Sincerely, C.

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    1. Yes, my hair is very hard to brush! Momma usually picks it then puts it either in my snood or a braid. Both styles keep it from tangling. As for cookies, my favorite is an imported malted milk biscuit. Perfect for tea dueling!

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  13. Hey,
    Just wondering, have you ever seen Helix? Its a show from syfy. There are some other good ones to look into,

    http://www.syfy.com/helix

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    1. No, I haven't but I'll look into it. Thanks for the suggestion!

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  14. Hey Addie,
    Who is your favorite character from Gravity Falls?

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  15. Hello Addie!

    Our doll Trekkie and Steampunk enthusiast (Marie-Grace) wants to know what your favorite Star Trek series is. She also wants to know who your favorite character from Star Trek and whether you prefer Kirk or Picard. Finally Marie-Grace asks: Have you ever considered cosplaying as Guinan?

    Willow for PVGC

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    1. Momma and I are loyal to TOS, but we like Next Generation, too. My favorite characters are Spock, Uhura, and Guinan. Loyalty compels me to say Kirk, but I think Picard was a better captain. And YES, I want to cosplay Guinan! Momma is developing a pattern for me - maybe two! We love Guinan's trademark look in Ten Forward, but we also love her Victorian outfit in the episode, "Time's Arrow."

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    2. Awesome! Time's Arrow is one of Marie-Grace's favorite episodes. Isn't Mark Twain fabulous? We will be watching for the Guinan cosplay- whichever one you choose!

      Willow for PVGC

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  16. Hey Addie,
    Quick question, who are the dolls in your vinyl family? I mean, I know that there is you, Caroline, Phoebe, Clementine, and Princess Buffy, but who else? Or is that it?

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    1. Goodness, let's see:

      Clementine
      Betsy, Tacy, Tib, and Naifi
      Molly
      Jeannie Akiko Wakatsuki (AKA Jess)
      Cecile
      Josefina
      Ivy
      Yu Chia Hui

      And that's just the 18 inch beauties in My room! I have many more sisters in my Big Sister's room!

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    2. Whoops, I forgot Sonali and Sharbat Gula!

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  17. What's your opinion Ivy, Ruthie, Marie Grace, and Cecile are retiring?

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    1. I am shocked, appalled, and horrified. I predicted Addy, and I'm relieved she's safe (for now) but retiring Ivy and Cecile?

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    2. On the some-what bright side, they can't get rid of Addy now, but now with Beforever and junk...

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  18. Hello Addie! We are starting a group of 18" Cosplayers! Would you like to join? Email us at PineValleyGirlsClub@gmail.com!
    ~Willow~

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  19. Hey Addie,
    Are you excited?
    Gravity Falls Season 2 premieres tomorrow night! The episode is called "Scaryoke!"
    ARE YOU EXCITED????????????????

    -Pepsi

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  20. Addie, is there anyway we can give you or mail you stuff? I'd love to give you a steam-punky Mabel sweater.

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    1. Thanks! If you email me at steampunkaddie (at) gmail dot com, I'll send you Momma's address.

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  21. Don't take offense to this, but, do you like country music? You know, Toby Keith, Rodney Atkins, the works.
    Because if you do, I think I found a band for you! (Ha! That rhymed.) It is called "The Band Perry" look it up sometime.

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    1. I like some of the old, classic singers like Patsy Cline. I also like bluegrass and folk. But I do like the name, The Band Perry.

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    2. Unfortunately, it has nothing to do with Perry the Platypus. But I think you'd like some of the songs like, "You Lie," "If I Die Young," or "Better Dig Two."

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    3. (You don't have to publish this) But for the summer, I had to do some special learning stuff with my dolls (I think you heard about Pepsi and Kitty) and I did a report on you! Would you like to se it?
























































































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    4. Hey Addie, Have you ever heard of Poptropica? It is a really fun game created by authors, they even have a steampunk island! I thought you might be interested.

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    5. Too bad it's not about Perry the Platypus, but I'll check them out.

      I would love to read your report about me. Please send it to me at steampunkaddie (at) gmail dot com.

      No, I have not heard about Poptropica, but I bet my Big Sister has. I'll check it out, too.

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  22. Hey Addie, have you ever heard or seen "Don't Hug Me I'm Scared"? They have 2 music videos on time and creativity, (It may be a bit scary, but watch it 500000 more times and the affect wears off)

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  23. Addie, out of curiosity, do you have a youtube account? It's a website where you post videos, I'd subscribe you if you have/got one.

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  24. Hey Addie, did you hear that their going to make Gravity Falls action figures? Just so you know...

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    1. Did you see the new gravity falls? I mean, you have to see how this,
      http://doafhat.tumblr.com/post/97019373058
      http://thespoonmissioner.tumblr.com/post/97024963050
      http://paatticake.tumblr.com/image/97025303055
      http://frolic-chronis.tumblr.com/post/97025834536
      somehow has a context.

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  25. Addie! You HAVE to see 'Over The Garden Wall' it is amazing. You'll love it.

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  26. Dear Addie,
    Do you know where Pleasant Piper went? she mysteriously dissapeared along with her email account and facebook page

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    1. Sadly, no! Momma can't access any of the AG forums right now (no computer and the iPhone keeps crashing) but maybe someone there knows.

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