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Post  Lady Arabella on Tue Nov 18, 2014 6:50 pm

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Padfoot - Aug 11, 2004 10:48 am (#1851 of 2955)

I can remember that plastic sweet smell of the Strawberry Shortcake dolls. I was so into them. Now I have not thought of them in years.

Veronika, now I have the Chicken to Ride song in my head.

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VeronikaG - Aug 11, 2004 11:06 am (#1852 of 2955)

Don't blame me for putting that chicken line in your head, Padfoot, it was Penny's song. I have a funny picture of a girl with a 60's hairdo riding around on a giant chicken in my head now. At least I'm not the only one who has funny ear activity now and then.

And the blog finally takes anonymous posts. Flame is testing now.

You have a cute niece, Ladybug. You have a little daughter too, if my mind serves me right?

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Kasse - Aug 11, 2004 11:36 am (#1853 of 2955)

I have a quick question for anyone out there willing to answer it. Since this is my first wait for a HP book I am just curious. How long is the wait between the day that the release date is announce and the actual date the book comes out usually? For example does she announce the release day six months early? Three months early?

I am asking because if the book does indeed come out next summer then when will we officially hear about it so the we can start a countdown to the exact release date. I am sure we do not hear about it a week before it actually comes out.

Sorry if I am not making much sense – blame it on the afternoon slump

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Good Evans - Aug 11, 2004 11:42 am (#1854 of 2955)
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Having asked my brother who is in the trade - they dont have to give a release date at all. they can just release it. But with all the hype I suspect it is a cert it will be given. last time I think we waited about 6 -9 months from the release date being given to actual release. not much help sorry....

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Kasse - Aug 11, 2004 11:45 am (#1855 of 2955)

Thanks Good Evans - so if it is indeed going to be released next summer (fingers crossed) then hopefully we should be hearing something soon right? Now I am really excited about this Sunday!

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Flame Alligator - Aug 11, 2004 11:49 am (#1856 of 2955)

Would someone please help me? How do I edit or delete on blogspot? I am asking for my friend. She looked everywhere........ we can not find out what to do.

Btw, goedemiddag everyone.

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VeronikaG - Aug 11, 2004 11:53 am (#1857 of 2955)

Yes, it's me having trouble again. BLUSH! We had a little "test run" and it seems I can't delete comments. Didn't think that could be so tricky.

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Accio Sirius - Aug 11, 2004 12:09 pm (#1858 of 2955)

I mentioned this on the PoA movie thread, but I wanted more people to know that Target has PoA toys on the clearance racks for 50% off--at least that was at my Target this morning. It's not too early to shop for the holidays!

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Gina R Snape - Aug 11, 2004 1:09 pm (#1859 of 2955)

Holidays?! Who needs to wait for the holidays for PoA toys.

Oooooh, you mean for the children!

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Ladybug220 - Aug 11, 2004 1:42 pm (#1860 of 2955)

Thanks Veronika. Actually I don't have any children. All the pictures have been of my nieces. Megan is 21 months and Lianne is 10 months and I spoil them as much as possible. Soon it will be even easier for me to do when they move back here to the States next month.

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DJ Evans - Aug 11, 2004 2:50 pm (#1861 of 2955)

Hee hee I loved some of the "mis" heard lyrics that have been posted. And Fawkes? I did a very brave thing and did the Google search for "Kissthisguy" and it came right up to it. (whew!!!) Here is the link for the web page: MisHeard Lyrics Everybody ought to check it out, it's got some real loo-loo's on there!!! I believe you can even add your own misheard lyric on there if anybody is interested.

Loopy, thanks for the "pics" of the day!!!! I wonder how much Emma & Rupert would love to have those back and burned? hee hee

Thanks Padfoot on the compliment on my avatar!!! After seeing yours, the two of Orlando, Alan's and others, well I just couldn't NOT put up my cutie there. As I was telling Lelia, we all can "drool" over our avatars -- just not over our keyboards!!!! Yep, get on here -- talk and talk about HP and look at all of the great avatars. I can't decide which ones I like better the cartoon ones, the great art ones, the hand drawing ones, or the ones of real people from the forum. They are all so neat to look at!!!

Catherine -- count me on the "I solemly swear" too!!! It was so ironic the other day after Denise posted what she did on the little girls clothing (which I whole heartily agree with her and everyone) that I saw "2" different news articles about that very same thing. One was in our local paper and the other was in a magazine. So it seems to be a bigger issue than just us discussing it here on the forum. Maybe the clothing industry will take notice and more importantly PAY attention to what everyone is saying!!! Hey, there is a first time for everything, isn't there?

Mare`, if you do try the Coke/peanuts, as Madam Pince said it is better with the glass bottle. Also, you need to get just the regular ol' salted peanuts. What we always used was Planters salted peanuts that came in that clear package/bag. Those were the best to use.

Madam Pince, do you by any chance get the "Country" and "Country Extra" magazines? If so, aren't they just filled with breath taking pictures?!?!?! I think we take nearly all of the series but "Country" and "Country Extra" are my favorites. And how I wish all magazines would follow their practice of "NO" advertisements!!! That will never happen, I know, but it's a nice thought!!!

Take care everyone!!!!

Later, Deb

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SarcasticGinny - Aug 11, 2004 7:04 pm (#1862 of 2955)

Hello hello hello!

504 messages is a lot of messages, so forgive me for not catching up. I swear to check in more often and see how you all are doing (bad Emily, bad bad Emily!) Perhaps a Dobby-style lamp smacking will follow this...who knows.

My excuse is Montana, where I've been for a while. The mountains are gorgeous-kudos to any of you who live near them and drive on that kind of terrain daily though! I got a chance to drive going to the Sun Road in Glacier Park which was nice, and the best part of all was horseback riding in the mountains. SO pretty!

I start new teacher training in less than a week and boy am I ever nervous!!

Hope everyone is well, and I will check in more, I swear! (...wandering off to go find a lamp!)

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Gred-n-Forge - Aug 11, 2004 7:17 pm (#1863 of 2955)

Wow! Over 200 posts to catch up on in the Chat Thread alone!

Betty, I am glad to hear you had a wonderful birthday, and that you're doing better. Belated birthday greetings and hugs to you!

I have to admit, I've enjoyed seeing all the different avatars--Viggo, Ralph, Orlando, Ralph, etc. Luckily I have to sit back from my keyboard as I view these! (I have to admit, I distinctly remember seeing Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and thinking, "y'know, the Sheriff of Nottingham wouldn't be a bad choice, really..."

Breck shampoo is making a comeback? OK, I don't feel quite so young now. . .I remember using that as a kid. I also remember Strawberry Shortcake, and Blueberry Muffin, and Pupcake, and Ginger Snap (my sister, who is 10 years younger than me, really liked them). And now Strawberry Shortcake is making a comeback as well, just a little updated (thankfully, in nothing sleazy looking). Now my daughter enjoys them.

So a moody 6 year old girl is normal? Thank goodness! (Apparently this extends to boys as well, my son had the same problem)

As for not peeking at the end of HP7, I'm afraid I can't promise anything, but I will certainly try.

Embarrassing moments? I have quite a few, really...one that really takes the cake for me, though, is when I took a class in college. The classroom was set up auditorium style, with concrete steps going down the center. The entrance to the classroom was at the back. One day I was worried about running late for the class, so I was in a hurry. Sure enough, I was one of the last ones to get to class, and I had made the unfortunate mistake of wearing penny loafers with slick soles on them. And of course, when I slipped, I slid all the way to the bottom of the steps--in front of the entire class, including the teacher. Luckily, nobody said anything as I slunk to my seat in embarrassment, but it sure was quiet for a few moments.

Oh, yes, and I got quite a laugh out of all the mis-heard lyrics!

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ShelterGirl - Aug 11, 2004 7:30 pm (#1864 of 2955)

I waded through all of the posts. *whew*

I solemnly swear not to dress my imaginary daughters as skanks.

I also swear not to read the last chapter of book 7 first.

I also swear to attend every detention set for me by the Potions Master. That is if Gina will have me...

And I hugely, solemnly swear to keep up with this thread more often. Dang y'all...

North Carolina is about to get smacked by 2 hurricanes at once over the next few days. If I disappear, I'll take a page from Mike's book and Mark as Read. *sob* I can't do that. Oh bother...

Julie

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Liz - Aug 11, 2004 7:53 pm (#1865 of 2955)

Thought I'd get this out here.......

GO BRECK SHAMPOO!!!

Now the question is.... What harry potter character is most likely to use breck shampoo?

Any-who... I have school tomorrow *sigh* and I won’t be on as much or read that many posts... sad I know...

However... I met my teachers today at orientation and they seem really nice and I think it'll work out grade wise...

*I am so going to be a teacher’s pet* I had a really long and nice conversation with my English teacher and she is a very nice woman and I think I'm on especially good terms with her *grins broadly*

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Hem Hem - Aug 11, 2004 8:01 pm (#1866 of 2955)

I was out of town yesterday and missed my chance to post here, so HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY BETTY!!!!! I'm so glad you had a nice day.

The first time I read every HP book, I jumped forward a couple hundred pages and read a random page--I don't have the self-control to avoid doing that. But I certainly am not planning to read the last page until I get to it.

I love all the misheard lyrics. A great place to find other misheard lyrics (and other wonderful childhood beliefs) is http://www.iusedtobelieve.com . I absolutely love this site, and the misheard lyrics, especially the five-star ones, are excellent.

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DJ Evans - Aug 11, 2004 8:23 pm (#1867 of 2955)

North Carolina is about to get smacked by 2 hurricanes at once over the next few days. If I disappear, I'll take a page from Mike's book and Mark as Read. *sob* I can't do that. Oh bother...: ShelterGirl

Let's all hope and pray that you "don't" disappear!!! We'll all keep everyone in that area in our prayers. Hopefully it will fizzle out and do no damage at all.

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Julia. - Aug 11, 2004 8:26 pm (#1868 of 2955)

Wow, lots of posts today! Just thought I'd throw my 2 knuts in and say that I promise not to skip to the end of book 7.

W00T! Only one more day until I leave for Seattle. We're flying out of Laguardia at something like 7:30 in the morning, and we have to leave my house around 4 am! I'm never going to get to sleep tomorrow night! I'm so excited, it's a shx hour flight across the country, but I get to see an opera (not very excited about that bit) and two Yankees/Mariners games. Can't wait for that, I love to go into a ballpark and root for the visitors.

Julia, did you know who get you know what yet?
You mean that someone finally found Timrew a hippogriff?! Very Happy --Gina/Mike

Well, I meant to send Tim a hippogriff, but I ended up sending Betty flowers and I have no idea how that happened.

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TwinklingBlueEyes - Aug 11, 2004 10:52 pm (#1869 of 2955)

She had a friend who was a blueberry, right? Blueberry Muffin, but I can't remember the dogs name. Will come to me, was my girls favorites when they were small.

Now the question is.... What harry potter character is most likely to use breck shampoo? NOT Snape, the greasy git!

:-)

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Leila 2X4B - Aug 11, 2004 11:00 pm (#1870 of 2955)

The dog was Pupcake.

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Fawkes Forever - Aug 12, 2004 1:57 am (#1871 of 2955)

Julia... your avatars are so cute. You look so like my big sis when she was a kid in your recent one....

Debs... very Griffindor of you... I had a 'hufflepuff' moment. That website is very funny... I may post my 'Darth Vader' one... but they might think I'm a complete fruitcake.... it's ok for you guys to think (know) that.. but not sure about unleashing my madness further on the 'ol internet

Hope those in the States keep safe from nasty weather.... casting some keep you guys safe charms across the Atlantic

Happy thursday everyone & happy belated birthday to Ginny Weasley (Aug 11th according to JKs site).... lets hope Harry bought her a nice pressie

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The giant squid - Aug 12, 2004 2:19 am (#1872 of 2955)

I don't see how singing the wrong lyrics to a song could be embarrassing...I do that to pass the time. Then again, I also create funny movie quotes by replacing key words with "pants", but that's a totally separate issue...

I'm thinking good thoughts for all of you on the U.S. East coast. I remember living in Georgia during "hurricane season"--not pleasant. Of course, now, the only way I'll get hit by a hurricane is if California falls into the sea. Living in a desert has it’s bonuses sometimes.

Hey Betty: Happy Day-after-your-birthday! Who says you have to stop celebrating at midnight?

--Mike

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septentrion - Aug 12, 2004 2:29 am (#1873 of 2955)

It's raining rain today here , to misquote a song. I had some misheard songs too but they were in french. In english, I have mostly misunderstood songs for I'm dreadful at understanding spoken/sung english. Yet I can come with some misheard songs here : Michael Jackson's "billy" instead of "beat it", or "tarte aux pommes" (apple pie) instead of "funky town".

There was a tornado on an island in Brittany yesterday. It was awful for we're not prepared to that in France. The wind must have blown around 200 km/h while it usually hardly blows more than 100km/h. I have a thought for those who are suffering from hurricanes these days.

Have a great day everyone !

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The giant squid - Aug 12, 2004 2:34 am (#1874 of 2955)

Won't you take me to...tarte aux pomme! I like it!

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Marè - Aug 12, 2004 2:36 am (#1875 of 2955)

Well there are some cities with stranger names...

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Ozymandias - Aug 12, 2004 3:22 am (#1876 of 2955)

Oh, Mike! You do the pants thing too! That's too funny.

May the pants be with you.

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Round Pink Spider - Aug 12, 2004 4:11 am (#1877 of 2955)

My husband's been up, wretchedly sick all night (I've never seen him sicker). Right now, he has a pain in his side which we're a little afraid might be appendicitis. But he ate some questionable grapes yesterday, so we're hoping that it's just food poisoning...Funny thing, to be HOPING for food poisoning. :-(

Julia, I'll be sending those back newsletters to you in a few minutes. It'll give you LOTS of reading material for your trip (have a nice trip). I'm told Seattle's a beautiful city (if you don't mind the clouds).

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septentrion - Aug 12, 2004 4:48 am (#1878 of 2955)

so the lyrics are : "won't you take me to funky town" ? I had them very, very wrong then because I've always understood : "oh two take me too tarte aux pommes". no wonder why they made no sense to me :laugh:

RPS, I hope for food poisoning too, to get the apendicits when you're adult is awful.

Have a nice trip Julia !

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icthestrals - Aug 12, 2004 5:23 am (#1879 of 2955)

Hello everyone. I'm in North Florida and we are getting drenched at the moment thanks to tropical storm Bonnie. We received about two inches of rain yesterday due to an unrelated storm system and are due to get 2-4 inches today! Then we might have more rain tomorrow thanks to hurricane Charly. Anyone out there have some gillyweed they can send me? I may need it before the weekend. Aaahhh, liquid sunshine...

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Marè - Aug 12, 2004 5:39 am (#1880 of 2955)

Liquid sunshine, I like that one!

ICthestrals, I wish I could send some sun your way, but alas earwax, it's pooring here too. Looking at the weathercharth I'd say the Mediteranean got all the sun today. I hope your doing fun stuff anyway!

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icthestrals - Aug 12, 2004 5:55 am (#1881 of 2955)

Mare, thanks for the wish. I drove the 25 miles from my house to work this morning, so I shall sit at work and hope that I won't need a boat to get home this afternoon!

I have lived in Florida all my life, so this type of weather is not much to get concerned about. I just hope the electricity doesn't go out--no forum! Yes I have my priorities straight! Hee hee

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Marè - Aug 12, 2004 6:03 am (#1882 of 2955)

Funny, when I picture Florida, I think of sun and palmtrees. Guess I have to adapt that image .

A few weeks ago, the university took all the students internet down (virus protection). I was practically walking up the walls. They hadn't said what or when, so I was checking every ten minutes wether I could check the forum again. I never yelled that much against my computer as that week (not that it helped...)

Maybe we should start the "Anonymous Potterfans" because I'm not so sure wether this is still healthy , Oh wait, wasn't that why I checked in at St. mungo's in the first place?

PS I got my London photo's today. St Pancras is barely recognizable (too dark). The picture in Kings Cross is funny, there are two people looking straight in the camera lens with an expression on their face: Why on earth would you make a picture of that?
And the pictures at 9/3/4 are nice. Hurray!

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septentrion - Aug 12, 2004 6:22 am (#1883 of 2955)

Marè, is there any way you post your photos, or a link to your photos ?

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Kasse - Aug 12, 2004 6:29 am (#1884 of 2955)

RPS - I hope that it is food poisoning too. We will be thinking of you and your husband. Please let us know how everything turns out.

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Marè - Aug 12, 2004 6:36 am (#1885 of 2955)

The server I normally store my photo's on is currently down, but I will try to find something else.
I have to scan them first and see if they look good enough on the computer I'll post it if I found a way!

And spider, I'm crossing my fingers for food poisining too (never thought I would ever say that...)

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Gina R Snape - Aug 12, 2004 6:59 am (#1886 of 2955)

Mare, try Photobucket. That's what I use.

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Padfoot - Aug 12, 2004 9:29 am (#1887 of 2955)
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RPS, I hope your husband gets better soon.

Julia have fun in Seattle. I lived near there (Redmond) for 6 years and only went to one Mariners game. My best friend's dad became an usher at the stadium after he retired from his regular job. He did it just so he could see all the games. What a nut.

I hope everyone who is in the path of those tropical storms/hurricanes stays safe!

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virgoddess1313 - Aug 12, 2004 10:15 am (#1888 of 2955)

We are haivng such unusual weather in my area!!! I'm used to skin melting heat this time of year (temperatures of 90f and higher with super high humidity) but today it’s almost fall like. I don't even think it's 70f yet!! I'm hoping the lovely temps stick around for my trip to the zoo Saturday!

Have a great day all!!

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Round Pink Spider - Aug 12, 2004 10:48 am (#1889 of 2955)

My husband is much better now. He was so sick still this morning! Then he got sick one last time and began to feel better. It appears he ate some really bad grapes and got a nasty case of food poisoning. He's actually gone to work for a while this afternoon (over my angry protests, I might add...).

Thanks for your good wishes, everyone! :-D

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Kasse - Aug 12, 2004 10:50 am (#1890 of 2955)

Good to know RPS - thanks for keeping us posted and glad to know he is on his way to a full recovery thank goodenss it was not something more serious! So I can un-cross my fingers now?

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azi - Aug 12, 2004 10:51 am (#1891 of 2955)

virgoddess - you have sort of nice weather. I just had 67mm of rain in half an hour meaning my train to town was cancelled due to flooding. Also, buses won't be running to time because of flooding. Therefore, I'm not going bowling with my friends any more. Oh well, I'll get over it, I'm not in the path of a hurricane, which I think is much worse! At least I'll have more money!

Hope your husband recovers soon RPS.

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Padfoot - Aug 12, 2004 11:12 am (#1892 of 2955)

When I left for work this morning I noticed how it felt like Fall. Funny you should bring that up Sarah. It's 70 degrees here too. I hope Summer is not over just yet!

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Dr Filibuster - Aug 12, 2004 12:29 pm (#1893 of 2955)

Happy birthday week Betty Boop

Icthestrals, I'll swap you some gillyweed for some flesh eating slug repellant (I'm too nervous to go into Knockturn Alley on my own).

It's been so hot and wet this summer (never seen so many thunderstorms in this country) that the gillyweed is thriving in my garden but the slug invasion has destroyed everything else. Even red hot chili peppers! We're used to an awful lot of slugs and snails here in the UK and know hundreds of tricks to get them but this year they seem invisible.

Good luck with the extreme weather to all who live on the east coast USA, but please don't send us the aftermath like you did with last week's Alex.

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Julia. - Aug 12, 2004 12:48 pm (#1894 of 2955)

Thanks for the good trip wishes and avatar compliments everyone. I will do my utmost to have a good trip and bring you all back key chains.

RPS, thanks, I got your emails, they'll give me lots of reading material for those late nights in the hotel room. Padfoot, I say yay to your best friend's dad for getting a job at the ball park so he could see all the games. I had thought about doing that at our local minor league team, but I'd never get to watch the games because I'd be working. You've been near Seattle for 6 years and only been to one mariners Game! You should go just for the ball yard. Safeco Field is beautiful, although it doesn't hold a candle to Yankee Stadium...

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Eponine - Aug 12, 2004 1:04 pm (#1895 of 2955)

It's raining here. I'm also in North Carolina, but farther in than Catherine, so we are getting less than she is. I'd hate to see what less than what we're getting looks like. It's coming down quite hard.

My husband and I just went to see Collateral, and it was great! I really like Michael Mann's work. Tom Cruise is quite evil in it. I would recommend it, but there is a bit of violence. Well, obviously as he plays a hit man. Anyway, great film!

I've recently started listening to the books on tape, and I'm a little disappointed. I suppose that if I hadn't seen the movies, I wouldn't hear Snape as Alan Rickman in my head, but I think that Jim Dale does the voices wrong. When I read the books, I hear things one way, and he reads things with a different expression or emphasizes something else. He does a good job, but it kind of bugs me. Does anyone else have that problem? I guess we all have our own idea of how different characters sound.

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Kasse - Aug 12, 2004 1:06 pm (#1896 of 2955)

RPS - Did you send the newsletter out? I have not recieved mine yet

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Accio Sirius - Aug 12, 2004 1:25 pm (#1897 of 2955)

Raining in DC--I guess it's the effects of the two storms systems, but it isn't bad enough to keep me off of the computer. Did anyone else find the HP stuff discounted at their local Target? Just curious.

Julia--In your latest avatar, you look a little like Mary Lou Retton! I met her once. A very nice woman. Her sister (also a gymnast) lived in the apartment above me in college. She practiced her routines at home! Every once in a while you would hear footstep, footstep and then THWUMP and the chandelier would shake. Try never to live below gymnasts. Speaking of which, I'm looking forward to the Olympics. Anyone else? Anybody we should watch from anybody's home town, state or country?

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Kasse - Aug 12, 2004 1:37 pm (#1898 of 2955)

I am looking forward to the opening ceremony! Since I was a little girl that has always been one of my favourite parts of the Olympics!

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Leila 2X4B - Aug 12, 2004 1:37 pm (#1899 of 2955)

On the topic of missheard song lyrics. I thought the song "Funk Soul Brother" was actually Funk So Rubber". I still sing it that way now.

Yesterday, I took my daughter to a local amusement park Canobie Lake Park. It was a blast. I spent a whole 7 and a half hours. We forgot our suit’s and went on the water rides anyway. We were soaked by the end of the day. Still, she was so fun to watch on the kiddie rides. The day before, Tuesday, we went to the Southwick Zoo and had fun there too. She rode a camel, a elephant, a pony, and other rides. Here is a picture of Katrina.

RPS hope your hubby makes a complete recovery.

Hope everyone has a great day.

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Marè - Aug 12, 2004 1:48 pm (#1900 of 2955)

YES! I'm all set for the olympics, bring it on! It's the one sporting event where I watch everything.
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Re: Chat & Greetings 2004

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DJ Evans - Aug 12, 2004 1:53 pm (#1901 of 2955)

Hey, Fawkes! I've got an idea, go ahead and put your own "Misheard" lyrics on the "KissThisGuy" web page and just sign your name as Luna!!! hee hee Just kidding!

Mike/Ozy = never heard of the famous quote/word pants game before. Sounds cool though & it does fit in nearly any famous quote!!!

icthestrals = It sounds like you and some others are getting the rain that we got yesterday. I checked our rain gauge and we had 3 & 3/10" of rain within an 8-10 hour period! For awhile there it was raining so fast/hard that the yard couldn't keep up with it and we had mini lakes all in the yard!!!! We also had some really bad lightening/thundering too! I'm sorry to say that it was heading in y'alls direction. Neither can I believe how "weird" our seasons have been this year. If you ask me it's kinda scary!!!! We've already got some of our leaves turning! You know it kinda makes you dread to think what this winter will be like!!

RPS = Oh I'm so glad to hear that hubby is doing much better. Though I'm so glad it wasn't anything more serious, I'm sure it was a fun 24 hour period for him or you. No more grapes for him for a while I bet!!!

Mare` = Oh definitely post your pics of your trip if you can -- would love to see them. As I doubt very seriously I will ever be able to make such a trip, it would be great to get to see it through others experiences!!! And do you by any chance have PhotoShop or some such program on your system? If so, you can sometimes "lighten" a too dark photo and have it come out pretty good. You might want to try that?

Again, I hope and pray that all turns out well for those in the East area! Please let us know how you all are doing during all of this. Out of tornado's (which my area is NOT a stranger to, by any means), hurricanes & earthquakes? I don't know which is worse. I think I'm more scared of earthquakes than any of them.

And may the weather be kind to us all!!!

Later, Deb

P.S. Julia? Have a blast girl & enjoy the heck out of the game!!! And we've all enjoyed your avatars -- we get to watch our own little Julia grow-up right before our eyes!!!!

P.S PART 2: Hey Mare`? Did you notice that you got to be post number 1900?!?!?!?! Cool!!!

P.S. PART 3: Sleeping Beauty = Just saw the pic that you posted of Katrina (lovely name by the way) and what a cutie she is!!! But you know, I have yet to see nothig BUT cuties on here. You've got to admit, we are one good looking bunch of folks around here!!!!!

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Padfoot - Aug 12, 2004 1:56 pm (#1902 of 2955)

Julia, I use to live near Seattle, not anymore. I live in Denver now and have been to one Rockies game. Ok so I'm not wild about baseball. I went with my dad because my boss gave me two free tickets (club level no less) and my dad is the baseball fan in the family.

I am looking forward to the Olympics too. I like the opening ceremonies and the scenic shots of Greece.

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Eponine - Aug 12, 2004 2:03 pm (#1903 of 2955)

I love the Olympics. They're so much fun to watch. We watched a thing on TLC (The Learning Channel, not the Leaky Cauldron) where people created machines to try and compete with Olympic athletes in events such as shot put, javelin throw, hammer toss, and some other things. The athletes won four and the machines won two. It was quite amusing when the machine they created for the long jump threw some unsuspecting guy face first into the sand. He was okay, though; he was a stuntman.

This is not my misheard lyrics, but now every time I hear the song Rocketman by Elton John, I hear them anyway. The line is "burning your fuse up here alone" or something similar, what I always hear is "burly dandruff shoes off hair real long". I can't ever hear the proper line.

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Chemyst - Aug 12, 2004 2:19 pm (#1904 of 2955)

Real life is happening and my forum time is short this week, but I'm making time for a few quick posts --
Deb, re: post 1807, I don't know. I flip to the back on about 1/3 of what I read, often to see it the book is worth finishing-- which should not be the case with Harry. (I'd never have finished The House of the Seven Gables if I hadn't peeked ahead & come back-- that was the slowest starting novel I've ever read!)
Dr. Sue, you say the slugs ate hot peppers! Eew! That is the first time I've ever felt sorry for a slug.
RPS, 'Glad to hear the Mr. R. Pink Spider is no longer green.
Eponine, I totally identify with your audio book experience; I still hear the Rex Harrison DD in my head when I read. And of course, only Alan Rickman can do Snape's voice justice.
...and after a sunny day the clouds are filtering in; we are on the outer rim of the tropical storm Bonnie so we may miss the meteor shower tonight...

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Catherine - Aug 12, 2004 2:54 pm (#1905 of 2955)

Well, hi y'all.

We're getting slammed with rain here (Oh, the basement! The horror that is the sump pump and shop vac!)!

It's great to still have power (after other NC storms, I do not take this for granted) and we are hoping that the tornadowarning does not actually result in a tornadoon top of the 2! yes 2 hurricanes we have now.

I wouldn't worry so much, but Floyd, 5 years ago, was so awful that I can never be blase about big storms ever again.

So, like Shelter Girl, if I disappear for a while, it's probably b/c a lack of power has caused my absence.

Wish us well! Good weekends to everyone if I don't speak to you before then.

Cheers!

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Dr Filibuster - Aug 12, 2004 3:19 pm (#1906 of 2955)

Catherine, just curious...do your local authorities give special advice for extreme weather conditions? Do school children learn what to do? Are your buildings positioned and designed to withstand more wind than the rest of the country?

Do they evacuate areas or are you supposed to listen to news reports and get the heck out/stay put as soon as they tell you? How can you keep informed if the electrickery goes?

Because you know you live in an area prone to this type of weather I suppose that everyone is well prepared and clued up. All the best anyway.

P.S. What's a "sump pump and shop vac"?

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Padfoot - Aug 12, 2004 3:28 pm (#1907 of 2955)

Sue, I am guessing that where Catherine lives there are more strict codes for buildings. Just as there are building codes that pertain to withstanding earthquakes in California.

A shop vac is a vacuum cleaner that sucks up liquid too. A sump pump is built into a basement to pump out water.

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ShelterGirl - Aug 12, 2004 3:54 pm (#1908 of 2955)

Sue- In NC we actually don't have stricter building codes. This is part of the reason why we worry so much when big storms come through. The main trouble for most of us is that we live in a state with a HUGE amount of shallow rooted pine trees. During some storms, regular storms mind you, it's common to see a pine tree bend all of the way over and then just pull out of the ground. During Fran, which happened in 1996, huge, ancient, hardwood trees were pulled out by the roots. You can still see some of them lying around when you walk through wooded areas. The other major trouble we have here is flooding. We have many large rivers that reach flood stage fairly quickly, and home-owner's insurance generally doesn't cover flood damage. Right now we're in a lull in Raleigh, but it's due to get worse tonight. We're under a tornado watch until 8pm that could possibly be extended until midnight. There are evacuation routes, but right now it looks like they're having everyone stay put. We'll see.

Hugs to all, stay dry, and stay safe.

Julie

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Dr Filibuster - Aug 12, 2004 3:55 pm (#1909 of 2955)

Ta Cynde.

I went on holiday to San Fransico once. The test broadcasts on the radio un-nerved me....so did the real earthquake we had!!!

All the locals were cool as cucumbers; only two houses fell down so it was no big deal to them.

The biggest thing we have to worry about in my town are the salt mines. Huge cavernous holes under the High Street. Eeek! If they collapse we might win next year's Restoration competition. (UK tv programme gives money to repair buildings, our saltworks recently lost).

Edit: Best wishes and cheering charms tonight for Julie, Catherine and all others in the area. Put the kettle on and settle in for the night.

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Catherine - Aug 12, 2004 3:57 pm (#1910 of 2955)

Thanks, Padfoot, take 50 points. You are correct on both points!

Sue, we are issued advice when severe weather threatens. The government can issue an evacuation order. In North Carolina, this usually only happens on the "Outer Banks" or beach property. There can be advisories to evacuate, which we heeded several years ago. =) I was pregnant and even if the water was boiled, I was not to drink it, due to the corpses in the water and the farm runoff. It took us four days of no running water or "ekeltricity" before we could find a way out, and even then, the route was so circuitous (and frought with State Police issuing unannounced roadblocks) that a 3 hour trip to Richmond took us 11 hours. Sigh.

I don't really think this will happen today, but I've learned not to take things for granted when two storms hit (that's what happened 5 years ago--two hurricanes stalled for days and flooded us for over a month).

Anyway, I will hope for the best, that we are safe and untouched and retain power, and that everyone else is as well.

Florida, you have my very best wishes!

Talk to you all soon,

Catherine

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Acceber - Aug 12, 2004 4:42 pm (#1911 of 2955)

Hey guys, sorry I haven't been talking much. I find that lurking is a lot more fun than I'd ever thought. Just saying this so you know I'm fine and I'm not dead **cough cough**Julia**cough cough**.

We're leaving tomorrow for our summer house in the Adirondacks, the beautiful mountains in the upper part of New York State. We (my family) go there every summer for two or three weeks; it's a nice tradition that was started oh so many years ago when my mum and her three siblings went to the same house with their parents. Currently, there aren't enough beds for all of us at once, so each sibling has an allotment of two or three weeks every summer. The lake where we spend half our time:



I have Internet access while I'm there, but less than usual, as there is only one computer for four eager people. So I won't be able to post every day. Hope you'll miss me.

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Penny Lane. - Aug 12, 2004 6:13 pm (#1912 of 2955)

   Currently, there aren't enough beds for all of us at once, so each sibling has an allotment of two or three weeks every summer.



Just be glad you don't have to share with 2-3 brothers and sisters :-)

I'm wondering if all the hurricanes are contributing to the cooler than normal summer I'm having hear in MI. Yesterday we actually turned the heat on. I can't ever remember doing that in the past.

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DJ Evans - Aug 12, 2004 6:58 pm (#1913 of 2955)

Penny -- I don't know what is causing all of the strange weather/temperatures! I'm here in the South (Arkansas) & if we get down in the mid 80's at this time of the year, we consider ourselves having a cold front coming through. Yet it is supposed to get down to 50 here tonight!!!! We don't ever put the words "August" and "down in the 50's at night" together!! I tell you, it's eerie really, isn't it?

Goodness, Rebecca, you're a very busy traveler here lately!! How neat to get to go everywhere that you've been!! Sure glad to hear that you'll have some access to a computer while you're gone though. We've really missed you around here. "...as there is only one computer for four eager people. You just tell those other folks that you've got important Harry Potter stuff to do & to move over!!! hee hee (we've got to get their priorities straight, right? )

Later, Deb

P.S. NC & Eastern's -- you guys/girls still with us? We're all thinking about you and will definitely have you all in our prayers & thoughts!!!

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Marie E. - Aug 12, 2004 7:23 pm (#1914 of 2955)

We've had some cool weather here, too. Very odd. It starts out warmish, then cools off to the 60's. Normal temps around here for August are at least in the 80's.

Thanks to my brother, the giant squid, there are several songs I can't to listen to without hearing the wrong words. Hootie and the Blowfish "Hold my Ham", The Cranberries "Do You Want To Pull My Finger", etc.

I have a mini-rant that I need to get out. As some of you know, I teach private kindergarten in a child care center. Our school year starts the same time as the local district, August 19th. The amazing people at the corporate office emailed my boss a packet of "supplemental materials" for the kindergarten curriculum. I got a look at the new lesson plans and discovered that they were changing everything, not "supplementing" it. They were using a school calender that began the day after Labor Day, so giving teachers a month to prepare seemed reasonable. I had two weeks.

If I seem a bit stressed, that is why. And the lovely people are only sending me a month's worth of lesson plans at a time. This doesn't work for OCD people like me who like to know what's happening two months from now.

# Sigh*

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Ozymandias - Aug 12, 2004 7:52 pm (#1915 of 2955)

Well, I wish we were getting some unseasonably cool weather here. Still 100+ every day. Bleh.

Hope everyone on the east coast isn't having the opposite problem. I'm sending an anti-hurricane charm your way.

Marie, sorry to hear that. I hope everything will work out for you. I don't suppose there's any chance of getting them to send you the whole thing early, is there?

Acceber, have fun at the lake! You shall be missed, but I'm not going to feel too sorry for you, because, well, you're at the lake.

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Julia. - Aug 12, 2004 9:35 pm (#1916 of 2955)

It's about half an hour after midnight here on the East coast, which means it's time to say...HAPPY BIRTHDAY LEILA! (better known as Sleeping Beauty) Hope you have a great day and an amazing year!

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Mynn - Aug 13, 2004 12:32 am (#1917 of 2955)

Hey SB, (Leila) Just wanted to add my wish that you have a really Happy Birthday.

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Fawkes Forever - Aug 13, 2004 1:58 am (#1918 of 2955)

Happy Birthday Leila ... by the way your pic of Katrina is so cute. Julia won't mind if I give you some of her stash of butterbeer! Will you Julia, oh & Julia, enjoy your trip.

Flame - yooohooo *big waves*

Deb - hmmm, Luna... hmmm, not a bad idea.... *cogs working in head*

RPS - hope your hubbie is feeling a lot better... poor guy..

Sue, it appears we've been getting the same stange weather... (well we are just across the Irish Sea from one another ) It's almost like someone has put a charm on it.

For the past week or so it's been, early morning.. very wet (but warm) raining bucket loads.... then the sun comes out & it heats up even more, then we have a thunderstorm (or heavy rain) about lunchtime, or there after & then the sun spilts the rocks for the remainder of the day. When I say hot temps I mean mid 20s C (mid 70s F). Ok that might not be that hot to most of the forum members... but thats hot enough for Ireland... believe me... 'cus it’s a very humid heat.

I can take the heat it’s the ruddy humidity that gets me... One of my colleagues at work is from Bangalore in India.. and he says he can't take the heat in Ireland... as it’s too humid! I'm melting here at my desk.... the dementors have forgotten to turn on the air conditioning (again) & my little desk fan is on over load... oh & just on schedule the sun has just broke through the storm cloud as I'm typing. I'm on the top floor of my building & we have a partial glass roof... perfect for sunny days (not)

Oh & as for the slugs... I've just bought some plants for my garden.. (nice roses) & the evil slugs are out to get them.. oh yes they are.. so I'm waging war on the slugs in my back garden.... must send an owl to Hagrid for the slug repellent... Sue, you want me to ask for you too?

Ok, ok, enough of my rants... it's friday... happy friday everyone

Anyone near those nasty hurricanes... stay safe

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septentrion - Aug 13, 2004 3:06 am (#1919 of 2955)

Fawkes, we had some hot weather here for the last two weeks (around 25/30° C, a lot for northern France too) but since wednesday, we have rain and temperatures are around 19/20° C. At least we can breathe !

Still have a thought for those who are under hurricanes, stay safe, we need you around here !

Happy birthday Leila !

everyone have a nice friday and week-end !

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Fawkes Forever - Aug 13, 2004 3:44 am (#1920 of 2955)

Just realised it's friday the 13th *cue scarey music* I wonder is Trelawny cowering under her desk today

Oh & happy international Left Handed day... to all the left handed buddies (heard something about that on the radio this morning).

Looking forward to the Olympics starting today....

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The giant squid - Aug 13, 2004 4:53 am (#1921 of 2955)

It's a shame they've run out of tough-sounding names for tropical storms & hurricanes...it's hard to get scared of "Bonnie" and "Charlie". Unless you're in the thick of them, anyway.

Marie, I can feel you climbing the walls from here. It's so funny--we both inherited trait’s from our father; she got the OCD & I got the ADD. Of course, we--ooh, something shiny!

   Mike/Ozy = never heard of the famous quote/word pants game before. Sounds cool though & it does fit in nearly any famous quote!!!



“She needs to sort out her pants.”

“Why would I go looking for someone who's trying to pants me?”

And the one that just might get me in trouble: "Ronald has lost his pants."

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mike miller - Aug 13, 2004 5:21 am (#1922 of 2955)

Mike - They should have named these two hurricanes Bonnie and Clyde! I can't believe they missed their golden opportunity.

Happy Birthday Leila!! I guess you can't be superstitious since your birthday occasionally falls on Friday the 13th.

Odd weather all around it seems. For those dealing with the direct effects of "Bonnie and Clyde" know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Stay low, unless of course the water is rising!

Everyone have a great weekend!

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Kasse - Aug 13, 2004 5:27 am (#1923 of 2955)

Happy Birthday Beauty (Leila) - another Leo, well I guess that there are quite a few of us. I hope you have a great day filled with love and happiness.

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icthestrals - Aug 13, 2004 5:28 am (#1924 of 2955)

LOL Mike! Hey everyone, well my area of Florida dodged Bonnie. It went to the east of us, so we just had rain most of yesterday morning, then it cleared some. This morning we are having rain again, but nothing too heavy. Still waiting to see where Charley is going.

Dr F, I won't need that gillyweed after all it seems and I'm fresh out of flesh-eating slug repellent. Sorry

When I built my house about 11 years ago (shortly after Andrew visited south Florida) the building codes were stricter than before Andrew. Hurricane clips had to be used on all the rafters, etc and high-wind rated windows had to be installed.

Have a great weekend everyone. Oh and Catherine and other east coasters, stay dry!

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tracie1976 - Aug 13, 2004 5:28 am (#1925 of 2955)

Sleeping Beauty.

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Catherine - Aug 13, 2004 5:45 am (#1926 of 2955)

So far no nastiness from Friday the 13th.

We haven't gotten hit badly here. No major flooding. Woo-hoo! I'm sending drought charms to Florida, though. Hope you guys there are ok Sad

Happy Birthday Leila! Hope you and Katrina enjoy yourselves. She's SO cute, and it looks like she's feeling better these days.

Happy Friday the 13th to everyone on the Forum. I'm off to mop the basement. Looks like "Myrtle" aka Bonnie got us wet down in the "dungeons." Just call me Argus Filch today!

I want to see some punishment!.....

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ShelterGirl - Aug 13, 2004 5:53 am (#1927 of 2955)

You know, Catherine, since I grew up in NJ I always thought everyone had a sump pump. It never even occurred to me that some people didn't have basements.

Good luck with the mopping, I remember well those days.

(I also remember being scared witless everytime the sump pump kicked on when I was in the basement. I'd run as fast as I could back up the steps and try to play it off by saying I saw a waterbug.)

Happy Friday the 13th everyone!

Leila- A very Happy Birthday to you.

Julie

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Accio Sirius - Aug 13, 2004 6:18 am (#1928 of 2955)

Leila--Happy Birthday. Hope Bonnie and Charlie aren't interfering with any planned festivities. Also, Happy International Left Handed day to all of the lefties out there! (Thanks for the heads-up Fawkes Forever, I can wish the same to my left-handed hubbie as if I knew it all along!) Friday the 13? Oh well. I'm going to side with Hermoine on this one. Hope everyone makes it through without any problems.

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Leviosa - Aug 13, 2004 6:59 am (#1929 of 2955)

Happy Birthday Leila! I hope you're having a great day.

Here in Germany we also had a very stormy night and a huge temperature drop (yesterday 34°Cesius, today not even 20°). But on the bright side, I'm off to Italy for two weeks with my parents. I'll be back in two weeks. I hope you're all having a good time and won't have troubles with hurricanes.

bye Susi

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mollis - Aug 13, 2004 7:01 am (#1930 of 2955)
Edited by Aug 13, 2004 7:02 am

Hey Everyone. Miss me? Unfortunately no good excuses like the vacations most of you have. Work has just gone into overload. If I could clone myself twice, all three of me would be working 40-hour weeks. Unfortunately the dementors here won't hire anyone because of the risk that they might not be busy in 6 months!

But oh well, things just might be a little late. It's Friday morning, gorgeously cool outside, and I've got my first cup of coffee.

This weather lately has been crazy. It is not uncommon to have a string of 10 days with 100 degree (F) heat this time of the year. We've been in the 70's most of the week. It is wonderful! I only hope that this nice weather hold out when I'm working outside most of the next 3 weeks!

Fawkes - Sounds like you need a rainbow: My building has no windows whatsoever (converted bowling alley), so I would love to be having too much sunlight pouring through the windows!

Catherine & all on the east coast: I hope you don't get too wet. Keep checking on the sump pump! And let us know that you are all okay!

Happy Birthday to all I missed (especially Betty!).

I probably won't be posting a whole lot over the next month, due to this workload they have piled on me, but I'll be lurking as often as I can!

I am so glad it's Friday!!! (Even though it is Friday the 13th img src=http://www.handykult.de/plaudersmilies.de/tiere/blackbat.gif> )And the start of the Olympics! Should be a great weekend. Have fun and enjoy your weekend!

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Marè - Aug 13, 2004 7:13 am (#1931 of 2955)

hi mollis, yes I wondered where your recognizable font colour went. I thought it was me missing some members because I couldn't keep up with all the threads.

Take a good rest this weekend! And enjoy your outside work.

And the weather over here equals yours Leviosa. Currently it is Raining with a capitel R.
Well at least the temperature on the squash court will be do-able, last week it resembled a sauna. One 9-point game and my friend and me were already tired!

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septentrion - Aug 13, 2004 7:28 am (#1932 of 2955)

Mollis, sorry for your overload work !

Susi, same weather here ! hope you'll enjoy Italy !

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Sherbie Lemon - Aug 13, 2004 7:35 am (#1933 of 2955)

Well I'm back. We had a great time in Ohio, almost too great of a time, in fact. I actually got back on Tuesday evening and found my bad luck waiting for me! No sooner had I walked in the door than our house got hit by a bolt of lightening. It blew out my cable modem, my garage door opener, and killed off the answering machine I've had for 6 years. Ah, home sweet home.

I've got about a zillion posts to catch up on. Though I skimmed this one before I posted, I actually like to thoroughly read everyone's posts so that's what I'll be doing today.

We're having strange weather here too. In fact, we've had close to 4 inches of rain for this month alone! We NEVER have rain in August. Usually it looks like winter this time of year because all the trees and grass are dead. Like Mollis, it's not uncommon to have weeks of 100+ heat, but these past two months we've struggled to make it into the low 90's. I think it's 70 here currently. Weird...

To all those on the East coast, be safe! We had a sump pump in our pool, but I didn't know that they were common in basements. You'd think we'd have basements attached to every home, living in tornado alley as we do, but our red clay earth will not allow them.

Happy Birthday, Sleeping Beauty and everyone else I missed!Make A Wish

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Marè - Aug 13, 2004 7:38 am (#1934 of 2955)

Sherbie do tell me, after getting hit by lightning, you surely can't be afraid of the oven anymore can you? I mean, what could it possibly do that is worse than killing, the door, the modem and the answering machine...

Tossing some virtual Irish clovers your way!

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Sherbie Lemon - Aug 13, 2004 7:54 am (#1935 of 2955)

LOL, Mare! I must admit, the oven is looking pretty harmless to me now.

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Flame Alligator - Aug 13, 2004 7:59 am (#1936 of 2955)

RPS, I hope your hubby's recovery is speedy. I have had food poisoning and they pumped my stomach........ OMG, never again. After that, I am extra careful. If I see any mold or rot on something...... out, out it goes.

Giant Squid........ LOL Thanks for the laugh.

Mike Miller, I thought the same thing about the "Bonnie and Clyde" storms. What is it? Don't weather people have a sense of humor? Or would that be a bit of wit?

Happy Birthday Leila! And the same to anyone else who made their debut on earth today.

Fawkes, *big wave back* *big toothy grin*

We have had unusually cool weather here in Nebraska, too. This is 100f time of the year. I was actually cold yesterday.

I am so psyched for the Olympics. I am with you Mare, I watch it all. Alas, I will be very busy on vacation and won't be watching. "Oh bother!!"

I am just 2 days away from my vacation. It is my first trip across the pond and I am "dead cool" about it. Last week, I was giddy, running around and screeching like a chimp but as my departure approaches I start to calm. My big dread....... airport security. We are on orange alert in this country and they are "nuts" at the airport. I just love getting dressed and then having to take my shoes off in the airport. *sigh*

While I am over there, I hope I will have time to stop at an Internet café and check the forum.

Ah yes........ Friday 13th......... enjoy. Is it correct to say Happy Friday 13th since it is a bad luck day? None for me so far. *crossing fingers*

Here's a good luck charm to everyone.

Goedemorgen!

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Penny Lane. - Aug 13, 2004 8:07 am (#1937 of 2955)

From what I recall about the process of naming hurricanes, there is a list at the National Weather service of names that are to be used. I think - and don't quote me on this - that there is one list of names for every ocean, and the names are alternated male/female, one name for each leter. Sometimes they retire names, like they replaced Humberto with Hugo after the storm in .. 96? Even though many of the weather people would have liked to name them Bonnie and Clyde, Alas, they could not.

You can download a current list of names from the NWS here http://www.weather.gov/om/brochures.shtml

Great. Thanks for reminding me it’s Friday the 13. I woke up in a bad mood, because trespassers were cutting down trees the the woods behind my house and woke me up, out of my nice happy dream where I married Vince Vaughn.

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Doris Crockford - Aug 13, 2004 8:26 am (#1938 of 2955)

Happy Birthday, Leila! And Happy Friday the 13th, everyone! (Mare, maybe if we say happy Friday the 13th, it will become a happy, lucky day).

Mare, hope everything goes well at the airport. I haven't been on a plane in about 3 years, but my parents have, and they said the wait and security checks were awful.

The weather here is pretty cool, too. I woke up this morning, and put on jeans and a sweatshirt. It's usually about 30 C here, but this summer the normal temp is low 20s. Which I must admit makes it really nice to play soccer in, but not so nice for everything else. It's also really cloudy, but it doesn't rain too much (I hope all of you dealing with the hurricanes make it out safe and dry- they were talking about 'Bonnie and Clyde' on the local news this morning).

Talk to you all later!

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Flame Alligator - Aug 13, 2004 8:33 am (#1939 of 2955)

Awww Penny........ sorry the noise ruined your lovely "Vince dream". Oops, guess I am sorry for the Friday 13 reminder, too. *apologetic head bow*

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mollis - Aug 13, 2004 8:40 am (#1940 of 2955)

Oh Sherbie! I was wondering about you when I posted earlier, but just thought I had missed you. Funny thing is, I had thought about putting a lightning bolt in my first post relating to the hurricanes and all, but couldn't fit it in very well. But now, just for you, it fit’s real nice: (Sorry, I couldn't resist!) Hopefully, since Friday the 13th is notosious for bad luck, you'll have a fabulous day!

Thanks for the well wishes and for missing me Mare and septentrion. It's weird, but I kind of miss you guys when I'm forced to be away.

Flame - I hope you have a wonderful vacation. You certainly deserve it after all the hard work you have been doing lately. Especially after covering everybody else's classes. We'll miss you while you're gone!

And for everybody getting dumped on - a little sunshine from Kansas!

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Puja - Aug 13, 2004 8:43 am (#1941 of 2955)

I am visiting this forum for months, but it is only today that I found this thread. I've a bad habit of overlooking things, no wonder why I can't find a single clue in HP, untill somebody points it out Very Happy

Well, all those who believe that Friday 13th is an unlucky day, I want to tell them that I am one of those rarest species on earth for whom Fri 13 is lucky.

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Fawkes Forever - Aug 13, 2004 8:58 am (#1942 of 2955)

Hey welcome back Mollis & Sherbie... Sherbie... I'm with Mare on sending you good luck vibes... I think you need them, I take it Mike is having a good day then

Flame, you're going on holidays... lucky you. Wishing you a safe & happy trip.

Stay safe people & have a great weekend everyone

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Padfoot - Aug 13, 2004 9:16 am (#1943 of 2955)
Edited by Aug 13, 2004 9:17 am

Wow, everyone seems to be just coming back from vacation or heading out now. Welcome back everyone who was gone! Have a safe trip everyone who is going on holiday now!

Sherbie, the luck continues I see.

Happy Birthday Leila! Birthday

Happy "regular" Friday everyone! Have a great weekend!!!

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Eponine - Aug 13, 2004 10:14 am (#1944 of 2955)

I just got back from Tennessee a few days ago, and today we are leaving for DC for the weekend. Neither were really vacations though. I went home to see my best friend who was in town for a wedding, and we're going to DC because my husband's online gaming thing is having a get together up there. I am not going to that, though. I am just going to hang out at our friends house. Somehow, I don't find the idea of looking at servers all that exciting.

Sherbie- I hope your luck changes. I've been very close to objects being struck by lightning, but not actually in one. It sounds quite scary.

Happy Birthday, Leila! And to anyone else out there celebrating occasions. Have a wonderful weekend!

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Good Evans - Aug 13, 2004 10:44 am (#1945 of 2955)

My wedding anniversary is the 13th - so I think it is a very lucky day.

Happy friday 13th everyone!

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Dr Filibuster - Aug 13, 2004 12:03 pm (#1946 of 2955)

Happy birthdays, holidays, anniversaries, Friday 13th

I'm so glad that members have escaped the worst of the weather. Phew!

Sherbie...of all the homes to be struck by lightning!!! Hope everything was covered on your insurance and easily fixed. Glad your Beatles-fest was fun.

Did everyone see Ronan? I thought centaurs liked to keep out of the way, but there he was wandering across the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games

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Denise P. - Aug 13, 2004 1:23 pm (#1947 of 2955)

Here is my DUH moment for the day.

Back in June, I bought some hay in bulk for my guinea pigs. I remember when I got it thinking that 35lbs sure didn't look like much but just shrugged it off. I reordered 35lbs last week when I was getting low. I found another supplier after I had placed my order and was tempted to get some hay from them as well since my girls apparently ate through hay like it was going out of style.

Imagine my utter SHOCK today when the box of hay arrived and it was not a box but a HUGE BALE! I looked up details from my first order and what I thought was 35 lbs last time was really 15 lbs. Bwahahahaha.....here I was thinking this box I keep my hay in held 35 lbs and in reality, it was holding less than half of that.

So now, I have a huge bale of hay sitting on my front porch until I get a bigger storage container to keep it somewhere. On the positive side, it will be Christmas before I need more hay.



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Julia. - Aug 13, 2004 1:47 pm (#1948 of 2955)

Sure Fawkes, you're free to dig into my stash of butterbeer anytime.

Man I'm tired, I flew across the country today (not exactly my choice of Friday the 13th activities) We left the house around 4 in the morning to drive to New York. Being that I normally go to sleep around 3, I just stayed awake. I got some sleep in the car, but not much. Our flight left New York around 7:30 am Eastern time. I got some sleep, but again, not much. I was kept awake by the in flight movie, "Miracle" (great movie, by the way). We got into Seattle at around 12:30 Eastern time, ate lunch, and checked into the hotel. I am now going to take a nap before the ballgame tonight. See you all later!

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Ozymandias - Aug 13, 2004 2:20 pm (#1949 of 2955)

Hi everyone! Welcome to chat-land, Puja, it's good to see some new people here.

Happy Birthday Leila and Happy Friday the 13th everybody!

Sherbie: Oh my goodness. I can't believe the luck you've been having. I'll send you some of my Irish luck. At least now you've used up your bad luck for several centuries.

The Chamber of Secrets has been opened. Enemies of the Pants, beware.

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DJ Evans - Aug 13, 2004 2:22 pm (#1950 of 2955)

So glad and happy to hear from our folks in the Eastern part of the US are doing OK!!! Hope it stays that way too!! You'd think with all of our good wishes, thoughts & prayers that we've been sending that way, the hurricanes would be nothing but a summer shower by now!!

Marie E = Can't believe (well, yes I can really) that the Corporate Office has done you and the others like that!! How rude! What charm/spell would you like us all to send to them? Oh brothers!!! I can just see yours doing that to you -- isn't that in their genes to do sisters like that? I know mine loves to pull stunts such as that (on the wrong lyrics) and loves every minute of whatever he is trying to pull over on me! But I wouldn't trade him for anything in the world as I know you wouldn't take nothing for your's either!!!

Leila ==HAPPY BIRTHDAY - SLEEPING BEAUTY!!!==Hope you have a fantastic day!!!!

Fawkes == A top floor office with a partial glass roof -- gosh no wonder it's HOT!!! Where is the "chilled" pumpkin juice when you need it!!!

Flame -- Hope you have a great vacation and hurry back to us!! Here's a bit of advice though. If you are going to have to take your shoes off at the airport? Make sure you've got on socks/hose/whatever that have NO HOLES in them!!! hee hee

Mike == Too cute!!! How does these sound?

All work & no "pants" makes Jack a dull boy!! (hmmm?)
Are you a "pants" or a mouse?
Gone With the "Pants”
hee hee

Sherbie, welcome back!!!! You've been missed for sure! OK, girl this bad luck that you & Mike seem to keep passing back and forth MUST stop!!!! Maybe the two of you could find some poor old weed or better yet-- get DELORES UMBRIDGE--to rub your bad luck onto? Something!!!!

Take care everyone, may we all have a safe Friday 13th & most importantly -- may we all meet back here soon!!!

Later, Deb

P.S. Oh and Julia? Heads UP & catch a home run ball!!! How cool would that be?
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True Love - Aug 13, 2004 3:06 pm (#1951 of 2955)

Fawkes - thanks for letting me know this is Left Handed Day. I too am a lefty. One of my colleagues noted that if you ever want to have a chuckle, just watch a lefty write. Cruel but sometimes true. I always end up with blue ink smears on the side of my hand. I have "white boards" where you use dry-erase markers. I end up erasing what I've written! My dad was ambidex... (I can't even say it let alone spell it) because as a child he was forced (with the whack of a ruler) to write with his right-hand, so he ended up learning to write with both hands. I thought that was cool. Something like the sword fight in Princess Bride.

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wormsé - Aug 13, 2004 3:40 pm (#1952 of 2955)

I'm back... now I can fully appreciate all the members who go on vacation and return only to diligently read all the posts they missed. Ya'll are a chatty bunch... As for the weather- In Kentucky it does indeed feel like autumn. I love it! It's happy weather. I didn't know we even had a Left-handed day. Interesting. I'm teaching myself to be ambidexterous- I've almost mastered the art of feeding myself with my left hand.

Happy Birthday to everyone who has had one!

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Leprechaun Jack - Aug 13, 2004 4:05 pm (#1953 of 2955)

What's that comment about my pants (or lack thereof) and being DULL !!! Well I never. (then again maybe if I did people wouldn't think I was dull)

Happy birthday to all I missed.

Flame Alligator- I'm going out on a limb here...but have you received my last 2 E-Mails ???

Jack

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Kasse - Aug 13, 2004 4:14 pm (#1954 of 2955)

True Love, I like your dad I am ambidextrous, some things I feel more comfortable doing with my right and others with my left. So Fawks do we get a special day too?

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timrew - Aug 13, 2004 4:20 pm (#1955 of 2955)

Gosh! I'd give my right arm to be ambidextrous!

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mischa fan - Aug 13, 2004 4:24 pm (#1956 of 2955)

Tim, that was bad, even for you.

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DJ Evans - Aug 13, 2004 4:58 pm (#1957 of 2955)

What's that comment about my pants (or lack thereof) and being DULL !!! Well I never. (then again maybe if I did people wouldn't think I was dull) Jack

hee hee Well, Jack you never know -- it might be worth a try there. Just don't be surprised if the good folks at St. Mungo's come to take you away!! Which isn't necessary a bad thing, from what I hear they've got great Jell-O!!!! hee hee

Later, Deb

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boop - Aug 13, 2004 5:08 pm (#1958 of 2955)

Leila and Haymoni, I hope you are having a wonderful Birthday. I couldn't get on the forum this morning to post your birthdays. I am glad someone went ahead and did it for me.

Happy Anniversary Good Evans!!!!!

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Hem Hem - Aug 13, 2004 5:37 pm (#1959 of 2955)

I hope you're enjoying the game, Julia. And I bet you're not the only one rooting for the visiting team! With the way the Mariners have been this year, I even may family has gotten lessinterested in listening--and we're big fans who usually go to about four or five games a year. This year we haven't gone at all. But for the Yankee series, I've heard that the stadium is sold out for all three games. Go figure.

Also, enjoy the nice weather! RPS, I know we're known for having clouds in Seattle, but this time of year is gorgeous...although this year is hotter than most. I can't deal with temperatures above 80-- completely spoiled!

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Leila 2X4B - Aug 13, 2004 6:02 pm (#1960 of 2955)

Hi, thanks for all the birthday wishes. I had fun. Just take a look at my cake!!!



If it isn't clear, it states "Have a Harry Birthday"

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Round Pink Spider - Aug 13, 2004 6:12 pm (#1961 of 2955)

Hem Hem, sorry I slandered your weather. I grew up in the SECOND cloudiest city in the US, Rochester, NY, right after Seattle. We never saw the sun in the winter.

Thanks for all the well-wishes for my husband. Kasse, did you get your newsletters? I'm afraid to ask by e-mail, in case the note goes south (and gets drowned in the rain). I'm afraid can't read through all of the posts to see if you said anything Kasse, I have to go pick up my husband and I'm really heads-down on the newsletter write now, I'll be lucky if this one comes in under 30 pages...I'll just check here now and then.

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haymoni - Aug 13, 2004 6:53 pm (#1962 of 2955)

Thanks for the Happy Birthday, boop!

It's nice to be remembered!

As I was born on Friday the 13th, it's an extra special day.

Hope everyone else has a great one.

Monica

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Leprechaun Jack - Aug 13, 2004 7:17 pm (#1963 of 2955)

I love their Jell-O it's the Bestest !!!!

Jack

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Sherbie Lemon - Aug 13, 2004 7:37 pm (#1964 of 2955)

Thanks for all the well wishes and four leaf clovers, guys! Hopefully Umbridge (good plan, Deb!) will suffer some bad luck now!

And a big Happy Birthday Haymoni!

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Archangel - Aug 13, 2004 8:03 pm (#1965 of 2955)

Hello to all and Happy Birthday to Haymoni!

I seem to remember that there's quite a handful of Liverpool fans here in the forum so I thought of sharing this. Anyways, I was watching Sportscenter last night and I don't know if you already know this but it was mentioned there that Michael Owen is moving to Real Madrid. Well, the move was finalized this morning.

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Penny Lane. - Aug 13, 2004 8:24 pm (#1966 of 2955)

Okay, I may not be a mother, I'd like to share a lovely "cute" child story. I was babysitting for this 7 yr old boy that I've watched on a fairly regular basis for the last 7 years. Anyway, so we are putting together this Lego Harry vs. Giant Troll thing that I found in a closet. (I swear it was his idea :-)) And anyway, so after like 3 pieces he looks at me and says "Gee, I thought kids were supposed to be able to put this together - what were they thinking?" So, 45 minutes later, it was semi-finished, but we still had pieces left over... Has anyone else had problems with the HP Legos?

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Ozymandias - Aug 13, 2004 8:27 pm (#1967 of 2955)

Happy Birthday, Haymoni! Sorry I missed you the first time I posted. I'll go iron my hands now...

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DJ Evans - Aug 13, 2004 8:31 pm (#1968 of 2955)

Haymoni, I hope I'm not too late here? But have a HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

Sherbie -- Remember you need to get with Mike and both of you attack Umbridge with your bad luck!!! Hopefully that will wipe your's and Mike's out completely! With her, she won't know what "hit" her!!!! hee hee

Later, Deb

Jack? So we've had their Jell-O before, hmmm? We must have missed each other in the hallways then. hee hee Just stay away from their sandwiches -- I've heard tales about what "some" of them are made of!!!!

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Leila 2X4B - Aug 13, 2004 9:46 pm (#1969 of 2955)

Happy Birthday Haymoni, I am sorry I forgot you. We share our b-day!!! Whooo-hoo.

Leila

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septentrion - Aug 14, 2004 2:45 am (#1970 of 2955)

happy belated birthday Haymoni !

Sherbie, your bad luck MUST go to Umbridge, she deserves it, really.

Denise, so you have much hay ? My grandparents were farmers and the had ppppppppplenty of hay in which my sister and I loved to play. What we preferred was to jump from a high place onto a bunch of hay and to tunnel from one side to the other. My parents didn't like when we did this, they were always afraid that we could suffocate, in which they were right of course.

Archangel, I've heard of Owen's move to real Madrid, in fact Patrick Vieira from Arsenal was supposed to make that move but it happens that Vieire stays with Arsenal and Owen moves.

Flame, have a good vacation, enjoy it !

Julia, will you still have voice after the match ?

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azi - Aug 14, 2004 4:18 am (#1971 of 2955)

Happy birthday to everyone I missed! Sherbie, you really need some good luck so my inch-high leprechaun Shamrock is sending you his. My brother was extremely happy when he heard Owen was moving to Real Madrid (he is a Liverpool fan also and doesn't like him).

Hope everybody in the path of hurricanes is safe and well.

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Kasse - Aug 14, 2004 5:05 am (#1972 of 2955)

Happy Birthday, Haymoni I am so sorry that I missed you first time round. I must go and iorn my hands now

RPS: I still did not get the newsletter I do not know what happened.....

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The giant squid - Aug 14, 2004 7:00 am (#1973 of 2955)

Sherbie, I shudder to think what you'll get hit with next. Lightning, for Pete's sake!

   I take it Mike is having a good day then



Well, I did get a call from work about a problem my new guy was having, but I was able to fix it over the phone instead of having to go in, so I guess that's good. I guess that guy in Albuquerque figured out what was going on & sent the luck back to us.

I like the Umbridge idea...Catherine, do you have a good Bad Luck Banishing charm handy? If Sherbie & I synch it up right we might just be able get rid of it once and for all!

Happy Belated Birthday to Sleeping Beauty & haymoni. Hope y'all had a great day!

--Mike

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Flame Alligator - Aug 14, 2004 9:43 am (#1974 of 2955)

DJEvans, LOL I have no holes in the socks I am going to wear but they are made of hemp. Do you think the drug dogs and DEA will give me grief? Hemp socks are great... very soft.

Jack with no pants? Doesn't that make him an interesting boy? hee hee

Leprechaun Jack, *tackle hug* NO, I did not receive your last 2 e-mails. I was beginning to think you did not love me anymore. *pouting* In the future, if I don't respond to your e-mail within 48 hours..... I did not get it. I feel bad no contact with you before I leave. *hug and kiss*

Tim, LOL

Fawkes, *waving madly*

Sherbie, May I suggest surge protectors? Just in case lightening strikes twice your modem and other basics won't get fried again.

Thanks everyone for wishing me well on my holidays. I am going to Sin City/Amsterdam to be with someone I love and adore. We are going to do museums by day and ........ well, I guess party at night. I am excited today after being so "dead cool" the last few days. I was packed a week ago. One problem with packing early, I keep adding more stuff to my bag. My carry-on is packed with "beauty products". Mind you, I only wear lipstick. Do I really need 2 shampoos? Yes, cause they smell different. lol See! Please, somebody stop me!

Happy Birthday Sleepy Beauty and Haymoni! And Happy Birthday to anyone else who stepped out today.

I will miss you guys and I do so appreciate those who wish me well. It seems I have attracted some........ well, dementors to my life. I appreciate anyone who likes me and wishes me well. *kisses to you*

I definitely will do my best to get to an Internet café to read some posts and say "Hi".

Have a great weekend, y'all,

Goedemorgen

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Acceber - Aug 14, 2004 10:36 am (#1975 of 2955)

Happy Belated Birthdays to Leila and Haymoni! May you have many more to celebrate.

Have fun on your trip Flame. No, one shampoo will be legitimate. Hope you're having fun Julia.

I'm in the Adirondacks now (yay!). Tis beautiful here. If I can use my limited computer techie skills, I'll get a new avatar as a pic I took today.

Gonna go catch up on the threads. Have a great day everyone!

EDIT: Almost forgot, RPS, would you mind sending me a copy of your newsletter? My email is in my info; just click my avatar to get there.

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VeronikaG - Aug 14, 2004 10:44 am (#1976 of 2955)

Have a good trip, Flame!! Take good care of yourself, or else I beat you up! And remember; take pictures!!

Happy belated birthday to Leila and Haymoni.

I had bad luck on Friday 13th! My mom had ordered me a dentist's appointment, and turns out I need a filling. Grr... At least the new dentist was cuter than my old one.

I thought I'd just share a funny story from the start of term-ceremony on Thursday. My friend had signed up as "big sister", helping new students find their way around the school, and she wanted me to come with her. So I signed up, and put on the blue t-shirt they handed out. The first thing we managed was to loose most of the group we were guiding. A boy who was the third "big sibling" on our study took them all, and we found them by the end of the tour. Then our duty for the day was mostly over, and we went to buy some ice creams. I completely forgot that I was wearing a shirt pointing me out as oficial advice person. As my friend and I were finishing our ice creams outside the cafeteria, a group of three of four first year girls come over, and one of them ask me where to find "the big clock" where the bus leaves from. I had bit off a large chunk of the cracker, and in the same second I turned to answer her, I realized I still held it between my teeth. The girls started laughing, and so did I, pointing at my friend. Then i discovered that she had stuck the whole cone in her mouth, trying to get out the rest of the ice cream with her tongue. She looked like a funny bird. I laughed even harder, and managed to swallow the rest of the cracker, and point the girl in the right direction. So typically us.

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Round Pink Spider - Aug 14, 2004 11:17 am (#1977 of 2955)

OK, Kasse, I think I know what happened. Is your e-mail samantha_kasse or samantha kasse? In your profile, it looks like a space (which might not even be possible in an e-mail address). I'm going to try the _ now. Let me know if they don't come this time. If they don't, please give me your current, up-to-date e-mail address in the post. We'll see if this works.

Acceber, I'll send you the back issues of the newsletter at the same time.

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Liz - Aug 14, 2004 11:22 am (#1978 of 2955)

*Humms* Happy Birthday to you *cha cha cha*

Happy Birthday to you *cha cha cha*

Happy Birthday dear all yall

Happy Birthday to you *cha cha cha*

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Doris Crockford - Aug 14, 2004 11:25 am (#1979 of 2955)

Round Pink Spider, could you pretty please send me the newsletter too? Thanks a bunch. My email is also in my info.

I had my first driver's ed class today. The good news is I didn't get into an accident. Although there was this one maniac going about 20km/h above the speed limit, and almost rear-ended me. And once, my driving instructor didn't tell me to turn, and I decided to turn left anyways.

Happy birthday haymoni! Sorry I missed it yesterday.

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Round Pink Spider - Aug 14, 2004 11:30 am (#1980 of 2955)

Doris, this is the same problem I had with Kasse's address. Is that sarah_z_21 (with underbars)? The underbars blend in with the underline, so I'm not sure.

EDIT: Please post requests for the newsletter on "Long Theory", I might not be able to keep up with all the posts on this thread. And again, "Long Theory" and the literary discussions in the subsequent posts are very characteristic of the newsletter, so if you don't like "Long Theory," you probably won't like the newsletter.

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Doris Crockford - Aug 14, 2004 11:41 am (#1981 of 2955)

Yes, there are underscores, the way you wrote it in the post above.

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Round Pink Spider - Aug 14, 2004 11:57 am (#1982 of 2955)

Okay, the back issues are on their way. Hopefully, a new issue next week, but there's a lot of sickness in the house right now, and that's really slowing me down (must have been a virus instead of food poisoning; even the baby's got it, but fortunately no one is as sick as my husband was).

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Marè - Aug 14, 2004 12:11 pm (#1983 of 2955)

Hey Flame have fun in Amsterdam. If you go do museum, try the vincent Van Gogh museum. Gina, Snape and I found a painting there that seems to be the prove that wizards exist!
(I have never been able to find a picture of it, but I think the title was something with a blue bird...) It was not a Van gogh painting though, was some-one else.

PS Only two shampoos?? You should see what I pack, for four days half of my bag is full off bottles, (sun)creams and other stuff you really don't need that much, but just can't leave behind.

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septentrion - Aug 14, 2004 12:15 pm (#1984 of 2955)

Marè, you're describing me seen by my husband when we go just for a week-end. He's always amazed at the quantity of things I take with me and that I consider being minimalist. Well, Flame, you're just a normal girl !

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Marè - Aug 14, 2004 12:17 pm (#1985 of 2955)

Well, I did managed to bring just one tiny bagsac for my weekend to Paris. But then again, when we went back I couldn't fit it all in so I had to "borrow" some space from my friends...

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Celestina W. - Aug 14, 2004 12:20 pm (#1986 of 2955)

Hi, everybody, I'm back. I had a nice trip, but I missed the Forum quite a bit. Guess I'm even more addicted than I thought.

Happy Belated Birthday to Betty, Leila, and Haymoni!

I had completely forgotten that the OotP paperback was coming out until I saw a display of them at Wal-Mart the other day. They looked so nice and pretty, I just had to stand and stare at them for a while. It was my nutty Potter-freak moment for the week. I almost bought one even though there's absolutely nothing wrong with my hardcover copy. (Unlike my PoA hardcover, which is falling apart from being read too much. ) Some other people were looking at OotP, and I really wanted to tell them, "Buy it, you'll love it, it's great, I promise", but I resisted. They might have thought I was weird (hee hee, imagine that ). The store also had some very nice HP notebooks with pictures from the PoA movie, but I already have all of my school stuff. And no, I don't think there's anything wrong with a senior in high school looking at Harry Potter school supplies, but unfortunately they were wide-ruled, so I couldn't have used them anyway.

Flame, I completely understand why you would want to take two shampoos. I'm a horrible over-packer, too. I take at least five days worth of clothes for a two-night trip. My philosophy is, "well, if I don't have it, then I'll wish I did, so I'd better take it", and as you can imagine that fills up a suitcase pretty fast. Have fun on your trip.

I hope all of our Florida members aren't being swept away by the hurricane. And RPS, hope your family gets better soon.

Oh, and here's the next in the "Avatars for My Generation" series.

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Round Pink Spider - Aug 14, 2004 12:27 pm (#1987 of 2955)

Thanks, Celestina, and welcome home!

OotP is out in paperback? Yea, now I can FINALLY start marking up book 5 with a highlighter! I'll have to pick one up from Wal-Mart when we go shopping!

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timrew - Aug 14, 2004 3:09 pm (#1988 of 2955)

Happy Birthday to Betty, Leila, and Haymoni! Sorry I'm late!

Enjoy your trip, Flame!

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mike miller - Aug 14, 2004 3:37 pm (#1989 of 2955)

Well is seems the remains of Charlie are finally starting to arrive in the Baltimore area. Hope everyone in Florida has made it through all right. They weather gurus are calling for alot of rain between now and tomorrow morning and some tidal surges along the bay. The real problem could be the winds that will be coming over-night. There has been so much rain in the last few days there is a concern for trees falling over causing power outages. Nothing like the damage farther south.

We went to the Maryland Bar-B-Que Contest this afternoon. I have to say that pigs smell better when they're smoked! Lots of good food, live music, arts and craft and stuff for the kids (face painting, Moon Bounce, etc.). I love food! and dabble a bit in the BBQ arts. My daughter tells me I should enter my venison tenderloin next year. Alas, no catagory for venison, just Chicken, Ribs, Pulled Pork and Beef Brisket.

Flame - Enjoy your vacation

Tim - ROFL "I'd give my right arm..."

Mare' and Septentrion - With all due respect, you guys might be good, but I don't think anyone can touch my wife when it comes to packing. A full suitcase, cosmetics bag and large bag just for an over-night.

RPS - What's this I hear about a newsletter? If it's not too much effort, I love to have a peak at your next installment.

Well, that's all for now. I'll settle in for a night of Olympics watching (O.K. I might be checking a thread or two).

EDIT - Almost forgot - Happy Birthday Haymoni!!! sorry I'm late

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Flame Alligator - Aug 14, 2004 5:28 pm (#1990 of 2955)

OK Ladies, now I don't feel so bad. I just put in 2 more pairs of pants and extra sarong and some more lotion. lol Septentrion saying that she takes things just in case. Mind you I have 2 sarongs in there already but of course I need the red one, too. Now should I take another jacket and 2 more tank tops? Help! I will probably throw in one more thing right before I walk out the door.

Mare, I am definitely going to the Van Gogh museum. I love musseums and can spend hours and hours in them. I am so psyched up!! I will not be sleeping till I get on the plane.

Again, thanks for all the "well wishes". I am going to do some yoga to work off some of this excess energy and calm myself down.

Doei



Veronika, LOL Thanks for the funny story......... so you, girlfriend.

Doei for real this time.

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Round Pink Spider - Aug 14, 2004 5:49 pm (#1991 of 2955)

Mike, it's OK with me if you want to read the newsletter, but, a word of warning, it's like the "Long Family" thread but PhD (piled higher and deeper). If you find that one hard to swallow, you might not care for it. I'll add you to the mailing list for the next one, and if you do like it, I can send you the back issues.

EDIT: OK, Kasse, NOW did you get the back issues?

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DJ Evans - Aug 14, 2004 7:26 pm (#1992 of 2955)

Celestina W -- Though I don't recognize who you've got in your avatar, but I must say very nice. He definitely fit’s in!!! Yep, definitely fit’s in!! And WELCOME BACK!!!!

Mike Miller == Hey, why not start your own competention? I don't know how it is where you live, but venison is very big in my state. Plus, I think every hunter has his own special "the best you've ever tasted" recipes for it -- so you wouldn't have trouble in getting people to enter it, I'm sure.

Flame, another jacket and 2 tank tops? Hmmm, I don't know about the jacket, but come on girl-- how much space can 2 little bitty tank tops take up? hee hee So go ahead and take them!!! What I've always done on the shampoos/lotion and such, is to save my "sample" bottles and use them. That way I can take several varieties of shampoos/lotions and with them in smaller bottles, they don't take up as much space, so you can take more!! Plus, put them all in plastic baggies for the unforeseen accidents -- like one spills?, it won't get all over everything else!!!! I've been there and done that!!! Believe me, no thrill to open up your luggage and see lotion all over your stuff &/or clothes!!!

Was watching the news tonight & I just can't believe the damage that they've suffered in the East. I just hope and pray all of our folks are OK. And my thoughts and prayers are with those that suffered the ultimate consequences and their families.

Later, Deb

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Celestina W. - Aug 14, 2004 7:44 pm (#1993 of 2955)

Deb, that's Heath Ledger. If you didn't recognize him, I guess you haven't seen A Knight's Tale, so go out and watch it now, OK? Great movie. Paul Bettany is also in it -- another avatar-worthy actor, IMO. I like your pic, too, by the way. Two of the Lord of the Rings posters in my room feature Aragorn. (The other two are the Argonath and one of Legolas, if anyone cared to know.)

I consider myself so fortunate right now that I don't live in a hurricane-prone area. It must be so scary to know that you have one of those bearing down on you. Around here we get severe storms, but they move through quickly and unless there's a tornado, the damage is usually not worse than some trees down and water in the basement. Reading the newspaper reports, I just can't imagine what those who've been hit by Charley are going through now. My thoughts and prayers are with them and especially any of our members who are in the storm's path. Stay safe!

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Kasse - Aug 14, 2004 7:55 pm (#1994 of 2955)

RPS: I got the newsletters!! Thank you so much

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SarcasticGinny - Aug 14, 2004 7:57 pm (#1995 of 2955)

Happy Happy Belated Birthdays to Betty, Leila, and Haymoni! Hope you had fun and maybe are enjoying some leftover birthday cake still.

Best wishes for anyone dealing with Charley's nasty temper right now...

Thanks for all the Friday the 13th wishes too, considering that was the day I bought my very first car! I've never purchased anything important in my life and sure enough I end up buying a car on Friday the 13th. Hopefully it will be okay, right?

Safe travels to anyone who's on the road. Hey virgogoddess, are you an Illinoisian? Your comment about the weather usually being really horribly hot and humid but being rather cold this summer struck a chord with how things are currently running in the Chicago 'burbs...

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haymoni - Aug 14, 2004 9:55 pm (#1996 of 2955)

Thanks for all the birthday wishes, guys. 39 ain't so bad!

Celestina - A Knight's Tale is one of my favorite movies. Mostly 'cause it ends with AC/DC's "You Shook Me All Night Long". "It's called a lance! Hello!!" "The Protector of Italian virginity..." "Thank you, thank you...I'll be here all week."

Anyway, it is 12:42 am here in Northeast Ohio and my ungrateful, "I don't want a Harry Potter themed birthday party", 11-year-old and his 7 friends are downstairs playing PS-2 games until their eyes bleed.

The Gang arrived at 5:00 pm. We had pizza, mini eggrolls, cheese, crackers, chips, salsa, potato chips, and 6 kinds of pop. They played football in the back yard - Hubby was leading the pack.

Fortunately our 4-year-old passed out at 7:00 - no nap. She's still asleep, thank goodness. The boys had ice cream cake at 8:00 pm and opened presents - not one HP gift among them. What have I raised???

As it grew darker, the boys played "12:00 Midnight" - some sort of hide-n-seek game. We had a bonfire - (Bonfire for you AC/DC fans) and made the classic S'mores.

I bought some of those Glow Sticks and the boys had fun throwing them at one another - nobody lost an eye, but a few of the sticks are hanging in my tree.

I believe they are playing "ESPN Football" - we'll see who passes out first. Actually, Hubby wins the prize - he is asleep already!

Special thoughts to our Florida friends. I hope everyone is OK.

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virgoddess1313 - Aug 14, 2004 10:05 pm (#1997 of 2955)

Actually, SarcasticGinny, I'm from southwest Missouri, so not real close to Illinois, the states touch though!! Must say that I do really appreciate the weather though. It’s quite beautiful and Will and I have been able to go out and get some really amazing pictures.For some reason we've gotten quite a few in cemeteries. My mom and his think we are morbid, but my dad and Will's older sister Laura said they used to do the same thing.

I've decided Will and I need to make a book with all our photos in it because we have some really incredible scenery around here.

My aunt, uncle and cousins are down in Florida and I believe this is their first hurricaine there. They haven't been there long. I think my uncle is rather excited about it to be honest. But he always was a strange bird.

Hope everyone is having a great weekend!!!

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Julia. - Aug 14, 2004 10:26 pm (#1998 of 2955)

Phew, you guys talk like no one I've ever met! Flame, have a great time on your trip, take lots of pics, and bring me back a key chain. As for over packing, you should see my sister. The girl brings a huge (and I really mean huge, you could fit a few small children in that thin) suitcase, packed to the brim, and a bookbag for a weekend, and somehow manages to find room to pack all the stuff she picks up on the trip.

Thanks to everyone who told me to have a good time on the trip. The two games I went to were awesome, the Yankees won them both. I've decided that Mariano Rivera comming into the game is much cooler with 'Enter Sandman" by Metallica playing in the background. I've also decided that Derek Jeter looks better in the home pinstripes than he does in the road grays. And yes, I still have my voice, despite yelling myself silly in attempts to be louder than the Mariner fans. We're going to see the opera tomorrow, I hope I can stay awake.

Hope everyone on the Wast coast of the US is safe and well. Have a good evening everyone!

EDIT: Grrrrr! I misssed getting post 1985! Oh well, 1998 was a really great year too...

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The giant squid - Aug 15, 2004 12:17 am (#1999 of 2955)

Haymoni, my personal favorite Knight's Tale quote is, "I'm a writer--I give the truth scope!" Pretty much every word uttered by Paul Bettany in that film is gold.

As for packing, let me give you the (a) guy's perspective: for my recent week-long business trip, I was able to pack everything into one airline-approved carry-on suitcase. That included my portable CD player, a handful of CDs and 5 books (including the OotP hardcover). I think clothing took up maybe a third of the space.

Julia: Anyone entering a room/stadium/what have you to Metallica's "Enter Sandman" is by definition much cooler. Heck, that even beats out Charlie Sheen's "Wild Thing" entrance in Major League.

--Mike

Hmm...who gets to be #2000?

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Ozymandias - Aug 15, 2004 12:47 am (#2000 of 2955)

Me!

I just went on vacation for a week, and took a huge suitcase (I could probably fit in it) and a big tote bag full of books. I don't know how you guys pack so little. I need clothes for every contingency, and then there's extra of everything, and books and shoes, jackets if I'm going somewhere cold...yeah, I'm a pack rat. I need a magical trunk like Moody's.
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boop - Aug 15, 2004 2:31 am (#2001 of 2955)

Kasse and Maddest Dragon, This is your special day. Have a wonderful fun day!!!!!

Thank you everyone for the birthday wishes. Things are not going well for me. I am just tired of living this way.

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Kerstin - Aug 15, 2004 3:05 am (#2002 of 2955)

Hello to everyone.

I'm back from my 14-days-vacancy and find a few thousands new posts on the forum. You guys were really busy! I tried to read this thread with about 550 new, but there's no chance to take them all.

Happy Birthday to everyone who had or has.

Now I'm off to read.

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timrew - Aug 15, 2004 3:07 am (#2003 of 2955)

Flame, why are you taking sarongs? Amsterdam is a lo-o-ong walk from the beach! Unless, of course, the dyke gets a hole in it - then it'll be under the sea!

I was just looking at the schedule for the Olympic Games; and would you believe it? I can't find Quidditch anywhere! Hasn't it been accepted as an Olympic Sport yet? And if not, why not??

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Ozymandias - Aug 15, 2004 3:57 am (#2004 of 2955)

If curling is allowed to be an Olympic sport, then it's a travesty to exclude Quidditch. (Curling is the stupid one where they push the weights on the ice with the brooms, right?)

Happy Birthday, Kasse & Maddest Dragon! Have fun!

Betty, I'm so sad to hear you're not well. I hope you are better soon, and in the meantime you can count my support & that of the whole forum. (I think I'm pretty safe in speaking for everyone on that.) *BIG GIANT HUG*

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septentrion - Aug 15, 2004 4:56 am (#2005 of 2955)

yes Ozy you're safe in speaking for us, at least for me, to support Betty in het hard time. I hope too you're going better very soon Betty.

Happy birthday Kasse and Maddest dragon.

About the packing, I think it's all a question of education and of social pressure : women are taught and told to wear something different for any occasions, to use so many different cosmetics for as many supposed purposes...My husband's wardrobe is half mine and he never looks bad. I have to have clothes for summer, for winter, for going out, for...he just wears the same kind of things from January the 1st to December the 31st. He just put a jumper on in winter. And you wonder why women may need a big suitcase just for a week-end ! Vacation 2

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True Love - Aug 15, 2004 5:20 am (#2006 of 2955)

My carry-on luggage always consists of my camera gear (I am a serious amateur photographer) a book, and a few personal items in case the luggage in cargo ends up in a place more interesting than my destination. After my last trip I finally realized the convenience of digital photography. Oh, yeah, always bring binoculars to check out the action - um, the sail boats at the beach.

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True Love - Aug 15, 2004 5:35 am (#2007 of 2955)

To change the subject - I have been immersing myself in all things HP these past two months (yes, a late bloomer) and am always thrilled to chat with other people about it, hence my total appreciation of this site and all who post on it. I met up with family yesterday and was mortified to hear some "die-hard" fans (as if) still haven't read book 5 yet! And some think Harry and Cho are still an item, even after reading book 5 (have you read it - really read it? I asked). I shook my head in disbelief and sought out this site the minute I returned home. Mind you I was thrilled when one cousin asked me to go see PoA with her on Tuesday night. We are the same age and both admit to finding the young men in the film to be quite attractive. So this time round (my third time viewing it) I may just concentrate on their performances and set aside the need to look for more prophetic clues.

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septentrion - Aug 15, 2004 5:49 am (#2008 of 2955)

True Love, they can't be "die-hard" fans ! BTW I beat you with the number of viewings of PoA : it was my firth one yesterday...couldn't help it

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Round Pink Spider - Aug 15, 2004 6:23 am (#2009 of 2955)

How can any die-hard fan not have read OotP after all this time (scoff)? My TEN-YEAR-OLD has read it!

I beat you, Septentrion, I saw the movie six times (attended with a notebook and tiny flashlight to take notes the first three times). But then, those first three times were on official Round Pink Spider business, so maybe they don't count? :-D

I've got the creeping crud today. Yesterday three of my children were sick; my oldest son and my youngest daughter couldn't keep anything down all day. Hopefully I won't get that sick... :-P

Best wishes, Betty, hope you're feeling better...

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Acceber - Aug 15, 2004 6:57 am (#2010 of 2955)

Happy Birthdays to Kasse and Maddest Dragon!

Thanks for the newsletters RPS. I only read the first one, as I was shooed off the computer before I could read more .

Feel better Betty! *virtual hugs*

Julia-I watched parts of both Y*****/Mariner with my Y***** loving family and I thought, "Hey, Julia's there, isn't she?" I looked for you on the fancam and in the audience, but alas earwax, no one's that lucky.

Have a great day everyone!

PS For those who don't get what Y***** means, check Official Boston Red Sox Site and see the team that is 10.5 games ahead of us currently, but won't be come October.

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True Love - Aug 15, 2004 8:09 am (#2011 of 2955)

Pink Spider and Septentrion - thanks for the encouraging words about number of times you've seen the movie. The discussion with friends and family will now be "but I've only seen it twice!"

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Julia. - Aug 15, 2004 9:44 am (#2012 of 2955)

I didn't make fan cam, awwwww! I wore my Yankee shirt and sat next to my mum who wore her Sox jersey.

Betty, I'm so sorry you're feeling yucky, if you need to talk you know where to find me.

Hope everyone has a good day.

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DJ Evans - Aug 15, 2004 11:35 am (#2013 of 2955)

Kasse & Maddest Dragon == HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! Here's wishing you both a FABULOUS day!

Welcome Back, Kerstin!!!!

Betty == And just as Ozy said, you've got our support for sure!! Hope you get to feeling better soon! Try this: close your eyes and wrap your arms around you. Now squeeze real hard -- that's all of us giving you the biggest hug that we can from here. Just remember that we are all thinking about you and care about how you are doing!!!

True Love? Did I read your post right? Those folks "haven't" read OotP yet? That ain't right!! Hmmm, wonder if you can consider them a fan even, much less a "die-hard" fan!! hee hee Sounds to me like they need to get their priorities straight!!!!

RPS == Oh no!!! Not the whole family down with the crud? My heart so goes out to you. Here's hoping all of you will be up and about "very" soon.

Later, Deb

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Marie E. - Aug 15, 2004 12:15 pm (#2014 of 2955)

I got to meet a forum member yesterday, padfoot herself! We chatted over cheesecake in Denver and probably bored my boss to tears. It's funny how you can meet someone for the first time and yet find yourself talking for almost three hours.

Betty, consider yourself hugged!!!

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tracie1976 - Aug 15, 2004 12:19 pm (#2015 of 2955)

Hello everyone! Just stopped by to wish who ever is having a birthday today . I've been really busy today...it is my son's 8th birthday today so I've been cleaning and baking.

Have a good day!

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Marè - Aug 15, 2004 12:47 pm (#2016 of 2955)

Happy birthday to Kasse and Maddest Dragon.

And Betty, there're going to be good days and bad days. Now will be bad days, just hang in there and keep coming back here till you're having good days again. It may not seem like this right now, but it'll pass. Hug for you!

And 11 hours and 10 minutes till my exam, please guys, cross your fingers. I so am going to need all sorts of good vibes!

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Catherine - Aug 15, 2004 12:50 pm (#2017 of 2955)

Happy Belated Birthday Haymoni! Mmm, S'more's are my favorite! Excellent choice!

We're pretty wet down here. Our basement is making our whole house smell like 10 dirty wet dogs live here. Pee-yew! It smells really musty! I'll need a bubblehead charm pretty soon.

Hope everyone is doing well. The highlight of my weekend was the update to Jo's site. This is the first time I've used the computer this weekend, so I look forward to catching up on everyone's posts.

Stay dry and safe, everyone!

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wormsé - Aug 15, 2004 1:02 pm (#2018 of 2955)

Happy belated birthday to Haymoni! And Happy Birthdays to Kasse and Maddest Dragon!! Hope they are good ones!

Betty- I'm really sorry your day hasn't been the greatest. I second what everyone else has already said- we're all here for you. You know where to find me if you wish to talk.

Maré- I'm crossing my fingers for you and the exam. Good luck!

Well, I'm off to take a look at JK's site. Hope everyone has a good day!

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septentrion - Aug 15, 2004 1:13 pm (#2019 of 2955)

Marè, I'm not only crossed but twisted for your exam

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True Love - Aug 15, 2004 4:25 pm (#2020 of 2955)

This is the official day of celebration for Acadians everwhere - and they are everywhere, from Louisiana all the way up to Newfoundland. My husband is Acadian so we have been playing Acadian music all day in celebration of his culture. A truly excellent group of people who love music, love to party and have a good time.

BTW - I no longer consider my cousins true HP fans. They are just people who have read the books and saw the movies. I guess I will continue to be a closet Potter fan for now. So glad to have found this site! I love ready all the older discussions too, such as recommended actors for the movies and the many twists and turns JKR has in her stories and what she lets drop during her interviews. Must read more..

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Leila 2X4B - Aug 15, 2004 5:12 pm (#2021 of 2955)

Happy Birthday Kasse and M. Dragon. Yeah for Leo's.

Julia I am sorry to here that the Yankee's did so well this past weekend I know that you are a closet Red Sox Fan.

I just got a a copy of PoA for GBA and Gamecube. I know have SS, CoS, and PoA on gamecube. YEAH. I now have Potter in multiple media.

Yeah for birthday gifts and men that spoil their little women.



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DJ Evans - Aug 15, 2004 5:41 pm (#2022 of 2955)

True Love, I know how you feel. All previous kidding aside, I've got a sister who has read the books ONCE, but most likely she will never pick them up again to re-read them. Sad, if you ask me. I just can't understand how she's not into it like I & the rest of us are. But I'll keep on trying to convert her over to being a HP fan -- maybe one of these days she'll see what we see in them?!?!

Later, Deb

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wormsé - Aug 15, 2004 5:54 pm (#2023 of 2955)

I've been trying to convince my Mother for years to read them. One time, she started the first book. I was so happy! Then she comes in and tells me she couldn't finish the first chapter because, of all things, it was boring!! She hasn't picked them up since. *sigh* Maybe one day...

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Loopy Lupin - Aug 15, 2004 6:09 pm (#2024 of 2955)

Catherine,

So good to see you post here. I've been wondering where the heck you've been and then it would dawn on me *smacks forehead* that you've been a little pre-occupied lately. You've been missed though.

I posted this in the Vote thread about my favorite part in POA. It seems relevant to the discussion here about people who haven't or won't get into the books:

But, the Shrieking Shack is a close second. If you just read the first two, you might wrongly conclude that all the books end with LV trying to return to power and being thwarted by "those meddling kids" again . (I've told a lot of people who "just couldn't get into" the books, to at least read POA.) The Shack broke that trend and gave a glimpse into just how intricately and fully JKR had imagined this world. From this scene, you can't help but be impressed by her plotting in POA and overall. This scene also has Snape pointing his wand at Sirius and saying "Give me a reason and I swear I will" which I thought was wickedly cool. *waves to Gina*

cya

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haymoni - Aug 15, 2004 6:14 pm (#2025 of 2955)

Sleeping Beauty - I crack up every time I see your avatar.

“I did not see you playing with your dolls, sir!”

boop - thinking about you as always.

Happy Birthday to my fellow Leos!

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Celestina W. - Aug 15, 2004 7:36 pm (#2026 of 2955)

Happy Birthday, Kasse and Maddest Dragon!

Boop, all I can tell you is just keep taking it one day at a time, and I hope things get better for you soon.

Well, Julia, Twins-Yankees series coming up. After this week, I may not be on speaking terms with anyone who confesses to being a Yankee fan. The Twins have been taking a real nose-dive lately, but they managed to scrape out a win today. I'm not too optimistic about this coming series. Unfortunately, my family's busy this week, otherwise we'd probably go to one of the games.

Loopy Lupin, I completely agree with what you said about the Shrieking Shack scene. I think people really shouldn't judge the books without reading at least the first three. But if they don't like one or two, I suppose it's hard to convince anyone to read book three. Oh well, they don't know what they're missing!

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Loopy Lupin - Aug 15, 2004 8:20 pm (#2027 of 2955)

They truly don't. I got hooked on the books over a Thanksgiving visit with my folks and, quite honestly, I'm very glad I started them quite early on that holiday trip. If I hadn't finished POA, I may never have tackled the 700 page GoF. (Which I've now read umpteen times.)

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Leila 2X4B - Aug 15, 2004 9:02 pm (#2028 of 2955)

Betty. HUGGIES AND ICE CREAM WITH CHERRIES AND WHIPPED CREAM

Love Leila By the way, I am not referring to diapers

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Sherbie Lemon - Aug 15, 2004 9:25 pm (#2029 of 2955)

OK, Mike, it is time we joined forces and sent this bad luck to Umbridge once and for all! My bad luck has been unusually light these last couple of days, which makes me a bit hesitant to ask about your recent luck!

Flame, when I went to Ohio with my mother, I took a suitcase big enough to fit myself comfortably in, as well as a slightly smaller one and a good-sized piece of luggage I use as my carry-on when I fly. I packed (and I kid you not) every single pair of summer shoes that I have, along with my favorite pair of knee-high boots. I think I wore every pair too, as I changed my outfit at leat twice a day. Keep stuffing those suitcases until they won't hold anymore, and then buy another set of luggage to cram the rest of your stuff into! Oh, and I do have surge protectors but I think it may be time to invest in a battery-supported one.

It sounds like you had an eventful night, Haymoni! Though I cannot believe that not one piece of HP merchandise was given to your son! What kind of kids are these?

Betty, I'm so sorry to hear that things haven't been going well for you. I sincerely hope your situation improves. Have a big hug from me!Big Hug And some very belated happy birthday wishes!


Julia, I'm glad you made it home OK and that your Yankees made you proud!Cap 4

Mare, I have everything crossable crossed right now. Good luck to you!

Birthday Balloons Kasse and Maddest Dragon!

Catherine, I'm sending you the Scourgify charm I used when my kitchen went up in flames. I hope it works for you too, and I'm glad you and yours are doing well. How's poor little Daisy, by the way?

Thanks for the lightening smiley, Mollis! You must have saved it for a reason. Unfortunately, we're due to get more rain tonight (it rained all day) but I'm not sure if it will be severe enough for me to unplug the computer. Last time I did that, my modem started acting up again which makes me wonder whether or not this round of icky weather will truly warrant it.

Our house warming party was today and we got quite a few gift cards for Lowes, which were much-needed. Other than the steady rain, everything went well and we had a nice turnout. *Bonus* We still have about a million cookies left, which I must say, warms the house up nicely (better than an oven fire, even ).

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Leila 2X4B - Aug 15, 2004 9:27 pm (#2030 of 2955)[/B][/Size]

Sherbie, it is great to hear that your life is not stinky for once. Yeah for presents. Too. I am sending you a nice cyber wish of good tidings in your new home.

Leila

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Sherbie Lemon - Aug 15, 2004 9:29 pm (#2031 of 2955)    

Thanks, Leila!

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Leila 2X4B - Aug 15, 2004 9:36 pm (#2032 of 2955)    

Not at all, Sherbie.

Marcus, I miss you. Where are you? I feel like the only H/P shipper left. *cries*: There is even an homage to you in my fan-fic.

Leila

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Loopy Lupin - Aug 15, 2004 9:39 pm (#2033 of 2955)    

Um, excuse me. What am I? Hotdog water?

But, anyway, yes where the heck is Marcus?

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Leila 2X4B - Aug 15, 2004 9:41 pm (#2034 of 2955)    

I never meant to not include you Loopy. *hands a tissue to Loopy so we can cry together*

Leila

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DJ Evans - Aug 15, 2004 10:30 pm (#2035 of 2955)    

Wasn't he going on vacation? Or did I dream that? I know I haven't seen Marcus doing any posting lately either, but I just assumed he was chilling out somewhere with an umbrella drink!!! I know you must "never assume", so I'm probably wrong here!!

What am I? Hotdog water? Loopy Lupin

Thanks for the chuckle today, LL!!!! Never heard that one before, but it's a keeper, must remember it!!!

Later, Deb

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septentrion - Aug 16, 2004 12:21 am (#2036 of 2955)    

True love, did you know that the Acadians are the star guests of the most popular festival inter-celtique in Lorient (Brittany) this year ?

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The giant squid - Aug 16, 2004 12:50 am (#2037 of 2955)    

First and foremost, a humongous, super-duper, Hagrid-sized hug for Betty! We love ya, mom.

Happy Birthday (somewhat belated) to Kasse and Maddest Dragon.

Sherbie, I've been holding steady at "minor annoyance". I would say that the bulk of the bad luck seems to have moved elsewhere, but that would jinx it.

   We chatted over cheesecake in Denver



Why does that sound like a Warren Zevon lyric to me?

--Mike

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VeronikaG - Aug 16, 2004 3:03 am (#2038 of 2955)    

Happy birthday to Kasse and Maddest Dragon.

*Big feel better hug for Betty*

I'm such a minimal packer that I usually end up borrowing socks from the person I'm camping with. :-D My friend Monica is the opposite. When I go over to hers for the week end, I bring my tooth brush, paste, cleaning fluid for my contacts, a t-shirt to wear to sleep, and new underwear for each day I plan on staying. It all fits in a small shoulder bag. Monica brings along a bag the size of a mobile home, filled up with magazines, her journals, her make-up which she never uses, her two purses and her two cell phones. Plus a bit of extra clothes, of course. And I often end up carrying some of it for her. But what are friends for?

Ahhh, back at school!

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Fawkes Forever - Aug 16, 2004 3:16 am (#2039 of 2955)    

Happy Belated Birthdays to Haymoni, Kasse and Maddest Dragon...

Hey 'Mommy' Betty .... BIG BIG BIG HUGS.... just so you know we are all here for you.... sending loads of Honeydukes Cyber Chocs to help get rid of those dementors. Oh & some cyber flowers too

Flame.. you lucky girl... I still have to book a holiday this year (been too busy... hmph) Thinking on a week in London next month... I still can't believe I've travelled around the SE of England... & even been in the London suburbs, but still haven't managed to go into the city.... If I go I'll be hanging around Kings Cross & hunting for the Leaky Cauldron methinks!

I can be terrible when it comes to packing if I have the luxury of being able to take my car, I just throw everything into a bag & throw it in the car boot. I also never know what shoes to bring... so I bring quite a few (very girly). However, when I don't have the car... I get all Hermione about packing.... I plan my wardrobe... pack... then unpack... take out a few items.. pack again... then unpack... take out some more items... repeat until I have a streamlined wardrobe with the bare essentials... You can also buy small travel bottles over here for shampoos etc.... which are very handy.

Hope those on the east coast of the States are safe... I have a friend on holidays in Tampa at the moment... so I'm a bit worried about her too. Anyways.. stay safe everyone..

Celestina... nice avatar.. *feedomp... Fawkes faints*

EDIT : WHOOPS... (thanks for the reminder Kerstin).... Mare good luck today.. keeping.. eyes, fingers & toes crossed....

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Kerstin - Aug 16, 2004 3:37 am (#2040 of 2955)    

Deb, thanks for the welcome back.

Maré, good luck for your exam (I hope I'm not too late with my finger crossings)

For the subject about how often one has seen POA-movie: I've seen it only once, and I'm pretty sure it will stay that way because I like reading so much more, and so many things are missing in the movie. Once is enough.

I'm on my fist day on work after vacancy and I'm not really awake, I think it has something to do with the 6-hours-difference between New York and Germany.

I want to greet everyone from New York City, Boston, Quebec, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Niagara Falls, Harrisburg, Gettysburg, Philadelphia and Washington DC, (the places I have seen) and of course all others too.

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Catherine - Aug 16, 2004 5:01 am (#2041 of 2955)    

Um, excuse me. What am I? Hotdog water? --Loopy Lupin

Uh-oh, early morning SPEW! Thanks for the giggles this morning. Daisy actually looked up from her morning snooze to see what the commotion was about. Oh, and lest I make the same mistake twice, let me tell you that I just love your new Krusty avatar, Loopy! Quite nice. Even if you are a Pansy/Harry 'Shipper! And speaking of that, where is Marcus? I haven't seen him for ages. Hope he's doing well.

I have been a bit preoccupied lately! Our basement has flooded, and we've had the start of school to deal with here. The endless task that is homework has been sucking up our entire afternoons. I've been managing to read most of the new posts on the Forum, but not comment. So I've probably been saving up all of my insufferable know-it-allness, so watch out!

Thanks for the encouragement, Sherbie! I hope the Scourgify works, because I feel like our house smells funny. It seems to have progressed beyond wet dog into the realm of old potatoes that grow all the sprouts out of their eyes. Eeeek.

Hope all the birthday boys and girls have a good one! See everyone around the Forum, I hope!

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mike miller - Aug 16, 2004 5:05 am (#2042 of 2955)    

Happy Monday Morning!!!! Remember, we all get to choose the kind of day we're going to have. You only have to accept that lousy things can happen on great days!

Betty - BIG HUGS!! Know that there are many people sending Cheering Charms your way.

I'm starting a real crazy couple of weeks between work and personal life. Fall softball begins Tuesday with a double-header under the lights, then a round of sporting clays (like golf only with a shotgun and clay tragtes) on Friday afternoon and a softball tournament on Saturday. That's the fun part. A 2 day meeting in the middle of this week and traveling for 4 days next week. I'm heading to Sarasota Florida which would normally be a good thing, but with the effects of Charly and I think Earl waiting in the wings, I hope all goes well.

Have a great week everyone!

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septentrion - Aug 16, 2004 5:29 am (#2043 of 2955)    

Catherine : I hope the Scourgify works, because I feel like our house smells funny. It seems to have progressed beyond wet dog into the realm of old potatoes that grow all the sprouts out of their eyes. Eeeek.

eeeek too, I think one more scourgify charm can't harm.

My thoughts for those who deal with hurricanes.

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Round Pink Spider - Aug 16, 2004 5:29 am (#2044 of 2955)    

Hi everybody :-( The crud goes on...The baby got sick three times last night, and my two older daughters and middle son are sick this morning. My oldest daughter has to go to her high school orientation this morning, sick or not, so we can write the usual check after check after check... I am so SICK of washing icky sheets, blankets and pillows. Bleurrrgh :-P It's raining too...*whimper, self-pity*

Mike, I will try to listen to your sentiments and tell myself this is just a great day with bad things. :-) I hope Florida is OK (I think I'd rather be in Minnesota...)

Ewww, ick, the baby just ... well, you don't need to know.

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Acceber - Aug 16, 2004 5:38 am (#2045 of 2955)    

Kerstin-I'm from Boston! Yay! When were you in Beantown? Did you see the Red Sox play? (My favorite activity.)

I don't know who's birthday it is as Betty isn't posting (big big feel better hugs for you, Forum Mom) so I'll just say Happy Birthday To All That Fall Into That Category.

Did any of you watch the Olympics last night? I saw the woman's gymnastics which was amazing to someone who can't and has never been able to do a split .

RPS-Sorry about your family. Hope you all get better soon!

Ummmmm....have a fantabulous day all!

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Loopy Lupin - Aug 16, 2004 5:45 am (#2046 of 2955)    

Morning to all. Glad to see you're hanging in there Catherine.

I must iron my hands because I realize I neglected to give Betty my own *big hugs.* Hope things get better Betty.

Thanks for the avatar complement Catherine. Yes, the Simpsons seem to be a wellspring of possibilities. I'm actually kind of sorry that I did Ralph Wiggum already because I ran across a quote the other day that made me spew: "Me fail English? That's unpossible."

Hehe. Maybe I'll still do that one once I've run through the cast.

Oh, and by the way, if you want to have a real SPEW, check out the Lupin is James Potter thread. Timrew proves he's still the King.

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Round Pink Spider - Aug 16, 2004 5:47 am (#2047 of 2955)    

Hey, Acceber, I just noticed that you live in NY. Where is Buttermilk Falls? I grew up in Rochester, NY (ironically, I'm now living in Rochester, MN, named for Rochester, NY :-D).

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Catherine - Aug 16, 2004 5:59 am (#2048 of 2955)    

Oh, and by the way, if you want to have a real SPEW, check out the Lupin is James Potter thread. Timrew proves he's still the King. --Loopy Lupin

I went. I read. I SPEWED.

All hail Timrew as the King of Spew! *and give a little hail to Loopy Lupin who is the Spew Prince and is available in case Timrew is unable to fulfill his duties as King*

EDIT: RPS, I am so sorry that your household has such a nasty bug. Good luck to you!

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Loopy Lupin - Aug 16, 2004 6:05 am (#2049 of 2955)    

Yes, all hail me too. LOL..... Wink

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haymoni - Aug 16, 2004 6:08 am (#2050 of 2955)    

And what am I? The next-door-neighbor's?

I'm an H/P 'shipper too, but nothing compared to Marcus!

Where's the man been???

I'm home this week - nothing exciting, just getting ready for school to start next week. We still need a few things on my son's list and, since he won't try on any of his existing wardrobe, I get to guess at what he needs. Oh, joy!

Have a good one, guys!
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Loopy Lupin - Aug 16, 2004 6:17 am (#2051 of 2955)    

Marcus, me, Sleeping Beauty, and haymoni. Hey, we're becoming a force to be reckoned with. Smile

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Fawkes Forever - Aug 16, 2004 6:21 am (#2052 of 2955)    

Hee hee Loopy.... checked out the Lupin is James thread... very funny!

Hmmm, was just about to say.. the Harry/Pansy 'ship appears to have picked up a few passengers in the last few months.. well done Marcus... 'fraid I'm still not convinced, but you never know

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Catherine - Aug 16, 2004 6:35 am (#2053 of 2955)    

While we're putting forth our theories, I am proposing "TISK" for "Timrew is Spew King."

In addition, I propose "LISP" for "Loopy is Spew Prince."

I was going to suggest "LIPOS" for "Loopy is the Prince of Spew," but that made me think of liposuction, which made me think of a giant sucking sound, which made me think of the Hogwarts lake, which made me think of the Giant Squid, and that's Mike . So obviously LIPOS doesn't work.

EDIT: I just read the above post, and am worried that the flooding in our basement has produced toxic mold which is affecting my brain. Oh, well, off to St. Mungo's....

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Kasse - Aug 16, 2004 6:50 am (#2054 of 2955)    

I am Back!! After almost going crazy not having the Forum to keep me company for a whole 24 hours (computer troubles)

Thank you all so much for the birthday wishes - I only got one HP related gift I mean don't these people know me....

Tom make not to previous discussions anyone who claims that they are a true HP fan and had not read OOP yet is not to be trusted!! Like everyone else I am doing my best to try and turn non HP fans into serious HP fans

RPS - So sorry to hear that the family is feeling sick. I hope everyone feels better real soon. Keep us posted.

Boop - sending lots of hugs your way.

Ok off to read/post on some threads now.

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Chemyst - Aug 16, 2004 6:58 am (#2055 of 2955)    

Loopy, you are dead-on-center correct about PoA. I read PS/SS aloud to my son because he'd received it as a gift before he could read for himself. CS pretty much same story. I waited until PoA came out in paperback. By that time he could read but was so slow that we switched off odd/even pages reading aloud just to keep the story flowing, otherwise he'd have to work so hard at reading the new page he'd forget what was in the chapter before. Anyway, If PoA had been just another book ending with LV trying to return to power and being thwarted by those meddling kids, .I may never have tackled the 700 page GoF either.

Sherbie, I wanted to make a comment about your Muse being confused... sending you a lightning bolt when she meant firebolt for the house warming, but alas, I lack the witty Tim-spewablilty. The Lowes cards sound wonderful! (Lowes is a big home center that sells everything for a house)

on suitcases - I like to pack for beach vacations, I can cram an entire week of warm-weather stuff into a backpack. I hate going north in winter- an overnight takes more space than that.

Poor Catherine! Worse than wet dog!. The only thing worse is a wet dog who has been floral scented with cheap perfume--- you have my compassion.

Betty - more hugs.

H/P shippers - if you are a force to be reckoned with, I reckon we can do something about that!

Have a great week everyone...

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Loopy Lupin - Aug 16, 2004 7:22 am (#2056 of 2955)    

In addition, I propose "LISP" for "Loopy is Spew Prince." -- Catherine Allen

At your thervice, Mith Allen.

H/P shippers - if you are a force to be reckoned with, I reckon we can do something about that! – Chemyst

Well, on behalf of Marcuth and the otherth, we'll meet you on the battlefield gladly. Smile

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Catherine - Aug 16, 2004 7:34 am (#2057 of 2955)    

At your thervice, Mith Allen.

Well, on behalf of Marcuth and the otherth, we'll meet you on the battlefield gladly. Smile


*Catherine, beset by toxic mold and the high SPEW factor of Loopy's post, has been ROFL hysterically and will probably have to be on a locked ward for the remainder of the afternoon...*

Hey, Loopy, at least now you have a title. It might not be as good as the Pillar of Storge, but, hey, it's a start.

Chemyst, it sounds like you have are readying yourself for a fresh battle. I will try to get in shape for it as well. Maybe Marcus has been resting up for a fresh wave of attacks against the Harry/Pansy 'ship.

Back to the damp dungeons for me. Eurggghh....

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DJ Evans - Aug 16, 2004 7:54 am (#2058 of 2955)    

Mare`, K'n lwwung nt gimhwrs zrpsswd!!! (translation=I'm keeping my fingers crossed!!!) Not so easy to type that way, you know? Anywho, hope you pass with flying colors on your exam!!!

Kasse, computer trouble is the pits, isn't it? So glad to see you've got everything back up and running though!!!

Catherine = Though I've never had to deal with a flooded basement or anything, so I can't even imagine what all you must be going through. I'm just so glad & happy to know that you and your family are all right and have survive the hurricane bout there. Just as a hint on your "erm" yucky odor problem -- I know if a house is smelling musty you can get a pan, fill it with water and put a few cinnamon sticks, whole cloves, & if you have them orange peels. Then put it on a very low flame and it will make the house smell so good!!!! I do this a lot during the holidays!

RPS = Hope you & the family are doing a bit better today? Sure wish I had a house-elf that I could send you. I know by feeling poorly yourself, washing the bed linens and such is the last thing that you want to be doing!!! Get well soon!!!

Later, Deb

EDIT: hee hee I did a spell check before posting and it went a bit crazy on my statement there for Mare`

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Sherbie Lemon - Aug 16, 2004 8:10 am (#2059 of 2955)    

Lol, Chemsyt! We are excited about the Lowe's gift cards. Now my husband can have a nice, gas weedeater as he (and I, with the way our luck has been lately) are afraid he would electrocute himself with an electric one. I'll go ahead and defend you on the battlefield, Chemyst. I am not a H/P shipper either.

Lol, Loopy! Though I disagree with your choice for Harry, I can completely appreciate you being the LISP. Rolly 3 See you and Catherine on the battlefield!

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Padfoot - Aug 16, 2004 8:15 am (#2060 of 2955)    

Leila, I love Space Balls. All this talk of packing reminds me of Princess Vespa's giant hair dryer.

True Love, I was born in Acadian country but have since moved away. My parents live down there now (Lafayette, LA). The last several years I have gone down to visit them and heard plenty of Cajun music.

Betty, I hope today is a better day than yesterday. If you want to talk, just e-mail me. *Hugs to you*

Marie, it was so much fun getting to meet someone on the forum! I had a great time. One forum member met, 999 more forum members to go.

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SarcasticGinny - Aug 16, 2004 9:10 am (#2061 of 2955)    

Betty, I sincerely hope you feel better soon! More hugs your way...

Padfoot, who is that handsome guy in your avatar?

virgogoddess, Missouri weather and Illinois weather are generally pretty close...only MO gets less snow and junk in the winter. You and Will are definitely lucky!

Health care is a pain in the be-hind, on a totally unrelated note. I don't have insurance until August 20th, and I need a physical for school. Yikes!

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Padfoot - Aug 16, 2004 9:23 am (#2062 of 2955)    

Ginny, it's Ralph Fiennes. He is the new Voldemort in GoF.

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Gina R Snape - Aug 16, 2004 10:47 am (#2063 of 2955)    

Howdy all! Gee, this forum got busy over the weekend. SOOO busy that I am actually :gasp: behind on the Snape thread.

I hope no one here got blasted by the hurricanes. Penny--do you know if they retired the name Camille? That one would be too famous IMO to keep.

Anyway, I was gonna tell a proud but icky story about Nymphadora catching a mouse Sunday morning, but now that I'm here I think maybe I shouldn't. Let's just say she left it for me and I thought it was a toy mouse at first...

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Leila 2X4B - Aug 16, 2004 11:17 am (#2064 of 2955)    

I do aim to please with my Avatars and posts. They are meant to enduce giggles...sort of a muggle cheering charm, I suppose.

Still I hail to the almighty King of SPEW, Tim.

Leila

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Padfoot - Aug 16, 2004 11:21 am (#2065 of 2955)    

The radar has been jammed!

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Leila 2X4B - Aug 16, 2004 11:22 am (#2066 of 2955)    

Raspberry! There is only one who would dare give me the raspberry....Lonestar!!!

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Padfoot - Aug 16, 2004 11:28 am (#2067 of 2955)
Edited by Aug 16, 2004 11:28 am    

I love the "He singed my hair" scene. "That's not bad for a girl." "Hey, that's not bad for Rambo!"

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septentrion - Aug 16, 2004 11:37 am (#2068 of 2955)    

I've read today in the newspaper about a woman round here who is obsessed with owls, just as we are with HP. In fact, she had a heart attack 9 years ago, and when she woke up in the hospital, one of the first things she saw was a white owl. Her wealth got a lot better just after that, so she was sure the owl cured her. Two years ago she saw another white owl and the next day she bought tickets for the loto (national lottery) and she gained ppppppplenty of money. It can't be a coincidence. What was Hedwige doing in France in 1995 and in 2002 ? Well I couldn't believe my eyes when I read that story. Now that woman is a seer (I don't know if she's trelawney-like or not) and she's collecting everything bearing an effigy of an owl, so that she now possess 1550 fake owls.

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Leila 2X4B - Aug 16, 2004 11:48 am (#2069 of 2955)    

MARCUS...You are back. Welcome, we missed you.

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Penny Lane. - Aug 16, 2004 12:47 pm (#2070 of 2955)    

Gina: Camille was retired as it was a particularly devastating storm that killed over 100 people. Hurricane names are retired for 10 years minimum, so it could be used again in the future. I think the primary purpose of this is to avoid lawsuits and panic.

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Gina R Snape - Aug 16, 2004 12:51 pm (#2071 of 2955)    

Yes, I would be surprised if they brought the name Camille back because I know it was particularly devastating. I was just curious.

I wonder if there will ever be a hurricane Gina. Or Severus...

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Kasse - Aug 16, 2004 12:55 pm (#2072 of 2955)    

I like the new avatar Gina – keep them coming !

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Madam Pince - Aug 16, 2004 12:58 pm (#2073 of 2955)    

Well, I'm back from my trip to Virginia Beach and all the unpacking, etc. that goes along with it. We had a great time -- got to visit with dear friends that I see far too rarely. Our beach day (Thursday) was absolutely perfect weather-wise: clear and sunny but with a nice cooling breeze, no bugs, and warm water with manageable waves. Nobody got sunburned or anything either, which is a biggie for my fair-skinned son and me. Great fun. It was his first ever trip to see the ocean.

Guess what type of shampoo was in the little tiny bottles that they give you in the hotel we were in at the beach? ***ding, ding*** Yes, that's correct, it was BRECK SHAMPOO! Nice marketing on their part, I think, getting a hotel contract.

Then we went on to Jamestown, VA and visited the first English settlement in the U.S., and only had little sprinkles of rain despite the two hurricanes supposedly bearing down on us. I left to drive home on Saturday to try to "beat" the storms north, and was mostly successful although I had to drive in a moderate rain all day and some fairly heavy traffic with everyone else trying to escape the storms too. We live on the Eastern Shore of Maryland and were expecting some pretty heavy storm activity, but fortunately the moderate rains were all we got! Yay!

Then after we got home it started going downhill. My washing machine stopped working in the middle of a load of beach stuff, and when I checked its paperwork I find that the warranty expired a mere month ago. Grrrrrr..... Because the repair guy can't come until Thursday, I went to my in-law's empty house (they're on vacation) to finish my laundry, and I pulled shut and locked an exterior door to their house which Hubby now informs me that they don't have a key to and it is impossible to open even with a key. Oops. Now I have to pay a locksmith as well as a washer-repairman. I tried "Alohomora" but it didn't do anything. (I had tried a trip to the laundromat before trying the in-laws' house, but, well, suffice to say that the employee who works there and is responsible for communicating the correct "closing" time is a complete and utter idiot.)

Last thing was that I left the key to my neighbor's house (I'm feeding their dogs while they're on vacation) in the pocket of the raincoat which was conveniently hanging on the door, and then Hubby wore it to work, which meant I couldn't get in the house to feed the dogs until he got home -- not too major of a deal but still an annoyance. Sigh.... still, I haven't gotten struck by lightning ****cough **** Sherbie! ***cough*** so I feel quite fortunate.

RPS, sorry to hear about your family all being ill. That is such a drag. I had it a few weeks ago, but fortunately nobody else in the house got sick. I'm so sorry you're having to go thru all that! Get well soon!

Padfoot -- I thought it was "Secret Asian Man" for the longest time, too! I had a friend in college who thought "There's a bad moon on the rise" was "There's a bathroom on the right." I still hum that one in my head every time I hear it on the radio.

DJ Evans -- yes, I do get "Country" and "Country Extra," as well as "A Taste of Home." I have sampled a few of the other mags in the family but those three are the ones I've kept up with. You're right, the photography is so fantastic! And I love the no-ads, although my main pet peeve is those inserts that are attached inside a magazine and try to sell things like commemorative plates or collectible dolls. I go through my magazines as soon as I open them and tear out all such ads, using probably unnecessary savagery, muttering to myself.

I swear not to peek at the last page of either HBP or Book 7. I never do that -- like Flame said, it feels like cheating. Although I do tend to read really really fast when it gets close to the end.

Mare, guess what's on TV even as I type this? "Miffy!" My son is mesmerized (which is why I have a few minutes to type!)

Celestina W, if Heath Ledger is an avatar for your generation, then I think I need a time-turner! I think I'm just a *few* years ahead of you, but I think he is a perfectly lovely young man. And I am so distressed that they did not cast Paul Bettany as Barty Crouch, Jr., because I have him so firmly pictured in my head as that character that I don't know how I'll be able to accept any other actor.

Gina, I love your avatar! *snort* Gum on my shoe....

P.S. Awwwwww.... doorbell just rang and Mr. Pince sent me flowers. Think he missed me while I was at the beach?

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Celestina W. - Aug 16, 2004 1:09 pm (#2074 of 2955)    

Madam Pince -- well, all right then, we'll say he's an avatar for all generations, how's that? I also thought Paul Bettany would have been a great Crouch, Jr., but then I realized that it's much too small a part anyway. So he's on my list of actors that J.K.R. should write a part for in one of the next books.

RPS, I'm sorry to hear that your family still has the crud. Stomach bugs suck; there was one going around last Christmas that I think half of my school had (including me).

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Penny Lane. - Aug 16, 2004 1:31 pm (#2075 of 2955)    

There was a Tropical Storm Gina by Australia in 2003. No Severus though :-(

Celestina - i used to have that Heath Ledger poster in my dorm room. But Alas, I've never seen A Knights Tale.

Aww - Mr. Pince sent Madam Pince flowers. Thats very sweet.

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True Love - Aug 16, 2004 2:08 pm (#2076 of 2955)    

Septentrion - didn't know about the festival. Is there a website I can check to read up on it? That is so cool.

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True Love - Aug 16, 2004 2:16 pm (#2077 of 2955)    

Kersten - a lot of car time. Glad you made it through Ottawa (where I am) and Quebec City (where my brother-in-law is). Both beautiful cities IMHO.

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Prefect Marcus - Aug 16, 2004 2:50 pm (#2078 of 2955)    

Yes, I am back, sort of. I am touched by your kind comments and concerns.

I have been gone for several reasons.

(1) I have to make a living. Things have been very busy at work recently.

(2) Nothing really new happened until the Edinburough transcript and the new HBP excerpt appeared behind the door. It will take a little time to absorb it all.

(3) I felt I was spending too much time and energy on the H/P 'ship thread. There is so much more in the Harry Potter universe than that, fascinating as it is. So I thought I would give it a rest for awhile.

(4) I also finally found a new Avatar to my liking.

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Marè - Aug 16, 2004 2:56 pm (#2079 of 2955)    

Oh, I love wily E. coyote. I just wished they made one episode in which he just caught roadrunner. I always feel sorry for him when he fails again!

And madam Pince, glad you are home. I hope all your technical troubles are going to be solved soon. I never saw Miffy as a cartoon (it's a recent thing) I only know the books, but I'm always astonished when I see what the artist did with the few colours he uses. Did you ever see/read the one where her grandma died. It was suppossed to help children understand dead, but even I found it very sad still...

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Padfoot - Aug 16, 2004 3:10 pm (#2080 of 2955)    

Welcome back Marcus!

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haymoni - Aug 16, 2004 3:16 pm (#2081 of 2955)    

Here, here!

And, Marcus, you are much more than the Captain of the H/P 'ship.

You leave your mark on every thread in which you post!

I do know about real life getting in the way though.

Welcome back!

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DJ Evans - Aug 16, 2004 3:27 pm (#2082 of 2955)    

Madam Pince -- Welcome BACK!!!!! Sounds as if you are trying to join Mike's & Sherbie's bad luck club there!!!! You must get with them, as they are going to try and rub all of their bad luck that they've been having onto Umbridge!!!! Glad you had a good time otherwise and are back with us!! Hubby sent you flowers? He sounds like a "keeper" to me!!!!

You too Marcus -- Welcome Back!!! Boy was I off of where you had been. I had pictured you chilling out with an umbrella drink and just kicking back!!! So sorry work had to get in the way there!!

Later, Deb

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Prefect Marcus - Aug 16, 2004 3:28 pm (#2083 of 2955)    

Mare,

He did catch the road-runner once. He still didn't win, however.

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TwinklingBlueEyes - Aug 16, 2004 3:51 pm (#2084 of 2955)    

Was just reminded of something a while back on this thread.

In my mind’s eye, where-ever(danged hyphen again!) that may be, the words I swear stand out. And I did. Then, I think, correct me if I'm wrong, it started out as not reading last chapter of book before it's time. Then it kind of changed to young girls clothing? Or have I totally lost it?

Any rate, I swear not to peek at last chapter of ANY book, and NEVER encourage a young girl to dress by todays peer and advertising pressures.

Think I covered all bases....butterbeer anyone?

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Madam Pince - Aug 16, 2004 4:12 pm (#2085 of 2955)    

You've got it, TwinklingBlueEyes! There was only the one original "I swear" about the girls' clothing, I think, and then somebody else also swore not to read the end of the book first, so it sort of morphed into two "I swears."

We have to stop all this swearing or we'll get Kippendoed.

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Sherbie Lemon - Aug 16, 2004 5:00 pm (#2086 of 2955)    

Welcome back, Madame Pince! Your first day(s) home sounds awfully familiar to me...wonder why? Please join Mike and me if your "Sherbie" luck continues, as we are currently trying to send everyone's favorite toad our bad luck. I'm glad your trip went well, though. Perhaps Mr. Pince should contact Mr. Sherbie? I wasn't greeted by so much as a dandelion when I returned.

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Madam Pince - Aug 16, 2004 5:04 pm (#2087 of 2955)    

Should we hold hands or something, maybe, and close our eyes and ****wish**** our bad luck onto Delores? OK, I'm ready whenever you guys are....

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Catherine - Aug 16, 2004 5:46 pm (#2088 of 2955)    

My oldest daughter used to have a "wish" ritual when she was 3 years old.

She would turn around a few times and say the whole time, "Wish, wish, wish..."

She believed this was effective. Especially since she used to express her Christmas and Birthday present wishes during this ritual! Apparently, it works if someone is listening! 

*Wishing all Sherbie's and mine and Madame Pince's and everyone else's bad luck onto Umbridge... and turning so much that I get dizzy*

Good luck!

*waves to Marcus!*

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Ozymandias - Aug 16, 2004 5:48 pm (#2089 of 2955)    

Holy panic attack, Batman!

I just realized that I move back to school on Sunday! This Sunday! In six days! I haven't started packing at all. And then of course, there's the Edinburgh info and the new excerpt, so I have far more interesting things to do than pack. If I freak out come Friday or Saturday, you'll know why.

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Madam Pince - Aug 16, 2004 6:34 pm (#2090 of 2955)    

Thump! ***Madam Pince falls down dizzy from spinning around with Catherine***

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Catherine - Aug 16, 2004 6:39 pm (#2091 of 2955)    

***Thump! Catherine is wretchedly dizzy next to Madame Pince, but hoping that the bad luck is on Umbridge now! ***

Well, we showed her, didn't we ladies?

Wish, wish, WISH!

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Gina R Snape - Aug 16, 2004 7:39 pm (#2092 of 2955)    

Hey, Madame Pince. Too funny. Long live Breck shampoo! wOOt!

Thanks to all for the compliments on my avatar. It was made by someone on LJ named subliculous. She also did a Snape drawing for me which I'll use at some point in the future. But first I have a home drawing of Snape from Accio's daughter! It seems I am blessed with artists just bursting to draw Snape for me.

Oh, I know I missed something when I had to skip some posts...but what is the H/P ship? Or rather, who? Harry/Pansy? Hagrid/Pince? That was all I could come up with.

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Catherine - Aug 16, 2004 7:55 pm (#2093 of 2955)    

Oh, I know I missed something when I had to skip some posts...but what is the H/P ship? Or rather, who? Harry/Pansy? Hagrid/Pince? That was all I could come up with.

LOL, Gina! Yes, it's Harry/Pansy. Although the Hagrid/Pince idea will probably keep me awake in a NOT good way...

Cheers!

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I Am Used Vlad - Aug 16, 2004 8:07 pm (#2094 of 2955)    

Gina, how could you overlook the Hedwig/Pigwidgeon 'ship?

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Ozymandias - Aug 16, 2004 8:25 pm (#2095 of 2955)    

Or Hermione/Percy?

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Leila 2X4B - Aug 16, 2004 8:27 pm (#2096 of 2955)    

Ozy, a room at St. Mungo's is on standby.

Just for you.

Leila

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Gina R Snape - Aug 16, 2004 8:29 pm (#2097 of 2955)    

Hedwig/Pigwidgeon. How could I forget that one?! Mea culpa, where was my head... :snort:

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Ozymandias - Aug 16, 2004 8:30 pm (#2098 of 2955)    

Ooh, yay, does it have a good view?

*tries to think of more H/P ideas*

*fails*

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Lunar Tides - Aug 16, 2004 8:35 pm (#2099 of 2955)    

Hey everyone,

I finally found a home where my growing thoughts of the Wizarding World can rest...

I'm a new member, even though I've been reading the posts for ages.

I prefer talking about events and theories rather than the characters themselves. But, in general, I love talking about anything in Rowling's world.

I just wanted to greet everyone and I'll see you all around.

Wishing the best,

Chanuel

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Madam Pince - Aug 16, 2004 9:27 pm (#2100 of 2955)    

Welcome, Lunar Tides!

Funny coincidence you should just join us and recognize a good thing when you see it -- I was just looking at some of the other HP websites (looking for screensaves for Cezar Salem) and I checked out some of their forums. Man alive, I am glad to be a member here at the Lexicon Forum!

My mother said "If you can't say something nice, then don't say anything at all." So, I'm not saying anything.....
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Re: Chat & Greetings 2004

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The giant squid - Aug 16, 2004 11:28 pm (#2101 of 2955)    

  I was going to suggest "LIPOS" for "Loopy is the Prince of Spew," but that made me think of liposuction, which made me think of a giant sucking sound, which made me think of the Hogwarts lake, which made me think of the Giant Squid, and that's Mike . So obviously LIPOS doesn't work.



LIPOS, huh? Hey, I've been called worse...

Sherbie/Pince: Wish wish wish, indeed! Actually, the last couple of days have been fairly good for me, so I apologize in advance. Sherbie, better rustle up some non-conductive undies!

Hedwig/Pigwidgeon... *snort*

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septentrion - Aug 16, 2004 11:57 pm (#2102 of 2955)    

True Love, here is the link you asked for : festival inter-celtique de Lorient. The next year star guest will be Ireland *waves to Fawkes*

I join the wish, wish, wish to send Umbridge all the bad luck. Some more help to cross the Atlantic...

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VeronikaG - Aug 17, 2004 12:43 am (#2103 of 2955)    

I thought H/P was Harry/Parvati. Now that wouldn't be too bad a couple, would it? IF she can forgive him for what he did at the Yule Ball.

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Kerstin - Aug 17, 2004 5:27 am (#2104 of 2955)    

Acceber, I was in Boston on 2 August, but only for one day. It was a trip with a group from town to town, so there was not the time for anything else than the typical Sight-Seeing-Events. BTW, I have no idea of baseball. It's not a very popular sport in Germany.

True Love, it wasn't car time, it was bus time, but a long journey anyway. You're right, they are very bautiful, but I wouldn't live there: 5 months of the year winter and with -40 degrees! Nothing for me.

Maré, how was your exam?

A happy day to all of you.

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Loopy Lupin - Aug 17, 2004 5:48 am (#2105 of 2955)    

Oh, I know I missed something when I had to skip some posts...but what is the H/P ship? Or rather, who? Harry/Pansy? Hagrid/Pince? That was all I could come up with. – Gina

Yes, Gina its Harry/Pansy and discussed on the "Harry's 'ship Uniting the Houses" thread. The name invites broader discussion, but so far its really a thread regarding Marcus' prediction for a Harry/Pansy 'ship. Some of us have been won over to the idea while others *waves to Cathryn et al. * aren't buying it one bit.

Anyway, good to see you back around Marcus. I know how that stupid "making a living" thing can so unfairly interfere with this Forum. Too bad we can't get paid for this.

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Fawkes Forever - Aug 17, 2004 6:33 am (#2106 of 2955)    

Loopy : Waves to Catherine et al

* puts thumb to nose & waves at Loopy*

Hey Sept *waves back* Just had a look at the website you linked. Wow, brings back so many memories. My parents used to take us on holidays to south brittany when we were kids, quite near Lorient & Vannes actually .... hmmm, wish I was there now.

Hope everyone is having a nice day... trying to focus on work, but can't... I got distracted by the open door / dart board riddle on JKs official site... very cool indeedy! I even went out on my lunch break to 'shoot some hoops' in a local park... (basketball not Quidditch before anyone asks ) to try & help myself focus this evening... nope... not happening... it's too hot! I'm not cut out for all this heat & humidity....

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Sherbie Lemon - Aug 17, 2004 7:00 am (#2107 of 2955)    

Mike - Sherbie, better rustle up some non-conductive undies!

LOL, Mike! Now that was totally unexpected! Thank God I had just swallowed my Dr. Pepper, or my modem would probably be fried again.

Speaking of my modem, I bought a battery backed-up surge protector that I hope will help my computer survive another storm. But just watch, now that I've bought this Oklahoma will go under the longest drought in state history and lightening will cease completely. Oh well, better to be safe than sorry.

Unfortunately, bad luck is not new to me. In fact, it is so common amongst the members of my family that we refer to it as "The Brown Curse." I'd hoped getting married and changing my last name would fool the curse, but alas, it is too sly and has slowly begun to infect my husband. But he can't say I didn't warn him.

Thus I fear that practicing Catherine's ritual will simply aggravate the Curse, but I'm spinning around and chanting anyway...
Crud! I just knocked over my drink with my outstretched arm and a steady stream of Dr. Pepper is making it's way toward my keyboard.

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Catherine - Aug 17, 2004 7:21 am (#2108 of 2955)    

Oh, dear, Sherbie. Maybe you need to look indirectly at a basilisk and spend a few months petrified until this wave of bad luck passes over. I'd call the basilisk for you, but I'm terrified of snakes; it's my big phobia. Oh, and I don't know Parseltongue either. Snakes. EEEeeek!

*Waves to get Loopy's attention* Hi Loopy! *Sticks out tongue and blows raspberry at Loopy for taunting me about the Harry/Pansy 'Ship! Drat, has to wipe monitor.* Oh, well, Loopy's not the LISP for nothing....

I know what Marcus means about having to deal with real life vs. the Forum. My husband says we'd be rich if I got paid for all the time I spend here.

The house is smelling better today. I got a dehumidifier going, and it's made a huge difference already. It's amazing how fast that sucker pulls water from the air.

Hi to everyone and thanks to those who were in the chat room last night. I'd had a pretty terrible afternoon and early evening, and you guys made me laugh so hard before I went to bed that I woke up with a smile on my face this morning.

Cheers to everyone!

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Loopy Lupin - Aug 17, 2004 7:31 am (#2109 of 2955)    

I got a dehumidifier going, and it's made a huge difference already. -- Catherine Allen

Those are the greatest invention since frozen food.

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Marè - Aug 17, 2004 7:48 am (#2110 of 2955)    

Oh, my exam, it wasn't fun at all. I'm not even sure the answers I got are theoratically possible...
I have decided to use all your "crossed fingers" for next week But big thanks for everybody who send good luck thoughts over. I don't have the results yet, so maybe it's just not so bad...

The coyote caught the roadrunner once? Well that's good, but it means nothing... the big bad wolf sometimes catches the pigs, but those annoyingly perfect creatures always manage to escape!

Harry/Parvati hmmm. Well it's possible, what about Harry/Penelope, could explain some of Percy's anger towards Harry.

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Prefect Marcus - Aug 17, 2004 9:17 am (#2111 of 2955)
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Some of us have been won over to the idea while others *waves to Cathryn et al. * aren't buying it one bit. (Loopy Lupin)

Now Loopy, don't be too hard on Catherine. It was she who came up with the Yule Ball color scheme. I am grateful that she was honest enough to point it out.

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Catherine - Aug 17, 2004 9:37 am (#2112 of 2955)    

*Catherine hears the giant sucking sound that means she's getting pulled back into the Pansy/Harry thread...*

NOOO! Must sit on hands. Must turn computer off. Must not get sucked in...think happy thoughts...Pansy as a moose...keep Marcus and Loopy at bay for a while longer....do not let the glowing tic-tac escape...

Off to put Full Body Bind on myself before I get sucked in....

*Catherine waves wand frantically at herself*

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Padfoot - Aug 17, 2004 10:45 am (#2113 of 2955)    

Morning everyone! I just got a new (to me) computer and have been taking all morning just to set it up. I forgot how much time it takes to organize a computer and get all the software needed on. But it should be worth it as it is a faster and cooler computer. I am trying to adjust my eyes from looking at a 16" monitor to a 20" monitor.

I like the Hedwig/ Pigwidgeon ship. Although I don't think Hedwig has the patience to deal with Pig.

Have a great day everyone!

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DJ Evans - Aug 17, 2004 11:07 am (#2114 of 2955)    

Congrat's Padfoot!!!!!! A new computer!! Even if it's not a brand new one, it's still , especially since it is a much faster one!!! I know it does seem to take forever and a day to get all of the "important" stuff on one, doesn't it? But well worth it!!! Again, congrat's and have a blast with your new computer!!

Later, Deb

P.S. Hee hee Don't forget to get all of your HP on there first!! That's the #1 priority!

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Kasse - Aug 17, 2004 11:08 am (#2115 of 2955)    

Padfoot -Congratulations on the new computer! Goodness knows I need one.

By the way I thought Pigwidgeon was too young for Hedwig, just an opinion.....

Catherine - glad to hear that the dehumidifier is working out well.

Sherbie - I will do Catherine’s ritual on your behalf and send some good luck you way

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Loopy Lupin - Aug 17, 2004 11:42 am (#2116 of 2955)    

Now Loopy, don't be too hard on Catherine. It was she who came up with the Yule Ball color scheme.—Catherine Allen

She's also laid out some great possibilities regarding Pansy's antlers. Hehe. (Just kidding.)

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B]Padfoot[/B] - Aug 17, 2004 12:24 pm (#2117 of 2955)    

I am loading up all my HP stuff onto this new computer. You are right of course, that is the number one priority.

Oohh, that reminds me, better go get smilies while I am thinking about it.

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Catherine - Aug 17, 2004 12:58 pm (#2118 of 2955)    

Um, Loopy,

About your last post when you wrote: Now Loopy, don't be too hard on Catherine. It was she who came up with the Yule Ball color scheme.--Catherine Allen

As much as I love being quoted, I didn't say that. I think someone else *cough* Marcus *cough* said that! Not to be an insufferable know-it-all, of course!

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Loopy Lupin - Aug 17, 2004 1:04 pm (#2119 of 2955)    

Whoopsie. That was, of course, Marcus. I would point out to you that you failed to mention that I spelled "Cathryn" a few posts back. Let me correct that now. You spell your name C-A-T-H-E-R-I-N-E. I was wrong. How's that for being an insufferable know it all.

Hehehehehehehe.....LOL....Oh, I kill me.

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Catherine - Aug 17, 2004 1:15 pm (#2120 of 2955)    

I would point out to you that you failed to mention that I spelled "Cathryn" a few posts back.--Loopy Lupin

I was being polite!

I was tempted to address my next post to "Loopy Lupyn," but in a rare moment of maturity I restrained that impulse.

Thanks for the correction, anyway! You know you are a know-it-all when you make sure that you even correct yourself!

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Loopy Lupin - Aug 17, 2004 1:17 pm (#2121 of 2955)    

Hehe

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Prefect Marcus - Aug 17, 2004 1:23 pm (#2122 of 2955)    

Yes, we need to be careful with Catherine's name.

You lie, in faith; for you are call'd plain Kate,
And bonny Kate and sometimes Kate the curst;


:-D

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Chemyst - Aug 17, 2004 1:36 pm (#2123 of 2955)    

So shrewd an observation....

'though I noticed you stopped before the prettiest Kate in Christendom part.

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Loopy Lupin - Aug 17, 2004 2:06 pm (#2124 of 2955)    

Hey Chemyst. Howya doin?

Very Happy

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Prefect Marcus - Aug 17, 2004 2:12 pm (#2125 of 2955)    

Well, since I've seen naught but her dogs, I really couldn't make that observation, could I?

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Loopy Lupin - Aug 17, 2004 2:21 pm (#2126 of 2955)    

But the dogs are definitely the cutest in all of Christendom.

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Catherine - Aug 17, 2004 2:27 pm (#2127 of 2955)    

So shrewd an observation.... –Chemyst

*Waves halloo to Chemyst!* You are very punny, today, Chemyst. I hail you, as always.

Padfoot, congrats on the new-to-you computer! Hope it enhances your HP experiences!

Marcus, I would post a picture, but I feel like I should shave off my chest hair and trim my mustache first.

Loopy, even though you said you were kidding, I bet you still liked my Pansy antler list despite yourself!

EDIT: Aww, Loopy! Thanks! *Catherine blushes and grins foolishly about her dogs*

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Loopy Lupin - Aug 17, 2004 2:29 pm (#2128 of 2955)    

Marcus, I would post a picture, but I feel like I should shave off my chest hair and trim my mustache first. -- Catherine Allen

You could just go to Daisy's last groomer. **ducks**

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Catherine - Aug 17, 2004 2:41 pm (#2129 of 2955)    

Hey, good suggestion Loopy!

The groomer (let's call her "Barbara") obviously likes the razor-burned look. But since I've registered my displeasure with both my veterinarian and the Better Business Bureau, I think I should steer clear.

Plus, she's a lot bigger than I am, and obviously she's meaner.

*Catherine, Phoebe, and Daisy shake uncontrollably at the thought of visiting "Barbara" again*

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Madam Pince - Aug 17, 2004 2:43 pm (#2130 of 2955)    

Hey Julia, how was the opera? Better than the ballgame? (Har-de-har-har.) They said in the movie "Pretty Woman" that you either love the opera from the first moment you see it, or you can only hope to learn to appreciate it. I've not ever been, but I'm afraid I'd fall into the second category, unfortunately. I'm anxious to hear how you liked it! Hope Seattle is a great trip!

Mare, don't worry about your exam. I'm sure you did great, and anyway, it's over now so there's no point in thinking about it. I know I worried myself to death after my SAT's because I was convinced that I had gotten onto the wrong line when I skipped one question to come back to later, and thought I had therefore missed every single question in the last half of the test. (I realized that I had one extra line left over at the end of the test just as they called "Time!" Oh the horror....) But my score came out OK.

(Of course, what if that was because I got on the wrong line....? )

****Waves to Betty***** Hiya Betty how are you doing? We miss you!

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Chemyst - Aug 17, 2004 2:50 pm (#2131 of 2955)    

Well, Catherine, as long as you don't have horns antlers...Oops! that's another thread! Sorry. Well, I should go check out the Harry's 'ship because I've really let that slide...
*Waves to Loopy & Marcus*

I'm involved in working on a project to make a suggested reading list that matches positive character traits. (e.g. The Little Engine that Could for perseverance.) I need one children's book and one college-prep youth title for each of the traits of Citizenship, Leadership, and Respect; and a college-prep title for Kindness. Any suggestions are welcome.

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Padfoot - Aug 17, 2004 2:52 pm (#2132 of 2955)    

Going to the opera is so much fun! No one in my family really appreciates it except for my 95 year old Grandma and myself. So we make it a point to go together every year. Ok, so she has fallen asleep the last couple of times. But that is due to her age, and not the opera. I know I had a good time.

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Kasse - Aug 17, 2004 3:37 pm (#2133 of 2955)    

I just wanted to say......

I have been a member of the Lex for about a six weeks now (however I have been reading the Lex since mid June) Two days ago I picked up PS to start my re-read of all 5 books. I have to say that reading the books with all the theories from the Lex floating around in your head is amazing and I just wanted to suggest to all the new members who have not tried this yet to give it a go.

I feel like my eyes have been “opened” to the books – it is exhilarating

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Loopy Lupin - Aug 17, 2004 4:03 pm (#2134 of 2955)    

Kasse,

That's a great suggestion. You pick up so much. **waves back to Chemyst**

I would like to send further **hugs** out to Betty. Oh, and I never gave my congrats to Padfoot on the new-to-you comp.

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Padfoot - Aug 17, 2004 4:06 pm (#2135 of 2955)    

Thanks Loopy!

Say, where is Betty? Oh Betty! Come out, come out, where ever you are.

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Catherine - Aug 17, 2004 4:14 pm (#2136 of 2955)    

Boop,

We love you! We hope you know that you are quite missed when you are not here.

Did you get my card, Betty? I thought with all of the goings on in the Forum, you might like a pug card. Very Happy Sssh, though, don't tell Marcus, for Merlin's sake.

Oh, and Betty, did I mention that I will peek behind every tapestry in the castle to find you and give you a hug? I don't have the advantage of the Marauder's Map at the moment, but I know all of the hiding places. Don't even THINK about hiding inside the tunnel behind the one-eyed witch. We all know where that one is

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Loopy Lupin - Aug 17, 2004 4:18 pm (#2137 of 2955)    

Sssh, though, don't tell Marcus, for Merlin's sake.-- Catherine Allen

Oh my god! That's funny. Check out what I wrote on the Longbottom's illness thread not two seconds ago. We're going to give poor Marcus a complex that there are rampant secrets going on here.

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Prefect Marcus - Aug 17, 2004 4:30 pm (#2138 of 2955)    

Yes, Loopy. I saw that on the Longbottom thread, and I am curious. Why would I be concerned to find out that you sometimes mix up book and movie? Don't we all?

And I suspect Catherine was just anxious that I not find out she likes pugs for some odd reason.

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Catherine - Aug 17, 2004 4:41 pm (#2139 of 2955)    

And I suspect Catherine was just anxious that I not find out she likes pugs for some odd reason. --Prefect Marcus

Oh, pulleeeaase! I have admitted that I in fact like all of the smush-faced Chinese-bred dogs. Pugs shed like gangbusters, but I like them fine. I'm a dog lover, so I'm not against any dogs. I just like shih-tzus a teensy bit better than any other breed.

I like pugs. You mention "for some odd reason," as though pugs aren't likeable. I like them fine. Or maybe the "odd reason" is that I wouldn't want you to get the idea that I would like Pugsley, er, I mean Pansy, and don't want you to know.

Ok, Marcus. I confess. I like pugs. I sent a card to someone with pugs on it. The pug in question was photographed wearing underwear on its head.

So now you know.

Glad we don't have any more big secrets!

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Loopy Lupin - Aug 17, 2004 4:42 pm (#2140 of 2955)    

Why would I be concerned to find out that you sometimes mix up book and movie? Don't we all? -- Prefect Marcus

I said that because (I'm sure you don't remember; I have a weird memory for odd details) one of our first "conversations," as it were, involved you cautioning me about "movie contamination." I don't remember the context (or what I got wrong), but you were right and I learned to be more careful. (An excellent excuse it was to re-read the canon.) Funnily enough, one of my first similar conversations with Catherine involved me saying something to the effect of "Are you sure you're not mixing up the movie with the book?" To which she, justifiably, replied, "How dare you!" ;D

And, yes, pugs are adorable, but basset hounds rule.

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Catherine - Aug 17, 2004 5:05 pm (#2141 of 2955)    

Bassets rule, Loopy, no doubt about it. My college roommate was a longtime lover of them, and her family had had them for years. I know one of them was named "Emily." *Catherine blows a kiss to Robin, knowing that Robin is not an HP fan and wouldn't be caught dead here but she is a great gal and a bassett lover all the same and I love her always...*

I'm flattered, Loopy, that you remember that long ago encounter about movie contamination. I was a bit petulant about it, but then, we didn't know each other very well yet. Now we know each other well enough that you are sending me off to sadistic "Barbara" for a trim.

Long live the internet.

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lupin’s daughter - Aug 17, 2004 5:09 pm (#2142 of 2955)    

join the chat??

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Prefect Marcus - Aug 17, 2004 5:22 pm (#2143 of 2955)
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Catherine,

I apologize for not making myself clear. I should have said, "For some odd reason, Catherine is anxious for me not to know she likes pugs."

Stupid English Language

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boop - Aug 17, 2004 5:23 pm (#2144 of 2955)    

Hello Everyone, Sorry I have not been around much lately. I am still having a rough time, but taking one day at a time. I want to say thank you for all the hugs and support, it means so much to me. I just want to say how much I love each and every one of you. Each and every one of you are very special to me.

Catherine, Yes I did get the card. Thank you so much. The pug is so cute.

*Waves Back* Catherine,Loopy,Mike,Madam Pince, Padfoot, Marcus

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Hem Hem - Aug 17, 2004 5:37 pm (#2145 of 2955)    

Betty! You've been in my thoughts a lot lately, and I hope you feel happy soon! (((((hugs))))

Make sure to eat some chocolate and visualize all of the forum people smiling to you!

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Loopy Lupin - Aug 17, 2004 5:41 pm (#2146 of 2955)    

I'm flattered, Loopy, that you remember that long ago encounter about movie contamination-- Catherine Allen

Awww. *smiles*

Boop, Let me give you some more **hugs** and tell you to ready yourself for the rush to hug you that will follow.

** moves out of the way for others; hey! no pushing!**

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Catherine - Aug 17, 2004 5:42 pm (#2147 of 2955)    

Don't be sorry, Betty!

Just know that we will ferret you out, like Buckbeak does for worms!

See, we really like you, and we like to know how you are, even if how you are isn't so good at the moment. We don't expect you to act happy for us, or even be polite. The good thing about the internet is that you can be in your pjs! I know that I have had more than one bad hair day whilst posting....

So, Betty, here's a **big hug from me, and some puppy love from the shih-tzus.**

Take it a little bit at a time, and know that it gets better. Promise it does.

**Catherine casts her shih-tzu patronus at all of the dementors surrounding Betty and offers Betty a nice big S'more **

And a napkin. S'mores are messy.

*Squeezing Betty in a big hug.*

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Leila 2X4B - Aug 17, 2004 5:43 pm (#2148 of 2955)    

Betty, someone wants to give you a hug.



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DJ Evans - Aug 17, 2004 6:19 pm (#2149 of 2955)    

Awwww, Leila, that even made feel warm all over!!! What a cutie pie there!!!! That pic is bound to make our Miss Boop feel the warmth that we all have for her on here!!! Just as many have said before Betty, just take it one moment at a time and DON'T give up!!!!

Mare`, I bet you've done much better on your exam than what you think. I know many of us have felt as you do and it all turns out OK in the end results!!!!

Later, Deb

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True Love - Aug 17, 2004 6:29 pm (#2150 of 2955)    

Septentrion - thanks for the link! Very nice indeed. Will give it a better look once I leave this site, although I find I spend more and more time here than anywhere else.
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Re: Chat & Greetings 2004

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Julia. - Aug 17, 2004 8:24 pm (#2151 of 2955)    

Madam Pince, I actually liked the opera. We saw "Lohengirn" and it was actually very good. I wouldn't suggest it as my favorite Sunday afternoon activity, but I don't object when my parents take me. Since the general director of the opera is a friend of ours, we got to go back stage after the performance. We met Albert Bonnema who played Lohengrin, Greer Grimsley who played Telramund, and Jane Eaglen who played Ortrud. But I still liked the baseball games better!

I look like a chipmunk at the moment. I got my wisdom teeth taken out this afternoon. My mouth hurts, thank G-d for Perkeset!

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septentrion - Aug 18, 2004 12:13 am (#2152 of 2955)    

Julia, no more wisdom teeth ? beware, that's the beginning of the end ! An end that began 14, no 15 years ago for me

Marè, I know what you've been through having took some exams recently myself and the best counsel I can give you has already been given : don't think of it until you get the result, which will undoubtlessly be good.

Betty, one more hug for you !

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Fawkes Forever - Aug 18, 2004 2:42 am (#2153 of 2955)    

everybody... one... two... three... Big squishy group hug with Betty in the middle.. sorry Betty, yes thats my elbow in your eye

Julia... so you got your wisdom teeth removed... does that mean you are no longer wise... I'll save you a space in the dining hall at St Mungos then shall I? Seriously thought.. hope your feeling ok... sending soothing pain relief charms...

Mare.... fingers, toes & eyes crossed for your results. Talking of results... good luck to any of our members waiting for their A-level (NEWT) results tomorrow. (lets see what else I can cross... hmm, think I'll plait (braid) my hair )

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The giant squid - Aug 18, 2004 3:16 am (#2154 of 2955)    

Catherine said to Betty: See, we really like you, and we like to know how you are, even if how you are isn't so good at the moment.

Honestly, I couldn't have come up with a better way of saying that if I'd bludgeoned myself about the head & shoulders with a dictionary for a month. Betty, please keep stopping by even if you're feeling down; it's quite likely that we'll find a way to lift your spirits a teensy bit. By accident, if nothing else.

*dives into the big squishy group hug*

Julia, you're braver than I am...I'd've waited until after they gave me the Percocet before subjecting myself to opera. Not that I'm opposed to it or anything, I just think they need more distortion and heavier bass riffs.

--Mike

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Ozymandias - Aug 18, 2004 3:30 am (#2155 of 2955)    

Aw, Julia, I hope your mouth feels better soon. Dentists are mean. I have to go tomorrow, hopefully just for a cleaning, but you never know what torture they'll decide to inflict.

Good luck to everyone awaiting exam results. I'll keep various appendages crossed for you!

Oh yeah, one more thing... gets running start and jumps into group hug. Hi guys! (Hope this hug isn't by invitation only.)

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The giant squid - Aug 18, 2004 3:41 am (#2156 of 2955)    

   Hope this hug isn't by invitation only



Well, kinda...but you got your invitation when you joined the Forum. I'm sure it was in the fine print somewhere...

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Ozymandias - Aug 18, 2004 3:55 am (#2157 of 2955)    

Oh, good. *shoos away the group-hug bouncer that was approaching menacingly*

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septentrion - Aug 18, 2004 4:18 am (#2158 of 2955)    

diving in the group hug *** septentrion having askew glasses now, experimenting Harry' weakness*** oups, who walked on my toes ?

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Catherine - Aug 18, 2004 4:25 am (#2159 of 2955)    

*oops, think I knocked Septentrion's glasses askew by joining on the hug*

Sorry! But we're here, Betty!

Hope everyone has a good start to their Wednesday!

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septentrion - Aug 18, 2004 4:37 am (#2160 of 2955)    

oh it's you Catherine ! nice to see you join the hug. Betty, can you still breathe ?

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Fawkes Forever - Aug 18, 2004 4:38 am (#2161 of 2955)    

Ozy... *sounds muffled* nosh invites nessseshary... *removes head from someone’s armpit* All you need is a big heart & a pair of arms... well again those aren't necessary either Although Mike has an advantage there... what with giant squids having two hearts & multiple arms

Betty, we're here for you.. whether you like it or not... maugh haugh haugh

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Ozymandias - Aug 18, 2004 4:43 am (#2162 of 2955)    

Squids have two hearts? Weird. You learn something new every day...night...whatever.

Anyway, glad to hear I'm hug-worthy, even though I'm still fairly new here.

*gets off septrention's toes*

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septentrion - Aug 18, 2004 4:46 am (#2163 of 2955)    

thanks Ozy, I'm rather small, so that kind of things happens rather often. But it's worth it ! Betty, we'd like to hear of you !

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mike miller - Aug 18, 2004 4:53 am (#2164 of 2955)    

I'm jumping into Betty's squishy group hug! We are a "warm and fuzzy" bunch aren't we, all of us forum siblings.

Don't squeeze Squid Mike too tightly, we don't want ink everywhere!

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Marè - Aug 18, 2004 4:57 am (#2165 of 2955)    

My my, what is this for sweaty bunch. There are so much of you, I could go crowd surfing (if I dared)
But well if it is for Betty, I'll just join in. :Hugs!:

Okay, ouch, on who's foot or. tentacle did I just step?

On another note: that's brave Julia, the one thing I'm never ever going to do is let some-one take my wisdom teeth. I've seen people who had that done, and it looked so painfull (needles in your mouth!) Best wishes to you!

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ShelterGirl - Aug 18, 2004 5:48 am (#2166 of 2955)    

*sleepily wanders into Betty's hug* Hey! This isn't bad! And here I've been worried that someone would suffocate me...

*picks up Catherine's dogs so they can get in the action too*

Hey, can they arrest us for detaining Betty if we don't let her out of her hug?

Julie

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Catherine - Aug 18, 2004 6:08 am (#2167 of 2955)    

Hopefully Betty won't press charges against us, Shelter! We're not detaining her, exactly. We're just not letting the dementors have her. Thanks for including my pups; I couldn't reach them over here! *sorry for stepping on the tentacles just now*

Julia, you need to get well quick! Wisdom teeth--owie! Take your happy pills and eat lots of ice cream! *Catherine begins to tremble just thinking about oral surgery and Obliviates herself so that she won't remember what it's like...*

I have both good and icky things planned today. On the good side is my monthly book club meeting. I really didn't care for this month's selection though, and I'm a newbie to the group, so I'll have to work extra hard to not offend the others members. Sheesh. It's not like I'm a know-it-all, or anything, right Loopy? **Waves to Loopy!**

On the “ick” side is a lengthy meeting at my daughter's school. I just hate those. Sometimes I'm sitting in that little meeting room and I think the top of my head is going to just shoot straight off into the stratosphere, leaving any gray matter that still remains to ooze over my shoulders. Sometimes when I leave those meetings I have nail marks in my palms from clenching my hands. You could say that I get a little tense about this.

But there are always good things happening here, so if I need a break I'll nip back here for a few smiles and my daily soothing HP fix.

Cheers, y'all!

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Accio Sirius - Aug 18, 2004 6:10 am (#2168 of 2955)    

Big hugs to Betty!! And the whole group here too! What fun you all are--with or without any Percocet!

Hang in there Julia. I hope you feel better soon. My niece is getting hers out this week too. I don't even have any wisdom teeth. My husband loves to make cracks about that! : )

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Kasse - Aug 18, 2004 6:27 am (#2169 of 2955)    

Is there any more room for one more hug? *squeezes in* Lots of hugs Betty you are in our thoughts.

Julia hope you feel better soon. *hugs Julia*

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Loopy Lupin - Aug 18, 2004 6:34 am (#2170 of 2955)    

Morning Betty! See, I told you to brace yourself for the stampede of hugs!

Julia-- Ick. I got my wisdom teeth out when I was 16. It was no fun, especially since my mother controlled the pain pills. "It says every 4 hours or as needed. Mom!!!

Catherine-- **waves back** What's this month's selection?

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Catherine - Aug 18, 2004 6:43 am (#2171 of 2955)    

Loopy,

This month was The Great Pretender.

I don't have a lot to say about it. It was tragic at the end, but it almost needed to be farce, as it took itself too seriously. I think Quentin Tarrantino needs to make it into a movie, and then we can laugh at it.

**Catherine looks over her shoulder for angry book group members, her wand at the ready...**

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Doris Crockford - Aug 18, 2004 6:54 am (#2172 of 2955)    

I'm joining in on the hug. Betty, I'm always thinking of you, and I hope that you feel better.

Ew, Julia, your wisdom teeth? Ouch. I haven't gotten my wisdom teeth yet, but I have had a total of twenty teeth pulled out by the dentist (4 of them were adult teeth which had to come out with 5 baby teeth before I got braces), so I feel your pain.

Today I'm going to go see Spiderman 2 with my friends. I'd be a lot happier about that, but it'll be the second time I see that, and I've only seen PoA once (that's what happens when you wait to see it a second time when your mother can go with you, but she's really busy on weekends and works during the week). Oh well, once I get the PoA DVD for Christmas, I'll just see it too many times to count.

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Loopy Lupin - Aug 18, 2004 7:03 am (#2173 of 2955)    

Never heard of that book. Oh well. And, I love your tag line. (I just noticed in a previous post.) Hehe.

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Catherine - Aug 18, 2004 7:08 am (#2174 of 2955)    

Took you long enough, Loopy. I just love that phrase. It might even be better than "My cat's breath smells like cat food.' And that is saying something.

About The Great Pretender, don't worry if you haven't heard of it. You are not missing anything. Thank goodness I didn't actually purchase it or waste time trying to find it at the library. I was able to borrow a copy. If I wasn't determined to be on good behavior today, I might call it the "The not-so-great Pretender of a novel," but that would probably get me "Thumpered" from the group.

I'll just have to be my most meek and mild. The strain might kill me, so I'll probably have to let off some steam in the Pansy/Harry thread.

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Padfoot - Aug 18, 2004 9:41 am (#2175 of 2955)
Edited by Aug 18, 2004 9:41 am    

**Hugs for Betty** (I would use a cute smilie here, but when I try using them, Internet Explorer closes down.)

Julia, I remember having my wisdom teeth pulled out. It's never fun, but at least it over and done and out of the way. Accio Sirius, you never had any wisdom teeth?

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virgoddess1313 - Aug 18, 2004 9:55 am (#2176 of 2955)
Edited by Denise P. Aug 18, 2004 10:09 am    

Hooray, I have a new job!! And I finally registered for school (about time, since school starts on the 23rd!!). My classes are a bit dry, but I'm hoping to do better this semester than last.

I can't wait to leave this job forever! My new one is at Subway, where Will works, but we're not allowed to work together. I'll be on days and he'll be at night. Not my dream job, but there are worse things.

Have a great day everyone!!

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Fawkes Forever - Aug 18, 2004 10:02 am (#2177 of 2955)    

Hope you're still able to breathe Betty.. hee hee.

Just want to say good luck to the Irish Football Team tonight... we're playing Bulgaria in a friendly here in Dublin... alas I didn't get tickets, but I'll watch the highlights on the TV tonight.

I had a very Potter moment today at work... someone mentioned that they were going to the Ireland Bulgaria match today & I said... "Oh Quidditch?"

Lets just say I got a few strange looks & I could have sworn a seen a tumbleweed roll past in the deafening silence that followed my 'joke'.

Sara, well done on the job.. it may not be your dream job... but I'm sure it goes towards the rent

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Loopy Lupin - Aug 18, 2004 10:19 am (#2178 of 2955)    

Lets just say I got a few strange looks & I could have sworn a seen a tumbleweed roll past in the deafening silence that followed my 'joke'.-- Fawkes Forever

What about crickets? Did you hear crickets chirping?

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Fawkes Forever - Aug 18, 2004 10:21 am (#2179 of 2955)    

Hmm, I wondered what that noise was

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Padfoot - Aug 18, 2004 10:26 am (#2180 of 2955)    

Congrats Sarah on your new job!

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Celestina W. - Aug 18, 2004 11:01 am (#2181 of 2955)    

Wow. You guys are too funny. I can't count the number of times I SPEWed or near-SPEWed reading these last 100 or so posts...

Betty, I'm getting in on the hug if it's not too late. *hugs* Hope it helps.

What a coincidence, Catherine, I have book club today too. We're discussing Eragon, which was a pretty good book, but I'll probably end up steering the discussion around to Potter-related stuff at some point. I think I can accomplish that by wearing my shirt that I made for when the PoA movie came out. I love talking about HP with people who are fans, but don't keep up with the news sites, because then I can share stuff that they don't know and it makes me feel really smart. I mean, some of these poor unenlightened people might not even know the title of book six yet!

Julia, hope you're feeling better soon. I've heard so many wisdom tooth horror stories over the years that I really hope I never have to deal with mine. If that means I don't have any wisdom, well, too bad, I guess...

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DJ Evans - Aug 18, 2004 11:02 am (#2182 of 2955)    

Oooooooh, I know I'm kinda late, but I want to join in the group hug for our dear sweet Miss Betty too!!! If we get many more in the hug, we're going to have to get a bigger room for us all to fit in!!

Julia -- ouch!!!! I've had my all taken out too!! I know what you are going through. On me, they were able to pull the two top ones, but had to cut out the two bottom ones. Double ouch!!!! Let's see I recommend the ice cream too, along with mashed potatoes, jello, puddings, etc.... well you get the idea. hee hee Hope you get to feeling better very soon!!!

Catherine -- a bit of advice, if the person that you are having the school meeting with turns their backs to make you a cup of tea?!?!? BEWARE -- don't drink it!!!! hee hee Just remember Umbridge! We wouldn't want you to be telling them all of your secrets, now would we? hee hee Seriously, hope it and the book club goes well. And I would like to know just "why" one of the Harry Potter books wasn't read? hee hee

Virgoddess1313 -- Good luck on your new job!!! And by the way, how is Will's recovery going along? Hope he is up and about again!!!

Hope everyone has a great day and that Betty's day turns out better than any of ours!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Later, Deb

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Julia. - Aug 18, 2004 11:56 am (#2183 of 2955)    

*joins in hugging Betty* Weeeeeeee! This is fun, I love huggung people.

Sara, I'm so glad to hear that things are going well for you. Yay for new job and finally getting registered for school. Hope your semester goes well. By the way, How's Will doing after his surgery?

Thanks for all the hugs and well wishes guys. My mouth feels a bit better today, but I still can't bring myself to get off this sofa. My mum is going shopping tonight, she offered to get me jello, I told her to make sure it wasn't lime green. Oh man! My mouth is bleeding again, I'd better go deal with that. Have a great day everyone!

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boop - Aug 18, 2004 11:56 am (#2184 of 2955)    

LOL Thank you so much for the group hug. Thank you for making my day. I couldn't help but laugh. Surprised) I love you guys!!

Julia I hope you feel better today.

Hugs for everyone!

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Dr Filibuster - Aug 18, 2004 12:44 pm (#2185 of 2955)    

Hurray , it's good to hear you laughing Betty.

Eeeuw to the bleeding mouth. Hope it doesn't hurt too much Julia.

Congrats for the job Sarah. I've only ever seen one episode of Sponge Bob Square Pants: he made great burgers really quickly. I now have visions of you and Will making super-fast butties (sandwiches) whenever you get together. You could have races.

Fawkes, Bulgaria V Ireland!!! How could they expect you NOT to say anything about Quidditch? Did anyone on tv mention it? It's England 1 Ukraine 0 at the moment, but I prefere the sound of your match.... Troy! Mullet! Moran!

Catherine, you are going to be SO nervous when they offer you a drink at the meeting now.

Edit: hehehe, just seeing my first use of colour up on a post and I'm well chuffed with it.

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septentrion - Aug 18, 2004 12:52 pm (#2186 of 2955)    

well, it's France-Bosnia tonight, with a brand new french team but obviously I'm not in front of my TV.

Betty, good to see you laughing. Keep on, we still have many, many hugs in store for you !

Julia, hope you won't suffer a too long time from those nasty ex wisdom teeth.

Sarah, congrats with your new job !

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Catherine - Aug 18, 2004 1:03 pm (#2187 of 2955)    

Betty, good to see you out and about!

Celestina, quite honestly, this thread has made me SPEW or near-SPEW quite frequently lately. My monitor is a wreck.

Deb asked, "And I would like to know just "why" one of the Harry Potter books wasn't read? hee hee. TEN POINTS TO DEB! It's not like I haven't been extremely pushy on this point. So far they are politely ignoring me about including Harry Potter. I love 'em, but they're being gits!

I'm off to help my 9 year old with her homework. Oh, joyfulness! . Then I have to hit the grocery store and pick up my 4 year old from a birthday party and pay a bill in person because I forgot to mail it last week during the storm mess. I mean, who wants to walk outside to mail a letter in a hurricane? Oh, well...I make things difficult for myself.

Have a good afternoon, y'all!

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dobbyiscool - Aug 18, 2004 1:23 pm (#2188 of 2955)    

Hello everyone. I haven't been on for quite a while, we've had band camp this last month or so. Our show is so cool this year, but it takes up a lot of time to get ready. That and school starts in less then two weeks for us, so my schedual has been filling up rapidly with last minute get togethers with friends, etc.

I haven't had my wisdom teeth removed yet (my braces are still on), but the orthodontist said I'll have to get them taken out eventually.

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Loopy Lupin - Aug 18, 2004 1:36 pm (#2189 of 2955)    

band camp -- dobby is cool

**bangs head with lamp; runs headlong into wall; irons hands**

There. Whew.

Hey Dobby!!!! Long time no see!!! Hope you had fun at camp (what instrument by the way?). Haven't seen you in a while. There's lots of new people here nowadays. Smile

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DJ Evans - Aug 18, 2004 1:49 pm (#2190 of 2955)    

Yeah, Betty!!!!! Glad to hear we were able to help a bit today. May each day, be just a bit better than the previous day!!!

dobbyiscool -- Hey stranger!! Welcome back!!! ****waves to dobbyiscool****

I've had a brainy idea. In most stock car racing, each of the drivers wear helmets. Those helmets have what we call a "tear away sheet" on them. What that is, is a very thin piece of clear plastic over their face shield (what they look out of) so that they can tear off as their helmets get dirty from dirt/oil/water whatever it might be. That way they constantly have a clear view from their helmets. Now if only one of us could come up with the same idea -- except for our monitors -- then no more worries over our "spew'd" monitor screens!!! We could just tear off one of the clear plastic "tear off's" and viola--clean monitor screen!!!! hee hee Hey, it was just an idea guys!!! Please put down your rotten fruits/veggies!!! (runs off to hides!!!!)

Later, Deb

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Accio Sirius - Aug 18, 2004 2:29 pm (#2191 of 2955)
Edited by Aug 18, 2004 2:30 pm    

Nice to see you back Betty!

Padfoot, according to my dentist, wisdom teeth aren't necessary and over time will disappear as we humans evolve. I guess as far as teeth are concerned, I'm a little ahead of the game! That's about as lucky as I get though! I did have my tonsils out as an adult and that was really no fun, so I feel for anyone with mouth/throat or dental surgery!

BTW, does anyone else have a crush on Ian Thorpe?

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Padfoot - Aug 18, 2004 2:35 pm (#2192 of 2955)    

Yes, Accio, me too. Although I suppose I should be rooting for Michael Phelps as he is an American. I love watching the swimming and the diving events.

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Eponine - Aug 18, 2004 2:39 pm (#2193 of 2955)    

Ian Thorpe causes extreme girlie sighs. I love his tousled hair.

Oh, yeah. Go, USA.

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Accio Sirius - Aug 18, 2004 2:42 pm (#2194 of 2955)    

Michael is from Baltimore, not far from me, so I am rooting for him. There was an article in the paper about the couple that owns the diner where he eats his breakfast (some inhuman amount of food in one sitting) after practice. He calls and gives updates to the owner almost daily. I thought that was really sweet. Although I am as patriotic as the next person, I like to see the medals go all around. The Romanian woman who won the gold in swimming was just a mess. Apparently she's been around for a while and this was her first big win. I was really happy to see that--and see the Greek divers win! I left my heart in Greece and love and miss it, so I'm rooting for them as well!

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Sherbie Lemon - Aug 18, 2004 2:48 pm (#2195 of 2955)    

Lol, Loopy! I believe you and I are thinking along the same lines. "This one time, at band camp..."

Welcome back, Dobbyiscool!

Congratulations on your new job, Sara. Perhaps it's better that you and your boyfriend don't share the same shift. I know if my husband and I worked together, we probably wouldn't be speaking to each other when we got home!

I missed the group hug for you, Betty, so let me give you two to make up for it!Right HugLeft Hug Right HugLeft Hug

Kasse, thanks! Keep sending good luck vibes my way. I had my teeth cleaned today and the dentist found a "sticky spot" not a cavity, but apparently the beginnings of one. I still have to get it filled, darn it! But otherwise, my luck could be going MUCH worse.

Speaking of teeth, oh Julia! I feel your pain! I remember having my wisdom teeth out when I was 17. Did you have to watch that cheesy/scary film about the potential complications with having surgery? Each one of my teeth were impacted, so they really had to cut me up to take them out. I was puffed up like a chipmunk for almost a week and had horrible black and blue bruises running along the sides of my neck and under my jaw for a few weeks after. I think my doctor had to stand on top of me with his foot on my neck for leverage to wrench them out! Like you, they put me on percocet, which I will NEVER take again. I don't think I do well on painkillers. I could never tell if I was awake or dreaming and got into a rage while taking them about not being able to eat. I threw my remote against the wall, which broke and caused my TV to have a big red 3 on it permanently. All of this in front of my boyfriend of 2 months who had insisted on taking care of me during my recovery. He thought I was insane. Still does, in fact, but I guess he likes insanity and Cursed women because he married me a couple years later.

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Eponine - Aug 18, 2004 2:51 pm (#2196 of 2955)    

I agree with you Accio Sirius. I am just as happy for the other countries who win medals as well. It really bugs me when the news people make it seem like a silver or bronze medal is just a huge disgrace. The women's gymnastics for instance, everything I've read or seen is about how they lost the gold, not how they won the silver. Yes, it's disappointing to make it that far and now get the highest honor, but come on! It's still an Olympic medal, and that's something that most of the world will never see. Ok, enough ranting.

We are moving this weekend, and I am sick of packing books. I love my books, and I wouldn't give them up for anything, but oh my word! do we have a LOT of books. Looking at them on the shelves, I never think we have that many, but once you start to box those suckers up... I don't think it will ever end.

Julia - I had my wisdom teeth out several years ago, and it wasn't fun. I hope you recover soon. When I went for the pre-surgery check-up, they asked me if I wanted local anesthetic or to be put to sleep. Are you crazy? Do I want to be awake while you're yanking teeth out of my head?

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Padfoot - Aug 18, 2004 2:53 pm (#2197 of 2955)    

I never had any problems with my wisdom teeth being taken out. Then again, I don't have Sherbie's luck. :pcpb:   Thank goodness! I remember not doing to well on the pain killers though, made me feel sick.

Accio, I like to see countries other than just the US win medals too. I mean, it's fun to see "our" teams win. But it gets boring if "we" win them all. Plus the reaction of other countries winning is fun to watch, as you say.

Wow, it just started raining buckets here!

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Loopy Lupin - Aug 18, 2004 3:31 pm (#2198 of 2955)    

Hehe Sherbie.

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Chemyst - Aug 18, 2004 4:33 pm (#2199 of 2955)    

Gosh, there is so much to catch up with----

Betty, sorry I missed the group hug --well, not the toe-trodding part, but how about if I send you an encouraging smile instead,     and note that it is one with teeth showing in tribute to kind dentists and dedicated orthodontists everywhere. Smiles are wonderful things to have.

Catherine, your book comments made me so curious that I went to Amazon to look up an excerpt. I have one word: Ick. Ok, maybe some more words: You'd be SO much better off spending your time here on the forum.

Celestina, I looked up Eragon too, but they don't have the excerpt option. If one can judge a book by its cover, it looks cool.

Deb, tear-aways sound good for the screen, but sometimes I need something with a shorter range. Any recommendations for a keyboard bib?

Dobbyiscool., Welcome back.

Sherbie, your painkiller/caretaker story was really quite touching, in an odd sort of way...

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Catherine - Aug 18, 2004 4:33 pm (#2200 of 2955)    

Sherbie,

I am sorry to laugh at your pain, but your wisdom teeth story brought back awful memories that I can now laugh about.

I had four impacted wisdom teeth (does this mean that my wisdom runs deep? ) They were cut out at the same time, and my face looked like a basketball for 3 weeks. Plus, the oral surgeon found out what my summer job was (entering subpeonas for the Sheriff's department), and realized that I knew that he was being sued by a whole lot of people. So he spent all of our consultation time defending himself (like I cared) and trashing all of the people who were suing him. His big thing was that people were wimps and wanted too much pain medication. This raised a HUGE red flag with me, but my mom was adamant.

Turns out I'm allergic to lots of pain medication, and that even though I was in massive pain, I voluntarily quit taking the meds because the side effects were awful. My Ob-Gyns was very surprised when I refused the first several pain meds offered after the birth of my children, and had to figure out what I should take that wouldn't make me sick.

How unfair is that? Allergic to opiates? Grrr. Well, at least I won't be an additct to THOSE. Just Harry Potter for the time being. Oh, and the Harry Potter Lexicon Forum!

EDIT: **waves to Chemyst** because Chemyst posted the following: Catherine, your book comments made me so curious that I went to Amazon to look up an excerpt. I have one word: Ick. Ok, maybe some more words: You'd be SO much better off spending your time here on the forum.

I know. I KNOW! This book was decided upon back in June when we were in the Outer Banks on vacation. I was able to put forth a rule that someone in the group must vouch for a book before it is selected. The Today Show doesn't count.

Sadly, though, my book group consists of Muggles who don't think that HP is worth their time. Well, there is ONE person who says she can't wait for a new book, but get this--she didn't know that Book Six had a title already. So I filled her in, and let her know about this site. But she kind of laughed at me, and I could tell that she thinks I'm a weirdo.

Sigh.
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Marè - Aug 18, 2004 5:37 pm (#2201 of 2955)    

Ian Thorpe, Michael Phelps? Pfffff Pieter all the way!
Can you believe I missed the race because there is apparently an hour time difference? Aaargh! Luckily for me, they just kept repeating it all evening
And yes the american gymnasts... Romania won and was happy (whew, that last girl was good!) and they just stood there. We were watching with a whole kitchen full of people wondering if they even were going to smile...
So you don't have gold, you are at the Olympics (!!!) and you came in second, that means out of all the competing teams there is just one a tiny bit better than you...

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virgoddess1313 - Aug 18, 2004 7:37 pm (#2202 of 2955)    

Deb, Julia, and anyone who asked that I might have missed- Will's doing great after his surgery. We were able to go out and do stuff within a week afterwards. He's stopped limping at all now and his doctor said he only needs to go to therapy if he really feels he needs too.

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B]Eponine[/B] - Aug 18, 2004 7:44 pm (#2203 of 2955)    

Mare, I just saw Pieter for the first time. He's dreamy too!

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Ladybug220 - Aug 18, 2004 8:14 pm (#2204 of 2955)
Edited by Aug 18, 2004 8:14 pm    

Betty, I am sorry that I missed the group hug so here's one from me **HUG**

Well, I am getting very nervous because I fly to NC tomorrow and my interview is on Friday. I really want this job, so everyone please cross your fingers for me.

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DJ Evans - Aug 18, 2004 8:59 pm (#2205 of 2955)    

Sarah, so glad to hear that Will is doing so good and I know he must be tickled to death to be up and about again. Having to stay in-active for any length of time can get "very" boring very quickly!!!

Ladybug -- good luck on your interview!!! And may you have the smoothest - safest flight on your trip!!! Here's hoping your seat partner not be yucky but another HP fan -- how much fun would that be?!?!?!?

Later, Deb

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Marie E. - Aug 18, 2004 9:15 pm (#2206 of 2955)    

Accio Sirius, I don't have any wisdom teeth either! Guess we're both genetic freaks. Heehee. Poor Julia, hope you're feeling better.

Today I was at the dentist with Shayla, again, and the power went out. We were in the middle of a really cool lightening storm. The dentist came out to tell me that he had already cleaned Shay's teeth, put a sealant on one tooth, numbed her up and knocked her out for a filling, but hadn't started drilling yet. We waited almost half an hour then decided to reschedule for the filling. Poor Shay had to be numb for no reason.

I took the girls to their school for "meet your teacher" day. Lexie announced to her kindergarten teacher that she prefers to be called Alexis. Huh, news to me! Shayla's two best friends from Brownies are in her class, so I expect a few calls from her teacher about "she won't settle down and be quiet" just like last year.

And padfoot was right, it did rain buckets here today. Flood warnings and everything!

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]Maddest Dragon - Aug 18, 2004 10:09 pm (#2207 of 2955)    

Just wanted to say thanks for the flood of birthday wishes, everyone! And happy birthday to everyone who's had/having one, too.

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Leprechaun Jack - Aug 18, 2004 11:26 pm (#2208 of 2955)    



Happy birthday to all I missed !!!!!!!!!!!!

Betty- So sorry I missed the group hug... they're the best kind. So tho' I may be late for the last group hug,sign me up to be the first in line for the next one.

Well I am about to join the rest of the adults here who have recently lost their minds and am on the market to buy a house, Although the prospect of home ownership is exciting to say the least.. I am forced to have to move to New Jersey because I am priced out of Staten Island, NY.

The funny thing is one of the first houses I looked at had an electric stove and oven (I have always had gas)and I immediately had visions of the oven debacles mentioned earlier. I had a very good laugh while the Real estate lady looked at me like I was some kind of kook. So I tried in vein to explain... and finally gave up. I think someone else will most likely be showing me properties from now on

Jack

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Madam Poppy - Aug 19, 2004 12:34 am (#2209 of 2955)
Edited by Aug 19, 2004 12:41 am    

I've been busy getting our house and yard cleaned up so we could have the annual church picnic here. Last Sunday the few that turned out, sat and cooked in miserable heat. A member said that their car thermometer read 107!

I've also been out in the 90 degree heat stripping. Yes, I've been stripping paint off old furniture. My oldest daughter wants to move into her own apartment. (Sniff..sniff) I was dumb enough to say it would be easy to remove the orange and green paint off of a garage sale TV stand. That project expanded to an end table, 2 chairs and a dresser! We have 3 of the 5 almost ready for the stain. It has been too hot the last week to be outside.

We have terrible fires in our area. The closest fire is the Number 1 fire in the nation right now! We've had several weeks of smokey skies from a fire north of us. Now we have even worse smoke and falling ash from the local forest fire. The officials are concerned that the fire will keep going until it reaches the Columbia River! Many many homes and a local landmark park are at risk. We need a good rain and cooler temps, but who knows when they will come?

We got a "new" vehicle yesterday. It is an Isuzu Trooper. It has 45,000 miles and is in good shape. Now we can tow the tent camper a friend gave us and take a much needed vacation. My husband does alot of driving on the icy/snowy winter roads and has really needed a 4-wheel drive.

Backtracking a little, my husband took me last month to see Prisoner of Azkaban at the I-Max in Seattle. It was so much fun to see it on the huge screen. The last time I saw it was at our local drive-in three weeks ago.

Guess that catches you up on my "news". Even though you don't hear from me often, I always read at least this thread. So I can say, "Congats...Happy Birthday...poor doggie...welcome back...missed you...good luck and a kiss on the cheek for Boop." (I am not a hugger)

Madam Poppy

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The giant squid - Aug 19, 2004 2:18 am (#2210 of 2955)    

Sherbie, your story reminds me of an adage I heard somewhere. Basically, it states that one sure way to find out if a relationship will last is to have one of the people involved get very sick. They'll either stick it out or run screaming into the night.

Marie, give Shay a hug for me. No one should have to endure Novocaine for no reason. We had flash flood warnings here over the weekend. Typical desert rains--absolutely nothing for ages, then 6 inches of rain in 15 minutes.

--Mike

calmly scrubbing footprints off his tentacles

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VeronikaG - Aug 19, 2004 3:47 am (#2211 of 2955)    

Argh! I'm just a tiny bit angry today! I've been looking forward to today all summer, because I was finally getting DSL at home. Then yesterday the hole diggers from city services came with dynamite and the lot to blast away some rock, and ended up blasting away our phone line as well. It may be a couple of days before it gets back up, as the diggers need to finish their job first, before the phone company can send some one to fix our line. So I guess I'll sneak into the forum at school.

Feel better, Boop!

Flame, are you having a fun holiday in Amsterdam? (You said in a chat you'd find a net café.)

Everyone else, have a really nice Thursday.

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Acceber - Aug 19, 2004 5:05 am (#2212 of 2955)    

Whew! I know, I've said that too many times this summer when referring to how many posts I read, but 100+ over 3 days just means we talk too much. But I've known that for a while.

RPS (a while back): I'm not from NY, but this is where my summer house is. Buttermilk Falls is in Lake Luzerne, which is near Lake George, which is near Glens Falls, which is about 2 hours north of Albany.

Boop!!! *tries to join in group hug, fails because it broke up a few days ago and just hugs boop alone*

I've actually never SPEWed when reading the Forum; after hearing other people's stories, I've decided it woudln't be a good idea. So I just laugh like crazy.

Julia-wisdom teeth-can't say much being that I still have my braces, which have been torture enough. One little story I have to type here to waste time: A few checkups ago, the orthodontist's assistant told me I wasn't brushing correctly because I had these little wavy lines on my bottom gums. I had to brush there or risk getting cavities. One problem, no one had told me how to brush correctly! So I'm trying to brush my gums and it's not doing anything! Next appointment: same thing! Grrrrrr.....

Off to read the other threads.

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mike miller - Aug 19, 2004 5:38 am (#2213 of 2955)    

Good Morning Everyone! Hope all is well.

Sarah - Congrats on the new job and classes, some of them may be dry but think about how they are moving you closer to the finish line. Wishing Will a speedy recovery, PT can be painfull but the sooner you start to work at it, the sooner you're back to normal. I actually scheduled my knee surgery a couple fo years ago right after my last volleyball match in January so I could be back for summer softball.

Julia - I hope your feeling better, the mouth does heal quickly!

Ladybug - Good Luck in NC!!!

Madame Poppy - The fires can be brutal. Most people think of Washington as a rain soaked forest and don't know that Eastern Washington is a desert. I remember dealing with the heat when I was a teenager working in the orchards.

Betty - Glad to hear we could give you a laugh. Your cyber-family is always only a few key strokes away!

Have a great day everyone!

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Loopy Lupin - Aug 19, 2004 6:25 am (#2214 of 2955)    

Happy Thursday to all. Woot! Weekend's almost here.

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Kasse - Aug 19, 2004 7:00 am (#2215 of 2955)    

Hello All,

My comp at home died so that means that the only time I can check to Forum is (illegally) at work. A girl has got to do what a girl has got to do.

Sarah - Glad to hear that Will is doing great. Keep us updated.

About wisdom teeth it seems almost everyone has had theirs taken out. I never want mine taken out, is there some reason that they should be removed and I am the only one who does not know it?

About the Olympics. It is so great to see so many countries. I have lived in many places so I feel the need to be patriotic to a lot of different countries. I have never lived in Australia, never even been there for holidays but it is Ian Thorpe all the way! However if Phelps is swimming (and Thorpe is no where to be found) then I support Phelps.

Well done to the USA gymnastics team I was very proud of them.

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Round Pink Spider - Aug 19, 2004 7:01 am (#2216 of 2955)    

Hi Everybody, I'm back from crudland.

Everybody's back to normal at our house. The baby's on lactose-free milk for a few days, but he's fine other than that. Thank you for your well-wishes. I got back and saw 100+ posts, so I can't read through all of them, but Happy Birthday to anybody that's having one.

Acceber, did see yours just above. Thanks for your response. I've never been in that part of New York; I lived in Western NY, then lived in Southern NY for college and the early years of my marriage. But my father's mother lived in Beverly, MA, and I always enjoyed my visits to Massachusetts. It's a beautiful state!

Those of you waiting for Issue #4, I'm hoping it'll be out tommorrow or Saturday. It hit 40+ pages. I was so burnt out on Harry Potter for a couple of days that I wanted to do my housework! (Sick, huh?)

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Sherbie Lemon - Aug 19, 2004 7:44 am (#2217 of 2955)    

Kasse - About wisdom teeth it seems almost everyone has had theirs taken out. I never want mine taken out, is there some reason that they should be removed and I am the only one who does not know it?

If there's lots of room in your mouth to support 4 more, quite large but utterly useless teeth, then there's no reason to have them removed. But I had to have several teeth pulled even before having my wisdom teeth out because my mouth is not big enough to hold all those teeth! Had they allowed my wisdoms to come in, they would have destroyed the results I finally achieved with braces.

Sara, I'm glad to hear Will is doing so well.

Veronika, it sounds like you've been having a bit of "Sherbie's luck" when it comes to your DSL. Your stories on the matter sound quite similar to all the problems I had trying to get my cable internet up and running. But as I am impatient and occasionally irrational, the cable guys were instructed to give me the manager's direct line so now I'm able to get a tech out here within an hour of my call.

Congratulations on your new car, Madame Poppy! I'm sorry to hear of the fires in your area, however. Those must be scary. After my oven mishap, I see fires in an entirely new light.

Ladybug, good luck at your job interview! I've got my fingers crossed for you!

Padfoot - I never had any problems with my wisdom teeth being taken out. Then again, I don't have Sherbie's luck.

Well, why don't you just rub it in my face, then? Actually, neither did my husband. And he went to the same oral surgeon. In fact, I insisted he go to my oral surgeon. When he failed to look like a chipmunk the next day and was eating foods that I only dreamt of eating during that first week, I was not exactly happy for his speedy recovery. I think he was in pain, and not serious pain, for about an hour.

Lol, thanks, Chemyst!

Catherine, your story sounds even worse than mine! Yee haw! Someone else had a worse experience! No, seriously, I cannot believe that your mother insisted you have your teeth ripped out by that crazy man! You poor thing! And then being allergic to painkillers on top of that. Hmmm...Mind if I swap my story for yours? It just sounds even more "Sherbie" mine.

It seems everybody's been going to the dentist this week, Marie. I'm sorry about your daughter, how horrible to have to endure a numb mouth for nothing. I remember when I was young and had to get Novacaine, my mom took me to Target afterward and bought me a cherry icee. I don't think I actually swallowed any of it! At least the Target floor was red to begin with.

Mike, at least it was me who got sick first, then! My husband has the patience of a saint. If the situation were reversed and he started chucking remote controls and percocet bottles at me after only knowing him for a couple months, I would probably be living quite comfortably in the hills right now!

Edit: Glad to hear your family is doing much better, RPS!

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Elanor - Aug 19, 2004 8:33 am (#2218 of 2955)    

Hi everybody ! Hope everybody is or will feel great today !

Speaking of the Olympics, have you heard of Tyler Hamilton and his gold medal in the Race against the Clock (cycling) ? I was very happy for him because he had such a bad luck in the last two Tours de France and he is so courageous ! I love that guy ! But I don't know if he is as famous in his country as he is here in Europe where I think people watch cycling more often.

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Padfoot - Aug 19, 2004 9:14 am (#2219 of 2955)    

Morning everyone! It rained so hard all last night, it was unbelievable. For those who don't know, it hardly ever rains here in Colorado. Last night it rained 3-4 inches (depending what part of the state you live in)! I really could have taken a boat home. It's supposed to rain again all week, but not like last night.

I will keep my fingers crossed for you Ladybug! Good luck.

Sherbie, I was talking to an acquaintance yesterday and found that she has had worse luck than you! Probably even if we combined your bad luck and Mike's (the squid) luck, she has had even worse. Which is really too bad as she is not an Umbridge type at all. So watch where you send the bad luck vibes!

Have a good day everyone! And yay to Paul Hamm!

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Mynn - Aug 19, 2004 10:08 am (#2220 of 2955)    

Wow! Go on vacation for a few days and look what happens.

I missed out on the group hug for Betty too, so *hug* and I hope everything is going better.

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septentrion - Aug 19, 2004 12:00 pm (#2221 of 2955)    

Has anyone some good luck these days ? It seems my body crossing for good luck can't do anything anymore. I'll try and send a lucky charm across the ocean, hope it'll be still strong enough when it arrives Horseshoe Clover Fingers Crossed
Is it enough ?

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DJ Evans - Aug 19, 2004 1:47 pm (#2222 of 2955)    

Jack, here's wishing you the best of luck/experiences in your housing hunting!!! (just be sure to wear your pants!!! )

Madam Poppy = hmmm, would you like a few other pieces of furniture to re-do? I'm sure I could send you a few more, if you like! I don't envy you the process, but the end results are well worth it. I've got my Mom's old dining table that I need to do so bad, but for some odd reason I keep finding all sorts of excuses to put it off. We are suppose to have rain tonight & tomorrow (must be leftovers from Padfoot's rain!!!) -- sure wish I could send you all some of it. ****does rain dance for Poppy**** If it's not hurricanes, it's been fires!! Sure hope nothing else of that nature (or worse) happens for a long LONG LONG time!!!

Yeah!!!! RPS & family are no longer "crud" infested!!!

septentrion = My luck has been just fine -- not sure if I "should" say that, as it just might draw that yucky bad stuff toward me!! (no offense guys! ) And, like you, I've been crossing any & all things that I could for those who needed it. But it doesn't seem to be working very well, does it? Hmmmm? Maybe I've got everything crossed the wrong way? Hold on a sec. ****sits & uncrosses everything, only to cross it all back in the other direction***** OK, back now!!! Did that help guys? Maybe between septentrion's "good luck" charms and my new & approved body crossing, will bring the good luck you need and drive away the bad luck!!!!!!

Have a fabulous day, but most important have a "safe" one!!!

Later, Deb

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Loopy Lupin - Aug 19, 2004 2:47 pm (#2223 of 2955)    

Have a good night all.

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The giant squid - Aug 19, 2004 3:46 pm (#2224 of 2955)    

Sherbie, your dental woes sound similar to mine (mouth too small for the teeth, etc.) though I haven't had my wisdom teeth out yet. I only had two come in (the bottoms) and they aren't wreaking too much havok, so they stay in for the time being. I'm not a wimp, but I prefer to avoid pain when possible.

   But as I am impatient and occasionally irrational



Ah, yet another thing we have in common.

Cynde--you actually found someone with worse luck than the Sherbinator? That poor, poor person! Right now I'm wish-wish-wishing my bad luck to Svetlana Khorkina. Oh, and in response to all you Phelps/Thorpe fans, go Natalie Coughlin!

--Mike

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Catherine - Aug 19, 2004 4:11 pm (#2225 of 2955)    

Hi everyone.

I had a fairly ick day, although not of Sherbie proportion, thank goodness.

I have to "say sorry" to Loopy Lupin because I was in a snit today and he felt like he was personally responsible, and he wasn't.

Weeny Owl was so nice to me that I almost couldn't remember my snit, and I felt bad that I made Loopy feel bad.

Plus, his new avatar is way cool, and I'm a little jealous of it.

Oh, and Mike, I love your idea of "wish, wish, wishing" the bad luck onto good ol' Svetlana. Not to be TOO jingo-istic, but go U-S-A! Sorry, International Forumers! I had to do it.

Hope everyone has a good evening!

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Sherbie Lemon - Aug 19, 2004 4:46 pm (#2226 of 2955)    

Mike, if my modem is now totally fried, I'm billing you for the cost! That "Sherbinator" remark had me laughing so hard and spraying Dr. Pepper with such force that my husband came in to check on me.

Padfoot - Sherbie, I was talking to an acquaintance yesterday and found that she has had worse luck than you! Probably even if we combined your bad luck and Mike's (the squid) luck, she has had even worse.

That, my dear Padfoot, is simply not possible. Ask her if she's ever sustained a serious injury from a belt. If the answer is yes, then I'll gladly hand over my title as the Queen of Freakishly Bad Luck, or "The Sherbinator" if you will. Now I can hear you all asking, "How could a harmless piece of leather be the cause of serious injury?" Well, I'll tell you. My freakish accident will hopefully make you all look at these "harmless" pieces of leather as the horrid little weapons they truly are.

I was 15 years old. It had been a seemingly good day (always a danger sign). At about 1 am, I was to be found talking on the telephone. Suddenly, something small and dark moved ever so slightly from the corner of my room. I assumed it was my dog and told my friend to hold on. I sprung out of bed and landed clean on the buckle of my belt. That dull, thick piece of metal that normally sticks through the holes of the belt went straight into the arch of my foot and nearly came out the other side. The Brown Curse had struck again. I couldn't walk for about 2 weeks. I still bear two scars (three if you count the emotional scar ), one that is rather large on the bottom of my foot, one smaller, yet still visible one on the top of my foot. Even today, I will never be found wearing one of those vicious things.

About two minutes ago, the cable guy arrived at our house to check our phone line (the cable company supplies our internet, television, and telephone) and told us that we have no problems with our line, but that our brand new cordless is broken. Take that, Padfoot's friend!

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Liz - Aug 19, 2004 4:51 pm (#2227 of 2955)    

Happy Birthday to those I may have missed...

Well I just started school and had my fist scale test today to see what chairs we get... I got First Chair YAY! so I get to play the top part and get all the solos...

Also this forum helped me with my history project... I had to make up a country and think of a name... and well I knew nobody would make a name in Latin so I'm calling my country Corpus De Lumen 'Body of Light' so I thought I'd thank the lexicon for the spells encyclopedia.

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Leila 2X4B - Aug 19, 2004 4:54 pm (#2228 of 2955)    

YEAH LIZ. I am so proud. Congratulations.

Leila, who doesn't find Liz the slightest bit annoying.

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wormsé - Aug 19, 2004 5:20 pm (#2229 of 2955)    

*slowly drags herself to the forum* I've started school... *cries* I thought I liked it; apparently not. It was only the second day and they dumped essays on me like mad. So, here I am trying to figure out what the second chapter title in "Cold Mountain" means, how it's meaning is used in the chapter, and how it relates to the book as a whole. I had an idea, only to find it disproven by my Mother who seems to be gifted with the ability to find symbolism. But enough of my rant.

HUGS to Betty!!! Congratulations, Liz!! That's quite an acomplishment! And hello to everyone else!

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Catherine - Aug 19, 2004 5:39 pm (#2230 of 2955)    

Ok, I was the self-proclaimed Ick Queen today, but Weeny Owl deserves a crown for niceness and also wit: A little synchronized swimming in that cup of pumpkin juice? (giggling)

Ok, Weeny Owl, I deserved that. Good thing I wore my flowered bathing hat! Orange hair would NOT suit me. For some reason Weeny was laughing at this

Hmm. Should I shave my legs next time before I swim in pumpkin juice?

Oh, well. Have a good evening, folks.

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Madam Poppy - Aug 20, 2004 12:19 am (#2231 of 2955)
Edited by Aug 20, 2004 12:24 am    

Congrats to Liz! All your hard work has paid off!
Tomorrow is my 1st day off since Sunday and I'm spending it in the dentist chair. I'm catching up on neglected dental work because I now have dental insurance through my job. Two weeks ago I had 2 cavities filled and then had to go right to work. I lisped for several hours. My co-workers thought I was too too funny. (Actually I had fun watching their reactions to my "new" voice) My new dentist is more expensive, but worth it. For the first time ever, I never felt the shot! Be thinking of me at 9:00 a.m. Pacific Time.

Madam Poppy

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septentrion - Aug 20, 2004 1:27 am (#2232 of 2955)    

dentists are an inexhaustible subject ! Fingers crossed Madam Poppy !

Today is the great day for my colleague who's currently travelling through the US : she's getting married at Las Vegas at 3.00 pm *plays wedding march*

Speaking of the Olympics, don't you think Damien Touya had a Harry-like attitude at the sabre team finals ? He had a hand injured during the half-finals but did the final all the same and won. It made me think of Harry who fights even when injured, or still tempts to catch the snitch with a broken arm.

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The giant squid - Aug 20, 2004 4:21 am (#2233 of 2955)    

   Oh, and Mike, I love your idea of "wish, wish, wishing" the bad luck onto good ol' Svetlana.



Just to be clear: I wasn't doing that necessarily because she's Russian, but because she's just so freaky looking! Here you are with all these little 14-16 year old girls, and then this thing that's all arm & leg walks up. I think the term is "spindly".

Sherbie, it wasn't the belt that bit you, it was the nasty ol' buckle. Don't discriminate against the poor strips of leather when the true culprit is that pointy hunk of steel. As for the "Sherbinator", well...I dunno, it just came to me. Some people get inspirations like "boy doesn't know he's a wizard, goes to wizard school", I get "The Sherbinator".

Liz, congrats on getting first chair! As a former band geek I understand the significance one seat can have.

--Mike

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Marè - Aug 20, 2004 4:32 am (#2234 of 2955)    

but because she's just so freaky looking

Well she looks better when she smiles.
And as for freaky turnsters, have you seen the little girl from Greece?

Oh a question popped up last night, maybe some-one here can help.
When our country wins a medal, the sporters go to the "Holland Heineken House" (Yes, go with the advertising...) to be honored. Everybody who has been wearing nothing but orange for the last few days, comes there to celebrate.
Now the question would be: Do other countries have clubs like that too? I figured with so many nationalities, some-one around here could give me some answers...

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Chemyst - Aug 20, 2004 5:22 am (#2235 of 2955)    

Mare, there has been a fairly successful advertising campaign where some announcer will pretend to interview a winner by sticking a microphone in their face and asking, "So, athlete's name, You've just won the name of event! What are you going to do now?" The standard answer is, "I'm going to Disney World!"
Septentrion, your comments made me smile because I'm so used to hearing the word, semifinal, that I don't even think of it in terms of being a "Half-final." (There is that hyphen thing! Anyone wanting to analyze a "semiblood" Prince?) And yes, Damien Touya had a Harry-like attitude, which I would have missed if you had not pointed it out.

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Catherine - Aug 20, 2004 5:36 am (#2236 of 2955)    

Anyone wanting to analyze a "semiblood" Prince?—Chemyst

Oh, dear, I nearly choked on my breakfast. You know, Chemyst, if such an analysis were to take place, it would happen on this Forum. No doubt about it.

Well, I've already had Sherbie luck this morning. Am I the only person on the Forum to be seriously injured by a Pop-Tart? It got stuck in the toaster and I tried to pry it out, and the frosting was super-hot and it stuck to my finger and by the time I washed it of I had this huge blister on the tip of my finger. Now typing is painful. I can't tell anyone else about this injury, because my friends will think I am a "slacker mom" for letting my kids eat Pop-Tarts in the first place. Some days we have to leave for school by 7:00 a.m., so I let 'em eat Pop-Tarts.

Have a good day, everyone!

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Kasse - Aug 20, 2004 5:56 am (#2237 of 2955)    

Good Morning all - the weekend is almost upon us! Just wanted to say a quick hello and now I am off to post/read.

Hope everyone has a really great day.

Sorry about the finger Catherine hope it gets better soon.

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septentrion - Aug 20, 2004 5:59 am (#2238 of 2955)    

that's what happens when you don't know a foreign language well enough, you say half-final instead of semifinale. ... semiblood prince...chuckle

Marè, I don't know about that kind of club, I don't really follow the Olympics.

Catherine, I don't know what pop-tarts are but I know blisters only too well except that I usually get them on my feet. They're really paining.

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ShelterGirl - Aug 20, 2004 6:05 am (#2239 of 2955)    

Catherine-

If it will make you feel better I once committed the abominally idiotic mistake of trying to spray paint an inflated balloon silver. It was one of those moments where just as you're doing the thing you think, "Wait..." BLAM!!

Paint in my hair, in my eyes, all over my face and clothes...

I had done this at work, and unfortunately in the sight-line of one of the security cameras. When I got to work the next day my coworkers were rewinding and replaying that part of the tape over and over...

Julie

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Eponine - Aug 20, 2004 6:12 am (#2240 of 2955)    

Catherine, I once burned my finger on fudge. The tip of my finger got blistered, and I was unable to participate in my typing class for a few days.

Although that wasn't nearly as bad as the time I burned myself in Chemistry class. We had been in the lab getting ready for some experiment and had been heating up a little ceramic cup over the bunsen burner. For some reason completely unknown to me, I decided to pick up the cup after it had been on the burner for a good 5-10 minutes. I held it for a second, and then when the fact that is was hot actually penetrated my brain, I screamed and dropped it, smashing it spectacularly all over the floor. My fingers blistered up again.

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Catherine - Aug 20, 2004 6:19 am (#2241 of 2955)    

Glad I'm not the only one with silly accidents. Shelter, that paint episode is worthy of the "Sherbinator." Stupid security cameras!

Septentrion, Pop-Tarts are a packaged food that masquerades as a "breakfast pastry." They have crust on the outside and filling that is way too sweet on the inside. They are heated by toasting them in a toaster, or cold. They come in a dazzling array of artificial flavors from apple and other fruit flavors to chocolate combinations. They can also be iced or plain. As you can tell, they are not one of my favorite things, but my husband and children love them!

EDIT: Turns out that there is an official Pop-Tart website. Go figure. Anyway, for anyone who doesn't know what Pop-Tarts are, you can check it out at www.poptarts.com/promotions/poptarts/

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Denise P. - Aug 20, 2004 6:21 am (#2242 of 2955)    

Catherine, never had a Pop Tart mishap but has a Karo syrup mishap. Many ages ago, I decided to make some divinity at Christmas time. The directions called for the Karo syrup to be heated to 180°F or until a soft ball formed. I microwaved it and not having a candy thermometer, decided to do the finger test. After a few choice words, hopping around like Carina's Killer Bunny Rabbit, I stuck the syrup-ed finger under cold water until I could get it off. Needless to say, I had a huge blister (yes, Virginia, it was hot enough!) and promptly got a thermometer for the rest of my holiday baking. The divinity turned out fine too.

Let's not go into hot glue gun mishaps....

And to add to Catherine's Pop Tart description, they now make Hot Fudge Ice Cream Pop Tarts and encourage you to freeze them prior to eating them. I also just recently saw Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough ones.

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septentrion - Aug 20, 2004 6:26 am (#2243 of 2955)    

thank you for the link Catherine ! I noticed they even have pop-tarts french toast...must be as french as the cookies sold here are american.

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Catherine - Aug 20, 2004 6:26 am (#2244 of 2955)    

Denise, I love your "killer bunny" image! I'm so glad that the Divinity was divine.

I've had caramel accidents. It bubbled so hard out of the pan that it flew all over the kitchen and onto the dog, who got a bad blister on her neck. I have not made caramel since.

I am so "unhandy" that I do not even own a glue gun, as I am worried that I would burn the house down, or else glue the dog to the carpet. My husband does not even let me know where the super-glue is. He hides it ever since I glued all my fingers together 8 years ago, and he had to run to work to get chemicals to unstick them.

Stupid super-glue...

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Loopy Lupin - Aug 20, 2004 6:31 am (#2245 of 2955)    

Pop-Tarts Rule! You're not a "slacker mom" Catherine. I'm sure that you serve one of those little glasses of orange juice along with milk and the pop tart. That way, according the commercials anyway, the pop tart is merely " part of this nutritious breakfast." Smile Hope your finger gets better. I hate burns. Its one of those times that you would give anything if healers were real.

(And I got your email and I'll say again, don't fret; everyone's entitled to an off day now and again.)

EDIT-- Mmmmm Karo Syrup.

EDIT-- "Hints from Loopy"-- For future reference, doesn't nail polish remover take care of super glue? I know from experience that it used to.

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Accio Sirius - Aug 20, 2004 7:01 am (#2246 of 2955)    

I'm sad because my daughter doesn't like pop tarts and won't be let me use her as my front so I can buy pop tarts for myself! I remember fondly watching Scooby Doo mysteries and enjoy a strawberry frosted PT! A good friend of the family was French and sent their son to the states for a summer when I was younger. He stayed with us briefly and was utterly horrified at pop tarts! I've had French pastries, so I can kind of understand. A few years ago, we had a girls night party (adult women, mind you) and along with raw cookie dough, I served untoasted, cut-up pop tarts and called it pop tar-tar! Anyway, Happy Friday everyone!

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Sherbie Lemon - Aug 20, 2004 7:05 am (#2247 of 2955)    

Aw, Catherine, you have had a Sherbie morning, haven't you? Amazingly, I have never burned myself on a PopTart before, though I have stuck my finger in a car cigarette lighter and then couldn't get it off when I realized that those lighters do in fact work when the car isn't running. May I reccomend mustard? Just plain old French's Mustard. It takes the burning away. Granted, you smell like a hotdog for awhile, but it does work.

Hehe, Mike. You and JKR and your flashes of sudden inspiration. Will the similarities never end? As for me and belts, well, I guess we'll never be companions again. I hate pieces of clothing/appliances that seem to be smarter than me, or are able to do me serious injury, even if it is my stupidity that is responsible. Instead of acknowledging my idiocy, I take pleasure in blaming whatever the offending piece of clothing/appliance is and vow dramatically to never wear/use it again. Which is why I do not own a toaster oven.

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Catherine - Aug 20, 2004 7:11 am (#2248 of 2955)    

I served untoasted, cut-up pop tarts and called it pop tar-tar!--Accio Sirius

That is too funny!

Yes, Loopy, nail polisher remover works if it contains acetone, I think, except that I had some kind of remover that smelled lemony and didn't separate my fingers. My husband got WAY too much enjoyment out of that episode. He kept asking how I did it, and honestly, I don't know how it happened. It's not like I set out to fuse my fingers together. My skin was rough and bizarre looking for weeks after this. And the thing I was trying to fix wouldn't stay glued. That's a Sherbie incident for you.

EDIT: I love the "hints from Sherbie and Loopy." I'll try the mustard, because this finger hurts. And it appears that I can't stay off of the Forum or quit typing to give it time to feel better.

And Accio Sirius: mmmm....raw cookie dough....

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Chemyst - Aug 20, 2004 7:23 am (#2249 of 2955)    

Septentrion, Whew! *expresses relief that you chuckled* I almost didn't post that because I didn't want to sound like I was trying to correct you, but then I figured anyone as adept at multiple languages as you are is going to be able to appreciate the humorous side of translating. I was also chuckling at myself because it made me look at the word semifinal in a different way.

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Padfoot - Aug 20, 2004 8:46 am (#2250 of 2955)
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Wow, who knew pap tarts were so dangerous? (Not a fan of them) Actually, I cut and burn myself on almost anything. I am very klutzy, usually only a danger to myself. Yesterday I fell as I was walking upstairs. Made a tremendous amount of noise and frightened my co-workers. I blame the sandals!

That, my dear Padfoot, is simply not possible. Ask her if she's ever sustained a serious injury from a belt. If the answer is yes, then I'll gladly hand over my title as the Queen of Freakishly Bad Luck, or "The Sherbinator" if you will. I don't know if she was ever hurt by a belt or belt buckle. Yikes, that does sound painful. Lets see, this woman has had her house burglarized, her parent's home destroyed in Florida (she is helping them out), her brother committed suicide and she found him. And when she told me all this, she was parked in her assigned parking space (we're neighbors) that was acting as a retention pond! This normally cheery and happy woman was very subdued and depressed. Which is to be expected. Oh, all this happened to her this month!

On a happier note, I take my car in to the body shop first thing Monday morning to be fixed. I am looking forward to getting that done and out of the way.

Everyone have a great weekend!
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Penny Lane. - Aug 20, 2004 8:49 am (#2251 of 2955)    

We have this vending machine at school that sells pop-tarts... only they alternate the "good" flavors (chocolate - smore, etc.) with the "yucky flavors" (blueberry, apple, maple). The good vs. bad flavor seems to be everyones opinion too, because when the blueberry is in front of a smore or hot fudge there are usually 2-3 people waiting by the machine for someone to come along and not check what flavor they are getting. After the person picks up their blueberry packet of Pop-Tarts and grumbles, all the people sort of run to the machine to see who is going to get the next set. Sometimes people just buy 2 packets and leave the poor blueberry or cherry flavor on top of the machine, where it sits there until someone comes along and throws them away. - This is college BTW -

Oh - when I was in 8th grade "a friend" of mine managed to burn off her eyebrows during a physical science experiement involving a balloon and some sort of chemical/hot air.

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Sherbie Lemon - Aug 20, 2004 9:53 am (#2252 of 2955)    

Oh no, Padfoot! Wow, that does sound like a horrible, horrible month, even by my standards! Have you mentioned our Umbridge plan to her? Perhaps she'd like to join in the "wish, wish, wishing" too?

Hopefully, this is just one of those times where everything hits at once and will gradually improve for her. A "worse before it gets better" kind of thing.

Try the mustard yet, Catherine?

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VeronikaG - Aug 20, 2004 10:06 am (#2253 of 2955)    

That poor woman! All in one month.

Yes, I'm having "Sherbie luck" with my DSL. Getting rather tired of it, really. Now our phone is working, but not the DSL line. I've been on the phone with the ISP for two days, and they are checking into the problem... next week. Apparently, lots of stewpid people leave their computers on during thunderstorms, and there are a few waiting to be fixed. I really do think that I, who am not responsible for my problems should come before the dumb people who brought it upon themselves, but that's not their business rule. And from Monday morning an until we get the message the line is up, we're stuck with only one working phone in the house, and I'll have to lay off the dial up. I guess I'll sneak in at school. Until then, have a good week end!

Sarah, congratulations on your new job.

Lindsay (Sherbie), nice chatting with you.

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DJ Evans - Aug 20, 2004 10:44 am (#2254 of 2955)    

Madam Poppy == Hope all went well at the dentist!!!!

Liz -- Congrats on getting 1st chair!! YEAH for Liz!!!

Catherine -- Ouch!!! Hope the finger is doing better too. I'm anxious to hear if the yellow mustard worked too. But I'm not so anxious that I'm willing to go get a burn to try it out! So I figured we'd let Catherine be our tester. (And like some others, I like a good ol' Pop-tart every once and a while)

ShelterGirl -- All right!! I've had my first laugh of the day from your balloon/paint story!! I'm sure it wasn't funny at the time, but it sure was to hear about it!

OK, so if Sherbie shouldn't be discriminatory against belts but against the buckles themselves -- then I guess you could say I've got bad feelings against sewing needles!!! My experience is a bit like Sherbie's. Back when I was, oh around 14 or so, I stepped on a sewing needle that went in AND broke half-way off inside the ball of my foot. Needless to say a trip to the ER was called for. But the one thing I will never forget. The stupid git of a doctor that they handed my case to was just about to get off of duty, like within the next 30 minutes or so. Being in such a hurry, he gave me a shot in my foot to deaden it, THEN proceeded to start cutting into my foot, not giving the shot a chance to do it's thing. All I can say is I got a real good look at their ceiling as I came up off of the table. To top that off, he commonly looks up at me and says "Oh, is it not deaden yet?" Well, DUR you stupid cow -- NO!!!!!! Anyway, he never could find the needle and another doctor came in and took over. He found it within 5 minutes. That is one experience I will never forget!!!!!

Have a great and wonderful weekend everybody!!!!

Later, Deb

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haymoni - Aug 20, 2004 10:55 am (#2255 of 2955)    

I love Pop-tarts - Frosted, Unfrosted - good flavors, "good" flavors - doesn't matter.

Does anyone remember "Merry-Go-Rounds"? They were supposed to be Pop-tarts for Grown-Ups. They were spiral-shaped and were covered in some sort of sugar. My mom wouldn't buy them very often because they only came 4 to a package and were probably twice as expensive as the regular Pop-tarts, but they were really good.

Chemyst - I completely missed the meteor shower this year. Either the skies were cloudy or I'd forget to look up. Were they any good?

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Chemyst - Aug 20, 2004 12:30 pm (#2256 of 2955)    

Alas, haymoni, the peak night was the time we were getting scud clouds from the back edge of tropical storm Bonnie.

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Julia. - Aug 20, 2004 2:37 pm (#2257 of 2955)    

Wow, quite a chatty bunch we are. My mouth is feeling a bit better, which is good, because I'm out of percoset and have moved on to normal motrin. I still look like a chipmunk though...

Madam Poppy, hope all went well at the dentist, and I hope you don't look like a chipmunk too!

Marie, Poor Shayla! She had to get all numb and they didn't even do what they were supposed to! Give her hugs for me!

Catherine, awww, poor finger, hope it gets better soon! Perhaps if we all wish wish wish it to get better, perhaps it will.

Liz, mazel tov on making first chair, that's awesome!

Accio Sirius, can I come to your party too? Untoasted pop tarts sound like good times to me, but you have to have frozen Eggos too!

Well, I'm off for now. Hope everyone has a good evening and a good day tomorrow!

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Madam Poppy - Aug 20, 2004 2:43 pm (#2258 of 2955)
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Survived the dentist visit. It turned out to be 2 small fillings. (I've had much much worse)
I picked up my pay check and then went to some garage sales. (tag or yard sales in other parts of the country.) The big sale days here are Friday and Saturday. I got a salad spinner for $1.00 to use as a children's craft project.

Salad Spinner Painting
Make great works of art using a Salad Spinner!
Materials Needed:
Old plastic salad spinner
Small paper plates
Paint
Dropper
Instructions:
1. Have Children put the paper plate into the salad spinner.
2. Use a dropper to drop little drops of different color paints onto the paper plate that is in the salad spinner.
3. Put on the lid and wind up the spinner fast as you can.

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Ozymandias - Aug 20, 2004 3:27 pm (#2259 of 2955)    

Thanks, everyone, for the great embarrassing stories! You made my day. (Note to self: don't spray-paint inflated balloons.)

Congratulations on making first chair, Liz!

Hope everyone recovers from their various injuries or dental procedures soon.

Mmmm...pop tarts. I love the brown sugar ones.

And I love garage sales even more than I love pop tarts. I got a set of dishes with only a few missing for my new apartment for only $1.00.

Countdown to moving: 2 days. The stress is setting in, and I seem unable to connect separate thoughts with any sort of logical transitions. (See the rest of this post.)

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The giant squid - Aug 20, 2004 4:19 pm (#2260 of 2955)    

Eponine's bunsen burner incident reminded me of one from my sordid past...

We were supposed to be soaking red cabbage in alcohol to get the dye out. It can be used as an indicator (to tell whether something is acidic or not). Well, brilliant me thinks, "If you heat a reaction, it goes faster." So I set up the bunsen burner & set the beaker of cabbage & alcohol atop a nice flame. All was well, and my lab partners were looking on with murmers of, "I should try that" when the alcohol reached kindling temperature. Yup, my beaker suddenly sprouted a crown of fire. Needless to say, my lab partners' murmers started devolving into shrieks of "Put it out! Put it out!" I very calmly shut off the burner and capped the beaker, putting out the fire. It became known as the "burning cabbage incident" despite my continued insistence that it was the alcohol, not the cabbage, that had caught fire.

Incidentally, I got perfect scores on my indicator exercise.

As for Pop Tarts, I've never burned a finger but have scorched my tongue or lip a few times. That filling gets VERY hot... My wife has grown fond of the Hot Fudge Sundae flavor, so of course our local Wal-Mart Superstore only occasionally carries them. Just enough to keep her coming back, really.

Good luck on the move, Ozy. Just be prepared: the only thing that will break will be the one item you packed, reapcked then packed again to make sure it wouldn't. That crappy doo-dad that you couldn't care less about will make it through unscathed.

--Mike

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timrew - Aug 20, 2004 5:00 pm (#2261 of 2955)    

Oh yes! Do you need the skin removed from the roof of your mouth? Then eat a Pop-Tart!

Or any hot McDonalds Pud will do. You'll have a cleft-palate in no time!

I prefer the soldering-iron flavour myself.....

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Catherine - Aug 20, 2004 5:01 pm (#2262 of 2955)    

You all are making me laugh too much! Keep in mind that my husband is a Chem Prof, so I think these stories are extra funny--mostly because they are too much like me and all my non-scientist friends (apologies to Chemyst, who is SO much above this part of the conversation Smile )

Also know that accidents are not confined to novices in lab. Poor Hubby had a grad student who committed an awful error that involved the police, campus security, and the local news.

Thanks for being sympathetic. As I am married to an Organic Chemistry professor, I do NOT get sympathy for burns. Or fingers glued together. Or for any kind of chemical involvement, i.e. the new toilet cleaner really reeks and I got light-headed and thought I would pass out, et. cetera.

Um, the mustard cure is interesting. It might really work. I felt kind of "wonky weird" pouring mustard on my finger (and Hayley did not help by asking, "Why do you have the mustard out at breakfast, Mommy?"), but by the time the whole thing was done--the finger did not hurt anymore. So, Woo-hoo! Maybe mustard works, maybe placebo, but who cares? I'm typing again!

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Eponine - Aug 20, 2004 5:57 pm (#2263 of 2955)    

I have another burn story. I was eating a chicken sandwich, and when I took the first bite, I got squirted with some kind of boiling hot chicken juice just below my lip. It blistered, then scabbed over. It was not pleasant.

Also, I saw a toad tonight as I was walking into my in-laws house. It made me think of Umbridge at first, but it was so cute I felt that it was an insult to toads to compare her to them.

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Celestina W. - Aug 20, 2004 6:58 pm (#2264 of 2955)
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Hello! Good luck; congratulations; sorry to hear that; feel better soon. Please choose all that apply, I'm not going to be specific.

Pop-Tarts are yummy! Totally without any nutritional value, though, so my mom only gets them for me once in a while, like Christmas and my birthday. I think Pop-Tarts and Combos go well together when you need to make a meal out of vending machine food. By the way, Tim, what's a McDonalds Pud? I don't think the McDonaldses here have them. (If "McDonaldses" was not previously the plural of McDonalds, it is now. )

Hmm, embarrassing injury stories. We have a heater on the wall in our bathroom. Early one morning, I got out of the shower into the freezing cold room and flipped on said heater. After a few minutes, it didn't seem to be working, so I brilliantly decided to touch it and see if it was on. Yes, it was on, and yes, I got burned, and yes, it hurt. I also hit myself in the nose with an ice cream bucket once, but wasn't seriously injured.

I went shopping yesterday. Theoretically, I was looking for school clothes, but I only got one pair of jeans. Instead I spent (not wasted ) my money on a whole bunch of other cool stuff, including the PS/SS movie soundtrack, the third season of M*A*S*H on DVD, the Sirius wanted poster from PoA, a Pirates of the Caribbean poster, some HP, PotC, and LotR stickers for decorating my notebooks, and a Shrek 2 folder. Actually my mom paid for some of that, too. She must understand that the above items are as necessary for getting me through school as new clothes are.

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Madam Pince - Aug 20, 2004 11:26 pm (#2265 of 2955)    

Julia, glad to hear your mouth is feeling better. I was lucky like Padfoot when I had mine out; all four were impacted and got taken out all at once so I feared the worst, but I had no problems at all. They gave me Vicodin but I never even had to take one, and luckily didn't swell up either. The only problem was that I was soooooo hungry, but couldn't feel my lower jaw and chin at all, so I couldn't eat without dropping all my food out of my mouth! (Lovely mental image, that, no?) I finally figured out to use a mirror to eat so I could tell when the food was actually in my mouth.

I remember having to read & sign this disclaimer before I went in for the surgery, which essentially said "It is possible that you may die under anaesthesia. It is also possible that we may make a mistake and sever some vital nerve or tendon or something important which will mean that your jaw will hang open and you will drool constantly for the rest of your life. By signing on this line, you agree not to sue us if that should happen." Oh sure. By all means, let's get started. Can't wait.

I got burned with caramel once, too, Catherine. I was microwaving it to make caramel apples, and I took it out and tried to stir it, thereby disturbing an air bubble that had formed underneath. When the bubble popped, it shot flaming hot caramel right at my face, and landed around my eye. Fortunately I was wearing my glasses so I wasn't blinded for life, but it was a near thing, and I got a pretty bad burn near my eye for my troubles. I'm like you -- I've never made anything caramel-related since.

Penny L, you can send me all the apple Pop-Tarts that get left on top of the vending machine. I like them best of all! No icing please.

Best wishes and (condolences?) to all who are starting school again. The first week's always the worst, isn't it? It'll get better!

Madam Poppy, yay on the new car! You'll get lots of fun use with it, it sounds like.

Accio Sirius, where near Baltimore are you? Maryland, or DC or Virginia maybe? I'm on the Eastern Shore near Annapolis. Mike Miller is near Baltimore too. I think there are a few others in the DC area also.

Edit: Oh by the way, my washer got fixed yesterday, yay! One of my son's tiny little socks had somehow made its way over the rim of the tub and gotten jammed into the pump motor. So to the tune of $124, (what, about 1/3 the price of a new machine, right?) the nice man removed it for us. Anyway, at least it works now!

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septentrion - Aug 21, 2004 1:34 am (#2266 of 2955)    

Chemyst, you needn't worry if you make fun with my language mistakes, that's part of the game when you try other languages.

Padfoot, what happened to your neighbour is really awful, I hope she'll find her good humour back very soon.

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Acceber - Aug 21, 2004 7:20 am (#2267 of 2955)    

I like this conversation. I don't get Poptarts that often; my mum doesn't buy them and I only do if someone who has them at school is nice enough to give them to me . Poptart story: Once my dad and I were driving on the highway and we stopped at a rest stop for brain food. I got Poptarts. So he wanted a bite, I gave it to him, and he said something like, "How can you eat something like that? Pure sugar..."

The only thing I've ever got burned on is hot chocolate, in my mouth mind you, because I can never tell when those boiling hot ones are cool enough to be consumed. I've gotten burns that last until the next morning. Not fun. Which is why I don't exactly like hot chocolate anymore.

Sorry to anyone who got burned by anything.

Happy Birthday to Anyone Who Deserves It!

It's raining here and we were supposed to have a community softball game. Ho hum. *sings* Tomorrow, tomorrow, we'll play tomorrow, it's only a day away...

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Accio Sirius - Aug 21, 2004 7:44 am (#2268 of 2955)
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Madame Pince, I love the Annapolis area--very beautiful. Great crab cakes and oyster shooters right there next to the water. Baltimore is also a great city. I'm an O's fan, right after the Pittsburgh Pirates (my hometown), seeing as there is no baseball team in Washington. I am right across the bridge from DC in Alexandria, VA. I know there are a couple of us right in the DC-Baltimore area! I'm hoping to make it to the gathering in Maryland next month. How about you?

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Loopy Lupin - Aug 21, 2004 7:52 am (#2269 of 2955)    

Or any hot McDonalds Pud will do.-- timrew

Does "pud" refer to something specific or is that your general comment on McDonalds Food? (BTW, anyone see "Super Size Me"?)

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Sinister Kittens - Aug 21, 2004 8:17 am (#2270 of 2955)    

Hi all - I know I haven't been around much, just lurking - soooooo Happy Birthday, Congratulaions, Commisserations and Good Luck to those that it applies to - and a big HELLO!!!!! to All!

I think Tim was probably referring to an English habit of referring to Puddings as Puds. Or at least I hope so, otherwise i'm going to be really embarrassed about breaking my long silence to talk about desserts! Hmmm I guess you could say that i'm motivated by food then huh?!

*Waves to HP Lexicon Family* Right i'm off to lurk again.

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Catherine - Aug 21, 2004 8:20 am (#2271 of 2955)    

Yeah, Tim, I wondered what that meant, too!

Nice avatar, Loopy. Is "Super-Size Me" worth seeing? I haven't seen it.

I'm having a relaxing Saturday morning. I've let the kids fry their brains on cartoons and eat chocolate fudge Pop-Tarts (and I was VERY careful taking it out of the toaster). Go Slacker-Moms!

Hubby is out with his buddies this morning. Has anyone heard of Fountain Boats? There are made around here. Our neighbor across the street won a tour of the factory at a charity auction. Supposedly they are getting a ride in one of the really fast boats at the end of the tour. He was pretty excited.

I should probably do something constructive like weed the flower beds or give the dogs a bath.

Nah!

Have a good Saturday!

Hope everyone else is enjoying their morning.

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Loopy Lupin - Aug 21, 2004 8:37 am (#2272 of 2955)    

Yes, "Super Size Me" was pretty good. Even if its very unlikely that anyone will try to live off McDonalds for three meals a day for any length of time, it was interesting to see what would happen trying to do that for 30 days. (It was also interesting because the guy's girlfriend is a vegan chef; she wasn't very happy about this.) (Random quote comes to mind: "I'm a level 5 vegan; I don't eat anything that casts a shadow.")

I thought pud might refer to pudding which I know, in British, can refer generally to desert or ice cream. That said, McDonalds has hot pudding?

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azi - Aug 21, 2004 8:50 am (#2273 of 2955)    

They have heated apple pies...I don't go to McDonalds personally. Expensive and bad for you. Their sliced apple in bags cost more than in Sainsburys! (Sainsbury's is a supermarket if you didn't know)

Hmmm, interesting random quote, where's it from? Pud - I'd refer to it as a dessert or 'Yorkshire pud' - a savoury thing. I wish my mum would let me have pop tarts but she won't buy them or nice chocolatey cereal. I have to make do with rice crispies and cornflakes.

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Catherine - Aug 21, 2004 8:52 am (#2274 of 2955)    

Yeah, Loopy, I can see how that might strain a relationship! I didn't know that vegans had levels. (It reminds me of the defcon levels in War Games.) The girlfriend's criteria seems overly strict, as I think that apples would cast a shadow (That reminds of the "fruitarian" in Notting Hill who believed that eating tree fruit was committing murder.) Maybe the chef only cooks and eats food in the dark!

My brother-in-law became a pretty strict vegetarian after he started dating the woman who would become his wife. She did most of the cooking, so I think at first it was kind of out of laziness, but now he seems to prefer it. I know it strained their relationship when he would eat meat at his parents' house. We would be eating meat in front of him, and he would be staring at it as longingly as the dogs did.

I commend anyone who can completely resist fast food. I myself have an addiction to Sonic and Bojangles that I would do better to overcome.

mmmm....Bojangles sweet tea and cajun fried chicken and biscuits....Sonic milkshakes...mmmm.

Maybe I'll load up the kids and we'll go clog our arteries for lunch. I'll have a complete Slacker-Mom kind of day.

EDIT: I just turned around, and saw the dogs cuddling together near my HP books, so I took their picture and thought you all might like to see it.



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VeronikaG - Aug 21, 2004 9:43 am (#2275 of 2955)    

Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!

They are so cute! Good to see Daisy's fur growing back.

Good advice to all of you complaining about your mom not buying pop tarts. Buy them for yourself when your parents let you stay home alone for a few hours. We don't have pop tarts, so I usually made cheese sandwiches when my parents were out. Just as unhealthy I'd say.

There are a lot of congratulations and good luck wishes going around, so I'd like to hand out some myself. But as I'm afraid of forgetting someone, I'll just leave the basket with congrats and wishes by the st. Mungo's main entrance, and you can go and pick them up yourself!

Is there a TV show where somebody is living on MacDonald's food for three months? Their clothes won't fit after that! MacDonald's is a fitness killer and a fashion killer of the grandest kind. I heard about a group of teens sewing MacD's for making them fat, they had eaten there before and after school, and before bed for three years, and gained a few hundred pounds. Apparently, they had become addicts.

Ah, Saturday. Time to do nothing much.

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Loopy Lupin - Aug 21, 2004 10:42 am (#2276 of 2955)    

The "random quote" wasn't from the "Super Size Me" movie. At least I don't think it was. Can't remember where its from, but "vegan" just churned it up for me.

Yes, the apple pies could be what Tim was referring to. They are ridiculously hot.

Cute doggies! I think its safe to say that if reincarnation exists, I would like to come back as either (1) one of my dad's basset hounds or (2)one of Catherine's shih-tzus.

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Doris Crockford - Aug 21, 2004 10:57 am (#2277 of 2955)    

Hmmm, I think Loopy's quote is from the Simpsons (the one where Lisa falls for the environmentalist guy and lives in the tree?), I'm not sure that vegans actually have levels.

Catherine, those are some cute dogs (and nice books- which one is on top? GoF? OoP? I've never actually seen the backs of the US covers). Daisy looks pretty comfortable there.

Veronika, Super Size me is a documentary (a movie), not a TV show. I don't think that I could actually watch someone who ate McDonald's food for that length of time without being completely grossed out. My brother kept bugging me to go, though.

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Catherine - Aug 21, 2004 11:01 am (#2278 of 2955)    

Thanks, Doris.

It's GoF on top.

If reincarnation exists, Loopy, I want to be one of my shih-tzus, too! Imagine being able to lie around all day with a Harry Potter book!

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Liz - Aug 21, 2004 11:26 am (#2279 of 2955)    

I like the picture w/ the HP books and the cute doggies...

I have good news... *hem hem* ok... My mom just called the manufacturers of my piccolo that we sent back to them and they are going to fix it with in the next few days and ship it back to me in a couple weeks...

Personally I was like... "I hope they lost it in the mail because the piccolo is the most out of tune and uglyiest screaching high instrument you can play."

But I hope I can make the piccolo sound better once I get the chance to practice it.

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Loopy Lupin - Aug 21, 2004 11:32 am (#2280 of 2955)    

Hmmm, I think Loopy's quote is from the Simpsons (the one where Lisa falls for the environmentalist guy and lives in the tree?), I'm not sure that vegans actually have levels. -- Doris Crockford

Me, have random Simpson quotes flowing through my head? That's unpossible. 

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Marie E. - Aug 21, 2004 2:03 pm (#2281 of 2955)    

Madam Pince, thanks for the SPEW moment regarding presurgery warnings. We had to sign a similar statement when Shayla was having eye surgery. She had just turned two a month prior so she was just a baby to us and here they were telling us it was possible she could be blinded for life. I was a month away from having Lexie and very hormonal so you can imagine my reaction. They did take her to surgery in a Little Tykes wagon, which was cute.

Liz, I remember my sister switched from clarinet to bass clarinet so she could be first chair. It's easy to be first chair when no one else plays your instrument.

I don't buy my kids Poptarts very often, mostly for the fact that if they're in the house I'll eat them too. My favorite was always the frosted strawberry. When I'm in a time pinch I've been known to give the kids Eggo waffles to eat in the car.

Lexie started kindergarten on Thursday and I didn't cry. I didn't cry because she took off and ran away from me without even looking back. I had to call her name five times to get her to come back and give me a hug. *sigh*

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Catherine - Aug 21, 2004 2:36 pm (#2282 of 2955)    

Lexie started kindergarten on Thursday and I didn't cry. I didn't cry because she took off and ran away from me without even looking back. I had to call her name five times to get her to come back and give me a hug. *sigh* --Marie

**hugs Marie**

She sounds so well-adjusted. What a great mom!

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timrew - Aug 21, 2004 3:40 pm (#2283 of 2955)    

Sorry about that, folks. It's two nations divided by a common language again! Yes, by 'puds', I meant 'puddings' or 'desserts'; and McDonalds does an apple pie that releases superheated apple 'lava' when you take a bite, which, on contact, dissolves your teeth.

For residents of the UK that watch Corrie (Coronation Street). Did you see the episodes this week involving Bobby Octon, the pervy night-club manager, who tries to seduce Leanne?

Well Bobby was played by a very old friend of mine, Tony Nyland, who in real life doesn't wear those Professor Trelawney glasses. He told me he couldn't see a thing through them, and they had to point him in the direction of the girl who was playing Leanne at the beginning of every scene.

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Celestina W. - Aug 21, 2004 3:44 pm (#2284 of 2955)    

Hi all! I'm in a good mood right now because I've got my new HP soundtrack cranked up on the stereo. Wow, I'm such a nerd...

Congratulations to Madam Pince on the washer, Liz on the piccolo, and Marie on Lexie starting kindergarten (and anyone else I missed). I'm remembering my first day of kindergarten right now and it's making me feel really, really old.

I start school on September 1st. I've just realized that's only about a week and a half away and I am really starting to dread it. I wonder what the school would do if I just sat at home and refused to go? Probably they'd arrest me...oh well, it's my senior year, so the sooner I start, the sooner I can get it over with, right? Something like that, anyway.

Catherine, I see your dogs have got their priorities straight! Reading HP and sleeping, two very important activities.

Veronika, trust me, if cheese sandwiches were bad for you, then I'd be dead by now. Being the picky eater that I am, I've survived on them as substitute meals for most of my life.

I remembered what I forgot to talk about in my last post -- the Olympics! Way to go, U.S. athletes, especially gymnasts and swimmers. What a comeback by Paul Hamm the other night! That was a lot of fun to watch. Also, good job, Carly Patterson. My one problem with the female gymnasts, U.S. ones especially, is that they wear way too much eye makeup and glitter. And they're so darned perky-looking; it annoys me. They really are amazingly talented, though. I'd be lucky if I could walk across a balance beam without falling off. I also like watching the swimming. I agree, some of those guys are quite nice-looking (mainly Phelps, Piersol, and Thorpe). The other thing that bothers me about the Olympics is the female beach volleyball players wearing bikinis. Can anyone explain to me exactly why that is necessary for their sport?

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Catherine - Aug 21, 2004 4:02 pm (#2285 of 2955)    

Hi all! I'm in a good mood right now because I've got my new HP soundtrack cranked up on the stereo. Wow, I'm such a nerd... --Celestina W

Uh-oh. Then we are Supra-nerds at our house, because the soundtrack is one of our faves, and it's playing in several rooms. Oh well, I kinda like being a nerd.

Thanks, Celestina for noticing that my dogs have sorted out THEIR priorities. I good a good chuckle about the comment. We might need to add feasting (it's in the books, after all) to their list of preferred activities of sleeping and HP.

Cheers on this Saturday night! Off to eat dinner.

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boop - Aug 21, 2004 4:11 pm (#2286 of 2955)    

Hello Everyone *Waves to Everyone* Thanks for the support and hugs, I have felt everyone of them.

Catherine your puppies look so cute, and daisy's fur is growing back too.

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ShelterGirl - Aug 21, 2004 5:30 pm (#2287 of 2955)    

Hi all! I'm glad everyone is having a somewhat peaceful weekend so far.

I got good news today, of a sort. I am now officially a kitten foster mom.

A tiny 8 week old black and white boy named Charley is living in my house now, ticking off my geriatric residents. He was brought to us alone last Saturday during the hurricane, and he still only weighs 1 pound 13 ounces. He is staying with me for 2 weeks to give him a chance to fatten up so he can be large enough to be neutered. He seems to be ok with Emma the Dog, but Emma refuses to even look at him, as if by not seeing him he isn't there. Koko, Bagheera, and Clancy the cats keep hissing at him, and he doesn't understand why. He isn't afraid of them though, too much.

I took him home because all of the other foster litters currently have respiratory infections, and no one in my house is sick. We're trying to keep him well, and make sure he can go to a good home.

Three cheers and a butterbeer for Charley! The kitten who blew in on the wind...

Julie

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The giant squid - Aug 21, 2004 6:00 pm (#2288 of 2955)    

   "I hope they lost it in the mail because the piccolo is the most out of tune and uglyiest screaching high instrument you can play."



And here I thought the oboe was the screechiest, most godawful noise in the band...although my (and Marie's) sister's choice of bass clarinet was right up there. It sounds like an overweight goose with a head cold.

Speaking of my sisters, it sounds like Lexie (my niece) is taking after Bekki (the bass clarinet-playing sister). Bekki always liked school too, for some unknown reason...

Catherine, Daisy's looking well. She seems to be dealing nicely with her furlessness. I suppose curling up with a good book helps.

--Mike

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haymoni - Aug 21, 2004 6:02 pm (#2289 of 2955)    

McDonald's apple pies are not the atomic bombs they once were. When I was a kid....they looked something like a flattened eggroll with a bubbly crust and you had to bite off one corner and let it "vent" a bit before you could actually bite into it. They were great! That was back when they used REAL oil to cook the fries and everyone was singing the "Big Mac" song. "Two all beef patties..."

The first taste of hot chocolate must blister the tongue. I think it is a rule.

Attention Cat Experts:

My cat, Smog, (yes - he's dark grey.) is now 13 years old. He has lost a ton of weight, he eats and drinks constantly and likes to pee on piles of shoes/clothes. I am guessing diabetes. If I take him to a vet, would they actually give me something to help him or will they just tell me to keep him in the garage? He was my first baby and I am more than willing to spend the bucks if it will actually help. Anyone been there before?

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Catherine - Aug 21, 2004 6:39 pm (#2290 of 2955)    

Haymoni, I am not a cat expert, but it sounds like Smog might need some good advice. Smile Change in habit and behavior is a good reason to talk to an expert. Call your vet; it might not be as bad as you think. It could be as simple as an infection. ** sympathizes over the stuff that's been peed upon Sad ** I haven't been there with a cat, but I have had dogs with special needs. I also have known (through friends) dogs who needed insulin, and the owners gave them a daily shot. These owners were M.D.s, but I don't think it's rocket science for a loving pet owner, or the average HP fan. **hugs Haymoni about her cat**

Thanks to everyone who noticed that Daisy's fur is growing. She still looks strange to all who knew her "before," but she's cuting up. She actually is getting a sweet, puppy look going. It must be the HP influence!

Our house is almost back to normal. The dehumidifier has made life much less allergenic and stinky. I highly recommend this device.

Shelter, good for you! I envy you and your sweet, tiny kitty! You will have fun with this little baby, and then you can see it go to a good family. I laughed at your description of Emma ignoring the kitty, as though this would change things. I always roll my eyes at people who claim that dogs do not have emotions, and say, "Yeah, that's what YOU think!" **hugs Emma and tells her that she doesn't need to worry about the cute little kitten**

Dogs definitely know who is who and what is what.

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Celestina W. - Aug 21, 2004 6:56 pm (#2291 of 2955)    

Haymoni, I'm not a cat expert either, but I'd also say that it might not be as bad as you think. My 10-year-old cat Blizzy (short for Blizzard) started acting very strangely this spring; he was walking like it hurt to move, sleeping even more than normal, and just not being himself. Anyway, my mom and I were quite convinced that he was dying, and when she took him to the vet, I was positive that he'd have to be put to sleep and I'd never see him again. It turned out that he just had a urinary tract infection and was slightly anemic. We had to give him pills for a month (not easy ), but he seems to be fine now. I hope Smog is all right.

Shelter, here's hoping Charley grows up nice and healthy and finds a good, loving home. Kittens are the cutest things in the world. Think you can post a picture?

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ShelterGirl - Aug 21, 2004 7:19 pm (#2292 of 2955)    

Haymoni-

Email me. I have a diabetic cat. It definitely sounds like diabetes to me, but go to the vet to be sure, immediately if not sooner. It sounds like it's complicated with a UTI. It is a TREATABLE disease, and any vet who tells you otherwise is not worth your time.

Clancy had those same symptoms. He's wonderful now, and I couldn't love him more.

I'm removing the restriction from my profile so you can email me. Please do.

Julie

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Mynn - Aug 21, 2004 7:22 pm (#2293 of 2955)    

My friend also has a diabetic Cat. With treatment he does very well and he's the sweetest cat you could ever want to meet.

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True Love - Aug 21, 2004 8:28 pm (#2294 of 2955)    

Haymoni, sounds more like urinary tract infection - one of my female cats had that but the vets were able to clear it up. She is currently taking medicine for a hyperactive thyroid (she is 15 yrs old). We just crush the pill up and put it in her food or with a bit of milk.

Shelter, how I wish I can see your foster-kitten Charley. Feel free to send me a photo to my email address. How sweet of you to take the little guy in.

Nice to see everyone is providing advise regard young or older cats. They really are nice to have around, even if they cause us a bit of grief.

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MzWhizz123 - Aug 21, 2004 9:15 pm (#2295 of 2955)    

Well, am I the only person on Earth who has NOTHING ELSE TO DO ON A SATURDAY NIGHT than to chat up Harry Potter?

Jeez! I feel like such a bore! Smile

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Round Pink Spider - Aug 21, 2004 10:20 pm (#2296 of 2955)    

It's 12:15 in the middle of the night in Minnesota, and I finally just mailed off my ENORMOUS newsletter (46 pages *gasp*, twice the normal size!). Those of you on the mailing list should have it (probably before you read this). Anyone who wanted it and didn't get it, please let me know.

Have a great Sunday, everyone! G'night.

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True Love - Aug 22, 2004 4:31 am (#2297 of 2955)    

Pink Spider, I would love to see your newsletter! I used to produce a newsletter but it was for the office. I would much rather read about Harry Potter than public health workers. My email is not blocked.

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True Love - Aug 22, 2004 4:38 am (#2298 of 2955)    

It is 7:30 in the morning (EST). I doubt if there could be anything new since I logged off last night at 11:30pm. This site is a wonderful distraction from the sad thoughts haunting me in my day-to-day life right now. It keeps the demons at bay. Keep posting folks and have a good day, ay.

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boop - Aug 22, 2004 4:58 am (#2299 of 2955)    

RPS, I would love to be put on your mailing list for the newsletter. My e-mail is boop196078@hotmail.com

True Love, I understand where you are coming from. I too read this thread and it usually puts a smile on my face. There is lots of support here, if you ever need it just let us know. If you would ever like to just talk about anything that is bothering you, I have msn: screen name is my e-mail address, and I also have aim: screen name is onebtbp. So feel free to add me if you have either and would like to talk one on one.

I have spent the weekend in Ohio, visiting forum friends. I leave today for home. This was a good break from everything that has been going on with me. Just what the doctor ordered. I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend as well. Jim(Mischa Fan) and I are going to the zoo, for the day.

I hope I have not missed anyone birthday, if so please let me know so I can add you to my list. I have only 2 more birthdays for this month to post, so if your birthday is coming this month please let me know. We have alot of birthdays in Sept. So for anyone whose birthday I might have missed Happy Birthday.

HUGS to everyone!!!!!

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True Love - Aug 22, 2004 5:11 am (#2300 of 2955)    

Thanks Boop - I took you up on your offer.
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ShelterGirl - Aug 22, 2004 5:23 am (#2301 of 2955)    

Betty-

I hope you have a wonderful time at the zoo. Just remember not to let Jim insult the hippogriffs. Smile

Julie

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boop - Aug 22, 2004 6:33 am (#2302 of 2955)    

Julie thanks I will. I will remember that with Jim and the hippogriffs. I was thinking of seeing if they would like Jim to join the monkeys, hehehe. He would probably have way to much fun with them. I will do my best to keep Jim under control, but it will be a tough job.hehehe

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Sherbie Lemon - Aug 22, 2004 7:31 am (#2303 of 2955)    

Catherine, I'm glad you tried the mustard and I'm happy it worked for you. Neither my husband nor I ever use mustard as a condiment, but it sits in our fridge in case we suffer a burn. I have no idea how it works; I'm just happy it does!

Haymoni, my cat had bladder stones and a urinary track infection a few years ago. He used to come into the living room and squat in front of me, I assume to tell me that something was wrong. At first I just thought he was being his weird little self and had developed some new quirk, but he soon began to howl while squatting, and try as he might to pee, nothing would come out. I took him to the vet and they told me had I waited any longer to take him in, he would have had to have a permanent catheter. Luckily they were able to remove the bladder stones and we put him on a special prescription diet that contained a lot of sodium, which caused him to drink water, thus keeping his urinary track healthy. I definitely think that your cat has a similar problem, or diabetes as Julie suggested. Regardless, I would take him to the vet ASAP.

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haymoni - Aug 22, 2004 9:54 am (#2304 of 2955)    

Thanks all on the kitty advice. I just didn't want to hear "Your cat is old, there is nothing we can do."

I'll let you know how Smog-man fares.

We also have a Sheltie named "Tiny" (runt of the litter) and another cat who I swear looks just like Minerva when she transfigures. My husband named her Kelly after Kelly Holcomb (at that time he was the Cleveland Browns quarterback - now he's the back up.) If I had only gotten to her first - "Minerva" it would have been! Alas, earwax!

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Round Pink Spider - Aug 22, 2004 11:30 am (#2305 of 2955)    

True Love and Boop, I have forwarded our back issues and the latest issue that went out last night (I should warn you that I'm overwhelming you with reading material -- all of that adds up to about 130 pages, I think!).

Boop, I'm having some failures delivering to your e-mail address. My guess is that it was just too much all at once, since the first two issues went through. I'll try sending the remaining issues (3,4, and the special movie issue) again, maybe over the next day or two, to give you time to receive them.

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[Chris.]Chris. - Aug 22, 2004 11:33 am (#2306 of 2955)    

Round Pink Spider, thanks for the new issue! ^_^ Always a wonderful read, and things just make so much sense now.

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SarcasticGinny - Aug 22, 2004 1:11 pm (#2307 of 2955)    

Haymoni - Maybe Minerva can be Kelly's "middle name"...? Sounds like a beautiful cat. I thought the one they used in the film was a gorgeous cat, so by extension, she must be a pretty girl. Good luck with Smog too, I hope the doctors treat your kitty with the respect he deserves. (I do love the name Smog).

Round Pink Spider - I'm sorry, I had to scan through the posts rather quickly yesterday...issues of what?

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wormsé - Aug 22, 2004 1:34 pm (#2308 of 2955)    

RPS- If it isn't too much trouble, I would like to see your newsletter as well. If you can send it, email it here: pinkgrapefruit@yahoo.com Thanks!

Betty- I hope you have lots of fun at the zoo and keep your eye on Jim!

Haymoni- I hope things are all worked out for your cat. I love cats, have 5 of them myself. Smile

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Richard !!!Reid - Aug 22, 2004 1:42 pm (#2309 of 2955)    

Hi everyone. I would just like to post my site... http://wc4.worldcrossing.com/webx?14@@.1ddeae41

It's clearly not as good as the Lexicon, but I would be thrilled if some of you would visit it.

Richard.

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Catherine - Aug 22, 2004 3:15 pm (#2310 of 2955)    

Boop, it's great to see how excited your are about your visit.

Did Jim "monkey around?" Oh, I wish I could have seen it.

Loopy Lupin, did you make a splash at the pool party? **has image of Loopy doing giant cannonball and splashing innocent bystanders after sipping firewhiskey**

Julie, your cat advice was great. I'm coming to you next time for therapy before I go to the vet! How's little Charley doing? Is Emma still being standoffish?

We've been cleaning today. Call me Molly Weasley. I HATE TO CLEAN! Quadruple ick. Total furniture moving, dusting under beds, behind couches. My allergies are killing me now. We rearranged all the furniture and have rolled up the rugs to send them out to be cleaned. Boxed up old toys to donate, cleaned gutters, that kind of thing.

Hope everyone enjoyed their weekend. I'm having a proud moment right now thinking that hubby officially has tenure at 9 a.m. tomorrow when the convocation starts at his university. Yeah, tenure!

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Leila 2X4B - Aug 22, 2004 3:20 pm (#2311 of 2955)    

Tenure, Catherine ? That is wonderful news. Congratulations to you and, of course, your hubby!!! I am pleased to note that my "other baby", Tommy(my little "alley" Cat) is in perfect health and is not even close to being obese. My vet was so thrilled.

Leila

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Gina R Snape - Aug 22, 2004 3:35 pm (#2312 of 2955)    

Hiya all.

I just wanted to share some 'frustration' from today. I was playing Scrabble with a friend and wouldn't you know it but I could have (but wasn't able to) spell BOGGART, KIPPENDO and ACCIO today. I need to play with Potter people who understand those are REAL words!!!!

Also, question: Have we had a recent influx of new members in the past few days? Over the past week or so I've been busy, but I'm finding my 'usual' threads with like 200+ new messages. Just got me wondering.

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Ozymandias - Aug 22, 2004 4:11 pm (#2313 of 2955)    

Hello everyone!

I'm so relieved. The great dorm move ordeal is complete. I'm mostly unpacked, and loving my cute little apartment!

Haymoni, I hope your kitty is feeling better soon.

Congratulations to Mr. Catherine's Husband on his new tenure!

Gina, I've had that same problem with Scrabble. My father and his narrow minded ideas that if it's not in the dictionary, it's not a word. Pffft.

Betty, I'm so glad to hear you enjoyed your vacation! Did you see any Dudley-like gorillas at the zoo?

And with that, I will bid you all farewell.

EDIT: Yeah, it does seem like there are more posts lately, but it could still be from Edinburgh and the door opening.

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True Love - Aug 22, 2004 4:39 pm (#2314 of 2955)    

Oz - glad to hear the great dorm move went well. Hopefully no more sleepless nights. Now the task of unpacking...

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Aug 22, 2004 5:14 pm (#2315 of 2955)    

Gina, I can understand your Scrabble frustration. I'm kind of a Scrabble geek and actually keep Travel Scrabble and The Official Scrabble Dictionary in my car--laugh all you want folks, but when the kids are in school my girlfriend and I can while away the hours at Starbucks in a blissful kid-free and hot beverage-filled haze. My friend is very relaxed about the rules and is also an HP fan so I'm sure she would allow the inclusion of HP related terms. If they're not part of the OED yet, I'm sure they will be soon. Has anyone checked the OED for LOTR terminology?

I once tried to entice a forum friend into a nice little game of Travel Scrabble but she was a non-Scrabble player and could not be persuaded. ***casts a still-horrified look at Julia***

My husband is also a willing Scrabble player and Starbucks coffee drinker so he has also spent time in a comfy chair for a rousing game of Scrabble. Alas, he is constantly outmatched as he is only a lawyer and I was an English major. ***waves furiously at Loopy Lupin and Catherine Allen***

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Catherine - Aug 22, 2004 5:33 pm (#2316 of 2955)    

[]i]Alas, he is constantly outmatched as he is only a lawyer and I was an English major. ***waves furiously at Loopy Lupin and Catherine Allen*** --Lupin is Lupin[/i]

**Waves frantically back at Lupin is Lupin and Loopy Lupin**

LOL! I adore Scrabble. My hubby is pretty good for a chemist who was almost an English major and almost a lawyer! **looks around and waves furtively at Chemyst**

We had some "issues" early on though, because he wouldn't count some of my words. I pulled out the Oxford English Dictionary, and he relented. Of course, he likes to include chemical or scientific words that practically no one would ever know **waves to Chemyst again**, which always annoyed me. We now like to try to make up words to see if the other person will risk a challenge. It's a great triumph if we can be sneaky enough to get a faux word by! Keeps the game exciting. He laughs that he can only beat me if he cheats by adding up the scores wrong. Took me a while to catch onto that one!

Another game I like to play is "Acquire." Any Acquire fans on the Forum?

I'm off to catch up on some posts, so I don't have to cheat and hit "mark as read." See you guys around!

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Gina R Snape - Aug 22, 2004 5:48 pm (#2317 of 2955)    

You don't live in or near NYC, do you Kim? I am always dying to find new people to play with. None of my friends want to play with me anymore because I always win.

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Aug 22, 2004 5:56 pm (#2318 of 2955)    

I haven't been to NYC since I was seven years old, Gina. But if you ever find yourself in Boston, let me know, I'm always up for a game.

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I Am Used Vlad - Aug 22, 2004 6:26 pm (#2319 of 2955)    

Gina, I just have to ask. Did you have a chance to play BOGGART and KIPPENDO in the same game? And would you have received the 50 point bonus for playing BOGGART, or was one of the letters already on the board? If I'm ever in NYC(or Boston) I'll play a game. I love Scrabble.

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Round Pink Spider - Aug 22, 2004 6:30 pm (#2320 of 2955)    

Round Pink Spider - I'm sorry, I had to scan through the posts rather quickly yesterday...issues of what?

Sarcastic Ginny, that would be issues of "The Cupboard Under the Stairs," which is the Harry Potter Club newsletter that I write once a month.

Glad you liked it, Prongs! :-D

Wormse, I'll be happy to send it to you, but I usually send the back issues too, because I have this really annoying habit of referring constantly to previous articles in back issues. With the latest issue that went out last night, that comes to about 130 pages of text (just to warn you!).

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wormsé - Aug 22, 2004 6:33 pm (#2321 of 2955)    

That's perfectly fine, RPS! It shall give me something to do! Smile Thanks muches.

EDIT: Of course, looking back now... I realize it isn't going to work simply because I typed my email wrong. *blushes* It's really pinkgrapefruit07@yahoo.com Sorry! *hangs head in shame*

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TwinklingBlueEyes - Aug 22, 2004 6:50 pm (#2322 of 2955)    

RPS, I hate to bother you again, but could you send all to me one more time? I have lost two hard drives it the last two days, not to mention all data on them. At this point am on friends computer and REALLY need something to do to take mind off evil computers!

I think the squibbytoad got loose in my computer tower. :-)

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Gina R Snape - Aug 22, 2004 6:59 pm (#2323 of 2955)    

Yes, Nimrod. I had TWO HP seven letter words (i.e. where I could use all seven letters in my hand). You can only imagine how much it killed me to not be able to put them down...

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Marye Lupin - Aug 22, 2004 7:00 pm (#2324 of 2955)    

Wow I've been away for almost a month!

I'm feeling terrible right now. I just said goodbye to my best friend. We're both leaving for college next week and I might not be able to see her until December (She's in Boston I'm in Maryland). I thought I was used to moving (my dad's in the foreign service so we move every few years) but I realized today how much I'm going to miss her. I've only known her for two years but we have so much in common and she's been such a wonderful friend. I keep trying to tell myself we can stay in touch but I've moved so many times and it never really happens...

I'm sorry for bringing this up here but I needed to "talk" about it with someone. My parents just shrugged and said I'll make new friends (Of course I'll make new friends but I don't want to lose my old ones).

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MzWhizz123 - Aug 22, 2004 7:09 pm (#2325 of 2955)    

Marye: Being 40+ in years, I, too, have had to say good-bye to many friends. The interesting thing I have found is that when I see some of them again, one of two things happens: We either acknowledge the relationship and do a bit of catching up then go our separate ways again, OR it's as though we have not been parted for long and just pick up where we left off!

This past summer I had the good fortune to become re acquainted with the girl who was my closest friend all through high school. We have not seen each other for nearly 20 years! But after we stopped screaming and hugging, the years simply melted away and we were goofy teenagers again.

Keep in touch with your friend and make a DATE to get together again and KEEP IT! Sounds like you have a good thing going!

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boop - Aug 22, 2004 7:15 pm (#2326 of 2955)    

Marye, feel free to email me anytime. I will be glad to talk with you. I understand that feeling because I am going through the same thing. If you have msn you can reach me there by boop196078@hotmail.com or if you have aim here is my screen name onebtbp.

Yes I had a great time at the zoo. They didn't want Jim, so I couldn't leave him there. My trip was nice, good to see Tracie and her family again and Jim.

Have a great Monday everyone.

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Eponine - Aug 22, 2004 7:15 pm (#2327 of 2955)    

Marye, I know how you feel. My best friend has been in Alaska for the past year and will be there for another year at least, but the year before last she was in Israel for a year getting her master's degree. We weren't able to keep in touch that much when she was in Israel (It's something like an 8-9 hour difference), but since she is at least in the US, it's much easier now. It's only a 4 hour difference now, it's like we're practically next door neighbors! E-mail is wonderful. It is possible to keep in touch when you live in different parts of the country. I do hope you are able to keep in touch with her. Do set a date to see her, maybe you could both come home on the same weekend.

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virgoddess1313 - Aug 22, 2004 7:29 pm (#2328 of 2955)    

RPS... I'd like to recieve your newsletter as well, if its not too much trouble.

Marye, I can certainly sympathize. My best friend and I were at college together last year, but this year she is going to a school in Kansas to be with her fiancee. I really only have 2 close friends, Jenn, the one in Kansas and Amanda (or Conig, as I call her)who also goes to a school a decent distance from me. The internet has proved invaluable in keeping in touch, although we talk on the phone occasionally and make plans to meet when we can. Its hard, but you'll make it. And you will make some new friends. You may not be as close to them as your other friend, but that will still help things to be easier for you. Good luck and hugs!!

I start school tomorrow... Latin and religion bright and early on the first morning.. ick. What was I thinking? Oh well. Can't wait until next year when I transfer schools. Very excited about that. I am also a little excited and nervous about starting my new job tomorrow.

I hope everyone had a great weekend and has a wonderful week!!

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Marye Lupin - Aug 22, 2004 7:40 pm (#2329 of 2955)    

Boop-- Thank you for the offer. I would love to talk with you via e-mail if you want to. Unfortunately I am going to the beach for three days so I will be without internet access but maybe when I get back I'll e-mail you. (my e-mail is maryk_angel@msn.com)

The wierd thing is that every other school I've been to the other students were mostly in the same situation as me-- Their parents had jobs that involved moving every few years. It was pretty much an unspoken understanding that a large percentage of the people in our classes were going to leave every year so I never really let myself get too attatched. I haven't had a best friend in a really long time. It was wierd when I moved the last time in tenth grade because it seemed that 90 percent of the class had known each other since at least the sixth grade (there's only one middle school that feeds into my high school) and they had all formed tight knit groups. Now it feels so much harder to leave all the people I've gotten to know. I feel like it's a little worse for me because this was the first time since I was very little that I have let myself feel like I belong somewhere and now I'm leaving.

This one friend though means a lot to me. She basically introduced me to most of my other friends and I can talk about things with her that I can't discuss with anybody else other than my sister. I guess you could say she understands my inner dorkness (I already dread showing my roommate that my CD collection consists of almost nothing except musicals and movie soundtracks and that I have a poster of the British royal family tree -- and this doesn't even cover that small Harry Potter obsession of mine)

Edit: I really need to go to bed! I'm practically falling asleep-- I'll "see" you all in a few days when I get back from the beach.

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Solitaire - Aug 22, 2004 7:44 pm (#2330 of 2955)    

Twinkling, what HAVE you been doing to your computer? It sounds like Umbridge may have set some Cornish Pixies loose on it! Mine has been misbehaving rather a lot lately, too.

None of this bodes well, as I begin a week of teacher meetings and workshops tomorrow, followed by lesson plans in the evening and kids next Monday. Waaaaaaaaahhhhhhhh!! Summer vacation is definitely over.

I will miss being able to post as much as usual and will probably have to trim the number of threads I watch closely. This forum has been a breath of fresh air ... not to mention a chance to sweep the cobwebs out of my brain! I have really enjoyed getting to know those with whom I regularly exchange ideas--in fact, I feel as though I've spent entire days with some of you! LOL

I hope you all have a great week!

Solitaire

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Round Pink Spider - Aug 22, 2004 7:57 pm (#2331 of 2955)    

Wormse, that would explain why I got those 5 notifications that there was no such e-mail address on yahoo! I'll try again.

Twink, I'm with Solitaire! Good heavens! Have you been tap-dancing on your CPU or something? Sure, I'll send 'em all along, it's no trouble since I'm sending them off to Wormse anyway.

Virgoddess, I'll send them to you at the same time.

Boop, I'm still trying to get all the issues to you. It looks like you've got all of the back issues, but this month's issue still hasn't gone through. I'll try again tomorrow.

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boop - Aug 22, 2004 8:00 pm (#2332 of 2955)    

Marye, Have a fun time at the beach. I will look forward to us e-mailing each other.Good night

RPS thank you I have the other newsletters. You should be able to send the new one then. Sorry my e-mail is being such a pain.

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Julia. - Aug 22, 2004 8:04 pm (#2333 of 2955)    

*puts hands on hips and looks over at Kim* Ok, fine, I admit, I'm not a Scrabble player. So sue me.

Betty, glad to hear you had a good trip. I hope you bothered Jim a lot in my absence.

Catherine, mazel tov to you and hubby on Tenure. It's good times.

Marye, I'm sorry you're not going to see your friend as often as you'd like. I'm still very very close with my friends from high school, and I start my second year of college next week. Since we graduated over a year ago *gasp* I've seen them very few times. Of the seven of us, I still go to school with only one, and the campus is so big I almost never see him. The internet is a wonderful thing for keeping in touch with my friends. I see them rarely, but thanks to AIM, I talk to them all the time. It just makes you value all the time you do spend with your friends.

Phew. I had a really long day today. I'm on the board of the Jewish Student Assocication, and we had our first meeting today. My friend Ben and I spend the afternoon comming up with ads to get people to come to make Shofars and learn about Kaballah. Advertising is really hard! But the good part was that we went to a BBQ for dinner. My friend Josh got married three days ago and didn't bother to tell us! We got to see him and meet his wife tonight, and it was an all around good time. Phew, I'm tired. I think I'll just go off and read the rest of the forum now. Have a good evening everyone!

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Pinky - Aug 22, 2004 8:12 pm (#2334 of 2955)    

Ooh - Julia - did you hear about the recent event where a whole bunch of people blew on shofars to get into the Guinness Book of World Records? I'd love to come and make one. And I don't play Scrabble either. So there.

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Round Pink Spider - Aug 22, 2004 8:15 pm (#2335 of 2955)    

What a neat idea for a world's record!

OK, Boop, I'll send that now. G'night, everyone!

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Julia. - Aug 22, 2004 8:23 pm (#2336 of 2955)    

Really Pinky? I actually did not hear that. That's awesome! What a cool world record.

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Gred-n-Forge - Aug 22, 2004 10:19 pm (#2337 of 2955)    

Wow, lots of posts to wade through! Happy birthday to all who had birthdays so far this month (Leila, your daughter is so cute!) Betty, I'm glad to hear you had a good time on your trip, and here's a hug from me since I missed the group hug. To all others who went on trips, I hope you had a good time.

I'm glad to hear nobody was hurt during the hurricanes.

After reading all the stories about burns, super glue, etc, I can definitely relate. I'm surprised I have any fingerprints left. Yes, Pop-Tarts get pretty hot. Which is why I quit heating them. I guess I fall in the ranks of "not-so-good-moms", since my kids eat 'em quite a bit (but, hey, at 5:30 in the morning, when we have to leave the house shortly after 6. . .). It hasn't been so bad ever since they learned to fix their own bowls of cereal on the weekends!

Been a busy week for me. . .the kids started school this last Tuesday. It's still a bit of a jolt for me when they do start school--my son is now in 2nd grade, and *sniff* my daughter is now a 1st grader. Work has been going pretty nuts for me, I've been going in at strange hours, working 6 days a week. Oh, and I recently got a learner's permit to learn how to ride a motorcycle!

Liz, congratulations on your getting 1st chair. (See? All that practice does pay off!)

And, oh, all the tooth stories. I think my worst experience with getting a wisdom tooth pulled (mine came out, one at a time) was when I was about 4 months pregnant with my son. I had a abscessed wisdom tooth that was so bad I couldn't close my mouth, and Tylenol wasn't helping any with the pain, so in I went to the dentist that morning. Needless to say, I had virtually no anesthetic when the tooth was pulled (quick little surface swab on the surrounding gum, that was it). It was probably my most painful experience with a dentist.

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The giant squid - Aug 23, 2004 12:27 am (#2338 of 2955)    

Scrabble!! Unfortunately, I haven't played hardly at all since my grandmother died (way back in '84), since the only other person I know with as large a vocabulary as me is my cousin--and his is bigger. No one will play Trivial Pursuit with me either... My grandma was the undisputed queen of Scrabble, though--you never needed to bother checking the dictionary, she knew whether it was a word or not. My grandpa used to try to trick her, but never succeeded.

Marye, I know how you feel about losing touch with a close friend. Since I moved to Las Vegas three years ago I've seen my best friend twice. He lives in the L.A. area (Thousand Oaks, for those of you familiar with SoCal)--only a 4-5 hour drive--but got in a car accident about 6 months after I moved & has been dealing with major back problems ever since. Sitting in a car for an extended period of time is sheer torture. The worst part is he's not real good at answering e-mails, either. I'll go for months without hearing from him, then send out a "Are you still alive?" e-mail and get an"I'm really really sorry..." response. He says he'll be coming out around Thanksgiving, though, so we'll see what happens.

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boop - Aug 23, 2004 2:47 am (#2339 of 2955)    

Half Blood Princess today is your special day!!! So Have a wonderful Day Michelle!!!!!

Happy Monday Everyone!!!!!

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Fawkes Forever - Aug 23, 2004 4:39 am (#2340 of 2955)    

Half Blood Princess... cool name... Happy Birthday to ya

Hey Betty.. hope you're having a good day Heres a hug just in case

I've also been a victim of the 'lava' poptarts... I burnt the roof of my mouth with one... actually ended up spitting the offending bite back out unto the floor... which would have been the day my parents has guests over... *cringe*. Needless to say, my Mum said that was the first & last time she'd ever buy poptarts!

Tim... wow, your mate is in Corrie Street.. too cool. He's the guy with the Trelawney style specs no less. Hee hee, you know I was just wondering the other day if he could actually see out of those jam jars.... hee hee! He's very funny, wonder if they will extend his part... it's much funnier than a lot of the others in the show! I also have a mate whos been on tv a few times... even guesting as a patient on Holby City (UK Hospital Drama), & a few Irish movies. My own brush with 'acting' is that when I was at school, I appeared in an ITV saturday morning kids TV show once... I even got a speaking part, alas I never even got to see the programme...

Stupid work had been keeping me distracted of late, indeed I haven't been near the forum since last week.... wednesday I think, so many unread posts & the 'cheat' button (mark as read) for the entire forum is looking like an option... oh well.

Jules... nice to see you popping back in for a quick chat... you have been missed!

Hope you are all having a nice monday... weather is mad here at the moment... torrential downpours one minute & loads of sunshine the next! Just off now to try to read as many posts in my lunch break. TTFN

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Catherine - Aug 23, 2004 4:48 am (#2341 of 2955)    

They didn't want Jim, so I couldn't leave him there.—Boop

Oh, no, Betty, an early morning SPEW! Glad to hear that you and Jim had fun at the zoo, even if you had to take Jim home again.

Marye Lupin, I think a lot of us know how you feel. I didn't have a best female friend for years (not until college, which is a long time) after my best junior high friend suddenly moved to Texas. **waves to Lisa, who would never visit the Forum** We cried and pouted, and our parents allowed us to take family vacations together every summer. She and I went to Europe after we graduated high school, and she was the maid of honor when I got married.

We can still pick up the phone and it is like we're thirteen again. In fact, Lisa works in New York City, and came to watch me when I was on a show that was being filmed. The hardest thing in the world was knowing that she was in the audience and not being able to turn around and look at her! At that point, I hadn't seen her in person for over ten years. But it was just like old times. We traipsed across NYC, shopping and eating and drinking and it made my whole year. And the female friends I made in college **waves to Caroline and Robin, (who also would never be on the Forum, alas earwax)** were worth waiting for. I can remember seeing them both standing in our dorm suite after a long summer's absence, and we would all start crying because we were so happy It was like finally coming home.

Have a good Monday. Only I hour and 13 minutes until "official tenure." I will be doing a happy dance at that time! Woo-hoo!

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mike miller - Aug 23, 2004 5:44 am (#2342 of 2955)    

Good Monday Morning to all!!!

Catherine - Congrats on your husband receiving tenure. A real milestone.

Betty - I'm so glad you had a great day at the zoo. I echo Julia's sentiments regarding "bothering" Jim.

It's been crazy for me over the last few days and it's really just picking up steam. Last Friday I had the opportunity to shoot a round of sporting clays (shotguns and moving clay targets simulating various hunting situations) with my best friend and his boss. A great time had by all. Saturday I played in a softball tournament with my church team. Four games in one day, I sure could have used some of Madame Pomfrey's Pepper-up Potion. Saturday night in Ocean City, MD. Sunday, driving home (3 hours) to cut the grass. We have a 2 acre lot, so it takes a couple of hours. This moring I fly to Florida for a 4 day business trip.

I can relate to the moving and leaving friends. I've moved five times since going away to college. I still keep in touch with one or two of the friends I've made along the way. The best thing about the most recent moves is that they were related to work and my best friend's wife worked for the same company so they moved too!

Happy Birthday in advance for all those having birthdays this week!

Well, off to the airport. I hope they have high speed at the hotel!

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Kasse - Aug 23, 2004 6:08 am (#2343 of 2955)    

Wow you go away for the weekend and come back and there are 86 new messages. I had a very average weekend – I get to move into a new flat next week so I am really excited.

Julia – I like the new avatar. Glad to hear that you are feeling better, hopefully you will not look like a chipmunk for too much longer.

Ozy – Did you move yet? How did that go?

Loopy Lupin - "Super Size Me", yes I saw it. All I can say is I am glad that I gave up fast food a year ago, but I agree who in there right mind would live off that stuff for a month. For all who have not seen it, I would say it is quite interesting.

Catherine Allen - That picture of your dogs near the HP books is so cute!Glad to hear that the dehumidifier is still working wonders. By the way I kinda like being a nerd too

Celestina W. – I do not have the PS soundtrack is it good? I have the POA one and I love that, I listen to it when I am in one of my moods and it always cheers me up.

ShelterGirl – Good for you for taking that kitten in. He does sound really cute, keep us posted.

RPS – I got the newsletter I have not read it yet but thank you for sending it out.

True Love & Boop – yes this site definitely keeps the dementors at bay. I tell you reading this site and listening to the POA soundtrack is all I need to get my mood back up.

Thanks to everyone on this site for being so lovely *hugs all of the HP Lex family*

Richard Reid – I have not checked out your site yet but I promise to give it a look.

Gina – I feel your frustration, they should allow real words into scrabble, where are peoples priorities? I am in NYC so if you ever need a scrabble buddy let me know. (though I admit I am not too good at the game so you have been warned) Speaking of board games how about HP monopoly? That would be great.

Marye – I know how you feel I am in NYC and I have one best friend in Scotland and another one in South Africa, yeah it is tough but thank god we live in an electronic age.

Michelle - happy birthday

Ok I am off to read/post. Have a great day all.

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Chemyst - Aug 23, 2004 6:14 am (#2344 of 2955)    

Boop, a trip to the zoo sounds like the perfect diversion right now. I once had a teacher who described our study hall as a zoo. It would be hard to produce an analogy more insipid and less true. We could not walk around at leisure. We could not enjoy the natural light of the sun or breathe in fresh air. We were not even supposed to turn our necks and gaze around at what little view we had. No laughter. No sense of wonder. No exclamations of delight. No, a study hall is not a zoo. Some of the administrators on the other hand, they might be animals...   porcupines come to mind.

Ah, Scrabble. My set is gathering dust. I used to have a hard time finding people to play with too, but I haven't really bothered looking since I got Internet.

Marye, distance is not always a death for a friendship. I have two friends from my school years that I'm still in contact with, even though we haven't lived in the same state since before you were born. Of course, it helped that we were good letter writers, and now e-mailers. **wonders how life would have been different if we'd had instant messaging back then**

Happy Birthday HBPrincess.

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TwinklingBlueEyes - Aug 23, 2004 6:23 am (#2345 of 2955)    

Do any of you Scrabble players play online? I know there are several sites where you can play in "real time". Am a domino player myself, but I remember seeing several places to play word games, board games, etc.

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Gina R Snape - Aug 23, 2004 6:39 am (#2346 of 2955)    

TBE, I've never looked into playing Scrabble online. That is an interesting idea. Though, part of why I like to play with friends is to get away from the computer

Kasse, you are in NYC?! Why didn't you tell me sooner?!?! You have to join our NYC meetup in September. Who knows, Jack might even show up...

But seriously, email me privately and let's chat. Oh, and I nearly forgot to mention that I have the SS/PS 'trivial pursuit' game.

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Round Pink Spider - Aug 23, 2004 6:41 am (#2347 of 2955)    

Happy Birthday, HB Princess!!!

Virgoddess, your e-mail address couldn't handle the flood of incoming newsletters and kicked Issue 4 back out. I'll try again later.

Have a good Monday, everyone!

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Catherine - Aug 23, 2004 6:41 am (#2348 of 2955)    

Some of the administrators on the other hand, they might be animals...   porcupines come to mind. --Chemyst

As a former teacher, I have to say that porcupines didn't come to mind for me! I was thinking of boa constrictors, slowly squeezing the life and breath out of learning. Or cockroaches (which I had in my room--eeuurggh!), scurrying around and taking cover whenever bad things came to light. Or, maybe since I'm in a charitable mood this morning, maybe just donkeys.

Cheers, y'all! Oh, and Happy Birthday HalfBlood Princess!

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ShelterGirl - Aug 23, 2004 8:18 am (#2349 of 2955)    

Good Monday everyone!

Half Blood Princess, happy birthday!

I've finally bitten the bullet and created a mini-page so folks can see photos. The foster kitten is on there as well.

here's the address:

http://homepage.mac.com/juliesummerell/PhotoAlbum1.html

Hope everyone has a great day. Smile

Edit: The mac.com site won't allow me to post this as a link for some reason. Go figure.

Edit #2: Ok, now it works...

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Catherine - Aug 23, 2004 8:21 am (#2350 of 2955)    

Hey, Shelter! **waves**

I tried the link, but got a "sorry" page instead Sad

I really did want to see those pets! I'll try again later.

EDIT:

Yeah, Julie! They are all so cute. I really liked Emma's picture. She looks like she's trying to be tolerant and pathetic because you brought Charley home. I love Glory's name, and she seems sweet. I hope it works out for the two of you. Nice Harry Potter books in Koko's picture!
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Kasse - Aug 23, 2004 8:24 am (#2351 of 2955)    

awww shelter the pets are really cute. I love animals. Charley is so tiny, but cute as a button, posed very well for the camera as did Bagheera2 and Koko

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Padfoot - Aug 23, 2004 8:59 am (#2352 of 2955)    

Happy Monday everyone. And Happy Birthday Half Blood Princess!

Well I took my car into the body shop this morning. It should be finished by Friday. I got a rental car from Enterprise, a Mazda M3. I have never heard of it or seen it before, it's a small red car. The sales guy tried to talk me into renting a fancier car, an SUV in fact. But I really don't want to pay lots of money for a car I will only be using in town.

ShelterGirl, your foster kitten is really cute.

All those poptart injury stories make me glad I don't eat them. I have only tried a poptart once in my life, strawberry I think. This was years ago, back when they first came out. It tasted like cardboard with sugar. Now those toaster strudels are pretty good.

Have fun on your trip Mike!

Sounds like you had fun Betty. I always love going to zoos and aquariums.

I hope everyone who is starting school/new job today has a great day!

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Accio Sirius - Aug 23, 2004 12:58 pm (#2353 of 2955)    

Happy Birthday HB Princess!

Have you Scrabble fans read Word Freak yet? It's a great book. The writer is a really nice guy too--he's trying to entice my husband to join his local Scrabble club. My hubbie was the South Western Scrabble champ back in the early 80s. He was dubbed the Bobby Fischer of Scrabble until he basically fell out of the game, for which I am thankful as I have seen and met the really serious national competitors! I won't play him anymore. It's too humiliating. He does play on line, and I'm sure would love to meet up with anyone really interested in a challenge (Mike, Gina or Kim perhaps?). And I think it would be great to use HP words. It would do him good to get his behind kicked every once in a while!

Hope everyone has a good Monday. We did some major cleaning last week, so the office actually echos now because all of the junk is gone. It's so liberating. I hope it lasts the rest of the month! LoL.

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Leila 2X4B - Aug 23, 2004 1:52 pm (#2354 of 2955)    

Happy Birthday HBPrincess.

Julia, aghast, my dentist wants me to schedule an appointment to have my wisdom teeth removed.

Chipmunk city here I come.

The burn story I have is a bit different. My daughter came in the room when I was about to drain the Spaghetti and ran into my back, sloshing the water(boiling) down on my stomach. Youch. Luckly, I am big enough, hehe, to block her from getting splashed, but youch the same. It hurt soooo badly. It was like having a sunburn in an instant. Still, nothing compares to biting into a Lava flavored Poptart, that hurts too.

I was the reigning Scrabble Queen in Highschool. I won all of the tourneys that we had. So Scrabble players, watch out.

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mike miller - Aug 23, 2004 2:58 pm (#2355 of 2955)    

Well I made it to Sarasota without incident! Something one of my co-workers cannot say (the infamous lost luggage). I guess if you have to go away on business, there are a lot worse places than Florida.

The hotel has high-speed - HOORAY!!!

Hopefully, I will not fall any further behind on the postings than I am already. *resist the mark as read option*

I only have an hour until dinner, off to check a couple of my favorite threads. Have a great week everyone, especially those just starting school.

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haymoni - Aug 23, 2004 3:07 pm (#2356 of 2955)    

Hi guys - another "quiet" evening - have to leave around 8:00 pm to pick up my son at baseball practice - it's not enough to play all summer - he has to play "fall ball" too. Oh well, when he's pitching at Jacob's Field, I won't be complaining.

Gina - I have SS/PS Trivial Pursuit also. I refuse to move the pieces around the board and collect "pie slices". We just ask the questions. It's always fun to play with my husband since he has only seen the movies. He actually isn't too bad at guessing the right answers though.

Smog is going to the vet tomorrow. Vets around here charge an arm and a leg, so we take our animals to the vet where my sister-in-law works. Hubby is taking him. He's much better at these animal things. I do better with the kids.

Have a good evening all!

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True Love - Aug 23, 2004 4:22 pm (#2357 of 2955)    

Happy Monday everyone. The folks who were off on holidays in August are slowly trickly back to work, which means I can't sneak off to read HP stuff as much as I like. And when I do, my system at work crashes. I dare not call in the tech. folk or they will know instantly what sites I've been visiting. Really cannot justify the HP sites with my work yet but I am working on it. I am organizing a "take your kid to work" day - maybe tie it into that.

Boop - what zoo did you visit? I love zoos but the more "modern" ones. I like the Toronto Zoo and love to photograph the animals there.

Shelter Girl - loved your photos. What heart breakers you have there. Must spend a lot of time just hugging the little critters.

I promised to be off the computer at 8pm EST so my husband can use it so must fly to check out new postings and see who is on the chat line. Will probably sneak back on when he goes to bed. Will see. Love chatting will all of you and reading all the posts.

Talk to you soon - hopefully.

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Hem Hem - Aug 23, 2004 4:33 pm (#2358 of 2955)    

Wishing everyone on the forum a great year. I'm leaving for school tomorrow, so this will be my last day on the forum until June. Thank you all for the great discussions, the firendship, and the good times. I hope that if I stop back here a year from now, I'll find the forum flourishing-- with discussions about HBP.

Fondly,

Jackie

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ShelterGirl - Aug 23, 2004 4:48 pm (#2359 of 2955)    

Good luck Jackie.

Be safe and have fun.

Smile

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boop - Aug 23, 2004 5:10 pm (#2360 of 2955)    

Jackie, Gone for a whole year, I will miss you. If you must be gone the whole year, good luck. I hope you have a wonderful year at school. If you do get a chance please stop by and say Hello. It won't be the same without you Jackie. Take care Jackie, BIG HUGS to you!!!!

True Love, I was at the Cleveland Zoo.

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haymoni - Aug 23, 2004 6:09 pm (#2361 of 2955)    

Jackie - Best Wishes to you!

(Are you sure you can't sneak away to the Forum???)

Boop - how'd you like the Rain Forest? I still like watching the elephants. Wish they had more room, though. The gorillas are always facinating as well. So are the giraffes.

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Pinky - Aug 23, 2004 6:57 pm (#2362 of 2955)    

Jackie! We will miss you terribly. If it is ever possible for you to check in with us, please, please do! Hurry back when your year is up. Have lots of fun, and take advantage of every opportunity. I can't wait to hear about all you are able to do.

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boop - Aug 23, 2004 7:01 pm (#2363 of 2955)    

Haymoni, I liked the Rain Forest. Alot of the animals were active yesterday so we got to see them moving around not just laying there. The polar bear just paced back and fourth. There was a black bear in a tree. Its a good place to go and forget about what is going on in your life. I love watching the animals. I wish there was a zoo close, because I would probably visit it weekly.

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Julia. - Aug 23, 2004 7:03 pm (#2364 of 2955)    

Jackie, have a wonderful time in Israel! I hope you learn a lot and come back a great scholar, then I can bug you with all my annoying questions. If you had a spray of chocolate sauce... Anyway, have more fun than is legally allowed and be safe. Hugs to you!

Awwww, poor Leila, good luck with your wisdom teeth, I hope you don't look too much like Alphred Hitchcock.

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True Love - Aug 23, 2004 7:07 pm (#2365 of 2955)    

I love zoos too. The Toronto Zoo is a 4 hour drive away and since it takes all day to tour it I don't go too often. My husband doesn't like zoos so I either go alone or with another photo buddy. I will try to post some of my photos. I've had some good success with zoo animals but sometimes they are just too far away. I end up with small black speck - wildabeast in a field.

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Leila 2X4B - Aug 23, 2004 7:34 pm (#2366 of 2955)    

I am so excited. I get to go away with my Bean and a friend to Cape Cod for four days. The only problem is no net. I shudder to think of state of my in-tray...

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Acceber - Aug 23, 2004 7:48 pm (#2367 of 2955)    

Jackie-have a great time away from the Forum-for a year???? I haven't even been a member for a year. We'll miss you.

Happy Birthday Half Blood Princess!

Julie-loved the pet pics. As the owner of two beautiful cats, all I can say is awwwwwwwwww...

Julia-I love your (not-so-)new avatar!

Scrabbble-I for one prefer Boggle: much easier for smaller brains and played with a timer so certain people don't take hours doing one word. I was playing yesterday and wrote down "Knut" as a joke. The people I was playing with didn't understand it until I told them.

I love ranting about meaningless gunk...As some of you know, I'm in the Adirondacks currently, at my summer house for about 2.5 weeks. It's not very nice (the house itself); wet, cold, noisy and a very yucky color yellow. So, after years of putting it off, we (that is to say, my mum and her three siblings) are building a new one, farther away from the busy road and into the woods. Meaning we have to sort through everything to find out what we want to keep and what we don't. The process hasn't exactly started yet; we're doing the bulk of it come Labor Day Weekend. I feel like Sherbie . And of course, it might all be for nothing, since they might not be able to dig the new foundation if too much rock is in the way. *sigh*

I'm done wasting your time. Have a good night/afternoon/morning everyone!

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virgoddess1313 - Aug 23, 2004 8:00 pm (#2368 of 2955)    

RPS... I got all of the newsletters, thank you so much!!!

First day of school and work today. It was a little hectic, but overall not too bad.

Putting my two knuts in on the Scrabble thing, I love the game. I could stand for a good deal of improvement, its true, but I did go buy the computer version of it since I have no one else to play with.

Hope everyone has had a good Monday!!!

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Viola Intonada - Aug 23, 2004 8:04 pm (#2369 of 2955)    

Wow, this summer has bone by fast. My children go back to school tomorrow.

I thought I would have a chance to catch up on the forum this summer and post a lot more often, but then my brother sent home an XBox with my children. I have finally completed both "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" and "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban". So hopefully that addiction is now abated and I can get back to my original addiction to the Forum.

Boop, are you in my neck of the woods again? Howdy if you are, I know I haven't been in the chat room in a while. *Hangs head in shame* Hope you are doing well. I will "chat" soon.

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Aug 23, 2004 8:04 pm (#2370 of 2955)    

Scrabble-I for one prefer Boggle: much easier for smaller brains and played with a timer so certain people don't take hours doing one word. – Acceber

Why do I feel like you were looking at me when you said that, Becca? Have you been talking to one of my Scrabble scrappers? I admit to spurning the clock when composing my words, but all in the sake of quality.

PS. I love Boggle. I believe there is a travel version of that as well.

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Gina R Snape - Aug 23, 2004 8:05 pm (#2371 of 2955)    

Jackie! They have got internet in Israel, you know. A whole year? A whole year?!?! Oye. Well, best of luck to you.

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Julia. - Aug 23, 2004 8:08 pm (#2372 of 2955)    

Oy, Kim, I GET THE POINT! I am not a fan of travel games! I'd much rather just sit there with my CD player and go to sleep.

On a different note, woo-hoo! I get my stitches out tomorrow! No more string in my mouth, yay!

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Viola Intonada - Aug 23, 2004 8:10 pm (#2373 of 2955)    

Gina, as usual you have the funniest avatars. I love it!

Jackie! Goodluck in school. Good luck to everyone else headed back to school, too!

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Hem Hem - Aug 23, 2004 8:11 pm (#2374 of 2955)    

Hehe, Gina. I'm gonna have an email address, but the place I'm going doesn't allow web browsing. Then again, if I go away for Shabbos and the family I'm staying at has internet, maybe I could stop by for a peek. But alas, when you only have moments to look at the forum, it's not so easy to get involved in the discussion. We'll see!

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Ozymandias - Aug 23, 2004 8:12 pm (#2375 of 2955)    

Oh no! Poor Jackie. I don't know how I'd survive with no internet for a year. Well, I'm sorry to hear you won't be around, and you will be missed. But have a fantastic time!

Acceber, I'm with you. I'm much more of a Boggle person than a Scrabble one. I don't have the patience to sit and compose the perfect word. I just do the first one I find. So Boggle is perfect for me!

Happy Birthday Half-Blood Princess! *HUG*

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Aug 23, 2004 8:34 pm (#2376 of 2955)    

Oy, Kim, I GET THE POINT! I am not a fan of travel games! I'd much rather just sit there with my CD player and go to sleep. -- Julia

Um, Julia, I wasn't even thinking of you when I wrote that. It was just a reference to my geeky fondness for travel/word games.

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Julia. - Aug 23, 2004 8:38 pm (#2377 of 2955)    

Ahh, *blushes* never mind then.

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Eponine - Aug 23, 2004 8:47 pm (#2378 of 2955)    

I have a question for the British members of the forum. Well, at least I think it should be directed towards you. What exactly is Turkish Delight? I saw a candy bar called that at an import store today, and I could not discern anything about it except there was some chocolate involved. I would appreciate it if someone could enlighten me on this matter!

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boop - Aug 23, 2004 9:09 pm (#2379 of 2955)    

Michelle, *Waves and gives her a great big hug* I have missed you. Yes I was in town just for the weekend. Sorry I didn't call while in town. I haven't been in the chat room to much either. I hope to talk with you soon. Maybe I will just have to pick up my phone and give you a call. Michelle I have been going through some pretty rough times, but hopefully things are going to get better each day. Take care, good to see you back.

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Denise P. - Aug 23, 2004 9:20 pm (#2380 of 2955)    

I love Boggle, I just recently got a travel version of it. If you like Boggle, try a similar game online called Bookworm at www.popcap.com

Turkish Delight - ugh! I don't like it, it is a chocolate candy but to me, it tastes like perfume. It has rose water in it, that is probably why I think it tastes perfume-y. I think it must be an acquired taste which I don't have.

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Marie E. - Aug 23, 2004 10:02 pm (#2381 of 2955)    

Mentioning Turkish Delight makes me want to read The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe.

I just spent four hours in Brownie Leadership Training, so my brain is wee bit fried. And I have an incredible urge to make crafts.

My brother is right about our grandma being the Queen of Scrabble. I wish she was still around, now that I'm old enough to know big words. And though no one likes to play Trivial Pursuit with Mike, I can boast that I beat him once. once.

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The giant squid - Aug 24, 2004 12:31 am (#2382 of 2955)    

   And though no one likes to play Trivial Pursuit with Mike, I can boast that I beat him once. once.



It was a fluke. A fluke, I tell you. A once-in-a-lifetime sheer dumb luck kind of thing.

Gina, I played the SS Trivial Pursuit once. My wife also found "The Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Trivia Game (Prefect's Edition)" on clearance a couple Christmases ago at a local toy store chain (KayBee's, for you American types). The game mechanic is heavily swiped from TP, but the feel is very Potter-esque. When Marie was out for my wedding last March we were quizzing each other from the cards; Shayla was getting as many right answers as either of us were!

A big hug for Betty, just because...

Happy Birthday, Michelle!

--Mike

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Marè - Aug 24, 2004 12:33 am (#2383 of 2955)    

Turkish delight are a kind of turkish candy. They are very, very, very sweet. Denise is correct about the rosewater. Originals don't have anything to do with chocolate, so my best guess is that your chocolate bar is filled with it. It looks like this:



PS You know when scrabble takes a long time? When you play it with two french guys and one doesn't understand english too well and has to look up every possible combination in the dictionary...

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Fawkes Forever - Aug 24, 2004 1:12 am (#2384 of 2955)    

About Turkish delight, in the UK they sell it in bars covered in chocolate & they also put small squares of turkish delight covered in chocolate into boxes of chocolates.

Denise you are right... Turkish delight is an acquired taste! Infact I'm the only one in my family that likes them... which means when we get a box of chocolates with turkish delights in them, I get to eat them all Funny, they aways remind me of Edmund in 'the Lion the Witch & the Wardrobe' too!

Jackie... a whole year.. I guess I missed saying Cheerio! But I'll say goodluck & hope to 'see' you soon anyways

I like scrabble, but can never find anyone willing to play. I also am a bit of a crossword freak... that is I like doing them... not that I'm actually very good... but I get enough answers...

I'm so jealous that you guys can buy SS edition of trivial pursuits... wow... too cool! Wish you could buy that over here. Anyway, enough waffling... Happy Tuesday everyone... oh & a hug for Betty & a hug for anyone who needs one

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septentrion - Aug 24, 2004 2:56 am (#2385 of 2955)    

turkish delight with chocolate ? what an abomination ! I like them...hem...too much. And you can find some filled with nuts or so...stop thinking of turkish delight...very difficult, nearly time for lunch...

It's been ages I haven't been playing scrabble, you make me feel like I should buy a game. I'm sure to beat my husband but I'm not sure to convince him to play.

Marè, at least you could find two french guys who understand English. Do you know how you call a person who can speak only one language ? a frenchman !

I'm probably too late but good luck for you Jackie !

Betty, hope you are better day after day *hugs*

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VeronikaG - Aug 24, 2004 3:45 am (#2386 of 2955)    

Can anybody tell me why I'm not walking out of class right at this moment, because that's what I want. But it's like I can't. I'm sneaking into the forum during a lab session at school. I don't understand anything we are doing, and there is no way I'm going to be able to do the assignment we need to hand in by next Monday to be allowed to take this class. I have almost decided to take another elective class instead, so why am I still sitting here? Is there any good psychological explanation to why I don't do a "Hermione in divination" here?

Sorry about this very unusual post.

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Leprechaun Jack - Aug 24, 2004 5:23 am (#2387 of 2955)    

*Gina-Kasse, you are in NYC?! Why didn't you tell me sooner?!?! You have to join our NYC meetup in September. Who knows, Jack might even show up...*

I had a SPEW moment I was drinking coffee at the time! My schedule is starting to lighten up I might actually be able to make it.

Jackie- You will be missed, I had a friend who went to Israel not to long ago and said that there are a few Internet café's around. So maybe you might be able to pop in now and again.

To everyone I missed HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

Boop- Great big HUG

Jack

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Marè - Aug 24, 2004 5:33 am (#2388 of 2955)    

Marè, at least you could find two french guys who understand English. Do you know how you call a person who can speak only one language ? a frenchman !

Oh, that's my worst fear when I go to France next month. I can read and understand a bit of it still (french in highschool is more than 8 years ago...) But I don't think I can make myself understandable.
Found No french harry potter so far, but I got my hands on an "Alice in wonderland". Let's see what I can make of it...

And Veronika, I really don't know what you should do, so I'll just go for "good luck!"

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Acceber - Aug 24, 2004 5:50 am (#2389 of 2955)    

Kim-no, I wasn't looking at you when I made the point about people taking too long, it was actually directed at my dad. He tries to find a seven-letter word with every combination of letters, thus doubling the game length time. Of course, Boggle is timed for three minutes and you get 11 points for a seven-letter word, so I'd have to say he enjoys that more.

I woke up too early *yawn*. Off to read more Forum...

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Catherine - Aug 24, 2004 5:56 am (#2390 of 2955)    

Veronika,

As someone who was possibly the most inept lab person ever, I can relate to your post. I actually frustrated one Biology professor so much that he ordered me through gritted teeth to "go home" because he couldn't tolerate my presence any more that day. Come to think of it, maybe that's why I like reading about Snape so much! (The irony of all of this is that I am married to a chemsitry professor!)

Do you need this lab for your major or to graduate? If you do, at least make an appointment to talk to the professor or the T.A. about what you don't understand. It also might be worth getting to know your classmates to see if anyone else can clue you in. I guess what I am saying is to speak up, and don't suffer in silence.

Oh, suffering. We had a tough night last night. I thought Hayley just had a bad cold, but ugh, it was so much worse. She ended up with one of her yearly viral-induced asthma episodes that had us both up all night. This morning we realized that she has a stomach virus, too. Poor thing. She's sacked out of the couch watching Disney movies through glazed eyes, looking sad.

I am consuming major caffeine this morning, but so far it is not working. I think I look like one of Loopy Lupin's bassett hound "siblings" today.

Hope everyone else is having a good morning.

Bye, Jackie! **waves to Hem Hem ** Learn loads and have a great time. We will miss you!

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Round Pink Spider - Aug 24, 2004 6:01 am (#2391 of 2955)    

Oh, Catherine, I can SO relate after all our recent illness! My major sympathies and long distance *HUGS*! I wish I could come and help you out, so you could get a nap!

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Loopy Lupin - Aug 24, 2004 7:20 am (#2392 of 2955)    

Oh, sorry you've got a "sickie" there Catherine. I usually find that a little "Princess Bride" is in order. Smile

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azi - Aug 24, 2004 7:29 am (#2393 of 2955)    

Awww Catherine, I feel so sorry for your kid. Hope she gets well soon. Bad asthma is always horrible, but with other illness as well? Even worse.

Well, the house is being prepared for the fitting of new windows tomorrow. My mum is insisting on cleaning the house *before* the fitting. Strange...

Hope everyone is having a great day!

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Kasse - Aug 24, 2004 7:34 am (#2394 of 2955)    

Hello all ….just two days left till Friday – thank goodness😄

Gina - I sent you a short email about september, when you get a chance let me know.....

Leila (Sleeping Beauty) – when is the appointment to have your wisdom teeth removed scheduled for? Good luck let us know how that goes. When is the trip to cape cod?

Jackie – have a great school year and “see” you in June

Julia – the stitches com out today right? Hope you are feeling better.

Catherine Allen – so sorry to hear about Hayley I hope she feels better soon. Sending lots of hugs.

Ok hope everyone has a good day. Take care

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Padfoot - Aug 24, 2004 8:10 am (#2395 of 2955)    

I have always wondered what Turkish Delight tastes like. Can it really taste so good that you hop in a sleigh with a witch and agree to trick your siblings into visiting a strange castle? I have never seen it in stores, but I have always wanted to try it. I have a hard time imagining it to be better than chocolate.

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Catherine - Aug 24, 2004 8:10 am (#2396 of 2955)    

Thanks for the sympathy, everyone. RPS, You had the sicky thing much worse then we do here, but thanks for the offer of a nap. It sounds SO tempting...but I can't! **pouts**

Actually, I found out a little while ago that "we're" (read: husband ordered them) having aquarium fish delivered today. I'm not really fond of acclimating fish to the aquarium. I almost poured a fish down the sink one time, and now it makes me a nervous wreck. (Kind of makes you have sympathy for my long-ago lab professors and T.A.s!)

Ugh. Maybe Hayley and I should watch "Princess Bride and have a few giggles.

See you all around!

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Aug 24, 2004 9:20 am (#2397 of 2955)    

Actually, I found out a little while ago that "we're" (read: husband ordered them) having aquarium fish delivered today. I'm not really fond of acclimating fish to the aquarium. I almost poured a fish down the sink one time, and now it makes me a nervous wreck.---Catherine Allen

Catherine sometimes I feel like we have strangely parallel lives. We got my son fish on the condition that I would not be the one to take care of them. They give me the willys. Well, no surprise to anyone, I'm sure, I was the only one to take care of them. I did fine for a while but over time we were left with just one in the tank. Do you know what happens if you don't take a dead fish out of the tank? Let me tell you...they sit in suspended animation till one day, they just evaporate. Fascinating when you think about it.

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Flame Alligator - Aug 24, 2004 9:39 am (#2398 of 2955)    

Hey everybody! I am back. I was ecstatic in Holland. Ecstasy must be stressful as I, who never gets sick, became ill near the end of my visit. Thanks to natural remedies and an understanding friend, I got better as was able to continue my sight seeing my last day there. I was sad to leave and happy to be home where I finished recovering. While I was in Holland, I felt cramped like everything was tight there, even when I was outside. After arriving home, I felt the openness, of this country. I actually feel the size of this country. Not just my city and state but all the states from coast to coast, border to border. I can feel America from "sea to shining sea" as my friend said to me.

Next on my agenda was a veggie burger. I had lots of wonderful moments in Holland but a couple of days there I was ready to "kill" for a veggie burger and a smoothie.

Timrew, Sarongs are great. I can wear them as a skirt, dress or a wrap in the evening. I did not get to wear them in Holland but I had planned to go dancing in one of them. I guess when I go back there I will get the chance.

Julia, I left some of my souvenirs behind....... keychains and stickers. I will have my friend pick up an extra one for you. Sorry, I did forget. I remembered someone liked key chains but could not remember who. They have some very cool key chains in Amsterdam. I will get one for you.

Happy Birthday to all who's birthdays I missed.

Boop, an uplifting hug to you.

I did see an Internet café but my friend was so busy showing me the city, we did not get a chance to stop and take a quick peek at the Lex or check my e-mail.

Good to be back.

Goedemiddag

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Gina R Snape - Aug 24, 2004 9:43 am (#2399 of 2955)    

Mike, I do have the "Prefects Edition" of the game; I just said Trivial Pursuit because it's close enough...

Kasse, I got your email and I apologise for not writing back yet. I will.

Jack, glad to hear your spew function is intact.

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Catherine - Aug 24, 2004 10:08 am (#2400 of 2955)    

Do you know what happens if you don't take a dead fish out of the tank? Let me tell you...they sit in suspended animation till one day, they just evaporate.--Lupin is Lupin

LOL, Kim! I think we do lead strangely parallel lives. I like looking at the fish from behind the safety of the aquariuam glass, but I don't like even the remote possibility of touching them. Ick. **Catherine has extreme girlie moment and shivers with the collywobbles**

I think you're right about the evaporating fish. We've gone away for the weekend, and had fish "missing." Not a trace. No floating corpse. My husband even moved rocks looking for the fish, and could never find them. **more collywobbles** I do not stick MY hand in the tank.

Now, this tank was supposed to be for my husband and the kids. I don't clean it or maintain it besides feeding the fish if I have to, but for some reason my husband manages to order fish and then says, "Oh, by the way, you need to be here all morning for when the fish come." The Fed Ex man delivers more fish to our house than anything else, and he always wants to know what it is "this time."

Now, take today for example. I find out at the last minute that fish are coming. Do I know what kind? Do I know anything about these fish? Nope.

So imagine the EXTREME panicky girlie moment when I'm ladling water into the shipping bag, and this 4 inch fish jumps OUT of the bag toward my face and goes into the aquarium. So much for acclimating that one slowly. I never had a chance.

I call up my husband to report this episode, and he casually says, "Oh, yeah, I got a wrasse, and they are real jumpers. You're supposed to watch that they don't jump out of the tank." WHAT? I realized that I had left the canopy lid open while I floated the other fish's bag in the tank. I ran over and closed the lid. Thankfully, this fish did not jump out of the tank and onto the floor. It was quite nerve-wracking to open up the lid to complete the acclimation for the other fish. That stupid wrasse kept looking at me like he was going to jump.

We were going to have grilled salmon for dinner tonight, but somehow I think I've had enough fish for today.
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Marè - Aug 24, 2004 10:34 am (#2401 of 2955)    

Next on my agenda was a veggie burger. I had lots of wonderful moments in Holland but a couple of days there I was ready to "kill" for a veggie burger

Okay, you obviously went to the wrong places Flame . I'm a vegetarian and I can tell you that if you go to the right supermarkets and restaurants they have great veggieburgers. (Or other meatreplacements for that matter)
McDonalds even has one.
The one thing I don't like about going abroad is the lack of choice in my food compared to home.

I guess "home sweet home" is one of these things that go for every peron in the world. Glad you're back in one piece though, have fun catching up.

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Padfoot - Aug 24, 2004 10:47 am (#2402 of 2955)    

Welcome back Flame!

Catherine, your fish story is funny. I have a small 20 gallon fish tank at home. I only keep small fish that do not jump. Although having a jumping fish would be really neat to watch. I love watch my fish, it is very relaxing. The only problem I have is keeping paws out of the tank.

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Julia. - Aug 24, 2004 11:16 am (#2403 of 2955)    

Flame! Welcome back! I'm so glad to hear you had a good trip. Don't worry about a key chain for me, I was kidding! Sorry you got sick twards the end there, but I'm thrilled that you're better now.

Catherine, thanks for that story, it made me laugh quite a bit, and my mouth didn't hurt! My fish story isn't very exciting. When I turned eight my parents got me two fish for my brithday. They died shortly there after because my then five year old sister put way too much lotion on her hands, and then stuck them in the tank. Turns out that fish don't like swimming in lotion-infested water. Who knew?

Anyway, I'm off to see the oral surgeon to get the string taken out of my mouth. Have a good afternoon everyone!

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Catherine - Aug 24, 2004 11:55 am (#2404 of 2955)    

Congrats on the de-stringing, Julia. Glad I didn't hurt your mouth with that story.

I also apologize if anyone was eating anything while reading that post. Hope no one lost their appetite reading about dead fish.

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septentrion - Aug 24, 2004 12:02 pm (#2405 of 2955)    

It's always so fresh air to read this thread !

Flame, good to see you back and safe at home !

Julia, in a few days, you won't even remember you had wisdom teeth once.

Catherine, I need more than dead fish stories to make me lose my appetite. Maybe if I could smell them...

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Ozymandias - Aug 24, 2004 12:10 pm (#2406 of 2955)    

Welcome back Flame!

The closest thing I have to a dead fish story actually belongs to my former roomate. This is a warning: do not put Dasani in your fish tank. She was changing the water, and was out of the purifier droplets, so she figured that bottled water would be safe. Not at all. The poor thing was dead within 24 hours. So I'm not drinking Dasani water anymore.

* thinks about smell of dead fish and does the girlie shudder*

I'm off to Ikea now to buy a bookshelf for the new apartment. Can you believe that in an on-campus apartment designed to be lived in by four college students, there is not a single bookshelf?

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Leila 2X4B - Aug 24, 2004 2:48 pm (#2407 of 2955)    

Wayne, I love the new avatar and quote. I was going to mention Troy McClure when I requested you do another Phil Hartman character. McClure is awesome.

Leila

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Catherine - Aug 24, 2004 3:13 pm (#2408 of 2955)    

May I agree with Leila and say that I enjoy the "Troy McClure" incarnation that Loopy Lupin currently has as his avatar.

I admit to a "Phil Hartman" nostalgic moment.

Thanks.

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haymoni - Aug 24, 2004 3:25 pm (#2409 of 2955)    

Hi guys! Hope all is well.

Smog the cat is not only diabetic, he is SEVERELY diabetic.

They took some blood and whatever number he had was 3 times worse than what he's supposed to have. And the vet told my husband that since we hadn't fed/watered him since midnight, his REAL number was probably 5 times as bad.

They gave him some sort of pill that we have to give him twice a day for 10 days. If that doesn't work, it's insulin time.

My co-workers laughed at me when I told them that I asked for Cat Advice on the Forum. I know where to find the smart people!!!

Thanks again!

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Catherine - Aug 24, 2004 3:31 pm (#2410 of 2955)    

Oh, Haymoni,

You are the smart one. You diagnosed him. I'm SO glad that he's gotten help, and that you and Smog are ok.

**sends a doggy kiss from Phoebe and Daisy to Smog. Hope Smog doesn't mind inter-species kisses....**

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Padfoot - Aug 24, 2004 3:59 pm (#2411 of 2955)    

Oh haymoni, that's too bad. I hope those pills work! Keeping positive thoughts for Smog. Give him a hug from me.

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Loopy Lupin - Aug 24, 2004 4:04 pm (#2412 of 2955)    

Aww. Sorry to hear about Smog haymoni. I had a friend with a diabetic cat. He was quite an old cat when diagnosed as being diabetic, but even at his age, the pills (followed, eventually, by insulin) kept him swatting at me for quite a long time.

Thanks for the avatar compliments. Smile I do like Troy. Phil Hartman was awesome. *sniff*

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Madam Pince - Aug 24, 2004 4:06 pm (#2413 of 2955)    

Happy Birthday to Rupert Grint -- sweet sixteen today!!!

Well, I had a bunch of posts I was going to reply to, but I got interrupted in my reading and it's now been a few hours, and I've forgotten them all now. Sigh.....

I tried an experiment today. I bought two wild (well, wild for me) nail polish colors that were on sale at the cheap cheap cheap store. Bright orange and glittery navy blue -- since orange and blue were my college colors, I thought I'd have a Wahoo moment. So I painted my toenails bright orange, and then put a single vertical stripe of the blue right down the middle.

Now when I look down at my toes, it looks like multiple sets of Madam Hooch's eyes are looking up at me.

Hmmmmmm....this is a bit disconcerting. May not last long.....

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Marie E. - Aug 24, 2004 4:08 pm (#2414 of 2955)    

Shayla went in for her last dentist visit today. Well, the last of this series, anyway. She had the tooth filled that we missed out on last week plus her two bottom canine teeth removed. As a bonus they pulled her loose tooth so now the tooth fairy has to come up with $6. Yipes! She is sitting upstairs watching Nickleodeon with a mouthful of gauze. We're serving tomato soup tonight, poor thing.

Mike-fluke my foot! I won that game with my astounding wealth of useless knowledge!

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Catherine - Aug 24, 2004 4:09 pm (#2415 of 2955)    

Madam Pince,

Even though I went to college "down the road," let me compliment you on your college color nail theme.

Go Hoos!

EDIT:

I don't feel bad about the "icky" (no pun intended) fish stories now that Loopy uses words like "decapitated" and "through the windshield" at dinner.

Whew. What a relief.

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haymoni - Aug 24, 2004 4:11 pm (#2416 of 2955)    

Loopy - Hubby and I were speaking of Phil only yesterday.

We were yelling, "The Mailman got two!!!" - why we were doing this, I can't recall - and he commented that we had forgotten to watch "Jingle All the Way" last Christmas. I started thinking about it, got a bit teary and said it would be difficult to watch now that Phil was dead.

We'll see how next Christmas goes.

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Eponine - Aug 24, 2004 4:32 pm (#2417 of 2955)    

Thank you to everyone who told me what Turkish Delight was. Whatever this candy bar was, I don't think I'll be getting it next time I go to that store.

Our internet has been on the fritz lately. We're moving next week and switching from DSL to cable, so hopefully that will help. My husband seems to think it will, and he knows a lot more about computers than I do so we'll see how that goes.

Dead fish stories...when I was a senior in high school, I decided I needed a fish. So I got one of those pretty Beta fish that promptly died, and it started dissolving in the tank. It was quite icky as well. Another time, I was working in the nursery at church, and in this room was a huge fish tank. I got there one night and realized there were about 6 dead fish floating in the top of the tank. Since the fish tank was a big source of entertainment for the 2 year olds, something had to be done. My boyfriend at the time knew a lot about fish, so I called him to come clean out the tank. (I wasn't touching those things!) All the little kids were asking me what was wrong with the fish. I figured it wasn't really my place to explain life and death to toddlers, so I told them the fish were sleeping and he was putting them to bed.

Well, I hope everyone is having a wonderful day. I'm off to catch up on the threads!

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Loopy Lupin - Aug 24, 2004 4:39 pm (#2418 of 2955)    

Yes,

Go Hoos.

I didn't know that you went to UVA Madam Pince. Class of '91 and '93 here. Smile And, as you got a psych degree, I can only assume you still remember Raymond Byce (sp?). As he was about DD's age when I took Psych 101, I'm sure he's left us by now. However, I do remember his "longterm memory" demonstration. So may demonstrations, so many memories.

Yes, haymoni, many things became too sad to watch after Phil died. I hope the Simpsons never try to give Troy or Hutz someone else. It would be a grave injustice.

icky (no pun intended)fish-- Catherine Allen

Hehe. Good one.

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Madam Pince - Aug 24, 2004 4:53 pm (#2419 of 2955)    

Wahoo-wah! (OK, so for all those non-University of Virginia folks out there -- that is a sort-of school cheer. It would take way too long to explain and frankly, isn't all that interesting.) Class of '86.

Bice-Psych rules! I can't imagine getting a degree without it. I don't know, Loopy, I've been getting the Alumni News ever since I graduated and I've never read Dr. Bice's obituary, so he may still be around. Let's hope so -- he was a fantastic teacher and I loved that class.

Speaking of Turkish Delight and UVA, did you happen to take the course on C.S. Lewis? I can't remember if it was in the English Dept. or the Religion Dept., and I've forgotten the teacher's name too, although she was very very cool also. She brought us Turkish Delight one of the first days in class so we could taste it. As I recall, it was ok but nothing to get all excited about. Although I have recently tasted some candy that I get a catalog for around holiday time, which is very similar to Turkish Delight and is pretty good stuff. Can't remember what it's called either.

Man, I'm having major brain drain today. Where DID I leave my memory?

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Catherine - Aug 24, 2004 5:03 pm (#2420 of 2955)    

Man, I'm having major brain drain today. Where DID I leave my memory? --Madame Pince

In the wardrobe with the Turkish Delight?

Oh, and Madame Pince, let me leave you with one little "Wa-hoo-wa."--(sp?)

I bet Loopy secrectly likes the stripey toenails, even if he claims to have no college spirit. You get an E from me! (and I'm only a Virginian; I didn't go there)

Still, T.J was pretty cool.

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Loopy Lupin - Aug 24, 2004 5:04 pm (#2421 of 2955)    

Oh my goodness. I believe Bice is indeed still alive. I found no obit on the web, but a couple of Cavalier Daily articles referencing him. He "retired" in 1994, but is still listed as a member of the faculty. (He "retired" again in 1998 from his post as University Historian.) The phone number listed for him (ah, the 924 prefix, memories)goes to his voice mail. Good for him!

EDIT-- I bet Loopy secrectly likes the stripey toenails, even if he claims to have no college spirit. You get an E from me! (and I'm only a Virginian; I didn't go there)-- Catherine Allen

When did I ever claim to lack college spirit? As a matter of fact, I had my eye on a pair of plaid orange and blue pants just the other day. It is coming up on football season, ya know.

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Catherine - Aug 24, 2004 5:08 pm (#2422 of 2955)    

Loopy, When did I ever claim to lack college spirit? As a matter of fact, I had my eye on a pair of plaid orange and blue pants just the other day. It is coming up on football season, ya know.

Post a pic with you in the plaid pants, and I will eat EVERY word.

EDIT: I guess I always figured you to be among our more fashionable set, that's all.

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Loopy Lupin - Aug 24, 2004 5:51 pm (#2423 of 2955)    

Well, you may be waiting a long time to eat those words. I was looking at the pants, but have not bought them yet. No, my law school I could not care less about. UVa is something altogether different.

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Catherine - Aug 24, 2004 5:59 pm (#2424 of 2955)    

Oh, whew!

**Catherine daintily wipes the perspiration from her brow, as she was the teensiest bit worried that Loopy would take her up on her challenge. (how does one eat words, any hoo....? **

No, I don't ever mess with you about your school. :-)

Except, well, that mine was pretty good, also... =-)

Whew. Too much for one night. I can barely keep up...

...except that plaid pants should be against the law...

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Accio Sirius - Aug 24, 2004 6:00 pm (#2425 of 2955)
Edited by Aug 24, 2004 6:10 pm    

Loopy, I met Phil Hartman at a party once and he was absolutely wonderful. He made a phone message for me and my husband as Troy McClure. In fact, he uses the Alice through the Windshield line in it. It was hysterical. So many people called our house just to listen to it that it broke our machine. I still have the tape of it, but now it just makes me sad!

Haymoni, Do you ever read the Pet Doctor column that is carried in several newspapers? He often has some really good advice and simple solutions for health and other problems. In fact, my kitty went low carbs after reading about the problems they have eating all dry foods. It really helped him a great deal. Hope your baby is okay, though!

EDIT: Put me down as a fan of Turkish delight. It's weird, but yummy in my book.

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Richard !!!Reid - Aug 24, 2004 6:03 pm (#2426 of 2955)    

Hey everyone. Just wanted to say thanks for the interest in my site. I posted the address a few days ago, and already, there has been lots of people coming in to check it out (hmmm...does that sound right?) Anyways, thanks again for having a look. There has been a lot more posts and I hope one day, that the site will be half as good as the Lexicon.

http://wc4.worldcrossing.com/webx?14@@.1ddeae41

Oh, by the way, I'm trying to catch up on a few posts, and Turkish delight is definitely not for me. Too chewy and sweet - thought it was jelly the first time I saw it - very bad mistake to make Sad lol

Richard

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Loopy Lupin - Aug 24, 2004 6:25 pm (#2427 of 2955)    

No, I don't ever mess with you about your school. :-) -- Catherine Allen

Oh, I didn't take anything that way. Just wanted to distinguish between the 'mater I dearly love and the 'mater that was just a means to an end.

Accio-- Oh, that's sad. I would get that tape onto a cd somehow, if I could manage not to bawl long enough to do so. I wanted to put something together regarding "Planet of the Apes--The Musical" where Troy played "the human"... "The role I was born to play, baby!" Alas the avatars for that kinda stunk.

To the tune of something:

Oh my God, I was wrong; It was Earth all along.

Oooh, Rock me Dr. Zais.

How did we get onto Turkish delight? (Sorry, I'm tired and too lazy to go back through the posts Razz) I'm only asking because something is telling my brain that it was a favorite of the kids in the first Narnia book.

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Marè - Aug 24, 2004 6:35 pm (#2428 of 2955)    

Okay fish stories... I used to have three fish, (at some point it became two..) But one day at St. Nicholas (december 5th) when I was very young and enthusiastically ran down to unpack all my presents, I looked up and noticed one of the fish missing. Panic, of course. While my father was trying to lighten the mood by joking that one of Saint Nicholas helpers took him in exchange for the presents, my mother was fanaticaly looking for the fish. she found it under the playcarpet. It apparently jumped out and wriggled it's way under. Now fish, entire night, carpet... not a pretty sight. I was a very traumatised girl!

Years later (highschool time) I had one brave fish remaining (it had things growing out of him, it was a bit of a mutated fish by that time) My poor fish was living in an aquarium so green with algae, you couldn't even see him anymore. (Which wasn't too bad, seeing how he was looking like an experiment gone wrong...)
But anyway, I decided one night to clean his tank and spent hours (!) cleaning every marble and every centimeter of it.
And whether I used too cold water or it was just the shock of seeing something again, but my brave, old fish was dead next morning...
snif.

So she figured that bottled water would be safe. Not at all. The poor thing was dead within 24 hours. So I'm not drinking Dasani water anymore.
LOL Ozymandias, I don't think it was anything in the water. It could have been the temperature difference, but seeing how it was bottled water, I'm afraid the poor fish choked because of a lack of oxygen.

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Catherine - Aug 24, 2004 6:40 pm (#2429 of 2955)    

About Turkish Delight...I'm only asking because something is telling my brain that it was a favorite of the kids in the first Narnia book. --Loopy Lupin

Well, that something was sorta correct; in fact, mostly correct. The Witch used Turkish Delight to lure one of the children to betray his siblings and Aslan.

I didn't name the child so as to not post Spoilers.

Loopy, I hope I didn't tease you too much. I don't know what your law school is, but as long as it's accredited, I wasn't planning to zing you too much. You may not know this, but there is "supposed" to be a "natural" rivalry between our undergrad schools. I dunno where you went after, but I went to Duke, so zing away....

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Loopy Lupin - Aug 24, 2004 6:55 pm (#2430 of 2955)    

Argggh!!!! Duke!!! *chokes, spews*

Just kidding. Smile Yes, it was always funny to me that the Virginia Tech people never got that we did not really care about winning (or losing) to them in much of anything. We cared more about Duke or UNC. Of course, now VIP is in the ACC. The world is moving to fast. I want off.

My law school was George Mason which was (and is) fully accredited. They even have a pretty kick butt building with quite the library and are ranked somewhere or another. At the time I went, though, they were "up and coming" and very annoying.

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Catherine - Aug 24, 2004 7:05 pm (#2431 of 2955)    

Of course, now VIP is in the ACC. The world is moving too fast. I want off. --Loopy Lupin

Yeah, I have my own VIP issues (aside from the fact that ECU was trying to gain admittance to the ACC). They are somewhat "ick," but not relevant currently, so I will leave them wallowing in the sty of the past...

and Yeah, Duke is annoying. I know, folks, I know.

I "almost" went to UVA, but I was so shy and retiring that I went to a smaller school :-)

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ShelterGirl - Aug 24, 2004 7:14 pm (#2432 of 2955)    

Haymoni- These are two sites that saved my sanity, and helped me get Clancy to where he is now:

http://www.felinediabetes.com/fdmb/frames.pl

and

http://p076.ezboard.com/bventboard

The second one is the best for long term discussion. The first one is excellent for when the cat is newly diagnosed.

Good luck. I'll be thinking of you and your "Sugarcat."

Julie

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Eponine - Aug 24, 2004 7:24 pm (#2433 of 2955)    

Duke or UNC? It doesn't really matter to me, but my in-laws are huge UNC fans. My father-in-law has season tickets for football and basketball, so I have to go to a few games. Actually, this Saturday we're going to the UNC alumni game, and my husband is quite excited about that. I will go and wear my one UNC shirt that I own. Hopefully there will be some cotton candy. mmmmm.....

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Leila 2X4B - Aug 24, 2004 8:28 pm (#2434 of 2955)    

Planet of the Apes, Troy McClure style. ROFL. Honestly, Troy and Comic book guy are my favorite characters on The Simpsons.

I just found out some disturbing and scary news. The biological father of my 15 year old cousin just got out of jail today. He was serving time for a second count of CHILD MOLESTATION. Not my cousin, but a girl not so very much younger than my own daughter is now. Worst yet, he has moved to my CITY. I am so upset. The last time he was out he threatened my grandmother into telling where my aunt was. My mother, who I live with, has my Aunt's last name as well. I don't want him to come calling here. I am so scared that he will show up.

Too bad I don't believe in having guns in the house . Kidding, no guns for me.

Thanks for letting me vent and reveal my worries.

Leila

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Catherine - Aug 24, 2004 8:36 pm (#2435 of 2955)    

**Catherine does her darned best to surround Leila with all her best charms against weirdo pervs who hurt people....***

Leila, sounds like it's a good time for you to take your vacation. I'll be your Secret Keeper if you need one.

Best luck.

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The giant squid - Aug 25, 2004 12:33 am (#2436 of 2955)    

Hugs and good wishes for Leila... It's bad enough to have that sort of thing enter your life once, but to have it (possibly) come back, well, that's just awful.

Hi, I'm Loopy Lupin. You may know me from such threads as 'Chat and Greeting Thread for Members', 'Harry's 'Ship Uniting the Houses' and 'Discussion About the Cast of Any HP Movie'. I'm with all of you about the Phil thing, though. It's still hard to watch anything he was in.

Give it up, 'Ree...you know your useless knowledge will never match mine. Your kung-fu is not strong.

Six dollars for teeth? Prices have gone up since my day, it seems. I'm not sure that pulled teeth count, though... Give Shay a hug from me just the same.

--Mike

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Accio Sirius - Aug 25, 2004 5:39 am (#2437 of 2955)    

The Planet of the Apes musical was brilliant...I can hear Homer now."I hate every ape I see from Chimpan--A to Chimpan-Z."

They churn out brilliant comedy writers there!

On a more serious note, Sleeping Beauty, that is awful. Can you take any preemptive measures? You may have to be thinking about restraining orders, at least for your grandmother. Please take care and be careful.

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Chemyst - Aug 25, 2004 6:15 am (#2438 of 2955)    

'Just back from a 7:30 breakfast meeting. 'Looks like this is going to be another day where I have only a few minutes forum time.

The Turkish delight pictures looked a lot like aplets and cotlets   mmm... heavenly,   but the rosewater description gives me-- what word did Catherine use? Ah yes, collywobbles. My grandmother used to keep a candy dish full of "rose" candy. It was very pretty, and probably Umbridge would have enjoyed it, but I think the reason it was always full was that it was never eaten because it tasted like perfume.

Six dollars for teeth? Prices have gone up since my day, it seems. I'm not sure that pulled teeth count, though... Uh Oh. You are sounding like my dad-- he told us that tooth fairies were so small they could not carry anything larger than a dime. (Which is the smallest coin in size that is minted in the US, and is worth 1/10 of a dollar.)

Oh, haymoni, such a sad/glad thing! Sad to hear about Smog but glad he can be treated.

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Catherine - Aug 25, 2004 6:16 am (#2439 of 2955)    

Accio Sirius, I love your newest avatar. Looks like you and your daughter have sorted our your priorities!

I think your advice to Leila sounded good, Accio. Anybody on the Forum who knows about this sort of thing? It makes me sad and angry that Leila's family would have to keep looking over their shoulders for this "person."

We lost one of our best babysitters last spring because she had a member of her family (who had violently assaulted her numerous times) get out of jail. This young lady was threatened from jail by the family member, which showed to all of us (except the judge) that this person was still dangerous. My babysitter left town so that the family member wouldn't track her down. So now the person who hurt her is traipsing around town, but our poor babysitter left all of her friends, her job, and her other family members to go hide. Grrr. It seems very unfair.

Eponine, I'm jealous of your tickets! I don't blame your husband for being excited, although I'm a basketball fan, myself. We lived in Chapel Hill the year that UNC won the NCAA tournament, and that was a fun time.

The university in our town starts classes today, so it's been murder trying to get around the last few days. I always smile when I drive by the dorms and see beleagured moms and dads having to lug ten tons of girlie stuff up to the rooms. Our house is within walking distance to the football stadium, and I like hearing the marching band practice in the late afternoon. Best of all, school starting means that I have access to my babysitters again because they are back in town! Woo-hoo!

Have a good day, everyone!

EDIT: Chemyst, I like your fish in the beaker. I will try to eschew all that I should (especially Turkish Delight)

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Flame Alligator - Aug 25, 2004 7:30 am (#2440 of 2955)    

Mare, I wish I could have called you for advice on where to find veggie burgers. *pouting* I loved Leiden, btw. I often have trouble finding organic produce here in the states when I travel. Being so particular about what I eat, I am use to having to "forage" for my food. If I had been in Holland just another week, I would have had all the appropriate eating places for me scoped out.

Here is a bit of advice on having wisdom teeth removed. An hour before your appointment, take 2 ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin, etc.) This prevents inflamation and pain. (no swelling) My friend and I did this and she actually ate a bagel after the gas (anesthetic) wore off. I know I am after the fact, with this information for some of you but for those of you with wisdom tooth "yankings" in your future please consider it. It works.

I am all caught up on this thread but still have to catch up on my other favorites where I like to lurk.

Goedemorgen everybody!

Edit: Thanks for all the warm welcome backs.

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Padfoot - Aug 25, 2004 8:00 am (#2441 of 2955)
Edited by Aug 25, 2004 8:00 am    

Well if Turkish Delight tastes like Aplets and Cotlets, then I will skip tasting it. I never cared much for those. When I lived in Washington, they were sold everywhere. I never understood it. Then again, I lived there and did not drink coffee or eat fish. (I like fish in aquariums just fine, but not to eat.)

Didn't Troy McLure have a thing for fish? Or am I imagining things?

Sleeping Beauty, I hope you have no problems from that guy. Is your phone number unlisted? *Hugs to cheer you up*

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Catherine - Aug 25, 2004 8:28 am (#2442 of 2955)    

Didn't Troy McLure have a thing for fish? Or am I imagining things? –Padfoot

I think you're right, Padfoot. Troy had an "unusual" obsession with fish and I think he married Marge's sister to disguise his peculiar regard for them.

***Catherine glances uneasily toward her husband's aquarium***

Actually, some saltwater hobbyists are obsessive enough to rival even HP fans. I'm hoping that we just don't go there.

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Loopy Lupin - Aug 25, 2004 8:38 am (#2443 of 2955)    

Catherine is right. (Hmph. I seem to be behind you again.) He married Selma so he could get the part in the Planet of the Apes ("PoA" as it were) musical.

Thanks again for all the avatar compliments. I aim to please.

(Psst. **insufferable-know-it-all warning** Homer wasn't in the musical.)

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Catherine - Aug 25, 2004 10:16 am (#2444 of 2955)    

Hmph. I seem to be behind you again.--Loopy Lupin

Oh, well, at least it allows old Troy to look at my fish without anyone noticing!

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Loopy Lupin - Aug 25, 2004 11:12 am (#2445 of 2955)    

LOL. He does seem to have a naughty grin on his face.

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Viola Intonada - Aug 25, 2004 11:14 am (#2446 of 2955)    

Boop- I wasn't in town lastt weekend anyyway. I was camping with my Brownie Troop. I hope a little extra sun shines on you today.

Marie E.- I know how you feel about the training. In early August I did a self-directed camp training for Girl Scouts. I have a new appreciation for what my troop leaders had to go through, or is all of this training and certification for things a new "lawyer" thing? After years of camping with the Girl Scouts and backcountry hiking, I am certified to build a fire in a fireplace. Not outdoors, just in a fireplace.

Mare- I have PS/SS in French. It took me an hour to translate the first page. I haven't gotten any further in mine. After 15 years, I need a refresher course.

Madame Pince- You were wondering what happened to your brain, I have a one word answer for you "Motherhood".

Now that my children are back in school, I almost don't know what to do with myself. I have a thousand things I need to do, a million things that I could do, but I don't feel like doing anything but laying on the couch watching TV and enjoying the peace and quiet. At least today I have moved from in front of the TV to being in front of the computer.

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Round Pink Spider - Aug 25, 2004 11:19 am (#2447 of 2955)    

Alice I -- if you stop by, I check here quite frequently, so just post. I went to high school at Greece Arcadia, and I lived a couple of miles from the lake, off of Latta Road. I now live in Rochester, MN, home of the Mayo Clinic, which (believe it or not!) was named for Rochester, NY, by the people who moved here from that area. They actually were comparing our puny little Zumbro River to the mighty Genessee (pretty cheeky of them!). But other than the complete absence of lake, the areas are not too different.

EDIT: I know what you mean, Viola. I'm always limp after the kids start school, too. It's so quiet!

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DJ Evans - Aug 25, 2004 11:53 am (#2448 of 2955)    

Boy, I hope the server problem gets straighten out soon, it's sorta lonely on here without everybody!

Everybody doing good I hope! All's well here where I am. Sort of a dull day though. It's overcast and though there are things that I "could" be doing -- just don't feel in the mood to doing any of them. I mean who "wants" to balance a check book, pay bills, etc....?

Phil Hartman -- he will be missed for sure. We always enjoyed him immensely on the TV show "Talk Radio". He played the part of Bill so good!!

Leila -- My heart goes out to you on this problem that you will be facing. One bit of advice, though I don't think you will need this one, NEVER LET YOUR GUARD DOWN!!! There are definitely some sick folks out in the world. If there is one thing I will never be able to understand is how a person could ever hurt a child or their elderly parent(s). AND I don't care what your mental status is, to me it is just not part of the human make-up to do any such thing!! Just remember we are here for you, if you need us. We'll keep you and your family in our thoughts and prayers!!!

Hope all of the pets being represented on here are all doing fine. I so miss having a pet. But since my family situation has changed over the last few years, it's just not feasible for me to have one. My parents had a mobile home park and when my Dad passed away, it was too much for my 84+ year old mother to take care of. Since my brother and myself were single, we made the big decision to sell the old home place and move out of the drug/crime infested area Mom was living in. We all bought a place together, to make it easy on ourselves, some 82 miles out in the country. I've always had a cat, ever since I can remember there has been one living with me. But sad to said, cats aren't my brother's favorite pet. I know I could get a dog, but it would need to have a fenced in area (as we are only about a block off of a side highway) and that's just not in our budget. So for those lucky enough to have a pet, enjoy the heck out them!!!

Eponine -- If going to sporting events/games aren't your cup of tea, why not take a portable CD player with a pair of head phones, put in one of the HP sound tracks. Or hey!!! Even better yet, get one of the books on CD and listen away!!!! hee hee

Catherine, if he is known to be a "jumper" (he's a pretty fish by the way or I think he is) maybe you could make him a tiny parachute? OR tie a piece of elastic string to his tail so if he should get out -- he'll snap right back in!! hee hee Sorry, but I just get this mental picture of your fish == plop out and "boing" back in -- back & forth all day long!!!

Flame, glad to see you are back!! Sounds like you had a really good time -- that is except for the getting under the weather there for a bit! Take any pics? If so, you'll have to post a couple so we can all drool over them and dream that we are there too!

Got a question/inquiry for everyone --remember our forum member over in India -- Draco All The Way? Has anyone heard from her? The last I remember seeing her post any, was right after that school fire they had there, the one where the teachers didn't even try to help the poor little ones out of the building. They got themselves out of the school first, leaving most of the students in the school to their own devices and most of them were killed. I know she wasn't attending that school, but I was just wondering where she's been. Maybe school activities are taking up all of her time? Seeing the post of Hem Hem's (Jackie) leaving for school made me recall that I hadn't see Draco All The Way for quite awhile now. And though I know I am WAY too late -- Jackie, sorry to hear that you won't be able to post till next June, you will definitely be missed!!! Maybe as others have said before me, you will be able to find some sort of an Internet connection and can check in once and a while!!

Well, now that I've bored everybody to pieces on here -- think I'll close out and go see if we've got any more posters online now. Take care and everybody have a fabulous day!! HUGS to Betty!!!!!

Later, Deb

EDIT: Gosh, folks! So so sorry for the long post there. Didn't realize I was that chatty today. Put it down to boredom I guess.

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Celestina W. - Aug 25, 2004 11:58 am (#2449 of 2955)    

Hello. Guess I shouldn't stay away from the Forum for more than 24 hours; now I've got way too many posts to catch up on. I've missed all the discussion about Scrabble, Turkish Delight, and dead fish!

I used to have six fish, but all but two of them died, and we gave the remaining pair away to a friend who had an aquarium. I'm not sure if they survived there or not. My aquarium was later converted into a home for hamsters, one named Elanor and one named Laurelin. Unfortunately, they also passed away after a couple of years.

I feel like a total loser right now because I had to renew my learner's permit (for driving) again. The first day of school is looming, and it's going to be so embarrassing to have to tell people that I don't have my driver's license yet. I think I'm probably the only person in my class who doesn't have it. I'm going on seventeen and a half, and most people get theirs as soon as they turn sixteen. I haven't even taken the test yet, because I just know that I won't pass it. When I get behind the wheel, it's like I just sort of freeze up and feel like I have no idea what I'm doing, no matter how much people have taught me. I think I'm going to have to pay and have some extra driving lessons, because that's what it's going to take for me to ever get my license. I know this topic was discussed a while back and some other people mentioned that they had gotten their licenses late, so if those of you could post again and help make me not feel like such a loser, it would be much appreciated. Thanks.

The one thing I am looking forward to with school starting is the fall musical. We're doing Oklahoma!. It's the first musical we've done since my freshman year (it's just been regular plays the last two years) and I'm really excited. Auditions start on Monday. I think I have a pretty good chance of getting a fairly major part, possibly even the lead, but I'm still nervous. Wish me luck, and I'll let you know how it goes.

Someone, I think it was Kasse, mentioned the soundtracks a while ago. I think PS/SS is the best, although it's the only one I have on CD so far (I'm listening to it again right now, as a matter of fact). CoS is good too, but I was a little disappointed with the music in PoA. It didn't have some of the themes that I really love from the first two. The "Double Trouble" song is great, though.

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Accio Sirius - Aug 25, 2004 12:41 pm (#2450 of 2955)    

Loopy, Who sang the chimp song? I thought I remembered that it was Homer on My Songs in the Key of Springfield CD. Of course, I defer to the expert.

Thanks Catherine. HP is a big priority. My daughter is thrilled to see her work "published!"
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Elanor - Aug 25, 2004 1:07 pm (#2451 of 2955)    

Celestina : I hope you will feel better : the first time I tried the driver's licence I was so scared that I accelerated when I should have slown down in a bend so I climbed on the sidewalk ! You should have seen the examiner's face - between pale green and bright red at the same time ! And, do you know that in France you must be 18 to have a driver's licence ?

BTW, you scared me when I read that Elanor had died... Are you a Lorien fan too ?

Marè : when I first read HP, it was in french and I can tell you it is better in english : they have changed the character's names and I hate that ! BTW, I read you are coming in France : where are you going in France?

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Loopy Lupin - Aug 25, 2004 1:16 pm (#2452 of 2955)    

I thought I remembered that it was Homer on My Songs in the Key of Springfield CD-- Accio Sirius

Oh, I can't speak to what was or wasn't on a Simpson's song CD. But it was Troy all the way, baby, on the show.

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Leila 2X4B - Aug 25, 2004 1:20 pm (#2453 of 2955)    

Thanks for all of your support. CONSTANT VIGILANCE!!!!

Yes, he will be most sorry indeed if he comes to my house. My bat-boogey hex is worse than Ginny's

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Acceber - Aug 25, 2004 1:25 pm (#2454 of 2955)    

Good luck Celestina, or rather, break a leg! Just deep breathe a bit before your audition and you'll be fine. Take it from another thespian.

Welcome back Flame!

Haymoni-a diabetic cat! One of mine is about 16 pounds (more than my friend's dog) and on a diet, so I guess I can kind of relate. But not really. I hope he is better soon.

Yawn. I'm tired and my mum wants me to go to the beach with her and my little sister. But on the bright side, I get to start a new book I've been wanting to start, Moneyball. If you're a baseball fan, read it, if you haven't already.

EDIT: Liz, I'd just keep typing. If you want, you could tell her you're doing something special for her birthday (without saying what it is exactly) so she woudln't get mad. You're a really nice friend dedicate that much time for a birthday present.

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Liz Mann - Aug 25, 2004 1:29 pm (#2455 of 2955)    

I need some advice. My friend's birthday is next Tuesday. She really likes a HP fanfic that's on the net and I've been typing up her own copy of it for her birthday (she doesn't have a computer or internet). It's a reeeeeeeally long fic. I know I could just copy and paste it but the effort was supposed to be the main part of the present, you know? She's been through a lot recently and I thought the gesture would cheer her up. I've typed it up before and I really like it too (and I quite like typing ) so it didn't bother me.

The thing is, from the start of typing I had ten days to get it done (this is a fic that was posted on Snoogle at Fiction Alley, which has a minimum requirement of 3000 words per chapter!!). So I have to spend most of my time working on it. Which I don't really mind because as I said it's part of the present. I've had to tell her that I'm doing something for her birthday as a reason why I can't go out (not telling her what, obviously). And at first she seemed pleased and touched. But now she's getting annoyed with me not being able to go out (I really have to spend most of my time on this because I'm behind schedule). And now she's started nagging me, not to mention guilt-tripping me, saying, "You're supposed to be my best friend". Well, yes, I am, that's why I'm putting so much flipping effort into it!! She seems to think me going out with her for a couple of hours is more important than trying to do something nice for her birthday to cheer her up.

Anyway, now I have a dilemma. Do I continue with this or not? Because I'm thinking she might not actually appreciate it. But I've already typed six very long chapters and am currently on the seventh. Bit of a waste of all that time to stop now. So what do I do?

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Padfoot - Aug 25, 2004 1:32 pm (#2456 of 2955)    

Deb, I have not seen DracoATW on the forum in a while. However I do remember her on this thread (I think) after the fire and commenting on it. She went to a different school. Now that I think about it, there are several people who use to post often who I have not seen in a long time.

Oh, I decided to get Yahoo Messenger. So if any of you want to reach me on that, my user name is siriuslysnuffles. I can not remember which members have YM except the moderators. I hope someone does.

Oh, neat peachy background color.

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Celestina W. - Aug 25, 2004 2:17 pm (#2457 of 2955)    

Elanor, no, I didn't know that. I wished I lived in France, then, and I wouldn't have to be dealing with this yet! LOL, sorry I scared you. Yes, I'm a Tolkien fan, and capable of going as crazy about those books as I do about HP. Hence the hamsters; my memory escapes me, but I believe their full names were Elanor Miriel Eledhwen and Laurelin Nienna Elentari.

Thanks, Acceber.

Liz, how about you copy and paste the rest of it so you can spend more time with your friend now? Then you can explain everything to her after you give it to her. Just an idea.

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Loopy Lupin - Aug 25, 2004 2:33 pm (#2458 of 2955)    

Do I continue with this or not? Because I'm thinking she might not actually appreciate it. But I've already typed six very long chapters and am currently on the seventh. Bit of a waste of all that time to stop now. So what do I do? -- Liz Mann

So, with 6 chapters, you have, at the very least, typed 18,000 words? That's quite enough. Its time to cut and paste. The effort you were putting into the present is very nice, but effort is not the point any more than cost. It supposed to be the thought that counts. So, give yourself a break from carpal tunnel syndrome and put technology to work for you. (Another consideration is that your friend is being set up to feel bad on her birthday for complaining about your time when she finally realizes what herculean efforts you put into this; some might think that would serve her right, but maybe its better to nip it in the bud now.) Put your further efforts into picking out a nice cover and nice cotton type paper for presentation.

(And, no, I'm not secretly Judith Martin.)

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Liz Mann - Aug 25, 2004 2:35 pm (#2459 of 2955)    

Thanks Celestine, thanks Loopy. I'll take your advice.

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True Love - Aug 25, 2004 3:27 pm (#2460 of 2955)    

Greetings folks - sheesh, miss one day miss a lot. Spent last evening with my husband celebrating our 2nd wedding anniversary. Went back to the restaurant where we had our wedding dinner. It was very nice but I ate so much I could hardly move once we got home. It is nice to see everyone else's messages. Catherine - do watch Princess Bride - it is such a delightful movie. I will be spending the weekend at my mother's place and plan to bring it over to watch it there. My mom is being released from hospital and will need full time care for a few days. Fortunately I have a big family so we are taking turns "mom sitting". I get the first shift. Madam Pince - thanks for the reminder about Rupert's birthday. I just love that young actor - I know, too young for me but I am allowed to look! For the rest of the topics - hmmm, Boggle - my nieces play boggle using both French and English words. Kind of fun to watch them once I figured out what they were doing. Turkish Delights - only eat them when they are the absolute last candies in the house...

Must run off to clean-up. My nephews (who are older than Rupert) are coming over to play poker tonight. Maybe my husband can win back my soul... (this is a running gag, please don't be alarmed).

Big hug to all - and a kiss on each cheek - a must if you are anywhere near a French Canadian (although I understand a lot of American's do this too).

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Catherine - Aug 25, 2004 3:47 pm (#2461 of 2955)    

True Love, we enjoyed The Princess Bride; you are right, it is delightful. Congratulations on your anniversary. My husband calls it the "anniver--sorry!"

Liz, I think that enough is enough. You've already gotten really good advice from Miss Manners *ahem* Loopy Lupin and Celestina, so I'll just say, "Cut and paste away!"

And speaking of Miss Manners, I'm glad that you are not Judith Martin, Loopy. You share the biting wit, but I somehow pictured you with better hair. And without the white gloves and pumps.

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Padfoot - Aug 25, 2004 3:49 pm (#2462 of 2955)    

Who is Judith Martin?

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Catherine - Aug 25, 2004 4:03 pm (#2463 of 2955)    

Padfoot,

Judith Martin is also known as "Miss Manners." She has a newspaper column and some books published.

She is quite proper, indeed. She is also fond of referring to herself in the third person like royalty. Her wit is quite legendary, and I've always been surprised that she has allowed the newspapers that carry her column to use the photo of her that they use. It is NOT a flattering photo. Hence my "hair" comment to Loopy Lupin.

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Padfoot - Aug 25, 2004 4:08 pm (#2464 of 2955)    

Ahh, I see. Thanks for the info Catherine. Now I know... the rest of the story.

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ShelterGirl - Aug 25, 2004 4:11 pm (#2465 of 2955)    

Now I know... the rest of the story

Who let Paul Harvey in here??

If he starts pushing the Bose stereo radio, I'm outta here...

Smile

Julie

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Catherine - Aug 25, 2004 4:18 pm (#2466 of 2955)    

If he starts pushing the Bose stereo radio, I'm outta here...—Julie

Now, Julie, we only just got the Forum back. Let's enjoy it awhile!

**admits that hubby bought Bose for our in-house stereo system. **

Is Bose really better? Is it just a name? I'm not a techno-type person, so I always feel helpless with this sort of thing **thumbs through Consumer Reports feeling frantic.**

EDIT: Hiya Julie! Glad you made it back. Forum outtages are ick. **waves**

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Round Pink Spider - Aug 25, 2004 4:51 pm (#2467 of 2955)    

Who let Paul Harvey in here??

If he starts pushing the Bose stereo radio, I'm outta here...


ROFL, ShelterGirl! Gotta love it...

I feel like a total loser right now because I had to renew my learner's permit (for driving) again. The first day of school is looming, and it's going to be so embarrassing to have to tell people that I don't have my driver's license yet. I think I'm probably the only person in my class who doesn't have it. I'm going on seventeen and a half, and most people get theirs as soon as they turn sixteen. ...if those of you could post again and help make me not feel like such a loser, it would be much appreciated. Thanks.

Celestina, I didn't take my driver's test until I was 18, because I had such a bad sense of direction and got lost so easily that my parents were kind of unwilling to let me behind the wheel. I've been driving for more than 20 years now, and my oldest is learning to drive. She's having a rough time too. You are not alone.

The one thing I am looking forward to with school starting is the fall musical. We're doing Oklahoma...Auditions start on Monday. I think I have a pretty good chance of getting a fairly major part, possibly even the lead, but I'm still nervous. Wish me luck, and I'll let you know how it goes.

Good luck Celestina... I was in a bunch of musicals when I was in high school (couldn't get the lead; I'm an alto and 5'11", so I got the comic roles). One of the best times of my life. Good luck on getting a part!

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Marie E. - Aug 25, 2004 5:47 pm (#2468 of 2955)    

I wanted to clarify that the tooth fairy gave Shayla six dollars for three teeth. Usually it's one dollar per tooth, but the teeth the dentist pulls go for double. When I was a kid it was a dime for the incisors and a quarter for the molars. I did a poll around the daycare to see what the going rate was when Shayla had her first loose tooth. A dollar seems to be the norm, though some kids get a bigger amount for their first tooth. Some even get presents or toothbrushes.

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Leila 2X4B - Aug 25, 2004 5:54 pm (#2469 of 2955)    

I give mine a dollar each tooth under her pillow and 3 in her bank. she is only aware of the pillow money though....

Leila

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Catherine - Aug 25, 2004 5:57 pm (#2470 of 2955)    

Whew!

Big Tooth Fairy Relief!

I was "only" doing a dollar, but, hey, we're in Eastern N.C. I hate to think I was doing depressed rates for teeth.

Thanks, Marie, because the Giant Squid made me worry I was a cheapskate along with being a bad mom.

Whew. At least I'm not a cheapskate.

**waves to Sleeping Beauty, and worries that I need to learn AK to ward off weirdo pervy guy and reminds Leila to email me because I hate dust mites and people who prey on other people....**

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TwinklingBlueEyes - Aug 25, 2004 6:01 pm (#2471 of 2955)    

Ok gotta ask, what's wrong with Paul Harvey?

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Leila 2X4B - Aug 25, 2004 6:02 pm (#2472 of 2955)    

Catherine, I can tell that you are a wonderful mom by the way you always make me smile and feel normal. You always respond to questions with children and have a knack for saying the right thing. Thanks.

Leila

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Pinky - Aug 25, 2004 6:02 pm (#2473 of 2955)    

I can't remember how much I got when I lost my teeth, but I do remember what we all got for our very first lost tooth ever. Under our pillow (in place of the first tooth), the tooth fairy left a coupon redeemable for "tooth cakes." After presenting the coupon to my mom, she would make a batch of cupcakes with two mini-marshmallows on top to represent the lost tooth.

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Catherine - Aug 25, 2004 6:07 pm (#2474 of 2955)    

Leila,

You made my whole day, and definitely my week, and maybe my whole month.

I needed that.

Ta!

--Catherine

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Round Pink Spider - Aug 25, 2004 6:10 pm (#2475 of 2955)    

Oh, Pinky, that's awesome!

We do a dollar a tooth too, although when my first daughter had to have teeth surgically removed (she had supernumery teeth), she got $10. It barely was enough for the suffering involved, poor little kid. :-(

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Ozymandias - Aug 25, 2004 6:11 pm (#2476 of 2955)    

Aw, that's so cute, Pinky! As for the going rate, I just got a quarter...darned inflation!

Leila, I'm sorry to hear about your evil-person troubles. I'll be your bodyguard if you think that'll help. I just have to find a black suit and one of those in-the-ear Secret Service radios...but seriously, you and your family are in my thoughts. I hope nothing comes of this scare.

Caroline, I must second what Leila said. If you are anywhere near as kind and supportive to you children as you are to the people on the forum, you must be a great mother.

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B][Smith, Amilia]Amilia Smith[/B] - Aug 25, 2004 6:14 pm (#2477 of 2955)    

I hate to break in on the conversation, but I have a question that all you Potter nuts may be able to answer.

My brother bought GoF on the day it came out. Quidditch in the parking lot of Barnes and Noble, and all the fun stuff. I am fairly certain it had all the errors and the original ending. The trouble is, I think I lost his book. We haven't seen it for months, and I am the last person to admit to reading it. I tried to buy a replacement copy on Amazon, but even though it is a first edition, it has the changed ending. I can give this copy to a friend who asked me to buy the books on line for her. But when I buy another book for my brother, how do I know I'm getting one with the errors? Several of the books listed on Amazon say what printing they are. Does anyone know when the errors got fixed? Do I have to get a first printing, or is a fifth OK?

Thanks for any and all help.

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ShelterGirl - Aug 25, 2004 6:15 pm (#2478 of 2955)    

Twink-

Nothing is wrong with Paul Harvey per se...

It's just those blasted Bose spots he does...

LOL

Julie

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virgoddess1313 - Aug 25, 2004 6:21 pm (#2479 of 2955)    

Hi boop.. just because I haven't talked to you in awhile!!! I'll try to remember to talk to you next time I'm on MSN, I have a question for you.

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Catherine - Aug 25, 2004 6:24 pm (#2480 of 2955)    

I second Shelter. Commercials are interruptive and annoying. Sometimes I wonder if Bose is that good, why doesn't old Paul just marry the speaker, then?

He waxes rather poetic about it. It gets old, and I'm not as old as Paul Harvey, but I don't have THAT much time.

**Clinks water bottles with Shelter Girl and anyone else who gets annoyed with too much "plugging" these days. **

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Liz - Aug 25, 2004 6:28 pm (#2481 of 2955)    

Just an important announcement... *hem hem*

We are experiencing chat room problems on both the FFF and the HP lex. so I have a proposal to help us through this time of no chat room...

Here is a link to a forum that has a capable working chat room and happens to be about... get this... HP!

Link to this forum: http://wc4.worldcrossing.com/webx?14@@.1ddeae41

Have fun... and may the chat be with you.

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Round Pink Spider - Aug 25, 2004 6:39 pm (#2482 of 2955)    

Hmmm...good luck, Amelia. I don't know when the errors were fixed, but I doubt you'll find many people willing to part with their first printing copies...I suppose you could advertise...

I wear my books out quite regularly, so I just have to take them off the shelf as they come. Does your brother know that his book is missing, and does he care if the newer copies are slightly different?

Maybe you could give him the new one, and take him out to dinner to apologize?

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Celestina W. - Aug 25, 2004 6:47 pm (#2483 of 2955)
Edited by Aug 25, 2004 6:48 pm    

Thanks for the encouragement, RPS.

My rate-per-tooth varied. Once I got a nickel and a little Barbie toaster oven (no, the toaster oven wasn't under the pillow, it was on my night stand). Once I got something like $1.62 -- must have been all the loose change the tooth fairy had.

*feels young and clueless because I have absolutely no idea who Paul Harvey is or what Bose is*

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Leila 2X4B - Aug 25, 2004 6:51 pm (#2484 of 2955)    

Celestina? How young are you?

Leila

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Catherine - Aug 25, 2004 6:52 pm (#2485 of 2955)    

Here is a link to a forum that has a capable working chat room and happens to be about... get this... HP! Link to this forum: http://wc4.worldcrossing.com/webx?14@@.1ddeae41

Well, Thanks.

I tried it, and it was really nice. Except NO ONE AT ALL was there. So maybe I'll try later. **felt like the odd kid out at band camp **

See y'all around, hopefully...

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I Am Used Vlad - Aug 25, 2004 6:58 pm (#2486 of 2955)    

Speaking of Paul Harvey, a couple of months ago, apropos to nothing, he said something like "What would you guess at the end of the last Harry Potter book, both Harry and Voldemort will be killed," and then went on to the next subject without further explanation. It was strange.

I love Harvey, by the way, but the Bose ads do get old.

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Catherine - Aug 25, 2004 7:06 pm (#2487 of 2955)    

I love Harvey, by the way, but the Bose ads do get old. –Nimrod

Sam, I love him too, but boy, Bose just needs to be "evanescoed."

Plus, I've always found the actual name bothersome. "Bose."

Rhymes with "nose" and "hose." Not good. Makes me think of "Bozo" the clown and Bozo the GoF photographer. AND other things, which I'll just leave to the imagination....

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Alice I - Aug 25, 2004 7:07 pm (#2488 of 2955)    

Hello everyone. Hello Round Pink Spider! Is this the thread you spoke of in the “tell about your self” thread?

It is going to take me quite awhile to get used to how to navigate this board. It is really quite different from the other two boards I am familiar with. For instance I have seen a few people use smilie faces in their posts. I don't see how they are doing that. At least I have figured out how to get to the last few posts without page numbers to click on.

Who is the moderator for your Fan Fiction area? I am considering posting my story but I am not sure yet and would like to run it past the person in charge of that sort of thing.

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Celestina W. - Aug 25, 2004 7:13 pm (#2489 of 2955)    

Leila, I'm 17. I have definitely never heard of Bose before, and the name Paul Harvey sounds vaguely familiar but is not ringing any bells. Have I been living under a rock? Somebody please explain this to me because I'm starting to feel really dumb now...

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Pinky - Aug 25, 2004 7:17 pm (#2490 of 2955)    

Alice, you can e-mail me at pinkylexiconfan@yahoo.com with any questions about your fanfiction. If you have not already done so, I would recommend that you read the thread titled "guidelines for the FanFiction Stories section" that is near the top of the forum. There are other hosts/moderators that work in the FanFiction forum which you can feel free to e-mail as well. Everyone's name is listed under either the "Forum Staff" or "Official Announcement of Editors/Moderators" thread. Some of us are more active on the main forum, others on the FanFiction forum. Check out the top section for general guidelines, and check out some of the stories below for the fun of it. Hope to hear from you!

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Leila 2X4B - Aug 25, 2004 7:17 pm (#2491 of 2955)    

Bose is the brand name of a higher-end stereo equipment and Paul Harvey is radio talk show host on WBZ, but he has been elsewhere. "Page 2..."

Leila

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Sherbie Lemon - Aug 25, 2004 7:18 pm (#2492 of 2955)    

Wow, so many posts! I've been occupied with school but I've finally managed to sneak on here and catch up a bit. Soo...

Welcome back, Flame! I know how you feel about returning home. Glad you had a fun, safe trip, though!

Bye, Jackie! Try to sneak on and say hello sometime! You'll be missed around here.

Veronika, drop that class. I would have been outta there by now. In fact, I've got my own ridiculously stupid class to drop tomorrow myself. Good luck!

Here's a big hug from me, Betty! I hope you're feeling better!

How's your daughter, Catherine? How's your crazy fish?Fish It probably could sense your fear, and decided to freak you out just a bit. Either that or it wanted to impress you. Kind of like the rats in the Magical Menagerie.

Leila, it sounds like you need to be prepared to conjur a good, strong patronus! I'm wish, wish, wishing your life, and the lives of your family members, to be unchanged by this startling news. Stay safe!

I'm glad you're back and free of mouth pain, Julia! They put the dissolving (not unlike dead fish) stitches in my mouth, so I never had to get them removed. **shudders at the sentence that contains the words "dead fish" and "my mouth"**

I think I got a filling for free today! After he was done drilling, he just told me to go, so... My dentist is excellent. He has never had to give me a shot or numb my mouth to do a filling. It's always a painless visit (except when I see the hygienist). Oh and speaking of teeth and the Tooth Fairy, I used to get a silver dollar for every lost tooth, or a two dollar bill. When I had to get them pulled, I got a milkshake and a toy. Ah, those were the days. I was never awake for the teeth-pulling, they always knocked me out, even when I was 8. I always felt taking a little nap was a small price to pay for an ice cream treat and a trip to Toys R Us.

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Catherine - Aug 25, 2004 7:50 pm (#2493 of 2955)    

How's your daughter, Catherine? How's your crazy fish? --Sherbie Lemon

I coudln't help thinking that my crazy fish was a Sherbie incident! Hubby now knows that I do not like surprises that come via Fed Ex in water in a shipping bag.

Ok, we have been married for 12 years, and I do not have romantic expectations. None at all. But fish??? At least on my birthday last year I got a Barnes and Noble gift card. Sheesh. One of us needs his/her priorities sorted..

Hayley is doing much better. Her doctor thinks she has a reflux problem which contributes to the breathing thing, and wants her to sleep propped up and to take meds for it. He also wants me to make a 4 year old take a nasal steroid that you have to sniff. GET REAL!! It's a timing thing, where the person has to sniff it UP while the button goes DOWN. At least Hayley is enough of a princess to enjoy sleeping propped up on lots of pillows.

We were not successful with the nasal meds today, but I will stick with it and try. **wants to crucio the doctor who probably never administered meds in his life....**

Oh, sorry to any physicians out there.

Cheers.

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Julia. - Aug 25, 2004 7:56 pm (#2494 of 2955)    

OK, lots to go over here. . Celestina, good luck with auditions, I'm sure you'll do just fine! Oklahoma! is such a great musical! When I was little my mum used to entertain my sister and I with two non-Disney movies, Oklahoma! and The King and I. I always liked Oklahoma! better though.

Liz, three words, cut and paste.

Tooth fairy, in the beginning I got a quarter per tooth, but by the time I had my last ones out, I was up to a dollar. I used to try to take my old teeth that had already fallen out and put them under my pillow hoping to fool the Tooth Fairy, but alas, earwax.

Well, I'm off to go read the rest of the Forum! If I'm not back in three hours, send a search party!

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Ladybug220 - Aug 25, 2004 8:12 pm (#2495 of 2955)
Edited by Aug 25, 2004 8:14 pm    

I too got a quarter a tooth but I had lost all of my baby teeth by second grade so inflation never worked for me.

I have GREAT news!!! I have received a job offer from the company that I interviewed with in NC and I will probably be accepting it! I will have to move myself but I can handle that considering I will have much better job opportunities in Durham.

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haymoni - Aug 25, 2004 8:21 pm (#2496 of 2955)    

Hi guys - it's 11:00 pm and I really need to go to bed, but...

Hubby and I are having a great time giving Smog his 1/2 pill twice a day. We are actually doing quite well. I haven't really noticed a change yet, although I haven't seen him drink a ton of water since he came home. The vet gave him baby food to eat on the ride home - yes, baby food, not "Kitten Chow". Hubby said it was because it has less salt in it, but that we could give him his regular food at home.

I won the "Worst Mom of the Year" Award this week. After buying the school supplies, we misplaced the list which also had the new school calendar attached to it. Now I could have sworn that school started on August 26 - tomorrow, so I've been sending my son to bed early all week. However, the school usually posts the class lists the Friday before school starts and nothing was appearing on the school doors. Since I couldn't find the calendar, I went on the school website and it said that school starts September 1. I further embarrassed myself by calling a neighbor to confirm the date. Everyone had a big laugh thinking about me dragging my son to the bus stop to take the usual embarrassing first day pictures only to find that I was almost a week early. What a mom!

We gave our son $5 for his first tooth and $1 thereafter. Oddly enough, he gave up on Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny fairly early, but still believed in the Tooth Fairy about a year later. I must have a light touch when I stash the cash.

Have a good night all.

Edit: Congrats Ladybug!!!

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Amilia Smith - Aug 25, 2004 8:22 pm (#2497 of 2955)    

Round Pink Spider, thank you. There actually are people willing to sell their first printing GoF on Amazon, but you have to pay more if it says "first printing" than if it says "fifth printing" or "early printing." I am wondering what I can get away with.

My brother does know I lost his book, and that the ending changed a bit, and that the replacement I bought for him didn't have the original ending. He didn't seem too uptight about it, but it is really bugging me.

BTW, I really enjoy lurking on the Long Theory thread. I haven't researched enough to be able to make intelligent contributions, but I get a kick out of your ideas and theories.

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Eponine - Aug 25, 2004 8:41 pm (#2498 of 2955)    

Ladybug, congratulations on your job! You'll be just down the road from me. I'm currently looking for another job now also. Job hunting is not a lot of fun.

I was watching this show on VH1 called Totally Obsessed, and on this show they have people who are "slightly" preoccupied with certain things. This one lady was LOTR-obsessed, and she had taken a cardboard cut-out of Gollum to a restaurant (looked like Golden Corral or something similar) and was having conversations with him. Another kid was obsessed with E.T. and re-creates the bicycle ride every year with a bunch of other people who dress up like the kid in the movie and ride with E.T. in their bike basket. Anyway, there was a lady who was obsessed with the color pink. Everything in her house was pink. Pink clothes, shoes, towels, carpet, bedding, cat. Yep, that's right. I said CAT! She takes her poor little white kitty-cat and dyes it pink with kool-aid once a month. That cat looked miserable. Catherine, it made me think of your dog story, and how the animals know when they look ridiculous. I wanted to rescue the poor pink cat.

Tooth fairy - I don't remember how much my parents gave me, but I do remember losing a tooth when I spent the night at a friend's house, and her parents gave $2.00 JACKPOT!!! I do remember losing my first tooth while watching He-Man with my dad.

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Ladybug220 - Aug 25, 2004 8:53 pm (#2499 of 2955)    

Thanks Eponine and you are right - it is not fun. I hate interviews and thankfully this last one went very smoothly.

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Liz - Aug 25, 2004 9:33 pm (#2500 of 2955)    

Cut and Paste Julia???

*Is left hanging off a cliff because she is not getting what Julia said*
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Leila 2X4B - Aug 25, 2004 9:34 pm (#2501 of 2955)    

Wrong Liz, Liz. She was talking to Liz Mann.

Leila

Right Julia?

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Madam Poppy - Aug 25, 2004 9:46 pm (#2502 of 2955)
Edited by Aug 25, 2004 9:48 pm    

Padfoot and Chemyst, I live just miles away from the Aplets and Cotlets factory. I will admit I don't like the ones with nuts. Some of the other varieties are fantastic! The sour fruit candies are my favorite.

Regarding the Tooth Fairy, I stayed up late to see her and scared myself to death when I actually thought I saw her. I hid under the covers till I thought she was gone. Of course this was at the same time I was convinced that I had snakes under my bed. I was safe ON the bed, they couldn't get me there. I always ran into my room and jumped on my bed so they wouldn't get me. I'm sure this also eliminated countless trips to the bathroom. On second thought, maybe the snakes were my parents idea??

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Julia. - Aug 25, 2004 10:34 pm (#2503 of 2955)    

*runs in panting* Well, no need for a search party, I made it back in about two and a half hours, the I am now caught up with the forum. Yay.

Ladybug, mazel tov on the job! New York, eh, great city with lots of Forumers in it. Good luck on the move and the new job!

Well, being that it's now one thirty in the morning, I'm going to watch rerun of "Mad About You" then go to sleep. Sweet dreams everyone!

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The giant squid - Aug 25, 2004 11:10 pm (#2504 of 2955)    

Break a leg at the audition, Celestina. Sing it with me: OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOoooooooooooooooooooooklahoma where the wind come sweeping down the plain!

Ladybug, congrats on the new job.

Julia: darn, and here I was forming the search posse...me, Loopy, Sherbie, Mad-Eye & Tonks...

   Thanks, Marie, because the Giant Squid made me worry I was a cheapskate along with being a bad mom.



Hey now... Now you know why the only "children" in my household are of the stuffed animal variety. They're clean, quiet, don't pull things off store shelves, and have no teeth to worry about the monetary value of.

--Mike

For all you English majors out there...yes, I know I dangled a participle there. But it was imperative to the point I was making.

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Ozymandias - Aug 25, 2004 11:24 pm (#2505 of 2955)    

For all you English majors out there...yes, I know I dangled a participle there. But it was imperative to the point I was making. -The Giant Squid

Ah, well I suppose I can forgive you this time then.

Actually, I dangle my participles rather often, too. I think that rule's a bit outdated. But if you misuse the word "ironic" or make things possessive when you're trying to make them plural, I shall turn you into a bouncing ferret!

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The giant squid - Aug 25, 2004 11:26 pm (#2506 of 2955)    

No worries, Ozy. I've had to restrain myself from doing physical harm to someone just for misusing an apostrophe.

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Ozymandias - Aug 25, 2004 11:30 pm (#2507 of 2955)    

I've been known to shout at newscasters (well, ok, shout at my TV) for abusing 'irony.' I shout at signs too, when I drive by and there it is, in six-foot letters, "JOES' SPORT'S EQUIPMENT"

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The giant squid - Aug 25, 2004 11:48 pm (#2508 of 2955)    

I'm guessing you weren't a big fan of Alanis Morrisette either...

Three and a half minutes of really unfortunate stuff, and only one example of irony in the whole freakin' song!

I cringe whenever I hear the phrase "exact same", too. If you've ever said that, please report to the Department of Redundancy Department.

--Mike

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septentrion - Aug 26, 2004 12:32 am (#2509 of 2955)    

Now I've caught up with the posts :

Viola, it's sometimes (often) good to do nothing Wink

Celestina, don't worry too much about your driver's license : it took me 4 attempts before I got mine at the age of 21. My husband, who is 41, doesn't drive (he was taken in a terrible accident when he was a kind and thus doesn't feel at ease when behind a wheel). And good luck for your audition !
About HP soundtracks, I prefer PoA, it's the best for me.

Elanor, of course HP is better in English, yet the french translator did a great job in transfering JKR's humour in french IMHO.

Leila, I hope you're doing well with that threat. As others had already said, we're here to support you everytime you need it *send a patronus to Leila*

Ladybug, congrats for your job offer !

In France, we don't have a fairy tooth but a little mouse to put money under children's pillars. I firmly believed in it until I saw my mother put a coin under my sister's pillar. A step in growing up...snif

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VeronikaG - Aug 26, 2004 12:50 am (#2510 of 2955)    

Are you sure you are not overexaggerating a bit? OK, I just had to say that. I'm actually known to rant about the spelling mistakes in our local news paper. Like when they mix the Norwegian words for eyes and islands, making it a really weird looking phrase for everybody not accustomed to Arendal accent.

Thank you for the advice on the class. I have signed up for a substitute, but I decided to carry on with the programming class as long as I can. I only need it for study points, and there is no exam, so as long as I hand in the assignments it's OK. I'm actually doing a Hermione here, taking more elective classes than I need, since I signed up for another class without quitting programming.

Was there a different ending for GoF? WHAT?? I never knew that! What did originally happen?

Hugs to Leila. I hope your kid can still play in the garden without being afraid.

Ladybug: Good luck!

Flame: Welcome back to the Lex! We missed you lady.

There really are a few members missing. The one I'm most worried about is Lynn Allen. Haven't heard from him since we started this thread in April, or something. Is there something anybody knows that I don't? I also wonder where the new Norwegian members, Magika and Aisha are these days. Madame Librarian is still here, I found recent posts by her in the Dudley thread. Wonder why she doesn't chat anymore.

And if anybody is interested, I finally have updated the blog, you find the URL in my profile. I'd like to hear what you think about the plan I talk about.

Time to go to the campus grocery store and buy a few necessities before next class.

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Chemyst - Aug 26, 2004 5:06 am (#2511 of 2955)    

(And, no, I'm not secretly Judith Martin.) - Loopy   The only reason I believe this is because... well, on second thought, I'm not sure I do believe you aren't Miss Martin. I was going to say Miss Manners and The Simpsons don't seem to dovetail, but then again, that hair....

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boop - Aug 26, 2004 5:32 am (#2512 of 2955)    

Lady Bug, I am happy for you. Wow moving to New York how cool.

Celestina, My daughter is 23 and still doesn't have a license. Joy has a learners permit and this is her second one. The first permit ran out, I am hoping she is going to take her test soon.

Viola, I am glad I didn't just miss you. I will be giving you a call some day every soon. With the girls at school take time and just relax you deserve it.

Sara, So you have a question for me? Just catch me on line. I will be working 9:30am until 8 pm Thurs.,Fri, Sat. then 8 to 4:30 Sunday and all next week. I will have worked 12 days straight and 7 of them have been 10 hour days.

Leila, Just know I am thinking of you and your family.

Monica sorry to hear about your kitty, give the kitty a hug for me.

*Waves to Loopy, Catherine, Deb, Mike, and GS Mike, Lindsey, Padfoot, True Love, Julia, Julie, Jack, Tim and to everyone else I missed. Big hugs back.*

There is another forum member I have noticed missing Blast(Steve)

Have a good day everyone!!

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Catherine - Aug 26, 2004 5:33 am (#2513 of 2955)    

I was going to say Miss Manners and The Simpsons don't seem to dovetail, but then again, that hair.... –Chemyst

LOL, Chemyst! I guess Loopy's been outed as the Manners Maven. The hair ties it together. I'm reminded of Ralph Wiggum saying, "Your hair is tall and pretty!"

**waves to Chemyst and Miss Manners *ahem* Loopy Lupin**

Haymoni, your story made me laugh. We can pose together on the cover of Slacker Mom Magazine! This month's issue covers how to serve your kids poptarts, get away with paying the minimum amount from the Tooth Fairy, and forgetting what day school starts. There's also a special guide to starting your kids' therapy fund early. (Disclaimer: Of course I do NOT think that Haymoni is a slacker mom at all. I just find her confession SO amusing and very reassuring that I am not alone!)

LadyBug, congrats on the job offer! I think you will like being in the Triangle area. Eponine, good luck in your searches.

Ozy, I'm with you on the apostrophe issue. Eastern North Carolina seems to be a haven for businesses to have signs in which apostrophes are used for plurals. Arrghh! They actually paid money for something that is wrong. Even worse, no one at the sign store caught the mistake, either. Also, it's amazing how often one sees "its" with an apostrophe when it's inappropriate. I think people never learned the grammar rule, and just sprinkle them on like parsley. Don't even get me started about commas!

I made my husband attend "Catherine's Comma School" when he was writing his thesis because I was correcting the same mistakes over and over. Once I showed him an old grammar text, he learned quickly. It's surprising, though, the number of people who seem to throw commas up into the air and let them fall into their sentences willy-nilly. No one on the Forum does this, of course. (Disclaimer: please don't think that I am a grammar snob, but we all have our little peeves.)

Have a good day! See you around the Forum.

EDIT: Betty posted while I did. BIG HUG and HAPPY WAVE to BETTY!

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Kasse - Aug 26, 2004 5:33 am (#2514 of 2955)    

It is amazing how many posts can accumulate in such a short time!

Celestina – Do not stress about the drivers license, I am sure you will get it in due time.

True Love – Congratulations on the second wedding anniversary

Lady Bug – Congratulations on the new job, I hope it turns out exactly how you want it to.

Gina – got your email, thank you, I will respond real soon.

Leila- you have a lot of support from all of us here on the Forum, we are all sending good vibes your way.

VeronikaG – as far as I know in the first edition of GOF James came out of the wand before Lilly. I think that is what was different, someone correct me if I am wrong

Ok off to catch up on the threads have a great day everyone

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ShelterGirl - Aug 26, 2004 6:06 am (#2515 of 2955)    

Ah, commas. I once got a Dear John (Julie) letter that contained so many commas that some sprinkled out of the envelope.

My best friend is the semi-colon. I love it, and I hate seeing it used incorrectly.

Lady Bug- There are a few of us here in The Great State. If you're going to be in Durham, though, I suggest that you develop a love for basketball if you haven't one already. Smile

--*waves to Betty* Hi there Boop! Hope your day is going well.

Today when I was outside with my dog we heard a clunk-thump from the roof to the ground. When we went to investigate there was a cicada lying on the pavement. Emma decided to examine it, and it buzzed its wings at her. I never saw a dog jump like that. Poor thing. I think I might have laughed so hard that I traumatized her.

Everyone have a wonderful day. Hugs to all.

Julie

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Leprechaun Jack - Aug 26, 2004 6:11 am (#2516 of 2955)    

Hi everyone,

Just a quick note to say I'll see you all in a week. I'm off to Arizona to have a family meeting. My dad isn't doing too well and everyone is going to the new house to see about getting him up and moving around again. The rest of the family is in California but I am in New York and my sister(who is very good with guilt trips) suggested that I should be there. Don't get me wrong it's not like I didn't want to go but there is a big difference between a five hour drive and having to buy a plane ticket. Plus I have to coordinate time off between two jobs,

On the bright side, although he's not at peak, dad's not at deaths door yet either and it's been about 3 years since I saw my family so it should be some fun. The sleeping arrangements should be quite amusing there will be about 12 of us in the house between brothers, sisters, nieces and nephews, and we all snore. LOL

Don't write too much while I'm gone, it's quite daunting trying to catch up on such prolific posters after being gone for a day or two, much less after a week.

Hugs to Betty, Happy Birthday's and Congratulations to those that fit the bill, And I see you all soon,

Jack

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Catherine - Aug 26, 2004 6:11 am (#2517 of 2955)    

Ah, commas. I once got a Dear John (Julie) letter that contained so many commas that some sprinkled out of the envelope. --Shelter Girl

Don't open any more letters like that, Julie. Chuck 'em straight in the fire if you get any more...

Semi-colons are cool; I had to post this thought.

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ShelterGirl - Aug 26, 2004 6:14 am (#2518 of 2955)    

Oh Catherine...I don't know...

The squeals and shrieks of dying commas would haunt me to my grave.

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Catherine - Aug 26, 2004 6:16 am (#2519 of 2955)    

Oh, Julie, I thought maybe the commas were already "gone;" you know, they were starved for lack of sentence sustenance.

Forgive me. I think comma torture should be outlawed!

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Loopy Lupin - Aug 26, 2004 6:17 am (#2520 of 2955)    

I was going to say Miss Manners and The Simpsons don't seem to dovetail, but then again, that hair.... –Chemyst

Now is the time for me to confess that Ms. Martin was a friend of one of my professors and she came to one of my classes in grad school. The hair is worse in person.

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Catherine - Aug 26, 2004 6:19 am (#2521 of 2955)    

Loopy,

I'm really glad that you are not Miss Manners. Shame about the hair. I was hoping that it was a bad camera angle or something.

Still, how many people can say they've met Miss Manners?

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ShelterGirl - Aug 26, 2004 6:22 am (#2522 of 2955)    

---*giggling*

I just remembered, Catherine, I did eventually burn that letter. The loser with the grammar issues called me on the phone two days later. Perhaps he too heard the death shrieks of his comma progeny, and he was calling to check on them...

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Accio Sirius - Aug 26, 2004 6:25 am (#2523 of 2955)    

So exactly how many of us were English majors? That's uncanny but not the least bit ironic.

As far as the tooth fairy goes, it's a dollar a tooth in our house. Unless of course the TF fell asleep reading OoP and forgot to put the money under the pillow and had to do some mad scrambling when her daughter woke up nearly distraught. I had to explain the special clause that if the tooth falls out AFTER your bedtime, you get the money the next night. Yeah, that's it.

Catherine, I feel for you and your doctor woes. I don't particularly have anything against the medical profession, but I have seen my share of bad MDs because of my son's condition...which brings me to my one and only doctor joke. What's the difference between God and a doctor? God doesn't think he's a doctor.

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VeronikaG - Aug 26, 2004 6:25 am (#2524 of 2955)    

I knew about the wand mistake, but was there a whole other ending? Because that's the idea I got when I read earlier posts here.

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Loopy Lupin - Aug 26, 2004 6:29 am (#2525 of 2955)    

That's uncanny but not the least bit ironic.-- Accio Sirius

Thank you, thank you. Irony abuse is a pet peeve of mine.

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Round Pink Spider - Aug 26, 2004 6:42 am (#2526 of 2955)    

Oh my gosh, 39 new posts since last night!!!

I was an English major. OOOOOO, I HATE misused apostrophes! I feel sometimes as if the whole world has forgotten that "it's" isn't the possessive! But my "favorite" blooper is "most unique". Whenever we hear that one, my daughter and I always chime in, "It's uniquer than all other uniques!"

BTW, I really enjoy lurking on the Long Theory thread. I haven't researched enough to be able to make intelligent contributions, but I get a kick out of your ideas and theories.

Amilia, I just made an addition to the Long Theory thread for the first time in weeks. And would you like my HP newsletter? It's like that but more so.

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Doris Crockford - Aug 26, 2004 6:58 am (#2527 of 2955)    

Celestina, don't worry about not having your license. Two of my friends are 17.5 years old and they don't even have their G1 (the lowest level of license- to get it, you only need to take a 20 question multiple choice test).

Accio Sirius, that's a great excuse, er, explanation for forgetting.

A warning for all parents acting as the Tooth Fairy: be careful that you don't leave the money in the morning after you get up and wake your kid up. From experience, that really shatters the Tooth Fairy illusion. Although I wasn't as upset with that as when my older brother kindly revealed there was no Santa Claus.

My feet are killing me. I had a soccer game last night, and we were 1 player short, so I had a lot of running to do. This morning, I've soaked them and put lotion on them, but they still hurt. Oh well, time will heal them.

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Alice I - Aug 26, 2004 7:13 am (#2528 of 2955)    

Wow, after reading all of the views on semicolons; commas, and other gramitacal: errors' I am not sure I should post until, Mrs. Fishgate proof reads' my stuff firs't Smile lol

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Catherine - Aug 26, 2004 7:34 am (#2529 of 2955)    

Very cute, Alice! Just don't practice any irony abuse or Ozy and Loopy will get you!

**waves hand to indicate English major here!** Hmm, how many of us are there on the Forum?

Thanks for the good wishes, Accio Sirius. Thanks also for allowing me to vent some long pent-up M.D. frustration. My older daughter has epilepsy, and we've experienced some really horrible physicians, but also a really awesome one **smiles at Dr. B.** This daughter also has some other mild neurological quirks, and that was a long, tough road in finding appropriate help. None of them were bad people or bad doctors, but many of them tried to write me off as a "fretful mom" type when it turns out I was right all along. Now we have wonderful specialists for her, but it took us a long time to get there.

Best of luck to you in dealing with your son's condition, Accio Sirius.

Found out I may have company later, so gotta pick up the house and run the vacuum. Later, everyone!

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Acceber - Aug 26, 2004 8:07 am (#2530 of 2955)    

Hey, have any of you English majors/grammar enthusiasts read Eats, Shoots & Leaves, by Lynne Truss? I read it for the first time this summer and I have to say I enjoyed it, although I do use way too many commas. Got it from my 4th grade teacher, all the blame goes to her, don't look at me...

Tehe Alice.

*waves to boop* Hi boop! Hope to see you in the chat room sometime soon. Big hugs!

Bye all!

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Eponine - Aug 26, 2004 8:11 am (#2531 of 2955)    

I was an English major also. Well, actually I was an English Education major. If you think you've seen some bad grammar, you should take a look at high school research papers. (No offense to any high-schoolers on here, just to the ones I taught!) One of my favorite classes in college was Advanced Grammar. We learned so many obscure grammar rules and diagrammed sentences that were so long the diagram took up the entire page. I loved my English classes because they were comprised of mainly English majors, but Advanced Grammar also had quite a few Sign Language Majors who had to take the class as well. They were like fish out of water in that class.

When I lived in Chattanooga, there was a locally produced television show that came on at 3:00 AM on Saturdays that had its own super hero - The Corrector! This guy would dress up in tights and a cape and run around town late at night correcting misspelled signs. He was the best super hero I've ever seen.

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Padfoot - Aug 26, 2004 8:28 am (#2532 of 2955)    

Congratulations Ladybug! I hope you really enjoy your new job.

Eponine, I had to laugh at The Corrector! Um, who would watch that show? Wait, I think I have figured out the answer, the rest of the forum. I am feeling very self-conscious about my grammar and punctuation now as I was not an English major. My major hang-up is not grammar but rather pronunciation. It annoys me when people pronounce letters in words that should be silent, the word 'often' comes to mind.

*waves to Boop* Waving

Sherbie, love your new avatar. For a moment there I had to do a double take.

When I was little, I had a small pink pillow with lace around the edges and a little pocket on one side. This was where I placed my tooth when it fell out. The going rate was a quarter, although I think I may have gotten a whole dollar once. I always knew it was my mom giving me money and not the tooth fairy.

Celestina, I did not get my license until I was 17. My parents would not let me drive by myself at first, they thought the test was too easy. Once they found I could do errands and drive to the grocery store, I was allowed to drive by myself.

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Aug 26, 2004 10:11 am (#2533 of 2955)    

(Disclaimer: please don't think that I am a grammar snob, but we all have our little peeves.) ---Catherine Allen

Catherine, I never took you for a grammar snob. If memory serves, I thought you were an insufferable little know-it-all.

Put me down as another English major. Is anyone keeping count?

***goes off to mourn the loss of the Chat room***

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Catherine - Aug 26, 2004 10:16 am (#2534 of 2955)    

Catherine, I never took you for a grammar snob. If memory serves, I thought you were an insufferable little know-it-all.--Lupin is Lupin

Swell. Thanks so much, Kim! I can always trust you to make me feel better.

***has donned black clothing to show solidarity with Kim's mourning of the Chat Rooom***

EDIT: On the English Major front, I can think of Lupin is Lupin, Eponine, RPS, and Accio Sirius, I think. Oh, and moi.

DOUBLE EDIT: Forgot Loopy Lupin. Oops. **looks around for Loopy** Hmm, I hope the reason we haven't seen him lately is that he's busy working and not because he's annoyed with my Miss Manners jokes.

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Aug 26, 2004 10:28 am (#2535 of 2955)    

Oh, Catherine, I forgot all about Miss Manners. Dare I disclose this? What the heck. I actually own two of her books. She's a riot! But the hair, dear Lord, that hair has got to go!

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Catherine - Aug 26, 2004 10:37 am (#2536 of 2955)    

Miss Manners is very witty, Kim. I don't see anything wrong with disclosing that you own two of her books.

But the hair is very bad, indeed!

Of course, I have a nearly bald dog, so I shouldn't talk about hair.

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Ozymandias - Aug 26, 2004 11:17 am (#2537 of 2955)    

Eponine, I haven't read Eats, Shoots and Leaves yet, as I'm poor and my library doesn't have it in right now, but I highly reccomend Woe is I. It's quite amusing, and very easy to understand. The Transitive Vampire is fun, too. Can you tell I'm an English major? Who else describes grammar books as "fun"?

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Marie E. - Aug 26, 2004 11:36 am (#2538 of 2955)    

My sophomore English teacher used to warn us of COMMA FEVER! And he used to yell it just like that. He also did a great Elvis impersonation. He'd lay down on the ground and cross his arms over his chest. Because Elvis is dead, get it? No, we didn't think it was funny either.

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icthestrals - Aug 26, 2004 12:43 pm (#2539 of 2955)    

Marie, ROFL!!! I love those kind of teachers. Great sense of humor!

Back to lurking...

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septentrion - Aug 26, 2004 12:53 pm (#2540 of 2955)    

Well, I'm translating some parts of the Lex in french, and I wish some essays had more commas, they'd be easier to understand.

Marie, your teacher has a peculiar sense of humour. I like this kind too but is ROFL appropriate in this case ? (because of the laying on the ground) Goofy

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Eponine - Aug 26, 2004 1:12 pm (#2541 of 2955)    

When I was in college, we (English Majors) used to joke about the best way to kill us would be with a sign that says "FREE BOOKS!" pointing over a cliff. Most of us would have gone over to see what they had.

Oh, and I do think that only English Majors would describe grammar books as fun.

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Catherine - Aug 26, 2004 1:21 pm (#2542 of 2955)    

MMmmmm.....grammar books.......mmmmm.

EDIT: Add Ozy to the English major list....

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Prefect Marcus - Aug 26, 2004 1:33 pm (#2543 of 2955)    

Well I used to enjoy diagramming sentences, and I am an engineer. In fact to this day I still occasionally look at a sentence and wonder how it should be diagrammed. It does wonders for getting the syntax right.

I have often wondered how to diagram, "When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation."

And then there is, "Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth, upon this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal."

Any of you English major types care to try them?

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Amilia Smith - Aug 26, 2004 1:36 pm (#2544 of 2955)    

Veronika: it was the wand order change I was referring to. Sorry about the confusion. I know it wasn't much of a change, but I thought it was neat that we owned a copy with the original end. And then I lost the book. Sad

RPS: thanks for the offer of the newsletter. I debated asking for it on other threads, and decided I wouldn't have time to read it. But since I have been asked personally, it is too much to resist. My email is under my name.

I thought about majoring in English, as I think it would be the ideal job to be an editor for a publishing firm. Can you imagine a better job? You get paid to sit around reading and picking apart books. The trouble is, I hate writing. The thought of all those papers I would have to write as an English major put me off the idea. So I majored in History. Ha Ha. I have written more papers for my history classes than I ever thought possible. However, my prof loved my senior thesis, and asked for a copy to use as an example for future classes. Smile It was very nice to know that the entire years’ worth of blood, sweat and tears was appreciated.

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Catherine - Aug 26, 2004 1:54 pm (#2545 of 2955)    

Oh, Marcus, you don't throw out any softballs, do you?

Diagramming sentences reminds me of a horrible Linguistics class that I took in college. There was no textbook and the "professor" seemed to think that we should already know all about linguistics, so he didn't bother assigning any reading and he didn't bother to lecture, either. He just gave these assignments that would leave you going, "Huh?" If you went to him for help, he just waxed poetic about Chomsky.

So I'll just watch and let the other know-it-alls have a crack at the diagramming! Have you worked the sentences out already?

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Ozymandias - Aug 26, 2004 1:56 pm (#2546 of 2955)    

I've actually never had to diagram sentences. In fact, I don't even know how!

*dives off a cliff, because someone put a sign that says "free books" there*

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Prefect Marcus - Aug 26, 2004 2:00 pm (#2547 of 2955)    

Catherine,

No, the question is sincere. That first one is a challenge just to strip away all the adverbs, adjectives, and prepositional phrases just to get to the bare bones of the sentence structure. Can you do it?

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Aug 26, 2004 2:14 pm (#2548 of 2955)    

Catherine, I do believe the gauntlet has been thrown--and quite pointedly in your direction.

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Catherine - Aug 26, 2004 2:15 pm (#2549 of 2955)    

Marcus issues a challenge. Hmmm....

I haven't diagrammed a sentence since the sixth grade, and I hated doing those "tree" things in Linguistics class. Ick. Maybe I'll unpack an old text and refresh myself. I'll let you know if I can do it.

EDIT: LOL! I think Marcus actually slapped me with the glove, Kim. **rubs cheek and winces** But why is it always me?

I think that ANY of the other English majors would be happy to take up this challenge. Huh, willya Kim, sweet Kim, lovely, smart, all-knowing Kim? Or Loopy? Dear, brilliant Loopy? Or maybe the talented and creative Ozy? Wonderful Ozy? Somebody??? **calling out from deep in the well of despair**

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Prefect Marcus - Aug 26, 2004 2:31 pm (#2550 of 2955)    

Catherine - LOL! I think Marcus actually slapped me with the glove, Kim.

Catherine, how could you even think such a thing?!? I would never strike a lady, and you (in spite of our occasional sparring) have always been a lady! :-)

Back to being serious -- No, the challenge was not meant to be to you personally. I would sincerely like to know the answer. It can come from any of the multitudes of English Majors we have here.
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Catherine - Aug 26, 2004 2:50 pm (#2551 of 2955)    

I would never strike a lady, and you (in spite of our occasional sparring) have always been a lady! :-) --Prefect Marcus

Aww, thanks Marcus.

I'm taking a very weak stab at the diagram. I realize that I need to dig out my old books to figure out how to show the diagram. I just don't remember how all of the lines go.

I'm also not very techno-able, so I'm not sure how to show it graphically. I'll cross that bridge if I ever figure out the diagram.

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TwinklingBlueEyes - Aug 26, 2004 2:52 pm (#2552 of 2955)    

Whew! That excluded me! :-)

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Aug 26, 2004 2:58 pm (#2553 of 2955)    

I haven't diagrammed a sentence since 7th grade--obviously Catherine went through a more advanced educational system than I did but then again, you did attend Duke, didn't you Catherine?

Well, I shall see if I can't mug some unsuspecting seventh-grader and acquire the necessary textbook. I, too, am not very techno-able so if I'm successful Marcus will have to provide a PO Box (to protect his anonymity of course) where I can send my work.

Just for the record, I am not agreeing to this because you schmoozed me Catherine, but it didn't hurt.

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Catherine - Aug 26, 2004 3:29 pm (#2554 of 2955)    

...you did attend Duke, didn't you Catherine? --Lupin is Lupin

That don't mean I'm edukated.

I "schmoozed" my way into Duke. I think they took me on the "we have to let in some questionable people so the rest of the students will feel smart" principle.

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Prefect Marcus - Aug 26, 2004 3:52 pm (#2555 of 2955)    

Catherine - I "schmoozed" my way into Duke. I think they took me on the "we have to let in some questionable people so the rest of the students will feel smart" principle.

You're not fooling anyone, Katharina! Very Happy

Remember the other night in Chat when the subject of Shakespeare came up and someone asked for opinions on the authorship controversy? It seemed almost everybody there had a considered opinion on it. At least one person has even read and studied Marlowe!

Once more Harold Bloom was proven to be a big blowhard.

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wormsé - Aug 26, 2004 3:53 pm (#2556 of 2955)    

I want to major in English... if that counts. And before the tooth fairy discussion disappears- One time after I had lost a tooth, the tooth fairy put a dollar bill under my pillow. For some reason, I was compelled to smell it, and upon doing so, I ran to my Mother saying that my Daddy was "Having an affair with the tooth fairy" because the dollar smelled like his cologne. My family had quite a laugh over that one...

Hi Betty!! I missed you! And RPS- Thank you for the newsletters!

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timrew - Aug 26, 2004 4:10 pm (#2557 of 2955)    

To add my two knuts, I hate misplaced apostrophe's!!

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ShelterGirl - Aug 26, 2004 4:25 pm (#2558 of 2955)    

Padfoot- "Often" is one of my pet peeves too. I have a physical urge to smack those who pronounce the "T." It's stupid, and it doesn't really matter in the scheme of things. I need to get over it, but there it is.

Catherine- For your running tally:

I was an English Major before I dropped out of school to move to NC and get married. Now I just work at whatever pays me. Does that count?

Julie

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Catherine - Aug 26, 2004 4:27 pm (#2559 of 2955)    

Timrew,

Don't you mean "knut's"???

I hate those misplaced "aspostrophe's," too.

Its so annoying when folks' dont know where to put em.

Tee hee.

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Ozymandias - Aug 26, 2004 4:34 pm (#2560 of 2955)    

Actually, I think its' rather ironic.

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Prefect Marcus - Aug 26, 2004 4:40 pm (#2561 of 2955)    

My personal pet peeve is the non-word 'anyways'. There ain't no such word!

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ShelterGirl - Aug 26, 2004 4:43 pm (#2562 of 2955)    

Oooooo. My biggest pet peeve of all is, "alot."

My 9th grade English teacher had a sign in his room that said, "Alot is NOT a word."

Gawsh I loved that man. Smile A lot, to be honest... Great teacher.

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Eponine - Aug 26, 2004 4:51 pm (#2563 of 2955)    

Prefect Marcus, I was trying to diagram your sentence. Right now all of my books are packed up because we are in the middle of moving, so I was looking online for diagramming help. I found this.

http://www.geocities.com/gene_moutoux/diagramdecind1.htm

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Prefect Marcus - Aug 26, 2004 4:54 pm (#2564 of 2955)    

Wow!!!! Fantastic, Eponine. Thank-you very much.

(Can't wait to dive in!)

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Catherine - Aug 26, 2004 5:03 pm (#2565 of 2955)    

I was an English Major before I dropped out of school to move to NC and get married. --Shelter Girl

It counts. It SO counts. Once an English major, always one. It's a lifelong fraternity that you cannot escape. It's like death and taxes.

My undergraduate school had a building in which all the English classes took place, Payne Hall. We called it "the house of Pain." Apt name. The graded papers came back blooded in red ink, needing an emergency tourniquet.

Payne Hall was a good antidote to any rising high school senior who might have thought, "I'm reasonably intelligent."

***adds Julie to list of English majors***

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dragon keeper - Aug 26, 2004 5:08 pm (#2566 of 2955)    

Wow, we have a lot of English majors in here, there are way too many pet peeves for me to avoid.

Anyways... I was just wishing that I had never found this forum because I cannot tear myself away from it. I try to go do something else and then I am sucked back in because I can't wait to see the responses to all of the posts.

It's tearing me apart!!!

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True Love - Aug 26, 2004 5:41 pm (#2567 of 2955)    

Eponine - thanks for the information on diagraming a sentence. I had never heard of that but my niece is an English major so maybe she can explain it to me. Looks interesting.

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Celestina W. - Aug 26, 2004 6:40 pm (#2568 of 2955)    

Mark me down as a future English major. That said, I must confess to occasional (or maybe frequent, who knows) abuse of commas, quotation marks, and other punctuation. I've had the rules drilled into me countless times, especially by last year's English teacher, but over the summer they just sort of slip away. Keep up all this grammar talk, though, and you'll probably guilt me into going and looking them up again.

I only had to diagram sentences in 9th grade and I have no idea how to do it now, but I seem to remember thinking it was pretty fun. I was one of the only people who actually got it, so the teacher had me try to help some of the others. That brings me to one of my pet peeves. I can't understand people who can't recognize the parts of speech (verbs, nouns, prepositions, adverbs, adjectives, etc.). They all seem to think it's weird that I can recognize them. I guess I just have some kind of a sixth sense for prepositions.

I also have to admit that I have sometimes used the phrase "exact same", but I'm more likely to use "same exact". Is that better or worse? And sometimes I say "whole 'nother", though I think I might be able to defend that one as Minnesota dialect.

Thank you, everyone, for the encouragement about the license. You've made me feel a bit better. And thanks for the good wishes on the audition. I'll let you know how I do. This show should be a lot of fun. The last one we did was Grease and it was just amazing. We had an awesome cast, but I was only a freshman so I just got a chorus part. This year I'm a senior and while I don't have a huge amount of acting experience, I think I have as good a chance as anyone else who's trying out, so I'm pretty hopeful.

Ladybug, congrats on your job offer.

Ozy, your new avatar is absolutely hilarious!

I never actually believed in the tooth fairy, but my parents still gave me money. I guess I must have believed in Santa Claus when I was really little, though. We don't have a chimney and I remember thinking he came in through the smoke detector. When I got a bit older than that, my parents and I just had a kind of understanding about it; I pretended I believed in Santa, the Easter Bunny, and the Tooth Fairy, and they pretended that they thought I believed in them. I still got money and presents, so it worked out well.

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Celestina W. - Aug 26, 2004 7:18 pm (#2569 of 2955)    

Oops, too late for an edit. I thought it was time for a new avatar again. M*A*S*H is my favorite TV show ever, even though the last season was four years before I was born. Yay for reruns and DVDs!

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Julia. - Aug 26, 2004 7:31 pm (#2570 of 2955)    

Well, at the moment I'm a bio major, but that could change at the end of this semester, so put me down as a potential English major!

Oh, grammer pet peeves, "alot" and "irregardless" spring to mind. However my favorite gramatical phrase is 'the use of triple negatives will never not be disallowed.'

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I Am Used Vlad - Aug 26, 2004 7:35 pm (#2571 of 2955)    

Marcus, you were right. You do look a lot like Alan Alda.

Edit: You will notice, Julia, that I did not say alot.

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Celestina W. - Aug 26, 2004 7:42 pm (#2572 of 2955)    

Oh, that reminds me of something, Julia. The pastor at my old church always used to say "irregardless" during the prayers. He did it so many times that it sort of became a running joke with my family.

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Marie E. - Aug 26, 2004 7:47 pm (#2573 of 2955)    

When I was living in Georgia I would hear people say "might could". I always wondered if that was like a double positive or something. "I might could go to the store before dark." shudder

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Catherine - Aug 26, 2004 7:49 pm (#2574 of 2955)    

Edit: You will notice, Julia, that I did not say alot. –Nimrod

Oops, you said it again! "Alot" can cause a lot of hard feelings.

Well, alright. Irregardless. (both peeves of mine, if we're getting into it).

I have to go to bed. I'm sneaking computer time, as we have company, and I'm sure there is some "Miss Manners" prohibition against using the computer when one has guests visiting.

**looks over shoulder, and still appears to be alone**

Oh, well, it looks like the chat room is still disabled, so I'll go to bed on time for once. **waves to Shelter and Lupin is Lupin and any others who mourn the loss of the chat room**

'Night.

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Ladybug220 - Aug 26, 2004 7:56 pm (#2575 of 2955)
Edited by Aug 26, 2004 7:57 pm    

Thanks everyone! My family is very happy for me. And, I found out that my brother and sis-in-law are looking to settle in the Durham area as well. It would be great to spoil my nieces on a weekly (or more) basis.

I have to say that I almost ran screaming from the room when I saw the diagrammed sentence. It's a good thing I like you people because there is no way in the world I would have been an English major. I am definitely a science/math person (well, I should be as I have an epidemiology background). Don't y'all love all of my commas and apostrophes?

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DJ Evans - Aug 26, 2004 7:57 pm (#2576 of 2955)    

I hope everyone is having a good day today! Mine hasn't been too good. We found out this morning that a dear friend passed away last night. I've known her and her husband all of my life and I'll miss her big time. Both of them are really considered a part of my family as they've always been there.

Jack, I hope all goes well with your family meeting!! I know you are going to enjoy seeing your family.

Hey Betty!!! ***HUGS*** May everyone's good wishes be your sunshine today!!!

I don't think it will come as any surprise to anyone on here that I'm NOT an English major. I know I've made mistakes here and there (more times than not!) & I hope in my poor English skills that I haven't offended anyone out there. To me it just doesn't matter if a person's writing/posts are 100% correct or not -- just as long as I can get the gist of it, hey, I'm happy. I guess I'm more interested in what they said than "how" they write it. To me this forum represents a whole big wide world out there -- filled with different languages, different levels of education, different life styles, different views, etc..., all coming together under one interest -- Harry Potter. Or that's how I look at it. I'll be the first one to admit that I'm one of the world's worst spellers, so I'm constantly trying to keep my mistakes on that under some kind of control. Guess I'm going to have to start checking all of my punctuation, just don't expect too much of an improvement, because I can't promise anything!!!

Later, Deb

EDIT: Thanks Julie, as I was editing my post, you posted!

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Julia. - Aug 26, 2004 7:58 pm (#2577 of 2955)    

Yes Samrod, I noticed, good job, but as Catherine pointed out, you did actually say 'alot' right at the end there.

Oops, you said it again!--Catherine.
*giggles* I'm reminded of the Knights of Ni from 'Monty Python and the Holy Grail"

I’ve discovered something and I feel I should share with you all. It is not a good idea to drink while watching "Whose Line is it Anyway?"My computer is now covered with C2 thanks to a game called 'Three Headed Broadway Star.'

Goodnight Catherine, sleep well!

EDIT: Cross posted with DJ, I'm so sorry to hear about your friend, I'm sending lots of hugs and butterbeer your way.

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Madam Pince - Aug 26, 2004 11:08 pm (#2578 of 2955)    

Chemyst, thank you, thank you! "Aplets and Cotlets" -- that's the name of the candy I was trying to think of! I actually did like them pretty well, although as Madame Poppy said, some flavors are definitely better than others.

Viola, I think you're right about the motherhood thing. It rots the brain sometimes.

Ah, the tooth fairy. I was a big believer in the tooth fairy for quite some time, mainly because I was convinced that there was no way that someone could sneak their hand in under my pillow while I was asleep without me waking up. In fact, I don't think I actually figured the whole deal out until the day I found the little tin with all my tiny baby teeth in it, hidden way up in a cupboard. ***Listens to all the groans from the people who are grossed out by the idea of saving body parts in a tin.*** I had a discussion the other day with someone about that -- it was a perfect stranger standing in line at the bank or something. I had to admit that I have inherited the tendency from my mother, because I saved my dog's puppy teeth when I found them lying around the house. They're just so cute!

Speaking of teeth, I think I've discovered why my son has been somewhat out-of-sorts lately. It's two-year-molar time! I just saw one poking its (apostrophe? no apostrophe? Oh, the agony!) little head out the other day!

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VeronikaG - Aug 27, 2004 12:12 am (#2579 of 2955)    

I'm now officially scared of talking to you lot! I hope you can forgive my frequent mistakes, as I am an ignorant foreigner from the savage North, who fortunately always uses spell check. And you should hear the way I speak Norwegian...

Sorry to hear about the loss of your friend, DJ. {{HUGS}}

I lost my first tooth completely. It got stuck in an apple that I threw away when I noticed the tooth was out. When I picked up the apple again, the tooth had fallen off. :-( Good thing I had another lose tooth as well, that came out the next month.

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VeronikaG - Aug 27, 2004 3:31 am (#2580 of 2955)    

Sorry, to late to edit, so I double post.

Can you tell me how I log OUT of the forum? I logged in from a computer at school that is not password protected, because it can't be used to access our user accounts. And now I discover that I'm still logged in on that computer, so that anyone using it can post as me. Please answer as soon as you read this.

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Pinky - Aug 27, 2004 4:20 am (#2581 of 2955)    

I hope this is soon enough for you, Veronika. Click on the "Your Forums" link, found in the teal bar at the top of the page (there's also one at the bottom of the page). After you click that, you will be on a new page. Look at the top; it will say "If you are not VeronikaG, or wish to log in under a different name, click here." Click on the "here" and that will log you out. Thank you for being conscientious about protecting your username!

And for all the non-native English speakers out there trembling in fear because of the discussion about grammar -- relax! I'm just simply amazed that you can converse understandably in a 2nd language. If the grammar police come after you, we'll just make them diagram a sentence in your own home language.

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Catherine - Aug 27, 2004 4:38 am (#2582 of 2955)    

If the grammar police come after you, we'll just make them diagram a sentence in your own home language. –Pinky

***trembling and hiding in the closet, far away from any foreign or domestic diagramming threats***

Hope you don't include thumbscrews or electric shocks with that diagramming, Pinky! Maybe we should let JKR know about the amazing similarity of dementors to the grammar police....

I'm sneaking back onto the Forum to catch up on posts. Actually, sneaking is kind of fun. Adds a little hint of the forbidden. **looks over shoulder to see if company is awake yet**

It's been funny to read about all of our little quirks and peeves. And to the wizards whose first language is not English, you all do beautifully. I could never post my thoughts in another language, unless it was to ask where the ladies' room is, or what is the dinner special. Somehow, that wouldn't get me very far on this Forum!

I will wish everyone a good day, and hope that the next time I check in that the chat room will be functioning.

**trudges off to cook breakfast like a good house elf**

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boop - Aug 27, 2004 4:40 am (#2583 of 2955)    

*Waves to Deb and gives a Big Hug back** So sorry to hear about the lost of your friend. My prayers go out to you and your friends family as well.

*Waves to Becca* I will be in the chat room as soon as we can use it again.

I agree with Deb about posting. I am not the best speller. So please for give me when I make mistakes with using the connect grammar.

Have a great day everyone!!!!

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The giant squid - Aug 27, 2004 5:08 am (#2584 of 2955)    

Deb, so sorry to hear about your loss. Consider yourself hugged. {{Deb}}

And here's one for Betty, while I'm at it. {{Betty}}

Loopy, I have a phrase you might like, courtesy of one of my other favorite authors, Spider Robinson: God is an iron.

You see, if someone commits a felony, they're a felon; if they indulge in gluttony they're a glutton...

Despite my grammatical neuroses, I'm not an English major. I decided to take something a little less confusing--Physics.

--Mike

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Accio Sirius - Aug 27, 2004 6:01 am (#2585 of 2955)    

Despite the English major status, grammar is not my strongest suit--that's because I went into journalism! ; )

What I can't stand is being redundant and repetitive. Hee.

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Loopy Lupin - Aug 27, 2004 6:20 am (#2586 of 2955)    

To add my two knuts, I hate misplaced apostrophe's!! –timrew

Me t'oo.

Catherine-- Yes, Catherine, stupid work came first for a change! I didn't mind at all about the Miss Manners jokes; I like her alot. Whats' ironic though is that she gets paid for her wit, but I don't. Its not fair.

Mike-- Hehe.

Marcus, you are truly a most unique individual. Diagramming sentences? Well, to each his own. I was an English major, but somehow managed to avoid the diagramming classes as I haven't done that since high school. I didn't care for it then, and certainly don't care for it now.

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Chemyst - Aug 27, 2004 6:33 am (#2587 of 2955)    

Condolences, Deb.

Oh, and I do think that only English Majors would describe grammar books as fun. - Eponine  I think Mike and Marcus have already shown this to be a fallacy. And I did buy Eats Shoots and Leaves just for fun earlier this summer, even though I wasn't an English major. (The only English class I ever enjoyed in school was creative writing.)   **Note to Marcus: I believe diagramming that first example should go on the logic thread.

Urgg... and for the past two dozen post-readings I've had this horrible jingle running through my head, You don't have alittle, so you can't have alot!

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Sherbie Lemon - Aug 27, 2004 8:05 am (#2588 of 2955)    

Catherine, I would say that your fish incident would definitely have qualified as Sherbie if the beast say, got tangled in your hair or attached itself to your face. For now, let's just call it a close encounter of the Sherbie kind.

I'm glad to hear your daughter is feeling better. Tell her I can absolutely relate to her fear of nasal penetration. When I was 3, I was sitting on the potty, playing a little game with tiny shreds of toilet paper. I was the queen (naturally) and the pieces were my servants and each of them had disappointed me in some way. Their punishment was death and "death" meant the bathroom floor. When I got down to my last scrap, the only servant who had served me loyally, I put him in the most regal place possible, right up my nose. I freaked out, my mom freaked out and kept shouting, "Blow out!" I sucked in. Finally my grandfather was able to free the servant who attempted to assassinate the queen, and I swiftly disposed of him.

Julia, Oklahoma! is my all-time favorite musical, and that's not just because I'm an Okie. I used to watch it over and over again. In fact, I still have it memorized. When things get slow at a party, I can certainly liven it up!

Congratulations, Ladybug! I hope your new job will be your best one yet!

*Waves back to Betty!* Glad to see you around!

Mike, don't give us the all clear yet. As some members have pointed out, Lynn Allen and Blast are still unaccounted for, as are many others. I've got my butterfly net and miner’s hat ready.

You should go next year, Padfoot! If memory serves, you are a BIG Beatles fan as well. It's a blast hanging out with other fans and watching some really great bands, and some really poor bands. At this year's festival, a band from Japan called the BeaTrips performed and were incredible. They couldn't speak a lick of English off stage, but were able to come somewhat close to British accents on stage. All the guys in all the bands are really nice. We had so much fun partying with them all after the concerts. It was a truly awesome experience.

I, too, am an English major, but if you ask me to diagram a sentence I will run screaming at Catherine and use her as a shield. During my middle school and high school years (and even still in college), I was enrolled strictly in Honors English classes. We would spend one week on grammar, and that’s being generous. Normally we’d flip through the book on the 2nd day of class, our teacher would say, “Oh, you guys know this stuff,” and we’d close the book and get on with literature and essays. I had to do a bit of grammar in English Comp I, but I haven’t looked at it since. Typically I relax my writing when I type on the forum, but now I see that I must pull out the grammar book to check and double check my commas. My big pet peeve is blatant spelling errors and the use of the word “good” when one means “well.” I must agree with Padfoot and say that hearing the “T” in “often” makes me cringe as well.

Good luck on your audition, Celestina!

Deb, I am so sorry for your loss. My heart and prayers are with you and your family. Please know that your forum family is here for you whenever you need us.

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Padfoot - Aug 27, 2004 8:30 am (#2589 of 2955)
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Deb, I am so sorry to hear about your friend. *hugs*

Yes Sherbie, I am a BIG Beatles fan. Was just listening to the Past Masters (1) CD moments ago. Famous 32 I bet you had a lot of fun at that festival!

Well I am off to visit a construction site. Just wish it was not pouring rain now. See y'all later.

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Loopy Lupin - Aug 27, 2004 8:33 am (#2590 of 2955)    

I must agree with Padfoot and say that hearing the “T” in “often” makes me cringe as well. -- Sherbie Lemon

I'm not sure I'm with you guys on this one. I say the "T" because that's how the word is spelled, it seems to me. Websters actually lists both pronunciations. Plus, I don't pronounce "oft" as "off."

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mike miller - Aug 27, 2004 8:33 am (#2591 of 2955)    

Well, I'm a Marketing major with a post-graduate degree so that gives me license to "butcher" the language, invent words (*recalls rebodification*), misspell and abuse punctuation. The spelling is usually the result of fat fingers and small laptop keyboards. That's my story and I'm sticking to it. Oops, there's one of those dangling thingys. I really have only one pet language peeve, irregardless (I'm with you Julia)

I safely returned from my trip last evening, just barely. There was a mechanical difficulty with our plane and they almost waited too long to cancel the flight. I just made it on another airline. It may have worked to be benefit as I arrived in Baltimore after the evening rush so no traffic difficulties.

Jack - Enjoy your trip! I spent my college years in Tempe, some of the most fun I ever had.

Congrats Ladybug!!!

Deb - Sorry to hear about the passing of such a close friend. It is always hardedst for those left behind. I always focus on the good memories. When my grandmother passed away a couple of years ago, I just kept remembering helping her bake pies when I was a kid.

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Sherbie Lemon - Aug 27, 2004 8:36 am (#2592 of 2955)    

Do you say g-nat for gnat and k-nife for knife too, Loopy?

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ShelterGirl - Aug 27, 2004 8:48 am (#2593 of 2955)    

P-neumonia!

Oh I'm liking this.

Get him Sherbie.

Smile

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Prefect Marcus - Aug 27, 2004 9:34 am (#2594 of 2955)
Edited by Aug 27, 2004 9:35 am    

Yes, I suppose I am a little strange for deriving enjoyment from diagraming sentences. I suppose it is because I am an engineer. I like to see how things are constructed and put together.

It's really not a bad trait to have. Without it, I would never have figured out that Rowling was up to something with a certain Slytherin girl.

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Chemyst - Aug 27, 2004 9:54 am (#2595 of 2955)    

Without it [diagramming], I would never have figured out that Rowling was up to something with a certain Slytherin girl.  'Like I said, it's a logic problem. ?? ?? ??

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Prefect Marcus - Aug 27, 2004 10:07 am (#2596 of 2955)
Edited by Aug 27, 2004 10:09 am    

You're right, Chemyst. It is a logic problem. And I LOVE those.

EDIT: Oh, and BTW, 'it' referred to the desire to figure out how things are constructed, of which diagramming sentences is only a subset. Just being precise here. :-)

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septentrion - Aug 27, 2004 11:05 am (#2597 of 2955)    

Diagraming a sentence ? I've never heard of this before ! I wonder if french literature students learn it. Well, if someone is sentenced in diagramming a foreign sentence, I may suggest some Proust

Deb, I'm so sorry for your loss. Some friends count as much as family and you have to overcome their loss the same way. I hope you'll overcome this loss as nicely as possible.

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Catherine - Aug 27, 2004 12:38 pm (#2598 of 2955)    

Yes, Catherine, stupid work came first for a change! I didn't mind at all about the Miss Manners jokes; I like her alot. Whats' ironic though is that she gets paid for her wit, but I don't. Its not fair. --Loopy Lupin

Stupid work! I was just a little worried that you were going to punish me for the jokes by having a Miss Manners avatar, and I didn't want to have to look at her hair in order to read your free, witty posts. Especially since you weren't done with the Simpsons yet. I really liked Troy and Ralph, and both of them have better hair than Judith Martin. **notes Loopy's apostrophe abuse**

I'm posting on the sly again, so I'll just say tell Deb that I am SO sorry about your friend.

Oh, about that "oft-en" and "off-en" debate. I was once humiliated in class in 6th grade for saying "often" with a "t." So I have learned my lesson, and don't say it anymore.

But I will ask Loopy if he says the "w" in "sword?"

See you all around.

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Ozymandias - Aug 27, 2004 1:56 pm (#2599 of 2955)    

Hello everyone! Hope you are all having a lovely Friday.

I feel I must clarify. I don't go through the forum with The Elements of Style to see who misused their apostrophes. What annoys me is when people who are paid to communicate butcher the language. This includes newscasters, professional writers, signmakers and Alanis Morisette. And to all the foreign members, your command of a second language is truly impressive.

Deb, I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of your friend. I will second the good advice given by the others, and recommend that you remember the good times.

Mike, you're a Spider Robinson fan! *hugs Mike* I've never spoken to another person who's even heard of Spider, let alone one who's read and enjoyed his writing.

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Loopy Lupin - Aug 27, 2004 1:59 pm (#2600 of 2955)    

Do you say g-nat for gnat and k-nife for knife too, Loopy?

But I will ask Loopy if he says the "w" in "sword?"

As a matter of fact, I do. (Note that's "fact" which is pronounced fak-tee, right?)
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Chemyst - Aug 27, 2004 2:00 pm (#2601 of 2955)    

Oh, and BTW [...] Just being precise here.
Your precision is noted and appreciated.

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ShelterGirl - Aug 27, 2004 2:02 pm (#2602 of 2955)    

*Runs shrieking from Loopy's new avatar...*

Noooooooo!!! My eyes! My eyes!!

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Padfoot - Aug 27, 2004 2:13 pm (#2603 of 2955)
Edited by Aug 27, 2004 2:14 pm    

Ok, so that's what she looks like. Thanks Loopy for showing us a picture of your hero. Actually she isn't as bad as I was imagining. I was picturing Dame Edna.

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Ozymandias - Aug 27, 2004 2:16 pm (#2604 of 2955)    

I think Dame Edna's downright gorgeous compared to that hairdo...

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Catherine - Aug 27, 2004 2:46 pm (#2605 of 2955)    

Sigh. Loopy did it. He changed from the Simpsons.

I might need to wash my eyeballs.

EDIT: D'Oh! I KNEW IT! I was worried about this.

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Julia. - Aug 27, 2004 3:38 pm (#2606 of 2955)    

Merlin's beard, Loopy, your avatar made me scream aloud! My mum thought I was was having coniptions.

Well guys, I'm signing off for the evening, next time I talk to you guys it'll be from my lovely dorm room from the University of Connectiut. Talk to you all tomorrow!

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Round Pink Spider - Aug 27, 2004 3:50 pm (#2607 of 2955)    

Mike, you're a Spider Robinson fan! *hugs Mike* I've never spoken to another person who's even heard of Spider, let alone one who's read and enjoyed his writing.

I've read Spider Robinson! (No irony there!) I'm not sure I'd call myself a fan, but I certainly enjoyed his writing, especially the Callahan's books.

I have to admit I don't know how to diagram sentences. I was never taught, though, so it wasn't my fault. By the way, I second those who said that our foreign-speaking guests have nothing of which to be ashamed. I can't imagine being able to post in a 2nd language! My compliments!

EDIT: On the subject of local language abuses, around here people like to say, "Do you want to come with?" (I have to admit I do it too... 15 years as a Minnesotan have corrupted me...*hangs head in deepest shame*)

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Flame Alligator - Aug 27, 2004 3:55 pm (#2608 of 2955)    

Ok guys........ Miss Manner's hair isn't that bad. Dame Edna........ that is really bad hair. I enjoy watching Miss Manners when she makes TV appearances. She reminds me of all the hard training my mother did to me. Ah yes Mom....... it all comes back to me.

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DJ Evans - Aug 27, 2004 4:18 pm (#2609 of 2955)    

First off, thanks everyone for the kind words -- it's really appreciated & very comforting. We leave at 6 in the morning to make a 6 hour drive for the funeral, so it's going to be a long day. It will be great to see some of the old friends again, but it seems like the only time we "all" get together the past couple of years is for someone's funeral. Which is very sad indeed. Life goes on, I know, but it's hard when it's someone that you've known all of your life.

Mike Miller -- Glad to hear that it was a safe trip, even with the problems you had, at least you are home safely!!!

Loopy -- Hmmm, your new avatar? Let's see, what can I say? Ok, well here it goes -- words fell me? hee hee Seriously, if she is your hero, I say display it proudly!!! I know I used to read her column when our paper carried it, but sad to say "alas earwax" they don't now!!

Hey Julia? Is any of your dorm mates HP'ers too? How lucky could you get if they are?!?!?!? Hmmm, on second thought that might not be such a good idea. I mean, would "any" studying" ever get done with a dorm full of HP fans? Nope, don't think so!!! Have fun though!!

Later, Deb

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Catherine - Aug 27, 2004 4:42 pm (#2610 of 2955)    

Flame's post shamed me a bit. Here I am making fun of Miss Manners.

Oh, I'll admit it, (and Kim's got her books!), I like to read Miss Manners.

Following her advice has won me kudos in the past. I felt good knowing that I was addressing invitations and writing letters in the "correct way." I also appreciate her column because she ever so gently takes people to task for infractions that I find completely intolerable: talking loudly in movies, concerts, plays, etc.; talking on cell phones in public places about private things that have NO business ever seeing the light of day (also, I hate people who talk loudly on cell phones at the book store. I want to STUPEFY the Stupid!).

Oh, and even though I was an English major, I would never presume to judge anyone's Forum writing. You all are brilliant, so what is there left to say? Except that this Forum brings light into my day, and thanks.

***waves and hugs Boop because I didn't hug her this morning...***

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ShelterGirl - Aug 27, 2004 4:46 pm (#2611 of 2955)    

I agree with Catherine on this. Internet grammar and spelling can be much looser and informal. I don't think any of us grammar geeks would even think about taking a red pen to member posts.

It's just not that big of a deal. Smile

Julie

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Pinky - Aug 27, 2004 5:47 pm (#2612 of 2955)    

I came across Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (minus the dust jacket) first American edition for under $5 today. Any reason I should buy it? Any changes that would make it valuable enough to fund any future college education?

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boop - Aug 27, 2004 6:09 pm (#2613 of 2955)    

***Waves and hugs too Catherine, Julie, Pinky, Kim, Madam Pince, Viola, Septentrion, Veronika, Deb, Sarcastic Ginny, Julia, Haymoni, Accio Sirius, Ozymandias,Zelmia, hogs head, Chemyst, Prongs, Giant Squid Mike, Mike Miller, Maire,Celestina,Leila, Kasse, Denise,Icthestrals, Madam Poppy, Mrs. Sirius, Tim*****

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Ozymandias - Aug 27, 2004 6:21 pm (#2614 of 2955)    

Pinky, it'd only be valuable if it's also a first printing. (I don't know how valuable, but I'm sure you can look that up.) To tell if it's a first printing, look on the copyright page. Above where it says the edition, there are a bunch of numbers. If the last number is one, congratulations! You have a first printing.

Hi Betty! *HUG*

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Kasse - Aug 27, 2004 7:06 pm (#2615 of 2955)    

hey betty - big hugs back to you too

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DJ Evans - Aug 27, 2004 7:20 pm (#2616 of 2955)    

Awwww, thanks Betty -- your **HUG** made my day. Sure hope today is full of sunshine and warmth for you!!!

Though I enjoyed and read "Miss Manners", I have to admit my hero was always Heloise!! Talk about always having a nifty hint to save the day -- she has always come through!!

Later, Deb

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boop - Aug 27, 2004 8:16 pm (#2617 of 2955)    

Deb, yes I did have a day full of sunshine!! The weather was hot and humid today and not fun to work in when no air is moving in the buildings.

I only have tomorrow to work ten hours. Then I go back to 8 hours a day with only 7 days. Then I have a 3 day weekend. The students are coming back this weekend. It has been pretty slow, but we are sure tomorrow with be a very busy day.

Hope everyone has a nice weekend!!!

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Penny Lane. - Aug 27, 2004 9:12 pm (#2618 of 2955)    

Wow - I just read 160 posts on this thread. To add into the grammer discussion, when people missuse apostrophes, spelling, etc on the net, I just chalk it all up to Typo's. I'm more annoyed with too many commas than too few, and I really am more annoyed with the way people speak these days. the big thing around here seems to be "We don't got no..."

Oh, and the phrase "on accident.." - as in "I didn't mean to, I dropped the pie on accident." ... It's "I didn't mean to, I dropped the pie by accident."

Other than that... whatever.

Oh, a long time ago someone was asking about Paul Harvey. Paul Harvey has a syndicated radio show called "The Rest of the Story" where he tells stories about how major historical (and not so major) figures came to be who they are. I've learned much from his broadcast, and I usually enjoy it when it comes on. I would have never been able to tell my English teacher that Pablo Picasso actually burned much of his earlier artwork for fire wood to keep warm at night.

To everyone who is moving into dorms this week - I feel your pain. I move in on Monday ( a few days after the big move in rush, right before classes begin) . I am SOOO not ready this year.

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Flash the Dog - Aug 27, 2004 9:32 pm (#2619 of 2955)    

Well, hello everyone. This is Loopy. I'm visiting my parents and had set this account up for Moms. It doesn't appear that she has burned up the threads using it. Alas. I am using it because I can't remember my password and, for some reason, it won't give me another one from this comp. Blah, blah, blah. Stupid internet. ("Oh, they have the internet on computers now"--There, now everyone should have no doubt that its me.)

Anyway, I thought I would make sure that all could rest assured that the Simpsons will be back soon enough. Catherine pretty much dared me to change it to good old Judy, so I did. Razz

My sympathies to Deb and her family. So sorry.

And, having just driven through good old Charlottesville, I have zero sympathies for all those starting back to college this weekend, or start off to college. Enjoy it while you're there; you will miss it. (Geez, I'm old.)

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The giant squid - Aug 28, 2004 12:16 am (#2620 of 2955)    

On the grammar front, I'd like to echo what others have said and commend our English-as-a-second-language posters. Very rarely can I tell by a post whether someone is a native English speaker or not. I myself speak only two languages: English and bad English. I took two years of Spanish in high school, and thus learned about enough to compare to a mentally challenged 4-year old in Mexico...

Ozy and RPS: Woo! Fellow Spiderites! Usually whenever I mention his name I get blank stares (or the internet equivalent). At that point I generally toss Callahan's Crosstime Saloon at them and say, "Let me know when you're ready for the next one." His use (some say overuse) of puns and insight into the human condition is what grabs me. Oh, and he's an English major, too.

RPS, his non-Callahan stuff is good too, although generally more serious. In fact, he has a new novel coming out this fall called Very Bad Deaths...I doubt we'll be seeing many talking dogs or cluricaunes.

--Mike

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Ozymandias - Aug 28, 2004 12:39 am (#2621 of 2955)    

Aarrgh! Writer's block! Yes, I should be writing, but here I am.

Ooh, a new Spider novel! This will ease the wait for HBP. And I don't mind the serious ones. In fact, one of the things I most admire about his writing is the fact that he can combine such atrocities as an American Indian electrician named Many Hands, and topics that are deadly serious. And you can never have too many puns.

Yeah, so this post said absolutely nothing of import. Why is it that I can write drivel like this but I can't work on any of my stories?

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The giant squid - Aug 28, 2004 12:44 am (#2622 of 2955)    

   Why is it that I can write drivel like this but I can't work on any of my stories?



For the same reason that my Callahan FanFic ( I prefer "homage") has been three chapters from completion for about 6 months now...

He's also got a compendium of his articles for the Toronto Globe and Mail called "The Crazy Years" coming out soon, and he's working on a story from Robert Heinlein's notes called "Variable Star". I will now send you to http://www.spiderrobinson.com and let him do his own advertising!

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Ozymandias - Aug 28, 2004 12:48 am (#2623 of 2955)    

Oh, I'd love to read it, Mike, if you ever get it to a place where you're willing to show it off. I'll show you mine if you show me yours. Except I don't have one. Come to think of it, I haven't finished a story in ages...depressing. Must...write...

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The giant squid - Aug 28, 2004 12:53 am (#2624 of 2955)    

You're on, Ozy. One more person added to the clamoring horde might convince me to finish it... As it stands now it's in a very rough form--just the basic plot points needed for each chapter. I'll have to go back and basically rewrite the thing to make it palatable to the masses. If only I weren't so addicted to this forum, I'd have more time to write.

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Ozymandias - Aug 28, 2004 12:55 am (#2625 of 2955)    

Finish it! Now!

Does that help?

And if you're anything like me, time is not the issue.

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The giant squid - Aug 28, 2004 12:58 am (#2626 of 2955)    

Maybe not, but it's a good enough excuse for the time being...

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Ozymandias - Aug 28, 2004 1:00 am (#2627 of 2955)    

I don't even need an excuse. I just write the beginnings of stories and then never finish them. Horrible, I know...

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Chemyst - Aug 28, 2004 4:36 am (#2628 of 2955)    

Ozy, after several days of looking at your pink splotch, I finally clicked and understood: Dolores Umbridge, as played by Brian Cox. So now I can say, "Ohh, sweet avatar." The overhead lighting with its radiating halo effect creates a very nice touch of subtle sarcasm.

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boop - Aug 28, 2004 4:53 am (#2629 of 2955)    

Happy Saturday Everyone!!!!

I just checked the chat room and guess what, ITS WORKING AGAIN!!!!!!

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Catherine - Aug 28, 2004 5:50 am (#2630 of 2955)    

Miss Manners is in the house! Enemies of the Hair, beware!

Anyway, I thought I would make sure that all could rest assured that the Simpsons will be back soon enough. Catherine pretty much dared me to change it to good old Judy, so I did. Razz --Loopy Lupin

I didn't really think you'd do it, but it was quite amusing while it lasted. I am pleased that the Simpsons may have an encore. I'll be careful what I seem to dare in the future. Like, for instance, I would think that Dame Edna would be a little much! (I am not daring this, really. Have pity on us)

Pet Flash for all of us and enjoy your visit home.

Hi Boop! Thanks for the update about the chat room ***grabs Betty and dances with her around the room** Woo hoo! Someone tell Kim and Julie!

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Accio Sirius - Aug 28, 2004 6:34 am (#2631 of 2955)
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Hi Betty! **waves and blows kisses to forum mom!**

I have to admit I'm a little envious of the kids going back to college. I probably logged more life lessons than anything, but it is a great experience. Good luck to all of you. Soak in everything you can!

Deb, I didn't get a chance to mention it yesterday, but I've been thinking about you. I'm sorry for your loss. Please take care.

Happy Saturday. It's really hot here, so we might have to take in one of the last pool days before school starts. Take care all--Mike, finish your story! You can add me to the list of interested readers!

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haymoni - Aug 28, 2004 6:40 am (#2632 of 2955)    

Hello all - Happy Saturday!

Got a little scare last night. The 11-year-old-ungrateful son was over a neighbor's house playing "Capture the Flag" (which might as well be Dodgeball the way these kids play it.) when he tripped over some landscaping and fell flat on his face.

Didn't bother to tell us about his accident until I noticed that he had that glazed-over-I'm-dead-tired look. He then proceeded to get sick all over the family room. You medical-types know what that means - concussion!!

Unfortunately for us, this is not his first (once you have had one concussion, you are prone to more). We watched him closely and woke him every once in a while. He woke up fine this morning, but isn't playing baseball just to make sure.

The doctors have already told us no football and no soccer. Apparently soccer players get as many concussions as football players. (My husband was not disappointed - he thinks soccer is stupid - not my opinion - it's his.) Baseball, basketball and wrestling (not the wild stuff on TV) are fine, but apparently we now need to ban "Capture the Flag".

If it's not a diabetic cat, it's a concussed 11-year-old!

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Kasse - Aug 28, 2004 6:44 am (#2633 of 2955)    

Hello Everyone!

I have good news (well for me at least) - my lap top works again I am so happy now I can check in more often.

Then I have bad news, I too go back to school on Monday - however I do not dorm so I am sure that I will have plenty of time for the lex, I will make time for the lex.

I have to agree and say that those lex members whose first language is not English blend right in with the rest of us. I am constantly impressed at what an amazing grasp of English you all have.

When it comes to spoken English I find that I am constantly correcting people. I do not even realise that I do it but yes I feel that if english is your fist language then you should speak it properly - whatever your first langue is, you should speak it as it is supposed to be spoken.

Ok that was just my two knuts - off to read and post

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Acceber - Aug 28, 2004 6:44 am (#2634 of 2955)    

I know, I should have found a way to get on and post here yesterday, but Adelphia disabled our connection up here and we didn't understand why. My aunt had said to turn it off on September 3. I mean, honestly, how much do August 27 and September 3 sound alike? But now it's working again and I'm posting and I'm happy. AND the chat room's back!

Deb-I'm really sorry about your loss.

Ozy-I love your (not-so-)new avatar!

My grammar pet peeves are when people use alot as one word and stuff over and over and over... I got those from my 6th grade English teacher, which is also where I learned to diagram sentences. We only got into the basics (nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs and conjunctions). So I knew I could never diagram either of the quotes Marcus posted a while ago. Oh well.

boop-*hugs*

EDIT: Kasse, we double posted, have fun at school *sarcasm*. Mine doesn't start until September 9. Ahhhhh, the joys of middle school...

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Catherine - Aug 28, 2004 7:07 am (#2635 of 2955)    

Haymoni,

I'm sorry about your son's second concussion (and the ick stuff in the family room). Who knew that "Capture the Flag" was so problematic?

My good friend across the street is married to a neuroradiologist, and this guy sees so many kids with head injuries that he is kind of a nightmare to be around sometimes. Every cornered surface in their house has foam covers, for instance. His wife just rolls her eyes and realizes that he can't help being so nervous. It makes me feel even more like a "Slacker Mom" when he comes to our house, and I see his eyes roving over all of the visible "edges." You can tell he's trying very hard not to say anything.

Have a good Saturday, everyone. It's rain forecast for today, so I think if I can't take the girls to the pool that I will take them to see "Princess Diaries 2." ***waves to Forum***

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Flash the Dog - Aug 28, 2004 7:15 am (#2636 of 2955)    

Simpsons may have an encore-- Catherine Allen

I think, at this point, the Simpsons are a mainstay. Miss Martin has simply graciously consented to hold their spot for a little vacation. Smile

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haymoni - Aug 28, 2004 9:31 am (#2637 of 2955)    

Catherine - I am so glad to find another Slacker. Maybe you can appreciate this:

Over the summer, Hubby coached the ungrateful son's baseball team, which makes me the Baseball Slave - I mean The Coach's Wife. Anyway, we had a couple of parents who didn't understand the meaning of "treat" - i.e. when you are listed to bring treat, you actually have to show up to the game and bring enough for the whole team and any younger siblings that might be hanging around drooling. It was so bad, I actually started carrying extra treats in my car because people didn't show up or didn't bring enough.

Anyway, one Saturday morning we had a game and I knew we'd be short, so I brought Rice-Krispy Treats. One of those Non-Slacker Moms nodded her head and said "Aren't they so easy to make??"

I looked at her and said, "You know, I am really flattered that you thought I would be the type to make Rice-Krispy Treats from scratch, but I have to be honest (especially since she would learn the truth at the end of the game anyway). I bought these at the store."

She looked shocked and appalled, but I was relieved to see some of the other moms nodding their heads.

We aren't the only ones, Catherine.

To everyone returning to school - Have a great time. You don't know how good you've got it!

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Denise P. - Aug 28, 2004 10:44 am (#2638 of 2955)    

What? You can make Rice Crispy treats at home??? Who has the recipe?? The store bought ones work just fine. I like homemade ones because you can get them really, really chewy! And yes, they are easy to make but you know, tossing a box in your grocery cart is much easier.

I am involved with scouting and it irks me on the snack thing when parents don't bring it or only bring for the boys...knowing there are always a few extra siblings with big pleading eyes hanging around.

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Round Pink Spider - Aug 28, 2004 10:52 am (#2639 of 2955)    

Oh, Catherine, Haymoni, I'm sure neither of you are "slacker" moms! Being a mom is a big job! You've GOT to take shortcuts sometimes, and there are always things to feel bad about if you let yourself. People are always saying to me, "I don't know how you manage with six." Well, if they only knew the things I DON'T do, they wouldn't ask!

Haymoni, I think it's great that you cared enough about the kids to bring those store-bought treats. And I can sure sympathize about the concussion; my son fell off the back his bike, landed on the top of his head, cracked his skull, and spent a week in the hospital. (My husband hadn't agreed with me that he needed to wear a helmet. He had nightmares for weeks afterward.)

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Good Evans - Aug 28, 2004 11:57 am (#2640 of 2955)    

Woo Hoo - just watched the mens 4 x 100m relay - GB won Woo Hoo!!!!!

come down a bit now - gosh what a run, and to beat the US team -jolly well done chaps! and of course commiserations to the US. three more steps and you would have had it.

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Flash the Dog - Aug 28, 2004 12:00 pm (#2641 of 2955)    

You know, I am really flattered that you thought I would be the type to make Rice-Krispy Treats from scratch, but I have to be honest (especially since she would learn the truth at the end of the game anyway). I bought these at the store. -- haymoni

That sounds just like something Miss Manners would have advised you to say. She might have added, "Let me tell you where I got them so you can buy them next time." But you mention this was a "non-slacker mom" so perhaps she was standing there churning the crank on the non-electric icecream maker.

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Catherine - Aug 28, 2004 1:15 pm (#2642 of 2955)    

But you mention this was a "non-slacker mom" so perhaps she was standing there churning the crank on the non-electric icecream maker. --Loopy Lupin

She was probably milking the cow while alphabetizing her ice cream recipes on color coded index cards first.

Let me chime in on the "treat annoyance. My daughter did T-ball last spring and it was amazing to me how so many moms and dads "forgot' to bring the treats when it was their turn, or even worse, "forgot" to bring anything to drink (it does get in the 90s here in May).

Denise, I love your new arrival, Lily. She's so cute! Love the name, too.

Just got back from the Princess Diaries. The girls loved it, so that made it a fun afternoon.

See y'all around. The sun's out, so I'm going to take them to the pool while I can...

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TwinklingBlueEyes - Aug 28, 2004 1:15 pm (#2643 of 2955)    

I have a new Doberman puppy. I have been watching her for a week now, trying to decide what to name her. She's 12 weeks old, all feet and legs, (you get the picture?),and she's a blue dobie, so...

Tonks she is! :-)

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Aug 28, 2004 1:25 pm (#2644 of 2955)    

Hey Loopy! Loopy Lupin! I finally saw "That Which Will Not Be Named" and although it's not as good as his previous movies it by no means stinks! I grant you, it's a bit transparent **winces** but I'm very good at suspending reality and going along for the ride. In other words, if I can get two hours alone with my husband on a Friday night I'm good to go.

By the way, I keep reading "Flash the Dog" as a command rather than a name. Well, it's not much but it makes me chuckle.

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Richard !!!Reid - Aug 28, 2004 1:30 pm (#2645 of 2955)    

Ok...I know this is a bit off topic, but I remember, it was a good while ago now, that someone said they had all five Harry Potter novels on their computer. Now, I already have all of them - paperback and hardback - why?, well I'm just sad. But nevertheless, it would be really useful, when searching for quotes.

If that person is still out there, please tell me Sad

Thanks

Richard

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Catherine - Aug 28, 2004 2:16 pm (#2646 of 2955)    

By the way, I keep reading "Flash the Dog" as a command rather than a name.--Lupin is Lupin

Ok, major SPEW alert here! At least most of the dogs in that household are bassett hounds and I imagine them covering their droopy eyes with their ears if such an event were to take place.

And Kim, I thought the same thing, but thought I just had an unusual mind. Are you sure that we haven't known each other in a past life?

Darn it, the pool closed early for a private event. Stupid birthday party. I now have an excuse to catch up on the Forum posts since yesterday.

I've been thinking about this Slacker Mom thing. Several of us seem to agree that we buy packaged foods (i.e. Poptarts and Rice Krispy Treats). I have confessed that I allow my children to encounter corners. Haymoni forgot which day school started. Others might have forgotten Tooth Fairy Money or been a Cheap Fairy. Any other Slacker confessions? I have to admit, I found these revealations quite entertaining and very therapeutic.

Oh, and I need to add Sherbie to the English Major list.

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Aug 28, 2004 2:33 pm (#2647 of 2955)    

And Kim, I thought the same thing, but thought I just had an unusual mind.---Catherine Allen

I have no doubt that you have an unusual mind Catherine. But now you know you have company.

My Slacker Mom stories are much like my Most Embarrassing Moment stories--they shall go with me to my grave. But I will confess to this: Birthday Cake makes a superb breakfast. Think about it, it's got eggs, grains and if served with a glass of milk you've hit 3 major sections on the Food Guide Pyramid. Works for me. As an added bonus, you score major "Mom" points.

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haymoni - Aug 28, 2004 2:43 pm (#2648 of 2955)    

Lupin - that was a whole comedy bit for Bill Cosby.

Dad is great! Gives us chocolate cake!

And then Mom came downstairs...

Apparently she was NOT an SM (Slacker Mom).

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Catherine - Aug 28, 2004 2:43 pm (#2649 of 2955)    

But I will confess to this: Birthday Cake makes a superb breakfast.

Oh, Kim, you TOO???!!

***waits for the parent police to show up and take me away***

EDIT: Haymoni posted and I just love the "SM" nickname.

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Flash the Dog - Aug 28, 2004 3:37 pm (#2650 of 2955)    

but I'm very good at suspending reality -- Lupin is Lupin

Well, I wouldn't say "good" so much as your powers must be Herculean. If I could suspend reality/disbelief that well, I'd be worried that I might emerge from the theatre curious about my own identity. I would probably have to write notes to myself (or on myself) like the guy in Memento .

Flash **does Beavis giggle** Well, you can read it as a command if you like, but I assure you, funnily enough, the real "Flash" here is oblivious to commands.

Why isn't cake good breakfast? Its got eggs, its got bread, its got milk. Heck throw in a poptart and oj, and you've got yourself a well-balanced meal.
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Elanor - Aug 28, 2004 3:45 pm (#2651 of 2955)    

Hi ! I've just read the posts concerning grammar and thought they were very funny. I'm happy and relieved that you, english majors, don't hold it against us, poor foreigners, that we butcher your language...

And speaking of diagraming a sentence, it reminded me what we were doing in French class in high school. We used to study and diagram poetry and that was quite something ! So, for the ones who, someday, studied french, or just want to hear the sound of it, this is something to meditate on that I used to work hard on, as many other french students :

Mon enfant, ma soeur,

Songe à la douceur

D'aller là-bas vivre ensemble !

Aimer à loisir,

Aimer et mourir

Au pays qui te ressemble !

Les soleils mouillés

De ces ciels brouillés

Pour mon esprit ont les charmes

Si mystérieux

De tes traitres yeux,

Brillant à travers leurs larmes.

Là, tout n'est qu'ordre et beauté,

Luxe, clame et volupté.
[...] C. Beaudelaire

But thanks again, because, at least for me, it is sometimes very difficult to say what I have on my mind in english and you're very patient and tolerant with me and the other non-english speakers ! Merci !

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ShelterGirl - Aug 28, 2004 3:48 pm (#2652 of 2955)    

To the Slacker Moms-

I'm sure that the Parent Police will go to NJ and clap my mother in irons for this but...

When I was a small kid she used to let me finish the dregs from my sleeping grandfather's cocktails. He was in his 70s, the guy next door was in his 80s, and every Friday they would get together for a drink and end up falling asleep in their chairs. I got to finish the drinks. (We're talking verrrry melted ice cube-watered-down 2 sip jobbies here.)

And...

Every time I ended up hurting myself through fault of my own the standard response was, "Well I guess you won't do that again, will you?"

And I think I'm just fine. Aren't I? *turns in a circle to check*

HUGS to Betty! Thank you O Chat Room Sentinel!

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Flash the Dog - Aug 28, 2004 3:56 pm (#2653 of 2955)    

Bong sewer, Elanor.

Your post reminded me that I meant to chime in on the grammar/non-English speakers etc. I try to practice good grammar not only because it is what the Lexicon asks one to do, but also because I strive to write well. (That's another reason, among many, I enjoy the Forum; it gives me writing practice.) However, I have the utmost respect for all those who post here who speak English as a second (or third, fourth, fifth, etc.) language. Bilingualism is not a talent I can claim. So, please know that even if I can tell that someone doesn't speak English as a first language, I don't consider them to be "butchering" anything. But, as someone said several posts back, more often *ahem* than not, I can't tell.

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TwinklingBlueEyes - Aug 28, 2004 4:00 pm (#2654 of 2955)    

The posts concerning grammar. If I can quit laughing long enough to type this...

I don't remember much of my grammer's, since they both passed away when I was young. I can say ya'll, up in there, N'awlins, mudbug (quite different from mudblood, I assure you!). I have a tendency to type in long, run on, comma connected, or disconnected threads because that's how my mind works, or doesn't work, whichever the case may be.

And I also agree that one should be at least proficient enough to get their ideas across.

And I love Peeves, I just hate pet peeves, they seem, so, petty.

And I did start that sentence diagram, and ran out of paper...

Edit, also noticed and is a conjunction I use entirely too much!

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ShelterGirl - Aug 28, 2004 4:05 pm (#2655 of 2955)    

:-D

---*Hands Twink the Jello and gives a gentle nudge in the direction of St Mungo's*

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TwinklingBlueEyes - Aug 28, 2004 4:23 pm (#2656 of 2955)    

I just left there, tyvm, and left my nice warm coat with this chap.



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ShelterGirl - Aug 28, 2004 4:26 pm (#2657 of 2955)    

Ok. You got me. I spewed.

----*still chuckling*

Thank you for that. I needed it.

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TwinklingBlueEyes - Aug 28, 2004 4:32 pm (#2658 of 2955)    

Anytime, a friend in need is a friend indeed. Hmm, just keep the jello, thank you.

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haymoni - Aug 28, 2004 5:08 pm (#2659 of 2955)    

Shelter Girl - My mom has passed away so I can tell all.

I was about 2 years old and Mom, Dad, Grandma & Grandpa were all having a glass of wine. I went around the table, each person letting me have their "dregs" without realizing that they were all doing the same thing. Apparently I stood in the middle of the room and just fell over - passed out at the age of 2!

Mmmm...maybe that's where ungrateful son gets his concussion thing!

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Catherine - Aug 28, 2004 5:19 pm (#2660 of 2955)    

Well, Shelter and Haymoni,

I now feel ok about my confession.

I used to have to fly from Texas to Virginia quite frequently. My daughter was the world's WORST traveler. (For example, one elderly man told me that I needed to "spank" her as an 8 month old because she screamed incessantly.)

Subsequently, she used to get a nice dose of Benadryl before our trips east, and slept beautifully. I got so much praise for a being a good mom, which is frightening when you think about it.

Cheers! Off to check the chat room. Again...

EDIT: I checked; it's off; I'm sad. But I saw the bassett avatar of a certain someone *ahem Loopy's Mom*, and it's too cute.

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haymoni - Aug 28, 2004 6:24 pm (#2661 of 2955)    

Oh, Catherine - you are not the first SM to use the beloved Benadryl.

Everytime someone tells me their kids are acting crazy, I give them an innocent look and say, "Don't you have any Benadryl???" That usually gets me that shocked and appalled Non-Slacker Mom look.

Alas, earwax!

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Julia. - Aug 28, 2004 6:41 pm (#2662 of 2955)    

*runs in crying hysterically* I want my mommy! I moved into my dorm today, and I want to go home! Sorry about that guys, I have serious adjustment and attachment problems, so moving out of my house is a cause of great distress. I'll be fine in a few days, but for now I just want my tummy to stop hurting and I want to go home!

I too will jump on the band wagon and say congrats to everyone on the forum for whom Engligsh is not a first language. I'm sure it's very hard to write so well in a language not your own, and, like just about everyone else here, I too cannot tell the difference. (Was my grammer ok there?)

I don't really have any good SM stories, as I'm not a mom, but I was a victim of Benadryl. My mum used to give it to my sister and I on long plane rides, but it didn't work on me! It just made me feel tired and yucky, but never actually put me to sleep. Actually, I think that just made matters worse...

Time to go read the rest of the forum, have a good evening everyone!

EDIT: TwinkelingBlueEyes, how on earth did you manage to get that lovely picture of Lockhart? I've been trying to do that for a week and haven't figured it out yet!

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Celestina W. - Aug 28, 2004 7:14 pm (#2663 of 2955)    

Hi all.

Deb, I'm really sorry to hear about your friend. My thoughts are with you and her family. And haymoni, sorry to hear about your son's concussion. I'm glad it wasn't anything worse than that, though.

Well, my mom's definitely not a slacker mom, but I think I might be a slacker daughter. Or maybe I'm just a teenager. Some of the SM breakfast specialties, storebought treats, etc. sound pretty darn good to me. The other day I had leftover canned clam chowder for breakfast, and it was yummy! (I can just feel all the odd looks you're giving me...)

I think maybe English is my second language; Minnesotan is my first. When RPS posted a while back about people who say, "Do you want to come with?", my immediate thought was "What's wrong with that?" Then I had to laugh, because I do realize that it's incorrect, but I still say it all the time. Everybody around here does. This reminds me, if anyone's interested, there's a hilarious book out there called How To Talk Minnesotan by Howard Mohr. It's about exactly that, how to talk Minnesotan. Come to think of it, though, it might only be funny to people who live here. Never mind. Anyway, seriously, I have great respect for people who are fluent in more than one language. I've taken one semester of Spanish so far, but it unfortunately all seems to have slipped out of my brain immediately after the class.

Julia, hope you get over your homesickness soon. I'm having visions of myself starting college next year and being an absolute wreck for at least the first month. I used to get horribly homesick when I was younger. I could barely get through an overnight at my cousin's house, and a week at camp was sheer torture for me. I'm not that bad now, but still I'd usually rather be home than anywhere else.

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Pinky - Aug 28, 2004 7:18 pm (#2664 of 2955)    

Julia, I have to agree with you. Anyone who's native language is not, or even is, Engligsh, must have a difficult time with it. Do you suppose Engligsh soundgs somethigng ligke thigs? Sorry... just trying to cheer you up a little!

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Ozymandias - Aug 28, 2004 7:49 pm (#2665 of 2955)    

Julia, be happy! *hug*

I'm sorry you're feeling homesick. I suggest you do something, anything, to get your mind off it. Go out with friends, read Harry Potter, come on the forum, or whatever usually makes you happy. With a little luck, you'll have too much fun to remember you're homesick!

If you ever need someone to talk to, my AIM is MightyOzymandias, and, being a fellow dorm person, I'm almost always online.

Hope you feel better soon!

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Marie E. - Aug 28, 2004 8:00 pm (#2666 of 2955)    

Haymoni, the same thing happened to me as a two year old. You just need to substitute "wine" for "spiked eggnog". Same results.

My brother failed to mention that he has also met Spider Robinson. I saw the pictures to prove it. Perhaps since I persuaded him to come to this forum, I'll take a peek at one of Spider's books. In my spare time. *laughs self silly*

Julia, feel free to email me too. I've been homesick before too and it stinks. Heck, sometimes I still get that "I want my mommy" twinge.

I think that "slacker mom" is a bit harsh. Maybe a better word would be "human mom". I think that we are all doing the best we can and our kids are just fine!

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ShelterGirl - Aug 28, 2004 8:07 pm (#2667 of 2955)    

My mom used Chlor-trimeton.

Same results. LOL

Oh boy. Hee.

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haymoni - Aug 28, 2004 10:20 pm (#2668 of 2955)    

I thought "Slacker Mom" was the antithesis of "Soccer Mom".

Of course we are "Human Moms" - or maybe "ONLY Human Moms" - but I think I kind of like "Slacker".

Daughter & I fell asleep to SS. I am now wide awake at 1:19 am. She, of course, is sound asleep, dreaming of floating pumpkins and feathers.

Night all!

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The giant squid - Jul 10, 2004 3:32 pm (#2669 of 2955)    

I don't think there are any inhuman moms around here...unless JKR is posting secretly. I mean really, raising two kids, pregnant with a third and still writing like mad to please us? Powers beyond human imagining, I tell you.

Yes, as Marie mentioned I have met Spider. Briefly. He was a guest speaker at the San Diego Comic-Con a few years ago & I was able to say approximately two sentences to him...both of which made me wish I had a do-over (or a Time-Turner).

Marie, you'll have plenty of spare time to read. The kids go to bed at 8, you don't have to get up until 6, you're used to not sleeping anyway...

Ok...I know this is a bit off topic,--Richard Reid

Ah, Richard, that's the beauty of this thread...there is no topic! You can ramble on about whatever comes to mind. You think we've all been leading somewhere with this?

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Pinky - Aug 29, 2004 3:38 am (#2670 of 2955)    

To the best of my understanding, there is only one way to be off-topic on this thread -- discussing Harry Potter theories. With an entire forum to do that, this is the one place where you should not do it! *grin* I personally find it quite amusing to watch the topics come and go on this thread. You never know what will come up next!

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True Love - Aug 29, 2004 5:45 am (#2671 of 2955)    

I too like the Slacker Mom title. We know it is just tongue in cheek. Although I have never been a mom I always enjoy hearing about the trials and tribulations my friends go through. I am always amazed at how their children see their moms. I think some of my friends are the coolest moms and their kids are so lucky to have them - only to find out even the "cool" moms are tossed into the "you are the worst mother ever" category along with all the others. To have them announce to me that "today I am a witch, my daughter just told me so" makes me crack-up. Anyway, my hat is off to all the moms who are trying so hard - the slacker moms who live in the real world and even the moms who don't - the Luna Lovegood moms. You are all worth your weight in gold.

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Catherine - Aug 29, 2004 5:48 am (#2672 of 2955)    

think that "slacker mom" is a bit harsh. Maybe a better word would be "human mom". I think that we are all doing the best we can and our kids are just fine! --Marie E.

Oh, I am using "slacker mom" with affection, Marie. Haymoni is right about the "anti-soccer mom" (not soccer per see, but the antithesis of the stereotype.

I know some moms that truly make me feel like a Slacker. One of them had her kids in Suzuki violin lessons at age 3. The child attended private math tutoring at age 5 (because she was "only" at age level in math versus her advanced reading skills. Or the other mom who had two rounds of private educational testing done to "prove" her child was gifted enough to go to a certain school. Or the child who takes 3 different kinds of dance lessons per week in addition to private Spanish lessons at age 6.

Then there are the moms who are just too perfect. They spend hours on the birthday goody bags. (I just toss the candy in a Harry Potter gift bag and go!) They decorate keepsake eggs at Easter, and have incredible handmade ornaments to give out at Christmas. Or the mom who gets up at 5 and cooks an enormous breakfast for her children every day.

I admire these moms, but I am not in their league. So that's why I call myself a Slacker Mom and make jokes about allowing my children to eat Pop-Tarts.

I'm just pleased to find that I am not alone.

See y'all around.

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Acceber - Aug 29, 2004 5:56 am (#2673 of 2955)    

Julia-don't be homesick. I repeat-don't be homesick. If you want something to cheer you up: I either dreamed or heard someone say they were going to some local colleges for some reason and UConn was one of them. I think my mom, grandma and I were going. So when I heard UConn, I thought, "Cool, I get to visit Julia! Hope she knows it's me!" or something along those lines. Feeling better?

Hats off from me too for all the non-native English speakers. Everyone can understand you and I admire you greatly for understanding our madness. Three cheers!

My mom isn't really a slacker mom, as she has to bake something homemade for all bake sales, dinners and events. But she does buy us donuts for breakfast every once in a while .

*waves to everyone* Talk to you all soon!

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Kasse - Aug 29, 2004 7:03 am (#2674 of 2955)    

I have to weigh in on this slacker mom issue. As someone who lost my mom when I was little I can assure you that serving pop tarts for breakfast or forgetting the tooth fairy is of no importance. Yes my mom had her slacker moments but what I remember and cherish is the time that we spent together, just her and I or as a family.

From what I have read all of you are great moms in my opinion, I can not imagine a more challenging job than raising another human and being a constant example to them. It is great hearing about how you all handle various situations with your children and all the creative things you do. So well done to all the moms on the forum!!!

And what is cooler than a mom who is into Harry Potter.

Julia – I hope the home sickness fades soon. I like Ozy am online quite a bit so feel free to IM me anytime.

Ok off to read the threads

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Julia. - Aug 29, 2004 8:07 am (#2675 of 2955)    

Wow, you guys rock. I feel much better already Becca, that is an awesome dream, I hope you do get to come to UConn sometime and meet me, I'd love to meet you, and preferably before Witching Hour (that's more than a year off!)

Well, must be off, dad's coming in about an hour and I have to catch up on last night's posts, and get some work done of my fanfic.

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Penny Lane. - Aug 29, 2004 8:08 am (#2676 of 2955)    

I don't think that any of you are "slacker moms" I mean, y'all seem to realize that you have children, and they are feed, clean, and clothed - which is more than some people in this sad world can say.

BTW - I can't stand those pre-packaged Rice Krispie Treats. They taste like eating sugary cardboard.

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Accio Sirius - Aug 29, 2004 8:31 am (#2677 of 2955)    

Julia, keep your chin up. You'll probably discover a fellow Potty (not the bathroom kind) down the hall and that will make you feel right at home. Either that or come here more! : )

As for the slacker mom thing, I have a theory that if anyone's house is too clean, there's something wrong. I will confess to letting my kids on occasion sleep in their clothes and wear them the next day (not on school days of course); I've been known to put my daughter's hair in a pony tail as opposed to the hysterical scene that is called brushing her hair. And I am a big advocate of cold pizza for breakfast. I have nothing against people who try to create the perfect family scenario/family moment homemade gift, whatever. It's when the idea of perfection supercedes reality. Life is too short to take what's going right for granted. That said, I'm going to go make a mess helping my daughter and a friend set up their lemonade stand today. Happy Sunday everyone.

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septentrion - Aug 29, 2004 8:32 am (#2678 of 2955)    

big hugs back to Betty !

Elanor, you diagramed poetry ? Well, now I know diagraming exists here. And thanks for the Baudelaire moment !

Julia, I hope you'll feel better soon ! It's just a matter of time. I remember I had such feelings in boarding school but I held on. In fact I think this kind of experience learns you autonomy. Or it did it for me.

Thanks for your support for us non-native English speakers? Do you really understand me ? I often wonder if my posts make sense...

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haymoni - Aug 29, 2004 10:52 am (#2679 of 2955)    

Yes, Accio Sirius, nobody wants their house to be too clean, ala Petunia.

I wonder if she is a Boxing Mom???

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The giant squid - Aug 29, 2004 12:27 pm (#2680 of 2955)    

Julia, the homesickness is a normal thing. Once you get started with school, activities, etc.--in other words, do more than just sit around realizing how far you are from home--you'll be OK. Just be sure to let your parents know how much you miss them. They love that stuff.

Septentrion, yes we really do understand you. Your English grammar is actually better than some native speakers I know.

--Mike

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Pinky - Aug 29, 2004 12:34 pm (#2681 of 2955)    

Septentrion, I agree with Mike. I actually have a hard time remembering who some of our non-native English speakers are because it is not obvious at all in the way they write. We have sometimes had a member whose grammar is somewhat rough, but it has always been understandable. Every now and again, a member will use a word that was obviously learned in a vocabulary class because native English speakers really don't ever use that word -- that makes me grin! But really, the non-native English speakers blend very well into the forum, and your use of English does not make you stand out.

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Loopy Lupin - Aug 29, 2004 12:41 pm (#2682 of 2955)    

Ok, I'm back everyone. Its all under control. Don't panic. The Simpsons are back in the house.

Hope everyone had a good weekend. (Hang in there Julia; the homesickness won't last.)

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Catherine - Aug 29, 2004 1:07 pm (#2683 of 2955)    

Hi to everyone,

Septentrion and other "foreign" wizards, I speak as a former teacher when I tell you that your writing and grammar far exceed many American muggles that I taught as eighteen year-olds. Trust me when I tell you that you all have nothing to worry about at all.

I thought of all the grammer posts we've had on this thread when I was reading our local Sunday paper this morning. In one full-length ad, I noticed at least three glaring mistakes. Sadly, no one at the car dealership OR the advertising department of the paper caught these.

Julia, I'm sorry to read that you are homesick. Treat yourself to something yummy and come hang out with us when you feel low. **sends a cheering charm and a hug to Julia**

I'm glad to see that the Simpsons are back in the house.**waves to Loopy Lupin**

I'm feeling a little low myself. We're expecting big-time flooding tonight from this Gaston storm business, and I get tense and worried. It also looks like we're going to get slammed later in the week from another hurricane, so probably flooding is inevitable. BIG SIGH. ***Julie, the crash you heard from the East was me banging my head against the wall....***

I really hope we don't lose power with this storm. See you around, I hope!

Coastal-dwelling wizards, stay safe in the storm and I'm hoping for the best for you.

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Loopy Lupin - Aug 29, 2004 1:15 pm (#2684 of 2955)    

**sends drying charms to Catherine**

**sends large current shift charms to Catherine**

There, that ought to take care of it. Smile

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Catherine - Aug 29, 2004 1:19 pm (#2685 of 2955)    

Thanks, Loopy.

See, I'm smiling. And if you are a weather mage, then you really need to sort out that law thingy you do and think about a career change!

***doing Claire's wish-wish-wishing charm that Loopy can change weather patterns***

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Mandie MacLaren - Aug 29, 2004 1:30 pm (#2686 of 2955)    

Hey everyone! I'm new here, and this is my third official post (woohoo!) although I've been lurking on this site for about a year. I want to get into some of the discussions, and I have a few ideas for threads, but I'm not sure if anyone's done something similar in the past (since some of them get deleted) or not. One thing I would love hearing about is how each of us got involved in reading Harry Potter.

I guess I would just like a chance to chat and get to know people before I jump into the "big" threads. (That way, everyone's not like, "Hey! Who's THIS person?!")

So... I'm... here!

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Mandie MacLaren - Aug 29, 2004 1:37 pm (#2687 of 2955)    

And Julia--you'll get over your homesickness. I know it may not feel like it right now, but when I first moved into my dorm I thought I'd never be able to stand it. Now I live in an apartment all by myself and LOVE it!

Do you and your family have a family cell phone plan so you can call them whenever you want for free? That's what I have with my mom and dad, and I can't TELL you how many times I'm on the phone with them! It makes them feel not as far away--you can carry them around in your purse! Very Happy

Any time anyone wants to chat with me, I'd love to talk!

Ooh--Catherine--good luck with that storm. Batten down the hatches, or whatever they say. My mom and I got caught in a real gullywasher this weekend (we live in Western New York)... I've never been so wet in my life! What's WITH this rain?

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Pinky - Aug 29, 2004 1:41 pm (#2688 of 2955)    

*waves back at Mandie* Welcome! This is definitely the thread to get to know everyone. Good luck on starting new threads. Don't be surprised if you try it, and then get redirected to post on a currently existing thread. The forum is so big, that it's possible your topic may be being discussed elsewhere, and you just didn't know it. Try your best to find a thread to post on, do a search, and after that, start a new thread. Even then, you may still be redirected. That's ok though - you don't get crucioed when that happens. *grins* Of course, if you've been lurking for a year, you already know this. But go ahead and jump into the other long threads. We love getting to know new people, and sometimes all it takes is for one person to breathe new life into an old theory. You may put a new spin on something that we've never thought of before.

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Mandie MacLaren - Aug 29, 2004 1:47 pm (#2689 of 2955)    

Thanks so much for the guidance, Pinky! It's funny, because I've loved what I've been reading, and lurking feels so... safe! And then when I finally decide to make it official, I suddenly start to see what a big world it is out there!

But I like the idea of doing a search and otherwise just diving in. Good thing I don't get crucioed for being redirected, because I may be redirected a bit!

I'll look forward to seeing you on another thread!

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Julia. - Aug 29, 2004 1:51 pm (#2690 of 2955)    

Thanks so much everyone! *big huggy to everyone who sent hugs and cheering charms my way!* I actually am feeling much better now, it's just the first few weeks that suck. I gusss that's what happens when you have attachment problems. My parents came up today, with the rest of my stuff. They were shocked at how much I spent on books.

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Leila 2X4B - Aug 29, 2004 1:52 pm (#2691 of 2955)    

Hey, I go away for a weekend and am completely forgotten. I am an English major too. However, my grammar leaves something to be desired at times.

Leila *sulking*

Twinkling, 42 is the answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe, and everything

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Accio Sirius - Aug 29, 2004 2:02 pm (#2692 of 2955)    

Leila, we'll add you to the list of English majors here! Welcome back. Catherine, I hope you miss out on the storm. These days, I'm never sure what to believe--the news people have a field day with the weather. I'll keep my fingers crossed.

Glad you are feeling better Julia. My mom was always surprised at how much money I needed for "books!" ; )

Loopy--love the avatar!
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Catherine - Aug 29, 2004 2:06 pm (#2693 of 2955)    

D'oh! Leila, I was so sure that you were on the list that I backtracked through all the posts looking for it. I was going to post it and be such a good know-it-all.

But, ALAS EARWAX, I inadvertently forgot your name on the first list.

Thanks, Accio, for fixing this problem.

Leila, if it makes you feel any better, I'll go shut my head in the oven and do extra punishments. I WOULD iron my hands, but I'm trying to be optimistic that the chat room will open sometime this century.

Sorry!

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Denise P. - Aug 29, 2004 3:56 pm (#2694 of 2955)    

All the Rice Krispy talk spurred me on to make some Marshmallow Brownies today (I will post the recipe in the recipe folder . . . after making them HP related). These are so good they should be illegal. The best part is that they are very quick to make. I made some and the kids have been drooling every time they come into the kitchen but they have to wait until after dinner. I am zipping around, cooking dinner and I preheated the oven. I opened the oven to put in dinner and horror! The brownies were in there, nicely cooled! Thank goodness, they had not burned or anything and once they cool off (again) they will be just fine. No wonder we though the brownie smell was so good, they were heating up the entire time we were cooking dinner. Years ago I melted a giant tupperware container we stored in the oven...you would think I would have learned to look in the oven before preheating it.

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Catherine - Aug 29, 2004 4:02 pm (#2695 of 2955)    

Denise,

Welcome to the world of busy people who--gasp--don't always check the oven.

I have quite a compendium of very dumb newbie cook mistakes, but I won't enumerate them here. Most of them are mine alone, alas, earwax.

Brownies....mmmm....Can I come live at your house????

OK, I admit it...I love Harry Potter and chocolate......

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Loopy Lupin - Aug 29, 2004 4:13 pm (#2696 of 2955)    

Loopy--love the avatar! -- Accio Sirius

Thank you; thank you.

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Accio Sirius - Aug 29, 2004 4:30 pm (#2697 of 2955)
Edited by Aug 29, 2004 4:30 pm    

Prego!

Denise, the brownies sound wonderful! I'll have to check them out. I often store extra pans in our bottom oven (we have this horrible avocado green electric 1970's range that has a top and bottom oven) and I am forever baking them before I remember they are in there.

Your little piggie is soo adorable! Are you a foster home for shelter pets or just a guinea pig lover? How many does this make?

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Denise P. - Aug 29, 2004 4:37 pm (#2698 of 2955)    

No, our local shelter doesn't take in small and furry critters. Lily is ours. We started in May with Petunia, the class guinea pig. Then we decided we wanted one of our own and added Cinnamon, a Tricolor Ridgeback. She needed a buddy so Spice, a red Sheba Mini Yak joined her. When school started, we asked if we could keep Petunia (a black and white Abbyssian) and were told yes. Naturally, Petunia needs a buddy so we made arrangements to adopt Luna (currently in a rescue and named Ruffles), a black and gold Texel. Spice was thought to be pregnant but was not. We were so prepared for babies that we decided we wanted to find a young girl to add to our herd of almost 4. Lily is that baby, a Tricolor American. For those of you too dazed to keep track after that over information, once Luna arrives next weekend, our herd will be 5, in 2 separate cages although I am considering joining the cages after everyone has been introduced and are okay together.

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Marie E. - Aug 29, 2004 4:45 pm (#2699 of 2955)    

I hope no one was under the impression that I disapproved of the Slacker Mom title. I just thought that we shouldn't be so hard on ourselves. We are busy, normal people. When I was a stay at home mom, I did more things of the Soccer Mom variety. Both girls were in gymnastics and soccer, made homemade cookies, sent Christmas cards out Thanksgiving weekend, etc.

I made brownies this weekend too! Our Brownie troop had a yard sale and we sold lemonade and brownies on the side. I think the lemonade stand brought in as much money, if not more, than the yard sale items. All in all, we made about $80, which is pretty good. The troop only has six members so the cookie sale money didn't go very far. We're in the process of getting another small troop of first year Brownies to merge with us. Then it should get very interesting!

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Catherine - Aug 29, 2004 4:54 pm (#2700 of 2955)    

Twinkling, 42 is the answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe, and everything

Oh, goody.

I'm not there yet.

That's why I'm still struggling. Glad that Leila came back from vacation.

Oh, and I like Loopy's avatar, too, although I miss the hounds. Maybe Loopy's mom will come on the Forum and give us, and him, heck! LOL!

And speaking of Loopy, I will second his sentiments that folks need to appreciate the "back to school" college experience. It's over so quickly--believe me, it is, and then you can never get it back. I will tell you that the most I ever cried at school was when I had to graduate. I did not want to leave. My friends and I (guys and girls alike) held hands in the van back from some random graduation party, and tears were dripping down all of our faces.

So, I grow quite sentimental. I should go, then  and see to this storm thing.

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Loopy Lupin - Aug 29, 2004 5:00 pm (#2701 of 2955)    

I'm with you Catherine. On my trips home and back, I drive through Charlottesville because its on the way. On the trip home today, I took a jaunt through the grounds (that's "campus" everywhere else). I wanted to pull over and move in. Sad

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TwinklingBlueEyes - Aug 29, 2004 5:07 pm (#2702 of 2955)    

Twinkling, 42 is the answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe, and everything

I was well aware of the significance of 42. I have read Douglas Adams since 1979 when The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy came out. I am the proud owner of The More Than Complete Hichhiker's Guide, leatherbound, which includes The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy, The Restaurant At The End Of The Universe, Life, The Universe and Everything, So Long, And Thanks For All The Fish, and Young Zaphod Plays It Safe. Is a really a good thing is leatherbound because it has been as well read as my Potter books. I also have Mostly Harmless. He's one author I really miss. :-)

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Catherine - Aug 29, 2004 5:16 pm (#2703 of 2955)    

Loopy,

Glad that another one grows sentimental. My "little" brother lives in Charlottesville, and he knows that it kills me to be on the coast this time of year. He actually lives in the "Mall" area, and makes me even more jealous.

I can't help but look westward in the fall, and feel like I should be there

**away from stupid storms and in the beautiful mountains**

I'm off to check the dehumidifier in the basement.

**stupid hurricanes**

Later, y'all....

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RandomFormerNewbie - Aug 29, 2004 5:18 pm (#2704 of 2955)    

Hi, I'm new and sort of wandering around looking and reading. Is this thread what everyone is calling Chat? I just asking to be sure since I haven't seen a "Chat" link that goes to an actual chat applet or some sort of chat program anywhere on the site.

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ShelterGirl - Aug 29, 2004 5:18 pm (#2705 of 2955)    

Catherine-

Who on EARTH thought it would be a good idea to name a storm in 2004 FRANces?

---*Finding batteries and candles and stocking up on pet food*

EDIT:

BazRyn- the "chat" is actually a heartrending subject for many of us at the moment. Our actual chat room has been down for several days. If it ever comes back we would be pleased to see you there.

And welcome!

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RandomFormerNewbie - Aug 29, 2004 5:26 pm (#2706 of 2955)    

Thank you, ShelterGirl.

It must be some sort of trend for the chats to be down, I have one on my personal website that "died" recently, I'm in search of a new server.

I hope those storms go away soon.

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Catherine - Aug 29, 2004 5:27 pm (#2707 of 2955)    

LOL, Shelter!

I hope that I do not do excessive chat, since the "chat room" is down.

But your name is too funny, given the icky hurricane circumstances! I don't know what they're saying in the triangle, but it isn't looking too wonderful here. But I still love the name "Shelter." I wish I felt good about ourselves being a "shelter".....

We were already stocked on batteries, water, and non-perishables **read, inedibles**. But I have anxiety about toilet paper and other weird items, so my family just has to let me go to the store and stock up.

I may be back too soon on this thread if the chat room doesn't start working...

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RandomFormerNewbie - Aug 29, 2004 5:30 pm (#2708 of 2955)    

**smacks self in forehead**

I just found the chat button and it's the same exact chat applet I use. I'm such a dork sometimes, but then trying to read a screen through my daughter's head doesn't help!

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Penny Lane. - Aug 29, 2004 5:33 pm (#2709 of 2955)    

Denise: Those brownies sound wonderful... And they were warm too! I just love warm brownies with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and hot fudge.

I spent most of my day recovering from my "going away to school for a few months" party (I'm a junior in college, but I'm transferring to a different school across the state). I had the worst morning, I was locked out, sick, and just couldn't function or even really feel like a person. At about 4 I started to perk up, and realized that I haven't even started packing, and I move tommorrow! Furthermore, I requested a single room, but I think I might have a roommate. So now I don't even know what to bring now, what to wait, or what should be shared. Last time I shared a room with people they told me that I couldn't use my own TV because their "matched better", that I had to pay for cable, but I wasn't allowed to watch their TV because they didn't feel comfortable sharing with me. I can deal with bad roommates as long as they aren't vicious and cruel. I don't really know why I'm sharing this story... I guess I'm just procrastinating (which is something I do very, very well :-))

Twinkling: Have you ever played "The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy" game? It's one of those old "text adventure" games from the 80's before graphic cards.. Infocom or someone put out a whole bunch of them... anyway, "Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy" was one of the best, and its now downloadable or playable online, and its still fun.

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ShelterGirl - Aug 29, 2004 5:36 pm (#2710 of 2955)    

Penny--

I LOVE that game. I can't get out of the pub though.

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Penny Lane. - Aug 29, 2004 5:37 pm (#2711 of 2955)    

I have the same problem. Usually when I struggle with games I go online and find a walkthrough (which DO exist for this game) but for some reason I'm really really stubborn and I want to figure it out myself. I wish there were a way to save it so I didn't have to do the same parts over and over and over again.

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Denise P. - Aug 29, 2004 5:38 pm (#2712 of 2955)    

Is it just me or does the top rat in Shelter Girl's picture just scream "Templeton!" to everyone?

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Penny Lane. - Aug 29, 2004 5:38 pm (#2713 of 2955)    

What's Templeton?

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ShelterGirl - Aug 29, 2004 5:39 pm (#2714 of 2955)    

--*ahem*

I was thinking more of Nicodemus...

--*laughs*

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RandomFormerNewbie - Aug 29, 2004 5:40 pm (#2715 of 2955)    

Templeton.. Yes actually as if he's looking for some "clever garbage" as we speak

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Julia. - Aug 29, 2004 5:50 pm (#2716 of 2955)    

Templeton is the rat from Charlotte's Web.

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Denise P. - Aug 29, 2004 5:57 pm (#2717 of 2955)    

Didn't Nicodemus have an eye missing though? Yeah, it could be Nicodemus (Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH) but my first thought was Templeton.

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Catherine - Aug 29, 2004 5:58 pm (#2718 of 2955)    

Oh my goodness, Yes!

The top rat is Templeton.

I love Charlotte's Web..."Some Pig."

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Pinky - Aug 29, 2004 9:53 pm (#2719 of 2955)    

Warning: Random fact alert

I once played "Lurvy" (the farmhand) in a community theatre's production of "Charlotte's Web." And yes, I am a girl. It was great fun, and the fellow who played Templeton... well, he made a great rat!

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The giant squid - Aug 30, 2004 12:33 am (#2720 of 2955)    

Twinkling, as a fan of the 5-part Hitchhiker's Trilogy , what are your thoughts on the upcoming movie? It seems kind of sad that Adams had to pass on before the thing could get off the ground...

Still, I can see Sam Rockwell as Zaphod--kinda--but Mos Def as Ford Prefect? (cast info from http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0371724/ in case you were wondering)

--Mike

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Ozymandias - Aug 30, 2004 12:46 am (#2721 of 2955)    

I love Bill Nighy as Slartibartfast, and I can see Zaphod working too, but Mos Def? What the heck? And I sincerely hope that Warwick Davis is just the voice for Marvin. Somehow it just wouldn't work if he was 3 feet tall.

But hey, they've got my nine dollars (probably several times) for anything with Adams's name on it.

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Blast - Aug 30, 2004 4:05 am (#2722 of 2955)    

I'm back. Our computer was sent to St. Mungo's and is finally cured. But employment beckons and I have to go. See you soon.

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Acceber - Aug 30, 2004 4:31 am (#2723 of 2955)    

Blast! Welcome back! We missed you and your humor!

Years ago I melted a giant tupperware container we stored in the oven...you would think I would have learned to look in the oven before preheating it.-Denise.

I would have thought you were staring at me when you wrote that. A few months ago, I-er-let's just say it involved plastic, a microwave, a spoiled dinner and cooking pan and two very angry parents. You can probably figure out the rest.

I don't exactly know when I'll get a chance to talk again, because we're going on a side trip from our summer house as soon as possible for one night and coming back late tomorrow. We're going home Wednesday early afternoon (morning devoted to cleaning) and getting back late...Thursday probably seems like my best bet. But then my mum and I are leaving again Friday or Saturday to come up and get rid of all the stuff we don't want, since we're tearing it down (described fully in recent post). I'm getting back home Monday.

Don't talk too much while I'm gone.

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Eponine - Aug 30, 2004 5:55 am (#2724 of 2955)    

It's been raining cats and dogs here. Catherine and ShelterGirl, have you gotten a lot of rain? I walked out of the house this morning, and in the two steps to the car, I was already soaked. Last night was our first night in our new place, but we can't use the garage yet because we're painting bookcases in there, so I got drenched instead.

Our new place is much bigger than our apartment, but the best part is there's no one upstairs! Our upstairs neighbors were very loud. When they walked, our dishes would rattle, and once they decided midnight was a great time to vaccuum. We're rather excited about being upstairsless.

I melted a spatula in the oven when I was about 12, and ever since then I've always checked the oven before I turn it on.

All this talk about brownies has made me hungry. mmmmm...brownies

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Catherine - Aug 30, 2004 5:56 am (#2725 of 2955)    

Hi to everyone,

***panting and running to the computer to tell you this story***

I had an interesting chat with my neighbor a few minutes ago. A few of us were out trying to walk our dogs before the monsoon season starts here. I saw a neighbor out walking this very cute medium-sized dog that I have never seen before. It turns out that this dog is new to the neighborhood, as my neighbor "inherited" it from her mother who just passed away. My neighbor asked me who grooms my dogs because her "new" dog Zach needed grooming, and she had not been able to get him groomed here so far.

Well, I told her who NOT to go to, and pointed out Daisy's obvious scalping and told of the obvious mental anguish that Daisy endured under "B's" clippers. Then I found out that poor Zach had actually been sent to "B" and never even got groomed, as Zach bit "B" right at the outset and now my poor neighbor is being SUED by "B" because Zach bit her.

I sympathized with my neighbor over this ridiculous lawsuit, but I had to laugh and tell her that Zach is obviously a very smart dog, and knew that "B" is evil. Then I skipped home and couldn't wait to tell you all this story.

Good dog, Zach!

EDIT: Eponine posted as I did. Yes, we got some last night, but we're supposed to get slammed any minute. Stay dry if you can! **waves to Shelter and Eponine**

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Marè - Aug 30, 2004 6:02 am (#2726 of 2955)    

Okay so help me out here. A dog groomer gets bitten by a dog and then decides to sue? Isn't that supposed to be the risk of the business or something? As a person working professional (well, she maybe not so much) with dogs, isn't she supposed to have some sense of when this could happen?

What a strange story Catherine, but hey, good for Zach!

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ShelterGirl - Aug 30, 2004 6:07 am (#2727 of 2955)    

Um--where's The Giant Squid to push you out of the water when you need him?

It is bucketing down here, and every so often there's a stiff enough breeze so that I had to run out and move my truck away from the whomping willow that smashed my car back in the Ice Storm of '02. (It's actually a Pin Oak, but hey...)

I heard a rushing sound of water when I got up this morning, and it sounded like my neighbor was showering. I went to turn on my hot water, and nope. No hot water. I called maintenance, and the general opinion is that my hot water heater, which is located under my apartment, has burst and is now spewing water under the building. So I now get to sit here and wait.

Anything I can do to contribute to the Flash Flood Warning folks. I'm here to please. **Waves to Catherine and Eponine**

That story was funny Catherine. I can send some "real" biters out to "B" if you like...

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Eponine - Aug 30, 2004 6:18 am (#2728 of 2955)    

**Waves back to Catherine and Shelter Girl**

I agree with Mare, it seems strange that a person who works with animals is suing because they got bit. It is kind of funny though.

Shelter, I hope your hot water gets fixed soon!

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septentrion - Aug 30, 2004 6:43 am (#2729 of 2955)    

Just to say hello ! Have a great (wet if possible) day everyone !

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Catherine - Aug 30, 2004 7:03 am (#2730 of 2955)    

That story was funny Catherine. I can send some "real" biters out to "B" if you like... --Shelter Girl

Yes, please!

I don't get the whole lawsuit thingy, either. It seems to me that if you work with animals, there would be a potential risk of biting. It's not like my neighbor "knew" that Zach might bite. Daisy reacted so badly after that grooming experience (and she never has before) that I wonder if "B" is rough with the dogs or provokes them.

Maybe this is an unkind thing to say, but I definitely got a giggle when I heard that Zach bit "B." Her bite will probably heal before Daisy's hair grows back.

So, Shelter, all that water coming our way is from your hot water heater? I'm sorry to hear about your water woes. Would it be irony abuse to note the tons of water outside of your apartment, but the awful lack of water within?

See you all around. Hope all of our Forumers from the South Carolina coast are ok.

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ShelterGirl - Aug 30, 2004 7:10 am (#2731 of 2955)    

Water, water everywhere and not a drop with which to shower...

They came out and turned off my water entirely. There was apparently a hole the size of a grapefruit punched out of the side of the heater, and the water was spewing everywhere.

They are going to buy me a new water heater and install it at some point today. I have no idea when.

It is a good thing I live alone...

On the plus side, the rain has tapered off. Too bad though. I could have used it to wash the dishes.

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Ladybug220 - Aug 30, 2004 7:14 am (#2732 of 2955)    

Good morning! I have officially given my notice to my current boss. I had warned her last week; so she knew it was coming. And, I have already started going through stuff to see what I need to pack and what I want to donate. I have a lot to do before I move.

Hugs to Betty!

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VeronikaG - Aug 30, 2004 7:16 am (#2733 of 2955)    

Nothing can bring two people together like a common enemy, Catherine.

I never got drunk as a toddler. I got high. My grandmother was diabetic, and Mom had to give her insulin shots twice a day. I was crawling around on the floor, and got my hands on a bottle of disinfecting fluid. Liked the smell! My Mom noticed my early encounter with "drugs", and took the bottle away.

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Round Pink Spider - Aug 30, 2004 7:23 am (#2734 of 2955)    

:-o *sunshine, sunshine* Sending you coastal members some rays from the sunny Midwest!!! You can send some rain our way...

Three of my kids just went back to school today; two more start on Wednesday. Soon it'll just be me and the baby again. I feel a little guilty about how nice the quiet sounds.

Well, back to cleaning and folding voluminous amounts of laundry. I'm all out of excuses...

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Fawkes Forever - Aug 30, 2004 7:27 am (#2735 of 2955)    

Woah, I'm out sick for a few days & I come back to 333 unread posts on this thread alone.

Welcome back Flame... missed you girly! And of course my daily hugs for Betty... hope I was included in the other group hugs... I'll just perform a quick bubble head charm so as I don't give you all whatever germs I have...

I've finally read through the unreads on this thread & I'm glad I did, as you guys are so funny you cheered me right up. I'm back at work... still not feeling 100%, so I'm a bit narky (if you're not familiar with that word... think grumpy), & still feeling very tired... I've been suffering the worst headaches as well, so my posts are quite short today. A bit like my temper this afternoon

Loopy... you really confuddled me with the spilt persona over the last few days... (that or my head is fuzzy). So can I call you 'Flash Loopy' now? *Coincidently a certain song by Queen has just popped into my head*

About the whole grammar, english debate. I didn't major in English (no surprises there). I do have an A-Level (NEWT) in English Literature, but I still can't spell for toffee... so forgive me guys... please! I still have issues with the whole where/were thing... sorry!

I do have a funny story regarding Irony however. There was a concert in Belfast (Northern Ireland) a few months back to celebrate Ireland's (forgive the apostrophe) Presidency in the European Union. Alanis Morrisette was one of the acts performing at this concert. After she completed her set... which included the infamous 'Ironic' song, one of the comedians hosting the show dashed unto the stage to interview her. However, instead of interviewing her he just blurted out... "Alanis, I'm sorry to do this... but that song just bugs me... it's not Ironic... those things are just rather unfortunate... ok!" I think she was a bit shocked... but soon started to laugh along with the rest of the audience... When the comedian was interviewed afterwards he said that he'd been dying to get the opportunity to say that to her for years.... lol!

Opps, so much for the short post... I'm tired again, & I feel another colossal headache coming on... (sorry for complaining). Talk soon guys!

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TwinklingBlueEyes - Aug 30, 2004 7:31 am (#2736 of 2955)    

what are your thoughts on the upcoming movie?

I hadn't really had any until you asked. Hmm, Sam Rockwell I can live with, but Mos Def? I also have the VHS of the HGTG,(1982, I think) and kinda got spoiled to Simon Jones (Author Dent) and David Dixon (Prefect). However plays in it ought to be a riot! My mind, what there is left of it, has a hard time switching actors in mid-stream. In case you can't tell am having a problem with Michael Gambon as Dumbledore, but I guess that's just me.

Added note: Also have The Long Dark Tea Time of the Soul and Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency. :-) One the first video games I ever got was Starship Titanic.

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Round Pink Spider - Aug 30, 2004 8:02 am (#2737 of 2955)    

Hope you're feeling better soon, Fawkes...

If you ever feel like it, Fawkes, stop by the "Long Theory" thread. For quite a while now we've been working on tying other literature in with Harry Potter. If you like English lit., you might enjoy reading it (once you get over your headache, that is...) :-(

EDIT: No, Twink, you're not the only one that has a problem with Michael Gambon as Dumbledore. In some ways I suppose he might be closer to the DD in the books (more energetic, anyway), but I just didn't feel any special affection toward Harry there, and that's going to be so important in the next movies. He's going to have to work on that.

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Loopy Lupin - Aug 30, 2004 8:53 am (#2738 of 2955)    

Happy Monday everyone!

I hope Catherine and others caught in this storm are staying dry as they can.

Whar's me chat room? Sad

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ShelterGirl - Aug 30, 2004 9:10 am (#2739 of 2955)    

There is nothing more disheartening than losing in chess to the computer 10 times in a row.

Sad

Yes, this is what I do when I can't do my chores. I get my butt kicked.

--*Hugs* to Betty, Sorry you feel poorly Fawkes, Happy Wet Monday everyone, and Loopy: we invaded Richard's chat last night. You're welcome to join us there if this continues. I for one wouldn't mind the distraction from losing...

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Loopy Lupin - Aug 30, 2004 9:13 am (#2740 of 2955)    

That sounds like a plan. If you see him around, ask him to put the link up again. I can find it around here somewhere, but I'm lazy.

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ShelterGirl - Aug 30, 2004 9:14 am (#2741 of 2955)    

http://wc4.worldcrossing.com/webx?196@@.1ddeae44

Ta-DA!

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Richard !!!Reid - Aug 30, 2004 10:02 am (#2742 of 2955)    

That was the chat link, and this is the site link http://wc4.worldcrossing.com/webx?14@@.1ddeae41

Im in the chat now, if anyone is bored.

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Loopy Lupin - Aug 30, 2004 10:30 am (#2743 of 2955)    

No you're not. You just left. Razz

Perhaps I'll see you around this evening.

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Padfoot - Aug 30, 2004 10:37 am (#2744 of 2955)
Edited by Aug 30, 2004 10:39 am    

Such a chatty bunch! I hope everyone had a good weekend. Sorry to hear about all that rain some of you are getting. I get more than enough sun here in CO, so I will send some your way.

Sun

Fawkes, I hope you feel better soon. Haymoni, I hope your son feels better soon too.

Denise, Lily is really cute.

Julia, I hope you feel less homesick today. It gets better, I promise.

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Richard !!!Reid - Aug 30, 2004 10:44 am (#2745 of 2955)    

Hmmm...Sorry Loopy. I am still there, I just needed to refresh my screen

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I Am Used Vlad - Aug 30, 2004 11:56 am (#2746 of 2955)    

I just read the cast list for The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. I've read all the books more times than I can count, but can't for the life of me think of who Humma Kavula, the character played by John Malkovich, is. Does anyone know?

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Ozymandias - Aug 30, 2004 12:02 pm (#2747 of 2955)    

Nope, not a clue. I thought it was just me.

Hope everyone in hurricane land is safe and reasonably dry.

Have a good day!

(I need to go get something to eat before I can do a longer post. I shall return.)

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Eponine - Aug 30, 2004 12:09 pm (#2748 of 2955)    

Nimrod, under the triva section in the IMDB, it says that "John Malkovich's character, a religious leader, was created especially for the movie by Douglas Adams."

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TwinklingBlueEyes - Aug 30, 2004 12:31 pm (#2749 of 2955)    

Humma Kavula - John Malkovich has hitched a ride on The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Malkivich will play Humma Kavula, a religious cult leader. The character may not be familiar to readers of the book, for the simple reason that he was created by Adams especially for the film.

That's why we were going huh?

Taken from Empire film reviews. www.empireonline.co.uk

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Ozymandias - Aug 30, 2004 12:39 pm (#2750 of 2955)    

Oh good, I feel much less stupid now. Thanks Twinks and Eponine!
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TwinklingBlueEyes - Aug 30, 2004 12:49 pm (#2751 of 2955)    

Sorry Eponine, I didn't see you had posted while I was looking it up.

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DJ Evans - Aug 30, 2004 1:33 pm (#2752 of 2955)    

Hey Everyone, hope all of our family members on the East will survive this bout of bad weather as good, if not better, as they did the last one!!! You're in our hearts and prayers for your safety!

Betty, ****HUGS**** Hope you're having a good day today! Take care and just remember to enjoy the small stuff and don't worry about the big stuff!!!

haymoni -- Ouch!! So sorry to hear about your little boy! Sure hope he is doing better now.

YEAH for Kasse on getting her computer back!!!!

Fawkes -- I hate to hear that you aren't feeling up to par. Here's hoping that you will be well on your way to a quick recovery. ***HUGS*** to you too and don't over do until you are back to your ol' self!

Ladybug -- Love your avatar with your little niece, Lianne -- how cute is she? What a doll!!!!

Julia -- Hope your aren't feeling as homesick now. I promise you it will get better. Just remember when you start to feel the lest bit homesick -- jump on here and we'll make you feel right at home!!!! Here's a great big hug & wave for you!! ***HUG***WAVING*** to Julia

Last but not least, just wanted to think everyone for their thoughts & prayers this past weekend. I really appreciated them all. They really helped me get through a tough time. One thing that the preacher said during the services that I thought was really nice and sweet, was to not think of her and be sad. But instead whenever you did think of her, to think of a happy memory that you had shared together, one that would make you smile. Not to give credit to the sad times but the happy times. I'm sure I'm not wording it quite like he did, but hopefully you can get the gist of it.

Again thanks everyone for being there!!!! We've got the best bunch of folks around and I'm proud to be even a small part of it.

Later, Deb

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I Am Used Vlad - Aug 30, 2004 1:38 pm (#2753 of 2955)    

Thanks Eponine and TBE. I knew that name didn't sound familiar.

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Julia. - Aug 30, 2004 1:41 pm (#2754 of 2955)    

*Huggy huggy* to everyone who sent hugs my way! And *huggy huggy* to Betty while I'm at it. Thanks guys, I'm feeling much better now. Just the stress of moving in got to me is all. Now I have new stress to deal with, classes. I'm taking lots of science and math this semester, and I'm on the board of a student organization, so I've pretty much given up any thoughts of having a life outside of that. However, I will make time for the forum!

Wow, first day of class and I already have homework, I'd better go do it. See you all later!

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Sherbie Lemon - Aug 30, 2004 1:42 pm (#2755 of 2955)    

Welcome back, Fawkes! I'm sorry to hear you're feeling under the weather, hopefully you'll be back in top form again soon.

Ladybug, congrats on giving your notice. Your niece is adorable.

I'm sending you yet another drought charm, Catherine.

Loopy, it's good to see the Simpsons again.

Padfoot, excellent avatar, my friend.

I'm glad to hear you were heartened by your forum family's condolences and are feeling better, Deb. I know how hard it is to lose a dear friend and I will continue to pray for your family.

I hope your homesickness continues to lessen with time, Julia! Here's a hug for you and one for Betty as well!

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Padfoot - Aug 30, 2004 1:52 pm (#2756 of 2955)    

Sherbie, I was inspired by you to change my avatar.

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TwinklingBlueEyes - Aug 30, 2004 2:03 pm (#2757 of 2955)    

Lord, I remember them looking like that. I'm getting OLD!

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Denise P. - Aug 30, 2004 2:09 pm (#2758 of 2955)    
Edited Aug 30, 2004 7:27 pm

For those of you who have children in elementary school, I just got the Scholastic Fall PreK-2 book order form. All 5 HP books are in there in a paperback set with a sleeve for $21.95

Since I know a lot of us here are readers (it was a stretch but I feel safe in saying that ), I found a cool site that encourages you to release books you have read back into the wild. Check it out Free Your Books! If you decide to join, let me know and I can give you my user name when it asks who recommended the site. It is a neat program and I am releasing some books tomorrow when I go run errands.

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Ozymandias - Aug 30, 2004 2:51 pm (#2759 of 2955)    

Oh, that's a wonderful site, Denise! How did you come across it?

I'm going to sign up. Can I have your username, please?

*goes off looking for good books to share*

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Denise P. - Aug 30, 2004 2:58 pm (#2760 of 2955)    

I read a Caring Bridge page about a little boy named Levi with a brain tumor. His mom mentioned releasing books and gave the site. I looked and thought it was a very cool idea. My user name there is VeiledCavy

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Catherine - Aug 30, 2004 6:03 pm (#2761 of 2955)    

Hey, y'all.

I am soggy, but happy to have "ekeltricity."

Thanks for all of the dry wishes.

We're doing ok, but miss our chat room.

Hope that everyone else is ok.

I'm over at Richard's chatroom, as is Denise, Shelter, and others.

Here's the link: http://wc4.worldcrossing.com/webx?196@@.1ddeae44

EDIT: woo hoo! I did a link thingy!

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TwinklingBlueEyes - Aug 30, 2004 6:09 pm (#2762 of 2955)    

Denise, I keep getting a site not found when I click the link. Any suggestions?

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ShelterGirl - Aug 30, 2004 6:14 pm (#2763 of 2955)    

Try the revelation forum first...and then go to Chat...

http://wc4.worldcrossing.com/webx?14@@.1ddeae41

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Julia. - Aug 30, 2004 6:22 pm (#2764 of 2955)    

GRRRR! Chat room's not working for me, I restarted and everything!

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Pinky - Aug 30, 2004 7:12 pm (#2765 of 2955)    

I'm not sure what Denise did wrong *ahem!* with her fancy linkage stuff, but the address is: www.bookcrossing.com for those who want to check it out.

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TwinklingBlueEyes - Aug 30, 2004 7:31 pm (#2766 of 2955)    

Thank you very much!

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Denise P. - Aug 30, 2004 8:24 pm (#2767 of 2955)    

Sorry about that, I forgot to put the "http://" in the URL...I just had www.bookcrossing.com

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TwinklingBlueEyes - Aug 30, 2004 8:53 pm (#2768 of 2955)    

I guess if I'd have just viewed source, I'd have figured it out,..."Why didn't you send us a letter by owl? I believe you have an owl?" Professor McGonagall said coldly ...

One of those duh moments. Thank you for your time and help.

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Blast - Aug 30, 2004 9:26 pm (#2769 of 2955)    

Hi kids just got our comp fixed, my daughter Katie got to hold an Olympic Silver Medal today. She belongs to the Brock Wrestling Club and they went to meet the returning member Tonya Verbeek, who won the medal, at the airport. We saw a glimpse of Katie on the news, they interviewed her also but it must have been edited out.

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Julia. - Aug 30, 2004 9:34 pm (#2770 of 2955)    

*runs up to Blast and bear hugs him* BLAST!!!!!!! I thought you'd died or something! Welcome back to the forum, we missed you! Your daughter holding a silver medal is very cool, but sorry about her getting editided out of the news. Those people need to sort out their priorities!

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Liz - Aug 30, 2004 9:45 pm (#2771 of 2955)    

Sorry just got a wee bit caught up in stuff...

Deb: I'm sorry you lost your friend.... I have lost people too and it's not fun at all.

Julia: *Huggs* a bit late I know and I hope you can go to this chat room: http://wc4.worldcrossing.com/webx?196@@.1ddeae44

or this forum: http://wc4.worldcrossing.com/webx?14@@.1ddeae41

I bet you have been there and I just have missed you or something.

Hope yalls have a great week... and I'll talk on here in the near future according to Trelawney Wink

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Madam Pince - Aug 30, 2004 10:19 pm (#2772 of 2955)    

Wow, I've only been offline for two days but I got 150+ posts behind.

First, I leap to your defense, Loopy -- I also pronounce the "t" in "often." Maybe it's a Wahoo thing. ***stubbornly clings to fact that if the dictionary says you can say it, then you can.*** And you must stop talking about C'ville because it's making me homesick. Perhaps you and Catherine and I need to go have a visit there -- Catherine, ask your brother if we can crash at his place!

Second, DJ, I was so sorry to hear about your friend's passing. My sympathies.

Third, Hi boop!

Fourth, diagramming sentences...hmmmmmm. The only time I ever ran across that phenomenon that I can recall, was in the "Little House On The Prairie" books by Laura Ingalls Wilder (about a young American frontier/pioneer girl, set in about 1870's-80's.) I think this was in one of the later books when she was a high school student. She was participating in a grammar exhibition before the entire community, and she had to verbally diagram a very complex sentence that was read aloud to her. I must say it was impressive. And, too, I always thought that it says a lot about how our education requirements have changed over the years.

Fifth, Julia, hope you're all settled in at school and feeling better!

Sixth, Slacker Moms....Well, my pediatrician was the one who told me about and recommended the use of Benadryl when sleep is a major necessity (long trips, teething pain, etc.) So I hereby submit that its use does not constitute "slacker-ism" but is in fact doctor-recommended! So nyah to the people who make homemade hand-decorated goody bags.

Marie, oh dear, Christmas cards out on Thanksgiving weekend? We must reform you. Repeat after me, Christmas cards are to be sent out on the last possible day that they can get there before Christmas. Failing that, you must stash the cards you have purchased and use them next Christmas, and purchase "Happy New Year" cards instead. (Which they DO make, by the way. I haven't actually bought any, but I did receive one from a couple who are even worse "SM's" than I.)

And ShelterGirl, I am constantly telling my son "Well, guess you shouldn't have done that, should you?" whenever he bangs himself up somehow. If that makes me Umbridge, then run get a centaur. (Nah, I'm not that terrible. I give major hugs if it's a real cry -- you know the ones that are real, don't you, SMs?)

Penny L., I can't believe your roommates were so rude about your TV. Miss Manners would have a lot to say to them about that, I can assure you!

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The giant squid - Aug 30, 2004 11:21 pm (#2773 of 2955)    

   Um--where's The Giant Squid to push you out of the water when you need him?



Sorry, my tentacles couldn't quite reach that far.

Welcome back, Blast. You too, Fawkes Forever...sorry to hear you're feeling poorly. (see, there's that bad grammar again ) My advice to you: NyQuil. Gotta love stuff that will knock you on your butt in less than 30 seconds! Plus it's got that upper-case Q. Why??

--Mike

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Dr Filibuster - Aug 31, 2004 12:06 am (#2774 of 2955)    

Eeek!

There are more English majors here than in the British Army. Put me down in the lower ranks with Siobhan: I was an English Literature A level (NEWT) student as well. Have you read Starter For Ten? There's a funny running joke in it, "what's inglit?"

I was educated in Britain during the 1970's to mid 1980's when things like spelling and grammar where deemed unecessary. They stifled our creative brains or something, so no diagrams for us.

Are you enjoying Eats Shoots and Leaves Catherine? You are just releasing your "inner stickler". This weekend I read an article and thought of you . It was about hundreds of letters written by Nelson that wlll be published next year (he died in 1805). Apparently he rarely bothered with any punctuation at all.

Now for something completely different. There was a programme about the history of sci-fi sitcom Red Dwarf last night. I never knew that Alan Rickman was first choice for Rimmer.

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septentrion - Aug 31, 2004 12:52 am (#2775 of 2955)    

I suppose Alan Rickman is always the first choice

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VeronikaG - Aug 31, 2004 12:57 am (#2776 of 2955)    

Hi guys. Good to see you two back, Fawkes and Blast!

OK, so I'm pouting. You guys are in the chat room at a time I'm asleep. Time difference stinks.

Julia, I'm the world's most homesick person, I know so well how you feel. I admire all of you who are tough enough to move to college when you are 18. Let's just say my own "living alone" experience didn't last for too long. It could of course have something to do with my flat being cold, wet and full of creeps. It was under ground, with only a few small windows near the ceiling to let the sun in. My clothes were not quite dry when I took them out of the closet in the morning, and after two nights I had gotten a cold that lasted a while. At this time there was an energy crisis in Norway, the electricity prizes were skyrocketing so I couldn't have afforded the flat if I had turned the heating on. :-( (Some elderly people actually froze to death during that winter, because they were afraid of not being able to pay rent if they got a high electricity bill.) One morning I had enough, and just packed all my clothes, dragged the huge bag on the bus to school, and after class I went home to my parents. They understood my situation. Turns out the flat was even illegal, it had no fire escape. Now I have made my mind up not to move anywhere until I have a job and can afford a decent flat.

Denise; if I get the idea of that book club right, when I have read a book and decided that I don't need to keep it, I register it with a serial number from that site and pass it on to someone? And with a bit of luck I could get my hands on another book being passed around. I like that idea. A bit of idealism left in the world. I like that about Americans, you have many good ideas like that.

Unfortunately I doubt it would work trying to give my book to any of my friends, as I doubt any of them actually read books. I don't even think my friends have friends who read I'm a bit of an outsider, I have read five books! (No seriously, I have read some that were not HP too.) Leaving a book on a bench would just make the renovation people mad, at least in my town.

And here I went on a rant that I deleted, because I found it to be too political for the forum. It may show up in the MacGregor blog later instead.

Oh, 15 minutes until class. I better catch up with some threads.

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Fawkes Forever - Aug 31, 2004 2:17 am (#2777 of 2955)    

Thanks for all the well wishes guys... you've made my day/week/year. *extends arms to recieve all those lovely hugs & return them*. Still feeling rotten... but hey... I'll survive

Mike, I'm not sure if you can get NyQuil over here. You can't even buy co-codamol here in the Republic of Ireland... but when I'm back home in the North, I stock up... hee hee. My friends always tease me that I'm smuggling contraband... lol! I'll check the pharmacy on the way home from work today... I'll try anything... failing that I might book myself into the doctors surgery for a quick checkup.. (My mum keeps ringing me to get me to do it). Another thing I miss from not living in the North anymore.... no NHS

Sue : "There are more English majors here than in the British Army"
You have no idea how much I laughed when you said that! (SPEW moment). We must have had the same type of teachers at school. Even in the 90's there wasn't much of a push on proper use of grammar in our essays... & I remember once being told off for using my imagination whilst writing a piece of English GCSE course work... but I'll show them *maugh haugh haugh.. Fawkes vows to become the bestest novelist in the world* Hee hee, with words like bestest... how could I possibly fail

There was so much I wanted to say in my last post, but with the 'ol fuzzy head.. I didn't get to say it.

Deb, so sorry to hear about your friend. I'm so proud that you found support with the Forum Family, these guys are great aren't they. I just wanted to add my condolences & give you a *big squishy hug* for being so brave. I agree totally with the preacher about remembering the good times.... I lost my best friend a few years ago, & sometimes when I get sad about it I just think about something funny we did together... It always makes me smile (or even laugh) remembering the good stuff!

Julia... *huge hugs*, its tough the first few weeks away from home, hey I even get homesick now after a weekend visit up home... which usually starts just as I'm driving out of the town boundaries . Once you get back into the swing of things & have classes to attend... homework to do (yuk) & parties to attend (yeay), it'll be Hallowe'en before you know it, then it'll be Thanksgiving (I think, it's November right?), & then a short, hop, skip & a jump to the Holiday Season! This is the longest semester, so the other two should be a doddle after this one. As Deb said.... if you're ever homesick... just log on here & the forum family will help you feel at home *hmmm, why is the life of Brian... 'always look on the bright side of life' going through me head.... hmm, perhaps I'm finally cracking up*

Oh Ladybug, well done on the new job... *passes celebratory butterbeer*
Hmmm I know there was more I wanted to say... but the headache has driven it all out of my brain...

Hugs to Betty...

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boop - Aug 31, 2004 2:44 am (#2778 of 2955)    

Sam(rettopyrrah), Today is your special day!!! I hope you have a wonderful day!!!

Blast, welcome back I have been worried that something happened to you. Here is a big hug. That was great your daughter got to hold a silver metal.

Fawkes, I hope you feel better real soon. Hugs to you.

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Loopy Lupin - Aug 31, 2004 5:31 am (#2779 of 2955)    

Happy Tuesday to all and Happy Birthday to rettopyrraH!

Thank you Madam Pince for jumping to my defense. I'll concede, assert even, that nuclear, foliage, and library have a singular, correct pronunciation. However, if my nearly 40 year old dictionary (we need to update here at the offic) lists two ways to pronounce often, I'd say they've both made their way into common usage. So, nyahh!

*** resists urge to mention C'ville again***

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Catherine - Aug 31, 2004 5:37 am (#2780 of 2955)    

Happy Day!

Sunshine at last. I was scrolling back through this thread when I was worried about the storms coming our way on Sunday, and laughed when I saw Loopy's post. He wrote, "*sends drying charms to Catherine**
*sends large current shift charms to Catherine** There, that ought to take care of it. Smile

You know, I think he did it. We didn't flood at all. Thanks, Loopy. I'll send a bottle of Firewhiskey up your way.

Hope you can shower inside today, Shelter Girl! **waves to Shelter and Eponine and sends drought charms to them**

Madam Pince, it sounds like you too grow a little homesick for Charlottesville. My "little" brother (he hates when I call him that ) has recently become addicted to Harry Potter, and he hooked his friends, so we'll just go crash at his place! It was actually kind of funny the last time I was with my brother and his friends. They "forced" me to talk about Harry Potter with them. It was great.

**looks westward and pouts that "little" brother lives in Charlottesville and I don't**

I'm so excited about today. Hayley has the best of all possible things--a play date at someone else's house. Yippee! Maybe I won't fold laundrey and do chores while she's gone, but finish reading Eats, Shoots, and Leaves. I'm really enjoying it.

See you around.

EDIT: Loopy posted while I was writing. *** resists urge to mention C'ville again*** Tee hee! Oops. I mentioned it, too.

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Accio Sirius - Aug 31, 2004 8:15 am (#2781 of 2955)
Edited by Aug 31, 2004 8:15 am    

Hi everyone! Especially Betty!

Maybe we should have a gathering in C'ville? A two birds with one stone kind of scenario! I love it there too. I have a niece and nephew at UVA and my mother-in-law lives in town!

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Loopy Lupin - Aug 31, 2004 8:47 am (#2782 of 2955)    

Yay!! I need very little excuse to go to C-ville and that would actually be a very good excuse.

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Catherine - Aug 31, 2004 9:14 am (#2783 of 2955)    

Word travels fast around here.

I saw something about Charlottesville on the East Coast Gathering thread, and came here to see what it was about.

That is an excellent suggestion, Laura! Take 10 points for your house!

I haven't been to Charlottesville in so long. My grandmother lived there when I was young and worked part-time in the University library after she retired. My "little" brother (hee hee) moved there last winter when he took a job doing investment thingies. He's always rubbing it in about how much fun he's having, blah, blah, blah.

I've never visited him in his new place, so if we Potties want to hang out in Charlottesville, I'll invite myself to stay with him whether he wants me to or not!

This would be a good chance to show other Potties my unusual OoP copies. I have that weird writing "thingie" going on in the "Eye of the Snake" chapter in two books. It'd be great to show it to people who would actually care.

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Kasse - Aug 31, 2004 10:09 am (#2784 of 2955)    

Hello all just wanted to stop by and say hi. I bought my paperback version of OOP today now I can re-read it and start marking things up, just like Catherine.

Ok got to go and post/read brfore my next class

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Muggleborn - Aug 31, 2004 10:09 am (#2785 of 2955)    

Hello to all!

This is only my second post, although I have been reading the Forum for months now. It helps me get through a long day at work. I usually work in the office alone. I get phone calls once in a while, but otherwise do insurance paper work and financial books most of the time. That is, when not reading the mass of posts on the Lexicon Forum!

My wife cannot figure out why I love the Harry Potter stories so much, but my kids love it when I read the books to them or we watch the movies. My son is 7 and just started second grade. The other day he asked me if I could teach him how to play Quiddich! We have been reading Quiddich Through the Ages at bed time. My wife over heard and gave me a look like, "Now see what you have done. He thinks that you can really fly on brooms!". Well, I looked at her for a moment and then back at my son and said, "Let's wait until the Nimbus 2005 model comes out and we'll see." My wife just rolled her eyes. She just does not get it. I don't think I will ever grow up!

For those of you on the East Coast, I wish I could send some of our sun your way from here on the West Coast. It is going to be 100 today! They are shaking walnut trees this time of year and the visability is greatly reduced due to all of the dust.

Thanks for making the day go by quicker!

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Leila 2X4B - Aug 31, 2004 11:29 am (#2786 of 2955)    

Happy Birthday Sam. I have missed chatting with you lately.

Betty, I am sorry to have forgotten your hugs as of late. However, I want to thank Julia for keeping her promise of giving you love from me while I was in the Cape.

I am soooo excited. My daughter has her first day of kindergarten tomorrow. In our city, parents are required to ride the bus and attend the first day of kindergarten with the children. Me on a small school bus, weird huh?

Hugs and thanks to all who have sent patroni to me in my time of need. They seem to be working, because I have yet to see his ugly mugg.

Leila

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Catherine - Aug 31, 2004 11:45 am (#2787 of 2955)    

I have yet to see his ugly mugg. --Sleeping Beauty

Whew! **glad that the shih-tzu patronus is working to "cute away" the ugly mugg.**

I'm noticing the similarity between his "ugly mugg" and the world "muggle." Hmmm...

Oh, and I need to send a hug to Betty and and headache cure to Fawkes, and a Happy birthday to Sam.

Hope I didn't leave anyone out. Take care, everyone.

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Padfoot - Aug 31, 2004 11:51 am (#2788 of 2955)
Edited by Aug 31, 2004 11:52 am    

Happy birthday Sam!

Loopy, I do not care what your dictionary says, do not pronounce the 't' in often. Or else!

Fawkes, you drug runner! Always thought you were shifty. NyQuil does knock you out pretty fast. I remember taking some in college and then getting in the shower. Turns out that stuff is really, really fast acting. Luckily I managed to not pass out, but wow was I surprised. (That was my 1st and only time using the stuff.)

Veronika, I hope your next flat is better, safer and warmer!

Muggleborn, welcome! What does shaking walnut trees mean exactly? I have this image in my head that does not fit with the normal muggle world. (No one does that in Colorado)

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Sherbie Lemon - Aug 31, 2004 12:28 pm (#2789 of 2955)    

I'm glad I could give you a little inspiration, Padfoot! It's nice to have another Beatlemaniac around. My face always breaks out into a grin when I see your avatar.

Happy Birthday, Sam! Make A Wish

Welcome to the forum, Muggleborn!

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Muggleborn - Aug 31, 2004 12:32 pm (#2790 of 2955)    

Padfoot, Shaking walnut trees is actually just that. A type of tractor equipped with a large grip on the end of a boom, goes up to a tree, grips it around the trunk about three feet up and starts shaking. It makes the ground rumble! What these Muggles dream up! The walnuts drop to the ground. The tractor does this down the whole row of trees. Another tractor then drives down the rows and picks up the nuts and puts them in a hopper. The process make a lot of dust.

The Central Valley of California has thousands of walnut trees as well as just about everything else.

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lupin’s daughter - Aug 31, 2004 12:34 pm (#2791 of 2955)    

it is the same for almonds

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Padfoot - Aug 31, 2004 12:36 pm (#2792 of 2955)
Edited by Aug 31, 2004 12:38 pm    

I never heard of that before Muggleborn. The things we learn on this forum! So are other nut producing trees shaken too? How about fruit trees? LoL, that might get messy.

Edit: Double post lupin's daughter.

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Eponine - Aug 31, 2004 12:38 pm (#2793 of 2955)    

Well, no more rain for now. It's been sunny and hot all day. We finished moving today. We've been sleeping at the new place for a couple of days, but we still had to clean the apartment and clear out the few odds and ends that were left over there. We've turned in our keys and are no longer apartment-dwellers! Our new oven smells kind of funny when I preheat it, and it makes me grateful that we don't have a gas oven. I don't want any Sherbie-incidents happening here just yet.

I hope everyone is having a wonderful day!

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Catherine - Aug 31, 2004 12:42 pm (#2794 of 2955)    

Those with pronunciation issues might have a field day with the following sentence that I found on Bartleby.com:

The affluent and choleric comptroller heinously inveigled herbs from the impious valet who often harasses the dour governor with aplomb.

**feels like I am throwing raw meat to to the jackals **

So for all of out there who wish to release you Inner Stickler, go right ahead. For some of you, nit-picking is your forte.

My only regret about the sentence is that it doesn't use the word Uranus!

EDIT: Congrats, Eponine!

DOUBLE EDIT: I wish that the sentence also had "often" in it, too, since certain people *ahem* are a little bit defensive about it!

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Loopy Lupin - Aug 31, 2004 12:43 pm (#2795 of 2955)    

Loopy, I do not care what your dictionary says, do not pronounce the 't' in often. Or else! – Padfoot

Does one pronounce the "t" in "pfffft!"?

Hehe. Oh well, even the best laid pronunciation rules oft go awry. Razz

EDIT-- No fair. Catherine's making my head hurt. But she did remind me. What is everyone's position on "renaissance" and/or "baton." Hehe

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Penny Lane. - Aug 31, 2004 12:44 pm (#2796 of 2955)    

Hey everyone. I moved into my dorm, and while I was very very scared of all the new people that I didn't know, and the sheer size - I think I'm doing okay. My roommates are very nice, they treat me so much better than my last set, and we seem to have much in common. Move in was smooth, and I'm really looking forward to classes.

For the bad news: My computer won't connect to the school network yet, and I don't have the patience to wait for the IT person to walk by my door and check on me, so I just went to the library. Oh, and the instructors are on strike. So, that means some of my classes have been cancelled, some have been reassigned instructors, and it is entirely possible that the support services will also strike...

- To be continued

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Catherine - Aug 31, 2004 12:51 pm (#2797 of 2955)    

Penny, that sounds dreadful. Stupid IT people and stupid strike! Hope it improves.

No fair. Catherine's making my head hurt.--Loopy Lupin

***bungs Loopy some aspirin***

Didn't mean to give you a headache.

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Celestina W. - Aug 31, 2004 1:32 pm (#2798 of 2955)
Edited by Aug 31, 2004 1:34 pm    

Hello everybody!

I had my audition for Oklahoma! last night and I think it went quite well. When it got right down to it I actually wasn't a bit nervous. We'll find out the cast on Friday.

I had to get a shot today. My arm still hurts. And I didn't get a sticker or candy or any kind of a reward at all for being a good girl. It was so disappointing.

Loopy, I pronounce "renaissance" REN-uh-zahnce and "baton" buh-TAHN. I didn't know that any other pronunciations existed for those words. Do they? Oh, and I only pronounce the "t" in "often" when I'm singing it.

I start school tomorrow. In a way I'm actually looking forward to it, because I'll get to see people I haven't seen all summer, and I'm excited for some of my classes. The bad part, though, is that I probably won't have much time for the Forum anymore. I'll be pretty busy with homework and musical rehearsals. I hate what school does to me; I become an over-worked, sleep-deprived, cranky person who procrastinates too much and complains about everything. I will try to keep up with the Forum on weekends if it's possible. I know I won't be able to stay away for too long. In case you don't hear from me for a while, here's a goodbye hug for everybody. *HUG*

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Padfoot - Aug 31, 2004 1:34 pm (#2799 of 2955)    

I wish that the sentence also had "often" in it, too, since certain people *ahem* are a little bit defensive about it!

I am constantly correcting the people talking on tv. But does do they ever listen? No.

Penny, I hope your computer problems are fixed first. Then if your classes are cancelled, at least you can come here and have something to do.

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Catherine - Aug 31, 2004 1:56 pm (#2800 of 2955)    

I pronounce renaissance and baton the way Celestina W does. Good luck on your audition! **pssst**Don't side with Loopy on the "often" issue even if you are singing!

Sigh. Must prepare food. **prepares to drag self to kitchen to survey options** Sometimes I imagine my family as a nest of hungry birds cheeping at me with wide open mouths, waiting for me to stuff them with food that they will then complain about. I'm going to steal Haymoni's excellent "ungrateful son" line and use it myself. I will call the family "the Ungratefuls." Or maybe "the Ingrates." **Just kidding everyone, really! I love them, I do.**

See you around.


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Dr Filibuster - Aug 31, 2004 2:31 pm (#2801 of 2955)    

Celestina, why do you have a picture of Marcus as your avatar?

Time for a Dr Filibuster anecdote....when I was a little 1st year we had a science exam. My teacher was very concerned because, when asked to describe a molecule, lots of us had written "a molecule is 10 atoms grouped together".

In a rare Hermione moment I argued for most of the lesson that he had told us this fact. I refused to let the matter go. I went through the whole of my exercise book to check my notes. Sure enough I had written "atoms of ten form together to make molecules" I was adamant that he had written this on the blackboard because it was so important and we had dutifully copied the sentence into our books.

It was only when he wrote it on the blackboard again that everything became perfectly clear. He had appalling handwriting. He had written "atoms often group together to form molecules". His spidery calligraphy had left a huge gap of........ten.

I still stubbornly insisted we should get points for it, we had swotted up and correctly remembered our notes. He had given us the wrong information, so it wasn't our fault. No go I'm afraid, that's science teachers for you.

So that is why I often read "of ten" when I see often.

Sherbie and Padfoot, my regional tv news programmes all mentioned this Bank holiday weekend's Mathew Street Festival in Liverpool. A quarter of a million people turned up, including approximately 200 performing "Beatles". I wonder if Timrew went?

If we could do smiley-type sound effects I'd want to do a huge group Beatle-ish "OOOOOoh" or maybe a wobbley headed "Yeah!" right now.

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timrew - Aug 31, 2004 2:38 pm (#2802 of 2955)    

Sue, no, sorry, I didn't go. I prefer to stroll down somewhere like Mathew Street when it's quiet!

But like Sherbie and Padfoot, I think The Beatles were the greatest band of all time. No-one better before, no one to compare during, and no-one in the future who will even come close - except maybe Bill and Ted with Wyld Stallyns (is that how it's spelt?).

You know, regarding The Beatles, people often say to me that I look just like........none of them!

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Julia. - Aug 31, 2004 2:46 pm (#2803 of 2955)    

HAPPY BIRTHDAY SAM!!! Have a butterbeer on me. Hope you have a great day and an amazing year!

Celestina, I'm glad to hear your audition went well. Hope you get a good part.

Penny, I'm thrilled that your movein went well. I'm also glad to hear that you get along well with your roommates. It helps a lot. Going to a new school is hard enough, and roommate issues do not help, trust me, I know from experience.

Oh, it's official now, you can add me to the list of English majors. I saw my advisor today, droped some science classes, and picked up some English classes. I'm going to officially declare myself tomorrow morning.

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Loopy Lupin - Aug 31, 2004 2:46 pm (#2804 of 2955)    

I believe that in England, "baton" is not BA-tahn, but "bat-ten" and I had a professor who said "re-nay-sense." In either instance, the Americanized pronunciation is a "form" of the French, but the English pronounce as its spelled.

I'm not prepared to give the Beatles the "all-time" moniker, but they do rule.

'm going to officially declare myself tomorrow morning.—Julia

Well, if Julia's taking "tomorrow morning," I hereby declare myself to be "last night." (Sorry, sorry. Oh stop your groaning. It's been a rather long day.)

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Julia. - Aug 31, 2004 2:52 pm (#2805 of 2955)    

LOL Loopy. You can have 'tomorrow morning,' I'm changing to 'three weeks from Saturday.'

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I Am Used Vlad - Aug 31, 2004 3:20 pm (#2806 of 2955)    

Happy birthday, other Sam.

Tim, Wyld Stallyns are not as good as the Beatles, just more influential.

A pronunciation story: I was once, many years ago, reading out loud in front of a class. Public speaking makes me nervous, and I accidently pronounced "nowhere" as "now here."

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Catherine - Aug 31, 2004 3:30 pm (#2807 of 2955)    

Oh, it's official now, you can add me to the list of English majors. I saw my advisor today, droped some science classes, and picked up some English classes. I'm going to officially declare myself tomorrow morning. --Julia

Darn. And I wanted to be tomorrow morning.

Hope you love English majoring. But your chances of gainful employment are probably better in the sciences, unless you really love graduate school! **stupid work!**

**gives Julia an English-major hug** Welcome to the club!

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Denise P. - Aug 31, 2004 3:46 pm (#2808 of 2955)    

I just destroyed our lawn mower. I was mowing the yard and it ran out of gas. I filled it back up and in the process I spilled some gas on the mower. Now I have done this before with no ill effects but today I must have spilled it in another area or something because when I pulled the starter, it burst into flames! The kids were pretty impressed by the fire and me remaining calm while getting the hose to put it out. I had planned to stay in tomorrow morning to clean the bathrooms, guess I am going to be getting a new lawn mower instead.

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Catherine - Aug 31, 2004 3:55 pm (#2809 of 2955)    

Oh....Denise.

I am sorry. At least the lawnmower went out with a bang. I'm sure your children are too young, and too well-mannered to start shouting, "Fire! Fire! Breakin' the law!"

I am really sorry. I think that lawnmower shopping might rank among the most ick shopping ever. I wish I could send you ours. Since we have no real grass in this new yard, it is dying from lack of exercise.

**wishes she could summon the grass-cutting fairies to Denise's house**

At least you have brownies at your house

EDIT: Has anyone read the new novel? Denise and the Mower of Fire

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Padfoot - Aug 31, 2004 4:00 pm (#2810 of 2955)    

Wow Denise, what an exciting afternoon! I'm glad you and the kids are ok. Happy lawn mower shopping tomorrow.

Sue, that sounds like a lot of fun.

Ok, at the risk of sounding stupid, who are the Wyld Stallyns?

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Richard !!!Reid - Aug 31, 2004 4:25 pm (#2811 of 2955)    

Once again, people are welcome to use my chat. Some people in there just now

http://wc4.worldcrossing.com/webx?14@@.1ddeae41

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Kasse - Aug 31, 2004 4:31 pm (#2812 of 2955)    

Just wanted to say….

Muggleborn – welcome to the forum we look forward to seeing your posts.

Leila – Congratulations to your daughter starting school tomorrow, it is nice that you get to start it with her. Let us know how that goes

Eponine – congratulations to your move.

Penny L – Hope the computer drama works out. Glad to hear that you seem to be settling in ok.

Celestina – I will keep my fingers crossed till Friday. Make sure you let us know as soon as you can. Good luck with school tomorrow.

Sam – Happy birthday hope you had a great day.

Denise – Sorry to hear about the lawn mower, that sucks. Glad to hear that no one was hurt.

Ok that is all from me…..

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Accio Sirius - Aug 31, 2004 4:32 pm (#2813 of 2955)    

They'll be talking at school..."Mom set the lawn mower on fire...cool!"

Sorry to hear of your woes Denise, but I admit, it made me giggle. If it helps, I was trying to clean house and washed the shower curtain carefully with vinegar and water in the washing machine. My husband, trying to be helpful, promptly put the plastic curtain in the dryer, thereby ruining both the curtain and the dryer!

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Catherine - Aug 31, 2004 5:11 pm (#2814 of 2955)    

Forgive me if I'm having an anti-Martha moment.

These are real stories of real people doing real jobs with real surprises.

I love this!

We melt things in the oven; we forget school start days; we serve pizza and cake for breakfast; we allow our children to take drugs for our own purposes; we allow our children to drink alcohol; we serve Pop-Tarts, Eggos, and Chocolate Milk; we set the lawnmower on fire.

We are women; We are awesome.

Thanks, guys. I needed this.

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lupin’s daughter - Aug 31, 2004 5:17 pm (#2815 of 2955)    

lol

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Eponine - Aug 31, 2004 5:24 pm (#2816 of 2955)    

Padfoot, I believe Wyld Stallyns is the band from Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventures. That is, unless someone took the name from the movie.

Today, I went by my gym to cancel my membership, because right now my husband and I are both looking for jobs, and gym memberships just aren't high on my priority of things to pay for. I ended up leaving with an every other Saturday (five hours each time) job and a free membership for the next couple of months! So it's nice that I don't have to give up working out at the gym. It's only temporary, and it's not really going to be much money at all, but I'm still coming out ahead with not having to pay to work out anymore. So yay for me!

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Acceber - Aug 31, 2004 5:52 pm (#2817 of 2955)    

Denise and the Mower of Fire-Catherine Total SPEW moment! Gads, I was cracking up so much and I hadn't even recovered from Julia wanting to be tomorrow morning.

Yeah Beatles! One of my goals in life is to buy all of their albums on CD.

Happy Birthday Sam!

Congrats to everyone who deserves it (I don't want to list individual names in case I forget someone).

I'm going to be in our or Richard's chat room soon. Don't leave before I get there!

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DJ Evans - Aug 31, 2004 6:00 pm (#2818 of 2955)    

Ok, at the risk of sounding stupid, who are the Wyld Stallyns?: Padfoot

You beat me to it, because I'm in the dark on this one too! Thanks Eponine for the answer. Never saw the movie, so I guess that's why they didn't sound familiar to me.

Leila -- Awwww, her 1st day of school!!! Before you know it she'll be graduating!!! Hey, are you going to try and get a good ol' round of the song "The Wheels on the Bus Go Round & Round...."? And don't forget, we've got your back covered on the ***YUCKY*** guy. I'm so glad that you haven't heard/seen him any.

NyQuil rocks when you have a cold!!! :

Yeah, Epoinie is in their new house!!!!!!

Yeah, Penny's in her new dorm!!! And if you ask me, you just got a totally raw deal on your last set of roommates!!

Celestina -- Good Luck on getting a part!!! And hey, it's not good-bye, let's just say "see ya' later"!!!! I like the sound of that better. I have a feeling you'll be back soon checking in on us all. You better!!!

Beatles are great, that's a "no brainer" for sure! But I'm one that think the Who are #1!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I've got about every album that they put out.

Oh Denise!! I'm just so glad that nobody was hurt this afternoon in your bar-b-qing of your lawn mower!!!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY -- SAM!!!! Have a great one!

Later, Deb

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Leila 2X4B - Aug 31, 2004 6:09 pm (#2819 of 2955)    

Catherine, you are a woman after my own heart.

Have you ever given your child something, like ice cream, just to quiet them?

It is so nice to know that there are moms just like me and not just the June Cleavers of the world (whom Katrina's paternal grandma constantly describes herself as).

Leila

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lupin’s daughter - Aug 31, 2004 6:11 pm (#2820 of 2955)    

any one for chat at the Revelation site??

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Julia. - Aug 31, 2004 6:21 pm (#2821 of 2955)    

Guys, I don't want to be tomorrow morning anymore! I changed to 'Three weeks from Saturday!'

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Catherine - Aug 31, 2004 6:35 pm (#2822 of 2955)    

Leila,

YES, to your question. A resounding YES. Many times.

It wasn't ice cream, but it was chocolate milk. And I've been known to put in a nice Madeline video or a nice "Blues Clues" video to achieve peace. Especially if I had to pay bills (quintuple ICK) or cook dinner (just plain ol' ick). Sometimes you need some peace. Just to hear your own thoughts. (and to the sticklers out there, yes, that was a fragment.)

Go, Leila, and sin no more. I absolve you (although we already know that I am NOT on "Mom of the Week" magazine covers these days).

I actually had a mom apologize to me today for the following "sin": the cupcakes that Hayley and her friend decorated during their play date were not homemade.

What the heck? Doesn't this person know me at all? I was so embarrassed by this apology. In my head I was thinking : Dear God, don't let her know that there are two loads of unfolded laundry on my bed. Daisy peed in the living room, and I wonder if it smells like pee. I haven't emptied the dishwasher today, and my hair looks like utter and complete heck. Which is obvious, but maybe she hasn't seen how many weeds are in the front flowerbed if she's looking at my bad hair.

This is crazy. I never used to worry about these things, but other women's apologies have made me a teensy bit nuts.

So I am resolving to apologize less about my less-than-perfect-housekeeping.

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mischa fan - Aug 31, 2004 6:38 pm (#2823 of 2955)    

Hi everyone, Betty wanted me to let everyone know that she checked her self into the hospital today. She has been having a rough time of it lately, and her meds wern't working, she should be in for 3-5 days.

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Leila 2X4B - Aug 31, 2004 6:42 pm (#2824 of 2955)    

Thanks for the info Jim. I am now worried. I am sending her hugs and prayers too. I have been where she is about ten years ago and hope that this is what she needs.

Leila

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DJ Evans - Aug 31, 2004 6:59 pm (#2825 of 2955)    

Jim, thank you so much for letting us know about Betty. Please let her know that we're all thinking about her and will keep her in our thoughts and prayers. And if you get a chance to see her, give her one of the biggest heartfelt HUGS that you can and tell her it's from us, that we love her and hope all goes well. We'll miss her while she is in there, but if it will help then it will be worth it for sure. We just want our sweet ol' Betty back!!!

Later, Deb

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Catherine - Aug 31, 2004 7:36 pm (#2826 of 2955)    

Jim, thanks for the update. I appreciate knowing.

To Betty: if you read this now or later, please know that so many people care about you, and we want you to be safe and happy. You deserve to feel so much better than you have been feeling.

We're here, and we want to to get better.

**sends the shih-tzu patronus to give Betty a puppy kiss when she's up for it and to drive away those stinking dementors**

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I Am Used Vlad - Aug 31, 2004 7:47 pm (#2827 of 2955)    

Here are more *HUGS* for Betty. Get better soon.

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Ladybug220 - Aug 31, 2004 8:03 pm (#2828 of 2955)    

Thanks for the news Jim. Sending Hugs to Betty so she can see that her forum family loves her!

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ShelterGirl - Aug 31, 2004 8:08 pm (#2829 of 2955)    

((((HUGS)))) to Betty for now and later.

Take your time Bets. Do it right. Right now feel free in the knowledge that it's all about you.

We love you.

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Ozymandias - Aug 31, 2004 8:13 pm (#2830 of 2955)    

Thanks for the update, Jim. To Betty, whenever you may read this: *HUG* We love you, Betty! I hope this hospital visit does the trick. You deserve to feel better ASAP! *another HUG for good measure*

Happy Birthday Sam!

Welcome to the forum, Muggleborn. Your son is adorable as Harry!

Um...congratulations to everyone who accomplished something. I too will just give a blanket congratulation because I'd hate to leave someone out. So congratulations, one and all!

Oh, and a fun pronounciation story (with apologies to my father.):

My dad, like me, is an avid reader. When he was young, he read Romeo & Juliet. This was on his own, mind, not in a class or anything. So he had no idea how anything was pronounced. He ended up, when discussing the play much later, pronouncing "Montague" as "mon-tahg." Honest mistake, but funny nonetheless. And now, whenever I read the name in HP, I mentally pronounce it "mon-tahg."

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Julia. - Aug 31, 2004 9:06 pm (#2831 of 2955)    

Thanks for the update Jim. Betty, when ever you read this *huggy huggy huggy huggy huggy huggy huggy huggy huggy huggy huggy huggy huggy huggy huggy huggy huggy huggy huggy huggy huggy huggy huggy huggy huggy huggy huggy huggy huggy huggy huggy huggy huggy huggy huggy huggy huggy huggy huggy huggy huggy huggy huggy huggy huggy huggy huggy huggy huggy huggy huggy* times 1,000,000 Cell's always on if you need to talk, call any time, if I'm not in class or at dinner, I'll answer.

Love you lots!

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Amilia Smith - Aug 31, 2004 9:15 pm (#2832 of 2955)    

Hi! I'm butting in again. I am just so excited, I want to share with someone.

I have become the unofficial Potter purveyor at work. I buy books off the Internet for my co-workers who are either more computer illiterate than I am, or who don't have a computer. I have been scanning Amazon for the past few weeks looking for good deals, and found GoF for $1.99. I was sure it would turn out to be a paperback, or have punch spilled on it or something, as it was so much less than all the other books on sale. But it was too good a deal to pass up, so I ordered it, and it came today. This book is in absolutely perfect condition. It is brand new, never been read. You know how the pages kind of stick together? It even has that new book smell. The only thing wrong is the dustjacket is a little bent at the bottom from sitting on a shelf.

Now, as you may or may not remember, I have also been looking for a GoF with the original ending to replace my brother's copy that I lost. Just out of curiosity, I flipped to the back of this new book, and guess what! That's right! Original wand order for $1.99!

I am jumping up and down, my brother is excited, and my co-worker will get the book that I had originally bought for my brother only to discover that just because a book is a first edition doesn't mean it has all the mistakes that the first printing had. How's that for a run-on sentence, O English majors?

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Denise P. - Aug 31, 2004 9:20 pm (#2833 of 2955)    

Wow, what a great deal! I love finding deals like that.

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Marie E. - Aug 31, 2004 9:30 pm (#2834 of 2955)    

Thanks for letting us know about Betty, Jim. Betty: Just know that everyone here loves you and misses you and wants nothing more than for you to feel better!!!!
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Blast - Sep 1, 2004 12:45 am (#2835 of 2955)    

Denise, my family's nickname for me is Mr. Safety. There are too many treasured moments to list, but I have given them lots of good chuckles over the years. They harvest sour cherries by shaking the trees. Betty, please get better soon, sending a cheering charm your way.

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septentrion - Sep 1, 2004 1:03 am (#2836 of 2955)    

Happy belated birthday to Sam !

Fawkes, I hope you really feel better.

Jim, please send Betty a big, big hug from me.

Ozy, your father didn't mispronounced "Montague", he just spoke French for a tiny while. About pronunciation, it seems the english pronounciation of "baton" and "renaissance" I've read in this thread are nearer of the french one than the american pronounciation. It's weird because the american pronounciation is told to be inspired by the french one...

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VeronikaG - Sep 1, 2004 1:30 am (#2837 of 2955)    

{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{{Betty}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}}

Get well soon!!!!! We all miss you!

Last night I called my phone company/ISP, and got the dreaded news that the reason why nobody fixed our DSL line was because we couldn't get DSL! This had been checked 3 times over the net, first by me, then by a sales clerk, and then again by a customer consultant at the phone company, and NOW they tell me it's impossible because of a stabilizer cable running too close to our line. My mother got pretty cross, and she is going to call the phone company today and demand that they remove that cable from our property. I doubt they'll agree to it, but then again, it's my mother we are talking about. She often gets her will with public services.

Padfoot, yes my next flat is going to be really nice. It doesn't have to be very big, but it needs to be free of those funny, wrinkly, grey bugs, and be dry! My top priority for future flats has been "make sure bedroom and kitchen are different rooms", and now I have added "make sure it has DSL so I can spend a LOT of time at the Forum" as second. That's me!

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septentrion - Sep 1, 2004 1:36 am (#2838 of 2955)    

Veronika, do you mean that the phone company didn't check before you couldn't get DSL ?

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TwinklingBlueEyes - Sep 1, 2004 1:37 am (#2839 of 2955)    

Good Morning everyone! I was just thinking of Draco and had to share this one with you.

I'm the new Slytherin Seeker, Weasley, said Malfoy, smugly. "Everyone's just been admiring the brooms my father's bought our team."



Some minds have no business being up at three-thirty in the am! Off I go to post now.



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septentrion - Sep 1, 2004 1:41 am (#2840 of 2955)    

TBE, ROFL ! Your smilies are too cute and too funny !

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Marè - Sep 1, 2004 2:21 am (#2841 of 2955)    

Wow 51 posts over one night! ::blinks eyes::

Catherine:DOUBLE EDIT: I wish that the sentence also had "often" in it, too, since certain people *ahem* are a little bit defensive about it!

The affluent and choleric comptroller heinously inveigled herbs from the impious valet who often harasses the dour governor with aplomb.

Amilia, I'm so glad you found a new "original wand order" GOF. I'm sure you're feeling a lot better now! And what nitwit put such a book on sale for 1.99 ??? Tssss, some people need to sort out their priorities!

And Veronika, I hope your mom gets her way, any chance you can dig out that cable yourself?

And off course hugs to Betty.
By the time you get back to this thread you're going to have to be carefull you don't get smothered.

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VeronikaG - Sep 1, 2004 2:38 am (#2842 of 2955)    

Septentrion; Yes, they checked over the Internet, I checked and a third guy checked just to be sure. Seems like the Internet application that finds out if you can get DSL is a bit untrustworthy.

Maré: I think that is a high voltage cable, so I wouldn't touch it. And nobody has dug anything down in our garden since the first set of sewer pipes, so I guess this cable is up in the air over our garden. I could always hope the hole diggers try dynamite again, blow up another telephone pole, and that is the cable that snaps next time.

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Marè - Sep 1, 2004 3:14 am (#2843 of 2955)    

Ah Over! your garden. That's quite a different story, no digging around there. Would that interfere with your DSL?
Well apparently it does, seeing how you can't get it. But I'm not so sure you would want a high voltage cable to snap...

Speaking of high voltage cables, completely pointless story: Nearby where I live, a few of these large cables cross the river and the dike. On the dike there is a warning sign that you are nearing high voltage cables. But they put it on the top of a three meter high lamppost. Now I always wondered wether that was for extremely low flying planes or very high flying cars.
Now I'm thinking, I'm too mugglish and it's just for broomtraffic...

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Elanor - Sep 1, 2004 4:03 am (#2844 of 2955)    

TBE : I love your smilies too !

And I hope Betty will be better soon !

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Acceber - Sep 1, 2004 4:20 am (#2845 of 2955)    

Thanks Jim for telling us all.

FEEL BETTER BETTY! If you get a chance to read this, you can always email me. We miss you! The Forum isn't the same without you.

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Pigwidgeon - Sep 1, 2004 5:01 am (#2846 of 2955)    

Jim, thank you for passing that along. Betty, my thoughts are with you, dear. Here's a great big HUG from me, too. I like your idea Catherine -- I think I'll send my two maltese patronuses to you, Betty! They should get along well with the Shi Tsu, and Corgi is always game for puppy kisses I'm usually available for an AIM chat, too, when you rejoin us!

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icthestrals - Sep 1, 2004 5:58 am (#2847 of 2955)    

Jim, please let Betty know that she is in my thoughts as well. I have been in her situation several times in the last 20 years. I really hope she feels better soon.

Denise, I have to be different I suppose. You destroyed your lawn mower and now you have to buy a new one...AWESOME I say! I love tools, especially power tools. I need to replace both of my lawn mowers, but need to save up some money first (both of them sorta work). Happy shopping!

I never heard of that before Muggleborn. The things we learn on this forum! So are other nut producing trees shaken too? How about fruit trees? LoL, that might get messy.--Padfoot

I believe they use this method for pecan trees in the South as well.

Happy Wednesday everyone.

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Chemyst - Sep 1, 2004 6:02 am (#2848 of 2955)    

Catherine Allen, I must petition you to kindly remove 'serving pizza for breakfast' from your anti-Martha moment listing. If forced, I will fight you on this one. Pizza, in its cheesy glory, stays with you, reduces mid-morning hunger pangs, and is therefore a breakfast far superior to sugar-coated processed grain foods. I have also been known to cook spaghetti for breakfast. I really don't understand the traditional breakfast thinking at all. I can't abide dumping acidic orange juice into an empty stomach-- it's nauseating. Orange juice makes a better mid-afternoon refreshment. I could go on quite a rant but even I'd be bored by it, so I'll spare you further comment. Just take pizza off the list!

Amilia, WooHoo! Original wand order for $1.99!
Isn't it such a sweet relief when things work out!

Jim, thanks for updating us on Betty and give her our best uplifting potions.

Twink, nice broom technique. Maybe you can stay up late more often?

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Kasse - Sep 1, 2004 6:04 am (#2849 of 2955)    

Jim - Thank you for updating us on Betty.

Betty - Sending lots of hugs and prayers your way. Take all the time you need and we will all be here for you when you get back.

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Loopy Lupin - Sep 1, 2004 6:16 am (#2850 of 2955)    

Hugs to Betty....

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Catherine - Sep 1, 2004 6:24 am (#2851 of 2955)    

Just take pizza off the list!—Chemyst

**snaps to a salute** Yes, Ma'am. Done. I'm glad you feel this way, actually. I myself have been known to eat leftover pasta for breakfast. I also don't drink OJ first thing in the morning, either. For me, it's my hot tea. I don't drink coffee, so it's the only way I can get a little caffeine buzz.

I had a cute kid moment in the car earlier today. It's the preschool orientation day, and I was driving this morning with Hayley and her best little boy friend who lives across the street. We were talking about what we might learn at school today, and then the little boy said, "I know what I learned yesterday. I learned that Silly String is NOT a good toy to play with in the house!" I giggled, imagining my friend's living room furniture covered with Silly String.

So now I have a whole hour to myself to catch up on chores, the Forum, and the grocery store. Hopefully, I can fit it all in.

**hugs to Betty**

See you around, everyone, and happy Wednesday.

EDIT: Behind Loopy again, even when he's not there when I start writing. Sigh.

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Loopy Lupin - Sep 1, 2004 6:36 am (#2852 of 2955)    

Don't look now, I'm behind you!

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Catherine - Sep 1, 2004 7:10 am (#2853 of 2955)    

Why do I have the insane urge to sing, "Oh I wish I was an Oscar Meyer wiener..."

Oh, it must be because of Martin *ahem* Loopy's new avatar. Quite nice. Timely, too, after all of our pronunciation issues over the past few days.

I like how often Loopy entertains us with an amusing quote from a Simpsons character. Thanks.

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Loopy Lupin - Sep 1, 2004 7:27 am (#2854 of 2955)    

Timely, too, after all of our pronunciation issues over the past few days.-- Catherine Allen

Precisely the reason I decided to break out Martin and this particular quote. Martin's not one of the more quoted characters. Its not often that any of his quotes would be relevant.

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Sherbie Lemon - Sep 1, 2004 7:37 am (#2855 of 2955)    

Here's a big ((HUG)) for you, Betty! I hope your stay in the hospital does the trick.

Sue - Sherbie and Padfoot, my regional tv news programmes all mentioned this Bank holiday weekend's Mathew Street Festival in Liverpool. A quarter of a million people turned up, including approximately 200 performing "Beatles".

Ah yes, how I would love to go. The tribute bands that I'm friends with went, as they do every year, and had a wonderful time. I'm shooting for a trip to Liverpool next summer, even though it will cost me galleons of galleons!

Judging by your avatar, Tim, I would agree with the people who tell you that you don't resemble any of the lads! I completely agree with you about the Beatles being the BEST band ever. No one can touch them, in my opinion.

Silly string! I love that stuff. Perhaps I'll go out today and purchase a couple cans and Mr. Sherbie and I can have a good, old-fashioned silly string war. Another toy I'd love to have is Slinky (not the stupid plastic kind but the old metal Slinky). "It's Slinky! It's Slinky!" Oh, and Silly Putty too.

I'm just going to say that you "Slacker moms" are far superior to your June Cleaver counterparts. Not sweating the small stuff (even the big stuff like lawn mower explosions) leaves you more time to build a relationship with your kids. When they're adults, they won't remember that every item you ever made came from scratch or looked perfectly decorated, they'll remember spending time with you and feeling relaxed around you. My "Slacker mom" and I are best friends and she couldn't make a cupcake from scratch to save her life.

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Catherine - Sep 1, 2004 7:40 am (#2856 of 2955)    

Truly, I would not want to harass Loopy about the pronounciation thingy too much longer.

He carries everything off with such aplomb.

As for me, I am deciding what to cook for dinner tonight. Should we have wienerschnitzel, or swordfish? Even though cooking is not my forte. I will need to go to the store to buy some herbs, though.

Often, though, if the joke goes too far, folks might become dour.

Tee-hee!

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Sep 1, 2004 7:42 am (#2857 of 2955)    

For me, it's my hot tea.---Catherine Allen

Hey Catherine! I'm a tea drinker, too! I don't know if you drink loose or bagged (I'm an equal opportunity consumer myself) but may I recommend Special Teas? It's perfect for the obsessive tea-lover. Not that I'm implying your obsessive. I mean, really, what have you ever been obsessive about? It's located at www.specialteas.com (I have no idea how to do a link).

Loopy--can I put in a request for Willie, the Crazy Scotsman?

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Catherine - Sep 1, 2004 8:01 am (#2858 of 2955)    

Kim,

That site is amazing! Just the selection of Breakfast and Afternoon teas is like nothing I've ever seen. Thanks for the tip.

Do you like to go to tea?

One of my favorite "girly" things to do is to do afternoon tea when I travel. My friends started this tradition on my 21st birthday. Since my birthday always fell during exam times in college, we couldn't celebrate my 21st in the *ahem* more traditional manner. So a bunch of girlfriends took me out to tea in the afternoon instead, and took me to the really fancy restaurant in town that none of us starving college students could afford, but the afternoon tea was something we could handle. I still smile when I think about that day.

I almost deleted that story I just wrote, as I am sure that I now have a huge "N" for "NERD" on my forehead. But maybe there are other people on the Forum who love tea.

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Sep 1, 2004 8:15 am (#2859 of 2955)    

I almost deleted that story I just wrote, as I am sure that I now have a huge "N" for "NERD" on my forehead.---Catherine Allen

Yes, Catherine, you do get an "N" for "NERD", but not to worry--it looks very fitting when seen next to my "G" for "GEEK". I have not been to tea, but have ALWAYS wanted to go. In fact, I was given a gift certificate to The Four Seasons in Boston which has an Afternoon Tea and I am dying to go. Oh, but wait. I just remembered. I HAVE been to tea. One of my dearest friends took me to a lovely place call The Wenham Tea House. Talk about your girly-girl. It was da bomb!

As for the site Catherine--may I suggest the samplers? You get a variety without having to commit to anything. Also, whenever you place an order, they always include a free sample of another tea. ***loves complimentary gifts***

Living in New England, hot tea is a must!

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DJ Evans - Sep 1, 2004 8:23 am (#2860 of 2955)    

For those that might be interested, you can vote for Daniel (aka Harry!!) today, before midnight, on the Live with Regis & Kelly web site. It's a silly/fun thing they started last year to make sure "they" themselves got to win an award -- they never have for the TV awards. Anywho, one of the categories is "Best Junior Achiever" and Dan was nominated last year and WON, of course. His name is up for it again this year. Last year when they gave him the award, it was while he was filming PoA and we got a sneak peak of the Knight Bus in the background since he was on location that day. Here is the link to the Live w/Regis & Kelly So if you get a moment, VOTE FOR DAN!!!

Later, Deb

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Catherine - Sep 1, 2004 8:27 am (#2861 of 2955)    

Kim,

That sounds lovely. **is scowling with jealousy that Kim is going to Afternoon Tea at a swanky hotel** I'm so happy for you!

I just may put in an order. It seems kind of decadent, but, hey, I'm worth it! **also loves complimentary gifts**

Alas, earwax, there is not a place around here to do a traditional afternoon tea. That's why I always like to do it when I travel.

Well, all this talk of tea has made me hungry. Maybe I'll make cute finger sandwiches for Hayley and me for lunch, unless my Slacker tendencies come to the forefront.

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Elanor - Sep 1, 2004 8:31 am (#2862 of 2955)    

I do love tea too! I like my tea very strong and dark. I can't start a day without it : if I don't have some, anybody on my way, beware, you're playing a dangerous game speaking to me !

When I travelled in England, I found there some kind of tea I never found here. I don't remember the name (it was Welsh and very complicated) but it was the strongest one I ever drank (it was as black as coffee) - fabulous.

But I don't like fruit-flavoured teas : it's like drinking liquid chewing gum, exactly the same taste - yuk ! Besides that, I like all kinds of teas : Ceylon, China, black, green (but black Ceylon the most). What teas do you prefer ?

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Padfoot - Sep 1, 2004 8:42 am (#2863 of 2955)    

Thanks for the information about Betty Jim. I hope she can get the help she needs. If you talk to her, tell her we are all thinking of her and sending her hugs.

Thanks Eponine for the information on the Bill & Ted movie.

Yeah Beatles! One of my goals in life is to buy all of their albums on CD. Great goal Becca, I hope you meet it!

TwinklingBlueEyes, I love the ferret graphics. Too cute!

Kim, Catherine and Elanor, I too am a tea drinker. Never liked coffee. Yuck! My favorite is Earl Grey tea. I don’t like fruit flavored teas either. I have been to a high tea, it was a lot of fun. It was at this castle type place in Colorado Springs. Marie might know of it.

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Fawkes Forever - Sep 1, 2004 8:54 am (#2864 of 2955)    

Jim thanks for letting us know how Betty is... as everyone else has said, tell her we love her to bits & hope that she'll be back here soon. Oh & give her a giant squishy hug from me as well.

Happy belated birthday Sam!

As for the pronunciation thing... I didn't know you could say often without the t! Hey you learn something knew everyday. As for baton (bat-aun), renaissance (re-nay-sonce).. hee hee. I adore accents. I'd love to be able to hear how you all speak.

Talking of T's... I move on to tea You can't swing a ferret round here without someone offering you a cuppa . We Irish are a nation of tea drinkers (& the odd guinness too.. so I'm told.. however I'm not too fond of it myself). During the ad breaks in the most popular soaps, the national grid (ekletricity), takes a hit from some many people turning on their kettles at the same time to make a cup of tea... I kid you not. I heard it's the same in the UK! Talk about people power *groan.. sorry*

Denise... hope you're ok after the 'Mower of Fire' incident... reminds me a bit of my BBQ of death story earlier in the year. We really are an accident prone bunch of people. I've just got a push mower at the moment, as I don't trust myself with a petrol/electric one. (Thankfully my garden is not too big... well you don't exactly get your Galleons worth living in Dublin )

Thanks for all those pain killing vibes guys.. it seems that my week long headache is finally beginning to shift... well abate slightly... so busy at work though..

Apologies to any ferret fans... hypothetically speaking.. of course I wouldn't swing a real ferret... well perhaps a blonde one

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Loopy Lupin - Sep 1, 2004 9:01 am (#2865 of 2955)    

I like tea as well. However, I'm immersed in the south and, therefore, drink iced tea. I don't like it sweetened though.

Kim, I did Willie already. I had a quote from him about Haggis which grossed even me out so that I changed it to "I'm doing all the pulling ya blouse wearing poodle walker." Not to say he won't make a reappearance at some point though.

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Sep 1, 2004 9:23 am (#2866 of 2955)    

Yeah, I thought you had Loopy. In fact, I liked the Haggis quote. I just like him so much I want him back.

I, too, drink my iced tea unsweetened. Although, I have been known to swill back a large glass of that scary Lipton sweetened ice tea mix. One of the ingredients is Silicon Dioxide (whatever that is--I'm sure Chemyst could enlighten me). But let's face it, anything with silicon in it can't be good for you.

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Doris Crockford - Sep 1, 2004 9:38 am (#2867 of 2955)    

Just stopped in to say hi to everyone. I'm just finishing up a bunch of homework that I have to finish by Tuesday when I go back to school (can you say procrastinate?). But I love Physics labs, so it's fun.

Jim, thanks a lot for telling us about Betty. I know I'm not the first one, but I'd like to add a hug and some good wishes to everyone else's. I hope she's feeling a lot better when she gets out.

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Eponine - Sep 1, 2004 9:47 am (#2868 of 2955)    

I live in the south and have never drunk sweet iced tea or any iced tea at all for that matter. My husband is convinced he's going to convert me, but if I haven't started drinking it in the last 26 years, I doubt I'm going to start any time soon. Hot tea - I wish I liked it. My husband drinks a lot of it. He has a jasmine tea that smells so good! There's a place in Chattanooga called The English Rose that does a traditional tea. I went to a baby shower there once, and I did enjoy the tea after I'd dumped a lot of sugar in it.

Okay, going way way back to burn stories... I burned my hand today. I was making the brownie recipe that Denise posted, and I put my hand on a burner that wasn't quite cool yet. And by not quite cool, I mean very very HOT! So not I have my hand all wrapped up covered in burn cream.

I would like to add my hugs to Betty, and hope that she is doing better soon.

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Muggleborn - Sep 1, 2004 10:23 am (#2869 of 2955)    

Thanks for the welcome from everyone.

Although I am new to posting, I would like to wish all the best to Betty!

As for tea, my wife and I honeymooned at the Empress Hotel in Victoria, Canada for a week and had 'High Tea' three times! It stirred up the British blood in me, even though I am a native Californian. I must admit, I am also an avid fan of the BBC America television network. I can't get enough of the sitcoms.

Eponine - While I was going to graduate school in the San Francisco Bay area, there was a place called 'The English Rose' which served a traditional tea as well.

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Padfoot - Sep 1, 2004 10:36 am (#2870 of 2955)    

I've been to the Empress Hotel too. Victoria is a pretty town, although very touristy.

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Viola Intonada - Sep 1, 2004 10:37 am (#2871 of 2955)    

Betty, I hope you are feeling better. Lots of hugs to you.

Catherine, we all have slacker mom moments. I had a big one last Monday, the last day before school started. The kids never asked when lunch would be, as we were getting ready for soccer practice at 5:30 in the afternoon one of them said, "Mom, I'm really hungry, we never had lunch. Can I have something to eat before soccer?" I had forgotten that we didn't eat.

I'm really lucky to live in a small town that has a restaurant that caters to tea drinkers. A couple of years ago I had High Tea with a few of my friends there. It was so much fun. I have been trying to talk my daughters into having a tea party there for their birthday, but they don't want to. Oh well. I have never liked coffee. I only drink tea occassionally.

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Denise P. - Sep 1, 2004 10:43 am (#2872 of 2955)    

My 7 yr old and her Brownie troop are going to a Tea in a few weeks as part of their work on their Manners Try It. We have a few places here in town that do teas. Interesting considering I am in the south and they all drink a bit of iced tea with their sugar water. I like hot teas in the winter, the herb varieties. Cinnamon is my favorite. Other than that, I don't drink tea often.

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mike miller - Sep 1, 2004 10:57 am (#2873 of 2955)    

Jim - Thanks for giving us an update on our beloved Betty. Please let her know how much we love her and that she and her family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Denise - Sounds like you've stumbled across a new invention, the combination lawnmower BBQ. I can here the advertising slogans already... Cut you lawn and make dinner for the family in half the time as conventional mowers...

Julia - My condolences for your beloved Yankees (22 to zip wasn't it, worse lose in over 100 years). I hope that you can gain solice from the fact the entire remaining baseball following community worldwide was cheering. Sorry but I had to "bother" you about that one. You can laugh later when the Yankees are still playing in October.

Now that I've somewhat caught up, I was ATTACKED yesterday morning on my drive into work. A rogue yellowjacket (type of hornet) flew in the window of my truck and inside of my shirt. I managed to pin him in place and safely maneuver into a packing lot. I was stung 3 or 4 times trying to get off the road. Once stopped, I tried to dump him out of my shirt and instead he fell further inside and stung me again! At this point he lost the war and I gained a small stain on the front of my shirt where I squished him. I've been stung by bees and wasps before without much incident. Hornets must have a different type of venom because my entire chest is red, sligthly swollen and very warm to the touch. Same condition around my navel site of his final act of defiance. I've been taking Benedryl and that provides some short term relief. I drove into work this morning with the window open, no little bug is going to spoil my ride!

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Muggleborn - Sep 1, 2004 11:07 am (#2874 of 2955)    

Padfoot - Yes, Victoria was very touristy. My wife had never taken a trip out of the stae before that and she just loved it.

In response to the walnut harvesting, I found a web site with pictures of a shaker in action. http://www.walnut-grower.com/community/modules.php?name=News&new_topic=6

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timrew - Sep 1, 2004 11:21 am (#2875 of 2955)    

Get well soon, Betty! (((Lots of Hugs!!!!)))  

Denise - As well as Mike's combination lawnmower BBQ, how's about the combination lawnmower nightlight? Now you can mow your lawn in the dark!

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Leila 2X4B - Sep 1, 2004 11:22 am (#2876 of 2955)    

Catherine, we have chatted a lot about being, or not, the perfect mom. All I have to say is this...If we were meant to be June Cleaver, we would have been born with aprons.

Leila

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septentrion - Sep 1, 2004 11:43 am (#2877 of 2955)    

I like tea myself, even if I must confess I like fruit teabags But the top for me are earl grey and the traditional green tea of China with mint that my husband does. It's as sweet as a coca-cola bottle but nothing is better after your meal !

Viola, I think your slacker mom moment was, hem, funny. You've just given your children a good reason to tease you ! Well, there're so many things to do in a day and so few hours Hourglass

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Padfoot - Sep 1, 2004 11:49 am (#2878 of 2955)
Edited by Sep 1, 2004 11:50 am    

Mike, sorry to hear about your bug attack. Ick!

Thanks Muggleborn for the link to the pictures.

Edit: I like drinking ice tea too, without lemon or sugar. I just like it plain I guess.

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Catherine - Sep 1, 2004 12:03 pm (#2879 of 2955)    

Catherine, we have chatted a lot about being, or not, the perfect mom. All I have to say is this...If we were meant to be June Cleaver, we would have been born with aprons.—Leila

Not to mention high heels!

Tim, your "mowing in the dark" was funny.

Poor Denise. Have you found your new lawnmower yet? I laughed about your reference to "tea in their sugar water." That can be quite true sometimes. Sweet iced tea is one of my indulgences.

Poor Mike. Ouch! I'm glad you smushed that critter.

Viola, your "no lunch" story was cute. I've done it. I also once forgot to pick up my child from kindergarten, which the teachers still tease me about over three years later. **turns around in chair to make certain that all children are accounted for**

I hope I didn't leave anyone out. Anyway, best wishes to everyone: if it hurts, I hope it feels better; if it's broken, I hope you get a new one; if you feel guilty, I hope you can get over it; if you need a hug, then I'm sending you one {{ }}.

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Loopy Lupin - Sep 1, 2004 12:36 pm (#2880 of 2955)    

OK that's just spooky. I was going to respond to Leila's June Cleaver comment by pointing out that Ms. Cleaver also wore high heels at home, in the middle of the day. And, what was the first thing Catherine says? High heels. Darnit.

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Dr Filibuster - Sep 1, 2004 1:33 pm (#2881 of 2955)    

Hands up who saw Junior Mastermind on (UK) tv tonight. http://www.bbc.co.uk/mastermind

The four kids were all ten or eleven years old. Laura's specialist subject....the novels of J K Rowling. She had two minutes to answer as many questions as possible. I scribbled down all seventeen that were asked. Do you want to know them? Is this the best thread for that sort of thing? Some were really easy, others very tricky, eg What's the name of the quill shop at Hogsmead?

Here's lots of love for Betty , and there's a firework patronus on it's (hehe, just teasing you Catherine) I mean on its way over the Atlantic right now. Hope it doesn't alarm the pooch patroni (or is it patronuses?)

Not sure if pooch is an internationally recognised word. It means dog.

Siobhan, a week long headache? Ouch! Glad it's on its way out. Sorry I made you spew the brew.

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Loopy Lupin - Sep 1, 2004 1:48 pm (#2882 of 2955)    

Do you want to know them?—Sue

Sure lay em on us.

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Richard !!!Reid - Sep 1, 2004 2:11 pm (#2883 of 2955)    

I missed it Sue. I'm gutted. I saw the celebrity mastermind, in which David Blunkett answered on the Harry Potter novels.

Don't think he did that well if I remember.

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Denise P. - Sep 1, 2004 2:32 pm (#2884 of 2955)    

The lawnmower woes continued til today. I got a new one, it is a 20" cut as opposed to the 22" one I melted, is not a mulcher etc etc but hey, it will cut the grass, right? Have you ever tried to put together a lawnmower with an 18 month old helping you? I got the lawnmower put together and all I had left was to put the starter rope on the little doohickey that holds it on the handle. The darn rope would not come out more than about 4", how the heck am I supposed to hook it around when it won't get anywhere near it? I looked in the instructions, I read the box, I looked at the melted mower, I turned the new one over...everything I could think of to see if I could figure out why it was not moving. My 11 year old watched me and then said "Mom, you have to hold the handle down to pull the rope out." Well duh...I held the handle down and the rope came out like a charm. So now, I am off to finish mowing my yard with my newer, less fancy but certainly lighter lawnmower.

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timrew - Sep 1, 2004 2:36 pm (#2885 of 2955)    

I find anything technical like that, Denise, becomes far easier if you let the kids do it. Lawnmowers, computers, photon accelerators, moon landers......kids can handle them all!

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Julia. - Sep 1, 2004 2:45 pm (#2886 of 2955)    

Hey guys, just wanted to say hello before I head off to dinner. Did you know that English majors have to read A LOT?! I'll be reading for much of the night, but you know, shoot me an IM, I'll probably respond.

For Betty:

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Dr Filibuster - Sep 1, 2004 2:51 pm (#2887 of 2955)    

OOh, I wanted to watch that one Richard.

Ok, erm, my own type of shorthand may have missed some of the wording, but here goes...

Who did Ireland beat to win the Qudditch World Cup?

Which house does the sorting hat refer to as brave?

What does Dobby wear as a sign of his enslavement to the Malfoy family?

What Christmas present did the Dursley's give Harry in Chamber of Secrets?

What is the name of the quill shop at Hogsmead?

What is the name of the bat-winged creatures in Order of the Phoenix?

What two words are used to clear the Marauders Map?

What does the acronym NEWT stand for?

In Chamber of Secrets, who's full name was an anagram for I Am Lord Voldemort?

What is the Christian name of Harry's Aunt Dursley?

What is the name of a stone, used in Potions, taken from the stomach of a goat?

Who was already taking Cho to the Ball when Harry asked?

According to Quidditch Through the Ages, all seven hundred different types of foul are known to have occurred during the first ever World Cup held in which year?

In Order of the Phoenix, which Deatheater was revealed to have killed the Prewets?

What creatures did Rita Skeeter say Hagrid was breeding in her newspaper article?

Which Professor took Hagrid's lessons when he was absent?

In Chamber of Secrets, what name did Draco Malfoy call Hermione; meaning not of wizarding parents?

The young contestant, Laura, scored 12. Personally I thought they were being mean with that foul question. Her subject was the Harry Potter novels.

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Richard !!!Reid - Sep 1, 2004 3:07 pm (#2888 of 2955)    

Hey...I would have done not bad Smile just didn't like that question about Quidditch.

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Catherine - Sep 1, 2004 4:06 pm (#2889 of 2955)    

OK that's just spooky. I was going to respond to Leila's June Cleaver comment by pointing out that Ms. Cleaver also wore high heels at home, in the middle of the day. And, what was the first thing Catherine says? High heels. Darnit. --Loopy Lupin

I'm not sure that Iike this brain-sharing thingy.

**resolves to ask Mom if I have a long-lost twin or ask yet AGAIN if I am adopted**

We post at the same time, we think "high heels" at the same time. Anything else, and people will think that we are Luke and Leia, with Kim (Lupin is Lupin) as the Force, of course.

EDIT: With no disrespect meant to the Giant Squid! Mike will be dispensing wisdom over all of us, waving his tentacles....

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Celestina W. - Sep 1, 2004 4:31 pm (#2890 of 2955)    

Well, I'm still around. I survived the first day, and not too much homework even. I've got my Pirates of the Caribbean soundtrack blasting now to help me unwind.

Betty, if you read this, huge, huge, *HUGS* for you. You're in my prayers.

I like mint or lemon flavored teas myself. Plantation Mint is my favorite. It was funny, when I read your posts about tea, I got up and made myself a cup without really even thinking about it.

I think I would have gotten all those HP questions except the quill shop, the Quidditch fouls, and the Deatheater who killed the Prewetts. What are the answers to those?

Sue said I've got a picture of Marcus for my avatar. Marcus, do you want to put up the picture of yourself again, so I can see what she's talking about? I tend to identify people by their current avatars only, and I can't for the life of me see the resemblance between Alan Alda and a coyote or a sheep.

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Catherine - Sep 1, 2004 4:37 pm (#2891 of 2955)    

Celestina,

It's not your fault. There was a rumor going around that Marcus looks like Alan Alda.

I think Marcus is much nicer-looking myself, but there is no accounting for taste.

Whether he's as much a feminist as Alan Alda remains to be known...

Cheers!

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Celestina W. - Sep 1, 2004 4:52 pm (#2892 of 2955)
Edited by Sep 1, 2004 4:55 pm    

Catherine, yes, I'd heard the rumor, I just can't remember Marcus's picture.



EDIT: Oh, I knew I forgot something! *gloating in Julia's direction* 22 to nothing, wow, that must have been painful. And to Cleveland, of all teams! Well, I guess I shouldn't talk, my team hasn't been doing too hot lately either.

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Leila 2X4B - Sep 1, 2004 5:01 pm (#2893 of 2955)    

I am starting to wonder to whether the world has gone insane. Tell me, what would you do or say if you found out that your father and his "girlfriend" were less than stellar safety sticklers.

Today, I went to the lake with them and my daughter. Normally, they take her without me. The ladyfriend took my daughter into the pond, over 10 yards from our table, and next thing I know she sat down in front of me. She left my daughter, at 5, who cannot swim in the lake with only her inflatible tube around her!!!! I FLIPPED!!!!

And if you can believe this, she asked me, after I complained, "Where were you?" Obviously, I was out of my mind trusting her with my child alone. That is the last time I let that woman alone with my child.

Then she told me, in front of Katrina, that if she was sooo incapable and if I did not trust her judgement, that Trina wasn't welcome at their house anymore. Trina was in tears.

I have never been so upset in my life. I just want to have some sane days. I have had a bad week. ARG.

Betty, I miss you. come back safe and sound.

Julia, what did you think English Majors did, dance naked wearing Dobby's tea cozy? PS Yankees are giving you a taste of how the red sox/Yankees series is going to end up!!!

Catherine, hand me an apron and the high heels!! I don't think I ever want to let my daughter out of my sight again.

Leila

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Eponine - Sep 1, 2004 5:39 pm (#2894 of 2955)    

Sleeping Beauty, I don't blame you one bit for being upset. I hope everything will work out.

Julia, just don't do what I did and take 4 literature classes in one semester, Studies in Drama, American Lit., Shakespeare, and Romantic Lit. all at once! I don't think I slept at all that semester. Of course, I had just changed my major over, so I was playing catch-up. My favorite literature class ever was Adolescent Lit. This was before I had started reading HP, but I had a blast reading a bunch of the books I read when I was younger.

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B]The giant squid[/B] - Sep 1, 2004 5:42 pm (#2895 of 2955)    

Two days, 120 posts...yeesh, you folks are gabby!

Jim, your arms are sure to be tired passing on all those hugs to Betty...so here's another one! Give her a big, squishy, uber-gooshy hug from me!

   The affluent and choleric comptroller heinously inveigled herbs from the impious valet who often harasses the dour governor with aplomb.



Oooh...good one. Try this: Though the tough cough and hiccough plough him through

Catherine/Loopy: I wouldn't be too worried about sharing a brain. Mine is on loan to 4 or 5 different people at any given time, it seems.

Don't touch that brain, you don't know who it's been!

Leila, that sucks about your safety-challenged encounter. What, do they think she'll spontaneously grow gills and start breathing water? Unless they've added gillyweed to her oatmeal, I doubt it. As for Trina not being able to visit anymore, I wouldn't worry; just have her look at grandpa with those cute puppydog eyes (a la Puss In Boots) and he'll be wrapped around her teeny pinkie.

If he isn't, good riddance. She wouldn't want to be around a heartless beast like that anyway.

As for the whole "I'll be tomorrow morning" thing, I declare myself the day after yesterday. Or the day before tomorrow, I haven't decided which yet.

Speaking of Yesterday, I don't think I can consider the Beatles the best band EVER... They had already been canonized and were on their way to deification when I was born. Phenomenal musicians, but you can't really compare them to other bands as there are no other bands in their class to compare them to. It's like saying Michaelangelo's David is a better statue than the Mona Lisa. The Beatles are an order of magnitude beyond anyone else.

--Mike

Strangely enough, I also like Elvis...

This post has been edited for clarity, spelling, and because I apparently can't do font colors.

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mischa fan - Sep 1, 2004 5:47 pm (#2896 of 2955)    

I just talked with Betty and she wanted me to say "Thank You" for all your hugs, prayers and well wishes. They said she may be out on Friday. Let's hope she is back with us soon.

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Catherine - Sep 1, 2004 5:48 pm (#2897 of 2955)    

Catherine, hand me an apron and the high heels!! I don't think I ever want to let my daughter out of my sight again. --Sleeping Beauty

Leila, I emailed you privately. I don't want to scare the first years. I will say the following publicly:

June never dealt with parents, Leila, nor with in-laws. **sighs deeply* And her kids were just a little too perfect. Except that one of them was called "Beaver."

In my professional mom opinion, the high heels will cost you a fortune in pedicures. Let's abandon them along the highway with the other icky stuff.

The word "NO" is not a swear word, nor is it unacceptable. Let us say it together. Let's really HEAR the "N" sound. AND the "O." Draw it out nice and long... Let's say it toward people who are unmindful of drownings...

Leila, big hug from a mom who has had to follow ALL of her advice which was learned the extremely hard, ick way. Good luck, because you just might need it.

Know that I am on your side, and you have people who support you .

Cheers.

EDIT: Can THE GIANT SQUID'S latest post be nominated for all time funniest/best? Stay tuned...

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Ladybug220 - Sep 1, 2004 6:02 pm (#2898 of 2955)
Edited by Sep 1, 2004 6:03 pm    

My, my, we are a chatty bunch. We are about to need a new chad thread after only a month and a half! (don't you love those commas?)

Leila, obviously she is incapable if she is going to leave a 5 year old in the lake by herself! There should always be someone with kids when they are swimming.

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Leila 2X4B - Sep 1, 2004 6:13 pm (#2899 of 2955)    

Thanks for the support. Eponine, I was more insane than you and took 5 lit classes, Shakespeare, Eng Lit 1, Classic Mythology, Approaches to English Studies, Writing History, and 1 history class, History of Mexico. I didn't sleep for 3 months. I was also working 3 part-time jobs.

Leila

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Eponine - Sep 1, 2004 6:31 pm (#2900 of 2955)    

Okay, Sleeping Beauty, you win! Although, I did have 3 jobs at one point during school also. College was a crazy time for me. My schedule was always insane. Thankfully, my main job was extremely understanding, and I was able to work between classes.
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Madam Pince - Sep 1, 2004 6:33 pm (#2901 of 2955)    

Leila, I am appalled at the attitude of your father's girlfriend, particularly in light of the fact that your daughter can't swim yet. Does she have children? It is drilled into everyone's head in every parenting book / magazine / sign at the pool / sign at the beach -- DO NOT EVER leave your child unattended in water, even the tub. I can't tell you the number of sad stories I hear, living as close to the water as I do. You were absolutely right to react as you did. And I wouldn't worry too much about the whole "not welcome in the house anymore" thing. As Mike said, it will likely all blow over, especially as she has some time to reflect on what could have happened. After all, you were only looking out for your daughter's safety, which is your job! Congrats to you -- you win the "Mommy of the Day" award!

Denise, I'm so glad nobody got hurt in your mower bonfire! Did you try toasting marshmallows?

I wish NyQuil worked for me. Never did nuthin'. Sigh.... But the decongestant Sudafed will keep me awake all night.

Mike, good job on the bee execution. Sorry he "gotcha" first.

Jim, thanks for the updates on Betty -- please send her my best wishes and big hugs! **((((hugs for Betty!))))**

Pronunciation Follies -- does anyone recall the late-1970's or early-1980's TV show "WKRP in Cincinnati?" Remember the sportscaster Les Nessman reporting about the famous golfer "Chai-Chai Rodrigweeze" rather than Chi-Chi Rodriguez? Too funny. I loved that show.

I knew a guy who was a radio announcer in the Richmond, VA area, and he gave the basketball scores for Duquesne University one morning as "Doo-kwez-nee." And we still give one of my friends a hard time for pronouncing "thermometer" incorrectly when he was reading it aloud from a card in a board game. It was hyphenated in the sentence, and he pronounced it "Thermo"..."meter"; we all just stared blankly at him for a few seconds trying to figure out what it was he was trying to say. (This is the same friend who sent the "Happy New Year" cards. In fact, if we do end up doing a C'ville meet-and-greet, I'll be sure to introduce him to everyone as I'll probably stay at their house!)

I'm a tea-drinker, also. My favorite is Earl Gray, even before Jean-Luc Picard popularized it. (I was so very pleased that the coolest-ever Starfleet officer liked my brand!) Celestina, I also enjoy Plantation Mint, and I'd join Denise in a Constant Comment in the wintertime, too! However, Loopy, I am sorry to say that you are not truly a Southerner if you don't like "sweet ice tea." (Note that it's "ice," not "iced," as any self-respecting country diner menu will tell you.) I often drank ice tea while reading nuke-ular physics under the foley-age in front of the lye-berry.

P.S. I walked in at the middle of a cable-TV movie today and got all worked up -- it was Richard Harris looking all Dumbledore-ish and Jim Cavezial looking all Sirius-ish and they were in a dark cave and wearing robes and .... Oh it was too much too hope for. However, it turned out to be "The Count of Monte Cristo" (which was pretty good even if it wasn't a JKR preview or something.) Then the movie on after that one was "Robin Hood" with Alan Rickman. Suffice to say I wasted most of the afternoon.

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Catherine - Sep 1, 2004 7:11 pm (#2902 of 2955)    

Before I go to bed, I must announce that Madame Pince gave me the gift of a true, deep belly laugh with the following:

I often drank ice tea while reading nuke-ular physics under the foley-age in front of the lye-berry.

Too funny and too cute. Good for you, and I clink my glass of too-sweet tea with yours.

'Night.
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Kip Carter - Sep 1, 2004 7:25 pm (#2904 of 2955)    

To those who use this thread: When I started this thread, I felt that it would provide a needed outlet for off-topic comments, not related to on-going Harry Potter discussions.

Recently the tone of this thread has changed from idle chatter to very personal revelations and exclusive conversations. While we feel we are a Family, some information may be better suited to more private venues. We want to encourage open discussions; however private bantering (inside jokes included) between friends on this thread excludes others.

Please keep in mind that this is an open Forum and you do not know who may be reading this thread. While we want you to enjoy this thread, we also want you to keep safety and privacy in mind.

This thread is for everyone, not just for those who choose to post comments.

I believe this thread is to convey happy and joyful events and discussions; however I do realize that life is not always happy and joyful. Due to the huge size of this family (at present almost 1,700 members) and everyone's wish to be involved, some discussions have become downright dreary and have caused some members to avoid this thread.

I hope that each of you can understand my thoughts and can adapt your posts accordingly.

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DJ Evans - Sep 1, 2004 8:19 pm (#2905 of 2955)    

Kip, I apologize if anything I've ever posted here went too far. I know we can get "chatty" at times and things are said that are best left unsaid. I know I will watch myself much closer in the future to stick to the guidelines more. Thanks for heads up!!!! The Forum wouldn't be the great place it is without you and your team.

Jim, thanks for updating us on Betty. Glad to hear that she might be home soon. Please keep her informed that we are thinking about her and only wish her the best.

HUGS Betty -- Get Well Soon! We All Miss You!!!

Later, Deb

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Ozymandias - Sep 1, 2004 10:55 pm (#2906 of 2955)    

I, too, apologize, Kip, not just to you, but to anyone who has felt excluded by the content of this thread. When I started posting here a few months ago I was welcomed with open arms, and it saddens me that there are others who have had the opposite feeling. I'll try to watch myself from now on, so everyone can be involved.

Hi everyone!!! (And I do mean everyone!)

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Ozymandias - Sep 2, 2004 12:18 am (#2907 of 2955)    

Dang, I'm too late to edit. Anyway, I have a proposal for a new...topic, if you can call it that. Has anyone ever played Two Truths and a Lie? Amazingly enough, it's a game where you must tell three things about yourself. Two are true, one isn't. The catch is, you want to make it hard to guess which is which. So mine would be...

1. When I was seven years old, I had a crush on Captain Kirk.

2. I am afraid of clowns.

3. I have seen every single episode of Monty Python's Flying Circus.

I think this would be a good way to get people who have been wanting to join the conversation on this thread involved. This game amuses me to no end, but if I'm the only one, feel free to disregard this. G'night everyone!

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The giant squid - Sep 2, 2004 1:03 am (#2908 of 2955)    

  Can THE GIANT SQUID'S latest post be nominated for all time funniest/best? Stay tuned...



One can only hope...

Ozy, I like your idea of a game. Unfortunately, it's a bit late, and I'm not sure I can come up with some thing good enough. Perhaps later, after I've slept a bit...

--Mike

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VeronikaG - Sep 2, 2004 2:08 am (#2909 of 2955)    

1: My first favourite band was A-ha.

2: I watch The Bold and the Beautiful on a daily basis.

3: I'm not afraid of spiders (much).

Ozy, I think I say your first statement is a lie. If my memory serves me right, Captain Kirk was rather old.

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Fawkes Forever - Sep 2, 2004 2:35 am (#2910 of 2955)    

Add me to those apologies if I've ever made anyone feel excluded or downhearted by posting on this thread, sorry. Oh and as Kip has reminded us, even though we like to share stories & experiences with our big forum family, this is an open forum.. so we really should be careful about what we say... Constant Vigilance folks!

Denise... I nominate you for SPEW of the week! After studying your new avatar for about 5 seconds, I realised it was a picture of your BBQ'ed Lawnmower.... you have no idea how loud I laughed, lets just say I had tears rolling down my cheeks... the entire floor of my office looked up & just stared at me!

So as to include those who are new to this thread & forum (Hi by the way), a 'SPEW moment' is one where we laugh really loud or forcefully at a comment or joke on this forum, and or if drinking a beverage at the same time we manage to spew said drink unto desk/computer/monitor! It also a bit of a take on Hermione's elfish liberation movement

Mike sorry about the hornet... I'm allergic to wasps myself... so I hate them. Just seeing one sends me into a tizzy, where I resemble a demented windmill, running around with my arms flapping.
I have a similar story involving a wicked wasp... driving home from work one day, with the window open... one flew in & went straight into the air vent beside the steering wheel. Course I couldn't get it out & I was in the middle of traffic... so I had to continue driving, knowing that it was just lurking in there... waiting! It did make a reappearance... right as I was negotiating a very busy roundabout.. (mad muggle road junction, think National Lampoon in London), so I couldn't react, or I would have crashed the car. I've no idea where I was able to muster the self restraint from... must be some Griffindor in me after all. The gods must have been smiling on me though... as it didn't sting me... but flew back out the window a few minutes later!

I think that this time of year... not sure about hornets, but wasps anyways, because they are begining to die at the end of the summer, their poison is a little more venomous? Plus they go a bit loco, & try to sting anything. Maybe I'm wrong about this... no doubt some nice kind knowledgeable member will be able to fill us in.

Sue, I missed the junior mastermind, but agree that the Quidditch Foul question was exactly that... a bit 'foul' I surprised myself in that I actually knew the name of the Quill Shop in Hogsmeade... hmmm, funny the things we remember, probably 'cus I find that scene so funny, when Ron shadows Hermione & quizzes her about Michael Corner! By the way, was the answer to the Rita question, Bang Ended Scoots?

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septentrion - Sep 2, 2004 3:03 am (#2911 of 2955)    

Vero (tell me if you mind I tell vero instead of veronika), I don't know what the bold and beautiful are (some soap operas ?) but I bet on this item to be wrong.

Ozy, I think like Veronika, you didn't have a crush on captain Kirk.

As for me :
1. I've read the entire HP series
2. I've seen PoA 5 times
3. I own more than one copy of each HP book

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Chris. - Sep 2, 2004 4:14 am (#2912 of 2955)    

Hello everyone!

The Junior Mastermind for me was quite hard, and I thought I knew EVERYTHING about HP. The Quidditch one was a toughie, and I admit the quill shop question got me. I said Flourish and Blotts.

Ozy, I don't think you had a crush on Captain Kirk. And septentrion, hmmmm, I think the false one is 2. For me,

1- My friends had a hidden agenda to make me audition for Ron Weasley.
2- I am a vegetarian.
3- I have seen CoS more than forty times.

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septentrion - Sep 2, 2004 4:18 am (#2913 of 2955)    

Prongs, I'm not sure at all for the first one !

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Catherine - Sep 2, 2004 4:44 am (#2914 of 2955)    

Good Morning, Everyone.

Hugs to Betty, first thing. Please feel better and come back to us soon.

Ozy, I'm voting for the Kirk statement. Veronika, I'll vote for the PoA statement.

I'll try to think of something to play, if I can. I am a terrible liar; I really just can't lie, at least in person. Maybe I can lie if you are only seeing my words, though. My brother has tried to teach me to play poker, and I am getting better at bluffing.

I'm starting to really get worried about Hurricane Frances, although worrying about the weather has never yet changed it! My mom got caught in a bind with Gaston. She works in downtown Richmond, and the flooding and traffic were so bad that about a dozen people, including her, spent Monday night at work, eating out of the vending machines for dinner. She says she got a lot of work done, though.

Have a happy, safe Thursday, and see you all around.

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Marè - Sep 2, 2004 5:11 am (#2915 of 2955)    

Ozy, I go for nr.2 being the lie: I am afraid of clowns.

Veronika, I go for 2. too The bold and the beautiful.

Septentrion, I go for nr. 1. Simply because it is impossible yet. Allthough I'm sure it's going to be true one day.

Prongs, I'll go for nr 1. too. Allthough it is the most fun one.

Hmmm now let's see. I'll think about three things to put up but I'm a bit mind dead at the moment, so it will be for another time.

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Loopy Lupin - Sep 2, 2004 5:40 am (#2916 of 2955)    

Julia- Two words for you: Cliffs Notes That Cliff takes pretty good notes. Not that I would ever condone short cuts and reading should be a joy, especially if you are an English major. However, when in a jam. . . . .

I'll have to think about the new game. Like Catherine, I'm not that good at making up stuff that is supposed to be believable. (Ever play the game Balderdash ? I never win that game.) So, I'll get back to you.

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Hermy-own - Sep 2, 2004 5:41 am (#2917 of 2955)    

Hi, everyone! Here are my guesses:

Ozy: Kirk statement
Veronika: Bold and the Beautiful
septentrion: 1
Prongs: I would be impressed if you have seen CoS 40 times.

OK, my three are:

1. It took me a whole month to read OotP
2. I have not yet seen the PoA movie
3. My favourite character in HP is Hermione

Good luck!

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Julia. - Sep 2, 2004 5:51 am (#2918 of 2955)    

Thanks for the Advice Loopy, although there's not much I can do for 'Life in Shakespeare's England.' Now, about this game...

Ozy, I say number 1 is the lie.
Veronika, I say number 2 is the lie, I don't have you pegged for a soap opera watcher.
Septentrion, nice try, but until you read HBP and book 7, number 1 is the lie.
Prongs, Although I love the idea of a friend having said hidden agenda, I don't think anyone on this forum has friends crazy enough and HP obsessed enough (hey, isn't that why we're always here?) to do that, so I say number 1 is the lie.

OK my turn!
1) I once had a live chicken swung over my head.
2) I always wear mis-matched socks.
3) I have a cat named Reums.

Great idea for this game Ozy!

EDIT: Cross posted with Hermy-own. I vote for 'you still haven't seen PoA'

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septentrion - Sep 2, 2004 5:51 am (#2919 of 2955)    

Hermy-own, I think you read OotP in less than a month.

Marè, good catch ! But sure it'll be true some day !

edit : post in the same time than Julia. Yes I try to fool people but,hem, you're all potties here, maybe I should try this one with non potties friends of mine I think you don't have a cat so I vote for the third item.

same time than Chemyst too

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Chemyst - Sep 2, 2004 5:52 am (#2920 of 2955)    

Kim, you are going to have half the forum going reading the Lipton labels next time they go to the store! You say 'silicon dioxide' to me and I think 'quartz' (In the instant teas, can you just add water have an opal ?)   -a little mineralogy joke there, the chemical formula for opals is like quartz with extra water.

I do like cold fruit teas during the summer. Constant Comment, an orange & cinnamon blend, evokes memories. I'm reminded of the girls in my freshman dorm using Tang to make a "Mocking Comments" version whenever I drink it.

Oh, poor Mike! Yellow jackets are wicked. Itchy-itchy.

Kip! It's great to see you on the chat thread! Does this mean you are feeling better? Perhaps I'm too much a live & let live person, but, OUCH! I'll take my full response to the "exclusive conversations" thingy over to Questions for Hosts a bit later.

The only game where I can venture a decent guess is for Septentrion: this a trick question because the entire series hasn't been written yet.

Julia, two more words: Spark Notes.

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VeronikaG - Sep 2, 2004 5:55 am (#2921 of 2955)    

Septentrion: I say 3 is false, OotP is as far as I know not out in paper back in other languages than English yet. BTW, you can call me Vero if you want to, but my usual nick name is Ronnie.

Prongs: 1 is a bit wild.

Hermy-own: I don't believe you haven't seen PoA yet.

And yes, Bold an Beautiful is a soap opera. When do we reveal the answers?

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Sep 2, 2004 5:55 am (#2922 of 2955)    

with Kim (Lupin is Lupin) as the Force, of course.---Catherine Allen

Catherine, I know you're saying that because you consider me as no more good than I am evil.

I, too, am a pretty pathetic liar. So I will have to ponder my choices. However, for those who have already posted:

Ozy--#1 I think 7 is too young to have a crush on Kirk--I think I was twelve. And as for #2, well, who isn't afraid of clowns.

Veronika--The question I have for you is, "Why is Thorne so upset with Ridge and his family?" If you have to ask who Thorne and Ridge are (aren't those names a riot) then 'nough said.

septentrion--I have to go with #3. Why does anyone need to own more than one copy of any HP book. (Yes Denise, I'm talking to you. )

Prongs--I go for #3, only in the hope that it is not true.

hermy-own--I vote for #1. Does anyone have that much restraint? If you do, I'm impressed.

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VeronikaG - Sep 2, 2004 6:06 am (#2923 of 2955)    

Boy! I quadruple posted with Julia, Chemyst and Kim!

Julia: 2

Kim: Remember that we are a bit behind on B&B, but Thorne is upset because Brooke, who has been an item with Thorne, has gone back to being with his brother Ridge who she used to be married to before she started to date Thorne. (And between her relationships with Ridge she was also married to Ridge and Thorne's father Eric. She has two children, Rick with Eric, and Bridget with Ridge. So Ridge is both Rick's half brother and has been his step dad, and Rick is both Bridget's brother and uncle. Can you blame anyone for being upset there? Talk about dysfunctional family.)OK. Not so sure now, what I lied about?

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Sep 2, 2004 6:16 am (#2924 of 2955)    

Hmmmm Veronika. That is so far behind I'm tempted to say you're lying.

The A-ha choice is so awful, I'll assume that it's true. (I can sing Captain and Tennille's collected works so I know whereof I speak).

I'll go with the spiders, but I'm not happy about it.

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ShelterGirl - Sep 2, 2004 6:29 am (#2925 of 2955)    

Great news guys!

I am now a proud mama to "Glory," a beautiful Catahoula girl who has been at the shelter for a month and a half. Her name will be changed, but she has not told me what it is yet.

The day Glory came in they brought her in a crate with her 6 puppies. The moment our eyes met, I knew. Isn't it funny how that works? I loved her puppies very much, but this starving girl with her hip bones and ribs jutting out who had given up all of her nutrition to feed her babies broke my heart. In her month and a half with us she has gained weight and learned to trust somewhat. All of her puppies have found homes, and I thought it was about time she had one too. I called my landlord and she said, fine, bring her home. You can do whatever you want. I love my new landlord.

I hope I can give her the home she was denied for so long. She seems to have never been inside a house as most normal things, such as the TV, terrified her at first.

Our only issue currently is that she is desperate to play with the cats. They of course have no intention of any such thing happening. She's taken to barking at them to get their attention. This does not go over well.

She is currently trying to disembowel a stuffed squeaky lobster, and I couldn't be happier. It's better than last night when she brought me a skein of yarn out of my knitting bag..

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Sherbie Lemon - Sep 2, 2004 6:34 am (#2926 of 2955)    

Hmm...I don't think 7 is too young for a crush on Kirk. My first crush was on a guy, Fritz (I believe that was his name), from the movie Swiss Family Robinson. He was very shiny.

Mike, I commend you for your bravery. I run screaming like a little girl from anything that has a stinger, or has 8 legs, or slithers, or, well, I run screaming from any little critter. I could not imagine being trapped in a car with a yellow-jacket in my shirt. **shudders**

For Julia, I'll say #3 is false.
For Hermy-own, I'll say she did read OotP in less than a month.
For Ozy, I'll say she hasn't seen every episode of Monty Python's Flying Circus
For Septentrion, I'll say she hasn't read the entire series.
For Veronika, I'll say that she is very afraid of spiders.
And I'll say Prongs is not a vegeterian.

Now for my three.
1. I have a tatoo on my ankle
2. I am a natural blonde
3. I own 19 pairs of shoes, none of which are sneakers.

Edit: Congratulations, Shelter Girl! I'm sure Glory will have many happy years with her new momma.

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Catherine - Sep 2, 2004 6:36 am (#2927 of 2955)    

I'll try to play:

1. I never read Beowulf

2. I have been to Graceland

3. I am scared of the dark.

EDIT: Congrats to Shelter and "Glory."

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VeronikaG - Sep 2, 2004 6:38 am (#2928 of 2955)    

I don't believe you are a natural blonde, Sherbie. You once described yourself as having auburn hair, and I have had a vivid image of you as a red head since that.

Catherine HAS read Beowulf.

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Sherbie Lemon - Sep 2, 2004 6:38 am (#2929 of 2955)    

Weird, Catherine. I just finished Beowulf yesterday. So hmmm... Riddle me this: Who did Beowulf kill for King Hrothgar?

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Hermy-own - Sep 2, 2004 6:47 am (#2930 of 2955)    

Sherbie: I think you may be blonde (the word 'natural' kind of suggests you might have dyed your hair, hence the 'auburn' in Veronika's post)
I think your lie is: 1

Catherine: I'm going for Beowulf

P.S. This is so much fun! Just make sure we don't forget to give the answers before we move on to another game.

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Leviosa - Sep 2, 2004 6:48 am (#2931 of 2955)    

Hello everyone! I don't know if anyone remembers me, I've been gone for quite some time. I've spent two weeks in Italy at the Lake of Garda and it was quite nice there. I'm already back since last Saturday but I didn't manage to catch up the 800+ posts until now.

First I want to say, thank you Jim for informing us about Betty. Betty, please do get better soon. We all miss you terribly. All the best to you! Big big hug!!

Mike, sorry to hear about that evil hornet. I hate wasps and hornets because I'm terribly afraid of them. I usually panic when one comes near me.

Leila, that's terrible. I hope that woman doesn't have and will never have children of her own with that sense of responsibility... You have every right to be upset.

Way back, there was a fascinating discussion about English grammar going on. I like the English language very much and, as there are so many experts around, I personally would appreciate it if you could tell me when I make mistakes. You can also write me an email if you don't want to post it here. My English is far away from perfect and I would like to improve. I want to speak...er write the language properly. Unfortunately my pronunciation is miserable and I don't see any way to improve it. I can't pronounce half of the words you were posting... But anyways, I like languages in general and always like to discuss them. I also speak a bit French but it's not very good. But if any French-speaking person can bear with it, I would be glad to have a little chat in French.

On the... ahm... more or less fascinating subject of tea: I can't stand tea. It's just that simple. I only drink tea when I'm ill. So I guess that also adds to my dislike of it because for me, drinking tea means being ill.

My guesses are:

Ozy: 1

Veronika: 2, and btw most Veronikas in Germany are nicknamed Vroni (with a long "o" )

Septentrion: 1 How can you have read the entire series??

Prongs: 1

hermy-own: 1 With your username it was a tough choice between 1 and 3

Julia: 3 There were so many pet stories here, that I would be surprised if you hadn't even mentioned your cat.

Now, you have to guess:

1. I own 7 pairs of HP socks.

2. I have a crush on Dan Radcliffe

3. I have three middle names

Good luck!

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Denise P. - Sep 2, 2004 6:54 am (#2932 of 2955)    

Oh holy heck, I didn't take notes so can't even begin to guess individually on everyone but....every single one of you told one lie! Ha!

Okay, here are mine:


1. My first dog when I was 11 was named for a character in a series of French novels written in the 1960's.
2. At the same time in high school, I was enrolled in Spanish, French, Greek, Arabic and English classes
3. I always serve Leg of Lamb and mint jelly at Easter..as a sick joke.

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septentrion - Sep 2, 2004 7:08 am (#2933 of 2955)    

I could have read the entire serie if I were you-know-who

Catherine, it was hard to choose but, if I'm not mistaken, you're an English major, and can an English major never have read Beowulf ? I vote for : you've never been to Graceland.

Susi, I think you don't have a crush on Dan, just a guess. I know we sometimes chatted a little in French. I must admit I don't make myself visible on aim very often this last days because I want to spare time to work on the french version of the lexicon. But if you want to practice your French, you can send me an e-mail and I'll make sure to answer you and to tell you how to improve your writing. But if I remember well, you weren't that bad.

EDIT : Denise, lamb leg and mint jelly ? I don't buy it.

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Loopy Lupin - Sep 2, 2004 7:21 am (#2934 of 2955)    

Leg of Lamb, Denise? Actually, I think this fits in with your sense of humor. So, I'll have to vote for the languages thing. That's five classes. How could you have had time for other, required classes?

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Eponine - Sep 2, 2004 7:24 am (#2935 of 2955)    

Okay, I, like Denise, did not take notes, but here are mine.

1. I have double-jointed toes. 2. I'm scared of heights. 3. I learned how to drive when I was 13.

I'm also voting for Denise's five language classes.

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Marè - Sep 2, 2004 7:51 am (#2936 of 2955)    

Okay I found some, the theme is colours! I'll gamble on everybody elses questions later.

1. I once had both my legs, kneehigh, in bright orange plaster.
2. There was a day when I served limegreen applepie to some coworkers.
3. The walls of my room are bright yellow, bright orange and skyblue.

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DJ Evans - Sep 2, 2004 8:07 am (#2937 of 2955)    

As there were 29 new posts when I got on this morning -- there is "no" way I will be able to remember everyone's 3 statements. So I'll take a stab at a couple of them that I do remember.

# Sherbie -- Your shoe answer is false?
# Denise -- FIVE language classes in one year is false?
# Eponine -- Learning to drive at 13 is false?

Here's mine:

# 1) Love "Horror" movies
# 2) I "HATE" flying
# 3) When I took my driver's test it was the first time I had driven in the daylight hours

Answer: *** #2 ***

Later, Deb

EDIT: Mare & I posted at the same time. Hmmm, I'm going to go with the colors on your walls is false?

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Loopy Lupin - Sep 2, 2004 8:07 am (#2938 of 2955)    

Here's mine:

1. I cannot say my abc's from beginning to end. 2. I have no brothers or sisters. 3. My parents have 4 dogs.

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Denise P. - Sep 2, 2004 8:16 am (#2939 of 2955)    

Today is our cage cleaning day since trash is picked up tomorrow and I am taking a break from the efforts. I went back and here are my personalized answers.

Ozy - 7 is too young for you to have crushed Kirk...he would have been an old man. A few years later and I would have bought it
Veronika - Ha! I know who A-Ha is and I think they were before your time for all that they are from your country (I think!)
Septentrion - I don't think you own more than one copy of the books. Didn't you once say they were priced hideously?
Prongs - Why do I doubt you are a Ron wannabe?
Hermy - Surely a big Hermione fan has seen PoA since it should have been named PoA: The Hermione Year
Julia - I don't think you have a cat
Sherbie - How can one survive with 19 pairs of shoes but no sneakers??? Is that your nose growing?
Catherine - Beowulf gets my vote as the whopper
Leviosa - I know some folks have more than 1 middle name (and I have none) but even so, 7 is a bit excessive. Sorry, you are a big fibber there
Epione - tough call but I am thinking 13 is a bit far fetched to learn driving
Mare - orange plaster yes, both legs at the same time, nope. Sorry.
Loopy - Alas, we probably WISH you were an only child but I think I recall you mentioning a sibling


Well, that was a fun 10 minutes...now back to cleaning cages! I will reveal my untruth later today sometime.


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Julia. - Sep 2, 2004 8:26 am (#2940 of 2955)    

Wow, lots of new posts while I was in math class. Here are my guesses.

Susi, I don't think you have a cruch on Dan.
Catherine, as a new English major, I can tell you the Beowulf is the first think they make you read.
Denise, five language classes at the same time? I'm sure you did take all those classes in high school, just not all at once.
Epionie, tough call, but I'll go with driving at 13. 14 or 15 maybe, but no responsible parent would let their child drive at 13 (no offence to your parents if that turns out to be true, they did raise a wonderful person )
Mare, another tough call, but I think I'll go with 3. 1 seems so out of it that it's probally true.
Lindsey, Nice try with the blonde, but remeber you did send me wedding pics. And besides, you don't fit with the *insert blonde joke here*.
Loopy, I too think I recall mention of a sibling, although you almost got me with number one.

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Hermy-own - Sep 2, 2004 8:57 am (#2941 of 2955)    

Update:

Julia - Only Dobby mixes his socks
Leviosa - Only Dobby has 7 seven pairs of HP socks
Denise - 5 language courses at once?
Eponine - Double-jointed toes, hmmm...
Mare - Lime green Apple pie?
Deb - I can't believe you only practised driving at night
Loopy - it goes: ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ but something tells me you already knew that

Hope I haven't missed anyone.

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Richard !!!Reid - Sep 2, 2004 9:10 am (#2942 of 2955)    

Ok my turn

1. I have spend 9 hours on the Lexicon at one go.

2. My favourite colour is green.

3. The Harry Potter character I hate the most is Snape.

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Padfoot - Sep 2, 2004 9:12 am (#2943 of 2955)
Edited by Sep 2, 2004 9:15 am    

Ok, here are my guesses for Ozy’s new game, here are the answers I think are false:

Ozy- When I was seven years old, I had a crush on Captain Kirk
Veronika- 3: I'm not afraid of spiders (much)
septentrion- 1. I've read the entire HP series
Prongs- 1- My friends had a hidden agenda to make me audition for Ron Weasley.
hermy-own- 1. It took me a whole month to read OotP
Julia- 3) I have a cat named Reums.
Lindsey- 3. I own 19 pairs of shoes, none of which are sneakers.
Catherine- I never read Beowulf
Leviosa- 3. I have three middle names
Denise- 2. At the same time in high school, I was enrolled in Spanish, French, Greek, Arabic and English classes
Marè- 2. There was a day when I served limegreen applepie to some coworkers.
Deb- 3) When I took my driver's test it was the first time I had driven in the daylight hours
Loopy- 2. I have no brothers or sisters.
Richard- 3. The Harry Potter character I hate the most is Snape.

Here are my three:
1. My dinner dishes have a fish pattern on them.
2. I have traveled to England.
3. I was in band in high school.

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Catherine - Sep 2, 2004 9:32 am (#2944 of 2955)    

Ozy- When I was seven years old, I had a crush on Captain Kirk Veronika- I'm not afraid of spiders septentrion- I've read the entire HP series Prongs-My friends had a hidden agenda to make me audition for Ron Weasley. hermy-own-t took me a whole month to read OotP Julia- I have a cat Leviosa: hmm. are you really double-jointed? Denise- Lamb with mint jelly :pbpt Marè- The wall color. Deb--I'll go with the horror movie Loopy. The ABC's...I think Loopy has only dog siblings.

As for me, oh, maybe I won't tell. Yet.

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Loopy Lupin - Sep 2, 2004 10:14 am (#2945 of 2955)    

My secret answers:

Catherine is correct. I have "kids" that I refer to as "neices" and "nephews" but they are not blood relatives. I only have dog siblings. I can, indeed, say my abc's. That may seem a little silly, but apparently Truman Capote had some sort of mental block and was unable to say the abc's from beginning to end.

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Leila 2X4B - Sep 2, 2004 10:50 am (#2946 of 2955)    

Wow,I have to go back and answer all of those. For now, here is mine:

1. I have read the current Potter books 18 times each.

2. I have crochet a blanket for every baby that was born to people I know for the last 6 years.

3. Kevin Bacon is one of my favorite actors.

Leila

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icthestrals - Sep 2, 2004 10:59 am (#2947 of 2955)    

I'm going to be a party pooper because I don't have time to go back and guess answers.

Leila, your lie is #3.

Mine are:

1. Red is my favorite color.

2. I have a beautiful Pinto horse.

3. I have at least two copies of each Potter book out so far.

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Catherine - Sep 2, 2004 11:01 am (#2948 of 2955)    

Hmm.

Padfoot: lied about band Richard: lied about Snape Leila: lied about Kevin Bacon ICThestrals: lied about the horse?

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mike miller - Sep 2, 2004 11:09 am (#2949 of 2955)    

Me to! Me to! (I'll have to go back and make my guesses)

1) I played football for Arizona State University in the Rose Bowl

2) I've caught a fish that weighted more than me (225 lbs.)

3) I've stood on a mountain top where no one has stood since 1978

To those who have responded to my hornet attack (Fawkes, Chemyst, Sherbie and Leviosa (welcome back Leviosa) and anyone else I missed) after 48 hours the effects are wearing off. I can't image what might have happened if I were allergic. Hornets are nasty, vile and evil beast!

ShelterGirl - Congrats on adopting Glory.

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Elanor - Sep 2, 2004 11:15 am (#2950 of 2955)    

OK ! Mine are :

1) Each year, my brother and I have a "Star Wars night" when we see episodes IV, V, VI in a row.

2) My cat is named Severus because he is black.

3) I cry (of laughter or emotion) each time I read HP (each and every one)

EDIT : I'm happy you're feeling better Mike !

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Leila 2X4B - Sep 2, 2004 11:19 am (#2951 of 2955)    

For the latest two:

Mike, I am going to guess the fish tale is a fish tale.

Elanor, I am going to guess the cat tail, I mean tale.

Leila Still compiling the other list

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Loopy Lupin - Sep 2, 2004 11:58 am (#2952 of 2955)    

I don't believe Mike's fish story.

Leila is lying about 18 times each.

Elanor-- the cat

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Ozymandias - Sep 2, 2004 12:21 pm (#2953 of 2955)    

Oh, I'm glad everyone is enjoying my game!

My guesses for the last three are the same as Loopy's. I'll have to go back and look at the others again after class.

I think there's been enough time for everyone to weigh in on mine, but just in case, I'll do it in white. No, I did not have a crush on Captain Kirk. I guess this one would have been more plausible to people that know a bit about my family, namely, I was raised a Trekkie. We usually watched The Next Generation, but I though a crush on Captain Picard would be a bit far-fetched for a seven-year-old.

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Catherine - Sep 2, 2004 12:25 pm (#2954 of 2955)    

Elanor: lying about the cat Mike: lying about the fish

As for me, highlight for the answer:I lied about Graceland. I was supposed to go, but couldn't at the last minute. Really, I never readBeowulf, at least not the whole thing. It was only offered in a lower level survey course at my college, and I just missed it. So I guess I'm kind of a poser to have majored in medieval/renaissance lit without having fully appreciated the dubious joys of that epic poem. Did I fool you?

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Kip Carter - Sep 2, 2004 12:33 pm (#2955 of 2955)    

Being that World Crossing (WX) limits the maximum number of messages to a thread at 3,000 and that number included posts that were deleted, the maximum number as of this post is 2,980 or less. I realize that I have some 25 possible messages before WX automatically stops posts from being added to this thread, I am closing this discussion on this thread now and suggest that you continue it on the new -- Chat and Greeting Thread for Members.

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Chat and Greeting Thread (2 Sep 04 to 30 Nov 04)[/B]

Edited Jan 12, 2006 2:50 am - Kip Carter

Chat & Greeting Thread 4

I have established this thread for each of you so inclined to chat on the main discussion threads. With this thread, I hope that all chat-type posts will no longer disrupt the other threads.

The reason behind this move is we are averaging over 450 new posts per day on this Forum which is over 14,000 posts monthly. A huge number of these posts are adding nothing to the discussion threads except additional messages to be read. When a new person comes to this forum, they are faced with over 81,375 posts (as of this post and it is growing), which is mind-boggling. And when you get to some of these threads, much of what is there is not adding anything to the discussion.

As I was setting up this thread to replace the old thread (originated June 15, 2004 - only 69 days ago!), I compared the numbers between the two opening comments. Check it out by clicking here. Daily posts have increased 73 percent, monthly posts up 81 percent! Think about it!    

This is the fourth thread provided for chat-type posts since September 25, 2003. The first Chat and Greeting Thread (25 Sep 03 to 26 Feb 04) had 2752 messages before it was closed out February 26, 2004. The second Chat and Greeting Thread (25 Feb 04 to 15 Jun 04) had 2912 messages before it was closed out June 15, 2004. The third Chat and Greeting Thread (15 Jun 04 to 2 Sep 04) had 2954 when closed out September 2, 2004. Eventually both the second and third threads will join the first thread in the folder =+=+= Archived Threads: Since Reorganization =+=+= OR possibly not!

Please read my new thread -- The Future and Past of the Chat Thread - Let's Talk! for reason that I will possibly delete the first three threads.

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septentrion - Sep 2, 2004 12:35 pm (#1 of 2977) Reply    

Ozy, your game is so much fun !

Marè, how can people live in a room with bright yellow, bright orange and sky blue walls ?

Deb, I cheated, I watched the answer ! Shame on me !

Loopy, I made my guess and wrote it on a paper, but then I read your answer and I was right !

Richard : you don't hate Snape.

Icthestrals, I think red isn't your favorite color and I'm convinced you used a red font as a "red" herring.

Leila : crochet blankets

Padfoot : isn't traveling to England one of your dreams ?

Mike, I'm glad you're recovering from your hornet attack. Like someone else told, the fish tale must be a fich tale.

Elanor, I know it's the cat. But how do you have a star wars night every year ? The release of the DVDs are the 21st sept !

My answer : I haven't read the entire HP series for the entire HP series isn't released nor written yet ! And I really have seen PoA 5 times, and own more than one copies of the books : one french, one US paperback, and one US hardcover. I know, they're rather expensive, but I have a colleague who is just back from the US and she bought me the hardcover there.

hey hey first post

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Loopy Lupin - Sep 2, 2004 12:42 pm (#2 of 2977) Reply    

Dang it! I wanted to be first. **pouts**

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Catherine - Sep 2, 2004 12:43 pm (#3 of 2977) Reply    

I wanted to be first, too, but I have to settle for being the last post on the old chat thread. So I posted my answer there. Hope I fooled people.

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Elanor - Sep 2, 2004 12:48 pm (#4 of 2977) Reply    

You're right everyone : the cat was my lie, even if I'd love to have a black cat and would certainly name him Severus if I had one...

Concerning the Star Wars night : my brother bought years ago a "laser disc" player (sorry, I don't know the right word for it). Those laser discs were the forerunners of the DVD : they are discs the size of the old records, but digital ones (with the THX sound)and Star Wars is available on those laser discs for years and these box are fantastic ! The only problem is that you have to change the side of the disk in the middle of the movie...

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septentrion - Sep 2, 2004 12:53 pm (#5 of 2977) Reply    

Elanor, I made the confusion with Essidji, another forum member who doesn't have time anymore to visit the forum but with whom I'm still in touch. She has a black cat and she named it...Sirius ! BTW I was right ! But if it wasn't for the confusion, I'd have bet for the star wars night !

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Dr Filibuster - Sep 2, 2004 12:55 pm (#6 of 2977) Reply    

Hi guys,

Sepentrion, I have to admit that you fooled me for a second with your false statement.

I only made notes on the last few...Denise=languages, Eponine= heights, Mare=walls, Richard=please be the 9 hours (if not, didn't you even stop to go to the loo?), Padfoot=fish dishes, Sleeping Beauty=crochet, ICThestrals=red, Mike=fish, Elanor=Star Wars.

Yesterday I posted some Harry Potter questions that appeared on a UK quiz show. I came on here to give you the answers and realised that I hadn't copied them all down. Duh! I'll be back after checking the books/Lexicon for one of the answers, correct spellings etc.

EDIT:

The Quill shop at Hogsmeads is called Scrivenshaft's.

Dolohov was one of the Deatheaters who killed the Prewets.

1473 was the year of the first Quidditich World Cup (where all 700 different types of foul were committed)

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Leila 2X4B - Sep 2, 2004 1:00 pm (#7 of 2977) Reply    

Well, a few got mine right. The answer is I hate Kevin Bacon.

Leila

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haymoni - Sep 2, 2004 1:08 pm (#8 of 2977) Reply    

Wow - 150 posts over 2 threads - my eyes are gonna pop out!

Sleeping Beauty - you are so right about your daughter and the swimming incident. I hope your father set his "girlfriend" straight. What would she have said to him if his granddaughter had drowned in her prescence?? I truly think her comment back to you was to hide her own shame.

For those of you who think my "ungrateful" description of my 11-year-old son is harsh, it goes back to his 11th birthday last month when he shunned my offer to throw a Harry Potter-themed party for his birthday - completely Ungrateful! Other than that, he is wonderful.

DJ Evans - I think you should rent "Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure". Besides the trip back to the '80s, there is a "most excellent" Time-Turning telephone booth!

Madame Pince - I love "WKRP"! What an incredible show! "Oh, the humanity!" "I really thought turkeys could fly!"

Celestina - my Indians deserved to beat the Yankees 22-0!

Betty - You deserve the best treatment in the world. Look forward to hearing from you.

Ozy - I'm still looking for an HP character that Patrick Stewart can play. I really liked his Scrooge.

It's Thursday and yes, I'm at work - haven't had a chance to visit any other threads - Ungrateful son is playing fall baseball and now that I've gotten the school schedule straight, our evenings are crazy.

As my 4-year-old says: "Take a deep breff, Mommy, take a deep breff!"

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icthestrals - Sep 2, 2004 1:20 pm (#9 of 2977) Reply    

Leila, Woohoo!! I got one right!

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Richard !!!Reid - Sep 2, 2004 1:35 pm (#10 of 2977) Reply    

You all guessed right. Snape is my favourite character, not my worst. Congratulations to everyone who guessed right.

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Chris. - Sep 2, 2004 1:38 pm (#11 of 2977) Reply    

My false one: Many of you guessed correctly, my friends did not have a hidden agenda to get me to audition for Ron. But they are major HP fans.

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I Am Used Vlad - Sep 2, 2004 1:40 pm (#12 of 2977) Reply    

I didn't right down my guesses for Ozy's game, but here are mine.

1. I own signed copies of the first four Potter books.

2. I bought GoF and OotP at midnight on the day they were released.

3. I can ride a unicycle.

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Sherbie Lemon ] - Sep 2, 2004 1:40 pm (#13 of 2977) Reply    

My answers:
I really do have a tatoo on my ankle.
I am indeed a natural blonde but I color my hair red.
My lie was the last one; I actually own 23 pairs of shoes and 2 pairs are sneakers (albeit ancient sneakers).

Edit: Hmmm...Sam. Where do you live exactly? I'd just like to know which house to rob if ever I am in your area (that is, if you truly own signed copies of the first 4 books). I'm going to say that is the lie; you do not have four autographed books. At least I hope it is or I may just explode with envy.

On second thought, that statement could be a trick. Are they autographed by JKR herself, or did you just sign them?

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Denise P. - Sep 2, 2004 1:44 pm (#14 of 2977) Reply    

Today has turned into a whirlwind kind of a day and I am pausing to give my answer before I set off again. I have Cub Scouts Roundtable tonight and will be back to read answers. Here is mine:

Begin highlight here I did take Spanish, French, Greek, Arabic and English when I was a junior in high school. We had a 10 class rotating schedule and I had 10 classes (although one was lunch. I did drop French and Greek after the first semester though.

I will not eat lamb, not even with mint jelly and as a result, I don't ever serve it, no matter what time of year it is. End highlight here

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I Am Used Vlad - Sep 2, 2004 1:53 pm (#15 of 2977) Reply    

Sherbie, I do mean signed by JKR.

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Padfoot - Sep 2, 2004 1:58 pm (#16 of 2977) Reply    

I would add my false answer here except I have never gotten around to learning how to type in colors (white). So maybe I will post later once I figure it out.

Sam- I think 1. I own signed copies of the first four Potter books. is a lie. If not, I will be coming to your house with Lindsey.

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Sherbie Lemon ] - Sep 2, 2004 1:59 pm (#17 of 2977) Reply    

Ah, I thought you were trying to pull a fast one there. Alright, so I say that's the lie because I want it to be the lie. Of course, I'm a little jealous that you can ride a unicycle (if that's actually true). I've always wanted to master that, and juggling as well (then I could do both at the same time and join the circus). Unfortunatley, I have a hard enough time chewing gum and walking, trying something that required that much coordination would probably kill me...

Edit: Padfoot, just write in this code before your answer (omit the stars): <*font color=white*> And when you'd like your post to be visible again use this code: (again omit the stars) <*/font*>

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Eponine - Sep 2, 2004 2:05 pm (#18 of 2977) Reply    

This is a really interesting game. My answer is I do in fact have double jointed toes. They bend all the way back to my feet and have been the source of many gross out moments for my friends. I did learn to drive when I was 13. My older sister and her friend thought it would be funny to teach me. My mother had nothing to do with it. I don't think she even found out about it until it was time for me to get my license. My lie was that I am afraid of heights.

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Padfoot - Sep 2, 2004 2:17 pm (#19 of 2977) Reply
Edited by Sep 2, 2004 2:18 pm    

Ok, my lie was:

3. I was in band in high school. I wasn't, I was in choir. I do own plates with fish on them (they look nicer than you are imagining, trust me). I have been to England once before, although I would love another trip as two weeks just wasn't enough time to cover the whole country.

Thanks for the help Lindsey!

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Acceber - Sep 2, 2004 2:22 pm (#20 of 2977) Reply    

I haven't gone yet. All of mine have been released to some Forumer(s) at one point or another, so someone on here knows if they're right or not. The trouble is, figuring out who .

1. I played softball last year and my uniform number was 6.
2. I take Chinese as my foreign language in school.
3. My favorite Harry book is PoA because Sirius is my absolute favorite character.

Julia-four words, twenty two to zip.

It's hot here. I just realized the A/C wasn't doing anything because my mom came up with a replacement fan . Oh well.

Happy Thursday!

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Julia. - Sep 2, 2004 2:35 pm (#21 of 2977) Reply    

Gee thanks guys for remind me about that Yankees game. Just what I need to think about right before dinner.

My answers: You are all very sharp, I do not have a cat named Remus, but mark my words, one day I will! I do always wear mis matched socks, in tribute to Dobby. I can't believe none of you went for the chicken one! I acutally did have a live chicken swung over my head, it's a Jewish custom involving the transfer of sins. *goes back to not thinking about Tuesday's Yankee game*

EDIT: Cross posted with Mare. The word you're looking for is 'tendon.' Lime green pie, eh? You should have served lime green Jello.

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Marè - Sep 2, 2004 2:35 pm (#22 of 2977) Reply    

Oh, I don't have time to go back and write down all my guesses, but believe me I did them all in my mind. It's so much fun to read the answers. Here are mine:
1. legs in plaster: When I was twelve I was operated because my achilles thingies (2. applepie: I once had this group of students I was doing a project with. I came too late and they told me I needed to bake a pie. That shouldn't have been a problem, except they kept nagging me about it, while others, who had been too late didn't even get a reprimand. Soooo, when I came across a bottle of green foodcolouring fluid, I decide to put it all through the dough. :insert verrry evil smilie here:
Needless to say the pie looked like horror. When I put it on the table, only me, a friend and a very brave person ate a piece. They never nagged me again. Gnagnagna
BTW in case you were wondering about my baking abilities; when I put whatever was left of the pie on the kitchentable, my housemates had it finished within 10 minutes. I'm not sure they even noticed it was green.
3. So the lie is nr. 3. My room is not yellow, orange and blue.
It is only yellow and orange. The paints took so long to dry that I didn't have time to add a large blue vertical line as was my plan before I had to move my furniture in.

Edit: Julia, the chicken thing was obvious, those kind of things happen all the time :cough cough:. But I was kind of thinking it would have been either a joke or an accident. Traditions involving swinging chickens never crossed my mind. (the chicken wasn't too dizy afterwards?)

Edit 2: Shouldn't spoil Julia's spoiler by writing my edit in blue.
The green pie was unfortunately in the pre-jello era. Other than that the only jello I ever found in this country was sent to us by a friend from Norway. She was absent from our diner and sent it as a substitute (and as desert) because it was green!

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Padfoot - Sep 2, 2004 2:52 pm (#23 of 2977) Reply    

Becca- 1. I played softball last year and my uniform number was 6. is false!

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Kasse - Sep 2, 2004 2:56 pm (#24 of 2977) Reply    

Oh no I am too late most people have posted their answers Ok hopefully I will get in early on the next game, here are my three.

1. I have lived on every continent at one point in my life or another.

2. I have a Bearded Dragon lizard as a pet.

3. I have four copies of each HP book.

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scully jones - Sep 2, 2004 3:02 pm (#25 of 2977) Reply    

Hey everyone, I'm back from my vacation that I never really got around to telling everyone about! I went to my brother Tim's wedding. It was great! I then spent a week in california which was even better! I'm back now, though, which sucks!

My three things:

1. Four of my close friends/family are pregnant.
2. I am happy to say I've never seen a tornado or been in an earthquake.
3. I read OoTP on one plane trip.


Hope someone notices I'm back!

Sarah

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I Am Used Vlad - Sep 2, 2004 3:14 pm (#26 of 2977) Reply    

I didn't right down my guesses for Ozy's game, but here are mine. –Me

I apologize to all the grammar and spelling sticklers for...er...righting that.

My lie was 2. I bought GoF and OotP at midnight on the day they were released. Although I was there at midnight for OotP, I didn't read any of the books until 2002, well after the release of GoF. Padfoot and Sherbie, my house is unplottable, so you will not be able to steal my signed copies. And yes, I can ride a unicycle. (But I'm not a clown, Ozy)

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mike miller - Sep 2, 2004 3:26 pm (#27 of 2977) Reply
Edited by shepherdess Sep 2, 2004 3:35 pm    

I guess it's time to reveal the lie: (I hope this works Sherbie, I'm about as technically proficient as a toad)

The Yellowfin Tuna weight 263 pounds, Mt. St. Helens blew off it's top so no one can stand there ever again; so, alas, no college football for me

Kasse - How cold does it get in Antarctica?

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Hermy-own - Sep 2, 2004 3:30 pm (#28 of 2977) Reply    

Acceber - I'm guessing you're lying about the softball
Sarah - I didn't know you were gone but welcome back! I think it's a safe bet to assume you read OotP on one of your trips. Your brother's just got married; I'll stick with the family events and guess that the four are really pregnant. Which leaves 2 (earthquakes and tornadoes) as the lie.

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The giant squid - Sep 2, 2004 3:47 pm (#29 of 2977) Reply    

Okay, I held off long enough. The tricky part is coming up with a lie that my sister (Marie E.) can't catch me in.

1. I have lived in 6 different US states.

2. I once met Magic Johnson.

3. My comic book collection is worth over $12,000.

--Mike

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Padfoot - Sep 2, 2004 4:05 pm (#30 of 2977) Reply    

Mike (squid)- I am going to guess that 3. My comic book collection is worth over $12,000. is not true.

Kasse- 3. I have four copies of each HP book. is false.

Sarah, welcome back!

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Muggleborn - Sep 2, 2004 4:30 pm (#31 of 2977) Reply    

OK here goes! Just to prove that being new to the Forum does not mean that you are not a part of the family, I'll try the game.

1. People say I resemble Ron Weasley

2. I lived on a boat before I got married

3. I briefly held the World’s Record in a team sporting event.

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Marè - Sep 2, 2004 4:32 pm (#32 of 2977) Reply    

Nimrod, you have signed copies??? Oh, I'm jealous now! How did you get them??

Kasse, I was thinking the same as Mike, teehee. Come on, they have cities on the northpole (Thule any-one?) but I think Antartica only has scientific bases. (Russians drilling holes in ancient lakes and such)

Giant Squid, I'm going with 1, seeing as how you want to trick Marie, I think you lived in lots of states but just not exact six.

Edit: Muggleborn I'll go with 1, just because I think 3 would be too cool if it is true!

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Sherbie Lemon ] - Sep 2, 2004 4:55 pm (#33 of 2977) Reply
Edited by Kip Carter Sep 3, 2004 2:28 am    

I second Padfoot's guesses.

No problem, Padfoot and Mike!

And I'll say that Muggleborn lived on a boat after he was married, not before.

Welcome back, Sarah!

Oh, and I'll be sending out Halloween cards so I'll need everyone's home address...that means yours, Sam.

I only add this comment in case some members decide to take the request for home addresses should be posted on threads within this Forum. The answer is absolutely NOT! – Kip

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Hermy-own - Sep 2, 2004 4:57 pm (#34 of 2977) Reply    

Kasse: I think you're lying about the living on every continent thing
Mike: You're probably lying about either 2 or 3 -probably 3.
Muggleborn: I'll go for 2 - lived on a boat.

My answers: 1. It did take me a whole month to read OotP! I read the first ten chapters in about two hours and knew it would be JKR's best book yet. So from then on I vowed to read only one chapter a day...just to prolong the experience. Yes, Deb, it did require a lot of patience but the acquired discipline is proving handy in the wait for HBP.

2. I am yet to see PoA. I live in the middle of nowhere so there aren't any cinemas/theatres nearby. What's worse is every time I arrange to go into Birmingham (the nearest city) something silly crops up. *sigh*

3. Surprise! Hermione was my favourite HP character until someone came along in OotP. Who? I hear you ask. Let me give you a clue: take a look at chapter 10. I'm still a huge Hermy fan though (hence the username).

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DJ Evans - Sep 2, 2004 5:18 pm (#35 of 2977) Reply    

hermy-own --- All I can say is you're a bigger person than I am!!
Muggleborn -- hmmm, I'm going with resembling Ron Weasley as your false statement. Just for the simple reason the other two are "way" cool!!!!!
Mike (aka Giant Squid) -- The living in 6 different US states is the false one. (I know how fast, money wise, a collection can grow!)

And yes, I completely learn how to drive at night. My parents would let me drive to & from Sunday & Wednesday night services. I didn't even realize I had never driven during the day time until I was coming back from getting my drivers license. But I had no problems, so it didn't hurt me any. I love "horror" movies, not the gory ones, just the good ol' scary ones. And if I could, I'd be a helicopter or a lear jet pilot in a second!!!

Later, Deb

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Acceber - Sep 2, 2004 5:47 pm (#36 of 2977) Reply    

Welcome back Sarah!

Hermy-own: I can truthfully say that no one would have guessed your lie. Very good choices, BTW.

And I second Deb on her opinions.

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I Am Used Vlad - Sep 2, 2004 5:49 pm (#37 of 2977) Reply    

Marè, I ordered them on eBay.

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Ozymandias - Sep 2, 2004 5:51 pm (#38 of 2977) Reply    

What did you pay for them, Sam? Your soul? Your left arm? A life of servitude?

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I Am Used Vlad - Sep 2, 2004 5:57 pm (#39 of 2977) Reply    

It was around $200 for the lot, Ozy. I have a small but cherished signed book collection, and I had to add Harry Potter to it.

Edit: Sherbie, my address is P.O. Box...

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mike miller - Sep 2, 2004 5:59 pm (#40 of 2977) Reply    

Actually, there are some bargains on eBay. A bargain is relative to what similar items have been selling for. I purchased an autographed 8x10 photo (Daniel, Emma & Rupert - scene from CoS in Hagrid's with a bucket on Ron's lap) for only $22. I did spend more for the autographed, leather bound copy of SS and the movie poster from CoS with 17 cast members autographs. You just have to watch the items you like and every once in a while you can get a good deal.

Welcome back Sarah! You were out in the Pacific Northwest (Idaho) if I remember correctly. Glad to have you back.

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DJ Evans - Sep 2, 2004 6:03 pm (#41 of 2977) Reply    

Sam, all I can say is "Gosh darn it, you lucky dog!!!!" Man, hold onto those!! I know I would wear them out just picking them up and gazing at them all of the time.

Later, Deb

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Liz - Sep 2, 2004 6:24 pm (#42 of 2977) Reply    

I have a Happy Birthday song to sing late for sam... *HP backwards*

Also my piccolo came back all repaired and pretty looking.

I hope this post isn't a bother as this forum is so massively huge and posts are flying at my face.

Night yall.

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Julia. - Sep 2, 2004 8:45 pm (#43 of 2977) Reply
Edited by Denise P. Sep 2, 2004 9:06 pm    

Welcome back Sarah! We missed you around here! *pokes Sarah in the tummy* Bother bother bother bother bother! (It's a Gathering thing from the Potter Puppet Pals) Glad your back. Hope everyone had a great day, I spent most of mine with a guy named Bill, Shakespeare that is.

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scully jones - Sep 2, 2004 8:59 pm (#44 of 2977) Reply
Edited by Denise P. Sep 2, 2004 9:06 pm    

Thank you for the welcome back, everybody! I hope Mr. Shakespeare (I spelled! I spelled!) gets to see you more often, Julia. He'd be lucky if he did.

It was great seeing TREES again, in Idaho. And MOUNTAINS! Mountains were fun, especially going up dirt roads with huge rocks, banging the junky car's undercarriage on them. It was very interesting. I was relieved to see all the parts still affixed to the car afterwards.

My brothers were fun, it was great seeing Andy. I hadn't seen him since before the Iraq war. He's lost a bit of the bulk he'd had in pictures I'd seen, though. No more tree-trunk arms. Tim was actually more than bearable. Usually he causes a lot of problems. Tara, his new wife, is very good for him.

California was wonderful, I had never seen the ocean before. Getting hit in the head by freezing six-foot SALTY waves was quite fun. I really was expecting a SLIGHTLY salty taste. I did not expect how incredibly powerful the salt content was.

Sarah

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Brandon Christopher - Sep 2, 2004 9:21 pm (#45 of 2977) Reply    

Sarah, my personal favorite was you yelling: "Hold onto me - hold onto me!!! I don't want to fall they'll knock me down!!!" And then when the waves knocked ME down instead. Probably a good thing I wasn't supporting you at the time.

I just wish we had actually been able to watch the sun set on the water, not above the houses... At least the sky was still really cool looking. Your brothers were really cool too, they didn't offer to break my legs! Well... Andy did offer to break my neck, but that was expected. Overall he was great, and Tim loved me, surprisingly! And I got to see real trees - hadn't seen anything like that in a loooooooong time. Basically I had an awesome time!!!

Julia, congrats on Bill, not every day you get a chance at a world class playwrite. Hope you get to see him quite often this semester, I think that'd be good for you.

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The giant squid - Sep 2, 2004 10:54 pm (#46 of 2977) Reply    

I was in a hurry before, so I forgot a couple things:

Welcome back, Sarah! I hadn't really noticed your absence but with a few thousand new faces around, can you really blame me?

Nimrod, I didn't get a chance to chime in before you revealed your lie, but I just want to say I had a feeling the bit about riding a unicycle was true. It's just the sort of thing a Buster Keaton fan would learn...

I think I'll let y'all stew a bit longer on my "two truths and a lie." Maybe wait and see if Marie is willing to guess...

--Mike

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septentrion - Sep 3, 2004 2:32 am (#47 of 2977) Reply    

new guesses : Becca - softball, Kasse - every continent, Sara (welcome back) - read OotP on one plane trip (unless you travelled all around the world on one plane trip), Mike (the GS) - Magic Johnson, Muggleborn - live on a boat.

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Leviosa - Sep 3, 2004 4:43 am (#48 of 2977) Reply    

Becca: 1 I guess the softball story is a lie

Kasse: 1 I don't think that you really lived on every continent.

Sarah: First, welcome back!! Second, I think 3 is a lie. I needed two days for OotP and I'm not a slow reader. So I doubt you read it on one plane trip.

Mike (giant squid): I don't know who Magic Johnson is, so I guess that 3 is a lie.

Muggleborn: I pick 1. I don't think that you resemble Ron.

And my answers:

I do really own 7 pairs of HP socks, two are blue with Dobby on it, two are green, one is brown, one red and one blue and these all have Harry on it.

The sad truth is that I have three middle names. My first name is Susanne and the my three middle names Brigitte, Barbara and Gunda.

Well, that leaves 2. as a lie. I really don't have a crush on Dan. I never had a crush on any actor or singer or other famous person.

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VeronikaG - Sep 3, 2004 4:54 am (#49 of 2977) Reply    

My answers: (I can't do highlighting, but my statements are so far back I'll hardly receive any new guesses.)

1. My first favorite band WAS A-ha. I still like them! In a chat I managed to shock Brandon with that fact. The G is for geek.

2. I really hate the Bold and the Beautiful, but that doesn't mean I've not seen a few episodes. If I hadn't, I couldn't have hated it. So that was the lie. I'm glad to hear people didn't really think I was a soap lover.

3. I'm not afraid of spiders, unless they are really big and mean. If a small spider crawls on the wall over my bed, I just brush it down and go back to sleep.

Good to see you back, Sarah, and to hear you and Brandon had a nice trip. I bet your picture gallery will be updated really soon.

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Catherine - Sep 3, 2004 5:28 am (#50 of 2977) Reply    

Good morning to everyone! **waves to everyone on the Forum**

I'm excited today. I got a call last night from our local Humane Society. A 15 week-old Shih-tzu puppy came in around dinner time. I found out that I am known to them as "The Shih-tzu Lady." I've been called worse!

So I will be dashing down to the shelter as soon as they open this afternoon to visit her. She is quarrantined for ten days, but then she can be adopted. Maybe I'll get to foster her, if she needs it. In my opinion, not many things in this world are cuter than a shih-tzu puppy! It's going to be hard visiting her and leaving her there, though, since she can't come home with me today. They look at you with the big brown eyes...imagine Puss-in-Boots' stare in Shrek 2 and you realize that the cuteness stops you in your tracks and renders you helpless!

It looks like if Frances continues its current path, then Eastern NC will not bear the brunt of the storm, which is a relief! **remembers that Loopy Lupin changed the weather patterns and sends him another thank-you** So it looks like we can enjoy Labor Day without excessive hurricane anxiety.

It's good to see Sarah and Brandon back and to catch up on their goings-on.

Enjoy your Labor Day plans, and have a fun and safe holiday!
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ShelterGirl - Sep 3, 2004 6:01 am (#51 of 2977) Reply    

Catherine-

*Girly squeals* shih-tzu puppy!!! Oh wow. I can only imagine the little munchkin.

Yes, thank you Loopy for shifting the weather currents. I don't think I could have borne another Fran storm walloping us. I do want to extend my best wishes to everyone in Florida. Please stay safe.

I finally have a job where they close on national holidays. What to do with my time? We're always closed on Mondays, but we're closing on Sunday to observe Labor Day. I refuse to go shopping, because all of my years in retail made me bitter about having to work on Labor Day. (Not a lot bitter, just a tad. Like maybe accidentally eating a bug when on a motorcycle.) I don't want to contribute to any other retail worker's future bitterness. Smile

Any ideas folks? Should we all just take the day easy and do relaxing things like reading?

Thank you to everyone who welcomed my new dog. She's a bit of an idiot, but a sweet idiot. *laughs*

EDIT: I just discovered on the introduction thread that many here are from Louisiana. My new dog is actually the State Dog of Louisiana, and I've been trying to think of a related name for her, but have failed. Any ideas?? No one seems to like Bayou as a name...

Julie

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Sep 3, 2004 6:14 am (#52 of 2977) Reply    

Thank you to everyone who welcomed my new dog. She's a bit of an idiot, but a sweet idiot. *laughs*---ShelterGirl

I had a boyfriend like that once.

Well, Julie, it's a sorry state of affairs when you don't know how to spend your days off. I recommend many more until they become second nature.

As for me, my friend and I have been wanting to take a nice day and relax in some lounge chairs, split a bottle of wine and watch the children and dog romp around her yard. She even has a hammock that, when it isn't flipping me off, shepherds me off into a blissful summer doze. Beat that if you can.

Oh, by the way Catherine, I see your Shih-Tzu and raise you a West Highland White Terrier.

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Denise P. - Sep 3, 2004 6:27 am (#53 of 2977) Reply    

Catherine, congrats on your possible new foster!

ShelterGirl, Gumbo for a girl dog....poor girly! One of my rottweilers came from Louisana, Shreveport.

Tomorrow, I get to go pick up our newest girly, a black and gold texel guinea pig from a GP rescue in Indiana. The rescue has someone coming down to my area so we are driving to Nashville to pick her up. For those who don't know what a Texel is, here is her pic. You can click it to see a larger version.

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Marè - Sep 3, 2004 6:33 am (#54 of 2977) Reply    

And here I was thinking Texel was an island. The guinea pig looks cute, she reminds of a toy I used to have. It was some kind of giggling furry thing which came with a comb. Now I'm going to spend the rest of the day wondering what the name of those toys was. :sigh:

I like Bayou as a dogname, at least the way I pronounce it, which is much like bijoux, the french word for jewelry (which is probably wrong).

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ShelterGirl - Sep 3, 2004 6:39 am (#55 of 2977) Reply    

Mare-

In the States it's pronounced "Bye-yoo," with the accent on the first syllable. Is that similar to what you were thinking?

Denise-

I refuse to saddle a dog with the name Gumbo. *laughing* Gumbo=Jumbo=Dumbo...I just can't do it. *still laughing* Gosh, that little pig is cuteness incarnate.

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Denise P. - Sep 3, 2004 6:46 am (#56 of 2977) Reply    

I like Bayou, Magnolia (Maggie), Beignet...heck, you could go with a lot of French influenced names and still be good.

Our guinea pig there is currently named Ruffles but if she is not responding to it, we are changing it to Luna.

Alrighty, I am now going to go run errands, start laundry and get some things done. Whee..I am so thrilled.

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Loopy Lupin - Sep 3, 2004 6:59 am (#57 of 2977) Reply    

Yes, thank you Loopy for shifting the weather currents.-- Lupin is Lupin.

Happy to help.

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Catherine - Sep 3, 2004 6:59 am (#58 of 2977) Reply    

Alas, earwax, I cannot beat Kim today. Her hammock plans beat mine. But I do see her West Highland White Terrier, and raise her one living fish.

Denise, the little GP is cute. Looks like both of us are doing the "rescue" thingy today. Have fun with the new little piggy.

Shelter, have you considered a Harry Potter name? I'm sure Marcus would like it if you named her Pansy! **A whispered aside for any newbies: Marcus has a very detailed theory about Pansy and Harry, and Marcus and I enjoy sparring over it in the 'Ship Uniting the Houses thread** You could name her Fleur or "Beaux," if you desire a "French' connection. Or Opal, for Madame Maxime's necklace. Or Ginny or Molly...

For a Louisiana connection, perhaps "Mardi" for Mardi Gras?

See you all around.

EDIT: How does Loopy manage to appear suddenly? I swear he apparated enbiggenly. Love the new avatar, Loopy. As usual. It's....cromulent.

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icthestrals - Sep 3, 2004 7:22 am (#59 of 2977) Reply    

Oh gee thanks Loopy Lupin for the change in weather patterns. Those of us in Florida are so glad that Catherine and Sheltergirl will be spared a hit from Hurricane Frances!

Congrats on the new animals, those who have them or will be getting them.

On the game: Gotcha!! My lie was the beautiful Pinto horse. I wish I had one. I'd settle for an ugly Pinto horse. It doesn't even have to be a Pinto. Sigh, I just want a horse...Sorry about the "red" herring. I almost always post in red!

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Catherine - Sep 3, 2004 7:41 am (#60 of 2977) Reply    

Sorry for the excess posts today. See? I couldn't even stay away for a whole day.

Um, sorry ICThestrals. We didn't mean to have the weather inconvenience you! And yay me, I got the answer right to the Pinto question.

Shelter, had one more name suggestion from HP: Penelope, call name "Penny." It's also got another good literary connection from The Odyssey, as Penelope was Odysseus' faithful wife. Seemed like a good name for a faithful pet.

I like Denise's "Maggie" from Magnolia suggestion a lot. And wasn't Maggie in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof?? Maggie the Cat? Maybe this could explain her desire to play with the cats...

See you all around. **waves to everyone**

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TwinklingBlueEyes - Sep 3, 2004 7:46 am (#61 of 2977) Reply    

Catherine? Please explain "cromulent". It is not in my Funk and Wagnels :-)

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Loopy Lupin - Sep 3, 2004 7:49 am (#62 of 2977) Reply    

Nor should it be. Its a Simpsons reference. Jebediah Springfield (the founder of "Springfield") is quoted as saying "A Noble Spirit Embiggens Us All" or something to that effect. Bart's teacher remarked that she had never heard "embiggen" until she came to Springfield. Lisa's teacher replies "Its a perfectly cromulent word." Hence, my avatar.

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Sep 3, 2004 7:49 am (#63 of 2977) Reply    

Yes, thank you Loopy for shifting the weather currents.-- Lupin is Lupin.--Loopy Lupin

Not that I don't like to see my name in print, but ShelterGirl said this, not me.

Catherine, I see your living fish (everyone's a critic) and raise you a bowlful of overheated, acrobatic guppies.

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Sherbie Lemon - Sep 3, 2004 7:50 am (#64 of 2977) Reply    

Mare, would the giggling furry thing you are referring to be a Furbie?

Denise, your new "pig" looks adorable! I always wanted guinea pigs myself but had to settle for hamsters instead.

I hope you make it through Frances unscathed, ICThestrals! I would love a horse of any kind too. My girlfriend's grandmother bred horses and we would go visit her farm during school breaks and ride all day. My favorite was a beautiful female named Moonshine; she was a tad over 17 hands high and quite spirited. She threw my friend's sister because she could sense her nervousness, but Moonshine was always pretty gentle with me. Those summers were the best! Unfortunately, Mr. Sherbie is afraid of horses and won't go riding with me now.

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Loopy Lupin - Sep 3, 2004 7:51 am (#65 of 2977) Reply    

Whoops. Stupid memory. Sorry Kim.

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Catherine - Sep 3, 2004 7:53 am (#66 of 2977) Reply    

Loopy beat me, Twinkling.

Cromulent is a neologism.

Clear as mud? It's a made up word thingy. The sense I get of it is that is means "authentic" or "real." I believe that "cromulent" can also be used in a tongue-in-cheek manner to indicate "fake."

EDIT: Catherine, I see your living fish (everyone's a critic) and raise you a bowlful of overheated, acrobatic guppies. **lays cards on the table.** You win this hand, Kim. **thinks that those guppies sound ick**

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Sep 3, 2004 8:02 am (#67 of 2977) Reply    

Oh Catherine, they don't sound ick. Quite frankly, they sound dead. Poor guppies. Who knew putting the bowl on top of the TV would prove harmful. Chalk it up to Life Lesson #41. ***wonders if Denise will be asking me to pet-sit in the near future***

Oh and I looked up cromulent on Dictionary.com (in fact I looked up neologism too ). It says it means "fine, acceptable".

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icthestrals - Sep 3, 2004 8:06 am (#68 of 2977) Reply    

Sherbie, too bad we aren't closer (geographically). I would definitely go riding with you. I learned to ride on an ex-race horse (Thoroughbred)! He was so sweet, but didn't quite understand what cantering was. Galloping was a blast, though!

Have a good Friday everyone.

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Phoenix song - Sep 3, 2004 8:09 am (#69 of 2977) Reply    

Julie: Good luck on your dog. I've heard that they are great dogs. They're often used for hunting around here (from Louisiana) because they're smart and easy to train. You probably won't need them for "huntin' ", but it's good to know that they are considered that smart.

For her name, the obvious seems to have been overlooked, "Anna". I know that it's not a normal dog name, but I think that it's a sweet one. It's said that the French explorer (can't remember his name) named Louisiana after King Louis and his wife Anna.

There's also Evangeline. There's a very sweet and moving story among the cajuns here regarding a beautiful girl named Evangeline. It's too detailed to go into, but she's strongly associated with beauty, luck, and love. I think that it sounds pretty sweet.

For a quirky name you could always go for "Kingcake". Kingcakes are these round shaped traditional deserts that we serve from around Mid January through Mardi Gras. It has yellow, purple and green sugar placed in stripes around it and contains a plastic baby inside. Who ever gets the piece with the baby is "king" for the day and has to buy the next kingcake. The traditional kingcakes taste a lot like a sugared cinnamon roll, but I like mine to be filled with strawberry preserves and cream cheese.

If you wanted a mixture of Harry Potter and Louisiana, you could go for the "Desire" or "Erised" connection. The reference, of course, would be to the famous street car.

I hope that I've given you some ideas that will help! Good luck with her!

Catherine Allen: Good luck with the shih-tzu! I love them! When I was growing up we had a shih-tzu and a llapso apso. They went everywhere with us, and we would DARE anybody to think that they weren't equal members of our family. The shih-tzu lived over 14 years. We still miss him terribly.

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TwinklingBlueEyes - Sep 3, 2004 8:16 am (#70 of 2977) Reply    

For you horse lovers out there here is a link to a I page I did several years ago of my horse. All the links may not work now, but the pictures are there. I still have him, although unfortunately he's a little heavier now. Might be because I spend more time on the forum than I do riding him?

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Loopy Lupin - Sep 3, 2004 8:20 am (#71 of 2977) Reply    

OH MAH GAWD. I can't believe that cromulent is now in the dictionary. First, the "d'oh's" are in the dictionary and now we have "cromulent." Frankly, it makes me questions dictionary.com's level of cromulence.

For anyone interested, I believe this site succinctly gives the etymology and definition of the word.

http://www.langmaker.com/db/eng_cromulent.htm

EDIT-- Cool horsie twinkling.

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Good Evans - Sep 3, 2004 8:26 am (#72 of 2977) Reply
Edited by Pinky Sep 3, 2004 7:53 pm    

Hi folks

I've been away in Scotland for couple of days, and I love Edinburgh but as it has a JKR/ HP connection I always get a bit of tingle when I go there. I am missing my Doggie, who I will pick up this evening from the friends that she has been vacationing with! so for all of you who love your animals whether they be old or new to you, lots of waves to you and big kisses for them.

As for doggie names with HP connections Molly or Luna would be good choices for a female dog. Ludo, Harry or Barty for a dog but I think I'd probably skip Norbet!

I edited out one word in your post. I know it's technically the correct name, but let's just not go there, ok? *grin* ~Pinky

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TwinklingBlueEyes - Sep 3, 2004 8:27 am (#73 of 2977) Reply    

Thank you Loopy, I think the world of him.

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Loopy Lupin - Sep 3, 2004 8:29 am (#74 of 2977) Reply    

I used to know my horse types. Is he an apaloosa? (I used to know how to spell that too.)

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Catherine - Sep 3, 2004 8:29 am (#75 of 2977) Reply    

Arrgh, you guys. Quit amusing me so much, dang it!

I need to get work done, and I am posting frivolously (and crucio-ing an adverb in the process ) ***this is a joke that started when Stephen King gently pointed out that JKR really likes to use adverbs frequently, and some of our clever members made a little joke about adverbs in the "Is Harry Potter a Children's Book?" thread***

Loopy, my mouth gapes slackly in disbelief that "cromulent" is in the dictionary.

Oh Catherine, they don't sound ick. Quite frankly, they sound dead. Poor guppies. Who knew putting the bowl on top of the TV would prove harmful. Chalk it up to Life Lesson #41. ***wonders if Denise will be asking me to pet-sit in the near future*** --Lupin is Lupin

I highly doubt it, Kim.

EDIT: Twinkling, like the horse! Thanks for the link.

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B]TwinklingBlueEyes[/B] - Sep 3, 2004 8:31 am (#76 of 2977) Reply    

He's an Appaloosa and Quarter Horse cross. And very good on the spelling! I usually just spell it App. because I'm too lazy to think of how to spell it. :-)

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Loopy Lupin - Sep 3, 2004 8:33 am (#77 of 2977) Reply    

Stephen King gently pointed out that JKR really likes to use adverbs frequently-- Catherine Allen

I didn't know Stephen King had chimed in on this. As I was saying down in the "Children's Book" thread, if I have any real "criticism" of JKR's style it would be the adverb abuse. I mean do we need to say that Crabbe and Goyle guffawed "syncophantically?" Just how does one do that anyway?

EDIT-- Twinkling. I'm sort of a horse person myself. At least, I like them. Many moons ago, my dad has a walking horse named Belle. There was also a pony named Trigger, but he was mean as many ponies are I think.

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Sep 3, 2004 8:36 am (#78 of 2977) Reply    

Is he an apaloosa? (I used to know how to spell that too.)---Loopy Loopin

Why don't you look it up on Dictionary.com?

when Stephen King gently pointed out that JKR really likes to use adverbs frequently---Catherine Allen

Let me understand this--Stephen King criticized the writing of another author? Talk about the pot calling the kettle black. I really need to branch out to some other threads. Oh and before you all get your knickers in a bunch, I like Stephen King, too. I just think that he's hardly in a position to criticize.

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TwinklingBlueEyes - Sep 3, 2004 8:37 am (#79 of 2977) Reply    

Taking a guess here, maybe they laugh like they talk, in a moronic mumble?

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Loopy Lupin - Sep 3, 2004 8:40 am (#80 of 2977) Reply    

Talk about the pot calling the kettle black.-- Lupin is Lupin

Yeah, I'm having a hard time grasping that Stephen King would criticize her, Loopy Lupin said, disbelievingly.

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Catherine - Sep 3, 2004 8:41 am (#81 of 2977) Reply    

I don't have a link, but Stephen King, in defending JKR against her literary attackers, did poke mild fun at her adverb use (or abuse).

I don't know how one guffaws "syncophantically." The first time I read that passage, my eyes somehow turned it into "syncopatedly" and I imagined the two goons guffawing on the off beat. Sort of like the Beavis and Butthead laugh, but syncopated.

Off topic aside: When I lived in Austin,TX, I met someone who claimed to be Mike Judge's (the creator of the characters Beavis and Butthead) personal assistant.

EDIT: Yes, Twinkling, I think so.

Kim wrote " Oh and before you all get your knickers in a bunch, I like Stephen King, too. I just think that he's hardly in a position to criticize.

***assures Kim that knickers remained unbunched, if that is not too much information ***

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icthestrals - Sep 3, 2004 8:45 am (#82 of 2977) Reply    

Twink, your Appy is beautiful!!

Just to let y'all know I won't be around again until next Wednesday since I only use my computer at work to look at the forum. The State of Florida is shutting down everything at the end of the work day, so I might not be able to check in on you guys this afternoon either.

Wish me and my fellow Floridians luck!!

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Marè - Sep 3, 2004 8:48 am (#83 of 2977) Reply    

Mare, would the giggling furry thing you are referring to be a Furbie

No, look for 80's toys, something with colors and less technology.
They were a set of siblings, with a mummy and a daddy that were pink and green and glowed in the dark and the children were different colours and giggled if you shook them. (Unless off course you had put them in the washing machine, because then it didn't work anymore)

Edit: icthestrals: Luck!

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Catherine - Sep 3, 2004 8:50 am (#84 of 2977) Reply    

ICThestrals--Wish me and my fellow Floridians luck!!

Luck! See you later!

Mare, I don't think that Denise is going to ask you to pet-sit, either!

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Sep 3, 2004 8:51 am (#85 of 2977) Reply    

***assures Kim that knickers remained unbunched, if that is not too much information ***---Catherine Allen

As long as you don't tell me the make and model Catherine, we're good-to-go.

icthestrals--stay safe and dry. ***thinks the windswept look is fine for hair, but little else***

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Good Evans - Sep 3, 2004 8:52 am (#86 of 2977) Reply    

Best of luck ICthrestrals. Hope you come back in one peice next week.

Sorry Mare, I have no idea what you are referring to, and I thought I was quite good on toys!

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Padfoot - Sep 3, 2004 9:03 am (#87 of 2977) Reply    

Happy Friday everyone! I hope those in Florida stay safe.

All this talk of horses has reminded me of when I was little. My best friend had a horse and we were always grooming him. My family loved to go horseback ridding all the time too. It wasn't until I was in high school that we discovered I am highly allergic to horses and should stay away from them. Oops.

There is something very wrong in the world when made up words from the Simpson's appear in dictionaries.

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Eponine - Sep 3, 2004 9:06 am (#88 of 2977) Reply    

It's funny that the Stephen King’s review of Order of the Phoenix should come up, as I was just reading that article a couple of days ago. It came from an Entertainment Weekly issue, July 11, 2003. He has glowing praise for the book and states that "Ms. Rowling's imagination - which should be insured by Lloyd's of London (or perhaps the Incubus Insurance Company) for the 2 or 3 billion dollars it will ultimately be worth over the span of her creative lifetime." He says Order is better than the other books, asks when she stopped writing the stories for children and started writing them for everyone else, calls Umbridge "the greatest make-believe villain to come along since Hannibal Lecter", and states his belief that "Harry will take his place with Alice, Huck, Frodo, and Dorothy". His one complaint, however, is that she "never met an adverb she didn't like".

Whew, sorry that was so long. I just thought you might be interested in what he actually said.

How's everyone doing today?

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Muggleborn - Sep 3, 2004 9:18 am (#89 of 2977) Reply    

Good morning everyone!

Sorry I did not post my answers earlier, but it was my son's Back to School night last night.

1. I really look nothing like Ron Weasley.

2. I lived on a 35 foot sailboat for 2 1/2 years while I was attending grad school in the San Francisco bay area.

3. I was a participant in a junior ice hockey game on July 3-4, 1976 that broke the world record for the longest continuous game. It was just over 12 hours! We received certificates of the record, however, another group broke the record later that year. We were never listed in the official yearly book.

And yes, they actually play ice hockey here in sunny California!

I wish everybody in Florida and the East Coast all the best.

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ShelterGirl - Sep 3, 2004 9:23 am (#90 of 2977) Reply    

*Waves to everyone on this fine Friday*

If Ron ever wants his sweater back from Dobby, will they have to use a re-bigulator on it?

The current name choices for my fine girl are: Ginny, Layla, K'Ehleyr, Gytha, and Knickerbocker (aka Nicker)

She raises her eyes to me for all 5. Now we just narrow it down.

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Good Evans - Sep 3, 2004 9:24 am (#91 of 2977) Reply    

Hi Julie

love Knickerbocker - aka Nicker -great name.

Julie

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Sherbie Lemon - Sep 3, 2004 9:28 am (#92 of 2977) Reply    

I believe Moonshine was a Mustang/Tennessee Walker cross. I wish we were closer too, ICThestrals. It'd be fun to ride with someone, especially a Potty! My last ride included much cantering. However, it seems I had forgotten the exact art of gripping the horse's sides with my legs and must have allowed myself to bounce around in the sadle. Needless to say I was sore for days! Another girlfriend of mine used to ride English style and loved it. As for me, I have to have a horn to grip and a sturdy seat, so it's Western for me.

Stay safe, ICThestrals! We'll see you Wednesday.

I've no plans for this holiday weekend (Monday is Labor day in America), unless you count homework. Tomorrow my husband will be going to the University of Oklahoma's first football game with his friend, while I'll be watching Oklahoma State University play UCLA (go Pokes!).

Oh, Catherine, I didn't know you had lived in Austin! I'll be going there for a mini-vacation in October and I've been trying to find fun things to do. Any suggestions? I'd love to have a "local's" reccomendations.

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Loopy Lupin - Sep 3, 2004 9:44 am (#93 of 2977) Reply    

Good Luck to all Floridians. Stay safe and dry.

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Kasse - Sep 3, 2004 9:57 am (#94 of 2977) Reply    

Oh my goodness I have to read this thread and respond to all accordingly, but I just wanted to give my answers.

Obviously I have not lived on every continent, I have actually only lived on three - did I make that too obvious?

I do have a bearded dragon pet lizard (because we are not allowed to have cats or dogs so I got the next best thing, I have to say I am jealous of Catherine’s dogs, though I am more a yorkie fan) Bearded dragons are very affectionate in their own reptilian way.

I do have four copies of ever HP book and I hope to collect some more once I learn more languages.

Ok off to re- read this thread and others and post.

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Catherine - Sep 3, 2004 10:01 am (#95 of 2977) Reply    

Sherbie, I emailed you some ideas. I didn't want to bore anyone else with my musings.

Shelter, I'm liking the Ginny name, myself. And to answer your question from your last post, I'm sure that Hermione or Ron could just "Enbiggenate" the sweater to make it wearable if Ron does want the sweater back.

Eponine, thanks for the Stephen King quote. Very helpful. Such a good house elf you are!

Floridians, stay safe and dry. I'm about to sign off and get ready to start my Labor Day holiday. To everyone on the forum, stay safe this weekend.

Cheers to you all.

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Loopy Lupin - Sep 3, 2004 10:25 am (#96 of 2977) Reply    

Well, at least he, Stephen King, had a lot of praise. I can't really fault him for saying she never met an adverb she didn't like since I, essentially, said the same thing a few hours ago. Whoops.

(And, JKR, if you are reading this, don't mind me. You just go right ahead use all the adverbs you like; just please get that book out soonly )

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True Love - Sep 3, 2004 10:51 am (#97 of 2977) Reply    

Greetings to all near and far. I have just spent the better part of the day avoiding housework, noticing the cats, eating, or going outside (and it is lovely outside) because I cannot tear myself away from this website. I read the threads, the fanfiction, the threads again and occassionally see if there is anyone in the chat room (disappointed to find no one is there).

I look bemused at the list of people my husband has invited to my birthday dinner. OK, I organized it but he sent the invites and I knew he would never organize something. Sheesh, this is what I do, plan and organize events - so sue me (yes, a tad defensive here). Anyway, I have asked people NOT to bring birthday presents but instead to bring a joke, silly poem or sing a demented ditty to amuse me and the rest of the gang. I should have asked for Harry Potter stuff instead. Never heard so much grumbling in all my days - "I'll go but I am not telling a joke." "I don't know any jokes" Hello - the internet is full of them...

Well that is my gripe (or two). Must go make lunch, do the laundry and pet the cats. Maybe wash the car - probably not.

Ta-Ta to all and best of luck to the folks in Florida.

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Marè - Sep 3, 2004 11:20 am (#98 of 2977) Reply    

Okay, for all who cares: Jackie (hem hem) is doing well and having a great time in Jerusalem.

Riddikulus asked me to send all good wishes and thoughts to any others in the line of Frances and/or anyone who has wished them well. So hereby.
I hope all hurricane targeted people will check back in here soon, safe and sound.

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Loopy Lupin - Sep 3, 2004 11:59 am (#99 of 2977) Reply    

Hope everyone has a happy weekend and Labor Day. (I assume Labor Day is an American Holiday?) See ya Tuesday.

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Denise P. - Sep 3, 2004 1:14 pm (#100 of 2977) Reply    

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Hmmm, all I ever can tell you about Labor Day is that you can't wear white shoes after it until Memorial Day rolls around again in May
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septentrion - Sep 3, 2004 1:30 pm (#101 of 2977) Reply    

Denise : Hmmm, all I ever can tell you about Labor Day is that you can't wear white shoes after it until Memorial Day rolls around again in May

I learnt that with the movie "serial mother" !

I noticed "bayou" is pronounced exactly the same than in french.

Phoenix song, kingcakes sound like "galette des rois" but the "galette" is eaten in early january, for the, how to say...12th day if I remember well. The principle is the same : a small object is inside the cake and the person who gets it is the king (queen).

Good luck for those who are in frances' line (when I think madame Maxime will be played by an actress called Frances...)

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Phoenix song - Sep 3, 2004 1:52 pm (#102 of 2977) Reply    

septentrion: It sounds like king cake and "galette des rois" are the same thing. The only difference may be in that we begin to serve them mid January and do so until Mardi Gras day is over. This is a tradition that started in New Orleans, LA where much of the history is rich in French origin. Many people in the U.S. have heard of the French Quarter or "Rue de Bourbon"...Bourbon Street.

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Julia. - Sep 3, 2004 1:58 pm (#103 of 2977) Reply    

Happy (almost put 'Harry' there) Friday every one! I hope everyone in Florida and the southern US stays safe and dry. My first week as an English major is done now, and I must say I like it much better than biology. I'd much rather sit and read Shakespeare all day then do lab work. Anyway, It's the first Shabbos of the semester, so I'm off! Have a great weekend everyone!

*hug hug to everyone, extra hugs to Betty*

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Richard !!!Reid - Sep 3, 2004 2:16 pm (#104 of 2977) Reply    

Ok... Could I propose a new game - well, sort of a game.

How do you read Harry Potter?

I do it in two ways.... Fun reading - reading for enjoyment...I just sit on the chair, with the television on as well, reading away, happy as can be. I don't tend to pick up on any extra information here, as I enjoy the stories so much, I tend to speed up.

My second way is to analyze it. This way, I plonk myself down in a very quiet room, with a "do not disturb" sign hanging around my neck, where I read every single word carefully. Quite sad, I know, but still. It works for me.

So now I ask the question - if it is not too stupid - how do you like yours?

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Phoenix song - Sep 3, 2004 2:25 pm (#105 of 2977) Reply    

Richard Reid: I tend to read HP in three ways. One is to read it to my kids a little bit at a time. Another way is just for enjoyment, while waiting at a Dr. office or the like. The third way that I read it is more intense.

I take out a piece of paper and write out anything or anyone new that is introduced and where. I write out new information that is learned by any of the trio. I also write out any overt clues that I find. The whole time I'm underlining pertinent sentences and phrases that mean something to me, sometimes with little stars or exclamation points.

I know that there are people who are gasping to think that I actually WRITE in my books, but I've always found that to be the way that I learn best. When I re-read sections that I've already written in other items always seem to jump out at me faster. As I am always selfish with my books this helps me to personalize them, as well. If somebody wishes to borrow my book, I would rather buy them a new one than to part with my dear friend. Does that seem silly?

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Richard !!!Reid - Sep 3, 2004 2:27 pm (#106 of 2977) Reply    

Not silly at all. I too write down quotes or pieces of information that I feel are important.

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Chemyst - Sep 3, 2004 2:46 pm (#107 of 2977) Reply    

Hey Richard, I was thinking of an answer to your game and got a case of deja vu. There is a Re-reading thread that overlaps a bit and I posted there last May. I'm too lazy to do more than a link.

Eponine, many thanks for the extra Stephen King info. I was too lazy to go looking all that up today, but I'm glad you did.

I also appreciate the links to dictionaries and Labor Day history. You guys make life so much richer & easier!

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Richard !!!Reid - Sep 3, 2004 2:52 pm (#108 of 2977) Reply    

So there is. I take back everything. *wishes he was more observant*

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Hermy-own - Sep 3, 2004 3:02 pm (#109 of 2977) Reply    

Well I always used to read for enjoyment, that is, until I joined this forum; all the threads have made me super-analytical. Talk about bad influences, eh?

As for making notes, I do so scruffily on A4-lined sheets and browse through them in my spare time. I haven't got round to writing in my books but something tells me I will have picked up that habit by the time HBP apparates.

Hermy.

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haymoni - Sep 3, 2004 3:15 pm (#110 of 2977) Reply    

Hi all!

Hubby and Ungrateful Son are at the Cleveland Browns pre-season game tonight. There is an Air Show in town so they are watching what they can from the parking lot before they go in.

We actually have no plans at all this long Labor Day Weekend. It should be great!

Wasn't there a thread on how we all read - or was it re-read? - our Harry Potter books?

I have to scan them first to make sure they are suitable for Ungrateful Son to read. Then I read them word for word. Then I go back and read them again. I think I have read POA the most out of all of them but OotP is catching up. I'll probably read GOF a few more times before the movie is out.

I don't take notes. I'm fairly good at remembering where the quotes are and I just go back and find the info when I need it.

Hope everyone enjoys themselves this weekend!

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Eponine - Sep 3, 2004 3:22 pm (#111 of 2977) Reply    

I have to confess that I didn't actually take any time to look up that Stephen King article as the magazine was sitting a couple of feet from my computer. A friend of mine found it and gave it to me knowing what an HP fanatic that I am.

Before I found the forum, I just read the books for enjoyment. I didn't try to analyze or pick out clues at all. When I read the books the first time, I practically inhaled them I read them so fast, so I didn't really have the time to formulate theories. Since joining the forum, I have definitely started looking for more clues or recurring themes throughout the books. I haven't done a re-read in a while as some of my books are loaned out, and the rest are still in boxes. This forum has definitely made me pay more attention when I read.

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Chris. - Sep 3, 2004 3:42 pm (#112 of 2977) Reply    

I usually read them for enjoyment. I don't take written notes, but usually just mental notes. And then I come up with quite-possible theories BUT... I forget them in an instant.

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DJ Evans - Sep 3, 2004 4:15 pm (#113 of 2977) Reply    

Hey everyone!!! Hope everyone just has a FABULOUS weekend, whether it is a holiday weekend or not. And may all those living on the East coast be on their toes with this hurricane!

Sheltergirl -- hummm, I think I go for either Layla or Nicker for names. With the name Nicker edging out Layla by a bit!

Eponie -- Thanks for the Stephen King's statement. As he is one of my favorites, I like that he had good things to say about Jo.

TwinklingBlueEyes -- Awwww! What a beauty!!! I've always loved horses too, but sad to say I've never had the opportunity to ride one. Maybe one of these days I can. One of my favorite horses -- and forgive me here, cause I have no idea what breed name it goes by, terrible right? -- is the ones that are solid gray with black feet. As the black inches up their legs it turns from dark gray to medium gray.

True Love -- Is it your birthday? If it is then HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! Hope you have a great one. I bet I know how you will handle your party next year and "ask" for the Harry Potter items!! But I did love your idea of instead of presents to bring something funny to share. Be it a joke, funny song, whatever -- I can see that being a load of fun to have!!

Take care everyone!

Later, Deb

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True Love - Sep 3, 2004 4:53 pm (#114 of 2977) Reply    

Deb - thanks for the birthday wishes. I will let you know how the party idea goes. I know two of my brothers are practicing a song they used to sing when I was younger that I just love - it is called "My Boomerang Won't Come Back". I am sure it will be a hoot. I am quite looking forward to the whole thing. I also am crazy about a little musical piece called "Toast" that I hear on the radio from time to time but have no idea who sings it. I guess I can call the radio station to find out. By the way (BTW) if anyone wants ideas for a party or event just ask - I have lots of ideas.

Have a good weekend everyone.

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Ozymandias - Sep 3, 2004 5:37 pm (#115 of 2977) Reply    

Happy Birthday True Love!

I must say, all the adverb-ly and cromulent posts are much more fun than the homework i'm supposed to be doing. Thanks, guys!

# goes off to read several hundred pages*

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Denise P. - Sep 3, 2004 5:49 pm (#116 of 2977) Reply    

Here is an easy joke that my kids always giggle at.

What did the 0 (zero) say to the 8 (eight)?

Highlight for the answer:
Spoiler:
Nice belt!

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DJ Evans - Sep 3, 2004 5:54 pm (#117 of 2977) Reply    

Denise -- Love the joke!!! I sat here and tried to figure out the answer before looking and I didn't even come close! Must tell that one to my Mom, she'll get a kick out of it too!

Later, Deb

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Phoenix song - Sep 3, 2004 7:28 pm (#118 of 2977) Reply    

Denise: Loved your joke! It's the kind that my kids just love. Here's another similar one. Why was 6 afraid of 7? Answer: Because 7 ate 9.

I know, it's probably so old that everyone's already heard it. But it's just the right kind of P.G. joke. Happy Birthday True Love! I hope that the party is a real hoot!

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ShelterGirl - Sep 3, 2004 8:04 pm (#119 of 2977) Reply    

True Love--

http://www.lyrics.ly/lyrics.php/heywood+banks/Lyrics/toast

I too love this song. It's by a guy named Heywood Banks. You can also find it on bobandtom.com where they have the actual song playing...

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scully jones - Sep 3, 2004 9:12 pm (#120 of 2977) Reply    

Only one of you guessed my lie, and most likely for the wrong reason.

Pregnant SmileyMy best friend Sarah G., my brother's girl, my other brother's new wife, and my friend Linda(again) are all having babies.

Why yes, in fact, I did read all of OoTP on one plane trip. It only took me about five and a half hours.

Tornado - I am not happy to say I have not seen a tornado or been in an earthquake. I am sad to say I have not. I think a tornado would be interesting to view from a distance. Even a slight tremor would be cool, I think. As long as it doesn't bring the building down on me.

I personally have never had a guinea pig, but my friend did. I never understood exactly how it could be considered a good pet. Perhaps I just haven't met the right one? This particular one didn't like being petted or picked up.

Rats are much more friendly, I think. They crawl all over and love being held. Most of the time. One poor rat ran and sqealed when I tried to pick it up. Maybe because it wasn't a tame one? The fact that I found it in a sewer should have been a clue.Rat

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mischa fan - Sep 4, 2004 5:55 am (#121 of 2977) Reply    

shepherdess, since Betty can't get on the internet right now, she wanted me to wish you a Happy Birthday. Happy Birthday from Betty and me.

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Celestina W. - Sep 4, 2004 6:13 am (#122 of 2977) Reply
Edited by Sep 4, 2004 6:21 am    

Hello everybody! Hope our members in hurricane-prone areas are staying safe and dry this weekend.

Well, I got the lead part (Laurey) in Oklahoma! I don't think it's quite sunk in yet, but I'm happy about it. I'm going to be so busy now, though.

I guess maybe nobody is playing the game anymore, but I still want to post my three things.

1. I didn't buy GoF until almost three years after it was published.

2. I have a Harry Potter wallpaper border in my room.

3. I made a t-shirt, which I wore to go see PoA, that says "I (heart) MOONY" on the back in glow-in-the-dark fabric paint.

EDIT: Changed my avatar -- gotta support my team! (For those who might not know, the Twins are Minnesota's baseball team. Right now they appear to be heading for their third division championship in a row.)

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Sherbie Lemon ] - Sep 4, 2004 6:29 am (#123 of 2977) Reply    

Birthday Balloons Sheperdess!

Congratulations, Celestina! What a role! I'll say that #2 is your lie.

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septentrion - Sep 4, 2004 6:52 am (#124 of 2977) Reply    

Happy birthday to True Love and Shepherdess. It's amazing to know Betty's in hospital but still thinking of the other's birthdays. Hurray for betty !

Celestina, I vote for the border too. And congrats for your part !

This week-end is the "braderie de Lille", the biggest market in Europe. More than 2 millions visitors are expected. There you can buy anything and anyone can sell. I think I'm going to see if I can't find some HP stuff.

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Chris. - Sep 4, 2004 6:59 am (#125 of 2977) Reply    

Happy Birthday Sheperdess and True Love!!

Denise-- He he! My kind of joke.

Celestina-- I think your lie is #2. Your number three is quite detailed so I think that's probably true.

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Leila 2X4B - Sep 4, 2004 7:09 am (#126 of 2977) Reply    

Happy Birthday Shepardess and True Love.!!!!! Have a great day.

Leila

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Sherbie Lemon ] - Sep 4, 2004 7:46 am (#127 of 2977) Reply    

Birthday Banner True Love!

I hope you can find some good HP merchandise, Septentrion!

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septentrion - Sep 4, 2004 8:03 am (#128 of 2977) Reply    

thanks Sherbie, we'll see. At least I've won a bidding on ebay, I'll soon find myself with the british edition of PS. It'll only be my fourth copy of the book

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Hermy-own - Sep 4, 2004 8:16 am (#129 of 2977) Reply    

Happy Birthday True Love + Shepherdess!!!! Or should I say, Harry Birthday!

Celestina: I also think you're lying about #2.

Denise and phoenix: Haha! I liked ur jokes, keep 'em comin'.

Hermy.

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[Potty, Jim the]Jim the Potty - Sep 4, 2004 9:06 am (#130 of 2977) Reply    

Celestina, your lie is #3 - you did make and wear the t-shirt but it did NOT say Moony.

My three:

1 - I have only read Order of the Phoenix three times
2 - My parents and brother have (with some encouragement!) read the HP books
3 - I did not watch the CoS movie until it was out on DVD and I've not yet watched PoA

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Chris. - Sep 4, 2004 9:13 am (#131 of 2977) Reply    

I think your lie is #1. But I don't know! They all sounds so real.

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Good Evans - Sep 4, 2004 9:21 am (#132 of 2977) Reply    

Jim

I think your lie is no 3. "proud to be potty about potter" - surely you rush to see them at the movies?

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Kasse - Sep 4, 2004 9:33 am (#133 of 2977) Reply    

Hello everyone,

Ah the weekend is here and I adore the weekend. Just wanted to say,

True Love and Shepardess – Happy Birthday and I hope you both have a great day.

Celestina W. – Thanks for the update and a big congratulations to you on getting the lead in the play. I think your #2 is a lie

Jim –I think your lie is #3

Ok everyone thake care......

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haymoni - Sep 4, 2004 10:06 am (#134 of 2977) Reply    

Celestina - congrats on the part! "Oklahoma" is special to me because it is one of the first musicals I watched on TV.

We didn't have the $$$ to go to the theater, but my mom made sure I watched it (and "The King & I" and "West Side Story" and every Shirley Temple movie) every time it was on.

Hope you have a good lookin' Curly to sing with!

Ha - I just got a mental flash of Billy Crystal singing in "When Harry Met Sally" - not the best Curly imitation, but was it funny!

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True Love - Sep 4, 2004 10:09 am (#135 of 2977) Reply    

Thanks for the birthday wishes everyone. It is only next week but I am milking it for all its worth. ShelterGirl, thanks for the link to the Toast song. It was so cool of you to send it to me. Maybe I can get my nephew to sing it for me. Get well wishes to Boop and birthday wishes to all the other Virgos out there. 'Tis a fine month for celebration.

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Marè - Sep 4, 2004 10:33 am (#136 of 2977) Reply    

Celestina and Jim, I think both your lies are nr. 2.

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Hermy-own - Sep 4, 2004 11:01 am (#137 of 2977) Reply    

Jim, is your lie #1?

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timrew - Sep 4, 2004 2:32 pm (#138 of 2977) Reply    

Happy Birthday, True Love and Shepherdess!! And any other Forum member who happens to be having a birthday at the moment!

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Phreaker - Sep 4, 2004 2:34 pm (#139 of 2977) Reply    

HAPPY BIRTHDAY SHEPHERDESS!!! ( Mom )

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septentrion - Sep 4, 2004 2:51 pm (#140 of 2977) Reply    

Jim, I think your lie is the 3rd

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mike miller - Sep 4, 2004 2:59 pm (#141 of 2977) Reply    

Happy Birthday Shepherdess and True Love and to all Forum members who are celebrating life this day (and tomorrow in case I don't make it in).

Congrats Celestina! I know that is something you've been hoping and working for, go get 'em!

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I Am Used Vlad - Sep 4, 2004 5:18 pm (#142 of 2977) Reply    

Happy birthday, Shepherdess and True Love.

Jim the Potty, I think #1 is your lie.

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Doris Crockford - Sep 4, 2004 5:37 pm (#143 of 2977) Reply    

Congrats, Celestina! That's great that you got the lead! I think that #2 is the lie for both you and Jim.

Happy birthday Shepherdess!

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Julia. - Sep 4, 2004 7:08 pm (#144 of 2977) Reply    

Happy birthday Shepherdess and True Love! Have a butter on me. Have some cake too. I love how that guy eats the plate too. Hope you have a great day and an awesome year!

Mazel tov Celestina on getting the lead in Oklahoma! You can have some butterbeer on me too. I'm sure you'll do great!

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The giant squid - Sep 4, 2004 11:26 pm (#145 of 2977) Reply    

Celestina, congratulations on winning the role! I knew you could do it.

As for my quiz questions (seems Marie didn't want to try ), Septentrion was the only one that got it right. I have never met Magic Johnson (for Leviosa & anyone else who didn't know: Magic Johnson is a former pro basketball player, he played for the L.A. Lakers). I almost met him once...he came to see a movie at my theater. I chose to play it cool rather than hound him like a fanboy (unlike some of my fellow employees... ).

Actually, anyone who said that I hadn't lived in 6 different states was right too--I did the math again and I've actually lived in 7! In order they are: Illinois, Missouri, North Dakota, Georgia, Minnesota, California and Nevada. I moved back to North Dakota between Georgia & Minnesota for a grand total of 8 states in 32 years. Yeesh.

And yes, according to my database, my comic collection is worth over $12k. This of course assumes I could get someone to pay "market value" for all of them, which is highly unlikely.

Even when she's down, Betty still remembers people's birthdays. How cool is that?

--Mike

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True Love - Sep 5, 2004 5:14 am (#146 of 2977) Reply    

Julia - thanks for the cute happy faces. How do you do that? I just love them! If the answer is in the How To thread I will go there.

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Good Evans - Sep 5, 2004 5:33 am (#147 of 2977) Reply    

Celestina - I think your lie is number 1. - very well done on the part in the musical - yay you!

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Julia. - Sep 5, 2004 6:32 am (#148 of 2977) Reply    

True Love, you're quite welcome, it was my pleasure to give you cute smilies. I scanned the 'how do you' thread looking for your answer, and couldn't find it. I'm sure it's somewhere on one of the old chat threads, but it's early and I haven't had my breakfast yet, I really don't feel like looking. Anyway, you'll need to download Smiley Central on to your computer and then just follow along. If you have any trouble scan the 'how do you' thread.

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Pigwidgeon - Sep 5, 2004 6:58 am (#149 of 2977) Reply    

Oh, there are some smilies "programmed" with this Forum. The thread has been archived, but it's in The Forum is Now Up and Running, Post #18, Liz Mann (I was just there the other day.) But for animated smilies, yes, those need to be downloaded.

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DJ Evans - Sep 5, 2004 8:28 am (#150 of 2977) Reply    

Celestina -- Fantastic!!! Congrats on getting the part!!! Look out Broadway, we've got our own star heading your way!

Shepherdess -- sorry I'm a day late, but HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY!!!! Hope it was a great one, one that will be remembered for years to come!

Later, Deb
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