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Re: Chat & Greetings 2004

Post  Lady Arabella on Tue Nov 18, 2014 8:24 pm

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Siouxwolf - Sep 5, 2004 8:43 am (#151 of 2977) Reply    

Hi there,

I am new to this list, Happy Belated Birthday to Shepardess and True Love, I hope you both had wonderful days:-) My cousin suggested that I come to this site and so far I am really impressed. Way cool stuff here and all on HP. I must say I cannot wait for book 6. Well enjoy the rest of your Sunday, take care

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Kasse - Sep 5, 2004 8:56 am (#152 of 2977) Reply    

Welcome Siouxwolf!! Feel free to post and join in on the discussions, new views/ideas are always welcome.

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Flame Alligator - Sep 5, 2004 12:12 pm (#153 of 2977) Reply    

I want to play the two truths and one lie game. I won't put my guesses as some have already revealed their answers. I did pretty good guessing.

Here are mine: 1. I like to wear second skin lycra when teaching yoga. 2. There is a machine shop in my house. 3. I have spent 11 hours on line chatting.

Everybody be safe in Florida.

Goedemiddag

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septentrion - Sep 5, 2004 12:55 pm (#154 of 2977) Reply    

Flame, I can believe you spent 11 hours chatting But I'm not sure for the second skin lycra. I think your lie is this one.

And welcome to Siouxwolf !

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mike miller - Sep 5, 2004 1:41 pm (#155 of 2977) Reply    

I hope all of you in Florida are staying safe!

Julia - I just finished watching the Yankees and the O's. Good thing for you the Yankees managed to get one out of three since the Red Sox look to be winning. Things could get tight before the regular season ends. I'm sure you'll be pulling for the O's before the end since we play Boston the last 4 games of the season

Flame - You're making it very tough! The machine shop is just too far out there to be a lie. I think it's the 11 hours chatting. You don't seem to be the kind of person who can sit still for 11 hours!

I hope all of you here in the States with the extra day off (Labor Day is a national holiday here) use the opportunity to re-charge the ol' batteries. I know I'm looking forward to not only a 3-day weekend but the 4-day work week that follows!

Well off to catch up on some postings...

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Julia. - Sep 5, 2004 6:44 pm (#156 of 2977) Reply    

What! The O's are playing the Sox the last four games of the season? GO O'S!

I talked to Betty this afternoon. She sounded a bit better than she has been. She sends everyone more love and hugs than is legally allowed (shhhh, don't tell the hug police!) and she thanks everyone for the flowers we sent her.

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Leila 2X4B - Sep 5, 2004 9:02 pm (#157 of 2977) Reply    

Wow, Julia. That is wonderful that she is doing better. Send her my love. *hugs and more hugs, and more and more and more hugs to Betty* I am glad that she liked the flowers. They certainly looked pretty. I hope that were even better in real life.

2 and half games behind the Yankees. That 6 game series coming up is going to be definitive in how the season ends. The Yanks will be the wild card if more of their players wish to keep punching walls.

Leila *sneaking one last and long hug to Betty and one to Julia for being so sweet to Betty*

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The giant squid - Sep 6, 2004 12:41 am (#158 of 2977) Reply    

Thanks for the update, Julia. Definitely let her know we're all here for her.

Flame...I dunno. Like Mike Miller said, the machine shop idea is so bizarre as to be true (unless that's what you want us to think...). I'm going to go with 3. From what you've said you've been doing yoga for quite some time, so second-skin lycra may not be the frightening thought it would be for a lot of us.

--Mike

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Chemyst - Sep 6, 2004 5:20 am (#159 of 2977) Reply    

'Popping in for a quick Labor Day check and, Whew! the new posts are still in managable numbers!

Flame, I'm going to guess the lycra is a lie, that you find it itchy, and prefer a knitted cotton jersey.

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Sep 6, 2004 6:33 am (#160 of 2977) Reply    

Made my first visit to IKEA yesterday. What was I thinking?!?!?! A Sunday on Labor Day Weekend? What a madhouse! But once I fought through the crowds (and it did almost come to blows ) I could appreciate the incredible deals. Too bad at two-and-a-half hours away this shapes up to be more of an annual pilgrimage than a convenient alternative to the mall.

Oh, and a special note to VeronikaG: I noticed in the paper that today is Pal Waaktarr's birthday. He's--brace yourself--43.

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Kasse - Sep 6, 2004 7:16 am (#161 of 2977) Reply    

Julia thanks for the Betty updater please continue to send her our hugs and prayers

EDIT: Catherine - I think that the dog looks adorable! So when do you get to take her home?

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Catherine - Sep 6, 2004 7:30 am (#162 of 2977) Reply    

Happy Labor Day!

It's been a nice weekend here. I've managed to read a few books and treated myself to a museum visit, and it was wonderful. Alas, earwax, none of the portraits moved, though. I enjoyed indulging my Inner Nerd.

Flame, even though I sure that you can carry off skintight lycra, I am not positive that you would, so that is my guess for your "lie."

I'm jealous of Kim's IKEA deals, but somehow I've never ventured into the retail madness this weekend. **wonders if this was a big mistake**

I did go see the new shih-tzu at our local shelter, and she was not quite what they said, but she is sweet. She is a shih-tzu poodle mix and she is nearly full grown, not 15 weeks. The poor thing was so dirty and matted that I think she's going to have to be shaved down. I took a photo and am including it here so that my Forum friends can see my next foster pup looks like.



Enjoy your holiday, and I'm sending wishes for drought and "ekletricity" to Floridians and others affected by the storms.

See you all around.

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Phoenix song - Sep 6, 2004 7:31 am (#163 of 2977) Reply    

Okay, I'd like to join in on the 2 truths and a lie game. Most of the games have already been answered, but I'm going to guess that #3 is the lie of Flame Alligator. Even for a yogi (that is used to the physical demand that it would require from your body) 11 hours is a long time to spend chatting. Now for mine:

1. My brother and sister were married on July 28, 1997. 2. Like JKR I'm highly allergic to cats. 3. My hobby is to make delicate flowers using only sugar and egg whites.

Tell me what you think! Barbie

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Sherbie Lemon ] - Sep 6, 2004 7:41 am (#164 of 2977) Reply    

Barbie: " My brother and sister were married on July 28, 1997." Er, I think I may have read this wrong. Do you mean that they were both married to their respective spouses on July 28, 1997?
Please, oh please, mean that!

Flame, I'm going to go with the Lycra too. Even though I occasionally wear it while doing yoga, I prefer a more natural fabric, and I think you would too. About your third statement, I am well aware of how much you can chat, so 11 hours doesn't really shock me.

Aww, Catherine, she's cute! I'm sure she'll love being your foster puppy. Are you going to take her to Mrs. Scissor-Happy to be shaved?

**(((HUGS))) to Betty!** I'm glad to hear she's feeling a bit better. Please tell her we miss her, Julia.

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Sep 6, 2004 7:48 am (#165 of 2977) Reply
Edited by Pinky Sep 6, 2004 8:17 am    

She is a shih-tzu poodle mix---Untamed Shrew

***races to get this in and beat Loopy and Tim among others***

Does that make her a Poo-tzu? Which, when you think of it, only makes sense.

I edited out Kim's last sentence. ~Pinky

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True Love - Sep 6, 2004 7:49 am (#166 of 2977) Reply    

I find it interesting that so many of you are taken in by the two truths - one lie . This is often used as an "ice breaker" at meetings. Harder to lie to people when you are facing them but the premise is the same and of course it lets the participants learn something new about each other. Usually the truths seem improbable and the lies seem boring.

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septentrion - Sep 6, 2004 8:01 am (#167 of 2977) Reply    

Barbie, isn't your hobby reading HP and/or this forum ?

Thanks Julia to let us know how Betty is going. Send her many hugs from me.

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Flame Alligator - Sep 6, 2004 8:42 am (#168 of 2977) Reply    

* looking sheepish* To all who said the second skin lycra clothing is the lie, you are correct. I prefer to wear loose "genie" pants and a tank top to teach yoga. I have to be able to take big deep yogic breaths....... tight clothes?....... I can't breath in that stuff. *shaking head no* Chemyst and the rest of you who said that I prefer "natural" fibers such as cotton jersey....... again correct.

As for the chatting......lol. I am an extravert....... we can chat forever. Btw, I don't sit still while I chat. Lots of standing forward bends, and standing and sitting side bends.

I am late with this....... Welcome to all the new members. I have been lurking these past two weeks. I want to thank you guys for all the laughs lately. This thread has made me spew several times and I don't spew easily.

Phoenix Song, I am going to say making delicate flowers out of sugar and egg whites is the lie. When would you have time to read Harry Potter and the forum?

Untamed Shrew, Awww Your new puppy is going to be so happy with you. She is so lucky to have you as her new Mom. It warms my heart when someone "rescues" an animal from a shelter. Will we get to see a picture of her after you clean her up?

*smiling knowingly at Julia* Read while you are walking. Read while you eat. Read till you fall asleep....... read, read and omg, I have so much more reading to do. Isn't being an English major great?

Did anyone else on the forum take a speed reading class in high school? It sure helped me. Sitting in the dark with a timed light on the page, which lights one line at a time moving down the page and then comprehension questions afterwards. Each week the teacher sets the timer faster if you do well on the reading comprehension questions. You can read very fast with excellent retention of what you have read. I am grateful to the my guidance counselor who forced me to take that class.

To our forum Floridians: May you all be safe. I hope you get some electricity soon.

I am off the do my personal yoga practice for today.

Happy Labor Day!

doei (bye)

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SarcasticGinny - Sep 6, 2004 9:09 am (#169 of 2977) Reply    

Hi everyone! I'm not sure how this game is played that you're playing, but it looks kind of fun. Hopefully everyone is enjoying their holiday. I am very happy because we finally set up networking in our home and now I can drop by more often. :-)

Bye!

-Emily

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Catherine - Sep 6, 2004 9:41 am (#170 of 2977) Reply
Edited by Pinky Sep 6, 2004 11:27 am    

***races to get this in and beat Loopy and Tim among others**--Lupin is Lupin

LOL!

I'm not sure what Pinky edited out, Kim. I only know that I spewed when I looked at the poor puppy's information card, and her "breed" was listed at the top. This sentence has been edited out. ~Pinky I think the shelter intake person could have made up a nicer combination. I'm sure we have creative members on the Forum who would have some ideas. Maybe a "shoodle?" Or a "Tzoodle?"

I'm sure I will await with baited breath to see what, if anything, Tim and Loopy make of the poor dog's breed mix. But you beat them to it, Kim! **suspects that Kim likes to win!**

Oh, and Giant Squid, I thank you for your compliment about my "new name." It seemed appropriate at the time, so I'll thought I'd try it for a while. I'm hoping that everyone will still call me "Catherine."

***waves to Forum family***

EDIT: Please know that this picture of the puppy was taken at the shelter, which is where she has to stay for the next week or so. She is not in "jail" here at my house! ***worried about misunderstandings***

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Julia. - Sep 6, 2004 9:48 am (#171 of 2977) Reply    

Merlin's beard Kim, you tried to get to IKEA on Labor Day weekend? Just how bad was traffic at the 91-95 intersect? I drove by yesterday and the paking lot looked very full.

I'm planning to talk to Betty this evening, I'll be sure to pass along all the hugs and well wishes.

Hope everyone is having a good Labor Day. We had a party this morning. The New Haven 20K road race goes by my house, so we had our friends over to watch the race and eat bagles.

*waves back at Catherine*

*stops chatting and goes back to watching West Wing*

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Sep 6, 2004 10:08 am (#172 of 2977) Reply    

I was edited?!?!?! ***shakes head is disbelief*** I hereby lodge a protest. My deleted sentence was no worse than Catherine's highlighted text.

Julia, I know I was crazy to go but I was desperate. And in the end it proved a worthwhile trip. Thought of you as I drove past the signs that said "Hartford, thattaway --->"

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Pigwidgeon - Sep 6, 2004 11:20 am (#173 of 2977) Reply    

Heh, I'm coming into this a bit late (a habit of mine) but this looks fun, so here goes:

1. I have an autographed picture of Burt Reynolds

2. I have met both Pat Buchanan and Ross Perot

3. I have talked to Billy Joel

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Pinky - Sep 6, 2004 11:28 am (#174 of 2977) Reply    

Kim, I agree with you, and Catherine's text has been edited. For those of you that know, please refrain from making any more jokes like that.

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Catherine - Sep 6, 2004 12:18 pm (#175 of 2977) Reply    

Pinky,

Apologies to you and to all.

I really wasn't "joking," as what you edited out was actually how our local shelter listed the dog's mixed breed between Shih-Tzu and Poodle. I didn't name it at first until another member made a quip about it, and it seems like it should have remained unsaid.

That post was not intended to tickle any sleeping dragon moderators, nor to violate the standards of good taste. ***Kim, looks like you and I were having the same unusual thought, once again.***

There just is no good way to name this particular mix, it seems.

***Off to pout in a shrewish manner!***

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septentrion - Sep 6, 2004 12:40 pm (#176 of 2977) Reply    

April, I guess the second is your lie (just a guess though)

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Denise P. - Sep 6, 2004 1:19 pm (#177 of 2977) Reply    

Woo hoo! We drove 90+ miles this morning to go get our Luna. My avatar is a picture of her right after I put her into the temporary cage. She is sitting on a fluffly scrunchie bed. She is the sweetest little thing, very gentle.

Catherine, cute puppy! I know after she is bathed and groomed, she will be even cuter. Hope she finds a good home soon.

April, I don't think you are a Burt Reynolds fan

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Acceber - Sep 6, 2004 2:19 pm (#178 of 2977) Reply    

89 posts in one long weekend and I was here thinking it was going to slow down because people are away, but maybe not.

We got home a few hours ago from the Adirondacks. If you didn't know (I'll make this short) my mum's family is tearing down our old summer house and building a new one that's drier and hopefully more quiet. My mum and I, along with my aunts, uncle and cousin, went up to empty the house of things we're keeping. The garage is currently full of such items. It wasn't the best time of my life, but I got to see the place where I've spent about half a year of my life (yes, I counted) for probably the last time and I'm grateful.

Happy Belated Birthdays to True Love and Shepherdess and any more I missed because Betty isn't here to remind us. Get better soon Forum Mom! Big hugs!

Congrats to Celestina on getting the lead!

As for the game: not many people guessed on mine, but I'll tell you the answer anyway:

Haha! Tricked you all! Yes, I did play softball last spring and my uniform number was six. You all (hopefully) know I'm a die-hard Red Sox fan and baseball and softball are kind of similiar... I take Chinese in school just like 20 or so other people in my grade and this year will be my third of learning this amazing language. My lie was the last one; PoA is my favorite book but not because Sirius is my favorite character, which he isn't.

Off to read more threads, talk to y'all soon!

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Loopy Lupin - Sep 6, 2004 3:48 pm (#179 of 2977) Reply    

Hello all. Hope everyone had a nice weekend and/or holiday, as applicable. I am fine. See you all around the threads!!

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SarcasticGinny - Sep 6, 2004 4:20 pm (#180 of 2977) Reply    

I love your avatar, Loopy!

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SarcasticGinny - Sep 6, 2004 7:14 pm (#181 of 2977) Reply    

Sorry to double post, but it occurred to me that I'd really like to talk to those of you that are librarians. I am currently an eighth grade teacher with only a bachelor's degree in English but i really, REALLY would like to be a school librarian. Do any of you know a way to get my media information science degree while still being able to teach school?

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Phoenix song - Sep 6, 2004 9:38 pm (#182 of 2977) Reply    

Hello to all! I hope that everyone's long weekend went well. I'm sorry for all of those that didn't have a holiday weekend.

Flame Alligator and Septentrion: You're right in a sense in that in this past month my main hobby has been reading HP and the forum. However, before I became aware of the joys of the Lex, my hobby was making delicate little flowers for cakes. I bake cakes at home and make all sorts of edible icing flowers (like pansies, violets, daffodils, forget-me-nots, roses, poinsettas, daisies, etc.) out of powdered sugar and a dried egg white powder. My e-bay name is cakeflowermaker.

Sherbie Lemon: You're right in that my brother and my sister married their respective spouses on the same day. My sister and her boyfriend had planned their wedding for a year and a half. Ten days before her wedding my brother's girlfriend had a fight with her mom and decided to move out. The result was that they asked my sister if she would "share" her wedding with them. It was quite a lot of fun to get shocked reactions from people by saying, "My brother and my sister are getting married on Saturday."

My lie was the most inane. I'm not allergic to cats like JKR. I have two cats and two dogs. This information could change at any time, though. I live in the country and people are always "dropping" off their animals near my house. I'm continually taking more in and trying to find them homes.

Talk to you all later. Hope that everyone in Florida is safe!

Barbie

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Mrs. Sirius - Sep 6, 2004 9:50 pm (#183 of 2977) Reply    

Wow, some many posts, I feel awful since lately I have been doing such a poor job of keeping up with all to posts on this thread, my apologies. I have been skipping and skimming in an effort to not fall completely behind.

Today the 7th is my birthday, the real excitement which I must share with you, it is the first day of school for my kids! The triplets and my son, will be in school all day, from 8 am to 3 pm (with travel time). This is the first time since my son was born 8 years ago that I will have had so much time to myself. I must find who in our regional school district thought this out to give me such a wonderful birthday gift!

Since I've gotten a computer Harry Potter and the forum have been my coping mechanism for dealing with 4 children who are only 2 years apart in age. The girls, whose birthday is the same day as this forum, were in kindergarten last year, but that was only part-time. Now I may became dangerous here as I'll be home with no kids all day! Maritza

PS on the slacker mom thing, yes I am a slacker mom. I buy my girls all just one pair of socks, actually, I get about 21 pairs of the same socks, that way there is no time in getting them to match. Also while I am very fussy about what they are allowed to eat, don't ask how often I comb their hair or if their clothes always match.:smile

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Leila 2X4B - Sep 6, 2004 9:53 pm (#184 of 2977) Reply    

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MRS. I look forward to the day when I have free time of any sort. That is the best gift ever. Send them flowers.

Leila

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Marie E. - Sep 6, 2004 10:29 pm (#185 of 2977) Reply    

Happy birthday, Mar!!!!! *wishes she had a cute smiley*

No, dear brother, I didn't have time to post but I knew the answer anyway. If you had ever met Magic Johnson, I'm sure I'd have heard about it.

We went to Keystone this weekend. Keystone is a ski resort about an hour west of Denver. It was very pretty and unseasonably cold. It actually snowed Sunday morning.

I don't know if I'm too late to play but here you go: 1. I met country western singer Kenny Rogers. 2. I have a smiley face tattoo. 3. I make rugs on a loom in my spare time.

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Ozymandias - Sep 6, 2004 10:39 pm (#186 of 2977) Reply    

Happy Birthday Mrs. Sirius! I give you the gift of free time...wait, you just got that.

Glad to hear Betty is doing a bit better, Julia. Thanks for the update. By the way, did you watch the all-day West Wing thing too? I was in heaven.

Marie, my guess is that you're lying about the smiley face tattoo.

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The giant squid - Sep 6, 2004 10:45 pm (#187 of 2977) Reply    

Happy birthday, Mrs. Sirius! Having all the kids out of the house must be the best present you've gotten in a while.

SarcasticGinny, the game is pretty simple (at least the way we're playing it): you post three things about yourself; two of them are true and one of them is a lie. Then the rest of us beat our heads together to figure out which is which until you feel sorry for us & tell us.

Untamed Shrew, I'll call you "Catherine" if you call me "Mike". Deal?

If you had ever met Magic Johnson, I'm sure I'd have heard about it. --Marie E.

Oh, so I should have mentioned running into Kevin Sorbo, Rita Rudner & Pink? Not to mention the Blue Man Group (and their crew) coming to screen a show after hours. Sometimes being booth manager at a movie theater has its priveleges...

As for your guesses, I'll say #3. I've seen how much stuff you have in your house--there's no room for a loom.

--Mike

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Phoenix song - Sep 6, 2004 11:44 pm (#188 of 2977) Reply    

Happy Birthday Mrs. Sirius! I'm sure that you're enjoying it with a quiet house. I know how difficult it can be to have little kids about, but at least my three were separated by nearly 4 years. Having triplets would be a nightmare for me. Best wishes!

When I was at the hospital a few years ago (before having #3), I met a woman whose grown daughter was about to have triplets. The real shocker, though, was that she had given birth to triplets 10 months before. The grandmother-to-be-again was frightened to imagine possibly having a third set of triplets in less than another year! I can't even begin to imagine the drama involved in bringing home newborn triplets along with your less than a year old triplets! Imagine 6 kids: all still in diapers; all still on the bottle/nursing; none walking; all 6 kids less than a year old. As an overworked, sleep deprived mother, this image is undoubtedly my worst nightmare!

Well, anyway, sorry that I've went on a ramble. I hope that you have a happy birthday and that the kids love school.

Marie E: I'm going to go with your lie being that you've met Kenny Rogers. I'm not sure why I'm picking this one, my first instinct is to pick #2. For some reason today, though, I'm second guessing all of my first instincts. Maybe it's the George Costanza syndrome from Seinfeld. Do you remember the one where George would decide something and then quickly do the opposite thing?

Barbie

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StareyedSlytherin - Sep 7, 2004 12:12 am (#189 of 2977) Reply    

Hi I haven't been around for a while, having problems with the internet connection, but I'm back on now ^_^ This board is so much fun and I look forward to being able to be on more often.

I love Seinfeld hehe! Great show!

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Catherine - Sep 7, 2004 4:57 am (#190 of 2977) Reply    

Good Morning to everyone, and I will try to "catch up" on the posts I've missed since yesterday:

Barbie, I really enjoyed your truths. Yes, you "got us" on the brother-sister married thingy!

Mrs. Sirius, Happy Birthday! Like you, my youngest starts school today, although it is "only" preschool! First day, Woo hoo! I'm already like, "What is this thing called alone time?" I'm a little sad, though, because she is "the baby" and she's not a baby anymore.

Marie, hmmm. I'm following along with Mike on this one and will pick the loom thingy as your lie. He made me laugh with the "-there's no room for a loom" comment.

Well, I've had some excitement since I last checked in with the Forum. I was getting ready for bed last night and the phone rang. Turns out my friend across the street fell off of her deck in the dark and needed a drive to the ER because she couldn't walk, and her hubby was at work. The poor dear crawled to her cell phone to call me. After her mom showed up to take care of the kids, I drove her and hysterical laughter overtook us. I asked her, "Gee, if you wanted to get out of carpool, you should've just said so. You didn't have to dive off of your deck!" I'm sure the ER folks thought we were crazy.

The "good" part of her accident is that she can't walk her shih-tzu Lily, so Lily is coming over to our house to "play" with my dogs. I have a special affection for Lily, as she's the first dog I ever helped with at the Humane Society, and I named her (after Lily Potter, of course!).

My thought while I was driving back from the hospital was that her accident was of Sherbie proportions.

Have a good day, everyone!

EDIT: Untamed Shrew, I'll call you "Catherine" if you call me "Mike". Deal? Deal!

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mike miller - Sep 7, 2004 5:10 am (#191 of 2977) Reply    

Good Tuesday Morning to all!

Happy Birthday Mrs. Sirius! Being able to sit and enjoy the quite is a birthday gift I'm sure you'll cherish.

Marie E - I've got to go with the smiley tattoo.

Catherine - What prompted the change to "Untamed Shrew"? I know many people, myself included, didn't realize when we signed up with World Cross that we could choose a "moniker" instead of using our real name.

Welcome back Stareyed Slytherin!

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Catherine - Sep 7, 2004 5:22 am (#192 of 2977) Reply    

Catherine - What prompted the change to "Untamed Shrew"? I know many people, myself included, didn't realize when we signed up with World Cross that we could choose a "moniker" instead of using our real name. --Mike Miller

Mike, I didn't know when we signed up that we could choose another name. Last week, I was in the mood for a change. I may change it back, or change it again. You know, changing one's mind is supposed to be a lady's perogative!

Also, the "Shrew" is a teensy nod to Marcus, who has teased me with the name "Katherina" from Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew because he knows that I have enjoyed some of Shakespeare's plays. The "untamed" part is my acknowledgment that I may be a wee bit of a shrew every once in a while, and a joke about the sparring that has taken place on the Harry/Pansy 'ship thread (Pansy likewise being an untamed shrew).

So, anyway, you all, I'm still Catherine! **waves to everyone**

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Julia. - Sep 7, 2004 5:52 am (#193 of 2977) Reply    

Good morning everyone! First off, HAPPY BIRTHDAY MAR!!! Have a butterbeer on me. Hope you have an awesome year and a great day, which, I'm sure you will with your kids going back to school today. Be sure to do a happy dance when they get on the bus.

Ozy, I did watch the West Wing marathon yesterday, except for when I had to drive back to UConn. It was awesome, I must say that watching West Wing is a most excellent way to spend one's Labor Day.

Have a great day everyone!

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Sherbie Lemon - Sep 7, 2004 7:33 am (#194 of 2977) Reply    

Catherine, that sounds like my kind of accident. It's certainly worthy of a "Sherbie" reference, mostly because she was alone and had to crawl to her cell phone. I hope she's alright!

Happy birthday, Mrs. Sirius! Congratulations on getting your kids out of the house!

Marie E., I'll go with #3.

I hope everyone has a good day back at work!

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Flame Alligator - Sep 7, 2004 7:49 am (#195 of 2977) Reply    

Marie E., making rugs in your spare time....... yeah right.

Pigwideon, I don't think you are a Burt Reynolds fan.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MRS. SIRIUS!! Enjoy all your free time today.

May everyone have a pleasant day back to work. Aren't long holiday weekends great?

Goedemorgen!

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Denise P. - Sep 7, 2004 8:25 am (#196 of 2977) Reply    

Marie, is there a Try-It for loom weaving? Heh...yeah, right.

I don't think you have a loom in your house.

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Padfoot - Sep 7, 2004 8:38 am (#197 of 2977) Reply    

I hope everyone had a good Labor day weekend! I also hope those in Florida stayed safe too.

Looks likes there have been some birthdays over the weekend. Happy Birthday Shepherdess and Mrs. Sirius!

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Good Evans - Sep 7, 2004 9:17 am (#198 of 2977) Reply    

Hope all the US posters had a great labor day weekend. I wasn't able to post yesterday so most humbly apologise for being a day late!!

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Mynn - Sep 7, 2004 9:17 am (#199 of 2977) Reply    

Yay! I finally got to the end. I've been on vacation for a couple of weeks and when I came back, there were almost 400 post on the old thread and I felt I had accomplished something, reading everysingle post... only to discover the thread was closed and there were almost 200 post on THIS thread.

There is so much I want to comment on but I'll try to keep it short. First, I hope Betty is feeling better soon and I offer her one more hug. *sends hugs*

Secondly the pronunciation discussion. The 'T' in often. I live in Utah (prounounced "you - awe" *Winks*) because we don't say our T's in anything. We say moun - uhn, Cur - uhn, Lay - uhn (that's a city in Utah spelled Layton. However, I actually do pronounce the T in often. It just made me laugh.

P.S. (i never claimed I could spell. I think I spelled pronounciation wrong Anyhow, It's nice to be back.

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Siouxwolf - Sep 7, 2004 10:42 am (#200 of 2977) Reply    

Hello, Hello,

I just wanted to say thank you to Phoenix Song, Prongs, kasse and Septentrion for their lovely welcome. I have to say that I love these sorts of forums, I have made so many online friends. You get to meet (or should I say) email and chat with people from all over the world. Well here in sunny South Africa, we are sort of coming out of winter and trying to get into spring, but we have been hit with a big cold front. We were even amazed to have snow (does not happen very often). Dragged my poor Mom to see Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban at the movies when it came out. Because my Mom got a bit confused with the storyline, I finally managed to get her to read the books. Now she is chomping at the bit for the 6th book, I can foresee a fight happening when its released:-) I see everyone is talking about the thread, I must say I am at a complete lost as to what you are talking about. I tried looking for my post which I did on Saturday, and then could not find it. So I did a search and that's how I knew who had said hello to me:-) What do you mean about you can read or skip certain threads? Very confused. You all have a great day, take care and for any of you in Florida I hope you, your family and furry pets are safe. Siouxwolf:-)
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Kip Carter - Sep 7, 2004 11:08 am (#201 of 2977) Reply    

Siouxwolf, welcome to the Harry Potter Lexicon Forum. I just moved your above post from the thread -- The Future and Past of the Chat Thread - Let's Talk! to this thread.

As to your questions concerning your Saturday post, I used the Search function for this Forum and put your name (Siouxwolf) in the dialogue box and it showed you made two post on Saturday, Post #1517 on the Tell About Yourself thread and Post #151 above on this thread.

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Kasse - Sep 7, 2004 11:09 am (#202 of 2977) Reply    

Siouxwolf - where in South Africa are you? I stayed in Capetown for about a month.

Happy birthday Mrs Sirius and may you enjoy your first child free day.

Ok off to post and read - talk to you all later.

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Siouxwolf - Sep 7, 2004 11:22 am (#203 of 2977) Reply    

hello there,

Ok I am a right plonker. I forget in which forum I have placed my log and have just read "how to navigate around the forum". Kip i also did a search for myself and then found myself. Am I a wally or what? And the thing is, I can't blame it on the hot weather either:-) Kasse in answer to your question I am living in Gauteng, previosuly known as the Transvaal. I live in a town called Midrand (previously known as Halfway House). I have been to Cape Town, its really beautiful down there, its about a 2 day drive for me. Did you go up the mountain?

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Siouxwolf - Sep 7, 2004 11:40 am (#204 of 2977) Reply    

Kip I must also add my apologies for blabbing on about where I am and that, i will try and remember to email everyone instead. I think I am getting the hang of this.

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Kip Carter - Sep 7, 2004 12:03 pm (#205 of 2977) Reply    

Siouxwolf, apologies are not necessary. Most important is that you enjoy yourself while you learn. This thread is for chatting and that is what you were doing when you were telling about yourself.

For you own imformation, I spent time in the Pertoria area of South Africa back in the 60's working in the space program. That whole area is quite beautiful. And I too have been to Cape Town. The sky in the southern hemisphere is fascinating and I enjoyed at an entirely different world above at night. I will always remember the Southern Cross.

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Siouxwolf - Sep 7, 2004 12:08 pm (#206 of 2977) Reply    

Kip that's awesome, I am about +/- 15 kilometres away from Pretoria. What a shame you came out in the 60's while apartheid was in full force. I bet if you came back now, you wouldn't think it was the same place. Its awesome, a beautiful country with a rainbow nation:-)

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Siouxwolf - Sep 7, 2004 12:12 pm (#207 of 2977) Reply    

Yeah the sky is definitly different this side. The animals amaze me, so far I have played with 9 month old lion cubs, elephants, cheetahs, the spiders I am afraid, I have to side with Ron. I can't stand them, and I had a small wobbly while watching the Chamber of Secrets. The kids in the audience thought Aragog was way cool, and here's me, an adult cringing under my chair, ha, ha, ha. The snakes are way cool, deadly but cool.

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Kip Carter - Sep 7, 2004 12:23 pm (#208 of 2977) Reply    

Siouxwolf, I would love to go back to South Africa now because I know it could only become more beautiful being that apartheid is no longer in effect. Maybe the Southern Cross will shine brightly for me and luck will allow my return sometimes in the future.

I have to leave now. Have a good time on the Forum!

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Ozymandias - Sep 7, 2004 12:26 pm (#209 of 2977) Reply    

Oh, I did not like the Acromantulas at all. Not at all. I gave up entirely on being the mature adult and curled up in a ball in my chair, hugging my knees. (I would have closed my eyes but I didn't want to miss anything.)

Welcome, Siouxwolf! Don't worry about posting in the wrong place, soon you'll be pointing others in the right direction.

Happy belated birthday, Shepherdess! So sorry I missed you the first time around.

Oh, and to everyone who is doubting Marie's loom because of space, there are table looms that are pretty small. Watch me eat those words later when Marie reveals that she has a smiley face tattoo but no loom.

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Chemyst - Sep 7, 2004 12:42 pm (#210 of 2977) Reply    

Happy Birthday Mrs. Sirius & Shephersess.
Welcome Siouxwolf. Is "a wally" a South African expression? Or am I just not cool?

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SarcasticGinny - Sep 7, 2004 1:00 pm (#211 of 2977) Reply    

Welcome to the forum Siouxwolf. Also, happy happy birthdays to both Shepherdess and Mrs. Sirius!

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septentrion - Sep 7, 2004 1:09 pm (#212 of 2977) Reply    

Happy birthday Mrs Sirius !

Marie, I think you don't have a smiley face tattoo.

Siouxfalls, I wonder if you're the only african poster of this forum. It's great because thanks to you, all the continents are here.

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Kasse - Sep 7, 2004 1:15 pm (#213 of 2977) Reply    

Septentrion - Siouxfalls is not the only African poster on the Forum, I am African, well I was born in East Africa (Kasse is an East African name) and I lived in East Africa for a few years before my family moved on to other parts of the world.......

Siouxfalls - No I never got to go up the mountain maybe next time I am in SA I will. *crossing fingers*

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septentrion - Sep 7, 2004 1:18 pm (#214 of 2977) Reply    

Glad to know Africa has more than one representant. It deserves even more than that !

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Siouxwolf - Sep 7, 2004 1:22 pm (#215 of 2977) Reply    

Heya,

Kasse where abouts in East Africa? I shall keep my fingers crossed for you, for coming to SA. Kip I shall keep the southern cross burning brightly for you, so you can find your way. having a great time pottering (no pun intended) on all the different threads/ Also a Happy Birthday to Mrs Sirius, hope you are having a great day. Its amazing how the internet has brought everyone so much closer.

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Padfoot - Sep 7, 2004 1:26 pm (#216 of 2977) Reply    

I have always wanted to visit Cape Town. There seems to be so much to do and see there. It is definitely on my top five places to visit.

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Siouxwolf - Sep 7, 2004 1:48 pm (#217 of 2977) Reply    

Hi there Padfoot,

Its awesome in Cape Town, I have only been once, but i really enjoyed myself. It takes about 2 days for us to drive down, and on the way we stopped at Kimberley, they have a huge hole in Kimberely. This is due to the diamond mining they did. Its amazing that the hole is so huge for the fact they did it by hand and not with modern technology.

Well I have jsut added my portrait, it only took me 45 minutes to get it, but I got there in the end:-)

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Denise P. - Sep 7, 2004 2:26 pm (#218 of 2977) Reply    

I think I have seen everything now. One of my kids brought home a birthday invitation. With it was a letter that said that gifts are not necessary but if I want my child to eat pizza while at the party (it is at a pizza place), to please send $5 to cover the cost. Hello? Am I the only one who covers the cost when I am giving a birthday party? I know when we invite kids to go to a movie party, we cover their ticket, drink etc (it is a package deal but we pay it). I have never asked a parent to cover the invited kid...but do say siblings are welcome but not paid for by me. I also don't do goodie bags if we go to a movie. I am just surprised to see the parents ask for help in covering the costs of a party.

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Catherine - Sep 7, 2004 2:47 pm (#219 of 2977) Reply    

Denise,

My mouth hung open while reading your birthday invitation story.

That invitation is in appallingly bad taste, in my opinion. What they are doing is proposing a gathering on someone else's dime, not hosting a party. Your movie parties sound lovely.

**wonders what Miss Manners would think about Denise's "invitation."

Now I've heard it all, too...**sighs**

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Kasse - Sep 7, 2004 2:50 pm (#220 of 2977) Reply    

Septentrion - I could not agree more

Siouxwolf - I was born in Kenya, to be specific Nairobi and we visit there quite a bit, I love it.

Denise P - I do think that asking you to provide money for your child, when your child has been invited is a bit much. However maybe the family is going through tough financial times and could not afford it? Maybe this is a new trend? Then again maybe as more people respond we might find out that this behavior/trend is not as uncommon as we think.

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Eponine - Sep 7, 2004 3:00 pm (#221 of 2977) Reply    

When I was planning my wedding, I read in several magazines that a new (tasteless) trend in weddings is asking guests to "donate" the money to cover their reception costs. Also, many people are telling asking (in the invitations) for money instead of presents. So, maybe the trend is just trickling down into children's parties as well.

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True Love - Sep 7, 2004 3:01 pm (#222 of 2977) Reply    

Denise P. - what a strange way of having a birthday party. Poor kid will probably get the brunt of the negative responses and not his parents (or whoever sent the invite).

Happy Birthday to Mrs Sirius, hope you are having a wonderful day. A fellow Virgo - we RULE!

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Denise P. - Sep 7, 2004 3:07 pm (#223 of 2977) Reply    

I am torn on how to handle it. I need to find out how good a friend this child is with mine, it may be a blanket invite to the entire class. My first thought was to snort and say "no way!" but I also don't want to punish the child or mine for the tactless invitation. I am going to see what else is going on that day and maybe I will have a prior commitment that actually makes it impossible for us to do. If this is a trend, it is not one that I will subscribe to. When we invite someone to a party or event, I think it is implied we will pay for the person we extended the invitation to.

Catherine, the movie parties are an easy way to do a birthday. For something like $6 a child, we get into the movie, they get a drink, popcorn and a small candie (usually Nerds). We also get the party room for an hour so we can do cake (although we do cupcakes at the theater) and presents. Minimal fuss, I don't have to worry about entertaining much and it is (biggest draw here!) not at my house! LOL We also do skating, bowling or the Rat Palace (Chuck E. Cheese)

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Catherine - Sep 7, 2004 3:21 pm (#224 of 2977) Reply    

Eponine,

I think you have a point about the trickle-down effect.

Denise,

The birthday parties you describe pretty much sum up what we do here in G-ville as well. One popular option here is to do a "Gymanastics" party at the local gym. The kiddies ($5 dollars a head up to 20 kids) are invited to do all the trampoline jumping and pit-mongering (it's an 8 ft pit filled with foam, and huge fun) they can handle. There are "led" games by the gym staff, and the birthday boy/girl is hoisted in the big harness way above the crowd for extreme swinging.

I always wanted to do this myself. I (only half-jokingly) asked the other moms, "Wouldn't this be fun for us?" Alas, earwax, only one of them seemed to think so. I felt like a nutter.

I'd forgo the cake for the jumping fun, meself....

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Kasse - Sep 7, 2004 3:29 pm (#225 of 2977) Reply    

Catherine - what do you mean when you say.... alas, earwax..... why the earwax? I could just be slow but I do not get it.

Denise P - Yeah I feel sorry for the child whose birthday it is. But if this is indeed a trend then when and where will it stop? Weddings, birthdays, what will be next?

EDIT: Thanks Cynde. I remember now, how could I have forgotten? I shall go iron my hands now.....

Thank you too Catherine for your very detailed explaination.

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Padfoot - Sep 7, 2004 3:36 pm (#226 of 2977) Reply    

Kasse, the alas earwax is something Dumbledore said once. It is used throughout the forum as a joke. It was at the end of SS/PS, he was talking to Harry about the every flavor candy, and he got the one flavored as earwax.

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Catherine - Sep 7, 2004 3:47 pm (#227 of 2977) Reply    

Kasse,

Apologies if I, or anyone else, was being arcane in any way. Padfoot is quite correct.

At the end of the first book, SS, (Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone), Dumbledore tastes a Bertie Bott Every Flavor Bean from Harry's gift stash.

His reply is, "Alas, earwax." Dumbledore meant that he hadn't tried the beans in a long time because he didn't really like them. What is amusing is that when he did try them again, he got an icky flavor, which was earwax. Quite nasty, when you think about it!

So, instead of just saying "Alas" here on the Forum, some of us say, "Alas, earwax" as a tribute to Dumbledore and to Rowling herself.

We still mean "Alas." What this means is that something happened unfortunately, or by bad luck.

I think eating an earwax-tasting jellybean qualifies.

**thinks earwax is ick**

EDIT: Kasse realizes. Now I have ultra explanation hanging out there...

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Loopy Lupin - Sep 7, 2004 4:13 pm (#228 of 2977) Reply    

Amazing how the inquirio spell is quickly met with the replyio jinx.

***shifts gears, puts on ugly old powdered wig and pretentious demeanor***

Miss Manners must confess that she is utterly baffled by Denise's dilemma. It is a given that presents, when one actually attends, for example, a child's birthday party or a wedding are absolutely required. Similarly, the cost of traveling to and from these functions may not be used to discount or as a set off to one's gift obligations, nor may the host or hostess expect their invited guests to pay for the evening's festivities. If the “just send money" philosophy is a growing trend, one may be assured that Miss Manners will not be having a child's birthday party or getting married anytime soon, but perhaps that is a different dilemma altogether.

Miss Manners is sympathetic, but not entirely impressed by the possibility that the family may be having money problems. The answer to that is to stay within one's means, and not recruit the pocketbooks of others to host a pizza blow out for 100 of the child's closest friends. Rather, a simple cake with ice cream around 3:00 p.m. (when it can be assumed that neither lunch nor dinner are being provided) would be the answer. The further problem with the suggestion is that people with proper ideals will still feel compelled to buy a present as well as pay the price of admission for the glorious repast of kid's pizza. It’s enough to make Miss Manners choke with rage *cough, sputter* Oh, wait, nevermind. It was just a hairball.



I think Denise has the correct idea in this instance, but these matters get complicated when children are involved. If the birthday boy or girl is a complete stranger and this party is not necessarily the social event of the season, then perhaps the five bucks can be better spent elsewhere as these types of arrangements must be discouraged. If the invitee's social well-being depends on attendance, then it's off to the five-buck pizza bash but with a small token of some sort, irrespective of the "instructions." Miss Manners realizes that this would, seemingly, be playing right into the possible ulterior motives detected above. However, manners may not yield. Hopefully, the offending mom will be shamed into a non-repeat performance when she notices that no one else suggests an admission price to their child's celebration."

***takes off wig, shakes pretentious cobwebs from head**

Where am I? Was I channeling again?

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Catherine - Sep 7, 2004 4:40 pm (#229 of 2977) Reply    

Where am I? Was I channeling again? --Loopy Lupin

Um, dear Loopy, you may have been "Verklempt" **adminsters smelling salts for a manners maven**

You were, however, totally correct, and complete. **loves etiquette because at least the rules are written down and sensible.**

I love the Forum. **OOPS*

I lied. I love an ideal, which may, or may NOT, include actual manners.

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Leila 2X4B - Sep 7, 2004 5:12 pm (#230 of 2977) Reply    

Denise, they asked you to Pay????? Yikes. How much pizza is your child going to eat? In my town 5 bucks pays for a small.

Amazing how the inquirio spell is quickly met with the replyio jinx. SPEW!!!!!!

Leila

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lupin’s daughter - Sep 7, 2004 5:16 pm (#231 of 2977) Reply    

Does anyone know when the Sugar Quill will be back up?

-jen

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ShelterGirl - Sep 7, 2004 5:50 pm (#232 of 2977) Reply    

Reading about that birthday party has stunned me.

Does no one learn tact anymore? Or graciousness?

If it will make you all feel better, and I hope it will, I have to tell you that since I have been working at the shelter no less than 5 kids have come in with their parents. They have all been lugging carloads of supplies for the animals. When we ask if it is a grocery store bin pick-up we have been told "No, it was so-and-so's birthday. Instead of presents they asked for donations to the SPCA."

Makes me feel all warm and fuzzy...

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Catherine - Sep 7, 2004 5:58 pm (#233 of 2977) Reply    

Oh, Shelter,

That is a nice story.

I really liked that one.

My daughter's "old" school had a service component that we all treasured. The kids always chose animal shelters over people ones!

We tried to shift their focus, but they were adamant.

Julie, yay for you all! I'm so pleased for you!

**is doing happy dance for donations to any shelter**

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SarcasticGinny - Sep 7, 2004 6:06 pm (#234 of 2977) Reply    

Denise- that is really bizarre about the party. I would probably bite the bullet and let the kid go, depending on how close they were with the birthday boy/girl. Still, I agree that if you can't afford pizza, cake and ice cream and a smaller party might be the way to go. Yeesh.

Sheltergirl, that is an awesome idea. I'd consider doing that...only I think for this birthday, I will really need the HP books on cd. (blush)

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True Love - Sep 7, 2004 6:43 pm (#235 of 2977) Reply    

Hmmm, HP books on CD. What a great idea. Must run this idea past husband, after all, he did say people are asking for ideas for my BD (even though I DID specify no gifts). HP books on CD - I LIKE it.

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Phoenix song - Sep 7, 2004 8:14 pm (#236 of 2977) Reply    

Has anybody heard the HP books in audio form? My husband and his brother team drive chemicals cross country. My husband has read and likes the HP books. He's not as fanatical as I am, alas, earwax, (lol), but he does enjoy them. His brother likes to listen to books on tape. (Many truckers do this as they drive along our nations' highways.)

This past weekend I was trying to convince my brother-in-law to give HP a try. He loved the LOTR trilogy, so I'm sure that he'll love HP even more. I've been battling with him for over a year that he can, indeed, read and enjoy what he has heard are only children's books. He has finally said that he might give the audio version a try. My husband has said that it would be a crying shame to listen books as great as these instead of reading them. He's not sure that the quality of the readings would do the books justice.

Anyway, this leads me to my question: Has anybody listened to the audio HP versions and if so, would they recommend them to a person who has never read the books? I'd appreciate your input!

Barbie

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Eponine - Sep 7, 2004 8:23 pm (#237 of 2977) Reply    

I've listened to CoS and am currently listening to OotP. I have the US versions read by Jim Dale. He does a very good job, and I would definitely recommend them. I had a hard time getting used to some of his voices though, because I already had how certain characters sounded inside my head. Listening to books is a great way to pass the time while driving, and since some people just don't have the time to actually read the books, it might be the only way someone could be exposed to them. So, yes, I would recommend them!

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Ladybug220 - Sep 7, 2004 8:35 pm (#238 of 2977) Reply
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I have all 5 on tape and really enjoy them. I did read them first, but I like to listen to them when I go walking or am doing chores around my apartment. I will be listening to them quite a bit over the next few weeks as I pack up my apartment. The joys (note the heavy sarcasm) of moving are starting sink in.

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Phoenix song - Sep 7, 2004 8:44 pm (#239 of 2977) Reply    

Thanks Eponine and Ladybug220. I will go ahead and advise my brother-in-law to try the audio versions. I'd hate for him to continue to miss out on something that I just know that he will love! And you're right Eponine, if he can't take the time to read them (it would be rather hard to read a book as large and intricate as OoP and continue to drive) at least listening would give him some exposure to the HP world.

Ladybug, good luck on the moving. I heard about a study a few years ago that ranked moving among the 10 most stressful times in a person's life! It was right up there with the biggest of stressors: divorce; illness; losing a parent; getting laid off; and losing a spouse. I know how horrible it can be, so we can send you good luck patronuses to help to ward off the stress.

Thanks again for your help!
Barbie

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Ladybug220 - Sep 7, 2004 8:50 pm (#240 of 2977) Reply    

Thanks Barbie - I will definitely need those patronuses (or patroni? - whatever) I am looking forward to my new job but this is a huge step! I have started to reach the anxiety stage. Ahhh, what joy is mine....

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Sep 7, 2004 9:00 pm (#241 of 2977) Reply    

Does anyone else wonder just what kind of law firm Loopy works for? ***looks over at Catherine to see if she has any idea*** Loopy, I'm wondering how long it took you to compose that very convincing imitation of Miss Manners (perhaps you really were channelling and if so, could you channel JKR and get her to tell us who the HBP is?) and who, exactly, is getting billed for those hours.

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Leila 2X4B - Sep 7, 2004 9:32 pm (#242 of 2977) Reply    

I want to be the first to wish Julia a HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!

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Phoenix song - Sep 7, 2004 9:38 pm (#243 of 2977) Reply    

Happy Birthday Julia! I hope that you have a great one!

Barbie

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Madam Pince - Sep 7, 2004 9:50 pm (#244 of 2977) Reply    

Loopy, you crack me up. That was a perfect imitation of Judith Martin. I actually read a column of hers fairly recently that addressed almost the exact same situation as Denise's, except it was adults coming to a birthday dinner. Miss Manners' polite suggestion was that they should entertain within their means -- there are many very inexpensive or even free ways to get together with friends. One simply may not invite someone to a function and then ask them to pay for it (spoken in Miss Manners' hoity-toity voice.) However, you're right in that it gets sticky with kids being involved. It's not the child's fault their parent is a ding-dong. So I don't know what to recommend, Denise.

Welcome back Sarah! I wondered where you'd gone off to. And I must say I am somewhat concerned that you have been running around picking up sewer rats. Eeeek! I saw a whole herd (pride? litter? pack?) of them once, under a bridge near the river in New Orleans, and I've never been so grossed out in my life! People were leaning over the railing of the bridge cooing "Oh look at the cute little kittens!" All I've got to say is those people's cats must have funny-looking tails.

I missed out on the whole 'Two Truths' game thing, but I can't believe everyone focused on the "loom" part of Marie's statement. The thing that jumped out at me was "...in my spare time." I don't think she has any!

And this is going back many many posts but I can't help it -- Veronika, Bridget is not in fact Brooke's daughter with Ridge. Eric is the father of both Bridget and Rick. Brooke only thought (for a few years) that Bridget was Ridge's daughter, but it was subsequently proven by some scientific test or another that she was Eric's. Which is nice, because of the rather questionable storyline that this particular piece of trash-TV took a few months ago.

***Madam Pince swears that she does not watch "Bold and the Beautiful" except when her mother is visiting, when it cannot be avoided. And one episode every six months or so is good enough to keep you up-to-speed, unfortunately.***

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Leila 2X4B - Sep 7, 2004 10:26 pm (#245 of 2977) Reply    

I must to bed. I have class, my first day, at 1100 am. That is practically first thing. I must admit, the late start may seem nice, but my last day of finals is *aghast* on December 23rd!!!! All of that baking in one smegging day. Plus, my school came up with another winning idea, no reading day. (Reading Day is a day off between the last day of classes and the start of finals). Since I am an English/History major, all of my finals are ten-twenty page papers, that means I could have less than one day to get my smeg together and write something decent.

Leila

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The giant squid - Sep 8, 2004 1:39 am (#246 of 2977) Reply    

   I can't believe everyone focused on the "loom" part of Marie's statement. The thing that jumped out at me was "...in my spare time." I don't think she has any!

Heh, yeah, I was going to comment on that as well, but I guess I figured that would be self-evident. Then again, y'all don't know her quite as well as I do...

As for the "pay for my party" trend, I do have to speak up about one thing. Eponine mentioned that people have requested cash instead of gifts for their wedding. I, in fact, did just that. My (now) wife and I asked for gift cards from a small number of retail chains and/or cash; we had both lived on our own for a while and had no need for another toaster, blender, table setting, etc. We did not, however, require anyone to cough up the dough as an entrance fee.

--Mike

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Marè - Sep 8, 2004 1:52 am (#247 of 2977) Reply    

Phoenix song, there was a thread on the difference in the US and UK audiobooks at some point. I think most people liked the UK ones best. So if you have a chance listen to a bit of both (there are samples on the net, I think) and decide which ones you like best.

As for the birthday party I can only say odd! Most people wouldn't want to send their child to a birthday party being the odd one out. so most children will show up with 5 dollars and a present. And what if one of the attending children can't afford that much and ends up the only one without a pizza or a present to give? It is just a very rude invitation.
As for money as a present on weddings, I think it's becoming quite normal. I think it has to do with the fact that most people have their house decorated in one style.
Close friends (who are familair with the style of the couple) can give presents that would actually make people happy, but vague friends or collagues who attend are safer of giving money than to give a present that would end up in the attic. edit:Aha, I just read Mike's post, off course having all the usual wedding gifts already (blenders and such) is a very good reason too. Marrying from your parents home is not so common anymore as it used to be.
Also there is indeed the trent to ask money for a charity cause. It happens lots and mostly with people celebrating big events big, 50th birthdays, 25th wedding anniverseries etc. But asking money instead of a present is very different than asking people to pay an entrance price to the party (or to pay for their food)

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shepherdess - Sep 8, 2004 2:54 am (#248 of 2977) Reply    

I know it can be annoying when someone comes in and responds to messages posted waaaay back, but I feel I need to in this case. I've had three bad days (don't ask) and haven't been on the forum. So, even though it's way late, I'd like to say thank you to all those who wished me a happy birthday. The people on this forum are the best.

I did have a much better birthday this year than I have for the past few (don't ask-again). It was filled with the most important people in my life, and was a very peaceful, relaxing day (sometimes hard to come by).

Now, I hope no one interprets this as me being angry, or anything, because I'm not, but I have to ask: just how did Betty know it was my birthday? I know I didn't tell her. (The woman is amazing, isn't she?)

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draco all the way - Sep 8, 2004 2:56 am (#249 of 2977) Reply    

I'm BACK!! Stupid exams! Who cares if hydrogen can exist as three different isotopes? Anyways, I'm here now and willing to get back into discussions!

EDIT: It just occurred to me that you guys might not remember me at all. Oh well, I've finished my exams and nothing can make me feel bad!

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septentrion - Sep 8, 2004 3:00 am (#250 of 2977) Reply    

DAW, we do in fact remember you very well and are pleased to see you back.

Happy birthday Julia and Elanor *cool smilies with butterbeer and parties*
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tracie1976 - Sep 8, 2004 3:40 am (#251 of 2977) Reply    

Happy Birthday Julia!!!!

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TwinklingBlueEyes - Sep 8, 2004 3:47 am (#252 of 2977) Reply    

Good morning all! Happy birthday to Elanor and Julia!

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Catherine - Sep 8, 2004 4:47 am (#253 of 2977) Reply    

Happy Birthday Julia!

Happy Birthday Elanor!

May your day be filled with all the HP merchandise your hearts desire!

Good morning to the Forum.

Kim asked "Loopy, I'm wondering how long it took you to compose that very convincing imitation of Miss Manners (perhaps you really were channelling and if so, could you channel JKR and get her to tell us who the HBP is?)"

I will just go ahead and ask Loopy to channel JKR and write a few pages for us. I'm getting really tired of waiting for HBP. Oh, and Loopy, if you do know who the HBP is, you need to tell us right away.

Oh, and JKR, if you are reading this, pretty please hurry up and get HBP to the printer!

Enjoy your day, everyone.

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Elanor - Sep 8, 2004 4:55 am (#254 of 2977) Reply    

Thank you so much!!! And happy birthday Julia, Mrs Sirius, True Love (sorry for the late!) and all the other Virgo here too!

Well, I just wanted to say hello, that I am so happy to belong to the Lexicon adventure and thank everyone for all the joy I found here: the best place on the internet!

On another thread, we had a discussion about how cool it is to have HP birthday presents (even if you're 32 like I am today...) but the truth is that this site and you guys are the best HP present ever! You're the best: vous êtes les meilleurs!

I send you all my love!

Audrey *sharing butterbeers with you all!*

BTW Septentrion: thank you very much for the link you sent me, it was very funny!

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septentrion - Sep 8, 2004 4:59 am (#255 of 2977) Reply    

I'm just pleased you liked it Elanor !

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Chemyst - Sep 8, 2004 5:41 am (#256 of 2977) Reply    

Loopy's channeling Miss Manners – Impressive! Charging admission to a child's birthday party is just plain crass and wrongly assumes that the "friends" are better able to pay than... well, I'd better stop here because I'm headed toward taxation policy and we want to keep politics out of it, don't we?

Sleeping Beauty wrote - ...last day of finals is *aghast* on December 23rd!!!! All of that baking in one .. day.  Leila, haven't we taught you anything about slacker mom-hood? This is what freezers and in-store bakerys are for!

Yes, DATW, I remember you. What is a typical school-calendar like in India?

Happy Birthdays all around.


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Catherine - Sep 8, 2004 5:46 am (#257 of 2977) Reply    

Eeeek! I saw a whole herd (pride? litter? pack?) of them once, under a bridge near the river in New Orleans, and I've never been so grossed out in my life! --Madam Pince

I must admit that I read this and did wonder what a group of rats is called. So I looked it up, and it can be called either a "horde" or a "mischief."

The other interesting little fact that I discovered is that a baby rat can be called a "pinkie," which reminded me of a certain Forum moderator **cough** Pinky **cough.**

So, when you think about it, everything comes back to Harry Potter in the end. It's a circle of life thing.

EDIT: Love the new avatar, Loopy. Don't shoot! My hands are in the air!

DOUBLE EDIT: Haymoni posted. **Catherine toddles off to sit next to Haymoni...***

TRIPLE EDIT: Welcome back, DATW. It's good to see you again.

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Loopy Lupin - Sep 8, 2004 5:52 am (#258 of 2977) Reply    

Kim, I only channel Miss Manners after hours. If you look at the time of the post and add three hours, you'll see the eastern standard time. Of course, many attorneys are still well within the working day at 8:00 p.m. or so, but fortunately enough, not me. Of course, this is being posted at 8:49 a.m., but that's beside the point. Anyway, I hope it was worth a chuckle. Very Happy

Unfortunately, Catherine, JKR seems to have an aura around her that I can't penetrate for some reason. So, we'll just have to wait until the book comes out. ***goes off to pout***

EDIT-- I always liked that a bunch of ravens was called a "murder" of ravens.

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TwinklingBlueEyes - Sep 8, 2004 5:53 am (#259 of 2977) Reply    

Are you sure it was rats and not nutria?

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haymoni - Sep 8, 2004 5:55 am (#260 of 2977) Reply    

It is amazing to me how rude people can be on BOTH sides of an invitation.

You see it in Miss Manners, Dear Abby, etc. all the time - people who bring extra guests to weddings, people who get invited to showers and not to the big event, people that list what they want instead of using gift registries...blah, blah, blah. (Bother, bother, bother???)

When will people learn? The real problem is that we are too polite to tell these people that what they are doing is rude/inappropriate. We suck it up and give in to their demands or we conveniently find something else to do.

Send your child to the party, Denise, knowing that you would never be such a Slacker Mom as to invite people to a party that you couldn't host properly. I'm sure there will be other moms who may not say anything to the Hostess with the Leastest, but would love to comment behind her back. (Action not endorsed by Miss Manners.)

If you can't say something nice...come sit next to me!

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Molly Weasly Wannabe - Sep 8, 2004 6:04 am (#261 of 2977) Reply    

Boop (Betty) asked me to post this thread because she is unable to access a computer atm.....

Sep 7th: HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Mrs.Sirius!!!!

Sep 8th: HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Julia!!!!

and HAPPY BIRTHDAY to those of you with September birthdays!!

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Denise P. - Sep 8, 2004 6:09 am (#262 of 2977) Reply    

In talking to Devin, it was an invitation extended to everyone in his class. School policy is that if you give one child and invitation, you have to invite the entire class. Since I really don't want to host a party for +20 children, I send the invitations to the teacher and ask that they put it with the folder to go home or I track down the child myself.

The boy who is having a birthday was not particularly kind to Devin last year and since Devin is not a best buddie of the child, I think we are going to decline. There are other issues involved with Devin (public place, loads of kids, who knows..) so I think it is better all the way around. He is going to a party similar to what Catherine described, the gym one, this weekend and I don't think he is going to be too upset that he misses the other one.

I always liked a mischief of rats and a murder of crows. You know there was a movie called A Murder of Crows? It was utterly unremarkable beyond the title. I see it in the $5 DVD bin all the time.

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ShelterGirl - Sep 8, 2004 6:09 am (#263 of 2977) Reply    

Happy Birthday to Julia and Elanor. Smile

I have to get myself in gear and get to work, but I just wanted to chime in.

Have a great day everyone.

Julie and Her Zoo (including a very nice mischief of rats...)

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Sep 8, 2004 6:30 am (#264 of 2977) Reply    

I must admit that I read this and did wonder what a group of rats is called. So I looked it up, and it can be called either a "horde" or a "mischief."---Catherine

***dons hat with big red 'N' for 'Nerd'*** I once almost purchased a poster listing all the group names for animals. When I went back to get it later it was gone. Recently, the Sierra Club came out with a deck of cards called A Menagerie of Animals which lists these with a little history of where they come from. For those who are interested:

The first authoritative accumulation of group nouns was in the 1486 Book of St. Albans, written (perhaps) by Dame Juliana Barnes, said by some to have been the prioress of a convent and by others not to have existed. Beyond its list of nouns, "The Compaynys of Beestys and Fowlys," The Book of St. Albans contained three treatises--one each on hunting, hawking, and heraldry--which made it a respected reference source.

Readers will notice that some group nouns among these cards refer to creatures that aren't well known for forming groups. Their collectives were coined by hunters (who once chased a broader variety of animals than they do now), to whom using the wrong collective would have been a genuine gaffe.

Anyone still reading?

Here are some examples: a Richesse of Martens, a Labor of Moles, a Trip of Hares, a Cete of Badgers, a Hover of Trout, a Gam of Porpoises (which differs from a Pod of Whales, which is funny since technically, porpoises are whales), an Earth of Foxes, a Smuck of Jellyfish, ...well the list is endless and while I find this fascinating (the cards even give the etymological history of each word) I have a feeling that I'm rowing this boat alone.

Oh, by the way, I'm a killer at Trivial Pursuit.

EDIT: I see other people posted while I was composing this. Happy to see that others are fascinated by these collectives. Granted, maybe not to the extent that I am....

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Catherine - Sep 8, 2004 6:37 am (#265 of 2977) Reply    

I have a feeling that I'm rowing this boat alone. --Lupin is Lupin

**dons Geek hat and climbs in the boat with Kim, but lets Kim do the rowing**

Um, actually, Kim, I found this quite fascinating.

The smuck of jellyfish--were you kidding? Because I kept thinking about a brand of jelly that we have, "Smucker's." I believe the old advertisement said something like, "With a name like Smucker's, it has to be good."

I like trivia, also.

Beware the smuck of jellyfish on the beach, everyone! See you guys around.

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Eponine - Sep 8, 2004 6:41 am (#266 of 2977) Reply    

I want to clarify my post about asking for money instead of gifts for your wedding. The new trend for some brides is to actually put the words on the invitation..."We request cash instead of gifts" or something to that effect. According the ettiquette experts, putting any information whatsoever about gifts, registries, or cash at all on your invitations is the height of greediness. If someone asks what you want, then it is okay to say you prefer gift cards or cash if you have everything you need. They (ettiquette people) say you should never put it in the invitation because it puts across the idea that you are most interested in the gift or cash than in the person's attendance at your wedding.

Happy Birthday to everyone celebrating! I hope you have a wonderful day full of cake and ice cream.

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Sep 8, 2004 6:45 am (#267 of 2977) Reply    

**dons Geek hat and climbs in the boat with Kim, but lets Kim do the rowing**---Catherine

Good thing I like to row.

I am not kidding about the jellyfish. But I didn't make the connection with the jelly. I thought it was a family name but who knows? Actually, I'm sure someone out there does. Come on out you processed food historians and show yourselves.

Since I've still got the cards out, here are some more: an Exaltation of Larks, a Chime of Wrens, a Knob of Waterfowl, a Murmuration of Starlings, oh and for any HP fans out there it's a Parliament of Owls, and an Unkindness of Ravens (which dovetails (no pun intended) nicely with a Murder of Ravens as previously mentioned.

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Denise P. - Sep 8, 2004 6:51 am (#268 of 2977) Reply    

I would love a poster or a deck of cards like that!

My husband always says I am a wealth of useless, pointless knowledge. He wonders where I get it from. I just smile and say it is amazing what trivia you pick up while reading....yet another reason to encourage reading!

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Phoenix song - Sep 8, 2004 7:00 am (#269 of 2977) Reply    

The first authoritative accumulation of group nouns...-Lupin is Lupin

WOW! I must admit to being impressed and have my interest curiously peaked. I think that I like the Murmuration of Starlings best. You must really enjoy the English language to have found this information. There are so many utterly bright and interesting people on this forum! Yeah to you all!!

I wonder what you would call a group of blast-ended skrewts? Besides a nightmare, of course!

Happy birthday to Elanor, Julia, Mrs. Sirius and all of the other September birthdays! Enjoy your day!!
Barbie

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icthestrals - Sep 8, 2004 7:03 am (#270 of 2977) Reply    

Pardon me while I interrupt your trivia exchange (very interesting, BTW). I am back, not much damage to report from my area since Frances down-graded to a strong tropical storm before it landed (her second landfall) at St. Marks, Florida. I was without ekeltricity for about 41 hours! Others around me still don't have power, though. Back at work today. I will be picking up tree limbs in my yard for a while...just in time to see what Ivan has in store for us.

Please remember all the other Floridians in central Florida who were not as fortunate as I. Some of them won't get power back for a week or more.

Bye for now. Have a great Wednesday and HUGS to Betty!!

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Sep 8, 2004 7:06 am (#271 of 2977) Reply    

You must really enjoy the English language to have found this information.--Phoenix song

LOL Oh Phoenix song, you have no idea.

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Leila 2X4B - Sep 8, 2004 7:07 am (#272 of 2977) Reply    

Hey Loopy, I saw a sign today that made me think of you. A Diner posted a sign that said "Fine Dinning" (not my typo, but better than the "We will devide" sign). So, I was going to request a quote from the Simpsons' "The Shinning". Maybe Homer's "No TV and No *butter*Beer, make Homer go crazy"?

Happy Birthday Elanor.

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Eponine - Sep 8, 2004 7:11 am (#273 of 2977) Reply    

Glad to hear you are all right icthestrals. I hope you continue to be safe with more storms coming.

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Kasse - Sep 8, 2004 7:14 am (#274 of 2977) Reply    

Hello All,

First thing is first have a very Harry birthday Julia and Elanor!!! Hope you guys have a great day.

Kim – I loved all that stuff about the group nouns, how interesting, do you know where I could pick up those cards? Or is there a link where I could find out all that information on the net. I would really like to know.

Ok I am off to post and read. Everyone take care

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Catherine - Sep 8, 2004 7:14 am (#275 of 2977) Reply    

ICThestrals,

Welcome back, and kudos to you. I have been wondering how you were doing; you sort of put a "face" on the problems Floridians are facing right now. I'm sorry you had to endure so long without "ekeltricity," and I hope the power companies can get everyone else hooked back up soon.

EDIT: Kasse, my dictionary lists the animal group names in an index. But my dictionary's list was not as complete as Kim's, alas earwax.

So, Kim, are your arms tired yet from all of that rowing? **Catherine lounges in the rowboat sipping her iced pumpkin juice and quotes poetry to Kim. Or maybe just Harry Potter**

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Leila 2X4B - Sep 8, 2004 7:16 am (#276 of 2977) Reply    

Icthestrals, you had no access to the net for that long???!?!?! I feel all faint just thinking about it.

Leila, to braver person than I.

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Loopy Lupin - Sep 8, 2004 7:19 am (#277 of 2977) Reply    

Smuck of Jellyfish-- Lupin is Lupin

Doggone it Catherine!!! You with your Smucker's reference. You're always a step ahead of me. Now my Simpson's joke isn't so funny: "Mmmmm. Smuckers jellyfish."

Bart: Do you mean the "Shining"? Willie: No! "The Shinning" Do you want to get suuuuuuuuuuuedd?

Icthestrals-- Yay. Glad to see you back and dry. (Or at least just damp.) Hope other Floridians are doing well.

Kim, I must have these cards. When I typed "Murder of Ravens" I was tempted to suggest a game to see how many animal group names we could come up with. I see now it wouldn't have gone very far; just ask Kim.

How about HP animals?

Skrewts: A "Blam" of Skrewts?

Hippogriffs: A "Slash" of Hippogriffs?

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Chemyst - Sep 8, 2004 7:20 am (#278 of 2977) Reply    

Kim, the group names were most interesting. Smuck of Jellyfish, yes, Smuckers is a family name. I grew up not too far from the factory and once toured it with my brownie troop -- I never knew the pun existed before today, but I recognized it immediately.

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Sep 8, 2004 7:20 am (#279 of 2977) Reply    

Kasse, I got the cards at REI (Recreational Equipment Incorporated). They are on the web. I know this because Denise has already looked them up. They are $9.95 but the shipping can be prohibitive. I have no idea if there is information on the web but wouldn't be surprised.

Glad to see you made it back unscathed icthestrals. Good luck to all the rest of you in the path of one of these hurricanes.

EDIT: You people are too easy. Throw out a few collectives and you drool like Pavlov's dogs. Have a little self-respect.

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Catherine - Sep 8, 2004 7:29 am (#280 of 2977) Reply    

Doggone it Catherine!!! You with your Smucker's reference. You're always a step ahead of me. Now my Simpson's joke isn't so funny: "Mmmmm. Smuckers jellyfish." --Loopy Lupin

**loves to be a step ahead**

It was still pretty funny. Among your HP names, I particularly liked the "slash" of hippogriffs.

Chemyst, I am relieved that you can assure me that "Smucker's" is in fact a family name. I had begun to worry that someone in the jelly business was having a little joke at the public's expense. **views jelly in the fridge a little differently now**

To make my "off-topic" chat "on-topic," I will point out that the JKR's site mentions that the new wizard of the month, Uric the Oddball, had a penchant for wearing a jellyfish on his head.

EDIT: **admits to being easily intrigued by trivia**

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Denise P. - Sep 8, 2004 7:31 am (#281 of 2977) Reply    

Yep, I found them on the web at REI. They are $9.95 a deck and shipping is $6 You can order them on the web and pick them up at a local REI though, if you have one near you. I also checked eBay with no luck.

Sierra Club A Menagerie of Animals Knowledge Cards

IC, glad to hear you are okay. We are expecting weather from Frances, we have been overcast from it but nothing more.

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Sep 8, 2004 7:33 am (#282 of 2977) Reply    

To make my "off-topic" chat "on-topic," I will point out that the JKR's site mentions that the new wizard of the month, Uric the Oddball, had a penchant for wearing a jellyfish on his head.---Catherine

****hears the Police singing Synchronicity in her head****

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Loopy Lupin - Sep 8, 2004 7:34 am (#283 of 2977) Reply    

And here's a site with a (nonexhaustive I'm sure) list of group names for animals:

http://www.npwrc.usgs.gov/help/faq/animals/names.htm

I notice this site says "smack" of jellyfish.

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Sep 8, 2004 7:35 am (#284 of 2977) Reply    

Oh, sure Loopy. Just steal my little claim to fame. ***digs in hat for another rabbit***

EDIT: I notice this site says "smack" of jellyfish.---Loopy Lupin

Here comes the rabbit. I'm quoting from the deck:

This is an easy if shallow etymology, an onomatopoeia dating back only to the 1920s. Good word, though, unlike many too-clever twentieth-century coinages.



Now a smack is one type of fishing boat that has a well where its catch is stored, but the likelihood of a boat coming inshore with a well full of jellyfish is small. Some believe that the word smuck derives from the sound of pulling two jellyfish apart [well, sure, everyone's done that, right?], or levering a damp dead one up from the sand beneath it. Most people who have stepped or jumped on a beached jellyfish--ouch--probably support that view. The smuck of such an experience is liable to be less memorable than the ouch: jellyfish tentacles and other parts have stinging cells that comprise a pouch or capsule with a sensory hair and a tiny harpoon, or nematocyst, which fires from the pouch when the hair trigger is stimulated.

Phew. I feel better now.

Oh, and while I'm sure this is news to no one, I have to clarify, jellyfish are not fish. They are invertebrates.

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Chris. - Sep 8, 2004 7:41 am (#285 of 2977) Reply    

Happy Birthday to Julia and Elanor!

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Catherine - Sep 8, 2004 7:43 am (#286 of 2977) Reply    

I see that Kim is digging for another rabbit. Amazing how she can do that and sing at the same time. She's brilliant, I tell ya!

So, would that just one rabbit, or perhaps a colony? Maybe a drove, or a leash, or a nest, a trace, a warren?

I saw Loopy's post about the "smack" of jellyfish. At least they didn't call it a "splat" of jellyfish. That would've been a little bit ick.

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Denise P. - Sep 8, 2004 7:49 am (#287 of 2977) Reply    

My inner geek is shining, I am just tickled with this list.

A bloat of hippos, a romp of otters, a prickle of porcupines...I love it!

I think reading the Lexicon and Forum should be an elective class with college credit, you learn such interesting things here.

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Eponine - Sep 8, 2004 7:53 am (#288 of 2977) Reply    

Speaking of geeks and animals, I saw an article this morning about someone who had crossed a duck and a goose. Do you know what they're calling it? A geek! (and yes, I am being completely serious!)

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Flame Alligator - Sep 8, 2004 7:55 am (#289 of 2977) Reply    

Thanks Lupin is Lupin for the trivia on group names for animals. Btw, I was rowing with you from the beginning. Didn't you feel me? How else could you row Catherine and me? :big grin:

A bloat of hippopotamuses........ hey! That's not nice. Hippos aren't bloated...... just big boned. 

Thank you Loopy Lupin for the website with the list of names.

Happy Birthday Julia and Elanor!

Happy Birthday to all the September born!

DTAW, I certainly remember you. Welcome back!!

I have a ton of errands today. I can't very well sit here laughing and enjoying the HP forum all day.

*big wave to Fawkes*

Y'all have a great day.

Goedemorgen everybody!

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Loopy Lupin - Sep 8, 2004 7:57 am (#290 of 2977) Reply    

Oh and this reminds me. I don't think I announced this here, but I did in a chat. My parents have officially gone off the deep end and adopted two more dogs, basset/beagle mixes. They're about 6 months old. (My mom went to a flea market, saw them in a cage with no food, and little water; it was all over then.)

So that makes 6 and they are all hounds. *checks list* That means my parents have a cry of hounds. Oh, and these are named Daisy and Jesse. If we get a Cletus, Enos, and Jefferson Davis, I believe that will complete the cast of the Dukes of Hazzard. (Coy and Vance do not count.)

EDIT-- Howdy to you too Flame.

DOUBLE EDIT-- As long as we have on our geek hats, I thought I would throw out these two websites as well:

http://www.snopes.com This website is rather exhaustive catalogue of urban legends.

http://www.museumofhoaxes.com As the name suggests, this site catalogues all the great hoaxes througout history.

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Catherine - Sep 8, 2004 8:08 am (#291 of 2977) Reply    

Wow. Six hounds, Loopy! I must have missed that chat. I'm sure your mom couldn't say "no" to the pleading in the big brown eyes. Hope she buys the dog food in bulk! You'll have to post a picture someday of all those hound dogs. I'm pleased to see that one of the newbies is named *ahem* Daisy.
**begins to sing "Hound Dog" under my breath**

Would it be getting too personal to ask why they are all named after the old tv show "The Dukes of Hazzard?"

Kim, your etymology edit about "smack and smuck" was most edifying. I DID know that jellyfish are invertebrates, but it's nice to be reminded.

Flame, thanks for rowing. I was feeling a little lazy today!

See you all around the Forum **waves to Forum**

EDIT: thanks for the links, Loopy. I've been to Snopes before. They have some wild stories there. Have you or anyone else seen that TV show in which the science guys try to prove/disprove urban legends?

**must leave Forum....must do work....**

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Sep 8, 2004 8:13 am (#292 of 2977) Reply    

Loopy, is your parents house soundproofed?

Flame, was that you? The boat kept listing to the left and I couldn't figure out why. I thought perhaps it was because I had to keep stopping to refill Catherine's ice tea.

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Loopy Lupin - Sep 8, 2004 8:16 am (#293 of 2977) Reply    

At some point during the show, Roscoe, the Sheriff of the Dukes of Hazzard, had a pet basset hound named "Flash" who rode in the patrol car with him. When Mom and Dad were first going to get a basset hound, they let me name him. Of course, there was no other name to use, but "Flash." Well, they got two and named them "Flash" and "Roscoe." We've just kept the theme.

EDIT-- LOL Kim. They don't mind a little barking. Funnily enough, the pure basset hounds don't bark too much, the beagle mixes like to bark though.

Also, another funny thing is the new puppies are not fully house broken, but the other dogs are. When the new puppies go "potty" on the newspaper at night, Roscoe barks until someone wakes up and comes in to clean up the mess.

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Catherine - Sep 8, 2004 8:19 am (#294 of 2977) Reply    

When Mom and Dad were first going to get a basset hound, they let me name him.--Loopy Lupin

Ah. The famous "Flash the dog." (Loopy's other screen name)

**feels old when I think about how long ago that show was on**

EDIT: Loopy wrote, "When the new puppies go "potty" on the newspaper at night, Roscoe barks until someone wakes up and comes in to clean up the mess."

LOL! He sounds a lot smarter than the "original" Roscoe!

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Mynn - Sep 8, 2004 8:43 am (#295 of 2977) Reply    

I've really enjoyed this discussion and I thought it was interesting that in going to the site most people noticed the same thing I did. The Bloat of Hippo's. I just thought it was interesting.

Good luck with the new puppies, I just love dogs. My goal in life is to someday have a dog. (right now I live in a place that doesn't allow them) so my goal is to actually save up enough money to get a house so I can have a dog.

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Leviosa - Sep 8, 2004 8:45 am (#296 of 2977) Reply    

Wow! So many posts in a few days! *must read the forum more often*

Happy birthday to everyone I missed! And special happy birthday to Julia and Elanor!

Mike, thanks for explaining about Magic Johnson. I had absolutely no idea. I thought he sounded like a wizard. And yes, I don't take any interest in sports, so I don't think it's a big surprise that I didn't know...

I love dogs, too. It's great that there are so many dog-lovers around. We have a little poodle, I had her as avater some time ago.

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Acceber - Sep 8, 2004 9:01 am (#297 of 2977) Reply    

Happy Birthdays to Julia and Elanor! May you get many Harry gifts today!

Welcome back DATW! Missed you!

I love these animal group names; it's the inner geek that used to sit for hours looking at the atlas.

I think reading the Lexicon and Forum should be an elective class with college credit, you learn such interesting things here.-Denise. You got that right! Now if only I could read the Forum instead of take Latin this year, I'd be all set...

School starts tomorrow. Yawn. Of course, I had an awesome summer, so I shouldn't be complaining, but who likes waking up at 6:30 AM every single morning?? Not I.

It's wet outside from last night's rain, courtesy of Frances, so I can't bring SS outside to read. Grrrrr....

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tracie1976 - Sep 8, 2004 9:20 am (#298 of 2977) Reply    

Happy Birthday Elanor!!!!!!!

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Padfoot - Sep 8, 2004 9:42 am (#299 of 2977) Reply    

Happy Birthday Elanor and Julia! Birthday

You guys always brighten my day. I love this thread. It always makes me laugh. The smuckers of jellyfish topic especially. I pictured a jellyfish on my toast immediately.

Welcome back DracoATW!

Thanks Loopy for posting the snopes link. My mom was just asking me the other day what the name of that website was and I couldn't remember. She gets so many e-mail forwards a day and is never sure which to believe. That website will help her.

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Loopy Lupin - Sep 8, 2004 9:44 am (#300 of 2977) Reply    

I meant to mention welcome back to Draco All The Way as well. We were wondering where you got off to.
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Kasse - Sep 8, 2004 9:46 am (#301 of 2977) Reply    

Denise P and Loopy Lupin thank you both so much for those links, you guys are great!

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DJ Evans - Sep 8, 2004 9:54 am (#302 of 2977) Reply    

Hey everyone!!! Hope everyone is having a FANTASTIC day!!! So good to see a lot of our missing members back! Like Draco All The Way!! Yes, we remember you. Matter of fact I was just asking about you a couple of weeks ago. Good to see you! Welcome back everyone!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! to Julia, Elanor and anyone else that I've missed!

I too will definitely look at my Smuckers jelly in a whole new light now!! Wave I never realized there was so many different names for all of the groups. I just thought there were about 5 or so different names, such as litters, herds, packs, etc.... for all of the animals. Man, you learn something new everyday!!

I talked to Lindsey (Sherbie Lemon) this morning and she is having a situation right now. She would like everyone to send all of their "Good Luck" charms/spells her way if you could. I won't go into anything on here, just send her some good vibes, please!!!!

Later, Deb

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Loopy Lupin - Sep 8, 2004 10:05 am (#303 of 2977) Reply    

**plays "Good Vibrations" while thinking of Sherbie Lemon**

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Catherine - Sep 8, 2004 10:08 am (#304 of 2977) Reply    

* *settles for dancing to "Good Vibrations" since Loopy beat me**

Luck to Sherbie!

Luck to everyone. Sometimes you need it, just like a good laugh.

Sherbie, if you are reading this, I hope you have not experienced a "Sherbinator."

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Leviosa - Sep 8, 2004 10:23 am (#305 of 2977) Reply    

*keeps fingers crossed for Sherbie and joins the dancing*

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haymoni - Sep 8, 2004 10:26 am (#306 of 2977) Reply    

WHOO HOO! Got through all the postings on the Forum!

Whew! I'm tired.

Hope Boop and Sherbie are OK.

Happy B-day to all!

Ungrateful Son's baseball game should be cancelled this evening thanks to fallout from Frances. I am really glad about this.

It is cold and wet and rainy - nothing like Florida's devastation - I'm not even trying to compare - I just really need a big pot of soup right now.

Gina - if you are out there - we were looking for the "I am a rock" link on the Snape thread.

Thanks!

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Catherine - Sep 8, 2004 11:16 am (#307 of 2977) Reply    

I think the collective names for animals has probably already run its course, so no one should feel like they have to respond to this, BUT....

I have been unable to find the group name for Squids. Now, if there is a group name for jellyfish, why not squids?

Also, I took a leaf out of Loopy Lupin's book and attempted to come up with a few collective names for HP animals.

Maybe a "bolt" of Blast-Ended Skrewts? Or a "scrunch" of Crumple-horned Snorkacks? Or a "nose" of nifflers? Or a "puck" of pixies? Finally, perhaps a "unique" of unicorns?

There. I'm done. This might be better suited to the Fanfic forum.

**still wishing Sherbie luck and doing the Good Vibrations Dance**

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timrew - Sep 8, 2004 11:25 am (#308 of 2977) Reply    

A few Harry Potter influenced listings.....

A thoughtful of pensieves.
A chain of mountain trolls.
A singularity of crumple-horned snorcack.
An annoyance of Dursleys.
An invisibility of thestrals.
An immensity of giants.

Feel free to add to it, unless you think it's a, "load of banana-skins!"

Padfoot, you inspired me to be Homeresque....Mmmmmmmm, jellyfish on toast!

And a very Happy Birthday to Elanor and Julia!

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Loopy Lupin - Sep 8, 2004 11:54 am (#309 of 2977) Reply    

Padfoot, you inspired me to be Homeresque....Mmmmmmmm, jellyfish on toast! – timrew

Hey! Eyes on your own paper!!!

Good ones tim and Catherine. I especially like bolt, nose, thoughtful, and chain.

Here's more:

A thicket of Knarls

A toss of Gnomes

A despair of Dementors.

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Padfoot - Sep 8, 2004 11:55 am (#310 of 2977) Reply
Edited by Sep 8, 2004 11:55 am    

Catherine I would like to know that too. I guess I thought squid should be in schools, like fish. But it seems there must be a separate grouping name for them.

Sherbie, I hope you are ok! *sending good vibes*

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Madam Pince - Sep 8, 2004 12:21 pm (#311 of 2977) Reply    

TwinklingBlueEyes, I'm pretty sure they were rats rather than nutria. But I could be wrong. I wasn't all that keen on getting up close to them to check it out for sure. Plus, it was New Year's Eve and I was on my way back to my hotel from walking around downtown New Orleans all night, so I wasn't exactly...um....focused, I guess you might say.

Haymoni, I'm so glad you mentioned that about the soup! I had half a roast and the accompanying veggies left over when we were getting ready to go out of town for Labor Day, so I stuck them in the freezer so they'd survive the weekend. Hey! Now I have the makings of a nice soup! I'll get right on that project.

It's definitely a good soup day -- we're having a dreary rainy day / byproduct of Hurricane Frances I think. ICThestrals, I'm glad you came through the storm OK, and we all send best wishes to everyone down that way who was not as fortunate.

I've been studying snake books all day -- we saw a not-very-nice-looking snake while visiting at my Mom's this weekend, and I wanted to know what it was. I haven't run across a picture yet that looks exactly like it, but it is similar to either a copperhead, rattlesnake, or water snake. It wasn't shiny, it was a fairly dark brown color with even darker brown roundish markings, and was about three feet long. Again, I didn't get real close to check it out thoroughly. What does the deck of cards say a group of snakes is called?

Happy Birthday Julia and Elanor and anyone else!

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mike miller - Sep 8, 2004 12:26 pm (#312 of 2977) Reply    

Happy Wednesday afternoon everyone! The remnants of Frances have made it into the mid-Atlantic states, no big deal, just wet. We could actually use the rain.

Denise - "the Rat Palace" I couldn't agree more! There's not enough Valium on the planet to get me back into a Chuck E. Cheeses. Glad to hear that you'll be sending your regrets to the birthday party host (if you could call that hosting).

HAPPY BIRTHDAY JULIA & ELANOR!!

DracoATW - glad to have you back. What is the normal dates for your school terms? Things are just now gearing up hear in the States while you seem to be finishing up.

icthestrals - glad to hear that the worse you suffered was a period of no power. I'd like to be the generator salesman in Florida about now! A vacation home on Majorca me thinks.

Hugs to Boop and Sherbie!!

EDIT: Madame Pince - if you look, there are many strange things to be seen in N.O. BTW, How's Mr. Pince? Getting ready for the annual Fall activities I hope. (feel free to email)

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Phoenix song - Sep 8, 2004 12:41 pm (#313 of 2977) Reply    

Mike Miller: As a person that lives near N.O., I can definitely agree with you that you'll see things there that you'll never see anywhere else! I try to avoid the city at all costs.

Best wishes to Sherbie! I'll be sending good luck patronuses in the form of phoenixes, of course, to ward off any evil vibes.

Has anybody said what the proper term is for a group of snakes? (Other than Slytherins...LOL) I might have missed it, but I don't see it posted.

For HP related animal group names, How about a kettle of kneazles, a squadron of squid, an avalanche of acromantulas, a battalion of basilisks and an army of house-elves? (Sorry, I can't get the idea of DD using the house-elves to fight the war!)

Barbie

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Catherine - Sep 8, 2004 12:54 pm (#314 of 2977) Reply    

Well, the remnants of Frances just got us in trouble.

It's obviously "Winds-day" here; we were under a tornado watch most of the day complete with downpours. Somewhere in our neighborhood a tree fell on a line, and the utiility company can't find it, so our power keeps flicking on and off. I'm not complaining, because Florida has it SO much worse, but it blew out the cable. My neighor (the one who is laid up with her ankle) just called me to say that the cable tv is out indefinitely. I laughed because I hadn't noticed it yet!

Barbie, Tim, Loopy--loved your HP group names.

I don't know about snakes. I try to avoid knowing anything about snakes. Madame Pince, you have my admiration if you can even look at the pictures of them.

Mike, I'm with ya on the Chuck E. Cheese. Our version of that here is "Kid Zone" and I get a headache every time I've ever been there.

Leviosa and Mynn, I'm with you on the dogs, which should surprise no one here. I remember your former avatar, Leviosa; it was very cute!

I better post this before the power goes out again.

Take care, everyone!

EDIT: Sorry that the Sherbinator struck again!

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Madam Pince - Sep 8, 2004 1:01 pm (#315 of 2977) Reply    

It's funny you say that, Catherine, because some of the pictures on the pages of the book I was looking at were so 3-D looking that I didn't want to touch the pages, even just to turn them. Snakes give me the creeps.

Phoenix, I can't believe I didn't think of that -- of course a group of snakes would be called "Slytherins!" ***d'oh!**

Mike, I'm sure Mr. Pince will be e-mailing you soon. He's quite anxious for fall to arrive.

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Sherbie Lemon ] - Sep 8, 2004 1:02 pm (#316 of 2977) Reply    

Thanks, Deb and everyone for the well-wishes and "Good Vibrations" dancing!
Bearing in mind the new "don't ask, don't tell" policy of the Chat thread, I'll leave out any gory details and simply say that I went to my doctor today and was diagnosed with a minor problem that will be reviewed with a CT scan on Friday and then, if the minor problem is what my doc thinks it is, be referred to a specialist to undergo minor surgery to remove the minor problem (hmm…wonder how I could squeeze another “minor” into that sentence? ). Not a great visit to the doc, but I'm glad to know it's a relatively “minor” problem that hopefully will be fixed soon and without too much discomfort. Nevertheless, I feel it’s safe to say that the Sherbinator has struck again!

Happy birthday Elanor and Julia! Make A Wish

Welcome back, Draco ATW!

I’m glad to hear you came out of Frances for the most part unscathed, ICThestrals. What on earth did you do for 41 hours?! I think the longest we went without electricity was 24 and played many a game of Monopoly. I can’t imagine what it must have been like to live 100 + years ago and not have lights, refrigerators, television, the internet, and everything else I take for granted on a daily basis. My thoughts are with the Floridians who are still without power.

Good luck, Catherine! I hope no twisters come your way and your cable returns soon.

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Loopy Lupin - Sep 8, 2004 1:23 pm (#317 of 2977) Reply    

Phoenix, I believe the link I posted indicates "nest" for Snakes. But, I like a Slytherin of Snakes myself.

Sherbie, glad to see whatever problem you have is, apparently, only affecting you minorly.

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Sep 8, 2004 1:26 pm (#318 of 2977) Reply    

If it hasn't already been mentioned, a group of snakes is called a bed. What an unappealing picture that is.

EDIT: Didn't see Loopy's post. Nice try Loopy, but it's a Nest of Mice. Yield to the power that is the Menagerie Deck.

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Loopy Lupin - Sep 8, 2004 2:11 pm (#319 of 2977) Reply    

I won't question the Menagerie Deck, but I believe that nest and bed can both be used. (Ever heard the phrase "viper's nest"?) Anyway, I found an even more better site, I think.

EDIT-- Whoops. That site had a bad joke at the end which I'm not sure is true, but am positive is not appropriate. Darn. It was a cross referenced list too. Phooey. Well, for what it is worth, the words we're batting around here are known "collectively" (har-dee-har) as "collective nouns." So google yourselves silly.

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icthestrals - Sep 8, 2004 2:26 pm (#320 of 2977) Reply    

Sherbie and everyone else, thanks for the luck wishes. Sherbie, I hope your "minor" problem is resolved quickly and painlessly.

What did I do for 41 hours? Well, we could have done a reality TV show about how two people try to live without electricity. Washing our hands (my roommate and I) was a two person job. Preparing food, pouring water without spilling a drop, taking care of other 'necessaries', waiting for the hourly weather updates on the radio and watching the trees twist and bend in the wind were just a few of our activities. Instead of succumbing to anxiety about whether we would get crushed by a falling tree, I decided to make it an adventure and came up with clever ways of living "the old fashioned way". I called it rustic camping in a house.

A Slytherine of snakes--LOL! Good one.

Draco All the Way, welcome back!

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Phoenix song - Sep 8, 2004 3:37 pm (#321 of 2977) Reply    

A bed of snakes or a nest of snakes is just too yucky for me! Gives me the creeps by far! I can picture that scene in (I believe) Indiana Jones where they fall into a pit full of slithering snakes. I think that I'll stick with a "Slytherine of Snakes", while it's detestable, it's comical enough to keep the collywobbles away!

Barbie

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Pinky - Sep 8, 2004 3:51 pm (#322 of 2977) Reply    

Good grief! WX, get the chatroom working again! So many of these posts today were made within 1-2 minutes of each other. That makes the number of posts add up quickly! And Catherine, have you never listened to the "Pinky and the Brain" theme song? They're "laboratory mice" -- I'm not a rat. Bleh!

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Phoenix song - Sep 8, 2004 3:54 pm (#323 of 2977) Reply    

Sorry, Pinky. I know that I've been very verbose today! We were on a roll.

Barbie

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Pinky - Sep 8, 2004 4:14 pm (#324 of 2977) Reply    

No need to apologize. Verbose is good. (Did you notice your post was a mere 3 minutes after mine? )

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Catherine - Sep 8, 2004 4:23 pm (#325 of 2977) Reply    

And Catherine, have you never listened to the "Pinky and the Brain" theme song? –Pinky

Um, apparently NOT! Apologies for rodent mix-ups. Rest assured that I will include this infraction in my daily hand-ironing.

May I ask if there is a chat quota? Per day, per week, per month? We may be an obsessive bunch, I admit, but if it is all going into the bin anyway....

**feels like she needs another time-out, hopefully with Snape or Lupin**

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Sep 8, 2004 4:24 pm (#326 of 2977) Reply    

FYI Pinky, the Chatroom still isn't working for me and I've tried it several times since you posted. I'd have posted this on the other thread but wanted to pass on my results before people here started to panic. Not that I think you all aren't a perfectly level-headed lot...

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StareyedSlytherin - Sep 8, 2004 5:01 pm (#327 of 2977) Reply    

The chat room hasn't been working for me either, so it's not just you. It'll load, but it's been giving me this message that it could not connect to the chat server, or something like that. Has that been happening to anyone else?

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S.E. Jones - Sep 8, 2004 5:09 pm (#328 of 2977) Reply    

*hums to self*

They're Pinky and The Brain
Yes, Pinky and The Brain
One is a genius
The other's insane.
They're laboratory mice
Their genes have been spliced
They're dinky
They're Pinky and The Brain, Brain, Brain, Brain
Brain, Brain, Brain, Brain, Brain.

Before each night is done
Their plan will be unfurled
By the dawning of the sun
They'll take over the world.

They're Pinky and The Brain
Yes, Pinky and The Brain
Their twilight campaign
Is easy to explain.
To prove their mousey worth
They'll overthrow the Earth
They're dinky
They're Pinky and The Brain, Brain, Brain, Brain
Brain, Brain, Brain, Brain
Narf!


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Kasse - Sep 8, 2004 5:10 pm (#329 of 2977) Reply    

timrew - that was great

Sherbie - hope everything works out, I am sending good luck vibes your way.

S.E Jones - thanks for posting th song now I will have the song in my head all night. Brilliant

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Eponine - Sep 8, 2004 5:15 pm (#330 of 2977) Reply    

“Pinky, are you pondering what I'm pondering?”

“I think so Brain, but pants with horizontal stripes make me look chubby.”

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StareyedSlytherin - Sep 8, 2004 5:22 pm (#331 of 2977) Reply    

Hehe great show, Pinky and the Brain! That song is very catchy^_^

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Chemyst - Sep 8, 2004 5:24 pm (#332 of 2977) Reply    

Snopes is a great site. Here's my story: I used to have several relatives that would regularly email me "true" stories of mortal peril - dangers in public toilets, playgrounds, parking lots, etc. – anything that peddled fear. I was able to get two of them to stop by using methods that would have allowed Miss Manners to share a demure smile of victory. The last person was more of a challenge– after sending a Snopes article to "reply to all," thereby ensuring all her girlfriends would see that *677 does not work in the US as she had claimed, the barrage of junk mail ended.

Acceber, I like to curl up with a good atlas too. I used to think I was the only one who did that, but over the years I've met a few others, and I must say I've found them all to be well grounded and down to earth.

I seem to have missed the first round of good-luck charms, Sherbie, but I'll send a bundle, clutch, or cauldron full for Friday.

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Pinky - Sep 8, 2004 5:51 pm (#333 of 2977) Reply    

Heehee - I am Lord Voldemort's greatest rival! Pinky and the Brain try to take over the world every single night - Voldie can only handle trying once every 10 years or so.

Eponine, who are the cuties? And Denise, spit it out. What's the story behind "Ninja Mouse"?

Edit: Note for those members who are new -- when I first joined this forum, my introductory post stated that I felt like Pinky the dunce mouse in light of all the intelligent posting going on. I'm not too sure if becoming a veteran of the forums has improved that.... So anyway, if you're feeling new and a little out of place, just give it time!

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Eponine - Sep 8, 2004 5:58 pm (#334 of 2977) Reply    

The cuties are my niece and nephew. Ruby is 4 and Ryan is almost 2, but they look a lot closer in age than that due to the fact that Ruby is TINY!!! They are my babies, and I miss them a lot. But I do talk to them on the phone often (silent t), so that helps.

Edit: Catherine, of course I am a cool aunt.

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Catherine - Sep 8, 2004 6:05 pm (#335 of 2977) Reply    

Eponine,

Your baby niece and nephew are very beautiful.

I am sure that you are a very "cool" aunt....

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Denise P. - Sep 8, 2004 6:07 pm (#336 of 2977) Reply    

No hidden story behind Ninja Mouse. Robin Wood, the artist, was at a Con I went to a few years ago. I got her to sign a book she had illustrated and I bought a print of Ninja Mouse. I was surfing last night, came across her site and decided to put Ninja Mouse up. It is just such a whimisical little painting that I had to get a print.

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Marye Lupin - Sep 8, 2004 6:15 pm (#337 of 2977) Reply    

I know this was a waaaay back (meaning yesterday *smile*) but I thought I'd add something to the Africa discussion. I have lived a good chunk of my life in Africa (Madagascar, Togo, Morocco, and Rwanda respectively). Morocco was by far my favorite. I've always wanted to visit South Africa though I've never been.

I used to watch Pinky and the Brain all the time. I kind of miss it-- it's a very ammusing show.

By the way-- Boop I'm sorry I never e-mailed you, I've been incredibly busy. If you still want to talk let me know.

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Viola Intonada - Sep 8, 2004 6:27 pm (#338 of 2977) Reply    

I just wanted to share with everyone that, after having been a member of this forum for over a year and agonizing on how on earth I would ever catch up on reading any of the threads, I have finally used the big "Mark as Read" button. Yep, I did it. I pushed that button and watched all of those 'new' icons disappear. I have been freed. I am....oh wait, sorry, was getting carried away, but it was a rather big step for me. Maybe I will be able to keep up with more than just the Chat Thread and the Vote Thread. Of course, I always keep up with St. Mungo's.

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Julia. - Sep 8, 2004 6:46 pm (#339 of 2977) Reply    

Congratulations on your first 'Mark as Read' Viola, it is rather refreshing isn't it?

Sherbie, I'm sending several cheering charms and good vibes your way.

ICT, I'm so glad you're dry and safe. I'm also glad you have power back. I talked to my grandma in Boca Raton today, and she still doesn't have hers, but she hopes to get it back with in the next few days.

Draco ATW, welcome back! It's been far too long! Glad your exams are over and you now have lots and lots of time to play with us.

Of course, HAPPY BIRHTDAY ELANOR my Forum birthday buddy!

Finally, thank you and *huggy huggy huggy huggy huggy* to everyone who wished me a happy birthday today. You can all have a butterbeer on me. Ok, maybe not that much butterbeer, but you get the point.

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SarcasticGinny - Sep 8, 2004 6:49 pm (#340 of 2977) Reply    

Happy Birthdays to Julia and Elanor!

Hope you're doing okay, icthestrals.

Denise, it sounds like you've found a good solution to the problem with the party. I'm glad that Devin won't be upset yet at the same time you don't have to endure sending him to the party of someone who'd request money for pizza.

Things are okay here. Getting ready for my first ever curriculum night ever. EEK! Thanks for the advice on HP books on CD. Somehow I think the British ones would be a tad more authentic, so I'm probably going to ask for Stephen Fry.

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Catherine - Sep 8, 2004 6:50 pm (#341 of 2977) Reply    

Viola,

I am not "Miss Manners," but I absolve you in pressing the "Obliviate" button...

But it's not up to me, because there are so many members, and you were here long before me, as you even attended the Forum gathering....

Hello to you! **pumps Viola's hand with enthusiasm...**

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Viola Intonada - Sep 8, 2004 6:50 pm (#342 of 2977) Reply    

Yes, Julia, it was rather liberating!

Happy belated Birthday, Julia!

Edit: *returns Untamed Shrew's enthusiastic handshake*

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Marie E. - Sep 8, 2004 7:29 pm (#343 of 2977) Reply    

Happy Birthday Julia, Elanor, and all other September birthdays!!

I could have a loom. We just bought the house and we do have an office in the basement...

Okay, I can't even convince myself. I do have a friend at work who just got a loom and that's where I got the idea. Like Madam Pince, it was the "spare time" that got me giggling. I do have a smiley face tattoo on my ankle (a few forum members even helped convince me to get it) and I did meet Kenny Rogers. Mr. Rogers was performing at the North Dakota State Fair, which is held in my hometown. My dad was the concessions manager. He was giving me a ride in his golf cart and said he had an errand to run. The "errand" was talking to Kenny Rogers about concert details.

Please, no one feel guilty about pressing the "mark as read" button. Having 2,000 new messages is just too intimidating!

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I Am Used Vlad - Sep 8, 2004 8:48 pm (#344 of 2977) Reply    

Happy birthday, Julia and Elanor.

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The giant squid - Sep 8, 2004 8:53 pm (#345 of 2977) Reply    

regarding group names: I've always like the terms "murder of crows", "parliament of rooks" and "unkindness of ravens". At the movie theater I came up with the term "clump of ushers" to describe...well, the clump of ushers that always forms when they thing management isn't looking.

Marie, I knew about the tattoo but wasn't sure about Mr. Rogers. I just didn't think you'd gotten the weaving bug since we spoke last.

Sherbie, add my good vibes to the list. Surgery isn't the big deal it used to be...seems medical training actually pays off.

--Mike

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Leila 2X4B - Sep 8, 2004 9:16 pm (#346 of 2977) Reply    

I am partial to Parliament of Fowls, but then again....

Leila

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draco all the way - Sep 9, 2004 1:06 am (#347 of 2977) Reply    

Wow! What a bunch of useless information! I love it! I shiver at the thought of ever having to play trivial pursuit with any of you!

Thanks for all the "Welcome back"s! For those of you who asked - school here begins in June. My fist term has just finished and with it the icky things known as first terminal examinations. From the name you can probably figure out that there are plenty more such icky things in the not-so-distant future. And then, of course, I have my public boards...shiver...

I haven't been able to read everything since I came back, so for the moment I'll just lurk until I can follow.

And I agree, Parliment of Fowls, very good name!

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septentrion - Sep 9, 2004 2:58 am (#348 of 2977) Reply    

I didn't know there were so many way of naming animals troops. I'm glad I don't have to know them to have myself understood. I'm with the ones whom a bed of snakes give creeps.

Sherbie, some more good luck from me.

ICthestrals, glad you came through Frances without damage.

The software used for work is currently down, so guess how I spend my time ?

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EbonyRebel - Sep 9, 2004 4:44 am (#349 of 2977) Reply    

Lol S.E.Jones! I've always wanted to know the whole lot of the Pinky and the Brain song! (I never know the "twilight campaign" bit before! Thanks! (what can I say, the slightest things have me in ecstacy - I looove life!!) By the way, do you know the Animaniacs song? I've forgotten it all and I used to love it!

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Pinky - Sep 9, 2004 5:26 am (#350 of 2977) Reply    

Fawkes, I'm posting here in response to your post on the "Future and Past of the Chat Thread". Have you really been here a whole year? I remember when you first arrived. I feel so old now! I don't really remember when I first posted. It was sometime after the 4th book had come out.
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Julia. - Sep 9, 2004 5:45 am (#351 of 2977) Reply    

Woo-Hoo! Fawkes, a whole year! Congrats, and happy anniversary! I don't know how you put up with some of us for that long.

It's way too early to be awake, so I'm going to go read, and then experience the joys of classes (did you all catch the sarcasm there?)

Have a great day everyone.

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Loopy Lupin - Sep 9, 2004 6:08 am (#352 of 2977) Reply    

Happy Thursday to everyone and Happy Birthday to all who have them. I thought the collective nouns were pretty fun. It's neat that so many of us share some of the same tastes in what is cool. Or perhaps it is an indication that we all need to get out more. Razz

Anyway, I actually need to do some work for a while, but I'll leave you with some more useless information. This is a site that lists all the proper forms of address. So, the next time you need to write a letter to the eldest son of a Duke's eldest son, you'll be set.

http://www.debretts.co.uk/etiquette/correct_forms_of_address.html

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Flame Alligator - Sep 9, 2004 7:48 am (#353 of 2977) Reply    

*healing vibes to Sherbie*

Barbie, Tim and Loopy, thanks so much for the very clever HP group names.

*gratitude to Loopy for the “how to address” etiquette site* I, so, needed it. :pcpb:

Hi everybody, I spent yesterday running about 20 errands. *grumble, grumble* The worse part is when I bring home all the fruits and vegetables it takes me 3 hours to rearrange and geometrically pack my refrigerator. hee hee Well, I am off to make a fruit smoothie.

Have a pleasant Thursday.

Goedemorgen everybody!

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Padfoot - Sep 9, 2004 8:00 am (#354 of 2977) Reply    

Denise, I love your Ninja Mouse! So very cool.

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Julia. - Sep 9, 2004 8:06 am (#355 of 2977) Reply    

Loopy, does this mean that I now have to address you as "His Royal Highness Prince Loopy of SPEW?"

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Catherine - Sep 9, 2004 8:23 am (#356 of 2977) Reply    

Good morning everyone.

I am feeling a bit irked at the moment. My garage door has a confundus charm on it today. It won't open, and my car is now "jailed" until the repair person sees fit to come by my house to remedy this. I am kicking myself for buying a solid wood garage door. It took four men to lift it when it was installed, so unless Hagrid comes to North Carolina today to lift this door, I am stuck.

What is a little bit annoying is that the receptionist at the repair shop kept asking me if I was sure it wasn't a battery problem, as though I didn't check that first! The door will open 6 inches or so, and then refuses to do any more.

On a happier note, I did enjoy seeing the proper forms of address from Loopy. I'll make sure to address both Loopy and Tim (the SPEW Royalty) as "Sir." Otherwise, my contact with highfalutin' folks is rather limited here in NC.

My father and brother nicknamed me "the Queen" years ago--that's as close as I think I'm going to get!

**waves to everyone**

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Kasse - Sep 9, 2004 8:35 am (#357 of 2977) Reply    

Hello All

I lost my cell phone I am so mad at myself because it was due to own my irresponsibility that I lost it. I have called the cell phone company and there will send me new one but I think I have to wait for a few days, I do not have all the details yet but I just wanted to drop by the forum to let the family know and ask for you all to send some cheering charms my way because I am now in a horrid mood

Catherine - Sorry to hear about the garage door I hope that everything gets sorted out really soon.

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Julia. - Sep 9, 2004 8:38 am (#358 of 2977) Reply    

Poor Kasse, I'm sorry you lost your cell phone. Have some cheering charms and butterbeer *pulls out wand and does cheering charm* *hands Kasse butterbeer*

Catherine, I'm sorry to hear about your garage door woes. Would you like me to crucio the garage door people, my wand's already out. In the mean time though...*does one of those charms that makes things feather light* There, that should help.

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Loopy Lupin - Sep 9, 2004 8:40 am (#359 of 2977) Reply    

Yes, Julia, that's exactly what it means. Its about time people started respecting the Throne around here. ***ducks rotten vegetables being thrown his way***

Catherine, have you tried alohomora ?

The Ninja Mouse is pretty cool Denise. I must confess though, I've gotten quite used to seeing either a guinea pig or one of your near-baseball team.

No problem Flame. Smile

Well, back to the grindstone. No, wait. Lunch is here. Yay!

EDIT-- Sorry Kasse. I've lost a phone or two in the past and its such a pain. I don't know who you use though, but if its ATT, you shouldn't have to wait that long. They FedExed me mine when I lost it.

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Catherine - Sep 9, 2004 8:56 am (#360 of 2977) Reply    

Kasse, what a pain about your phone!

Catherine, have you tried alohomora ?   No, Your Royal Highness, Loopy. This door may require a "reducto" or a "bombarde" (wasn't that what Hermione said in the movie PoA?) So far my "girl power" spells are not working, sir.

Julia, thanks for the wand work. Maybe you could light a little fire to the fix-it guy's robes so that he will hurry up and get here. **hates waiting for repair persons**

To add insult to injury, my computer has been acting very peculiar this morning. Bother!

I sound rather negative, so I think that I will leave the chat thread and go consume large quantities of chocolate.

See you all around!

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Muggleborn - Sep 9, 2004 9:31 am (#361 of 2977) Reply    

Good morning everyone! Or I should say good afternoon to everyone on the East Coast and beyond.

Catherine - I know what you mean about fix-it guys. My DSL has been off here at the office since Monday. Talk about being "Dead in the Water". No Email, on-line banking, and worst of all, NO Lexicon!

If I try to log on at home in the evening, the kids are all over me. My wife just rolls her eyes when we start playing Harry Potter SS. I love it though, because I get the "Cool Dad" points from the kids.

The DSL Company said on Monday that they could have someone out on Tuesday between 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm. I am not going to sit around for 2 1/2 hours after work waiting for a technician to show up. They would not agree to call me at home just before they arrive so I could be here. I had to schedule for Wednesday and even then the technician did not call to say he was on his way until 4:45 pm. At least it was only the transformer for the router box.

Oh well, enough of the ranting. You are not alone.

Those of you in rainy areas can send some to California. The fire season has been really bad.

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Chemyst - Sep 9, 2004 10:07 am (#362 of 2977) Reply    

Ah, if only I could send you some rain, I would. I'd heard that water from hurricane Frances was being sold at $1 a phial until ebay decided people should not profit from disaster!

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Padfoot - Sep 9, 2004 10:11 am (#363 of 2977) Reply    

Probably just regular tap water. Why would anyone want to buy water from a hurricane anyway? Very weird.

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Eponine - Sep 9, 2004 10:16 am (#364 of 2977) Reply    

Some people were trying to sell hurricane wind. You would basically get an empty jar. I think eBay pulled those too. I read an article about some people who were taking hurricane donations and selling them. They were arrested. I think it's horrid when people try to profit off disasters like that.

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icthestrals - Sep 9, 2004 10:38 am (#365 of 2977) Reply    

Aww shucks!! And I was going to try to sell some Tropical Storm wind. Probably wouldn't have brought as much as Hurricane wind, though. I do have a large stock of Tropical Storm tree limbs that I am giving away. You can even pick which ones you want!

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Catherine - Sep 9, 2004 10:46 am (#366 of 2977) Reply    

What scares me even more than people trying to sell this wind and water on eBay is the person who would actually BUY such a thing. You'd have to be thicker than a concussed troll to want hurricane water or wind.

EDIT: Oooh, ICThrestrals, downed tree limbs! Goody!

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StareyedSlytherin - Sep 9, 2004 10:50 am (#367 of 2977) Reply    

  Probably just regular tap water. Why would anyone want to buy water from a hurricane anyway? Very weird.



I don't think I'd want any of the stuff either ^_^

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Richard !!!Reid - Sep 9, 2004 10:51 am (#368 of 2977) Reply    

Hehe. LOL Catherine

Well, there are some strange people out there * is quickly cancelling order for hurricane wind*.

Its been another lazy day...got up at 1:30 pm, again, and have done...nothing, again.

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Siouxwolf - Sep 9, 2004 10:55 am (#369 of 2977) Reply    

Hello everyone,

Sorry to not have been around, have been busy with my assignment which I handed in last night:-) Kasse, really sorry about your phone, I know that can be a real bummer. We have lots of students from Kenya and I have always wanted to go and visit there and see your huge National Park and visit Kilamanjaro (not sure on spelling).

Happy Belated Birthday to Julia and Elanor, hope you had fantastic days:-)

S. E. Jones thanks for the Pinky tune, I was busy humming it myself. Pinky used to be my nickname;-) Sheltergirl, I know this comment was a few days back but loved your idea about giving to the SPCA instead of presents. Icthestrals, glad you came through ok with Frances. With regards to collective names for animals, how about a 'crash of rhinos'.

Have a great day

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DJ Evans - Sep 9, 2004 11:12 am (#370 of 2977) Reply    

Well, now I have heard it all -- able to buy either a jar of hurricane water or "wind"? Whew!!! Never in a million years would I have thought about coming up with such a ridiculous idea as that!!! Hmmm, I wonder if it comes with a certificate of authenticity too? I know it takes all kinds to make up the world, but geeeeeeeesh people!

icthestrals -- so glad that you came through it all without nothing worse than a spell of no electricity and some tree limbs!!! I've been through a few ice storms and one of the results was the no electricity for awhile too. Isn't it amazing how every time you think of something that you can do to occupy yourself "involves" electricity?

Got a question and it's most likely a silly one, but do other countries besides the US celebrate Halloween (Oct. 31st)? I've never really given it much thought of it being either just a US holiday or if it was world wide. What got me to thinking about it, I was in our local Wal-Mart yesterday and of course, they've brought out all of the Halloween stuff -- so I expect to see the Christmas decorations out next week!!!! Not that I'm complaining about the Halloween stuff being out already, as it is my favorite holiday to decorate for, but I do think the stores could wait a bit. Especially on putting out the Christmas stuff. Each year they just seem to get a "little" bit earlier on putting out the merchandise. So if they keep following this time frame, that means that the summer bathing suits ought to be out -- what, by December 15th? Yup, that sounds right!!!!

Fawkes -- HAPPY "1" YEAR ANNIVERSARY!!! I haven't even been a member for quite six months yet, but it seems like it was just yesterday. The old saying "Time sure flies when you are having fun" definitely applies here on the Lex Forum!!

Later, Deb

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Loopy Lupin - Sep 9, 2004 11:47 am (#371 of 2977) Reply    

Here's a site from the History Channel regarding Halloween around the world. Smile

http://www.historychannel.com/exhibits/halloween/world.html

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Elanor - Sep 9, 2004 11:58 am (#372 of 2977) Reply    

Hi everyone and thanks for all your birthday wishes! I was very touched: you guys are so great! :-D !

Concerning Halloween, we only celebrate it for a few years here in France, which is rather funny, because it was a Celtic feast originally and Brittany (the French region) has kept a lot of Celtic traditions. I believe some of these traditions, followed for centuries there, could be related to Halloween. But the traditional feast of "All Saints' Day", on November the 1rst, is very very old and is still very important here. It is the day when people traditionally visit cemeteries to lay chrysanthemums on the graves of relatives and friends.

I like Halloween very much! I don't think the Halloween stuff is brought out here yet, but concerning Christmas decorations, we find them earlier each year too! When I visited Canada some years ago, I loved the Halloween decorations people could buy there! On my desk, I still have some cute lead pencils decorated with witches and pumpkins!

EDIT: hi Loopy! i was writing when you posted I guess! Cute avatar BTW! I love yours too Deb (Viggo... *sigh*)

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haymoni - Sep 9, 2004 12:05 pm (#373 of 2977) Reply    

Kasse - I lost my cell phone once.

We were at an alchohol-free New Year's Eve celebration (so I can't blame the champagne). You go from place to place and see different types of arts - visual, theatrical, magical, musical, etc. It's a lot of fun, especially for the kids.

Anyway...I kept turning the volume down on my cell phone when we went in to each venue so I wouldn't disturb the other patrons.

The next morning, I couldn't find the phone. I called my number and it was ringing on my end, but I couldn't hear the phone. Then it dawned on me what I had done and I was too embarrassed to tell Hubby that I had left the volume down.

I started to drive back to one of the venues to look for the phone and I made a sharp turn and my cell phone rattled in the bin on the car door. Sure enough the volume was still turned down.

Hope your story turns out well. "Accio cell phone! Accio cell phone!"

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Richard !!!Reid - Sep 9, 2004 12:07 pm (#374 of 2977) Reply    

We celebrate Hallowe'en over here in Britain, but it is not nearly as popular as in America. In fact, - well, in Scotland anyway - It is almost non-existent nowadays. I guess people can't be bothered.

However, most of the shops near me already have their Christmas decorations up and have all their Christmas stock in...it's terrible!

Richard

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Good Evans - Sep 9, 2004 12:12 pm (#375 of 2977) Reply    

We do celebrate halloween, but as I grew up in the US I can categorically say that the Brits don’t do it like the yanks. I always get some sweets for the kids but probably don’t have as many as I would expect. Its a bit sad actually as I remember having great fun trick or treating!!!

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Catherine - Sep 9, 2004 12:23 pm (#376 of 2977) Reply    

Thanks for the Halloween information, Loopy. **like the new Lisa avatar, also**

Well, we may need to add the garage door repairman to our "crucio list." He got the door open, at least. I insisted on moving my car out of the garage while I had the chance. Unfortunately, this was the pinnacle of my intelligence for the day. He did his repair thingy (supposedly) and the door closed again. He left.

Wouldn't you know it that the danged thing won't open anymore? It now goes up two feet and sticks. It won't go down, and it won't go up. The fix-it people are now saying that they may not be able to get here until Monday.

Sherbie's luck may be trickling over my way.

EDIT: Loopy's tagline changed while I posted. Now "perspicacity" is a good word. I don't see many people using THAT one! That's almost as good as "obfuscation." What an erudite group the Forum is!

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Good Evans - Sep 9, 2004 12:31 pm (#377 of 2977) Reply    

**reparo garage door** - any help catherine?

oh well - big hug in the meant time

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Chris. - Sep 9, 2004 12:35 pm (#378 of 2977) Reply    

Richard, where about in Scotland do you come from?

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Loopy Lupin - Sep 9, 2004 1:02 pm (#379 of 2977) Reply    

I thought you might like that word Catherine. The other tag line just wasn't cutting it. Lisa, it turns out, doesn't have that many funny quotes, at least not ones that can stand alone. I do like the law of apostrophes myself.

Oh, and I forgot to mention my jealousy at Richard's ability to sleep until 1:30 p.m. You lose that ability with age. I can sleep no later than 10:00 a.m. no matter how hard I try and even that is after having woken up at my regular time and going back to bed.

EDIT-- **quickly fixes apostrophe blunder; hopes no one notices**

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Catherine - Sep 9, 2004 1:15 pm (#380 of 2977) Reply    

Richard, enjoy that "late-sleeping" while you can

I myself had to drive the kids to school today at 7:05 a.m. That is just too darn early to be driving to school, in my humble (and lazy ) opinion. This was also not the optimal time to realize that my car was trapped in the garage. Much ado about nothing this morning.

I didn't know that you had struggled with Lisa quotes, Loopy. You found the perfect one for the Forum, though. I remember the episode when Lisa gushed over her uncles gift; something like, "A copy of Ethan Frome to call my very own." This made ME laugh, anyway, but then I'm an acknowledged weirdo.

Enjoy your day/night (depending on where you are!) everyone. See you around.

EDIT: Apostrophe's--Loopy Lupin. Hehehe.

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Ladybug220 - Sep 9, 2004 1:15 pm (#381 of 2977) Reply    

Wow Loopy, I can't even sleep til 10:00. My body wakes up by 7:00 even if I don't have anywhere to be. I can only sleep late if I stay up past 2 or 3 am and I am getting too old for that (and I am not even 30 yet).

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Muggleborn - Sep 9, 2004 1:16 pm (#382 of 2977) Reply    

Try to sleep when you have two kids of elementary school age. Ours get up around 6:30 am like clock work! Even if they don't run in and jump on you at that time, you still have to get up, because when it is too quiet you know the real mischief has started!

Just this past weekend, our 4 year old decided the dog (a Border Collie) needed a bath. He was not cooperating, so she used the hand held sink sprayer to shoot at him as he would run past. Needless to say we used a few towels to mop up.

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Chris. - Sep 9, 2004 1:20 pm (#383 of 2977) Reply    

I'm up early most days, but if I've had a late night, I probably'll sleep a little longer. On school days, I have to be up at 6:30 AM. That's the time when my mum's beautiful (hem hem ) voice "sweetly" rings through the house.

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Richard !!!Reid - Sep 9, 2004 1:41 pm (#384 of 2977) Reply    

Prongs  - I'm in the North of Scotland, near Aberdeen.

Thanks Catherine. I am determined to enjoy it while I can. Unfortunately, I have an early rise tomorrow 11:30...which is rubbish... anything after 1 pm is unacceptable.

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Padfoot - Sep 9, 2004 1:45 pm (#385 of 2977) Reply    

I have found that I do not sleep as late as I used to. I wake up every morning around 5:30, but that is because my bedroom window faces East and my blinds are inefficient. Still, on Saturdays I can go back to sleep easily to 10 with no problem. I am not a morning person.

Deb, that is my favorite Viggo avatar of yours so far.

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Richard !!!Reid - Sep 9, 2004 1:49 pm (#386 of 2977) Reply    

Well, I have been going to bed around 3am for the last couple of weeks...I have been chatting so long, even passed 4am...I need the sleep the next day..hehe

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Sherbie Lemon - Sep 9, 2004 2:02 pm (#387 of 2977) Reply    

Padfoot, I have your avatar hanging in my hallway.

Faulty garage door, eh? Sounds vaguely familiar. Ponder Mine died along with my answering machine and modem when lightning struck our house a month ago. Luckily it is not wooden so we were able to lift it without a problem. Good thing you insisted on pulling your car out, Catherine! If it had been me, I'd have thought about moving the car but would have probably decided against it and been stuck again.

Thanks for the good wishes, guys! Keep 'em coming until tomorrow, as I should know for sure what it is after my CT scan. Although my husband is not a CT tech, he is in radiology at the same hospital where I'm having the test, so he'll be able to take it to a radiographer to read right after I'm finished.

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Muggleborn - Sep 9, 2004 2:06 pm (#388 of 2977) Reply    

Sherbie - Wishing you all the best! Good luck.

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Elanor - Sep 9, 2004 2:07 pm (#389 of 2977) Reply    

Well, I usually wake up at 6.15 a.m. for something weird called "work", but even on week-ends I can't help myself to get up quite early (around 8 a.m.). Anyway, each time I feel lazy enough to wish to stay in bed till something as incredible as 9 p.m., you can bet that my Mum phones me at 8 a.m. saying "I don't wake you up, do I?"...

But the most curious thing is that I deliberately set the alarm for 15 minutes earlier than I should do because I HAVE TO check the forum before I leave: it is hard enough not to be able to check it during all the day... With the time difference, there are always a lot of new posts when I wake up, so, since the new school year has started I have breakfast everyday in front of my computer. Lexicon addict am I?

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Richard !!!Reid - Sep 9, 2004 2:16 pm (#390 of 2977) Reply    

* Is wishing Sherbie the best of luck*

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Chris. - Sep 9, 2004 3:06 pm (#391 of 2977) Reply    

Richard, I'm quite a bit away. I'm near Glasgow.

I'm sending Good Luck Charms to you, Sherbie! Hope everything goes O.K.

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Padfoot - Sep 9, 2004 3:17 pm (#392 of 2977) Reply    

Sherbie I hope everything goes all right. At least your hubby will be there with you.

Such a nice picture isn't it? Sounds like you have great decorating tastes.

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Richard !!!Reid - Sep 9, 2004 3:18 pm (#393 of 2977) Reply    

Hey cool. Weather has been good today...makes a change.

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The giant squid - Sep 9, 2004 3:45 pm (#394 of 2977) Reply    

Continued good luck vibes for the Sherbster...

Richard, I've got your back. My body schedule is to sleep from 4AM until around noon. Sometimes I have to get up earlier for work (as early as 10AM at times ) but I just can't seem to fall asleep before 4. On the plus side, it gives me plenty of time to read the Forum.

The strangest thing happened today...this wet stuff fell right out of the sky! I know you folks on the east coast are rolling your eyes at me, but it never rains here in the desert. Until today. We had a nice long (1 hour) thunderstorm with lightning and everything. SO cool. Of course, once it was over the TV station cut into Real Genius to tell me there was a Severe Thunderstorm Warning in effect. Duh. Way to show up after the fact...

--Mike

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Richard !!!Reid - Sep 9, 2004 3:51 pm (#395 of 2977) Reply    

Hey...somebody else knows how it feels.

LOL on the thunderstorm.

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Courtney22 - Sep 9, 2004 4:21 pm (#396 of 2977) Reply    

Hello to everybody!

I've been gone for awhile getting ready for school to start and all that fun stuff. But now I'm back Smile Hopefully I'll be able to catch up on all the posts and what not and get right back into the swing of things.

On a side note I'm writing one of my graduate papers on the Harry Potter series. I haven't picked a specific topic yet the class is about Popular culture and I have a lot of research but no direction yet. I plan to use the forum as a source Smile and I'm sure all of you will be a big help!! If you want to shout out some ideas too that would be cool Smile

Anyway hello again and I hope everyone is having a good day Smile

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Catherine - Sep 9, 2004 4:23 pm (#397 of 2977) Reply    

Courtney,

Welcome back, and I really am jealous that you can use Harry Potter in your studies.

See you around!

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haymoni - Sep 9, 2004 4:45 pm (#398 of 2977) Reply    

Welcome back Courtney! How was Mexico and how is the cottage?

Mike - I can't believe anybody would have the nerve to cut into "Real Genius".

But first, let me compliment you on your choice of footwear.

A girl's gotta have her standards!

Real Genius - Another guilty pleasure!

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Catherine - Sep 9, 2004 4:50 pm (#399 of 2977) Reply    

Denise and other mods,

Please excuse the double post, but I thought Denise's avatar and tagline deserved its own post.

What is that...that freaky thing?? ( I am anti-mustache on my husband) –Denise

Oh, I giggled. I needed a laugh today! My father, who was always clean-shaven before and since, came home from his tour in Vietnam with a mustache. My mother lamented this mustache NO END, I tell you. The family is divided whether the mustache lasted 2 hours or 3 before it came off. (Keep in mind that the drive to the airport was 1 hour and 45 minutes, minimum!)

Denise, I am sure that hubby will see the error of his ways! **still thinks that Denise's husband is cute even with mustache, if that is not too much information**

Cheers, Denise!

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ShelterGirl - Sep 9, 2004 4:55 pm (#400 of 2977) Reply    

-->LOVES "Real Genius." "I drank what?"

Hope everyone is having a great day, or at least, one better than Catherine's. Smile (sorry Catherine.)

As I work a bizarre schedule set forth by the Shelter Gods, tomorrow is my day off. Hence, I plan on spending this evening in my bathrobe, happily curled up on the sofa in front of all 5 hours of Pride and Predjudice, while sipping butterbeer and eating popcorn. Don't hate me ladies. *picturing the Firthmaster in the wet shirt scene*

Good luck to Sherbie. Keep us updated.

I am also jealous about Courtney using HP in her studies. I never had anything that much fun.

--*chucks rain at Mike*

Have a good night all. Smile

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Catherine - Sep 9, 2004 5:04 pm (#401 of 2977) Reply    

I plan on spending this evening in my bathrobe, happily curled up on the sofa in front of all 5 hours of Pride and Predjudice, while sipping butterbeer and eating popcorn. Don't hate me ladies. *picturing the Firthmaster in the wet shirt scene* --Shelter Girl

**could never hate Shelter Girl**

Yippee! That is SUCH a good choice. **sighs dreamily**

Oh, I'm sorry. I did that responding and chiming in thingy!

**is jealous of Shelter's evening**

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Denise P. - Sep 9, 2004 5:31 pm (#402 of 2977) Reply    

Catherine, after being married to me for 20 years, dear husband is well aware of my feelings regarding his facial hair. He almost is required to have one in his line of work when he is overseas but we have a deal, he has to shave before he comes home. The kids like the mangey dead animal under his nose but I don't and my vote overrides theirs

I have been trying to sleep all day with little luck so I am off again to lay back down. Ugh, flu/cold here ::: sniffle :::

I think I should change my avatar to a seal, since I sound like one barking at the moment.

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S.E. Jones - Sep 9, 2004 7:46 pm (#403 of 2977) Reply    

Sherbie, don't agonize too much over your CT. It isn't nearly the traumatic experience that I thought it was going to be when I had to get my head scanned a couple Springs ago. It was surprisingly painless, though I think my nerves took a greater toll on me than the scan did. The worst part was the hard table they had me lay on. I'm supposed to get another one sometime soon (though I think my sister-in-law might be administering it), so I can empathize. Just take a deep breath and rest assured that the techs know what they're doing.

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Ladybug220 - Sep 9, 2004 7:51 pm (#404 of 2977) Reply    

Denise - I had a good laugh at you calling your hubby's mustache a "dead mangey animal". I also do not care for facial hair on men. I guess it's because my dad and oldest brother are always clean-shaven. My other brother would grow a beard because he was too lazy to shave and he could grow one in 2 days. However, if my mom and I nagged him enough, he would shave it off just to get us quiet.

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Leviosa - Sep 10, 2004 2:17 am (#405 of 2977) Reply    

Good luck to Sherbie!

Welcome back, Courtney! I also want to write an important paper on Harry Potter for school. But I'm not sure if I will be allowed to do it, my school year hasn't started yet. For me, school is going to start next Tuesday so I don't have much of my vacation left.

Richard Reid, I don't know if you've ever heard of Regensburg (where I live), that's the German "twin city" of Aberdeen. (I don't know if "twin city" is the right expression but this is what my dictionary tells me (along with "sister city") but I hope you understand what I want to say).

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Sticky Glue - Sep 10, 2004 3:04 am (#406 of 2977) Reply    

Hi all, I'm going to be away for a week, so I hope you don't all post too much or I will never catch up.

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The giant squid - Sep 10, 2004 3:20 am (#407 of 2977) Reply    

haymoni/sheltergirl: "Is it a dream where you're standing in sort-of Sun God robes and thousands of half-naked women are screaming and throwing little pickles at you?"

No...

Why am I the only one who has that dream?

Denise, I'm a proponent of mens' facial hair (mainly because I look like I'm 12 without it), but my wife agrees with you. We have compromised by "allowing" me to have what I refer to as a "pirate goatee"--the same cut Captain Jack Sparrow wears.

   Hi all, I'm going to be away for a week, so I hope you don't all post too much or I will never catch up.



No promises, SG...

--Mike

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Catherine - Sep 10, 2004 4:20 am (#408 of 2977) Reply    

Good morning to everyone, and happy Friday!

Ah, Sticky Glue, I would count on the posts adding up while you are gone! Hope you enjoy your time away from the Forum.

Hope that Denise has conquered her sniffles, and that Sherbie has an ok Scan that proves everything to be "minor."

With all of this talk of mustaches, I wonder if we'll be seeing an avatar change by someone **imagines Flanders, but could be wrong**

I'm still chuckling over Denise's description of her hubby's mustache...

See you all around.

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mike miller - Sep 10, 2004 5:07 am (#409 of 2977) Reply    

Good morning to everyone, and happy Friday! – Catherine

I second the motion! Motion carried!

Denise - I nice cup of green tea with a little honey and lemon should help things a bit. Depending upon the symptoms, spicy food can work wonders on a "stuffy head", not so good on the stomach.

I must disagree on the facial hair, but it's all up to personal taste. I've had a mustache for about 20 years and goatee for almost 10. Always well-trimmed, nothing "shaggy". I almost shaved the goatee when they became "more fashionable", but choose to reshape it instead.

Sticky - No promises! One week will probably translate into about 500 posts on this thread alone.

Welcome back Courtney! I think it's awesome that Harry may be able to work into your school work.



Sherbie - Good luck with CT scan. I've had MRIs a couple of times (darn knees!) and it is a bit unnerving. Hope the results turn out ot be "minor".

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Julia. - Sep 10, 2004 5:09 am (#410 of 2977) Reply    

Denise, your most recent avatar can't help but remind me of another 'stache you don't like... *coughmovielupincough* Perhaps every time you see him you can just hold your thumb up and squint.

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Denise P. - Sep 10, 2004 5:32 am (#411 of 2977) Reply    

Well I broke down last night and took the heavy duty cough syrup, Nyquil liquid caps. It did the trick since I managed to sleep all night and right through my alarms this morning. Luckily, I heard my oldest moving about and had enough time to make his lunch, make sure he didn't look too horrible in what he was wearing and get out the door. I do feel much better than I have been for the past few days. Now, once the rest of the gang gets off to school, we are off to a doctor appointment since my 3 yr old needs a school physical. Then, I need to whip up a batch of brownies since my 10 yr old's Webelo den is bringing treats to various fire stations, EMS and emergency service people tomorrow in appreciation for what they do. Then they are going to a theme park up near Louisville, KY. The 11 yr old is off camping with Boy Scouts this week and the 7&8 yr old have a birthday party (but not the tacky one). Augh, does it ever end??!!??

Julia, that really was a pathetic excuse for a mustache. :::coughmovielupincough:::: I really like Sean Connery in a mustache so I am not anti-facial hair..just on some men. The squint and finger in front of my eyes won't work with hubby, my mind will just refuse to accept that the mustache is gone.

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Chemyst - Sep 10, 2004 5:39 am (#412 of 2977) Reply    

Good morning and happy Friday guys. I guess I'll do "that responding and chiming in thingy" too. I like mustaches on men's faces that have the room for them, but women and men with very little space under their nose do better without them.

Sherbie, your bundle of good scan charms is en route.

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Loopy Lupin - Sep 10, 2004 5:43 am (#413 of 2977) Reply    

Good morning all. Best wishes to Sherbie. Is it 5:30 yet?

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icthestrals - Sep 10, 2004 5:43 am (#414 of 2977) Reply    

Hello everyone and Happy Friday! Sherbie, again I hope the CT comes out OK.

I just wanted to let y'all know that Governor Jeb Bush has set up a Florida hurricane relief fund if anyone would like to donate. I'm not sure if my link will work. If not anyone can go to myflorida.com and find the link there. http://www.flahurricanefund.org/

I hope everyone has a great Friday and a great weekend!

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Chemyst - Sep 10, 2004 5:47 am (#415 of 2977) Reply    

icthestrals, I read that link as being a 'flurrycane.'

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icthestrals - Sep 10, 2004 5:49 am (#416 of 2977) Reply    

Chemyst, LOL! Sorry, no snow in Florida right now!

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haymoni - Sep 10, 2004 6:33 am (#417 of 2977) Reply    

I do not like facial hair either, but I agree, Sean Connery is the exception!

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VeronikaG - Sep 10, 2004 7:05 am (#418 of 2977) Reply    

I just marked the whole forum as read, so please forgive me for everything I don't know because of that.

Julia: Happy Birthday.

Elanor: Happy Birthday. I look forwards to being 32.

Betty: Get well. That's an order! :-)

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Viola Intonada - Sep 10, 2004 7:27 am (#419 of 2977) Reply    

Good for you Veronica! I know it was hard to hit the button, but I have found it much easier to look at the threads. It doesn't seem so overwhelming now. I wish I would have hit the button long ago. Many encouraged me to, but I was worried I might miss something. But you know what? It made me miss everything because there were always too many posts to read so I didn't read anything.

As for mustaches, they are fine as long as they are not on my husband, lol.

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Phoenix song - Sep 10, 2004 8:06 am (#420 of 2977) Reply    

Denise P: I am with you on the mustache thing. My husband came home with one last weekend and I cried. I can't stand facial hair on most men and on my husband in particular. I'm afraid that it's a standing battle of over 12 years between us.

How do you manage to breathe with all that you have to do? I have three kids (that I homeschool) and I frequently feel as if I'm going to pass out. How many children do you have? We should start a group for worn out mothers.

Sticky Glue: I'd have to say leave at your own risk! I don't see the amount of posts reducing anytime soon. I check on mine every time that I have a few moments, and it's not easy to keep under control. Of course, there is always that infamous "mark as read" button.

For all of the Florida residents, I'm glad that you have all seemed to have gotten through mostly okay. Loss of electricity, water, phone, and all fresh food aside, which I know from personal experience is horrible enough in itself. But have you seen the new storm out there, Ivan? It looks like a real monster, Ivan the terrible I think. It's already a category 5 and has killed over 23 people in the islands. It's so large that they're not sure yet where it'll land. I hope that we're all kept safe. But, I fear for our Florida members as it looks like they'll get hit by Ivan in some way. (Hope that I'm wrong!)

Sherbie, I'm glad that things have worked out with you scan. I know that they can be frightening.

Catherine, have you gotten that blasted door fixed yet? Repair men can drive you insane! You wait FOREVER for them to get there and then they'll often have to order a part or it'll break again as soon as they're gone. Good luck!

Everybody have a good day and a good weekend!

Everybody take care!
Barbie

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Padfoot - Sep 10, 2004 8:23 am (#421 of 2977) Reply
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Happy Friday everyone!

I am also in the group that does not like facial hair on guys. I am like Ladybug, I grew up with the men in my family clean shaven too.

Edit: I feel I should say something about sideburns as I look at my avatar. I love the Beatles and this picture, however I am not wild about the bizarre sideburns those guys had back then.

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Richard !!!Reid - Sep 10, 2004 9:28 am (#422 of 2977) Reply    

Leviosa...I have heard of it...wow...whats is like there. Probably a lot nicer that here.

Sherbie, glad everything is Ok.

Well, because it's friday once again, that can only mean one thing...Yet another late night. Last night was an early one for me, as I went to bed at around 3am. Tonight, I should be at least able to hold out till after 4. Tomorrow is free, so I can get up at around 2 in the afternoon, then do it all again tomorrow night. What a life * relaxes, swings on chair, and kicks feet onto desk*

Facial hair is a no no, especially on women ;-)

Richard

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Catherine - Sep 10, 2004 9:34 am (#423 of 2977) Reply    

Facial hair is a no no, especially on women ;-) --Richard Reid

**twirls mustache at Richard** Gee, now you tell me Well, it does get in the way when I drink my tea. Maybe I should get rid of it.

Padfoot, I agree with your "sideburn assessment." While the musicians are wonderful, their sideburns are a little scary. I think that they could use a session with "Occam's Razor." **nods to Tim**

Well, I was supposed to have plans for lunch, but I got stood up (I guess the mustache is turning people away), so darn! Now I have time to catch up on the posts.

The weekend approaches, yay!

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True Love - Sep 10, 2004 9:41 am (#424 of 2977) Reply    

Facial hair on men can be attractive especially if it hides a weak or double chin but I find beards to be scratchy. My husband grows a beard during the winter months and is clean shaven in the summer. Needless to say he gets more attention during the summer.

We had a major deluge yesterday, thanks to the remnants of Francis. A large puddle of water surrounded the cat litter pans and spread to other parts of the basement. My husband thought the cats made the mess (the cats were most offended to be accused of such deeds) until he found a leak in the foundation. I thought it was quite funny but also relieved it wasn't the cats. They would have had to drink a lot of water to make that mess. Men say the funniest things.

Have a good Friday every one.

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Elanor - Sep 10, 2004 10:11 am (#425 of 2977) Reply    

LOL True Love! Have you ever read "The cat who..." series? I love those cats, and they do know how to express their opinions too... (BTW, I love your new avatar!)

Concerning mustaches, I've always found that Tom Selleck was the only one who was really handsome with one on... (and maybe Harrison Ford, with a 3 days' stubble on his chin, in Indiana Jones...).

Thanks to the time difference, it is already the end of Friday afternoon here (so great!), so HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEK-END EVERYONE!

And my very best wishes going to all of you who have been in the hurricanes!

EDIT: I've just realized that I forgot Aragorn-Viggo when I listed the rare men cute with a little beard... Unforgivable Mistake...

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ShelterGirl - Sep 10, 2004 10:24 am (#426 of 2977) Reply    

Completely unforgivable Elanor. :pcpb:

Go iron your hands. Smile

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Sherbie Lemon - Sep 10, 2004 11:15 am (#427 of 2977) Reply    

What, you don't like chops, Padfoot?

Thanks for all the good luck vibes, all! Although I'm sure I'm fine, I haven't been given the all-clear yet. I'm going in for my CT scan in half an hour, so I should know something by tonight. Keep those fingers crossed!

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SarcasticGinny - Sep 10, 2004 11:22 am (#428 of 2977) Reply    

Hi all, TGIF!

It's a "jeans day" here at school, so I'm a happier camper than usual.

Regarding facial hair, I am one of the few ladies who likes it! I used to always get flak because all my old boyfriends were the type of guys who shave, then have a 5 o clock shadow 10 minutes later. Sideburns especially (not as far reaching as the late 60's Beatles sideburns; just thin ones) are hot! One of my exes was a doll with sideburns but when he shaved he appeared to look about 12 years old!

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DJ Evans - Sep 10, 2004 12:05 pm (#429 of 2977) Reply    

How could you forget Viggo Elanor?!?!?!?! Shame, shame, shame on you!!! I'm embarrassed to say I know you! hee hee Seriously -- you are forgiven!!

I guess I'm more of an odd ball that I thought. Cause I like the long hair (IF it is clean and kept nice), the mustaches & the scruffy looking beards. Now I'm not "too" much of a fan of the full beards, but on some guys it looks good. But all in all, it just depends on the individual really. As some look best clean shaven and short hair -- some don't. And as far Viggo/Aragorn goes, well let's just say "I" think he looks good with or without facial hair!!! Dancing

True Love -- Just how much did your husband think a cat could go? hee hee But I can see where he might be coming from. It's much simpler/easier to put the blame else where instead of "thinking" it might be a problem with the basement foundation.

FYI -- I saw where "Popeye" the Saliorman turns "75" years old today!!!! He sure is holding up well for someone of his age! Make A Wish

Everybody have a wonderful weekend!!!

Later, Deb

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Elanor - Sep 10, 2004 12:56 pm (#430 of 2977) Reply    

I know Deb, I know... *having some difficulty typing because I've just ironed my hands*...

But you're right, he is perfect with and without facial hair...

Happy birthday Popeye!

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VeronikaG - Sep 10, 2004 1:12 pm (#431 of 2977) Reply    

You know, my former MSN name was "Frances". It was a joke between me and a friend. He used to call all people "Frank", it was his name for the general person, so I said that if everybody was a "Frank" then I had to be one as well. And he said I couldn't, because a girl can't be called Frank. So Frances it was.

I think some guys are cute with goatees. For a couple of years I have tried to talk one of my friends into growing one, I think it would make him look very handsome, and also look his age. He's 30, but people keep guessing 24-25.

I'm a slacker! Mom has gone to visit her sister, so I'm doing all the housekeeping. Yesterday it was leftover chicken for me for dinner, for Dad it was meatballs with meatballs. Today it was pizza, and tomorrow hamburgers with fries. Yummy.

Now that I have finally bitten the dust and marked the forum as read, I better go catch up before I get lost behind again. Have a good Friday night everyone.

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True Love - Sep 10, 2004 1:29 pm (#432 of 2977) Reply    

I haven't read the cat series but can well imagine the type of humour it carries. Stephane (husband) just thought one of the cats was really sick. I voiced my doubts but he pointed out one of them had the tell-tale sign of litter grains on its paws. A real detective he is. I quickly brushed the cats paws and walked away.

I must admit, Vigo, Harrison Ford and Tom Selleck all carried off the facial hair very well. As does my husband but I still prefer clean shaven. So nice and smooth.

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Chris. - Sep 10, 2004 1:39 pm (#433 of 2977) Reply    

It's Friday night and the lights are lowwwww!

Not much happened today, although my cat did get a bath today. You have to see my arms to feel the pain! *Meoowwwwwww*

My mum and I are complaining. Why do we pay a TV license when the comedy of the BBC is going down the drain? There is particularly nasty one called "Eyes Down". British member will cringe when they hear the show name. It's terrible!

Hope everyone has had a nice Friday and I hope everyone's weekend is a sunny one.

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Phoenix song - Sep 10, 2004 1:42 pm (#434 of 2977) Reply    

I also prefer clean shaven men. Why my husband doesn't "get" this is beyond me. When we were dating he had a job that prohibited any type of facial hair. Several years ago, they let up on the requirement and it's been war ever since.

I have to add Kurt Warner (NFL quarterback) and Tony Stewart (NASCAR driver) to the list of men who look good with a slight shadow. I generally don't like it at all, but they manage to pull it off. Viggo also looks good with one, but I do prefer how he looks in DJ Evan's avatar. (Of course, with Vigo, I don't think that he could keep from looking great!)

Barbie

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Catherine - Sep 10, 2004 1:51 pm (#435 of 2977) Reply    

Well, I am going to let my own preferences regarding male facial hair remain a secret. I would not want to offend the hirstute, the smooth, or the in-between. **sees a minefield, and not going to step in there!**

Sherbie, I'm thinking about you just now! **wishing luck**

True Love, I sympathize with the wet basement. Two years later and lots of money down the drain, we are still struggling with ours. I'm glad the kitties are healthy, though!

Well, my garage door has been "reparo-ed" at long last. I'll never take an operating door for granted again

I'm gearing up for a big football weekend here. The roads are already clogged up with the gung-ho alums. Tomorrow afternoon the area around our house will be a tailgating extravaganza. Hmm, kind of reminds me of the Quidditch World Cup! But alas, earwax, I probably will never see Archie in his flowered nightgown!

Everyone, enjoy your weekend.

Oh, and Loopy, it's almost 5:30.

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Loopy Lupin - Sep 10, 2004 1:51 pm (#436 of 2977) Reply    

Well, have a good weekend everyone. I have no real plans. I was going to shave, but now, I think not. Razz

Happy birthday Popeye.

EDIT-- Yes, 5:30 is around the corner. I too see a minefield here Catherine. I have been sitting on my hands because all quips that come to mind could be seriously misread. :O

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DJ Evans - Sep 10, 2004 2:00 pm (#437 of 2977) Reply    

Phoenix song -- of course it's easy for everyone to see/know what my opinion of Viggo and his looks are!!! And it's funny you mentioned Tony Stewart there, cause the time trials for this weekend’s race just ended and there was Tony with his "scruffy" look!!! I'll just say you've got good taste there too!!!!

Prongs -- you have to pay a TV license fee? I've never heard of a TV license. What are they for? Just curious.

Later, Deb

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Detail Seeker - Sep 10, 2004 2:10 pm (#438 of 2977) Reply    

Moustache wearers of this Forum, unite to help Denise´s husband be allowed to let his one really get into shape.

hi,hi....

I know it is nice to start marital wars on that, but, Ladies, how much interference into your hair-do by your husbands, friends, partners would you allow ?

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Chris. - Sep 10, 2004 2:28 pm (#439 of 2977) Reply    

*waves to everyone*

Deb, a TV license is a thing my mum pays every month for the TV (of course ) I can't remember how much it is, but I don't think it's THAT much. If you don't pay it, alas (earwax ) you don't get TV programmes, which makes me loony!

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B]ShelterGirl[/B] - Sep 10, 2004 2:39 pm (#440 of 2977) Reply    

---*runs shrieking* Loopy is going to grow facial hair?

Oh wait. I have no idea what that would do.

Never mind.

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Sep 10, 2004 2:41 pm (#441 of 2977) Reply    

There's a 'stache I haven't seen in a long while. Detail Seeker, how are you?

I'm going to go sit in a corner with Loopy and take my misreadable comments with me.

I'm fast losing my reputation with my husband as the sanest person he knows. Last night was very muggy here so I turned the air conditioning up (or down as the case may be) as far as I could. The house got so cold I put on my flannel pajama bottoms and a thermal shirt--it made sense to me. Later, I discovered ants in the kitchen (I cannot abide ants). Even though it was after 11pm I pulled out the vacuum cleaner and raced around the kitchen sucking the little buggers up. My husband just stood there with a bemused expression on his face. Something tells me (actually he told me) he won't be sharing that little vignette with the people at the office.

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The giant squid - Sep 10, 2004 2:45 pm (#442 of 2977) Reply    

   Ladies, how much interference into your hair-do by your husbands, friends, partners would you allow ?



Ah, well said, Detail Seeker! Heaven forbid the husband should tell his wife how she should get her hair done, or even worse, have an opinion of it afterward (other than "it looks lovely, dear").

Sherbie, I'm wish-wish-wishing that everything goes well today!

My day has been pretty boring so far...then again, I just woke up a half hour ago. My evening should be better--I managed to get tickets to a screening of Clerks with Kevin Smith (writer, director, co-star) there do do a signing afterward. Woo! This is, of course, assuming the friend who works at that theater doesn't stiff me on the tickets...they're free, first-come first-serve. He called me & said "it's taken care of" which is a little less detail than I'd like, but I'm willing to risk it.

--Mike

EDIT: cross-posted with Kim... I don't see why your husband found that odd. Makes perfect sense to me.

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Detail Seeker - Sep 10, 2004 2:46 pm (#443 of 2977) Reply    

Thanks for asking, Kim, I am fine - just not posting much at the moment.

I can understand what you were doing - ants do not belong into houses

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Padfoot - Sep 10, 2004 3:00 pm (#444 of 2977) Reply    

Deb, a TV license is a thing my mum pays every month for the TV

So basically a tv license is similar to a cable bill.

Kim, you sound sane to me if that is any consolation.

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Richard !!!Reid - Sep 10, 2004 3:02 pm (#445 of 2977) Reply    

No....we pay TV licence as well as cable (satalite) bills...it sucks.

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Padfoot - Sep 10, 2004 3:06 pm (#446 of 2977) Reply    

Oh, guess I did not have that figured out right. So do you rent your tvs or something?

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Richard !!!Reid - Sep 10, 2004 3:07 pm (#447 of 2977) Reply    

Well, not exactly...it's just another form of tax - tv licencing.

Same as we pay tax on our savings, our jobs, our purchases, our cars, our fuel, our council, our homes, the list is endless.

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Catherine - Sep 10, 2004 3:15 pm (#448 of 2977) Reply    

Kim sounds sane to me. But then, that may not be saying much! I, too, loathe insects in my house. We struggle with mosquitoes and fire ants here.

**notices that Kim's avatar hides "the mustache"**

Detail Seeker does have a point about men and their opinion about hairstyles. Except that the men in my family don't appear to have an opinion. If you get a haircut, they don't notice. If you get highlights, they don't notice. So I'm not going to let THAT thwart me from having an opinion about male facial hair.

Even if I sit in the corner on my hands to keep my opinion to myself.

EDIT: Mike, excellent about the tickets. It sounds as though you are a very smart man when it comes to female hairstyles I just love it when men are smart. Ten points to your house!

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Phoenix song - Sep 10, 2004 3:25 pm (#449 of 2977) Reply    

Lupin is Lupin: I'm with you, I can't stand ants! They seem harmless enough but they arrive in droves and are nearly impossible to get rid of! They give me the serious creeps the way that Ron gets the creeps by spiders. I've heard from my more northernly neighbors that ants are just a nuisance. (Not by my reckoning). Where I live from the most common ant is called the fire ant. I think because you feel like you're on fire when they bite you. My daughter is highly allergic to them. Even as little as two bites will send us off to the ER. Everytime we get a lot of rain or a hurricane the blasted things float along on top of the water until they can begin to enter your house. It totally grosses me out. I can definitely see you getting rid of them by any means, even a vacuum.

By the way, has anybody else noticed that it doesn't matter how long an ant has been on your body? They'll all start to bite at the exact same moment? I've stepped in ants without realizing it and all of the sudden be on total fire with ants biting all over! You would have thought that the ant that has reached your knee cap would have bitten you before the ants that are on your toes. Just something that I've pondered. I'm sure that there are some insect experts (entomologists??) that know the answer.

Richard, we're with you on the tax thing. I'm surprised that we aren't being taxed for using up the nation's oxygen supply.

Have a good weekend everybody! Steer clear of Ivan!

Barbie

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Richard !!!Reid - Sep 10, 2004 3:44 pm (#450 of 2977) Reply    

Don't give the government any ideas Phoenix...
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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Sep 10, 2004 3:49 pm (#451 of 2977) Reply    

**notices that Kim's avatar hides "the mustache"**---Catherine Allen

Catherine, that's because my Lupin doesn't have a mustache. But if he did, you can be sure it would be spectacular!

I'm glad to see you're all with me on the ants. Although I'll admit to being surprised that no one's commented on the strange juxtaposition of my ac and my garb. You're a forgiving lot.

Phoenix song, the reason I stay in New England is that the cold keeps away the truly fearsome insects.

EDIT: Catherine, sorry for abandoning you. I've sent you an email.

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Catherine - Sep 10, 2004 3:51 pm (#452 of 2977) Reply    

Ok.

Richard's post about taxing oxygen made me think about something.

Helium is finite, and until we fuse hydrogen, there isn't the option of making any more. It's kind of like a fossil fuel.

Someday we will run out of helium. Enjoy those Macy's Thanksgiving Parades while you can.

**thinking that the facial hair topic was happier, and glad that Harry could blow up Aunt Marge**

EDIT: Catherine, sorry for abandoning you. I've sent you an email. --Lupin is Lupin

Um, no problem.

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Sep 10, 2004 3:56 pm (#453 of 2977) Reply    

Sorry to double post but I meant to say this before and forgot, and frankly, it deserves its own post. I think Denise's husband looks adorable with his mustache. But then again, I have a weakness for mustaches on redheads.

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Padfoot - Sep 10, 2004 4:03 pm (#454 of 2977) Reply
Edited by Sep 10, 2004 4:04 pm    

Calling all Alan Rickman fans. I just discovered that he was in a music video. Maybe this is common knowledge, but I never heard of this. It is a group called Texas. If you want to see the video (and you do), go to www.tol.fr.st Go to "The sounds and videos park" then click on Greatest Hits. From there click on In Demand. Gina, if you are out there, you really should see this. Music is ok, but AR is worth watching.

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Sep 10, 2004 4:15 pm (#455 of 2977) Reply    

****admits to being an Alan Rickman fan****

Alright Padfoot, I checked it out. My comments are as follows:

1)Is anyone driving that car?

2)Someone's got some serious connections.

3)Who wouldn't dance with Alan Rickman in a gas station?

and

4)I hate to say it, but not all those camera angles were exactly what I'd call "flattering" to Mr. Rickman. Still, I'm betting Gina won't complain.

***wonders where Gina's been lately. Out searching for Scrabble partners?***

EDIT: By the way, thanks for the tip Padfoot.

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timrew - Sep 10, 2004 5:02 pm (#456 of 2977) Reply    

I think any woman who doesn't like a man with a moustache or beard is just jealous; because they can't grow one themselves!

But if you want your man to become clean-shaven, ladies, all you have to do is stop shaving your armpits. I'm sure this would work every time!

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Brandon Christopher - Sep 10, 2004 5:31 pm (#457 of 2977) Reply    

No - no - no - Tim you have it all wrong. If they truly want us to shave our mustaches then they'll stop shaving their legs. Scratchy is as scratchy does...

Personally I like having just a bit of stubble of my upper lip. But I absolutely don't want to shave my goatee - just because it's taken so darn long to grow it out! My stache I could have back in a couple months; it's taken me a year to grow out the goatee. However, I honor whatever the lady orders me to do. Men, we all know who's really in charge - just look at poor Denise's husband!

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haymoni - Sep 10, 2004 5:33 pm (#458 of 2977) Reply    

I hate getting my hair cut - it is so expensive.

The shampoo, the cut, the styling, the Divorce Attorney - it's just too much!!!

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Sherbie Lemon - Sep 10, 2004 6:04 pm (#459 of 2977) Reply    

I love a little stubble myself - on a man, that is.

Well, the CT scan did not show what they thought the problem was, but it did show something else. Luckily the radiologist is very friendly with my husband and when she read my scan, she marched me straight to ultrasound to have one of those done as well. However, I had not had enough to drink to provide a clear picture (I guess the Barium they made me choke down for the CT didn't count ), so I will have to go back on Tuesday for some blood work and another ultrasound (at least it's free!).

Thanks for all your support. You guys are great!

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Richard !!!Reid - Sep 10, 2004 6:19 pm (#460 of 2977) Reply    

I hope it goes Ok, and is not too serious.

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I Am Used Vlad - Sep 10, 2004 7:46 pm (#461 of 2977) Reply    

1)Is anyone driving that car? Kim

I just watched the video, and there is a driver. The steering wheel is on the right side of the car, so you were probably looking for the driver in the wrong place. Oddly enough, being that I live in the US, but my car is like that.

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Madam Pince - Sep 10, 2004 9:35 pm (#462 of 2977) Reply    

Sherbie, I'm so sorry you're having to go through all that mess. Here's hoping everything goes smoothly and there's no big problems.

Denise, I think your hubby has done a wonderful job with his moustache. Looks quite dashing. But then, Mr. Pince has a similar one, and the goatee also. I actually like facial hair on men -- although as it has been noted, it looks better on some than on others. The only thing I don't like too well is when it's in the "coming-in" stage (five-o-clock-shadow) because it just looks like he was too lazy to shave that morning. But, I suppose some things must be endured for the later greater good! Mr. Pince would look like he was about 15 years old without his moustache -- he had to shave it a year or so ago for a TV documentary that he was in, (he was portraying a particular Civil War general and had to look like the guy), and I must say I almost didn't recognize him when he came home from the shoot. Prior to that, he hadn't shaved it in 20 years.

Nobody will beat Detail Seeker's lovely moustache, however! You truly put Hercule Poirot to shame!

Kim, I don't think your a/c and flannel pajamas story is odd at all. I frequently sit in front of a space heater in our house when eating ice cream (mainly because Mr. Pince and I have an ongoing disagreement as to the a/c thermostat setting.) And just a word of advice about the ants -- be warned that they sometimes survive the "sucking" and will crawl back out of the vacuum bag and back down the hose and back out again, so you might want to take precautions....

Next week (hopefully!) I will be getting high-speed Internet access! Yay, yay, yay! Prior to now, the only option our area had was dial-up. Now finally maybe I'll be able to watch things like the Alan Rickman video and movie previews and such. Woo-hoo!

Catherine, glad to hear your garage door is fixed. I thought I was going to have a similar episode with our well pump -- we had no water for an entire evening. We finally figured out what was wrong -- I had flipped a switch while trying to figure out which one went with which outdoor light fixture, and the one I flipped was what controlled the power to our water pressure tank. Oops. I'm just glad we figured it out before calling a repairman. That would've been really embarrassing (and costly.)

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Penny Lane. - Sep 10, 2004 9:46 pm (#463 of 2977) Reply    

OOOH... I love the five o'clock shadow - on men of course.

Well, i finally got my computer hooked into the internet at my dorm, and i'm greeted with like 1,000 new messages here. - I think I may actually just mark everything as read *crosses fingers and hopes the computer doesn't explode*.

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Padfoot - Sep 10, 2004 10:19 pm (#464 of 2977) Reply    

Sherbie, I hope everything goes well next week when you go back.

Kim, yes, someone does have some good connections! Never heard of that group before. Still it looks like that singer had a tough time "acting" in that video. Wouldn't mind that job myself.

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The giant squid - Sep 11, 2004 12:01 am (#465 of 2977) Reply    

Lindsey, I'm glad the CT went well. I was worried, since my Clerks experience was pretty darn amazing. The friend I mentioned not only hooked me up with tickets, he got me VIP seating (i.e. we got to go into the theater before the masses). Kevin Smith did an hour-long Q&A then bolted for the casino's poker room (and bar), so I didn't get anything signed, but it was still cool to see the movie on the big screen for the first time.

Of course, it was an old print, full of scratches and splices and sound dropouts, but I managed to not annoy my wife too much harping on that. Perils of the profession.

Penny, welcome back. Don't be afraid of the Mark As Read button...if something's important they'll come back to it.

--Mike

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septentrion - Sep 11, 2004 2:25 am (#466 of 2977) Reply    

There were so many posts that I just skimmed them (nearly used the mark as red button though), so I must would have probably missed something.

I've got bad luck with my DVD player : it has been for a month in repair, and now it works worse than before the repair ! I want to curse the repair-man ! Or better, get a new one !

Elanor, you really get up earlier to check the forum ? I'm glad I can do it at work and I don't remember the "cat tells..." or so. I probably know it but need some memory refreshning...

Susi, after you spoke about twin cities, I made some research about my town, and I discovered it's twin city with Moscow ! And with plenty other towns : Agrigente (Sicilia), Düren (Germany), Gliwice (Poland), Medway (UK), Nacka (Sweden), Obuda and Salgorarjan (Hungary), and Yichang (China).

Have a safe week-end in southern Florida ! And a nice weekend everyone !

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Elanor - Sep 11, 2004 3:50 am (#467 of 2977) Reply    

Hi Septentrion! I'm so sorry for your DVD player, but after all, it might be useful: we all need to practice our jinxes from time to time, don't we? You have the perfect guinea-pig for that with your repair-man, don't you think so?

You can check the forum at work? You're so lucky! At school, I don't have time to even approach a computer! So, if I don't check it before leaving at 7.30 a.m., I know I won't be able to do it before 6 p.m. and that is far too long! Like that, I can think about what I have read and what I will write in the evening during all the day and it brightens my day!

I believe I am badly addicted to the forum! But I know people here will understand... BTW, the books are called "Le chat qui..." in French (collection 10-18) and they are very funny!

My best wishes to the members from Florida too (and to the others too of course!)!

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septentrion - Sep 11, 2004 4:31 am (#468 of 2977) Reply    

I have to work in front a computer but I manage to turn this nuisance into an advantage ! "Le chat qui..." : I really don't know these books Now I'm going to practice my spells on the repair-man. I may come to practice some unforgivable curses on him if I can't have my DVD player ! Too bad when you're addicted to technology : you live very well without a device, but once you get one, you can't live without it anymore ! I'm not a good candidate for any survival game.

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Kasse - Sep 11, 2004 6:33 am (#469 of 2977) Reply    

Hello All,

Ha I beat Catherine, she is usually the fist to post and say happy Monday or Wednesday or whatever day it is. So now I get to say happy Saturday to all members :siilygrin:

Ok moving on

Sherbie – hope everything works out and I will be keeping my fingers crossed and sending some good vibes your way.

Penny L – Welcome back, now that your comp is up and running in your dorm room hopefully we will see you around more often

Elanor – being addicted t the forum is perfectly natural.

You know I never thought I had an addictive personality, I have never been the type to be easily addicted to anything – and then HP came along…….

Take care all.

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SarcasticGinny - Sep 11, 2004 6:40 am (#470 of 2977) Reply    

ARGHHHHHH! I accidentally hit "Mark all as Read" and the threads disappeared. Am I missing anything monumental, especially in the HBP threads? I am so bad with hitting buttns, I move too quickly.

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Celestina W. - Sep 11, 2004 7:58 am (#471 of 2977) Reply    

Hello. I haven't had time to read all the posts, but thank you to everyone who congratulated me on my part. And yes, most of you guessed correctly, my lie was number 2. I don't have HP wallpaper; my cousin does, though. I really did make the shirt for PoA, and I still wear it. (Hardly anybody gets it.) And I didn't buy GoF until right after I bought OotP. I'd read it from the library a couple of times before then, but I just wasn't a big enough fan to buy it.

This really will be my last post for quite some time. I have so much going on right now and I just can't afford to make the Forum a priority anymore. Maybe I can make it back around Christmastime, but it might not be until next summer. Looking on the bright side, I'm hoping that by the next time I'm here we'll know the release date and be eagerly planning for HBP! I'll miss you all; have a great year everybody. Bye.

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Ladybug220 - Sep 11, 2004 8:14 am (#472 of 2977) Reply    

Celestina - we'll miss you! I hope you have a great semester.

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Kasse - Sep 11, 2004 8:22 am (#473 of 2977) Reply    

Just my two knuts on the mustache and facial hair in general issue, personally I think I could handle it is it was not overgrown - see link below

http://members.aol.com/howunique/images/orlando%20bloom%20with%20curls.jpg

By the way if you do not like Orlando Bloom I would advise you to skip the link completely.

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Padfoot - Sep 11, 2004 8:26 am (#474 of 2977) Reply    

Hi everyone! My parents are visiting me from out of town and they brought their laptop with wireless internet access. They are staying the weekend and then heading up to Wyoming and then on to the national park (which doesn't have a lot of cell phone towers). So they are going to leave their computer with me for a whole week! Yay! So I will be able to log onto the computer nights and weekends for a while.

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Leviosa - Sep 11, 2004 9:22 am (#475 of 2977) Reply    

Celestina, have good year!

Richard, I think Regensburg is a lovely town. It has a beautiful Old Town and a lot of history. If you want more infomation, try www.regensburg.de/tourismus/international/index.shtml/ (sorry, I can't do links). How is it in Aberdeen? I've always wanted to come to Great Britain, so maybe I'll have a chance one day to go to the twin city of my home town. BTW, other twin cities of Regensburg are Clermont-Ferrand (France), Brixen (Italy), Pilsen (Czech Republic), Odessa (Ukraina) and Tempe (Arizona, USA).

Tonight I'm going to a friend's birthday party. She'll be 18 tomorrow, so it should be a big party. But her parents are a bit... weird so, I'm not sure what to expect.

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Good Evans - Sep 11, 2004 10:08 am (#476 of 2977) Reply    

Hi Everyone,

Just wanted to say its a quite windy on the south coast of England today - I think it is the end of Frances just getting here, clearly nothing like what hit Florida. Just want to say hello to all in Florida as it looks like you are in for it again on Monday. Hope you all come out ok.

I would send **waves** but I am not sure it is appropriate with the weather at the moment!

best wishes to you - can I cast a protego charm on anyone?? Julie

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Richard !!!Reid - Sep 11, 2004 10:17 am (#477 of 2977) Reply    

Aberdeen is nice ciry, but it does have many flaws and problems - there is a lot of crime there now unfortunately.

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Gina R Snape - Sep 11, 2004 10:29 am (#478 of 2977) Reply    

Greetings everyone!

I just wanted to pop in and say a brief hi. Just as my beloved Severus and the rest of the Hogwarts faculty must go back to Hogwarts in September and be inundated with hopeless dunderheads, so must I go back to University. For those who know or may recall, I have started a doctoral program in Potions Social Welfare, in addition to teaching graduate students and my regular job running the homeless shelter.

Between my busy schedule, and the sheer overwhelming number of posts from the influx of new members, I am afraid I have become too far behind to catch up and/or contribute on a truly active basis. I saw this coming when I found myself falling behind on the Snape thread by 200 posts, and all the newbies enjoying discussion of thoughts and ideas which seem rehashing by those of us who are forum veterans.

So, I guess I will be taking a back seat for awhile as the sea of change takes the forum once more. This is not a permanent good-bye, just a realisation that I cannot keep up with so much else going on.

Hugs and kisses to all my forum friends, who can and do still reach me via email and instant message now and again.

I may post now and again if I get a free moment and find something that strikes my particular interest. And I can't wait for the PoA DVD to come out in November!!!!!!

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DJ Evans - Sep 11, 2004 11:07 am (#479 of 2977) Reply    

Kasse -- Gosh, if you hadn't told me who he was on that link that you posted, it would have taken me a bit to know it was Orlando. But he looks good, for sure!

Celestina -- Hope you have a great time at school and you'll be missed! Good Luck!

Padfoot -- How cool is that? I can still kick myself for not getting a laptop when I had to buy a new computer last year. Now for the next week, you can just kick back in your easy chair and surf to your hearts content!! Maybe you can sweet talk them into leaving it behind when they go home?

Gina -- I wondered where you had been lately. It sounds like you've got your plate full right now!! I hope it's just where you aren't too busy to visit here every once and awhile! You are really missed! I haven't done any T-shirts yet, I can't find the type of interface that I was wanting, so I might have to go another route. But I'll let you know how it all goes once I get everything I need. I really appreciate the advice/help you gave me. (NOTE: Just so everybody isn't totally in the dark here, I had asked Gina for some advice on doing some T-shirts using my computer.)

Later, Deb

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septentrion - Sep 11, 2004 11:16 am (#480 of 2977) Reply    

Susi, if you've got the chance to go to Clermont-Ferrand, take it ! It's a nice city in a gorgeous area (Auvergne), at least if you like mountains and inactive volcanos.

Gina and Celestina, you'll sure be missed. Gina, don't worry about anything, there are a few members who'll be eager to defend Snape's colours

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Richard !!!Reid - Sep 11, 2004 1:17 pm (#481 of 2977) Reply    

Changed my avatar...Felt that Norbert was getting a bit old

Gina, I start University in one week, and I too will miss this forum.

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Catherine - Sep 11, 2004 1:35 pm (#482 of 2977) Reply    

Well, Kasse definitely beat me in wishing everyone a Happy Saturday! Maybe I can wish everyone a Happy Saturday Night instead.

Gina and Celestina, you will be missed, and we will be so happy whenever you come back. Gina's schedule sounds quite hectic; as Ron said to Hermione in PoA, are you planning to eat or sleep anytime this semester, Gina?

I have some bittersweet news. It looks like I will not be fostering Harley (the Shih-tzu/poodle mix) after all. I was really looking forward to her visit, so it is a little sad. BUT, one of my very good friends from my book club may be adopting her, which is wonderful news for her family, and wonderful for Harley. This friend asked me to take my kids out to the shelter today to see how Harley is with small children, and Harley ranked an "Outstanding," in my opinion and in my kids' opinion. (My friend's little girl has been begging for a dog for years, and she didn't want to get the little one's hopes up prematurely). I might have cried just a wee bit when I had to put her back in the kennel. If this family doesn't take her, I am working on my mom to adopt her. Harley is a special girl. So far, it has worked out that good friends have adopted the female shih-tzus I've evaluated, so they are still "in the family," so to speak.

Well, that's enough from me. I was going to run errands this afternoon, but our neighborhood is held hostage from thousands of football fans trying to get into the stadium. Too bad, I'll just "have" to stay home and read a book, or read posts on the Forum.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

EDIT: Looks like Denise changed her avatar to show hubby with a full beard instead of just a mustache. I wonder if the next picture will show him with a beard like Dumbledore's, able to be tucked into a belt?

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Phoenix song - Sep 11, 2004 3:54 pm (#483 of 2977) Reply    

Catherine: I'm so surprised that there are Shih Tzu puppies that are winding up in shelters! They are such wonderful animals that I can't imagine anybody being neglectful of them. How many of them own you? (That wasn't a typo, I know that they own the family, and not the other way around!)

I would love another one, but my family doesn't see that opportunity coming anytime soon. We only take in strays and abandoned animals. You see, I have a very firm rule about taking in pets. I NEVER buy pets, because there are just too many abandoned pets. It makes me so sad to see people spending a lot of money on pedigreed animals that they know nothing about and won't be able to care for properly. Oh well, I'd better shut my big mouth before I get in trouble. (Or maybe I should just sit on my hands?)

Hope the puppy finds a wonderful, loving family!

Barbie

EDIT: By the way, I was reading your tag line, and I've meant to ask you this really dumb question. It's been a long time since high school English, (for me anyway). Is "it's" "it is" or is it the possessive of "it"? I read your line the other day, my mind went completely blank, and I wasn't sure that I was getting it right!

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S.E. Jones - Sep 11, 2004 4:04 pm (#484 of 2977) Reply    

Hehe, Barbie, that's always been my family's view of pets too. Every pet I've ever owned, except for goldfish (and one of them was saved from a wedding), were strays that we took in. My first cat, Pudding (she was a calico so she reminded me of chocolate, vanilla, and butterscotch pudding), was the runt of her litter and we found her wondering out in our yard. She was so small compared to the others that we knew the mother wouldn't care for her much longer. Then we got Prettyboy, who was possibly what they call, I think, a "ragdoll" (?). It's a breed of cat that I hadn't heard of before but they are exceptionally patient and have certain colorations. He was big and fluffy and the sweetest thing you could ever have met. Then we got Kinder, who I found wondering by our school one night after a football game. I picked her up and put her in my pocket and brought her home. Then there is Precious, who has the biggest eyes (she's a calico and looks like a "Precious Moments" drawing). She's the only cat I've ever seen that trips herself when she walks. Then my brother had a stray puppy follow him home one day. It was so weak that he collapsed on our porch and couldn't move. We took him in and fed him (poor little thing wouldn't even eat unless someone sat with him). He's named Max and is what I like the call a "pot-bellied Lab" as he looks just like a black lab far away, until you get closer and realize that he's the size of a terrier. We think he's a lab-terrier mix, but he still looks like a pot-bellied pig when he sleeps. He's just adorable.

Okay, I'm done gushing....

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timrew - Sep 11, 2004 4:08 pm (#485 of 2977) Reply    

Hey, Sarah. My sister took in a stray cat and called it, "Pudding", also. You don't think it could have been the same one?

Mind you, it would have to stray a long way off course to get to the UK from the USA! (and be a bloody good swimmer, too)

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Catherine - Sep 11, 2004 4:09 pm (#486 of 2977) Reply    

Barbie, I'm glad you know what it is to be "owned" by your dogs!

Warning to all: Rant to follow about responsible pet breeding!

Yes, people would be amazed at the number of purebred dogs that end up in rescue or in shelters, shih-tzus included.

I don't have a problem with someone buying a pedigreed dog from a breeder who has expertise in that breed, who shows that breed, who has a spay/neuter contract for "pet quality" animals who are not going to be winners in the ring, and who will unconditionally "take back" any dog at any time. Too many people who don't know what they are doing breed animals who end up euthanized, or in a shelter, or who have progeny that suffer this fate. The best breeders I have known are also very involved in breed rescue.

People would also be surprised at how many purebred dogs who are supposedly "family raised" are in fact puppy mill dogs.

End of Rant

So, I guess everyone knows that I am really opinionated on this subject, but since it is close to my heart, I couldn't let it go.

Enjoy your night! Barbie, give your animals a hug from me.

EDIT: Sarah, your pets sound so sweet, and I loved your lab picture.

To Barbie about my tagline: "It's" is the contraction for "it is." The apostrophe shows that the "i" is missing. So the "its" is the possessive. If you get a brain cramp, try substituting "it is" for the word to see if it works. **has brain cramps about things all the time**

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S.E. Jones - Sep 11, 2004 4:17 pm (#487 of 2977) Reply    

Hehe, Tim. Actually I wouldn't put anything past her. She was quite an intelligent little thing and had quite a temper (you should have seen her chase rottweilers out of our yard! she looked like a cheetah trying to bring down large game!)....

Seriously, though, she died years ago from complications with an ulcer. I was so depressed for months after that. She was my baby, and I was her girl, through and through. I can't tell you how many nights I climbed into bed and found my feet encased in fur (she used to love to curl up under my covers at the foot of my bed). She was awfully protective of me and that bed. When I go off on band trips, she'd sit there and wait till I came home before she would curl up and go to sleep. She even chased my mom out of my bed one night while she was helping me study (she had quite a fright when she jumped into bed and found someone other than me there). *sigh* She's still deeply missed....

Okay, I really am done gushing now....

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timrew - Sep 11, 2004 4:24 pm (#488 of 2977) Reply    

Sorry, Sarah! Didn't mean to make you upset. My sister really has got a cat called Pudding, and I think she named it for the same reason as yourself. It's a sort of white, tan and chocolate colour.

Now it lives on an army base in Catterick, UK. (my sister is married to a soldier). Pudding lives the life of Reilly here, wandering about fields and woods. Oh, and my sister's Pudding is male!

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Ladybug220 - Sep 11, 2004 5:36 pm (#489 of 2977) Reply    

Cute picture Sarah!

I have to say that my 3 cats allow me to live in my apartment. Knightly is my male and he lords over the household. Firenze likes to challenge him on occasion, but Lizzie has given up on both of them and is the most laid back of the 3. I have been meaning to scan a picture of them to make as my avatar. I will have to take one to work on Monday and do that.

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Phoenix song - Sep 11, 2004 9:43 pm (#490 of 2977) Reply    

It's so nice to see that we are all owned by such wonderful pets! The people (like Petunia) that don't like animals are missing out on some of the best, most unconditional love in the world.

Sarah, I know what it's like to still feel grief over a lost pet even years later. The Shih Tzu and Llapso Ahpso (sp?) that my family had while we were growing up are never far from our hearts. They lived 14 and 12 years respectively. The Shih Tzu was a gift that a neighbor made to my mom when she helped to save the life of its mother during the delivery. (Again, a uneducated person thinking that they can make a lot of money selling puppies.) The Llapso Apso was found wandering lost and dirty in the streets. We think that it had been neglected, and we took her in. We can still cry when we think of them.

I love the picture of your lab. We also have a lab puppy. We were given one on July 4th. It's almost 40 lbs. and is only 3 1/2 months old. We've been laughing and saying that she will end up being so large that she'll resemble Fang. I'm not sure what her mom breeded with, but it was a big dog for sure!

We have two kittens, both strays that now have control of the household. My orange tabby likes to get between me and the keyboard whenever I'm online. Any typos that I make are usually attributed to trying to type around her fluffy body! I'm constantly brushing orange fur out of the keys!

We also have a white miniature schnauzer. A woman that my husband worked with had paid $400 for her because she was "so cute". By the time that she was 7 mths old, the cute had worn off and the traits of her breed had gotten too much for her to bear. They need a lot of interaction, and they bark constantly! She told my husband that she was going to have her put to sleep, and he took pity on the dog and brought her home. Unfortunately, she has numerous bad habits because she had been so ignored in her formative months. But the kids love her and she loves them. "Angel's" story is another good reason that I try to convince people to educate themselves about the breed that they are buying. People say that if a person spends so much money on a pure bred dog, that they will love that dog more. I know better. How many dalmatians ended up in shelters after the WD movie?

Oh well, I'd better shut up before I have to go and iron my hands! I'd just like to remind people that there are many animals who need a good home out there. And if you do decide to purchase a dog, please check out the specifics of the breed first to make sure that it is compatible with your lifestyle, your living arrangements, and your family.

Sorry for going on so long. I feel really passionate about this, though!

Barbie

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The giant squid - Sep 11, 2004 11:01 pm (#491 of 2977) Reply    

Celestina & Gina: good luck with school. We'll miss you, and wait patiently for next spring when we can inundate you with thousands of "you missed it!" posts

Catherine, thanks for the apostrophe explanation. I knew the answer right up to the point Barbie asked about it--at which point my brain cramped up.

While I am not currently owned by a cat, I have had the pleasure of sharing that burden with my sister for a few years. Alas, my wife's allergies are too severe to let us have pets.

--Mike

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Julia. - Sep 11, 2004 11:45 pm (#492 of 2977) Reply    

Phew, it takes quite a while to read all that you guys can post in a day. Unfortuinatly, I did not takes notes, and as it's 2:40 in the morning, please forgive me if I leave any thing out.

Celestina and Gina, Have good semesters! We'll miss you around here, but I suppose we can let you go for the betterment of the world, by the growth of your knowledge (when reading that, keep in mind that it's 2:40 in the morning)

Lindsey, I'm so sorry to hear that your CT didn't do wonders for you. Hope all goes well with the ultrasound.

I had a great day today, my Rabbi came up with his wife and three daughters. The youngest one, who is 5 months old was adoreable! She likes me! She smiled at me, and she let me hold her, and she stuck my fingers in her mouth and slobered on me.

Ok, I'm going to sleep now, but before I do, *hugs to Betty*

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True Love - Sep 12, 2004 4:33 am (#493 of 2977) Reply    

Kasse - WOW! Great photo of Orlando. It took my breath away! Facial hair or no facial hair - with a face (and eyes) like that, everything looks good!

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True Love - Sep 12, 2004 4:41 am (#494 of 2977) Reply    

Ah, looks like I can be the first to say "Happy Sunday" everyone. Since I was up at 6 a.m. EST I thought I would try to catch up on some of the posts. Glad I didn't miss the Orlando photo. sigh

I love it when everyone shares!

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Catherine - Sep 12, 2004 8:05 am (#495 of 2977) Reply    

Good Morning!

I just popped in this morning after spending a long lazy while reading the paper and drinking my hot tea **waves to Kim**.

The weather has cooled off here and it actually is beginning to look a little bit like fall. Of course, that might be because all of our storms have blown the leaves off our trees.

The kids and I think that a picnic by the river is perfect for a Sunday lunch, so I better start putting one together. **or go by the kids' favorite fast-food restaurant and pick something up ala Slacker style!**

It'll be nice to be able to leave our neighborhood; all of the tailgating cars finally left. Our university lost again, alas earwax.

I'll be back later to catch up on posts. Enjoy your Sunday, everyone!

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Richard !!!Reid - Sep 12, 2004 9:14 am (#496 of 2977) Reply    

Hi everyone. It has been a terrible day.

I am just back from a visit to my University - which I will be starting later this week. I went to see my Halls of Residence, and only one word (well, one word that I am allowed to say) comes to mind: Dump!!!

The place was rotting, smelly and unclean. What more, it's going to cost me a fortune to pay for it. What's more, I am stuck there for a whole year.

To make matters worse, all my room-mates all foreign (Italian I think), speak little English and are all over 25 (some 30). I am only 17, so there will be no one there my age. I am now wishing that I was not going to University - I had been looking really forward to it, up until now.

Ok...I think my rant is over.

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Loopy Lupin - Sep 12, 2004 10:06 am (#497 of 2977) Reply    

Someday we will run out of helium. Enjoy those Macy's Thanksgiving Parades while you can. -- Catherine Allen

We can just use hydrogen. That should solve the problem.

Sorry to hear that Richard. The only sage advice I can offer is that I hated my dorm, etc. at first. Soon, however, I was not coming home every other weekend, but being asked by my parents "When the heck are you going to come home?" And, I am still close friends today with my college friends from then, and think wistfully of my college town all the time. **makes jealous face at Catherine**

Have a good Sunday everyone.

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Brandon Christopher - Sep 12, 2004 10:55 am (#498 of 2977) Reply    

The one thing I've always heard about living in dorms: go look at them before you choose. Many are in different conditions and most of the time you can ask about the roommates you'll most likely have. Just a quick walk through the dorms can give you a big idea of if you want to live there or not. There's no point in choosing a place to live for a year without knowing anything about it. Especially with how expensive dorms are.

Well - I'm off to watch football - The Rams are going all the way this year!!!

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Catherine - Sep 12, 2004 11:15 am (#499 of 2977) Reply    

Someday we will run out of helium. Enjoy those Macy's Thanksgiving Parades while you can. -- Catherine Allen

We can just use hydrogen. That should solve the problem. --Loopy Lupin


Permanently, I would think

Richard, I can see why you are worried, but you will be meeting so many new people. By Halloween time, I really believe that this will all be behind you. You can always pop into your chat room to rant if you need to, though!

I was going to catch up on posts, but I am behind in my book club reading, so I need to go finish Life of Pi. It wouldn't do for the insufferable know-it-all to show up unprepared.

Our picnic by the river was loads of fun, although I had a "Sherbie'" incident that involved trying to teach a four year-old how to throw a frisbee and unfortunate contact between my nose and the frisbee. I think I'm talking like Neville in the fight scene at the Ministry of Magic!

See you all around...

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TwinklingBlueEyes - Sep 12, 2004 11:21 am (#500 of 2977) Reply    

Wow Catherine! What were you using for frisbee, a hubcap?

Hope you feel better soon.
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Loopy Lupin - Sep 12, 2004 11:43 am (#501 of 2977) Reply    

Twinkling you were #500. You're supposed to "WOOT!" when you do that. Smile

Sorry, 'bout the nose, Catherine. Those 4 year-olds can be vicious.

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Catherine - Sep 12, 2004 11:50 am (#502 of 2977) Reply    

Just so everyone "nose," (so excuse the re-posting so soon)

It was an accident! I bent down as she flung her arm out to throw the frisbee. The scene probably looked comical to the old man sitting on the bench nearby. No malicious wounding took place at the river today.

I'm not really talking like Neville. Just whining a little because it still smarts. **remembers that Brady Bunch episode when the football hit Marcia in the nose, and hopes that nose doesn't end up like that!**

EDIT: Oh, mittens! I wanted to be #500. **pouts because I never get a good number**

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TwinklingBlueEyes - Sep 12, 2004 11:51 am (#503 of 2977) Reply    

Opps! WOOT! I never noticed the number! :-)

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Padfoot - Sep 12, 2004 12:12 pm (#504 of 2977) Reply    

Richard, can you change dorms or is it too late? Once you have settled in you will find it's not so bad. I remember not liking my dorm (or my roommates) at first too. I wasn't fortunate to have this forum back then either. At least you can come here and see some friendly faces (well you know what I mean).

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Richard !!!Reid - Sep 12, 2004 12:16 pm (#505 of 2977) Reply    

It's too late :-(

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Phoenix song - Sep 12, 2004 12:18 pm (#506 of 2977) Reply    

Richard: I'm sorry that you are less than thrilled with your future living conditions and fellow room mates. I have to agree with Loopy Lupin, though, you may grow to love the place after a few months. I remember my first thoughts of my dorm room: dark; depressing; smelly; cramped; and DIRTY. A bottle of Pine-Sol and a spray bottle of Febreeze may do wonders, though. As for the rest, try to resist the temptation to run like heck. You may soon come to see it as a second home.

I'm surprised that they are placing you with people that aren't in your age bracket. My college had dorms for the "Non-Traditional Students". They may be as uncomfortable with you as you are with them. Be encouraged! You probably have more experience dealing with 30-something people than they have dealing with those under 20. After all, you get along great with all of us. I'd dare say that there may be more people here older than you than are your age or younger. (Although I don't have the statistics, of course.)

The experience that you have on the forum dealing with different nationalities, ages, education levels, occupations, hobbies, etc. will come in handy as you meet lots of diverse people. Try to enjoy the experience! (And maybe you can jet over to the library's computer occasionally to say "hi" to us!)

Barbie

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septentrion - Sep 12, 2004 12:27 pm (#507 of 2977) Reply    

Richard, try and see the positive aspect of the thing : you'll have the luck to speak on a daily basis with people with different languages, culture, habits...and it can give you a useful training for life plus broaden your mind still more. And maybe they'll invite you in Italy during the holidays ?

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Phoenix song - Sep 12, 2004 12:28 pm (#508 of 2977) Reply    

Richard: If all else fails in your attempt to connect with your roomies, you could convince them to begin to read HP!

Barbie

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Julia. - Sep 12, 2004 12:29 pm (#509 of 2977) Reply    

Loopy, it's W00T, not WOOT. W-Zero-Zero-T. W00T.

Catherine, hope your nose feels better soon, trying to 'stubify' people won't really help much...

Richard, I'm so sorry to hear about your dorm situation. My freshman year I lived in a small dorm with a terrible roommate. It really made the stress of going to college and living away from home much worse than it needed to be. If I were you I would talk to the RA and see what your options are. Most colleges allow body swaps if you can find someone to switch rooms with. If you can't find anyone or they won't let you change, then I suggest you make friends with someone who will let you hang out in their room a lot. That's what I did and it worked wonders. I didn't do much in my room except sleep. You might also want to figure out when your roommates are going to be somewhere else, and use the room then. I hope everything works out!

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Loopy Lupin - Sep 12, 2004 12:55 pm (#510 of 2977) Reply    

Loopy, it's W00T, not WOOT. W-Zero-Zero-T. W00T. – Julia

Wh00ps. By the way, what the heck does w00t mean anyway?

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Julia. - Sep 12, 2004 12:57 pm (#511 of 2977) Reply    

It's a hacker term. I am not a hacker, so you'll have to bear with my friend's explanation of what it means. Apparently when a hacker reaches the root of a system they proclaim 'w00t!' instead of 'root!'

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TwinklingBlueEyes - Sep 12, 2004 1:01 pm (#512 of 2977) Reply    

Remind me not to post #500 again, am not sure now whether to WOOT, W00T, or just go WOOOHOOO!

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Catherine - Sep 12, 2004 1:08 pm (#513 of 2977) Reply    

Thank you for the hacker explanation, Julia. I didn't know that.

I just used to think people stuck a "t" on Woo as in "woo-hoo."

**feels a little ignorant and old**

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Loopy Lupin - Sep 12, 2004 1:17 pm (#514 of 2977) Reply    

I knew it was some type of computer term, but used to think it was a "gamer" term. In a couple of my on-line games, when someone did something good they would exclaim "W00T."

Yes, we do learn something everyday. Smile

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Padfoot - Sep 12, 2004 1:18 pm (#515 of 2977) Reply    

I thought the same thing Catherine.

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Phoenix song - Sep 12, 2004 4:21 pm (#516 of 2977) Reply    

Catherine: Don't feel ignorant and old for not knowing the origin of W00T. I didn't even know that such a thing existed! How's that for old and out of the W00T L00P?

Barbie

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TwinklingBlueEyes - Sep 12, 2004 4:26 pm (#517 of 2977) Reply    

LOL, ya'll feel old? You weren't even the 500th poster. LOL I didn't even know there was such a "tradition".

Butterbeer's for all! Ut oh! I see those nice young men coming with their funny-fitting jacket. I think it's a St. Mungo's uniform or something.

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Richard !!!Reid - Sep 12, 2004 4:28 pm (#518 of 2977) Reply    

Yes, but they’re are excedingly comfortable.

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TwinklingBlueEyes - Sep 12, 2004 4:31 pm (#519 of 2977) Reply    

:-) aren't they though?

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Richard !!!Reid - Sep 12, 2004 4:33 pm (#520 of 2977) Reply    

So nice and warm. We don't require any heating here.

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Catherine - Sep 12, 2004 4:36 pm (#521 of 2977) Reply    

Oh my goodness,

My sister-in-law just called me and her sis-in-law (no relation to me) is on the TLC show "Trading Spaces" tonight. It's almost over, but what a hoot to watch!

I only bring this up b/c a few weeks ago we were talking about the "home makeover" shows.

See you all later.

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Leila 2X4B - Sep 12, 2004 4:41 pm (#522 of 2977) Reply    

Hi all!!! I just finished my first week back at college and realized, with mild to moderate horror, that I have to read "Wuthering Heights", Emily Dickenson, Joyce Carol Oates, and Wila Cather all in the same semester. I am a Literature major and have been putting off American Lit for quite some time and now it has come back to haunt me. I have a professor that cannot imagine that no one dislikes Emily and thinks, like everyone else, that all one has to do is read it again. I have read Emily's poetry in classes 6 smegging times, and I do not think a seventh is going to change my mind. Lastly, Sylvia Plath, the genius that stuck her head in the over one too many times...well, I can't like it all and it all can't be Harry.

Leila

Wow, that was some rant. Hope every one is having a good day.

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ShelterGirl - Sep 12, 2004 4:47 pm (#523 of 2977) Reply    

Wow, so tell us, Leila, how do you really feel?

I very much enjoyed that rant. Been there myself...

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Phoenix song - Sep 12, 2004 4:58 pm (#524 of 2977) Reply    

Leila: There is a way that you can combine the dreaded reading of Dickinson with a little HP "thinking". I'm sure you know that the poem "I'm Nobody" is believed to be a clue for Neville actually being Harry's twin. The clue was given when Luna asks Neville his name and he replies, "I'm nobody." (OoP, Ch 10, pg 186, U.S.)

I'm nobody! Who are you?
Are you nobody, too?
Then there's a pair of us--don't tell!
They'd banish us, you know.


How dreary to be someone!
How public like a frog
To tell your name the live long day
To an admiring bog!


The "pair of us" reference is suppose to be a clue that Neville is half of a pair of twins. "They'd banish us" means that if it was known they'd both be in danger. The last paragraph is describing the relief that Neville would feel if he knew that he came close to being the "one", and how he'd rather not have that type of notoriety. The frog stanza is reminiscent of Trevor, the toad.

Of course, this probably won't help you too much. But maybe if you could scour the rest of her works for more clues it won't seem so dreary.

Barbie

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TwinklingBlueEyes - Sep 12, 2004 5:04 pm (#525 of 2977) Reply    

Hmm, I actually liked Emily Dickenson...my horse liked Oates better though.

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Leila 2X4B - Sep 12, 2004 5:13 pm (#526 of 2977) Reply    

rofl Twinkling, thanks, I needed that.

Leila

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Catherine - Sep 12, 2004 6:08 pm (#527 of 2977) Reply    

I mentioned this in the chat room today.

Sleeping Beauty's rant about Emily Dickinson reminded me of what one of my American Lit English major friends said once: You can sing Dickinson's poetry to the song, "The Yellow Rose of Texas."

I don't have a problem with Dickinson myself, but I found this "observation" to be quite funny.

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TwinklingBlueEyes - Sep 12, 2004 6:14 pm (#528 of 2977) Reply    

Oh, now am going to have to dig out the book and try singing the ditty. This could be fun. Pass me a butterbeer please!

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Phoenix song - Sep 12, 2004 6:23 pm (#529 of 2977) Reply    

Catherine, I remember that observation as well. "Because I could not stop for death, he kindly stopped for me. The carriage held but just myself and immortality..." Doesn't seem as sinister when you sing it to the "Yellow Rose of Texas" does it? (That poem's passage may not be exactly correct, as it's been around 18 years since I studied Dickinson and my memory is waning.)

Gee, all of these fun ways to read Dickinson!

Barbie

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Loopy Lupin - Sep 12, 2004 6:28 pm (#530 of 2977) Reply    

. . . . but what a hoot to watch!—Catherine

Um, don't you mean h00t?

Now, now, lets not be too harsh on Emily. We can't all live alone and go stark raving mad.

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Leila 2X4B - Sep 12, 2004 6:30 pm (#531 of 2977) Reply    

Gee, all of these fun ways to read Dickinson!

I didn't realize that one existed, nevermind numerous ones.

Leila. still laughing at Julie's *First Human Shrinky-dink line about Plath*

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TwinklingBlueEyes - Sep 12, 2004 6:30 pm (#532 of 2977) Reply    

Hmm, one of my favorites, and done to the Yellow Rose of Texas, I love it. I think it has finally replaced "...another brick in the wall, which has been running non-stop through my mind for 2 days now. Of course, it may also be I like it because it appeals to my dark side. :-)

Sorry Tim, what can I say?

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Loopy Lupin - Sep 12, 2004 6:38 pm (#533 of 2977) Reply    

Here's another fun thing to try: Sing any AC/DC song in the voice of your best (or worst depending on your perspective) Bob Dylan imitation.

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ShelterGirl - Sep 12, 2004 6:41 pm (#534 of 2977) Reply    

Because I could not stop for death, he kindly stopped for me. The carriage held but just myself and immortality...

You can also sing that one to the tune of "Gilligan's Island"

We used to do it in school.

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TwinklingBlueEyes - Sep 12, 2004 6:42 pm (#535 of 2977) Reply    

LMAO! Loopy, believe it or not, I have done that, just don't ask me where, when or why, because I know the answers to all and am not telling! It was a riot!

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Loopy Lupin - Sep 12, 2004 6:45 pm (#536 of 2977) Reply    

I have a feeling that we shared the same source of inspiration to even think of such a thing in the first place, and that is all that I have to say on the subject. ;D

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I Am Used Vlad - Sep 12, 2004 7:45 pm (#537 of 2977) Reply    

Speaking of AC/DC, they had a bass player in the mid 70's named Mark Evans.

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True Love - Sep 12, 2004 11:56 pm (#538 of 2977) Reply    

Since it is bright and early here in Ottawa (Can)(3 am) I will be the first to say "Happy Monday." Happy for me since I don't have to work today but not so happy since I can't sleep! A day I can sleep in and I can't sleep!

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The giant squid - Sep 13, 2004 1:06 am (#539 of 2977) Reply    

Loopy, you beat me to the h00t joke!

I must also say that I truly like your Maggie Simpson "quote"... And I have never tried singing AC/DC as Dylan before, but now can't stop chuckling. See what you've done??

--Mike

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Catherine - Sep 13, 2004 4:36 am (#540 of 2977) Reply    

Speaking of AC/DC, they had a bass player in the mid 70's named Mark Evans. --Nimrod 2000

I told you all that Mark Evans was Somebody.

Oh, wait, too old. Hmm. Maybe he's the Half-Blood Prince!

Good Morning, Everyone. Happy Monday, which I doubt, but you never know!

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Kasse - Sep 13, 2004 6:27 am (#541 of 2977) Reply    

Good Morning all - ah the start of a new week. Only Four days left till the weekend!

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ShelterGirl - Sep 13, 2004 6:55 am (#542 of 2977) Reply    

Oh Dear.

Over on Richard's site Aprl started a thread called Six Degrees of Harry Potter. It's totally addictive, but then I was addicted to the Kevin Bacon game as well.

I am a sad little geek. Smile

Happy Monday Everyone!

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Julia. - Sep 13, 2004 7:11 am (#543 of 2977) Reply    

Speaking of AC/DC, they had a bass player in the mid 70's named Mark Evans. --Nimrod.

YES! Mark Evans is somebody! Loopy, I think it's time to break out the T-Shirt press. TAB

Oh, the 6 degrees of Harry Potter, that sounds like fun! I'd better head over to Richard's forum and check it out. Have a good day everyone!

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Elanor - Sep 13, 2004 8:54 am (#544 of 2977) Reply    

Hi everyone! Here in France Monday is over, at least for the work part! Now, I'm back and so happy to be at home since the day has been difficult. BUT now I going to check the threads and Monday will really start!

So take heart, Monday will be over soon! Do you know what people say here when somebody asks them "how are you?" on a Monday morning? Well, they answer "Comme un lundi..." -as on a Monday- (sad tone of voice required), and the other guy just sigh with a "I-know-what-you-mean" look...

So have a good day everyone!

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Leviosa - Sep 13, 2004 9:27 am (#545 of 2977) Reply    

Hello everyone! I was meeting lots of my old classmates for brunch this morning. It was already the third get-together during vacation, so I guess you can tell that we all get along very well. I don't have to add that I had a great time. But unfortunately school starts again tomorrow (yes, we absolutely needed to have a get-together one day before we would see each other again anyways ) and I'll have to get up much much much too early.

Good thing for tomorrow is that I'll go to the movie's to watch The Village with some friends. So at least the day won't be totally wasted.

Have a nice day!

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Loopy Lupin - Sep 13, 2004 9:34 am (#546 of 2977) Reply    

Good thing for tomorrow is that I'll go to the movie's to watch The Village with some friends. So at least the day won't be totally wasted. – Leviosa

Guess again.

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Phoenix song - Sep 13, 2004 9:41 am (#547 of 2977) Reply    

Elanor: I know what you mean about Mondays. Here when you're asked how you're doing on a Monday the response is usually either: "Well, I'm here."; or "Okay for a Monday."

Today is not so great for me, either. There is a gigantic hurricane out there named Ivan. We're not sure where it'll land, and we may have to pack up and evacuate. We normally try to stay put when a hurricane isn't aiming for us dead on. However, my dad is oxygen dependent, and we'll probably lose electricity for a few days if the storm comes anywhere near us. So, we'll have to go where the electricity is more dependable. I can't even stand to think about it!

I was never a big AC/DC fan. Can anyone tell me the best song from them to sing along to Bob Dylan?

I'm sorry that I missed the six degrees of Harry Potter chat. I love to play the six degrees of Kevin Bacon game. It sounds like a lot of fun. Does the chat room have records (like regular threads) of what was said for those of us that missed it?

Barbie

EDIT: Loopy, I love the picture of Maggie! She doesn't need a quote when she's that adorable!

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ShelterGirl - Sep 13, 2004 9:43 am (#548 of 2977) Reply    

Loopy-

You never disappoint me. I was going to give that response 10 minutes to show up. You had several to spare.

Good job.

Smile

Julie

PS- Barbie, here is a link to the thread http://wc4.worldcrossing.com/webx?14@@.1ddedc07

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Flame Alligator - Sep 13, 2004 10:02 am (#549 of 2977) Reply    

Just wanted to say Hi to everyone.

I ditto Loopy on The Village. That movie is beyond lame.

I hope everyone gets through Monday without too much grief. It's half over for me...... Yay!!! But alas, I have some house elf work to do.

I'm off to have a hemp seed and fruit smoothie.

hmmm...... it's noon already.

Goedemiddag y'all

Edit: On men's facial hair versus women's hairdos. Generally, our hairdos don't stick you in the face when we kiss you. Nor do our hairdos catch food when we eat. I just love a man with food in his moustache.... so cute. *sarcasm* Or how about all that dabbing to keep the stache clean....... charming. *standing in the open for retorts*

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Padfoot - Sep 13, 2004 10:21 am (#550 of 2977) Reply    

I just got this mental image of Hercule Poirot twirling his mustache. He was always playing with it and combing it.
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Loopy Lupin - Sep 13, 2004 10:23 am (#551 of 2977) Reply    

I was never a big AC/DC fan. Can anyone tell me the best song from them to sing along to Bob Dylan? -- Phoenix song

I think "Highway to Hell" is hysterical, but "Back in Black" works too.

Hehe Julie. It was as though my hands were magically drawn to the keyboard. *must... bash...Village*

Oh, and I am the King of 6 degrees of Kevin Bacon.

*waves to Flame*

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Sep 13, 2004 11:14 am (#552 of 2977) Reply    

Good thing for tomorrow is that I'll go to the movie's to watch The Village with some friends. So at least the day won't be totally wasted.- -- Leviosa

Guess again.---Loopy Lupin

I ditto Loopy on The Village. That movie is beyond lame.---Flame Alligator

It was as though my hands were magically drawn to the keyboard. *must... bash...Village*---Loopy Lupin (again)


Everyone's a critic. I thought we agreed to a détente on this?

Leviosa, the movie is fine if rather transparent. It may not be the best but it's entertaining. Don't listen to them. They're all frustrated directors (especially Loopy).

***waves furiously at Loopy***

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Flame Alligator - Sep 13, 2004 11:28 am (#553 of 2977) Reply    

*big wave back at Loopy*

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Siouxwolf - Sep 13, 2004 11:29 am (#554 of 2977) Reply    

Heya Chemyst, Not is a British expression, means I am being a bit stupid:-)

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haymoni - Sep 13, 2004 11:47 am (#555 of 2977) Reply    

I cannot believe I missed an AC/DC discussion!!!

I have never tried singing AC/DC with an accent other than Bon's or Brian's.

And yes, Mark Evans does exist!

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Loopy Lupin - Sep 13, 2004 11:51 am (#556 of 2977) Reply    

Everyone's a critic. I thought we agreed to a détente on this?--Lupin is Lupin

We did? That doesn't sound like me at all. Had I been down to the pub with Hagrid again? Stupid firewhisky! ***searches for Comic Book Guy avatar***

EDIT-- Its not so much the accent haymoni as just voice. Give it a try.

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Marie E. - Sep 13, 2004 12:16 pm (#557 of 2977) Reply    

I'm sure my brother could help you find that Comic Book Guy avatar. It probably says "see Mike". Heh.

I had an interesting Monday. At 8:50am the school called and said my oldest, Shayla, had thrown up in class. I picked her up, took her to the doctor where they diagnosed strep throat. (I knew it had been going around and my children are strep magnets.) We got home from the pharmacy at 11:45. At 12:35pm the school called again. Yep, this time it's the five year old. I am currently waiting for the doctor's office to get back from lunch break, but I'm sure I know what she had. I already called my boss and told her I have to miss tomorrow.

Perhaps I'll actually get caught up here at the forum. That is if I don't get sick. *crosses fingers and toes*

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Padfoot - Sep 13, 2004 12:25 pm (#558 of 2977) Reply    

What a morning Marie. I hope you don't get sick either and your kids get well soon.

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Loopy Lupin - Sep 13, 2004 12:32 pm (#559 of 2977) Reply    

I'm sure my brother could help you find that Comic Book Guy avatar. It probably says "see Mike". Heh.-- Marie E.

Oh, I've got one. I was just teasing some more. **sends Marie some strep repelling charms**

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Catherine - Sep 13, 2004 12:41 pm (#560 of 2977) Reply    

Marie,

What a day you've had! Hope you don't get sick, too. Not the best way to get to catch up on the Forum.

Maybe you can weave some rugs on your new loom!

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The giant squid - Sep 13, 2004 1:06 pm (#561 of 2977) Reply    

Well, of course Lexie would catch what Shay's got...how else could they totally disrupt your day? Hey, even if you do get sick, you don't need your throat to type, right?

I'm glad you have a CBG avatar handy Loopy (as if we were worried), because I couldn't find anything useful. Worst. Netsearch. Ever.

Since we've reached a detente, I'll refrain from agreeing with Loopy's assessment of The Village.
Oops.

--Mike

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Julia. - Sep 13, 2004 1:10 pm (#562 of 2977) Reply    

Awwww, poor Marie, I'm sorry your kids are sick, I hope they get better soon. *sends Marie pepper up potion for the girls* Hope you don't get sick too, but just incase, there's enough potion for you too.

I had an interesting Monday myself, I overslept and missed my 10:00 class, not that that was so horrible, I needed the extra sleep anyway. Now I'm off to take a final left over from last semester.

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Loopy Lupin - Sep 13, 2004 1:39 pm (#563 of 2977) Reply    

I'm glad you have a CBG avatar handy Loopy (as if we were worried), because I couldn't find anything useful. Worst. Netsearch. Ever. -- Mike E.

Hehe.

At the risk of giving away trade secrets, its really just a Google images search, although some of the better characters somehow get lumped in with the ones you aren't looking for.

Love the backwards baseball cap Julia. **remembers college wistfully**

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Kasse - Sep 13, 2004 1:56 pm (#564 of 2977) Reply    

Marie - I hope your kids get better real soon, hope you do not get sick too, either way I will send some get well quick charms along

Julia - Hey at one point or another all of us oversleep, at least you were well rested for your final, by the way let us know how that went.

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Chemyst - Sep 13, 2004 2:07 pm (#565 of 2977) Reply    

For so many having bad Mondays, this thread has still spawned several laughs. I thank you all!

Loopy, my son who is reading over my shoulder wanted to know why Maggie looks drunk & pregnant...
You know, in that pose she looks more like Patty & Selma than her own mom.

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Viola Intonada - Sep 13, 2004 2:12 pm (#566 of 2977) Reply    

AC/DC songs as they would be sung by Bob Dylan. I am laughing so hard!!!

Marie- What are your children thinking, getting sick the same day? Children are supposed to space it out more, in order to make your life more inconvenient.

Take my children for example. One was sick Friday, so I had to stay home all day and not run any errands. (She had a fever of 102 F Thursday, but felt okay on Friday, but couldn't send her to school due to school policy) So today, as I am getting ready for my first day of work as a preschool teacher's aid, my other child says, "Mom, I don't feel so good." Luckily, my husband could stay home until I got back from my first day. Thank goodness preschool is only two and a half hours. But again, I was unable to run any errands.

Julia, I'm afraid I can't even count the number of times I overslept and missed a class. I will never understand why Universities think that it is wise to have any class before noon.

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Padfoot - Sep 13, 2004 2:13 pm (#567 of 2977) Reply    

I thought Maggie was dancing vogue style.

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Chemyst - Sep 13, 2004 2:22 pm (#568 of 2977) Reply    

I thought Maggie was dancing vogue style.  lol  That's what I told him, but still... he had a point.

Viola, I signed up for every 8:00 class I could; I needed the edge of being one of the few who were awake enough to know what was going on.

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Ozymandias - Sep 13, 2004 2:35 pm (#569 of 2977) Reply    

*sends a chicken soup charm to everyone who is sick* What an unfortunate way to start the week. Get better soon!

Padfoot, I love your new avatar! I was actually thinking of changing mine to a Colin one, but I just couldn't top yours.

Julia, I feel your pain. I am so not a morning person. I have a 9am this semester, and it's killing me. I try to sign up for all afternoon and evening classes, but alas, earwax.

AC/DC as sung by Bob Dylan, eh? That's fantastic. On a related note, how about Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Free Bird" as sung by Jimmy Stewart? I saw a stand-up comedian perform that recently, and I thought I would suffocate I was laughing so hard.

'Cause I'm as f-f-f-f-free as a b-b-b-b-bird now...

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Madam Pince - Sep 13, 2004 2:38 pm (#570 of 2977) Reply    

Julia, your post about missing a class reminded me of my dream last night. I dreamed I was back in my final year in college, and I had just found out that I HAD to take Latin 101 in order to graduate, and I had not taken it yet. So I had to try to sign up for it, but there weren't any lower-level Latin classes available. You know, I have dreams like this all the time -- they're usually related to school, and they either have something to do with missing class, getting lost going to class and never getting there, or with forgetting totally that I am even registered in a class until the last day, when I have to go take the exam although I've never been to a single class. ***"Panic! Panic! Danger, Will Robinson!" runs around waving arms helplessly in the air like the robot in that old TV outer-space show***

Why do you suppose I have that recurring dream theme? It's beginning to annoy me.

If anyone has nothing better to do tonight at 8:00 EST, you could watch The History Channel episode of "Chickamauga," and you'll see Mr. Pince in the role I was talking about in my last post -- the one where he had to shave his moustache. He portrays Union officer Col. John Wilder. He's in one major scene right at the beginning, and then again several times throughout.

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SarcasticGinny - Sep 13, 2004 2:44 pm (#571 of 2977) Reply    

Padfoot, I love your avatar. Mark Darcy is such a cutie.

Madam Pince, I have school-stress dreams ALL THE TIME too. I think its just a thing about new phases of life. The worst wave of these dreams happened right after I had graduated from a very stressful student teaching experience. Any big changes hit you lately, good or bad?

Hope the young'uns feel better soon, Marie.

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Madam Pince - Sep 13, 2004 2:53 pm (#572 of 2977) Reply    

Well, not really, Sarcastic Ginny. We had our first child two years ago, which is certainly a big change, but if I can recall correctly, I think I was having these dreams before he came along.

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Padfoot - Sep 13, 2004 3:26 pm (#573 of 2977) Reply
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For all those who are wondering, my new avatar is Colin Firth as Mark Darcy in Bridget Jones's Diary. I just love the jumper.

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Ladybug220 - Sep 13, 2004 3:27 pm (#574 of 2977) Reply
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I had the misfortune of taking physics at 8 am 3 days a week my sophomore year in college. When I signed up for the course, it was supposed to be taught in the late afternoon/evening, but we got a new professor who was an early bird (although he wasn't as much of an early bird as he thought since we had to correct our notes all the time). I had to take it again my junior year with a different professor and did much better!

Edit: Padfoot - love the avatar. Colin Firth is great!

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haymoni - Sep 13, 2004 3:39 pm (#575 of 2977) Reply    

I slept through my Calculus final. I woke up and ran to take it. I was actually passing people from my class who were done. Everything that I had studied flew right out of my head. The graduate assistant who taught the class let me take the exam in a small study. (Loaded with Calculus books, mind you, but I didn't cheat.) Needless to say, I got a D. I think he was just being kind.

Daughter got sick all over the inside of Hubby's truck on Friday. Ungrateful Son got sick last night around 3:00 am. No fevers. No swollen glands. I don't know what is going on. I stayed home with him today. (We hung the Hufflepuff banner!) I have no idea what will happen tonight.

Padfoot - I didn't recognize Colin Firth. I looked very quickly and thought it was one of the guys from Queer Eye. Sorry!

Off to sing "Back in Black" as Bob Dylan...

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Phoenix song - Sep 13, 2004 3:45 pm (#576 of 2977) Reply    

I, too, like "Mark Darcy's" special Christmas jumper from his mom. It's not a "Weasley" sweater, but it's special just the same. I wonder why Colin Firth hasn't played in the HP movies yet? I like him a lot.

Shelter Girl: Thanks for the link to the "six degrees" thread. It was a hoot! Or should I say h00t? I didn't know that Alan Rickman played in Star Wars. What part did he play?

Flame Alligator: Have you ever known a man that actually "chews" on the end of his mustache? I have and it's even worse than the guy that always has crumbs in his mustache. YUCK!!

I use to be a morning person, but that's quickly changing the older that I get. I remember always being one of the few people that would arrive in class at my 8:00 Science class on Fridays. Thursday nights was the big night out on my college campus, because most students went home every weekend to work. I don't think that I could do 8am classes any more, though.

Barbie

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Marie E. - Sep 13, 2004 4:28 pm (#577 of 2977) Reply    

Thank you, everyone, for your well wishes. Lexie officially has strep so I'll definitely be spending tomorrow on the computer, erm, at home with the girls. They may have been diagnosed with a bacterial infection, but they are still well enough to fight with each other. I'm almost hoping one of them will spike a fever or something.

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Julia. - Sep 13, 2004 4:34 pm (#578 of 2977) Reply    

For all who asked, my exam went well. I missed the question about the reproductive cycles of Ring Doves, but otherwise I did ok.

I can't recall having any school stress related dreams, although I do have a good story about that. My freshman and junior year biology teacher was a woman named Ms. Bolinao. She was a really wonderful woman, and a great teacher. However, her exams were murder. They were nearly impossible to pass. One morning my father came into the kitchen with his hands on his head and a frightened look on his face. He said "Julia, I had such a nightmare last night!" Naturally concerned, I said "What happened?" His responce: "BOLINAO! I had to take one of her exams, and it was the final, and I had writers block!" I couldn't stop laughing, and this is still one of Ms. Bolinao's favorite stories.

Phoenix song, Alan Rickman was not in Star Wars. Apparantly he was in a movie with James Earl Jones, who, as the voice of Darth Vader, was in all three origional Star Wars movies, thus, the connection.

*goes off to sing "Enter Sandman" to Bob Dylan*

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boop - Sep 13, 2004 4:39 pm (#579 of 2977) Reply    

Hello Everybody, I am home from the hospital as of Sat. I do feel better, but have a ways to go climbing out of that pit. I am taking one day at a time. I know now I need to ask for help from one of my support people when in need. I learned I can't do this all alone. Accepting help is one of the hardiest things for me to do, because I have always helped others instead. I don't know what to say to everyone here other then, THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart for all the support you have shown me. I love each and everyone of you, and you are all very special to me. The flowers were so beautiful, they sure put a smile on my face. OH and all the hugs I got, felt every last one of them. I know I missed some Birthdays and I am sorry for that. Again Thank You so so so much.

Lots of Hugs for everyone

Betty

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Leila 2X4B - Sep 13, 2004 4:51 pm (#580 of 2977) Reply    

Glad to have you back (((Betty)))!!!

Just wanted to tell everyone that classes were better. I am reading Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe. Defoe reminds me of Professor Binns, you know "in the hands of another author the subject might actually be really interesting". I like the book, but, and many agree, it focuses on the hopelessly mundane. FYI, the book actually is about a man shipwrecked on a seemingly uninhabited island for 28 years. Take that premise, imagine Professor Binns describing it, and that is the gist of the book.

Leila

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timrew - Sep 13, 2004 4:53 pm (#581 of 2977) Reply    

((((((hugs)))))) Boop!

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scully jones - Sep 13, 2004 4:57 pm (#582 of 2977) Reply    

Welcome back, Betty! You know we missed you. We're always here, and on messenger, for hugs.

I'm moving to California Friday! Already have all of my things boxed up. The last few months have been surreal for me. First I go to the gathering. There, I meet one of the most annoying, aggravating people in the world. Then I go and fall in love with him. I go on vacation again, for my brother's wedding along with Brandon. We spend a week together in California as well. Now I'm moving there so I can finally get a normal job, and start school. All this, because of the lexicon. I never would have gone to Pennsylvania without it, obviously.

My kitty had her doctor's visit today. I found a wonderful clinic, wish they had it in California instead. It's solely for cats, so the entire place was set up for that purpose. I've never seen Scully so relaxed at the clinic. When they were examining her, she was purring! She does have an ear infection, so I have to rub drops in her ears. I also found out that she's missing all of her front teeth! I didn't know that before. She's nine years old, and my mom never got her very good treatment before.

Wish me luck on my long, long flight Friday!

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Brandon Christopher - Sep 13, 2004 5:08 pm (#583 of 2977) Reply    

Good luck on your long flight Sarah! Though that's hardly the last time you'll hear that from me. I too would like to thank the Lexicon for helping me find my love. I have so much to thank this forum for. I'm really happy for the first time because of what this site has helped me find.

Big hugs to Betty, glad to see you back Forum Mom.

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haymoni - Sep 13, 2004 5:26 pm (#584 of 2977) Reply    

Wow! Who needs a dating service? Just come to the Forum.

Betty, I'm glad you are home. It is hard to ask for help. Even Slacker Moms like me can get too independent.

I am still basking in the Orange & Brown glow of the Cleveland Browns' victory over the hated Baltimore Ravens. It's not the same since Art Modell isn't the owner anymore, but it was still fun to lose my voice over it.

Bring on Dallas!!!

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ShelterGirl - Sep 13, 2004 5:29 pm (#585 of 2977) Reply    

Welcome back Betty!

You were missed.

Smile

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Brandon Christopher - Sep 13, 2004 5:38 pm (#586 of 2977) Reply    

Haymoni, I'm still basking in the glory of the blue and gold victory of the Rams over the Cardinals. Thank god football season is here - it's been far too long since I've been able to watch Marshall Faulk carry the ball! Speaking of which, my idol is healthy for the first time in three years. He rushed for over 800 yards last season even though he missed about six weeks because of injury. AND he was injured all the games he played. Is there any doubt why the man is my idol...

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Padfoot - Sep 13, 2004 5:39 pm (#587 of 2977) Reply    

Welcome back Betty! We missed you.

Good luck on the move Sarah.

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scully jones - Sep 13, 2004 5:43 pm (#588 of 2977) Reply    

Thanks for the luck! If any of you would like to see pictures from our vacation, just go here

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tracie1976 - Sep 13, 2004 5:52 pm (#589 of 2977) Reply    

Oh I am so glad to know you are home Bettty *hugs*

Have a good flight on Friday Sarah.

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Leila 2X4B - Sep 13, 2004 6:09 pm (#590 of 2977) Reply    

Well aware of the Viggo and Rickman droolfest, here is my little slice of heaven.

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Ladybug220 - Sep 13, 2004 6:38 pm (#591 of 2977) Reply
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Great to have you back Betty!

Congrats Sarah! Brandon, take good care of her! Sarah, I can sympathize on the move. I am moving too and it is just a wee bit stressful.

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Acceber - Sep 13, 2004 6:43 pm (#592 of 2977) Reply    

Just saying hi. I'm kinda tired and I wanted to go to bed early tonight, but the Forum said, "Come..." in a voice kind of like Trelawney's.

Welcome back Betty! I loved talking with you on IM Saturday.

Have a safe trip Sarah.

Monday's almost over! Tuesday we get out early, meaning more Forum time. Yay!

EDIT: Ladybug, I love your new avatar! If you've seen my past ones, you'll know why .

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Brandon Christopher - Sep 13, 2004 6:46 pm (#593 of 2977) Reply    

Me take care of her... she's the one that takes every opportunity to beat me up! I've never been so black and blue before she sunk her claws into me. I think she likes Harry Potter Puppet Pals too much, she always bothers me! Not that I'm complaining of course, most fun I've ever had getting beaten up.

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Ladybug220 - Sep 13, 2004 6:47 pm (#594 of 2977) Reply
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Thanks! Pets always make great avatars...

Edit: Brandon, get used to it now.

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Brandon Christopher - Sep 13, 2004 6:54 pm (#595 of 2977) Reply    

I'm going to enjoy getting used to it!

Ok, I've posted a lot today, so I'll chill for now. I don't want to blarg up the chat thread any worse than normal.

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Catherine - Sep 13, 2004 7:01 pm (#596 of 2977) Reply    

Well, I am posting this before I go to bed.

**welcomes Betty back with best wishes**

Seeing Loopy's "wistful" post about college reminded me (my youngest daughter would call it "de-minding me!").

While I have neither the time, ability, nor inclination to plan a "Forum gathering," there were folks on this thread who expressed a longing for the town of Charlottesville, Va. Or the mountains of VA, so hence this post.

I do remember Accio Sirius, Loopy Lupin, and Madame Pince who responded to the name of this town. Other interested parties, take note:

I will be in Charlottesville, VA in a few weeks visiting the "little" brother. If someone wants to meet for pudding, or drinks at the pub, or sightseeing, give me an email, and I will tell you privately when I will be there, and we can agree if we need to visit "The Leaky Cauldron," etc. (I haven't visited Charlottesville in forever, so I might need helpful tips.)

**is still pouting that I can't go to the Ren-Fest**

But, Cheers!

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Kasse - Sep 13, 2004 7:18 pm (#597 of 2977) Reply    

Betty – WELCOME BACK you were definitely missed, welcome home

Sarah – Good luck with the move, let us know how it all works out.

Brandon and Sarah met right here on the forum! I did not know that – awwwwwwwwwwww that is really sweet

Leila – I like Hopkins too!

Ok Goodnight all

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Julia. - Sep 13, 2004 7:39 pm (#598 of 2977) Reply    

BETTY! *runs in and bearhugs Betty* I'm so happy to have you back, we missed you around here! We need our Forum Mum!

Sarah, good luck with your move. I'm sure things will go well. Be sure to bother Brandon a lot, I'll have to live vicariously through you. Mazel tov to both of you on being our very first Forum Couple!

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TwinklingBlueEyes - Sep 13, 2004 9:03 pm (#599 of 2977) Reply    

Hello everyone. May be my last post for a couple of days. I have daughter who is very much pregnant coming in next hour or so from Biloxi, daughter who lives in New Orleans coming first thing in the morning, daughter and 2 grands leaving with us tomorrow afternoon, and maybe my 83 year old mother. Ought to be quit a caravan, or circus. My house is 100 plus year old, has 200+ year old oak on one side, 150 year old oak on other side, 2 huge cedars 20 foot from my front porch... is time to be leaving. Am taking all critters, so far list is up to, let me see, 1 horse, 2 dogs, 6 cats, 9 ferrets, and a hubby. I don't think I forgot anyone.

To everyone in Ivan's way, I wish you the best of luck where ever you may be. I have lived on the Gulf coast almost all my life, have ridden out numerous hurricanes, (3 in this house, including Andrew).Never ran from one before, but, gut tells me to move, so I am :-) Oh, computers and router going with me, going to daughter and son in-laws and they have high speed access :-)

Stay safe all and hope to see you soon.

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Phoenix song - Sep 13, 2004 9:15 pm (#600 of 2977) Reply    

TBE: Best of luck to you! I'm in the same boat too. I've never been so frightened of a storm before. (Quite terrified, actually!) My dad is quite ill and requires oxygen, so it'll be a difficult move. (More difficult for the machines to work where there is no longer a home.) I can't stand to think about leaving, especially with all of my kids. It should be quite a ride, to say the least!

I send my best prayers to you, your home, and your family. I hope that we'll be "chatting" again soon!

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TwinklingBlueEyes - Sep 13, 2004 9:23 pm (#601 of 2977) Reply    

Thank you Barbie, and when are you leaving? One of my biggest values, family first, rest of the world later. Circus, tickets anyone?

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Phoenix song - Sep 13, 2004 9:26 pm (#602 of 2977) Reply    

TBE: In the morning, I think. Not exactly sure where we're going, though. We usually head to Greenville, MS. But we don't know if my dad will be up to such a long trip.

Barbie

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TwinklingBlueEyes - Sep 13, 2004 9:36 pm (#603 of 2977) Reply    

Best of luck to you and yours. Daughter from Miss. is about 15 minutes away, so maybe I can grab a couple of hours sleep soon?

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Phoenix song - Sep 13, 2004 9:48 pm (#604 of 2977) Reply    

TBE: Thank you, and to your family as well. Try to rest, if you can keep from watching the radars and trying to "magically" move the storm out of our path. Hope to hear from you soon!

Barbie

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Elanor - Sep 13, 2004 10:14 pm (#605 of 2977) Reply    

TBE, Phoenix Song and all the members who are on Ivan's path, take good care of yourselves. I'll think a lot to you! Best of luck to you! Bonne chance!

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TwinklingBlueEyes - Sep 13, 2004 10:47 pm (#606 of 2977) Reply    

Take care all, swear this is my last post and I going to sleep. (Until the next post). Stay safe and see you when I can. At this point, Ivan is just about as predictable as JKR!

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The giant squid - Sep 13, 2004 11:47 pm (#607 of 2977) Reply    

WELCOME BACK, BETTY!!!! I knew you couldn't stay away from us for long...no funk can overcome the draw of the Forum.

Brandon & Sarah, congrats. I hope things go well for you. Moving can be a big deal, but it can also be very much worth it.

Phoenix Song, I have been known to chew on the ends of my mustache--that's when I know it's time to trim it! Also, my fingers are crossed for you & everyone else in Ivan's path. Every once in a while, Mother Nature reminds us that she's still in charge...I just wish she didn't feel the need to shout...

They may have been diagnosed with a bacterial infection, but they are still well enough to fight with each other. --Marie E.
My nieces, ladies & gentlemen...I'm so proud!

--Mike

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VeronikaG - Sep 14, 2004 1:04 am (#608 of 2977) Reply    

Best of luck to all of you running from Terrible Ivan!

Betty, good to see you back on the forum!!

Awww, aren't Sarah and Brandon cute together? Good luck guys.

Richard, good luck with the dirty flat and the old Italians. Maybe it's nice underneath all the dirt. And you could always bring the Italians to the forum, and we'll teach them English in no time :-)

Dreary programming session begins in ten minutes. Arrgh.

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septentrion - Sep 14, 2004 3:18 am (#609 of 2977) Reply    

Betty, good to see you back !

Hope Ivan will decrease a little from now on. Stay safe and good luck to all who are concerned !

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Loopy Lupin - Sep 14, 2004 5:29 am (#610 of 2977) Reply    

*goes off to sing "Enter Sandman" to Bob Dylan* -- Julia

That's actually Metallica, Julia, but running it through my head, I think it would work too. Actually, all the great songs of the world could (and should) be sung as Bob Dylan. (Sorry, but as you know, I am in the insufferable-know-it-all club.)

Betty. Good to see you again. Very Happy

Brandon and Sarah. Well, well, well. Very Happy Congrats to you both. And, Sarah I'm sending cheering charms to you because if there is one thing I hate (besides..... oh nevermind), it is moving! Ick.

Hey Catherine. ***waves*** C-ville eh? That sounds fun, I'll email you for the details.

Chemyst and all commenting on Maggie. I think that protusion is her hip. As to why she looks drunk, I couldn't tell you. I always looked at this avatar as Maggie's Mae West impersonation.

Well, I read all the posts for a change and was glad I did. So much info! Very Happy Happy Tuesday everyone.

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Julia. - Sep 14, 2004 5:41 am (#611 of 2977) Reply    

Loopy, I know "Enter Sandman" is Metallica. Just proving that all hard rock songs can and should be sung to the tune of Bob Dylan songs.

Phoenix Song and TBE, good luck getting out of Ivan's way. We'll miss you, but I'm sure we'll all sleep better knowing your safe and sound. We look forward to your quieck and safe return.

*still awwwwwwwwwing* at Sarah and Brandon* Those two are so cute!

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boop - Sep 14, 2004 5:46 am (#612 of 2977) Reply    

Today is hogshead(Mike) special day Hope you have a great day!!!!!!!

To anyone is the path of Ivan, please stay safe.

To Brandon and Sarah Best to you both. Sarah have a safe trip!

Have a great Day Everyone!!!

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tracie1976 - Sep 14, 2004 5:55 am (#613 of 2977) Reply    

Happy Birthday hogshead!!!

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Catherine - Sep 14, 2004 5:56 am (#614 of 2977) Reply    

Good morning to all!

To any in Ivan's path, I'm wishing you safety, health, intact shelter, running water and "ekeltricity." The fearful anticipation can be as tiring and stressful as the actual storm, I know. Good luck to you. Please let us know how you are doing.

Hogshead, Happy Birthday to you!

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Marie E. - Sep 14, 2004 7:30 am (#615 of 2977) Reply    

Welcome back, Betty! It's great to see that picture of your grandbaby's again. You were truly missed.

I hope everyone in Ivan's path makes it to safety. I have a sister-in-law in St. Petersburg Beach who has weathered through the last two hurricanes, but decided for this one she would visit relatives in Jacksonville. Actually, I think she went to Orlando for Frances and then Frances hit Orlando anyway. Whatever, my point is: everyone be safe!

I'll add to the "awwww's" over Sarah and Brandon's pictures. Good luck on the move, Sarah. I am still unpacking boxes from June! And be sure to keep using Brandon as a punching bag.

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Chemyst - Sep 14, 2004 7:35 am (#616 of 2977) Reply    

It's great to have Forum Mom back home on the forum. **waves to B00P**

Sarah, (the scully jones one) ... Now it all makes sense! I'd seen pictures from your avatar & the gathering, and noticed the drop-off in the number of Brandon's posts,.and it did seem a tad fishy with undercurrents. Best of luck on the move & job hunting! Brandon, new job, new love,   – just don't be a stranger just because the forum is old.

Leila, did you know that Robinson Crusoe was one of Benjamin Franklin's favorite books? He mentions it in his autobiography. I think the lack of "excitement factor" reflects the pace of life in the early 1700s. Maybe Binn's is from that era. They'd probably hate our action/adventure culture as being too dizzying. And here is an HP connection for you: Do you remember when he decideed to make charcoal for a smokeless fire so as not to give his position away to the cannibals? Well, I was looking around the web to see how charcoal is made and stumbled across a place where JKR went to school in an area that was originally known for making charcoal (today they do it only once a summer as a tourist attraction.) Robinson Crusoe has a very strong morality theme; when he disobeys his father, calamity strikes, but as he learns to obey his creator, his fortunes are restored. It parallels the story of Job.

Loopy, I like your Mae West interpretation much better than funky dancing, but as my son is just hitting puberty and Mae West is harder to explain, I doubt I'll go back to offer him a new theory.

Last night our local weatherman did a segment on how unpredictable hurricane paths can be. I do hope the Ivan forecasts are like most of Trelawny's and aren't as bad as predicted.

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Loopy Lupin - Sep 14, 2004 7:57 am (#617 of 2977) Reply    

Loopy, I know "Enter Sandman" is Metallica—Julia

*** wipes egg from face*** Of course you do, whoops.

Chemyst, yes I think it is wise to avoid explaining Mae West to someone hitting puberty.

***sends some current shifting charms to reverse Ivan's path***

Good Luck all.

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haymoni - Sep 14, 2004 8:05 am (#618 of 2977) Reply    

Chemyst - I also noticed that we were hearing less and less of Brandon - and when we did, it was a kinder, gentler Brandon!

Best Wishes to all!

May Ivan the Terrible be nothing at all!

Be safe!

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Padfoot - Sep 14, 2004 8:06 am (#619 of 2977) Reply    

Happy Birthday Hogshead! Happy Birthday

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Catherine - Sep 14, 2004 8:29 am (#620 of 2977) Reply    

Padfoot, may I compliment your avatar? **has girly moment** I'm looking forward to the second Bridget Jones movie coming out this fall. Even wearing the dorky reindeer jumper, he looks....sigh.

Ok, girly moment over. I realized that I neglected to congratulate the happy couple who found love at the Forum. My only relationship advice: 2 copies of Half-Blood Prince when it comes out. Love doesn't extend to sharing your copy of Harry Potter! **guards own copies fiercely** Good luck on your move, Sarah.

Good luck to you, too, Ladybug! When can we expect you here in NC? **waves excitedly from NC to Ladybug**

And let me extend some sarcastic "thanks" to Julia, Loopy, and others. I may have brought up the "Yellow Rose of Texas," but now my head is full of Bob Dylan singing songs from The Disney Channel, and this is NOT a good combo. ICK. I may have to go shut my head in the door.

Thanks for the info on Robinson Carusoe, Chemyst. I liked the charcoal-making and JKR connection, too. **always learns so much from the Forum**

Hoping that Loopy's storm-shift charm works **remembers that it did for Frances**. Luck to all!

EDIT: Saw that Sherbie posted. Good to see you, Sherbie, and hope that you continue to feel better. **Taking Cipro is ick, but hope it works**

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Sherbie Lemon - Sep 14, 2004 8:31 am (#621 of 2977) Reply    

Good morning to you all and a BIG hello to Betty!!Waving It's good to see you posting again! You've been missed.

To everyone in Ivan's path, stay safe. I've been standing on my roof, blowing hard and waving my arms frantically trying to throw the storm off course. So far, I don't think it's done much good, but I'll keep trying!

Birthday Balloons Hogshead!

Here's hoping you don't get sick, Marie! Although I'm sure it's no fun having two ill kids, at least you get a day to play catch up on the forum.

I'm feeling much better today. I've been taking Cipro (which is what the doctors give you to fight Anthrax poisoning!) and it seems to be relieving a lot of my symptoms. I was supposed to go to another doctor today, but I feel a million times better than I did last week and so I cancelled. Thanks for sending all those good wishes, everyone! Once again the positive vibes of my fellow potties have overpowered the wrath of the Sherbinator.

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Ladybug220 - Sep 14, 2004 9:23 am (#622 of 2977) Reply
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So, Catherine, you are no longer the untamed shrew?

I am moving the weekend of Oct 23-24 and I start the new job Nov 1. So be on the lookout for a red Saturn with Alabama tags at the end of Oct. I will be staying with friends in Hillsborough but plan on getting an apartment in Durham by the beginning on the year. It will be nice to have forum members so close!

Sherbie, glad to hear that you are feeling better. Send the good vibes my way so that I can get over this ick that I've got.

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haymoni - Sep 14, 2004 9:24 am (#623 of 2977) Reply    

Best Wishes to you, Lady Bug!

New job, new digs - new you!!

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Catherine - Sep 14, 2004 10:09 am (#624 of 2977) Reply    

So, Catherine, you are no longer the untamed shrew? –Ladybug

Oh, ask anyone. I'm still untamedly shrewish! Or shrewishly untamed. I dunno which

Just noticed Loopy's pirate avatar, and his announcement that today is "Talk like a pirate day." Useless fact for the day: The infamous pirate Blackbeard lived in Eastern, NC. I've see the little house. Anyone know Blackbeard's "real" name? (highlight for answer) Edward Teach

How about the name of his ship?(highlight for answer) Queen Anne's Revenge Savvy?

Well, me mateys, time to swab me deck or I'll have to walk the plank. Yo ho!

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mike miller - Sep 14, 2004 10:34 am (#625 of 2977) Reply    

Welcome back Betty!! It is so, so good to see your avatar again. You know we're all only a post/email away. Thanks for the birthday reminder..

HAPPY BIRTHDAY HOGSHEAD!!

Sherbie - Glad to hear that your feeling better. Better living through chemistry! Please pass the "good stuff" over to Marie as it seems her family has been invaded by our microscopic enemies.

Marie - Although modern science has yet to synthesize the active ingredients, good old chicken soup has been clinically proven to be effective.

To all in the path of Ivan (TBE and Phoenix Song), keep your head down and try to stay dry.

Recent postings explain the mysterious absence of Sarah and Brandon. As good as we seem to be at finding JKR's clues, we all seemed to miss this one. Good luck on the move and congrats!!! I would have never guessed the side effects of root beer!

And lastly, Haymoni, just remember you have to come to "Our House" (Raven's Stadium) for a rematch. Enjoy the feeling of victory, we'll see who's still playing when the regular season's over.

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Julia. - Sep 14, 2004 10:36 am (#626 of 2977) Reply    

Pssssst, Catherine, National Talk Like a Pirate Day is Sunday the 19th. Loopy (or is it L00py?) is getting ready a few days early.

EDIT: Cross posted with Kasse. A sociology project on the forum! Oh how cool! I am insanely jealous! <
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Kasse - Sep 14, 2004 10:37 am (#627 of 2977) Reply    

Hello All,

I am so excited I just found out that I might be able to do my sociology project on the forum and our love for HP I am so excited. I have to send my prof a detailed email telling him exactly what I am going to do and then as soon as he gives me the green light I am good to go *crossing fingers*

Hogshead - Happy Birthday to you!

To all Bridget Jones fans....has anyone else besides me seen the trailer for The Edge of Reason? I saw it last Saturday and it looks like it is going to be great!

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Leila 2X4B - Sep 14, 2004 10:41 am (#628 of 2977) Reply    

Happy Birthday Hogshead

Chemyst, I agree with the Job parallel, having just mentioned it in class myself the other day.

Now that I am in class I may include some of my observations on the Literature I am studying. Just tell me to shut-up if it gets boring.

Leila

edit Oh no, I accidently just pushed "marked as read" with over 600 posts not read. Now I will never know what the heck is going on.
# hangs head in shame*

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Leviosa - Sep 14, 2004 10:42 am (#629 of 2977) Reply    

Happy Birthday Hogshead!

I hope everyone in Ivan's path stays save. Good luck to you all!

Sherbie, good to hear you're feeling better. I hope everything works out all right.

Sarah, good luck on the move! Best wishes to you and Brandon! Enjoy your time together!

Big big hugs to Betty!!

School's started again today. My new schedule is ok, I guess. It could have been better and it could have been worse. I have a lot of lesson in the afternoon but sometimes one period is free in the morning (but of course not so that I can sleep longer ). But there was also a negative surprise today. One guy of my class, who was generally well liked, decided to change school last week (!!) but told nobody of his plans. We were all quite taken by surprise as the teacher told us today. But of course, that was the most typical thing this guy could do (he moved out soon after turning 18 but didn't tell his parents!).

I don't think The Village was as bad as some people here (now who could that be? ) say. Of course there are better movies but I found it ok. And a big big plus was the music. The music made the whole film. I always listen carefully to music and this is very important to me. So even if the movie itself were complet crap, the music would have made up a lot (so the money wouldn't be totally wasted!).

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Catherine - Sep 14, 2004 10:47 am (#630 of 2977) Reply    

00PS! I misread L00PY'S avatar. Hehehe. Yes, the 19th is a few days away...

We get a little gung-ho about pirates down this way. I live in a town dominated by the local university, and the mascot for this school is a pirate. There are pirates EVERYWHERE here. Alas earwax, none of them are as cute as Johnny Depp. One version of our mascot looks really lame and cheesy. Also, the mascot's name is Petey, and I just think this is dumb.

**is jealous that Kasse has seen a trailer for the second Bridget Jones movie** I hope the second movie is good, Kasse. But I think they had to call in a script doctor, which may not bode well. But I'll go see it anyway! The book sequel to Bridget Jones' Diary was very funny.

I have to go pick up the kiddies from gymnastics class. I'm not looking forward to this carpool **waves to Kim!**. Let's just say that last week when I drove this child, we had a super-ick incident in the car. **shivers with the awfulness of the memory**

See you all around, and still wishing hurricane luck for those affected by Ivan.

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Sep 14, 2004 10:54 am (#631 of 2977) Reply    

September 19th is National Talk Like a Pirate Day: "Yar! I hate the sea and everything in it."---Loopy Lupin

Well, this is just too much fun to ignore and since I have at my hands The Pirate's Handbook I feel compelled to match pirate trivia against Catherine. That said...

After having defeated Blackbeard, the English navy sailed triumphantly home with Blackbeard's head swinging from the bow of their ship. ewwwwww

Question: Does anyone know where the phrase "shiver me timbers" comes from?

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Catherine - Sep 14, 2004 11:05 am (#632 of 2977) Reply    

I have at my hands The Pirate's Handbook--Lupin is Lupin

Ok. You're scary sometimes. Brilliant, but scary...

Who the heck just happens to have that book sitting on her shelf, or on a coffee table? Perhaps it was a bit of light reading? **suspects that Kim really does have magic powers and accioed the book from the library.**

Oooh, ooh, I know the answer to her question, though! But I'll let one of the other scurvy curs have a swab, erm stab at it.

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haymoni - Sep 14, 2004 11:07 am (#633 of 2977) Reply    

mike miller - As you are well aware, we here in Browns Town have had precious little to celebrate over the past few years.

I am sitting here like Ron with my eyes closed remembering Garcia stretching out his arms to score a touchdown over the cone and then jumping into the Dog Pound seats. Don't ruin it for me!!!

I am very certain that I will not be so cocky as the season progresses.

Did you see the Squealers win by the skin of their teeth??? The nerve!

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Loopy Lupin - Sep 14, 2004 11:36 am (#634 of 2977) Reply    

I have at my hands The Pirate's Handbook--Lupin is Lupin

I second the scary brilliantness of Kim here. I note that during a recent discussion on social titles in a different thread, Kim managed to accio not one but two books written by a certain etiquette maven, one of which is out of print.

I know the answer too, but I looked it up, so I'll disqualify myself. **depth perception begins to waver from wearing eyepatch**

Anyway. Yar.

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Ladybug220 - Sep 14, 2004 11:48 am (#635 of 2977) Reply    

Well, Alabama is getting prepared for Hurricane Ivan. I-65 South has been closed from Mobile to just north of Montgomery so that all 4 lanes can be used for the mandatory evacuation. By Thursday night/Friday morning, Ivan should be here in Birmingham. We have been told to be prepared for power outages which could last up to 2 weeks (in the extreme case). What joy! Packing by candlelight was not how I envisioned spending the weekend.

For all in evacuation areas, drive carefully and be safe!

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septentrion - Sep 14, 2004 11:58 am (#636 of 2977) Reply    

My goodness ! I forgot to send my best wishes to Sarah and Brandon !

Happy birthday Hogshead !

Kasse, you really could do a sociology study about the forum ? Great ! Tell us more please as soon sa you can.

Susi, I have the same opinion than you about the village. I didin't dislike the movie although it could have been far better.

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Muggleborn - Sep 14, 2004 12:04 pm (#637 of 2977) Reply    

As to the actual answer to "Shiver Me Timbers" I really don't know but would think running aground!

How about "Avast!"

To all our friends in the path of Ivan "Batten Down the Hatches!" Wishing you fair skys, calm seas, reaches and runs!

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Padfoot - Sep 14, 2004 12:47 pm (#638 of 2977) Reply
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I looked up "Shiver Me Timbers", but since I cheated I won't post the answer. Makes sense though. Also found what SOS stands for. Here are the lyrics to Shiver My Timbers (From Muppet Treasure Island).

Shiver My Timbers, Shiver my Soul,
Yo, Ho, heave Ho
There are men who’s hearts are as Black as coal,
Yo, Ho, heave Ho.

And they sailed their ship cross the Ocean Blue,
A blood thirsty captain and a cut throat Crew.
Its as dark a tale as was ever told of the Lust for Treasure and the Love of gold.

Shiver My Timbers, Shiver my Sides,
Yo Ho, heave Ho
There are hungers as strong as the Wind and tides,
Yo, Ho, Heave Ho.

And those buccaneers drown their sins in Rum,
The devil himself would have to call them scum.
Every man aboard would have killed his Mate for a bag of Guineas or a Piece of Eight.

Moolawaka, Moolawaka, Something not right
Many wicked icky things gonna happen tonight.

Moolawaka, Moolawaka, Sailor man beware,
when the Money in the ground there is murder in the air…

Shiver My Timbers, Shiver my Bones,
Yo, Ho, heave Ho
There are Secrets that Sleep with Ole’ Davy Jones.
Yo, Ho, heave Ho

When the main sail’s Set, and the Anchor’s weighed,
There’s no turning back from any course that’s laid.
And when Greed and Villainy Sail the sea, you can bet your boots there’s be treachery.

Shiver My Timbers, Shiver my Sail,
Dead men tell no tales


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Madam Pince - Sep 14, 2004 1:08 pm (#639 of 2977) Reply    

HAH! I win my bet with Mr. Pince! On our way driving home from the Forum Gathering in June, I told him "I bet Sarah will be moving to California within 6 months." ****does little dance to celebrate super-sharp detective skills**** Well, perhaps we had a little unfair advantage because we chauffered Brandon and Sarah and guest around town a few times, and had more observation time. I could just see it coming! Of course, I have not mentioned my suspicions here in an effort to be discreet. But since you brought it up.... Best wishes to you both! And good luck on your move, Sarah!

Welcome home, Betty! I am so glad to hear that you are doing better and have a positive direction to work towards! We are here for you!

Apparently Bluebeard the pirate is some sort of distant relation on Mr. Pince's side of the family. Not so much to brag about, I realize, but there it is. And I'm not even sure how they arrived at that conclusion because I wouldn't think a pirate would have a very traceable geneaology, but anyway.... I haven't seen any real documentation so maybe it's all hooey. Despite the familial connection, I have no idea where "Shiver me timbers" stems from. But I did watch "Pirates of the Caribbean" last night, and it still cracks me up just as it did the first time I watched it. ("You cheated!" **eyeroll** "Pirate!" har-har)

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Catherine - Sep 14, 2004 1:17 pm (#640 of 2977) Reply    

No wonder you like Mr. Pince, Ms. Pince! Pirate blood just sounds so roguish and dashing. **regrets not seeing Mr. Pince on TV without his mustache** I think you must keep secrets very well if you predicted Sarah's move to California! Those glasses must give you keen powers of observation.

Ok, you scabrous scallywags! Are Kim and I playing Pirate trivia all by our onesies, here?

Another useless pirate fact: Blackbeard a.k.a. Mr. Pince's distant relation, used to set his beard on fire in battle. Talk about playing with fire...

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haymoni - Sep 14, 2004 1:18 pm (#641 of 2977) Reply    

Madame Pince - I love that line.

You need to get yourself a girl, mate!

You're not a unich, are you?

Gotta love the black liner around the eyes.

What a good movie!

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Loopy Lupin - Sep 14, 2004 1:36 pm (#642 of 2977) Reply    

I found this site:

http://www.piratesinfo.com/

Are Blackbeard and Bluebeard the same Catherine? In my cursory searches, I found info indicating that they were two different people but also that "Bluebeard" was sometimes called "Blackbeard."

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Catherine - Sep 14, 2004 2:02 pm (#643 of 2977) Reply    

L00PY, no I don't think that Blackbeard and Bluebeard are the same person.

I think Madame Pince may have mistyped. I checked, and I typed Blackbeard.

Bluebeard was in a fairytale, and if I remember the story, he was a fearsome husband. He told his wife not to look in a secret room, but, you guessed it, she looked. Turns out he had murdered his previous wives. Charming, huh? I assumed she meant Blackbeard, not Bluebeard. Bluebeard didn't survive the story, and I don't think he had any Blue progeny!

Blackbeard was the real-life pirate.

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Chemyst - Sep 14, 2004 2:14 pm (#644 of 2977) Reply    

Congratulations Madam Pince on winning your bet. How many galleons did you have on the line?

...the mascot's name is Petey, and I just think this is dumb -Catherine   Much agreed. 'Sounds more like it ought to be his parrot's name.
And you want us to play pirate trivia now? Oh well, since you asked nicely...
What do pirates, a crematory, Mr. Olivander acquiring live oak for his wands from the US Navy, and yellow fever have in common? Cheat Here.

And Happy Birthday, HogsHead!

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timrew - Sep 14, 2004 2:18 pm (#645 of 2977) Reply    

No, I think both pirates were separate people. Blackbeards beard was black. Bluebeard had a blue beard, yellow skin and was in 'The Simpsons'.

Congratulations to Brandon and Sarah!

Happy birthday to HogsHead!

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Catherine - Sep 14, 2004 2:43 pm (#646 of 2977) Reply    

No, I think both pirates were separate people. Blackbeards beard was black. Bluebeard had a blue beard, yellow skin and was in 'The Simpsons'. Timrew

Tim, you are a treasure.

**bows again to the SPEW king**

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Sep 14, 2004 3:30 pm (#647 of 2977) Reply    

First a note to Catherine and Loopy: you two are too funny. And I don't know why you're so surprised. Every girl needs a hobby. And as for that book being out of print, Loopy, all I can say is, "How dare they!" Glad I picked it up when I did even if that does cement my membership in the Geek Hall of Fame.

I think Muggleborn had the first correct answer to the question. When a wooden ship runs aground or suddenly hits a rock, her timbers shiver. So the expression "shiver me timbers" is one of surprise or shock.*

*(Courtesy of The Pirate's Handbook. Now stop looking at me like that. )

I'd like to nominate Loopy for the Link King award. Never have I seen anyone find so many disparate links so quickly.

Catherine, (and for anyone else interested), my book tells me that Blackbeard used to put burning canon fuses under is hat so that he appeared in a dense cloud of black smoke.

Chemyst, nifty link. I see you're giving Loopy a run for his money.

Useless bit if pirate trivia #36: Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe is said to have been inspired by Alexander Selkirk, a Scottish sailor who was put ashore on the island of Juan Fernandez (off the coast of Chile) by the adventurer and pirate William Dampier. Selkirk spent four and a half lonely years on this island until he was rescued.

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Dr Filibuster - Sep 14, 2004 3:55 pm (#648 of 2977) Reply    

Kim, does your book talk about filibusters?

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Catherine - Sep 14, 2004 5:02 pm (#649 of 2977) Reply    

Kim,

You can have a hobby, and then some. I'm in awe of your not-so-trivial knowledge.

Chemyst, your link was most informative, and thanks.

**loving the forum, and our chat thread**

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Brandon Christopher - Sep 14, 2004 5:12 pm (#650 of 2977) Reply    

Wow, thank you so much for all the condolences, er, I mean best wishes for Sarah and I. I'm always amazed at the huge show of support everyone gets here from our Lexicon family.

Madam Pince, I guess you knew what neither Sarah nor I knew. You have a keen sense of perception! I must admit I had a lot of fun riding around with you and Mr. Pince. You two were very funny and reminded me of my own parents who joke around in much the same way.
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Madam Pince - Sep 14, 2004 8:04 pm (#651 of 2977) Reply    

Well, Brandon, let's just say I had an inkling. Not to sound like Professor Trelawney, but I could sense two different chemistries in the car -- one going downhill and one going uphill. Maybe I have some "seer" blood in me!

***Sighs to think that someone who is old enough to be embarking on a new relationship can think of me in a parental role***

No, Catherine, I didn't mistype -- I meant to type Bluebeard although I know you were talking about Blackbeard. I don't know if Bluebeard actually existed or not, but that's the name the family always said was related to them. As I said, it could just be a lot of hooey. Or maybe they were confused and meant Blackbeard.

The only thing pirate-related I have is my favorite t-shirt -- it has the pirate "skull-and-crossbones" on the front, and on the back the ominous words "The beatings shall continue until morale improves." I had to buy it because it reminded me of a place I used to work...

And I love the phrase "All by me onesies." Too cute -- especially when uttered by Johnny Depp.

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Brandon Christopher - Sep 14, 2004 9:21 pm (#652 of 2977) Reply    

Sighs to think that someone who is old enough to be embarking on a new relationship can think of me in a parental role

Don't feel bad Madam P, I'm one of the few teens that don't think their parents are horrible old wretches. I happen to love my parents and their senses of humor. So the fact that I said you and your husband acted similar to them was saying a lot coming from me. Besides, you seem a lot younger than my parents (major sucking up!)

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Catherine - Sep 15, 2004 4:51 am (#653 of 2977) Reply    

Happy Wednesday!

Madame Pince, I stand corrected by your Bluebeard post. I should not have assumed that you meant Blackbeard!

I did giggle when I read this: Sighs to think that someone who is old enough to be embarking on a new relationship can think of me in a parental role-Madame Pince

**wondered if I was going to have to join Madame Pince and hubby in a round of Geritol and false teeth** Sighs, too!

Well, I'm off to get ready for carpool **waves to Kim** and then to my book discussion group. Today's selection is Life of Pi. We tend to have members who won't read the book, but instead just come for the food and socializing, so it will be interesting to see what transpires today. One person already claimed that she quit reading the book because some of the survival scenes were "gross." I think reading posts on the Forum has made me forget that not everyone gets obsessed with books.

I still haven't convinced them to read Harry Potter books yet, but I'm working on it!

Hope our Gulf Coast members are hanging in there. See you all around.

EDIT: Darn! I was so hoping that JKR would update her site today, but nothing so far...

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icthestrals - Sep 15, 2004 5:39 am (#654 of 2977) Reply    

To all those being threatened by Ivan, I am thinking of y'all. I have difficulty putting my feelings into words sometimes and can't really express what I'm feeling. Please be careful and stay safe.

My area in Florida may just get a glancing blow. And now we have to watch out for Jeanne.

Congrats Sarah and Brandon!

Welcome back Betty!! We missed you. I hope you are feeling better.

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Fawkes Forever - Sep 15, 2004 6:02 am (#655 of 2977) Reply    

Very very weird... I think there has been some magic at work.. I haven't been able to see this thread for over a week.. indeed I thought it had gone! I was shocked (& delighted) to discover it was 'back' (well on my pc anyways) about 5 minutes ago. must have been some form of disillusionment charm (spelling a bit dodgy today)... oh well..

There were about 650 + posts on it so forgive me for skipping them all... & going straight to mark as read!

Just wanted to say hi to everyone... sorry if I've missed any birthdays & that. Good luck to all in the path of Ivan... I hope it blows itself out before it causes any more damage.

Trivial fact for you all.... I've now been posting on this forum for exactly one year... *snoopy dance*. One whole year, my doesn't time fly when you are having fun & posting many mad theories. Thanks you guys for making the forum what it is... Moderators & Fellow Posters alike. This really is a fun place to post... hey why else would I still be here after a year

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Kasse - Sep 15, 2004 6:23 am (#656 of 2977) Reply    

Morning All,

Great news – my professor gave me the go ahead for my project, I am going to it on the HP phenomenon and how HP should not be considered strictly a children’s book and can be compared to different legends and myths, not to mention it’s ties to alchemy, philosophy, astrology and so on. Also I get to do a part on the forum stating how the forum is a society in itself with members of different ages and different cultural backgrounds and our own set of rules and people who enforce those rules. I will probably be using quotes from many of your posts but I will email whoever I want to quote first and get the ok from you.

Fawkes - Happy one year anniversary

Best wishes to all that are in Ivan's path

Off to do my research

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icthestrals - Sep 15, 2004 6:39 am (#657 of 2977) Reply    

Kasse, that's excellent! Good luck and happy reseaching!!

Fawkes, welcome back and congrats on 1 year anniversary

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Fawkes Forever - Sep 15, 2004 8:37 am (#658 of 2977) Reply    

Thanks guys, still can't believe its a whole year... but what a fun year

I want to thank Pinky, Julia & Debs for their congrats as well. Sorry guys I wasn't being rude or ignoring you... stoopid computer wasn't showing a lot of the threads... including this one ... reasons unknown... as soon as I saw this thread again I just clicked 'mark as read', but have been having a sneaky peak back at a few things today & I spied your greetings.

Kasse sounds extremely interesting. Feel free to use anything I've said... however... I doubt if anything I've said has ever made much sense. But if you want to mail me... thats ok too!

Bouncy bouncy hyper hyper... just got told I'm getting a bonus at work... woohoo! Very delighted with myself now.. might be able to buy some furniture for my house (still making do with donations from relatives & stuff accumulated whilst at university) Tis a good day!

A bonus and I've discovered that the chat thread didn't disappear after all... woohoo!

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Muggleborn - Sep 15, 2004 8:58 am (#659 of 2977) Reply    

Kasse, what a way to make the Lexicon a part of your homework!

Thanks Lupin is Lupin, but I may not have been fair. Being that I have sailed most of my life. *Blushes* when I say I have Shivered the timbers a couple of times myself.

Congrats Fawkes Forever on the bonus!

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mike miller - Sep 15, 2004 9:53 am (#660 of 2977) Reply    

Fawkes - Double congratulations!! One year anniversary and a bonus, do you think there's a connection? I thought you worked for heartless dementors.

Kasse - Sounds like a wonderful project, I wish I had opportunities like that when I went to college (back in the days when a computer class meant punch cards).

Pince - Don't worry about the age thing (Good suck up Brandon!). We recently conducted some training here at our home offices and when talking with one of the people on a customer team that I support we discivered I'm old enough to be her father. Now I get emails that start of with Hi Dad... (all in good fun)

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Flame Alligator - Sep 15, 2004 11:01 am (#661 of 2977) Reply    

* running to Fawkes and giving her a big hug and kiss* Welcome back Fawkes........ I MISSED YOU!! I was glad to read that you got a bonus........ well-earned I might add.

Welcome back, Betty!!!

Kasse, your complex approach to your HP project is excellent. I get so sick, tired and bored of non- HP's calling the books....... "children's books".

I am still behind in my house elf chores. Plus, I still have not completely unpacked my luggage. I still have a few pieces in there. Does anyone else do this? *ironing my hands for being a negligent house elf*

I hope everyone eludes Ivan. The name reminds me of a cat of mind, who is dead now. He was gorgeous but an absolute little terror. I still have a scar from one of his "love bites".

Have a great day y'all!

Goedemiddag

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haymoni - Sep 15, 2004 11:32 am (#662 of 2977) Reply    

Flame - Unpacking is over-rated. It makes me feel like I'm still on vacation when I leave my suitcases laying around. I am NOT talking about dirty laundry, however.

megfox - I saw you post on the other threads. Where have you been?

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Marie E. - Sep 15, 2004 11:51 am (#663 of 2977) Reply    

Mike Miller, how did you know that we had chicken soup for dinner last night? Are you stalking me? Cause that would be super! (Heehee, that is actually a bumper sticker I saw and almost bought.)

My sister's sister-in-law (follow that?) is in Ft. Walton Beach, or rather was since they were evacuated. Now it looks as though they won't get it as bad. I hope all you Gulf Coast forum members stay safe and dry. Or just safe.

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megfox - Sep 15, 2004 11:59 am (#664 of 2977) Reply    

I'm here haymoni - this is actaully the second time I've tried to answer you, but my computer at school crashed (probably an overloaded server). Thanks for asking! It probably okay that you aked me on the other thread - it is, after all, the "Questions for the Hosts" thread!

With school starrting again, I went a little crazy the last four weeks or so - August is never a fun month. I'm going to try and be here more often, now that I have a lot of computer time at school, since there is no hubby here to hog it! I've also been crazy with about a hundred or so doctor's appointments, but for a good reason. In March, it appears we will be welcoming a new Harry Potter addict into the world! I was waiting to tell all of you until the scary first trimester was over, but now it's gone, so I get to share our happy news! Andy, on the other hand, has been telling everyone he knows for months - he is very proud of himself. So hopefully, not too many doctor's appointment to keep me from staying caught up!

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tracie1976 - Sep 15, 2004 12:00 pm (#665 of 2977) Reply    

Congrats Meg

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Julia. - Sep 15, 2004 12:03 pm (#666 of 2977) Reply    

YAY! Meg that's wonderful! MAZEL TOV!!!!! I really could not be happier for you Meg, that is really awesome. Have a non-alcoholic beverage of your choice on me!

On a completely different note, I just wanted to let everyone know that I'm going to be torn from my computer until Saturday night for Rosh Hashanah and then Shabbos. Shanah Tovah to everyone who celebrates, and to everyone who doesn't have a wonderful rest of the week!

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Padfoot - Sep 15, 2004 12:03 pm (#667 of 2977) Reply    

Congratulations Meg! What wonderful news.

Good to see you back Fawkes, congrats on your bonus.

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haymoni - Sep 15, 2004 12:09 pm (#668 of 2977) Reply    

Whoo Hoo! Congrats Meg! Oh - and Andy too, of course!

You are right - the first trimester is a bit scary! Hope all goes well.

Just thought of something - soon you too can join the ranks of the Slacker Moms! We're a fun bunch!

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megfox - Sep 15, 2004 12:16 pm (#669 of 2977) Reply    

Isn't the prerequisite to being a Slacker Mom that I have to be a Nervous Wreck Mom for the First Few Months first? Then I will gladly join your ranks, as I am a world class procrastinator.

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Ladybug220 - Sep 15, 2004 12:25 pm (#670 of 2977) Reply    

Congrats Meg!!!!

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haymoni - Sep 15, 2004 12:32 pm (#671 of 2977) Reply    

You will be fine. You will get more advice than you will ever need.

Just be careful. People say things to pregnant women that they would never DREAM of saying to someone who wasn't pregnant.

How much weight have you gained???

Are you having twins???

You aren't going to quit work, are you???

You're going to quit work, aren't you???

You're going to use cloth diapers, aren't you???

You're going to use disposable diapers, aren't you???

Why are you naming the baby that???

Can I rub your belly???

You're HUGE!!!

You look so cute!!!

Don't worry - you'll be fine.

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The giant squid - Sep 15, 2004 12:55 pm (#672 of 2977) Reply    

Congratulations, Meg! You're having a baby, Brandon & Sarah are wrapped up in young love, Fawkes Forever is getting a bonus, Kasse's project got approved...it's been a pretty happy couple of days here!

Well, except for Marie & her strep-throated children but she'll pull through. I have faith in her.

Speaking of whom, that bumper sticker she mentioned ("Are you stalking me? Because that'd be super") is a quote from a movie (how'd I know that? ) It's from National Lampoon's Van Wilder, a very funny movie starring Ryan Reynolds and Tara Reid. Check it out if you haven't already.

Mike Miller--I can definitely relate to the "kids at work" thing. The movie theater tends to draw in a lot of 16-18 year olds, prompting me to coin the phrase, "I'm a whole you older than you." It's sad to realize these young'uns weren't even alive when David Lee Roth was lead singer of Van Halen...

--Mike
I'm not old, I'm "classic"

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haymoni - Sep 15, 2004 1:02 pm (#673 of 2977) Reply    

Those were the days, Mike.

Back to VH1 for me.

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Leila 2X4B - Sep 15, 2004 1:13 pm (#674 of 2977) Reply    

Haymoni, I want to second that list and add:

Do you still talk to the father?

Do you know who the father is?(yes, I heard that one)

The belly will no longer belong to you. It becomes public property.

Leila

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Kasse - Sep 15, 2004 1:13 pm (#675 of 2977) Reply    

Congratulations Meg !!!!! I have a question for you, are you going to find out the sex early or will you wait and let it be a surprise?

Leila - how rude of someone to ask "do you know who that father is?" I am shocked at some people's behavior.

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DJ Evans - Sep 15, 2004 1:15 pm (#676 of 2977) Reply    

Meg -- Oh what such wonderful news!!!!! Congrats big time!! I just love it when there is a new born around -- is there anything sweeter or cuter?

Hogs Head -- So sorry I'm a bit late, but HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!

Fawkes -- Welcome back!! Don't you just hate it when your computer throw those "funny" spells?!?!?! If you are like me, you think you're the only one it ever happens to, but in talking to others you find out everybody experiences a "funny" spell every so often. And congrats on the bonus!!!!

Kasse -- How cool will this be, a school paper on HP/Lexicon Forum? Are you going to try and post it somewhere once you get it all written out? I know I would love to read it!! I think it's great that you'll be able to do your paper on one of the greatest places and the greatest people around!!! Good luck on it!!

May everyone in the path of Ivan be safe! Then I hear there is another one forming? Called Jeanne I think? My goodness where are all of these hurricanes coming from? Is Mother Nature trying to go through the alphabet in one season or something? Again, I hope everyone can get where they are safe. I know some are even coming into my state (Arkansas) to try to find somewhere to stay till this is over with.

Flame -- Don't look at it as being lazy in not having all of your luggage unpacked. Just look at it as you are prepared to go on your next adventure!!!! So I say you aren't lazy, but prepared!

Pince -- That is so cool that you might be kin to Bluebeard!! I love hearing stuff like that. My Great Aunt's husband was either 1st or 2nd cousin to Frank/Jesse James, I'll have to go look it up to be sure which. Matter of fact, Frank stayed with them one weekend. Though I can't claim being blood related to the James' boys, I still tell folks about it. I've been working on my Family Tree now for about 2 years and it's just amazing what all you discover. Hey, anybody else out there have any famous relations in your family tree?

Betty -- Hey girl!!! Long time no see!

Everybody have a great / safe / dry / fun day!!!!

Later, Deb

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haymoni - Sep 15, 2004 1:18 pm (#677 of 2977) Reply    

Meg - I don't want to scare you or make you think that people will be cruel.

Being pregnant (for most women) is a wonderful experience and that commercial is right - "A baby changes everything."

You may actually play with your baby instead of checking The Forum!

I just don't want you to think that you are alone if someone says something that is out of line - it has happened to a lot of us!

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ShelterGirl - Sep 15, 2004 1:29 pm (#678 of 2977) Reply    

Congratulations Meg and Fawkes! (for separate reasons of course...)

I'm so glad to hear of people doing well. Sometimes when I turn on the TV it makes me want to stick my head in the sand.

Yesterday I came home from a 10 hour day at work to discover that whilst I was gone New Dog Ginny broke into one of the rat tanks and totally destroyed the lid. Then, in a fit of pique because she couldn't reach the rats, she tore a newspaper to shreds. I walked in to quite a mess, and 3 very scared rats.

They let me come home early today to rearrange my apartment so that I could move the rats into a closed room. Now I have a whole new living room, the rats are safe, and all paper is put up out of Ginny's reach. It's never boring...

Special Notice to Denise- I sent Furillo the Guinea Pig home with a wonderful family today! I'm so excited.

To PhoenixSong and everyone in Ivan's path- Good luck. I'm thinking about you.

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Catherine - Sep 15, 2004 1:31 pm (#679 of 2977) Reply    

Meg, congrats to you and to "Mr. Meg!" (I know his name, but I love doing that!)

Thanks for sharing your new with us. How exciting for the two of you to become parents! **hopes Meg can sleep now because....oh, nevermind **

Just so that I don't reveal "too much info" on the Forum, you should check out that book The Girlfriend's Guide to Pregnancy. It is hilarious, and tells you things that only a girlfriend would tell you about pregnancy and birth

I will offer advice to "Mr. Meg," though, about "Pregnancy Don'ts." Don't, for instance, ever use the word "fat," for any reason. Erase this word from you vocabulary. Don't touch the thermostat for any reason, even if you think your dwelling feels like Antarctica on a hot day. Lastly, even if you are kidding, do not tell your wife that she reminds you of the Pillsbury Dough Boy! **Mr. Catherine had to learn these the hard way, so I'm saving Mr. Meg some pain and scars!**

Again, congratulations to you both! Wonderful news like this makes my day.

Julia, see you after your week of rest.

See you all around. Hope our Gulf Staters are still ok.

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Elanor - Sep 15, 2004 1:31 pm (#680 of 2977) Reply    

Hi everyone! I'm happy to hear such good news! So congratulations everyone and belated HAPPY BIRTHDAY Hogs Head!

I will think to the people on Ivan's path! BTW, I've checked my dictionary and found Ivan the Terrible of course, but also Ivan the Mild and Ivan the Great. I hope this Ivan will be great enough to be milder than feared! *keeping my finger crossed* Bon courage!

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timrew - Sep 15, 2004 2:12 pm (#681 of 2977) Reply    

Congratulations Meg! Like Mike Miller said, along with Brandon and Sarah, Fawkes bonus, Hogshead's birthday et al, it's been 'Good News Week' on the Forum!

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Padfoot - Sep 15, 2004 2:16 pm (#682 of 2977) Reply    

See, it isn't always depressing around here!

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Denise P. - Sep 15, 2004 2:51 pm (#683 of 2977) Reply    

Congrats Meg! Sure, you can be Nervous Wreck Mom, we were all there at one point. With baby #1, no salt, sugar or anything unhealthy passed his pristine little lips for years. Kierynn is baby #8, if she wants to add sugar to her Froot Loops and a sprinkling of salt for good measure, go for it girlie! (Not really but you do relax with time) Slacker-ness is not just a title, it is a state of being.

Another no - no: Don't point out the pregnant woman is being irrational, if you want to survive to see the birth. You be beaten from the inside, feel like Moby Dick, have total strangers want to touch your belly and then offer all kinds of labor/delivery horror stories and then tell me I am irrational. But remember, I love you.

Rude question #57: Was this planned?

Woo hoo Furillo! Way to find a home!

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Viola Intonada - Sep 15, 2004 2:55 pm (#684 of 2977) Reply    

Welcome back Betty!

Congrats Sara and Brandon! I'm happy to see romance blooming in the Forum.

Congrats Meg!

Marie, I hope you stay healthy. Our pediatrician always used to tell me Mom's don't get sick.

Both of my children attended school today. Yeah! Hubby actually asked the one who had been sick the past two days if she was feeling okay. I responded, "Yes, she feels fine. She is going to school!" She was running all over the neighborhood last night. She feels fine.

Ah, I'm looking forward to Pirate Day! Last year's was so much fun.

Best wishes to those in the path of Ivan.

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Sep 15, 2004 2:57 pm (#685 of 2977) Reply    

Congratulations Meg and Mr. Meg (likes Catherine's form of address).

Rude question #63: Should you be eating/drinking that?

Rude question #64: Shouldn't you be eating/drinking this?

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Leila 2X4B - Sep 15, 2004 3:03 pm (#686 of 2977) Reply    

And once the baby is born . . . . .

Is he/she adopted?

She doesn't look like your husband

Did you use fertility treatments? (for the mom's of more than one)

Do you breastfeed?

Do you breastfeed in public?

Breast is best

Why don't you use a bottle in public?

Is he/she a little big/small for her age?

Leila

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Ozymandias - Sep 15, 2004 3:30 pm (#687 of 2977) Reply    

Wow, I pop off for a while and come back to such wonderful news!

Congratulations to Meg & Mr. Meg!

Also congratulations to Sarah & Brandon! (Come say hi next time you are in San Francisco, ok?)

Happy birthday Hog's Head! (Sorry I'm late with that.)

Good luck on your paper, Kasse!

And my own good news, which now seems minor, but oh well. I finally figured out how the story I'm writing will end! This is a big deal for me. I always come up with a great concept and then lose steam halfway through. So I'm off to write!

See you all around, and happy Wednesday!

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Chemyst - Sep 15, 2004 3:32 pm (#688 of 2977) Reply    

My Ivan preparations are as done as they're going to get. Fortunately we are far enough inland I'm not concerned about the winds, but there is still a ton of rain in the forecast. Debris in the drainage trench down in the woods where the stream often floods has been cleared. The lawn got an application of fertilizer so it will be well-watered in. The oil lamp is full.

Congratulations Meg. Unfortunately Haymoni et al. are right about obnoxious questions. And just as bad are the proclamations that start with "Oh, You are going to...." Don't let them sell you a mind of fear or dump their horror story on you. Think Happy!

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Denise P. - Sep 15, 2004 3:34 pm (#689 of 2977) Reply    

You forgot the ever popular:

Are you still nursing?
You are still nursing, right?
You should not co-sleep.
Co-sleeping is the best.
You aren't going to vaccinate, are you?


and when the baby is about 3 days old....So...when are you having another?

Heh, I say all of those with the greatest of affection but it truly is amazing how having a baby seems to give people the impression they can offer all kinds of advice to you.

And on a totally unrelated note, I am all caught up with Alias!! I got seasons 1 and 2 from Netflix but then didn't want to wait for Season 3 from Netflix. I went out, bought the set, watched it and have already sold them to someone on half.com LOL Now I am ready for January to roll around. And under the category of you have watched too much Alias, I had a Rambaldi dream...bwahahahahaha

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timrew - Sep 15, 2004 4:06 pm (#690 of 2977) Reply    

Ozymandias: I finally figured out how the story I'm writing will end!

Congratulations, Ozy! This has always been my bugbear, too. Good luck!

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haymoni - Sep 15, 2004 4:10 pm (#691 of 2977) Reply    

Every once in a while though, you do get a piece of GOOD advice. Some busybody told me to raise the head-end of the mattress (slightly, very slightly!) when the baby is teething or has an ear infection. That really did help our children sleep.

What concerns me most about the rude questions is that they seem to come from women - women who should know better and be more understanding. Men just want to tell you how brave they were in the delivery room. Although one guy told me, "Don't you be brave. Take the drugs!"

That of course is another intrusive question - "You're going natural, aren't you???"

I am with Denise, though - Ungrateful Son had a very different upbringing from Daughter, who arrived 7 years later.

Forgot to tell everyone that Bravo has been showing "The Princess Bride" quite often lately. I know we have more than a few fans here on the Forum.

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boop - Sep 15, 2004 4:54 pm (#692 of 2977) Reply    

Everyone in the path of Ivan, stay safe. I will be praying for you.

Kasse, Way to go getting to do a paper on HP/Lexicon. Please do make it available for us to read, when you have it completed

Meg and Andy Enjoy this time, when the baby starts to move it feel so neat.

Fawkes, Welcome back!!!! They finally realized what a valuable employee you are? What took them so long?!!!!

Julia, I will miss you. Sorry I missed your phone call. Big hugs and remember how much I love you!!!!

Marie, I hope your family is recovering, and will soon be all healthy again.

Thank you everyone for the welcome back. I am so glad to be back on line with my forum family. Everyone here, this is from the heart. If it was not for my family here and home I probably wouldn't have made it through and still be around. This is to let you all know how very important this Forum is to me. If I have shared more about my personal life then, I am sorry if I have offended someone. You see I think of everyone here as part of my support system, which is very important for me. Again thanks and lots of hugs to everyone.

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Eponine - Sep 15, 2004 5:09 pm (#693 of 2977) Reply    

Congratulations to everyone who needs to be congratulated! It's great to hear such good news from the forum.

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Padfoot - Sep 15, 2004 5:24 pm (#694 of 2977) Reply    

So in your dream Denise, did you figure out what Rambaldi was up to?

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SarcasticGinny - Sep 15, 2004 6:42 pm (#695 of 2977) Reply    

Kasse- what an awesome project! Do let us know what you find out if you come across anything new and exciting regarding HP's ties to other literary/scholarly phenomena.

Congrats Meg and welcome back Betty!

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mike miller - Sep 15, 2004 6:47 pm (#696 of 2977) Reply    

Marie - Sometimes the old wives tale type remedies really work. People would have given up years ago if they didn't. Funny bumper sticker by the way.

Meg - Congratulations!!! That's wonderful news. Children are the reason we're here. My only advice is to get yourself one of those "full body pillows". My wife swears it was the only way to get a good nights sleep in the last month or so.

Mike (Squid) - I like the "classic" idea, kinda like the old Bob Seger song "Old time Rock 'n Roll". By the way, I was already out of high school when the first Van Halen "record" was released (tipping their hats to Roy Orbison - Pretty Woman).

Leila - I LOVE the new avatar!!! It's that a Norweigan Blue? To this day, every time I see John Cleese I flash back to the Ministry of Silly Walks (Love that Python).

Betty - Any time you need "propping up", the support system is ready and willing!

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Catherine - Sep 15, 2004 7:06 pm (#697 of 2977) Reply    

Mike, I just love Barmy Old Codgers. You can sing ala Roy (Pretty Woman) Orbison anytime you like. **was raised with oldie songs, alas earwax**

I might be a teensy bit pathetic just now. My best friend here in Greenville moves tomorrow as of 8 a.m. Our children (her oldest, my youngest) are like brother and sister, which gives us a laugh when we need one. I once saw her very (normally) passive son try to beat up a kid twice his size and age at the park because he thought that the kid had been rude to my daughter. I've also seen my daughter stand stock still on the playground and scream her head off because she thought that her little boy friend was in trouble because a "big kid" said "mean words" to her friend. Hopefully, the across town distance won't change our friendship. **knows it will, but knows you can't swim against the tide.**

I mention this because we've had college students mention homesickness, and new arrangements, and I just want to let you know that things always are changing, even if you are old and decrepit like Madame Pince and me.

Hang tight in the Gulf states, and see you around later.

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Denise P. - Sep 15, 2004 7:19 pm (#698 of 2977) Reply    

Padfoot, no , darn it! I woke up just as the person was about to tell me all about Milo Rambaldi LOL

Personally, I think he was a flake. An interesting one but come on...get a life, Uncle Arvin.

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I Am Used Vlad - Sep 15, 2004 7:45 pm (#699 of 2977) Reply    

Congratulations, Meg.

I was with two of my nephews today, and one of them was talking about seeing an anaconda at a zoo. I asked how he was protected from the snake, and he said it was behind glass. His brother then blurted out that it was a good thing that Harry Potter wasn't there. I was amused, since I asked the question in hopes of making a HP reference myself. My snake-seeing nephew refuses to read the books, and I try to insert Harry into every conversation we have. Eventually, I will get him to read them.

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Fawkes Forever - Sep 16, 2004 1:09 am (#700 of 2977) Reply    

Flame... missed you girl...

Betty, anytime... you know where we are... in fact, even if you wanted to, you probably couldn't get rid of us ..

Meg congratulations... another forum baby... good luck!

Thanks for all the congrats guys.

Happy Rosh Hashanah to all those who celebrate.

Those in the path of Ivan, my thoughts are prayers are with you guys.

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VeronikaG - Sep 16, 2004 3:50 am (#701 of 2977) Reply    

Hello all people.

Meg, you're going to be a mommy! How wonderful! Soon we'll see your little baby in your avatar.

Fawkes, way to go girl. You showed the dementors. Congratulations on your forum birthday!

Should I know what a Norwegian Blue is, Mike?

Kasse, good luck on the project.

Fingers and toes crossed for all Floridans today.

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Catherine - Sep 16, 2004 4:20 am (#702 of 2977) Reply    

Happy Thursday!

I thought I would pop in and say hello. Today should be a busy "moving" day for my best friend. I saw a moving van pull up in front of her house at 7:00 a.m. **thinks this is insanely early to have one's possessions moved**

So I am supposed to go over soon and pick up her little shih-tzu Lily (yes, named after HP) and I will enjoy having three cute pups at my house while the movers are working. My daughter has been watching the movie van from our living room window; she looks sad.

Hope everyone is well and safe. **waves to the Forum**

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megfox - Sep 16, 2004 4:32 am (#703 of 2977) Reply    

Thanks for all of the well-wishes, guys. The funniest part so far has been all of my students at school being so excited with me. Well, that, and hearing the baby's heart. I have been asked about a million questions, but they aren't quite getting old yet (I still have six months to go, so I'm sure it'll catch up soon!) It's nice to be prepared, though! I think Noah asks the best questions - he keeps asking me when the baby is going to "crack through my belly", like I'm birthing an alien or something. But at least he'll be big enough to help with his new sister/brother when s/he is born. I don't think he'll like having to share his room though, he's kind of used to being an only child. He doesn't even like the puppy to go into his room.

I am also so glad that there are so many other people who have good news this week. And I am glad to see everyone again!

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SarcasticGinny - Sep 16, 2004 5:44 am (#704 of 2977) Reply    

Happy Rosh Hashana!

It certainly is a happy one for me, as our district doesn't make us go to school...my mom and sister teach too and both of them had to go, yet here I am sitting around and reading about HP...at a time I'd normally be getting ready to go to a department meeting. This is the life!

I'm sorry about your friend's move Catherine. How far away of a drive will they be living?

Meg- that is too adorably funny about your son's question. Perhaps he's thinking of eggs?

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haymoni - Sep 16, 2004 6:15 am (#705 of 2977) Reply    

My son asked when the baby was going to come out of my mouth.

It is wild how a child's mind works.

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Sherbie Lemon - Sep 16, 2004 6:51 am (#706 of 2977) Reply    

Congrats, Meg! Pregnant Smiley

Haymoni, LOL! What an interesting visual image I now have.

For all those in the path of Ivan the Terrible, stay safe!

JKR has updated her site with a new Rubbish Bin section as well as another sleuth award to be won by clicking on certain items.

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mike miller - Sep 16, 2004 9:55 am (#707 of 2977) Reply    

VeronikaG - The Norwegian Blue is in reference to Leila's (Sleeping Beauty's) new avatar. It shows actor John Cleese from an old Monty Python's Flying Circus (BBC comedy show from some years back) sketch where a dishonest pet shop owner sold a dead parrot (the Norwegian Blue). It is one of their absolute best comedy bits.

Thanks for the update Sherbie! Off to check out JKR's site.

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Leila 2X4B - Sep 16, 2004 9:59 am (#708 of 2977) Reply    

Mike, Beautiful Plummage!!!!

Leila

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Flame Alligator - Sep 16, 2004 10:32 am (#709 of 2977) Reply    

haymoni, DJEvans, I did unpack the dirty clothes right away. I have been "unpacking" the clean things as I need them. hee hee Prepared...... eh? Yes, I am preparing for my next adventure which is not too far in the future. I have also been a bad house elf since I have been back. *going to iron my hands and smack myself in the head with a lamp*

Giant Squid, Thanks for I'm not old, I'm "classic".. I also like the words....... ageless and timeless. I very seldom use my age to pull rank but every now and then I say something like, "You say that now, wait till you're older." *cringe*

Congrats MegFox!!!!

*big smile and waving at Fawkes*

I am off to lurk at my favorite threads.

Have a great day everybody!

Goedemiddag

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Denise P. - Sep 16, 2004 10:35 am (#710 of 2977) Reply    

The fun and excitement in my house just never ends. During the weekly weight check and general look over that I give my guinea pigs, I made a horrified discovery. Lily, who we confirmed was a girl before ever putting her in with other girls, grew boy bits! Yikes! He is now in his own cage, away from the girls and has been renamed Sirius. Apparently, in talking to several guinea pig breeders, it does happen...that sows morph into boars when they are young. He was 3 weeks old when we got him, he is now 6 weeks old. Sometime between week 5 and 6, he became male. Now, I have a two-month wait to see if he managed to get any of the girls in a family way.

We are getting drenched today, supposed to keep up all weekend, thanks to Ivan. I hope everyone down in the Gulf Coast is doing well and has made it through with little problems.

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Catherine - Sep 16, 2004 10:42 am (#711 of 2977) Reply    

Flame, I'm glad not to be the only person who doesn't unpack right away. Sometimes if I am going on a trip again right away, I just leave some things in the suitcase. I'm not lazy; I'm just efficient

The moving van has come and gone. Her house is just a shell. I don't think I will go back over there again. My friend and I will only be 10 minutes apart, but it's been so nice to live across the street from her these 3 years. I was so depressed this morning after carpool that I thought that my friend and I and her movers deserved doughnuts. So I brought Krispy Kreme doughnuts to her house and we had a little feast. Krispy Kreme doughnuts can definitely chase away the blahs!

It's been exciting to see that JKR updated her site, but I have to admit that I was really hoping she'd announce when HBP would be released. Barring that, I was hoping for some answers to the questions. But I'm happy for the new treats she did give us. **begs JKR to please finish HBP speedy quick!**

Wishing our Gulf forumers well!

EDIT: Yikes, Denise! I'm happy to see that Snuffles still lives on, but that was a bit of a surprise! Perhaps Sirius was too immature to cause a *cough* problem with the ladies. I hope so.

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mike miller - Sep 16, 2004 11:01 am (#712 of 2977) Reply    

Leila - He's not dead! He's pining for the fjords! Back in college, I roomed with a couple of guys who played in a Southern Rock band (Allman Brothers, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Marshall Tucker, etc.) called Spiny Norman (Dinsdale!). I love Python! Do you have a penguin on your tele?

Denise - I'm not sure about when guinea pigs reach sexual maturity, but the way your house seems to generate offspring, I would not hold my breath.

Catherine - Krispy Kremes are a joy! I'm partial to their little glazed cinnamon rolls. Around my office, if you want people to show up on time for an early morning meeting, bring Krispy Kremes.

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Madam Pince - Sep 16, 2004 12:41 pm (#713 of 2977) Reply    

Fawkes, welcome back and congratulations on your bonus! Way to go!

Brandon, I was just being silly. I am quite honored that you'd rank Mr. Pince and I in your mom & dad's category! We really enjoyed the too-brief amount of time we had to share with you guys!

Meg, congratulations on your expectations! What wonderful news! Here's hoping for smooth sailing for the next seven months, and beyond, too! Baby Pince was born in March also. I wish I could share some maternity clothes with you, they'd be right in season at the right times.

Haymoni, I was going to mention those two ever-popular questions:

You're going to have a epidural, aren't you? and "You're not going to have an epidural, are you?"

And it doesn't stop even when they're toddlers. Baby Pince tends to get red in the face when it's even slightly warm in the room and/or when he's been running around (which at age 2, is pretty much most of the time.) I had a complete stranger actually shake her finger in my face a couple weeks ago when we were walking to our car from the county fair (after having spent the entire time at the indoor exhibits and dog show, etc.) and say "Does that child have sunscreen on him? Because he's going to be burnt to a crisp if he doesn't!" I just kept my teeth closed and smiled and said I thought we'd be fine, thanks. (I might be a bit of a Slacker Mom, but I'm not that bad!)

Catherine, I know what you mean about your friend moving. My friend from across the street moved this spring -- only a street away for a couple months while their new house was being built, but soon they'll be about 30 miles away. It's a bummer. And the lady who moved into their old house is, ah, well, ummm. Yes. Mom said if you can't say anything nice, then don't say anything at all.

***crickets chirping***

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Acceber - Sep 16, 2004 1:07 pm (#714 of 2977) Reply    

Congrats Meg! I hope your new baby grows to be a HP and Red Sox fan, just like his/her mom.

What a cool project, Kasse. If you do post it on the Forum (and please, please do) I will get my parents to read it so they can understand my obsession.

Happy Belated Birthday Hogs Head!

Welcome back Fawkes!

L'Shanah Tovah to anyone who applies. I'm on the Forum on Rosh Hashanah, aren't I bad? But yes, I did go to services, so you can't sue me.

Congrats to Brandon and Sarah, if I haven't done that already.

Crossing fingers that Ivan doesn't do any Forumers damage.

Happy Thursday!

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septentrion - Sep 16, 2004 1:23 pm (#715 of 2977) Reply    

Congrats Meg for your good news.

Fawkes, congrats for you too (for your bonus of course )

Flame, please don't iron your hands ! Iron clothes instead !

Happy Rosh Hashanah for those who are concerned !

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TwinklingBlueEyes - Sep 16, 2004 2:24 pm (#716 of 2977) Reply    

Hey all, I am still at daughters house, planning on going home tomorrow night after the traffic dies down some. According to reports from friends this morning, my house made it through the storm fine. All the critters but 2 ferrets made the trip fine. Those two over heated, but 15 minutes of bathing lowered their temps and they are fine now. My poor horse spent 16 hours in the trailer, boy was he a happy camper when I was finally able to turn him out on 3 acres and he could stretch his legs!

Hope everyone else made it through Ivan as well as we did.

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Padfoot - Sep 16, 2004 2:42 pm (#717 of 2977) Reply    

That is good news Twinkling. So many hurricanes lately down there.

I have never had over-heated ferrets before, but I will remember what to do just in case that happens. I'm sure I would have freaked out in your situation but it sounds like you kept a cool head.

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TwinklingBlueEyes - Sep 16, 2004 3:18 pm (#718 of 2977) Reply    

I hope the need never arises Padfoot, but as ferrets over heat easily, is a good thing to know if you can react in time. Be sure to use lukewarm water, NOT COLD! Cold water will throw them into shock!

As they were in their cages in the back of the truck, in camper shell, I was lucky to find them in time. It is hard to drive and watch them at same time.

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Catherine - Sep 16, 2004 3:44 pm (#719 of 2977) Reply    

Twinkling,

Good to see you online and well. Sounds like you did some excellent ferret first-aid.

Wishing everyone who celebrates a good Rosh Hoshanah.

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Loopy Lupin - Sep 16, 2004 4:52 pm (#720 of 2977) Reply    

Hello everyone. Well, I just wanted to pass on my good wishes to everyone's good news. I must add the "yet" questions to the baby lists. As in, "Isn't he walking yet?" or "Shouldn't he be crawling by now?" Tsk. Tsk. I doubt Miss Manners would approve, but I think you would have sanction to respond to such questions, every now and then, as your level of frustration dictates. For example, "Why haven't you lost more weight yet? You've been on Adkins forever." Or "Should someone your age have lost that much hair?" These are only suggestions and you can feel free to tailor responses as you see fit. Smile

Sadly, I must also throw in that, once again, someone has jinxed me. A family matter has come up and I won't be at the Renaissance Festival on the 18th for those who are going. Its nothing serious, just bad timing. I'll just leave it at that, and say everyone else's great news has worked a nice "cheering charm." **pouts**

I hope everyone has a nice Rosh Hashannah. And everyone affected by Ivan, I hope you stay safe and dry. Smile

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Catherine - Sep 16, 2004 5:29 pm (#721 of 2977) Reply    

Hiya, Loopy!

Nice to see you around. It's also nice to see Miss Manners "weighing in" on what is good and proper. Give ol' Judith a hug from me .

I'm sorry to see that you have a bad-timing family issue. Your take on the Ren-fest was something not to be missed! More seriously, though, I hope all works out well. **sends wish-wish-wish luck Loopy Lupin's way**

Take care, Loopy and all. I'm trying to drown my sorrows of my friend's move by watching people be rained on in the new Survivor. **hates getting sucked into reality TV, but I'm a little depressed today**

Hope that our rainy storm friends get power and back to us soon.

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Loopy Lupin - Sep 16, 2004 5:54 pm (#722 of 2977) Reply    

Thanks Catherine. I forgot about the new Survivor. (Is that possible? he asked in a tone that needs no adverb.) Will there be a time when "fiction" is ever back in vogue on tv?

And I'm sorry about your friend. Sad Its kind of a veg by the tv on a soon-to-be rainy night here too. My parents live in Virginia too, but farther south. Anyway, they've closed school here for tomorrow in the anticipation of flooding and things. Sheesh.

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boop - Sep 16, 2004 6:01 pm (#723 of 2977) Reply    

Sorry to hear you won't be going to meet at the Renaissance Festival. I hope when we hold the next gathering next summer you will book it on your calendar and keep it open. I know I sure want to meet you and I am sure there are lot of other who feel the same way. I hope everything works out for you with your family. Take care Loopy. Big hugs

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Brandon Christopher - Sep 16, 2004 6:03 pm (#724 of 2977) Reply    

I just wanted to inform everyone that I'm not going to be online for awhile, so no forum for me. My laptop died last night, it won't boot up at all so I'm forced to use my much hated desktop comp. And seeing as how school starts next week, Sarah comes in tomorrow, and I have my new job, I don't think I'll be able to get on much.

I hope everyone in Ivan's path and whatever that next one is are going to be ok - good luck to all of you.

And last but certainly not least, congratulations Meg on the baby.

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Loopy Lupin - Sep 16, 2004 7:54 pm (#725 of 2977) Reply    

Aww. Thanks Betty. Yes. This has become pretty frustrating, especially the Ren-Fen as it would have only been a hop-skip-and jump away from where I live. Alas, earwax.

Shoot Brandon! No sooner than we all had been asking "Where the heck is Brandon?" You come back and are now going again. Good Luck with everything.

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scully jones - Sep 16, 2004 8:20 pm (#726 of 2977) Reply    

I'm leaving in about six hours! Wow, I actually have butterflies in my tummy!

I found out something very interesting. A game I have been anticipating for MONTHS, the Sims2, has finally come out. And guess what? They added their own little tribute to our very own beloved Potter series. They have a lighting fixture available, it's a bare bulb surrounded by metal mesh called "prisoner of azkalamp".

Anyway, I've been having fun with my Sarah Sim and Brandon Sim, they seem a bit shy. Still in the flirting stages though.

I'm off to make some Potter Sims, and package them up for the move as well!

Talk to you all soon! Sarah

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The giant squid - Sep 16, 2004 8:52 pm (#727 of 2977) Reply    

Ozy, let me echo Tim & congratulate you on finding the finish to your story! I'm kinda the opposite when I write--I always have a beginning and an ending, it's the middlings that give me fits.

Mike Miller--you've got a few years on me, I'm afraid (I was in 4th grade when Diver Down came out), but I still say that kids these days are nothing like I was at that age! :insert grumpy old man emoticon here: Why, when I was in high school, we didn't wear our pants down around our hips...we just had hundreds of strategically-placed rips and tears amid the acid splotches. But I digress...

Loopy, that is a bummer about missing the Ren fair. We're having one here in Vegas the first weekend of October, if you're interested...
I also have to say I like your plan on how to deal with rude questions. Just give as good as you get. I guess I just get a perverse pleasure out of offending someone back.

Prisoner of Azkalamp!

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Mrs. Sirius - Sep 16, 2004 9:09 pm (#728 of 2977) Reply    

Oh that is so wonderful! Congratulations Brandon and Sarah!!(:-))I've lost all my smiles). It took me a while to see what all the congratulations were all about since I have been skimming lately. See what wonderful things you have helped bring about Betty? Congratulations to you all.

Edit: Oh Denise that is funny. It happened to my neighbor last year. They bought two brother guinea pigs named them Fred and George. I few weeks later they discovered the George ne Georgia was in a family was. She said that with 4 kids, 2 of whom were twins, and a dog she didn't need any more charges so she took everything, cage, food, Fred, Georgia right back to the pet shop and didn't even ask for a refund. Just keep!

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Marie E. - Sep 16, 2004 9:59 pm (#729 of 2977) Reply    

Congratulations, Meg!! The oddest question I ever got was "Was she a Cesearan birth?" Apparently Lexie had a very nice round head and the person in question couldn't believe she'd been a natural birth. Lexie was only three days old at the time, btw.

My girls are fine and dandy. They went back to school on Wednesday. I think that the stomach troubles they had allowed us to catch the strep before it got really bad. Neither one of them ran a fever or anything.

Whenever my brother talks about Van Halen, I can't help but picture him at age 12 playing air guitar in our living room. Sorry, Squid Mike, but I do.

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VeronikaG - Sep 17, 2004 12:13 am (#730 of 2977) Reply    

I have been in depression for the last days, after I found out my computer is not strong enough to play Sims 2! I can easily fix the RAM problem, but the real issue is the processor. But I can only blame myself, I knew when I bought the computer it didn't have a very good processor (Celeron, if you need to know) but I never in my life expected to be wanting a computer game that much. This is actually the only game I have ever wanted. Creating characters and building environments around them is just my cup of tea. It's almost like writing a story and see it play in front of your eyes. But I guess in the long run it doesn't matter. I'd love to build a dreary Sim house with lots of Azkalamps though.

Good to hear your whole family made it through the escape, TBE! I got all stressed out just imagining what it would be like for you to migrate with that bunch.

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The giant squid - Sep 17, 2004 3:37 am (#731 of 2977) Reply    

about Van Halen, I can't help but picture him at age 12 playing air guitar in our living room. Sorry, Squid Mike, but I do.

That's okay, I still remember your shrine to Duran Duran. Of course, your Wall O' Taylors has gone away and I can still be found air-guitaring in the hall, but that's beside the point...

--Mike

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boop - Sep 17, 2004 4:06 am (#732 of 2977) Reply    

Morning Everyone have a great weekend its Friday!!!! We are getting lots of rain this weekend. So anyone else in the path of Ivan try and stay dry as well. Big Hugs to everyone!!!! Betty

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Catherine - Sep 17, 2004 4:24 am (#733 of 2977) Reply    

Happy Friday! Yay!

Squid Mike to sister Marie: That's okay, I still remember your shrine to Duran Duran.

Hey! Not that there was anything wrong with that! **admits to having a wall of John Taylors too**

Thanks, Mike, for reminding me of the acid-splotched jeans. I'm trying to eat some breakfast here!

Brandon and Sarah, best luck to you, and we'll try not to post too much while you're gone. Oh, who are we kidding? Make sure you use your "obliviate" button when you get back...

***waves to all the rain-drenched Forumers***

So let me say that I want DETAILS of the Ren-Fest gathering, people. Everyone who attends remember poor me who didn't get to go!

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Sep 17, 2004 5:37 am (#734 of 2977) Reply    

At the risk of inviting well-meaning men to make poorly worded comments , I'm getting my hair cut today. He's a new hairstylist who's supposedly good with curly hair. :::crosses fingers and sends a little prayer to the salon gods::: It's taken about 8 months to grow out the last, bad haircut and I'm hoping for the best although I'm pretty sure I'll be disappointed since curly hair seems to be a mystery to hairstylists everywhere. :::sigh:::

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Catherine - Sep 17, 2004 5:44 am (#735 of 2977) Reply    

Kim,

Daisy and I are hoping that the salon gods don't have a sense of humor today.

**makes offering to the salon gods in hopes that Kim will get the haircut of her dreams**

Hopefully, that should help.

**sends a wit-sharpening potion to Kim's stylist**

Let us know how the curls fall, Kim!

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ShelterGirl - Sep 17, 2004 5:56 am (#736 of 2977) Reply    

I had a Wall of Simons.

Ok, maybe it was more than one wall. Maybe it also covered the ceiling. And maybe at one point I counted 380 random D2 photos in the room. But hey, I grew out of it...

As far as rude questions go, my whole life I have been pestered by people with, "Oh my gosh! You're so skinny! Do you eat? Are you anorexic?" I finally cracked one day and to my own dismay the exchange went like this:

Other:  Do you eat?? How do you stay so thin?

Me:  Cancer.

The unwitting person ran off. I felt good about it for 2 seconds, and then felt horrible. But the thing is, I have NEVER heard anyone go up to someone and say, "You're so fat! Oh my gosh, how much do you eat? etc..."

Ok. I'm done ranting.

Denise, I had that type of thing happen with a rat once. Luckily "they" drop before maturity hits, and no one got compromised. I am not certain about guinea pigs, but I'll look it up in my Biology and Medicine of Rabbits and Rodents.

It includes guinea pigs.

Julie

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Sep 17, 2004 6:04 am (#737 of 2977) Reply    

but I'll look it up in my Biology and Medicine of Rabbits and Rodents.

It includes guinea pigs.---ShelterGirl


Of course it includes guinea pigs. As I've mentioned to Denise thousands of times, they're rodents.

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Denise P. - Sep 17, 2004 6:15 am (#738 of 2977) Reply    

:::::not gonna get into the rodent debate with Kim:::::

Guinea pigs are capable of siring a litter as early as 3 weeks, it is not common but it can happen. Sirius was with all of the girls for approximately 2 weeks. I am looking at a window from November 1 to November 25 where if any of them are expecting, they will deliver. If any have babies, one boy would be kept to keep Daddy Sirius company. If no babies (pleasepleaseplease), then Sirius will be making a trip to a vet come January for a bit of a snip.

Kim, let me know how your haircut works out. I have been debating cutting mine but I have enough curl and body in it, I have a hard time finding a decent, easy, wash and wear style.

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Catherine - Sep 17, 2004 6:43 am (#739 of 2977) Reply    

I am not certain about guinea pigs, but I'll look it up in my Biology and Medicine of Rabbits and Rodents. --Shelter Girl

Seems like Shelter Girl can join Kim in the brilliant-but-scary reference department.

Let my add my own "rude questions and comments."

Why don't you spank her when she does that? "You don't spank her do you?" "Time-outs don't work." "Time-outs are the only way to go." "Can you tell me what diet you have her on to keep her so thin?" "Are you starving that child?" Grrrr.

I also dislike it when people who don't know anything about me ask, "So why don't you work?" Or, "When are you going back to work?" My mother would kill me if I dropped my manners to respond, "When are you going to grow a brain?" The manners thingy was drilled into me along with the automatic "Yes, ma'am" and "No, sir."

Have a nice Friday.

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Loopy Lupin - Sep 17, 2004 7:16 am (#740 of 2977) Reply    

I am thoroughly convinced that the main reason Miss Manners has stayed with us so long is that she knows the afterlife for her will be an eternity of spinning in her grave.

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haymoni - Sep 17, 2004 7:22 am (#741 of 2977) Reply    

It truly is amazing the breadth and width of rudeness that exists.

Shelter Girl - good for you! I know it was a bit extreme - the Cancer Answer - but sometimes you just have to do it.

It's raining, it's pouring...I actually need it to rain tomorrow. Ungrateful Son has a double-header.

Have a good Friday!

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megfox - Sep 17, 2004 7:46 am (#742 of 2977) Reply    

I hope that everyone in the path of Ivan really likes rain. And that you all stay safe and as dry as possible. I almost feel bad that I am complaining about how warm my classroom is today - it was supposed to be mostly cloudy and low 70's today, and its actually mostly sunny and about 80 and very humid. Too bad I dressed for the forecast *pant, pant*.

Marie, I'm glad your girls are better! We are supposed to have Noah this weekend, but he had the stomach flu earlier this week, and I'm a little wary of having a puking child in the house with me. I have a hard enough time keeping my breakfast as it is (sorry for grossing you out!)

I am taking all of your question "heads-ups" and trying to come up with good retorts for them. My favorite so far is whether we'll find out if we are having a boy or a girl, and we don't want to know. So people keep asking me how will I know what colors to buy. I HATE (most) pink, and even if I had a girl, there's no way I'd dress her in pink. Too reminiscent of "Steel Magnoilas" - "The altar looks like it's been sprayed down in Pepto-Bismal." I am used to some rude questions, because I, like Kim (I think it was Kim), was very, very skinny, for a very long time. Some it was due to sickness, but even when I was healthy, people would ask me insane questions. I was actually asked if I'd even been checked for a tapeworm -EWWW! Amazing how some people, who would be mortified to ask a overweight person very personal questions, think that very skinny people are fair game.

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ShelterGirl - Sep 17, 2004 7:50 am (#743 of 2977) Reply    

--*waves at Meg*

I'm the skinny one. Whatever. My best friend once clocked my consumption of a bacon cheeseburger at 3 minutes.

And I've been asked the tapeworm question too.

I named mine Harvey... ;-)

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Catherine - Sep 17, 2004 8:14 am (#744 of 2977) Reply    

And I've been asked the tapeworm question too. --Shelter Girl

OK. I think Miss Manners has begun to spin pre-grave on that one. My eyes bugged out of my head with that question.

I guess you could just sweetly say to the person who asks such a question, "Why, I've got this here tapeworm just about the time you got your lobotomy. Thanks so much for asking, dear."

I'm off to the store. They are now predicting flooding tomorrow in areas of our county, so I have to start my stress cycle by stocking up on groceries.

**still shaking head over the tapeworm question**

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Padfoot - Sep 17, 2004 8:25 am (#745 of 2977) Reply    

Happy Friday everyone! Sorry to hear about all that rain many of you are experiencing. I will try and send some sun shine your way, we have plenty here to go around.

As far as rude questions go, my whole life I have been pestered by people with, "Oh my gosh! You're so skinny! Do you eat? Are you anorexic?" Julie, I am glad I am not the only one who has been asked that. Don't people know how incredibly rude it is to ask if you are anorexic? I have been blessed with good genetics, but my love for chocolate will always keep me from being too skinny.

I was actually asked if I'd even been checked for a tapeworm -EWWW!  LOL I have never been asked THAT! Someone has a few screws loose to ask that kind of question.

Meg, when I was in 5th grade I looked in my closet one day and saw practically everything I owned pink. It was then I realized I hated pink. That is a good sound decision to keep your child from looking like bubble gum/Pepto Bismol/Barbie doll look.

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ShelterGirl - Sep 17, 2004 8:28 am (#746 of 2977) Reply    

On my way to Petsmart right now with that very thought in mind, Catherine.

Tornado watch until 5pm by the way...

Everyone, stay safe, stay dry, and remember just in case: Bread and Milk? Who determined those were the necessities? Cheetos and beer my friends...

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Eponine - Sep 17, 2004 8:38 am (#747 of 2977) Reply    

Shelter, my husband would agree about the beer part. We're getting a lot of wind right now, but nothing too bad yet. All my potted flowers out front fell over. I started to straighten them, but the wind kept knocking them over. We are probably going to get hit tonight or tomorrow according to Weather Bug.

My sister lives in Alabama, and her town had a tornado come through, but thankfully it hit the other end of town from her. She didn't lose power either, but they got a whole lot of rain.

I hope everyone is going to be safe and dry.

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Elanor - Sep 17, 2004 8:57 am (#748 of 2977) Reply    

HAPPY WEEKEND EVERYONE! It is nearly 6 p.m. here in France and it is SO good to be at home: I'm keeping singing "It is the weekend" since I returned with delight the 24 overexcited kids I have in my class to their parents! I wish them the best of luck for the weekend to come... he he he...

I hope too that everyone on Ivan's path is safe and dry! this hurricane is terrifying. TBE, I was so happy to read that you were OK! Congratulations for the ferrets first-aid!

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Richard !!!Reid - Sep 17, 2004 9:01 am (#749 of 2977) Reply    

Oh well people. This is it I'm afraid. I leave for University early tomorrow morning . At the moment, I do not know when I will be back on-line - it could be a day, it could be a month. I do not have an Internet connection there, and I hope I can just quickly jump on a PC which does have one, just to pop in and say "Hello".

I am however really going to miss this place. For the last few months, I have spent day after day here, meeting new people and discovering new friends. I can't wait for the day, that I am able to return here. I am going to try my best to come home as much as possible, so I can get to my own computer, and come and chat with you.

There are so many things I am going to miss - falling to the floor laughing with your jokes, checking JKR's site twice a day in hope for an update, having in-depth discussions about my all time favorite books. Yes - University will be very different - unfortunately.

Well, in case I am not back on for a while, I want to thank you all very much for the fun, for the memories, and for making me feel right at home. I will miss you all!

Richard

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Catherine - Sep 17, 2004 9:15 am (#750 of 2977) Reply    

Richard,

I'm glad you've enjoyed your time here, and we've enjoyed getting to know you better. Thanks for the use of your chat room, and for taking the time to create your own Potter forum.

Come see us when you can. Good luck on this "next great adventure," and know that I wish you all the best.

Cheers, Richard!
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Kasse - Sep 17, 2004 9:33 am (#751 of 2977) Reply    

Hello Everyone,

The weekend is here (almost) yay!

Richard - you will be missed I hope that you can get back on here quick.

Marie – Glad to hear the girls are doing better

Kim – hope the hair cut goes well. In a related story, the fist time I had my eyebrows done it was the most painful experience not to mention when she was done I hated them and it took forever for them to grow back. Hopefully your haircut is one that that your can wear with pride.

Some of those questions that everyone has mentioned are very rude (especially the tape worm one and the ‘do you know who the father is’ one) but I guess it is just sometimes ignorance that makes people ask rude and silly questions. I lived in Africa for a few years and when I tell people this they ask me all sorts of questions, I am used to it by now.

Ok off to post and read.

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haymoni - Sep 17, 2004 10:21 am (#752 of 2977) Reply    

Enjoy yourself, Richard. Hopefully you will be able to send a few University friends our way, as well.

Take care and have fun - but not too much fun!

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Loopy Lupin - Sep 17, 2004 12:09 pm (#753 of 2977) Reply    

Well, hello all. As I indicated a few posts back, I'm visiting my folks who live on the VA/NC state line. So far, we've had reports of three tornadoes (Does tornado get an "e" in the plural? I always get that and potato confused.) that have touched down, one not very far from where I sit. I was almost trapped in a grocery store earlier when the manager closed and ordered everyone to go to the back of the store to the cooler. (I quickly slipped out the front door.) I couldn't blame him for being cautious, but luckily the twisters have moved on. There was supposedly another wave of storms coming this way, but so far its no longer raining.

Richard, good luck to you. I hate to impart the wisdom of elders to you again, but I have a feeling you may enjoy university after a while. At any rate, hope to see you again soon.

(Whispers to Catherine-- I can't access my email for some reason here in spite of the fact that aol should work "anywhere." Anyway, I'll be sending you something as soon as a I can.)

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Catherine - Sep 17, 2004 12:33 pm (#754 of 2977) Reply    

**waves to Loopy Lupin and is glad that he was not trapped in a cooler with a zillion other people because that sounds ick.**

I can second the "almost too much caution" thingy. My mom has now called me three times in 3 hours. I debated letting voice mail pick up, but then she would think that the tornadoes (I think that's how you spell it) got us. She's pretty uptight because during the last storm she got stuck in her office building in downtown Richmond due to the horrific flooding, and had to spend the night there with a few colleagues and the vending machines for company.

If my friend doesn't come to pick up her shih-tzu Lily from doggie daycare, then Lily may be stuck here for a while. **has been angling to steal Lily for some time now. Yay!** My friend also asks that we add "Do you know how many calories are in that?" to our list of icky questions.

Hope your hair is fabulous, Lupin is Lupin! I'd hate to see you hiding in that cloak for another 8 months!

Take care, everyone.

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Loopy Lupin - Sep 17, 2004 1:09 pm (#755 of 2977) Reply    

***waves back to Catherine***

Its just sort of raining off and on here. I think the worst has passed (he says to fate temptingly). We actually have ekeltricity again (obviously) and it was only out for a couple hours or so. Basically, the most excitement here for the past few hours was just now when the four oldest dogs (that would be Flash, Roscoe, Cooter, and Lulu) almost knocked the screen door down, desperate to get outside. I let the out, but not before Mr. Squirrel had a good head start to the tree.

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haymoni - Sep 17, 2004 1:14 pm (#756 of 2977) Reply    

Lulu??? I don't remember a Lulu!

Did you hear that Jessica Simpson was going to play Daisy???

****haymoni makes wretching noises****

A blonde Daisy Duke??? It's just wrong!

Well, I'm heading home from work.

Take care, y'all!

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Loopy Lupin - Sep 17, 2004 1:30 pm (#757 of 2977) Reply    

Lulu was Boss Hogg's wife. We named her Lulu because at the time Mom and Dad adopted her (rescued her really) she had already been called "Lucille." I figured Lulu would be an easier transition.

(For those who are wondering what the bloody heck I'm talking about, all my parent's dogs, which started out as two basset hounds, are named after characters on the "Dukes of Hazzard." The "Dukes of Hazzard" was an American tv show from the late 70's which is now, apparently, going to be the latest old 70's show to be made into a movie. Daisy Duke was a female character on the show whose greatest contribution was wearing very short, cut-off jeans which, astonishingly, are known now as "Daisy Dukes.")

EDIT-- Haymoni, do we know that she's going to remain blond for the movie?

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Catherine - Sep 17, 2004 3:04 pm (#758 of 2977) Reply    

Haymoni, do we know that she's going to remain blond for the movie? --Loopy Lupin

I'm so torn on this issue. I think I'm just going to keep my silence like a good house elf. It's like the facial hair; no matter what, I'm bound to offend someone. **but does think that Daisy, like the rest of humanity, needs to wear longer shorts**

I spent many a Friday night with a babysitter watching The Dukes of Hazzard. **even remembered who Lulu was**

Well, I'm off to reheat leftovers for my crew. We're having a Slacker Mom night! Woo-hoo!

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Loopy Lupin - Sep 17, 2004 3:10 pm (#759 of 2977) Reply    

LOL Catherine. MMMmm leftovers.

Ok, here's a chuckle going back to our grammar theme. I was looking through some papers here at the folks' and came across an old college paper. There on the first page, staring me in the face was a word that knocked me down several pegs: "foilage"

***hides head in shame***

Even more funny, my professor did not correct it.

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Catherine - Sep 17, 2004 3:21 pm (#760 of 2977) Reply    

Woo-hoo!

Professor did not correct "foilage."

**loves getting by with things, leftovers included**

I'd love to know what the title of this paper was. I reread some of my old scribblings a few years ago, and almost died from embarrassment.

Embarrassment, as I've said before, is rarely fatal, even when death would be convenient.

**thinks Loopy would get a huge laugh out of my Marlowe's Faustus paper.**

Ok. We're being slammed with rain now. Even the dogs are hiding. Good thing I already heated up leftovers.

EDIT: So I have yet to make double "00's". Can I get graded on a curve so that just the tens place counts? I'll just say "w0t."

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ShelterGirl - Sep 17, 2004 5:22 pm (#761 of 2977) Reply    

Catherine- The rain has finally passed here.

Good luck. Stay dry. I have already changed 3 times today.

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Loopy Lupin - Sep 17, 2004 5:23 pm (#762 of 2977) Reply    

LOL. Well, it was a paper about moonshine from a Folklore class I took. I was talking about the need for dense "foilage" when one decides to make moonshine from a still. Hehe.

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mike miller - Sep 17, 2004 5:33 pm (#763 of 2977) Reply    

Catherine - I prefer the term "planned overs". Some things are just better the second or third time they're reheated (think spaghetti sauce).

I'm going to have to shut down the computer, LIGHTNING!

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I Am Used Vlad - Sep 17, 2004 6:04 pm (#764 of 2977) Reply    

I'm glad you made it through the storm, Shelter Girl. We now have rain and tornado watches up here in PA. And I have to work tomorrow in it.

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Madam Pince - Sep 17, 2004 9:32 pm (#765 of 2977) Reply    

Catherine, I wish I had taken your lead and had leftovers tonight. I decided to be adventurous and make a very special dinner -- I labored a good part of the afternoon making stuffed chicken breasts. (Did you know that it can take a really really really long time to flatten a chicken breast to 1/4 inch? Well, it can. Especially when the directions say to "Pound gently" which seems to me to be a contradiction in terms.)

But anyway.... so I made the stuffing out of apple, ham, onion, and mushrooms. Read instructions on how to properly roll and secure the chicken around the stuffing. Browned them and then baked them. Basically worked my little heiney off trying to make something nice.

Mr. Pince sat down at the table, wrinkled his nose, ate two bites, then unrolled them and scraped off all the stuffing. He said "I love you dear, but these smell like old tennis shoes."

If I was a newlywed, I'd be in tears. As it is, I just ate my chicken and gave his to the dog. (It really wasn't all that good, to be honest. But it wasn't bad either. I didn't smell any old tennis shoes.)

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The giant squid - Sep 17, 2004 10:57 pm (#766 of 2977) Reply    

Kim, regarding the haircut: It looks lovely, dear.

And I've been asked the tapeworm question too.
I named mine Harvey... ;-)

I have actually been asked the tapeworm question before too. Standing 5'6" (165cm) and weighing only 110 lb. (50kg), folks seem to think that's an acceptable thing to ask. I never thought to name mine, though. My usual excuse is "leprosy".

Madame Pince--at least he led off with the "I love you"...

Sending out continued good vibes to all of you dealing with hurricane season (if they're in season, can't we just shoot them?).

--Mike

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Catherine - Sep 18, 2004 6:09 am (#767 of 2977) Reply    

Happy Saturday!

Sending out continued good vibes to all of you dealing with hurricane season (if they're in season, can't we just shoot them?). --Squid Mike

LOL, Mike! I only wish that worked. Hope all of our Hurricane buddies are doing well.

Madame Pince, I've had that kind of cooking experience, too. These days, if I'm going to spend time and effort making something complex, I only do it if a friend of mine has made the recipe first, or if it got VERY high ratings on "Epicurious.com." It's so disheartening when something just isn't as good as it should be! **thinks the old tennis shoes comment was not Mr. Pince's most tactful moment and that he should be served the chicken as leftovers!**

While I am not the King of the Links **waves to Loopy**, I do like http://www.Epicurious.com. It has the recipes from Bon Appetit and Gourmet magazines, and the search function is decent. People rate and comment on the recipes, so it can help, and you can save recipes that you find in a recipe box. Since I am a Slacker, I look for things that taste like you worked really hard and know what you are doing, but are in reality quite easy. This is where I look first if I need a special dessert recipe, for example. MMMmm...dessert...

As a matter of fact, I am making a sausage and potato casserole from Epicurious for brunch right now. It smells great, and no one knows that it only has five ingredients. Yay me!

See you all around.

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ShelterGirl - Sep 18, 2004 6:51 am (#768 of 2977) Reply    

---*waves to everyone*

Looks like whatever that creeping crud of pestilence was, it has finally hit me. I'm home sick from work today with a huge jug o' kool-aid and enough chicken soup to swim in. This might not be so bad. I too can use the time to catch up on the Forum. I wonder what that would be like?

I hope everyone is ok in the storm infested areas. We're only getting rain now.

Madam Pince, that chicken actually sounded good to me.

Squid-Mike: My dad was 5'7" and weighed about 125 lbs. He also got rude comments. It was funny, as he and I tried to pork chop each other under the table one time. He won with 5, but I was right behind him with 4. I was only 6 years old at the time...Besides, I'm NOT skinny. I'm small-boned...

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Chemyst - Sep 18, 2004 8:12 am (#769 of 2977) Reply    

I am thoroughly convinced that the main reason Miss Manners has stayed with us so long is that she knows the afterlife for her will be an eternity of spinning in her grave. – Loopy  They say life isn't fair. But if the afterlife is, then Miss Manners ought to get to be the one doing the spinning of all those bodies who did not listen to her.

Madam Pince: They say that life isn't fair, but your stuffing sounded lovely and perhaps you could stuff....

After nearly seven inches of rain in three days, the sun returned here late yesterday afternoon. And I, for one, shall be going outdoors now to enjoy the last weekend of summer. **waves from my swinging canvas chair under the oak tree**

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Loopy Lupin - Sep 18, 2004 8:45 am (#770 of 2977) Reply    

Happy Saturday everyone. I think that sounded pretty good Madam Pince. This is why guys pretty much stick to grilling (and although I would rather flog myself than start another debate, charcoal grills rule and Weber's in particular) and bbquing. Your sauces, rubs etc. may vary, but it basically boils down to whether or not you've burnt the slab of flesh or not.

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boop - Sep 18, 2004 9:14 am (#771 of 2977) Reply    

Today is Virgoddess(Sara) special day!!! Have a wonderful Day Sara!!!

Wow that was a lot of rain yesterday. It rained pretty heavy for about 6 hours. There was flooding and I did end up with some water in my basement. At least it has gone down today. The sun is out and it is windy as well as chilly. I guess great football weather. I hope everyone has a nice day.

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septentrion - Sep 18, 2004 9:17 am (#772 of 2977) Reply    

happy birthday Virggoddess !

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Kasse - Sep 18, 2004 9:21 am (#773 of 2977) Reply    

Happy Saturday all,

Sara - Have a very Harry Birthday! Hope you have a great day.

Catherine - Thank you so much for that link (you may not be link king, but how about link queen?) I am not a very good cook but following steps is something I can do easily, so hopefully I will be able to impress my friends soon

Chemyst - Enjoy the time outdoors

ok take care all...

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Padfoot - Sep 18, 2004 10:26 am (#774 of 2977) Reply
Edited by Sep 18, 2004 10:27 am    

Happy Birthday Sara!

I hope you feel better soon Julie. At least you will be entertained by catching up on the forum.

I am an ok cook, my mom is a gourmet chef. She has a million and one cook books and uses them all. And even makes up her own recipes. They always come out wonderfully. I have found that not all my recipes come out the way I expect. So I usually practice new recipes before I serve food to people. I am pretty good at desserts however. My strawberry cheesecake always goes over well.

This afternoon I am going up to the mountains to spend the night with my parents and return this laptop back to them. They have a time share in Beaver Creek (near Vail) where thy will be spending the week. It will be a nice change of scenery for the weekend. I will miss chatting with you all at night though. If I can't get on line later tonight or tomorrow, have a god weekend everyone!

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Phoenix song - Sep 18, 2004 10:37 am (#775 of 2977) Reply    

Hello all! I have returned from my evacuation from Ivan the terrible. What an odyssey! The morning that we had left (Wed.) it looked as if he was not turning and the landfall was thought to be within 8 miles of my house. By the time that we had arrived at my aunt's home (nearly 8 hours away when traveling with our group!) the storm had made a drastic turn towards Florida and Mobile, AL. My deepest thoughts are with all of those that were hit the strongest! This was indeed a MONSTER storm!

Thank you all for your best wishes! It's good to know that you're missed and cared about when going through such trauma!

We were very blessed and only suffered minor damage. The siding on the back of our house has been ripped off, and we've lost a few tree branches. We were very glad, as we didn't expect to have much of a home to return to!

It was a difficult journey, though. There was a mandatory evacuation for most of New Orleans and southern Louisiana, and there is only one way out of the place! (I believe something like 1.3 million people!) It took 9 hours for most people to travel around 12 miles. We were fortunate enough to be able to escape most of the gridlock by waiting until the early morning hours of the expected landfall of the storm.

I missed the forum and you all very much! My aunt doesn't have internet service, and it would have calmed my mind to have been able to chat with everyone while we awaited the news. But, I'm back now and I'm so relieved!

It sounds like there has been so much good news from the forum members! Congratulations Meg! I'll offer you just one piece of advice: Trust your own instincts! You may doubt them, but they'll kick in I'm confident. No two babies are the same, and you'll know what is best for your child.

Kasse: I'll be sending you an e-mail to help you with your project as soon as I'm able to get my life back in order! It's so neat to be able to work on this for a school project!

Brandon and Sarah: BEST WISHES! New love is so wonderful and I'm thrilled that you've both found someone who shares your love for the Potterverse!

Richard: Best of luck at the university. I'm sorry that I wasn't back on line in time to tell you goodbye, but you'll hopefully find this message soon. I'll miss you much since we always seemed to think along the same lines. I hope that you'll be able to check in with us periodically. I'm sure that you'll come to enjoy school soon, just give it a few months!

Catherine: I know that it's hard to have a good friend move away. I'm sorry! I know from personal experience that it doesn't help the pain any to have people remind you about the ease of e-mail and the all-mighty phone. So, I won't be so cliche. I'll just say that I feel for you; I know that it hurts to have a friend move and know that things won't ever be the same as they once were.

Twinkling Blue Eyes: How are you? As my fellow Louisiana evacuee, I've been thinking about you continuously! I was glad to see that you had made the trip okay. Let me know when you can how the return home was.

Thank you all for being so supportive!

Barbie

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Catherine - Sep 18, 2004 11:14 am (#776 of 2977) Reply    

Welcome back, Barbie. Glad to hear that you didn't get hit with massive damage. Just watch out for unscrupulous contractors when you get repairs! That evacuation gridlock sounds absolutely terrible. I remember when we tried to leave Greenville back during the Floyd mess, and it took 4 hours to go 5 miles, and we STILL couldn't get out of town. It's very stressful, so I sympathize.

Padfoot, your mom sounds like the kind of person I just can never be. My sister-in-law is like that. She can just open the pantry and throw random things together and it tastes delicious. Sigh.

Well, obviously life is not fair, because Chemyst and I live in the same state and she has sunshine and I have yet more rain. I'm really jealous, Chemyst!

Hope you feel better, Julie. **sends some Pepper-Up Potion**. Hope the crud clears soon.

Loopy realizes that people can definitely take sides on the grilling and barbecuing thingies. Things taste better over charcoal. I learned during my stay in Texas that barbecue means different things regionally. You can get a real shock if you don't know this!

Take care, and enjoy your Saturday.

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Ladybug220 - Sep 18, 2004 1:21 pm (#777 of 2977) Reply
Edited by Sep 18, 2004 1:23 pm    

Well, I have finally made it through the 70+ messages here (ok, I had to skim...)

I finally have power back from Ivan the Terrible and the first thing that I did was check the forum (well, second, I had a lot of emails to go through). You don't realize how important power is until you haven't had it in over 48 hours. Which means that I don't have to pack in the candlelight anymore. Ok, I actually didn't do much packing but I did manage to get through 4 books.

To make it worse, I was in the middle of going through JKR's website to see the new updates and now I have to start over. Oh well, I will do that tomorrow morning.

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Sep 18, 2004 1:31 pm (#778 of 2977) Reply    

because I, like Kim (I think it was Kim), was very, very skinny, for a very long time.---megfox

LOL Would that it were true, Meg. No, I'm the one who gained 60 pounds per pregnancy and had small children circle me like jet skis 'round an ocean liner, their mouths gaped open in wonder and astonishment. Mind you, I birthed very big babies and lost all the weight (well, almost ). I'm glad Julie corrected you.

Kim, regarding the haircut: It looks lovely, dear.---the giant squid

Actually Mike (and to all the rest who wished me luck in my haircutting odyssey), surprisingly it looks quite adorable. This new hairstylist, who I found through a website dedicated to curly hair, was spectacular. When he uttered the words, "I'm thinking something French", I became putty in his hands. Note to men: Skip ahead guys. I'm about to run on a bit about the trials and tribulations of women and their haircutting needs. I have never before had a stylist ask me to tell him about my hair. :::looks stunned::: It was wonderful. He stood there and ran his hands through my hair like it was a mystery to be solved. Which, of course, is how every woman feels about her hair. He pushed no products on me, didn't push me for a follow up haircut in 6 weeks (when I asked he suggested 10-12), and best of all, he took a whole hour (yes, a whole hour) to cut my hair. I don't get to the salon often (silent "t" just in case Loopy is still reading ) but when I do, I want the experience to last. So, thank you all for your good wishes. It seems the salon gods heard and were gladdened.

As to all the rest of you who are wet, tired, travelling or windblown, I hope everything settles down soon.

Richard, good luck to you. As many here will tell you, it will be as much fun as you decide to make it.

Oh, and as for cooking, I'm hopeless. My husband cooked every meal the first year we were married. I should have paid more attention. Breakfast for dinner is diverting for only so long.

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Loopy Lupin - Sep 18, 2004 1:45 pm (#779 of 2977) Reply    

(silent "t" just in case Loopy is still reading )-- Lupin is Lupin

I was, indeed, still reading. I don't make it to the salon much myself either. But, I actually like the haircutting experience to last awhile myself. I don't know if this is a Vietnamese thing or just the idea of the Vietnamese family that I go to, but they are barbers (as opposed to "stylists") and take a good long while. They also shave the back of the neck with a straight razor and have a head massage machine. Mmmmm. Head massage.

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Denise P. - Sep 18, 2004 2:15 pm (#780 of 2977) Reply    

Well post that curly hair website so I can see if another genius is located anywhere near me! LOL

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Sep 18, 2004 2:29 pm (#781 of 2977) Reply    

Alrighty Denise. Actually, I checked out your area already and there seems to be a dearth of recommendations--but for your information the website is: www.naturallycurly.com Click on the menu bar at CURlscene and then click on "salons". Follow the instructions from there.

They also shave the back of the neck with a straight razor and have a head massage machine.---Loopy Lupin

Goodness, I hope both don't happen at the same time. We like our Loopy and want him to stick around.

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Catherine - Sep 18, 2004 2:41 pm (#782 of 2977) Reply    

The Forum is so informative. Thank you, Kim. I have "wavy" hair, so maybe I'll check it out .

Actually, back to Loopy's post, I was fortunate enough in Austin to have a hairdresser like the one Kim described. He was also Vietnamese, and always knew where the hot restaurants were. He broke my heart and left Texas, though, and my hair has never been the same since, alas earwax. **has moment of silence for the loss of this hairdresser**

Ladybug, glad you have ekeltricity again. I had my internet service go down this afternoon, and I was worried that it was the beginning of bad things. But obviously, we're okay, just soggy.

**waves to everyone** Well, time to feed the kiddies. I actually have to cook tonight, as we ate all of the leftovers last night.

Hope that Madame Pince gives Mr. Pince that chicken dish again tonight!

EDIT: Kim's edit about Loopy razoring and head-massaging--LOL! Guess he'd be Really Headless Loopy.

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Loopy Lupin - Sep 18, 2004 2:42 pm (#783 of 2977) Reply    

No, no. The head massage is the very last thing. MMmmmm. Head massage machine.

EDIT-- **waves to Catherine**

DOUBLE EDIT-- And lets be perfectly clear that Loopy goes to a barber and not a hairdresser .

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Sep 18, 2004 3:03 pm (#784 of 2977) Reply    

DOUBLE EDIT-- And lets be perfectly clear that Loopy goes to a barber and not a hairdresser.---Loopy Lupin

Well, I did wonder about that.

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haymoni - Sep 18, 2004 3:22 pm (#785 of 2977) Reply    

Finally got my hair cut today. Lost 4 inches all around the bottom and didn't have to get divorced! Hubby said it didn't look like they did anything at all, which is actually a compliment.

Big meeting on Monday - I have no power suit powerful enough.

I tried 1 store today after the haircut - no Petite sizes (I'm 5'1".) Everything looked like it could be in a Brittany Spears video. Who's gonna take me seriously???

Perhaps I will search again tomorrow - after church and before the Browns game!!!

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ShelterGirl - Sep 18, 2004 3:38 pm (#786 of 2977) Reply    

Haymoni-

My aunt is 4'11" and she has lots of luck at consignment stores. The clothes are respectable, and often worn only once.

Might be worth a shot. *shrug*

Julie

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Catherine - Sep 18, 2004 3:48 pm (#787 of 2977) Reply    

Hubby said it didn't look like they did anything at all, which is actually a compliment. ---Haymoni

This just shows how smart you are, Haymoni. You achieved your goal, and he thinks that you didn't cut your hair because he didn't want you to. Good job! **everyone but me has a good hairdresser, alas earwax**

About the suit, Haymoni, may the Force be with you. I hope you kick Umbridge **cough** rear-end in a new suit.

Speaking of hairdressers, Loopy seemed adamant that he goes to a barber. What is the big deal about men seeing a hairdresser or a stylist? Is this a good place for me to wonder what is wrong with men using products? **has girly fascination with products** I've tried to decipher this with my brother, who has the male version of my annoying hair. One of his nicknames is "Pottsie" because his hair, if he lets it grow, looks like Pottsie from the old TV show Happy Days. We're both of us hoping that someday, '80's big hair will be in vogue again, because we naturally have big hair. **this is why I identify with Hermione, by the way**

So, I'll leave the hair talk here, and get ready to jump into the grilling or barbecue debate should it it takes hold.

Cheers.

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Padfoot - Sep 18, 2004 4:02 pm (#788 of 2977) Reply    

Congratulations Kim! Always such a pain to find a good hair dresser who knows what they are doing. I wish I had Catherine's big hair. Alas, my hair is very thin. I have to use lots of product to make it bigger.

Question to all Germans: Does Oktoberfest start in September (like here in the US) or does it actually start in October? I am here in the mountains and there is an Oktoberfest festival going on in town.

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TwinklingBlueEyes - Sep 18, 2004 4:07 pm (#789 of 2977) Reply    

Hey all, We are home from the mass exodus. Never, never again! A great big thank you for all the member's well wishes, thoughts, and prayers! Got half the stuff unloaded, the important stuff that is, including animals, motorcycles, computers. :-) Have gone and checked our motorcycle repair shop and everything fine there. Did grocery store, and voted. Got home and looked at stuff still to be unloaded and said to myself, it will still be there tomorrow! I am exhausted!

My truck is a 1966 Dodge pick'um up, no power steering, no power brakes, 3 speed, no AC, no radio. Add a loaded two horse trailer to it and it really becomes a full time job driving it! I found muscles I forgot I had!

I hope all the rest of the forum members that were in Ivan's way are safe!

If I can stay awake long enough am going to try and catch up on threads. Email got postponed till tomorrow too! See ya'll on the threads!

Edit: I have my priorities straight, right? Animals, computers, forum?

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Loopy Lupin - Sep 18, 2004 5:01 pm (#790 of 2977) Reply    

What was wrong with Potsie's hair?

http://www.tvland.com/shows/happydays/character5.jhtml

Ralph Malph on the other hand had some hair that appears to have had great bush potential. You can tell even under this hat:

http://www.tvland.com/shows/happydays/character6.jhtml

Anyway, I'm not averse to products necessarily. However, barbers are a dying breed. We must support them.

(Alas, Catherine, there doesn't seem to be many people around who come down firmly on either side of the grilling debate.)

Glad you're back and ok, Twinkling. And the same to all who weathered the Ivan storm, which this time around includes me.

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ShelterGirl - Sep 18, 2004 5:06 pm (#791 of 2977) Reply    

---*bows down before the King of Links*

It's been killing me that St Joseph's Asprin is using his biology homework song in their ads now...

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Penny Lane. - Sep 18, 2004 5:12 pm (#792 of 2977) Reply    

I'm glad everyone in N.O. is safe and alive and all that. I really was worried when I heard that bit about how the mayor had 10,000 body bags brought in for after the storm.

As for hair stylists.. Argh! I am so annoyed with them these days that I try to avoid the entire experience all together. I tell them one thing, they do a different thing. I ask them to try something new, and they look at me like I'm crazy, and tell me that I have to tell them. I ask them to style it, and they blow dry it, and leave it at that. Now, I swear I'm not high maintenance, but I do spend a fair amount of time with my hair in the morning. - It falls to my mid back, and is Wavy. - Not curly, not straight. Oh, and it's pretty thick. Most days I get out of the shower, blow dry it, than attack it with a ceramic straighter to get the friz out. Or a curling iron. For some reason, most stylists seem to think that frizzy hair looks nice. Or they *gasp* tease it! One day, I said I was never going to a woman stylist again, as I think they get jealous, and make a point to make me cry. When I was in 8th grade I asked for the Jennifer Aniston cut, and she gave me Carol Brady from the movie. it was basically a mullet.

Okay, sorry. Rant over.

Now for the "tell about the college experience portion of the post" I really do have nice roommates. They are usually considerate, and seem to be genuinely nice. I am worried however that they don't like me, or that I'm trying to hard to be friends with them. This is a very hard campus to meet people on, and the fact that I transfered here instead of coming her as a freshman makes it more difficult. I think my roommates think I'm weird, because I'm on my computer a lot, and I tend to study, while they go shopping - every night - i dont' get where they get the money for it. So yeah, I guess I'm just ranting again.

Everyone have a great week!

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Denise P. - Sep 18, 2004 5:19 pm (#793 of 2977) Reply    

Thanks for the link Kim, there are a few people who are in Nashville so I may give them a call. I also like the site, I am Type2B/C (I fall between them)

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Catherine - Sep 18, 2004 5:27 pm (#794 of 2977) Reply    

LOL, Loopy! You'd have to ask the college friends about Potisie's hair. Actually he has another nickname, "Sasquatch," which I gave him because he's tall (6'4or 5") and has hugmongous feet. So they call him "Sassie-Pots."

I do swear that his hair is big enough to be a weapon of mass destruction...

Oh, anyway..*ahem*....

Penny, don't be alarmed. The body bags could be because so many cemeteries are below sea level in New Orleans. Sometimes the authorities need to take care of this matter when a flood comes. **hopes people get the drift without spelling it out in an icky way**

Anyway, I am assuming that this lack of interest in grilling comes from our Memphis, etc. friends being under flood siege. Otherwise, I know from experience that I can expect a huge barbecue fight!

Note: Texax Barbecue is mainly beef brisket.

North Carolina/Virginia barbecue is pork ribs and pulled pork in a vinegar tomato sauce.

Memphis BBQ: is a dry rub on ribs.

I will accept any other submissions and corrections. This is just what I know, and have tasted personally.

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haymoni - Sep 18, 2004 5:52 pm (#795 of 2977) Reply    

Penny - hang in there. I think every campus is tough to break into no matter when you start. It's still pretty early though.

Took the kids swimming this afternoon at the high school. (A very cheap outing - wish we would have known about this before the kids came.) Ungrateful Son can go off the board and swim in the deep end, but Daughter is just starting out and doesn't want to get her entire face wet. Hubby does Cannon Balls and Figure 4's and Watermelons. Ungrateful Son is still too young to find this embarrassing.

Came home and everyone took a nap. It was great. Unfortunately, this means that I will be up all night. I have a really hard time falling asleep if I nap.

Hubby is working tonight so I'll be on the Forum pretty late. See ya around.

(Can the Internet be used for anything other than the Forum???)

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Penny Lane. - Sep 18, 2004 5:57 pm (#796 of 2977) Reply    

   Hubby does Cannon Balls and Figure 4's and Watermelons.



I know cannon balls, but what are Figure 4's and Watermelons?

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haymoni - Sep 18, 2004 6:26 pm (#797 of 2977) Reply    

Ah, the Classics!

I'm sure these are called by different names elsewhere.

The Figure 4 - jump off the diving board while clutching one leg bent up to your chest - apparently this is supposed to look like the number 4 when you jump - it makes a tremendous splash when Hubby does it. When I was a kid, the really cool guys didn't hold their leg. They just bent it up to their chests and kind of leaned back with their arms crossed over their chests. The splash gets bigger as one gets older.

The Watermelon - dive in with both legs bent instead of straight. This is actually much harder than it seems in that your body tends to try to do a somersault. Hubby jumps really high and then goes into the Watermelon dive - very dramatic and very splashy.

Mem-ries...

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I Am Used Vlad - Sep 18, 2004 6:40 pm (#798 of 2977) Reply    

Speaking of hairdressers, Loopy seemed adamant that he goes to a barber. What is the big deal about men seeng a hairdresser or a stylist? Catherine

I get my hair cut at a place that is called a "Beauty Salon." I used to live three houses away, and the "stylist" went to high school with my father. She's been cutting my hair since I was 5 years old. My dad, uncle, and brother get their hair cut there, too, and we're all quite secure about our masculinity.

I do, however, draw the line by using no product more sophisticated than shampoo.

Edit: We used to call the figure 4 a can opener.

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ShelterGirl - Sep 18, 2004 6:51 pm (#799 of 2977) Reply    

It was a can opener in NJ too...

--*admits to using one other product than shampoo*

It's something called wax. Doesn't look like wax. Go figure.

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Loopy Lupin - Sep 18, 2004 7:40 pm (#800 of 2977) Reply    

Catherine when you describe your brother's hair, is it more like William Katt when he was in Carrie ?

http://entertainment.msn.com/celebs/celeb.aspx?c=135338

I must confess that although I am fond, currently, of my Vietnamese barber family, I have used (and will use again I'm sure) many "stylists" over the years. Just a little "barberic" humor there. (Oh, put your rotten tomatoes down!) And, I must also confess that a gel or two is in my hair arsenal as it were.

I must also confess that I can dive, but don't really have anything more sophisticated in that arsenal.

G-night all.

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Julia. - Sep 18, 2004 7:52 pm (#801 of 2977) Reply    

Merlin's beard! I am never leaving the forum for three and a half days ever again! I did read the 120+ posts since I last checked, but I did not take notes, so please forgive me if I forget anyone.

TWE and Phoenix Song, I am very relieved to hear that you're both safe and dry. Thank G-d that you both had homes to come home to and you have electricity. Now I can stop worrying.

Kim, nothing beats a good hair cut, I'm happy yours looks good. Loopy what exactly is wrong with doi9ng to a hair dresser? Although I myself am really in no position to talk, the last time anyone professional touched my hair was to make it all pretty for prom. Now I just braid it and cut the ends myself.

Catherine, I'm so sorry to hear about your friend's move. I know how much that really sucks, my neighbor of about 15 years moved a few weeks ago, and even though she's only 5 minutes and a phonecall away, it's not the same. I hope your daughter does ok with it, when my best friend neighbor moved when I was twelve, I cried for days. *hugs for Catherine and little Catherine*

HAPPY BIRTHDAY SARA!!! Have a butterbeer on me *hands Sara butterbeer* Hope you have a great day and an amazing year!

Richard, good luck at college. The first few weeks are always hard, especially if you have roommate problems. I really hope you get those sorted out as soon as you can, then you can get to the business of enjoying college.

Penny, don't worry, my first roommate at UConn thought I was crazy too. She almost never saw me do any work (mostly b/c I did it all when she was in class), she thought I spent way too much time on the computer, she thought I was a prude for spending my Friday nights in Synagogue and my Saturday nights just hanging around the room on the forum.

Brandon, we'll miss you around here! Hope school and job and life with Sarah goes well, just don't be a complete stranger!

Ok, that's all I remeber, I'm terribly sorry if I forgot anyone. I'm off to go read the rest of the forum and do my laundry. Wish me luck!

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Pinky - Sep 18, 2004 8:35 pm (#802 of 2977) Reply    

Slight correction on the barbecue list... Eastern North Carolina barbecue is pulled pork with a vinegar sauce. No tomato ever comes near it. *drools* It's sooooo good!

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Ladybug220 - Sep 18, 2004 8:40 pm (#803 of 2977) Reply
Edited by Sep 18, 2004 8:44 pm    

Sorry to disagree Pinky, but Corky's BBQ in Memphis is the best and it is a tomato based sauce.

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virgoddess1313 - Sep 18, 2004 8:45 pm (#804 of 2977) Reply    

Thanks to everyone for the birthday wishes. I had a great day at the St. Louis Zoo with Will. It's a little strange to no longer be a teenager... I sort of wish for it back!!

Tomorrow Will and I have our 2 year anniversary, so that's pretty exciting. Don't know what we are going to do. Probably be bums and watch moves and eat food all day. Sounds wonderful.

Best wishes to everyone!!!

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Kasse - Sep 18, 2004 9:01 pm (#805 of 2977) Reply    

Yay welcome back Julia

Sarah - glad to hear that you had a great day, congratulations on the 2 year anniversary

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Julia. - Sep 18, 2004 9:04 pm (#806 of 2977) Reply    

Ahoy Maties! It's just after midnight on the East Coast, which means...Happy National Talk Like a Pirate Day! ARRRR!

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Phoenix song - Sep 18, 2004 10:05 pm (#807 of 2977) Reply    

Catherine: You were right about the body bag situation possibly being used to take care of the below sea-level situation that we experience everytime there's a major flood here in N.O. (Won't go too much more into that, as I wouldn't want to be too icky or morbid!) But if the hurricane had went straight from the Gulf to the mouth of the Mississippi River the results would have been catastrophic. I can say that I did hear officials asking residents that were planning to stay to please call to provide their "identifying features" to make their jobs easier later. Now I wonder what could have made people turn so panicky?? We were, indeed, very fortunate, and I feel so much for all of those who weren't as lucky.

Twinkling Blue Eyes: I'm so glad to hear that you're safe! I've been thinking of you so much this week. I have to agree that the packing, leaving, waiting, re-packing, driving home, and unpacking is a complete nightmare. I've said "Never again!" as well. The traffic was horrendous and I didn't leave in the worst of it, by far! There really does need to be a more efficient, humane, and professional means of evacuating such a large amount of people in a short period of time. I hope that our state uses the casualties that were suffered on the interstates as a catalysts for making the changes that are necessary!

I didn't know that you had a motorcycle shop! My husband and brothers-in-laws are big into motorcycles. My sister and her husband go to Sturgis for their yearly vacation.

For all of those who have problems with their "curly, curly" hair, I totally sympathize. I can not ever seem to find anyone who knows how to properly cut it. I absolutely dread going to get it cut, because it is almost always worse after the cut than before it! I usually wind up with a head band just keeping the stuff out of my face. It doesn't matter how often I remind the stylist that my hair will "shrink" up several inches and frizz out when dried, they never take that into account when cutting it. The style is always reminiscent of a overblown q-tip. YUCK!

Well, I hope that my post hasn't been too dreary! I'm so glad to be back on the forum, safe-and-sound. Thanks for letting me "sound off"!

Barbie

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The giant squid - Sep 18, 2004 10:42 pm (#808 of 2977) Reply    

I, too, am glad our southern Forumers made it through the hurricanes mostly unscathed (why is it you never hear about something being "scathed"?...). I lived through one of those back-to-back-to-back hurricane seasons when I lived in Georgia; I much prefer the vast, waterless desert I now reside in.

Besides, I'm NOT skinny. I'm small-boned...—Julie

HAH! I love that one, and will begin using it immediately (with your permission of course).

everyone but me has a good hairdresser, alas earwax—Catherine

Um, not everyone. I haven't had a hairdresser (as in someone who regularly cuts my hair) in close to two decades, and haven't had a haircut at all save for the occasional trimming of split ends in 10 years. Believe me, I've saved a lot more by not cutting my hair than I've spent on extra shampoo & conditioner!

Can the Internet be used for anything other than the Forum???—haymoni

Through sheer force of will, I'm going to leave this one alone...

Julia beat me to the punch, but Happy National Talk Like A Pirate Day, mateys! I've been waitin' fer this day fer an age an' a day, boyos... Arr!

--Mike

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Ozymandias - Sep 19, 2004 3:03 am (#809 of 2977) Reply    

Yarrr! Yah-harrr! Arrrrr!

Ha! This is great fun! I shall be celebrating this great holiday by watching Pirates of the Carribbean and annoying my roomates with pirate talk.

On a less piratical note, I'm so glad to hear that nobody was seriously damaged by the hurricane. Welcome back to dry land, ye scurvy dogs!

why is it you never hear about something being "scathed"?... -The Giant Squid
Ah, yes, but you do hear about scathing remarks.

Yarrr.

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Kerstin - Sep 19, 2004 4:29 am (#810 of 2977) Reply    

Padfoot, looks like I am the first German on this thread since you asked about Oktoberfest. For Germans, THE OKTOBERFEST is always the one in Munich, and it started yesterday (Sept 18), its always the last two weeks of September.

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Catherine - Sep 19, 2004 6:11 am (#811 of 2977) Reply    

Happy Sunday! **waves**

Welcome back, Julia!

LOL, Loopy! Thank goodness little bro's hair does not look like that! He keeps it pretty short; otherwise, it grows into a dense block shape. I should stop teasing him about his hair here, as he is a nice-looking young man who has an evil sister. In my family, we show our love through teasing each other. We put the fun in dysfunctional!

Pinky, you do have a point about Eastern NC barbecue. It is that yummy pulled pork with the vinegar sauce. **waves to Shelter Girl, who likes her 'cue, too!**

So, today is FINALLY the "real" Talk Like a Pirate Day. Arrr! I be waiting for this day, me mateys!

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ShelterGirl - Sep 19, 2004 7:33 am (#812 of 2977) Reply    

Arr. Belay that bilge ye scurvy curs! Tomato 'cue is no more than shark bait! Arr. Toss me a hushpuppy me buckos! I'm goin' for grub...

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Julia. - Sep 19, 2004 8:54 am (#813 of 2977) Reply    

Ahoy mateys! I've just gotten back from annoying me family with pirate talk at a baby naming. Arrrrrr, ye scurvy dogs, I'm shovin' off to read the rest of the forum.

Arrrr, people in Connecticut, do you remember that commercial for Captain's Galley? If you do, pretend I said everything in the voice of that strange pirate who says 'take a gander inside if the weather's cold!'

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mike miller - Sep 19, 2004 9:07 am (#814 of 2977) Reply    

On the question of BBQ. When living in Memphis I learned that Barbeque is a noun - pulled pork shoulder, cooked slow with hickory smoke served on a roll with cole slaw on top.

Ladybug - I agree that Corky's is very good, although, I don't think I could single out one establishment as the best. I knew people who owned a Tops BBQ and they always made me a "special" sandwich, over-sized roll and nearly one pound of meat!

On the question of hair cuts, I have had the same "stylist" for the last 10 years. Finding someone who is good and knows your hair is critical. However, as with many "old codgers" there is far less hair to cut these days. The last time I paid for a hair cut, my long time stylist use a "clipper" for nearly the entire cut. I decided to buy my own clipper. Now I cut my own hair, #2 clipper guard and zip around my until there's no hair left longer than 1/4 inch. My wife trims up along the neck line and we're done. The extremely short hair cut is very liberating. No bed head, no hat head, no problem riding in a convertible, always have a comb (just use your hands). I can't see going to the shaved head look though. I'm not comfortable with a sharp object where I can't see it!

TBE et al - Glad to hear your back home with minimal issues.

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Catherine - Sep 19, 2004 9:18 am (#815 of 2977) Reply    

Mike, you sound like a low-maintenance guy. I admire that! And yes, you are set for convertible riding!

Your post reminded me of an infomercial from years back. Remember the "Flowbee?" It showed people looking ecstatic while cutting their own hair and saving money. I actually know someone who has a flowbee and uses it to trim her shih-tzu. Actually, that dog has a better cut than poor Daisy got back in July, sadly enough.

I used to love to watch infomercials. My college friends and I would get punchy staying up too late studying, and we'd turn on the tv, and watch the commercials for random stuff. One of my favorites was "the Snackmaster." Even now, many years later, we still laugh ourselves breathless just hearing the word, "Snackmaster."

**the crickets are probably chirping right about now**

Avast! Heave-to, ye wretches! Walk the plank if ye be thinking the Cap'n be a few sails short o' a ship!

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Padfoot - Sep 19, 2004 9:39 am (#816 of 2977) Reply    

Thanks Kerstin for the info. I have to ask, why is it called Oktoberfest then?

Happy talk like a pirate day to everyone! Arr matey's!

Texas BBQ is my fav.

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Ladybug220 - Sep 19, 2004 9:49 am (#817 of 2977) Reply    

Mike, I have never been to Tops but it is hard to find a bad BBQ place in Memphis. What I really miss from Memphis is Huey's. They had the best hamburgers in town and had been voted the best for about the last 15-20 years. They also have great red beans 'n rice. I need to go visit again. I can't believe that it has been over 10 years since I have lived there.

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Kerstin - Sep 19, 2004 10:25 am (#818 of 2977) Reply    

Padfoot, to be honest: I don't know, but I googled. Here's the answer: The first Oktoberfest was anno 1810 to honour the wedding of Prinz Ludwig von Bayern and Prinzessin Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen. It started on Oktober 12 and ended Oktober 17. In the following years the feast has been repeated, stretched to two weeks and moved into September for the better weather.

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Chemyst - Sep 19, 2004 11:48 am (#819 of 2977) Reply    

Maybe haymoni can jump in with an update (if you were napping today does that mean you had good luck shopping and found a power suit quickly?) but years ago when son #1 was small enough to fit in a baby back-pack carrier, Cleveland had/has one of the best rib burn-off festivals in the country. For me, "true" barbecue requires ribs and a flame but as long as it's sweet & tangy I can still be quite content – no coleslaw required.

Naturallycurly.com was a very nice place to visit but still did not answer my real problem. Same son as above has grown and (he and I agree) his hair looks best if he does nothing but wash & let it dry to resemble the 'do on Michelangelo's David statue. But father & husband (same person) insists on combing. This results in a hairstyle fluff between Oscar the Grouch and a troll doll and makes me want to throw all the child-rearing books that say "parents must present a united front" straight out the door.

... that's mouse potato, mows potahtoe.

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Catherine - Sep 19, 2004 12:05 pm (#820 of 2977) Reply    

Chemyst,

Love the avatar. It struck dread in my heart. **shivers her timbers**

Your comparison between son's hair and troll doll was very amusing. I even learned something about troll dolls today. You can expand your knowledge base everyday by spending time here. **thinks Chemyst's son's hair sounds lovely as wash 'n' wear**

I thought it was just my family that had father/son hair issues. Back when the little brother was two, he had beautiful blond curls that looked so sweet with his big baby blue eyes. He looked so pretty, in fact, that after several men in the hardware store complimented my dad on his "beautiful little girl" that my brother's hair was cut the next day. My mother was so upset, but Dad was adamant. Fooey on him!

The hair issues in my house seem to center mostly on the dogs! **still mad at the evil groomer who Nadined Daisy.**

EDIT: You say mouse potato, I say mows potahto...Cut me some slack. I just pasted it from http://www.WordSpy.com You would not believe the words that are now words....

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ShelterGirl - Sep 19, 2004 12:12 pm (#821 of 2977) Reply    

--*Bows to Chemyst on the avatar*

Catherine- the same thing happened with my dad's hair. Everyone thought he was a girl. His dad had it all hacked off.

Arr. Away with the scallywags not secure in their masculinity...

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Sep 19, 2004 2:21 pm (#822 of 2977) Reply    

***notes the absence of that ole seadog himself, Loopy Lupin***

Hey Loopy, where are you? I've been bedazzled by everyone's pirate talk but you've been noticeably absent. It's time to "go on the account" and get yer "sea legs" or you'll be in danger of getting "keelhauled" and sent down to "Davy Jones' locker". So off with those "long clothes" and put on some proper rigging or I'll have to "tip you the black pot" and make you "walk the plank". I didn't think you shied away from hard work but perhaps you are "swinging the lead". But if it's been a hard weekend, climb on board and you can "take a caulk".

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timrew - Sep 19, 2004 3:05 pm (#823 of 2977) Reply    

Avast behind! Where's me mizzen mast? What does ye mean, it's mizzen!

Here's a black spot fer Bloind Pew! But with all them zits, he'll never notice it! Ahaaaar!!!

Sorry about that, folks. Had to get in my bit of pirate speak for the day.

On the subject of haircuts, I haven't been to a barber in about 20 years (which is why my avatar's wearing a hat!). No, I go round to my Mum's and she cuts it - does a damn good job, too!

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Padfoot - Sep 19, 2004 3:44 pm (#824 of 2977) Reply    

Thanks Kerstin for the information. I didn't know the festival started because of a wedding. Very cool. I figured weather was probably a factor for moving it to September.

Speaking of weather, brrrr. The cold front is here, at least in the mountains. It's very chilly and rainy here. Still, it's fun to look at all the aspen leaves changing color.

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Catherine - Sep 19, 2004 4:33 pm (#825 of 2977) Reply    

Brrr. Shiver me timbers, again, mates!

It was right "chilly" here in Eastern NC today. It felt like fall for real. I think the high temp was only 70. That's cold for this time of year here.

I'm really liking this pirate talk, as I live in "Pirate town" anyway. I've made lots of adult innuendoes to my friends, and it has been loads of fun! **waves to Kim and Denise and Julie**

But, I am ready to give up the pirate talk, and resume boring life.

But first, Tim, mate, ye are more fun than a barrel o' rum. Arrr!

Kim, I, too, wish that Loopy was available to chime in a pirate way, but I think he's busy with his real life **Arr! Curse the real life of a scallywag!** Hope he's had fun with Daisy, Jesse, and the rest of the dog clan, among others!

Arrr! The small fry need to hit the bunks before mom make a chum bucket! ARR! **that means that mum needs to put kiddies to bed quite speedily, before she goes insane**

**waves to Forum**

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Pinky - Sep 19, 2004 4:42 pm (#826 of 2977) Reply    

Kerstin, thanks for the information. My boss (I work at a nursing home) wants to schedule an Oktoberfest for sometime next month. So do I tell her that it's too late because it's already going on, or do we go with the historical dates?

Oh.. and.. ARRRR! *doesn't make a very impressive pirate*

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Gina R Snape - Sep 19, 2004 5:44 pm (#827 of 2977) Reply    

Hi everyone!

I just wanted to pop in and say let's cross our fingers that Emma Thompson and Alan Rickman win Emmy's tonight!!!!

Also, I met Kasse today! We went for coffee and discussed Snape and Harry's daftness and Ron and Hermione dating, and the fandom, and it was great!

::waves at Kasse::

btw, Jim if you are out there, Mischa Barton was just one of the presenters. I'm sure you'll be playing that over and over again if you got it on your VCR. :-)

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TwinklingBlueEyes - Sep 19, 2004 6:02 pm (#828 of 2977) Reply    

Avast behind! Where's me mizzen mast? What does ye mean, it's mizzen!



Here's a black spot fer Bloind Pew! But with all them zits, he'll never notice it! Ahaaaar!!!

Thank you Tim for another great SPEW moment!

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Catherine - Sep 19, 2004 6:12 pm (#829 of 2977) Reply    

OH, thanks you all for a great dramatic evening.

Gina, always nice to see you pop in. Thanks for the heads up. We'll find out later if Jim set his VCR for Mischa....

All you pirates who played along...yer me mates. Arrr! I tried to recruit a local gal to join me in pirate speak, but, alas earwax, she thinks I'm a nutter.

So, to Kim, who is one of me saucy wench mates....ARRR! To Loopy, who is busy...double arrr and a barrel o'grog! To Julie...arrr and grub and grog! (and a feel-better-soon)

To all the the other scurvy dogs on the Forum...take it all and give nothin' back!

**off to S.t Mungo's**

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Viola Intonada - Sep 19, 2004 7:08 pm (#830 of 2977) Reply    

Arrggh, Mateys! It's been a long day of swabbin' the decks here on this ship. Alas, due to the mangey crew, there is still work to be done. (Translation: Daughter's birthday party next weekend, we have been trying to clean the play room today. We are not anywhere near being finished)

Meg, we didn't want to find out the gender of either of our children before they were born. When anyone would ask, "What are you having?" I simply replied, "I'm having a baby, I assume it is human."

To everyone with long hair, especially if it is wavy or curly, I recommend a long hair salon (yes, they do exist). I was lucky enough to stumble across one here in my little town. I used to dread going to get my hair cut because the stylist would immediately say, oh let's get rid of those dead ends. Before I would know the stylist would cut off 4 inches. It takes me two years to grow 4 inches of hair! Finally I found a long hair salon (associated with the George Michael Salon of New York). It took me a while to get used to them not washing my hair before cutting it, but I'm  glad I did. (Wet hair stretches more, therefore it is better to cut it dry) When I ask for a trim, the stylist only removes 1/4 of an inch! The stylist also does a split end trim where he twists a bit of hair and runs the scissors up, cutting anything sticking out. It takes a while, but is worth it. I was able to grow my hair 6 inches longer than I ever have before. (It was actually down to my waist at one point, and for someone whose hair only grows two inches a year, that is saying something.

I know it is not very piratish to worry about split ends, oh well.

Yo Ho, Yo ho, a pirates life for me....

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Kasse - Sep 19, 2004 8:00 pm (#831 of 2977) Reply    

Hello All,

Gina beat me to it (waves to Gina) I wanted to come in here and let everyone know that I had finally met another forum member. It was great! Ok so that is one down and how many left to go?

I would join in on the pirate talk, but alas earwax I would most probably mess it up

Goodnight all....

PS: I missed the Emmy's how did Emma and Alan do?

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Gina R Snape - Sep 19, 2004 8:30 pm (#832 of 2977) Reply    

They lost.

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TwinklingBlueEyes - Sep 19, 2004 8:32 pm (#833 of 2977) Reply    

Don't look now all you folks that have been enjoying the " liquid sunshine and tropical breezes", but TD 13 just formed. Regular factory huh?

Link

Oh wait, that includes me!

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VeronikaG - Sep 20, 2004 12:17 am (#834 of 2977) Reply    

Good to see you are all home and safe!

So you really have a "speak like a pirate-day"! (I thought it was one more in-forum joke...)

Perhaps this text I found a while ago should be a bit of fun.

(in the background, we see the pirate crew dancing the Hokey-Pokey) (a man walks up to the pirate first mate) MAN(squeaky voice): You in nee-wait, ahem(pirate voice) You in need of a pirate captain? FIRST MATE: Argh, but you must first past the test. Put these on!(he hands the man pirate clothes and a sword) You must be a buccaneer, a scalywag! You must smell bad! MAN(smells his armpits):Argh! FM: You must dress rotten! MAN(looks at clothes):Argh! FM: You must have great eyesight! See that man looking at the tree, what does it say on his shirt? MAN: He is not just looking at the tree. FM: OK, then, um. Lets say you are on a 3 masted brigatine. The right side is starbord, what is left? MAN: The other side?? FM: LEFT! PORT! LEFT! PORT! MAN: I agree, we should of left port two hours ago! FM(Annoyed): ARRGH! Assume your command MAN: Thank you everybody, you've been a great crew, (happily) time for a flogging! CREW:NOOO!! FM: NO FLOGGINGS! (he walks away disgusted) SECOND MATE: The front of the boat is the bow. MAN: That is where'll I be! SM: No, no, you will be astern! MAN: I'll be a stern what?? SM: You will be on stern, where the poop is! MAN: The what??!! SM: The poop! The POOP! MAN: What have the crew been eating? SM: What difference does it make?! MAN: I want to know how deep the poop is! SM: It is several feet above the main deck! MAN: Ha, ha, no kidding. SM: Of course, it was designed that way. MAN: What if I get the call of nature, do I add to the poop? SM: No, you use your head. MAN: My head? Is there any reason why I should use my head? SM: Your the Capitan, right? MAN: Right. SM: So thats why you use your own head. MAN: Do I have to share my head with the crew? SM: No. MAN: Good, let them use there own heads! SM: No, the crew don't have heads. MAN: NO HEADS??!! SM: The crew don't need heads. MAN: What kind of a crew don't have heads? SM: Roughnecks! THIRD MATE: Look on the horizon! A three-masted pirate ship! MAN: Bring me my red shirt. TM: Why a red shirt? MAN: So the crew won't see my blood and keep on fighting. TM: AAH, but I am mistaken, it is not one, but ten ships of the line. It is the British Navy!! MAN: Bring me my brown pants. I think I will need them. TM: Depends. Tell the crew to come about! MAN: Alright every one, get in a circle! TM: Trim the sails! MAN: Cut ten inches off of that one, it looks awful! TM: Aim the cannons at the fore mast! MAN: Aim the cannons at the four mas-wait, you told me that there were only three masts! TM: Aye, the first is fore. MAN: Then where is the fourth mast?! TM: There are only three! MAN: Then the fourth is missing? TM: The third is mizzen! MAN: Then where did it go? TM: Behind the main! MAN: The water main, the Spainish main, Charlemange. WHAT MAIN!!!! TM: THE MAIN MAST! ARRGGGH!!(he walks away) PETTY OFFICER: Where were we? MAN: I am being attacked by ten ships of the Royal Navy, hard a port, which is left? PO: Right MAN: Rrrr. My first mast is four, my third is missing, and my main mast is sticking out of the poop? PO: Right. MAN: Why are we being chased? PO: There is a price on me head! MAN: How much? PO: Two dollar! MAN: Why only two dollars? PO: Because I'm a buckaneer! (Bum-bum-chissh) (MAN walks away, throwing his pirate hat at PO, then throws his sword, which hits PO)

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The giant squid - Sep 20, 2004 1:58 am (#835 of 2977) Reply    

Tim, once again you have me chuckling in me beard...what? It's after midnight? Curses, no more pirate talk!

Viola, the idea of a "long hair salon" is ingenious, it's perfect, and therefore is quite likely to not exist anywhere near me.

Veronica, what else can I say but LOL!

TBE: Another storm? It's a conspiracy cooked up by the bottled water & plywood manufacturers, I'm sure of it.

--Mike

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Catherine - Sep 20, 2004 4:09 am (#836 of 2977) Reply    

Good Morning!

Veronika, thanks for the joke. What a nice way to wrap up our Talk like a Pirate Day. All me friends here in NC thought I had gotten into the grog when I tried it on them. You guys are so much fun.

Denise, I noticed that you created a new Forum chat room for us. Isn't she great? Thank you so much.

Gina, condolences about the Emmys. They were robbed, I tell ya!

Off to start my Monday. I need to go poke my oldest to get her ready to drive to school.

See you all later. **waves to everyone**

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Chris. - Sep 20, 2004 4:43 am (#837 of 2977) Reply    

Good Afternoon everyone!

I am very excited today as the Star Wars (digitally re-mastered) boxset is out today, and I have a guarantee from my mum that she'll buy it for me. It's my birthday on the 24th. Can't wait!

Talk Like A Pirate Day explains a lot to me. It explains why I couldn't understand what my brother was saying for ages!

Nearly the end of lunchtime! Bye!

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Doxy Bowtruckle - Sep 20, 2004 4:47 am (#838 of 2977) Reply    

Glad there are people about this time of day, thought i was the only one!

Star Wars, yes my boys have been harping on all morning too, well i spose they will have to wait till their birthdays too.

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mike miller - Sep 20, 2004 5:00 am (#839 of 2977) Reply    

Ladybug - It's been nearly 20 years since I was in Memphis. Thankfully, right across the street from my office is a BBQ joint. It's owned by a formal Baltimore Colt football player who grew up in Memphis. I've only a 2 minute walk and I can get the "real deal" when it comes to BBQ.

Catherine - low maintenance is the only way to live! There's too much fun to be had without wasting time on frivolous things. Although, I don'e classify getting a good hair cut as frivolous. My aunt still has a "Flowbee". I guess getting a hair cut has come full circle. When I was a kid my Dad used to cut our hair with a clipper, good old "crew cuts". Actually, I hated them back then!

Gina - Good to see your posts again. What happened to the old "Pull my finger" avatar? I love that one!

Good Monday Morning!

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Loopy Lupin - Sep 20, 2004 5:37 am (#840 of 2977) Reply    

I can't believe I missed it. Unfortunately, I was traveling yesterday, so darrrn. Hope everyone had a good Pirate day.

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Ladybug220 - Sep 20, 2004 5:48 am (#841 of 2977) Reply    

Loopy, we'll still let to talk like a pirate today since you didn't get to yesterday!

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Loopy Lupin - Sep 20, 2004 5:50 am (#842 of 2977) Reply    

Thanks. I think I will take you up on that. Yar!

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Phoenix song - Sep 20, 2004 5:53 am (#843 of 2977) Reply    

I've been going around for the past few days wanting BBQ. Worse than that, though, is that I've been wanting to try the BBQ types that I've never even heard of around here before. (Like the pulled pork BBQ with vinegar.) It's tough to have a craving for something that you've never seen, never smelled, and don't even have available regionally. I guess that I'll have to find the recipes and see what I can come up with!

I'm in desperate need of a good haircut, but can not find the time to get it done! (Not to mention that I'm terrified of receiving another dreaded butchering of the excessively curly locks!) The blasted hurricane has really ripped a whole into my life's routine. I'm still trying to return to some sense of normalcy. I think that I have a mild case of OCD, and I can't stand for things to be so disorganized. Of course, with three small kids, my life stays in constant turmoil...I'm just not happy with it.

Is it my imagination, or has this hurricane season been more active than usual? I haven't seen the statistics on it recently, but it seems as if there are "systems" popping up all over the place! I suppose that it's similar to a geographical case of acne. When one bad one pops up, there are bound to be a dozen more coming along to keep it company. Oh well, that was a disgusting thought! Forgive me.

Well, I hope that everybody has a good Monday! (Or as good as Mondays are likely to be, anyway!) Today is my husband's and my middle child's (now 5) birthday, so I'll be busy decorating a cake for the family.

Cheers everybody!,
Barbie

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Catherine - Sep 20, 2004 5:54 am (#844 of 2977) Reply    

Loopy, I second the "darrrrn." **waves to Loopy**

We just knew you'd be channeling someone really scabrous and scurvy. I was really looking forward to it. **stupid travel**

But, you do have an amusing new avatar, so I guess we will all have to settle for Krusty and hantavirus. Somehow that seems appropriate for this dreary Monday morning.

Maybe I'll have to go check out the Star Wars thing....

EDIT: Happy Birthday to little Phoenix Song and Mr. Phoenix song!

DOUBLE EDIT: W00t! Loopy extended Pirate Day!

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Loopy Lupin - Sep 20, 2004 5:55 am (#845 of 2977) Reply    

I don't think you are imagining things. I think this has been a particularly active hurricane season.

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Julia. - Sep 20, 2004 6:20 am (#846 of 2977) Reply    

Let's see, Charlie, Francis, Ivan, Jeanne, and Karl. I'd say that's a pretty busy hurricane season.

Ahoy Loopy! Glad to have you back me herty! And, avast, and extended Pirate day for ye matey! ARRRRRRRR!

Happy birthday to Mr. Phoenix song and Middle Phoenix song child.

Star Wars comes out on DVD here tomorrow. As my mum still has not gotten me a birthday present, I am expecting a pretty dvd shaped package by the end of the week.

ARRRRR, I'd best be shovin' off for class mateys!

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TwinklingBlueEyes - Sep 20, 2004 6:29 am (#847 of 2977) Reply
Edited by megfox Sep 20, 2004 7:16 am    

Had to post this. Fla.'s new license plate. Add Lisa to that list, she forming up now.

Edit: I removed a graphic from this post. TBE, I know this doesn't spell out anything explicitly, but it's not appropriate for the forum. You can email me at meggypoo18@msn.com if you have any questions.

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Phoenix song - Sep 20, 2004 6:36 am (#848 of 2977) Reply    

TBE: You're cracking me up! (Or "cracking me out" as my 7 year old would say!) I'm going to have to copy that pic and send it to my uncle in FL. Come to think of it, since he lost his house in Ivan, I'll have to save it until he gets one of those...hmmm...

Thanks for all of the birthday wishes to the hubby and daughter! I'll be glad to pass them along.

Barbie

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TwinklingBlueEyes - Sep 20, 2004 6:44 am (#849 of 2977) Reply    

I'm so sorry to hear about your uncle's house Barbie. Please wish hubby and daughter Happy Birthday for me!

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Phoenix song - Sep 20, 2004 6:49 am (#850 of 2977) Reply    

Thanks TBE! Actually, he's a pretty easy-going, never say "die" kind of fellow. Been in Pensacola most of his life and never plans to leave regardless of how many hurricanes he meets. He actually seemed to look forward to the rebuilding process. (Go figure!) I guess it's all in the way that you look at something. He sees it as just another adventure financed with his insurance. I'd see it as a total nightmare!

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Gina R Snape - Sep 20, 2004 8:11 am (#851 of 2977) Reply    

Gee Mike. That avatar was, like, 8 avatars ago or something! Glad you still remember it.

I've got one in the waiting from Accio's daughter, who drew Snape for me. And I've got a few other funny drawings too, if I can get them down to 10k. And of course the gorgeous Alan pictures from the Emmy's last night...

btw, Ivan made his presence known in NYC on Saturday. The subways were flooded, just like they were after Frances. This weather has been CRAZY!!!!

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TwinklingBlueEyes - Sep 20, 2004 8:13 am (#852 of 2977) Reply    

A question for the grammer police. Can I post like this?

Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at an Elingsh uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht frist and lsat ltteer is at the rghit pclae. The rset can be a toatl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae we do not raed ervey lteter by itslef but the wrod as a wlohe.

I am having way too much fun for a Monday! Toddles of toward St. Mungo's...

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Catherine - Sep 20, 2004 8:27 am (#853 of 2977) Reply    

TBE,

I don't know to think about this research. It's true, I could read that post. Maybe this is why we miss typos often; we "expect" to see the word a certain way and just skim over the mistake. Like, "foilage" instead of "foliage," for instance. **waves to the Forum member who had that typo in a college paper**

Speaking of typos, I heard a terrible story from my mom about a certain state agency who had to have a fancy publication reprinted because the name of the state was spelled wrong. No one caught the error beforehand, which is a little bit sad for them, especially for what the reprint cost.

For any who are interested, I noticed that Leprechaun Jack included a link to an animal personality quiz in the Vote thread.

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ShelterGirl - Sep 20, 2004 8:34 am (#854 of 2977) Reply    

---*sniff*

Do you smell that? FALL is in the air!!

No humidity, fewer mosquitos, crunching leaves beneath our feet. The scent of wood smoke at night. Apples. REAL apples. Pots full of mums on people's front steps. Pumpkins in front of the grocery store. That special quality to the sunlight that guarantees that the days are getting shorter and the nights longer. Cravings for Ray Bradbury. Bags and bags of chocolate candy in the stores. Candy Apple kits. State Fairs are on their way. Baseball season is dwindling, football season is picking up. The LL Bean Christmas Catalog is in the mailbox. Acorns everywhere, so don't walk barefoot. Squirrels are busier. Breath can be seen in the morning and the evening. The moon is clearer.

We've made it through another long, hot summer. Two more days and it's "officially" done. Forgive my rather lousy ode, but it seemed like it would never end.

Have a wonderful Monday everyone.

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Padfoot - Sep 20, 2004 8:35 am (#855 of 2977) Reply
Edited by Sep 20, 2004 8:36 am    

Happy Monday everyone! *waves to Gina*

I didn't even think of watching the Emmys. Award shows always bore me. I will watch if there is someone I want to see (such as Alan). Alas, I did not know he would be on last night. oh well.

Thanks for the information Catherine. I will go check out the vote thread. *Keeping fingers crossed I will be a cool animal*

Edit: I have noticed that Fall has come already too.

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Kasse - Sep 20, 2004 8:51 am (#856 of 2977) Reply    

TBE - The research that English University did must be right, I read the sentence without much difficulty.

To second what Catherine posted, yes there is a very interesting link posted by Leprechaun Jack on the vote thread and we are in the middle of the most interesting vote ever (in my opinion)- so those of you who do not usually check out the vote thread I would say give it a shot.

Ok off to post.

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Loopy Lupin - Sep 20, 2004 9:39 am (#857 of 2977) Reply    

Arr. I've read that scurvy paragraph somewheres before TBE. It is interesting. Isn't it somewhat connected or related with the "backwards theory" people? I don't know what this was called but the theory is something along the lines of if you record someone's statements, their true sentiments can be "heard" if you play the tape backward. Interesting. Poppycock, perhaps, but interesting.

Yes, Julie. It is a might chilly here to be sure.

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Gina R Snape - Sep 20, 2004 9:43 am (#858 of 2977) Reply    

For those interested in seeing a few pics of Alan from last night, pop on over to this livejournal and also this album and this one.

:waves at Padfoot:

Did you guys really think I'd disappoint you, knowing Alan would be at the Emmys?

btw, thank goodness the summer weather is gone! (For now, anyway).

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mike miller - Sep 20, 2004 9:53 am (#859 of 2977) Reply    

Loopy - I don't know about the "backwards" theory thing (the Beatles White album thing never worked for me); but, my former boss could write backwards (like you need a mirror to read it) as easily as you or I could write forwards.

Has any of my fellow Mid-Atlantic forum members given any thought to Michelle the Librarian's suggestion of alternate dates to get together at the Renaissence Festival? Weather aside, I was quadruple booked for this past Saturday but October might be much better with the exception of 10/16. Stop by the East Coast Gethering thread and maybe we can pull something together!

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Loopy Lupin - Sep 20, 2004 10:10 am (#860 of 2977) Reply    

my former boss could write backwards (like you need a mirror to read it) as easily as you or I could write forwards. -- mike

icnivid dlouc oS .gnitseretni s'tahT

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Padfoot - Sep 20, 2004 10:26 am (#861 of 2977) Reply
Edited by Sep 20, 2004 10:28 am    

I've heard that about DaVinci too Loopy.

Edit: Thanks for posting those links Gina.

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Kasse - Sep 20, 2004 10:30 am (#862 of 2977) Reply    

lol loopy very impressive

On a related note. It took me forever to get the hang of speaking pig latin, only to find out that I have been writing in it for years, a pen pal taught me how. However it still amazes me how the kids I babysit can just rattle on for hours in it.

Gina- thank you for those pics.....yummy!

EDIT: Thanks for letting me know Gina I am on my way to the MWPP thread....

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Gina R Snape - Sep 20, 2004 10:33 am (#863 of 2977) Reply    

You're welcome! My new avatar was from the Emmy's too, obviously.

btw, I posted the MWPP part of our chat yesterday on the "Parting of the ways" thread. And I also posted a recent interview with Alan on the cast thread.

Darn it, I miss this place!!! I need more time in the day.

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Mrs. Sirius - Sep 20, 2004 11:07 am (#864 of 2977) Reply    

Okay, okay that's twice now I seen/heard mention of this new chatroom. But I have not seen where it is or how to access it? So what's the password to the entrance? is it faerie lights? caput draconis? mimbulus minbletonia? or just swordfish?

By the way on the typos on official documents, imagine being the lawyers in that mega law firm that made a several million dollar typo in the contract. The typo was made by the secretary but it had been reviewed by several lawyers in the firms so they ultimately had culpability. The error was a loss from $100 million dollars to $10 million. It was judged to be a legally binding contract.

Edit: Thanks Prongs. I just don't quite get where to find this link when I log in. I tried all the buttons on the first screen and look on the threads. How do I find it next time I come in? (Sorry I'm still a bit thick on computers)

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Loopy Lupin - Sep 20, 2004 11:10 am (#865 of 2977) Reply    

Oh, that reminds me of a story from law school. Our law professor worked for a big defense contractor evaluating proposals worth millions. The first proposal on the desk got chucked into the trash. Why? Because it was addressed to "McDonald Douglas Corp." (It's McDonnell Douglas Corp.)

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Chris. - Sep 20, 2004 11:11 am (#866 of 2977) Reply    

Here's a link, Mrs. Sirius.

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Catherine - Sep 20, 2004 12:10 pm (#867 of 2977) Reply    

Some people just do have freaky talents, like DaVinci's mirror writing. I love reading about unique brains.

I think President Garfield could hear a question in English, and write the answer in one hand in Greek, and with the other hand answer in Latin, all at the same time. The ambidextrous ability aside, that is pretty cool.

It makes my eyes cross just thinking about how to do that trick.

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Loopy Lupin - Sep 20, 2004 12:29 pm (#868 of 2977) Reply    

Yes, the ambidextrous quality is what is truly unique. If we still, today, studied Greek and Latin as a matter of course and not election, who knows what tricks we might be doing. One of my close friends has a "touch" of dyslexia. (His brother has it full blown.)He's very mechanically, scientifcally, etc. oriented, but he just doesn't grasp the whole left v. right "thing." "But if I face the other way, then left and right switch."

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Gina R Snape - Sep 20, 2004 12:32 pm (#869 of 2977) Reply    

I'm ambidextrous!

When I was in Kindergarten my teacher saw me practising my letters with both hands and actually said to me "You have to choose." I chose to defiantly not choose! My handwriting is nearly identical in both hands. I wound up favouring my right because all the desks at school when I was a teenager were righty desks.

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Ladybug220 - Sep 20, 2004 12:34 pm (#870 of 2977) Reply    

Ahhh, Gina, thanks for that wonderful pict of Mr Rickman!

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ShelterGirl - Sep 20, 2004 12:36 pm (#871 of 2977) Reply    

Gina--

You have to choose?

My great-uncle was left handed. They forced him in school to become right-handed by smacking his hand with a ruler everytime he used his left. He ended up with a stutter.

--*still shaking head over Gina's teacher*

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Eponine - Sep 20, 2004 12:43 pm (#872 of 2977) Reply    

Gina, I am a little jealous of you. I have always wanted to be ambidextrous.

I have been polishing a brass lamp that we have which I thought was a little tarnished. It turns out that it is a lot tarnished. Does anyone here know a good (easy) way to remove tarnish from brass?

I hope everyone is having a wonderful day.

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Catherine - Sep 20, 2004 12:48 pm (#873 of 2977) Reply    

I chose to defiantly not choose! –Gina

Ah, choices, a theme we often see in this Forum!

Good for you, Gina. I remember when I broke my right arm when I was 9 (actually, I rebroke it right after the cast came off, so I was in a cast for seven months total), and I had nerve damage. The teacher gave me a bad grade on my report card for my handwriting, even though I was using my left hand while my arm was in a cast.!

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Phoenix song - Sep 20, 2004 12:48 pm (#874 of 2977) Reply    

Eponine: Isn't there some sort of cleanser called Tarnex or something similar that is suppose to work just by dipping the item into it? I seem to remember the commercial advertising that you could also squirt the Tarnex on a toothbrush and scrub it into the creases and engravings. Maybe you could find out by executing a search for it on the web. Good luck!

By the way, I think that the children on your avatar are just beautiful!

Catherine: Was your teacher's first name Severus by any chance?

Barbie

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Gina R Snape - Sep 20, 2004 1:07 pm (#875 of 2977) Reply    

Makes me think..."Loss of limb will not excuse you."

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Elanor - Sep 20, 2004 1:19 pm (#876 of 2977) Reply    

Hi everybody! Hope everyone is well today!

What I've just read about those teachers is revolting! You know, I am a teacher and I have first and second years in my class in elementary school, that is to say that I'm teaching to read and write most of the time and I would never do things like that!

When I was at the "teacher school" (most boring classes ever BTW), we had a teacher who was saying that the only important thing in the way a kid was holding his pen was that he has to feel well when he writes (excepted if it is really bad for his back for example). I believe it is the better advice I ever heard there! To be honest, I don't hold my pen very correctly too! Well, I try and watch myself in front of the kids...

BTW, I would love to be ambidextrous! It is sometimes very hard to help a kid who writes with his left hand to do it properly!

Julia: LOL! Do you know what my brother is giving me for my birthday present? The Star Wars box!

May the Force be with you all! (speaking of choices, don't you think that Yoda's "Do it or do it not, there is no try" fits very well with that theme...)

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Pinky - Sep 20, 2004 1:38 pm (#877 of 2977) Reply    

TwinklingBlueEyes, I have a copy of that grammar study in my files as well, and I've often debated posting it. I think a translation of it would have been helpful. It may be easy for us native English speakers to read, but I'm not sure about our members who speak English as a 2nd language. So for their benefit, I will repost with a translation:

Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at an Elingsh uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht frist and lsat ltteer is at the rghit pclae. The rset can be a toatl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae we do not raed ervey lteter by itslef but the wrod as a wlohe.

According to a research(?) at an English university, it doesn't matter in what order the letters in a work are, the only important thing is that first and last letter is at the right place. The rest can be a total mess and you can still read it without problem. This is because we do not read every letter by itself but the word as a whole.

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Kasse - Sep 20, 2004 1:51 pm (#878 of 2977) Reply    

Gina - I'm ambidextrous too! Wow another thing we have in common! I actually ended up favouring my right hand (luckily I was never asked to choose) However there are some things that I simply can notdo with my right hand like eating, brushing my hair and teeth, etc. My writing sucks on my left hand though....

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TwinklingBlueEyes - Sep 20, 2004 1:56 pm (#879 of 2977) Reply    

I'm ambidextrous too. Was born left-handed, school, family made me change over to right. I can do most things equally well with both, except write. I have more power and accuracy with my left side. I shoot basketballs left-handed, bat left-handed. I'm all mixed up :-)

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Gina R Snape - Sep 20, 2004 1:57 pm (#880 of 2977) Reply    

Oh, funny. Well you know, I do certain things with one hand or another, which I can trace to points in my life.

For example, I write better with my right hand on paper, but I nearly always hold the chalk in my left hand when writing on the board when I am teaching. Although I can't really draw, I usually use my left hand if I try to draw or colour in something. I unlock doors with my left hand, but I throw with my right. I can use scissors in either hand, which I am told is quite a feat. I do eat with my left hand. It's actually uncomfortable for me to hold a fork in my right hand, though spoons are another story.

I use my right hand for the computer mouse at work, but my left hand for the trackpad on my laptop computer at home. Go figure!

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Kerstin - Sep 20, 2004 1:57 pm (#881 of 2977) Reply    

TBE, that paragraph exists in German too, but I was really surprised, that I was able to read it in English, it was unexpectedly easy.

Gina, thanks for these fantastic pics.

Barbie, I was just to ask Catherine the same question about the name of that teacher!

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Chemyst - Sep 20, 2004 2:10 pm (#882 of 2977) Reply    

Eponine, if you just want it clean, see if you can find a product called Brasso. Now antique restoration folk may curse the stuff, but it does strip the tarnish. When my husband was in the navy, they used to smuggle Brasso on board because it wasn't "regulation" or navy issue/approved. But it works. It would cut their clean-up time in half. Now if the brass isn't coated, it will tarnish up again fairly quickly, but to explain all that would be to abuse the chat thread. A good search engine will lead you to more than you ever wanted to know.

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Padfoot - Sep 20, 2004 2:19 pm (#883 of 2977) Reply    

I wish I was ambidextrous. Always have been just a boring right hander. Seems like a useful skill.

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Loopy Lupin - Sep 20, 2004 2:21 pm (#884 of 2977) Reply    

Brasso is good. I don't know if this is really any help, but, guess what, here's a link:

http://doityourself.com/clean/brass.htm

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Catherine - Sep 20, 2004 2:43 pm (#885 of 2977) Reply    

Oh, no! I hate polishing brass!

I once worked one summer at a horrible restaurant where they made me wear ridiculous clothes and polish the brass fixtures daily. I can smell Brasso and be transported back in time. I can hear the manager (let's call him "Bruce") telling me to put my suspenders on and hurry up with the polishing. If you want a good laugh, picture the outfit I was made to wear: white Bermuda shorts, blue oxford-cloth shirt, knee-socks, and rainbow suspenders. No, I am not making this up.

**begins to have post-traumatic stress over this**

Anyway, LOL about the comparisons between Severus and my fourth-grade teacher. I wouldn't insult Professor Snape by comparing the two! What was amusing was that my mom, as a former teacher, always took the teacher's side in everything, but she butted heads with this teacher in a huge way. She was the kind of person who gives teachers a bad name, unfortunately. **waves to all of the kind, inspired teachers on the Forum!**

Have a good evening.

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I Am Used Vlad - Sep 20, 2004 3:04 pm (#886 of 2977) Reply    

I am sort of ambidextrous. I write with my left hand, but eat with either and do things like golf and bat right-handed. I can play ping pong with either hand, but only use my right so I can steal jokes from The Princess Bride.

I used to be able to write backwards, too, but I am out of practice(I just wrote something and it was really sloppy).

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Dr Filibuster - Sep 20, 2004 3:10 pm (#887 of 2977) Reply    

Catherine, I'm glad you explained your uniform. I now presume your suspenders just held your socks up, right?

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Sep 20, 2004 3:18 pm (#888 of 2977) Reply    

Brasso is good. I don't know if this is really any help, but, guess what, here's a link:---Loopy Lupin (emphasis mine)

Of course there is.

EDIT: Post #888. How cool is that? This cool----->

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Catherine - Sep 20, 2004 3:45 pm (#889 of 2977) Reply    

Catherine, I'm glad you explained your uniform. I now presume your suspenders just held your socks up, right? --Dr. Filibuster

Oh, Sue, if only the suspenders had had a function besides making me ridiculous!

Now, working there did mean that I met some unique people. There was a felon cook who saved me from a probable assault in the parking lot, among other things.

But the suspenders were ick.

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Leila 2X4B - Sep 20, 2004 3:51 pm (#890 of 2977) Reply    

Hello all. It has been a busy week. I am tutoring once more and loving it. I am also loving my classes. They are fun. My Spanish professor, who is Iranian like me, calls me by only my last name. Every one else is called by their first. It is still fun. I am loving the lit classes. My presidency in the English and History Honors chapters will be great this term. I have some really fun stuff planned. Just in a good mood today.

Leila

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Eponine - Sep 20, 2004 3:58 pm (#891 of 2977) Reply    

Catherine, that outfit must have been lovely!

Thanks for the brass polishing advice. I knew someone here would know what to do.

The weather here has been beautiful today. I like summer, but I really enjoy it when it starts getting a little cooler.

My sister's sister-in-law's town got hit pretty hard by rain and there was a lot of flooding. There was a family that she knows who apparently had a carbon monoxide leak in their house, and they all passed out from the fumes. If it hadn't been for the flooding evacuation people checking all the houses, the whole family would have died. So for them, the flood was a very good thing.

Well, I'm off to read some threads. Have a wonderful day!

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Penny Lane. - Sep 20, 2004 4:35 pm (#892 of 2977) Reply    

Hi everyone!

I think it is horrible the way people didn't understand "Lefties" for so long. My mother's friend was forced to write with her right hand by all of her teachers. This was back in the 50's and the nun's apparently told her that Left-Handed people were channeling the devil or something. I'm glad that my church finally changed their perspective on that issue.

Anyway, I had a pretty good weekend here at school. I went out with a friend for chinese food yesterday, as I'd been craving it all week and NEEDED to get off of campus. Anyway, as I was leaving the restaurant, I spotted a sticker machine that sold nothing but Strawberry Shortcake scratch and sniff stickers!! I bought 2.

Have a wonderful evening!

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Denise P. - Sep 20, 2004 5:04 pm (#893 of 2977) Reply    

I have two lefties so far. One of them bats right handed but does everything else left handed. The other one, it is too soon to be sure. Kierynn is still using both hands fairly equally. It is funny, Nicholas was clearly left handed before he was a year old. The nearest lefty we have in the family is my maternal grandmother and husband's maternal grandmother. My insane sister in law is a lefty but none of her kids are. Go figure.

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Catherine - Sep 20, 2004 5:20 pm (#894 of 2977) Reply    

My maternal grandmother was a twin, whose twin died a week after she was born. My grandmother was a lefty, and so was her brother.

The only other lefty in the family is my oldest daughter, Claire. She is fairly ambidextrous in terms of using a mouse, hitting a tennis ball, or holding a bat. We've made sure that she does the sports stuff as a lefty, because that's tougher to beat!

Her tennis coach this summer didn't know she was a lefty, and Claire is too polite to correct her. So Claire was hitting the ball perfectly well with her right hand until I showed up after the lesson and said, "What the heck?" Then the coach realized that Claire could hit even better with the left hand.

The coach promised that after this, she would always ASK kids instead of assuming.

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Phoenix song - Sep 20, 2004 5:30 pm (#895 of 2977) Reply    

My father-in-law and my aunt were both lefties that were forced to write right handed. My father-in-law has said that his left arm was actually tied to his body to prevent him from using it. That's just child abuse in my opinion.

My youngest is a leftie. She's 3, and I do wonder how difficult it will be for me to teach her to write since I am hopelessly right-handed. (I teach my kids at home.) For all of the teachers out there, and I know that there are many, are there any tips on how to facilitate this process?

Catherine: Where in the world do you get all of these great definitions?

Barbie

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Catherine - Sep 20, 2004 6:14 pm (#896 of 2977) Reply    

Barbie,

I cannot tell a lie. I go to a great site called http://www.wordspy.com and they are in the business of spotting new words, and citing their usage. The site has a word of the day, and a nifty search function.

Words are so much fun to me, and it seems relevant given how JKR likes to make up words, so I visit there every day or so and change my tagline.

Happy word hunting!

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Sticky Glue - Sep 20, 2004 6:28 pm (#897 of 2977) Reply    

Hi all, I'm back - but man have you lot been busy. How will I ever chatch up now

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SarcasticGinny - Sep 20, 2004 7:30 pm (#898 of 2977) Reply    

Hi everyone! I'm back from a trip to good old UIUC. I got to see all the friends I have who are a bit younger and still go there plus I got to hang with my brother (younger, who attends there still) which was awesome. I kind of miss the little pest now that he's gone!

I also just found out that one of my best friends is moving to the Czech republic in under two weeks! He just got a job as an au pair, and he's really excited but still I'll miss him to pieces. I'm really happy for him but a little sad for me.

As far as the rude questions go (sorry for being behind on my times) the worst one I've ever gotten was being asked if I was pregnant. I'm not and never have been. Nothing like that to make a girl want to skip a few meals. Boo...

I'm right handed but in soccer, I kick lefty. Is that weird?

Hope everyone had a teriffic Monday (at least for a Monday).

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Ladybug220 - Sep 20, 2004 8:00 pm (#899 of 2977) Reply    

I am a lefty and do most thing left handed but I have taught myself to do certain things with the right hand. I use scissors with the right since my mother could never find the left handed ones. I also use my knife with the right since I can't feed myself with right (and I don't like having to switch the knife and fork between the hands). I use the mouse with the right so that I can write with the left as I am doing searches or writing papers. In soccer, I am definitely left footed which came in handy for penalty kicks as that threw off most keepers.

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Phoenix song - Sep 20, 2004 8:53 pm (#900 of 2977) Reply    

Catherine: Thanks for the link! I'll be sure to use it. Verbal skills seem to be one of the first things to go after the completion of formal education. I'm certain that I can find several new words to add to my vocabulary.

{I can't help but remember that "Joey" on Friends was able to improve his vocabulary after receiving "word of the day" toilet paper as a gift. LOL}

EDIT: Is post 900 the right time to say W00T?

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Marie E. - Sep 20, 2004 9:56 pm (#901 of 2977) Reply    

*Sigh* They say we're going to get snow tomorrow night. I was just wearing shorts yesterday! I really despise fall in Colorado. You have to be prepared for 80's and 30's and often in the same week. But the aspens are pretty when they turn...

My dad is a lefty but none of us kids are. Both my girls are right-handed. I was kind of hoping one of them would be left-handed, just for dad. Silly, I guess.

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Leila 2X4B - Sep 20, 2004 10:15 pm (#902 of 2977) Reply    

I have a question. Are there any Spanish speaking forumers that live not in America. I have a project in my Spanish class. I need to write back and forth with a Spanish speaking(not necessarily native)person in Spanish about whatever. It could and should be about Potter. Please let me know if you are interested.

Leila

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septentrion - Sep 21, 2004 12:54 am (#903 of 2977) Reply    

Gina, you're back ! With great pictures of AR ! *girlie moment*

Leila, I was intrigued by your name and I was often tempted to ask if you were an Arab (as my husband is), but you've satisfied my insane curiosity with telling us you're an Iranian. Iran is one of the countries I'd like to visit. Imagine : Ispahan, Persepolis and so others marvelous sites *sigh*

I'm glad many members of the forum went safe through the hurricanes last week, but not so lucky were people in the Carribeans : the Island of Tortuga can't be seen neither from an helicopter nor with a radar anymore, and 26000 people use to live there. The trouble with an island is you can't fly very far. Couldn't help to express my worries for those people.

On a cheerer note, I go on vacation in only 3 weeks. I'm making a calendar in my head, counting days, like Harry did in CoS to count the days till he goes to Hogwarts.

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The giant squid - Sep 21, 2004 1:35 am (#904 of 2977) Reply    

TBE, I'd seen that paragraph before, and scared myself--the first time I read I thought, "What's the big deal?" Then I went back and looked at it and saw the misspellings. I also had no problem reading Loopy's backwards writing, but that could be because I'm a fan of the comic book character Zatanna (a witch who casts her spells by speaking backwards).

Fall has fallen here, too...it's dropping to the 50's & 60's overnight--for Vegas, that's chilly. I actually had to grab my jacket when I went out at midnight to buy Star Wars!

One of my (and Marie E.'s) cousins was stuck with a "righty-only" teacher back in first grade. Dad's granddaughters may be right-handed, but we could always tell him Ubu's a lefty... (inside joke between me & the sis; if you didn't get it don't feel bad, neither did anyone else )

--Mike

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boop - Sep 21, 2004 4:00 am (#905 of 2977) Reply    

Belated Twinkling Blue Eyes and Barbie's Hubby and daughter.

Star Crossed(Aly) today is your special day!  Have a great day!!!!

Welcome Back Gina, Sticky Glue and Sarcasic Ginny everyone of you have been missed!!!

Everyone have a great day and *HUGS* to everyone!!!!!!

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Catherine - Sep 21, 2004 4:48 am (#906 of 2977) Reply    

Happy Tuesday to all.

Brrr. It's chilly here today! Fall must be here at last. We have eight 60 year-old dogwood trees in our yard, so we get quite a show when they finally decide to color up for us. The trees are one reason we bought this house. So many native dogwoods in this area have succumbed to anthracnose, so I figure mine are super-trees!

I have to get dressed up today for some girly event that my friend drags me to every year, so maybe I'll break out the fall dress robes.

Enjoy your day!

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Kasse - Sep 21, 2004 5:49 am (#907 of 2977) Reply    

Good morning all (Catherine beat me to the happy Tuesday part)

Leila - I hope that you find someone to do yur Spanish assignment with. It is great to bring HP into coursework!

Marie E - snow already? Wow, well bundle up.

ALY - Have a Harry birthday

Everyone else take care

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Julia. - Sep 21, 2004 5:52 am (#908 of 2977) Reply    

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ALY! Have a butterbeer on me. Hope you have a great day and an amazing year!

Happy Star Wars release day everyone!

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Chris. - Sep 21, 2004 5:58 am (#909 of 2977) Reply    

Happy Birthday, Aly! Had to delete SmileyCentral, so no great smileys today.

I am now the proud (or mad as my mum calls it) owner of the Star Wars DVD series.

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ShelterGirl - Sep 21, 2004 6:00 am (#910 of 2977) Reply    

Hey, isn't El Cronista de Salem the director of the Spanish Lexicon site?

--*Just looked* Yeah. He is. I'd bet he would be pleased to help.

I hope everyone has a great day. Today I get to go back to work and do a 10.5 hour shift. All I can say about that is, whee. Everyone please cross your fingers that the puzzle toys I got Ginny the Dog keep her occupied enough so that I don't end up with destroyed furniture this time.

Happy Birthday Aly.

And Catherine, don't haul out the fall dress robes just yet. Up to 80 today and mid-80s tomorrow, low humidity. Yep. It's North Carolina.

Julie

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septentrion - Sep 21, 2004 6:20 am (#911 of 2977) Reply    

Happy birthday Star Crossed

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Loopy Lupin - Sep 21, 2004 6:22 am (#912 of 2977) Reply    

Hello everyone.

Well, I'm convinced there is a special place in heck for abusive teachers where they spend all day facing the corner wearing a dunce cap with chewing gum firmly planted on their noses. They can leave and go do something fun, but must raise their left hand which is super glued to their thigh.

Welcome back Sticky Glue. I've been meaning to ask you, it may seem obvious but its a little hard to tell from the picture, but is your son blond or is that a dye job? I was allowed to dye my nephew's hair bleach bone white one time (Eminem was big at the time). I haven't been allowed near the child's head since.

Have a good Tuesday.

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Sherbie Lemon - Sep 21, 2004 6:49 am (#913 of 2977) Reply    

It's nice to be able to pop back in here and good to see Gina posting. My workload has been mounting ever higher and all of my big projects have been due within days of each other. For instance, this week I've got one due on Thursday and a huge test (read: really big paper) due for another class Friday.

Birthday Balloons to all I've missed!

Unfortunately, we forgot to celebrate International Left-Handers Day on August 13th. Like many of you, my husband is a "south paw" but can do many things with his right hand. In fact, all the first born males (and males are ALWAYS first born, there are only a handful of females) in his family have been lefties, an occurrence that they've traced down to his great-great-great grandfather. I can't do a thing with my left except cartwheels; I just have never been able to do a cartwheel on my right. Here's a link that has a looong list of famous left-handers; you can even read it in Pig Latin!
http://www.indiana.edu/~primate/left.html

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Catherine - Sep 21, 2004 7:17 am (#914 of 2977) Reply    

Well, Happy Birthday to the those I missed!

I was allowed to dye my nephew's hair bleach bone white one time (Eminem was big at the time). I haven't been allowed near the child's head since.--Loopy Lupin

Really. How unexpected!  

Loopy, you a man of many talents. Not everyone can channel Miss Manners, be the SPEW Prince, King of Links, AND still manage to do Eminem hair. Not to mention being in the Know-it-All club and doing the law thingy, too. I'm in awe.

**off to feel inadequate for the day**

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B]haymoni[/B] - Sep 21, 2004 7:28 am (#915 of 2977) Reply    

Hello all! 114 messages! Whew!

No - shopping was a disaster. I found a black tank dress in the back of the closet and wore a red linen blazer over it. It was fine to watch their dog-and-pony show. We'll see what becomes of it.

Got a flat tire on my way to work this morning. Went to change it and didn't have the tire iron. Hubby had to save me. Needless to say, he is quite happy with himself.

Once I got back to the office, I thought that I lost my case that holds all of my credit cards. (Probably stolen by someone at the dog-and-pony show!) But no - they had just fallen out of my purse, inside my car.

Then my computer kept shutting off - must have bumped the plug for the surge protector. So that is my "three" for today. I should go home.

I am right-handed, but was taught to turn cartwheels by a left-handed babysitter - it's the only thing that I can do left-handed.

Just found out that the new assistant we hired is an HP fan - Whoo hoo! I'll get her to the Lexicon ASAP.

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Denise P. - Sep 21, 2004 7:38 am (#916 of 2977) Reply    

Four of my kids were towheads as babies and toddlers. For Halloween, I had an orange sweatsuit with a pumpkin face on it so I dyed Devin and Kaity's white blonde hair green (using kool-aide) when they each wore that outfit. Heh, it stayed green much longer than I would have liked but it looked cute.

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Loopy Lupin - Sep 21, 2004 7:45 am (#917 of 2977) Reply    

AND still manage to do Eminem hair—Catherine

Weellllll. It was the slightest bit "orangy" on the top, depending on how the light hit it. (It wasn't my fault; the kid was crying to get the crap out of his head because it burned. It told him to suck it up, but eventually took pity. Still, a little orange.) But after a while, it was pretty much bone white. Smile

Oh, how I hate flats, haymoni. What a pain.

EDIT-- LOL Denise. Oh, and how about when the poor blond kids spend the summer at the pool and then spend the first couple weeks or so of school green headed.

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Padfoot - Sep 21, 2004 7:53 am (#918 of 2977) Reply
Edited by Sep 21, 2004 7:54 am    

Happy birthday Aly! Make A Wish

Denise, what does "librocubicularist" mean?

So Prongs, you got your birthday gift early, how cool.

It wasn't my fault; the kid was crying to get the crap out of his head because it burned. It told him to suck it up, but eventually took pity. Poor kid, what a mean uncle.

*Waves to Marie* Fall is here today! Yesterday I was in short sleeves and sandals, today it's a sweater and boots. I actually do like the rain, but wish it was a tad bit warmer than 43 degrees.

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Loopy Lupin - Sep 21, 2004 8:10 am (#919 of 2977) Reply    

Poor kid, what a mean uncle—Padfoot

Hey! He was the one begging me to do it. AND I had to use all my uncle powers to talk his mom into letting me do it.

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Leviosa - Sep 21, 2004 8:15 am (#920 of 2977) Reply    

Hello everyone!

I'm only in my second week of school now and today I did in fact have four free periods. It absolutely sucks to have to wait two and a half hours only to attend biology class But I at least I spent the time reasonably and went with some friends to a shopping mall in order to eat something for lunch (they don't sell anything at all for lunch at my school but the stationery shop across from the school sells expensive soups in little bags and things like that... now that's a balanced diet, right?

My teachers aren't any better. You think the least you can expect of a teacher is that he is clean and occasionally washes his hair? You're very very wrong!! You can't be within reach of my physics teacher without almost fainting because of the stink. I mean I'm not even talking about expertise (that's for a lot of other teachers) or politeness or even *gasp* interesting lessons (I have the extraordinary luck of having two Prof. Binns in my two core subjects). But I'm not even talking about such completely unrealistic things but a bit of soap, shampoo and deodorant, is that really too much???

Sorry for that rant. I really need vacation.

Leila, I've had about 7 lessons of Spanish, so my Spanish is not really good. If you don't find anyone better than me, I'd still be willing to try to help you but I can't promise if my Spanish is enough.

Pinky, I, like Kerstin, could understand the paragraph about that study of English perfectly. Btw, hello Kerstin! I'm German, too. Where in Germany do you live? **waves to Kerstin**

I'm right-handed and I'm no good with my left hand. Nothing interesting here.

Have a nice day everyone!

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Catherine - Sep 21, 2004 8:17 am (#921 of 2977) Reply    

Haymoni, you've had a bad enough day for everyone today. **bungs Haymoni some chocolate** Hope things improve; maybe they can't get much worse.

I didn't know that Kool-Aid could be used to dye hair. I guess it wouldn't work on us; we're all brunettes at our house (well, except for the dogs). You learn something new every day at the Forum!

I told him to suck it up --Loopy Lupin. LOL! I'm beginning to wonder if you have something in common with Daisy's ex-groomer! You both have that semi-sadistic hair thingy going.

**remind me to never let Loopy near bleach or clippers**

Good luck with finishing your work, Sherbie. The forecast is good for you today, because I think that Haymoni caught all of the Sherbie luck so far!

I'm off to this girly thing. Warning: petulant rant ahead: I get roped into this event every year because I just can't say no to it. This may sound mean, but it is a VERY boring fashion show for our local Domestic Violence group. My neighbor is one of the big coordinators, and my other best friend/former neighbor is the President of the board, so I pretty much have to go. Several of my friends model for it, and they pout if I say I don't want to go. So I give in, pay a ridiculous amount of money for the ticket, eat very mediocre food, and have to make small talk with all of the over 70 set from our neighborhood, because only the older ladies in town actually enjoy attending this event. The conversation pretty much falls into the cateogories of who is sick; who died; and who has the most accomplished grandchildren. Rant complete.

Enjoy your afternoon, everyone. I'm off to eat dry chicken and bad cake. See you later.

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Sep 21, 2004 8:27 am (#922 of 2977) Reply    

Oh, and how about when the poor blond kids spend the summer at the pool and then spend the first couple weeks or so of school green headed.---Loopy Lupin

Wow. I feel happier than ever to be a brunette.

It told him to suck it up, but eventually took pity.---Loopy Lupin (gee, aren't you having a quotable day )

Loopy you would fit in very well with our family hikes. We take no whining and walk until exhaustion kicks in then turn around and make the young 'uns walk back.

I dyed Devin and Kaity's white blonde hair green (using kool-aide)---Denise

Denise, the mother of my oldest friend has been gray for years. She always wanted to try being a redhead but wasn't sure if she'd like it. So, to give the idea a test run, she died her hair with Kool-Aid. In speaking of her family, my friend said, "Not only is my mother the type to think up something like this, when asked, the rest of us all nod our heads in agreement and say, "Yeah, that sounds like a great idea.'"

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Denise P. - Sep 21, 2004 9:20 am (#923 of 2977) Reply    

Padfoot, you don't know what librocubicularist means??!!?? :::gasp:::: You can find the definition, as well as many other gems at Worthless Word for the Day Click on recently and scroll down, it is the fourth word. I was having fun last night and saw librocubiculatist and thought it would be perfect for me to use.

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Phoenix song - Sep 21, 2004 9:25 am (#924 of 2977) Reply    

Denise P: I saw your new tag line last night with the word librocubicularist. I admit to doing an internet search on it because I didn't want to admit not knowing what it was. After finding out, I have to agree that I am also a proud librocubicularist! Now there are two of us! (Probably many more as well!) I won't spoil the fun for everybody else, and will keep the info. to myself. Thanks for the link!

Barbie

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Ladybug220 - Sep 21, 2004 9:36 am (#925 of 2977) Reply    

Actually that makes three of us!

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Julia. - Sep 21, 2004 9:39 am (#926 of 2977) Reply    

Count me in the librocubicbularist club as well!

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Eponine - Sep 21, 2004 9:41 am (#927 of 2977) Reply    

I am joining the list of proud librocubicularists as well. I used to get in trouble for being one when I was younger. My mother didn't like it because I would do it long after she told me to stop. Do you other librocubicularists have ballycumbers as well?

Thanks for the link. I love learning new words like that. Two of my favorite words are juxtaposition and sesquipedalian, but I rarely find the opportunity to use them in everyday conversation.

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Denise P. - Sep 21, 2004 9:41 am (#928 of 2977) Reply    

I bet there are a lot more librocubicularists on the Forum. And I suspect I am not the only one with ballycumbers.

Yeah, my mom wasn't happy with my being a librocubicularist but it must be in the genes...my 7 year old is one as well.

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Padfoot - Sep 21, 2004 10:11 am (#929 of 2977) Reply    

I am a librocubicularist too, add me to that list. Always have been.

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Loopy Lupin - Sep 21, 2004 10:13 am (#930 of 2977) Reply    

Is it just me or is this Denise's third avatar today? (Like I'm one to talk, but that's the point really. She's stealing my schtick!)

Yes, I'm a libro-thingy too. Sometimes there is no other way to fall asleep.

A final word in my defense, I made the kid keep the stuff in his hair because, although he's a little blond naturally, he's not very fair haired. His mom relented with the "bleach" idea, but warned that if it turned out orange, it was all coming off. As I said, it was a wee bit orangy on top, but he kept his hair. Now, how would he have looked with a bone white scalp?

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Denise P. - Sep 21, 2004 10:21 am (#931 of 2977) Reply    

Not really, the first one (Alias: Skin Deep), I put up last night. I changed my ballycumbers around (and finished A:SD) and had to put the most current one up.

I also don't have any recent pictures of children, husband or animal to put up. So..you guys are stuck with ballycumbers until I take some or find something else

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Kasse - Sep 21, 2004 10:25 am (#932 of 2977) Reply    

Me too, me too, I am a librocubicularist - always have been

EDIT: you learn so much on this forum - I love it here!

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haymoni - Sep 21, 2004 10:29 am (#933 of 2977) Reply    

I thought it meant that you read in your cubicle at work!

I got in trouble for it also when I was younger - I tried to do it in the dark. "You'll go blind!"

Please check the meaning of the word before you edit me!

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TwinklingBlueEyes - Sep 21, 2004 10:40 am (#934 of 2977) Reply    

You'll go blind! ROFL!!!!!!!!!
Back on topic...count me in the club too, even if I can't spell it.

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Denise P. - Sep 21, 2004 10:51 am (#935 of 2977) Reply    

Haymoni, you won't go blind. That is why you use a flashlight under the covers! LOL How many times did I hear "Put that light out and go to bed!"

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Kerstin - Sep 21, 2004 11:31 am (#936 of 2977) Reply    

Hello Leviosa, I live in Herzogenrath, that's about 15 km from Aachen and 3 km from Kerkrade, Netherlands. Where do you live?

Denise and the other "librocubicularists": I tried to ignore this, but now you've got me, I'm off to look for it. **off to try the link**

**a few minutes later** Ok, I checked it: I belong to the club of librocubicularists, no doubt! And in former times I had ballycumbers too.

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Elanor - Sep 21, 2004 11:58 am (#937 of 2977) Reply    

Count me in the club too! I love that, especially if I eat chocolate too while I read... Is this a special word for that? I don't know why, but I always have more fun if I eat some, especially when the situation is very tense (a whole bar just for the first task chapter in GoF!)!

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Padfoot - Sep 21, 2004 12:03 pm (#938 of 2977) Reply    

Me too Elanor! Mmm....chocolate.

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Ladybug220 - Sep 21, 2004 12:05 pm (#939 of 2977) Reply
Edited by Sep 21, 2004 12:05 pm    

Yes, chocolate is necessary - after all it is a food group!

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Phoenix song - Sep 21, 2004 12:24 pm (#940 of 2977) Reply    

Denise P: The link that you gave us is priceless! There are so many gems in the English language that are practically unused! I like this word that I've found that seems to describe Lockhart's verbal skills:

blague /blag/ [F] [n] humbug, claptrap, raillery [vi] to talk pretentiously and usually inaccurately: lie boastfully

I love discovering new words! Perhaps I can eventually become a member of the sesquipedalian club. Where's Catherine? I know that she absolutely loves words!

Barbie

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septentrion - Sep 21, 2004 12:35 pm (#941 of 2977) Reply    

Count me in the club too ! And I'm with the ones who were forgotten it when I was younger !

I didn't know "blague" was also an English name, even if not usual. In French, it means "joke".

Kerstin, you must know the village of Monschau, I think it's not too far from Aachen. This village looks like a fairy village, at least in Christmas time.

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Catherine - Sep 21, 2004 12:42 pm (#942 of 2977) Reply    

Woo Hoo, Barbie! I'm here! I love the link, Denise. Count me in! I got to be an expert at shoving the book under the covers before my mom came in my room to see if I was asleep. Reading in bed, chocolate...these are a few of my favorite things!

Well, I did my duty and went to the fashion show. Heads up, all children of the 70s! Ponchos are so very back. Fur and feathers were also very much in evidence. The colors aqua and pink are very in, especially paired with brown. Hemlines are asymmetrical, and/or see -through or pointy.

I thought it would never end. One of the ladies sitting next to me was very hard of hearing, and the music for the show was very loud. So I was expected to translate the entire commentary for her.

I think next year I may buy the ticket and "forget" to go. I'll tell all my friends who model in it that they looked fabulous, but that I had to leave early to pick up the kids from school. Is a little white lie here out of line? 😊

Actually, one thing that was SO funny is that the Humane Society President was modeling this huge fur jacket. I noticed one of the photographers from the local paper taking her picture. I started giggling to myself wondering if her picture would show up with her wearing fur, and what, if any, repercussions there might be. Tee hee!

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Richard !!!Reid - Sep 21, 2004 12:47 pm (#943 of 2977) Reply    

Hi everyone. I'm home for a night, so thought I would apparate in, and say hello.

University SUCKS. But, lets not get into that.

Hope everyone is well.

Richard

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Phoenix song - Sep 21, 2004 1:06 pm (#944 of 2977) Reply    

Hey Catherine! There you are! I'm with you on the fashion show thing. I think that I'd rather watch paint dry. It is rather hilarious that the Humane Society President was caught wearing fur, though.

Hey Richard! Glad to see your avatar again! I'm sorry that university is terrible.

Barbie

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Penny Lane. - Sep 21, 2004 1:11 pm (#945 of 2977) Reply    

I've been watching a lot of the Style channel this week, and I rather enjoy it, although, I think sweater poncho's are the ugliest things since orange and brown together.

Richard - right now I'm feeling the same way. I just can't take much more of this. Apparently the school I transferred to is like 75% commuter, so it's SO hard to meet people who are my age, and don't already have their "group" established.

Oh, but I did find something to make me smile today. I was in French class last week and I heard someone mention the word "mugglenet". My ears immediately perked up, and I chased down the suspect and talked to her about it for a bit. She bragged that mugglenet is now site of the month on JKR.com, and I was like "yeah, well, The Lexicon was Site-of-the-month for THREE months" anyway, to cut to the case, she knows lots of Harry Fans, and we are going to start a discussion group on campus. While we were planning it (during French of course) a few more students came and joined us. So right now we have about 8 members and all but one are HUGE fans of the books. We talked for like 20 minutes about various theories and stuff after class. Of course we have to have the one person who's like "I liked them until they got popular - I read half of GoF, but I didn't like it." Technically we can't kick them out of the group either. GRrrr.

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Catherine - Sep 21, 2004 1:16 pm (#946 of 2977) Reply    

Hi, Richard. Nice to see you pop in. Chin up, me bucko. Ye'll be sailing along in no time.

Now, how would he have looked with a bone white scalp? --Loopy Lupin

Oh, dear. **grabs nearest Thestral, directs it to Loopy's house, and proceeds to confiscate all scissors, razors, clippers, peroxide, and bleach for humanity's greater good**

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Kerstin - Sep 21, 2004 1:48 pm (#947 of 2977) Reply    

Septentrion, yes, I Know Monschau. One of the ways I can take home (home ist still where my mom lives!) leads me through Monschau. It's really nice there in Christmas time, but it's always a cute little village, not only then.

Penny L., good to hear that your French class wasn't a waste of time! LOL

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Gina R Snape - Sep 21, 2004 2:36 pm (#948 of 2977) Reply    

I think sweater poncho's are the ugliest things since orange and brown together.

Be grateful you weren't around in the 70's then, dear!

Glad to hear French class wasn't a total waste! Wish I could say the same. No Potter fans emerging yet. Nobody even noticed me using my Slytherin notepad! (custom made courtesy of a friend who does crafts for a hobby).

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Catherine - Sep 21, 2004 2:43 pm (#949 of 2977) Reply    

Nobody even noticed me using my Slytherin notepad! –Gina

Sorry about the Muggles in your class, Gina. But then, my car has had a HP license plate for a few months now, and only one person in my town has ever noticed it, and the one who did said, "What does "obliviate" mean?

Deep sigh.

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Gina R Snape - Sep 21, 2004 2:46 pm (#950 of 2977) Reply    

Did you proceed to obliviate him?

Well, I had one student who I taught two semesters ago who gave me a very knowing look for my homemade "Weasley Is Our King" shirt. I gave her the URL for the Lex, but I don't think she ever joined us. It was a rare happy HP moment in my academic career.
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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Sep 21, 2004 3:08 pm (#951 of 2977) Reply    

I think sweater poncho's are the ugliest things since orange and brown together.---Penny L.

Be grateful you weren't around in the 70's then, dear!---Gina R. Snape

This will probably go right over Penny's head but I'm betting Gina and others will have had experience with them---anyone remember gauchos?

Hey Gina, I like it when the Forum goes all wonky and blows up your Alan Rickman avatar.

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Catherine - Sep 21, 2004 3:36 pm (#952 of 2977) Reply    

Actually, since I started the poncho thingy, I will say the following:

The ponchos at this show were nothing like the 70's ponchos. I still get a little tense when I hear the word "poncho," but Beth, who is the "Humane Society Prez caught wearing fur", made that poncho look darn good. If I wore the poncho, I would look like a striped mushroom. Alas, earwax....

Now, gauchos, they did not make an appearance. I think this is a good thing! **apologies to all Argentinian cowboys who love them**

I actually did have a crochetched poncho back in '74. And yes, I did like it. It was red (my favorite color), and my great-aunt made it for me.

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Madam Pince - Sep 21, 2004 3:49 pm (#953 of 2977) Reply    

Penny, your post gave me my laugh for the day. The only poncho I've ever owned was when I was a little kid back in the early 70's, and it was hand-crocheted by my Grandma, in lovely orange-and-brown woolen stripes, with fringe, no less. I'm sure I could dig it out of the closet somewhere if you would like to borrow it! I don't recall wearing gauchos but I probably did. And one of my Mom's favorite memories is of us going boot-shopping together, and apparently I looked up at her and said "We're go-go girls, aren't we Mommy?" Weren't the 70's great?

Another plus -- according to fashion ads I've seen recently, apparently velvet blazers are back in style now, too, and if they seem to be a size too small, it's all the better. What wonderful news for me! Being someone who hardly ever throws clothes out unless they have holes or completely don't fit, I have tons of clothes left over from previous lives. I know I have two velvet blazers from the early 1980's somewhere, one black and one brown, and it's entirely possible that they will fit a bit, er, snug. Woo-hoo, I'm finally stylin'!

We had a long-postponed family get-together Saturday. Sunday and Monday was a trip to Strasburg, Pennsylvania to see Thomas The Tank Engine at the historic railroad there and also to go to the local amusement park. Baby Pince had a blast, and actually so did Mr. Pince and I. So fun to be a kid again! And the hotel we stayed in had "Movies On Demand" and was showing "Prisoner of Azkaban!" Baby Pince was fascinated to see a new "Harry" as he calls them, and wasn't bothered by the dementors at all. They weren't nearly as threatening on a small screen as they were in the theatre.

Regarding BBQ, I think they're all pretty fine foods, myself. Mr. Pince and I went to Memphis, TN years ago to see the "Titanic" exhibit at the Pyramid when we had just gotten engaged, and we ate at a rib place called "Rendezvous" which was very good. It was the first time I'd ever had dry ribs. They were nice, but I think I like the "wet" ones better. Pulled pork is also very good. But I like my coleslaw on the side.

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Kasse - Sep 21, 2004 3:50 pm (#954 of 2977) Reply    

Hey Gina, I like it when the Forum goes all wonky and blows up your Alan Rickman avatar – Kim

I second that

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mike miller - Sep 21, 2004 3:51 pm (#955 of 2977) Reply    

Happy Birthday Aly (Star Crossed)!

To all those in college, it will get better! There is always something you can find that sparks your interest. Try to work classes into your schedule (I know it's too late for this term) that you find interesting and would like to study even if they count toward your degree. I was always interested in history, archeology and anthropology so I took classes like Pre-Columbian Civilization and Fossil Hominids. Sorry, I don't mean to preach but college can be a wonderful time in your life if you take control of what and how you're going to learn.

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timrew - Sep 21, 2004 3:57 pm (#956 of 2977) Reply    

Happy Birthday, Aly!

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Phoenix song - Sep 21, 2004 4:02 pm (#957 of 2977) Reply    

Happy Birthday Aly! Happy birthday to all of our September-born members!

Barbie

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Chemyst - Sep 21, 2004 4:41 pm (#958 of 2977) Reply    

Happy Birthday Starcrossed.
I got lost in Denise's worthless word for the day link earlier and am just now getting back to post. BTW, "balaclava" made their list.

I also went out to vote in a special election today. Our polling place is the library of an elementary school which happened to be decorated with two Harry Potter movie posters (and three Scooby Doo's, and one generic autumn "Fall into a Book".) Back in the poncho era, movie posters would never have been allowed in our school!

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Gina R Snape - Sep 21, 2004 5:34 pm (#959 of 2977) Reply    

Well, I guess I missed the Forum going all wonky. But I can well imagine the joy of seeing Alan's face larger than intended. Alas, nothing compares to seeing him in real life...

And, I do remember gauchos. And I too had a handknit poncho in the 70's from my grandmother!

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haymoni - Sep 21, 2004 6:13 pm (#960 of 2977) Reply    

THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH ORANGE AND BROWN!!!!

Sorry - my Dog Pound Membership requires me to defend the colors!

I remember ponchos - Grandma made mine too and it was puke green, white, brown and trimmed in dark gold yarn - hideous!

Since I am only 5'1" now, I was not able to pull off the gaucho thing very well. Didn't have much luck with cropped jeans either!

Actually, now that I think about it, the cropped jeans were OK for me - they fit me like normal jeans.

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Catherine - Sep 21, 2004 6:16 pm (#961 of 2977) Reply    

LOL! How about we whittle the "Detention with Snape" Club down to the members who owned ponchos in the '70s? Because I might get to join, in that case!

Just teasing, Gina, although it sounds as though you qualify.

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I Am Used Vlad - Sep 21, 2004 7:01 pm (#962 of 2977) Reply    

Happy birthday, Aly.

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ShelterGirl - Sep 21, 2004 7:01 pm (#963 of 2977) Reply    

--*ahem*

I have a poncho. Currently. I'm sorry. It has tassles and everything.

--*goes to iron hands*

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tracie1976 - Sep 21, 2004 7:11 pm (#964 of 2977) Reply    

Happy Birthday Aly!

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Catherine - Sep 21, 2004 7:25 pm (#965 of 2977) Reply    

I have a poncho. Currently. I'm sorry. It has tassles and everything.

Um, Julie, you are the height of fashion, as of today. Congrats!

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ShelterGirl - Sep 21, 2004 7:34 pm (#966 of 2977) Reply    

Um, Julie, you are the height of fashion, as of today.

---*laughing so hard she can barely stand up*

Right. Certainly I am. The Goodwill location where I purchase most of my clothing will be pleased to know they deal in couture.

Guys, you can ignore this bit:

Does anyone else want to scream over the pant selections in regular stores? Is it just me? Why do I have to buy men's jeans to find ones that fit??

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Sep 21, 2004 7:44 pm (#967 of 2977) Reply    

Does anyone else want to scream over the pant selections in regular stores? Is it just me? Why do I have to buy men's jeans to find ones that fit??---ShelterGirl

Um, could you be a bit more specific, Julie?

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ShelterGirl - Sep 21, 2004 7:57 pm (#968 of 2977) Reply    

Well...

Everything is cut wrong for real women. Or so it seems. The only way I can fit myself is through the handy waist/inseam thingy on men's jeans, and then I have to belt.

Why don't women's jeans have a waist/inseam thingy?

It's been a long day. Forgive my rant. It just irks me.

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Phoenix song - Sep 21, 2004 8:28 pm (#969 of 2977) Reply    

ShelterGirl: I know EXACTLY what you mean. The pants that they are selling for women lately just ride too durn low for my tastes. If I'd wear most of these styles then the "waist" band part would cut right across my overly generous hips. (Not a pretty sight, to be sure.) The shirts today are also enough to make me scream. Even a large or extra large is often made of this clingy material that overly outlines everything. I've definitely been known to shop the men's department for everyday clothing. (It's often cheaper, too!)

Barbie

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Marie E. - Sep 21, 2004 8:32 pm (#970 of 2977) Reply    

The only way women would have the "waist/inseam thingy" is if it was marked on the inside label, and not on the outside like men's jeans. There no way in heck women would advertise their waist measurement to the world.

Back when I was about three or four I remember having a pair of knee high white boots and calling them my go-go boots. I also had several ponchos. My mom even made one to go with an Easter dress. If only my scanner was working...

To let everyone else in on the side joke: Ubu is Mrs. Squid's teddy bear. He's the closest thing I have to a niece or nephew right now, so Ubu even gets Christmas presents.

No snow yet, but it is darned cold here. It's 33 degrees right now and it's been raining all day. BRRRRRRR! *waves to Padfoot*

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Phoenix song - Sep 21, 2004 9:07 pm (#971 of 2977) Reply    

Ubu as in the "Sit, Ubu, sit" that they say at the end of some television producer's credits? I can't think of the show that I watched that had that particular line on their credits. I do remember that they showed a picture of a labrador holding a red frisbee in its mouth and a voice-over said: "Sit, Ubu, sit. Good dog." Very odd. Does anybody else remember that, or does the cheese stand alone?

Barbie

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Leila 2X4B - Sep 21, 2004 9:10 pm (#972 of 2977) Reply    

I vaguely remember that line too, Barbie. Can not for the life of me think where.

Leila

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Eponine - Sep 21, 2004 9:18 pm (#973 of 2977) Reply    

I remember that, Barbie. I believe that UBU is the name of a production company that did some TV shows. When I was younger, I always thought they were saying, "Sit, Boo-boo, Sit." I liked that the dog was named Boo-boo. I thought it was funny. Apparently, I was wrong.

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Phoenix song - Sep 21, 2004 9:22 pm (#974 of 2977) Reply    

Okay, this only proves what a total nerd I am. I did a search on Yahoo for "sit, ubu, sit" and came up with over 18,300 search results. (Crazy!) However, I did find this information:



Ubu Roi - Black Labrador retriever formerly owned by Gary David Goldberg, the producer of UBU Productions, Inc. founded in 1981. At the end of each of Goldberg's television programs (FAMILY TIES/ NBC/1982-89; THE BROOKLYN BRIDGE/CBS/1991-93; and SPIN CITY/ABC/1996-2002, among others) a black and white photograph of Ubu Roi is flashed on the screen. The photo shows a Black Labrador retriever holding a frisbee in its mouth, facing to the right. He is sitting on a patch of lawn in front of an unidentified college dormitory (supposedly somewhere France). Off screen Gary David Goldberg speaks the phrase "Sit Ubu, Sit!" and the comment "Good Dog!" The dog acknowledges his master voice with a quick, single dog bark (performed by Goldberg's sound editor). Ubu Roi, who died in 1984, played Frisbee with Goldberg during his college days. TRIVIA NOTE: In Literature "Ubu Roi" is a gluttonous character created in 1898 by Alfred Jarry for an early absurdist play entitled "Ubu Roi."

I am relieved to know that I'm not the only one that remembers that! I loved Family Ties.

I also always got a chuckle at the little "snippet" that is played at the end of The Practice (I believe by David E. Kelley) where an old lady is rocking in her chair in front of the TV. She falls backwards and says "You stinker!" Oh well, it just proves what an easily amused nerd I really am!!

Barbie

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TwinklingBlueEyes - Sep 21, 2004 9:26 pm (#975 of 2977) Reply    

Why do I have to buy men's jeans to find ones that fit?

Well, for one thing, low riders aside, we women also happen to have real bodies, esp. those of us who have had kids. And women's sizes are sized for a Barbie figure. For example, 36" hips, corresponding waist is 26 in women's styles. Add petite, and you have rib brace.

Now I know in mags women are built that way, but in real life? Waist, inseam work for me. And as a rule, men's jeans are cheaper! :-)

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Leila 2X4B - Sep 21, 2004 9:26 pm (#976 of 2977) Reply    

Thank You ONE MILLION TIMES Barbie,

I was prepared to roll over in my bed all night long trying to figure it out.

Leila

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Phoenix song - Sep 21, 2004 9:30 pm (#977 of 2977) Reply    

Well, I can attest that I am one "Barbie" that does not have the traditional Barbie-styled figure. Do you know that research has actually proven that it would be impossible for a woman to have the proportional dimensions associated with the standard Barbie doll? It's scandalous, it's an outrage! (Sorry, I was channeling Hagrid there for a moment!)

You're welcome, Sleeping Beauty. I, too, can not rest until I can manage to dredge up the slightest bits of trivia that are lodged within my brain. If I hear a familiar voice on a commercial, or see a familiar face on TV, I will go INSANE until I am able to place where I know that actor/actress from. Glad that I'm not the only one. The family says that I have OCD. For most people that would be Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, but my husband says that it stands for Out of Control Disease.

Have a good night all!
Barbie

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TwinklingBlueEyes - Sep 21, 2004 9:34 pm (#978 of 2977) Reply    

OMG! I am so sorry Barbie, I never even made the association! ROFL!
But you are right, is impossible.

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Leila 2X4B - Sep 21, 2004 9:35 pm (#979 of 2977) Reply    

If barbie looked like Buddha, then I have a barbie shape!!!

Yes, I did read that Barbie. I could care less about the shapes of dolls. I am too busy worried about the shape of Mary-Kate and Ashely(not really), but,you know, girls that my daughter may look up too.

Leila

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The giant squid - Sep 22, 2004 12:37 am (#980 of 2977) Reply    

70+ posts since I was here yesterday. Good to see the chat thread's back to form.

Yes, folks, the bear got his name from the "Sit, Ubu, sit" bit. The bear is actually one of those backpacks that my wife uses as a purse (and alter ego). She used to live in a two-story house, and whenever she'd forget something upstairs she'd set the thing on the step and say, "Sit, Ubu, sit. Good bear."

Ubu is also the one that got us together. When we first met, a coworker & I were joking about how crazy we were around work. Her reply was, "You think you're crazy? I should introduce you to my purse." The rest is history.

As for the other topics floating around here...I, too, am very right-handed. The only thing I can do with my left hand is sort-of play guitar.
I agree that women's fashions have gone to a bad place, and low-riders are not for real women. I have seen entirely too many women trying to wear the stuff the 16-year-olds have on and just busting out all over. They could have used a good poncho or two!
Finally, I used to be a libro...thingy but have fallen away from that in the last few years. My wife & I are on very different sleep schedules--I'm set for sleeping from 4am to noon, she's getting drowsy at 8pm--so I usually do my reading in another room. Is there a corollary term for one who reads sprawled across the couch?

--Mike

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Fawkes Forever - Sep 22, 2004 12:59 am (#981 of 2977) Reply    

Hey if Ponchos are back, does that mean that the Wizard at the Quidditch World cup, complete with poncho & kilt is in vogue?

Happy belated birthday Aly.... & birthday wishes to anyone I might have missed recently.. (sorry) Grumble ... so busy at work

Denise, thanks for the link to the wwftd site. Finding a few gems in there.

Have a good day everyone....

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boop - Sep 22, 2004 3:50 am (#982 of 2977) Reply    

Today is Krazy Citten 7 special day!!Have a wonderful day!!

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Catherine - Sep 22, 2004 4:33 am (#983 of 2977) Reply    

Good Morning and Happy Wednesday!

Mike, I loved the "covering things up with a poncho" idea. Maybe we can take a leaf from Loopy's "we hike their pants at dawn" idea (about boys who wear their pants too low) and distribute ponchos to people who are letting way too much hang out! I'll try this one: "Hello, dear. Please wear this nice poncho. Thank you." I'll be the poncho fairy for this area of NC! Perhaps Eponine or Shelter Girl can help out in the Triangle Area.

I'm not sure what to say about the jeans, except ICK. Shopping for jeans is one of my LEAST favorite things to do, because finding jeans that fit is a nightmare. I could handle the waist, inseam thingy, but I am NOT advertising my size ala men's jeans. Maybe they should do hip/inseam sizes instead

See you around!

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megfox - Sep 22, 2004 4:50 am (#984 of 2977) Reply    

Two things -

1. My sister's nickname when she was very little (okay, actually until she was in 6th grade and threatened us with bodily harm if we didn't stop saying it) was Boo-Boo. My brother and I thought that the dog's name was Boo-Boo too, and always cracked up when that came on the television. In fact I think we watched a certain show (can't remember what) just so we could see it. My poor sister - no wonder she was so glad when I went away to college.

2. I worked at the Gap last summer, and one of the fashions that was predicted to be "hot" over the next few seasons was gauchos. I was this close to buying a pair. Then I realized how unflattering they were.

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Eponine - Sep 22, 2004 5:35 am (#985 of 2977) Reply    

Catherine, I would be glad to be the poncho fairy in my area.

I hate shopping for jeans. Regular jeans are always way too long for me, but petite jeans are just a fraction too short. The only "short" jeans that are the right length for me are Old Navy. I don't mind jeans that ride a teensy bit below my waist, but the LOW riders are horrible. I don't understand how people can wear them.

I have a friend flying in tomorrow, and she's staying for 5 days! I am so excited because I miss my friends a lot. All of my friends live far away from me right now, so it will be so nice to see her and spend time with her for a little while.

Well, I hope everyone is having a lovely day wherever you are!

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Loopy Lupin - Sep 22, 2004 5:36 am (#986 of 2977) Reply    

Morning everyone.

Happy birthday to all who have birthdays today. Smile

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Leila 2X4B - Sep 22, 2004 5:51 am (#987 of 2977) Reply    

Happy Birthday Kati!!!!

Leila

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tracie1976 - Sep 22, 2004 6:01 am (#988 of 2977) Reply    

Happy Birthday Kati!!!!

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haymoni - Sep 22, 2004 6:06 am (#989 of 2977) Reply    

How anyone could think that gauchos would be the height of fashion is beyond me.

They must be too young to remember.

Sadly, I knew right away that "Sit, Ubu, sit" came from Family Ties.

I am so pathetic.

And the way we obsess over HP, I am absolutely certain that we are all OCD.

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ShelterGirl - Sep 22, 2004 6:10 am (#990 of 2977) Reply    

Regarding OCD...my best friend often crumples up paper and tosses it on the floor when she sees me going off on a rant. She knows that I will HAVE to stop, pick up the paper, and throw it in the trash. Then I lose my train of thought.

Yes, I have issues. For any X-Files fans out there, that episode when Mulder tossed the sunflower seeds on the floor to distract the vampire resonated very heavily with me...

Happy Day to all, and Happy Birthday to all who claim it.

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Denise P. - Sep 22, 2004 6:16 am (#991 of 2977) Reply    

Yep, I knew who Ubu was too. To this day, when we want one of the kids to sit down, Husband and I have both been heard to say "Sit Ubu, sit!" to the reluctant child.

Gauchos were a horrible invention for the US fashion world. I had to wear a pair for band in high school because we were the Casa Grande Gauchos. We wore a pair of guachos and the hat too. Ugh, ugh! I also remember go-go boots and mini skirts...the first time they came around. I also remember the pants that had the rainbow stiched from hem to hem all the way across the rear....which would work good on a 7 year old girl but not soo well on a 37 year old because some wise acre is going to start singing "Somewhere over the biiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiigggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggg rainbow..."

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Kasse - Sep 22, 2004 6:18 am (#992 of 2977) Reply    

Good Morning All,

Have a very Harry Birthday Kati

Everyone else have a great day

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Sherbie Lemon - Sep 22, 2004 6:26 am (#993 of 2977) Reply    

Well, my Women's Studies teacher took pity on the class and pushed the due date for our "Body-Image" project to next week. Which means I only have my test/really big paper due Friday, and nothing else! I think that deserves a hearty w00t! myself.

Shelter Girl: I have a poncho. Currently. I'm sorry.

I've got one too. Although my mother, who was a teenage during the 70's, cringes everytime she sees it, I wear it proudly.

And I beg pardon here, Mike, but I happen to be a "real woman" and I LOVE low-riders. You'll never see me wear high waisted jeans again, ever, not even if I blow up to Aunt Marge proportions. Low-rise jeans are far more comfortable. Usually I buy "Lucky" jeans, a bit more expensive but well worth the price. They have the waist and inseam measurements right there on the label, and usually have a sticker down the leg with the measurements as well. I used to work at a place that specialized in selling them (I took that job for the discount - 40%!) and there are sizes and styles to fit every woman's body. High waisted, low rise, big flare, no flare, tapered leg, relaxed fit, wide leg, slim leg, short inseam, long inseam, extra long inseam, you name it. Ok, commercial officially over.

Birthday Balloons Kati!

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Catherine - Sep 22, 2004 6:26 am (#994 of 2977) Reply    

Gauchos were a horrible invention for the US fashion world. I had to wear a pair for band in high school because we were the Casa Grande Gauchos.—Denise

Denise, I think that uniform sounds worse than even the outfit I had to wear to waitress. That IS saying something! The people who dream these outfits up must be sadistic individuals.

Off to catch up on the threads.

EDIT: Thanks for the jeans tip, Sherbie. W00t for your project.

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True Love - Sep 22, 2004 6:45 am (#995 of 2977) Reply    

Here is another flash from the past - Roch Voisine! I believe he was very popular in France in the 80's. Well, he is quite attractive and sings nice songs (in French and English) and I own a few of his CDs. A friend is taking me to see him in concert in October as a belated birthday gift (sorry, didn't receive ANY HP stuff). Since we are in the balcony I will have to bring my binoculars! Anyway, just curious if anyone else knows of him or his music.

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septentrion - Sep 22, 2004 6:51 am (#996 of 2977) Reply    

...seul sur le sable les yeux dans l'eau... Yes I know Roch Voisine. But I only know one song of him.

Happy birthday Kati !

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Accio Sirius - Sep 22, 2004 7:07 am (#997 of 2977) Reply    

You mean gauchos went out of style?

Just kidding. My daughter has been asking for a poncho. I guess history, even bad fashion history, does repeat itself.

Loopy Lupin, your avatar and quote made my day!

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Penny Lane. - Sep 22, 2004 7:15 am (#998 of 2977) Reply    

I guess I'm alone in thinking that poncho's are just ... Icky.

I agree Sherbie, I will never wear regular jeans again. Low rise pants ARE more comfortable. I am not a barbie doll either. If I happen to blow up to "aunt marge proportions" I doubt I would be wearing anything but sweatpants, or leaving the house, so I guess thats not really an issue.

Um, not to advertise my age or anything, but what's a gauchos?

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Catherine - Sep 22, 2004 7:20 am (#999 of 2977) Reply    

Penny,

A gaucho is a cowboy of the South American pampas. Gauchos refers to the pants such cowboys wore. They are calf-length pants with flared legs.

EDIT: I wanted to be #1000. Aw, rats. Oh, well, #999 is okay, too. Now, if L00py gets it, then I WILL pout!

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Ladybug220 - Sep 22, 2004 7:34 am (#1000 of 2977) Reply    

Woohoo #1000!

Penny, I think that the ponchos are rather ugly myself. I work at a retail store and thankfully we don't carry those but people have asked for them and have come in wearing them.
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Leila 2X4B - Sep 22, 2004 7:34 am (#1001 of 2977) Reply    

At the rate we are going this thread will be archived in three weeks. Over 1000 posts in under a month!!!

Leila

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Loopy Lupin - Sep 22, 2004 7:37 am (#1002 of 2977) Reply    

Ahhh ding-dong-diddidly-darn! So, close, but no ceegar.

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Penny Lane. - Sep 22, 2004 7:57 am (#1003 of 2977) Reply    

Oh! I have a pair of flared leg, low riding capris... Are they really the same thing? Mine aren't ugly. They are from Express fashions who USED to have good taste - until they started the poncho thing. I really don't think they are the same. I wear mine with sandles and a tank top - not cowboy boots.

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Sep 22, 2004 8:18 am (#1004 of 2977) Reply    

Apropos of nothing, but I was straightening the videos in the playroom and it occurred to me, when did I become Disney's whipping boy? I think there might be a college education wrapped up in all those videos. In my own defense, I purchased very few of them. I believe that honor goes to a certain, indulgent grandparent.

Oh Denise, what instrument did you play whilst wearing the appalling gauchos? Personally, I don't think I could concentrate on the music when wearing such a fashion faux pas.

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Catherine - Sep 22, 2004 8:21 am (#1005 of 2977) Reply    

I saw a few gauchos online when I googled, but the "current' models are not as flared and awful as the ones from the 70s.

Here's a link, and the woman at the top left of the page is wearing very full, flowy gauchos. SO attractive!

http://www.detnews.com/2000/features/0012/29/b01-168886.htm

For any still confused, gauchos are long long, full culottes.

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Sep 22, 2004 8:27 am (#1006 of 2977) Reply    

Catherine, I thought her gauchos were a bit long. My gauchos (hey, I was in grade school and my mother bought all my clothes ) hit at the oh-so-flattering mid-calf length.

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Phoenix song - Sep 22, 2004 8:27 am (#1007 of 2977) Reply    

Catherine: Your link really did wake me up this a.m. The gauchos are certainly a fashion statement that I think should remain on "mute". They are definitely not like capri pants (which is what I pictured).

The other pictures were quite interesting, too. I was certainly intrigued by the picture of the man in the business suit with the wild, flowery tie and the very, very tight, short shorts that had the bright pattern. I wonder why that fashion didn't take off in the business world?

I also can't imagine wearing those platform shoes. (Give me the tennis shoes or flip-flops anyday!)

Barbie

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haymoni - Sep 22, 2004 8:27 am (#1008 of 2977) Reply    

I think capris are longer than gauchos.

I remember the denim ones that flared out right below the knee.

For some reason I am remembering that you were supposed to wear knee-hi boots with them.

Yuck!

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Penny Lane. - Sep 22, 2004 8:28 am (#1009 of 2977) Reply    

Okay, if those are gauchos, I don't wear those. I've never seen anyone wear them. They would be best descriped as wide-leg capris with a psychadelic pattern on them. Flares actuallly flare out, like a bell-bottom, only not as much. A wide leg is wide all the way down the leg.

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Padfoot - Sep 22, 2004 8:33 am (#1010 of 2977) Reply    

Happy Birthday Krazy Citten 7 (Kati)! Surprise

Thanks for posting that link Catherine. I had no idea what you people were discussing. Fortunately I was too young to remember the 70s and it's lovely fashions. As for the jeans issue, I usually find jeans that fit at Ross and Marshalls. I never buy the low rise jeans as I have no hips whatsoever. I hate spending a lot on jeans, but love to find comfortable ones. I bought jeans at the Gap once and thought they were no better than the regular ones I find, despite the increase in price.

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Sherbie Lemon - Sep 22, 2004 9:26 am (#1011 of 2977) Reply    

Although the 70's were certainly a decade of bad fashion, the 80's definitely take the cake as the Age of the Ugliest Apparel. Ah, the days of leg warmers, Member's Only jackets, teased hair, stone-washed jeans, shoulder pads, stirrup pants, Jelly sandals. What a shame we can't walk into any store anymore and find such treasures!

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Padfoot - Sep 22, 2004 9:31 am (#1012 of 2977) Reply    

Isn't it funny how "normal" we look until we look back and see how ridiculous we really looked? Sherbie, I have some of those 80's items in my closet, although most I gave to goodwill some time ago. I do remember my pink jelly sandals, they were cool. LOL.

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Phoenix song - Sep 22, 2004 9:36 am (#1013 of 2977) Reply    

I love the 80's! *spoken like a true child of the decade* Shoulder pads, "big, big hair" (which went well with my Hermione-type hair), big belts and scarves that ties around your waist, Bon Jovi, parachute pants, "boat shoes", men dressing like they were on "Miami Vice" (wearing white jackets rolled up to the elbows and those woven sandals), wearing tons of buttons with cute little sayings on your jackets and hats. Does anybody else remembering doing this neat little fold at the hem of your jeans/pants so that they would fit tight at the ankle and flare everywhere else? Good times! Good memories!

I found this word on the internet. Does anybody have a clue how to actually say this monster? It would definitely be a horror to use on a regular basis.
Main Entry: floccinaucinihilipilification Function: noun Definition: an act or instance of judging something to be worthless or trivial Etymology: the parts of the word each mean 'at nothing' or 'with a small price'

It's been fun chatting all day, but I really MUST get some work done today. CHEERS!

Barbie

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Denise P. - Sep 22, 2004 10:25 am (#1014 of 2977) Reply    

Kim, I played the flute in high school. I occasionally got to play the piccolo but it was borrowed from the school, I didn't have my own piccolo.

Ugh, Catherine, those gauchos are even uglier than I remember them being!

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Catherine - Sep 22, 2004 10:25 am (#1015 of 2977) Reply    

Just wait, Sherbie, what was old will be new again. You will find yourself wearing some "remake' of '80s fashion. How about a nice pair of stirrup pants?

I like watching the old teen movies from the '80s. Now there's a veritable gold mine of fashion atrocities! I have a nerdy affection for those old movies like The Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, and Risky Business.

I rented 13 Going On 30 the other night, and it was SO funny to see how the kids dressed and to hear the music. It's a fluffy movie, but sweet.

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Loopy Lupin - Sep 22, 2004 10:27 am (#1016 of 2977) Reply    

Are leg warmers back in style yet? I'm cold.

Now, whar's me headband?

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Catherine - Sep 22, 2004 10:31 am (#1017 of 2977) Reply    

Now, whar's me headband? --Loopy Lupin

You probably left it on top of your Official Preppy Handbook.

Are leg warmers back in style yet? I'm cold.

How about a nice pair of knee socks?

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Loopy Lupin - Sep 22, 2004 10:34 am (#1018 of 2977) Reply    

You'll notice that my avatar has a pink shirt under a green sweater. I'm just sure there is an alligator on there somewhere.

That reminds me. I believe I have destroyed all of my 9th grade class pictures in which my collar was, indeed, flipped up. If any of you out there have the negatives, I demand to have them now.

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Accio Sirius - Sep 22, 2004 10:44 am (#1019 of 2977) Reply    

Did anyone else cut the neck and sleeves out of shirts ala flashdance? I also have some really big rubber earings that were oh so hip back in the 80s. I wanted to be one of The Bangles.

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haymoni - Sep 22, 2004 10:45 am (#1020 of 2977) Reply    

Oh, Loopy! How cool were you???

I confess to using a comb to push down and flatten out the pockets of my black Gloria Vanderbilt jeans.

I'm pretty sure that I have a Stray Cats tour button somewhere. "I'm flat broke but I don't care..."

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Padfoot - Sep 22, 2004 11:03 am (#1021 of 2977) Reply
Edited by Sep 22, 2004 11:04 am    

Stray Cats were cool as well the Bangles. I remember asking my mom for hoop earrings that would double up as bracelets. Not to mention those jelly bracelets too.

Ferris Bueller is the funniest movie ever! It always makes me laugh. So many quotable lines in that movie.

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haymoni - Sep 22, 2004 11:05 am (#1022 of 2977) Reply    

Ah, don't get me started on Ferris Buehler.

Fast Times is still my favorite '80s movie. Valley Girl is fun too.

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Julia. - Sep 22, 2004 11:12 am (#1023 of 2977) Reply    

I for one, always cut then collar off every T-shirt I own. I don't know why, but they just really bother me. I also wear mens' jeans. Easy to figure out which size I need, and they do have certain perks. They're very roomy, they have lots and lots of pockets, and they're cheaper.

Sherbie, w00t! on your project being delayed.

*goes off to read Shakespeare and Chaucer*

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Doxy Bowtruckle - Sep 22, 2004 11:14 am (#1024 of 2977) Reply    

Oh how we all loved the 80's.

For me it was my prized florescent green fluffy socks, which unfortunately for me got sucked up by my mums hoover on very sad day, my how i cried for hours!

Also, it was the start of building your own radio controlled cars, watching Live Aid all night and having a top of range BBC Micro Computer to play on, Yippeeeeee!!!

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mike miller - Sep 22, 2004 11:51 am (#1025 of 2977) Reply    

I guess fashions come and fashions go. hang on to stuff long enough and they'll come back around. If ponchos are making a come back, can caftans be far behind?

As far as the jeans go, the current trend will likely bankrupt the zipper manufacturers since they now can only charge for a 1 inch zipper.

I think we need to institute some kind of penalty for the salesperson who sells a customer the "wrong" clothes. Also, there should be limits posted on any clothing (mens or womens) made from spandex. I no longer have the same slender athletic body as when I was half my current age, I rather resemble Ludo Bagman's description of "gone to seed" (6'2" and 225 pounds). However, I know what I look like and do not subject the rest of the world to clothes that don't fit properly.

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Catherine - Sep 22, 2004 12:05 pm (#1026 of 2977) Reply    

Rest assured, Mike Miller, that the Poncho Fairy will have no need to visit your house! Your observations on zippers was very funny. Perhaps we should start a "save the zipper" campaign.

All of you give me a laugh when I need one, so thanks.

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Loopy Lupin - Sep 22, 2004 12:30 pm (#1027 of 2977) Reply    

Spandex? What is this spandex you speak of?

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VeronikaG - Sep 22, 2004 12:33 pm (#1028 of 2977) Reply    

In Norway 80's fashion has been hanging around in stores since spring. Not that i have bought too many of them. I'm a big fan of the 70's myself. I barely own one pair of pants, jeans or stretch, that doesn't have a flare. The only really 80's thing I have are a pair of very bleached jeans and a red shirt with white stripes that has a number 5 on one side of the chest and sleeves made of a funny fabric with little holes in it. (Also used in some sports clothes.) Then off course there are all the "jewelry" I collected as a little girl. I own two pairs of fluorescent yellow and one pair of fluorescent pink plastic earrings, a big magenta plastic bangle and several plastic bead necklaces. They were in fashion this summer, but no, I didn't put them on.

I wonder if we'll like ever complain about the 90's. We have now come to 2004. Ten years ago, 194, we had been bashing the 80's for years. Hmm? Was the 90's to normal to be bashed? However, I must say I don't really like music from the 90's. I like 70's 80's and new music, but not 90's. Am I weird?

That makes me feel like starting a new topic. What kind of music do you usually listen to, and what do you run and turn off? Me, I like rock, and some pop music (if there is a bit of "power" in it). I don't like rap and jazz.

And then it was late, and time to go to sleep. Good nighty.

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Chemyst - Sep 22, 2004 12:50 pm (#1029 of 2977) Reply    

I'm not that much into making fashion statements or making statements on fashion, but I have one tiny thing – I was sad to see leg warmers go because it was nice to stay warm and still be able to bend the knees unencumbered.

A couple of pages back someone (Barbie?) asked about how to pronounce a lengthy word that began with f-l-o-c-c... I saw the pronunciation for that on Denise's worthless word for the day link yesterday. You could search there.


** sits back to await the change of subject **

Edit: Noticed Veronika has tried to change subject while I was trying to find that flocc+ word... Music un-preferences: I hop away from hip-hop.

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I Am Used Vlad - Sep 22, 2004 12:59 pm (#1030 of 2977) Reply    

Happy Birthday, Kati.

I just read about 70 posts, and for some reason I feel like I'm watching I love the 80's on VH1.

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Phoenix song - Sep 22, 2004 1:01 pm (#1031 of 2977) Reply    

Chemyst: "** sits back to await the change of subject **"

What? You don't like talk about past fashion faux pas? Okay, I can see your point. Gee, just when I was going to become nostalgic about this pair of dangling gold earrings that I use to have that looked like a record. (Remember records?)

Okay, how's this for a change of topic? Did anybody here ever take apart the Rubic's cube or peel off the stickers? I was able to covertly "pop apart" and re-build a Rubic's cube in mere moments. It was a true talent! LOL! I never did learn how to solve them properly!

Barbie

Edit: Chemyst: Thanks for the link. I'll look it up for that pronounciation.

I like all types of music. Lately I've been into a Beatles phase.

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I Am Used Vlad - Sep 22, 2004 1:07 pm (#1032 of 2977) Reply    

I never cheated with the Rubic's cube. But then again, I never solved it, either. My one sister can do it, which has always bothered me. I guess I should be over it now, since it was 20 years age, but I've been known to hold a grudge.

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Phoenix song - Sep 22, 2004 1:13 pm (#1033 of 2977) Reply    

I wouldn't have called it "cheating" on the cube. I always termed in "alternative solving". (Splitting hairs here, I know.) I'll try not to offend you since you can hold a grudge so well. But it's not uncommon for siblings to remember these things decades later. There are nine children in my mother's family and 13 children in my grandmother's family, so sibling rivalry is nothing new to me.

Barbie

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 scully jones - Sep 22, 2004 1:15 pm (#1034 of 2977) Reply

I have a Rubik's with a different picture on each side. I've only ever been able to get one side done at a time, though.

I have a hard time finding pants that fit as well, but for the opposite reasons of most women. They're always too big, and juniors pants just don't have the right curves. So this new low-rise fashion has actually done wonders for me, making it easier to find pants that fit! Having pants that come up above my pointy hip bones was always painful.

Music? I listen to just about anything but country, hip hop, and most rap. I do listen to Eminem if he's on, though. Hanson is still my favorite group, though their latest stuff is MUCH better than their early music. A Perfect Circle is what I listen to most lately.

Yeah, that's about it I think... My Scully's adjusting well to this house. Gunar follows her around, though. She doesn't like that much. The only other dogs she's known have been rowdy, so she'll have to get used to his laid-back attitude.

I get a few hours a day by myself. Soon I'll find a job here, so this free time won't last. Brandon's off corrupting a new generation of children, and having fun doing so.

Talk at you all later! Sarah

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Julia.    - Sep 22, 2004 1:29 pm (#1035 of 2977) Reply

*runs in giggling* I can't get the picture of Gunar following Scully around out of my head, and it is making me giggle profusely.

I was never fond of the Ribic's cube. I never personally owned one, but I always hated spending an insane amount of time on my cousin's and never getting anywhere with it.

Music, ummmmmmm, I run away from rap hip-hop and country. I really like Jewish Music, and I'm listening to a Russian Jewish boy's choir as we speak. I also really like rock, Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, that kind of thing. And of course, the best band ever, the Beatles.

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Padfoot - Sep 22, 2004 1:31 pm (#1036 of 2977) Reply

I like many types of music, so I can't just choose one. Oh wait, I can. The Beatles of course!

Famous 32

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wolfgrl - Sep 22, 2004 1:57 pm (#1037 of 2977) Reply

Eponine - I know your post about polish was two days ago, but I talked to my mom who polishes the brass at church and she said she uses Happich Simichrome polish. She said it is the best stuff for polishing the church has ever found, and they have tried everything. You can get it a motorcycle shops.

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Elanor - Sep 22, 2004 2:26 pm (#1038 of 2977) Reply

I use to love Rubik's cube but I wasn't very good with one in the hands, it was getting on my nerves very fast...

About music: Bono for ever! I love U2 since I was a teen singing "Sunday bloody Sunday" on a desperate tune in dances... That was a great time! I love 80's!

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timrew - Sep 22, 2004 3:03 pm (#1039 of 2977) Reply

Padfoot: I remember asking my mom for hoop earrings that would double up as bracelets.

This has raised a rather disturbing picture in my mind, Padfoot, of you walking down the road, wearing hoop earrings, and your hands thrust through them.

Happy Birthday to all those who have birthdays in September.....which includes me!

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Ladybug220 - Sep 22, 2004 3:06 pm (#1040 of 2977) Reply

Thanks for that SPEW moment Tim! after all, you are the King of SPEW...

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Penny Lane. - Sep 22, 2004 3:27 pm (#1041 of 2977) Reply

We were talking about Rubix cubes today in my Stats course, and she gave us the link to this website:

http://lar5.com/cube/

It has instructions on how to solve it the "proper" way. It's a bit tricky, but I know it's accurate.

I like ALL types of music, but I do shy away from rap. I will listen to some hip-hop, i prefer the kind that is more "dance" like. I like rock, country, classical, jazz, and blues. I'm very picky on songs and groups though, so I can't really describe my musical tastes very well.

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Catherine - Sep 22, 2004 3:30 pm (#1042 of 2977) Reply

Tim, Happy Birthday. If I missed it, accept my belated "oopsie," and if I'm early, than yay! Happy Birthday to the King of Spew. **wipes computer monitor affectionately**

Music un-preferences: I hop away from hip-hop. –Chemyst

Dittoes to Chemyst. Actually, I run screaming, as though my hair were on fire, but that's just me.

I really need to stop spending time on the Forum today, because I am using it as procrastination. I found out at the last minute that a seminar speaker for our university is, courtesy of hubby's boy-scoutness, staying at our home tomorrow night. Ack. Not only that, but the person announced he was bringing his girlfriend as well. Double Ack.

I spent today trying get things in order for "company" and I am annoyed. Not only that, but I have a huge Humane Society fundraiser tomorrow night that has been on the calendar for months, and I intend to go. Every $40 that we raise pays for the spay/neuter of one animal at the shelter. So it's kind of a bother that I have to bother with these last-minute "guests" at an inconvenient time. Plus, they decided to "stay an extra day," so now we are stuck with them until Saturday afternoon. **hears Miss Manners spinning, to no avail**

Deep sigh. Thanks for letting me rant.

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timrew - Sep 22, 2004 3:31 pm (#1043 of 2977) Reply

I'm in full agreement with the English DJ who said, "Do you spell Rap with a small 'c' or a large 'C'?"

Catherine, my birthday is on Friday the 24th September. And thank you for your best wishes.....

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TwinklingBlueEyes - Sep 22, 2004 3:35 pm (#1044 of 2977) Reply

Happy pre-Birthday Tim!
My grand-daughter's is tomorrow.

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Gina R Snape - Sep 22, 2004 3:35 pm (#1045 of 2977) Reply

Hi everyone. Happy Autumnal Equinox!

Penny, I would have killed to get the Rubiks Cube 'answer' when I had one.

Tim, Rap is most definitely spelled with a capital C in my book.

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mike miller - Sep 22, 2004 3:37 pm (#1046 of 2977) Reply

Spandex? What is this spandex you speak of? - Loopy Lupin

Spandex is that very stretchy, elastic fabric used in bicycle shorts and other very tight fitting, athletic wear. I think you can fill in the rest of the picture.

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Padfoot - Sep 22, 2004 3:41 pm (#1047 of 2977) Reply

This has raised a rather disturbing picture in my mind, Padfoot, of you walking down the road, wearing hoop earrings, and your hands thrust through them.

You mean most people don't walk around like that? :pcpb:

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ShelterGirl - Sep 22, 2004 4:27 pm (#1048 of 2977) Reply

Good lord you all have been productive today. Or not. It depends on perspective I guess. Smile

So, I just wanted to let everyone know that I did indeed see leg warmers at Target in the sock department. Yep. Sure did. Contemplated buying a pair for .04 seconds, and then hurried away. Alas, earwax... I have no Capezio jazz shoes to go with them...

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timrew - Sep 22, 2004 4:43 pm (#1049 of 2977) Reply

LOL, Padfoot! Well, I've been toying with the idea of wearing hoop earrings....but would they suit me?

And, there again, it would give me something to do with my hands......

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Spandex is a privilege not a right. I lost my privilege years ago....
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Catherine - Sep 22, 2004 5:34 pm (#1051 of 2977) Reply

LOL! Accio Sirius!

You are too funny. Yes, I think most people over the age of 10 have lost their "right" to wear spandex.

Here's something I know, being married to a chemist, son of a Dupont chemist:

Did you know that spandex can stretch to 600 times its normal size without losing its elasticity?

Cheers!

PS to ACCIO SIRIUS: I will be in C-ville fairly soon! I will think about you when I am there!

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Madam Pince - Sep 22, 2004 5:40 pm (#1052 of 2977) Reply

***ahem***

I am currently, right this very minute, wearing a pair of stirrup pants. Granted, they are currently serving duty as "wear-around-the-house-when-nobody-will-see-you" pants, but I do still have them. And I'm pretty sure I didn't buy them in the 80's -- I think they were something like a mid-90's LL Bean purchase. They're just this really comfortable, mid-weight type of fabric which is perfect for fall weather. So anyway....

Ahhh....Rubik's Cube. I am very much a "problem-solving" kind of gal, so when presented with something like this, I react very Hermione-ishly. I go get a book with instructions. Which I did with the Rubik's Cube. Detailed instructions for obsessive control freaks who can't stand to be beaten by some mere puzzle.

Haymoni and Denise, I also knew right away that "Sit, Ubu, sit" was from "Family Ties." Sigh....

Somebody was asking earlier about things to clean brass. In addition to Brasso, I have also used something called "NeverDull" which is a sort-of fabric treated with some kind of chemical stuff, and works well. I have also heard good things about a product called MAAS Polishing Creme (www.maasinc.com) but have not tried it personally. However, thanks for reminding me; I will go buy a tube right now as I have a lamp that needs cleaning badly and this will be a good opportunity to try it.

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Gina R Snape - Sep 22, 2004 5:55 pm (#1053 of 2977) Reply

I think I wore Spandex for something like 4 years straight in the late eighties/early nineties! I worked at a University and nobody blinked an eye that I wore leggings and t-shirts every day.

And I agree, it is a privilege, not a right. One that I may not take anymore (if I wanted to)...

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Viola Intonada - Sep 22, 2004 6:50 pm (#1054 of 2977) Reply

*shudders at the thought of spandex*

Leggings and baggy sweatshirts are so comfortable, I miss that style.

I was shopping yesterday for my daughter's birthday gift. She will be turning 9 years old. I was struck by the realization that there are not as many choices in toys for a 9 year-old as there was for an 8 year-old. *sniff, sniff* My child is leaving the golden age a toy shopping. Christmas and birthday shopping will never be as easy as it once was, how sad. Another thing that shocked me was the lack of Harry Potter stuff available as opposed to Spiderman and Lord of the Rings. I was quite disappointed. She wanted an HP joke wand, but I was unable to find one. I'm amazed at how quickly the merchandizing fell off after PoA, and it's not even out on video yet.

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Eponine - Sep 22, 2004 7:15 pm (#1055 of 2977) Reply

Wow, you guys have been busy. You leave the forum for a few hours and come back to 44 posts on this thread!

On Rubik's cube...I moved all the stickers around when I was little to "solve it". My genius brother can solve any Rubik's cube within 10 minutes. He apparently found a book written back when they were all the rage and read the thing cover to cover. He's very smart.

Music...I also run screaming from hip-hop and country. Other than that, I listen to just about anything.

Happy birthday to all who are celebrating!

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Gina R Snape - Sep 22, 2004 8:01 pm (#1056 of 2977) Reply

I'm amazed at how quickly the merchandizing fell off after PoA, and it's not even out on video yet.

Viola, I was really disappointed when the movie came out for the lack of merchandising. I know there was stuff out there--online and a few small things here and there--but the stores in NYC carried none of it that I could find. Well, Toys R Us had some Legos, but that was IT.

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Phoenix song - Sep 22, 2004 8:11 pm (#1057 of 2977) Reply

Maybe there will be more merchandise available when the DVD is on sale. The release date will be close to the Christmas shopping rush, so maybe the promoters are concentrating their sales push at that time?

Barbie

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The giant squid - Sep 23, 2004 12:11 am (#1058 of 2977) Reply

   floccinaucinihilipilification



Gesundheit.

I was one of those "pop it apart & put it back together" Rubik's Cube guys. My wife on the other hand won first place in a Cube-solving contest in school.

When talking about the horrors of spandex, folks always think of people who are exceeding the stretch limit, but we skinny people have problems too. Do you have any idea what a blow it is to one's self-image to put on a pair of "bike shorts" and have them fit loosely? I have trouble finding jeans that fit, too--I have a 27" waist and a 32" inseam--yes, I have sticks connecting my hips & feet--and that particular size is called a "student size". This means that the jeans manufacturers only attempt to sell them at Back To School season, and even then they only have one or two pair available at any given time... That was the real reason I wore the ripped & faded jeans in the 80's: I couldn't find replacements! Sherbie, if you like to wear the low riders, by all means do so...just beware of "plumber's crack"...

Music...well, I can listen to anything for at least a song, but if given an option, hip-hop will likely be turned off. I prefer classic heavy metal/hard rock but was raised on old school country (and by old school I mean Johnny Cash, Flat & Scruggs, Dolly Parton). The stuff they call country nowdays was called rock back in the 70's.

--Mike

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Fawkes Forever - Sep 23, 2004 12:50 am (#1059 of 2977) Reply

All this talk of 70's & 80's has me giggling away like an idiot this morning!

In the UK & Ireland, the stores have been unsuccessfully trying to reintroduce 80's fashions since Spring... plastic hoops earings, artfully torn 'fame' style tshirts & jumpers... & colourful tights & leggings, & multi coloured stilletto heels... & thats just the mens stores... Needless to say, I've avoided a lot of the more popular high street stores this last few months. I do like the 70's fashions however... slightly flared jeans & tshirts (& even a hoody or two ... but no pink ones).

I didn't think fashion had changed that much from the 90's... but just take a look at an old episode of 90210... & then you see the difference!

I saw some kids recently wearing Nirvana tshirts.... aparently they are 'retro' now... so perhaps the 90's are making a come back Thats just scarey....

Have a nice thursday everyone!

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VeronikaG - Sep 23, 2004 1:11 am (#1060 of 2977) Reply

OK, so the 80's comeback is also present in other parts of Europe....

I forgot one important thing yesterday: Happy birthday Kati and Aly!!

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Catherine - Sep 23, 2004 4:18 am (#1061 of 2977) Reply

Good Morning!

Have a good Thursday. Today is a busy day for me, so I will have to stay away from the Forum to get my work done. With the big Humane Society fundraiser tonight and the *ahem* uninvited and unexpected company, I will need to stay focused.

I'm sure I will be amused when I come back to see what you all have been doing!

See you all around later. Hope we rake in lots of money for the shelter!

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Julia.    - Sep 23, 2004 5:50 am (#1062 of 2977) Reply

Poor Catherine. Miss Manners would not approve of these guests. Perhaps you should find your inner Fred and George and see what you can come up with for them. Good luck with the fund raiser, hope all goes well and you make lots of money.

Fawkes, what's this about the 90s making a come back? OK, I know VH1 did 'I love the 90s,' but is a come back really necessary? I no longer have the shirts I was wearing when I was five in 1990, and I threw away my Spice Girls T-shirt from 1998, and I burned any remnants of boy bands that were still in the house. Really, the 90s were bad enough once...

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ShelterGirl - Sep 23, 2004 5:53 am (#1063 of 2977) Reply

Squid Mike- We wear the same size jeans! *laughing* Now I understand why I can only find my jeans in the fall. Oh that's too funny.

Hmm. Music. Well, I like almost all music. My mom is 40 years older than me, and was born in 1930. I was raised with the Big Bands and a lot of Folk music. Never really got to hear any rock until one day when I was 5. My mom had been driving down the road and saw a bunch of records on someone's curb. She trash-picked them. (I come from a family of trash-pickers. I have managed to contain myself) When she brought them home there were several Beatles picture-sleeve 45s in the pile. I took one of them over to my little plastic record player and heard Day Tripper for the very first time. It was one of the pivotal moments of my life. It's still my favorite song by them, just because.

I recently priced those 45s in one of those collectors' books. Needless to say, since they are in great condition still I could conceivably pay rent one month if I sold them. It will never happen though.

Does anyone else have one of those "Ohhhh...YEAH!" moments with a particular band or song? Like, "Now I get it..."

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haymoni - Sep 23, 2004 6:07 am (#1064 of 2977) Reply

Mine was Pat Benatar - "HeartBreaker" - I can still remember where I was the first time I heard that song (in my parents car waiting to go into the bank to get $$$ to go out that night) I actually sat in the car until the song was over. I remember thinking "Wow, can she sing!" and I thought the lyrics to the song were great.

Happy Thursday everyone! My tire is being replaced, we've got swimming lessons for Daughter at 5:15 pm and Ungrateful Son's school open house is at 6:00. Where is the weekend???

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Sherbie Lemon - Sep 23, 2004 6:08 am (#1065 of 2977) Reply

Mike, I have two words for you, LADIES JEANS. Don't be afraid...Come into the light. I had more men that you would believe buy women's jeans when I sold them, especially slender men like yourself. I even know a very macho, very average sized man (32 waist) who prefers ladies styles. So try it, you'll like it.

Shelter Girl, my "Ooh" moment was with the Beatles as well (big surprise, right ). I had previously been quite smitten with *coughNewKidsOnTheBlockcough* but discovered Beatles for Sale and fell instantly in love with John. To this day, when I hear No Reply or I'm a Loser I feel like I'm in second grade again.

Catherine, the nerve of some people. Yet I wonder, are you sure Hubby dear didn't invite these people to stay an extra day and then forgot to tell you it was his idea?

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Chemyst - Sep 23, 2004 7:06 am (#1066 of 2977) Reply

Do you have any idea what a blow it is to one's self-image to put on a pair of "bike shorts" and have them fit loosely? - the giant squid

I went back and re-read the forum philosophy. I didn't see anything barring open mocking. So... Ha Ha Ha ! Let's have a pity party for Mike! 1, 2, 3, "Awww" [It does say, "This Forum expects its members to take a mature approach to the subject at hand," so I still might be in trouble here.]
I'm sorry, I did not realize that could blow one's self-image, she said maturely.

Catherine, I suppose you could try to solicit a Humane Society donation from your house guests, but that probably isn't taking a mature approach to the subject at hand either. On the brighter side, those who expected you to go to the fashion show now owe you one, don't they? 'Hope you rake in lots of money for the shelter.

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Loopy Lupin - Sep 23, 2004 7:22 am (#1067 of 2977) Reply

Catherine, I suppose you could try to solicit a Humane Society donation from your house guests, but that probably isn't taking a mature approach to the subject at hand either—Chemyst

**Miss Manners raises a very disapproving eyebrow**

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Leila 2X4B - Sep 23, 2004 8:09 am (#1068 of 2977) Reply

Julia, you were five in 1990? Goodness, I was twice that age. I feel old now. Thanks... Last night my daughter wanted to snuggle at bedtime 8pm and I passed out and didn't wake until 6 am. Nothing got done. No homework. No housework. Nothing. It was the best evening ever. 

Leila

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Padfoot - Sep 23, 2004 8:14 am (#1069 of 2977) Reply

Julie, someone threw away Beatles records? Lucky for you they were morons. *shakes head in disbelief* I discovered the Beatles through the Anthology series on tv. I started watching and became hooked so I bought the first Anthology cd (well really it was two cds). The song that made me fall in love with them was "One after 909". I really couldn't say why, it just appealed to me.

The 90s are coming back? But they just left. It is way too soon for them to come back.

Good luck Catherine, hope you raise lots of money!

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Julia.    - Sep 23, 2004 8:53 am (#1070 of 2977) Reply

Sorry Leila, didn't mean to make you feel old.

Julie, are you serious! Someone threw away Beatles records! Merlin's beard! Some people need to sort out their prioirites. Good thing your mum came along and gave them a good home. My mum is still kicking herself several years later for having bought original Beatles vinyl when they came out, then trading them with her brother for G-d knows what.

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Sherbie Lemon - Sep 23, 2004 12:22 pm (#1071 of 2977) Reply

My grandfather used to work at a record store and brought home the first Beatle singles (Love Me Do and Please Please Me) to my father when they were released on the off-label called "Swan" They are worth a small fortune today but unfortunately they were stolen out of his car years ago. What I wouldn't give to have those 45s.

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Doris Crockford - Sep 23, 2004 1:46 pm (#1072 of 2977) Reply

Hehe. You know, it's kind of odd that I found out yesterday that the theme dinner at the camp I'm going to next week is the 80s. And guess what the first topic I read on this thread was? That's right, the 80s. I'm so excited to go to camp. It's a school trip and I'm going for 4 days.

Personally, I like Sum 41 and Simple Plan and that type of music (don't really know how to classify it- I've heard it called pop-punk, pop-rock, and just plain rock, which is my favourite term for it). And they're both coming out with new CDs in October. I can't wait! Sum 41's new video is a parody of Solid Gold, which is apparently a TV show from the 70s.

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Gina R Snape - Sep 23, 2004 1:56 pm (#1073 of 2977) Reply

Solid Gold was this weird show in the 80's where they would play snippets of pop music and the "Solid Gold Dancers" would dance to them. The dancers always wore spandex danskin outfits and did lots of 'jazz hands' and 'jazz splits' and things like that. If I recall correctly, they all wore sparkly make-up (and too much of it), headbands and big hair.

Don't ask me why I still recall this. Must be a scar on my brain!

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Acceber - Sep 23, 2004 2:22 pm (#1074 of 2977) Reply

Miss me? Yes you should have. It's been a week and few too many posts. I'm fine, just busy with schoolwork. Who knew one year later in school could make such a difference?

I am a proud librocubiculatist, although if I'm reading something complicated, I won't really understand it as I feel like nodding off.

Leila-I wasn't even born in 1990.

Speaking of that, all this talk about 70's and 80's fashions has made me feel really young. That's what I get for joining an 'adult forum'.

Happy Birthdays to Everyone Who Applies, including Hermione who no one wished a Happy B-Day on September the 19th. So I did it for all of you.

Off to catch up on a week's worth of posts *sigh*.

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Loopy Lupin - Sep 23, 2004 2:23 pm (#1075 of 2977) Reply

Solid Gold was this weird show in the 80's where they would play snippets of pop music and the "Solid Gold Dancers" would dance to them.—Gina

And sometimes the artists would appear and move their lips to the songs too.

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Sep 23, 2004 2:54 pm (#1076 of 2977) Reply

Julie, are you serious! Someone threw away Beatles records! Merlin's beard! Some people need to sort out their prioirites.---Julia

Hmmmm, I have given serious consideration to throwing out my Beatles albums. They give me a headache. Anybody want 'em?

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Padfoot - Sep 23, 2004 2:57 pm (#1077 of 2977) Reply

LOL Kim. I don't think you are that nuts to give them away.

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Sep 23, 2004 2:59 pm (#1078 of 2977) Reply

No, you're right Padfoot. Truth is I can't be bothered. I'll probably just chuck 'em one of these days.

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Denise P. - Sep 23, 2004 3:11 pm (#1079 of 2977) Reply

Ohhh, Padfoot, nice avatar! Maybe I should put one up of Bradley Cooper...I am a Will fan (and found a wonderful fan made music video all about Will...the site has all kinds of other Alias videos (and a Harry Potter one too!) that are great.)

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Padfoot - Sep 23, 2004 3:21 pm (#1080 of 2977) Reply
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I was waiting for you to notice Denise. I like Will too, but I am a bigger fan of Vaughn. He is one of the few men who can get away without being clean shaven.

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Phoenix song - Sep 23, 2004 3:37 pm (#1081 of 2977) Reply

Kim: You're kidding, right? Taunting these people (several of whom are avid Beatles fans) with chucking out their albums? Gee, you are tromping about where angels fear to tread. (LOL, just kidding!) If you ever want to get rid of them, I'll gladly pay the postage.

The weather today is miserable. It seems as if Ivan has turned back full circle and is making a re-appearance as a tropical depression. I don't think that I've ever heard of anything quite like that. This is the hurricane that won't leave, reminiscent of Jason or Freddy Kruger.

I'm excited about this evening, though. I'm a big "ER" fan and the premier show is tonight. It's totally sappy of me, but I just love Noah Wyle.

Have a good night, all!
Barbie

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Padfoot - Sep 23, 2004 3:46 pm (#1082 of 2977) Reply

Barbie, I will be watching ER too. I love that show. Followed it since the beginning.

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Phoenix song - Sep 23, 2004 3:49 pm (#1083 of 2977) Reply

Padfoot: Glad to see that you've got such wonderful tastes! I've liked ER since the beginning, too. It lagged a bit last year, so I'm hoping for a big come back this year. I'm a total "Carby" (Carter and Abby fan). I hope that Kim will return to her clinic this year so that Carter and Abby will reunite. Oh well, we'll see which way the wind begins to blow in just a few hours time!

Barbie

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Kasse - Sep 23, 2004 6:10 pm (#1084 of 2977) Reply

Just like Cynde and Phoenix I too am a huge ER fan and watched it from the begining.

However Phoenix we would have to part ways when it comes to Carter and Abby, all I can say is..no no no no no! I LOVED his new girlfriend, the one who lost the baby I think her name is acrually Kem (Makemba). I do not think Thandie filmed any more scenes so you will probably get your wish Phoenix

Ok well I am off to do homework so goodnight everyone

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Leila 2X4B - Sep 23, 2004 6:11 pm (#1085 of 2977) Reply

Happy Birthday Tim!!! I know that it is tomorrow in England right now!!!!

Leila

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Gina R Snape - Sep 23, 2004 6:25 pm (#1086 of 2977) Reply

Hey, Tim! Many happy returns!!!!

(scurries off before Kasse notices I'm posting and not actually doing the homework I claimed to be doing earlier).

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SarcasticGinny - Sep 23, 2004 6:39 pm (#1087 of 2977) Reply

Oh happy birthday Tim!

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DJ Evans - Sep 23, 2004 6:47 pm (#1088 of 2977) Reply

Tim -- HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!

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ShelterGirl - Sep 23, 2004 7:00 pm (#1089 of 2977) Reply

Happy Birthday Tim!!!

Hope it's wonderful!

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Catherine - Sep 23, 2004 7:11 pm (#1090 of 2977) Reply

I am back from the "Meow Mixer" (the jokey inside name we call it), and am only here to say:

HAPPY BIRTHDAY SPEW KING! HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO TIM! MANY MORE!

There. I"m done. Off to bed with me before I really embarrass myself.

Oh, and a whispered aside to Loopy/Miss Manners: Lower the eyebrow. I didn't hit up the "guests" for money. At least, not yet!

**waves to Kim, who listened to my rant**

Good night to the Forum.

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Julia.    - Sep 23, 2004 8:03 pm (#1091 of 2977) Reply

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TIM!!!!! Have a butterbeer on me *hands Tim butterbeer* I hope you have a great day and an amazing year.

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I Am Used Vlad - Sep 23, 2004 8:10 pm (#1092 of 2977) Reply

Happy birthday, Tim.

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Kasse - Sep 23, 2004 8:34 pm (#1093 of 2977) Reply

Happy Birthday Tim !!!

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Phoenix song - Sep 23, 2004 8:48 pm (#1094 of 2977) Reply

Tim, I'm sorry that I don't know how to do the fancy smilies and colors, and stuff. So I'll just give you a simple HAPPY BIRTHDAY and I hope that it's a great one!!

Barbie

P.S. I'll sing "Hey Kreacher, leave those kids alone!" all day today in your honor! (What choice do I have, it's been rattling around in my mind for weeks anyway!)

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VeronikaG - Sep 23, 2004 11:49 pm (#1095 of 2977) Reply

Happy birthday Tim!!

Everyone else: Have a lovely Friday!!

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Fawkes Forever - Sep 24, 2004 1:42 am (#1096 of 2977) Reply

Hey Tim.... *clears throat to sing*

Happy Birthday to Spew... Happy Birthday to Spew.. I mean You

happy Birthday Tim, hope you have a good one!

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septentrion - Sep 24, 2004 2:29 am (#1097 of 2977) Reply

Happy birthday Tim !

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tracie1976 - Sep 24, 2004 3:46 am (#1098 of 2977) Reply

Happy Birthday Tim!!!!!!

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Doxy Bowtruckle - Sep 24, 2004 3:51 am (#1099 of 2977) Reply

WOW Tim you are so popular.

Well not be left out here, i too am wishing you a great birthday!

Best wishes.

DoxyB

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The giant squid - Sep 24, 2004 4:15 am (#1100 of 2977) Reply

Hmm...first Sherbie champions lowriders, then tries to get me to wear women's jeans. There's something not quite right about that...

Speaking of not-quite-right, Happy Birthday, Tim! (how's that for a segue?)

Hearing that Nirvana is considered "retro" makes me eligible for one of those "You Know You're Getting Old When..." bits. Julia, I graduated from high school in '90. You crazy kids..why when I was your age...

Doris, I'll go with "just plain rock". Why does everything have to have a niche? Yes, despite my impending geezerhood I also like Sum 41, Breaking Benjamin and a bunch of other new bands whose names escape me as it's 4:15 in the morning. As long as it's got a guitar, a bass, some drums and maybe a teensy bit of distortion, I'll give it a listen.

--Mike
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TwinklingBlueEyes - Sep 24, 2004 4:33 am (#1101 of 2977) Reply

Happy Birthday Tim!!!!!!

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Leprechaun Jack - Sep 24, 2004 5:03 am (#1102 of 2977) Reply



Happy birthday TIM !!!!!!!!!!

and to all the other Sept. birthday's that I missed.

Jack

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Ladybug220 - Sep 24, 2004 5:26 am (#1103 of 2977) Reply
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Happy Birthday to the King of SPEW!

Sherbie - I get an email from "A word a Day" and today's word made me think of you.

schlimazel or shlimazel (SHLI-mah-zuhl) noun: Someone prone to having extremely bad luck.

From Yiddish, from shlim (bad, wrong) + mazl (luck).

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Chemyst - Sep 24, 2004 5:31 am (#1104 of 2977) Reply

There once was a prime King of Spew.
Each year, his birthday'd renew.
He sat in his boat
On a lake most remote,
In case that's where his hippogriff flew.

'Hoping it shows up today, Tim.

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haymoni - Sep 24, 2004 5:31 am (#1105 of 2977) Reply

Happy Birthday, Timothy!

Mike - I agree with you. Anyone who can't remember the '80s is just too darn young.

But those of you who can't remember and need to go to camp with an '80s theme, you'll have a wealth of information here on the Forum.

I'm going to go gag on a spoon now. Grody to the max!

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Catherine - Sep 24, 2004 5:36 am (#1106 of 2977) Reply

One more time...Happy Birthday, Tim! Enjoy your day.

Happy Friday to everyone else.

Thanks for the good wishes for the Humane Society Fundraiser. I don't have a formal tally yet, but it looks quite promising. In addition, it was a heck of a good time. I'll leave it at that .

I'm hiding from our "guests" by being on the computer, so I should probably go say good morning and pretend to be gracious. Can't wait to see what I missed on the threads, but that will have to wait, sadly.

If I'm not back, then have a good weekend, everyone!

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Sep 24, 2004 6:12 am (#1107 of 2977) Reply

I'm coming in a bit late with this but Happy Birthday Tim!

Catherine, it wasn't so much of a rant as a rave, but let's not quibble.

Chemyst, nice work!

Denise, have you found out yet if any of the guinea pigs are in a family way?

I was up at 5am today to make two batches of chocolate chip cookies for a school function. That's got to help with the flow of positive chi, doesn't it?

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mike miller - Sep 24, 2004 6:16 am (#1108 of 2977) Reply

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TIM!!!

Chemyst - Take 10 points for the poem.

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ShelterGirl - Sep 24, 2004 6:23 am (#1109 of 2977) Reply

Chemyst-

I am very impressed by the limerick. Especially since the word "Nantucket" was nowhere to be found.

Good job.

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Denise P. - Sep 24, 2004 6:24 am (#1110 of 2977) Reply

Kim, if any are, they have a due date that ranges over a 3 week period of time (1-20 November) so it is still too soon to be sure if any are. I suspect one of ours may be since her water consumption has tripled in the past week. She is draining a 12 oz bottle of water twice a day, by herself. She was the one who was with Sirius/Lily the longest so she stands the best chance. Unfortunately, she is also the oldest of the bunch, almost a year old, and more likely to have complications. We are just playing the waiting game.

There is no school today, teacher inservice. I am going to load everyone up to go get haircuts. Whee.

Oh, Kim, I LISTENED so you can take a break

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Sep 24, 2004 6:25 am (#1111 of 2977) Reply

Oh, Kim, I LISTENED so you can take a break---Denise P.

Nice way to leave a girl hanging, Denise. So did you like it?

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Daioma Dumbledore - Sep 24, 2004 6:30 am (#1112 of 2977) Reply

Gina, Thank goodness someone else remembers the solid gold dancers!! I think nearly all of my jazz dancing lessons where based on these shows! :-) I admit that I loved it all, the big teased hair, the leg warmers & the very colorful over the top make-up!! But then again I was a pre-teen and everyone just though I looked cute when i put on my little concerts at home! :-)Oh the embarrassment of it all now though when the pictures are brought out!

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Catherine - Sep 24, 2004 7:34 am (#1113 of 2977) Reply

I popped in to catch up on threads, and somehow missed Chemyst's birthday tribute to Tim; we must have crossed posts last time.

Just wanted to say how much I enjoyed it, and it isn't even my birthday! Take 100 points for your house, Chemyst.

Oh, and if I haven't said it before, Happy Birthday Tim!

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Sep 24, 2004 7:38 am (#1114 of 2977) Reply

Take 100 points for your house, Chemyst---Catherine

100 points? 100 points?! Geez Catherine, not exactly playing hardball are you? Tell me, what shape did the bell curve take in your classroom?

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Loopy Lupin - Sep 24, 2004 7:50 am (#1115 of 2977) Reply

Something tells me its Tim's birthday. Happy Day Tim!

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Padfoot - Sep 24, 2004 7:56 am (#1116 of 2977) Reply
Edited by Sep 24, 2004 7:56 am

Happy Birthday Tim! Birthday

Happy Birthday Chris (Prongs)!Birthday Balloons

Edit: Denise, I see you've got Will.

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Catherine - Sep 24, 2004 8:00 am (#1117 of 2977) Reply

Geez Catherine, not exactly playing hardball are you? Tell me, what shape did the bell curve take in your classroom?

It was a flat line in my classroom, Kim. I used to poke them with sticks to see if they were conscious. **just kidding**

I'm in the mood to be generous, Kim. After all, it is Tim's birthday, it's Friday, and the weekend beckons.

Now all I have to do is arch my eyebrow at the "guests" and ask them tomorrow morning if they plan to do a little sightseeing on their way out of town. **waves to Loopy**

See you all around.

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Kasse - Sep 24, 2004 8:56 am (#1118 of 2977) Reply

Happy Birthday Prongs

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tracie1976 - Sep 24, 2004 9:10 am (#1119 of 2977) Reply

Happy Birthday Prongs!!!!!

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Elanor - Sep 24, 2004 9:13 am (#1120 of 2977) Reply

Happy birthday Tim and Prongs! Joyeux anniversaire!

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Sherbie Lemon - Sep 24, 2004 9:31 am (#1121 of 2977) Reply

Happy Birthday Tim and Prongs!!!

WHEEE!!!! I must share the reason I'm so giddy with the only people in the world who could possibly understand! A few days ago, I stumbled across a find on ebay that I could not believe; the first four Harry Potter books, all hard backs, all in mint condition, for $25.00. They had only been on ebay for a couple of hours but luckily they were a "buy it now!" item so of course, I bought them then!

They just arrived and they look perfect, smell new, and the spine even creeks when you open them. Well, imagine my jubilation when I next discovered that they are ALL first American editions! Yep, GoF complete with the original wand order mistake. I'm so happy I can barely contain myself. I want to start rereading the series over again, but I'm afraid I'll damage them (most of my books have chocolate smudges throughout, I like to eat and read at the same time, multi-task, you know ). So I guess for now I'll content myself with staring at them in awe.

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ShelterGirl - Sep 24, 2004 9:58 am (#1122 of 2977) Reply

Sherbie!!

Good luck at last!!

We knew you had it in you. Smile

I am very jealous. Verrrrry jealous.

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Leila 2X4B - Sep 24, 2004 10:00 am (#1123 of 2977) Reply

HAPPY BIRTHDAY CHRIS!!!!!

Leila

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mike miller - Sep 24, 2004 10:06 am (#1124 of 2977) Reply

HAPPY BIRTHDAY PRONGS!!!

Sherbie - Great Get!! Outstanding!! It's so tempting to just dive into those new books. I have only opened my leather bound American 1st ed. to verify the JKR signature (I paid considerably more than $25 for that one - still a good price considering).

It's eBay fantastic. My wife threatened to disconnect the computer on me for a while. If you know what you want and watch closely so you know the going prices, you can find some wonderful Potter memorabilia. The POA replica wands from Japan are really tempting me at the moment.

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Flame Alligator - Sep 24, 2004 10:32 am (#1125 of 2977) Reply

*singing Happy Birthday to Tim*

Happy Birthday to the rest of you who stepped forth today.

I have been lurking this week. Too much drama going on in my live to post. I have however had quite a few laughs and smiles reading the Lex....... thanks guys.

Let's see....... Beatles, 80's, Solid Gold Dancers........ I like it all. My mother gave away my original edition of all early Beatles 45's and my albums....... Don't you just love it when Mom cleans out your stuff without calling you first?

Finally...... it's Friday..... I am so glad.

Have a good weekend everyone!

Goedemorgen

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timrew - Sep 24, 2004 10:43 am (#1126 of 2977) Reply

Thank you all for your wonderful messages! I've just got in from work (yes, I had to work on my birthday!), so I've only just got round to reading all the greetings.

And a very Happy Birthday, Prongs!

Thanks for the poem, Chemyst! The pic was taken on a Scottish loch, so a swooping hippogriff wouldn't have seemed all that out of place!

LOL! And you can stop saying 'Happy Birthday' now, Catherine! I've got the message! I'm only kidding, honest!

Once, again, thank you all!

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Padfoot - Sep 24, 2004 10:50 am (#1127 of 2977) Reply

You went to work on your birthday? Aw, that's no fun Tim. I hope you can do something much more fun tomorrow then.

Sherbie you are so lucky.

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Catherine - Sep 24, 2004 10:51 am (#1128 of 2977) Reply

Happy Birthday, Prongs! **waves at Tim**

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timrew - Sep 24, 2004 10:56 am (#1129 of 2977) Reply

I'm going out for a meal tomorrow, Padfoot, to a Thai Restaurant, so that should be nice.

**Waves back at Catherine**

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Gina R Snape - Sep 24, 2004 11:02 am (#1130 of 2977) Reply

*waves at Padfoot*

Hey! I just read what you wrote...you know where...and left a reply. What a surprise. Thank you!

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Leviosa - Sep 24, 2004 11:04 am (#1131 of 2977) Reply

Hello everyone!

I'm so happy that it's finally weekend!

I have to do a comment in English this weekend. It's about teenage curfews. It's unbelievable to me. I cannot imagine how to live with these curfews. To me it sounds more like a bad joke. Do you really have to abide them? I just can't believe it.

Kerstin, I live in Regensburg, Bayern (Bavaria).

I like many kinds of music (but no Techno). I like the Beatles and Bob Marley, as well as Nirvana, U2 and Madonna. I also listen to German music and, playing the violin, I even like classical music (my current favourites: Greensleeves, Beethoven's Für Elise and Bach's Air).

And yes, eBay rocks!! I have all my jewelry from eBay and my parents got a lot of our antique furniture.

Happy Birthday Tim and Prongs!!

Have a nice weekend!

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Sherbie Lemon - Sep 24, 2004 11:10 am (#1132 of 2977) Reply

Thanks, guys! I knew I could count on you to share my joy!

I laughed when I read your post, Ladybug. Perhaps my new name should be "Sherbie Schlimazel" or how bout "Sherbimazel"? Hmm... But I don't think I'll change my name just, for today I am, as Padfoot said, "so lucky."

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Loopy Lupin - Sep 24, 2004 11:11 am (#1133 of 2977) Reply

Well, Leviosa, as I am well on the other side of teenhood *cough* I don't have to abide by them. For similar reasons (which is to say, the laws don't affect me), I don't really see them as a bad thing. When I was a teenager and was out of the house past 1:00 a.m., I was up to no good. Similarly, even as an adult, I think comedian Chris Rock has a good point about 24 hour ATM's. Rarely is someone getting $100.00 at 3:00 a.m. for anything noble.

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Gina R Snape - Sep 24, 2004 11:49 am (#1134 of 2977) Reply

Hey everyone!

I'd like to officially announce and welcome to the world my new niece *Jenna Fay*!

She is 6lbs, 14oz and 18 inches long. Born 10 days before her due date, we see she was eager to go and predict she will be a real mover and shaker in the family! Baby was born at 12:52pm in Long Island, NY where my brother, sister-in-law and nephew Steven reside. :-)

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ShelterGirl - Sep 24, 2004 11:51 am (#1135 of 2977) Reply

Congratulations Gina! And welcome Jenna Fay, future potty...

*passes chocolate cigars to everyone*

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Ladybug220 - Sep 24, 2004 12:15 pm (#1136 of 2977) Reply

Congrats Gina!!

Sherbie, hold the name in reserve for awhile since your luck has improved.

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Acceber - Sep 24, 2004 12:27 pm (#1137 of 2977) Reply

Congrats Gina!

Happy Belated Birthday Tim and Happy Birthday Prongs!

Happy Friday! I'm going to go pig out so I won't starve tomorrow...

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Padfoot - Sep 24, 2004 1:16 pm (#1138 of 2977) Reply

Hey everybody-

Just to let you all know that I won't be around much anymore. I was just let go from my job a few minutes ago because of budget restraints. I promise I will be back here though from time to time. If you need to reach me, my yahoo address is: siriuslysnuffles @ yahoo.com (minus the spaces). I have been here one month shy of 5 years, so I am a little surprised. Oh well. Take care everyone.

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Loopy Lupin - Sep 24, 2004 1:28 pm (#1139 of 2977) Reply

Well, damn. I am sorry to hear that Padfoot. I hope you are able to make the transition to something new and exciting very quickly! In the meantime, I'm sure many of us (in fact I know it) have been in your position before and would be happy to offer pearls of wisdom if you want them.

**hugs**

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Madam Pince - Sep 24, 2004 1:33 pm (#1140 of 2977) Reply

Oh Padfoot, I am so sorry to hear your news. What a bummer. They obviously don't know what a treasure they had.

Well, I think the best thing to do in cases like this is to remember that a door never shuts but what a window opens, or every cloud has a silver lining, or whatever other saying fits the bill. So here's to you finding an even better and more rewarding position just as soon as you want one. ***clinks glass with whomever has one nearby.*** I know you'll be fine! Have some chocolate, anyway, just on general principles.

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Catherine - Sep 24, 2004 1:40 pm (#1141 of 2977) Reply

Padfoot,

I just know that things will work out for the best, although I am sending the management of your company a nice little envelope of bubotuber pus.

It's obvious what a friendly, smart person you are, and it's so unfair to see you let go in these circumstances. We are all wishing you so much luck and all the cheering charms you can handle. Oh, and maybe just a teensy bit of Firewhiskey in your tea.

**hugs and a puppy kisses from Pheobe and Daisy**

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Julia.    - Sep 24, 2004 1:42 pm (#1142 of 2977) Reply

Oh Padfoot, I'm so sorry about your news. I agree entirely with Madam Pince, I'm sure you'll find a new and better job some time soon. *hands Padfoot chocolate and butterbeer in which to drown her sorrows*

HAPPY BIRTHDAY CHRIS! Have a butterbeer on me *hands Chris butterbeer* Hope you had a great day and will have an awesome year.

You guys are never going to believe this, but I was driving by the Peabody Museum today, and I saw a sign that said "In Search of the Giant Squid." Needless to say, I was more than a little excited by this. Here's a link for anyone who's interested. DIGS!

Good Yom Tov and and easy fast to everyone observing Yom Kipur.

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Muggleborn - Sep 24, 2004 1:46 pm (#1143 of 2977) Reply

I am with all the others. Hold you head high and keep plugging along. Most of us have been there before.

*sends cheering charm*

Good luck Padfoot!

Mugsy

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Padfoot - Sep 24, 2004 2:24 pm (#1144 of 2977) Reply

Thanks everybody. I promise I will check back here real soon. The lex feels like home and you all are part of my extended family. I guess I finally got some of Sherbie and Mike's fantastic luck. I will bounce back. Keep sending those cheering charms and good luck vibes my way. Think I will go have that firewhisky now.

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SarcasticGinny - Sep 24, 2004 2:28 pm (#1145 of 2977) Reply

We'll miss you, Padfoot! (Performs a Hermione-worthy cheering charm for you...) Best of luck to you.

And a happy birthday to Prongs!

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Kasse - Sep 24, 2004 2:39 pm (#1146 of 2977) Reply

Gina - Again congratualtions on the new addition in your family

Cynde - Like I said feel free to call me and I will send you an email.

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Madam Pince - Sep 24, 2004 2:51 pm (#1147 of 2977) Reply

This is a bit behind the times, but...

Sarah, I just got around to looking at your album of your trip with Brandon. Looks like you guys had a great time!

I have one suggestion for you. Take the picture you labelled "Gaze" and have it done in a 5x7 and get it nicely framed. Then display it someplace where you can look at it often, especially at times when Brandon has done something like dump rootbeer on you.

Mr. Pince and I have a very similar photo taken of us during our "courting days" which is hanging in our house. It has put many a minor disagreement into perspective, I can assure you! (see "old tennis shoes" remark.) It's always nice to have a reminder that what you loved about each other in the first place will always be there!

OK, end of sappy stuff.

Oh, and belated Happy Birthday to Tim and to other Forum September birthdays, and congrats to new Aunt Gina!

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Ozymandias - Sep 24, 2004 2:58 pm (#1148 of 2977) Reply

Happy Birthday to Tim and Prongs and everyone else I missed in the last few weeks!

Congratulations Gina! Remember, it's never too early for an aunt to start reading Harry Potter to her new niece.

Padfoot, I'm sorry to hear about your job. I hope you will find a new one soon, better than the last. In the meantime, you will be missed here. Hope you will be back soon.

Have a good Friday, everyone!

PS: Catherine, I love your latest definition. That apostrophe thing drives me wild.

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Chemyst - Sep 24, 2004 3:55 pm (#1149 of 2977) Reply

Happy Birthday Prongs!

Sherbie ! Woo-Hoo! First editions!!! (insert cart-wheeling smilie)

Tim, Ah, then that was a first edition limerick as subsequent printings will change lake to loch

Gina, Congratulations on the happy birthday in your family

Dang, Padfoot. I know your "wolf personality" can be misunderstood but as Madam Pince said, they obviously didn't recognize what a treasure they had. Best of luck in finding a new job where they are not fussy about where you use your computer time.

Julia, thanks for the link. I'll go in cyber-search of the Giant Squid this weekend.

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timrew - Sep 24, 2004 4:16 pm (#1150 of 2977) Reply

Chemyst, the limerick is good, so don't change it too much!

Sorry to hear about your job, Padfoot. Good luck in the future, and come back soon! We'll all miss you in the meantime!
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Gina R Snape - Sep 24, 2004 4:30 pm (#1151 of 2977) Reply

Thank you, everyone!

My brother took this picture with his phone a few minutes after she was born. I just got it in my email:

Jenna Fay

And, you're right. It's absolutely never to early to start reading Harry Potter, and introducing Uncle Severus.

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Marie E. - Sep 24, 2004 5:36 pm (#1152 of 2977) Reply

What a beautiful newborn! Most newborns look like tiny mutants. Congratulations, Gina!

Happy Birthday Tim, Prongs, and anyone else I missed!

My kids had a day off today, too. I wonder if it's a common inservice day for teachers? They got to spend the day with their dad. I still had to work today. Grrrrr.

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SarcasticGinny - Sep 24, 2004 8:29 pm (#1153 of 2977) Reply

Cute baby, Gina! What a pucker on that one, she's got Angelina Jolie-perfect lips at the age of 1 day old!!

I must express joy (or actually I think I'm still in the relief part of things) at the fact that my grandpa had a stroke tonight and already is doing better. It turns out it was minor and he's going to be okay. Thank goodness!

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The giant squid - Sep 24, 2004 11:40 pm (#1154 of 2977) Reply

I saw a sign that said "In Search of the Giant Squid."

But...I'm right here...  

Sherbie, you see what you've done? You went and had some great luck and got poor Padfoot fired! I'm kidding...congrats to Lindsay ($25.00?!) and condolences to Cynde. The only advice I can offer to the newly-unemployed is this: don't be afraid or ashamed to apply for Unemployment Compensation. You've been paying into it for just shy of 5 years, may as well get some of it back.

--Mike

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septentrion - Sep 25, 2004 6:03 am (#1155 of 2977) Reply

Padfoot, I'm sure you'll find a better position soon. Pop here as often as you can ***sending a cheering charm through the ocean***

Gina, what a cutie your niece is. One more Potty in the world is wonderful.

Happy (belated) birthday Prongs !

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TwinklingBlueEyes - Sep 25, 2004 6:07 am (#1156 of 2977) Reply

Padfoot, best of luck with your next great adventure!
Prongs, Happy Birthday! (better late than never :-) ).
Good morning everyone!

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mike miller - Sep 25, 2004 6:13 am (#1157 of 2977) Reply

Flame - It's good to see your avatar! Keep "lurking", we miss you when you "disappear".

Tim - Luck You, I've not had good Thai food since I moved from Los Angeles almost 13 years ago.

Gina - Congrats on the new neice. She's adorable, but then I think all baby's are beautiful. All new life is a precious thing.

Padfoot - I second Mike's advice on unemployment compensation. Years ago it's the only thing that kept me "above water" for a short time. Also, use every avenue available to you, networking, the web along with traditional methods. There's a company here in Baltimore that never advertises positions, they are only interested in people who are interested in them. You have to send your resume to them and tell them why you'd be good for their company. Think about what you would like to do and who you'd like to do it for and then let them know!

Today is our employee appreciation day at Hershey Park. Yes the home of all that wonderful chocolate. It's a normal type amusement park with rides, roller coasters, carnival games, etc. We're able to buy discounted tickets for friends, so my best friend is bringing his 2 boys along. Should be a blast! Have a great weekend everyone!

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Sherbie Lemon - Sep 25, 2004 7:32 am (#1158 of 2977) Reply

I had a dream last night that one of the first pages of a chapter in my new GoF was written entirely in code words and I kept trying desperately to solve it. Of course, as soon as I got up I flipped through the entire book, searching. I think I'm almost too happy and excited about these books...Almost.

Padfoot, I'm so, so sorry to hear about your job. Truth be told, I feel a bit guilty. Perhaps tomorrow my dog will make chew toys out of my books and then you'll find a job! If I thought it would work I'd offer them to her. Oh, and I totally agree with Mike and Mike's advice about taking unemployment. That's what it's there for, so don't feel funny about claiming it.

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VeronikaG - Sep 25, 2004 9:37 am (#1159 of 2977) Reply

Aw, poor Padfoot! Being unemployed is never fun. I'll keep my fingers crossed for you to find a new job really soon.

So it was Prongs' birthday yesterday as well. Happy B-day Prongs.

What a perfectly non-wrinkly newborn, Gina! Make sure that her parents will read Harry Potter to her!

Time for a rant! Those of you who are tired of reading about Veronika's self-caused problems can stop reading this post now. I bought my computer last year. It was supposed to be a campaign offer, though I payed well over 1000 Dollars for it. Now it turns out it's not good enough to run new programs properly. I had my heart so set on getting Sims2 that I bought it just to take the chance. It's running slowly, gets stuck quite often and what is supposed to be lovely 3D animations is plain old 2D with jagged edges. There is a sticker on my computer saying "256 MB DD-Ram", while in the system requirements I find inside the computer it says 192 MB! So I paid for something I didn't get. It explains the slow speed of the game, and why programs have had a tendency to hang when I have run a few at the same time. RAM is no problem, easy to put in more. What makes me really angry is to discover I have no real video card/graphics card. I was so sure I had a Radeon 9000 card (quite good), and all I have are some integrated chips! I'm working on downloading a driver right now, maybe it can help a bit. Unfortunately it seems to be impossible to put in a new graphics card, so I'm stuck with playing Sims2 in 2D! And that is probably not the last problem I will ever encounter with this comp. And I want to kick my own butt, because when I bought this box, as I will call it from now on, last year I really had my heart set on another one. A bit more expensive, but a whole lot better. Had I bought it, there would have been no problems. Now I have to go out and search for a new computer which will be able to meet the requirements of modern applications. Hearing my "boyfriend" who has played lots of games and is hard to impress exclaim "WOW there is a BIRD in that tree!" while playing his pirate version of the Sims2 did not exactly make my day. *End of long rant*

Have a happy week-end.

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Flame Alligator - Sep 25, 2004 10:56 am (#1160 of 2977) Reply

Padfoot, May you find a job soon. I ditto those who said they don't know what they are losing.

Awwww....... Mike Miller, It's nice to be missed. Thanks.

Congrats on the new niece Gina.

I will be "disappearing" a bit next week. Meaning more lurking and a few posts. I am subbing for another yoga teacher. Uh! I hate subbing for her class. This is absolutely the last time. Plus, I have a ton of dreams to interpret in the psychological consulting work I do. *sigh* Not enough time for the forum and being on the computer.

Have a great weekend everybody.

Goedemiddag

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Phoenix song - Sep 25, 2004 11:55 am (#1161 of 2977) Reply

Gina: Congratulations on your new niece. She's beautiful! You couldn't convince them to name her a more "Potteresque" name like "Ginny", "Hermione" or even "Minerva"? (How about "Dolores"?) Just joking! We'll be sending protection charms to her to keep her life magical.

Prongs: Happy Birthday! Sorry that I'm late! I didn't check the forum yesterday afternoon or evening as usual! Hope that it was a good one!

Sherbie: Congratulations on the great e-bay purchase! I'm really pleased with your success!

Padfoot: I'm sorry about your rotten luck. It's awful when you experience a lay off like that from no fault of your own. The economy is bad where I am, too. My husband had worked for 12 years in a company that suddenly closed or sold all of their local stores. He was laid off since he was upper management. It was devastating for us. If it helps you any, we're really glad now that it happened. Financially we're still recovering, but it was the best thing for us in the long run. I hope that you'll be feeling the same way in a few months, as well. Change can be devastating, demoralizing, difficult and just plain scary. Sometimes it can be good, though. Keep your chin up and we'll keep you in our thoughts!

Barbie

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Kerstin - Sep 25, 2004 1:48 pm (#1162 of 2977) Reply

Happy belated Birthday to Tim, Prongs and everyone else who is born in September.

Gina, nice niece you have there, congratulations to the parents, the grandparents and - of course - to the aunt.

Padfoot, sorry to hear about your bad luck. I hope, you will find a new job soon.

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Catherine - Sep 25, 2004 2:35 pm (#1163 of 2977) Reply

A belated Happy Saturday to all.

My house is my own again, and I can relax now. Woo hoo! I look forward to catching up on all the posts I missed during their stay. Hubby and I have reached an understanding that this will not happen again!

They were supposed to leave around 10-ish this morning. Then that stretched to 12-ish. Around 3:30 this afternoon, my oldest daughter Claire said, "Daddy, I want those people to hurry up and go home NOW!" I almost SPEWED right then and there. It was both horribly embarrassing and awfully amusing. From the mouths of babes. I promise that I didn't prompt her to do this! It was still another hour after that before they left.

Hope everyone enjoyed their Saturday. We are in neighborhood lock-down for the night, probably. Our university has a big football game at 7 p.m. tonight and the tailgaters are blocking traffic as usual. I can smell the barbecue from their cookouts in my backyard...mmmm....barbecue... **waves to Shelter Girl and Loopy Lupin***

See you all around.

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timrew - Sep 25, 2004 4:15 pm (#1164 of 2977) Reply

Went to the Thai Restaurant, Mike......it was just the same as Chinese; but quite pleasant.....

Did you see the article in The Daily Mail today, UK folks? It was JKR's cousin saying that her inspiration for the Potter books was all to do with him!

Apparently, he looks just like Harry Potter (he doesn't - until he dons the wire-rimmed specs the Daily Mail no doubt furnished him with).

He says his school had four houses - just like Hogwarts! Tell me a British school that doesn't have houses! And to cap it all......he comes from a place called Dursley!

Well there you have it! This broke and busted jerk now thinks that JKR owes him a good slice of her fortune for being the aforesaid inspiration.

It sounds to me like he was the inspiration for Dudley. It also sounds like he should get off his fat butt and go looking for a job; that is, when the money he was paid for the drivel he wrote in the Daily Mail runs out!

He says JKR has deserted his side of the family.......and he wonders why?????

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Phoenix song - Sep 25, 2004 4:22 pm (#1165 of 2977) Reply

I'm wondering if this is the guy that was the inspiration for Gilderoy Lockhart?

singing:  "He's so vain he probably thinks this books is about him, he's so vain..."  

Barbie

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Padfoot - Sep 25, 2004 4:30 pm (#1166 of 2977) Reply
Edited by Sep 25, 2004 4:31 pm

Hi everyone! Did you miss me overnight? I am feeling much better today and optimistic about finding a new job. Those cheering charms and well wishes must have found their way to me. Thanks everyone, and thanks for the advice too.

My parents are heading back from the Colorado mountains back to their home in Louisiana. They decided to leave me their computer until their next trip through Colorado (in a month or so). So I will be able to still visit the lex forum.

Edit: Did that guy know Carley Simon besides JKR too?

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Marie E. - Sep 25, 2004 4:56 pm (#1167 of 2977) Reply

I think the National Talk Like a Pirate Day phenomenon has affected someone at a our public library organization. Tomorrow the library is sponsoring a pirate day at one of the parks downtown, complete with "sea-faring music, pirate games, and a talk like a pirate contest". This event is to advertise their Treasure Island benefit dinner which is only $65 a plate. I just thought the timing of this event was suspicious.

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I Am Used Vlad - Sep 25, 2004 5:10 pm (#1168 of 2977) Reply

I hope you find a job soon, Padfoot, and am glad you still have access to the lex.

mike, have fun at Hersheypark. If you are in Hershey you are not too far from me. I live about 20 miles away.

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hawkeyetkdchick - Sep 25, 2004 7:49 pm (#1169 of 2977) Reply
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timrew-

I wonder how long it will take for that article to end up in the rubbish bin on JK's website. Wink

Edit: And thanks for keeping all us non-UKers in the loop. Smile

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Julia.    - Sep 25, 2004 7:57 pm (#1170 of 2977) Reply

More on the Giant Squid!  

Congrats on your new neice Gina, she's beautiful! *giggled at the thought of Uncle Severus* She should bring you many simchas in her life.

Have a great time at Hershey park Mike, I'm so jealous, after a day of fasting, chocolate sounds pretty good now...

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Gina R Snape - Sep 25, 2004 8:59 pm (#1171 of 2977) Reply

Thank you, Julia! And thanks everyone else who said something.

Happy Jewish New Year, btw!

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The giant squid - Sep 26, 2004 12:50 am (#1172 of 2977) Reply

re Julia's latest link: Gee, that first pic looks familiar...

I forgot in my earlier post but congratulations, Gina!

Marie: that sounds like fun (if, as you said, a bit fishy). Hey, anything that gets people interested in the library is a good thing! As long as they don't have some guy wandering around claiming to be "Captain Book", that is...

--Mike

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Ozymandias - Sep 26, 2004 1:19 am (#1173 of 2977) Reply

<----Sorry, Mike, it was just too funny to pass up.

In other news, shameless self-promotion! I'm working on a site to display some of my artwork. If anyone cares, the link will be in my profile. There's some HP stuff in there, with more to come.

Happy Sunday, everyone!

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mike miller - Sep 26, 2004 6:02 am (#1174 of 2977) Reply

Tim - I'm glad you enjoyed the dining experience even if it was not authentic Thai food. I really miss the Thai noodles and spicy peanut sauce. My wife has played around with a few recipes, some working better than others so I'm not totally without Thai style cuisine.

Vlad - I think there are many places like Hershey where one could go and be close to another Lex member. However, outside of our beloved Betty's gathering, we seem unable to find locations and dates that work. Good Luck Catherine in C'ville WV. I'm still holding out for some action on the Maryland Ren Fest in October, but Michelle the Librarian has not received much response to her alternate days since the rainout. I would like to go if we can get a good number of mid-Atlantic Forumites to come.

Julia - Hershey was fun as always. I did not ride any roller coasters since it was more about the kids and even with restricted park access the line for Storm Runner (new coaster) was over an hour. My daughter has discovered the joys of chocolate. An entire "thick" Hershey bar gone during the ride home.

Everyone have a great Sunday!

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Phoenix song - Sep 26, 2004 8:51 am (#1175 of 2977) Reply

Hmmm....chocolate. It's cruel to start me thinking about thick bars of Hershey chocolate so early in the morning. I always at least start the day on a diet.....oh well!

It would be great to be able to meet some other forum members in person. It's kind of funny, though, my husband drives all over the country (and Canada) but I still view going to the Northern states as if I were going across the world. Distance really is a relative thing when it's put into a proper perspective.

Happy Sunday everybody! Hope your day is a great one!

Barbie

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Loopy Lupin - Sep 26, 2004 9:16 am (#1176 of 2977) Reply

Hello, everyone and Happy Sunday.

Good to see you seeming more perky Padfoot. Glad you'll be sticking around some more.

Congrats Gina. Smile

Mmm. bbq. Thanks a lot Catherine. I'm in the office to do a couple hours work and now I have to stop everything and go to Red Hot and Blue. (Which is a Memphis Barbeque chain that plays blues music. I don't know how national they are. Its pretty good. Mmmm. Memphis.)

Tim-- JKR's cousin, eh? Well, frankly, I'm surprised (astonished actually) that it’s taken this long for some family member to come out of the woodwork and try to cash in. **Braces for stampede of people rushing to tell me of all the family/friends who have already tried to cash in**

Well, let’s go get a half rack of dry ribs with some potato(e) salad and beans. MMMMMMM (I've never tried the try; so this will be new.)

cya

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Phoenix song - Sep 26, 2004 12:49 pm (#1177 of 2977) Reply

Timrew: I took your version of "Yesterday" by the Beatles (re-done to fit Moody) and changed it a bit to suit Winky. (Hope it gives you a chuckle.)

Yesterday, I was given clothes and told to leave,

Now it looks as though I'm a freed slave who grieves,

Now I believe in Butterbeer.



Suddenly, I'm not the same house-elf I use to be,
There was a dark mark hanging over me,
Now I believe in Butterbeer.

Why I had to go I don't know, Crouch wouldn't say.

I've done something wrong,

Now I long for Butterbeer.



Yesterday, at the World Cup I watched Krum play,
But now it looks as though at Hogwarts I'll stay,
Oh, I believe in Butterbeer."


Barbie

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Catherine - Sep 26, 2004 2:10 pm (#1178 of 2977) Reply

Barbie,

Welcome to the world of the truly obsessed! **drinks Butterbeer and toasts to Barbie's mental health** I got a good chuckle at poor Winkie's expense. Thanks for putting a smile on my face this Sunday afternoon. Tim, you are such a bad influence on us all! That's why you are the King of SPEW.

It was so nice to relax today and read. I read this one book called Pattern Recognition by William Gibson about people who post on an internet forum and are obsessed with their subject. Sounds eerily familiar, doesn't it!

Loopy, you got your revenge. We don't have a Red, Hot, and Blue here, and I wish we did. **pouts at lack of barbecue**

Hope everyone enjoyed their weekend!

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Loopy Lupin - Sep 26, 2004 2:25 pm (#1179 of 2977) Reply

Nyah Nyah-na, boo boo! You have no Red Hot and Blue!

Sorry, that was utterly childish! And, I'm having a heck of a time typing as a frizzy haired woman is attempting to swat me with a pair of white 18 pearl gloves. (Kudos to the first--besides Kim or Catherine-- who can say why they are called 18 pearl when there's only three darn buttons.)

But the ribs were delicious even if my chest is on fire now. **accio Rolaids** Stupid old age. **Salutes Barbie on a job well done** Yes, Barbie. I'm not sure if congratulations are really in order as you are now, truly, one of us. It will be up to you (and the appropriate mental health professional) to decide whether or not that is a good thing.

Cheers everyone.

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Denise P. - Sep 26, 2004 2:38 pm (#1180 of 2977) Reply

Kudos to the first--besides Kim or Catherine-- who can say why they are called 18 pearl when there's only three darn buttons

18 pearl gloves....the 18 refers to the length of the glove, not the number of buttons (most commonly of pearl or a pearl-like material) used to close the glove, traditionally in clusters of 3 or 4.

History of Opera Gloves

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Acceber - Sep 26, 2004 2:43 pm (#1181 of 2977) Reply

She's beautiful Gina. May we have a new Potty join our Forum the day she learns to read.

Barbie, very well done. Take 10 points for your house.

Padfoot, I'm sorry to hear about your job. *sends Cheering Charms over to Colorado*

I'm going to stop reading the Forum now and work on my Social Studies project. I am. I am. No I'm not! *goes off to read more threads*

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Madam Pince - Sep 26, 2004 3:35 pm (#1182 of 2977) Reply

Well, Loopy, I was planning on making pork chops and mashed 'taties for dinner tonight, but now that you've started on "Red Hot and Blue".... Mr. Pince has to drive right by one on his way home today (working overtime), and he almost always calls from the car when he's working weekends and asks "Do you want me to get RHB?" He loves their potato salad, and he gets the dry ribs, too. Hmmmmmm....what to do....what to do.....

Catherine, glad to hear your guests are gone. It reminded me of an experience which I have tried to ignore but can no longer contain.

****WARNING: BIG RANT TO FOLLOW -- DON'T READ IF YOU'RE NOT IN THE MOOD FOR COMPLAINING**** I've had a similar situation -- twice, in fact. With the same "guests." He was an old friend of Mr. Pince's from grade school, who hadn't been seen or heard from in over 20 years, and I didn't know him at all. She was his fairly new wife, whom neither of us knew. He called one day out of the blue, acting like a long-lost brother, and established contact. Kept calling regularly. Finally invited himself and wife out (they were from the opposite coast) to visit us. Said they'd only stay with us a few days and the rest of the time would visit other relatives. Ended up coming out here and staying in our house for an entire month! They were extremely nice, almost too much so, because they were just clingy-clingy and acted as if we adored them as much as they professed to adore us. To be mean to them would be like clubbing a baby seal, so we put up with it, but hubby and I agreed "never again." It wasn't so much that we didn't like them ok; it was just that we really didn't even know them!

So then a few years pass, and they call and inform us that his son's girlfriend (who lives near us) is expecting a baby, and they plan to come out here to see the new grandchild. Note that they never said a word about coming to our house; it was to see the grandchild. They mentioned something like "It'll be good to see you guys again," and I was expecting maybe going out to dinner with them once or something. So then two days before they are scheduled to arrive, she calls me with her detailed flight info. I said "Er, um, ok. But you know we aren't going to be here the day you arrive, right? Because we have plans to be out of town." And she goes "But then how are we going to get into the house?" (!!!!!) I said, "Um, what house?" And she goes "Why, your house of course." I nearly passed out. When I said I thought they were staying with his son and the girlfriend, she said "Oh goodness no! They don't have a house! They're living in the basement of her mom's house!" So then she got all upset and started crying and saying what are they going to do, because here it is two days before they are supposed to leave, and she just assumed that we knew the arrangements, and what will they do about plane tickets and blah, blah, blah. So I just handed the phone to Mr. Pince and gritted my teeth. They ended up coming again for another whole month. And this was while Baby Pince was just a couple months old and Mr. Pince had just had shoulder surgery -- we were not at all keen to have guests. Again, they were totally clueless and thought we were just ecstatic to have them. To their credit, they were very helpful as far as helping wash dishes, etc., and they brought lots of nice hostess and baby gifts, but still.... a month is a very long time. And when she went into my walk-in closet and started (as she said) "cleaning it out for you," I almost had to be rude at that point just to keep her out of my boxes. She was so sure she was being helpful. Sigh...... And they don't even read Harry Potter...

OK, sorry to rant. I love guests just as much as the next person, but a month? With people you barely know? That experience has been bothering me for years. (Gee, does it show? ) But Miss Manners would be proud of me because up until now, I've never said a word, although I'm sure they are somewhat puzzled because we have not reciprocated their visit. (Imagine that.)

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timrew - Sep 26, 2004 3:39 pm (#1183 of 2977) Reply

Thank you for that Phoenix Song!

True, Wayne.....JKR's cousin is a jerk after her money. I can see tomorrow's headlines in the UK press, "Dudley Tries To Screw JKR For Millions". I hope he fails......miserably......the loser!

Thank you for the Thai Restaurant guide, Mike......it was a good night.....but more Chinese than Thai. Maybe if I take our poodle along next time, they'll stir fry it for me.......

I'm only kidding!!

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Catherine - Sep 26, 2004 3:44 pm (#1184 of 2977) Reply

Madam Pince,

Thank you for the story. I almost started wondering if imagined the awfulness of our scenario. Poor Hubby did say, "I don't understand where this all came from" and now I almost do. Some people really do not have a clue.

I am in awe of your ability to put up with these "baby seals." Hubby thought that I was rude to adhere to my normal schedule, and my regular slew of meetings and activities during their visit. Thank goodness I did. And thank goodness for having a child who will speak the truth, even if it did embarrass the heck out of us.

**still shaking my head over 2 month-long visits from these people, and bowing to Madame Pince for her fortitude**

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Madam Pince - Sep 26, 2004 3:45 pm (#1185 of 2977) Reply

Poodle in peanut sauce....yummmmm.....

Edit: Catherine, I only wish Baby Pince had been old enough to talk at the time -- sounds like your little one was a lifesaver!

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Denise P. - Sep 26, 2004 3:56 pm (#1186 of 2977) Reply

{{{Madam Pince and Catherine}}}, you get the good award. I would have clubbed them and said "Gee, I am sorry you didn't clear this with us and YOU WILL HAVE TO MAKE OTHER ARRANGEMENTS!"

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Accio Sirius - Sep 26, 2004 4:50 pm (#1187 of 2977) Reply

Madame Pince, you are a saint in my book! How you held your tongue is beyond me! Kudos to you for handling it with such class! My mother-in-law believes it is helpful to try and clean my closets, go through papers and rearrange my house, etc (mind you her house is a wreck and she is horrible at organizing). I put a stop to that. I think when people want to do that, it's more about themselves than it is about helping others. I do think it is wonderful she wants to help and she truly is a lovely person, but I've been driven crazy before by "helpful" people. Although your guests sound more like opportunists more than anything else!

Happy belated birthday Tim. We have a wonderful Thai restaurant just down the street from us and it is worlds better than Chinese food, IMHO. I wonder if we could send some carry-out with a hippogriff!  Mike, you aren't far away, so you could get some in DC!

Gina, congrats on the latest family addition. She is beautiful and I love the name.

And I love all of the "read a banned book" avatars! I am right there with you!

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Padfoot - Sep 26, 2004 5:24 pm (#1188 of 2977) Reply

Madam Pince, wow -  two whole months! I could not imagine inviting myself to stay with people I hardly knew, let alone for that length of time. And to do it twice!!! They might try a third time, I suggest you conveniently leave the country.

Gina, congratulations!

There are a handful of Thai restaurants in Denver that are really yummy and reasonably priced too. Hm, must be getting hungry for dinner.

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Viola Intonada - Sep 26, 2004 6:27 pm (#1189 of 2977) Reply

Happy belated birthday to Tim and Prongs! I wanted to post this message for a couple of days. Unfortunately our aged computer is giving me problems. Most days the "t" and "y" keys are refusing to work. I never realized how often those keys are used until they don't work.

Congrats on the new family member, Gina!

Wow, Madame Pince, I don't know how you did it. One month house guests twice. Sends a shiver up my spine.

Last night we had a slumber party for my daughter's birthday (actual day is the 29th). Nine girls. They actually behaved better than I expected. I told them they could stay up as late as they wanted to, but by 3:00am I had to draw the line. Some of the girls were asleep but there were enough still making noise that I was in fear of tired tempers, plus I wanted to go to sleep. I'm used to being the last person up, so find it difficult to fall asleep if there is anything going on at night. (During the day I have no problem falling asleep for a nap even if a herd of elephants are tromping by) Anyway, I decided it was time for a bedtime story. I quietly announced to the girls still awake (though they were feigning sleep, they rustled around in their sleeping bags too much) that I would read to them. I went to the bookshelf and pulled out my old Biochemistry book. I read them the first chapter. By the time I finished the chapter there was absolutely no rustling and several soft snores. I slept peacefully the rest of the night. Despite my bedtime story, the girls seemed to have a great time.

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Julia.    - Sep 26, 2004 6:45 pm (#1190 of 2977) Reply

Wow Madam P., two months! Wow, I am very impressed with your ability to put up with them, and not say anything. If these people had come knocking on my doorstep, they would have been sent to a hotel straight away.

Viola, how on earth did those girls make it up to 3:00 am? That's impressive, how old are these girls? My friends and I usually make it to around 4:00 when we have sleep overs, but by 3:00 we're ususlly pretty out of it. Last time I believe we were watching Fame when the clock chimed 3... I am very impressed with your genius. Biochemestry, eh? That would put me to sleep too. That's a very good trick, I shall have to remember it when I have my own kids.

Alas, I have to read Utopia for tomorrow, so I'm off to slog through that. I really hope it doesn't have the same effect as biochemistry.

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Phoenix song - Sep 26, 2004 7:11 pm (#1191 of 2977) Reply

Thank you to all who liked my little song. Thanks Tim for the inspiration, I had a lot of fun with it. Yes, I'm sure that this will certify that I am "certifiable". I'm sure that I'm in good company, however. Some people in an odd little van came and measured me for a new type of shirt today! It's a new style that has no wrist openings and these little straps at the end. I suppose that it's the newest fashion fad? (LOL)

Madam Pince, you definitely deserve the Angel of the decade award. I don't know how you've managed to keep it all bottled in for so long! I hope that you've installed "caller ID" and have begun to screen calls from the baby seals? I mean baby seals are cute, but I wouldn't want them living in my house with me for two months!

It's rather unfair of you guys to tempt me with this supposedly awesome BBQ that I can't go out and buy! I've never even had dry ribs but I've been wanting to try them for weeks now. How are they prepared? Maybe I can "duplicate" them.

Have a good night all! I have to try to get to bed earlier tonight! (I'm a chronic insomniac and persistent maniac!) Maybe I can borrow your Biochem book Viola?

Barbie

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Leila 2X4B - Sep 26, 2004 9:40 pm (#1192 of 2977) Reply

Saint Pince, you have my hardiest congratulations for not putting these people into an early grave, never mind out of the house. I admire your patience. Send some my way if you can. I also have to nod at Catherine as well. You know what they saw about fish and house guests....

Leila *still amazed at others ability to refrain from using the "fist of death"*

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Fawkes Forever - Sep 27, 2004 1:04 am (#1193 of 2977) Reply

Whoa ... missed quite a bit the last few days.. including a cameo appearance from Flame.. hey there... missed you girl!

Chris... sorry I missed your birthday... so happy belated birthday from me. Hope you're enjoying your Star Wars DVDs.

Padfoot... very sorry to hear about the job situation... sending those people a few cursed hats that will make their ears shrivel up. Sending you loads of cheering charms & some 4 leaf clover luck! Oh & a great big squishy cyber hug for you too!

Congrats on being an auntie Gina... Jenna is such a pretty name. Tell 'ol Sev I said congrats too

Cheymst.. get thee to St Mungos... you'd fit right in with the rest of us that 'live' over there

Madame Pince.... think SB is right in saying you have the patience of a saint. I'm not good with house guests after they reach their 'sell by' date

I had a few guests this past week. My second niece was Christened at the weekend... so her dads family (from England) where visiting. Actually it was a good laugh... & I have now perfected my Lancashire & Preston accents... I even found myself proclaiming... "By 'eck" last night... hee hee! It is nice to get the house back to yourself however!

Talking of my little niece, her new nickname is 'Ginny'. Now her hair is growing we can see she's definitely a red head & her eyes are turning.. yup you've guessed it.. brown.

Have a nice monday everyone!

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The giant squid - Sep 27, 2004 1:32 am (#1194 of 2977) Reply

Whoo, some goodies since my last visit...

Ozy, your "Captain Book" avatar is priceless!

Phoenix Song, kudos on the lyrics. Don't worry about that new shirt; after a while they feel quite natural...

Madame Pince...what can I say but yikes! As everyone else has said, you showed extraordinary kindness and patience with these people.
Yikes again.

Mike

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VeronikaG - Sep 27, 2004 4:26 am (#1195 of 2977) Reply

As I'm unusually ignorant I seem to have missed out on the banned books. Is that some sort of campaign that is going on? When I hear the term banned books two things come to mind. The first one is dictatorships in which books with "political" messages are being banned, the other is books like "Lolita" that is supposed to have a disturbing content that it's bad for good people to read. So I'm a bit confused now. (I've never read Lolita, but I saw the film. I have seen worse. The people who thought that was bad need to see more Scandinavian films.)

Poor, poor Madame Pince! I hope you say no next time they ask to stay over (in case they actually ask first). As Catherine said this summer, "NO is not a swear word!".

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Chemyst - Sep 27, 2004 5:36 am (#1196 of 2977) Reply

Veronika, look for Banned Book info on the September 24 edition at The Leaky Cauldron

Catherine, don't be such a tease! You can't tell us you read Pattern Recognition by William Gibson about people who post on an internet forum without letting us know his conclusion!

Madam Pince, picking up on Viola's ingenuity, if your had read HP bedtime stories to your *guests*, would that have made them leave sooner or stay longer? ... if you'd read Biochem?

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Loopy Lupin - Sep 27, 2004 5:58 am (#1197 of 2977) Reply

Happy Monday everyone. (Not an ironic phrase, but certainly paradoxical.)

50 points to Denise on the gloves. I'll assume you knew the answer without google, and only posted the link to enlighten others. Smile

I would have clubbed them and said "Gee, I am sorry you didn't clear this with us and YOU WILL HAVE TO MAKE OTHER ARRANGEMENTS!" – Denise

No, no, no. This is why we love Denise. Raising a near baseball team doesn't leave anyone time to beat around the Bush. But, the firmly polite thing to do is to say "Oh great! I'd be only too happy to make hotel reservations for you or email you the information of the best places to stay. But please make sure you save lots of time for us." ***makes note to return Miss Manners book to library *ahem* before he drives Forum crazy***

Madam Pince-- As even Catherine (who is to be commended for sure) recognized above, your fortitude was herculean to say the least. Going into your closet was way over the line. However, cleaning, helping, making their own bed, staying out of sight as much as possible, and treating the hosts to dinner are not just nice things to do while being an extended house guest, they are required . **cowers as Catherine bursts into the room and takes manners book away; "Oh no! It's an etiquette intervention!"**

Happy Monday again

P.S. Oh, thanks Tim. Chinese buffet sounds like a good lunch today.

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Catherine - Sep 27, 2004 7:20 am (#1198 of 2977) Reply

Thanks for the laugh on this stormy Monday morning. I am getting quizzical looks from the dogs as I have snorted and laughed my way through these chat posts.

Chemyst, I really do like your suggestion to read Harry Potter out loud. I'm afraid that reading Biochem would not have worked in our case, as the gentleman in question is an R&D chemist who works for a pharmaceutical company, and the young lady in question is getting her Ph.d in epidemiology. They probably would have found the biochem fascinating, with me being the one going into a coma. Perhaps I should *ahem* "borrow" Loopy Lupin's Miss Manners book, and read that aloud instead. **performs intervention by Accio-ing Loopy's book!**

Well, I'm not sure that everyone would love Gibson's novel Pattern Recognition, although I did enjoy it. His style takes some getting used to. I wouldn't want to reveal any plot twists, but you realize how you really do never "know' to whom you are speaking, and who is monitoring your words. You see instances of "real" connections between people who are obsessed with the same art, and you see instances of sinister deception. It was a little spooky to read, I must admit.

Off to clean up from this weekend. Hope everyone has a good start of the week.

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Chris. - Sep 27, 2004 8:39 am (#1199 of 2977) Reply

Thank you all for the messages on Friday, my birthday.

And a late Happy Birthday, to Tim!

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Catherine - Sep 27, 2004 8:46 am (#1200 of 2977) Reply

I realize that I neglected, during my etiquette intervention, to compliment Loopy on the reappearance of Ralph.

He's my favorite. Thanks.

See you all around later.

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ShelterGirl - Sep 27, 2004 8:55 am (#1201 of 2977) Reply

Indeed it is a w00t moment.

Yay for you. Smile

Hope everyone's Monday is tolerable. Mine is wet. I am sick of rainy days off. Anyone want 2 dogs with cabin fever?

Loopy, I have that t-shirt. I love Ralph. "Look at the pointy kitties!!"

Speaking of kitties, I have a new foster kitten. His name is Checkers. I keep thinking of Richard Nixon, so I will have to think of something else to call him...

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Flame Alligator - Sep 27, 2004 9:05 am (#1202 of 2977) Reply

*waving to everyone*

I only have time to read today but wanted to say........ Hi.

Have a good Monday everybody...... Is that possible?

Goedemorgen

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Phoenix song - Sep 27, 2004 9:12 am (#1203 of 2977) Reply

Flame Alligator: Hello on this **fine** (LOL) Monday morning. I know that you said that you only have time to read, but if I may be so bold as to ask... What is Goedemorgen? (The previous sentence was a run on from heck, I know. English majors please forgive me as it is Monday morning!)

Shelter Girl: Congratulations on the new kitten. Wolfgrl just convinced her boyfriend to name his new kitten "Nimbus", maybe you could name your new kitten "Firebolt" in keeping with the tradition.

* *secretly regrets that all children and pets have normal, non-Potter names**

Barbie

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Loopy Lupin - Sep 27, 2004 9:27 am (#1204 of 2977) Reply

Yes, Ralph is a favorite and very w00t worthy. I also love this particular quote, but that's my rather demented sense of humor for you.

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ShelterGirl - Sep 27, 2004 9:33 am (#1205 of 2977) Reply

Not at all, Loopy. I can hear it in my head.

-*giggling* Poor Ralph.

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Accio Sirius - Sep 27, 2004 10:17 am (#1206 of 2977) Reply

Loopy, it's a great quote! Do you have a Simpsons companion book or just a great memory for these lines?

Happy belated Birthday Prongs. I'm sending good karma your way.

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Loopy Lupin - Sep 27, 2004 10:40 am (#1207 of 2977) Reply

Loopy, it's a great quote! Do you have a Simpsons companion book or just a great memory for these lines? -- Accio Sirius

Um, ancient Chinese secret. Some of them are, indeed, from memory, but there are sites dedicated to nothing but Simpsons quotes. (They have to be corrected sometimes however.) Darn! I'm giving away my best tricks!

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Prefect Marcus - Sep 27, 2004 11:08 am (#1208 of 2977) Reply
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New Avatar. I thought it rather pretty.

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Julia.    - Sep 27, 2004 11:18 am (#1209 of 2977) Reply

Ohhh, Accio Sirius, I love your new avatar.

Loopy, love the new quote, I was never a huge Simpsons fan, but I do find Ralph to be cool. W00t.

Barbie, Firebolt is a great name for a cat, I suggest you go with that one.

Hope everyone is having an ok Monday, I'm off to run errands, oh boy oh boy.

By the way, I got an A on my presentation on Chaucer

EDIT: Cross posted with Marcus, nice new avatar, we all should have seen it coming.

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Loopy Lupin - Sep 27, 2004 12:21 pm (#1210 of 2977) Reply

Flowers are pretty. Smile

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Catherine - Sep 27, 2004 12:41 pm (#1211 of 2977) Reply

What is with today? All these cool new avatars.

Accio Sirius, I just love your new marauders in the moonlight. Loopy knows that was waiting for Ralph to come back. Marcus, your avatar is quite pretty. It was my sorority flower, so I am partial to pansies. So appropriate for fall, too. I'm confused by your tagline, though. Is the answer...a "Diggory?"

Kim, this is for you



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Loopy Lupin - Sep 27, 2004 12:56 pm (#1212 of 2977) Reply

so I am partial to pansies.—Catherine

Quick! Quick! Everyone print this page before Catherine decides to delete it!!!!!! Smile

As for the picture: AWWWWWWWWWWW!

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Sep 27, 2004 1:06 pm (#1213 of 2977) Reply

It was my sorority flower, so I am partial to pansies.---Catherine Allen

Of course it was.

Cute pic, Catherine. But what happens to them between puppyhood and adulthood?

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Catherine - Sep 27, 2004 1:28 pm (#1214 of 2977) Reply

Cute pic, Catherine. But what happens to them between puppyhood and adulthood? --Lupin is Lupin

They are still cute! Hmmph. ***pouts at Kim***

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Loopy Lupin - Sep 27, 2004 1:29 pm (#1215 of 2977) Reply

Of course it was.

Spew. Oof. Someone's breath smells like cat food. ME-OWW. Razz

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Denise P. - Sep 27, 2004 1:33 pm (#1216 of 2977) Reply

Great, thanks Marcus. Now I won't be able to get Little Purple Pansies out of my head :::humming:::

o/` o/` o/` (<--musical notes) Little purple pansies, touched in yellow gold, Growing in one corner of the garden old; We are very tiny but must try, try, try....

Catherine, Daisy is looking good!

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Loopy Lupin - Sep 27, 2004 1:34 pm (#1217 of 2977) Reply

Which one's Daisy? The one with the crew cut?

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ShelterGirl - Sep 27, 2004 2:05 pm (#1218 of 2977) Reply

Nice to see Loopy back in form. Smile Kim as well. Shall I supply bowls of milk?

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Catherine - Sep 27, 2004 2:17 pm (#1219 of 2977) Reply

Catherine, Daisy is looking good! –Denise

Thank you, Denise! She doesn't look so naked any more, thank goodness. It has been 2 months since she was scalped. Pssst...Loopy, Daisy is the one on the right. Personally, I think that Phoebe looks darn good for a dog who is 11 years old, and Daisy is technically not a puppy any more at 14 months, and they are still cute. **ducks in case Kim is armed with rotten tomatoes**

Shall I supply bowls of milk?--Shelter Girl

Whole or skim?

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Accio Sirius - Sep 27, 2004 2:39 pm (#1220 of 2977) Reply
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Catherine, the dogs do look in fine form. Thanks for the picture.

Julia--Congrats on your Chaucer presentation. I would have gladly shared my Canterbury Tales coloring book with you if you thought it would help. In the sixth grade, we were forced to learn and recite the first several paragraphs of CT in Middle English. At least the teacher was honest in her reasoning. She said it would make a great party trick later in life.

Marcus, very nice avatar. Pansies are lovely and quite hardy. They brighten my garden until the very nastiest of winter weather.

I wish I could give proper credit for my avatar, but I simply forgot where I found it. I've been hoarding it for a while now and just had to trot it out!

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Sep 27, 2004 2:43 pm (#1221 of 2977) Reply

She said it would make a great party trick later in life.---Accio Sirius

I like your teacher's style. We should all have party tricks. (There's an opening there should anyone choose to take it.)

**ducks in case Kim is armed with rotten tomatoes**---Catherine Allen

I guess it all comes down to standards, Catherine.

Oh Julie, we're 1% here so if you could set out a nice bowl of that I'd be happy.

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Phoenix song - Sep 27, 2004 4:10 pm (#1222 of 2977) Reply

Marcus: The avatar is gorgeous. I love pansies, and have tried to grow them at home. Unfortunately, I have a "black" thumb and kill everything except grass. (That, I have plenty of!) Even those plants that gardeners assure you that you can not possibly kill I still manage to murder in a very short period of time.

Catherine: The puppies are beautiful. They'll still be "puppies" even when they are 20. It really makes me miss mine.

Shelter Girl named her kitten "snitch" because it's so hard to catch. I think that this is a perfectly wonderful name for a kitten. It actually makes me wish that I'd find another animal in need of a home...and a name, of course.

Barbie

EDIT: Marcus, I've just read the answer to your question on another thread. Very clever, indeed. I just stopped at "a Potter". You've really invested a lot into this 'ship, haven't you? Okay, I'll investigate it a little bit further and let you know if I agree. (Not that I think that my opinion counts for much, of course!)

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timrew - Sep 27, 2004 4:20 pm (#1223 of 2977) Reply

I just want to say that I think Chaucer Rocks! Congratulations, Julia, on your Chaucer presentation!

BTW, I'm only saying that Chaucer Rocks, because I was around when the Canterbury Tales was first published......queued up at around midnight (at Ye Waterstones) for a signed first edition.

Edward 111: "I couldn't put it down! A rollicking tale from start to finish!"

William Langland (author of 'Piers Plowman'): "Laugh? I thought I'd never start!"

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Prefect Marcus - Sep 27, 2004 4:37 pm (#1224 of 2977) Reply

Phoenix Song -- You've really invested a lot into this 'ship, haven't you?

Ha Ha. Perhaps I have. However, it truly makes the most sense of all the 'ships. Everytime I try to talk myself out of it, it just returns solidly to square one.

I do wish HBP would hurry up and get here. That will settle the matter.

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I Am Used Vlad - Sep 27, 2004 4:39 pm (#1225 of 2977) Reply

Lucky you, Tim. I thought you were from Shakespeare's era. You must be aging well.

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Sep 27, 2004 4:48 pm (#1226 of 2977) Reply

I do wish HBP would hurry up and get here. That will settle the matter.---Prefect Marcus

Does that mean Marcus, if it's not mentioned in HBP you'll finally put this bad boy to rest?

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Catherine - Sep 27, 2004 4:55 pm (#1227 of 2977) Reply

Does that mean Marcus, if it's not mentioned in HBP you'll finally put this bad boy to rest? --Lupin is Lupin

LOL, Kim.

Yes, Marcus, is this true?

**even more anxious for HBP to come out**

Cheers, everyone!

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Prefect Marcus - Sep 27, 2004 5:02 pm (#1228 of 2977) Reply
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Yes indeed. Pansy has to start thawing. For her to thaw, and have Harry and her heat up all in one school year is just too much. I realize this is fantasy, but that is going a bit too far. :-)

It would be like the last Dr. Who episode with Leela.

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Padfoot - Sep 27, 2004 6:15 pm (#1229 of 2977) Reply

I like your Pansy avatar Marcus. Rather nicer than the pug one.

Catherine, Daisy's fur is growing out nicely. I hope her self confidence is back.

Barbie I have a black thumb too when it comes to gardening. I can keep a few plants alive, but managed to kill off my orchid this weekend. *sigh*

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Julia.    - Sep 27, 2004 6:29 pm (#1230 of 2977) Reply

LOL Tim! Thanks for the congrats. So you queued up at midnight eh? What on earth did you do while waiting in line for your first edition?

I'm with Sam though, I thought you were from the Shakespearean era, I was going to ask you about what kind of a guy he was, I'm considering dating him, since we already spend so much time together. If only he was Jewish...

Catherine, thanks for that pic! Daisy looks much better, I hope her confidence is better now. She certianly looks a lot happier than she did two months ago.

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Viola Intonada - Sep 27, 2004 6:48 pm (#1231 of 2977) Reply

Congrats Julia!

Denise, you can get the pansy song out of your head by telling yourself that Marcus's avatar is of a viola rather than a pansy. I'm partial to violas, I have several planted in my garden. They are one of the few things that survive my black thumb.

Yesterday, at one of my daughter's soccer game, I was sitting next to a girl who was telling her aunt what she wanted to be for Halloween. (The aunt is a friend of mine) I thought I had heard the girl say she wanted to be Hermione, which is what my daughter also wants to be for Halloween this year. So I asked the girl directly what she wants to be. She said in a very shy low voice that she wanted to be one of the characters from Harry Potter and she said it in a way that implied that she figured I wouldn't know anything about Harry Potter because I am an adult. I almost burst out laughing, but controlled myself. I did tell her I've read the books....many times.

Pheonix, just for you on those nights you can't seem to fall asleep...Biochemistry is the stud of the molecular basis of life. There is much excitement and activity in biochemistry today for several.......zzzzz..zzzzz Oops, sorry dozed off there a bit. My husband was amazed to hear that I was actually able to stay awake long enough to read the first chapter. hehehe Btw, Julia, they ranged in age from 7 to 11.

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Catherine - Sep 27, 2004 6:57 pm (#1232 of 2977) Reply

BTW, I'm only saying that Chaucer Rocks, because I was around when the Canterbury Tales was first published.—Tim

Oh, I thought so. You didn't know the Wife of Bath, did you? She was quite a character. **winks at TIm**

Daisy thanks all of you for the kind comments about her hair growth since that awful day. Kim still will not admit that shih-tzus are cute, but we are all working on her, though it is in vain.

Hmmm. I have an uncontrollable urge for 1% milk before bed. M-eee-oow.

'Night, all.

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Loopy Lupin - Sep 27, 2004 7:28 pm (#1233 of 2977) Reply

The dogs are definitely cute. I can't even tell that one was once the victim of a bad haircut. At least it was just a bad groomer. Genetics seem to be scalping me on a daily basis which my father, during a recent visit this week, seemed to find rather funny. Gee, I was sorry my parents had to go home to their dogs.

Does that mean Marcus, if it's not mentioned in HBP you'll finally put this bad boy to rest?--Lupin is Lupin

Never say die Marcus! Your ardent supporters are right with you!

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Leila 2X4B - Sep 27, 2004 7:39 pm (#1234 of 2977) Reply

Yes Marcus, we will follow you blindly into yea iceburg.

Leila

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Julia.    - Sep 27, 2004 9:08 pm (#1235 of 2977) Reply

Oh, I thought so. You didn't know the Wife of Bath, did you? She was quite a character. **winks at TIm** --Catherine

ROFLMBO!!! (rolling on the floor laughing my bum off) Catherine that was too funny! I'm laughing so hard my roommate is looking at me as though I have three heads.

And now for something completely different...

Does anyone watch "Whose Line is it Anyway?" Guess what, Colin Mochery and Brad Sherwood are comming to UConn on Saturday night, and I'M GOING!!!!! *dances*

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Phoenix song - Sep 27, 2004 9:37 pm (#1236 of 2977) Reply

Oh! I love "Whose Line Is IT Anyway"! Those guys are so funny! I love when they do the "compilation" albums. It still comes on TV on the weekends, and I catch it when I can.

Viola: Don't you just love the immediate changes in attitude that the youth today grant to adults that they discover actually get Harry Potter? It seems to automatically up the "coolness" factor of anybody over the age of 21.

Barbie

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Fawkes Forever - Sep 28, 2004 12:54 am (#1237 of 2977) Reply

Thanks Tim *wipes orange juice off screen*

Happy Birthday Viola

Party at St Mungos everyone... just be careful when visiting ... tonight is a full moon... which makes the patients over there a little bit excitable to say the least! Oh & try not to eat the jello!

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Julia.    - Sep 28, 2004 5:51 am (#1238 of 2977) Reply

AH! AH! Smiley Central not working, why why? *insert nervous shaking smilie here* I guess we'll have to do this the old fashioned way then.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY VIOLA!!!!! (ohhh, the old pre-smiley central smilies, remember those?) Have a butterbeer on me. *hands Viola butterbeer* Hope you have a great day and an amazing year!

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Chemyst - Sep 28, 2004 6:33 am (#1239 of 2977) Reply

    Happy Birthday Viola

When I googled Wife of Bath (because I haven't read Chaucer in decades) I found http://www.shunsley.eril.net/armoore/poetry/wifebath.htm#questions which is a study guide and samples of essay-style questions from past GCE Advanced level papers, the N.E.W.T.S. of Hogwarts. As someone not familiar with the British system, I found it an interesting insight into what these exams are like. There are enough geeky types who read the forum I figured someone else might enjoy the link too.

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Catherine - Sep 28, 2004 6:44 am (#1240 of 2977) Reply

Happy Birthday, Viola! Happy Birthday, Tornedo!

Good Morning to everyone else.

I'm the latest victim of the nasty virus floating around town, so I'm having a little self-pity party today. Blah, me.

I'm trying to catch up on the threads, so off I go. Enjoy your Tuesday, and let's hope that an update comes from JKR soon.

**waves frantically in JKR's direction to get her attention**

EDIT: Thanks to Chemyst for the link.

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Phoenix song - Sep 28, 2004 6:52 am (#1241 of 2977) Reply

Happy Birthday Viola! Here's wishing you a day of music, fun, and NO BIOCHEM! (LOL! I actually had a dream about using your book to help me sleep last night!)

Happy Birthday Tornedo! Just think, next year you can get your apparating license!

Catherine: Sorry that you've caught a bug. I'll be sending some "pepper-up potion" your way via my owl. A nice thick slab of Honeyduke's best chocolate also seems to always work for me, but stay away from the Bertie Bott's (too risky when you're ill!) Where is that bloody owl anyway? (You probably caught something from your unwelcome guests!) Try to feel better!

JKR, now would be a good time to give us all a nice, juicy update. I wouldn't ordinarily ask, but seeing as how it might make Catherine feel better.....

Barbie

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mike miller - Sep 28, 2004 6:56 am (#1242 of 2977) Reply

HAPPY BIRTHDAY VIOLA!!

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haymoni - Sep 28, 2004 8:53 am (#1243 of 2977) Reply

Happy B-day, Viola!!

Hope you have a wonderful day!

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Padfoot - Sep 28, 2004 8:54 am (#1244 of 2977) Reply
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Happy Birthday Viola!

Happy Birthday Tornado!

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Loopy Lupin - Sep 28, 2004 9:13 am (#1245 of 2977) Reply

Happy Birthdays to Viola and Tornado!

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Kasse - Sep 28, 2004 10:34 am (#1246 of 2977) Reply

Hello All

I fell so terrible that I have not stopped by this thread to say hi to everyone, oh well better late than never

Viola – HAPPY BIRTHDAY

Tornado – HAPPY BIRTHDAY

Accio Sirius & Marcus – I like the new avatars that you have, makes me think maybe it is about time I changed mine

Catherine – Even if the picture of you dogs was intended for Kim I must comment that they look so adorable. Awwwwwwwwwwwwwww. Just like Loopy I too cannot tell which one was victimized with a bad hair cut.

Cynde & Barbie – You two think you have a black thumb when it comes to gardening? Well I had a cactus (affectionately named Neville) and I killed it! Have you ever heard of someone killing a cactus? Supposedly I was giving it too much water, and here I was just trying to show my poor Neville how much I cared. Oh well.

Ok well I am home sick today which means I get to catch up on a whole bunch of posts! So I am off take care everyone.

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Leila 2X4B - Sep 28, 2004 10:36 am (#1247 of 2977) Reply

Happy Birthday Tornedo and Viola

Leila

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ShelterGirl - Sep 28, 2004 10:37 am (#1248 of 2977) Reply

Somebody Lysol the Forum. We all have cooties...

Happy Birthday to Viola and Tornado!!

I'm off to the doctor soon. Maybe I'll get something better than NyQuil...

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Phoenix song - Sep 28, 2004 10:45 am (#1249 of 2977) Reply

Kasse: Congratulations on joining the "Black Thumb Club". I, too, have killed cactuses (or is it cacti?) I'm telling you, I've killed plants, cacti, trees, and shrubs of all different types. The worst thing is that I truly desire to grow plants and flowers! It's terrible to really want to be good at something that you're terribly hopeless at! I think that I also "love" them too much!

The only thing that I am good at growing is grass. I had some bald patches on my property and planted some grass seeds. The owner of the feed & seed told me that it was too late to grow grass, that it would never germinate. I planted the seeds anyway, with my black thumb what did I have to lose? It must have been some type of aberrant seed, because it grew like wildfire! I had these thick, deep green patches of grass dotted about my yard in late November. It was quite the joke in my family that I was push mowing odd patches of grass that were mid-calf high at Thanksgiving time.

The joke was totally on me, too. With two acres of land I already have plenty of grass. I need more trees, shrubs and flowers. Oh well...at least I'm not as alone as I thought.

Barbie

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Julia.    - Sep 28, 2004 2:25 pm (#1250 of 2977) Reply

Julie and Sam/Kasse, feel better soon! I will be sending you both some pepper up potion by owl very shortly.

Barbie, yes, it is 'cacti'.

Tornado, HAPPY BIRHTDAY!! Have a butterbeer on me. *hands Tornado butterbeer* I hope that you too have a great day and an amazing year. Sorry about the lack of smilies, but I'm really too lazy to do things the old fashioned way agian...
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TwinklingBlueEyes - Sep 28, 2004 3:04 pm (#1251 of 2977) Reply

Happy Birthday, Viola! Happy Birthday, Tornedo! Hope everyone is having a great day! Can I be an associate of the Black Thumb club? I can grow a vetegtable garden, and roses, (ready supply of horse manure helps) but managed to kill an AIR plant!

Pam

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timrew - Sep 28, 2004 3:55 pm (#1252 of 2977) Reply

Happy Birthday Tornedo and Viola!

Yes, Catherine, I was dressed as the Wife of Bath while I waited for Geoffrey to sign my book. We were all stood waiting, dressed as pilgrims.

Anyway he signed mine, "To Tim, a true fan, best wishes, Geoff".

So, I'm putting it up for sale on EBay. A first edition of the Canterbury Tales......signed by the author.....

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Catherine - Sep 28, 2004 4:35 pm (#1253 of 2977) Reply

So Tim, whilst you were dressed like the "Wyfe of Bath," did ye enjoy a healthy breeze 'round yer privates?"

Dressing in drag has its advantages, I will admit!

BTW, I do covet your Goeffrey-signed first editions. I hear the artwork is SO good on those!

Cheers to Tim, who made my day!

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timrew - Sep 28, 2004 5:24 pm (#1254 of 2977) Reply

Yes, he was also giving away signed photographs.....

And the breeze was most welcome, too, Catherine! LOL.

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Madam Pince - Sep 28, 2004 5:52 pm (#1255 of 2977) Reply

Happy Birthday, Viola and Tornado!

Sorry to hear about the folks who have the "cooties." ***sprays computer screen with Lysol just in case***

Tim, I am getting such a vivid mental picture....

Julia, how great about your Saturday concert! I'm so jealous! I watch "Whose Line" on the Family channel at 10pm here -- it's all re-runs of course but so so funny. Those guys are so quick! They should drop in at St. Mungos sometime.

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I Am Used Vlad - Sep 28, 2004 6:27 pm (#1256 of 2977) Reply

Happy birthday, Viola and Tornado.

Julia, have fun seeing the "Whose Line" guys.

Tim as the Good Wife would make a great avatar, IMO.

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Viola Intonada - Sep 28, 2004 7:19 pm (#1257 of 2977) Reply

Happy birthday Tornado!

Thanks for all of the birthday wishes. They really have brightened my day. I had the typical "Mom" birthday today. I spent the day preparing for a Brownie troop meeting. One child had a meeting after school, then had a friend over. Went to the troop meeting 30 minutes later and tried (I emphasize tried) to keep 17 girls quiet enough to teach them how to braid. I was quite unsuccessful. Both daughters had soccer practice and I had Orchestra rehearsal. I love to unwind by reading the Chat thread. Thank you everyone!

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Gina R Snape - Sep 28, 2004 7:30 pm (#1258 of 2977) Reply

Hey everyone.

It is POURING BUCKETS here in NYC. Won't someone please find a way to make the rain stop?! Waaaah. This is the third hurricane to make it's way to NYC in a weaker form. At this rate, there won't be a single rodent or alligator left in the sewers!

Tim, around since the Canterbury Tales, eh? So you're the one with the extra philosopher's stone. Uh huh...

ShelterGirl, thanks for the review. Of course you may join the Detention with Snape! Club.

btw, this was in some people's Sunday paper in the UK. Some of you might be amused/interested/etc. Poor Alan, can't even go buying bananas without getting his picture snapped. Nice to know he shops organic.

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Padfoot - Sep 28, 2004 7:34 pm (#1259 of 2977) Reply
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I saw those pictures of Alan Rickman, Gina. Someone must have been having a slow news day I think.

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Gina R Snape - Sep 28, 2004 7:53 pm (#1260 of 2977) Reply

Yeah. Definitely very slow.

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septentrion - Sep 29, 2004 2:46 am (#1261 of 2977) Reply

happy belated birthday to Tornedo and Viola !

For the black-thumbed people, I can give you this advice : don't take care of your plants too much. I have a couple of plants in my apartment, and I hardly water them more than once a week, never change their earth or give them food, and they're beautiful. I begin to think they fell better when left alone !

Poor Alan ! At least, we know some of his tastes, but if by chance one of us have him for dinner, it'll be difficult to make dinner with only bananas !

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Fawkes Forever - Sep 29, 2004 3:12 am (#1262 of 2977) Reply

Happy Birthday Tornedo

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mike miller - Sep 29, 2004 5:05 am (#1263 of 2977) Reply

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TORNEDO!! Sorry I'm late, yesterday was one of those days at work. I know this is one of those "special" birthdays so I hope you enjoyed to the fullest.

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Catherine - Sep 29, 2004 5:08 am (#1264 of 2977) Reply

Happy Wednesday to everyone!

Viola, so nice that you could relax on your birthday! Maybe your birthday didn't count, you know, because you were so busy, so you are not really any older....

Shelter Girl, hope your cooties are responding to medicine. My cooties are much better today, although my four year-old now has it, and therefore no preschool.

I smiled all night at the thought of Tim dressed up like the good old wife of Bath. That's a cheering charm all by itself!

Not to mention, Gina, that some of us go bananas about Mr. Rickman....

See you all around.

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Chemyst - Sep 29, 2004 5:16 am (#1265 of 2977) Reply

Wonderful Wednesdays to all. Happy belated b-day to Tornedo.

Septentrion is on the mark. I used to work in a flower shop and the #1 reason for customer complaints of plant problems was too much care & water.

... and if anyone has a bar-code hairstyle, I don't want to hear about it.

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TwinklingBlueEyes - Sep 29, 2004 5:46 am (#1266 of 2977) Reply

Good morning everyone! Today my computer is making a trip to see my computer guru, along with M&M's and any other enticing bribes I can think of for him. I NEED my computer back working! Since it is my Penseive and pacifier I am quite lost without it. Wish me luck and I hope to see you on the threads.

Pam

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Sherbie Lemon - Sep 29, 2004 6:24 am (#1267 of 2977) Reply

Happy Belated Birthday, Tornedo and Viola! And a very late congratulations to Gina!

My apologies to Catherine and Tim, but reading the last page of the Canterbury Tales was one of the happiest days of my life. I had somehow managed to avoid them for most of my college career until two weeks ago when I was forced into a stupor after reading too many pages of Middle English. For those of you who would like to hear what Middle English sounds like (and it doesn't sound like English) here's a helpful little link I stumbled upon: http://academics.vmi.edu/english/audio/GP_Hanks.html

Good luck, TBE!

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septentrion - Sep 29, 2004 6:58 am (#1268 of 2977) Reply

wouhou ! I've just learned that I at least get my promotion ! I think I'll need some time before landing :jumping with enjoyment smiley:

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Ladybug220 - Sep 29, 2004 7:06 am (#1269 of 2977) Reply

Congrats Sept! Promotions and raises are always nice!

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Julia.    - Sep 29, 2004 7:10 am (#1270 of 2977) Reply

Good luck TBE! Hope you get your computer back soon and free of cooties.

Thanks for the link Lindsey. I like Canterbury Tales and it was fun to hear some of it in Middle English. When we read the Tales in high school a part of our project was to have one member of our group read from our tale in Middle English. Fortunately I did not have to do it. One of my friends in the group did, and strangely enough, her father speaks fluent Middle English.

As some of you know the Jewish holiday Sukkot begins at sundown tonight. During this holiday we spend a lot of time in something called a Sukkah, which is like a little hut with three enclosed walls and a room that allows you to see the stars. We eat in there, study in there, make partys in there, and some people even sleep in theirs. We are going to have 2 on campus, both of which were supposed to go up yesterday. However, it rained buckets yesterday, so we decided to put them up today so as not to get wet. And what do you know, I wake up this morning to raining Hippogriffs (someone alert Tim)! So my fun task for today after class and running errands, is to get extremely wet while putting up a Sukkah for tonight.

Hope everyone has a better Wednesday than I will.

EDIT: Cross posted with Sept. MAZEL TOV!! Wow, a promotion, that's awesome, have a butterbeer on me! *hands Sept butterbeer*

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septentrion - Sep 29, 2004 7:42 am (#1271 of 2977) Reply

thanks for your wishing, Julia and Ladybug ! I feel like I took an overdose of butterbeer, or better of firewhisky !

And thanks Julia for explaining the Jewish traditions about Sukkot. I'm always curious about them.

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Fawkes Forever - Sep 29, 2004 8:41 am (#1272 of 2977) Reply

Wooohooo congrats Sept... excellent news.. *passes more butterbeer*

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Julia.    - Sep 29, 2004 9:08 am (#1273 of 2977) Reply

Wow, my last post should teach me to post without proof reading. Shhhhh, don't tell my English professors. I will now correct my grammar. I will even pull out the red pen.

...which is like a little hut with three enclosed walls and a roof that allows you to see the stars. We eat in there, study in there, make parties in there, and some people even sleep in there.

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mike miller - Sep 29, 2004 9:33 am (#1274 of 2977) Reply

TBE - I've got my fingers crossed for your computer.

Septentrion - Congrats!!! That's wonderful news. Will it change your everyday work or is this more recognition of how important your work real is? We all hope it does not cut into your "Lex time".

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haymoni - Sep 29, 2004 10:52 am (#1275 of 2977) Reply

Mike - I have been meaning to tell you - all month long Direct TV has had a "Free-View" of a Stevie Ray Vaughn concert. I've only been able to catch bits and pieces of it, but it is outstanding.

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boop - Sep 29, 2004 10:59 am (#1276 of 2977) Reply

Thank you everyone for taking care of the Birthday wishes while I was in the hospital again. I would like to say Belated HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO, ALY-21, KATI-22, Caput Draconis(LAUREN)-23, TIM and PRONGS-24, and VIOLA(MICHELLE)and TORNEDO-28th. Sorry I am late with them. I feel much better this time. I won’t be going back to work until Mon, and it will be part time for about a month. Take care Everyone, *BIG HUGS* to everyone.

Betty(boop)

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Julia.    - Sep 29, 2004 11:07 am (#1277 of 2977) Reply

*runs up behind Betty and bear hugs her* BETTY!!!!!!!! You're back! I'm so glad to hear you're feeling better, I sure was worried about you, and I'll bet everyone else was too. The forum can go back to normal now that our mum's back. *huggy huggy a lot*

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haymoni - Sep 29, 2004 11:07 am (#1278 of 2977) Reply

Wonderful news, Betty!

Great to hear from you.

Hope all goes well!

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Padfoot - Sep 29, 2004 11:24 am (#1279 of 2977) Reply

Congratulations Septentrion! What great news.

Betty! It is great to see you back.

Julia, have fun putting together your Sukkah. That sounds really interesting.

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septentrion - Sep 29, 2004 11:34 am (#1280 of 2977) Reply

Betty's back, Betty's back...singing and dancing with pleasure.

Thanks Mike, Padfoot and Fawkes for your congrats. To answer your question, Mike, my every day work won't change much, I above all will get a raise pay. But don't worry about my time forum, I couldn't help coming here as far as I am in front of a computer with internet access

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Elanor - Sep 29, 2004 12:11 pm (#1281 of 2977) Reply

Congratulations Septentrion! I'm so happy for you! Butterbeer for everyone!

Betty, I'm so happy you're feeling better too!

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Marie E. - Sep 29, 2004 12:26 pm (#1282 of 2977) Reply

Happy Birthday, Viola and Tornado!!

Betty!! Good to see you back.

Things are pretty slow around here, which is good. The weather has cooled off and is perfectly lovely. I adore fall, so I'm having a good time.

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Phoenix song - Sep 29, 2004 3:43 pm (#1283 of 2977) Reply

septentrion: Congratulations on your new job and especially your new raise! YEAH!! We're all glad that it won't cut into your Lex time, too.

Betty, I'm glad that you're back and that you're feeling better. I know that you haven't been well and I hope that you'll allow yourself to "take it easy" for as long as you need. How do you keep up with so many birthdays? There can't be a central list, so you must be very good at organization!

TBE: I hope that things go well with your computer. I know that it's hard to have it crash on you. My computer crashed a few months ago, total loss. I was so upset, right until my brother-in-law offered to loan me his laptop until I get mine repaired. My computer was an old dinosaur with Win98, and his is all sleek and awesome with Windows XP. I suddenly didn't feel such a great need for my old one any longer. (Gee, I wonder why?) Old Dino is repaired now and I'll have to be switching out before this weekend. It makes me want to cry, but I'll have to be brave enough to return it.

Hope that everyone has a great evening!

Barbie

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Catherine - Sep 29, 2004 3:53 pm (#1284 of 2977) Reply

Good evening to all.

Congratulations to Septentrion for a job well done.

Hi to Betty!

Also, Happy 13th Wedding Anniversary to a certain someone! **waves at the person, and hope she gets something pretty in a little box**

I had a pretty quiet day, as the sickies were trying to feel better. Of course, Hayley felt well enough to bring a frog into the house, and put it on her bed. I don't like amphibians or reptiles, so I made my other daughter take it back out again!

Have a good evening!

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timrew - Sep 29, 2004 4:05 pm (#1285 of 2977) Reply

Congratulations Septentrion!

I visited that Middle English website, and I found it's exactly how we all talk in Manchester! (or how Dick Van Dyke talks in Mary Poppins).

Hippogriffs, Julia? I hope you saved one for me!

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Pigwidgeon - Sep 29, 2004 6:52 pm (#1286 of 2977) Reply

Woohoo! All right, Septentrion! Way to go!

Hiya Betty! Welcome back

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Leprechaun Jack - Sep 29, 2004 7:00 pm (#1287 of 2977) Reply



The Happiest of birthday's to everyone I missed. Welcome back Betty, glad your home and in better spirits.

My supervisor at the ambulance company came up to me today and asked if I wanted to do a special job, since I hurt my back I rarely go on the road (work in an ambulance).

However this was a special case, it seems that a production company is doing some filming in NYC and needed 2 EMT's and an ambulance for a final scene in the movie. So if all goes well I may very well be a movie star (as it were). I'm ready for my close up Mr. Deville !!!!

Wish me luck. You just might get to see my ugly mug on the big screen.

Jack

Edit: I don't know what movie just yet, I'll find out more information in a week.

JC

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Phoenix song - Sep 29, 2004 7:02 pm (#1288 of 2977) Reply

Do you know what show/movie? GOOD LUCK!

Barbie

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ShelterGirl - Sep 29, 2004 7:02 pm (#1289 of 2977) Reply

Jack-

Are you a paramedic??

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I Am Used Vlad - Sep 29, 2004 7:05 pm (#1290 of 2977) Reply

Good luck with the role, Jack.

I found out today that my niece is engaged. The ceremony will be sometime in May or June. Her brother and I are hoping she doesn't pick the weekend that Episode III comes out, because we'd really hate to miss the wedding.

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ShelterGirl - Sep 29, 2004 7:06 pm (#1291 of 2977) Reply

Good to see you've sorted out your priorities Vlad.

Weddings. Feh.

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Leprechaun Jack - Sep 29, 2004 7:24 pm (#1292 of 2977) Reply



ShelterGirl: I'm an Emergency Medical Technition. A step below a paramedic.

The simple explanation is an EMT can do non-invasive work on the body. Anything on the outside or anything that affects the workings of the body from the outside.

A Paramedic can do invasive work on the body. They can work on the inside of the body (trach a patient, run drugs through IV's, give injections, and so on.)

Jack

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ShelterGirl - Sep 29, 2004 7:27 pm (#1293 of 2977) Reply

Yeah, I was asking because my ex-husband was a paramedic, and I was wondering if I needed to start pitching things at the computer when you post...

*kidding!!*

I really wouldn't damage my computer...

Smile

EDIT: EMT is fine. No pitching.

DOUBLE EDIT: So...how do *you* feel about the term "Ambulance Driver?" *imagines Jack is now pitching things*

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Viola Intonada - Sep 29, 2004 7:39 pm (#1294 of 2977) Reply

Catherine, I hope your whole household is better soon. I like your thinking about birthdays! That would make me several years younger than I am.

Congrats, Sept!

We have missed you Betty. Glad you are back.

Believe it or not, today is my oldest daughter's birthday. We like to keep things simple in our family. My youngest daughter's birthday is two days before Hubby's. We didn't plan it that way, but it sure does cut down on the number of birthday parties.

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Leprechaun Jack - Sep 29, 2004 7:52 pm (#1295 of 2977) Reply



Ambulance Driver, Emergency Taxi, Lizard Slinger(a zinger against the elderly)



I used to get them all the time. but my favorite calls were from people who would dial 911 because they had a toothache and didn't want to go to the dentist. Or had some minor injury and would think that if they called an ambulance they wouldn't have to wait in the ER waiting room.

These people never understood that they could and have in some cases pulled us away from a true emergency where we could have made a difference.

But, Alas earwax, some people will never understand.

Jack

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Eponine - Sep 29, 2004 8:24 pm (#1296 of 2977) Reply

Hello, all. I hope everyone is having a pleasant morning, day, evening, or whatever it is in your part of the world.

Going back to house guests, I just had a good friend visit me for a few days. I love her to death, but I was kind of glad to see her off at the airport. It's nice to get your house back.

Jack, I understand completely about people with their "emergencies". I worked at a Urologist's office for 5 years, and most of these "situations" are not suitable for re-telling on a family forum.

I have a job interview on Friday, so I'm hoping that it will go well. I don't know if I want to go back to a doctor's office, but it's the only lead I've got so far.

Happy Birthday to all who are celebrating!

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Loopy Lupin - Sep 29, 2004 9:09 pm (#1297 of 2977) Reply

It's nice to get your house back. – Eponine

True. All the same, its times like those that make me a little wistful for the old college days with roommates. Then I remember that four people in one house make four times the mess and dirty four times the dishes.

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Ozymandias - Sep 29, 2004 11:39 pm (#1298 of 2977) Reply

Ew...four people's worth of dishes. *shudders* Why do my roommates have to keep eating all the time?

Happy belated birthday to Viola and Tornedo! I hope your special days were fun.

Betty! I'm glad to hear you're feeling better. You've been missed here.

Sept: congratulations on the promotion!

My exciting thing for this week: I had the opportunity to see a lecture by Errol Pires, an Indian weaver who uses a technique called ply-split braiding. I won't bore you all with the details, but it was a very exciting opportunity for me!

Oh, I just noticed you've changed Ralph's quote, Loopy. It's a definite improvement.

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The giant squid - Sep 29, 2004 11:50 pm (#1299 of 2977) Reply

Septentrion, congratulations! Any promotion that doesn't alter your day-to-day operations but still involves a pay raise is a good thing.

Chemyst, I like the "new" avatar. Subtle, but good.

Jack, I'm anxiously awaiting the chance to see our favorite "lizard slinger" on the big screen.

Betty! Welcome back!! ::big goofy hug::

Oh,and happy birthday to everyone Betty pointed out. I'm sure I missed a few of you...it's been a busy couple weeks for birthdays.

--Mike

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septentrion - Sep 29, 2004 11:58 pm (#1300 of 2977) Reply

thanks, thanks, thanks everyone for your wishes. You people are great !

Jack, I'm very curious to see you on a big screen, keep us updated about which movie and which scene. It's always so exciting to see people of this forum.

Eponine, I hope you'll get that job, even if it isn't the job of your dreams. Yet its' sometimes easier to find a job when you already have one because people will think you're not "outside the world" (for lack of a better expression).
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TwinklingBlueEyes - Sep 30, 2004 4:40 am (#1301 of 2977) Reply

Welcome back Betty, you have been missed! Congrats Sept. and good luck Jack.

My electronic Penseive is up and running again, yes! Alas, it now has 3 different copies of windows on it and I'll be all day transferring files from the two old copys to the new one so all my programs and settings work. Ah, the joys of these "time-saving" devices. On the good side I didn't lose my fifty gigs of "junk" :-)
Thank you to all those who wished me well in getting this thing back up and running. My guru is a magician! In fact he even looks alot like DD! M&M's worked wonders!

Have a great day all and hope to see you on the threads.

Pam

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Kasse - Sep 30, 2004 5:30 am (#1302 of 2977) Reply

Good morning all, I am still not up to 100% but I am feeling much better and thank you to everyone who sent well wishes my way

Septentrion - Congratulations on the job and raise

Betty – Welcome back, you were missed, glad to have you back

Jack – Good luck and when you become a big movie star do not forget us little people

Sam (I am used Vlad aka Nimrod) – Congratulations on your niece’s engagement

Eponine – good luck with the job interview tomorrow, hope all goes well

Off to see how many threads I can catch up on before class starts – take care all

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mike miller - Sep 30, 2004 5:38 am (#1303 of 2977) Reply

Haymoni - My boss told me about the "free view" of SRV and he's going to tape it for me. I think it's out on DVD now so I think I'll have to pick it up. Can you believe the crowd "boo'd" them in 1982 when they played Montreaux the first time? Good thing David Bowie and Jackson Browne saw the show or the Texas Flood album may never have been recorded.

Septentrion - I'm glad you're being recognized for your hard work. I have seen it many times when co-workers have been promoted and the increase in work ruins their quality of life.

Betty - So glad to see you avatar! We have missed you!

Jack - Good luck on your big screen debut.

Eponine - Good Luck on the job interview.

I hope everyone has a great last day of September.

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Julia.    - Sep 30, 2004 5:58 am (#1304 of 2977) Reply

Good morning everyone. Jack, good luck on the movie, can't wait to see you on the big screen, especially if I get to scream out, "I know that guy!"

Epoinie, good luck on the interview, I hope it goes well for you. Just remember that it may not be the best job in the world, but it does pay the bills, and you can always keep looking for a new job that is more to your liking.

TBE, welcome back, and yay for your guru. Please give him some M&Ms for me too.

Catherine, happy oldest daughter's birthday!

Sam, mazel tov on your niece's engagement. I also hope that her wedding isn't the same week as Episode III's release. Let's hope that she and her new fiancé have their priorities sorted out.

On that note, I found out a few days ago that a friend of mine is engaged, and furthermore, he's engaged to another friend's sister. I'm thrilled for them, but this is the fourth guy who's come to UConn to work in the Kosher Kitchen who's gotten engaged or married. Needless to say, when I heard the news, I nearly plotzed, but I had my hands in a bowl of challa dough.

You'll all be pleased to know that we got our Sukkah up yesterday. Well, actually, the engineers got it up yesterday and I had nothing to do with it. It's pretty big, you can comfortably fit about ten people around the table in there, and it's pretty well light, and very nice. I think I'm going to sleep in there tonight. Ah well, must be off. Heve a good day everyone!

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Sherbie Lemon - Sep 30, 2004 6:30 am (#1305 of 2977) Reply

Congratulations, Septentrion! I'm glad to hear that your job won't be cutting into your forum time.

Welcome home, Betty!

Be sure to sneak your camera to the set, Jack. Happy celebrity watching!

Have fun tonight, Julia. That tradition sounds like fun.

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Phoenix song - Sep 30, 2004 7:18 am (#1306 of 2977) Reply

Julia: Have fun! It's sounds like a neat tradition. It's also really nice for me to be able to learn about the Jewish traditions and holidays. Oh, what's "plotzed" by the way?

Catherine: I'm glad that you're feeling better, and that the family is trying to improve. (I still think that your house guests left you with those nasty sick germs.)

Pam: Glad that your electronic pensieve is up and running again. I'm going to have to call the cable company today to try to re-install mine. (That is one call that I DO NOT WANT TO MAKE!)

Glad that the M&Ms did the trick for you. Whenever we have one of my brother-in-laws come over to do some work for us, (We have two electricians in the family and one licensed plumber, so it works out nice mostly!) we always have to bribe them to work by providing a few cases of butterBEER. It's still pretty cheap labor all the same!

Catherine: Happy oldest daughter's birthday! I'm having a party at my place this weekend for all of my family's later September/early October birthdays. (I'm dreading it!) During a two week period of time I have: my middle daughter's B-day; my husband's B-day; my sister-in-law's B-day; my sister's B-day; my father-in-law's B-day; my niece's B-day; my grandfather-in-law's B-day; my in-laws' anniversary; my maternal grandmother-in-law's B-day. To top all of that off, my sister-in-law went and had a son a few weeks ago that was born a few weeks early. So little Daniel was born in the middle of all of these occasions. I begged her to wait a little bit longer so that we'd be less busy at this time, but I guess that you can't put off fate. We're going to be having a big get-together and I'm so dreading all of the work that I need to begin to do today. (If I'm posting less this weekend you'll know why.)

My dad is in the late stages of cancer, and we think that this may be the last time that the family will all be able to gather together. So it is important that we make the best of it. Is there such a thing as a strengthening charm that I could take advantage of?

Sherbie, I posted on the new members thread, but I have to say again that I just LOVE Mr. Big!

I hope that everybody has a great day!

Barbie

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Sherbie Lemon - Sep 30, 2004 7:23 am (#1307 of 2977) Reply

Barbie, I love him too! Lately I've been watching all the Sex and the City episodes on DVD and after each one that features Mr. Big ends, I turn to my husband and sigh, "I love Big."

I'm sorry to hear about your father. I know how hard it is to watch someone you love struggle with cancer. Try to enjoy every moment with him. I'll be thinking about you and your family.

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Phoenix song - Sep 30, 2004 7:30 am (#1308 of 2977) Reply

Thank you Sherbie. We're trying to make him as comfortable as we can. I had never realized how hard it really is to accept that death is inevitable for someone that you love. It's really heartbreaking all around.

I'm glad to know that I'm not the only one who probably went ballistic when Carrie got that telephone call on the last episode and her caller ID said "John calling". YEAH! I've often called my husband, (named John), "Mr. Big" because he can be just as lovable and INFURIATING as Mr. Big. I hope that they come out with a movie. I miss them already!

Barbie

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septentrion - Sep 30, 2004 7:36 am (#1309 of 2977) Reply

barbie, I'm sorry about your father. It's sure difficult to accept death when it comes to those we love. I hope you'll have such a nice party he'll remember it for ever.

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haymoni - Sep 30, 2004 7:49 am (#1310 of 2977) Reply

Barbie - I've been catching SIC on TBS - last night they showed the episode where Big gets engaged to Natasha - the whole "The Way We Were" scene - "Your girl is lovely..." Good Stuff!

My mom died of cancer in 1998. It is rough, but we got to say things that we needed to say. You'll never get to say/ask everything, but I think it provided more closure than when Hubby's dad died of a sudden heart attack. It is hard to watch your strong parent dwindle away though. I'll be thinking about you.

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Julia.    - Sep 30, 2004 8:17 am (#1311 of 2977) Reply

Barbie I'm so sorry to hear about your father. I know there's really nothing anyone can say or do to make it better, but know that we're all here and thinking about you.

Phoenix song, plotz means pass out from shock.

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mike miller - Sep 30, 2004 8:34 am (#1312 of 2977) Reply

Barbie - I'm sorry to hear about your father. My father-in-law died of brain cancer in 1998 and it was difficult for all of us. It is always more difficult for those left behind. The memories we carry with us are what's important. Taking time for family is absolutely critical.

My wife, daughter and I made a trip back to Washington state this past June to see my family and especially my paternal grandfather. Although he is in excellent health for someone who will be 95 this December, he is nearly 95. My maternal grandfather will be 93 next week and is currently enjoying a 10 day cruise in French Polynesia (Tahiti) with my aunt and uncle. I can only hope I've inherited some of those genes.

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Phoenix song - Sep 30, 2004 8:49 am (#1313 of 2977) Reply

I thank you all for your kind words of encouragement. It has been extremely difficult for me, as I'm very close to my parents. My husband and I bought a house across the street from my folks, and we all still have dinner together every evening. It's been harder on me than I think my siblings because I'm the one that is trying to help my mother to care for him. I also know that it's going to devastate my kids to lose their Paw. I know that I won't have any regrets about spending time with him, though. It's just been difficult to come out of denial and speak about it. Thank you all for that opportunity.

Julia: I'm definitely going to remember "plotz". It'll be sure to get a lot of stares around here! Of course, the locals will probably just think that I'm referring to a few pieces of land! Thank you!

Barbie

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Sherbie Lemon - Sep 30, 2004 9:10 am (#1314 of 2977) Reply

Haymoni, I saw that one last night too. I'm not very fond of the "idiot stick-figure with no soul." Definitely one of my favorite episodes. It's a close second to the "If you’re tired of the city, you take a nappa, you don't move to Nappa!"

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Elanor - Sep 30, 2004 9:14 am (#1315 of 2977) Reply

Barbie, I'm so sad to hear about your Dad and I know what it is because my Dad died from cancer 6 years ago. Your mother will really need you those days and I remember well how my Mom and me supported each other then. I will think a lot to you and I hope you will have a nice party.

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VeronikaG - Sep 30, 2004 10:19 am (#1316 of 2977) Reply

First, I'm sorry to hear about your father's illness Barbie. I'll think of you when I say evening prayers.

Septentrion, I accidentally marked the thread as read, but congratulations on what ever luck you had. Nice Potties deserve luck.

Jack! Going to film. Way cool!

Julia, have a nice holiday!

And a good Thursday to everybody else.

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icthestrals - Sep 30, 2004 10:59 am (#1317 of 2977) Reply

Hello all. Sorry to jump in the conversation. I haven't been able to keep up with the forum since last week. I just wanted to let everyone know that I won't be around for a while because I lost my job last week and I don't have internet access or email at home. Hopefully I will be back soon. Gotta find a job, you know, priorities and all that. See y'all.

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haymoni - Sep 30, 2004 11:04 am (#1318 of 2977) Reply

What is going on??? Are the Potties being targeted???

Best of luck to all in your job searches, health searches, etc.

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Kasse - Sep 30, 2004 11:07 am (#1319 of 2977) Reply

Barbie - I am sorry to hear about your dad you are in my prayers

Sherbie and Haymoni - I have to disagree with you on the Mr Big issue, I never liked the way he treated Carrie. Am I the only person who liked Aiden?

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Acceber - Sep 30, 2004 11:08 am (#1320 of 2977) Reply

I'm sorry about your father Barbie. It must be hard to lose someone who's so close to you.

Congrats Sep!

Jack's on the big screen *dances*!

WELCOME BACK BETTY! *hugs*

Happy Birthday to Anyone I Missed and My Sincerest Apologies!

Julia-Happy Sukkot! We'd build a Sukkah, but...it's a bit too late. There's one at my Hebrew High School though, I'll get to go in on Sunday.

Happy Thursday! It's almost the weekend and we're going camping *does happy dance*!

PS For those who look at the times of the posts and add three hours to get Eastern Standard Time, you might notice that I probably should be in school now. Well, yes, but it's early release day, meaning more Forum time!

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haymoni - Sep 30, 2004 11:14 am (#1321 of 2977) Reply

Kasse - I enjoy the show for the banter and the bizarre situations in which these ladies find themselves.

I think that Carrie and Big deserve each other.

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Accio Sirius - Sep 30, 2004 11:49 am (#1322 of 2977) Reply

Kasse, I too loved Aidan. But Mr. Big did have his qualities. He grew on me over time, but he was a jerk in the beginning, IMHO.

Barbie and Phoenix song, my heart goes out to you both. I hope you two can, at the very least, always find sanctuary here! I know I do.

Julia, I love hearing about the sukka. I'm not familiar with that tradition. During the holidays last year, my daughter told everyone at school that we celebrate Hanukah and Kwanza (I think she just liked having better odds at presents). So, we looked everything up and tried our best to honor some of the traditions. A good friend of mine who is Jewish sent us a menorah, taught us the dreidle game and gave me great recipes for brisket and potato latkes. It was great. We will probably do it again this year.

ICthestrals and Prongs, I'm hoping that the double good karma whammy I am sending you both will help in your search for new jobs. Take care everyone.

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Julia.    - Sep 30, 2004 12:02 pm (#1323 of 2977) Reply

I'm sorry to hear about your job ICT. I'll send some cheering charms and job finding charms your way. In the meantime have a butterbeer on me *hands ICT butterbeer*

Accio Sirius, mmmmmmmm, brisket and latkes, mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

Happy Sukkot to you too Becca. I have permission, and my friend is going to lend me his army gear, so I think I'm sleeping in the Sukkah tonight. I've always wanted to do that!

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angel z - Sep 30, 2004 12:03 pm (#1324 of 2977) Reply

Hi All,

To any who don’t know I'm Angel z, a new member of the forum, although I have been admiring from afar for a short while. I just thought I would say hello, you all seem to be very close and equally as nice. It seems as though the Potterverse has a "magic" way of uniting people. I hope to get to know you all soon.

I am from England, so its evening here now. I have just put my two youngest boys to bed, (Harry 6) and (Joe)3, my eldest,(Ben) is entertaining himself with planning his next practical joke! and my Husband has left for a five a side football match, so it seems as though this time of day is going to be a good time to catch up on the gossip.

I thought Big was rather emotionally stunted, he didn’t seem to mind too much about hurting Natasha, Carrie on the other hand at least showed that she knew what she was doing was wrong. I think Big would quite happily have kept Carrie as 'a bit on the side' if he could have. But I haven’t seen them all so I may be a little behind the times.

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Phoenix song - Sep 30, 2004 12:37 pm (#1325 of 2977) Reply

Thank you all so much for your kindness and your prayers. It really does make me feel wonderful to know how accepted you've all made me. My dad has been battling cancer for a few years now. He was a pilot on the Mississippi River, and was around barges that carried toxic chemicals for most of his life. I suppose that the wide-spread cancer that he has was to be expected, but it's still painful. I appreciate having such wonderful people to listen. Thank you.

I'm concerned that so many of our Potties are being laid off! It does sound like a conspiracy against us! icthestrals, I will be sending you cheering charms and protective patronuses right away! My husband was laid off a few months ago after being with the same company for 12 years. The economy has been suffering and his company decided to pull out the stores in our local area. It was rough, but he's happier now. It's difficult to go through this change, but it may pan out in the end. I send you my best.

For everyone who is concerned that Mr. Big was not "the one" for Carrie, he did a remarkable turn around after his heart surgery. He really came to grips with letting himself be vulnerable to Carrie. I liked Aidan as well, but he just wasn't exciting enough for Carrie. I think that the only reason that Big even married Natasha was because he was never in any danger of really becoming vulnerable to her like he knew that he would be to Carrie. Natasha was not a threat to his independence or to his heart. I'd better stop now. There are a few topics that really get me going! Harry Potter (OF COURSE!), SitC, and ER. Gee, I lead a sheltered life!

Again, I'd really like to thank you all so much for being so thoughtful. I can really feel the love and the concern that you each feel for me, and it really means the whole world to me.

Barbie

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Loopy Lupin - Sep 30, 2004 12:42 pm (#1326 of 2977) Reply

Welcome angel z. Love your middle boy's name. (Not that there's anything wrong with Joe or Ben, mind you.)

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Sherbie Lemon - Sep 30, 2004 12:43 pm (#1327 of 2977) Reply

Well, I for one do not think a whole lot of Aidan in comparison to Big. I mean, he was a nice guy and all, but Mr. Big is a modern day Cary Grant; unatainable, handsome, wealthy, witty, and charming. I'll take Big over Aidan any day. Yes, Angel, Big didn't seem devastated about hurting Natasha, but then again, she is the stick figure with no soul," so there you are.

I'm so sorry to hear about your job, ICThestrals. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for you and Padfoot.

EDIT: Cross-posted with Barbie. Hear hear! My passions sounds eerily similar to your own. I'd say we've got our priorites sorted, though.

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Catherine - Sep 30, 2004 1:09 pm (#1328 of 2977) Reply

Welcome to the Forum, Angel Z, and I look forward to your posts.

Barbie, I hope that you can make some nice memories with your Dad at this time. I'm sorry for your pain.

I'm trying to get my act together to go out of town tomorrow. I'm visiting my brother in Virginia, and I am really excited to get to the mountains in October. Hope that Loopy Lupin isn't TOO jealous when I say that I will in the town where he sowed his youthful oats! **waves to Loopy**

I hope we all enjoy a great weekend, and I sure hope that JKR updates her site by the time I get back.

See you all later!

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The giant squid - Sep 30, 2004 1:25 pm (#1329 of 2977) Reply

Good luck on the job hunt, Kim (ICThestrals). I think we've figured out what happened to Umbridge...she went into HR!

--Mike

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Padfoot - Sep 30, 2004 1:42 pm (#1330 of 2977) Reply

ICThestrals, I hope you find a job quickly. My job hunt is still going on. I know it hasn't been a full week yet, but it seems like I have been home forever. I have been sending out resumes and attended a career fair yesterday at the convention center. It's a surprising amount of work to do when you are unemployed.

Barbie, so sorry to hear about your dad. Your dad will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Catherine, have fun on your trip. Don't forget to pound some HP sense into that brother of yours.

I have only seen SIC a few times. My mom used to watch it though. She would tell me how horrible it was and then ask me if I saw last night's episode. Pretty soon she wall telling me how funny it was. My mom could relate to Carrie's shoe addiction she tells me.

Jack, can't wait to see you on the big screen. Are you selling your autograph on ebay yet?

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Loopy Lupin - Sep 30, 2004 2:09 pm (#1331 of 2977) Reply

Hope that Loopy Lupin isn't TOO jealous when I say that I will in the town where he sowed his youthful oats! **waves to Loopy** -- Catherine

***frowns at the prospect***

Now don't let that brother of yours make you feel like a, what's the word, oh, "goober" for being an HP fan. Very Happy

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Catherine - Sep 30, 2004 3:11 pm (#1332 of 2977) Reply

Thanks, Loopy. I feel embiggened that you are merely frowning, and not actually showing true jealousy over my departure to the VA mountains.

By the way, my brother already thinks that I am a huge goober, perhaps even an "uber" goober for my devotion to Harry Potter and this Forum.

Go figure....

**hears crickets chirping**

I'm getting happy fingers thinking about my mini-break, so no more typing for me!

Have a good weekend, everyone!

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Accio Sirius - Sep 30, 2004 6:24 pm (#1333 of 2977) Reply

Catherine, I'm envious too. Hope you have a wonderful time in C-ville!

Padfoot--great new avatar!!

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Padfoot - Sep 30, 2004 6:39 pm (#1334 of 2977) Reply
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Thanks Accio, I like your new avatar too. Oh, I found a great drawing of the mauraders that I did not draw but wanted to share. MWPP
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The giant squid - Oct 1, 2004 12:43 am (#1335 of 2977) Reply

Wow, only five posts since I was here last. That's gotta be a record!

Padfoot, I can relate. The first couple weeks of unemployment are to worst--you keep thinking there's someplace you're supposed to be right now... The trick is to not get too used to that "free time"

I find it interesting that y'all keep abbreviating it SIC when the show's title is "Sex AND the City".

Catherine, my sisters think I'm an uber-goober too. Even Marie--I have other interests that she feels are goober worthy. Our other sister, of course, thinks we're both demented.

--Mike

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Good Evans - Oct 1, 2004 1:32 am (#1336 of 2977) Reply
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I'm skiving today - supposed to be (sorry - AM) working from home. But I thought I'd pop on the lex too. At least no one is here to moan about my obsession - which is all I'll get tonight if I try to stay on line.

Its my husband’s 50th tomorrow (bless him, he is so depressed) so I'm trying to get in some lex time before I have to relocate to the kitchen and start cooking. We are having a couple of friends over tomorrow (about 30!!) for drinks and nibbles - aka I will be cooking all night and all day tomorrow - roll on 7pm tomorrow night when I can sit down, with a glass of wine of course! Have a great weekend - and if anyone wants to volunteer to do the dishes..............  

Mike - speaking of SATC - a friend of mine did a talk to the London Livery Guild and she called it “Six and the City,” (as there were initially six livery's), apparently the guy who always falls asleep at meetings was front row and his eyes didn't drop oncce, I think he misread the title!

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septentrion - Oct 1, 2004 1:49 am (#1337 of 2977) Reply

thanks again for everyone's wishes.

ICThestrals, sorry for your job loss, now the job hunt is opened. Sure you'll find something soon.

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boop - Oct 1, 2004 5:30 am (#1338 of 2977) Reply

Thank for all the well wishes. I am feeling good today.

Jack, Good luck with the movie.

Barbie, Sorry to hear about your dad. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. Spend as much time as possible with your dad. Memory live on forever.

Kim, Sorry to hear about your job. Good luck on the job search. I will keep my fingers cross that a job will come very soon.

Good Evans, Happy Birthday to your husband. Tell him not to get depressed, think of it this way instead. How much he has gotten over the past 49 years and be thankful for them.

Congrats Septentrion

Julia and Becca Happy Sukkot!!!!

Everyone my birthday list for Oct is 4 people. So if you haven't given me your date please do. I don't want to miss birthdays posting.

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haymoni - Oct 1, 2004 5:31 am (#1339 of 2977) Reply

Mike - as an HR professional, I will not allow your Umbridge comment to wound my inner child.

It is Friday and we have a big weekend planned. We are visiting with some friends this evening and then Saturday night, we are celebrating our anniversary a bit early - it's actually at the end of the month - 16 years.

Per our usual anniversary celebration, (obviously Hubby's idea!) we will spend Sunday at the Browns/Redskins game screaming our heads off - win or lose, I don't care - I go for the tailgating!

Have a great weekend all! Go Browns!

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Doxy Bowtruckle - Oct 1, 2004 6:09 am (#1340 of 2977) Reply

I can’t believe how much has happened in a week.

My heart goes out to you Phoenix Song, and to everyone else who has suffered painful losses, including jobs, over the last week.

I too have been suffering a bit.

I have a shared care arrangement with the father of my children, who has them two days a week. He was threatening to run away with them, unless I paid him sums of money!!

All sounds quite unreal and farfetched as I write this now. But the tears have finally stopped flowing and my 3 boys are back in my arms once again.

It's a horrible feeling when someone/something is taken from you, and you don't know why, or when life will begin to return to normality.

Still we plod on and take it all on the chin!

Sorry to sound off then, but sometimes it's easier to tell people that don't really know you, rather than trouble your own nearest and dearest.

Thank you

DoxyB Smile

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Sherbie Lemon - Oct 1, 2004 6:21 am (#1341 of 2977) Reply

Doxy, what a horrible ordeal. I'm glad to hear that you've got your children back now. Hopefully you and their father can work out a better arrangement in regards to time with the kids. I've got my fingers crossed for you.

Mike, I didn't know at first what the abbreviation, SIC meant either. But when I first heard about the series, I couldn't figure out if it was AND or IN either. Kind of like the Sara Lee commercial. My husband and I used to argue about the slogan. He insisted it was, "Nobody does it like Sara Lee" and I knew it was, "Nobody doesn't like Sara Lee." Turns out I was right...of course.

Good to see you, Padfoot. Don't worry, I know you'll find something. And you're right, there is a lot to do when you're unemployed, except you always feel like you're forgetting something too.

Good Evans, I'd be happy to lend a hand with the dishes. Just send me a plane ticket to England and I'll be there straight away! Happy Birthday to your husband!

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haymoni - Oct 1, 2004 6:35 am (#1342 of 2977) Reply

Doxy - my heart goes out to you. What a scary time!

My first instinct is to tell you to call the police and get a good lawyer but, not knowing the details of your situation, this may not be the best course of action. Or maybe you've already done that and just want to put this all behind you.

I agree with you - It is nice to be a bit anonymous here on the Forum. There is always lots of support.

Hang in there!

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Good Evans - Oct 1, 2004 6:46 am (#1343 of 2977) Reply

Thanks for the bday wishes for hubby - he will be mortified that I have been discussing him on the lex (muggle muggle), Betty I like your philosophy - and I'm glad its a good day today for you. Doxie B - oooh - lashings of love and hugs to you and yours, you need it, what a terrible thing to go thorugh.

haymoni - have a great celebration - but sorry, i'll be rooting for the redskins (my old home team).

and as for you Sherbie (love the avatar btw) I'll just owl some floo powder over to you - my kitchen if you please!!

I am going to check out posts now - have a great weekend all - hope to get back on sometime on Sunday!

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Julia.    - Oct 1, 2004 7:05 am (#1344 of 2977) Reply

Doxy, what a terrible thing to happen! My heart really does go out to you. If you'd like I can crucio him for you.

Good Evans, good luck with all your cooking, what are you making? I don't mind doing dishes, so you can send me some floo powder too, then you and me and Sherbie can go run around England. Sherbie and I can act like tourists and you can stand there and pretend not to know us.

Oh, Boston people, it looks like I'll be heading up to your neck of the woods Halloween weekend.

Have an excellent Friday everyone!

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Phoenix song - Oct 1, 2004 7:29 am (#1345 of 2977) Reply

Doxy: How terrible for you to go through something like that! I'm sure that you'd like to literally kill that guy. I'm with Julia, I think that we should all get together and send a few well placed hexes and throw in a few good "crucio" curses as well. How do you think that he'd look with a Ginny Weasley's famous bat bogey hex?

Seriously, though, I don't know what I'd do in that situation. Go crazy, I know. I hope that you were able to successfully involve the "pleasemen" (ala Arthur Weasley) so that this scum can spend some time in jail. It's a shame that he's still giving you torture after you've finally escaped your house-elf status! My best wishes and give the kids extra hugs for me.

Good Evans, congratulations on your husband's 50th. I wish that I could floo powder there myself. I'm having quite a load of people over here on Sunday as well. (I don't even KNOW how many.) As I've said before, it may be the last family get together that we have with my dad, so we want it to be memorable and special. But whenever my whole family gathers it is such chaos!

Thank you so much to everyone who sends out their best wishes, prayers, and thoughts. It really does mean a lot to me. I have to agree with Doxy, it's easier to share with people that you don't have to be strong in front of. My whole family would fall apart if I let go of denial and cried. But I can cry with you guys and not feel ashamed. Thank you so much, it means everything to me.

Betty: I am so glad that you are feeling better! You're an amazing woman to be so concerned with not missing anybody's birthdays. Thank you for your compassion and sensitivity.

Haymoni: My husband is a Browns fan, too. He was born in Ohio. I have the great shame in admitting that I am one of those infamous, wearing-a-bag-over-your-face Saints' fans. Although I hardly ever get to actually go to the games.

I hope that everybody has a good day and a great weekend!

Barbie

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Gina R Snape - Oct 1, 2004 8:18 am (#1346 of 2977) Reply

Hey everyone.

Just popping in briefly, I fell too far behind again on this thread to catch up. Sorry!!!

Anyway, here's a new pic of my niece I thought you might enjoy. Jenna

Oh, and, nice avatar Sherbie! Big was selfish and immature emotionally, but he sure was a total hottie to look at.

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boop - Oct 1, 2004 8:19 am (#1347 of 2977) Reply

Doxy.B, Sorry to hear about your ordeal. Glad everything has worked out and you got your boys back. I hope this won't happen again to you. What a terrible thing to do to the mother of his children. *HUGS to you I think you could use them. I am glad you feel comfortable coming here to talk. Then we can give you the support you need. This is a great group of people who care about other forum family members.

Edit: Gina she is beautiful. Jenna has lots of hair. Thank you for sharing her picture with us.

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Phoenix song - Oct 1, 2004 8:22 am (#1348 of 2977) Reply

Gina: Jenna is SO BEAUTIFUL! Enjoy her while she's so small, because they grow up so fast. I know that everybody says that, but you won't believe it when you see how fast they change.

Barbie

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Padfoot - Oct 1, 2004 9:07 am (#1349 of 2977) Reply
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Gina, Jenna is really cute.

Doxy I am sorry to hear that you had to go through that ordeal I hope things work out and your kids stay safe.

Happy Friday everyone! I think I got some British weather here in Colorado. It's been raining all morning. Still, I like the rain. Very refreshing, clears away the smog.

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Sherbie Lemon - Oct 1, 2004 9:38 am (#1350 of 2977) Reply

Ah, don't all women share a weakness for those unattainable, dark, emotionally withdrawn men, Mrs. Snape? Your niece is adorable. She looks so grown up already in that picture, like someone has just pulled her out of a deep reverie, and she's awaiting the reasoning patiently.

It's been gloomy and rainy here too, Padfoot, not to mention chilly! But I can finally see some blue sky today. Thankfully we don't have smog that needs to be washed away, however I do enjoy the rain...in moderation.

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timrew - Oct 1, 2004 10:52 am (#1351 of 2977) Reply

Arrrgh! Sixty-five posts since I was last here.........yesterday!

Barbie, I was really sorry to hear about your Dad. You are both in my thoughts.

Glad to hear you're feeling better, Boop! ((Hugs))

And congratulations, Jack on your forthcoming film stardom! Although I have to warn you, I was in a TV programme as an extra about ten years ago - and they haven't called me since!

Good job I didn't give up the day-job!

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Gina R Snape - Oct 1, 2004 11:20 am (#1352 of 2977) Reply

Gee, Sherbie. Are you saying there might be a pattern there?

EDIT: Thanks to all for the warm fuzzies on my niece! I just think she looks so kissable!

***breathes for a moment and puts hormones back where they belong*** Alas, now is not the time to bring a baby Snape into the world...

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Chemyst - Oct 1, 2004 12:30 pm (#1353 of 2977) Reply

Oh, my! This thread has really been running the gamut of emotions. Sympathies and strength to Barbie and Doxy; empathy for the job-seekers, joy in recent job-promotions, surprise in Jack's quirky chance to be in a movie, celebration for our Jewish members, wondering where is Lupin is Lupin, anticipation of Timrew's next insightful comment, comfort in seeing our Forum Mom back, absolutely heart-warming sighs at Jenna's pics, and always, the longing for HBP. Overall, we make an incredibly balanced group for being so singularly obsessive about HP.

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Doxy Bowtruckle - Oct 1, 2004 12:34 pm (#1354 of 2977) Reply

Wow guys, those messages of support came just at the right time for me, please accept this as a personal thank you to all of you. Smile

I could have screamed and shouted about it all day long, but just wanted to get it all off my chest, cheers!

Well as the post's keep reminding me, it's friday (again) so a quick look at the posts and some more bedtime reading.

Take care all, have a fantastic weekend!

DoxyB

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Catherine - Oct 1, 2004 2:52 pm (#1355 of 2977) Reply

As usual, Chemyst already said what I was thinking, so I'll just echo her marvelous summary, and ditto her sentiments. Thanks, Chemyst.

Hmm...where is that Lupin is Lupin? I'm wondering that, too!

My brother has to work a little bit late tonight, so I am checking into the Forum to say, "Vacation! Yay, me! W00T!"

He's even agreed that we can go to PoA tomorrow at this really cool old theater. So he is not above indulging my "uber goober"-ness. **waves to Loopy from C-ville**

It is so great to be here, and I am so lucky to have a chance to "play" with my brother this weekend. **waves to the mother and husband who made this possible**

Have a great weekend, everyone, and best anniversary and birthday wishes to those who celebrate them in the next few days.

**does happy dance**

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Emily - Oct 1, 2004 5:23 pm (#1356 of 2977) Reply

Hey guys! I'm not on here much (*cough*at all*cough*) but I just had to post that I have officially been posting on the forum for a year! (Well, actually a year and 6 days, but I've been overloaded with homework...

Anyway, announcement over, back tour regularly scheduled lives. And hava a very Harry weekend, everyone!

PS- join the Potties!

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Madam Pince - Oct 1, 2004 8:13 pm (#1357 of 2977) Reply

Happy Birthday, Lexicon! Congratulations again, Steve, on the wonderful site you've created.

***Pouts in Catherine's general direction for going to see PoA at the Downtown Mall when I can't be there***

Haymoni, I will be thinking of you this weekend when the Redskins beat the Browns.

Gina, your niece is just lovely! Congratulations again!

Angel Z, welcome to the Forum!

Doxy, welcome to the Forum too, and sorry for your troubles recently. That must be so scary. I hope everything works out.

Barbie, I was sorry to hear about your father's illness. I know what you are going through, as I went through the same thing in 1988. Like Haymoni, however, I think there is something to be said for having time to say all that you want to say. Mr. Pince's mom passed away suddenly and there was so much we wanted to tell her that we didn't get to -- not the least of which was the impending arrival of Baby Pince. So anyway, enjoy this fun family get-together with your dad and everyone else! He will appreciate your strength and love.

ICT and Padfoot, good luck with the continuing job searches!

Well, I was going to give a great big Waaaaaaahhhhhhhh! and ask for hugs, but everyone else's difficulties today make mine seem miniscule. My dog just killed an opossum in the back yard a few minutes ago, and I am so upset about it. I've still got the shakes. She's quite the hunter -- this is the sixth thing she's killed (that I know of, at least) -- two birds, two baby rabbits, and a deer have all met untimely demises at her paws. She loves people but absolutely will not tolerate any other animal of any type in her territory. Sigh..... And I almost feel like this one was my fault. I heard her barking madly and jumping up on the fence, and I could see something pale sitting on top of the fence. So I went out and started screaming like a banshee at her to try to get her to leave it alone so it could get away. She wouldn't leave it, and I was scared to get too close to it. Apparently it was scared of me, because it tried to change position on the fence and very unwisely let its tail hang down. She managed to jump up and grab it and pull it down, and that was it. Poor ugly little thing. Very yuck. She has had her rabies shots, so that's one thing to be thankful for, I suppose.

I just realized -- I was out in the yard in the middle of the night doing some serious banshee-screaming and not a single one of my neighbors came out of their house to see if I was being murdered or not. Hmph.

And to top it off, the dog then came up on the porch and ate her dinner, then came in the house and promptly threw it all up right on the good rug. The living room rug is not even dry yet from earlier today when Baby Pince spilled about a pint of Coca-Cola on it. I've used up two full rolls of paper towels today just blotting rug spills. And now I've got to go outside and view whatever gory carnage is waiting for me in the corner of the back yard. Arrrrgh. Wait a minute, that's what Mr. Pince is for, right?

Catherine, wait for meeeeeeee!!!!! I'm coming down Rt. 29 just as soon as I can find a sitter!!!!

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Leprechaun Jack - Oct 1, 2004 9:49 pm (#1358 of 2977) Reply

Barbie, All my prayers and good wishes are being sent your way. I just recently came back from Arizona, spent some time with my father and family. The man had had no less than 12 heart attacks and is still too stubborn to die (thanks god) we are also dealing with the beginning stages if alzheimers. Enjoy this time with your Dad it probably the times you'll remember the most in later years.

icthestrals and Padfoot: The best jobs come up when least expected. Your dream job is right around the corner.

Doxie: I can't even think of a nice way to put down what I was thinking when I read what happened to you. But remember there is always KARMA. What goes around comes around.

Betty: Glad to hear you’re feeling better. Just remember when you start feeling blue Start singing a silly song while looking in the mirror. You can't help but laugh and feel better. Believe me I know I do it all the time. I had a bit of the doldrums last week and started to sing "We're on the road to Morocco" (Hope & Crosby) I burst out laughing and was in a rather good mood for about 3 days after.

To all my well wishes: There will probably be a 2/3 second shot of my back. But Show biz is Show biz. It's not all signing autograpghs... -ALA- Gilderoy Lockhart

Jack

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septentrion - Oct 2, 2004 12:23 am (#1359 of 2977) Reply

Gina, your niece is too cute !

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The giant squid - Oct 2, 2004 1:21 am (#1360 of 2977) Reply

Mike - as an HR professional, I will not allow your Umbridge comment to wound my inner child.-haymoni

No offense was intended; I've met quite a few HR people that were otherwise quite lovely. Besides, my inner child can beat up your inner child.

Gina, I'm torn--on the one hand, I think your niece is adorable; on the other hand, she (like all very young babies) looks very much like Winston Churchill. What does that say about me...?

Jack: 2/3 second shot, huh? Still counts. Start filling out your SAG application now!

--Mike

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Sherbie Lemon - Oct 2, 2004 5:36 am (#1361 of 2977) Reply

Madam Pince, I just have to say EW! What a terrible thing to have wake you up, and then to clean up the dog's sick after, well double EW for that. Yes, it is Mr. Pince's job to deal with the carnage outside, you've done enough. And those neighbors of yours need to be a little more sensitive to the sounds of a possible murder. In fact, did your screaming wake up Mr. Pince? If not, it may be time to work on your, "I'm being murdered" scream. I recommend viewing Halloween with Jamie Lee Curtis a fair few times.

Gina, if the cauldron fits...

Birthday Balloons Lexicon!

Happy anniversary, Emily!

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angel z - Oct 2, 2004 9:27 am (#1362 of 2977) Reply

Hello everyone, I cant believe how many posts there have been since last I visited. I apologize if I miss anyone out but I have just been reading all of your kind messages for one another, including those of welcome for myself, and I am genuinely touched at how supportive you all are. Greetings and goodwishes to all.

Doxy, I think anyone who has children, grandchildren or indeed anyone they are close too will appreciate what an heart wrenching time you have had. I think it shows that we can all take our loved ones for granted sometimes. I think you are incredibly courageous to remain so strong for the sake of your babies.

Madame Pince, you write with a great deal of humour! (intended as a compliment) you made me chuckle out loud to myself, thus reinforcing my husbands belief that associating with other members of the wizarding world can only lead to no good. But as a fellow animal lover I sympathize, it can’t have been a nice thing to witness, I think it would have shaken me also, but unfortunately our animals are only following their instinct to protect their pack.

Now I think the time has come for me to get the bit between the teeth and join some juicy HP thread... here goes... any minute now....(deep breath) I can do this...

Great weekend all, speak to you all soon. angel z

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Madam Pince - Oct 2, 2004 9:29 am (#1363 of 2977) Reply

Mr. Pince was at work, Sherbie. He works evening shift. So for a brief follow-up: He checked the yard out when he got home late last night and didn't find anything. So I entertained a small hope that perhaps the "crunching" sound I had heard was only a tree branch or something. Alas, this morning in the daylight we were able to locate the unfortunate victim. Which looks remarkably like an enormous rat, to be honest. I know the dog was just trying to protect us. So I'll just put my fingers in my ears and hum and say to myself "It was Scabbers....it was Scabbers....it was Scabbers..." while Mr. Pince disposes of the evidence.

****La-la-la-la-la-la-la******

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Pinky - Oct 2, 2004 8:53 pm (#1364 of 2977) Reply

Helloooooo..... (hello......hello....) *listens for echo*

I can't believe no one has posted all day long! I was worried that my computer was broken and just wasn't showing any new posts. Is anyone out there? I think this is the longest period we have ever gone without a new post here!

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Julia.    - Oct 2, 2004 9:05 pm (#1365 of 2977) Reply

Merlin's beard! I go off line for Shabbos and I come back to only 9 posts! *gasp*

Liked your story Madam P. It was Scabbers is a good mantra for you during this difficult time

I just got back from seeing Colin Mocherie and Brad Sherwood. It was hysterical. They pulled my friend Josh out of the audience to do one of the sketches. He had to guess what the audience wanted him to do by the volume of our singing 'Row Row Row Your Boat.' It was very funny.

Sleep well everyone!

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Phoenix song - Oct 2, 2004 9:07 pm (#1366 of 2977) Reply

Hello Pinky! I can understand your concern! We're not usually such a quiet bunch. I've checked in on the forum for a few moments today, but my whole life has been crazy lately and I haven't stopped to chat.

I'm having a birthday party for many in my family tomorrow. There will be around 30, and I've had a lot of cooking to do to get ready. It may be the last time that we can all get together with my dad, so I want it to be special.

Thank you so much to everybody for your support and prayers. It really means the whole universe to me. I'm so strong for my family and friends, but I also need a place to say aloud all of the hurts and worries that I feel as well. To know that I have supporters, friends and well-wishers all over the world is a great comfort to me. I also appreciate so much those members who have shared their own painful losses with me. It is a comfort to know that there will continue to be life after this experience has ended. I have so often questioned whether it would have been easier on the family if I hadn't brought my father back with CPR on the day that he crashed at my home. I questioned whether it would have been easier for us if he had went from being relatively healthy to being gone...or whether it's better to experience the pain and illness over a longer period of time. I appreciate everyone who has reminded me that we needed this time to adjust, and to say goodbye. I also thank everyone who has reminded me to focus on the life that we have left. Thank you all.

I know that we aren't supposed to focus on the dreary aspects of life. I'm sorry that I'm doing that lately. I apologize much profusely to everyone that I have made uncomfortable or upset. The support means so much, though. Thank you. I will do much better to be cheerful and optimistic in the future. Please bear with me this weekend!

Julia, it sounds like you had a great time! I wish that I had been there! A great comedy troop would be just what the doctor ordered for me. Laughter is the best medicine, and until Fred and George open up a local store I'll have to find my chuckles else where!

Barbie

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Marie E. - Oct 2, 2004 9:14 pm (#1367 of 2977) Reply

Julia, they were here in Colorado Springs last weekend but I wasn't able to go. Now I wish I had, darn it! I also noticed that the forum was unnaturally quiet today, but it allowed me the chance to catch up.

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The giant squid - Oct 2, 2004 10:59 pm (#1368 of 2977) Reply

Could it be that the forumers actually got out and experienced *gasp* the Real World?

Naaah.

Barbie, just hang in there and remember the words-- Happy Birthday! Don't think of it as "the last time Dad will be here", think of it as a big happy family gathering.

Marie, good to "see" you. Now go play with your kids!

--Mike

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Elanor - Oct 3, 2004 2:01 am (#1369 of 2977) Reply

Barbie, I hope that your party will be really great! I'm sure you will make it so nice that it will be a great memory for all your family in years to come. And Mike is right: I know it isn't easy, but try and enjoy it, your Dad is still here and if he sees you really happy and the whole family enjoying the party, I'm sure that will comfort him very much. Besides, don't feel sorry for telling us all that. After all, what are we all here, next door neighbours? LOL! If it makes you feel better that's the most important thing. And for the chuckles, this is the best place for that too!

Warm regards,

Audrey *sending cheering charms across the Atlantic*

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Acceber - Oct 3, 2004 4:02 am (#1370 of 2977) Reply

Hehe Madam Pince. When I was reading your story, I thought of my own cat, who is a born hunter and will regularly bring 'goodies' to our door. Unfortunately, I'm the only one not freaked out of dead rodents (chipmunks and mice, usually) so it's me disposing of the remains. Very pleasant. And since my mom is dead scared of mice, even dead mice, she won't go near it until I get home from school or get a long enough break from homework to throw it away.

Happy Anniversary Emily!

Doxy-I'm so sorry. This kind of reminded me of a book I was reading and I remember thinking, "How could this ever happen in real life?" Here you go. I hope you work this out soon.

It's way too early in the morning. I was having a dream (I think I was playing Quidditch) and the next thing I knew, I was awake, had hit something (the Quaffle?), which had hit against something else and had woken me up. This all at 5:41 AM, which is way too early for a Sunday morning. When it was light enough to see, I realized the 'Quaffle' was my lampshade and the target was my bookshelf. No harm done. Whoops-I think this belongs on the YKYAHPLFW thread *whistles innocently*.

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Daioma Dumbledore - Oct 3, 2004 6:35 am (#1371 of 2977) Reply

Phoenix Song, I'm very new here & haven't posted much, and have never posted directly to you before, I'm Amber, I'm from Australia.

I just wanted to say you will be in my prayers, and please don't ever feel you have to apologize for sharing your feelings with your friends, whether we are you friends here in cyber space or your friends at home, that's what friends are for, to talk to & share how you are feeling, and to try and help you through these times. Take care & enjoy every moment with you father & the rest of your family. We are thinking of you. x

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TwinklingBlueEyes - Oct 3, 2004 6:42 am (#1372 of 2977) Reply

Have a wonderful day Barbie and know that you are in our thoughts.

Pam

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angel z - Oct 3, 2004 10:51 am (#1373 of 2977) Reply

Giant squid, What do you mean Go Out!!! don't say such things you're scaring me.

Its funny that you all should mention how quiet it has been, here in the land of chat. This is how it seems to us here in the U.K when you guys across the pond are happily snoozing, no doubt enjoying a light hearted duel with Nevelle, a sample of tonne tounge toffee, an exciting game of Quiditch (Acceber!) or possibly even joining Harry in a desperate struggle to save the world from the man himself...VOLDERMORT Ahhhhhhh!!!!!!

I have to tell you my weekend, although nearly over, has been just fine. It was my husband’s birthday on Saturday and the kids and I bought him a dart board. I know, I know, what was I thinking?   But it has kept him quietly amused all day though. Yes he is just another big kid at heart. My only complaint about the weekend is that it is exactly one week since I visited the hairdressers. Not much of a complaint you say. Well no I realize it possibly does'nt qualify as the greatest tragedy of all time, but when you consider this time last week I had hair that reached the middle of my back. Long straight red hair (sigh). Then I went for a trim. I now have hair that barely reaches my ears!!!! An exaggeration you say, well most of my posts on hear this week have been made with me wearing my PJ's and a pink wooley hat. Its a very fetching outfit I assure you.

Well enough of my woes, I hope that cheered you all up a little. If not I will try to post a picture of me in my hat, I defy anyone to be able to keep a straight face at that sight!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend everyone.

Hugs, angel z

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boop - Oct 3, 2004 11:08 am (#1374 of 2977) Reply

Barbie, I agree with Amber. That is what so great about this forum. Everyone who needs support gets it here. I know I have gotten plenty of support lastly. We are here for you. Just know you are in our thoughts and prayers. Even know I don't know you personally I feel like I know you for a very long time. If you ever want to just talk my e-mail address is listed. I would be glad to talk with you if you need someone just to listen. I am a good listener. Take Care and enjoy the time you have with your father. Make new memories to last a life time with the rest. Oh here are some *HUGS* everyone can always use them.

Betty

I am going to climb Mt. Nittany with my family. Well at least try. I climbed it this past summer once for the first time since I was a teen. I hope everyone is having a nice weekend.

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Padfoot - Oct 3, 2004 12:08 pm (#1375 of 2977) Reply

Hi everyone! Hope you all are having a good weekend out enjoying the sunshine.

Julia that sounds like you had a great time. That show always makes me laugh.

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Doris Crockford - Oct 3, 2004 12:13 pm (#1376 of 2977) Reply

Hi everyone! I'm back from camp and had an awesome time. I've finally caught up on my sleep, too (I stayed up all night at the campfire with some other kids on the last night).

I just kind of skipped most of the posts on this thread, but I noticed that some people need hugs. So anyone that needs or wants some comfort, I'm thinking of you. And Barbie, after almost losing someone, you really do realize how much they mean to you.

Angel z, I need a haircut really badly, but after your description of yours, I might hold off for a while. Maybe wait until some CDs I want come out, so I can go to the mall and buy them after I cut my hair. But my mom said that I can use wash out dye to dye my hair purple after I cut my hair, so I might not wait too long.

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Kasse - Oct 3, 2004 1:16 pm (#1377 of 2977) Reply

Hello All,

Wow this thread has been quiet this weekend! I moved, I am so happy but gosh it was a tedious task and I have discovered that I hate moving more than anything.

Ok hope everyone enjoys what is left of the weekend. Off to read/post.

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Catherine - Oct 3, 2004 2:40 pm (#1378 of 2977) Reply

Happy Sunday, or what is left of it!

I'm now back in "real life" after having had a most enjoyable weekend. I realize, however, that I have lost the ability to stay out late socializing. My brother laughed to see me toddling off to bed when he still had hours of fun left to go.

We spent most of Saturday at Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson, and then went to see PoA in a great old theater for $3! **waves to Loopy Lupin**What a great day all around.

It's nice to be home again. Phoebe and Daisy (the shih-tzus) were very wriggly and excited to see me, and hubby didn't trash the house when I was gone, which is a huge plus. I left strict instructions that dirty dishes go into the dishwasher, which sounds quite basic, but in the past that seemed to be an advanced magic that proved beyond ordinary wizarding level.

Hope everyone had a great weekend. Off to catch up on the threads.

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Madam Pince - Oct 3, 2004 3:02 pm (#1379 of 2977) Reply

Haymoni, let me be the first to congratulate your Cleveland Browns! Woo-hoo! Hope you enjoyed the tailgate. I actually didn't watch much of the game -- when I tuned in, the Redskins were leading, but then immediately fumbled and allowed the Browns to score, so I hastily changed the channel in case their bad luck was my fault. Oh well, doesn't seem to have mattered. Sigh. I am very glad to see our old coach Joe Gibbs back, but I am one of the fans who is somewhat realistic -- I know the team has a lot of rebuilding to do still! There are a lot of more "anxious" Washington fans who aren't too patient, I'm afraid. Oh well. Anyway, congrats to the Browns! Good game!

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Julia.    - Oct 3, 2004 4:56 pm (#1380 of 2977) Reply

Ohhhhh, Catherine, PoA for three dollars in an old theater sounds awesome! Wish I'd done that...

Well everyone, tonight is the night. I am going to sleep in the Sukkah. I'm going to freeze though, it's 53 degrees now, and it's supposed to get down to about 40 by the end of the night. Fortuinatly, my friend is going to loan me his army sleeping gear so I shouldn't be too cold. I'll check in with you guys in the morning, that is of course, if I'm not frozen solid.

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Oct 3, 2004 5:45 pm (#1381 of 2977) Reply

wondering where is Lupin is Lupin---Chemyst

Have I been out of touch that long? I had a busy week last week and am in for another this week (I think). This weekend my husband and I went to Woodstock, Vermont to celebrate our anniversary. How many, you ask? It's been 13 years and if you're wondering how I manage to stay looking so young all I can say is: I was a child bride.

Loopy Lupin--I don't know how long Willie has been up but I'm just seeing him for the first time with my favorite quote. Please, please, please, leave him up for another day. And in the interest of full disclosure I have to admit that the reason it's my favorite is because I often hear my husband growling it out for no apparent reason.

Catherine, glad to see you had an enjoyable weekend and most importantly that the house wasn't trashed when you arrived home.

Chemyst, thanks for thinking of me.

I hope this thread sees a bit more activity this week--even if I am unable to participate. Have a great week everyone!

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Loopy Lupin - Oct 3, 2004 6:40 pm (#1382 of 2977) Reply

Anything for you Kim. Smile

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Oct 3, 2004 6:45 pm (#1383 of 2977) Reply

**blushes** Awww, gee, thanks Loopy.

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Marie E. - Oct 3, 2004 8:51 pm (#1384 of 2977) Reply

Gee, Kim, not only are our kids the same age, but we have been married for the same amount of time! Mr. E and I celebrate our 13th anniversary in December. How funny!

I think I have mentioned before about how my youngest daughter throws up easily, hence her nickname Exorcist Baby. We keep waiting for her head to spin around. Well, today she was crying because her sister jumped on her and she threw up on our brand new living room carpet. This is bad enough, but we had just been to Maggie Moo's ice cream where Lexie had Cotton Candy ice cream. Cotton Candy ice cream is electric blue colored. Now we have a lovely blue stain on our new carpet which defies even OxyClean. I think it will eventually come out but Mr. E is being the voice of doom. "We can't ever keep anything nice around here...blah, blah, blah". Those are exact quotes, btw.

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Mrs. Sirius - Oct 3, 2004 9:20 pm (#1385 of 2977) Reply

Good luck on your job search Icthestral. I tried always to look at job loss as the opportunity to finally find that perfect job that is waiting just for you.

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The giant squid - Oct 4, 2004 12:17 am (#1386 of 2977) Reply

Mr. E and I celebrate our 13th anniversary in December.--Marie E.

*Makes mental note to remember to send an anniversary card this year*

Ah, the Exorcist Niece strikes again... You should make Shay clean it up; after all, if she hadn't jumped on her sister she wouldn't have thrown up, right? I think 7 is old enough to learn consequences--and nothing is more consequential than cleaning up vomit.

Loopy, that Willie quote gives me a chuckle, too. BTW, why does your description end with a comma...?

--Mike

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Marè - Oct 4, 2004 1:29 am (#1387 of 2977) Reply

Weeew, I'm back, allthough only for a moment. I managed to move myself and my exceptionally heavy suitcase 1000 km's to France. (There aren't nearly enough escalators in the Paris metro stations). Now I have to get used to the language (très difficult) and the french keyboard (even more so).
I also had to leave behind my most beloved translation program, so the spelling in my posts will not improve I'm afraid.

Anyway, big hugs to you all, and I'm off to check the JKRowling.com thread (have lots to catch up with I hope...)

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Kip Carter - Oct 4, 2004 2:07 am (#1388 of 2977) Reply

Marè, Thank you for keeping us updated as to your travels. I am sure that you will adapt to the new life in no time. We have missed you!

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VeronikaG - Oct 4, 2004 2:09 am (#1389 of 2977) Reply

Awww, good luck in France, Steffie!

What?! Cotton candy ice cream? What flavours don't you have in the US? Is there really cotton candy mixed into it, or does it just taste sickly sweet like cotton candy?

Not much to report from here, except that we are expecting what's left of hurricane Lisa to sweep across south-western Norway this afternoon. I live on the "east coast", but I think there will be a bit of storm around here as well. Bwrr.

*Off to check if there are new posts* Off course there are.

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Fawkes Forever - Oct 4, 2004 4:05 am (#1390 of 2977) Reply

Phew... I'm really behind on my posts... that 'mark all as read' button for the forum is looking more & more tempting

Betty... our forum mummy, sorry Mommy... nice to see you back here *big squishy huggles*

Steffie... I was wondering where you had got to. Good to see you back. So you've finally made the move to France? What part are you living in... I remember something about Brittany... but then my old head is a bit foggy today.

I was out on two days holidays last week & it feels like I was away forever! I spent a nice long weekend up at home, that is my parents’ home. However, they got me to clear out my old bedroom as they are redecorating at the moment. Oh the amount of stuff I found & promptly threw out, e.g. old GCSE & A-Level notes & even my university notes... I was shocked how concise some of my English notes where... worthy of Ms Granger... I also found some notes my mates & I used to pass in class & my old diaries, so I had a lot of fun reading them & thinking, gosh did I really have a crush on that guy... & all that teenage angst... LOL! Seemingly 15 was a rotten year for me... & some of my comments where worthy of the Ron Weasley school of thought, e.g. 'I have a test tomorrow but I didn't study & I don't care' (LOL) Two days later.. 'Whoa, passed my test... no idea how'! Hee hee, now I can appreciate Harrys moods in OotP! Oh memory lane, tis a fun place to visit

Happy Monday everyone!

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septentrion - Oct 4, 2004 4:34 am (#1391 of 2977) Reply

LOL Fawkes !

Hi Marè ! I wondered too where you had been. So now you're in France ! How long will you stay here ? Maybe you don't have your translation program with you but you'll find a lot of resources on the web. And I completely about the lack of escalator in the Paris subway. In fact, I hate this subway : too many stairs. When I have to use it, I don't choose the shortest way but the way which won't oblige me to change too many times the line I travel on. (Is my sentence correct English ?)

Have a great day everyone !

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Pinky - Oct 4, 2004 4:50 am (#1392 of 2977) Reply

Steffie!!!! *squeals* I'm so glad to hear from you again. Just for me, please eat lots of French pastries.

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Chemyst - Oct 4, 2004 5:23 am (#1393 of 2977) Reply

Poor Marie! I agree with your brother, let the other one learn to clean it up - although, teaching kids to clean properly is one of the hardest things to do unless they are naturally-born compulsive clean freaks. On the up side, most blue food dyes come out more easily than the caramel colors of soda. (pop?) (I had a friend who let her carsick-prone children drink only Sprite or 7-up.) Anyway, it won't be forever. I got the light cream carpet when my youngest turned 11, but it was an emotional trade-off: the loss of audio of happy pattering feet for a video-only satisfaction.

Marè, Yippee!

Septentrion, I wasn't an English major but I'll take a stab at your question: "When I have to use it, I don't choose the shortest way but the way which won't oblige me to change the line I travel on too many times." would sound more natural. It's a long sentence, so if it were spoken as conversation, it would probably be broken into two separate sentences at the "but."

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septentrion - Oct 4, 2004 5:25 am (#1394 of 2977) Reply

thanks Chemyst for your help ! I was afraid not to be understood.

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Sherbie Lemon - Oct 4, 2004 5:58 am (#1395 of 2977) Reply

I hope your party was a success, Barbie!

Welcome back, Mare! It's good to see you post.

Veronika, we have pretty much any flavor you can imagine. Baskin Robbins has 31 (actually more, but they've been advertising their 31 flavors for as long as I've been alive) and I know of a few other local ice cream places that have even more. Still, I'll stick with Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough or Cookies 'n' Cream. Mmmm...

Good luck tonight, Julia! I hope you don't freeze!

I'm starting a new (old) job today. I first worked for the company almost 6 years ago. When I went in recently to "borrow" their fax machine, the owner offered me a part-time job. Actually, this place has quite a bit of sentimental value to me; before I met my husband, his sister and I worked there together. The future Mr. Sherbie and I met a month later through another employee who had worked with my husband during his 4 years at the same company. So actually, I was first hired to replace my husband. But he's been getting on my nerves a lot lately, so perhaps I've been offered the current position by the gods of fate to replace Husband #1 with the unknown Husband #2...

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haymoni - Oct 4, 2004 6:05 am (#1396 of 2977) Reply

Hey all - back to work. Had a great weekend!

Madam Pince - it was so hot during that Browns/Redskins game, I actually filled out a credit card application just so I could get a free T-shirt! Down by Lake Erie it is always so breezy and cold that I always wear a long sleeved T-shirt and bring a sweatshirt. I actually got tanned sitting in the sun for so long. Your Redskins actually played better than my Brownies, but for once, Lady Luck came our way. It's much more fun to walk back to your car after your team wins!

Hope everyone has a great week and that all your carpets come clean!

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Flame Alligator - Oct 4, 2004 9:15 am (#1397 of 2977) Reply

Welcome back Mare.

Barbie, I hope your party went well.

* waving wildly to Fawkes*

Happy Birthday October babies!!

Glad to see you feeling better and posting Boop.

Just checking in to say Hi to everyone. HI EVERYONE!

I have a wonderful concert I am going to tomorrow night. Ravi Shankar is coming to my area. Very rare. The down side....... I have to teach yoga class and then go straight to the concert. Lucky for me I barely sweat. I hope I have time to apparate home for a "wizard speed" clean up. I could get a substitute but my students really hate subs. They are soooo spoiled. *wink*

Sherbie, I am also a SIC fan. I am crazy about Big too. Even when he was being....... let's say something behind. Aidan....... nice guy but..... come on. I found him a bit domineering. Amanda and "Smith" are my favorites for obvious reasons. *wink*

I have quite a bit to get done today plus appointments this afternoon. *sigh* But I just had to check the Lex.

Have a good Monday or at least get through it unscathed.

Goedemorgen everybody!

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mike miller - Oct 4, 2004 9:32 am (#1398 of 2977) Reply

Good Monday to everyone!

I haven't posted much lately, rather brutal here at the office right now. This is my busy time, finalizing plans for next spring. To top it off I seem to be fighting the same cold my wife had last week. It came on very quickly this past Saturday so I spent most of the weekend under a blanket and sleeping a lot. I need to shake this thing off since I have a softball game tomorrow night and I fly to Salt Lake City, Utah on Wednesday.

I hope everyone has a wonderful week! One last thing - GO RAVENS!

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Muggleborn - Oct 4, 2004 9:43 am (#1399 of 2977) Reply

Hello all! It has been a while since I have posted anything. Sad I have been either chatting on Richard's Chat or been working my tail off.

The turnover for Deputy Sheriffs is amazing. We have had 15 new hires in 2 months and 6 resignations and I just got a call this morning that I should expect 8 new deputies here this afternoon.

Happy birthday to all eligible this month!

Good luck on the new (old) job, Sherbie.

Have fun all!

Mugsy

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Phoenix song - Oct 4, 2004 9:46 am (#1400 of 2977) Reply

Hello all! I missed being attached to the computer during the weekend! (There was just too much to do for the party!) I've formed an emotional attachment to everyone. I hope that you all have had great weekends and aren't too disappointed to be heading back to your regular schedules today.

The party was a success. It was exhausting both mentally and physically, (to me as the hostess), but it was something that we will remember as being a good time. It was really important to us all. Every time that I felt the tears welling up I was able to control them and put on a big smile by remembering all of the wonderful support that I have received from everyone.

We had around 30 people from both sides of my family. Dad started off having a "bad" day, but was able to pull himself together enough to enjoy the company. I was afraid for a while that he wouldn't be well enough to come over! That would have been a nightmare for me. I'm sure that the extra energy that he had to use will probably take a few days to regain, but it was worth it.

Thank you all so much for being so wonderful. I can't tell you enough how much it means to me.

On a lighter note, I was chuckling to myself that my sister-in-law seems to be repeating the same mistake on my nephew that she made with my niece. He's nearly a month old, and just adorable! But she will never let the boy down even for a moment! If one of us weren't holding him, she had to be or had to have my brother hold him. She doesn't believe in letting them lay down in a crib, bassinette, or anything else. I always had a firm rule about that. People could love on my kids as much as they wanted to as long as they were awake, but I believed in leaving them alone while they were sleeping. Gawk and gaze adoringly at them in their cribs, but allow the poor dears to sleep!

It's kind of funny to me that she hasn't learned better with #2 because she made the same mistake with #1. The child was never allowed to rest her head on a bed! My sister-in-law spent the first 7 months or so holding this baby while sitting on the couch. At some point, of course, this became a handicap for her that she's still battling with 4 years later. She couldn't understand why her daughter feels the need to be on her lap or on her hip 24/7. It's great to hold and snuggle them when they're 7 pounds, it's a whole other thing to have to carry around a 40 pound 4-year old with you where ever you may go. When I see the same thing occur again I just have to chuckle a bit. It will be a bit entertaining to see how she manages to tote a 80 pound 8-year old on one hip while she carries another 40 pound 4-year old on the other. (Hey, don't judge me too harshly! I have to find my chuckles where I can!!)

Madam Pince: I'm sorry about your puppy adventure. I can totally sympathize. We live out in a country area, and we've always had outside cats that like to bring their treasures right to the front steps for us to admire. As disgusting as it was, we knew that we had to at least act delighted with her finds while she was watching. (It was better to find them dead on your doorstep than alive in your house!) One tabby that my folks had was just the best hunter! We've had her return with animals much larger than she was. She even used to hunt snakes, which I don't believe is normal for cats.

I also agree with you about the dog getting sick inside. What a terrible thing! Puppy sick really is the worst!

Betty: Thank you for your kindness! Don't be surprised if I don't take you up on the e-mail offer!

Catherine: I'm glad that you had such a great weekend! I wish that I could get away from my family just for a while. It sounds like you had a great time, and it was well deserved!

Julia: I hope that you didn't freeze last night! I'm sure that it was a lot of fun regardless. By the way, I'd gladly trade you a little bit of my weather for a little bit of yours. I am so tired of it being HOT! My husband is threatening to move us to Colorado where there are more seasons than just summer and almost summer. I can't leave Louisiana, though. It may be hot, but it's home.

Congratulations to all who have had birthdays and anniversaries!

Sorry this post has been TOO long. I've been away for a while, and I felt as if I'd burst! Thanks to everyone for listening and putting up with me!

CHEERS!
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