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Re: Chat & Greetings 2004

Post  Lady Arabella on Mon Nov 17, 2014 3:36 pm

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Tomoé - May 20, 2004 9:25 am (#2251 of 2912)

I've got my wand, strange thing, on the custom bill they wrote "musical instruments". Just weird. ^_^

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DJ Evans - May 20, 2004 9:28 am (#2252 of 2912)

Hmmmm, Tomoe`, maybe they sent you a "singing" wand? That would be neat!!! hee hee

Later days, Deb

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Gina R Snape - May 20, 2004 10:30 am (#2253 of 2912)

Heh, heh. Yeah, it is addicting, isn't it?!?!

Woohoo. Just 3 more days until the premiere at Radio City!!!

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Julia. - May 20, 2004 10:31 am (#2254 of 2912)

Phew! I'm gone reading fanfic for 2 days and come back to 79 posts! Let me take this point by point.

Mare:Who needs sleep. It's greatly over-rated....  Yeah, you know the lyrics: "Ill sleep when I'm dead"
W00t to that, I love Bon Jovi!!! *Is listening to "Bounce" as we speak*

Molli, sorry to hear about your bad day, put on some loud rock music and jam until you feel better. If that doesn't work than go to sleep and know that tomorrow will be better.

Sarah, Love the hair, you look great!

Now, to try this color thing...
first name
middle name
last name
favoirte HP character
Hehehehehe, this is fun.


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mollis - May 20, 2004 10:37 am (#2255 of 2912)
Edited by May 20, 2004 11:38 am

My name

My Screen name

Why won't it work for me?

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Gina R Snape - May 20, 2004 10:41 am (#2256 of 2912)

Mollis, this is your color. You are black!

Edit: If you use SarahMollis instead of Mollis, you get this color instead.

It seems both Sarah and Mollis alone are black... :shrugs:

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icthestrals - May 20, 2004 10:45 am (#2257 of 2912)

first name

full name

screen name

middle name

Cool, I finally wrote in color. Don't mind me, just joining in the fun. Green?

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D.W. - May 20, 2004 11:10 am (#2258 of 2912)
Edited by Mare May 20, 2004 2:34 pm

I want to join in too!

First name

Middle name

Last name

Name

Forum name

Edit: Wah either I'm very boring (which is possible) or this doesn't work for me!

Trying one more THIS

D.W. I fixed em for you, you don't need to use the spaces! `
Marè

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azi - May 20, 2004 11:13 am (#2259 of 2912)

Ok, I can see all these colours but no matter how far back I go in the posts I don't understand how to do it! Someone please help so I can join in!

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I Am Used Vlad - May 20, 2004 11:16 am (#2260 of 2912)

screen name

first name

middle name

last name

At least my middle name is colorful.

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D.W. - May 20, 2004 11:16 am (#2261 of 2912)

Ok I think I've worked it out now.

azi type (font color=yourname) then the words you want in color but replace the () with <>

MY first Name

Edit: yea thanks folks - this is fun. Brightened up my day any way!

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azi - May 20, 2004 11:18 am (#2262 of 2912)

real name. Wow it's blue! (My real names Laura).

forum name. Boring black by the look of it seeing as though I did exactly the same as before.

hmmmmmm, thanks D.W. (is your name your real initials or from D.W in that kids programme 'Arthur'?)

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - May 20, 2004 11:41 am (#2263 of 2912)

Gina, I definitely think you should whip up that T-shirt.

Marie, I'm thinking good house thoughts for you.

Well, I feel a bit like a lemming but here I go:

My first name

My last name

My screen name

How boring. I was hoping for better colors. Sad

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Sherbie Lemon - May 20, 2004 12:01 pm (#2264 of 2912)

Good luck, Marie! I'm going through some problems myself with our house (seems that our counter top has been built crooked, though we didn't know that until we saw the dry wall up yesterday) so I understand your stress. My friend, Fred, made me feel a lot better yesterday by saying that everything will work out, and that if this house is meant for you, then you will get it! Good luck; I hope it all works out the way you want it to!

I bought my PoA tickets today! Woo Hoo!Too Happy I've had my candy for about a week, now I have the tickets too! I bought them for the 12:01 am showing, of course, as well as the 1:00 pm and 8:00 pm shows on Friday! I can't wait!

Here are my colors:
my first name
my last name
my forum name
Wow, each is a different color! Let's try some combinations.
my first and last name
just the Sherbie part of my forum name
my middle name


Hmm...for some reason my apostrophes aren't showing up! I see them when I type, but when I post, they dissapear! Weird!

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Doris Crockford - May 20, 2004 12:14 pm (#2265 of 2912)

Let's try this. First name

Last name. I was expecting this to be black. Guess what? I was right.

full name (I like this colour.)

forum name (kinda pale, but I like it)

Does anyone know how this works? How they decide what colour your name is?

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mollis - May 20, 2004 12:28 pm (#2266 of 2912)

Thanks Gina. But they all looked black to me. I guess I'm okay with that. I just have to think "little black dress" and its okay. Typically I'm much more colorful.

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Ozymandias - May 20, 2004 12:30 pm (#2267 of 2912)

I have no idea how it works, but for me at least, the colors are showing up oddly. Like yours, Doris, are all black except for your forum name, which is red, which makes no sense with what you wrote for them. Is my computer color blind?

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Prefect Marcus - May 20, 2004 12:34 pm (#2268 of 2912)

No your computer is not color blind. The color that shows up is dependent upon your browser's renderer. IE will be different from the newer Netscapes based on Mozilla, which in turn will be different from the old Netscapes based on their original code, which in turn will be different from...

I'm sure you get the idea.

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Gina R Snape - May 20, 2004 12:38 pm (#2269 of 2912)

Wow. How incredibly annoying! That must be extremely frustrating for webpage designers.

Well, anyway, I'm glad to see people are having so much fun with this little 'game.' Like I said, it took off like wildfire over on LiveJournal, which is why I thought to bring it over here.

Still no one else attending PoA at Radio City this Sunday? It really would've been nice to meet someone else from the Lex. Oh well.

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Tomoé - May 20, 2004 12:39 pm (#2270 of 2912)

It's likely some calculus based on the letters or jajt wouldn't works.

Edit : darn, that doesn't works! It does look like they assigned a color for each name. Do they took that much time and energy to work on a petty trick like that?

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D.W. - May 20, 2004 12:39 pm (#2271 of 2912)

azi, DW are my real initials and I've had them for 18 years now as W is the initial of my married name. I started my first real job just after getting married and they started to call me DW.

It was only after having children that I ever heard of the cartoon Arthur and his little sister DW.

By the way to all of you "just" getting black font color. I got this when I used spaces, but it changed color with the spaces removed.

Example

(font color = Donna) Donna

But(font color=Donna) Donna

Edit the first line shoud read font color = Donna but no matter how often I edit it is seems to get removed!

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icthestrals - May 20, 2004 12:57 pm (#2272 of 2912)

Julia has been playing around with HP character names on the practice new techniques thread...Hermione came out PINK!! Ha Ha.

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Brandon Christopher - May 20, 2004 1:18 pm (#2273 of 2912)

Um, I seriously don't mean to be a killjoy everyone. But didn't there used to be a specific thread for testing font colors and such? I don't want to rain on anyone’s parade, I was just wondering seeing as how there are so many of these posts. Smile

And now I shall help with the blarg. Wink
My first name
First and last name
Full name

Edit: How boring...

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Acceber - May 20, 2004 1:52 pm (#2274 of 2912)

Gina-I would attend if I only knew how to drive. And no, there's no way my parents would take me . *pouts*

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Ozymandias - May 20, 2004 3:25 pm (#2275 of 2912)

I'd love to go, Gina, but I'm across the country and broke. I've always wanted to visit the East Coast...and Europe...basically, I need to get outside of California.

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boop - May 20, 2004 3:52 pm (#2276 of 2912)

first name

last name

forum name

Sarcastic Ginny I added you to my buddy list here is mine: onebtbp

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boop - May 21, 2004 2:49 am (#2277 of 2912)
Edited by Kip Carter May 21, 2004 4:13 am

Good Morning Everyone have a nice day. Hope everyone has a real nice weekend!!

I am going to give the t-shirt order in today around 5pm. So if you still want one you have until this time to order one.

Note: 5pm is EDT which is 2:00pm PDT (our computer time on the Forums). So as of this added edit, there are less than 10 hours left to order.

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Leviosa - May 21, 2004 3:42 am (#2278 of 2912)

Today I had the last Latin test for my whole life! YAY!!

Sarah, your hair looks absolutely great!

Now let's try this font color thing:

first name

last name

both

forum name

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Chemyst - May 21, 2004 4:14 am (#2279 of 2912)

Leviosa! Don't stop the Latin yet!!! Go translate something for me on the JKRowling Official Site thread post #201, here at the Lexicon forum!!!

...and, Yay for you! Must be sweet relief!

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Marè - May 21, 2004 4:21 am (#2280 of 2912)

Good afternoon everybody. I'm going to wish everybody a happy weekend. I will be away from my dear computer (which as lovely as it is, has a failing screen, which is rather annoying!) for the entire Friday night and saturday, so, this thread will probably be swamped with posts when I get back . Well, then I have something to look forward too

Fijne dag!

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Miréimé - May 21, 2004 5:04 am (#2281 of 2912)

Theese name color seems really weird. Let's try it :

My first name
My second name
My last name
My whole name
My forum name


Lol! Cute color match, I'm nearly all blue

See you Marè

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virgoddess1313 - May 21, 2004 5:06 am (#2282 of 2912)

Jumping on the font color bandwagon as well. (Using my full name)

Edit: Oh no!! Same color as Brandon!!

Another Edit: Can't make the individual names work!! Dang.

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Leviosa - May 21, 2004 6:10 am (#2283 of 2912)

Chemyst, I tried to translate it, but didn't come up with much. Maybe someone with more Latin skills should try it. I somehow doubt that there is any sense in it, but who knows?

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Gina R Snape - May 21, 2004 6:11 am (#2284 of 2912)

wOOt!!! PoA premiere on Sunday. Can't waaaaaaaaaaaaaaiiiiiiiiiiiiiiitttttttttt!!!!!!!!!!!!!



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Fawkes Forever - May 21, 2004 7:37 am (#2285 of 2912)

Woohoo it's friday folks.... & the sun is shining but I still haven't managed to see a HP trailer on the TV yet.... & I channel hopped all last night... much to everyone elses annoyance *hee hee*. Unfortunately we get the Irish set of adverts during the breaks of the British channels & wouldn't ya know, they don't seem to be showing the trailer over here .... so thats it... I'm going to stop looking now & resign myself to the fate that it's just not meant to be!

Gina.... oh I'm all excited for you! I'd love to be going to the premiere in NY... but there's that little problem of the Atlantic & so on I hope you have a fabulous time, make sure you take loads of piccies & I can't wait to hear your stories on monday! My boss is going to New York next week & I was able to tell him that it's quite humid over there at the moment... & he was impressed that I knew that little fact... thanks G

Mare... have a nice weekend. If you're out there Flame... how are ya girl?

Hi to all.... have a good one everyone!

EDIT : Ticker... that photo is just adorable....

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Ticker - May 21, 2004 7:44 am (#2286 of 2912)
Edited by May 21, 2004 8:45 am

Sigh. I'm happy for you Gina (& insanely jealous). We actually had a movie premiere here in my home town. However, they kept it a secret & didn't invite the public or even mention it until it was already over. What fun is that? Maybe I wanted to stand in the street & swoon over Viggo Mortenson. (Maybe not, since I don't even know how to spell his name...) I'd definitely swoon if I met Alan Rickman though.

Post is in Ticker color.

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icthestrals - May 21, 2004 8:33 am (#2287 of 2912)

Fawkes I thought about you last night when I saw the POA trailer on TV.

Have a great weekend everyone.

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Gina R Snape - May 21, 2004 8:42 am (#2288 of 2912)

Hey, you're welcome Fawkes! Glad I could help you impress the boss. Very slytherin of you...

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VeronikaG - May 21, 2004 8:49 am (#2289 of 2912)

Veronika is pink. Ronnie is just plain black. Remind me again, how do you choose color, if you want, say, purple? I have looked through the practice thread, but there are like hundreds of posts on it.

Fawkes, I know that feeling. We had this TV channel a few years ago that had to share frequency with our local station. At that time I loved reruns of Full House, and every day it was like "Now it's time for Full House! In some areas there will be local news." And I live in "some areas" you see. I wonder what has happened to Flame. Last I heard from her she was rather down, but fighting her way up. I think I'll mail her to see if she's ok.

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Tomoé - May 21, 2004 8:52 am (#2290 of 2912)

I found a translation Leviosa, I posted it on the Official site thread.

Medieval week-end this week-end, so I won't be able to access any computer for a couple of day. ^_^

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virgoddess1313 - May 21, 2004 9:03 am (#2291 of 2912)

Another good day... went and bought my POA tickets today since today was the day they went on sale. I was the 3rd person in line, because I just happened to be out running errands for work around the time the box office opened. Ok, so I'm a bit of a slacker, but I have absolutely nothing to do here, considering I finished everything in a two day coffee binge earlier this week.

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Blast - May 21, 2004 9:48 am (#2292 of 2912)

TomoéI think that I still know a Medieval studies Professor at U. of Toronto, years ago I was in a play there that was from that era. I don't know if she is still there but her name is Cleo. Hi everybody it's been a while just very busy, belated thanks for the well wishes on our anniversary, it was very thoughtful. The people here are some of the best the world has to offer and I greatly appreciate you all. Flame keep your chin up I am sending you a cheering charm, I hope that it doesn't get held up at customs.

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mike miller - May 21, 2004 10:08 am (#2293 of 2912)

I love Fandango! I just purchased my tickets for PoA; 10am showing for just me and 7:30pm with the family.

The grounds of Hogwarts look very different based on the still photos I saw on MuggleThai.com/english.HTML Sorry for not being able to make this a link - although I use a computer all the time, I'm really computer challenged.

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Miréimé - May 21, 2004 10:49 am (#2294 of 2912)

Veronica, to change the color of your font, just do the same thing that you did for the name, but write a color name instead.

font color=purple


Hope it helps.

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septentrion - May 21, 2004 11:15 am (#2295 of 2912)

Like Fawkes and some others, I'm glad for you Gina but also jealous. You can't wait the premiere and I can't wait your report on the forum. Oh please no spoiler but just tell us if the movie is really as great as the teaser make me think it is.

I have a countdown in my head, still 12 days to wait. Countdown

Here we cannot buy our tickets in advance, we have to wait the releasing day, I think I'll arrive early at the cinema not to queue too much and taking risk to miss the beginning.

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B]Gina R Snape[/B] - May 21, 2004 11:25 am (#2296 of 2912)

septentrion, I won't get the chance to see the movie. I am going to the red carpet gathering to see the stars of the movie! Nevertheless, I shall provide a complete report of my experience.

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The Great Abbycadabra - May 21, 2004 12:11 pm (#2297 of 2912)

Heehee, Fawkes, I was up late that night. That's part of the reason I wasn't around yesterday. I pooped myself out. Not to mention the fact that my mom, brother, and I went on a Wal-Mart marathon. I walked 2,348 steps while there. My feet, as well as the rest of me, were quite tired.

I'm quite disappointed, however, because the theater doesn't seem to be selling tickets in advance. I hate that because it makes me highly paranoid. I doubt they'll sell out, but they'll probably come close. I got my tickets to P/SS the afternoon before it came out (I went to the first showing at 1pm, no midnight showings, how rude). Then, COS was at a different theater, which was also rude and only started selling tickets three hours before showtime. There was quite a line. And no matinee--it was at 7pm! How I wish I ran the theaters.

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septentrion - May 21, 2004 12:32 pm (#2298 of 2912)

seemed I misunderstood something somewhere...but I'm eager to read your experience all the same Gina.

Abby, here tickets are sold at the opening of the cinemas, ie 13:45 for the movie at 14:00 ! Three hours before would just be great for me !

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Brandon Christopher - May 21, 2004 12:37 pm (#2299 of 2912)

We can buy two week advance tickets here, though it would be pointless seeing as how I'll be in PA for the premier!!!

*dances*

Abby, didn't you have anything to do in Wal-Mart other than counting your steps? Perhaps - let's say - something like shopping! :-p

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The Great Abbycadabra - May 21, 2004 12:46 pm (#2300 of 2912)

Septentrion, in that case I'd be thrilled for the three hours! I'm just so paranoid as it is. I want my tickets now! I only found out this morning which theater it's going to be in (there are two theaters in my town--one that's horrid {where COS was}, and one that is much better {where P/SS was}). It's at the good one, so yay! I may be able to get my tickets some time in June.

I didn't count my steps. My nifty walk-o-meter counted them for me! Well, it's not called a walk-o-meter, but I like that better. I got it in the new "adult" Happy Meals at McDonald's. You get that, a salad, and a bottled water. Which amuses me greatly. My mom got one the other day (I ate chicken nuggets. ).
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Re: Chat & Greetings 2004

Post  Lady Arabella on Mon Nov 17, 2014 3:39 pm

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Brandon Christopher - May 21, 2004 12:52 pm (#2301 of 2912)

Sure, it was your mom that got the happy meal. Wink

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The Great Abbycadabra - May 21, 2004 1:02 pm (#2302 of 2912)

Yes, it was. I get real happy meals with unhealthy food and good toys.

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - May 21, 2004 2:25 pm (#2303 of 2912)

Padfoot, I hope you read this--I love the new avatar.

That's all I had to say *smiles sheepishly*.

I hope everyone has a great weekend.

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Catherine - May 21, 2004 3:05 pm (#2304 of 2912)

Ok, I finally found out about the cheese danish. Whew! Now I know!

My in-laws took the children camping, so I've been using the "free" time to catch up on all the unread posts, and download and watch the trailers. My husband is laughing at how I am using this time, but it doesn't bother me!

I live in a town where I can't buy advance PoA tickets, and there's no IMAX showing of PoA around, either. So all those who have this advantage must give details, bigtime!

On an unrelated and preachy note, I had to write the big "Mother's /Father's Day" begging for money letter for the Humane Society this time around, and I am still depressed. So let me have an annoying Hermione moment and beg everyone who reads this about the importance of spaying/neutering companion animals. I got the statistics from our local shelter, and I became physically ill at the sheer "inhumaness" of man.

Thanks for letting me "S.P.E.W."

Cheers!

Catherine

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megfox - May 21, 2004 5:38 pm (#2305 of 2912)

***happy dances***

I just bought our POA tickets online...YAY!

Sorry for interrupting, just had to share...continue on...

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Sherbie Lemon - May 21, 2004 6:39 pm (#2306 of 2912)

Hi everyone! I hope you've all been able to figure out your plans for getting tickets for PoA. I've had mine since Wednesday night, and I can't seem to quit holding them! My husband finally convinced me that if I keep carrying them around, I'll lose them or rub the ink off, so I've tacked them neatly on my cork board. I check on them regularly, though!
Tickets

It's been a stressful week! Unfortunately, I have to film a wedding tomorrow, which is located about an hour out of town. With gas prices as insane as they are right now, I've been trying to avoid driving, but alas, I must work! It's been so hot here too, 90 degrees tomorrow, my wedding is outside, and my "uniform" is all black! Sun! Oh well, at least it's not August!

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

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SarcasticGinny - May 21, 2004 7:57 pm (#2307 of 2912)

You can get a pedometer at Mc Donalds?!? Wow "Supersize Me" sure is having an effect, no?

That said, I kind of want one. (grinning sheepishly)

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The Great Abbycadabra - May 21, 2004 10:22 pm (#2308 of 2912)

So, Catherine, you have uncovered the mystery behind my cheese danish quote? Abbyfetti for you! '.;.,';,'.,';.,.;',.';

Yes, my nifty new walk-o-meter (I just don't like the word pedometer, go figure) is certainly addictive. I can see how many steps it takes me to get from the sofa to the refridgerator and back again.

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Flame Alligator - May 22, 2004 12:29 am (#2309 of 2912)

Hey Guys, Very down but definitely not out. We had Sammi, euthanized yesterday and buried her in the back yard. What a terrible week I am having. I was at least able to contain my tears and whisper in her ear that I loved her as they gave her the fatal shot. She purred and was glad to have me close to her. I shall miss my baby girl kitty kat.

My computer crashed. Uh! What a nightmare! I lost all my files and I am sick over it. At least I am caught up on this thread.

Veronika, Fawkes, I am ok. Thanks girlfriends for worrying about me. Just when I think I am fine..... oh well. Still recovering. Everything has been reconfigured.....will try to explain in E-mail but don't expect it to make any sense.

Goedemorgen y'all!

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Gina R Snape - May 22, 2004 5:51 am (#2310 of 2912)

Oh, Flame. I'm so sorry! I know exactly how you feel.

Do take comfort in knowing she was purring upon her death, happy to have you there with her in her final moments.

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mike miller - May 22, 2004 9:13 am (#2311 of 2912)

Flame - My deepest sympathies to you. I have lost 2 cats in the last couple of years; ones that have been with me for many years (longer than my wife in fact and we'll be celebrating 16 years in a couple of weeks). Find a nice picture and have it framed so you can remember all of the joy your cat has brought you.

We still have 2 cats, Tigger and Jasmine. Poor little Jasmine is only 12 weeks old and Tigger still hisses at her. It is so much fun having a kitten in the house, everything is a toy and I mean everything!

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VeronikaG - May 22, 2004 12:46 pm (#2312 of 2912)

It's OK when a kitten chews on everything, but less OK when it keeps that habit as an adult, possibly very strong-jawed cat.

Aw, Flame. I wondered how Sammi was doing. But you did the right thing. it's better to put your pets down, than to have them suffer for weeks because you can't let go. And I hope things work out for you, in life and love. I see you still speak Dutch.

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Acceber - May 22, 2004 2:10 pm (#2313 of 2912)

Sorry Flame. Hope you've gotten over it or will soon. Deepest sympathies from me and my furry friends (see avatar).

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Leprechaun Jack - May 22, 2004 6:28 pm (#2314 of 2912)



Flame I'm so sorry.

Jack

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Julia. - May 22, 2004 6:52 pm (#2315 of 2912)

I'm really, really sorry to hear about Sammi Flame. *hugs for you.* Take some time to mourn her properly, and take comfort in the fact that she had a long happy life. Hope you can find something to get you through this difficult time.

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scully jones - May 22, 2004 7:01 pm (#2316 of 2912)

I believe the egyptians used to shave their eyebrows in mourning when a feline companion passed away. I know I've actually considered it, though I hope I won't have to think about it for quite some time. You're supposed to say in mourning until you have normal eyebrows again, and then it's time to move on.

I don't suggest it, though... You look good with eyebrows, Flame.

*edit*
I wanted to show you all my paintings I did in High school. http://joneschiao.tripod.com/misc.html

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Marie E. - May 22, 2004 9:01 pm (#2317 of 2912)

Flame, I am so very sorry. It's never an easy thing to do, even when you know it's for the best.

For those still interested, here's my house saga. All others feel free to skim or ignore. We got the house. It took a little dancing back and forth. First, they tried not filing a property disclosure form, stating that they had never lived in the house (it was a rental). Our lawyer said that was hooey and the form needed to filled out entirely or we'd be in for trouble later. We also want a roof certificate from them since the shingles look dodgey. They didn't accept two offers at the same time, I just think two of us presented offers on the same day. Or something. But they did try getting us to buy the house "as-is" which is a huge no-no, especially with a VA loan. But it's all worked out now, with just a little paperwork to complete. Pictures will be available soon. *happy dance*

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Flame Alligator - May 23, 2004 1:20 am (#2318 of 2912)

Thanks guys for the sympathy. I miss her terribly. She was usually up and down off my lap while I read and posted here. I will mourn her for quite some time.

Sarah, I like the eyebrows shaving thing. But... I think you are right. I look better with eyebrows.

Goedemorgen everybody!

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boop - May 23, 2004 1:48 am (#2319 of 2912)

Lindsay, here is wishing you I hope you have a Great Day Lindsay!!!!!!

Marie, I am happy for you that you did get the house. Can't wait to see pictures of it.

Flame, I am so sorry for your loss. When you sit at the computer she will be with you in spirit, just sitting on your lap. Take the time to heal from the loss of her. Then celebrate the life that she lived, with the memories you have of her.

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Flame Alligator - May 23, 2004 2:58 am (#2320 of 2912)

Sarah, I like your chopped locks. All the better to see your sweet face my dear.

Boop, Dustin looks so sweet smiling.

Doei (bye)

Edit: Sarah, I love your paintings. I can't decide which I love the most. Hmmmm..... maybe the cheetah wins out.

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tracie1976 - May 23, 2004 5:26 am (#2321 of 2912)

Lindsay!!!!

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Dr Filibuster - May 23, 2004 5:41 am (#2322 of 2912)

Flame, I know you will miss Sam very much.

What a wonderful long life she had, filled with love to the end and fresh salmon on her birthdays.

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Dumbledore - May 23, 2004 6:54 am (#2323 of 2912)

Hello all! Would it be all right if I joined this chat? It seems like you lot have all been here awhile and know each other, so I don't want to intrude...

I'm really, really, really sorry about your cat, Flame. I know what it feels like to lose a pet and I have the deepest sympathy for you.

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boop - May 23, 2004 7:04 am (#2324 of 2912)

Dumbledore, Welcome to the chat thread -  make yourself at home here. Please join in whenever you want. This is the place to talk about everything. Even if you are having a bad day, lots of support here if you need it. As you will see this is a family friendly forum. I think of these people on here as just part of my family.

Everyone have a great day!!!!!

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Dumbledore - May 23, 2004 7:07 am (#2325 of 2912)

Thank you so much for making me feel welcome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :-)

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Flame Alligator - May 23, 2004 7:39 am (#2326 of 2912)

Dumbledore, Please... just jump right in. Thank you so much for your sympathy. I swear I felt her little paws dig in me like they would when she would jump onto my lap.

Veronika, Fawkes and any of my Forum buddies, I have a live journal at http://www.livejournal.com/users/archetypegds if any of my forum buddies want to read my thoughts, feelings or rants. Feel free to comment. I love responses be it positive or negative. Plus, you can check on me when I come up missing from the forum. Although I don't plan on that happening any time soon.

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wormsé - May 23, 2004 8:18 am (#2327 of 2912)

Awwwww, thanks Betty and Tracie, and anyone else I missed who wished me a happy birthday!!!

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Liz Mann - May 23, 2004 9:33 am (#2328 of 2912)

A while ago I asked for help on the Maths componant of one of my exams. I just wanted to say that I found an old revision guide from school that explained how to do it. Thanks for your help though (and the exam didn't go too bad). I actually posted this on the corrections to the Lexicon thread by accident.

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Lynn Allen - May 23, 2004 10:16 am (#2329 of 2912)

We received really wonderful news this week. My daughter's high school choir was judged to be one of the best in Michigan in recent competitions, and has been invited to perform next April in New York City's Carnegie Hall! She is very excited because of the honor and fun of such an opportunity, but also because it will be her first visit to the "Big Apple." The students have also been promised time to see the sights--at least as many as they can manage in the relatively short time they will be there and within the modest budget we can afford. I'm very proud of her and her group, and can only imagine her beauty and talent came from her mother! (That can be said for both my daughters!) :-)

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wormsé - May 23, 2004 10:37 am (#2330 of 2912)

Ohhh, Lynn, tell her Congratulations! And, I'm sure she'll love New York City... I know I did!

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septentrion - May 23, 2004 10:49 am (#2331 of 2912)

happy birthday Lindsay !

Flame, for you : Hug

Marie, glad you at least get your house.

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wormsé - May 23, 2004 11:21 am (#2332 of 2912)

Thank you, Septentrion! And Flame, I give you another hug.

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Brandon Christopher - May 23, 2004 11:21 am (#2333 of 2912)

Happy birthday Lindsay!!!



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Flame Alligator - May 23, 2004 11:30 am (#2334 of 2912)

septentrion, Thanks for the hug. *hugging you back*

Happy Birthday Lindsay!!

Edit: Awwww thanks for the hug Lindsay. *big hug for Lindsay* I hope you have a great birthday. Hoping your parents let you out to have some fun. Enjoy your 15th!

doei (bye)

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VeronikaG - May 23, 2004 12:07 pm (#2335 of 2912)

Happy Birthday, Lindsay.

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wormsé - May 23, 2004 12:56 pm (#2336 of 2912)

Awww! *wipes tears* You guys are so sweet! Thanks!

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Brandon Christopher - May 23, 2004 1:14 pm (#2337 of 2912)

*bows*

Yes - yes, I know I'm sweet and all that. ;-)

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Acceber - May 23, 2004 1:32 pm (#2338 of 2912)

Happy Birthday Lindsay!

Brandon-you???? Sweet???

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Brandon Christopher - May 23, 2004 2:01 pm (#2339 of 2912)

Hey, I'll ruin my own image thank you very much, I don't need any help from you Becca. :-p

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Dumbledore - May 23, 2004 2:04 pm (#2340 of 2912)

Happy birthday Lindsay!!!! How old are you? I just turned 13 last Sunday!! :-)

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timrew - May 23, 2004 2:59 pm (#2341 of 2912)

Flame, I haven't been on this thread in a while; but I'm so sorry to hear about your loss of Sammi. Please accept my deepest sympathies.

We have a miniature silver poodle, who is only two years old; and already he walks with a limp, which we have put down to the kennel that we bought him from and their need for the fast buck; so that they sell the sickest runt in the litter to the first mug that comes along for several hundred pounds.

What do you do? Ask for your money back? How can you, when you already love the dog to bits. Mugs or not, we're going to keep him; and make sure he gets the best treatment.

We've called him Riley - because that's the life he's going to lead from now on!

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Marie E. - May 23, 2004 3:30 pm (#2342 of 2912)

Lindsay, is today your birthday? Today is also my youngest's birthday. She's the big 05 today. We took her (and her sister) to see Shrek 2 this afternoon. Very funny! And we got to the PoA trailer, which was a bonus for Mommy. I'll try to get a picture of Lexie up here today. Shayla has been up long enough. Problem is, all my pictures are on our old computer waiting for hubby to add them onto the new computer. Hmmm. I'll go hunting around.

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Gina R Snape - May 23, 2004 4:04 pm (#2343 of 2912)

Greetings all. By now I'm sure you've all checked into TLC and seen the Yahoo news pics. I was at the premiere today and it truly was a madhouse!!!! We mere mortals had to stand across the street, behind the press queue. But I may have gotten one or two good shots...we shall see.

Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Tom Felton, Jaime Waylett, James Phelps, Alan Rickman and Robbie Coltrane were there. Alfonso Cuaron, Chris Columbus, and the girl who plays Ginny Weasley were there too. I saw them all! Emma is a little glamour-puss these days! Tom Felton was suited up nicely. Rupert Grint was very scruffy and looked every bit the 'high school burnout' and looked pretty good! Dan needs a new suit.

There must have been several hundred people there, maybe a thousand. Some dressed up. Some with banners. Someone made a dementor! My friends and I made t-shirts and I used the 'detention' avatar I've used before and represented the Detention with Snape! fanclub for the Lex.

Well, there were loads of screaming fans and the weather was unbearably hot, but I had a wonderful time nonetheless. Oh, and for those of you who remember Ari, I ran into her and she sends her love to everyone.

Now I'm going to pass out, happy for the day I had!

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wormsé - May 23, 2004 4:29 pm (#2344 of 2912)

*looks at Brandon and laughs hysterically* Sweet? Anyways, thanks for all the birthday greetings! And, I'm 15 by the way. I don't feel fifteen... Marie, tell your daughter Happy Birthday for me! Another to add to the list of people I share the day with!

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Chemyst - May 23, 2004 4:50 pm (#2345 of 2912)

We're happy for you, Gina. I just saw NBC's Dateline POA segment. They showed H&H in flying harnesses in front of the blue screen as they were doing the whomping willow scene- fascinating choreography. They had a nice (but brief) interview with the director too.

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Viola Intonada - May 23, 2004 7:02 pm (#2346 of 2912)

Gina, Glad to hear that you had a great day. I was thinking about you today, I even turned a very unflattering shade of green.

Can't wait to see what avatar you come up with next.

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Sherbie Lemon - May 23, 2004 7:46 pm (#2347 of 2912)

Good evening, all! It was 96 degrees here today, 96! It's usually about 10 to 12 degrees cooler, so I think we're in for a very hot summer!Sun 2

Flame, I am so sorry to hear about your kitty! I know how terribly hard it is to lose a pet, and you have my deepest sympathy.

Happy Birthday, Lindsay!Birthday I hope you had a wonderful day!

Lynn, a big congratulations to you and especially your daughter! What an honor it is to be recognized in such an incredible way, and what an experience Carnegie will be for her!

Marie, congratulations to you about the house! House I'm so glad it worked out well!

Today should be a busy PoA week! There are so many interviews, behind-the-scenes shows, etc. and the soundtrack comes out on Tuesday! I'm so excited! Lightning Bolt  Just 10 more days till the movie!

Oh and Gina, I don't know if I'm talking to you anymore; I'm so consumed with jealousy! Actually, I think I will because I want to live vicariously through you! I'm sure you had the best time and I cannot wait to hear more about it!

Have a great week, all!

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Marè - May 24, 2004 1:06 am (#2348 of 2912)

Okay I'm catching up.

Happy belated birthday to Lindsay! (yesterday) And if I remember correctly, happy belated birthday to Dumbledore (last week sunday).
Marie congratulations on your house, we all are going to come to the housewarming party! (okay so maybe in thought we would )

And Flame, so sorry to hear about your cat. Hugs to you girl! We only had one cat, and one day she just didn't came home. And that was over ten years ago, but I still keep looking twice if I see a cat that looks like her. So you will probably keep missing her :snif: but remember all the love the two of you gave each other when you think of her!

And Lynn, congrats to your daughter, I hope she doesn't get to nervous when the big date comes near!

Gina, I'm going to check TLC in a few seconds, any chance we will see you at those pictures?

And as for me, I did another rowing marathon (relay race this time) and stayed awake for 40 hours since friday morning. Yesterday after finally sleeping I thought I was fine, and today I'm so tired I hope I don't fall asleep behind my computerscreen and look totally silly..

houdoe (that's a dialect doei)

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Flame Alligator - May 24, 2004 2:19 am (#2349 of 2912)

Fawkes, Top of the mornin to ya! I trust your weekend was good. Hope so anyway.

Goedemorgen everybody!

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Essidji - May 24, 2004 4:15 am (#2350 of 2912)

Hi everyone! So many things to catch up and so many news! Shame on me, too lazy to read all these 258 posts...

First, a big hug to Flame. You kitty gave you a lot of joy, remember the good moments you shared...

JKR's site is absolutely amazing. I found a lot of answers thanks to you all.

Gina, how lucky you are, having seen the premiere of PoA and caught a glimpse of our favourite actors!

As for me, I am to sign my contract this evening, I'm sooo excited. The only thing is, that I just discovered on our employment agency's website that I passed the written part and am allowed to take the oral exams... There is a little voice deep inside that says "Come on, you should go on with these exams, what do you have to lose?" And the little voice goes on : " Well, you haven't succeeded yet, as long as you haven't passed the oral part, you don't know... But if you give up now, are you sure you won't regret it?" But then another voice, high-pitched (a very annoying sound) keeps repeating "But, what if you succeed, hu? What's the point, if you have to give up a job you would have just started, hu?".

Well, I have decided to ignore these voices for a while, I need some time to gather my ideas and sort them right...[/color]
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Lynn Allen - May 24, 2004 5:02 am (#2351 of 2912)

Flame, I'm very sorry to hear about your loss. I understand how easily our animal friends become like family members; we have been treating our Shi Tzu's glaucoma with expensive medications we really can't afford but I hate to think of her going blind and the pain she would suffer in the meantime. Please accept my condolences about your cat. Lindsay, belated happy birthday! And thanks for the congratulations to my daughter. Her choir group is terribly excited, and we are for them. Performing in Carnegie Hall is a big deal. Thanks and best wishes everyone!

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Blast - May 24, 2004 5:24 am (#2352 of 2912)

Flame I still miss my best freind Mortimer, and it,s been a few years now. It is a holiday today, Victoria Day, but I have lot's of House Elf duties to complete. Have a good day everyone.

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scully jones - May 24, 2004 7:16 am (#2353 of 2912)

Hey guys, Happy Birthday to all those involved! TEN more days until I fly over to Pennsylvania and meet Boop and Brandon and Julia and and and and.... Movie! Yay!

Does anyone else think it's odd that I've had thunderstorms every day for the past two weeks? Global warming anyone?

Scully completely ignores Meme, but Meme isn't as scared of her as she was. Instead of jumping two feet in the air and running away whenever Scully twitches, Meme keeps sniffing. This is when Scully decides to slap Meme across the face. Meme now slaps back. I've never seen a dog do that before, it's like they're boxing. No claws yet, so it's still hiliarious to watch.

Thank you for the oh so many complements, Flame... I should change my display picture... (and get back to work on my SCARF!)

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fidelio - May 24, 2004 7:18 am (#2354 of 2912)

Flame, as I'm typing the mock orange bush I planted over my cat Godiva is blooming away. She died 4 years ago, but even now, I occasionally feel that she's curled up in my lap. The phantom weight in your lap is made of years of mutual affection and fond memories, and will never really go away. While you were cherishing Sammi these past weeks, she was also cherishing you, and she will continue to do so. You have my sympathy--it's amazing how firmly our critters can plant their paws [claws, talons, whatever] on our hearts!

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fidelio - May 24, 2004 7:19 am (#2355 of 2912)

Has everyone made it through this weekend's dire weather OK? I'm not amazed to hear of tornados in Nebraska and Iowa--but in Connecticut?

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B]Fawkes Forever[/B] - May 24, 2004 7:46 am (#2356 of 2912)

Flame... aww I'm terribly sorry to hear about Sammi.... sending you a great big squishy hug.... I had a feeling that’s why you were missing in action... but I didn't like to say anything in case I upset you! Losing a pet is pretty hard. I remember when my pet dog died when I was a teenager, I was inconsolable. I was working part time in a supermarket at the time.... & had to go into work after. I started to cry on the shop floor when my friend (who also worked there) asked about the dog, with my boss, customers & other members of staff just staring at me! My mate then did 'a Ron'.... just patted me on the head, 'cus he didn't know what else to do... lol! Coincidently, he's a red head too So I know how you feel girl! *another big squishy hug* By the way, I like your live journal... that last entry was very thought provoking.

Happy belated birthday to Lindsay.. hope you had a good one girl!

Dumbledore... welcome to the forum & the chat thread... so your birthday was last sunday... woohoo... if my calculations are correct (probably not however ) we're birthday buddies! So happy belated birthday wishes!

I'm in a fabulous mood this evening... the weather is gorgeous (I actually had to put my desk fan on today... first time this year ) & I'm going to slip out of work early & go for a nice walk. Thinking the beach..... Today is working out to be a great day, I finally got rid of the horrible project that the dementors have been hanging round my neck for the past 6 months here at work! Thats why I wasn't on first thing... I was in here at 7.45 this morning & only just finished up! Project went live without a hitch, almost too perfect.. but I'm in a 'I don't really give a monkeys mood' WOOHOOO... I feel so free & so happy. OK I didn't get any recognition for the work I did, not even a thank you or a well done but I'm free of it... That said... I'm still job hunting

Hope these happy vibes reach you all. Just had a colleague come over & say it was the first time she seen me smile in months.... lol! I nearly cried when she said that... it made me realise how much I had let things get to me.... so now I know... never to let that happen again. I want to thank you guys for being so good & supportive when I was down... I don't think I would have made it through without the extra support of my forum family... so big hugs to you all!

Hee hee.... this post is getting all hearts & flowers.... I'm getting all girly... sorry folks!

Gina... I was thinking about you yesterday & managed to keep my green eyed monster in check... kidding... I'm delighted that you could go & represent the Detention with Snape posse... oh & the Lex of course I can't wait to see your photos... Might get some time tomorrow to check out TLC!

Lynn, congrats to your daughter... I'd say you're so proud. Your post made me think of a little saying my violin teacher told me as a kid... & it stuck with me... 'How do you get to Carnegie Hall.... practice' Sorry if thats cheesy ... I just had to say it

AND.... *pause for breath* I finally got to see the PoA trailer on TV (cartoon network) woohoo! Ok, it was the last 3 seconds... but I got to see it! Also seen a giant billboard on way to work with Harry, Ron & Hermione on it... needless to say I nearly crashed my car staring at it & grinning inanely!

ok... I'm off home now... take care everyone.... Abby, don't stay up too late.. & Marie & Sherbie.... still crossing those fingers for your houses.... makes typing terribly difficult however

TTFN

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Padfoot - May 24, 2004 8:27 am (#2357 of 2912)

Morning everyone! I hope everyone had a good weekend, we all know Gina did! Pictures of the premier look like it was a lot of fun.

Flame, I am really sorry to hear about Sammi. Sending hugs your way. Hug

Kim, thanks. I found out about Hairy Otter on another thread and thought it very cute.

Catherine, Spaying and neutering pets is the responsible thing to do. I completely agree with you. My family always gets our pets "taken care of" when we first get them.

Marie, Congrats on the house! I'm glad you got it, despite all the hassle. Must be a relief to finally have that settled. Cottage

Happy belated birthday Lindsay! I hope you had a good day. Birthday Cake

Lynn, tell your daughter Congrats! Carrnegie Hall, how exciting!

Fawkes, good luck on your job search. Hope you find something where you will be really appreciated. No Dementors!

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Lynn Allen - May 24, 2004 9:43 am (#2358 of 2912)

Sarah, all the rain and thunderstorms have gotten very old for me too. Let's hope the sun will be out for a while now to dry things out! By the way, I like your new haircut a lot! Best wishes!

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septentrion - May 24, 2004 11:19 am (#2359 of 2912)

Gina, be sure I was with you in thought ! I can't wait to see the pictures either.

Sherbie, I love your avatar.

Essidji, congrats ! But I agree it's hard to decide if you'll go to the oral exam. I'm still thinking if I'll go myself.

Flame, I also loved your weblog.It was so sincere and it reminds so many things to me !

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Julia. - May 24, 2004 1:01 pm (#2360 of 2912)

*Insert happy birthday smilie here* HAPPY BIRTHDAY LINDSAY!!!! Hope you had a great day, and I love your new avater, you are exceedingly pretty. And yes, the rumors about a tornado in Connecticut yesterday are true. I believe one touched down in or just outside of Hartford, but I was in New York at the time, so I'm not sure of details. Have a good rest of the day everyone!

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Viola Intonada - May 24, 2004 2:44 pm (#2361 of 2912)

Marie, Congrats on the house!

Lynn, Congrats to your daughter. Carnegie Hall, Wow!

Flame, sorry to hear about your kitty.

Lindsay, happy belated birthday!

Cleveland had some very nasty storms on Friday. 3/4s of our street had no power for three days (luckily I live on the 1/4 that did). When the storm hit, I was gathering my Brownie Troop up for a trip to the ice rink. All of us were in our cars at the time, no one got hurt, but a tree fell right behind one of the Brownies car on the way to the meeting site. The storm lasted for 10 minutes, clean-up still isn't done three days later!

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wormsé - May 24, 2004 4:50 pm (#2362 of 2912)

*blushes* Aww, Julia... thanks!

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Mrs. Sirius - May 24, 2004 5:59 pm (#2363 of 2912)

The weather here has been harrowing. Yesterday I heard the thunder start to rumble about 4:oopm. I wanted to finish mowing the lawn (its an acre) so I pushed on. The thunder continued for more than an hour and a half, then the sky darken so that our light posts went on. I just managed to get the mower back in the shed! We had 2 or three small power outages. The thunder and lightning was really intense for about 20 minutes, the kids we really scared. The thunder continued intermittently for most of the rest of the night and we had another tiny power outage. I heard a report that a tornado touched down in Killingworth, the next town up from us.

Flame sorry to hear about Sammi. When we had to put Miss Vicki down a friend gave some of the best advice. She we should consider our selves lucky that we had the opportunity to her out of her suffering. If she were a human person, she would have to go on suffering.

Happy Birthday to you all who had one.

boop, Julia and everyone going to PA. I am soooo jealous. On Saturday I talked with a friend. We seriously considered heading to New York for Sunday. Reality hit when I called Amtrak. It was $50 one way, to take Amtrak to the city and then I would have had to find people to watch me kids as my husband was working.

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The Great Abbycadabra - May 24, 2004 6:46 pm (#2364 of 2912)

Happy belated birthday, Lindsay! Abbyfetti for you! ,'.;,';.',;.,'.; Fifteen was an eventful age for me. It's when I first read HP.

Yay on you house, Marie! Have some Abbyfetti for that as well! ,.;,'.,'.;,'.;',.

And give your daughter some Abbyfetti for me, Lynn. ',.;,;.,'.;',.;',.;

I was in mourning over my lost youth yesterday. It was the two year anniversary of my high school graduation. I'm still in shock that I've been in college that long. But, odd as that is, I was mostly mourning the fact that I didn't get to go to the premiere, heehee. I keep signing up for various contests that'll send me, but I never win. Heh, never hurts to try, though.

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Fawkes Forever - May 25, 2004 3:06 am (#2365 of 2912)

Ohhh it's an Abbyfetti Fest Hee hee Abby, know how you feel... next year will be my 10 year reunion.... wah! Imagine that! I'm beginning to feel very old indeed! Hee hee.. oh well!

I'm in a bouncy bubbly mood today... much to infuriation of my colleagues hee hee. I watched the Friends finale last night on TV & they showed the Harry Potter Trailer... loads! Woohoo, it's finally hit Irish TV! Everytime the trailer came on I'd jump out of my seat & squeak... "Harry Potter... OHHHHH"! My sis was convinced the neighbours would hear me... LOL! It also said 'on general release from 31st May'.... coooool! They then followed with the HP Lego ads.... which showed the rat going into a box, mentioning something about Animagi & then turning into Peter... & I jumped up & down even more when I seen that.. Hee hee... I think I need a life

Flame... how are ya today girl?

Top of the mornin' everyone

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Mickal555 - May 25, 2004 3:26 am (#2366 of 2912)

Hello I am michael I am 13 and am from australia the times on my posts are very funny like 3:20am any way I am interested in Astronomy Photography and Harry potter

I was first intoduced at 10 my dad was on the internet and he said ohh look these books are realy popular you would like them and I was naaa its stupid boing (I was never into fantasy and through the title was stuped). I read the first line after my dad brought it and was even more put off but then halfway into the seccond chapter (my mum was reading to my younger sisters and I wondered in) I said hmmm can I look at that I read The whole first book that night and have been hooked ever since

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Kip Carter - May 25, 2004 5:11 am (#2367 of 2912)

I left a message for Michael on the Tell About Yourself thread; however I will also post it here for you and others who may cared to know about the time differences.

Michael, welcome to the Harry Potter Lexicon Forum where we have a worldwide group of members. Yes, we have members in Australia; in fact one of our Hosts lives in Australia.

As to your statement of "...am from australia the times on my posts are very funny like 3:20am...," I have provided a link below for Sydney, Australia to allow you to see the clock in your area. If you live in another part of Australia, it could change. At present, being it is winter time in the Southern Hemisphere, you are not experiencing daylight savings time like we presently are using here being it is summer time in the United States and all Northern Hemisphere countries.

Time Zone: EST (Australian Eastern Standard Time) UTC/GMT+10 Time Link: "Sydney, New South Wales, Australia"

Our host computer, World Crossing (WX), is located in California and I have also provided a link to the clock used there. I do this because the time shown on your post is WX's computer time. As you can see, your time in Sydney is running seventeen (17) hours ahead of San Francisco time (our computer time). I hope that makes sense.

Time Zone: PDT (Pacific Daylight Savings Time) UTC/GMT-7 Time Link: "San Francisco, California, USA"

I live just outside of Columbia, South Carolina and my time here on the eastern coast of the United States is only 14 hours behind you.

Time Zone: EDT (Eastern Daylight Savings Time) UTC/GMT-4 Time Link: "Columbia, South Carolina, USA"

The time at Platform 9 3/4 of in our Harry Potter series is nine hours behind you.
Time Zone: BST (British Summer Time) UTC/GMT+1 Time Link: "London, England, United Kingdom"

The additional links above should add some fun for some of you.

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virgoddess1313 - May 25, 2004 5:27 am (#2368 of 2912)

I've suffered a severe disappointment....

As I mentioned earlier I went and bought my POA tickets on Friday, so Will and I could go see it on the 4th, I'd taken the day off work and everything. Well, later that afternoon, he called me and told me that his baseball schedule was printed wrong and he has state that day. I was so mad. I didn't go to the gathering because he talked me into staying and going to see it with him. Now, I'm stuck at home, by myself that day (its too late for me to come up with enough money to go ahead and go to PA) with two POA tickets that I can't use. He's promised to take me Monday when he comes back, but its just not the same. I pouted all weekend about it (I know... very mature of me). He's trying to appease me by giving me his favorite kitten. I'm going to be upset no matter what, I just wish he could have told me earlier so I could make plans to go to the gathering. Sigh.

Ok, I'm done with my rambling. Sorry.

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Flame Alligator - May 25, 2004 5:52 am (#2369 of 2912)

Fawkes, Belated top of the morning to ya! How am I? Just read the line under my avatar.

Thanks everybody for all the pet condolences.

Everybody have a great day.

Goedemorgen!

Edit: Virgoddess...... oh I feel for you. I don't think you are being immature at all. You should be upset. Well at least you will be with your sweetheart when you finally do see PoA.

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draco all the way - May 25, 2004 6:48 am (#2370 of 2912)

I'M BACK! Of course, many of you will not remember me but I'm that one girl from India and the only other thing you need to know about me you can get from my name. I went on vacation and suffered some serious HP withdrawal symptoms. So needless to say I'm REALLY happy to be back!

Anywho, I must confess that I did not read every single post but Can you blame me? I had 381 posts waiting for me just on this one thread!

Also, I need all the luck in the world- my board exam results are coming tomorrow at 6 A.M! If I don't post for a long time you can assume that I've done badly and that I'm greiving.

But on to happier things! HP 3-June 4th (for me)! Yay!

I'd just like to end by saying that I'm so happy to be back! I've missed talking about HP so much!

Edit: I think I came off a little too hyper in this post. What say you? Oh and HAPPY BIRTHDAY to whom it concerns!

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Ticker - May 25, 2004 7:29 am (#2371 of 2912)

First of all, Flame - I am sooooo sad with you. In Sammi's honor, I will give my pet a big hug & some tuna (don't have any salmon). Thanks for keeping us informed. It's been a long heartbreak, & it must have been a very hard decision to put her down.

Welcome back DATW! Good luck on your exams. You should have plenty of energy, by the sound of your last post.

Marie - hope your house is all you hoped for & more.

Shoot - my times up, but congrats & happy birthday & greetings & love the avatars & ... TTFN!

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Acceber - May 25, 2004 11:55 am (#2372 of 2912)

I can sympathize with you, Sara. I was going to go to PoA on Saturday afternoon with my sister to celebrate her July birthday and give me the time of my life (my mom would never let her go on Friday at midnight), but she has a softball game at one and the movie theater's times don't work with ours, blah blah blah. So we have to go on Sunday instead! I am severely disappointed, because everyone here will have seen it before me and they will be laughing at me for not having seen it. So now I'm really bummed.

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icthestrals - May 25, 2004 12:01 pm (#2373 of 2912)

I am severely disappointed, because everyone here will have seen it before me and they will be laughing at me for not having seen it. So now I'm really bummed.

Awww Acceber, do you really think we are that cruel here?

Cute kitties, by the way.

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Marè - May 25, 2004 12:22 pm (#2374 of 2912)
Edited May 25, 2004 2:02 pm

Virgoddess I don't think your immature at all! I would be grumpy for days if this happened to me!
I don't know what to tell you that would make you happier... So here you go

Have one of these!

And maybe you could make two other people happy with those two tickets? Than you could spend the rest of the time telling yourself what of a nice person you are. (Or you come over here and have us tell it to you )

And Acceber, don't worry, you will definitely see the movie before me, because I haven't even decided if I'm going to see it at all!

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Gina R Snape - May 25, 2004 12:56 pm (#2375 of 2912)

Aaaawwwww, Accebeer, no one will make fun of you. If they do, we'll just hex them.

Is anyone planning on going to a midnight showing?

There doesn't seem to be a 'race to be first' on the board, and I think it's probably because we live all over the world, such a 'competition' would be impossible.

However, I wouldn't be surprised if people started counting how many times they go to see the film!

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Brandon Christopher - May 25, 2004 1:03 pm (#2376 of 2912)

I think Becca was referring to the less scrupulous of us, not the majority.

So in that case: bwahahahahaha - sucks for you Becca.

Just kidding, I feel your pain Becca.

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Lynn Allen - May 25, 2004 2:34 pm (#2377 of 2912)

What? You say there is going to be a HARRY POTTER MOVIE?? Really??? I should pay more attention to the news! ;-D Seriously, it sounds like a really good production if all the reviews can be believed. Enjoy yourselves!

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Chemyst - May 25, 2004 2:54 pm (#2378 of 2912)

Acceber, not everyone here will have seen it before you. I'm going to the symphony the day POA comes out. I bought my tickets for that back in January because they are playing LotR music-- and an HP movie wasn't even on my mind back then. (I'm not too sad though; as excuses go, this has to be one of the better ones!) Other schedule conflicts being what they are, I probably won't see Harry for at least another week. Anyway, matinees after the first rush passes make the best viewing if you really want to see the film and don't care about sharing the group experience.

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Madame Librarian - May 25, 2004 3:13 pm (#2379 of 2912)

I had everyone --well, Jack and Jordan-- all set to go with me to the June 4th 12:01 am showing at our local multiplex, and ... bummer! the first showing is not during the wee hours (the, ahem, bewitching hours). We have tickets to the 12:30 pm show! Oh, well, at least I'll be wide awake. Don't imagine that too many dementor-costumed fans or Harry look-a-likes will cut school to go to that one.

Ciao. Barb

Edit--Acceber and others who can't see it ASAP, take heart. We promise to be discrete in discussion, and rest assured, that within a few days, we'll all be yammering away about it. But, I know how it feels to be made to wait--not a fun feeling.

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scully jones - May 25, 2004 4:05 pm (#2380 of 2912)

I just know I'll be seeing it with my fellow forum folks in Pennsylvania.

I'm doing little dances! So many fun fun things going on! We leave in 9 days to go to Pennsylvania!

Another favorite author of mine, Elizabeth Kerner, has a book coming out June 1st. It's the third in a series about dragons and such. I went to the bookstore to see if they were planning on getting it, and they said they did have it. She looked for it, since the computer said they had it... She couldn't find it, but she took down my phone number and said she'll call me when she finds it. I was suprised, and I'm off to tell Ms. Elizabeth herself that I am getting it before her publishers planned (Ms. Kerner has a yahoo group of fans that she talks to often... Not as popular as Rowling, obviously.)

Another nice thing.... I'm very excited for the Sims 2 to come out. It's much much much.... More... Everything. Instead of choosing a head and putting it on a body... You can choose the eyes, eyebrows, hair, nose, mouth, chin... And you can tweak the entire face to be the shape you want... Not to mention make-up and glasses optional... But the actual game doesn't come out until September... Where you can build your house and live in it and grow and AGE!

What I'm happy about is that Maxis decided to give us the Bodyshop early, before the actual game comes out. It's so easy to modify clothing! I'll put some pictures of clothing I've modified on my site and let you know. I'm planning on making hogwarts outfits.

Very happy and excited, waiting for the HBO special!

(Sara, let me jump up and down in frustration for one of my many name-twins.)

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Gina R Snape - May 25, 2004 4:41 pm (#2381 of 2912)

HBO 15 minutes 'making of PoA' comes on in just a few minutes! Hope those in the States with HBO have got your VCRs set...

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Flame Alligator - May 25, 2004 5:38 pm (#2382 of 2912)

What? I missed the HP special on HBO?!?!! Wahhhhh! I hope they run it again so I can record it.

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Sherbie Lemon - May 25, 2004 6:33 pm (#2383 of 2912)

Flame, lol, it runs again! Here are the other dates the HBO special will be on; all times are central:
Tuesday, May 25th at 10:45 pm
Friday, May 28th at 11:15 am
Friday, May 28th at 2:15 pm
Saturday, May 29th at 10:00 am
There are more, but these should suffice for now!

Thanks, Septentrion! But it's getting time to change my avatar again. I've been trying to use all the PoA ones before the movie comes out. By the way, Gina, I love yours!

The HBO special was fantastic! I loved seeing Harry yell at the Dursleys! Well, I'm off to watch again! Have a great day tomorrow, all!

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The Great Abbycadabra - May 25, 2004 9:10 pm (#2384 of 2912)

Heehee, thanks Fawkes. I'm cool with it now. Just a momentary relapse into teen (sort of) angst land. Just because I'm old doesn't mean I have to grow up.

I feel so bad for missing the HBO special. I knew it was coming on and all too. I was watching American Idol, and due to some odd circumstances, I can't record something while watching something else. And I'm lacking TiVo. So, knowing that they are going to show it over and over, I opted for the last fifteen minutes of American Idol. Now I feel horrible because I have to wait until Friday morning! Hopefully they won't have turned off HBO by then. There's a free preview thing or something going on at the moment. Heh, I may have to iron my hands now.

In happier Abby news, I have the soundtrack!!! Yay! My gosh, that's some incredibly fantastic music. And, I'm waiting for Daniel to show up on Conan O'Brien. Could be interesting. EDIT: Aww, they didn't show a clip for the movie on Conan. What gives?

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VeronikaG - May 26, 2004 12:06 am (#2385 of 2912)

Old, Abby? Your profile says you are 19! When I was 19, nobody even considered me grown up. At 23 (24 in two months), I have had days when i have moped around, wanting to be 11 years old again. If I could just keep my memories, so I wouldn't make the same mistakes again, I would have done it if I could. Am so not feeling "adult".

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The Great Abbycadabra - May 26, 2004 1:03 am (#2386 of 2912)

I consider 19 old (especially when I'll be 20 in a few weeks, eep! ). And no one really does consider me grown up, except for me. It's freaky. While I don't really act "adult" (in some ways I've only gotten more childish--heh, that's just me being rebellious ), it just sometimes hits me that I kind of am. I remember being little and thinking how in college I'd be so old. And now, here I am. The odd thing is how fast this time has come. It doesn't seem like very long ago that I was seven. And my dad, the loving pessimist, likes to inform me of how fast time goes. Please, don't remind me! I personally never understood my friends and classmates who couldn't wait to be grown-up. I don't know, maybe I just like Peter Pan too much.

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mollis - May 26, 2004 5:43 am (#2387 of 2912)

Just thought I'd pop in and say hi! I am getting really excited about POA. The HBO special was really good. Although, I feel like I've seen most of the movie already through all the clips and still photos we've seen. I am trying to decide when to go. I'm seriously considering ditching work early and going to the afternoon show on Friday. Kind of sad to go alone though. I feel like acting like a giddy school-girl, but that's no fun alone. Oh well. Maybe I'll get to see it with my sister-in-law (who's recently informed us that she's pregnant!) and brother on Sat.

And Fawkes - it my 10-year high school reunion this year as well! I still haven't decided if I want to go. Just not sure I want to go back to all that. There are a couple of friends that I'd like to see, but that's about it. Are you going to yours?

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Lynn Allen - May 26, 2004 5:59 am (#2388 of 2912)

I feel obliged to say this, being an old duff. This year will be my 30th high school reunion, and I chuckle hearing 20-somethings talk about how old they are! No offense, folks. I remember thinking that when the millenium arrived I would be so ancient--more than 40! Been there, done that, story isn't over yet. Now, let's see. When the next millenium comes I'll be 1,044! Smirking, Lynn

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Gina R Snape - May 26, 2004 6:44 am (#2389 of 2912)

Heh, I'm there with ya Lynn.

When I was 19, Abby, I adopted my first kitty Wicca. At the time, I distinctly recall thinking to myself, "Wow. I'm gonna have this cat when I'm THIRTY." Because, of course, thirty was OLD.

The next 11+ years flew by in the blink of an eye. I can close my eyes and be back at 19 again, and see how young I was. I am now 35 and often feel old, only to be told by some of my peers and friends who are older than me that I am in fact young. It's a bit ridiculous. I'm the Assistant Director of a homeless shelter. I teach at University. I've got the monthly bills to prove I'm a grown-up! But young and old are relative terms. And apparently, having a bubbly personality and occasionally acting fangirly over Alan Rickman makes me young...

19 is not a child anymore, but is not a full adult either. It is what makes adolescence suck so much. But you'll know when you're not an adolescent anymore when certain things that seem so important now simply don't matter anymore. It's an internal thing that just happens. And I hadn't realised it happened to me until I started working professionally with 18-21 year olds and quickly discovered I was not in fact 18-21 anymore!

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septentrion - May 26, 2004 6:57 am (#2390 of 2912)

being rather the same age than you Gina, I totally agree with what you say about age. Once someone told me : "an old is someone ten years older than you". You could also say : " a young is someone ten years younger than you".

Aging ManAging Woman

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mike miller - May 26, 2004 6:58 am (#2391 of 2912)

Time marches on, it's how we CHOOSE to deal with it that matters. I agree with you Gina that it's largely an internal thing. A couple of years ago I realized that I was the oldest player on my softball team. I wore that distinction as a badge of honor. If you're never the oldest player on your team, it means that you quit! I also play volleyball with a guy who is in his mid-sixties. He plays in the senior division as well and his over sixty team has 3 medals from the Senior Olympics and was invited to play exhibition games in Europe for 2 weeks, all expense paid. I can hardly wait to turn 50 so I can join the senior division.

It's all about perspective and choice. You can accept aging but not let it dictate what you can do (I'll be wearing my Dumbledore hat at the opening of PoA) or you can surrender.

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Marè - May 26, 2004 7:13 am (#2392 of 2912)

Hee Veronika, we're actually the same age! When is your birthday?

And I don't know, I know I'm young, but when I see all the ickle firstyears coming to uni every year I feel so old. I am old in that perspective because I should have finished my study last year. So in uni-years I'm almost a dinosaur (there are off course always people who are worse than me )
but if you look at it overall, I'm not even grown up, then again, I made it a statement to never really become 100% grown up.

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Flame Alligator - May 26, 2004 7:56 am (#2393 of 2912)
Edited by Denise P. May 26, 2004 10:45 am

I am 53 and I love it. I have never felt old in my entire life. AT 19, I was so full of life, I, sometimes, drove my friends nuts with, "Come on let's go! Life is going to pass us by." I did, however, want to "look" older as a teenager and would often wear clothes, style my hair, and apply make up to make me look older. It was fun. But I love every single decade and I am looking forward to living to 100 at least. I am very healthy. I look, feel and act young. (thank the gods) So maybe I will make it. I still play, listen to loud music wear what I want and have lots of fun. I enjoy life. Why any of you younger people feel old perplexes me. I feel..... ageless. I am all my ages at once..... my youth is still alive in me, I am that little girl, I am that teenager, I am the young woman, I am the woman I am today. My spirit, my soul is forever alive and young and I will feel this way till the day I die.

So all you young people feeling old..... you need a new perspective or you are going to start to get really depressed with each passing decade.

Lindsey, *hugging and kissing you with gratitude* Thanks so much for the HBO listings. I have my DVR set and it will be on in about 45 minutes. I am so excited! How is the new house coming btw?

Mollis, Wish you and I could see PoA together. I can squeal like a school girl unabashed. I am going with my godson and it will be a blast. We go to movies all the time. People stare at us because we cheer, laugh and have a good time. I do admit sometimes we are naughty. We threw popcorn at a man for calling us HP freaks when we cheered the PoA trailer coming on. His sneering was distracting us and spoiling our joy.

Fawkes, Belated top of the mornin to ya. I have been thinking about you a lot lately. I sure hope you find a job wear there are no dementors running the place. Glad to read that you are in a joyful mood. From your posts.... I like you a lot. I have been lurking over at fanfic and St Mungo's

Leprechaun Jack, What is that response to top of the mornin again? I forgot it. Would you please tell me again? *on my knees begging* ;smile:

Veronika G, I forgot to put in my e-mail: Check my Live Journal and tell me what you think. In case you lost the site http://www.livejournal.com/users/archetypegds Anybody else can read it too.

Sarah, Btw, I love your avatar. I like seeing your face. Don't change it.

Well I am off to the tanning salon for my vitamin D thing.

Goedemorgen y'all

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Fawkes Forever - May 26, 2004 9:13 am (#2394 of 2912)

Aww thanks Flame.

Had a mental day at work, so couldn't post. Just wanted to pop in & say hi! I agree on the age thing.... I've said it before I'm an 'adult-escent' hee hee....

Mollis... I'm not sure about my reunion... I mean.. there are a few people I'd love to see again... but many more I'd rather not I would love to be an animagi & spy on the party to have a look around before I decide to stay

Anyway, take care everyone
TTFN

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Accio Sirius - May 26, 2004 9:41 am (#2395 of 2912)
Edited by May 26, 2004 10:42 am

Hello all,

I got some positive feedback on my new avatar and thought you all would appreciate taking a look at where I found it if you haven't discovered it already. There are some really nice photos and posters here: http://kino.bigmir.net/photos.php?f_id=246&p=0 Enjoy

It's a lot of pictures so it may take a while to load, but is definitely worth the wait!

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Padfoot - May 26, 2004 9:55 am (#2396 of 2912)

I just realized from all this age talk that my 10 year anniversary of high school graduation is June 4th! Not sure if I want to go to a reunion later this year or not.

As far as how old I feel, neither young nor old. Although when my mom tells me I'm practically 30, I do feel older then. 30 Is when you grow up, right? I remember when I was younger and summer vacations lasted forever. All the adults would tell me that time speeds up the older you get. I couldn't imagine at the time, what that would feel like. Now I do. Hourglass

I watched Conan last night. Dan sure looked nervous. Completely missed the fact that they didn't show a movie clip until now. Wonder why they didn't? Wish I could have seen that HBO special. But I don't get HBO. I will look for it on the internet. It's out there somewhere.

The sun is shining here and it's a beautiful Spring day. I hope everyone has a great day! Flowers

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I Am Used Vlad - May 26, 2004 9:59 am (#2397 of 2912)

I was mad that there was no clip. I stayed up way past my bedtime to see it.

Padfoot, if 30 is when you grow up, I'm two years behind schedule.

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Accio Sirius - May 26, 2004 10:02 am (#2398 of 2912)

Padfoot,

Who did Dan say he had a crush on? I didn't catch that. I need subtitles for that accent sometimes.

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Padfoot - May 26, 2004 10:08 am (#2399 of 2912)
Edited by May 26, 2004 11:24 am

Dan said he had a crush on some girl I've never heard of, she's an actress. Can't think of her name right now. It's not Scarlet Johansen, as he has previously mentioned before. I remember Dan saying that the actress he has a crush on has a large boy friend who gets into fights if someone tries to pick her up. Oh what was her name? Now that's going to bug me all day. Sorry not much help.

EDIT: I just watched the show again now. It's a musician he has a crush on, not an actress. It sounds like he is saying Brodie Dall???

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mollis - May 26, 2004 10:41 am (#2400 of 2912)

Flame- Yes, I wish we could too! We should have organized a midwesterners POA gathering. But when PA was being organized, I still lived in Virginia. I am thrilled to hear your positive outlook on your age.

I too believe that you are only as old as you think you are. I am 27 and fully aware that I am in the prime of my life. I have been for 10 years, and will hopefully continue to be for the next 30! My husband insists that he is just a big kid.

Fawkes- I feel the same way about the reunion. It would be great to be able to observe without being seen and then decide whether to go in or not.

And yeah, I had no idea who Dan was talking about either. I figured it was a singer from one of those unknown/weird music groups he likes that nobody's ever heard of. But that could just be me...
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Flame Alligator - May 26, 2004 11:03 am (#2401 of 2912)

Good girl mollis, and your husband's attitude is absolutely correct. I even still like toys. I visit toy departments with my godson and he has to drag me out of there.

On reunions: ditto wish I could observe first and see if is worth staying. In my case I don't want to get stuck hours with the Living Dead.

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virgoddess1313 - May 26, 2004 11:14 am (#2402 of 2912)

Thanks everyone for the sympathy with my POA problems!! I've been trying to give my tickets away so that someone else can go enjoy the days, but I've been having problems doing so, suprisingly enough.

Anyway, hope everyone is having a great day!!

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Detail Seeker - May 26, 2004 12:02 pm (#2403 of 2912)

To all the growing up and becoming-old - disputants: Nietzsche one gave a nice definition of adulthood - not qouted literally here:

You have grown up, when you have rediscovered for daily life the seriousness you had as a child while playing.

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Dumbledore - May 26, 2004 12:14 pm (#2404 of 2912)

Hi all!! I haven't been on here in a couple of days, so I sort of skimmed through all of the posts I missed to catch up!!

I hope everyone had a good weekend! I'm sorry about the bad weather in some places. On Long Island, it's been mostly very hot, and about 70 to 80 degrees (Fahrenheit, sorry I don't know what that is in celsius for those of you who live outside the US) and gorgeous, but today was drizzly and cloudy and only about 50 to 60 degrees(again, sorry I don't know the celsius conversion). But I really can't be complaining after the frigid winter we've had here all winter!

I GOT MY POA TICKETS!!!!!!!!! Sorry if I sound a little too hyper, but I'm REALLY excited. You see, I didn't know if I'd be able to go because the Friday it comes out is the day before my Bat Mitzvah (I'm really, really, excited for that too) and my family would have a lot of company here. I asked my Mom constantly for like 2 weeks whether I could go or not and she kept saying that it would be too hard with all of the stuff we had to do, like take pictures, serve dinner for guests that night, etc. But then my aunt called and said my cousins were going to see it, and whether I wanted to come, and I was really excited because if I wasn't able to see it then, I wouldn't be able to see it all weekend.

Well, sorry for blabbering a little bit there! I'm just really excited, both for my the movie and my Bat Mitzvah!!!!!

Have a nice day everybody!!!!!!!!

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Padfoot - May 26, 2004 12:17 pm (#2405 of 2912)

Congratulations on your upcoming Bat Mitzvah Lauren!

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Dumbledore - May 26, 2004 12:25 pm (#2406 of 2912)

Thank you!!!!!!

Fawkes, my birthday is May 16, so if your calculations ARE correct (and I do hope they are) then we ARE birthday buddies!!!

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Karla Labanda - May 26, 2004 12:40 pm (#2407 of 2912)

Al least I finished to read all the post of May. I was thinking seriously in leave the forum permanently (is that right), becuase my english is too weak, and I can´t express my ideas in the threads. I feel very sad about that. But then I thought... I will need people with who chatted that are not Ecuadorians, becuase the time that is arriving for me will be very hard and I don't want tell my people.

Well, Happy Birthday to May people, (Lindsay, Dumbledore, Fawkes, Jack, Mike Miller, Dr. Filbuster).

Congratulations to Essidji for her new job. Mucha Suerte (I don´t know how to said it in English). To Sarcastic Ginny for her graduation. To Lynn for her daughter, you have to be very proud of her.

Betty I hope your mother is better now. I miss you a lot.

Gina, congratulations to go to POA premiere. I am jealous too =).

Flame, Sorry a lot for your cat. I understand you very well. But know she is beside God and someday you will be together again.

Fawkes, congratulations for finish your work. I hope you found another soon. I understand you when you talk about Dementors.

Enjoy the day. Hugs

Karla

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septentrion - May 26, 2004 1:10 pm (#2408 of 2912)

Karla, don't worry about your english. If you keep on, you'll soon improve much. A lot of us here aren't english speaker, and your post was comprehensible.

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Denise P. - May 26, 2004 1:14 pm (#2409 of 2912)

Karla, your English is fine. I am so impressed with all of our Forum members who come here and converse in a language not their own. I could not do it. Karla, you express yourself quite well and I certainly hope you continue to post with us here.

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Dr Filibuster - May 26, 2004 2:20 pm (#2410 of 2912)

Karla, thank you for my first forum "Happy Birthday". I hope you stay on here, if you do then your English (which is fine) will improve even more.

Remember, you are welcome to share your good or bad days on here, at any time.

My mum and dad now live in Spain, but they are learning the language as easily as Neville makes great potions. I received a birthday card from them today. It said diviertete!! inside. Mum said she didn't know what it meant and hoped it wasn't rude . I think it means something like "have a good time". Am I correct?

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Padfoot - May 26, 2004 2:24 pm (#2411 of 2912)

Sue is it your birthday today? Happy Birthday! I hope you had a great day. Happy Birthday

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boop - May 26, 2004 2:34 pm (#2412 of 2912)

Karla, Please don't leave the forum. Then I will miss you. I think your English is just fine, I had no problem understanding anything that you posted. Thank you for thinking of my mom she is getting around slow but improving everyday. I am so glad she doesn't need the walker anymore.

As for class reunions I had my 25th class reunion last Nov. I went to it and had a good time. This was my first time going, but I think that I won't go again. I was glad I went, but some things never change, the cheerleaders still stick with each other. Everyone just went to their old hang out buddies, it made me feel like I was in school again. I think I agree about going to watch and not be seen thing better.

And as for feeling old, well there are days I feel old, but most of the time not. I am going to be turning 44 this August. I have my grandchildren to help keep me young.

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Acceber - May 26, 2004 2:36 pm (#2413 of 2912)

If it is Sue's birthday, Happy Birthday. If it's not, Happy Birthday for when it is your birtday.

And thanks everyone (icthrestrals, Mare, Gina, Chemyst and Barb) who sympathized with me over my late seeing of PoA. I guess you can say I have a lot to look forward to...

Congratulations on your bat mitzvah, Dumbledore. Mine was a couple weeks ago. I was sweating like mad and lost too much sleep, but everyone unanimously said I was great. Hope you are too.

Off to go work on my research project. Ho hum.

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Dumbledore - May 26, 2004 2:55 pm (#2414 of 2912)

Thank you Acceber!! Are you 13 as well?

Karla, your English is completely understandable! I think it's really nice that you are trying as hard as you can to express your thoughts to us! I, as well as most of the people in this forum I think, greatly appreciate it!

Have a nice evening, everybody!

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mike miller - May 26, 2004 3:56 pm (#2415 of 2912)

Karla - Thanks for the birthday wish and please stay with us! Your English is fine, much better than my Spanish (I can order a beer and find the bathroom).

To all those thinking about Class Reunions, I encourage you to go. Think of the people who are hoping to see you! I've been to my 10 year, 15 year and 20 year and had a great time every time.

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Dr Filibuster - May 26, 2004 4:00 pm (#2416 of 2912)

It's my birthday on Tuesday actually. I'm away all weekend, going to PoA on Monday (it's a bank holiday in Britain) then it's work on Tuesday. Wednesday (my day off) will be spent with friends in Manchester.

It's a bank tradition to buy cakes for colleagues on one's birthday I always get loads of strawberries too. Put your orders in here if you want anything...or shall I assume it's cauldron cakes all round?

Did I miss Bat Mitzvahs? Sorry about that. Glad they went well. My diary says it's Shavuot, please forgive my ignorance, but is that Jewish?

Oh, is it this thread where somebody thought they heard Dan say "Brophy Dall"? I never saw the interview, but could he have said Sophie Dahl? She's Roald Dahl's grandaughter, and a six foot catwalk model.

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scully jones - May 26, 2004 4:03 pm (#2417 of 2912)

I've heard and seen so much Harry Potter related things today. Contests on the radio for IMAX tickets... It's cool, they have a bus they're calling Hogwarts Express to take a bunch of people to see it in the IMAX on the 3rd. (probably late at night).

While cleaning apartments, I came across a magazine with Harry Potter cast interviews... Yay! More free stuff! Last week I found a brand new box of RENU contact cleanser. Two bottles! That's like 20 bucks worth!

Anyway, It's good talking to you all... I really like coming home and seeing you guys here all the time.

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Chemyst - May 26, 2004 4:21 pm (#2418 of 2912)

I don't know when you get old yet, but I do know when you are not young anymore:

You are no longer young when you are grateful that your kids are old enough they are no longer being invited to birthday parties at Chuck E. Cheese's. Chuck E. Cheese, for those of you who have been blissfully ignorant, is a place that has a mouse for a mascot, sells waxy cardboard pizza, has children's arcade games that cost many, many silver sickles and a play area where stranger's children with runny noses sneeze on your child a lot. People who are too busy or too lazy to plan a birthday party often hold their children's parties there. (And I'm desperately hoping none of you with recent birthdays celebrated there, because I'm not trying to offend anyone-- except possibly that obnoxious guy in the mouse costume.)

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - May 26, 2004 4:38 pm (#2419 of 2912)

Chemyst,

I second Chuck E. Cheese and raise you a Bonkers. Just went to a birthday party there last week. It was, without doubt, the longest two hours of my life.

However, I might feel differently if I could get all the kids to leave and have the giant slide to myself.... ; )

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Denise P. - May 26, 2004 5:00 pm (#2420 of 2912)

We refer to the Rat Palace (Chuck E. Cheese) as Headache Central. The only way we set foot in there is if the party is right when they open.

I didn't go to any of my class reunions, just had my 20th. I transferred schools my senior year and as a result, don't feel much connection with the people I graduated with.

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Acceber - May 26, 2004 5:07 pm (#2421 of 2912)

Yes Dumbledore, I'm 13, as is a couple more people on this Forum.

Chuck E. Cheese? I've thankfully never set foot in there, not even when I was younger for birthday parties. I plan to steer clear in the future.

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Marie E. - May 26, 2004 6:09 pm (#2422 of 2912)

We call it Chuck E. Sneeze, due to all those runny nose children. I swear my kids are always sick after visiting there. Just three weeks ago, my daughters were invited to back to back birthday parties on the same Saturday, one at 1:00 and one at 3:30. It was a nightmare.

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Lynn Allen - May 26, 2004 6:09 pm (#2423 of 2912)

Thank you Karla! And your English is fine. I understood everything you said. Your English is much, MUCH better than my Spanish! Keep up the good work and please stay here in the Forum! Lynn

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Julia. - May 26, 2004 6:13 pm (#2424 of 2912)

Mazel tov on your Bat Mitzvah Dumbledore!! Hope you do well, but I'm sure you will. What is your Parsha, by the way? I wanna read it so I can grill you on the finer points I also like your avatar... yay for Dumbledore! *Has flashback of old avatar*

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Blast - May 26, 2004 6:30 pm (#2425 of 2912)

Oh the wonders of the modern world. It would be a very uninteresting place if we all spoke the same language, so I am glad that it isn't. Karla don't worry about your English, if you keep posting and reading it will get better, and I don't think that anybody on the forum minds. I have a belief that a person never stops learning, and just as you can learn from the people on the forum, we also can learn from you. Please keep posting. Fawkes where in Ireland are you originally from? A lady I work with was just over there. Hi to everyone, glad to see that you seem better Flame keep your chin up. My highschool is going to be torn down and made into a subdivision, a result of changing population and high land prices, it is a shame because it is really a newer building and it could replace a bunch of older schools that house younger students.

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Madam Pince - May 26, 2004 7:28 pm (#2426 of 2912)

Hi all! Well, it's been a long three hours, but I read all 497 posts that I had missed since being offline since about May 10th or so. Long story -- there were two things that had me distracted and just "not in the mood." First off, there was a bad car accident that happened right behind our house, which we heard happen and then saw the aftermath, and one of the drivers involved died. I didn't even know anyone that was involved, but somehow it was just very upsetting to have overheard something right outside my bedroom window that had such a horrible result, you know? Then the next week, one of my favorite uncles passed away unexpectedly, which has just been so sad. So, at any rate, we've all been real busy here, and plus very down-in-the-dumps, so haven't even looked at the computer in two weeks.

But, life goes on and "POA" approacheth! Can't wait for the Pennsylvania get-together. Flame, I was so sorry to read about Sammi, but I know it was for the best. You are so brave to have thought about Sammi first rather than yourself. They are always still with us, aren't they? I still miss my kitty after two years.

OK, this is really going back too many posts, but I can't resist....didn't anyone besides me watch "H.R. Pufenstuf" on TV when they were little? Remember Witchie-poo? I loved that show! Other faves were: "Captain Kangaroo", "Land of the Lost" (horribly cheesy but I loved it at the time), "Bugs Bunny", "Scooby Doo", and there was some live-action show where the slightly-nerdy looking lady put on a fancy Egyptian necklace, crossed her arms in front of her chest and proclaimed "Almighty Isis!" and she turned into the superhero goddess Isis so she could combat the bad guys. I used to try to use one of my Mom's necklaces and try to do it, but oddly enough it never worked for me -- imagine that. Apparently when I was really little, I loved "The Jackie Gleason Show" -- according to Mom, I would come running from any room in the house when I heard the theme music. And I also loved "The Porter Waggoner Show" (which was probably a local show that nobody else has ever heard of -- he was an early, twangy, country-western star) -- I liked it because Porter wore a very fancy cowboy outfit with fringes and lots of sequins, and I was quite impressed. Ah, the memories of kiddie TV in the '60's and '70's!

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Sherbie Lemon - May 26, 2004 7:40 pm (#2427 of 2912)

Sue, Happy early Birthday!Make A Wish

Dumbledore, Congratulations on your Bat Mitzvah!Clapping

Karla, usted no preocupe! Con practica, usted sera perfecto!

Today we've had some interesting weather! A train was blown right off its tracks by our high winds. Softball and tennis ball size hail rained down upon the nothern parts of the state, and a few hook echos (that's a precursor for a tornado, Oklahomans are all too familar with the technical weather terms!) and scary looking wall clouds created some rotation, but thankfully no tornadoes touched down.Nervous 2

I'm sorry to hear that you had to witness such a horrible accident, Madame Pince. Unfortunately, I can relate. Our former house backed up to a very busy street, and my family saw many wrecks. Not a pleasant experience, to say the least.

Have a great day, all! Only one more week till PoA! Woo hoo! Don't forget to watch MTV's TRL on Friday (if you can stomach it) for the new, never-before seen trailer (or so MTV says).

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The Great Abbycadabra - May 26, 2004 9:59 pm (#2428 of 2912)

Heh, I know I'm not really old old. It just startles me to realize that sooner rather than later I'm going to have to leave home and go off on my own and, like, have responsibilities other than turning in a paper on time. I'm usually okay with this knowledge, but some times it just hits me really hard, you know? I'm fine with it now. I have more important things to worry about, like POA. And, personally, I'm probably not going to go to my high school reunion. The few people whose company I enjoyed I still talk to. High school is a pretty sucky time, and I quite enjoyed leaving it. I'll probably only go to the reunion to show off how rich and successful I am.

Congrats on your Bat Mitzvah, Dumbledore! Have some Mozel Tov laden Abbyfetti! ',;.,';.,;.,'.;,'.;

Sorry to hear about your troubles Madam P. On the way to school a few months ago, I saw the aftermath of a pretty wicked accident. It was very upsetting and distracting. I nearly turned around to go home. It stayed with me all day and a while afterward.

Karla, stick around! Your English is very impressive. Everyone on this forum whose first language isn't English impresses me. I consider myself lucky that I have my own native language down. I do think we've already discussed my fluency with French.

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Leprechaun Jack - May 26, 2004 10:08 pm (#2429 of 2912)

Karla don't you dare leave. Your English is just as good as some who are born here and better then some others. I am very impressed at your ability to converse in another language, something I am unable to do ( even though I have lived with a Puerto Rican for the last 6 years.) and thank you for wishing me a Happy birthday. This Sunday I will be 37 years young.

Flame the response is " and the rest of the day to you !!"

Happiest of birthdays to All I've missed.

And to all other gatherings, celebrations, and events. May they be the happiest moments you have until the next happy moment you find in your life.

Gina I'm sitting here in the Sleep Lab 2:00am Wed night/Thurs morn. and guess what ??? Lighting and thunder going on right outside my window. Woke both my patients up with a start. The one here was here the night we were hit by lightning and yelled into the speaker " Jack am I grounded or am I gonna be a lighting rod ?" we both laughed so loud the patient in the other room asked to be let in on the joke.

Jack

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Fawkes Forever - May 27, 2004 1:15 am (#2430 of 2912)

Morning all.

Karla... exactly what Jack said... don't leave... your english is excellent. My spanish could rival Mikes....

Madame Pince... welcome back & here’s a hug to cheer you up after all the nasty stuff that happened in the past few weeks.

For those in the UK & Ireland :
Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson all will be guests on the Richard and Judy Show (C4), today at 5pm. I won't get to see it.. I'd never get home in time from work.

The dementors are throwing a party here after work, our students (interns) are leaving... so there are warm cans of beer, glasses of vinegar & cold sausage rolls in the canteen... woohoo I thought about slipping off home instead... but its mandatory attendence... oh dear! But myself & a few friends have made plans to sneak off as soon as the dementors have their backs turned & go into town for dinner.... so the night won't be completely wasted

Top of the mornin' folks

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Flame Alligator - May 27, 2004 2:20 am (#2431 of 2912)

Fawkes, Top of the mornin to ya! A party given by Dementors eh? Sounds like fun...... NOT! Glad to read you may sneak off and have dinner with more amiable company.

Leprechaun Jack, Thanks. And an early Happy Birthday to you.

Dr. Fillibuster, Happy Birthday to you too.

Karla, Please stay. I love your accent.

Madam Pince, Sorry to read that you have been down. My condolences on the loss of your favorite uncle. Glad you are back. You actually read all those posts? Wow.

A funny thing happened Tuesday. At the end of each yoga class, we lay in corpse pose to restore and relax. I was lying there with the class and I zoned out and they fell asleep. We were sooooo relaxed. My next class had to knock on the door to bring us all back. We were 15 minutes late ending the class. I usually have an accurate sense of time. I was a bit upset with myself but my second class was forgiving. I guess we worked pretty hard.

Goedemorgen everybody!

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mike miller - May 27, 2004 4:18 am (#2432 of 2912)

Good Morning to all! Here's an update from Cicada Central. For those who haven't heard of this, they're an insect that lives underground for 17 years and then comes out (in the billions) to mate. Once they shed their old shell and take wing they fly up into the trees and begin to "sing" for a mate. Some parts of Baltimore, Maryland, USA have reported cicada song at over 100 decibels (nearly as loud as a rock concert, louder than a jackhammer). Coupled with the strange weather, severe thunderstorms, etc. you take your life in your own hands every time you step outside.

Flame - I can totally relate to your yoga story. My class would do the same thing and I swear I could melt right into the floor.

Everyone enjoy the day! PoA is just around the corner!

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septentrion - May 27, 2004 4:24 am (#2433 of 2912)

Madam Pince, I'm so sorry what that sad things which happened to you. I guess only time (and maybe PoA a little ) may help you to overcome this.

Acceber, congrats for your Bat Mitzvah.

Fawkes, I hope you'll manage to sneak out. A dementor party ! Better a deathday with ghosts in Hogwarts !

LOL Flame ! A whole yoga class asleep ! Well, better being driven asleep by yoga than by boring people, at least you've done some good to yourself !

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Flame Alligator - May 27, 2004 5:08 am (#2434 of 2912)

oooo Mike, I did not know you do yoga. My kind of guy. And you are supposed to melt into the floor. You are doing everything right.

doei (bye)

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Essidji - May 27, 2004 5:14 am (#2435 of 2912)

LOL, Fawkes, good luck with the warm beer! I hope it's not mandatory to HAVE anything, or else you should take a few chocolate drops to cheer you up! ;p BTW how's your job research doing?

Septentrion, what a pity, I missed you a few minutes ago on the internet : you stopped connecting just as I arrived, we could have had a little chat together.

Flame, I was sooo suprised to hear you are in you fifties... you look just so young! ;D Waw, you must be a really good teacher to make a whole class fall asleep!

And Abby, stop it with your age and you "old" feelings, Carpe diem!

Hugs to Madam Pince.

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Karla Labanda - May 27, 2004 5:49 am (#2436 of 2912)

Buenos días a todos:

Thank you very much, for all your support (is that right?). (Septentrion, Denise P., Dr. Filibuster, Betty, Dumbledore, Mike Miller, Lynn, Blast, Sherbie, The Great Abbycadabra, Jack, Fawkes and Flame) I feel better, I want to ask you that correct me when my English is not clear. I was deeply moved (is that right?) with your words.

Dr. Filibuster "Diviertete". Means "Enjoy" and "Have a good time" is a very good translation too.

Sherbie Lemon, Muchas gracias. I'll continue practicing.

Fawkes, I hope you can escape from Dementor's party, if you can't try to enjoy it, with your co - workers.

Flame, Thank you for my accent. Your students are very responsible, they follow your indications very well =P.

Madam Pince, cheer up!, I hope you are better know.

To everybody who will go to POA the first day, please don't tell many spoliers, I don't know when the movie arrives to Ecuador, but I'll go the first day too. In the theathers I only watch the posters. ¡Ya no puedo esperar más!

Hugs to everybody and Muchas Gracias

Karla

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Accio Sirius - May 27, 2004 5:55 am (#2437 of 2912)

Good morning everyone! Karla--you're doing great. Mike, I'm in the DC area, so I feel your pain. The cicada population varies from block to block here. Luckily we are not inundated. However, my sister's house is disgusting! It looks like the tree bark and siding on her house are moving! They sound like something out of Star Trek. The red eyes and their weird noises could be something JKR dreamed up. I just feel bad for all of those brides to be who planned outdoor weddings. As for me, I plan to, oh I don't know, spend as much time in a movie theater....

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mike miller - May 27, 2004 6:50 am (#2438 of 2912)

Flame - A little yoga, a little feng shui, a lot of Harry Potter, I'm just a renaissance kind of guy.

Accio - You're right in that the cicadas vary. Near my office there is a steady humming/buzzing noise that you can even hear inside. Near my home we have none. I heard that they will be starting their "flying" phase very soon; and, they are not good flyers.

Fawkes - I'm confident in your ability to enjoy your self even in at a dementor party (or your stealth in sneaking out for something more fun.

Everyine - Have a great day!

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Flame Alligator - May 27, 2004 6:51 am (#2439 of 2912)

Essidji, Thanks for the compliment.

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septentrion - May 27, 2004 7:34 am (#2440 of 2912)

Essidji, had I known you wanted to chat, I would have stayed connected. I'll send you a mail.

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Marye Lupin - May 27, 2004 8:50 am (#2441 of 2912)

513 POSTS!!! Wow, I guess it serves me right for not visiting for over two weeks...

Just one week from tomorrow... I have tickets to see a 4:20 showing of PoA on opening night with some friends and then I'm planning on seeing it again the following week with some other friends at the beach. When my sister found out that I was seeing it with somebody else first she got upset so it's possible I'll be seeing it twice on June 4th... I really hope it's good.

On a different note-- I'm graduating from high school on June 1st so I've been really excited/stressed/terrified (I just took my last final exam yesterday and I got my cap and gown this morning... and right now I'm actually supposed to be cleaning my room since my grandmother's comming tomorrow... actually if anybody sees me post anything else this afternoon tell me to get off the computer or my mom's going to kill me Smile

About the cicadas-- it's so wierd the sidewalk and office building across the street from my school iare covered with them (both dead and flying) but on the outside of the street there's almost none. It's really strange because the lawn of our school has plenty of trees but the office building doesn't. All in all though the cicadas haven't been bothering me as much as the heat-- I just have to keep telling myself "at least it's not snowing"

Happy Birthday to everyone I missed!!!!

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Padfoot - May 27, 2004 9:17 am (#2442 of 2912)
Edited by May 27, 2004 10:19 am

Morning everyone! The last time I was at Chuck E. Cheese was in college. A bunch of us were bored and decided to go at night. It was a lot of fun. Then again, there were practically no kids there excepts us. Mouse

Denise, I transferred in high school too, my junior year. Changed states too. That could be another reason I am not too wild about going to a reunion.

Madam Pince, I am really sorry to hear about your loss of an uncle. I hope your week improves.

Karla, your English is great. I took three years of German in high school and have forgotten 95% of it. If only I had practiced it afterwards I would retain more. Use it or loose it they say.

Sherbie, Mike and Accio, what great weather/bugs you are having!Buggie 2 Those bugs haven't come this far West yet. Please keep them back East for me. Much appreciated. The weather is great too. I know I shouldn't brag, but it's going to be another 70 degree weather day here with no tornados or flash floods in sight.

Oh, for those from Quebec (the twins) I have a question for you. My parents are visiting Quebec next month and have never been there. My mom is researching what to see and do there. Any ideas I could pass along to them? I have seen pictures of the Architecture and know they will enjoy that, especially the historical buildings. Thanks.

Marye Lupin, congratulations on your graduation!

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Gina R Snape - May 27, 2004 9:23 am (#2443 of 2912)

So, I received my letter from the doctoral program this morning, about registering for classes and suggested summer reading list.

Within seconds, my inner Hermione Granger was online ordering books and deciding which courses to take first. Heee. I really did feel like Hermione. And I knew you guys would totally understand.

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VeronikaG - May 27, 2004 10:07 am (#2444 of 2912)

Did the dementors really serve you vinegar at a party, Fawkes? I always believed that vinegar was the horribly sour liquid you use on ham. Blleeeww!

I'm keeping my fingers crossed for getting broadband soon. They are digging up all the old sewer pipes in the area, and while the ground is already dug up, they may decide to put down cables as well. I'm actually more eager to get a faster and better Internet connection than to get cable TV. We'll get a letter in our mailboxes later in the summer about the cable thing.

I had 5 years of French and 2 years of Spanish at school. The only things I can say right now are "Helas, j'ai transfigurée mes pieds" and "Arriba! Arriba! Muy loco la cabeza!"

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Dumbledore - May 27, 2004 1:24 pm (#2445 of 2912)

Hello everybody!!

Veronika, you do realize that you said "Alas, I have transfigured my feet"!!! :-) I have taken French for two years and really do enjoy speaking and learning the language. I suppose it will be useful when my family and I go to France this summer (I'm really excited for that!)

Madam Pince, I'm really sorry that you had such a lousy couple of weeks. Just keep your chin up, and I'm sure we all on the Lexicon can help cheer you up!

About the cicadas, I'm really sorry that you all have been having such a nasty time with them. My cousin lives just outside Washington D.C., and she says they have been terrible! On Long Island (where I lvie) we are supposed to get a different brood of the cicadas in 2008, so I suppose I should start preparing for them now! :-)

I went to ALOT of Chuck E. Cheese parties when I was younger. I thought they were really neat when I was 5-8 years old, but now that I'm older and I don't think it would be my number one pick for birthday party location!

Marye Lupin, congrats on your graduation! Fawkes, have fun with the dementors!!! :-) :-)

Thank you all for congratulating me on my upcoming Bat Mitzvah! I really appreciate it! Julia, my portion is B'ha'a'lot'cha. I am only doing the Maftir for the Torah, but I am doing the whole Haftarah. Grill away!! :-)

Have a nice evening, everybody!

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scully jones - May 27, 2004 1:44 pm (#2446 of 2912)

I've been working on this all day. It's my Gryffindor outfit for the sims   Does it look okay? should I add anything more?

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Madam Pince - May 27, 2004 2:24 pm (#2447 of 2912)

Thanks for all the nice thoughts from everyone. I feel better already!

Actually, one really good thing came about as a result of attending my uncle's funeral -- I met a cousin-by-marriage (or some sort of relation) who is a big HP fan, and I've directed her to the Lexicon, so we may have a new friend out of it! Plus her 14-year-old daughter writes HP fan fiction, so I have suggested our FFF to her as well. In fact, I'm almost wondering if her daughter is already a member -- I have a name in mind and I'll be interested to see if it's really her. I should find out in a couple of days. Wouldn't that be something?

Gina, I saw a picture in "USA Today" with some fans standing behind Rupert Grint at the Radio City premiere. I have only a vague idea of what you look like (I'm recalling an old avatar and some picture of you in a Xena costume maybe?) but I'm convinced it's you standing behind him. Even if it isn't, I'm going to pretend that it is, and tell everyone "Hey, that girl right there is in my forum!"

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Madame Librarian - May 27, 2004 3:33 pm (#2448 of 2912)

Hey, guys, take a look at the May 31st issue of "Newsweek." Film critic Sean Smith loved PoA!! And, the article is a nice, juicy one with good pics. I am sooo reassured now that the movie will be OK (or better if you believe this guy).

It's on page 64.

Have a great Memorial Day weekend everyone. Drive safely, make sure that potato salad is fresh and wear your sunscreen.

Ciao. Barb

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Acceber - May 27, 2004 5:32 pm (#2449 of 2912)

Madame Pince and Marye Lupin-you each read around two weeks’ worth of posts, about 500 each. I shudder to think how long my eyes will stayed glued to the screen when I go to camp this summer for five weeks *shudders*.

Sarah-the Sim is great!

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Gina R Snape - May 27, 2004 5:36 pm (#2450 of 2912)

Madame Pince, have you got a URL for the photo? I'd love to see!

ChiaJones, your SIM looks fantastic! I don't suppose you'd be interested in making a Slytherin skin, would you?
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Madam Pince - May 27, 2004 6:50 pm (#2451 of 2912)

Gina, sad to say it's just a picture that I cut out of the newspaper -- it's not online anywhere that I'm aware of. And I don't have a scanner to scan it in. However, I'll bring it to the Pennsylvania gathering and give it to Denise or somebody who has a scanner, and maybe we can get it to you one way or another. Did you stand behind Rupert at any point, perchance?

I'm hoping a lot of Forum folks will be going away for the Memorial Day holiday weekend as we are, because then there won't be so many posts to catch up on! Everyone have a fun weekend!

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Miréimé - May 27, 2004 8:55 pm (#2452 of 2912)

Padfoot -> Oh, for those from Québec (the twins) I have a question for you. My parents are visiting Québec next month and have never been there. My mom is researching what to see and do there. Any ideas I could pass along to them? I have seen pictures of the Architecture and know they will enjoy that, especially the historical buildings. Thanks.

If you're parent are going to visit Québec, they need to know that blue road signs always give directions to go to interesting spots. Those with a question mark lead to Information Offices where clerk had been trained to answer all question concerning tourism, hotel, restaurant, and so on.

Québec is divided in nearly 20 tourist zone and each one released a guide about what to see on their territories, where are the hotel, what's the price to stay a night, which services they offer, etc. Same for restaurant and tourist spot. They got Museum opening hour. Very useful. So each time you get into a new zone, pick a new guide. There all available in the Information Offices.

The classic tour to discover the province of Québec is to begin in Montréal. There a lot of stuff to see and do there so maybe a couple of days. Then go to Québec city by following the north side of the St.Laurent river and stop to what ever you want to visit. Have some days in Québec city, then go back to Montréal following the south shore of the St.Laurent river and stop wherever you want. This way, your parents will see the eldest places and the cutest villages ^_^ . If they want, they can also go south before Montréal on their way back, so they can discover the Eastern Township. It's the place people from England, Ireland and Scotland settled in the province in the nineteen century.

They can have more information on ¬¬¬¬¬¬¬¬http://www.bonjourquebec.com/, the Québec tourism office.

Now if you tell me what king of stuff they like to do while traveling (museum, shopping, festival, nature touring) I will give you some suggestions.

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The Great Abbycadabra - May 27, 2004 10:48 pm (#2453 of 2912)

Essidji, thanks. I'm really fine about it now. It's just sometimes that it hits me. Trust me, a vast majority of the time I'm perfectly happy with my life. Things are swell. And I'm so going to Chuck E. Cheese's for my 20th birthday. I was just there for my little brother's birthday, and we always have a total blast! I'm saving up my tickets for something awesome.

Karla, please call me Abby. It's so much shorter.

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Brandon Christopher - May 27, 2004 10:59 pm (#2454 of 2912)

Oh Abby you left me so open for a great one right there - but I'll leave it be for now.

I finally got back on ebay today. And I found this awesome HP banner poster, four feet by six feet, but sadly the seller was located in Britain and only accepts cash and checks. However, I did grab two cool musical group posters so I'm happy. I outbid this one guy in the last ten seconds of the auction so I'm proud of myself for pulling that off. I managed to do something right for once!

And I also have a four day weekend with only two days of school next week - and then the PA gathering. So things are definitely looking up right now.

Edit: Doesn't he just think he's the coolest dog?

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The Great Abbycadabra - May 27, 2004 11:10 pm (#2455 of 2912)

I did?

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Brandon Christopher - May 27, 2004 11:45 pm (#2456 of 2912)

Quite, but like I said - I shall be good.

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septentrion - May 28, 2004 3:24 am (#2457 of 2912)

Dumbledore, where in France will you go this summer ? I hope you'll a good stay.

Sarah, your Sim looks perfect.

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Leviosa - May 28, 2004 4:36 am (#2458 of 2912)

I haven't been much around for a while because school was pretty tough the last few weeks, but now I have two lovely weeks of vacation and I really need it.

Flame, I'm sorry to hear about Sammi. My sympathies to you. Don't let it get you down!!

Karla, please please please don't leave. Your English is good, everyone can understand you. And if you don't understand something, feel free to ask. I'm sure everyone will help you.

Padfoot, I really admire you for learning German, even if it was some time ago. I have deep respect for everyone trying to learn such a difficult language.

I've been learning French for three years now, but I have to drop it for next year. I really wish I could practice a bit, so that I don't forget everything I've learned. My French is very far from perfect but I don't want to have learned it for nothing. Unfortunately my chances of going to France are very slim in near futur. Does anyone have an idea how I could still practice my French a bit?

Wow, Sarah, your Sim is amazing!! I like the Sims very much, too and I've also tried the Bodyshop. How do you make this cool clothes? The only thing I can do is changing colors. I already tried to do some HP characters, but I don't know how to post them here. (if you are interested of course )

Have a nice day everyone!!

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Essidji - May 28, 2004 5:04 am (#2459 of 2912)

Leviosa : Septentrion, Tomoé, Miréimé and I may be able to help you in improving your French. Ecris-nous, si tu veux! (Well, I don't know for the others, but I would be delighted to answer you). You can find my email by clicking on my name.

Also, you can try & find a (French) forum like this one, where you could share your ideas... it's really hard to find, though, the Lex is the Lex, there can be only one like that!

Sarah, nice suit! Pity it's a virtual one, you could have worn it for the POA release!

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Karla Labanda - May 28, 2004 5:53 am (#2460 of 2912)

Buenos días a todos.

Thank you for your support again.

Enjoy your holidays Susi. Enjoy your travel to France Dumbledore. Amazing work Sarah. Congratulations. Yesterday I pick up my glasses. I have ready my costume to premiere of POA, well I don't buy the green contact glasse, because they are too expensive, but I am ready. This weekend is Harry Potter premiere in England.

A nice weekend to everybody. Un buen fin de semana para todos.

Karla

EDIT: Nice avatar Brandon. Is your dog? Beatiful

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icthestrals - May 28, 2004 6:37 am (#2461 of 2912)

Cool, I get to try to remember my high school Spanish. Thanks Karla.

I hope everyone has a great weekend.

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boop - May 28, 2004 6:51 am (#2462 of 2912)

YAY I have off the next 3 days, a 4 day weekend. I hope everyone has a great weekend and if you are going to be traveling have a safe trip.

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Miréimé - May 28, 2004 7:01 am (#2463 of 2912)

Oui, tu peux nous écrire quand tu veux, Leviosa! Mon courriel est écrit dans mon profil ^_~ .

chiaojones, wouldn't it look better if the tie was lower ?



Except that, great work! ^_^

And Karla, as others says, the more you'll read and write on this forum, the better your english will be ^_~ .

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Fawkes Forever - May 28, 2004 7:51 am (#2464 of 2912)

Hi Guys

Veronika... sorry I was being a little bit sarcastic talking about the glasses of vinegar... I meant that the wine the dementors would be serving up would be cheap & nasty, almost like drinking vinegar. It was... put it this way... if I added some olive oil, it would have made a nice salad dressing

The 'party' actually wasn't too bad, but I did manage to sneak off early

They had a few speeches first... which were incredibly boring ... however we have a TV big screen in our canteen that shows Sky News all day... yesterday Sky News where doing a feature on... yip you've guessed it PoA! So whilst the dementor was 'rattling on' at the front of the room (geddit... rattling on ) I watched the big TV screen behind him.... hee hee, he must have thought that I was paying good attention during the speech... or else I fancied him, seeing as I was looking all misty eyed up in that direction... hee hee! Some of my mates realised what I was watching yesterday on the screen.. they just rolled their eyes & laughed at me. Oh and I also nearly got knocked down by a double decker bus in town yesterday as I was so busy staring at the giant Hermione poster on the side... & at another one with Harry on it across the street.... hee hee. Thats one for the you know you're a HP fan thread perhaps

Oh Blast, in answer to your question, I'm originally from Northern Ireland, Co. Tyrone to be precise...

I'm in a bit of a nutter mood today... not so you would notice but it's the weekend & PoA opens here on MONDAY! Woohoo. Even though I'll probably not get to see it until wednesday or thursday ... Still I'm very excited... I'm like a big kid....

Hope you all have a good weekend....

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Padfoot - May 28, 2004 8:34 am (#2465 of 2912)
Edited by May 28, 2004 9:37 am

Thanks Miréimé for the information. I will pass it along to my parents. I'm sure my mom will want to do some shopping while on her trip. They both really love nature. Especially my dad. Anything scenic or worth seeing. I wish I was going with them. I've seen pictures of Québec and it looks so pretty.

Brandon, Gunar is cute and very cool. I started using ebay this week for the first time. I ordered SS on dvd. It's coming from Hong Kong I think, so it will take a while to get here. I can see how ebay might get addicting.

I hope everybody has a good weekend and holiday! I have Monday off. Yea! I have plans to sleep in, go to some parties and do nothing productive. I plan to stick to that rigorous schedule.

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Loopy Lupin - May 28, 2004 9:03 am (#2466 of 2912)

Have a nice holiday everyone!!!

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VeronikaG - May 28, 2004 10:24 am (#2467 of 2912)

Hello friends!

I have never played the Sims. Do they age and grow in the old game too, or do they stay the same age forever? And how much can you decide about what they will be like? I'm thinking of getting the game as soon as I get some money.

Fawkes, that served the dementor right. Right when he was starting dementing, Harry showed up and saved the day. Good thing they didn't force you to drink vinegar, anyway. (I don't like wine, so I think that tastes horrible enough).

And yes, I knew what I was saying in French. It's a joke from the St. Mungo's thread.

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Gina R Snape - May 28, 2004 10:37 am (#2468 of 2912)

Veronika, If you adopt a baby into an existing household, it will turn into a kid. But if you create a family, the kid will stay a kid. No kids ever become grown-ups, and no grown-ups ever age. Characters can die, however. But if you're smart, you can save your game frequently and revert to before the character died. I have found, though, that sometimes the game will keep killing off the same character sometimes.

Hope that's helpful!

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septentrion - May 28, 2004 11:28 am (#2469 of 2912)

Leviosa, moi aussi je suis d'accord pour t'aider en français. Mon mail se trouve dans mon profil, n'hésite pas !

I totally agree with Essidji about the forum : I haven't found such a good forum in french. In fact, I haven't looked for one much because I found this rather quickly and got addicted very quickly

Fawkes, thinking (or seeing HP) is like a patronus for us muggles. When someone annoys or bores me, I say "hhmm" or "yes" and I think of HP, the forum....

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Marye Lupin - May 28, 2004 12:31 pm (#2470 of 2912)

I'm also going to France this summer (graduation present). I went to French schools from preschool up through nineth grade, but I haven't really spoken French in three years so I'm a little nervous. I noticed last month when I was visiting Quebec that I'm starting to develop an accent but hopefully it will go away after a few days in France. It's really wierd how a quickly you can forget things if you don't have a chance to practice.

My sister is completely obsessed with the sims. I never really got into it though-- I like building the house but the game itself gets really boring for me really quickly. She is really looking forward to this Sims 2 that's coming out soon (August I think). I think she said the characters can actually age on it although I might be wrong.

Essidji and Septentrion-- I haven't found a forum as good as this in any language including English!

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Dumbledore - May 28, 2004 12:55 pm (#2471 of 2912)

Happy Memorial Day weekend everybody!

As you all probably are too, I'm really excited for the PoA release (where I live in comes out next Friday)!

Septentrion, I'm only going to Paris for about 3 days. That's part of a 2 week European vacation I'm going on with my family to London, Paris, Venice, and Rome. As you can probably guess, I'm really excited about that!!

For all of you French speaking Lexicon members, I think I've already said on this thread that I love speaking the language! I've only taken it in school for 2 years but I really love it! J'adore le francais! (Sorry, I don't know how to put the accents in!)

Sarah, I love the Sims picture! It's excellent!

Well, that's all for now. Have a good evening everybody!!

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Dumbledore - May 28, 2004 1:36 pm (#2472 of 2912)

By the way, can anyone tell me how they get their "picture smilies" on their posts? Any help would be greatly appreciated!! :-)

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Padfoot - May 28, 2004 2:04 pm (#2473 of 2912)

Dumbledore, go to post #180 on the Practice Area for New Techniques thread. The animated smilies are from Smiley Central. You can download them for free.

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Blast - May 28, 2004 4:57 pm (#2474 of 2912)

Although I do not speak french, just bits and bites, my oldest daughter is bilingual. She had the chance to go in a French Immersion program and she stuck with it. She has continued her French in university, and will have her masters when she graduates next year.

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Leprechaun Jack - May 28, 2004 5:20 pm (#2475 of 2912)



Just read an interview with Daniel Radcliffe on MSN homepage.

He's hinting Harry might not live through the Books

http://entertainment.msn.com/movies/article.aspx?news=159620

Jack

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scully jones - May 28, 2004 6:22 pm (#2476 of 2912)

Yes these sims can age. This next Sim game will be awesome! You can control every single feature of the face! I'll have to try and adjust the picture to be more like the nice one you posted Mir...

Also, the children you have share the genetics of the people who made them! Yay!

I made all of the house outfits just like the one on the mannequin I posted.

So much stuff to talk about, but just no no no no time to do it! I just don't have time to come on here anymore!

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Viola Intonada - May 28, 2004 6:54 pm (#2477 of 2912)

Leviosa, I recommend buying the HP books in French. That way you are reading something familiar that you will want to read and you will maintain your vocabulary. I studied French for 2 years in high school and 2 years in college (which was about 15 years ago) in October I went to France and was very disappointed with how much I had forgotten. Though I can't say I would have done much better if I had gone to France just out of school either.

I also recommend watching DVD's with French subtitles and French as the language. Though unfortunately the HP movies only have English and Spanish.

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septentrion - May 29, 2004 1:21 am (#2478 of 2912)

Viola, maybe if you buy your dvd from Canada will you get the french version ! But how can anyone get deprieved of Alan Rickman's voice voluntarily ? BTW I do the same with english speaking movies to improve my understanding, which is really horrible. And reading the HP books in a foreign language is a very good idea. In fact, I've been brought back to english thanks to them !

Maybe we could start a french speaking thread for those who want to practice ? Just an idea, I don't know if it would fit this forum.

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Caput Draconis - May 29, 2004 3:51 am (#2479 of 2912)

Hey all!

Just quickly - Mr. Loopy Lupin, I salute you for your choice of avatar! Best Simpson’s character ever, and a fine, fine example for those in the legal profession. I'm the proud owner of a talking Lionel Hutz action figure, just so you know. ("I've argued in front of every judge in the state...often as a lawyer!"). Hehehe. A pleasure to meet you, sir.

Abby, did you at least enjoy the fantabulous Idol final that made you miss HBO? And I hope everyone has super fun at their premieres - people keep whispering about an 'event' in Sydney next Sunday but no one actually tells me anything. Sigh. I have my opening night tickets though! Only 12 days...

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Dumbledore - May 29, 2004 5:02 am (#2480 of 2912)

Good morning, everybody!

Thank you for the help, Padfoot! I downloaded them (at least I got that far) but now how do I actually get them in my posts. (Sorry, I'm a little clueless when it comes to downloading and uploading. I really do appreciate the help!)

Septenrion, I think the French thread is a great idea!!! :-)

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Magical Max - May 29, 2004 6:01 am (#2481 of 2912)

This interview was reported first in a London paper. WHich makes you suspect it from the word go.( They're not known for their accuracy)

For all we know Daniel Radcliff could have been in a party mood and made some off the cuff remark, not intending it to be taken seriously.

Besides JKR said that after Siruis , no other major characters were going to be bumped off.

So unless you see it on JKR's own website or on a WB press release, treat any rumours of Harry's demise as just that - rumours

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Flame Alligator - May 29, 2004 6:51 am (#2482 of 2912)

HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY EVERYBODY! or to whom it applies. As for me, I am doing house slave tasks today. I am, however, in a relatively good mood. A loooong distance phone call from a loved one cheered me up.

Goedemorgen everybody!

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septentrion - May 29, 2004 7:32 am (#2483 of 2912)

Flame, nice to see your mood is up !

I'll ask the hosts if they mind a french thread on this forum. We could use it like the chat thread or to translate some of our posts for those who wants to train their french in a non-boring way.

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Flame Alligator - May 29, 2004 9:43 am (#2484 of 2912)

Thanks for your concern septentrion. Just taking a break from house slavery. Back to work.

Goedemiddag!

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Sherbie Lemon - May 29, 2004 9:45 am (#2485 of 2912)

Karla, de nada!

Hey everyone, you will not believe what has happened!!! Last week, I registered on MTV for a chance to win tickets to special sneak-peak of PoA, and today I got my passes in the mail!!! I WON! I've never won anything, so imagine my delight over winning something Harry Potter-related! I'm going to have to drive 3 1/2 hours to Dallas to the premeire, but who cares?! I get to see Harry Potter on Wednesday at 7:00 pm, a whole day and a half earlier than planned! Woo hoo!

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Dumbledore - May 29, 2004 9:52 am (#2486 of 2912)

Happy Memorial Day everybody!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Congratulations Sherbie Lemon!! You are very lucky and I am very jealous!! :-) :-)

Flame, like Septenrion, I am very happy that you are having a good day!!!!!!!!!

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I Am Used Vlad - May 29, 2004 10:07 am (#2487 of 2912)

Way to go, Sherbie. I envy you.

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mike miller - May 29, 2004 10:57 am (#2488 of 2912)

Happy Memorial Day to all those living in the USA. Does Canada have a similar holiday this weekend? For us it's the official start of summer!

Congrats Sherbie! You lucky devil (turns green with envy). The best I could do was Friday morning at 10am, no mid-night show :-( I'll see it again at 7:30pm with the family, so twice in one day isn't bad.

It's a beautiful day here in Baltimore, sunny mid-70's, nice breeze. We're having 2 other couples over for a BBQ; smoked turkey breast, venison tenderloin in my secret marinade, salmon with burgers and dogs for the kids.

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

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septentrion - May 29, 2004 12:38 pm (#2489 of 2912)

Sherbie, you lucky ! It seems here there no way of seeing the movie earlier than wednesday here.

I have a good week-end : sweet and sunny weather, a visit to a friend, working in the house as less as possible (I'm not in a house elf mood, well I'm never in a house elf mood in fact)...

BTW what is the memorial day ?

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Gina R Snape - May 29, 2004 12:42 pm (#2490 of 2912)

Congratulations Sherbie!!!!! You are very lucky!

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haymoni - May 29, 2004 12:48 pm (#2491 of 2912)

Hi guys - this is my first time posting on the Chat thread. I've posted everywhere else - I might as well make it complete.

I'm sitting at home today (Saturday)- hubby is working, daughter is napping (fell asleep to PS video) and my son is hunting for a "trinket" to leave when we go on our first geocaching hunt later today after daughter wakes up.

The long Memorial Day weekend is much appreciated and I hope those of you who celebrate this holiday enjoy yourselves. Not to be political, but the way things are in the world right now, I am very grateful to and respectful of those who have died in the service of their country.

That being said, I am also happy about not having to go to work on Monday! I can't believe that June is here already and that we are days away from POA.

I suggested on the POA thread that anyone who is seeing the movie early should post on a separate thread with the usual "Warning, Warning Will Robinson" SPOILER alert. That way those of us (like me) who wish to be spoiled can peek and those who are unspoiled can stay that way.

Have a great weekend!

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mike miller - May 29, 2004 12:52 pm (#2492 of 2912)

Septentrion - Memorial Day is a national holiday in the United States to honor all those who have died in the service of our country. It always falls on the last weekend in May.

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Sherbie Lemon - May 29, 2004 1:06 pm (#2493 of 2912)

Thanks guys! I'd take all of you with me if I could! I am so excited that I went out and spent $50.00 on HP merchandise. I got a Gryffindor tank top, a Gryffindor bracelet, a Gryffindor bumper sticker, a wanted poster, and three buttons featuring Sirius, the Gryffindor crest, and the Hogwarts crest.

Haymoni, I think a new thread for those who have seen the movie early would be a great idea. I suppose who ever sees it first should start it.

I hope everyone is having a great Memorial Day weekend! I know I now am!

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haymoni - May 29, 2004 1:12 pm (#2494 of 2912)

Sherbie - Where'd you get the clothes?

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timrew - May 29, 2004 2:07 pm (#2495 of 2912)

Saw my son today; and he, working in a cinema, has seen POA already! (Staff and friends only viewing). Needless to say, as he lives in Sheffield - about 40 miles from me, he took his girlfriend and his best mate (Huh!).

However, he says it's a great film (albeit it should be called Hermione Granger and the Prisoner of Azkaban, seeing as she appears in it the most!)

But he still gives it a five-star rating, and I can't wait to see it when I get back from holiday!

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Sherbie Lemon - May 29, 2004 2:26 pm (#2496 of 2912)

I got my clothes from Hot Topic, Haymoni. They also had a very cool "Seeker" ball cap but as I had already spent $50, I decided not to get it. I may go back tomorrow though, if I'm still thinking about it. Ponder You can also order the clothes online at hottopic.com. I've purchased three shirts from them, one of the Sirius wanted poster, the other with the Hogwarts crest (it's a red babydoll style, very cute) and the last is the Gryffindor tank top I bought today. My mom bought the trading cards which came in a nice tin, instead of the poster, but we got the same of everything else. She's my fellow potty!

Poor Tim!Sad I can't believe your own son chose to go with his friends rather than his Potter-loving dad! But at least you'll still have something to look forward to when you come home from your holiday!

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Gina R Snape - May 29, 2004 2:32 pm (#2497 of 2912)

Yes, Tim. Coal for him next Christmas, I say!

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timrew - May 29, 2004 2:33 pm (#2498 of 2912)

At least, working in a cinema, he got me in to see Troy today for nothing. Good film!

Edit: Gina.....I posted just after you! He's a good kid really! And POA isn't showing in Manchester yet!

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Gina R Snape - May 29, 2004 2:42 pm (#2499 of 2912)

Heh, heh. Alright then Tim. We'll just jump on you for not wanting to drive north from Manchester. Sheffield, you say? Can't be more than an hour or two north, right?

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timrew - May 29, 2004 2:47 pm (#2500 of 2912)

If he'd let me know.....and if I was free, I would have gone, Gina! But he is a typical son, the last person he thinks about is his Dad!

And to think I bought him and his girlfriend tickets to see Simon and Garfunkel too! Why do we parents bother!
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Blast - May 29, 2004 3:03 pm (#2501 of 2912)

We had our holiday last weekend Mike, and B.T.W. I saw a man the other day in a hat just like in your avatar.

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Marye Lupin - May 29, 2004 4:51 pm (#2502 of 2912)

Sherbie Lemon: I got a Harry Potter (Gryffindor) shirt at Hot Topic today. They said that the HP stuff had just come in and that I was the first person to buy one.

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Acceber - May 29, 2004 5:15 pm (#2503 of 2912)

Congrats Sherbie! I know I'm a bit late, but I was away all day...

Must...go...to...Hot...Topic...*pants*.

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Sherbie Lemon - May 29, 2004 5:16 pm (#2504 of 2912)

Good for you, Marye!

We're having some interesting weather here right now. A tornado is gathering up steam just northwest of our suburb. Many other nearby suburbs are experiencing golfball to softball size hail and high winds. Luckily, the tornado is quite small and having problems organizing itself well enough to stay on the ground.Tornado When the tornadoes are relatively non-threatening like this, there are pretty cool to watch.

Edit: Thanks, Acceber!

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Julia. - May 29, 2004 5:49 pm (#2505 of 2912)

Must...go...Hot...Topic...

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haymoni - May 29, 2004 6:02 pm (#2506 of 2912)

Tornados are serious business, Sherbie - at least grab the Hot Topic clothes when you head for the cellar.

You'd better check that theater you were going to! You might have a scene out of "Twister" before this is through.

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Sherbie Lemon - May 29, 2004 6:26 pm (#2507 of 2912)

Tell me about it, Haymoni! We had quite a few friends lose their houses when we had an F5 a couple years ago. That was incredibly scary. Then on my husband's college graduation day, we had a few go right by our apartment and hit the town where he graduated not long after we left.

Don't worry about my HP garb, Haymoni, I grabbed my tickets and new clothes just in case!

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Leprechaun Jack - May 29, 2004 6:57 pm (#2508 of 2912)

Well I need to vent so please bear with me.........

After a 6 year relationship with as many ups and downs as your standard amusement park roller coaster. I find myself with the prospect of going forward by myself.

I've come to realize that my birthday is jinxed. No, really, check this out...

On my birthdays

... at 12 i got the chicken pox, 14 I got the mumps, 15 my grandmother died, 17 I was mugged at knife point, 19 I was robbed at gun point while at work, then I had a little break, until 25 I met the person I thought I might spend a good part of my life with until 26 when I was dumped on my birthday. 28 I had a car accident, then a break until 33 another car accident and now 37 as of tomorrow, I am once again alone.

Now either someone has put a curse on me or this is a self fulfilling prophecy.

Ok I feel better now. There is nothing better than a good rant.

Jack

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Mrs. Sirius - May 29, 2004 7:30 pm (#2509 of 2912)

Oh Jack so sorry to hear that! Well perhaps you are just luckier than the rest of us, did you think of that? Think about it. At a point where many people have nothing more to think about than the fact that another year has gone by, you have a great opportunity to put that year into perspective. The opportunity to contemplate the very meaning and essence of health, love, wealth, and life itself, is presented to you at a point when others may forget the importance of that moment time and thereby party, drink too much, have quite dinner or not celebrate at all. You are reminded to reassess and evaluate.

Going back many posts, Karla I do hope you stay. I think that diverse voices are what make this forum so special. Harry Potter is what brings us here together. HP is about a diverse world. You add to that diversity. (And on a more selfish on note, I am now plodding thru the OoTP in Spanish and would like to chat with you about that.)

Sherbie     I am so jealous!!!

I know I have forgotten many birthday and other special days, happy and wonderful to one and all.

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Leprechaun Jack - May 29, 2004 7:41 pm (#2510 of 2912)

Mrs.Sirius I'm gonna' go out on a limb here.... but... Are you an optomist ????

However you may be right ? Something to think about

Jack

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Denise P. - May 29, 2004 8:14 pm (#2511 of 2912)

Jack, can you make your brilliant green a shade or two darker? The neon green is really hard to read, I have to highlight it. Thanks!

Gina, I love the long haired Rupert!

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scully jones - May 29, 2004 8:28 pm (#2512 of 2912)

I thought I had jinxed birthdays, but Jack, you've beaten me to it!

I know this birthday won't be jinxed! June 8th! Yay! (sarcasm starting now) Whoopee dee do! I'm 21! Almost... No beer for me, though. Jimmie's mom says she'll bring wine coolers. I don't really care for alcohol... Good for me, eh?

I made a better Sim Me. Hope you like it. I'd like to start making a lot of you guys, but I need front AND side views. You can see Julia! I made her, but it's not very accurate. I'll put it up here

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Leprechaun Jack - May 29, 2004 9:01 pm (#2513 of 2912)

How's this Denise ??? Should be a little easier to read

Jack

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The Great Abbycadabra - May 29, 2004 10:22 pm (#2514 of 2912)

Lauren, it's American Idol! Of course I enjoyed it!! I only sort of got nervous about the HBO thing afterwards. But all turned out well, and I have all 13 minutes of it on tape!

Sherbie! I am nothing short of jealous!! Have a great time!

Jack, wow, I'm sorry to hear all that. Would you like some Abbyfetti to cheer you up? ,.,;,'',;.',;.',;.',

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Leprechaun Jack - May 29, 2004 10:36 pm (#2515 of 2912)

Thanks Abby, You'rE the Bestest.

But it's really not as bad as it sounds. As I was re-reading my post I thought to my self "Jeeze that sounds bad", but with the exception of my birthdays, I have a rather good life overall.

Jack

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Gina R Snape - May 29, 2004 11:34 pm (#2516 of 2912)

Aaaawwww, Jack. BIG hugs to you! And, er, happy birthday...

Now that you are single again, let me know if you're ever coming into the city to party! I'll happily meet up with you for a butterbeer. BTW, the next HPfGU meetup will probably be the 20th of June.

Edit: Thanks, Denise! I got a few very lovely shots of Rupert last Sunday. He is a cutey-pie with the long hair. This one was the best as he was looking at me (well, in my direction anyway... when the pic was taken). I managed one or two cute shots of Dan. Nearly all the pictures of Emma came out blurry. But maybe next I'll put up a Tom Felton shot. He is swaggering down 51st St. in front of the fans, in a very Dracoish pose.

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The Great Abbycadabra - May 29, 2004 11:58 pm (#2517 of 2912)

You're welcome, Jack. Anytime. And thanks, right back. I have stock in the Abbyfetti folks, so I use a lot of the stuff.

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Dumbledore - May 30, 2004 5:40 am (#2518 of 2912)

Good morning everyone and HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND EVERYBODY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I hope everybody is having an awesome weekend.

Leprechaun Jack, I'm really sorry that you’re not feeling so up right now!! Hopefully we all here can cheer you up!

Mrs. Sirius, what you said is true. If Jack was right and you are an optimist, then I have to say we need optimists like you in the world to keep everything going on a positive note!!! :-)

Gina, I LOVE THE LONG HAIRED RUPERT!! If you by any chance see him walking down the street, tell him that a 13 year old girl from Long Island thinks he looks great!! ;-) LOL

Sherbie Lemon, once again congrats on the awesome luck! I am nothing short of jealous!! :-) *green with envy* ;-) ;-)

My weekend has been pretty boring. My grandparents are here, so that is fun, and I enjoy spending time with them! I went to a friend's Bat Mitzvah last night, so that was pretty fun as well. Nothing major is going on here, just counting down to the Prisoner of Azkaban Release (I can't believe it is so soon!!!) and my Bat Mitzvah (which is only one day after!!) I know I keep bringing the Bat Mitzvah thing up and that is kind of selfish but I am just really, really, really, really, excited!!!!!!!!!!!!

Well, that's all that's going on in "Laurentown". Everybody have an excellent day!!!!!!!!

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Sherbie Lemon - May 30, 2004 6:19 am (#2519 of 2912)

Jack, your story reminds me of an old "Mad About You" episode. It's a flashback epidode detailing all of Paul's adult birthdays, and each is about as good as yours have been. Personally, I'm not a fan of birthdays, well, I'm not a fan of celebrating or even really acknowledging my own. In the case where you have a bad day, inevitably you'll say "And on my birthday, too!" Never do you hear someone saying after their car breaks down and they get splattered with mud by a passing vehicle, "And on a Tuesday, too!" If all the events you explained happened a year apart like they did, but on random days, you would not feel "cursed." Also, there's so much pressure to have a "happy" day, everyone constantly says it to you; "Happy Birthday!" "Did you have a happy Birthday?" "How was your birthday? Did you have a good day?". But this is just my opinion. I prefer my birthday to just slip on by, like any other day of the week. Yet I guess I'm a little hypocritical, because I want those I love to have the best day, and always go a little overboard celebrating! So, I would suggest that you start celebrating your "Unbirthdays" instead! Perhaps the curse will get confused and start haunting that day!

Thanks again for the congratulations! I'm still in amazement. The last, and only other thing I won was a cake walk when I was in 2nd grade (my number was 22). If anyone here lives in the Dallas/Plano area, I would appreciate some help finding the theater. I've been to Dallas dozens of times, but I never cease to get lost and scream in frustration on the LBJ expressway. Something concerns me a bit about the pass. On the bottom in small letters it reads:
Arrive early! Seating is first come, first serve, except for members of the reviewing press. This ticket does not guarantee you a seat. Theatre is overbooked to ensure a full house.
So when should I arrive then? I was planning 2 1/2 hours early, but do you think I should get there even earlier? I'm talking my mom (shame on your son, Tim!) but she's a teacher and can't leave class until 12:30, so we will arrive at the theater around 4:15 or so. HELP! Now I'm freaked out!

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Mrs. Sirius - May 30, 2004 6:33 am (#2520 of 2912)

Who? me? a cockeyed optimist? Why would you say that? TeethyWell, I grew up in NYC and have experience some of the things the happened to you Jack (not on my birthday though). But I have always found that the random violent acts a point of reassessing.

Congrats on your Bat Mitzah Dumbledore.

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Flame Alligator - May 30, 2004 7:05 am (#2521 of 2912)

Lauren, PoA and Bat Mitzvah, one after the other.... you should be excited, bouncing off the walls even. Early congrats on your Bat Mitzvah and I hope it goes perfectly.

Sherbie, I forgot to say congrats yesterday on your tickets to the premiere. *dancing around happy for Sherbie* I can't wait to read all the details. Thanks for posting the information about hot topic. I want a Gryfffindor tank top. I have made several camisoles with PoA posters on them to wear June 4th. Awww... too bad the Gryffindor tank top won't arrive in time.

Leprechaun Jack, Sorry to read about your heart break. I sent you an e-mail expressing my sympathy.

haymoni, Regarding: A PoA thread? Wouldn't that be the PoA movie thread. I am with you... no such thing as a spoiler for me. I love to "take a peek"

Gina, Thanks for posting the Rupert picture. I can't wait to see your Dan pictures.

I managed to get half my house slave work done yesterday. (I did too much forum reading and chatting. ) Today, I plan on completing all my house slave tasks. The hardest is cleaning up Sammi's room. (The Cat's Room - for 12 years she had two roommates. Leo died a year and a half ago. She really enjoyed having the place to herself.)I have to wash all the cat beds and toys. Put away all scratching posts, climbing trees. Maybe I will leave the trees out. I have a lot of "cat" furniture, climbing trees, hutches, tunnels, scratching posts and a real tree stump with carpet on the top, for "cat perching", in the kitchen. Hmmm....I better leave the stump alone too. I am grieving over Sammi and I think it will be quite a while before I can even consider getting another kitten/cat.

I know that sounded sad above but I am in a relatively good mood again today. I cannot explain it. I am grieving over my beloved cat and recovering from a broken heart. There is one thing I think helped. My son suggested I burn some frankincense incense. I did and it worked! Aromatherapy, baby. I have been feeling better ever since. I only use organic/non toxic incense, of course. For those of you who hate the smoke..... try organic essential oils using a essential oil diffuser. Or you can use essential oil candles. Just make sure the candles are made of beeswax or vegetable wax and have cotton wicks.

My information on frankincense says: Antidepressant, immune stimulating. It is stimulating and elevating to the mind and helps in overcoming depression. From Gary Young's book on Aromatherapy.

OK, I have bored you enough.

Goedemorgen everybody!!

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Accio Sirius - May 30, 2004 7:32 am (#2522 of 2912)
Edited by May 30, 2004 8:35 am

Happy Memorial Day Weekend. It's nice and cool here. Hope to have a quiet cook-out with friends tomorrow.

Jack--Sorry to hear of your woes. A friend of mine has her birthday on September 11, so she struggles every year. Maybe you should come up with a new date to celebrate and create a new holiday, a new you or a new beginning. Good Luck.

Gina, I'm all about the long hair! Rupert is so soft spoken and shy in his interviews but I think the new hot look will propel him into new level of stardom. It has with me anyway! And I'm way too old for him! : )

Flame: It sounds like you are doing things the right way. I hope you maintain the inner peace.

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Gina R Snape - May 30, 2004 7:33 am (#2523 of 2912)

Dumbledore wrote: "Gina, I LOVE THE LONG HAIRED RUPERT!! If you by any chance see him walking down the street, tell him that a 13 year old girl from Long Island thinks he looks great!! ;-) LOL"

Heh, heh. Well, it's doubtful I'll be that close to him again. But you might be amused to know that CBBC is doing a survey on the matter!

http://news.bbc.co.uk/cbbcnews/hi/vote/votes/newsid_3741000/3741579.stm

Edit: Hey, Accio Sirius! Yes, I am on the verge of an inappropriate crush myself. Good thing Alan Rickman has spent so much time in the public eye lately. Lots of very nice shots to keep me distracted.

Here's one link to GettyImages for any fans who are interested. I want to be Gabrielle Union!!!!

http://tinyurl.com/39nb5 (normally I'd post in the Actors thread, but as long as I'm here...)

I look forward to your little care package!

FYI, to those who do not know, Alan Rickman will be starring in an HBO movie titled 'Something the Lord Made' with Mos Def. It airs tonight on HBO, for those who have HBO. But Accio is sending me some stuff from the movie she managed to get hold of.

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Flame Alligator - May 30, 2004 7:42 am (#2524 of 2912)

Leprechaun Jack, My letter to you was unable to deliver. Is your e-mail address correct?

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Denise P. - May 30, 2004 8:17 am (#2525 of 2912)

I put down a vote for Rupert's hair rocking.

For those going to PA, please make sure you check that thread so you can make sure I have you down for a name tag.

Ugh, got a little girl with a drippy nose today and she is a crabby patty.

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Julia. - May 30, 2004 8:22 am (#2526 of 2912)

WEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE Much excitement on my end! Less than ONE WEEK till PoA, and I'm getting my ticket to PA this very afternoon!! *Shakes in excitiement*

Gina, I love your avatar, Rupert with long hair is perfect! So Weasleyish. Grrr, I wish I had HBO so I could see the Alan Rickman movie, I guess I'll have to settle for what ever they have at Blockbuster...

Have some butterbeer Jack, it'll all work out in the end (and don't even ask, yes, I am an optomist).

Anyway, have a great day everyone! Hope you're all having fun getting ready for your bbq's tomorrow, or if you're not doing that, then I hope you're having fun doing what ever it is you're doing!

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Accio Sirius - May 30, 2004 9:07 am (#2527 of 2912)
Edited by May 30, 2004 10:12 am

Gina,

Sorry for the criss-crossing e-mails versus chat. I can't always make it to the chat thread but I do check my e-mails. Love the pictures and I am happy to fan the flames!

Denise: Sorry to hear about your daughter being under the weather. My two have been having trouble with the tree pollen. How goes it with the guinea pig? I have to cut his nails, but I'm a little worried. His toes are black so it is hard to see the quick. I cut my cat's nails, but that is definitely a two person job.

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tracie1976 - May 30, 2004 9:26 am (#2528 of 2912)

This is posted on mugglenet
JKR gives Book Six update at Premiere Earlier today at the Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban premiere in London, Jo gave an interested response to a Sky News reporter:

Reporter: "So when's the next book coming out?" J.K. Rowling: "Ohh, not too long... but I don't like to give deadlines because then I'll miss it and everyone will get upset."

This isn't solid news as to when the book will be out (especially since not too long can still mean 2 years, it was 3 for Order, and if the book were turned into the publishers at this moment it may be a year before it's in stores), but it's an optimistic response for her many, many fans.
Write faster Jo!!! hehe

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Denise P. - May 30, 2004 9:27 am (#2529 of 2912)

One of the piggies has light colored nails so she is easy to clip. Cinnamon has 2 paws with dark nails, I just trim the sharp ends off...just a teeny bit and always have some of the powder on hand to stop any bleeding. I have not made her bleed yet though. I clip guinea pig nails on a weekly basis.

Kierynn's yuckiness stems from teething. She has two molars on the bottom coming through and it is just tough for her.

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timrew - May 30, 2004 9:47 am (#2530 of 2912)

Well, today I got a free DVD with The Sunday Times that has the trailer for POA on it (the one where Hermione punches Malfoy). Excellent stuff! But, there again, the film opens here tomorrow!

I suppose I could see it before I go on holiday (on the 5th); but I hate sitting in a crowded cinema - especially the one near us, that sells trash-can sized containers of popcorn, along with bucket sized containers of Coca-Cola.

The little dears consume all of this before the film, and then spend the next two hours going to the toilet every ten minutes, much to my annoyance! I think this grumpy old man will wait until he gets back from holiday!

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Flame Alligator - May 30, 2004 9:50 am (#2531 of 2912)

Now let me try this again: HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY EVERYBODY!!! That will be me as soon as I finish my house slave tasks today.

I am very excited about the HBO movie Something The Lord Made airing tonight. I have been looking forward to it all week. I love obscure historical information. Especially when credit is given to someone who has not been acknowledged.

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Marie E. - May 30, 2004 12:22 pm (#2532 of 2912)

I am also doing household slavey stuff today, combined with packing. It's not so bad as I'm taking liberal breaks. I also have a daughter who's under the weather-Shayla came down with strep on Friday. This completely ruined my weekend plans of visiting my sister in Missouri and going to St. Louis for a cousin's graduation. Oh well, now I have more time to pack, right? I'm on tenderhooks waiting for Lexie to come down with the infection. She had strep five times last year so it's inevitable.

What are all of you doing for the weekend (those in the US)? We had a barbeque with our next door neighbors last night. It was a carnivore's banquet. We had steaks, pork ribs, steak fajitas, and hamburgers. And best of all, three types of cakes, brownies, and ice cream. They had to roll me home!! Whatever you do, enjoy!!!

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Julia. - May 30, 2004 12:33 pm (#2533 of 2912)

It's supposed to rain tomorrow! Not fair! If the weather holds, my mummy and I are going to opening day at the New Haven County Cutters, a new baseball team here in town. The game will probally suck, but at least I'll get to see all my baseball friends. If the weather doesn't hold, than I guess I'll watch the Yankees game on tv, not nearly as good as live, but at least it's baseball.

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haymoni - May 30, 2004 1:39 pm (#2534 of 2912)

Tomorrow, I get to go to my mother-in-law's. 'Nuff said!

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Acceber - May 30, 2004 6:04 pm (#2535 of 2912)

I'll get to watch the Yankee game on TV. So do you enjoy humiliating yourself?

Happy Birthday Jack! Hope your years to come are curse-free.

We're not doing anything for Memorial Day surprisingly; family friends were supposed to come over but they realized they couldn't, ho hum.

EDIT: No, Meg, I didn't, as we were away the whole day, but according to redsox.com, we won! w00t!

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megfox - May 30, 2004 6:06 pm (#2536 of 2912)

Did you see the Sox game today, Becca?

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Mrs. Sirius - May 30, 2004 8:05 pm (#2537 of 2912)

Julia is there a new team in New Haven to replace the Ravens? Cool, saw the Ravens play a few years back. We were wondering if there were a team in New Haven now. my son plays on the Chester Rockcats so we have the opportunity to see the farm team in New Britian. The let the kids go out on the field for the National anthem.

Today I was counting the days on the calender with my daughter until my son's birthday. I counted 5 days until Friday the 4th. Well my son's birthday is 3rd on Thursday. My 5 year old corrected me!

By the way Jack I forgot to wish a happy birthday Birthday Surprise Partythis year. May great things be lingering just ahead.

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Madam Poppy - May 30, 2004 9:55 pm (#2538 of 2912)
Edited by May 30, 2004 11:05 pm

Sherbie Lemon, I would advise you to get to the theater as early as you can. Scope out the lines and camp out if necessary. MTV probably isn't the only one that gave out free tickets. I'm sure they are counting on a lot of "no shows". You can always go shopping if there aren't many people around.

I was second in line at the last movie. I was there a couple of hours early. I would have still made it into the theater if I'd showed up later, but I wouldn't have gotten as good a seat.

I got my schedule on Friday and I did get my requested time off on the 4th. It's High School graduation that night and I thought I'd be working for sure. I'll miss the first showing, but I'll make the first one after 5:00.

Did anyone see that in an interview with USA Today, "JKR confirms new clues to books 6 & 7 are in the Prisoner of Azkaban film"?
Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling says that Alfonso Cuaron, who directed The Prisoner of Azkaban, which opens next Friday, inadvertently foreshadowed events that will happen in books six and seven, which she has yet to complete.



I really got goose bumps when I saw a couple of those things, and I thought, people are gong to look back on the film and think that those were put in deliberately as clues," Rowling says in an interview released by Warner Bros., which is distributing the movie."

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Fawkes Forever - May 31, 2004 3:15 am (#2539 of 2912)

Happy Memorial day to you guys in the States, enjoy your day off today. Those in the UK, hope you're having a nice bank holiday monday! I'm at work but this weekend coming is a bank holiday weekend here & I've booked off some days around it to make a really long weekend.... a mini break from the Dementors So I'm so excited... a holiday & PoA.... wayhey!

Happy Birthday Jack.... I know how you feel about birthdays normally being bad... I mostly had exams on my birthday whilst at school & college... so I never really got into the habit of celebrating properly. I think the worst was my Maths GCSE (OWL) on my 16th birthday, now that was pretty nasty. Since then I tend not to celebrate... but if forced into it by friends & family .... I have a few of them over for dinner or we go out... but not for any particular reason or anything... it's just a regular night... & not my birthday or anything (thats what I keep telling myself) If its not my birthday.. then what could possibly go wrong.... right!

# See previous posts for details of my birthday this year... fondly dubbed... 'the bbq of death incident' .... actually, it was funny & I was able to return the bbq & got a full refund!

Anyhoo... Sherbie so excited for you *snoopy dance*

I'm having a dilemma here at the moment... very trivial & silly... but I know you guys will understand...

It's about PoA... which opened here TODAY! Woohooo. Anyways, I've been planning for months to go home this weekend, & I'm going to see the movie with my friends & family back home.... who are HUGE Potter Maniacs.... we've been in this together since the beginning, well since the release of GoF... then the movies & then OotP.... you know what I mean. We all went to see the first two movies together & so we all planned our first viewing of PoA together... like one big nerdy HP family But temptation has set in today.... I've been asked to go see it tomorrow night .... I'm torn... as I really want to see the movie now.... but my mates back home are putting off going early in the week... & waiting until I get home so we all can see it together... What to do what to do.... so tempting to go see it tomorrow.... I really should wait .... LOL I'm such a child I'll probably wait the extra couple of days to see it with my friends back home... after all... we where there for PS & CoS... it would be a same to break with the tradition...

Gosh I sound like a nutter today guys. I'm still buzzing from seeing the live footage from the UK premiere yesterday on sky news... my CD-ROM from the sunday times with the trailer, same as Tim... BTW Tim, I was not impressed with the movie review in the paper... only 2 stars, & I thought the reviewer was a bit inappropriate with his remarks & had an unhealthy fixation with Emma..... needless to say I was just hacked off that he gave it a low rating. Ok rant over My other sunday paper... gave it 4 stars & a glowing review.... so I was happy again. Reminds me... I must buy empire magazine today ... HP special

Poppy... I read that too... hmm, very interesting.... I'll be watching the film even more closely now... we could probably follow this up on the 'clues in the movies' thread after we all seen it ... reminds me... must keep away from spoliers this week.. so guys... please let me know before I read

ok.... back to work.... opps, this is a long post! Sue & Liz, thinking of you two today, I hope you enjoy the movie... which you're both probably watching as I type. Flame... top of the morning to ya (ToTMTY) Dumbledore.... congrats on your Bat Mitzvah

Have a great day to all who are off... & to the rest of us working.... have a nice day too

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Jim the Potty - May 31, 2004 3:29 am (#2540 of 2912)

Hi!

I've got a whole week off school so I might be around here occasionaly. My birthday was about 2 1/2 weeks ago, on the eleventh so I missed it with you guys. I think somebody else on here said their's was 11th too so I'll probably steal some of their Abbey-fetti (I think I spelt that wrong....)

I don't intend to see PoA at the cinema, but that interview is intriguing... I'll have to see what people are saying on the PoA film thread I suppose.

Happy birthdays etc to everyone I missed (the BBQ of death sounds interesting!)

Happy bank holiday/ memorial day everyone!!! And happy 1/2 term to anyone else in British education who has it this week!

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Essidji - May 31, 2004 3:51 am (#2541 of 2912)

Have a nice day, everyone! I am excited, 'cos today's my last day before work. I feel a bit strange, nervous...

How I envy you who have been able to see the film already. The release here in France is on Wednesday, but I won't be able to see it before June 11th. The thing that warms me up is that we're going to see it in English, not in the dubbed version.

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tracie1976 - May 31, 2004 4:15 am (#2542 of 2912)

Happy Memorial Day to people in the U.S.A.
Boop (Betty) called me and told me to say "hello" to everyone. She's up in Ohio and will be back later today

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Chemyst - May 31, 2004 4:30 am (#2543 of 2912)

Poppy, the thing about the interview... JKR is as good at teasing her audience as she is at writing. When I read that, I immediately thought of the scene in the trailer of Hermione and Ron holding hands-- and then not. That must be emotionally true to where the books are heading. She said Alfonso Cuaron obviously understands teenage boys!

We have buckets of rain here which wasn't forecast until much later today. Otherwise I'd be out gardening now. Fortunately we're gnome-free. Many weeds to pull though.

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timrew - May 31, 2004 5:32 am (#2544 of 2912)

I read that Times review, Fawkes. Like you said, not very impressive. There again, the guy admitted to not having read the book!

And I noticed his unhealthy preoccupation with Emma Watson also. Doesn't he realise she's only 14? Thank the Lord it was Alfonso Cuaron directing the film and not him, is all I can say!

BTW, I already posted this on the POA thread; but if anyone is going to the film in the next day or two, my son has spotted an error already! When Scabbers turns into Pettigrew, he (Pettigrew) is fully clothed. But when Pettigrew turns back into Scabbers, he shrinks inside his clothes and leaves them on the ground!

Apart from that, Matthew (my son), highly recommends the film as the best Harry Potter yet!

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Denise P. - May 31, 2004 5:59 am (#2545 of 2912)

I happened to have on the NBC early morning show and there was an interview with Gary O. (Sirius!) It was a brief one but it did show bits of the film I had not seen and makes me quite anxious to go see the film. I really think I may call my sitter and see if she can watch the kids Friday for me so I can go to a showing before I leave for PA.

Someone a few posts back asked what Memorial Day was, I didn't see if there was an answer.

Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day to remember those who have died in our nation's service.



In 1971, Memorial Day was declared a national holiday to be held on the last Monday in May.

You can read more about it at Memorial Day - A Look at It's History

Here in the US, it also kicks off the summer season and most people have a picnic and go swimming.

In my picture there, we spent Saturday morning at a local cemetery finding those who served and placed flags on their graves. (We had a list of names so we could be sure to get them all) Since I live in the South, those who served in the Civil War had Confederate flags by their graves. Each of our local cemeteries have a group who are responsible for placing flags during the year. A Confederate group takes care of the Civil War Soldiers. The section of the cemetery we covered had about 70 soldiers that we placed flags on. In that cemetery, there are also 2 women soldiers buried there. The kids look forward to going each year to do this.

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Flame Alligator - May 31, 2004 5:59 am (#2546 of 2912)

Fawkes, And the rest of the day to ya.

Essidiji, Don't worry about work. You will be fine. *sending support to Essidiji*

Jim the Potty, Belated Happy Birthday.

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Dumbledore - May 31, 2004 6:10 am (#2547 of 2912)

Good Morning Everybody! Happy day off for all the people in the United States!

Just thought I'd drop in to say a hearty hello! Not much else to say here...

-Lauren

P.S. PoA release in 5 days!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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draco all the way - May 31, 2004 7:48 am (#2548 of 2912)

Ahhhh!!!!! I just can't wait!!!! Anyways I have a question - Will you guys actually talk about the movie in this thread after you've seen it? I want to know because that way I can steer clear of this thread and the movie thread.

Also, Got my results and I've done really well. Like I think I'm the 7ht best in my entire school! Go me!

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Lynn Allen - May 31, 2004 8:38 am (#2549 of 2912)

A happy Memorial Day to all fellow Americans, and greetings to the worldwide circle of Lexicon Forum friends! Our daughter played euphonium horn in our small-town Memorial Day parade, beautifully dressed in her green and white marching band uniform, and ended the parade in a torrential downpour. Fortunately there was no lightning; those horns would make a very effective lightning rod. I went in search of her to drive her home, but by the time I found her she was walking within sight of our home. Fortunately we live very close to the downtown area and she was, and is still, in good spirits. The uniform is dripping dry in our bathtub, and she is enjoying the rest of the day free from school, taking a break from doing all the year-end schoolwork. The sad part of today's holiday is that while we are remembering soldiers who gave their lives in defense of our country, even more are making that sacrifice in Afganistan and Iraq. I pray the conflict will soon end and the world can learn to live in peace.

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scully jones - May 31, 2004 8:50 am (#2550 of 2912)

Our boss didn't show up today, so we are assuming we have the day off! Yay! I spent all day taking pictures of clothes and creating clothing just like mine for the sims. You guys have got to see some of these, I'm shocked because it looks just like the shirts and stuff that I wear myself! Yay! I can make stuff! GO HERE


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VeronikaG - May 31, 2004 8:51 am (#2551 of 2912)

Just thought I'd drop in to let you know I'm still a member. I'm studying for my last final this semester, and shouldn't be on-line at all. But I just had to catch up.

First of all: Flame, good to hear your mood is picking up. Thanks for your mail. You really should get another cat when the worst grief for Sammi wears off. Can a cat lover imagine living without cats for long?

Jack, you have the worst birthdays, you win the award. I hope you were never really seriously wounded by the events. Maybe you should considering hiding in your bed on your birthdays from now on.

I love your Sims, Sarah! Never knew you could design them like that with the old game. Maybe I'll just go for the old version, because I wouldn't want them to get old. The Sims that is.

As for my birthday, as some of you have asked about, it's secret. Why? I'll come back to that when it approaches.

Now it's probably time for more studying. The only small comfort I have is that the book I'm reading is rated as a classic. Honestly, it's considered THE best book about TCP/IP, and in the nerdy society, to which I'll someday belong, finds it as good as we find Harry Potter. And it's about the size of GoF.

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scully jones - May 31, 2004 8:55 am (#2552 of 2912)

You can choose to turn off aging if you want to, in the sims! It's awesome, though... If you see the child model I use on my site, that's actually Julia as a kid.

And, when you have children, they inherit parts from both parents... Like you could end up with your father's nose and your mother's hair... So if you have a skin file that you add a tatoo onto (on the adult one) Your kid COULD end up having the same tatoo when he/she grows up... It's funny.

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Lynn Allen - May 31, 2004 9:05 am (#2553 of 2912)

I am so excited! An IMAX theater opened in town this year and they are showing Prisoner of Azkaban starting Friday on the BIG screen! Although the ticket price is terribly high--by my frugal sensibilities anyway--I reserved a seat and can join in the fun Friday afternoon! Hurrah!

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Julia. - May 31, 2004 9:15 am (#2554 of 2912)

That's awesome Lynn!! Enjoy it, you're so lucky that you get to see it IMAX! Good luck on your finals Veronika, just remember, it's almost over, then you can enjoy your summer!

I got the PoA soundtrack yesterday, it's AWESOME! Granted, all John Williams' stuff sounds the same, but that doesn't stop it being great!!! The track "Buckbeak's flight" is espeically good. *Goes off to listen some more*

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Liz Mann - May 31, 2004 10:18 am (#2555 of 2912)

I think I might have made a mistake with the Meta tags for my website. Could anyone tell me if these are wrong:

< META NAME="Description" CONTENT="A Harry Potter fan site with fanfiction and other stuff" >

< META NAME="Key Words" Content="hogwartsfansite.co.uk, Hogwarts School - A Harry Potter Fansite, Harry Potter, Hogwarts, Hogwarts School, Hogwarts Fansite, Hogwarts Fan Site, Liz Mann, hogwartsfansite" >

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Leprechaun Jack - May 31, 2004 10:34 am (#2556 of 2912)

Thanks for all the Happy Birthdays.

Flame- I received your e-mail and will reply as soon as I get more than 10 minutes to myself.

Gina- I would love to meet you for a butterbeer. I am taking a vacation in mid June to Puerto Rico. So when I get back and and settled I'll e-mail you with some dates that I'm available and we'll set a time.

Jim the Potty - Belated Happy birthday

Sherbie Lemon- Mad about you was one of my favorite shows. I had forgotten about that episode until you mentioned it.

Jack

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Gina R Snape - May 31, 2004 11:09 am (#2557 of 2912)

Ooooh, Lynn. How excellent for you!!!!!!

Have a great trip, Jim. Email me when you get back.

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Dumbledore - May 31, 2004 12:13 pm (#2558 of 2912)

Hello, everybody! Happy Memorial Day! Just dropping in to say hello before my family and I go to my aunt's for a barbecue!

Lynn, I'm really glad for you that you get to see PoA on IMAX! That's excellent!

Veronika - Good luck on your finals, I'm sure you'll do excellent! And like Julia said, it's almost the summer, so at least you have that to look forward to! I have finals for school too, so along with studying for them and a million other things I have to do it gets to be stressful!

Happy birthday to everyone whose birthday was recently.

Happy Memorial Day and have a great evening, everybody!!

-Lauren

P.S. Feel free to email me if you'd like! I enjoy corresponding with people very much, especially with people who are crazed Harry Potter fans like me! My email address is in my profile thing, just leave your username in the subject box of the email so I know who you are!

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Dr Filibuster - May 31, 2004 1:31 pm (#2559 of 2912)

I'VE SEEN IT! cheers

OK, where do I go to start discussing the parts that may have given JKR goosepimples? I shall start looking on the PoA movie thread.

Jack, bad luck mate. We were born in the same week of 1967, and I seem to have nothing but charmed birthdays. I hope you managed to enjoy some of your day at least. I must send some good fortune your way for next year.

Happy Whit holidays/Memorial weekend to all who celebrate. Can you tell I am in a very good mood?

PS where is Liz?

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Kip Carter - May 31, 2004 2:03 pm (#2560 of 2912)

To Liz Mann, earlier in this thread, you asked a question in your Post #2555 concerning Meta tags. This is really not the place to try to find an answer to your "problem". First your statement "I think I might have made a mistake with the Meta tags for my website. Could anyone tell me if these are wrong:" is so broad, I would not attempt to try to figure what wrong. More needs to be known before anyone would try to answer your question.

However, I will offer a suggestion. Some systems do not handle HTML tags the same and without completely looking at the entire presentation, a person would be foolish to try to quickly tell you what's wrong. You could possibly find a member here who could help you, but I hav no idea if any member here has the time to properly check it out. I know I do not!

Not knowing the level of your HTML proficiency, I first would suggest your checking a web site like Global Structure Tags: . This site tries to explain the workings of HTML tags. There are others which may offer you some help.

Next you can get an analyzer to check your entire HTML code and see if there are error somewhere else that could be causing your problems. The analyzer could be either software that you could purchase or could be an individual who can do the same function.

I wish you the best in your site construction. I would love to see the finished product. Best of luck to you!

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Gina R Snape - May 31, 2004 2:32 pm (#2561 of 2912)

FYI, I've posted a couple links in the 'Discussion about the cast' thread to some wonderful pictures of the Leicester Square premiere. I know that thread isn't very widely visited (at least I think not), so I thought I'd mention it here.

Did anybody from here go to Leicester Square yesterday?

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Sherbie Lemon - May 31, 2004 5:05 pm (#2562 of 2912)

Madame Poppy, thanks for your advice. Not to worry though, my mom was able to fanagle a sub for all of Wednesday, so we can leave as early as 9:00 am! In fact, we attempted to contact the prospective sub in various ways all weekend, but we finally got lucky when we stalked her at Jazercise! So our trip is on! In less than 2 days, I will have seen PoA! Woo hoo! I still cannot believe I've won something. I keep thinking it's some kind of trick. Being a skeptic, I've called the theatre where the special showing will be, only to be assured by the manager (several times) that they indeed are hosting MTV's sneak-peak. Nervous 2

Jim, they show Mad About You on Lifetime here at 12:00 and 12:30 am every weeknight. I'm often up at that hour so I usually watch. I love that show! Unlike most situation comedies, Mad About You truly portrays married couples realistically.

Draco all the way, we talked about setting up a separate thread for movie spoilers. Once everyone has seen it, we can just continue the discussion over on the PoA movie thread. I for one support this idea, just because it will be easier for those who do not want to be spoiled to avoid the break down of PoA discussion. In my opinion, if the detailed break down of PoA is contained in the PoA movie thread, and even if the spoilers are written in white so that they must be highlighted to read, I think that discussions or questions following the break down may give away too much to those who do not wish to know what happens in the movie. Of course, I do not speak for everyone and I am not a moderator, so I don't know if that idea would be accepted. It's just something a few other members and I have discussed. I would have no problem with the spoiler thread being deleted after it is safe to continue the discussion on the PoA movie thread; we could simply just copy and paste anything that we wanted to bring over to add on the PoA thread.

Happy Memorial Day, everyone! It is truly an honor to live in a country where such noble people have so freely given their lives for us all. I want to say a big thank you to all of our Service men and women! You are truly incredible. Again, thank you, thank you for your selflessness. Words cannot express my gratitude.
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Flame Alligator - Jun 1, 2004 2:06 am (#2563 of 2912)

Fawkes, Top of the morning to ya.

Veronika G, Girlfriend, good luck with your final exams.

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S.E. Jones - Jun 1, 2004 3:18 am (#2564 of 2912)
Edited Jun 1, 2004 6:23 pm

To everyone who is interested in how the PoA movie thread will be handled: The PoA movie thread will be opened up for discussion of the movie on the morning of Saturday June 5 (we are going by PST). That will give some members a chance to see it opening night (June 4 in the US) and for those who have seen it earlier to start discussing. Those who see it later can then come into the conversation as they like. If you don't want to be spoiled, just avoid the thread after Saturday until you've seen the movie.

Please respect your fellow members and avoid putting up any spoilers before Saturday.

Thanks!

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Karla Labanda - Jun 1, 2004 6:58 am (#2565 of 2912)

Buenos días a todos.

Have a nice day. Jack, cheer up, please, the life is beautiful. Mrs. Sirius, we can talk about Order of the Phoenix in Spanish, when you want. I love the idea =).

Enjoy the movie, but please don't tell the details yet. I want to wait until Ecuadorian premiere (when I don't know)

I read in a Latin American Harry Potter web site the following. Cuarón words (They are in Spanish, I'll try to translate it, but my English is too weak) "An scene where Malfoy want to see Buckbeak being executed. Where Hermione hit him. In the escene will be a solar watch (clock). Cuarón wants put a graveyard (cementerio) there, but JKR said "No, you can't put that there". "Why?" asked Cuarón. "Because the graveyard is in the other wing of the castle and going to play an important paper in the next book bla, bla, bla. Cuarón asked "And why not a sand watch (clock:". "That have sense" - she said - "Hogwarts was built in an antique celtic place... bla, bla, bla.

I hope you can find this in a web in English. It sounds interesting, don't you?

Have a nice day and a Happy Children day to everybody. Un abrazo

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Mrs. Sirius - Jun 1, 2004 7:04 am (#2566 of 2912)

Karla, do you have that website?? Can you post it here? I'd love to read that article. Really interesting.

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Karla Labanda - Jun 1, 2004 7:43 am (#2567 of 2912)

Hello Mrs. Sirius.

The web page is www.harrylatino.com

Enjoy it. It is a little antique new. but it is an interesting place.

you can use mi e-mail address if you want chat with me

bye.

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septentrion - Jun 1, 2004 9:08 am (#2568 of 2912)

tomorrow is the day !!!!!! can't wait !

Essidji, how was your first day at work ? I hope it went well.

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Padfoot - Jun 1, 2004 9:12 am (#2569 of 2912)
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Whew, 96 messages to read through on just this thread! Morning everyone, hope you all had a good Memorial day (or bank holiday off work).

Lauren, going back many, many posts about the smilies. You right click on the smilie you want and save the html, then paste it in the text box you are typing in. It should appear once you post the message. I had all the same questions you have been asking recently too. I found most of the answers in the How do you... thread. (Also in the Practice Area for new techniques) I hope this helps.

Congrats Sherbie on winning something! I haven't won anything before either. Wait, I take that back. I did win a Paul McCartney cd years ago. It was certainly the highlight of my week. Have fun in Dallas and think of all your jealous friends on the forum!

Happy belated birthday greetings to both Jim and Jack! Jim, I hope you had a good day celebrating. Jack, Yikes! What can I say? I am not the optimist that Julia and Mrs. Sirius are, but if you can try and look at it their way, all the power to you. Vent away whenever you need to, we are here for you.

Flame, I love aromatherapy too. I usually use candles or scented oil, incense makes me sneeze. Just the act of having a lit candle makes me feel happy. And as always, chocolate helps any situation. Jack, maybe you should have some chocolate too!

Congratulations of your exams, Draco! Yea!Clapping

I'm sorry I missed your Rupert picture Gina, that everyone has been talking about. I voted for his hair to be rockin' too. Not a big fan of long hair on guys, but for him it works.

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Gina R Snape - Jun 1, 2004 10:11 am (#2570 of 2912)

Padfoot and other Lex members, the full (and much clearer) picture can now be found here. Enjoy!

Edit: The larger version of my current avatar (Emma) can be found here as well.

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VeronikaG - Jun 1, 2004 12:36 pm (#2571 of 2912)

OK, maybe I should be studying instead of reading here. But you know, it's me....

I' trying to recruit new members from another forum I'm a member of. They had a thread about PoA, and as I saw there were a few closet Potties there I invited the to come visit, and posted a link. So we'll see soon if some of them wants to join us.

Thank you to all my friends here who have wished me luck for my final. I really appreciate it.

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Dumbledore - Jun 1, 2004 12:58 pm (#2572 of 2912)

Thanks for the help, Padfoot!!!!!!!!

--Lauren

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Padfoot - Jun 1, 2004 1:14 pm (#2573 of 2912)

Thanks for the pictures Gina! And you are welcome Lauren! Glad to help.

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boop - Jun 1, 2004 2:51 pm (#2574 of 2912)

Happy Birthday Dr. Filibuster and Melissa.

Jack sorry to hear about how things are going in your life. Here have a big hug from me, that is the least I can do. If you want to ever talk I have aim and msn. Jack do you have either of these if so could I have your screen name. My aim name is onebtbp and msn is boop196078@hotmail. com.

I hope everyone had a nice weekend, I know I did. I had a very relaxing day away from everything at home. Sometimes when things get so overwhelming, the best thing to do is get away so that is what I did. I know when I got home everything was still there waiting for me, but I felt better emotionally.

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scully jones - Jun 1, 2004 5:20 pm (#2575 of 2912)

Lynn are you talking about Celebration???? That's the one Jimmie works at!

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Viola Intonada - Jun 1, 2004 7:10 pm (#2576 of 2912)

Septentrion, I think a foreign language thread would be great.

Jack, have you ever considered celebrating your birthday at the 6 month mark instead?

I hope everyone had a great weekend. I went to Indiana for my nephew's graduation. Indiana had 40 tornadoes on Sunday (luckily none of them were near my family)

Essidji, I hope you had a great first day at work.

Have fun tomorrow night Sherbie! Congrats!

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SarcasticGinny - Jun 1, 2004 7:21 pm (#2577 of 2912)

Hi everyone! I'm sorry but with 296 new messages, I had to skip a few. Jack, I hope you're okay. Flame, I know I'm late, but I am very sorry to hear about your kitty..here's to all the best memories of Samantha sticking with you. Congrats on your house Marie... And to anyone else whose trials and tribulations and/or happy sharings I've missed, I hope you are happy and healthy or will be soon!

Nothing really new here, still adjusting to the move to the Chicago 'burbs and have started summer work (at a catering company-I love it!) and, of course, trying to find a teaching job. It's a bit stressful-I keep having dreams where I am teaching and I have lost things or that I am at an interview and am being asked impossible questions.

I hate those sorts of dreams, don't you?

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Sherbie Lemon - Jun 1, 2004 7:40 pm (#2578 of 2912)

OK, there is no way I'm going to sleep tonight!Counting Sheep I'm too, too excited about seeing the movie in Dallas tomorrow! Thank you all for your congratulations! I'm so happy to have such supportive and understanding forum friends! Honestly, I wish I could take you all, there's no group of people I'd rather share this with!

My mom was able to get a sub all day (as I think I already mentioned! Sorry, my brain is about to explode with all this anticipation; I think the area where my memory normally is is currently occupied by sheer giddyness!), so tomorrow we depart at 9:00 am! I just finished painting "Something Wicked This Way Comes" on the back of my car in shoe polish. I have my outfit layed out (Gryffindor tank, black shorts, Gryffindor, Hogwarts, and Sirius buttons, HP glasses, Gryffindor bracelet), and my bag ready. We'll be waiting at the theatre for probably 3-4 hours before the special showing, so mom and I are bringing plenty of HP things to keep us occupied (HP Uno, PoA, PoA tapes & walkmen, HP wordfind, etc.) I'll take some pics and share them with everyone on the PoA movie thread.

If anyone whose seen the movie, or who wants to be spoiled, cares to discuss it with me, you can IM me thru MSN (my email address) or on AIM (fizzinglinzee)!

21 hours till I see PoA!!!!!!!!! Woo hoo!!!!!!!!Way Too Happy

I hope everyone has a great day tomorrow! I'll be thinking of you all.

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Dragonesss - Jun 1, 2004 8:39 pm (#2579 of 2912)
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I've found HP .mif files for my cell phone! Here they are: http://midi.ru/files/muzika_iz_kinof/glavnajatemaizfilymaquotgarripotterquot.mid and http://midi.ru/files/muzika_iz_kinof/garripotter.mid
There are also .wav files (if you want your fhone to talk to you) here: http://www.reelwavs.com/movies/harry_potter/

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The Great Abbycadabra - Jun 1, 2004 10:49 pm (#2580 of 2912)

Hey, now, Jim. I'll gladly give you your own Abbyfetti! All you have to do is ask. ',.;,';.,.;,.;,.'; Happy Belated Birthday!! And to everyone else I may have missed, some Abbyfetti for you too! ',;.',.;',.;.;

Good luck on your exams, Veronika! And congratulations, Draco! Some Abbyfetti for both of you. ',.;',;.',;.',;.',

I've been having some computer problems lately, so I'm forced to use our ancient desktop which is very slow. And, since I'm very impatient, it's very annoying. So, if I'm not around for a little while, that's why. I'm still probably going to brave the aggrivation though, merely to get my HP fix for the day. Oh, obsessions.

And, why, oh, why didn't I decide to go on a field trip to the UK? I don't feel like waiting until Friday for the movie. I saw Van Helsing today, and was practically giddy with excitement at the advance POA tickets they were selling. Oh, I guess I'll just go listen to the CD some more.

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septentrion - Jun 1, 2004 11:48 pm (#2581 of 2912)

My idea of foreign language thread has been kippendoed (see the "questions to the hosts "thread"), so if anyone wants to speak about HP, or anything else in french, my mail is in my profile, don't hesitate. It's the same than my aim screenname.

Today is the day, I feel as excited as if it was my first date. All the newspapers here says that it's the better movie of the serie and that it's a very, very good movie. BTW, I'm going to do 50 km (31 miles) to see it in original version. Ah, it drives me mad ! Sherbie, I'd be glad to exchange some spoilers with you. It is no spoiler as it was in the trailer, but in the french movie, they seem to use the incantation "expecto patronum" as JKR wrote it although it was translated as "spero patronum" in the french version of the books. It's rather unusual, many fans will be upset as many of them don't know the english version.

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Fawkes Forever - Jun 2, 2004 12:35 am (#2582 of 2912)

Opps Happy Birthday for yesterday Sue Hope you have a great birthday.

Sorry I didn't wish you happy birthday yesterday, I was a bit distracted with work.... because I'm taking a few days off... I have to do three days work in one

Getting very excited about the movie... I can't believe I'm voluntarily waiting until thursday to see it... but I have to go see it with my Potter maniac mates back home ... it just wouldn't be the same. We can all cheer when Hermione punches Draco & boo at Snape *giggle* kidding Gina (or am I )

My mate at work (whom I am proud to say is one of my converts) saw PoA last night... she promised she wouldn't talk about it too much today... or tell me anything about it (seeing as I have managed to stay away from all those spoilers), however she was grinning from ear to ear this morning. All she would say to me was.... "You're gonna love it"

Woohooo .... too excited now. Today is my last day of work before my long weekend.. & I have tonnes to do... but I'm way too excited & I've just slipped into holiday mode... oh well!

Flame Top of the Mornin'

Karine... hope your first day at work went well.

Veronika.... your reading material sounds like mine.... Good luck with your finals.... *crosses fingers, eyes & toes*

Good luck to all who need it! Have a great day everyone

EDIT : Septentrion ... hee hee... Potter Fest.. thats what my weekend should be called!

BTW, I'm so jealous of all you guys going to PA this weekend.... PoA in PA... LOL (sorry I'm in a nutter mood again) Take loads of photos... & remember ... I can't be there in person but I'll be with you all in Spirit... So if you see any floating objects.. don't worry its just me

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septentrion - Jun 2, 2004 12:37 am (#2583 of 2912)

Sue, I didn't catch it was your birthday, so happy belated birthday.

Flame, have a great potterish holiday !

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S.E. Jones - Jun 2, 2004 1:28 am (#2584 of 2912)

Can I ask a tiny favor? I just put some new HP wallpapers up on my site and I'm not sure if I should keep them or start over as I've already redone the backgrounds a million and one times. If anyone is up, could they take a look at them and give me an honest opinion? A gentle honest opinion? They're on the bottom two rows on this page.

I'd really appreciate it. Thanks!

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Marè - Jun 2, 2004 1:50 am (#2585 of 2912)

I like them Sarah, the eye's on some are creepy!' Did you do that? The only one that seems to have a bit of an "empty" background compared to the others is the one with Draco and Snape. It has less clouds.

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S.E. Jones - Jun 2, 2004 2:01 am (#2586 of 2912)

The eyes came with the posters actually, though it isn't hard to do. I've done it before with other things. I wish I could've found better clouds for Snape and Draco, but they're heads are just so, well, big that they seem to take up too much space... Don't tell them I said though, okay? Thanks for the input, Mare!

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Marè - Jun 2, 2004 3:16 am (#2587 of 2912)

but they're heads are just so, well, big

Yes, especially Draco. And I think Remus looks evil! But maybe that is supposed to be a red herring..?

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Fawkes Forever - Jun 2, 2004 3:36 am (#2588 of 2912)

Hey Sarah... I'm awake... just about

All I can say is WOW! I'm in awe of your creativity... those wallpapers are excellent... they're 'siriusly' good

Evil Remus... oh I like it

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Marè - Jun 2, 2004 4:00 am (#2589 of 2912)

What do you mean just about Fawkes? It should be around 1 in the noon where you are?
Oooo Sleepyhead!
I can say that, I always sleep through my alarmclock! I always have at least two, but last week I broke one. The pointers are loose behind some kind of glass thingy that I can't seem to get off. Grumble!

Anyway Good morning to you! (and to the rest of the forum )

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Fawkes Forever - Jun 2, 2004 5:07 am (#2590 of 2912)

Hee hee, I've been awake since 6.30 .... but didn't get out of bed until 7.00 hee hee! Been at work since 8... but the mind numbingness (if thats a word ) of my job has set in ... LOL

Counting down the hours until the end of day... then I'm off for my Potter Break

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Denise P. - Jun 2, 2004 5:14 am (#2591 of 2912)

Sarah, those wallpapers look really awesome! Great job!

I made my shirts last night for the gathering this weekend. I made 3 of them, have a TLC one and will get a PA one. Gee, 5 shirts for a 24 hour period of time. I am going to have to be constantly changing if I want to show them all off LOL

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Marè - Jun 2, 2004 5:36 am (#2592 of 2912)

I was going to say you could change them during the break in the movie, except I don't think you have breaks in your movie.

PS I'm going to search for those iron-on print thingies too. I'm going to make a Weird Sisters tour t-shirt. I've already finished the bagpipe player, and am now working on the cello player I even bought a pink (! that's quite something for me !) shirt.

So allthough work isn't going fast I should have it finished before book six comes out.

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SarcasticGinny - Jun 2, 2004 6:58 am (#2593 of 2912)

Those are awesome, Sarah! Did you make the GOF one by hand?

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Padfoot - Jun 2, 2004 7:02 am (#2594 of 2912)

Morning everyone! Last night I bought some chocolate frogs, truffle filled, from Cost Plus. Thanks Amy for the tip! Anyway, I made sure they were not poisonous by eating one. Very yummy, though perhaps rather small. While in Cost Plus I saw a boy who looked like Harry! He was about 18 or so. I wasn't sure if an 18 year old would want a stranger coming up to him and telling him who he looks like. So I didn't. But I was tempted. He had the glasses, the messed up hair and everything.

Sarah those wallpapers look really good.

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Lynn Allen - Jun 2, 2004 7:24 am (#2595 of 2912)

Sarah, you asked if the theater I will visit is Celebration...well, of course, especially since Jimmie works there! Ummm...does he give free popcorn?

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scully jones - Jun 2, 2004 7:58 am (#2596 of 2912)

Well, since we'll both be in Pennsylvania, sorry. Besides, he's the one that cleans the theaters at night. We do get large popcorn with two large drinks for a buck... But there's no coupon or anything that we could give you for that... Sorry.

Let me know if the lightpost with Sirius is still on top of the stupid ice cream dipping dots machine... That was a stupid place to put it... So hard to grab it and run! And if Aunt Marge is floating about... Jimmie saw her in the staff room, but they hadn't put her up yet.

EEEK! Jimmie and I leave tomorrow to go to Pennsylvania! I should pack.

Which brings me about to why I'm home and not working, while Jimmie slaves away at our job by himself. Okay... This is difficult to explain... Every now and then (once a month) I get a very very very bad day. I have backaches, headaches, otheraches, nausea, etc. etc. I know exactly when the day is supposed to happen. This month, due to my calculations, it was to arrive on the 4th. EGAD that wasn't a happy thought. But, luckily, (if you can call it lucky at all) it happened today instead! So YAY! I feel HORRIBLE! But at least it didn't happen on the 4th! So I'm happy to be in pain in a sadistic sort of way!

I'm listening to the soundtrack, getting excited... I need to pack! I didn't get my scarf done... Sorry. But I tried it on as a cape... It looks superman-nish... But it's a Gryffindor cape for now, until I finish it. Should I wear it as a cape? Or just hang it around my neck even though it doesn't go very far down?

Something funny happened, too. The radio station is giving away tickets to see POA in IMAX a day early. They drive you in a bus they're calling Hogwarts express... You can win tickets by calling in or signing up in the bookstore. I was thinking about trying to win tickets.. So I checked out the bookstore to see what time it's at. 7 PM! The exact time my flight leaves! HA! So funny. But at least I still get to see it with Pottermaniacs instead of people with lucky phones.

I have to stop now or I'll never cease.

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septentrion - Jun 2, 2004 8:07 am (#2597 of 2912)

Sarah, I loved your wallpaper. A pity that my monitor is a 800*600 !

Sarah, I'm glad you'll be fine for the release.

As for me, it's done, I've seen the movie. All I can say you without spoiling anything is even if you have seen all trailers and photos imaginable, Cuaron has still some surprises for us, and I didn't find them bad. I'm already working on my week-end schedule in order to see it again. I went to an "artistic" cinema who shows the movies in original version but the screen wasn't big enough to my mind, that's one good reason to see it again (as if I'd need one).

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Fawkes Forever - Jun 2, 2004 8:09 am (#2598 of 2912)

Take care everyone... have a lovely time in PA, whoever is going...

See ya all next week some time... if I can't find a computer between now & then...

Woohoo... holiday here I come

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Flame Alligator - Jun 2, 2004 8:42 am (#2599 of 2912)

Fawkes, And the rest of the day to ya! So good to see you in a "nutter" mood.

Septentrion, Um.... I think you mean Fawkes.

Chiaojones, Enjoy your flight to the gathering.

To All Going To The Gathering: I was going but have decided against it for personal reasons but I know you all will have a wonderful time.

I am going with my favorite little sweetie, my godson. I am going to "rescue" him from school early, Friday afternoon. Should be fun.

Sinister kittens: Thanks. I know I have not sent you my photo showing my tattoo yet. I am having trouble with my computer loading my disc with the pictures on it. I should have the problem solved soon. Good to see you back.

Essidiji, I hope your first day went well. How did it go, btw?

I am having a good day.... nice change.

Goedemiddag y'all!!

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septentrion - Jun 2, 2004 9:05 am (#2600 of 2912)

Flame, you're right, I was speaking of Fawkes Yet I hope you'll have a great potterish week-end too !
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Lynn Allen - Jun 2, 2004 11:34 am (#2601 of 2912)

Sarah, I was only teasing about getting free popcorn from Jimmie! Sorry if you misunderstood my sense of humor! Have a good time with the group and give them all my best! Sorry I can't make the trip.

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Karla Labanda - Jun 2, 2004 11:58 am (#2602 of 2912)

Buenas tardes a todos.

only a little message, to everybody who is going to watch the movie today. "Enjoy it a lot", but please don't tell the details yet.

A nice rest of day to everybody

Karla

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S.E. Jones - Jun 2, 2004 1:17 pm (#2603 of 2912)

Did you make the GOF one by hand?

SarcasticGinny, yeah I did, and the Patronus one too.

Septentrion, I have some 800x600 wallpapers up (the newer HP wallpapers) and am trying to change more over to more conventional sizes.

Thanks for the input guys!

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mike miller - Jun 2, 2004 1:26 pm (#2604 of 2912)

I just found out the A&E Biography tonight is J.K. Rowling. It's being shown at 8pm Eastern for those who have cable. I don't know if this is a new version or a re-broadcast.

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S.E. Jones - Jun 2, 2004 2:18 pm (#2605 of 2912)

I think it's a recast but there is supposed to be something on PoA following it on A&E.

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Dr Filibuster - Jun 2, 2004 2:25 pm (#2606 of 2912)

Ta (thanks) for the happy birthdays. Melissa, was it yours yesterday? Hope you had a good one too.

Fawkes, you'd make a great Hufflepuff. I'm a definite Huff (even wore yellow socks at the cinema on Monday) but I don't think I could have waited so long to see the film. I hope none of your mates cheated.

Sherbie; I'm so chuffed you won the preview . Only trouble is you'll have to join us Europeans in waiting until Saturday before you can discuss it in detail. It's killing me....I'm fit to burst.

Remember that others, such as Karla in Ecuador have to wait for ages to see PoA, so only post spoilers on the movie thread.

TLC have some statistics up. PoA blasted all records for an opening film in the UK.

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Dumbledore - Jun 2, 2004 3:47 pm (#2607 of 2912)

Hello everybody!!

Just popping in to say hello! Sarah, I loved the wallpapers! They're really great. Flame, I'm really glad that you're in a good mood! And Fawkes, I'm glad you're in a semi-nutty mood! Everybody needs that for a change! ;-)

I hope all of you who saw the movie already really enjoyed it! I can't wait until I see it. I keep repeating the time and theater to myself (3:50 PM, Commack Cinemas). As you all can probably tell, I'm really very excited. And they day after the movie is my Bat Mitzvah!! 3 days to go, and I can't wait! It will be a beautiful day! So, because of the movie and my Bat Mitzvhah, this weekend is going to be amazing!!!!!!!!!! (Sorry if that sounds selfish, but I'm practically bouncing off the walls with excitement!)

Happy birthday and congratulations to all it applies to! Good luck to everybody on their endeavours (and finals, Veronika ;-) ) Have a great day!!

Sincerely,

A very, very excited, off the wall, ecstatic Lauren

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Marie E. - Jun 2, 2004 6:02 pm (#2608 of 2912)

Well, I didn't get to this thread in time to see the JKR Biography, but I did manage to catch the last 20 minutes of The Magic Touch of Harry Potter. There was a nice bit with JKR saying that she's seen the movie and she's very pleased with it. I am so excited about the movie that I'm practically twitterpatted.

Incidently, I went to the theater today to pick up my tickets (prepaid online, naturally) and tried to get another one for a friend at work. They are sold out, practically all the shows for Friday night. This is only the theater nearsest to me, but I imagine it's that way all over town. Go HP fans!!!

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Liz - Jun 2, 2004 6:15 pm (#2609 of 2912)

No fair, I have to wait until Friday.

At least I don't have to wait untill September.

Beth

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The Great Abbycadabra - Jun 2, 2004 9:28 pm (#2610 of 2912)

I think the episode of Biography was updated a bit. I saw the last few minutes of it and it had stuff about COS and OOP, which wasn't on the episode I saw. Of course, I saw that in January of 2002, so it's been a while for me.

I just got word that we're going to see POA at 1:30 pm on Friday. Well, hopefully. I'm all paranoid now about it selling out. We went to the movies yesterday, but didn't get our tickets. We so should have. Ugh, paranoia sucks! Of course, I was like this before going to see P/SS and COS, too.

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VeronikaG - Jun 3, 2004 3:12 am (#2611 of 2912)

I have skipped most of the new messages here, there were just too many to catch up on. I guess people are starting heading for Pennsylvania. Myself it seems I'm heading for a school's out for the summer-party. Then I'm gonna treat myself to the Norwegian edition of OotP, for having gotten through all my finals. I consider the finals I've been taking these weeks as my OWLs.

Please keep me updated on what's going on in Pennsylvania!

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mike miller - Jun 3, 2004 4:03 am (#2612 of 2912)

I watched the Magic Touch of Harry Potter after the Biography episode on A&E. There were a couple of scenes I had never seen before, even with the edited scene on the DVD releases.

Dumbledore telling Harry he doesn't need an invisibility cloak to become invisible.

Hagrid telling Harry that he picked him out of the rubble on Halloween.

I'm so glad the VCR was running! 26 hours until I see PoA!

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septentrion - Jun 3, 2004 5:55 am (#2613 of 2912)

bad news for me. I told you I had an oral exam in April to get a promotion but I messed it up because of stress. I got the answer today and it's logically : no. Well, I'm lucky there's PoA these days, it helps me to keep my cheers. But I know myself, tomorrow, I'll be better, letting the bad behind me. So don't be too sorry for me guys.

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Sherbie Lemon - Jun 3, 2004 6:10 am (#2614 of 2912)

Ah!!!!! I've seen it! Overall, it was great, really funny (I did not expect that). I only have very minor gripes about it, and I am a very harsh critic when it comes to the HP movies, so that should be good news for everyone.

We drove home in a downpour last night. It was so bad, I had to pull over off the highway for about an hour while the winds gusted up to 80 mph! It was like I was in PoA! I didn't get home till after 2 am, an hour 1/2 later than I should have, so I was totally exhausted when I finally reached my bed.

I'm so excited for everyone to see it! I'll be seeing it again myself tonight at 12 am. If anyone wants to discuss it with me, I'll be home a bit later and would love a chance to get your opinion. You can IM me thru MSN, or email me and I'll quickly reply!

Have a great day!

Edit: Septentrion, don't sweat it! You'll get another opportunity to prove yourself. And the next time, I'm sure you'll do better. But I'm sorry for your disappointment, I really am.

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Marè - Jun 3, 2004 6:25 am (#2615 of 2912)

Hugs Septentrion!

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VeronikaG - Jun 3, 2004 7:06 am (#2616 of 2912)

I have a question I'm not really sure anybody can answer. When I was six or seven years old, there was this song that was a hit, but that I have never heard again later. It was a rather strange song, I'm not even able to spell the words of the chorus. All I remember of the lyrics is that they said "America" a lot, and one of the lines was "always peace and understanding." Does anybody know what song I'm talking about? It was a much played song back in the mid 80's.

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draco all the way - Jun 3, 2004 8:01 am (#2617 of 2912)

Wow that was ... descriptive!

Anywho, I have a question, on the you know that you are a HP fan thread someone mentioned a really good fanfic called After the End on Sugarquill. Can anybody post the link seeing as how I am clueless as to how to operate th sugarquilll website? I looked but I couldn't find it.

Have fun in PA! And don't forget to post EVERY SINGLE picture!

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Padfoot - Jun 3, 2004 8:05 am (#2618 of 2912)

Septentrion, sorry to hear about your bad news. Have fun seeing PoA, it will take your mind off it. Sending hugs your way. Hug

I still need to wait until Saturday afternoon (1 PM) to see it(PoA). I am glad there are so many good reviews out there. I hope this movie does really well here in the US like it is doing in the UK.

Have fun everyone going to Pennsylvania this weekend! Remember to take pictures and have fun.

Star 18

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I Am Used Vlad - Jun 3, 2004 8:43 am (#2619 of 2912)

I'll be leaving soon for my attempt on Saturday to run a half-marathon. I'll let everybody know how I did when I get back.

Anyway, I hope everyone going to Pennsylvania this weekend has a great time. Be sure to take lots of pictures for the rest of us to see.

To all other US forum members other than Sherbie and the Giant Squid, enjoy the movie over the weekend.

Bye

Edit: If either Sherbie or Mike sees it for a second time over the weekend, I hope that they enjoy it, too. Just thought I should clarify that.

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Gina R Snape - Jun 3, 2004 9:00 am (#2620 of 2912)

Well, I fly today to San Francisco. It may be a few days until I can get to a computer...not sure yet what my access will be like when I get there. But have fun everyone. Can't wait to hear the reports on the Pennsylvania meeting. I'll be sure to have pics in my Slytherin-wear for the party in San Francisco!

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septentrion - Jun 3, 2004 9:30 am (#2621 of 2912)

Thanks all for your comfort !

Nimrod, I'm very admirative of you : to run a half marathon ! I hope you'll have a fine weather !

Good trip to san Francisco Gina ! Please make sure we'll see you with your Slytherin-wear.

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haymoni - Jun 3, 2004 9:38 am (#2622 of 2912)

Gina - sorry I missed you!

The Boston Herald gave a wonderful review of POA and spoke very highly of our Mr. Rickman. There is a link on TLC. The Mr. Rickman part is all the way at the end of the article. FYI.

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Julia. - Jun 3, 2004 10:11 am (#2623 of 2912)

Sure Draco, here's the link for "After the End"

http://www.sugarquill.net/index.php?action=profile&id=310

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boop - Jun 3, 2004 11:00 am (#2624 of 2912)

Thanks Everyone I am getting down to the last minute things to do. I am sure that everyone will have a great time. We will be taking lots of pictures and they will be posted on line for all to see. I hope everyone enjoys the movie.

Safe trip to Gina, can't wait to see your pictures too.

Sam have a safe trip and I know you will do just fine, you trained really hard for this. I will keep my fingers crossed for you.

Septentrion, sorry to hear about your job. Here is a big hug to you.

Here everyone have a hug from me!! I got my first forum member here this morning Brandon and tonight I get two more Sarah and Jimmie. Wow this is so great, and I am not dreaming !!!!!! I will get some real hugs!!!!!

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Acceber - Jun 3, 2004 11:34 am (#2625 of 2912)

Thanks for the hug boop! But I'll pass it on to septentrion. She needs it more than I do.

If you're going to Pennsylvania, which most of you are, give everyone a hug from me. Thank you very much.

Wow, my whole post was about hugs, that's odd. Never mind: Draco, I hope you love "After the End" I'm in the middle of it currently, I didn't get to read it yesterday, and I'm practically dying!

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Madam Poppy - Jun 3, 2004 12:05 pm (#2626 of 2912)
Edited by Jun 3, 2004 1:05 pm

I hope everyone has a safe and fun weekend! I'll be thinking of all my HP friends tomorrow night.

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Dumbledore - Jun 3, 2004 12:06 pm (#2627 of 2912)

Have a great Harry Potter weekend everybody! Have fun in PA and take lots of pictures to post!!!

--Lauren

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scully jones - Jun 3, 2004 12:49 pm (#2628 of 2912)

Okay we're off! FUNNY thing happened today though. Our boss bought us lunch, and in Jimmie's fortune cookie it said he had a "magnetic personality". On the back, it says how to say AIRPLANE in chinese. I was thinking... Uh oh, if Jimmie's personality is magnetic, I hope it doesn't set the metal detectors off.

THEN, at Walgreens, as we were picking up some last minute supplies, Jimmie set off the alarm as we walked in. I was a little surprised, that's never happened before. He set it off as we walked out, too, and then I remembered! MAGNETIC personality! We think it was his watch, so he's gonna empty all his pockets and take off the watch before we go through screening.

See some of you all soon!

GINA: if you see that A&E Biography thing... Keep an eye on Alan Rickman in the background. While doing the scene where he comes out of the wardrobe, one time he poses really funny. Like a model, with his back arched up against it and his head thrown back. It's hilarious. Try to get a screenshot or something for your avatar!

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Dumbledore - Jun 3, 2004 12:54 pm (#2629 of 2912)

That's a really funny story!! :-)

-Lauren

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Blast - Jun 3, 2004 1:43 pm (#2630 of 2912)

Sarah sometimes the strips on bank cards can set off the detectors.

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Catherine - Jun 3, 2004 2:03 pm (#2631 of 2912)

Hi everyone,

I missed the Forum while I was at the beach for Memorial Day. I definitely needed my Harry Potter fix. Even my brother, who is a fan, was not giving me the Harry Potter interaction that I so desperately needed.

I know my animal issues soapbox is tiresome, but I had SUCH a bad experience today at our local Humane Society Shelter, and this forum reaches so many good people, and I wanted to share this story. If it makes one person adopt a pet from a shelter, or neuter their pet, then it's worth it.

It was 96 degrees outside today, and incredibly humid. These "people" (I use this term loosely) brought in four 8 week-old hound mix puppies in a very tiny cardboard box--all jumbled up with each other. They were dehydrated and lethargic, and you could see the fleas swarming all over them. It also turns out that their bellies were swollen because they'd never been wormed.

These "people" were leaving them at the shelter because "they are too much trouble and getting into everything." Was their mother spayed yet? Of course not. Had they ever been vaccinated? Of course not. Get this--these folks wanted to "look around" at the shelter to see if there was "a dog we'd like" to take home!

They had absolutely no shame. I left while one of the shelter employees looked like she'd had an engorgement charm cast on her--she swelled up big like Aunt Marge and told these folks in no uncertain terms that they were completely inelegible to adopt a dog. I left quickly before she had a chance to explode.

Thanks for letting me vent. I might have exploded, too.

Cheers!

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Liz - Jun 3, 2004 2:26 pm (#2632 of 2912)

Cheers!

*raising goblet*

*clinking of goblets*

*drinking of goblets*

Beth

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Padfoot - Jun 3, 2004 2:30 pm (#2633 of 2912)

Yikes Catherine! What terrible people. I'm glad that the Humane Society does turn people down. Pet ownership is a big responsibility and some people are not cut out for it. Imagine those kinds of people having kids. Why they might even do something as terrible as forcing their child to live under the stairs...

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Catherine - Jun 3, 2004 2:47 pm (#2634 of 2912)

Exactly, Padfoot! I hate laughing at that, because I do realize that there are bad people who do bad things to kids, too. I know some people who think that I get "too worked up" over what happens to animals when there are so many kids who are neglected and abused.

I was a teacher, and I know. I used to have a "I forgot my lunch" drawer in my desk for the kids who were chronically hungry and underfed and neglected. Some kids had no hot water at home, and I had to discreetly arrange "mandatory" showers with the P.E. teachers. For my child's elementary school, I am among a core group of parents who send monthly snacks and personal items for those kids whose parents are too proud/lazy/or don't speak English to sign them up for free lunches. Then there are kids who don't qualify for free lunches, but whose parents "forget" to give them lunch money or to pack a lunch every day. Some kids, and this is in elementary school, smell so badly that it is hard to be near them without letting them see that you are discomfited.

But we can measure ourselves by how we treat the most vulnerable members of our society. And to tell the truth, we ain't doin' so good!

So, back to Harry, all I'll say while I'm still on the soapbox is look around, there are lots of Harrys everywhere.

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timrew - Jun 3, 2004 3:31 pm (#2635 of 2912)

Okay, I've tried to keep up with the posts, but they get the better of me!

I go on holiday on Saturday morning for two weeks, to Vilamoura in Portugal.

I don't care about spoilers for POA (my son has told me all about it anyway!). Take care and God bless to you all, and see you in two weeks!

Enjoy the movie!!!

Tim

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Sherbie Lemon - Jun 3, 2004 4:23 pm (#2636 of 2912)

Have fun on your holiday, Tim!

Catherine, those people sound terrible. We had several strays around our old apartment complex and I used to take them into the vet to get their vaccinations, to get them spayed, and to give them advantage. It blows me away that people could be so cruel to animals. My heart just breaks whenever I see one abandoned or hurt. I couldn't do what you do and see that kind of thing day in and day out; I would definitely take a page from Hermione's book and punch the daylights out of those people. Oh, and on an unrelated note, I got your email and I'm working on the page from OotP right now!

I'm seeing PoA again tonight at 12 am, so hopefully I'll see even more details! I'm getting excited again, even though I saw it only 24 hours ago! Again, if anyone cares to chat about it, don't hesitate to email or IM me! I'm having a nice discussion with Septentrion about it currently. I love hearing other potty's interpretations.

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Catherine - Jun 3, 2004 4:43 pm (#2637 of 2912)

OK, I have to correct Sherbie's perception that I "work" at the Humane Society. I'm a breed foster mom, and I'm officially "overeducated and underemployed!" My observation today was just from a little while, on one day. The people who work there day in and out deserve all praise and respect. It's miserable, and smelly, and yet, better than the alternative.

Also, the good news is that the Humane Society Shelter in our town is a no-kill shelter. The problem is that North Carolina's "kill rate" of adoptable animals is twice the national average. Our local animal shelter for our county had to kill over 5000 animals last year for lack of homes. Many of those were kittens and puppies.

I go to the Humane Society to evaluate Shih-Tzus, or Shih-Tzu mixes who turn up for rescue. Today I was there to bring a chew toy for a little Shih-Tzu (think lap dog/indoor dog) who is facing 10 days of quarrantine in a cement dog run in 95 degree heat. And it's not like he can read Harry Potter books to pass the time!

I'm hoping, once he's served his "quarrantine time' to bring the little guy home and pamper him a little. My two Shih-tzu girls will probably make him wish he was back at the Shelter! Wish us both luck!

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Denise P. - Jun 3, 2004 5:58 pm (#2638 of 2912)

Catherine, I used to go do evals and temperament tests on my breed before I started having babies again and Devin got sick. That is how we ended up with Dawson. I went to do a TT on him and he was so sweet that I had to keep him, tail and all. (Mixed feelings in rescue regarding tailed dog...most people want to amputate but the adoption contract says no so the dogs sit longer. Do we take the incredibly sweet tailed dog, knowing it will not find a home easily and take up space or do we pass him up so we can help the other dogs that will find homes faster, thus helping more dogs?) He is a Rottweiler and doing a test on an unneutred male is always fun but he just wanted to kiss me the entire time. We have had him 4 years now.

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haymoni - Jun 3, 2004 6:00 pm (#2639 of 2912)

I just don't get why people can't take care of their pets. It really does not cost that much to "fix" your animal. Our cat was rescued from a race track, our Sheltie was the runt from a litter of seven whose mother died during birth (the farmer waited too long to get help) and our new kitten was one of three born to a pregnant stray that showed up at a neighbor's house. All of the animals are spayed/neutered and are FINE!! I just don't get it!

Tim - have a wonderful time in Portugal and if you come back with an idea for a novel, I would like to invest!

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Lynn Allen - Jun 3, 2004 7:06 pm (#2640 of 2912)

Hi Catherine and Denise, We also have a Shih Tzu, Lady, that joined our family when the children were just beginning school. (She had pedigree papers when we bought her but we decided she was a pet rather than show dog. And yes, she was neutered more than a decade ago). She is 12 years old now and has been such a good companion since I went on disability; she is always there when I'm sick and the rest of the family are at work or school. A couple months ago she was diagnosed with glaucoma after we feared she had some vision loss in one eye; we had never heard of glaucoma in dogs but it's apparently relatively common. Our veterinarian prescribed three different eyedrops to be administered twice a day and these may be slowing down the glaucoma. They cost a fortune but there is no way I would fail to help Lady now that she needs us. Hearing the way people treat their "pets" is distressing and you know they probably don't treat their children any better. My wife also has horror stories from her 25 years as an elementary teacher, Denise. Doesn't it just make you sick to think what terrible things happen to innocent children? Oh well, on a happier note, there are just 14 hours until I see Prisoner of Azkaban on the giant IMAX screen! I can hardly wait!

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wormsé - Jun 3, 2004 7:17 pm (#2641 of 2912)

14 hours until I, too, see Prisoner of Azkaban!! YAY!! A big group of my friends, and a local internet friend whose twice our age are all going. Sadly, they wouldn't sell us tickets today, so we have to get there early tomorrow. I can't wait!!

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Liz - Jun 3, 2004 7:18 pm (#2642 of 2912)

I volunteer at a NO-KILL-Animal Shelter for service hours with the National Junior Honors Society (NJHS, It's for students who get good grades and want to volunteer.) It's so sad to see dogs that have horrible wounds, and cats that are scared to come out from where they're hiding. Some other cats are really sweet though, they'll come right up to you and expect you to pet them. Every time I go there I wonder why such innocent animals could be treated so cruely.

Anyway, I know what you're talking about.

Beth

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Marie E. - Jun 3, 2004 7:20 pm (#2643 of 2912)

Have fun, Tim!

I have about 22 hours until I see the movie. I don't know if I can make through the day without being completely distracted. I have Bertie Botts and Chocolate Frogs all set to smuggle into the theater. To eat while in line is more like it. We are getting to the theater two hours early, and I bet there will be a line already.

We used to have a child at our daycare that had such bad body odor the other children would comment on it. I think it takes a lot for someone who likes to play in dirt to say "gee, you smell". My heart used to just break for her. I found out that her little brother will be in Lexie's kindergarten class. I hope there's better grooming going on now. Lexie's not known to be shy about those sort of things. She has been going around telling her preschool teachers that I'm pregnant because my stomach is fat. Thanks a lot, kiddo!

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wormsé - Jun 3, 2004 7:27 pm (#2644 of 2912)

Awww, Marie!!

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Liz - Jun 3, 2004 9:03 pm (#2645 of 2912)

Hello, Anyone there?

*Door slowly creaks open*

Beth

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Kip Carter - Jun 3, 2004 9:14 pm (#2646 of 2912)

Beth West, are you aware there is a Chat Room as well as a Chat Thread. This is the Chat Thread.

To go to the Chat Room, Marè posted excellent instructions to Dumbledore with her Post #192 on the thread -- How do you ....... ?.

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Liz - Jun 3, 2004 9:17 pm (#2647 of 2912)

Apparently not.

Sorry.

Beth

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The Great Abbycadabra - Jun 3, 2004 9:25 pm (#2648 of 2912)

Yay, I got my tickets this afternoon. What a relief--nothing was sold out. I went in and out without a problem. So I'm seeing POA at 12:30 tomorrow afternoon!! Earlier than I thought! It's actually the second showing--the first being at noon--but it's in the better of the two theaters. I'm all giddy again.

Septentrion, I'm sorry to hear that. Have some Abbyfetti! ',;.',;.',;.,';.',

Catherine, what icky people. I just don't understand people sometimes.

Have a great weekend everyone!!!

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Catherine - Jun 4, 2004 3:47 am (#2649 of 2912)

Thanks for the support. It is distressing to see that so many people just don't do "what is right, instead of what is easy." But it's also wonderful to talk about it and find so many like-minded people who do feel strongly about what is right.

Marie, your story made me laugh. I have a preschooler who tells stories about me, and I wish she would just limit herself to saying my stomach is fat! That would at least be true! She makes up very creative "stories" that are very embarrassing. For instance, she told EVERYONE last week that I was stopped for speeding by a policeman (not true, never happened), that I yelled at the policeman (didn't happen), and that the policeman pulled me out of a window and took me to jail (REALLY, it didn't happen!) and put me in a cell that had a sign that said, "Mommy, No Speeding." She told this story at her school, to my husband behind my back (he assumed I had gotten a ticket and not told anyone), and to my entire family at a Sunday dinner.

She's also told people that she'd getting a whole new mommy and daddy who will take her to Disneyworld, and that she's getting a new baby sister from China (none of this is true). I told her teachers that I wouldn't believe any of the stuff she says about them if they don't believe it of me. Sometimes they laugh during carpool, and I just know that she told them something awful that day. I don't even ask!

Maybe she has a future as the "next" JKR!

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VeronikaG - Jun 4, 2004 4:37 am (#2650 of 2912)

Ooooooh! Catherine's daughter sound just like me when I was little. I said the most unexpected and sometimes embarrassing things. When I turned three or four, my mother had a birthday party for me, with all the elderly members of our family. (The kids had been there earlier.) One of my old aunts had very large breasts, and of course I had to tell her. My mother told me in a rather MacGonagal was that that was no way to speak, and had me apologize. But I think it took ten minutes or less before I also told her her throat was "hanging out." I can't remember whether or not I was allowed to attend the rest of my own birthday after that. All I remember is that I was tempted to ask her what the "square pattern" on her face was. Honestly, I was rather well behaved usually, but all of a sudden I could get these attacks of "misbehaviour", that could be pretty bad. I was never as bad as my little cousin is now, however.
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Accio Sirius - Jun 4, 2004 6:21 am (#2651 of 2912)

Denise, What is the step thing your piggie is on? I'm curious because our little guy is quite plump. I let him run around downstairs a bit, but he tends to just squeak like he's contemplating infinity and it's all just too much! Maybe he's agoraphobic! Anyway, he may need step aerobics.

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Denise P. - Jun 4, 2004 6:28 am (#2652 of 2912)

Those are the stairs leading up to the second level of her cage. They are actually plastic pencil boxes with holes drilled in them and then I used cable ties to put it together. There is felt on the steps so she can grip going up and down them. Cinnamon doesn't even weigh a pound yet but she is still quite young. Our other pig, Petunia, weighs over 2 lbs.

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Padfoot - Jun 4, 2004 7:37 am (#2653 of 2912)

I'm getting excited about seeing PoA tomorrow. Only 27 1/2 hours to go! Should be a lot of fun seeing a regular movie on IMAX. The last IMAX I saw was Everest, which further cemented the idea that I do not want to climb mountains, especially that one!

Have fun Tim on your vacation! I wish I was on vacation. Not until the end of the month though.

I have considered volunteering at the Denver Dumb Friends League (same thing as the Humane Society). I am just afraid I will bring every stray home. I love animals so much, but I don't have the room or time to look after any more pets. My two ferrets plus my fish are all I can handle right now. Someday when I have a house with a yard, I will get a dog again; I really prefer large dogs. I have a good friend who has 3 Shih-Tzus and spoils them rotten. Of course I shouldn't speak, my ferrets rule my condo and are treated like royalty.

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Denise P. - Jun 4, 2004 8:34 am (#2654 of 2912)

Wow, I am totally amazed! I ordered a Hairy Otter shirt on Monday night, from Alaska. It arrived here today! It is so darn cute too!

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Padfoot - Jun 4, 2004 8:40 am (#2655 of 2912)

I bet it is Denise. I haven't gotten around to ordering one myself. Need to do that.

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Gina R Snape - Jun 4, 2004 10:03 am (#2656 of 2912)

Well, I made it safely to San Francisco! Much to my relief, as I really dislike flying.

ChiaoJones, thanks for the heads up. I have a friend making a copy for me and will look out for the shot. I love it when Alan camps it up!

Have fun today, everyone going to see PoA. In a few hours from now, I'll be happily waving my wand!

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Acceber - Jun 4, 2004 12:03 pm (#2657 of 2912)

I'm going in 3 1/2 hours! Can't wait! I'll post on the movie thread tomorrow with a review, since then it is officially legal.

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Padfoot - Jun 4, 2004 12:07 pm (#2658 of 2912)

Ok, I have to vent here. I ordered SS dvd off of Ebay. I have never used it before. Anyway it came and it is only one cd, used and in Chinese! This is not what I ordered at all. I am very disappointed. Going over to Ebay now to see what they are going to do to fix this. Argh! Very frustrated at having to wait two weeks to get something I don't want. *Sigh* I supposed I will get over it, just a disappointment.

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Catherine - Jun 4, 2004 12:13 pm (#2659 of 2912)

I just came back from PoA!

Wow!

Oldman and Gambon were so fabulous, and I have forgiven Thewlis his mustache. He was great. The emotional content was wonderful.

Cuaron really infused this film with feeling--I'm still reeling...

Good luck to all those waiting to see it. It's worth the wait.

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icthestrals - Jun 4, 2004 12:40 pm (#2660 of 2912)

Have a great weekend everyone!! I won't be able to see the movie until next week, but since I'll be on vacation, I might see it more than once. I won't be on the Forum next week much either, boo! At least I will avoid spoilers until I see the movie. Take care.

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wormsé - Jun 4, 2004 1:45 pm (#2661 of 2912)

Catherine, I agree! At first I didn't like who was playing Sirius or Lupin... but I must say after the movie (which I just saw 2 hours ago), I have completely forgiven the casting directors. When I got to the theatre, there was a line, but thankfully it moved quite fast. The movie was definitely worth the wait.

Icthestrals- have fun on your vacation!

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Madame Librarian - Jun 4, 2004 4:02 pm (#2662 of 2912)

Have a great weekend in PA everyone who's going. Be safe, take lots of pics, enjoy the meet and greet.

Tim, have a wonderful vacation. Just be prepared to do some heavy catching up.

We went to the movie this afternoon. I loved it. The amazingly better acting by the kids, the "darkness," the pacing, the addition of fine actors like Thewlis, Oldman and Thompson, all made up for the fact that it did not include large chunks of the book. It was a compelling and brilliant film on its own. Seeing it after reading the book is the perfect way to approach it. Kudos to Mr. Radcliffe. He is real...not made of wood at all.

Now I have to plan a day soon to see it again.

Ciao. Barb

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Madam Poppy - Jun 4, 2004 8:15 pm (#2663 of 2912)

I left work at 5:06, drove home, changed into my black jeans and my Sirius Black t-shirt and made it with time to spare for the 5:30 showing!

I was in the anti-pink hoodie group originally, but I thought everything looked more "real" this time. I can't wait to see it again! I plan to take a few notes on new clues to Book 6 & 7.

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draco all the way - Jun 4, 2004 8:27 pm (#2664 of 2912)

Arrgh! I've not even seen it once!

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The Great Abbycadabra - Jun 4, 2004 9:42 pm (#2665 of 2912)

That was so fantastic!!! I'm so going to make my friend come see it with me next week. She did after all force me to go see Troy with her. This'll make up for it! I have a few complaints, but I'll take that to the movie thread. Oh, I'm so excited.

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Brandon Christopher - Jun 4, 2004 10:09 pm (#2666 of 2912)

Gina - why are you in San Fran NOW?!? Why did you have to go the weekend I'm not in town. :-(

And the movie was good, better if you're not an HP fan though...

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Gina R Snape - Jun 5, 2004 12:04 am (#2667 of 2912)

Heh, heh. Hey Bran. I'll be here on my hols until the 13th if you're returning before then.

I just came back from the film and have one immediate thought (not spoilerish)...not enough Snape!

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Leviosa - Jun 5, 2004 2:32 am (#2668 of 2912)

I hope everyone at the gathering is having a great time!

I also liked the movie very much, especially Gary Oldman's performance. I posted my opinion on the movie thread. I hope I can see it soon again and I want to see the original version, not just a sychronization.

Have a nice weekend everyone!

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Chemyst - Jun 5, 2004 4:37 am (#2669 of 2912)

Time for a little balance here... I don't want any of you to leap blindly and fool yourself into thinking you are helping someone. Post #2640 says, "Hearing the way people treat their "pets" is distressing and you know they probably don't treat their children any better." and then in posts #2343, #2649, and #2650, there were stories of children telling whoppers. Look closely at the first statement. It says "hearing." That means receiving gossip. Consider the abundance of not-so-innocent comments by children. I'm telling you as one who knows, if you report someone for abuse based on gossip and don't have your facts straight, you are guilty of stealing a reputation, emotionally abusing an innocent person, gossip mongering and lying. So get your facts straight and don't act on emotion or you will become a destroyer of innocence yourself, even if you "intended" to prevent that very thing. Thank you.

Now as to more pleasant topics, you guys are whetting my appetite for the movie, but I was in a better place on opening day. Yes!! Hard to believe, I know, but it was possible. I had third row center seats for the Atlanta Symphony led by guest conductor Howard Shore-- the Golden Globe, Oscar, and Grammy winning composer of the music for Lord of the Rings. We could see the individual notes on the violinists' pages and heard it from nearly the same perspective as the conductor! The applause was so long at the end that he had to return to stage three times! He has other concerts this year in Canada, the US, Europe and Australia. If one comes near you, and if you like LotR music, GO!

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Marè - Jun 5, 2004 4:56 am (#2670 of 2912)

Gina, dear, you wouldn't even think it enough Snape if the movie was called "Professor Snape and the prisoner of Azkaban".

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Acceber - Jun 5, 2004 5:21 am (#2671 of 2912)

LOL Mare.

I saw it last night, still at a loss for words. Two words I can say though, "Page 394."

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Flame Alligator - Jun 5, 2004 7:23 am (#2672 of 2912)

Tim, Enjoy your vacation.

Goedemorgen everybody!!

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Diagon Nilly - Jun 5, 2004 7:56 am (#2673 of 2912)

Mmmm, "Professor Snape and the Prisoner of Azkaban." I like it! "Professor Snape and the Goblet of Fire?" Yes, yes! Even better, "Professor Snape and the Order of the Snapes." >gurgle<

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VeronikaG - Jun 5, 2004 9:33 am (#2674 of 2912)

Ahhhhh! Finally home again! Still haven't seen the film. Sad

After having finished the last final this year, most of my class went out to party and celebrate summer. First we went to a beach to have a barbecue. Afterwards we went up to two friends of mine who live next door to each other in the dorms, 10 people in each room. Some boys spilled beer in my friends bed. Later, we went to a bar downtown, were there was karaoke night. Stayed there until 3 am. I stayed over at another friend's (a girl) flat over night. Second night of getting only a few hours sleep.

Next morning we went down to school to have a good bye lunch, and I helped my friend pack out of her dorm room. When I got home 8 pm yesterday, I was so sleepy I went straight to bed. Slept until 10 am today!

So.... How are everyone in Pennsylvania?

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Gina R Snape - Jun 5, 2004 9:51 am (#2675 of 2912)

Professor Snape and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Has rather a nice ring to it. But really, there were some things left out...which shall be left out here because they belong on the movie thread!

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mike miller - Jun 5, 2004 5:01 pm (#2676 of 2912)

I just returned home from the PA Gathering and it was GREAT! First, hat's off to Betty (Boop - Take 50 points for your house) for pulling everything together. Dispite the less than seasonal weather, a good time was had by all. It was wonderful to put faces to names and to meet a few spouses. The food was fantastic, the baked beans were great and the Deviled Eggs out of this world. We had a great time going over theories, ideas, current and past Forum members.

We need to do it again and have more Forum members come!

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Marie E. - Jun 5, 2004 5:06 pm (#2677 of 2912)

Oh, I'm glad that everyone had a good time. Next time we have a get together I will definitely come.

Since we're so quiet this weekend (everyone off for a second viewing? or fourth?) I thought I'd relate a cute story. We're packing and Shayla noticed a box labeled Give Away. It was filled with toys that they don't play with anymore. I walked by it this afternoon and she had written "Not" above Give Away and below wrote "Shayla and Lexie's toys". It was so funny that I let them each pick two toys out of the box to keep.

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wormsé - Jun 5, 2004 6:23 pm (#2678 of 2912)

Hey Mike, out of curiousity.. did Betty have my picture there? LoL- she promised she would! I'm glad everyone had a good time, and I can't wait for everyone to come back. It's been rather quiet.

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mike miller - Jun 6, 2004 9:46 am (#2679 of 2912)

Lindsay - Betty had a small book with photos and your's was in the book. I'm go check the PA Gathering thread to see what else has been posted.

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septentrion - Jun 6, 2004 11:07 am (#2680 of 2912)

Will we be able to see the photos ? Or at least some of them ? Would be like I'd be able to come.

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Denise P. - Jun 6, 2004 1:42 pm (#2681 of 2912)

I think Sarah has most of the pictures on her webpage, that were in the book Betty had. I know both Julia and Sarah have said they will post pictures taken over the weekend up as well.

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Julia. - Jun 6, 2004 6:10 pm (#2682 of 2912)

Back form the gathering and trying to catch up on all the posts I missed! I'll be here all night!! In the meantime, I've gotten all the pictures on to my computer, I'll post them on the gathering thread before night's end. Have a good evening everyone!

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Karla Labanda - Jun 7, 2004 5:44 am (#2683 of 2912)

Buenos días a todos.

I hope that everyone who already saw Harry Potter and Prsioner of Azkaban, had enjoyed the movie a lot.

Please don't tell any detail here. I have to wait until Friday. I'll buy my tickets today. I am so happy!!!!

To the people of the Gathering, please, I want to see the pictures as soon as possible.

A nice week to everybody. Una buena semana para todos.

PD. I'm sorry, If you don't understand something, please correct me. Thanks

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tracie1976 - Jun 7, 2004 5:47 am (#2684 of 2912)

Denise has a link to pictures in the June 4th meeting thread.

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Lynn Allen - Jun 7, 2004 10:39 am (#2685 of 2912)

Karla, there is no reason for us to correct your use of English. Keep up the good work! And I hope you enjoy the Prisoner of Azkaban movie as much as I did. My only regret during the movie was that I sat next to families with small children who talked through out the show. Oh well.

I was also glad to hear the Lexicon Forum gathering in Pennsylvania went so well and regret not being able to attend. Boop deserves a lot of praise for organizing the event!

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I Am Used Vlad - Jun 7, 2004 11:55 am (#2686 of 2912)

Hi, everyone. I'm back from my half-marathon. The weather was great and I finished in 2 hours and 16 minutes, which is about what I was hoping to do it in but better than I thought I'd do. Also, I just got back from seeing PoA, so I'm in a great mood.

I hope the gathering went well and can't wait to see pictures.

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Ticker - Jun 7, 2004 11:58 am (#2687 of 2912)
Edited by Jun 7, 2004 12:59 pm

I am almost forgiving David Thewliss his moustache (hee, hee C. Allen) and will definitely stand in line for any "Order of the Snapes" movie (snort D. Nilly).

Definitely post a link to pictures to the gathering - anyone who can. I would love to see them as well.

Congrats Nimrod!

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mike miller - Jun 7, 2004 12:00 pm (#2688 of 2912)

Nimrod & Ticker - Check the PA Gathering thread. Denise has posted some pictures. It was a wonderful time even though Mother Nature tried to mess things up. Thanks again to Betty!

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Padfoot - Jun 7, 2004 12:54 pm (#2689 of 2912)
Edited by Jun 7, 2004 1:55 pm

Hope everyone had a good weekend too! Congrats Sam on your marathon. I am not fond of being in them. But it sounds like you had fun.

Saw the movie and enjoyed it. I considered dressing up as Hermione. But it was 85 degrees, too hot for a pink hoodie sweat shirt. Did wear pink tank top with jeans though. It was as close as I could come.

Pictures of the gathering are great. Looks like you all had a good time.

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Dumbledore - Jun 7, 2004 3:00 pm (#2690 of 2912)

Hey everybody!!!!!!!!!!

I haven't posted here in a few days because there has been so much going on for me this weekend. First, on Friday was the movie and I have to say I thought it was excellent, although like others have said it didn't stay entirely true to the book. It was also also different than the other movies because of the new director, but I'm not complaining! I'll put any other thoughts I have about the movie on the movie thread!! ;-)

On Saturday was my Bat Mitzvah, which I have been sooooooo excited about! Everything went excellent and I had an awesome time! Sunday some of my extended family came over, so I got to just hang out with cousins that I haven't seen in a long time. It was really great, although now I'm a little sad because I probably won't see them for an even longer time. :-(

Catherine Allen, I can't believe people would do such cruel things to their pets! I am an ardent animal lover and animal rights activist (NO ANIMAL TESTING!!) and it kills me to hear people treat their pet so horribly.

I'm glad the PA gathering went well for all who went! Hope you had a blast! Post the pictures!

Tim, have fun on your vacation!

Congrats Nimrod on the marathon!

Well, that's it for now! Sorry about the long post, but I had alot to catch up on! Have a good evening and a great week everybody!!!

--Lauren

P.S. Please feel free to email or IM me. I love to correspond with people!

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boop - Jun 7, 2004 3:16 pm (#2691 of 2912)

Sam way to go, I knew you could do it.

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Acceber - Jun 7, 2004 6:06 pm (#2692 of 2912)

Congratulations Sam and Lauren!

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Julia. - Jun 7, 2004 7:13 pm (#2693 of 2912)

Mazel tov on your Bat Mitzvah Lauren and on the marathon Sam. All the hard work and practice finally paid off for both of you. Now just sit back, relax, and enjoy the fact that you don't have to practice any more. Also, for your viewing pleasure, the pictures from the gathering are posted on the gathering thread. Betty, Denise and myself have all posted our pics on the same page. The link's on the gathering thread. Enjoy.

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I Am Used Vlad - Jun 7, 2004 7:47 pm (#2694 of 2912)

Thanks, everyone. Sorry about the weather you had in PA. I must have taken the nice weather with me when I left.

The pictures are great, by the way.

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Caput Draconis - Jun 7, 2004 9:11 pm (#2695 of 2912)

Hey forum folks! Odd question: Does anyone, particularly anyone in the States (with kids, I guess) want to give me the rundown on spelling bees? I just watched the end of the 2004 national championship, () and as someone to whom the whole concept is alien (apart from one episode of Frasier...and the Simpsons), I was surprised at how intense it all was. I consider myself to be quite a passionate football supporter, but sitting there watching a kid try and spell schweheratzvartz (or something) was rivalling the most scary sporting moments...well it was on ESPN. I was seriously getting quite nervous for him...very nervous, actually. Twas intense.

So...what's doing? Does every school have spelling bees? Do kids like, aspire to be king/queen of spelling? Or is it up there with chess club on the geeky scale? Or is it only the genius kids that even get to that level? I'm intrigued...

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Dr Filibuster - Jun 7, 2004 9:54 pm (#2696 of 2912)

I'm intrigued from the UK too. (I saw that episode of Frasier as well).

It's also beyond me why Australia has to wait so blummin' long to see PoA. Have you ever had an explanation?

Congratulations Lauren (Dumbledore) on your Bat Mitvah, glad it went so well. Make sure you post your views about PoA on the movie thread. You are the same age as the third years so I'd like to see what you thought about them.

Well done in the marathon Nimrod.

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Madam Poppy - Jun 7, 2004 10:41 pm (#2697 of 2912)
Edited by Jun 7, 2004 11:44 pm



Hey Denise, check out the Lemony Snicket site: http://www.unfortunateeventsmovie.com/

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Caput Draconis - Jun 7, 2004 10:46 pm (#2698 of 2912)
Edited by Jun 7, 2004 11:53 pm

Woohoo! Join me in my quest to discover the mysterious art of spelling...

Blummin' long is right, Sue. No credible explanation, either. Although for us, June 4 was a Friday and all our films are released on Thursdays, so it probably messed up the precious schedule. Bah. Bah I say. 2 days...

We did draw David Thewlis, though. He's making an appearance on TV tonight, I'll let y'all know if he has anything interesting to say. Re. the moustache, perhaps.

EDIT: Madam Pince, thanks! I do feel deprived...man, how much more deprived can I get?? Anyway, I was thinking that about these national level kids, they all looked completely freaked out. The kid who came third only smiled after they kicked him out of the thing. And they all had these little things they'd ask the pronouncer (this one was funny too, he got stressed when he couldn't pronounce variations of a word properly, heh), like does that have it's origin in latin...I knew one word. One. And only because I've studied some Greek literature. I just wanted to hug them all...

...but go you for making State!

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Madam Pince - Jun 7, 2004 10:46 pm (#2699 of 2912)

Caput and Sue, you have no idea what you're missing if you've never participated in a spelling bee. They are seriously nerve-wracking. At my school, anyone could participate that wanted to, but it was mostly just the honor-roll types. I know that in today's schools it is sometimes seen as not "cool" to excel at anything (except maybe dressing properly), but back in the Ice Age when I was competing, I think we all aspired to win. I don't think we were really thought of as "geeky" either, although I may have been #1 on the geek patrol and just never knew it. (I also played basketball, so maybe that balanced it out. ) I won the bee a couple of years at my local school, which wasn't too nerve-wracking (it was a small school), but then you move up to your state bee, and THAT one was scary! I mean, you're only 11 or 12 years old at the time, so that adds to it, but here you are standing in front of a bunch of strangers, and the whole place is completely hushed with everyone there training their eyes on just you. And your brain goes either completely blank, or else it's filled with every possible "spelling rule" you've ever learned, which of course makes them all null and void.

I never won state level, so I can't even imagine what it would be like to go to the national bee. Horrors.

I'll never forget the one word I lost on .... equipment. And how easy is that? Just pure nerves, combined with a nincompoop of a pronouncer who enunciated in a very clipped voice "Equipped - ment" So I spelled it "equiptment." What a ding-dong.

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The Great Abbycadabra - Jun 7, 2004 11:48 pm (#2700 of 2912)

Mozel Tov and Congrats to Lauren (Dumbledore) and Sam! Have some Abbyfetti! ,';.',;.',;.',;.',.;

Lauren (Caput), those Spelling Bees on ESPN are intense. I watched it a few years ago and was totally on the edge of my seat. My school experience was reasonably void of spelling bees. I remember having ones in my class when I was maybe nine. I didn't do very well because I can't spell out loud to save my life. I have to write it down or forget it. In high school, we had spelling bees where the different grades competed. We always had various competitions between grades to boost morale and school spirit, I suppose. They were totally rigged so that the Seniors would always win, though. Anywho, that's my spelling bee experience. I never even saw any of the ones in high school because they weren't during school hours. I mean, like I'm going to go to school on my spare time to watch people spell. But I heard that they were pretty intense themselves.
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draco all the way - Jun 8, 2004 12:38 am (#2701 of 2912)

Spelling bees are scary! I've only ever done them in school and its SO nervewrecking to know that that the next letter you say might be wrong. Imagine what must be like at Nationals!

The kids on the ESPN spelling bee have to learn meanings, origins and pronunciation apart from just knowing to spell the word. And, it is my opinion that some of the parents there are REALLY pushy. They're like those fanatical parents of chess geniuses! Once , a while back, the parents of one kid (who was eventually the winner) would be sitting there working on a laptop, to analyse and research every word while it was being spelled! They even had their older daughter in the spelling bee the year before. It's all very competitive, so no wonder that one kid fainted on stage and another was in tears trying to spell a difficult word!

I believe they are making a documentary called 'Spellbound' which is about the very same spelling bee that was aired on ESPN. It deals with the pressure and stress that a child face during a spelling bee.

Oooh, Venus Transit happening today. But don't look directly at the sun or you might damage your eyes!

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scully jones - Jun 8, 2004 1:25 am (#2702 of 2912)

Those spelling bees are way too intense. I liked just the simple ones we had in school that didn't mean anything except free pizza for whoever won. There was one district-wide competition that I went to, though. I noticed when I got there that everyone else was studying dictionaries and word lists and being very intense. I didn't care really, I usually could spell pretty well on my own. I got 2nd place. The kid who won got the word wrong, then I got the word wrong, then he got it right. It was prejudice. I didn't know about the U, and since I never read anything about prejudice, it wasn't in my vocabulary. I was about 12. All we won were free cameras, though.

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azi - Jun 8, 2004 4:23 am (#2703 of 2912)

Oh yeah draco, the venus transit! Unfortunately I was in a biology exam all this morning and missed it. A once in a lifetime experience and you're in an exam! I've treated myself to a vanilla slice though and it's very yummy. Smile

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mike miller - Jun 8, 2004 5:22 am (#2704 of 2912)

The Venus transit is supposed to happen again in 2012 and then we have to wait comething like 184 years before it happen again. I caught it briefly this morning and it looked pretty cool, this little black dot on the sun.

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Denise P. - Jun 8, 2004 5:27 am (#2705 of 2912)

Spelling Bees are terrible. The local ones are not bad but the national and district ones are just brutal. The worst thing about them is that spelling is not meant to be verbal, that is what makes it so difficult. How many times have you had to write down a word as someone spells it to you? That happened to me just a few minutes ago. On the phone, Betty spelled out a website and I wrote what I thought I heard rather than what she actually spelled.

Poppy, ick! I am not a fan of Jim Carey or the Series of Unfortunate Events. Give me Artemus Fowl instead. I know there is a larger plot in Series but I think I would rather go have my teeth cleaned than try to read them. I slogged my way through the first 4, I think, and that was more than enough for me.

For those interested, I just posted a link over on the PA Gathering thread that links to an article written by a local reporter there. No pictures but Betty is sending me the article so I can scan them.

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azi - Jun 8, 2004 5:28 am (#2706 of 2912)

But in 2012 you can't see it in Britain because its nightime when it will happen. I suppose I could go on holiday to the other side of the world or something. Thats a good excuse for a holiday. The science people are telling us that the best way to watch it is on t.v. and internet etc. but that just not the same as seeing it outside with your own eyes in real life.

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draco all the way - Jun 8, 2004 5:50 am (#2707 of 2912)

If its nighttime in Britain in 2012 will it be morning in India? We could see it the entire morning uptil 4:00.But I had to go to the planetorium to see it. It was pretty cool considering the last time was like in the 1800's.

And good point, Denise. Spelling is a written thing. I can never spell out loud. I always have to write the word down a couple times to figure out how to spell it. Stupid pushy parents. I pity those kids.

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Leviosa - Jun 8, 2004 6:22 am (#2708 of 2912)

Yesterday a bee colony tried to build a bee-hive in the window frame of my parents' bedroom. My parents called several bee keepers, but nobody was at home. Finally they got through to one and he arrived in the evening. By the time he arrived, the bees were gone. He said that now that they are gone, they very probably won't come back because they follow the queen bee, that was apparently gone, too.

Today in the morning, there were still (or once again) a hand full bees, but not many. Now in the afternoon there are probably a few thousand. They are searching for the queen bee and are quite aggressive. We can't step outside our front door because the air is full of bees. We are waiting for the bee keeper who probably comes in the evening and my mom's starting to loose her nerves.

Sorry, but I just had to get that out.

I hope you have a better, bee-free day!

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Catherine - Jun 8, 2004 6:30 am (#2709 of 2912)

Leviosa,

Don't worry, "bee" happy!

Couldn't resist. Hope the problem is resolved soon!

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Madam Poppy - Jun 8, 2004 6:40 am (#2710 of 2912)
Edited by Jun 8, 2004 7:41 am

What is the Venus Transit?

Denise, from the trailer I saw, the movie looks scarier than Harry Potter. I think Jim Carey plays several of the male characters. (very scary!) I remembered you had read some of the books.

Leviosa, hope you have a bee-utiful day!

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mike miller - Jun 8, 2004 7:07 am (#2711 of 2912)

Madam Poppy - The orbit of Venus passed between the Earth and the Sun. With the proper viewing protection you could see a small black dot move across the Sun.

By the way, I'll be in Wenatchee the week of 6/21/04 visiting family. If you want to see the movie again, send me an email.

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Marè - Jun 8, 2004 7:11 am (#2712 of 2912)

One of the people who work where I'm currently studying had one of those eclipse glasses, so I actually accidentally (no clue it was happening) saw Venus.
And why am I not suprised to come over here and find all kinds of strange facts about it on this thread? Prof sinistra would be so proud of you!

And Leviosa: EEEE bee's tell your mother I would get it on my nerves too. Let us know when you are going to be free (no pun intented)

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Padfoot - Jun 8, 2004 7:14 am (#2713 of 2912)

I remember being in the Spelling Bee back in grade school. Yuck! I didn't like it. Not because of the pressure, but because I am a horrible speller. I rely on spell check and absolutely love it. I always need to write down a word to see how it is spelled too.

Leviosa, Bzzzzzz Hope they go away soon. Bee

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Leviosa - Jun 8, 2004 7:53 am (#2714 of 2912)

One reason I like the English language is because you can do so many puns thanks for the good laugh!

Bees are still here. At the worst time, our house looked like it was veiled. There must be thousands of bees. I hope the bee keeper comes soon.

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Diagon Nilly - Jun 8, 2004 9:10 am (#2715 of 2912)

Is Wenatchee near me? I'm in Bellingham. (Suddenly excited at the prospect of being near other Potties)

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mike miller - Jun 8, 2004 9:22 am (#2716 of 2912)

Diagon Nilly - Wenatchee is over the mountains in Eastern Washington, north of Yakima and Ellensburg, right on the Columbia River. Apple Capital of the World! (sorry - I could not help putting in a plug for the old home town).

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scully jones - Jun 8, 2004 9:28 am (#2717 of 2912)

Hey I used to live close to there... Northern Idaho. Beautiful place to live, but exceedingly boring!

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scully jones - Jun 8, 2004 11:26 am (#2718 of 2912)

I made the Gathering shirt for the sims, and I also made Brandon... If you're curious, go here.

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Prefect Marcus - Jun 8, 2004 2:22 pm (#2719 of 2912)
Edited by Jun 8, 2004 3:22 pm

I live near Renton, Washington.

Maybe we could get a Pacific Northwest gathering going.

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Penny Lane. - Jun 8, 2004 2:31 pm (#2720 of 2912)

Madam Poppy: I saw The Series of Unfortunate Events trailer before PoA and was just so curious as to how they are going to make the entire series into one movie - especially since they haven't finished the series yet. Jim Carry plays Count Olaf, a trecherous man who I guess is an actor and likes to play dress up. Okay, he actually dresses up several times to try and kiddnap the children.

As for spelling bees, we had them until the third grade, and I never once made it past the first round. I think our teachers gave us words that they knew we couldn't spell so she wouldn't be there all day.

Leviosa: I had bee's take up residence in one of my windows last summer, rigts between the storm window and the regular window. There was a tear in the screen part. I couldn't open my window all summer, and ended up waiting until january before it was removed. I feel your pain.

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Blast - Jun 8, 2004 2:37 pm (#2721 of 2912)

Leviosa we had a colony of bees get inside the house where we were living, I did not see it but my wife said that the swarm was enormous. They got inside the wall, and the wall vibrated with the sound, alas the bee keeper got there too late. He said that when they swarm, sometimes if you have another queen you can get them to become attatched to her. It is a good way for the beekeeper to get an instant colony that can and will produce honey. Since the bees had already made our home their home, he was out of luck. But since there were so many bees in the wall, they could of been a danger to our family. He ended up poisoning them, it was a shame but as we had a small child at the time we couldn,t risk her getting attacked. The bee keeper estimated that there might of been close to a half million bees in the swarm.

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Padfoot - Jun 8, 2004 2:39 pm (#2722 of 2912)

A half million bees! Wow, I think you did the right thing.

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Madam Poppy - Jun 8, 2004 3:23 pm (#2723 of 2912)
Edited by Jun 8, 2004 4:24 pm

Is there a chance we could meet at the Imax in Seattle? I would like to see PofA on a really BIG screen!

Mike, I can try to get that day off. I work for our local Fred Meyer store. Our schedules don't come out till late Thursday. I probably won't know till the 17th if I work on the 21st. You have to be sure and stop by Freds if I can't get it off. I'll at least persuade you to buy a toaster!

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Catherine - Jun 8, 2004 3:26 pm (#2724 of 2912)

Calling all NC HP fans...

I saw the an IMAX in Raleigh was playing PoA starting in July..anyone interested as a group?

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Penny Lane. - Jun 8, 2004 3:27 pm (#2725 of 2912)

I heard that they cut parts out of the IMAX - Does anyone know if there is truth to this rumor?

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mike miller - Jun 8, 2004 4:24 pm (#2726 of 2912)

Madam Poppy - We'll be there all week, arriving late on the 18th but not returning until the 25th. I would love to at least stop by Freddie's and say hello. I know you're in East Wenatchee and my folks are on Sunnyslope, but let's face it, the town's not that big!

Marcus - I'll yell hello out the car window when we drive through on our way from Sea-Tac to Wenatchee. My folks used to live in Ravensdale before moving back to Wenatchee to take care of my Grandfather (not that he needs it, he's only 94)

Coming from the PA gathering, I highly recommend a Northwest Gathering!

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Ladybug220 - Jun 8, 2004 5:21 pm (#2727 of 2912)

Finally, I have made it through the 517 messages in this thread. That's what I get for going to Italy, but I did have a great time.

Of course the first thing I did when I got back was go to see the movie.

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Marie E. - Jun 8, 2004 6:32 pm (#2728 of 2912)  

I remember our eighth grade spelling bee. I was in first place until I missed “acquital.” I forgot the "c". I will never, ever forget how to spell that word again.

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Caput Draconis - Jun 8, 2004 6:53 pm (#2729 of 2912)

Lol, it sounds like these things burn certain words into your mind forever...I understand why Niles had such a complex about it, heh. I know what you mean about spelling out loud too, it's heaps easy to get confused even with simple words. Actually, the kid who won would shadow write the word on the back of the card he wore around his neck. Guess he has the same problem.

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Madam Pince - Jun 8, 2004 7:02 pm (#2730 of 2912)

Um...Marie...."acquittal" has two 't's. I know it was a typo!

And Mike, you're going to be the only bi-coastal Forum Gatherer! Woo-hoo!

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scully jones - Jun 8, 2004 7:19 pm (#2731 of 2912)

My in-laws came by today to take me out for my birthday! We ate at applebee's and it was okay. I got myself a balloon. Jimmie's mom bought me a cute dress... I don't have the pictures of course yet, but I think I can take a decent one with webcam.

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Marie E. - Jun 8, 2004 7:35 pm (#2732 of 2912)

Oh my gosh! I'm to be haunted by that word!

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Anna Katarina - Jun 8, 2004 10:12 pm (#2733 of 2912)

Woohoo! The movie is opening here today!!! I get to see it soon. Woohoo!

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Hem Hem - Jun 8, 2004 10:28 pm (#2734 of 2912)

Marcus, are you really in renton? I'm in South Seattle, less than ten minute's drive from there.

And Kirsten, I saw the PoA movie in the Seattle Pacific Science Center theater on Sunday morning. Let's have a Pacific Northwest get-together! Sounds great!

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Fawkes Forever - Jun 9, 2004 12:13 am (#2735 of 2912)

Sarah, did we miss your birthday... opps... Happy Belated Birthday

135 posts... that'll teach me to go away for a few days.... congrats & commiserations to all that need it.... can't wait to see the pics from PA... thats my next stop... oh & the PoA movie thread.

Woohooo... finally got to see the movie. Nope Sue, none of my mates cheated... thankfully.. but one couldn't make it.... so I just had to go again with her on monday night... to make sure she got to go Purely selfless reasons of course

In a bouncy bouncy hyper mood today... all HP related of course... I'm back at work.... but I'm still on a high....

Top of the morning Flame & everyone...

Tracie... love your avatar, even though I'm a R/H person.... it made me giggle

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draco all the way - Jun 9, 2004 12:23 am (#2736 of 2912)

All the theaters in my neighborhood are booked till Saturday! I knew we had Potties in India, but I never knew we had so many!

I went to my new school today for an orientation program and DID NOT like it! We have so much to study- physics,chem, bio, maths, and awful awful practical classes! I am truly deprssed. I thought the best reward for a good exam results and a year of slogging was a nice lenient year. Apparently, its a tougher sllyabus!

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Leviosa - Jun 9, 2004 1:56 am (#2737 of 2912)

Sarah, so sorry I missed your birthday, nevertheless a very happy belated birthday! I hope it still counts.

Penny, Blast your bee experiences are even worse than mine. Half a million bees, that's incredible.

The bee keeper finally came yesterday and soaked most of them up with a machine. He also used some poison, even if we don't understand why. He said that there were about 15 000 bees but of course he didn't get all, some are still there and we have no idea how to get rid of them. We have to open the window as soon as possible for the smell of poison to get away.

draco all the way, I feel for you, this whole science/math stuff is awful. And it's always like that that every year gets tougher. I hope you still can have a good time here on the forum.

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mollis - Jun 9, 2004 5:13 am (#2738 of 2912)

Oh my goodness!!! Oh my goodness!!! It has been all I could do over the past couple of weeks just to keep up on my reading here, you chatty, chatty people! So I thought I would post real quick and put my two knuts in.

Checked out the PA gathering photos - looks like you all had a great time. A little mischievous maybe, but fun. Way to go Betty for putting that together!

Saw the movie last Friday - loved it. I'm so sorry for all of you who haven't been able to see it yet.

And Happy be-lated Birthday Sarah!

And the rest of the day to you, Fawkes!

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Lynn Allen - Jun 9, 2004 5:56 am (#2739 of 2912)

Happy Birthday Sarah! Glad you had a nice dinner at Applebees.

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Flame Alligator - Jun 9, 2004 6:50 am (#2740 of 2912)

Fawkes, and the rest of the day to ya!

Belated Happy Birthday Sarah!

I am having a perfectly miserable, agonizing week. Hope to be better next week.

Goedemorgen everybody!

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Padfoot - Jun 9, 2004 7:50 am (#2741 of 2912)

Happy Belated Birthday Sarah! Birthday

I heard that they cut parts out of the IMAX - Does anyone know if there is truth to this rumor? Penny, I hope this isn't true as I have only seen the movie once and it was in IMAX. This is the first time I have heard that rumor.

Flame, I hope your day picks up!

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Fawkes Forever - Jun 9, 2004 8:16 am (#2742 of 2912)

Just about to go home... just one final post to say

BIG HUG Flame... sending you cyber flowers & chocs... make you feel better! Hope you do feel better soon... so heres another hug

Hi All.... Bye All

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Denise P. - Jun 9, 2004 8:29 am (#2743 of 2912)

Arrrgghhh!! I bought tickets last night for the 11 am showing of PoA. I did this specifically because today is the free kid movie at the theater, at 10 am. I figured maybe the theater would not be too crowded. Since my 11 yr old had someplace he was at until 11 am, it was cutting it close but luckily, the school is right across the street from the theater. To top it off, my cell phone started playing "Secret Agent Man" signalling my husband was calling. I don't get to talk to him often but had to rush the call so we could get into the theater. As soon as I hung up, we saw on the theater door a sign announcing the 11 am showing of HP was cancelled because of the kid movie!! Well, thanks so much for selling me tickets to it then. We jumped through hoops to make an 11 am show work for us and the theater cancelled it! My oldest daughter is still able to watch the younger ones so we are now hanging out here until 11:40. We are fortunate in that we live about a mile from the theater and didn't have to hang out there for almost an hour. I just wish they would have let me know last night it was cancelled, I could have taken my time in doing a few things this morning.

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mike miller - Jun 9, 2004 8:36 am (#2744 of 2912)

Hey Denise - I know how you feel. I just got off the phone with my wife, she was telling me that they are letting school out early today due to the hot temps. She found out from the bus driver! I'm glad we have fleixble work schedules and good neighbors. I feel for the parents that just got hit with additional after school care cost with no warning.

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septentrion - Jun 9, 2004 8:46 am (#2745 of 2912)

Ouf ! Had to read too many posts ! I've been so busy these last days, watching PoA 3 times and so many other things...

Happy birthday to those I missed.

Susi, glad you could get rid of those bees, they can be dangerous.

Now,I'm going to have a look on the other threads. good evening (or good day)every one !

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The Great Abbycadabra - Jun 9, 2004 10:41 am (#2746 of 2912)

Happy Birthday, Sarah! Your Abbyfetti awaits. ',;.',;.',;.',;.';

I think the Lemony Snicket movie looks awesome! I believe what they're doing, Penny, is putting the first three books into the movie. I think that they're going to try making the movies three books at a time or something. It works well, I think, because the books are quite short.

Sorry about the bees, Leviosa. Ick. When I was in second grade, some bees had taken up residence in our classroom air conditioner. It was horrible. Everytime it was hot (which is all the time where I live) bees would swarm around the classroom. I remember lots of people getting stung. Luckily, I never did. Ew. *shudder*

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scully jones - Jun 9, 2004 10:43 am (#2747 of 2912)

Thank you for the birthday wishes! I've gotten my pictures now, so I'll be uploading them now. It's very very humid here, very hard to work.

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Madam Pince - Jun 9, 2004 10:43 am (#2748 of 2912)

Happy Birthday, Sarah! <> Glad to hear it was fun!

Denise, what a bummer. I had a similar experience last year on my birthday trying to go see "CoS" -- it was at a theatre where they show movies that have been out awhile already, and the theatre is really a combination restaurant/theatre -- you can order food and such. Anyway, I had called ahead of time and everything, and then when we arrived we found that there was a birthday party for an 8-year-old being held there, and all seats were full of screaming children. I was umm...just slightly bummed out....

Marie, let's just be glad you don't work in the legal profession, or you'd really be in trouble!

draco all the way, welcome to the world of the over-achiever. One of the main rewards for doing a good job, it seems, is that they just give you more work to do. And not to ruin your day or anything, but it only increases when you get out of school and enter the working world. So.....enjoy ye physics while ye may! And keep in mind that it's still better to do a good job than to slack, even with the extra work!

Flame, hope your day turns around for the better! Cheer up! Cheer up!

Gotta share a quick story -- we were watching the video of "Sorcerer's Stone" last night, and my two-year-old wandered into the kitchen and approached the gate which we have blocking him out of the other room. He shook it a couple of times, muttered "Locked!" and then after looking at it awhile, said "Alohomora!"

I thought I was gonna die laughing.

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Julia. - Jun 9, 2004 10:47 am (#2749 of 2912)

*Falls out of chair and rolls around on the floor in pain from laughing* That is too funny Madam Pince! *Wipes tear* Start 'em young, good job. Also, HAPPY BIRTHDAY SARAH!!! Headin' off to work on Lindsay's bedtime story!

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The Great Abbycadabra - Jun 9, 2004 10:51 am (#2750 of 2912)

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VeronikaG - Jun 9, 2004 11:08 am (#2751 of 2912)

I said happy birthday to Sarah on MSN yesterday, just so it doesn't seem like I'm rude for not mentioning it.

Awww, poor Draco. All the horrible classes. :-(

Where are you these days, Flame? And more importantly, how are you?

Top of the morning to Fawkes too.

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mike miller - Jun 9, 2004 11:16 am (#2752 of 2912)

Happy Birthday Sarah! Sorry I'm late with the birthday wishes.

Madame Pince - Where the video camera when you need it!

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Maria L - Jun 9, 2004 11:31 am (#2753 of 2912)

Congrats Sarah!

Man, everyone seems so happy. I thought about whining but now I don't want to break up the good mood. Smile

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Denise P. - Jun 9, 2004 11:43 am (#2754 of 2912)

Happy Late Birthday Sarah!!

Madam Pince, too cute

We got to the movie no problems. There were maybe 10 people in there with us. The film was on full screen until the Leaky Cauldron. It made veiweing very weird, to see it squished. I went out and complained twice, the guy in front of me did too so they finally fixed it. At the beginning, you could not see Harry when he lay down on the bed. Grrrr! All in all though, the kids liked it.

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Padfoot - Jun 9, 2004 1:15 pm (#2755 of 2912)

Hmmm... I just heard a tornado siren going off. Evidently there is a tornado in the western part of Denver. Never seen a tornado before. All I see now is hail and cloudy skies. Should make for an interesting afternoon.

Madam Pince, looks like your son is very smart!

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Dr Filibuster - Jun 9, 2004 1:38 pm (#2756 of 2912)

Birthday greetings Sarah

Madam Pince...you just have to write to JKR with that story.

Half a million bees? WOW. I have lots of bumblebees in my garden, perhaps I should invite Albus round for tea?

Denise, ok so kids go free, but you still expect to see 100% of the movie. I'll bet you were in the perfect mood to complain, considering the build up of events. Were you like Vernon "shut that ruddy owl up" Dursley? Or like Minerva after a new educational decree is announced? Or maybe like Dumbledore near the end of GoF, when his eyes had that powerful angry look Harry had never seen before?

GoF Chapter 35 page 589-590 (uk) (paraphrased);

At that moment, the movie employee fully understood for the first time why people said Denise was the only Lexicon member Warner Brothers had ever feared. The look upon Denise's face as she stared down at the unconscious form of the movie theater manager was more terrible than the movie employee could ever have imagined. There was no benign smile upon Denise's face, no twinkle in the eyes. There would have been cold fury in every line of the ancient face (if it were ancient and lined, but it wasn't); a sense of power radiated from Denise as though she was giving off burning heat.

Yes, I think that's the picture I was after.

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Denise P. - Jun 9, 2004 2:00 pm (#2757 of 2912)

Hee hee hee...actually, PoA wasn't the free kid movie, Daddy Day Care was.

Naw, I am not scary in person, ask anyone. I was polite but firm in saying that someone needed to come check the film.

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Penny Lane. - Jun 9, 2004 2:43 pm (#2758 of 2912)

LOL Dr Filibuster!

Padfoot, you should take pictures of the sky - its a site you will never forget.

How was Daddy Day Care? It looked rather frightening to me.

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Denise P. - Jun 9, 2004 3:19 pm (#2759 of 2912)

No clue, we didn't go see it. That is not my idea of a kids movie really.

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Acceber - Jun 9, 2004 4:30 pm (#2760 of 2912)

Whew! 67 posts! My Internet only works on one computer since we had a power outage a few days ago (any fellow New Englanders affected?) and my computer geek dad can't fix it! Grrr! Anyway:

I've never done a spelling bee, probably because my school didn't have them, but I've done my middle school geography bee for the past two years, which has been extremely nerve racking. Last year I came in second out of the whole school (I missed on a current events question that I had no way of knowing, as I never read the papers). This year, I didn't do so well and I missed on an easy question. I forgot where Nevada was *embarrassed*.

I think I've said this before, but I love all the gathering pics.

Happy Belated Birthday Sarah!

Sue, that was great!

It's very humid and hot and disgusting here, so being stuck in my school for one and a half hours for Science Night was not my idea of fun. Grumble, grumble.

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Catherine - Jun 9, 2004 4:43 pm (#2761 of 2912)

I won a spelling bee in first and ninth grades. But I know that you all on the Forum see major typos all the time. My mind goes faster than my hands, unfortunately. Don't be dementors--forgive me--and I'll try to figure out spell-check.

Geography bees? I am SO out of that element. I stand, bowed in shame, and salute my more knowledgeable counterparts. You all are awesome!

I did compete on "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" back in September, 2003 and it aired way too many times between October and January. I'm still waiting for the game show, "Who Loves Harry Potter?" but, alas, major earwax.

Congrats to the birthday folks, and hello to everyone else!

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Flame Alligator - Jun 10, 2004 2:14 am (#2762 of 2912)

Fawkes, Hugs from you..... make my day. I mean it. Thank you so much. Top of the mornin to ya, girlie.

Veronika G, I am feeling much better today. I will write you all about it, girlfriend. It was good to chat with you last week.

Madam Pince, Your 2 year old is brilliant. HP spell speak aside..... that is amazing a toddler picking up that word.

I am feeling better today. Thanks everybody for the "Cheer ups".

Goedemorgen everybody!

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Fawkes Forever - Jun 10, 2004 3:41 am (#2763 of 2912)

Flame... and the rest of the day to you.... BTW anytime Glad to hear you are feeling better today.

Madam Pince... so funny! My 2 year old niece is getting into Harry Potter as well.... she kept shouting out Harry Potter when the trailer came on the TV & she must have asked me a dozen times over the weekend to put on Harry Potter DVTD (her version of DVD)... tsk whats an aunt to do but oblige the poor child ... skipping through the Spider scenes of course... she seems to have inherited my arachnophobia! We had to sneak out to the cinema.. or she would have insisted on coming too... bless! Start them young eh

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tracie1976 - Jun 10, 2004 4:00 am (#2764 of 2912)

LOL Fawkes Forever. My daughter who is a year old, will come crawling to the TV when ever a trailer for HP is on. She can be in the kitchen and still crawls towards the TV. Other times the only way to calm her down is to put on one of the movies.

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Madame Librarian - Jun 10, 2004 6:24 am (#2765 of 2912)

I'm doing a terrible job of keeping up with this thread since life has gotten just busy enough that I can't logon as often as I did over the winter. This is both good and bad. The busy-ness is all good stuff--my son home for the summer, landscaping sweat equity work, general summer comings and goings, etc. The fact that I am way behind on the Forum is bad, but I'll try to catch up when I can.

I hope the Forum folk are in general all in good shape, good moods (with the movie to discuss and see and see again) and with good outcomes of all your bad problems you might have had.

Anyway, I received a wonderful gift from my best friend and colleague yesterday. She and our boss had gone to the Chicago Book Expo last Friday (while I was sitting happily in a cool movie theater waiting for You-Know-What to start) where all the US publishers pitch their stuff to booksellers, librarians, afficianados of books and reading. HarperCollins was giving out a special (5,000 only copies!) paperback edition of OoP to those who requested one as a 'thank you' to those in the trade who promoted the books. The cover is the same blue artwork, (no Harry, just Hedwig with Hogwarts in the background) with absolutely no type on either the front or back! It's very distinctive--immediately recognizable to those of us who know the US hardcover edition "look," but not so to anyone who doesn't. Very odd, but really cool looking. Maybe this'll be valuable someday, but I'm happy just owning it for now. I am one happy HP fan.

Ciao. Barb

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Karla Labanda - Jun 10, 2004 6:32 am (#2766 of 2912)

Buenos días a todos.

Flame, I hope you feel better now. Sarah, A very happy Birthday to you.

Susi. I hope all the bees, have left your house. Fawkes, Tracie, interesting stories. I wonder if my children will have the same reaction, well I am going to verify this when I have my own children.

I have the tickets for POA on Friday, I'm very happy. The best part is that the movie is going to be in English, so I can practice more. Besides, I don't want to watch it dubbed, because the voices for Latinoamerican audience was horrible!!!!!

A wonderful day to everyone. bye.

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Penny Lane. - Jun 10, 2004 8:54 am (#2767 of 2912)

Here's a depressing fact for ya'll: Last year, Americans spent an average of $144 on reading materials, per household. Compare that to the average of $3,600 spent on "entertainment."

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Padfoot - Jun 10, 2004 9:07 am (#2768 of 2912)
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Penny, I just finished The Lovely Bones and I noticed they used that quote you like. If they give you ruled paper, write the other way. Thought of you when I read that.

I wonder what the average forum member spends on reading material? I bet it's much higher than the American average.

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Denise P. - Jun 10, 2004 9:11 am (#2769 of 2912)

I know I can easily spend that in a month on books. I just ordered 2 new books today, there went $25 in a single day.

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Catherine - Jun 10, 2004 9:23 am (#2770 of 2912)

Me, too. Buying books is one my highest discretionary expenditures. I like to own books, because I like rereading them, so the library thing doesn't always work for me.

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Padfoot - Jun 10, 2004 9:46 am (#2771 of 2912)

The first piece of furniture I ever bought was a nice bookcase that was strong enough to hold all my books without collapsing. Still love it.

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VeronikaG - Jun 10, 2004 9:48 am (#2772 of 2912)

I am so poor, I can hardly afford to buy any books. :-( It's hard to be a student I just bought the Norwegian hardback of OotP, though. Thought I'd cheer myself up after all the boring weeks of studying. It cost 398 NOK, which is about 53 US Dollars! How much did that book, hardcover, cost in other parts of the world?

By the way, I passed the data base final I was really worried about. I was sure I had gotten an E (that's a real grade up here), because I had to skip parts of it that contained some weird algebra. Lots of my friends complained about that part too. But luckily I got a C, so now I'm up to a B average in data bases. It seems that when most of the class have trouble with an exam, the teachers are nice on us and give us better grades than we'd normally get on what we've handed in. The same thing happened on a programming final before Christmas. Most of the class were sure we had failed it, but almost everybody who had tried to solve it had passed.

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Padfoot - Jun 10, 2004 9:53 am (#2773 of 2912)
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Congratulations on your test Veronika. Oh I paid about $20 at Target for the hardcover OotP. Norwegian books are expensive!

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Chris. - Jun 10, 2004 9:54 am (#2774 of 2912)

I got my UK OotP for about £10 in Scotland. I don't know how that converts into US Dollars.

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VeronikaG - Jun 10, 2004 10:24 am (#2775 of 2912)

Thank you Padfoot!

Yes, almost everything is expensive in Norway. Our dear politicians say that's the price we must pay (literally) to live in the best country in the world. And we don't complain... much. I had to smile a bit when Sherbie Lemon complained about the price of gas, though. We buy it in liters, not gallons, and pay between 8 and 10 NOK for a liter, which is about a Dollar and a half. As a gallon is about 4.5 liters, that would be 6.75 Dollars for a gallon. Now that you'd like, right?

10 British Pounds are between 100 and 110 NOK, so I paid almost four times that price. 20 Dollars are about 150 NOK, but it's still a big difference!

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Anna Katarina - Jun 10, 2004 10:36 am (#2776 of 2912)

I have to agree with Veronika, it seems somehow sweet to be complaining over 2 dollars/gallon. Here they are predicting an all time high at 11 SEK this summer and there are not alot of complaints at all. (about 7.50 SEK/1 USD, 9 SEK/1 EURO and 14 SEK/1 GBP) But then again, the public transportations are alot better here. Thanks for that. Very Happy

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boop - Jun 10, 2004 10:43 am (#2777 of 2912)

Hello Everyone this is my Friday. I have the next 3 days off YAY!!!!!!I hope everyone is having a great day.

Jea & Darren, welcome to the forum. I read you are from Pennsylvania. May I ask where? I live in Bellefonte Pennsylvania. Nice to know that I have other forum members in the area.

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dobbyiscool - Jun 10, 2004 11:30 am (#2778 of 2912)

AHHH! I've been gone for so long. I missed the last 550 posts on this thread alone! AHH! Oh well. Happy Birthday to all those I probably missed (I don't have the time to read all 500+ posts right now.

I hope you have a fun three day weekend, boop. I have the whole summer off (the joys of being in high school), but my mom has made sure I am either vollentering and vacation Bible school or baby sitting about everyday this summer. Usually by the time I have a free min. to be on the computer, my sister is already on it talking to her friends, so that is part of why I haven't been on for a while.

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Dumbledore - Jun 10, 2004 12:29 pm (#2779 of 2912)

Hello, everybody!

I haven't posted here in awhile. I've been really busy lately! Finals are coming up in less than a week and I've been rubbing my nose too hard to the books lately! I also wanted to find out what everyone else here is up to, so, I figured a little Lexicon would cheer me up!

Happy Belated Birthday, Sarah!

Flame, I hope you have a better day today! :-( Whatever's the matter, do cheer up!

Madam Pince, that's a really funny story! It made me really laugh!

Catherine Allen, congrats on being on "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire!" That's one of my favorite shows, and I really enjoy watching it. When you were on it, Meredith Viera was hosting it, right?

Those bees sound atrocious! (Both the actual bumblebees and the spelling bees!!) I did spelling bees for 3 years in elementary school and I came in fourth and second place. They were horrible though, because I put way too much pressure on myself.

Well, that's it for now! Have a great evening, everybody! Now I'm off to about 3 more hours of studying/homework!! Ugh! Well I really shouldn't be complaining...things could be much worse. Also, all this school stuff will be over soon!

--Lauren

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Madame Librarian - Jun 10, 2004 2:29 pm (#2780 of 2912)

It was costing us a fortune in books a while back so I decided the only solution was to become a librarian. Yes, I love to own them, but I don't need to own every single book I read. Plus, our library has a fantastic book sale 4 times a year (many are practically like new). I get them at 1/2 price because I'm on staff!! I just bought a nearly new PS paperback for 50c. My goal is to own all the HP books in hardcover editions that will be kept relatively pristine (so the spines won't fall apart), and then as many paperback copies as I can get for cheap. Then I won't worry about them falling apart from too much use. Of course, I will spend what it takes when all 7 are printed in special editions or whatever.

Ciao. Barb

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dobbyiscool - Jun 10, 2004 2:34 pm (#2781 of 2912)

Ok, I've read more now.

Good luck studying for finals. We had ours two weeks ago, so I'm study free untill September!

I never did well in spelling bees. I owe alot to whomever invented the spell check, because with out it my posts would be awful. My english teacher last year assured me that if you cannot spell, it has nothing to do with your IQ. I did, however, always do quite well in Geography Bees and Math competitions.

As for buying books, I am sure I spend much more then the American average on books a year. I'm only 15 and I buy as I can annually.

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Acceber - Jun 10, 2004 4:14 pm (#2782 of 2912)

Speaking of Who Wants to be a Millionaire? I'm watching now (a rerun). The guy who just played was really bad. Tehe. I'll bet you did better, Catherine.

It's really humid here now and it thundered last night. I have a cold so I'm feeling down in the dumps .

Books-What can I say? I have a five-shelfed bookcase that used to have more shelves of games than books (this was when I was in pre-school) but now it's almost full . I read too much, way too much. We have a rule: No reading at the table. Yeah right.

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Dumbledore - Jun 10, 2004 4:22 pm (#2783 of 2912)

I read ALOT, as well. My parents call me "Belle" (from Beauty and the Beast) because I always have my nose in a book. I love reading, and no matter where I go I bring a book with me just in case I get tied up.

OK, every since we started talking about Who Wants to be a Millionaire? I really have wanted to share my own story about Regis Philbin. In 1998, my parents got picked to be married on the Regis and Kathie Lee Valentine's Day special show (this was before Kathie Lee left and Kelly Ripa came on). So, for a whole week when I was about 6 or 7 years old I got to miss school to appear on the show. It was really fun for me and I had a blast! Sorry, but I really have been itching to share that story!!

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Blast - Jun 10, 2004 4:42 pm (#2784 of 2912)

Veronica the cost of the OoP here was 19 Canadian Dollars, I'm guessing that would be about 13 or 14 American Dollars. A lot of places sold them so the competition brought the price down. I have a book collection but it is scattered about the house, also there are a lot of national Geographics. Every once in a while I indulge in a Geographic readathon and try to read them all again.

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Madam Pince - Jun 10, 2004 5:08 pm (#2785 of 2912)

Congrats on your exams, Veronika, and what a cool "Regis" story! Wow, we have a few TV celebrities here on the Forum, with Catherine Allen's "Millionaire" appearance and so forth!

Glad everyone enjoyed my little boy's first efforts at magical spells! His actual pronunciation was sort of like "Lohomora"-- I think he might have missed the first "a", but it was definitely understandable! That was probably the reason why the gate didn't fly open right away, though.

OK, I got to see the spelling bee finals on ESPN2 today that y'all were talking about earlier. I was actually in tears for the poor kid that finally won it all -- he was such a nervous wreck for those last two words, and I felt like I was living it right along with him! How in the world did his mother ever manage to stay so cool looking??? I started watching about Round 5, I guess, and there were something like 14 total rounds. I consider myself to be fairly well-read, but I'll tell you, in all those words, there were only THREE (count'em, three) that I had heard of before. Ack! Those kids are something. And I didn't realize the high stakes -- that boy won $12,000 cash! No wonder he was a mess!

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Caput Draconis - Jun 10, 2004 8:15 pm (#2786 of 2912)

Yay! Madam Pince, I liked the little kid that won, he impressed me by knowing the origins of words already, and asking the judges heaps of questions, hehe.. But the poor kid who came second, I felt sorry for him because he had the brother that won last year...such pressure. Also because he got nailed with that word based on a Princess, or something, when the other kid got Arete, the one word I knew in the 4 rounds I watched. Heh. Good times. I'm still fascinated.

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The Great Abbycadabra - Jun 10, 2004 11:43 pm (#2787 of 2912)

Wow, so many celebrities. I auditioned for the Jeopardy Teen Tournament when I was fifteen. Bruised my pride a bit when I didn't get on. Those tests are an awful lot harder than the questions they ask on the show. I watched the tournament that I would have been on had I made it, and I knew nearly everything! I kept meaning to try out again, but I just never did. Oh, well, maybe one day I'll achieve my Jeopardy fame.

Congrats on your exams, Veronika! Have some Abbyfetti! ,'.;,'.;,.;',.;,;.

My mom and I buy a lot of books. But my mom is a master at finding books at amazing prices. So, while we may spend a lot on books, we get more bang for our buck. There is this thrift shop by my school, and she'd go to it once a week while I was in class and buy boxes full of books. I think they cost something like five for $1 for paperbacks and three for $1 for hard covers. And they were all in amazingly nice condition. She even found some rather rare books on Egypt that I'd been looking for for years. It's great. I think she's missing it though now that the semester is over.

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septentrion - Jun 11, 2004 2:15 am (#2788 of 2912)

Books are expensive in France too because the price is fixed by the editors and the books are to be sold at the same price everywhere. So OotP is sold 28 euros (around 33 US dollars) and it's not even a hardcover, it's just a big paperback. What you call paperback is called here "pocket format". And hardly any books are hardcover here, they'd be too expensive.

I love to hear about very young potties, they're so funny !

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boop - Jun 11, 2004 3:03 am (#2789 of 2912)

Good Morning Everyone it is Friday!!!! I hope everyone has a real nice weekend. I plan on cleaning my house today so I can enjoy the rest of my weekend. I might go see POA at the drive-in and take my granddaughters. Taysha and Alyssa are Harry Potter fans as well. I at least got them into Harry Potter.hehehe

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DJ Evans - Jun 11, 2004 6:41 am (#2790 of 2912)

Boop, a drive-in? My stars I didn't know there were any still around! How cool is that?!?!?!? Boy, did you bring back some memories there!! Hope your Mother is still doing great in her recovery from her back surgery? Please tell her that I'm thinking of her in my prayers and thoughts!!!

Hope this Friday finds everyone well and it will carry over into a wonderful weekend for all of the Forum folks.

Haven't been on in a while, but I have kept up with reading the posts--man, have there been quite a few too!!! So many of them I hadn't ever heard of, hope that they all keep on posting here and don't leave the Forum again!!! I didn't join the Forum until the end of March this year, so I've missed out on what it was like after any of the books came out. If this is just an example of what it's going to be like when book 6 does come out--then I would think a person would have to check out the Forum every couple of hours or be bogged down with posts!!! hee hee But I love it--just makes the Harry Potter world all that more exciting if you ask me!!!

Happy Birthday to all that has had a birthday or about to!!!!

Later, Deb

P.S. Sure hope that all of the ol' "new" posters have signed up to be a Potty on Potty HQ? (Hint, hint!!!!)

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Denise P. - Jun 11, 2004 6:50 am (#2791 of 2912)

I have my kids on a treasure hunt today...otherwise known as the quarterly "Find all the game boy games now or we will toss every single one of them!" We keep a master list so I know exactly what games are missing. We are currently missing 8 games (but have all 3 HP games accounted for, of course). If we don't have them by the end of the day, a monetary bounty is put on them. Since one of the boxes we keep the games in is missing, some of the games are in it. If we can get all games and gameboys themselves (we have every version known to mankind), then they each to get to pick a used game from eBay or half to bring on vacation.

I think we should attach a clapper to these things...whose idea was it to make the cartridges so darn small??!!

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virgoddess1313 - Jun 11, 2004 7:51 am (#2792 of 2912)

Hello everyone... I've been sick this week so I haven't been on really, I have so much to catch up on!!

I buy so many books, it's become almost a bad habit. At least it would be if I didn't think reading was so good. I drop $65 on books a few weeks ago... but I got quite a few for that, all of them were on sale except for one (Stiff, an excellent book that I recommend very highly... it was totally facinating). So I don't feel too bad for expanding my collection.

Anyway, hope everyone is well!

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VeronikaG - Jun 11, 2004 8:57 am (#2793 of 2912)

Thank you for the congratulations everyone! (I don't know if congratulations is a noun or just an expression, but you know what I mean. )

My, my it has already been a week since summer holiday started, and I feel like I've been a bit absent all week long. The holiday mode needed a bit of time to sink in, I guess.

Lauren, good luck on your finals. Same goes for everyone else who still has that nightmare to go. Urrgh!

Top of the morning to Fawkes and Flame!

Hi, Anna Katarina. Yes, it should be mentioned that Sweden is an expensive country to live in as well. And you have lower wages than us.

OK, off to read on the regular threads.

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haymoni - Jun 11, 2004 9:51 am (#2794 of 2912)

Denise P. and the other parents out there - why can't these GameBoy/PS2 games just save games automatically?

If I hear one more time - "I'll be there in a minute. I have to finish this game so I can save it." - I'm going to take all the games and dump them. 1 minute turns to 5 minutes - It makes me crazy!

Is my son pulling my leg?

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Denise P. - Jun 11, 2004 10:04 am (#2795 of 2912)

Oh, that is a fate worse than death! If I snatch a gameboy out of hands since the owner of the hands was ignoring me, I hear the pitiful shriek "I have to save! Don't turn it off!"

Most of them you have to manually save the game in order to be back at the same place. I know I want to gnash teeth when I finally get through a section but forget to save.

Nope, he is probably not pulling your leg about saving.

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Brandon Christopher - Jun 11, 2004 10:06 am (#2796 of 2912)

It all depends on the game haymoni. In some it lets you save at any point, like PoA. In others it forces you to reach a certain point in the game before it saves for you or lets you save. In all fairness your son probably does have to wait for a certain point before he can save, or he might just be in a critical point in the game. But he could also be doing what I use to do...

One more minute mom I need to get to a point where I can save.

Five minutes later: "I still can't save yet mom!"

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Dumbledore - Jun 11, 2004 11:29 am (#2797 of 2912)

Hey everybody!!

I used to be obsessed with my Gameboy and now that I'm a little older I'm over it. Some games, especially video games, you have to reach a certain checkpoint to be able to save, others you can save whatever you want. But it is possible, Haymoni, that your son is playing one of the games where you have to reach a checkpoint.

I am really very obsessed with reading. I go to the bookstore all the time, but there is also a library very close to my house that I go to all the time. Free books are the best kind!

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scully jones - Jun 11, 2004 11:37 am (#2798 of 2912)

Jimmie and I are going to Great Lakes Crossing Mall today. It's huge... Maybe we'll use my $25 gift certificate to get an audio tape or something... Sorry I haven't been on much!

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Acceber - Jun 11, 2004 11:51 am (#2799 of 2912)

I've never liked gameboy, probably because I'm not very good at it. It's my sister who's always saying, "Five (meaning ten) more minutes!"

My network connection is working again. So now I can:
1. Go on the Forum every day instead of every other day.
2. Catch up on the PoA thread.
3. Finish reading my current fanfic.
Yay!

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Doris Crockford - Jun 11, 2004 12:04 pm (#2800 of 2912)

I never really played Gameboy when I was younger, since my older brother was constantly playing. But I loved the Kirby games (not that I was any good).

In about a week, school's going to be totally finished (for this year, anyways). Then I can come on the Forum more often and not have a thousand posts waiting for me on this thread alone.
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Dumbledore - Jun 11, 2004 12:05 pm (#2801 of 2912)

Congratulations, Doris Crockford, you are post 2,800! ;-)

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Brandon Christopher - Jun 11, 2004 12:14 pm (#2802 of 2912)

Abby, they updated cinemusic finally, neither of us won... But at least we had the score right!

I have the new clip on repeat - it sounds sooooo familiar! Some brainstorming is needed for this one, the last was way too easy.

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McSnurp - Jun 11, 2004 12:28 pm (#2803 of 2912)

Ah yes, the Gameboy! I used to play on mine so much that I had a dent in my finger.

Hey people, check out my forum! Just go to my forums then go to newest forums. Please do and post something! Love to you all!

-meriwether

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Detail Seeker - Jun 11, 2004 1:23 pm (#2804 of 2912)

Hey, just at maximum 197 posts to the next restart of this thread - that would make it about 5 months for us to fill a chat thread, if we reach those within this month. I am sure, we will manage.

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Blast - Jun 11, 2004 1:59 pm (#2805 of 2912)

My daughter Katie had a great day at school, some mouthpiece had been spreading rumours about her, they were not so nice. An older boy took it upon himself to correct the situation. He brought the boy to her class and then the mouthpiece apologized to her in front of the whole class.It is nice to see that some people are looking out for her.

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Padfoot - Jun 11, 2004 2:14 pm (#2806 of 2912)

Katie's got a very nice friend then.

DS- I'm sure we will manage filling up this thread with no problem this month. Such a chatty bunch.

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haymoni - Jun 11, 2004 2:37 pm (#2807 of 2912)

Blast - what a great ego boost for your daughter. Hope she got to say a few "I told you so"'s.

(Actually, I'm sure your daughter is much too mature for such childish tactics - I will go iron my hands for suggesting such behavior!)

Thank you all for your comments on the GameBoy/PS2 games. I can handle trying to stall for more playing time, but lying about having to save a game would be a whole different story.

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septentrion - Jun 12, 2004 4:15 am (#2808 of 2912)

Blast, your daughter has good friends, or at least knows a very decent boy !

I've managed not to fill this thread but to have seen PoA three times already and I'm nearly 100 % sure to see it one more time (at least). Apart from that, life is very quiet here. I go to a communion tomorrow, I'll see some family I haven't seen for a long time. Have a good week-end every one !

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Diagon Nilly - Jun 12, 2004 6:40 am (#2809 of 2912)

Blast, when everyone's talking to you, it reads as if everyone is doing an impression of Stewie from "Family Guy."

Blast! What the deuce! Insert phrase here!

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Gina R Snape - Jun 12, 2004 8:32 am (#2810 of 2912)

Hey, Detail Seeker. Didn't we just start this 'new' thread?! Oye!

Well, today is my last day in SF proper. I'm off to Azkaban Alcatraz this morning for a tour. Brandon, I never heard from you. Guess you were afraid of me being more evil than you? Or, perhaps you were steering clear of...

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Flame Alligator - Jun 12, 2004 11:39 am (#2811 of 2912)

Veronika G, Congrats again on your finals, girlfriend.

Thanks everybody for all the caring remarks to me. I am feeling much better today, more like my true self. I did not even mind, when I walked to the Post Office to mail a package to a friend overseas, that a thunderstorm started. I love thunderstorms but I don't like acid rain on my skin!!

I have a busy week next week. I am substituting for the Pilates teacher and teaching my yoga classes. *sigh* Oh Joy. I wanted to go see PoA again.

May you all enjoy a pleasant weekend.

Goedemiddag.

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Doris Crockford - Jun 12, 2004 2:13 pm (#2812 of 2912)

Hi again, all. Not feeling so well today, I have a cold and I need to study but can't concentrate on anything (but I need to check my email so I can visit for a little while). Flame, don't worry. I'm sure PoA will be in theaters long enough for you to see it many more times! And busy weeks go by quickly (I know from experience). Hope you all feel better than I do!

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Chris. - Jun 12, 2004 2:16 pm (#2813 of 2912)

Awww D.C, hope your cold goes away soon! Get well soon.

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dobbyiscool - Jun 12, 2004 2:59 pm (#2814 of 2912)

Hello everyone! I'm leaveing to babysit in about 10 min, so I'd thought I'd check in quick.

As for gameboys, I would (and still do sometimes) get really addidicted to a game until I'd finnish it compleatly (like I did PoA in about six hrs.), and then go weeks with out playing it at all. I hate it when you have to get to a certian point before you save. It's annoying.

Get well soon, Doris.

Later, Dobbyiscool

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Viola Intonada - Jun 12, 2004 6:51 pm (#2815 of 2912)

Blast, Glad to hear that kids will stick up for each other these days. Does my heart good to hear stories like that.

I, at my adult age, am addicted to gameboys. I have been playing the new "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban". I have to say I like the "Chamber of Secrets" game the best. I was disappointed with this one. Denise, I know what it is like trying to keep track of all the games. The Gameboys are mine. My kids have a few games that they have received as gifts. Some of our games are borrowed though, disappearance of any game threatens the last person who played, their playing privileges.

I have an unusual family. My mom loves video games. One way we keep our children from fighting with each other is to take away playing XBox when visiting Grandma. It is great at closing the generation gap.

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Julia. - Jun 12, 2004 6:55 pm (#2816 of 2912)

Hey everyone! I just got back from seeing PoA again, it was sooooo much nicer seeing it with Potties, although my two friends and I did have a nice conversation with the two Potties sitting behind us. Hope you're feeling better soon Doris, and remember, finals are almost over! Yay!

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Denise P. - Jun 12, 2004 6:58 pm (#2817 of 2912)

I love playing the Gameboy. I am always searching for good deals on the games. Right now, we have 5 games MIA which is not bad considering how many we have!

Husband and I each have an older version of Tetris and we do duels. Years ago, when we first got them, I finally beat level 9-5. I actually left the gameboy on for 2 hours to prove to him that I did it. Now, we both beat it easily LOL

I am currently playing PoA. I am in the stinking maze trying to get past Crabbe and Goyle. I would say CoS is my favorite one so far too.

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Chemyst - Jun 13, 2004 2:59 am (#2818 of 2912)

Showery Sunday here. I never enjoyed Gameboys in any version-- they're just too small and fidgety for me to find them relaxing, and why should I play a game to make me tense??? Real life works fine for that. I do like Animal Crossing on the Gamecube though. It is so relaxing I can fall asleep playing it!

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mike miller - Jun 13, 2004 4:05 am (#2819 of 2912)

I still have one of the original Nintendo; and, played it alot when it first came out. I went straight to combat flight simulators and fantasy role playing games on the PC and skipped the Gameboy revolution. My daughter plays all the time in the car. We're getting ready to fly cross country to visit my family, so I picked up PoA for the plan ride. Maybe I'll give the Gameboy a go if I can get it away from my daughter.

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Doris Crockford - Jun 13, 2004 8:26 am (#2820 of 2912)

Thanks for all the well-wishes, everyone, I'm feeling better already, and hopefully I can go to school tomorrow (it's yearbook day and I don't have any exams!).

When my brother and I were little, we never had a Nintendo, because Mom thought we would spend too much time on it (which would have been true, I'm sure). But now, at the cottage, we have an original Nintendo, a Sega Genesis, and an Atari system that doesn't work anymore. So we make up for not having had them when we were younger. Denise, how exactly do you duel with Tetris?

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Denise P. - Jun 13, 2004 8:36 am (#2821 of 2912)

You have to have a cable connector. You both start the game and agree to a level. As you score doubles, triples or tetris, it adds lines to your opponents game. We play it silent, turn the sound down but if someone is about to get a tetris, they crank the sound up and usually give a "Ha!"

We are down to only 4 games missing now. And just for those curious, we are missing: Digimon: Battle Spirit (GBA); Winnie the Pooh and Tigger (GBC); SpongeBob SquarePants (GBC); Peter Pan (GBA) (the one I was playing last, I think)

I am off to take Devin off to oncology camp for a week. I pick him up on Friday and then drop off another three on Sunday for a week of sibling oncology camp.

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Penny Lane. - Jun 13, 2004 8:45 am (#2822 of 2912)

You know, I still have my original GameBoy from 1989, with the big giant casing in one colour only: ugly beige. It came with tetris, but I bought Paperboy, because I loved paperboy. - still do to an extent. Anyway, I don't really like playing it, because you can't save games really, and its kind of hard to see the screen. I have a PS2 now that I think is great, especially since it doubles as a DVD player.

I have to learn 3 chapters in my Trig book by Tuesday. *smacks self for thinking accelerated summer courses would be easy*

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Lynn Allen - Jun 13, 2004 9:11 am (#2823 of 2912)

Denise, I was interested in the oncology camp/siblings camp you mentioned. My kids are counselors at a hemophilia camp in Michigan, having gotten involved as daughters of a man with hemophilia, and are anxious to get back to their old friends. It's a case of intense friendship for a few weeks, interrupted by real life for 49 or 50 more, only to return just as though nothing had intervened the next summer. I was a counselor for several years during the 70s and have pleasant memories of the experience so am glad they have been able to share that with me. I assume your children are campers and not staff? Are the two camps held in the same facility, one after the other? Do they have activities to help the campers learn more about their illness, or their sibling's illness? I'm curious to see how much commonality there is between the two speciality camps. Thanks!

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Denise P. - Jun 13, 2004 9:26 am (#2824 of 2912)

I assume your children are campers and not staff? Yes, they are campers but once they hit 15, they can become counselors there.

Are the two camps held in the same facility, one after the other? Yes, the oncology camp, for patients, is held one week and then the sibling camp is held the following week. Same place.

Do they have activities to help the campers learn more about their illness, or their sibling's illness? Not much, I don't think. It is more to give the siblings something special since the patients are usually showered with gifts and attention. Even explaining it, it sometimes is hard from children to understand why they are "ignored". This is something that they can do and the sick sibling can't. It is special just for them.

I'm curious to see how much commonality there is between the two speciality camps. The schedule is virtually identical but there are differences. At the patient camp, there is a medicine bell several times a day where the entire camp shuts down while everyone takes their meds. Some of the staff are actually the nurses and doctors who take care of the kids on a regular basis. Patient camp literally crawls with medical people. Patient camp kids usually get more freebies than the siblings, they get special visitors and things like that but not a huge difference. Because all the kids are also patients and been through many of the same things, no one thinks twice about seeing bald kids, blind kids, kids in wheel chairs, kids with missing limbs, fat kids (from prednisone) and kids with various lines hooked into them. There is also a mandatory rest period during the heat of the day for all campers, regardless of age.

The sibling camp still has medical people but not to the extent that patient camp does. There is still a rest period but there is no medication bell.

This year, the theme is Summer Holidays for the entire week and each day has events planned around a specific type of summer holiday.

• Sunday - check in
• Monday - Wonderful World of Disney
• Tuesday -Tropical Holiday
• Wednesday - Safari!
• Thursday - Cruising
• Friday - Westward Ho!

This particular camp is run through the American Cancer Society. It is free of charge and it is really a wonderful camp for everyone. The cancer kid loves being able to be "normal" at a camp and the siblings love being the "special" one for a week.


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scully jones - Jun 13, 2004 9:53 am (#2825 of 2912)

I went to a summer camp when I was a kid, I loved the songs and skits we used to put on. It would be cool to be a counselor at a special camp like the ones you guys are talking about. I really miss having fun like that, though the gathering was similar in some ways. Maybe we could have a Harry Potter camp? Mouth At Side

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Flame Alligator - Jun 13, 2004 10:43 am (#2826 of 2912)

Doris Crawford, I hope your cold gets better soon. A summer cold is the worst.

I hope everyone is having a pleasant Sunday. I am off to the tanning salon soon for my Vitamin D/bronze treatment.

Goedemiddag

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Lynn Allen - Jun 13, 2004 12:09 pm (#2827 of 2912)

Denise, thanks for elaborating on the nature of the oncology camps. I can't help but compare your kids' camps with hemophilia camps with which I am familiar. They sound alike in many ways, especially in their staffing by so many medical folks to provide routine care and in case of emergency; last year our camp had a one-to-one ratio of staff to campers. Similarly, there is an acceptance by kids of other kids sometimes needing to use wheelchairs or crutches due to internal bleeding, just as you noted among the kids dealing with cancer and its after-effects. I am also glad to hear the oncology folks have set up a sibling camp; healthy kids in the family need to be made aware they are just as special and loved as the ill child. It is simply impossible to stretch yourself as a parent to meet everyone's needs at all times and when crises occur it is necessary to prioritize; sadly the healthy kids are often forced to take a back seat in parental time and attention. You deserve a lot of credit for recognizing and handling the needs of all your kids, Denise. It is obvious what a fine parent you from reading your postings.

On another topic, I just convinced my wife to read the Harry Potter books, so before long she can join the rankis of Potties! Take care!

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VeronikaG - Jun 13, 2004 1:55 pm (#2828 of 2912)

I was in the scouts when I was younger. Not the ordinary scouts with girls and boys separately. It was Mission Church Scout, which had girls and boys in the same troop. I don't think they went to camp, only camped in the forest in the outskirts of the small town we live in. We didn't do any big hiking either, we'd go to that same forest and fry sausages on a fire and learn knots. Usually we stayed in a room in the Mission Church building and play Spin the Bottle, balloon Olympics and things like that. I laugh when I recall it.

Denise: I hope your kids have fun at camp!

Flame, thanks for the chat.

Fawkes? Where are you girl? The dementors are not keeping you away?

As to how computer games go, I own 3 - three - of them. Myst, Riven and Sim City 3000. I only got a computer last year, so I haven't made a collection yet. Have anybody here played Myst or Riven? I'd like to hear if there are any fans here.

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Penny Lane. - Jun 13, 2004 1:59 pm (#2829 of 2912)

I loved Myst! I always wanted to get the sequel, but I didn't think they still made them. The original Myst was made for Windows 95 after all. I used to love SIM city 2000 too. I have a huge list of games I want to play sometime, when i have the time and money.

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VeronikaG - Jun 13, 2004 2:05 pm (#2830 of 2912)

I bought a double that had Myst Masterpiece (has a hint guide, very useful in the Selenitic maze!) and Riven. It was released as a 10 year anniversary packet for Myst. I got it this January, and I think that living in the US you should have a better selection of games than we have. And there is always used ones for sale. Riven is very different from Myst. More... real. Better graphics. I always thought Myst was scarier. Riven is a lot more complex, though. More endings possible.

Myst 4; Revelation is being released this year. It looks awsome!

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Caput Draconis - Jun 13, 2004 4:18 pm (#2831 of 2912)

Ooooh, Myst rocked, I haven't played it for ages, though. The books were good too. Although my all time favorite game like that is Zork Nemesis, it has the best game story ever. I remember talking to someone here about it a million years ago...was it Ticker? Hi Tick. Heh.

I have a large, old, chunky, grey gameboy. Kirby's Dreamland, now there's a game.

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Denise P. - Jun 13, 2004 4:21 pm (#2832 of 2912)

• We have:
• two chunky old grey ones
• a blue, silver and green pocket version
• teal, lime, pink, yellow and blue color version
• white, silver and clear advanced version
• 4 blue and 1 silver SP version

And before anyone asks, *I* did not buy these for the kids. We got them the pocket version, after that, they paid their own money from birthday gifts or got it as a gift


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S.E. Jones - Jun 13, 2004 5:42 pm (#2833 of 2912)

I saw something like that Myst Masterpiece thing. It was an anniversary edition that had Myst, Riven, and Myst III: Exile. I couldn't even get through Myst. Every time I got right up to the end, my game would glitch and freeze and I couldn't finish! I nearly had a bald spot on my head from the hair I ripped out in frustration! I've been sorely tempted to buy Exile (which they have for PS2) but I haven't got Riven yet because I've been hoping they'd make a PS2 version of that. Guess not, though. Hey, I think I know someone who might have Riven....Hm..... Something to do this weekend me thinks.....

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Gina R Snape - Jun 13, 2004 8:50 pm (#2834 of 2912)

Hey Denise and Lynn.

When I was a child I went to a diabetic sleepaway camp through the NY Diabetes Association (hence Camp NYDA). It was a wonderful experience and I recommend all of these kinds of camps for kids as appropriate. At the diabetic camp, since all the kids were diabetic it added a sense of normalcy to everyone. We too had the medical huts and kids lining up for their injections before breakfast and dinner. And there were nurses stations all over the campus in case a kid's blood sugars ever dropped low. Otherwise, it was your average camp with arts and crafts and swimming and tennis and other sports, etc. I credit a deal of my adult confidence in dealing with my diabetes to it.

In other news, I'm back in NYC. WIll be passing out from exhaustion in a few minutes. But just wanted to pop in with a quick hello.

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Hem Hem - Jun 13, 2004 9:53 pm (#2835 of 2912)

I loved MYST and Riven, but I thought that there was very little plotline left for Exile, and although the graphics were cool, it wasn't nearly as much fun.

Chaiojones wrote: Maybe we could have a Harry Potter camp?

I have a good friend who worked as staff at a Children's Hospital camp last summer for inpatients to have a summer camp experience. The theme for the session was Harry Potter--and finally she gave in to all my begging and sat down to read the books. At first she said that she'd only read the first one, but sure enough, she got hooked. All because the hospital's camp was HP-themed!

I've been really busy lately...my high school graduation is tomorrow. And I'm not really looking forward to it, because I'm slated to speak....::taking big deep breaths:: It will be wonderful--once it's over!

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boop - Jun 14, 2004 1:06 am (#2836 of 2912)

Jackie, congratulations on your graduation, best of luck. Have a wonderful day!!!!

Good Morning Everyone, I hope everyone had a great weekend. Happy Monday!!!!!

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septentrion - Jun 14, 2004 1:42 am (#2837 of 2912)

Good luck for those who still have exams to take !

Those special camps seem very interesting. I wonder if we have such kind of camps in France but I don't think so. A good idea to pick up here !

I'm not interesting in video games, don't know why. I'm more interested in the european football (soccer) championship and I'd just say : GO ZIDANE

Soccer 2

Something else : I've created a blog where I'll post my photos from travels. If you're interested, just check there : septentrion's blog. The text is in french but the photos are international.

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Fawkes Forever - Jun 14, 2004 2:19 am (#2838 of 2912)

Mornin' All.

Jackie... good luck with your graduation today & congratulations.

Veronika, hey there... thanks for asking about me, been a bit busy of late.. haven't been here as much as I'd like When I am here, I'm mostly reading & catching up on posts... however I think I'm too far behind in all the unread stuff... oh well! Nice to hear you are now able to enjoy your holidays

Flame nice to hear you're feeling better. I don't mind summer rain either... (well most of the time) which is a good thing too seeing as I live in Ireland... I was at a work BBQ on friday evening (LOL dementors & BBQs don't sound right together do they ), but after a week of glorious sunshine & scorching temperatures, the heavens opened on friday evening, just in time for the BBQ. Coincidence? Hee hee!

Top of the morning everyone & good luck to everyone with exams

Can't believe we've nearly maxed out another chat thread, hee hee, we are a chatty bunch

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azi - Jun 14, 2004 2:30 am (#2839 of 2912)

Hey, Septentrion, I assume you're following France in the championship? (being the fact that Zidane is French and you are in France yourself). Anyways, congratulations on beating England! I don't particularly like football myself but the reaction of England supporters was interesting last night after they lost (there were riots in England, resulting in quite a few arrests). So much trouble over football, I've never understood it.

I myself have been helping at my Scout gala day all weekend. I'm an Explorer, which means I'm older than the Scouts and so boss them around more. I've had a very painful blister on my hand all weekend resulting from tying just one pioneering knot for the scramble net we made! I also got sunburnt when I had to roll my trousers up because the kayak pool we made collapsed and water flooded the sweet stall I was in charge of. I was very amusing!

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draco all the way - Jun 14, 2004 2:52 am (#2840 of 2912)

Late as usual, but finally I managed to see the movie and I'll say one spoiler free thing about it -WOW!

Okay, anywho, videogames shmideogames! I don't and can't play them! I officially suck! I've tried loads of different games but apparently I'm only good at word puzzles! I think I don't have very good hand eye coordination!

Also, good news, for our little (snort) community! After seeing the POA movie, my 70 plus Grandfather who only reads philosophical books and who's been trying (unsuccesfully) to get me off HP for the longest time is at the moment reading PoA! I TOLD him he had to read in order but he refuses to listen! At least its a start.

And Football, well, I guess, its good and ,hey, its ALWAYS nice to see a bit of Beckham but my passion like SO MANY Indians before me, lies in CRICKET! GO DRAVID! GO INDIA!

And camps, never been myself, but school excursions by train are THE best! Lots of dramatic things happen each year. Friendships are broken, hotels are trashed, discoveries made, and heads are cracked (happened this year). Its always unforgettable!

byeeeeee! (I'm hyper- excessive sugar intake)

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septentrion - Jun 14, 2004 3:31 am (#2841 of 2912)

Yes Azi, I follow france, as far as I have time for it. But that match against England was thrilling ! And I don't understand all the violence made because of sport either. Can't people just have fun ? BTW your week-end sounds like one full of memories for your old days

Draco ATW, congrats to have your grandfather reading some HP stuff. I'm interested to know how you did that, I could get some ideas for my husband...

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draco all the way - Jun 14, 2004 3:43 am (#2842 of 2912)

The beauty of the whole thing is, Septentrion, I didn't do a THING! The movie did all the work for me. I suggest you drag you husband, no matter how unwilling he is, to the theatre. It just might work because my grandfather is one of the most stubborn people I've ever met. He's notorious for it! But Cuaron's magic made him see the light...

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Flame Alligator - Jun 14, 2004 3:57 am (#2843 of 2912)

Fawkes, And the rest of the day to ya!

Veronika G, You are welcome. Chatting with you is pure pleasure, girlfriend.

I have a little catering job today. One of my Ehret Diet clients hired me for a meeting where she works. I have been up all night making 20 gourmet salads. I made dorito flavored flax seed crackers and Raja (Indian tea that taste like coffee) almond lattes. I am serving too. I will be glad when I get home today so I can go to bed.

Have a great day everybody!

Goedemorgen

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Julia. - Jun 14, 2004 5:18 am (#2844 of 2912)

Man it's early! 9:15 in the morning and I'm awake, unheard of! Anyway, hope everyone has a great day! Mazel Tov on your graduation Jackie, hope you have a fun summer, now that you don't have school to worry about. *Goes off to ponder the meaning of life and other silly things that should not be attempted when one is of sound mind.*

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Flame Alligator - Jun 14, 2004 6:50 am (#2845 of 2912)

Fawkes, And the rest of the day to ya.

Veronika G. You're welcome. Chatting with you is pure pleasure.

Goedemorgen everybody

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Padfoot - Jun 14, 2004 8:33 am (#2846 of 2912)
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Morning everyone! Hope you all had a good weekend. A friend just asked me to go see PoA with him after work. So I'm in a good mood now.

Congratulations Jackie on your graduation!  

I don't own a single computer game. Never been interested in them much. I do like Tetris, but haven't played that in a long time. I remember my brother and I playing Nintendo ages ago. Was sort of fun back then.

Never went to any real camp. The closest I ever came to camp was overnight or weekend church youth group trips. I do wonder sometimes what it would have been like to go to camp. Might have been fun. Does watching the movie Parent Trap count?

Septentrion, great photos! I was watching a show on the Discovery channel last night about Nefertiti and thought of all you Egyptologists in the making on this forum.

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Chemyst - Jun 14, 2004 9:11 am (#2847 of 2912)

DracoATW, cool story about your 70+ grandfather! If he usually reads only philosophical books, perhaps it is just as well he began with POA though. I just began a reread of SS/PS after not having read it in a couple years. I'd forgotten just how juvenile it really is compared to the more recent books. This might be one of those rare times it's better to start in the middle.

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Denise P. - Jun 14, 2004 9:31 am (#2848 of 2912)

Just got a call from Devin's oncologist. His one year bone marrow shows 100% DONOR!! This means that Devin's body is still making Ryan's bone marrow, which is exactly what we want. Fantastic news

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Padfoot - Jun 14, 2004 9:37 am (#2849 of 2912)

That's great Denise! Glad to hear it.

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Julia. - Jun 14, 2004 9:40 am (#2850 of 2912)

*Jumps up and down and dances* That's great Denise! I'm thrilled beyond belief to hear that! I think this merits a good feast, don't you? *Goes off to find house elves and butterbeer.*
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Leprechaun Jack - Jun 14, 2004 9:52 am (#2851 of 2912)



Denise,

Excellent news. Congratulations.

Jack

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Ladybug220 - Jun 14, 2004 9:56 am (#2852 of 2912)

Denise, that is GREAT!!!

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mollis - Jun 14, 2004 9:58 am (#2853 of 2912)
Edited by Jun 14, 2004 10:59 am

Congratulations Denise! That is wonderful news!

Oh, and thanks to you, I have been singing the Lion King all day.....

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Ladybug220 - Jun 14, 2004 10:28 am (#2854 of 2912)
Edited by Jun 14, 2004 11:29 am

Another set of good news: my good college friend had her baby! Calle is seven pounds and 21 inches long. Both Mom and baby are doing very well.

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VeronikaG - Jun 14, 2004 10:33 am (#2855 of 2912)

Hi guys. After the talk about special camps, there is a question that keeps popping up in my head. I'm not meaning to be stupid, I really wonder about it. Why does going to camp with a lot of kids who have the same disease as you make you feel more normal? In my experience, being around people who have the same problems you have only makes it come closer and hurt more. Like you are reminded all the time life is not the way it was supposed to be. When something was bothering me as a child, the only way to feel better was to hang with kids who didn't have the same worries. That way my mind was put on another track for a while, and while I was thinking about other things I wasn't sad or afraid. I'm fully aware that my problems weren't as serious as cancer or diabetes, so maybe that was why I reacted like that. Although one of my really big childhood fears was that I really had cancer. (I had only hit puberty a year before expected time, but I was scared silly.)

I'm happy for you and Devin, Denise! Maybe it will all be over soon, and you can put it in the box of bad memories.

About the Myst shutting down before the end-problem, I think that's a common problem in the old version. http://www.mystcommunity.com has a good troubleshooting discussion, where I think they talked about it.

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mike miller - Jun 14, 2004 10:40 am (#2856 of 2912)

Outstanding news Denise!!!

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Fawkes Forever - Jun 14, 2004 11:04 am (#2857 of 2912)

Denise, thats fabulous news.... I'm jumping up & down here for you (which is quite an effort as I'm just out of a really tough yoga class) but I'm jumping anyways...

BIG HUGS to Devin

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dobbyiscool - Jun 14, 2004 11:27 am (#2858 of 2912)

Great news, Denise!

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Doris Crockford - Jun 14, 2004 11:51 am (#2859 of 2912)

That's great news, Denise!

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Acceber - Jun 14, 2004 12:01 pm (#2860 of 2912)

Congrats Denise and Devin!

The talk about "special" camps has reminded me of a story (no pun intended, you'll see what I mean in a minute). Every morning, some dedicated kids at my middle school go in early to produce the morning news, to be aired at 8:15 for the general public to view. It is any news the assistant principal thinks the school should know about: sports team results, special guests, presentations, due dates of notices etc. A few weeks ago, the assistant principal announced a guest reader would be reading a portion from a book about one man's experience as a counselor at a camp for disabled kids. This would continue for six days, with a different speaker every day. We all didn't seem interested at first, but after the six-part saga was through, I had fully enjoyed myself. It was a wake-up call to appreciate people who might be different than us and need things that we might not need. The book is called The Acorn People, by Ron Jones, for anyone who is interested. It's not very long; a quick read but very thought provoking. I'd recommend it to anyone on here.

4 more days of school!

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Detail Seeker - Jun 14, 2004 12:20 pm (#2861 of 2912)

Congratulations to Devin ! That is the best news, that ever floated around in this Forum .

On the camping theme: I just came back from two weeks of "Camping for Grown-Ups": A nice army exercise with nearly all types of weather available (just no snow and hailstorm, admittedly) and absolutely no predictable day routine. That was quite a difference to the laboratory - and - writing-desk days of normal life... Just feeling ten years younger again. Only negative point: I missed the PoA premiere...

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Denise P. - Jun 14, 2004 12:36 pm (#2862 of 2912)

Why does going to camp with a lot of kids who have the same disease as you make you feel more normal?

Well, in Devin's case, there is a lot that he is not allowed to do or can't do because of his disease. He is not allowed to be out in the sun without a hat, shirt, sunblock and gloves...this includes swimming. This also means that he is not wearing shorts. Because he has spent a lot of time in the hospital and gotten some many varied drugs, he is not as large as other kids his age, doesn't have the physical strength or stamina of other kids his age. He is also a year behind in school because of this. He has to stop several times a day, every day no exception, to take a large sum of pills and liquids. For a long time, he could not be around fresh flowers or fruits. His face is round and pudgy from medication and he used to be on one medication that not only turned his hair black, it gave him facial hair. All of these things make him not "normal", not like the other kids. At oncology camp, none of this raises an eyebrow because all the other kids have the same things going on. He is perfectly normal at oncology camp because there, all those things are the norm. Healthy kids stick out at oncology camp where at a regular camp, the cancer kids would stick out. The kids at oncology camp are treated like regular kids, they can't fall back on the old "I'm sick, I can't do that" routine that is often played around people who are not familiar with their specific illness. It is so hard to explain how these kids get treated all the time, from the over spoiling of family and friends, the routiness of doctors and medical staff to the over reaction and over protection of sympathetic people. Being treated like a normal kid is a wonderful thing for them.

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Madam Pince - Jun 14, 2004 1:40 pm (#2863 of 2912)

Denise, I am so happy for you and your whole family over your wonderful news! Way to go, Devin and Ryan!

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Dr Filibuster - Jun 14, 2004 1:43 pm (#2864 of 2912)

Denise, great news about Devin.

Jackie, hope your graduation ceremony and speech go well.

Sept, see you in the final????

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Flame Alligator - Jun 14, 2004 1:48 pm (#2865 of 2912)

Great news Denise - Congratulations!

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scully jones - Jun 14, 2004 2:40 pm (#2866 of 2912)

I'm so happy for you denise! Yay!!! And yay to everyone elses' good news too!

The last few days have been very up and down for me, but at the moment, I am happy.

I haven't been posting a lot, and I'm sorry about that... I'll get back into the groove soon, I promise.

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Jun 14, 2004 2:55 pm (#2867 of 2912)

Denise, what wonderful, wonderful, news! I'm thrilled for you and Devin and the rest of your family!

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SarcasticGinny - Jun 14, 2004 3:30 pm (#2868 of 2912)

Hello to all...I'm so sorry I haven't checked in recently and feel like a social clod for doing so, but I had to hit "recent" on the 300+ messages here when I came back.

Things have been absolutely insane in my life for the good and the bad.

For the bad, a childhood friend of a close family (the kind that's like your aunts and uncles but they aren't related) killed himself this week, and we've been trying to support that family. His sister was my best girl friend growing up. The visitation was yesterday and it was gut-wrenchingly horrible at parts, though nice to see how well people can support each other at such a terrible tragedy.

On the good side, I got a job!! I am going to be teaching either sixth or eighth grade Language Arts in Libertyville. I now have the rest of the summer to relax and work out how to get Harry Potter into my curriculum. Hope everyone here is well.

-Em

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Sherbie Lemon - Jun 14, 2004 5:00 pm (#2869 of 2912)

Hi everyone! Man, it feels like I've been gone for months (judging by the number of posts I've had to read, it very well could have been a month!). My husband and I have been house-sitting for about a week while his parents are in Vegas. Since we've been living with my parents while our house is being built, this experience has been rather nice! We have so much space here, an entire house! It's quite odd not to be confined to the teeny bedroom we've been in for 5 months. Summer school has recently started as well, add that to my ever-increasing workload and I guess it's no wonder why I haven't been on in a while. It feels great to be back "home" finally, though!

First, let me give my congratulations to everyone who's had bar/bat mitzvahs, baby arrivals, birthdays, and other exciting and wonderful news!

Denise, I'm so very happy to hear that Devin is doing so well! I've never spoken with you about his condition, but I've thought of him often ever since I first came to the forum and read your intro. This truly is incredible news; I sincerely hope everything keeps improving.

Sarcastic Ginny, I'm very sorry to hear about your family friend. Sadly, I've known a few people who have taken their own lives as well and I know how hard it is, especially for their close friends and family.
Now, let me offer my congratulations on the new job! How exciting! Let me know if you need some creative ideas about introducing HP curriculum! I hope to teach college English if ever I am through with school, and have devised some interesting ways of bringing HP into the classroom!

It feels so nice to be back! I've missed everyone! I know, I know, it's only been a week but I mean it! Have a great week, all!

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B]Pigwidgeon[/B] - Jun 14, 2004 5:21 pm (#2870 of 2912)

Denise! All right, what wonderful news! Hugs to you all!

SarcasticGinny -- wow, I'm really sory to hear about your family friend, you'll be in my thoughts. Congrats on the job, though -- great job!

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Viola Intonada - Jun 14, 2004 6:36 pm (#2871 of 2912)

Great news Denise! I hope you find the 4 MIA games soon.

I, myself, went to Girl Scout camp when I was younger. I look forward to sending my children in a few more years. Actually, at the rate they have been bickering with each other lately, I am considering it much sooner. Any tips on handling bad cases of sibling rivalry? (two girls, 17 months apart in age)

My condolences to anyone still in school (not out for summer break yet). I never had to attend classes after Memorial Day. (Except when I took summer classes to finish my degree)

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Gina R Snape - Jun 14, 2004 8:06 pm (#2872 of 2912)

Denise, it's so hard to believe that was a year ago. Everything was so touch-and-go that it is a tremendous relief to be where he is today...

As for Veronika's question, I think D answered it quite well. I can say from my own perspective that it eliminates the feeling of isolation which can take on numerous and innocent forms. You don't have people asking questions "why do you look like this..." "why do you have to do that..." (In the case of diabetes, it was testing sugar levels and taking shots, treating low blood sugars and minding what you ate. And when I was a child, we tested urine, NOT blood, with what looked like a home chemistry set).

Innocent questions become constant reminders that you are different. So, to be around kids who all have the same thing removes the questions, and removes the feeling of being the 'only one.'

As an adult, I don't mind when people ask questions about my diabetes...blood sugar testing, my insulin pump, etc. What I do mind, though, are well-meaning but ill-informed people who say things like "should you be eating that?" It adds a patronising, accusatory tone which no diabetic likes. People think they are being nice, or concerned, or something. But trust me, the food police are not welcomed.

anyway, the point being, you simply do not get that whenever you are around those of 'your own kind.' It's a respite. And as Denise explained, kids get to be treated as kids, not as a walking disease. It gives you the chance to create a place for the disease within the context of your life, not be the single defining factor of your existence.

Anyway, Alfonso Cuaron is coming on Charlie Rose right now! VCR alert!!!

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Mrs. Sirius - Jun 14, 2004 10:00 pm (#2873 of 2912)

That's great news Denise. Tell Devin that we are pulling for him. Much good thoughts are being sent his way.

Jackie, congratulations on your graduation. Happy Graduation

Cuaron was wonderful on Charlie Rose, I want to see the film again.

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The Great Abbycadabra - Jun 14, 2004 11:08 pm (#2874 of 2912)

Sarcastic Ginny, my condolences. I'm so sorry to hear about your friend. My thoughts are with you.

Wow, some Abbyfetti is in order for both Devin and Jackie! ,'.,';.,'.;,'.;,'.;, I'm so happy for both of you.

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septentrion - Jun 15, 2004 12:42 am (#2875 of 2912)

thanks Padfoot, I expect to update with new photos soon.

I'm glad for you and your son Denise, it must be such a relief for both or you

Sarcastic Ginny, it's indeed strange to be sad and happy at the same time. I'm really sorry for your friend and his family, and congrats for your new job. I hope you'll have fun to teach.

Dr Filibuster, I'll see the final behind my TV. I don't expect France to be there, even if they've beaten England. They'll have to play better than sunday. But there is still hope...

Viola, I'm only 20 months apart in age with my sister and we also used to be bickering all the time, and that's not good news for you but my parents never have been able to do anything about it. Maybe it was part of our growering ?

I asked my husband if he wouldn't mind to go and see PoA, I was scandalized by his answer : "I've got no time to loose". Can you imagine that ?

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boop - Jun 15, 2004 1:11 am (#2876 of 2912)

Denise that is the best news I have heard in such a long time. Give Devin a great big hug from me.

Abby Have a Great Day!!!!!!!!! Hey Abby here is one of my hugs for you!!!!!

Sarcastic Ginny, so sorry to hear your sad news. I will keep this family in my prayers. Here is a hug just for you.

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septentrion - Jun 15, 2004 1:16 am (#2877 of 2912)

Oh it's Abby's birthday. trying to sing "happy birthday to you". OUch ! a rotten tomato in my head ! Well, just saying hapyy birthday to Abby !

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Fawkes Forever - Apr 30, 2004 6:26 am (#2878 of 2912)

Ginny, sorry to hear about your friend, I went through something similar not so long ago..... so here’s a big hug... I'll keep you in my thoughts & prayers...

Boop, awww cute picture

Abby..... HAPPY BIRTHDAY ... give yourself some patented Abbyfetti <-- Edit: cool floaty head effect! Oh & get yourself over to St Mungos ... I feel a party coming on ....

Septentrion, unfortunately we didn't qualify for the Euro Cup this year *sob*, but I drew Holland in the sweepstake at work.... so I'm routing for Holland to win

Top of the mornin' all

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septentrion - Jun 15, 2004 2:00 am (#2879 of 2912)

so Fawkes, be in front of your tv tonight, it's Netherlands vs Germany. It should be a great match ! We'll miss the Irish for sure.

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Marè - Jun 15, 2004 2:00 am (#2880 of 2912)

Hello all, it has been so long, don't know where to start.

I'm busy busy busy. Last week I managed to turn my entire biorhythm around in two days. I ended up being awake when it was dark and sleeping when it was day. And that was not supposed to happen! I couldn't turn it "back" so now I have decided to go the other end of it: I didn't sleep last night so that tonight when I go to bed I will be so tired I will fall asleep instantly and because of that will be able to actually wake up when my alarm clock goes of in the morning.
So far I keep nodding and falling asleep behind my computer and there is still so much work to do!!

so I'm routing for Holland to win
Well that's lovely, my personal favourite were the Faroer isles (or something like that) but alas, they didn't enter the tournament either.
Our kitchen has been turned into a tribune with one couch behind the other, raised higher by empty beer crates. There isn't a normal discussion to be held, and I am seriously considering staying over with a sane friend of mine or at least boycotting the kitchen for the coming 3 weeks. All good shows on tv are canceled and I had to send a serious letter to the bank with an orange stamp with a soccerplayer on it.
Yes, as you can see, I'm not really a soccer fan. Give me the Olympics anytime!

O well when tonight is the match of all matches (Germany vs. Netherlands, you would think that at some point people grow over it already...) at least I can use the roads to practise my backward skating. It's not like any-one is going to be around to run over me anyway...

And for the rest: congratulations to Abby, and congratulations to Devin and Denise! Woohoooo you must be very happy.

And Septentrion, is that you in the pictures? Because at some point it says moi-meme, so it could be your mother as well I guess. (uneducated guess, my french is buried under a deep layer of dust. Guess what country I'm trying to get an internship in?)

Tot ziens!

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Flame Alligator - Jun 15, 2004 2:04 am (#2881 of 2912)

Fawkes, Top of the mornin to ya.

Happy Birthday Abby!

Veronika G, Chatting with you Sunday...... pure pleasure, girlfriend.

I am very busy this week. I am substituting for the Pilates teacher starting tomorrow and teaching my yoga classes.

Goedemorgen y'all!

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septentrion - Jun 15, 2004 2:18 am (#2882 of 2912)

hehehe Marè, "moi-même" means "myself" or "me", so it's me (and my non-pottie husband) on the photos.

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Jun 15, 2004 3:20 am (#2883 of 2912)

Viola, concerning sibling bickering: I have a son 7 and a daughter 5 and they get along beautifully (not perfectly, but overall, extremely well). I attribute it to not interfering in their disputes. Very early on I told them that they could solve their problems or I could solve them, but if I did it, they weren't going to like the way I did it. If it was a toy, I took it. If it was the tv, I shut it off. All it took was a few times of me taking away whatever it was they were squabbling over and they soon learned to solve their own problems. It does take a bit of patience in the beginning as you listen to them develop their problem solving skills (insert big laugh here) and you may have to pop in with suggestions once or twice (like, "perhaps you could take turns" or something equally pithy) but if you hold fast they'll figure it out for themselves. I truly swear by this approach. My two are best friends and we can travel long distances without so much as a disagreement.

Sorry to ramble on so, but this is one of my parenting touchstones.

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Marè - Jun 15, 2004 3:41 am (#2884 of 2912)

Myself, well that's definitely not your mother then And again, I got the haircolour wrong, I pictured you darkhaired for some reason. But they are lovely pictures!

I think back home I'll hop to the attick and see if I can find some old french textbooks.

And Lupin is Lupin, your story reminds me of a brilliant commercial.
It's about a dessert. A mom and two kids are having diner and obviously when the dessert comes on, the two kids each wants the larger piece. so the mother solves the problem by letting one kid sliece the pudding and the other has first choice over which piece she wants. The commercial involves measurement tapes and such, but it's the simple and obvious solution that always caught my attention.

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Jun 15, 2004 3:49 am (#2885 of 2912)

Mare--I've done that too! Isn't it brilliant? I got the idea from someone else (not the commercial Smile ), but it works like magic. Pun not intended.

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Leprechaun Jack - Jun 15, 2004 3:53 am (#2886 of 2912)



Happy, happy birthday Abby

Jack

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septentrion - Jun 15, 2004 3:58 am (#2887 of 2912)

Lupin, you sound like my mother ! You make myself feel younger !

Marè, I've never been dark-haired though I help nature a little. I'm glad you like my pictures. I'll post some others as soon as I have time to log on at home.

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Jun 15, 2004 4:53 am (#2888 of 2912)

Septentrion--goodness, somehow that makes me feel older ; )

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VeronikaG - Jun 15, 2004 4:54 am (#2889 of 2912)

Happy birthday, Abby! Party in St. Mungo's!

After having put up my last post, I started to realize it could be seen as a bit insensitive (like I'm sometimes seen as a little insensitive). So I'm glad you actually took the time to explain, not just ignore my post. You see, there are lots of things I don't know about life, so I have to ask if I want to learn. And I don't want you to think I have never been treated like I was strange. I have always been the kind of person who thinks for myself, and if I don't have all the information, that can lead to unusual ideas and opinions. I've been in trouble for it time and again. But do I learn? Nah....

I said it before, but a good thing can never be repeated too often. Good luck to Devin and Denise!

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Fawkes Forever - Jun 15, 2004 5:09 am (#2890 of 2912)

Septentrion, just had a look at your holiday photos ... Egypt looks fantastic.. & it's nice to put another face to a name Just been over on the PA gathering thread.... again putting faces to names.... looks like you guys had a lot of fun *pouts* No Fair

Betty, nice to see ya back on the chat thread.... I take it you were busy with the 'ol PA get together... well done by the way... looks like you did a fabulous job!

Hi Flame *big wave*

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VeronikaG - Jun 15, 2004 5:23 am (#2891 of 2912)

Oh, I see that by the next time I log on, there will be a new chat thread! There will be a new one, right?

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Kip Carter - Jun 15, 2004 5:26 am (#2892 of 2912)

Yes, VeronikaG, there will be a new thread for chats. I am not ready to close this thread ye; however I do have the new thread awaiting in the wings ready to jump out and be a part of this Forum.

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Denise P. - Jun 15, 2004 5:40 am (#2893 of 2912)

Veronika, you didn't come across as insensitive at all. It was a good question Smile

I am off to the hospital. Oldest son (who will be 21 in a few weeks) just called on his way to the emergency room, he has apparently cut a finger off with a power saw at work. Since he was driving himself in and sounded calm, I am hoping it is not totally cut off but we will see.

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Fawkes Forever - Jun 15, 2004 5:43 am (#2894 of 2912)

Oh no Denise... hope he's ok... sounds nasty either way.

A new chat thread... opps... feel guilty about putting another post here.... we are too chatty

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Karla Labanda - Jun 15, 2004 6:27 am (#2895 of 2912)

Buenos días a todos.

Wonderful news Denise. I am very happy for you.

Friday I watched POA.... Ok, I'll put my opinion in the right thread. Thank you for be very patient and don't make any comments in this thread.

I'll very interesting in the game Germany - Holland, I hope a wonderful game. Until now, the Euro 2004 games were exciting!!!

A nice day to everybody

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Flame Alligator - Jun 15, 2004 6:39 am (#2896 of 2912)

Septentrion, Waaaaaah! I can't find the post where you put the link to your pictures. Could you put it up again?

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Padfoot - Jun 15, 2004 6:57 am (#2897 of 2912)
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Happy Birthday Abbey! Happy Birthday

Sarcastic Ginny, sorry to hear about your family friend. Hugs to you and the family! On a happier note, congratulations on your new job.

Denise, I hope your son's finger is ok. My brother did that when he was young. Was working in a kitchen of a restaurant and saw a knife fall and caught it. Only then did he realize that isn't a good idea. He only needed stitches. Hopefully that's all your son will need.

I saw PoA again last night. So I am in a very good mood. I hope everyone has a good day today!

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tracie1976 - Jun 15, 2004 8:12 am (#2898 of 2912)

Happy Birthday Abby!!

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Madam Poppy - Jun 15, 2004 9:17 am (#2899 of 2912)
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CONGRATULATIONS DEVIN!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY ABBY!

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Leviosa - Jun 15, 2004 9:24 am (#2900 of 2912)

Happy Birthday Abby! *insert cool birthday smiley here, smiley central doesn't work for me any longer, don't know why *

Denise, that's great news about Devin! I hope your oldest son will soon get well again.

Cool photos, Septentrion!

My vacations are over now and school started again on Monday and I already feel so drained and tired. I need vacation!! I'm drowning in work and I already know that I will mess up my English test tomorrow because it's going to be so very tough. Oh well...

I'm no football (soccer) fan but I still hope the Germany will win tonight. But I don't think they have that high chances but nevertheless:

GO GERMANY GO!!

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Denise P. - Jun 15, 2004 9:48 am (#2901 of 2912)

Oldest son is fine. He cut his finger with a power saw as he was cutting a piece of hardwood. He did chip the bone but nothing major and the fool actually went back to work (said he had to finish sanding the floor). He didn't even get stitches even though his finger is laid open (due to the position and angle of the cut).

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Jun 15, 2004 9:50 am (#2902 of 2912)

Glad to hear he's ok, Denise. Such a work ethic ; )

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Leviosa - Jun 15, 2004 10:00 am (#2903 of 2912)

Good to hear you son is fine Denise.

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Padfoot - Jun 15, 2004 10:16 am (#2904 of 2912)

Why go back to work? Ouch! Glad he is doing ok Denise.

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Lynn Allen - Jun 15, 2004 10:21 am (#2905 of 2912)

Excellent news about the bone marrow, Denise. I wish you all only the best.

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Lynn Allen - Jun 15, 2004 10:39 am (#2906 of 2912)

Veronika, I am responding to this before reading any other answers from Lexicon Forum members, so hope it will not be redundant. You wondered why going to a special camp with others who share your illness would be a positive experience rather than reinforcing differences and sadness. It may depend on the particular disability but speaking from my own background, hemophilia is such a rare condition, affecting 1 in 10,000 people, that many people with hemophilia never meet others with it. Feeling you are different than everyone else, of having no one who really understands the physical pain and social isolation your illness causes, is very difficult for youngsters, who generally want to be just like everyone else. Once children are introduced to a group of others with similar symptoms and emotional concerns, they often make intense friendships based on common struggles and fears. Another advantage of the special camp is that having medical support available in the event of a crisis frees the child to try physical activities they might never have been allowed to try at home. The opportunity is incredibly liberating and allows young people to overcome feelings of stigma and rejection they have often experienced from able-bodied children, who are often cruel and mean. I hope that helps explain the philosophy behind disability-centered camps, Veronika. Please let me know if you want clarification.

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Julia. - Jun 15, 2004 10:49 am (#2907 of 2912)

Wow, we certianly are a chatty bunch. First of all, Sarcastic Ginny, Mazel tov on getting a new job, I'm sure you're a great teacher and will make a great deal of difference in the kids lives. I'm also very sorry to hear about your friend. It's tough losing a loved one, and in the wake of helping his family, just make sure you take enough time to grieve your self.

Denise, Yuck! He cut his finger, and it's still open!! Surprised *shudders at the thought* Quite a work etic on that kid, I certianly wouldn't go back to work after that.

Abby. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! *insert cool smilie here* Have a great day, and I hope your year totally classicals!

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Acceber - Jun 15, 2004 11:06 am (#2908 of 2912)

Glad to hear your son's OK Denise. I, thankfully, have never been inside the emergency room *hears gasp* and hope to keep it up.

Happy Birthday Abby!

I''m in a good mood because I got my gathering T-shirt via snail mail (thanks Boop!) and I'm wearing it. It's very hot here. The perfect day to rot away on my laptop reading the Forum .

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mike miller - Jun 15, 2004 11:26 am (#2909 of 2912)

Denise - Glad to hear your son's finger is OK. My father was in construction for his entire career, so I've heard about and seen some of the worst.

Madame Poppy - When I'm in Wenatchee next week and I stop by the Freddie's, how do I find you to say hello? (That goes for you too Bertha Jorkins!) Potties Unite!!!!! ;-) Feel free to send me an email.

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Lynn Allen - Jun 15, 2004 11:34 am (#2910 of 2912)

Abbie, Happy Birthday! And Denise, I'm glad to hear your son's finger is not severed.

Having read the excellent responses by Denise and Gina about special camps, it is clear we share the same beliefs. Just to elaborate on the special needs of some children, in the "Dark Ages" when I grew up many kids with hemophilia missed huge blocks of school because of internal bleeding, were not allowed to play with other children or participate in most normal childhood activities because that caused painful and debilitating injuries. Parents were justifiably very protective so children sometimes grew up isolated from other children. My own childhood experience included missing four entire years of school, restricted to a hospital bed or wheelchair, prior to age 12. I had virtually no opportunity to be with other children except in the hospital. After intensive medical care with newly developed treatments I was able to enter high school, and then go to college, for which I was grateful. It is fair to say I was a slow-bloomer socially but learned quickly and was able to make my way despite significant early disadvantages. Thank God medical care has progressed to make that degree of isolation and painful disability much more rare, but children with bleeding disorders and other severe disabilities are still treated differently to protect against possible injury. Not to criticize parents at all, but the opportunity to spend a week or more away from over-protective family in the company of other children who have the same concerns is a true gift. It allows children who have fought and developed courage simply to survive a chance to play and enjoy time with others less likely to shun or abuse them.

Please forgive me for another episode of self-disclosure, but most people don't have a clue how painful life can be for severely disabled children, and it's hard not to answer sincere questions when the forum is kind enough to allow such responses. Moderators are welcome to delete this if it is judged inappropriate.

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Madam Pince - Jun 15, 2004 11:58 am (#2911 of 2912)

Lynn Allen, I've said it before and I'll say it again -- you are a brave fellow. Kudos to you for coming through many long dark paths with the upbeat attitude that you have. And personally I think it's wonderful that you (and others) can share their life experiences that give us all a glimpse into a world we may not have entered. It seems to me that although this forum is Harry Potter-themed, it is also about just learning in general, and in sharing different perspectives. After all, those things are prominent in JKR's world, also.

Denise, when I read your post about what your oldest did to himself, all my fingers and toes curled up into little balls. Isn't it funny how our bodies connect to our brains with instinctive reactions like that? Glad to hear he's doing ok. Tell him to continue to be careful so it doesn't get infected or anything!

Hot, hot, hot muggy day here today. I was thinking of going to the park maybe, but now I'm thinking a cold glass of iced tea and my computer or maybe a book or two sounds much more appealing. No wonder I never get a tan.

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Kip Carter - Jun 15, 2004 12:54 pm (#2912 of 2912)

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Third Chat & Greeting Thread

Kip Carter - Jun 15, 2004 1:45 pm
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I have established this thread for each of you so inclined to chat on the main discussion threads. With this thread, I hope that all chat-type posts will no longer disrupt the other threads.

The reason behind this move is we are averaging over 260 new posts per day on this Forum which is over 7,800 posts monthly. A huge number of these posts are adding nothing to the discussion threads except additional messages to be read. When a new person comes to this forum, they are faced with almost 30,000 posts which is mind-boggling. And when you get to some of these threads, much of what is there is not adding anything to the discussion.

This is the third thread provided for chat-type posts since September 25, 2003. The first Chat and Greeting Thread (25 Sep 03 to 26 Feb 04) had 2752 messages before it was closed out February 26, 2004. The second Chat and Greeting Thread (25 Feb 04 to 15 Jun 04) had 2912 messages before it was closed out June 15, 2004. Eventually the second thread will join the first thread in the folder =+=+= Archived Threads: Since Reorganization =+=+=.

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Jun 15, 2004 2:14 pm (#1 of 2955)

Apropos of nothing, but I'm new to the whole Smiley Central thing and I just wanted to know, has anyone seen this? Star 18

So cool!

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Padfoot - Jun 15, 2004 2:24 pm (#2 of 2955)

Yes, it's a very cool smiley!

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Blast - Jun 15, 2004 2:35 pm (#3 of 2955)

Hey I'm a number three. Yahoo!

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DJ Evans - Jun 15, 2004 3:22 pm (#4 of 2955)

Hey everyone, hope all is going well with everyone. All is going great here in southern USA, one minute it's cloudy--looking like rain any minute--and the next, it's your typical hot/humid southern summer day.

Denise, I'm so happy for you & your family and that both of your sons are doing great!!! I have a feeling that your eldest will really start to feel the pain either later on tonight or tomorrow. For some reason it seems to take the mind/body a while to realize that it's had an injury done to it. But lets hope that he will be the exception to the rule!!

Abby:

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!


Sarcastic Ginny, so so sorry to hear about your friend. I'm sure each and everyone of us, if we could, would give you a group hug. You'll be in our thoughts and prayers.

Later days, Deb

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Marie E. - Jun 15, 2004 5:22 pm (#5 of 2955)

Denise, what wonderful news! I'm so glad Devin is doing well. I hope his good health continues.

Happy Birthday, Abby! I'd give you some abbyfetti, but last time I tried you threatened me with copyright infringements.

Congratulations, Jackie! Aren't you leaving soon, or is it this fall?

Now, whew, my news. We closed on our house today (yay!) and already started moving things in. Our internet will be off tomorrow night and not back on until Monday or Tuesday. We may run next door to check email and such. I'm so excited!!! Well, not about losing my internet for a weekend, but you know what I mean.

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Hem Hem - Jun 15, 2004 6:40 pm (#6 of 2955)

Happy Birthday, Abby! Hope you're having an amazing day!

The graduation went great, even the speech. In the end, I wasn't even so nervous. AS for when I leave, I'm not starting school until August 24th, although I will be out of town for the next week. my dad and I are doing a father-daughter trip to London. I can't wait to get a picture at Kings' Cross Station (among all other things!)

Have a great week, folks!

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scully jones - Jun 15, 2004 6:54 pm (#7 of 2955)

Lucky number 7, whoopee... I'm watching the finals... Detroit vs. Lakers... I'm not usually a big basketball fan, but hey, it's hometown vs. the snobs!

I had an extremely bad day, but things are feeling better. I like coming on here and reading how your days have gone, seeing that life is still going on out there.

Talk to you guys more some later time.

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Viola Intonada - Jun 15, 2004 8:23 pm (#8 of 2955)

Happy Birthday Abby!

Congrats Marie!

Wow, Denise, my heart leaped into my throat when I first read your post about your oldest son. Glad that he is okay.

Ginny, my condolences.

Thank you everyone for the advice on sibling rivalry. We are about to embark on a three week trip to tour the West. Just the four of us, in the minivan. I will need all the advice I can get in order to keep all of us sane that long!

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Blast - Jun 15, 2004 10:04 pm (#9 of 2955)

Viola, are we there yet? Are we there yet? Are we there yet? I have not been to the emergency for a while now but I have seen quite a few of them, I still have all my didgets but some of them have had a bit of stitching over the years. Yes stitches do work on non magical wounds. Denise tell him to keep it clean, getting a cut like that is not nice if it becomes infected.

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The giant squid - Jun 15, 2004 11:12 pm (#10 of 2955)

Marie E.: Now, whew, my news...

Hmm...is it sad that I have to find out about my sister's impending move on the forum? Where's the love? :-P

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Brandon Christopher - Jun 15, 2004 11:30 pm (#11 of 2955)

If someone steals post number 28 while I'm asleep again I shall cry. If someone does I'm staking my claim on it before they do and shall forever known as postmaster28!

Yes I'm in an extremely goofy mood, can you tell? Guess it comes from being permanently happy recently. Sorry I haven't posted in awhile, I always check in here and read the posts but for some reason I never end up replying. Happy belated birthday to Abby and everyone else who I missed. Marie, hope the move goes nice and smooth and you get your internet back up quickly. Denise, It's awesome that Devin is doing so well, I hope this keeps up and becomes a trend for you guys.

Oh, and I got a package in the mail today from Betty. She sent me some blown up pictures from the gathering - some of which are not in the photo album. In one I'm stabbing Jim with the Gryffindor sword oh so subtly!

Hope everyone has a great evening/night/morning/day!

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septentrion - Jun 16, 2004 12:50 am (#12 of 2955)

Good thing that your son is going well, Denise.

Susi, germany didn't win nor lose (how to say "match nul" in english ? no dictionary here) but what I saw from them was good. They'll be dangerous. Thankfully Zidane plays for France !

Marie, I hope you 'll enjoy your new house, it's like an adventure ! I'd like to buy my own house too but houses are so expensive in the places where I'm interested in.

Flame, here is my link again : my blog. I haven't still updated, I think I'll have time to put new photos this week-end. It's written in French, I've done this site for my friends to be able to see my photos whenever they want, but as I said, the photos are international !

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The Great Abbycadabra - Jun 16, 2004 1:09 am (#13 of 2955)

Aww, I feel the love! Thanks, guys! I've just wrapped up my first two decades. Yikes, I'm old. I had a nice lunch with my parents, little bro, and grandmother at Chili's. And I got a Lockhart action figure! Also a Voldie and Griphook one, and a Pumpkin Juice kit. Yay for the blatant merchandising of children's books! Oh, and I think I will give myself some Abbyfetti since I forbade Marie from doing so. ',;.,'.;,.;,'.;',;.

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boop - Jun 16, 2004 2:05 am (#14 of 2955)

Good Morning Everyone!!!!!

Fawkes, aaaawwww thanks for missing me. I just have been busy, but I am taking the time to post now. I hope things are going better at work for you now.

Brandon, what is up with post 28?,hehehe We have missed you posting too.

Marie, sounds like you have a lot of work ahead have fun and enjoy your new home!!!!!!

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Fawkes Forever - Jun 16, 2004 2:45 am (#15 of 2955)

Quick everyone post post post..... Brandon will have to be quick to grab number 28 ... maugh haugh haugh.... Kidding of course... or am I? Actually, what is the significance of no. 28?

Congrats on the new home Marie..... Mike, know exactly what you mean... one of my big sisters actually works in the same building as me... yet I have to hear any news of hers from my mum.... hee hee!

Betty, good to see ya back... you where missed.

Septentrion the phrase you are looking for regarding the football match is a draw... I'm still backing the Netherlands.... woohoo!

Abby.... cool pressies... I'd like to see the Action Lockhart doll... what does it do... waggle & drop its wand

Mornin' Flame... how are you today? Busy busy busy I take it.

Denise, glad to hear your son’s finger wasn't too badly damaged.... I can't believe he went back to work.... wow... good on him... however, I think as someone else put it... the pain will probably catch up today. I had a similar accident a few years ago with the little finger on my right hand. I had a part time job in the local pub whilst I was at college, & one night whilst clearing up, a glass fell off the shelf. On reflex I caught it... but it shattered in my hand & sliced my little finger down to the bone..... & yup it required stitches. As luck would have it I had my driving test the next day followed by my cousins wedding ... needless to say I failed the driving test & spent my cousins wedding in a haze of paracetamol... oh & to add insult to the injury... the bar docked my wages for leaving early.... LOL!

Hey Abby.... what does the pumpkin juice made from the kit taste like?

Top of the morning folks!

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mollis - Jun 16, 2004 7:14 am (#16 of 2955)

And the rest of the day to you, Fawkes!

Good luck with the move Marie! I am still unpacking from my move at the end of April. No fun at all!

Happy Birthday Abby! Sorry I'm a day late. I seem to always be behind these days. Oh well. I guess that's the price I pay for life in the big city!

I'm not posting so much anymore because I'm so busy at work, but I'm still checking in. It's about all I can do to keep up with this thread and the POA movie thread. Hopefully I'll get back to content soon.

Speaking of which - did you all see that TLC posted that Blaise Zabini is a boy?!? Thank you to the translators! One mystery down, about a million to go!

Have a great day everyone!!!!

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SarcasticGinny  - Jun 16, 2004 7:28 am (#17 of 2955)

Hey all.

Thanks for all the support concerning our friend. His family is holding up very well. Since we are neighbors, someone from my family stops by daily to check in and say hi. They are able to talk about their son/brother and even joke around about him-his youngest sister cracked that every mysterious blameless incident from their childhood would now officially get blamed on him.("If he was here, he'd be laughing too"). Seems pretty healthy to me which was great to see.

Also, thanks for the kudos on my job. I'm terribly excited-I go sign all my papers on Monday. Sherbie and Madam Poppy, I appreciate the offer on ways to integrate Harry into my classroom. I'll take whatever you have!! Would it be weird to start a thread about "Harry in the Classroom" in which anyone who hears any way that Harry Potter has been taught can post the idea?

Happy Birthday Abby! Throw some belated Abby-fetti on yourself for me! Denise-I'm glad your son is okay. The same thing happened to a guy I work with, only it was a tomato slicer. I guarantee you he will be the most careful cutter ever from here on out!

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septentrion - Jun 16, 2004 7:30 am (#18 of 2955)

Had I known there was a doubt about Blaise Zabini being a boy or a girl, I could have easily answered : a boy, because Blaise is a french name or surname, but when used as a name, it's always masculine.

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Padfoot - Jun 16, 2004 8:18 am (#19 of 2955)

Happy moving Marie E! Movers

Abby, I'm also curious what pumpkin juice tastes like. I love pumpkin bread and pumpkin pie, not so sure pumpkin juice would taste all that good.

Have a great day everyone!

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septentrion - Jun 16, 2004 9:31 am (#20 of 2955)

I've put some new photos on my blog : photos de vacances

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mollis - Jun 16, 2004 11:07 am (#21 of 2955)
Edited by Jun 16, 2004 11:08 am

Okay, question for you all - probably Fawkes should know this one though. On Google they often change the screen for major holidays and events. Today is James Joyce. Anybody know why? Maybe his birthday or something?

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Jun 16, 2004 11:13 am (#22 of 2955)

Mollis--Today is the Bloomsday Centenary Festival (actually, it is a much longer affair). If you click on James Joyce on the Google image, it will bring up sites regarding this occasion. It celebrates the journey that takes place, on this day, in his book Ulysses.

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Prefect Marcus - Jun 16, 2004 11:36 am (#23 of 2955)

Just a quick note.

Our second grandchild/first granddaughter, Brianna Judith Hammer just arrived weighing 6lb 6oz and measuring 20" in length.

Mother and daughter are doing fine. No complications at all.

Grandpa is bursting his buttons! Very Happy

Marcus

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mike miller - Jun 16, 2004 11:44 am (#24 of 2955)

Congrats Marcus!! That's wonderful news. The birth of a child is about the most incredible thing that can happen. I'll have to wait a while for a grandchild myself since my daughter just finished the 3rd grade.

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Julia. - Jun 16, 2004 12:13 pm (#25 of 2955)

Woo-Hoo! All this news calls for a feast, I think. I'll see you all in the Great Hall tonight! I'll bring the butterbeer...

Marcus, a great big mazel tov to you and your entire family on the birth of your grand daughter. As Mike said, the birth of a child is incredible, pull out the cigars and enjoy it to the fullest.

Marie, good luck moving all your stuff into your new house. Be sure to check for monsters in the closets of the girls rooms. Hope you get your internet up soon, can't wait to see you in chat again.

Jacke, mazel tov again on your graduation, glad to hear it went well. Hope you and your dad have a safe and fun trip to London...when you go to King's Cross be sure to bump into random walls trying to get onto Platform 9 3/4 (ok, you don't actually have to do that, but I thought that maybe I could live vircariously through you, and finally be able to check that on the obsession quiz ) Anyway, London is a great place, I hope you have more fun than is legally allowed.

Well, I'm off to get the butterbeer for that party...

EDIT:I have just noticed that this post is smilie free. This is insane, and will stop the moment I get my lap top back...

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I Am Used Vlad - Jun 16, 2004 12:33 pm (#26 of 2955)

Congratulation, Marcus. Any Mike Hammers in the family?

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mollis - Jun 16, 2004 12:55 pm (#27 of 2955)

Hmmm... You learn something new every day. Thanks Kim! I learned about Bloomsday (sounds like my kind of holiday!) and that I can just click on the new google to find out what the occasion is!

Congrats Marcus on your new grandaughter!

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Acceber - Jun 16, 2004 1:10 pm (#28 of 2955)

Congrats Marcus!

Post #28! *waits idly for Brandon to kill me*

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scully jones - Jun 16, 2004 1:15 pm (#29 of 2955)

Becca! I was going to steal that one! Darn it, I waited too long...

The day's been nice, we're expecting thunderstorms later. I'm off for a few hours, but then I'm heading back to work... Maybe at about 7. I guess I'll just hang out and read fanfiction? Any objections?

I found a toad today... I chased after it yelling "Trevor! Trevor! Come back here!" Jimmie just shook his head, sadly... I know, I know... I'm a little odd today.. I've been having a very up and down rollercoaster week...

I'm getting eaten alive by mosquitoes, any suggestions? I know I don't have a very strong immune system, so west nile could be a problem for me.Fly Eater

Talk to you all later!

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Julia. - Jun 16, 2004 1:18 pm (#30 of 2955)

Sarah, I suggest OFF! It's your friend, I should know, I nearly got eaten alive at a BBQ last night. LOL about Trever, the Harry fan in everyone always picks weird times to show.

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Prefect Marcus - Jun 16, 2004 1:19 pm (#31 of 2955)

nimrod 2000 - Any Mike Hammers in the family?

Yes, I have a nephew named Mike. :-)

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Ladybug220 - Jun 16, 2004 1:39 pm (#32 of 2955)

Congrats Marcus!! Don't forget to teach the grandkids about Harry Potter!

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boop - Jun 16, 2004 2:13 pm (#33 of 2955)

Marcus, I can see what a proud Grandfather you are. Please give your new granddaughter and daughter a big hug for me.

Mike your time will come to become a grandpap.

Becca, hehehe I think you are in trouble with that evil Brandon !!!!!!

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Padfoot - Jun 16, 2004 2:17 pm (#34 of 2955)

Congratulations Marcus on your granddaughter!

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Jun 16, 2004 2:35 pm (#35 of 2955)

Congratulations Marcus! All the best to you and yours.

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Denise P. - Jun 16, 2004 3:24 pm (#36 of 2955)

Congrats Grandpa Marcus!



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Dr Filibuster - Jun 16, 2004 3:38 pm (#37 of 2955)

Belated happy birthday Abby

Congratulations Marcus.

Denise, I actually squealed out loud when you said your son had sliceed his finger off! I'm so glad he didn't.

Ginny, it sounds like your family are a wonderful support network.

Sept, I can't see your site or photos because I don't have a computer (the link tells me I have to download something), ah well. As Fawkes said, I think you were looking for the word "draw" (each team got the same number of goals) or possibly "no score draw".

The next England match (versus Switzerland) is at 5pm (UK time) tomorrow. Hmmpf! My bank doesn't close to the public until 5pm. My divination skills tell me the late afternoon won't be very busy though....and the roads will be deserted. Perhaps it's a good time to start backwards skating like Mare?

The England flag is white with a red cross and the Swiss flag is red with a white cross. That should look interesting, at least fans could share face paint.

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dobbyiscool - Jun 16, 2004 3:49 pm (#38 of 2955)

Hello everyone! For those who live in the midwest area (esp near eastern South Dakota) did you drown? In Sioux Falls we got about 6.5 in of rain this morning. It was great. I live by a Elementary school that has a small creek running next to the playground never actually has water in it, just bridges going over it, and today the creek was filled up to the bridges (about 2 and a half feet).

Instead of a "draw" I usually hear it said that it was a tied game.

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Lynn Allen - Jun 16, 2004 6:51 pm (#39 of 2955)

Congratulations Grandpa Marcus! Glad to hear everyone if fine.

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Sherbie Lemon - Jun 16, 2004 6:52 pm (#40 of 2955)

Congratulations, Marie! I'm quite jealous, but very happy for you! Hopefully, we'll be closing soon as well.

Congratulations to Marcus as well!

Our house is finally moving along. After a weeks delay, our cabinets have arrived and were stained today. They look beautiful! We went by around 7:30 tonight to find them leveling the front and back yards. Three weeks till we're supposed to close; God, I hope we make it! We still have to have the toilets, sinks and countertops installed, have the floors laid, paint, get the sod down and the fixtures in. I'm feeling frazzled, but very excited. Please keep your fingers crossed for us, everyone!

Belated Happy Birthday, Abby!Birthday Cake I'm so sorry I missed it!

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The giant squid - Jun 16, 2004 7:06 pm (#41 of 2955)

Congrats, Marcus! For some reason I didn't picture you as the grandfatherly type...must be the thick black hair. Wink

Fawkes, my (our) mother is the hub for all family news, too. If it weren't for her I'd probably never know what was happening in my family. Come to think of it, I should call her... Smile

--Mike

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Prefect Marcus - Jun 16, 2004 9:54 pm (#42 of 2955)

Mike -

Actually, I look quite a bit like Alan Alda. Same hairline. Same grey hair. Somewhat tall. Somewhat skinny.

My current Avatar is Ranger Gord from the Red Green Show.

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The Great Abbycadabra - Jun 17, 2004 12:20 am (#43 of 2955)

Congrats, Marcus! Have some Abbyfetti! ',;.,';.,;.',;.,;'.,

As for the pumpkin juice, I haven't tried it yet. It makes a slushie type product. It says on the box that it's a pumpkin spice kind of thing. I'm really not sure what to think of the way it tastes, heehee. It aslo comes with faux Pop Rocks to include in the drink when you're finished. I believe they're called "Wizard Sprinkles". I'm somewhat dubious to actually eating it because on the back of the box it says "Best used before 12/31/03".

I love the Lockhart action figure! He has really nice robes and his wand has these curlicues on the handle, heehee. If you turn him back and forth at the waist, his arms move around as if he's trying to duel. It says on the package, "Real dueling action!"

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Fawkes Forever - Jun 17, 2004 2:38 am (#44 of 2955)

Sounds cool Abby.... I definitely want an action Lockhart now... however I think I'd avoid the pumpkin juice too .... might be like eating the jello over at St Mungos

Marcus congratulations on your new grandchild & first grand daughter. Hope both mummy & baby are doing well.

Sherbie... you must be very excited about the house.... fingers crossed.

Mollis, yip yesterday was Bloomsday... I didn't realise it was celebrated all over the world. There was more of a fuss this year seeing as it was the Centenary. If anyone is interested, Bloomsday is celebrated on the 16th June, & follows the fictional events of James Joyces book Ulysses that took place in & around Dublin, on the 16th June 1904. A few die hard fans reenact the book (well parts of it) in the famous places listed in the book.... like go to a certain pub or restaurant at a certain time, and dress up in 1904 gear. Admittedly.... I've never read the book... I made several attempts when I was at school.... but its tough going.... and its not to everyones taste either, thus the reason its caused a fair few raised eyebrows in its time .... but maybe I will... one day

Dobby.... are you from Sioux Falls? Oh I'm all excited, as Sioux Falls is twinned with my hometown here in Ireland. Which is pretty cool.... I've even met your major... well it might not be the same major ... it was about 4 years ago

Sue.... is there a radio in your bank? Perhaps you could listen to the match whilst at work I know its not the same... but better than nothing.

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Marè - Jun 17, 2004 3:21 am (#45 of 2955)

I'm not sure if Bloomsday is celebrated all over the world. I do know that google has a headquarters in Dublin. So maybe those people decided to give it some attention.

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septentrion - Jun 17, 2004 4:24 am (#46 of 2955)

congrats Marcus for being a grandfather again !

Dr Filibuster, I'm sorry you can't watch my photos. try this link : photo
Tonight france is also playing against Croatia, I hope it'll be like in the 1998 world cup !
BTW, thanks to you and Fawkes for your translation.

Sherbie, all my fingers are crossed for you !

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Flame Alligator - Jun 17, 2004 4:50 am (#47 of 2955)

Fawkes, And the rest of the day to ya! Yes, I am busy little bee this week. I was on my way to bed for a nap but I thought I'd post here first. Yes, I said bed..... I have to teach Pilates at noon and the yoga late this afternoon. *sigh* Oh joy! *sarcasm* My catering job went well Monday. Did I tell you about it? Hmmm.... maybe that was the post I lost. Anyway, I actually made some gourmet salads that non healthy eaters liked. They loved my Raja (Indian tea that taste like coffee.) Almond Lattes.

Sherbie Lemon, *fingers crossed*

Marcus, Congratulations Grand daddy!

This week is going fairly well for me considering I am doing double duty substituting for the Pilates teacher and teaching my yoga classes. Luckily I have new music and that perks my students and myself up.

I had better go now.

Goedemorgen everybody!!!

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Chemyst - Jun 17, 2004 5:11 am (#48 of 2955)

Awhile back before the chat thread restarted, gas prices were being discussed. I was having one of those days where I cleaned off my desk and couldn't find anything... Well, the June 6 article resurfaced last night: In USDollars, the gas tax in Britain is $3.35 and plans are to raise it to $3.48. You can draw your own implications because I don't want to get too political for a chat thread, but in real life as in a good mystery book, it is the facts you don't know that make the outcome surprising.

And speaking of books, (still trying to master the segue) there is a book titled Eats, Shoots & Leaves that has made its way to the top 5 on the nonfiction lists. What is unusual is that it is about using correct punctuation. But the review cautioned, "Author Lynne Truss uses British rules for punctuating quotations, and they differ from American." Do any of you have a quick explanation as to how they differ?

Marcus, Congratulations on your granddaughter. An Alan Alda look-alike? Perhaps my sympathies are in order too. I hope your granddaughter followed Lily & Harry's example and kept only the eyes from your side of the family. Trying to imagine Alan Alda as a young girl is quite a frightening picture.

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VeronikaG - Jun 17, 2004 6:11 am (#49 of 2955)

I'm off line for two little days, and the new chat thread already has 47 new messages, and there's another grandfather here! Congrats, Marcus!

Lynn, I think I understand you very well. I hardly know anything about hemophilia (I can't even spell it), but I understand that it's a horrible disease. I can't understand the physical pain it causes, but I think I have a small clue about how isolation from other kids feel. Not that I was a sick child, but I grew up around a bunch of kids my parents didn't want me to act like. Most of them had parents who trusted them a bit too much, and they were allowed to be home alone from age 8.

There was especially one family, a step-family kind, where the parents worked late and kids could be alone inside. The step dad had a big collection of horrible movies, and the number to the sex-phone. So these kids favorite entertainment was calling the number and get in contact with all these weird people. Some of them even kept a dialogue after they must have known they were talking to a kid younger than 10. Having a little horror show with the movies was popular too. So was stealing fruit, picking flowers in peoples gardens and selling them back to them for candy, playing with fire, having birds and bees lectures with Barbie dolls and visiting alcoholized neighbors when they had parties. All of these were activities my parents had strictly forbidden me to take part in, so I had no choice but to go home when it got too bad. I'm not comparing this to having a potentially deadly disease, only saying that my parents protecting me made me feel somewhat different from those friends, and sometimes lonely, when I couldn't come along on what they had planned. I laugh when I think back now.

OK, enough of my life story for one post.

I did say happy birthday to Abby in the old thread? Saying it again to make sure: Happy Birthday!

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Fawkes Forever - Jun 17, 2004 6:41 am (#50 of 2955)

Hey Flame *waves*

Sept... cool new photos... no problem on the translation I was lucky enough to actually be in France for the 1998 world cup final. My dad & myself where in a tiny country pub in South Brittany watching the match & cheering for France, helped by a bunch of Irish, English & Scottish. The locals thought we where all nuts... but found us amusing all the same. There was some celebrating that night I can tell you, & the atmosphere was electric

Chemyst, I think we are all guilty of misusing punctuation.. hee hee. I don't profess to be a punctuation expert, but I can think of a few differences off the top of my head. If I'm wrong, please feel free to correct me

In British English, when using quotations, the rule is that when the punctuation relates to the quoted words it goes inside the quotation marks. When the punctuation relates to the sentence, it goes outside. In American English it always goes inside. For e.g.
Ron asked Hermione if she was "completely mental". (British)
Ron asked Hermione if she was "completely mental." (American)
Note the subtle difference in the position of the full stop (period) at the end of the sentence.

Regarding quotations, another difference (I think) is the US normally use double quotes whereas the British tend to use single quotes. However, this is not really rigidly adhered to.

Another difference is using commas in numbers... e.g. 10,000, which is optional in the UK rules, but used frequently in US punctuation. Personally I use the comma, as I find it makes the numbers easier to read & you're less inclined to mix it up as 1000 instead of 10000.

Most differences are quite subtle, especially nowadays with increasing globalisation & the dawn of the internet. Most people won't notice these differences, unless they are looking for them.

It's interesting all the same.... hope this answers your question
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dobbyiscool - Jun 17, 2004 7:45 am (#51 of 2955)

Fawkes- Just looking at the numbers 10,000 without the comma in it bothers me. I cannot spell to save my life, but grammer and punctuation are two things I tend to do well at. I usually don't look for punctuation mistakes or differences, but commas really jump out at me. It could have something to do with all the grammer/editing worksheets I had to do in English last semester...

As for who was mayor in 2000, it was Gary Hanson (I had to look it up quick). I really don't remember him. I think I've met Dave Munson (our current mayor) once, but I really don't pay much attention to who's our mayor. I know who's on the school board (thanks to my Mom, who's president of the school board) and who our Govenor, Sen. and Congressmen are, but outside of that, I can never remember.

Anyway, just out of curiosity, did anyone here have a chance to see Regan's casket before his funeral last week? I watched alot of it on television, and they said he was the first man in 31 years to deserve such an honor. I have no idea who it was 31 years ago, as the last one I know of was JFK's services.

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Fawkes Forever - Jun 17, 2004 7:59 am (#52 of 2955)

Dobby, Gary Hanson, yes thats him.... I remember thinking 'mmm bop' all during his speech & trying not to giggle ... yes I am that mature Coincidently I can't spell either.... take my earlier post as an example... 'I've even met your major... well it might not be the same major ... it was about 4 years ago' Ummm, I think I meant Mayor.... LOL

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Padfoot - Jun 17, 2004 9:46 am (#53 of 2955)

Sherbie, I hope everything goes smoothly with your new house. You are probably on pins and needles, but everything will work out fine.

Dobbyiscool, I watched the services on tv too. It was very moving. I especially enjoyed hearing what Margaret Thatcher had to say about Reagan. My brother in D.C. stood in line a couple of hours and saw Reagan's casket. He somehow managed to get in a shorter line with air conditioning. Guess working on Capital Hill has some perks.

Fawkes, I was taught to use quotes inside, just as you explain the British way of doing it. Ron asked Hermione if she was "completely mental". (British) Side note to this, here at work we write the date using the European way. For example: 17 June 2004. Now that I have gotten in that habit, I write that way elsewhere too.

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Fawkes Forever - Jun 17, 2004 9:51 am (#54 of 2955)

Hee hee, Padfoot, seeing as I work for an American company, we sometimes get the dates mixed up. Our US colleagues normally try to accommodate us by writing for e.g. 17th June 2004 using our convention as 17/06/04, whereas we try to accommodate them by using their convention 06/17/04... which has lead to much confusion. Now we tend to stick to 17 June 2004.

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Denise P. - Jun 17, 2004 10:00 am (#55 of 2955)

That is the military way of writing dates too. I would write today as 17 Jun 04, 6/17/04 or 040617. I generally use 17 Jun 04 though.

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Padfoot - Jun 17, 2004 10:05 am (#56 of 2955)

When we label our drawing files, we condense the date to: 17JUN04. We just use the first three letters of the month, not sure why though. Just a habit our office has fallen into.

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Detail Seeker - Jun 17, 2004 1:44 pm (#57 of 2955)

Military standard sorts the date data by priority: First day (Is this from today or older ?), then time (from when today), time zone (GMT = Z, CET = A), then month and year (you normally do not get infos older than a month in a hurry). So, right now it would be 172244Bjun04 for me, due to time shifting in the summer.

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Dr Filibuster - Jun 17, 2004 2:29 pm (#58 of 2955)

It just seems logical to write the day then month then year. My English teacher used to say that the Americans wrote dates the correct way though...is it the older way?

Septentrion...merci for putting the photo up, I see what Abby meant now (you are in Egypt) All that talk of draws and then France and Croatia drew . On a happier note...England 3 Switzerland 0!!!! . Teenager Wayne Rooney scored twice (sort of) and gets this week's Viktor Krum award.

I really want the GoF film to do the Quidditch World Cup scenes and feature professional footballers. They are all used to filming adverts (commercials) with special effects etc. Or at the very least they could pose for pictures in Quidditch robes.

On the "Eats shoots and leaves" front...the author made me smile when collecting an award a few months ago. She told her taxi driver she was nominated for writing a book on punctuation. He replied;

Well let's make sure we get you there on time then.

Punctual=not late. Punctuation= marks used in writing to separate sentences and phrases etc.

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Padfoot - Jun 17, 2004 2:35 pm (#59 of 2955)

Lol Sue. I have problems with both punctuality and punctuation. What a funny taxi driver.

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Blast - Jun 17, 2004 3:05 pm (#60 of 2955)

Fawkes what is your hometown?

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Sherbie Lemon - Jun 17, 2004 7:39 pm (#61 of 2955)

Thanks for all the finger crossing and well wishing, everyone! Today, they painted our trim and our doors and dug the posts for the fences. Hopefully, they'll start on the interior paint tomorrow! I'm in a great mood now that everything is coming along. I still have many concerns and things to gripe to my realtor about, but I'm thrilled to see the colors and touches I picked out oh so many months ago become realized. It's scary when you don't know how one color will look with another, or how the carpet will blend with the tile, paint, counters, etc. but are forced to make decisions anyway. However, I'm pleased to say, so far, so good!

Edit: Incidentally, I love your avatar of Harry, Padfoot!

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Blast - Jun 17, 2004 8:28 pm (#62 of 2955)

The store where i'm working this week hired a new employee today. His name is Errol. He is a shorter person with big thick glasses, maybe he is an animagus.

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Dr Filibuster - Jun 17, 2004 11:14 pm (#63 of 2955)

But will Errol be punctual though Blast?

Sherbie, I'm impressed with the speed of your builders. when's your completion date due?

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boop - Jun 18, 2004 3:16 am (#64 of 2955)

Good Morning Everyone!!!! Happy ThursdayThis is my Friday, 3 day weekend,YAY!!!!!

Lindsey, sounds like everything is coming together real nice with your home. I can't wait to see a picture of it. I am sure all the colors you have picked out will match beautifully!!

Blast, that is great you work Errol, hehehe. How are you doing, miss talking to you.

Have a Great Day Everyone!!!

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septentrion - Jun 18, 2004 4:21 am (#65 of 2955)

Sue, I was upset by the draw against Croatia but it was only justice. I really don't see France in final, yet an award is due to Zidane too, he's always here to save the day...and congrats to England, I found them better than France. You know, in a movie magazine here, they've compared the supporters at quidditch in poA to those of Arsenal (in fact, they speak of a more Arsenal-like "ambiance" but I don't know how to translate "ambiance" and no english dictionary here). *Arsenal is an english soccer team*

Blast, did you know it was st Blast yesterday ? He's supposed to have been a martyr in the early times of Christianism in Roma but almost nothing is known about him. So happy belated st Blast to you !

Everyone have a good day !

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mike miller - Jun 18, 2004 5:17 am (#66 of 2955)

It's Friday morning and we're getting ready for vacation. Off to visit family in Washington state (where I grew up). My daughter hasn't been back in 5 years, so I'm hoping she'll be able to make some lasting memories of her long distance cousins and great-grandpa. Great-grandpa is 94 and still in good health, 2 mile walk every day and he's in charge of the gardens. My parents come to visit regularly so Lauren knows her Grandpa and Grandma.

With any luck I will be able to meet Madame Poppy and Bertha Jorkins in my travels. What are the odds of traveling across the continent to visit a small town and find 2 "Forum Friends" when you get there. I'm not sure how much I'll be able to check the Forum, I'm bringing my laptop but plans and dial-up may slow me down. Everyone have a great weekend and next week, I'll be back in "full force" on 6/26 (if not before).

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Leprechaun Jack - Jun 18, 2004 5:23 am (#67 of 2955)

Just a quick note before I leave for Puerto Rico for a week.

Some of you might know I work for a Private Ambulance company. Well yesterday I received a call from a hospital ER to transport a patient back to a nursing home. He had fallen and had a head Laceration. I cannot put his name dawn because of HIPPA patient confidentially but...

When the ER nurse called up she said to me "I don't know if you'll get this reference, I have a patient who has the same name as the Boy Who Lived." I started laughing and said "Oh I know that very well." We then went on for about 15 minutes talking about the Books. I ended up directing her to the LEXICON and the FORUM.

I thought it was the funniest thing and giggled to myself for the rest of the day.

Flame I'll write you when I get back with details of the trip.

Gina Send me an E-Mail with July's get together. I'll be there.

Abby I don't remember if I said it or not,So HAPPY BIRTHDAY.

Don't post too much while I'm gone.

Jack

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VeronikaG - Jun 18, 2004 5:41 am (#68 of 2955)

Jack, what shape did that cut on the head of the patient-who-lived have? 

Ohh, Sherbie.. moving into a new house that's yours! Well, in four or five years (sigh) I may have a job and be able to get my own place.

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Fawkes Forever - Jun 18, 2004 6:33 am (#69 of 2955)

Hee hee, my dad pointed out an article in my local paper the last time I was home about the local cricket team.. Aparently one of their star players shares the same name as the boy who lived

Mike & Jack, hope you both have a great holiday!

Sept, we use the word ambiance as well to describe the mood or atmosphere.. so no translation required Interesting comparison however...

Sue, well done on the victory.... funny I was thinking about Wayne Rooney & comparing him to Krum myself yesterday... both teenagers playing for their national team & both well.... a bit 'surly' looking Talking of Krum, they were talking about Bulgarias chances in the Euro Cup & that it looked like they are next to go, & I thought... awww, I wonder if 'ol Vicky is disapointed ... lol... I need to get out more.

Blast, whoops I knew I forgot to put something in my post about the twin towns... lol. My home town is called Strabane, in Co. Tyrone in Northern Ireland. Its actually right on the border with the Irish Republic. President Woodrow Wilsons grandfather came from this area. His homestead is still standing & is a bit of a tourist attraction. It's also the birthplace of John Dunlap, whos became the official printer to the United States Congress and the State of Pennsylvania and printed the Americian Declaration of Independence. Something we are very proud of in Strabane. There are several more famous persons from the area, but I'll not bore you all.... LOL... just some more random & uninteresting facts from Fawkes 'quill'

Sorry guys, you can all wake up now.... I'm turning into Hermione at the moment... spouting random facts that I've read... LOL. I have the annoying habit of remembering most things that I read & repeating them to people, whether they are interested or not.. hee hee. Sorry

Oh it's nearly the weekend

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Flame Alligator - Jun 18, 2004 7:36 am (#70 of 2955)

LOL Fawkes, I wasn't bored. Hmmm..... maybe a little but I wanted to know about the twin cities. I am glad to see you back to your true self, chatty, witty and wonderfully funny. Have a great weekend. I miss you over the weekends, btw.

I have been out of bed only an hour after sleeping 10 hours, a long time for me. I had been up 48 hours with only 4 hours sleep total. I am so glad this week is over. Today, I have one errand to run and I am free to do what I like. Yay!! I have got to figure out a way to get out of substituting for the Pilates teacher. Unfortunately for me, there is no one else at the YWCA who knows Pilates.

Veronika G. Thanks for the great chat today. Sorry I was late, girlfriend.

Septentrion, I enjoyed viewing your photos.

Happy Birthday to anyone having one.

I am going to make myself a fruit smoothie. Everyone have a great weekend.

Goedemorgen y'all!

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Gina R Snape - Jun 18, 2004 8:19 am (#71 of 2955)

Hey, Jack. Have fun in PR. I'll let you know about the next meetup. Got very lazy about this month, after all the jetlag this week... Great story, btw.

Of course, I can't divulge clients' full names at the shelter, but will often have a chuckle when I see certain names. We've had a McNair, a Black, and a few others I can't recall at the moment but did post on the 'shared names' thread awhile back.

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Padfoot - Jun 18, 2004 8:19 am (#72 of 2955)

Morning everyone! It's a nice rainy day in Colorado, which I love. It hardly ever rains here. This should green everything up. Cloud Tree 2

Mike and Jack, have great vacations in Washington and Puerto Rico respectively!

Blast, I think you should ask him if he is one!

Thanks Lindsey! I like your avatar too. Sounds very exciting watching your home transform. I love picking out the colors and finish materials in a house. Perhaps that's just the Interior Designer coming out in me.

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Fawkes Forever - Jun 18, 2004 9:15 am (#73 of 2955)

Awww thanks Flame (I think.... kidding of course)

The most bizare thing just happened... I could have sworn it just started to snow outside... great big white flakes.... & I wasn't the only one to see it, so I'm not completely mental.... It's a bit mad seeing as we had temperatures in the mid 20's this week (about 80F). I wonder are there any wizards near by... no wait... what am I saying.... it must have been the dementors here.... they must have seen Cuarons interpretation in the new movie & are trying out their new freezing powers Very strange all the same...

Getting very hyper & bouncy... it's 5.10 & it's friday so I'm going to sneak off home. Have a good weekend everyone... Woohooo!

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Julia. - Jun 18, 2004 9:53 am (#74 of 2955)

Fawkes, you're skiving off early? Hehehehe, good for you, have a great weekend and I hope you get out w/o anyone noticing. Jack and Mike, have fun on your respective trips, should be a well deserved break for everyone. I'm just chillin' on this lazy Friday, my friend Margaret graduated from high school yesterday, so party at her house tonight, and guess who's bringing the butterbeer. Acually, that might be a little weird, being that teachers will be there, but, you know, I've always wanted to see Ms. Coleman after a few butterbeers...

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Dr Filibuster - Jun 18, 2004 10:50 am (#75 of 2955)

Oh dear. Bulgaria are rubbish! I'm watching them play Denmark now. It's "the worst display of football I've ever seen Bulgaria play" according to the commentator. Good job they're better at Quidditch!

Sept, I was rooting for France last night, what happened? Hope you didn't spend any time looking up the English for "ambience"

Siobhan, poor Wayne Rooney (Viktor Krum Award winner). I don't think he gets any offers to model sunglasses posing topless like David Beckham. Still, he's on a higher wage than your average teenager not to mention every front and back page of the papers this morning.



Flame, do you have any fruit smoothie left for me?

PS the Danes have just won. Bulgaria are out of the tournament after "an absolutely woeful performance from start to finish".

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megfox - Jun 18, 2004 12:20 pm (#76 of 2955)

I'M FREEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!

No more pencils,

No more books,

No more teacher's dirty...


Oh wait, that's me.

Anyway, no more school for me, but so much planning!

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Acceber - Jun 18, 2004 2:09 pm (#77 of 2955)

I'M FREEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!

Me too! Except I'm the student. Well, not technically free, school really ends Monday, but I can't tell you why I won't be going without making a very grave announcement.

I have been going to the same sleepaway camp for two summers and looked forward to repeating my wonderful experience this summer. So, I signed up for longer than I usually have in the past (5 weeks instead of 3) and was happy to go for longer than normal. However, when I discovered the Forum in mid-January of this year and got shamelessly addicted not much longer, I realized I would have to go without the Forum for five weeks this summer starting this Sunday, as my camp doesn't have computers available for campers. I know I'll get cravings to go on here and participate, so I'm bringing the following:

~One copy of: SS, CoS, PoA, GoF, OoP, FB, QA
~My three reference books: New Clues to Harry Potter: Book 5, The Sorcerer's Companion, and The Science of Harry Potter
~My Gryffindor scarf
~My Gathering T-shirt
~The Forum's URL to give to any Potties that happen to be there

I wish you all well during my temporary leave of absence. Don't post too much or miss me.

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dobbyiscool - Jun 18, 2004 2:13 pm (#78 of 2955)

Have fun at camp! Bring some paper and if you think of any new theories, inconsistencies, etc., write them down to tell us when you get back .

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Padfoot - Jun 18, 2004 2:13 pm (#79 of 2955)

Rebecca, we won't forget you! Looks as though you will have enough HP gear to keep you from going into withdrawls. I'm going away on vacation for the 4th (for two weeks) and I am already planning on borrowing my dad's lap top. He doesn't know this yet.

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Madam Pince - Jun 18, 2004 2:23 pm (#80 of 2955)

Chaiojones, I have the same problem you do with mosquitoes -- they seem to think I am delicious. I use Deep-Woods Off which is the more "heavy-duty" (supposedly) version of Off. I suppose it helps but it's so yucky to have all that junk on you. This weekend Hubby and I are going to buy one of those horribly-overpriced Mosquito Magnet thingys -- it's a machine that you put in your yard which is supposed to attract the bugs to it instead of to you, and then it captures and dehydrates them. If it works, it'll be worth the cost, but I just hate to make such a big purchase not knowing how it'll work.

Anyway, one other option that I read about in the "Health" column of my local newspaper -- this lady swears by the remedy of taking one tablet of Brewer's Yeast daily. She says she used to be constantly attacked but since trying this has not been bothered. The doctor who wrote the column said it wouldn't hurt. I myself haven't tried it yet, but Brewer's Yeast is on my grocery list, so I'll let you know.

Belated Happy Birthday, Abby! and Happy Moving Day, Marie!

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boop - Jun 18, 2004 3:08 pm (#81 of 2955)

Mike and Jack have a great time on vacation. Take lots of pictures and share some with us.

Meg, YAY for you. Enjoy the summer.

Becca, have fun at camp. We will miss you. I will mark my calendar for the 5 weeks so I know when you will be back.

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Chemyst - Jun 18, 2004 3:11 pm (#82 of 2955)

Thanks, Fawkes, for the punctuation lesson. Who knew it would be so interesting! We often have a day or two of "snow flurries" here in May, but it is simply cottonwood at the height of pollen season.

Rebecca? Ohh... That's Acceber backwards! (dawn of comprehension), Enjoy your camp. It sounds as though you have packed more than enough Potter paraphernalia to keep you busy during rest hour, but if you run low, you can always write a Harry Goes Wizard Camping fanfic for us!

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Julia. - Jun 18, 2004 3:28 pm (#83 of 2955)

Woo-Hoo! Yay for being out of school, so enjoy your summers Meg and Becca. Have a good time at camp Becca, I think you're bringing quite enough reading material to last you five weeks. I will suggest that at some point you make up a HP trivia, so as to stup the girls in your bunk, and show off how much you know at the same time! We'll miss you, and we'll post more than ever while you're gone.

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scully jones - Jun 18, 2004 3:30 pm (#84 of 2955)

While chasing a bunny rabbit yesterday, I got bit by mosquitoes all over my neck and one on my wrist! That one is so annoying!

I have new pictures on my site... Instead of navigating around, I'll put down the link to each page I updated, okay?
Pet page
Jimmie and I
My cake
Lots of me


Let me know what you think of my hideous but cute dress!

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Padfoot - Jun 18, 2004 3:46 pm (#85 of 2955)

Nice pictures, the cake is very pretty. As is your dress, I don't think it's hideous.

Why were you chasing a bunny rabbit?

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Madam Pince - Jun 18, 2004 4:02 pm (#86 of 2955)

Did you see Carina anywhere? 

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scully jones - Jun 18, 2004 4:10 pm (#87 of 2955)

Brown Rabbit likes to chase bunny rabbits, I don't know why... I chased one at the gathering, too! They're so much fun! I got really close to this one, I was lucky to have a tree to hide me... I jumped out and it and shouted "boogaloo boogaloo bunny!"

I know, I know.... I need help! Crazy

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Viola Intonada - Jun 18, 2004 8:47 pm (#88 of 2955)

Sara, have you considered visiting us at St. Mungo's???

Becca, I feel your pain. We are leaving tomorrow for a 3 week vacation. We are touring the West. After this vacation I don't think there will ever be any question about the necessity of me being at St. Mungo's!

I have been trying to build up my tolerance of "Are we there yet? Are we there yet?" and the ever popular "Mom, she's looking at me!" and let's not forget "She's got her toe on my side of the seat." Oh the togetherness of a family vacation! hehehe I really am looking forward to it.

I wish everyone a happy three weeks!

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Marie E. - Jun 18, 2004 11:58 pm (#89 of 2955)

I get a chance to peek at the forum and see that my brother has been here whining. By the way, Mike, Mom has my new address if you want it. I was planning on calling you this weekend. Really, I was.

Congratuations, Marcus. Give her lots of kisses from all of us!

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The Great Abbycadabra - Jun 19, 2004 12:45 am (#90 of 2955)

Have fun on your various vacations, Mike, Jack, and Viola! I'll tell you what I tell my friends when they go on vacation: Buy me keychains!

Becca, enjoy camp! I was always too chicken to go to camp (I also commute to college--I like home!). Well, that and the fact that I don't like to camp. We'll miss you guys!

Sarah, I think your dress is cute. You look better than I did on my birthday. I was too lazy to dress up. I did wear my nice new shirt and the perty necklace my mom got me. But that's not too out of the ordinary for me.

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septentrion - Jun 19, 2004 2:25 am (#91 of 2955)

thanks Fawkes for the translation ! And you weren't too chatty.

Flame, I'm glad you liked my photos. BTW,I've posted new ones this morning about philae temple.

Sue, France had a draw vs Croatia but really it wouldn't have been a shame if Croatia had won. France isn't at its best this year, they show too much doubt. I don't watch all the matches, I don't have time, but yesterday I saw the second half time of Italy-Sweden and I must say that those two teams are GOOD. I wan't to see more of them, I hope they'll qualify for the 1/4 final.

Sarah, I find your dress cute and it suits youvery well.

Those who have vacation, enjoy it. Of course we'll miss you. Tell us about your journey when you're back !

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Blast - Jun 19, 2004 2:30 am (#92 of 2955)

Viola bring some duct tape on your trip.

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Chemyst - Jun 19, 2004 6:35 am (#93 of 2955)

to all whom it may concern this weekend:

Happy Father's Day


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boop - Jun 19, 2004 6:35 am (#94 of 2955)

Michelle have a great vacation, see you when you get back.

Good morning Everyone, I wanted to post this: On July 18th a group of us will be getting together in Ohio. The place we will be meeting is called Mike's Place, and it is very close to Kent State University. I understand this is a really neat restaurant, and will remind us that we are at Diagon Alley. The time we will be meeting is 4pm. If you are interested let me know my email address is boop196078@hotmail.com. Thank you

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draco all the way - Jun 19, 2004 7:01 am (#95 of 2955)

HI!!!

My computer up and died on me so I've been gone a long time. In my absence I find that fingers were almost sliced off (not to be indelicate but ewwww!), there are new grandpas, and now a sudden fascination for bunny chasing. No wonder you look so fit, Sara!

My granfather read PoA in 1 day, but sadly is not showing any more signs of interest. Don't worry I'm working on it!

School started and is perfectly horrible, but I think I'll make it through.

On a happier note, I am now a member of the rotary club's student wing. We will be doing charity work- collecting clothes, food, organising blood donation, and educating unfortunate children. I feel very proud and can't wait to start!

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Acceber - Jun 19, 2004 7:14 am (#96 of 2955)

Thanks for all your well-wishes: Dobby, Padfoot, Boop, Julia, Viola and Abby. I plan to have lots of fun and miss you all very much. If you want to contact me by snail mail, email me privately and I'll give you my camp address. Also, I can't access the Internet at camp, so no emails otherwise please.

I leave at 0600 tomorrow morning. Zzzzzzzz....

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septentrion - Jun 19, 2004 7:33 am (#97 of 2955)

have a good time Becca !

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Flame Alligator - Jun 19, 2004 9:58 am (#98 of 2955)

Dr.Fillibuster, I would have loved to share my fruit smoothie with you yesterday. I am making another today. What would you like?..... Strawberry-apple-banana, pineapple-orange-apple-banana, red grapes, apple-banana or maybe strawberry-kiwi-concord grapes? I love fruit smoothies! I usually use apple juice or grape juice with lots of fresh fruit. If I am feeling energetic, I juice some apples or pears for the juice. Then everything is fresh and full of living enzymes that are very good for you. The problem is the clean up.....the blender and the juicer. So most days I opt for bottled juice.

Madam Pince, The Brewer's Yeast tablets work! Plus, they help all your body's systems function better. I even gave my cats brewer's yeast with garlic powder (sprinkled on their food, cats like garlic) to keep fleas and ticks off them. It worked. The other thing I use as a bug repellent is Eucalyptus Water (10 drops of eucalyptus essential oil in 8 oz. of water, put in spray bottle and spray yourself) This smells better than Deet and it works. But since I started taking Brewer's Yeast I don't need bug repellent. Before.... I was like you. Bugs from miles around would come to bite me. I had this "bug attracting" problem since childhood but no more. Make sure you get your Brewer's Yeast tablets from a Health Food Store the other kinds are weak in potency and don't work. Or you could go to www.vitiaminshoppe.com

Mike and Jack, Enjoy your vacations. I am going to miss you guys.

Sarah, I love your pictures. I adore Scully. I want to steal her. I miss my Sammi so much. I see her in all her favorite spots around the house.

That dress is NOT hideous. I like it. You look cute and feminine. Thanks again for sharing your photos.

Acceber, I will miss you everyday until you get back. What no wireless Internet at camp?!

I have had a strenuous week. Yesterday, my yoga practice was light. Well, light for me anyway. I feel good today..... happy even.

Have a good Saturday everybody!!

Goedemiddag!

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Marie E. - Jun 19, 2004 10:00 am (#99 of 2955)

I will have to try that yeast idea, as I'm terribly allergic to insect bites. I can't do the eucalyptus because I'm allergic to it too. Mosquitos seem to view me as a giant walking buffet.

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Pigwidgeon - Jun 19, 2004 10:26 am (#100 of 2955)

Err ... Boop? Actually Mike's Place has the castle, which Hawk said was kinda like Hogwarts. (downtown Hudson is like DiagonAlley). We were talking about both places.
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wormsé - Jun 19, 2004 10:40 am (#101 of 2955)

I just wanted to let everyone know that my computer has been sent off for being worthless and not letting me online, and that I have no idea when I'll get it back. I have no internet access anymore, except for now because I'm at my Grandma's. This is so you people know where I disappeared to. Hugs to all!!

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VeronikaG - Jun 19, 2004 10:41 am (#102 of 2955)

Five weeks without the forum? I'd go bananas. Not that anybody would notice any difference. Good luck on camp, Becca!

Sarah, the dress is very cute and pretty! You are one of the lucky people who look good in everything you wear!

Somehow Flame's post made me want orange juice. Hmmm.....

The hole diggers, or what shall I call them, have come from city to lay new sewer pipes in the neighborhood. The road to the houses is full of huge holes, that we have to be careful not to fall into. Turns out my family and the one across the road from us are the only ones who have paid for renovation for 20 years! Everyone else have let their sewer straight out in the sea near the houses, and not even had to pay a fee! Being good to the environment can cost you! Mom thinks we should have the new pipes for free because of that. I'm still hoping the phone company will lay broadband now when the tunnels are open, but we have not had any offer to connect yet, so it doesn't seem they're going to. Sigh...

And a happy weekend to everyone!

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SarcasticGinny  - Jun 19, 2004 12:22 pm (#103 of 2955)

Hi all! Safe travels to those traveling! Anyone wanna take me? I can fold up really tiny to fit in a suitcase!

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Jun 19, 2004 12:26 pm (#104 of 2955)

We are having a terribly buggy spring so I think I'll take up that suggestion about the Brewer's Yeast. It's not going to make me inflate, is it? ; )

Gina, I don't know what's funnier, Rickman's pose, or the tag line, At my doorstep.... Thanks for the laugh.

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The giant squid - Jun 19, 2004 2:33 pm (#105 of 2955)

I get a chance to peek at the forum and see that my brother has been here whining

I wouldn't call it whining, per se...merely commenting on the sad state of our familial communication. Wink

Don't worry, folks--she remembered how to use a phone & everything's now fine. Very Happy

Five weeks without the internet? Geez, I couldn't make it through my one week honeymoon without visiting the resort's internet cafe! (One computer with dial-up, pay by the minute...bleh) Then again, I don't think I could handle five weeks of camp, either. I'm fragile.

--Mike

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boop - Jun 19, 2004 3:47 pm (#106 of 2955)

Mike, LOL glad to hear your sister still knows how to use the phone. I'm with you 5 weeks without a computer no way.

April thanks for clearing that up!!!

Lindsay I miss you and need your home address so I send you your shirt. I hope you get your computer back soon. Great Big Hugs to you!

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wormsé - Jun 19, 2004 5:00 pm (#107 of 2955)

I'll email it to you, Betty. Thanks, I miss you too!!! *tear*

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Gina R Snape - Jun 19, 2004 6:10 pm (#108 of 2955)

Kim, why did you think his pose was funny? I had a decidedly different reaction myself.

As for lack of internet---I really don't think I could manage 5 weeks! I took my laptop with me to San Francisco! I didn't get to surf as much as normally, but I did manage to get online every day even on my holiday.

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timrew - Jun 19, 2004 6:12 pm (#109 of 2955)

Hi all!

Back from my holiday, which was excellent. Portugal was full of football fans, but we never saw any trouble - all the English 'hooligans' were arrested up the coast at Albufeira. I was rather dreaming that they would march them to the border in chains, with, 'Not Wanted In Portugal' tattooed on their foreheads, but no such luck! Sorry, I can be as 'evil' as Brandon sometimes........in me own thoughts!

Thank you to all who wished me a good holiday. And congratulations to Denise on your son's bone-marrow treatment. I'm so happy it was successful!

Septentrion, France can still make it. I hope they do! They have a squad of the best players in the tournament. It's only a matter of time before they start playing as a team!

And I've still not seen the film! Does that make me the last person on the Forum?

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Julia. - Jun 19, 2004 6:52 pm (#110 of 2955)

Abby: what I tell my friends when they go on vacation: Buy me keychains! Oh my mother! I tell my friends the exact same thing!!

My hats off to all of you who can live more than a week without internet, good luck to you all. Hope every one has fun on vacation, and we'll be sure to post more than ever while you're away. Oh and Tim, yes, you are the last person on the forum not to have seen the movie, good luck catching up on that thread. Glad to hear you had fun on your vacation.

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Acceber - Jun 19, 2004 7:16 pm (#111 of 2955)

I don't know how I'll manage, Mike and Gina. This post marks my last one for five weeks . *rereads last sentence* Ahhhhhhhhh!!!!!

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haymoni - Jun 19, 2004 7:48 pm (#112 of 2955)

Hi guys - I had to read through 111 posts to catch up.

Brandon - you were happy??? What happened???

Mike - any book ideas hit you on the way back from Portugal? I told you that I would be ready to invest. (It worked for JKR - why not you?)

We are settling in to the summer routine. Little League is killing me. We've had lots of rain in NE Ohio - today was actually sunny but chilly - a strange combo.

Tomorrow is Father's Day - found a DVD with the Abbott & Costello "Who's on First" routine for my dad - I'm running out of ideas, folks. My husband bought himself a truck cap, so that took care of him!!!

Happy Daddy's Day to all you Dads & Grandpas out there!

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boop - Jun 19, 2004 9:08 pm (#113 of 2955)

This is for all the Dad's out there and dad's to be : I hope you all have a great day.

Tim glad to see you made it back save. Sounds like you had a very good holiday. Cant wait to hear all about it. And like Julia said, " Good luck on catching up on the threads." If it were me I know what button I would use, hehehe.

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Blast - Jun 19, 2004 9:13 pm (#114 of 2955)

I've not seen it either Tim

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draco all the way - Jun 19, 2004 11:06 pm (#115 of 2955)

A funny thing happened a while back:

It was my first day at my new school, but I wasn't the only new kid there. Almost the entire class was new, because kids change schools alot in the 11th here. Anywho there we were, a room full of complete strangers, milling around, waiting for the teacher to arrive. There were a few "hey, what's your name"s but, for the most part it was deadly silent. I hated it because I love to talk...alot! Just when I thought I couldn't take the awkwardness any longer, one brave soul from the back of the room piped up. "Anyone seen the new HP movie?", she asks.

I almost heard a collective sigh of relief. There was a tidal wave of response and everyone started talking all at once. We talked about the actors, the special effects, and even the hideous pink hoodie (I think I initiated that one). Then we moved on to the books and as some hadn't read it, I was able to weed out the casual movie goers from the real HP fans. By the time the teacher finally arrived I had found a group of truly dedicated Potties with whom I now hang out! In my old school (I sound like Phoebe), I did have a couple of potty friends but not as many!

So you see, HP serves many purposes. In this case it was a very convenient ice breaker that saved me from alot of horrible awkward silences. Thank you, JKR!

I almost didn't make it through a week without the forum. I feel so sorry for you, Becca.

Also, Tim, I shudder to think of all the catching up you have to do.

And Happy fathers day to whom it may concern!

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Mrs. Sirius - Jun 19, 2004 11:30 pm (#116 of 2955)

One of the most obvious differences in punctuation for me is Mr. and Mrs. In American English these abbreviations are always used with the "." In the British books, the abbreviations are written as Mr and Mrs (.) Every time my eye sees that I think it is a error.

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[Poppy, Madam]Madam Poppy - Jun 19, 2004 11:30 pm (#117 of 2955)
Edited by Jun 19, 2004 11:30 pm

Can't wait to hear what you thought of the movie Tim. I've seen it 4 times now. Bertha Jorkins and I hope to meet Mike Miller this next week and maybe see it again.

Madam Poppy

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The Great Abbycadabra - Jun 19, 2004 11:53 pm (#118 of 2955)

Julia, that's awesome! I love keychains. I've been collecting them forever. My last count was 489! So that's always my advice when someone wants to get me a souviner. The highlight of my collection are the HP ones of course. My best friend just spent the last semester in Hawaii and supposedly has some keychains for me. She was supposed to give them to me when she got back, but decided to hold them for my birthday. Which is quite rude, really. Not to mention the fact that I haven't gotten them yet! *taps foot* I'm waiting.

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Marie E. - Jun 20, 2004 12:14 am (#119 of 2955)

Now I know what to get Abby for her birthday!

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Marè - Jun 20, 2004 1:35 am (#120 of 2955)

And I've still not seen the film! Does that make me the last person on the Forum?

No, I'm right there with you and Blast..

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septentrion - Jun 20, 2004 5:05 am (#121 of 2955)

Veronika I understand what you mean with the diggers, the holes and the pipes : in my town, they're to install a tramway but before it, they check and/or change the pipes. So one day this street is avalaible and the next day it isn't. It even may change during the day !

Tim I thought you were in Portugal for the euro but obviously not. You tell that it's just a matter of time for France to play as a team but time is tomorrow. If they don't play better tomorrow evening, the tournament will be over for them. BTW I hope to see Italy and Sweden again because they did a really nice match, they're both great teams.

Fawkes I hope you're not too disappointed with the Netherlands' loosing yesterday. Well we'll have some suspense before we know all the teams qualified for the 1/4 finals.

Draco ATW what do you have against pink hoodies ? I found them cute enough to have bought one for myself last winter, and I didn't yet know that Hermione would have one.

And happy father's day to all who are concerned !
Father's Day 3

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Jun 20, 2004 5:33 am (#122 of 2955)

Kim, why did you think his pose was funny? I had a decidedly different reaction myself.—Gina

Oh well, Gina, the strangest things strike me as funny. However, to articulate, it was his very come-hitherness that made me laugh. It looks like something straight out of SI. Or perhaps, America's Next Top Wizard.

I've no doubt that you had a different reaction. As it should be.

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Kip Carter - Jun 20, 2004 5:45 am (#123 of 2955)

Steffie, you are definitely not the last person to see the film. I have not and I do not know when I will actually have the time to go see it. I have too, too many conflicts.

I may have to wait on the DVD.

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Flame Alligator - Jun 20, 2004 6:11 am (#124 of 2955)

From this Daddy's girl: Happy Father's Day to all you daddies!!!

Correction for yesterday: www.vitaminshoppe.com I misspelled vitamin. *embarrassed* For Brewer's Yeast.

Veronika G. I know what you mean about holes everywhere, girlfriend. The same thing is going on around my neighborhood. The bad part is they took out a lot of people's front yards. What once were beautiful front yards are now just a few feet of yard. Huge vanilla bean trees were cut down. Ah.... real estate...... gotta love it. *sarcasm*

It is overcast here but I am in a very good mood. Hmmm..... hope nothing happens to spoil it. May you all have a lovely Sunday. Especially, all you daddies.

Goedemorgen everybody!!

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boop - Jun 20, 2004 6:38 am (#125 of 2955)

aaawww Kip, hope you don't have to wait until the dvd comes out. I hope your health is still on the mend. Kip take today off and enjoy it, you deserve it with all your hard work. And besides its Father's Day and that means its your day!!!!!

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megfox - Jun 20, 2004 7:00 am (#126 of 2955)

Hey all you daddies on the Forum, happy Father's Day!

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Marè - Jun 20, 2004 7:18 am (#127 of 2955)

You know guys, I really love you. I'm off to call my dad now, before I forget it's fathers day today!

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Marie E. - Jun 20, 2004 10:09 am (#128 of 2955)

Ahhh, the sun is out today! I was beginning to feel like a character in a story I read in eighth grade who lived on a planet similar to ours but it was eternally cloudy.

From another Daddy's girl: Happy Father's Day!!!

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Mrs. Sirius - Jun 20, 2004 11:58 am (#129 of 2955)

Marie, I think I read that story too, or a similar one. The sun was scheduled to appear only for a two hour period. The other kids locked our story teller in the basement and he missed the sun’s appearance for the year.

We have actually had sunshine for the past few days, it's just rather cool. Because the girls attend afternoon kindergarten, the finished school on Friday. My son has half a day on Monday, then they are home for the next 2 1/2 months! At this point I am glad school is out. I couldn't take more of the deadlines everyday.

Well here's to hoping we survive the summer. If any of you are ever in town, give a call we'll meet at the lake. Half the town is there reading one of the Harry Potter books.

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Catherine - Jun 20, 2004 1:07 pm (#130 of 2955)

HAPPY FATHER'S DAY!

Our family is back from our vacation at the Outer Banks in North Carolina. It was so much fun, but now I need another vacation to recover from our trip!

I've spent way too much time trying to catch up on the gazillion new posts, and I'm still not done, so bear with me.

Best wishes and good health to everyone who posted while I was away.

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Liz - Jun 20, 2004 1:27 pm (#131 of 2955)

Happy Father's Day to all.

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Julia. - Jun 20, 2004 2:19 pm (#132 of 2955)

Happy Dabby's day everyone! And yes, I did mean 'Dabby's day.' That comes from a card I made for my dad when I didn't know how to write properly. Hope everyone's having a great day, the weather's great here, I just got back from a minor league baseball game, which was wonderful, even though my team lost.

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Marie E. - Jun 20, 2004 3:08 pm (#133 of 2955)

That was the story, Mar! How funny that we both remember it! Well, I jinxed myself by mentioning the sun, because now we are under a tornado and severe thunderstorm warning. Moving day is going very slowly. We have until July 1st to be completely out of here so it's not a total disaster.

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Blast - Jun 20, 2004 4:09 pm (#134 of 2955)

My best Father's day gift was a coffee mug that my oldest daughter got for me many years ago. On the cup it had a picture of a little monster giving a big monster a heart. The caption reads my heart belongs to Daddy. I still have it after almost twenty years of use.

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Dr Filibuster - Jun 21, 2004 12:12 am (#135 of 2955)

Blast, you're just an old softie aren't you?

Flame, mmmm strawberry, apple, banana sounds good. You make it, I'll wash up afterwards. I love fruit...just see my garden. I've got plum, pear and cherry trees, strawberry plants, raspberry canes, gooseberry, blackberry and redcurrant bushes.

Anyone see pictures of stonehenge at dawn? It's a year since OoP came out. Happy midsummers day.

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The giant squid - Jun 21, 2004 1:04 am (#136 of 2955)

I wish the sun would go away...it was a nice balmy 105 today here in Vegas. Razz And, of course, my car has no air conditioning. And I was working the sales floor today, so I had to wear a suit (frightening enough as it is). All in all a very sweaty day.

I could use a Cuaron-style dementor right about now!

--Mike

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Fawkes Forever - Jun 21, 2004 2:50 am (#137 of 2955)

Happy Belated Fathers Day to all the forum dads.

Flame... you inspired me, I spent most of saturday morning making smoothies.... hee hee! Yummy!

Sept.... yes a little bit disappointed with Hollands score.... oh well... but I'm not out of the work sweepstake yet. Still wish Ireland had qualified.... but at least like Bulgaria we can take solace in the fact we're 'bloody brilliant' at Quidditch Right Sue... lol. (And modest to boot )

Tim welcome back, good to hear you had a good holiday. Too bad about those football hooligans which give everyone else a bad name.... hmmm, wonder would a quick petrificus totalus spell sort them out

Marie & Mrs Sirius... gosh that story has jogged my memory... I remember seeing that story on TV when I was a kid & got really upset when the other kids locked the story teller in the cellar. Funny the things we remember....

Talking of memory lane ... I can't believe its been a whole year since OotP..... casting my mind back to this time last year.... waking up to find that Amazon had delivered my copy woohoo (& several others for other members of my household, the post man thought we were all mad... but he found it very funny all the same), & then riping open the package & nearly devouring the book whole... LOL. It was also the opening ceremony for the Special Olympics which were held in Ireland last year... I remember being torn between watching the ceremony on TV & reading my book..... guess which won....

Mike be careful what you wish for We had the hottest June on record last week.... now we're back to overcast skies & temps of 15 C (60F)... oh well

Happy Midsummers Day everyone .... Hmmm I wonder does Trelawney have anything planned for today

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VeronikaG - Jun 21, 2004 4:44 am (#138 of 2955)

Oh, the story about the clouded planet! I remeber that one from elementary school. It was so sob. Is it by Philip Newt, or do I remember wrongly? I used to love sci-fi when I was younger.

By chance, have anybody read the Starship Alexandria series? I wonder if that has been translated to other languages, because it's quite good. And I think the author is half English. (Jon Bing, heard of him?) The series is about a boy called Benji who lives on a starship which is a big flying library, bringing knowledge to other parts of the galaxy. During the trip he gets two friends who escape from their planets. His pet is a giant ginger cat with wings.

Happy fathers day!

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Hem Hem - Jun 21, 2004 6:08 am (#139 of 2955)

*popping in from an internet cafe in Oxford* Congratulations on the granddaughter, Marcus.

I can hardly believe that it's been an entire year since OotP came out. I remember reading the book and but in those days the forum was down all the time and there was no discussion for a good week after its publication. I remember nearly dying during that wait!

Anywho, I'm having a brilliant time in Britain. I went down an alley that would make a great candidate for Diagon Alley if some wizardish bits were added. And for the first time in my life, I've heard how the people from Manchaster speak. Londoners are easy enough to understand, but the Manchester accent is simply impossible!

Be well, everybody.

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Flame Alligator - Jun 21, 2004 6:43 am (#140 of 2955)

Dr. Fillibuster, How I envy you with all the fruit trees and berry bushes in your back yard. If you do the clean up, I would gladly cut up the fruit and make us smoothies.

Fawkes, Belated: Top of the morning to ya! I am glad I could inspire you to make fruit smoothies.

Goedemorgen everybody!

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Padfoot - Jun 21, 2004 8:54 am (#141 of 2955)

Good morning everyone! Hope you all had a good weekend and a good Father's Day. It's a rainy and cloudy day again today. Was nice and sunny part of the day yesterday.

I was shopping on Saturday and came across a door knocker in the shape of an owl. I almost bought it, but decided I had no place to use it. Of course I thought of Hedwig when I saw it, it was very cute.

Met a friend on Sunday who I haven't seen in a while. We had a nice long HP conversation.

I hope everyone has a good day today!

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Julia. - Jun 21, 2004 9:21 am (#142 of 2955)

God afternoon everyone! Jackie, I'm thrilled to hear you're having a great time in Brittan, are you bumping into lots of random walls at King's Cross? Just a quick hello then off to check up on the rest of last evening's correspondence. Happy Midsummer's day (what ever that is) and Happy Birthday to Order of the Phoenix! One year old! Soon our little baby book will be walking! *tear*

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Fawkes Forever - Jun 21, 2004 9:45 am (#143 of 2955)

Hey Jackie, hope you're having fun.

Julia, mid summers day, also known as the Summer Solstice, is the name given to the longest day in the year, which traditionally marks the start of summer. (The shortest day of the year, Dec 21st, is known as the Winter Solstice). Mid summers day also has mystical & magical connotations, & dates back to the time of the Druids, who built monuments to worship the sun, for example Stonehenge in England. I think that the sun aligns perfectly with the stone alignments at Stonehenge at sunrise (or is it sunset) during the Solstice, but I'm not sure. Some people still celebrate, particuarly New Age people.

I believe that June 21st was chosen for the release of OotP last year as it's supposed to be a magical day... & it sure was last year

Hee hee, I really am turning into Hermione at the moment... sorry for boring you all ... again Perhaps I should change my avatar.. or just stop remembering all these mad facts that I read!

And Happy First Birthday 'ickle Order of the Phoenix

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Julia. - Jun 21, 2004 9:49 am (#144 of 2955)

Thanks for that Fawkes, and don't you dare change your avatar, I love Hermione and Crookshanks, not to mention your second line fits it perfectly. Now, where did my camera go, I should take some pictures of my 'ickle baby book on it's first birthday

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Fawkes Forever - Jun 21, 2004 10:01 am (#145 of 2955)

No problem Julia.... glad you like the second line... Too true methinks...

Hee hee, unfortunately I think perhaps I was always this way... avatar or not...

I was just chatting to some friends here at work last week about something or other & I quoted some evidence to back up what I was talking about & one of my mates said "no wait... don't tell me... you read that somewhere...." They all fell about laughing then .... I was then chatting to some old friends over the weekend.... & mentioned this, to which they all started to laugh.... Apparently I've been saying that for years... especially when I was at school... I just really wasn't aware of how much until recently.... LOL

If you all find me doing it again... you have full permission to roll your eyes & skip to the next post...

Have a good day everyone... I'm nipping off to my yoga class in a bit... can't wait

EDIT : For next post
GOOD LUCK BRANDON.... keeps my fingers crossed for ya!

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Brandon Christopher - Jun 21, 2004 10:02 am (#146 of 2955)

Hiya guys!

Just popping in to say hello and jump around in nervous excitement. I have my first job interview today - am just a tad bit nervous. With some luck I'll do ok and not make a complete fool of myself. I'm so darn nervous now, wasn't at all yesterday. I guess most of you know what I'm talking about having gone through this yourselves at some point. At this point I'm just hoping not to run out of the office screaming. But at least I have a baseball game I'm going to afterwards to look forward to!

Hope everyone has a great day - I swear I'll try to post more!

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Padfoot - Jun 21, 2004 10:22 am (#147 of 2955)

Good Luck Brandon! Job interviews are no fun and unfortunately we have to go through them. Remember to breathe and you will do just fine. At least you get to do something fun afterwards.

Hermione, I mean Fawkes, don't stop with the history. It's interesting, really it is.

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Julia. - Jun 21, 2004 12:19 pm (#148 of 2955)

Good luck Brandon, I'm sure you'll do fine, just don't bring any root beer and don't bother anyone. You're going to a ball game after your interview? Who's playing? If it's the Giants, hiss at Bonds for me please.

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Brandon Christopher - Jun 21, 2004 1:20 pm (#149 of 2955)

Well I'm off to my interview, thanks Julia and Padfoot. After a ten minute struggle I vanquished my tie and it succumbed to it's properly tamed knot. Of course that was after a half hour of running around trying to figure out what in the heck I should even wear.

Argh, must run, talk to you all later! Have a good day/night/evening...

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scully jones - Jun 21, 2004 1:32 pm (#150 of 2955)
Edited by Pinky Jun 21, 2004 3:31 pm

Sarah, I edited out the smiley you used here. If you have any questions, feel free to e-mail me at pinkylexiconfan@yahoo.com

Good luck Brandon! My fingers and toes are crossed for you!

My brother Andy's going to be the daddy of a baby GIRL this November! Yay! And on a related note, my other brother Tim (evil-evil-evil) will be married on August 21st.
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Brandon Christopher - Jun 21, 2004 3:22 pm (#151 of 2955)

Awww - thanks Sarah!

It looks like I got the job though, just as long as none of my references say that I'm complete rubbish. Hopefully they'll just lie and say that I don't suck too badly! Just have to fax over my reference sheet and I'm good to go.

Congratulations on both your brothers Sarah! But I thought I was the evil one, can't let any rival evil lords live now can I. Do I have to smite Tim?

Off to class and then the Giants game - bye everyone!

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Dr Filibuster - Jun 21, 2004 4:47 pm (#152 of 2955)

Yeah, well done Brandon. By the way, what's the job?

Veronika, when does night fall in your part of Norway this time of year?

Apologies to people who aren't Europeans/football fans but....

Ole ole ole ole... ole....ole

Ole ole ole ole....ole...ole

England (and France) go through to the quarter finals

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boop - Jun 21, 2004 5:04 pm (#153 of 2955)

YAY Brandon, good for you. Like Sue asked what kind of Job is it? I hope you enjoy the game. Great Big Hug Brandon

Sarah that is so great about your brothers. Please tell them both congratulations for me. And that means you will be an aunt.

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Marè - Jun 21, 2004 5:06 pm (#154 of 2955)

Well I don't mind the soccer reference as long as you don't try to grab me and paint my face in national colours! (Grrr housemates)

And congrats Brandon!

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timrew - Jun 21, 2004 5:28 pm (#155 of 2955)

Congrats, Brandon! Smite me not! I fully admit......I'm not as evil as you!

And yes, Sue.....we're through to the quarter finals! Thanks to Wayne Rooney and not David Beckham!

Septentrion....have faith. You have a great football team!

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The giant squid - Jun 21, 2004 10:39 pm (#156 of 2955)

Congrats, indeed, Brandon. Job interviews are horrible, but it's worse when you have to wait ages to find out whether or not they'll take you. At least you got a quick answer.

Hey, Marie: how could you have read a sci-fi book that I've never even heard of? I mean, I'm the sciffy in the family! I mean, c'mon...growing up, her bookshelf had V.C. Andrews and Nancy Drew Mysteries; I'm the one with an almost-complete Robert Heinlein collection. Ya think you know family...

Fawkes Forever, I'd be thrilled with 60 degrees! I'm just glad I don't live in Georgia any more. Humidity & I did not get along at all.

I must confess I'm not much of a soccer/football fan (not much for any sport, really), but I did get the "ole" reference. Thank goodness for Rhys Ifans in "The Replacements". Wink

--Mike

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scully jones - Jun 21, 2004 11:20 pm (#157 of 2955)

Baseball

Yay!!! Giants won!

Squid, do you ever read Piers Anthony?

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septentrion - Jun 22, 2004 1:40 am (#158 of 2955)

so many things has happened in just 24 hours !

I hope you have a great time in England Hem Hem. Are you going to see many HP locations ?

Fawkes, don't change. I like Hermione and I think it good to have a Hermione-like member on this forum. BTW I have a little Hermione side myself, some of my friends once called me "encyclopediae universalis" !

Brandon, glad you did well for your first interview. I really hated them when I looked for a job, I understand perfectly well why you were nervous.

Sarah, congrats for your brothers.

Sue and Tim, congrats for England, yet they'll have a hard time against Portugal thursday. I can't believe they've beaten Croatia whereas France could only make a draw against them ! I won't be able to watch Greece-France because I won't be at home but really, I begin to hope Frace will be eliminated to be sure to see real football for the rest of the tournament !

Marè, don't want an orange face ? *insert snort smiley here*

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Marè - Jun 22, 2004 5:01 am (#159 of 2955)

Naaah orange is not my colour....
Though I once had my face painted entirely green/white to support my rowing club. We even ended up doing a little dance on wooden shoes (unfortunately five sizes to big so all I could do was hop around like some kind of delirious frog..) But that was pretty much the first and last time I painted my face to support anything.

Over here soccer is the conversation. the entire country has decided it's all the coaches fault. I wouldn't be suprised if the man decided to immigrate after the tournament.

On a chattier note: I've been so busy, I've been neglecting this forum. But today I had a presentation (honestly, why I lost my sleep over that one..) and allthough I still have piles of work, I'm feeling much better having this behind me.

And good news: I'm going four days to London this sumer. Watch me run through Kings Cross, to break that barrier at 9/3/4!
I'm also going to watch "the mousetrap". Really looking forward to that!

PS How much is 60 degrees in Celcius? Over here the fact that it was officially summer was celebrated with lots and lots of rain and dropping temperatures, and it's going to be worse even. Bleeeh!

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Neldoreth - Jun 22, 2004 5:25 am (#160 of 2955)

hello there! so, following the counsel of Septentrion, I join this thread ... Marè, 60 Fahrenheit is about 16° Celsius, check the Floo Network http://www.the-leaky-cauldron.org/floo/ anyway, I'm officially at work but I enjoy reading all these ideas about Harry Potter and Co in the different threads (I registered yesterday, quite a newbie!). I've spent a good hour this morning reading all the thread about "Godric's Hollow": wow, I'm amazed at all the theories and interesting point of views! I have lots to read and discover step by step the depth of this great Wizarding World (WW, isnt it?) well, back to work...

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Marè - Jun 22, 2004 5:30 am (#161 of 2955)

Hello Neldoreth (lovely name, do you have an explanation?) thanks for the fahrenheit thing, I didn't even knew that kind of things could be found at floo! shame on me!

Welcome to the forum: Enjoy!

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Neldoreth - Jun 22, 2004 5:52 am (#162 of 2955)

Hem, my nickname is actually Tolkien-related (you know, Lord of the Rings-stuff and all...) Well I'm a big fan of this and it brought me actually to the internet-chat etc. Now I've finally decided myself to also join a harry-Potter Forum to share my interest with other geeks!

The name Neldoreth itself comes from the mythology of Tolkien:

The Forest of Neldoreth, a great Beech-forest in Beleriand in Fourth Age belonged to the realm of Thingol and Melian and covered the Northen half of the Kingdom Doriath on the banks of the River Esgalduin (The Silmarillion); called Taur-na-Neldor in Treebeard's song in The Two Towers. Here was Lúthien born to Melian and Thingol, and here Beren, escaping through Dungortheb, later came upon Lúthien. "To the beeches of Neldoreth I came in the Autumn. Ah! the gold and the red and the sighing of leaves in the Autumn in Taur-na-neldor!." (Fangorn)

Well, that was quite a long presentation... sorry if it was boring. But I close the chapter Tolkien now and concentrate myself on JKR! Smile

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Chemyst - Jun 22, 2004 6:36 am (#163 of 2955)

Welcome Neldoreth, but don't close Tolkien forever! I love to go back and revisit the elfin (elven?) forests when it is winter here. The biting winds outside my window never blow in Lothlorien. The world is big enough to hold many books!

And for those of you visiting King's Cross, here is a bit of geeky info I found in an nzherald travel article: Platform 9 3/4 from which the express departs is, in ordinary life, Platform 4 at London's King's Cross Station but many of the exterior station shots used in the films were of St Pancras Station across the city.

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megfox - Jun 22, 2004 7:33 am (#164 of 2955)

Okay, I know we have some sew-ers here (sorry, it looked like "sewers" and I just couldn't leave it!), and I need some help!!! Just starting THE DRESS and it tells me to stay stitch the top of something....What the heck does that mean? Like, baste the hem? Or do a running stitch to keep the fabric from stretching? I need my mom, but she's too sick this week to help (of all weeks to have a flare-up!) If any one knows, please help me! I know I can count on you guys!

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Chris. - Jun 22, 2004 7:46 am (#165 of 2955)

Hello chatters!

I've posted round the Forum but have never wandered in here for a good ol' gossip!

Neldoreth, great name! I'm a fan of Tolkien myself and some of his creations and names are superb. Didn't like the Return of the King movie that much, seeing as they left out Saruman's scenes and NEVER filmed the Scouring of the Shire! Grrrr... a serious mistake!

Chemyst, it's Elven. Tolkien himself was very particular about how that was spelt. And you're right, there's lots of books other than Rowling. I suppose we have to read other until Book Six is out! I'm -er- patiently (or so I say) waiting for the release.

As for the sewing question, I have no idea. I'm only 14 and even when we're taught it at school, it's one of my worst subjects although the teacher says I'm good at it. I think she's gone a bit loopy!

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Marè - Jun 22, 2004 8:07 am (#166 of 2955)

Well I'm no good at the sewing question either so I'll pass that one. But THE DRESS?? You're making it yourself? How cool!

When it's done: Picture! (But seeing how you just started I might start to practise my patience already..)

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Fawkes Forever - Jun 22, 2004 8:33 am (#167 of 2955)

Hey Prongs good to see ya here.

Neldoreth, welcome to the forum... looking forward to reading your ideas about the Potter Verse

I think its safe to say that quite a number of us on this forum also share a love of all thing Tolkien... you would have loved the ROTK bashing a few months back... well more grumbles than bashing, but you know what I'm saying...

Meg.... you're sewing.... THE DRESS... cool! I'm afraid that sewing was never one of my strong points in school. Indeed I think I was the first girl in my school that the teacher knew of that was not allowed to keep Home Economics on after 3rd year as an exam subject... hee hee! Put it like this... we had to create a wall hanging out of fabric in my third year.... not being able to sew to save my life, I used fabric glue, which (in my opinion) gave the same end result. Needless to say I failed that practical ... LOL I didn't care for the subject much anyways... so it was a relief to have one less choice when selecting subjects. I can cook now however .... several weeks of eating nothing but soup & sandwiches in my first year at university, soon made sure I learned pretty sharpish

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icthestrals - Jun 22, 2004 8:42 am (#168 of 2955)

Hello all. I just wanted to jump in and say Weeeeeeeheeeee!! I got my shirt in the mail yesterday from Boop!! I was so excited when I saw the package covered with Harry Potter stickers in my mailbox. I know it's a bit late, but I took a week off when Boop was trying to get in touch with some people.

Thanks again Boop and great work Brandon!

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tracie1976 - Jun 22, 2004 9:02 am (#169 of 2955)

Hearing that you got your shirt icthestrals, makes me want my shirt even more but I requested personal delivery since I'm meeting with boop in July.

*waits impatiently for 25 more days*

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Padfoot - Jun 22, 2004 9:18 am (#170 of 2955)
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Welcome Neldoreth! I love the LOTR trilogy too. I think there used to be a thread comparing the LOTR to HP. Not sure if it's still around or if it's been mulched.

Congratulations Brandon! That is great news and how nice it must be to just go on one interview and get the job right away.

I know nothing about sewing except attaching a button on clothes. Does that count? Sorry.

I wish I was in London now. Would definitely go find Platform 9 3/4. It's like walking across Abbey Road, something every tourist must do!

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megfox - Jun 22, 2004 9:29 am (#171 of 2955)

Its funny, people keep asking me "How's the dress going?" and I just realized, "hey, maybe I should start it sometime before the week I get married!" But after three prom dresses and who knows how many other dresses, skirts, pajamas, bags, tops, quilts, and pillows (etc) I am hoping that I've had enough practice to do a wedding dress. It's turning out to be pretty simple, at this point, but I still have to do a lining and boning and...all kinds of things I've never tried before. I have a practice muslin dress that I am starting on first to make sure I know how its goes together. I'll keep you posted.

Of course there will be pictures, Mare, are you silly? You will probably all be sick of looking at them by the weekend after!

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haymoni - Jun 22, 2004 9:45 am (#172 of 2955)

I didn't go to the PA gathering, but my 10-year-old was walking around yesterday saying "bother, bother, bother"...

Meg - you are brave. I worked with a woman who sewed her dress and 3 of her bridesmaids' dresses. She later did a white velvet dress for her sister's wedding.

I can do buttons and iron-on patches!

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Padfoot - Jun 22, 2004 9:48 am (#173 of 2955)

Meg, you are making your wedding dress? Wow, that is so ambitious! I am in awe of you.

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Gina R Snape - Jun 22, 2004 10:27 am (#174 of 2955)

Welcome, Neldoreth. I'm sure Septentrion is pleased to see yet another Beauxbâtons representative.

Meg, I am in awe.

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DJ Evans - Jun 22, 2004 10:42 am (#175 of 2955)

Meg, I don't know if you ever found the info you needed for your question on "stay stitching" or not. But here is a web site that might be of some help for you.

Sewing Link

Hope this helps? Later days, Deb

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Ladybug220 - Jun 22, 2004 10:48 am (#176 of 2955)

Wow Meg! I can't even sew on a button much less make a wedding dress.

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megfox - Jun 22, 2004 11:35 am (#177 of 2955)

Thanks so much Deb...I was hoping that someone else could do the leg work for me and figure it out. I'd tried looking in a couple of places, but without much luck, so that is greatly appreciated!

I'm kind of in awe of myself, too... We'll see how in awe you'll all be when I am surrounded by 4 yards of tulle a week from now, pins sticking out of my mouth, hair all frazzled, Andy hiding in the kitchen...

But thanks for all of the encouragement!

Edit: Oh, oh, oh! More wedding presents just arrived...The UPS guy and I have been very friendly the past week or so! But these are from Andy's dad (three heavy boxes from Williams-Sonoma - fun!) I suppose I should wait 'til he gets home to open them. Too much waiting, but not enough time to do everything!

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Marè - Jun 22, 2004 12:29 pm (#178 of 2955)

How many more days?

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DJ Evans - Jun 22, 2004 1:08 pm (#179 of 2955)

Meg, you are very welcome. I figured they could do a much better job of explaining than what I could. Good luck on your dress!!

Later days, Deb

P.S. Hey, if it was me? I'd go ahead and open the presents!!! hee hee

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Marè - Jun 22, 2004 1:19 pm (#180 of 2955)

Oooh evil Deb!

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Brandon Christopher - Jun 22, 2004 1:33 pm (#181 of 2955)

Woohoo!!! As Sarah said - the Giants won! I swear Dodgers/Giants games are the most intense games, comes with the insane rivalry I guess. There was this one Dodgers fan in front of me that was getting pelted with popcorn the entire game! It was so funny, there was a drunk guy getting the crowd pumped up, I still have his chant stuck in my head... "What's the matter with Lo Duca? He's a bum - we want Bonds!" Now imagine that going on for two straight hours...

As for those of you that were wondering what the job I intereviewed for was - it's a teaching job. To be specific I will be teaching PE to K-3 or kindergarten through third grade. It's a part time job (only four hours a week) but I'm really looking forward to it!

And good luck on that dress Meg!

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strix - Jun 22, 2004 1:52 pm (#182 of 2955)

Hello everybody!

Especially Ladybug, the "Glockenspiel" was spelt perfectly right.

As I said on the "Tell about yourself", I'm from Munich. Well, not really from there, but have been living there for - longer than anyone cares to remember! I came to the Harry Potter books because a friend put The Philosopher's Stone in my hand with the stricture "You must read this". She was right, of course, and the rest ist history. Although I must confess I didn't read them multiple times. So many books in this world, and so little time, sigh!

Good luck to the "dressmaker" from me, too. I've started sewing again (I'm newly unemployed), and I have made ballgowns in my time (like, when I still went to balls!) I know what a lot of work it is, so hang in there!

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Neldoreth - Jun 22, 2004 1:57 pm (#183 of 2955)

hello Strix and welcome! I'm quite new to this forum too: I registered yesterday! check the post #160 and 162 higher! enjoy the discussions!

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DJ Evans - Jun 22, 2004 2:35 pm (#184 of 2955)

Mare`, are you saying you "wouldn't" go ahead and open the presents? hee hee I just would look at it this way--I'd be saving him all of that long drawn out time of the unwrapping!!!!

Later days, Deb

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Catherine - Jun 22, 2004 3:43 pm (#185 of 2955)

Has anyone considered that Meg may be showing a "Slytherin" side about waiting to open the presents?

If he's there, then maybe he should have to write the thank-you notes too!

Bwaahaahaa!

Hope you don't have to write them all yourself, Meg!

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Chemyst - Jun 22, 2004 3:59 pm (#186 of 2955)

Meg, DJEvans already gave you excellent websites for finding your answer, but yes, you were right in guessing that stay-stitching keeps the fabric from stretching. It is a single row of machine stitching on one layer of fabric, usually done only on the curved cuts. For best results, do the stay-stitching as soon as you cut out the piece. The curved areas get handled a lot during assembly and stretch easily when easing in sleeves or adding the facings. It is paying attention to the little things like stay-stitching and like using an iron that give a professional result. ~ Yes, we want pictures of the dress! 'Hope your mother feels better soon.

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Catherine - Jun 22, 2004 4:27 pm (#187 of 2955)

Chemyst,

You scare me sometimes. You're brilliant, but scary...

Cheers, as always!

from Catherine-who-can't-do-anything-domestic!

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scully jones - Jun 22, 2004 4:56 pm (#188 of 2955)

*picturing first graders pelting Brandon with dodgeballs

Yeah, that'll work! Speaking of pelting... The guy getting hit with popcorn at the game... How exactly did that happen? Back to your old habits?

Welcome new people, hope to see you here a lot.

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megfox - Jun 22, 2004 5:24 pm (#189 of 2955)

Um, not enough days, Mare. I think it's 16 days...Friday, July 9th.

Thanks, Chemyst, for the clarifying. I forgot to get dressmaker's chalk, so I have to wait until tomorrow anyway before I start cutting the satin. As I said, I started a muslin "copy" so that I would know how to put everything together, and for size estimates, but even when I was pinning that to my teeshirt, wrong side out with seams showing and my drawing all over it, it still was really cool to see my wedding dress!

Brandon, good luck with that. I always wonder which is harder, teaching first graders or ninth graders. Maybe we can compare notes sometimes. I know that I often feel like hurling things at some of my students.

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Catherine - Jun 22, 2004 6:28 pm (#190 of 2955)

I taught ninth graders before I decided to "quit" teaching to have my own kids.

Ninth graders are a species unto themselves. Like fetuses with very large shoes...

The girls seem to sort themselves out fairly soon. But the boys--oh pain, oh agony--for me they remained bizarre until middle Sophomore year.

Perhaps someone needs to write the book, "Mad Things 14 year-old Boys Do, and How to Love Them in Spite of Everything."

I could have used this book! Where's Hermione when you need her?

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Gina R Snape - Jun 22, 2004 7:16 pm (#191 of 2955)

Oh sweet Merlin. They are letting Brandon near children?

Good luck, Brandon.

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Catherine - Jun 22, 2004 7:26 pm (#192 of 2955)

Good luck, Children...

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scully jones - Jun 22, 2004 8:28 pm (#193 of 2955)

I know, I fear for them myself!

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The giant squid - Jun 23, 2004 12:04 am (#194 of 2955)

  Squid, do you ever read Piers Anthony?



Why, yes, I do... Wink I recently re-read (and had to re-buy most of) his Incarnations of Immortality series, and I've also devoured the Adept series. But, before you ask, I was not able to get into Xanth. I read the first trilogy then quickly fell behind--he's one of the few writers who writes faster than I can read! (Stephen King is the other; I just let Marie try to keep up with him.) I get my pun fix from Spider Robinson instead.

A few other quick points--

Meg: good luck on the dress! My (now) wife was only adding beading to her dress herself & it nearly drove her insane--and me, by proxy. 

Brandon + impressionable children = Be Very Afraid

Catherine, ninth graders can be bad, but I think 8th graders are worse. At least they were when I was in school (lo, those many moons ago...). My 8th grade American History class actually gave a student teacher a nervous breakdown; I think that was when I decided I'd be the only kid in my family not to go into teaching!

--Mike

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Madam Poppy - Jun 23, 2004 12:05 am (#195 of 2955)

My 2nd "real job" was being a teacher's aide in an elementary school. I was fortunate to work with the 1st & 2nd graders. Those were the "golden years" where the kids were still angels, didn't talk back and were a joy to work with. They'll have Brandon wrapped around their fingers.

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The Great Abbycadabra - Jun 23, 2004 12:29 am (#196 of 2955)

Well, I'm glad I don't have any children who are going to be around Brandon. Terrifying notion, really. Congrats, and don't scar them too much. Heck, I'll give you some Abbyfetti: ',;.',;.',.;',.;,';

Wow, Meg. I could never sew anything. I've only ever done some counted cross stitch and that drove me crazy!! Stupid tiny needles. Anywho, my mom sewed her own wedding dress. I think that it makes the wedding all the more special. And, since I'd rather look nice at my wedding, I think I'll be purchasing mine when the time comes. Anywho, congrats!! I'm very happy for you. Have some Abbyfetti! ',.;,'.;,';.,'.;

And, some Abbyfetti to Sarah's brothers. ',.;',;.',;.',;.',.; Only if you want to share it, Sarah. And some Abbyfetti for the new folks! Welcome aboard! ,'.',;.',;.',;.'

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Neldoreth - Jun 23, 2004 1:22 am (#197 of 2955)

hey folks, I have a question: as I'm new here, I dont exactly where else to post it, so have mercy if i disturb the rules... (please, dont take points from my house...)

here it is: I enjoy enormously reading the books and I enjoy watching the movies (especially the third one). now I dont want to begin a thread about what is good or bad in the films (adaptation, new ideas etc...) the discussion is already going in other threads.

I just wonder if anyone has collected some observations from the movies (nice details directly taken from the books e.g. which the non-book-readers may not understand at once...) let me explain with a concrete example:

in the forum of "Theonering.net", for Lord of the Rings Fans, someone (called grammaboodawg) has collected lots of observations in the so-called "Geeky FotR/TT/RotK Observation Lists": the best way for you to understand what I mean for the Harry-Potter-movies is perhaps for you to have a look at these lists, so I just post the link here: http://www.theonering.net/rumour_mill/rpg/viewer/moviediscussion/3FCA1497000402AE.html

Here is what Gramma explains: I just cut and paste as she explains much better than me (I dont always find the right words in english): "For the Newbies... we've been gathering details from the films that stand out to us as poignant, book-related, or simply outstanding in it's uniqueness. You'll get the idea as you scope through the list. We have one for each film of the Trilogy. Although it may be a frustration to some, I DO NOT include bloopers, mistakes, inconsistencies, continuity problems or negative/nitpicky items. After the fantastic work that's been done on these films, I really don't want to focus on them. That's for someone to do... plus it would make this list quite unmanageable."

Thats a very interesting list (very funny too) and everyone is involved, trying to find many observations.

Now I wait for your counsel, ideas, directions or whatever and get back to work... (sorry, it was a long message... thanks for reading it entirely!)

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septentrion - Jun 23, 2004 1:49 am (#198 of 2955)

welcome Nildoreth on this thread, and yes Gina, I'm happy to have a Beauxbâtons fellow here. As for your question, you can as well post your noticing on the current movie threads as begin a new thread.

Meg, I just bow to you. I also want to see pictures.

The euro chronicle : bye bye Italy. But Sweden is still in the tournament.

Marè, I've never wanted so much to go to London than this last year, guess why...

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Neldoreth - Jun 23, 2004 2:00 am (#199 of 2955)

Bonjour Septentrion! Thanks for your advice (I finally found the right word, sounds better than counsel in english, doesnt it?) I just created a new thread "Geeky HP Observation List", lets see if it is of any use!

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boop - Jun 23, 2004 2:05 am (#200 of 2955)

Meg that is so great that you are making your own dress. I can't sew only by hand. I never got into sewing. I am with everyone else pictures please when done!!

Brandon, poor kids they will never be the same with you around. If those kids were angels when they go home after being with you they will have turned evil. hehehe, AAwwww Brandon I know you will have fun with these kids. Best of Luck

Have a Great Day Everyone!!!!
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Fawkes Forever - Jun 23, 2004 2:09 am (#201 of 2955)

Congrats 'Professor' Brandon.... hee hee!

Mornin' everyone

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The Great Abbycadabra - Jun 23, 2004 2:17 am (#202 of 2955)

Morning! Yes, yes, I know. I should be asleep now.

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Chris. - Jun 23, 2004 2:19 am (#203 of 2955)

Morning Fawkes!

You've...you've...you can't have... noooo!

You've deleted your second line of information! Oh well

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My cat is going mad today! He's called Tigra, and he's quite old but he sure can run! I would love to show you a pic but alas (earwax), I don't have a scanner or digital camera.

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Fawkes Forever - Jun 23, 2004 2:19 am (#204 of 2955)

hee hee *puts on best Mc Gonagall face* Abby.... get to bed

Kidding... it's nice to have people on line the same time as me But do get some rest missy ...

EDIT : Good morning Prongs... nope, my 2nd line of info is still there.... at least I can see it when I click on my avatar

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The Great Abbycadabra - Jun 23, 2004 2:26 am (#205 of 2955)

I'm going, I'm going. I honestly never mean to stay up so late/early. It's always an accident. And it's always because I'm reading! Not that I'm going to stop. I just forget to sleep sometimes. More than once, I've looked at the clock and said, "Whoops!" No wonder I'm so insane.

By the way, sometimes the second line of info doesn't show up for me, either. And not just yours, Fawkes, which isn't showing up for me at the moment. I think everyone's done this from time to time. I think it's just the computer being weird. *shrugs*

Edit: See, it's just come back. The computer is weird, I tell you!

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Chris. - Jun 23, 2004 2:27 am (#206 of 2955)

Hmmm...Fawkes, it didn't appear on your first message. Oh well, glad to see it again. It always makes me laugh!

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Fawkes Forever - Jun 23, 2004 2:34 am (#207 of 2955)

Hmmm, weird, perhaps its magic

Always glad to provide a laugh or two

Now Abby... get thee to bed

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The Great Abbycadabra - Jun 23, 2004 2:35 am (#208 of 2955)

Okay, I'm really getting off of here now. Accursed internet!! Have a groovy day, everyone!

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Chemyst - Jun 23, 2004 4:01 am (#209 of 2955)

Catherine Allen, I can't really let you continue under the delusion I'm brilliant, well, maybe I could... But the sewing knowledge has a simple explanation-- I grew up in a very rural area of Ohio. It was so rural that I thought it was normal for classrooms to smell like manure because so many classmates had chores in the barn before school and they'd come in wearing their boots! Anyway, during the summers, social contacts were very limited-- there was Sunday school and there was 4-H. The girls 4-H club in our area specialized in sewing. It was either learn to sew or have long lonely summers. (I read a lot too, which is a big help if you want to fake brilliancy!)

My son is in the grade nine age zone now. I am newly amazed every day at how his mind works-- the associations he makes between seemingly unrelated things! Putting 20 like him together in a classroom is .... I don't want to think about it!

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haymoni - Jun 23, 2004 6:59 am (#210 of 2955)

Chemyst - are there any rural areas of Ohio left?? Maybe in the Southeastern part of the state?

I'm in Northeastern Ohio and all the places that were considered "The Boonies" when I was a kid - Mentor, Medina, Avon - are all built up.

I'm near Kent now and even out here things are filling up.

Kind of sad, really.

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Neldoreth - Jun 23, 2004 7:18 am (#211 of 2955)

a question about the time-zone: when i post a message, it appears at 9 hours earlier. For example, its now 4.15 pm in France and it's going to appear at 7.15 am if my counting is right. isnt there a possibility to indicate that the "official" time is GMT-8.00 so that we can easily track the time-zone and who is where at what time? As this forum is on GMT-7.00 , where is it located? San francisco?

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Fawkes Forever - Jun 23, 2004 7:26 am (#212 of 2955)

The time & date displayed on this forum is PST, as the server 'lives' somewhere in California. Its just easier for the server to use its own local time, rather than confuse it with other time zones such as GMT & the like.

For example its 3.25pm GMT with me, but the post will show the time as 7.25am PST. It can be a bit confusing at times, but you get used to it after a while

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Padfoot - Jun 23, 2004 8:05 am (#213 of 2955)

When I got to work this morning, someone had brought in a box of Krispy Kremes. Yum! Needless to say, I am very happy now. Donut

Brandon, should we feel scared for you or for the kids you will be teaching? Wow, there are a lot of teachers on this forum!

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VeronikaG - Jun 23, 2004 9:14 am (#214 of 2955)

I don't think Brandon will be a worse teacher than the ones I had, because... that's impossible. I won't even tell what some of them said and did. In the US, I guess they would have been fired.

Dr Filibuster asked what time it gets dark in Norway at this time of year. Well, in the northern parts it doesn't at all. They sun is up all the time. Down here in the southernmost part, it was dark for one hour last night between 1 and 2 am.

And why was I up until 2 am? See, I got the old version of the Sims from a friend, and decided to get some practice in dealing with Sim welfare before I get the new game. I don't want my Sims to suffer. Unfortunately my Sims suffer from depressions too deep to get jobs. Can anybody please tell me how to remove old walls? When I expanded the house, I had to leave the windows in the walls. Actually, it looks a bit cool. But from the outside it looks like there is no panel on the outer walls, and I can't find out how to put that on either. I also had my friend down loading the body shop, but bother oh bother installing from CD.

Today is actually the midsummer day in Norway. It's also called St. Hans' Eve after John the Baptist, who's called Johannes in Norwegian. Hans is short for Johannes.

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Padfoot - Jun 23, 2004 9:27 am (#215 of 2955)

VeronikaG, I must have had some of those same teachers you did. Although there were a few that were decent.

That reminds me, I had a PE teacher with a glass eye way back when. Brandon, do you have one of those too?

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Sherbie Lemon - Jun 23, 2004 9:38 am (#216 of 2955)

Congrats, Brandon! I'm sure the kids will enjoy having you around!

Meg, all I can say is wow! I've worked with hundreds of brides, but I've never known one to make her own dress! Considering I can't sew a button, I am totally amazed by your talent. Lovingly, albeit, frustratingly, making your own gown is sure to make your day even more memorable. What an heirloom for your future daughter!

Yesterday was a very difficult day. My baby (my fur baby, that is), Maggie, got spayed and was subjected to many shots and tests. She threw up all day long; couldn't keep so much as a sip of water down. Normally she is so high-spirited and wild, it was so hard to see her in such pain, feeling so miserable. Depressed But I'm happy to say that today has been much better. She even brought me her tennis ball and chased off a cat. Though she still hasn't eaten anything (it's been 2 1/2 days since she's had food), she seems to be doing quite well.

On a happier note, our house is really coming along!House We've got our countertops in and with an enormous sigh of relief, I can say that they look fantastic! Those were what I was most worried about blending in with the rest of the house. We've also had our light fixtures installed as well as our electrical sockets. The tile went down yesterday, carpet should follow today! I think all of my forum family's finger, toe, and eye crossing has worked!! Thank you for your support! As of right now, it looks as though we will finish on time!!!! Nevertheless, I cannot yet breathe freely. We still have to be inspected by the state, and if they find so much as a kink, we could be delayed indefinitely. Keep crossing those crossable body parts everyone, and hope we are given a forgiving inspector!

Again, Thanks everyone!!!

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Fawkes Forever - Jun 23, 2004 9:41 am (#217 of 2955)

I hope everything goes well .... we had the inspector from hell at our house last year, just after it was completed... the things he pulled us up on were so silly & so small....

Keeping those digits crossed

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Brandon Christopher - Jun 23, 2004 9:44 am (#218 of 2955)

I figure it's PE, so if they get too out of line then I can just say: "Dodgeball time everyone line up - if you can dodge a wrench then you can dodge a dodgeball!"

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DJ Evans - Jun 23, 2004 12:35 pm (#219 of 2955)

Good day everyone!!! Hope everyone is having a good health, good moods, and just all around good feeling day today!

Sherbie!!! Girl, it sounds like it won't be much longer and you'll be in your new house. Fantastic!!!! I know you are so looking forward to having your own place again. What are you going to do with "all" of that extra room now? hee hee Here's hoping all of the inspections come out wonderfully and you can move in that much sooner! Glad to hear that Maggie is doing better today!! I'm sure if she is running around like you said, it won't be much longer before she will be eating again.

Brandon, hmmm a P.E. teacher? Do I foresee someone bringing brooms to class and trying to see just who might be the next new star at Quidditch? Seriously, congrats on your new job and just remember to have fun in your new adventure there!!!! I have a strong feeling that you and the kids are going to be the highlight of each others days!! hee hee

And Meg, though I didn't say it in my post yesterday--definitely post a pic of your dress when you can. I think we would all like to see it. And like some of the others said on here--it will mean so much more to you, to know that you made it yourself!

Hearing about Meg and making her dress, got me to wondering--Sarah how is your Gryffindor scarf coming along? I miss seeing your progress in your posts. Or did you finish it and I just missed seeing it? If not then of course, I can see where it might be kinda hard to be knitting during the summer time. I usually only get in the mood to knit during the cooler/colder months.

Later days, Deb

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scully jones - Jun 23, 2004 1:21 pm (#220 of 2955)

Veronika, try holding down ctrl. It undoes stuff when you click again. Also, a few cheats for you if you want. Hold Ctrl. Shift. C. and you can type rosebud. See if that gives you a thousand dollars. Anyway, depressed sims just need to watch tv, that's all. If you do the cheat thing, Ctrl.Shift.C, then type Move objects On... or maybe Move_objects On. Then pause, save your game, click on your sim, push DELETE, go back to play mode, and click on your sim's avatar. They should feel very refreshed. Let me know if it works.

Yay we're going to the casino!

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Pinky - Jun 23, 2004 3:42 pm (#221 of 2955)

Hey haymoni! I used to live in Mentor! Now I know it was the boonies. *grin* It was when I was between 5-7 years old, so I don't remember a lot.

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dobbyiscool - Jun 23, 2004 3:55 pm (#222 of 2955)

I love the sims. After you do the rosebud one, type !;!; over and over again, and then put a "1" at the end. It'll say there's no such cheat, but your money will increase untill you get the max, and then you can buy whatever you want without spending any money.

Congrats to all who've earned them! I have just skimmed through 121 posts, however I'll admit I didn't retain much that I read.

Lindsey- I happened to look at what you wrote next to your avitar. My name's Chelsea, so it's sort of odd to see it written and spelled the "right way" when I'm not expecting it.

I am going to debate camp from Sunday 'till the following Saturday, so I don't know how much I'll be able to check in here and at St. Mungos, esp. sense I have relitives in town, and my best friend is visiting (she moved to TX over a year ago), so unless I can steal away here at home or check durring free time at camp, I'll be back next Sunday at the earliest.

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boop - Jun 23, 2004 4:32 pm (#223 of 2955)

haymoni, live near Kent? We are going to get a group of forum members from Ohio together. The date is July 18th and it is going to be held at Mike's Place. This is close to where you live, why don't you think about joining us! We are meeting their at 4pm July 18th. This is open to anyone who would like to come. I have been told this is a really neat place.

Brandon, LOL that would be fun to see. Don't turn these children evil. These parents have to take these kids back home.

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Madam Pince - Jun 23, 2004 5:13 pm (#224 of 2955)

Brandon, congratulations on the new job! I know you'll be fantastic. I remember Bill Cosby (the comedian) saying something once about being a PE teacher -- if a kid misbehaves, all you have to do is tell them to "Take a lap!" Or the dodgeball thing would work too.....

Meg, I am so impressed! I can't even make my bed, let alone make a wedding dress! Good luck, and I know it'll be great. I can't believe the time frame either -- ack! I know when I got married, I started dress shopping (only shopping, now, mind you, not even making it) and the little blue-haired dress-shop ladies all gasped in horror and said "Only SEVEN MONTHS until the wedding??!!?? Oh my dear stars, we'll be lucky if we can get it in time! We'll have to put a huge rush on it!" So I was immediately intimidated into thinking that making a creation like that must be a year-long project. Anyway, have you got people helping you do all the other myriad of details so you can focus on the dress? That's such a big help. I remember staying up until 2:00 am the night before the wedding with all my bridesmaids, threading the stupid ribbons through the wedding programs. I can't believe we thought that would be "quick."

Mare, so cool that you're going to see "The Mousetrap" in London! I love Agatha Christie. I've only seen it once at some dinky little dinner theatre here in the DC area, but it was still awesome. Have fun!

Flame, about the Brewer's Yeast -- I had already gotten some when I read your advice to buy from a Health Food shop, oops. Actually, we don't have one for about 60 miles, anyway. So the kind I got says there is "3 g. of brewer's yeast per six tablets" (they recommend you take 6 tablets a day!) The advice I read in the column said to take "a tablet of brewer's yeast daily," but they neglected to give a potency. What do you think, is the kind I got strong enough? And surely I don't need to take six of them a day, do I? Eeeeyech! And do you have any advice about youngsters being able to take it? I'll probably ask my pediatrician, but my two-year-old has the same bug problem I do, and it's hard to put repellant on his face. He got a mosquito bite Saturday very near his eye, and he spent the last three days looking like he starred in "Rocky." Maybe I could dissolve a tablet in his juice or something....

Oh Professor Snape? I need an Avada Kadavra-'squito potion, please!

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Gina R Snape - Jun 23, 2004 6:58 pm (#225 of 2955)

I believe the Impervius charm works against mosquito bites. But Sev has some kind of topical potion against bug bites in his stores...

Sherbie, when Dora got spayed it took her about a week to get fully back to normal. But if your pet doesn't eat or drink any water by tomorrow, you DEFINITELY need to take her back to the vet.

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The giant squid - Jun 23, 2004 7:41 pm (#226 of 2955)

   I figure it's PE, so if they get too out of line then I can just say: "Dodgeball time everyone line up - if you can dodge a wrench then you can dodge a dodgeball!"



LOL! Great, now I'll keep picturing Brandon as Patches O'Houlihan...

--Mike

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Sherbie Lemon - Jun 23, 2004 7:47 pm (#227 of 2955)

We've got toilets and sinks!!! They've started painting the exterior as well! Painter Wow!! It looks like a house now! Although my excitement has reached a newfound height, I'm starting to get a teensy bit nervous. The responsibility of home-ownership is beginning to dawn on us. We were quite silent on the way home, absorbed with our realization that there will be no maintenance men to come over and fix things, no security patrol officer to tell our neighbor to keep it down.

Thanks for the advice, Gina, but I'm glad to say that Maggie is back to her wild, hungry self again! She took Chris and I for a good walk, yanking us all over the street, chasing little children who subsequently fled screaming. We're trying to keep her quiet and calm, per the vet's instructions, but that's proving to be darn near impossible! It's good to have my baby back!

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haymoni - Jun 23, 2004 9:23 pm (#228 of 2955)

Pinky - Mentor Mall & Great Lakes Mall are huge! Haven't been to Mentor Headlands (a beach on Lake Erie for those who don't know) in a while - I'll have to take the kids.

boop - Mike's Place is, um, well, unusual to say the least. Lots of things to look at and it starts in the parking lot! Food is fantastic. I recommend the Reuben. I'll check the calendar for the 18th. Have to get through baseball!

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Hem Hem - Jun 23, 2004 10:20 pm (#229 of 2955)

Sounds like it'll be a really fun job, Brandon.

I'm back home. The only really HP-ish thing I did was visiting platform 9 3/4 (actually, I took my picture twice, once by platform 3 and 4, which is to the best of my knowledge where the scene was filmed, and once by the little sign they have up). It was really cute, after I took my picture by the movie platforms, I asked the attendents there where the platform 9 3/4 sign was, and they responded as if that were the most frequently asked question they ever get. And in fact, it probably is. There were two other crowds gwetting their picture taken in front of the sign.

I also took a picture of a bar called "Hog's Head." And I bought a t-shirt with a map of the London Underground on it...I feel like Dumbledore.

Forgive me if this post is riddled with typos, I'm too jet-lagged to look at the acreen.

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Chris. - Jun 24, 2004 4:26 am (#230 of 2955)

You're so lucky Hem Hem, I wish I could go and ask the attendants. I know that sounds weird but it's just something that would make my happy for the rest of the day!

Okay, I checked over some of my posts. Sometimes it's better NOT to use spell check, some of the words that it replaced were terrible. I deleted one post because of it!

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Flame Alligator - Jun 24, 2004 5:23 am (#231 of 2955)

Hey everybody, I have had computer blues the last few days. My computer guy has tried everything. My MSN and aim messengers are not working properly. The sign in window is popping up at will. My computer is possessed! Sarah (Chiaojones) can you help me? *on my knees begging*

Fawkes, A late top of the morning to ya! Did you miss me? I missed reading your posts. I am usually on line when you are. I get on about 0400 hrs my time......1100 hrs your time, right? I just forget to post at that time....too busy reading.

Madam Pince, Yes, you do have to take 6 brewer's yeast tablets a day. Just swig them with a glass of juice. I use 7 1/2 grains (potency) The brands I use are Solgar, Kal or Vitamin Shoppe. I don't know the amount for a 2 year old. I find that conventional doctors seldom know about health supplements but perhaps you can find one that also uses natural medicine, who can give you the amount of brewer's yeast for a toddler. Why not buy your brewer's yeast here?: www.VitaminShoppe This way you save yourself a long drive.

I just finished reading 102 posts. Whew! I have never been that much behind before......except on the PoA movie thread. I just can't keep up on that one. I am feeling great today and I wish I could pass it on to you all.

Welcome to all the new people.

Y'all have a good day.

Goedemorgen everybody!!

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Marè - Jun 24, 2004 5:26 am (#232 of 2955)

LOL Hem hem, a t-shirt with the london underground, how cool!
I wish they let the tripledecker ride through London. I mean what tourist wouldn't pay to be on that one! (I know I would have to)
For now I just have to look forward to going to Kings Cross!
Okay that and going to "the mousetrap", I love agatha christie too, Madam Pince. Specially Miss Marple. What I love most about the books is how I can reread them and not know how the butler did it or the india-veteran, because they all have a colonel, a spinster, a veteran etc. etc.
I know I have actually read the book, but I can't remember who did it or why. Maybe I should reread it before I go, because we don't have great seats, and if I can't follow it I'll keep bugging my mam "Why did he do that? Who is that?" (she is currently rereading the book, so she'll know.) I better bring my binoculars!

Okay off to type some serious stuff now.

Edit: Goedemiddag Flame! Great you're feeling great, I think I can feel your vibes coming through my computerscreen. ! (That or my computer is about to explode..)

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VeronikaG - Jun 24, 2004 6:44 am (#233 of 2955)

Sarah, I thought you might have the answer! I actually found out about the TV thing. It was a last desperate way of cheering her up, and it worked. Then I made her pick up the news paper and find a job, and she's now an army recruit. TV... talk about simple minds.

Hi Flame. Bad news on the computer. Hope you can fix it.

My my, I have so much interesting to say I think I stop now.

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haymoni - Jun 24, 2004 7:43 am (#234 of 2955)

Did anyone enter the POA contests on TLC or HPANA?

TLC had the riddle about "Time" and HPANA had trivia questions about the movie.

Just wondering if anyone has heard anything from either one.

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Fawkes Forever - Jun 24, 2004 9:22 am (#235 of 2955)

Hey Flame... yes indeed I did miss you the last few days & wondered where you had got to... figured you might have been busy with extra classes again

Mare... woohoo, the Netherlands are through to the quarter finals.....

Have a great day everyone...

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Marè - Jun 24, 2004 9:26 am (#236 of 2955)

Mare... woohoo, the Netherlands are through to the quarter finals...

Yes I realised that when the kitchen right downstairs from me exploded with cheers and screaming. After that I heard distant sounds of fireworks, so I went to check and found many happy orange coloured people in the kitchen

They are still celebrating today. I have decided I am happy for them.

BTW Fawkes, if we were to held a Europe gathering, could you come?

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Fawkes Forever - Jun 24, 2004 9:28 am (#237 of 2955)

Yeah, I just noticed a thread for that.. you know I really would love to... but I'd have to check the 'ol finances first.... after buying my house you know

Sounds like a great idea however..... will keep it in mind....

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Padfoot - Jun 24, 2004 9:56 am (#238 of 2955)

Morning everyone!

Sherbie your house sounds like it is coming along nicely. You sounds so excited about all the latest developments.

Hem Hem, sounds like you had fun in London. I am jealous.

I was considering buying those Brewers yeast pills to keep bugs away. But 6 pills a day? I will just stick to the bug spray on my upcoming trip to MN.

I love Agatha Christie. Do read the book again before seeing the play. Just to refresh your memory. The book is short (aren't they all) so it will not take you long to catch up.

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Denise P. - Jun 24, 2004 11:30 am (#239 of 2955)

We are planning a trip out west to visit my grandmother and some other relatives. Near Salt Lake City is an amusement park called Lagoon. I thought it would be cool to bring the kids but after checking the price online ($173 to get us all into the park..and that is with a military discount) I decided it was just not worth it. I decided to look at the info from our Give Kids the World stay since I know there was included in there a year long pass to a bunch of amusement parks. Sure enough, Lagoon was listed! I called to verify it and all I have to do is fax in the copy of our certificate, the date we will be there and contact info. Woo hoo! We are all going to Lagoon after all!! I really didn't expect Lagoon to be listed, the kids are going to be thrilled when I tell them tomorrow (after we pick them up from camp)



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Accio Book Six - Jun 24, 2004 12:45 pm (#240 of 2955)

Hey everyone... I've been on this forum for quite a while now, but I've never noticed this thread before! I'm glad I"ll get to know you guys a bit better.

So I'm feeling pretty terrible. My boyfriend (who says he's still in love with me but just can't handle a relationship right now and started bawling when I told him that I couldn't be his friend because I still love him) just broke up with me 1 week before our 1 year anniversary... on the phone. I've been feeling sick all day and the only thing that's gotten me through it is talking with you guys about Harry Potter. The people on this forum are great and it's a real mood lifter, even if you do get frustrated sometimes on it.

Oh, and do you guys think I should change my picture? I think it's hilarious, but it's getting kind of old...

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Padfoot - Jun 24, 2004 12:57 pm (#241 of 2955)

Denise, I bet the kids will be really excited. Sounds like a lot of fun.

Kelly, welcome to this thread! I hope you feel better soon. This forum really is a good place to forget about real world yuckiness. I always feel better after being here for a while. Plus, we have some really funny forum members that always make me laugh. That always lightens my mood.

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Neldoreth - Jun 24, 2004 1:01 pm (#242 of 2955)

Kelly, I'm sorry! I really wish you to get though this; I cannot say much, words dont come easily to me (especially in english). Just know that I'm all with you!

PS: as I'm new to this Forum, I find your pic ok, but change is always good

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scully jones - Jun 24, 2004 2:20 pm (#243 of 2955)

Hey Kelly, I hope you can feel better soon! I'm actually going through something similar, though I'm on the other side.

Man, I've been working so much, all I usually have time for is reading, not posting. Sorry for not congratulating and commiserating with all the people who've needed it.

Hoping to post more soon!

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Catherine - Jun 24, 2004 2:52 pm (#244 of 2955)

Kelly--I'm sending a Cheering Charm your way, along with a major slab of chocolate, and some Butterbeer. Hope it helps! Cheers, and hope you feel better soon.

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Julia. - Jun 24, 2004 3:06 pm (#245 of 2955)

*Pulls out wand* Here Kelly, have a Cheering Charm and butter beer. *Hands Kelly butterbeer* Hope you feel better soon. Would you like us to crucio your boyfriend? I know a few of us who are expert crucioers, so just hollar if you need us.

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Hem Hem - Jun 24, 2004 3:07 pm (#246 of 2955)

Poor England have just lost. I was listening to the match over the radio on the internet. [and I must say that I've suddenly become a "football" fan...not to mention that I simply can't drop the British lingo -- "have lost", "match," etc. ] Hope that all those who were really obsessed long-term (and there must be millions of such people!) are handling the loss okay.

Hope you're doing okay, Kelly. Thinking of you!

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Dr Filibuster - Jun 24, 2004 3:28 pm (#247 of 2955)



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SarcasticGinny  - Jun 24, 2004 3:50 pm (#248 of 2955)

Accio Book Six - I'm sorry to hear about your boyfriend. It stinks a lot when things like that happen, but hope you're doing okay. As for the avatar, go for the change. change is good.

Brandon-I had no idea you were a young teacher too! Rock on!

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boop - Jun 24, 2004 4:52 pm (#249 of 2955)

Kelly I am so sorry, hope you feel better. Here is a great big hug from me to you.

Penny, hope you had a great day.

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Madam Pince - Jun 24, 2004 5:28 pm (#250 of 2955)

Chocolate is always good for what ails you, Kelly, (and Sarah, too???) Go buy a great big box of assorteds and crack each one of them open and peek inside and then discard the ones that don't meet your current taste preference. That always makes me feel better!

Denise, the park sounds like so much fun! I wanna go, too!

Mare, I was going to say just the opposite of Padfoot and suggest that you not re-read the book. Then you could compare with your mom and see which experience was better. But then again, if the seats aren't that great, maybe it would help to have read it. As I recall, there weren't any real subtle things that would "clue you in" that you'd miss if you were too far from stage. (Like, remember the one where a major clue was Poirot re-arranging the spills on the mantle? By the way, being an American was a definite drawback in reading that particular clue -- I had no idea what "spills" were for the longest time.)

Reminds me of a story -- I used to work for a travel company, and we took fairly regular trips to the local dinner theatres to keep brushed up on what our customers' experiences would be like, etc. The theatres would always put us at the very front seats to try to make a big impression on us. Well, one show was an Agatha Christie (can't recall which.) Very serious and all that. So one scene ends, the lights go down, and a few seconds later the lights go back up -- actors in new costumes, etc. Out walks the main character (male) who strides importantly to the center of the stage, which is about two feet from our faces. Unfortunately, when he did his quick costume change, he neglected to zip up his pants. And his stark-white shirt-tail was sticking out of his coal-black pants in the most obvious manner. Well, naturally I tried to be polite and act like I didn't notice anything odd. And of course, the girl sitting next to me immediately started to snort and strangle and cough in the most peculiar way. Then the girl next to her, and then the girl across from her. So..... you know how that goes when you are trying desperately not to laugh, but you hear someone else doing it? Before long, the whole lot of us were practically crying in hysterics, trying not to look at each other OR at the stage, and the poor guy was up there trying to deliver these serious and dramatic lines without the first clue in the world as to what all the snorting was about. I'm sure he thought we were the rudest audience he'd ever seen.

By the way, has anyone been on the Scholastic (book club) website and tried their HP trivia quiz? I thought it was pretty hard overall -- some questions were easy but for the most part fairly nit-picky! (Liz's current "Vote" question made me think of that.)
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Madam Poppy - Jun 24, 2004 11:07 pm (#251 of 2955)
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Madam Pince, I discovered The Lexicon because of the Scholastic Trivia Quiz. I once got 250 correct! I had lists of info from the books to consult. (I loved the challenge) Anyway, my love for all things Potter was satisfied once I had the Forum to discuss the books. I was thinking just yesterday I should go back and see how well I'd do on the Quiz. I'll probably get 5 correct and then lose.

Poppy
P.S. Just got back from seeing Prisoner of Azkaban for a 5th time with my best friend Bertha Jorkins.

P.S.S. Well, I haven't lost my touch. I made #1 for today with 29 correct in a row!

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Fawkes Forever - Jun 25, 2004 3:13 am (#252 of 2955)

Kelly, nice to see you on the chat thread.... sending you a great big hug to cheer you up

Sue... aww too bad about the match. I was on the edge of my seat watching it last night..... & of course I've got about 25 mails today already all with jokes about Beckham..... the same joke mind you Big hug for you as well. Come on the Netherlands..... my adoptive team for the tournament... I'm really getting behind them now

Today is a very special day indeed. It's Liz's 18th..... woohoooo...

Happy 18th Birthday Liz

I hope you have a wonderful day today.... enjoy your visit to Warwick castle, I hope you find a spare broomstick there... oh & enjoy the movie again Heres some chocs & butterbeer....

Have a lovely day everyone... the sun is back, so I'm in a good mood.... oh & its friday

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Flame Alligator - Jun 25, 2004 4:18 am (#253 of 2955)

Yay Netherlands!!

Happy Birthday Liz!! Happy Birthday to anyone else having one! (Sorry, no cool smiley. My smiley central isn't working.)

Fawkes, Belated top of the morning to ya. Have a good weekend.

I have had an excellent week. As I have mentioned before here, I go to a tanning salon weekly for my vitamin D/I like to be bronze treatment. It is also a light therapy treatment. I am always cheered up when I leave there. But it is a strange experience. All the girls that work there are blonde, with the exact same body type and they all wear their hair and make up exactly the same. They look like clones. They are friendly and very sweet to me every time I go there. They comfort me when I am in tears and play music for me that they feel will cheer me up. It usually does. This is a sci-fi experience for me. I appreciate and enjoy it very much. I always feel I have entered another world when I go there.

I hope everyone has a pleasant weekend.

Goedemorgen everybody.

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boop - Jun 25, 2004 5:01 am (#254 of 2955)

Happy Friday Everyone!!!!! Hope everyone has a great safe happy weekend!!!!

Liz, Hope you have a great day Liz!!!!!!

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haymoni - Jun 25, 2004 5:12 am (#255 of 2955)

Happy Birthday, Liz!

18 was a great year for me!

Look out though - now you can REALLY get into trouble!

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Accio Book Six - Jun 25, 2004 5:13 am (#256 of 2955)

Thanks everyone for trying to make me feel better. I have to say that it helped a bit. I'm still hurting a lot, but hopefully it will pass in time. I just feel so stupid. I've NEVER expected anything less than I expected that. He was perfect... I mean, on Sunday night we were talking about our future and he was teasing me by not telling me my anniversary present... and then 3 days later he wants to dump me. Do you guys think I should talk to him again? All of my family is telling me to "take the highroad" and "keep my dignity" by not calling him and just accepting that it's over... but I REALLY feel like he's made a huge mistake. The only reason he did it is because his life is really full right now and I think he felt like he had to choose between his dad and me. I just wish I could stop feeling so sad...

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boop - Jun 25, 2004 5:27 am (#257 of 2955)

Kelly, it will take time and that is what you need. The pain does easy up, but will take a while. What you are feeling is very normal. If it were me, I wouldn't call. Just find something else to do with your time, keep busy. I know that sounds easy for me to say, but Kelly I have been there and so have other forum members. We are all here to support you. Do you have msn or aim, if so here is my screen names; msn: boop196078@hotmail.com and aim: onebtbp.. We could talk it you want to I am a good listener and known as the Forum Mom by many here. Take care Kelly, here is another hug just what you need.

hugs Always

Betty

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Flame Alligator - Jun 25, 2004 6:07 am (#258 of 2955)

Kelly, I am so sorry. I know just how you feel. I sent you an e-mail. I did not want to take up a lot of space here. Hang in there.

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Doris Crockford - Jun 25, 2004 8:31 am (#259 of 2955)

Aw, Kelly, that sucks. I have another friend who's going through pretty much the same thing. Talk to your friends a lot, she says that's really helping her.

Happy 18th Liz! Hope you have a great day!

As for soccer, I have never really watched professional soccer, I prefer to play it myself. But I have been watching this tournament. I must say, yesterday's game was the most nervewracking game I've seen in awhile. I'm rooting for the Czech Republic (no particular reason, I just like the way they play), so I'm looking forward to Sunday and crossing my fingers.

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Padfoot - Jun 25, 2004 9:46 am (#260 of 2955)
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Happy belated birthday Penny! Birthday

Happy 18th birthday Liz! Birthday

I have not seen The Mousetrap play before. So maybe you should take Madam Pince's advice and not read it. I did not read PoA before I saw the movie because I knew they would change too much and I wanted to enjoy it. However I have not seen a book turned into a play (that I can think of) so reading would help refresh my memory. Either way, you will have fun.

Kelly, sorry you still feel so yucky. Hugs to you! Hug

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Chris. - Jun 25, 2004 9:48 am (#261 of 2955)

Kelly, hope you're feeling better soon. and I think your avatar is OK, I'm used to seeing it now and I always know who it is.

Happy 18th birthday Liz!!

I'm from Scotland, but I still supported England in Euro 2004. I don't really have a care for football/soccer most of the time, but I do tune in to the important games.

Hope everyone has/ has had a good day! ^_^

EDIT: By the way, any regular Ebay users on the Forum? I was browsing through the HP section and was interested in some items. How reliable is Ebay? and what method of payment do you use? Thanks

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VeronikaG - Jun 25, 2004 9:51 am (#262 of 2955)

Happy Birthday, Liz! *Imagine balloon smiley*

Kelly, I'm not the person on this forum to give the best advices in love, but I suggest you try as best you can to move on and do things that make you happy. And DON'T sit home alone. If the man still loves you, he's likely to come back when he has had some time to realize you are missing from his life. Then if you still love him you can decide if you want to get together again.

My whole family are football/soccer haters, so this time a year is agony. It doesn't really bother me, but my parents' daily outbursts about how football is more important than anything for all those morons out there are getting a bit old. I wonder what it would be like to live in a sport loving family.

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Padfoot - Jun 25, 2004 9:55 am (#263 of 2955)

Prongs, I am not a regular Ebay user, I have only used it once and got burned. I bought a dvd of SS. It turned out to be a copy and a poor one at that. I used paypal as the method of payment. The guy I bought it from said he would give me my money back, but said nothing about shipping costs (he was in Hong Kong). So I am stuck with a lousy copy sold to me illegally and Ebay and Paypal are not going to do anything about it. It was a live and learn lesson for me. However I have a friend who uses Ebay a lot and has never had any problems. So good luck!

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Chris. - Jun 25, 2004 10:05 am (#264 of 2955)

It's a Prisoner of Azkaban DBL film cell. The seller says it comes with a certificate of authenticity but they don't show a picture of it, so I'm quite wary of purchasing it.

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Padfoot - Jun 25, 2004 10:09 am (#265 of 2955)

I think Liz recently bought something HP related on Ebay. Maybe she can help you. (It was a signed script I believe with a certificate of Authenticity)

Oh, the picture that was posted on the dvd I bought was different that the dvd cover I got. So a picture won't always be a reassurance. (The cover I get was in Chinese!)

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Marye Lupin - Jun 25, 2004 10:23 am (#266 of 2955)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY LIZ!!! How does it feel to be 18? I'll be 18 in just over a month (July 26th) and I'm very excited.

I just did something huge-- I marked the entire forum as read! I went to the beach for a week and then Paris for 10 days (got back yesterday) and the number of unread posts was way too much. I was already falling behind because for various reasons I haven't had a lot of time over the last few months-- I hadto abandon a few threads because I didn't have enough time to read everything I missed. Hopefully now I'll be able to get a fresh start (and it's summer so I should have more free time)

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tracie1976 - Jun 25, 2004 10:46 am (#267 of 2955)

Happy Birthday Liz!!!

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Denise P. - Jun 25, 2004 10:53 am (#268 of 2955)

If you visit the Fan Fiction Forum, please check the thread near the top of the main Forum for a link to our temporary home and why this is taking place!

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Ladybug220 - Jun 25, 2004 10:57 am (#269 of 2955)

Happy Birthday Liz!!!

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Liz - Jun 25, 2004 11:43 am (#270 of 2955)

Will do Denise.

Denise I hope the server meltdown with my forum and many other forums didn't affect your work with the moving of the FFF.

Hope to see you people around.

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timrew - Jun 25, 2004 12:15 pm (#271 of 2955)

Happy Birthday, Liz! I remember when I was 18 (back when dinosaurs roamed the Earth!)

Regarding the football, England were knocked out of the tournament by the better team. In fact, having just come back from Portugal, and knowing what warm, friendly people the Portuguese are, I'm going to be rooting for them to win this competition.

I just heard a tale about Wayne Rooney (England's star player in the tournament) and a fellow Everton football player. Apparently, they went into an Estate Agent's, in shell-suits, with a view to buying large houses each; and as soon as they opened their mouths they were escorted from the premises. The management thought they were 'casing the joint' with a view to robbing it! I bet the manager of that branch is kicking himself now!

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Madam Pince - Jun 25, 2004 12:52 pm (#272 of 2955)

Prongs, my hubby and I are regular users of eBay and have only had one difficulty in probably thousands of transactions. I think the best thing to do is to check out the individual seller, rather than worry about the overall entity of eBay itself. Each seller has a number showing how long he/she has been in business, and has ratings and feedback comments. We try to stay away from the relative "newbies," (which probably isn't fair, because everyone has to start somewhere, but there you are.) If you see a seller with hundreds of positive feedback ratings, and read the item description and terms carefully, you'll probably be ok. I've never used PayPal, we just contact the seller once the auction ends and usually send a check. I had thought that eBay will intervene in the event of a seller who is selling illegal items (like copied DVDs)or using false advertising, if they are informed of it, but maybe not. I've never had to try that. Good luck! And don't get addicted!

Happy Birthday, Liz! Welcome to adulthood! It's all downhill from here on out ....... (no, I'm just kidding! )

Flame, is your tanning salon called "The Stepford Salon" by chance?

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I Am Used Vlad - Jun 25, 2004 1:00 pm (#273 of 2955)

Happy Birthday, Liz. Have a great day.

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Gina R Snape - Jun 25, 2004 1:33 pm (#274 of 2955)

Happy birthday Liz!

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Kip Carter - Jun 25, 2004 2:08 pm (#275 of 2955)

Happy Birthday, Liz! I checked the BBC 1986 and could find no mention of your birth. And they call themselves a news organization. Whoa!

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dobbyiscool - Jun 25, 2004 2:55 pm (#276 of 2955)

Happy Birthday, Liz!

Just out of curiosity, has anyone been watching Jeopardy? This guy (Ken) is on his 18th day in a row as I'm watching it right now. For once, Ken isn't in the lead by a landslide. Another guy is close behind him just before final Jeopardy.

Later!

EDIT: Ken won again, but only by $4,600, I think

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Dr Filibuster - Jun 25, 2004 3:08 pm (#277 of 2955)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY LIZ

Ah well, England are out. I watched the cruel penalty shoot-outs hiding behind the settee.

Dobby....I'm curious about Jeopardy, as I was about the spelling bees. It's just mentioned so many times in US films/tv.

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Madam Pince - Jun 25, 2004 3:11 pm (#278 of 2955)

Didn't "Jeopardy" used to have a limit on the number of times you could win? Seems like I remember that they "retired" you after a certain number of wins, and then you could come back again for the "Jeopardy Champions" episode or whatever they call it. I saw this guy one day last week when I was channel-surfing, and he was pretty amazing. I think he just clicks his buzzer immediately and trusts to his native intelligence that he'll know the answer -- the day I watched, the other poor people got in maybe 5 chances to answer, tops! What's he up to now, about $800,000 or so?

As I said, I only saw him once, but he sooooooo reminded me of Niles from "Frasier"....

EDIT: Sue, "Jeopardy" is a quiz show where the host ***cough, cough, obnoxious pretentious know-all, cough, cough** reads out loud an answer to a question, and then the contestants have to push a buzzer which gives them first chance to come up with the question. There are several different categories of answers for each round, and the answers increase in difficulty and value as you go down the category, and also as you go into the next rounds. For example, a category might be "British Writers" and an answer might be "She wrote the wildly popular Harry Potter books" and the correct question that the contestant would have to give would be "Who is J.K. Rowling?" It must be framed in the form of a question or you forfeit that question and another contestant may buzz in and answer. Or question. Whatever....

The show has fairly difficult questions and is generally considered to be the more "highbrow" of the quiz shows here in the U.S. Not that this is saying much...

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Julia. - Jun 25, 2004 3:21 pm (#279 of 2955)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY LIZ!! W00t! Hope you have a great day, and have a butter beer on me. *Hands Liz butter beer*

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Madam Pince - Jun 25, 2004 3:32 pm (#280 of 2955)

Speaking of good U.S. TV shows, let me just take a second to shamelessly promote one of my favorites, which has just had its first season released on DVD (yay!) -- "Northern Exposure." This show first aired in the early 1990's, I think, and its premise was a young New York City doctor being forcibly re-located to the wilderness of a small town in Alaska in order to repay his med school loan. He had quite a culture shock, and his adjustment to and gradual blending in with the local laid-back Alaskan citizenry was pure genius. It was classy, funny, intelligent, quirky, had a great ensemble cast, and is one of the best efforts ever put out in series TV, in my humble opinion.

So go buy the DVD, if you want some really great TV. There. My two knuts worth. And I'm not even being paid by their producers to advertise.

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Dr Filibuster - Jun 25, 2004 3:51 pm (#281 of 2955)

Thanks for explaining Jeopardy Madam Pince.

I loved Northern Exposure; the earlier series anyway. It fizzled out on UK tv though. They messed around with the times/frequencies of episodes and I gave up waiting until midnight to see it during the week. They did that with Frasier too!

I think I've got a tape of the music from the first series.

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Liz - Jun 25, 2004 4:29 pm (#282 of 2955)

Yay the server is back up so you all can go to my fan fic. forum at:

http://worldcrossing.com/WebX?14@@.1de01235

See you people there at the Rootbeer Fan Fiction. All about Julia's Story (and discussion about her story) and the fan fic. about the root beer spill, also stuff about the Potter Puppet Palls.

I can't do all the fan fiction by myself so go on there and have fun.

Thanks from Liz.

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The giant squid - Jun 25, 2004 6:01 pm (#283 of 2955)

Madame Pince, Jeopardy used to have a five-day limit on wins. The current guy is the first one since they did away with that rule to, um, take them to task.

I suspect they may be reinstating it once he finally loses. Wink

--Mike

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haymoni - Jun 25, 2004 7:36 pm (#284 of 2955)

I think it is great that this guy gets to keep winning. It always bothered me that they had to stop.

Maybe they should give Ken Alex's job when this is all over.

I liked "Northern Exposure" too. Another show that I loved that went down the tubes due to constant schedule shuffling was "Cupid". It had that same "intelligent humor" that Northern Exposure and Frasier had. I also loved the mythology references.

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Denise P. - Jun 25, 2004 7:48 pm (#285 of 2955)

I always loved Northern Exposure as well. It is next in line for me to get from Netflix, after I am finished with the second season of 24

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megfox - Jun 25, 2004 9:50 pm (#286 of 2955)

Speaking of quirky early "90's television, does anyone know where I can get DVD's of Twin Peaks? The show scares the bejeezums out of me, but I love watching it! When I lived in Bar Harbor, a friend had them, but couldn't remember where she'd gotten them, and I haven't seen them the show since!

A quick dress update - stitched all of the satin together, need to tack in the zipper tomorrow and then sew together the lining. I am a bit afraid that it isn't going to fit "all over"... I might need to let out the top a little, but am not sure how I will do that with the boning in it. But it looks sooooooo cool.

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The Great Abbycadabra - Jun 25, 2004 9:50 pm (#287 of 2955)

Kelly, I'm sorry to hear about the tough time you're having now. I'm sure all will work out for the best. Do have some Fell Better Abbyfetti. It's always nice to have something cheeful around when you're sad. ',.;',.;,'.;,'.;,'.;,'

Happy Birthday, Liz!! Here's your Birthday Abbyfetti! ,';.',;.',;.,';.

Happy Belated Birthday, Penny!! Here's your Birthday Abbyfetti! ,';.',.;',.;',.;

In regards to eBay, I just won an awful lot of HP related items. I've only recieved two of the seven things I won so far (my mom and I got a bit carried away ) and they've been wonderful. If you look by the seller's name, there are mostly likely going to be numbers. If you click on those, it'll show you comments left by other people who have bought and sold items to that person. It'll tell you how reliable they usually are. Hope that helps.

Jeopardy! has always been tremendously entertaining to me. It's much more interesting now. The nicer side of me wants Ken to keep on winning, but a much more evil side of me wants him to get his butt kicked by one of the challengers one day. If he keeps this up, it'll only be him in the next Tournament of Champions.

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draco all the way - Jun 25, 2004 10:08 pm (#288 of 2955)

Happy Birthday Liz! Warwick Castle...woah! Happy belated birthday Penny!

As usual school sucks! Read a book on honour killings called forbidden love- scared me senseless, by the way. I am still really shell shocked.

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Gina R Snape - Jun 26, 2004 7:22 am (#289 of 2955)

I have both bought and sold things on Ebay with no problem whatsoever. I am not a frequent ebayer, but have been using the service for several years.

I found Twin Peaks available here: http://www.deepdiscountdvd.com

btw, I entered that TLC contest. the riddle was ridiculously easy, so I can only assume JKR was looking to see what the fandom was thinking as you had to put something down about one of the characters. I wrote out my whole theory on Snape and the prophesy and what I think has and will happen w/him. It was brief, but thorough. But I feel good knowing JKR herself has read what I think about Snape's fate. It gives me a little self-satisfaction. I don't even care if I win.

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Denise P. - Jun 26, 2004 7:41 am (#290 of 2955)

I have been using eBay for years, ordering a variety of things from many different countries. In the 6 or so years I have used eBay, I have only had one problem and even then, I still got my item.

Meg, I know that Netflix rents Twin Peaks since it is in my rental queue I never watched it when it aired since I didn't get in on it from the beginning, now is my chance. Also, for those interested, Quantum Leap (first season) is also out on DVD. I loved that show, the final ep was soooo sad though...

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Madam Poppy - Jun 26, 2004 7:53 am (#291 of 2955)
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Denise! I didn't know your husband was in Iraq! Our thought and prayers are with him.

Mike Miller came into my store twice looking for me. Of course it was the only 2 days I had off this week. Bertha and I went to see PofA thursday night and did say his name rather loudly...hoping he was there. He didn't have access to a computer this week or he would have received my phone number. Rats!

SPOILER! SPOILER! SPOILER! SPOILER! SPOILER! SPOILER! SPOILER! SPOILER! SPOILER! SPOILER!

P.S. The Leaky Cauldron has posted a supposed title for Book Six. Harry Potter and the Pillar of Storgè. I hope it isn't true. It tells us nothing and sounds dumb.

From Leaky Caudron:
The following text is being circulated as written in a hidden section of JKRowling.com:

Erm… it is perhaps time for me to reveal the title of Book 6! I am nearing completion of the first draft and have definitely decided upon a title. I had numerous possibilities in mind, but as I wrote, I realized that only one did the book justice. The more clever Potter fans may recognize that the title relates directly to both 'Order of the Phoenix' and 'Chamber of Secrets.' I will be highly amused if one of you can guess exactly what's going on!

On a side note, the length of the book is growing so fast, I could swear Filius has put anEngorgement Charm on it; an editor's nightmare! I promised myself not to exceed the length of 'Order of the Phoenix,' but every day that passes makes that undertaking more difficult. Incidentally, I have much more work ahead.

Alas, the time has come! Here is the reward for you lot that so diligently figured out all the puzzles on the site. If you scroll down to the bottom of this page, I will reveal to you the title of Book 6! ...

The title of Book 6 is: Harry Potter and the Pillar of Storgé.

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Accio Book Six - Jun 26, 2004 8:30 am (#292 of 2955)

Has anyone actually *seen* this for yourself? I'd really like to know

sorry about the bold, I just wanted to makesure people read it. This is really interesting... if it's true, how could we figure out what it is?

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tracie1976 - Jun 26, 2004 8:38 am (#293 of 2955)

Accio Book Six, the last time JKR's website was updated around the first of June. So by Thursday I'm hoping that is what the site says and confirms it

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Madam Poppy - Jun 26, 2004 9:06 am (#294 of 2955)

There was a link to actually see it but it didn't work on my computer.

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Ladybug220 - Jun 26, 2004 9:13 am (#295 of 2955)
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Poppy - how did you get to the link?

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Flame Alligator - Jun 26, 2004 10:12 am (#296 of 2955)

Madam Pince, LOL. I thought I was in Stepford territory the first few times I used my salon. I just didn't want to say it here because the clones are so sweet to me.

Kelly, I hope all goes well for you.

Belated Happy Birthday Penny!

Have a good weekend everybody.

Goedemiddag.

Edit: Acceber says to tell everyone, "Hi!". She says that having the HP books with her helps a lot. She misses everyone.

I miss you too, Becca.

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Denise P. - Jun 26, 2004 10:53 am (#297 of 2955)

We have lived in our house for almost 7 years. Our neighbors have lived next door about 5 years now. We talk, we chat but we don't hang out really. Rich, the neighbor, is going to power wash his house next week and offered to do ours as well. I thought that was so sweet of him! He has the same problem with green gunk growing on the north side of his house that we have. The only thing he asked is if I would have bleach available. I had planned to call a house washing place to have this done so this makes it where I don't have to now.

I picked up my kiddies from camp yesterday, discovered today that one brought home the WRONG suitcase. :::sigh::: I will have to call on Monday to see if we can find his stuff and tomorrow he will be going to church wearing flip flops since his shoes are in his bag.

Darn, I ordered a quill pen and had hoped it would come in the mail today...no such luck!

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]Penny Lane. - Jun 26, 2004 10:54 am (#298 of 2955)

Thanks everyone for the birthday wishes, even though its one of those birthdays thats better to be forgotten. Ahh well, in my head, I'm still 19.

Northern Exposure was one of my FAVORITE shows when i was growing up. I'm so excited that its on DVD! I've never seen Twin Peaks, but always wanted to, and I loved Quantum Leap and Sliders as well.

Has anyone seen "DodgeBall"? I keep thinking of Brandon playing with his 2nd graders when i see the previews.

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Sherbie Lemon - Jun 26, 2004 11:12 am (#299 of 2955)

Greetings, all! Happy belated Birthday, Liz!Make A Wish Hope you had a wonderful day. 18 was exciting, though my 21st was the best! You've still got many to look forward to. Unfortunately, I don't really, unless you count my car insurance going down at my 25th.

Denise, funny you should mention Quantum Leap. My mother grew up next to Scott Bakula, and she and her sister and he and his brother were good friends growing up. She remembers vividly when his younger brother, I believe his name was Sam, burned down the Bakula's house. She also remembers going to plays at the high school and watching him. That's my one link to fame!

We got good news yesterday. The realtor thinks we should be able to close on our house by the end of next week, which is a week and 1/2 early and means that we will be able to recieve our bond with time to spare! Personally, I still believe we'll close week after next, but that's still wonderful and extremely exciting!

I really hope the new information about the title of the 6th book is not a gag! Though it will probably take me awhile to warm up to it, I'll be glad to have the title. It makes the waiting a bit more bearable when we have a scrap of information about the book to analyze.

Edit: Happy belated Birthday to Penny too! Birthday

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Leviosa - Jun 26, 2004 11:42 am (#300 of 2955)

Belated birthday wishes to Penny and Liz! I hope it still counts.

Kelly, I'm sorry to hear about that. If you need someone to talk or just want to be distracted a bit, you can contact me on MSN (see my email) or AIM (my screen name is leviosa 87). I would like to get to know you better. This is of course for everyone else, too. I've already been around for some time now, but I still feel like I'm very new.

Flame, great to hear you're doing good these days!

Strix, welcome to the forum! We live very close to each other. I'm from Regensburg. It's great to know that another forum member is living near. Maybe we could have a chat some time? Do you have MSN or AIM?

Brandon, congrats to your job! But don't turn the poor kids evil! It's not their fault!

It's really been a long time since I've been last here (but I don't think you have noticed). It must be two weeks or something. I had to do a lot of studying, especially math. I'm just so glad it's finally over now. I've written all exams for this year. I still have 5 weeks until vacation but these will be very relaxed. They also include going to Budapest, Hungary, for one week with my class. This will be absolutely cool and I'm really looking forward to it. Has anyone of you ever been there? Travelling tips are much appreciated.

Yesterday I was at a class party and it was very funny. Usually it's like my three friends and I sit alone and the others don't want to have much to do with us because they think we are geeks. But this time it wasn't like that and we had lots of fun. I also was quite drunk and was really lucky because I didn't have a hangover this morning. I was in fact still a bit drunk, but luckily no hangover!

So, all in all I'm having a very good time these days and I hope you are, too.

I hope I didn't bore you to death with details of my boring life!

Edit: Sherbie, great your house is coming along!
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Jim the Potty - Jun 26, 2004 11:51 am (#301 of 2955)

Hi

Just thought I'd pop in to let you know that I'm still around. Happy birthdays Penny and Liz, and anyone else I've missed. Summer holidays start in a couple of weeks, so I should be around a bit more then hopefully.

Jim the Potty. :^)

Proud to be Potty about Potter!

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VeronikaG - Jun 26, 2004 1:36 pm (#302 of 2955)

Jim, are you a 24 fan by any chance? (Now, what could have given me that idea?)

Just to let you guys know I'm not living in the savage wilderness, we used to have Jeopardy. And in Britain you didn't?

I loved Quantum Leap, because I love the "old days". The music, the clothes, the cars and things, the lot. My favorite periode is the 70's and early 80's. Cool that your mom know the actor in QL, Sherbie.

We also had Twin Peaks, but no way I was allowed to watch that at age 10-11. Not that I think it would have frightened me, I was pretty brave when it came to TV shows in those days. I get more scared now, because unlike most people I tend to believe more in what I see now than when I was a kid. Back then I used to think that nothing on TV was true, and that if I had seen it on TV it could never happen in reality.

Any of you British people who watches "The Lakes" by the way. I liked that show. It was just creepy enough for me, and I loved all the weird characters. Especially the guy who could only talk in third person.

Hi Flame. Good to see your good mood is coming back.

OK, time to go check out the regular threads.

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Denise P. - Jun 26, 2004 3:05 pm (#303 of 2955)

Jim, what a cool avatar! LOL

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Liz - Jun 26, 2004 3:41 pm (#304 of 2955)

I like your wedding picture even though the date of the photo was a bit later than the wedding Denise.

Congratulations on the job Brandon, and just to tell a story my uncle was an elementary P. E. teacher until he retired just now. This was his last school year teaching, and he loved his job.

Just goes to show if you don't make your job more difficult than you have to, and if you have fun with what you do, you can stick to it for a long time.

And at the moment jobs are very hard to keep in the US, so I hope you can find peace with your job and keep it as long as you wish to.

Yes, that's all folks.

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Denise P. - Jun 26, 2004 5:29 pm (#305 of 2955)
Edited Jun 26, 2004 6:58 pm

I never claimed the picture to be a wedding photo, I don't have any photos of the wedding. Although we were, indeed, married on the date listed, all photos I have were taken at the reception which was held at a later date. And if that is not confusing enough, we had a second reception that took place 6 months later and a second wedding that took place 8.5 years later. I always have to go look up that date but I know it was in January 1993. No photos of that wedding were ever taken. I was hugely pregnant at the time and refused to have any pictures taken. This later one (where I was expecting) was a religious ceremony, the original wedding was a civil wedding.

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mike miller - Jun 26, 2004 7:30 pm (#306 of 2955)

Well I'm back from my trip West to visit family. Wow 235 posts on this thread in just one week. Happy Birthday and Congratulations to all who I have missed. I was unsuccessful at connecting with Madame Poppy and Bertha Jorkins while in Wenatchee, our schedules just didn't seem to coincide. I will make another attempt on my next visit! Back to catching up on all of those posts.

Denise - I'm seriously considering your "mark as read" suggestion, maybe after I've checked a couple of my pet threads.

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Madam Pince - Jun 26, 2004 8:30 pm (#307 of 2955)

Regarding the "alleged" title of Book 6 -- if you haven't already, you may want to check out the thread on this very Forum about the JKR Official Website -- Andrew Buchanan gave a very good explanation of who Storge is (Greek classics.) And it actually fits very well with Harry Potter, so it may make perfect sense. Still don't know if the rumor has been confirmed, though.

Welcome back to the Old Line State, Mike!

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septentrion - Jun 27, 2004 3:34 am (#308 of 2955)

Kelly, I'm so sorry for you. It's a so bad experience in life. With time you'll recover (not forget). Big hugs for you ! I also think it's better you don't call him.

Susi, I did notice you weren't there ! I guessed you were busy with school. I've never been to Budapest....so I can't tell you about it but have a great time there. As being a little drunk..eheheh (teasing you).

Happy belated birthday to Liz and Penny, and the others I don't know. I've been off for two days, visiting the "Puy-du-Fou" in Vendée (a wonderful park) so I've missed that dates.

Doris, I'm routing for the Czech republic too, now that France has (at least) been eliminated : they play very well and are a very fair-play team (only one yellow card till now !). Portugal was good too, and Netherlands not too bad. Didn't see Greece (I weren't at home) but the 1/2 finals will be very thrilling !

Northern exposure sounds a little like the recent québécois film "la grande séduction", where a doctor is obliged to stay in a small island in the middle of nowhere. And the inhabitant makes anything for him to stay because if they don't have a doctor, they won't get a new factory which would allow people to have a job. The movie was really funny, and here we love so much the québécois accent !

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Flame Alligator - Jun 27, 2004 11:49 am (#309 of 2955)

OK, I forgot who said what to me but to all who wished me well, or am glad my mood is up thanks. LOL I am a bit dingy today.

I have a lot of house elf work today. Uh! But I hope to get it all done and then do MY yoga practice.

Oh Yeah, I love the show Quantum Leap. I use to try to explain it to people who had never seen it. They just would stare at me like I'm speaking a language from another planet. I also looooooved Twin Peaks the series and the movie, which answers all the questions of the TV series. It is so very DAAAAARK. LOL I love weird and dark. Bet you all already guess that about me. I am a big David Lynch fan. Anybody like the movie Wild at Heart? A dark take on the Wizard of Oz, don't you think? My other big favorite was Highlander, the TV series. I like most of the Highlander movies, too.

I guess I will go visit some other threads and then get to house slave tasks.

Goedemiddag

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Julia. - Jun 27, 2004 12:18 pm (#310 of 2955)

Hi everyone! Happy Sunday to everyone. My mum and Dad are in Boston for the day, hanging out at Fenway Park (my poor dad, he's a Yankees fan!) so my sister and I have the house to ourselves. HAPPY BIRTHDAY PENNY!!!!! A few days late I know, I'm sorry, so have some butterbeer. *Hands Penny butterbeer* Anyway, hope everyone has a good afternoon!

Ok everyone, time for a shameless plug (I have to blow my own horn here, the chance happens so rarely that I have to take advantage every time, you understand). The bedtime story I wrote for Lindsay is up and posted on the St. Mungo's thread over on the FFF. Everyone check it out and tell me what you think! *Gets off soap box and puts horn away*

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Catherine - Jun 27, 2004 1:15 pm (#311 of 2955)

Denise, Happy Anniversary! Cheers to you both!

Today is our wedding anniversary, which I mention mainly because it's year twelve, which is SUCH a Harry Potter number!

We got married in a historic chapel in the mountains of Virginia twelve years ago...sigh...where does the time go?

Hope everyone is enjoying their weekend and best of luck for the coming week.

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Chris. - Jun 27, 2004 1:42 pm (#312 of 2955)

Hello Forum-ers! It was a wet Sunday here! but I didn't let that dampen (Get the pun? ) my spirit.

Finished school on Friday! Yay! Teachers pack homework on me right at the end! Don't they get point of a break!? And I've just heard about the hacker who hacked his/her way into JKR's site. Why do they do it!? Don't they like the mystery of finding out when the time is right and not to be greedy !? Oh well...
Happy 12th Anniversary, Catherine! Hope you have a great day! and I just noticed, Denise, Happy Anniversay to you too!

Hope everyone has a wonderful (and hopefully sunny ) say tomorrow!

PS. Oh, and thanks to everyone who replied about my eBay question. Thanks again!

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mike miller - Jun 27, 2004 2:20 pm (#313 of 2955)

Congratulations to both Catherine and Denise (and their husbands)! Let's hear it for June weddings. Jane and I celebrated our 16th on June 5th. Seems June is a popular month for weddings.

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Tomoé - Jun 27, 2004 2:52 pm (#314 of 2955)

Congratulation Denise, Catherine and both of your husband.

I'm currently boxing my possessions to move on July 1st, I'm already late in most of the thread and that won't get better until at least a week. I'm going to shot down my computer and box it away, so see you in a week!

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Neldoreth - Jun 27, 2004 3:08 pm (#315 of 2955)

thats great Catherine! Congrats for you and your husband! hope you celebrate it with Butterbeer and other enjoying meal!

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Julia. - Jun 27, 2004 3:11 pm (#316 of 2955)

Woo-hoo! Happy Anniversary to Denise and Catherine. Have some butterbeer on me. *Hands Denise and Catherine butterbeers* (This is where I'd put a cool smilie, but darn this blasted computer!)

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boop - Jun 27, 2004 3:13 pm (#317 of 2955)

(congrats )Denise and Catherine and your husbands.

Tomoe, good luck with the packing and move. We will miss you.

Mike welcome back!!!! Hope you had a great vacation! As for marking everything read, go ahead do it.

Hope everyone had a nice weekend.

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Catherine - Jun 27, 2004 3:41 pm (#318 of 2955)

Thanks for all the good wishes, everyone! I raise a Butterbeer to everyone in return!

Mike, Happy belated Anniversary. June is THE month for weddings, doncha know?!

Tomoe, good luck packing up. I will miss your posts, and hope that moving is not too stressful.

Off to celebrate, and must leave the Forum now. My husband is not happy that I am spending our anniversary evening talking to Harry Potter friends!

Cheers!

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The giant squid - Jun 28, 2004 1:44 am (#319 of 2955)

  Oh Yeah, I love the show Quantum Leap. I use to try to explain it to people who had never seen it. They just would stare at me like I'm speaking a language from another planet.



Gosh, Flame Alligator, I'm sure none of us can relate to that... Wink

Happy Anniversary Catherine (yesterday) and Denise (tomorrow...well, technically today, but I haven't been to bed yet so to me it's still Sunday), and a belated Happy Anniversary to Mike as well.

June is indeed the traditional month for weddings...which is why my wife & I decided to get married in March. Smile

--Mike

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boop - Jun 28, 2004 1:51 am (#320 of 2955)

SassaFrass(Michelle), I hope you had a real nice Birhtday. Sorry I missed it Saturday. Have a Happy Day, and here is a big birthday hug from me!!

Good Morning Everyone, hope the weekend was nice and lots of fun. Hope everyone has a nice day.

Hugs Always

Betty

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Leprechaun Jack - Jun 28, 2004 5:31 am (#321 of 2955)

Hello All,

I'm back from Puerto Rico and actually got a tan on my all too white Irish skin. I think it the first time I tanned and didn't burn. I had a great time and won $1500.00 in the casino the night before I came home. So the vacation cost me nothing, it paid for it self.

Happy Birthday's and HAPPY ANNIVERSARY to all I missed.

Jack

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Denise P. - Jun 28, 2004 7:04 am (#322 of 2955)

Thanks for the well wishes, all. I never would have thought 20 years would pass by so quickly

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VeronikaG - Jun 28, 2004 8:48 am (#323 of 2955)

Happy anniversary to Denise and Catherine!!

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Julia. - Jun 28, 2004 9:16 am (#324 of 2955)

Welcome back from your trip Jack, Glad to hear that you had a fun time on your vacation and didn't get sunburned. Also, HAPPY BRITHDAY MICHELLE!!! Have a butterbeer. *Hands Michelle butterbeer* Have a great day and a great year.

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Fawkes Forever - Jun 28, 2004 9:17 am (#325 of 2955)

Happy Anniversaries to Denise & Catherine.

Happy belated birthday Penny.... & Happy Birthday Michelle

Jack Welcome back..... cool to hear you made money on your vacation... hee hee.

Mare The Netherlands are through to the semi finals.... woohooo! I thought about you on Saturday night when watching the match... gosh but those penalties were a nail biting moment....

Hi to all Hope you all have a nice day

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Catherine - Jun 28, 2004 10:14 am (#326 of 2955)

Holy Cricket, Hermione! I just wanted to post a congratulations to everyone involved in the Harry Potter Lexicon!

The Harry Potter Lexicon won the latest award for the fan site in JKR's official site. JKR admits that she checks her facts on the Lexicon, which is very flattering, indeed!

So keep up the good work! Maybe she's reading what we're saying on the Forum, too?

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Julia. - Jun 28, 2004 10:59 am (#327 of 2955)

Merlin's Beard! That's awesome! Everyone have a butterbeer, Steve can have two. *Pulls out butterbeer and passes it around*

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Marè - Jun 28, 2004 11:18 am (#328 of 2955)

Hey Fawkes, I was at a party during the match, they had a huge screen and a homemade tribune. I was with some people at the other end of the garden, trying to predict the score by listening to the crowd
I saw a lot of similarities with the penalties England and Portugal took. After our keeper kept the ball out I was rooting for him to shoot!
(And there were all these people around me who didn't understand. Sjeesh, they were the soccer fans and I turned out to be the one who saw those penalties..)

After that the karaoke started and we fleed the scene...

Wait wait wait, the site is updated? Lexicon won? OMGosh: congratulations Steve!!!!!

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Jim the Potty - Jun 28, 2004 12:09 pm (#329 of 2955)
Edited by Jun 28, 2004 12:10 pm

Happy Anniversaries Denise & Catherine and congratulations Steve, I don't think you could have received a higher compliment!

Yes I am slightly addicted to 24, how did you guess? Has season 3 finished in the USA? Please don't give anything away because theres still about four episodes left in the UK, a whole month of suspense!!!

Jim the Potty. :^)

Proud to be Potty about Potter!

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Jun 28, 2004 12:48 pm (#330 of 2955)

Congratulations to Steve and everyone else who works so hard to make this site such a pleasure in which to prowl around.

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Liz - Jun 28, 2004 12:51 pm (#331 of 2955)

True to that Kim. True to that.

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septentrion - Jun 28, 2004 1:36 pm (#332 of 2955)

happy birthday to Michelle, and happy anniversary to Catherine and Denise !

congrats to the lexicon team for being awarded by JKR !

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Chemyst - Jun 28, 2004 2:41 pm (#333 of 2955)

Happy Belated Anniversary Catherine! Your's is the same as my sister's so maybe I'll remember it next year. I'm still in time to say "Happy Anniversary Denise." A free vacation, eh Jack? Is that what they call the luck of the Irish? And Congratulations to all who make the Lexicon the Lexicon. (I too, hope JKR checks out the Lexicon Forum.) Now I must scurry back to check the updates...

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Madam Pince - Jun 28, 2004 3:08 pm (#334 of 2955)

Happy Anniversary, Denise! I wish you could be with hubby today, but I know you're together in spirit! And (belated) Happy Anniversary to Catherine! Which mountains of Virginia were you married in, might I ask? I'm from the mountains of Virginia originally.

And a big congrats to Steve, Kip, and all the Moderators and contributors to the Lexicon! Of course, we all knew this was one of the best sites ever, and it's so great to know that JKR thinks so, too!

Jack, I hate you. A tan, and a free vacation. (Just kidding! Sounds like you had a great time, and I'm sure it was well-deserved time off! Congrats!)

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Marye Lupin - Jun 28, 2004 4:31 pm (#335 of 2955)

Congratulations Steve and the other fabulous Lexicon people!!!!!!! It was really only a matter of time Smile

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boop - Jun 28, 2004 4:47 pm (#336 of 2955)

Wow Steve,Kip and the Moderators - Congratulations for working so hard to make this the best site out there!!!!!!

Welcome Back, Jack, wow nice coming back a winner. Glad you had a great time and didn't get sunburned.

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Pinky - Jun 28, 2004 5:32 pm (#337 of 2955)

That is simply amazing! Congratulations Steve and Michelle and all else who work on the Lexicon. Wow!

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Hem Hem - Jun 28, 2004 5:48 pm (#338 of 2955)

I knew it would be only a matter of time for you to get the recognition you guys so deserve! Congratulations Steve and Michelle, and thank you!

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Dr Filibuster - Jun 28, 2004 5:58 pm (#339 of 2955)

Seriously obsessed?

Well done Steve, Michelle and team! About blummin' time as Gina said. Get that JKR quote on your homepage right now.

Congratulations to all anniversaries, birthdays, huge wins at the casino!!! Denise, hope you got to communicate with your husband today. What is the 20th year? It's not silver/pearl/ruby/diamond but it sounds like it should be something.

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Pinky - Jun 28, 2004 6:12 pm (#340 of 2955)

My husband and I celebrated our 50th anniversary this month. Well... ok - so it was our 50th month anniversary, not our 50th year anniversary! We'll get there eventually!

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Catherine - Jun 28, 2004 6:28 pm (#341 of 2955)

Madam Pince,

Since you asked (and thanks for doing so!), we were married in Lee Chapel at Washington and Lee University in 1992. I was in the fourth co-ed class to admit women, and my husband Toby was in the second class to admit women. Before that, since 1749, all men all the time (well, except for the Law School!).

I realize for our European wizards that this is NOT very historic (just 250 years or so--it's the 6th oldest college on the East coast, and the oldest once you don't factor in the East coast colleges...), BUT.. it's got tons of American history built in just the same.

I still love the Shenandoah Valley, and can still hear the sweet voices of the women's choir ("JubiLee") singing the old song "Shenandoah."

I do think of that when I see the hills in a Harry Potter movie...

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Denise P. - Jun 28, 2004 6:29 pm (#342 of 2955)

20 years is China. I got a phone call, I actually liked that better than china LOL I already have china anyway. I have my mom's china. My grandfather got the set during the occupation of Japan following WWII.

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Madam Pince - Jun 28, 2004 6:38 pm (#343 of 2955)

Oh that is such a beautiful chapel, Catherine! I envy you! Lexington is a gorgeous and historic town. Hubby and I visited there for a long weekend a couple of years ago, and really enjoyed looking up all the Civil War gravesites and the homes of famous Virginians. I grew up about an hour or so north of there, so the Shenandoah Valley is home to me, too! We were married in the University of Virginia chapel, which is old and nice, too, but not as beautiful as Lee Chapel, methinks!

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Leprechaun Jack - Jun 28, 2004 6:50 pm (#344 of 2955)

Congratulations Steve and all that keep the LEXICON running. We always knew this was the best site. Now so does everyone else.

Jack

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Catherine - Jun 28, 2004 6:52 pm (#345 of 2955)

Madam Pince, you are much too kind!

Yes, I cannot deny that Lee Chapel is so very beautiful, but the city of Charlottesville is much to be envied. :-) Oh, yeah, Loopy Lupin, the University there ain't bad, either! ;-) Not to mention the what-his-name-Jefferson stuff!

I thank you all for the good wishes! Right back at you!!

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Sherbie Lemon - Jun 28, 2004 6:56 pm (#346 of 2955)

Happy Anniversary, Catherine and Denise!

And bravo to the Lexicon staff! What a compliment to be recognized and what's more, used by JKR herself! Well done!#1 Trophy

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Madam Pince - Jun 28, 2004 6:58 pm (#347 of 2955)

Loopy Lupin, are you a Wahoo too?

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Catherine - Jun 28, 2004 7:55 pm (#348 of 2955)

Madam Pince, methinks he is Smile

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Madam Pince - Jun 28, 2004 8:13 pm (#349 of 2955)

Well bust my buttons! How nice! We shall have to compare notes...

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DJ Evans - Jun 28, 2004 8:50 pm (#350 of 2955)

Wow!!! The Lexicon is the web site of the month!!! How cool is that?

Congratulations Steve & team!!!!


Couldn't have happened to a nicer bunch of people if you ask me. Love the site so much and now to know that one of my all time favorite writers appreciates it too? Well, words just escapes me. Just know that we appreciate all of the hard work that you've all done to make it the site that it is. And what a blast it is to go to the link and see The Harry Potter Lexicon on the trophy!!!!!!

Later days, Deb
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Re: Chat & Greetings 2004

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boop - Jun 28, 2004 9:14 pm (#351 of 2955)

Mischa Fan(Jim), I hope you have a great day.

Everyone have a great day!!

hugs always

Betty

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Mrs. Sirius - Jun 28, 2004 9:35 pm (#352 of 2955)

Congratulation Steve!!! ***Clapping*** It was just a matter of time, this is the best site!!! A six (hundred) pack of butterbeer all around!!! Nothing stronger needed as we have the Lexicon of the elation.

PS Congratulations Denise, Happy birthday Michelle.

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Caput Draconis - Jun 28, 2004 10:11 pm (#353 of 2955)
Edited by Jun 28, 2004 10:11 pm

*snaps* to the Lexicon! We always knew you kids rocked. ::::hugs everyone:::::

Jim, Best. Avatar. Ever. I always love it when obsessions collide. We (in Aus) still have 4 episodes to go as well, it always gets super good again at this time of Kiefer's day. Of course a smooth British bad guy always helps, as does as little of Kim in the storyline as possible, heh. Enjoy, buddy!

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Tomoé - Jun 28, 2004 10:26 pm (#354 of 2955)

I make a step at my parents' today, as Canadians had to elect a new government and I'm still registered in my parents' electoral riding, so I use their computer tonight. ^_^

First of all, congratulation to Steve and all the people who work or worked to build the Lexicon. I particularly liked JO's comment : "A website for the dangerously obsessive; my natural home." For the ones who wonder if she come to the forum, I myself bet she have a couple of chosen thread she follow on a regular basis, "What would you ask JKR?" would be one of them.

That's nice Leprechaun Jack, you trip turn out to be an investment! I wish I was that lucky. ^_^

I'm almost done with packing, just the essential stuff like toothbrush, plates and spare clothes are still to box.

Edit: Happy Birthday Jim!

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Fawkes Forever - Jun 29, 2004 12:25 am (#355 of 2955)

Woohooo.... balloons & butterbeer all round.

Congrats to Steve, Michelle & the team... you must be proud that JK uses the Lex for checking her facts... Well done guys....

I reckon you'll be extra paranoid about making sure all that facts are correct now... not that they aren't already of course

I wonder does she check out the forum?

Happy Birthday Jim ....

Betty you are great for remembering all these birthdays

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Neldoreth - Jun 29, 2004 12:48 am (#356 of 2955)

good morning everyone! its almost 10 am here, when i arrived at work this morning, I started the computer, went to check what I had missed during the night on this Forum and what comes on screen: 70 new post in the JKR-Website, a brand-new thread about the Title of Book 6 with already 80 posts or so... wow... you're a very active folk

I would like to congratulate Steve for his excellent Lexicon-Site : I'm very glad it got the award, rightly deserved! Its thanks to his Floo network-newspage that I stumbled upon this Forum and found the sort of fans I was looking for since months! So thank you all for welcoming here two weeks ago and again, BRAVO to lexicon-Steve!!! EDIT: of course, all his team deserves the congrats too!

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The giant squid - Jun 29, 2004 12:56 am (#357 of 2955)

My congrats to Steve as well. I've only been around here a few months, but I've never felt the need to go elsewhere for my HP news and trivialities. As a matter of fact, I've begun putting things in the "I'll believe it when I see it on the Forum" column. Smile It's great that JKR recognizes the great work that's been done here!

Now, does she just lurk, or is she a member...? Wink

--Mike

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Aussie Weasley - Jun 29, 2004 3:58 am (#358 of 2955)

A website for the dangerously obsessive; my natural home. Oh well I finally have something in common with JKR. A very big congratulations to everyone who has contributed to the Lexicon.

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Marè - Jun 29, 2004 4:04 am (#359 of 2955)

Can any of the french speaking people help me out? I have a form for my internship which is probably about insurance... (jeeej) and I can't read it (being it is in french).
Could any-one possibly read it and tell me if there is anything important in it? I some-one has the time (it's a short one) please mail me...

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mike miller - Jun 29, 2004 4:12 am (#360 of 2955)

Congrats to all who work on the Lexicon, Steve, Michelle, Kip, Denise, Sarah, et al! Outstanding work finally recognized!

I agree that JKR probably checks out the Forum. Dangerously Obsessed are we, LOL.

Happy Birthday Jim (Mischa Fan), I enjoyed talking with you at the PA gathering.

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septentrion - Jun 29, 2004 4:25 am (#361 of 2955)

I've mailed you Marè !

We at least have the book 6 title (see the threads below). Waouw

cheers

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Flame Alligator - Jun 29, 2004 5:03 am (#362 of 2955)

A big congratulations to the Lexicon crew.

Belated Happy Anniversary to Denise and Catherine (husbands included).

Welcome back Jack! I am so glad you came home a winner.

Fawkes, Top of the mornin to ya!

A better late than never: Yay Netherlands!

Happy Birthday to whomever it applies.

Goedemorgen everybody!!

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tracie1976 - Jun 29, 2004 5:15 am (#363 of 2955)

Happy Birthday Jim!!!!

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Jun 29, 2004 7:05 am (#364 of 2955)

Jim! You old man! Happy Birthday!

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Gina R Snape - Jun 29, 2004 8:21 am (#365 of 2955)

Ooooh, Lauren. Thank you for your avatar. I love a daily dose of Colonel Brandon! **swoon**

Happy birthday, Jim!

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Leviosa - Jun 29, 2004 9:18 am (#366 of 2955)

Happy Birthday Jim!

Happy Anniversary Catherine and Denise!

Congratulations to Steve and the lexicon team! I have always thought that it was just a matter of time until the Lexicon would get the award!

I'm getting really excited for my trip to Budapest. Today we had a kind of "information day" about Budapest at school. I can't believe that I'm already going this Saturday! Maybe I should start packing... All my friends have already lists of what they want to take with them. If anyone wants a post card from Budapest, please mail me your exact address. I hope that I'll have time to write a few post cards.

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Julia. - Jun 29, 2004 9:18 am (#367 of 2955)

W00t! HAPPY BIRTHDAY JIM!! Have a butterbeer! *Hands Jim butterbeer* Just keep it away from Brandon, we don't want it to end up on Sarah's skirt or shoes. Have a great day and a great year.

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Ladybug220 - Jun 29, 2004 9:19 am (#368 of 2955)

Oh yes, I love Alan Rickman as Colonel Brandon. Sense and Sensibility is one of my favorite movies (Pride and Prejudice is my all time favorite).

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Chris. - Jun 29, 2004 9:25 am (#369 of 2955)

Woo Hoo, well done Steve and the Lexicon! You really deserve it! and HAPPY BIRTHDAY JIM! Have a great day!

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Liz - Jun 29, 2004 10:30 am (#370 of 2955)

I found the Lexicon real easy with google search when I wanted to find a really good site about Harry Potter.

I'm proud to say I was a member of the Lexicon before there was a link on her site, even if it was a month before.

You people are like a online family, and I think that is so cool.

Liz Out

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Penny Lane. - Jun 29, 2004 11:14 am (#371 of 2955)

You know, everyone's been saying that "It's about time" and "Finally," etc. But I think that I figured out why she waited.

Just a theory:

JKR likes the Lexicon so much that she wanted to make the Lexicon site of the month the same time she released the title of Book Six, therefore getting more hits to both her site, and the Lexicon. She's so thoughtful. I just want to hug her and tell her that she's the greatest. Oooh, hope that didn't border on stalkeresqe. I suppose we will never really know the reason as why she waited, but I'd like to think it was for us!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY JIM!!!! *Hands Jim a ...... which Jim is it? Cause I can't come up with a customizzed non existant present if I'm not sure which one it is....

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mischa fan - Jun 29, 2004 11:14 am (#372 of 2955)

Thank you everyone, you truly are a great family here.

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Chemyst - Jun 29, 2004 11:30 am (#373 of 2955)

Penny - JKR likes the Lexicon so much that she wanted to make the Lexicon site of the month the same time she released the title of Book Six, therefore getting more hits to both her site, and the Lexicon. She's so thoughtful.

Works for me!

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wormsé - Jun 29, 2004 11:37 am (#374 of 2955)

Happy Birthday Jim!!! *hugs*

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]Penny Lane. - Jun 29, 2004 11:42 am (#375 of 2955)

OOh its that Jim!!!! *Hands Jim Mischa cutout*

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Doris Crockford - Jun 29, 2004 11:53 am (#376 of 2955)

Just want to say Congratulations to everyone here. I knew we'd be one of the first sites to get the award. We all know that the forum is an amazing part of the Lex, so we all have something to be proud of. Especially Steve and Michelle and Kip and Denise.

Happy Birthday, Jim!

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septentrion - Jun 29, 2004 12:24 pm (#377 of 2955)

Happy birthday Jim !

Susi, I'm so glad for your trip, I hope you'll have a nice time there. I don't need a postcard (use your time to have fun ! ) but maybe you could mail me when you return how it was there...in French

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I Am Used Vlad - Jun 29, 2004 12:29 pm (#378 of 2955)

Happy birthday, Jim, and cograts to the Lexicon staff.

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Dumbledore - Jun 29, 2004 1:27 pm (#379 of 2955)

Haven't been here in a while. Hope you all remember me!!

Happy birthday Jim! And congrats to everyone on the Lexicon for getting special recognition on the JKR site!

Like I said, I haven't been here in awhile, so I'd just like to say congrats and good luck to all it applies to.

Final exams are finally over, so now I have a lovely 2 weeks of nothing to look forward to before I go to Europe. I am having a great time relaxing, and will spend alot of the time trying to catch up on everything on the Lexicon!

Have a great evening everybody!

-Lauren

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timrew - Jun 29, 2004 2:59 pm (#380 of 2955)

Happy Birthday, Jim!

Congratulations Lexicon!

Hello, JKR! Keep up the good work!

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Hem Hem - Jun 29, 2004 5:01 pm (#381 of 2955)

Birthday greetings to you, Jim!

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Mellilot Flower. - Jun 29, 2004 6:14 pm (#382 of 2955)

Hi, just to let you know that I'm considering changing my name- I don't like being called by my real name and so will soon be switching to my usual online name (Mellilot Flower). Just thought I'd let you know so that I don't have to re-introduce myself

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Caput Draconis - Jun 29, 2004 8:12 pm (#383 of 2955)
Edited by Jun 29, 2004 8:12 pm

LOL, Gina, it's my pleasure. Stupid Kate Winslet.

*waves frantically at JKR*



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Julia. - Jun 29, 2004 10:14 pm (#384 of 2955)

Some things in life are just unfair. For my birthday all I got was a lot of cards. How come Jim gets the title of Book Six?

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Fawkes Forever - Jun 30, 2004 2:41 am (#385 of 2955)

Hee hee, I got the launch of the new improved JK website for mine... so hah hah (Nelson from the Simpsons style)...

I'm kidding... I'm not that nasty really Julia

Hello to all... have a great day everyone....

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Pinky - Jun 30, 2004 4:47 am (#386 of 2955)

Hey Chloe/Mellilot, after you change your name, why don't you put your old name (Chloe Chandler) in your second line of information for a period of time. This gives us a chance to adjust to your new name. Name changes have been done by others in the past, and this seems to be the smoothest way of doing it.

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Sherbie Lemon - Jun 30, 2004 7:38 am (#387 of 2955)

Happy Birthday, Jim!Make A Wish

Susi, have a great time on your trip!

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Flame Alligator - Jun 30, 2004 9:11 am (#388 of 2955)

Fawkes, Belated Top of the morning to ya.

Susi, Have a great time in Budapest.

I have not been posting much because I have had computer blues this week. I hope to get it all taken care of right after July 4th. My computer has a trojan virus and we cannot find it. So...... my computer man is going to gut my computer and start from scratch. Basically, my computer seems possessed. My sign in window pops up at will. Something called Ad Save pops up constantly. The more I close it the faster it comes up. Sometimes so fast it is just a flash and then I see it in my tool bar. It seems to affect my MSN and AIM messenger too. Uh! A nightmare!

In spite of this, I am feeling great!! I even have plumbing problems but I don't care. I will deal with it when I get back from the "Stepford Tanning Salon". I am sure the clones will have some rocking music for me and there soothing cheerful demeanors.

Have a good day everybody!!

Goedemorgen!!

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Karla Labanda - Jun 30, 2004 9:30 am (#389 of 2955)

Buenos días a todos:

Susi, a wonderful travel to Budapest.

Congratulation to Lexicon. Thank you for the place in Spanish.

I hope the JKR web site in Spanish will be updated soon.

Flame, a pleasure chat with you, like ever. Hugs to you.

Happy Birthday Jim

Enjoy your day.

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Mellilot Flower. - Jun 30, 2004 10:51 am (#390 of 2955)

Thanks Pinky!

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Liz - Jun 30, 2004 11:08 am (#391 of 2955)

Hello all,

Just wanted to say to JKR that if she can read this that I'm very happy that she picked the Lexicon for her list of HP places. Also that I love her books, and that she definitely has given hope to single moms everywhere even though I'm not a single mom.

Thank you all for posting on threads and building this forum because if it weren't for you people posting on here, I never would have found this forum and JKR probably wouldn't have found it either.

Thank you for making this forum and hosting it:

Caput Draconis, Carina, Denise P., Denise S., Detail Seeker, Dumbledore II, Hem Hem, Kathy Lynch, Kip Carter, Lexicon Steve, Marè, Marie E., Matt Allair, Meg L., mischa fan, Pinky, S.E. Jones, Saralinda, shepherdess, Slytherin Prefect, and W J

Liz

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Prefect Marcus - Jun 30, 2004 4:08 pm (#392 of 2955)

Speaking of Guinea Pigs, Denise, did you know that if you hold a guinea pig by its tail, its eyes will fall out?

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SarcasticGinny  - Jun 30, 2004 4:21 pm (#393 of 2955)

Denise, I love your guineas. I used to have a long haired one named Skunk who was really a sweetie. He lived to the age of 9!

Happy Birthday Penny, Liz, and Jim! I know I'm late but I've had trouble getting online. Hope it was splendid!

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Padfoot - Jun 30, 2004 6:09 pm (#394 of 2955)

Hello all! I am on vacation in Minnesota and found a computer so here I am. I will be away from home for almost two weeks. Wow, I step away from the computer for a few days and a lot happens. We now have book six's title. Woohoo! And the Lexicon made it on JKR's site. Wow! Outstanding. Congrats to Steve and the gang. You must be thrilled.

Congratulations on the birthdays and anniversaries I missed.

It's going to take me a long time to catch up with all the threads. So I better get going. Have a great week everyone!

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Pinky - Jun 30, 2004 6:40 pm (#395 of 2955)

Marcus, I can't help but smile whenever I see "Ranger Gord". What a great avatar. Have you seen "Duct Tape Forever"?

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scully jones - Jun 30, 2004 7:00 pm (#396 of 2955)

Hey guys, sorry I haven't been posting a lot lately. I changed my name, in case you noticed.

Been working a lot lately, also Linda and Ariel have been visiting, can't wait to show you guys pics of me and Ariel. Such a big baby for seven months.

Talk more soon, sarah formerly known as chiaojones

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Sherbie Lemon - Jun 30, 2004 7:19 pm (#397 of 2955)

Hello all and Hola Karla! I'm going to implore everyone's fingers and prayers again for what I sincerely hope will be the last time! Our house was finished last night (yay!) but we are in serious danger of losing our bond (boo!). We put June 30th as the closing date on the contract because when you get an FHA loan, you are given 60 days after putting in an offer to use the bond money. We filed for an extension today, but they have only granted us one week which means that our inspections must be done by tomorrow or at the very latest, Friday afternoon. What with the holiday weekend, our realtor is quite concerned. In fact, she called the city today and begged! So cross those fingers and send postitive house vibes our way!

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DJ Evans - Jun 30, 2004 7:30 pm (#398 of 2955)

Hey all, hope everyone is having a GREAT day. It's been raining off and on for the past 2 or 3 days here. Though I get kinda tired of the rain, it's at least keeping our really hot summer temperatures down some.

Gosh, I can't believe all of the new members that we have acquired over the last week or so. Welcome to all of you!!!! I know you will find nothing but the nicest people on here--they are a great bunch of folks!!! As you see most of us consider the Lexicon Forum as home, so just come on it and make your self comfortable.

Happy Birthday to all of those that I have missed in the last week or so. Hope it was a great one and you don't feel a day older than (insert your desired age here)!!!

Sherbie-- I can't believe you will get this close and not get your house. I know how long you've waited for it--the fates wouldn't be that cruel, not when you are this close. I will definitely keep you in my thoughts and prayers!!! You should know you will have the support from all of us--all you had to do was ask!!! (Hope this is readable--trying to type with crossed fingers is kinda slow but worth it if it works!!!)

Well, I've got to go do some house chores, everybody have a good night and a terrific day tomorrow!!

Later, Deb

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Tomoé - Jun 30, 2004 8:52 pm (#399 of 2955)
Edited by megfox Jul 1, 2004 4:45 am

Susi, packing at the very last moment, hum? we have something in common besides Harry Potter then. ^_^ Have nice time in Budapest!

Flame, I hope you'll have your computer fixed in no time.

So, there will be some name change around, Chloe Chandler for Melliot Flower and Sarah for scully jones? I'll try to remember.

Sherbie, merde for your house! French actors believe saying bonne chance brings bad luck so they say merde instead. Since I'm not laywer, want to cheer you a bit and don't want to bring bad luck (not that I believe in conjuring bad luck things ^_~) I tell you merde instead.

By the way, my birthday was on June 27th (and Miréimé's too ^_~). I forgot my own birthday, that's a sign I'm not a kid anymore. ^_~

Medieval week-end this week-end, a big one. It's the gathering of the medieval re-enactement groups from all over Quebec we are around 300 people this year. I still have a robe to sew before then. -_-

Finally, the girl who lived in my new apartment move two days before the end of her lease. I moved my boxes since yesterday and I'm almost done! All's left is my computer screen, my computer chair and my computer desk. (I'm curently at my parent's again).

Edit: I'm sorry, Tomoe, but I had to take a word out. I know you were trying to explain yourself, but that word is not appropriate for the Forum! I hope you understand!
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koala marpusial - Jun 30, 2004 9:26 pm (#400 of 2955)

Hi i am new to these forums, which I find to be very interesting, and I hope everyone doesn't mind that I have a weird obsession with marpusials, my favorite kind of animals Smile

Harry potter are a great series and I like to be reading them a lot!

Oh yea - I also used to have the name alex smith about 30 minutes ago but I thought that was too boring and didn't tell anything important about me!

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Tomoé - Jun 30, 2004 11:27 pm (#401 of 2955)

Welcome koala!

I second you, marpusials are pretty interesting animals. Ornithorhynchus (duck-billed platypus?) are my favorites. ^_^

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boop - Jul 1, 2004 2:02 am (#402 of 2955)

Tomoe and Mireime, Sorry I missed it. I hope you both had a really nice day.

Lindsey, I will keep you in my prayers as well. I will keep my fingers, arm, legs, toes, eyes all crossed as well. I am sure everything is going to work out for you.

Its my Friday, No more work for 4 days, YAY oh sorry don't mean to brag. Everyone have a great day!!!!!

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Fawkes Forever - Jul 1, 2004 2:05 am (#403 of 2955)

Happy belated birthday Tomoe and Mireime... hope you had a good one

Happy July everyone...

Flame... hope you get your pc problems sorted soon

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The giant squid - Jul 1, 2004 3:37 am (#404 of 2955)

Aha...now I know why things seem to be going well for me--the bad luck has shifted to Sherbie. Sad

It's been a busy week here in Squidland. Our home loan refi finally went through, right down to the wire. If it hadn't closed by the end of the month we'd've had to start all over again; luckily, it was recorded and funded yesterday. Huzzah!

Before the ink was even dry on the home loan, I was signing papers for a new car. I got me a 2004 Chevy Cavalier. It's not special, or super-fast or "cool", but it's brand new and beats the flobberworm spit out of the heap I've been driving for the last three years! Huzzah again!

And I survived opening day of Spider-Man 2. Our theater usually does about 500-800 people on a Wednesday; today we sold over 5600 tickets. This is a tentative huzzah, as I still have Thursday through Monday to get through...

Tomoe, happy birthday! Regarding your professed love of platypi, have you seen the movie Dogma? At the beginning is a disclaimer that,well...let's just say the platypus features heavily. Wink

--Mike

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mike miller - Jul 1, 2004 4:50 am (#405 of 2955)

Happy belated birthday Tomoe and Mireime! I can't imagine being too busy to forget my own birthday. It sure seems like you've had a lot going on! Enjoy the medieval weekend, sounds like fun.

Sherbie - We are all crossing our fingers for your inspections. I'm sure everything will take care of itself, don't let the tension and stress get to you.

Everyone - Have a great July!

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Flame Alligator - Jul 1, 2004 7:23 am (#406 of 2955)

Sherbie, I just lit up some incense and I am repeating a mantra, as I type, in the back of my mind for all to go well for you. Do you know the good fortune mudra (yoga hand posture)? Put the tip of your ring finger and pinky finger in the palm of your hand. Next, press your thumb tip to the tips of your middle and index fingers. Do this with both hands. I usually save this for my personal mantras but I am doing them for you. "Good fortune to Lindsey."

Tomoe, Thanks for your get well wishes for my computer. Happy Birthday! hmmmmmm...... forgot your birthday eh? Maybe that's a good sign. At least it says you are not fretting over each passing year. (Thanks for the "Get Well" computer wishes.

Mireime, Happy Birthday to you and any others with birthdays.

Koala, Welcome! *big hug*

Scully Jones, Lots of change in your life. Oh yeah, hug the kitty, Scully for me.

Fawkes, Belated top of the morning to ya! Thanks for the "Get Well" computer wishes.

Giant Squid, Huzzah! That was for the finance deal going through and the new car. I love it when good things happen to my forum buddies.

Today is Thursday, right? Why do I feel like it is Friday? This happens to me often as I have strange sleeping habits. I sometimes am up for 36 to 48 hours at a time. Why? If I don't get to bed within an hour of when I feel drowsy, I get a second wind (like long distance runners). In other words, I start to wake up, perk up. I am then up for another 12 hours. I don't need a lot of sleep anyway, 4 to 6 hours is plenty for me. The side effect of this is every now and then, I feel like Monday is Wednesday, etc. I also like to be up at night and sleep all day........ vampire hours. Don't get me wrong....... I love the sun, I really do. I do take short naps or just completely relax for a stress relieving break.

This weekend will be wild in my neighborhood. A lot of young guys live in my immediate area and they LOVE fireworks. It will sound like a war zone this weekend. I love it! I usually join them as I buy lots of fireworks to set off with my godson, Cy. I also enjoy a childhood favorite of mine: sparklers. The new sparklers are great as they change color and have colored smoke to match. I usually save a bunch or two of the sparklers and wait till the dead of winter. On a very cold night when there is snow piled high, I go out and light my sparklers. They look so pretty in the dark with the snow all around me. I am still just a baby girl who loves to play.

Ok...... enough of my yakking.

Everybody have a great day!

Goedemorgen!

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Padfoot - Jul 1, 2004 9:04 am (#407 of 2955)

Tomoe and Mireime, happy belated birthday!

Lindsey, Good luck! You are so close, everything has to go well!!! I'm sure it will go smoothly.

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Dumbledore - Jul 1, 2004 10:25 am (#408 of 2955)

Hi everybody!

Sherbie Lemon, I am crossing my fingers for you as well (and doing Flame's mudra pose for added good luck!) Even though I am fairly new to this forum, I have been here long enough to know that you have been waiting for this house for awhile, and most definitely deserve it!

Lindsey, good luck to you!

Happy belated birthday Tomoe and Mireime, and to everybody else who's birthday has been recently!

Flame, I love sparklers too! They are so gorgeous, and get everyone into a festive spirit!

My holiday weekend will be pretty fun. My family may go into New York City tomorrow to see a free Clay Aiken concert in the park. (I am a HUGE fan of Clay Aiken.) For the 4th of July we may go into the city again or to Jones Beach for fireworks (fireworks are another huge passion of mine!)

Hope everyone in the US has a great holiday weekend, and that everyone else in other parts of the world has a fabulous weekend as well!

-Lauren

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Dumbledore - Jul 1, 2004 11:21 am (#409 of 2955)

Sorry to double post, but the 30 minute time limit was up. I neglected to mention that I had a strange dream last night involving JKR at my school signing books. The farther I got to her in the line, however, the more people cut in front of me! I was so disgruntled, that I forgot all the questions I had to ask her and even lost my copy of Order of the Phoenix! I woke up this morning in a cold sweat! To me, this "dream" was a nightmare! Shows how Harry Potter obsessed I am...perhaps I should get my head examined? ;-)

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DJ Evans - Jul 1, 2004 12:23 pm (#410 of 2955)

Or Dumbledore, maybe your dream was just showing you that when HbP comes out and your ARE standing in line to get it autograph--have your wand out and ready for those gits that try to cut in front of you!!! Hee hee

Later, Deb

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Sherbie Lemon - Jul 1, 2004 12:34 pm (#411 of 2955)

Tomoe and Mireime, Birthday Balloons. It's good to "see" you again, Tomoe, either you've been gone for awhile, or we haven't been posting on the same threads lately. Nonetheless, it's nice to see you post here!

Mike, well this explains everything! I knew it couldn't be just my typical bad luck, I had a feeling someone else was behind it all! Congratulations to you, though, on your refinancing and new car. Be forewarned however, that I'm sending some of your luck back, so you may have a side mirror fall off or a stereo knob break off.

I didn't know that mudra, Flame, but thanks for sharing it and for using your personal mantra for me, I'm honored. I haven't used sparklers since I was a kid, but I often see them used at weddings when the bride and groom depart for their wedding night.

And thank you so much Deb, Betty, Tomoe, Mike M., Padfoot, and Dumbledore! Your votes of confidence are heartening! It means a lot to know I have such an awesome support group here!

Our realtor called and told us that the inspector was at our house right now. We're waiting now to see if we passed. God, I hope we passed. Please keep those eyes, fingers, toes, legs, arms, crossed for just a couple more hours. We should know one way or another by tonight. If I don't come back to update, then I'll most likely be drowning my sorrows with countless butterbeers and Winky for company. Chugger

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Julia. - Jul 1, 2004 12:52 pm (#412 of 2955)

Good luck with the House Lindsey, I hope you'll pass! Mireime and Tomoe, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! Have the now traditional (can I call it that) butterbeer on me. *Hands Mireime and Tomoe butterbeers* Hope you had great days and you should both have a great yeat! Lindsey, you can have a butterbeer too, for good luck on your house. *Hands Lindsey butterbeer* Just keep those away from Brandon.

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Leviosa - Jul 1, 2004 1:03 pm (#413 of 2955)

*fingers crossed for Lindsey*

Tomoé et Miréimé, Bonne Anniversaire en retard! (I hope this is right, my French is just so bad) I hope you had a wonderful day. Enjoy your medieval weekend! That sounds very interesting.

I'm getting more and more excited for Budapest. I can't believe I'm going the day after tomorrow!

Have a good time everyone!

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Dumbledore - Jul 1, 2004 1:04 pm (#414 of 2955)

Have fun on your trip, Leviosa!

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The giant squid - Jul 1, 2004 4:20 pm (#415 of 2955)

   Be forewarned however, that I'm sending some of your luck back, so you may have a side mirror fall off or a stereo knob break off.



Now that I have the car, you can send it all back. I'll just shunt it over to work; I'm used to things going wrong there. Wink

Good luck on the inspection! Does it help if you do the mudra pose with your toes, too? I'll try it and see what happens.

Hmm..I dunno about helping, but I think I pulled something... Smile

--Mike

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DJ Evans - Jul 1, 2004 4:51 pm (#416 of 2955)

Leviosa--though you will be missed here, have a GREAT time in Budapest!!! Hope you will be able to post a few of your pics from the trip--would love to see them!

Mike, so sorry about you "pulling something...", but thanks for the smile today!!! And please, stick with using only your fingers from now on? hee hee I'm kinda anxious to hear from Flame and see if a person "could/should" use their toes. Sorry, but I just can't get the image out of my mind here. hee hee

HAPPY BIRTHDAY all!!!

Later, Deb

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Sherbie Lemon - Jul 1, 2004 5:36 pm (#417 of 2955)

Don't sprain your toes, Mike, because we PASSED! Nervous 2 However, I'm not breaking out the champagne yet, I'll wait until Wednesday after 1:00, which is when we are set to close. But I'm heaving a huge sigh of relief anyway and letting the tension in my stomach dissolve. I think it's safe to do that! Thanks again for the crossings of crossable body parts, the mundra's and mantras, the merde, and the good thoughts, everyone. I think you all are my good luck charm!

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DJ Evans - Jul 1, 2004 7:22 pm (#418 of 2955)

Hey everybody, I just saw on MuggleNet that Amazon along with Barnes and Noble, that they have set up notification lists for the release of Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince!!!! I could be totally wrong here, but I can't see them doing that if they expect the book to come out next June? So maybe, just maybe, we will have the book coming out sooner than we think? Sure hope so!!!!!!

Later, Deb

P.S. GREAT news, Sherbie!!!!!! Congratulations!!! You're almost home now (no pun intended there!).

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Madam Pince - Jul 1, 2004 7:28 pm (#419 of 2955)

If you're from a small-town, country-type place, as I am, you would know what a "tizzy" is. If JKR is ready to release "Half Blood Prince" in time for Christmas, and the PoA DVD will also be out in time for Christmas, then...

You will see a lot of Harry Potter fans in a right tizzy!

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Tomoé - Jul 1, 2004 7:56 pm (#420 of 2955)

Thanks for the birthday wishes guys! ^_^

Oh! Leviosa's named Susi! (Yeah, that's me, wishing bon voyage not knowing to whom I'm telling it. I'm rather pathetic sometime. ^_~) You almost get it right by the way, it should be Bon anniversaire en retard!.

What a terrible dream Dumbledore, I too call that kind of dreams nightmares.

That's great Sherbie! You passed! I don't think the lucky charms had anything to do with that, you passed on pure talent! ^_~

I was pretty busy last weeks Sherbie, I had to pack my things, I tried to phone the previous tenant of my apartment to know when she'll move out by didn't succeed to reach her. I had to sort my papers before packing. I had to do some research for the essay Steve asked me to do, and I mean a real research, in a University library. ^_^ A good thing I moved 10 minutes by foot away from it.

Thanks for the butterbeer Julia! *looking around to see if Brandon is nearby, then take a glop of buttershot. (I discovered that liquor a year ago, a butterscotch liquor, ad nauseum-ly sweet, I like it. ^_^ It's made in the Netherlands by De Kuyper.)*

A new car Squid? That's cool! even if it's not special, or super-fast or "cool". Anyway, those cars cost much more in assurances than a Chevy Cavalier or the like as they are most frequently stolen. ^_~

Notification lists for the release of Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince? That sounds good for this winter DJ Evans!

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Madam Pince - Jul 1, 2004 8:00 pm (#421 of 2955)

Yuummmmmm, buttershots, Tomoe! It is so good in the cold of winter!

And P.S. -- Happy belated birthday! And likewise to Jim! And Happy House Day to Sherbie! And any other various celebrations that I missed!

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Hem Hem - Jul 1, 2004 8:27 pm (#422 of 2955)

In order for the book to come out this winter, she's have to be basically done writing the manuscript around now. Could that be possible?

(I sure hope so!)

To be honest, I'd be just as happy if the book came out next summer. I'm going away to learn in Israel this coming fall, and I won't have any internet access at all. I'd rather have it come out at a time when I can take a full day off and just read, and then go to the forum afterwards! But whatever, the sooner the better, I suppose!

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Tomoé - Jul 1, 2004 8:56 pm (#423 of 2955)

By winter I meant February or March, I'm not realistically hoping it for Christmas, even if I would be pleased to have it below the Christmas tree (in fact, that would be a real pain to have it packed there, laughing at me, indecently reminding me it's just there waiting to be read. I would finally unwrap it after an hour ^_^).

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Prefect Marcus - Jul 1, 2004 9:07 pm (#424 of 2955)

You, and 20 million other people, Tomoé! Very Happy

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Madam Poppy - Jul 1, 2004 9:39 pm (#425 of 2955)
Edited by Jul 1, 2004 9:40 pm

I just got back from seeing Spiderman II. It was pretty good. Slow in places. I preferred this "bad guy" to the last one.
There were 2 cell phone rings, 2 crying children, too many bathroom trips up the aisle and 2 kids up front making shadow animals on the screen! Remind me to go to the last showing next time.

Poppy

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Mrs. Sirius - Jul 1, 2004 10:29 pm (#426 of 2955)

Sometime ago I read somewhere (sorry it's not very specific) that a financial assessor/advisor forecast that book six, now HP and the HBP, would come out in the fall of 2005, probably November 2005. I don't recall exactly what my source was, however, normally I get my info from The Leaky Caldron or HPANA.

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Detail Seeker - Jul 1, 2004 11:41 pm (#427 of 2955)

As a book release parallel to the the release of the PoA DVD might hamper sales of both, I do not reckon with the book for christmas.. My prediction for marketing schedule would be DVD for christmas, book in March or April, translated books ~ September and GoF Movie December 2005.

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Madam Pince - Jul 2, 2004 1:35 am (#428 of 2955)

Actually, I agree with you, Detail Seeker. That schedule sounds about right to me too, except that I thought we had a confirmed date for GoF Movie of November 2005 rather than December. I was just being wistful....sigh....

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Fawkes Forever - Jul 2, 2004 2:33 am (#429 of 2955)

Lindsay.... trying to type with crossed fingers here..... Congrats on the house & I hope it all goes to plan ... wooohoooo. *sending happy house vibes*

Mike.... congrats on the new 'Squid Mobile' ... sorry couldn't resist.

Flame, cool mantra... going to need to practice some calm soothing mantras this weekend... I'm babysitting my 2 year old niece..... who is going through a phase of the 'terrible twos' I am in awe of all the mothers (& fathers) on this forum... how do you do it.... I think you all deserve medals....

Susi.... enjoy your travels... my sister was in Budapest a few years back & she said it was lovely.

I noticed yesterday that Amazon.co.uk where offering that mailing list for news on when HBP would be available to preorder & I got all excited.... I'm thinking may or june next year.... but I'd love it for christmas... *please Jo please*

Hi to all... it's friday ..... yeay... have a good day everyone....

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The giant squid - Jul 2, 2004 3:28 am (#430 of 2955)

Heh..."Squid Mobile" Thanks, Fawkes; always good to end the day (just got off work a half hour ago) with a chuckle.

Sherbie, that's great news! I was a little worried, since my night went so well, that maybe the bad luck didn't make it back after all. I expect I'll have a crappy weekend to make up for it. Wink

Poppy, the late show is good, but then you have to deal with unruly teens/college students and the occasional drunk (especially in a theater like mine, which is attached to a casino). There's always a win/lose ratio to deal with. Smile

As far as the book is concerned, I'm sticking with my usual outlook on life: hope for the best, prepare for the worst. So I hope it's out by Christmas, but I expect it won't be out until next summer...

--Mike

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Neldoreth - Jul 2, 2004 4:34 am (#431 of 2955)

Hello everyone! For the last day of the week, instead of working as I'm supposed to, I spent a few hours trying to create my homepage. I just wanted to have your opinion, its only one page, I still havent been able to get other pages working, but I will try this weekend. What do you think of it?

A word before: I havent posted any presentation yet, purpose of this was to find a place where I could post the Lists from the new Geeky Movie Details-Thread...

So enjoy! and I welcome any tipps, cos I'm absolutely no computer-specialist...

http://www.angelfire.com/un/nel/bienvenue/

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boop - Jul 2, 2004 4:56 am (#432 of 2955)

Good Morning Everyone Happy Friday!!!! I hope everyone has a fun and safe holiday weekend.

Lindsey, it sure is tough typing with fingers crossed,but I won't uncross them. I know everything is going to work out. Then can't wait to see pictures of this beautiful new home.

Fawkes, LOL your niece will keep you very busy. Enjoy her they are alot of work, but worth every minute you spend with them.. They like to be independent at this age. Next weekend I will have my granddaughter and grandson for 3 days. Their parents are going away for the weekend. This will be the first time Dustin is away from his mom over night. So this should be very interesting. At least I have big sister to help make Dustin feel more at home.

Everyone have a great day!!!!

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Chemyst - Jul 2, 2004 5:37 am (#433 of 2955)

Great news Sherbie. Even if you are not popping the cork, you can still put the champagne on ice! Jackie, (Hem-Hem, right?) study in Israel sounds wonderful. Are you planning to study religious history or something else? Fawkes, here's my unsolicited advice on a two-year old: Never give them an open-ended question to ask them what they want; ask them only if they want choice A or choice B.

My speculating on the release date for HbP goes like this: The death eaters were originally known as the Knights of Walpurgis. (nobility theme) Walpurgis Night, (intentional pun on JKR"s part) is April 30, opposite the calendar from Halloween. The Lexicon has a footnote on the Death Eater page that says it was named after St. Walburga, protector against witchcraft, whose feast is the next day, May 1. Since May 1st is a Sunday in 2005, (and since Harry isn't Jewish,) I'm going to predict they'll aim for Saturday, April 30.

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Catherine - Jul 2, 2004 5:49 am (#434 of 2955)

Happy Friday, everyone!

Sherbie, congrats on the inspection!

We're going to the Chesapeake Bay this weekend to celebrate the 4th of July (Independence Day for the foreign wizards!) and there's no internet connection. I will miss the Forum and my daily HP fix!

We'll think of Weasley's Wildfire Whiz-bangs on the 4th. We like to sit on my dad's boat in the bay and watch the fireworks show. I don't think I'll see anything as interesting as Fred and George's fireworks, though!

Drive safely, play safely with fireworks (if at all!), and enjoy!

Cheers!

Catherine

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Loopy Lupin - Jul 2, 2004 6:34 am (#435 of 2955)

Yes, a happy holiday weekend to all. I too am going to be in the Chesapeake Bay area (Virginia Beach to be precise). I shall be fighting the crowds to take my nephews to Spiderman; after that, it'll all be easy.

Cya everyone!

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septentrion - Jul 2, 2004 6:50 am (#436 of 2955)

about the amazon notification list, I know that amazon.fr sometimes make that kind of lists a lot of monthes before the release, so I don't expect HbP before march 2005, as many other forumers.

Happy belated birthday to Tomoé and Miréimé, and to those I missed.

Sherbie, it's almost done ! I'm glad for you and crossing my fingers and more.

Neldoreth, your site is nice (I love the popcorn on the side) but the first page is too long. Can't you splint it in several pages ? Well, that's just my humble opinion.

Fawkes, happy week-end, sure you'll be exhausted but monday you'll be able to rest at work !

Flame, we haven't seen enough of you these last days, I hope your computer will work again soon.

Jackie, you could surely find some computer or cyber café in Israël, couldn't you ? BTW, I'm going there in october with my church, I'll have a thought for you.

Happy 4th of July to american people.

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Dumbledore - Jul 2, 2004 8:33 am (#437 of 2955)

Hey everybody! Happy fourth of July weekend to all Americans, and happy Friday to everyone else!

Congrats, Sherbie, on the great house news! You definitely deserve it.

As for the release of HBP, the sooner, the better. I can't wait!

Nothing much going on in my life right now, so I suppose I'll end this post now. Good luck and congrats to all it applies to! Have a happy holiday and great weekend, everybody!!!

-Lauren

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Fawkes Forever - Jul 2, 2004 9:28 am (#438 of 2955)

Woohooo, it's the weekend everyone.... thanks for the advice on baby sitting Boop & Chemyst.... I'll remember that

Just wanted to say, Happy 4th of July to all my American buddies. Hope you all have a wonderful (& safe) weekend. I love sparklers myself.... especially the coloured ones... they always remind me of Hallowe'en....

<-- Some Weasleys Wildfire Fireworks for you all... have a good one ....

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Chris. - Jul 2, 2004 9:33 am (#439 of 2955)

Hello Forum-ers!

Happy July 4th to all Americans. Hope you have a great day!

-As for the release of HbP, I hope around June/July 2005 or earlier. The earlier the better, in my opinion!

Hope everyone has/had a great day! Byee!

EDIT: Great smileys, Fawkes! The hat-man made me laugh.

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Julia. - Jul 2, 2004 9:59 am (#440 of 2955)

Phew. Lindsey, that's great news about your house, I'll have the butterbeer ready for Wednesday at 1:00. Hope everyone has a good weekend. Happy Fourth of July to all the Americans, Happy weekend to everyone else. Tonight there are fireworks in a neighboring town, so I'm heading to a Wal-Mart parking lot to watch the Weasleys Wildfire Fireworks with my family. Have a good one every body!

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Tomoé - Jul 2, 2004 10:25 am (#441 of 2955)

Happy Independence Day to all American (and watch out for aliens, I couldn't resist, sorry ^_~)!

I'll be back Sunday evening or Monday, it's now time-turner time ! ^_^

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Liz - Jul 2, 2004 12:35 pm (#442 of 2955)

Happy fourth to you all who are celebrating Independence Day.

Have fun watching fireworks. ******<--------cheap imitation of fireworks

Have a great time, and remember those who gave their lives for our independence.

Liz

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DJ Evans - Jul 2, 2004 1:06 pm (#443 of 2955)

Gosh, it's the weekend finally and a holiday weekend at that for those in the US. Here's hoping everyone, no matter where you are, has a fantastic weekend. And for those who will be celebrating the 4th of July--definitely have a safe one!!!!

And yes, it looks like it is going to be a wet one for me. Storms keep popping up all over the place. One minute the sun looks like it might be about to come out and the next a big black cloud rolls in with buckets of rain ready to fall!!! Don't really mind the rain/storms that much, except when it gets bad enough to shut down the computer and you have to unplug it. I've unplugged this poor thing so many times in the last 24 hours it's not funny!!!!

Mike, congratulations on your new car!!! Is it just me, or is that new car smell just one of the best?

Neldoreth, liked your site. I know you said you would be getting more pages added, so that should take care of how long it is. But could I make a suggestion? And I might be the only one who has this problem, but if you could take the font size up by just one maybe--it ought to help in reading it. When there is a long paragraph I noticed that it was kinda hard to flow down to the next line. Like I said, I might be the only one who had that trouble--& that is very likely as the ol' eyes aren't what they used to be--but I thought you could give it some thought there. And I loved your choice of background color!!!!

Betty, it does sound like you are going to have a very adventuress weekend coming up next week!!! But I bet it is one that you will end up having a tons of memories to store away! If I read you right, I bet you will make the weekend so packed full of fun that the kiddies won't even notice that their parents aren't there!!!

Everybody take care and have a "blast" of a weekend!!! Deb

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Liz Mann - Jul 2, 2004 1:23 pm (#444 of 2955)

A quick question about my site (darn the changes not showing up properly on my computer!). Actually, a few questions. 1) What is the countdown counting down til? 2) What does the 'summary' for Date With Draco say? 3) Can you see an author's note, disclaimer and feedback message at the top of the actual story?

Much appreciated.

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Hem Hem - Jul 2, 2004 1:41 pm (#445 of 2955)

For Serpentrion and Chemyst: I'm going to study at the Michlalah Jerusalem College for Women Overseas Program, which is a full-time Judaic Studies program. And although there are internet cafes around the neighborhood, it's against school policy to use them. Additionally, I'll have very little free time. The school does have a computer lab where I'll have about an hour of email access per week, but I'm pretty sure that they won't let me web browse....

But internet restrictions aside, I'm really very excited to go!

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Padfoot - Jul 2, 2004 2:11 pm (#446 of 2955)

Yea Sherbie!!!!!! *does happy dance for you* What a relief. Soon you will moving in and loving your new home.

Have a Happy 4th of July and enjoy those fireworks. And everybody not in the USA, have a great weekend.

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Pinky - Jul 2, 2004 2:24 pm (#447 of 2955)

And a belated Happy Canada Day to all our Canadian members! Sorry this is a day late.

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Neldoreth - Jul 2, 2004 2:50 pm (#448 of 2955)

happy 4th July to all US-folk!

Holiday has just begun here in France for all kids, how lucky they are to have two months free !

DJ Evans, Thanks for your advice, I'll se what I can do that could be indeed an important improvement!

Last word for the European Football competition: finale is on sunday, so let the best win (between Portugal and Grece)! All members from lands, I wish we will have a great finale-play!

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Liz Mann - Jul 2, 2004 3:20 pm (#449 of 2955)

Hey, nobody's answered my question. *pouts*

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Sherbie Lemon - Jul 2, 2004 3:41 pm (#450 of 2955)

Mike, hopefully the bad luck will stay suspended someplace in between you and me, not affecting either of us! But if we encounter a problem with the closing between now and Wednesday, at least I'll have someone to blame! I'm glad you had a good night; here's hoping you survive the Spiderman mania.

Tomoe, sounds like you've been quite busy lately! Have you moved already, or are you still in the process? I didn't know you were writing an essay for the lexicon, what's it about?

Betty, thanks for not uncrossing your fingers yet! Unfortunately, we're not totally out of the woods until Wednesday afternoon. I hope by then your fingers will be able to uncross!

Septentrion, thanks for not uncrossing either!

Thanks, Fawkes! I love your fireworks.

Dumbledore, if I didn't deserve the house earlier, I think I probably do now! Enough stress already, let's get to the fun part!

Thanks for the butterbeer, Julia! I hope you'll have one with me on Wednesday!Bottoms Up

Sorry about the storms, Deb, I think I may have sent them that way! We've had so much rain the past three weeks, it seems more like April than July! Now however, it's as hot as a southern summer day should be.Sun 2

*Dancing around with Padfoot*Too Happy

And thanks to Chemyst and Catherine for the congrats!

We still have to undergo an FHA inspection, but our finance lady knows the inspector and says he's very fair, so I'm not nearly as concerned about this one as I was about the city inspection.

I don't have any plans for the fourth, other than the traditional fireworks viewing. Since this is the first weekend I've had off in about two months, I'm looking forward to just vegging out and packing up our bedroom. Have a safe and happy holiday, everyone!
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DJ Evans - Jul 2, 2004 3:45 pm (#451 of 2955)

Hey Liz, I just got on and saw your post. I went to your web site and the counter has "....days left until PoA on video and DVD". I also see a note that would be a disclaimer and telling about the site. But in regard to "the 'summary' for Date With Draco...", I don't see anything pertaining to that. I could just be missing it or is there a link to another site to that? I hope that helps you some?

Later, Deb

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timrew - Jul 2, 2004 3:46 pm (#452 of 2955)

Tomoe and Mireime, belated Happy Birthday greetings!

To everyone in the good ole USA - A Happy 4th July to you all!

And I still haven't seen the film. Was going to see it tomorrow, but something came up to put it off for yet another week!

I just hope it's worth the wait!

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Chemyst - Jul 2, 2004 9:23 pm (#453 of 2955)

Liz, ??? Yes, yes, the countdown clock is showing days to PA home video/DVD. Date with Draco summary: There must be more girls in Hermione's dormatory than just her, Parvati and Lavender. What happens when one of them, particuarly a muggle-born, gets asked on a date by Draco Malfoy. Disclaimer: Two characters belong to me. Everything else is J.K's. Feedback: Yes please! Go to The Common Room. And remember...

I can see what you were asking about, but I can't always get back to the home page from the common room messageboard.

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Leviosa - Jul 3, 2004 1:21 am (#454 of 2955)

Great to hear that everything went well, Lindsey! I hope the next inspection will be ok, too. I would have never believe that there are so many things to go through when building a house.

I finally have all my things packed for Budapest and I have taken CoS with me of course (I absolutely need a HP book) I hope to find some clues for HbP. I'm also taking a HP pj and HP socks with me (what would I do without that?!) I'm off to the train station in about quarter an hour. I just hope that everything will go well. I'm so excited!

All Americans have a great 4th July!

And all non-Americans have a great weekend, too!

I'll be back in a week then. Bye!

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Liz Mann - Jul 3, 2004 7:57 am (#455 of 2955)

Thanks Chemyst and DJ. Much appreciated.

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Ponine - Jul 3, 2004 8:30 am (#456 of 2955)

I am sorry to just take up space, but I don't understand this thing... How I find other's thoughts on what I am contemplating, Where to discuss, how I know who else is on - It seems silly to even write this message, because I bet I will never find it again - much less any replies... Oh, and by the way - Happy 4th of July to the Americans in here - and to all others as well, of course Smile Ponine.

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haymoni - Jul 3, 2004 8:32 am (#457 of 2955)

boop - are things still on for the 18th?

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Madam Poppy - Jul 3, 2004 8:54 am (#458 of 2955)

Ponine, you managed to make your first post! Pretty good really. So I don't get overwhelmed, I keep a little list of the Threads (or topics) I want to revisit. I have always thought that this Forum was the easiest to get around and the easiest to add my own comments. Be sure and check out our Philosophy of this Forum Thread. Welcome!

Poppy

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tracie1976 - Jul 3, 2004 9:23 am (#459 of 2955)

Yes they are haymoni. *counting down the days*

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Dumbledore - Jul 3, 2004 2:18 pm (#460 of 2955)

Hello everybody! Happy 4th of July weekend to all Americans, and happy weekend to everybody else!

Sherbie Lemon, I am still crossing my fingers for you!

Leviosa, have a superb time in Budapest!

Yesterday I saw some "pre-4th of July fireworks" at a Fireman's Fair near my time. They were very enjoyable, and can't wait to see some more tomorrow!

Today my family went to the beach...not much to say about that. It was fun, but the ocean was very cold. I spent most of the time reading my book about Elizabeth I! It's really very interesting.

Well, that's all for now. Have a great weekend and/or holiday everybody!!!

-Lauren

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Chemyst - Jul 3, 2004 5:07 pm (#461 of 2955)

Ponine, Welcome. I really think the best way to get use to a new forum is trial and error. Just sit down and start clicking and reading. When you find something interesting, back up to see how you got there. It is a lot like moving to a new neighborhood. You learn your way around by going outside and walking or driving the streets. This forum is so big that you need a couple hours to get a good sampling, but once you are familiar with it, you can pop in and out to check your favorite things and see what is new. Today, for instance, since my computer is right off my kitchen, I'm here just long enough to check chat while I wait for the water to boil for the strawberry/whipped cream/blueberry - red, white & blue - 4th of July dessert I'm making. Just plunge in and don't apologize for taking up space. I've yet to see a post that doesn't! (Granted, some on the Vote thread come close )

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scully jones - Jul 3, 2004 6:18 pm (#462 of 2955)

I've been visiting with my neice recently, and there's quite a few new pictures on my site, now, if you're interested. go here to see them

Talk to you all again soon!

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haymoni - Jul 3, 2004 7:48 pm (#463 of 2955)

I always feel such a sense of accomplishment when I have read all of the posts but it is such a let-down waiting for the next new post!!!

Things seem to be quiet tonight - I don't know if it is because of the 4th of July weekend or what.

I went into the Chat room before - a few people were there. I took the kids to see a quick fireworks display at 10:00 pm EST and now we're back.

Hope everyone has a good weekend.

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The giant squid - Jul 3, 2004 11:43 pm (#464 of 2955)

Deb: Thanks. Smile When I first got into the new car, I couldn't figure out why it smelled funny...then I realized what it was--it was clean Very Happy

Sherbie: Well, I didn't get called in on my days off, so the bad luck hasn't made it back to me. Hopefully, it got lost somewhere in between. Maybe it made a left turn at Albuquerque. Wink

--Mike

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Dr Filibuster - Jul 4, 2004 3:47 am (#465 of 2955)

I've been fighting a losing battle with the posts since the beginning of May when I came back from my holidays.

I'd got down to the 1500 level until my trip to London this week when it shot up again. So....the "mark as read" button has been pressed.

On a lighter note...calling all members from the USA....if it's raining today just grab a portkey to Diagon Alley for your Wet Start fireworks!!!! Have a great day. Hmm, might set some off myself. My second nephew was born a couple of hours ago. Baby William, 9 pounds 1 ounce.

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boop - Jul 4, 2004 5:15 am (#466 of 2955)

Sue, Alright . I hope mum and baby are fine.

To my fellow Americans:Have a safe and happy day.

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tracie1976 - Jul 4, 2004 5:39 am (#467 of 2955)

Hello everyone.

Have a happy and safe 4th of July to us Americans

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Flame Alligator - Jul 4, 2004 5:58 am (#468 of 2955)

Happy 4th of July American Potterphiles!!

Timrew, Sorry to read that you have not seen PoA yet.

Ponine, I just want to add to the other advice about using the forum and the lexicon. Be patient. I was on the lexicon for weeks before I even found the forum. I was too busy reading the rest of the lexicon. First time on, I read for 5 hours straight. Trial and error really is the best way.

Giant Squid, That smell isn't just "clean", it is the "new car scent". Enjoy. (aroma therapy, baby)

Sherbie, I am still doing the good fortune mudra for you. Whew! At least you are on the home stretch.

Guys, I have been relatively happy this week considering, my computer is "possessed". Hopefully, this next week it will be "cleansed". I am a bit worried, as this year in particular, whenever I am happy......... the other shoe drops and something bad happens to me. Joy has to be balance out with.... Well, my computer being nuts could be the bad thing. I hope so. No matter, I will go with the flow. Thus, prevailing.

I have a huge amount of catching up to do on my pet threads. What was that about the mark as read thing?

Have a great weekend everybody! Oh yeah......... don't eat too much.

Goedemorgen!

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Marè - Jul 4, 2004 8:30 am (#469 of 2955)

From reading you post, Ponine, i think you start at the beginning of a thread, and then make your reply to a post. but that reply always goes to the end of all the posts, so it might be nowhere near the post you answered to.

So to go to your post and the end of the line, use the grey "recent" button just below the thread title.

Hoping you find this post... you can always find some of your own posts by using the "search" button (look in the teal area) and type in your own username.

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VeronikaG - Jul 4, 2004 8:32 am (#470 of 2955)

Happy 4th of July to all Americans!!

I'm off the forum for a few days, and the Lex wins Jo's award. Everything fun happens when I'm not here. Maybe I should come here less often?

Happy birthday to Jim, Tomoé, Mireimé and the last person who I have already forgotten who was. *Hangs head in shame*

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Dumbledore - Jul 4, 2004 8:39 am (#471 of 2955)

HAPPY 4th OF JULY TO ALL AMERICANS!!!!

My family and I are probably going to go into New York City today to see some fireworks. It should be really fun, and a great way to spend the holiday. How about other members of the Lex? What are you doing for the holiday?

Right now I am just really looking forward to my trip to Europe in 6 days. It really seems close now. I am going to London, Paris, Venice, and Rome for 2 weeks, so my family and I only have a few days in each city. It will definitely be an amazing experience though, and I can't put into words how excited I am!

Congrats Dr. Filibuster on the birth of your nephew!

Sherbie Lemon, I am stil crossing my fingers for you!

Have a great holiday and/or day everbody!!!!!!

-Lauren

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Sherbie Lemon - Jul 4, 2004 9:19 am (#472 of 2955)

Congratulations, Sue! 9 pounds, that's a good-sized baby! I hope mother and son are doing well.

Flame, my dad is upgrading our computer for us before we move into our house. Unfortunately, he found that my hard drive (the one I had stored all of my important papers on for over two years) crashed and cannot be saved. So I needless to say, understand your computer woes! I hope that it can be "cleansed" and you will then feel like you've got a brand new computer!

Lauren, I'm so envious about your trip to Europe, but on the other hand, I'm thrilled for you too! I'm sure you will have a wonderful time and bring home many interesting stories to share with us.

Unfortunately, it looks like it may rain here. I think I'll have to do as Sue suggested and take a portkey over to Diagon Alley to pick up some of Fillibuster's Wet-Start Fireworks. Usually it's so hot here on Independence Day that we rarely venture out until the evening; I don't recall it ever raining here on the 4th. I hope it clears up! Have a spectacular holiday, all!
Liberty Bell Flag 2 Smiley Of Liberty

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Gina R Snape - Jul 4, 2004 11:10 am (#473 of 2955)

Woof. I miss a couple days on this thread and I just can't catch up!!! So, I had to skim and skip past 80+ messages. Happy birthday to anyone I missed.

Prefect Marcus---I really don't want to know how you know that little factoid about Guinea Pigs...

Happy 4th of July everyone!

Oh, and Julia K, I responded to your email.

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DJ Evans - Jul 4, 2004 11:26 am (#474 of 2955)

HAPPY 4th !!!!!!

Sure hope everyone is having a great weekend, no matter where you are!!!

Mike, I know what you mean about not recognizing the new "smell"--it's not very often many of us get to experience that, so enjoy!! What cracks me up is they do sell a "new" smell fragrance for a person to spray in their cars!! So I can just picture someone with an old junk car spraying it throughout their rusty old car! Hee Hee Yeah, that would definitely "fool" me if I was getting into their car.

Sue--how fabulous on the new nephew!!!! Congratulations to you and his new Mommy and Daddy!!!!! I'm sure you've already read some of HP to him, right? hee hee

Flame, been there done that with my old computer!!! Isn't it the biggest hassle to go through? I've had the new one for just over a year now and it is amazing how much JUNK I have acquired on it. I've been thinking of wiping everything clean and start off fresh again. I've notice it goes through it's spells when it wants to work great and others, it gets really slow--so it's time for a "spring cleaning"!!!!!

Sherbie, I feel for you on losing your files!!! Is there by "any" chance that you might have some of them saved on a disk somewhere? Computers are such a wondrous invention, yet they can be a huge pain in the "you know what" sometimes!!!!

Dumbledore, I am so jealous of you, getting to go to all of those wonderful places!!! All of the places you are going, I would love to see at some point in my life, but I think London would be my number one choice!!! I have always thought a trip to London would be so fascinating!!!

We didn't really do anything special for the holiday this year. Like Sherbie's location--it's been raining/storming off and on all day so far. Right now, it looks like it just might be clearing up--hope so. I think it was Catherine Allen that is going to see a firework show in Chesapeake Bay from her Dad's boat!!! I thought that sounded like such a very neat/cool way to see them myself!!!!

Later, Deb

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Leila 2X4B - Jul 4, 2004 11:31 am (#475 of 2955)

Happy Fourth to everyone on the forum. It is great to interact with all the Potterphiles from all over. The only two that interact with me about Potter is my five year old daughter(no interesting conversations aside from the effects of Mandrakes) and my cat who lay upon my books every chance he gets. Congrats to the new parents. And Happy Birthday to all celebrating one.

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Julia. - Jul 4, 2004 11:40 am (#476 of 2955)

Yay! All sorts of good news going on here! First off, Happy Fourth of July to all Americans. And to everyone else, A very Happy Sunday to you!

Sue, a great big MAZEL TOV to you and your family on the birth of your nephew. New babies are so cool.

Lauren, have a great time in Europe, be sure to bang into random walls at Kings Cross! I'd love to go with you, but as I can't, I'll just tell you what i always tell people going away...have more fun than is legally allowed and bring me back a keychain!

Flame, I'm sorry to hear that you're not doing so well. Hope your computer and everything else gets better really really soon!

Well, must be off, I have a whole mornings worth of posts to catch up on!

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Padfoot - Jul 4, 2004 4:47 pm (#477 of 2955)

Congratulations Sue on your new nephew!

I am at my great aunt's cabin on a lake. So my family is going out on the lake to see the fireworks tonight. Should be great, just hope it stops raining.

Have a great holiday and stay safe. Happy 4th of July everyone!

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Pinky - Jul 4, 2004 8:07 pm (#478 of 2955)

I just have to share... we went to see fireworks this evening. We had just parked and gotten out of the car, when the door slid open on the mini-van next to us. Out hopped a small boy (age 5?) waving a wand and hollering "Wingardium Leviosa! Wingardium Leviosa!" His older sister (age 8?), with red hair, shook her finger at him and said, "No, no. You're doing it all wrong. You're going to poke somebody's eye out!" I almost died laughing.

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Julia. - Jul 4, 2004 8:25 pm (#479 of 2955)

LOL! *Insert cool laughing smilie here, you know, the one with the smilie laughing so hard he's crying and poining* That is too funny Pinky!

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DJ Evans - Jul 4, 2004 8:29 pm (#480 of 2955)

Oh Pinky, what a great story!!!! Did you feel like you were right at home--the Harry Potter world that is? Thanks for sharing that, it made my evening!!!

Later, Deb

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Tomoé - Jul 4, 2004 11:30 pm (#481 of 2955)

I'm back from the 12th century. That was so hot, don't know how much (no one had a thermometer of course ^_^) but the air was still and the sun unbearable. It was much better a night though.

That school sounds pretty strict Hem Hem. I hope would find what you are looking for there (I mean, no internet, what they are thinking! ^_^).

Congratulation for your nephew Sue!

Thanks for the Canada Day Pinky, I completely forgot that one too. I'm hopeless. ^_^

I have moved already Sherbie, all that's left is to re-built my computer desk and my computer, my dad will do it tomorrow (I'm at my parent's right now). And the essay for the Lexicon is about history of magic, or at least pre-History, Antiquity and Early Middle-Ages of magic. I'm still working on pre-History, gathering loads of raw information like women use to have a average of 6 to 7 children in their life, 60% of these children will reach the age of 19. Hunter-gatherer population are mainly regulated by lack of resources, settled population are mainly regulated by epidemics. The world population may have reached 1.5 million during the last Ice Age, 152 millions in 400BC. Magic wands are definitely Celtic. Stuff like that.

Ponine, my trick was to read one thread at a time and copy what people said in a word file when a had a comment to add, then write my thoughts bellow and send a huge post with all my observations when I'm done with it.

A trip in Europe in 6 days Dumbledore, London, Paris, Venice, and Rome, I wish I could afford it. ^_^

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septentrion - Jul 5, 2004 12:25 am (#482 of 2955)

congrats Sue for your nephew ! Will you spoil him ? Wink

Lauren, you're going to see some of the most beautiful places of Europe. I know London, Paris and Venice and each one has its own spirit, its own atmosphere. You'll need several day to absorb (is it a right word ?) all these sensations.

Tomoé, that's a great job to my mind to write an essay for the lex. I've been welcome in the team who's working about the french version of the site but I don't still know what I'm going to do, probably some translations (far easier than to write an essay !)

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Fawkes Forever - Jul 5, 2004 2:39 am (#483 of 2955)

Hope those in the US are enjoying their holiday..... the rest of us are jealous

Sue congrats on your new Nephew.... any names yet? Hope mum & baby are doing well.

Tim, I can't believe that you haven't seen the movie yet.... wow. I thought I was patient waiting a whole 5 days after the release... lol. I can't wait to hear what you thought of it....

Hi Flame... hope you manage to exorcise those computer demons....

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Flame Alligator - Jul 5, 2004 7:34 am (#484 of 2955)

Dumbledore, How I envy you the trip you are taking. Have a blast of a good time.

Sherbie, I am so sorry to read about your computer crash. I had one of those a couple of months back. I lost everything too. My computer guy is picking up my computer Wednesday.

Sue, Congrats on the nephew.

Pinky, Thanks for the HP story.

To all who have sympathized with my computer woes,....... thanks so much. I am not really distressed. It is just that I get a lot of "drama" while I am trying to read and post on the Lex. I am actually taking my computer problems in stride. After all, it is only a machine. It can't help it.

Fawkes, "The Exorcist" comes Wednesday. *wiping away computer spew*. I hope you had a good weekend.

It's Monday but it sure doesn't feel like it to me.

Goedemorgen y'all!

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Dumbledore - Jul 5, 2004 8:12 am (#485 of 2955)

Good morning, everybody!

Thanks for all the well-wishes on the trip! I really am very excited!

Yesterday I went with my family to see the Macy's fireworks in New York City. We got there about 2 hours early so we got an excellent view from the Franklin D. Roosevelt Expressway. The fireworks were really amazing, and a great way to celebrate Independence Day. How did all you Lex members celebrate the holiday?

Flame, I'm really sorry to hear about the computer troubles. At least you're still able to post! I hope everything works out well.

Pinky, that was a great story! It's always nice to hear a good Harry Potter story to cheer you up!

Have a great week everybody!

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boop - Jul 5, 2004 8:14 am (#486 of 2955)

Happy Monday to Everyone. I hope everyone had a nice weekend. I got a lot of cleaning done. My daughter moved out in her own home so I have the house to myself. Wow it is nice!! What I cleaned yesterday is still in its place today. It is really quiet too. I still have some organizing to get done, so that is what I'm going to work on today. I have so much room now its unbelievable, hehehe.

Have a nice day everyone.

Annie that was a really cute story thanks for sharing it with us.

hugs to everyone

Betty

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Madam Poppy - Jul 5, 2004 8:53 am (#487 of 2955)
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I climbed up on my roof and sat in a folding lawn chair to watch our fireworks. They shoot them off over the Columbia River. From that height, I could see all the people that were firing off their own illegal arial fireworks. Our dog was a nervous wreck.

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Flame Alligator - Jul 5, 2004 9:07 am (#488 of 2955)

Madam Poppy, Awwww.... your poor doggy. Well at least you got quite a show.

The Exorcist is here. Yay!!!! I will be gone a few days. I will miss you guys. *wiping away computer spew again* Well, I better go. I want to get a little Internet shopping done and put some things on disc before he starts working on my computer.

Fawkes, Top of the morning to ya for Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday. I hope I will be back by Friday.

Veronika G. Glad we chatted yesterday, girlfriend.

doei (Dutch for bye pronounced dewey) everybody!!

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Devika - Jul 5, 2004 10:23 am (#489 of 2955)

Hi everyone! Does anybody remember me... from the times I actually used to post!! Well... I've been on a particularly long holiday. I was in London for a month... that basically meant that I caught PoA on the 1st of June... I know it's old news but this is the only place where I can share it! Since then I've been with relatives on a family reunion, getting to know distant cousins and eating extremely unhealthy, fattening and absolutely delicious food!! I have more than 500 posts here to catch up on, so please forgive me if I have no clue about what's happening on the forum... I just don't think I'm capable of doing so many posts!! Apart from that.. well... I heard that the new book will be called "Harry Potter and the half blood Prince"... can someone tell me if and where that's being discussed. I'll end this here right now and catch up with other stuff...

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boop - Jul 5, 2004 10:34 am (#490 of 2955)

Devida, Welcome back we missed you. I hope you had a great time. Sounds like the food was great. Good luck catching up on all the posts. There is that button at the top you can always push*mark as read*!!!

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Pinky - Jul 5, 2004 2:13 pm (#491 of 2955)

Welcome back, Devika! I remember you! There is most definitely a thread discussing the new book, and yes, the title really is "Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince." It's just a little farther down, and titled: "Book 6 Title! *JKR.com spoilers*"

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Sherbie Lemon - Jul 5, 2004 6:26 pm (#492 of 2955)

Good evening, all. I hope everyone had a safe and happy 4th, though I guess Madame Poppy's dog is the exception, poor thing! We didn't do much, dodged thunderstorms and enjoyed a little family time. I haven't heard anything about the house, so I suppose everything is going fine; no news is good news, right? As of today, we are still set to close on Wednesday. I'm quite excited and I'll be sure to let everyone know how it went and pass around a few butterbeers! Nevertheless, we still are awaiting FHA inspection, so keep your fingers crossed just in case!

Flame, I'm glad you're getting your computer problems sorted out! Though it will be hard to be without the forum for a couple days, I'm sure you'll be happy to have a nice, fresh, computer.Computer Don't worry about my hard drive, I'm one that keeps a hard copy of everything, so I can always re-type my papers and save them, though I'm a little skiddish about computers right now!

Deb, I hope the rain passed you by and you were able to enjoy your holiday!

Devika, welcome back! Have fun discussing Book 6! It sounds like you had a wonderful time on your holiday, I'd love to be able to go to London for a month. Did you bang into various walls at King's Cross?

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Julia. - Jul 5, 2004 8:30 pm (#493 of 2955)

Devika? DEVIKA!!! I thought you'd gotten lost in the black whole of the Forum! Glad to see you escaped. Welcome back, and good luck catching up on all the posts you missed.

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septentrion - Jul 6, 2004 12:54 am (#494 of 2955)

welcome back, Devika. I've been wondering when we see you again.

I agree with you, Sherbie, no news is good news, you're so closed of the goal !

Everyne one have a good tuesday !

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VeronikaG - Jul 6, 2004 2:54 am (#495 of 2955)

Welcome back, Devika!

Good news for me, in a few days I'm getting ADSL, which comes with a flat rate. Then I can move in to the forum, not worrying about the size of the bill. Possibly get to read all the new posts as well.

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Neldoreth - Jul 6, 2004 3:13 am (#496 of 2955)

Veronika, thats excellent news: I've adsl since May too and its so great: you will indeed enjoy it!

Have all a good day (at work for the lot of us who gets luckily some comfort in this Forum during the hard labour.../ and for the others, you lucky people on holiday, enjoy your time!)

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megfox - Jul 6, 2004 7:12 am (#497 of 2955)

Hope everyone had a wonderful, relaxing, and not too wet Fourth. We got eaten alive by mosquitos at the fireworks, and I saw two guys *almost* get into a fistfight while I was driving to see my family (ahhh, road rage) but otherwise, it was a great day.

Sherbie, I am thinking about you and your house! Good Luck!

I also just wanted to let you all know that Andy and I made a website for info about our wedding, and after we get back from the honeymoon, we will be posting pictures (for all of you who have helped me with the dress and have asked to see it!) Right now it's mostly directions and menu, and things like that, but if you would like to go to it, here is the link: Andy and Meg.

And, I will be gone for a few days starting tomorrow. Have fun while I am gone! I will miss you guys! I am bringing Sorceror's Stone with me on the honeymoon just in case I get some HP withdrawal!

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Padfoot - Jul 6, 2004 10:02 am (#498 of 2955)

Sherbie, Love the "George" and "John" lookalikes.

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DJ Evans - Jul 6, 2004 12:16 pm (#499 of 2955)

Hey, Welcome Back Devika!!!! It hasn't been the same without you!

Meg, just checked out your web site and "love" the pic of you and Andy!!! Hope the dress is coming along nicely along with everything else there is to get ready for the big event!!

Well Sherbie, I'm sorry to say that the rain is still around. Though it isn't raining every minute of the day, it goes in spurts. I'm definitely getting my exercise by having to crawl under the desk to unplug everything when one of the thunder storms come through!!!

I'm jealous of those with DSL---no fair!!!! I so wish my area got it--goodness anything has to be better than this stupid dial-up. Hope you enjoy the heck out of it VeronikaG!!!!

Later, Deb

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Mrs. Sirius - Jul 6, 2004 1:09 pm (#500 of 2955)

Have you seen JKR's answer to the Mark Evans question??! It's on her site. Uh ohhhh, be on the luck out for suspicious persons bearing goatee!
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Sherbie Lemon - Jul 6, 2004 1:19 pm (#501 of 2955)

I haven't heard anything about the house, so I suppose everything is going fine; no news is good news, right?
Famous last words. Today, I called my realtor to find out when we are scheduled to do our walk-through, only to discover that the *@#*^%# city never inspected or approved our driveway. Mad This means that we cannot get our occupancy notice by tomorrow, which means that we cannot close. Even in the very slight chance that the inspector comes by today, it will not be in the computer until tomorrow, and tomorrow is one day too late. Right now, our lender and realtor are working frantically to try to find a way around this, but frankly, it doesn't look good. You'd better be having the best day of your life, Mike! I'd hate to think that instead of remaining suspended in between us, the bad luck has struck us both.

Thanks, Meg, please keep hoping that a miracle happens! I can't wait to see your dress and wedding pictures! Have an excellent honeymoon.

Horray, Veronika! I don't know how people manage with dial-up! If my computer takes even thirty seconds to download something, I start rapping my fingers impatiently!Bang Your Head

Thanks, Padfoot! We had an excellent time last year. I would reccomend anyone in the Cleveland area to go to Abbey Road on the River, heck, even if you're not in the Ohio area, you should consider going! My mom and I drive 1100 miles every year just for the experience, of course, I am about as obsessed with the Beatles as I am with Harry Potter, so I suppose there's really not a distance I wouldn't travel. But, "a splendid time is guaranteed for all."

Keep your fingers crossed for me today, folks. I don't think we've ever needed some good luck more!

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Catherine - Jul 6, 2004 8:22 pm (#502 of 2955)

Well, we're back, and I can't believe that I missed the whole "Mark Evans" question while I was away! I haven't caught up on all the threads by any means, but I will be on the lookout for anyone wearing a fake goatee. (Hmmm, goatee, hmmm, is there any connections to GOATS, here? Aberforth....Ok, I am looking for connections where none exist)

I'm sending out Happy Birthdays to everyone I missed while I was away.

Sherbie, sorry about being caught up in the machinery of government. I know that things will work out. I'm sending you the Draught of Peace, and if that doesn't work, I'll prescribe a big hit of Firewhiskey.

Hope everyone enjoyed their weekend, and I'll look forward to catching up on all the posts I missed.

Catherine

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The giant squid - Jul 7, 2004 12:00 am (#503 of 2955)

Sherbie: AUGH! (as Charlie Brown used to say) I thought my day had been suitably cruddy, but apparently not. Someone in New Mexico is having a terrific Tuesday... Sad

I've finally survived Spider-Man 2 opening weekend, also known as...well, some words I can't say on the forum. Wink We thought everything was over with yesterday (Monday), as the day started out slow. Then at about 12:30 everyone came to the movies. We sold almost as many tickets Monday as we did on Saturday, and Saturday set an all-time sales record for our theater! To say things were crazy would be an understatement.

Oh! I just remembered...I found out Thursday I got a promotion. Starting in August I'll be in charge of training all the projectionists in our district (aka Las Vegas). Sorry Sherbie! I promise I'll stop having good things happen to me for a little while & let you catch up.

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Neldoreth - Jul 7, 2004 12:16 am (#504 of 2955)

Giant Squid! Congrats on your promotion! Your job is a very important one, it helps us dream in the cinemas... Last sunday, I watched PoA in a little theater near my home and at the end of the movie, as usual, I stayed till the last note of music to enjoy the endcredits etc... and as usual, I was the last person to get out. When I was walking through the corridor, I passed near the projection-room and couldnt resist to try and have a look inside

The projectionist was a cool guy, he let me in and I noticed the gigantic movie-film (whats the english name for "pellicule"?) and it was the PoA-one

Anyway, this long story only to congrat you and thank all people that do this job (which I supposed isnt every day that cheerful perhaps...)

I wish a good wednesday to everyone, all french-members here, beware of the storms that have been forecast today and welcome to all new members!

EDIT: "Pellicule" would be "Rollfilm"... ?

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The giant squid - Jul 7, 2004 12:22 am (#505 of 2955)

Thanks, Neldoreth. Usually, we projectionists only get noticed when the film's scratched or out of frame, the sound cuts out, etc. Wink

I'm not sure how "pellicule" would translate in to English, but it looks similar to "peculiar" which describes me most days. Smile

--Mike

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shepherdess - Jul 7, 2004 12:32 am (#506 of 2955)

Could it be "reel"?

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septentrion - Jul 7, 2004 12:42 am (#507 of 2955)

congrats Mike for your promotion, and I'm with Neldoreth in saying that your job is VERY important.

Sherbie, maybe my body-crossing isn't efficient. That kind of delay is so thrilling (?)

Neldoreth, here in Northern France, we shouldn't have any storm, just rain (as usual), but where you live, you have to be really aware. Hope you won't have to unplug your computer just when you're updating on the forum !

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Neldoreth - Jul 7, 2004 1:19 am (#508 of 2955)

yep septentrion, I'm at my workplace so they have practically all the needed safety-measures against storms and all the related dangers... it should be then possible for me to continue on checking the forum today (I've been at work since 9.00 am and havent been working very much actually, lots of interesting posts here and I just finished reading the entire "how old are Charlie and Bill"-thread...)

Back to work if I dont want points taken from my house...

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boop - Jul 7, 2004 2:01 am (#509 of 2955)

Mike Cograts on the job promotion. I am glad to hear your luck is still coming your way!!!!

Ihaveabothbuttock(Chris), Today is your Birthday!!!!!

Have a Great Wednesday Everyone!!!!

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Ihavebothbuttocks - Jul 7, 2004 5:00 am (#510 of 2955)

Actually, Betty, it's not. It's the 17th. But bless you anyway for thinking of me.

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VeronikaG - Jul 7, 2004 5:58 am (#511 of 2955)

Aww, Sherbie. Isn't that annoying?

Congratulation on getting a promotion, Mike! What would the movies be without guys like you, huh?

Good to see that people are not getting all depressed by the chance that I'll hang out on the forum a LOT more as soon as I get the DSL modem. They're mailing it to by postman, so it takes it's time to arrive. I'm looking in the mailbox every day, and get disappointed.

I finally got the result for my last final today. A slightly disappointing, but not unexpected C. (And the threshold for grades is a bit higher in Norway, like a B is almost like an A in the US, so C is acceptable.) I was guessing two C and a D before the finals, and instead I got two C and one B. Can't not be happy.

Flame, how are you girl? Been to see the clones again? OK, going to check out what Jo says about Mark Evans. I miss out on all these things when I have to worry about the Internet bill.

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haymoni - Jul 7, 2004 6:34 am (#512 of 2955)

Mike - congrats on the promo! Yours is a thankless job.

Everytime we go to the theater, my husband will point to one of the ushers and say, "Do you know who that guy is?" and everytime I fall for it:

He's the assistant to the assistant manager of the movie theater!

Gotta love "Fast Times"!

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Doris Crockford - Jul 7, 2004 6:38 am (#513 of 2955)

AAH! Sherbie, I am keeping my fingers crossed for you. I really hope you figure out a way to close.

Mike: Good job on the promotion! Your job is probably a lot more important than most of us moviegoers know.

Yesterday, I tried yoga for the first time (after you all had a big discussion about it a few months ago). I liked it, but it was like absolutely nothing I have done before. It was really relaxing (although since I'm on vacation, I'm pretty relaxed all the time). Last night we (in Ontario, Canada) got a huge thunderstorm. It actually woke me up, and I generally sleep through the night (once I fall asleep). Although I did have to go to the bathroom, so I may have woken up because of that instead. Hope you all have a good day (especially Sherbie).

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septentrion - Jul 7, 2004 7:31 am (#514 of 2955)

question for the US folks : how much cost the hardcover HP books in the US ? One of my colleagues go there in August and I wonder if I won't ask her to buy them to me, they're far too much expensive in France. Same question for the CD. Thanks for your answers.

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Prefect Marcus - Jul 7, 2004 7:39 am (#515 of 2955)

It all depends, Septentrion, where she buys them. The suggested prices can be found at www.Amazon.com. But there are a number of stores that discount them.

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Dumbledore - Jul 7, 2004 7:51 am (#516 of 2955)

Hello everybody and good morning!

Just popping in to say hello, not much to say here. My sister's birthday is today, so later we are going out to dinner at her favorite restaurant. And on tomorrow's day after tomorrow (it sounds sooner when you say it that way) is my trip to Europe which I am awfully excited about, which is why I keep bringing it up. Sorry to be annoying!

Sherbie, I really feel sorry about your rotten luck. I'm sending "good luck vibes" your way!

Mike, congrats on the promotion! Before a movie starts, I do tend to look back toward the reel just to see how it works!

Well, that's all for now!!! Have a great Wednesday, everbody!

-Lauren

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mike miller - Jul 7, 2004 8:06 am (#517 of 2955)

Sherbie - Sorry to hear about the last minute snag. Stay encouraged since both your realtor and lender have a vested interest in making this happen. You are not alone!

Mike - Congrats on the promotion. I'm sure the entire film going community in "Lost Wages" would thank you personnally if they only knew.

I'm still trying to catch up on all of the posts from 2 weeks ago when I was on vacation. I'm not giving up! The number of posts related to "recent announcements" and a couple of new thread is making it increasing difficult to get to everything. Keep those posts coming!

Edit - Wow post #517, my birthday 5/17/59

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Sherbie Lemon - Jul 7, 2004 8:38 am (#518 of 2955)

OK, we are not by a long shot in the clear yet, but I do have a bit of good news. It seems that our driveway was inspected last night and passed. The inspector has promised to put that information into the computer today, which means that we might get our occupancy notice by tomorrow. If we are lucky enough to get it by 1:00, then we will still get the bond. Our lender has given us 24 hours from today at 1:00 (when we are still going to sign the papers to close, though no money will change hands) to get our occupancy. I think I might lose my head completely today. What a roller-coaster ride this has been! At least the next time we buy a house, we won't qualify for FHA, so I won't have to worry about a stupid bond!

Well, then happy, er, post that looks like your birthday, Mike M! Thanks for the words of encouragement!

Thanks for the draught, Catherine. It hit the spot. Perhaps you can send me that firewhiskey today? I'm glad you're back from your vacation, and I hope your holiday was great.

Mike, I'm taking my little bit of good news to mean that your day is not going that well as of yet. Sorry about that, but if you could just withstand a little bad luck for a couple more days, I'll be happy to give you a break next week! Nevertheless, I'm thrilled that you got a promotion! Clapping As I didn't have an awful Thursday, I assume that poor person in New Mexico had a helluva day.

Septentrion, perhaps your body-crossing is indeed effective? Keep doing it, I promise you can unwind yourself on Friday!

Veronika, even though your grades might not be as high as desired, I'm sure you, like me, are simply glad your exams are over and your marks are in!

Doris, thanks for your kind words and well-wishing! It sounds like your vacation is doing its job, relaxing you! I'm glad you enjoyed yoga, too. As an fan, I love hearing that others like it as well (I typically ignore those who say they didn't care for it! ).

Lauren, thanks for the good vibes. Keep 'em coming!

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Julia. - Jul 7, 2004 8:45 am (#519 of 2955)

Good Luck with your house Sherbie, I'm thrilled to hear that your driveway passes inspection, I just hope you get you notice before 1:00 tomorrow. In the meantime I'll cross everything on my body that can be crossed, and chill some butterbeer for you

Have a great Wednesday everyone!

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Padfoot - Jul 7, 2004 9:44 am (#520 of 2955)
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Ok Sherbie, I will keep my fingers crossed for you. Oh the suspense!!!

Congratulations Mike on your promotion. That is great news.

Well I am still on vacation but will be headed home tomorrow. So I will not have the opportunity to check back in until Monday. So everybody have a great upcoming weekend! And stop posting so much! Yeah, like that is going to happen.

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DJ Evans - Jul 7, 2004 10:32 am (#521 of 2955)

Padfoot: "And stop posting so much! Yeah, like that is going to happen." Do you really want us all to stop posting so much? hee hee What fun would that be?

Sherbie--Oh, what GREAT news!!! I know it's not over yet, but it's looking better and better!! All of your Forum family here is "so" pulling for you. And just remember we are here, no matter what the outcome is--but I feel it deep in my bones that you will be the proud owner of that new house at 1:01 pm tomorrow!!

Mike-- CONGRATULATIONS !!!!! That is great on you getting a promotion!! Couldn't have happen to a nicer guy!!

VeronikaG--All Right!!! Classes are over with and you've gotten your grades!!! Hey, I would be very proud of those grades myself!! As you might have guessed, I wasn't the best of students--so many other things that I would have rather been doing!!

Hope everyone has a great Wednesday!

Later, Deb

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septentrion - Jul 7, 2004 11:45 am (#522 of 2955)

Sherbie, I'm so crossed that it's a miracle my husband still recognise me ! But I swear I'll stay crossed for you until tomorrow evening !

Deb, still thanks !

Veronika, enjoy the adsl now that you've got time for it !

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Dr Filibuster - Jul 7, 2004 3:39 pm (#523 of 2955)

Thanks for all the new nephew congratulations. They will be passed on to baby William and his mum who are doing brilliantly.

Sherbie, I was always under the impression that USA house buying was eaiser than in the UK. I guess it's always a rollercoaster ride whatever the country. I await the next installment with bated breath and relevant body parts crossed. I will send you a cheering charm.

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Chemyst - Jul 7, 2004 4:39 pm (#524 of 2955)

I was just scrolling through the thread -- a full round of well-wishes to all, just for reading this-- and I wondered if anyone who is keeping in touch with acceber while she is at camp has told her about the Mark Evans question yet? And if I may butt in on your question Sue, Sherbie is buying the house with an FHA (Federal Housing Administration) loan, which is a government-insured loan with extra red-tape and more hoops to jump through. When we bought our first house, we used a similar VA loan and it took a month longer to get all the approvals than if we'd gone the regular route, and at closing there was an additional file of papers to sign. The idea is that to encourage first-time buyers to make the investment, the FHA provides a loan where you don't need as large an up-front down payment. So yes, she is having more difficulties than a conventional loan would probably have.

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DJ Evans - Jul 7, 2004 4:46 pm (#525 of 2955)

Chemyst, love your new avator!!!

Later, Deb

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Chemyst - Jul 7, 2004 4:57 pm (#526 of 2955)

Thanks. My red, white & blue potions were getting a little stale after Independence Day.

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DJ Evans - Jul 7, 2004 5:12 pm (#527 of 2955)

I liked the way that you can see the bricks through the potions/liquids!! Reminds me of Diagon Alley &/or the brick wall on JKR's secret room!! So it's , if you ask me!! hee hee

Later, Deb

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Sherbie Lemon - Jul 7, 2004 5:23 pm (#528 of 2955)

Update on the house front: We closed at 1:00 today, well, I say closed but no money changed hands and we still don't have occupancy nor do we know when we're getting it, so we really just pretended to close. We've encountered a few other snags as well, for instance, the sod cannot be laid yet because we've had too much rain, yet the sod must be laid before FHA will completely approve it, as a third and final termite inspection occurs only once our yard is down. So our lender has given the builder 9 business days to lay the sod.

But the most interesting thing about today was that we closed with a woman who looked eerily like Umbridge; squat, a little toad-like, with greyish, curly, short hair. When our realtor told her that she hadn't been faxed the proof of the two required termite inspections, Umbridge said, "Then why are we here for?" in a rather simpering, yet annoyed, tone. On the other hand, our foreman has twinkling blue eyes, is quite tall, and has sandy red hair; naturally I was reminded of Dumbledore. We gave him our "punch" list (a list of repairs and replacements that the house needs before we occupy) and he smiled serenely at it as he assured us that most, if not all, of our desires would be fulfilled. And so who will it be? Who will triumph? Will young Dumbledore's efforts be in vain? Will Umbridge and her precious, powerful, title company minions (who set the time to have our occupancy submitted) crush all that is good and pure? Only time will tell. Stay tuned for tomorrow's episode, which will air shortly after 1:00, and see who will be victorious! I think Sue's cheering charm along with Catherine's Draught of Peace has taken effect.

I'm sure I will need that Butterbeer tomorrow, Julia. Let's hope I only need one to celebrate, not 10 to forget! Thanks for continuing keep yourself crossed for me, hopefully by tomorrow we'll know that your cramped, twisted body will have been worth it!

Oh the suspense!!! Exactly, Padfoot! You know, I typically cannot watch suspenseful movies (with the exception of Hitchcock) because I can't stand the anticipation, the fear, the wait. Even Unsolved Mysteries is too suspenseful for me(plus Robert Stack's voice creeps me out), yet now I feel that my life has become one big Unsolved Mystery. How ironic!

Thanks, Deb. It is very reassuring to hear that someone thinks we will get our bond. I myself am having serious doubts.

Septentrion, I really appreciate your help! Tell your husband that he'll have no problem distinguishing you from a pretzel tomorrow!

Edit: Thanks for explaining that for me, Chemyst! Even though I knew what I was getting into, I didn't know how much it truly differed from a conventional loan until recently! Our federal bond gives us a 3% grant to use as a down payment, plus a very good interest rate. I think that some of our extra problems with inspections and the city has also been because we are buying a new house, and more things must be inspected with a newly constructed house because no one has ever occupied it before.

Thanks for thinking of us, Sue, and being worried on our account as well. I guess no matter where you live, buying a house is a stressful event. We shall finally know one way or another tomorrow. Keep hoping good things for us!

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Dumbledore - Jul 7, 2004 5:31 pm (#529 of 2955)

Yayyyyy for Sherbie Lemon on the almost good news !!!! (I am not going to say good news because I do NOT want to jinx any good luck that we are all sending your way ;-) ) Don't worry, I am still sending good vibes your way!!!!! Even though the whole house thing is a nasty situation, at least you are able to take humor out of it (Dumbledore and Umbridge!!!) and share that humor with the rest of us Potties!!! Yayyy for Sherbie for having good spirits!

-Lauren

P.S. I am waiting very anxiously to hear the news at exactly 1:01 PM tomorrow!! ^_* Crossing my fingers that it's good...

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Catherine - Jul 7, 2004 6:00 pm (#530 of 2955)

Oh, Sherbie,

I have cast myself into the future! And OOH! What did I see!

I saw papers being signed, money changing hands, and houses occupied. I saw a twinkling-eyed man with red hair pushing someone into a huge pit of dragon dung...I saw the Umbridge woman falling into a pit, being attacked by Blast-Ended Skrewts... I saw a proud new homeowner throwing her empty butterbeer bottle into this same pit....

Anyway, I feel so confident about the outcome that I am telling you what I saw in my crystal ball last night.

All the best to Sherbie and Company!

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The giant squid - Jul 7, 2004 7:08 pm (#531 of 2955)

Fingers are crossed for you, Sherbie. My personal luck is still good, but my wife had a bit of a spill the other day and broke her tailbone! For those who don't know, that's one of thoe things that can't be fixed, you just dose it with pain pills and wait it out (in her case, the doc said it'd be about three months before it's healed). Maybe that's why things have been so borderline for you--I'm having a bad day by proxy...like the saying goes, "If Momma ain't happy, ain't nobody happy." Wink

It may just be me, but I think most title personnel are rather Umbridge-like. It's very cool that Dumbledore is your build foreman, though. Be on the lookout for sucker marks on the drywall. Very Happy

--Mike

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boop - Jul 7, 2004 8:09 pm (#532 of 2955)

Lindsey, I still have my body crossed for you too. Can't wait to hear the good news.

Mike, I can relate to your wife. I did that 2 springs ago while at work. We were stripping a wax floor and I was cleaning the stripper off some steps when my feet went out from under me and landed on my tailbone. Tell your wife hope she feels better real soon

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septentrion - Jul 8, 2004 1:28 am (#533 of 2955)

I'm going to begin my translation work for the french lexicon, and guess what ? nobody has volunteered yet to translate Snape's page ! that mistake is repaired now

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Fawkes Forever - Jul 8, 2004 2:53 am (#534 of 2955)

Hey Guys,

Been a bit busy with work the last few days

Sherbie.... oh I'm so excited for you.... sending loads of luck your way .... still crossing those fingers....

I don't think any house sales go smoothly... it was the end of July last year I was tearing my hair out... long & messy story about the bank, the insurance company & the builders.... it was all sorted in the end by our lovely solicitor & a nice person who worked in the bank who felt sorry for us Then we had another fiasco with the government grant guy... I'm sure you can all find the story somewhere back on the old chat thread.... Just one piece of advice.... follow up on your 'punch' list... lol, we call it a 'snag' list... hee hee. Our builders tried to wrangle out of fixing a lot of the stuff we had listed.... indeed, we finally got the last thing fixed last month.... (last month, imagine) only after a lot of phone calls & chasing the foreman.... I wish you all the luck & happiness in the world with your new home...

Talking of luck... congrats Mike.... but sorry to hear about Mrs Squid... give her a big hug... but not too tight if shes feeling a bit sore ... sending pain killing vibes her way. That happened my Mum when I was a kid... I talked her into going ice skating with me.... lets just say... she never went again.... bless

Sue... big hugs to William....

I'll might not be about much the next few days... very busy at work... plus one of my colleagues is going on holidays, so I'll have his work to do as well.... I'm also on call for work (grumble) & then the National Electrical Company are threatening to go on strike... so we might have a 'few' black outs over the weekend & coming days

Happy Thursday everyone...

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Sherbie Lemon - Jul 8, 2004 7:10 am (#535 of 2955)

Well, I still don't have any official news on the house status, but I spoke with my realtor today and she told me that when she called the city this morning, they told her the driveway was never approved! It turns out that the #@*%#@* guy from the city never put the approval for our driveway into the computer as he promised us he had. It was supposed to go in yesterday morning at 11:00 so that it would be in the computer system today. Our realtor then demanded to speak with a manager and proceeded to tear him apart. He assured her they would hand deliver the approval to the correct department, but, as my realtor is smart enough not to trust the city, demanded they do it while she was on the line. Then she spoke with the lady at the correct department who she knows, and is having her hand type the occupancy because there isn't time to put it in the computer. All of this means that we should have our occupancy notice in time! But I've learned through this experience that it ain't over till it's over, so I'm not saying anything definite until I have that title in my hand! I'll be sure to let everyone know once I do.

LOL, Catherine! Your post cracked me up and made me feel better too! I needed a little boost and reading about what you had "seen" did the trick; thanks for that.

Lauren, you've been such a doll. Thanks for thinking of me and keeping everthing crossed for so long.

Mike, I laughed outloud when I read this: "Be on the lookout for sucker marks on the drywall. Very Happy I hadn't expected that! I'm sorry to hear about your wife. My mother broke her tailbone when she gave birth to me and couldn't do anything about it either. Last year, I worked with a girl who broke her tailbone in a terrible bus accident and had to have surgery to fix it as the pain was so unbearable. I hope she feels better soon and those pain pills have the desired effect. Pretty soon, Momma will be really happy, and then everyone else will be too!

Thanks Betty! Your support is reassuring.

I'm sorry to hear you had a bad house-buying experience too, Fawkes. Perhaps we should start a club? Don't let the dementors at work get to you! I'll be sending you a big slab of Honeydukes best chocolate just in case you succumb to an attack!

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Prefect Marcus - Jul 8, 2004 7:39 am (#536 of 2955)

Yes, this is my real picture...at least for a few days.

Marcus

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Sherbie Lemon - Jul 8, 2004 8:36 am (#537 of 2955)

WE GOT IT !     Way Too Happy

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Julia. - Jul 8, 2004 9:00 am (#538 of 2955)

YAYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!! *dances* I think this is what Dumbledore waould call 'en excellent excuse to make a great deal of noise and mess" Party in the Great Hall!! *Pulls out butterbeer and passes it around* I'm so happy for you Lindsay, Mazel tov on finally getting the hous. That's all sorts of stress you don't have to deal with anymore. *dances again* Love the picture Marcus, you are quite the handsom guy Well, I only have half an hour before I have to leave, and lots of posts to catch up on, so, everyone enjoy the party! (By the way, is someone bringing food?)

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DJ Evans - Jul 8, 2004 9:03 am (#539 of 2955)

HIP HIP HURRAY!!!!!!

Oh Sherbie--CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!! I'm so excited for you!!! Now just sit back, take a deep breath and enjoy the moment---then go celebrate big time! Have a couple of Butterbeers and a few Chocolate Frogs on me!!! I say this definitely desires a quad rating of !!!!!!!

Later, Deb

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Catherine - Jul 8, 2004 9:08 am (#540 of 2955)

Yes, Sherbie, just as I had foreseen in the Orb...

It's so awesome! Congratulations!

Take a big breath, and uh, welcome to the wonderful world of debt! ;-)

Cheers!

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Detail Seeker - Jul 8, 2004 9:32 am (#541 of 2955)

Congratulations, Sherbie ! Your story tells me, that administration and bureaucarcy are the same all over the world, putting up obstacles everywhere....

Enjoy moving in and enjoy living there!

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icthestrals - Jul 8, 2004 10:39 am (#542 of 2955)

Woohoo, Sherbie! I have been reading your posts and sitting on the edge of my seat!! Enjoy your new house. Wonderful news.

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Ladybug220 - Jul 8, 2004 10:44 am (#543 of 2955)

Congrats Sherbie!!! I just wish that I was somewhat close to buying a house - however it will be quite a few more years before that is possible.

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Dumbledore - Jul 8, 2004 12:01 pm (#544 of 2955)

YAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY FOR SHERBIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I AM SOOO HAPPY FOR YOU!! YOU TOTALLY DESERVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

P.S. Sorry if this post is slightly hard to read, but it is the only way I am able to show my happiness for Sherbie!

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mike miller - Jul 8, 2004 12:12 pm (#545 of 2955)


CONGRATULATIONS SHERBIE!!!   We always knew you were going to make it; *#@% bureaucracy. *sets off a large batch of Weasley's Wildfire Whiz-Bangs* Go ahead and pop the cork on that champaigne.

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Leprechaun Jack - Jul 8, 2004 12:19 pm (#546 of 2955)

Congratulations, Sherbie !

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septentrion - Jul 8, 2004 12:37 pm (#547 of 2955)

hurray for Sherbie ! I'm so glad my body-crossing wasn't for nothing !

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Jul 8, 2004 1:16 pm (#548 of 2955)

Congratulations Sherbie!

Marcus, nice picture. I thought of you yesterday when a book catalog came in the mail. There is now a board game about Pride and Prejudice. Knowing how you revere this book, I thought I would pass that along.

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Leila 2X4B - Jul 8, 2004 1:18 pm (#549 of 2955)

Marcus, nice pic. You look similar to "Marcus" in Titus with Anthony Hopkins. Still nice to see your face and not the Johhny Bravoesque pic.

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Ticker - Jul 8, 2004 1:31 pm (#550 of 2955)

Congrats Sherbie! Now comes the fun (& a lot more work) part - enjoy!

Hey guess what?!?! I just had lunch with Viola Intonada (outside of St. Mungo's even)! She stopped in my little city on her 3 week family vacation. It's just too cool for words to meet one of my Lexicon buds in person. I didn't think it would ever happen. Of course you're all invited to stop by next time you're in the area (Rapid City, SD, USA).

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Sherbie Lemon - Jul 8, 2004 2:11 pm (#551 of 2955)

Thank you all so very much!! My forum family has been my sanity these past couple months, and I cannot tell you all how grateful I am to have such a wonderful support system. So have about a million butterbeers on me! cheers bounce

If any of you can apparate down to Oklahoma City tonight, know that anyone from the forum will be my guest of honor at our party!!

Thanks again, all! You guys are amazing!

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Chemyst - Jul 8, 2004 2:23 pm (#552 of 2955)

Sherbie, WooHoo!

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wormsé - Jul 8, 2004 3:00 pm (#553 of 2955)

Congrats Sherbie!!

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Catherine - Jul 8, 2004 3:14 pm (#554 of 2955)

I haven't passed my apparition test yet, but I congratulate Sherbie again and wish her and Mr. Sherbie all the best, even if I can't attend their party.

I had a pretty satisfying day myself. I don't want to jinx anything, but I think that I got a dog a pretty good home today. Zeke is my first "real" foster dog to stay at our house, and his (hopefully) future dad is coming to our home tomorrow to bring his fiance to meet him. It says a lot that this man has driven 2 hours twice now to visit with this dog.

Prior to today, all communication has taken place with the director of the Humane Society. I spoke with this person on the phone at length, and I was so pleased. Instead of wanting to curse humanity, I remembered that people have an amazing capacity to do good things.

Yeah for Zeke! Yeah for this social studies teacher who is about to find the next love of his life! Yeah in general!

Life is good.

Cheers.

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Leila 2X4B - Jul 8, 2004 3:18 pm (#555 of 2955)

Congrats Sherbie. Wow. Everyone seems to be having some good luck! (knock on wood) I have some happy news(at least for me). To convince me to want to do well in my College Spanish class( I am poor at learning foriegn languages) my mom is buying me the entire Potter collection en espanol. WOO HOO

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boop - Jul 8, 2004 4:58 pm (#556 of 2955)

Lindsey, Now it is safe to uncross everything. Lindsey I am so happy for you and your husband. Next once you get settled in we would like to see pictures of this beautiful home.

Marcus, what a handsome man you are. Nice to put a face to the posts.

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Tomoé - Jul 8, 2004 8:54 pm (#557 of 2955)

Congrtulation Sherbie!!!!!!!!! I'm catching up with four days worth of dicussion, and I must admit your case had much suspens. It was hard enough in emotion within an hour, it should had been horribly hard to get theough by four days. What a relief nevertheless.

Septentrion, you working on a French version of the Lexicon, cool! That will be hard work though. As for the English version of Harry Potter, you can buy it on www.amazon.fr as well, both the American and the British version. For exemple, OoP harcover UK = E16.76 US = E25.77; paperback UK E8,51 I see no paperback edition for the American version (E stand for euro of course). I think those price are cheap enough, US hardcover OoP price list in the US is $29.99, I don't think would find a better bargan except if you buy a used copy.

Mike, congratulation for the promotion!

Marcus, you are that old! I thought you were in your thirties or something, that's a harsh blow to my deduction abilities. -_- You look nice though. ^_^

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Denise P. - Jul 8, 2004 9:04 pm (#558 of 2955)

Most stores like Wal-Mart, K-Mart and Target have the hardback of OoP for under $20. Mine sells it for $18.96, I think.

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Madam Poppy - Jul 8, 2004 10:17 pm (#559 of 2955)

Congrats Sherbie! It would be nice to see a picture of your dream home!

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septentrion - Jul 9, 2004 12:31 am (#560 of 2955)

thanks for your info about prices, Tomoé and Denise. I know have enough information to give to my colleague. I hope she'll be able to buy and transport them next month because it'd be really expensive to buy them here and I want a brand new copy.

about the french version of the lexicon, I just do some translation (I didn't remember it took so much time just to translate and type only one page) because I haven't time and skills for other things such as php...It seems there are 600 pages to translate ! And TLC exist in French too ! Well Tomoé (and Neldoreth), if you're interested in joining the team, you can mail to pierre@hp-lexicon.org, but I warn you, I'm already working on the translation of the Snape page !

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Fawkes Forever - Jul 9, 2004 1:45 am (#561 of 2955)

Sherbie.... woohooo *snoopy dance* I'm delighted for you... now comes the next phase.... DIY... hee hee. It's amazing how how house proud you become as well... Good Luck!

Hey Marcus.. nice to see you

Sept... translating the lex... gosh you guys must be busy....

Happy friday...

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Neldoreth - Jul 9, 2004 2:40 am (#562 of 2955)

Hello everybody and welcome to new members also!

Friday at last! soon we are on weekend, yay! Luckily there is this Forum to cheer me up as the weather is lately quite depressing: rain, clouds, almost stormy sometimes and pretty cold! we're supposed to be in summer (so sunshine, warm etc...) but its more fall/autumn!

Well, I'll go back to work, I wish you all an excellent day!

Sept... translating, hem, I could perhaps help a bit but only a little bit... shall I mail Pierre then? (is he organizing the dispatching of translation?) you can email me offlist (I noticed you added me to msn, great! we'll chat soon I hope)

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Chemyst - Jul 9, 2004 4:21 am (#563 of 2955)

Sept,
Amazon.com is good if you are looking for something a bit unusual, but when a book is as popular as the HP series, I usually check Walmart.com books . They list the scholastic hardback at $16.25 and the paperback will come out at $6.99. There is a CD for $45.90. The prices in the stores are usually within a few cents of the on-line prices or less, and no shipping. Walmart stores are all over the US except in the very center of big cities. There, you can find a ring of them around the suburbs; so wherever your friend travels, there should be no problem finding a store.

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Pinky - Jul 9, 2004 4:54 am (#564 of 2955)

I'm so excited for you, Sherbie! Your very own house! You are going to have so much fun when you finally move in: arranging furniture, putting up pictures, rearranging the furniture, hanging curtains, rerearranging furniture, decorating, rererearranging furniture..... Have fun!

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tracie1976 - Jul 7, 2004 3:00 pm (#565 of 2955)

Congrats Sherbie!!!

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Neldoreth - Jul 9, 2004 5:39 am (#566 of 2955)

Sherbie, I'm very happy for you! My parents moved in a new house last year and it was very exciting and also emotional for us (three children) to help them pack all our childhood-souvenirs and move all this into a very different house where we had a "new" life with "new" happenings beginning (now with the children of my brother's and sister's!)

I wish you all the best!

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mollis - Jul 9, 2004 5:52 am (#567 of 2955)

Congratulations Sherbie! I am so happy for you! Welcome to the wonderful world of homeownership!

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scully jones - Jul 9, 2004 6:30 am (#568 of 2955)

Yay for sherbie!!! Rave Girl

Looking at all these posts I've been reading, I realized I've reverted back to lurker status. Must fix that, I'm here, really! I really am! I just need to post more... Ironing Now, where did I put my hand?

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Doris Crockford - Jul 9, 2004 7:41 am (#569 of 2955)

Yay Sherbie!!!!!

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Tomoé - Jul 9, 2004 7:50 am (#570 of 2955)

Oh! I forgot septentrion, if you but more than E20.00 on www.amazon.fr, the shipping is free if you ship the order whitin the France and chose the livraison rapide option.

As for the translation, I should work on my essay first. ^_^ But I should join the team later. I just give a quick look at the lexicon version in Spanish, I didn't thought they'll change the design. ^_^ Will the French version have its own design as well?

I forgot to tell you all yesterday, I FINALLY GOT MY PS BACK !!!!!!!!!!!! ^_^ *Tomoe's jumping in joy all over the room* It was away for six months already, what a relief! and I also finally manage to connect internet yesterday, I had a lot of problems this week, from a broken extension to my computer setting. I'm still un-packing. ^_^

Today, I'll encounter my occupational therapist, I didn't do my homework so I hope she won't mind.

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Chemyst - Jul 9, 2004 8:18 am (#571 of 2955)

So, 20.00 Euros = $24.78 USD. Then, septentrion could expect to save about $8.50 USD, or the equivalent of 6.80 Euros if her friend buys a hardback at a Walmart or Kmart in the US.

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Sherbie Lemon - Jul 9, 2004 8:55 am (#572 of 2955)

Thanks everyone! Last night, Mr. Sherbie (hee hee, Catherine!) and I ate dinner and went over to our new house where we drank champagne and said over and over, "This is so cool." We sat in every room, in every closet, in every corner. It was wonderful. I wish you all could have been there!

Catherine, I'm so glad to hear you have renewed faith in humanity! I'm sure what you see is difficult to witness, but I am happy that you have the chance to give a good man a wonderful companion. Unfortunately, we've been in the wonderful world of debt for some time now! Before we were married, we were just two starving college kids living in a dinky apartment, using credit cards a bit too enthusiastically. Not to mention the student loans that supported us for two years. Oh well, I'm at least now I know my money is being invested rather than chucking it down the trash as we did when we rented!

Pinky, I am so excited to get things arranged in our house I can barely stand it! I've been buying little odds and ends (and big things too) for 3 months now in preparation; I can't wait to see how it will look!

I'll be sure to post a bunch of pictures so you all can see what I've been stressing over and waiting for for so long!

Mollis! Long time no see! I've missed your green posts and smileys!

Septentrion, I didn't know you were planning to create a french lexicon! Perhaps I should try and learn french now, so I can be sure to participate in yours.

I hope you're keeping the dementors at bay, Fawkes!

Thank you all again! Deb, Doris, Julia, Septentrion, Lauren, Fawkes, Catherine, Sue, Mike, Mike M., Denise, Madame Poppy, Tomoe, Sarah, Chemyst, Neldoreth, Tracie, Betty, Sleeping Beauty, Lindsay, Ticker, Jack, Detail Seeker, Kim, Ladybug, Susi, Meg, ICThestrals, Padfoot, Loopy, Flame, and everyone else who crossed their crossable body parts, sent us good vibes and well wishes, and who congratulate us now! You all are the best!

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Dumbledore - Jul 9, 2004 9:45 am (#573 of 2955)

Hi, everybody!

Sherbie, once again I have to say how happy I am that you have gotten your house! You totally and completely deserve it, and I am ecstatic for you! Be sure to post loads of pictures!

Catherine, yay for finding a dog a good home!

Tomorrow is trip day!!! I can't wait to finally go away!! We have been planning it for such a long time and booking so many things that it is surreal for it to finally be so close! I am going to enjoy this to the fullest extent, though!

Neldoreth, I am very sorry for the lousy weather...will that be a sign of things to come when I go to Paris? ;-)

This will probably not be my last post before I leave tomorrow, but if it is, I would like to wish you all a great 2 weeks!!!!

-Lauren

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anbigin - Jul 9, 2004 9:49 am (#574 of 2955)

I know this is late as it happened on Sunday the fourth, but I just had to scream my joy any ways: GREECE WON!!! GREECE WON!!! I was so excited YAY! I mean they have never even made it close to getting in the finals before and then this year they beat many teams and won the cup! YAY YAY YAY! I know that all of us greeks here in Florida were going crazy and I just had to share SORRY I'll leave everyone be now:)

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Jul 9, 2004 9:52 am (#575 of 2955)

Congratulations Greece!

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septentrion - Jul 9, 2004 11:05 am (#576 of 2955)

Sherbie, I can perfectly understand how it was to enter YOUR house. Jump For Joy I wish I could do it myself but houses have become so expensive (prices have increased of more than 80 % for the last ten years) that it seems I have to be patient.

Chemyst, yes I'll save a lot of money if my friend can buy me the books in the US. I've thought of buying them on amazon.com (they deliver in France)but the shipping rates are expensive. Yet, what's surprising is, even with those high shipping rates, it'd be cheaper to buy the books on amazon.com than on amazon.fr.

Tomoé, I don't lead the french lexicon project, I just help a little but it's a very exciting project. And no, they don't change the design in the french version either and I like it, it means it belongs to the lex family. Could you give me the link to the spanish version, I haven't found it. Thanks.

Anbigin, congrats for the Greek but my heart was with the Portuguese and I nearly cried when they lost.

Lauren, if you come in France before the 14th of july, you can fear for rain, grey dull sky and autumn temperatures (around 17° celsius today in Paris, sorry I don't know how in fahrenheit). But I'm sure you'll enjoy Paris as well, even with the worst weather possible, there are plenty of things to do and to see there.

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Dumbledore - Jul 9, 2004 11:15 am (#577 of 2955)

Absolutely, Septenrion! I am sooo excited to be going to Paris because I have been taking French and can't wait to finally use it. Paris is such a gorgeous city, and I can't wait to explore!!!! I will be in Paris from the 14th to about the 18th, so I will be there for Bastille Day! I know that 4 days isn't really a lot of time to see things, but when you are trying to visit 4 cities in 3 countries in the span of 2 weeks, you have limited time!! :-)

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septentrion - Jul 9, 2004 12:14 pm (#578 of 2955)

Lauren, maybe you'll have a better weather. Try and see the English on the Champs-Elysées the 14th of July, they're special guests this year. BTW, do you call the 14th of July the Bastille Day in the US ? Here we just say : the 14th of july.

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Catherine - Jul 9, 2004 12:22 pm (#579 of 2955)

Zeke did it!

I think he found his "forever home" today, and I was so proud of him. This was a dog who was owner-surrendered due to (supposed) aggressive and destructive tendencies. He has come so far, and he was just the most charming and well-behaved gentleman while they were here.

The young couple just left my house, and are on the way to the shelter to fill out the rest of the paperwork. They are going to come back for him on the way out of town. I'll be sad to see Zeke go, but I think this is the best thing that could have happened to him.

WooHoo!

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haymoni - Jul 9, 2004 12:25 pm (#580 of 2955)

Yeah Zeke and Yeah Sherbie!

There is nothing like having your own home.

Talk about feeling grownup!

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schoff - Jul 9, 2004 1:09 pm (#581 of 2955)

septentrion: Nope, it's just plain ol' July 14th here in the US. No special holiday. We must figure one a month is enough!

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The giant squid - Jul 9, 2004 1:15 pm (#582 of 2955)

WOO-HOO!!!! Congrats, Sherbie! Believe me, I know how you feel. I just got done with the "one last thing..." mentality of loan officials too. Razz I'll bet you feel a thousand pounds lighter now that you don't have this thing hanging around your neck anymore. Although I kinda feel sorry for that guy in Albuquerque...his day must've really sucked! Very Happy

Marcus: Nice avatar, but I don't see much difference from the last one. Wink

Septentrion, good luck with your translation. I would never have the patience for an undertaking like that. I hope everything goes smoothly, and that you don't burn out before you're done. Oh, and 17 Celsius is about 63 Fahrenheit (semi-useless math fact of the day Smile )

--Mike

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septentrion - Jul 9, 2004 1:20 pm (#583 of 2955)

thanks Mike for the information about the celsius/fahrenheit, and for your encouragement for the translation.

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Hem Hem - Jul 9, 2004 4:02 pm (#584 of 2955)

Sherbie, I'm so happy for you! Enjoy many years of only good things in your house!

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Dumbledore - Jul 9, 2004 6:14 pm (#585 of 2955)

Isn't July 14 Bastille Day? The storming of the Bastille in France - the beginning of the Revolution. I always thought it was a national holiday like the 4th of July in the US...maybe I'm wrong, and since you're from France, septenrion I probably am. But I just looked it up on google and it said:

Bastille Day is a National holiday in France. It is very much like Independence Day in the United States because it is a celebration of the beginning of a new form of government.

At one time in France, kings and queens ruled. Many people were very angry with the decisions made by the kings and queens.

The Bastille was a prison in France that the kings and queens often used to lock up the people that did not agree with their decisions. To many, it was a symbol of all the bad things done by the kings and queens. So, on July 14, 1789, a large number of French citizens gathered together and stormed the Bastille.



Just as the people in the United States celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence as the beginning of the American Revolution, so the people in France celebrate the storming of the Bastille as the beginning of the French Revolution. Both Revolutions brought great changes. Kings and queens no longer rule. The people rule themselves and make their own decisions.

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Tomoé - Jul 9, 2004 6:26 pm (#586 of 2955)

The adress of the Spanish lexicon is : http://www.harrylatino.com/~diccionario/

There's a link at the bottom of the Lexicon main page. It seems it's not a Spanish version of the lexicon, but a Spanish site using the lexicon stuff (with the permission of the Lexicon of course). That explain the different design.

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draco all the way - Jul 10, 2004 1:55 am (#587 of 2955)

Remember me?

School is running me to the ground. 7 to 3.20 school and then I have coaching class afterwards! Busy, busy schedule. Too much studying, too little HP! What can I say - ITS HORRIBLE!

Congrats Sherbie. Not that I know how it feels to own a house, but I've moved anough to know just how fun arranging everything is!

Septentrion- translating the Lexicon! Geez! I guess we won't be seeing you on the forum much!

Well, I'll see you all later, if I haven't killed myself out of frustration that is.

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Denise P. - Jul 10, 2004 6:20 am (#588 of 2955)

Late last night, my two dogs managed to kill a baby skunk right outside our back door. My house now currently reeks, I am sure the dogs do (it was so strong last night, I could not tell for sure if they got sprayed or not) too. So today, we are off to the store to get baking soda, perioxide and dishwashing soap so we can power wash the buggers. We also are getting the industrial sized bottles of liquid potpourri to burn in the house. Ewww...what were they thinking???

How ironic that I now have up a picture of Petunia, who has a stripe on her head, making her look sort of skunk like.

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Pinky - Jul 10, 2004 6:29 am (#589 of 2955)

Maybe it was Pepé le Pew trying to get to Petunia?

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Dr Filibuster - Jul 10, 2004 6:59 am (#590 of 2955)

I've never smelt skunk.

Just how bad is it and how long is the strong pong?

Are skunks common all over the USA?

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VeronikaG - Jul 10, 2004 7:03 am (#591 of 2955)

But Pépé is nice at the bottom, I think.

I'm glad to hear that things worked out with your house Sherbie. It usually does in the end, if you fight for it.

Poor Draco! I can't imagine what it's like to go to school in India, which I have always heard has one of the toughest school systems in the world. You are a brave girl! I have always thought Norwegian school was hard enough, and we have one of the most lenient systems there are. Our teachers seem to expect most of their students to do badly.

I've been of the forum for a few days due to fear of Big Bill and a rather nasty eye infection. My eye is getting better, but still no sign of the adsl modem. My friend has signed up for the same subscription, and he told me he waited two months because he got lost from the ISP's server record. Poor guy. I hope they haven't forgotten me as well. My ISP (Internet Service Provider) is our national telephone company, Telenor. They have a somewhat more dodgy reputation than you'd expect from a state company in a social democracy. Let's see how well they do their job. Every company can have a server crash, so I'll give them the benefit of the doubt.

My fingers crossed for Zeke and his new family, Catherine. The world needs more people like you!!!! People who like animals are never truly bad people, my family always say. So don't give up faith in humanity just yet. Just be sure to only hang out with animal lovers.

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Dumbledore - Jul 10, 2004 7:04 am (#592 of 2955)

Good morning and happy weekend!!

This will probably be my last post for 2 weeks, and I'm just popping in to say hi!! I am looking forward to this great experience sooo much and can't wait to tell you all about it!

Au revoir, tout le monde! I'm off to Europe!!

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Ladybug220 - Jul 10, 2004 7:09 am (#593 of 2955)
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Sue, skunks are fairly common all over - wherever there are wooded areas so that excludes only the southwestern part of the US. Thankfully I have never smelled skunk but I have heard from numerous people that it is horrible.

You'll have a great time Dumbledore! We want to hear all about it when you get back and take lots of pictures!

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draco all the way - Jul 10, 2004 7:09 am (#594 of 2955)

Yeah, the Indian school system sucks! I've been in enough schools around the world to know just how bad it is. But, I'll make it through-somehow! Smile

( NOTE TO SELF:need to learn how to do decent smilies!)

Ewwwwww! SKUNKS! I didn't think people actually got sprayed by them.I thought that only happened in the Looney Tunes! I thought they stayed in the woods away from people! Well goodluck! I wish you alot of room freshener!

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azi - Jul 10, 2004 7:21 am (#595 of 2955)

Have a great time in Europe, Dumbledore! Unfortunately, if the weather's like it is right now in England, it will rain, and rain, and rain! Au revoir, I'd write more in French but I'm not so good at it. Smile Errr, Je voudrais un pain au chocolat sil vous plait? See, not so good and totally off topic!

Eeek poor little skunk! I've never smelt a skunk before either. I suppose I don't want to...

Yey! On Thursday I finished college for the summer holidays so I now wait until August 19th for my AS results. I know I'll have done worse that my predicted grades but I am also in the knowledge that I can resist. Smile On education, the British government has been accused of wanting schools to be like Hogwarts because they have said they want every secondary school to split their students into houses. I don't agree with it as I had that system at middle school and all it caused was disunity between houses and name-calling when you were useless at sports from people in your own house. Oh well, it won't affect me. Smile

Hope everyones having a brilliant day! I'm getting ready for a friends party tonight - my first social outing in a few months!

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Dr Filibuster - Jul 10, 2004 7:29 am (#596 of 2955)

Draco all the way....sounds like extremely hard work, but just think how well educated you'll be by the end of it.

Thanks for the skunk info....phew!

We Europeans have wild black and white creatures in our woods too....BADGERS.

Sherbie....oops, forgot to say CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!! When do you move in?

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mollis - Jul 10, 2004 7:31 am (#597 of 2955)
Edited by Jul 10, 2004 7:32 am

Yes, Sherbie, I'm still here. I am sorry I haven't posted much lately. No good excuses, just too much work. I have been trying to keep up with my reading, but the posting has been dropping off. I suppose I 'need to sort out my priorities'!! I promise to do better in the future!

I am finally home for a weekend without a bunch of things going on. Just lots of little jobs to do around the house. I still don't feel completely settled here yet, and I moved 2 months ago! I hope you all have a wonderful and relaxing weekend!

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Catherine - Jul 10, 2004 7:32 am (#598 of 2955)

For all those who have not smelled "eau de Skunk," I will try to describe it so that everyone can properly sympathize with Denise.

Imagine a really acrid smell, like strong burning rubber, which is sharp enough to bring tears to your eyes. To this add a strong dose of sulfur, like rotten eggs. The smell is strong enough that if a skunk is hit by a car, you can still smell the skunky odor for another 1/2 mile to mile down the road. :-)

Charming, huh? Mega sympathies, Denise. I hope you can de-skunk everything!

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Denise P. - Jul 10, 2004 7:58 am (#599 of 2955)

I would also add in there, it smells like really, really strong, foul body odor on top of it. It is weird, the garage and front room is where it smells the worst but out where the dogs actually killed the skunk, it is mild.

Skunk smell is really, really foul. It truly is enough, at close range, to make your eyes water. Thank goodness this was a SMALL skunk, it would be truly awful to think what an adult would have been able to do. We get a lot of skunks around here, usually in March and April. This is the first time that one has been in our yard. The smell will linger for at least 3 days.

Right now, I have potpourri going in the house, the garage is open and I am about to go soak my dogs a few times. While they soak, I am going to hose down the concrete where the deed was actually done. At least the critter did not get INTO the house! You have to have professionals come clean in that case and even then, it takes a long time to fully get rid of the stench.

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mollis - Jul 10, 2004 8:16 am (#600 of 2955)

That is so awful Denise! I really hope you are able to get the smell out. Are you at least having mild temperatures so that you can open the doors and windows to air out the house? Good luck with all that!
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