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Post  Lady Arabella on Fri Jun 26, 2015 8:47 pm

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Sep 11, 2005 3:13 pm (#351 of 2980)

Well, it's a good thing I didn't have my wand with me today. I went to our local farmstand (which is putting it mildly, this thing is housed in a brand new post and beam structure and it's huge) and was fighting the crowd when I saw something my 6-year-old knows better than to do. Two boys, approximately 14-15 years old were helping themselves to whatever food appealed to them. One had obviously torn off part of a bunch of grapes (I could see the stem in his hand) and the other was plucking strawberries out of their pint and quart containers. Never mind the fact strawberries are sold by volume not by weight, never mind the fact I don't want their grubby hands on my intended purchase, never mind the fact there are displays of food on platters which you are welcome to sample--has no one taught these two eejits that helping themselves to the food is no different than lifting a CD from the local music store?

I guess no one has because when I spoke up to the boy who was helping himself to the strawberries, he got this stunned look in his eyes.
ME: "What are you doing?"
HIM: Blink.
ME: "Were you raised in a barn?" (Apologies to cows everywhere, who, I'm sure, know better.)
HIM: Pupils dilate.
ME: "Stop that."
HIM: Walks away with a slightly 'Gee, so that's what it's like to be told 'No'' look on his face.



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Julie Aronson - Sep 11, 2005 3:39 pm (#352 of 2980)

You go, Kim! Those clowns'll get civilized yet!

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Marie E. - Sep 11, 2005 3:50 pm (#353 of 2980)

..apologies to cows everywhere, who, I'm sure, know better

Oh, let's hope so! I would have done the same thing, Kim.

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haymoni - Sep 11, 2005 4:29 pm (#354 of 2980)

Jenn - it is a sad, sad day in our house today!

First OSU and then the Brownies. At least the OSU game was close!

It's gonna be a lawwwwng season.

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Finn BV - Sep 11, 2005 4:40 pm (#355 of 2980)

Jenn, glad you had a good time besides the fact the Bucks lost… Not a football person myself so I can't say this means anything to me. At least it does to you.

Gosh, Kim, my cow is going through the roof after reading your post over my shoulder. Glad we've still got some morals among us.

Well, Agassi put up a fight. Federer is unbeatable though. And he's such a nice person. I'm happy for him.

Off to the threads.

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Soul Mate for Sirius - Sep 11, 2005 4:49 pm (#356 of 2980)

Oh haymoni, I totally understand. What a terrible weekend for Ohio football!! (Unless of course you're a Cinnci fan...)

On the other hand, that Bucks game was amazing! The only problem for me is that we could have won. To me it's the difference between Texas beating us and the Bucks losing the game. Texas wasn't really any better then the Bucks last night, we just made some really dumb mistakes and were handed a few really bad calls. But regardless, I have to say sitting in the student section at that game was by far the most exciting and fun sports experience I have ever had!! I'm just praying the guys are up for the long, hard road to the National Championship instead of the easier one we could have had!!

-Jenn

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Catherine - Sep 11, 2005 5:37 pm (#357 of 2980)

Oh, dear.

Kim has realized what happens when you teach 7th grade at a school that does NOT have selective admissions. (In short, "EEEKK!")

For the record, I wish to be "Empress of Universe" and tell the parents of such children how they are SO VERY lacking in manners, decorum, and what-have-you. I "encourage" traditional manners and decorum while "encouraging" a non-traditional curriculum. (this is horrible nonsense speak about doing what is right while teaching what is right.)

My 7th grade boys are, by all accounts, legendary in their rudeness. However, I will say that they WILL, if my presence is there, chew with their mouths closed, open doors for someone with their arms full, and refrain from using certain words, among which are "Stupid," "retarded, and "dumb." I am still working on a "speaking tradition" in which you actually acknowledge someone who walks toward you, and say, at a minimum, "Hello."

But that might be asking too much. Some of the teachers won't do it. For me, it's a pride of campus thingy, and I think that newbies of all sorts should meet our very best face, and that our students should learn that people are watching, and learn to direct them and greet the people who pay for their education.

But, I've learned, I'm too uptight, and among a minority. Ah, well, I like to think that Dumbledore would've approved....

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Stephanie M. - Sep 11, 2005 5:44 pm (#358 of 2980)

I'm also not the biggest football fan. Tennis, basketball, and Swimming are my favorites (with swimming being my absolute favorite!!!)

Agassi did put up a great fight! I'm very happy for Federer! He has been playing like a complete All-Star for the past couple of years.

*Off to read the threads before school!*

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Madam Pince - Sep 11, 2005 5:46 pm (#359 of 2980)

Popular culture isn't helping us any. I am trying very hard to convey to Little Pince that "stupid" is NOT a nice word and is not one he is allowed to use. Then he sees Woody in "Toy Story" using it (and that's a Disney movie!) and I have to re-explain all over again.

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Catherine - Sep 11, 2005 6:00 pm (#360 of 2980)

I hear you, Madame P.

It's a hard thing, and one that, sadly, you address while many of my students' parents do not.

Many of them NEVER acknowledge the janitorial staff, even if they pass them in the halls. I make sure that my students greet them by their surnames and if a student forgets to clean up after him/herself, then they have to vacuum the room and empty the trashcan themselves. At the end of the day, they ALL must put their chairs on top of the desks so that room may be cleaned more easily.

They never forget twice, but then, they will ALWAYS know the name of the person who cleans after them, even if they didn't know it before. They have to stay after and clean the room under that person's supervision, and my inspection. I make sure that I am extra-picky because the cleaning staff always wants to let them off "just this once."

Pull--EEeze...they love knowing that I check up on them, and that I care enough to do it.

I realize that sound like a difficult teacher, but that I do think some kids need structure....

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Sep 11, 2005 6:06 pm (#361 of 2980)

Kim has realized what happens when you teach 7th grade at a school that does NOT have selective admissions.---Catherine

Catherine, I know this isn't what you meant but I have to say this farmstand is in a very tony town, extremely affluent and it wouldn't surprise me one bit if these boys went to a private school (with admission tests) or at the very least one of the best public schools in the state. This doesn't mean, of course, that I think poor behavior is restricted to the less affluent, only that one would think with exposure to the best schools and the assumption that their parents went to the best schools (thus allowing them to earn the salaries necessary to afford said suburb) they would have been taught something approaching citizenship and public decorum.

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Lavandula - Sep 11, 2005 6:58 pm (#362 of 2980)

I'm new here to the forum, but had to share a few comments about this weekend's posts.

Jenn and Haymoni: So sorry about the games. I'll send you some of my tissues for the tears!!! I was at a pig-roast for the OSU game, but had to leave before the game was over (kids were way too tired and we needed to get up for church today). They were winning when we left. WHAT HAPPENED?

Elanor: I too love the new avator and am going to try that website you mentioned. Sounds so interesting!!!

Enjoy the week everyone!

PS. Puck: Any baby yet?

Cathy

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Ludicrous Patents Office - Sep 11, 2005 7:30 pm (#363 of 2980)

Way to go Catherine! The two most important people in a school are the secretary and the custodian. Without them we would be in a world of trouble.

Lupin is Lupin I subbed for three years and I often found that when there is no accountability the "good" kids would misbehave the most. Often the teacher I subbed for would not believe me when certain students misbehaved. I'm glad you said something to them.

Marie, not a good day for our Broncos! LPO

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Madam Pince - Sep 11, 2005 9:21 pm (#364 of 2980)

Welcome, Lavandula!

Elanor, I meant to say earlier but I forgot -- that picture in your avatar is so precious! Those two youngsters are adorable!

Well, has it been about a day or maybe a bit more since we've heard from Puck? Could it be? ***crosses fingers and sends good wishes Puck's way***

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The giant squid - Sep 12, 2005 1:08 am (#365 of 2980)

“Gee, so that's what it's like to be told 'No''

I wish I saw that face more often...

Finn, you're right. Andre put up a much bigger fight than most expected of him, though in the last few games it looked like his back had gotten to him--there were a lot of points he could have gone for but didn't. And being beaten by someone with Federer's record(s) is nothing to be ashamed of.

All in all, it seemed like a poor day for my family, sports-wise. Marie's Broncos, my Vikings, Andre...well, at least my wife's Steelers got a mark in the W column.

--Mike

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Puck - Sep 12, 2005 3:26 am (#366 of 2980)

Oh, I'm still here, and Horribly depressed about it! My other babies came at 39 weeks, and was told I'd likely go earlier this time. Well, 39 weeks is tomorrow, today is my date according to ultrasound (calendar date is the 20th.) I've tried Chinese food, ginger, mexican, etc....

There was some excitement here, but we missed it. We were putting the kids in the bath, so with the water running and the dryer on in that bathroom, we didn't here it, but a hot air balloon got blown off course and landed in front of the house next door! The whole neighborhood was outside when my mother-in-law glanced out the window. By then they were packing up the balloon. The kids were SO dissappoint to have missed it, and actually so was I.

When I taught grade 7 for my church I was shocked to discover that they didn't know the difference between "our" and "are"! They were shocked that I actually marked them wrong for such mistakes and made them do the work over again. They complained that it wasn't English class. I remarked that ignorance should not be tolerated no matter the class.

Kim, my kids know that you only take from the samples, and you take only 1.

Soulmate, glad to see you made those men clean their own place! Now, if I could just get Grandma to stop picking up after my kids and make them do it themselves, or else I'll have a lot of unspoiling to do when she leaves!

Lets hope I don't back on for a few more days!

Kathy

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Snuffles - Sep 12, 2005 3:49 am (#367 of 2980)

Oh Puck, I was sure the next time you posted on the Forum it would be to let us know you had had your baby! I hope you get the signs you need soon!! I think it is a grandparent thing, I keep telling my parents to stop clearing away after my daughter too. She puts things away at home but never does at their house!

Lupin is Lupin.Natch, I would have loved to seen their faces, I would have said something too. Even my 2 year old knows never to just help herself to food! In fact I was beaming yesterday. My hubby took the 3 of us out for Sunday lunch at our favourite restaurant. When we had finished, the waitress came to take our plates and Olivia said "Thank you very much for my dinner, it was lovely"! I heard the lady telling the others who worked there about it!

Hope everyone had a good weekend

Julie

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Sep 12, 2005 3:52 am (#368 of 2980)

Kim, my kids know that you only take from the samples, and you take only 1.

And my personal favorite, "The first one you touch is the one you take."

I hope that baby comes soon, Kathy. I went past 41 weeks with both of mine--ugh, no fun.

EDIT: Cross-posted with Snuffles. How adorable! I'd be beaming! That's what setting a good example can do for you.

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Madam Pince - Sep 12, 2005 7:00 am (#369 of 2980)

Giant Squid Mike, you're a Vikings fan, too? Yay rah! So is Mr. Pince. I have actually gotten to like them too, since we've been married. I guess it kind of rubs off or something. Plus I was boycotting the Redskins because Joe Gibbs was gone and I absolutely can't stand the owner of the team (refuse to say his name - maybe I should call him Voldemort!) But now Joe is back so I'm sort of half-heartedly supporting them too.

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Dame Peverell - Sep 12, 2005 7:08 am (#370 of 2980)

Olivia said "Thank you very much for my dinner, it was lovely"!  It was a lovely little story too.

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Ydnam96 - Sep 12, 2005 8:35 am (#371 of 2980)

Puck, I hope that you didn't eat all those foods at the same time Wink cause I'm sure you would have some horrible horrible heartburn/indigestion. One of my girlfriends from high school just had her first baby on Thursday, she wasn't due till Oct. 12th I think. The baby was 5lbs and amazingly healthy. Still though, I would imagine that having a baby that early is not preferrable. So IMO I would think that having the baby late is a lot safer than early. Smile Of course, I'm a fan of adoption (I'm too lazy for labor).

But good luck Puck, maybe we should all "accio" your baby and then it would come out. But that might confuse the poor child.

Oh, I really need to get up and get going. At this rate I'm going to be late to work...

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Abracapocus - Sep 12, 2005 9:26 am (#372 of 2980)

***Accio Baby Puck!***

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Soul Mate for Sirius - Sep 12, 2005 10:19 am (#373 of 2980)

Good morning everyone! Well actually, it's not really morning here, it's almost 1pm, but I just woke up about 30 minutes ago! That was a suprise. I set my alarm for 9am because I wanted to be productive today, but I guess that didn't go so well. I feel so lazy, but at the same time, I'm trying to justify it to myself by saying that obviously my body needed that much sleep to recover from this weekend!

Puck, I too was hoping you'd have news of Baby Puck the next time you posted, so here's hoping that news comes soon!!

Well, since I woke up so late, it's time for a super quick check of the threads before I start being productive!!

-Jenn

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Stephanie M. - Sep 12, 2005 2:18 pm (#374 of 2980)

Well, if nothing else works then try a spoonful of salt (Yeah, it won't taste good but if you're desperate... ). Also try walking around or lots of exercise. (Accio Baby Puck!)

I'm off to check the threads then off do my homework and study for my Spanish quiz.

Adios mis amigos!!!

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Madam Pince - Sep 12, 2005 5:27 pm (#375 of 2980)

Finn, is that a plate of French Fries in your avatar???

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Finn BV - Sep 12, 2005 6:36 pm (#376 of 2980)

LOL, yes, Madam Pince, I felt like we needed a change – a drastic one, at that – from tennis stars, so I felt this was about as different as you could get. I took that pic on our trip out West this year, when we earned a free night at a fancy hotel in Sonoma, CA. Since we didn't have to pay for the room, Mom and Dad felt it was okay to splurge for the $3.50 fries, and I signed the bill to the room. It was so exciting taking that pen in hand, and writing my name, and… yeah, so those are the fries. Huge plate. And don't get me wrong. I hate ketchup.

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Denise P. - Sep 12, 2005 6:56 pm (#377 of 2980)

Bwahaha, I grew up within biking distance of Sonoma and can't wrap my brain around the idea of it having anything fancy. Of course, that was also +30 years ago and I guess a tourist boom in Wine Country has changed things some. To me, Sonoma will always be a sleepy town (as well as the County I was born in)

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Ludicrous Patents Office - Sep 12, 2005 7:48 pm (#378 of 2980)

Dame Peverell those cows are adorable!

Accio Baby Puck. LPO

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Wisey - Sep 13, 2005 3:19 am (#379 of 2980)

G'day everybody, I fairly new to the club. Love reading all your posts. Hope everyone is well.

Anyone watch Aussie Rules, no padding what so ever. My team I support (Sydney Swans) have reached the semi-finals to be played this coming weekend, they haven't won the flag since 1938, so this is very exciting time for all supporters.

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haymoni - Sep 13, 2005 5:18 am (#380 of 2980)

Wisey - I am always amazed everytime I watch Australian Rules football. I don't know the rules and the referees make me chuckle, but the athleticism of the players (or craziness of the players) is awesome.

Hope your team does well.

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pottermom34 - Sep 13, 2005 5:55 am (#381 of 2980)

It's the 24th of this month, Elanor; but I have other things to think about. On the 18th, my son gets married, and I have to wear a suit............all day! Harrowing, or what?!-- Timrew.

The funny thing about this is my daughter's birthday is also the 24, but her party is the 18th.


Hope the baby comes soon Puck , incidentally here's something that could help, if your local zoo has a camel ride try that . It's safe we had a lady ride the day she was due. You never know the buimpiness or rockiness might encourage the baby out a little faster. Or listen to a funny comedian, my sister saw Jeff Foxworthy and went into labor the next day from laughing so hard. Anyway good luck.


About the legos, I've never seen an HP lego pen but they have a DD, a Hagrid, and a Harry keychain for 3.99.

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mike miller - Sep 13, 2005 5:56 am (#382 of 2980)

ARRRR, Me thinks it's less than week 'til Talk Like A Pirate Day!! Shiver me timbers! (sorry - couldn't wait 'til Monday)

Wisey - I enjoy Assie Rules when they show it, like Haymoni I love the signal the officals make when a tema scores!

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Gina R Snape - Sep 13, 2005 7:27 am (#383 of 2980)

**pokes head out from behind a mountain of homework**

Hey, everyone! I entered the Pottercast impersonation contest with my voice of Snape. Please go vote for me!!!

http://www.the-leaky-cauldron.org/pottercast/impersonations.html

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Snuffles - Sep 13, 2005 7:37 am (#384 of 2980)

Hi Gina

I have voted. You are currently second!

Good luck

Julie

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azi - Sep 13, 2005 7:40 am (#385 of 2980)

Hello everyone!

Haven't got long because at work, but just popped in to say hi!

Mind you, the office is very quiet this week, I have nothing to do (and I'm complaining!).

Hope everyone is groovily good!

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Puck - Sep 13, 2005 9:16 am (#386 of 2980)

Still here, currently munching on a nice fresh apple. (One of th many delightful things about fall in New England.)

Thanks for the many well wishes. Seems to be this girl is a stubborn one. I may try that salt. Exercise/walking doesn't help, as I did aerobics/kickboxing throughout the pregnancy my body is used to it. I'm just worried now about her getting big. My others were right around 7 pounds, both born a few days before due. If this one waits much longer I may be looking at over 8 pounds. Hmmm, there is a zoo about half an hour from here that does camel rides. Maybe if I don't have her by the weekend. I rode an elephant near the end with Maya. Quite uncomfortable sitting on that back bone, and getting my off after the ride was quite a sight!

Welcome Wisey! Don't know about Aussie Rules, but understand your sentiment, as our Red Sox also went the better part of a century without a championship.

Off to check a few threads.

Kathy

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Elanor - Sep 13, 2005 9:39 am (#387 of 2980)

LOL about the camel ride Puck!

I hope baby Puck won't let you wait too long now! But she will be a Virgo girl, so let's face it, she will be stubborn or, better, persevering: it is the other ones that find us stubborn! The only good thing about her waiting some more days is the possibility that she will arrive on next Monday, September 19th, on Hermione's birthday, wouldn't it be great for a HP fan like you?

Gina, I just voted for you!

Welcome Wisey! I hope you will have some great time here!

Oh, I have some great news! I may have the opportunity to spend 2 (or 3) weeks in Cambridge next spring, for a teacher training course. It is something organized by the E.U. to improve the way languages are taught in school (since the elementary school) and create links between teachers and schools all over Europe. As I teach English to the 3rd and 5th grades this year, I can apply for that training course that includes course at the university and some time in schools of the region. It sounds really great! I so hope I will be chosen for it. It should take place in March. I hope I will be able to meet (or meet again! **waving to the Accio/London crew**) some forumers if I can go!

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Soul Mate for Sirius - Sep 13, 2005 10:29 am (#388 of 2980)

Hey everyone! So yesterday was nowhere close to being as productive as I'd hoped. Let's hope today is better!

Puck, I'm sorry to hear Baby Puck is still not with us yet, but I have to agree with Elanor, she is a Virgo, and well, as a fellow Virgo, I must admit we can be a bit stuborn. I myself was two weeks late when I was born and made my poor mother go through 17 hours of labor!! (but don't worry, I'm sure baby Puck won't be quite as stuborn as me! )

Anyway, I'm off to check the threads!!

-Jenn

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Denise P. - Sep 13, 2005 10:31 am (#389 of 2980)

When I was expecting Iain in May 2001, the ladies due at the same time as me all swore drinking Code Red Mountain Dew would do the trick. I have come to the conclusion that nothing the mom does, eats or tries will help until that baby is darn good and ready.

Hang in there Cathy, can't be too much longer!

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haymoni - Sep 13, 2005 10:36 am (#390 of 2980)

Wasn't there some salad in California that everyone was eating a few years back?

The restaurant was shipping them to pregnant women all over the country. They wouldn't give out the recipe though.

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T Brightwater - Sep 13, 2005 11:53 am (#391 of 2980)

Puck, try this: Make elaborate plans to do something special within the next few days. If Murphy's Law is still in effect, the baby should show up at the most inconvenient possible moment. :-)

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Gina R Snape - Sep 13, 2005 12:19 pm (#392 of 2980)

Hey, thanks everyone who voted for me!

I hear drinking ginger tea helps aid the process of inducing labour.

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Snuffles - Sep 13, 2005 2:13 pm (#393 of 2980)

I have just checked the pottercast! Gina you are storming ahead, you have over 70 votes more that the next person!!

Julie

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Madam Pince - Sep 13, 2005 2:16 pm (#394 of 2980)

Never tickle a sleeping dragon ain't got nothing on "Don't mess with the loyalty of Lex Forum members." Go Gina!

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Joanna S Lupin - Sep 13, 2005 2:21 pm (#395 of 2980)

I knew it!!!

Sorry, guys, I don't think I've ever strayed to this thread and I do really regret it now! I peeked in today in my investigation of the identity of a certain Gina from New York! I could have died! Wow, is it nerdiness or what? Geez, Gina, your devotion to Severus Snape is really mighty if you can inspire people to recognize you instantly by the mere way of impersonating Snape! LOL

Your impersonation was sincerely the best! It was fabulous! When I voted you were at the lead and well deserved too!

Pleased at finally solving the mystery I may peacefully go to bed!

Goodnight to all!

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Catherine - Sep 13, 2005 2:36 pm (#396 of 2980)

Gina, I can't wait to check out your submission.

Puck, all I can say is "Accio, baby!"

As for me, I had a bit of an embarrassment today. I had my students for a two hour block of English/Social Studies. In the first hour and a quarter, we had an English test. Then, I put in a National Geographic video that I previewed last night when I was very sleepy before bedtime.

It started out wonderfully--it showed all the natural wonders of Africa and geographic landforms. How I missed this last night, I don't know, but there was a lot of antelope love in the savanna that seemed interminable while watching it with my class. EEEK!

Well, this was too much for the 7th grade boys, who broke out in laughter. One of the 7th grade girls said, "Mrs. Allen, at least you only have them two hours a day. WE (meaning the girls) have to be in class with them ALL DAY."

Oh, dear. Oh, dear.

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haymoni - Sep 13, 2005 3:02 pm (#397 of 2980)

Too funny, Catherine.

Well we have a new addition to our family.

We have a black, male kitten named...Sirius!!!!

I won! I actually got to name a pet in our house!!!

Hubby wanted to name him "Angus" - some of you may remember his devotion to AC/DC.

My daughter wanted to name it "Thumbellina" if it was a girl. Lucky for me, she was very excited about calling it Sirius.

Phew!!!

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Eponine - Sep 13, 2005 3:08 pm (#398 of 2980)

Oh Catherine. It's always interesting to watch kids' reactions to those kind of things.

When I was subbing, we read Their Eyes Were Watching God and we watched the Halle Berry TV movie afterward. The *ahem* okay for prime time scenes seemed rather risque when viewed in proximity with a room full of 16 and 17 year old kids. One of them asked, 'Um...Mrs. Scott? Are we supposed to be watching this?'

I had an interview today for a job at our local library. I really want this job. The interview went well, and I should find out something by the end of the week. If only I had a bit of Felix Felicius with me.

My sister told me that my nephew was playing Dora the Explorer today, when he suddenly switched to Harry Potter because he looked at her and said, 'Welcome to the Knight Bus' and bowed.

I hope everyone is having a great day!

Gina, with the support of the forum, you're bound to win! Is there a prize or is it just the satisfaction of winning?

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Ludicrous Patents Office - Sep 13, 2005 3:58 pm (#399 of 2980)

Gina I just voted for you. You are way ahead.

Good Luck Charms to Eponine. I hope you get your job.

LOL Catherine. At least you previewed it.

Haymoni great name for the kitty. LPO

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Gina R Snape - Sep 13, 2005 3:59 pm (#400 of 2980)

Joanna, you crack me up! Yes, I suppose my devotion does come through in my recording.

I read Their Eyes... in college. Never saw the film.

Thanks again, guys!!!! I'm off to be very Hermione-ish. I've got about 3 days' worth of reading to do in one night. Oye! The joys of PhD education...
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Re: Chat & Greetings 2005

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Sep 13, 2005 4:07 pm (#401 of 2980)

Catherine, I'm wondering, will you be giving the children a "quiz" on the video? If you are, let me know if you need help. I'm really good at quizzes.

***wanders off hearing the tune to "Muskrat Love" looping through her head***

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I Am Used Vlad - Sep 13, 2005 5:15 pm (#402 of 2980)

That's funny, Catherine. My 8th grade English teacher had us read a short story in class about a kid who always comes home from school and tells his mom about the antics of a bad fellow student. In the end, it turns out that the bad student doesn't exist, and the kid himself committed all the misdeeds. I don't remember what the title is, but it's the name of the fake student. Anyway, one the the offenses was that the kid never wore the proper footwear when it was raining. The boys reacted the same way your male students did when we got to that part.

The only difference is that my teacher was male, and I'm pretty sure he had us read the story just so he could see how we acted when we got to that part of the story.

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Eponine - Sep 13, 2005 5:36 pm (#403 of 2980)

Used Vlad, I believe that story is Charles by Shirley Jackson who also wrote The Lottery.

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TwinklingBlueEyes - Sep 13, 2005 6:57 pm (#404 of 2980)

Do we actually have to listen to all that to vote for Gina?

:-)

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Gina R Snape - Sep 13, 2005 7:01 pm (#405 of 2980)

No, but if you want to hear the impersonations, they are in the last 19 minutes or so of the cast.

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Puck - Sep 13, 2005 11:09 pm (#406 of 2980)

Hi! Well, if Denise doesn't know how to speed a baby along I guess it's impossible. (Tried ginger tea and even chewing on the raw ginger, Gina, but alas, earwax.) I have a doctor's appointment today and I'm going to beg her to break my water. Let's hope she's in a charitable mood.

Good luck with the job Eponine! (By the way, is your name from "Les Miserables"?)

Go Gina! Do you get a cool HP prize if you win?

Funny stories about kids and embarassing animal moments. (And I can't remember at the moment who's responsible, but thanks for putting "Muskrat Love" into my head. Will now be singing it all day."

Okay, laptop just did this weird beep, think I'll put it away now. It's 2am, a great time to watch T.V. and eat chocolate. (Trouble sleeping, so I'm in the wee hours often lately.)

Kathy

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Ydnam96 - Sep 13, 2005 11:40 pm (#407 of 2980)

Puck, I have heard of one more thing that is supposed to help quicken things up...but it's not family friendly so I won't share it.

Okay, is anybody ready for book seven now?

I've decided, two months is a good break, we need a new book. Or an update on the website. Or maybe Jo could just come over for dinner?

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The giant squid - Sep 14, 2005 12:01 am (#408 of 2980)

I haven't got any advice whatsoever for you, Puck. I just think it's going to be funny at your little girl's first Forum gathering, wondering why everyone keeps calling her "Accio".  :goofygrin:

Madame P, yes I am a Vikes fan. It's something of an underdog thing--you know they'll never win the Superbowl, but it's fun watching them try!

--Mike

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haymoni - Sep 14, 2005 4:59 am (#409 of 2980)

Puck - Ydman's advice has worked for many a couple. Can't believe I forgot that one!!!

Our 2-year-old cat, Kelly, is afraid of Sirius - he hissed at her and she's gone into hiding.

The kids won't leave that poor kitten alone. I had to put it in the bathroom and tell the kids "No kitty until after school!!!"

Poor thing.

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Finn BV - Sep 14, 2005 5:51 am (#410 of 2980)

Hey guys –– comp problems yesterday, and this is what I typed but was not able to post:

The Lottery! We read that story in 6th grade. Let's not get into it…

My sister told me that my nephew was playing Dora the Explorer today –Eponine

Sorry, have either Steph or I mentioned that a science teacher at our school (Steph's homeroom teacher) is the namesake of Dora the Explorer? Her ex-husband is the creator of the show and named it after her because she enjoyed trekking and stuff like that. Sorry. Had to make that obscure reference.

Denise, although the actual town of Sonoma is not what I would call a hopping town but the hotel was certainly exclusive. It's a Mission Inn, which is a high-class chain of hotels around the globe. It could definitely be described as fancy.

I'm losing so much time on the Forum to school and extracurricular stuff. So I'll try to stay as caught up as I can but it's soooo hard now.

Gina, I voted for you. I love your impersonation. And Accio baby Puck!

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Denise P. - Sep 14, 2005 5:52 am (#411 of 2980)

I can say from personal experience that Mandy's non Forum friendly advice (if it is the one I think) didn't work for me nor a boatload of people I know.

Spicy food, eggplant parmesan (recipe found on the web if you are interested), exercise, Code Red Mountain Dew, 4 Wheel Riding/Camel/Horseback riding, eating/drinking ginger flavored things.... sounds great but until you are ready, it just won't help

I am changing my vanity plate on my van. Here are my choices: OBLIVI8, 0BLIVI8 (in case the O is used, the 0 looks okay), ACCIO, LUMOS any other suggestions that are 7 letters or under?

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Snuffles - Sep 14, 2005 6:08 am (#412 of 2980)

Denise, you could always have CRUCIO, IMPERIO, NOX, or REPARO!!

Julie

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Loopy Lupin - Sep 14, 2005 6:10 am (#413 of 2980)

How I missed this last night, I don't know, but there was a lot of antelope love in the savanna that seemed interminable while watching it with my class. EEEK! – Catherine

I'm confused. Why would the boys think a couple of ants eloping is so funny? It seems kind of sweet to me.

Denise, I'd have to vote for some version of "obliviate."

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haymoni - Sep 14, 2005 6:19 am (#414 of 2980)

How about some form of Weasley?

I realize that you have more kids than the Weasleys, but WZLYCAR or HGWRTXP or something that conveys the transportation of a number of children.

What was the name of that family-sized flying carpet?

Edit - how many letters? 6, 7 or 8?

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Dame Peverell - Sep 14, 2005 6:22 am (#415 of 2980)

REPARO...STUPIFY...PROTEGO...SONORUS...QUIETUS

I like OBLIVI8 and ACCIO the best. ACCIO is more uniquely Harry Potter.

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Madam Pince - Sep 14, 2005 6:26 am (#416 of 2980)

Hey! Rhys opened his eyes! Yippee! What a cutie-pie....

Mike, the Vikings almost got there a couple years ago, didn't they? The field-goal kicker had been like 100% or something, and the kick was only from about 35 yards and he missed it? I don't remember the exact details, but I remember being totally stunned that he missed. That was probably the best chance they ever had...

Yay! I just looked outside and we're getting a tiny bit of rain! Woo-hoo! Our first in over two weeks!

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Denise P. - Sep 14, 2005 6:27 am (#417 of 2980)

Heh, we drive an Express Van so I may have to just get vinyl letters to add above that says Hogwarts

Mr. Denise is pushing hard for a form of OBLIVI8 right now.

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Dame Peverell - Sep 14, 2005 8:54 am (#418 of 2980)

The Lexicon has come to life! There's an animation of Professor McGonagall turning into a cat you'll want to see along with some other new artwork.

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The giant squid - Sep 14, 2005 12:19 pm (#419 of 2980)

Mike, the Vikings almost got there a couple years ago, didn't they?--Madame Pince

Yeah, they've almost gotten there a few times. They've been in the Superbowl 4 times...and lost all 4; a record surpassed only by the Buffalo Bills (0-5). It's almost as though they don't want to win it--then what will they have to look forward to?

Puck, I'd listen to Denise...the lady's got experience in this area after all. Babies, like cats, don't come when you want them, but when they're darn good & ready to. And usually at an inopportune or embarassing moment, to boot.

--Mike

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Chemyst - Sep 14, 2005 12:29 pm (#420 of 2980)

RE: Loopy, on ants eloping, including avatar

   Excellent.

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Loopy Lupin - Sep 14, 2005 12:33 pm (#421 of 2980)

Thanks Chemyst. I was starting to feel ignored.

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Lina - Sep 14, 2005 12:54 pm (#422 of 2980)

Eponine, good luck with the job!

Dame Peverell, great avatar!

Denise, I really like the 0BLIVI8 and REPARO. Maybe NIMBUS or NIMBUS2? And is the baby gorgeous or what?

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Catherine - Sep 14, 2005 1:23 pm (#423 of 2980)

Loopy, thanks for the Ants Eloping. I grinned.

Denise, you may not know this, but I have "OBLIVI8!" as my license plate on my car here in NC!

Well, Ophelia is pouring rain on us, and by 12:45 today, our school was the only school holding class in Eastern NC. Needless to say, this decision was markedly unpopular with the 7th graders. I'm so glad to be home. Our road to our neighborhood floods horribly in heavy rain, so it was on my mind all day. Thank goodness Mr. Catherine could pick up the kids from school when their school dismissed this morning.

Just so you can see how everything was closed today, (except our school) I called the doctor's office about their failure to call in a prescription to the pharmacy, and the doctor's office was closed! Grr! I was teaching 7th grade, and they are all at home???

Grrr.

Growling makes me think of lions, which reminds me that Rhys looks very cute in your new avatar Denise.

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T Brightwater - Sep 14, 2005 1:30 pm (#424 of 2980)

All the license plates sound good to me! (I might go for MGGLBRN if I ever wanted a vanity plate.) If anyone hears of a "Nitwit! Blubber! Oddment! Tweak!" bumper sticker, let me know. Also, is there a source for House badges that are not attached to scarves? I've been thinking about putting a Hufflepuff badge on my luggage to make it easier to spot at baggage claim.

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Soul Mate for Sirius - Sep 14, 2005 2:14 pm (#425 of 2980)

Hey everyone!!

It's been so busy here the past two days! I'm leaving to go down to school on Sunday so I've been packing and digging out all my stuff for my dorm. I've been realizing that I have a lot to buy still.

I went and got my hair colored and cut today. and the girl who cuts my hair cut my bangs really really short. I'm not sure if I like them yet.

I'm glad everyone's doing well. Gina, I'm going to vote for you right now!! Oh! And **Accio Baby Puck!!**

Off to the threads!!

-Jenn

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Denise P. - Sep 14, 2005 2:37 pm (#426 of 2980)

Yes, they do make House patches not attached to anything. Check eBay. I got a Hogwarts crest and a Ravenclaw patch there.

Catherine, yep, I did know you had that. I remember you pacing anxiously by your mailbox waiting for it to arrive.

Brightwater, the miracle of homecomputers means you can make a bumpersticker that says that or scout around and see if any Cafe Press stores sell it.

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Finn BV - Sep 14, 2005 3:17 pm (#427 of 2980)

How cute is Rhys, Denise! (Hey, Rhys rhymes with Denise! ) That is such a happy photo! And how often do you change your vanity plates? Is it less than, say, 2 and a half years? Because I would do ACIOBK7. Then again, not that many people would get it. I don't know if you know about it, but you can check out MuggleNet's License Plates plage.

Too much homework… I'll be around to the threads in a little while.

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Denise P. - Sep 14, 2005 3:28 pm (#428 of 2980)

I got my current vanity plate, a variation of my online name (not Denise P. though, I actually use my name here), back in 1997.

Thanks for the compliments on my lil guy, I got a picture of him cross eyed and I doubt he will be pleased with it in a few years.

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Ludicrous Patents Office - Sep 14, 2005 3:45 pm (#429 of 2980)

LOL Loopy Lupin! I love the ants.

It is raining here. The mountains got some snow last night. It was beautiful this morning. It has been very hot here. Now it feels like autumn. Mr. Ludicrous is going on a river raft trip in Utah. He leaves tomorrow. While he is gone I intend on expanding my garden. Whenever I leave he does "surprise" projects like removing walls in the house. Revenge is at hand!!! LPO

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T Brightwater - Sep 14, 2005 4:02 pm (#430 of 2980)

The ants go marching one by one, hurrah, hurrah...

Thanks for the tip, Denise!

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Puck - Sep 14, 2005 8:06 pm (#431 of 2980)

I love rhe ants! Glad I'm not the only one who enjoys such jokes! (When slicing up fruit I always tell my kids I "cantelope" because I'm already married.)

Thanks for the charms. Doctor says they are starting to work. She thinks I should go soon (actually, she was away last week and was surprised to find I hadn't delivered while she was gone.) She did promise to help jump start my labor if I make it through another week, so at least there is a light at the end of the tunnel! Oh, and I have heard that tale as well, Mandy.

Catherine, hope the water levels drop soon.

Off to bed. Need to bed up early to send my kids to school. Parker is thrilled because he was chosen to be "Star of the Day" in his class tomorrow. Oh, and how cute is this, he had picture day today and insisted on wearing a tie!

Oh, and Finn, I have a 3 year old who would love to meet your teacher, the orginal Dora!

Night! Kathy

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haymoni - Sep 14, 2005 8:22 pm (#432 of 2980)

Puck - "You cantelope but oh, honeydew." It was a line from Aladdin and the King of Thieves. Sorry!

Hope everyone on the east coast is OK with Miss Ophelia. I really think that is a tacky name for a hurricane. Didn't Ophelia drown herself? Whoever picked that name should be given a Hamlet assignment - a really long one!

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Amilia Smith - Sep 14, 2005 9:23 pm (#433 of 2980)

And then there's Honeymoon Salad: lettuce alone.

Mills.

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Sep 14, 2005 9:24 pm (#434 of 2980)

When slicing up fruit I always tell my kids I "cantelope" because I'm already married.---Puck

This was a favorite of my mother's growing up (Haymoni, it was around longggg before Aladdin and the King of Thieves ) along with, "Tissue? I don't even know you!"

Puck, your "Star of the Day" comment put me in mind of 11am Sunday mornings and Dave Maynard and Community Auditions--which was the 1970's answer to American Idol.

Star of the Day
Who will it be?
Your vote will hold the key
It's up to you
Tell us true
Who'll be star of the day!

(Apologies to all non-Bay Staters everywhere.)

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The giant squid - Sep 14, 2005 11:11 pm (#435 of 2980)

Honeymoon Salad: lettuce alone—mills

That reminds me of my Physics class in high school. Our teacher would always post "laws" from the Murphy's Law books. One of them was "Cole's Law: Thinly sliced cabbage."

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T Brightwater - Sep 15, 2005 6:03 am (#436 of 2980)

Out of town for the next couple weeks, see you in October. Happy birthday to those who will be celebrating, especially Timrew; hope everything goes well, Puck; best wishes to all.

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Dame Peverell - Sep 15, 2005 6:18 am (#437 of 2980)



I'll miss you, T. Brightwater. Stay safe. I've been hunting Avatars so here's another.

Use plenty of elbow grease... I thought elbow grease was toothpaste until I was 9.

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Ladybug220 - Sep 15, 2005 6:41 am (#438 of 2980) Reply
Edited by Sep 15, 2005 6:42 am

Hello everyone! I have been lurking rather than posting. Work has been very busy with lots of deadlines. However, I am about to escape for the weekend, so things are looking up for a few days. I am going to visit friends in Birmingham and meet my friend's 6 month old baby boy. It should be fun.

I just watched the GOF trailer that was released this morning and it looks very cool. I am really looking forward to the movie coming out and I think that it will be the best one yet.

Puck, I have said several accio charms for you, but it seems that your baby has no intention of arriving until she's ready.

Denise, Rhys is very cute! As for the license plate issue, I am partial to LUMOS but then that is what I have on my plate since a certain NC resident already has Oblivi8. Speaking of that forum member.....

Catherine, I hope that there isn't any flooding in your area. Here in Durham, it has been rather dry (thankfully). Also, I had a good laugh about your antelope story. I wish that I could sit in on your classes when discussing Africa as I am going there in Feb/March. My grandmother wanted a roommate for the trip and I was not about to turn down a chance to go. We are going to Kenya and Tanzania and will be visiting the Serengeti and Kilimanjaro. I can't wait!

Eponine, good luck with the job.

Happy Birthday for all of those that I have missed.

I hope that everyone has a good day! Time for me to pretend to work....

Amy

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Mrs. Sirius - Sep 15, 2005 7:38 am (#439 of 2980)

Woa, yes let me catch my breath. November 18, 63 days!

Denise, Rhys is so adorable, reminds one why we have babies. Makes you just want to hold and snuggle him (that's as far as I go down that road).

Gina, because of you I finally tried that iPOd contraption, I had decided that I would not open new media on this but I couldn't not vote for you so listened. I got to hear Steve Van Der Ark speak too.

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Eponine - Sep 15, 2005 12:37 pm (#440 of 2980)

I got the job!!!

**dances around**

Just wanted to share.

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Detail Seeker - Sep 15, 2005 1:07 pm (#441 of 2980)

Congatulations, Eponine ! Have a good start at it, then.

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Catherine - Sep 15, 2005 1:30 pm (#442 of 2980)

Yay, Eponine! Congratulations. I'm happy for you.

::waves to Ladybug!:: It's good to see you post! Thanks for your good wishes for our area. Our basement is wet, but we are just enduring lots of wind and rain intermittently, and our area has done really well. Closer to the beaches and sounds, though, is a different story. I'm still looking out for LUMOS! every time I drive into your area.

Denise, I dare you to get a licence plate that says "CRUCIO" or "THUMPER."

If I can ever convince Mr. Catherine to go with an HP license plate, perhaps I can get him to agree to "SPEW" OR "HORCRUX." The way some people are about cars, you'd think they had part of their soul wrapped up in it...

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Madam Pince - Sep 15, 2005 1:44 pm (#443 of 2980)

Congratulations, Eponine! Knew you could do it!!!!

Speaking of cars, Mr. Pince just got a new one today. You would think it was a horcrux, the way he's so thrilled about it. He just sits in it and starts cackling madly and pushing buttons -- "Look at this! Look what I can do! Bwahahaha! And just smell that! Don't you love that smell??!!"

Loopy Lupin, I have a legal question for you, if you don't mind, or maybe you could refer me to a good website. Are U.S. Circuit Court rulings binding on areas outside of their circuit? For example, would a 9th U.S. Circuit Court ruling be binding in Virginia? Or does it just set a precedent which the Virginia area's circuit (is it the 6th?) would then be likely to uphold, or something? Thanks in advance for any help!

Puck, hope that little baby girl decides to join the world soon! ***fingers crossed!***

Mike Miller, we thought of you last night -- we are trying to finish cleaning out the freezer of all the tenderloin from last season to make room for this season, and I made this mushroom/red wine/cream sauce that was divine, if I do say so myself. You would've loved it, I think!

Hope everyone in the North Carolina area stays dry!

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Finn BV - Sep 15, 2005 1:47 pm (#444 of 2980)

Yay Eponine! Congratulations! Do another happy dance!

We'll miss you T, see you in October.

**sends hurricane-away charms to NC folks**

Puck, we are waiting!! Any day, now……

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mike miller - Sep 15, 2005 2:04 pm (#445 of 2980)

Congrats Eponine!! Wonderful News

Denise - I have nothing to add to the vanity plate search, I think you're on to something already. Thanks Finn for the link to Mugglenet's page.

Madam Pince - I had my boss and his family over for dinner last Saturday as they are having their kitchen remodeled. You guessed it, grilled tenderloin in my teriyaki style marinade along with grilled salmon. I got wind of another Fall event at work being planned and my chili has already been requested.

Off to check some threads....

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Madam Pince - Sep 15, 2005 2:13 pm (#446 of 2980)

I have this sudden urge to remodel my kitchen, now.... Yummmmm!

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Sep 15, 2005 2:22 pm (#447 of 2980)

Congratulations, Eponine.

Denise, I dare you to get a licence plate that says "CRUCIO" or "THUMPER."---Catherine

I'm sure this has been mentioned but I don't remember seeing it--how about PORTKEY ? As far as the kids are concerned, isn't that what you and the van are?

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Stephanie M. - Sep 15, 2005 2:44 pm (#448 of 2980)

Congratulations Eponine!!! That's wonderful news!

Denise, he is adorable! (I love his outfit!)

I haven't really been on the Forum lately! (Gasp! I know! I know!) My science teacher aka. Dora the Explorer gave us so much work to do.

The new trailer is amazing! I'm very happy with it.

Have we been accio-ing Baby Puck with our wands? Maybe we need to accio with wands!

Finn, donde está tu vava? Did he ever calm down after reading that post behind your shoulder?

Ok I have to go do my homework. I'll be back later.

Accio Baby Puck!!! (With my wand!)

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Finn BV - Sep 15, 2005 3:23 pm (#449 of 2980)

Finn, donde está tu vava?

Vava voom? I think you meant vaca.

And the only thing about the trailer is that the music is… bad?? Yes, the music was good in the international trailer but this music is really weird. Kinda makes me regret the switch of composers.

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Marè - Sep 15, 2005 4:02 pm (#450 of 2980)

Where can I find this trailer?

Oh, yeah, everybody who hasn't done so: go vote for Gina!
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Mrs. Sirius - Sep 15, 2005 4:13 pm (#451 of 2980)

I am not Loopy Madame Pince, but if I may, no, a circuit court decision is binding only within that circuit. A decision made within the 9th circuit does not have to be follow in any other circuit. However all lower courts within that circuit must follow that ruling. My husband (he's the lawyer) and I have been following this.

Congratulations Eponine, great news!!!!

Edit: A circuit court desicion can become binding across the country if the Supreme Court upholds the ruling.

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Finn BV - Sep 15, 2005 4:25 pm (#452 of 2980)

Yes, please go vote for Gina! She's now 29 behind Ginevra from Tennessee!!

Marè, glad to see you around again. The trailer may be watched here, or, if that doesn't work, at any other link TLC or Mugglenet gives.

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Madam Pince - Sep 15, 2005 6:22 pm (#453 of 2980)

Thanks for the info, Mrs. Sirius! I appreciate it -- that's what I had thought, but I wasn't sure.

When you said you'd been following this, I was a little confused, because I'm pretty sure that what I'm asking about is something nobody else would be following, because it's not very big news. But then I remembered another thing that has been getting some media attention, and I realized that my question could apply to that, too. But, anyway, my original question had nothing to do with the "bigger news" one.

And now that everyone is totally confused, I'll just say "Never mind!" and go to bed.

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Soul Mate for Sirius - Sep 15, 2005 6:47 pm (#454 of 2980)

Hey everyone! Wow...what a day. I spent all day running to a million different stores trying to get everything I need for school. Then I had to come home and pack everything. I'm still not done packing and I leave on Sunday. Since there's a football game (of course) on Saturday, then tomorrow's the last day I have to pack!

But anyway, Hope everyone's well...expecially those in NC!!

I'm off the the threads!

-Jenn

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Gina R Snape - Sep 15, 2005 6:49 pm (#455 of 2980)

Thanks for your support, everyone. I'm still behind. :sniff, sniff: but there's a few more days left...

Denise, I think you should get RAVNCLW or PORTKEY or SLYTHRN

Maritza, glad to hear I have brought you further into geekdom the technological world.

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Mrs. Sirius - Sep 15, 2005 10:16 pm (#456 of 2980)

lol, Gina, yes whining and kvetching I am following deeper into the techno world that as a thespian, I thought I'd have no need off. Thanks.

Yes Madame Pince that one is the one we were following, but that circuit is the one to watch, they have the most interesting rulings. Hope folks aren't too confused.

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Ydnam96 - Sep 15, 2005 10:38 pm (#457 of 2980)

Baby Puck??? Acio Baby Puck!

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pottermom34 - Sep 16, 2005 5:57 am (#458 of 2980)

What?! No baby yet? Well what's the hold up? Accio! baby Puck.
Went and got my daughter's birthday present yesturday, it is a Slytherin robe for Halloween. She is a big Malfoy fan. I'll get her a wand on her actual birthday and I think I'll get a couple of rubber snakes from the zoo to put on the costume or even wrap around her wand. I only paid 10 bucks for it. Such a good price I couldn't pass it up. It was one of last years but I don't care I think I saved like 14 bucks.
Well the zoo season is almost done, the camels go home to Oklahoma Wednesday so I'll probably be unemployed soon, although I'll stay on as long as I can, it'd be nice if I could stay year round but I doubt it not enough business in the off season to work. I had a fun year though. I hear next year we will have swan boats on our pond, that ought to be interesting.
If I could afford personalized plates I'd get POTR MOM.


So I had a hard experience for a parent to face. Some of you may remember my venting on fathers day. Well my dad came over the other day (small miracle) and when he came in, my 3 year old said "Hey it's Tina and Sadie's (my nieces) grandpa". He said "I'm your grandpa too." Then she said "no you’re not." Now I would expect that out of my 5 yr. old but not the 3yr. old. The sad part is he thought it was funny. It wasn't meant to be and I didn't think it was. Hopefully it'll sink in.


Anyway on to more threads hope all in N.C. are ok, birthday wishes to all I've missed.

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Marie E. - Sep 16, 2005 6:29 am (#459 of 2980)

I saw a man yesterday who looked exactly like my brother. It was so weird! Now I know what my brother would look like with an eyebrow piercing. *has a giggling fit*

I still can't watch the new GoF trailer because my husband hasn't downloaded all the necessary plug-ins yet. I'd do it myself but one time I tried and killed the computer.

Tonight Lexie has a friend spending the night and I'm going to walk in a Light the Night event. I'm taking Shayla with me so poor Mr. E isn't overburdened by females. Light the Night raises money for Leukemia and Lymphoma research. Gosh, I hope I spelled those right!

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Denise P. - Sep 16, 2005 6:46 am (#460 of 2980)

A very worthwhile cause, Marie! And I know leukemia at least is spelled correctly

I like your avatar LOL

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Loopy Lupin - Sep 16, 2005 7:36 am (#461 of 2980)

Gina, I voted for you. You're currently third.

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Soul Mate for Sirius - Sep 16, 2005 8:26 am (#462 of 2980)

Good morning everyone!

Still no Baby Puck huh? I think Stepanie's right, we need to use our wands! All together now...1...2...3... ACCIO BABY PUCK!!

I don't really have a lot to say this morning. I have a ton to do to get ready for school still and need to get moving. Plus I have to find time to work out. I made a bet with my father last night. We both have three months to lose 20 lbs. and then we have to keep it off for another 3 months. I don't know what I was thinking. Oh well...I'll be healthier for it I guess.

Anyway, I hope everyone in NC is alright, and best wishes to everyone.

-Jenn

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Steve Newton - Sep 16, 2005 9:07 am (#463 of 2980)

Avast, maties, remember that Monday is National Talk Like a Pirate Day!

http://talklikeapirateday.com/

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Ydnam96 - Sep 16, 2005 9:23 am (#464 of 2980)

Arrrrrrrrrrrrg! I did remember, in fact I sent an evite out to all my non-forum friends so that they would know about this important observance. Most of them think I've had a little too much rum. Wink

If I were to get personalized plates I would like any of these: HGWTPRF (does anybody get that?); SWS&FLK; PURMUGL; NIMBUS; NITWIT; PREFECT; LNGBTTM; MCGONGL; APWBD; LEVIOSA. Of course, in additin to the ones you all have already mentioned. But I have not a dime to spare...so in my dreams.

(swich) Accio! Baby! Puck! (flick)

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Esther Rose - Sep 16, 2005 9:28 am (#465 of 2980)

Goodness! Baby Puck had better arrive soon. The kid is giving everyone a head cold of sorts.

Bless you all. ;-)

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Eponine - Sep 16, 2005 9:29 am (#466 of 2980)

HGWTPRF (does anybody get that?)

Hermione Granger wants to pinch Ron's freckles??? :goofygrin:
(Is it Hogwart's Prefect?)

I'm quite excited about this new job. I should be starting Tuesday. Thanks for all the congratulations.

Accio Baby Puck!

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Chemyst - Sep 16, 2005 9:47 am (#467 of 2980)

HGWTPRF (does anybody get that?)

At first glance it came out "Hogwart-proof" but I quickly realised the error of my way.  ... but now I like Eponine's freckle-pincher better.

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Denise P. - Sep 16, 2005 9:57 am (#468 of 2980)

Hogwarts Prefect or Hogwarts Professor

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Madam Pince - Sep 16, 2005 10:02 am (#469 of 2980)

I thought it stood for "Hogwarts Professor"

I really like MCGONGL! How about LEVIT8?

I think NIMBUS and LEVIOSA would be super-cool if you had a really hot sports car.

I have no idea what APWBD stands for...

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TwinklingBlueEyes - Sep 16, 2005 11:57 am (#470 of 2980)

Hmmm, **rolls eyes and takes wild guess...**

Albus Percival Wulfric Brian Dumbledore

...toddles off chuckling to self...

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Madam Pince - Sep 16, 2005 12:15 pm (#471 of 2980)

Awwwwwww.... duh!

Here I was trying every pronunciation of "AppWubbed" that I could think of.... I sounded like Tweety Bird....

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Stephanie M. - Sep 16, 2005 1:40 pm (#472 of 2980)

Hi everyone! It's Friday!!!!

Yeah, I meant to say vaca. Finn, where is your vava voom? In a garage? Does your cow have it?

I like all of the license plates! I have never really thought that much about them before. (I really like the Hermione Granger pinching Ron's freckles one! )

Off to the threads! I have so many to read!!! (And I might grab a snack!)

Adios for now!

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Catherine - Sep 16, 2005 2:56 pm (#473 of 2980)

Loopy, I like your current avatar. Good that you can get a laugh out of ants eloping...

I just got home from work and was met by tear-stained children guarding a baby bird who had fallen out of its nest. We couldn't find the nest at all, and sadly, there was a baby bird who didn't survive the fall. After some phone calls, I located a lady who likes to rehab wild birds, and luckily, she works in a Veterinary practice just a mile or two away from our house. So it looks like all will be well--I am just back from delivering the baby dove to her. I just couldn't stand to let that bird be a kitty snack for the outdoor cats who roam our neighborhood.

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Ydnam96 - Sep 16, 2005 3:39 pm (#474 of 2980)

Yes, Good Job on the Dumbeldore one Smile And I meant Hogwarts Professor, but it would work for Prefect too! I love the pinching Ron's Freckles one though!

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The giant squid - Sep 16, 2005 3:54 pm (#475 of 2980)

Now I know what my brother would look like with an eyebrow piercing. *has a giggling fit*--Marie E.

Funny you should mention that... No, unlike you I don't go around getting random body mutilations performed on myself.

I'm kinda confused what plug-ins you'd need for the new GoF trailer to run. Worked fine for me. Well, it took forever to load (33Mb). but it looked nifty when it got here Then again, I am rather obsessive about updating all my software. Can't fall behind the curve, ya know!

Loopy, there are only two words that can express my joy on seeing your new avatar: "Fire! Fire!!"

--Mike

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Elanor - Sep 17, 2005 7:19 am (#476 of 2980)

Squid Mike, I have sad news! Remember when I told you that the next Timothy Zahn's book ("The Outbound Flight") was to be released next October? Well, I've just discovered it is postponed till February. **sigh** Some publishers should really sort out their priorities, shouldn't they?

Here, Fall is on its way! It is a grey and windy Saturday, almost chilly (no more than 15°C / 59°F this afternoon). I love that!

This weekend is also the "Days of Patrimony" (journées du patrimoine) one. Each year, throughout France (and Europe for the first time this year I think), state or private properties usually closed for the public (such as churches, castles, ministries, etc...) are opened and the monuments usually opened can be visited for free during those 2 days. It is always great! I've been "hired" (voluntarily) to help guiding visitors in the old Franciscan convent of my town tomorrow afternoon. It will be funny to work as a guide as when I was a student again!

Have a great weekend everyone! And accio Baby Puck!

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CatherineHermiona - Sep 17, 2005 9:30 am (#477 of 2980)

Still no sign from Baby Puck. When I started to read through this 160-170 posts I already wanted to skip all posts and congratulate immediately. Luckily I didn't and I realized there still isn't any sign of Baby Puck. Accio Baby Puck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Denise, what do you think about PTRONUS? I like LEVIOSA but I doubt that any magic can make a van with 11 people levitate.

Second week of school has finished. We found out that Melanie is moving to Zagreb. And we just became really great friends. We already made a group (Melanie, Miriam, Martina and me) named Die Super Omas. Hope you will realize what that mean because I won't tell you. I hope we will stay in touch. At all, I'm having relatives in Zagreb.

About school, I was the only one that have all correct (29/29) and I was really happy. There is one more thing about Melanie. When I asked her which grades she had in Germany she answered 1/2. Can you imagine my surprise!!!!!!!! How she get to seventh grade?

Kate

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Loopy Lupin - Sep 17, 2005 9:36 am (#478 of 2980)

Loopy, there are only two words that can express my joy on seeing your new avatar: "Fire! Fire!!" – mike

Hehe. I'll just add that most of my clients are "Breakin' tha' law, breakin' tha' law." Allegedly, of course.

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Catherine - Sep 17, 2005 9:41 am (#479 of 2980)

Allegedly...heh heh heh heh....

Somehow, your current avatar reminds me of teaching seventh grade...

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The giant squid - Sep 17, 2005 11:54 am (#480 of 2980)

Back in the early 90's, in the midst of the Beavis & Butthead craze, I worked as a cook at an open-pit barbeque restaurant. By the time I'd been there a couple months I had fully mastered my Beavis impression. Strangely enough, I got promoted soon after...

Elanor, that is a bummer about "Outbound Flight". Sadly, though, I'm so far behind on Star Wars novels now that I really doubt I'd have gotten to it before next year anyway.

--Mike

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Detail Seeker - Sep 17, 2005 1:23 pm (#481 of 2980)

Hello, Katarina ! Don´t you think, you have become too old to be a SuperOma ?

As to your friend´s notes: A"1" is the best note you can get in Germany, a "6" worst. So, assuming, she meant to tell you, that she had "1"s and "2"s, that is quite good.

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Ydnam96 - Sep 17, 2005 1:30 pm (#482 of 2980)

So nothing new going on here in LA. Bored. But no complaints. Boredom is better than being overworked. I've been watching Alias season one in preparation for season 5's season premire soon. EEEEE. I can't wait for my Season 4 DVDs to come.

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Denise P. - Sep 17, 2005 2:12 pm (#483 of 2980)

I have my season 4 Alias DVDs already on order and will be pacing come October 25. Let's hope for more Sark in Season 5!!

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Lina - Sep 17, 2005 2:15 pm (#484 of 2980)

Congratulations on the job, Eponine, I had no doubts.

CatherineHermiona: About school, I was the only one that have all correct (29/29) and I was really happy.
Oh, Kate, Kate! Sometimes I can use Legilimency with her and probably it happens with her friends too, so she thinks that she can use just few words from the whole sentence and everybody would understand what she ment. She was speaking about the English test here...

And Detail Seeker, we discussed the mark 6 in Germany earlier today, and came to the conclusion that it stands for Troll, doesn't it? We have only 5 marks here...

Weekend, a nice thing. Quite rainy here, though. A good excuse to stay at home.

I did a check: Kathy (Puck) posted last time three days ago, so it might be that all those Accio charms worked! Now I guess that some health charms would be in order.

Best wishes to everybody!

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Marie E. - Sep 17, 2005 4:03 pm (#485 of 2980)

My brother does do a dead-on impression of Beavis. What that implies about him I'll leave to you all to figure out.

At the Light the Night walk we raised over $43,000. Pretty cool, eh?

I hope things are going well with Ms. Puck. My cousin had her twins last Sunday, about four weeks early. I got pictures, sooooo cute! It's a girl and a boy, Hunter and Sierra. As I'm typing this I'm hoping Giantsquid got the pics too. If not, I will forward them. And since she's telling people now...She-Who-Doesn't-Read-The-Books (Aka our little sister Bekki) is expecting next March. I'll be a real auntie this time and not borrow my friend’s children and force them to call me Auntie ReeRee.

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Ydnam96 - Sep 17, 2005 4:43 pm (#486 of 2980)

Oh don't worry Denise, I have mine on pre-order with Amazon as well!!!

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timrew - Sep 17, 2005 7:15 pm (#487 of 2980)

I know! It's 3am, and I've just got in after attending the wedding of my only son, Matthew, to his girlfriend Genna (now wife, and also my daughter-in-law!).

I had to stay sober all day, because Matt had asked my band to play in the evening, and it wouldn't do for me to go on stage half-cut! But it was a wonderful day, and Matt has got himself a wonderful wife. Like he said in his speech, he felt really sorry for all those guys out there that had missed out; but he'd had the luck to have seen her first!

There's an old Irish saying that I wrote in their guest book, "May you have bags of money, bags of kids, and never die until I shoot you!" Good luck to them both!

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Madam Pince - Sep 17, 2005 7:57 pm (#488 of 2980)

Oh, well done and congratulations, timrew! A handsome son and a new daughter! You must be so proud! We wish the new couple every happiness in their life together!

I've got to believe something is up with Baby Puck! Haven't heard from Mama-to-be in a couple days.... I'll try very hard to dream about them tonight!

So, Denise, what did you think of Survivor: Guatemala? I'm thinking that the producers aren't going to rest until they actually kill somebody off....

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Denise P. - Sep 17, 2005 8:22 pm (#489 of 2980)

Madam Pince, it sure seems that way right now, doesn't it? I can't say that I much like the "tools" that each tribe was given either. Seems rather unfair for the "tools" to be there.

Congrats to your son and his new wife, Tim! May they have a very happy and long marriage.

Hmm, maybe little Miss Puck has decided to Accio! after all...

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Finn BV - Sep 17, 2005 9:01 pm (#490 of 2980)

Congratulations to little Timrew, no longer a little guy anymore, eh? May they live a very happy life together.

A girl in our grade is the daughter of Renée Fleming, world-famous opera soprano. She invited me to the dress rehearsal of Manon today, at the Metropolitan Opera. It was really fun! The sets are just incredible, as are the costumes, as is the… singing! The plot was the only bad thing; it was so unrealistic, but Renée is incredible and just the execution of the production is fantastic. As you guys know I also compose music and I have given her a choral piece of mine. She wrote back and was so pleased to have it; she's really a genuinely kind person. I also watched her on the PBS Jazz at Lincoln Center this evening, benefiting Katrina victims, hosted by Wynton Marsalis. It's just ending now.

And we got the effects of Ophelia today! Gosh, I've never been so close to a lightning bolt in my life! Two hit the powerlines right outside our house! It was really loud and really rainy. I can't imagine what it must have been like in LA during Katrina. I just got a little portion of it!

Come on, Puck Jr.! We're all about to die here!! **crosses fingers hopefully**

Off to bed… it's a minute past midnight here and I am so exhausted.

Did I mention I'm going to Corpse Bride tomorrow? Partly to see the trailer, but I also want to see the movie. It should be really good… but so should the GoF trailer. Nighty night!

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The giant squid - Sep 17, 2005 11:00 pm (#491 of 2980)

Tim, pass my congrats on to your son & his missus as well. What sort of music does your band play? EDIT: Y'know, if I'd clicked on your profile to begin with...

My brother does do a dead-on impression of Beavis. What that implies about him I'll leave to you all to figure out.--Marie E.

Heh heh...Yeah...heh heh...cool. Wait....

Yes, I got Sharisse's pics. I also got them from Carol, "just in case". I'm covered.

--Mike

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dizzy lizzy - Sep 18, 2005 12:22 am (#492 of 2980)

Hi all!

That's another week of training out of the way! This time there were only 16 people there (covering 3 states) so I met some more new people. One of the things I like going to training for, is putting faces to people who I have talked to or emailed , and I managed to connect two people this week.

I got my new hearing aids on Tuesday. The difference in the quality of the sound is incredible. It's not quite the same; but think of my old hearing aids being like a radio station slightly out of tune...well the new ones sound much clearer and not so much low level static.

It's not that I can hear more things, it is just that they come through clearer. So I'm a pretty happy chickie at the moment.

I have just found out that my recently engaged brother is getting married in July (winter in Australia) and it's formal wear (black tie) for this wedding. So I've plenty of time to look for something a little bit better than the usual gear I wear to weddings .

Also hoping Puck's little bub has arrived!

Lizzy

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timrew - Sep 18, 2005 2:35 am (#493 of 2980)

Thank you to all that have offered their congratulations! Matt and Genna are off on honeymoon to Africa next week - to think that for my honeymoon we went to Cornwall!

Yes Mike, my band does country dancing (a bit like square dancing). But we also have a folk group and we've also dabbled in rock music (when we had a drummer!). But nowadays it's mostly the country dancing...........weddings, anniversaries, birthdays and the like.

My congrats also to Puck on her forthcoming event! It's nice to hear all this good news for a change!

Finn BV:- I also compose music and I have given her a choral piece of mine. She wrote back and was so pleased to have it; she's really a genuinely kind person.

Nice one, Finn! Let's hope you get to see it performed!

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CatherineHermiona - Sep 18, 2005 5:54 am (#494 of 2980)

Maybe I am too old to be Super Oma but we were talking about how we will look with over 50 years. Melanie invented the name, of course, and when she told it it sounded nice and a couple of us didn't know what it mean. Only Miriam had a great laugh because she lived in Germany for few years when she was born. Then we decided to have it as our secret name. Well,.....not so secret anymore. I knew that 1-2 is 5-4 in Germany but it sounded nice to write only part of it. But the part with English was accident.

Congratulations Timrew on your son's marriage!!!!!!!!!

Kate

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Madam Pince - Sep 18, 2005 7:01 am (#495 of 2980)

Yay, Lizzie, on the new hearing aids! So glad you've finally gotten them -- hope it makes a big improvement!

CatherineHermiona, I forgot to tell you yesterday, congratulations on your excellent grades! I don't know how your school grade system works, but I think I understand 29/29! Good job!

Finn, what a great opportunity at the Met! It sounds lovely. Hope your music piece ends up being featured in a world-reknowned production someday!

Denise, I feel so dense, now. I was banging my head against the wall wondering "What tools? What is she talking about?" NOW I figured it out.... Actually I'm not sure what I think about that yet. I thought the "tools'" previous appearance was grossly unfair because they were such good tools, but I see your point about this situation, too. Hmmmmmm.... It's always something new, isn't it?

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Lina - Sep 18, 2005 7:43 am (#496 of 2980)

Congratulations to your son and your daughter in law, Tim! I wish them a happy life together, fulfilled with love and peace.

Actually, it is so cool, Finn. One day, when you will be famous, I will be able to say that I used to chat with you on the HPL Forum. Wow!

Great news about your hearing aids, Lizzy!

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Stephanie M. - Sep 18, 2005 8:55 am (#497 of 2980)

Congratulations Timrew on your son and daughter in law's wedding! I hope that they have a very long and happy life together! I like the phrase you wrote in their wedding book!

Lizzy, congratulations about getting the new hearing aids!

Finn it sounds like you had a really good experience! I have never met Renéé Fleming before but I have met her sister... LOL! It would be really cool if she performed your piece!

Yesterday was a very busy day for me. I woke up really early so I could get ready to meet most of the females in my family to go shopping for a baby shower. (The person having a baby lives in California so we are shipping the presents to her husband's office. Then a few people are going to go to their house while he brings the gifts for the surprise shower.) So we were shopping for a few hours but we got stuck in so much traffic coming back because there was the German Parade so then we had lunch and I went out with my cousin to get ice cream. Then I was going to walk home because of the traffic in Manhattan. So once I walked over 1 mile home took a shower, did some homework, had dinner and then met one of my Harry Potter friends so see Cry Wolf.

Now I'm off to the other Threads and then to finish my mounds of homework plus all of the studying I have to do.

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Finn BV - Sep 18, 2005 9:39 am (#498 of 2980)

Yes, congrats Kate on your grades!

I have never met Renéé Fleming before but I have met her sister... LOL! –Steph

Erm… you do mean her daughter, right? LOL.

Thanks everybody for the congrats. The point of the sentence, though, was that she is not a snobby celebrity, she is really a good person. Okay then, thread time.

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Ydnam96 - Sep 18, 2005 10:00 am (#499 of 2980)

Congrats Tim! A new daughter is always nice Smile

Lizzy! I'm so so happy about your new hearing aids. That must be exciting. Smile

Hope that Puck's absence means what we all think it does! Did she share with us a name for baby girl Puck before? I'm excited. I can only hope that baby Puck is as adorable as Rhys is!

Finn, that must have been amazing. That is so cool!

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Stephanie M. - Sep 18, 2005 10:51 am (#500 of 2980)

Nope Finn, I meant her sister! LOL. I am very good friends with her daughter too as you know but I found it funny that I didn't know Renéé but I knew her sister.

I think Puck should have a room with Internet access so as soon as Baby Puck is/was born she could go onto a laptop and tell us the good news!
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Finn BV - Sep 18, 2005 11:59 am (#501 of 2980)

My bad Steph. That's pretty weird.

Come on, Little Puck, you can run but you can't hide!

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Elanor - Sep 18, 2005 12:33 pm (#502 of 2980)

Congratulations Timrew!

It is great to read so many good news! We only need some news from Baby Puck to really start the feast!

You would not believe how chilly it was here today: only 5°C this morning (41°F) and 14°C (57°F) in the afternoon, with a cold wind from the North. As I spent the said afternoon in a 14th century Franciscan cloister, opened to the Four Winds, I had all the time needed to realise how much the season has turned, and how frozen those poor brothers of the Middle-Ages must have been there most of the year... But we had more than 300 visitors this afternoon, very interested by the visit, so it was great.

Squid Mike, I do know what you mean about SW, I have a lot of books that I haven't read yet, but this one takes place so many years before the others that not having read them doesn't matter. It is supposed to tell us what happened to the real C'baoth and the other jedi Masters who left with him before Palpatine came to power and how Thrawn became Grand Admiral, all of that written by Zahn... Well, finally I'm glad I still have some Rogue Squadron adventures to read till February!

Have a great Sunday everybody!

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Catherine - Sep 18, 2005 3:36 pm (#503 of 2980)

Tim, congratulations on your son's wedding!

Hoping all is well with the Puck family.

I had a rather frustrating and embarrassing Sunday. I went to my school to grade papers and make up a test for tomorrow, and accidentally set off the security alarm. After about 10 minutes, I got it shut off.

That's about when the police showed up, banging on my door and asking me to identify myself. Oopsie.

Then the school server was down, I lost all the grades I entered (they have electronic grades), and the copy machine was broken. Grrr. Not to mention, when I went into my room today, it still smelled like 7th grade boy. I treated myself to a nice big can of air freshener on the way home today. Hope everyone likes a citrusy smell, because I will be using it quite liberally come tomorrow morning.

Then, when I left, it turns out I set the alarm off again in another building. How I did this, I have no idea. The poor second grade teacher who was alone in the building grading papers was a bit surprised and worried that there was an intruder.

I'm beginning to think that today is NOT my day!

At least tomorrow I can Obliviate the sweaty 7th grader smell.

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boop - Sep 18, 2005 3:59 pm (#504 of 2980)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO SARA!!!! Have a great day!!!

Congreatulations to Matt and Genna, Tim please pass it on. Thank you

Lizzy great news for you.

Hugs Always

boop

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Mrs. Sirius - Sep 18, 2005 10:56 pm (#505 of 2980)

The 2005 has a list of the top 10 people they think we will remember 50 years form today. JK Rowling is number 8 on the list. Also listed with her Neil Armstrong, Bill Gates, Pope John Paul, Nelson Mandela, Mikhail Gorbachev, James Watson, Paul McCartney,...Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein.

To quote herself, the company she keeps, some acheive, "great things, terrible, yes, but great"

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The giant squid - Sep 19, 2005 12:29 am (#506 of 2980)

Happy birthday, Sara (not to be confused with Sarah, or Sarah, or Sara, or... )!

Catherine, sounds like today would have been a great one for a time turner...

--Mike

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Chemyst - Sep 19, 2005 3:49 am (#507 of 2980)

Ahoy, me hearties! Aye, it's har at last.

Congratulations, Tim, on addin' a daughter t' the family.

Arr, Catherine, don'cha know you ought not work on the Lawd's day? I fear ya riled 'a curse from Davy's locker, ya have.

Aye, happy birthday, Sara. Gar, where can I find a bottle o'rum?

I'll leave you scalawags t' the threads now...

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Abracapocus - Sep 19, 2005 4:33 am (#508 of 2980)

Aye, Chemyst. Cut me 'and yesterday... like typing with me rudder!

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mike miller - Sep 19, 2005 5:30 am (#509 of 2980)

Ahoy me hearties! It be tha' day we've been waitin' fer. The gangplanks been lowered and we're takin' on crewmates for Talk Like a Pirate Day. Don't be a bilge rat and join us in the sweet trade or we'll be forced to keelhaul ya!

Congrat to Tim and his family!

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Denise P. - Sep 19, 2005 5:57 am (#510 of 2980)

Arrr, it be that time o' the year again. Red Bess Flint here, ye land lubbers! It be Talk Like A Pirate Day. If ye be goin' to the page Pirate Translator ye can combine two of yer favorite things, talking like a Pirate (Arrr!!!) and Harry Potter. Ahoy, I nearly laughed me peg leg off when I used it to translate a Lexicon page into Pirate Talk yo ho ho ho...

Here be a sample from the Wot Be New Page....On a staff-related note, it be me sad duty t' announce that Josh Santilli, me stalwart assistant editor for the past year or so, has decided t' take an extended leave o' absence t' pursue 'is schoolin' We're goin' t' miss him 'round here, I can tell ye that Josh, we wish ye the best o' luck Drop by 'n say ahoy when ye get a chance.

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Steve Newton - Sep 19, 2005 6:02 am (#511 of 2980)

Avast, Mateys. Its national Talk Like a Pirate Day. How are ye celebratin'?

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Loopy Lupin - Sep 19, 2005 7:45 am (#512 of 2980)

Back in the early 90's, in the midst of the Beavis & Butthead craze, I worked as a cook at an open-pit barbeque restaurant. By the time I'd been there a couple months I had fully mastered my Beavis impression. --- Mike

Thank you, drive through. Or perhaps I should say: "Yarr, send ye ol' vessel through yonder mess window for ye grog."

Catherine, did the cops say: "Avast! Ye scurvy teacher!"?

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Ydnam96 - Sep 19, 2005 8:20 am (#513 of 2980)

Arrrrrrrr! Red Bess Flint, that 'lil matey be a bit wet b'hind the ears to be loosin an eye!

Blast! Be past the time ta be gettin the deck scrubbed. Me cap'n'll cut of me leg if it be a mess.

Yo ho! A pirates life for me.

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Loopy Lupin - Sep 19, 2005 9:13 am (#514 of 2980)

Avast Kim! If ye had waited but a second, you would have seen me on ye ole msn messengarr. Yar.

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Good Evans - Sep 19, 2005 9:33 am (#515 of 2980)

ahaaaaarrrr me hearties, wishing all the landlubbers a great talk like a pirate day. shiver me timbers and scrub the decks, I'll take a tot of rum at five bells wi ye all.

gosh, far too hard to keep this up, but have a great day everyone !!

edit: Finn love the Avatar - just seen it on another thread!!!

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Sep 19, 2005 9:58 am (#516 of 2980)

Arrrr, Loopy, gold waits fer no man. Arrrrrr.

Can't find me Official Pirate Handbook. Me thinks me parrot ate it. Arrrrrr.

EDIT: Would you believe I spell-checked that?

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Denise P. - Sep 19, 2005 10:27 am (#517 of 2980)

Arrr..no fear, mateys. The little pirate's bonny blue eyes are both intact. He wanted t'strike fear in t'hearts o the likes of ye so donned the patch for the day...

Ye know how ye always see a pirate with a parrot (tasty!) on their shoulder? Arrr...there be the reason why pirates wear eye patches right there! Reminds me of the oft repeated advice in A Christmas Story "You'll take your eye out!"

Now, we be having birds in t'house here but the wee pirate doesn't even know they exist. Yo ho ho

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The giant squid - Sep 19, 2005 12:01 pm (#518 of 2980)

'Tis Speak Like A Pirate day already? Arr! Snuck up on me, it did. I'll just wish ye scalawags a hearty, healthy h'afternoon!

Denise, yer wee bairn looks quite the fright wi' his patch n' bandanna. Rapscallious Rhys, scourge o' the seven seas (or at least the bathtub)!

..and really bad eggs...

--Mike

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Eponine - Sep 19, 2005 12:08 pm (#519 of 2980)

Yar! IMDB be gettin' in the piratin' spirit today. The links to news stories are in Piratese.

Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum.

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Puck - Sep 19, 2005 12:24 pm (#520 of 2980)

I'm back, me heartys, yet arrggh, too tired to translate all this into pirate talk.

The accio charms worked well, as when baby Puck (aka Natalie Grace) decided to arrive she came quickly. We pulled into the hospital lot at 5:30am on Thursday the 15th. It was 5:45 when a nurse brought me to my room. Natalie entered the world at 6:16 am, about one hour from the time I left my house. No time for any pain meds, so I got to experience natural childbirth, even if that wasn't in my original plan. Luckily the ultrasounds were wrong about her being bigger than my other 2. At 6lbs. 8oz. and 19 1/2 inches she's actually my smallest.

Baby Puck has the same heart arrhythmia as Big brother and Mommy, so she was brought up to the NICU (neonatal intensive care unit) while they stablized her on her meds. She took to them with no real side effects. I'm just tired from running between her room and mine, as we didn't get to room together as is the usual policy. Getting more rest now that we are home. Thanks for the many thoughts!

Congrations, Tim, yee scurvy mate!

Arrggh, Lupin, I, too, remember "Star of the day". A few of me shipmates were on that show.

Shiver me timbers! I forgot to remind Parker the Pirate that it was talk like a pirate day before he set off for school.

Ahoy!

Kathy

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Kerstin - Sep 19, 2005 12:39 pm (#521 of 2980)

Congratulations, Puck, and Welcome to the world, Natalie Grace.

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Sep 19, 2005 12:40 pm (#522 of 2980)

Ahoy Natalie Grace! Watch out fer Captain Blade McSlain. I hear ee's got an eye (singular) fer the pretty wenches. (Congratulations Puck!)

Shipmates on "Community Auditions"?! I see ye come from fair and daring kin.

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Elanor - Sep 19, 2005 12:46 pm (#523 of 2980)

Congratulations Puck!!!! Natalie Grace is such a beautiful name!

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Finn BV - Sep 19, 2005 12:53 pm (#524 of 2980)

Ahoy, tis the newest member of the clan who shall be wit' us celebratin' t'day. A hearty bottle of rum to the proudes' mama, Kathy! (…… = Congrats!!! Natalie Grace is such a pretty name! We wish you all the best!)

Arrrrrrrrrrrrgh, mateys, I told me' grade (at th' place named skool) today be such a fine day as it is. Them were prou' to hear it, them were.

Ahoy, vast threads yonder await! (Gosh, this is difficult to keep it up! Do we do it on the other threads too or would that confuse the members who don't read this thread? Should we stick to normal English? T'anks.)

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Snuffles - Sep 19, 2005 1:09 pm (#525 of 2980)

Congratulations Puck and welcome to the world Natalie Grace. Woo hoo those Accio charms must have worked!!

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CatherineHermiona - Sep 19, 2005 1:14 pm (#526 of 2980)

Congratulations Kathy and Natalie Grace!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Such a great news!!!!!!!!!!

Yesterday I was in the cinema to watch Mr. and Mrs. Smith and it was great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Helped me to decide a career. I have all needed skills because I started to train shooting as early as I could and I have plenty of time to make my skills be as good as theirs.

Sorry, I don't know Pirate language so my message is usual English.

Kate

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Lina - Sep 19, 2005 1:42 pm (#527 of 2980)

I will feel excused from the talking like the pirates, thank you for your understanding.

Happy birthday, Sara! (Is it Saralinda Again or some other Sara? I delayed my post hoping to figure it up.)

Congratulations, Puck! I'm so glad that everything went so well and that the medicines are doing good for Natalie Grace. A beautiful name, I'm sure the girl is going to be even more beautiful.

Now go on, enjoy the rest of the pirate's day!

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Denise P. - Sep 19, 2005 1:47 pm (#528 of 2980)

Captain Blade McSlain would leer and say "Hubba hubba" to Miss Natalie Grace, if he were awake from his nap...errr...I mean...Arrrr!

Congratulations Kathy and welcome Natalie! It sounds like things went well, despite the lack of pain meds.

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Stephanie M. - Sep 19, 2005 2:10 pm (#529 of 2980)

Arrr! Congra'ulations Puck! Welcome Natalie to your first Talk like a Pirate Day! Don't be crawling off those wooden planks now! Arr!

Denise yee lad looks wonderful with an eye patch! (I like his Pirate name too!)

Finn your avatar is mighty cool. (For lack of pirate lingo.)

I am off to do me homework before me booty gets thrown off me boat!

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mollis - Sep 19, 2005 2:20 pm (#530 of 2980)

Well, a very hearty congratulations to Puck on the arrival of Baby Puck! And wow, talk about cutting it close! I guess that's where experience gets you! And here's the slightly inappropriate smilie for you:

And in other news, A most enjoyable Talk Like a Pirate Day to ye all! I couldn't get the pirate translator figured out - I'm not having the brightest of days. But I did find a pirate name generator on the Long John Silver's website. It told me that me pirate name is Cutthroat Prudence the Houndfish

If you want to try it, the website is here: http://www.longjohnsilvers.com/pirate/default.htm

...and really bad eggs indeed!

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boop - Sep 19, 2005 2:20 pm (#531 of 2980)

Congratulations Kathy and Hubby to your new baby Natalie!!!! Glad to hear thing went fast for you. Take Care of yourself.

hugs always

boop

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Catherine - Sep 19, 2005 3:26 pm (#532 of 2980)

WELCOME TO THE WORLD, NATALIE GRACE! Puck, I hope that you have a good recovery, and congratulations on the new family member. Now that I have said that:

Arrr! Ye be scurvy dogs to be pirates without me! Me heart feels like a bucket o'chum, it do.

My students, even if a lot of them "forgot" that we had a test today, remembered that today is "Talk Like a Pirate Day." I walked into the classroom and they chanted, "ARRR!!" as one. Warmed me up like a barrel of grog, it did.

It's too bad we had a test, because I could tell that they were more interested in piracy off of Africa's coast than in taking the test. No one had heard of Barbary pirates before today **waves furiously to Lupin is Lupin** but perhaps they will investigate the notorious doings tonight on their own. The bloodthirsty and the lawless appeal to the 7th grade for some reason....  

I had parent-teacher conferences today. It was a mixed bag. Two more days of them...I think I'd rather walk the plank into shark-infested waters...

Have a good night, all.

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timrew - Sep 19, 2005 3:48 pm (#533 of 2980)

Hearty thanks to all those that have congratulated me on getting a new daughter-in-law!

And hearty congratulations to Puck, on her new daughter, Natalie Grace!

And, because it's pirate's day.......Avast Behoind! Where's me Mizzen Mast? It's Missin'!

Thank you, and good night!

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Chemyst - Sep 19, 2005 4:18 pm (#534 of 2980)

Timrew today:   And, because it's pirate's day.......Avast Behoind! Where's me Mizzen Mast? It's Missin'!

Timrew one year ago:  Avast behind! Where's me mizzen mast? What does ye mean, it's mizzen!

Aye,  'e's not mizzen a beat, nor a jibe. Nor iz 'e tacky.

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timrew - Sep 19, 2005 4:20 pm (#535 of 2980)

Chemyst. Oops! I've cracked that one before, have I? Sorry!!!

I cannot apologise enough for being a forgetful old wazzock! Ahaaar!

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Chemyst - Sep 19, 2005 4:32 pm (#536 of 2980)

Arr, I enjoyed it much more the second time!

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Marie E. - Sep 19, 2005 9:41 pm (#537 of 2980)

Yarr, it be Talk Like A Pirate Day again. Smartly now, me hearties, before the day be done. Arrrrr!

I planned the school age curriculum around Pirate Day so we've been talking about pirates for a week now. They really enjoyed my talk on How To Be A Pirate, especially #2: Don't take a bath.

Congratulations, Puck. Natalie Grace is a beautiful name.

My sister is thinking about naming her child Cobain if it's a boy, after Kurt Cobain. I'm wavering between thinking it's cool and wanting to slap her.

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Ydnam96 - Sep 19, 2005 9:59 pm (#538 of 2980)

I'm too tired to do a decent post. Arrrg. But many congtats to the Puck family. Happy Birthday (a little late) to Miss Natalie Grace.

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Good Evans - Sep 20, 2005 4:28 am (#539 of 2980)

many congratulations Puck, Natalie Grace, what a lovely name.

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Mrs. Sirius - Sep 20, 2005 6:16 am (#540 of 2980)

Oh Tim congratulations! Sounds like your son is very lucky.

Welcome to the world Baby Puck!

Arrg, meh a'cents a bit liate.

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Ticker - Sep 20, 2005 9:28 am (#541 of 2980)

Congratulations Tim & Puck!!!!

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Madam Pince - Sep 20, 2005 9:58 am (#542 of 2980)

***waves at Ticker*** Hiya! Where have you been? (a la Molly...) How is Aria?

Welcome to the world, little Miss Natalie Grace! Congratulations, Puck and all the rest of your family! We are so happy for you! Wow, 45 minutes at the hospital -- your insurance company must really like you! Good for you! Best wishes and hope both mom and baby are doing great!

Arrgh,... missed Talk Like A Pirate Day! I did wear my pirate t-shirt yesterday, though. It has a skull-n-crossbones on the front, and on the back it says "The beatings shall continue until morale improves."

Whoo-hoo for the Washington Redskins! They beat the Dallas Cowboys by one point last night, by scoring two touchdowns in less than four minutes right at the end of the game! (If you're not a fan, this is a big deal only because the Cowboys have won every game but one in the last 25 meetings or so, and it used to be one of the biggest rivalries in football -- but has cooled somewhat because lately the 'Skins have been stinking the place up so badly that it wasn't even a fun rivalry anymore.)

Mr. Pince went by the KB Toys Outlet on his way home from his haircut this morning, and brought me an authentic, original, Godric Gryffindor sword! It's actually pretty cool -- looks much like the movie one (aside from being plastic, of course.) It even has sound effects if you push a button -- it makes "clanging" sounds as if you're in a swordfight (which is odd, because so far Harry hasn't fought anyone else who has a sword, but anyways... we won't be nitpicky.) Not bad for only $3.88. He also bought Little Pince a different type of sword (because "The Sword and the Stone" is currently the favorite movie) but Little Pince only wants to play with the "Harry one." He told me he wants me to be the snake while he has the sword.

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Good Evans - Sep 20, 2005 11:28 am (#543 of 2980)

woo hoo!!! "hail to the chief...." ( closet Redskins fan - but must admit to not keeping up so much these days, but couldn't be happier about last nights score). Thanks for the tip off Madam P, and as for that sword - best check it isn't a Horcrux before you lt little p play with it too much.. tell you what if he starts talking about world domination and his eyes turn red.. that might be a clue!

PS = forgot to congratulate Tim, although it means not that the intention was missing.

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Chemyst - Sep 20, 2005 12:05 pm (#544 of 2980)

Madam Pince, What a nice thing for Mr. Pince to do! The only people who would think to get me anything from a toy store are my kids; and of course, I personally oversee their training, so I can make sure they never suffer from not knowing what kind of gifts to get mom!   ** briefly wonders if that sounds too conceited in print, but quickly shrugs it off **   The sword story reminds me of a couple years when we went to the Renaissance Festival. They'd always have plain wooden swords for sale and #2 son turned them into some really cool 'Legend of Zelda' wall art. (yeah, well... most of the time the swords were wall art!)

Welcome Natalie Puck.   I'm glad you are getting more rest now that you're home again, Kathy.

Kate, do you have career counselors or advisors at your school? Have you told them you want to be a world-class assassin? What did they say?
From the high energy and high grades you show on this forum, you'd probably make a very good secret agent, but you must get some funny reactions if you tell your teachers that your career goal is to shoot people!

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Puck - Sep 20, 2005 12:20 pm (#545 of 2980)

Hello all!

The babe is currently sleeping, and I'll have to wake her up soon so she can eat. It's funny, at night she fusses unless I have her in bed and won't allow me to put her in the cradle. During the day she'll lay in her own bed sleeping peacefully for hours.

Thanks for the congratualtions. She is lovely, though so tiny! My 3 year old climbed on my lap the other day, and she seemed so HUGE in comparison (and Maya is small for her age).

It must have been fun for all you teachers exposing young minds to pirate adventures yesterday! I actually once heard that modern day pirates are likely responsible for all the strange disappearances in the Bermuda triangle.

Time to go rouse the babe. I may take her for a walk to the bus stop, as several young neighbors are aching to get a peak at her. (Well, the girls anyway. A couple of the boys saw me with her yesterday and merely glance at me without saying a word.)

Ciao!

Kathy

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CatherineHermiona - Sep 20, 2005 12:35 pm (#546 of 2980)

Unfortunately, we don't have career counselors nor advisors. I really enjoy those action movies and I can't wait Mr. and Mrs. Smith on DVD. That's the reason why I like Walker - Texas Ranger. Have you watched Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Chemyst? And I would like to have something like hobby that would be related to your name. One of my favorite subject is Chemistry (something like that).

Glad things go fine with Natalie Grace, Kathy.

Kate

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Denise P. - Sep 20, 2005 1:33 pm (#547 of 2980)

Kathy, Rhys was the same way. I finally got him off me a few weeks ago and in his own bed at night by doing the cardinal no-no...he is a tummy sleeper. He would sleep tummy to tummy while I held him but protest when I put him on his back in his bed. About 3 am one morning, I said to heck with it and put him on his tummy. He snoozed until after 7:30 that morning. He sleeps fine on his back during the day but at night, he wants on his tummy. Since I sleep about 8" away from him, it works out for us. He has slept better and longer since I reached the end of my rope.

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timrew - Sep 20, 2005 3:45 pm (#548 of 2980)

Marie E:- My sister is thinking about naming her child Cobain if it's a boy, after Kurt Cobain.

Know what you mean, Marie. Over here (UK), we've just had a TV series called 'Footballers Wives', which is a send up of all our Premiership football players who get about £100,000 a week in wages.

They went for a totally ridiculous name for one of the wives, which was Chardonnay, it's a grape used for making wine.

Well, the number of poor kids that have been called Chardonnay by their ill-informed parents ever since continues to grow.

I think if there was a character called Hepzebah Sludgebucket on the TV, then there would be a Christening Frenzy in this country!

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boop - Sep 20, 2005 3:50 pm (#549 of 2980)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TWINKLING BLUE EYES!!!!

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TwinklingBlueEyes - Sep 20, 2005 4:19 pm (#550 of 2980)

Well thank you Boop! You can't imagine my surprise when I read that, considering it is not my birthday. I want to know how you got that Spell Check quill from F&G's joke shop? You know the one that's messing with your calendar ;-)
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Finn BV - Sep 20, 2005 5:04 pm (#551 of 2980)

LOL! Happy early birthday TBE… whenever it is.

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I Am Used Vlad - Sep 20, 2005 6:46 pm (#552 of 2980)

I've been busy lately and have fallen behind on posts, so...

Congratulations, Puck.

tim, congratulations for your son's wedding. I think marriage is a wonderful institution. I would also say it is commendable that you didn't get rat-legged so that your band could play, but then I remembered that you quit drinking when you were twenty.

Marie E, slap her.

Happy early or late birthday, TBE.

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Denise P. - Sep 20, 2005 7:13 pm (#553 of 2980)

Marie E, slap her.

Sam, don't hold back so much, say what you really think!

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Elanor - Sep 20, 2005 11:28 pm (#554 of 2980)

LOL, happy day nevertheless TBE, was it your birthday or not! It is always the time for some butterbeers to be shared here, isn't it? BTW, now you have to tell us when your real birthday is...

Wish me luck! I have a funny mission to accomplish today. A famous miniaturist (well, as famous as one can be when you're a miniaturist) is supposed to have been born in my town, either in 1786 or in 1796. His great-great-great-(etc)-children are willing to give some of his miniatures to his native town if we can give them the proof he was indeed born here. So, guess who is going to spend the morning the nose in the 18th century parish registers... I hope I will be lucky!

Have a great night/day everyone!

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Ydnam96 - Sep 20, 2005 11:37 pm (#555 of 2980)

You know Denise...you have had Rhys in your avatar for quite some time...your other children might start to think you prefer him Wink

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Good Evans - Sep 20, 2005 11:40 pm (#556 of 2980)

best of luck with those registers and records Elanor!

have a nice day everyone

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Snuffles - Sep 21, 2005 12:20 am (#557 of 2980)

Have a sip of Felix Felicis before you start Elanor!

Happy Birthday for whenever TBE!!

Have a good day everyone else

Julie

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The giant squid - Sep 21, 2005 1:28 am (#558 of 2980)

The bloodthirsty and the lawless appeal to the 7th grade for some reason....—Catherine

Come to think of it, that is when I started getting into the more...interesting myths and legends.

My sister is thinking about naming her child Cobain if it's a boy, after Kurt Cobain. I'm wavering between thinking it's cool and wanting to slap her.--Marie E.

I vote for slap. Hard. Continue until she comes to what's left of her senses. There is something so wrong with that girl...

Congratulations, Kathy, and welcome Accio Grace--err, Natalie Grace! Bummer that you didn't have time for pain meds, but at least it was over quick enough that you didn't have time to worry too much about it.

Katerina, if it makes you feel any better, I thought the same thing after I watched Mr. & Mrs. Smith--is there a maximum age for becoming a superspy? I might have missed the cutoff.

--Mike

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Lina - Sep 21, 2005 4:58 am (#559 of 2980)

Marie, let's hope for the girl. I remember inventing odd names when I was pregnant. My parents were quite frustrated by my ideas, so at some point my mum commented "I feel pity for your child, it will be born and you will still not know which of the awful names to give him/her." Then my hubby replied "Oh, we know that since ages ago!" "You do?" "If it is a girl, it will be Katarina, if it is a boy, Ivan (John)." Then my mum sounded so disappointed: "Oh, I like it."

And Mike, since you seem to like her real name, it is Katarina. Actually, Katerina is my sister but that is another long story and it has some relation with my great-great-grandmother that I mentioned hundreds of posts ago whose name was something like that.

Well, speaking of Kate, I can't resist not to comment that she spends most of her energy by watching other people's physical activity on TV! Sorry, it was stronger then me. One could think that she likes to fight, or run, or jump... But

TBE, happy whatsoever! Happy days should never be discarded and every opportunity is good for a mug of butterbeer

Elanor, Accio proof!

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Finn BV - Sep 21, 2005 5:07 am (#560 of 2980)

Bonne chance, Elanor! I'm not exactly sure what a miniaturist is, but I'm sure you'll get what you need for the town!

Gosh, giant squid stay up late, huh?

Have a good day, all.

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Marie E. - Sep 21, 2005 5:31 am (#561 of 2980)

I'm glad to see that most people share my opinion on the name Cobain. And I didn't even mention her girl name: Dresden. I could call him Coby...

As a teacher/child care provider I've seen a lot of odd names for children. Sometimes they're interesting, but most of the time you just wonder why the parents would want to torture their child.

It's been very hot here this week, in the 80's. This guarantees it will snow any day now.   :goofygrin:  The four wheel drive in my Tahoe isn't working so it will probably snow tomorrow.

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Denise P. - Sep 21, 2005 5:54 am (#562 of 2980)

My other kids do know that Rhys is my favorite...5 week old in the entire world. I also have a favorite 12 year old, 11 year old, 9 year old, 8 year old, 4 year old and 2 year old. Of course, they also hear me say, when they whine "Why does X get to do that?", "Because I like X better right now!" I will start to cycle through the other kids shortly.

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Loopy Lupin - Sep 21, 2005 6:18 am (#563 of 2980)

Don't you also have favorite 23 and 21 year-olds? (Or 24, 22?)

Yar, I miss pirate day.

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pottermom34 - Sep 21, 2005 6:41 am (#564 of 2980)

Welcome baby Puck. Congratulations and happy birthday to all who I missed. Sorry, I missed pirate day, but I wouldn't have been very good at it anyway.
Thoughts go to those in Rita's path. My husband says they're running out of names for hurricanes. I can think of a couple: Voldemort, Snape, Malfoy.  Feel free to add on...

oh well i must go before anyone complains about me being on line too long. Later.

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Denise P. - Sep 21, 2005 6:46 am (#565 of 2980)

23 and 22 but I don't play favorites with quasi-adults

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Kerstin - Sep 21, 2005 9:29 am (#566 of 2980)

Marie E: Dresden is a city in Germany. Slap her twice (or more if you like), so that she will find back her common sense!

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Good Evans - Sep 21, 2005 10:08 am (#567 of 2980)

Pottermom... aren't hurricanes always girls names and tropical storms boys??? oh its something like that... so Pansy, Bella and Cissy are contenders for hurricanes!!!

anyone in Rita's path, (he he, I only just got that connection, which is worse a hurricane or being the victim of a skeeter article?? ) I do hope that the worst fears are not realised. Stay safe everyone!!!

Can I just sneak in and say I quite like the name Dresden as a girl, but I am not overly keen on the use of place names for children... Ottery St Catchpole Evans, come here now!!!

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Elanor - Sep 21, 2005 11:23 am (#568 of 2980)

I've got a funny story about people being named after towns. Some years ago, I was working for the summer as a guide in a Cistercian abbey of my region and someday, when I talked with an American visitor who told me she was visiting the region because she had named her daughter Roanne, after the name of a town not far from here. I was very surprised (Roanne having never struck me before as being a beautiful name, let alone a first name! It is even not a beautiful town) and I asked her if she had a reason for that. She told me that she couldn't find a name that she really liked when she was pregnant so she just opened an atlas and put her finger on a map of Europe, at random, and her finger was on the town of Roanne, name that she liked! How weird is that? Poor girl, one or two centimeters left on the map and she would have been called Clermont-Ferrand for the rest of her life...

BTW, thank you so much for the wishes and lucky potions everyone! It worked! I even found it quite easily and not only do we know now that he was born here on July 28th, 1786 but also what was his father's job and who his godmother and godfather were! I love searching in those old registers.

Finn: "I'm not exactly sure what a miniaturist is" Oh, it is only a painter who paints delicates and very small paintings, as the ones people used to put inside lockets. Some of them, back in the 18th or 19th century were very famous. **wondering suddenly if Merope put a miniature of Tom Riddle in hers...**

Have a great day everybody! And my thoughts are with those on Rita's path too.

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pottermom34 - Sep 21, 2005 12:33 pm (#569 of 2980)

Pottermom... aren't hurricanes always girls names and tropical storms boys??? oh its something like that... so pansy, bella and cissy are contenders for hurricanes!!! -Good Evans[


Actually I think they alternate, one year female the next year male. Anyway how about Petunia, oh Bella is good too. Although, I think they are past those letters.

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Ladybug220 - Sep 21, 2005 1:04 pm (#570 of 2980) Reply
Edited by Sep 21, 2005 1:08 pm

Actually the hurricane names alternate girl/boy through the whole list for the year. Here is the list of names for this year: Arlene, Bret, Cindy, Dennis, Emil,y Franklin, Gert, Harvey, Irene, Jose, Katrina, Lee, Maria, Nate, Ophelia, Philippe, Rita, Stan, Tammy, Vince, Wilma.

Next year the list starts with a boy name. So there is equal opportunity for the boys to be as bad as the girls.

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Chemyst - Sep 21, 2005 1:06 pm (#571 of 2980)

Six year list of of Hurricane Names for Atlantic Storms:  http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/aboutnames.shtml


The lists featured only women's names until 1979, when men's and women's names were alternated. Six lists are used in rotation. Thus, the 2004 list will be used again in 2010.   Exception - Names of catastrophic storms are retired.



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Stephanie M. - Sep 21, 2005 1:38 pm (#572 of 2980)
Edited Sep 21, 2005 2:19 pm

I vote for the next storm to be Hurricane or Tropical storm Stephanie, but I hope that there are no more storms for a while... but if there is going to be a storm it should be Stephanie. But that is just my opinion.

Or maybe the next storm could be Storm Snuffles or Septentrion or Seeker or Seamus (even though that is a male name) or Severus Snape or...

I hope everyone stays safe from Rita!

I'm off to the other threads and then off to my homework!

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Detail Seeker - Sep 21, 2005 1:54 pm (#573 of 2980)

Congratulations, Audrey for finding the proof so fast. Deciphering old writing in old documents can be an interesting task of its own - and if the things you read, interest you, the more.

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Denise P. - Sep 21, 2005 2:21 pm (#574 of 2980)

Hey, if there are any font fanatics out there, please look at the link in my profile to help me ID the font. I can't remember the name of it!

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Marè - Sep 21, 2005 2:24 pm (#575 of 2980)

Hopping in for a brief moment :waves to all:
Congratulations on baby Puck! What a lovely name, Natalie! Welcome to the world and welcome to the forum (in advance).

And to Lina I can only say: "Listen very carefully, I shall say this only once."
Lovely picture, by the way.

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kaykay1970 - Sep 21, 2005 3:05 pm (#576 of 2980)

Comgratulations Puck!!

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Abracapocus - Sep 21, 2005 3:31 pm (#577 of 2980)



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Catherine - Sep 21, 2005 3:50 pm (#578 of 2980)

Woo Hoo!

I am officially done with parent-teacher conferences. In the past three days, I have conferred with 25 parents, and none of the conferences lasted fewer than 20 minutes. It's a long day to teach the whole day, and then have three hours of conference time. I figure it's pretty good that 65% off the parents turned up.

One conference lasted for nearly an hour. I was quite fatigued by the end of that one. In a way, it seems silly for me to meet with the parents, as I will not be there come the first week of October, but at least the parents have had a chance to meet with me and we are straight on our grades so far, and hopefully that will make the transition easier with the "real" teacher for the class.

One parent berated me because "my kid never knows what the homework is, so you must not be telling him." I had an excellent time referring her to my homework website that has been active ever since school began. She called in her son, and said, "Do you know how to get to Mrs. Allen's homework website?" He then showed her how to do it, and she blistered his ears with a lecture about personal responsibility. I admit to enjoying it a teensy bit.

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Viola Intonada - Sep 21, 2005 7:01 pm (#579 of 2980)

Congratulations on the new arrival Puck!

I'm so bummed. I missed "Talk like a Pirate Day". I think all of the companies that print calenders should have it listed. Oh well, maybe next year.

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Denise P. - Sep 21, 2005 7:29 pm (#580 of 2980)

I knew I could count on Forum members The font has been identified and downloaded once again.

Wowzer...that is all I can say about Lost this evening!

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Finn BV - Sep 21, 2005 7:54 pm (#581 of 2980)

Denise, is the font name Graffiti? I can't say I'm a font expert but… well, the same ones all come in a whole bunch of names anyway, so…

School is making the Forum harder and harder to keep up. I was offered a part in the Middle Division play (yes, offered, because there were not enough boys who were auditioning), but it would be 2.5 hours a day, for three days, which is a lot. So I'm really bummed if I should take it, as a favor to the theater department (all of whom I like a lot) or just skip it and say sorry? The musical is not very interesting, from the title at least – Little Mary Sunshine. I'm a good singer but I'm not sure if this is right for me. Arrrgh! I'm going to talk to the guidance counselor at school tomorrow.

I'm trying my best to stay around my number of posts is down a lot. Nighty night.

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Eponine - Sep 21, 2005 8:17 pm (#582 of 2980)

Denise, Lost was amazing. We had to TiVo it since I didn't get home until after 9, but that opening scene...wow. I completely had it wrong. I'm so addicted to this show.

I've started my new job at the library, and so far I really like it. The children's department has one of those life size Dobby statues, and I'm trying to figure out how I can sneak it out under my shirt with no one noticing. I don't think it's going to work.

Puck, congratulations on the arrival of Natalie Grace!

I hope everyone is having a great day.

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Ladybug220 - Sep 21, 2005 8:23 pm (#583 of 2980) Reply
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Denise, where did you find your font? I have been looking for one myself but can't find it.

Natalie Grace, Welcome to the World!

Tim, Congrats on the new daughter-in-law!

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Soul Mate for Sirius - Sep 21, 2005 8:26 pm (#584 of 2980)

Hey everyone! Wow it's been a while since I've had time to get on the Forum. Now that classes have started again, I'm just so busy...

Welcome to the world Baby Puck!

Threre isn't a whole lot new here. I moved into my dorm room on Sunday, and my classes started today. They opened a new rec center on campus, so I checked that out this evening, and it's really cool. The new aquatics center has 5 pools, and as a swimmer, that excites me like no other!!

Anyway, I'm off to check the threads... Have a good night everyone!

-Jenn

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Madam Pince - Sep 21, 2005 8:44 pm (#585 of 2980)

Arrrrgh... I missed the majority of "Lost" this evening, most particularly the first part. Little Pince had a very messy major "accident" right in the doorway to our bedroom, right at 8:59pm of all times... So I spent the better part of an hour comforting and bathing and cleaning the rug and all that. Sigh... The good thing is that I had taped it ("Lost," not the accident ) for Mr. Pince, so when he gets home from work we'll watch it together, if I can stay awake!

Catherine, glad your conferences are over and that they went well!

Hope everyone in the Houston area is getting out of the way of the next upcoming hurricane Rita! It sounds like it will not be one to play around with! What Forumers are in that area -- anybody? Best wishes to anyone in the path!

Puck, hope you're getting some rest and that little Natalie will soon start to enjoy her own little crib.

Lina, your avatar is lovely!

Marie, as for the name "Cobain," I'm afraid I would fall in the "slap" camp, too. "Dresden" is kind of pretty actually, but I would forever associate it with "dresden dolls" which I don't really know much about but picture in my mind as being very dainty delicate porcelain dolls, so if Baby Dresden turns out to be a tomboy it would be all wrong...

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The giant squid - Sep 22, 2005 1:46 am (#586 of 2980)

And Mike, since you seem to like her real name, it is Katarina.—Lina

I thought I'd be smart & use her full name since someone a post or two before me referred to Kathy & I dodn't want to get Kate confused with that. That's what I get for being smart.

Marie: Dresden? Now I know why she hasn't shared these ideas with me--she knows I'll laugh at her. Now granted, I am slightly biased because a friend of mine used to have a rottweiler named Dresden...but still, I'd be overwhelmed with the urge to call the girl "Stuttgart" or something.

Gosh, giant squid stay up late, huh?--Finn BV

You have no idea, my friend...let's just say I firmly believe it should be illegal to get up before noon.

--Mike

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Good Evans - Sep 22, 2005 4:23 am (#587 of 2980)

I am so jealous of you "Lost" fans in the states. We have only just got it over here so we are on about week 7 of the first series, and I am being good an not watching the sky preview for the next week, just sticking to good old channel 4!!! Well it isn't on until 10 and then the preview starts at 11. I simply cnat stay awake til midnight on a weeknight (call me a lightweight!)

so we are way behind you, can I say thanks for not spoiling plot lines, you guys are very considerate

stay safe Texas....

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Snuffles - Sep 22, 2005 4:33 am (#588 of 2980)

Good Evans, I know what you mean, I am dying to find out what happens in 'Lost'. I did cheat and take a look on the website which gives you a run down episode by episode of what happens in series 1.

Just in case you are tempted............

Julie

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Marie E. - Sep 22, 2005 5:44 am (#589 of 2980)

You all make me laugh so much! I'm so glad I shared my sister's names with you. She says Dresden is a music group, as well as a city in Germany. She used to like the name Jacob Dean, but then found out that Jacob is one of the most common names in the country. I could have told her that. I had two Jacobs in my kindergarten class and two in my Sunday School class last year. She still has six months to changer her mind, so let's cross our fingers. If not, the slapping will commence.

Yesterday was about 80 (forgot how to do the degrees thingy) and today is supposed to be 68, rainy, and windy. Welcome, wonderful Autumn!!

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CatherineHermiona - Sep 22, 2005 5:46 am (#590 of 2980)

This is one smile you could put when you found out it's girl, Kathy:

So, how do you like it?

Kate

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Denise P. - Sep 22, 2005 6:11 am (#591 of 2980)

Much as I would have to slap my sister if she planned to name a child Cobain or Dresden, in the grand scheme of things....those are not that awful. Read the birth announcements in the local paper to see some really awful ones. I will admit to going off the beaten path for names but they are names that are used in English speaking countries by the general population.

I had a friend who was planning to name her daughter Isabeaux (no kidding) She had Gavin instead. Another friend of mine planned to name her daugher Lucy Inthesky (seriously). Her husband put his foot down and Lucy is Lucy Sky. I saw a kid named Dennis in the paper, not bad but his last name was also Dennis! Let's not forget the famous cheese sisters I went to High School with....Swiss and her younger sister Cheddar!

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Eponine - Sep 22, 2005 6:31 am (#592 of 2980)

Let's not forget the famous cheese sisters I went to High School with....Swiss and her younger sister Cheddar!

Please tell me you're kidding. Was their last name Cheese?

The little brother of a girl I knew in high school had a girl in his class named Fallen (not sure of the spelling). Her last name? Love.

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Madam Pince - Sep 22, 2005 7:46 am (#593 of 2980)

Ha! Cheddar and Swiss! Too funny! The weirdest one I ever heard of was a friend worked with someone who named her daughter Juan, and pronounced it Joo-Ann. Imagine all the confusion in later life when she fills out forms and does NOT check the box marked Male, Hispanic....

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Ydnam96 - Sep 22, 2005 8:29 am (#594 of 2980)

Oh, wow. Swiss and Cheddar. I thought it was bad in High School when two of my class mates (twins) were Billy-Jo and Bobby-Jo (girls). Then we had the twins who were John and Johnathan (I kid you not). They were identical and would switch places with each other. They both played football and the coaches had their numbers be 6 and 9 and then (this is bad) on their jerseys they had the numbers on their backs and on their sleeves say the opposite (so the back would say 6 and the arm would say 9). The boys played different positions so the coaches thought that it would be a good "play" to get the other team confused about who was who. They got in big trouble with the conference people. Oh, and their father's name was Jonathan and so was their Grandfather!. Can you imagine.

I've always loved unique names, but only to a point. You don't want your child to suffer at the hands of his/her class mates. So names like Micah (which isn't so unique anymore) are names that I like, or similar to Denise, more common names with less common spelling.

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kaykay1970 - Sep 22, 2005 9:07 am (#595 of 2980)

How about this one for the terrible names. When I was young our next door neighbors the Ustink family named their little darling Sofilthy. On another note I'm so thankful that Mom named me instead of Dad. My paternal grandmother's name was Pauline and my maternal grandmother Oleta. He wanted to name me Oleta Paulette. Ugh!! I think I like Paula Kay much better, thank you Mom!

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Elanor - Sep 22, 2005 9:32 am (#596 of 2980)

LOL everyone with all those weird names!

Denise: "I had a friend who was planning to name her daughter Isabeaux (no kidding)"
It is very rare but I have seen that name here sometimes, though spelt "Isabeau", which is an old form of Isabelle and also the name of a queen of France, Isabeau de Bavière (Bavaria), daughter of a duke of Bavaria and wife of Charles VI at the end of the 14th century. A very powerful woman, who was very influent because her husband went mad, and who, amongst other things, made the Hundred Years' War getting worse by disinheriting her own son, saying that the crown had to go to the king of England, calling him (her son, future Charles VII, the one Joan of Arc put on the throne): "the so-called Dauphin". Charming woman, wasn't she? I would think twice before naming a girl after her... I'd better stop here, I don't mean to bore you to death with medieval history!

Here, since some years, very old names come back into fashion, such as Jeanne, Louis, Arthur, Victor, Jules, etc... But there are also a lot of very weird ones in the birth announcements: yesterday I saw some people called their daughter Sixtine! I even saw an Aragorn some times ago...

Have a great day everybody!

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Ladybug220 - Sep 22, 2005 10:49 am (#597 of 2980)

I went to school with some girls that were named after countries or continents: Asia, India, and Isreal. My friend did Americore and she worked with some twin boys named Lemonjello and Orangejello. I have also seen Candida as a first name for a woman. It's rather sad really.

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kaykay1970 - Sep 22, 2005 11:07 am (#598 of 2980)

This world can be truly scary sometimes. A freshman boy from my kids high school was shot and killed at the county fair last Friday night (even scarier because my teens had been at the fair all day with friends). Rumor has it that he got between two rival gangs, wrong place wrong time. Anyway a boy that goes to Lexington High School was shot in the shoulder during the same incident. The boy that did the shooting goes to Chester County School. I was just reading the Jackson Sun newspaper. They had to let Chester High out early this Wednesday because it was rumored that Lexington teens were seeking revenge. These two high schools are facing off in a football game Saturday night. They are going to have a metal detector that you have to go through to be present at this game and added police force for security. It is just sad that something like this could happen and very sad that you can't even attend a football game without fear.

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Loopy Lupin - Sep 22, 2005 11:11 am (#599 of 2980)

Swiss and "Cheddar" take the cheesecake. Never heard that before.

Finn, take the part.

Whew, it's been a long week. Is it Friday yet?

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Catherine - Sep 22, 2005 12:05 pm (#600 of 2980)

Hi!

My kids are watching a film about Egyptian temples, so I decided to be naughty and sneak onto the Forum and read chat posts.

::waves to Loopy Lupin:: It so needs to be Friday.

Better run before the kids find out that I'm playing hooky instead of recording grades on my computer.


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Good Evans - Sep 22, 2005 12:59 pm (#601 of 2980)

Cheddar and Swiss - LOL - seriously?????

I came across a couple of good ones a few years ago, we had the traffic light family, Scarlett, Amber and Jade and a chap who changed his name to Clint Eastwood and his two boys were called John and Wayne. I kid you not, I know they sound like urban legends but I swear they are true. In my job people have to put family details on applications you see, I have seen some very odd spellings too.

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Denise P. - Sep 22, 2005 1:15 pm (#602 of 2980)

They really were named Swiss and Cheddar. Swiss was a year ahead of me, Cheddar was 2 behind me. I have the yearbook to prove it too. I know they had a brother, not sure if he was older or younger but since he was not in the school, I have no idea what his name was. Monterey Jack, Colby?

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Finn BV - Sep 22, 2005 2:26 pm (#603 of 2980)

Hey guys, quick in and out trip here.


The giant squid- Sep 22, 2005 1:46 am (#586 of 602) . . . . You have no idea, my friend...let's just say I firmly believe it should be illegal to get up before noon.

I rest my case.

Loopy, spoke to the guidance counselor today and I agree now that it's best that I not take the part. As I said, I'm barely managing to get everything done – piano practice, tennis, homework, forum. I'm not going to take it but I will try to be in the spring play…  We'll see.

Kate, cool smilie!

I can't say much because my computer is at school. My laptop has some weird thing goin' on inside of it. It freezes 15 times a day, applications quit all the time, and it seems unusually low on Hard Drive space. And the apple key fell out, but I still have it. The incredible computer department at my school is fixing it as we speak, and to put the key back on "takes about 2 seconds." So that will be fixed when I get back to school tomorrow morning! I'm so excited!!

See y'all later… rushing to do too much stuff!

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Catherine - Sep 22, 2005 2:38 pm (#604 of 2980)

I have no idea what his name was. Monterey Jack, Colby? –Denise

SPEW! That was a good one, Denise. I'd vote for one of those versus Feta or Gouda.

I am so jealous of my students! They are putting on a production of School House Rock for the school play, and I want a part, too! :pouts:

School House Rock just makes me nostalgic for the Saturday mornings of watching cartoons in my pajamas. Besides, I want a part doing the grammar songs!

Too bad I can't sing, alas earwax, and am about 20 years to old to participate.

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Lina - Sep 22, 2005 3:03 pm (#605 of 2980)

Finn, are you saying that your Mac is acting weirdly??? Well, you can't rely on anything nowdays, can you? My husband had a similar problem with his Win computer (but you would expect it, wouldn't you?) and I found something like 6 GB of strange stuff accumulating. Everything went back to normal when I removed some "bar" that he very consciously installed.

There is a saying in my country "The youth of today!" Now Kate is learning at school that old people from Mesopotamia had the same saying something like 4 or 5 thousands years ago. I have invented the new world order: There should be no more elections. The politicians that want to be presidents or in the parliament or things like that, should go to the chess tournament. And the winners get the job. When some country wants to make war with some other country, the presidents should play chess and the one that looses should accept the terms of the winner. Actually, I am not the chess player at all, but then, politics was never in my career plans.

Kaykay, now I have to say
(wow, I must be in a very good mood after the whole day that I was at the edge of the nervous breakdown)
My name is Paula too. And Lina comes from Paulina, so everybody really calls me Lina. So it was just fun for me to read about your name, especially about how thankful you are that your name is not Pauline. My husband's name is just the mail version of the same name. Speaking about names, I have a friend whose dog's name is Rea and I know a guy whose daughter's name is Rea too. Actually, I know several dogs with the same name.

Well, enough of good mood. Some drying and sunny charms to those on the Rita's path. I can't believe it's happening.

Love and peace to everybody!

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kaykay1970 - Sep 22, 2005 5:35 pm (#606 of 2980)

Actually Lina. I like your name Paulina it is vey pretty, but Oleta Paulette I don't believe I could have endured. I have a cousin named Pauliana, also for my grandmother. My oldest sister got spared from a far worse name than me. Dad wanted to name her after his two favorite aunts. Marie I think is lovely but not Flossie Marie. haha Mom named her Pamela Jean for my grandfather Gene.

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I Am Used Vlad - Sep 22, 2005 6:46 pm (#607 of 2980)

This is not exactly a weird name story but sort of fits in. I work for the post office, and once saw a letter addressed to a Mrs. James Potter. The funny thing was that it was being returned to the sender due to insufficient address. I assumed it was the Fidelius Charm.

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Madam Pince - Sep 22, 2005 7:04 pm (#608 of 2980)

LOL! That's great, Vlad! Good to know those charms are still in place!

I got most of the mums and asters planted today. Actually I think I need to go get some more. I always do this -- when you buy the plants it looks like the car is full and you have so many plants, but then when you get them in the ground they look kind of sparse and you have to go get some more to fill in. I need mulch, too, to hold in what little moisture we have. We haven't had rain in weeks. Earlier this week I had thought it was going to start raining (I think I even posted that it was) but it turned out that I could count the number of drops that actually fell. Soon I can start planting cactus and they'll be thriving, I guess! Mike, what do you guys grow out there in the desert?

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Thora - Sep 23, 2005 6:20 am (#609 of 2980)

Well I'm not Mike, but in the desert everyone waters all the time. In fact I knew a lot of people who irrigated their lawns, with canal water from the Colorado. The plants that seemed to be in abundance (besides the varried types of cactus) are citrus trees, evergreen shrubs, palm trees. There is a lovely bushy flowering tree that I don't know the name of and it survived without watering quite well.

I had friends with a date farm, but that was irrigated, sa was the califlower field I rode by each day on my way to school.

Man I miss the desert.

Thora

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CatherineHermiona - Sep 23, 2005 6:28 am (#610 of 2980)

I finally can say:



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Soul Mate for Sirius - Sep 23, 2005 8:27 am (#611 of 2980)

Good morning everyone! I don't have too much time before I have to go to class, but I figured I'd stop in and say hi. I hate having class on Friday! Anyway, things are still really really busy around here. I started classes on Wednesday, and I already have 1500 pages of reading to do by next Tuesday! Talk about being stressed. I have 3 quizes and 2 essays to write on top of that. Plus, OSU's playing Iowa tomorrow, so that's going to take up most of my Saturday. Ah well. I'll just have to spend all of Sunday locked in my room reading.

I must say I got a good laugh reading everyone's comments on weird names. It certainly made catching up on my posts quite enjoyable!

Well anyway, I have to run to my French class, so, au revoir!

-Jenn

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Good Evans - Sep 23, 2005 8:36 am (#612 of 2980)

Kate,I couldn't have put it better .... its been a long week!!

Julie

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Ydnam96 - Sep 23, 2005 9:00 am (#613 of 2980)

Yes Kate, thank goodness it's Friday. All day yesterday felt like it should be Friday...but nope...still one more day to go. It has been a long week.

I caught the end of a Simpson's episode last night and it was a Harry Potter parody. I think it was in a Halloween episode. But it was pretty funny (and I don't like the Simpsons).

Have a good Friday everyone...

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azi - Sep 23, 2005 10:08 am (#614 of 2980)

Okies, I just read 190+ posts, so forgive me if I miss someone. Also forgive bad grammar as I'm on a laptop I've never used before...

Congrats, Puck! A lovely name for your daughter!

I can't believe I missed Talk Like A Pirate Day. I hate not having constant internet access.

Good luck to Timrews son and daughter-in-law! I like the idea of the music Tim's band plays as well, seeing as though I used to go to folk dancing class.

Hope everyone gets away from hurricane Rita.

I'm in Liverpool at the moment, it's chucking it down with rain and I'm in a friend’s student accomodation, which isn't exactly nice. However, it's a lot better than what mine is according to the pictures I just found. Bleugh, I appear to be in the noisiest building which apparently boasts the only all day bar on campus. Great - I hate alcohol and drunk people. Excellent place to put me ain't it? Not looking forward to freshers week!

Everyone have a great Friday! I am also glad it's the end of the week, has been very slow.

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The giant squid - Sep 23, 2005 12:54 pm (#615 of 2980)

Mike, what do you guys grow out there in the desert?--Madame Pince

Personally, I raise hopes until they're big enough to fend for themselves. Seriously, Thora had it right; lots of palm trees, every variety of cactus you can think of (and a few you hadn't), and--thanks to the ever-growing population of SoCal transplants--the occasional green lawn. Sprinkler companies do quite a bit of business out here. Without a rather aggressive watering schedule the only things that grow well are weeds. Of course, since we're in the middle of a massive drought right now (what? drought? in the desert?? ) the water company places heavy restrictions on watering and even offers rebates on your bill if you use certain low-water plants in your landscape.

Finn--I usually go to bed around 4 AM. I do more thinking after midnight than most people do all day. Carpe noctem!

--Mike

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Good Evans - Sep 23, 2005 2:15 pm (#616 of 2980)

Cheering charms to you Azi, theres always this forum if it gets on top of you

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Amilia Smith - Sep 23, 2005 3:09 pm (#617 of 2980)

Without a rather aggressive watering schedule the only things that grow well are weeds.

And rocks. Rocks do real well.

Mills.

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wynnleaf - Sep 23, 2005 3:44 pm (#618 of 2980)

Does Round Pink Spider ever get on here? I wanted to ask her something.

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timrew - Sep 23, 2005 4:16 pm (#619 of 2980)

Once again, thanks to all that congratulated me on my son's wedding.

I'm reading about the latest Hurricane to hit New Orleans, and I hear that the levees have been breached again. Is everyone okay?

And how is that log-jam of cars out of Galveston?

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boop - Sep 23, 2005 4:56 pm (#620 of 2980)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO CAPUT DRACOINS, hope you have had a wonderful day!!!!

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Amilia Smith - Sep 23, 2005 5:19 pm (#621 of 2980)

Wynnleaf: RPS does get on here, but I am not sure how often she checks this thread. The last time she posted was Sept 9th. You might have better luck over on the "Long Theory About Harry's Family" thread.

Mills.

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Finn BV - Sep 23, 2005 5:34 pm (#622 of 2980)

Happy Birthday, Caput Draconis, have a great day!

Well, my computer's running on Tiger, the key is back in (***presses Command key bazillion times***), and…… the computer is still freezing. Yes, Lina, I know, you can't trust anything in the world today, even a Mac! Apparently Apple will replace my computer if I replace the LogicBoard 3 times if the state doesn't improve. It's already been replaced once. How I dream of those next two times.

Well, at least it's a lot faster. Sorry, didn't keep up with this thread in my slight absence, so cheering and wellness, etc. charms all around!!

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TwinklingBlueEyes - Sep 23, 2005 6:16 pm (#623 of 2980)

Just checking in here from a storm battered south Louisiana. So far so good, winds blowing about 40 mph, gusting to about 70. Lost electric and cable a couple of times, but came back on. Some road closures due to flooding. Daughter just called, they have lost power. Looks like going to be a LONG nite. Will be online as long as possible. Our prayers are with all those in the way of this storm.

...toddles off to the threads...

Edit: ...toddles off to find flashlight, power went off two minutes after first posting this...

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Marie E. - Sep 23, 2005 6:31 pm (#624 of 2980)

I know I'm a bit late on this, but here's some names for you all: sisters named Crimson and Burgundy, sisters named Rainne and Brooke, Cannon, Shade, Temple, and Nevaeh (heaven backwards, very popular here last year). I'm always amazed that Shayla is more common than I thought. I have met at least six other Shayla's just here in Colorado Springs. Mary Lou Retton named one of her children Shayla, as did the syndicated radio personality Delilah (massive misspelling, I know!). We have a cousin who named her son Nash, which I had never heard, then I met two more Nash's here. I doubt Cobain will ever experience such popularity.

I can't believe the horrible luck of those poor people in the Gulf, especially those who were evacuated to Houston, just to be evacuated once again. My thoughts are with all those in the storm's path.

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Finn BV - Sep 23, 2005 7:05 pm (#625 of 2980)

Just been watching coverage of Hurricane Rita… wow. My thoughts are with you all. The poor Katrina victims that are now evacuating Houston… what a harsh life. Prayers.

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Elanor - Sep 23, 2005 10:58 pm (#626 of 2980)

TBE, I'm thinking a lot of you! Take care! ((((((((((hugs))))))))))))
My thoughts and prayers also go to everyone on Rita's path, this is so scary.

Happy belated birthday Caput Draconis! And since it is already the 24th here, happy birthday Timrew!

Hem, hem...

Hail! King of SPEW!
A good pun is your grail,
And you never fail.
Happy birthday Timrew!
To you, all the best
In that never-ending quest.

Ok, ok, I know I shouldn't try to write rhymes in English before 8 am but I do wish you a very, very happy birthday! Thank you for our past, and future, bursts of laughter on the forum you're responsible for.

Detail Seeker, I'm so sorry, in my last post, I forgot to thank you for your kind words! Yes, deciphering old writing in 17th or 18th documents is really fascinating. With a bit of practice, it is not difficult. Very often, only by seeing the writing you can figure out some details about the one who wrote the document, even before reading it: if he/she was used to write, if the spelling is correct or very "personal", if the writing is easy or seems to have been difficult for the writer, etc... It is really great!

Edit: I almost forgot! Welcome on the forum Pixie! It is great to find another French fan here!

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azi - Sep 24, 2005 1:46 am (#627 of 2980)

Thanks Good Evans! Cheering charms do the world of good! If they fail, I'm turning to copious amounts of chocolate. And the forum of course! It wasn't actually that bad last night, compared to another friend who has had fire alarms every night for the past week...eek!

Happy birthdays (or belated birthdays) to Caput Draconis and Timrew!

Elanor, I love your avatar!

Welcome to Pixie also! Strasbourg is one of my favourite places - so pretty!

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The giant squid - Sep 24, 2005 1:58 am (#628 of 2980)

Happy Birthday, Tim. I'll let Elanor's poem speak for me, because even at 8AM (her time) she writes better than I do at 2AM my time.

Marie, Alexis is a rather popular name, too. Especially here in Vegas--you hear it all the time at, um, certain adult establishments... Or so I've heard...

Best of luck to TBE and everyone else in Rita's path.

--Mike

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Wisey - Sep 24, 2005 2:22 am (#629 of 2980)

Stay safe to those in Rita's path.

My Aussie Rules Footy Team "Swans" just won their final, first time in 72 years - bit of a drought is over finally.

I'm off to browse the threads.

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Chemyst - Sep 24, 2005 5:22 am (#630 of 2980)

It a bit past 8 AM here now, and since the first word I thought of that could rhyme with Timrew was “slough,” I'd best avoid attempting poetry as well.

Happy Birthday Timrew. May your day be free from deep muddy holes, swamps, and spiritual low points. I'll wish you a “slew” of laughter instead.

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boop - Sep 24, 2005 6:22 am (#631 of 2980)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TIM AND PRONGS!!!!!!Have a wonderful day!!!

Everyone have a nice weekend.

hugs always

boop

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Stephanie M. - Sep 24, 2005 7:31 am (#632 of 2980)

Happy Birthday Timrew!!!!! I wish you many, many more wonderful years of laughter!!

I hope everyone stays safe in the path of Rita!!! I was watching coverage of Rita this morning and it's just unbelievable.

Yesterday I was starting to lose my voice in the morning and once I got home I felt like my head was going to explode. So I decided I would go to sleep really early and I fell asleep around 9:30 PM. (I usually go to sleep around 12 AM.) And I woke up at 10:06 AM, so now I'm feeling a lot better but my voice it still going.

Finn I love your avatar. RENT was one of my favorite musicals. I can't wait until it comes out in theaters (with the original cast!).

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Ydnam96 - Sep 24, 2005 7:58 am (#633 of 2980)

Good morning, birthday wishes to Tim and Prongs. (Boop, you are amazing!)

I think I might go back to bed. I don't know why I woke up.

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Good Evans - Sep 24, 2005 8:42 am (#634 of 2980)

Happy Birthday to Caput draconis for yesterday, Timrew and Prongs for today, I hope you all have lovely days!!!

Julie

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mike miller - Sep 24, 2005 9:09 am (#635 of 2980)

Happy Birthday Tim, Prongs, Caput and all those who I have missed. Work is entering the crazy time again, so I'll be more intermitent than usual.

I good friend of mine has recently moved from outside Tulsa, OK (Tornado Alley) to outside of Houston, TX. He was joking with me prior to Rita's arrival about his uncanny ability to choose the best places to live. I have not heard but trust to his judgement about evacuating. It sounds like at least some of the anticipated damage did not occur; however, there is still much rain to fall before this is all over and flooding is a real concern.

All in the Gulf area take care and know that you're in our thoughts and prayers.

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TwinklingBlueEyes - Sep 24, 2005 9:56 am (#636 of 2980)

I'm backkk... :-)

Happy Birthday Tim,Caput, and Prongs. Best of luck to those who were hit harder by Hurricane Rita than we were. Still have gusty winds and scattered rain here but the electric is back on!

...toddles off to call family and let them know we are ok...

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Good Evans - Sep 24, 2005 10:23 am (#637 of 2980)

pleased to hear it is going ok TBE..our thoughts with other southern states forumers who may be in the path!!

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CatherineHermiona - Sep 24, 2005 11:40 am (#638 of 2980)

Happy birthday to everyone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I'm just back from the cinema where I was watching Charlie and Chocolate Factory. That was pretty good film.

My thoughts and prays are with everyone on Rita's path. If it is going to act as Rita that we know from HP, I don't want to be in their skin.

Kate

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Madame Pomfrey - Sep 24, 2005 1:37 pm (#639 of 2980)

Happy Birthday Timrew,Caput and Prongs.Speaking of Rita,Has anyone heard from T.Weldon?I think she lives in the Houston area.I live 2 1/2 hrs from there.Rita missed us but we sure could have used the rain,Its pretty windy though.Glad to see the storm didn't affect you all too much TBE.

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Lina - Sep 24, 2005 1:59 pm (#640 of 2980)

Happy birthdays Caput, Tim and Prongs! I hope you had a wonderful day.

prayers for everybody on the Rita's path! I hope this ends soon.

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Finn BV - Sep 24, 2005 2:16 pm (#641 of 2980)

LOL, Elanor. I know you're going to make it as a poet some day.

Happy Birthday, King of Spew and Prongs. Have a fantastic day.

Steph, I haven't seen Rent (which doesn't make any sense) but I can play the theme song "Seasons of Love."

Kate, I liked Charlie very much. It was just too wacky. How did the song lyrics translate into Croatian? Did they rhyme?

My computer's back at the Apple Depot. It will be back in a week. This is depressing.

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dizzy lizzy - Sep 24, 2005 2:23 pm (#642 of 2980)

Happy birthdays (or belated birthdays) to Caput Draconis and Timrew and Prongs!

Umm...these new hearing aids took a lot of adjusting to...but now I am happy to have them and they certainly passed their test last week with my workload - they made life sooo much easier!

Rita hasn't made much headway in the news over here...a certain Grand Final match yesterday and its results took up half the news bulletin!

Today I'm off to my Dad's for the day! About 5 hours driving time all up for the entire return trip and the bonus is my brother and his new finance will be there as well.

This post is from another Aussie who is delighted her AFL (Australian Football League) Team - The Sydney Swans (A.K.A the Swannies!) won their grand final **dances**

Lizzy

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timrew - Sep 24, 2005 3:20 pm (#643 of 2980)

Thank you to all that wished me a Happy Birthday. With special thanks to Elanor for her poem!

And Birthday wishes to Caput Draconis and Prongs!!!

I hope that everyone is safe from Hurricane Rita. To anyone in its path, my thoughts and prayers go out to you all........

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VeronikaG - Sep 24, 2005 4:49 pm (#644 of 2980)

Happy birthday Tim! And Caput and Prongs too!

I'm just stopping by to say that I haven't totally forgotten about you guys and everything HP, I have just been totally busy lately. Since I was smart enough to go back to school for an additional year, and even smarter to make that year English Studies, I have been drowned in reading. But I like reading, so I shouldn't complain. When you first have to read a book that is assigned it's much more interesting to read a classic than "TCP/IP version 5.0" (Which my teacher claimed was a classic, the nerd :-D).

I hope everybody who have rough weather in store will be safe, and I'll check the forum tomorrow. I have a nice, crazy theory on the Weasley family I need to be posting. He he.

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Ydnam96 - Sep 24, 2005 5:16 pm (#645 of 2980)

So I'm watching Grease. And for the first time I realized that the actors looked pretty old for high schoolers (I guess when you are younger older is older, haha). I looked the movie up on IMDB and the John Travolta was 24, Oliva Newton John was 30! Stocker Channing (sp?) was in her 30's as well!!!!!! I'm in shock. That would be like me trying to impersonate a high schooler!

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Marie E. - Sep 24, 2005 6:14 pm (#646 of 2980)

Happy Birthday Tim, Caput Draconis, and Prongs! Many happy returns!

SquidMike: I know how popular the name Alexis is. In her grade at her school there are two Alexis', one Alexi, and one Lexus. And they ALL go by some form of Lexie/Lexi. It just so happens that Lexie was the only name Mr. E and I could agree on. I wanted to name her Rylie.

I heard from a friend who lives in Houston that she went back to her house despite warnings not to. Everything is in working order: internet, electricity, etc. She has a friend who went on a cruise and parked her car in Galveston. Bye, bye car!

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I Am Used Vlad - Sep 24, 2005 6:42 pm (#647 of 2980)

Happy birthday to those celebrating. It's not belated yet where I'm at. Well, I guess it is for Caput.

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Stephanie M. - Sep 24, 2005 8:09 pm (#648 of 2980)

Steph, I haven't seen Rent (which doesn't make any sense) but I can play the theme song Seasons of Love." "—Finn[

You can play the theme song... on a piano? Cool! You can play it for me one day because I don't have any musical talent so I can't actually play it for myself. The farthest that I have gotten to actually being OK at an instrument was when my dad taught me how to play Mary Had A Little Lamb (which I actually learned incorrectly!) and I was really good at playing the recorder which I can't figure out now...

RENT is probably one of my all time favorite musicals. I saw it with Frenchie Davis. There once was Frenchie Davis, Drew Lachey (from 98º), Melanie C (from the Spice Girls), Taye Diggs (from How Stella Got Her Groove Back and lots of other things) but he was in the Original Cast but sometimes came back to sub for someone. And Jay Rodriguez (from Queer Eye for the Strait Guy). They were all once in RENT at the same time.

I have another story about my musical skills but it will take too long to type and this will be a very long post.

I hope everyone in the path of Rita is staying safe!!! My thoughts and prayers are with you all!

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Ydnam96 - Sep 24, 2005 11:02 pm (#649 of 2980)

Wow, we are having a slow night aren't we? I hope it's because everyone is out having fun!! I think I am getting a cold Sad But it's okay cause I can stay in bed all day tomorrow.

I'm praying for all thoe who are feeling the effects (is that the right one? or is it affects? I can never remember which one to use) of the Hurricanes.

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The giant squid - Sep 24, 2005 11:20 pm (#650 of 2980)

RENT was one of my favorite musicals. I can't wait until it comes out in theaters (with the original cast!).--Stephanie M.

Well, not quite the original cast...Rosario Dawson wasn't in the stage version. We've had the trailer for the movie running in our lobby for the last three months; I'm quite aware of the number of minutes in a year now...

(For the benefit of those not subjected to the beginning of "Seasons of Love" every 6 minutes, it's 525,600. )

Mandy, it is "effects". "Affect" is a verb, "effect" is a noun. In other words, if something affects you, you feel the effects of it. See Marie? And you thought I didn't pay attention in English class!

--Mike
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Herm oh ninny - Sep 24, 2005 11:30 pm (#651 of 2980)

Hey guys! Since school started I have had no time to come and check out the forum. I work full time during the day Mon-Friday, go to school full time at night, and work at the theater on the weekends. I'm getting to the point where I don't know which way is up!!

I know that I am late, but : Happy Birthday Timrew, Caput Draconis, and Prongs! Have a few butter beers on me!

Welcome Baby Puck! A future Potty in the making!

And here are a couple of useful smilies for all of you who are having computer trouble! LOL

I was struggling to stay awake in my climatology class the other night (it runs from 7:50 to 10:30 at night)when the girl sitting across from me waved at me to get my attention. She then pointed to my copy of HBP (I am in the middle of my 3rd re-read of it so I take it everywhere with me) and whispered "I read that already. It was soo good! You won't believe all the stuff that happens in it!" I obviously whispered back "I know, this is the third time I'm reading it!" I had to bite back my smile at the look of astonishment on her face. I guess we all can't be obsessed!

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kaykay1970 - Sep 25, 2005 6:53 am (#652 of 2980)

I love those smileys Herm Oh Ninny. My internet is lagging so bad this morning.

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Sep 25, 2005 7:07 am (#653 of 2980)

Happy Birthday's to all who are deserving.  

Big news....We got a cat! Well, really more of a kitten. She's 6 months old and she's da bomb! She's a total lap cat and is the most mild-mannered cat I could ever imagine. She's a combination between a Tabby and a Calico, which the folks at the humane society said was a Torbie. Who knew? She came with the name Sally which I think we'll be keeping and she's got a brother named......Harry. While I'm not much for the movie reference I think I can pretend that he's named for our favorite wizard. He has an eye infection at the moment, but as soon as that's cleared up we'll be going back up north to fetch him home.

****waves vigorously to Catherine who I know is desperate for a few nice cats****

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Finn BV - Sep 25, 2005 8:03 am (#654 of 2980)

(For the benefit of those not subjected to the beginning of "Seasons of Love" every 6 minutes, it's 525,600.) --Squid Mike

Poor, poor you.

Herm oh ninny, good to see you around! I need those smileys!

Congrats on the new cat, Kim.

I still haven't had the time for Corpse Bride yet. I'm just dying to see the trailer (and the movie) (no pun intended ).

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Ydnam96 - Sep 25, 2005 8:13 am (#655 of 2980)

Lupin is Lupin, that is an amazing cake! Do you have a bigger picture? Those coins...what are they made of? I'm guessing the necklaces are candy ones. I'm so impressed. And yay for the kitties. I wish I could get another so Chloe (my cat) would have some company.

Denise, I had a dream last night that I came to your house. I was supposed to mow your lawn I think...it was wierd (in that I've never been to your house and would have no frame of reference).

I went to bed thinking I might have a cold and I woke up this morning knowing I have one...but I don't have any medicine. I only have allergy medicine...bleh. I don't want to go out so I'm just goona be huddled up in my blanket on the couch.

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CatherineHermiona - Sep 25, 2005 8:36 am (#656 of 2980)

We just won against Russia in Davis Cup. We are going to the finale. Ljubièiæ saved us, as usual. Be happy for me, please. Let's celebrate!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

And I wanted to put this for a long time:

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Catherine - Sep 25, 2005 10:12 am (#657 of 2980)

****waves vigorously to Catherine who I know is desperate for a few nice cats**** --Lupin is Lupin

Oh, I think you confused me with "She-who-must-not-be named" aka "Veronicamort."

Congratulations on your family's new additions. Those kitties sound great.

Now, I need the Forum's help. I am desperately looking for the words to a children's story that I read as a child, called "Dr. Goat." It started off as "Dr. Goat put on his coat..." I remember something about a mustard plaster and that he fixed a fox with measles, but I can't remember the rest, and it's driving me crazy.

I would really love to get the words to that story, if anyone has a copy. I don't need a copy of the book; I'd just love to know what the text was.

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Stephanie M. - Sep 25, 2005 11:34 am (#658 of 2980)

Kim congratulations on the new kitty cats! Sally and Harry... hmm maybe Harry has secret twin sister named Sally... I think it's time for book 7. Maybe you can figure out a nick name for Sally so it won't be like the movie.

Herm Oh Ninny, I really like those computer smileys! I'm not having too many computer problems besides the fact that whenever I spell check something in an E-mail (usually REALLY long e-mails) AOL quits. So now I don't spell check my e-mails and then people E-mail me back saying, "What were you trying to tell me? I don't know what *insert mis-spelled word here* means."

Too bad about the freezing Finn! Maybe you'll get your computer replaced really soon. Well, at least it's faster now.

Ydnam96, I'm sorry you're feeling sick! I first got my cold on Thursday morning but then it went away until around 8 PM that night, and then I felt horrible. I was fine most of Friday except that I was losing my voice. But then Friday night I felt absolutely horrible. Then I slept 12 and 1/2 hours and then I felt a lot better. Yesterday I still had a cough and my voice sometimes cracked and I sounded like I had my tonsils removed. But today I sound much more pleasant and I'm coughing a lot less and I CAN BREATHE!!!

So you'll probably feel better tomorrow if you get a lot of sleep.

Okay, I'm off to check the threads and do my homework.

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Finn BV - Sep 25, 2005 12:08 pm (#659 of 2980)

Oops, wrote "cat," meant "cats." I'm sure you understood anyway.

Yay Kate! I wish they would televise more Davis Cup over here. I only read about it in my Tennis Magazines. Oh well. Good luck in the finals.

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Ydnam96 - Sep 25, 2005 12:30 pm (#660 of 2980)

Stephanie, I did just sleep for a few hours. I don't have plans today other than doing some laundry so I'm gonna try your sleeping advice Smile

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Madam Pince - Sep 25, 2005 12:35 pm (#661 of 2980)

Yep, school has started, and so here come the head colds, and viruses, and epizootics, and whatever else....

Happy Birthday to Caput Draconis, Prongs, and timrew! May you enjoy this one and many, many more!

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Finn BV - Sep 25, 2005 1:45 pm (#662 of 2980)

Ok, this is a little random, but I was reading my science textbook and there is a sentence that reads this: "Astronomers have proposed building the OWL telescope (overwhelmingly large telescope) with a mirror 100m in diameter…"

And I thought, that's almost as good as Nastily Exhausting Wizarding Tests, and that's one step up from the OWLs! Well, I had to make the connection…

**toddles off and knows how TBE feels**

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Stephanie M. - Sep 25, 2005 3:10 pm (#663 of 2980)

I think you are ahead of us in science Finn. I never got to that part. And we also haven't done anything with telescopes.

But I was reading in my history reader (bookish kind of thing) stuff about this God with serpents and I kept thinking about Nagini and Voldemort and how he could control snakes and serpents and in the reader this God was able to control its serpents, but this God created the World and stuff instead of trying to take over it... hmmm. Maybe Voldemort will become a good guy... nah I doubt it.

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pottermom34 - Sep 25, 2005 3:14 pm (#664 of 2980)

Happy Birthday to Caput Draconis, Prongs, and timrew! My daughter's birthday was yesturday too. She got a Happy Birthday owl from JKR. I signed her up for it at the bloombury website. She was tickled to get it. And she got a Slytherin robe for her birthday so she can be a Slytherin for Halloween. The funny thing is she said "but mom I'm not a boy, I can't be Draco." I told her there are girl Slytherins too. That made her more excited.


Catherine that book almost sounds like a Dr. Suess book, I don't know if it is, nor do I recognize it but it sounds like the way some of his books start. Good Luck finding it.


Reparo charms to your computer Finn. I hate when mine acts up it's a pain in the arse.
Off to check threads michelle

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Denise P. - Sep 25, 2005 4:48 pm (#665 of 2980)

I did a search, Dr. Goat is from the 50's and a lot of people are hunting it. ABE has a copy for $75 and two are currently on eBay.

I like your avatar, pottermom!

The Extreme Makeover Home Edition that was filmed here back in June is airing tonight. The infamous $50,000 fish tank will be seen.

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Finn BV - Sep 25, 2005 6:21 pm (#666 of 2980)

No, Steph, we were doing something in the back of the book and I happened to catch a glimpse of that. I don't we do telescopes in 8th grade.

Thanks pottermom. I'm on my dad's computer, which is also running on Tiger, but I don't have any of my stuff. It should be back from Depot in about a week.

Wow, Denise, I actually remember that fish tank story! I think I missed the show, though. (Not that I watch it anyway, but… ) I'd still be interested to know how it went! On a slightly unrelated note, two of my teachers once put their names down to go on Trading Spaces but I don't think they got in… Wow, a random story worthy of Steph's telling.

Good night all.

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Stephanie M. - Sep 25, 2005 8:32 pm (#667 of 2980)

Finn, that story you just told did kind of sound like my randomness... Which 2 teachers? Hmm this might get very interesting...

I saw Extreme Makeover Home Edition! I was thinking the entire time, "This must be the fish tank Denise was talking about!!!" And it was on the 2 hour season premiere!

Finn your computer is at Depot... the Home Depot? I love that place!!!

I'm off to do about 10 mins of Spanish Geography review so it can stick better over night. I have already memorized all of the countries and capitals of those countries and what the people from those countries are called (i.e. The people from México are called Mexicano(a)). I just have to memorize where all of these countries are located in comparison to each other.

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The giant squid - Sep 26, 2005 12:53 am (#668 of 2980)

Egad, I'm slipping...I've been trying to think of something astronomical that I can abbreviate to NEWT to go with Finn's OWL telescope, and I'm drawing a complete blank. I'm sure it'll come to me about 30 seconds before I fall asleep...

--Mike

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CatherineHermiona - Sep 26, 2005 2:25 am (#669 of 2980)

OK, this is a bit weird, but it fits: New Electronic Wireless Telescope.

Season of tests is about to start and instructions with it. That I am doing instructions where they have to pay I would be rich. But I'm not as cruel as Finn. But I can have instructions with everyone every day and they won't stop asking me questions on tests.

I have an idea for nicknames for our Dream Team in tennis:

Mario Anèiæ: The most handsome

Ivo Karloviè: The tallest

Ivan Ljubièiæ: The best player

Kate

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Madam Pince - Sep 26, 2005 6:20 am (#670 of 2980)

Oh, fiddlesticks! I didn't check the Forum last night, and so I missed watching "Extreme Makeover:Home" to see the infamous fish tank. Sigh... I really did want to see what a $50,000 fish tank could possibly look like. Probably bad timing for that show to air, huh? $50,000 could repair a lot of homes in hurricane-struck areas. Well, maybe the show will address that issue in upcoming episodes -- I don't see how they could ignore it.

You know that "internet poem" that goes:
"Give me wisdom to understand my husband,
love to forgive his mistakes,
and patience to deal with everything else,
because Lord if you give me strength,
I'll beat him to death."

It came into play this weekend at our house. Last week Mr. Pince put some of my clothes into the dryer that weren't supposed to go in the dryer, so we had a discussion about how this is about the third time for this and he isn't the best at laundry issues, so I asked him to please, please not even use the washer and dryer ever again -- if he needs something washed, please ask me and I'll be glad to do it. So I was feeling pretty safe. I have this blouse, red with some blue trim, that is part of an outfit with the pants and also a skirt, too. It's brand-new, very pretty, destined to be a favorite, only worn once for about two hours, and it needed to be soaked in salt water to "set" the colors so they wouldn't fade upon washing. (I should probably explain here that I am certainly no fashion maven, and so for me to have a new outfit that actually matches across several pieces is a very rare thing. I just don't spend my money that way usually, but this was on sale, so...) Anyway, I also planned to wash it in Woolite to baby it even further. So I put it in the washer and had it soaking in salt water. About an hour later, I went downstairs and opened the washer, to find it .... full of ratty old towels which Mr. Pince had been using to wash the car. Which he had dumped into the washing machine on top of my blouse. With bleach. And washed in hot water.

(insert smilie with head banging against the wall here)

I very rarely explode, but the ensuing scene was not pretty. It wasn't so much the loss of the shirt as it was just that I had been trying to hard to "baby" it -- I was being so careful with it, and we had already discussed him not using the washer, so for an entire set of outfits to be ruined because of some car-wash rags......

I still can't finish thinking about it.

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Phoenix song - Sep 26, 2005 7:21 am (#671 of 2980)

Hello everybody! It's been quite a while since I've posted here, but I wanted to thank everybody personally for all of their thoughts and prayers as I'm dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

I won't lie and say that things have been easy, but I feel blessed in many ways. I'm pleased to say that all of my family (pets included) made it safely through the storm. That's more than many families can claim. I'm mindful of that as we face the cleanup and rebuilding process.

We're quite fortunate now that our power, water and internet services have been restored. It's harder to do without these things for extended periods of time than I can explain. My phone is still not expected to be restored until December 15, but with the invention of VoiP there's more than one way to receive phone services now. I'm grateful!

Thanks for all of your best wishes and thoughts. They mean so much to me!

Barbie

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Thora - Sep 26, 2005 7:30 am (#672 of 2980)

WOW. Sorry about the loss, M. Pince. That's got to be frustrating.

I never have to worry about my husband using the clothes washer, umm or the dish washer, or taking out the trash... or picking up his socks... hmmm... I'm seeing a trend here.

Ah well luckily I can't start the lawn mower and almost destroyed the snow blower last winter. Hopefully he learned his lesson about leaving his cell phone in his sweatshirt pocket because it won't survive another washing and lets face it I never check pockets.

I'm starting to think we are all hopeless.

Thora

Edit: good to hear from you Barbie!

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Ydnam96 - Sep 26, 2005 7:53 am (#673 of 2980)

Barbie, glad to hear from you. Let us know if there is anything we can do. How did your house make it through?

Madame Pince, that's a horrible story. Maybe Mr. Pince should take you shopping?

Well, I'm out sick for the day. I still have the sore throat, ears hurting, headache, slight cough, and extreemly tired (but for some reason did NOT sleep last night much and what sleep I got wasn't very good). Anyway, I'm feeling slightly guilty because I could go to work like this, it wouldn't be fun, but I could. But I really just want the day to sleep...so I emailed in sick. My justification is that if I don't take today I might not kick the cold. So it's a lazy day for me, hopefully sleeping most of the day long.

Lizzy, I'm so glad the hearing aids are helping. I can imagine the transition time was not so fun.

Well, happy Monday everyone.

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CatherineHermiona - Sep 26, 2005 9:33 am (#674 of 2980)

Barbie, I'm so glad to hear something from you and glad that you ended out safely from hurricane Katrina. Will you stay on this forum or you just came to say that you are safe. My mum told me that on that other forum they didn't say a word about you during hurricane Katrina and you couldn't find a post here without your and applepie's name in it. I have to say I missed you.

Kate

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Denise P. - Sep 26, 2005 9:40 am (#675 of 2980)

Barbie, glad to hear that you and your family made it safely through the storm. That is great that so many of your basic services are back up since I am sure that will make things marginally easier to deal with.

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kaykay1970 - Sep 26, 2005 9:44 am (#676 of 2980)

So glad you are safe Phoenix Song. I can't imagine what people are going through that lost everything. I can sympatize with the loss of electricity, though.We had a bad ice storm here years ago. We lived on 36 acres so our driveway was more of a long gravel road. It had trees down from each side of the road across it. I had 3 children at the time, the youngest was 3 months old.I could not even get my car out. My Dad came and got us and he had one child and some of our clothes.I carried the baby in his carrier car seat and a case of Enfamil. We had to crawl over one tree then under the next. Between Dad and I we managed to help the oldest child through the mess.It was unbelievable. My husband was at work so he joined us at Dad's. We were without electricity several weeks. We were able to keep our food fresh outside because of the bitter cold. We cooked everything outside on a grill. My sister had a gas water heater so I did get to have a bath.

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Phoenix song - Sep 26, 2005 9:59 am (#677 of 2980)

Thanks everybody for your concerns. Mandy, my house suffered from wind damage, so I lost shutters, porches, damage to the shed, and (most importantly) roof damage. I'm sure that if my insurance company could get around to seeing me that I'd be able to fix everything up, though. That's saying a lot with the devastation that I've witnessed!

Katarina, please send my love to your mom and to your family. I think of you all very often! I'm afraid that there was quite a bit of information about Bec (applepie) and me on the Rev, but only members are able to access the "personal" threads. The chat and picture threads are for members only to limit outside access. It's a privacy and security measure. I'm sorry that it kept information from you all, though. I wasn't able to access my e-mail addresses, or to really access the internet at all, or else I'd have given you a personal update.

KayKay, I'm sorry for your ice storm experience. The good thing about living down south (to balance out the 2 hurricanes that we've seen this month!) is that we don't have ice storms and the like. Isn't it amazing how inventive you can be when you're without utilities, though! We were using our ice to first cool our drinks and food, then we'd drain the coolers for sponge baths, and then we'd use the dirty water to flush. When you're without water and power you have to learn to make do in ways that you'd never imagine before.

Barbie

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Good Evans - Sep 26, 2005 10:00 am (#678 of 2980)

Good to hear from you Phoenix song and I love your Avator, more people need the green ribbon!!!!!!

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kaykay1970 - Sep 26, 2005 10:06 am (#679 of 2980)

I live in TN. Of course that is too far from the coast to see a hurricane, but many times we do see tornados that stem from them. We hardly ever get any snow here. That was the strange thing about this ice storm it was freaky.

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Madam Pince - Sep 26, 2005 11:21 am (#680 of 2980)

Barbie, it's great to hear from you!!! We were all very worried and it's good to know that everyone is safe. Hope the recovery goes swiftly for you! At least wind damage is probably better than flood damage, from what I hear, from an insurance perspective anyway. Best wishes for a quick clean-up!

Oh, and your avatar is hysterical! I want one, I want one!

Mandy, hope your cold gets better soon. That's miserable to be sick all during the weekend! Weekends are supposed to be fun! Well, take it easy and hope you recover soon! Oh, and Mr. P did offer to get me another shirt. Unfortunately it was from a clearance rack which is all gone now. But I'm thinking that the new sterling silver Time-Turner necklace that I saw over on Leaky (or MuggleNet? I forget which) is looking pretty good....

Thanks for the "thoughts" about my shirt story! It's a minor thing, really, especially in comparison with the huge losses people have faced from storms, etc., but I just thought it was kind of humorous. Thora, I know what you mean -- I'm grateful to Mr. Pince for being good about trying to be helpful around the house -- it's just that I'm running out of clothes.... I'm very patient when it happens the first time; still patient when it happens the second time; cordial when it happens the third time; and my "Snapeish-dangerously-calm-voice" comes out when it happens the fourth time...

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VeronikaG - Sep 26, 2005 11:31 am (#681 of 2980)

Good to hear you are safe Barbie.

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Elanor - Sep 26, 2005 12:38 pm (#682 of 2980)

Barbie, it is so great to hear from you! Round Pink Spider kindly gave us some news after the hurricane but it is wonderful to see you posting again! My best wishes for the clean-up too.

Cheering and healing charms too to everyone needed them! **concetrating hard on the charms**

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Loopy Lupin - Sep 26, 2005 1:29 pm (#683 of 2980)

Barbie, I'm glad you and yours (pets included) made it through safely.

Big news....We got a cat! Well, really more of a kitten. She's 6 months old and she's da bomb! –Kim[

Yes, but she's still a cat .

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I Am Used Vlad - Sep 26, 2005 1:38 pm (#684 of 2980)

Last week Mr. Pince put some of my clothes into the dryer that weren't supposed to go in the dryer Madam Pince

When I read this, my first thought was "Why, weren't they wet?"

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Stephanie M. - Sep 26, 2005 1:43 pm (#685 of 2980)

Barbie, I'm very glad to hear from you! I was wondering how everything was going.

I'm sorry about the shirt Madam Pince! Well, at least he offered to buy you another one. And it's good that he wants to help you with the house work... even if he messes everything up! I also think he should buy you a new time turner necklace.

Off to get a snack and then to the other threads!

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Lina - Sep 26, 2005 1:47 pm (#686 of 2980)

Woo hoo Barbie, this one is for you! I'm glad to see you back on line! Thank you for jumping in! Some repairing charms sent! (BTW, great avatar!)

Oh, Madam Pince, that's awful! My condolences. My hubby never approaches the washer, fortunately. Sometimes, I would like to see him trying to be helping as your husband actually did, but seeing the consequences... I guess better not.

Some healing charms for you, Mandy!

Oh, Loopy, your appearing reminded me: there is a place near my town where they have invented the regulation: no more than one pet in a flat and no more than three of them in a house with a yard. I've heard the people there are looking for the lawyer that would show that this regulation is not legal.

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Ydnam96 - Sep 26, 2005 1:53 pm (#687 of 2980)

Lina, does that mean if you live in an apartment you can only have one fish???? Or does the regulation only apply to our four legged friends?

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Denise P. - Sep 26, 2005 1:56 pm (#688 of 2980)

Madam Pince, I feel for you. I can't tell you the number of skirts that Mr. Denise decided to "help" with and wash for me. Never MIND I told him to leave it alone since it was clearly labeled DRY CLEAN ONLY. ::::sigh::::: I make sure, now, that I don't buy DCO things or if I do, they are kept well out of reach.

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Lina - Sep 26, 2005 2:04 pm (#689 of 2980)

Mandy, yes I thought of that, too. I was not listening carefully when they talked about it on TV, people were mostly complaining about the dogs (because you can always pretend that the cat is not living with you, that it is accidentally spending its time in your back yard ) but I'm not sure it applies just to four legged pets. Maybe you are allowed to have at most 4 legs in a flat, so it would mean any number of fish but at most two birds?

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Finn BV - Sep 26, 2005 2:20 pm (#690 of 2980)

Maybe Mr. Pince should take you shopping? –Mandy

Ha! We men would never do that.

Madam P, please tell that story to my mom. She is dying for me to help out with the laundry.

It is great to hear from you Barbie! Glad you have made it through so safely.

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Catherine - Sep 26, 2005 3:17 pm (#691 of 2980)

LOL, Madame Pince! Mr. Catherine and I have had "laundry issues" in the past. He once WASHED and DRIED a slim wool skirt. When it was done, it wouldn't have fit a house elf. Now, if he does wash something that is "ours" (read, the girls' or mine) he asks, "Can I dry this, or do you hang it up?" I have learned to put dry cleaning far, far away so that he can't touch it, just in case he decides to put things in the wash (which, admittedly, rarely happens).

Barbie, I'm so happy that you and your pets are well. Thank you for checking in and putting our members' minds at ease.

As for me, I am wrapping up things at work, as this is my last week of "flying solo." The "real" teacher will be returning from maternity leave next week, and I must confess, if only to the Forum, that I will miss my students so much. I promised them on Friday that I will bring in food and show them my "Millionaire" tape so that they can get a good laugh at my expense.

I know it sounds corny, but I hope I don't cry when I leave. I think this experience has shown me that I want to return to teaching, and I do think of these kids as "mine" and it will be hard to leave them.

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timrew - Sep 26, 2005 3:30 pm (#692 of 2980)

Madam Pince:- Last week Mr. Pince put some of my clothes into the dryer that weren't supposed to go in the dryer.........

What's a dryer........?

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kaykay1970 - Sep 26, 2005 3:33 pm (#693 of 2980)

I really love living in the South. My daughter was doing some homework weeks ago. She looked up and asked me how to spell ain't. I said "I S N' T." She said "Oh yeah, I forgot ain't, ain't a word." Tonight she really got me tickled. She asked me how to spell a word. I had no clue what she meant, so I made her put it in a sentence.Obviously she was under the impression that brung is the past tense of bring!

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Finn BV - Sep 26, 2005 4:04 pm (#694 of 2980)

I promised them on Friday that I will bring in food and show them my "Millionaire" tape so that they can get a good laugh at my expense. –Catherine

Do I take it that you were on Who Wants to be a Millionaire? Or am I completely misinterpreting something?

Tim, I can't tell if you're joking or not (one never can tell), so I might as well explain: a dryer is the opposite… of a washer? As in, one goes to the laundromat to wash clothes, and once they are washed, they must be dried, and thus are put in the dryer.

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Madam Pince - Sep 26, 2005 4:50 pm (#695 of 2980)

When I read this, my first thought was "Why, weren't they wet?" --I Am Used Vlad

What's a dryer........? –timrew

Sigh... I rest my case.

No, seriously, I love you guys! If it weren't for the males in the world, who would go forth and slay the extra-large spiders? Not to mention emptying the mouse traps, and grilling the t-bone steaks, and duct-taping electrical things, and ... stuff like that? I can handle laundry if someone else will handle the spiders and dead mice.

Finn, please do feel free to pass my story on to your Mom! But I'll bet she'd be fine with you just doing your own laundry, as long as you leave hers alone! We ladies generally won't protest anyone doing their own.

Catherine, I hope you're not too sad when your "term" ends. At least you've learned an important thing about yourself, and you may end up taking a new direction career-wise! Chin up! (and I didn't know you were on "Millionaire?!" How'd you do?)

kaykay, that story is so cute. It reminds me of when I used to ask my Mom "Where's the juice at?" and she'd say "It's right between the 'A' and the 'T'." She had a thing about ending a sentence with a preposition or something...

Lina, is that you in your avatar, or your daughter? Great picture, either way!

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timrew - Sep 26, 2005 4:50 pm (#696 of 2980)

I was joking, Finn. I know that the dryer is that big, white thing in the corner, next to the w-a-sh-er..........

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Madam Pince - Sep 26, 2005 4:54 pm (#697 of 2980)

Next Tim will ask "What is duct tape?"

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dizzy lizzy - Sep 26, 2005 4:57 pm (#698 of 2980)

What's a dryer........? timrew

Hey I'll second that! Whether or not Tim was joking...

Having said that; ALL my clothes get hung out on the clothes line to dry (I don't own a dryer), and in wet and cold weather, the heater is used and I get dry clothes and a warm room at the same time. Not only that I only own two blazers that are dry clean only...everything gets chucked in the washing machine.

We've had a blast of summer here and it's only the first month of spring here. I had to wake up my airconditioner on the weekend and use it.

It was good to see my Dad and Brother. I haven't had much of a chance to talk to my Brother's new fiancee so it was great to get to know her a bit better. We had a really lovely lunch, went and fed the cattle their supplementary feed, went rabbit shooting, got sunburnt and then played a table tennis tournament before tea. I ended up staying the night and driving back yesterday morning.

I also picked up the puppy dogs from their holiday at the vets, they were very pleased to have a good run around the yard...in the rain!

Have a great week everyone!

Good to see you back Phoenix Song and I am so pleased to hear you are all safe and well.

Lizzy

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timrew - Sep 26, 2005 4:58 pm (#699 of 2980)

What is duct tape?

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Madam Pince - Sep 26, 2005 5:01 pm (#700 of 2980)

I knew it! :spew:


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Finn BV - Sep 26, 2005 5:14 pm (#701 of 2980)

Oops. See, with Tim, you never can tell. FYI, duct tape is……

I was waiting for the smiley to set off the joke but it just never came. I guess I figured it was some sort of American-ism and the Brits call it something or who else. Y'know???

Lizzy, I envy your season switch! ::frustrated:: Glad you're having a good time with the family.

Edit: Madam P, that is Kate in Lina's avatar – I believe she [Lina] used to have herself but Kate didn't like it so the switch was made…

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kaykay1970 - Sep 26, 2005 5:15 pm (#702 of 2980)

I forgot this earlier. Another good thing from the South. I am really looking forward to Thursday. My childrens' high school is sponsoring a donkey basketball game. Yes, it is exactly what it sounds like for those who have never attended one. You play basketball while riding a donkey! It is sooo hilarious! The little boy across the road always competes and I can't wait to watch him again this year. It is sponsered by the Beta Club which means my 16 year old daughter will again be rodeo clown/pooper scooper(I know she is looking forward to that haha). Anyway I'm really excited because they are raising money for St. Jude Childrens Hospital. That really means alot to me because my Dad had lymphoma for 11 years from exposure to agent orange. He ultimately passed away in 2001 from luekemia caused by chemotherapy for lymphoma.Of course he never went to St. Jude being an adult, but I'm sure he benefitted from the research that they do. Either way it is for a great cause and loads of fun!

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timrew - Sep 26, 2005 5:27 pm (#703 of 2980)

No, please, I know what duct tape is...................it's tape............for ducts...........

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Chemyst - Sep 26, 2005 5:36 pm (#704 of 2980)

All You Never Wanted To Know About Duct Tape:  http://www.madehow.com/Volume-6/Duct-Tape.html

PS - Great to see you back, Barbie.

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I Am Used Vlad - Sep 26, 2005 5:38 pm (#705 of 2980)

At least no one is calling it Duck Tape. That's a fairly common error.

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Stephanie M. - Sep 26, 2005 6:00 pm (#706 of 2980)

I just got this weird letter telling me that one of my teachers contacted a program for Student Ambassadors and they want me to go to Australia for 18 days in 2006.

I actually don't think one of my teachers contacted them, I just think they found my name somewhere and sent me stuff so I can pay and insane amount of money to go to a program that is a waste of my time. They also said that I would get credits for any college that I want to go to. Hmm weird. It actually sounds kind of cool though... swimming and snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef and "getting adopted by a welcoming local family" to see koalas and kangaroos. I think I might try to convince my family that the next vacation we go on should be to Australia.

Duct tape is... very sticky... maybe ducks use it for something.

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Finn BV - Sep 26, 2005 6:06 pm (#707 of 2980)

LOL… really, Steph? Bring it in tomorrow… that's really weird.

No, please, I know what duct tape is...................it's tape............for ducts...........

You clearly have to check out Chemyst's link. That is nowhere near close.

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Amilia Smith - Sep 26, 2005 6:11 pm (#708 of 2980)

I went snorkeling this weekend. It was really very fun once I got over the Oh My Gosh I Can't Breath panic. And learned how to blow the salt water out instead of breathing it in.

All the talk of Duct Tape makes me miss The Red Green Show, which I used to watch every Saturday night. Don't know if they show it here or not, but as I haven't got a TV . . .

Mills.

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Stephanie M. - Sep 26, 2005 6:42 pm (#709 of 2980)

I went snorkeling in the Bahamas... that was really fun except for all of the fish swimming into you and losing my 6 year old cousin on the beach when my sister and my cousin Matthew were supposed to be watching him. We found him about an hour later... That must have been the freakiest moment that I have ever had.

I'll bring the letter tomorrow Finn. It's really cool. I just realized that it was sent to some people in the New York City area, but I think you still had to be selected because they can't have random people in a different country for 18 days!! I am actually really starting to want to go but I would feel more comfortable if I knew at least one person going with me.

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Madam Pince - Sep 26, 2005 7:17 pm (#710 of 2980)

Steph, is the letter you got from the group 'Student Ambassadors' that is affiliated with 'People to People'? If it is, I think you're right -- it's not really an "award," per se, although your name may have been given to them by a teacher. I think it is basically a student travel organization. I used to work for a student travel company (we only did travel within the States, though) and I recall hearing about them -- from what I can recall they are reputable, but I'm sure your parents will want to check them out more thoroughly. I checked out their website very briefly, and it looks like what I remember. Basically, you got it right -- they want you to take a trip and pay a whole lot of money for it. But on the plus side, it does appear to be well-run and if you can get college credits, well that's just icing. If I can give you some recommendations -- check on the following: Be very sure to take out any travel insurance that is offered. All that you can. Also, check out the regular insurance very carefully -- what happens if you get appendicitis while on tour or fall and twist your ankle or something. Also what happens if the company should go bankrupt. (When I was in the biz, there were small start-up companies that did that all the time, and the participants were usually just out of luck.) Lastly, be sure there is a good chaperone-to-student ratio (1:15 or less) and that there will be chaperones and guides with you on your trip at all times. OK, lecture over.......

Mills, your snorkeling trip sounds fantastic! Did you go off a boat or off a beach? What kind of fun fish did you see? Little Pince would be so envious -- to be a "diver man" is his heart's desire, next to being a Space Ranger....

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Amilia Smith - Sep 26, 2005 9:21 pm (#711 of 2980)

I went off a beach. It was right next to a power plant, and they pump cold sea water in to cool whatever-it-is-they-need-to-cool-to-make-electricity, and then they pump the now warm sea water back into the ocean. So all the fish like to go by the pipe and the warm water. Unfortunantly, I was panicking so bad to start with that the guys I was with decided not to go all the way out to the pipe where the really cool fish were. Even after I had calmed down and was concentrating hard on Relaxing and Breathing Thru My Mouth. :-( Ah well, next time.

Even so, I did see some interesting fish. Bright florescent colors and black stripes. (So scientific today, aren't I?) I was fascinated by the way the fish would be swept around by the current. I know that shouldn't have surprised me, but somehow I seem to think of tropical fish as they are in tanks: only going where they want, not where the water pushes them.

I am definently going to go again. I heartily approve of Little Pince's ambitions. :-)

Mills.

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Mrs. Sirius - Sep 26, 2005 10:16 pm (#712 of 2980)

Oh Madame Pince, yes the agony of it, and they were just trying to be helpful.

I must thank you though, for telling about the salt soak for color fastness. I have a jump suit, that is purple with bright green trim, (yes it is from 25 years ago, during my punk rock/new wave stage in London) that I just love, (I'll probably never wear it again).

I was about to wash it because it has gotten so dusty sitting in the back of my closet all these years. It is cotton and very color fast, so I soaked it in salt and I think it did help stem the out flow of purple.

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Miss Malaprop - Sep 27, 2005 12:11 am (#713 of 2980)

I've finally finished my tax return so I am now allowed to post again (this was self-imposed exile, not some worldcrossing requirement!). I was tempted to go outside and enjoy the warm, springy smells, but my computer won!

Here's a silly question - Tim, is that you or your son in your avatar?

Mrs Sirius - hang on to that jumpsuit; it will probably be back in fashion in ten years time and your daughters will be fighting over it!

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The giant squid - Sep 27, 2005 1:43 am (#714 of 2980)

Tim, duct tape (not Duck Tape, which is a brand name) is like the Force...it has a dark side & a light side and it binds the universe together.

[...]duct-taping electrical things[...]--Madame Pince

Yikes!! Remind me to avoid any wiring at your place. Quick tip: duct tape burns...  One should make electrical repairs with, oh I don't know, electrical tape.

While I have repeatedly asserted to my wife that I quite capably kept my clothes clean for years before she even met me, I also understand that her classifications differ from mine (mine: whites, darks, towels, jeans; hers: whites, blacks, blues, greens, light colors, non-dryables, towels...). Since I have to keep asking her "Can I throw this in the dryer? How about this? What about this one?" we've decided it's easier for her to do it. Since this allows me to sit on the couch & watch TV for longer periods of time, I'm all for it!

Welcome back, Barbie! It's hard to feel happy at times like this, but we're all glad you and your family are all right.

--Mike

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Good Evans - Sep 27, 2005 4:46 am (#715 of 2980)

lol - loads of crazy posts last night !!!

madam P - I must take issue, giant spiders in my house, are invited to leave verbally, hubby and teenage boys, the dog and me are all on the sofa with our legs up if one runs across the floor!!!!!!!

Hubby under sufferance will go and get a glass and peice of card, but I have to deal most of the other times - and all flying nasties are left to me........ yuck!!!!!!

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mike miller - Sep 27, 2005 9:26 am (#716 of 2980)

Tim - Again we seem to be two peoples seperated by a common language.

Squid Mike - "duct tape (not Duck Tape, which is a brand name) is like the Force...it has a dark side & a light side and it binds the universe together."     LOL, one of the best I've read in some time.

Madame Pince - Sorry about the laundry event. Personally, I'm very comfortable around all laundry related devices, even the electric iron. However, my wife has the nasty habit of cutting out the labels on her garments because they itch. I now place any questionable item on the back of a chair (the clothes drying rack is usually full) and let her sort them out!

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Madam Pince - Sep 27, 2005 9:34 am (#717 of 2980)

Good morning, all!

Mills, that sounds so fun! How funny -- I'd never thought about fish getting swept around by a current either! It makes perfect sense, but I'm like you, it never occurred to me before. I've been snorkeling a couple times, but there was never any real current to speak of, and the fish looked like they do in a tank. Breathing while your face is in the water is a weird feeling to get used to, isn't it? It's like some primeval force takes over and is telling you "Are you crazy? Don't take a breath!" I snorkeled once at that very touristy beach in Hawaii -- is it Hanauma Bay? -- and I took some fish food out with me. Talk about panic! As soon as I opened the packet, about a zillion fish swarmed all around me, and that was a real panicky moment, let me tell you! Totally harmless fish, of course, but the sensation was just... weird. And the parrot fish look kind of scary with that beaky mouth -- they won't bite I guess, but they sure look like they would when they're up close! Ha!

Squid Mike, .... ummm..... big "Oops!" with the duct tape / electrical tape! See, I told you that's why we need you guys around! I think you and Mr. Pince are in the same boat -- he says he never had any laundry problems before I came along, either. Very true. All his colored clothes go in wash and dryer, all his whites go in wash (he adds bleach) and dryer, and his suits go to the cleaner. End of story. No "line dry" or "hand wash in Woolite" or any of that stuff. I've decided it might also be part of the "Bill Cosby syndrome," too. Remember that stand-up routine he did years ago? Where he kept asking his wife questions like "Where do we keep the pans? Do we have any pans?" when she asked him to cook breakfast, and she got so fed up she did it herself, which is what he wanted in the first place. He said "Yes, we are dumb... but we are NOT so dumb...."

Mrs. Sirius, glad to help with the soaking thing!

Miss Malaprop, welcome back! We've missed you!

LOL, Good Evans! Now I have this picture of your whole family cringing on the sofa (dog, too!) with a spider waving menacingly...

Edit: (cross-posted with Mike Miller) -- Hi Mike! That's so funny! Mr. Pince does the exact same thing as your wife with the cutting the tags out of the back! It drives me nuts! But then again, as I said, he basically treats all clothes exactly the same, so the tag is sort of superfluous anyway...

Re: putting items on the back of a chair -- I once read an ad in the Classifieds: "Exercise Bike For Sale. Excellent Condition. Doubles as a clothes rack." I thought that was hysterical, and so true!

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Lina - Sep 27, 2005 2:03 pm (#718 of 2980)

Catherine, I hope you won't cry on Friday. But if you do, it's still O.K. I can imagine you are going to miss the kids. They know how to be real charming pests, don't they? I'm sure the kids will cry too. And I hope you find the similar job soon!

dizzy lizzy: ALL my clothes get hung out on the clothes line to dry (I don't own a dryer)and in wet and cold weather, the heater is used and I get dry clothes and a warm room at the same time. Not only that I only own two blazers that are dry clean only... everything gets chucked in the washing machine.
I'm with you! Every piece of clothing has to pass the washer test. If it does, that's good. If it doesn't, well, too bad. That's why I never buy something that needs complicated treatment. Thank you very much. There is enough of fabric that looks good and preferably doesn't need ironing.

I hate spiders but I don't remember my husband killing any of them for me. I tried to think of the house work that he does for me, so I had to change my avatar. He is very good in hanging photographs and posters on our walls (preferably made by himself). I feel like I'm living in a gallery because he likes to change them a lot. When I saw the posters that you can see in my avatar, my comment was "Fortunately, it will not last for long." This thing happened 2 weeks ago and it is already looking different.

BTW, Finn guessed quite correctly about my previous avatar. It was a sort of revenge: When I put my image, she said: "You should have put something where you are seen from the back, like with me last time, you would look much better."

Stephanie, if you decide to be Ambassador in Croatia, you can come to our place! We have an extra bed in the all girls' room.

Kaykay, if you want your third grader to have fun while learning multiplication table, there is a nice freeware - here is the description and here is the download. It is 11 MB but you can download it while chatting with my daughter.

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Denise P. - Sep 27, 2005 2:13 pm (#719 of 2980)

For those kids who have a harder time mastering the higher multiplication facts (6-9), this program is fantastic!! I post with one of the inventors/owners on another board and got to try it out before they started selling. I was amazed at how quickly kids learned this. Times Tales Most kids can learn it in about an hour and know it. I ahve two that are learning their multiplication right now and I am about to break out Times Tales when we get to 6 (they are on 4's right now)

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kaykay1970 - Sep 27, 2005 2:21 pm (#720 of 2980)

Thanks Lina!! Anything to make learning fun is good with an 8 year old. I am dowloading it now. Your daughter is so sweet.I know you are proud of her. She has told me so much about your country. She seems to take such pride in her heritage. She is also so smart. One would never know that English is not her native language.

Edit: Thank you, too Denise. You posted while I was typing my post so I missed you. I will look into that one, too.

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Lina - Sep 27, 2005 2:47 pm (#721 of 2980)



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timrew - Sep 27, 2005 2:56 pm (#722 of 2980)

Still no-one has explained what duct tape is used for. Is it just for sticking across my mouth so I won't ask any more questions........?

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Finn BV - Sep 27, 2005 2:59 pm (#723 of 2980)

**duct tapes Tim's mouth and throws him into the dryer, locks dryer and throws away key**

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I Am Used Vlad - Sep 27, 2005 3:08 pm (#724 of 2980)

Now I'm confused. I've never seen a dryer with a keyhole.

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Ydnam96 - Sep 27, 2005 3:10 pm (#725 of 2980)

Finn, you have a dryer with a lock? That would solve the problem of the men putting the wrong things in and shrinking them. You should sell those!

But, I think you should let Tim out. You wouldn't want him to suffocate.

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Catherine - Sep 27, 2005 3:51 pm (#726 of 2980)

To answer Finn's and Madame Pince's question, yes, I was on "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire." I filmed it in September 2003, and it aired in November 2003.

I missed the $64,000 question, alas earwax. For those interested, the international bowling hall of fame is in St. Louis, not Milwaukee.

I picked the wrong "beer town." Oh, well....

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kaykay1970 - Sep 27, 2005 4:10 pm (#727 of 2980)

Wow, Catherine! It is impressive that you got to the $64,000 question! I would have been a nervous wreck!

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Soul Mate for Sirius - Sep 27, 2005 4:21 pm (#728 of 2980)

Hey everyone! I can't believe how busy I am. I had a few free minutes this evening so I figured I'd stop in and say hello to everyone. I also need a bit of help from anyone who can...

My best friend is leaving for Iraq on Saturday. He wants to go sometime this week to get a tattoo before he goes and he wants me to design it. I figured it should be something that means something to the two of us. For the past few months, as his departure date got closer, I've (naturally) been getting more and more worried. Everytime I start to get upset, he always says the same thing to me, "Jenn, nothing's going to happen to me, but if it should, just know not even death could seperate us." I know it sounds really sappy, but it always cheers me up. I was thinking I would design the tattoo to say something like "not even death can separate us" or perhaps even just "not even death" The problem is that I really really want it to be in Latin. I thought about just typing the phrase into an on-line translator, but those things are never very accurate. Here's where the "help comes in". I know there are a fair few of you who know at least a little Latin. Any help I could get in traslating these phrases would be awesome. The exact phrases I want to translate are:

1. Not even death can seperate us 2. Not even death

I am aware that exact translations may not be plausible, but as long as they kept the general meaning, that would be fine. Thanks in andvance for any help anyone can give me!

-Jenn

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Marè - Sep 27, 2005 4:53 pm (#729 of 2980)

Hello, I missed a lot, didn't I?

Happy birthdays all around, happy ... congratulations(?) to Tims now extended family. Very glad that Barbie is okay...
Did I miss anything or anyone? Likely. Edit: and congratulations for Lizzy on the hearing device. Great to read that it is going so much better!

Anyway, duck tape (excuse me the spelling, I never got the meaning from either the duct or the duck part so I will keep the one I think most funny) is commonly used to repair leaks in boats after the heavyweights put theirs on the rocks again (braincapacity of a coconut that lot) or to keep together a bike that would otherwise fall apart, or to make nametags what will never ever fall off.
It doesn't work on repairing cracked windows though, which is too bad because otherwise it would be pretty omnipotent. (tip of the day: don't put the barbecue near the window, it cracks the glass.) And it doesn't work to well on ducks either (or so I have been told).

And on the snorkelling part: I'm about to start my second dive course next week. I had a "refresh" moment in the swimmingpool yesterday and next week it will be outdoors again... In october, great idea! :note the sarcasm:
I will be doing some deep diving, wreck diving, night diving and something with a compass. No fish though, because I don't think we will see for more than a few meters. So I guess I will put Hawaii on my list of places to be and see!

So, I'm off to read a bit here and there, have a good night!

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boop - Sep 27, 2005 4:59 pm (#730 of 2980)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY WISHES FOR SEPT. 28th: Viola Intonada(Michelle). Have a wonderful birthday!!!! BTW I will be out in Ohio in Oct 14th thru the 16th. I will give you a call, maybe we can get together.

Hello Everyone!!!!

hugs always

boop

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Finn BV - Sep 27, 2005 5:06 pm (#731 of 2980)

Finn, you have a dryer with a lock? That would solve the problem of the men putting the wrong things in and shrinking them. You should sell those! --Mandy

Alas, you have discovered my secret. Tomorrow Maytag will have them on the market and I will be nothing but a wretch beaten out of a fortune.


1. Not even death can seperate us 2. Not even death –Jenn

Jenn, I will ask my Latin teacher tomorrow if he can translate them as best as possible. I'll let you know! Best wishes to your friend.

Sorry, Tim. **goes out, searches for key, and unlocks no longer secret dryer**

**hears Tim breath heartily**

Edit: Happy Bday Viola Intonada! Best wishes!

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kaykay1970 - Sep 27, 2005 5:31 pm (#732 of 2980)

Lina, This program is great! I don't know which language you have downloaded. On the English version the voice that praises the child for correct answers has an English accent. My daughter loved that because she can pretend she is Hermoine while she is playing!

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Madam Pince - Sep 27, 2005 5:41 pm (#733 of 2980)

Jenn, I will also e-mail my cousin, who is a Latin teacher. Hope we can find an answer for you.

Happy Birthday, Viola Intonada! Many happy returns of the day! (***and waves at Betty!***)

Catherine, that is so cool that you were on "Millionaire"! Very impressive to have gotten so far! (Milwaukee? Who'd a thunk it?)

Speaking of game shows, tonight is the premiere (in the U.S., anyway) of the latest edition of "Amazing Race." Some of you may recall that Mr. Pince participated in filming one of the episodes earlier this summer -- he's not a contestant, he was one of the background guys in one of the "challenges" (it involved a battle re-enactment from the Civil War.) He may or may not be "on-camera." At any rate, we don't think that his episode is tonight's, because of the number of teams that he recalls having gone through the challenge (he thought there were 6 maybe?) But it might be, because it's a 2-hour episode. Anyway, if you're watching "Amazing Race" and they're doing something Civil-War-ish, look for him! He'll be a Union officer, has a brown mustache and goatee-ish beard, and (according to him) was doing a lot of yelling. He thinks there was at least one very close-up shot of him rounding up the troops, but who knows if it made it in the editing process.

***off to set the VCR!***

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Finn BV - Sep 27, 2005 6:10 pm (#734 of 2980)

Oh, completely forgot, Catherine, that is so cool you were on Millionaire! So, you obviously had nothing to lose in the $64,000 question because you had already won $32,000 no matter what… Milwaukee, St. Louis, what's the difference? How many lifelines had you used? And was Regis really cool to meet up in person?

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I Am Used Vlad - Sep 27, 2005 7:01 pm (#735 of 2980)

Happy birthday, Viola.

Mare, have fun diving and try to stay warm. I think I mentioned earlier in this thread that I took diving lessons this year. It was fun, but I could never get my ears to stop hurting. Clearing my mask was also an issue. I'll probably never do it again, but I enjoyed the experience.

Madam Pince, I have Amazing Race on. No sign of your husband yet.

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Soul Mate for Sirius - Sep 27, 2005 7:18 pm (#736 of 2980)

Good evening everyone. So, my french homework didn't take half as long as I imagined it would, so I now have yet another chance to hop on and say hello.

Finn and Madme Pince, thank you so much for your help. I really appriciate it! Unfortunatly, I have yet another request of everyone. (I know, I'm about to reach my limit of polling this resource ) Can you guys help me think of some symbols for strength and for freedom?

Catherine, that's awesome that you were on Millionaire! How exciting!

Happy birthday to everyone I may have missed recently.

Okay, I'm off to check some threads before bed....

-Jenn

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Eponine - Sep 27, 2005 7:40 pm (#737 of 2980)

All this talk about duct/duck tape has made me search out the Duck Tape Prom Dress Contest. One brand of duct tape is actually called Duck Tape, and they make their tape in all sorts of fun colors, not just your garden variety grey. Every year they have a contest for scholarship money. The rules are simple - make your prom dress and/or prom tux out of their product. You can go here to browse the various entries. I'm amazed at these things.

I hope everyone is having a great day!

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Denise P. - Sep 27, 2005 8:03 pm (#738 of 2980)

Madam Pince, looks like next week will be Mr. Pince's chance at his 15 minutes of fame. I will have to keep an eye out for him, I was planning to slo mo my Tivo to see if he was in the preview. Of course, it helps that I met Mr. Pince last year and know what he specifically looks like

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Ydnam96 - Sep 15, 2005 4:44 pm (#739 of 2980)

Well, I've taken the last two days off from work because I've had some icky cold or something. I absolutely have to go back to work tomorrow so I'm hoping that I'm feeling better. Can you believe I actually got bored with the internet this afternoon? I think it was because I was too tired to actually type things. But I am feeling better right now so I'm praying it stays that way.

Found out some bad news about a friend's baby today; his name is James, he is two and was diagnosed with Leukima. If you all who pray would send up some prayers for him I know his family would appreciate it. But, I am taking Denise's (Thank You!) advice and being positive about it!

Okay, off to watch Gilmore Girls and then the new show about Gina Davis as president.

Hope you all are doing well...make sure to wash your hands a lot, this cold seems to be spreading quickly everywhere! (okay, done being mom-like)

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pottermom34 - Sep 27, 2005 8:52 pm (#740 of 2980)

Can you guys help me think of some symbols for strength and for freedom?-- Soul Mate for Sirius
How about an eagle with a U.S. flag.


So Catherine, It's cool you were on Millionaire. Did you do anything exciting and fun with your winnings?


I use duct (or quacker tape as we sometimes call it) for lots of things. It's not just for ducks you know.

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Denise P. - Sep 27, 2005 9:34 pm (#741 of 2980)

You can repair just about anything with duct tape and zip ties. hee hee hee

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kaykay1970 - Sep 27, 2005 9:36 pm (#742 of 2980)

Ydnam, My family will keep your friend and little James in our prayers. I think I already got your cold. I can't sleep tonight because there is no breathing through my nose. Since you must have passed it to me through the computer it is bound to be a virus. haha

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Denise P. - Sep 27, 2005 9:48 pm (#743 of 2980)

Very posiive thoughts and prayers for little James are going out, Mandy. It is tough news for anyone but when it is a child, it makes it that much harder.

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Mrs. Sirius - Sep 27, 2005 9:59 pm (#744 of 2980)

Still no-one has explained what duct tape is used for. Is it just for sticking across my mouth so I won't ask any more questions........?

Tim, duck tape is that must have for everyday life, and especially slacker moms everywhere. It is perfect for everything. Sure you can repair your duct pipes with it but you can also repair a babies diaper that is not closing properly, the hem on your shirt is out? duct tape it, that leather chair in the den have a puncture? duct tape to the rescue, outlet was removed from the wall and now you have a gaping hole through which your kids are now throwing your silverware? duct tape it shut. See? the uses are just endless.

Happy birthday and congratulations all around to those deserving.

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Elanor - Sep 27, 2005 11:28 pm (#745 of 2980)

Mandy, my thoughts and prayers go to little James too!

Jenn: "Can you guys help me think of some symbols for strength and for freedom?"
Maybe I can help you here! The first strength symbol that comes to my mind is probably one of the oldest ones, it is hair (remember Samson whose strength was supposed to come from his hair?). The lion is also a great strength symbol, so a lion, with a beautiful mane, would be a great strength symbol. Birds, them, can often represent freedom. If we look at the virtues, traditionally "hope" can be represented by an anchor, a dove or a small boat and "courage" by a knight's armour, a lion's skin, a sword and a shield or a flag. That's all that come to my (not so awake) mind for now but I have an "Encyclopaedia of symbolism" and I can search more in it if you want. If you also think of other things that you like but you're not sure what they symbolise, I can check in it too.

Happy birthday Viola!

It was great to see you posting Marè! **waving like mad** Good luck for the dive!

I wish I could have some time to write more but unfortunately I haven't, but I loved your TV, duct tape (never heard of that name before!) and spiders stories! Have a great day/night everybody!

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Soul Mate for Sirius - Sep 28, 2005 12:00 am (#746 of 2980)

Elanor, thanks for the suggestions. Any others you (or anyone else for that matter) may think of would be of great help as well. This tattoo is really consuming all my free time, but it needs to be designed by Thursday (at the very latest) so I can take Aaron to get it sometime before he leaves on Saturday. I really appreciate everyone's help. I've been looking for symbols on-line, but I can't find too many helpful sites. Most of the symbols I'm finding are really good ones, but not something I can easily design a tattoo around.

I must say I've been greatly enjoying everyone's duct tape conversation, even if I haven't been joining in. With so much on my plate at the moment, I often find time to come in and read what everyone's got to say, but not enough to reply.

-Jenn

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Good Evans - Sep 28, 2005 12:13 am (#747 of 2980)

newsflash for the DIGS theorists....and the Dumbledore is still alive theorists.....   http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2005/09/photogalleries/giant_squid/

the first ever pictures of a Giant Squid have been taken by scientists, it was on the news this morning, I nearly crashed thinking how careless Dumbledore has been to let himself be seen, but then again perhaps he arranged with JKR to be seen and tantalise us all some more!!!!!

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Troels Forchhammer - Sep 28, 2005 1:11 am (#748 of 2980)

Hi again!

Ah, Good Evans, you beat me at it

I, on the other hand, will then include this

This is the Giant Squid, not Dumbledore

I am very sorry, but I don't really think it carries any significant resemblance with our dear departed Headmaster



On a personal note ... what a month!!!

Do you know the feeling that you wish you could just rip the whole month out of the calendar and it would never have happened? I feel that way. My wife has had two gallstones this month (the first was removed surgically, the second passed [I don't know from where to where nor through where, but as gallstones do, I suppose ] but she got a week on public support in both cases [in Denmark hospitals are public, paid for by taxes], and, the two hospitalisations being a week apart, September was nearly done when she got back, at which point I went down with the 'flu that had threatened ...)

Sorry, I didn't mean to tell my whole tale of woe, but I was so encouraged by the warm support I got when the first one stroke that I couldn't help myself.

Anyway, we are now all well again and trying to catch up with everything. I'm not sure I'll have time to go through all that has happened in the time I've been away (not even in the threads I contribute to), so I'll probably just lurk about for a while (making the occasional comment to show I'm still alive) and get a feeling of which direction the debate is currently taking.

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The giant squid - Sep 28, 2005 1:55 am (#749 of 2980)

Good Evans: drat, I've been spotted!

Troels, sounds like you had a busy month indeed. I'm glad you're both doing better now, but gallstones--ugh!

Mike M., I can't take credit for the duct tape/Star Wars thing. I heard it years ago from a no-longer-known source. Tim, duct tape may originally have been developed for sealing ductwork, but nowdays it's pretty much used for Everything. Fixing things, hanging things, connecting things...I've seen it used to "repair" a busted car fender once. As Eponine & Mrs. Sirius showed us, the applications are endless.

--Mike

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dizzy lizzy - Sep 28, 2005 2:54 am (#750 of 2980)

Hmmm I 'm now starting to think duct tape is what I call gaffer tape.

Gaffer tape is a tough, fabric backed adhesive tape that has become legendary for usefulness in the movie and entertainment industry. The tape is often black and so blends with the typically black stage floor of a theater; it is also both strong and strongly adhesive, it is ripped by hand along the horizontal or vertical axis easily rather than cut, and (unlike duct tape) leaves little to no residue when removed. Loose cables on a stage so taped down are usually said to be gaffered. From wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaffer_tape

Even if the above defintion means means duct tape and gaffer tape are pretty similar; I've used it on everything. In actual fact I would not be able to connect onto the net without my telephone extension cord being stuck up out of the way with gaffer tape!!! Best use...keeping motel room curtains closed .

And yes I carry a roll with me in my workload box, you never know when it will come in handy .

Now whether it is an Aussie peculiarity that gaffer tape is better known than duct tape over here, I wouldn't like to guess.

Enjoy your day everyone

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Denise P. - Sep 28, 2005 5:42 am (#751 of 2980)

Sounds like duct tape and gaffer tape are very similar.

I was serious when I said you can repair anything with duct tape and zip ties. We all become MacGyver...or for the older folks, the Professor from Gilligan's Island.

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Madam Pince - Sep 28, 2005 6:29 am (#752 of 2980)

I had an elderly uncle whose wallet had been repaired with duct tape so much that you couldn't see any part of the original leather of the wallet -- it was a completely duct-tape wallet. I wanted to buy him a new wallet for Christmas, but he wouldn't hear of it. He said this one fitted in his hip pocket just perfectly.

I'm sure a lot of people have heard that old joke about how you only need two things to repair everything in the world. If it is supposed to move and doesn't -- use WD-40. If it is not supposed to move and does, use duct tape. (WD-40 is a commercial name here in the States for a lubricant -- I think it's graphite-based, maybe? And as everyone has said, duct tape is usually gray, fabric-based on the back, and extremely sticky on the other side -- is very strong, and can leave a residue on the item if it's left on there too long.)

Eponine, I remember reading a newspaper article about the duct tape prom clothes! Too funny! Kind of puts you in mind of the old colonial practice of "bundling," doesn't it?

Mandy, I'm so sorry to hear about little James. Our thoughts and prayers will go out to him. Also, sorry about your cold still hanging around. Man, that has really kicked your hiney this time, hasn't it? Hope you're feeling better!

Jenn, I vote for the eagle as being a good symbol of strength and freedom, particularly for an American military man. I know it's kind of "standard," but, well, that's just because it's so good! I e-mailed my cousin about the Latin but haven't heard back yet. If he gets the tattoo that says "not even death," are you going to get the rest of the phrase on a tattoo on you? It sounds kind of incomplete on its own, but hey -- it'll be in Latin and who else will know? Except you two, which is what counts anyway, right?

Yep, Denise, it looks like Mr. Pince's episode of "Amazing Race" will be next week. Which is kind of odd, because he really thought there were fewer teams than nine, but oh well. Also, they had been told that the contestants were coming from Dulles Airport, so they thought the contestants had flown in, but as of right now they're in Lancaster, PA, so I don't see why they'd fly to Dulles from that close. But maybe they go to Chicago or something in between -- who knows? It's funny, because the producers and crew had been chatting with Mr. Pince's guys before the contestants arrived, and they divulged a little "insider" info on which contestants were ... um... a royal pain in the arse. After watching last night's episode, I can see what they were talking about! *Think Pink* I was sorry to see last night's team go. It would've been nicer if it had been *the disrespectful Jersey boys!*

LOL, yes Denise it does help that you know what Mr. Pince looks like! I'll try to see if I can't find a picture of him somewhere that I can put on my page or something -- I'm very inept at that sort of thing, but I think there are web pages somewhere with pics of him in uniform. He's on a lot of Maryland state tourism info -- they did an ad campaign to promote tourism to Maryland's battleground sites and he was in that a good deal.

DIGS lives! Whoo-hoo!! Thanks for the info, Good Evans and Troels! I wish there was something in that picture to give us a size perspective -- are they really speculating that it is a huge gigantic squid? How big? (Not that size matters, of course, Squid Mike ) I haven't heard this new squid discovery in our news yet....

Troels, sorry to hear about your horrible month! Best wishes go out to you and your wife that things will be much better in October!

Everyone have a nice day!

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Thora - Sep 28, 2005 6:43 am (#753 of 2980)

Duct tape and Gaffer tape are two very different tapes. Gaffer or gaffing tape comes primarily in black and white and is absorbant so that one can paint over it. Duct tape has a thread base on the sticky side but the other side is a reflective plastic. I've used both on many occasions, and can tell you that while duct tape is great for holding things together, gaffer tape is the prefered tape of the theatre. One could put together an entire set without nails or screws if one had enough gaffer tape. The costume mistress would much prefer it, acctually as tape won't rip, snag or otherwise deface her creations. I think it has better long lasting stickiness once painted over too, but that's mostly because the paint soaks through and dries to make a bond of it's own. I love gaffer tape.

We keep a few rolls of duct tape handy in case any of the nuclear power plants in the area have the hiccups and we have to seal off all the doors and windows.

I find double sided tape gives a much nicer hem though, don't you?

Oh and the Elizabethan Gown on that duck tape site was so cool, girl after my own heart there.

The thing about duct tape that makes it so popular is it's immence sticking ability. It will stick to plastic, metal, and dust free wood. It sticks very well to itself to which comes in handy too. Like most tapes it loses it's stick and elasticity with extended exposure to heat, cold, and the elements. It doesn't stick well to wet substances, unless applied before the moisture and then it stays bonded pretty well.

As for symbols of strength and freedom, how about the mountains?

Thora

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Elanor - Sep 28, 2005 7:47 am (#754 of 2980)

Troels!!!!!!! **waving frantically** It is so good to "see" you again here! What a month you had indeed, I'm glad everything is ok for you and your family now.

I have heard about the Giant Squid this morning too, and thought exactly the same as you did then Good Evans! The journalist said it must be something like 25 meters long, quite impressive isn't it?

Jenn, I have searched a bit more and found those symbols too: some trees are symbols of strength, especially the cedar tree and the oak (its Latin name "robur" gave the word "robust" afterwards). The horse is another one. Another symbol can maybe be interesting, and original, it is the salamander. It is supposed to be able to live inside the fire and extinguish it at will. It was used as an emblem sometimes: the king François the First (16th century) for example used it with the motto: "Nutrico et extinguo" (I support/keep alive and I extinguish). I'll tell you if I find more !

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Finn BV - Sep 28, 2005 8:04 am (#755 of 2980)

Just checking in… briefly browsed through the posts… best wishes to James, Mandy.

Jenn, I have three translations for you:
1.  The closest translation: ne mors quidem nos separare potest (not even death is able to separate us)
2. The best Latin: nec mors nos separabit (nor will death separate us)
3. The closest actual Latin phrase: nec nos mare separat ingens (nor does the huge sea separate us)

The last one was written by the poet Ovid. Ok, got to run, more later!

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Madam Pince - Sep 28, 2005 8:18 am (#756 of 2980)

Oooo, I like the second one! And you could actually combine a lot of the "strength" symbols -- an eagle with mountains and/or an oak tree in the background, carrying a banner in his beak with the Latin phrase within it... Of course, it all depends on your friend's pain threshold!

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Soul Mate for Sirius - Sep 28, 2005 10:39 am (#757 of 2980)

Good morning everyone! Finn, Elanor, pottermom and Madam Pince, Thank you all so so much for your help. I have taken your ideas and come up with a few options for him. I designed one for him and one for both of us to get. The one for him is an American Flag with eagle's wings coming up from behind it. "fortes et liber" is written under the flag. If my translation is correct, it should read "strong and free". Pottermom and Madam Pince, I like you ideas of the eagles and flags for a military man. The other one used a few older symbols for strength and freedom,(ensipred by Elanor) wings and an "s" shape. This one is more tribal looking, and will have the phrase Finn gave me (nec mors nos separabit) over the top of it. I really hope he likes them, because we're going to have to go get them either today or tomorrow. When I finally get a scanner I'll have to scan the designs in so you guys can see them. Again, thank you so much for all your help!

I loved the story about the giant squid. It hasn't been on the news around here yet, but I'll keep checking. All you DIGS activists out there must be excited.

Well, time for me to head to class. Thanks again everyone!

-Jenn

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Catherine - Sep 28, 2005 11:14 am (#758 of 2980)

And was Regis really cool to meet up in person—Finn

I did the show with Meredith Viera.

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kaykay1970 - Sep 28, 2005 1:32 pm (#759 of 2980)

This is kind of unbelieveable. My child brought home literature on why you shouldn't do meth. It says why would you want to put these poisons in your body? Then it goes on to list the ingredients. Ok don't do this but here is the recipe. That is crazy! Anyway, the pamphlet says your average life expectancy if taking meth is like 5 years. Looking at this list one has to wonder how it you can live through the first try.

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Chemyst - Sep 28, 2005 1:40 pm (#760 of 2980)

Madame Pince, You'd wanted to know about scale on the photo of the giant squid?

Well, aside from it being fish, not squid that have scales...  Oh, nevermind. I ran across this on yahoo:
The team led by Tsunemi Kubodera, from the National Science Museum in Tokyo, tracked the 26-foot long Architeuthis as it attacked prey nearly 3,000 feet deep off the coast of Japan's Bonin islands.   More

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Stephanie M. - Sep 28, 2005 2:10 pm (#761 of 2980)

Hey everyone! I just read 37 posts and I have to make this quick because I have so much homework!

It must have been so cool to have been on Millionaire!!!

The giant squid looks so cool.

Happy Birthday everyone!!!

Ydnam96, I hope you feel better!! And I'm sorry about your friends two year old! I wish James all the best!

I like the dryer with the key idea!

Madam Pince, I'll keep an eye out for Mr. Pince next week!

Um, I think that was all that I wanted to say. If I'm forgetting something, then I'm very sorry!

Adios for now!

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Finn BV - Sep 28, 2005 2:56 pm (#762 of 2980)

I did the show with Meredith Viera. –Catherine

Ah, oh, well. That is still very impressive!

Jenn, those sound like great tattoos. The second phrase I gave you, althought it begins with "nor," is just the way Latin quotes that in English translate to "neither" must start off.

DiGS supporters rejoice! I'm sure when I make it down to that thread the post count will be way up…

Off to homework!

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dizzy lizzy - Sep 28, 2005 3:50 pm (#763 of 2980)

Well the news that the DIGS theory is alive and well finally arrived at my local paper today! Yay!!!!

Lizzy

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timrew - Sep 28, 2005 3:58 pm (#764 of 2980)

Okay, I now know what duct tape is.............

And when is someone going to let me out of this dryer!?

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Stephanie M. - Sep 28, 2005 4:03 pm (#765 of 2980)

I think Finn already let you out. Because I remember you taking a breath.

Off to eat dinner and finish my homework that is going a lot more quickly than I thought it would.

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Finn BV - Sep 28, 2005 4:06 pm (#766 of 2980)

Tim, see my post Finn BV, "-- Chat and Greeting Thread for Members" #731, 27 Sep 2005 5:06 pm.

I wouldn't be so cruel.

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Madam Pince - Sep 28, 2005 4:07 pm (#767 of 2980)

A 26-foot squid! Heavens! I'd not like to meet him while snorkeling!

Jenn, this is a bit late, I suppose, but I heard back from my cousin the Latin teacher. This is her take on it: (odd that it's different from Finn's teacher's; I guess Latin is pretty nebulous in how you can translate it)

Death = mors or letum (both just "death")...also, obitus ("a going away" or "a destruction") and nex ("violent death"). I chose letum because it sounded better...felt we needed more than a single syllable after the 'ne'...so ne quidem = "not even" letum = "death" seiungere potest = "is able to separate" nos = "us"

Therefore, Ne quidem letum seiungere potest nos.

Don't change the word order from the original quote.

So anyway, don't know if that helps, but there you go.

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Finn BV - Sep 28, 2005 4:12 pm (#768 of 2980)

Madam Pince, my Latin teacher didn't translate it directly, he did the best to "go with the flow" of how a person speaking Latin would say it.

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kaykay1970 - Sep 28, 2005 4:15 pm (#769 of 2980)

My daughter came home today and said I need to buy her a plastic sand shovel for the donkey ball game. I told her there is no way she can clean up after a donkey with a little plastic shovel. I asked her why they are not letting them use the big metal dustpan on a long stick scooper thingy they always use. She says because they don't want to scratch the gym floor with it. Correct me if I'm wrong, but 10 donkeys running around are definitely going to scratch the floor! At least this is not as bad as the meth recipe my 8 year old brought home from elementary school. Do you all think this is crazy? Maybe I am exaggerating because I am sick and feverish today.

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Madam Pince - Sep 28, 2005 4:19 pm (#770 of 2980)

LOL, kaykay! At the donkey games I've seen, they have the donkeys wear these little "shoe" thingys that supposedly help to protect the floor. I don't know, though -- that was many moons ago!

Why is Tim still going around...and around...and around...???

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timrew - Sep 28, 2005 4:40 pm (#771 of 2980)

Okay, Finn. Sorry! Missed that one.........

And sorry, Madam Pince, for going around........and around......

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kaykay1970 - Sep 28, 2005 5:05 pm (#772 of 2980)

Ok I figured out a compromise. I let my daughter have my large plastic dustpan if she promises not to bring it back! Anyway I took some Nyquill so I am off to bed. I always have weird dreams when I take that stuff. But I usually feel better in the morning. Strange. Anyway I'm trying to get all thoughts of my beautiful girl dressed in denim overalls and green plaid shirt,pig tails, and painted freckles carrying a little plastic shovel toward a large pile out of my head.

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Viola Intonada - Sep 28, 2005 8:30 pm (#773 of 2980)

Betty, we will be home Oct. 14-16. Cleveland Museum of Natural History is having an Archaeology Day on the 15th and the girls have soccer games of the 16th, so please give me a call so we can get together.

Thank you, everyone, for the birthday wishes. I have to say that I think this has been my best birthday yet. (Which reminds me, I will have to update my personal file here) My oldest made me breakfast this morning and dinner this evening, with help from Hubby, of course. The best part of the day is that I am now enjoying visiting the Forum while lying on the couch with my brand new Mac laptop! I'm so excited. Hopefully I will be able to visit more often now. (Previous computer situation: 8 year-old Mac and 5 year-old PC) It is so wonderful not to have to wait what seemed a life time for pages to download, and half the time the pages would error and would have to download them again.

I have missed so many great topics lately!!!

Tomorrow is my daughter's birthday. Yep, we like to keep things simple in this family. Oldest daughter was born the day after my birthday and youngest was born two days before Hubby's. That is why we only have two children, we are out of birthdays! :goofygrin:

Oh, another thing that made today so great is that normally I have to spend my birthday cleaning the house for my daughter's birthday party the next day. This year we are not having it at home. Yeah!!

Ladybug, do you live in NorthEast Ohio? I have come across the twins named Lemonjello and Orangejello many times here, or have they moved out of Ohio?

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Ydnam96 - Sep 28, 2005 11:43 pm (#774 of 2980)

Madame Pince, how do the shoes work...I would hope the have pretty good tread on them so the donkeys don't fall...

My real question is why they do this inside?? When I was in HS we had some wierd thing where you could "buy" a square foot of the football field. Then they would feed a poor cow a brightly colored pocker chip and put him/her out on the field. If the cow "deposited" the chip in "your" square then you won half of the money that was raised from selling the plots of field. I never quite understood who made up that game or why they would subject the cow to digesting a piece of plastic or why people would wait around for hours until the cow did it's business...Strange Strange...

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The giant squid - Sep 29, 2005 2:09 am (#775 of 2980)

The giant squid looks so cool.--Stephanie M.

Thank you, thank you very much.

KayKay, I love how their drug "prevention" plan works...if only my Sex Ed class had had similar pamphlets.

--Mike

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kaykay1970 - Sep 29, 2005 4:38 am (#776 of 2980)

Ok. Here's my weird Nyquill dream. Something about a guy named Albus something or other constructing a life-size version of a giant squid using nothing but duct tape and zip ties. Sorry, couldn't resist. Actually I slept pretty good last night.

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Ticker - Sep 29, 2005 5:19 am (#777 of 2980) Reply
Edited by Sep 29, 2005 5:19 am

Happy Birthday Viola!

It's way too early for me to be up so I'm going to go do something constructive, like polish my DIGS pin. Sigh... they say when you lose someone you love, you start "seeing" them all over the place.

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Marie E. - Sep 29, 2005 5:33 am (#778 of 2980)

Awwwww...that's sweet, Ticker. Now I'll start seeing squids everywhere.

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kaykay1970 - Sep 29, 2005 5:59 am (#779 of 2980)

I was browsing a Final Fantasy Forum and they had a link to video footage of the giant squid. Some guy over there is speculating that it is Sin from Final Fantasy X. How silly of him!

http://msnbc.msn.com/id/9503272/

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Madam Pince - Sep 29, 2005 6:18 am (#780 of 2980)

kaykay, thanks for that link! Oh, poor giant squid! It lost a tentacle while trying to get away! Of course, clearly Dumbledore just pulled a "Pettigrew" and apparated away...

Better watch out, Mike, the article said that those scientist guys are actively trying to capture giant squids to raise them in captivity! (By the way, LOL on the sex ed pamphlets!)

Mandy, I don't really know how those donkey shoes work -- I never got close enough to examine them. I agree, though, I'd hope they had really good treads on them! And I don't know why they don't just put little "diaper" thingys on the donkeys -- they can do that for horses, can't they? (Unless, maybe it's part of the "funny" to have the donkeys "go" on the floor...) I was sure I'd seen something similar on show horses. Where is TBE? She'd know...

Tim, so glad you're out of the dryer. Hope you didn't get too dizzy! (A girlfriend of mine was actually put in a dryer by her brother when they were little kids -- she did it voluntarily because they thought it looked like fun. )

Woo-Hoo on the new computer, Viola! That's a great birthday!

I was watching the tape I made of "Amazing Race" the other night, and I realized I got bonus -- a trailer for "GoF"! It has some scenes I haven't seen yet, but I haven't gone back and slow-motioned through them yet. That will be something to look forward to for this evening!

All I can say about last night's "Lost" episode -- WOW! That is really a good show -- excellent cliffhangers. My hand still hurts, though, from where I punched the chair arm and yelled "Nooooooo!" when I heard the end music and the word LOST floated onto the screen.... Arrrggghhhh! What a place to end it! Can't wait til next week!

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Madam Pince - Sep 29, 2005 7:45 am (#781 of 2980)

Jenn, ack! I just realized I messed up my cousin's Latin translation by moving a word! (I missed the top line of her post when I cut-n-pasted, and then I put together my own summary which was WRONG! I flip-flopped the "letum" and the "quidem") Oops! Hope you haven't used it in a design! The correct translation that my cousin gave me should've been:

Ne letum quidem nos seiungere potest =not even death can separate us; and..."ne letum quidem" = not even death

Sorry!

***crosses fingers and hopes tattoo hasn't been done yet!!!***

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kaykay1970 - Sep 29, 2005 7:56 am (#782 of 2980)

Madame Pince One has to wonder what part of Dumbledore's anatomy will he be missing! How many tentacles does a squid have? Dumbledore only has two legs. Perhaps it will be a toe!

I am going to be missing the ball game tonight. I am still running a slight fever and don't want to expose anyone. I am giving my ticket to my oldest son. He is in high school and can fully appreciate his friend across road being outsmarted by a donkey. Anyway I wished they could all go. I didn't have enough money this week for the tickets. I don't feel as bad about as I did. My daughter corrected me that the St. Jude fundraiser is a separate project for later in the year. Tonight they are raising funds for Beta Convention. If I have to pay extra for her stay in the Opryland Hotel I can live with that.

If my girl is smart she will pass her scooper duties off to her little brother for a more supervisory job. After all, what are little brothers for.

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azi - Sep 29, 2005 8:25 am (#783 of 2980)

I loved that squid story! I definitely think that it helps our DIGS theory considerably.

Latin tatoos sound cool. I'd have one if I could think what to write. I'd probably go for a word like 'leprechaun' or something, knowing me. Simple.

Happy birthday Viola! (Or belated birthday, I lose track of days...)

KayKay, that drug prevention plan is stupid! Good thing most students don't bother to read them, at least at my age. Good to put in the recycling bin though...

Today has been boring on my end. Cold, rainy, windy and cloudy weather, lots of paperwork and only a lemon and white chocolate muffin to eat all day...On the plus side, I get my braces off on the 19th December! Then I have a retainer for at least a year.

I did get over-excited and squealed when I saw the last in the Bartimaeus Trilogy in Ottakars plus a new signed book by Marcus Sedgewick. Naturally, I bought them before Ottakars could take the offers off them. There are also three other books I want to buy, but I decided spending so much on books in one day was not a good idea!

Everyone have a brilliant day!

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Thora - Sep 29, 2005 8:56 am (#784 of 2980)

One would assume that losing a tentacle while in animagi form would blacken one's wand hand....

But seriously speaking I feel so bad for the poor thing. You'd think they wouldn't have baited an object that could hurt the animal they wanted to photograph. The video said it was caught on the hook for 4 hours!

Sometimes muggle science is so cruel.

Thora

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CatherineHermiona - Sep 29, 2005 10:04 am (#785 of 2980)

Oh, what a terrible thing happend today. Terrible, terible, TERRIBLE, TERRIBLE, TERRIBLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! My homeroom teacher is going away. My English teacher is going away. Two teachers I like the most. We are unlucky class: first homeroom teacher we had was with us first two weeks, second one few months, third one half a year, this one a year. Every single one was great theacher. Oh, you can't imagine how sad I was. I cried and cried and cried and cried......................

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kaykay1970 - Sep 29, 2005 10:06 am (#786 of 2980)

If I am fever free tommorrow I will be attending our town's Appreciation Days over the weekend. Tommorrow night kicks it off. My daughter's drama club will be providing various skits for the occasion. Among other things she will be portraying Ricky Lake, a contestant on American idol and a zombie in thier own little Michael Jackson Thriller video. Then on Saturday the adults of our town take the stage in their own Hee-Haw show. Sometimes they have a skit where that rounder bellied men of our town participate in. They wear a huge felt cowboy hat that covers their entire head and paint a large face on their chest and belly. While the theme song of the Andy Griffith Show plays they will continually contract their abdominal muscles to make it appear as though their belly buttons are actually doing the whistling. The description does not do this justice. If they do in fact have this skit I will try to make ya'll a link to the video I intend to take. You really need a visual on this one. I hope that Saturday morning the Ft. Cambell paratroopers will be there. This is always a favorite of my 11 year old son. I haven't heard if they will be able to come this year.

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Good Evans - Sep 29, 2005 11:48 am (#787 of 2980)

sorry to hear you're news Kate, poor you. never mind maybe the new teachers will be just as nice????

hope you feel better soon KayKAy - that cold/fever has been hanging around a few days now hasn't it!

Azi - WOOHOO the final Bartemaeus trilogy is out - I shall prod hubby adn remind him it is on my xmas list - so he can go and get it early!!!

Julie x

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azi - Sep 29, 2005 11:57 am (#788 of 2980)

Julie - I'm reading it now and loving every minute! I was in hysterics on the bus earlier, think I got a few weird looks! For your hubby's instructions - it's a red colour and called Ptolemy's Gate.

Kate, I'm sure if your next teacher follows the pattern you'll get another nice one! Hopefully you will! I had 4 different tutor teachers in high school when I was only supposed to have 1. Two were ok, because they let the class run rampant instead of making us do reading time and 2 were horrible because they wouldn't let us do anything except what the headteacher said, like reading the Daily Bulletin from top to bottom and thinking about the Quote of the Day. Not nice.

Kaykay, the weekend sounds interesting! I guess you have community spirit round where you live?

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Good Evans - Sep 29, 2005 12:05 pm (#789 of 2980)

Thanks for that Azi, oh I cant wait - of course it is called "ptolomy's gate", it had to go back to that time didnt it!! - ooh can't wait - how long to Christmas???

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Madam Pince - Sep 29, 2005 12:44 pm (#790 of 2980)

Oh, CatherineHermiona, I am so sorry that you are losing two of your favorite teachers! All that turnaround, it's almost as if it were a DADA class, isn't it? Well, as Azi says, if they follow pattern, then your next one should be good too, so hopefully that will console you some. (((hugs)))

I Googled some sites for donkey basketball. In the photos, I saw no pictures of the donkey "boots" like I remembered from years ago, but one site said the donkeys are shod with "non-marking rubber shoes." There were also several sites which said that donkey ball is illegal in many states because of anti-animal-cruelty laws. They said the donkeys are shipped around from school to school, spend most of their lives shut up in horse trailers, and are ridden by inexperienced riders who are often too heavy for the small donkeys and who may "mistreat" the animals without realizing they are doing so - by pulling too hard on the reins or by kicking or whatever. I hadn't thought of that but I suppose it's possible. Let's hope not!

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Good Evans - Sep 29, 2005 12:49 pm (#791 of 2980)

the idea of donkey baseketball - sounds hilarious, but I have to say my concern is for the animals, not a natural past time and probably not that much fun... sorry to be a wet blanket - but I kind of like donkeys, no one would normally put them as a particular favourite animal, I think its an eeyore thing......toddles of to pooh corner....

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Finn BV - Sep 29, 2005 2:32 pm (#792 of 2980)

Kate, I'm so sorry your favorite teacher is leaving… I'm sure you'll like the next one just as much, even better!

Kaykay, work on that cold! Have a fun time in your town this weekend.

So… our first Cross-Country meet was today… and… I placed first! I really am still in shock. Last year my best finish was 6th, and on average 13. There were 130 boys in the race (girls run separately sometimes). I started off third, then passed the second place person, and when I passed the person in first place and he didn't try to catch me, I knew I had it! I think I won by about 50 yards. My time was 10:42 for a 1.5 mile race with hills. I am really, really, happy! Off to celebrate…… **does dance**

By the way, anybody seen Dame Peverell lately?

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haymoni - Sep 29, 2005 3:31 pm (#793 of 2980)

Congrats, Finn! Good for you!

I've been pretty quiet on the threads lately because I have been studying my hindquarters off for a test.

I am trying to earn my CEBS - Certified Employee Benefits Specialist. It is the equivalent to having your Masters in Benefits Administration. There are 10 agonizing tests. Today I passed my 4th one!

Whoo Hoo!

I get to put the initals "GBA" after my name - "Group Benefits Associate" - I still have to take the Retirement Section and the Compensation Sections - 6 more tests, but I'm happy tonight!

No more pencils! No more books! Until I get the books for the next test, that is!

Does "Happy Dance" w/ Finn...

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Stephanie M. - Sep 29, 2005 4:29 pm (#794 of 2980)

WOOHOO!!! GOOD JOB FINN!!! THAT IS AMAZING!!!!!!

I really wish I stayed to see that!!! (I went to the meet but had to leave because my bus was leaving a little after 4 and I left the meet at 4:01 and ran up the hill with my backpack to make the bus. And Finn, you were right it does take 3 minutes to get back to school, except it probably took me longer because there was a cross in the road and I wasn't sure if I should go strait or make a right... I went strait and got to school!!)

I'm so happy for you Finn! (My new theory is that people with the most spirit do the best in the event/game they are doing.)

*Starts doing the happy dance with Finn because he probably is still dancing*

And Finn, we are on the same wave length because I was also wondering about Dame Peverell and before you posted your message I searched to see when Dame was last on. I think it was Sept. 19.

I'm off to finish my homework! (I really should have stayed... *hangs head*)

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Soul Mate for Sirius - Sep 29, 2005 4:47 pm (#795 of 2980)

Hey everyone! Wow did this week fly by. I can't wait for the weekend.

Finn, congrats on winning your race! That's awesome!

Madame Pince. Thanks for the translation. I saw your correction in time! We're going tomorrow to get them.

Well...I actually have time to go out tonight, so I'm off to get ready.

-Jenn

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Ydnam96 - Sep 29, 2005 11:10 pm (#796 of 2980)

Alias!!!

All I can say is WOW.

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Good Evans - Sep 30, 2005 12:02 am (#797 of 2980)

**Takes Finn by the hand and dances a happy jig*** that is very impresive, I did the race for life this year in 36 minutes which is 5 km. So i am dead impressed with your time, well done you.

haymoni - I am intrigued, which country are you in? I haven't heard of that exam but I work in benefits in the UK and our "equivalent" is the IRRV (Institute of Revenues, Rating and Valuation corporate exams) which includes benefits, but I think your exams are slightly more detailed than ours. Anyhow - best of luck on those exams, I can empathise !!!!!

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Essidji - Sep 30, 2005 4:07 am (#798 of 2980)

Hi everyone. It's been such a long time since my last post... My job is killing me (but I love it anyway, so it's fine). But I miss you all, I wish I had more time to sneak in...

Just a few words to say that, this night, "Harry Potter et le prince de Sang-Mêlé" will be released in France. It seems a long time to translate HBP, but I believe it's worth, because the books Mr Ménard translated so far are very well written.

All the medias talk about this today. To summarize, they say the series has given (back) the taste of reading to children, hooking at the same time children, teenagers, and even some adults (hey, that's me!).

And I don't know if it's scheduled on purpose, but Yahoo France has also released a new trailer for GOF.

Edit : well, thinking twice about it, two months and a half between the release of the English version and the French one is a pretty fast job! I apologize Mr Ménard...

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azi - Sep 30, 2005 5:51 am (#799 of 2980)

I always wanted to buy the HP books in French. I wouldn't be able to understand them well, but it would be fun. I don't want to buy them over the Internet though because I would prefer to visit France and buy them. Like I have with the German version.

Well done Finn! I don't do exercise and the last time I did cross country it was in a thunderstorm with torrential rain and I came something like 116 out of 119. Mind you, there was humour when the two people in front of me slipped on the mud and fell over each other, leaving me to run straight between them.

Congrats Haymoni! My mum also used to work with benefits and stuff, but she never had to take evil exams to do it! The topics don't sound that interesting either, which makes learning it all so much worse!

I was so busy reading my book (Ptolemy's Gate) that I didn't go to sleep until 5.30am today. Then I was up 2 1/2 hours later. Feel fine now, but think I'll be dead by late afternoon. It was a good book though, well worth the reading!

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Mrs. Sirius - Sep 30, 2005 6:27 am (#800 of 2980)

Edit : well, thinking twice about it, two months and a half between the release of the English version and the French one is a pretty fast job! I apologize Mr Ménard...

Essidji, it is never fast enough when you want to get your hands on a copy of a Harry Potter book.

By the way and early happy anniversary to the Lex, to Steve, Kip, Denise et all. I always remember because you share a date with my triplets.
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Loopy Lupin - Sep 30, 2005 7:24 am (#801 of 2980)

Congrats Finn! Well, I hope everyone has a great weekend. The countdown to GoF is clicking down. I'm all a dither!

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kaykay1970 - Sep 30, 2005 7:34 am (#802 of 2980)

Congrarulations Finn and Haymoni!!!

azi If you think my town has interesting activities you'll love this. I finally picked up a paper so I could have a schedule of this weekends events. Apparently another town very near here is having their first annual goat beauty contest and antique tractor show! They are giving prizes for most beautiful goat and ugliest goat. Amazing the things we think of to keep ourselves amused.

I am feeling alot better today, no fever anyway. I wonder why we adults feel so bad with a low grade fever and the children run around playing all day with 103 temp.

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azi - Sep 30, 2005 7:49 am (#803 of 2980)

A goat beauty contest? Wow, that's weird! I take it the area has a high goat population? The tractor show I can cope with - I've spent half my life being dragged to steam rallies. Where I live there are not many community events as I'm in a small village which comprises of a shop, pub and church. It's not that isolated though, since there are 3 more villages a mile down the road in different directions. No one in the village really mixes so there isn't much community spirit. Ah well...

Nice to know your fever has disappeared!

Everybody have a great day!

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Catherine - Sep 30, 2005 8:46 am (#804 of 2980)

Hi, everyone.

I am sneaking on the Forum from school. It's my last day at school being in the classroom with the kids full-time, so I feel a little sad. We had a fun class, though. I showed my goofy Millionaire video, and they really enjoyed it. Can I tell you that the entire 7th grade (33 students) ate 8 dozen doughnuts??? I was amazed at their ability to pack away food.

One of my students in the other class gave me a card and a gift certificate to Barnes and Noble. I almost cried at the end of class.

Loopy Lupin--I'm in a dither about GoF, too! :waves:

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kaykay1970 - Sep 30, 2005 9:17 am (#805 of 2980)

I do not know anyone personally who owns a goat. I doubt the popularity of a goat beauty contest myself. We already have a category for goats at the county fair livestock judging competition. I doubt the local farmers will think that a "beauty contest" is a serious competition. But who knows. Maybe I will find out next year if they announce the second annual event.

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Elanor - Sep 30, 2005 9:38 am (#806 of 2980)

LOL, whenever you come on this thread there is something funny in the air! **hoping we'll see pictures of the goat beauty contest**

Congratulations Finn! That is great! I love watching sports but always hated doing one so I am always amazed to see the others' results! I remember well sports at school, when I was walking instead of running each time the teacher wasn't looking in my direction and the fact that I was always in the last ones chosen when we were doing teams. Well, I didn't blame them! Since the day I received a ball in the glasses I've been afraid of footballs (for soccer), basket or other handballs and used to step aside instead of fighting for the ball...

I have to do a bit of sport now, for my back, but I still don't like it. So, most of the time, I just do some exercise bike at home, chosing carefully the music I hear while doing it so to cheer me up. From my experience, there is nothing better than a good Star Wars battle theme for pedaling at a good rythm, though some HP Quidditch themes are not bad either. In short, John Williams is my personal coach!

Congratulations too Haymoni!

Essidji! That is so great to "see" you again! Yes, we're going to have a very HP night here today. I was actually pleasantly surprised to hear that more than 100 000 English copies of the HBP have been sold in France since July! I don't read the books in French anymore but I'm really happy for those who will discover it tonight.

Have a great day everybody! **healing charms to those who need them too** Weekend has just started here! Youpi!!!!!

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Ydnam96 - Sep 30, 2005 9:57 am (#807 of 2980)

Just popping in to say hello. Finn, great job! I hate exercise...which would be why none of my clothes fit they way they used to Smile

Happy Birthday Lexicon. How many years now?

I'm still sick. This is one nasty cold (if that's what it is). It has settled in my throat and I have a nasty cough and a very sore throat. But, life must continue sick or not. Luckily I only have to be at work for 4 hours today (Unlike yesterday which went from 9:15-4:00 then 6:00-9:00). I'm so glad the weekend is here again, but I'm on call this weekend so hopefully there are no emergencies because I'm the one who has to respond. Haha...that will be interesting.

Goat beauty contests? Is that what Aberforth got in trouble for?? Sounds fishy to me. I wonder if there is a Goat Equality League or something that could come in and protect the poor goats who get chosen as ugliest.

So we haven't heard from Puck lately (that I recall) which is understandable....but after all the work we put in trying to get baby Puck into the world Wink I'm hoping she's doing well.

Okay I neeed to drag myself to the shower and get ready for work. Happy Friday everyone. And...happy Alias/Lost season for those of us in the US. It's gonna be great. (I promise not to spoil for those in other countries who get it a bit later than us).

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Esther Rose - Sep 30, 2005 11:08 am (#808 of 2980)

I am still tearing over the loss of Joan of Arcadia. =(

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Loopy Lupin - Sep 30, 2005 11:38 am (#809 of 2980)

Hey Catherine! ***waves***

Sheesh today is one boring day at work. Lots of waiting around today. I hate waiting.

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Viola Intonada - Sep 30, 2005 12:17 pm (#810 of 2980)

Believe it or not, Loopy, I am kind of envious of you for having a boring day at work. The preschoolers this year are really keeping me on my toes. The best way to describe the class is that we have several very boyish boys. There is never a dull moment.

Happy reading to everyone reading the French version tonight! I bought "Harry Potter a L'ecole des Sorciers" when I was in France a couple of years ago. I never got past translating the first page, my French is way too rusty. Maybe someday...

Have a great weekend, everyone!

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Thora - Sep 30, 2005 12:26 pm (#811 of 2980)

And...happy Alias/Lost season for those of us in the US. It's gonna be great.-Ydnam96

If we don't all keel over from the suspense of Lost. The last two episode endings have left me quite agitated.

I wonder if they'd send me this season's scripts if I told them the wait was bad for my nerves?

Well at least JKR doesn't feed it to us chapter by chapter. Though come to think of it, I would happily subsist upon antacids for a year if she did.... sigh.... waiting.

Thora

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Amilia Smith - Sep 30, 2005 1:38 pm (#812 of 2980)

Well at least JKR doesn't feed it to us chapter by chapter.

Charles Dickens did that. And now you know why Dickens makes such great movies (lots of cliffhangers) but rather dull reading (always having to repeat what happened in last week's issue).

How are you doing, Thora? Have you moved yet?

I got to go stand behind the reference desk this morning and Observe. It was really very interesting. And surprisingly busy for first thing Friday morning.

Mills.

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Finn BV - Sep 30, 2005 2:42 pm (#813 of 2980)

Can I tell you that the entire 7th grade (33 students) ate 8 dozen doughnuts??? –Catherine

Sheesh! And I thought the 4 dozen for 21 students in 5th Grade was a lot (I only ate one doughnut, of course… ).

Congrats, Haymoni, GBA!

Right, isn't tomorrow the Forum's fourth birthday? **checks top right corner of page** Oops, third birthday. Happy BDay! And tomorrow is Julie Andrews' 70th birthday! How cool! (Julie=childhood (and still) idol ::sigh:Smile

Thanks for the congrats, everyone. I found out today that no Middle School boy from our school had ever placed first before, so I was quite elated the whole day.

It's Friday!!

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Stephanie M. - Sep 30, 2005 2:53 pm (#814 of 2980)

That's really good Finn!!! Was that your best time you ever had?

Happy Birthday Forum! (Is it today or tomorrow?) Happy early birthday Julie Andrews!

Talking about people eating a lot of food... I feel like I have eaten so much today! I think it's because I have been swimming so much lately and whenever I swim I usually get really hungry.

I think that's all I was going to say. This week wasn't very good. I have has a ton of work to do and things started to get better Thursday around lunch time. AND NOW IT'S FRIDAY!!! But this weekend will be pretty busy because I have 2 tests and a quiz on Monday.

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timrew - Sep 30, 2005 4:25 pm (#815 of 2980)

kaykay1970:- I doubt the popularity of a goat beauty contest myself.

I, personally, would look forward to the bikini section, and the interview...............

Yes, I would like to eat grass; and those trainers; and the entire contents of that washing-line.........Oh! And I'm forgetting my struggle for World Peace!

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The giant squid - Sep 30, 2005 5:01 pm (#816 of 2980)

I was amazed at their ability to pack away food.—Catherine

NEver underestimate the teenager's ability to consume mass quantities. I used to eat everything in sight, and still maintain a svelte 100 pounds (I've since ballooned up to 110). My sisters hate me...

--Mike

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Catherine - Sep 30, 2005 5:23 pm (#817 of 2980)

I used to eat everything in sight, and still maintain a svelte 100 pounds (I've since ballooned up to 110). My sisters hate me... --Squid Mike

With good reason!

You are lucky I can't pull an Aunt Marge-esque ballooning charm...

We had a good day today. (Finn, I think my 7th graders "beat" your fifth grade class! ) I received a compliment that I did not expect from one of the veteran teachers, who told me she rolled her eyes when she heard I was "subbing" for the teacher on maternity leave, that she expected that I would never contribute to the department and would just "phone things in" because that is how substitutes act, in her opinion. She told that I had been "a real teacher" and that I had done a very good job. Praise from this person is rare indeed, and it came at a moment when I needed it.

I guess that good teachers can do that, and I learned something else today.

::waves back at Loopy Lupin because it is Friday:: Sheesh, isn't it time for GoF yet?

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Madam Pince - Sep 30, 2005 6:48 pm (#818 of 2980)

Awwww, Catherine, that's sweet. Congratulations on a job well done -- substituting or not, you did a great job.

Finn, congratulations on your cross-country win! That is so fantastic!! An athlete who can write -- whoo-hoo!

Essidji, welcome back! We've missed you!

Hope all the exams go well, haymoni! Yuck... I hate exams....

Mandy, have you seen a doctor? If you've felt that yucky for a whole week, you should get checked out. Maybe it'll be something that a quick dose of antibiotic will knock out quickly. Usually my doctor hangs back on doing antibiotics too early (which I agree with -- no point in messing up immunities and all that) but he says if you're sick for more than a week, then you just really need to get better. I hope you feel better soon!

Glad you're doing better, kaykay!

Did anybody hear how Gina did on the vote for best impersonation? (on MuggleNet? or TLC?) Last I heard, I thought she was winning...

Happy Harry Potter Weekend to all of France!

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Finn BV - Sep 30, 2005 6:54 pm (#819 of 2980)

Madam P – according to TLC, Gina came in second with 476 votes, behind only Karolina from Poland doing Luna.

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haymoni - Sep 30, 2005 8:21 pm (#820 of 2980)

Catherine - never a doubt! You obviously connected with the kids and made a mark with the staff.

Of course, you know what this means, don't you??? You will be the most requested sub at that school! Everyone will want to have babies now that they know you are available.

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kaykay1970 - Sep 30, 2005 8:41 pm (#821 of 2980)
Edited Sep 30, 2005 9:20 pm

We just got back from the Appreciation thing. Our drama club did a really good job. At the begining of the night my 8 year old did the cake walk thing. She was so upset that she didn't win a cake. At the end of the events however there was an electric scooter give away. I couldn't believe when they called her name. She is on top of the world! She hopped all the way to the car with a pack of fellow 3rd graders following behind.

Edit: Upon scanning the owner's manual for the scooter I discovered that it is not recommended for children under 12. She'll get there in 3 1/2 years!

I can't believe this. I just walked outside and my chow has totally been skunked again. This is like the 4th time in 3 months.
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Chemyst - Oct 1, 2005 5:03 am (#822 of 2980)

WooHoo & Hurray Haymoni !

Kaykay,   dear me... getting skunked seems to be common for members of this forum who live near their habitats. If you see Fred or George, you should ask them if they can't come up with some sort of a fix for that.

We never doubted you were a "real" teacher Catherine. You did one of the tough jobs of getting the routine discipline "launched" at the beginning of the year. Now the "real real" teacher will have a tough act to follow.  ...that was your plan all along, wasn't it? :sinistergrin:

Happy October everyone. Dawn is breaking here and it looks to be a spectacular day.

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Thora - Oct 1, 2005 7:03 am (#823 of 2980)

Ameilia- The house hasn't sold yet, so we don't really mind that his boss bumped the departure date for my hubby back to November 1st. So if we sell the house in the next few weeks (not likely) I'll go with him. If not, well we're weighing the unpleasant options. I hate having my life up in the air, but luckily my friends have big hearts and sponge shoulders.

Julie=childhood (and still) idol- Finn   Wow, Speedy Gonzales is also very cool and has his priorities in line. Wicked.



My sisters hate me... - Squid Mike   . . .  and the ranks of your sisters swell. 110, that's so wrong.

Catherine- good for you!

Oh and speaking of skunks I've awoken to that pleasant aroma 3 times this week and was lucky not to be sprayed when I came home last night and startled one in my yard.

Thora

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Stephanie M. - Oct 1, 2005 7:58 am (#824 of 2980)

You must be a great teacher Catherine! I have had really bad subs in the past. I had a French teacher sub for my math class in 6th grade... let's just say nobody did well on the quiz the day our math teacher came back.

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Marie E. - Oct 1, 2005 8:28 am (#825 of 2980)

Yes, we both hate our brother. He was so thin as a teen that he couldn't get into the military. They have a minimum weight. Just so unfair!

Catherine, the validation from the veteran teacher must have felt so good. I get twinges of not being a "real" teacher occasionally since I teach private kindergarten at a daycare setting. It's become quite common here to have kindergarten at daycares. A local daycare, Junior Academy, actually has kindergarten through second grade.

Happy Birthday, Lexicon! I remember that first day there were only about six threads, and one was a Tell About Yourself sort. Is the original Tell About Yourself thread in the archives? I posted on October 2nd, 2002. Just imagine, my girls were three and five back then. Now they're the ripe ol' ages of six and eight. And back then Denise only had seven children!

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Madam Pince - Oct 1, 2005 9:02 am (#826 of 2980)

Happy Birthday, Lexicon!

Phooey on Gina not winning. Hmmmph!

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Kip Carter - Oct 1, 2005 10:36 am (#827 of 2980)

Marie E., thank you for remembering when the Harry Potter Lexicon Forum first began. I am putting together a new discussion thread to celebrate the start of our fourth year and a review of the last three years.

For everyone's information, Steve actually started this Forum on October 1, 2002; however it was not ready for posts until October 2nd. Even though today is the actual birthday, the celebration will continue for the following week for those who want to enjoy what Lexicon Steve created three years ago.

Please be patient while I put the page together and save your thoughts and ideas for the new thread. I will have it up later today around 6:00 p.m. PDT (Forum time). The thread will be located in this folder. In the meantime, start putting together your thoughts and what you would like to share with everyone.

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Ydnam96 - Oct 1, 2005 12:33 pm (#828 of 2980)

So I'm still sick, bleh, but my best friend had her first baby this morning at 4 am Eastern time. Enrique was 4 weeks early and was born with a full head of hair. Mom sounded soo happy when I talked to her. I've got a grin that just won't go away. I'm sad though that I can't be there to share it with her. But still happy Smile

Happy Birthday Lexicon!!

Yay for the weekend Smile

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Herm oh ninny - Oct 1, 2005 1:05 pm (#829 of 2980)

Hey Guys! I don't know if I have mentioned this, but my cousin and his wife are expecting their second child, a little boy. I am extra excited about this because they have asked me to be his Godmother!! Well, my aunt just called me and said that Melissa (the mother to be) is having contractions every 8 minutes!!! YAY!!! I am sooo excited I just had to tell someone!! I'm dancing around the house like a crazy person! LOL Well, I'm off to go do my first official Godmother duty! (Shopping for presents to bring to my new little godson at the hospital!)

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Elanor - Oct 1, 2005 1:19 pm (#830 of 2980)

What wonderful news Mandy and Herm oh ninny! I'm really happy for you and your friends/cousins.

Happy birthday Lexicon! I can't wait to read the new thread!

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Finn BV - Oct 1, 2005 1:34 pm (#831 of 2980)

Great news, Mandy and Herm oh ninny! Congrats and congrats-to-bes to the moms/moms-to-be.

Happy Birthday again, Lexicon. I'm looking forward to everybody's recollections of the first day.

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boop - Oct 1, 2005 2:26 pm (#832 of 2980)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY LEXICON!!!!!!!

Everyone have a great weekend!!!

hugs always

boop

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haymoni - Oct 1, 2005 5:25 pm (#833 of 2980)

Who was it that had the friend who was pregnant and going off to be a missionary in South America some place???

Was that you, Mandy? Is this the friend?

Even if it isn't - Congrats!

And congrats to me! Fall baseball is over!!!

Slacker Moms Unite!!!!

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Ydnam96 - Oct 1, 2005 5:43 pm (#834 of 2980)

No it wasn't me. I do remember someone talking about it though...

It seems to be baby season!

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Amilia Smith - Oct 1, 2005 5:43 pm (#835 of 2980)

Thora, I am sending house selling charms your way. What do you suppose the incantation should be?

Mills.

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dizzy lizzy - Oct 1, 2005 6:04 pm (#836 of 2980)

Amilia: I will be sending you an email sometime today (Oz Time) over your request in the reccomended reading thread. I will send it via my worldcrossing account so you know who it is from .

Happy birthday lexicon - It must be pretty close to my anniversary on the forum too as I remember disscussing "banned books week" on the chat thread this time last year.

Lizzy

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Amilia Smith - Oct 1, 2005 7:46 pm (#837 of 2980)

Thank you Lizzy! I might not be able to check my email again before Monday, so I am letting you know now how much I appreciate it. :-)

Mills.

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Eponine - Oct 1, 2005 8:39 pm (#838 of 2980)

I discovered today that I must have a really good 'dirty look.' Mr. Eponine and I went to see Serenity (really really good BTW) and there was this guy next to me who kept laughing at inappropriate moments and talking loudly to himself. It was a key moment in the movie, and I was so close to yelling at him to shut up when he looked at me and laughed as if I should laugh with him. I glared at him with the nastiest look I could manage, and apparently it worked because he was (mostly) quiet after that. I was rather proud of myself.

Happy Birthday, Lexicon Forum!

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pottermom34 - Oct 1, 2005 8:46 pm (#839 of 2980)

Good for you Eponine, ther's nothing worse than rude jerks when trying to enjoy a movie.


Happy Birthday Lexicon, I've really enjoyed my few months here.

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Finn BV - Oct 1, 2005 9:54 pm (#840 of 2980)

LOL Eponine.

Just got back from a Bar Mitzvah – it's 12:54 AM here. I've posted in the Happy BDay thread. Thanks for the times, HPLF!

Way too tired to say anything now, just good night.

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Mrs. Sirius - Oct 1, 2005 11:03 pm (#841 of 2980)

By the way an early happy anniversary to the Lex, to Steve, Kip, Denise et all. I always remember because you share a date with my triplets.

I posted that early because I was away and didn't think I would return in time to post on the day. It's nearly 2:00 am here. The forum has taken me thru so much over these past 3 years. I was so afraid of the vile, nasty, evil, things that I had been warned about on the Internet. Finding the Lex I was wonderful, it was a safe place to discuss something I was passionate about.

Here I have learned about html codes, I've improved my writing and typing skills, I made and met friends and passed so many rough nights. When I first started, I said I would read the Lexicon only, I wouldn't go to the Forum, then I thought I would just read through the posts, but then I couldn't help but to join in some discussions. It took a long time before I worked up the nerve to join and post freely. Thanks guys, you've do good work.

timrew are you talking about whirled peas?

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The giant squid - Oct 2, 2005 12:10 am (#842 of 2980)

He was so thin as a teen that he couldn't get into the military. They have a minimum weight.--Marie E.

It's true...I tried to join the Army Reserve between my junior & senior years in high school--for the college money, of course. The minimum weight for someone my height (5'6") was 104 lbs. No problem, right? At the weigh-in for the physical I topped out at 95. Personally, I consider it a sign from above; I'd have hated it in the Army anyway. I'm too independent for the military lifestyle.

--Mike

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Ydnam96 - Oct 2, 2005 1:06 am (#843 of 2980)

Mike, I think my left leg weighs 95 lbs.

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Lina - Oct 2, 2005 6:34 am (#844 of 2980)

There have been several birthdays lately, so to all that I've missed and a special (belated as well) one for the Sirius triplets !

There have been several reasons to celebrate, too, so for all of you!

We have some virus problems at home at the moment. We had to go to the hospital two nights ago with the youngest (just on her name day) because of some digesting problems (better not to go into details) and she had to get the infusion. We were quite confused because we couldn't figure out what could she have eat that wouldn't make problems to anybody else. Now Kate is having the same problems, so we know it has nothing to do with food but I'm sure that she could use some of your healing and cheering charms that always work.

Good week to everyone!

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  kaykay1970 - Oct 2, 2005 6:47 am (#845 of 2980)

Lina I hope your girls are better soon. And I hope Ydnam is feeling better already.

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  Finn BV - Oct 2, 2005 7:45 am (#846 of 2980)

Mike, I think my left leg weighs 95 lbs.

LOL, yes, Mike, I don't consider myself obese at all and I rocketed off 95 lbs. in fourth grade. (Then again, I was overweight then, so I've lost quite a bit of weight since, but… 95 in high school? )

Lina and family, wellness charms to you all.

Yesterday, I came out of the Bar Mitzvah service and I was on Madison and 62nd. I was looking for my mom who was picking me up, and there were big white screens and lots of people huddled around that intersection. So as I was walking and looking for my mom, I heard a woman in charge ask us to keep moving – go across the street or move back down the block. So I opted for across the street and as I was walking I heard her say the names "Meryl Streep and Anne Hathaway." I walked past all the director's chairs for the crew, and on the back were the words The Devil Wears Prada, which is apparently now due for a movie.

I found my mom and told her I really wanted to watch them film, so she waited for me and I stood on the corner. Then, when the Madison Ave. light was red, they yelled "Scene #" (couldn't hear the number), "Take 2, Action!" A yellow taxicab (the number of the cab began with 8Z if you ever go see the movie whenever it comes out) drove down 62nd, and Hathaway's stunt double, carrying orange Hermès bags, was "hit" by the cab. Her bags were thrown up in the air and she landed on the hood of the taxi. The driver got out to see if she was okay, and that was that. Cut. It was amazing! If you live in New York, check out to see if you can find the shooting locations, I hear they're all over the place, including Times Square. It was really cool!

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Good Evans - Oct 2, 2005 10:38 am (#847 of 2980)

love and charms to kate and her siblings. Hope you are feeling better soon and that mum Lina isnt too worn out looking after and worrying!.

Hubby's birthday today so just a quick pop in. I must say how I laughed at TimRews original user name - Scambledeggs - just so him!!!!

Finn: that sounds so amzing - glad you had a good time

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Stephanie M. - Oct 2, 2005 10:47 am (#848 of 2980)

Wow! That's really cool Finn! I should go check it out, even though they are probably not on 62nd and Madison any more. I really like Anne Hathaway... and I went to a swim meet with someone from Meryl Streep's family and Meryl Streep was watching us.

Mike, how tall are you? I weigh less than 95 pounds but I am barely 5 feet tall. My mom who is 5'4' weighed a little more than 85 pounds in college and then she weighed around 100 pounds when she first became pregnant with my sister. Now she is probably at an average weight and she grew and inch since college... hmm maybe I'll grow after college...

Lina I hope all of your children are feeling well!!

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Denise P. - Oct 2, 2005 10:55 am (#849 of 2980)

I was 5'6" through high school. Less than 2 years after I graduated from High School, I was (and still am) 5'8". We won't discuss weight changes Razz

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CatherineHermiona - Oct 2, 2005 11:16 am (#850 of 2980)

Hi, everyone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I feel so bad and I hardly left my bed. I won't go to school tomorrow and that's the only good side of my fever.

Anyway, let's talk about something better. I was in Trieste yesterday and I bought some shoes and CDs. My aunt had to bought her liquid for contact lenses and there can't be a visit to Trieste without new pair of shoes for her and sometimes for us too. She usually buys some Italian CDs and we are going around the shops and sometimes we buy something little. It was great. My aunt told we should be back until 2 p. m. and we came around 4, of course.

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Finn BV - Oct 2, 2005 11:26 am (#851 of 2980)

Kate, I hope you feel better. I'm glad you had a good outing in Trieste.

Happy Birthday Mr. Good Evans!

Edit: Off to see Corpse Bride (which I never did end up seeing two weeks ago)! I'll tell you about the trailer……

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Elanor - Oct 2, 2005 11:34 am (#852 of 2980)

I really have trouble with measures and weights which are not in metric system but, thanks to you all, I think I'm making some progress!

In good old metric system, I am 1.65 meters tall, which, if I calculated correctly, must be something like 5'5", am I right? In high school, I was weighing something like 47 kg (103 pounds?) and, till I was 30, about 50 kg (110 pounds?), which I really liked. But then, I had to wear those awful surgical corsets for months, that prevented me from moving as I used to and brought me a few more pounds... **sigh** But I'm working on it! (a bit: I will never give up eating chocolate, it is a matter of principle, honestly! ).

Anyway, to calculate that sort of scared me! It makes me feel much slimer to see my weight in kilos than in pounds.

Healings charms to you and your sister Kate! And to everyone else needing some too.

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kaykay1970 - Oct 2, 2005 11:47 am (#853 of 2980)

When I was a junior in high school I weighed about 85 pounds and was about 4'11". Sometime in the summer before I started senior year I gained 10 pounds and grew to 5'4" which is my current height. I never truly put on any weight until I got pregnant with my third child. I am not even going to say how much. I had a hard time losing it and in fact never did until I had a really ugly strain of flu. I am generallly happy with my weight at the moment although losing a few pounds couldn't hurt. I will say that I had alot more health problems when I was underweight as opposed to overweight.

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Madam Pince - Oct 2, 2005 12:50 pm (#854 of 2980)

CatherineHermiona, I enjoyed chatting with you in the Chat Room! Hope you are feeling much better soon! And I hope that nobody else in the family comes down with it! *waves to Lina!*

Congratulations to everyone who is celebrating the arrival of new babies! Yay! Herm-oh-ninny, you will be such a great godmother -- I'm sure you'll keep your little godchild well supplied with stuffed Hedwigs and Harry Potter books!

LOL on Eponine's icy glare! Are you sure you aren't related to a certain potions master?

Finn, that is so exciting! Movie filming is really neat to watch, isn't it? It so looks like nothing while they're doing it, and then when you see it on-screen it's amazing!

I'm having a hard time picturing you in military fatigues, Squid Mike, so you're right -- it was probably for the best! When I was young, my aunt and uncle kept nurturing the hope that I would attend the Naval Academy for some reason (silly them!) I dutifully went on all the campus tours that they took me on, but they finally got the clue that there was absolutely no way I would make it there -- zero upper-arm strength for one thing, and an inability to follow orders unquestioningly for another. And I wonder why Little Pince doesn't listen to me....wonder where on earth he gets it?  :goofygrin:

I'll go along with you kaykay on the weight thing -- I'm generally happy I guess, although I really should lose a few. I can tell I need to because I am really stretching it to fit into my Civil War dresses for my once-a-year "living history" foray (which is coming up in two weeks.) I've invested a lot of money into outfits that are made to fit your waist like a second skin to begin with, so there is NO extra room in there. Since Little Pince, I can still get into them (well, all except one) but it is something of a struggle, and not very comfortable. Sigh... I suppose I should go check again to be sure I can still fasten the hooks before the weekend comes... ***is NOT looking forward to this test***

OK, so Tuesday night at 9:00pm Eastern U.S. time is when the episode of "The Amazing Race" airs which may have Mr. Pince in it. I have put a link on my profile page which shows his picture, in case anybody wants to look for him! He will be a Union officer, and was standing very near the Union flagbearer during the filming.

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kaykay1970 - Oct 2, 2005 4:02 pm (#855 of 2980)

Madame Pince Your living history foray reminds me of some friends of ours. Actually it is my oldest daughter's best friend's family. The father always does these civil war reinactments. He used to be the tour guide/park ranger at Shiloh National Park. They attend some kind of ball every year where they must dress in civil period costumes.

My daughter has a field trip to Loretta Lynn's Dude Ranch on Friday. They are visiting the museum. I don't know if they are having their civil war reinactment this week-end but that is generally when they try to schedule school trips. Last time I went with my son Loretta Lynn actually came out and visited the children. Of course none of them knew who she was but we parents really enjoyed it.

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Denise P. - Oct 2, 2005 4:51 pm (#856 of 2980)

Since this town was occupied by the Yankees for most of the Civil War, we obviously have a lot of Civil War reinactors around. Fort Donelson is right by here and they have a fairly decent sized "battle" each year. We had a group come talk to our Cub Scouts last year, it was very cool. They brought hardtack for us to try and it was very interesting for the parents to talk to the woman who was with them. Down near Nashville, they have even larger battles during the year.

I have friends active in SCA but their time period is Italian Renaissance.

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I Am Used Vlad - Oct 2, 2005 6:32 pm (#857 of 2980)

They do a lot of Civil War reinacting in my area, as well, since I'm not that far from Gettysburg. I know a couple who were into it who got married in Civil War regalia. I'm also fairly certain, although I'm no buff, that the Confederate Army marched right by where I live on their way to Gettysburg. They approached from the north, if I remember correctly.

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Mrs. Sirius - Oct 2, 2005 9:22 pm (#858 of 2980)

The best way to see your weight is in stones. When I was in London I didn't mind getting on a scale, I weighed about 9 1/2 stones,(that is the heaviest I had ever been). My height is scary, I think I am either 172 or 176 centimeters.

Oh saw the GoF that aired tonight, no spoiler here but it was really cool. It was a bonus because I just happened to walk into the room and the television was on.

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The giant squid - Oct 3, 2005 1:02 am (#859 of 2980)

Okay, for the Metric folks: I am about 163 cm tall (5'6") and weighed about 43kg when trying to enter the military and top out around 50kg now. I normally describe myself as "freakishly thin", although I don't look abnormal or anything. Maybe I just have hollow bones like a bird or something... And yes, the reactions you've all had ar the norm. I usually hear "I haven't weighed that since 5th grade!" a lot. How many (weight) pounds to one stone? I can really mess with people then...

Lina/Kate, I hope you & the rest of the family get well soon.

I've never seen an actual Civil War reenactment (not a lot of Civil War activity in North Dakota...and they don't usually reenact Custer's Last Stand for some reason ). I did however see an old Jeff Foxworthy Show episode where they decided to go "off script" and whup the Yankees' asses for once. That sounds like what I'd end up trying to do...if you're going to all the trouble, why not shake things up a little?

--Mike

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Snuffles - Oct 3, 2005 1:29 am (#860 of 2980)

Hey all!!

Haven't been able to get onto the Forum for a week, and 197 posts to read! I have skimmed alot so I apologise if I miss anything. Happy birthday to all celebrating, and cheering charms to anyone who needs them.

I would like to say welcome back Phoenix Song, I am so glad you are ok and I hope you get your home repaired as quickly as possible.

I did read the posts about peoples weight but I have absolutely no comment to make about my own!!!!

Happy Monday everyone.

Julie

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CatherineHermiona - Oct 3, 2005 2:09 am (#861 of 2980)

Well, looking at your weights/heights makes me feel tall and fat because I'm 175.5 cm tall and my weight is 70 kilos now (AND I DON'T LOOK FAT!).

Kate

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Marie E. - Oct 3, 2005 5:40 am (#862 of 2980)

Of course you're not fat, Kate. Don't compare yourself to my brother, please. He is "freakishly thin". Sadly, I was also until I hit puberty. I remember wearing girls size 7 pants when I was ten years old. I didn't hit 50 lbs until third grade (about eight and a half years old). My daughter Shayla has the "thin" gene now. She's eight and a half and only 53 lbs at 4ft 2inches. She and my six year old can almost share clothes.

Finn, I got to watch the filming of the 90's movie Now and Then. They filmed in Savannah, GA and in Statesboro, GA. My brother and I were living in Statesboro at the time. I saw part of the sewer drain rescue scene and a scene where they are riding their bikes up to the lbrary steps. I imagine in NYC you see a lot more movies being filmed.

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Ydnam96 - Oct 3, 2005 5:44 am (#863 of 2980)

Oh to have been ever "freakishly thin"...

Alas, that is not my burden. My problem is I like food and I hate exercise. It's okay though. I can handle it.

So I'm up sick, again. (I was feeling better yesterday and went to a birthday party and probably overdid it) Bleh. But at least I have the forum to brighten me up while I'm awake!!

Have a great day everyone. I'm gonna try and go back to sleep.

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Ladybug220 - Oct 3, 2005 6:30 am (#864 of 2980)

Hi all! I saw Serenity this weekend and it was really good. And this comes from someone that doesn't normally watch sci-fi stuff. Also, they showed the trailer for The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and it looks like it is going to be great! I had seen the trailer online but it was nice to see it on the big screen. That will be one that I have to see in the theater - along with Harry Potter, of course!

Well, must pretend to work. Have a great day everyone!

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kaykay1970 - Oct 3, 2005 6:31 am (#865 of 2980)

Kate You are not fat, you are healthy. Like I said before I had health problems when I was "freakishly thin." I was very anemic growing up which caused me to have alot of problems. I only gained about 18 pounds with my second child. I had to take 5 iron tablets a day which was not fun. Then my boy had to take iron supplements until he was 2. He is still freakishly thin, but he is healthy. He weighs 100 pounds and is 5'6".

I am so upset with my hubby. He is diabetic. He really overdid it with the sweets this weekend at the Appreciation thing. Last night on the way home from the grocery store he was light-headed and had to let me drive home. When he finally checked his sugar it was in the target zone at 118 but it had been hours since he had eaten. Today is his birthday so I need to cook a special meal. I am consulting the diabetic cookbook for ideas.

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Snuffles - Oct 3, 2005 7:25 am (#866 of 2980)

Just read that in Hello magazine, Alan Rickman has been voted September's most attractive man.

He won with over 5000 votes, me thinks some forum members *cough* Gina, Choices *cough* must have voted a few times!!!! Hee hee!

Julie

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Madam Pince - Oct 3, 2005 7:29 am (#867 of 2980)

Mandy, your Legos look so cool!

Ladybug, I am so excited to see The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe! I haven't see a trailer yet -- it never occurred to me to look online (Duh! If it wasn't for the Forum, I'd probably never have see a GoF one yet either! )

Vlad, you are correct -- at the battle of Gettysburg, the Confederate army approached the town from the north, while the Federal army approached from the south. Kind of backwards, but it fits if you follow where their campaigns had been, etc. I used to do about five or six re-enactments a year (I was in a Civil War wedding once as an attendant), but lately I've only been doing the one, although Mr. Pince does more. I love them -- it is so fun to step back in time. Camping out under the stars (well, I do have a tent), cooking over a campfire using only things that were available during our time period, it's all very cool. And wearing a corset really isn't all that bad -- it just reminds you that during your "regular" life, you probably aren't sitting/standing up with your back straight like your Mother taught you to. My back usually aches a little at the end of a long day wearing a corset. Next year we hope to start taking Little Pince. I am toying with the idea of taking him this time, but I'm afraid he still doesn't "Stop!" quickly enough when I need him to, when there are dangerous things like firepits and horses and things around. He looks so cute in his little outfit, though! (***keep repeating to self: "He is not a dress-up doll; he is not a dress-up doll"***)

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kaykay1970 - Oct 3, 2005 10:43 am (#868 of 2980)

I shared this story on another web site and thought I would share with you all as well. Bear in mind that this was not funny at the time it happened.I was totally in tears.

My 2 year old son got his head seriously stuck in between the legs of one of my bar stools. This stool has added braces that hook between the legs thus creating an opening that one should think twice about sticking ones head through. Ok. Had he stuck his head into the opening from outside the stool I probably could have pulled him right out. This, however is not his style. He was "inside the stool,"as in in-between the four legs and stuck his head out through the opening. There was absolutely no way to position him to pull him back out. It looked like some kind of bizarre contortionist act gone terribly awry. I lay the bar stool down while my 11 year old held his head in the most comfortable position possible. I grabbed the hack saw which is not ideal for cutting wood but was handy because we had been working on the bathroom plumbing. Besides that it was much safer than the power circular saw that 14 year old son suggested (and people wonder why I don't trust my children to babysit). I started cutting the baby out while 14 year old ran around yelling, "Get the Skill saw, Get the Skill saw." Yeah right, I would like for the baby to come out of this with all his limbs attached, thank you very much! Anyway, once he was free I promptly tossed the bar stools from my home. I kept the little brace piece and put it in his "baby memory box."

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Thora - Oct 3, 2005 11:01 am (#869 of 2980)

Oh, man! That must have been awful. I've gotten the kids heads out of tight spots by thinking reverse birth-crown last, but with the kid inside the stool I think i'd have sacrificed the stool too.

My son just broke the lid to the toilet. Looks like it will be cheaper to replace the whole tank than the lid.... and my sister has my car and my husband is out of town.

St. Mungo's here I come...

Thora

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haymoni - Oct 3, 2005 11:03 am (#870 of 2980)

Kay - that is funny.

My mother-in-law often tells this story of one of my husband's mishaps. She was a teacher and at some point during the day, the principal came on the PA system in her room and told her that she had an emergency at home. (Why they couldn't come and knock on the door and tell her this is beyond me.) The principal said what the emergency was, but it sounded so far-fetched that she didn't believe him and decided to leave rather than clarify with him. (An aide came over until the principal could come down.)

When she got home, she found that my husband, who was about 4 at the time, had gotten his foot stuck inside a bongo drum. The babysitter was an older woman who was just beside herself. Everytime she went to move my husband's foot, he would scream - it was really wedged in there. And she didn't want to break the bongo drum to release the foot in case it was some important family heirloom.

Needless to say, the bongo drum was destroyed. My husband is now 41 and everytime he sees a set of bongo drums, he can hear his mother saying, "Now don't put your foot in it!"

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Viola Intonada - Oct 3, 2005 2:06 pm (#871 of 2980) Reply
Edited by Kip Carter Oct 3, 2005 4:15 pm

LOL, I love all of the stories today.

Thora, you are always welcome to join us in St. Mungo's on the Harry Potter Lexicon FanFiction Forum.

Madame Pince, what do you mean by "he's not a dress up doll"? Of course he is. It is one of the fringe benefits of being a parent. At least, that is what I always tell my kids when I dress them up in stuff they don't want to wear. Isn't that one of our main motivations for having children? That and being able to play with all of the toys we didn't have as children (such as Harry Potter Legos).

edit:  Added links to both St. Mungo's and the FanFiction Forum. – Kip

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Chemyst - Oct 3, 2005 5:27 pm (#872 of 2980)

Viola, I'm right there with you on the fringe benefits of the dress-up doll stuff – and it includes hairstyles as well as clothes  ... and playing with toys.

We didn't have any civil war battle grounds near us where I grew up in Ohio, but my best friend's house had once been part of the Underground Railroad. (Hm, I never though about it like this before, but it was a little like Harry's cupboard under the stairs.) They had a pantry closet which had a fake back that opened to a little secret room under the stairway. Her mom didn't like us to play there; she was afraid we might get stuck...
(The Underground Railroad, for those of you who may not be up on US history, was not a set of tracks, but a loose network of people who would hide and assist runaway slaves who tried to escape to Canada. A secret room would be a safe place to spend the night.)

Thora, is the broken toilet in the house you are trying to sell? What a bummer. He should have broken it sooner so you could have enjoyed a new throne for awhile.

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Stephanie M. - Oct 3, 2005 8:22 pm (#873 of 2980)

Happy Rosh Hashanah everyone who is celebrating the Jewish New Year!

I'm very tired at the moment. This day has been VERY long!

Nighty Night!

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The giant squid - Oct 3, 2005 11:22 pm (#874 of 2980)

Kate, definitely do not use me as a guideline...70kg sounds about right for your height. Let me put it this way: my doctor was actually surprised that I wasn't malnourished. I'm getting all my vitamins (without taking supplements), my heart & other organs are healthy and strong, I'm just...skinny. It boggles his mind. Poor doctors, they just aren't happy unless you're sick enough to put his next kid through college. He did say I have high cholesterol, but I think that's just spite.

Thora, it does seem sometimes that it's cheaper to replace the whole thing than just one part, doesn't it? I don't know why, we're saving them the labor cost of assembly... As for toilets, has anyone else notices that the flush assembly only breaks when you really really need to flush something...?

--Mike

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dizzy lizzy - Oct 4, 2005 12:04 am (#875 of 2980)

Hi all! I don't really have much going on. I've been a bit out of sorts lately - hayfever - and it has been quite hot here so early on and I've been a lot more unfortable than normal with the early heat.

I got bored last week and went back to my local library for some books. It looks as though they had been on a spending spree as there were some new books there to read (kids books at that).

Hope everyone is having a lovely day!

Lizzy

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haymoni - Oct 4, 2005 5:38 am (#876 of 2980)

Chemyst - where in Ohio??? How cool to have a secret room in your house!

Hope all is well with everyone.

Happy Tuesday!

We government workers have a long weekend coming up, so I have something to look forward to. (Columbus Day - October 10)

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Loopy Lupin - Oct 4, 2005 5:43 am (#877 of 2980)

I started cutting the baby out while 14 year old ran around yelling, "Get the Skill saw, Get the Skill saw."-- Kaykay1970

Use the taser! The taser!

Just teasing Kaykay. Look on the bright side, that piece of wood will be worth 100's of stories now.

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Marie E. - Oct 4, 2005 5:49 am (#878 of 2980)

Wow, and I thought the story where Lexie stuck Apple Jacks up her nose was a good one.

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Denise P. - Oct 4, 2005 6:03 am (#879 of 2980)

I have a good kid story. Years ago, when one of mine (who remain nameless) was about 11 or so, we were on vacation. We were visiting my parents and decided to go to the beach. I told the kids to put on their swimsuits under their clothes before we left the house. We got to the beach and we were wrangling all the cousins from the parking lot to the beach. Now my kids had never been to the ocean before and let me tell you, despite what you see on TV, northern CA water is COLD. The only time it is not is if by some freak chance, there is no cloud cover and the sun is shining...doesn't happen often. I looked out at the child in question, frolicking in the surf, and noticed something odd about her. I asked my mom if she noticed anything odd and we called the child over to us. She came prancing up, wet and with her underwear on top of her swimsuit! She promptly got them off and I asked her what possessed her to wear them over her swim suit. "You told me to put my swimsuit on under my clothes!!" …sigh …  Not the brightest crayon in the box....

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kaykay1970 - Oct 4, 2005 8:53 am (#880 of 2980)

That is a great story Denise. I bet you have about a million. Some of my least favorite kid stories include fingerpainting with diaper contents and the dangers of heavy ceramic toilet seats when potty training boys. I do have one other great one though. One of my children discovered that he could now open the bathroom door. He gets in the tub,turns on the hot water which is quickly absorbed into his diaper. By the time my husband grabbed him he was bouncing up and down saying,"Hot boody, hot boody!"

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Elanor - Oct 4, 2005 9:22 am (#881 of 2980)

I loved reading your stories everybody! I have one that you may find funny too, though it didn't make my Mom laugh at all when it happened.

When my brother Luc was about 4, he was playing outside with two friends while parents were talking inside the house (there were a lot of people as it was a family reunion). Everyone was thinking that others were actually watching after the kids, who were quietly drawing with marker pens an uncle had lent them to have a bit of peace. But it seems that, after some time, they found that drawing on paper was actually boring and decided to try their skills on a white car's coachwork parked in the yard... When someone finally realised no-one was with them, it was too late: there were little men drawn everywhere on the car amongst suns, trees, etc... They sort of tried to say they didn't do it at first but as they had written their names all around the car too (which was the only thing they knew how to write then)... It took the parents quite a moment before realising the pens were indeed indelebile...

I hope you're having a great day! Here, it is a damp and rather cold one (10°C / 50°F this afternoon), with a chilly mist that would be enough to depress a Dementor! I hope your day is sunnier wherever you are.

Audrey

PS: I just love reading the posts on the happy birthday Lexicon thread! Each time, it makes me nodding thinking "that's so true", "me too!" or "it's beautiful" and makes me want to hug everybody here. So: ((((((((((hugs)))))))))))

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Thora - Oct 4, 2005 9:25 am (#882 of 2980)

Denise, that is too funny. I was about the same age when I had a similar experience. I wrapped up my underwear in my towel so I didn't have to wear my wet swimming suit home. I wrapped it very tight (you know the whole fold in 3rds, roll and tuck the flap thing) but I guess it wasn't tight enough to survive the gleeful "we're going swimming" toss of all the towels in the air. Yup panties 15 feet high for all to see.

Ever notice how redheads blush so powerfully?

Anyhow, it's the tank lid that's broken. I searched and searched for a replacement and the only 3 available in the whole USA are rose, blue, and bone. The original is white..... so I spent the 33 bucks on the bone one.... I mean what was I supposed to do? I just hope it makes it here in one piece or I might just cry.

My son didn't hold the honors of "most aggravating thing done on Oct 3, 2005" for very long. His big sister apparently didn't like him getting all the negative attention, so instead of getting ready for bed she STUCK POPCORN KERNELS IN HER EARS!!!! GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR. The first two rolled right out. The third took a bit of gravity and earlobe wiggling. The fourth took considerably longer. Thankfully I'm spatially minded and knew we had another popcorn kernel length before her eardrum so we got it out very carefully. But MY LAND!!!

It will be interesting to see if doll house climbing, my toothbrush dunked in the exposed toilet tank, and a cut from the toilet lid are the worst for today... sigh, chuckle. Motherhood.

There is a church about 30 miles from here that was part of the underground railroad. My husband said it had an underground tunnel that spans the last few miles to Lake Erie to catch the boat to Canada.

Oh, and Kip, thanks for your constant vigilance and expert linking.

Thora

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kaykay1970 - Oct 4, 2005 10:35 am (#883 of 2980)

Ydnam, I have been worrying about little James. Can you give us an update?

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Madam Pince - Oct 4, 2005 1:12 pm (#884 of 2980)

Oh, Thora, you've had a yucky time of it! So sorry! But just remember that someday it will seem funny (I hope -- that's what everyone keeps telling me, anyway...)

Elanor, I've heard some pretty bad "kid coloring on inappropriate surface" stories, but I think yours takes the cake. That's an expensive art canvas!

We had a near miss today -- Little Pince decided to get out his paints (which I had thought were safely locked away in the closet) and started painting with bright red. Somehow, the entire paintbrush got covered with paint, along with both hands and a good part of his arm. I discovered it when he had already come through the living room, past the new sofa, down the hallway, and into the bathroom where he announced that he needed to "clean." Clean what? I asked. "Clean me!" So I came running in and found the evidence. But praise be, he had managed to not touch anything on his way to the bathroom, and miraculously nothing had dripped either, although he was absolutely coated. Whew! We were lucky this time....

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Viola Intonada - Oct 4, 2005 2:50 pm (#885 of 2980)

This year's preschool class says some of the funniest things. We have started keeping a log of quotes to share with the parents later in the year.

Last week the kids were coloring apples according to our specific directions. Most had finished and gone to the play area, one of the students still working said, "Hello, I need some help here. I'm only 4, not 5." The inflections in this kids voice was just priceless.

This week, one student explained why he was talking when he wasn't supposed to be, "Well, I was talking, because, well because I have to breath." It was taking everything we had not to burst out laughing.

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Lina - Oct 4, 2005 3:08 pm (#886 of 2980)

Thank you everybody for your good charms. They worked. Mihaela went to the daycare today and Kate is going to school tomorrow. Hubby is still recovering. Veronika (the "freakishly thin") seemed as if she will be sick too, but she didn't at the end and I don't have the time to be sick anyway.

I must say that some of your kid stories did hurt to read , so I will go back to the weight debate. Lucky you, Madam Pince, you have a good reason to take care of your weight at least once a year. I always delay it and I'm happy if the weight is not going up. Actually, with two kids who don't like to eat, I'm quite happy with Kate. Veronika (11 years, 5'1" - 155 cm, 68 Lbs - 31 kg) is the one who makes the most problems. She has a waist of a 7 year old and legs long as at least a 13 year old. Now be clever and buy her some clothes! It was really cute at the time that everybody was wearing tights and she mostly had the clothes that her sister already used, she tried to persuade me that what I gave her were not the tights. Yeah right! Once she put both legs in one hose and couldn't figure out what is the other hose for?

Yet, I would like to have a white car and wander in the neighborhood of your family reunion, Audry. I've always wanted to have a car painted in flowers. When you get a new car it is a pity to paint it and when the car is old enough, the painting is more expensive than the car is worth. This way I would get it painted for free!

I like your avatar, Mandy!

Happy Rosh Hashanah everyone who is celebrating the Jewish New Year! (even though belated)

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Ydnam96 - Oct 4, 2005 3:40 pm (#887 of 2980)

Actually, I was about to do an update on James! I got an email saying he is home, having been through his first batch of chemo and blood transfusion. He is eating tons of food, they think it is a side effect of the Prednisone he is on. He is doing well, but they believe that is because this was the first round. Their spirits are high and they are being very hopeful. He has more appointments this week so I'm sure we'll get another update soon.

Thanks for all the prayers and good thoughts! They are appreciated.

I've been super busy with work lately, so nothing too exciting to post. Although I can say that as a child I stuck a Kix so far up my nose that my parents had to take me to the ER. Haha. Not so funny at the time I guess.

I'm off to take a nap, I have a night full of work ahead and I'm sure tired. Have a great day everyone.

For all those Celebrating Rosh Hashanah enjoy your apples and honey. MMMMMMM

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timrew - Oct 4, 2005 3:42 pm (#888 of 2980)

Ydnam......good luck to James..........

And to all our Jewish people on the Forum, Happy New Year!!!!

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I Am Used Vlad - Oct 4, 2005 4:22 pm (#889 of 2980)

Madam Pince, I did some research (which is rare, believe me) and discovered that a town in my area actually surrendered to the Confederate army, which, come to think of it, explains the color of the uniforms of the reinactors. All these years I just thought they were dusty from camping out on a softball infield. Perhaps I will become a Civil War buff after Harry Potter ends.

Denise, you have a lot of kids. It goes without saying that some of them will get their intelligence from your husband.

Giant Squid, didn't you, or at least your wife, hang out with the band Poison at some point. The lead singer happens to be from the same town that surrendered.

Edit: That is meant as a compliment to you, Denise, not an insult to your husband.

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Denise P. - Oct 4, 2005 5:06 pm (#890 of 2980)

Not to worry Sam, she is not related by blood to either of us Same child, same trip....we were in a hotel and she wanted to bunk on the floor in a sleeping bag. She decided she wanted to put her head under the air conditioning unit in the window, it was low. We suggested a different space since we saw the writing on the wall. Child disagreed and insisted on sleeping there. Okay, you have to learn sometime that parents do occasionally know what they are talking about. In the morning, we got up and woke up sleeping child. "Nameless Child, it is time to get up" It was followed by a loud THUNK as she sat up and banged her head into the bottom of the unit and then a really, low pathetic crying. (She was unhurt, more embarassed than anything) Same child got her arm stuck between a pew and a wall during church services, right at a point when it is really impolite to get up. I can go on, she hates hearing these stories and yet, every silly kid story involves her LOL I can't wait until she gets engaged some day and we can trot all these out!

Mandy, good news on James. Prednisone will make people eat like hogs and it makes them puffy too.

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Carolyne Zurack - Oct 4, 2005 5:22 pm (#891 of 2980)

hey finn! i finally got my account working!!! now can you explain how everything else works? lol jk.....

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kaykay1970 - Oct 4, 2005 5:25 pm (#892 of 2980)

Thanks for the update on James. Glad to hear he is doing well.

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Carolyne Zurack - Oct 4, 2005 5:43 pm (#893 of 2980)

what is a bezoar?

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Ydnam96 - Oct 4, 2005 5:45 pm (#894 of 2980)

Well, it is a stone found in the belly of a goat and it is an antidote to most poisons.



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T Brightwater - Oct 4, 2005 5:58 pm (#895 of 2980)

Hi all, I'm back! Had a great time out on the West Coast and three good concerts with the quartet; we're all still speaking to each other after over a week together, so that bodes well. Next year in Milano! (and maybe somewhere in Croatia!)

Happy birthday to all I missed, welcome back to Barbie, best of luck to all affected by hurricanes, and welcome Natalie Grace/Baby Puck and all new members!

I'll reach the 4-dozen mark on Monday. I don't feel that old, but I finally figured out what I should have said to the guy in Trader Joe's who asked me for my driver's license: "Oh, I'm not eligible for the senior discount yet!"

Go White Sox! (I'm officially a Cubs fan but I like the Sox too. Both Soxes, actually, but when a hometown team is in the playoffs all other loyalties are suspended.)

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Finn BV - Oct 4, 2005 5:58 pm (#896 of 2980)

Great stories, everybody! And some of them a little weird… LOL.

Hey Carolyne! Everybody, this is another friend from school of Steph and mine… there are actually about two more joining just at the moment! Carolyne, please introduce yourself on the -- Tell About Yourself (new) thread.

I see Mandy has answered your question. To get started around the forum, you might want to clear all the news posts by clicking the Mark as Read button in the teal bar, and then start looking at all the discussions!

Edit: Both Soxes, actually, but when a hometown team is in the playoffs all other loyalties are suspended. --T Brightwater

Aha, both Soxes for me too but when Boston is playing is to them I am partial. ::evilgrin:: And with that…… welcome back T Brightwater!

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Viola Intonada - Oct 4, 2005 6:56 pm (#897 of 2980)

If I'm not mistaken, I believe I saw Mr. Pince on TV tonight on "Amazing Race". I have never watched "Amazing Race" before, was flipping through the channels and thought, "Hey I'll watch for a little while" they were navigating around Washington, DC. Before I knew it, they were at a battlefield reenactment of a Civil War Battle. Then the light bulb flashed on and I watched more intently.

Hey, they just showed a close up! Can I have Mr. Pince's autograph?

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Denise P. - Oct 4, 2005 7:52 pm (#898 of 2980)

Madam Pince, was that Mr. Pince, right near the end, showed a Union Soldier yelling? It was a shot of just him? Since I only heard Mr. Pince giving me a bad time , not yelling, I can't be sure. I am about to go Tivo slo-mo to take a better look.

And darn I was hoping the second to last team was going to be the ones to be booted.

Okay, I just slo-mo'd it and I would put money on the fact it is Mr. Pince. My Tivo shows it at the 54 minute mark into the show. I put on the CC but it didn't caption what was being yelled... Maybe "Keep it up!!"?

Edit: Since Viola also thinks it was Mr. Pince, I think we are correct!! Way to go Mr. Pince Smile

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Finn BV - Oct 4, 2005 8:05 pm (#899 of 2980)

Well I didn't watch it since I don't really watch TV in general, but way to go Mr. Pince!

And do I want to hear the Mr. Pince and Denise story or is that something for another time??

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Denise P. - Oct 4, 2005 8:12 pm (#900 of 2980)

No real story At the first PA Gathering, Mr. Pince took in the group and quickly realized that he could hassle me without upsetting me. You have to like that in a person, that they will do that. You know what I mean, good natured harrassment with a lot of humor behind it...Mr. Pince was not being ugly. A lot of spouses at events that are like that feel out of place, Mr. Pince waded right in and had no trouble holding his own. You should ask Madam Pince to tell the story of the pilfered banner....it may still be archived somewhere. Hee hee hee
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Finn BV - Oct 4, 2005 8:35 pm (#901 of 2980)

Oh, dear. "Pilfered banner?" When I am less tired in the morning hopefully I will have forgotten… **secretly goes off to press "search" button**

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Madam Pince - Oct 4, 2005 11:15 pm (#902 of 2980) Reply
Edited by Kip Carter Oct 4, 2005 11:57 pm

Ha Denise! Yes, that story is still archived. Finn, if you want to check it out, go to the archived threads, then I think it's called "Pennsylvania Forum Gathering" or something similar. You could start reading the posts from about mid-June on I think (wasn't it June 15th or something that we had the party?) There's pictures on there, too, that Denise posted -- you have to go to the link and it takes you to some photo site. Anyways.... yeah, Mr. Pince is a pretty good sport. And although he wasn't quite as obsessed fascinated by the Potter Universe as most of us there were, he was still pretty interested. And he does love the movies, and pesters me to keep him up to date on the books.

So....yes, Viola and Denise, you have sharp eyes! That was indeed Mr. Pince in tonight's Amazing Race! He was actually yelling "Keep it hot!" (encouraging the guys to pour volleys into the opposing line.) He was in two other quick scenes earlier, too -- the show really did a lot of quick cuts, so it's hard to pick anyone out unless you know what you're looking for (which, of course, you two did!) We were so excited that he got a pretty good close up, and actually got some of his "dialogue" heard on air! We were whooping and high-fiving each other like a couple of idiots. There were a lot of our good friends who got some "face time" too (like the two guys at the mat at the Pit Stop.) It's just so cool to see people you know on TV!! I mean, as long as the show isn't Cops or something.......

Vlad, if you do decide to follow up on your Civil War research, let me know. I'm sure Mr. Pince would have lots of websites to direct you to and suggestions for books. I could, too, but the majority of my research has been directed towards either ladies' clothing and accessories of the mid-1800's, or cooking, or Victorian etiquette, none of which I'd guess is your area of interest.... Living near Gettysburg as you do, you could find lots of neat things to delve into, I bet!

OK, so that was Mr. Pince's 5 seconds of national TV network exposure. As I told Denise earlier, autographed 8 X 10's will be available on a first-come, first-served basis -- they will undoubtedly be quite valuable after next year's Emmys.

Welcome back, T Brightwater! And Mandy, I am so glad to hear James' treatments are going well -- we're still thinking about him and hoping for all good things for him.

 Finn, the story is on the June 6, 2004 post from Madam Pince  and the link for Denise's photos are a few messages later. – Kip

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The giant squid - Oct 4, 2005 11:29 pm (#903 of 2980)

Wow, and I thought the story where Lexie stuck Apple Jacks up her nose was a good one.--Marie E.

My favorite "Lexie" story goes like this:

on phone with Marie
MARIE: Lexie, do you want to say hi to Uncle Mike?"
LEXIE: (to me) I swallowed a dime.

She then said she was doing fine, liked school, and handed the phone back to Mommy. Marie & I spent the next 15 minutes laughing at long-distance rates...

Giant Squid, didn't you, or at least your wife, hang out with the band Poison at some point. The lead singer happens to be from the same town that surrendered.--I Am Used Vlad

Yes, the wife used to hang out with SoCal bands around that time. She was more friends with Rikki, though. He was the "normal" one.

--Mike

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Marie E. - Oct 5, 2005 5:49 am (#904 of 2980)

I forgot that Lexie had swallowed a dime. How funny! There was the time she was in the ER for Nursemaid's Elbow (tendon on the elbow that often slips off in children under five) and she kept screaming "Daddy broke my arm!". The summer Shayla was two she had stitches in her head three times. Actually it was stitches twice and staples once. I thought after the third time they would come take her away.

Yesterday it was about 80 here and tonight they are predicting snow. I am so not ready for wintery weather to start. Lexie doesn't even have a new winter coat yet, though it's not because of Slacker Mom issues. She is very picky about what coat she wants. It can't be "puffy". She'd rather go all winter in a thin fleece jacket, but I'm afraid that won't cut it here. We're trying to find a balance between "puffy" and lightweight fleece. She may have to wear last year's coat for today.

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kaykay1970 - Oct 5, 2005 6:10 am (#905 of 2980)

Today is my Dad's birthday. He would have been 64 today. I have added my son's 4-H speech that he wrote the year Daddy died to my personal introduction. It is a good tribute to his birthday. I replaced names with a "?" but I think you can get the gist of it. Obviously my son shares his first name with Daddy.

Marie you should definitely keep Shayla away from my son. He has had stitches above his eye 3 times. He broke a pinky at a baseball game and his pointer finger with a basketball! No doubt he would teach your daughter how to skateboard down the slide!

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Madam Pince - Oct 5, 2005 6:28 am (#906 of 2980)

kaykay, that tribute to your Dad is absolutely beautiful. And what a great kid your son is to have penned such a wonderful thing! It sounds like he is well-deserving of sharing the name of such a great man. Hope you have a good day today.

Mike and Marie, that is a great story about Lexie and the dime! It's those matter-of-fact statements that are the funniest, aren't they? (Well, I'd love to have seen Marie's face while Lexie was screaming "Daddy broke my arm!" though...)

dizzy lizzy, what breed is your Lucy in your avatar? She looks just like my Annie, who also sleeps in that position a lot too! How cute!

Edit to Finn: I do wear my glasses most of the time nowadays rather than the contacts I had on at the picnic. They look sort of like Tina Fey's on "Saturday Night Live," if that helps...

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Finn BV - Oct 5, 2005 6:39 am (#907 of 2980)

I forgot that Lexie had swallowed a dime. –Marie

Excellent. The first step in parenting.

Kip, thanks for the link. My goodness, the images I had of you all before are so different to those of after! I think I'll continue thinking of Madam Pince as glasses and Denise as… all of her children.

Kaykay, have a great day today. We will be thinking of you. Incidentally, do you call your son Skip? I learned last night that kids who are named after their grandfather but do not share their name with their grandfather's child can be called "Skip" (just like somebody who looks just like their dad is called "Chip" because of the expression "chip off the old block"; and somebody who is a "third" of the name (e.g., John Smith, III) is "Tray").

Happy New Year to the Jewish forumers, and thank goodness they go to my school or I wouldn't have today off!

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Denise P. - Oct 5, 2005 6:50 am (#908 of 2980)

I can imagine Marie's face as Lexie is yelling her dad broke her arm, horrified stunned disbelief. Now, you can't even joke about stuff like that without it being looked into to be sure that the child is not being abused. After one of my kids fell and bashed a cheek on a stero speaker, my dad encouraged them to tell people that Mr. Denise did it. I gave him a stern talking to about that and said it is not funny and people WILL believe it.

My 8 year old was doing a Black Beauty re-write that she called The Devil Horse. At one point, poor ole DH makes the statement that he thinks his miserable life will end in less than a year. (His mom died earlier, poor Devil Horse). A sub read Kaity's story and the next thing I know is I am getting a call from the school who is concerned about the dark, depressing tone in her story and they wanted to be sure Kaity was not writing metaphorically about herself! She wasn't,  and had no idea why her story caused an uproar. When I explained to her that sometimes people will write a story with characters but they are actually talking about themselves, she looked at me like I suddenly grew an eye in the middle of my forehead. "Mom, if I had a problem, I would tell you or another adult." Ah, so  logical at such a young age but it is good to know she would tell someone.

I do find it ironic that she has easy, free access to read a series of books that are dark and depressing (Series of Unfortunate Events) and it is okay but she writes a story with a single line that is depressing and I get a phone call

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Stephanie M. - Oct 5, 2005 7:02 am (#909 of 2980)

Hello everyone! I haven't been on as much in the past 2 days because I have been extremely busy. Monday night I had a Rosh Hashanah sader (I'm half Jewish but I celebrated with my fully Jewish family on my dad's side. I don't have any Jewish family from my mom's side) and that was after school on Monday so I was completely wiped out when I got home. Then yesterday I went to one of my friend's houses and we hung out for most of the day. Then I went home and e-mailed a few people and then went to dinner with my grandparents.

I missed Mr. Pince! I was at dinner and came back pretty late and I forgot to tape it! Well, I'm very glad that he had a close enough shot that you could here what he was saying!!

Kaykay, I hope you have a wonderful day today. What your son wrote was abosultly beautiful!

Mandy, I'm glad James is doing well! I will still be thinking of him and wishing for the best!

Finn, I have only heard of Chip, but I might have heard of Skip too but I know I haven't heard of Tray... weird.

I'm going to have to look at all of those pictures now!

Have a great day everyone!

Edit: Welcome to the Forum Carolyne!!

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pottermom34 - Oct 5, 2005 7:24 am (#910 of 2980)

Talk about funny things kids say. Denise P, my 3yr old, just saw your avatar of the baby and said "hey that's me when I was little." Don't know where she got that from.
My kids haven't had any major accidents to give them stitches yet but I think my 3yr old is trying to give me some. She was having a fiut last nght because I wouldn't let her have a snack. It was 11:00 at nite and she didn't need one. Anyway she was screaming and throwing things. I don't mean justtoys either, she was throwing chairs and toys and anything she could get her hands on she even knocked over the tv trays. What can I say she has a temper. I didn't go through terrible twos too badly with my oldest so I'm making up for it with my youngest.


Glad to hear James is ok.


Sorry, I don't watch Amazing Race so I missed Mr. Pince also. But I have friends that used to participate in civil war re-enactments, I don't know if they still do.


Talk about crazy weather it's supposed to get up to 86 here today and tomorrow it's supposed to drop to the 50s. Michigan weather, gotta love it (I guess).


Off to read more threads

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kaykay1970 - Oct 5, 2005 9:32 am (#911 of 2980)

Thanks all for your support today. This time of year is always hard. I have been trying to catch upon some of the posts which helps alot. My son goes by his first name. Incidentally,when I told Dad what I planned to name him he told me I must change his middle name to that of my father-in-law. They were friends since childhood. So he is named after both grandfathers. I guess we would have to call him Skip Skip. Speaking of nick-names though.My daughter is a female version of my husband. She is only 5'1". Her "little" brother is 5'6". She had to use a cushion in driver's ed. to see over the steering wheel. My husband often refers to her as Mini-Me.

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Stephanie M. - Oct 5, 2005 10:02 am (#912 of 2980)

I find all of these stories about kids very funny! I have never been to a hospital for stitches or broken bones or anything. I was a pretty safe kid. My sister also has never had stitches or broken bones, but she did sprain her ankle when we were in Canada and we were skiing. There was a sign in French (we take Spanish) and it must have said something along the lines of: DON'T GO DOWN THIS MOUNTAIN! THERE IS ICE! So she went down the mountain anyway and wound up spraining her ankle.

Now for me, I have had LOTS of accidental stab wounds. There was one time where I was lying on my parents’ bed and there must have been a pencil in between my legs. So I put my legs together so I could get off of their bed and the pencil went into the side of my knee. You can still see the graphite in my knee...

Then there was another time when I was in forth grade and I was doing my math homework and my sister wanted to check it over. So she comes over to me to check my math and I didn't want her to check it. So once she headed towards where I was sitting (I was cross legged) I untucked my feet so I could run away from her but she came after me and I accidently kicked her while I was getting away from the sofa. So the power of my kick kind of made her fall on me and to break her fall she put her hand with an orange high lighter on the other side of the knee that had the pencil stab wound and stabbed me with the orange high lighter.

I still have the scars for both of these wounds. The high lighter is not that noticeable, but the pencil wound is noticeable.

Since I'm such a nerdy person, and since I have nothing else to do today ... I have decided to read some of my history reader and read Ramayana A Journey for History. I have also decided that I'm going to read and answer all of the assignments I have to do in the month of October for Science. I think I have decided to do this because I have been so busy during school nights that I have to wake up even earlier than I normally do so I can finish my homework. So I'm going to really get ahead today and this weekend. And I'm going to study this weekend for all of the things I have this upcoming week because I'm going to Penn (University of Pennsylvania, not Pennsylvania University. People seem to mess those two up and I can for the life of me figure out why! ) on Monday for my sister's interview. So I feel very busy right now, but it's unstressful business. It's very refreshing after having been very busy during the week!

Okay time to go read some History!!!!

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haymoni - Oct 5, 2005 10:11 am (#913 of 2980)

I cheated in a bike race.

There...I said it.

I was about 10 years old and I cut through an alley and wiped out on my bike. I still have bits of gravel in my knee which is badly scarred. Obviously it served me right!

I have deluded myself into thinking that if I confess this terrible crime over and over again the gravel and scars will disappear from my knee and all will be well.

Nothing has happened yet.

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CatherineHermiona - Oct 5, 2005 12:33 pm (#914 of 2980)

Oh, this totally freaked me out, haymoni. I have earned a scar that I still have a year after I earned it!!!!!!!!!!! It still doesn't look good. I know I haven't earned it by cheating on the race, but I was trying to do something with a bike something that I knew I can't because I'm not such a good bike rider.

Today rained a lot and I didn't have any umbrella so I get totally wet. Second time in this SCHOOL year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Second time in my life!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It never happend to me before until now. First time in my life was when I was 12 and a half, second time in my life was 12 and a half. But I enjoy it when I get totally wet!!!!!!!!!!!

Kate

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haymoni - Oct 5, 2005 12:49 pm (#915 of 2980)

Not to depress you or anything, Kate, but my scar is here THIRTY years after I earned it!

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Soul Mate for Sirius - Oct 5, 2005 12:59 pm (#916 of 2980)

Hey everyone! I have been way too busy lately, but I finally found some time to hop on and check the threads! Boy do I have a ton of posts to read! (I may have to cheat and hit "mark as read" for some )

Happy Belated Bithday to the Lexicon, and to anyone else I may have missed the past week or so.

I've loved reading everyone's silly kid stories. I have one from when I was a little girl. Now it's one of my mother's favorite stories to tell, but at the time she was livid with me! When I was about 5 years old, my mother and I went shopping at Tower City center in downtown Cleveland. We were in a store and I guess I decided I wanted to play hide and seek. Unfortunatly, I didn't think to tell my mother that we were playing, but just ran and hid from her. She began looking for me all over the store, and meanwhile, I was standing alone outside the store, watching her search for me through the window. When she finally found me, after minutes of frantic searching, I was laughing and told her simply, "Mommy, you're not very good at this game." Boy was I in trouble!!!

I hope everyone who's been sick is feeling better!!

So Aaron left for Iraq Saturday night. We went and got out tattoos on Friday, and I just hope he's able to keep his clean and moisturized while he's in the desert!! Now begins the scary countdown to May, when he's supposedly coming home.

I went home to Cleveland this weekend to see and concert with my friend Rachel. It was the Nintendo Fussion Tour and it was an amazing concert. There were five punk bands playing (I'm a huge fan of punk music). The bands were Panic at the Disco, BoysNightOut, Motion City Soundtrack, The Starting Line, and Fall Out Boy. It was amazing. I'm going out sometime this week to buy all 5 bands' CD's!!

Anyway, I think that's about all there is to tell here, so I'm off to check the threads!!

-Jenn

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Lina - Oct 5, 2005 2:20 pm (#917 of 2980)

Kaykay, i would say - what does the name "?" mean to me? Something a mother should really be proud of. I bet you are. A great story!

Denise, I find it very comforting that a school is calling you for a depressing story. It would mean that they actually care about the kid. It is good that they don't have to be concerned, but it is even better that they think that the parent should know everything. (maybe I'm just too obsessed with teachers who don't care) I know a woman who decided to have a second child after her first child's teacher showed her the story he wrote about his mum being so thin and not as beautiful as another teacher who was pregnant.

Happy belated birthday Brightwater! May you have a lot of them more (many returns?) and may I see you almost soon!

Strengthening charms to James!

I had an accident when I was a kid and earned a scar at my chin. Kate had something similar when she was six and had her chin stitched. So, I guess it is hereditary.

Kate, I guess that getting the chicken pox right after the scar is not going to help the scar disappear...

Keeping safe charms for Aaron!

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Finn BV - Oct 5, 2005 2:30 pm (#918 of 2980)

Wait, Brightwater, your birthday is approaching, not past, right?   I'll reach the 4-dozen mark on Monday . . .    That would be… the 10th, no? Well happy birthday anyway.

I like how Lina put it so I'll just say the same thing… "keeping safe charms for Aaron."

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T Brightwater - Oct 5, 2005 3:00 pm (#919 of 2980)

You're right, Finn, it's this coming Monday. Thanks anyway (you too Lina!)

OK, I'm taking the mask off at last...

Here is my group's website, if anyone's interested. Well, it's not my group as such. "We're an autonomous collective; we haven't got a director!"

Hey, my first link! Woo-hoo!

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I Am Used Vlad - Oct 5, 2005 3:38 pm (#920 of 2980)

Madam Pince, I just love 19th century ladies' accessories. Clearly you are misreading me. I like watching the History Channel, but I don't think I have what it takes to become a true buff.

There was a sign in French (we take Spanish) and it must have said something along the lines of: DON'T GO DOWN THIS MOUNTAIN! THERE IS ICE! So she went down the mountain anyway and wound up spraining her ankle. Stephanie

Steph, they should have a sign like that at all ski resorts in the east. I had a similar worry when I was in France. I can't read or speak the language, despite the best efforts of several forum members, and, unlike in our litigation happy society, they're not particularly concerned about your safety on the slopes. I was afraid that I would be unable to read a sign that said something like DANGER: CLIFFS and meet an untimely end. Fortunetly, they had a numerical rating system for avalanche danger.

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Julie Aronson - Oct 5, 2005 5:26 pm (#921 of 2980)

Thanks to all for the New Year's wishes!

I won't discuss my own freakish weight issues, but I will say that I'm not unusually thin...

We have a lot of Underground Railroad stops in the Akron-Bath-Richfield area where I live.

I think the oddest thing I stuck up my nose was a peanut.

Congratulations, well-wishes, and hugs to all who need them...now I'm off to outline for Contracts!

Julie

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The giant squid - Oct 5, 2005 6:11 pm (#922 of 2980)

Marie's daughter Shayla  definitely takes after her uncle... There are places on my skull where the scars have scars! I also still have a nasty think ugly scar on my right knee. I cut it on some glass that was in a dirt pile (I was 13, there was dirt, ergo I played). The cut was probably a good half-inch to an inch deep. The doctor on duty (one of the minuses of going to the military hospital) just put some tape and a band-aid on it & sent me home. Must've been near the end of his shift...

--Mike

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I Am Used Vlad - Oct 5, 2005 6:16 pm (#923 of 2980)

So you've suffered a lot of head injuries, Mike. Why am I not shocked?

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dizzy lizzy - Oct 5, 2005 7:10 pm (#924 of 2980)

Madam Pince:

Lucy is apparently a Jack Russell/Maltese cross (but I'm not holding my breath on that) I had been waiting for an hour for that shot. Generally she starts sleeping with her paws away from the garage wall, then rolls onto her back and then "tries" to roll onto her other side and the feet hit the wall and there she stays....

She often does this against my back screen door in Winter (it gets the winter sun), but this is the first time I have been able to catch her at it!

Hope everyone is well

Lizzy

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haymoni - Oct 5, 2005 7:48 pm (#925 of 2980)

Hey all!

Just finished watching "The Little Princess" on the Family Channel.

I had forgotten just how rich the colors were. Alfonso did a great job.

We have the Shirley Temple black & white version on DVD.

My 5 year old didn't realize that she was watching the same movie until Sarah called Becky's name. She turned to me and said with that wide-eyed, rapture-filled voice, "This is MY movie!"

I held her and told her that she is my princess.

My eyes kept watering up throughout the whole thing.

Miss Minchin = Petunia I think!!!!

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Madam Pince - Oct 5, 2005 8:29 pm (#926 of 2980)

Ha -- "Hello, my name is Haymoni and I cheated in a bike race."

All together now: "Hello, haymoni!"

I had a girlfriend who wrecked her bike on gravel and had gravel bits remaining on the inside of her wrist. It was so gross -- when she would bend her hand backwards, you could see the gravel, and then when her hand was normally positioned, you couldn't see it. Yuck!

lizzy, I guess Lucy isn't the same breed as Annie but from that picture she looks like it! Annie is a yellow lab, and she loves to sleep on her back with her legs all splayed in a very unladylike manner. Ha! Right at his moment however, she is curled very demurely at my feet with her chin resting on her front paws, passing some sort of horrible gas.... I love being a pet owner! They have absolutely no shame!

kaykay, glad your day went well. Little Pince's middle name is named after my father, who passed away in 1988. I wanted it to be his first name, but Mr. Pince (who never knew my Dad, unfortunately) had once known a kid in school by that name, and he couldn't stand the kid, and so he didn't want that for the first name. Personally I thought that was a poor excuse, but I settled for the middle name. If we should ever have a girl, (admittedly unlikely at this point) I get sole control of both names! (Oh, and from another thread -- we should ask the Hosts if "y'all" counts as correct English! It sure does where I come from! A very handy word to express "all of the whole bunch of you who are here.")

I agree with Vlad -- all eastern U.S. ski resorts are pure ice. I don't care if I never go again unless I go to Utah or Colorado or someplace where the powder is lovely and dry...

Jenn, we will be thinking of Aaron and hoping he stays safe. What tattoo did you decide on? Did you get one too? (By the way, LOL on the story of hiding from your Mom!)

Belated Happy Rosh Hashana to everyone!

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Ydnam96 - Oct 5, 2005 10:10 pm (#927 of 2980)

Jenn, I would be interested in hearing about your experience if you did get a tatoo...I'm thinking of getting one but I'm a little chicken about the pain...

So I finally went to the doctor today because I'm still sick. I'm now taking some antibiotics so hopefully I'll get better soon. (and I know,I have to finish all of them even if I feel better )

I've been so busy that I haven't even checked the other threads but this one...I'm a forum slacker :hangs head in shame: I'm just to tired at the end of the day.

I'm sad I missed Mr. Pince on the Amazing Race. I was working. That must have been so exciting!

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Julie Aronson - Oct 6, 2005 1:09 am (#928 of 2980)

Mandy,

I have a smallish (1") tattoo on my ankle and it didn't hurt much at all. To simulate the sensation, pull a hair out of the lower part of your leg (from your shin or something). That will give you a fairly accurate idea about whether or not you'll be able to handle the pain, such as it is.

Julie

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Snuffles - Oct 6, 2005 2:40 am (#929 of 2980)

Mandy

I decided to get a tattoo when I was 18. The pain isn't too bad. The part that did hurt the most was the outline which they do first. The colouring in doesn't hurt at all. As Julie says, try pulling out a hair and that is about on a par. If you can stand leg waxing then you should be ok!!! Thinking about it, leg waxing hurts more!!

Good luck!

Julie

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haymoni - Oct 6, 2005 5:55 am (#930 of 2980)

I don't want to get a tattoo.

I don't want anything on my body that long!

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Eponine - Oct 6, 2005 6:07 am (#931 of 2980)
Edited Oct 6, 2005 6:59 am

Tattoos: It depends on where you get it done. The lower stomach is extremely sensitive, so it hurts a bit more there. When I got mine, it felt like someone was poking me over and over and over with really hot needles. It hurt badly but it was over quickly, and I barely remember the actual pain now. FYI, I was told that the top of your foot is the most painful place to get a tattoo.

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Snuffles - Oct 6, 2005 6:32 am (#932 of 2980)

That's true Eponine. Mine is at the top of my leg on the side, so it is just visible if I am wearing a bikini! Lots and lots of flesh so it didn't hurt too much!!

My niece who is 17 keeps saying she wants one, but I keep trying to put her off, how hypocritical am I? !!!

Julie

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Eponine - Oct 6, 2005 7:04 am (#933 of 2980)

I wanted one since the time I was in junior high. I didn't get mine until I was 22, and by that time I knew that I wasn't going to regret it. I don't think a tattoo is something you should get on a whim. You need to be sure you really really want it.

Yesterday, at the library there was a little boy who had printed out his 'memoirs' (he was 10, what memoirs do they have?) and when I pulled it off the printer I glanced at it. He was talking about going to the beach and how he would just 'lowly gag' all day long. I was tickled by it.

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Ydnam96 - Oct 6, 2005 8:23 am (#934 of 2980)

Eponine, that's funny. I would love to "lowly gag" too Smile

I have been thinking of getting a small tattoo for a few years. I had set a date to get one two years ago but I got really sick and couldn't. I was in a different state and now I have to do all the research again (about safe places and such). But I keep getting different stories from people about the pain and that makes me not sure, and I'm thinking until I'm fine with the idea that it might hurt me than some other people I should wait.

Plus, I waver about what I want too Smile

Okay, off to work. Have a good Thursday (is it Thursday already?) everyone.

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Elanor - Oct 6, 2005 9:16 am (#935 of 2980)

I never thought of getting a tattoo. Some I've seen are really pretty and look great on their owners but I never felt the need of having one myself. But who knows!

As for scars, I have a nicely shaped one but decency prevents me to tell you where it is, though where it comes from is very simple: when I was about 5, I fell on a beach on sharped pebbles.

Finn, you posted that on the "You know you're a HP fan when..." thread: "what's a name day??

I guess it is a tradition you find only in countries where the catholic church is/was the main one for centuries. If you ever buy a calendar here, you will see that on each day there is the name of a saint put next to the number of the day. For example, today: October 6th, Saint Bruno. More than one saint is often celebrated each day. Most of the time the day is chosen because it was the date of death (or birth) of that saint. For example, St Audrey is celebrated on June 23rd because she (is supposed to) have died on a June 23rd I don't remmeber when in the 7th century.

Those name days, or saint's days, are not any more religious feasts as they were once but each day, when you hear the forecast on TV, the journalist will say something like "and don't forget to celebrate the Brunos tomorrow!". You will find it in every paper too like this: "today 279th day of the year - St Bruno". When it is your name day, when people think of it, they tell you "happy name day" (bonne fête!) and it is sometimes the opportunity to give flowers to your girlfriend or chocolates, etc... In my family, we love name days and always celebrate them: we offer small presents and the one who is "celebrated" has to buy a cake and a bottle to drink with. Lovely tradition I tell you!

Some of those name days are very famous: St Patrick's day in Ireland for example and often, in small villages, the village fete still happens on or near the patron saint's day, and that often goes with all sorts of old traditions, sometimes very cute.

It used to have other uses too. Often, in the past, when people didn't know what name to give to their children, they just named the child after the saint celebrated on his birthday, transforming it so that it became feminine, or masculine if needed. The result was sometimes weird... A poor kid born on November 1rst for example ("All saints day", "Toussaint" in French) would be called Toussaint or Toussaine. Same thing if he/she was born on Christmas, though it is prettier, since he would have been called Noël (Xmas in French), or for a girl: Noëlle, Noëlie, Noëla etc...

Does it answer your question?

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CatherineHermiona - Oct 6, 2005 9:30 am (#936 of 2980)

And sometimes some people are having name days few times in a year. Mine are: 25th November (the one I celebrate),...... Well, I can't remember of them now.

Kate

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T Brightwater - Oct 6, 2005 10:18 am (#937 of 2980)

Catherine of Alexandria, patroness of scholars - how appropriate! (And the spiked wheel on which she was to have been executed, which was destroyed by angels, gives its name to a type of firework, the catherine-wheel. See, there's an HP connection to everything if you look hard enough!)

I don't know if they still do it, but when I lived in London there would be a big choral service for St. Cecilia's day (Nov. 22, patroness of music) and singers from all the professional choirs would be there.

The eastern (Orthodox & Eastern-rite Catholic) calendar has a lot of different saints and dates - for example, today is St. Thomas the Apostle.

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Elanor - Oct 6, 2005 11:38 am (#938 of 2980)

T Brightwater, Ste Cécile (St Cecilia) is also the patroness of music here and there are special services in the churches with a lot of music for her saint's day on November 22 too. BTW, it is great to "see" you here again! I'm glad everything went well for you!

Catherine, my calendar says the other St Catherine's day is April 29 (it is St Catherine of Sienne's day) but I think that, here as well, Catherines are more celebrated on November 25.

One thing I forgot to mention about saints' days is that, in old times, they were reference points in the year: you paid your taxes by St Martin's day (November 11), you picked your medicinal plants on St Jean (John)'s day in June, etc... There were (are!) also a lot of farmers' sayings about weather and cultivation bound to saints'days such as, in your honour Catherine:

A la Sainte Catherine,

tout pousse et prend racine.
(On St Catherine's day, everything grows and puts out roots). Meaning that, around St Catherine's day is the best period of the year for planting trees. And funnily enough people nowadays still refer to St Catherine's day when they want to plant trees!

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T Brightwater - Oct 6, 2005 1:07 pm (#939 of 2980)

Thanks, Elanor, it's nice to be back!

My choir director told me that in southern Germany, they say "St. Catherine closes the dance hall, and the Three Kings open it again," since hers is the last major saint's day before the beginning of Advent.

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Soul Mate for Sirius - Oct 6, 2005 1:23 pm (#940 of 2980)

Hey everyone.

Thanks for everyone for the strengthening charms for Aaron!!

As to the subject of tattoos. I agree that the amount of pain depends greatly on where on your body the tattoo is. I did get one with Aaron last weekend, and it was my second tattoo. My first one was on my hip and to be completely honest, it hurt. A lot. But then again, I'm kind of a baby when it comes to pain. The second one I got last weekend didn't hurt too bad. I got that one on my lower back, off to the side. It didn't hurt as bad. The general rule is that the more fatty or muscular tissue in the area, the less it will hurt...

Speaking of the tattoo I got this past weekend Madam Pince: Aaron and I got the tribal wings I had designed with slightly deifferent sayings on each one. Aaron's says "ne letum quidem now seiungere potest" (the version of my saying you gave me) and mine says "nec mors nos spearabit" (the version of "nor will death separate us" that Finn gave me). Aaron really wanted the longer version, but it was too long for my tattoo because mine is smaller then his.

But anyway, I'm off to (hopefully) check and post on the threads (if I don't run out of time this time!!)

-Jenn

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Lina - Oct 6, 2005 1:31 pm (#941 of 2980)

Haymoni, I agree with you, what I don't like about tattoos is that they are too permanent. I like the henna tattoos though. They last for some time and then disappear. Then you can do something different. I don't like to have the same hairstyle for a long time neither. If I had a lot of money I would probably have several wigs and several glasses. I read somewhere that Leos like changes, but they don't make those changes all in the same way. My grandmother liked to move the furniture around the flat all the time. I would come home from school and ask: "Where is my room today?" Well, it used to happen only like 3 times a year.

Audry, on the name day, I would just add that orthodox people celebrate it even more than catholic, at least it is so here in "my" part of the world. Name days are even more important than birthdays.

Of course that you would care about St. Cecilia's day, Brightwater!

We decided to name Kate after a known Croatian Lady: Katarina Zrinska. She was very good and caring for the poor. But then her husband got killed and she became poor and homeless. So the people who she used to help before were helping her and her children later. But she never became saint, so we decided to celebrate Kate's name day in a very classical way. There is a song in Croatian about St. Catherine:
Sveta Kata,
Snijeg na vrata
(On St. Catherine's,
The snow is on your doorstep.)
So I don't believe that the people here choose this day to plant the trees. There are some other sayings, something like the weather of one day shows the weather of another day or some other month, but I don't remember what are those days. My grandmother used to repeat all those sayings but I guess I didn't listen to her too carefully.

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haymoni - Oct 6, 2005 1:53 pm (#942 of 2980)

Lina - I am a Leo! Maybe that explains it!

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Madam Pince - Oct 6, 2005 1:57 pm (#943 of 2980)

Your tattoos sound great, Jenn! I will tell my cousin and she will be very pleased, I'm sure.

Lina, there was a big story in our news not very long ago about henna tattoos. (Mr. Pince got one a couple years ago at the beach at Ocean City -- it's a popular beach-thing-to-do -- and it was fine; it lasted a couple weeks I think.) But anyway, this news story was about a young girl who got what she thought was a temporary henna tattoo at the beach, but apparently there's two kinds of henna -- brown and black. The brown is harmless, but the black can be toxic (it is also cheap, so that is why the less reputable tattoo artists use it, although it is supposed to be illegal.) So this young girl got some sort of nasty infection from the black henna, and now she has this permanent scar in the shape of the tattoo on her. Fortunately the tattoo was at least an attractive swirly sort of abstract design, and not something like Tweety Bird or the Bratz cartoons or something, because it's there for the rest of her life!

A lady I know decorates her kitchen with a watermelon motif, and she decided to be a little "wild" for her 50th birthday and so she got a tattoo of a watermelon on her ankle. She said it didn't hurt at all. It looks OK, but I've just never felt the desire for one. (Squid Mike, while we were at Ocean City Mr. Pince saw a guy with a Minnesota Vikings tattoo on his arm and he really really really wants to get one. I must admit it was very well done, but I still wouldn't care for it, I don't think.)

Mandy, I meant to ask last night how you were feeling -- glad you've seen a doctor and hopefully now you will be on the road to recovery! I was starting to worry about you!

OK, off to "lowly gag" awhile... Tee-hee!

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Finn BV - Oct 6, 2005 4:30 pm (#944 of 2980)

Thank you, Elanor, for your explanation on namedays. I see it has sparked a whole discussion now.

Jenn, again my thoughts are with Aaron and I hope your tattoos prove to be untrue, that you will see him again many more times!

Well, I've got to get packed – my cousin is getting married Saturday and we're leaving way early tomorrow morning. Doubt we'll see each other until late Sunday or so.

Oh, and I'm 2 for 2 in Cross-Country… I got first again today! It was a lot more close this time… but I still did it, so I'm quite happy!

Until later…

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I Am Used Vlad - Oct 6, 2005 6:31 pm (#945 of 2980)

Good job, Finn. Congrats to your cousin.

I never really thought about getting a tattoo before reading HBP, but now I kind of like that Hungarian Horntail idea.

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Stephanie M. - Oct 6, 2005 7:08 pm (#946 of 2980)

Congratulations Finn!!! I wish I was there to see it. Have fun at the wedding!! Wish them very happy years for me, even though they probably have no idea who I am...

LOL Vlad! If you get a Hungarian Horntail as a tattoo, I would love to see it. Maybe I will convince one of my friends to get one done, but most of my friends are only 13 or they aren't as big Harry Potter fans as we are.

Good night and sleep tight everyone!

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The giant squid - Oct 7, 2005 12:00 am (#947 of 2980)

So you've suffered a lot of head injuries, Mike. Why am I not shocked?--I Am Used Vlad


Congrats, Finn! I've always been a little envious of long distance runners. I'm more of a natural sprinter, myself--I run out of energy after a few hundred yards....

As for tattoos...I'll leave that to Marie. Actually, I used to have a roommate that tattooed as a side job (very clean and professional). He told me he'd give me one for free just for the shock value, but I chickened out. Just as well, because I now hate what I had planned.

--Mike

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Lina - Oct 7, 2005 12:15 am (#948 of 2980)

Thank you for your warning, Madam Pince, now I know what to check before the tattooing. (Do I?)

Mike, I guess that a squid would be just appropriate, wouldn't it?

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Amilia Smith - Oct 7, 2005 12:35 am (#949 of 2980)

Wallace and Gromit comes out tomorrow. :-)

Sorry, that didn't have anything to do with the current conversation, but I'm excited.

Mills.

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Loopy Lupin - Oct 7, 2005 7:01 am (#950 of 2980)

I'm more of a natural sprinter, myself--I run out of energy after a few hundred yards.... – Mike

Very dangerous over short distances are ye? ****Looks around for Catherine*****
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haymoni - Oct 7, 2005 8:02 am (#951 of 2980)

Bad news today.

Just found out one of our employees lost a son in Iraq.

20 years old.

Don't have any details yet.

Keep praying everyone.

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kaykay1970 - Oct 7, 2005 9:07 am (#952 of 2980)

Haymoni I am so sorry. I will be thinking about this young man's family.

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Esther Rose - Oct 7, 2005 9:39 am (#953 of 2980)

I hate war. I am sorry about the loss. All soldiers and their families are in my prayers. Peace can't come soon enough.

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Ydnam96 - Oct 7, 2005 9:45 am (#954 of 2980)

Haymoni, I too am sorry I will definetly be praying.

Loopy Lupin, I was thinking the exact same thing!
Mike, you don't exactly have the build for a dwarf...although I always supsected that Gimli was stretching the truth a bit when he said that dwarves were natural sprinters I would believe that a tall thin guy would be though Wink

It's Friday. Yay. I asked my boss if I could un-officially take the weekend off. See we are allowed to go out of town for the weekend once or twice a month if we want (since we live at our jobs it's a little hard to take off time if you are still here). I mean, we don't actually have to take vacation days but, well it's complicated, anyway. I have no money to actually go away to anyplace so I asked if it would be okay if I just put a sign on my door saying I was "unavailable" and not answer the door or the phone all weekend and he said that was fine. I'm so excited!! If you've never lived at your job it would be hard to understand, but not having to answer the door is a big deal. Yay.

Edit: I just realized that for all the parents out there you would realize what that is like! It's funny cause I don't have kids but I really do...I have over 300 18-21 year olds. It's exhausting (but good most of the time).

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kaykay1970 - Oct 7, 2005 10:55 am (#955 of 2980)

I'm sure my children will be as excited as you are Ydnam that it is Friday. They are out of school all next week for fall break! I'm excited myself because I get to spend more time with them. It is hard to have "quality" time when you have to make sure homework is done.

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Denise P. - Oct 7, 2005 11:09 am (#956 of 2980)

My kids don't get a "fall break" but they may as well call it that. They have Monday off for Columbus Day and then Tuesday AND Wednesday as well for teacher inservice.

I got some pictures in email that I found pretty incredible. They are newborn babies made out of marzipan. If there was not a size reference and you didn't know it was marzipan, you would think they were actual babies. I have a link in my profile for those who may be interested.

Sorry to hear about your friends loss, haymoni.

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Loopy Lupin - Oct 7, 2005 12:09 pm (#957 of 2980)

Hey Denise

Snopes (the urban legend site) is saying that those babies aren't marzipan but rather just remarkable figurines by the artist Camille Allen who apparently specializes in dolls and baby figurines. I'd post a link, but Snopes isn't always forum friendly. So, everyone will just have to Google it for themselves. (Hint: It'll be in the "What's New" section of the Snopes site.)

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Denise P. - Oct 7, 2005 1:48 pm (#958 of 2980)

You know, I blast people who fwd me emails about soft drink factors having people put stuff in the cans, dialing help on the cell phone etc before they check to see if it is true....never thought to check Snopes for those. Sorry everyone!!

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kaykay1970 - Oct 7, 2005 2:35 pm (#959 of 2980)

I'm on my way to the hospital as soon as Mom gets ready. The nursing home thinks my Grandmother has passed away. Her heart is beating but they think that is only because of her pace maker. They are sending her for a brain scan to be sure.

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haymoni - Oct 7, 2005 3:25 pm (#960 of 2980)

Goodness! Disaster abounds today!

Thinking of you, kay!

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Madam Pince - Oct 7, 2005 5:56 pm (#961 of 2980)

Oh, I'm sorry to hear the news from both haymoni and kay -- sending out thoughts and prayers to both of you, and a few Strengthening Charms, too, for good measure. (((hugs)))

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T Brightwater - Oct 7, 2005 6:28 pm (#962 of 2980)

kaykay and haymoni, my prayers and sympathy are with you.

My condolences also to the Red Sox fans on the Forum, but GO WHITE SOX!! (Good thing it didn't rain or we'd have had Pink Sox...)

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dizzy lizzy - Oct 7, 2005 9:43 pm (#963 of 2980)

It doesn't sound like a good friday at all!!

A ((hug)) to those who need them!

Lizzy

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kaykay1970 - Oct 7, 2005 11:09 pm (#964 of 2980)

My Grandmother was barely alive when she got to the hospital. They think she had a stroke. Her blood pressure was 50/40. She passed away at 11:00 p.m.(9:00 forum time.) I was holding her hand when she slipped away. I'm so glad I got to tell her goodbye and I love you. Thanks for your prayers. It's going to be a long weekend.

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Snuffles - Oct 8, 2005 12:57 am (#965 of 2980)

Haymoni, I'm sorry to hear of your co-workers loss, 20 years old, it seems so unfair.

kaykay1970, my thoughts are with you, at least you were there and hopefully your Grandmother realised that. It has been 5 years since I lost my Grandmother and I still miss her.

Lets hope everyone has nothing but good news for the rest of the weekend.

Julie

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The giant squid - Oct 8, 2005 1:42 am (#966 of 2980)

My heartfelt condolences, kaykay. My thoughts go to haymoni's coworker as well.

Loopy & Mandy, I was wondering if anyone would catch the Gimli-esque nature of my post. It wasn't meant that way, but as soon as I posted it I thought, "y'know, that sounds like..."

So I've been having trouble with a java-based program running r e a l l y slowly lately and everyone suggested I add more RAM to my system...so I did. I doubled it today from 384Mb to 768Mb. Naturally, the program that started it all is still acting up, but I'm noticing a lot of other things running a lot quicker (including the Forum)! One of these days I might actually realize the full potential of this high-speed internet thing...

--Mike

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Lina - Oct 8, 2005 4:14 am (#967 of 2980)

Haymoni, ((hugs)) to you and your friend. There are no words that can bring comfort when a person looses a child.

Kaykay, I'm sorry for your loss, but you know that you have done everything to make her last years easier and better. ((Hugs)) to you and your family as well. I'm glad you were able to say good bye.

Loopy Lupin: ****Looks around for Catherine*****
I join the search...

Mike, some really odd amount of RAM...?

We are celebrating The Independence Day here today. Unfortunately, it's Saturday and it's raining. I wish it were Friday or Monday and sunny. We had a lot of changing of the festivity days since the independence occurred, actually, so my husband's suggestion was that they should change them every year in a way that they happen always on Fridays and Mondays.

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Elanor - Oct 8, 2005 4:38 am (#968 of 2980)

Haymoni, Kaykay, you're in my thoughts and prayers! (((((((((hugs)))))))))

Grand-parents have such a special place in our lives, haven't they? My grand-mother died 5 years ago and she was the last grand-parent I still had. She would have turned 100 on October 10th. She always loved celebrating her birthday and we always had great family reunions on that occasion, especially when she turned 80 and 90 and we were always teasing her by saying that her 100th birthday celebration would have to be even more memorable. So, my brother thought it would be a good idea to have a family dinner for her 100th birthday anyway, even if she is amongst us anymore, in her honour and in memory of all the great time we had with her. And tomorrow, we're going to have that dinner, which promesies to be a happy moment, before visiting the cemetery and bring some flowers there.

Does it seem a weird idea? After all, the 100th birthday (or 200th, etc...) of famous people is often celebrated, and I think my grand-ma, not famous but who was quite a formidable person, deserves it just the same!

Lina, too bad indeed! I hope you will have a great weekend nevertheless.

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Marie E. - Oct 8, 2005 7:06 am (#969 of 2980)

I think sounds like a wonderful idea, Elanor. I asked my grandmother once if she wanted to live to be 100 and she said, "Heavens, no. Who'd want to live that long? I'm tired enough now." She was about 80 when she said that.

The only time I've seen my brother sprint is when my girls are chasing him.

I think Lexie may have croup. She's got the barky, seal-like cough. Problem is, we're supposed to go to the zoo day with the Girl Scouts. I'm not sure if I should take her to the doctor or not. I may call the nurse on call to see what they think.

Marie in Colorado where it hasn't snowed yet...

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Lina - Oct 8, 2005 7:13 am (#970 of 2980)

Elanor, I think it is a great idea! After all, the grandparents are always a good reason for the family reunion and I think that the family reunions are a great treasure worth cherishing, so what could be the better combination than organizing a family reunion in honor of the grandparents even though they are not among us any more?

Obviously, thanks to the rainy holiday, I have more time for the Forum.

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Madam Pince - Oct 8, 2005 7:19 am (#971 of 2980)

Kay, you have our condolences (((hugs))). I am glad that you were able to be with your Grandma for a while at the last - you will always remember that and be glad for that. Hopefully the happy memories you have of her will give you the strength to get through all you need to in the next few days.

Elanor, I don't think that idea sounds odd at all -- I think it sounds wonderful! In Victorian times here in the U.S. (well, even later, too, I think) it was quite common for families to actually hold their Sunday picnics in the cemeteries -- they were nice, pretty, peaceful, grassy places, and you could sort of "share" the family time with memories of your departed ones. So I think your idea sounds great. We used to have a family reunion / picnic for my grandmother's birthday, too -- she was considerate enough to have been born on July 7th, so it was near our Independence Day celebrations and a lot of people had time off from work for that, so it worked out well for those who had to travel from far away. Grandma lived to be 97, and was a wonderful person.

Well, we're finally having rain here -- yippee! It's been so seriously dry for forever, it seems, and now there's some tropical storm moving over us and it's supposed to rain all weekend. This is great for the earth outside, but it's a teensy bit bittersweet, as we had planned to go to our cabin this weekend and paint the shed and go fishing, neither of which can be done in the rain, so I don't think we're going after all. The one weekend we have a long weekend (because here Monday is Columbus Day and Mr. Pince has the day off) and it rains. But can't complain too much as we sooooo needed the rain.

Congrats to Finn on winning at track again!

Lina, that's a very cheery avatar for a rainy weekend that you and I are having!

Everyone have a great weekend!

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CatherineHermiona - Oct 8, 2005 10:21 am (#972 of 2980)

Yesterday was the last day that we had class with our homeroom teacher - English teacher. We bought a big peluche elephant and bouquet with lilies and a greeting card that we all signed on. We had an English exam too and you should see us. We asked one each other answers loud and we asked teacher too and she told us every answer. If there will be Fs.................

My thoughts and prays are with everyone who need some.

Kate

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Chemyst - Oct 8, 2005 10:43 am (#973 of 2980)

Kate, should I be wishing you Happy Independence Day? Isn't October 8th the official date that Croatia severed ties from Yugoslavia? Do you have any celebrations?

Condolences Kaykay.

T Brightwater, I enjoyed the link to your lute group.

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CatherineHermiona - Oct 8, 2005 10:46 am (#974 of 2980)

Yes, my mother wrote that already, Chemyst. Thanks! I just feel so sorry it's on Saturday.

And I'm still on chat.

Kate

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Herm oh ninny - Oct 8, 2005 2:09 pm (#975 of 2980)

Hello all!

Kaykay, you have my condolences and prayers. And here is a ((hug))

Well, last night, after a week of contractions every 8 minutes (is that normal??), my cousin took his wife to the hospital. At 2:28 am, Perry Michael came into the world!! Weighing in at 6 1/2 pounds, he is simply tiny. And sooo cute!! Ahhh, I'm soo excited! (I wonder if Sirius felt this way LOL) Well, I'm off to the mall to buy a little present for his older (2yr old) sister. I don't want to increase her jealousy by not bringing her something too! She has already told us all that the crib and bassinet are HERS, not her brothers!! LOL

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I Am Used Vlad - Oct 8, 2005 5:52 pm (#976 of 2980)

You have my condolences, Kaykay.

Congrats, Herm oh ninny.

Today I finally got my copy of HBP back from one of my nephews, who just read the books for the first time. He told me that he thinks Harry's parents might still be alive since Harry didn't see the thestrals until OotP. While he is way behind the times, I thought that was a pretty astute observation for an eleven-year-old. I never thought of that until I read about it here. Perhaps I should have him join the forum.

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Stephanie M. - Oct 8, 2005 10:22 pm (#977 of 2980)

I'm so sorry to kaykay and Haymoni.

I just quickly skimmed through a ton of posts in this thread.

I have been very busy recently. Today I woke up took a shower and then met one of my friends from another school. We were going to see In Her Shoes, but it was sold out so we saw Corpse Bride instead. And I must agree with Finn, the previews before Corpse Bribe were VERY good, except they didn't have Harry. Corpse Bride was better than I expected, but I had pretty low expectations. It was good though. Then I went back to my friends house and then I took a taxi back to my house (It was pouring rain and I got splashed my a car.) So then as soon as I got home my English tutor was waiting for me. Then I had her for an hour and I took another shower and then got ready for a Bar Mitzvah. The Bar Mitzvah was very long and I didn't have a lot of friends there and my feet are about to fall off. So I guess it was and Okay Bar Mitzvah, but I wish I had more friends there. So I just got back (a little after 1 AM.) and I'm not that tired, but I'll probably fall asleep soon.

Tomorrow I'm doing a ton of homework because on Monday I am leaving my house at the latest 6 AM to go to Penn. And I'll probably get home late at night and then have school the next day.

Well, I'm off to bed. Good night everyone! Sleep tight! And I hope that everyone has happy dreams relating to Harry Potter.

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 The giant squid - Oct 8, 2005 10:50 pm (#978 of 2980)

Lina, my RAM numbers do look odd, but it all makes sense, honest. I started out with two RAM chips--a 128Mb and a 256Mb (I'm really not sure why). Yesterday I pulled the 128 and added 2 more 256 chips.

When all else fails, divide by 64...all memory chips are multiples of 64.
2*64=128
4*64=256
16*64=1024 (the next step up; 1024Mb=1Gb, not 1000 as one would expect. I can remember this, but have no idea what I had for lunch two days ago )

Marie: I did sprint before you had the girls. I was on the track team in junior high for about 3 weeks, until I fractured my wrist. Never got back into it after that, though.

--Mike

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TwinklingBlueEyes - Oct 9, 2005 12:11 am (#979 of 2980)

Hey all, sorry haven't said much but been extremely busy since both hurricanes. FEMA inspector finally got to me today, (6 weeks later), and declared my home unlivable. No inkling from her what my options are now, all she knew was her job. So, is 2 am, I am going to get in line to see if I can get help or answers from Red Cross that opens at 9am.(As I wait to hear what FEMA thinks I am going to do next). Wish me luck and I'll see you when I can.

...toddles off to join the line to complete idiocy...

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CatherineHermiona - Oct 9, 2005 2:51 am (#980 of 2980)

I'm so sorry your home was declared as unlivable, TBE. I hope everything will turn out right at the end.

Three years ago Kids Eurovision started. Our competitor, Dino Jelušic, with his song Ti si moja prva ljubav (You are my one and only) won the whole competition. We were so happy. First year and we won! Second year little 7 years old Nika won our competition and ended up 3rd on Eurovision. This year we are waiting for Eurovision and on our competition Dino's sister won. That family is talented.

I almost forgot to ask: did anyone heard of or read books about Laura Leander, writer Peter Freund?

Kate

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Ydnam96 - Oct 9, 2005 5:32 am (#981 of 2980)

TBE, so sorry to hear that. I hope that the Red Cross is able to provide you with some answers. Did the FEMA person tell you if you can live in it until they give you options or do you have to move out to a shelter? What about the horses? I don't think that the Red Cross will allow them at a shelter...I hope that you get some answers soon!

Isn't it amazing, the Red Cross that is? This is their biggest deployment ever. In a few months people across America will forget about the needs down South but the Red Cross will still be there. The head of our chapter here in LA said that they will probably be there for at least 6 months if not longer. I am proud to say that several of my resident assistants are going with the Red Cross as volunteers for 9 days each. The university is allowing students, faculty, and staff to go for 9 days to help with the effort. The Red Cross has come to the school, trained thousands of our students and community members, and are set to deploy them all in stages for the next several months. I think it's awesome that the school is allowing the students and the staff to take the time out of their semester and do this...

Anyway...off my soap box. Kate, I have not heard of those books.

Kaykay and Haymoni you both have my sympathies and prayers.

So it's way early on a Sunday morning and I can't sleep...but hopefully I'll play around on the forum a bit and then get some more sleep in. At least I'm feeling better! Got to love those antibiotics

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Marie E. - Oct 9, 2005 7:05 am (#982 of 2980)

TBE, I hope things work out for you with your house. Did they say what needed to be done to make it "livable"?

My daughter Lexie is feeling better, but now I'm getting sick. It was just a sinus thing but it has settled in my chest. I'm hoping it's just a sinus infection. I can't go to the doctor tomorrow because we're doing our professional development training. Some of you may remember last February I had to do a training session on our kindergarten curriculum. I thought I'd gotten out of it this time but my assistant director wants me to help her out during her training.

I was supposed to go to a friend's house today to play HP games but they're predicting snow and she lives in the mountains. Now I'm going to a boring potluck lunch with my husband and some people from his second job. They are all crashing boring and hopefully not on this forum.

I don't remember my brother being in track, but I do remember him getting in trouble at school for hitting someone with his casted arm. I was freshman or sophmore in high school then and didn't pay much attention to my little brother unless he was in trouble.

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Denise P. - Oct 9, 2005 7:39 am (#983 of 2980)

That stinks TBE, I hope you get some answers that you can actually put into effect.

I finally saw Serenity I really liked it but I am not so happy about a few things and darn it, I missed my theme music!! It neatly wrapped up a few things, left a few things open so there is still room for another movie.

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haymoni - Oct 9, 2005 8:48 am (#984 of 2980)

kaykay - Losing a grandmother is very difficult. They are such special people.

Getting ready to watch the Browns and the Bears. I just want the Brownies to win 1 game - please!!!! We really need this!

Things are pretty chilly here - nice fall weather. We may even have a fire in the woodburner today - if all of our wood isn't wet, that is!

Have a great Sunday all!

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Elanor - Oct 9, 2005 11:19 am (#985 of 2980)

TBE, I am so sorry! I do hope things will get better for you very soon! (((((((((hugs))))))))))

Thanks for your kind posts about the 100th birthday celebration everyone! We did it today and it was really great: the dinner was very good, the weather perfect and we had a lot of fun together remembering happy moments and sharing that meal. So, it was indeed a good idea!

Yesterday evening, I was watching the TV when something strange happened to me: I suddenly had the feeling I must had somehow used a time-turner without knowing it... Here, on the screen, were the Simple Minds guys, with a brand new album and it was (ok, nearly) sounding like the Simple Minds I was listening to when I was a teenager in the 80s (remember "Don't you" or "Mandela day"?)! I couldn't believe my eyes ears!

It was really good. Any fans of the Scottish band here? They were amongst the bands I was listening to the most then, along with U2 (but they will never get old!), Sting, Depeche Mode, Johnny Clegg or INXS... **remembering fondly when I was writing "Be yourself, no matter what they say" everywhere on my notebooks and had a crush on Bono**

Have a great day everybody!

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CatherineHermiona - Oct 9, 2005 11:40 am (#986 of 2980)

I get the call from coacher now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm starting my trainings tomorrow after school!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm so happy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This was the reason I was so looking forward to October (that and Croatian translation of HBP). I can't wait to start shooting. I should be promoted and get air rifle with diopter because my results came to 160. I'm so happy!



When we gave our teacher the elephant she told us: "Is it for good luck?". We told: "Yes!" with faces like this:.

Kate

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Chemyst - Oct 9, 2005 4:36 pm (#987 of 2980)

I can remember this, but have no idea what I had for lunch two days ago. - Giant Squid
Well, unless your wife spent a sizable percentage of her day fixing that lunch, I'd say you have gotten your priorities sorted. This lack of obsession with food goes a long way in explaining the "thin."

TBE- your requested luck charms are on the way. Is "unlivable" better than "condemned" (does it mean it can be fixed)?

Audrey, the 100th birthday celebration sounded lovely. You should make plans for the Eleventy-first one too.

Woo-hoo Kate! Are we going to see you on the Croatian Olympic team someday? Women’s 10m air rifle? ...although I don't think they can use scopes in that event, just regular sights with no lens.
   A 'diopter' measures how powerful a lens is. A 'scope' is a lens (like a small telescope) that is put on a rifle to help you see and "line up" (aim at) the target.

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Finn BV - Oct 9, 2005 5:32 pm (#988 of 2980)

Wallace and Gromit comes out tomorrow. :-) –Mills

I have to go see it!! Please tell me how it was…

Haymoni and kaykay, my extreme sympathy with you and the families close to the individuals. (((hugs)))

Thanks for the XC (cross-country) congrats, everyone. We have tomorrow off for Columbus Day, but Tuesday we have yet another meet!

Congrats, Herm oh ninny! Is this the baby you are the godmother of?

Elanor, happy belated 100th birthday to your grandmother. I was listening to Victor Borge the other day who, amid his jokes told a true statement – the other week (this is in the 50s, I guess) he celebrated his uncle's 103rd birthday. No laughs, but good applause. Then he said, "Unfortunately, he wasn't present. How couuld he? He died when he was 27." Anyway, Elanor, congratulations. All people deserve that recognition TBE, great the news on your house is reported to you so soon… Best of luck with finding a new situation.

Kate, great you had a good time with your teacher on her last day. And congrats on your rifle work! Keep telling us how it goes.

Well, I had a great time in Buffalo this weekend. My cousin looked gorgeous, and it was great to see how much her husband loves her. They were off to Aruba at 7:15 this morning! And they partied all night, I don't know how they got up!

Holiday tomorrow but I've got to catch up on the HW I missed.

Edit: **waves to Gabby** Welcome to the Forum Gabby, and all new members! Gabby, I knew it was you from your name even before I read that it was really you!

Edit 2: Happy half-birthday Steph! LOL

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Stephanie M. - Oct 9, 2005 5:47 pm (#989 of 2980)

Welcome back Finn. I'm glad you had a good time! My parents went to Aruba for their honeymoon. I have to say that is really weird because my mom is from Buffalo.

Kate, I'm glad you are so happy!!

Well, I'm off to do the rest of my homework before tomorrow.

Edit: I just realized that today is my half birthday. I guess it was a little late to realize because the night it almost over. Oh well.

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I Am Used Vlad - Oct 9, 2005 9:40 pm (#990 of 2980)

I saw Wallace and Gromit today. Everyone should go see it. It was great. The cartoon they showed before it, featuring the penguins from Madagascar, was funny, too.

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Loopy Lupin - Oct 10, 2005 6:28 am (#991 of 2980)

Congrats to Finn and condolences to Kaykay.

Mmmmm. I wonder if Catherine survived her last day of school on Friday?

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Eponine - Oct 10, 2005 7:35 am (#992 of 2980)

Hello, all. It's raining here today, and it makes me want to stay inside wrapped up in a blanket all day long.

I wanted to share a rather humorous link with everyone. It's a video of a dance team. They're all dressed up in Hogwart's robes, and Harry, Ron, Hermione and Malfoy all put in an appearance. Go here to see the video.

I hope everyone is having a great day.

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Ydnam96 - Oct 10, 2005 8:31 am (#993 of 2980)

That's a pretty good dance team...to have made all that up themselves. Smile

Ohhhh Monday....

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Elanor - Oct 10, 2005 8:44 am (#994 of 2980)

I just pop in to wish the most marvelous birthday to T Brightwater! I hope it full of sun, laughters and love.

Have a great day everybody!

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The giant squid - Oct 10, 2005 8:50 am (#995 of 2980)

Good luck on the housing situation, TBE. My wife's family dealt with a similar problem back in '94 with the Northridge earthquake in Southern California. Their house wasn't deemed unlivable, but the "compassionate" response from the adjuster was about the same.

“Your furnace is unusable.”
“Okay, what do we do about it?”
“I don't know, I'm just here to tell you you can't use it.”



I hope your waiting in line at Red Cross was worth it!

--Mike

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Finn BV - Oct 10, 2005 8:50 am (#996 of 2980)

Yes, Happy Bday T Brightwater!

LOL on the link Eponine. They aren't bad for dancers, and from a distance the trio sort of looks like them, as does Malfoy. Although where did they cast Crabbe and Goyle from??

Have a good day everyone. It's a bit overcast here.

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azi - Oct 10, 2005 9:02 am (#997 of 2980)

Yay! I got my Internet back about 24 hours after I lost it. That was only after many hours of queueing though. Many many hours. I think I spent most of today queueing and not being sure where to queue next.

My uni room is *huge*. As big as my bedroom at home, and that's the largest room in the house! I found myself some nice geeky guys to hang around with and be unsociable, whilst still being on hello terms with the girls on my floor (who, although nice, are completely different to me on everything).

TBE, I really hope everything turns out ok for you!

Congrats Kate!

Happy birthday T. Brightwater!

Everyone have a sunny day!

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Lina - Oct 10, 2005 10:23 am (#998 of 2980)

TBE, it was so good to see you on the Forum but with the bad news unfortunately. I find it difficult to understand that the house was survavable without the evacuation during the hurricane, but it is not livable now. I just hope that the things will get settled and that you will have better news next time.

Mike the squid: When all else fails, divide by 64...all memory chips are multiples of 64.
Says who? I had a computer with 32 Mb of RAM! Then we bought the Harry Potter game and it ran so slow... Then my husband came to the genial idea to put the RAM from the Mac into the PC and then we were proven that every electronic device is working on white smoke. When the white smoke lives the device, it stops working. And that's how we bought a new computer (because of the Harry Potter game). There is a song somewhere on the net about people who went to the Moon with 32 Kb of RAM...

Eponine, the video was great. I didn't even get the conjuring of Patroni, my daughter, who doesn't read the books, caught it! I really love this forum!

Brightwater (again)!

And happy Columbus Day to everyone who celebrate!

Azi, I'm glad that being on the uni won't take you away from us!

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 CatherineHermiona - Oct 10, 2005 10:41 am (#999 of 2980)

Happy birthday, T Brightwater!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Today I came from school with grades like this: C, A, A, A. Ofcourse my mum will first ask: "What did you get C from?", never, "What did you get an A from?".

Eponine, the video is great!!!!!!!!!!!

Kate

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Mrs. Sirius - Oct 10, 2005 11:30 am (#1000 of 2980)

TBE, so sorry to hear about your home TBE. Since the Katrina hit I have been taking calls for the Red Cross. I must confess that when it comes to the Red Cross and FEMA, I am very confused and upset. I sit in my warm comfortable and habitable home in New England (we have heavy rains from hurricane Stan (I think).

I take calls from people who are in desperate need of all types of services. The calls I answer are just for people in search of missing loved ones, all we are equipped to do is search from people by last name first name, or to register someone who wants to be contacted. If they need other services we refer back to the local Red Cross. It is so frustrating to not be able to do more. One woman wanted to get an address so that she could register her child in a school, another lost everything and had medical problems. The list goes on.

I hope TBE, that you don't get to much of a run-a-round. I think of you often when I take calls. Seeing you post gives hope that some normalcy is happening.

(((((((Hugs)))))) to TBE and all the other who have recently post in need of one.
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Viola Intonada - Oct 10, 2005 4:13 pm (#1001 of 2980)

TBE, I hope everything goes better for you.

Eopine, I loved the dance video. It was very creative.

Way back in 1981, we got an Atari 400 computer. It had 16K. A couple of years later we upgraded to an Atari 800 which had 64K. We probably paid more money for it that you would for many computers today. It's amazing how technology changes and gets cheaper. (We bought our first VCR at the same time, a Sony Beta machine.)

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azi - Oct 10, 2005 4:39 pm (#1002 of 2980)

Wow, those are really good grades Kate! I got a C in one of my exams last year and had a lot of trouble at home. I just ignored it and improved that grade to an A in my next exams!

Old computers...we had an Acorn at home when I was younger, in the days before the local school even had a computer. No idea what its technical stuff were, but I know it cost over £1000 (apparently over US$1700, but don't trust the currency converter). In contrast, my new computer was half of that!

I just got back from a student event thing on campus, going round all the bars. It took 50 minutes to get served because the queues were so long! I also only wanted a coke...

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boop - Oct 10, 2005 4:50 pm (#1003 of 2980)

Happy Birthday T Brightwater, have a great day!!!

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T Brightwater - Oct 10, 2005 5:10 pm (#1004 of 2980)

Thanks for all the birthday wishes! It's been cold and cloudy here, so I've spent most of the day on the couch with a cat, a cup of tea, and a good book (Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell). Ah, bliss! And thanks, Chemyst, I'm glad you enjoyed the website!

TBE, very sorry to hear about your troubles. Bureaucracy is just what a person needs after two hurricanes, don't you think? :-/ Hope things work out for you soon.

Kate, congratulations!

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Catherine - Oct 10, 2005 5:32 pm (#1005 of 2980)

Very dangerous over short distances are ye? ****Looks around for Catherine*****--Loopy Lupin

Halloooo!!! ::waves to Loopy and the Forum from the distance of time spent away...:::

Thanks for asking. I did indeed survive, and I miss those darn bozos (clowns, for non-native English speakers) like crazy. I took my kids on vacation until today at 4 p.m. We visited my mom, did the museums, and had an amazing time.

Part of my guilty thoughts were....I can't wait to have time to chat on the Forum. Other guilty thoughts were....Woo hoo! No adolescents until the end of the week! (I sub for 6th grade on Thursday and Friday, alas earwax. They are not nearly as charming as the class I broke in for the first 6 weeks of school, but there you go. It takes time to get used to me! )

It's been wonderful to get friendly support the last two months as I took on a new teaching project, and I am so happy to know that my friends are here now that it has ended, and I feel sad.

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Madam Pince - Oct 10, 2005 6:10 pm (#1006 of 2980)

Happy Birthday, T Brightwater, and many many more!

Kate, I know what you mean about the grades, but maybe your Mom will surprise you. I know I used to get annoyed with my Mom because often after a day of cleaning up my room or doing some other chore, she would just look around and say "You haven't done the dishes," or something. I was always "Hey, what about the dusting I did? And look, my bed is made!" Anyway, the upshot of it all is that I probably praise Little Pince more than I ought to, because I try to notice all the good things he does and comment on them; I remember how it felt the other way around. (Now, that sounds like my Mom was a terrible Mom, which she certainly wasn't, it's just that she had a full-time job and also had to take care of grandparents and she had a lot to distract her -- I'm fortunate in that I can focus more on just my immediate family for the time being.) Anyway, good job Kate on the grades!

TBE, I'm sorry to hear about your house. It must be so frustrating to be practically starting over from scratch. I will be thinking about you and sending out good wishes for a quick fix to all your housing woes. Hope all goes quickly and as well as possible!

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Viola Intonada - Oct 10, 2005 7:13 pm (#1007 of 2980)

LOL, Madam Pince, my husband complains that I am the same way with him!!! (That I only notice the things he didn't do, rather than the things that he did do) My theory is that I don't want to praise him on the things he did too much, because then he will think he did everything he needed to do and not do anything more that I thought should have been done. Matter of fact, just today he did the laundry for me (he had today off, I did not). He put all the clothes thru the washer and dryer, but only folded and put away his clothes. There was a huge mound of unfolded clothes on the bed and he couldn't understand why I wasn't pleased. No rest for the weary.....Alas, earwax.

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Lina - Oct 10, 2005 10:38 pm (#1008 of 2980)

Oh, Viola, I'm with you. Yesterday I complained about my husband leaving the magazine on the floor and he asked: "What's the problem, I made you a coffee!"

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haymoni - Oct 11, 2005 4:06 am (#1009 of 2980)

Being a lazy government worker, I had yesterday off. I sent the kids to school, vacuumed the family room and living room (again!!!) and then started in on my kitchen.

I went to town - I pulled everything off the countertops, the top of the refrigerator - even the stuff on top of the cupboards. I washed everything down - vacuumed about 3 more times - and cleaned off the oven. (No dragon blood was used.)

Hubby came home around noon and we started building a privacy fence on the side of our deck. I came in and put everything away and made dinner. Hubby went back to work and I washed the kitchen floor after everything was put away.

I ache all over! I need to get back to work, so I can get some rest!

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Snuffles - Oct 11, 2005 4:27 am (#1010 of 2980)

Well done on the productive day haymoni! It made me tired just reading it! Lol

I often feel like that after the weekend, let me get back to work for a rest and a read of the forum!!!!

Can't really complain about hubby on the clean and tidy front. He does help around the house as long as its only one job at a time!! Give him a job and 1 daughter and it goes pear shape! Bless!!

Have a good day everyone

Julie

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Chemyst - Oct 11, 2005 5:10 am (#1011 of 2980)

Your're right Madam Pince. It is hard to balance the amount of praise to give a kid, and every kid needs a different amount and the amount varies with the task and natural ability. My mom was always afraid I'd get a big head, so she gave me so little praise I'd often give up when just a simple word would have kept me going. I used to have a poster that said "I can live for two months on a good compliment."

This got only a minor blurb on the US news, but,
 A pre-dawn fire today in southwest England destroyed hundreds of clay model characters, props and sets used in the quintessentially British animated films Wallace and Gromit and Chicken Run. Aardman Animations officials said most of the material fronm the recent Curse of the Were-Rabbit were out on display, so not affected. One of the big things that's gone is the pie machine from the Chicken Run movie.

I guess there are a lot greater catasrophes occurring around the world. but it is still sad.

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haymoni - Oct 11, 2005 7:24 am (#1012 of 2980)

Chemyst - I caught the tail end of that and, selfish me, all I could think was "Phew! The Harry Potter stuff is safe!"

Selfish, selfish me!

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Viola Intonada - Oct 11, 2005 9:22 am (#1013 of 2980)

Haymoni, Are you trying to become Denise? I'm astounded at what you accomplished before lunch. I have a very difficult time getting anything done, other that flipping channels on the TV before noon. I have never been described as a morning person.

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haymoni - Oct 11, 2005 9:45 am (#1014 of 2980)

Viola - when I am working, I come home, cook dinner and crash.

I really have to go crazy on the weekend.

Yesterday was unusual because I did the deep, down-n-dirty stuff.

Usually I vacuum and damp mop.

I am a Slacker Mom after all!

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The giant squid - Oct 11, 2005 10:19 am (#1015 of 2980)

You know, I knew someone was gonna call me on that "64" thing... Okay, actually, all memory is a multiple of 8, but these days it doesn't go any smaller than 128 anyway so I thought I was clear (you can't buy just 64Mb of RAM anymore).

haymoni, congrats on your productive afternoon. Now I can slack off since you've done my share of work for the day too!

--Mike

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Finn BV - Oct 11, 2005 11:13 am (#1016 of 2980)

Yes, Chemyst, I heard about that fire. Horrible.

LOL, haymoni, please, I can't take that all in at once!!

Cross-Country meet today, everyone… let you know hot it goes…

**rushes off to class**

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haymoni - Oct 11, 2005 11:24 am (#1017 of 2980)

Good Luck, Finn!

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Stephanie M. - Oct 11, 2005 1:26 pm (#1018 of 2980)

Good luck Finn, even though I just saw you, and you won't get this message until you are back!

Happy belated Birthday to T Brightwater!!! I hope you had a wonderful day and I wish you many more happy and healthy years!!

Wow! Haymoni, that's a ton of work!!

I didn't hear about the fire, so thank you for telling us about it Chemyst. It's horrible!

I don't have any written homework, except that I was supposed to have a science quiz first period today but we saw Born Into Brothels instead of having our first period class. So tomorrow I have a science quiz first period then I have a math test and then I have a Spanish quiz. I have to study for my History test next week and my Science test next week along with my Spanish quiz on Friday and my Spanish quiz on Monday. My math test tomorrow is on everything that we did at the end of last week. So I'm really going to have to remember everything from last week with only having one class since then and we learned all new things today instead of reviewing.

I'm off to the other threads and then I'm off to do my homework.

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Ydnam96 - Oct 11, 2005 2:20 pm (#1019 of 2980)

Wow, I'm so glad I'm not in school anymore Smile

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haymoni - Oct 11, 2005 5:44 pm (#1020 of 2980)

Born Into Brothels???

What class was that for???

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Finn BV - Oct 11, 2005 6:29 pm (#1021 of 2980)

LOL, haymoni! All 8th-12th grade students watched it as an essential part of the curriculum. (?) I dunno, we're learning about India in history, but I think they just did it because it's important to know. Our school is a very prestigious school and believes in exposing children to important things in the world.

Incidentally, it is an excellent movie and anybody who's interested should definitely rent it. It won the Oscar in 2004 for best Feature Documentary. The woman who made it is coming to our school next week and all the photograhs the children in it took are on display in the school's gallery.

I had an interesting day today. Well, I won my cross-country meet again! My shoelace came untied about 1/3 of the way into the race, so I was a lot slower, but I still won, which is great, of course. Almost as soon as I got home I had a piano lesson. As I got into the car Mom tried to start it but it wouldn't go on. This is about quarter of eight. Turns out the battery and the starter are dead, so we had to wait for my dad to drive over, then they had to get all the details, and leave it in the parking lot of the conservatory. I still hadn't started my homework or eaten dinner. At 8:25 I started the HW and at 10 of 9 I ate dinner REALLY fast. I am so tired and I have so much more to do!!

**off to work**

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Pigwidgeon - Oct 11, 2005 7:13 pm (#1022 of 2980)

* crawling out from stack of college papers and books* Coming out of lurkdom for a bit to pass this on to those in the Cleveland vicinity:

The Great Lakes Science Center will be airing the POA movie in their OMNIMAX Theater, starting October 22 through November 13 on weekends.

The Science Center will host “A Night on Lake Eerie,” Oct. 22 from 6:00pm to midnight on

Highlights are supposed to include:
~ Dinner in the Great Hall of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry
~ A lantern tour and tales of Lake Erie on the Steamship Mather
~ “Quizditch” trivia contest
~ The magic of science and the science of spells, and
~ The movie (of course!)

Tickets for “A Night on Lake Eerie” are $20 for adults, $15 for kids. Reservations are needed.

Thought some of you might be interested. I'm thinking of going, if I'm not too snowed under by classwork.

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Stephanie M. - Oct 11, 2005 8:20 pm (#1023 of 2980)

Great Job Finn!! It does sound like you had a weird night! I hope you have enough time to sleep! We do have Thursday off for Yum Kipper so you can sleep then. I hope your mom's car gets fized VERY soon!

(I like the birdie in the picture Finn.)

Born Into Brothels was a very good documentary! I really recommend for you all to see it! It's very powerful and sends a strong message to really help people in horrible situations like the children in Born Into Brothels.

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The giant squid - Oct 11, 2005 11:20 pm (#1024 of 2980)

Congrats again, Finn! Although if you keep this up, we may get jaded and stop heaping you with accolades every time you win. Aw, who am I kidding? Of course we will.

--Mike

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Finn BV - Oct 12, 2005 5:19 am (#1025 of 2980)

LOL Mike. I might start losing purposely so you can encourage me even more.

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haymoni - Oct 12, 2005 6:10 am (#1026 of 2980)

Pigwidgeon - How exciting!

I wondered when they were going to put that IMAX theater to good use!

Just kidding - they show great films there.

By the way, do you work for the Sun newspapers?

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Madam Pince - Oct 12, 2005 6:49 am (#1027 of 2980)

***waves furiously at Pigwidgeon!*** Welcome back! Hope all the schoolwork/paperwork goes well!

Congrats on another track win, Finn -- and with an untied shoelace, no less! Great job!

Haymoni, you deserve an award for that extraordinarily productive day you had! Woo-hoo! Doesn't it make you feel great when you get lots of stuff done? (Not that I would actually know.... it seems my day is mostly taken by picking up clutter and vacuuming up dried Play-Doh bits; the only "damp mop" in my house is after I wash my hair...)

Viola, we are so alike. I'm not a morning person either. I had to laugh at your post, too. Mr. Pince also does the thing about folding and putting away his own laundry, while leaving mine and Little Pince's in a heap on the bed (or completely faded and bleached away... but we're not talking about that anymore... ) I told him once "When I do laundry, I fold and put yours away as well as my own..." and he just looked at me. Sigh... laundry day is not fun at our house.

Geez, reading back over this I sound extremely lazy... hmmmm... Well, I did make a very excellent and rather complicated beef stew with a side of spoon bread this past weekend, does that help? And I had to do some "spot scrubbing" when Little Pince spilled a large glass of Blue Berry Kool-Aid (fortunately the rug was also blue!)

Nah... doesn't help much... still a slacker!

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haymoni - Oct 12, 2005 7:08 am (#1028 of 2980)

I may have been productive that day, but I've been awful this morning.

The alarm went off at 6:15 am - Hubby was already gone. I really thought that I had hit the "Snooze" button, but I must have turned it off, because I didn't wake up again until 6:53.

Of course, my son needs to be at the bus stop at 6:50. I rushed around for about 60 seconds until I heard the bus zooming past our house.

We all got dressed, ate a decent breakfast and I drove him to school with my kindergartener in tow. I was still wearing my slippers!

I put her on the bus at 8:00 and went off to work where I am now waiting for some information on a conference call that was supposed to occur at 9:00.

I just checked to make sure I still wasn't wearing my slippers!

Slacker Moms Unite!

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kaykay1970 - Oct 12, 2005 7:16 am (#1029 of 2980)

I have not spent much time at home the last few days so my house is in total chaos. I think every dish I own was dirty. At least I have gotten those clean. Now to start catching up on the laundry!

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Denise P. - Oct 12, 2005 7:54 am (#1030 of 2980)

I want an easy button for laundry. You know, where others (not me, who are you kidding?) can put their dirty laundry and presto-chango have it come back out perfectly clean and folded. ::::sigh:::::

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Loopy Lupin - Oct 12, 2005 8:08 am (#1031 of 2980)

We do have Thursday off for Yum Kipper -- Stephanie M.

Gee, I think kippers are pretty yummy too, but we never got a day off in school for that.

Congrats Finn!

I am currently covered in burns on .03 percent of my body. I was poaching a salmon and when I flipped it, all the butter, etc. that I was poaching the thing in splattered on me. I'm so brilliant that, after cursing the heavens the first time, I went ahead and flipped the fish again and splattered myself again. The fish was good, but I didn't know trying to eat healthy could be so dangerous.

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T Brightwater - Oct 12, 2005 8:48 am (#1032 of 2980)

Denise, I sympathize; maybe Jo will give us Andromeda's book of Housekeeping Spells sometime.

Loopy, sounds like you cook the way I do. Fortunately, the aloe plant in my kitchen window thrives on neglect.

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Julie Aronson - Oct 12, 2005 9:34 am (#1033 of 2980)

mmmmm...poached salmon

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Oct 12, 2005 10:56 am (#1034 of 2980)

Loopy, while I praise your dietary intent, I don't know how healthy a dead salmon could be. However, I have no doubt eating them will help you develop a more healthful diet.

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Loopy Lupin - Oct 12, 2005 11:52 am (#1035 of 2980)
Edited Oct 12, 2005 1:19 pm

Oooh. Someone is being frisky. Or is that "friskful"? Ahem. I'd direct everyone's attention to the following from The American Heritage®️ Book of English Usage. (Copyright ©️ 1996 by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.):

Some people like to maintain a distinction between healthy and healthful. Healthy, they say, should be used to mean “possessing good health,” and only healthful should mean “conducive to good health.” People who hold this view are swimming against the tide of history, for healthy has been used to mean “healthful” since the 16th century. You can find the “healthful” use of healthy in the works of many distinguished writers, with this example from John Locke being typical: “Gardening … and working in wood, are fit and healthy recreations for a man of study or business.” Therefore, both healthy and healthful are correct in these contexts: a healthy climate, a healthful climate; a healthful diet, a healthy diet.

So, if I may say so: Nah, nana boo boo!

EDIT: There you go Denise. Heheheehee

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Soul Mate for Sirius - Oct 12, 2005 12:04 pm (#1036 of 2980)

Hey everyone! Wow, has it been a long two weeks. This is the first spare second I've had to get on the Forum at all!! There have been days recently where if felt like if I tried to do anymore then I already was, I wouldn't even have time to breathe!! The rest of month is going to be about the same, so today, since I have some down time, I'm trying to mentally prepare myself for the rest of October!

Anyway, Thanks everyone for the strengthening charms and good thoughts/prayers for Aaron. He was actually able to call me a few days ago, which really made me happy. He says right now he's alright over there, he hasn't gotten to his station yet, he's still in Baghdad, I've actually started counting the days until he comes home already, even though it's 8 months away!!

Speaking of soldiers, I know this is a little late but my thoughts and prayers are with your co-worker haymoni. I can't even imagine what they're going through.

KayKay, I am so sorry to hear about your grandmother. (((hugs)))

TBE, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your housing situation. I hope everything gets worked out!!

Also, Happy birthday to anyone who I may have missed in the last 2 weeks (I admit, I only had time to skim through the posts, as there were so many!!) and Strengthening Charms and ((hugs)) to all who need them!!!

Okay, I'm off to try to catch up on threads...have a great reast of the week everyone!!

-Jenn

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The giant squid - Oct 12, 2005 12:33 pm (#1037 of 2980)

So, if I may say so: Nah, nana boo boo!--Loopy Lupin

The product of American law schools, ladies & gentlemen...

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Denise P. - Oct 12, 2005 12:53 pm (#1038 of 2980)

It would have carried more oomph if had been at the end of it.

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Madam Pince - Oct 12, 2005 12:59 pm (#1039 of 2980)

***is rolling around laughing***

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Soul Mate for Sirius - Oct 12, 2005 1:27 pm (#1040 of 2980)



**joins Madam Pince in rolling on the floor laughing**

-Jenn

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Finn BV - Oct 12, 2005 1:41 pm (#1041 of 2980)

**first brushes off the floor because it is dirty and then rolls around too**

Gee, I think kippers are pretty yummy too, but we never got a day off in school for that. –Loopy

Ah yes, that was the subject of me teasing Steph the entire day at school today. I seemed to make a pun along the same lines.

It is raining horribly here. The Cross County Parkway was merged from 3 lanes to 1 and unfortunately I was on it. A school bus had crashed into a jeep. The other lanes (going the opposite direction) were also backed up because the fire trucks had to get through, and they couldn't travel through all the backed up cars. Thankfully, now, I am inside, cozy in a blanket. I am not looking to leave the house again today. ::sighs relief::

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Catherine - Oct 12, 2005 2:03 pm (#1042 of 2980)

**joins the members rolling on the floor laughing, albeit gingerly, because my area rugs are in the shop being cleaned today**

You know Loopy, I thought I was a bit pathetic because I was injured by a hot Poptart. But at least I learned from my mistake and didn't repeat the injury. Nanny nanny boo boo! (Waits for someone to comment that my 7th graders have influenced me)

Kim, I love your kitten avatar.

I spent the day catching up on house elf duties that were neglected during my tenure as a 7th grade teacher. I'm almost looking forward to substitute teaching tomorrow, except that I have to teach math. Hopefully, the teacher will have something on the schedule that I will understand.

Hope everyone is well, and it feels so great to be able to post on the Forum.

I have to attend a Humane Society board meeting tonight, and I just found out that we are meeting at a restaturant that had some unsavory incidents during its health inspection last month. I'm in a real manners dilemma. I don't want to eat the food there, but I don't want to make other people feel uncomfortable by not eating the food, nor do I want to tell folks why I don't want to eat the food (the story is both true and too icky to repeat). I'm thinking aobut claiming that I am full, sipping a soda, and trying really hard not to think about it....BLECH.

Have a good evening, everyone!

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Stephanie M. - Oct 12, 2005 2:33 pm (#1043 of 2980)
Edited Oct 12, 2005 3:42 pm

***Rolling around laughing on my bed because I got the floor really wet when I came home.***

Gee Finn you've really had a lot of trouble getting home lately!

Finn was also teasing me because I said that I hope his mom's car gets fized soon instead of fixed.

I got home around my normal time, but I was sitting next to this really nice boy on the bus and he was in the same grade as my sister so through the entire bus ride he kept saying that I looked and sounded exactly like her. It was extremely annoying, but I'm used to it and he was very nice about bugging me.

I also have this new bus driver to replace my old one and he wasn't sure where each stop was. (We stop every few blocks on an avenue.) So I had to walk 3 blocks and an avenue to my home.

So here is the story of all the times my hair was wet today:

Well, first I had to wait outside for my bus and my hair got very wet. (The bus was REALLY late too.) And of course my sister took my umbrella out of my bag. So it pretty much dried on the way to school. Then my hair was dry until I had swimming. And my hair was more wet than usual. (I have to wear a swim cap.) And then it was drying but I had to go outside and it was POURING!! And then during last period it was drying again. Then I went to my bus and it was drying on the bus and then I went outside to get home, and my the time I got home my hair was so wet that it looked like I had a mop on my head.

But now I'm in my pajama bottoms and a sweat shirt lying on my bed.

Hmm... I think I want a snack now...

(Sorry about the REALLY long post! I just had to tell the hair story because I kept complaining about it all day. But now it's DRY!!! But I'm going to have to take a shower because I smell like chlorine. Plus I only have 10 posts per day.)

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Pigwidgeon - Oct 12, 2005 3:02 pm (#1044 of 2980)

*waves back to Madam Pince*

Haymoni -- no, Record Publishing Co. A little further south than most of the Sun papers.

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 Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Oct 12, 2005 3:53 pm (#1045 of 2980)

Loopy, I would remind you that in the 16th century there was no such thing as standardized spelling but we appear to have progressed beyond that. And fer thet i em thankefal.

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timrew - Oct 12, 2005 3:55 pm (#1046 of 2980)

Loopy Lupin:- I am currently covered in burns on .03 percent of my body. I was poaching a salmon.......

Hey! In the UK, Wayne, 'poaching a salmon' means you were stealing it out of the river. Though, how you got covered in burns beggars belief! Were you stealing them using napalm, or what?

Pictures Wayne............"God! I love the smell of napalm in the morning!", as he poaches his breakfast...........

Only kidding, old buddy!

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Ana Cis - Oct 12, 2005 5:46 pm (#1047 of 2980)

Finn, when you get tired of your picture, let me borrow it for a while; or at least tell me where you got it from. It's a really beautiful picture!

Ana



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Catherine - Oct 12, 2005 6:49 pm (#1048 of 2980)

Hey! In the UK, Wayne, 'poaching a salmon' means you were stealing it out of the river.—Timrew

SPEW!

So much for burns.....

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Finn BV - Oct 12, 2005 7:20 pm (#1049 of 2980)

**spews with everyone else and imagines a lawyer stealing **

Hi Ana! I just noticed your premium membership, congrats! I'm tired of my avatar already ( not really, but I'm happy to give it to you), so all you have to do is Google Image Chickadee and it's the third picture.

New picture time I guess! Me running!

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Viola Intonada - Oct 12, 2005 7:36 pm (#1050 of 2980)

* wipes tears from eyes from all of the laughing*

Pigwidgeon, Thanks for the heads up for the Science Center. I'll have to talk Hubby into it. Shouldn't be too difficult to talk my kids into it. My only reservation is that IMAX theaters usually make me motion sick.

Denise, do you have an industrial size washer and dryer? Or multiples, as in your own laundry mat?

I can't really get too mad at Hubby for not folding anyone else's laundry, because I actually hate it when he does. A previous girlfriend (that he had probably only dated for a few months) had taught him how she folded laundry, 16 years later I still haven't been able to undo those habits and get him to fold laundry my way. AARrrrgghhh!
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Re: Chat & Greetings 2005

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I Am Used Vlad - Oct 12, 2005 7:46 pm (#1051 of 2980)

**spews with everyone else and imagines a lawyer stealing,  Finn**

Apparently, Finn, you've never received a bill from a lawyer.

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Soul Mate for Sirius - Oct 12, 2005 8:22 pm (#1052 of 2980)

Good evening everyone!

I really don't have too much to say, but I was so excited I had yet another chnace to get on the Forum tonight that I had to drop in and say hey!!

-Jenn

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Herm oh ninny - Oct 12, 2005 8:53 pm (#1053 of 2980)

**Joined others in rolling on the floor, my chihuahuas came over and stared at me! Then proceeded to get up in a dignified manner, read Tim's post, and SPEW!**

Happy Belated Birthday TBrightwater!

Congrats, Herm oh ninny! Is this the baby you are the godmother of? Finn Yes it is Finn. Technically I won't be his Godmother until March when we have the Christening. Thanks for your help with the pics. It worked!

In school today we gave the kids a weekly reader for a quick social studies lesson. We opened up to the first page and guess what was there.... an article and picture about the Giant Squid! Needless to say, I was very excited about this and got a giant smirk on my face. Ahh, the things that make our day! LOL

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The giant squid - Oct 13, 2005 2:42 am (#1054 of 2980)

Hey! In the UK, Wayne, 'poaching a salmon' means you were stealing it out of the river. Though, how you got covered in burns beggars belief! Were you stealing them using napalm, or what?—Timrew

Apparently Tim has never heard of the practice of fishing with dynamite. Light the fuse, drop it it the water, scoop out the now-dead fish. Clearly, Loopy held onto the stick just a bit too long...

On a related note, this is the first time I've seen someone use Loopy's real name in a thread...unless Tim just calls everyone "Wayne" the way Aussies call everyone "mate".

--Mike

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haymoni - Oct 13, 2005 4:33 am (#1055 of 2980)

Pigwidgeon - I am VERY familiar with Record Publishing. I work for the County offices that are located in Ravenna. We are one of the prime sources for your papers!!!

I went to the Science Center's website and they didn't have up there about the HP event, so I sent them an email.

Maybe they are afraid that they will be overwhelmed!!

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Pigwidgeon - Oct 13, 2005 5:20 am (#1056 of 2980)

Haymoni - Ah, OK. Depending on how long you've been down there, we may have crossed paths when I went to school the first time around.

I got an e-mail from them at work, so that's how I knew.

If anyone else has trouble, e-mail me: ningerbil@sbcglobal.net, and I'll give you the phone number I was given.

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haymoni - Oct 13, 2005 5:35 am (#1057 of 2980)

I figured you had connections!

I'll see if they respond to my email.

Have a good day all!

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Marie E. - Oct 13, 2005 5:37 am (#1058 of 2980)

Ah, ya'll are so giddy sometimes! I'm sorry I missed all the floor rolling. I was busy yesterday with doctor appointments and Brownie Scout meetings. My daughter Lexie and I went to the doctor and were diagnosed with croup/allergies and sinus infection, respectively. I didn't think that six year olds still got croup, but my friend tells me that it's going around and even high schoolers have come down with it.

Herm oh ninny, what a sweetie! Congratulations!

I wish our Weekly Reader had interesting articles like that. The kindergarten version has articles like "Only adults use matches" and "Everyone eats breakfast". No squids.

My girls got their school pictures back and Shayla finally has a decent picture. The previous three years of school picture were such a disappointment. I went ahead and had her pictures taken at the mall anticipating horrible school pictures. If I have time tonight I'll scan them. Mr. E and Mrs. Neighbor decided to have a yard sale this weekend and nothing is ready. We're committed to having it since Mr. E put a notice in the paper. See how excited I am about the yard sale!

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Loopy Lupin - Oct 13, 2005 6:08 am (#1059 of 2980)

n the UK, Wayne, 'poaching a salmon' means you were stealing it out of the river. –tim

Hmmmmm. Well, if "poaching" means "stealing" that must cause quite a bit of confusion in recipes for Eggs Benedict.-- "Why does this dish call for stolen eggs?"

Finn, as you get older, it won't be hard to imagine lawyers stealing at all. ****waves to Vlad**** Also, the fact that you and I thought of the same pun with which to tease Stephanie demonstrates that you're well on your way to brilliance. Keep up the good work!

n a related note, this is the first time I've seen someone use Loopy's real name in a thread...unless Tim just calls everyone "Wayne" the way Aussies call everyone "mate". – mike

LOL. I think Tim usually does that which is perfectly fine for anyone else to do as well. (That is to say, Tim usually uses my real name which is fine; it would not be fine for everyone to substitute "Wayne" for "mate.") However, it seems that, other than Tim, the people on the Forum who know my real name have still found "Loopy" to be apt.

Loopy, I would remind you that in the 16th century there was no such thing as standardized spelling but we appear to have progressed beyond that.-- Lupin is Lupin

I love a healthy debate now and again.

And, Catherine, I'm not sure if the 7th graders have influenced you or not. But, you did like Kim's kitty avatar. Perchance someone else has influenced you to soften your stance on kitties?

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Finn BV - Oct 13, 2005 6:56 am (#1060 of 2980) Reply

Apparently, Finn, you've never received a bill from a lawyer. –Vlad

Yes, yes, pleasure of youth.

What a cute avatar, Herm oh ninny! Glad the sizing thingy works, because here on a Mac I have to resize all my pictures in Word!

Enjoy those Kippers today, everyone!

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Stephanie M. - Oct 13, 2005 9:13 am (#1061 of 2980)

Welcome to the Forum Amelia!!!!

Herm oh ninny, what an adorable avatar!!!

I really don't like fish.

Have a great kipper filled day, everyone!!!

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Finn BV - Oct 13, 2005 9:15 am (#1062 of 2980)

Oh, welcome to the Forum Amelia!

Those yummy kipper are tasting mighty fine, now. Vlad, we rednecks am enjoyin' them kipper. But if dey were bir's… we'd CDEDBD wings.

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Stephanie M. - Oct 13, 2005 9:19 am (#1063 of 2980)

Well, you guys can eat all of the kippers you want, but am fasting and I REALLY dislike fish. Don't get burned trying to cook it!!

When was the picture in your avatar taken? Was it when I went, but left early or was it on Tuesday? I see a school bus on the road... maybe I'm in it.

Edit: I don't think I've ever eaten kippers before...

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Finn BV - Oct 13, 2005 10:57 am (#1064 of 2980)

As you should know by now I'm a vegetarian. Obviously I don't eat fish.

The pic was taken Tuesday, around 4PM.

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azi - Oct 13, 2005 11:12 am (#1065 of 2980)

Oooo, I'm vegetarian too! Meat and fish = bleugh. Never liked the stuff. Nothing ethical in it, mind, I just hate the taste.

Especially kippers. They smell disgusting.

Uni is boring. I want intellectual stimulation! All I did today was go to Asda to buy food. I saved money and then promptly spent it on a Monty Python DVD. Which would be very well and good, if my student loan had appeared, which it hasn't. I'm going to the Sci-fi and Fantasy Society meeting tonight, but I have a feeling they'll be anti-Harry Potter. If the guy I'm going to it with is anything to go by.

Hope everyone has/has had a much more interesting day than me!

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Madam Pince - Oct 13, 2005 12:40 pm (#1066 of 2980)

***Temporary avatar change due to discussion in movie thread. You will soon be returned to your regular avatar programming...***

Apparently, Finn, you've never received a bill from a lawyer. –Vlad

Ooooooh, you beat me to it, Vlad! ***still smarting from unethical lawyer experience of five years ago***

Which, of course, Loopy would never ever do. I mean, how much can a lawyer overcharge if he ends his summations with "Nah-nana-boo-boo"???

OK, OK, I'll stop with the lawyer jokes -- truly just kidding, Loopy!

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Ana Cis - Oct 13, 2005 2:12 pm (#1067 of 2980) Reply
Edited by Oct 13, 2005 2:13 pm

Thanks Finn! Are you involved in cross country or track and field competitions for your school or just run for the pleasure of it?

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Loopy Lupin - Oct 13, 2005 2:19 pm (#1068 of 2980)

I mean, how much can a lawyer overcharge if he ends his summations with "Nah-nana-boo-boo"??? -- Madam Pince

You'd be surprised. I charge by the "boo boo" and sticking out my tongue is extry.

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Lina - Oct 13, 2005 2:33 pm (#1069 of 2980)

Congratulations Finn! It is becoming a habit for you to win! Well done!

Your wet story was really charming, Stephanie.

Herm oh ninny, a gorgeous godson to be! Congratulations! I can imagine your excitement!

Healing charms your way, Marie!

Azi, I hope your Sci-fi and Fantasy Society meeting went much better than you expected!

We plan to go to the mountains to celebrate the Pumpkin day! never been to such a day. I hope to try some pumpkin juice...

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Amilia Smith - Oct 13, 2005 3:17 pm (#1070 of 2980)

Wow! Another Amelia! There aren't very many of us. :-) Welcome!

Mills.

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Soul Mate for Sirius - Oct 13, 2005 3:25 pm (#1071 of 2980)

Hey everyone! Believe it or not, I actually had a bit of free time today as well. I'm waiting around for Aaron to sign on-line so we can chat for a bit. Anyway, just wanted to drop in and say hi! Hope everyone has a great day!!

Off to check the threads!

-Jenn

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I Am Used Vlad - Oct 13, 2005 3:30 pm (#1072 of 2980)

Loopy, I'm glad you took that in good fun. As someone who happily milks as much money as possible out of an organization that, despite having a monopoly, consistently loses money, I don't fault anyone based on how they make a living.

Finn, I think I've figured out why you keep winning. Everyone else in your avatar seems to be running in the wrong direction.

Now, off to the Logic thread to find out what you're talking about.

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Finn BV - Oct 13, 2005 6:16 pm (#1073 of 2980)

Ana Cis, as Vlad has said in his roundabout way, yes, I run cross-country for school. That was the third of three meets I have won.

Vlad, you'd be surprised. I have a new picture of me with not as much of a lead.

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haymoni - Oct 13, 2005 7:16 pm (#1074 of 2980)

Jenn - hope you had the chance to speak with Aaron. Keep us posted! If you want, we could send him care packages or letters. We know how to talk about things other than Harry Potter. I think.

I'm here at home alone. Hubby has the day off tomorrow - so do the kids - some sort of teacher training day. Anyway, they went to his mom's so he could do some work around her house.

I went grocery shopping and then to Kmart. I bought my daughter one of those Kidz Bop karaoke things they've been showing on TV. She goes crazy everytime she sees that commercial. That and "Floam". I'm not buying that. Now all I have to do is find a good place in the house to stash it until Christmas.

I came home and had a complete unhealthy (unhealthful??) dinner of mini egg rolls and onion rings. I cleaned up a bit and then hopped on the Forum.

Don't get me wrong - I love Hubby and the kids, but it's nice to not be the Mom - even a Slacker One - every once in a while!!!

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Madam Pince - Oct 13, 2005 7:58 pm (#1075 of 2980)

Loopy, you slay me! Too funny!

Vlad, you too. I wasn't going to say anything to Finn about everybody else running the other way, but.... Maybe it's like that internet joke where the woman calls her husband on his car phone to tell him to be careful driving home because some dummy is driving the wrong way down the interstate, and he says "It's not just one -- it's hundreds of them!" (Please reverse gender roles in joke as appropriate....)

***Pats Finn on shoulder... "Of course we believe you that you won! Really, we do!"*** Just kidding -- congratulations again, Finn!

Jenn, hope Aaron is doing OK!

Herm-oh-ninny, the baby is just beautiful! What a blessing!

Well, I'll "see" you guys Monday probably -- Mr. Pince and I are going camping 1864-style this weekend, and Little Pince is with the grandparents, so I'm joining haymoni in a "Not-the-Mama" weekend. I probably won't see Mr. Pince much because he'll be off doing military living-history stuff, so I'll be hanging out with my friends and cooking over a campfire and hoping for the rain to hold off and such. Woo-hoo! Lots of fun!

Have a good weekend, everyone!

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Soul Mate for Sirius - Oct 13, 2005 11:41 pm (#1076 of 2980)

Hey everyone!

I talked to Aaron today. He's still near Baghdad and doing well. He can't tell me where he's going after Baghdad, but keeps reassuring me that he'll be fine. We don't talk much about what's going on there when we do get to talk. He insists he doesn't want me to worry, and he wants to know how life is back here and how things are going for me. His mother actually called me today as well. That was a nice surprise. She just wanted to check in and see how I was adjusting to Aaron being overseas. It was so sweet of her. In the 5 years Aaron and I have been friends, she's never really been overly friendly with me. I'm so happy she and I are getting along now!

Anyway, thanks to everyone for their concern about Aaron...we're really just getting through this one day at a time. Everyone's support is such a huge help.

Anyway, I hope everyone had/has a great night. I'm off to check the threads!

-Jenn

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CatherineHermiona - Oct 14, 2005 2:40 am (#1077 of 2980)

I'm glad everything is going well with Aaron, Soul Mate For Sirius.

Our new homeroom teacher looks like she is fifteen! She looked to me like she is student of 8th grade when I first saw her, especially with that bag on her shoulders. She says she was at the university with our second and third teacher. When we have Hour of class (I don't know how to say it on English) we are always talking about violence between students (we are in some UNICEF program). That's nice subject, but before it started we could at least chat about our problems on that school hour. Now we hardly take 5 minutes of that class just to say who was missing that week.

I almost forgot to ask, Detail Seeker, is 0174 a number in mobile that is same to everyone with that mobile operator or part of the number that is different to everyone? I'm asking that because Melanie is having a mobile number that is German and her number is starting with that numbers. And have you heard of Laura Leander books (I'm asking you because that is German series of books). Thanks!

Congratulations on your victory, Finn!

Kate

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The giant squid - Oct 14, 2005 4:25 am (#1078 of 2980)

Despite his claims to the contrary, I still think Loopy-Wayne would turn out to be a reputable and fair attorney, and not overcharge his clients. As long as they're HP fans, anyway.

Marie, I hope you & Lexie get better soon. I'm battling a bit of a cold myself--I was sneezy & mucusy earlier in the week, and now I have "isolated soreness" in my throat. It's not sore all over as usual, there's just one particular spot that hurts every time I swallow... I'm sure it'll bloom into a full-on 48-hour flu tomorrow, as I have Friday & Saturday off.

--Mike

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Thora - Oct 14, 2005 8:39 am (#1079 of 2980)

I'm thinking about claiming that I am full, sipping a soda, and trying really hard not to think about it....BLECH. – Catherine

Soda with no ice I hope... my sister worked in food service for so long she never gets ice in her drinks. Personally I really don't want to know the details. Blissfully ignorant, that's me.

Apparently Tim has never heard of the practice of fishing with dynamite. Light the fuse, drop it in the water, scoop out the now-dead fish. Clearly, Loopy held onto the stick just a bit too long...- Squid Mike

Ummm.... there's a way to fish with out dynamite? How to you get them to float to the top with out dynamite?

Haymoni, Pigwidgeon, We really need to have a gathering in Ohio, there seem to be a lot of us. That is if I'm not leaving at the end of the month...

When we have Hour of class (I don't know how to say it on English)- CatherineHermiona

We call them class periods, mostly.

Well it seems the task of finding a low-price home in a safe area of the Charleston SC area is much harder than it was here. We're now looking in the Myrtle Beach/Georgetown area without much more luck. The horrid part is that when we started looking a month ago there were lots of homes but each one we called about sold the next day, mostly to those looking for investment properties. It doesn't help that the Charleston area was recently projected to be one of the next exploding housing markets. So the stress continues. My husband may leave next Friday or the Friday after that, if the current boss doesn't manage to kill or fire him in the next bit. This boss seems to really have it out for us, and it's very upsetting, but what can we do? My resume is brushed off and ready for the minute I have ANYTHING concrete.

The good news is that someone I hardly know was very rude to me and it seems to have been the slap in the face I needed to get out of the depression I had over all this. Blessings in disguise.

Thanks for the laughs and the SPEWs everyone, I really needed them.

Thora-the-stressed-out-housewife


(edit)Oh, hey Mike, do movie theaters usually do holiday hires or does patronage not rise much that time of year?

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Loopy Lupin - Oct 14, 2005 9:24 am (#1080 of 2980)

Ummm.... there's a way to fish with out dynamite? How to you get them to float to the top with out dynamite?--Thora

Well, it is hard to do that "with out" dynamite. With it, however, the fish killed by the underwater explosion will float to the top of the water as dead fish typically do.

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kaykay1970 - Oct 14, 2005 9:41 am (#1081 of 2980)

My Hubby is taking the children fishing this weekend. Boy am I glad you all will not be present with the dynamite! I much prefer our way. A rod and reel is much safer and alot more sportsman like. LOL

Soul Mate I am glad that you get to have some communication with Aaron.

Herm oh ninny, the baby is absolutely gorgeous!

An 8 year old girl is in LeBonheur Hospital after having a series of seizures. The doctors have them under control with medication. They have yet to find a cause though. All of her EKG's and cat scans have come back normal. They are going to try again today for an MRI. She wouldn't hold still for one yesterday.

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Julie Aronson - Oct 14, 2005 12:10 pm (#1082 of 2980)

I'm all for a NEOhio gathering--I've tried for one before, though, and got nothing but dead air...

Julie

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Catherine - Oct 14, 2005 1:19 pm (#1083 of 2980)

You'd be surprised. I charge by the "boo boo" and sticking out my tongue is extry. --Loopy Lupin

Do you also put your thumbs in your ears and waggle your fingers during these episodes? I reckon that ups the money.

As for me being influenced by someone to like cats, let's just say that the crazy cat lady (aka Veronicamort) no longer volunteers at the Humane Society. We do have some good stories about other volunteers lately, though.

Today was Grandparents' Day at the school where I have been subbing, and we had a good time.

I will second Thora's thanks for the laughs, as I really did need them, and I hope that you have good news soon, Thora.

Hope everyone has a good weekend. It finally feels like fall today--chill in the air, smell of fallen leaves, and the ECU marching band practicing. I thought I'd celebrate by whipping up a huge pot of chili tomorrow and letting it simmer through the day.

Mmmmm....chili......mmmmmmm......

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The giant squid - Oct 14, 2005 3:20 pm (#1084 of 2980)

hey Mike, do movie theaters usually do holiday hires or does patronage not rise much that time of year?—Thora

Actually, patronage rises significantly over the holidays. The two main busy periods for movie theaters are May-July and November-December. It's actually kinda frightening how quickly business drops off after New Years... As for holiday hires, it depends on the theater. I'm sure many of them hire short-termers to cover the extra business. Mine prefers people with more of a long-term employment plan, though; we've had too many kids work for a week then stop showing up right before a busy weekend (opening weekend of Mr. & Mrs. Smith was hellacious).

A rod and reel is much safer and alot more sportsman like.--kaykay1970

To quote a stand-up comedian from a few years back: "Fishing isn't a sport; it's more of a practical joke. 'Get it? A metal hook went through your head! Ha ha! Okay, I'll throw you back, we'll play again...'" Of course, I might be more sympathetic to fishermen if I could eat their catch without getting horribly ill. The only fish product I can eat is tuna salad...

--Mike

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Chemyst - Oct 14, 2005 3:54 pm (#1085 of 2980)

...and sticking out my tongue is extry. – Loopy Lupin
So, irregular 16th century spelling doesn't pay all that well, huh?

The good news is that someone I hardly know was very rude to me... – Thora
So, the bad news is   ...what?

The only fish product I can eat is tuna salad... – Mike
So, I won't have to share my tuna cheese swirls then?

- smell of fallen leaves, and the ECU marching band practicing – Catherine
So, you thought I was on a roll here? Sorry, I won't go for that easy one.

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timrew - Oct 14, 2005 4:15 pm (#1086 of 2980)

Loopy:- Hmmmmm. Well, if "poaching" means "stealing" that must cause quite a bit of confusion in recipes for Eggs Benedict

My God, Wayne! Those poor eggs........floating face-up in the river (if you can see an egg's face).

I can see the recipe now........."First, go down to the river and dynamite a few eggs........."

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Pigwidgeon - Oct 14, 2005 4:23 pm (#1087 of 2980)

I'm game for a NE Ohio get-together, if I can fit it between work and school ... and I would try

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Oct 14, 2005 4:44 pm (#1088 of 2980)

So, irregular 16th century spelling doesn't pay all that well, huh?---Chemyst

I could kiss you.

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Soul Mate for Sirius - Oct 14, 2005 5:36 pm (#1089 of 2980)

Hey everyone!

I'm all for a NE Ohio gathering as well!

Today was such a crazy day. I went shopping with my friend Rachel, and as is my habit when at a mall, I spent WAY too much money on things I don't really need! Now, I'm waiting for my friend Chris to call me back so that I can drive an hour down to Dayton to pick him up and drive an hour back up here to Columbus so we can hang out this weekend. It seems so frivolous to drive that far, but I guess getting to hang out with him will be worth it.

Anyway, I'm off to check the threads really quick before Chris calls!! Have a good night everyone!

-Jenn

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Finn BV - Oct 14, 2005 6:31 pm (#1090 of 2980)

It's not just one -- it's hundreds of them! --Madam Pince

LOL. I had actually never heard that joke before.

Not a whole lot of time right now, so I just skimmed thru the posts… cheering and health charms all around…

I saw Wallace and Gromit today and I thought it was hilarious, just wanted to point out in the first 10 seconds of the movie, there's a reference to HP: Gromit graduating from Dogwarts School. Just a little moment… Sleep tight, everyone!

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kaykay1970 - Oct 14, 2005 8:23 pm (#1091 of 2980)

My Mom's cousin asked me after my Grandmother's funeral to add my maternal Grandfather's descendants to My Family website.I have been working on this family tree all day. I not only added all his descendants, but also all of Mom's, Dad's and Hubby's ancestor's that I have traced. My back is killing me from sitting at the computer all day! Anyway my daughter says she is glad I did all this work because she has to make a family tree for school. I have some relatives listed all the way to the Revolutionary War, so she should be able to make an impressive chart.

My son's just finished carving our jack-o-lantern. It is a howling wolf,pretty cool.

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Elanor - Oct 14, 2005 11:44 pm (#1092 of 2980)

I just pop in to say hello and wish you all a great weekend! It has been a tiring and stressful week here and, though I didn't have the time to really post here, I've always been cheered up by reading your posts these last days! Thanks!

It promises to be a sunny and mild weekend here, just the weather needed for walking in the countryside and admiring the colours fall gave to the trees. It should be great!

I send hugs ans cheering charms all around, with a special thought for TwinklingBlueEyes, I do hope things are ok for her and that she will give us some news soon. ((((((((hugs))))))))

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Lina - Oct 15, 2005 1:57 pm (#1093 of 2980)

We missed the pumpkin day today . The youngest turned out ill. We went to the doctor, she got the antibiotic and she is feeling well already, but we didn't feel like going anywhere... It seems it wasn't meant. My husband was there for his job and he told us it was very beautiful, but there was no pumpkin juice and he couldn't get us home any of the food that was offered.

But I discovered that a weekend is a very good time to catch up on the treads...

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Finn BV - Oct 15, 2005 2:51 pm (#1094 of 2980)

Strengthening charms to Lina's youngest!!

Kaykay, do you use the software Reunion? It is a family tree-making software – very fun and easy to use.

Steph and I (and Gabby and Amelia and Carolyne) went to a Bat Mitzvah today and we had to take a bus through Times Square, and there was a huge poster of Harry with the words "Difficult times lie ahead, Harry" on it… we wanted to take a picture but we had missed it. It was really cool!

Off to the threads…

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haymoni - Oct 15, 2005 5:28 pm (#1095 of 2980)

Today my family began the annual Leaf War.

I don't know what it is, but Hubby cannot stand to see leaves in our yard. I think he lived in a house that had gobs of trees so they were constantly raking. To him, it is a war and today was his first battle. Of course he dragged the rest of us into battle with him.

I prefer to let the darn things sit on the ground and get mulched up when we mow the lawn. If they are still there, so be it! They'll dry up and blow into our neighbor's yard soon enough! And if that doesn't happen, the kids will scrunch them to pieces.

But, no! We had to get his mother's riding mower with the leaf catcher on the back. We were at it from about 10:00 am until 1:00 pm. We only have a half acre lot. I drove his mom's mower and got to empty the bags at least 6 times. He drove our riding mower and did the "less leafy" areas. Then he took the push mower and did around the trees and the into "the ditch" - better him than me - I hate the ditch!

I know that tomorrow they'll all be back again. I say let nature take its course. He insists that if we leave all the leaves on the ground, they will kill our grass. I say, "Even better! Less grass to mow next year!"

Why don't I care about this???

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kaykay1970 - Oct 15, 2005 6:45 pm (#1096 of 2980)

No Finn, I don't have any family tree software. I just used the program available on the myfamily.com website. It was pretty easy to use so I was happy with it.

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Loopy Lupin - Oct 15, 2005 7:25 pm (#1097 of 2980)

Just thought I'd like to say that UVa is currently beating Florida State 23-10 at the start of the third quarter. Definitely lots of game to go, but gotta be happy with the first half so far. GO HOOS!!

Edit- Make that 26-10....Let's all sing the Good Ol' Song! Yay!

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Viola Intonada - Oct 15, 2005 7:28 pm (#1098 of 2980)

Lol, Haymoni, Sounds like the similar battle that occurs in our house. I was raised in the country. We only raked enough leaves to put on the garden. The rest got mowed under.

I'm all for a NE Ohio gathering. I suggest we go see GOF opening day at the Valley View cinemas. We can start a thread to discuss which theater might be more central to everyone. I called yesterday about the "A Night on Lake Eerie". It had sold out the day before.

Right now I bet that Madame Pince is wishing that she had borrowed a tent from Arthur Weasley. hehehe

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Stephanie M. - Oct 16, 2005 9:19 am (#1099 of 2980)

If I had a lawn I would probably wait for most of the leaves to fall of the trees around you and then rake them up. It would be a LOT of work, but then you don't have to rake up the leaves everyday.

I'm glad I don't have a lawn. But then when it snows it isn't as fun in NYC except you can go to Central Park but there are so many kids there.

Okay I'm off to the other threads. Have a great day everyone!

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Ydnam96 - Oct 16, 2005 2:39 pm (#1100 of 2980)

Hey all...stuff here is busy...but boring. Although it did rain here last night and today which is amazing. Let's hope though that we don't start having mud-slides. Rain is such a mixed blessing in Southern California. We need it badly to stop all the fires and refill our water supply (my town actually uses rain water for our city but I think that's because we are a valley town and we have a dam) but if we get too much at one time we have the horrible mudslides and then the brush grows up a lot and it makes next season's fires worse...

Oh well...for the moment I'm liking the rain

As far as leaves go, I gotta admit that despite the work it takes every week it is so much better than waiting till the end. Mostly because there are so many leaves at the end of the season that it is near to impossible to get them all. They get very heavy because they are more than likely wet (at least in the bottom layers) and there are all sorts of bugs in them. And they start to smell when they are wet. Bleh. I would rather rake up dry leaves once a week for an hour than spend two or three days at the end moving icky wet smelly loads of leaves. I used to live in Virginia where we have lots and lots of leaves and lots of land (even two acres is a lot where leaves are concerned).

My thoughts and prayers are with all those forumers who are in the flooded areas and for all those in the hurricane and earthquake effected areas across the world.


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Re: Chat & Greetings 2005

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Marie E. - Oct 16, 2005 2:52 pm (#1101 of 2980)

We had a yard sale this weekend. We did pretty good, bringing in over $200, but now I hate all the stuff that's left over. If I see it again I will burn it. Mr. E is putting windows in for a co-worker and then he's going to run by Goodwill and drop the remainders off. It kills me how cheap some people can be at a yard sale. Yes, it's used stuff, but someone offered us $3 for a leather jacket. Honestly!

Thank you for the healing charms, Lina, I'm feeling much better. I always get sick when the weather starts fluctuating. We had six inches of snow on Monday, today it's 75, and tomorrow they're saying snow again.

Have a great rest of the day!

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Denise P. - Oct 16, 2005 3:03 pm (#1102 of 2980)

Marie, if you don't want to haul stuff off, have you tried Freecycle? It is a group that you just give stuff away on. I know that I have gotten rid of a ton of junk sitting around here rather than haul it off or wait for a yard sale. You just post what you have available and people email you. I just email back the first person, give my address and say it will be out on the driveway so they can come get it. If it is still there after X time, I will email the next person. We have given away a treadmill, tons of computer stuff (not all of it working either), french doors when we put in a slider, clothes, vaccuum cleaner and even our nasty ole love bird (who is doing very well in her new home). www.freecycle.org to find a group near you.

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Stephanie M. - Oct 16, 2005 7:51 pm (#1103 of 2980)

I was coming back from dinner this past night and I saw a bus that had a preview for GoF on the side. It was just the picture of Harry in the foggy darkness with his wand out. But It was really cool though. Except I didn't see it very well because it was moving one way while I was walking the other way.

I also saw a sign for Rent while I was going home and I got very excited that I saw signs for both movies and now I really can't wait for either of them to come out!

Have a good night everyone!

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Soul Mate for Sirius - Oct 16, 2005 10:48 pm (#1104 of 2980)

Hey everyone!

I hope everyone had a great weekend! Mine was pretty good. I talked to Aaron for over an hour today on-line, so that was really really exciting!! He's doing fine. His only complaint was that he's running out of reading material. He's a new HP fan, so he just finished reading the series right before he left for Iraq. I told him to re-read them, because they get better and better with every re-read. He just finished Eragon, said he loved it, and begged me to mail him the second book in the series. I told him I would if he'd mail Eragon home so I could read it!! He gave me some interesting news today as well. I guess he was talking to his mom yesterday as was telling her about how I was planning on coming with her down to North Carolina to meet him when he gets home, and she was surprised. She said that was something a wife or girlfriend would do, but not a friend. I was so offended! Aaron has been my best friend for 6 years and his mom thought it was inappropriate for me to come meet him when he got home!?! Oh well, that's 8 months from now, so hopefully she'll change her mind by then!

As to the leaves, they are the only thing I don't like about fall. I also feel that raking for a bit once a week is a much easier way to deal with the leaves then waiting until the end of the season. Especially in NE Ohio!!

Speaking of NE Ohio, I like the idea of meeting to go see GoF on opening day! Viola Intonada, where exactly is Valley View Cinemas? I think I've heard of it. How many other forum members are in the NE Ohio area?

Anyway, I'm off to check the rest of the threads. Have a good night everyone!

-Jenn

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Ydnam96 - Oct 16, 2005 11:10 pm (#1105 of 2980)

Jenn, maybe his mom wants you to be more than just a friend???

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Soul Mate for Sirius - Oct 16, 2005 11:19 pm (#1106 of 2980)

Jenn, maybe his mom wants you to be more than just a friend??? -Ydnam96

Oh!! That would be wonderful if she did!! If she does, then I just need her to convince Aaron of the same!

-Jenn

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The giant squid - Oct 17, 2005 1:04 am (#1107 of 2980)

Marie, I feel your pain. My mother-in-law is all about garage sales and I can't believe the nerve some people have in trying to haggle. Sure, if something's marked $1 you see if they'll give it up for .75, but to look at a piece of furniture marked $45 (It cost a couple hundred new & was still in excellent condition) and say, "I'll give you five bucks."?? I mean, c'mon... It's also funny how the stuff everyone was looking for at the last sale just sits at the next one.

Then again, I come from a family that doesn't throw anything away. I have trouble with the mere concept of garage sale-ing: "What do you mean, sell it? I might find a use for that piece of burnt-out wire someday!"

--Mike

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Marie E. - Oct 17, 2005 5:24 am (#1108 of 2980)

Thanks, Denise. I'll see if there's a Freecycle around here. *looks at the six unused computer towers behind her*

Mike is right about coming from a family of pack rats. Sometimes I have to give myself a pep talk before parting with things. Our father collects things and stores them in his garage He also has a storage unit filled to the ceiling. He made my sister sign an agreement not to throw his stuff away when he's gone. I guess that means she is the one who has to go through it, right?

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haymoni - Oct 17, 2005 7:10 am (#1109 of 2980)

Jenn - maybe Aaron's mom isn't ready to share him yet. It probably didn't occur to her that there might be somebody else interested in the welfare of her baby boy besides her. Maybe it would be better if a group of friends went down instead of just you. Sounds like Aaron better wake up! You were willing to get tattooed for the guy!

The leaves are back. Sigh.

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azi - Oct 17, 2005 8:44 am (#1110 of 2980)

Ahhh, leaves. I just let them lie and look pretty. What's autumn without loads of leaves to run through anyway?

Yard sales aren't really a done thing in the UK as far as I know. I've never been to one anyway. If you don't want something you take it to a car boot or put it in one of the bags various charities send round.

Jenn, I don't see why you shouldn't see Aaron home. Just go anyway!

My brain is officially frazzled. Today I had 4 hours of class (a lot, considering I haven't done anything for 4 months). Two of those hours were Maths, my worst subject. I was fine when we were looking at graphs (exponential, linear etc.) but then the woman mentioned formulas and I got lost. All the letters and numbers make no sense to me and I can't work them out. We were doing functions, but I've no idea what a function is! I already have an assignment to do on them! Thankfully, I'm not the only completely lost person...

On the plus side, we had an Ecology class today and it was so easy I almost fell asleep.

Everyone have a great day!

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Julie Aronson - Oct 17, 2005 9:08 am (#1111 of 2980)

Valley View cinemas will be fine with me. I live about 20-25 minutes south on 77 of them. We also have some excellent theaters here in the Fairlawn/Montrose area, but I know I'm being selfish since that's where I live! The only problem I have is my school schedule. My only free hours are Saturday until 5pm. Will that work OK?

Julie

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kaykay1970 - Oct 17, 2005 9:56 am (#1112 of 2980)

Seems all the news I can bring to the forum is bad news lately. I think I told you about my 9 year old niece that is in the wheelchair when we were looking for a saddle to buy her. Well she was born with several heart deformities. She had her first open-heart surgery when she was 5 days old. Her second one she was 4 years old. After that one she had a 4 strokes to her brain caused from blood clots. This is why she is now in a wheel chair. She had another open heart when she was six. Today she went in for a routine heart catheter to see how things are going. We got bad news. She has two veins in her arm that are enlarged and instead of supplying blood to her lungs they are simply dumping the blood back into the heart. They will have to do surgery and re-route these veins. In addition they think that she has a blood clot in her heart in the location that the other ones had formed which means she may have to have another open heart. They also say that her heart is over worked and are considering the possibility of a pace maker. They are keeping her at Vanderbilt tonight and then tomorrow they are having a surgical team meeting to discuss options. Please pray for her those of you who pray.

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Thora - Oct 17, 2005 10:34 am (#1113 of 2980)

Cinemark at Valley View sounds great, if I'm still here. So don't plan around me.

Thora

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T Brightwater - Oct 17, 2005 12:11 pm (#1114 of 2980)

kaykay, I am sorry to hear about your niece- that's a huge burden for such a young girl and it must be completely awful for her parents. Sending healing & strengthening charms to all of them (and to your youngest, Lina, and to whoever else needs them.)

The White Sox are going to the World Series for the first time since 1959! They haven't won since 1917. (Only one team has been waiting longer - my poor old Cubs, who haven't been to the Series since 1945, and haven't won since 1908.)

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kaykay1970 - Oct 17, 2005 12:28 pm (#1115 of 2980)

Thanks T Brightwater. My niece is coming home tomorrow. The surgical team is not meeting until Thursday. Anyway she does have a hard blood clot in her heart. It is inside a valve that does not function properly.

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Soul Mate for Sirius - Oct 17, 2005 1:12 pm (#1116 of 2980)

Hey everyone!

KayKay, I'm so sorry to hear about your niece. That has got to be so hard for all of you. Strengthening and Healing Charms your way. I'll keep your niece and your family in my prayers.

Marie & Mike, I know what you guys mean about having a family of packrats. My dad is crazy about keeping everything! When we moved back to NE Ohio from Pennsylvania, our new house didn't have a basement, so we had a lot less storage space. My dad tried to keep everything anyway! It was insane. he had boxes of stuff he didn't need piled up in my parent's bedroom! Needless to say, as soon as he left for a business trip, my mom got rid of most of the junk. He was not happy when he got home!

Valley View Cinemas sounds good to me as well!!

I was thinking more about this whole situation with Aaron's mom and I think you're probably right haymoni. She's probably just having a hard time letting him go. I just hope she can accept how close our friendship is, and understand I'm not really trying to steal her baby from her!!

Anyway, I"m off to check the threads...Have a great day everyone!

-Jenn

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Lina - Oct 17, 2005 1:17 pm (#1117 of 2980)

Kaykay, it is difficult to see such a young person having to struggle so much. Strengthening charms and (((((((((((((((hugs)))))))))))))))))) to you, your niece and your families!

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Stephanie M. - Oct 17, 2005 1:37 pm (#1118 of 2980)

KayKay, strengthening and healing charms to your niece and other family members going through this rough time with her.

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Finn BV - Oct 17, 2005 2:22 pm (#1119 of 2980)

Kaykay, my best wishes to your niece. Prayers.

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Viola Intonada - Oct 17, 2005 2:29 pm (#1120 of 2980)

KayKay, strengthening and healing charms to your niece and family.

Julie, The Valley View Cinema is near 480 and I-77. (Exit from I-77 to Rockside Rd. East on Rockside, turn North on Canal Road. It is on Canal Road.)

Pack Rats Unite!!!! I come from a long line of pack rats. I hope my parents never plan to move (30 years in one place). Though it never fails, something can sit unused for years, but you'll desperately need it within a week of throwing it away. Alas, earwax....

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Amilia Smith - Oct 17, 2005 3:29 pm (#1121 of 2980)

When my folks were first married, my Mom heard a lecture saying that if you haven't used something in over a year, you should throw it out. So she threw out my Dad's crash symbols (he's a drummer). After that fiasco, she has been reluctant to throw anything out, and we have been pack rats ever since.

Mills.

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kaykay1970 - Oct 17, 2005 4:56 pm (#1122 of 2980)

Thanks for the support everyone. I called my sister. After the initial heart catheter the doctors decided to do 2 more, one under each collar bone. She actually has 4 veins that will have to be re-routed. Anyway my niece was happy she got to have a happy meal tonight.

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Madam Pince - Oct 17, 2005 5:22 pm (#1123 of 2980)

kaykay, I'm sorry to hear about your niece's health problems. Hope the doctors are able to help her out so that she will be better soon. And yay! A Happy Meal helps almost any situation, doesn't it?

***Puts arm around Loopy's shoulder and sways back and forth singing "That good ol' song of Wahoo-Wah, we'll sing it o'er and o'er, it cheers our hearts and warms our blood to hear them shout and roar! We come from Old Vir-gin-i-a where all is bright and gay, let's all join hands and give a yell for dear old U-V-A! Wah-hoo-wah, Wah-hoo-wah, Uni-V-Vir-gin-i-a! Hoo-rah-ray, Hoo-rah-ray, Hey, Hey, UVA!!!"*****  Man, I can remember the days when beating Florida State would be like beating the 1970's Pittsburgh Steelers or something! Woo-hoo!

Viola, I unite with my fellow Pack-Rats! I'm terrible about it, and come from a long line of pack rats. It drives Mr. Pince nuts. But then again, he's jealous of the fact that I still have most of my toys from when I was little (stored at my Mom's house) and he can only look at his James Bond 007 Spy Kit on e-Bay, listing for around $400.

We had a good camping weekend. It was great weather, we had an excellent campsite down by a little creek and out of the wind, the wood provided was not too terribly wet so the campfire was easy, all in all it was quite fun. We got there a little later than planned on Friday so we didn't cook anything for dinner, but nobody was hungry anyways so we just snacked on cold fried chicken. Then Saturday we made a big breakfast, and then did a beef roast with potatos and carrots and green beans for dinner. One of our fellow campers had made a large jug of Rum Grog which was quite nice. We also baked a peach cobbler type thing over the fire which turned out well. I got to visit a lot of friends that I usually see only once a year. I actually fit into the dresses that I wanted to wear, so that was a pleasant surprise, and the bruising on my ribs from the corset is only minor. We were both pretty tired today -- there were a lot of "snorers" in the camp, plus a dawn battle Sunday morning and some late revelers both Friday and Saturday, so we didn't sleep too well. But all in all, it was great fun! Even without Arthur Weasley's tent!

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Amilia Smith - Oct 17, 2005 8:44 pm (#1124 of 2980)

***Oops*** I meant "cymbals," not "symbols." Goes to show you can't rely on spell-check . . .

Glad you had a good weekend, Madam Pince. It sounds like a lot of fun.

Mills.

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The giant squid - Oct 17, 2005 11:45 pm (#1125 of 2980)

We packrats of the world could unite, but there isn't enough space in the room with all our crap. Let me describe my father this way: for the last three years his "friend" Jeannie has bet him $20 he couldn't make enough room in his garage to fit the car inside. Last year he almost won...he could get the car in, but there wasn't enough room to open the door to get out afterward. I think she gave up this year.

Then again, I'm the guy who still has character sheets for RPG characters I haven't played in almost 2 decades. It's genetic, I tell ya.

--Mike

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T Brightwater - Oct 18, 2005 5:51 am (#1126 of 2980)

Count me among the packrats, but there is hope of reform. Last Saturday my husband maneuvered me into cleaning my office by suggesting that I put the books I need on a regular basis within arm's reach, on a small bookcase, instead of piled on a stool. This meant that a few things had to be moved, and then he offered to vacuum...two shopping bags full of office paper for recycling later, and I can actually get to my chair without stepping on something. Some of this carpet hasn't seen the light for at least five years.

My case of essential books is evenly divided between liturgy and HP. :-)

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Lina - Oct 18, 2005 6:46 am (#1127 of 2980)

I watched recently an Oprah show about a "compulsive collecting disorder". Well, the result would be a great mess in the home. I used to think that a mess would be a consequence of depression, but it seems that a depression could be a consequence of a mess. Now, since I am mentioning all the time a mess at my home (which I agree that is unavoidable with children...) I came to the conclusion that compulsive collecting is my problem and started to make a selection. All I can say that it is a great and a deliberating feeling to give or throw things away! And then to see parts of the floor... I recommend!

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Ydnam96 - Oct 18, 2005 7:38 am (#1128 of 2980)

I used to keep everything. I mean, everything. I would keep movie ticket stubs, clothes that didn't fit or that I never wore, old magazines...you name it I kept it. But recently (due to the fact that I have moved every summer but one since I graduated high school in 1996) I have started getting rid of things. It's quite liberating actually. I've gotten rid of all the books I don't read, all the movies I don't watch, all (well most) of the clothes I don't wear, all kinds of stuff. It's great. When I had cable I loved that show Clean Sweep on TLC. I really really liked that show on BBC America that Clean Sweep was created after, but I can't remember the name. They actually brought a huge trash compactor to the house and made the people throw stuff in it!

Anyway..it's still raining I love it.

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Loopy Lupin - Oct 18, 2005 7:40 am (#1129 of 2980)

Then again, I'm the guy who still has character sheets for RPG characters I haven't played in almost 2 decades. It's genetic, I tell ya.—Mike

For those of you who are considerably younger than Mike and myself, let me explain the phrase "character sheets." This actually involved paper (made from trees) and pencil (made from wood and graphite). The sheet were used to keep up with your character's identity (e. g. female half-elf thief), personality (e. g. lawful v. chaotic or good v. evil), and your character's general abilities (e. g. strength, charisma, dexterity, etc.) It was best to use pencil because as your character progressed, you would have to erase (using an eraser) prior entries for new ones. In other words, we used to keep manual records of the info you find nowadays when you click on "character stats."

Sigh.....Not only am I a geek; I'm an old geek.

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Denise P. - Oct 18, 2005 8:02 am (#1130 of 2980)

Heh Loopy, I can still remember standing in awestruck wonder outside a Radio Shack at those Tandy computers.

I was so used to doing character sheets (for fiction rather than RPG) in paper and pencil that when we first got a computer, I would still do them in a notebook and then type them in Word to send to my beta readers LOL

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Loopy Lupin - Oct 18, 2005 8:41 am (#1131 of 2980)

Hehe. I continue to be awestruck at the concept of a 20-sided die.

As some of you may know or recall, my parents have thoroughly replaced me with 6 (count 'em 6!) dogs. I've been too lazy to put any pictures up, but it turns out that 5 of them are featured on the local vet's website. Here's a link:

http://www.kingsmountainac.com/showpracfaq.cfm?FAQID=3492&Private=1

From left to right, that is Flash, Cooter, Jesse, Lulu, and Daisy Mae. Roscoe apparently didn't feel like having his picture made that day. The Ford Explorer they are in is known as the "puppymobile." Flash doesn't typically drive, but they all do typically ride with their heads hanging out. Flash, Roscoe, and Lulu are purebreed Bassets. Cooter is supposedly a purebreed Beagle but I have my doubts. Jesse and Daisy are from the same litter and are not "pure" anything, except immensely spoiled.

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Snuffles - Oct 18, 2005 8:47 am (#1132 of 2980)

Loopy, they are adorable. The one that is third from the left looks just like my sister in law's dog Molly. She is the sweetest natured dog I have ever met.

If it takes 6 dogs to replace you, you must have been one heck of a child to handle!!!

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Madam Pince - Oct 18, 2005 12:04 pm (#1133 of 2980)
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Loopy, they are adorable! I would take Lulu home in a minute!

TBrightwater, congratulations on your "clean-up" day! How liberating to be able to see the floor! Woo-hoo! Sounds like your hubby had the right idea -- be supportive and make suggestions and be right there with a trash bag, but don't be pushy! Those shows like "Clean Sweep" often turn me off because the guy totally rejects any sentiment at all and just sort of forces the people to throw things out. For example, they often look at books as mere "decorative objects" that are intended to simply dress-up a piece of furniture. Silly people!

Re being an "old geek," last week Mr. Pince and I were reading the news over our coffee and we saw that Nipsey Russell had died. So that started us on a trip down Memory Lane of older comedians and people who used to be on game shows like "The $10,000 Pyramid" and "Truth or Consequences" or "To Tell The Truth" or "What's My Line?" We decided that the cut-off point for determining if you are "old" or not is if you know who Kitty Carlisle is/was. ("Is" - I just looked it up and she's still living!)

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haymoni - Oct 18, 2005 12:16 pm (#1134 of 2980)

Yes - kids today think that Donny Osmond was always the host for The Pyramid.

Crazy stuff going on at work today. Sometimes I learn too much about my employees. Enough information! Stop the Insanity!

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Finn BV  - Oct 18, 2005 1:40 pm (#1135 of 2980)

Nuh-uh! I watch Pyramid from time to time with Donny and I know it's Dick Clark!! **does dance** But only because they show the old episodes on GSN.

Cute dogs Loopy! I like Cooter myself!

Congrats to your White Sox, TB. Might as well have them win and get it over with… No, seriously, I'll be rooting for them.

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T Brightwater - Oct 18, 2005 2:22 pm (#1136 of 2980)

OK, Madame Pince, I officially qualify as "old" by your criterion. :-) The first time I felt old was when I was reminiscing about the '69 Cubs to a co-worker, and he told me he hadn't even been born then.

Don Adams also died recently. He was not only the star of "Get Smart" (surely someone has come up with a real shoe phone by now?) but the voice of Tennessee Tuxedo.

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Viola Intonada - Oct 18, 2005 2:51 pm (#1137 of 2980)

Don Adams and Nipsy Russell died?!?!? I missed those bits of news. Yes, I too, fall into the "old" category.

I love the show "Clean Sweep". This summer I "Clean Swept" my living room. I couldn't believe the bags of trash I threw away, and I still didn't have room for everything. I did get rid of the piles of clutter that I had stacked all over the room. It has been difficult to keep them from coming back. Even though I threw a lot of things away, the pack rat in me would not let me get rid of everything that could be thrown away.

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Soul Mate for Sirius - Oct 18, 2005 2:59 pm (#1138 of 2980)

Hey everyone.

Loopy, the dogs are so cute!

I really don't have too much else to say today...I'm really busy!!!

Have a great day everyone!!

-Jenn

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Lina - Oct 18, 2005 3:04 pm (#1139 of 2980)

Yes, Viola, I know exactly what do you mean. It is the same here. But look it from the other side: if you threw everything on the first cleaning attempt, what would bring you the deliberating feeling next time? That's why I said that I started to make a selection!

Loopy, thanks for sharing your dogs (OK, their picture) with us! They are so cute!

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Finn BV - Oct 18, 2005 3:29 pm (#1140 of 2980)

Whoa, wait a second, I just realized… I know who Kitty Carlisle is!! Does that mean I'm old? And the scary thing is… I knew she was still living, without looking anything up.

**backs away, scared at these horrid thoughts**

Well, I know her because she was in a Marx Brothers movie, ages ago. And… there was another reason, too, don't remember now…

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I Am Used Vlad - Oct 18, 2005 3:53 pm (#1141 of 2980)

Finn, you know who the Marx Brothers are but didn't know Buster. They, along with almost everyone else, stole many of their funny bits from my avatar. Karl has always been my favorite, by the way.

Loopy, don't feel bad about being replaced by dogs. When I graduated from high school, my parents offered to buy me a one way bus ticket to the destination of my choice, as long as I agreed to stay there.

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Madam Pince - Oct 18, 2005 4:31 pm (#1142 of 2980)

Don Adams and Nipsy Russell died?!?!?

Yup. And Bob Denver, too. TVLand is having a rough year.

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Finn BV - Oct 18, 2005 6:46 pm (#1143 of 2980)

No, I knew Buster, but he wasn't the first name who sprang to mind, unfortunately. I believe I wrote that around the time of my solo recital and my head wasn't thinking straight. Then again, I could have just made up when I wrote that and I was running off somewhere. But I assure you I do know Buster. I'm sorry it sparked such a discussion. Groucho is unbeatable, sorry:

   "Quote me as saying I was misquoted."

   "Military justice is to justice what military music is to music."

   "Room Service? Send up a larger room."

   Too good.



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Julie Aronson - Oct 18, 2005 7:21 pm (#1144 of 2980)

Hey, lighten up on the old geeks--I resemble that remark!

I still have all my old dice and characters in my basement, and recently thought about selling my DMG, Players Handbook, & etc. on E-bay, but I'm not sure I can part with them. Yes, Mike, it's been at least 20 years for me, too...

Julie

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The giant squid - Oct 19, 2005 12:46 am (#1145 of 2980)

Sigh.....Not only am I a geek; I'm an old geek.--Loopy Lupin

Eh? What's that? Speak up, you whippersnapper!

Julie, don't misunderstand...the character sheets are 20 years old, but my PHB was used last Friday.

Finn, all you've done is provide further proof that you are a 50-year-old man posing as a teenager.

Sam: Karl always was funnier than Zeppo...

--Mike

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azi - Oct 19, 2005 2:18 am (#1146 of 2980)

Woohoo, I've never heard of any of these people so I can't be old!

Nothing wrong with being a geek. Geeks are cool! I only played my first RPG thing on Monday, but it was fun. I killed a person, hacked two computers and infiltrated a gang's HQ successfully. I have been told I will collect many dice and bits of paper, but I haven't got any yet.

Everyone have a groovy day!

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Stephanie M. - Oct 19, 2005 3:59 am (#1147 of 2980)

I have heard of a lot of the people too!

How old am I really? I thought I was younger than dirt...

Oh well, I love being an old geek!

Have a great day, everyone!!!

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haymoni - Oct 19, 2005 4:43 am (#1148 of 2980)

I will let Hubby know that SOMEONE out there knows that Don Adams was Tennessee Tuxedo.

He claims it wasn't mentioned in any of the reports about Don Adams' death and was actually a bit miffed about it!

None of us like the new James Bond

What's happening to me? Am I becoming one of those old people that doesn't like change???

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Madam Pince - Oct 19, 2005 5:44 am (#1149 of 2980)

Oh, I agree about the new James Bond. He ain't no Sean, that's for sure. Nor Pierce either, for that matter.

On a mostly un-related side-note, my Dad's CB "handle" (now there's another icon for older folks) was "007." Which is pretty funny, since my dad the cattle farmer was about as far from James Bond as you could get. But I suppose I must've gotten my vivid imagination from somebody....

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Marie E. - Oct 19, 2005 5:49 am (#1150 of 2980)

I saw it mentioned somewhere that Don Adams was Tennessee Tuxedo, haymoni. I remember watching that cartoon after school, along with Deputy Dawg and maybe Mighty Mouse. It's been awhile.

I forced myself to get rid of some books at my yard sale last weekend. It was hard, let me tell you. I weeded through our board games, too. It is liberating. Once a year I go through my clothes and sneak into hubby's closet. I swear I found a shirt last week from 1992 in his closet. He must have been hiding it from me.

Sort of on the same subject of cleaning: We have a stack of books in our office three feet high and six feet long. Mr. E promised to build bookshelves but he said first he'd have to clean out the garage to have room. I gave him until the end of October. At first there was progress in the garage i.e. a path from the back door to the front door. Something happened and now it's all kaput. I'm already eyeing bookshelves at our Oak Express. He thinks I won't do it. Silly boy.
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T Brightwater - Oct 19, 2005 6:18 am (#1151 of 2980)

We started building bookshelves about five years ago. Unfortunately, my husband and I share a habit of starting things and not finishing them.

Lina, minor point of English - to liberate is to set something free (Latin root liber, free); to deliberate is to come to a careful decision by weighing alternatives (Latin root libra, scales).

On the other hand, maybe "deliberating feeling" is what you meant - the satisfaction of coming to a decision that you don't need all that stuff!

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haymoni - Oct 19, 2005 7:54 am (#1152 of 2980)

Or "De liberating feeling", like "the liberating feeling".

In any event, we knew what you meant - it feels great to get rid of junk!

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Lina - Oct 19, 2005 9:22 am (#1153 of 2980)

Thank you Brightwater and Haymony for correcting and understanding me. Indeed, what I meant was liberating feeling. Sometimes I use words just because I like the way that they sound, but it can end up in a wrong way...

Now, talking about bookshelves: I saw one in a catalogue of one market that was very cheap and told my husband to go and buy it before it gets sold off. He went at 8 in the morning, bought it and brought it home. My sister liked it very much and she run to that market to buy it too. She was very fortunate to find the last remained! I can not describe what revolution did those bookshelves bring in our lives! I just went to see her room today and it is nothing like it used to be. You can walk there, and sit on the armchair! So we are quite in the middle of the process of getting rid of stuff. Unfortunately, she finds many things that she thinks would make my daughters happy... And the only comment of my mum is "It was not me who gave it to them!"

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Denise P. - Oct 19, 2005 9:49 am (#1154 of 2980)

Mr. Denise built an entire double garage wall of bookshelves for me. They are double stacked too. Two rows of books on each shelf, one slightly higher so you can see the title and then books laid horizontally on top of them. Even so, I am running out of space and will soon have to go through and purge out books that I am willing to part with. I have close to 100 Star Trek novels, I can probably part with most of them but I have some favorites in there to keep.

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MoonRider - Oct 19, 2005 10:39 am (#1155 of 2980)

Hi All!

Do we have a member that's an English Teacher-----or, actually, I know we have a TON of librarians (Happy belated birthday, Steve!).....

Could someone tell me what it's called when you see a movie/read a book/whatever and end-up feeling sorry for "the bad guy"??? I'm just curious. I remember that one of my High School teachers taught us about "this", and used "Bonnie and Clyde" (movie) as the example.

I just "found" Dean R. Koontz!!! OMG!!!!

.....got any of THOSE books you'd like to get rid of, Denise?

Thanks, ahead of time!

MoonRider

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Puck - Oct 19, 2005 10:40 am (#1156 of 2980)

Hello! Just a quick check in before getting back to the house work, or perhaps having a nap.

Denise, no idea how you do it! I'm exhausted! By the time I do a feeding and get Natalie back to sleep during the wee hours, it's time to get Parker up and ready for school. Thus, the day often starts at about 4am.

Marie, I finally got the hutch my hubby promised about 2 or 3 years after the project started, and only because I told him if I didn't see it by a certain date I was going out and buying one. I have a friend who's about to potty train a child who's dad still hasn't finished building the changing table!

My son's school does a books by the pound thing. You donate books and get a slip saying how many pound you turned in, then on the swap night you go and can get that many pounds of books. You can pay for extra pounds, and it's a few dollars to get into the swap. They use it as a fund raiser.

Well, lots to get done. Just wanted to pop in and say hello!

Kathy

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Denise P. - Oct 19, 2005 10:53 am (#1157 of 2980)

Kathy, it helps that I have a generally easy going baby. He is not high demand so I can put him on a play mat, in a bouncy seat or a swing for a bit to do other things. If all else fails, he goes into a kangaroo pouch and I just continue on with him watching from his pouch. He also goes to sleep about 10 pm and sleeps until about 5-6 am. **:knock on wood**:

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Finn BV - Oct 19, 2005 1:23 pm (#1158 of 2980)

Finn, all you've done is provide further proof that you are a 50-year-old man posing as a teenager. –Mike

Back in my day, we would have said… oh, wait, no, I didn't say that.

Good to see you around, Kathy! Hope Natalie's doing well.

Love the new pic, Denise!

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Catherine - Oct 19, 2005 1:57 pm (#1159 of 2980)

Could someone tell me what it's called when you see a movie/read a book/whatever and end-up feeling sorry for "the bad guy"??? I'm just curious. I remember that one of my High School teachers taught us about "this", and used "Bonnie and Clyde" (movie) as the example. –Moonrider

Are you referring to an anti-hero? Someone who has the qualities of a villain, but may also have enough heroic qualities that he/she is nonetheless sympathetic?

Loopy Lupin, all I can say is finally! I got to see the Dukes of Hazard namesake pups at last. I can see why your parents have no time for anything but the dogs--there are six of them! Yikes!

I had to substitute for math again. Eeeek! They kept asking me awkward questions about negative exponents. I told them, "Look, I know what the answer is, but I cannot explain WHY. You are asking someone who actually cheered aloud when I realized that I didn't have to take calculus my senior year of high school and did an actual dance in my guidance counselor's office."

I'm off tomorrow. Poor Daisy (my younger shih-tzu, to those who don't know) has to have ear surgery tomorrow, so I had an "excuse" to say no to work tomorrow.

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Viola Intonada - Oct 19, 2005 2:41 pm (#1160 of 2980)

Bob Denver died?!?!? When did he die? I've been paying less attention to the outside world than I realized. I can't wait until soccer season is over. (Only one more week, yeah!)

I have to say that books are one of the hardest things for me to get rid of. I love to go through and reread them when I can't find anything new that sounds appealing to me. There are some books that I know I will never reread (such as the Piers Anthony Zanth series) but I don't want to get rid of them incase my children (when they are much older) are interested in reading them. I don't like getting books from the library because then I don't feel that I can enjoy the book at my own pace, plus I'm always worried that something will happen to it and then I'll get over due notices and death threats from the librarians..... (shivers at the thought)

Hubby and I put together a wall full of floor to ceiling bookcases. It is far more full than we ever anticipated it being. We can't fit half the things we had hoped to, such as trophies, movies, CDs and such. I did manage to fit quite an assortment of Harry Potter legos on the shelves though.

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timrew - Oct 19, 2005 3:12 pm (#1161 of 2980)

Loopy Lupin:- This actually involved paper (made from trees) and pencil (made from wood and graphite).

Wayne, you're young enough to remember paper and pencils? When I was at school, it was a slate, that we scratched on with a stylus!

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Catherine - Oct 19, 2005 3:33 pm (#1162 of 2980)

Wayne, you're young enough to remember paper and pencils? When I was at school, it was a slate, that we scratched on with a stylus! Timrew

At least we aren't mentioning papyrus rolls or scratching cuneiform on a clay tablet....

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timrew - Oct 19, 2005 3:39 pm (#1163 of 2980)

Catherine, it could have been cuneiform on a clay tablet..........when you get to my age, the memory starts to fog.............

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Chemyst - Oct 19, 2005 5:06 pm (#1164 of 2980)

I was going to say that I was too much of a cheap-skate to have character sheets, so I settled for just the pillow slip.   .... but I worried that the character was low in dexterity and couldn't quite get the tongue into the cheek.

Thank you all for sharing your bookshelf stories. I feel a lot more grateful now.
I've noticed that there are two kinds of reactions among people who visit our home for the first time. One kind is astonishment at how many bookshelves we have; and then there are the others who think this is quite normal. You forum folk definitely fall into the quite normal zone!

Puck, the story about your friend with the unfinished changing table made me smile. Ours got done only because I was the one who built it – all by myself. My romantic myth of a young couple sharing a project to prepare for the first baby sort of got blown to smithereens. That was many years ago. Today it is in the sun porch and we call it a 'dog loft' because our beagle likes the height. She'll sit on it to watch the squirrels and bunnies that scamper across the back yard.

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dizzy lizzy - Oct 19, 2005 7:22 pm (#1165 of 2980)

I remember a saying that says something along the lines of the best kind of interior decorating is building bookshelves. I have the largest collection of books within my family and even then I think some of you guys would have more than me.

For me, and for quite a few of you no doubt, my lounge-room and study are arranged around bookcases. I go into raptures over the thought of having to buy a new bookcase and spend days rearranging my house to accommodate said books and their shelving; and completely forget I would be better of getting the electrician to come to my house and fix my stove.

Lizzy

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Viola Intonada - Oct 19, 2005 7:44 pm (#1166 of 2980)

Dizzy, Why would you want some one to fix your stove? Then you would have to use it! :goofygrin:

The week that my stove was broke was one of my happiest weeks in my house. I didn't have to cook or clean the kitchen the whole week. What wonderful bliss. Then my husband had to prove that he was handy around the house, he ordered the part, installed it and ever after the stove worked perfectly. I'll have to do a better job of breaking it next time.....

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The giant squid - Oct 20, 2005 3:51 am (#1167 of 2980)

He thinks I won't do it. Silly boy.--Marie E.

You would think that after all these years he'd have learned to tell when you're serious. It doesn't happen often, but there's a certain look you get in your eye...

I just have a minor bookshelf gripe. Either no one makes paperback-sized bookshelves, or no one around me sells them. It irritates me to have so much wasted space on these 10" deep shelves with my 5" books. The closest thing I've seen are "media shelves", designed to fit DVDs/VHS/etc. They're shallow enough to soothe that twitch, but they just aren't tall or wide enough. And, of course, I don't have the patience to build my own...

Then again, as a guy I have perfected the use of the floor as a low, unlimited-width shelf.

--Mike

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T Brightwater - Oct 12, 2005 7:54 am (#1168 of 2980)

If you were in the Chicago area, Mike, I'd direct you to 57th St. Bookcases. My advice is to go to the nearest used book dealer or independent bookstore - people who frequent those places usually have lots of books, and you're likely to find flyers for small companies that will make bookshelves in any size you want. The store owner may also have some recommendations.

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Denise P. - Oct 20, 2005 7:03 am (#1169 of 2980)

It irritates me to have so much wasted space on these 10" deep shelves with my 5" books.

Mr. Denise took pieces of 2x4's and put them on the shelf to raise books placed on it. Then we put another row of books in front, covering the 2x4's. You get twice the books on the shelf and you can still easily see the titles of both rows. Of course, then we also put books horizontally on top of the back (elevated) row of books.

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Kowalla - Oct 20, 2005 11:01 am (#1170 of 2980)

Hi. I know this is totally off-subject, and it may also be old news, but I saw something today that I HAD to mention. Has anyone seen a copy of Teen Vogue? I saw one and I couldn't help but notice that Emma Watson is on the front cover of the magazine! Naturally, my first thought was "OOH! I MUST post that on the forum!" Anyway, on the subject of bookshelves, my husband was nice enough to make me my own set of shelves for our bedroom for Christmas one year. That was so sweet of him. Good luck to all who are searching for the perfect bookshelves

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Madam Pince - Oct 20, 2005 11:42 am (#1171 of 2980)

Poor Viola -- I'm sorry to be the bearer of such bad news. Yes, Gilligan passed away on Sept. 2nd. Very sad.

Wow, Rhys sleeps 7-8 hours at night??!!!?? How fantastic is that! Congratulations, Denise!!!!

Dizzy Lizzy, I just discovered the neatest thing while I was reading posts. If you put your cursor over your avatar of your dog, and then the cursor turns into that "hand" thingy with the finger outstretched, then you can give your dog a scratch on the tummy! Which, of course, I did.

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Catherine - Oct 20, 2005 1:08 pm (#1172 of 2980)

What a day. I was off from work, and I think I am more tired from "working" at home today than I have been the past few months.

My rugs are still not back from the rug cleaners. They were supposed to deliver them yesterday, then today, and now tomorrow. Grrr. I'm tired of living on a rug pad--its surface grips dog hair and dirt and dust and looks disgusting unless one vacuums it every five mintues, which of course I am not about to do.

Daisy has recovered well from her surgery, and it looks like her eardrum is intact, which is great news. To make cleaning the wounds easier, the vet cut all of the fur off of her ear, which made her lopsided and even sillier-looking. At my request, the other ear was barbered as well. Now her face is very round and funny.

Waits for Kim to chime in that shih-tzus look funny all of the time...

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The giant squid - Oct 20, 2005 1:41 pm (#1173 of 2980)

But Denise...what you're suggesting would actually require effort on my part, and that's just not done. Actually, I've done a similar thing with the bookcase we're storing our VHS tapes on, as I have 2 cases with three shelves each and I needed 8 shelves worth of space. The bottom row is doubled up using old tapes we never watch as the "lifts".

Hmm...using the Mr. P. method I might actually be able to get all of my Heinlein books on one shelf. That's almost enough incentive to overcome my general lethargy and procrastinatory impulse. Almost.

Catherine, Daisy may look silly, but I'm sure she looks better with both ears lopped than just one. If anyone asks, just tell 'em it's her Hallowe'en costume.

--Mike

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Puck - Oct 20, 2005 2:10 pm (#1174 of 2980)

Or, you could get her an actual costume to cover up those ears! I saw doggy darth Vader costumes during a hunt for one for my son.

Okay, I know it was likely a fluke, but Natalie slept from 9pm-5am last night! Then, went back down after a feeding until I got her up at 8:30 so I could take Maya to school. I, of course, was awake every hour checking to be sure she was still breathing!

Got to go get the bread from the machine. I love appliances that make it seem like I put true effort into a dinner, when really I spoent less than 10 minutes. Now, if only I could find one to take the dishes from the sink and move them into the dish washer...

Kathy

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Lina - Oct 20, 2005 2:17 pm (#1175 of 2980)

Kathy, it's so nice to see you around! I'm glad that Natalie is starting to give you more time for us!

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Oct 20, 2005 3:09 pm (#1176 of 2980)

Waits for Kim to chime in that shih-tzus look funny all of the time...---Catherine

Well, they do.

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Soul Mate for Sirius - Oct 20, 2005 3:38 pm (#1177 of 2980)

Waits for Kim to chime in that shih-tzus look funny all of the time..-Catherine

As much as I love dogs...I have to agree that shih-tzus do look funny. Sorry Catherine

-Jenn

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Julie Aronson - Oct 20, 2005 5:13 pm (#1178 of 2980)

If I could guarantee the amount of time I'd spend at home, I'd have a shih-tzu. A friend has some and they are the sweetest, most adorable dogs I've ever encountered. Admittedly, I don't spend much time around dogs, but still!

Julie

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Viola Intonada - Oct 20, 2005 6:47 pm (#1179 of 2980)

Thanks for the info Madame Pince. I guess that tiny ship is now surely lost, since it has lost the courage of its fearless crew, sigh....

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CatherineHermiona - Oct 20, 2005 9:40 pm (#1180 of 2980)

Kathy, I'm glad to see you around! I know that you must be very busy (it would be strange that you aren't).

That must be horrible running around every so often for a heart surgery. But as long as it helps...........

My detention is over. I can be on the forum again (Mum told me that I can't go to forum until Friday. What a cruel detention! And only because I helped other people in their reports.). In the meantime lots of things happened. I was shooting a serie on Tuesday and my shooting was terrible. Only 138 (I was shooting that bad at the end of my 5th grade). Well, I hope today things will be better. A report for Croatian teacher was very well. It was about history of the movie and it's developing. Me and all people I helped to get an A. Today we are getting results from Physics. I hope it will go well too. Well, that's all I can remember of now.

Good night/morning everyone! Kate

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Ydnam96 - Oct 20, 2005 10:20 pm (#1181 of 2980)

Unfortunately I have been having some money issues for the last year or so. Because of that I have sold every book and movie that I don't HAVE to keep. I managed to whittle down my collection of books to about 1/3 or 1/4 of what I previously had and cut my movies by over half. Yay for Half.com.

Now my book cases actually look clean instead of having books piled everywhere Smile I actually got rid of the college metal crate shelve I used to have them all on. It was liberating. Now I just borrow books either from friends or the library.

Kate: your mom must be pretty nice. My mom would have grounded me (detention I guess) for a lot longer In fact, I was grounded for an entire semester my Junior year of high school because I got a D in Algebra II (and really in most places it would have been a C, it was a 76 out of 100, but our school had a strange grading scale).

Catherine, how sad for your doggy to have it's ear hair all shaved off. We had to shave our dog and she always looked silly (she was a very long haired Tibetan Spaniel and in the summer if we didn't shave her she would overheat.) but she looked like a rat when you took all the hair off. A loveable adorable rat. But a rat none-the-less.

So, my grandparents are right in the path of Wilma. They are going to go stay in a hotel that is a hurricane-"proof" because they live in a mobile home. My other grandpa is in the hospital- so he is pretty safe I think. Plus, he is further up the coast of Florida so I don't think they are in much danger. Man, there have been a lot of storms this year!

Well, I'm off to bed. I'm heading to downtown LA tomorrow with a friend, neither of us have been...I'm sure it will be an adventure. Happy Friday all!!

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Lina - Oct 21, 2005 5:35 am (#1182 of 2980)

Ydnam96: Kate: your mom must be pretty nice.
You just say that because you know I will read!


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T Brightwater - Oct 21, 2005 5:58 am (#1183 of 2980)

Ydnam96 - Los Angeles has a downtown??? Where?    

Hope your grandparents are ok.

Kate, good to see you again! I guess "But Hermione does it!" wouldn't work as an excuse...

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Finn BV - Oct 21, 2005 6:32 am (#1184 of 2980)

LOL, Brightwater!

Mandy, best wishes to your grandparents! We don't need another hurricane disaster.

I have to rush off to class, but check TLC for my name in the Extra! thing… I sent some news in!

Adios.

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Eponine - Oct 21, 2005 7:11 am (#1185 of 2980)

Finn, I was wondering if that was you.

My sister and her kids have been visiting me for the week. They left this morning, and while I'm glad to have my house back, I miss them like crazy when they leave. We had a good time while they were here.

I hope everyone is having a great day!

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Puck - Oct 21, 2005 8:17 am (#1186 of 2980)

Mandy, best to your Grandparents.

Does anyone watch Amazing Race? They were in New Orleans in this week’s episode (obviously taped over the summer.) It was so sad to see the city as it was. There was a family from there participating as well, and their home was lost.

Trying to type left handed with a cat on my lap while feeding the baby is not easy. Think I'll try reading the threads instead.

Kathy

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Ydnam96 - Oct 21, 2005 8:47 am (#1187 of 2980)

Lina: well I knew you were reading it but I meant it as well!

T Brightwater: I've been told it does, I'll find out today.

Thanks for the good thoughts and wishes for my grandparents. They've been through many years of hurricanes so I don't think they are scared and they are doing what they should (which is getting out of the unsafe building). So I'm hoping for the best!

Eponine: LOVE the avatar

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kaykay1970 - Oct 21, 2005 8:55 am (#1188 of 2980)

Puck sounds like you are pretty good at multi-tasking. That seems to come with motherhood. I always kept a knit hat on one of my babies when we went to my other childrens' baseball games (his hair was thin and I didn't want his head to burn). I was feeding him a bottle and two people had already tried to put his little cap back on when I reached over with one hand had placed it on in an instant. They were like "How did you do that!"

My niece's doctors called my sister yesterday. They are doing all her repairs with one surgery. They are going to stich open the faulty valves in her heart so that they won't throw clots, remove the clot already present, re-route those veins and put in the pacemaker. It will require open-heart with a heart-lung bypass for the entire surgery. There is a great danger in the use of the heart-lung bypass because of her strokes. They have not scheduled the surgery yet so I will keep you posted. She may have to take her back to Nashville today because the site on her thigh that they put the initial heart cath into looks infected.

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Stephanie M. - Oct 21, 2005 9:36 am (#1189 of 2980)

Puck, you really can multi-task!

I love having my room really clean and my bookshelves in order... Except my room looks like a tornado was having a party in it.

Mandy, I hope your grandparents are staying safe!!

Kaykay, I wish your niece all the best! It sounds like the doctors, who will be operating on her, really know what they are doing! It's good that it will all be in one surgery.

Okay, I I'm off to my next class and I will be back once I get home.... unless I decide to take a nap...

Have a good day everyone!!!

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Madam Pince - Oct 21, 2005 10:15 am (#1190 of 2980)

Mandy, hope your family members all weather the storm OK, and all other Florida folks too.

Puck, it's so good to see you on the threads again! I'll bet baby Natalie is just such a sweetheart! Sounds like you are doing fantastic -- yay!

I did see The Amazing Race when they were in New Orleans and I thought about the hurricane devastation, too. I wondered about that Louisiana family that lost during that episode and whether or not their house made it through the storm -- so it didn't? I hadn't heard that -- what a shame! I wasn't exactly "pulling" for them to do well in the show because they seemed a little obnoxious to me, but it's a real bummer that they lost in their own home state and then to be followed up by the storm disaster - I feel sorry for them.

Hope everybody has fun weekend plans! I think rain is going to keep us indoors most of the time, although we may try a zoo or aquarium adventure on Sunday maybe. I'm almost inspired to try building a bookcase and re-arranging my books! Ahhhhh.... no, not really. I have plenty of bookcases - I need to go move one from my aunt's house over here to my house soon though, and then I can move all the books that I still have left at my Mom's here close to me again. I went through my bookcases last year and got rid of a couple boxes of books that I collected from years of being in a book club back when I was working -- books that were "ok" but not keepers -- mostly ones that I ended up getting because I forgot to send in that little card that says "no don't send me this month's selection."

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I Am Used Vlad - Oct 21, 2005 11:59 am (#1191 of 2980)

Mandy, my grandmother lives in Naples, and not only did she leave the area, but her car broke down in bumper to bumper traffic. She is not particularly mobile, either. The last thing we need right now is another bad storm.

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The giant squid - Oct 21, 2005 3:56 pm (#1192 of 2980)

Mandy/T Brightwater--Los Angeles does have a downtown. The hard part, though, is figuring out if you're even in LA at all! Seriously, you can drive 5 blocks and pass through three "towns" out there.

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kaykay1970 - Oct 21, 2005 7:21 pm (#1193 of 2980)

My daughter went on a hayride with the church tonight. They just passed my house on their way back to the church. They were singing one of our school cheers to the top of their lungs. It would be so sad for the lot of them to get arrested for disturbing the peace on a church activity!!

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Ydnam96 - Oct 21, 2005 8:46 pm (#1194 of 2980)

So I went to downtown LA, well as far as Olavera street which is a really cute area kinda like a Little Mexico. Then I went to Chinatown, we did not like that...it wasn't really all that great. But then took the metrorail to Pasadena, and I kid you not, just outside of Chinatown there is a field of corn. REALLY. I'm serious. In the middle of LA. A cornfield. It was so strange.

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Amilia Smith - Oct 21, 2005 8:58 pm (#1195 of 2980)

Long week. You remember that storytelling class I'm taking? Well, our big final project is to stand up in front of the class and tell a prepared story. **harder than it sounds** My turn was yesterday. So I've been in a panic this last week, reading and rereading my story over and over again. The rule was, if you picked a folktale, that has been passed down orally for generations, you can tell it in your own words. But if you pick a literary tale, which was actually written by someone, you have to memorize it and use the author's words. Guess which one I picked. If only I hadn't fallen in love with Eleanor Farjeon . . . and then chosen such a long story . . . I told Farjeon's "Westwoods," with a running time, after being cut, of about a half-hour. Amazingly, it went off very well! My classmates and professor were very complimentary. And now that that is over I can eat again . . . and sleep again . . . and post on the forum again . . . :-)

Mills.

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Elanor - Oct 22, 2005 12:12 am (#1196 of 2980)

I'm so happy for you Mills, that's wonderful! I know that feeling well: the pressure when preparing your speech, the moment when you start to act as Ron before a Quidditch match... How many times I asked myself: "Nobody forced me to be here! I must be mental. OK, this time is the last one". But the relief after it is done, especially if all went well, is wonderful; it always make me feel as if I was floating ten centimeters above the ground. I'm sure your weekend is going to be great!

It has been a very stressful and tiring week here and I am so glad it is over, the more because holidays start here today, yeah!!!!!!!! Here, we call them "All Saints Day holidays" but I believe some of you call them "Fall break", am I right? It should be great, especially if the lovely weather we have for weeks now (mild and sunny) continues: the trees are beautiful and I am planning to do nice walks in the countryside, go the cinema (starting with Polanski's "Oliver Twist" tomorrow), meet some old friends, read some good books and post on the forum, sounds nice, doesn't it? OK, there is also a lot of housework that waits for me since it's been a few weeks now that I started to say "ok, this you'll tidy up during the holidays" but, I don't know why, I'm less tempted by this now...

I wish you a wonderful weekend! Hugs and cheering charms all around for those who need them!

Audrey

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Choices - Oct 22, 2005 10:11 am (#1197 of 2980)

I have to brag about my new (and first) grandson. Born last night - October 21 at 8:20 PM - weighs 8 pounds and 7 ounces. What can I say - he is adorable. :-)

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Finn BV - Oct 22, 2005 10:42 am (#1198 of 2980)

Glad the stress is off, Mills.

Congratulations Choices!! That is wonderful! Might we be seeing a picture of him anytime soon or is the "Completely obsessed with Harry Potter" not leaving…?

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CatherineHermiona - Oct 22, 2005 10:44 am (#1199 of 2980)

Congratulations, Choices!!!!!!!!!!!! I too hope we will see his picture anytime soon.

Anyway, I finished re-reading second Laura book and I realized how much I forgot. It is really fascinating. I could say I found another similarity between Laura and HP books. Huge similarity. You know that LV hates love and he has never experienced it. Same goes to Duke Borbon on Black Duke. If he has to talk about love he uses word Signet of Seven Moons. The legend about it is really fascinating. Maybe LV too has some other word for love and he had allready mention that few times without we realized. And that Elyson! I could almost feel Dumbledore in him! Fascinating book and you should all read it! Sorry if I picked wrong thread but other way I would have to make 2 or more messages instead of one and I'm not premium member. And this way more people will read it. Thanks on understanding me!

I like History this year. It's full of revolutions and I love them the most. Especially France revolution and I would like to find about it more so if anyone knows some book I would be very greatful to him/her.

Kate

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Kerstin - Oct 22, 2005 10:53 am (#1200 of 2980)

Congratulations to Choices and the parents. Of course he is adorable!!!! He is a new born baby, so he must be!
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kaykay1970 - Oct 22, 2005 10:58 am (#1201 of 2980)

Great news Choices! Congratulations to you and the parents!

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Ydnam96 - Oct 22, 2005 11:17 am (#1202 of 2980)

Congratulations Choices! How wonderful!

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I Am Used Vlad - Oct 22, 2005 11:44 am (#1203 of 2980)

Congratulations Choices.

Mills, I've always hated speaking in front of a group of people. Good job.

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Stephanie M. - Oct 22, 2005 11:55 am (#1204 of 2980)

Congratulations Choices!!! Your first grandson! That's so exciting!

Yesterday, I passed by a HUGE Harry Potter billboard. I'll try to take a picture of it when I'm coming home from school. Then after I saw the billboard I saw 3 buses with the poster on it. I saw a paper poster on a construction area along with a Rent poster and a Wallace and Grommet poster. After that I was going to dinner and I saw another Harry Potter sign on a new phone booth.

Yesterday was just a strange day. It felt I like I was dreaming all day because I was so tired and weird things kept happening.

Have a good day everyone! Keep warm and dry! (It's very cold, windy, and rainy here.)

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Ydnam96 - Oct 22, 2005 3:13 pm (#1205 of 2980)

I'm going tomorrow to get a tattoo!!! EEEEEEEEEE! I'm excited and scared all at once.

Stephanie, yesterday was a strange day!

So my grandfather who is in the hospital is having surgery today to remove the fluid around his heart. Hopefully it goes well. Thanks for all your thoughts! They are appreciated.

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kaykay1970 - Oct 22, 2005 3:32 pm (#1206 of 2980)

Hope everything goes well for your Grandfather Ydnam. I will keep him in my thoughts.

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Madam Pince - Oct 22, 2005 4:36 pm (#1207 of 2980)

Congratulations, Choices! How wonderful to welcome your new grand-baby into the world!

Mills, it sounds like you did a great job! You memorized something that takes half an hour to recite??!!?? Wow!!! Fantastic!

Good health wishes to all who need them!

What a blah dreary cold rainy day it was here today.

***Is regretting singing "The Good Old Song" with Loopy last week. ***   Sure, we win against undefeated Florida State, and then this week we can't even manage more than 5 points (!!!) against North Carolina! Bleah... It's depressing, I tell you.

I hate baby blue.

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Viola Intonada - Oct 22, 2005 5:42 pm (#1208 of 2980)

Madame Pince, you should try being a Purdue fan.

Congratulations, Choices!

Last night my oldest daughter had a costume party at school. She waffled between dressing in the 50's style or in her Hermione costume. She finally decided to be Hermione, but complained that her white shirt was too small and that the sweater was too itchy. I had just re-sewn the clasp on her cloak and Hubby was trying to print a new Gryffindor crest because her old one "disappeared". Fifteen minutes before we were supposed to leave, she decides she wants to wear the 50's costume. (Hermione was last year's costume and the Girl Scouts had a Sock Hop in the Spring) She ended up winning "Best Costume for a girl" in her grade level. I was shocked (and so was she). I was disappointed that she didn't wear the Hermione costume, but you have to let your children have their own way sometime, right?

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timrew - Oct 22, 2005 6:02 pm (#1209 of 2980)

Choices, congratulations on the birth of your grandson! My own son got married about three weeks ago, so I guess that the birth of my first grandchild is the next thing I can look forward to!

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kaykay1970 - Oct 22, 2005 6:46 pm (#1210 of 2980)

My eldest daughter had great fun last year with her brother's old Harry Potter Halloween costume. The high school kicked off the DEAR (drop everything and read) Program. As a class officer she got to participate. The children picked a favorite book character that they imitated while a narrator introduced them. She used her brother's school robe and dressed as Hermoine. She used a pretty convincing English accent in her presentation to great applause by her classmates. She uses this same English accent after every new HP book or movie release for months until it drives me mad. This is actually my fault as I started it. When I read allowed to my younger ones I always enjoy providing different voices for characters.

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shepherdess - Oct 22, 2005 10:22 pm (#1211 of 2980)

Congratulations, Choices! I'm soon to be experiencing the same thing-my first grandchild is due November 1st (don't know if it's going to be a boy or girl).

Now it seems I have something of a dilemma. My daughter wants to know what I want the grandchild to call me, and I haven't a clue. Now, personally, I have no objection to being called "grandma", but this child will have four grandmothers-at least one of which will go by that name.

So for the sake of distinguishing me from all the other grandmothers, I'm trying to come up with a title that's somewhat different, without being too bazaar. I can't do "granny"-that hurts too much. I don't care for things like "memaw" or "nanna". The only thing I can come up with is "grandmom".

Anyway, I was wondering if any forum members have ideas of good names for grandmothers.

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kaykay1970 - Oct 22, 2005 10:50 pm (#1212 of 2980)
Edited Oct 22, 2005 11:24 pm

If you want to feel really old go for Mammy! HAHA No offence to grandmothers called Mammy.This makes me think old because my great grandmother lived to be 102. She was my Mammy White. Actually I think Nanny is cute but it is awfully similar to the Nanna you said you don't like.I googled grandmother names and found Nan, Gram, Gran, Gramma, Grammie, Maw Maw, Mi Mi and Mum.

I can't believe I just spell checked that!

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TwinklingBlueEyes - Oct 23, 2005 12:21 am (#1213 of 2980)

Congratulations Choices! Grands are much more fun than the kids were! Trust me... ;-)

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Elanor - Oct 23, 2005 12:36 am (#1214 of 2980)

TBE!!!!! I'm so happy to "see" you here again! How are you? And what about your house? **waving like mad**

Congratulations Choices, what wonderful news! Has this lovely baby a name yet?

Kate, I know several good books about the French Revolution (I had a course about it for one whole semester when I was at the university) but I'm afraid they're all in French. I'll try and search to see if some of them were translated in English, ok? **singing: "Ah, ça ira, ça ira, ça ira..." (traditional song of that time )**

Edit: Kate, I've found one: "The French Revolution: 1770-1814 (History of France S.)" , by Francois Furet, Antonia Nevill (Translator). It is in paperback edition on Amazon.uk. François Furet is one of the best authors who wrote about the Revolution. Hope it helps!

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dizzy lizzy - Oct 23, 2005 1:40 am (#1215 of 2980)

My Step-sisters and brother call their maternal Grandmother - GM! It is pronounced Gee-em and the "g" sound is the long "g" that you find when saying Jeans, Jail, Jenny etc - and having said that I find my self a little dizzy for the journey into the intracies of English pronunciation!

Story goes is that she didn't feel like a Grandmother so refused to be called by any of those sorts of names. I have met her a few times and I can vouch for her strong personality resulting in the very diplomatic name.

Lizzy

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CatherineHermiona - Oct 23, 2005 3:16 am (#1216 of 2980)

Thank you a lot, Elanor! I thought that you will find some. After all, you are French. I'll try to convince my mum to buy me one.

Good for you, Mandy! What is the tattoo going to be?

Kate

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MoonRider - Oct 23, 2005 6:02 am (#1217 of 2980)

Catherine: "Moonrider

Are you referring to an anti-hero? Someone who has the qualities of a villain, but may also have enough heroic qualities that he/she is nonetheless sympathetic?"


That might be it!! For some crazy reason, I was thinking I would be able to recognize the term-----no matter that it's been almost 30 years (LOL), silly me-----and that sort of rings a bell!

Thanks, so much! I can always count on you-----and I really appreciate it!!

Congratulations, Choices, on the birth of your grandson!!

Y'all take care!!

MoonRider

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kaykay1970 - Oct 23, 2005 7:48 am (#1218 of 2980)

My Grandmother's house is in disrepair because she has not lived there for about 11 years. The foundation is in bad shape. We thought it would have to be torn down. My sister's brother-in-law works in construction and has taken a look at it. He says it can be repaired but it will be costly. My sister is going to buy it and he will help them fix the foundation. The entire basement will have to be gutted and they will have to start from scratch there.I can't wait to help them with they get to the reconstruction part.I am so glad someone in the family will have it. I was so dreading watching it being torn down. I have many fond childhood memories there. Her house is right next to Mom's and my sister owns the land behind it. She has not been able to do anything with her own land because she does not have road frontage. So she is the perfect person to buy it.

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Catherine - Oct 23, 2005 9:02 am (#1219 of 2980)

Anyway, I was wondering if any forum members have ideas of good names for grandmothers.

Well, our family has had some straightforward names, and some "creative" names. My daughters call their paternal grandmother "Nana" and my mother is called by the name that my daughter bestowed on her when she first learned to talk. My mom's name is Ann, and my daughter just started calling her the syllables "Ann-nay." So now my mom is "Annae" and she vastly perfers this to "Grandma," "Grandmother" or, worst of all in her opinion, "Granny."

I think mom got off easy, though, because my cousin, who was nine months older than I am, called our grandmother "Moo Moo" when he learned to talk, and as my mom and I lived with my grandparents the first year of my life (my Dad was in Vietnam), I picked up on this name, also. Only, I shortened it to Moo, and, unfortunately for my poor grandmother, that became the name we all called her. You can imagine what a good sport, and good soul she was to allow her grandchildren to call he such a name.

I've been most unproductive this weekend. I managed to catch a horrid cold and my ears are completely stuffed up; everyone is fed up with me telling them to stop mumbling and speak up properly.

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Ydnam96 - Oct 23, 2005 9:11 am (#1220 of 2980)

The tattoo is going to be of a celtic cross. I'll post pictures in my profile (well a link to one) when I've gotten. I'm nervous, but excited.

KayKay, that awesome. It will definetly be fun to re-do the house. Congrats on that!

As far as grandparents. I've only ever called my grandparents gramma and grampa.

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kaykay1970 - Oct 23, 2005 9:36 am (#1221 of 2980)

I am so mad at myself. I have been going through genealogy research I have collected. I was looking for interesting things for my daughter to use in her family tree project. I have misplaced some very old photos. One I know that is missing is of my great-great grandfather Hark Clenney with all 12 of his sons, each sporting a huge handle bar mustache. I love this photo even though they are all showing off live opossums (I don't get it either). But the missing picture that really has me upset was taken of my grandmother in 1917. She was two and dragging her teddy bear behind her. Way cute!

My daughter is reciting The Highwayman poem by Alfred Noyes as her drama class presentation tomorrow. I am so glad because I have been patiently listening over and over while she practiced. I am so glad that today is the last day that the highwayman will be riding, riding through my house.

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Pigwidgeon - Oct 23, 2005 10:06 am (#1222 of 2980)

When I was growing up, I was very lucky to not only have both sets of grandparents alive, I have a step-grandmother, three great-grandparents on one side and another great grandparent on the other side. When I was very little, this is how I distinguished them: my "grandma and grandpa with the candy" were my maternal great-grandparents (they always had gumdrops and Alpine mints!), my "grandma and grandpa with Fannie (their dog)" were my paternal grandparents, I always called my grandfather and stepgrandmother "Grandpa and Pat," and so on.

Kaykay -- interesting you mention that poem. One of my favorite singers, Loreena McKennit set it to music!

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Puck - Oct 23, 2005 11:12 am (#1223 of 2980)

Congrats to Choices! You said 1st grandson, so do you have granddaughters?

Well, when Parker was a toddler he refused to say grandma, just to tease her because he knew she wanted him to. I suggested she refer to herself as "Cookie", because he really liked that word. I also once saw a sitcom where the woman felt too young to be called "grandma" and decided the kids should refer to her as "Goddess."

To go through life being referred to as "Moo" you'd have to be a VERY good sport.

Kaykay, how old is your niece? Thoughts are with her (and Mandy's grandparents.)

Natalie was fussy and wouldn't nap yesterday, so I took her for a ride. Went to the store and bought some pants to fit my post-baby waistline, so now I can dress in something other than yoga pants.

For any interested, the next episode of "New Yankee Workshop" is showing how to build a library system of shelves that you can custom fit to you room.

Oh, and Toys-r-Us is sending home fliers of HP merchandise, including chess sets, wands, and time turners. One can home with my boy's halloween costume.

Kathy

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Chemyst - Oct 23, 2005 11:14 am (#1224 of 2980)

Congratulations, Choices!

We always called our Grandmothers "Grandma __(insert last name here)___"

MoonRider, I didn't answer earlier because I didn't think this would be the term you were looking for, but if antihero isn't clicking for you, how about sympathetic antagonist? It is a bad guy you hate, laugh at, and feel sorry for all at the same time, sort of like the Grinch, who stole Christmas. The term 'sympathetic antagonist' is also used in pharmacology where it has a totally different meaning.

I think this evening will be a pot-of-chili night. There is a definite nip in the air today -
 ...and the back story is that a few days ago I read Catherine's post about making chili right before I made a grocery store trip; it sounded so good then that I bought all the ingredients that day.

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kaykay1970 - Oct 23, 2005 11:37 am (#1225 of 2980)
Edited Oct 23, 2005 12:14 pm

Puck my niece is nine. They still have not scheduled her surgery. It usually takes a while for them to decide with her on exact procedures because they want to discuss all the possible effects of everything they do. She is a very special case. She can't have a heart transplant because she has transposition of the greater arteries which basically means that her unique circulatory system will not connect to a healthy heart. So far the only effects of their new findings has been an arithmia (they don't think that the clot will move)so maybe they can schedule the surgery during summer vacation, I hope. It is better for her to have her surgeries then because the way her blood mixes she has lowered immunities. They always try if they can to do things out of cold and flu season.

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The giant squid - Oct 23, 2005 1:27 pm (#1226 of 2980)

For any interested, the next episode of "New Yankee Workshop" is showing how to build a library system of shelves that you can custom fit to you room.—Puck

The problem there is the word "build". As chairman of Procrastinators Anonymous it's highly unlikely that I'll ever get around to building anything useful or important, unless the wife threatens to withhold dinner or something...

Choices, I wish I could offer a suggestion, but growing up I just had Grandma Walsh and Grandma Wengel. We weren't terribly creative in that area... Marie's girls have moved up from last names to first names, giving us Grandma Hazel and Grandma Cindy. "Grandma Choices" just doesn't flow right, though.

--Mike

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Loopy Lupin - Oct 23, 2005 1:38 pm (#1227 of 2980)

So now my mom is "Annae" and she vastly perfers this to "Grandma," "Grandmother" or, worst of all in her opinion, "Granny."—Catherine[

Ahem! What's wrong with a good old "Granny"? My Granny is still going strong at 80 thank you very much.

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Catherine - Oct 23, 2005 1:53 pm (#1228 of 2980)

Loopy, I dunno what was wrong with "Granny," but I think she believed it would make her seem too "old."

My mother is, ahem, quite "high maintenance." To give an example, the night before her spinal surgery, she had her nails and hair color done.

The first thing she asked for when I showed up to take care of her after her surgery was for me to brush her hair correctly and to apply her skin creams (notice the plural here; it's not an accident). I remember putting on her compression hosiery after the surgery and complementing the new color of her toenails.

We won't even go into Mum's "neat-freak" aspects. Suffice it to say that even when she first came home from the hospital, the first thing she noticed in her bedroom was that the cleaning lady had dusted a picture and left it hanging at a slight angle.

I love her, but she's just not a "Granny" kind of girl!

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I Am Used Vlad - Oct 23, 2005 1:53 pm (#1229 of 2980)

My only remaining grandparent goes by Mum Mum. I think her oldest grandchild started calling her that when he learned to talk.

Mike, I just noticed your email address. You, my friend, were a Goonie. I'm envious.

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Lina - Oct 23, 2005 2:29 pm (#1230 of 2980)

Some protecting charms and shields as well as the healing charms to Mandy's grandparents!

Congratulations to Choices!

Talking about grandmothers, I had three of them and I called them all by the same grandma version, just followed with the first name.

((((((((((hugs)))))))))))))) to all who need them!

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Finn BV - Oct 23, 2005 3:19 pm (#1231 of 2980)

Rushing through the posts… I just finished the Ramayana this afternoon and read for 4 and a half hours straight (almost – stopping to guess Hangman along the way). I had to take notes too. I started a little past halfway through the book, and I am DONE! FINALLY!

Not much to say, just had to get that out of the way. Now I can come back and post again.

I call my grandmothers Nana and Gaga, although most of my friends use Grandma, Granny, or Gran. Follow Neville with that last one.

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timrew - Oct 23, 2005 4:02 pm (#1232 of 2980)

My son refers to his Grandmother as Grandma, his grandfather as Grandad; but together they're known as 'The GPs'

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Marè - Oct 23, 2005 4:24 pm (#1233 of 2980)

Hopping in for a moment (waves)...
naming your grandparents, interesting subject.
We just called our grandma and grandpa just that, only translated of course (= Oma and Opa) allthough I sometimes call my grandma "omie".
My other grandfather was called "Opa van Nero" or in transexplanation "Grandfather from the dog called Nero". My nieces and nephews called him grandfather from the pigeons (he had lots of pigeons too.) Notice the fact that apparently in both versions he belonged to the animals instead of the other way around.

PS Did any-one say goonie? Man, that movie gave me a fear for blenders!

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Stephanie M. - Oct 23, 2005 5:28 pm (#1234 of 2980)

Well, one of my grandmothers completely refused to have any name like grandma, so we call her Arleney. Her real name is Arlene. LOL. We called my other grandmother simply, grandma.

My little cousin who turned 7 yesterday, calls his grandmother Gaga. My housekeeper has her grandchildren and great grandchildren call her Yaya because she is Greek and German.

I have been extremely busy this weekend. I read the rest of Ramayana and all of my other work. But Now I am still working on my science lab. So far it's five typed pages and I haven't answered most of the questions yet!

So I am off to finish my lab. I just needed a break so I decided to go to the Forum.

Edit: Yaya is pronounced as Ya-Ya not yeah-ya. LOL

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Viola Intonada - Oct 23, 2005 5:37 pm (#1235 of 2980)

Shepherdess, Hubby's mom wanted our children to call her Grandmama. Unfortunately, children will call them whatever they choose. (I had a very hard time consistently calling her Grandmama) I only had one set of grandparents growing up. My mom's dad died when she was 14 and her mom died when she was 30, so I never knew them. I have always been partial to foreign languages as a way to distinguish between grandparents.

Tonight was definitely a perfect night for a pot of chili. I watched 3 soccer games, 2 of which were outside at least it wasn't raining, but it was chilly.

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Mrs. Sirius - Oct 23, 2005 8:45 pm (#1236 of 2980)

Hi everybody, haven't chatted in long time but I wanted to drop my two knuts on the grandparents name.

We had planned on having out children calling my mother "abuela", Spanish for grandmother, and my mother-in-law was going to be GramAn (her name is An). My mother died too soon for it to have been an issue. Because I spoke Spanish exclusively with the children I always referred to their only remaining grandmother as abuela, so they call her that. But they called they grandfather Grand Daddy, and never noticed that his was in English.

Funny enough when my husband and I married, my mother-in-law suggested I call them MIL and FIL, short for mother-in-law and father-in-law.

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Soul Mate for Sirius - Oct 23, 2005 9:17 pm (#1237 of 2980)

Hey everyone!

Boy, you guys were chatty this weekend! I was out of town this weekend, I come home, and I have like a million posts to catch up on!!

First off, CONGRATS CHOICES!!!!!!!! I too hope we will be seeing pictures soon!

Ydnam, good luck with the tattoo! It shouldn't hurt too much! Let us know how it works out! (if you've gotten it already, I hope all went well!!)

I don't really have much to add to the "grandparent naming" discussion, as I've always called both my grandmothers "Grandmom". Although, when I was little, we used to call my mom's mom "MomMom" and she really liked that.

I got to talk to Aaron this weekend on the phone! I was so excited when he called that I almost started crying. I told him in my last letter that I had been telling everyone on the Forum about him, and that you all had sent your thoughts/prayers/charms. He told me to tell everyone that it means a lot to him and thanks! We actually got to talk for almost an hour, which was amazing and unexpected, but it made my whole weekend. He's doing well. In fact, I think he's handling being over there better than I am, which is sad on my part and good for him! He did annoy me a little bit though!! He told me at the end of our conversation that he has a surprise for me when he gets home but won't give me even the smallest hint as to what it is!!! I can't believe he expects me to wait 8 months to find out what it is!! I am the most impatient person alive! I could have killed him!!

Besides talking to Aaron, I spent my weekend down at Fort Knox visiting my friend Joe. He's a 2nd Lt. in the Army and is probably going to be deployed to Iraq in February. I haven't seen him in almost a year, so it was really nice to get to spend the weekend hanging out with him and all his Army buddies. Although, I must say, driving 4 hours to Louisville and 4 hours back in the rain was not fun at all!! But, I suppose it was worth it!!

Anyway, that's all from me for now. I'm exhausted from my drive back home tonight so I'm off to check the threads really really quick and then it's bed time for me! Hope everyone had a great weekend and that everyone has a great week this week!!

-Jenn

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Marie E. - Oct 23, 2005 9:27 pm (#1238 of 2980)

Vlad, good catch on the Goonies. It's our only claim to fame. I always figured they cut out the backstory where Mikey Walsh had an older sister.

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Ydnam96 - Oct 23, 2005 9:31 pm (#1239 of 2980)

Jenn, I 'm so glad you got to talk to Aaron! That's amazing.

Thanks for the well wishes on my tattoo...it's a funny story (and mods, if this is any way too religious please feel free to edit I don't want to offend anyone). I was feeling slightly “eh” about getting it. I really wanted it but had this seed of doubt. So I prayed about it and made a deal with God. If this was something that I would regret or would in any way be a bad experience now or in the future they He would have the guy I had the appt. with not be there for some reason. Otherwise, I was set to get it. My friend and I got to the store and haha, the artist had called in sick. We both just laughed and ended up going out to lunch. I'm not upset. I feel like if this is the way it should be then okay. Smile

So my leg is tattoo-free Smile

Thanks for the thoughts and prayers about my Grandparents. My one grandfather went through surgery okay and I believe is doing okay. My other grandparents ended up leaving Naples all together and are staying with a friend just south of Orlando. I guess they didn't want to take any chances. I don't blame them.

Mrs. Sirius MIL and FIL is pretty funny Smile

I do like the Oma and Opa, what language/culture is that from?

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shepherdess - Oct 23, 2005 10:26 pm (#1240 of 2980)

Thanks folks; I knew I could count on forum members to give me lots of ideas to think about! That's why I asked the question here.

(Incidentally, I have nothing against "granny". But my mother's mother was the original "granny" in my life, and when my siblings started having kids, my mother became "granny". To me, THEY were "granny"; it just doesn't seem right for that to be my name. They are both dead. That word reminds of them; and I miss them both terribly. I just can't bring myself to use it. It's just too painful.)

Thanks again for the suggestions, everyone.

Oh, yeah, I didn't tell you-it's my Halloween baby who's baby is due the day after her birthday. But if she's anything like me, it'll end up being much later. lol

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Elanor - Oct 24, 2005 12:25 am (#1241 of 2980)

I only knew 2 of my grand-parents: we called my grand-mother "Mémée" and my grand-father "Pépé" and we called my great-grand-mother "la vieille Mémée" (the old grandma). She wasn't offended at all to be called "the old grandma", she really found that cute. Actually, she was 90 when I was born, so no wonder I found her old when I was 4 or 5!

A lot of grand-parents nowadays don't want to be called "Mémée" or "Pépé" because they find it makes them feel too old and they prefer "Papy" and "Mamie" or other more personal names.

Jenn, I'm really happy for you!

Mandy, I'm happy everything went well for your grand-father too.

My thoughts and prayers to everyone on Wilma's path.

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Snuffles - Oct 24, 2005 12:59 am (#1242 of 2980)

Choices- congratulations on your Grandson, hope we see a picture soon.

Jenn, glad you were able to speak to Aaron this weekend. Tell him you will send him extra books to read if he gives you a hint as to what the surprise is!

Ydam96 - you will have to put a link to the tattoo you nearly got!!!

Hope everyone in Wilma's path stays safe.

Happy Monday everyone

Julie

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Kerstin - Oct 24, 2005 2:44 am (#1243 of 2980)

Mandy, Oma and Opa is German. Children in Germany often say Oma and Opa with her/his first name added.

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Loopy Lupin - Oct 24, 2005 6:07 am (#1244 of 2980)

............compression hosiery......... – Catherine

Is that the politically correct term for "girdle"?

I'm glad to see that I'm not the only one who loved "Goonies."

Rabies! rabies!-- Martha Plimpton

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Denise P. - Oct 24, 2005 6:12 am (#1245 of 2980)

I always said Grandma and Grandpa [insert last name of choice] and now, I refer to my grandmother as Gram but still call her Grandma. My own kids say Grandma and Papa. My dad's wife said they could call her Grammy, same as her other grandkids. MeMaw is a popular option in the South, which I really dislike. You could always do what the grandmother in Tears of Endearment did and have the grandchildren call you Mrs  [insert last name of choice here]

Yesterday, I recorded a marathon of the show Prison Break on F/X since I had heard it was good but I didn't start watching it when it first aired. I made the mistake of watching the first ep and ended up watching all seven episodes. It would end and I would tell myself I would just watch a few minutes. Thank goodness for Tivo so I could fast forward through commercials!! Even so, I finally went to bed well after 3 am. At least this way, I am caught up when the new episode airs tonight!

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Loopy Lupin - Oct 24, 2005 7:55 am (#1246 of 2980)

Yesterday, I recorded a marathon of the show Prison Break on F/X since I had heard it was good but I didn't start watching it when it first aired—Denise[

I don't want to jinx anything, but I am noticing a trend lately. Unless I'm mistaken, there are more and more shows on television lately which have actual scripts and which feature actual actors. I'm also noticing that quite of few of the unique shows are actually pretty good.

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Ydnam96 - Oct 24, 2005 8:44 am (#1247 of 2980)

Julie, there isn't an actual picture to show you online because I had the artist actually draw one up from a few crosses I liked so that it would be original. But he wasn’t' there so I don't know exactly what it would have looked like before I went in and we messed with it. I'll try and find (again) the cross I liked the most and I'll put a link in for that.

I've heard Prison Break is good as well, but I'm already watching too many shows I can't get addicted to any more (Alias, Lost, Gilmore Girls, Extreeme Makeover Home Edition, 7th Heaven, and sadly One Tree Hill).

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haymoni - Oct 24, 2005 10:04 am (#1248 of 2980)

We used Grandma & Grandpa for my mom's parents and Nana & Baba (NahNah & BahBah) for my dad's parents.

My kids use Grandpa & Jane for my side and Grammy for my husband's side, which is what he used for his grandparents.

Jenn - not to quote "Grease" or anything, but you're becoming a one-woman USO!!!

Goonies was a great movie! I still watch it whenever it comes on.

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Soul Mate for Sirius - Oct 24, 2005 11:19 am (#1249 of 2980)

Hey everyone!!

Jenn - not to quote "Grease" or anything, but you're becoming a one-woman USO!!! –haymoni

You don't know the half of it Haymoni! I have so many friends in the military it's not even funny. I find myself hopping from base to base visiting people all the time. It's crazy.

Ydnam, I'm glad everything's going alright with your grandparents. Too bad about the tattoo though!!

Snuffles, I would take your advice about trying to bribe Aaron into giving me a hint about the surprise, but unfortunetly, I've already sent him Eldest and he knows it, so I've lost all means to bargin!! Oh well, I guess I could try it once he's read that and wants a new book!

Well, I'm off to check the threads! Cheering/Strengthening Charms to everyone who is in need of them!

-Jenn

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The giant squid - Oct 24, 2005 12:16 pm (#1250 of 2980)

Mike, I just noticed your email address. You, my friend, were a Goonie. I'm envious.--I Am Used Vlad

Egad, I've been caught! Marie's always been better at the Truffle Shuffle, though... It was a fun day at the movie theater when someone caught the connection--for weeks every time i walked by one of the other managers he'd yell "Goonies!" It got old... Still, it's better than all the 90210 references in the 90s...

Mandy, while I have nothing against tattoos, I'm glad you didn't force yourself to go through with getting one if you weren't sure about it. If you've got even the slightest hesitation now, a few months/years/whatever down the road you'll find yourself staring in the mirror saying "What was I thinking?!"

Jenn, it's good to hear Aaron's doing okay over there. Keep sending him our well wishes. No matter what anyone's opinion of the war is, we all want our boys to come home safe. As for the surprise, you could always counter-surprise... "Well, I got you something, too, but if you're gonna make me wait 8 months for mine maybe I won't give it to you after all!" And then you've got 8 months to come up with something if he calls your bluff.

--Mike
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Loopy Lupin - Oct 24, 2005 12:18 pm (#1251 of 2980)

Egad, I've been caught! Marie's always been better at the Truffle Shuffle, though..--- Mike

LOL. It is the 20th anniversary of that movie this year!

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haymoni - Oct 24, 2005 12:34 pm (#1252 of 2980)

Have any of those kids gone on to lead normal lives???

Just read the interview over at Mugglenet - Rupert Grint likes listening to AC/DC.

I knew I liked that kid!

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Loopy Lupin - Oct 24, 2005 12:49 pm (#1253 of 2980)

Have any of those kids gone on to lead normal lives???-- haymoni

Well, Sean Astin grew up to become a hobbit. Corey Feldman grew up to become a "former child star." Martha Plimpton continues to be George Plimpton's niece. Not sure about the others.

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Soul Mate for Sirius - Oct 24, 2005 1:04 pm (#1254 of 2980)

Have any of those kids gone on to lead normal lives???-- haymoni

Well, Sean Astin grew up to become a hobbit. Corey Feldman grew up to become a "former child star." Martha Plimpton continues to be George Plimpton's niece. Not sure about the others. -Loopy Lupin


So what you're saying Loopy is...no?

-Jenn

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Finn BV - Oct 24, 2005 1:22 pm (#1255 of 2980)

Vlad, good catch on the Goonies. It's our only claim to fame. I always figured they cut out the backstory where Mikey Walsh had an older sister. –Marie

I obviously was born too late. What am I missing?

Mandy, funny story about your tattoo! That's a good one. Especially after reading the Ramayana which is completely full of sacrifices and omens and prayers and "deals" with the Gods.

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Loopy Lupin - Oct 24, 2005 1:53 pm (#1256 of 2980)

I obviously was born too late. What am I missing? - Finn

Nothing super crucial. Just a movie called "Goonies." It predates you by about 7 years or so.


http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0089218/

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Snuffles - Oct 24, 2005 2:12 pm (#1257 of 2980)

***Sigh*** The Goonies, they don't make 'em like that anymore! Not sure if that's a good thing or not I always picture old Dolores Umbridge a bit like the Mama in that film!! Don't know about anyone else but 'Chunk' always made me feel slightly sick, especially the way he ate the icecream with the dead body! Bleeuughh!!

Julie

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Madam Pince - Oct 24, 2005 2:25 pm (#1258 of 2980)

Mr. Pince absolutely loves "The Goonies" but I have to say I never really saw the attraction. I think part of it is probably that I haven't ever watched it all the way through at one sitting. I guess I should give that a try. But you know how it is with some movies -- you keep giving them "another chance" over and over and all you end up doing is taking lots of naps during them? I've never gotten all the way through "Eyes Wide Shut" after probably a gazillion tries. And I slept through "Hannah And Her Sisters" while on a date.

Loopy, I'm not sure if you're being facetious or if you really don't know, but anyway.... "compression hose" are those extremely tight stockings that doctors make you wear after you've had certain types of surgery -- it's supposed to prevent you from forming blood clots in your legs which I guess is a common post-surgical thing. Anyone who's ever helped out someone wearing them will tell you that they are a huge pain in the tuckus. My Mom had to wear them for what seemed like a very long time after having hip replacement surgery, and it was a huge job to get them on and off. She was on a schedule something like "two hours on, two hours off" or something (my brain has mercifully blocked out the exact details), and it was such a long struggle to get them on, and then it seemed like you just had to turn around the next minute and take them off again -- day and night. It was awful. I wouldn't wish that on anybody. But, they do their job apparently, so I guess they're a necessary evil.

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Catherine - Oct 24, 2005 3:22 pm (#1259 of 2980)

Anyone who's ever helped out someone wearing them will tell you that they are a huge pain in the tuckus. --Madame Pince

Indeed, Madame Pince, indeed!

Wrestling those stockings onto someone who cannot move their legs properly is an aerobic activity, I assure all of you.

Not to mention, a huge pain in the arms, shoulders, and tuckus.

Fortunately, Mum has resumed her Queen Bee, High Maintenance status and vigorously enforces her presence among us all.

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Soul Mate for Sirius - Oct 24, 2005 4:03 pm (#1260 of 2980)

Oh the Goonies!! I know I'm slightly young for that movie (it came out the year I was born!) but I love it anyway! I haven't seen it in ages though. Although, with all this talk about it, I think I'll have to rent it this weekend and watch it again!

-Jenn

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I Am Used Vlad - Oct 24, 2005 4:59 pm (#1261 of 2980)

Well, contrary to what I hinted at on an earlier chat thread, in the 80's I was not walking around with my mullet hanging over my red zipper jacket. In fact, I had short hair and wore a Levi's jacket. I was quite regularly told that I looked  like Sean Astin's character from The Goonies. That's part of the reason why I remember the name. Being a total geek does not hurt, either.

And Mike, I feel your pain. Although he is now best known as a fat hobbit, I ended up looking like Scooby Doo's best friend. When that movie came out, I endured no end of grief.

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Finn BV - Oct 24, 2005 5:03 pm (#1262 of 2980)

Sean Astin .... Mikey Walsh --IMDb

I get it now!! Thanks, Loopy!

I ended up looking like Scooby Doo's best friend. –Vlad

What does Shaggy have to do with anything??

**is so lost**

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I Am Used Vlad - Oct 24, 2005 5:35 pm (#1263 of 2980)

Finn, Shaggy has nothing to do with The Goonies, but I supposedly look like him. When the Scooby Doo movie came out, people made me wear a green T-shirt and go watch the film with them. I was just saying that I understand how he felt when his friends noticed that he was in some way connected to a movie.

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Amilia Smith - Oct 24, 2005 5:55 pm (#1264 of 2980)

Thanks for all the well wishes. I have had a lovely weekend without that story hanging over my head any more. Pouring rain, so I spent as much time as possible hiding out in my room reading non-school related books. :-)

Congratulations, Choices!

But you know how it is with some movies -- you keep giving them "another chance" over and over and all you end up doing is taking lots of naps during them?

I have movies like that. Everyone else absolutely loves them, but . . . Titanic was OK, one time around. Haven't been able to make it through since. Never did care for Sleepless in Seatle, and after several attempts I decided it wasn't just because the first time I saw it was the second half of a drive-in double feature. And why-oh-why is Citizen Kane the Greatest Movie of All Time??? On the other hand, there are movies that I absolutely loved, and everyone else I knew thought were incredibly boring. Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow comes to mind.

You know something? It is alot easier to type after I cut my fingernails short.

Mills.

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Madam Pince - Oct 24, 2005 7:05 pm (#1265 of 2980)

Ha! I know what you mean, Mills. When my nails were super-long, all my sentences used to end like thisl. I have since learned to really lift my right ring finger when typing the "." instead of dragging it over the "l" and mis-typing. Of course, the nails are shorter now so that helps too!

I'm not that fond of Sleepless In Seattle either! I liked Titanic not for the story, but I just thought the re-creation of the ship itself was incredibly cool-looking, and they did a decent job depicting the sinking, I thought. I'm a history fanatic, so anything like a shipwreck or Mt. Vesuvius or anything that "freezes" a moment in time is fascinating to me. Of course, it was one of the first big-screen appearances for Ioan Gruffudd, too, which makes me like it for that reason alone.

Never seen Citizen Kane or Sky Captain.

So two things on my "To Do" list include visiting Pompeii and seeing Citizen Kane.

Now I'm all confused. I had pictured Squid Mike as looking like Shaggy (except with a long ponytail) and I pictured Used Vlad as looking like... his avatar. Now I don't know what to do! ***spins around waving arms helplessly in air like the robot from Lost In Space***

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Finn BV - Oct 24, 2005 7:16 pm (#1266 of 2980)

**joins Madam Pince flailing arms mindlessly**

**is too tired anyway but feels like joining in**

**goes to bed still waving arms**

Good night, everyone.

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The giant squid - Oct 24, 2005 11:43 pm (#1267 of 2980)

Anyone who's ever helped out someone wearing [compression hose] will tell you that they are a huge pain in the tuckus.--Madame Pince

Then you're wearing them wrong.

Finn, the main character in Goonies was named Mikey Walsh...one reason why I don't let people call me "Mikey" (the other is those Life Cereal commercials...).

Madame P, You weren't entirely wrong imagining me like Shaggy, though I'm shorter. Although I have never worn (nor will I) orange bellbottoms with a green t-shirt. I have been heard uttering a frightened "Zoinks!" on occasion, though.

(There are entirely too many "though"s in that last paragraph. My apologies to all the English teachers. )

Sam, you'll just have to come to Marie's Colorado Gathering next year so we can compare Shaggy-ness.

--Mike

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kaykay1970 - Oct 25, 2005 4:49 am (#1268 of 2980)

This is not fair! I have no celebrity look-alike. So for now I'll let ya'll think I look like Shania Twain. Ha I wish!

Well, my ex-brother-in-law does look like Billy Ray Cirrus. Too bad he is a major jerk!

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Finn BV - Oct 25, 2005 5:05 am (#1269 of 2980)

Finn, the main character in Goonies was named Mikey Walsh...one reason why I don't let people call me "Mikey." –Mikey

Whoops.

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azi - Oct 25, 2005 5:51 am (#1270 of 2980)

Goonies, never heard of them. I did spend many an hour watching the Scooby Doo cartoons though. Never liked Scrappy Doo...

I don't have a celebrity look alike either.

Was just popping in to say 'hi' to everyone! I really have to go research my report on soils in the library. Hopefully there won't be sounds of demolition distracting me in the horrible unnatural quietness of the place.

Everyone have a groovy day!

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Loopy Lupin - Oct 25, 2005 6:01 am (#1271 of 2980)

Loopy, I'm not sure if you're being facetious or if you really don't know, but anyway.... "compression hose" are those extremely tight stockings that doctors make you wear after you've had certain types of surgery -- Madam Pince

Whoops! I really didn't know, a fact which has never stopped me from being facetious. Curious, I googled the term way too late to kippendo my own post. Sorry to all who've had to endure those post- surgery knee socks in the past, although I do think Mike has a good point about wearing them properly.

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Elanor - Oct 25, 2005 6:24 am (#1272 of 2980)

Goonies, that ring a bell indeed, though I don't think I saw it in theatre at that time. The movie that marked me most when I was a kid (the Star Wars trilogy is in a class of its own ) is certainly E.T.. I was 10 when I saw it at the cinema and I remember well that I couldn't stop crying when E.T. was ill. That was great!

I have no celebrity look-alike either, not that I am aware of anyway. As long as no-one tells me I look like E.T... If I had to choose, I would say that I wouldn't mind looking like a famous Audrey: Audrey Hepburn or Audrey Tautou (too bad I don't!).

Have a great day everybody!

Audrey

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kaykay1970 - Oct 25, 2005 6:41 am (#1273 of 2980)

I loved E.T. My brother-in-law (not the above mentioned one) worked in the theater. He brought us 5 times to see E.T. and we had balcony seats! It was way cool! Oh, BTW, that brother-in-law looked like Johnny Depp (the actual actor Johnny Depp, not to be confused with the Edward Scissorhands version of Johnny Depp.)

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haymoni - Oct 25, 2005 10:00 am (#1274 of 2980)

Well, the dementors here at work have blocked everything once again.

For some reason, I can get onto World Crossing, but I can't in through the Lexicon. I also can't access anything on TLC or Mugglenet. I think The Quidditch Pitch is still open to me.

If there is anything really juicy out there, let me know!

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shepherdess - Oct 25, 2005 10:13 am (#1275 of 2980)

Madam Pince: "..they did a decent job depicting the sinking, I thought."

Except that before the Titanic sank, it broke in two, and each section up-ended and sank separately-the smaller one first, then the larger.

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haymoni - Oct 25, 2005 10:17 am (#1276 of 2980)

I just can't watch "Titanic" again because I can't stand to see that mother put her kids back to bed. It's just too much for me!

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Esther Rose - Oct 25, 2005 10:20 am (#1277 of 2980)

I can't watch Titanic period. I waited a long time. Very long time to watch it the first time.

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Denise P. - Oct 25, 2005 10:25 am (#1278 of 2980)

I think I was the only person on Earth in 1982-1983 who thought ET was a stupid movie. When that special edition came out a few years ago..guess what? I still thought it was a stupid movie. Titanic was okay once but entirely too long. It was not helped by the fact that I am not really a Leonardo fan either.

The weather had turned darn cold here, after lovely 80's last week. We have a nasty chilly wind on top of it. I had been able to take Rhys and Kierynn out for walks but that wind is just too much. It whips up right under the blankets I put on them.

This week is the annual pumpkin carving task. I have 6 that I have to gut, mark and then carve out for kids. Well, maybe only 4. The 12 and 11 year old can help out and maybe carve their own this year.

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Puck - Oct 25, 2005 10:28 am (#1279 of 2980)

I loved the Goonies! First movie that made me cry was "Benji". (even at 6, I was a sap.) The movie I heard was great that I can't get through is "Highlander". Currenlty watching "Piglet's Big Movie" for at least the 97th time.

Mandy, glad things worked out, just be careful making deals with a higher power. I made such a deal that if I could just get to see Maya off for her first day of school I'd be willingly to go through labor without pain meds; Natalie came quickly, and I was held to that.

Oh, and a note to all, if you don't have carbon monoxide detector, get one. Mr. Puck never repaired ours when it broke, he never found it necessary, had only gotten it in the first place because I bugged him. Then, last night he went down to the basement and noticed a door on the furnace open, letting the bad air into the house instead of up the chimney. Basement was filling with the deadly gas, which would have moved through the house if he hadn't caught the problem. We open windows despite the cold to air the place out, and now my husband agrees with me that having a working detector is a good idea after all.

Kaykay, such a young girl to go through so much. Cheers to her and your family.

Happy day! Kathy

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Soul Mate for Sirius - Oct 25, 2005 11:01 am (#1280 of 2980)

Hey everyone!

Kathy-Thank God your husband caught the problem before the gas spread to the rest of the house!! How scary! I'm so happy everyone was alright!

As to the discussion of celebrity look-alikes, I personally don't think I have one, but apparently people think I look like Julia Stiles. I don't see it, but oh well.

Anyway, time to run off the check the threads really quick before I have to go to class. Have a great day everyone!

-Jenn

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haymoni - Oct 25, 2005 11:12 am (#1281 of 2980)

I watched "Barbie as The Princess & the Pauper" for the zillionth time last night. My only salvation was that my daughter requested COS afterwards. We have to start it after the spiders though.

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CatherineHermiona - Oct 25, 2005 11:25 am (#1282 of 2980)

Well, I suppose I don't look like Catherine Zeta-Jones.............. (I don't even know how she looks)

Kaykay, I'm so sorry because of what happened on Sunday. My aunt had a birthday party with her job friends and only few people appeared. I went at her place to help her to eat the food that left. When I came back I saw you came and left twice. I'm so sorry!

Today I had what I call "Tuesday fever". It's called like that because I have it always on Tuesdays. Not because of the subjects, not at all. Just I feel dizzy and I don't want to do anything. I almost fell asleep on Physics. And it's not a boring subject. Luckily we haven't learn nothing new from Chemistry. Today wasn't my day. But you always make my day better.

Kate

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Madam Pince - Oct 25, 2005 12:46 pm (#1283 of 2980)

I thought Titanic did show the ship breaking in two and sinking in two separate halves? It's been a long time since I've seen it though, so I don't remember all the details. I just thought it was good how they portrayed all the "little things" that you wouldn't necessarily think of, like the people clinging and trying to hold on while the deck tilted and slid them downwards, or the water rushing down the hallways and the lights going out, or the big tall thingys falling over on top of people who were already in the water, and all that. ("Thingys".... I am not an engineer, am I???) I agree with Haymoni, though, about the scene with the mom putting the kids to sleep in the bed -- that tore me up. And the very final scene where all the dead people were welcoming "young-again" Rose back onto the ship was kind of a sniffler, too. (***psssst, Denise, I'm not a Leo fan, either!***looks around furtively***)

Love that word.... furtively, furtively, furtively....

Mr. Pince said Titanic was the saddest movie he ever saw -- he said he wanted to cry when that goofy old woman threw that billion-dollar necklace over the side of the boat!

I'm a sap at movies -- I hardly ever cry in "real life" but just show me Old Yeller or the scene in Saving Private Ryan where the old man says "Tell me I've lived a good life and been a good man," and I'm just a mess.

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I Am Used Vlad - Oct 25, 2005 1:11 pm (#1284 of 2980)

Mike, if I do make the CO Gathering, I'll make sure I don't get a haircut or shave before coming. And I also try to only say "Zoinks" when it is absolutely necessary. Of course, I could always just post a picture of myself here, but for one thing I don't know how to, and also, the mere mention of my appearance seems to have caused Madam Pince and Finn to go into hysterics.

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Finn BV - Oct 25, 2005 2:28 pm (#1285 of 2980)

**is done being in hysterics**

Hiya, Vlad!

I almost fell asleep on Physics. And it's not a boring subject. –Kate

I agree with all of those statements. But nonetheless I wish I could fall asleep in Physics (aka Science). My teacher who shall remain nameless is well beyond his years… he is the human version of Professor Binns, I'm not joking…

As I recall, Titanic does not depict the ship breaking in two, it has it slowly go down, with the people holding onto the rails around the side, because the boat's nearly at a 90° angle with the water, and then it is slowly mulched up, like a thread not having been written on in 30 days, by the water. Although I suppose I could be wrong and the boat breaks in two just as it looks like all hope is lost… I forget.

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Ladybug220 - Oct 25, 2005 2:38 pm (#1286 of 2980)

Hi everyone! I have been lurking again. I hope all is going well and if not, cheering and healing charms out to those who need them.

Time to get back to work...

PS. Actually the movie Titanic does depict the ship breaking into 2 pieces.

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The giant squid - Oct 25, 2005 2:38 pm (#1287 of 2980)

Hmmm...I have never watched Titanic, no do I plan to. I know how it ends, so the only reason would be for the added-in love story, which I have no interest in.

Wanna know how much of a geek I am? The first movie I cried at was Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan when Spock died. Hey, I was 10... As for E.T., I liked it, but I don't think it's the Milestone of American Cinema everyone makes it out to be. And what's with the walkie-talkies? Yeesh...

Finn, while I'm shocked that you would want to fall asleep in science class, my condolences for having to deal with "Binns". I had a Physics instructor in college who would come in, write all the notes on the board and then sit down at his desk and start reading--I think he might have said two words the whole semester. His tests were 4 questions, 25 points each; get one part wrong, the whole thing's wrong. Let's just say it's a sad commentary on his teaching when the Physics major flunks Physics...

--Mike

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timrew - Oct 25, 2005 3:43 pm (#1288 of 2980)

Denise P:- I think I was the only person on Earth in 1982-1983 who thought ET was a stupid movie.

No, me too, Denise. I usually love science fiction movies, Close Encounters, Star Wars (well, the first three, anyway); but ET left me stone cold. I've watched it once, and that was enough.

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Catherine - Oct 25, 2005 3:51 pm (#1289 of 2980)

Let's just say it's a sad commentary on his teaching when the Physics major flunks Physics... --Squid Mike (who isn't Mikey)

I agree, although at my college the M.O. was to give all the prospective majors a huge kick in the rear end in every class they take from day one until spring term sophomore year. It was like the sun finally comes out and shines upon you, and then you realize that you are not a complete idiot after all, just a partial idiot.

Mr. Catherine, who has enjoyed a nice career as an Organic chemist, once fancied majoring in English at our mutual college. He says, without irony now, "I finally picked something easier, like chemistry." It seems that several semesters of "C's" made allowed the inner scientist to bloom unfettered.

Meanwhile, I had science teachers at the college saying, "Please promise us that you will NEVER major in our subject...."

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Denise P. - Oct 25, 2005 4:05 pm (#1290 of 2980)

What?? Spock DIED?!

Heh, Mike, don't feel badly. I still choke up over that scene. "The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few." "Or the one." And I was a mite older than 12 at the time.

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Stephanie M. - Oct 25, 2005 4:29 pm (#1291 of 2980)

LOL, Finn!

I had "the teacher who shall remain nameless" in 6th grade for science. He really does drone on... and on... and on... I really didn't like having him as a teacher, when I had him, but now I love him. He is one of those people who make up jokes that are really not funny and they don't make sense. Now, some of my friends and I who had him keep telling each other those pointless, unfunny jokes and they actually are funny because we remember them, and how unfunny they were. If that makes any sense whatsoever. It's kind of hard to explain...

He gave us 3 huge questions for the tests. They were 33 points each and 1 point for your name. And if you didn't write your name you would get a zero. When he would give our tests back he always said things like this: " (Person's name), you didn't do very well on this test. You better try harder next time." (And he only said that if that person failed) He also said, "(Person's Name), go tell your mom to take you to Ben & Jerry's tonight [for an ice cream]." And that person would have gotten a 100%.

I really liked Titanic . I thought it was a really good movie, but I tend to like movies like that. Plus, I have always been a Leonardo DiCaprio fan.

Well, I'm off to have dinner.

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Amilia Smith - Oct 25, 2005 6:27 pm (#1292 of 2980)

Kate, a while back you asked about books on the French Revolution. I don't know if you were looking for more History Books or novels, but if you want novels, a couple of my favorites are The Scarlet Pimpernel and A Tale of Two Cities. Just remember that they are novels, and take liberties with history . . . especially Baroness Orczy in Pimpernel. And be warned that A Tale of Two Cities is very much Dickens . . . very wordy. I don't know if either of these has been translated into Croatian (I would be surprised if Dickens hasn't been), but they are available on-line from Project Gutenberg in English.

Mills.

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I Am Used Vlad - Oct 25, 2005 6:53 pm (#1293 of 2980)

Finn, sorry to hear about the boring teacher.

When I had Physics in high school, one of my friends and I spent most of the time making up funny problems in which, say, a man would roller skate off a cliff and land on a trampoline, only to be launched over snake pits, cacti, lava and other things one wouldn't want to land on. Sometimes, our teacher would solve the problems on the board. If only we had applied ourselves.

I have never been a big fan of E.T., Titanic or Citizen Kane

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Viola Intonada - Oct 25, 2005 6:58 pm (#1294 of 2980)

I'm such a sap when it comes to movies. I watched "Old Yeller" as a child, I couldn't even look at the book title in the library. I haven't seen the movie since, and never plan to.

The movie I can't seem to stay awake no matter how hard I try is "Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy." I've tried to watch it 5 times and haven't seen it straight through yet. (It's one of my favorite books)

We are getting closer to the release of GoF. If you are in the Cleveland area, please email me so that we can start making plans. I've noticed several movie theaters are already having advanced ticket sales. (My email address is in my profile)

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Finn BV - Oct 25, 2005 7:01 pm (#1295 of 2980)

Finn, while I'm shocked that you would want to fall asleep in science class, my condolences for having to deal with "Binns". –Mike

He alone is just one of the things I have to put up with.

He is one of those people who make up jokes that are really not funny and they don't make sense. –Steph

This deserves its own category. There are way too many. Tell me if any of you get it. It might be a little weird doing it on paper, because the joke is meant to be said. I'm sure the Physics major (whether he flunked or not) will get it:
College kids are choosing their courses. The instructor says, "Will all students taking Physics please take your papers and follow me."

Surprisingly, that is the end of the joke. (I'm laughing right now thinking about how stupid it is! ) The key to the answer is that "fizzics," pronounced like "physics," is an old fashioned term either for a bowel movement, or some medicine to produce bowel movements. The joke is that he leads them to the bathroom. In the words of Mr. Wood (whoops, I said it), "Cool, huh?" or "Weird, huh?" or "Can you dig that?" (I hate it when people who would never normally say these things, do! It really bugs me!)

Thanks, Ladybug. I guess I'll have to go watch it.

I liked E.T., but not when it came out. Then again, I didn't like anything in the 80s. Then again, I wasn't around in the 80s, so who am I to speak?

Edit: (I had to use that highlighting thingy!) One of my friends and I spent most of the time making up funny problems in which, say, a man would roller skate off a cliff and land on a trampoline, only to be launched over snake pits, cacti, lava and other things one wouldn't want to land on. Sometimes, our teacher would solve the problems on the board. If only we had applied ourselves. –Vlad

Ah, the price we have to pay.

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Madam Pince - Oct 25, 2005 7:13 pm (#1296 of 2980)

OK, I have a rant about The Amazing Race episode which just ended -- probably only Denise will appreciate it, but anyway... I'm whiting it out: I can't believe she actually said "We all have charm, wit, and beauty" !!!!! What a shame she forgot HUMILITY!!!! Ack! And to think it was a non-elimination leg! It is to weep. OK, /rant.

Another random observation -- why is it that when the weather is lovely, the dog only has to go outside maybe twice all day; but when it is rainy and yucky and muddy, then the dog demands to go out what seems to be at least every half hour??? Aargh... I'm running out of towels....

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I Am Used Vlad - Oct 25, 2005 7:26 pm (#1297 of 2980)

I actually like that joke. Perhaps I should say that I dig it.

Also, in defense of my friend, he is now a computer engineer, so he did manage to apply himself at some point.

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kaykay1970 - Oct 25, 2005 7:45 pm (#1298 of 2980)

My kids get home from school today. Child #1 says "Can I use the internet, I have a report due on Friday?" I say "Of course child #1." Child #2 says "I need the internet worse, I have a 3 page research paper due tomorrow." I ask Child 2 how much of this paper he has finished. He says I he hasn't started it yet. I ask him if they gave him only 1 day to do a 3 page paper. He has had 2 weeks. So I ask him how he expects to do this thing in one day. Child #2 then tells me that it is easier for HIS generation to do a 3 page report than it was for MY generation. He says all he has to do is cut and paste from the internet. I tell him I may be old but even I know what plagiarism means. Anyway, now he does not comprehend why I made him do his entire report handwritten the way MY generation did. He is also grounded for 2 weeks, exactly how long he had to do the paper.

Since I got that out of the way now I will brag on my eldest. She started memorizing her poem on Thursday. She recited it perfectly today (they didn't have time yesterday.) Anyway, her teacher who never gives a grade higher than a 99, (she says in drama there is always room for improvement)gave my daughter a 105. Then she asked her to come back 6th period to recite for that class.

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Madam Pince - Oct 25, 2005 8:35 pm (#1299 of 2980)

***Applauds kaykay for her parenting skills***

Whoo-hoo to kaykay's daughter!

***Feels very sorry for Finn and Stephanie for having to endure that teacher***

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Stephanie M. - Oct 25, 2005 8:57 pm (#1300 of 2980)

See Finn, I told you it wasn't that bad having him! You start to laugh about it afterwards! LOL.

I hated E.T. when I first saw it. I was terrified of the movie! I thought E.T. was a real alien! I haven't seen it a a few years because I refused to see it again... I think I'll go rent it one weekend when I have some extra time to spare.

Good job Kaykay! On all of your parenting skills. That's great about your daughter! Good work.
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Lina - Oct 25, 2005 11:09 pm (#1301 of 2980)

Oh, Kaykay, thank you! That's exactly the reason why Kate was grounded, although I find it funny to use this word since she was allowed to go to the fresh air, just not to the Internet. They had one week to do the assignment, and she decided to do it the last day, but not just her assignment, it was her assignment plus several assignments of her friends!!! And it happened two days in a row - two reports for two different subjects and each for several friends - different titles! Actually, the only report that she did completely the copy from the Internet/paste thing, was commended from the teacher as the most ORIGINAL report! That teacher seems not to have an Internet connection at home.

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Marè - Oct 26, 2005 12:16 am (#1302 of 2980)

Wow, I knew the universities had problems with scientific papers being copied from all over the internet, but schoolkids too? tsssk.
The good thing is, they seem to be developing some new(er) software to deal with these kind of things...

Kaykay please tell child #2 from me that the more you get used to doing things at the last minute, the stressier it gets because as you get older you get more things that can't be finished in a minute.
I should know, I'm always past my deadlines... :sigh & rolleyes-at-myself:

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Lina - Oct 26, 2005 1:15 am (#1303 of 2980)

There was a student at our faculty that copied something from the Internet for the paper she had to do for some exam. And then the "Word" gave her the "Illegal operation!" message and closed down. Her comment was: "Wow, the computer knows that what I'm doing is illegal!"

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CatherineHermiona - Oct 26, 2005 1:43 am (#1304 of 2980)

Mum, at all, that's Law College computer!

Amilia, A Tale of Two Cities is exactly the main thing that made me interested to French Revolution. My mother went to the library and borrowed that book for me without me knowing it (well, I told her to borrow something for me). I bet it is one of the shortest Charles Dickens book (hem..... Oliver Twist ........ hem). It was really interesting.

Finn, I totally understand you. I have very similar teacher from Geography and History. Well, I won't lie, her stories are sometimes interesting. I listened to her when she was talking about French revolution. She said a lot of interesting things that don't write in book. I guess that can't happened to you, science is not a subject in which someone can tell interesting stories.

Kate

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The giant squid - Oct 26, 2005 2:20 am (#1305 of 2980)

Catherine: Well, I guess I should have toughed it out, then. I dropped out of college halfway through my sophomore year. I felt it was more important to be able to earn money...I've grown very fond of this "eating" thing and found it hard to give up.

Kaykay, I commend you on trying to teach your children how to so things for themselves. I like to say, "you have to know the rules before you can break the rules." A corollary of this would be that they have to prove they can write their own paper before they can take shortcuts. It's all gone downhill since they allowed calculators in math class...

Yes, I’ve gotten to the "when I was your age" stage of my life. I really hope my peers weren't as stupid at 16 as the kids I see at the theater everyday.

--Mike

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Good Evans - Oct 26, 2005 5:47 am (#1306 of 2980)

I hope you enjoy reading up on the French Revolution kate, it is one of my favourite bits of History (Napoleanic era being my absolute favourite part, just afterwards). I studied both for A level History and loved it.

As for weird teachers - yep I've had a few - the weirdest was a sociology teacher who used to tell us bad jokes at the end of the period. I recall several were plays on words - "pardon me boy, is that the cat who chewed your new shoes" (chatanooga choo choo), hans that do dishes ... something about a mild green hairy lip squid (mild green fairy liquid) and something about POI, but he was bizarre. Still teaching I hear .

Kaykay and Lina - well done you - our eldest has just finished a period of being grounded - not for copying and pasting on Internet- as we stopped that happening before it started, but getting somewhat the better or the worse for the Alcohol at a party a few weeks ago - absolutely bombed at 1.00 in the morning I didn't need phone calls from his friend to advise us of the situation (he wasn't staying with us that night, he was sleeping at his Mum's) thankfully he came to no harm - just very sick !!! He is 16 and has been reminded this is not the legal age (it's 18 here). He hasnt touched a drop since (we allow a beer or glass of wine on the weekend at home in the hope it would give him some respect for Alcohol - oh well that failed - back to parenting class!! - kaykay - I'm on my way round!)

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Marie E. - Oct 26, 2005 5:53 am (#1307 of 2980)

Psst...the giant squid cried during ET too. I remember this because I got in trouble for laughing at him. It came out in 82, right? So he was only ten. I don't remember crying much at movies back then, but I bawl like a baby now. I barely made it through Emma Thompson's Wit.

I had a Spanish teacher my junior year who went insane. Good times. He let us watch Spanish soap operas and would often forget which part of the textbook we were in. Once a week he would shut off the lights and play relaxation tapes with subliminal messages about Spanish. This time of day was known to me fondly as "naptime".

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Puck - Oct 26, 2005 6:15 am (#1308 of 2980)

My high school physics teacher was an ecology major and clueless about physics. I made it to the chapter on vectors around the holidays, after that I was hopelessly lost, and he unable to explain it to me. Strange, because I still averaged an "A" for the year. We did have cool projects, like mail a potato chip (aka crisp) to yourself, or build a car from a mouse trap, using the spring for power. Once we convince him to let us drop a super ball out the 3rd floor window to see how it bounced half as high each time.

Chemyst, I found it frightening that the other family was seriously going to let that little girl bungy jump!

Kaykay, I find it amusing that your child actually TOLD you about plans to copy and paste.

Kids coming home drunk? Guess I should start lectures about alcohol. My 5 year old already knows that if you smoke you get sick and die, and if Mom catches you (which she will) the penalty is even worse.

Oops, I need to go get ready. I have post baby check-up today. Been 6 weeks already! Running a bit late, as I woke up about 20 minutes before school bus was due to arrive. I got him out with time to spare!

kathy

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kaykay1970 - Oct 26, 2005 7:23 am (#1309 of 2980)

Puck Mr. Cut-N-Paste did that mouse-trap car project for Innovations and Inventions class. Next term they are making a catapult that should to have enough power to send an egg over a 3" high wall.

I still don't understand why this child put off his report until the last minute. He was out of school for fall break an entire week.

I had the most boring teacher when I was in school. He had a very deep monotone voice. He always wrote notes on the blackboard (remember those pre-dry erase marker days) for the entire period. If we were lucky his lesson would remind him of some story from his past and we could put down our pencils the rest of the hour.

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azi - Oct 26, 2005 10:11 am (#1310 of 2980)

Ah, but doing work in good time seems such a waste of time. You always have the day before...yes, I have bad habits. I didn't start my soil report yesterday and it's due in on Friday, with 2 full days of lectures coming up. It was set last Friday. I am absolutely scared of accidently plagiarizing something without realising. That puts me off writing the report. I'm not sure what to put in it, so I put it off. Excuses, excuses...

Alcohol at 16...the worst I ever experienced with drunken teenagers was a girl, who, when I arrived at the party at 7pm, was falling in and out of conciousness and being sick. The drunken idiots who claimed to be her friends had laid her out on her back. Needless to say, I and a friend yelled them, made sure she was laid properly and got out of there as soon as we could. I was not impressed with the behaviour of those people (hence why I've cut contact with most of them...). Drinking at 16 seems pefectly normal, really. Didn't a report say the average kid in the UK starts drinking at 13? Maybe it was 14.

Science teachers vary from being brilliant jelly-baby exploders to boring out-of-touch people in my experience. Same with most subjects.

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Elanor - Oct 26, 2005 10:17 am (#1311 of 2980)

LOL Marie! I knew I couldn't have been the only one to cry while seeing E.T.! And, yes it was in 1982 indeed. When I saw it again, years later, I found it nice and moving, maybe because I was remembering how I sobbed my heart out for it when I was 10. It is not my favourite Spielberg film at all but I still have a fondness for it.

I found Titanic far too long when I saw it: some things are good in it but, IMO, the love story is unconvincing and it takes ages before that boat starts to sink!

Kate, if you like French history and novels, you should try reading "The three Musketeers", by Alexandre Dumas, that takes place in the 17th century (Dumas plays a lot with the real history but he knows how to re-create the atmosphere of a period).

Weird teachers... I had some too but professional solidarity prevents me to tell more...

Have a great day everybody!

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Loopy Lupin - Oct 26, 2005 10:52 am (#1312 of 2980)

I have never been a big fan of E.T., Titanic or Citizen Kane – Vlad

I can't say that I really am either. E.T. is really one of those movies that "you had to be there." What I mean is that at the time, it was quite touching, moving even. It even had a little "geek chic" thrown in as the kids were playing Dungeons and Dragons in that early kitchen scene. I remember people who were adamant that you just had to see it. The tv show Taxi even had a gag on that phenomenon with the Jim Ignotowski character recruiting people to go see the movie. Now, it seems kind of sappy and quite dated. I went to see Titantic to learn what all the fuss was about. I saw it once and that was enough. Citizen Kane was fun to discuss in film class, but somehow I never remember to rent it. A lot of "classic" or "important" films are like that for me: boring.

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CatherineHermiona - Oct 26, 2005 10:53 am (#1313 of 2980)

I don't see what's so wrong about "Copy-Paste" thing. You copy, you paste, you enlarge letters, put some pictures, give your expression, of course, and you read it and learn it. And here you go, you have 10 pages report.

Elanor, I heard about three Musketeers. Not about book, about expression. I'll look for it.

Wait, I cried on E.T. too. Only movie I ever cried on. Every time, on and on. We watched it in school once and I tried not to cry, with hardly any success.

It's all gone down when they allowed calculators on maths. - Mike

Wait, they allowed calculators on maths!? When, when?! We are allowed to take calculators only to Physics! I have to show this to my maths professor. About my maths professor, he always makes jokes with us, real jokes. And he says we are his best class and he always gives us less homework. But he said he has to start practicing on being stricter.

I'm in the chat room. Kate

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Loopy Lupin - Oct 26, 2005 12:57 pm (#1314 of 2980)

I don't see what's so wrong about "Copy-Paste" thing. You copy, you paste, you enlarge letters, put some pictures, give your expression, of course, and you read it and learn it. And here you go, you have 10 pages report.—CatherineHermiona

Well, if you give credit to the source that you are "pasting" from, there is nothing wrong with it. If you are giving the impression that the words you've pasted are your own, you've committed plagiarisim. To wit:

plagiarism

n 1: a piece of writing that has been copied from someone else and is presented as being your own work 2: the act of plagiarizing; taking someone's words or ideas as if they were your own [syn: plagiarization, plagiarisation, piracy]

from Dictionary.com

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I Am Used Vlad - Oct 26, 2005 1:15 pm (#1315 of 2980)

Marie, one of the kids in my neighborhood cried at E.T. and he never lived it down. If he is now in therapy or has a substance abuse problem, it could probably be traced back to that incident.

Loopy, I can't say that I didn't like E.T. This is probably a bad time to bring this up, but I do like the part where E.T. and Eliot get drunk. Overall, I just don't think it was one of Spielberg's better movies. It is, however, better than Hook.

Titanic I just never got. It bothers me to live in a world where that is the highest grossing movie of all time, and when The Phantom Menace came out, I did my best to help it reach the top spot. My efforts, obviously, failed. I blame Jake Lloyd.

I agree with you about Citizen Kane. I don't care about camera angles. I just want to be entertained.

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haymoni - Oct 26, 2005 1:41 pm (#1316 of 2980)

Loopy - I suddenly saw Les Nessman from "WKRP" swimming before my eyes.

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T Brightwater - Oct 26, 2005 1:57 pm (#1317 of 2980)

kaykay, if it weren't for the last minute, nothing would ever get done...at least not around here! :-)

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Loopy Lupin - Oct 26, 2005 2:03 pm (#1318 of 2980)

I agree with you about Citizen Kane. I don't care about camera angles. I just want to be entertained. – Vlad

Oooh, and the deep focus. Don't forget the deep focus!

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Catherine - Oct 26, 2005 2:41 pm (#1319 of 2980)

Catherine: Well, I guess I should have toughed it out, then. I dropped out of college halfway through my sophomore year. I felt it was more important to be able to earn money...I've grown very fond of this "eating" thing and found it hard to give up. –Mike

Oh, dear. I certainly did not mean to imply that you couldn't tough it out. I simply meant that some professors like to cut people down at the knees as a regular activity. I had some such teachers (cough* Economics *cough and *cough* Biology Laboratory *cough) where you could hear the whistle of the machete right as you walked through the door. I made the joke about certain English profs that you should just bring a tourniquet to class if you were picking up paper, in order to stop the torrential "bleeding" of red ink.

On the topic of cutting, (and pasting), I gave "my" 7th graders a huge lecture on academic honesty and the differences between quoting, summarizing, and giving credit for ideas not your own, even if the words are your own. Many of them seemed confused that one cannot just read a report verbatim from the internet and call that "research."

(Oh, and Mike, you might like to know that I had to sub for the Physics teacher today. EEK! The students were explaining friction and Newtonian theories and I was just nodding my head and saying, "So, you guys are good to go on this experiment, right? I'll just watch in awe.")

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Ladybug220 - Oct 26, 2005 2:55 pm (#1320 of 2980) Reply
Edited by Oct 26, 2005 3:13 pm

Kate, sorry to harp on this subject after several good response but it is very important not to plagiarize. When I was in graduate school, we got several lectures from very angry professors about plagiarism. At that level, people should know better, but some were stupid enough to try it anyway and were expelled from the school. Many schools have honor codes and require students to sign an agreement to hold themselves and others to that honor code.

As for the ET discussion, I got nightmares from it. I was fine while watching the movie but later on, it just wasn't good. I have not seen it since then and I have no desire to at all.

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Chemyst - Oct 26, 2005 4:08 pm (#1321 of 2980)

At the risk of sounding like an ethics cop, I am going to make this simple enough for a three-year-old to understand: Stealing is wrong. Lying is wrong. Plagiarism is wrong because it is a combination of stealing and lying. A plagiarist steals someone else's work and falsely presents it as his/her own.

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Madam Pince - Oct 26, 2005 4:49 pm (#1322 of 2980)

I can definitely empathize with the "last minute" crowd. I was lucky enough to be a fairly good writer when I was in school, and usually when I wrote something, I wrote it once and that was it. I didn't comprehend the whole "second draft" and "third draft" thing. I thought if you got it right the first time, then what's the point in re-doing it? I had one class where the professor required us to turn in two "pre-" drafts, and I really had trouble with that. I actually wrote the paper, then went back and "messed it up" to make the two "pre-" drafts to hand in. What a total waste of time (and paper.)

It carried over into my work career, too. When I had to do year-end evaluations of my team, my supervisor wanted me to start working on them in October. I would just look at him and go "Ummmm...OK." Then he asked at the beginning of November if I had them done yet, and he blew a gasket when I confessed that I hadn't actually started yet. I was all "So what's the problem?" and I did all my evaluations in something like two days, and handed them in to him to review. It was funny because he was frustrated that they didn't need revisions - I just asked him innocently if he had anything he wanted to add or change, and he said "No.... and by the way, how do you DO that?" So, it's kind of fun, but in general I guess it's not a good idea, because it doesn't allow for emergencies that may come up and mess up your plans or whatever....

haymoni, thanks for the mental image of Les Nessman! He was the best! ***giggles***

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Julie Aronson - Oct 26, 2005 5:02 pm (#1323 of 2980)

Marie,

Wit always gets me, too. I can't help sobbing like a fool.

The first movie that made me cry was "Snoopy, Come Home." I think I was 5 or 6, and I went with my mom, my aunt and my cousin. I still think it's a pretty good movie, all things considered.

Julie

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I Am Used Vlad - Oct 26, 2005 5:41 pm (#1324 of 2980)

Oooh, and the deep focus. Don't forget the deep focus! Loopy

We shouldn't forget the fragmented, non-linear narration, either.

I was glancing at the paper today at lunch and saw a list of the top 25 movies of all time according to some group of British "experts." They had Goodfellas as number one. I mainly scanned the list to see if any movie involved in our feud made the cut. Sunset Boulevard came in at 25, but I don't count that as a "real" Keaton film. Playing a has-been actor who spends his time playing Bridge wasn't exactly a stretch. It goes to show you what the experts know.

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kaykay1970 - Oct 26, 2005 6:32 pm (#1325 of 2980)

Ok. Quick question. My kids school is having drug free awareness week. They dress up each day. Put a cap on drug day they wore caps. Tomorrow is sock it to drugs day. They are supposed to wear silly socks. Ok I have a pair of solid red baseball socks and a pair of green(if I can find them.) I can mix-match the socks. I have Harry Potter stickers. I need to know because I don't have my book. Which color sock do the golden snitches go on?

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Finn BV - Oct 26, 2005 6:37 pm (#1326 of 2980)

I actually like that joke. Perhaps I should say that I dig it. –Vlad

Cool, huh? That's funky.

Kaykay, if you ever have another child, please come up with an interesting name. "Child #1" is exceptionally boring, whether you like it or not. Good job, though, I like that story even more from a kid's perspective! Congrats to your daughter, too.

science is not a subject in which someone can tell interesting stories –Kate

Unless, they are completely unrelated to the topic, which is exactly what most of his stories are.

Julie (good evans), hope your son's feeling better, despite the cause! I'm waiting till my 21st birthday, naturally… No, I'm not joking, unless I happen to be in Canada or the UK or something, where it is 18, but I'm not one to go underage drinking. Those Life Skills classes actually say something to me.

Once a week he would shut off the lights and play relaxation tapes with subliminal messages about Spanish. –Marie

**makes mental note to casually mention this to any boring teacher**

like mail a potato chip (aka crisp) to yourself –Kathy

What does that have to do with anything? This relates to Physics? I wish Mr. Wood would (haha!) assign homework like that!

By the way, I don't mean to imply I've never had good science teachers… in fact, I have loved all of my Middle School science teachers up to now, and I still like Mr. Wood, he's just really boring (he sure beats a mean teacher!). And I liked two of my three Lower School science teachers. Ironically, the one I didn't like that much (he was okay, he just gave me my first A– on a report card. Yes, I know, story for another time. He called me a smart alec.), was named Mr. Gross. Kaykay, I have no idea about the socks. Sorry!

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Marie E. - Oct 26, 2005 6:43 pm (#1327 of 2980)

Julie, it was a quite a while after seeing Wit that I could read Runaway Bunny to my kids again.

I hope my brother's not mad that I "outed" him on the crying. If it makes him feel better I cry at ET now, too.

I'm getting a little worried about my little girl Lexie. We had her at the doctor's office two weeks ago for croup. The cough came back after her prescription of steroids ran out so I took her back last Friday. They said that the croup was just taking a while to go away and I should see a gradual decrease in her coughing. Well, I've seen a gradual increase in her coughing. It woke her up last night. A friend who works in the medical field listened to her with a stethoscope and said her lungs are clear but the croup is still there. She gave Lexie a nebulizer treatment. Here's my question: Should I take her back to the doctor, or am I just being a paranoid mommy? My girls have had croup before and it's never taken this long to recover, though the doctor said it can happen.

If you read all that, thank you.

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Eponine - Oct 26, 2005 6:49 pm (#1328 of 2980)

Madame Pince, that's basically how I wrote all of my papers in school.

When I was student teaching, I had several students plagiarize a paper. I had three students turn in the exact same paper, one had a line in his paper that said "(see published history)" when there was definitely NOT a section in his paper called 'published history.' There were a couple other obvious plagiarism giveaways. All of those students got their papers back with the internet printout stapled to the back with a big, fat zero on the front. They got the oppotunity to make it up, but only because the teacher insisted.

I was lucky enough to have some very good teachers in high school, but I did have a couple that I didn't enjoy. One of my history teachers was also the basketball coach, and he didn't really like cheerleaders that much. He would treat us horribly while letting his basketball players get away with anything. He's the only teacher I was ever rude to.

Today, I was filling in at the circulation desk for an hour and this little boy came up and asked if we had a copy of HBP in the building. I found him one and asked if he'd read it yet. He said that he was getting the book for CHRISTMAS so he hadn't read it, but he wanted to read a couple of chapters. I had to bite my tongue.

I hope everyone is having a great day!

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kaykay1970 - Oct 26, 2005 7:04 pm (#1329 of 2980)

Ok Finn from now on when Child #2 does something frustrating I shall refer to him as He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named.

Marie I would probably take her back if she doesn't improve. I hope she feels better soon!

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Madam Pince - Oct 26, 2005 7:17 pm (#1330 of 2980)

I don't know about the socks, either, kay. Sorry!

Marie, I think I would take her back to the doctor, but then again I am a definite paranoid mommy since I only have the one kid.

On the plagiarism -- I think this was in second grade so we called it "copying" rather than by the proper name, but anyways.... one girl in my class copied the paper of the girl sitting next to her. The dead giveaway was that she also put the other girl's name at the top of the paper. Not the brightest crayon in the box.

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Finn BV - Oct 26, 2005 7:25 pm (#1331 of 2980)

The dead giveaway was that she also put the other girl's name at the top of the paper.

Oh, dear. Hope she didn't repeat the course. (**thinks of Burris Ewell and To Kill a Mockingbird which we are reading in school **)

Marie, I have no medical knowledge whatsoever (not even on coughing), so I'll trust the other members to help you out.

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Amilia Smith - Oct 26, 2005 7:26 pm (#1332 of 2980)

The only thing I can remember about seeing ET for the first time was that I had gotten a shot that day.

I could never understand the point of rough drafts either. Or outlines. I will now occasionally do a rough outline, listing points I want to make to make sure I don't forget them, but nothing like the formal outlines they made us learn to do.

Azi, I wouldn't worry too much about accidentally plagerizing. Just use LOTS of footnotes. Even when you are not quoting exactly. Besides keeping you honest, footnotes look impressive. :-)

I've always lucked out with really good teachers. But here's a story for you. One of my little brother's Junior High science teachers told the class that the windmills in the Netherlands blow the water off the land and back into the ocean. No kidding. My brother thought it was a joke and started laughing. The teacher was very defensive, and insisted that, no, it was true, she had seen a special about it on TV. And now my baby sister has inherited this particular teacher. . . .

Mills.

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Stephanie M. - Oct 26, 2005 7:56 pm (#1333 of 2980)

Ironically, the one I didn't like that much (he was okay, he just gave me my first A– on a report card. Yes, I know, story for another time. He called me a smart alec.), was named Mr. Gross.—Finn

I loved Mr. Gross! He was my homeroom teacher. He always called me Alex (my sister's name) though. We helped him come up with names for his baby. She was named Samantha Lily Gross. Great middle name if you ask me. (Sorry, I really wanted to tie that to universe of Harry Potter.)

Well, I'm off to go to sleep. Have a good night everyone!

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T Brightwater - Oct 26, 2005 8:12 pm (#1334 of 2980)

kaykay, the left sock was red with broomsticks; the right sock was green with Snitches. (don't ask me how one distinguishes between left and right socks, unless they were toe socks.)

Madame Pince, regrading your abilities to produced finished writing in very little time, your boss is merely jealous. What equally irks and awes my fellow ensemble members is that I can talk to an audience for any required length of time in a concert without notes and without losing my concentration for playing. One of them won't open his mouth on stage without having every word written down, even if it's only a couple of sentences.

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Ydnam96 - Oct 26, 2005 10:59 pm (#1335 of 2980)

Hey all....

Just popping in to say hi. I'm afraid I have moved to lurker status for a while...I actually have guilt for not actually reading other threads and responding/being a part of the conversations...but I just don't seem to have the energy right now...I've really only been reading this thread. Life has been so exhausting lately!! Guess that happens as you grow up huh?

So, just sayin hi.

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Soul Mate for Sirius - Oct 26, 2005 11:23 pm (#1336 of 2980)

**thinks of Burris Ewell and To Kill a Mockingbird which we are reading in school **-Finn

Oh Finn!!! I loved that book! We read it my freshman year of high school, and to this day it remains one of my favorites!! You'll have to let me know what you think of it! (And Stephanie too if you're reading it as well!!)

I have a confession to make everyone: I have never seen E.T. in it's entirety! **runs and hides**

Mills, I too, could never understand the point of outlines or rough drafts! While I understand why KayKay and Lina grounded their kids for waiting until the last minute, I must admit, I do it quite regularly now! I admit, it's caused some problems for me in the past, but I still do it.

Viola, I sent you an e-mail about going to see GoF in Cleveland. I think that would be fun!

I love reading everyone's stories about their teachers! I, thank God, was blessed with awesome teachers throughout high school. In fact, my only complaint is about my history teacher from my sophomore year. He wasn't even a boring teacher, just a bad one. He was the assistant football coach and knew very little about history. My other history teachers were amazing though. In fact, they are the reason(s) I want to be a high school history teacher!

So I have a small Aaron update. I finally got up the nerve to tell him how I feel about him, and it turns out that he feels the same way. So I'm really excited about that and just had to let everyone know!!!

Anyway, I hope everyone had a great day. It's almost 2:30 am here, but I'll be in the chat room for a bit longer probably. I'm quite the insomniac these days! But for now I'm headed to the threads!

-Jenn

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Julie Aronson - Oct 27, 2005 12:04 am (#1337 of 2980)

Marie, I'm no expert on kids (I have none) but I'd definitely take her back to the doctor.

Jenn, congrats on Aaron!!! It's really exciting when you put yourself out there like that and have it returned! Also, I hope to go to the Neohio GoF viewing, so I look forward to meeting you!

Oy, so many exclmation points!!!

Julie

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The giant squid - Oct 27, 2005 12:14 am (#1338 of 2980)

Well, I was gonna "out" Marie on crying during E.T., too, but she did it herself. So I'll just say

The worst thing about my college Physics professor is that my high school Physics teacher was actually really good. He was the kind of guy who loved (loves, actually, he's still teaching--they won't let him retire ) teaching, allowing young minds to soak up information. After that, anyone would be a letdown.

Catherine, you didn't imply anything. I really couldn't tough it out; at one point I actually asked myself, "What does a physicist do?" and didn't have an answer. All I could do was picture myself wearing a whilte lab coat and doing...something? That made it easier to drop out when the financial thing reared it's ugly head. I still get a twinge every once and a while--when you mentioned friction & Newtonian physics I nodded knowingly...

Marie, take her back to the doctor and keep doing it until she gets well. We expect 100% satisfaction from the cashier at McDonald's, why shouldn't we get the same from the doctor who, let's face it, charges a lot more for his services?

--Mike
no longer cries during E.T. but still gets misty at the end of Dead Poet's Society.

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Elanor - Oct 27, 2005 1:06 am (#1339 of 2980)

Mike: "no longer cries during E.T. but still gets misty at the end of Dead Poet's Society."

That was a moving one indeed! I loved it so much then. It was in 1989, wasn't it? Sometimes, I feel I was very lucky: I was 10 when E.T. came out, 17 for Dead Poets Society, it was the perfect moment for seeing them! **thinking I am even more lucky never to have really grown up from that time **

Which reminds me a good story about cheating:   My brother hated school and it was a nightmare to make him do his homework. He had then found out the best way of doing it without working: he was badgering me till I agreed to help him, that is to say to do it for him... He had gone to see "Dead Poets Society" with school, had to write an essay about it and I ended up writing it which, for once, I loved doing because I had a lot to say about that movie and no teacher had had the idea to ask us to do that! Some days later, the teacher gave him his essay back with that written on it: "Excellent. But it would have been even better if you had written it yourself". So, he had to re-write it himself and the teacher made sure he would write the next ones too...

Anyway, as a teacher, I keep telling the kids that cheating doesn't pay, nor does giving the right answers to a friend, that I prefer to see wrong answers which will show me they didn't understand instead of marking the same answers twice... But it is not easy, even if the kids are 6 or 7! I asked one of them some days ago why it wasn't a good idea to copy from his neighbour and all that he answered me was: "because I'm not sure he has the right answers!"
And they don't use the internet already...

Jenn, I'm really happy for you!

Edit: happy birthday Troels!!!!

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Troels Forchhammer - Oct 27, 2005 1:14 am (#1340 of 2980)

Wonderful story, Elanor

I remember when I was on my first job as a substitute teacher, I was correcting some exercises, and it turned out that this guy had been a bit sloppy with his figures, so that his figure ‘6’ looked very much like a ‘0’ in the last bit of math, but since it was the result of something like 2.62 - 1.00 = 1.62 where only the last ‘6’ was sloppy, I didn't take him down for it.

But the other seven guys who had copied his work without noticing that they were faithfully written ‘2.62 - 1.00 = 1.62’ — well, they didn't get very good marks that day (but the rest of the class laughed like mad when I went through the exercise, commenting extensively all the way )

Best,
Troels

P.S. As of today I am 30 — in tridecimal notation, that is ...

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CatherineHermiona - Oct 27, 2005 1:50 am (#1341 of 2980)

Happy Birthday Troels!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Finn, you were called Smart Alec? We are having the same character in my English book, Project 3. ***sitting in front of computer laughing: "Pametnjakoviæ, pametnjakoviæ.........."*** Are you really that way?

And what if you are taking material for your report from some pages made for that? Like wikipedia or so? You move to complicated expressions and give some of your words. If you are making mere facts that how to make them your words. That are mere facts and there is only one way to tell it. At the end, of course, I always give my expression.

Kate

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Stephanie M. - Oct 27, 2005 4:20 am (#1342 of 2980)

Happy Birthday Troels!!! I hope you have a great 30th birthday! I wish you many, many more!

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kaykay1970 - Oct 27, 2005 5:06 am (#1343 of 2980)

Thanks T Brightwater, I could not find the solid green pair of ball socks. I had white with a green stripe. They took my idea though and went nuts with it. Their socks are completely covered in various stickers; monkeys, cats, lions whatever would fit. It is very difficult now to tell WHAT color their socks are. Oh well, they were supposed to be silly.

Happy Birthday, Troels!!!!

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Good Evans - Oct 27, 2005 5:31 am (#1344 of 2980)

Happy Birthday Troels, (hem hem on the age!),

Kaykay, I would definintely take your little one back to the Doctor if there is no improvement and actually a deterioration, but I would probably give it a few days to be sure. I know you can feel a bit daft at the Doctor if he thinks you are just being over cautious. But its no fun for your little one - nor you!!!

Finn - thanks for the wishes, he is fine now, just a bit sheepish - and so he should be!!

have a nice thursday, I'll be back on line later this evening

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Loopy Lupin - Oct 27, 2005 5:53 am (#1345 of 2980)

We shouldn't forget the fragmented, non-linear narration, either. – Vlad

Oh, and the whole bit where the sounds from the next scene begin during the prior scene!!! Orson started that!

Sunset Boulevard came in at 25, but I don't count that as a "real" Keaton film. Playing a has-been actor who spends his time playing Bridge wasn't exactly a stretch. – Vlad

Your words, not mine.

And what if you are taking material for your report from some pages made for that? Like wikipedia or so? – CatherineHermiona

Then you cite to Wikipedia or the encyclopedia (those are books) where you got the "facts." This can be done by footnote, endnote or more generally in your bibliography. In legal writing, you cite to your source right there within the text. Simply because something is a fact or is presented as a fact does not mean that the source from which you got the fact need not get credit. The best rule is, when in doubt, cite. For example, "the United States has coastline on the Atlantic and Pacific oceans." This is a simple fact that can be observed by anyone and you need not cite to any atlas, globe or map. However, this statement: "The United States' population in 2000 was over 270 million" is a factual statement. But, since the U.S. Census Bureau saved you the trouble of counting everyone, the least you could do is cite to the 2000 U.S. Census Report.

Hope that helps.

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Denise P. - Oct 27, 2005 5:54 am (#1346 of 2980)

Dead Poet's Society Blech! Another movie that got rave reviews that I thought was about as interesting as watching corn grow. Of couse, I also was required to go see it for a college class...can't even remember which one though. Being required to see it probably clouded my judgement of it but I remember both Mr. Denise and I being very relieved when the lights finally came back on. Chariots of Fire was another snoozer.

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Soul Mate for Sirius - Oct 27, 2005 6:01 am (#1347 of 2980)

Good morning everyone!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TROELS!!

I don't really have too much to say right now. I've been up all night and now I'm exhausted!! I'm going to run and check the threads really quick and then take a nap! I'll be back later tonight! Have a great day everyone!!

-Jenn

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Steve Newton - Oct 27, 2005 6:04 am (#1348 of 2980)

Hey, don't bad mouth Dead Poets Society. It was filmed in Delaware. It was a tad pretentious, though.

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Loopy Lupin - Oct 27, 2005 6:06 am (#1349 of 2980)

It was filmed in Delaware. It was a tad pretentious, though. -- Steve Newton

Gee, that seems like a rather unprovoked attack on the great State of Delaware.

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Troels Forchhammer - Oct 27, 2005 6:27 am (#1350 of 2980)

Thank you, everybody, for your kind wishes

Regarding my age, Good Evans, I did say that it was 30 in tridecimal notation (base 13 instead of base 10)

On the other hand, I really like to use hexadecimal (base 16) notation, where I am only 27, but octal (base Cool isn't as good, as I am only one year from being 50 in octal

Should there be a few readers, whom I have not yet succeeded in confusing thoroughly , I would like to apologise

Best wishes,
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Soul Mate for Sirius - Oct 27, 2005 6:34 am (#1351 of 2980)

Well Troels, you succeeded in confusing me thoroughly, that's for sure!

-Jenn

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Steve Newton - Oct 27, 2005 6:37 am (#1352 of 2980)

OK Loopy, the movie, not Delaware, was a tad pretentious.

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Ydnam96 - Oct 27, 2005 6:44 am (#1353 of 2980)

Happy Birthday Troels! However old you are

Jenn, I'm happy for you! See, now his mom can't complain that you want to come pick him up!Wink

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Troels Forchhammer - Oct 27, 2005 7:22 am (#1354 of 2980)

ROTFL!

That was very kind of you, Jenn

Ydnam, I don't think ‘his’ mom is going to care much either way, but his wife might ...

I won't spoil the pleasure for someone else to calculate my correct age ...

Enjoy!
Troels

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Soul Mate for Sirius - Oct 27, 2005 7:29 am (#1355 of 2980)

Umm...Troels, I think you misunderstood Ydnam. Hehe. The "his" she was talking about is my best friend, Aaron, who is currently in Iraq and whose mother doesn't like the idea of me coming with her to meet him when he gets home, and I can assure you, he most certainly does not have a wife!

-Jenn

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Catherine - Oct 27, 2005 7:34 am (#1356 of 2980)

Here's my question: Should I take her back to the doctor, or am I just being a paranoid mommy? My girls have had croup before and it's never taken this long to recover, though the doctor said it can happen. --Marie E

I have learned, the hard way, to listen to your mommy instincts! The times I have experienced regret in my parenting has been when I did not listen to my "gut feeling" about my child.

For example, Hayley experienced bouts of wheezing that were first diagnosed (over the phone) as croup and then, in an office visit later that day, as a side effect of reflux (this was not with her regular pediatrician). The doctor would not even consider that she had asthma, even though we have a family history of severe allergies and I experience virally-induced asthma. Nothing like a trip to the emergency room (later that day) with a child who cannot breathe and is panicking to make you wish you had an inhaler. I could have done without that experience, not to mention that Hayley didn't enjoy it either!

So I guess I'm saying that I've had situations where I let someone "convince" me that I was being "fretful mom" when really, my impulses to pursue the issue were correct.

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kaykay1970 - Oct 27, 2005 7:37 am (#1357 of 2980)

Troels-I won't spoil the pleasure for someone else to calculate my correct age ...

I'm gonna tell! I'm gonna tell!

Good Evans, it is Marie's girl that is sick. Hopefully she is better today.

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T Brightwater - Oct 27, 2005 8:02 am (#1358 of 2980)

Happy Birthday, Troels! I just had my "30th" (in hexadecimal) a few weeks ago. :-)

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Kip Carter - Oct 27, 2005 8:30 am (#1359 of 2980)

Troels, Being that you have obtained Jack Benny's annual age, is converting it to something other than decimal a way of convincing yourself that you are really young and definitely not old?

If I use hexidecimal, I would still be two years older than your age in decimal. I like that!

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Snuffles - Oct 27, 2005 8:31 am (#1360 of 2980)

Help! Now I'm totally confused, enlighten me somebody pleeeaaasee!!

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kaykay1970 - Oct 27, 2005 8:54 am (#1361 of 2980)

In honor of Troels you can figure his age in my riddle:

If one should wish to calculate my age, look at my user i.d.

Adding 4 years to that shall determine the age of he.......

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Lina - Oct 27, 2005 9:10 am (#1362 of 2980)

Spending more time in the chat room than on the Forum has its prize... Now I have so many things to comment...

But first: Troels!

science is not a subject in which someone can tell interesting stories --Kate
Unless, they are completely unrelated to the topic, which is exactly what most of his stories are. –Fynn

I must say that I remember many interesting stories concerning science (or mathematics) from my school days, like the apple that fell on Newton's head. You kids should be looking for new teachers if you think that there are no fun stories related to science...

While on the copying thing, I agree with everyone of you that say that's not OK, either being a plagiarism or just having someone else doing the job for you. I must say that I was surprised that the kids didn't have to mention the sources which they used to make their report. But then, I don't remember that it was required when I was in the middle school either. They had to make the table of contents. So, I just guess that they are learning what the paper should have one thing at the time. I don't think that they were expected to do it all by themselves without using the sources. Yet, I hope that all your comments will help her learn the lesson she didn't get at school. What made me loose my mind, was that she actually did several reports and that those kids thought it was normal that someone else does their job. I used to help my friends at school, but it never included doing their jobs for them. On the other side, I meet many people at my work that think it is OK if someone else does something that they were supposed to do, so I hope that she will learn how to deal with that kind much earlier than her mother.

Another story on the copying front: when I went to school, we were supposed to describe our mothers and one girl copied the description from the girl who was sitting with her. The only problem was that the two mothers were not at all alike.

Soul Mate for Sirius, great news! I'm glad that you got up the nerve to say what was on your heart. Separation can do miracles!

Marie, I would take the kid to the doctor again!

Kaykay, that is a very cute riddle! Is it becoming a fashion?

Well, maybe I wanted to add something else, but I think this is quite enough.

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Kip Carter - Oct 27, 2005 9:17 am (#1363 of 2980)
Edited Oct 27, 2005 10:10 am

Snuffles, I will try to explain it. Check out this link.

I hope this table explains it to your satisfaction.

I updated the link to include octal and binary.

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azi - Oct 27, 2005 9:44 am (#1364 of 2980)

Happy birthday Troels! However, I've had enough of maths today without trying to work out your age.

Great news Jenn!

I'd go back to the doctor Maire, it's better to be safe than sorry!

I can't write first drafts. It's the final thing or nothing. Finished my soil report today, now I've just got to proofread! I would write footnotes, I just haven't been taught how.

It was the most gorgeous weather today! Clear blues skies and nice warm sun. You wouldn't think it was the end of October...

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Esther Rose - Oct 27, 2005 9:47 am (#1365 of 2980)

Happy Birthday Troels! Just remember your still a child at heart in Dumbledore's Eyes.

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T Brightwater - Oct 27, 2005 10:15 am (#1366 of 2980)

How about those White Sox?!!!! Only had to wait 88 years for it...of course, my team has been waiting even longer. :-(

(For non US members, one of the two Chicago baseball teams won the World Series [actually the US + Canada championship] last night. And there was much rejoicing.)

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Steve Newton - Oct 27, 2005 11:25 am (#1367 of 2980)

Go Sox! The spirit of Minnie Minoso lives on!

Only 3 and a half months until spring training.

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Good Evans - Oct 27, 2005 11:33 am (#1368 of 2980)

I'm sorry Kaykay - I guess I read the posts in a rush - I certainly do not wish your daughter the croup!!!!

Marie E - my previous comments would therefore be for you!!

Troels, I hadn't missed the "tricen... thing" - but your attempt to baffle and confuse your way out of admitting your age hadn’t missed me either I knew what you were up to!!! Seriously have a great day - and what are you doing on here - why are you not celebrating with your wife and family?? Afterall 21 comes but once in your lifetime does it not!

have a great day everyone!!

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Madam Pince - Oct 27, 2005 12:09 pm (#1369 of 2980)
Edited Oct 27, 2005 12:44 pm

Happy Birthday, Troels! (However old you are.....)

Jenn, that is great news about Aaron! What is it they say... "Absence makes the heart grow fonder." Well, maybe not actually growing fonder, but realizing how fond one actually is to begin with! Is that his picture in your avatar? We are still wishing him well!

Denise, I second the "Ugh!" on Chariots of Fire. On my class senior trip, our teachers thought it would be a fun night to force take us to see that movie one evening. I think the entire class ended up sitting on the floor of the theatre lobby playing cards for the duration. It was a booorrrrring movie. As for Dead Poet's Society, I've only seen it once and have forgotten the details, but I just remember being very mad that the kids betrayed their teacher by not telling the truth about - something? - I can't recall what. I was fussing about it to a co-worker and saying "Why didn't they just tell the truth? It was so unfair!" and she was telling me "Oh you don't understand what it was like back then -- there was so much pressure to conform." Darn tootin' I don't know! I just know I thought there was no excuse for it. I should probably watch that movie again so I know what I'm talking about....

Great story about the "copying," Elanor!

***Waves to "lurker Mandy"***

Very good point about McDonald's and doctors, Squid Mike!

And excellent example on citing references, Loopy! That law-school eddycayshun really does pay off! You have a knack for clarity!

Congratulations to all White Sox fans!

Edit: Somebody asked earlier about the "Free Gasoline for Life" prize that was won on The Amazing Race. This week's "TV Guide" says that the prize was actually a gas card with $1200 per year on it, for each of the four family members, for 50 years. That's still pretty darned impressive -- it adds up to a $240,000 prize.

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The giant squid - Oct 27, 2005 1:33 pm (#1370 of 2980)

Should there be a few readers, whom I have not yet succeeded in confusing thoroughly , I would like to apologise –Troels

Actually I was following along rather well (along with being a physics geek I'm also a bit of a math geek). Kip, your chart was great and should help the non-geeks follow along better. Hey, in hexadecimal I'm 21! Party!!

Denise, I wasn't that fond of DPS overall either, but the scene at the end still gets to me. I never saw Chariots of Fire--a movie about a guy running didn't appeal much to me for some reason. You couldn't escape that theme, though...it was everywhere that year.

As for the subject of copying...I'll say one last thing, then we can let Kate rest. While it may seem like you're helping your friends, all you do by writing their papers for them is keep them from actually learning the subject, as well as learning how to write the report itself. Eventually there will come a time where they'll need to turn in a report (for school or work) and you won't be there to write it for them. What'll they do then? As far as copy-and-paste off the net, do as Loopy said: credit where credit is due. If you didn't actually write a certain line or paragraph, acknowledge the person who did. I know in college a lot of times you're allowed to have only a certain number of cited passages and the rest must b in your own words. That way the teacher can tell you actually understand what you're writing about, rather than just regurgitating what someone else said on the subject.

Wow...that was more than I thought I had to say on the subject. Sorry about that!

--Mike

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Lina - Oct 27, 2005 1:36 pm (#1371 of 2980)

Actually, your resume, was quite clear and great! Thank you, Mike!

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Kip Carter - Oct 27, 2005 2:01 pm (#1372 of 2980)

The giant squid, Thanks for the compliment on my chart. I hope that it helps some who are visual learners to understand better.

So that everyone knows, there was no plagiarism involved on producing this chart. Each keystroke for both the HTML tags and the data were done by my fingers alone. I almost placed a few errors just in case someone ever copied it to make them think twice about copying in the future, but I did not! Then again, I may have!

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Troels Forchhammer - Oct 27, 2005 2:55 pm (#1373 of 2980)

(Thanks to Finn for pointing out that this post had originally ended up in the wrong thread. It is now deleted from there — I hope ...)

Hi Kip,

I've been consistently refusing to think all day, so don't get me started now ... (brilliant table there)

It actually started five years ago when I turned 34. I noted that this was 22 in hex, which was a third of my birth year (sort of), which is '66 (if we forget the centuries). Don't ask me why I noticed that, but I did (people have occasionally accused me of being a nerd — I have no idea why ). Just for fun I turned that into a system of equations for my colleagues to solve (they were nerds, too, so it was OK ). After that it's become kind of a running joke for me — one that works only once a year — not to give my age in normal notation. I am, however, perfectly happy to say that I am 47 in octal

An Jenn: terribly sorry about the mistake (though I hope it made for a good laugh) — I pray that I can be forgiven for being terribly self-centered just today :ingratiating smile: (too bad that that doesn't make a proper smiley, right)

Have a great day!
Troels
(who thinks he's allowed to be silly on his birthday)

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Detail Seeker - Oct 27, 2005 3:34 pm (#1374 of 2980)

Troels, congratulations to your 100111 birthday and all the best for your coming 101000. year! I hope, you had a great celebration.

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Chemyst - Oct 27, 2005 3:38 pm (#1375 of 2980)

Happy Birthday Troels. I changed my second line of information in your honor.

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boop - Oct 27, 2005 4:14 pm (#1376 of 2980)

Happy Birthday Troels!!!!

Birthday Wishes for Oct.28th: HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEVIKA!!! Have a wonderful day!!!

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Madam Pince - Oct 27, 2005 4:20 pm (#1377 of 2980)

Just an FYI.... tonight's episode of E.R. (on American TV) is a repeat of an outstanding one from last year. That used to be one of my very favorite shows, and I still watch it although the quality is deteriorating somewhat, in my opinion. However, this particular episode (with Ray Liotta) takes you back to the good ol' days when every week was riveting and filled with outstanding performances. Ray Liotta is just superb in this one, in my opinion. So, if you're not doing anything exciting, it's worth a watch.

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Soul Mate for Sirius - Oct 27, 2005 4:23 pm (#1378 of 2980)

Troels, no worries. You are most certainly forgiven, and you're right, it was a good laugh! Everyone's entitled to some silliness on their birthday!

Yes, Madame Pince, that is the infamous Aaron in my avatar! I don't have any decent pictures of myself on my Mac, so I figured, why not put Aaron up there? I haven't heard from him for two days now, so any little reminder helps. Thanks to everyone yet again for your thoughts/prayers.

I've never seen Chariots of Fire or Dead Poets Society so I'm afraid I don’t have anything useful to add to that topic of conversation. Oh well, I'm sure you all will get along just fine without my input on the subject.

Anyway, I'm off to check the threads and perhaps hang out in the chat room for awhile! Have a great night everyone!

-Jenn

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Marè - Oct 27, 2005 4:24 pm (#1379 of 2980)

I have a complaint: There are too many numbers in this thread!
I have enough statistics to deal with as it is. (Ask Gina, she seems to like it..)

Anyway: Happy birthday Troels!

And on the copying note, I too did homework for my brother once. I completely made two drawings for him. Unfortunately, I did it too well and it was kind of obvious that he didn't make them. He only got a 6 (out of 10) the teacher said he would have given me a 9...
That's nice, but doesn't help my brother (but at least he passed).

Also: Congrats Jenn on the happy news, and how brave of you to say a thing like that. Is that Aaron in your picture?
Edit: Aah it is, very pin-uppy picture.

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timrew - Oct 27, 2005 4:27 pm (#1380 of 2980)

Last word on copying someone's work. If you steal from one person, then that's plagiarism. If you steal from 20, that's research!

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Soul Mate for Sirius - Oct 27, 2005 4:54 pm (#1381 of 2980)

Yeah Mare, it's Aaron in the picture, and you're right, it is a very "pin-uppy" picture. I guess he just can't help being corny when he's getting his picture taken, because out of all the pictures I have of him, that's the least "pin-uppy". What can I say? He's just a ham in front of the camera.

Last word on copying someone's work. If you steal from one person, then that's plagiarism. If you steal from 20, that's research! –Tim

Thanks for that clarification Tim!!!

-Jenn

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Finn BV - Oct 27, 2005 5:44 pm (#1382 of 2980)

Wow! You guys are a chatty bunch! I just read through 50+ posts!

Jenn, I've read TKaM before, but I love it. It's great. On my top ten (counting Harry as one, of course, a section of its own ). And you got an avatar… is that Aaron? (Edit: I see it is now. As I say, you guys were a chatty crowd tonight!) Congrats about telling him!

LOL, Elanor, bad girl!

Happy Birthday Troels, again, from Potty HQ… Thankfully in Math Honors last year we learned bases. And I read Kip's chart somewhere around here. (Edit: Now I see there's a link to it… I found the hard way.) It's easy for me, since we're in base 13, I'm 10! Anybody here have a letter in their age?

Finn, you were called Smart Alec? –Kate

I was, but in general, I'm not. In a unit about observations, and taking stuff for granted or not, I was called a Smart Alec by Mr. Gross for saying that all of the questions were observations, because they all referred to a drawing as "In the aquarium…" when we weren't sure if it was an aquarium or not (you were apparently supposed to take that for granted, but that was the whole point of the exercise, so I still think I'm right Stubborn me.).

Marie, healing charms to the little one!

I can assure you, he most certainly does not have a wife! –Jenn

That's what you think! Just kidding.

You kids should be looking for new teachers if you think that there are no fun stories related to science –Lina

Oh, there are, just more of them are not science-related.

Yes, congrats to your boys, Brightwater.

It actually started five years ago when I turned 34. –Troels

For those who are still confused, a simple subtraction does it now!!

There are 10 kinds of people in the world, those who understand binary and those who don't. --Chemyst's second line

LOL! ROTFL! That is hilarious! I am going to treasure that line forever – it is immortal now! **bows down to Chemyst**

Finally, the GOF soundtrack is up for Mac!! Woohoo! Oh, we have an XC (Cross-Country) meet tomorrow, it's the second most important one besides the championship. Going for five and oh!

Good night everyone!

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Marè - Oct 27, 2005 5:55 pm (#1383 of 2980)

Anybody here have a letter in their age?

So if I got this right, I'm the same age as the name of the corridor I live in... (1C). Charming.

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Marie E. - Oct 27, 2005 6:10 pm (#1384 of 2980)

Lexie has a doctor appointment tomorrow morning. I spoke to the nurse who visits our center once a month and asked her advice. She said that she probably needs another prescription of oral steroid to help open up her airways. The first prescription she got was only for three days. The nurse said they can do a five to six day one with few side effects.

I went to Lexie's parent-teacher conference. I can't stand the first report card of the year because at the girls' school they always mark low then raise the grades as the year goes on. It makes me panic to see all the PP's (partially proficient) on her report. I'm going to pop in and see her physical education teacher tomorrow because on her report he gave her a 2 in health promoting fitness (2 is marginal proficiency). She has a 4 in participation (4 is proficient) so I know she's participating in class. If she got a 2 because she's not very athletic, I'll be a bit upset. Poor thing, she can't walk down our hallway without hurting herself. Very clumsy. Her music teacher added this comment: "off-task behavior interferes with learning". This is teacher-talk for "goofs off and disrupts my class". Her classroom teacher said that the excessive talking to neighbors from last month has been replaced by "zoning out" and not hearing instructions. It's shaping up to be an interesting year!

Happy Birthday Troels!

I heard on the news that for the first time in four years it's not supposed to rain, sleet, or snow on Halloween. I'm so relieved that I won't have to add snow boots to Lexie's butterfly costume.

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I Am Used Vlad - Oct 27, 2005 7:07 pm (#1385 of 2980)

Happy Birthday, Troels.

Loopy, we should write a book about movies. And for the record, when Buster comes up, I always say he is the funniest silent era actor. I never bring Jimmy Durante or Beach Blanket Bingo into the debate. Which of the 10 had the better career in talkies goes without saying.

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Soul Mate for Sirius - Oct 27, 2005 7:37 pm (#1386 of 2980)

Wow Finn, you're right, we have been a chatty bunch recently! I'd have to say that TKaMB is in my top 10 as well (again, like you, counting Harry as 1!!) But, I must admit, that even to this day, I cry every time I read it! I'm such a sap! And yes, I finally got an avatar, and, go figure, it's Aaron! Thanks everyone for the congrats! I'm just so happy I finally got it over with and told him!!

Oh! And Finn...do you know something I don't?!? (That's what you think! Just kidding. )

Marie, I hope Lexie feels better soon! Healing charms her way!

Anyway, I'm headed out with my friends for the night, but I wanted to pop in and see how everyone was one last time! Have a great night everyone!!

-Jenn

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Amilia Smith - Oct 27, 2005 8:01 pm (#1387 of 2980)

I had a little spare time this afternoon as one of my profs is out of town. So I went to the library and watched The Day the Universe Changed, "Infinitely Reasonable" by James Burke. The Day the Universe Changed is an excellent old BBC documentary series about the history of science, and how it affects the way we think, live and act today. So I was thinking of you all. Interesting Science Stories. Newtonian Physics. Complicated Math. The was even a mention of Keaton, Vlad. Benjamin Dunlap was interviewing Burke after the program, and he said, "You seem to take a very Buster Keaton-like approach to history."

So, you see, everything relates to the forum.

Oh, and a quick note on Wikipedia and plagerism. This is my profs main complaint about Wikipedia. Everybody just copies and pastes from other websites into the Wikipedia articles with out citing their sources. So the articles aren't original, and you don't know where they came from. Which is not to say they are not accurate, just that they don't give credit where it is due.

Mills.

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Lina - Oct 27, 2005 10:56 pm (#1388 of 2980)

Happy birthday Devika!

Tim, as accurate as always!

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CatherineHermiona - Oct 28, 2005 2:48 am (#1389 of 2980)

OK, I'm going to have final word here (if you allow). So, plagerism is bad, we all agree at that point. But, I totally agree with Timrew, even if he was joking, I'm serious. Because if you take different clues from different pages, you've created an unique work. Also, I agree with you, Mills. I was working a report for Croatian, about films. I went to Wikipedia and found a good MATERIAL for my report. But I saw immediately from which page that was taken. From pages that I took material for Martina's work! Same grammatical mistakes, first thing I saw on both works. But that writes nowhere, exactly as you said. On the end:

Plagerism is bad. If you have to take mere facts, give credit. If no, change at least a little bit.

Although, if you are taking from different page, that's unique work. But it's not wrong to give a credits.

ALWAYS, but always, say where you found material for the articles on Wikipedia. Or your private pages. And always, translate it to Croatian (so I don't have to ). Last report I had to translate total work on Croatian (about sundials). So it ended with my words at all.

That should be all. And Happy Birthday Devika!!!!!!

Off to go to school. Kate

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Troels Forchhammer - Oct 28, 2005 4:43 am (#1390 of 2980)

Have a happy birthday, Devika!

In one of my text books at university, the writer had included a quotation (the original was in German, but I'll try my hand at translating):

To copy out one learned book is a plagiarism.
To copy out two learned books is an essay.
To copy out three learned books is a fourth learned book.



In general: give credit where credit is due, and make sure that there's something to your own credit That's another (albeit ex-) teacher speaking there

Regards,
Troels

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The giant squid - Oct 28, 2005 6:02 am (#1391 of 2980)

off-task behavior interferes with learning. This is teacher-talk for "goofs off and disrupts my class".--Marie E.

Sounds like someone else we know, doesn't it? Actually, I think that would describe about 99% of our family at one point or another. They're just jealous because we're better than them.

I would like to take this time to give a Public Service announcement: Do not--I repeat--do not go see The Weather Man starring Nicolas Cage. It is by far the most depressing movie I've ever been forced to sit through. I got paid to screen it and I still want my money back. I don't know about the rest of you, but I don't need a movie where the moral is "Life sucks and then you accept it." Ugh.

Then again, that may have had to do with watching it at 3 AM after having worked 9 hours already...I can't be sure.

--Mike

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Loopy Lupin - Oct 28, 2005 8:09 am (#1392 of 2980)

Loopy, we should write a book about movies.—Vlad

Cool! All we need to do now is get a publishing house and we'll be good. Or, heck, I'd be satisfied if we just got a publishing room.

Not to deny anyone the last word in the plagiarism commentary, but I can add another old adage to Tim's and Troels' (Happy Birthday by the way): In the realm of fiction, it is often said that good writers borrow, but great writers steal. Knowing this is why I am never bothered by anyone's accusation that JKR stole this or that idea.

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Thora - Oct 28, 2005 8:42 am (#1393 of 2980)

Just an FYI, for those following the Thora Saga.

We went down to Myrtle Beach over the weekend, I got back in the wee-hours this morning. Looks like I'm moving down on Wednesday with the bare essentials, and getting a job to help finance all of this.

So I probably won't be reading this thread, sigh, robbed of my life I tell ya, robbed.

If anyone feels the need to brighten the day of an Aqua-phobic living on the ocean, just zip me an email.

Best wishes and Happy Harry Potter Day, umm I mean...Halloween to all.

Thora

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Good Evans - Oct 28, 2005 10:50 am (#1394 of 2980)

I cant believe no one has posted this yet, on the news today in UK is that the blue Ford Anglia used in COS movie has been stolen!

They are assuming that a "Harry Potter Freak" (charming!) has pinched it. I didn’t quite catch where it had been stolen from other than it was visible from the road so anyone could have been responsible, also it doesn't "go" so it wasn't driven away. WEll of course it doesnt "go" it is totally wild and normally resides in the forbidden forrest, it has clearly gone on a road trip

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Catherine - Oct 28, 2005 1:33 pm (#1395 of 2980)

I got paid to screen it and I still want my money back. --Squid Mike

LOL! Did I mention that I finally watched The Village the other night? I laughed the whole way through the movie, imagining Loopy Lupin's response to what I was seeing. Kim, I have to agree with Loopy about this movie....

Mike, I will take your advice--life is too short, and babysitters too pricey, to watch bad movies.

I'm off to help out with "Fall Festival" at the school where I have been substitute teaching. I was assigned "the coin toss." I asked the person in charge if these means that students will be throwing money at me, and if I get to keep what they throw. She didn't think this was funny, alas earwax.

It's also Homecoming Weekend for ECU this weekend, so things should be fairly hectic around town.

Hope everyone enjoys a pleasant Friday evening.

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haymoni - Oct 28, 2005 1:44 pm (#1396 of 2980)

Good Evans - I posted it on the COS movie thread - no comments!

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kaykay1970 - Oct 28, 2005 3:59 pm (#1397 of 2980)

My eldest two children have a costume party tonight. One is going as a geisha and the other a chancellor. They are so cute! Tomorrow my baby is going on her first date!! They are going to the matinee. I don't know why this is making me nervous. She has been out with this boy many, many times when they had only a "friends" status.

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Dr Filibuster - Oct 28, 2005 4:11 pm (#1398 of 2980)

A chancellor???? Which one? Gordon Brown, Chancellor of the Exchequer?

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haymoni - Oct 28, 2005 4:11 pm (#1399 of 2980)

kaykay, you'll be okaykay.  :goofygrin:

Note: My children are only 12 & 5 so I haven't had this experience yet, but I think you'll be fine!

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kaykay1970 - Oct 28, 2005 4:30 pm (#1400 of 2980)

The chancellor costume looks more like an advisor to an English nobleman type thing.

Oh,I forgot. When I was shopping for costumes I found Harry Potter quidditch robes. Did my children want to wear them? No! Did I buy them? You bet!!
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Dr Filibuster - Oct 28, 2005 4:41 pm (#1401 of 2980)

Lol! Are you going to make your kids wear the robes? Even the kids in the movies don't seem to bother these days.

Still can't picture a Chancellor outfit. Now I'm thinking of Prince Charles' aides; they just wear boring suits don't they?

I wonder if there are any (insert US equivalent of Gordon Brown) costumes out there?

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timrew - Oct 28, 2005 4:45 pm (#1402 of 2980)

Latest report on the stolen 'Harry Potter' Ford Anglia - it was last seen, by several muggles, flying over Bristol.

Edit:- Oh, and Happy Birthday, Troels!

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kaykay1970 - Oct 28, 2005 4:55 pm (#1403 of 2980)
Edited Oct 28, 2005 5:52 pm

No I won't make them were the robe. I was thinking ahead. I seem to recall the last book release party. All the children WANTED to dress in robes that night. Maybe on the chancellor thing I should have said Old-English. I've seen something like it in movies. I don't know but it looks cool and even better it was on sale!!

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I Am Used Vlad - Oct 28, 2005 4:56 pm (#1404 of 2980)

Good work, Tim. This may be a clue pointing us towards the actual location of Godric's Hollow.

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Madam Pince - Oct 28, 2005 5:25 pm (#1405 of 2980)

I think you're right, Vlad. Obviously, Harry has started his Book 7 quest already -- he's using the Anglia to go to Godric's Hollow, then he'll slip by his parents' graves, then off on the Great Horcrux Hunt.

Or else somebody thinks they can get by with selling it on eBay without any officials noticing....

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Chemyst - Oct 28, 2005 6:55 pm (#1406 of 2980)

Or else somebody thinks they can get by with selling it on eBay without any officials noticing....[

Very cute, Madam P.


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Finn BV - Oct 28, 2005 8:23 pm (#1407 of 2980)

on the news today in UK is that the blue Ford Anglia used in COS movie has been stolen! --Good Evans

Alas, I have been discovered. **hides in shame**

Er, um, yes, I won again at XC. They were finally giving out medals this time so I got the gold! We had good support… **waves to Steph and Amelia, if she's around**

Good night, all!

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kaykay1970 - Oct 28, 2005 8:28 pm (#1408 of 2980)

Way to go, Finn!

There was a costume contest at the kids' party. My little geisha did pretty good but eventually lost to a fairy and a guy that looked half frozen to death. The chancellor whatever thingy did not do quite as well. He should have taken my advice and worn the quidditch robes. Ah well...

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Madam Pince - Oct 28, 2005 9:37 pm (#1409 of 2980)

kaykay, we had a costume party at Little Pince's preschool today, too. Not a contest, but they had a little parade and party -- it was very cute. He was Buzz Lightyear, his favorite character. There was another little boy in his class who is only a week apart from him in age, and they play together a lot because they have similar temperaments, and he had the exact same Buzz costume! To the tiniest detail -- they looked like twins. It was pretty cute. But I wished Little Pince had elected to wear his Evil Emperor Zurg costume -- it would've made a nice foil to the other Buzz. Oh well.

We're watching a tape of "Sorceror's Stone" again tonight, and yet again I wish mightily for Minerva's green velvet robes -- they are so cool looking. I even have a brooch that could sort of pass for hers -- mine only has one garnet, but it's similar in shape, etc. The hat would be easy.... now I've just got to find green velvet robes...

Isn't it funny how Halloween brings out the costume designer in all of us? In years past, I've been a geisha girl; Hans (of Hans & Franz); Glinda the Good Witch (with my friends as all the other Oz characters); a ummm... hmmmm... can't say that one here; the Immunity Idol from Survivor; and one of my company's major business competitors with a bullet wound to the head. That last one almost earned me a couple of "mental health" vacation days -- I think a few people were seriously concerned about my stress level.

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kaykay1970 - Oct 29, 2005 5:50 am (#1410 of 2980)
Edited Oct 29, 2005 6:38 am

Wow, Madame Pince. That last one concerns me a little ,too. I'm making a mental note to always stay on your "good" side. HeeHee I know what you mean about having fun with Halloween. I would wear these quidditch robes if they had Bell printed on them instead of Potter.

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Snuffles - Oct 29, 2005 6:55 am (#1411 of 2980)

Thanks for that Kip! I prefer my age in Tridecimal, I'm only 24!!!

Julie

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Marie E. - Oct 29, 2005 7:21 am (#1412 of 2980)

Last night was our Fall Festival at work. I was in charge of the Haunted House. We spent about three hours lining the room with black sheeting and using the sheeting to divide the room into four rooms. The schoolagers had spent two weeks elaborately planning what they would do in the four rooms. There was to be a graveyard room, a witches room, an alien abduction room, and a dead biker/zombie room. It ended up being "four dark rooms where kids chase each other and scream". It was all good until my Lexie ran into boy and they both came out crying. I was a bit diappointed in him as he's a third grader. Lexie was a Monarch butterfly, Shayla was a Zombie Prom Date, and I was a witch. As I climbed into our Tahoe leaving for the Fall Festival, Mr. E asked why don't I just fly over to the school. I replied, "We're not supposed to let the Muggles see us, silly."

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Stephanie M. - Oct 29, 2005 8:24 am (#1413 of 2980)

**waves back at Finn**

I haven't decided what I'm going to do for Halloween yet. I have a Spanish test the next day, so I'll have to study. But I really want to do something with some of my friends, even if they haven't planned anything yet. I also don't have a costume yet so I'll need to get something at the last minute.

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Ydnam96 - Oct 29, 2005 8:59 am (#1414 of 2980)

Well today is homecoming here...which means I'm busy all day long. Oooooof. Blowing up ballons, hanging streamers, making sure the kiddies (and by that I mean college kids) don't cause too much trouble.

It doesn't help that it's also Halloween this weekend too. The residents are getting so rowdy. We have an event on Monday night, it's costume, so I'm dressing up in my outfit from when I worked at the Renissance Faire. I wish I had the green velvet robes and hat to be Minerva. I love that outfit. But I have no money and no sewing machine. The outfit is just a plain sort of barmaid outfit but it's free and I've got it.

Anyway. All the kiddies outfits sound great. Smile Have a wonderful weekend.

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kaykay1970 - Oct 29, 2005 10:56 am (#1415 of 2980)

My Hubby says he'll wear my quidditch robes, only if I drive to Books-A-Million for the matching goggles! A bald Harry Potter with a full beard is more than I can handle!! Ha Ha

My daughter's first date should be a memorable one. I am considering dressing as a queen for Halloween. I had been trying to figure out how to fix my hair wearing a crown. I ran to answer a knock at the door. It is my daughter's date and all he can say is "Hey, nice tiara!!" It was not until then that I realized I was still wearing it.

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boop - Oct 29, 2005 12:26 pm (#1416 of 2980)

HAPPY BIRTHDAY HEM HEM(Jackie). Have a great day!!!

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Choices - Oct 29, 2005 1:08 pm (#1417 of 2980)

Wow, I can't believe how quickly this thread grows. LOL My daughter and grandson are doing well. His name is Gabriel Benjamin Blaylock and he is a doll. I do have a granddaughter - Tara, and she recently got her Hogwart's letter. She is 11 and her birthday is the same day Harry had to go to his hearing at the MOM - Aug. 12th. Thank you all for your good wishes on the birth of my grandson - I am thrilled to be the "Nana" of two now. :-) I also have to brag on my new puppy - a little Cairn Terrier named Hermione who is three months old.

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Lina - Oct 29, 2005 2:17 pm (#1418 of 2980)

Happy birthday Hem Hem!

We do not have a tradition of Halloween here, but we have a tradition of visiting the cemeteries on the first of November, so we went to the cemetery today to clean and prepare it to be beautiful for the first of November. It is a nice custom. Actually, we get to meet many people only on that day, while walking on the cemetery, and it helps if it is a nice day as it was today. My husband was even wearing a T-shirt!

Finn, congratulations on your newest victory!

Choices, I like your grandson's name. If I had two sons, the second one would be Gabriel. But well, I have no sons at all. And congratulations about your puppy!

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Finn BV - Oct 29, 2005 2:26 pm (#1419 of 2980)

Choices – Hermione? What kind of a name is that?    Congrats again.

Thanks, Lina.

I'm not doing Halloween this year, but I haven't for since fifth grade (three years ago). I enjoy handing out candy and commenting on little kids' costumes.

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Stephanie M. - Oct 29, 2005 2:54 pm (#1420 of 2980)

Happy Birthday Hem Hem!

Congratulations on the dog Choices! I love the name!

I haven't done Halloween in a very long time either. I don't go trick or treating any more, I usually hang out with my family of friends (in costumes for the fun of it). I have worn the same costume for 4 years so I really wanted a different one. But I always do last minute Halloween planning so I have been stuck with the same thing.

Oh well, I guess I'll be stuck with being a hippie with my "Lucius Malfoy" hair. (That's what I call the wig. My dad wore it one year and a kid said that he looked like Lucius Malfoy. Hehe)

Note to Finn: Your second line of information was totally inspired by MY second line of information! I'm going to make mine better now, because mine only says, "Boo!" But your's says, "BOO!". Which in a way fits into older conversation about Plagiarism! But you didn't copy me, you put what I said into your own words. This is all assuming you saw my second line of information before you changed your avatar and sentence to go along with it.

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Madam Pince - Oct 29, 2005 2:55 pm (#1421 of 2980)

We're not supposed to let the Muggles see us, silly. Good answer, Marie!

Choices, welcome to Baby Gabriel and Puppy Hermione! Both sound adorable. I love the name Gabriel, too. We considered it for Little Pince but it almost/kinda/sorta rhymes with our last name, so unfortunately it would've sounded kind of silly. Sigh.... We got attached to the name after watching the Mel Gibson / Heath Ledger movie "The Patriot" where the son was named Gabriel. (Great movie, by the way. If you think Jason Isaacs was evil as Lucius, just wait 'til you see him in that one!)

Happy Birthday to Jackie! (and I think I missed Devika a few days ago, too...) ***waves to Boop***

Stephanie, sometimes the best inspiration comes with the last-minute costume scramble (oops, there I go procrastinating again. ) I'm sure you'll come up with something great!

Finn, why don't you dress like a 50-year-old professor? That's what we all thought you were, anyway.... You'd really scare all the kiddies if you answer the door like that...

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Stephanie M. - Oct 29, 2005 3:05 pm (#1422 of 2980)

I think I might have missed Devika's birthday too! (I'm not sure though I can barely remember what I did this morning! Boy am I getting old! )

HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY Devika!! I hope you have many more happy and healthy years ahead of you!

Well, I don't plan on doing anything with my family or friends so I might just get a costume that I have here and answer the door for all of the little (and big) kiddies that come by.

I like the idea of Finn as a 50-year-old professor! He does have his white side burns and pictures of his grandchildren... He could go out and he wouldn't be carded!

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Oct 29, 2005 4:37 pm (#1423 of 2980)

Dude! It snowed!

Catherine, obviously you failed to suspend your belief in reality long enough to enjoy The Village. It is possible, you know. And I've got the straitjacket to prove it. The least you could have done was focus on the cuteness that is Joaquin Phoenix.

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Eponine - Oct 29, 2005 4:53 pm (#1424 of 2980)

Going way, way back to our discussion about duct tape. Here's an interesting story about a duct tape Halloween costume.

The least you could have done was focus on the cuteness that is Joaquin Phoenix.

And isn't Adrien Brody in it too? I haven't seen it, but I believe I could focus on the cuteness for a few hours.

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Viola Intonada - Oct 29, 2005 6:16 pm (#1425 of 2980)

Happy Birthday Jackie! *waves to Boop*

Stores just don't accommodate procrastinators anymore. Most of the Halloween displays have been replaced with Christmas ones. Their stock of Halloween stuff is getting very limited. I couldn't even find Halloween sprinkles for the cookies I'm going to make tomorrow.

Sometimes I dress-up for Halloween. I have a Minnie Mouse costume and a French immigrant from the 1700's costume. I think my family would say that I don't have to dress-up to be a witch. (my children have been fighting with each other incessantly the past few days, it has totally ruined my mood)

We went shopping at "Build-A-Bear Workshop" today. They now have a teddy bear costume that is a black robe with a "Wizard Academy" patch on it. I had to get the costume and the bear today. (We were there because my youngest was really, really, really wanting a Pink Flamingo that is being discontinued) I named my bear "Beary Potter".

Btw, how do we address ourselves. Are we Lexiconers, Lexiconians, Lex people, Lex Folks, St. Mungo's inmates????

Anyway, any fellow Lexiconians (or whatever we should call ourselves) that are interested in seeing GoF in Cleveland on November 19, please email me soon. I would like to purchase advanced tickets.

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The giant squid - Oct 29, 2005 7:23 pm (#1426 of 2980)

The schoolagers [...]--Marie E.[

For some reason, everytime I see this word I hear it rhyming with "dowager" (emphasis on the first & last syllables).

I wasn't originally planning on working this Halloween, and thus wasn't planning on wearing a costume, but a last minute adjustment has me closing the theater Monday night. As such I'm forced to dig out last year's costume (Jedi robes, natch).

Viola, I'm jealous that you were able to find the "Wizard Academy" robes at BABW. We were told that they were no longer available. Two of the three stuffed family members have robes, but we need a third to complete the set.

--Mike

joins the group waving at Betty while congratulating Jackie

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azi - Oct 30, 2005 6:45 am (#1427 of 2980)

I'm not really into Halloween purely because my mother doesn't believe it should be celebrated. She's against the whole idea that you go and threaten people to give you sweets or they'll get eggs thrown at their house (I've no idea if this is what happens in the USA, but I know it happens in the UK). Therefore I've never been to a Halloween party or anything. Shame really, it sounds really fun to dress up!

I would refer to us as 'Lexiconers' or merely 'forumers'.

I had a fun weekend. A friend came over to stay so we decided to be tourists for the day and walk around the whole city wall (that which remains anyway!). I got slightly over excited when we saw the Minster lit up with brilliant changing rainbow colours after dark - it was beautiful! It's one of those moments you need a camera for but, alas earwax, I didn't have one. Now I have laundry and maths homework to do - not so fun. But at least I have food after shopping this morning!

Happy (belated, methinks) birthday to Hem Hem!

I didn't get caught out by the end of British Summer Time! That was lucky, I didn't know it was changing until yesterday!

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Marie E. - Oct 30, 2005 6:46 am (#1428 of 2980)

We invited two families we are friends with over last night for pumpkin carving but somehow Mr. E turned it into an actual party. I'm not anti-social or anything, but I wasn't planning on having people over until midnight. I don't even know if I'm going to attempt to wake up my kids for Sunday School. Shayla especially is not a morning person and needs about ten hours of sleep. I tried hinting to Mr. E at about 10:30 that it was getting late but he either ignored it or didn't get it. Maybe the extra hour of sleep will help them.

We're invited to a Halloween party at Mr. E's boss' house. It seems like Halloween has as many parties and get-togethers as Christmas!

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Finn BV - Oct 30, 2005 7:20 am (#1429 of 2980)

Your second line of information was totally inspired by MY second line of information! –Steph

No, duh, my second line of information has one exclamation point and yours has two! How obvious is the difference??

Madam P, I was actually thinking of a getting a costume and dressing up as a 13-year-old kid who goes to a school and is a runner and a tennis player and a piano player, but I thought that the store wouldn't have that, so I just decided to go as myself… Actually, I love handing out candy and saying what a nice costume.

Happy Birthday, Jackie!

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Elanor - Oct 30, 2005 8:34 am (#1430 of 2980)

Happy birthday Jackie!

Here it is! We have put our clocks back to "Winter time" which was great because the night was an hour longer but is a bit weird now because it is 5.30 pm and night is falling. As usual, it will take me a few days before being used to it.

As for Lina, All Saints' Day is the real celebrated day here, day on which people visit cemetaries to lay chrysanthemums on the graves of their relatives. I love those flowers! Some days ago, my Mum and I went to choose ours in big greenhouses full of them and it was really beautiful. On All Saints' Day, cimeteries look like big gardens full of flowers, this is very pretty. For now, we're very lucky because the weather is much milder and sunnier than it usually is at this time of the year, I hope it will last a few more days!

Halloween is sometimes celebrated by kids but it is pretty rare and, most of the time, they just put some costumes on and have a party with some friends and don't ask for sweets.

For my part, halloween first means "possible update on JKR's site" so I guess I'm going to spend the day checking for such an update... Maybe if I put my Beauxbatons cloak on that will help after all...

Have a great Sunday everybody!

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Detail Seeker - Oct 30, 2005 10:56 am (#1431 of 2980)

Forumers ? Lexiconists ? Lexiconians ? Lexies ?

If we ask the "Guardian" we will have call ourselves "Steve’s dazed acolytes", in short SDAs.

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CatherineHermiona - Oct 30, 2005 11:01 am (#1432 of 2980)
Edited Oct 30, 2005 11:41 am

Elanor, I also like chrysanthemums and it's a pity we can't give them to alive people. As a flower is guilty because it grows at this time of year! I especially like those round big ones. My favorite flowers.

We (me and my sister) went to the cinema with Amy to watch Wallace and Gromit. Good movie. When movie ended both me and Amy found out 20 kunas are missing to each of us. Even more strange, two boys seemed like they are following us. We went to McDonald's and still thought two boys stole the money. And then we went home. In the bus I just yelled: "We didn't count popcorn and drink!!!". Amy realized she done the same. And we were so worried!!!!!!

Mandy, thanks for correction! I found that strange, that steeled, but that's what I found most similar at Check Spelling. I firstly wrote stealed. Thanks![


I'm in the chat room. Kate

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Ydnam96 - Oct 30, 2005 11:17 am (#1433 of 2980)

Kate, I'm glad to hear your money was not stolen. Steal is an irregular verbs so the past tense is actually stole. Just so you know Smile

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Chemyst - Oct 30, 2005 1:01 pm (#1434 of 2980)

“Steve's dazed acolytes”   Still a bit ticked I see. Well then, it looks like the Guardian has solved all our costuming problems since they find us scary just as we are.

The newspaper here has printed an article that will affect your waistline more than your blood pressure. It has a recipe for finger cookies, which uses a basic sugar cookie or butter cookie dough, but the way they did it up for Halloween is a bit unique. The dough is rolled into the shape of a human finger, and then they take the back of a knife to put the little wrinkles in at the knuckles and to flatten an area for the nail. After baking, they took slivered almonds and used them like fake nails "gluing" them on with a bit of icing. For the photo which accompanies the article, they placed the cookies on a musical keyboard. It is very well done and just plain creepy – you can easily imagine organ or harpsichord music emanating from some ethereal sphere.

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timrew - Oct 30, 2005 2:48 pm (#1435 of 2980)

Detail Seeker:- If we ask the "Guardian" we will have call ourselves "Steve’s dazed acolytes", in short SDAs

Or, Steve's acolytes, dazed, DS, which would make us 'SADs'......

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boop - Oct 30, 2005 4:36 pm (#1436 of 2980)

***Waves back to Michelle, Mike and Madam Pince******

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Finn BV - Oct 30, 2005 5:48 pm (#1437 of 2980)

Oh, I'm so glad everything turned out okay, Kate.

I went to a concert of Peter Cincotti's today. He is a 23-year-old child prodigy pianist and singer who also graduated from our high school. He was playing/singing at SUNY Purchase (university) and I had the wonderful opportunity to listen to him, and then go backstage and meet him! He's a nice guy, he shook my hand, I told him I was an eighth grader at Horace Mann (our school) and he was very impressed. It was fun!!

Good night everyone. Have a good Halloween tomorrow!

Edit: Anybody seen anything of fleur-de-lys lately? Her last post: fleur-de-lys, "Chat and Greeting Thread (6 Jun 05 to 31 Aug 05)" #1427, 9 Jul 2005 9:59 am

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Loopy Lupin - Oct 30, 2005 7:36 pm (#1438 of 2980)

Catherine, obviously you failed to suspend your belief in reality long enough to enjoy The Village. It is possible, you know. And I've got the straitjacket to prove it. The least you could have done was focus on the cuteness that is Joaquin Phoenix.—Kim

Not even a straightjacket, straightpants, straightshirt, together with any other manner of straight accessories () would be sufficient to allow anyone to enjoy The Village. I really don't think a failure to suspend belief was the problem for me or Catherine. Catherine is, after all, a host on a website dedicated to a boy wizard. I had trouble suspending my disbelief. That is to say, I sat in utter disbelief at the end of that movie, certain that I would not ever see my $8.50 again. There's a reason why after an opening weekend of about $50 million, The Village raked in a whopping $16 million the following weekend. It's called "word-of-mouth." I can only hope I contributed to the 68% dropoff in box office receipts. I shall not rest until M. Night SHyAMalan is directing breakfast cereal commercials.

Congrats Finn. I never had that much luck meeting the people I admired when I was your age.

Happy Hallows Eve everyone!

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Oct 30, 2005 8:08 pm (#1439 of 2980)

Well, I refuse to be cowed. I stand by my statement--especially the Joaquin Phoenix part. As for directing cereal commercials, what about The Sixth Sense? And Signs? And if you say one thing about how transparent they were I would argue that the strength of both of those movies was the depiction of warm and loving human relationships.

EDIT: As for Catherine, here's a woman who would bring two! count 'em, two! Tom Cruise movies to a desert island. Catherine, "Chat and Greeting Thread (2 Sep 04 to 30 Nov 04)" #2040, 27 Oct 2004 3:32 pm I rest my case. Talk about suspending belief in reality!

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Viola Intonada - Oct 30, 2005 8:14 pm (#1440 of 2980)

Lol, so many choices to choose from concerning how to address ourselves.

I thought of the forum today, "The Goonies" aired on ABC Family today. So of course, I had to watch it. Thus leaving poor hubby to rake leaves by himself for a while. (I did eventually go outside to help him)

One thing I love about this chat thread is how much I learn about other countries. I didn't realize how differently Halloween is celebrated around the world.

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Soul Mate for Sirius - Oct 30, 2005 8:47 pm (#1441 of 2980)

Geez you guys were chatty this weekend!!

One thing I love about this chat thread is how much I learn about other countries. I didn't realize how differently Halloween is celebrated around the world. –Viola

I totally agree Viola. As a newer member to the forum, I must say that a large part of what drew me in originally was that the members are from such different backgrounds and from so many different places. I think it's wonderful!!

I feel like Halloween has already come and gone! Such is life on a college campus I guess. Everyone here celebrated this past weekend by going to parties and the like, and, since there are no little kids to trick-or-treat on the campus, there's not much happening here tomorrow! I'm kind of bummed about it, but the celebrations this weekend were a lot of fun!!

Oh!! Aaron just signed on-line, so this is all from me for now!! I've got to go!! Have a great night everyone!!

-Jenn

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Denise P. - Oct 30, 2005 9:02 pm (#1442 of 2980)

There's a reason why after an opening weekend of about $50 million, The Village raked in a whopping $16 million the following weekend. It's called "word-of-mouth."

Well, that word never reached me! No one would tell me what stunk so badly about The Village so I ended up renting it. Pu-lease was my reaction at the big reveal. I like M. Night but what was he thinking with this one??

We have a stomach bug working its way through the house...always fun. I just hope that everyone feels better tomorrow or there will be some sniffling and tears when it comes time to head out candy gathering. Yes, I am a mean mom...if they are sick, they are not going out no matter how well they feel right then and there.

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The giant squid - Oct 30, 2005 11:29 pm (#1443 of 2980)

A couple of quick retorts:

I tried hinting to Mr. E at about 10:30 that it was getting late but he either ignored it or didn't get it.--Marie E.

I'm betting on "didn't get it". He's a smart guy, but also a little thick sometimes.

I shall not rest until M. Night SHyAMalan is directing breakfast cereal commercials.--Loopy Lupin

The only good thing I can say about the man is that he opposes the "no release window" initiative (i.e. releasing movies into the theaters and on DVD at that same time). Other than that he's an over-hyped once-lucky hack. Sixth Sense--good. Unbreakable--okay (and that's coming from a comic book geek! [yes, I have many geek hats...sometimes I look like Dobby after cleaning the Gryffindor common room]). Signs and The Village--plot holes big enough to drive a fleet of semis through.

Anybody seen anything of fleur-de-lys lately?--Finn BV

From what I know, Fleur-de-Lys has moved on to other pastures (he said diplomatically). I doubt she'll be back for the GoF movie release (she didn't come back for HBP after all) but I hold out hope she'll stop by when book 7 comes out...

--Mike

EDIT: To all of those who remember my ordeal in getting a hold of a Darth Tater way back when...he now has a cohort of two Spud Troopers flanking him atop my computer desk. So far I've only found them available through Starwarsshop.com (and thus paid about twice as much as normal), but some one with more patience than myself may be able to get them through Amazon eventually.

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dizzy lizzy - Oct 31, 2005 1:40 am (#1444 of 2980)

Hi all!!!

I've been quite busy over the past week or so with work. The weather is really starting to warm up and we have had two thunderstorms in a row this week. Poor Macca has spent most of the storms shivering and generally acting like the terrified dog he is.

I'm still trying to adjust to the "leap forward" in us changing to Daylight Saving (Not all States in Australia observe Daylight Saving so confusion reigns for a while now) yesterday.

Halloween means absolutely nothing to me. It is not generally celebrated over here as it has very little relevance to us.

We do however celebrate the running of the Melbourne Cup (horsies) at approx 3.25pm on Tuesday 1st November! Many racecourse such as ours will hold a short Melbourne Cup raceday meeting and screen the big race as well.

I've made sure I haven't any work booked at that time, I do so want to watch the one and only race I watch each year!

Enjoy Halloween!!

Lizzy

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kaykay1970 - Oct 31, 2005 6:35 am (#1445 of 2980)

We rented movies last night for myself and three eldest children to get into the Halloween spirit. We watched White Noise and The Boogeyman. Today we are watching The Ring 2 if we have time before trick or treating.

I think it was azi describing Halloween in England. We do have isolated instances of children soaping windows and rolling yards here, as well. We have to be careful not to get our car "egged" when we are out trick or treating. We generally know which areas to avoid and try to get an early start.

My husband's cousin went to watch a Tennesseee Vols football game. Her 10 year old son was so excited. He got to shake hands with Peyton Manning after they had a ceremony to retire his jersey. His Mom was not nearly as thrilled because she says she almost froze to death at the game.

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Catherine - Oct 31, 2005 7:10 am (#1446 of 2980)

It was worth renting The Village (and kissing my $3.50 goodbye) just to see Loopy Lupin and Lupin is Lupin argue over this film again. It's also amusing to see my ability to suspend my "disbelief" (good one, Loopy) debated.

As for the desert island movie picks, I still really like the movie Jerry Maguire. One can find a quote to cover nearly any situation from that movie. Our personal favorites are "The human head weighs eight pounds;" "I'm cloaked in failure;" "Mistake--meant something else;" "The things we think but do not say;" and "These fish have manners."

Mr. Catherine is on my bad list. The girls and I slept in this morning, as today is a teacher workday. While we were sleeping, Mr. Catherine took all of the Halloween candy I bought for trick-or-treating tonight! He took every bag of candy into work for his college students. It was rather bizarre to wake up and see that six bags of candy had seemingly disappeared overnight.

I was planning to sample a few of those candy bars today just to make sure that they were fit to give out. How disappointing...

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DJ Evans - Oct 31, 2005 9:59 am (#1447 of 2980)

HAPPY HALLOWEEN


Hello everyone... Yikes believe it or not, it's me for those who remember me -- I know it's been like 13 (hee hee good number for today, right?) lifetimes since I last posted but I just couldn't let my favorite holiday slip by without wishing everyone a Happy Halloween. I have been keeping up with everyone though (lurking in the background ) -- I know I should post. Sorry ***wanders off with head hanging down***

Later, Deb

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Ydnam96 - Oct 31, 2005 10:06 am (#1448 of 2980)

Catherine. I'd say that you should make Mr. Catherine go after work and stand in the crazy lines and fight with people over the last bags of candy to replace those that you have already purchased Wink

As far as desert island movies. How could anyone NOT take Lord of the Rings? Extended edition of course. I mean, that's like 30 hours of watching pleasure right there (including all the extra stuff on the other disks). And Pirates. That one is a must. Smile My favorite line "But why's the rum gone?". haha I guess it's only funny because of the way he said it.

But I do think the best line in a movie ever is from Fools Rush In: "You are everything I never knew I always wanted". Amazing, guys, this is a great line (as long as you mean it).

As far as Halloween. We didn't celebrate much as kids. We were allowed to dress up in only "nice" things. Some years we just went to church events, other years we were allowed to trick or treat (depended on where we lived that year; some places were not safe to trick or treat- mostly we were allowed when we lived on Base and not out in civilian areas).

Tonight here in the living area I am in charge of at the college we are having a big carnival called Hollah-Ween. It should be fun. All the typical little kids games, but for college kids. Throwing darts at balloons, pie throwing, the one where you toss the "fishing line" over the sheet and someone attaches small candies to your line, bobbing for apples, bake sale, costume contest. All the fun stuff. I'm actually kinda excited.

Anybody see if there was an update on JK's site?

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septentrion - Oct 31, 2005 10:22 am (#1449 of 2980)

Hi all ! Like DJ Evans, it's been ages since I posted on this thread. I hope all those who celebrate Halloween have a great time. It's not a big deal here although I've spotted bunches of kids tricking and treating when I left work and surely some will ring on my door before long.

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Puck - Oct 31, 2005 10:44 am (#1450 of 2980)

Happy Halloween! Darth Vader and my Tiger Princess (I said it was too cold for princess dress, so we compromised that she can wear it over the Tiger costume) are quite excited. The pumpkin is cute, but has no clue what's going on, and is happy so long as I keep her fed!

To show my sappy side, I'd have "An Affair to Remember" on my dessert island. Most romantic movie ever!

And, as turned on the TV yesterday to see the last 2 minutes of the Goonies, and thought of you.

Question for Mike; how long is GoF likely to be in theaters? My in-laws were supposed to be out beginning of December, have have postponed until the first week of January. Think I can wait to take advantage of the babysitting?

Trick-or-treat, and watch out for Trolls!

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Denise P. - Oct 31, 2005 10:59 am (#1451 of 2980)

According to IMDB, GoF has a running time of 157 minutes.

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Gina R Snape - Oct 31, 2005 11:27 am (#1452 of 2980)

Hey, everyone.



And here's a little pumpkin carving site for you... http://www.coasttocoastam.com/timages/page/pumpkin_sim.html

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Loopy Lupin - Oct 31, 2005 11:38 am (#1453 of 2980)

It was worth renting The Village (and kissing my $3.50 goodbye) just to see Loopy Lupin and Lupin is Lupin argue over this film again. It's also amusing to see my ability to suspend my "disbelief" (good one, Loopy) debated. – Catherine

I knew there had to be some sort of ulterior motive because I can't imagine you would have rented it for viewing pleasure.

Denise-- What do you mean that "word" never reached you about The Village . I've been railing about this movie for over a year! ***dawns on Loopy that perhaps Denise "skims" his post****

Kim-- I'll give you Signs . I did figure that movie out early on, but it wasn't M. Night's fault. By the time I saw it, I had heard so much about the "amazing ending" that I just couldn't help it. Still, it was good. Signs I even liked too, but Squidmike is 100% correct that the plot holes were huge enough to drive a space ship through. Well, that is unless you are an alien race who've mastered intergalactic travel, but for some reason still need cornfields to guide you in for a landing. But, the holes in that movie didn't bother me until afterward. I'll tolerate plot holes as long as they don't bother me during the movie. The Village , however, is just plain awful and I want my money back.

And, so what if Catherine wants a Tom Cruise movie or two on a desert island? With Mr. Cruise it's easy to suspend disbelief depending on what you are trying to avoid believing. I like War of the Worlds because I could suspend my belief that Mr. Cruise is crazy.

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Catherine - Oct 31, 2005 11:52 am (#1454 of 2980)

I knew there had to be some sort of ulterior motive because I can't imagine you would have rented it for viewing pleasure. --Loopy Lupin

Knowing as I do how much you hated that movie made me giggle while I watched it. Truly, I do not regret my $3.50; it was worth it to finally feel like I could "take sides" about The Village. In its own way, it proved to be real entertainment. In addition, I gambled that you may have been too harsh in your evaluation of this film.

You win some, you lose some.

EDIT: I like War of the Worlds because I could suspend my belief that Mr. Cruise is crazy. --Loopy Lupin

Oh, does that mean that aliens aren't real?

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Denise P. - Oct 31, 2005 11:54 am (#1455 of 2980)

Denise-- What do you mean that "word" never reached you about The Village . I've been railing about this movie for over a year! ***dawns on Loopy that perhaps Denise "skims" his post****

I don't skim your posts I certainly knew everyone said it was a big ole stinker of a movie but no one ever told me why it stunk so badly. Yes, I knew the ending was bad but not the specifics of what made it so bad. But all was not lost... Since I knew it was a crummy movie from the getgo, I put it on subtitles and fast forwarded through the entire thing. You get to see everything, read what is being said but you gain time that you would have otherwise wasted.

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Loopy Lupin - Oct 31, 2005 1:18 pm (#1456 of 2980)

I certainly knew everyone said it was a big ole stinker of a movie but no one ever told me why it stunk so badly.—Denise

That is always the dilemma when you have a clunker. Manners still dictate that you not give away the ending or too much of the plot, no matter how inane or stroke-inducingly bad either may be.

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Oct 31, 2005 1:41 pm (#1457 of 2980)

As far as desert island movies. How could anyone NOT take Lord of the Rings? Extended edition of course.---Ydnam96

*****raises hands, waves them vigorously***** The next time I watch that trilogy I'll know I'm in Purgatory.

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Marie E. - Oct 31, 2005 1:46 pm (#1458 of 2980)

I laughed at the idea of calling ourselves "Lexies". It was a long standing joke in the chatroom that I had named my youngest after the Lexicon. Never mind that she was born in 1999.

Speaking of Miss Lexie...for the second school day in a row she waved goodbye and left me with no tears and arm-grabbing. So, Lexie's adjustment to Mommy walking her to school=11 weeks of school.

Since I mentioned Lexie's teacher conference I'll put in a small mention about Shayla's. It was probably the best conference for her since kindergarten. She got mostly B's (thank goodness 3rd through 5th have "normal grades"), one C+ for not turning in all her work, and two A's. Huge relief compared to last year.

**crossing fingers for no snow tonight**

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CatherineHermiona - Oct 31, 2005 1:55 pm (#1459 of 2980)

I was at one site that is especially for selectors and polls. I went to Harry Potter selectors and I found ten on theme Which HP character are you? and, of course, I made all ten and took average. I took top five from all ten and I made top ten selection of all ten thread. Scoring was: 1st place-10 points, 2nd place-8 points, 3rd place-6 points, 4th place-4 points, 5th place-2 points.

And results are:
1. Albus Dumbledore with 38 points, twice 1st on top five list, 5 of 10 times he was on list
2. Hermione Granger with 36 points, twice 1st on top five list, 6 of 10 times she was on list
3. Harry Potter with 36 points, twice 1st on top five list, 5 of 10 times on list
4. Remus J. Lupin with 22 points, twice 1st on top five list, 3 of 10 times on list
5. Fred and George Weasley, I'm really happy about this one, as I really want to be as them, 18 points, never first, 6 of 10 times on list
6. Rubeus Hagrid, 18 points, never first, 3 of 10 times on list
7. Ginny Weasley, 16 points, never first, 3 of 10 times on list
8. Sirius Black, 16 points, never first, 2 of 10 times on list
9. Ron Weasley, 14 points, never first, 2 of 10 times on list
10. Arthur Weasley, 14 points, never first, 2 0f 10 times on list

Then goes Luna, Cho, Dudley (yes, him), Percy (he too), Cederic, ... Voldemort and Snape were always last two, but once Snape was 6th and Voldemort 13th, on same list Hermione was 14th.

Kate

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The giant squid - Oct 31, 2005 2:09 pm (#1460 of 2980)

Question for Mike; how long is GoF likely to be in theaters? My in-laws were supposed to be out beginning of December, have have postponed until the first week of January. Think I can wait to take advantage of the babysitting?—Puck

It's really hard to guess, honestly. It depends on your region, how busy your theater usually is with this type of movie, whether the theater gets everything that comes out or splits with another theater, etc. With King Kong coming out on the 16th and Chronicles of Narnia on the 25th, GoF will most likely be down to one screen by the end of December in most theaters. How long it hangs on after that depends on how good it is--i.e. how many repeat viewers it gets.

Booking movies is like predicting the weather--so many variables...

Manners still dictate that you not give away the ending or too much of the plot, no matter how inane or stroke-inducingly bad either may be.--Loopy Lupin

This is true, and is the cause of some consternation on my part whenever anyone asks me how Weather Man or Stay were. Stay wasn't bad, really, there's just a huge plot twist that's hard not to mention when describing the movie. My synopsis always ends up being, "Ewan McGregor plays a psychiatrist who takes over the case of a very troubled young man." That describes maybe the first five minutes, but after that things start to get weird...

Marie: good to hear the girls are doing well in school (or at least with school). Shayla losing points for not turning in her work? Let me guess: her excuse was, "I didn't do it 'cause I already know that stuff."

--Mike

Happy Hallowe'en to those who care, and to those that don't--Happy Monday!

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Loopy Lupin - Oct 31, 2005 2:11 pm (#1461 of 2980)

The next time I watch that trilogy I'll know I'm in Purgatory.--Lupin is Lupin

Sheesh! Someone is a tough cookie!

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Viola Intonada - Oct 31, 2005 2:21 pm (#1462 of 2980)

It's great to hear from DJ Evans, Septentrion and Gina. I guess more than just ghosties and goblins come out of the woodwork on Halloween.

I was amazed at the number of Harry Potter related costumes there were at school today. I think there were more than last year. A new book this summer and a movie due out soon must have kept it fresh enough in kids memories this year. Or their parents made them a costume for the book release and said they had to wear it for Halloween or else, as was the case for my child.

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Gina R Snape - Oct 31, 2005 2:26 pm (#1463 of 2980)

Thanks, Viola.

I wore my slytherin outfit to work today and my boss remarked how much use I get out of it!

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Catherine - Oct 31, 2005 3:32 pm (#1464 of 2980)

Sheesh! Someone is a tough cookie! --Loopy Lupin

Are we commenting on Lupin is Lupin's interest in cooking?

** looks innocent **

Happy Halloween to all. We just finished getting the house ready, and expect some visitors soon. Mr. Catherine will be setting out the dry ice in our "cauldron" soon, so our neighbors will know that we are open for business.

What is very amusing is that we used fake spiderwebs on our columns out front, and Daisy, our younger shih-tzu, has been barking at the door non-stop since we applied them.

I guess she doesn't like spiders.

Have a safe and fun evening, everyone!

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Denise P. - Oct 31, 2005 3:34 pm (#1465 of 2980)

Mean mom alert!! One of my kids got the ultimate kid punishment today, second only to no presents at Christmas. He is banned from going out this evening and he will not be sharing in the bounty. Why? The little fiend threw away his retainer. Okay, it is not really a retainer, it is a crossbite/palate expander mouth appliance but it still is called a retainer since it is easier. He has had it for less than a month, we have hammered it into his head to NEVER put it on the lunch table, to put it in the box and into his lunch box. If he forgets his case, put it in a napkin and then into his lunch box. ****:sigh**** He put it in a napkin and left it on the table, where it was promptly thrown away. No one bothered to call to tell me this WHEN IT HAPPENED so that I could go up there and have the pleasant task of digging through the trash. I would have done it because these little pieces of molded plastic and wire are certainly not cheap. Instead, I found out when he burst into tears as soon as he walked in the door.....4 hours after trash had been hauled away from school for the day. I am so not a happy camper right now.

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Julie Aronson - Oct 31, 2005 4:33 pm (#1466 of 2980)

Mike,

What do you say about "Prime?" It seems like a really stupid title, but is the movie OK?

Denise,

Do you think the little fiend was going for the sympathy vote by bursting into tears?

Julie

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dizzy lizzy - Oct 31, 2005 4:42 pm (#1467 of 2980)

Denise; Your tale of the "little fiend" and his retainer reminded me of the day I jumped into the local public swimming pool with one Hearing Aid in.

Back in those days I needed to use special tape to keep the actual aid itself behind the ear. On that day I had not taped the aid to my ear and it fell out and sank. I got out of the water and started crying and wailing straight away and boy was my Mum mad!!!!! I can still remember her yelling at me, needless to say she had to yell, I had no hearing aid to hear .

Unfortunately, the pool was one of those old mucky ones and it was impossible to see the aid on the bottom. It took all of (me, 2 sibs, Mum and two cousins) us nearly two hours to find it. We took the aid home and stuck it in a slow oven (with the door open) overnight and it was right as rain.

Hope everyone has a wonderful day today.

Lizzy

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I Am Used Vlad - Oct 31, 2005 5:25 pm (#1468 of 2980)

I don't think I posted much about The Village when it came out. My big problem with the movie was that M. Night likes to pretend he is Alfred Hitchcock and appear in his films. To me, that made the big, surprise, stupid ending pretty easy to figure out early on. Also, when the most suspenseful scene in a movie involves someone trying to steal medicine out of a cabinet, or whatever was going on at the end, it's probably just not that good.

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Denise P. - Oct 31, 2005 6:34 pm (#1469 of 2980)

I think the little fiend burst into tears because he knew that I was going to blow a gasket as soon as I heard. He had been threatened with death about leaving it on the lunch table so he knew that I would not be pleased. His teacher was more concerned about Devin. "He was really upset" Well, yeah, you think? Of course he was upset, he realized that he was in deep, deep trouble. Little fiend did go out but to add injury to insult, all candy collected goes to the older brother who stayed home to pass candy out. Little Fiend did the work but doesn't reap the rewards. (Yes, he will end up with some but not for days)

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Finn BV - Oct 31, 2005 6:43 pm (#1470 of 2980)

What a sad story Denise! We've got plenty of candy left over here – I think we had in total 25 kids, but only in about 6 groups! We have about 150 packs of candy – what a bad turnout! If the Little Fiend can hitch his way up to New York, we'd certainly let him in for the night… I might just have to go trick-or-treating at my house later tonight. As I said, I finished Halloween costuming three years ago. Now I go as a candy-giver. I know, I know. Can you spell L-A-M-E?

Kate, you should post your results on the Which HP character thread are you? too. Near the bottom of the main forum page.

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Ydnam96 - Oct 31, 2005 10:51 pm (#1471 of 2980)

All I have to say is: too much candy...
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Soul Mate for Sirius - Nov 1, 2005 12:11 am (#1472 of 2980)

HAPPY HALLOWEEN EVERYONE!!

So, I had a small stroke of genius today, and just had to share it with everyone!! Recently, Aaron's been kinda down because he's going to miss the opening of GoF, and he didn't have enough room to pack all this HP books, so he feels cut off from HP completely. So today I was at the store and I thought to myself, "I promised to send Aaron cookies sometime, so I should probably do that now!" So, I walked to the dairy section to get that pre-made dough (I know it's cheating, but I am a broke college student who can't afford to buy all the ingredients and make the cookies from scratch!!) When I got there, I saw these pre-made, pre-cut sugar cookies in Halloween shapes. I picked them up and was about to get them when I realized, that (duh!) Halloween was TODAY, and by the time these got to Aaron, it would be close to the middle of November. Then it hit me! I'll buy the Halloween cookies, and make them into HP cookies! The cookies are shaped like witch's hats, ghosts, pumpkins, and bats. So, I bought them and black, and white frosting. I made the cookies and just got done "HP-izing" them. There were four hats, so I frosted each one black and then used white to put "H", "R", "S", and "G" on them for each house. Then I frosted all the ghosts white and put the initials to all the ghosts on them. There's the Bloody Baron, the Fat Friar, Moaning Myrtle, Peeves (I know he's not a ghost, but it was the best I could do), the Gray Lady, and, best of all...one of the ghost cookies' head broke off when I was taking it off the baking sheet, so (of course) I frosted it back on and made that one Nearly-Headless Nick! How perfect is that?!!? then I frosted the bats and pumpkins and wrote him a note explaining all the initials and that the pumpkins were straight from Hagrid's pumpkin patch and the bats were from the Forbidden Forest! I think that should help him get over his HP withdrawal just a bit!

I know that was long-winded, but I was just so excited about my HP cookies, and I figured, who better to tell the story to then you guys, right?!? Anyway, I'm off to check the threads and then it's time for bed for me!! (It's after 2 a.m. here already!!) I hope everyone had a great Halloween! (and a great Monday for those of you who don't celebrate Halloween!!)

-Jenn

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The giant squid - Nov 1, 2005 3:20 am (#1473 of 2980)

Mike, What do you say about "Prime?" It seems like a really stupid title, but is the movie OK?--Julie Aronson

I didn't screen it myself, but the guys who did have very little good to say about it. Weird subplots that take over the film, slow moving and, well, Meryl Streep, all add up to a thumbs down from the crew (or it would, if that weren't a trademarked phrase). Luckily for all involved, this marked the end of the "fall season" where the studios put out all the stuff they know wouldn't make money over the summer.

Jenn, that was a cool idea with the cookies. And Denise, no matter how much Little Fiend whines, I think his punishment fits the crime (although having to wear a spacer is almost punishment enough itself).

--Mike

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Catherine - Nov 1, 2005 6:05 am (#1474 of 2980)

Denise, I agree with you that Devin or his teacher should have 'fessed up to the retainer-tossing right away. In "my" classroom, we had a phone right there. I certainly would have allowed a child to call his parent in that instance. In fact, my daughters' elementary school has a phone extension in the cafeteria.

While no one enjoys dumpster diving, I know from my own elementary and middle school days that the appliance could have been found if they'd just looked when it happened. I remember more than one child desperately rooting through the trash trying to find his retainer.

Poor little fiends...

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Nov 1, 2005 6:40 am (#1475 of 2980)

Devin 'oops' the retainer, Denise cancels Halloween, and I'm the tough cookie?

I stand by what I said regarding The Lord of the Rings trilogy. They'll never stand the test of time. But unfortunately, they'll be preserved on DVD forever.

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Chemyst - Nov 1, 2005 7:01 am (#1476 of 2980)

I still wear a retainer roughly every other night. (I'm getting old enough now and my teeth are so straight that I've had folks exclaim, "You've got your real teeth!" They thought I'd had dentures made that looked so natural. ) Anyway, the orthodontist where I had this retainer made has printed instructions that tell his mostly teen clients to never wrap their retainer in a napkin, but always use the case. Napkin-wrapping is the most common reason he makes replacements.
 ... ah, the things you can learn here. Anyway Denise, your kid isn't the first and he won't be the last. And I agree with Mike, the forking over a major percentage of candy and waiting a day to collect on what remains seems like it is an appropriate "payment" to improve his fessing up at once. Learning to "come clean" and admit it as soon as you know is the most important lesson here.

Jenn, I'm wondering now, does Aaron like HP for HP's sake, or more because you make it so fun for him?

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haymoni - Nov 1, 2005 7:24 am (#1477 of 2980)

I had visions of "Parenthood" where Steve Martin and Mary Steen-whatever are digging through the trash when their son throws out his retainer at the restaurant.

Poor kid! Imagine having to sit through the rest of the day at school knowing that your mom was going to kill you when you got home! I wonder if that teacher knew how much those things cost?

All these great clips - the dementors here at work have everything blocked. I can't get to anything that links to Mugglenet or Veritaserum. When I get home, I have to fight 2 kids for the computer so my viewing time is very limited.

Hope you all have a great November 1.

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kaykay1970 - Nov 1, 2005 9:40 am (#1478 of 2980)

I just talked to my sister. Her daughter's heart surgery has been scheduled for November 29. I should have known it was just wishful thinking that it could wait awhile.

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Puck - Nov 1, 2005 10:46 am (#1479 of 2980)

Catherine, my neighbor has a Jack Russel that barks at our scarecrow. Nice to know there is a guard dog nearby!

My kids went out with Dad and were allowed 3 treats upon arriving home. Parker was thrilled to answer the door. Still have a bowl left. S'mores bars are yummy!

My boy fell and slammed his head on the way into lunch yesterday, and spent lunch in the nurse's office. He's 5, and I got neither a call nor a note. I know only because I asked about how he managed to eat all his lunch for once (he ate during rest time, so he ate instead of chatting with friends like he does in the cafeteria.) So, yes Denise, I agree that their needs to be better communication.

Kaykay, will keep your niece in mind!

Thanks, Mike. Perhaps I should just get a sitter, if I find one willing to take on 3 kids.

Kathy

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Soul Mate for Sirius - Nov 1, 2005 1:34 pm (#1480 of 2980)

Hey everyone!

Kathy, that's terrible that no one called you about your son. I remember when I was in elementary school, I fell down the stairs and twisted my ankle and the nurse called my mom at work to tell her! And I was 10! I can't believe they wouldn't call mom for a 5 year-old hitting their head!

Jenn, I'm wondering now, does Aaron like HP for HP's sake, or more because you make it so fun for him? –Chemyst

Well Chemyst, most of the time I think he's an HP fan for HP's sake, but sometimes I wonder. I was the one who got him started on the books. He used to call me when he was stationed in Cuba, and I'd make him listen to me read PS/SS over the phone to him. After the first few chapters he was hooked, so I sent him copies of PS/SS and CoS. He's been hooked ever since. But, every now and then I wonder if part of the reason he likes them so much is because I get so excited about them. Who knows.

Well, I'm off to check the threads. Have a great day everyone!

-Jenn

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Loopy Lupin - Nov 1, 2005 1:56 pm (#1481 of 2980)

Let's all send some Cheering Charms to poor Mr. Devin; no trick or treating is quite the punishment. Denise's story reminds me of the Little House on the Prairie episode where some kid got nothing for Christmas for spilling the beans about Santa Claus.

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Nov 1, 2005 2:24 pm (#1482 of 2980)

Loopy watched Little House on the Prairie? I'm.....stunned.

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Denise P. - Nov 1, 2005 2:42 pm (#1483 of 2980)

Mr. Devin has a past history of missing Halloween. This is the third year he has missed. One year, he and Ryan decided to flush something to see if it would work. I think he was 6. It got stuck. No amount of work with the plumbing snake would dislodge it. We called a plumber, who could not dislodge it so we had to go buy a new toilet. It happened the night before Halloween so Mr. Denise declared the two involved banned from going out. We had two sad little faces the next night but never had things flushed again. And for those curious, it was a Tarzan action figure from a happy meal. Mr. Denise took a hammer to the bend in the toilet after it was removed to see what caused the problem. The second year he missed was when he was 7. He was actually in the hospital so I carried around his bucket with the other kids. I am sure some adults were thinking "Yeah, sure" when I would hold it up and explain it was for my son in the hospital but it really was.

I called the school today and asked if my emergency numbers were wrong since I never got a call or message yesterday and no one called my other number. The person was quite horrified that no one contacted me immediately when it was missing and said a note would be put on his card to always try the cell number. She has a child with a retainer, who had tossed it as well, so she was almost in sympathy tears.

You know, I laughed at Mary S. and Steve Martin in Parenthood digging through the trash but now I sure understand that motivation.

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Catherine - Nov 1, 2005 3:47 pm (#1484 of 2980)

Denise, Devin just seems to have a curse on Halloween just like Harry Potter.

Forgive me for laughing at the Tarzan toilet-replacement story.

Let me register my astonishment that Loopy Lupin watched Little House on the Prairie.

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Ydnam96 - Nov 1, 2005 6:18 pm (#1485 of 2980)

Catherine. Love the new avatar Smile Haha

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Julie Aronson - Nov 1, 2005 7:34 pm (#1486 of 2980)

Mike,

Thanks for the warning about "Prime." I won't waste my few valuable movie-watching hours on it, but instead I'll save up for a "GOF"-fest.

Marie,

I'm sure your daughter is much better now, but our local paper had an article about warm inside temperatures making breathing problems worse. It specifically mentioned asthma, allergies, and croup. The pediatricians interviewed recommended an indoor temperature at 65-70 deg F. An added bonus is reduced heating bills, of course!

Upon further reflection, I think they might be right, because since the heat switched on (I'm keeping it at 65 this year for economic reasons) I haven't had my traditional dry skin, cough, and sore throat yet.

Hmmmmmm.....

Julie

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The giant squid - Nov 2, 2005 2:31 am (#1487 of 2980)

Yeah, they always say to keep the thermostat around 68F (20C)...but when you've acclimated to 115F in the summer, 68 feels like I might as well sit in the freezer. Mind you, this is from the guy who used to do the nightly meat counts at the restaurant I worked at in Georgia without a coat "because there's no wind". The desert has sapped my cold tolerance!

--Mike

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haymoni - Nov 2, 2005 7:08 am (#1488 of 2980)

Hmm... toilet flushing...

Ungrateful Son (yes, he has once again earned the title! He's 12 - enough said!) once blamed the Red Power Ranger for flushing half a banana with the peel still on down our ONLY toilet. We tried to snake it, but it didn't work. We had to take the thing apart.

That's when we found that the Red Power Ranger also liked to flush "C" batteries - four of them!!!

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Madam Pince - Nov 2, 2005 7:22 am (#1489 of 2980)

Yeah, because a banana should've....

Well, never mind........

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kaykay1970 - Nov 2, 2005 11:32 am (#1490 of 2980)

This was posted on another forum. I thought I should share it with all of you. For those of you that live in the U.S., anybody can get your driver license info on-line. I went and had mine removed to protect my privacy. Here is the link if you wish to do the same- http://www.license.shorturl.com/

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Puck - Nov 2, 2005 12:03 pm (#1491 of 2980)

Jenn has me thinking, does anyone know where I can buy HP cookie cutters?

Devin should learn to keep out of trouble until November 1!

I was a "Little House" junky, and I don't remember that episode. Sure it wasn't the Waltons?

As a New England girl I'm always surprised that anyone sets their thermostat above 68. Hubby's midwest relatives turn up the heat instead of putting on a sweater in the house, and I can't quite figure that out. We're down to 67 during day, and 61 at night.

Cheers! Kathy

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Loopy Lupin - Nov 2, 2005 12:03 pm (#1492 of 2980)

LOL Kaykay

I was a "Little House" junky, and I don't remember that episode. Sure it wasn't the Waltons? – Puck

Not 100% sure except that I was assuredly not a Waltons junkie. I believe it was the Christmas show in the later years of the series where they are all snowed in and telling stories of Christmas past.

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kaykay1970 - Nov 2, 2005 12:23 pm (#1493 of 2980)

Sorry Loopy, couldn't resist. Yes, it was Little House. Almonso(sp.) Wilder told a story about taking his younger brother to the barn and showing him all the presents. I was a Little House junkie as well.

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haymoni - Nov 2, 2005 1:02 pm (#1494 of 2980)

Our thermostat is at 60 degrees. We can heat our house with our wood burner. Haven't had to do it yet - we've got lots of sweaters.

I worked with a woman who told me that in college if she and her roommates skipped church, they would atone for their sin by watching an episode of "The Waltons". They rationalized that each episode of "The Waltons" told a moral story and it was just as good as going to church.

Of course this never worked when they were home on break...

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Lupin is Lupin. Natch. - Nov 2, 2005 1:50 pm (#1495 of 2980)

As a New England girl I'm always surprised that anyone sets their thermostat above 68.---Puck

As a New England girl myself, I'm always surprised when people turn on their heat before November 1st. Wimps!

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Catherine - Nov 2, 2005 2:42 pm (#1496 of 2980)

As a New England girl myself, I'm always surprised when people turn on their heat before November 1st. Wimps! --Lupin is Lupin

** guilty expression **

Erm, some of us down South have thin blood? ** confesses that I turned the heat on when the forecast said it would be 38 degrees a few nights ago **

Even when I didn't turn the heat on, it was so cold in our house the other morning after nighttime lows of 42 that I turned the gas fireplace on for a bit so that I could thaw out. I confess to feeling cold when the thermostat reads below 66 degrees Fahrenheit. I wore my coat indoors all weekend, much to my husband's amusement (he's from Delaware, and thinks that I am a wimp about cold weather).

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Loopy Lupin - Nov 2, 2005 2:52 pm (#1497 of 2980)

Well, at least in this part of Virginia, heat is required to be on in apartment buildings as of October 1.

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Viola Intonada - Nov 2, 2005 3:09 pm (#1498 of 2980)

We have had our heat on for a couple of weeks now. (Ever since the temp. dropped to 45 at night) Hubby was born on the coldest day in February in North Dakota, poor guy hasn't warmed up since. I'm always teasing him about what a cold wimp he is. This year I don't seem to be taking the cold to well myself, but I'm not admitting that to hubby!

We have lowered our thermostat to 66, we used to keep it at 68.

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Herm oh ninny - Nov 2, 2005 4:48 pm (#1499 of 2980)

Hey guys! Wow, it feels like forever since I was last here! School is really killing me! If only I hadn't thrown out my Hogwarts letter....

Well, I just read the 205 posts on this thread (wow are we a chatty bunch!) and I don't know where to begin!

Happy belated birthdays to all that I have missed. Also Happy belated Halloween!

I saw Prime on Friday, it was horrible! Please save your money!!

Jen- that was a great idea with the cookies.

Finn- congrats on your 1st track metal!

Oooooh, I know there was more I wanted to comment on but, 200 posts are too many to remember!

This Saturday is both of my sisters' birthdays. We are going to a fondue restaurant called The Melting Pot. I am excited because we have never had fondue before. Afterwards we are going to go to Caroline's comedy club in Manhattan. I can't wait for the weekend! We also ordered a cake from Coldstone Creamery.....I'm drooling just thinking about it!

Well, I have to go to class now I hope I can get back here soon!

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Stephanie M. - Nov 2, 2005 5:29 pm (#1500 of 2980)

Good to see you Herm oh ninny!

Mmmm Coldstone! Very yummy ice cream.

I haven't posted in a while.

Not too much has been happening besides being very busy. The end of the first trimester is near, which means only four things... TESTS, QUIZZES, PROJECTS, AND ESSAYS!

I think we had a total of 10 trick or treaters, which was a horrible turn out because we usually get non stop knocking at the door!

So that's about it. I've been reading along though... Just not enough time to really post.
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