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Post  Lady Arabella on Fri Nov 14, 2014 10:53 pm

The following is an archive of material originally posted on the Harry Potter Lexicon Forum, hosted by World Crossing, which ceased operations on April 15th, 2011

Archivist's note:  This is a continuation of the original Chat & Greeting Thread #1, picking up in January of 2004. The full year 2004 also consists of the original Chat & Greeting Threads 2, 3, 4, and 5.

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Carina - Jan 1, 2004 12:01 am (#1357 of 2753)

A very Happy New Year from California!


The Great Abbycadabra - Jan 1, 2004 12:54 am (#1358 of 2753)

Oops, sorry, West Coast. I'm a bit late. Here's your belated Abbyfetti. ',;.',.;,'.;,'.;,'.;,'.;,.,'

And, since it's nearly 3 AM my time, I'm going to sleep now. Therefore, I'm leaving some extra Abbyfetti for the New Years yet to come! ',.;,';.',;.',;.',;.',.;',;.

Have a groovy new year!


Detail Seeker - Jan 1, 2004 5:44 am (#1359 of 2753)

As, by now (14:45 CET), everybody on this Forum should have arrived in 2004, I wish all of you a healthy and interesting New Year with many nice hours, many nice tasks and, not to forget this, a hilarious time watching the movie of Prisoner of Azkaban. An d I wonder, what will be released half a year after that....


Devika - Jan 1, 2004 5:46 am (#1360 of 2753)
Edited by Denise P. Jan 1, 2004 6:53 am



boop - Jan 1, 2004 7:22 am (#1361 of 2753)

Happy New Year Lexcion Family. What surprises will 2004 bring? We only have 155 days until Prisoner of Azkaban is released. It would be nice to see book 6 out for Christmas, but I don't think so.

I read in new Clues to Harry Potter: Book 5 that June is important for something to happen. Look in June 2003 brought us Order of the Phoenix. June of 2004 the movie Prisoner of Azkaban will be released. There is a hint possibility June 2005 a new book?

Remember rule #3 There's no such thing as a coincidence.


timrew - Jan 1, 2004 5:29 pm (#1362 of 2753)

Sorry to be so belated, but I've been away from my computer for a couple of days.

A Happy New Year to everyone! Joy and Peace to you all!


Sinister Kittens - Jan 2, 2004 2:49 am (#1363 of 2753)

Cramming in all that extra long bow practise Tim? Anyway, Happy New Year guys!

PS boop - i'm keeping my fingers crossed about your theory!


Dr Filibuster - Jan 2, 2004 1:16 pm (#1364 of 2753)


I've been away for just over a week and it's taken me an hour to read this thread!

Feliz Ano Nuevo (Happy New Year)...I've been in Spain, did the twelve grapes thing at midnight too. What does it mean if you eat them too quickly?

Hope everyone on the forum had a great week. I heard that loads of fireworks were cancelled in the UK due to a lack of the "wet start" variety for us muggles. Still, we should count our blessings if a bit of rain is our worst natural disaster.

Brandon, well done on the poem. I searched your name on the site and thought you'd written the one called Man God. I was reading false inspiration from Dementors...oops The poetry site said it had 5.1 million items so, eventhough they weren't all in your competition, you really have done well!

Last nights delayed flight and an early morning start to work today and tomorrow mean I need to catch up on my sleep now. I fully expect dreams to include poetry, yew trees, LoTR, grapes, pirates, new Dvd players and longbow practice.

By the way, is it true that mince pies are still illegal?


timrew - Jan 2, 2004 2:54 pm (#1365 of 2753)

Mince pies are illegal? First, I've been neglecting my longbow practise, and over Christmas I've eaten about four mince pies.....

Here I come, Tower Of London!


mischa fan - Jan 2, 2004 3:27 pm (#1366 of 2753)

Don't worry Tim, we will find a way to sneak Harry Potter 6 & 7 into you.


Gina R Snape - Jan 2, 2004 3:39 pm (#1367 of 2753)

I hear they allow Raven post at the Tower of London, Tim. ;-)

Carina, congratulations are in order. KBR made it into the officially allowed list of abbreviations.


timrew - Jan 2, 2004 3:57 pm (#1368 of 2753)

Pity the poor raven that has to carry Harry Potter 6 & 7!


mischa fan - Jan 2, 2004 4:11 pm (#1369 of 2753)

Nevermore quoth the Raven


timrew - Jan 2, 2004 4:13 pm (#1370 of 2753)

It would end up with legs like a stork!


Carina - Jan 2, 2004 4:19 pm (#1371 of 2753)

Mischa fan, good to see you around!

Gina, you cannot imagine how proud I was of my little bunnikins... :sniff:


Blast - Jan 2, 2004 4:58 pm (#1372 of 2753)

Maybe that would make the ravens finally leave the Tower.


Brandon Christopher - Jan 2, 2004 5:16 pm (#1373 of 2753)

Thanks Dr. F I was startled how many Brandon Christophers there were on the site. Good thing I put my middle name also, to bad I didn't tell you guys what my middle name was though... Anyways I just finished writing my "author information page" for the published work. I wasn't that excited when I first entered the contest but now I'm positively shaking in anticipation. I advice everyone on entering in the future, I never thought my poetry was that good so if I can do decent than you guys could do great.

Tim I would pity the Raven that was forced to carry any book bigger than PoA. I think Rowling's having a little to much fun writing these books now.


Kowalla - Jan 2, 2004 6:00 pm (#1374 of 2753)

Wow! Brandon, where did you find the picture for your new avatar? That's great! Hmmm, I wonder who the blonde girl is? I don't remember anyone in the books having blonde hair like that. Maybe I'm just missing something.


Denise P. - Jan 2, 2004 6:10 pm (#1375 of 2753)

I would guess it to be Luna even though she is described as having mousey hair (I think)


Brandon Christopher - Jan 2, 2004 6:22 pm (#1376 of 2753)

I don't remember where I got it, I have so many Harry potter pics that I can't remember where I got them all. The girl is Gabriel Delacour, this is the scene from the second task of the tri-wizard tournament where the champions have to rescue the prisoners.

If you're looking for good Harry Potter pics I recommend the Lexicon list of artists. Here is the list: http://www.hp-lexicon.org/artists.html "for all I know I could have gotten this pic from one of these artists."


Kowalla - Jan 2, 2004 7:07 pm (#1377 of 2753)

AH! Of course! I was also wondering why they were tied up, but it all makes sense now. I also kind of wonder what exactly "mousey" hair means? Mice are gray aren't they?


Gina R Snape - Jan 2, 2004 7:09 pm (#1378 of 2753)

Kowalla, mousy is considered a kind of dull brown. But it's true, there are a lot of different colour mice. I wonder where the expression originates.


Blast - Jan 2, 2004 7:14 pm (#1379 of 2753)

Supercalafradjuluos Gina, Severus has never looked better.


Gina R Snape - Jan 2, 2004 7:18 pm (#1380 of 2753)

Thanks, Blast! You're the first to notice.


boop - Jan 2, 2004 7:29 pm (#1381 of 2753)

Gina, That picture is great. Thanks for the laugh.


Brandon Christopher - Jan 2, 2004 7:43 pm (#1382 of 2753)
Edited by Kip Carter Jan 2, 2004 7:57 pm

I deleted the second paragraph. - Kip

Hey, Blast and Boop beat me to it. That's the last time my dog gets a walk; he makes me miss opportunities on the forum. But Snivellus definitely looks excellent Gina, the Slytherin green is a great touch.


Blast - Jan 2, 2004 7:46 pm (#1383 of 2753)

Gina you have a great imagination, thank goodness, we need more people like you in the world.


Gina R Snape - Jan 2, 2004 7:51 pm (#1384 of 2753)

Thanks, Blast. I can't take all the credit, though. Someone else came up with the Poppins idea on a German Snape site. I just took it a little further...

Btw, I went into the chatroom and you left!


Caput Draconis - Jan 2, 2004 7:52 pm (#1385 of 2753)
Edited by Jan 2, 2004 7:52 pm

*spits diet coke onto keyboard*

Gina, I salute you. Although now I'll keep thinking about Snape whenever I see the Sherry Bobbins episode of The Simpsons...which is not such a bad thing, come to think.


Brandon Christopher - Jan 2, 2004 7:58 pm (#1386 of 2753)

Oops sorry Kip, didn't think that posting a link to the site counted as "using material from the Lexicon without permission?" But why can I post the link to the Lexicon links page but not the actual site of the artist? I was just wondering, sorry if this is posted somewhere and I missed it.

Edit: Thanks for the explanation Kip, it makes sense now.


The Great Abbycadabra - Jan 2, 2004 9:32 pm (#1387 of 2753)

Blech, our house smells like Mrs. Figg's. My dad made this huge pot of cabbage yesterday and now everything smells like it. I probably smell like it.

One of my favourite authors is Meg Cabot (writer of The Princess Diaries and numerous other awesome series that I've mentioned time and time again on the "Recommended Reading" thread), and I occasionally go to her website and read her blog. On there, she had a list of things she loves and things she hates and one of the things she loves is, "The new Harry Potter trailer (www.azkaban.com). Does this look like it's going to be good, or what??? I am already addicted to that creepy song the choir is singing. Also, what's up with Harry looking so minty?"

Now it's come to my attention that the word "minty" used to describe something comes from The O.C. That being said, I have a question for anyone who watches The O.C. Is calling something "minty" a good thing? I imagine it would be (my line of thinking: well, minty-fresh breath is good...). I'm quite curious now and no one I know watches that show. Thanks in advance.

By the way, Gina. Great pic.


mischa fan - Jan 2, 2004 9:38 pm (#1388 of 2753)

Abby, as anyone who knows about The O.C. would guess I watch it and I can honestly say that I have never herd the work minty used, and I thought I paid attention to the show. Sorry. Sad


The Great Abbycadabra - Jan 2, 2004 9:55 pm (#1389 of 2753)

Hmm, I was told that Seth uses that word from time to time. Oh, well. I still take it as a good thing. Thanks anyway.


Mrs. Sirius - Jan 2, 2004 10:46 pm (#1390 of 2753)

popkin I just had to post this joke in respond to your post on the Ron Weasley thread, but since it is so of topic, it here...

Poor Little Rich Girl: Oh, yes, I grew up in a very poor family. Our maid was poor, our chauffeur was poor, the cook was poor....


Madame Librarian - Jan 3, 2004 6:12 am (#1391 of 2753)

Help! What is this The OC business from a couple of posts back? Explain, explain. Thanks.

Ciao. Barb


Weeny Owl - Jan 3, 2004 11:00 am (#1392 of 2753)

Gina, nice touch with Severus Poppins and the Slytherin scarf. Maybe Neville should use your avatar the next time he encounters Snape.

My neighbor and I are going to see "Return of the King" this afternoon, and I'll be thinking of tim when there's no "Scouring of the Shire" at the end.


Marie E. - Jan 3, 2004 1:35 pm (#1393 of 2753)

Madame Librarian, the OC is a new show on the Fox Channel. I could go into the plotlines, but suffice to say there are rich teens, one poor teen, and grownup with marital problems. I think that hits the high points.


Carina - Jan 3, 2004 10:16 pm (#1394 of 2753)

Mischa fan's picture is of Mischa Barton, one of the stars of OC. that's what makes him our resident OC expert.


Brandon Christopher - Jan 4, 2004 12:16 am (#1395 of 2753)

Hey guys I finally listened to the CD's I got for Christmas and I found a great song. If you like any type of techno or industrial music you should check out this CD. I'm not sure if I'm allowed to post a link to the Amazon online store so I will wait for an approval from either Kip or a moderator before I post the link. Just so you guys know this song has no swearing in it and is not offensive, just kind of depressing. The lyrics are awesome, they're really impressive.

If anyone wants to check out the song on their own it is called "We will stay down" by Wumpscut.


ElfWorks - Jan 4, 2004 10:33 am (#1396 of 2753)

The Sorceror's Stone is on HBO in 30 minutes. Just a head's up for anyone with a couple of hours to kill, like me!



Gina R Snape - Jan 4, 2004 10:35 am (#1397 of 2753)

You know, Lisa. No matter how many times I've seen it, and never mind the fact that I OWN the bloody DVD, if it comes on tv I still watch it. :sigh:


Madam Pince - Jan 4, 2004 11:32 am (#1398 of 2753)

In case you're still out there, Sly Girl, please don't go away! I hate to think you feel no one's listening to you -- I think you have a lot of great things to share! (Whether moderating, chatting, or theorizing....) Anyway, if you do decide to take a break, we'll miss you!


Sly Girl - Jan 4, 2004 12:29 pm (#1399 of 2753)

Thank you Madam Pince. I am still here. Mostly just reading. I'm sure I'll pipe in when I have something dire to say. Or not.


mischa fan - Jan 4, 2004 12:30 pm (#1400 of 2753)

Abby, if Seth uses it then I would say it is a good thing. I will try to pay better attention during further airings of The O.C.
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ElfWorks - Jan 4, 2004 12:54 pm (#1401 of 2753)

Gina! I just watched Snape's first class and his speech about the "subtle science". goosebumps, girl !!!!



Gina R Snape - Jan 4, 2004 2:39 pm (#1402 of 2753)

Yeh. That's one of the very few times where the rewrite in the movie is better than the book.

And then there's Alan's peformance.

(No comment from the peanut gallery, Kip )


Marè - Jan 4, 2004 2:44 pm (#1403 of 2753)

Sigh, I wished they showed Harry Potter on tv over here too. But I guess I'll have to wait for that...

And every time I see that scene I have to think no fair. Poor Harry, enthousiastically scribling notes down and he gets picked anyway.
It shows in a moment the whole essence of the relationship between Snape and Harry.

Hmmm, now I'm discussing Snape and Harry and the movie, can one go off-topic on a chatt-thread?


Gina R Snape - Jan 4, 2004 2:48 pm (#1404 of 2753)

Well, I suppose if we get carried away we could take it over to the movie thread. I, though, have to go make dinner right now. Only the scent of garlic and onions will be carrying me away...

(I'm making spicy lentils with basmati rice and mango chutney, btw).


Pinky - Jan 4, 2004 2:53 pm (#1405 of 2753)

Can I come to dinner, Gina? I don't think we live that far away... you're in NY, right? I'm in MA -- it should only take me a few hours to get to you. Can you keep it warm for me?


I Am Used Vlad - Jan 4, 2004 3:28 pm (#1406 of 2753)

That does sound good. I could be there in three hours.


Blast - Jan 4, 2004 3:28 pm (#1407 of 2753)

Gina that sound yummy, but what would top off the meal would be some cheesecake from Aberforth's Enchanted Dairy.


Gina R Snape - Jan 4, 2004 4:43 pm (#1408 of 2753)

I've told you before, Blast...I'll not use Abe's goat's milk! I think it's tainted.

Dinner was lovely. You are certainly all welcome to come over as there's plenty left over. I am not, unfortunately, on the floo network though.


I Am Used Vlad - Jan 4, 2004 6:10 pm (#1409 of 2753)

I've been sticking to cow's milk myself. Better safe than sorry.


Madame Librarian - Jan 4, 2004 6:23 pm (#1410 of 2753)

Cows are becoming a problem these days. Maybe we should think more about goats...or fish...or turnips.

Ciao. Barb


Blast - Jan 4, 2004 7:40 pm (#1411 of 2753)

Hermiome fan what part of Canada do you come from?


The Great Abbycadabra - Jan 4, 2004 11:35 pm (#1412 of 2753)

Heehee, nice picture, Blast.

And, thanks, Mischa fan. I had a feeling it was a good thing, however, seeing as it was in regard to Harry, I needed confirmation in case I needed to defend his honour.


Joost! - Jan 5, 2004 12:33 am (#1413 of 2753)

I've been away for less than a week: 114 new posts on this thread!

I hope everybody had a good year, and I wish you all a prosperous 2004!


Fawkes Forever - Jan 5, 2004 3:08 am (#1414 of 2753)

Woohooo I'm finally back on the Forum.... *faints from overwhelming number of unread posts*

On my last day of work, the forum went down so I couldn't wish you all a Happy Christmas... most upset by that I was I even had a dream about it!

Hope you all had a nice holiday & that the Store Elves are nice & rested! It's just taken me over an hour to read through this thread... (with a few minor distractions called work ), so heaven knows when I'll get round to reading any of the other threads. The good news is I get my computer from work to take home this week... so I might get a chance to do a bit of reading over the weekend.... woohoo!

Dr F.... where did you hear that mince pies are illegal!! I'm most shocked, seeing as this year I went all out & actually made my own (much to my family’s disappointment hee hee).... should I be keeping an eye out for the aurors? *expecting to be dragged off to Azkaban any time now* Actually it's the first day back at work post holidays.... I might as well be in Azkaban....

Ah no, it's not that bad.... well if it weren't for the forum.... bless it's 'ickle Cotton Socks (if it had any)

Great to be back guys..... still haven't seen ROTK, but might venture past the cinema this week! Talking of films, on New Years Day, was I the only one to be thinking.... hmmmm, only 6 months to PoA... hee hee

I hope 2004 is a wonderful year for everyone.... & for those of us who had a run of badluck in 2003 Madame Poppy & Boop etal(myself included), lets hope 2004 is a vast improvement

Now back to those unread posts... whoops I mean work


Weeny Owl - Jan 5, 2004 10:38 am (#1415 of 2753)

Welcome back, Fawkes.

My neighbor and I saw "Return of the King," and she thought it was the best of the three movies. I was slightly disappointed. She told me that I'm the only person she knows who has seen it who has preferred the second movie. Everyone else she knows says the third one is the best.

She had never read the books and had no idea what to expect. She cried a few times and had brought along Kleenexes just in case. I cried only once, but again, that may be because I knew what to expect.

The battle scenes were fabulous, of course, but I would have preferred a bit more plot and fewer battles.

She and I did agree that while Aragorn cleans up well, he's at his yummiest when he's in the midst of battle and is sweating. Legolas is just a total heartthrob as is Faramir.

Lots of action, great special effects, and gorgeous guys... I'll probably buy it when it comes out just so I can have all three movies.


Madame Librarian - Jan 5, 2004 11:43 am (#1416 of 2753)

Weeny, I'm with you on liking the 2nd film the best. All that drama between Gollum and...um...Gollum. I think it's the film that really lets you know the characters the best.

Welcome back, Fawkes! Happy 2004.

Ciao. Barb


Marè - Jan 5, 2004 11:54 am (#1417 of 2753)

I will decide which film I like best after seeing all the extended editions. Those are soo much better! And after I saw the 3d extended movie I will go and sit and watch them all in a row! Lord of the Rings day, jeej! Maybe one day we can do that with the 7 Harry Potters too! (that will be one day to celebrate in St. Mungo's!)

And those gorgeous guys, you are so right about that Weeny Owl.
I liked Legolas, but then Eomer came along and I was sold...
He is just SSSOOOO (you all know what to fill in here )


Dr Filibuster - Jan 5, 2004 12:59 pm (#1418 of 2753)

Siobhan, it was that well known party pooper Oliver Cromwell who banned Christmas celebrations and outlawed things like mince pies. He's still not too popular with the Irish is he?


It may be a very old Urban Myth though, that's why I was seeking confirmation. I believe Tim spent all yesterday catching up on his longbow practice.

Was it Sinister Kittens who got the law book? Does it say anything relating to alchemy or witchcraft? I believe that the last woman tried for witchcraft in the UK was during the 2nd World War!

Is there anything that could relate to t'internet? Perhaps meeting in groups?

Edit..a quick search revealed that Helen Duncan, a spiritualist, was gaoled for 6 months in 1944 for "witchcraft". The law was abolished in June 1951.


boop - Jan 5, 2004 3:30 pm (#1419 of 2753)

Fawkes--Welcome Back I hope you had a great Holiday. I was go glad to see 2004. I know it has to get better. I have a new grand baby coming in March, and we have POA in June. Already great things to look forward too.


Blast - Jan 5, 2004 3:40 pm (#1420 of 2753)

Aberforth's Enchanted Dairy has been closed by order of the Ministry of Magic. Please return all products for a full refund. Thank you for your patronage. Please drink Snape Beverages, J.K.R. drinks them too. Official beverages of St. Mungos


boop - Jan 5, 2004 4:01 pm (#1421 of 2753)

Blastendend newt--What if you already used the products. I used them in my dinner. I thought my dinner tasted funny. Will Snape have any potions waiting someone who already used the products? I'm starting to feel funny. I'm starting to get feathers!! Please send help!


Marè - Jan 5, 2004 4:10 pm (#1422 of 2753)

Boop in cases like these you need to go to St. Mungo's. (you'll find it on the FFF)

And YKYAHPF when you think the two grandest things for 2004 are your new baby and the POA movie...
seriously But nonetheless congratulations Boop!


timrew - Jan 5, 2004 4:33 pm (#1423 of 2753)

I've caught up on my longbow practice; and I can now hit a mince pie (placed on my son's head) at 100 paces. Death to all mince pies!

Did you know it was also against the law for London cabbies not to have a bale of hay in the backs of their cabs? And it's also a crime (punishable by death) to impersonate a Chelsea Pensioner, especially one that's eating a mince pie, while missing out on his longbow practice.


Madame Librarian - Jan 5, 2004 4:37 pm (#1424 of 2753)

Hey, what's the hay for? Oh, was this for horse-drawn cabs? Oh, then maybe I know why--so the horse shouldn't ever miss a meal (strong union, ya know). Aaack!

Ciao. Barb


Sly Girl - Jan 5, 2004 4:42 pm (#1425 of 2753)

I have to put in a belated WHOOOO_HAAAA for the new Peter Pan film. It's wonderful... simply magical. I loved it. I didn't know they could make a story I know backwards and forwards seem new, but by jove, they've done it. And Jason Isaacs is one amazing Captain Hook! I could go into detail, ladies, but I'm afraid I'd be kippendo'd for the frequent use of the word normally used to describe the weather in arid climates. *wink*


Madam Poppy - Jan 5, 2004 5:13 pm (#1426 of 2753)
Edited by Jan 5, 2004 5:13 pm

I'm off to see The Return of the King a second time. I have my hankies in hand this time. I just finished watching the 4 extra DVD's in the extended set and then watched the 2 extended movies.
For those who haven't seen the behind the scenes DVD's I highly recommend them! I understand the movies more now and have a greater appreciation for what the cast and crew went through to make them.
Did you know that Orlando cracked a rib and Viggo broke a tooth and 2 toes during the filming?

BTW Re: my run of "bad luck"? We didn't have a good start to 2004. We woke up New Year's morning and found out our water main had frozen! I spent a half hour in the blowing snow and cold using a hairdryer to thaw it out. (This all goes back to summer when our main sprung a leak. It was decided to pop the pvc line up under the patio and then into the house. !!"Heat tape would be applied to the pipe before winter"!! HA! It was never done of course.) I made a "tent" around the pipe from foil and the metal sides from old computers. (Knew they would come in handy some day) I have a workshop "trouble-light" close to the pipe to keep it warm. So far, so good. It was 6 degrees above zero today. Who knows how cold it will get tonight! I did look into heat tape and it isn't suppose to go on pipes shorter than 3 feet.


boop - Jan 5, 2004 5:37 pm (#1427 of 2753)

Madam Poppy-- Do you need some four leaf clovers, or maybe a good luck charm will do. Here's hoping with fingers and toes crossed no more bad luck!!!!

Mare-- Thanks I'll check myself in at St Mungos, but I will say the feathers that I'm getting are very pretty!!!


Gina R Snape - Jan 5, 2004 6:50 pm (#1428 of 2753)

Oh, no. Another one is growing feathers... Yes, go to St. Mungo's straight away. This sort of thing is dealt with all the time there...

I still haven't seen Peter Pan, can you believe it? Thanks for the heads up, Sly Girl.


ElfWorks - Jan 5, 2004 8:01 pm (#1429 of 2753)

Orlando Bloom is on Leno tonight. Just FYI for those of you who are fans....



Weeny Owl - Jan 5, 2004 8:15 pm (#1430 of 2753)

Oh, I forgot to mention that the trailer for PoA was shown when I went to see "Return of the King." It's so much better in a movie theater, and the Snape boggart scene flowed beautifully where it was choppy on my computer. I am so waiting for June 4th.


Blast - Jan 5, 2004 9:55 pm (#1431 of 2753)

Poppy there are pipe warmers you can get. You wrap it along the pipe and plug it in and it should keep the pipe from freezing. We have a crawl space under the house and it has happened to us. Another trick is when you know it is going to get cold, let one of your taps drip a bit, this keeps the water flowing just enough so the pipes wont freeze. Thanks for the reminder I have to plug my pipe heater in.


Madam Poppy - Jan 5, 2004 10:50 pm (#1432 of 2753)
Edited by Jan 5, 2004 10:51 pm

I could have used a heater at the theater tonight! When I got there, they told us it was 60 degrees inside. I decided to brave the cold because I don't have another night off till friday. Before the movie AND PofA movie trailer started, I went to my car to get our heavy emergency blanket. I stayed huddled under it for the whole show. I don't see how the other brave few lasted without one.


Sinister Kittens - Jan 6, 2004 4:19 am (#1433 of 2753)

Sorry to throw you all back a few posts but yes Dr. F. hand on heart it was me that received the stupid law book! They are sooo funny I have been giggling ever since Christmas day! There are a few witchy ones but mostly the book just mentions REALLY pointless laws (i.e. there is a place is the US where it is illegal to drive on the road!)

Mme. Poppy - that was exceptionally brave of you, I don't think I could have stood temperatures that low! And I agree that part 2 of the LoR trilogy was the better film. I was obsessed with the books for a while and was rather disappointed with RotK. Anyhoo, back to work I suppose!


Fawkes Forever - Jan 6, 2004 6:47 am (#1434 of 2753)

Thanks for the warm welcome back *big cheesy grins*
Still loads of unread posts.... but work keeps interfering

Poppy..... perhaps your frozen pipe fiasco started on New Years Eve... so essentially it still is last years bad luck

I actually have had a promising start to my New Year... I just got confirmation today that I am eligible for my first time buyers Grant (up until last year, in Rep. of Ireland, all first time home buyers received a grant from the government, my application made last years deadline just by a whisker)

I should get the cheque within a few weeks so now I can actually start to decorate my house properly Sick of concrete floors... can not wait to get my nice wooden floors down .... *so excited* Hopefully things will start looking up for you too now Poppy.... there is bound to be some good karma from braving the cold to see ROTK. I'm going myself on thursday, really looking forward to it!

Same as SK, better get back to work


SarcasticGinny - Jan 6, 2004 7:23 am (#1435 of 2753)

Happy New Years, everyone! The transition from school where I can have computer (and thus Harry Potter) whenever I want to my house where the computer freezes alternately hasn't been an easy one. Hope everyone here had a good holiday and is well!

How long exactly is Return of the King? I might have to go alone as all my friends saw it opening night unless I can convince someone to take a second viewing.


Ladybug220 - Jan 6, 2004 8:38 am (#1436 of 2753)


The movie is 3 hours and 40 minutes (and is excellent). I suggest that you stop at the restroom before going into the theater.


Mrs. Sirius - Jan 6, 2004 9:23 am (#1437 of 2753)

To end the holiday season, Happy Three Kings Day  to all. I wrapped the last of our gifts and now the kids are back at school, I'll have more time for important things like the Lexicon!!!  Chat & Greetings 2004 2222139670


fidelio - Jan 6, 2004 9:43 am (#1438 of 2753)

I was raised to believe that you needed to get the Christmas decorations down by Epiphany--if the tree was still up after today, you were guaranteed an unfortunate year! Of course, I was also raised to believe that you never moved an old broom or mop to a new house, as you would be bringing your troubles with you that way, and that if you washed your face in the morning dew on the first day of May, you'd have a good complexion. Isn't folk wisdom fun?


Fawkes Forever - Jan 6, 2004 10:07 am (#1439 of 2753)

Hee hee Fidelio, we have the same thing here in Ireland. It was said to be unlucky to take them down before the Epiphany and unlucky to keep them up afterwards! Seeing as I can't afford anymore bad luck, I'll take mine down the minute I get home from work

Interestingly in some parts of rural Ireland, today is known as 'Little Christmas', or 'Womans Christmas' or something like that! As I understand, this was a day traditionally set aside so that the poor mothers, wives, sisters et al, who worked so hard over Christmas preparing dinners & what not, could go out & enjoy themselves, or put their feet up & relax! As I said it's a pretty old tradition, but some still celebrate. Indeed I'd never heard of it until I moved to Dublin, it's not done up at home Maybe I should celebrate today... Has anyone else ever heard of this? Hee hee, perhaps we should rename it to 'Store Elves Christmas' ... for all the store elves who worked so hard over the holidays!

Oh & Happy Christmas to anyone in Ethiopia... today is their Christmas day


Brandon Christopher - Jan 6, 2004 12:59 pm (#1440 of 2753)

Hey guys I'm sorry to say that I won't be online as much now that the new quarter has started. But I do get out of class at 11:30 every day but Mondays and Wednesday so I still have plenty of time to check out the forum after I finish my homework. I'm so sad that I can't just stay on all day long and continually check up on new posts.

Anyways, just wanted to say Merry Christmas Ethiopia!


Madame Librarian - Jan 6, 2004 1:36 pm (#1441 of 2753)

Have a good term, Brandon. Make us proud.

Ciao. Barb


Sly Girl - Jan 6, 2004 6:49 pm (#1442 of 2753)

Saw ROTK again. Sigh. It just gets better. Oh! And I finally got to see the POA trailer! How exciting!! June 4th can't come quick enough. Everything looks great.


The Great Abbycadabra - Jan 7, 2004 12:09 am (#1443 of 2753)

Haha, Brandon. I'm still free until the 20th.

Here's some Christmas Abbyfetti to all in Ethiopia! ',;.',;.',;.',;.',;.',;.';.

Fawkes, don't concrete floors suck? In August, we had a rather unfortunate incident with the toilet. It flooded the carpet in the living room, my parents' room, my brother's room, the hallway, and it stopped outside my room. The carpet was ruined. We lived on the cement until the first week of December. Talk about cold feet. The living room floor is still rather naked, but that we will remedy soon. Congrats about being able to decorate!


SarcasticGinny - Jan 7, 2004 11:08 am (#1444 of 2753)

Good luck Brandon!

Abby-I start the same day. Slim chance, I know, but I thought it'd be funny if we went to the same university. UIUC here.

Thanks for the advice on ROTK, I just saw Two Towers and I'm primed for it, I'll just have to remember to not get a large Coke with my popcorn! :-)

I just saw the Fifth Element. Gary Oldman is just nuts in that flick. I'll take it over to the movie threads.


boop - Jan 7, 2004 6:07 pm (#1445 of 2753)

How is the week going everyone? I hope great!  Well here in Bellefonte the new year started out awful. We had sudden white out snow storm that caused a about 60 car, truck pile up on interstate 80. There was trucks and cars on fire. The death toll is up to 6 people and 17 injured. I guess someone must have been looking out or there would have been more lives lost. The road is still closed and will not reopen until sometime Friday. Then today there was 4 trucks and 2 car pile up only about 4 miles from the other. The good thing is nobody was hurt. It is cold here only 12 degrees. I want spring.


Hem Hem - Jan 7, 2004 6:09 pm (#1446 of 2753)

We've had the coldest weather in five years around here. Today was my second day off from school due to snow...we only got about four inches, but that's enough for Seattle to shut down completely!

Last night, there was significant rain, and the forecast for tomorrow expects temperatures to hit 50. SO I guess the winter storm is nearing its end. Hope everyone else who had snow right now enjoys it!


Madam Poppy - Jan 7, 2004 9:46 pm (#1447 of 2753)
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Hem Hem, our roads are a mess here in Wenatchee too! I picked up my son from college at noon and there were still several inches of snow on the main roads. It wasn't snowing, so we can't understand where the plows were? Under all the snow of course are several inches of packed snow that became ice several days ago. Everyone is slipping and sliding all over because it's impossible to stop. Send us some warmer weather if you please!
On a happier note...our water main hasn't frozen again!


Hem Hem - Jan 7, 2004 9:51 pm (#1448 of 2753)

Don't worry, Kirsten, the warm front is on its way! That is, assuming it can make its way over the Cascades.....


The Great Abbycadabra - Jan 7, 2004 11:24 pm (#1449 of 2753)

Heh, that'd be great if we went to the same school, Ginny. We could meet up and discuss HP. But, I'm afraid that's not quite where I go.

We're having the greatest weather! It's freezing! I love it! When you live in a disgustingly humid environment, you truly do enjoy the cold days. Well, I do anyway.


icthestrals  - Jan 8, 2004 5:09 am (#1450 of 2753)

Well, I'll add my two knuts...Here in north Florida we had temperatures in the 70s during the day over the weekend, but last night it was 22(F)degrees! Our weather is a roller coaster ride in the winter. It was nice to get a break from the cold for a few days though.
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Fawkes Forever - Jan 8, 2004 8:41 am (#1451 of 2753)

Thanks Abby, I'm looking forward to being able to walk bare foot around my living room.... oh I can't wait!

I can't believe you guys have so much snow. Well it's cold here too, but not extreme temperatures. However we had typical Irish weather all last night & most of the morning.... heavy rain, but this afternoon was quite pleasant.. the sun was even shining, even though it was cold! You literally do get four seasons in one day over here Hope those of you that have a lot of snow are ok, Boop, take care on those roads, Poppy, hope your pipe hasn't frozen again, Icthestrals, temps over 70... lucky you, Jackie, enjoy your 'snow day' and Abby, enjoy your cold weather...

I'm off to see ROTK tonight after work... woohoo can't wait. Haven't seen it yet, but I watched Two Towers extended version last night (again), so I'm all hyped up!


Maria L - Jan 8, 2004 10:51 am (#1452 of 2753)

It's really quite strange. We always have very cold winters in Latvia with snow and wind and everything. But this season we didn't have that much snow before New Year, and only now is the temperature sliding down to -7(C) or whereabouts.

The central heating in my apartment is awful. And my thermometer got swept away by wind; when I looked for it, it was gone (someone must've nicked it).

(Just feel like posting random facts.)


Dr Filibuster - Jan 8, 2004 1:08 pm (#1453 of 2753)

Random facts are just what this thread is for Maria.

After in-depth discussions on the finer points of Potter this is where we realise that we really do live all around the world (or just around the corner in some cases) not at Hogwarts or Hogsmead.

Has anyone ever done a summary of where we live or what we do? I remember thinking that we had loads of Texans once, lots of librarians too.

My random observation...I keep hearing and reading the word "parenthesis" this week. I only know it means brackets ( in British-English ) because I looked it up when I read it on this forum ages ago.


Madame Librarian - Jan 8, 2004 1:26 pm (#1454 of 2753)

Dr. Filibuster, In the US we have both parentheses (plural of parenthesis) which looks like this (......)

and brackets, which look like this [.......].

Subtle difference in usage, too. Sort of complicated and not all that interesting to explain. By far, parentheses are used much more often to enclose...well, um...parenthetical comments.

Ciao. Barb


Gina R Snape - Jan 8, 2004 2:02 pm (#1455 of 2753)

... or parenthetical sources if you are making citations in academic papers.


Dr Filibuster - Jan 8, 2004 2:29 pm (#1456 of 2753)

Ah, thanks. I think I'm all parentheted out now

Barb is one of those librarians I was talking about.


timrew - Jan 8, 2004 2:31 pm (#1457 of 2753)

Quieten down, you lot! I can't hear above this bracket!


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The Great Abbycadabra - Jan 8, 2004 9:13 pm (#1459 of 2753)

Tim, I believe you'd give my dad a run for his money. He's known as the King of the Cheesy Pun around these parts.


mollis - Jan 9, 2004 5:59 am (#1460 of 2753)

Today I woke up to 3 inches of snow! And my lake is freezing! Yeah for winter!!!


Sinister Kittens - Jan 9, 2004 6:15 am (#1461 of 2753)

Jumping up and down... 'I want snow, I want snow!'

FF - did you enjoy RotK? (I have the same weather as you, VERY wet but alas no snow!), and to all of you living in snow bound conditions be careful on the roads. I won't even mention Icthestrals - no fair!


mollis - Jan 9, 2004 7:53 am (#1462 of 2753)

Sorry SK, but... It's Snowing again!!!!!


Blast - Jan 9, 2004 3:05 pm (#1463 of 2753)

We got dumped on today. Not a huge amount but enough for people who still think that they are driving in sunny weather.


Sly Girl - Jan 9, 2004 4:04 pm (#1464 of 2753)

It's a nice 70 degree sunny day out here....


boop - Jan 9, 2004 4:10 pm (#1465 of 2753)

To everyone who has snow, enjoy!!!

Sly Girl- send some of that warm weather up to PA please!!


Hem Hem - Jan 9, 2004 4:17 pm (#1466 of 2753)

Phooey. You southwesterners.

To be honest, we had about 50 degrees today, which is positively nice.

Listen to us, talking about the weather! My goodness.....


Sly Girl - Jan 9, 2004 4:21 pm (#1467 of 2753)

Blows on her wand to push the warm air north-ward. (I'm not sure that will work, this wand's a loaner...and you know what they say about that.)

Hey, don't worry about us southwesterners, Jackie. I'll be sure to be bemoaning my existence when it's 112 in the shade come May!


Gina R Snape - Jan 9, 2004 5:59 pm (#1468 of 2753)

Uh huh. Sure, Sly Girl. Rub it in.

NYC hit a high of 17F today. It would better have been 17C in my opinion!


Caput Draconis - Jan 9, 2004 7:32 pm (#1469 of 2753)

Hey ho, it's currently 33C or 91F round about these parts. Just sayin'.

Snow? What is this snow of which you speak? I'll swap summer for winter any day.


Sly Girl - Jan 9, 2004 7:44 pm (#1470 of 2753)

Snow is this like icy thing that happens to water when it freezes, Lauren. I'm sure it's geology 101. People say it creates a lot of problems... heheh.

(Ducks the flying snowballs she is sure to feel...)


I Am Used Vlad - Jan 9, 2004 7:58 pm (#1471 of 2753)

It's 9F where I'm at, and I was just skiing. It's hard to type with frostbitten hands.


Gina R Snape - Jan 9, 2004 8:02 pm (#1472 of 2753)

It's 9F in NYC right now too, and not even Snape could get me to go outside...

By the way, I once had a friend from Bermuda who didn't see snow until the age of 20. He'd seen it on tv and in movies and such, but could not get a grasp on what it might feel like until he moved to Canada to go to University.


The Great Abbycadabra - Jan 9, 2004 9:32 pm (#1473 of 2753)

It was in the lower 50s (F) today. Quite lovely and breezy. I could live like this all year round. And the weather man was freaking out about it! "I can't wait for this cold weather to go away." I couldn't help thinking, "What is the matter with you!?!?" Trust me, once we get past this, it's smooth sailing to 98 degrees with 100% humidity. Blech.


shepherdess - Jan 9, 2004 10:03 pm (#1474 of 2753)

Isn't it funny how people who've never seen real snow have no concept of how cold it is? I was talking about it with a friend when I was living in Hawaii, and I told her it was pretty, but I didn't like it because it was so cold. She said she'd seen it in pictures and all, but she never even thought about it being cold. I said, well yeah, it is ice crystals, and she said she had never thought about it that way. Chat & Greetings 2004 1242194059


Marie E. - Jan 9, 2004 10:18 pm (#1475 of 2753)

Another thing about snow-you never think about how heavy it is until you have to shovel it. It seems so light and fluffy while it's floating to the ground. Very deceptive, that's for sure.


Dr Filibuster - Jan 9, 2004 11:56 pm (#1476 of 2753)

The Brits have a reputation for talking about the weather all the time....maybe you lot from the "new world" have been reading too many British novels?

I worked with a girl from India once and witnessed her first snow. It was the way it made everywhere so quiet that got to her.


Marè - Jan 10, 2004 2:31 am (#1477 of 2753)

We once had a housemate from Africa who saw his first snow. We figured the best way to let him enjoy it was start a snowball fight, it was great! Then we moved the snowball fight inside and that was even better, and then the snow inside started to melt....duh.
We had a very crispy clean corridor that day, very slippery too.


Brandon Christopher - Jan 10, 2004 2:52 am (#1478 of 2753)

We had absolutely terrible weather in Cali today; it was about 70 degrees farenheit and drizzling lightly...

I just watched the MTV top 22 most influential rock groups of the past two decades and was not very surprised at the results. Although I was surprised Nirvana was #1 and I had also thought that U2 would have been higher on the list. Anyways I thought all you British folks would have liked to know that another European group made it onto the most recent influential rock group list. But of course British music has always been influential; lest we ever forget the Beatles, Monkeys, and god knows how many other insanely influential British groups there have been.

On an ending note, the Rams will win tomorrow and will win go to the superbowl. I predict a Rams Patriots Superbowl this year and a surprise Rams victory over the much over-rated Patriots. Of course I could be a little biased... but anyways: GO RAMS!!!


boop - Jan 10, 2004 3:04 am (#1479 of 2753)

Good Morning, I just got back from taking my daughter to work and it is only -2f out. I think it is even to cold to snow!!

Brandon, Stop bragging about that weather, that is not nice. I will keep my fingers and toes crossed for The Rams to win!!!


Brandon Christopher - Jan 10, 2004 3:19 am (#1480 of 2753)

It's funny because there are so many Rams fans out here in Cali, but if anyone but a Rams fan asks me who I root for they immediately label me as a "bandwagon jumper." Other than the fact that I've been a Rams fan since I was six, my uncle played on them, and I lived down in L.A. when they played down there, I obviously have no reason to root for them... Did you ever notice how if you don't root for the team a person wants you to to then you are absolutely and completely wrong? I've heard that it gets a lot more heated in most other parts of the world when it comes to Soccer though. Is this true or just a misconception? Is Seamus a typical British sports fan?

Thanks Boop, currently I am laying on my bed with my fan going because it is simply too warm... sorry couldn't resist.


boop - Jan 10, 2004 3:35 am (#1481 of 2753)

Brandon, Ok thats enough. I'm waiting to leave for work 8 to 4:30. The students come back this weekend. This means I have to go back out in the cold! Here have a snow ball.  Chat & Greetings 2004 2488346073

Is the game a evening game? If its is I just might watch it.


Brandon Christopher - Jan 10, 2004 3:42 am (#1482 of 2753)

The game's at 4:30 east coast time, meaning 1:30 here on the west coast.

And Boop I would seriously like some of your snow so if you could just send it my way I would be happy. Sometimes you just get sick of sunshine all year round; they're called seasons for a reason for god's sake!

I'm taking your snowball and making a snowman Boop. Anyways it's now 3:40 am so I'm finally turning in.


Dr Filibuster - Jan 10, 2004 3:48 am (#1483 of 2753)

Brandon, you're up at an un-Godly hour! Hope this isn't the only time you can get here now.

Just going to remind you before Forever Fawkes (FF) gets here...U2 and Seamus(at least in the films) are from the Republic of Ireland and as such are not British. They have different passports, currency, government, laws and everything. But I know what you mean, geographically they come from the British Isles. Just to confuse you, Siobhan (FF) lives in the Republic of Ireland, but comes from Northern Ireland so she does have a British passport.


Devika - Jan 10, 2004 3:51 am (#1484 of 2753)

I'm in India and it never snows in Delhi! I'm dying to see snow, but all I'm getting is a whole lot of fog and chilly weather where my fingers are numb .... but no snow!


boop - Jan 10, 2004 4:00 am (#1485 of 2753)

Devika Bahadur, It is not fair that it gets cold, but no snow. I'm sending you some snow from the mountains, because we don't have much on the ground right now.


Blast - Jan 10, 2004 4:44 am (#1486 of 2753)

Devika I am looking out on the deck and there is snow as far as the eye can see. A lot of people have snowmobiles around here and we have some fields where they can drive them. Snowmobiling is lots of fun you can drive them anywhere there is snow. About twenty years ago we had a terrible storm. The Queen Elizabeth Highway is one of the major highways in Canada. It is a major link to the United States and the snow was so bad that the highway was closed and people were stranded in their cars on the highway. To the rescue came the snowmobile cavalry, they shuttled people stranded and brought them to people's houses. It was a very humane thing to do, because these people could not go anywhere.


Madame Librarian - Jan 10, 2004 5:58 am (#1487 of 2753)

It's "normal" snowy in the Chicago area. We get winters that vary from wimpy (no precip, 35-40 degrees, grey skies) to fierce (blizzards, winds you wouldn't believe, icy everything). Right now there are about 3" on the ground, some of it's an old layer from last week.

The other thing people who don't live with snow don't realize is that in urban areas, it's beautiful for about a 1/2 day, then with car exhaust and the like, everything turns the most unappealing brown-mud-grey color. Slush pools at the curbs, your car is so coated with grime, you can barely distinguish it from any other car in the parking lot, and your coat becomes instantly gross just from getting in and out. It's almost impossible to see out of the frosted, filthy windshield, so you spritz and spritz just to see straight ahead. On the highway, you drive in an erratic manner so as to avoid the spray from huge trucks and monster SUVs. You need to fill your windshield washer gizmo once a week.

Don't get me started on shoveling, how the wood floor in your entryway looks after kids have come and gone all day, and what the salt (ice melting salt on sidewalks) does to your leather boots and your lawn. Oh, it's such a perfect Hallmark picture!

Ciao. Barb


Maria L - Jan 10, 2004 6:24 am (#1488 of 2753)

I am sooo lucky I don't have to shovel snow. ^_^ We have a guy who does all the work, like gather fallen leaves, shovel snow etc. (How are they called? Keepers or something?)

The snow in the local area is pretty until about 7am, when people walk their dogs and kids go to school. Not much snow left after that. ^_^


Matt Allair - Jan 10, 2004 10:41 am (#1489 of 2753)

Sorry, but to reply to Madame Pomfrey's post #1425 I think. Concerning The LOTR films. I've heard all the extended DVD commentaries, and to my count I think the only actor to not suffer injuries while filming was Ian McKellen.

Poor Sean Astin, he gets his wig accidently torn off by Andy Serkis in one group Sam, Frodo, Gollum shot.

Has anybody watched the director commentary for 'Pirates of the Caribbean'? Johnny Deep almost had a life changing injury while filming. Remember the scene were Jack and Will hijack the ship and switch ships? While they were cutting the ropes, they actually did cut those ropes, I guess the tension on the ropes was so great that they shout out like bullets. There was one rope end that almost hit Deep in an area that had it happened, he probably wouldn't have been able to have any more children! Hopefully most people will gather what I mean.

Well, the perils of movie making.


Brandon Christopher - Jan 10, 2004 11:03 am (#1490 of 2753)

Dr. F I realize that U2 is an Irish group; that is why I said that "another European group" made it into the most influential list. I did, however, forget that Seamus was Irish. I guess I should restate my question to: are most European soccer fans like him?

I'm up at two most days Dr. F; I have no trouble waking up at eight o' clock either. I'm a morning person so getting up to go to school is no problem even if I've gotten as little as a couple hours of sleep.

Dear god Matt, I cringe at the thought. I've had experiences as a catcher in Baseball with similar situations and near misses and even some direct hits. Believe me when I say that all that gear doesn't help much! All I have to say is I'm glad Johnny Depp didn't get hit there, no one deserves that kind of pain. Well no one except Voldy and a few of his death eaters...


Madam Pince - Jan 10, 2004 11:26 am (#1491 of 2753)

Hi all -- been away a bit so I'm going back a few posts here...

Dr. F., you asked if anyone had done a summary of Forum participants. I actually spent quite a bit of time and did one just for my own edification -- I like to know a bit about everyone, plus it sometimes gives helpful insight into someone's postings if you know their age or where they're from, etc..... Thing is, I don't know how to convey it onto the Forum. And it's not real scientific anyway. I am also about 50 posts behind on the "Introductions" thread, so there's a lot more to be added to my lists I'm sure. I was talking to Kip on chat one day, and he said he had been sort of working on compiling a similar list, but that it was a lower priority. If I get a chance, I'll try to do a brief overview sometime and post it here maybe. It is kind of interesting.

We're off to see a movie today! This is a really big deal for me -- we have a 22-month-old and haven't been to the movies since....well, probably since he was born. (We end up watching a lot of HBO and videos. ) We did try to go see CoS last year -- went to a huge amount of trouble lining up a sitter, etc., made big plans (going to the movie was to be my birthday present), we were planning to see it at one of those theatres where the movie's been out awhile and you see it while getting dinner -- you sit at a table and order from a menu and everything. (Not the greatest dinner, you understand, but still...) So anyway, we had all these plans, and then imagine our horror when we get to the theatre and are told it's all sold out by a young child's birthday party. I cannot begin to tell you how upset I was. I had called the theatre beforehand and everything and was not told any of that. So we ended up spending our baby-sitter time by going to the grocery store because I was so mad I didn't want to see any other movie or do anything else. Anyway, today we plan to see "Master and Commander" so I'm hoping all works out well. I really really want to see the PoA trailer, but do y'all think it'll show before that? Since everyone says they've been seeing it in the LOTR previews, I've checked the paper and LOTR is showing about ten minutes before "Master," so I'm thinking I'll run into LOTR and watch the trailers, and then run out and get into my "Master" theatre before it starts -- good plan, no? Or do you think the movie theatre elves will frown on such behavior? It's not like I'm trying to see two movies...I'm just covering all my bases!

I'll let you know how it turns out! (And no, I can't just watch LOTR because I haven't been able to see the 2nd one yet. And plus I'm hoping "Master" will give me a little bit of a "Horatio Hornblower" fix, although Russell Crowe ain't no Ioan Gruffuld by a long shot!) Wish me luck!


shepherdess - Jan 10, 2004 12:11 pm (#1492 of 2753)

I like to know a bit about everyone, plus it sometimes gives helpful insight into someone's postings if you know their age or where they're from, etc.

Wouldn't it be nice if people put that in their 2nd line of information, so when you read a message (like "I have snow here") you can immediately see where "here" is. Or if you are wondering what country that person is from, you can see it without having to do a search under that person's name. Or if someone has spelling or grammar mistakes, you could just look at their 2nd line and see that they're only 11 years old, or whatever.

But, I understand people like to use that line for fun.


Gina R Snape - Jan 10, 2004 12:14 pm (#1493 of 2753)

Well, I like reading people's bios for a reminder of who and where they are. But not everyone puts one in.

My 2nd line isn't just for fun, btw. It's a bit of factual information.


Dr Filibuster - Jan 10, 2004 2:38 pm (#1494 of 2753)

I've just done my vital statistics. I never think of looking on there, but perhaps I should start.

Madam Pince, I will happily babysit for you. Just call round to my house. Hope you enjoy Russell.

Brandon, sorry if I sounded too pinickerty (sp?) I should have read your post more carefully. The answer to your original question is YES people are obsessed with footie.

Most of the lads at the bank where I work are season ticket holders for either Manchester Utd or Liverpool and never miss a match, which can be quite tricky as we work half days on a Saturday. Some of them have tatoos of their team's crest, not to mention all the shirts (home, away, past, present) and naming children after reverred managers.

Certain cities in Italy have a recognised medical condition for when their team loses. It's a type of mass depression. Sadly there was even a war that broke out for 5 days in July 1973 between El Salvador and Hondouras all because of football http://www.2002seogwipo.com/English/e_story.asp?

Nations come to a standstill when their country plays in a tournament...the European Cup is happening this year, so watch out for us talking about Portugal(the host nation) in June.

JKR definitley uses Quidditch as a thinly disguised Football, with elements of a few other sports thrown in. I remember reading GoF for the first time and bet she was was thinking of the likes of Brazilian Ronaldo for Krum. I'm sure any nation's most popular sport creates the same atmosphere. Because Rowling is British and not a big sports fan then she would have been exposed to more football fervour than any other type.


Pinky - Jan 10, 2004 4:31 pm (#1495 of 2753)

Erm, Sue, does your "football" mean soccer? or "American" football?


Gina R Snape - Jan 10, 2004 4:41 pm (#1496 of 2753)

I'm not Sue, but I'd say definitely not American football.


I Am Used Vlad - Jan 10, 2004 5:15 pm (#1497 of 2753)

She means soccer. I'm an american soccer fan, which means I watch the World Cup every four years, so I'm no expert, but I think Ronaldo plays for Real Madrid, the team that recently aquired David Beckham from Manchester United(tough luck, Timrew, if you're a fan).

But speaking of American football...Brandon, who is your uncle? I've been watching football since the Steelers were good in the late 70's.


boop - Jan 10, 2004 6:16 pm (#1498 of 2753)

NoVeil4Me, I am glad that Shadow made a quick recovery. I take it that Shadow is back to normal. I own a parrot and, I can relate to the nipping at your fingers. Fred(parrot) has learned how to open his cage. If he smells food like pizza one of his favorites he goes crazy. He can get so so loud! Fred is a very picky eater too. Sunflower seeds, peanuts and anything Italian.


Ladybug220 - Jan 10, 2004 6:16 pm (#1499 of 2753)


I just saw the POA trailer on the big screen! I went to see Return of the King for the second time and they showed POA this time! I was really bummed when it wasn't shown the first time I went to see ROTK. Maybe it happened this time since I went to a 4:00 showing instead of an evening time. Let me tell you, it just isn't the same seeing on your computer - much better on the big screen!


Denise P. - Jan 10, 2004 6:41 pm (#1500 of 2753)

boop, what kind of parrot is Fred? Shadow is a dutchblue whiteface PFLB and then we have Piper, a cinnamon cockatiel. Both were hand raised and Shadow is very territorial about her cage but fine once she is out. I want to get a Sun Conure or a Goffin 'Too next but hubby says no way! We had a parrotlet and he just didn't like the big bird attitude Spike had.
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Susurro Notities - Jan 10, 2004 6:59 pm (#1501 of 2753)
Edited by Jan 10, 2004 7:01 pm

...British music has always been influential; lest we ever forget the Beatles, Monkeys...(Brandon Christopher post #1477)
Brandon, the Monkees were not a British band despite the inclusion of Davey Jones. They were created when an American television producer had an idea for a TV show about a band. A casting call was held and 1 Brit and 3 Americans were choosen. Possibly you are thinking of: The Rolling Stones, Jimmy Page, The Who, ELO, The Kinks, The Hollies, The Animals, Pink Floyd, The Moody Blues, Traffic, The Dave Clark Five, Sting, The BeeGees, Van Morrison, Deep Purple, Blind Faith, Jeff Beck, Joe Cocker, Eric Clapton, Jethro Tull, Rod Stewart, Thunderclap Newman, Ginger Baker, David Bowie, Elton John, Black Sabbath, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Eric Brudon, John Entwistle, Emerson Lake and Palmer, George Harrison, Keith Moon, Uriah Heep, The Sex Pistols, The Police, Peter Townshend, Nick Lowe (Irish?) Elvis Costello (Irish?) Brian Jones, U2, Ozzy Osborn, The Yardbirds, Roger Daltrey, Ringo Starr, The Boomtown Rats, Def Leppard, Dire Straits, Queen, Average White Band, Yes, Supertramp, Fleetwood Mac, Robert Palmer, Savoy Brown, Procol Harum, or Cream?


Brandon Christopher - Jan 10, 2004 7:49 pm (#1502 of 2753)
Edited by Matt Allair Jan 10, 2004 8:46 pm

Thanks Susurro, I had completely forgotten about the history behind the Monkeys and only remembered Davy Jones. And the only reason I remember him is because my mom still talks about him. I had not realized that the Bee Gees were a British group so thanks for that little bit of info. But you did miss some fairly influential bands and singers new and old: Coldplay, Dido, Allan Parson, The Cure, Eurythmics, Billy Idol, Radiohead... we could both keep going but we've proved our point; there have been many influential British groups.

But lest we forget the many influential American groups also here is a very short list: Aerosmith, The Eagles, Bob Dyllan, Credence Clearwater Revival, Korn, Guns' N' Roses, Green Day, Linkin Park, Mettalica, Nirvana, The Ramones, and Bruce Springsteen just to name a few. The bold and underlined ones are ones that were on the MTV most influential list. Nirvana was #1, Mettalica was #2, Guns' N' Roses was #4, while Linkin Park was only #6. I can't remember the others on the list off the top of my head but as I said in my earlier post U2 was on the list.

Nimrod, my uncle's name is Bill Bain. He played on the Rams for awhile but also played on the Packers I believe. He was an offensive lineman and special teams player. Every person on both sides of my family are over six feet except my mom and dad, so of course I got their stupid short genes. Whenever I visit family I feel like a midget even though I'm average height.

By the way those dang Rams lost!!! They had the game but of course Mike Martz had to blow it yet again...

(Brandon, I changed two words in your last sentence because one word didn't seem appropriate. Matt)


Susurro Notities - Jan 10, 2004 9:13 pm (#1503 of 2753)
Edited by Jan 10, 2004 9:22 pm

Brandon, I cheated. I suppose if I spent a day or so I would come up with most of those names but I found them here. You might find the site interesting.
Now then American music: Steely Dan, Santana, ZZ Top, Allman Brothers, Talking Heads, Emmylou Harris, Tom Waits, Beach Boys, Elvis, Chuck Berry, The Supremes, Aretha Franklin, Blood, Sweat and Tears, The Doors, The Temptations, Buddy Holly, Grateful Dead, Red Hot Chilie Peppers, Frank Zappa, Jimmy Hendrix, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Chicago, Arlo Gurthie, Janis Joplin, Jefferson Airplane, James Brown, Alice Cooper, Jim Croce, Boston, Fleetwood Mac, Rickie Lee Jones, Carole King, Ted Nugent, Roy Orbison, Linda Ronstadt, Simon and Garfunkel, Cat Stevens, Righteous Brothers, Kansas, Grand Funk, Janis Joplin, Bob Seger, Edgar Winter, B 52's, John Cougar Mellencamp, Metallica, Lou Reed, R.E.M., Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Alison Krauss and Union Station.... Many too many to name....


Gina R Snape - Jan 10, 2004 9:17 pm (#1504 of 2753)

Wow, Denise. I just read about The Bird Who Lived. Amazing that you were able to bring about such a recovery. What did the vet say?


Denise P. - Jan 10, 2004 9:21 pm (#1505 of 2753)

We don't have any avian vets around. Even if we did, I doubt I could convince my husband to fork out a few hundred dollars to treat a $30 bird... I have no idea what happened but she is perfectly fine now.


Madam Pince - Jan 10, 2004 11:12 pm (#1506 of 2753)

Brandon, sorry about the Rams....I don't have anyone to pull for in American football this year. However, I am quite happy that our beloved Coach Gibbs is back on board with the Washington Redskins! I had given up on them in recent years because I can't stand the owner, but I got renewed hope this week when they said Gibbs is coming back -- yay rah!

A big phooey, however, to the movie theatre -- no PoA trailer. The Ticket-Taker Elf said "ummmm, I'm not sure if we have it..." so I checked with the Head Honcho Theatre Elf, who said "We don't even have that trailer yet." Which is odd, because once we sat down we saw lots of trailers for movies that come out in July, and here PoA is coming out in June... Bah humbug. Didn't see "Master and Commander" either, we did a last minute switch to "Cold Mountain." Very good I suppose but quite depressing. Renee Zellweger should definitely get a Best Supporting Actress nomination, though. And I think Jude Law would have been quite a nice Lupin.


Blast - Jan 10, 2004 11:41 pm (#1507 of 2753)

Denise, maybe there was some magic in the air that day, amazing recovery and I like the name. Gina great picture.


Sinister Kittens - Jan 11, 2004 1:03 am (#1508 of 2753)

Okay - sorry about this but I have to leap in here and refer to the football (soccer) discussion a few posts back. I am a HUGE football fan, and yes Dr F. I do have a season ticket, loads of football tops, and even painted my living room in the teams colours for their home and away strips (they have since changed strips but I have kept the colour scheme) but no tattoos of my team, which is Portsmouth (Pompey) BTW.

Brandon - I think it's Dean whos' a West Ham fan. But I just have to type in here today because Pompey actually won yesterday! We have been on a bad losing streak due to injuries and suspensions but WOOHOO we beat Manchester City yesterday 4-2!

Er... does that answer your question about obsessed footie fans?


Brandon Christopher - Jan 11, 2004 1:55 am (#1509 of 2753)

Sinister K. you are correct when you say that Dean is the West Ham fan. But I was referring to Seamus as the die hard quidditch fan; I was wondering if he was what most European soccer fans are like. When Ron says, "like we would say aything else around those people..." or something like that I cracked up. When it comes to quidditch from what little we know about him it seems like Seamus is almost as fanatical as Ron.

I'm glad your team won Sinister, my (American) football team lost and is now out of the playoffs. I think that in America it is harder to have one particular sport that everyone follows because we have such a multitude of professional sports. Baseball, Football, and Basketball are huge during their respective seasons. Soccer is starting to become more popular though, so I think that in a few years our international team will be a lot better. But I guess for now we'll have to settle with a really good women's soccer team. I'm actually more proud of our womesn's team then our Men's. Even though men's soccer is more poplular our women's team is a lot better and is what started to get America into soccer in the first place. Go Women's Soccer!!!


boop - Jan 11, 2004 3:08 am (#1510 of 2753)

Denise, Fred is an Amazon parrot. He does talk and likes to howler when the granddaughters are making alot of noise. Fred also likes to bark with the dog. When you cover him it does not always quiet him down. Fred can be very vocal! When you feed him you need to put the water in first, other wise he will nip at your hand. I don't care to have him nip my fingers, because it does hurt. We have had him for about 15 years. My brother owned him, but my sister-in-law couldn't handle how vocal he was. So they kept his brother Rick and we took Fred. We also had a Cockatiel named Heckle, but we found him dead at the bottom of the cage one day. We don't know what happened. Heckle had a great personality. He could talk and was very friendly.


Sinister Kittens - Jan 11, 2004 3:33 am (#1511 of 2753)

Brandon, ah, I see what you mean. Totally mis-read that one! (Again!) I think it's nice to have a selection of popular sports. We don't get to see alot of American sports in the UK, although I think that Sky are showing two American football games tonight, would these be the play-offs? Oh and I watched a mini-documentary about the history of football (soccer) this morning and America was mentioned more than once, apparently the first prearranged game that they have on record was in Boston? (Documentaries at 9am are not recommended if you're going to try and retain the information!)


Jim the Potty - Jan 11, 2004 4:28 am (#1512 of 2753)
Edited by Jan 11, 2004 4:29 am


I've not been on the last couple of weeks and you start having discussions about my two non-HP passions: the finer points of LOTR and archery!

I got as far as Tim's post about longbows and Yew trees in church yards and decided to chip in.

Yew is regarded as being the best wood for making a longbow out of a SINGLE piece of wood (called a self bow) but these days they are normally made of 2 or more laminations of different types of wood (Hickory and lemonwood are the most common). Yew trees in church yards were NOT used to make bows, that was illegal.

The nazgul are also called the ulairi.


Pinky - Jan 11, 2004 11:42 am (#1513 of 2753)

Welcome back, Jim!

*sniffles* Folks, I just took a huge step. My number of unread posts had finally topped 10,000, so I marked the entire Forum as read. *cries* I've never done that before. All those nice little yellow "new" signs are gone and I can never get them back. If anyone needs me, I'll be in the therapy room at St. Mungo's....


timrew - Jan 11, 2004 12:39 pm (#1514 of 2753)

Just to add to Jim's post. Traditional Longbows were made out of (preferably) yew; but ash, elm, and witch-hazel were also used.

I didn't know that it was illegal to use yew out of a churchyard, Jim. I thought they were put there because they were poisonous, therefore keeping them away from animals. Were there special yew forests, then, specially grown for the making of longbows?


Jim the Potty - Jan 11, 2004 1:07 pm (#1515 of 2753)

Yes, ash is good too. I'm not sure that it was illegal to use yew trees from church yards but they weren't there specifically for making bows. As for the special yew forests, I've got a feeling that English yew wasn't used...they might have used Spanish...I'll check that.

Its good to be back...


Gina R Snape - Jan 11, 2004 1:35 pm (#1516 of 2753)

Oh, Pinky. How will you know where to begin? I did the marked as "Read" thing when we reopened after OoP. But I know how you feel.

I am at about 7,500 and expect the number to go higher with the semester starting next weekend and lectures to prepare. But I just don't know I'd have the guts to click the link.


Dr Filibuster - Jan 11, 2004 2:48 pm (#1517 of 2753)

Where can you see a total number of unread posts?


Denise P. - Jan 11, 2004 2:57 pm (#1518 of 2753)

Click on Your Forums on the toolbar, it will take you to a page that shows you the total number of unread messages in each Forum you belong to on WX.


Dr Filibuster - Jan 11, 2004 3:04 pm (#1519 of 2753)

Thanks Denise, must dash, I've got 11228 posts to read.


Sinister Kittens - Jan 11, 2004 3:11 pm (#1520 of 2753)

Wow, do I really want to know that... hhmmm, far too scary. Anyway, welcome back JIM! I was wondering where you were and what your interjection into that little discussion would be! All we need now is Sly Girl - yes, you have been missed by all the avid readers!


Marie E. - Jan 11, 2004 9:28 pm (#1521 of 2753)

I mark mine as read anytime it hits over 1,000. I can't imagine having over 10,000!


Fawkes Forever - Jan 12, 2004 4:25 am (#1522 of 2753)

Been out sick for a few days & still no computer at home, so my total unread posts has now climbed up to 11,096 ... oh dear!

Sue (Dr F) ... re. post #1482 hee hee, how well you know me Think I've scolded quite a few of ye in the past for confusing British & Irish actors & artists... sorry, I can a bit too much like Hermione on that issue ... *psst Susurro, as far as I know Nick Lowe & Elvis Costello are British, Van Morrison & The Boomtown Rats are also Irish * But I will not say another word….

SK, I really liked RoTK, but one scene I think could have been cut. Sorry to those who haven’t seen it, but the scene where Frodo wakes up in Minas Tirith, (in my humble opinion), was one of the cheesiest in the history of cinema! To me it was reminiscent of the finale in a panto! For those of you that are unfamiliar with the wonderful world of Panto (pantomine), this is the end scene of the play, where the main players in the show come on to the stage in ones or twos to take a bow! See what I mean now? Apart from that I loved the film!

Now to jump on the discussion about football (soccer). What can I say, most people here in Ireland are also football crazy, many support our own football league as well as the premiership in the UK & other European leagues, but everyone goes completely nuts when the Republic of Ireland football team are playing. During the last world cup, the country came to a standstill. We even had a giant screen erected in our work canteen to accommodate the matches. We all started work early, so we could take the time out & watch the matches, during which the canteen was packed to capacity & not a being was at their desk! I work for an American software company, & during the world cup, we had a delegation of some of our management in the US over visiting. They simply couldn’t believe the atmosphere during the matches, when Ireland scored, I think the whole building shook! They just became honoury Irish fans for the term of their visit, well you know the ‘ol saying… ‘if you can’t beat ‘em’... For evening matches, many of my friends had barbeques (cook outs) & parties to watch & celebrate/commiserate on the result!

So are we any good? Well, that doesn’t really seem to matter where us Irish fans are concerned, we love our team all the same! When the team returned from the world cup, empty handed, there was a HUGE party in Phoenix Park in Dublin (similar to Central Park, NY, albiet smaller), & the nation partied for at least another week after that! Unfortunately we didn’t qualifiy for the European Cup this time round, so we are a bit disapointed by that, but are setting our sights for the next world cup! Oh well at least I can say that we won the Quidditch World Cup.

We also have another game of football here ... gaelic football, which is HUGE! It’s a little bit similar to Aussie Rules, & is played at league level & county level. The county level competition is known as the All-Ireland, with the final played in Dublin every september. This year my county won the All-Ireland Cup for the first time ever, I was so proud I cried, but so did everyone else in the stadium, whether their team had won or lost

But I digress too much ... back to those unread posts... whoops I mean work


boop - Jan 12, 2004 6:16 am (#1523 of 2753)

Good Morning, Ok Survivor Fans get ready for Feb.1 after the super bowl. On CBS this morning they gave the names of who will be in the all-star show. There’s 18 people. Here is the list starting with the very first survivor show. I did miss two names sorry. Here is the list starting with the first show, Richard, Jena, Sue, Ruby.2) Tina, Coby, Amber, Jerry.3) Ethan, Lex, Tom.4) Kathy, Rob.5) Shi.6) Jenna, Rob.7)The all time favorite that will win the series is RUPUET.!!!!


Devika - Jan 12, 2004 8:18 am (#1524 of 2753)

I am a big fan of Survivor, but sadly in India, the show got into some trouble and we could only get the first 3 shows :-( My favourite has been Ethan so far. I've liked others too, but Ethan is the first one who comes to my mind. I liked Lex too, but I think out of the first 3 Richard was the shrewdest winner.


boop - Jan 12, 2004 10:42 am (#1525 of 2753)

Devika Bahadur, Will there be a chance that you will get to watch the all-star series? I have not missed a show. I liked Ethan too. I think if you could have the last series you would have loved Rupuet too. Out of all the series I dislike Richard the most! I just can't stand that guy!! They are making 3 different tribes this time.


Dr Filibuster - Jan 12, 2004 10:47 am (#1526 of 2753)

Hmm, never seen Survivor.

We have a show called I'm a "Celebrity Get Me Out of Here" in the UK. C-rate celebrities are sent into a jungle. One of my mum's past pupils who is an ex member of Atomic Kitten is due to be in the next series. Hmmm, not sure I shall watch that either.

Soibhan (FF), your post made me want to shout " Troy, Mullet, Moran! "

I had a Gaelic football playing boyfriend and drunk Black velvet out of the All-Ireland cup once (hic)

EDIT: that sounds like he was in the winning team, he wasn't We were just in a pub in England when the cup was "on tour".


fidelio - Jan 12, 2004 11:21 am (#1527 of 2753)

They let the players of the team that wins the Stanley Cup [ice hockey championship] each have a day to take the cup about with them. It's been used as a punchbowl at a wedding, among other things, I'm told. However, after it was taken to a bar that featured "exotic dancers" [why that should be a term for underclad women, and not performers of unusual folk dances is hard to say] the National Hockey League decreed that Lord Stanley [as the cup is called] could not be taken to venues inconsistent with the reputation and dignity of the league/game!


boop - Jan 12, 2004 1:46 pm (#1528 of 2753)

I just got off CBS.com and have the whole list of all-star survivors. Pulau Tiga: Jenna L.,Susan,Rudy, and Richard. Australian: Alicia, Amber,Jerri, Colby,and Tina. Africa: Lex, Tom,and Ethan. Marquesas: Kathy, and Rob M. Thailand: Shii Ann Amazon: Jenna M., Rob C. and last who will be the winner Pearl Island: Rupert. CBS is taking a poll,. You can vote for your favorite Rupert is at 87%, with Colby and Rudy at 75%. They ask who you think will go first and who will win. Rupert winner, Richard goes first!!! If you can't remember the faces they have their pictures on the site. Also where they were when there series ended.


Dr Filibuster - Jan 12, 2004 1:54 pm (#1529 of 2753)

The All-Ireland cup was safe. I'm not and never have been, an exotic dancer Fidelio

Sometimes idiotic, occasionally erratic, possibly expansive...but no, my dancing "style" has never been called exotic.


Brandon Christopher - Jan 12, 2004 11:52 pm (#1530 of 2753)

Oh my god, oh my god, OH MY GOD!!! I just scored backstage passes to the Linkin Park meteora concert! I am so beyond elated right now; my computer is going to short because of the vast amounts of drool pooling onto my keyboard. I can't believe I just score BACKSTAGE PASSES, oh my god!!! This is sooooo beyond cool...

Okay deep breath... now I'm calm. LINKIN PARK BABY YEAH!!!


Madam Poppy - Jan 13, 2004 12:43 am (#1531 of 2753)
Edited by Jan 13, 2004 12:47 am

Boop, I plan to cheer on Colby. That sneaky Tina shouldn't have won. I can't believe she agreed to be on Survivor again!

Have you caught Peter Jackson in The Fellowship of the Ring? He has a cameo appearance. When my husband is out of town this week, I plan to pop out and see ROTK another time. Hopefully the heat will be working in the theater this time!


Marè - Jan 13, 2004 1:05 am (#1532 of 2753)

From some site:

In the defense of Helms Deep, we gain a fleeting glimpse of a bearded soldier raising his arm. That's Peter Jackson, in a director's cameo. Other cameo's include Alan Lee (Conceptual Artist) as one of the Kings of men featured in the prologue, Peter Jackson eating a carrot in Bree and Dan Hennah (Art Director) as a Rohan Soldier when Legolas says 'Most have seen too many winters.'

Also I seem to remember that Peter Jacksons child has some cameo as a Rohan kid and that Seans Austins daughter is playing Elanor, daughter of Sam.


boop - Jan 13, 2004 2:59 am (#1533 of 2753)

Brandon, on those concert tickets. How did you get them or should I say what did you do to get them!!!Did you get them from a radio station? My daughter went to see them a while back and said it was a great show. Joy was a little jealous when I told her you had backstage passes. Who is the band that is playing with them? So when is this concert? I expect to hear all about this concert then!

Poppy, I did forget how sneaky Tina was. You are right Cobly should have won. I guess they did get some turn downs, but they didn't say who. I haven't seen any of the Lord of the Rings movies yet. I have the books, just haven't sat down and read them yet. I'm thinking of watching the movies then read the books.


Gina R Snape - Jan 13, 2004 6:57 am (#1534 of 2753)

:shrugs shoulders: Congrats on your tickets, Brandon. Now if I knew who Linkin Park were, I might possibly be happier for you. Are they from Chicago? Backstage passes are always fun. Bit of advice from one who's been to many backstage areas--don't wear a Linkin Park band t-shirt. It'll look cheesy.

Is that a picture of you, Brandon? You look nothing like I imagined!


mollis - Jan 13, 2004 7:09 am (#1535 of 2753)

boop- I highly, highly recommend reading the books first. As I am sure Tim will agree with me (since he is boycotting ROTK) and possibly many others. I really enjoyed all 3 movies, they are beautiful movies to watch (both breathtaking scenery and nice eye-candy). However, they are lacking in some plot continuity. The movies seem to jump as they skip over many pages of the book. And the books are so rich with vivid detail, sometimes a bit too thick with it, but still, an excellent read. Then, when you watch the movies, you can fill in the blanks with your knowledge from the books. And also, watch the extended versions. Much better.

And Madame Poppy - my husband is out of town this week too, and I was also thinking of going to see ROTK tonight by myself. Too bad we are at opposite ends of the country.


boop - Jan 13, 2004 7:37 am (#1536 of 2753)

Mollis, I will take your advice and will read them first. I am planing on buying the extended versions of the movies.

Gina, Linkin Park is a rock band. If you would like to sample their music go to their web site. http: www.Linkin Park.com.


SarcasticGinny - Jan 13, 2004 9:00 am (#1537 of 2753)

Aren't Linkin Park California based? I'm pretty sure they aren't Chicagoans, which I find odd given the name. Congrats Brandon. My sister is going to see them and Hoobastank (sp?) in a few weeks here in Chicago as well, and she's very excited. But I can't imagine winning backstage passes. How'd you get them. Did you have to call in a certain time or know trivia or anything?


Maria L - Jan 13, 2004 9:22 am (#1538 of 2753)

At last, it is mine, all mine!!! I have bought OoP in hardcover! And it was the last copy in about 5-6 shops! I am sooo exited!

Of course, I could’ve bought it much earlier but it’s a bit expensive around here.


boop - Jan 13, 2004 10:19 am (#1539 of 2753)

Maria, I have two copies of OOP in hardback. I had loaned out my copy and couldn't stand being without it so I bought it again. They were all over Wal-Mart and Traget during the holidays. I am glad you have your copy now! When I bought mine I paid $18 at Sams Club. If I had known you wanted this one I could have sent you my extra copy.


Gina R Snape - Jan 13, 2004 10:31 am (#1540 of 2753)

I've got the UK edition and the US edition. Does that make me an uber-geek? I was in England at the time OoP came out visiting friends and family. When I got back to the States, I couldn't bear the idea of lending it out to my friends and co-workers (or marking it up for 'research' and such) so I purchased the US edition!

I've also got the US and UK editions of all the other books too...


Maria L - Jan 13, 2004 10:41 am (#1541 of 2753)

I'm so envious Smile. I guess that my book was also $18. When my friends found out about it they were really shocked, because the books they buy cost about $6 on average. But it's really worth its money.

I considered ordering from the Internet, but I'm a bit uncertain about it.

It's really hard to find books in English in Latvia. The ones that are on sale are usually the most advertised, but not the ones I'd like to read. (Or maybe it's just because I'm really lazy to search more thoroughly ^_^)


boop - Jan 13, 2004 11:09 am (#1542 of 2753)

Gina - How lucky to have the UK edition too. I want to get the cd's in the UK edition instead of the US edition. The US edition of the cd's is about $200 on Amazon.com. How much do you think it will cost for the UK edition of the cd's? I was told to double the amount in US, so that would be about $400. I just have to justify it to myself that I deserve them. I just think it would be neat to listen to the story from where it was written. I have the US edition in hardback cover.


Gina R Snape - Jan 13, 2004 11:32 am (#1543 of 2753)

Oh, I've no idea how much the CDs cost. Are you sure it's double the price? Or was your friend trying to explain dollar to pound conversion?

I'm sure if you went to http://www.amazon.co.uk you could find out the price, then do the pound to dollar conversion.

Edit: Ok, I went and had a look myself. The amazon site will ship one copy to the US of the audio CD, cost of £52.50 plus shipping. So, you can expect it to cost you about $120 approximately I would guess. btw, the UK amazon site has a button up top just for Harry Potter!


I Am Used Vlad - Jan 13, 2004 1:18 pm (#1544 of 2753)

Gina, you are not a geek for having the US and UK editions. I bought signed UK editions of the first four on EBay. Don't ask what I paid.


Sinister Kittens - Jan 13, 2004 3:11 pm (#1545 of 2753)

I don't mind asking what you paid - I have an original GoF with missing pages! But there is NO WAY i am selling it! I didn't even realise it had pages missing until I was part way through and I got so annoyed I just went out and bought another - thank goodness I didn't ask for my money back! (I was using the receipt as a book mark!)

Anyway - FF, and Tim will probably appreciate this, even if I am in the minority, I was forced to giggle during RotK. as well! I guess I am such a die hard that I just could not imagine these impossible situations that I KNOW are inconsistent... anyway rant over! (It's still a good film as long as you take it as such, and don't base the film on the books, oh, and I will probably end up owning it as well!)


Madam Pince - Jan 13, 2004 3:15 pm (#1546 of 2753)

Gina, I agree, you're not an uber-geek; you are an uber-fan! Sort of similar -- I get lots of books in both paperback and hardback -- so I can either take them to the beach to enjoy, or gloat over them sitting so pristine in my bookcase just waiting for me to caress them and whisper "My preciousssss....."

Ok, just got carried away with all the LOTR talk.

Oh, and Denise/boop/Caput/Poppy -- about Survivor ....what's up with having Amber Brkich???? and Jenna Marasco???? Neither one of them deserved to even be in it the first time, in my mind! In fact, I sort of don't think they should've had any of the previous winners -- or if they wanted to do that, they should've had a show made up of just winners or something. My choice anyway would've been two separate all-star shows -- one with all the "bad" guys and one with all the "good" guys.

Dr. F, here in the States we had a version of that "I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here" show I think. I don't believe it lasted long nor was very popular.


timrew - Jan 13, 2004 3:21 pm (#1547 of 2753)

Jules, I own the first two parts of the trilogy, so I'm probably going to have to get the third part. I just hope with all the extended scenes it'll come a little bit closer to the books; but seeing as The Scouring Of The Shire isn't there, I don't hold out much hope. At least Christopher Lee will be back, albeit briefly! I heard Ian McKellern say this in an interview.

I've heard good and bad reviews for ROTK....."The best film of the three", "It drags", "It has so many cheesy scenes". I still don't plan on going to see it; but I'll probably end up getting the extended DVD, hopefully as a Christmas present!


boop - Jan 13, 2004 3:39 pm (#1548 of 2753)

Madam Pince- I agree they should not had any of the winner's either. I guess they went with the popular people and the most interesting. That is what Jeff said. I'm hoping that there will be a new winner. I know I didn't care if Jenna M. or Rob C. won, I didn't like either of them. It is too bad they don't let, we the public pick the tribes. It will be interesting to see who out does the other. I just want Richard to go first.!!!


Brandon Christopher - Jan 13, 2004 3:59 pm (#1549 of 2753)

Ok I'm way behind now, there are like 15 new posts. Anyways to answer the questions from above: I am a member of the LPU (Linkin Park Underground) and get special offers that way. I pay $25 a year and can buy tickets before they're available to the general public, get a %15 discount on all LP merchandise, and get chances to go backstege after the shows. That's how I got the pass, only members get the chance to meet the band so you have to sign up to even have a chance. And yes SarcasticGinny, Linkin Park is a California group; they come from Los Angeles. Hoobastank is the opening group for Linkin Park on this tour for anyone who was wondering what SarcasticGinny was talking about.

Gina, I would love to have all the UK versions of the books. But alas, it is more than I am willing to spend. So I just keep asking for them as Christmas and birthday gifts; eventually I'll get some of them. I have had a strong urge to rent the CD's lately so if I do and I like them then I might splurge a little and buy them.

Tim I am still peeved that Jackson didn't film the scouring scene. But when I saw RotK in the theater for the second time I came to one conclusion. The ending of that movie is terrible; as Tim says it drags on and on and on... When you go see the movie just leave a half hour before it's supposed to end, trust me. The movie keeps you involved all the way up until this verrrrrrry long ending. Other than that it is pretty good, if you haven't read the books then you will appreciate the movie more because you won't be concentrating on what Jackson cut out.

Just my two knuts. And yes Gina that is a picture of me (a pretty bad one); what did you expect me to look like? I really wouldn't be able to set an image of a person from just talking to them online so I'm sort of wondering what you pictured.


Caput Draconis - Jan 13, 2004 4:10 pm (#1550 of 2753)

All Stars! Hoorah!

I'm really quite happy with the tribes they've picked. boop, you don't like Richard, king of all things Survivor?? I loved Rob, too, we might be arguing when it starts! I'd reckon they just picked the interesting ones, good or bad. If we remember them, we're more likely to watch. I can't wait! I'm on holiday at the moment - forgive my taking ages to acknowledge. Smile I'm torn between Rupert and Rudy...

And American Idol 3 begins here (AU, in absence of a distinguishing second line) on the 25th January. I'm in reality heaven. Ignore this post, SG. Razz
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Hem Hem - Jan 13, 2004 5:28 pm (#1551 of 2753)

Brandon, I think it looks a lot like I imagined; granted, I never had anything more than the vaguest impression before. What's in the background of your picture? Looks like a pretty place.


boop - Jan 13, 2004 5:38 pm (#1552 of 2753)

Caput Draconis- Enjoy your holiday. So American Idol Fan too? I can't wait Jan 19 is the first show. I have watched all the past two series. I just learned at work our first floor RA(resident assistant), met Clay and had her picture taken with him. I just got to see it Tue. I told her it was not fair. I asked if she had his e-mail address and she said I wish!I guess Lynn went to see them when they were on tour. I just love Simon and Randy!

Survivor and American Idol are the only reality shows I watch. As you can see I have no life!


Brandon Christopher - Jan 13, 2004 5:58 pm (#1553 of 2753)

Hem Hem: that would be the beautiful landscape of the Hawaiian islands, Oahu to be precise.


I Am Used Vlad - Jan 13, 2004 7:01 pm (#1554 of 2753)

Sinister Kittens, I paid about two hundred dollars for all four, which I thought was a pretty good deal at the time. But I must have skimmed over the description of the books, because when they arrived, I found out that they were paperbacks. I collect signed books, so I'll have to buy them again in hardcover.

That was the last time I went to Ebay after hitting the butterbeer.


Denise P. - Jan 13, 2004 7:51 pm (#1555 of 2753)

Brandon, I did a shocked double take when I first saw that picture. It looks spookily like my deceased brother in law. I doubt you actually look alike but in that particular shot, you and Will could be twins.


Gina R Snape - Jan 13, 2004 8:20 pm (#1556 of 2753)

I get mental images of everyone I get a feel for. I'm probably seldom right.

I don't know why Brandon. But I pictured you with much longer hair. More artsy looking. And maybe a bit younger. Probably because of the poetry. Hope you don't think anything of it!


LilyP - Jan 13, 2004 9:25 pm (#1557 of 2753)

Hi, all! I don't know if you'll remember me. I was here a few months back, but after some computer issues, family issues and just plain holiday stress, I'm back! What a relief. I had over 11,000 posts to read, so I read my favorites and marked the rest as read. I feel like I'm finally home! You guys are the best. I didn't realize how much I missed this site until I sat down and started reading again this weekend. It was so relaxing.

I got books 3, 4 & 5 on CD for Christmas (that is all I asked for - besides Two Towers extended, which I also got- my family really loves me). I've been walking around for days with headphones on. I figured I'd listen in the car, but when I get out, I can't stop. I wash dishes, do the laundry, clean the house with the books on. It is such a fun way to experience the books. I never realized how many words I was mispronouncing in my head, not being British.

Brandon, if you are considering getting the CD's, I'd highly recommend it. They're great! If you look on ebay or amazon.com at the used copies available, you can get them cheaper than new. I would recommend CD's though vs tapes - they'll last longer for repeated listening.

Well, I just wanted to say Hi and I'm glad to be back. (I need to relearn my smilies, et al - my computer crashed - lost my whole hard drive - including all my smilies and notes. Oh, well)


Sly Girl - Jan 13, 2004 9:34 pm (#1558 of 2753)

WB Lily P. Sure we remember you. How can one forget that photo?


shepherdess - Jan 13, 2004 9:55 pm (#1559 of 2753)

Of course we remember you, Lily. Welcome back.


The Great Abbycadabra - Jan 13, 2004 10:56 pm (#1560 of 2753)

Hey, LilyP! I remember you. I tend to remember people from their avatars.

Congrats, Brandon, on your backstage passes! That sounds like fun, though Linkin Park isn't quite my thing. But if I had backstage passes to see John Williams (Does he do that?), I know I'd be thrilled beyond all means.

Speaking of being thrilled beyond all means, guess what I did today? I went down to the New Orleans Museum of Art and saw the exibition The Quest for Immortality: The Treasures of Ancient Egypt ( http://www.nga.gov/exhibitions/2002/egypt/ ) I nearly passed out on the way there, I was so excited. In all these years of being obsessive with that culture, I've never seen anything in person. Only in books and on television. I can't even describe it. The only problem was, a lot of the statues had big "Do Not Touch" signs beside them, and that made me want to touch them even more than I wanted to before (I'm a bit of a tactile person, I need to touch things to feel the texture. Don't know why; just goofy I guess. ) It was just utterly fantastic. I also no longer have the $30 my aunt gave me for Christmas. Yay! Gift shop! Okay, I'll stop gushing now.


Hem Hem - Jan 13, 2004 10:59 pm (#1561 of 2753)

Gina, perhaps you got that impression that Brandon had long hair and an artsy look from his old avatar, that one with Gary Oldman in it?


Brandon Christopher - Jan 13, 2004 11:24 pm (#1562 of 2753)

I wish that I looked like Gary Oldman; that would definitely be nice. But I guess I'll stick with looking like Denise's deceased brother in law. Just so you know Denise, it's not always a good thing to tell someone that they look like a dead person. Just kidding, but that is still pretty trippy/freaky. Perhaps I'm channeling his spirit: "Calling all Trelawneys, we have a stray spirit over here!"

Abby, we used to have a really cool Egyptian museum around where I live. My class went there in fifth and sixth grade and my dad and I went a few times on our own also. I'm not sure if it's even there anymore; your post reminded me of it so I'll swing by and see if it's still there sometime. I also think that ancient Egyptian culture is fascinating. Did you know that the pyramids of Giza match up perfectly with the way Orion's belt was positioned in the night sky in ancient times. The ancient Egyptians were probably the most sophisticated astronomers and mathematicians of their time. I always marveled at the depth of knowledge that they showed even without technology.

John Williams eh Abby? Want to know something surprising, I've listed to him. I've listened to pretty much everything, I'm very well rounded musically. I get that from my mom; she actually listens to Emminem with me and tries to rap to the beat. There is nothing funnier than watching a 45 year old woman trying to rap while she's driving an SUV.


The Great Abbycadabra - Jan 13, 2004 11:33 pm (#1563 of 2753)

Heeheehee, that's a great image, Brandon. If I ever see such a thing, I'll know it's you and wave.

And, of course, I knew that, my dear boy. The whole astronomy thing is one of my favourite things to point out to people who go, "Oh, they're ancient and primitive." Grr, that irritates me. I've been obsessive about Egypt to the point of no return since I was eight. I do remember being interested before that, but not to the extent that I was when I first read about, you guessed it, the discovery of Tutankhamen's tomb. The last time Egyptian artifacts came to my neck of the woods was in 1977-ish. Unfortunately, I wasn't around yet. Fortunately, my mom was, and she's given me her souveniers. I'd love to live closer to an Egyptian musuem. Sigh.

And, hey, who hasn't listened to John Williams? I listen to mostly classical music, movie scores, and Celtic music. With a dash of Weird Al. I do listen to other things, it's just usually not by choice.


Brandon Christopher - Jan 13, 2004 11:46 pm (#1564 of 2753)

Go Abby, Weird Al rules!!! "Yoda" is one of my favorite comedy songs of all time. Well that and "The night Santa went crazy" of course.

Speaking of classical music and movie scores, has anyone got the LotR soundtracks? I got those for Christmas and have to say that it is some of the best movie music ever. I also like the Pirates of the Caribean soundtrack but I think the LotR's stuff is better, (Two Towers is the best.)

I definitely have to check and see if that museum is still there Abby. I think I remember it being pretty big, but my perspective as a little kid was a little different also. My 100 pound dog looked like a bear to me so the museum might only be the size of a broom closet for all I know.

I too remember Lily by her avatar, it definitely jumps out at you.


Marè - Jan 13, 2004 11:52 pm (#1565 of 2753)

Hey, LilyP! I remember you. I tend to remember people from their avatars

I do that too! And it is so much easier to remember intelligent posts when the person has an avatar next to his/hers name... silly he?
I must admit that animagus week does make it all a little more confusing.

And I picture people in my head too, and never get them right. I expect the blonds to be brownhaired and the ones with brown hair to be blondes... (And I still expect WJ to have at least one pair of hippie sunglasses)
And yes I too tought Brandon would have longer hair. That's what you get for putting Gary in your avatar


shepherdess - Jan 14, 2004 12:20 am (#1566 of 2753)

That settles it, Brandon. You will just have to grow your hair out! Or is that taking "conforming to the standards of the forum" just a tad too far?


The Great Abbycadabra - Jan 14, 2004 12:59 am (#1567 of 2753)

Brandon, I have a tendency to burst into "The Saga Begins" at rather random moments.

And, I'm the only person on the planet who thinks this, I greatly dislike the LOTR movie scores. Personally, I've never been all that impressed with Howard Shore. I do think the music works in the movies, but outside of that, I don't know. They just don't work for me.

Pirates, on the other hand, was a fantastic score. I was a little put-off before seeing the movie, however, because I knew that one of my favourite composers (Alan Silvestri) had been fired off of the movie for creative differences. I was a bit bitter on Alan's behalf. But I love Klaus Badelt. I've loved him since the new The Time Machine, so, it's cool.

As for remembering people by their avatars, sorry I change mine so often.


Fawkes Forever - Jan 14, 2004 1:10 am (#1568 of 2753)

Don't worry Abby, we always remember you By the way.... what time is it with you, it's 9am here... should you not be in bed

Welcome back LilyP & also OkieAngel, I noticed ya sneaking back in there too

Must admit I'm guilty of creating a mental image in my head of what everyone looks like as well.... & Brandon sorry, but I imagined you with longer hair too Hee hee! I probably have you all imagined completely wrong ... 'cept Sarah (SE Jones), Tim & Gina ... I've seen pics of ya all! Madame Poppy.... I always think that you look the double of Gemma Jones ... hee hee, by the way... I look nothing like my avatar in real life Funny that

Talking of WJ, I miss that avatar popping up & making me laugh.... where did she go?


shepherdess - Jan 14, 2004 1:13 am (#1569 of 2753)

WJ has been having computer problems.


Fawkes Forever - Jan 14, 2004 1:17 am (#1570 of 2753)

Oh dear, hope she gets them sorted soon, and Shep... congrats on another convert Even though my family are all Potts about Potter, none are willing to join the forum


The Great Abbycadabra - Jan 14, 2004 1:34 am (#1571 of 2753)

It's only 3:35 AM here. The night is still young. I'm going to bed after this post! I promise! Well, sort of.

The mental images in my head of you guys are way off, I'm sure. Brandon, for example, looks a lot older than I thought he would. Not that that's a bad thing, Brandon. It's just not how I imagined you.

And, I promise, I don't look like King Tut, Howard Carter, Harry Houdini, Robert Ripley, or a platypus.


Madam Poppy - Jan 14, 2004 2:06 am (#1572 of 2753)
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Brandon said, "we used to have a really cool Egyptian museum around where I live". Were you talking about the museum in San Jose, California? I grew up there and went to the Rosecrucian (sp?) Museum several times. As far as I know, the museum is still there.

The only thing I didn't like about ROTK was the opening Gollum scenes. I didn't think that Smegal (sp?) would have the Gollum "voice". What Hobbit would talk like that? Otherwise, I wouldn't recommend you leave the theater early, you wouldn't have the opportunity to get your hanky out and shed a few tears.

Regarding my Madam Poppy portrait, I think I need to post my own picture some time. This year will be the Big 50 for me! This muggle lady though knows how to at least wash they "grey" away!


Marè - Jan 14, 2004 2:49 am (#1573 of 2753)

Maybe we can have a "use your own picture for a chance" week some time in the future.
Now that would be confronting! Or maybe we could have a "take your picture and make it into a HP-character avatar week" or....
erm well, we could also not do all off that course
So far animagus week is causing problems enough as it is... (Liz?? )

And Abby don't worry, your avatars may change but the overall theme (untill now) made you always very recognisable, much like hermionefan and Sly Girl.


Marie E. - Jan 14, 2004 5:31 am (#1574 of 2753)

If my scanner was working, I could post my picture of my Mrs. Weasley Halloween costume. Maybe I'll take it over to a friend's house. It is a bit intimidating to consider using your own picture. I'd hate to ruin any lovely illusions about me.


Gina R Snape - Jan 14, 2004 6:52 am (#1575 of 2753)

Marè, that would be no problem for me. I would put back up the picture of Severus and I on holiday last summer.

Now, I too remember some people from their avatars. But I change my avatar so often I hope you all still recognize me!

Oh, and Abby, if you ever make it to London you MUST go to the British Museum. They have a terrific Egyptian exhibit. Cleopatra's actual sarcophagus (sp?) and artwork and mummified cats and all kinds of stuff.

In NYC, there is a decent Egyptian exhibit at the Met. But for whatever reason, I was more impressed with the museum in London. They also have the Rosetta Stone, which blew me away because I recall reading about it as a child and to this day it strikes me as something someone with a time turner would create to help out the future understand the past.


Marè - Jan 14, 2004 6:59 am (#1576 of 2753)

Yes but your haircut has definitely changed since that picture! (For as far as I could see it on the Love Actually photo's I liked it.)
But off course the hogsmeade photo is very cool.

hmm I have a housemate with a webcam and I was a witch once with carnival, so I should have a witches hat laying around somewhere...
guess I could do something with that. Edit: and a nose! I should have one of these long warted noses somewhere!!


fidelio - Jan 14, 2004 7:32 am (#1577 of 2753)

Maybe you could use a parsnip, like that scene in Monty Python's Holy Grail movie.


Gina R Snape - Jan 14, 2004 8:25 am (#1578 of 2753)

Yes, the braids are gone now as my hair has grown longer.

I suppose Severus and I could get a newer picture taken of us.


Jim the Potty - Jan 14, 2004 9:54 am (#1579 of 2753)
Edited by Jan 14, 2004 9:55 am

I don't really have red voldy eyes, by the way. Actually this sloth picture isn't too far off...except my hair is longer


Susurro Notities - Jan 14, 2004 12:28 pm (#1580 of 2753)

The avatars are so deceiving. For the longest time I thought Mischa Fan was the girl in the photo - then I found out who Mischa is and that Mischa Fan is a guy!
I of course look classically beautiful and mysterious - just like my avatar - I wish!
Lynn Allen - The hand identification of Michigan locations is one of my favorite things about living here. I tell my kids that they are lucky to live here as there is something magical about living in an identifiable shape. Just us and the Italians have that honor - but I think I would rather point to my hand than my boot!


Ladybug220 - Jan 14, 2004 12:33 pm (#1581 of 2753)


I found this story on CNN's website and thought you would enjoy it. A mummified lion was found in an Egytian tomb - very interesting story.



Brandon Christopher - Jan 14, 2004 12:56 pm (#1582 of 2753)

Thanks Poppy, I was talking about the Rosicrucian museum. I'm going to head over some time next week if I can.

Shepperdess, it would take an act of God to convert my family. They all think I'm psychotic, that's how I got %71 on the obsession quiz; my parents keep telling me I need councelling. Although I would have a much higher score if I lived in England; I so would walk into the barriers in King's Cross searching for platform 9 & 3/4.


azi - Jan 14, 2004 1:05 pm (#1583 of 2753)

Brandon, I live in England but I have never even been to London let alone Kings Cross! I have been to Snape though, wasn't very interesting. Just a few houses and a craft centre place. Quite pretty but not exactly what you would associate our Snape with!


shepherdess - Jan 14, 2004 3:13 pm (#1584 of 2753)


I know it doesn't show very much in my written posts, but in person-in one-on-one discussion, I can sometimes be rather convincing and persuasive. Especially when it comes to things I'm passionate about (HP and this forum, among others).

And I'll do the forum a favor and not change my avatar to a picture of me. I like the forum too much to do that.


Dr Filibuster - Jan 14, 2004 3:32 pm (#1585 of 2753)

I wondered what was going on around here. Animagus week indeed! I think Liz's made me laugh most. I only understood it because I've just started clicking onto peoples' details as recommended by Gina a few days ago.

I'd just like to say that all the avatars are great and I'm sorry i can't do one. I suppose Dr Filibuster should be a salamander, but I think I would be a hedgehog or badger.


boop - Jan 14, 2004 3:44 pm (#1586 of 2753)

Does anyone want some snow? It's snowing right now and we have about 3inches and it is still falling.


Blast - Jan 14, 2004 3:54 pm (#1587 of 2753)

Boop it's colder than icecube in the deep freeze here. We're getting quite a bit of snow too.


Brandon Christopher - Jan 14, 2004 3:55 pm (#1588 of 2753)

Send some of it my way guys; I'm sick of just overcast weather!


Blast - Jan 14, 2004 4:10 pm (#1589 of 2753)

Let's see who has the most family members on the forum, I must exclude myself though because multiple personalities and multiple animagus forms do not count.


boop - Jan 14, 2004 6:07 pm (#1590 of 2753)

Brandon - It's cold 12degrees. Come visit this way you will enjoy cold and snow. The sun comes out, but it is not warm.

Blast end newt - That is very generous that you would exclude yourself. That will give everyone equal chance then. How many personalities do you have? I haven't made it out of the reading room at St Mungos. I have enjoyed reading the posts they are very funny!


Phreaker - Jan 14, 2004 6:26 pm (#1591 of 2753)

Hmmm, surely shepherdess, kowalla, chocolate frog and I are in the top ten...


Denise P. - Jan 14, 2004 6:31 pm (#1592 of 2753)

Barb asked over on another thread if I could sing after hearing an audio file of me saying something.

I loved to sing but my voice falls in a range that doesn't have a lot of parts written for it. I am a second soprano, which means I can't hit the upper notes that sopranos can nor the lower notes altos can. So, I sing in the car, while doing dishes...that kind of thing. When I sing in a group, I normally sing with the altos and just stop singing the notes that I can't hit.


wormsé - Jan 14, 2004 6:56 pm (#1593 of 2753)

I have a terrible time singing... I can go fairly low (I think..) but if the note even gets remotely high, my voice fails. I also seem to have a hard time transitioning to different pitches... oh well, it's not like I plan to sing for a living or anything... I do it simply to entertain myself!

... *sigh* The new semester started last week, but it seems as though it won't be taking up as much of my time as the last one, so hopefully I'll be able to post more often! But as of now, it is almost 10, and I have to get up early, so I should really be off to bed... Night to all!


Marie E. - Jan 14, 2004 7:08 pm (#1594 of 2753)

I have actually been to Kings Cross, but it was four years before I'd ever read the books. Now I wish I'd taken some pictures or something. But who takes pictures while they're trying to catch the next train?

Ok, shepherdess, I'm calling my brother tonight and telling him to join up. He's already a big HP fan and has the Prisoner of Azkaban signpost in his living room. The theater he works for was going to throw it out because it was damaged!


Blast - Jan 14, 2004 7:15 pm (#1595 of 2753)

I love to sing, the problem is most people take offence when I do. I was asked one time what I did with the money, when I said what money, the reply was the money your mother gave you for singing lessons. But I can do an okay version of Loc Lomand but only in a scottish accent.


shepherdess - Jan 14, 2004 7:22 pm (#1596 of 2753)

Go, Marie!! Anyone who's a big enough fan to have a PoA signpost in his living room, should be a member of the forum!!


Madame Librarian - Jan 14, 2004 8:00 pm (#1597 of 2753)

Denise, I by no means have a good voice, but I know what you mean about a narrow range. I am an alto but sometimes have to switch down an octave mid-song if the notes go even a little above where I can reach. When I'm singing along with my husband and I do this, he always makes a funny little huffy noise as if it bugs him. Like I do it on purpose to annoy him. So then I glare at him while I try to keep on singing, and then we both start giggling. This is not the most decorous thing to do at services.

Ciao. Barb


popkin - Jan 14, 2004 8:21 pm (#1598 of 2753)
Edited by Jan 14, 2004 8:34 pm

Several people on the Vote thread said this was their favorite thread, so I'm visiting for the first time. Of course, it's very late at night, so I bet no one else is posting.

About singing, it's my family's main form of entertainment. We sing in the choir at church, in the car, and in occasional special choirs.

About two years ago we had the opportunity to travel to London and sing in several cathedrals, including the Canterbury Cathedral. We were so busy, and were with a group, so we didn't have time to visit any Harry Potter sights. My husband and I were just saying last week that we wish we had just taken the train to King's Cross Station. That would have been pretty easy on our one day out by ourselves.

At the time we went, Harry Potter coins were being sold on television here in the US. They were said to be official UK currency. I went to a bank and asked to purchase some of the coins. The bank teller had never heard of them, and neither had anyone else that we asked.


Denise P. - Jan 14, 2004 8:33 pm (#1599 of 2753)

They do sell a Harry Potter coin that is legal tender on the Isle of Man. You can check eBay for them, I looked about a year ago and decided I didn't want to spend the going rate at the time. I just looked, they are about 1/3 what they were last year.

HP Coin


Brandon Christopher - Jan 14, 2004 8:33 pm (#1600 of 2753)

Popkin, keep in mind that not only are there people from all over the world on this forum, but also what is late to you might not be late to someone else. Normally I'm up till around till at least one in the morning posting or just reading.

Oh, and my mom is the coolest. I wasn't feeling very good today so I was just lying in bed. Well she remembered that I wanted to rent the audio books so she went out and rented SS/PS for me. Isn't she the greatest? I mean I'm in college but she still pampers me a little, just wait until I'm twenty and beating her off when I move out. Are all moms this possessive; most of my friends moms are like her also. So I was wondering if this is just an American thing or if all moms are like this.

So far I'm only on the second CD and it's all right. It's not quite as good as I had hoped, but part of that is probably due to the fact that I've never listened to an audio book before so I had no clue what to expect.

Oh and you can buy those coins in the US also; kinda pointless huh?
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popkin - Jan 14, 2004 8:38 pm (#1601 of 2753)

Thanks, NoVeil4Me. I don't want to spend the going rate either. That's why I was hoping to get them at the bank - for face value. I was surprised that no one had heard of them, since they were so big here.

You're right, Brandon, your Mom is the coolest.

I would love to hear the audio tapes. I have never even seen them. They would be great to listen to in the car on a long trip.


Brandon Christopher - Jan 14, 2004 8:44 pm (#1602 of 2753)

Yeah, or when you're sick and just lying in bed anyways.

I'm pretty sure I got the US version and the guy's voice isn't all that soothing. So if you are planning on falling asleep to the tapes - well - change your plans.


Warty Harris - Jan 14, 2004 8:49 pm (#1603 of 2753)

Gina R. Snape.....this is a little off topic, but I do not think they ever found Cleopatra's Sarcophagus. There were seven Cleopatras, but the most famous Cleo's tomb I do not believe has ever been found.

The last Cleopatra (VII) was who the movie was based on. She was actually more Greek then Egyptian and lived in the city of Alexandria. Now the most ancient parts of the city are underwater, but they are finding things even today. I may not be correct so off to the web I go to search.


popkin - Jan 14, 2004 9:04 pm (#1604 of 2753)

Chatting was fun, but I'm popping out of here for tonight.


Phreaker - Jan 14, 2004 10:36 pm (#1605 of 2753)

I use to sing for various events as well. My voice actually got me a full ride scholarship to two different community colleges, but life happened, and technology is much more appealing. Now I get to sing in church. I also sing in the car on my hour commute to and from work. My mother is a band director, and everyone in my family plays an instrument. I play an exceptional radio, while my four younger sisters have mastered the flute, piano, sax, and cello. My wife thinks I still have a great voice, but I believe that to be debatable.


Brandon Christopher - Jan 14, 2004 10:51 pm (#1606 of 2753)

I might have had a nice singing voice before, but too that I cannot remember. It would have had to have been before even my elementary school days, for what I know now as my voice - well I will stick with Blast and say that my singing would most likely offend people. When I sing to music nowadays I blare the music to hide my own voice. Because depression sets in when my ears detect my awful yowls. How do you classify an alto, tenor, etc? I would be in the "please shoot the guy who just opened his mouth range."

Phreaker, what is your avatar? It looks vaguely familiar.

Edit: yes, I always find humor in someone getting shot, mainly if it's me. Maybe that's why my all time favorite line from a movie is: "this could quite possibly be the stupidest man on the face of the Earth!" "Perhaps we should shoot him..." *Ruthless People*

Phreaker, at first I thought your avatar was a scene from an anime that I used to watch, but it isn't.


Phreaker - Jan 14, 2004 11:01 pm (#1607 of 2753)

I located the avatar through a google search for "hacker" because I wanted to depict the whole multi-monitor scheme. I really like having more than one monitor on a computer, because I am a multi-tasker. However, I have two other users on my network, so that is not an option at this time. When I get a collection of monitors, different people always want to purchase them from me, and I have a weakness for cash. The most I have had on one system is four, and I could fill up all four screens easily. SO I guess I didn’t answer your question; I am not sure where you would have seen the avatar before. I thought your remark about " please shoot the guy..." was hilarious, though!


The Great Abbycadabra - Jan 14, 2004 11:27 pm (#1608 of 2753)

Marè, I'm glad you noticed the overall theme to my avatars. Old dead guys. But, hey, gotta love them!

Gina, a friend of mine went to London and Edinburgh a couple of summers ago (lucky duck), and before she went I kept telling her, "You have to go to the British Museum!" I told her all of the nifty things they have there, and finally she asked me, "How many times have you been there?" Of course, I've unfortunately never been there, and I told her so. She was nothing short of amazed. I've always wanted to go there, and it's more than likely the first place I'll go when I get to London some day. And the first place I'll go when I get to NYC is the Met. That's been my plan for some time now.

I do agree with Warty about Cleopatra VII. Now, I'm somewhat infamous for my dislike of her, so I'm not particularly knowledgeable. But I don't believe her sarcophagus was ever found. I could totally be wrong though. I seldom venture beyond the Amarna period. Which Cleo did you mean?

Ladybug, thanks for the tip-off about that article. My dad pointed it out to me a little while ago. That's really quite interesting. I hadn't heard about any of that before.


Blast - Jan 15, 2004 1:49 am (#1609 of 2753)

Ah the British Museum and the Met, I would love to see both of them. It is strange that some peoples passions are with thing long since gone.


Devika - Jan 15, 2004 2:20 am (#1610 of 2753)

I come from a singing family. My parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins are all great singers. I've been learning music for the last 4 years. We are basically into Classical Indian music. Though I love english music too. I used to sing in our school choir and was one of the lead sopranos.

I'm really keen on visiting the Met some day too! (though I've never been out of India yet!)A cousin visited it recently and she's been praising it to high heavens in her emails! And of course, the British museum too. Being a student of history I know there'll be a lot of stuff to interest me.


Madame Librarian - Jan 15, 2004 4:54 am (#1611 of 2753)

Hey, Brandon, I'm the mom of a college sophomore who's home right now on winter break. He's an only child so I miss him and I love having him home for a few weeks (though our grocery bill jumped to astronomic levels). I guess I do pamper him a little bit, but he's a good kid that doesn't take advantage. As to your question about UK moms being as pampering as US moms...I think it's a universal thing, a mom thing that knows no national or cultural boundaries. Think...un...well...Molly Weasley!

Ciao. Barb


Lynn Allen - Jan 15, 2004 7:22 am (#1612 of 2753)

Sussuro Notities: I just found this category and hope it is what you were talking about in the "new members" area. Let me know if I'm in the right place, OK? Lynn


Fawkes Forever - Jan 15, 2004 7:26 am (#1613 of 2753)

I'm not Sussuro, but yup Lynn, this is the place! Welcome to the forum


Lynn Allen - Jan 15, 2004 7:52 am (#1614 of 2753)

Hi Fawkes Forever! Sussuro invited me to chat about being from Michigan, and it took me a while to figure out there was actually a category matching what she described! So what's going on in the chat discussion thread, or is it just a place folks can go to avoid being bumped by the powers that be from other threads?

;-) Lynn


S.E. Jones - Jan 15, 2004 7:56 am (#1615 of 2753)

Lynn Allen: So what's going on in the chat discussion thread, or is it just a place folks can go to avoid being bumped by the powers that be from other threads?

Sort of. This thread is for chit-chat between members so we don't clog up the other threads with talk not on-topic. Hope that helped some.... And, welcome to the Forum, by the way..!


Fawkes Forever - Jan 15, 2004 8:05 am (#1616 of 2753)

Lynn, here we have discussions about everything from the weather, to Lord of the Rings, normally anything but Harry Potter It's a fun way to learn stuff about your fellow forum members & pick up little bits of information about different countries, traditions & so on! Very nifty, if like me, you can't get into the chat rooms (stupid firewalls at work ) This is usually the first thread I check in the morning, just to see how everyone is doing! It makes me feel like part of the big forum family


Flame Alligator - Jan 15, 2004 9:09 am (#1617 of 2753)

Hi everyone! I just discovered this thread. I am just thrilled to be able to chat with you. I am having trouble getting my avatars down to size to load on the forum. Any tips? With that said, I will tell a bit about myself.

I am 52 years old but I'm lucky to look, act and feel 35. All my friends are young as my interests do no appeal to most of my older acquaintances. I am a Jungian Psychoanalyst and a Yoga Teacher. These two professions are a perfect combination.

I am usually up all night reading, studying natural health (herbology, natural healing etc., or I'm on my yoga mat. I love teaching yoga. I teach a "Flow" class. I use music from around the world. It's usually up tempo and my younger students and the young at heart love it. I make a lot o jokes during class. I adore all my students. It takes courage to do yoga as we are in all types of positions with a bunch of strangers.

Another thing I enjoy is movies: Sci-Fi, Fantasy, anime, suspense/thriller and action. I very seldom like romance movies unless it's weird or quirky.

I don't know if you can discern from my name, I'm female.


Fawkes Forever - Jan 15, 2004 9:19 am (#1618 of 2753)

Hi Flame, nice to meet another Yogi (?? don't know if thats the right word). I've been studying Yoga for the past three years. I find it very relaxing & invigorating, especially as I do a mix of hatha & ashtanga yoga, but I doubt I'm anywhere near your level ... I have fallen over in class a few times... but hey, thats part of the fun

Welcome to the forum


Flame Alligator - Jan 15, 2004 9:42 am (#1619 of 2753)

Fawkes, You are not a real yogi (or yogini if you're female) if you have not experienced falling. On bad days, even I wobble. As I tell my students it is all good. It's the effort that counts. Above all yoga should be fun, fun fun. Ashtanga is fairly challenging. Lots of strength work. I like ashtanga it is the closest thing to body building which I did for 15 years til I completey burned out and sold all my barbells, dumbbells and stack weight machine. Yoga covers all fitness and I can do it anywhere. Plus, I can practice until I am 120 years old.

I have trouble getting all my interests done in a day. Yoga, reading movies taking care of husband and pet. Spending time with my ll year old godson which I enjoy very much. He is always amazed that I pick the best movies and I can keep up with him physically. He loves the fact that "You don't treat me like a kid".

I am getting addicted to this forum. I check it everyday and spend at least an hour (that is an underestimation) a day.

Edit: I don't know if I am allowed to ask this question but where can I buy HP t-shirt or pajamas, etc. for adults?


Lynn Allen - Jan 15, 2004 12:04 pm (#1620 of 2753)

Flame Alligator asked: "I don't know if I am allowed to ask this question but where can I buy HP t-shirt or pajamas, etc. for adults?"

Welcome to the Forum, Flame, from another brand new member! To respond to your question, I purchased HP t-shirts several months ago from two small shops that sell clothing on eBay. One shop sold very high quality t-shirts with large, colorful Hogwarts and Gryffindor sigils for a reasonable price and the shirts have proven very washing-machine tolerant. Another was purchased from a person who had obviously traced Order of the Phoenix cover art and then did a very poor job transferring it to poor quality t-shirts. I no longer wear that t-shirt except to bed because it is unsightly--the picture applique quickly faded and chipped off. Incidentally, the latter person was quickly shut down by eBay due to copyright violation concerns. I guess the moral is that on eBay you pay your money and take your chances...and that Warner Brothers is serious about protecting its Harry Potter after-market rights!


Am Used Vlad - Jan 15, 2004 12:58 pm (#1624 of 2753)

How did you dislocate your rib cage? Playing football?


fidelio - Jan 15, 2004 1:15 pm (#1625 of 2753)

Hey, it's simply astounding what you can't do when your ribs are messed up without experiencing pain. Start with standing, sitting, lying, changing position, and that all-time favorite, breathing.


Brandon Christopher - Jan 15, 2004 1:24 pm (#1626 of 2753)

Yes, I fear that a 175 pound running back is seldom ever able to run over a 300 pound defensive lineman. *sigh* I learned this the hard way. I have dislocated my ribcage twice, but the first time was in pop warner. That was right after I had broken my arm; as you can see I am fairly injury prone.

But for all my injuries I still love playing sports and perhaps next year I will even try out for my college football team. At least now I've bulked up a bit so I'm not as small in comparison. I am actually the average size of NFL running backs - height-wise at least. Most of the hall of fame running backs were only '5"10 to '6. I believe OJ was the biggest at '6"2, of course I wouldn't mess with him no matter how big he is. But I shan't go there, no politics on the forum right.

Edit: yes Fidelio, I remember the ride to my doctor was quite fun. I think that my mom was hitting every bump on the road. And my dad was helping by making sure that he continually made me laugh...


Madame Librarian - Jan 15, 2004 1:40 pm (#1627 of 2753)

Gosh, Brandon, if anyone should wish for wizard status you should! At least you could play rough sports without such serious injuries. Take care of yourself.

Ciao. Barb


fidelio - Jan 15, 2004 1:43 pm (#1628 of 2753)

Oddly enough, I have a friend who separated his shoulder playing football in high school, who has similar memories of his ride to the hospital. His mother tried to drive slowly so as "not to hurt him worse"; he felt that fast would have been better--it couldn't have hurt any more, and it wouldn't have taken as long!


Gina R Snape - Jan 15, 2004 1:43 pm (#1629 of 2753)

Yes well, if not the hazards than at least for a magical healer like Poppy Pomfrey!

I do yoga and I strongly encourage everyone else to do it to. There's nothing like it. Unlike workouts at the gym, I always feel physically and emotionally uplifted after a yoga class.


Madame Librarian - Jan 15, 2004 2:00 pm (#1630 of 2753)

I feel the same way after ballet, Gina (well, to be honest, I do ache a bit, but dancers like that, sort of...we're weird), but I cannot with a clear conscious recommend ballet as the best form of exercise/relaxation. It really is not all that good for the bones and joints, especially if you take it up as an adult. Dance, in general, however, can be loads of fun, great exercise, and a marvelous stress reliever. Folk, salsa, ballroom, jazz--all of 'em!

Ciao. Barb


Brandon Christopher - Jan 15, 2004 2:00 pm (#1631 of 2753)

Fidelio, one of my friends played three years of high school football with a dislocated shoulder. Not quite the same as a separated shoulder but still quite painful. And my mom used the same logic to the same result, sometimes more pain quickly is better than little spread out over a large span of time.

And you guys have no idea how much I wish I was able to just point a wand at myself and say "reparo" or something to the same effect.

Madame L, I can breakdance but that's about it.


Madame Librarian - Jan 15, 2004 2:39 pm (#1632 of 2753)

Hey, Brandon, that's no small thing. Just don't take the name breakdance too literally.

Ciao. Barb


timrew - Jan 15, 2004 3:42 pm (#1633 of 2753)

Brandon, just be thankful you don't play Quidditch! Although, from reading your posts, it sounds like something you might want to give a try!

I've just been reading the book, 'The Once And Future King' (about King Arthur); and it says in it that Merlyn's (that's how it's spelt) wand is made out of Lignum Vitae (no mention of a core, though!).

I'm reading the book for research, because me and my son have been asked to write a pantomime on King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. If you're from the UK, you'll know what I'm talking about; and if you're from anywhere else, look it up on Google, it's too hard to explain!

Pantomimes are usually based on fairy tales; Aladdin, Snow White, Cinderella etc....and we've been asked to write one based on King Arthur. This should be a challenge, and if it's accepted, it'll be our third production. This is no big deal, btw; it's only for a little theatre group that my son is a member of; and we earn zippo! We just like doing it! Besides, it saves them forking out money to rent scripts.


Brandon Christopher - Jan 15, 2004 3:54 pm (#1634 of 2753)

Every time I sweep the house I: place the broom on the ground, say "up," and sigh before starting on the house. I would give anything to be able to play quidditch, that would be sooooo cool.

My kingdom for a flying broom. (even a comet)

Tim it seems that you are a good writer, you are the one that had your poem published right? I agree that it would be fun to write screenplays just for "the heck of it." Although, (and tell the truth) would you turn someone down if they offered to pay you for one of your scripts? I like to write; but I would like to write more if someone paid me to do it. I mean, who doesn't want more money?


timrew - Jan 15, 2004 4:11 pm (#1635 of 2753)

Ah! To write for money. The dream of all us would-be writers!

The most I have ever earned for a poem (or any other form of writing) was £50, from a poetry magazine who voted (readers and writers) for a poem I wrote called, "Picture From A Museum In Prague", in a monthly competition. The poem was about the Holocaust, so I felt very guilty about accepting the money and gave it to charity!

I've had several poems published, but that was the only one that paid me!


boop - Jan 15, 2004 4:17 pm (#1636 of 2753)

Hello Everyone- All this talk about exercise is making me feel guilty. I belong to the YMCA, and have not gone since Thanksgiving. I started at the YMCA to enhance my weight loss. I have lost 65lbs following the weight watcher diet on my own. I only have 40lbs to go. I do walk 3 times a week 2 miles. While I was off work those 12 days I did walk twice a day 4 miles. I just need to get back to the gym. I think everyone just got me back in I need the gym mood!!Thanks

Update: My daughter had her ultrasound today, and the baby is just a week behind. They say everything looks good, and it’s a BOY. I knew it had to be for all that trouble. I hope this doesn't for shadow what he will be like when he is a teen. If this is so look out world!!!!

How is the weather. It is freezing, with -15 wind chill factor. We have about 6inches of snow.


Hem Hem - Jan 15, 2004 4:39 pm (#1637 of 2753)

Hey Tim, I read The Once and Future King a few months ago. The page that introduced Merlyn and his house had all sorts of Harry Potter/Dumbledore similarities. I don't own the book, so I can't go back and check, but if you could look at that section for me and make sure I wasn't being delusional, that would be really great.

Congratulations on your grandson-to-be, boop!


Madame Librarian - Jan 15, 2004 4:41 pm (#1638 of 2753)

Anybody from New England on the Forum? I hear that it's absolutely frigid there. New Hampshire reported temps of -26F! Supposedly it's so cold in Boston that no one is out on the streets. Brrr.

Here in the Chicago area it's kind of "normal" winter. A little snow, temp is in the low 20s, windy (it's always windy here). Anyway, folks, stay warm if you live in the cold zones. Layer, layer, layer.

Ciao. Barb


Marie E. - Jan 15, 2004 4:49 pm (#1639 of 2753)

Here in Colorado it's actually above average for once. All week it's been in the 50's, but snow is predicted for tomorrow.


timrew - Jan 15, 2004 5:04 pm (#1640 of 2753)

Hem Hem, there are many similarities to Harry Potter in 'The Once and Future King' (written in the 1950s, btw). Merlyn uses magic to tidy up his house. He fights a wizard duel. He has a wand of Lignum Vitae.

The book is brilliant, but really nothing like Harry Potter, for all its similarities. I would recommend it, though; but be prepared for a more adult book.

After all, the Arthurian legend has a lot of incest and adultery, and T.H. White pulls no punches with that. You even have a unicorn slain in a quite horrific scene; but the scenes describing The Questing Beast are quite funny, and a little poignant.

Especially when Sir Grummore and Sir Palomides make themselves a Questing Beast costume, in order to stop King Pellinore pining for his lost love, and get him to start his hunt for the Questing Beast again.

This goes no way to describing the book. You'll really have to read it!


Mrs. Sirius - Jan 15, 2004 5:50 pm (#1641 of 2753)

Does anyone remember where they were one year ago today? All I remember is that I was tired and grumpy. My husband was working late and when he came home he said something to the effect of "it's coming". Ever so grouchily I said "what?" Well it was one year ago tonight (it's on the The Leaky Cauldron) that they announced the release date for OoTP. Hooray. P.S I am not a fan of American football but this year I may watch, POA commercial may air.

I live in New England and it would be so nice if the temperature could rise to a balmy freezing point! Just before coming upstairs I checked our thermometer, -19 F . During the day we hit a high of about 3F! School for tomorrow morning is being delayed because of the extreme cold.

Edit: It is nice to reminisce Jackie. I ran to the computer to confirm the info also. I didn't know about HPANA or T-L-C yet, but I went into chat on Lexicon, it was great.

Edit: Gina, Jackie, hey you guys, a real chat!!!


Hem Hem - Jan 15, 2004 5:56 pm (#1642 of 2753)

Wow, I remember that. I had been checking at the Unofficial Harry Potter Fan Club a few times a week to hear the release date, but that website shut down a few months prior. At the time, I had stopped belonging to HP fansites for the first time since 1999. And then, on the 16th I guess, I read in the paper that the release date was announced. And I went bonkers. I told everybody I know, I reread all the books for the first time what had been ages, and I went online to look for new HP sites. The next week, I discovered the Lexicon...and two months later I came here. My excitement over the release date unleashed my potterholicism after it had been more quiet than ever before. I'm so glad you posted that, Maritza, it was wonderful to go back and remember a year ago....


Gina R Snape - Jan 15, 2004 6:01 pm (#1643 of 2753)

One year ago today I was anticipating starting my new job (which I'll now be at one year in 2 weeks). The prospect of OoP was just another proof that the near future was bright.

In NYC, it's now 5F/-15C. My heat is blasting and I am very cosy, my flat very homely. Faberge is curled up by a radiator. Nymphadora is sacked out on my bed.

I took ballet from ages 5 - 16 and enjoyed it but never got the same feeling I get from yoga. I never could leap very high, and it all went downhill when I went on pointe. My instructor used a cane, and she would push our legs up further in the air when we were at the bar doing stretches and arabesques. It was brutal, but we got good results!

Hmmm, maybe this early childhood torture conditioning plays a part in my love for Severus.


Brandon Christopher - Jan 15, 2004 6:11 pm (#1644 of 2753)

NOOOOOOOOO!!! I just checked my e-mail and the backstage passes that I thought I had are not a guarantee. Turns out I'm just on the list of people who might get to meet the band! They only let about 100 people see Linkin Park and I have no clue how they actually choose the people... I'm number 58 but they never said what the numbers mean.

I went from the ultimate high to the ultimate low.

I'm gonna go curl into a ball and cry now...


wormsé - Jan 15, 2004 6:30 pm (#1645 of 2753)

Awww, Brandon! I'm so sorry!! *gives Brandon a BIG hug* Even if you don't get the backstage passes, you still get to go to the concert right??


Brandon Christopher - Jan 15, 2004 6:37 pm (#1646 of 2753)

Thanks for the hug Lindsay, and yeah I still get to go to the concert. I'm on the floor - MOSH PIT BABY!!!

But at least I still have a shot at the backstage passes. I'm keeping my fingers crossed and checking my e-mail every other hour even though I probably won't get a confirmation for like two weeks. It doesn't hurt to check does it?


wormsé - Jan 15, 2004 6:42 pm (#1647 of 2753)

I'll be keeping my fingers crossed for you as well... if I were to be in your position, well, I'm not quite sure what I would do... hehe. And no, it doesn't hurt to check your mail! I've been known to check mine every other 5 minutes.... even when I know I'm not expecting anything. Smile


Brandon Christopher - Jan 15, 2004 6:44 pm (#1648 of 2753)

Yeah, that would be me also. Kinda weird considering I never used to check my e-mail at all, just enough so my account wouldn't expire. Now I check it every hour - most of time even more.

Oh and Linsay I absolutely love your avatar, I just never got around to telling you. It looks just like my old pet ferret, except bald.


Lynn Allen - Jan 15, 2004 6:48 pm (#1649 of 2753)

Nox said, "Here in Australia, we mostly have severe drought this time of year, so we also have very strict fire-bans. And Fireworks have to be used by licenced pyrotechnicians (at least in Queensland). They are not sold anywhere to the general public. Too many people have been injured and/or killed."

Hello Nox, Changing the subject from potential infernos, my mother-in-law loves Australia and will be visiting your country again in a couple weeks. This holiday season we gave her a gift of some Australian currency for when she first arrives and saw that Australian dollars are so much more colorful than our boring American greenbacks. (Not that I would mind having many more of either variety, you understand!) It is so enjoyable meeting such nice people from around the world here, all because of Harry Potter--one another thing for which we can thank JKR! Cheers!


Brandon Christopher - Jan 15, 2004 7:01 pm (#1650 of 2753)

Yeah Lynn, I remember when I could buy fireworks as a little kid. But every year some idiots went and blew themselves up so they outlawed fireworks here in California. I think that my mom still has a stash of sparklers but I wish we still has M-80's and such. I've got a creek right by my house that is ideal for fireworks and at least I know how to use fireworks without getting myself killed.

No offense to anyone here but I think I live in the most culturally diverse area in the world. I meet lots of great people on this forum but not from any country that I've never met someone from before. My high school was about %25 white - need I say more. Our football team was funny because even though I'm only '5"10 I was one of the bigger guys. It's kind of sad when your average football player weight is only 160, and average height is just '5"8.

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Marie E. - Jan 15, 2004 7:42 pm (#1651 of 2753)

Just FYI, Nearly Headless...I mean John Cleese is on Will and Grace right now.


Lady Nagini - Jan 15, 2004 11:14 pm (#1652 of 2753)

Finals are over!

Now everyone just hope that I did well!


Brandon Christopher - Jan 15, 2004 11:21 pm (#1653 of 2753)

Wow, your finals were late Lady N. Are you on a quarter or semester system? My college is on a quarter system so we're already two weeks into the winter quarter. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for you though. One can never have enough fingers crossed - or toes - or any manner of good luck.


Brandon Christopher - Jan 15, 2004 11:57 pm (#1654 of 2753)

I have noticed something strange regarding the forum over the last few weeks. We have members spanning the globe, members in almost all the time zones around the world. But between 10 PM and midnight pacific coast time there is a lull in which almost no one ever posts almost every day. What are the chances that every night at the same time almost no one is logged on? Just a little something I thought was peculiar.

I realize that we don't have an equal amount of members spread around the world but this still seems strange. Does anyone have any thoughts or comments about this?


The Great Abbycadabra - Jan 16, 2004 1:02 am (#1655 of 2753)

Welcome to our crazy, kooky chat thread, Flame! I've always wanted to try yoga, but whenever I mention it my mom begins to laugh hysterically. I'm not sure if I should be offended by this or join in.

Boop, congrats on your grandson!

Congrats, Lady N! The end of finals always give me the best feeling.

Brandon, good luck on your backstage passes! And I have noticed the lull in that time (it's midnight to two AM my time). It's usually when I'm just getting on. I always feel like my presense has made everyone else leave.

Gosh, you guys were busy today. I had to slog through forty some odd posts.


Joost! - Jan 16, 2004 1:27 am (#1656 of 2753)

10 pm to midnight PCT is 7 to 9 am CET (Holland, Germany, France, Norway, Denmark, Spain etc.) and 6 to 8 am GMT (UK, Ireland etc.) so don't expect a lot of Europeans at that time. I would expect some Asian and Australian members to be online then. I start work at 8 so I'm on the forum at 8:05. But I've also got a firewall problem here so I'm never in the chat room at this time.

About yoga; back when I was a fanatic rower, yoga was part of training. I must admit I didn't really liked it but it did miracles on my muscles.


Fawkes Forever - Jan 16, 2004 2:41 am (#1657 of 2753)

Well it's 10.35am here in Ireland .... quite late for my first post of the day... but we're busy at work *grumble grumble* Oh to win the lottery & I could spend all day on the forum without interruption It might help if I bought a ticket every so often however ... hee hee!

Wow Flame, you've started a big chat about yoga! Admittedly I haven't been practicing much over the holiday season, but class starts back in a few weeks! Ashtanga (power yoga), is my favourite, & when I come out of the class I feel I could just run for mile & miles! You know the feeling Gina! I really only practice hatha at home.... fear of breaking ornaments & furniture But I can't recommend yoga enough.

I used to have pretty bad asthma, but since I started yoga, & learning all the breathing exercises & the like, my dependency on my medication has dropped, I would swear that my lungs are a lot stronger! It really improves your flexibility as well. When I was younger I did a lot of gymnastics, doing yoga has brought back a lot of that flexibilty & helps tone up your muscles too, right Joost! In saying that, you don't need to be all that flexible to start yoga, & every time you practice you notice that your own flexibility improves! Its not a competition & it's all about finding your own level & what works for you!

Brandon, there is a guy in my yoga class that plays gaelic football, a very physically demanding game, he says that yoga has improved his game. The trick to less injuries in yoga is to warm up a lot before you attempt many of the stretches & postures. In fact, our instructor usually turns off the air conditioning in the room where we practice ashtanga yoga, & it can get VERY warm during that class, but you have less aches the following day. Hey & any pain felt is positive pain ... right Barb?

Opps I've went off on one! On yeah Tim, writing a panto, that sounds like a lot of fun.... I wouldn't mind doing something like that ... even if theres no money involved! I also won a national poetry competition, when I was 15, prize was 50 quid too. I felt guilty about that, as the poem was sad as I'd written it about the situation in the North of Ireland & how it effected everyday life. I actually wrote the piece as an excerise in class, & my teacher entered it without my knowledge, so when I got word that I won... I was very shocked! However my mum made me buy a nice sensible winter coat with the prize money Very Molly Weasley indeed The poem was published too, but I never got a copy of the book!


Flame Alligator - Jan 16, 2004 3:28 am (#1658 of 2753)

Brandon, Joost, You would like my yoga class because we don't just do flexibility (stretches). We cover the entire spectrum of yoga. Strength, Flexibility, Agility, Aeorobics (through breath control)and Relaxation. My students call it a work out. (I don't like it referred to as such but I know what they mean.) We sweat a lot! I have all ages in my classes 23 to 65 years of age. If anyone has an injury, there is always a way to work around the injury. We do what is called Vinyasa which means to move with a flowing breath. The cool people call it "The Flow". We flow and we hold. Plus, we laugh a lot because I make a lot of jokes as I teach. I don't just instruct I do the practice with the class.

I am very protective of my "yoga virgins". I have more male students than most of the teachers because I do a lot of strength poses which males are always go at. The women are usually more flexible. This way no one feels discouraged. I do not teach a stretch and relax class. Although we do relax at the end. One of my students told a new student, "We have to earn the relaxation."

Once I get started about yoga, I can't stop because it's so-o-o-o good for you. You just have to find the right class and the right instructor. By the way, nobody gets hurt on my watch. I teach my students how to make the class fit their needs. Plus, "yoga virgins" are encourage to rest or call for help when needed. Okay, enough about yoga except I had a blast teaching yesterday.

I saw Lord of the Rings, Return of the King Saturday and a preview of PoA was shown. Looks good! I look forward to seeing it.

I was watching and old period movie from 1930. The story was set in the 1800's and the characters were in the appropriate dress. But it all look so bizarre. How did humanity come from cave people to walking around in tight absurd clothing and behaving in the most stifling unnatural manner? I said to my husband, "What do the young people think when the see these strange and absurd old movies.? The values are strange, albeit historical. The look back is not what I thought it would be.

Has anybody else noticed this? No matter what your age, I would love to see your view. I hope I'm making sense.

Edit: Fawkes F., The other name for "The Flow" is "Power Yoga". I keep the room very hot.


Devika - Jan 16, 2004 4:36 am (#1659 of 2753)

Thanks all of you for making me feel so guilty about how long I've been missing my exercises as well. I'm also quite into yoga, though not as much as most of you out here sound like. My dad's into it big-time. We don't go for any classes. That's the advantage of living in India. The knowledge of something as great as yoga is much more easily accessible and we have loads of books about different schools of yoga. My dad's been kind enough to work out a great routine for me to do but sadly I'm the one who is never able to do it regularly for more than 2 months. Of course I start off soon again, but I hate to be so irregular. Thanks to you guys, I'll start off again aftr my 2 week lull (exams!!). Pranayama is my favourite... really makes one feel sooo refreshed! It even helps to keep the mind relaxed, more than anything else.

I hate to admit it here.... but I still havent been able to see RotK!! Just haven't been able to work it out...

Congrats Boop!!

And Brandon, I really hope you get your passes! I'm not that fond of Linkin Park myself, but I have loads of friends who are crazy about it, so I know how you must be feeling. Hope you enjoy the concert anyway...!


Flame Alligator - Jan 16, 2004 5:41 am (#1660 of 2753)

Devika, Any yoga is better than no yoga as the effects lasts for days. I use a lot of music from India. I love sitar music. I also use a lot of Asian (Japanese and Chinese are my favorites after Indian sitar music). Of course, if I am feeling all dull and slow, I may use some raggae or Asian groove. I love pranayama too!

I saw LothR,RotK this weekend. It was excellent! I was all prepared to be bored because I had seen interviews on cable television mentioned a lot of battle scenes. Much to my surprise each battle is unique, interesting and they move the plot along. I adored the villianous, Gollum/Smeagol. I think Andy Serkis deserves an Oscar for his performance. It really is him with a computer costume on.

I am a big fan of the books which I read a lot back in the 1970's. The film left a lot out and changed the story quite a bit but I did not mind because they updated the myth. So once again, some of my most beloved characters are enjoyed by an audience.

As a psychoanalyst, I have to be well versed in myths and legends for dream interpretations. Fortunately, I love this subject. I find it intriguing that LotR Trilogy has resurfaced. This is the third time it has come to popularity. All three movies are beautifully crafted. I can't wait until RotK comes out on DVD so I can watch it over and over again.


mollis - Jan 16, 2004 7:48 am (#1661 of 2753)
Edited by Jan 16, 2004 7:48 am

I went and saw ROTK for the second time a couple days ago and finally got to see the POA trailer. I was so excited, since they didn't show it the first time, I think people around me thought I was a bit looney. But I was okay with that. It was the first time I had ever gone to a movie by myself, and I have to say, it was a very liberating experience.

I am really jealous of Flame's yoga classes. I have tried yoga a couple times, and think I would really like it, except I had weird instructors. Oh, that and I'm lazy. Actually, if it is a class I enjoy and there are people there I can talk to, I am kind of good about exercise classes. I loved step-aerobics for a summer once.

Okay, so I don't exercise. I have started a diet though, and it's not killing me, and I've lost 8 lbs in less than two weeks! I really only need to lose 20 lbs or so, so I'm almost halfway there. But I am pretty happy since I hate dieting. If anybody's interested, it's that South Beach Diet. And it seems to be a pretty healthy diet for heart, cholesterol, diabetes, and weight loss all in one.


Sly Girl - Jan 16, 2004 8:09 am (#1662 of 2753)

Don't worry Mollis, when I saw the preview I was just like you. I actually applauded for the preview, squealed out "Yay" so the whole theater heard me and jumped in my seat.

It's a sickness, I tell you...


Fawkes Forever - Jan 16, 2004 8:14 am (#1663 of 2753)

When I went to see ROTK, I sat through a number of trailers ... each film looked more appalling that the last. Then the WB symbol appeared on screen & I got all excited I near knocked my popcorn over, but alas .... it was for 'The Last Samurai' ... most displeased was I I even let out a big TUT, very Hermione ... my friends where not impressed... they just rolled their eyes & let me sulk in my seat until ROTK started! I agree Sly, it's definitely a sickness... & extremely contagious ... think I'll go to another cinema this weekend


Brandon Christopher - Jan 16, 2004 8:45 am (#1664 of 2753)

When the trailer came on for me I smacked my friend's arm and freaked him out. He turned to me and looked at me like I was psycho; I just pointed to the screen so he looked at the billowing smoke from the train and groaned, it was quite hilarius.

I recently read an artical in "Reader's Digest" that dieting can be very dangerous. Most of the time people diet wrong and end up actually gaining weight. The most popular type of diet now is the Atkin's "low carb" diet. Kinda the opposite of what I'm doing, I eat lots of pasta and bread after I work out. Imagine that, when you're trying to gain weight you eat differently then when you're trying to lose weight *gasp* I'm shocked.

I really have to start yoga, you guys gave me new strength to go out and find a place. I'll start looking first thing tomorrow.


Lady Nagini - Jan 16, 2004 9:39 am (#1665 of 2753)

Brandon, I'm still in high school.

And for all of those Indians out there (Devika, Milti Girl), I'm Indian-American, if that counts.


mollis - Jan 16, 2004 9:50 am (#1666 of 2753)

What is really funny is that the first time I went to see ROTK I was so excited to finally see the POA trailer that as each new trailer started I would get all excited, and they annoyed. When the movie started and the trailers ended I was so upset that I didn't get to see the POA trailer that I had to catch myself and remember that ROTK was starting! Boy did my husband laugh at me for that!

And yeah Brandon, I think the Atkins diet my be worse for some people than how they were eating before. The South Beach Diet emphasizes eating the 'right' carbs and the 'right' fats - and I can eat my veggies! Any diet that frowns on veggies and fruit is not for me. Next week I get to start eating some fruits again. Yippee!


Flame Alligator - Jan 16, 2004 9:56 am (#1667 of 2753)

Oooh, I'm so flattered that I have inspired you guys to try yoga. I just hope you find a good class. My students and I always give a warm welcome to new students. We do our best to make them feel part of the class. I have gone to some teachers' workshops and felt very out of place and excluded. I couldn't wait for the workshop to be over. We really embrace newcomers even if they are just walk ins.

I forgot to tell you that when the trailer for PoA came on, my godson and I shrieked, "Look Harry Potter Preview, alright, Yeah!!!!!!" I usually go to movies with my godson, (he's ll) and we made so much noise, people were staring at us and shaking their heads. It was such a tease. I wanted more. We had barely finishing shrieking and it was over. I am excited and filled with anticipation just thinking about it. I'm giddy!

Mollis, I'm going to try going alone sometime. Liberating huh? Although it is rare that my godson does not want to see the movies that I pick. (I feel honored that he regards me as cool.) Next time he declines, I'm going alone.

He said all the actors had changed so much he didn't recognize them. I told him he changes and I notice the look on his face, his movements and his physique is stretching up the same as the HP actors. He does not read the books. He is too busy skateboarding but he does have me tell him all the detail in the books.

Speaking of diet. I am on a strict diet that keeps you super lean, fit and young. It cleanses your system and rejuvenates you. Keeps me young and fit. What's the catch? The first 3 months were pure agony!!!!! We had serious cravings and withdrawal from the forbidden foods. It's called The Mucusless Diet Healing System by Arnold Ehret. You have probably never heard of it because you have to be tough like a marine to stay on it. Not for the faint of heart boys and girls. Basically, all I eat is fruits and vegetables no starchy carbs, no dairy, no meat, fish or fowl, no grain (cereal, bread, pasta etc.). The produce has to be organic. I have been on it for seven years and I love it. You have to transition into it slowly. My husband and I chose to go "cold turkey" and remove all the forbidden foods at once. I am glad we did because we got all the suffering over with in a short time. It was so bad that we didn't even discuss it. I think once during the first month I turned to him and said, "This is really bad isn't it." and he responded, "Yes, it is." The second month I said to him, "It's a little better this month (referring to the misery)." We lost a lot of weight. We lost l5lbs each the first week. There was a lot of cleansing and elimination. We were so gaunt. For each decade of wrong eating it takes 1 year to cleanse the body. After 3 years, our bodies started to rebuild. We are still lean but not so gaunt. It was an adventure. Everybody laughed at us in the beginning. They said, "It can't be done. You can't just live on those foods." People stare at my grocery carts, one full of fruit, the other full of vegetables and juice, at the health food store. Even the healthy people regard us as freaks.


Brandon Christopher - Jan 16, 2004 10:02 am (#1668 of 2753)

So basically you went vegan, is that it Flame?


Flame Alligator - Jan 16, 2004 10:17 am (#1669 of 2753)

Yes, we are true vegans. A lot of vegans are really grainarians. Mainly, it is the fruit. The secret is the fruit. It is the cleanser and the builder. Especially, bananas. Even my old bodybuilder friends are eating a lot of bananas to build muscle and cut back on some of the artery clogging meat.

It's funny all my hard core bodybuilder friends (mostly male) thought I was going to be a complete wimp no weights and no protein. I am a lot smaller but just as strong. I am like an ant. Most people don't know that yoga can build muscle if you do the strength postures (asanas). When I first started the Ehret Diet, I lost all my muscles as they were cleaned out. My arms went flat. I wanted to wear long sleeves in the summer. I was like Neo when he was freed from The Matrix.

God, I am such a geek/weirdo. The best part about being an HP freak is you just don't care what non HP's think.


Madam Poppy - Jan 16, 2004 10:30 am (#1670 of 2753)
Edited by Jan 16, 2004 10:32 am

My daughter hates to go to movies alone. I love to go to see movies alone. I can focus on what's happening on the screen and I feel like I'm personally standing there and watching the story unfold. No one is there to see you cry, you don't have to share your popcorn and you have the whole ride home to savor what you're just seen.
That's not to say I always go alone. After I've seen a movie I like, I'll drag my husband, son or daughter to see it. If I really like the movie, I take each family member one at a time. Then I can see it at least 3 more times without having to justify my current movie obsession. ("You're going to see Return of the King again!")
If I really like a movie, I try to see it at least 3 times. (1) for the "big screen" experience; (2) to support the movie with my $$$. Other than purchasing the DVD, I feel that it is one way I can "vote" for good movies.


timrew - Jan 16, 2004 10:33 am (#1671 of 2753)

Okay, I managed to write a Harry Potter reference into the pantomime I'm writing!

Basically, there are two witches in it: the good witch, Marlene (Merlin's sister - don't ask!), and the bad witch Queen Mab. In this bit, Marlene is talking to King Arthur.....

Arthur: Merlin never told me he had a witch for a sister. The only other witch I’ve heard tell of is Queen Mab; and I believe she’s a nasty piece of Work!

Marlene: Yep, as nasty as they come; and I should know. I went to school with her, but we were in different houses. I was in Gryffindor and she was in Slytherin!


Flame Alligator - Jan 16, 2004 10:41 am (#1672 of 2753)

Madam Poppy, what a great idea!! Now I have an excuse to check out movies in the theatres more than once. I definitely want to see LotR,RotK again.


Brandon Christopher - Jan 16, 2004 11:07 am (#1673 of 2753)

Flame, I'm sorry but I couldn't live without red meat. I would rather starve than never eat red meat again, such is my addiction.

Nice job with the script Tim.

Madam P. I am just like your daughter, I refuse to see movies by myself. But I prefer to do everything with other people. I prefer working out with a group, going to concerts with friends, working in groups instead of by myself. It's weird because I don't go out much, but when I do I want to be surrounded by my friends.


mollis - Jan 16, 2004 11:13 am (#1674 of 2753)

Oh, I am all for doing things surrounded by friends, but sometimes being surrounded by friends isn't possible. And yes, Flame, it was liberating going to the movie alone. I actually had a conversation with another lady who was there by herself about the movie (it was her 3rd time!). But I recommend taking along a book or someother reading material to pass the waiting time, if you are like me a get to the movies early. Hate to miss the POA trailer!!! But unfortunately, due to the new diet, I didn't get to enjoy the popcorn all to myself. I did smuggle in some water and veggies though!


Flame Alligator - Jan 16, 2004 11:20 am (#1675 of 2753)

Brandon, I don't go out much either and my husband hates to go to theatres. So I go with my godson who is great joy to me rambunctious as he is. I spend most of my time studying, reading, working and doing yoga.

I completely understand your taste/love of red meat.

Good luck on the Linkin Park passes. During my meditation, I'll send some good vibes your way.

Mollis, I always smuggle in dried pineapple slices for myself and organic gummy worms and bears for my godson. Maybe we shouldn't talk about this here as we will have theatre owners checking purses.


Marie E. - Jan 16, 2004 11:52 am (#1676 of 2753)

Oh, I love going to movies by myself. I feel like Madam Poppy does, like you're personally experiencing the story. When I was in college, I used to go to the dollar theater after classes at least twice a week. I just saw Calendar Girls alone and it was great. The only downer was that I went in the middle of the day and there were large groups of friends sitting together and chatting before the movie and here I was with my Junior Mints and popcorn.

I'm thinking about going to see ROTK again, but my husband doesn't like to see movies twice. Even though I have read the books and am fully aware of what was cut out, I still enjoyed the movie.

Good luck Brandon on the backstage passes. I happen to like Linkin Park and am a wee bit jealous.


Brandon Christopher - Jan 16, 2004 12:03 pm (#1677 of 2753)

Marie, depending on where you live you may still be able to get tickets to the show closest to you. I know that there are still some tickets available for most of the shows.


Marè - Jan 16, 2004 3:07 pm (#1678 of 2753)

Woohooo, I went to see Finding Nemo a few days ago and at the theater in my place they begin with a little talk about the movie and the trailers you are going to see....
When the boy in front of the audience told us we were going to see the harry potter trailer I cheered and jumped up and down in my chair. The people next to me were looking at me like I wasn't entirely healthy...

Than the trailer began and from the first few scenes the under half was missing because the movie wasn't projected on the right place....
And then my friend kept having a conversation through it...
but I enjoyed it nonetheless, and I have seen it on my computer so many times I know it by heart anyway.

And then Nemo ended and since I already saw it on my computer and knew that there were going to be some small jokes in the end credits (Mike from Monsters inc. swimming by for example) I wanted to sit it out. So everybody left and the cleaning crew came in and two people for the next movie, and the cleaning guy had to use his headphonetelephonething to call and tell that "there were still some people in the theater". And I would have felt totally alone if it wasn't for the fact that I know that there are some of my fellow forum members who do this too!
Thanks guys, for the mental backup.


Brandon Christopher - Jan 16, 2004 3:13 pm (#1679 of 2753)

I didn't know that Nemo was still in theaters. I've had it on DVD for quite a while now so I figured you couldn't see it in the theater anymore.


Hem Hem - Jan 16, 2004 3:21 pm (#1680 of 2753)

Brandon, Mar~e lives in the Netherlands, where it was probably released several months later than in America.


Brandon Christopher - Jan 16, 2004 3:25 pm (#1681 of 2753)

Ahhh yes, sometimes I forget that we have so many people from different countries here. I didn't realize that movies were released that late in other countries though, I thought it would be fairly close to the original release date.


Marè - Jan 16, 2004 4:00 pm (#1682 of 2753)

Well, I think next week is going to be the last week you can see it in cinema's and it has been there for quit a long time. The difference in time between the original premiere of the movie and us being able to finally see it can be a bit annoying, because with american movies we always have to wait a few months (Except for Lord of the rings, woohooo for LotR!)
But then again, we may get your movies a bit late, but we get them at least, while you are probably not going to get ours at all.
(Okay I admit it, there aren't many, and I'm not so sure you would want to see them , except for the kids movies which have been fabulous the last years, but theoretically you get the point..)

I'll stop blabbering now Goodnight!


Madame Librarian - Jan 16, 2004 6:10 pm (#1683 of 2753)

tim, nice bit of HP referrencing there on your script. You can always have her wear a Gryffindor patch on her costume, too. Are you in charge of costumes, too?

Ciao. Barb


Sly Girl - Jan 16, 2004 6:16 pm (#1684 of 2753)

Are there any Jonathan Creek or Monarch of the Glen fans around here? Just curious. They're my latest favorite thing and I was wondering if I was a lone bird flying out to sea...

I know us Yanks are about a season behind for Monarch of the Glen, though. Sort of annoying that. I can't visit any sites...


Pinky - Jan 16, 2004 7:02 pm (#1685 of 2753)

Love your new pic, Sly.

I wonder how many people will get the joke, Tim, but I think it's great that you slipped that in there. Hopefully you won't have to explain it to the actors....

I can't believe how much chatting has gone on in the last 24 hours. I didn't think I'd ever catch up. This is one of my favoritest threads. My cyber forum family is the best!


Kowalla - Jan 16, 2004 7:51 pm (#1686 of 2753)

Ok, I know I am WAY out of date here, but I just wanted to suggest something for Brandon. Yoga might be a really good idea for most, but considering your past experiences, I think your best bet would be to just stay safe at home curled up with a nice book. Any suggestions? Oh, I'm thinking a mosh pit probably wouldn't be a very good idea either. Just my thoughts there. Good luck.

P.S. I do think that Phreaker (my husband) does have a very nice singing voice.


Brandon Christopher - Jan 16, 2004 7:59 pm (#1687 of 2753)

Ahhh but Kowalla that would take all the fun out of life. Sure reading is cool but where's the excitement of knowing that you're about two feet from a guy twice your size who is being told to kill you. Sports like football where your life is in jeopardy are the best. I mean doesn't that sound like fun to you? And mosh pits are just plain fun, sure you get bruised but that's the worst I've ever gotten. Compared to most of the stuff I do moshing is pretty tame.

Extreme sports are the best!!!


The Great Abbycadabra - Jan 16, 2004 10:15 pm (#1688 of 2753)

Hey, Flame. About that diet. . .OUCH!

Tim, that reference is great! I'm dorky enough to cheer when things like that come up. I also cheer for HP trailers at the movies. It's fun to make people stare.

Sly, I love Jonathan Creek and Monarch of the Glen!! I've been watching Jonathan for some time, and it's so great for me. I love British mysteries (on television and book form) and the magician references are fantastic! I had just started getting into Monarch of the Glen when our satellite died. So, I've only seen two episodes and that was several months ago. I do fully intend to catch up as much as I can whenever we get BBC America back. That and Changing Rooms. Aww, I miss my BBC.


Devika - Jan 17, 2004 12:58 am (#1689 of 2753)

Hey Tim, that was really cool. Are any of your cast members into HP as well?

Lady Nagini, it's great to meet a fellow Indian here too. Of course it doesn't matter if you're American-Indian... people are the same everywhere. Where are you originally from in India? Have you ever been to India?

About diets... well... thankfully I've never had to worry too much about my figure or my weight, but I really need to watch my eating because I have a sensitive tummy... and Indian food being quite heavy doesn't really help. But I work on my own little plan. I like to call it the 75%-80% rule. According to this you should stop eating when you ae 75% full or if the food's really good then at 80%!! I know it's reallly difficult, but if and when it works, I'm quite happy :-)heehee!!


timrew - Jan 17, 2004 2:38 am (#1690 of 2753)

I think as long as about 50% of the audience gets the joke, then it goes in! And, no, Barb, I'm not in charge of costumes; although seeing as I work in textiles, I get asked for the material sometimes!

Abby, when I first read the Potter books and got hooked (quite a latecomer, GoF had just been published); I then gave them to me son, who also became hooked; he passed it on to my wife, who loved them! And she then passed them on to her parents, who loved them also!

So we make quite a tribe going to the cinema when a Harry Potter film comes out!


Flame Alligator - Jan 17, 2004 3:50 am (#1691 of 2753)

Hey Pinky, I am a big Pinky and the Brain fan. Narf!!

I am still looking for a site to purchase some quality HP merchandise. I want a figurine, T-shirt and pajamas. I have been searching and everything looked mediocre. Anybody have any ideas?

It's 0545hrs here and I always feel so alone when I check in at this time.

Fawkes F., I love reading your posts. You always make me smile or laugh.


Pinky - Jan 17, 2004 5:12 am (#1692 of 2753)


I have all the movies. Egad, Flame, you're brilliant!


Sinister Kittens - Jan 17, 2004 6:38 am (#1693 of 2753)

OMG - I simply cannot believe it. I have not had a chance to check the forum for 4 days, and this thread alone had 146 posts!

I just wanted to say, Nimrod - I would just love to see your signed collection, how many do you have? And Tim, nice one! Will you posting the entire script when it's finished so that everyone can read it (that is if we cannot make to it the theatre!)


Flame Alligator - Jan 17, 2004 6:54 am (#1694 of 2753)

Pinky, Where did you get Pinky and the Brain movies? Are they on DVD? I have been looking for them. Narf!!


Sly Girl - Jan 17, 2004 10:56 am (#1695 of 2753)


Monarch of the Glen is very addicting. I try to watch it everyday in the afternoon if I can or if not, I tape it. Eek. It's a full-fledged obession, really. And Jonathan Creek just kills me... it's so smart and funny too. I love it. I'll pray for your BBC America reception to come back!

Flame Alligator... if you go to Google and type in HPWIZARDSTORE.COM you will find a store that has a huge selection of HP stuff. They're usually affordable and have some interesting stuff as well. I will warn you though, it is VERY hard to find adult tee shirts anywhere. Even the WB shop, has only one very lame shirt. (It's a polo, I think) It's getting better though, now at least some places are carrying adult sizes...


Pinky - Jan 17, 2004 2:33 pm (#1696 of 2753)

Flame, go to Amazon.com and type in "Pinky and the Brain." Unfortunately, they are not on DVD. You will get quite a nice selection, but be careful - some of them are in Spanish! There are 4 movies:

1)World Domination Tour (Pavlov's Mice, Brain Meets Brawn, Where Rodents Dare, Tokyo Grows)

2)Mice of the Jungle (Snowball, Welcome to the Jungle, "The Brainstem Song")

3)A Pinky and the Brain Christmas (Duh... one of the Christmas specials, and That Smarts)

4)Cosmic Attractions (Fly, Around the World in 80 Narfs)

Are you pondering what I'm pondering?


Brandon Christopher - Jan 17, 2004 2:43 pm (#1697 of 2753)

It's too bad that they're not on DVD; if they were I'd probably get a couple of them. I used to watch that show all the time, my mom liked it also surprisingly. It's sad that Spongebob is on DVD but Pinky and the Brain isn't. If it ever comes out on DVD I'll definitely get them.


boop - Jan 17, 2004 4:50 pm (#1698 of 2753)

How is the weather out there? Here there is a light snow falling, with the temperature at 20 degrees. What a heat wave! Wow tomorrow a high of 30 tee-shirt weather, compared to 2degress temperature's!


timrew - Jan 17, 2004 5:13 pm (#1699 of 2753)

Sinister Kittens, I'll post the script after the production - that's if it's accepted. It's not a foregone conclusion!

It'll take us another two or three months to write; then the Theatre Committee read it; and then, if they like it, they give it approval, and the read-throughs and the casting start.

After that, rehearsals begin for about 3-4 months, and it will be performed next Christmas, three shows only. This is how it's always been done; but we want the group to advertise, and maybe get the shows up to six or more. We think that three months writing and four months rehearsal should go for longer than three performances!

So far, we've written three pantomimes, and two of them have been accepted for production. The rejected one was set in the USA in the Prohibition Era (our idea). I guess they thought it was a bit 'avant garde' for a pantomime!

So why they've asked for King Arthur And The Knights Of The Round Table for this year, I don't know!


Dragonesss - Jan 17, 2004 7:13 pm (#1700 of 2753)

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I Am Used Vlad - Jan 17, 2004 7:21 pm (#1701 of 2753)

Sinister Kittens, I only have about twenty signed books at this point. Most of them are by Dan Simmons or Orson Scott Card, two of my favorite writers. Fortunately, most of their books don't cost that much even if they're signed.


Lady Nagini - Jan 17, 2004 7:39 pm (#1702 of 2753)

Devika, my mom's from Calcutta and my dad's from a tiny village near Chhatarpur. I've been to India plenty of times, but not in the past few years because I've been so busy with school and soccer and theatre.


The Great Abbycadabra - Jan 17, 2004 11:53 pm (#1703 of 2753)

Tim, my mom got me reading HP in May 2000. She also got my brother, aunt and cousins, and grandmother (who won't touch fantasy with a ten-foot pole) reading them. Usually it's my parents, brother, and I who go to the movies together. My mom, bro, and I cheer at HP, while my dad rolls his eyes. He just doesn't get it.

Sly, I know Monarch of the Glen is addictive. I just saw one episode and couldn't wait for the next. Thanks for your support on the pathetic satellite front.


Sinister Kittens - Jan 18, 2004 3:16 am (#1704 of 2753)

Nimrod, I think that's an excellent hobby do you have them all displayed?

And Tim - that is sooo cool! I am actually really excited for you! I will definitely be keeping my fingers crossed for you (although not when i'm typing because that could be a bit awkward!). The 'pantos' definitely sound different, if the Theatre Committee rejects them could they be re-worked for the Edinburgh Fringe?


Devika - Jan 18, 2004 4:05 am (#1705 of 2753)

Lady Nagini, that's great... are you Bengali?? I'm not but I know a lot of Bengalis. What places have you been to so far in India??

And Tim, that sounds really exciting... I'm wishing the best for you!


timrew - Jan 18, 2004 6:00 am (#1706 of 2753)

Thank you all for your good wishes. I'll let you know (about April) how we get on!


azi - Jan 18, 2004 7:43 am (#1707 of 2753)

Ahhhhh Jonathan Creek! I used to watch that show all the time but now there aren't any more new episodes and they don't even repeat them! The plots were so clever and well planned. I was watching this when I was 10 (over 6 years ago now) and I remember the episodes with the mirrors and the one with the poisoned envelope. Now Monarch of the Glen is good (I really want to live the in house) but I don't watch it often.

Tim, the Edinburgh Fringe would be great! I like Sinister Kittens idea. I went there last year and it was brill! Shows everywhere. One man painted himself white and sat on a toilet reading a newspaper pretending to have constipation and another did a great piece of physical theatre in the middle of the steet which looked brilliant. And I got my sword. Smile


I Am Used Vlad - Jan 18, 2004 11:21 am (#1708 of 2753)

SK, they're in my bookcase. I never read them, of course, so they stay in good condition.


Flame Alligator - Jan 18, 2004 12:59 pm (#1709 of 2753)

Sly Girl and Dragoness thanks for the HP merchandise sites. I am still a bit frustrated as I would love a really good looking T-shirt with Harry doing whatever blazened all over the chest. I am writing a letter to WB to plead and beg. Maybe, if a lot of us wrote to them they would release more merchandise or JKR would at least agree to adult T-shirts. I saw her on 60 Minutes and The Today Show here in the states and she said emphatically that HP is not a children's series but was unable to get published without agree to marketing HP as a children's series. With that said, why can't we adult HP fans at least get a few HP items?

Dragoness, I love your avatar. It makes me smile every time I see it.

Pinky, Egad! I only have a DVD player. I am going to contact Amazon or whomever it concerns and find out if Pinky and the Brain will be coming out of DVD. I use to watch them everyday. I love Pinky. He is so sweet!! The Brain with the voice of Orson Wells made me LOL. he reminds me of my husband, who loved the show too. Do you remember all the "Pinky Words"? I use to know them and they were and inside joke between me and my husband. I have not seen the show in so long that I have forgotten them. If you know them, refresh my memory.

Brandon, You are a guy after my own heart. I love a guy or gal with a broad mélange of interests. (Mosh (sp.?) Pits to HP and Pinky and the Brain. I have observed this about Forum members in general. I enjoy reading and posting here very much.

mollis and Madam Poppy, I am venturing out today and going to the movies by myself. I have been to plays and musicals alone but never the movies. I want to see LotR,RotK one more time on the BIG screen before it comes out of DVD.

By the way, I know a great place to get high quality figurines from LotR. My husband surprised me with a spectacular figurine of Gollum/Smeagol from the films. Now, I want all of them. (heh! heh! Don't get me started.)

I have to go now or I will be late for the movie.


Brandon Christopher - Jan 18, 2004 1:07 pm (#1710 of 2753)

Are they pre-sculpted and painted figurines Flame? I used to build and paint a lot of models and still have a few LotR figures I never quite finished. I might get back into it if I can find some cool looking models or figures that can be painted.

Gundam models are the coolest just because they look so awesome. I still have all of mine on display in my room (right next to my HP books actually.)

P.S. Flame, I have my parents to thank for me being so well rounded. If they weren't so open minded about everything then I wouldn't like as many things as I do.


Denise P. - Jan 18, 2004 2:18 pm (#1711 of 2753)

Flame, an alternative to waiting on WB to come out with a shirt is to find an image you want on a shirt and then make the shirt. I took the unofficial Forum logo that Mare made (I think it was Marè), printed it on iron on paper and then put it on a shirt to wear when I went to pick up OoP. It gets plenty of wear and it still looks good.


Sly Girl - Jan 18, 2004 2:58 pm (#1712 of 2753)

Yeah, it was Mare who made that logo, Denise. Fine job she did too.

Hey, Azi- I am so SAD by the fact that Jonathan Creek is no more! Ack! Why did you have to tell me this? (sob) They still play it on BBC America... not that that helps you any. I don't think the episodes are new either, come to think of it. Drat!!

And yes, I would love to live in Glen Bogle as well.. specifically with Archie as the laird... *wink*


timrew - Jan 18, 2004 3:18 pm (#1713 of 2753)

I posted this on the Recommended Viewing thread; but I also want to post it here......

It's confession time. I finally went to see ROTK. Okay, I know I said I wasn't going; but two close friends of mine, who have read the books repeatedly, said that I had to go and see it, it was so good. So I went on their recommendation.

By and large, I thought it was a great film. Still miss the Scouring of the Shire, and like you said, Sue (Dr. Filibuster), it got a bit drawn out and mawkish at the end, especially the scene where Frodo is in bed and all the old gang troupe in, one by one - a bit like the Hagrid scene at the end of COS. But I have say, I'm glad I went.

Also, my son tells me that the DVD (when it comes out) is going to run for approximately five hours! I think this means there'll be over one and a half hours of extended scenes. So that will definitely be on my Christmas list!


boop - Jan 18, 2004 3:22 pm (#1714 of 2753)

Freshwater- Where have all the Potties gone? Well now I can't get that song out of my head. I had to get my cd of Peter, Paul, and Mary out and play that song. I'm not sure who recorded it first. Don't feel bad I was born in 1960, so that music is great. This whole cd is fun it is full of camp fire sing along.


Sinister Kittens - Jan 18, 2004 3:22 pm (#1715 of 2753)

Tim - I'm glad you went to see it. Personally I discovered that I really am a purist at heart when it comes to the adaptation. But taken in it's own rite, it is still a good film! (Just don't get me started on how long it takes to get into a boat!)


Gina R Snape - Jan 18, 2004 4:00 pm (#1716 of 2753)

Tim, what happens in the Scouring of the Shire scene that you miss it so? I'd just like to know what I'm missing...


Brandon Christopher - Jan 18, 2004 4:26 pm (#1717 of 2753)

Basically the gang goes back to the shire after the ring is destroyed and find it utter turmoil. Highlight this if you want a huge spoiler from the book: the gang, namely (Frodo, Sam, Merry, and Pippin) raise the shire and oust the "Ruffians" who have taken over. They then proceed to find the "Chief" and "Sharkey" who have run the whole show. It turns out that Saruman himself is Sharkey and Wormtongue is helping him yet again. Both are killed in the skirmish that follows. Wormtongue himself kills Saruman and the army of hobbits kills Wormtongue. The gang has managed to save the shire and lives happily ever after until Frodo goes on his epic voyage over the great sea. Sam eventually follows and that is the end of the tale of the LotR.

That's the scouring of the shire and the end of the books. One of the longest ending books ever... and the movie is even worse.


Gina R Snape - Jan 18, 2004 5:29 pm (#1718 of 2753)

Thank you, Brandon. Frankly, I thought the movie had so many "false" endings, I'm glad they didn't include this bit.


timrew - Jan 18, 2004 5:43 pm (#1719 of 2753)

You've seen the movie, Brandon? I must admit, being a big fan of the books (I must have read them 20 times at least!), I was not looking forward to the film. In fact, I was doing my utmost to avoid it.

But, I have to admit, I was pleasantly surprised by the third one, despite the non-inclusion of The Scouring of the Shire.

I can see why certain aspects of the book have to be severely altered in order to adapt them to film. From hating Peter Jackson for destroying my illusion of the books, I am now beginning to understand why he has done it. Certain parts of the books do not adapt well to film.

Okay, I would have done several parts differently, but I applaud him for his effort.

Also, it might be a long time before someone attempts it again!


Brandon Christopher - Jan 18, 2004 5:49 pm (#1720 of 2753)

I actually thought that this would have pulled the ending together. I mean it dragged on anyways they could have taken out the whole reunion scene and added the "Scouring of the Shire" instead. This might have kept people a little more tuned into the ending; I know that I zoned out. I think we got the picture after the first fifteen minutes: "they're gonna live happily ever after," we get it already!!! Twenty minutes later I'm still sitting in my chair waiting for the movie to end, I mean that was absolutely horrendous.

Okay enough of my LotR bashing, other than the ending that was a great movie. But it seemed like a Stephen King book: great plot and structure but an absolutely horrible ending. Okay now I'm done with my LotR bashing.

Jackson did an overall great job but that ending is what's going to forever stick in my mind.

Edit: Yes Tim, I have seen the movie. And I've read the books once and only once; JRR's writing style didn't really please my palette. Dragged on a little to much in some parts, the movie showed this in a few spots.


Dragonesss - Jan 18, 2004 6:29 pm (#1721 of 2753)

Thank You, Flame Alligator! I look almost exactly like my avatar.

Finding adult size T-shirt with big and colorful HP pictures is not an easy task. Warner Bros Studio Stores had quite a few, but they all suddenly went out of business.


Pinky - Jan 18, 2004 6:50 pm (#1722 of 2753)

Flame, for anything Pinky and the Brain related, check out: http://www.snowball.frogspace.net/labnotes/ Take your time to click on the links and look around. I'm not sure what you meant by the "Pinky words", but they'll be on here! The AYPWIP link is a list of all the "Are you pondering what I'm pondering?" lines.

Does anyone still have the link to Mare's unofficial logo? I thought I had it, but I can't find it. I have the picture on my hard drive... I've never posted a picture before, so I'm off to the "How do you" thread to see if there's a way. We have so many new members, that I'm sure they'd love to see Marè's creative logo.


I Am Used Vlad - Jan 18, 2004 7:33 pm (#1723 of 2753)

I would love to see this logo. I hope you figure it out.


Hem Hem - Jan 18, 2004 7:44 pm (#1724 of 2753)

The logo can be found, along with background conversation, at the "Friend of Squid Buttons" thread on the FanFic Forum: http://wc1.worldcrossing.com/WebX?128@@.1ddcc855 . There are a few links to different versions of the logo sprinkled throughout the entire thread, which is why I linked the "all messages" version of it.

Here's (I think) the picture you might be referring to. It's beautiful, mare! http://www.composthoop.nl/saus/steffie/forumnacht.jpg

Hope this is helpful to everybody! Enjoy!


I Am Used Vlad - Jan 18, 2004 8:54 pm (#1725 of 2753)

Thanks, Hem Hem and Mare. I would love to have that on a T-shirt.


Fawkes Forever - Jan 19, 2004 2:01 am (#1726 of 2753)

Awwww Shucks Flame thats a really nice complement .... & you have just made my day. It's a dark cold monday morning, so thats really cheered me up ... will be running round all day with a silly grin on my face .. hee hee!

Tim, excellent script work ... when I read it, I imagined all the little kids (& big kids too) cheering in the audience (I know I would) & what with the films, I'm sure most of the audience will get the joke ... can't wait to read the script now... but don't forget to copywrite it

Oh & I'm delighted you went to see ROTK. Like yourself I had my misgivings over the editing of the book, but I agree that some parts of the book would not translate to the film ... I did wonder what happened to the scene where Pippin & Eowyen are recovering in the 'sick bay', & the whole Faramir & Eowyen 'friendship'? Perhaps it was considered not important enough, & that a quick grin from Faramir to Eowyen at the wedding scene was enough to signify 'something more'.

Despite myself I loved the film & cannot wait to see the extended version ... after all, they made a good job of the other two extended films, I just wish they'd drop the 'Panto Finale' in Frodos room

I can just imagine that script ...

Scene : Frodo's recovery. Frodo lays in bed, recovering after his ordeal, & Gandalf watches over him (I think ... sorry only seen it once)

Enter the two 'comedy hobbits', Merry & Pippin, running, skipping & laughing, followed by 'comedy Dwarf' Gimili, who stops at door, breaks into a hearty laugh, then the enters room. Enter 'stunt Elf' Legolas, who also stops at the door, barely cracks a smile (sure thats just not Elfin ) & then walks, sorry glides into room. Then enter (fanfare please) Aragon 'The King' (with washed hair .. hurrah) & last but not least 'ol Samwise, complete with sheepish smile! All turn to stage front, take bow & exeunt stage left (probably left someone out here... sorry!)

All rumours that the inclusion of Boromirs ghost to the list of persons entering the room to take a bow are unfounded ...

Maybe I should point out here (seeing as text does not indicate tone), that yes indeed I am joking

Hee hee, sorry to go off on a tirade so early in the week.... it's just that I'm in a good mood... even though it is monday (Thanks Flame) Or perhaps it's my early morning coffee buzz... Hmmm, maybe I should book myself into St Mungos for a spell (hee hee, geddit... a spell) ... ok I really do think I should go now ... Purge and Dowse, Ltd ... here I come


Marè - Jan 19, 2004 6:53 am (#1727 of 2753)

What can I add to this thread about RotK that hasn't been said before? I agree with all of you, but look at the bright side.... they could have decided to make it into one movie, they could have decided to, oh well, I don't know, anything basically. A positive note: great casting!!!

And Tim, I heard there were going to be 45 minutes of extra scenes to the DVD. My mother and me are already looking forward to the marathon we are going to hold when the DVD comes out. We are going to start in the morning and watch all the three extended DVD's after each other. Father and brother are going to watch it with us wether they want it or not :evil grin:
I hope there are going to be some extra scenes on Faramir and Eowyn, but for now I just saw their smile at the end as "inside secret" for all the people who actually read the book.

And I'm glad that people are still enjoying the Squid picture, I already forgot I had it.

And Fawkes you would be most welcome in St. Mungo's..... it's polyjuice potion week!


Flame Alligator - Jan 19, 2004 7:46 am (#1728 of 2753)

NoVeil4Me, Thanks for the iron-on paper idea. Now, I can make my own T-shirt. Ooooh! I'm so excited about the possibilities. I think I'll make several. Thanks so much. I'm gushing here.

Pinky, Thank you for the site for Pinky and the Brain items. I am so delighted to get all this information.

Brandon, The LotR figurines are prepainted beautifully. They look like the actors as the characters in the films, exquisite sculpting. If you did not like the LotR films, you might not like the figurines.

mare, I am most definitely going to make a T-shirt with your logo on it. It is beautiful, whimsical and fun.

I went to say LotR,RotK alone. This was my second viewing and I must say I did not enjoy it as much the second time around. The first viewing I wanted to see what they did with the story. This time I was more critical. I completely zoned out during the "false" endings. I am a big fan of the books. I usually try to judge a film as a film because not everything can transfer to the screen. I liked the first two films the best. LotR,TTT was my favorite. Perhaps, I enjoy the arch of a story the best. I suppose I like the peak, the struggle. At the end, all loose ends are tied and there is peace, happily ever after. If I wasn't so enthralled with HP, I would be rereading LotR.

mollis, Madam Poppy, it was liberating to go alone. I missed my godson being by my side just a little.

To all you yogis out there: Get up from your computer for just a minute and do a sun salute (arms straight up) and a standing forward bend.

My pleasure Fawkes.


Pinky - Jan 19, 2004 8:15 am (#1729 of 2753)

Ahhh, Marè. Any true member of the forum would never forget the Giant Squid logo. The one I have saved to my hard drive is on a white background - not the night sky one. It's also a lot smaller! There's so many inside jokes on that logo - like Thumper! - that anyone not in the forum would have a hard time understanding it. *evil grin* It's ours! our own! our precioussss . . .

Edit: I knew I liked the Queen for some reason.... check this out: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/norfolk/3410421.stm Who would have thought she was a Harry Potter fan?


mollis - Jan 19, 2004 9:30 am (#1730 of 2753)
Edited by Jan 19, 2004 9:31 am

Well, Tim, I am thrilled that you broke down and decided to see ROTK. I had a feeling you might. How long until the extended version comes out???

Flame, I am glad you have been liberated to solo movie excursions! Way to go!

And Pinky, cute article. One more for our side!!!!


Sly Girl - Jan 19, 2004 9:36 am (#1731 of 2753)

Pink! Your new avatar is KILLING me.

And Tim~! Woohoo. You broke down. As I knew you would. (wink)

You know it's funny, the first time I saw ROTK the ending didn't bother me. It just felt natural to have the time period of the audience saying 'goodbye' to these characters we've come to love and know, be extra long. I mean, I think some part of my brain knew it was indulgent, but I didn't mind it. I've spent the last three years entrenched in the movie-world (and book, but to a lesser extent, admittedly) that was created so I enjoyed every last minute with all of them...

But on the 2nd showing of the film, I did realize the fade outs were a bit.. well... tweedy. My only thought on that really is that Peter was indulgent and gave it the ending he wanted. I know it's wrong to a certain extent for him to do that with someone elses material, but I can't really hold him against the wood for that either. No one wanted to really put these movies out like he wanted to do them and he took a cast of relatively unknowns and made the movie about the charactes and not the big named actors and the rest.

Just my two knuts. Wink


Flame Alligator - Jan 19, 2004 9:58 am (#1732 of 2753)

Sly Girl, You are so right. The first time I watch LotR, RotK, I didn't mind the long good-bye. Perhaps because I knew it was coming, I just could not concentrate on it the second time around. I have watched the first two films on DVD ad nauseam. I love the characters. Maybe a long good bye kiss wasn't so bad. Would you not kiss a dear friend a long time?

mollis, Here in the states, the extended version usually comes out about 6 months after initial release.


mollis - Jan 19, 2004 10:08 am (#1733 of 2753)

Flame - Yes, but the first two extended editions didn't come out until November (11 months after initial release!) And they were pushed to be out before the next installment. So either, it will be out earlier since there are no move movies to work on, or later, since they aren't pushed by a deadline. I'm hoping for sooner!


Marè - Jan 19, 2004 10:36 am (#1734 of 2753)

But if later means more, I'll wait!!!


timrew - Jan 19, 2004 10:52 am (#1735 of 2753)

Can anyone help out on this? My son, Matthew, says that there is a scream in ROTK, that has been used in all the LOTR films, and also all the Star Wars films. I think he said it was in a few other films as well. He notices things like this, he's a Sound Engineer!

In ROTK, it's when Legolas climbs up the oliphaunt (elephant), and dislodges an orc (or Southron) who falls to the ground. As he falls he does, "The Scream". He told me before I went to see the film, so I listened out for it.....it's quite distinctive.

So what he wants to know is, is there a reason for using this particular scream, why is it used so often, when was it used originally, that sort of thing. Any ideas?

BTW, nice one Fawkes! If I ever do a panto of LOTR, can I use that scene?

A panto of LOTR.....?
The Balrog's behind you!
Oh, no it isn't!
Oh, yes it is!

Sorry, anyone outside the UK. You're probably all thinking, what's that idiot on about?


Brandon Christopher - Jan 19, 2004 11:03 am (#1736 of 2753)

Mollis and Marè, the extended version will most likely be released at a later date than the standard DVD. The reason for this is just smart marketing. They get people to buy the standard movie because they don't want to wait for the extended version. But when the extended version comes out the people want it also. So if the extended version comes out right away then people won't buy the standard version of the movie. They need to spread out the release dates for maximum profit, standard DVD first then a few months later comes the extended version. It's all about money really.

Edit: sorry Mollis, I haven't heard any release date yet.


mollis - Jan 19, 2004 11:09 am (#1737 of 2753)
Edited by Jan 19, 2004 11:10 am

I know all that! I just wanted to know if anybody had heard a release date for the extended version. Or any estimates for a release. Of course they'll release the theater version first and the extended version a month or two later. That's why I currently own 4 LOTR movies. I got sucked in twice and bought the theater version knowing full well that I was going to buy the extended version later.

So apparently nobody has heard anything about when the extended edition will be out, so I'll just wait patiently. (Yeah, right! )


Pinky - Jan 19, 2004 12:36 pm (#1738 of 2753)

Hee, hee, Sly. Do you want to know where I got my avatar? It's from a website that you originally posted. With polyjuice potion week cranking up to full blast in St. Mungo's, my avatar will be changing periodically. But I'm not telling you where the website is... at least not yet. *evil grin*


Marè - Jan 19, 2004 1:19 pm (#1739 of 2753)

Aaah you fell for it Mollis... but since you own both copies I can ask you this question: In the Fellowship, at the moment were they meet Haldir at Lorien. (the funny scene where he says that thing about the dwarve breathing so loudly). In the extended DVD they added an introduction scene wich makes a total catastrophy of the flow of the movie: The fellowship goes from sunny surroundings to dark and back to light again. But I have the feeling that in the extended version they also cut a piece (a sentence or two) that was in the original movie to make place for this extra scene. But I don't own the theater version... (I'm not a patient person, I just don't have a large enough budget for two dvd's of the movie....yet...) So if you ever have extra time or when you are exceptionally bored, would you care to check? Because not knowing for sure if I'm right or wrong bugs me... (yeah I know I'm a goon... )


Sinister Kittens - Jan 19, 2004 3:55 pm (#1740 of 2753)

Tim - I think I know the moment you are talking about. There is an echoing type of scream which is rather reminiscent of the second (of the original) part of the trilogy (hhmmm I think, it's been a while). Before Luke becomes Vadar, anyway there is a similar sort of scream. Is it during the original desert scene when they they rescue Hans Solo? Or should you all just cart me off St. Mungos now?

EDIT - FF - I just read your thoughts on the pronunciations on the Bellatrix thread, I sooo giggled throughout most of them! I thought it was just me, but I have never even thought that words could be said so many ways!


Dr Filibuster - Jan 19, 2004 4:48 pm (#1741 of 2753)

Tim, all that mental anguish over whether or not to see Return of the King, and now you can relax because....it's behind you (warning: that's the first of many)

On the viewing thread you spoke of Tim Spall's accent. Now I have to confess that I only realisied he was not from Birmingham a few weeks ago. I thought all the other stuff I'd seen him in was not his own accent. DOH! I even posted something on a thread once about how great it was to have someone from another part of the UK in the films.


timrew - Jan 19, 2004 5:49 pm (#1742 of 2753)

Jules, I was talking to Matthew about it tonight, and he told me about each scene it was in in Star Wars - I forget which film is which!

There is a scene where Luke is trying to rescue Laya, and they are swinging over a very long drop. Luke (or it could be Laya), shoots a Storm Trooper and as he falls he lets out the scream.

The other time I can remember is during the Battle at the Senlach (I might have spelt it wrong!) Pit. Matt thinks it's either Boba Fett or one of the other characters, who gets shot and falls into the jaws of the Beasty Thing. They let out the same scream.

Thanks for your input.

Sue, ROTK is indeed behind me - until I buy the DVD!


boop - Jan 19, 2004 6:24 pm (#1743 of 2753)

Just finished watching American Idol. If you want to get some laughs just watch the next 2 nights. If you have not watched the show before the auditions are so funny!!!Hey one of the Weasely twins made it in the auditions. He is tall and has red hair, and has a great singing voice!! Tomorrow the auditions are held in Atlanta.


Blast - Jan 19, 2004 6:58 pm (#1744 of 2753)

Abby my grandfather was in Egypt in World War 1. He found a lot of things there but the army took everything from the soldiers and burned them. Some might call Carter a theif, but at least it was kept in Egypt instead of being destroyed or carted off to other countries, like it was before,i.e. bust of Nefertiti.


I Am Used Vlad - Jan 19, 2004 8:45 pm (#1745 of 2753)

timrew, the scene where Luke and Leia are swinging over the drop is near the end of the first "Star Wars." The second scene you mention is at the beginning of "Return of the Jedi," when Luke and Leia are rescuing Han from Jabba the Hut.

Where is the scream in the other LotR movies? I'm intrigued and want to watch these scenes one after another.


Sly Girl - Jan 19, 2004 9:00 pm (#1746 of 2753)

I believe the name for that scream is called 'the Wilhelm' and I think it was even used in COS. But I could be confusing it with another scream they try to use.


The Great Abbycadabra - Jan 19, 2004 10:50 pm (#1747 of 2753)

Blast, ugh. I think I may cry. Nothing pains me more than knowing that history, no matter the significance, has been destroyed. I've certainly always given props to Carter about Tut's treasures staying in Egypt. Though there is quite the backstory to that--oodles of controversy. Anyway, I've always said that if anyone else had found Tut, we probably wouldn't be able to see half of what's in the Egyptian Museum today.


Fawkes Forever - Jan 20, 2004 12:50 am (#1748 of 2753)

Tim, yes indeedy you may use that scene in a LOTR panto, but one catch, if you're doing a LOTR panto I'd definitely have to be in it... random orc #81 Sounds like fun though... hmmm, if I get bored enough I might write one myself this weekend, just for the hey of it!

Sue, I must admit I thought Timothy Spall was a brummy too, infact I just found out there now ... whoops

SK, that pronounciation guide cracks me up, I listened to it here at work yesterday, & my colleagues where wondering why I was giggling so much


Joost! - Jan 20, 2004 1:23 am (#1749 of 2753)

I see you can't find the St. Mungo’s thread, FF. It's on the Fan Fiction Forum:

St. Mungo's


Fawkes Forever - Jan 20, 2004 1:25 am (#1750 of 2753)

Aha, I was looking in the wrong place.... thanks Joost!

EDIT : hmmmm I'm not even recognising myself as Pet... hee hee! Just been to St Mungo’s, Joost, & spied a rather nice floral dress in the window of Purge & Dowse .... help I think I'm turning into Pet, but Polyjuice can't do that... can it

Might change later ... so long as St Mungo;s keeps handing out the free Polyjuice cocktails![/color]
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Joost! - Jan 20, 2004 3:58 am (#1751 of 2753)

I hope there's a "Use your old avatar and keep it" week in the near future. I'm having a lot of trouble recognizing members...


Brandon Christopher - Jan 20, 2004 4:08 am (#1752 of 2753)

Seriously!!! I completely agree Joost, I thought I was changing my avatar to often but this is just way to confusing. I've been making sure to check the names instead of just looking at the avatars like I used to. Not that I really have choice though considering I don't recognize any of the new avatars anyways. When you get used to a certain picture with a name then it suddenly changes and you get used to that, then it changes it again and you start to get used to that one, then it changes again. Ugh... very frustrating.


Fawkes Forever - Jan 20, 2004 6:15 am (#1753 of 2753)

Constant Vigilance, as Moody would say ... The changing avatars are certainly keeping me on my toes... sorry guys if it's getting confusing. I've failed to recognise myself twice now.. but it is the first time I've changed my avatar since joining in September!

However I'm already bored with being a Polyjuiced Petunia, I haven't found out any of her secrets yet, the house is dusted from top to bottom & I don't really want to be here when Vernon gets home from work So it may change again .... hee hee!


Flame Alligator - Jan 20, 2004 7:13 am (#1754 of 2753)

Ahhh Fawkes, I miss the laughing dog. I must say, after the initial confusion, I'm starting to enjoy the changing avatars. I certainly am remembering the names. Aunt Petunia through me for a loop. Where are you getting them? I just want to collect some as I plan on keeping my current avatar for a while.


Marè - Jan 20, 2004 7:51 am (#1755 of 2753)

I might change back to a turtle after ployjuice week, because I was bored with the dolphin anyway. Allthough I do like this picture too, she looks so strict, am I scaring people out of the library already?

I find the changing avatars realy good for me, I used to look to avatars too much. They make it easy to recognise people, give them sort of a personality. But if you take that the other way around, it takes me much longer to "recognise" people without an avatar.
Especially when people have no outstanding names, or names related to the book or similar to other members their names. Then you have to "get to know them" without a visual aid and with only the help of the personality that comes through their writing.
And in general that's not so easy (there are exceptions off course).
With all these chances I feel I have to pay attention much more, and I think that's good for getting to know the non-avatarian around here a bit better!


Fawkes Forever - Jan 20, 2004 8:41 am (#1756 of 2753)

Flame, I did a search for Aunt Petunia on Google, couldn't find any, so I chopped up a Dursley family photo.

This is where I sourced my picture ... http://www.thealmightyguru.com/Reviews/HarryPotter/?Film
There are quite a few pictures there.

There are pictures too on The Leaky Cauldron, http://www.the-leaky-cauldron.org/ & MuggleNet, http://www.mugglenet.com/

There are also a lot of photos on Daniel.Radcliffe.com or something like that & rupert.grint.com (Not sure of the actual addresses) but I don't really look at those in work.... some of my colleges might get the wrong idea & think I'm looking for a toyboy .... lol! Other websites fall foul of the 'Draco\Harry\Ron is sooooo hooot' syndrome, for obvious reasons I tend to avoid them

Methinks I shall take some more polyjuice potion tomorrow, seeing as I did not find out any of Pet's secrets ... just nipping out before Vernon returns from work Hmmm, whos secrets shall I attempt to delve into tomorrow ....


Madame Librarian - Jan 20, 2004 8:48 am (#1757 of 2753)

(Sniff) I'm a sad one today. My son went back to Boston for 2nd semester, and my husband got on a plane for Washington, DC (works there 4 days a week). I feel abandoned. It's OK now at work, but, boy, is the house going to be creepy/empty when I get home. Oh, well, I'll just stay near the Forum and let you folks keep me company.

By Friday when the husband gets home, I'll be used to owning the joint again, and will have reverted to sleeping diagonally in the bed, putting the milk in the fridge where I want it, eating whatever I wish for dinner (no real cooking, yay!), and the like. These swings are just too much! I hope his next assignment (he's a consultant, what else?) is local.

My college boy, however, is greatly missed. It's different when it's your kid and they're growing up and more independent. Ya gotta let 'em go at some point.

Well, thanks for letting me cry on your shoulders, I feel a little better.

On the avatar issue--I'm going to stick with the yellow book for a bit longer (maybe forever), but a little part of me would love to have everyone post real photographs of themselves. Ooooh, tooo scary. I do love all the creative pics and artwork, so I guess I don't mind being a bit more attentive when reading.

Ciao. Barb


Fawkes Forever - Jan 20, 2004 8:54 am (#1758 of 2753)

I don't want to be giving you nightmares Barb But I know what you mean... would be very exciting to see what everyone really looks like

Getting the house to yourself is great... I live with my sister & she's away at the moment ... sometimes I'm bored, but I can watch my Harry Potter DVD's & LOTR extended bits & bobs to my heart’s content, with no interruptions!


Flame Alligator - Jan 20, 2004 10:10 am (#1759 of 2753)

I just got back from Avatarity. It was quite a "shopping trip" I collected PoA pics and a few others. My files are bulging. This took my mind off my sick kitty. She'll be alright in a few days just a minor infection. Then she will be back to jumping in my lap while I'm on the forum.

Madamn Librarian, I would love to see real photos of everyone too but, then we would miss all the fun with avatars. The avatars say quite a bit about us.

Fawkes, Thanks for the sites. I am going to hate to see the polyjuice potion wear off. We almost never see Aunt Pet on the Forum. When is polyjuice week over? I think I'll participate. Sorry, Brandon. Just for a week, then I'll go back to Harry and Hedwig. Of course, you will see a lot of Harry. I adore him.

Mare, I love your avatar. She could be a young McG.

I need to get off here so I can do some HP reading and take care of my kitkat before I'm off to teach yoga (2 classes back to back). I will be so relaxed when I get home. Only thing I find equally relaxing is reading HP.


Gina R Snape - Jan 20, 2004 10:45 am (#1760 of 2753)

Well, a week is highly subjective round here. Could be this weekend, could be later...

I think it would be great if everyone posted their own pictures, but I strongly doubt everyone would cooperate.

Nevertheless, my darling Severus will make an appearance shortly. If I have the time, I will post another photo of us on holiday. But wish me luck, everyone. I will be spending the next week crafting my essay for PhD applications. They are due 1 February!


boop - Jan 20, 2004 11:03 am (#1761 of 2753)

Barb, Sometimes I wish I knew what it was like to have the whole house to myself! I have my eldest daughter and granddaughter that live with me, and before May 2003 my middle daughter, husband, and daughter lived with me as well. I had a house full!! My daughter does not get the court ordered support, because they don't enforce the support order. Sorry that just a sour subject of mine.

Barb, Just pamper yourself this week!!!

Flame- Hope that kitty feels better soon!


Madame Librarian - Jan 20, 2004 11:14 am (#1762 of 2753)

Thanks, boop. I certainly know how to pamper myself. And, I should be used to it, my kid's in his 2nd year in college and my husband has been traveling like this for 2 years. It's just especially hard when Jordan (the kid) has been home for the last 4 weeks on winter break. I sort of got accustomed to his face again. I did not, however, get accustomed to the huge (!) grocery bill. Wow.

Also, for what it's worth: All you parents of young ones out there take heed, two years at a fine academic institution does not instill a deep understanding of and a clear generosity of spirit with regards to taking out the garbage!!! One cannot relinquish one's role as head nag just because the kid makes Dean's List.

Ciao. Barb


Marè - Jan 20, 2004 11:17 am (#1763 of 2753)

I like your aunt Pet, Fawkes, she's original!
And thanks Flame, it took me ages to find this picture, in the movie I saw this woman at the teachers table, and I knew right away that I wanted a hat like that! Now that I found out it was Mme Pince and I found a picture, I still have to find that hat

And Gina, I really like to see your Hermione side :evil grin: We don't get to see her that often, do we?


Madame Librarian - Jan 20, 2004 11:28 am (#1764 of 2753)

Mare, that's Mme. Pince??!! I always thought Mme. Pince's description was (in the book) quite different. You know, more like what many people visiualize when they think "librarian"--dowdy, frumpy, over-60, perpetually frowning and shushing. (Am I overly sensitive to this? Noooo, not I.) I will try to check this when I get home.

At any rate, I thought that was Mme. Sinistra. But since it's the film version, who knows?

Ciao. Barb


azi - Jan 20, 2004 11:32 am (#1765 of 2753)

Madam Pince? Sinistra? I thought the picture looked more like my impression of McGonagall than them! I always thought of Pince as looking old and cat-like with long grey hair and glasses (not a stereotypical librarian).

No, that’s definitely how I thought McGonagall would look.


Gina R Snape - Jan 20, 2004 11:38 am (#1766 of 2753)

Nevertheless, that is a picture of Mdm. Pince from CoS. In fact, the first time I saw CoS I got jealous wondering who was this exotic and gothic looking woman sitting next to Severus Snape in the Great Hall!

My Hermione side, Mare? Well, yes, I am sending in my applications which is extremely Hermione-like come to think of it. But the point was, we found her hair in his private storeroom! Definitive proof she's been pinching Snape's supplies, sneaking into his storeroom without his permission!!!!


azi - Jan 20, 2004 11:45 am (#1767 of 2753)

Madam Pince was in CoS? I never saw her. Maybe I was asleep at the time. I didn't think I was asleep that long.


Gina R Snape - Jan 20, 2004 12:05 pm (#1768 of 2753)

Well, she didn't have any lines. But she was still in the film, nonetheless. I'm not surprised you didn't see her.


Lynn Allen - Jan 20, 2004 1:03 pm (#1769 of 2753)

Hi Friends, I'd like to ask you folks a totally unrelated question, since this is where we are supposed to do such things. (Right?) No, that wasn't the question. :-) This is: While reading Lexicon entries about HP timelines there is mention of a timeline on the Book 2 DVD. Unfortunately I went through both disks and can't find anything resembling a timeline. Am I being oblivious to something? (The latter is very possible! Happens all the time!) Thanks! Lynn


Gina R Snape - Jan 20, 2004 1:07 pm (#1770 of 2753)

Lynn, you have to pop the disk into your computer. It only works on newer PCs with a DVD-ROM drive. Older ones, and Macs, can't read it.


icthestrals  - Jan 20, 2004 1:09 pm (#1771 of 2753)

If I remember reading here somewhere, I don't think you can find it by playing it as a DVD. I think you have to put it into your computer and access the timeline that way. Someone else needs to verify this.

I do remember that I felt relieved after finding that out. I thought I was going crazy.

Oops, someone beat me to it!


Marè - Jan 20, 2004 1:12 pm (#1772 of 2753)

Yes this is a picture of Mme Pince, maybe it was a librarian who casted her, Madame Librarian? some-one who wanted to get rid of the old prejudices... I don't know. But I do know this woman isn't book based..

Third edit: What happened to my second edit? O well, the point is, there are a lot of us around... chattroom?


mollis - Jan 20, 2004 2:11 pm (#1773 of 2753)

Okay Marè, I have completed the research you requested comparing the Fellowship regular and extended DVDs. You are correct. There is dialogue missing in the extended version. In the theater version, after Haldir says the dwarf breathing line, the following lines are said:

Aragorn - (said in elvish) Haldir of Lorien. We come here for help. We need your protection.

Gimli - Aragorn, these woods are perilous. We should go back.

Haldir - You have entered the realm of the Lady of the Wood. You cannot go back. (to Frodo) Come, she's waiting.

Then it goes to them approaching the steps up the tree.

The extended version deletes these lines and jumps straight to the fellowship talking to Haldir up in the trees at night while hiding from the orcs. Hope this helps!!


Marè - Jan 20, 2004 2:41 pm (#1774 of 2753)

Mollis thank you so much! That is one part were I hated the extra scene, they just made a mess of it, and I'm glad to know why I keep having this feeling that i'm missing something.. because I am!

Thank you!


Madame Librarian - Jan 20, 2004 3:03 pm (#1775 of 2753)

septentrion was asking on the Snape #2 thread what the joke was when I used the line "sometimes a cigar is just a cigar" (start with post #403 go to 406). We were discussing whether we had gone overboard in anaylizing JKR's choice of phrase. I'm answering here so as not to clutter up the wrong thread. Here's the source for my quip:

Sigmund Freud taught the world to look for hidden meanings in almost everything, ordinary objects and so forth especially when these objects appeared in our dreams. Given his basic tenet that most of our neuroses and the like are due to issues dealing with sex (sorry, little kids, cover your ears...or not), he often proposed that certain things like cigars, pencils, tall towers, swords, etc. represented...well, um, er...certain parts of our anatomy.

During an interview, he was asked to expound on this theory, and he gave a explanation about the unconscious and universal symbols and so on and so on. He summed it all up with a keen look and a small smile, saying, "Well, you know though, sometimes a cigar is just a cigar."

Even the great analyzer himself agreed that one can sometimes over-analyze.

popkin, was just twisting the joke back on itself, recognizing our tendency to go back and forth on many what-does-it-really-mean issues: it is, no it's not, it is, no it's not.... (popkin, correct me if I over-analyzed your comment.

Sorry, if I took the chat off on a wild ride.

Ciao. Barb


Dragonesss - Jan 20, 2004 3:56 pm (#1776 of 2753)

I've noticed Mdm. Pince sitting next to Severus Snape in CoS too. She would be perfect wife for Severus! (only in the movies, Gina, only in the movies!)


Madame Librarian - Jan 20, 2004 3:57 pm (#1777 of 2753)

Oh, oh, too late to edit. Well, changing the subject anyway. Or, returning to the Mme. Pince question. Here's the her bio from the Lexicon:

What! Chocolate in the library?!?

The film people have certainly made her quite a bit more attractive and much younger. Not that I'm complaining, you understand.

Ciao. Barb


Blast - Jan 20, 2004 4:04 pm (#1778 of 2753)

Barb I miss my eldest very much, but we also have her younger siblings to keep us on our toes. One thing I do know is that I feel the world will be a better place because of her, she is a person that makes a good impression on almost everyone she meets. It is refreshing to hear other parents and people she has met complement us on doing such a good job on raising her. Being a parent can be the most frustrating, nervewracking, and mind bending experience in life, but it is also one of the greatest things one can ever be. When you get a phone call at 11 p.m. and a voice says Dad I love you and miss you, and I'd love to give you a hug, but I'm four thousand miles away, it just makes your day.BTW she is on the honor roll as well. When I can figure out how to do it, I'll get a picture of my gang on the avater.


Gina R Snape - Jan 20, 2004 4:16 pm (#1779 of 2753)

Thank you, Dragoness.

Now you understand why some of us got a little worried when we saw them together. They do look rather fetching sitting next to one another. I wonder if she'll ever get any lines!


Madame Librarian - Jan 20, 2004 4:37 pm (#1780 of 2753)

Blast, thanks for your supportive words. Jordan is my only, so I'm feeling the empty nester blues now. How many kids do you have?

Ciao. Barb


timrew - Jan 20, 2004 5:06 pm (#1781 of 2753)

Gina says, re Mme Pince, 'I wonder if she'll ever get any lines!'

How about 500, saying, 'I must not flirt with Professor Snape.'


Madam Pince - Jan 20, 2004 5:36 pm (#1782 of 2753)

Marè, I love your avatar! Except, it makes me feel like I'm talking to myself when I read your posts......

Don't I wish! She certainly isn't your stereotypical librarian, is she? But it definitely is Madam Pince -- Gina is right, she has no lines but is in the movie a couple of times. I figured it out awhile ago when I saw her name in the credits, and then in looking on some other HP website under "Cast members" or something, I saw this lady Sally Mortimer or Mortensen or what-have-you. In fact, I think I mentioned to Gina that she shouldn't get upset with me just because I was sitting next to Severus!

But seriously, I can't figure why they've cast her. She certainly hasn't been much of a character in the books so far. Maybe she has more in store for us later????


Gina R Snape - Jan 20, 2004 5:54 pm (#1783 of 2753)

Ha ha ha ha ha. Oh, you know Tim. She can flirt. But that's it...

Has anyone seen Amy Alpin? She's turned into Colonel Brandon (although I suspect it's really Anton Mesmer).

Tim, when are you going to drink some polyjuice? You've had that same picture forever!


Pinky - Jan 20, 2004 5:58 pm (#1784 of 2753)

Lynn - a quick note about the COS timeline. There is strong evidence to suggest that it came from the timeline created by our very own Lexicon Steve. You can read it about it on the Lexicon at: http://www.hp-lexicon.org/timelines/timeline-facts.html under the heading "The Official Timeline."


Blast - Jan 20, 2004 6:43 pm (#1785 of 2753)

Four girls Barb, Kristina is twenty two, Kate's fourteen, and Kyra and Samantha will be ten soon. Kyra and Samantha are fraternal, and they are very different. We try to be involved with the kids and hardly do anything not as a family, sports, school, visits, or other activities are usually extended. Our house is kind of like the song by Maddness, as there are usually other children or their moms and dads over. A lot of the older girl's friend's come to talk to my wife about things that they are not comfortable talking with their own moms. My wife listens to them not judging them. She usually can get them to go and talk with their moms. It makes them feel better knowing that someone will listen, give them sound advice, not get angry or tell them that they were wrong. Communication with these children has helped them. Anyone of them is welcome into our home for a chat anytime. It is funny because some of Kristina's friends are still in touch all the time on line, a few went off the deep end a bit, but most seemed to be focused on the future and themselves, but they are very community-minded and almost all volunteer at some level. They all think that I should be in St. Mungos though, but it is all in good fun.


Madame Librarian - Jan 20, 2004 6:59 pm (#1786 of 2753)

Wow, 4 girls. Does your wife ever get to wear any of her own earrings? Chat & Greetings 2004 2222139670 No, really, your family sounds wonderful. Even though we are a teeny family by comparison, we have a great time together. Jack and Jordan a more into LotR, but they think HP is loads of fun, and are impressed with how much I've learned on the Forum (html, slang in other countries, crazy theories on the books).

I'm very lucky that my niece has two little boys, 2 1/2 and 5, and being just a few blocks away, I can get a good dose of kiddie fun any time I want. The older one reminds me of my kid at that age, and it's a little bit like deja vu all over again. I love it!

Ciao. Barb


Blast - Jan 20, 2004 7:19 pm (#1787 of 2753)

Thanks Barb, Boop have you ever contacted any of your elected officials about your daughter's non support? They might be able to steer her in the right direction for help. We tend to think of these elected officials as useless sometimes, but usually their offices should be able to provide some help for her.


I Am Used Vlad - Jan 20, 2004 7:56 pm (#1788 of 2753)

Madame Librarian, I was just reading your post on the "How do you" thread about getting an avatar. I tried to do it, but it keeps saying "Only JPEG or GIF images may be used." I have no idea what this means or what I am doing wrong.

Bear in mind, the only computer expertise I have involves jumping barrels thrown by a large gorilla, so you are dealing with a computer moron. If you, or anyone else, could point me in the right direction, it would be greatly appreciated.


Madame Librarian - Jan 20, 2004 8:13 pm (#1789 of 2753)

nimrod, OK, I'm by no means real good at this stuff, I just happen to have two fellas around who are computer savvy plus there's load of people who can help on the Forum. The tips I was giving were mostly related to finding a picture or photo you want to use. I knew I wanted a drawing of an ancient looking book or parchment. Google is my preferred browser so I opened Google, clicked on "images" (across the top area, look for tabs right under the word Google), then enter your search term. I'll bet you can even enter terms like Harry Potter now. It works for real people, too. Type Alan Rickman, and you'll get a bunch of photos of him.

If you've found something you like, you can usually see right under the frame that it's jpeg, or set your cursor on the image and right click, then click on "properties," usually it'll say jpeg or whatever in the dialogue box. You'll also see a size in pixels. Read the limitations on the Forum "Change password of preferences" area (click on it in the teal bar up top--look at the right, it's teeny).

Now, I'm going to hand you off to one of the others, because with my husband out of town, I can't confirm with him that I'm giving you correct info on what to do next. Somebody, help!

This probably confused more than it helped. Stay with us, you'll get help. This is a very supportive group.

Ciao. Barb


Susurro Notities - Jan 20, 2004 8:24 pm (#1790 of 2753)

Gina, I hope I am not too late to wish you success with your essay. I am sure you will make a formidable impression. I hope that PhD responsibilities will not take you away from the forum.


Gina R Snape - Jan 20, 2004 8:37 pm (#1791 of 2753)

Thanks, Susurro. If only Severus could magic me up a completed and impressive application!


popkin - Jan 20, 2004 9:01 pm (#1792 of 2753)
Edited by Jan 20, 2004 9:10 pm

Madame Librarian, that's exactly what I was saying about the submarine. If anyone overanalyzes the HP books, I do. That's what makes them the most fun. I popped in here for the first time four days ago, and didn't come back until I read your post that you would be explaining the joke. I was really surprised to see that there had been almost 200 new posts since then. That's way too much for me to keep up with.

I can relate to you missing your husband's company this week, as mine is also away on business until Friday evening. But, I don't have the house to myself. Our four children are here, and I find myself praying for every single parent on the planet. Not that I don't enjoy my children's company - I do! - but it is really hard to the the only one that they can count on.

Congratulations to boop on her new grandson in the making!

tim, "The Scream" reminds me of a scream that Disney has used in almost every animated film they've made (and a lot of live action films as well). By the sound of it, I think it might have originally been made by Goofy, but it's in TONS of their movies. Sometimes it's positively distracting in how poorly it fits the climate of a film.

Blast, we also have fraternal twin girls who are very different from each other. When I say that they are twins, people look at me like I'm crazy. Some people even ask me, "Are you sure they're twins?" LOL They are eight years old, and there is almost a foot difference in their heights.


septentrion - Jan 21, 2004 12:32 am (#1793 of 2753)

Barb, I've just read your answer about the "sometimes a cigar is just a cigar" (post 1774) and now I understand ! thank you very much. Even if I've read a little of Freud at school (it begins to be a long time ago), I ignored this. In fact, cigar reminds me of a certain president of America...


boop - Jan 21, 2004 3:32 am (#1794 of 2753)

Blast, My daughter has had phone hearing about him not paying support. The real problem is we live in Pa and he lives in NY. The judge made him pay $500 and that was all. We decided to go to the next hearing thinking being in person would make a difference. Well that was wrong. That place runs like a three ring circus!! We drove 6hrs stayed over night, because the hearing was at 9am. Well lets say we waited until 11:45 before her number was called. The hearing lasted only 10minutes, because he did not show. They discontinued it until 2months later. Buy this time he was behind 5500. Well he had to pay $1500 and then $500, but he was also to keep up with support. Well my daughter is asking for another hearing again. Suffolk NY Domestic Relations don't do their job and less not following court orders is part of it!!If they would do their jobs there might be less men and woman not getting there support!!!! Sorry just very sore subject.

Popkin- Thanks, Also I can relate to being alone without help with the kids, even it is only a short time for you. I had a husband and still didn't get the support. I raised my daughters pretty much by myself. He was not involved in there lives as children. He has missed out on alot. Tom is involved more in their lives as adults. My daughters and I are very close. I'm so thankful that I was there for them. Don't get me wrong it was hard and we went through some really bad stuff, but that is behind us now. I'm very proud of my daughters and who they have become! I wouldn't give up being a parent, what a rewarding job it is.!!!


Flame Alligator - Jan 21, 2004 4:13 am (#1795 of 2753)

Fawkes F., Thank you so much for the web sites (kiss, kiss, and a great big hug). I love all the pictures of Harry. I can't wait to put them on transfer paper and then onto T-shirts and tank tops. I collected all the photos. Is there a "Who's your favorite character and why thread?

Gina R Snape, Is it on the Snape thread why you adore him? Good luck on your Phd application. When I meditate, I will send some positive energy your way. Is there a time period? I usually spend some time putting out positive energy to friends. As for Snape's assistance, how about a little interactive imagination. Just imagine that you could ask for Snape's help. Not pull up a strong image of him in your imagination and hold it. He might just answer. If you could just get a potion from him to enhance your brilliance.

I use to use this little method with an immortal character called Duncan McCloud on the television show Highlander. I mainly would ask about immortality the pros and cons. In the show, like wizard world, immortals for the most part kept their identities secret from humans but often times revealed themselves if they were in a serious relationship with a human. I was amazed at the answers that came up through this process.

boop, thanks for the concern about my kitkat. She is doing much better. She is 16 years old and usually is running and leaping like a cat of only 3.


Joost! - Jan 21, 2004 4:16 am (#1796 of 2753)

Nimrod, I tried to answer your question here: Joost! "-- How do you ....... ?" 1/21/04 4:13am

Hope it helps. By the way, jumping over barrels thrown by a giant gorilla is one of the best thing one can do on a computer


Flame Alligator - Jan 21, 2004 6:10 am (#1797 of 2753)

Fawkes F., I want to be taken siriusly. Perhaps when the polyjuice wears off, I'll know what it feels like to be a dog on the run and fly a hippogrif (sp.?). Until the polyjuice wears off, I'll just be dead sirius. (wink, wink)


Gina R Snape - Jan 21, 2004 6:36 am (#1798 of 2753)

Thank you, Flame. I appreciate all the positive energy I can get.

Is it on the Snape thread why I like Snape--you ask? Oy, where to start? I suggest you read BOTH Snape threads, not just for my POV, but for the wonderful discussions that have ensued. I believe the first post I ever made to this board was on an old thread about 'who is your favourite character.' The rest is history...


Flame Alligator - Jan 21, 2004 6:56 am (#1799 of 2753)

Gina R Snape, I ADORE Harry. I empathize with him. I have not had a chance to express this on HP thread because it is specific to the topic.

I am on my way to the Snape thread. I don't have much reading time today as I have dozens of errands to run. (Arrr!)

Has you polyjuice just about run out yet?


Fawkes Forever - Jan 21, 2004 7:52 am (#1800 of 2753)

Hey Flame, now who are you supposed to be .... Siriusly Chat & Greetings 2004 2222139670

Hee hee, I think it's time I hung up the 'ol rubber gloves ... didn't find anything on Pet... back to St Mungos for some more Polyjuice Cocktails.... hmmmm,

Whoops .... am I Snape or am I a boggart? Oh dear ... perhaps I might solve a few mysterys as Snape ...

EDIT : http://www.thesnitch.co.uk/ also has a few galleries of Pics!
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Fawkes Forever - Jan 21, 2004 9:19 am (#1801 of 2753)

Sorry for the double post, but I ran out of time .....

On the 'You know your a HP / Lexicon fan' thread, I was saying that the university I attended reminded me a lot of Hogwarts ... so I found a few links to some photos on the web so you could see what I was raving on about ... so have a look
(only if you're interested though ... if not, I completely understand )

Heres the main building
Another one of the main building
And a little piccie of 'the Quad' on the other side of the main building
You can definitely picture Harry & co running across the lawn in that last one ... 'cept we weren't allowed to walk on the grass

Heres a piece of trivia for you all.... All Bank of Ireland notes in Northern Ireland (pounds sterling), have a picture of the university on them too, which is really nice when I think... hmm I went there ....

Sorry if I've bored you all, it's just I started reminising, & I wanted to share


timrew - Jan 21, 2004 10:25 am (#1802 of 2753)

Sly Girl, thank you very much for the info about the 'Wilhelm' scream. I put it into Google and found a website all about it.

Apparently, it was named after the character who first screamed it in a film in the 50s!

I forwarded it to my son, and he thanks you, too. In fact he said, "Thanks for that site, now I know I'm not going crazy!"

If you want to look at it yourself (or anyone else on here), it's at...


There is a list of films the scream has been used in, and you can also hear it for yourself!


Sly Girl - Jan 21, 2004 10:28 am (#1803 of 2753)

You're welcome, Tim. Smile I knew my inane and useless knowledge about movies would some day come in handy.


Madame Librarian - Jan 21, 2004 2:22 pm (#1804 of 2753)

Thanks, all who provided the info on The Scream. I forwarded it to my son since he loves that kind of stuff. We discovered the whole Easter egg business while he was home, and now we can't watch a DVD without poking around for hidden features.

Now, here's a new one. Has anyone here ever heard of The McGuffin? It's also a film device, though it could apply to literature just as well. Here's a site that explains it

McGuffin here

Of course, the question, which should be shifted to its own thread if a lively discussion takes off, is--Is there a McGuffin in HP? If yes, what is it? Does it apply to the whole saga, or does each book have its own McGuffin?

Ciao. Barb


Brandon Christopher - Jan 21, 2004 3:34 pm (#1805 of 2753)

It seems like there would be a McGuffin in every story, you just have to find it. I have no clue what it would be in Harry Potter though.

My new avatar is a response to Marauder5's


boop - Jan 21, 2004 3:47 pm (#1806 of 2753)

Fawkes- Thanks for sharing the pictures of the university you went too. Looks like a really neat place to go. I could see Harry and friends there!! BTW I love your new avatar!LOL


timrew - Jan 21, 2004 4:35 pm (#1807 of 2753)

Now look what you've done, Gina! You asked me to take polyjuice and change my portrait, and this is what happens!


wormsé - Jan 21, 2004 5:42 pm (#1808 of 2753)

LoL Tim!!!


I Am Used Vlad - Jan 21, 2004 6:04 pm (#1809 of 2753)

Thanks for the help, Joost. Thanks for the link to the 'Wilhelm' scream, Tim.

Madame L, you should start a McGuffin thread. That would be a great new topic.


Gina R Snape - Jan 21, 2004 6:13 pm (#1810 of 2753)

Tim, that is extremely disturbing. Almost as disturbing as Blast's new avatar!

Dare I to ask what would have happened if you'd participated in animagus week?


Brandon Christopher - Jan 21, 2004 6:27 pm (#1811 of 2753)

Gina, he would slowly turn into *gasp* Dobby...


Gina R Snape - Jan 21, 2004 6:34 pm (#1812 of 2753)

You're probably right, Brandon!


Dragonesss - Jan 21, 2004 8:44 pm (#1813 of 2753)
Edited by Jan 21, 2004 9:00 pm

Gina, I just can't take my eyes of your new avatar! Sirius, love of my life...
BTW, what your beloved Snivelus... oops! I mean Severus think about it?


Matt Allair - Jan 21, 2004 10:09 pm (#1814 of 2753)

Whew! I am distracted for a week and a half and I come back to 282 posts in this thread alone! Well, I'm caught up at least with this thread.

Sly Girl, I doubt that your movie knowledge is useless and inane!

Pinky, I absolutely love your 'Darth Draco' avatar!

You mean Brandon posted a picture of himself for his avatar and I missed it? After Denise's comment I was really intrigued, would Brandon care to re post that pic?


The Great Abbycadabra - Jan 21, 2004 10:28 pm (#1815 of 2753)

Ack, Tim! I didn't notice your new look at first. I did quite the double take! It's a, uh, nice look for you.

I love that info on the Wilhelm scream. That's going to be Final Jeopardy one day, and I'm going to impress all. Mwah-hahahaha!


Brandon Christopher - Jan 21, 2004 10:47 pm (#1816 of 2753)
Edited by Mare Jan 22, 2004 2:46 am

Well since my new avatar was only to offset Marauder5's then I feel that it wouldn't matter if I changed it back. This is for you Matt; why should I deprive you of seeing my ugly mug.

Tim, I think that your new avatar fits you well. At least now you'd stand out more in a crowd - sort of like a hook nosed Snape. Next time make monkey ears also! I would love to see that!!!

I edited out some comments Brandon because other people might take offence at them.


Fawkes Forever - Jan 22, 2004 3:57 am (#1817 of 2753)

LOL Tim.... same as Abby it took me a bit to see what everyone was talking about regarding your avatar.... then when I looked properly, I had another projectile beverage incident over my monitor

Will keep me giggling for the remainder of today methinks


Pinky - Jan 22, 2004 5:10 am (#1818 of 2753)

Matt, I'm sorry. You seem to have the father confused with the son. That's quite alright - there is a family resemblance.


Flame Alligator - Jan 22, 2004 5:21 am (#1819 of 2753)

Fawkes F. Egads! This St. Mungo's polyjuice cocktail has turned me into a wicked little wizard. Why do I despise Harry so? Now that Daddy is a jail bird, I'll be using all my means to "get" Harry. Unfortunately, the older I "git" I become a bigger snit. I better keep to myself til this wears off. I don't want to give my precious Harry any grief.

I am enjoying this polyjuice cocktail party. I wish everyone would join the party and put on a polyjuice costume. For those of you who come as you are, please feel free to throw in some wit. My quips are lame today (not enough rest). Help me out.

Brandon, Did you get in trouble again?? I love your knew font color. I was going blind from reading the light green.

Fawkes F. Thanks for the lovely pictorial trip. I can see HRH sitting under those tree studying for their NEWT's. I absolutely love all the sites you posted. I have been feasting my eyes on all the HP photos. I am going to have to go out and buy a bunch of cute tops to emblaze with photos of my precious (Was there hair of Gollum in that polyjuice cocktail?) Harry.

We got a DVR installed today and I have been playing with it to learn how to use it. Next, I teach my husband. (I feel a little fight coming on.) He is usually busy working and he says it easier to have me instruct him on its use than decipher the manual himself. LOL Plus, he has to build a stand for it to rest on. Right now, Egad! it is sitting on a couple of 2" by 4" boards that are sitting on my sleek little DVD player. Hiss!

Does anybody ever go in the Chat room when it is functioning? I would love to chat. Where do I get the emoticons and how do I get them to work?

Tim, Your polyjuice avatar has me LOL. You just showed us all didn't you. LOL

Now, if we could just get Madame Librarian to change her book cover this would be some party.

Edit: Egads Pinky!!!!!! I LOVE your Lucius as Darth Vador avatar!!!!

Dragoness, Your Jan. 2l, 2004 posting #1818 is going to have me smiling all day. OOOh! You guys are so much fun!

If Lucius is a Darth Vador, who would Lord Voldemort be?


Fawkes Forever - Jan 22, 2004 6:34 am (#1820 of 2753)

Darth Sidious? Whoops I mean Darth Voldeious

I'm having loads of fun with the polyjuice cocktails.... you should join us over in St Mungo’s, Flame .... Marè posted the link a few posts back... #1748. I just booked myself in there on tuesday! It’s a place where you can kick back (or not) & let your imagination run riot.... Most excellent


icthestrals  - Jan 22, 2004 6:41 am (#1821 of 2753)

Fawkes Forever, is that a cat around Boggart Snape's neck? That's not Crookshanks, is it?


popkin - Jan 22, 2004 7:37 am (#1822 of 2753)

Voldemort would be The Emperor.


Fawkes Forever - Jan 22, 2004 7:51 am (#1823 of 2753)

No no, it's not Crookshanks, we swears it’s not (definitely some Gollum hair in those cocktails)...

Those 'petrificus totalus' spells are pretty nifty don’t ya think

If Hermione asks.. he's still at the vets ... tum te tum .... *tries to look innocent*


timrew - Jan 22, 2004 10:12 am (#1824 of 2753)

I jutht find it difficult to talk withh a mothe like thith!

But thank you for all your kind methageth!


icthestrals  - Jan 22, 2004 10:26 am (#1825 of 2753)

Tim, I bet you can touch the tip of your nose with your tongue now!


Brandon Christopher - Jan 22, 2004 11:30 am (#1826 of 2753)

Flame, no I didn't get into trouble, typically the moderators stay away from little problems like font color. I wish you had said something before because I would have changed the color if it was hard to read. I thought it stood out enough but apparently I was wrong. Next time tell me if you're having trouble reading my posts and I'll fix them right away.

Flame, the chat room wasn't working yesterday for some reason but it is normally running fine. I pop in and out throughout the day so we might catch each other. I don't bother posting every time I'm going in because I would put a million posts on the "who's in there now" thread. I rarely see people in the chat room but when I do it is very fun to talk to other forum members so I hope I see you in there.

Edit: The chat's still not working but it will probably be up and running pretty soon.


timrew - Jan 22, 2004 1:33 pm (#1827 of 2753)

icthestrals, I can also touch the floor with my chin - without bending over.


popkin - Jan 22, 2004 2:06 pm (#1828 of 2753)

tim, I bet you've answered this question before, but I haven't seen it. Do you sew? I ask because you appear to be standing next to a stack of fabric.


Madame Librarian - Jan 22, 2004 2:24 pm (#1829 of 2753)

Nah, that's his stack of hankies. You know, with a schnozzola that big....

Ciao. Barb


Ladybug220 - Jan 22, 2004 3:53 pm (#1830 of 2753)


He is rather cute! It is a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and I hope to have one someday. It the mean time I just get to look at pictures.


Madame Librarian - Jan 22, 2004 3:59 pm (#1831 of 2753)

Ladybug, he looks a little sad, like no one's around to read him the next chapter of Harry Potter.

Ciao. Barb


Ladybug220 - Jan 22, 2004 4:07 pm (#1832 of 2753)
Edited by Jan 22, 2004 4:25 pm

If he were mine, he would hear the books on tape while I was at work. I would raise him right!

Great photo Tim!


boop - Jan 22, 2004 5:11 pm (#1833 of 2753)

Did anyone watch the show OC, because I fell asleep and missed the last 20 minutes of the show. I just wondering how it ended?


Blast - Jan 22, 2004 5:21 pm (#1834 of 2753)

Boop who are the little girls?


boop - Jan 22, 2004 5:25 pm (#1835 of 2753)

These are my granddaughters. Taysha is 5 and Alyssa is 3. I just figured how to post a picture with help from Kip and Joost and of course my daughter! My 3 year old lives with me. I see Taysha almost every weekend.


Pinky - Jan 22, 2004 5:44 pm (#1836 of 2753)

Boop, those are two very precious girls. What cuties! You must be a lovely lady to be the grandmother of such pretty children.

Barb, you made me laugh! I'll let Tim explain, but no, those are not hankies!


boop - Jan 22, 2004 6:12 pm (#1837 of 2753)

Thanks Pinky, Is that Ron with a gun?


Brandon Christopher - Jan 22, 2004 6:16 pm (#1838 of 2753)

Boop, the chat browser actually closed my whole window!!! I had to resign onto the forum.

I think Pinky's avatar is Han Solo with Ron's head photoshopped into the picture, that's why he looks green.


boop - Jan 22, 2004 6:21 pm (#1839 of 2753)

thanks Brandon, I though it looked different. It was fun talking in the chat room.


Brandon Christopher - Jan 22, 2004 6:27 pm (#1840 of 2753)

Yeah it was fun Boop, I just wish that it was working properly. That is one reason why I love AIM or AOL Instant Messenger, it always works. I'm sad though because I won't be able to get online tomorrow because PG&E is working on something big tomorrow. My power is going to be off almost all day. Well I guess I'll just get some shopping done. Figures they'd do it on one of the days that I don't have school.


popkin - Jan 22, 2004 6:28 pm (#1841 of 2753)

Pinky, I'm still chuckling over Ron Solo. Very funny. He looks like an "Eat Slugs!" curse just backfired on him.


I Am Used Vlad - Jan 22, 2004 6:54 pm (#1842 of 2753)

It’s good that you live where its warm, Brandon. I'd hate to lose power this time of year. The pipes would probably freeze.


Brandon Christopher - Jan 22, 2004 7:02 pm (#1843 of 2753)

Yeah, the worse we ever had was last year when we lost power for two days during a crazy rainstorm. I'm sure that in comparison to what most of you guys get this rainstorm wasn't that bad but it was for us Californians. We're so used to the sun that when we feel rain we just look at eachother confused. "Why is water falling from the sky? What is this wet stuff? Oh my god it's rain - we're all going to die!!!" This is a typical Californian reaction to the horror of rain. Just kidding, but it is really seldom that we get heavy rain so we are pretty used to the sun. Kinda gets boring though, we only have two seasons: spring and summer. I know what you're thinking: "poor Brandon - he never gets rain - poor him," rigggggght...


Leprechaun Jack - Jan 22, 2004 7:18 pm (#1844 of 2753)

Hey all,

I don't know if anyone remembers, but a while back, I had asked for some advice about the audio books. Well, I got a lot of good advice and took it all. I purchased both the UK and US versions, WOW, there's a big difference between the two.

I have a lot of theories, questions, and ideas that I hadn't thought of before. I've listened to all of the UK books, and am listening (at this very moment) to OOP. I was wondering if anyone would like to discuss the Audio books? Have enough of us listened to the books to warrant starting a thread? Any thoughts?



scully jones - Jan 22, 2004 7:40 pm (#1845 of 2753)

Ta da!!!!!!!!!!! The poster my boyfriend got for me

It is pretty big, but not as big as I thought it was gonna be.... Whaddya think? It's a blurry picture, but you can tell what it is just fine.


Brandon Christopher - Jan 22, 2004 7:45 pm (#1846 of 2753)

I started to listen to SS/PS but couldn't handle it. I think I got the American version and I hated the narrators voice. Plus I had never listened to an audio book before and didn't quite know what to expect. All I have to say is that listening to the books through the audio CD's is a poor substitute to reading the books. This is just my opinion of course, I've heard that many people liked the audio books. But I am definitely not one of those people. If you want to get the full effect of the books then read them - seriously - there is no good substitute to actually reading a book.

Edit: Chiao, the link didn't work for me.


Madame Librarian - Jan 22, 2004 7:45 pm (#1847 of 2753)

Oh, no, chiaojones, the link had no image! What was it? Can you fix? Did anyone else see it? Help!

Pinky, I know perfectly well what tim is doing with those folded things because a long time back, when he first used that avatar I asked him if that was laundry he was folding. He explained that he was head of a textile firm and those were samples. So this time I was just teasing him about needing a lot of nose wipes. (Hey, tim, don't you love it when people talk about you in the 3rd person and you're right there?).

Ciao. Barb


Hem Hem - Jan 22, 2004 8:02 pm (#1848 of 2753)

He also said that the picture was a few years old, and since then he'd gained 50 pounds and gone bald, or something....


Sly Girl - Jan 22, 2004 8:13 pm (#1849 of 2753)

So Jack, which do you prefer? The UK or the US? Are the UK ones really worth it?


Madam Poppy - Jan 22, 2004 8:14 pm (#1850 of 2753)
Edited by Jan 22, 2004 8:15 pm

Jack, have you caught the boo boo in Book 5 yet? I had to listen to it several times before it hit me.
I used to have one of my book tapes playing when I was in my car. Then the tape player ate Tape 2 of my Order of the Phoenix! I called the phone number at their website and they replaced the tape for free!
I like most of the voices that Jim Dale does. I feel that Aunt Marge & Madam Maxine are annoying though. I also don't always agree with the emphasis he sometimes will give to a word. I read online that he doesn't have alot of time to prepare before he goes into the recording studio. He hasn't even finished reading the book before he records it!
Have you listened to Goblet of Fire yet? I thought it was interesting where Jim Dale made the change from Fudge to Moody's voice. When you read the books you aren't as aware of the switch.
I love my book tapes because I can work while I listen. They are also great to have when you're sick or if you can't sleep.


Madame Librarian - Jan 22, 2004 8:19 pm (#1851 of 2753)

I loved Jim Dale's Dobby. So much better than the movie Dobby. When my husband and I saw the movie and Dobby first appeared, we both looked at each other in surprise and disappointment as if to say, "That's not Dobby!" Got used to him, though, sort of.

Ciao. Barb


Dragonesss - Jan 22, 2004 10:24 pm (#1852 of 2753)
Edited by Jan 22, 2004 10:37 pm

I have all 5 books on CD, US. They are by no means substitute to real books - nothing is, but they serve they purpose!
My main reason for buying CD was to get correct pronunciation, but I use them way more then I was going to. I listen to them almost every time I work around the house or garden. And I like Jim Dale. I believe he knows about a main plot a little more than we do. I was surprise how snappish and unpleasant his Fudge sounds in PoA and GoF, I thought Fudge was a nice man then, but after OotF... When book 6 came out I'm going to buy both book and CDs right away because on that beautiful summer day after OotP reliese night I had a problem to keep my eyes focused after 18 hours of reading. And I was only on Ch. 27!


Matt Allair - Jan 22, 2004 10:28 pm (#1853 of 2753)

Well actually Brandon, I wouldn't say it's an ugly mug, you certainly don't look like an LOTR Ogre or anything.

You look older than your age, (which you may or may not take as a compliment,) I had the opposite problem at your age, people telling me I looked younger, so don't fret about it.

Pinky, another great one! keep them coming!


Brandon Christopher - Jan 22, 2004 11:35 pm (#1854 of 2753)

Matt, I've had people say I look older and had people say I look younger... just depends on the person.

The reason I'm posting is because Hem Hem and rettoP yrrah told me that the forum is about a year and a half old. When doing calculations I thought that this couldn't be right. The forum has to be older than that. When I first joined it was the beginning of my junior year of high school. I am now in my second quarter of college, that would mean that the forum would have to be over two years old. According to Hem Hem and rettoP yrrah this can't be right. Can someone help me out here and make sure I'm not going crazy. Was there another forum before this one or this the only one? Or am I going completely crazy here?


Caput Draconis - Jan 22, 2004 11:54 pm (#1855 of 2753)

303 posts, you chatty, chatty folk. I’m never leaving again. It’s also exceptionally confusing to return in the middle of this polyjuice period…I’m freaking out.

So at risk of being completely irrelevant, yes boop, an American Idol fan. In as much as III is the first series we will have seen, apart from our local version, o’course. I did order the DVD of Idol I (heh) so I know Kelly and Justin a little better that Ruben and Clay, but still. It starts 6.30 Sunday – so I guess I’m a little behind when it airs in the states? I just hope the fact it might be difficult for me to vote won’t frustrate me too much. You may have to phone some through for me, if I get attached to someone.

Lynn, belated welcome. Ah, Aust. currency. Not only colourful, but plasticy. Where is your mother in law visiting?

Abby, I’m adding Changing Rooms to the list of ways in which you have fantastic taste. That long haired designer who loves to use red (Laurence?) is very neat.

Tim, I want to see your panto! I may not be in the UK, but I know the genre due mostly to the hoards of people in Neighbours who troop over every year to act in them.


Joost! - Jan 23, 2004 12:00 am (#1856 of 2753)

Welcome back, Lauren.

I love your new avatar, Blast. I'm a great fan of Adam West's Batman.


Marè - Jan 23, 2004 1:06 am (#1857 of 2753)

Brandon, maybe this helps: Kip Carter "-- History of the Forum" 9/16/03 3:12am


Fawkes Forever - Jan 23, 2004 2:35 am (#1858 of 2753)

Pinky .... what can I say, your avatars are getting better & better...

You know I'm now imagining the entire cast of star wars as Harry Potter characters .... Lupin as Chewy ... hee hee.... *goes off into a little day dream*
Oh & Happy Chinese New Year everyone, It's the year of the Monkey

Nerdy Potter fact ... if Harry, Ron & Hermione where born in 1980, they were also born in the year of the Monkey


Joost! - Jan 23, 2004 2:40 am (#1859 of 2753)

I was born in that year too... Does this mean it will be a good year for Harry, Ron, Hermione and me? Assuming of course they're still alive.


Fawkes Forever - Jan 23, 2004 2:49 am (#1860 of 2753)

According to Chinese Horoscopes you're ...
Clever, skillful, and flexible, they are remarkably inventive and original and can solve the most difficult problems with ease.

You can read more here : http://www.c-c-c.org/chineseculture/zodiac/Monkey.htm

I'm a Dragon apparently, hee hee! As are Percy & Oliver Wood... lol!

'Dragons are healthy, energetic, excitable, short-tempered, and stubborn. They are also honest, sensitive, brave, and they inspire confidence and trust. Dragon people are the most eccentric of any in the eastern zodiac.... but they tend to be soft-hearted which sometimes gives others an advantage over them'
oh dear ...


boop - Jan 23, 2004 2:58 am (#1861 of 2753)

Caput Draconis, I understand when you say about all the posts. I'm here every day and, I'm still behind on reading. I don't even post much, but I read. If you find someone you would like me to vote for on American Idol just let me know and I will vote for you! I'm not sure what day they are going to be on, but I will let you know.

Fawkes, I just love your avatar it cracks me up every time I see it! What do you mean year of the monkey?

Edit: Now I'm depressed  - am a Rat. I'm nothing like wormtail! Well I guess it does fit me most of what it says, but wormtail no way!!!


Marè - Jan 23, 2004 3:14 am (#1862 of 2753)

1980, good year! I'm a monkey too!

Clever, skillful, and flexible, they are remarkably inventive and original and can solve the most difficult problems with ease.

I sure could use some of that....


Fawkes Forever - Jan 23, 2004 3:17 am (#1863 of 2753)

Hey Boop, cool photo, your grandaughters are so sweet!

I'll try and explain a bit about how the chinese calendar works, but be warned I'm no expert! I'm just getting a bit excited about the Chinese New Year because there are going to be huge celebrations in Dublin this year, a four day party I work with a few guys from Bejing as well, & they are getting all hyper too!

The Chinese Lunar Calendar is based on the cycles of the moon, and is constructed in a different fashion than the Western solar calendar. In the Chinese calendar, the beginning of the year falls somewhere between late January and early February. The Chinese have adopted the Western calendar since 1911, but the lunar calendar is still used for festive occasions such as the Chinese New Year.

The Chinese animal signs are a 12-year cycle used for dating the years. Every year is assigned an animal name or "sign" according to a repeating cycle: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Boar. Therefore, every twelve years the same animal name or "sign" would reappear. Chinese horoscopes use these signs same way as we would use Aries, Taurus & so on! And in the same way, it's only lighthearted, no one takes them seriously!

Phew, I think thats right.... asked the guys are work (they now think I'm a nutter) & got a 'little' help from this website : http://www.c-c-c.org/chineseculture/zodiac/zodiac.html#Sign%20Background

Hope it makes sense If there are any Chinese on this forum or if anyone knows more... please feel free to amend or add to this! As I said I'm no expert

EDIT : Being as Rat isn't bad Boop, have a look http://www.c-c-c.org/chineseculture/zodiac/Rat.html


Sinister Kittens - Jan 23, 2004 3:54 am (#1864 of 2753)

FF - I love your snape boggart! Thought I would join in right at the end of animagus week. boop - they are sooo cute BTW! Oh, and I'm a Dragon.


Pinky - Jan 23, 2004 4:43 am (#1865 of 2753)

Yes, Ron's face does look a little green in this photo. Shame, but I can't help that. There's 2 more pics to go in this series, I'm not sure I'll be able to fit them all in before the end of polyjuice week. I'll post the link where they can all be found later, though, so you can all save them to your hard drive if you want to.


icthestrals  - Jan 23, 2004 5:11 am (#1866 of 2753)

Pinky, I laughed out loud at your picture! I can't wait to see more.

Sinister Kittens!!! Awww, how cute is that! Just don't let Fawkes Forever get hold of that cutie or it may end up around Snape's neck also.

BTW, 1968-Year of the Monkey, too. No wonder I liked to climb trees when I was a kid.


Blast - Jan 23, 2004 5:12 am (#1867 of 2753)

I’m a dog, probably the same age as Sirius, married in 1980, probably on the day of some student in Harry's year at Hogwarts birthday, my oldest was born the same year as Ginny. Boy -  comparing things in my life to the Wizarding World, I'm starting to scare myself. Boop, do the students treat you well there?


Sinister Kittens - Jan 23, 2004 5:27 am (#1868 of 2753)

icthestrals - I think you might have a point there. I might have to change it back fairly quickly just in case!


Fawkes Forever - Jan 23, 2004 5:39 am (#1869 of 2753)

Me.... hurt a 'ickle puddy tat .... never, I Severus Snape would never do something like that besides, Crookshanks never complained, & he's still alive, just a petrificus totalus spell, hmmm all that extra warm... what more would you need in a scarf... whoops I mean... awww little kitty, so cute
Definitely more than Polyjuice in those cocktails, I'm begining to assume Snapes persona... scarey!

Oh & I have to say this before I burst...

Na na na na na na na na Blast End! In honour of your avatar, hee hee, it's friday afternoon here & I'm in a good mood... it's nearly the weekend!

Pinky, oh I can't wait to see the next exciting installments of Harry Wars ... hmm maybe we should campaign for a Polyjuice fortnight?


icthestrals  - Jan 23, 2004 6:06 am (#1870 of 2753)

I second that motion, Fawkes Forever! Polyjuice fortnight!!


Denise P. - Jan 23, 2004 6:09 am (#1871 of 2753)

The Forum was created in Oct 2003 so has only been around 15 months, not quite a year and a half. It did exist on another Forum before landing here, we were on Bravenet for a short period of time, but no one liked the format and several people recommended WX. Viola, here we are.


Blast - Jan 23, 2004 6:09 am (#1872 of 2753)

Fawkes thank you, it is so cold here that a petrified Crookshanks would be nice, although I have my own version of him on me right now. He's not as smart as Crookshanks but probably just as warm. Get's out a wand......


B]Marè[/B] - Jan 23, 2004 6:11 am (#1873 of 2753)

Denise P, please explain Boston Rob...


Denise P. - Jan 23, 2004 6:16 am (#1874 of 2753)

I am part of a Survivor betting pool and Boston Rob, from Survivor4: Marquesas, was drawn as my partner. We refer to them as our swimming partner (wanna swim?) If my partner comes in first or second place, I win! Naturally I want to see him win but second place still is okay too. Since Survivor is set to start next week, all of us on the board are putting up a pic of our current swimming partner. He was called Boston Rob to tell him apart from another Rob. Go Boston Rob!


Flame Alligator - Jan 23, 2004 6:36 am (#1875 of 2753)
Edited by Denise P. Jan 23, 2004 7:03 am

I edited the first paragraph from this post. Please confine that over on the FanFic Forum. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at noveil4me@aol.com

Brandon, why don't you come over to FanFiction, St. Mungo's Roll Call? Bring your sense of humor and some avatars as Polyjuice Week is in full force over there. I am having a blast. Yes, we's likes it. The Polyjuice is spiked because we not only look like the character, our personalities are starting to transform.

Brandon, I am so envious of you out there in California as I love the sun and would be outside right now if there were any sun showing here. It's gray and cold. Brrrr! Oh well I'll just have to have a Raja (Indian herbal coffee, super antioxidant, substitute)Almond Milk Latte and long for spring.

Today is my day off and I get to do my own personal yoga practice as oppose to teaching. I love teaching but I use up a lot of my energy demonstrating and really doing the class with the students, as I have to provide constant visual stimulus for my beginner students, who are coming along quite nicely I might add. I am so proud of them. It takes courage to have your butt in the air around a bunch of strangers.


mollis - Jan 23, 2004 6:45 am (#1876 of 2753)

Okay, this thread is going crazy! It is going to be tough to keep up with when I'm traveling next week!

Jack - I would be thrilled to hear about the differences in the 2 audio book versions! I am halfway done with POA, working my way through the Jim Dale version. I would have really liked the UK version, but couldn't find it (and didn't feel like ordering it across the sea). There are some aspects of the Jim Dale version that I find very annoying. I think he make the kids sound way to whine-y! Maybe you can start a thread comparing audiobook versions?


Madame Librarian - Jan 23, 2004 7:47 am (#1877 of 2753)

Denise, didn't you mean Oct. 2002, not 2003 (post #1870)? Just a typo probably.

Ciao. Barb


Denise P. - Jan 23, 2004 7:54 am (#1878 of 2753)

Yes...duh on me. I meant October 2002 was when the Forum began here on WX.


Fawkes Forever - Jan 23, 2004 8:49 am (#1879 of 2753)

Steve has updated the Floo Network home page : http://www.floo-network.org/ It looks pretty good, even has a chart for current moon phases ... very handy for Lupin!


Gina R Snape - Jan 23, 2004 11:18 am (#1880 of 2753)

Yes, I found the moon chart very handy too. Only thing, wouldn't the temperature in Hogsmeade read in Celsius, not Farenheit?

So, I was born in the year of the Rooster. And after consulting the Lexicon, and looking at the descriptions, I dare say Severus Snape must be an Ox. And guess what?! Rooster and Ox are compatible. Yippee!


Joost! - Jan 23, 2004 11:38 am (#1881 of 2753)

It's nice to know I'm not the only one who started comparing Zodiac descriptions to other HP Characters


Dr Filibuster - Jan 23, 2004 11:50 am (#1882 of 2753)

Gung Hey Fat Choy (Happy New Year) I was going to say it yesterday but forgot, so came on tonight and FF beat me to it....Nice firecrackers Siobhan

I sometimes go to Liverpool or Manchester to see the Chinatown celebrations (I live about 20 miles away from either city) but not sure if I'll brave the horrid weather due on Sunday.

Oh, I'm a sheep so my year has just finished. Now I'm going off to see if any HP characters share my sign....blimey, that says a lot about me on a Friday night!

Pinky, you make me laugh Save all your avatars please. Can't wait for the next one.


Julia. - Jan 23, 2004 12:06 pm (#1883 of 2753)

Mrs. Sirius, I'm in the middle of reading the posts on this thread, and I just read on where you said that you live on the CT shoreline. I live on the CT shoreline too! I'm in New Haven, although I'm up in Storrs at UCONN at the moment. What city are you in?


timrew - Jan 23, 2004 1:30 pm (#1884 of 2753)

Thank goodness that Polyjuice has worn off!

Sorry for being so late to reply; but I've been away from the PC for one day, and there were 57 posts on here!

Okay, I think it's been cleared up that the stack of handkerchieves next to me are actually textile samples! (although, while I was polyjuiced, they did come in handy as hankies!) And I'm not the boss of the whole place, I only said I work there!

Also, someone said (sorry, I can't remember who), that I had gone bald, lost all my teeth and put on a load of weight since that pic was taken. That was a joke! As soon as I get a new pic, I'll upload it! And then you'll see what I really look like......"Gollum! My Preciousssss!"


Hem Hem - Jan 23, 2004 1:56 pm (#1885 of 2753)

It was me who said that Tim, and I fully knew it was a joke. I was repeating it only because I thought it was hilarious.


Blast - Jan 23, 2004 1:59 pm (#1886 of 2753)

I saw some Harry Potter valentines today and was shocked. Something almost as disturbing as having Voldemort show up at your door selling vacuum cleaners[ who would say no?] There was not one with Snape on them. If anyone in the Harry Potter world exudes the essence of valentines, it is Snape. Just from the forum it seems he has a Lockhart like following. Gina maybe you should market a line of Snape valentines.


Brandon Christopher - Jan 23, 2004 2:04 pm (#1887 of 2753)

Whoa, I was away for twelve hours and there were like 37 new posts! And they didn't cut the power even though they said they would, stupid PG&E.

Tim, we need to get everyone to post pics of themselves, that way we can put faces to their names. Of course some people would feel weird anout putting their pics up on the internet - but hey, it would be for the good of the forum.

Thanks for the info about the forum guys. I guess I really am going crazy; Jackie and Sam are going to have a field day about me though. Apparently my sense of time is getting warped in my old age...


Hem Hem - Jan 23, 2004 2:10 pm (#1888 of 2753)

Don't worry Brandon, as Sam said, "everybody makes mistakes."

Seriously, there's nothing to get upset over. So what?

Oh, and out of curiosity, what does your little latin phrase mean? Something about war...or something?


Brandon Christopher - Jan 23, 2004 2:18 pm (#1889 of 2753)

It is an old latin saying that I love: If you want peace, prepare for war.

Thanks Jackie, but I still feel stupid. It still feels like I've been a member longer than that but the facts speak stronger than my opinion. I truly am going crazy - but we already knew that didn't we?

Edit: Sorry Jackie, in my earlier post I called you Denise. I changed it but I'm still sorry.


timrew - Jan 23, 2004 2:35 pm (#1890 of 2753)

Okay, I'm trying to upload a new pic of myself taken only last year. It's not that brilliant, and it shows me fishing for the first time in my life.

That, on the end of the line, believe it or not, is a fish. It was returned to the sea (okay, the sardine can!) relatively unharmed.


Pinky - Jan 23, 2004 3:25 pm (#1891 of 2753)

Tim, I've eaten many a sardine in my life. You should have slathered some mustard on it and had it for a snack!

Gina - only you. *shakes head* What would you have done if the year (Chinese) that you were born in was patently incompatible with Snape's?


B]scully jones[/B] - Jan 23, 2004 3:25 pm (#1892 of 2753)

Hey I'm sorry about that link, Tripod deleted my account for some stupid reason, so i've had to redo it all.... Try this one, keep your fingers crossed for me!!!

P.S. I spent chinese new year with my boyfriend's chinese family... I love being the youngest, everyone had to give me twenty dollars!!!!!! I'm a pig, by the way, my boyfriend's a monkey, so It is his year this year!

the link- Potter Picture Wish me luck! Sarah


boop - Jan 23, 2004 3:46 pm (#1893 of 2753)

Blast, The students are very friendly. They thank you for all your hard work. If someone is home sick you try and make them feel more at home. You also check on them more. Most of the time the home sick student gets involved in some activities and do ok. Some of the kids you spend more time getting to know them. There is alot of interaction with them daily. I have two floors of girls that are Sororities. They know how to have a good time!!! The stories they tell each other in the bathroom. All I can say is I'm glad its not my child!!

Chiaojones- your tree was pretty, I also Love your poster. Thanks for sharing it.


popkin - Jan 23, 2004 3:47 pm (#1894 of 2753)
Edited by Jan 23, 2004 3:47 pm

chiaojones, that's a great poster!

Did they each give you twenty dollars, or twenty dollars total? If it was each, how many were there? If I may be so bold as to ask such a personal question...


Madame Librarian - Jan 23, 2004 3:47 pm (#1895 of 2753)

tim, were you really on a Cousteau-like expedition for the G.S.?
(BTW--nice hat. Bought it off someone named Gilligan, did you?)

Pinky, love your hybrid avatars. Copyrights being massacred right and left. Go for it!

Brandon, even though I'd love to see what everyone really looks like, it is a bit scary. Now isn't that the silliest thing? If we had met in a conference room in a library to discuss a book (just guessing, but I think that's referred to as a book club), nobody would give a moment's thought to it. Weird. We are weird. Well, I'm considering it. If I find the absolutely most wonderful pic of myself, maybe I'll do it.

Ciao. Barb


scully jones - Jan 23, 2004 3:48 pm (#1896 of 2753)

Each of the adults have to give me a red envelope with twenty dollars... Of course there were only two there, but if the rest of his family was there, I'd be rich! Glad you like the picture, I was hoping it would work this time. It was a little blurry, the digital camera we have only cost 8 dollars, so it's not that great.


popkin - Jan 23, 2004 3:50 pm (#1897 of 2753)
Edited by Jan 23, 2004 3:54 pm

I'm new to the chat thing, but we're all talking at the same time. To quote Charlie Brown, "AAArgh!" It's so confusing.

Tim, I do like your new picture. And I would be proud to catch any size fish - but your's looks big enough for a meal for one or two people. That's not a bad size.

About the pictures of everyone on the forum, I've only just recently begun to seriously consider getting myself an avatar (thanks to polyjuice week). A photograph is way too high tech for me.


Gina R Snape - Jan 23, 2004 3:56 pm (#1898 of 2753)

Blast, you are so observant! I will take your suggestion under advisement.

Pinky, I don't know how to answer your question. Obviously, it all worked out because it was meant to be. Perhaps there's a prophesy at the Ministry about it. Who knows...

chiaojones, nice one on the poster! You lucky girl. I am aching for the PoA stand-up. It's just so cool.


boop - Jan 23, 2004 4:03 pm (#1899 of 2753)

popkin, Just ask for help I did and Kip and Joost helped me( I must confess my daughter really did it with their help) I don't know much about computers.


Marie E. - Jan 23, 2004 4:22 pm (#1900 of 2753)

boop, I wanted to name my oldest daughter Taysia, similar to your granddaughter Taysha's name. My husband detested it immensely so she's now Shayla. I tried Rylie with the little one, and most of you know that's not her name. Next time I need to just say I'm carrying it, I'm naming it!

As soon as I get a little help from my husband I'll be putting up a picture of myself. It's not great but I'm sure none of you all will care.
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boop - Jan 23, 2004 4:36 pm (#1901 of 2753)

Marie E.,I just laughed out loud, I like that idea. After all we do the hard work.


Denise P. - Jan 23, 2004 4:53 pm (#1902 of 2753)

I tried the "I'm doing the work, I should be able to pick the name" thing several times. It never worked. I really, really wanted to name Devin..Rory. It was vetoed. So I lobbied for Rory as a middle name. We have a...Devin Connor. I "won" on the last two names though. He chose Iain's name but I got to choose the spelling. He agreed to Kieran for a boy and when we knew we had a girl, he agreed to Kierynn. Oh well, I can't imagine them being named something else now.


popkin - Jan 23, 2004 5:07 pm (#1903 of 2753)
Edited by Jan 23, 2004 5:15 pm

My husband really wanted to name our second son Sebastian, but I vetoed that (no good nicknames), so it goes both ways. Our firstborn was the easiest to name, but the other three took the entire 9 months and then some to reach a consensus.

There were forms to fill out at the hospital when the twins were born, and I asked if I could name our girls after we took them home, and leave their name lines blank. They said, "absolutely not", and we had to settle on names before we checked out. The hospital still managed to mix up our girls' names, though. They switched their charts, and it took many months to get it straightened out. By the time it was finally resolved, their records were so jumbled together that they had to be gone through page by page and separated.


Gina R Snape - Jan 23, 2004 5:51 pm (#1904 of 2753)

Wow. I didn't know they could "demand" you name the children before leaving the hospital when you have multiple births. It certainly isn't true for single births.

When I worked in foster care, one of the saddest of small things was getting a newborn on the caseload and all the birth certificate said was "Baby Girl" Smith or "Baby Boy" Jones, etc. Those were the abandoned babies. But of course, there were mothers who wanted to be involved, but never got round to getting paperwork done. So then you'd have an 8 year old in foster care with a name, but their birth certificate still said "baby girl" or "baby boy." I never knew stuff like that happened until I started working in foster care.

It might not seem like much compared to the horror stories one can hear at times, but somehow it always struck a chord in me.


Dragonesss - Jan 23, 2004 7:03 pm (#1905 of 2753)
Edited by Jan 23, 2004 7:08 pm

Year of the Monkey? Should it be Year of the Clabbert in HP World?
Fawkes Forever, so nice to see fellow Dragon.
I was born in the year of the Dragon too! "Short-tempered and stubborn" - definitely me.
BTW, how did you get ingredients for your Polyjuice Potion? Did you tiptoe behind Snape, trying to pluck a hair? You would be in more trouble then Mr. Ollivander with that unicorn
Gina, have you seen Fawkes in detention lately?


Gina R Snape - Jan 23, 2004 7:30 pm (#1906 of 2753)

Dragonesss, Fawkes revealed his dastardly scheme for purloining one of Snape's hairs on the St. Mungo's thread. But let's just say I was within reaching distance...

Are there no other roosters on this board?


Dragonesss - Jan 23, 2004 7:37 pm (#1907 of 2753)
Edited by Jan 23, 2004 7:37 pm

I've got to read this one. Thanks Gina! I've never been on the St. Mungo's thread.


I Am Used Vlad - Jan 23, 2004 7:41 pm (#1908 of 2753)

Sorry, Gina, I'm a pig.


Ladybug220 - Jan 23, 2004 7:50 pm (#1909 of 2753)

I am a Rabbit - am I the only one?


Madame Librarian - Jan 23, 2004 8:03 pm (#1910 of 2753)

Oh, gosh, I'm a rat (hi there, Scabbers, how ya doin'?). My son is a rat, too, so I am not alone.

Ciao. Barb


Gina R Snape - Jan 23, 2004 8:06 pm (#1911 of 2753)

Wow. So I could turn out to be the only Rooster and the "only" Slytherin (see the Vote thread).

I'm kind of proud of that, actually. But then, I am a Rooster AND a Slytherin. A dangerous combination to be sure...


Sly Girl - Jan 23, 2004 8:37 pm (#1912 of 2753)

So, did anyone catch our beloved trio on that Real Access show? Wow, has Rupert changed. And Dan... sheesh. Those two are going to be quite um... pleasant to look at when they're older. I mean this from a purely asethetic view, of course. Really cute interview. Showed some POA scenes, but not too many. It still looked good!


Warty Harris - Jan 23, 2004 8:42 pm (#1913 of 2753)

aahh...I would like to apologize for my behavior in the chat room last night..um..it was wrong of me to act that way and I didn't mean any of it.....ahhh..um...except the part about Madonna .....I still feel strongly about that.

Very Happy

hope everyone can forgive me...Hem Hem, rettoP yrraH and Brandon Christopher as well as anyone I may be missing....um ...ah...thank you


Gina R Snape - Jan 23, 2004 9:06 pm (#1914 of 2753)

Darn! I missed the show. Did they say or show anything particularly interesting?

Warty Harris, you do realise the rest of us will want to know what you are apologising for, now!


Sly Girl - Jan 23, 2004 9:24 pm (#1915 of 2753)

They talked about being 'normal' teens. How Dan hates Emma because she never gets spots. (she claims she gets her fair share. ha) How Rupert needs the giggles beat out of him and how Dan jammed with Gary Oldman on bass.

Edit: oh yeah, Dan also said the first time he ever met Gary, Mr. Oldman was wearing this long nightshirt type thing and Dan was like, Oh! Cool costume! And Gary was like, Um.. no. This is my own shirt.

Pretty funny actually.


Gina R Snape - Jan 23, 2004 9:34 pm (#1916 of 2753)

Heh, heh. That is pretty funny. Thanks, Sly Girl.

Seems like these kids are a lot of fun. Smart, good-looking, funny... all the makings of a bright future.


The Great Abbycadabra - Jan 23, 2004 9:34 pm (#1917 of 2753)

First of all, here's some Abbyfetti for Chinese New Year! ,'.;',.;',.;',.;',.;',.;,. I'm a rat, by the way. Strangely, I've always been proud of this. I even have a little necklace with the symbol for the Year of the Rat. Boop, don't be sad about being a rat. I've always read that the Chinese admire rats for their quick wits and tendency to hold on to valuable items. Being a rat is a good thing!

People born in the Year of the Rat are noted for their charm and attraction for the opposite sex. They work hard to achieve their goals, acquire possessions, and are likely to be perfectionists. They are basically thrifty with money. Rat people are easily angered and love to gossip. Their ambitions are big, and they are usually very successful. They are most compatible with people born in the years of the Dragon, Monkey, and Ox. Heehee, I like the part about acquiring possessions and being thrifty with money. You guys should see my room and my many odd and interesting things. Most of which cost $1 or less.

Gina, my little brother is a Rooster. He's a member. Hasn't posted in forever, though.

Oh, and thanks, Lauren. I do have excellent taste, don't I? And I adore Laurence! He cracks me up, what with the leather pants and that hair. And he's certainly a very bold designer. Something that always makes the show interesting.

Hey, Tim, at least you caught something. My one fishing experience consisted of the fish mocking me by simply eating the bait then swimming off. Stupid fish.

As for posting a picture of myself, I have a problem with that. Mostly because my dad's sorry excuse for a scanner doesn't work. That and the fact that I've never had a good picture of myself. But, should I ever figure it out, I may very well allow all of you to bask in my loveliness.

By the way, why is everyone so chatty all of a sudden? I had to take notes on what to reply to.


Mrs. Sirius - Jan 23, 2004 10:04 pm (#1918 of 2753)

Hey Julia yes I do. I live in tiny Chester about 40 minutes east of New Haven. It's a lovely picturesque, quintessential New England town with 2 churches, and loads of artist and art galleries and nice people. Our winter festival is upcoming soon. The best feature of which is the chili cook-off and the ice sculpture contest. But don't blink while driving by or you'll miss us. We have a lake in town and during the summer at any given time, there are at least half a dozen people reading Harry Potter books, (yes adults too).

I worked in New Haven sometime ago, but now I stay at home with my kids. There is another member who lives in this area too. She is a high school student and I think only posting occasionally now. So you attend party central, U CONN????:-)) Isn't the party season approaching at U Conn with March madness?? You can always party here. Welcome Julia.

On the Chinese horoscope I am a Pig (Swine), I am sorry but there is just nothing pleasant sounding about that! (PS, I took that test and I came out at about 56% percent obsessed.)

Edit: Gina the interview with the trio is available at The Leaky Caldron. It's very choppy though. Maritza


popkin - Jan 23, 2004 11:18 pm (#1919 of 2753)

Gina, I am also a rooster, but I must be a rogue one. The description didn't really fit me all that well.


Brandon Christopher - Jan 23, 2004 11:30 pm (#1920 of 2753)

Apparently I'm an Ox: Oxen are born leaders, inspiring confidence in everyone they come into contact with. However, they can be too demanding. Methodical and good with their hands, they make fine surgeons and hairdressers. I have just one thing to say to that, "Hairdressers!?!" People have told me that I'm a good leader before but I normally don't like to lead if I don't have to. I am good with my hands and can be "stubborn as an Ox" so that has to count for something. Overall I'm not sure how accurate this is; but it is fun to look at nonetheless.

Hey Abby, we're compatible! I always liked you, now I know why... Just kidding, everyone on this forum is so much fun. I like how we mix it up and talk about and do stuff other than HP sometimes. It's always nice to switch it up a little.

Warty, if anyone should be apologizing for their behavior in the chatroom it would be me. I know that politics can get very controversial and is one of the "forbidden three" conversational topics but sometimes I just can't help myself. It's just one of those subjects that gets us all riled up sometimes, me more than other most of the time. But it was fun talking to all you guys nonetheless. Sometimes a good argument is just what the mind needs.


The Great Abbycadabra - Jan 23, 2004 11:48 pm (#1921 of 2753)

Well, I am extremely likeable.

I nearly had gone into the chatroom last night, but I figured there'd be no one in there. This unfortunately happens to me a lot. Looks like I missed something interesting.


Brandon Christopher - Jan 24, 2004 12:11 am (#1922 of 2753)

Abby I don't know why but you are very likeable. Can't figure out why though, must be your fabulous umbridge like looks...

You didn't miss much - just Sam and I going at it. It was kind of funny in a frustrating way. It was mainly me ragging on Bush and Cheney and Sam and I talking about the Democratic candidates. I don't want to start a political discussion here because I know that Kip said we shouldn't. So this was just a brief description of our conversation, not an inviataion to start a political debate.

But if anyone would start a debate I wouldn't complain... just kidding I'll stick to the rules from now on.


Dr Filibuster - Jan 24, 2004 5:14 am (#1923 of 2753)

Mrs Sirius, when I first glanced at your post I thought, hey you're my nearest forum member!

I'm off to Chester right now (the city centre is about 20 miles away), just checkng in here before I go.

Then I realised you meant Chester USA. Any connections/similarities?

I love looking at US maps when I'm on holiday thousands of miles from home with strange roadkill on the roadside, extreme weather, alien landscapes, slow speed limits, huge billboards in the middle of nowhere and foreign radio...when all of a sudden....Hey, we just passed through Wigan and the next place is called Crewe! (or any familiar, usually unglamourous UK towns not known for their US connection). I'm sure it's the same in Canada, Aus, NZ, etc.

NB, Chester, Cheshire is lovely as sounds your Chester.


Mrs. Sirius - Jan 24, 2004 8:14 am (#1924 of 2753)

I love looking at US maps when I'm on holiday thousands of miles from home with strange roadkill on the roadside, extreme weather, alien landscapes, slow speed limits, huge billboards in the middle of nowhere and foreign radio...when all of a sudden....Hey, we just passed through Wigan and the next place is called Crewe! (or any familiar, usually unglamourous UK towns not known for their US connection). I'm sure it's the same in Canada, Aus, NZ, etc.

Dr. F, except for the large billboards your description is accurate. We woke to about 0 F today. Last week we had double digits below zero. Connecticut is very hilly. I live on a particular hill where no matter what the weather, in even in town which is just 3.5 miles away, here it is colder, snowier, wetter. We can go sledding in our yard when in town there is barely a dusting. Last summer there was a violent thunderstorm, in town nothing. We have wild turkeys abound, deer, pheasants, coyotes and many an unnamed creatures, all can be viewed right out my kitchen window.

Chester, CT is sister city with Chester, England. Every few years the towns exchange delegations. The last time I believe it was the UK folks who came. Town officials and towns people participate in this exchange. It has been going on for a few years now. I am aware of this mostly because our town is so small, just over 3,000 people. Most of the towns in this area are small and have names that are probably familiar to you, Essex is the next town down from us, Lyme (several variations), Saybrook, East Hampton. Of course this is in Middlesex county.

Other very familiar names include, Manchester (amazing to me this one), Litchfield (Old, New and of course Old New Litchfield), New Haven (we pronounce ours on Nu Ha-ven), Guilford. Driving through any New England state you do get a feeling for old England.


Warty Harris - Jan 24, 2004 10:50 am (#1925 of 2753)

Gina R. Snape, it was a conversation about many things. Smile I still mean what I said about Madonna though!


Pinky - Jan 24, 2004 1:15 pm (#1926 of 2753)

I went to see "The Return of the King" again last night, and they showed the PoA trailer again! I got so excited I wanted to cheer. But I didn't. Because I wanted to hear every last bit of the trailer. I can't wait! (And did anyone else notice how HUGE those toads are?)


Madame Librarian - Jan 24, 2004 2:28 pm (#1927 of 2753)

Joost!, I'm responding to the suggestion you made on the new Floo/trivia thread about not using Google so much. You said to try alltheweb.

The head of our Reference Department at my library just gave her staffers a similar challenge: Can you do your on-line research for patron questions without using Google for one month? She provided a long list of aternatives and alltheweb was at the top. At any rate, my boss (Readers Services) told us about it and said it was not a bad exercise (though we agreed that part of the Google issue is knowing how to enter your search and how vetted the answer must be.

For example, when a person wants medical information, you don't want to end up with some crackpot website that mixes standard medicine with off-the-wall ideas about treatment. With many search engines you're not sure what's what. Apparently Google is less selective. However, if you're just looking the up the lyrics to a song or the lines to a poem, Google is usually just fine. So far in my experiments at work, I have not seen a huge difference between Google and alltheweb, but then again I'm pretty good at selecting search parameters.

So what's my point? Mostly that I thought it was a so funny that coincidentally you brought up this issue about Google, and your suggested alternative was the same. That's all.

Ciao. Barb


Joost! - Jan 24, 2004 2:46 pm (#1928 of 2753)

Well, Barb, you mentioned using alltheweb.com to find that site about archetypal characters: Madame Librarian "Does the Harry Potter Series Have Literary Value?" 1/22/04 7:28am

I just made a reference to that when you said how great google was. So it wasn't really a coincidence.


Madame Librarian - Jan 24, 2004 2:48 pm (#1929 of 2753)

Yes, that was just after we had the "challenge" at work. Joost!, you must have a great memory.

Ciao. Barb


Lynn Allen - Jan 24, 2004 3:28 pm (#1930 of 2753)

While there are many people in this Forum with whom I hope to become better acquainted, I would like to follow up with Susirro Notities, who suggested we do so when I first came to the group. Is there a way to exchange messages that would not consume Forum space and other readers' valuable time? (And no, this is not an invitation to an online "wizard seeking witch chat room," behavior I generally find repellent). How do group members interact without compromising privacy? Lynn


timrew - Jan 24, 2004 3:28 pm (#1931 of 2753)

Mrs. Sirius, Manchester, UK is my home town!

Okay, I don't know what my Chinese New Year animal is, so if I post my birthday (24th September 1949), perhaps someone can tell me.

My clever son changed my pic back to colour and still kept it under 10Kb!

Thanks for the comments about the hat, Barb! We were in the Scottish Highlands when that pic was taken. The scenery was out of this world, the weather was unusually fine for Scotland, and the midges were evil incarnate! The only place we could get away from them was at sea in a boat, hence the fishing expedition!


Gina R Snape - Jan 24, 2004 3:59 pm (#1932 of 2753)

Awww, Tim, that fish is cute. Couldn't feed a kitten, but it's cute.

Glad to see you picked another photo! Change is good.


boop - Jan 24, 2004 4:09 pm (#1933 of 2753)

Gina, I like the new look.


Ladybug220 - Jan 24, 2004 4:22 pm (#1934 of 2753)
Edited by Jan 24, 2004 4:24 pm

Tim you are an OX,

Earth Ox - 1889, 1949, 2009 This is an enduring although less creative type of Ox who is always faithful to his duties. He knows his limitations and realizes his imperfections quite young in life. He will shine in any career he decides to undertake. He is practical, industrious and prepared to pay the price demanded for success. He contributes his share willingly and will favor practical and worthy endeavors. He looks for security and stability and will work efficiently with these two master goals in mind.

Although he may not be sensitive or very emotional by nature, he is capable of sincere and lasting affection and will be loyal and steadfast to his loved ones and his principles.

He fights for constant advancement of his station in life and will endure difficulties and suffering without complaint. Purposeful and determined Ox will go far; it will be hard to push him back because he will never surrender captured ground. He may be the slowest but is the surest of all the Oxen.



Dr Filibuster - Jan 24, 2004 4:27 pm (#1935 of 2753)

I can't see details so well on my screen. Smilies just look like coloured dots most of the time. So excuse me Tim but I couldn't see a fish, and Gina it looks like Snape is visitng his local....ie he is nursing a pint down at the HogsHead.

Mrs Srius, don't suppose you have a Warrington (Lymm is part of Warrington), Northwich, or any other wiches? You got me thinking about Chester. It's a medieval city with strong Roman roots....lots of Latin all over the place. Rowlings wizards would feel quite at home in parts of Chester. They probably wouldn't get a second glance if they were in robes either, due to lots of street theatre etc.


timrew - Jan 24, 2004 5:08 pm (#1936 of 2753)

Sue, it was a small fish! Probably about three pixels on your screen (You shoulda seen the one that got away! Three pixels at least!).

Gina's Snape seems to be holding an hour glass - he could be timing a boiled egg, or shaking a cocktail.....

Thank you, Ladybug, for letting me know that I'm an ox. I somehow thought I would be something like that!


Julia. - Jan 24, 2004 6:10 pm (#1937 of 2753)

Hey guys. I'm back after being off the computer for Shabbos, and come back to about 60 new posts! I too, am an ox (8 September 1985), and yes, Mrs. Sirius, I go attend party central, although I've managed to avoid both partying and cow tipping. I have, however, done a lot of partying with my new friends of the forum. I'd also love it if you all could see what I look like, so as soon as the Rabbi sends me pics from our trip to Crown Heights, I'll post one of me. Also, my AIM screen name is pinstripers16 so if you see me online, feel free to say hi and talk about Harry, just tell me who you are so that I don't ignore you.


Blast - Jan 24, 2004 6:55 pm (#1938 of 2753)

Dr.F. many towns in Canada are named after places in the U.K. because most of the settlers were from there. There are also many native names here too. Toronto means meeting place but it was known as York for years, my town is called Grimsby. In Quebec and parts of the east coast we also have French names because they were settled by the French. Newfoundland by far has some of the best names though, the have a town called Heart's Content, and Come By Chance.


Blast - Jan 24, 2004 7:01 pm (#1939 of 2753)

Dr.F. we do have a lot of U.K. names in Canada. In my province Ontario, most of the early settlers were from the U.K. and they named towns after the places they were from. I live in Grimsby and the next town is called Lincoln.


Brandon Christopher - Jan 24, 2004 7:23 pm (#1940 of 2753)

Thanks for the link Ladybug, I'm a wood ox: This type of Ox is less rigid and at least conscious if not considerate of other people's emotions. He reacts more quickly than others of his sign and is likely to be more graceful socially. He will be admired for his integrity and ethics. He is fair and impartial although his lunar animal sign draws him toward conservatism. He understands and operates within a fixed social system and will be a much better showman than the Oxen of wealth elements.

Given the chance and motivation, he will embrace new and progressive views; he is less stubborn and able to concede to majority rule.

He could climb to great heights, amassing wealth and achieving prominence, if he can succeed in founding and developing sizable industrial outfits. He has strong drive and will exploit his potentials to the maximum. He understands the importance of coexistence and will link his ambitions to a larger order of things. He is capable of teamwork and is likely to be corporate-minded.

One thing to say to that: me conservative... not likely!!! Otherwise fairly accurate, emphasis on the words "fairly accurate."


Leprechaun Jack - Jan 24, 2004 10:14 pm (#1941 of 2753)

I have started a thread about the Audio books if anyone would like to add their thoughts.



The Great Abbycadabra - Jan 24, 2004 11:23 pm (#1942 of 2753)

Blast! Love the Vlad pic!

Yeah, Brandon, Umbridge looks good on me.


Pinky - Jan 25, 2004 3:51 am (#1943 of 2753)

Lynn, I'm not sure how to answer your question about getting to know specific members better. Some members have made their e-mail addresses available. Click on their name when you find a post by them, and it will take you to their profile. If they have made their e-mail address public, that's where it will be. I would recommend that if you e-mail them, you put something explanatory in the subject line like "From a HP Lexicon friend" or something so they don't throw it out with the junk mail. Another option is to use the chatroom. When you are in the chatroom, you can send private messages to one particular user so they don't show up to the entire chatroom. I can't tell you precisely how to do that because 1) I don't visit the chatroom a lot, and 2) I alternate between the java and non-java chatroom format when I do visit depending on which computer I'm on, so I don't remember specific setups. Does this answer your question?


Lynn Allen - Jan 25, 2004 7:49 am (#1944 of 2753)

Hi Pinky, Thanks for the info. It's awkward at best because people wonder about your motivations for asking. When I first found the Forum and left the profile a couple people said they lived very close by, and to stay in touch. I thought it would be nice to follow-up, but am afraid now I'll be considered a stalker! (Oh no, my secret is out! ) Oh well... Lynn


Dr Filibuster - Jan 25, 2004 9:54 am (#1945 of 2753)

B.E.N, you're from Grimsby! You should talk to Azi our Yorkshire lass.

Anyone heard from Haggis and Irn Bru? It's Burn's Night tonight and I thought of her.

Gina, Tim tells me that your avatar is Snape holding a timer. I have my doubts. It could be a spot of emotional magic. He's thinking of his last lesson of the day (with the 5th year Griffindor/Slyths) and holding a normal pint glass so tightly it's gone a bit wonky.

Either that or he's timing Madame Rosmerta because his order of pie and chips is taking forever. That is salt and vinegar on the table?


Lynn Allen - Jan 25, 2004 11:03 am (#1946 of 2753)
Edited by Denise P. Jan 25, 2004 11:08 am

Someone here asked about purchasing Harry Potter-related shirts, so at the risk of starting a political debate here, Mugglenet.com has a link to a group selling t-shirts that with Harry Potter related political statement.

I edited out part of this post that gave specifics on the shirt. While I do know it is a joke, politics and this Forum don't mix well. If you have any question about the edit, feel free to contact me at noveil4me@aol.com


boop - Jan 25, 2004 1:04 pm (#1947 of 2753)

Marye Lupin, I'm responding to your post on YKYAHPLFW about the show 24 hours. I do like that show and watch it every week. I was not happy they took it off for a speech. I think that show was more important!


Gina R Snape - Jan 25, 2004 3:39 pm (#1948 of 2753)

Dr. Filibuster, I think you might be onto something there with the timing of Rosmerta! Hee.

Of course, I don't see any HP sauce for the chips...


Dr Filibuster - Jan 25, 2004 4:15 pm (#1949 of 2753)

Gina, I think Snape would choke on the HP sauce.

I just checked Steve's link to the moon on his excellent Floo network page. Is it me or is the moon the wrong way around? I admit that I haven't read all the moon info, and it's too cloudy to see the moon tonight...but I got a good look last night (in the UK) and I'm sure that picture wasn't what I saw in the sky.


Ladybug220 - Jan 25, 2004 4:27 pm (#1950 of 2753)
Edited by Jan 25, 2004 4:29 pm


I just got back from a walk and that is what the moon looked like from Birmingham, Alabama. It's really bright considering there isn't much of it.
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Julia. - Jan 25, 2004 4:38 pm (#1951 of 2753)

Hey guys, question for you. I need to get a Gryffindor robe before Purim, a Jewish holiday in the first week of March. Any ideas where I can get one for a reasonable price? Remember, I am just your friendly neighborhood UConn student, and I have the funds to reflect it , so it can't cost too much.


boop - Jan 25, 2004 5:08 pm (#1952 of 2753)

Julia, Why don't you try e-bay. They have lots of Harry Potter items.


Blast - Jan 25, 2004 5:14 pm (#1953 of 2753)

Dr. F. I live in Grimsby Ontario Canada, although we arn't a fishing villiage any more, we do have a marina and sport fishing on Lake Ontario. We are a very beautiful community with vinyards and orchards. We are nestled against the Niagara Escarpment, so we call it the mountain, it is the same escarpment that Niagara Falls goes over. We also have a thriving greenhouse industry, especially in plants. Most people in the town, 20,000, plant lots of flowers. There is a nucleus of the original town, it is mostly Georgian style and then there is the Victorian era homes. There has been a big buiding boom though and we are becoming a bedroom community to the bigger cities. There are a lot of Brittish, Scotts, Irish, Dutch, German, Italian, Balkin, Ukrainian, Polish, plus others of Brittish Empire descent, to go with the original Empire Loyalists who came from the United States. A lot of these people were Mennonites or Pennsylvanian Dutch. We have many Churches in the town and even had a Synagog, but it was converted to a church when the Jewish community relocated to the bigger city of Hamilton. One day though I will get to England. I have relatives there somewhere, but I do not know them. Contact was lost a long time ago. It would be nice to find some of them and take them out for a few pints.


boop - Jan 25, 2004 5:36 pm (#1954 of 2753)

Marie E., Why don't you use the spell Incarcerous on your husband. Bind him to a chair by your computer. Don't remove the spell until he has undone what he did!


Gina R Snape - Jan 25, 2004 5:54 pm (#1955 of 2753)

Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha. Oh, Dr Filibuster, I hadn't thought about HP sauce being "HP" sauce.

No, on second thought, maybe some curry sauce would be better.

Well, the Golden Globes are on. Wouldn't it be great of PoA wins a Golden Globe next year?!


scully jones - Jan 25, 2004 5:55 pm (#1956 of 2753)

I'm watching the Globes as well, I'd just die if I saw a POA trailer, 250,000,000 people are watching right now....


Julia. - Jan 25, 2004 6:55 pm (#1957 of 2753)

Yay for watching the Golden Globes! I hope Lord of the Rings wins for best drama, I absolutly loved the third one. And thanks Boop. I've never E-Bayed before, but I'll check it out.


SarcasticGinny - Jan 25, 2004 7:37 pm (#1958 of 2753)

Does anyone here teach? I start student teaching tomorrow! I'm SO nervous!


Brandon Christopher - Jan 25, 2004 7:46 pm (#1959 of 2753)

Ahhh SarcasticGinny, I remember having much fun with TA's and Student Teachers. Beware the kids in the back, they're quiet but deadly. To your students I say: good luck and good hunting!


Bet that helped your nerves didn't it?

Edit: my mom says she's sorry that you all have to deal with me You'll be fine Ginny, as Gina said: find your inner Snape!


scully jones - Jan 25, 2004 7:49 pm (#1960 of 2753)

Good luck! I was always nice to MY teachers.... But I'm a bit Hermy..


Gina R Snape - Jan 25, 2004 7:55 pm (#1961 of 2753)

I teach at University. Not quite the same as being a TA with children. But you'll be fine. Good luck! Besides, if they start to misbehave, just find your inner Snape!


Blast - Jan 25, 2004 8:04 pm (#1962 of 2753)

My daughter said that it took about a minute to figure out who the trouble makers were in her first student teaching go. She's a great kid but as Gina said, she found her inner Snape. You don't mess with her inner Snape either, one look was all it took.


Madame Librarian - Jan 25, 2004 8:13 pm (#1963 of 2753)

Julia, what about a black choir robe (borrowed?) and a home-made Hogwarts emblem pinned on? Then wear a maroon and gold muffler around your neck.

Ciao. Barb


Julia. - Jan 25, 2004 8:25 pm (#1964 of 2753)

Good idea Barb. It think I'll look into that before E-Bay. I actually all ready have a gray sweater and skirt, a gryffindor tie and scarf, so all I need is a Gryffindor robe. Ginny, I don't teach yet, but I'm studdying to become a high school biology teacher. Over winter break I was a TA at my old high school, an inner city school where more than half of the sudents don't care about studdies at all. Some of the classes I helped out with were really good, but several were horrible and exausting. Good luck, and if you have any trouble, find your inner Snape, combine it with your inner Malfoy, and you'll be fine.


Mrs. Sirius - Jan 25, 2004 9:49 pm (#1965 of 2753)

Julia my birthday is the day before yours! I'm also originally from NYC. Good luck at finding a robe. If you can't find one, there is an easy way to make one quickly. It's called an Old Vic. Well it's a little involved to post here I try sending it to later.

Dr. F, there is a Warrinton in Rhode Island which is the state to the east of us and there may also be one in Massachusetts which is just north of us. In Connecticut we have a Norwich, which is about 30 minutes from Chester. We also have a Greenwich, Cheshire, and many towns ending in -ford,-bury.

Tim, love your new picture, glad you gave the fish a second chance. Manchester, I passed through once and it made a huge impression on me.

I went back and looked at my chinese horoscope. Once I get past the Pig, (Boar) title, it is an amazingly good description of me. Chivalrous, gallant, loyal, no retreat, quick tempered but doesn't like to argue. And oh yes, impulsive. Keeps friend for a life time. So Nimrod that's you and me.


Detail Seeker - Jan 25, 2004 11:45 pm (#1966 of 2753)

Good luck, Ginny !
From my own limited teaching past (teaching soldiers and University students, undergraduate and graduate), I just have one hint for you:

Main thing to get a group of students listen to you is impressing an atmosphere of r e l a x e d superiority on them. Enter the classroom energetically and address them loud and - that is the important point - in a rather slow mode of speech. If you think you are talking a bit too slow, then you are right. Retain this speed of speech for the whole lesson, while you can modulate the loudness. If you speak too fast, you may appear uncertain of yourself, so students start looking for flaws. And, you may start to stutter or mix up your sentences. So, speaking slower gives you time to get your sentences straight. Making shorter sentences helps, too.
And one other thing: Boldly stated is better than longwinded proven. Always have the key message at first - then show, how you come to a conclusion and what it is used for.

So, again, good luck with your teaching.


popkin - Jan 26, 2004 4:08 am (#1967 of 2753)

SarcasticGinny, good luck on your first day student teaching. I hope you have a good role model.

Advice - don't cut your students any slack in the discipline department. For right now, rule your class with an iron fist - later on, when you've all gotten to know each other better, you can lighten up. But if you let them take an inch at the beginning, they'll have taken the whole mile before your session is half done.

Also, without looking nervous or mean, reserve your best smiles for a bit as well. A serious look can help to maintain the idea that you are not a teacher to mess with.


Madame Librarian - Jan 26, 2004 4:45 am (#1968 of 2753)

SarcasticGinny--think how Professor McGonagall would do it. Hang on to your inner Snape to use if necessary, but think McG. for the outer persona.

Best of luck, and remember to enjoy it a little!

Ciao. Barb


boop - Jan 26, 2004 5:24 am (#1969 of 2753)

Ginny, I hope you had a great first day teaching!

Marie E., Your husband got your computer working again, great!!!!This picture is of you? Very nice Marie.


Flame Alligator - Jan 26, 2004 5:39 am (#1970 of 2753)

I haven't posted for a few couple of days but I did read all posts as I hate to get behind on the chat post.

Lynn Allen, I am open to anyone contacting me which is why I posted my e-mail address.

To All Forum Members: Is it correct to assume that if e-mail address is posted that the member is open to being contacted? I, too, would like a general consensus on this as there are some of you I would like to know more about and don't want to clog up this thread.

Sarcastic Ginny, I hope it's not too late to wish you luck on teaching. I would like to add one more thing; find a way to be yourself after you are finished imitating others. I imitated others for about a month until I gained the confidence to be myself. Once I did that, the classes became more enjoyable for the students and me. I have taught 11 year olds to 65 year olds. It's the over 40 year olds that try to run my classes. I treat all the same with firmness, respect and humor.

timrew, I am probably late with this comment. I like your new picture.

Pinky, I found the Star Wars avatars. Don't worry. (*puts index finger to mouth*) I'll keep it secret.

The other day my godson gave me the sweetest gift.....a kiss. I was practicing yoga in my yoga room in full "Flow" with music blaring, incense burning. He came in breathless from riding his scooter and gave me a great big kiss and then he left. He is so sweet to me. I value our friendship a great deal.


Joost! - Jan 26, 2004 5:48 am (#1971 of 2753)

Flame Alligator: "I, too, would like a general consensus on this as there are some of you I would like to know more about and don't want to clog up this thread."

I hope you realize that if all members answer your question it will clog up this thread

I'm assuming that when someone shows their e-mail address it OK to mail them. If not it's no trouble to delete the mail and block the sender


boop - Jan 26, 2004 5:50 am (#1972 of 2753)

Flame: Your godson was just letting you know how special you are to him, very sweet! How old is your godson?

I agree that my email is for anyone that would like to contact me off the forum may do so.


B]Pinky[/B] - Jan 26, 2004 6:57 am (#1973 of 2753)

Flame, I agree with Joost. If a member's e-mail address is public, you can assume that they do not mind being contacted. However, they may or may not want the same level of contact that you want. I have my e-mail public because I am a moderator, and I want to be available if anyone has a question. I have also developed some friendships with some of the members here. If you e-mail someone with a public address, I would keep the first e-mail short and sweet, just suggesting that you'd like to get to know them better, but giving them an out in case they don't want to. Some people may not be as comfortable developing a cyber friendship as others. You can also try dropping them an e-mail saying you appreciate their posts on the forum and maybe asking a question or two. If they respond, I think it would be safe to say they are ok with e-mailing. If they don't, well, maybe they aren't. *shrugs* All you can do is try!


Flame Alligator - Jan 26, 2004 7:26 am (#1974 of 2753)

boop, My godson is 11 l/2 years old and boy band cute if I do say so myself. I would love to put our picture together as my avatar but I would have to ask his permission. I have to be careful not to embarrass him in anyway. We are best friends. We go to movies together. He likes for me to go to the park and watch him skateboard. Plus, I am is number one advocate. I love being with him. His father complains that my husband and I spoil him. Not true. It can not be done. Although sometimes he can be naughty but I am a liberal and tolerant person who does not believe in controlling a child's every moment.

I am very close with my own 35 year old son, who I am on the phone with when I'm not on the net or The HP Forum. He lives hundreds of miles away. My godson is a godsend as I get to do a lot of the fun things I use to do with my own son and more.


Fawkes Forever - Jan 26, 2004 8:52 am (#1975 of 2753)

Crumbs..... what a lot of posts... my my, you have all been very chatty over the weekend... I don't even know where to start...

Dragonesss, yes indeedy, it's always nice to meet another fellow dragon, hmm, maybe I should start calling myself Norbert instead....

I'm very very busy at work at the moment... unfortunately, (I work in a software house & we have a big release coming up next week, so plenty of unpaid overtime coming up ... oh joy! )

So I might not get a chance to post much this week ... finger crossed however, might squeeze one or two in, but any spare time will probably be spent catching up reading the posts ... I have to work late tonight, waiting for one of our US team to get into the office, thats why I got this post in....

The Irish met office are also predicting the worst snow storm in over 20 years this week .... so maybe you might not hear from me in a few days ... lol, hmmm snow day, that wouldn't be bad, but I still have no computer at home ... work gave me an old one ... but it has no modem... very useful !

Oh & Gina, re. post #1905 - 'Fawkes revealed his dastardly scheme ...' (italics mine), I hope you where talking about me in my Snape Guise..... Otherwise I've more problems than overtime & snow storms ... Hee hee!

Later - Fawkes


boop - Jan 26, 2004 9:16 am (#1976 of 2753)

Flame, That is a special bond that will last forever. It sound like you two have lots of fun together. Its nice to know that he has someone to go to that he trust so much. I think more kids need that this day and age. Its tuff being a kid, I think more so then when I was one. Someone that will listen and not sit in judgment I don't think there is a way to spoiling a child! I wouldn't think of spoiling my granddaughters, never!! I'm sure you miss your son living miles away. I don't know what it would be like, because my girls live very close. I would have to learn to adjust to them living hundreds of miles from me. I'm very close to my daughters as well. I was young when I had my girls, we kind of grew up together. When your young you do dumb things, but I wouldn't trade being a parent ever! The hardiest job, but with many rewards!! Thank you for share about you godson with me.


Sinister Kittens - Jan 26, 2004 9:27 am (#1977 of 2753)

FF, I know how you feel. Too much work and no play (well you all know how that one goes!). I was really looking forward to a weekend on the Forum, only to discover that my other half had changed some settings on our pc and he didn't fix it until last night! Sooo, logged on today and aarrgghh! Nevermind, it's nearly home time for me so I can re-log in there!

*EDIT* Have you all celebrated Australia Day yet? If so, and I am late - Happy Belated Australia Day!


Fawkes Forever - Jan 26, 2004 9:38 am (#1978 of 2753)

Oh yeah that’s right.... no we didn't celebrate SK, whoops. Happy Belated Australia Day Cute Kitty by the way!

still stuck at work ..... *grumble grumble*, making the most of it.... reading my unread posts....


Gina R Snape - Jan 26, 2004 9:59 am (#1979 of 2753)

Yes, Fawkes, I meant you in your polyjuiced form.


Sinister Kittens - Jan 26, 2004 10:24 am (#1980 of 2753)

Thanks Fawkes, I received an email today with loads of cute puddy tat pics (they formed a little story), I think they should keep me going for a while, some are not so cute but did make me giggle!

PS - Don't work too hard!


Flame Alligator - Jan 26, 2004 10:32 am (#1981 of 2753)

boop, My pleasure. I get the feeling time is running out on "godson time" as the girls are already calling him a lot. Just as I predicted when he was younger. (*smiles proudly*) For now, we have a definite date for HP,PoA when it premieres here. The only boy I would love as much as my godson would be Harry.

I was a young mother too. It turned out great. My son loves it and thinks it is hilarious when I am mistaken for his sister and sometimes his (LOL) girlfriend.

Fawkes F., I am going to miss your early morning posts. (*groan*) I know how it is when you have a lot of work to get out. Thank god, I only consult with my husband on his cases. Sometimes he has me working all night. Of course, teaching yoga is always a breeze.

Speaking of breeze, we have got a lot of snow and high winds. I am so glad I get to work at home today. For anyone out there battling the elements, my heart goes out to you.

What's Australia Day? How is it celebrated? Do you get a day off from work? I have always wanted to visit down under.

Sinister Kittens, I am loving every single kitty. Keep 'em comin'.

Chinese Horoscope: I am a metal rabbit. Likes to live well, great appreciation of beauty. Likely to live long as rabbits represent immortality. What else....oh yes....ambitious (huh?), cool intellect. Cool intellect.....maybe. My husband says definitely. I like to play to much to be with other intellectuals and I prefer to speak in vernacular. Although I have to be careful on the forum as vernacular is frowned upon.

I have just enough time this afternoon to get in some HP reading in. Plus, I have been enjoying the writing over on Fan Fiction.


Sly Girl - Jan 26, 2004 11:17 am (#1982 of 2753)

Oh yeah, shameless plug. If there are any Harry and Ginny fans needing a fix of their ship, feel free to enjoy my A Proper Valentine at your leisure.

Now I'm slipping back under the rock, cuz I just embarrassed myself.


Julia. - Jan 26, 2004 11:37 am (#1983 of 2753)

Flame, contact away! I've also posted my AIM screen name, so if you want to contact me that way, knock your self out. Also, SK, happy Australia day to you too What exactly does that involve?

Marè - Jan 26, 2004 1:57 pm (#1984 of 2753)

No you didn't sly!

You promoted the fanfic forum by introducing our members to a short story, which is a great way to be introduced to fanfiction, and most importantly the fanfiction that is written by our own talented members.

And you wrote a great story, so really there is nothing to be embaressed about!


Madam Poppy - Jan 26, 2004 2:48 pm (#1985 of 2753)
Edited by Jan 26, 2004 2:48 pm

Hey! I finally got my Xmas present from my son in Alaska...only a month late. It was a purple t-shirt that has an otter wearing round glasses and above him are the words, Harry Otter (in the Harry Potter font). I laughed and laughed. I can't wait to wear it to the PofA opening!
(BTW Otters are a big t-shirt picture in Alaska)


Pinky - Jan 26, 2004 2:56 pm (#1986 of 2753)

Hey Madam Poppy, they're looking for you over in St. Mungo's. Some people are getting concerned that there seems to be no staff around....

Barb, for dinner tonight, I made latkes (sp?) - potato pancakes. Yummy! But just a little on the salty side... was that really supposed to read 1.5-2 TABLEspoons of salt? Or did you mean 1.5-2 TEAspoons? Anyway, my husband, who absolutely loves anything potato, broke into the mazel tov song from "Fiddler on the Roof" after taking his first bite. Salty or not, they were scrumptious! And do they really soak up that much oil?


SarcasticGinny - Jan 26, 2004 3:43 pm (#1987 of 2753)

Hi guys. Thanks bunches for all the well wishing and advice. It's my tendency to believe things are going to be worse than they usually are, and in this case, I've done it again. My school is wonderful- My mentor always wants to make me coffee and soup and since I teach 7th and 8th grade reading, they free read every Monday and Friday-which means I get to read all day after taking attendence and having them get their books out. Today I was reading "We are the Mulvaneys" by Joyce Carol Oates-anyone read it? Also, of course I checked- and my teacher has all the HP books but Order of the Phoenix!

As for the inner Snape, I'm still looking for him. I guess at the end of the day, I can hope I'm a Flitwick-a little too easy on the kids, but I get it done anyway, although I haven't really been given cause to be angry yet...I hope if the time comes (and it will) when they cross me, I'm as fierce as McGonagall or Snape! Brandon, don't worry, I was that kid in the back too. I got good grades so I thought it was cool to launch school "borrowed" supplies about the rooms and pass notes. I guess it will keep me on my toes for the kids like that, cause I know their methods.


Sinister Kittens - Jan 26, 2004 3:56 pm (#1988 of 2753)

Sarcastic Ginny - Congratulations on not finding the inner snape. I really enjoyed my time at school and my teachers were (okay, mostly) encouraging!

I'm not actually Australian, I was just wishing happy Australia Day to those Forum Members who are, and yes I think this should be celebrated globally as they have all had this monday off!

# *EDIT* Pinky, do I hold the record so far then? I mean of how many of 'me' there can be in the chat room at any one time? (I've seen the ghost effect many times, but it's rather disconcerting to see your log on name and the number 7 next to it... )


Madame Librarian - Jan 26, 2004 4:11 pm (#1989 of 2753)

Pinky, I'm not sure about the salt business with the latkes--the recipe is downstairs and I'm up right now. I'll check later. You know what I do? I start with less salt than I think is needed, and just before I start frying, I actually taste the batter and make adjustments. I know this grosses some people out, but that's the sacrifice one makes sometimes to make your family smile and 'aaah' with pleasure. Another idea is to just make one test latke (or two) again with salt on the light side, then adjust. How many potatoes did you start with? Did you like them with applesauce or sour cream?

Sarcastic Ginny, I'm happy your first day of teaching went well. Keep up the good work. If you can get a copy of OoP for the classroom, maybe you could start a group read-aloud. That would be so cool. You could get a small discussion group going after each session with ideas to toss out to the kids, you know, things we hashed over on the Forum. If I were that age, I would think a teacher was awesome if he or she started a serious discussion group like that.

Ciao. Barb


Pinky - Jan 26, 2004 4:12 pm (#1990 of 2753)

SK, I don't know. Perhaps you could just try logging in until the chatroom crashes? I know WX has had problems with the chatroom before, but I've always found it amusing to try and try to get into the chatroom, only to find myself waiting inside to greet me when I do get in.

EDIT: Barb, we didn't have applesauce or sour cream on hand, so we just ate them raw... er, I mean straight out of the pan. The recipe called for 8 small potatoes, so I used 7 small ones, and 1 bigger one.


boop - Jan 26, 2004 6:17 pm (#1991 of 2753)

St Mungo’s is thinking of taking a trip down memory land to the 80's Do you remember: songs: Don't Worry Be Happy, Got to Have Faith,Red Red Wine. TV: Perfect Strangers, Who's the Boss, Win Lose or Draw, Alf. Commercial: Buckle up- Dummies. News: Baby Jessica Fell in the Well. Vh1 is running the 80's. These are some of 1988. Just thought I would pass it on.


Kowalla - Jan 26, 2004 6:18 pm (#1992 of 2753)

ARGH!!!! I HATE SNOW!!!!! To anybody that lives in one of those wonderful warm climates that rarely gets any snow, feel free to grab the biggest truck you can find & come take all you want! Particularly from my house! It started snowing while I was at work, so I had to go dig out my car before I could even leave! NOT FUN! Ok, well, maybe we only got about 2 or 3 inches, but that's still too much! I am seriously debating moving to Hawaii.

On a brighter note, where do I find this recipe for latkes? It really sounds interesting. I'm always looking for a good recipe to try. I bet my family probably thinks of me as a gourmet chef by now. (you'll have to ask shepherdess there)

Sarcastic Ginny, good luck with your classes, you're a lot braver than I am. I'd be scared to death of teaching a bunch of students, ESPECIALLY 7th & 8th graders. Those are the worst IMO.

Wow, as much as I am glad to say that I don't remember much of the eighties, I actually do remember quite a bit of those. That's rather scary.


scully jones - Jan 26, 2004 6:25 pm (#1993 of 2753)

I was 7 by the time the eighties were over, so I never paid much attention to them.... Smile I'm making cupcakes right now, though I don't know what we'll do with all of them. The recipe says it can make 24 of them, and it looks like it will be making more than that. How many cupcakes can two people eat all on their own?


boop - Jan 26, 2004 6:27 pm (#1994 of 2753)

Kowalla, the Recipe is on the Harry Potter themes Recipes thread

I know how you feel, we got 4 inches today and we are to get another six to nine inches tomorrow afternoon into the night.

EDit: Chiaojone, Take some to work with you.


wormsé - Jan 26, 2004 6:35 pm (#1995 of 2753)

We had a partial ice storm move in on Sunday, and school was closed today. (Thank heavens...) We're supposed to get some snow tomorrow... but we'll have school, anyways. *sigh* I have to give a speech, so I'm kinda hoping that with some luck, we'll get called off tomorrow, as well. All in all, I'm a bit jealous of all of you with several inches of snow on the ground!


boop - Jan 26, 2004 6:46 pm (#1996 of 2753)

Lindsay, The storms are coming up the coast line,(wave wand to bring lot more snow to Lindsay's way)!


Kowalla - Jan 26, 2004 6:49 pm (#1997 of 2753)

Thanks Boop, I'm definitely going to check that out.

Lindsay, trust me, you do NOT want this snow. I would rather give a speech any day than have to try to drive in this awful stuff.


wormsé - Jan 26, 2004 6:56 pm (#1998 of 2753)

Heh.. Thanks Boop! And Kowalla, I totally understand... even though I don't drive. I live out in the sticks, the boonies, whatever else people chose to call it. Nothing but rocks, trees, and hills. The roads are nothing but curves, and most are just little backroads that aren't considered important enough to salt before the snow comes. We can just say that I've learned to appreciate the ice and snow...


Marie E. - Jan 26, 2004 8:02 pm (#1999 of 2753)

Yes, boop, that's me. It's a little scary to have "real" me out there.

We had a nasty little storm blow through here last night, but no snow day. *pouts* Most of it melted today anyway. Still, we got below zero wind chills. I should borrow that freezy smilie.


Kowalla - Jan 26, 2004 8:03 pm (#2000 of 2753)

WOW. You mean they actually salt the roads BEFORE the snow comes?! People in this town aren't smart enough for that. Usually, they wait until the roads are nearly impossible to drive on, then they MIGHT salt the 2 main roads that run through the city. Other than that, we're just on our own, slipping, & sliding & TRYING not to wreck.
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The Great Abbycadabra - Jan 26, 2004 8:18 pm (#2001 of 2753)

Happy Australia Day! ',.;',;.',.;',;.',;.',;.

Good luck, Ginny, though I'm a bit late.

2000th post! Yay!


Madame Librarian - Jan 26, 2004 8:35 pm (#2002 of 2753)

oooh, I'll be 2001 (twenty-o-one, like the movie, get it?).

Normal snowy around the Chicago area. I did have to shovel a few times over the weekend. It's the ice I hate. Especially the black ice--stuff you can't see. There you are plodding along in the snow and --whoops! you've landed on your keester. Man that sidewalk's hard (and cold). Everyone, drive, and walk, carefully!

OK, new topic. Actually, a question. My son gave me both PS/SS and CoS DVDs as Hannukah presents (isn't he a sweetie?). Watched the first one tonight and was all geared up to see the extended scenes that have been mentioned on the Forum. Could not find them!! Were there two versions of the PS/SS DVD? Or am I too stoopid to locate them on the 2nd disc. Are they on the 1st disc? Help!

Ciao. Barb


Caput Draconis - Jan 26, 2004 9:12 pm (#2003 of 2753)
Edited by Jan 26, 2004 9:13 pm

I love you guys. Where else would I arrive to a global celebration of Australia Day? lol Basically just a big public holiday, with anthem singing, flag waving, barbeques and cricket. And heat, much heat. I will gladly take some of that snow and other related winter things - although we have been having big, giant summer storms, so I can't complain.

Barb - The deleted scenes are super annoying. You have to complete all the little activities, getting into Diagon Ally, going to Gringotts, choosing your wand, finding the flying key and mixing the potions. Then you'll be taken to the Mirror of Erised with the stone reflected. Click that and you're in. Annoying because you have to go through the process every time you want to see the extended first Snape lesson. Have fun!


Dragonesss - Jan 26, 2004 9:21 pm (#2004 of 2753)

Thanks for the idea, Madam Poppy! I'm going to get one!


Susurro Notities - Jan 26, 2004 10:37 pm (#2005 of 2753)
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Hi. Just to follow up I am a Rooster.
Lynn Allen - I am sorry - I had posted to you before you found the thread - then I didn't get back to you. My post was nothing too spectacular - yet I am please to see another mid-Michigainian join the forum.
My mother-in-law is moving - this has been an experience like no other. I would encourage all of you to clean your homes and go through your own belongings regularly. What a mess!


Madam Poppy - Jan 27, 2004 1:26 am (#2006 of 2753)

Dragoness! That's It! Where did you find my shirt? The entire message on the shirt is, "Harry Otter...and the Alaskan Scallop Surprise". My son, bless his heart, gave me a medium. I hope it doesn't shrink too much when I wash it!!


Blast - Jan 27, 2004 2:42 am (#2007 of 2753)

They can't salt the roads here because the salt has ruined some of the orchards, so they just sand them, keeping the water table fresh. Poppy good to see you no more bad luck?


Marè - Jan 27, 2004 3:11 am (#2008 of 2753)

Hey Marie I like your picture! Are you surfing the forum when the picture was taken?


Lynn Allen - Jan 27, 2004 4:41 am (#2009 of 2753)

Looks like it will be a long day here with all local schools closed because of icy roads and predictions of up to 8 inches of heavy snow today. My elementary school teacher wife, and 11th grade daughter are both delighted, of course, and have gone back to bed. My priorities are clear, for a few minutes anyway: I am visiting the Lexicon Forum!

Best wishes and belated Happy Australia Day to folks down under! Wish it were summertime here in cold and snowy Michigan! Oh, how I hate our climate during winter!


Madame Librarian - Jan 27, 2004 4:44 am (#2010 of 2753)

Caput Draconis, thank you! Those extended scenes better be worth it! What did the DVD producers think, that only kids would be interested? Why in heavens name do we have to go through the process? Arrrrrgghh! Obviously, when I have time, I'll do it. I certainly hope it is not the same with CoS.

Speaking of Australia: my husband and I just made airfare reservations for a 2-week trip to the land Down Under next November. Yikes, for someone who is airplane phobic, this is the ulitmate l-o-o-n-g flight! I also don't look forward to missing the Forum for 2 weeks, but if I can convince Jack to take his laptop, maybe we can connect at the hotel. We will be attending a wedding in Melbourne, but plan to travel around the rest of the time. Oh, dear me, I can't start getting nervous about it this far ahead. I'll go bonkers. I need a anxiety-reducing spell.

Ciao. Barb


Marè - Jan 27, 2004 4:47 am (#2011 of 2753)

Don't worry Barb, you'll be fine!
If you really think you’re going to stress out in the plane, stay up all night three nights prior to the flight and try to sleep through it.


Madame Librarian - Jan 27, 2004 4:48 am (#2012 of 2753)

Marè, good idea! I'll probably do so anyway just agonizing what to pack.

Ciao. Barb


SarcasticGinny - Jan 27, 2004 4:51 am (#2013 of 2753)

We have snow and ice storms here in Illinois; the roads look terrible... My second day of student teaching has been cancelled!


Madame Librarian - Jan 27, 2004 4:56 am (#2014 of 2753)

Where in Illinois, Sarcastic Ginny? We, too, have snow ("Winter Advisory") this morning. I'm in Evanston, just outside Chicago. Well, at least shoveling is a good upper body workout.

Ciao. Barb


Lynn Allen - Jan 27, 2004 4:58 am (#2015 of 2753)

Hope you don't need to shovel and scrape ice or to go anywhere for a while, SarcasticGinny. You might as well enjoy the day off! Get some sleep or enjoy a good book...I could recommend a promising new author if you are interested! Her name is Rowling. She just started writing a few years ago and seems to have a modest following!


boop - Jan 27, 2004 5:14 am (#2016 of 2753)

We are getting freezing rain and sleet now, but later will change to all snow. Just what we need more snow! The schools are closed here as well. The kids are having a long weekend. With more snow that means more shoveling, yuk! One good thing I don't have to go anywhere. I have off work Mondays, Tuesdays. Last year all the storms came on my days off, that made me happy. I would rather have all snow then any ice, because ice, cars, and people just don't mix!

Brab, sounds like a nice two weeks next November. I have never been on a airplane. I have been in all but 7 states. We spent 2 or 3 weeks every summer seeing different places in the USA. I have not done this is over 13years. I really miss it. Maybe someday I'll find someone who likes to travel and we will do it together.


SarcasticGinny - Jan 27, 2004 6:26 am (#2017 of 2753)

haha Lynne, funny you should mention it- I spent the morning immersed in this crazy book called Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix!

Barb-right now I'm in Champaign. The school I student teach at is in a tiny town about 30 min. south called Villa Grove, but I know where Evanstan is since I'm from the Schaumburg area orginally. I think all of Illinois is being hit pretty hard with weather today!


Devika - Jan 27, 2004 7:39 am (#2018 of 2753)

It's so unfair.... Here in Delhi all that we are getting is biting, freezing cold, and no snow at all. It's just the gloomy aspect of a winter, but not the beautiful aspect! I'm reallly dying to see some snowfall, but that never happens here. :-(

Madam Librarian, I hope your trip is fun. Australia is one of those few places in this world that I have promised myself I will visit in my lifetime. Of course I really want to visit Egypt and Greece sometime too.... but before that I want to at least explore India completely - it is a beauiful place!


Madame Librarian - Jan 27, 2004 7:45 am (#2019 of 2753)

Sarcastic Ginny, I'm U. of I. alum. Hey, we're practically next door neighbors! Did the kids get a snow day?

Boop, I love driving trips, especially when you can find routes off the interstate. That's not always practical, but it can be so much more interesting than driving from oasis to oasis.

On days like today in my area, I love my all-wheel drive Subaru wagon. Heated seats...ahhh. I hate ice, but my most dreaded condition is bitter cold, ice --and-- fierce winds. Living by Lake Michigan is no picnic because we get lots of lake effect snow and blustery wind. Weather only someone like Voldemort would concoct.

Ciao. Barb


Lynn Allen - Jan 27, 2004 8:29 am (#2020 of 2753)

Devika, You have probably answered this before but I am curious in what part of India you live? Forgive my ignorance but is there much travel by Indians within your country, and do you have difficulty with so many languages and cultures close by each other? It sounds like India is such a huge and culturally diverse country, you could spend a lifetime just visiting your own part of the world. (By the way, you can have as much of my snow as you like!) Best wishes, Lynn


Julia. - Jan 27, 2004 8:35 am (#2021 of 2753)

We're supppoesd to get 8-12 inches of snow, starting tonight and continuing through tomorrow. I really hope they cancel classes. It would give me time to catch up on important things like sleep, homework, and of course the most important things, the Forum and my rereads of the series


Dragonesss - Jan 27, 2004 9:02 am (#2022 of 2753)

Madam Poppy I couldn't resist! I love Harry, I love otters and I loooove purple!
So I just ask Google for Harry Otter. It gave me surprisingly many sites and a I choose one that mentions Alaska. There was just enough info in your message!
If you want to check it out it's here


Devika - Jan 27, 2004 9:06 am (#2023 of 2753)

Lynn, I live in Delhi, which is the capital of India. It is in the northern part of the country. It has some beautiful specimens of colonial architecture and is a city with a long history.

Well... Indians are great travellers especially since there are so many places to visit in the country. Travel abroad is not as common since not many people can afford it. Diversity in cultures is never a difficulty for us. In fact there is always a strong sense of pride in our diverse culture. Most practical problems in travel to different parts of the country can be taken care of by the english language which is common all over. In north and central India most people will figure out a conversation in an Indo-Aryan language. In the south there are languages of dravidian stock. It is there that english is really helpful.

And Lynn it is true that we can spend a lifetime and not see the whole of the country. Someone had written something about India to this effect - If you visit India for a day, you can write a book about it, if you visit it for a month, you can write a page about it, but the longer you live it'll get difficult to even write a sentence about it. That's the complexity of India, and even I can't claim to know all of it!

Well.. I am feeling specially patriotic since yesterday - 26th Jan was our Republic Day! and our country literally runs on patriotism!!


boop - Jan 27, 2004 9:37 am (#2024 of 2753)

Devika, Here have some snow (waves wand sends snow to Devika)  Chat & Greetings 2004 2488346073 Chat & Greetings 2004 2488346073 Chat & Greetings 2004 2488346073 Chat & Greetings 2004 2488346073 Chat & Greetings 2004 2488346073
I'm not too proud to share!

Barb, That is how we traveled mostly off the interstate. There is so much we would have missed if we would have taken the interstate. Its surprising how many places there to visit off the main roads. Those wind chills are awful.

Julia, I have my fingers and toes crossed, and thinking real hard no school for Julia!! Get your snow boot out, we are getting about the same amount of snow!


Lynn Allen - Jan 27, 2004 10:16 am (#2025 of 2753)

Thank you for the kind and interesting reply Devika, and Happy Republic Day! Unfortunately I know very few Indians, though there are many living in mid-Michigan, ex-patriate professionals and/or academics affiliated with Michigan State University. Our local Indian community is large enough that it just built a Hindu temple a few miles from my home; its architecture is really exotic by my standards. I really liked your comment about India's complexity, and appreciate how difficult it is to really get to know such a large and varied place.

Aside from several visits to nearby Ontario, Canada (which I love and recommend), my personal experience with travel to other countries has been limited to a 3-week international study course more than 30 years ago visiting several western European countries. At that time I was surprised at how abruptly language and culture could change at national borders, in contrast to my country, and marveled that so many Europeans could fluently speak multiple languages (whereas I struggle with English alone!). I imagine India is somewhat like that given the many kingdoms and principalities that existed before the subcontinent was colonized by the British.

I'm of English descent and actually something of an Anglophile, but have been told by an Indian friend that American independence was won thanks to India. He said that British forces were divided between here and its colonial activities in India, allowing America a better chance at success. So thanks to you and your countrymen, for what that's worth!  Chat & Greetings 2004 2222139670

One conclusion I've made is that it is easy to criticise governments and their policies, past and present, but the real test is learning to get along with people from other cultures in the here-and-now; things are never as simple as they seem in history books. That is one reason I am so delighted to have an opportunity to "meet" so many people from other countries through the Lexicon Forum, and again want to express appreciation to everyone who makes it possible.

Best regards, Devika, and to all our other online friends from around the world! Lynn


timrew - Jan 27, 2004 11:38 am (#2026 of 2753)

Oh, the diversity of weather around the world! Here in Manchester, everyone is in a flat panic because a temperature of minus 7C is forecast.

We've never had it so cold! People are already panic buying and all the supermarkets are empty. I think they're afraid of being holed up in their houses by two inch drifts! And no doubt once it hits freezing, all the trains will stop running!

God help us if we ever get hit by some real weather. Our normal Manchester winter is usually cold, dark and wet - nothing more dangerous than that!


icthestrals - Jan 27, 2004 11:42 am (#2027 of 2753)

I too, find it fascinating to be able to "talk" to people around the world. I have learned so much by joining this forum (and not just about Harry Potter!)

By the way, Fawkes Forever, I have learned how to pronounce your first name! A woman from Ireland just started working in my office and I asked her about it. (Hee, I hope I haven't mixed you up with someone else, how embarrassing.)

Forgive my goofiness today please. I have taken a page out of Madame Pomfrey's book and broken my pinky toe, so I'm typing under duress of pain.


Lynn Allen - Jan 27, 2004 11:44 am (#2028 of 2753)

Hi Tim, I've been reading past postings and began to be confused because photos often didn't match what was being written about them (e.g. when you were making and receiving comments about your altered chin and nose photo, but what I saw was a photo showing your enormous fish). Am I correct in saying that when you change the photo, the newest one becomes what is shown on all past postings? It makes for some really weird incongruities! Lynn


SarcasticGinny - Jan 27, 2004 12:00 pm (#2029 of 2753)

Cool Barb, I had no idea you were an Illini! Did you do your undergrad here or was it your degree in library/media science grad work (something, in fact, I am also considering) that you completed here at UIUC?


boop - Jan 27, 2004 12:08 pm (#2030 of 2753)

Tim, How amazing that they do that same thing here! Every time snow is mentioned the stores are full of people stocking up on food. As much snow that has been falling around here, I don't think anyone should need to restock. It’s not like they can't get to the store the next day!

Icthestrals, poor pinky toe, maybe you can ask Pro. Snape to mix a potion up for the pain.


B]timrew[/B] - Jan 27, 2004 1:05 pm (#2031 of 2753)

Lynn, yes, if you change your picture, then it changes for all previous posts, too!

And I'd like to say that the fish in my pic was the bait for catching something bigger, but that ain't the case! Still, it's not bad for a first effort!


Madame Librarian - Jan 27, 2004 1:25 pm (#2032 of 2753)

Sarcastic Ginny, I graduated in English lit from UIC (we used to call it the "Circle" in Chicago, but I started out in Champaign (Allen Hall then Illini Tower). I transferred to be near a boyfriend who was starting law school. As soon as I did all the paperwork, etc. to transfer, we broke up - sigh. No doubt a good thing. Got an apartment in the city with an old high school friend, where we both commuted to the campus in downtown Chicago to finish senior year. Met my husband on the bus, so it was a lucky move all in all.

I do not have MLA/MLS degree. I started out as an editor/writer in the advertising business and when my son was born, did freelance for a while. When he started kindergarten, I needed something less stressful than corporate America and closer to home, so I started part-time at the local public library. They offered me a nice position based on my experience and motivation to learn on the job, so here I am. Believe me, if I had it to do over again, I would have gone right on to a library masters program. But for now, I'm exactly where I want to be. Also, there is only one, very expensive MLS program in the Chicago area at Rosary College (now called Trinity International University). It's w-a-a-y far out in the western suburbs and given that I don't want to head a department or run the library, my earning power wouldn't really increase that much if I had the degree. Suburban public librarians are plentiful.

Ciao. Barb


Dr Filibuster - Jan 27, 2004 2:28 pm (#2033 of 2753)

I can see the fish, I can see the fish

Tim, I finally realised that I can see your fish. I thought it was a white stripe on your jacket, between the blue and the red on your left arm.


timrew - Jan 27, 2004 3:23 pm (#2034 of 2753)

No, that is the fish, Sue. But I did have it sewn into my jacket as a decorative stripe shortly afterwards.

Not only does it look good, it also saves on aftershave.

As an afterword to that post; no harm came to the fish (apart from a sore lip) in the taking of that photograph!


Madam Pince - Jan 27, 2004 4:00 pm (#2035 of 2753)

I think it is a lovely fish, Tim. It is just the size of the native trout we catch in the river at home.

Madam Poppy and Dragonesss, I love the t-shirt. I've seen one in a catalog that I get, which I've been debating about purchasing for some time. It shows a black bear holding up a flowerpot and spade, with the caption "Hairy Potter." Since I like to garden, it's a good choice for me, but I just can't seem to justify another t-shirt.


popkin - Jan 27, 2004 4:49 pm (#2036 of 2753)

Tim, I know what you're saying (several posts back) about a city being unable to handle adverse weather. We are from east central Illinois, and are used to major snow storms, but were visiting relatives in Seattle, WA when they got 8 inches (this was several years ago). I think they only had 3 or 4 snow plows for the whole city. We put snow chains on our tires and had the city to ourselves. We went to the Space Needle, out to lunch and shopping. The whole day we saw almost no one but the few brave souls (or were they also new to Seattle) who worked in those places.


timrew - Jan 27, 2004 4:55 pm (#2037 of 2753)

Yeah, you forecast adverse weather conditions, and the whole of Manchester comes to a halt. The guys in City Hall (or the Town Hall, as we call it), would rather spend thousands of pounds on a twinning trip to Jamaica (more fun for them), than attempt to solve the problems of the city.

But ain't it the same everywhere?


Hem Hem - Jan 27, 2004 5:04 pm (#2038 of 2753)

You said it, popkin! Seattle really does shut down when there's a snowstorm. We've had school canceled for no more than a dusting in the past.

Although I'm pretty sure that the City Council has bought a few more snow plows in recent years, because the rumored number is 8 nowadays, I think. That's still not anywhere near enough!


Gina R Snape - Jan 27, 2004 5:06 pm (#2039 of 2753)

Well, it started snowing in NYC 2 hours ago and it's pretty intense! They are saying 5 inches by tomorrow morning. But if it keeps up steadily all night, I'd wager more like 11 inches.


Julia. - Jan 27, 2004 5:43 pm (#2040 of 2753)

Gina, it's already snowing in NYC? I'm not all that far from you, so I hope we get some soon. I have big plans for tomorrow that do not include class However, as there's no way the University will shut down, they've left it up to the individual professors to cancel class, so I have to do my reading anyway. Argh.


Julia. - Jan 27, 2004 8:36 pm (#2041 of 2753)

Yay! All classes before 10:00 canceled! Now I can sleep late!

EDIT: It's now around 11:40 at night, and it just started snowing! Yay! *jumps up and down and dances around in a Fred, George and Ginny manner 'It's snowing! It's snowing! It's snowing!'*  Chat & Greetings 2004 2488346073 Chat & Greetings 2004 2488346073 Chat & Greetings 2004 2488346073


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Phreaker - Jan 27, 2004 9:02 pm (#2043 of 2753)

The thought of my wife digging her car out of three inches of snow was amusing. I am not particularly fond of the snow today either. It makes my commute either longer, or non existent. Not to mention harder to get to college. Silly Kowalla bear; today I escorted her to work so she didn’t have to worry about the weather! She is becoming quite the chef, and this has been a topic around the home lately. I remember when we were first married, and everything tasted ...well, not as wonderful as it does now!


Madam Poppy - Jan 27, 2004 9:26 pm (#2044 of 2753)
Edited by Jan 27, 2004 9:31 pm

icthestrals, I have broken my baby toe too! (Not last year though) It is surprisingly Painful! And I received very little sympathy and even rude snickers. (Let us all give I.C. a friendly pat on the back and a cyber hug.)
I recommend crutches, ice, keeping the foot up and I think I ended up taping my toes to keep them immobile.
(Just to cheer you up, my brother broke his big toe when he "was pushed" and fell off his bunkbed. Years later he had it rebroken and set because it had never healed correctly)(I was never proven guilty of the crime of pushing. He jumped! )


scully jones - Jan 27, 2004 9:55 pm (#2045 of 2753)

I've been inside all day, but I just looked out my window. Though it isn't snowing yet, despite the winter storm warnings, there does seem to be about 8 or more inches of snow that wasn't there yesterday.

Lansing is finally having a winter... The only other two Michigan winters I've gone through have been pitifully weak.

Coming from The Mountains (notice the upper-case letters) of Northern Idaho, (not to be confused with the pitiful plains and farms of southern Idaho) I'm used to getting a foot in one night and still having to go to school the next day.

So I'm finally reminded fondly of Home! Good thing I have neither work nor school to worry about, though I am worried about my boyfriend on the night shift...

Wishing you all snowball fights, imaginary or real.... Sarah E. Jones..... Not to be confused with Sarah E. Jones...


Brandon Christopher - Jan 27, 2004 10:10 pm (#2046 of 2753)

Icthestrals, I completely understand foot injuries. I haven't broken any toes but I do know that foot injuries are like Poppy said, "surprising painful." I once put a nail through my foot and couldn't use that foot for awhile. Let us all give Icthestrals a virtual pat on the back. I would say a hug also but I'd be afraid that someone would accidentally step on your foot.


Marie E. - Jan 27, 2004 10:15 pm (#2047 of 2753)

Yes, Marè, I am surfing the forum in this picture. My husband said it should in my natural environment. And I'd like to point out that the horrendous mess behind me on the computer desk is not mine.

In the midst of all this freezy craziness, I had a student come in today without a jacket. Her mom dropped her off, and then as an afterthought said, "she doesn't have a jacket, is that a problem?" I'm sure that despite my best efforts there was a split second of horror on my face before I assured her that we had an extra jacket for the little girl. Honestly! The wind chill was nearly zero this morning! And, surprise, surprise, I sent her home after naptime with a low grade fever. Some people!


Mrs. Sirius - Jan 27, 2004 10:18 pm (#2048 of 2753)

Poppy, to save that great T-shirt I recommend air drying (I hang things from the basement ceiling). I've just started doing that with some of the kids "special" cotton tee shirts, it really helps.

It started snowing here several hours ago. We are expecting somewhere between 8" and 15" of snow. I just hope we don't have power outages, because we lose everything, heat, water and of course, computer and Lexicon. It can be really miserable without power here. School will minimally be delayed.

Edit: Hi Marie. I know what you mean about under-dressed kids. I bundle mine so they can barely walk. When they come home from school everything is in the back packs.


The Great Abbycadabra - Jan 27, 2004 10:38 pm (#2049 of 2753)

Heh, yeah, sure, Marie. Not your mess.

There's going to be a heavy freeze of some sort tonight. The coldest of the year or something; I don't know I don't watch the news. Too bad I don't have school tomorrow. They may have pitied me and let me stay home instead.

Devika, here's some belated Abbyfetti in honour of Republic Day! ',.;,';.',;.,'.;,;.


Marè - Jan 28, 2004 2:34 am (#2050 of 2753)

Bleh we have 0,1 mm of snow and it is melting already. At least the rain stopped.

And Madam Poppy, pushed your brother out of a bunkbed? Tss tsss.
In all honesty I once jumped on my brother out of the top of a bunkbed. He fell out the lowest bed during the night and was happily sleeping on the ground and I woke up and thought it was only his sleeping bag. Since I had to jump down from the top bed to get out I thought the sleeping bag a soft spot to land on... oops!

He survived though!

And off course Marie, the enormous mess in my room isn't mine either. The faeries made it! (Wish they cleaned it!)
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boop - Jan 28, 2004 2:51 am (#2051 of 2753)

Icthestrals, It is amazing how painful a small toe can hurt. I feel your pain. I had a broken ankle in 3 places and it was also dislocated. I fell on ice about 14yrs ago. I also had a stress fracture in my foot, and a fracture in my big toe joint, and hopefully last I fractured my ankle rolling skating 2yrs later. I was told by the doctor no more skating to stay on my own two feet. That I would need the use of my feet for a very long time.

Marie E., Did the mother think it was summer? I bet the mother had her coat on!

I hope everyone is enjoying all this snow. Here Brandon - - - - 3 truck fulls of snow from PA heading to your house, with no return to sender!!! Chat & Greetings 2004 464751818  Chat & Greetings 2004 2488346073 Chat & Greetings 2004 2488346073 Chat & Greetings 2004 2488346073 Chat & Greetings 2004 2488346073 Chat & Greetings 2004 2488346073 Chat & Greetings 2004 2488346073 Chat & Greetings 2004 2488346073 Chat & Greetings 2004 2488346073 Chat & Greetings 2004 2488346073


icthestrals - Jan 28, 2004 5:31 am (#2052 of 2753)

Thanks you guys for the commiseration! Get this though, I didn't know it was broken until I went to the doctor on Monday. I kicked the chair two weeks ago! No swelling, no bruising, just pain for two weeks and then my toe started moving out of place, so I knew something wasn't right.

Boop, Brandon, and Madam Poppy, I cringed when I read what y'all have done! Ick and ouch!!

Now I get to wear sandals in 30F degree weather. Yippee! No snow for me, though, thank goodness.

Mare, I laughed out loud at what you did to your brother. Poor guy.


Flame Alligator - Jan 28, 2004 6:35 am (#2053 of 2753)

Yesterday late afternoon, it was 10 below freezing 20 mile an hour winds and wind chill 20 below freezing. Brrrrrr. When I arrived to teach yoga, my class was packed. I was so flattered!!! <*tears in my eyes*> Everybody showed up and some new people to boot. Plus, my godson decided he wanted to come to class and do yoga with the adults. I keep the room nice and toasty and we had a blast. It was well worth battling the elements.

I am currently reading 2 HP books at once. First, I read GoF for about 1 1/2 hours and then I read SS for 1 1/2 hours. If I have the time I go back and forth like this for a I don't know how many hours. I was rereading GoF and suddenly wanted to read SS. So I did. Does anybody else do this?


Marye Lupin - Jan 28, 2004 7:07 am (#2054 of 2753)

We've had snow on and off since Sunday night. It's not that bad but it keeps snowing at night so everything is horrible the next morning and the temperature has stayed below freezing so nothing's melting. I HATE snow. I really do. I am not an outdoor person but everytime it snows I start to feel cooped up and grouchy. To me even rain is better than snow (especially when the snow is more than a day old and you live near the city--yuck).

It always snows at the worst possible time too. I'm involved in theater at my high school and in the last two years we have had to reschedule 3 different plays due to snow (and it doesn't really snow that much in the Washington area!)


Lynn Allen - Jan 28, 2004 7:12 am (#2055 of 2753)

Hello Chiojones/Sarah. I'm grateful we don't have the kind of winters they have in the Rocky Mountains. But putting our weather into perspective, the last two years have been unusually mild for Michigan. What you see outside is more in line with normal winter weather, or at least what I remember from the past several decades. (And that statement puts me squarely into the category of old man, doesn't it? I"m sounding more like my father every day, a frightening thing.) Enjoy your day off school!


Kathryn Pottinger - Jan 28, 2004 7:40 am (#2056 of 2753)

Hi everyone, my first visit to this ace thread and all the talk of snow is making me nostalgic. We moved from Yorkshire to London a few months back and I've seen not a snowflake since. The promised storm of the last few days has even managed to pass us by Sad (should really learn how to do proper smileys...!)

On another note..... does anyone have the books/dvds in both the english and american versions as I'm coming to america next month (never flown before - terrified!) and want to know if it’s worth buying the american versions. Are they very different?



Fawkes Forever - Jan 28, 2004 7:53 am (#2057 of 2753)

Still busy at work ..... my boss is in a meeting, so I'm sneaking this post in .... hee hee!

IC.... heres a big *cyber hug* for your toe! I broke one of my toes a year ago, walked into a chair leg in sock soles... not good. Same as yourself, I didn't realise it was broken until my yoga teacher saw me wincing in pain in class the following day & she sent me straight to the doctor... there was nothing he could do, 'cept strap it up.... even driving was painful....
Get better soon... & take pain killers they help... a lot!

Oh & you asked someone how to pronounce my name... awww thats so nice Yes indeed I have a strange 'ol Irish name.... if anyone is interested I can tell you more about that ... maybe later

Weather wise.... we are still waiting for the 'big storm', temps have really dropped though.... Tim, we must be getting similar weather... well I suppose Dublin is only just across the sea from Manchester really

right... back to work... was here for nearly 12 hours yesterday... *groan* Not letting work get in the way of the forum however... hee hee!


Devika - Jan 28, 2004 8:19 am (#2058 of 2753)

Hey does anyone on the forum follow cricket? I am a biiiiig fan and these days I'm totally engrossed in the India-Austrlia-Zimbabwe tri-series. My favourite players these days are Saurav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid, Steve Waugh and Gilchrist.

Oh... and the weather did get a bit better today, although briefly, but we all loved those few hours of sunshine!! yippy!


Madame Librarian - Jan 28, 2004 10:03 am (#2059 of 2753)

Kathryn P, there's a thread devoted to the audio versions, comparing Jim Dale (US version) with Stephen Fry (UK version). You should check it out. And, welcome to the Forum!

Ciao. Barb


Sly Girl - Jan 28, 2004 10:21 am (#2060 of 2753)

Flame... I always read more than one HP books at once. I've read them so many times now, they sort of blend into one. I often find myself just picking one up and reading a chapter at random. Great inspiration at times. What really makes it worse is when you're reading the Unofficial Clues books and you sit there dissecting chapter after chapter... that's when you know you've gone from mild hobby to insane obsessive.


Thom Matheson - Jan 28, 2004 10:32 am (#2061 of 2753)

Help guys!!! After the I can't remember which read through in OoP chapter 1. The mention of an animal that learns to water ski to beat the heat. Bidgy I think. What is that?


Sly Girl - Jan 28, 2004 10:37 am (#2062 of 2753)

It's Bungy the budgie. A parakeet I believe, right? A Budgerigar.


Lynn Allen - Jan 28, 2004 10:40 am (#2063 of 2753)

Hi Thom, A budgie is what we in the US would call a parakeet. Quite the image isn't it? A parakeet water-skiing? Must be a clue there somewhere! Lynn


Thom Matheson - Jan 28, 2004 10:45 am (#2064 of 2753)

That is definitely not the image I had. I'm can't begin to tell you the image that I had. Thanks to you both. A parakeet, Bloody hell.


Lynn Allen - Jan 28, 2004 10:47 am (#2065 of 2753)

Yes, it's a strange world, isn't it? Chat & Greetings 2004 2222139670 Best wishes, Lynn


Madame Librarian - Jan 28, 2004 10:47 am (#2066 of 2753)

A few years ago, there was a hilarious story about a squirrel that someone had taught to water-ski. It was just one of those things that caught the fancy of the whole country, and even major media outlets were doing stories, albeit short ones, on this little critter.

Ciao. Barb


Sinister Kittens - Jan 28, 2004 12:52 pm (#2067 of 2753)

As usual, I'm late on this conversation but I just had to tell you all, that after all my moaning IT'S SNOWING!!!!!

Yea! And it was sooo pretty, I was in a Restaurant with some friends (nice little place right on the waters edge of a local harbour) and we looked out of the window and everything was gradually turning white, even the decking outside, which is lovely in the summer, but closed during the winter months ;-( And all of the children on the table next to us suddenly got up and ran outside to play - not too keen on the drive home though!

Okay, just one more... YEA!

icthestrals, what better way to cure a broken toe than sit at your pc and demand cups of tea from people? Seriously I hope it stops hurting soon.


Julia. - Jan 28, 2004 1:51 pm (#2068 of 2753)

I just thought you all might like to know that it started snowing here around 11:30 yesterday, and it's now 4:45 today, and it's still snowing! It's coming down really hard. My poor boyfriend is gonna be stuck in his dorm for a week He's in a wheelchair and can't go outside until UConn plows properly, but I have a feeling that that will happen the same day Dobby plays Quidditch for England. Things would be so much easier if he could just apparate.


Blast - Jan 28, 2004 3:22 pm (#2069 of 2753)

Everybody seem to enjoy the snow here. Doesn't matter they all drive above the speed limit. Lots of snowploughs I think our little town has about twelve of them.


Pinky - Jan 28, 2004 3:35 pm (#2070 of 2753)

Kathryn, there are more differences in the earlier books than in the later. If you buy a SS book, you will find more changes than you will if you buy OoP. The changes are mainly things like sweater for jumper, that kind of thing. By the time you get to OoP though, the American books are using jumper as well.


nmnjr - Jan 28, 2004 5:36 pm (#2071 of 2753)

Julia, I'm sure UConn will do a much better job than my old college...it was in Virginia and it snowed so rarely that they didn't even have a plow. Every time it snowed they sent out a mass email asking for students to come help shovel. Being from Connecticut (and well-versed in snow removal), I would laugh with my New England friends.

Then again, it is supposed to snow Friday and then again next week. All of CT will have a lot of catching up to do!


Julia. - Jan 28, 2004 6:44 pm (#2072 of 2753)

Nmnjr, where in CT are you from? I'm originally from New Haven, but, as you know, in Storrs for the moment.


I Am Used Vlad - Jan 28, 2004 8:36 pm (#2073 of 2753)

Wow. I was gone for three days and had to catch up on over 100 posts just on this thread. I'll have my work cut out for me tomorrow.

Since weather is a hot topic: I was in Vermont, where it didn't snow until today, but the temperature was as cold as -22 F. Brr.


Mrs. Sirius - Jan 28, 2004 10:16 pm (#2074 of 2753)

Oh, we Connecti-cuties are amassing here! mmnjr,I didn't know you were from CT too. I thought that my husband had come up with that designation for us, where did you pick it up??


Madam Poppy - Jan 28, 2004 10:48 pm (#2075 of 2753)
Edited by Jan 28, 2004 10:49 pm

I had yesterday off and my husband and I ended up driving to Canada and back! We bought a couple of candy bars for our kids and turned around and headed back. It was really starting to snow and we didn't want to get stuck up there overnight. We had a good time enjoying the scenery and each others company.
I have to share that today I had my 60 day evaluation at work and I got high marks!! In fact my Department manager told me that I may even be offered the job of being in charge of the Housewares Department! He didn't mention any pay increase, but you'd think that would come with the added responsibilities?? I was too stunned to ask any questions. I'm not too keen on making announcements over the store PA system or learning how to use the "Magic" computer system. The opening is in my favorite department to work in, Housewares. If they'd offer me Home Fashion (towels, sheets etc.) I'd say no way. I think that the towels especially all look alike. Anyway....just had to share my good day!


Essidji - Jan 29, 2004 1:28 am (#2076 of 2753)

Congratulations, Poppy! Hope you will be offered the job of your life. It's always a pleasure to hear about somebody's successes. It's really amazing how the winter seems to be beginning only now in January, since it's also started snowing some 4 days ago here in France. This morning the school bus did'nt come either, and children enjoy another day-off playing in the snow.


Blast - Jan 29, 2004 2:00 am (#2077 of 2753)

Poppy it would of been too bad getting stuck . I have a sister in Vancouver and she would of probably taken you in for the night. The snowmobiles around here are getting a lot of work this year. It is funny though watching people use snowblowers some have very unique ways to do it . The real idiots though blow the snow onto the roads making them even more slippery.


Devika - Jan 29, 2004 2:41 am (#2078 of 2753)

Madam Poppy, congratulations... I'm happy for you... Best of luck with your new responsibilities.


boop - Jan 29, 2004 3:02 am (#2079 of 2753)

Nimrod, I think you hold the record so far for the lowest temperature That is really cold. That what happens when you go away for a couple of days, not to mention the other threads!

Poppy, Congratulations, I hope you get the job in the housewares department like you want! With more responsibilities the pay should reflex that, I hope anyway! Sounds like your day trip was fun.

Essidji, So winter weather, I mean snow has come to France as well. Enjoy that white stuff, and stay warm!


Julia. - Jan 29, 2004 4:24 am (#2080 of 2753)

Congrats Poppy. I really hope it all goes well for you


nmnjr - Jan 29, 2004 5:58 am (#2081 of 2753)

Mrs. Sirius and Julia,

I am from East Windsor, halfway between Hartford and Springfield, Mass.

I got the name Connecti-cutie from my friend Dan (from Old Lyme, so maybe it's a shore thing) after a discussion on what to call people from CT. We figured, we're from Connecticut and we're cute...Connecti-cutie!

Plus it sounds better than Connecticutian, no one out-of-state knows what a Nutmegger is, and it's more specific than New Englander.

All the state names based on Romance languages have it easy! Virginian, Californian, Floridian....


Fawkes Forever - Jan 29, 2004 6:59 am (#2082 of 2753)

Well done Poppy, will keep my fingers, toes & eyes crossed for ya! See, your luck is changing....

Don't worry about making announcements on the PA system... I used to do that in my days as a Store Elf & you do get used to it after a while... Just remember to take your time & breathe.... my first time I ended up coughing into the mic.... very embarrasing... so as long as you don't do that, you'll be fine... hee hee!

Weather report, as Ron would say, still bloody freezing, minus 4 celsius, but no snow... yet? Please let me have a snow day tomorrow


Flame Alligator - Jan 29, 2004 8:39 am (#2083 of 2753)

Fawkes F., I'm crossing my fingers and when I meditate today I'll send you some snow day vibes. <*warm smile*)

Tuesday, there was l8 inches of snow and -10 below freezing and -20 below wind chill. All my students and more showed up for class. I never get a snow day. Well....at least we work hard and have fun and everyone is very relaxed and de stressed when we are done. I still find it amazing that they come out in this weather for class when they don't have to.

Madame Poppy, Yea, Rah!!!! Congratulations! That promotion had better come with more bucks. Don't forget to sweetly ask your boss about the (I'm sure there is one.) pay increase.

Sly Girl, Thanks for telling me that I'm not the only one reading HP every which way. I am really enjoying reading more than one book at a time. By the way, your story A Proper Valentine was so very sweet. I was a little anxious about reading it because my darling Harry was in it. (I adore Harry the way Gina R Snape adores Snape.) My anxiety was unwarranted.


Sly Girl - Jan 29, 2004 8:56 am (#2084 of 2753)

Thanks Flame. Smile I adore Harry too, by the way. Although don't we all to a certain extent?


Doris Crockford - Jan 29, 2004 9:15 am (#2085 of 2753)

I think we all have to, or we probably wouldn't still be reading the books! The snow has finally stopped here (Toronto, Canada). I had to go out and shovel 3 times on Tuesday! I hate shoveling. And we didn't even get a snow day (but I guess they aren't likely to cancel exams). But now I'm done! The chemistry exam this morning was really easy, because my teacher took a lot of questions from our quizzes, so there were two questions I knew just by looking at the question. And my mom is feeling better (she has pneumonia, so I've been looking after her since I've been home all week), and I'm just really happy.

And congratulations, Madam Poppy!


Madam Pince - Jan 29, 2004 11:42 am (#2086 of 2753)

Flame and Sly Girl, I also skip around in reading the HP series, and read more than one at a time. I'm currently reading the "Unofficial Guide to the Mysteries of HP" or whatever it's called, along with GoF and then yesterday I read parts of SS. I think it happens because I run across something on the Lexicon or the Forum which triggers my brain, and then I have to go look it up, and then I end up sticking around and reading a few chapters. I also spent about an hour last night (which I had NO business doing) figuring out the "Forbidden Forest Challenge" on the DVD of CoS, which we just got for Christmas. I got it after several tries, and several frustrations of "Ack! But I DID hit the left arrow! Why am I crashing into the tree???" Still haven't quite gotten the point of the "Chamber Challenge" -- I always get to the end and it says "Congratulations -- you found your way out, or did you?" and then I get eaten by the basilisk. Is that what's supposed to happen? This is my first experience with DVDs. I'm not altogether sure I like them.

Madam Poppy, I've heard of people driving to Canada to purchase the non-water-saving toilets, and I've heard of people driving to Canada to purchase prescription medications, but I've never heard of people driving to Canada to purchase candy bars. ****Looks quickly left and right, lowering voice to a whisper*** Is there something, er, special about them that we should be aware of? Have they been inspected by the dispensary at St. Mungo's?


Julia. - Jan 29, 2004 1:06 pm (#2087 of 2753)

Well Madam Pince, I have not yet figured out the "Forbidden Forest Challenge," and I've had the DVD ever since it came out. The point of the Chamber Challenge is to test your memory of the movie, and yes, it always says "Congratulations--you've found your way out, or did you?" at the end, and you do always end up getting eaten by the basilisk. That is the only way out of the chamber, actually. You can't just decide to turn around and go out, you have to get eaten by the basilisk. Bit annoying really. If you have a DVD drive on your computer, you should try the extra credit. I'm horrible at sliders, but the jigsaw puzzles are my favorite way to kill time...they don't involve much thought, and they're all about Harry!


Madam Pince - Jan 29, 2004 1:15 pm (#2088 of 2753)

Julia, here's the secret of the Forbidden Forest Challenge. I did it in colored font so that I don't blow it for anyone who wants to figure it out for themselves. To get to my text, just "click and drag" highlight starting...
...here: OK, here's the secret, or at least I think it is -- it seemed to work for me. As you're speeding along the pathway, you will start to notice either spiders or spiderwebs alongside the road. Take note of whether these items are on the LEFT side of the road, or on the RIGHT. Whichever side the "baddies" are on, you'll want to go the OPPOSITE way when you are prompted to choose a fork in the road. At the beginning, this is pretty easy because they give you plenty of time before the fork, and also you're moving relatively slowly. As you progress, however, it moves faster and you have less time between seeing the spider and making your decision. Then it gets worse. As you progress further, you'll start seeing spiders on BOTH sides of the road. This held me up for quite a while, until I noticed that only one of the spiders had yellow eyes. You want to avoid the spiders with the yellow eyes, so choose the path that is opposite of where you saw the yellow eyes. That was about all I noticed, and it eventually got me out of the forest. And you definitely know you're out of the forest because it shows the car speeding up into the sky and out towards Hogwarts, and the guy comes on and says "Good job!" or something like that. I tried to time how long it took but it was hard to watch the clock and play at the same time, but it seemed like it was about five minutes or so. I also found it helpful to really press the arrow button hard and hold it down for awhile to avoid the DVD "missing" your signal (although that may just be a quirk on my own DVD player.)***

OK, there you are! Good luck!


Sly Girl - Jan 29, 2004 2:36 pm (#2089 of 2753)

Oh I haven't figured out the DVD things either. I'm hopeless at them. They entertained me for about two hours the first night I had the movie and then... eh. I think they did a better job with the 2nd one though. The S.S. dvd was a bit annoying in that you couldn't get the deleted scenes unless you really worked at it. I mean, I'm like Harry and Ron, I don't pay attention during Potions. I'm too busy looking at Snape for his other qualities. Er.. well, you know what I mean.


Madam Pince - Jan 29, 2004 3:25 pm (#2090 of 2753)

Hmmmmmm....know exactly what you mean!

I always think of that scene in the first Indiana Jones movie, when the student in the front row is batting her eyes at Prof. Jones. Wonder how Prof. Snape would react to one of those?


Sinister Kittens - Jan 29, 2004 3:49 pm (#2091 of 2753)

Er, Madam Pince what happened to your avatar? I was just getting used to the glasses and they have disappeared.

*EDIT* Okay - now they are back! They were HUGE when I first logged on, then disappeared on your last post, however after I posted they returned to normal size...

Can I ask if this happens to anyone else? Every now again, on certain threads I see HUGE avatars and then they revert to normal size on others, is this a netscape thing?


boop - Jan 29, 2004 3:55 pm (#2092 of 2753)

Doris, I am glad that your mother is feeling better. Keep up the good work of taking care of mom!

Sinister Kittens, I think it happens, because it happens to me as well.


Madam Pince - Jan 29, 2004 4:11 pm (#2093 of 2753)

The "expanding avatars" thing happens to me too. In fact, it's happening right now! (Boop, your pic is now HUGE to me!) Eventually it goes away. I think it's an internet thing. Either that, or the avatars are on some sort of diet program...

Edit: See, now they're back to normal. I don't know what it is.


Sinister Kittens - Jan 29, 2004 4:16 pm (#2094 of 2753)

boop and I have just been discussing this in chat - you are definitely not alone!


Madam Poppy - Jan 29, 2004 7:12 pm (#2095 of 2753)

To answer Madam Pince's question regarding Canadian candy bars. When we moved down from Alaska in 1997 we took a ferry to Skagway and then drove the Alaskan Highway through Canada to Wenatchee. Our kids were fascinated by the different products and even packaging of familiar items such as Oreos. I bought a Wunderbar, an Aero and Crunchie.com bars.


Pinky - Jan 29, 2004 7:20 pm (#2096 of 2753)

Ask any Canadian. Canadian chocolate is different. Smarties (M&M's with more candy coating), Aero's (chocolate bar with air bubbles in it), Coffee Crunch (unbelievably good), etc, etc.


Sly Girl - Jan 29, 2004 7:42 pm (#2097 of 2753)

Smarties are BRILLIANT!!!! I used to have to go to a British import shop and spend outrageous and most copious amounts of money on them. I love them. They put M and M's to shame people. After I had my first taste I never went back. The import store has since closed down, but I've decided that the new candy coated chocolates from Jellybelly are a fine subsitute. I especially enjoy the blueberry ones.


scully jones - Jan 29, 2004 7:44 pm (#2098 of 2753)

Over here in the US smarties are a sweet little candy you find in halloween bags, they look like pills... taste like sugar...


Sly Girl - Jan 29, 2004 7:52 pm (#2099 of 2753)

Yeah, those are something different entirely. I like those too. heh

Sweet tooth? Who? Me? Nevah.


Essidji - Jan 30, 2004 12:23 am (#2100 of 2753)

Here in France, as we can find both Smarties and M&Ms, we can easily compare them. And I can say I definitely prefer Smarties to M&M's, but, well it's a matter of taste. On the other side, those M&M's with a peanut inside, ... YUMMI (they shouldn't exist, dangerous ;-)) Can the British tell me, when I was in England (years ago!), blue smarties did not exist in the packs. How is it now?[/color]
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Fawkes Forever - Jan 30, 2004 2:17 am (#2101 of 2753)

I know here in Ireland, there was a promotion on Smarties a few years back to 'Find the Blue Smarties', everyone liked them so they kept them in.

We have both smarties & M&M's too, & I must say, I like a big pack of either when I'm at the cinema.... Oh we have Giant Smarties now as well, which are well, smarties only bigger... very tasty!

Has anyone heard of Cadburys? I think it's an old English company, but they make the scrummiest chocolate! It's a lot sweeter than say Hershey Bars & the like, but very tasty. I have to drive past the Cadburys factory every morning on my way to work.... hmmmm, chocolate (very homer simpson) Oh I'd love a bar of 'Dairy Milk' now (cadbury bar, just thick chunks of milk chocolate ... yummy!)


Devika - Jan 30, 2004 2:26 am (#2102 of 2753)

Of course Fawkes, I've heard of Cadbury's.... the best chocolates I say... yummy.... pure unadulterated milk chocolate. It's funny... I was just eating some Cadbury's and as soon as I log on to the forum I find that we are talking about just that... chocolates!

I like KitKat too. I don't know if it's available anywhere else too, but that's another good one.


Fawkes Forever - Jan 30, 2004 2:38 am (#2103 of 2753)

Devika..... maybe I've some undiscovered psychic, abilities & saw your chocolate bar... hee hee!

Goes into trance *I can forsee that a student in Delhi will very soon be eating a bar of dairy milk* Comes out of trace... hmmmm You don't suppose you could send me some

I like Kit Kats too, & Lion Bars... & heck, anything with chocolate in it really!


Fawkes Forever - Jan 30, 2004 2:39 am (#2104 of 2753)

Devika..... maybe I've some undiscovered psychic, abilities & saw your chocolate bar... hee hee!

Goes into trance *I can forsee that a student in Delhi will very soon be eating a bar of dairy milk* Comes out of trace... hmmmm You don't suppose you could send me some

I like Kit Kats too, & Lion Bars... & twirls... & heck, anything with chocolate in it really!


boop - Jan 30, 2004 3:06 am (#2105 of 2753)

Didn't you know Today Friday Jan.30 is get your Chocolate Fix day!Just kidding, but it sounds like a good idea!


Marè - Jan 30, 2004 3:10 am (#2106 of 2753)

Great I was already hungry, and now I come here and you guys are talking about chocolate! And I have none!

And smarties, hadn't had those in ages. My grandfather used to get them for us.


Fawkes Forever - Jan 30, 2004 3:24 am (#2107 of 2753)

Just walked past the chocolate vending machine at work.... the bars where calling out to me "eat me"


icthestrals - Jan 30, 2004 5:05 am (#2108 of 2753)

OK, I feel really ashamed of myself. I scan images all day for my job, but am too chicken to try to make myself an avatar. Now that many others are getting one, I guess I should try figuring it out. We'll see.


Madame Librarian - Jan 30, 2004 5:43 am (#2109 of 2753)

When I worked in Switzerland way back in the Mesozoic, I got hooked on Toberlone bars. One (the large size) a day was my typical "fix." You can imagine how delighted I was to realize they were available in the US, I'd just never noticed them before because I was stuck on Snickers and Milky Way (OK, an occasional PayDay when the need for chocolate was not so great).

Now, of course, I can't pig out like that and not gain, so I love those itty bitty sized versions of the candy bars. I can make one of those last soooo long. What are they called, "treat size" or something?

Ciao. Barb


Mrs. Sirius - Jan 30, 2004 6:37 am (#2110 of 2753)

Ohhh Toleberone how I loved those. When I was in England, whenever I felt lonely or lost or whatever, I eased my heartache with one.

Now, I melt Nestle's semisweet bits, in my daughter's Easy-bake oven and pour it into the Advent calender form into which we've dropped bits of nuts. This is the kids project, ha ha, but I end up eating most of the chocolates.


Essidji - Jan 30, 2004 6:43 am (#2111 of 2753)

I bet those who know (and like) TOBLERONE will be astonished to learn that the biggest size weights 1.5Kgs!!!!


SarcasticGinny - Jan 30, 2004 8:11 am (#2112 of 2753)

I think Cadburys makes the chocolate eggs we get here in the US at Easter time. I think they are cream, caramel, and peanut butter filled and they're GOOD. The rest of the time, I usually stick to a Dove or Hersheys dark chocolate bar. I don't know why, but I like dark chocolate best. Ummmm you guys have made me hungry already.

School is closed again here, by the by, for below freezing temperatures...


wormsé - Jan 30, 2004 9:40 am (#2113 of 2753)

Yes- the Cadbury eggs are SO good!! Although, I like SarcasticGinny, stick to Hersheys dark chocolate. I can't eat a lot of it though. Sad It makes my tongue hurt... lol. Anyways, school is out for the second time this week!! YaY!!


Gina R Snape - Jan 30, 2004 10:00 am (#2114 of 2753)

Flame Alligator wrote: "I adore Harry the way Gina R Snape adores Snape."

Wow. Now I know I'm a fixture on the Lex forum. LOL.

Anyway, I see it's celebrate chocolate day! Yippee. Yes, they sell Cadbury's in the states. I am lucky enough in NYC to live near an amazing candy shop and a few news agents who all sell Brit candy bars. There's even a local fish and chips shop that sells fried Mars bars (UK Mars bars, not the U.S. kind).

I haven't seen anyone mention Revels. I really like them. Little chocolates with different fillings--orange, coffee, toffee, malt balls, etc. I love getting so many flavours in one little bag.

Anyway, I just wanted to let everyone know I DID IT!!! I submitted my PhD applications today. Phew, what a nervous nellie I was trying to get everything together. I'd started the process last year and postponed it, but then found myself with 2 weeks to get everything in by deadline. Apps were due 1st February, so I hand delivered them. Now all I have to do is w..a..i..t..


Detail Seeker - Jan 30, 2004 10:56 am (#2115 of 2753)

Best luck to you, Gina !!

I do not know, how your process after applying is. Here in Germany, you hand in your thesis to the two reviewers (you elect yourself. One is normally the Professor supervising your work on the thesis, so he knows your theme, the other usually being involved also) and to the president of your examination. After the reviewers gave their notes to the president and the faculty, whether your thesis is accepted (That takes no more than three months), a date is made for you to give a 20 minute lecture on your thesis, followed by 45 minutes to 1 hour of "academic discussion". If you pass that and publish your work within 6 months, you are allowed to add the "Dr. ... (... being Ing. for engineer, med. for Medicine, rer.nat. for natural sciences, rer.pol. for economics,.....) to your name.

Procedure very different in the U.S. ? We do not have general deadlines for applying- you apply, when your thesis is ready.

I really get hungry reading all the chocolate discussion - Toblerone is great. But I would let go of it for a good bag of dutch or danish salt liquorice..... But the good grades are hardly available in Germany and the one shop, that had those close to my favourite grade moved to an area of town, where I hardly ever get to during opening hours.


scully jones - Jan 30, 2004 11:11 am (#2116 of 2753)

I got the job today!!!!! Cleaning apartments as a team with my boyfriend... It's great, we each get 50 dollars per apartment, and together we'll get them done faster...

One couple even made 50,000 dollars with this job... My first job... So nice...

As I was typing, I heard an American Airlines commercial... "My name is David SALAZAR, and I fly American Airlines...." Maybe I should avoid this airline from now on, Eh?


Marè - Jan 30, 2004 11:23 am (#2117 of 2753)

Hey Immo, did I just found a non dutch person who likes drop? (liqourice)

Wow. That's rare...

And Gina, let us know what happens when you here something!


Julia. - Jan 30, 2004 11:41 am (#2118 of 2753)

Congrats Gina on finishing your PhD applications. Applying to things is hard, so I'm glad you got it done, and hey, what better to do while waiting than become a fixture on the Lex. Forum?

And on the candy note, does anyone like Flake? A few years ago, I went to London (for three days!) and before I left all my friends told me to bring some back for them. When we finished a unit in my bio class, we celebrated by putting the flake in vanilla ice cream. That was one good use of candy.


Dr Filibuster - Jan 30, 2004 11:52 am (#2119 of 2753)

Julia, you had a 99

A flake in an ice cream cone is called a '99. Great with raspberry sauce and sherbet too.


Gina R Snape - Jan 30, 2004 12:06 pm (#2120 of 2753)

YUM! I love those.

Detail Seeker, I applied for acceptance into a programme. I am quite far from writing my dissertation, let alone presenting and defending it!

Congrats to all the people who got new jobs/promotions.


Detail Seeker - Jan 30, 2004 1:38 pm (#2121 of 2753)

Yes, Steffie, you did. It is time for me to find a reason to fly via Amsterdam to refill my supplies.

Gina, good luck with your application and a nice topic to work on. May this become one of the most interesting times in your life.


Dr Filibuster - Jan 30, 2004 2:36 pm (#2122 of 2753)

Detail Seeker, should we be calling you Dr Detail? or Seeker, PhD?


boop - Jan 30, 2004 3:33 pm (#2123 of 2753)

Congratulations Gina on meeting your deadline for that application, and most of all -  good luck.

Chiaojones, Great on getting that job. I know you will do just fine. I hope you make lots of money!!

I love peanut butter cups, you get the chocolate fix and peanut butter all in one!


timrew - Jan 30, 2004 4:01 pm (#2124 of 2753)

Hey, the Brits may have relinquished running the world to you Americans, but we still know how to make sweeties!

The UK will rot your teeth, people. We have weapons of molar destruction!


scully jones - Jan 30, 2004 4:05 pm (#2125 of 2753)

I've been playing the Sims Online, as Luna Lovegood in the city of Jolly Pines...... I've met quite a few potter fans, and directed them here. Hope they do come....


boop - Jan 30, 2004 4:11 pm (#2126 of 2753)

Tim, That is so funny(LOL), So what kind of chocolate are you into?


Hem Hem - Jan 30, 2004 4:14 pm (#2127 of 2753)

Just curious (maybe I've missed something), but why is January 30th connected to chocolate? National holiday or something?


timrew - Jan 30, 2004 4:16 pm (#2128 of 2753)

I've not a clue about January 30th Hem Hem. Maybe it's National Chocaholics Day.

Boop, I really love Wine Gums. I don't know if you have them in the States, but I can't buy them any more. Because if I do, I eat the whole packet!

BTW, they might be called wine gums; but they're not alcoholic!


Sinister Kittens - Jan 30, 2004 4:36 pm (#2129 of 2753)

Ah, chocolate, one of my favorite 'topics' (hee hee) of conversation... I just want to ask if anyone has ever visited Cadbury World (it's the factory near Birmingham UK where - well I think you can all guess what they do there!) I have always wanted to go but just don't dare!

And congratulations on new jobs, promotions and scholarly pursuits! It's been a good news week on the forum it seems!

*EDIT* Er, boop, I just read your reply on the Questions to the Hosts thread. Um, sorry about the global you know what last night... (okay insert blushing icon here!)


boop - Jan 30, 2004 4:55 pm (#2130 of 2753)

Hem Hem, I started it all. When I read the posts this morning they were all talking about what kind of chocolate they liked. So I made it Jan 30, National Chocolate Day! So Hem Hem what kind of chocolate do you like?

Tim, Are Wine Gums anything like Gummy Bears?

EDIT: Jules, You don't owe an apology. We were just having fun that is all. I told you I was going to see the movie Butterfly Effect. Here is a little information about the movie: A thriller in which notebooks kept since childhood allow a college student (Ashton Kutcher) to time travel and attempt to right wrongs in his emotionally turbulent past. The R rating is for restricted no one under 17 without a parent or guardian. I hope to catch you in the chat room soon.


Sinister Kittens - Jan 30, 2004 5:12 pm (#2131 of 2753)

Thanks boop! Can I just ask who Ashton Kutcher is? Would I have seen any other films with him in? (Forgive my ignorance but I am awful at remembering who played who in what!)


Lynn Allen - Jan 30, 2004 5:20 pm (#2132 of 2753)

timrew says: "Hey, the Brits may have relinquished running the world to you Americans, but we still know how to make sweeties!"

Tim, it scares me to hear someone say that, but it may not be too far from the truth. British people make delicious sweeties! ;-)


boop - Jan 30, 2004 5:25 pm (#2133 of 2753)

I'm not sure what other movies he has been in, but He has his own show on MTV it is called punked. This show plays jokes on famous people. It is pretty funny. Everybody is in on the joke except the person being punked.


timrew - Jan 30, 2004 6:38 pm (#2134 of 2753)

Yes, Boop, I think Wine Gums are a bit like Gummy Bears.


Gina R Snape - Jan 30, 2004 6:50 pm (#2135 of 2753)

Wine Gums aren't sold in the States, Tim. But they are sort of like gummy bears, or maybe gummy lifesavers. They aren't quite as sweet, though, and have an interesting variety of flavours. More like the Japanese gummy candies but without the elaborate packaging and variety of shapes.

Now, Tim, as for weapons of molar destruction...you don't mean to inadvertently support the stereotype that Brits have bad teeth, do you?


I Am Used Vlad - Jan 30, 2004 7:00 pm (#2136 of 2753)

SK, Ashton Kutcher was in the movies "My Boss's Daughter" and "Dude, Where's My Car," and is in the recently released "The Butterfly Effect"(recent in the US, at least). He also plays Kelso(sp?) on "That 70's Show." If you pay attention to celebrity gossip, he is the young guy dating Demi Moore.


boop - Jan 30, 2004 7:06 pm (#2137 of 2753)

nimrod, Thanks for helping out with the movies Ashton played in. I forgot he is on That 70's show. I am going this weekend to see the Butterfly Effect.


scully jones - Jan 30, 2004 7:23 pm (#2138 of 2753)

Should I post a picture of My brother as my pic? I would like to...


Brandon Christopher - Jan 30, 2004 7:29 pm (#2139 of 2753)

I think Kutcher also played in a war movie Nimrod, but I forget which one. I remember my dad watching it when I came in and was like: "Dude! That's Kelso, Dad!" He looked at him and agreed with me but we forgot to watch the credits so we might have been wrong. If anyone remembers him being in any war movie (and if so which one) can you please post it. Just so I know that I'm not going crazy or anything.


timrew - Jan 30, 2004 7:43 pm (#2140 of 2753)

All us Brits have bad teeth, Gina. Jutht forgive uth for the way we thpeak! LOL.


scully jones - Jan 30, 2004 9:06 pm (#2141 of 2753)

I don't know how good this pic looks... But I hope it looks okay. It's just too hard to read the words.... nevermind.. it sucks all the way.... I just couldn't make the file small enough to be able to have it on here.


Mrs. Sirius - Jan 30, 2004 9:07 pm (#2142 of 2753)

Congratulations Gina!!!! Good luck on the wait. BTW, did you apply to NY area schools?

Edit: Oh, you are here now? Yes London is tempting, but it's nice to know you in NY even though we've never met.


Gina R Snape - Jan 30, 2004 9:15 pm (#2143 of 2753)

Sarah, is your brother standing in front of Hagrid's hut with a 3-headed puppy? Hee.

Yes, Mrs. Sirius, I only applied to two schools, both in NYC. Though I would dearly love to go back to London, it seems my life is becoming more and more settled in NYC...

Thanks for all the well-wishes.


Madam Pince - Jan 30, 2004 11:08 pm (#2144 of 2753)

icthestrals, good luck at the avatar thing. I waited a long time to do one also, because I thought it was going to be really difficult and take a lot of time and all that. Turns out it's as easy as falling off a log. There's lots of instructions in the "How do you..." thread if you want to search for help. Now, I say this meaning it was easy to find a picture somewhere and use it for your avatar. Making your own avatar... I will probably still be trying to figure that out in the year 2025.

I'm not too much of a candy connoisseur. I do like Reese's Peanut Butter Cups and also Mounds bars.....mmmmmmmm....I love coconut. However, all this chocolate talk has got me determined to make a cake tomorrow -- it's called Coca-Cola cake (has that in it) and is soooooooo moist and chocolatey.... I'll save everyone a piece. Be sure you have a glass of milk ready!


Dragonesss - Jan 31, 2004 12:39 am (#2145 of 2753)
Edited by Jan 31, 2004 12:43 am

I love Perugina Baci - the perfect combination of roasted hazelnuts and dark chocolate. And you cannot have just one!


Sinister Kittens - Jan 31, 2004 1:11 am (#2146 of 2753)

Thanks for all of your help guys. I think I know who you mean now! And since we are sharing our passion for all things sweet - I adore Turkish Delight.


boop - Jan 31, 2004 2:09 am (#2147 of 2753)

Good Morning Madam Pince, That cake sounds good, so I guess you put coke in the mix? I'll have my slice after 2:30 when I get home from work today, thank you!

With all this talk of sweets, I think I put on 10lbs! ugh!!

Chiaojones, I see you did get that picture up.


Caput Draconis - Jan 31, 2004 3:31 am (#2148 of 2753)

Such sweet talk... Cadbury makes the best chocolate ever, especially the creme eggs you get at Easter that have this yellow and white sugary liquidish stuff in them. Very nice, and the factory is one of the most tempting places you're likely to encounter. M&M's beat Smarties every time. Especially because for me they are one of the few sweets that combine peanut and chocolate, I don't get peanut butter cups (they sound great). There's crunchy ones too, with rice crisps in them.

Devika, really, really late response, but I'm watching the one-dayers, this series is quite good. I don't suppose you got to see any of Steve Waugh's last test, being a fan and all?


Madame Librarian - Jan 31, 2004 6:09 am (#2149 of 2753)

Whew, this Chat thread is, like, wild! I'm off the Forum for maybe 12 hours (hubby working at home, using computer), and had to read, read, read to catch up.

Gina, congrats! That first hurdle is often the hardest. Now do you tackle the mail carrier every day, or sit by the telephone ready to pounce when it rings?

Has anyone ever heard of Frango Mints? They're these chocolate/minty/ melty squares, though you can also get other flavors instead of mint--raspberry, orange, coffee, and so on. Originally a specialty of one of Chicago's landmark department stores, Marshall Field & Co. Then farmed out to another candy maker somewhere else (boy, that was a big scandal). De-lish!

Oh my, bacci (which means little kiss, I think) with the hazelnut center lovingly nested in wonderful milk chocolate are a dream.

My friend who is a real chocoholic and somewhat of a chocolate snob (she won't bake with ordinary Hersheys baking chocolate, insists on imported stuff) secretly snarfs Snickers whenever she can. Go figure.

Ciao. Barb


Flame Alligator - Jan 31, 2004 6:29 am (#2150 of 2753)

To change the subject for a moment. Yesterday, I got the first finished copies of my book back. (Clean and Lean,How to do the Ehret Diet by Moi) I am very reluctant to put my book out there. I have preorders to send out and I just don't want to. For one reason, I get viciously attacked every time I talk about the Ehret Diet. I absolutely do not try to influence or bully anyone into trying it. Not that it would be possible. Once the booklet gets out, I fear, dread (*stomach lurching*) that people will start calling for personal consultations and have me come and give talks. (Which I am inclined to decline.) I have done this in the past and once I get there the attacks start. Uh! It's horrible! I usually leave the talk wounded, trembling with tears in my eyes. Then there are the personal consultations where I am asked the same questions over and over again. This would be bad enough. Except.....after answering the same questions et nauseum........NOBODY LISTENS!!!

Back at the turn of the century, Ehret and mainly his supporters were put in jail for promoting this Diet. The medical profession felt threatened by the promoting of healthy eating.

My husband says that there are people out there who need help making a transition to healthy eating and to quote him, "You have a book that makes it easy to make that transition. What about all the hard work you did paring down the information and making it simple and practical. Life is a battle ground. Get out there and fight the good fight." As he said this I put my books away. I still have to send out my preorders. And there is the Ehret Health Club who want to hear from me. Uh! Dread, dread and more dread.

Please excuse my rant but I really want to see what you guys think. Should I? Should I not? I need some outside opinions. My husband and friends want me out there. Of course, they are not the one's who take the hits. They do, however, help me nurse my wounds on return from the battles.

With all this said, I hope I haven't offended anyone and sorry for clogging up this thread but I really want to hear from you guys.


Blast - Jan 31, 2004 7:14 am (#2151 of 2753)

In Canada we have a store that sells chocolates called Laura Secords. At Easter time they have the best Easter Eggs. My Mom makes them, but they are not as good. They have a very sweet white center, not gooie, and dipped in chocolate. Their other chocolates are very good as well.


boop - Jan 31, 2004 9:24 am (#2152 of 2753)

Flame, I guess you have to decided how important it is for your book to out in the public. I feel if you went to all that hard work,and hours into this book, that it should be out there. But it is easy for me to say that, for I don't have to go through what you will. Just remember whatever you decide you have your family, friends and everyone on this forum for support! I don't know if I was of any help, just wanted to add my two cents worth.


Flame Alligator - Jan 31, 2004 11:54 am (#2153 of 2753)

Thanks boop, I value Forum members opinion. My family and friends agree with you. I guess I'll get out there and just prepare to come home bleeding. (*smile*)


Lynn Allen - Jan 31, 2004 7:02 pm (#2154 of 2753)

Before I retire for the night, I wanted to thank the folks in the chat room tonight for an entertaining time. It was my first time there and can recommend trying it for those who haven't as yet. Just don't expect to speak about anything serious! Or even necessarily Sirius! Best wishes!


wormsé - Jan 31, 2004 8:16 pm (#2155 of 2753)

Ha- I in return wish to thank Lynn, along with all the others for tonight's chat! I wasn't feeling very happy, and you all unknowingly made me feel better! (Can't you tell I'm feeling all giving tonight??) And, I'm glad you enjoyed yourself, Lynn!


The Great Abbycadabra - Jan 31, 2004 10:48 pm (#2156 of 2753)

Flame, I can certainly understand not wanting to get out there and give talks. I'm probably the most painfully shy person you will ever meet. I literally shake at the idea of having to speak publically. However, if this diet is important enough to you that you felt the need to write a book about it and get it published, then maybe you should just go with it. If it's something you believe in and want to let others know of it's existence and how it works, then you'll probably have to just face it and talk about it. If it makes you feel any better, you've inspired me to take up yoga. I just started today. Wow, did it feel good. So, if you can make a difference in my normally extremely lazy life, you can most certainly do the same for others.


Matt Allair - Jan 31, 2004 11:18 pm (#2157 of 2753)

I had a thrilling day!

I'm not someone who's very big on celebrity signings and discussions but this was a worthwhile exception. I felt I had to go to this when I saw this advertised. I attended a Star Trek DVD signing with Nicholas Meyer. It was well worth it. Nick was signing copies of the just released "Star Trek VI; The Undiscovered Country" DVD, he did a discussion for well over an hour and then signed. A number of things he brought up were repeats of ideas he went over in the director commentaries for "II; The Wrath Of Kahn" and "Time After Time". Yet it was still interesting to hear his thoughts about the role of the artist in society. From another director, some of his observations would come across as pretentious, yet Mr. Meyer seems so unassuming that he never comes off as pretentious. He has a great sense of humor, comes off as very practical, well versed about art, music and film history. You could tell he has a fierce intelligence. The thing that struck me is how honest he was, he didn't try to act self-important or B.S. his way through the lecture.

Some interesting things that came up during this hour and a half event, I guess the most interesting thing was Nick Meyer's thoughts on Rick Berman. When he was asked if Paramount have ever asked him to direct any of the TNG cast films, he was diplomatic about it. Nick explained that his past baggage is probably is what has kept Berman from using Nick in the films. Nick replied that Rick is a nice guy who wanted as much control over the future franchise, Nick tends to have enough of an irreverent attitude about Star Trek, he doesn't see Trek as a sacred cow like others. Nick also explained that he had been working on the Paramount lot for 14 years and as Nick pointed out 'familiarity breeds contempt'. He says he has no major bad blood with the people at Paramount or with Berman, but he's never been approached otherwise. It was a packed house and I had a feeling that many in the audience wished that Nick would have been involved in future Trek films. Nick admitted in so many words that Paramount sees the franchise as currently close to dead. Of course Nick brought up the subtext of 'Undiscovered Country' being about the fall of Communist Russia and the tearing down of the Berlin wall.

I asked Mr. Meyer about the films that he scripted than others directed and produced. He commented with being very mixed with Herbert Ross's treatment of "Seven-Per-Cent Solution", had nice things to say about working with Robert Benton in "The Human Stain". Nick apparently was bitterly disappointed with what had been done to "Sommersby", Nick felt they should have stayed true to what had been written on the page. Nick admitted that "Time After Time" was the purest of the films he's made, even if he felt it had some flaws. When asked what he was currently working on, he mentioned a drama that was based on a 900 page book titled "The Crimson Petal and White". It didn't sound as though he'll be working on any science fiction films for the time being. He was great during the signing, gracious, signed two DVD's for me, I was able to ask him if he'd ever work with Malcolm McDowell again. 'if the opportunity arises' he replied. I managed to have the nerve to tell him, 'I thought he was an under valued director in Hollywood' and we shook hands and I thanked him. Overall it was quite cool. I think he's doing a brief tour in other cities with these signings, so people should check it out.

What a thrill!


Madam Pince - Jan 31, 2004 11:47 pm (#2158 of 2753)

Matt, what did Mr. Meyer do with regard to "Sommersby?" Was he a screenwriter, director, or what? I ask because the place where that movie was filmed is about a half-hour from my hometown. So when you see the scenery in "Sommersby," well, that's where I grew up! Especially the very first scenes when he is walking home from the war -- that really looks like home to me. I know a lot of local people who did work on that film (set dressing, landscaping, extras, etc.) and they seemed to like everything and everyone that was associated with it.

Sounds like you had a great day!
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Devika - Feb 1, 2004 12:44 am (#2159 of 2753)

Caput Draconis... here's another late response.... yes... I did see Steve Waugh's last Test match. Well, it was a draw, but it was one of the closest and most interesting matches I've seen in a long time. Waugh's a great player... and it was amazing to watch the farewell that he got. Being an Indian I wish India had won the match! but still it was a good game. Steve Waugh is quite popular in India, especially since he is involved in quite a few charities here. Right now I'm quite hooked to the one-dayers, and well... today hasn't seemed too good a day for India... looks like we'll lose, but I'm waiting for the finals...

Madam Pince, that's an interesting avatar you got!

... and Flame, I'm not sure if I'm really equipped to comment on your problem, but I think that you should go ahead, especially if this is something that you feel strongly about and feel that it can help people. About speaking in public, I've usually not had much of a problem doing that. But from the little experience that I have, I can say that nervousness lasts for just the first 2 minutes. After that, if you are speaking about something you know and feel about, then you'll get comfortable.


Flame Alligator - Feb 1, 2004 2:02 am (#2160 of 2753)

Thanks for the encouragement. I will put on the mask of courage and prepare for battle.

More important, I am so glad I inspired you to do Yoga. You won't regret it. It is the only "workout" that you can do for the rest of your life.

Devika, It is not the speaking in public that bothers me. I am quite good at giving talks, a regular chatterbox. It is the question and answer section, when the attacks begin, that I dread. I have to maintain my composure and not "lose my cool" and start arguing. It usually takes me hours to calm down. (Lots of yoga afterwards to get rid of the stress.)

Thanks Devika for your comment and you are very qualified to give me advice.


Maria L - Feb 1, 2004 4:47 am (#2161 of 2753)

The exams are finally over! I am elated beyond description. But as it is I’ve lost touch with the forum. I’d have to have billions of eons to catch up.

On a side note, I saw an advertisement in a local bookshop saying that Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix in Russian is coming out on the night between 7th and 8th February.


boop - Feb 1, 2004 5:46 am (#2162 of 2753)

Your welcome Lynn and Lindsay, I'm glad that you both had fun, because I know I did. It is a place to kick back and get to know everyone!Also to cheer someone up if needed!

Maria, Welcome back now you can sit back, and enjoy catching up on the forum! I hope your exams went well!

Super Bowl Sunday is Here! Then after the football game it is The All Star Survivor Series Starts, Yes!!!


mollis - Feb 1, 2004 7:49 am (#2163 of 2753)

Holy Cow! You guys are going crazy on here! I'm gone for a week for work, and have about a million posts to catch up on! Not only that, but I now have to go back on my diet (which doesn't allow chocolate) and get to read a lengthy discussion on the best chocolates! Talk about Harsh! Well, I'm off to try and catch up my favorite posts, I'm afraid I'll never get through them all...


Gina R Snape - Feb 1, 2004 8:46 am (#2164 of 2753)

Congratulations, Matt. While I am not in that fandom and could not follow half what you were talking about, I do understand the thrill of meeting someone important to you and hearing them say meaningful things and then getting to talk to them. So, good on you!


scully jones - Feb 1, 2004 8:50 am (#2165 of 2753)

It must be cool to meet someone whose work you admire or respect. I'd love to meet any of the people I've admired throughout the years!

I Changed my picture, the hagrid one was too blurry... I couldn't save it in a small enough size to get on here. Hope you like my new one!


Dr Filibuster - Feb 1, 2004 9:47 am (#2166 of 2753)

Matt, well done for cornering someone you admire and asking him such pertinent questions. I'd probably chicken out, or end up tongue-tied.

Sarah, that picture reminds me of Mars Attacks

Gina, do I take it that Snape enjoyed his pie and chips down the pub and went out for a stroll? Oh my word...is that you behind the rose bush?


Blast - Feb 1, 2004 10:23 am (#2167 of 2753)

Rescue mission accomplished, one of our cats somehow ended up under the house we have a crawl space. The problem is our crawlspace is not accessible since it is under the deck and I cannot fit under to the opening. I tried getting through the neighbour's but it is bolted shut. So I dug out and squeezed in and used a rake to open the hatch, my family coaxed him out and he is safe at last. We thought he was dead because he slipped out friday morning and wasn't seen since. We had told our other two cats to go and find him. They did not want to leave the dining room above where the hatch is. I heard a faint meewing about an hour ago and realized where he was. I have a great fear of confined spaces so it took a lot to get me under the deck. But the Gryffendor in me prevailed and Mr. Noddles is safe with his loving family. This cat has used up a few of his nine lives. My daughter got him from a pound where he was about to be put down. She brought him three thousand miles to stay with us. My body is frozen but it a a good feeling that something turned out right. My wife said his partner in crime [Mundungus in a fur coat] kept her up all night. the other cats knew where he was and were trying to tell us but we were too stupid to listen to them. The crawl space is not heated so Mr. Noodles spent a couple of cold nights. I am so glad that he is safe.


wormsé - Feb 1, 2004 10:44 am (#2168 of 2753)

Oh me too, Blast! There is nothing I love more than cats, and can relate to the situation you had. Our cats like to go under our house... they come back out though. (They are very smart, and have figured out how to get the door thing open no matter how hard we try to keep it shut...) We have noticed, however, that since Abigail (one of the cats) has been going under there, we don't have any mice problems... Anyways- I'm very glad that Mr. Noodles is now safe!


I Am Used Vlad - Feb 1, 2004 10:47 am (#2169 of 2753)

Blast, Mr. Noddles now owes you a life debt.


Madame Librarian - Feb 1, 2004 2:23 pm (#2170 of 2753)

Blast, I can relate. W-a-a-a-y back when I had my first apartment, my roommate and I had 2 cats, sibs who were identical, Tigger Epiphany and Arfy Pouncer. Our refrigerator was in a pantry nook and fit into a niche. The cats used to like to sit on the top of the fridge because it was nice and warm (also, I think they like the hum of the compressor). One Saturday I noticed that Arfy (or maybe it was Tigger) kept standing in front of the fridge and mewing to beat the band. Didn't think anything of it at first. Then noticed that there seemed to be a bit less mayhem in the apartment, which only meant one thing--one less kitty. Yikes! Finally my roommate and I realized that Tigger (or was it Arfy) was trapped behind the fridge. Called my boyfriend (who is now my husband, must be part Gryffindor, too), and he rushed over and tipped the fridge forward just enough so that the cat (whichever it was) could scramble out. At great personal risk ("Young man crushed by falling refrigerator in bold attempt to rescue girlfriend's cat.") We all were practically in tears. Both cats were very festive and loving the rest of the evening, and wouldn't leave us alone. If we sat, they had to be in our laps, if we got up and walked down the hall, they ran back and forth between our legs. I felt totally loved. Those two (who remind me a bit of F & G come to think of it--they were orange kitties, after all) never hung out on top of the fridge again. They relocated to the top of the stove on the spot where the pilot light kept things toasty, which had me fretting in a another way, but other than them absconding with a nice piece of defrosting meat, nothing untoward ever happened.

So, Blast, 25 points for bravery and overcoming that confined spaces phobia.

Ciao. Barb


scully jones - Feb 1, 2004 3:07 pm (#2171 of 2753)

Congratulations Blast! Mr. Noodles is one lucky kitty!


Flame Alligator - Feb 1, 2004 4:38 pm (#2172 of 2753)

Blast, I am so glad Mr. Noodles is safe. I absolutely adore cats. I use to have 3 but in the last years 2 died of age related maladies. I have one left and I promised her no kittens while she's alive as the other two males gave her plenty of grief when they were alive. Yes, you are a Gryffindor. I,too, have claustrophobia. I know just how you felt under that deck. Once again.....Mr. Noodles is safe...Yay!!!

To everyone who has been away with exams, I am delighted you are back.

Gina R Snape, I love your new Snape avatar.

Well, I've have some movies to watch on cable. Bye

chiaojones, your avatar reminds me of the 70's remake of movie Invasion of the Body Snatchers...... very disturbing.


Gina R Snape - Feb 1, 2004 8:57 pm (#2173 of 2753)

Thank you Sue, Flame and septentrion who all complimented me on my new avatar!

Isn't it nice to see Snape's softer side?


boop - Feb 1, 2004 9:16 pm (#2174 of 2753)

Gina, is Snape taking a walk in the garden?

Way to Go All New England Patriot Fans. What a good game it was, down to the last 4 seconds!

Happy Ground Hogs Day Everyone! Will he or will he not see his shadow. Please let spring come. Punxsutawney is about 2 hrs away from my house. I have never gone. I just cannot see the point standing out in the cold to watch, them pull Punxsutawney Phil out of a log!! Our forecast is calling for snow again starting Monday evening thru Tuesday night. They say this could be a big one up to 15inch or more of snow. Ugh!!!!Uncle I give up, no more snow please. Shoveling snow is so-so hard on the back!

Survivor: I just wish Richard would leave his clothes on. His first day and he's naked. yuk! This is going to be a interesting series. I was surprised who was voted off first, but happy. (I won't spoil it by saying who it was though).


I Am Used Vlad - Feb 1, 2004 9:25 pm (#2175 of 2753)

This should be an interesting Survivor, boop. I am rooting for everybody's favorite Hagrid look alike, Rupert.


Matt Allair - Feb 1, 2004 9:26 pm (#2176 of 2753)

To answer Madam Pince's question. Nick Meyer was the screen writer for "Sommersby", he wasn't involved in the day to day shooting. Most of his complaints were the typical things that happen when you write a script, have your own vision, and another director has a different vision.

I hope that clears that up!


Madam Pince - Feb 1, 2004 10:58 pm (#2177 of 2753)

I see, Matt -- makes sense. I'll bet it's a lot like what JKR must go through when she sees the HP movies. Although I understand that she has a LOT of input into them, still there must be some things that aren't quite as she would've had them (or else she'd have written it that way the first time, eh?) It must be so frustrating for a writer to have their "baby" get all changed around. Anyway, very neat that you got to meet Mr. Meyer and hear his interesting talk.

Blast -- you're a hero! Good for you! Your kitty sounds like a lucky little one at that!

Devika, are you a Bloom County fan also? My second info line is from one of my very favorite strips of Bloom...it was early on in the series. Probably very obscure to anyone who's not a diehard! Anyway, seems like '80's week is about all shot, so I'll be going back to my eyeglasses tomorrow I guess. And I had so many 80s ideas... Kenny Rogers; "Xanadu" (with an info line "We are magic..." -- now wouldn't that have been cool; a Rubik's Cube...ah... those days were fun.

Oh,and Gina -- I luuuuvvv your new photo of Severus! He looks so relaxed when he's on holiday...


Dragonesss - Feb 1, 2004 11:31 pm (#2178 of 2753)

Happy Ground Hog Day!


Fawkes Forever - Feb 2, 2004 1:39 am (#2179 of 2753)

Ummm, where do I start, you guys have gone mad over the weekend.... Sorry I didn't get back into the chocolate discussion, but I had to move desks at work. Not happy about it either, because both my monitors are very public now (in full view of everyone who walks past my desk, plus I have my back to the corridor now so anyone can sneak up behind me.... including managers).... so I mightn't be able to log on as much as I like anymore But where there's a will, there's a way! Should get a pc from work to take home any day now.... as soon as they give me a modem

Gina, good luck with the PhD, I think you're very brave. I was considering a PhD after my Masters (MSc) but I chickened out! So best of luck & keep us posted (pun intended) on it! Oh & Snape in spring.... excellent picture! Talking of spring, in the traditonal Irish calendar, today is the first day of spring.... so far it hasn't snowed & the temps are beginning to rise.... a whole 5 degrees C today... wow so who knows!

Flame, good on you for writing your book, & I think you owe it to yourself to get out there, publish & promote it. If not, then it would be a waste! As for people giving you hassle during the Q&A section of your talks.... remember to take a deep breath & answer in a calm, & (if need be) firm confident voice! It also might be an idea to preempt some of the more negative questions or comments you might get, so you can think of a good answer, therefore you'll be prepared if the worst happens. Sure we all know that if you're prepared, the worst probably won't happen Besides.... you can't please all of the people all of the time (or something like that) Not everyone will like the book, but that's their loss, many more will! After all, you've promoted yoga to quite a few forum members... so see you've made a difference already....

Sorry for being so opinionated & bossy sounding (see I am Hermione), but I think it would be a terrible shame that after writing that book, that you didn't get to share it with anyone! So, go to it Thats just my 2 knuts .... good luck with the book!

SK, you love turkish delight... oh I'm 'delighted' None of my friends do... & they all think I'm a nutter 'cus I love it.... it does mean I get more sweets out of the Milk Tray box though!

Right better go & actually do some work today... believe it or not I'm very busy! I might sneak a few more posts in sometime *attaches rear view mirrors to monitors* (joke - but not a bad idea... hee hee)


Brandon Christopher - Feb 2, 2004 2:18 am (#2180 of 2753)

Going way back up there because I haven't been here in awhile.

GO FOR IT FLAME!!! I know I'm a little late but I was seriously impressed by your dedication when I read your post. Listen to your husband and "go out and fight the good fight!" We all have faith in you; we know you won't lose your cool up there when some idiot is talking down to you. You can do it, you just have to believe that too!

And by the way Madam P, Gina, and Chiao: I love your new avatars. Gina, yours cracks me up to no end and I like the splinched version of your brother Sarah (poor dog though.)

And on an ending note: I hate the Patriots! Yet again they win after a none-to-stellar showing. I'm just glad that they will be pretty much completely dismantled before next year.


Flame Alligator - Feb 2, 2004 3:11 am (#2181 of 2753)

Fawkes, Brandon, Thanks you so much for the encouragement. I have some stalling time as the weather is cold with lots of snow.

I saw the PoA trailer on Nickoleon takes over the Super Bowl Sunday morning. I like the one that is showing in the theaters more. The music with chorus singing "Something Wicked This Way Comes" sounds much better than whatever the music was on the TV trailer. The scenes were too short in the trailer. What a tease! It left me frustrated.

Fawkes F. How about some of those little rear view mirrors that go on bicycles for your computer? Uh! Having your back to passers-by sucks.

boop, I am with you on this weather thing. I am sick of the cold and snow and we are getting a lot of it where I am. It is 11 degrees Fahrenheit and that does not include the wind chill factor. Brrrrrrr.

With that said, I would like to add that here in the states, we need the snow. Our water table is getting low due to all the mild winters with very little snow. We have become spoiled and can't handle winter anymore.

On a happier note, my husband said last night that we are going to start looking for a lap top computer for me. He is usually working on the computer with me waiting in the wings to get on the forum. Yay!!!!

I have to go and get my daily yoga practice in and get some rest before teaching later today.



Brandon Christopher - Feb 2, 2004 3:28 am (#2182 of 2753)

Hey Flame, get a Toshiba. I've had two different ones in three years and never had a problem with either. In fact my dad is using my old one right now. Don't get a Dell as they are not worth the money. One of the few top brand laptops that are worth the money are Sony's. But only if you own other Sony products, if not then it is pointless to buy one because the software and hardware is not interchangeble and any mods or interchangeable parts are extremely expensive. As laptops go Toshibas are the best all around for performance, support, and selection.

One more thing about Dells, they used to have the best customer support but now it is one of the worst. That was their huge selling point before but now that they've shipped all their support overseas they get nothing but complaints. In fact they shipped their corporate support back to the US because the corporations they deal with complained to much. I've only had to call Toshiba support once and it was because of my own stupidity but they were great. I got a hold of someone right away and had absolutely no hassel. Best customer support ever - and even though my laptop is over a year old I still love it and probably won't get a new one for another whole year.


Flame Alligator - Feb 2, 2004 4:25 am (#2183 of 2753)

Just had to check the forum one more time before I hit my yoga mat.

Brandon, Thanks for the lap top information. You are such a sweetie. I am so excited about getting a lap top. My DVD player is by Toshiba and I just love it. It has the features, it operates perfectly every time and it is so sleek and pretty. I don't like having a lot of different brands. I shall tell my husband I want a Toshiba lap top for sure.

Now, I really must hit the mat.


Madame Librarian - Feb 2, 2004 4:54 am (#2184 of 2753)

Fawkes, what about a rear view mirror (one of those little curved ones) stuck on the monitor? You could see who's coming from behind. You could always claim it's for fixing with your hair or something like that.

Ciao. Barb


boop - Feb 2, 2004 5:14 am (#2185 of 2753)

Flame, You are right about the past winters they have been mild with little snow. I guess we are just spoiled by the mild winters. It is hard to get into cold and snow. Anyway Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow so 6 more weeks of winter.

Brandon, I was surprised about the Dell computers is that only for the lap tops? I am planning of purchasing a new computer soon, I was considering getting a Dell. Maybe I should reconsider that. I have a HP and have had issues with it since I got it. The support system they have is not very good either. If have problems they don't offer a toll free number you have to call them long distance. I feel for as much as a computer costs, they should provide free support by a 800 number.


Pinky - Feb 2, 2004 5:58 am (#2186 of 2753)

Just putting in my .02. Get a Mac. Yeah, they cost more, but the quality is unchallenged. *grin*


icthestrals - Feb 2, 2004 7:00 am (#2187 of 2753)

Gryffindor wannabe, welcome. I am in the panhandle of Florida also. Are you close to Tallahassee?

Yeah, I know, still no avatar. Shame on me.

I'm also a little behind reading, so congrats to all on the school accomplishments and PhD application! And good luck, Flame. Go for it.

Hey, Gina will we have to call you Dr. Snape in the future?

Fawkes, can you ask to borrow Moody's eye?


Devika - Feb 2, 2004 7:13 am (#2188 of 2753)

Great avatar Gina! Never seen Snape look so good!

... and ummm... no Madam Pince I don't know about Bloom County. What is it/are they?? Actually I'm curious about why you thought I would be a Bloom County fan...


Fawkes Forever - Feb 2, 2004 8:29 am (#2189 of 2753)

Hmmmm, borrow Moodys eye.... oh I do like that IC

But "its never been the same since that scum borrowed it" ... hee hee! My boss is at a meeting, so I'm sneaking this post in... paranoid however! A rear view mirror might be an idea..... & I can use it to fix my hair as well... cheers Barb However my hair might be beyond fixing... tres Hermione ... LOL! Its an idea though....


Gina R Snape - Feb 2, 2004 8:36 am (#2190 of 2753)

If I a) get into a programme; and b) actually finish that programme, then I may in fact change my user name to Dr. Gina R Snape. But that is several years away.

icthestrals, are you having problems with the avatar thing, or just haven't gotten round to it? Because there are loads of people here happy to help you, and a "how to" thread for asking questions.

I think you are all enjoying the picture of my darling Severus because you never get to see him that way, happy and relaxed and enjoying nature. I bet you never thought you'd see the day!


Madam Poppy - Feb 2, 2004 8:40 am (#2191 of 2753)

Fawkes...they do make computer rear view mirrors! I bought one for my husband because he wouldn't hear me come into his office and he'd jump from surprise. It didn't help by the way...

I also bought him a "Panic" button! It is red and looks like a regular computer key. There is a peel and stick pad on the bottom so you can apply it to your keyboard.


Maria L - Feb 2, 2004 8:46 am (#2192 of 2753)

Madam Poppy, what does the "Panic" button actually do?


boop - Feb 2, 2004 8:49 am (#2193 of 2753)

Fawkes, Maybe Harry repaired his mirror that Sirius gave him. I bet he would let you borrow it, or the one that Hermione had.


Fawkes Forever - Feb 2, 2004 8:56 am (#2194 of 2753)

*Imagines pressing panic button & computer blowing up* ..... coooool!

Hee hee, might have a look out for one of those Poppy.... sounds like a quest for this week

Boop, hmmm, would that mean that I could talk to Harry / Sirius / Hermione whilst at work.... might be a bit scarey if Sirius appeared however... seeing as he is no longer with us! Hee hee!


icthestrals - Feb 2, 2004 9:53 am (#2195 of 2753)

Gina, I'm just being a big chicken in not trying to get an avatar next to my name. I will, indeed, research the "How do you..." thread when I work up the nerve to try. Oh poo, I forgot to bring my picture to work so that I can scan it!

Your avatar is awesome, by the way.


Brandon Christopher - Feb 2, 2004 12:34 pm (#2196 of 2753)

Pinky, I forgot about Macs, thanks for the reminder. If you are going to use your comp for video or photo editing then get a mac. If these are not going to be the computers main uses then don't get a mac. They are good machines but are not the same quality when it comes to gaming or basically anything other than editing programs.

And I may have been a little to pushy about Toshibas Flame. They are great computers and I have never had a problem with them. But you should still definitely go out and look at other comps. Keep an open mind when you're looking and try to think about what you're going to use your comp for. I still think that Toshibas are the best all around comps but don't rule other brands out.

Boop, I'm glad I said something about Dell so you didn't go out and get one without first knowing about their customer support. From what I know of Sony's customer support they are pretty good. But from my own personal experience through the different brands I've had I have determined that Toshiba does have the best support. Again, go out and look at all the brands out there, don't rule any particular brand out. Just try to determine what would be best for what you are going to use your computer for.


Lisaren - Feb 2, 2004 12:36 pm (#2197 of 2753)


I finally tried your recipe for potato pancakes (latkes) from the food thread. Except for the comedy of errors while making them (dropped the bowl on the floor, dropped 7 eggs on the floor, and generally made a mess) they were very good and I will be making them again.



Lynn Allen - Feb 2, 2004 12:44 pm (#2198 of 2753)

I am so slow to respond to the high volume of postings here! Congratulations to Blast End for rescuing her cat from a terrible end. That would have been awful to lose your friend that way, but don't you live in ice-cold Ontario? It must have been both terrifyingly claustrophobic and absolutely FREEZING down there! And Gina R Snape, for some reason I have difficulty imagining Professor Snape on a pleasant stroll through a flower garden, at least without a scowl on his face. You obviously have a different mental image of the gentleman than I do. Dungeons seem to fit him better from my reading of the books! To each his own, right? :-)


Thom Matheson - Feb 2, 2004 12:56 pm (#2199 of 2753)

Even Severus has a feminine side, and is obviously in touch with it.


Doris Crockford - Feb 2, 2004 1:05 pm (#2200 of 2753)

Actually, it's not that cold in Ontario (at least, not right now). All of the snow is melting. It's great! Happy Groundhog Day, everyone!
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Sinister Kittens - Feb 2, 2004 2:30 pm (#2201 of 2753)

Okay - wow! How many posts? Firstly thanks Gina.. you will see your name up in lights soon, I promise!

And Blast, believe it or not I really love my kittens - but they are sinister... forcing these people into very uncomfortable situations, i'm glad that he/she's home and dry though!

FF - wahay, i'm not the only one who loves turkish delight! Fight you for them ;-). You could always try to persuade your boss to buy you an infrared keyboard and mouse, then you could lean back in your chair and type away whilst safely watching your own back (they are really cool we have some at work - but only in the showroom). But how to get one? Hhmmm feign an injury? Only kidding I don't want to encourage skiving here!


boop - Feb 2, 2004 3:03 pm (#2202 of 2753)

Brandon, and Pinky, I will shop around before I finally buy my new computer. We don't use the computer for anything special. The computer I have now, won't down load games or anything else most of the time. What usually happens is it freezes up, so you have to shut the computer down all the way. So we don't play games or do much down loading. My brother has taken everything out, and started from scratch. That has not helped either. My memory is 75% free so I don't think this would have anything to do with it. We think there is a problem in the mother board. Thank you for your advice.

Lisaren, LOL,at least it was worth the mess. Did you use your wand the clean up the eggs?


Julia. - Feb 2, 2004 4:59 pm (#2203 of 2753)

Hey Madam Poppy, do you think you could hook me up with some Pepper-Up Potion? I've been feeling horrible for three weeks, and the antibiotics they put me on are only making things worse "Those muggle nutters who cut people up" aren't helping. I think I need some serious help.


Blast - Feb 2, 2004 5:16 pm (#2204 of 2753)

Freezing rain in the morning, should of applied for that job in the Caymen Islands. Doris what part of Hogtown do you reside in?


scully jones - Feb 2, 2004 7:00 pm (#2205 of 2753)

My first day of work. I forgot to eat breakfast, so I was a little weak, but all in all, it was okay. I haven't worked before, (except for the six months waitressing and managing my boyfriend's mom's restaurant-which I only got paid tips) so it's nice to be doing something I'll get paid for finally!

My arm is sore from washing windows for four hours straight. And today was only a half-day!

Happy groundhog day everybody!!


Kowalla - Feb 2, 2004 7:54 pm (#2206 of 2753)

Hmmm, pepper-up juice.... I would like to have a stash of that myself! While we're at it, I would also like someone to come up with a nice little potion that would cure hiccups. I seem to be getting those quite often lately. NOT fun at all! So, I would be interested in any kind of potion/remedy for hiccups if anyone can help.


The Great Abbycadabra - Feb 2, 2004 8:57 pm (#2207 of 2753)

Hey, Lindsay, Abigail is a lovely name for a cat.

Yes, I must say that yoga classicals!!! Pardon the excess exclaimations. But, wow, it feels so good.

And, geez, guys. Post, post, post. Good luck and congrats to everyone who needs it. I should have taken notes. Here's some Abbyfetti for everyone who needs it, and some for everyone who doesn't. ',.;',;.',;.,';',;.',;.',;.',;.',;.,'.;,';.',;.',;.',.,';.',;.',.;',.;


Mrs. Sirius - Feb 2, 2004 9:25 pm (#2208 of 2753)

Lynn, on Gina's new avatar, think GOF, pg 426 (Amer) "Snape had his wand out and was blasting rosebushes apart,...expression most ill-natured" Snape would be in the garden, ooh but what would he be doing, not smelling the roses.

Essex Ed saw his shadow today so six more weeks of this! ughhhh.

Julia, I think you have what my kids have, antibiotics for a week. Those muggle nutters should pick up some potions at St Mungo's. Doesn't UConn provide any of Madame Pomfrey's potions?


boop - Feb 2, 2004 9:45 pm (#2209 of 2753)

Blast, I'm glad you kitty is ok. How many lives does he have left? Also I like your avatar.

Chiaojones, Made it through the first day. The soreness will go away after a while.

Julia, I hope you start feeling better real soon!

Abby, Like your new avatar. Is that you Playing?

Mrs. Sirius, Who are these beautiful babies? I know how you feel. Think spring!!


The Great Abbycadabra - Feb 2, 2004 10:18 pm (#2210 of 2753)

Of course it is, Boop.

Mrs. Sirius, are those your babies? They're so sweet! By the way, Boop, your babies are sweet, too. I don't think I mentioned it before.


Mrs. Sirius - Feb 2, 2004 10:24 pm (#2211 of 2753)

Boop those wonderful babies are my triplets. They are the ones that for the past two weeks have kept me up all night, and running all day wishing I had so of that pepper up potion. My son now also had a touch of it. Whatever this thing is, it's morphing. the first week or so was a certain set of symptoms, now the symptoms are different (and a bit worse).

By the way Boop you were were part of the inspiration for me to finally figure out how to scan a picture and use it as my avatar, thanks.


Madam Poppy - Feb 2, 2004 11:04 pm (#2212 of 2753)
Edited by Feb 2, 2004 11:10 pm

Sounds like several of you need some TLC, a few hugs and a gallon of Poppy's Pick Me Up Potion. For those desperate few...form a queue to receive some of my Secret Formula. Can't tell you what's in it...because it is a secret! In a week to 10 days, you should feel better.


Sly Girl - Feb 3, 2004 12:13 am (#2213 of 2753)

So, is everyone else excited that JKR is just rolling smoothly along on Book 6?! I got so happy when I read that I screamed out loud.

Seriously, I need more hobbies...


Brandon Christopher - Feb 3, 2004 12:16 am (#2214 of 2753)

Don't we all, Sly?


Sinister Kittens - Feb 3, 2004 3:40 am (#2215 of 2753)

Mrs Sirius, your babies are gorgeous. Well worth learning how to scan a picture!


Julia. - Feb 3, 2004 4:15 am (#2216 of 2753)

Thanks for the potions Madam Poppy. UConn has the usual muggle remedies, cough suppressants, decongestants, antibiotics, and the like, but I think this potion will be most effective. Thanks a bunch

By the way, wheere do you get these smilies holding up signs? They're great!


Devika - Feb 3, 2004 4:47 am (#2217 of 2753)

Mrs. Sirius... those look beautiful kids! What are their names?

And of course Sly,.... we are alll reallly excited and can't wait for the new book. I guess that should go without saying considering this is being posted on a Harry Potter Lexicon Forum and that's where we spend all our free time!


boop - Feb 3, 2004 5:27 am (#2218 of 2753)

Mrs. Sirius, Wow three a once! Did you have lots of help when you came home from the hospital? I sure hope so. Thats to bad they are down with the flu. I guess you also have another child as well? I thought having my first two 11 months apart then 15 month later having my last child was hard work. I can't begin to think how very busy you are. I really admire you, what a fun and rewarding job. How old are your children? I hope your family starts feeling better real soon! Thank you, I just wanted to show them off! I will soon(March) have a new grandson, and I will post his picture as well. If I get really brave I might even post a picture of myself sometime in the future. Scary thought that is!

Abby, I thought that was you playing the bag pipes! Thank you they a fun.

Madam Poppy, LOL, Wow does it really take 10 days to work? hehe

Sly Girl, What are hobbies anyway, thanks for the news I didn't hear that before.(jumps up and down) Ho how I have no life!

Brandon, I totally agrees!

Julia, go to Smiley Central

It is snowing really hard here!


Flame Alligator - Feb 3, 2004 7:36 am (#2219 of 2753)

Julia Katz, I'm sorry to hear you are not feeling well. I recommend you take a probiotic (good, beneficial bacteria) after or even during a round of antibiotics. I like Primal Defense. You can get it at www.vitiaminshoppe.com For pep, how about some peppermint leaf tea. It doesn't make you jittery and it keeps you going all day long. There is also a tea called yerba matte which will really pep you up. It has a smoky flavor (It is a green tea from South America) that I temper with lemon wedges and sweeten with Maple syrup or raw honey. Both teas not only energize you but are full of vitamins and minerals.

Kowalla, I hate having the hiccups. I am always afraid that they are not going to stop. First, have you tried holding your breath for 30 seconds and then slowly releasing your breath. Try this several times. Also, drink a lot of water---4 to 8 oz. every hour. I drink that much water all the time.

Mrs. Sirius, Your triplets are BEAUTIFUL! I am so sorry that they have the Flu. When my son was a baby, I would give him a little cool organic apple juice whenever he had a cold or when he had the Flu. It took his fever down and he liked it.

Jeesh! I'm a regular Madame Poppy today.

Brandon, I am still glad you gave me your candid opinion about Toshiba. I will also check out Mac. I was hoping not to have to spend hours and hours looking at computers until my brain is fried and worn out. I want a lap top that is not going to give me any grief. I like to write, edit, download and play games with my godson. (Actually, I have to practice. He has a rocking X-box set up with as he would say "bangin, super cool speakers".) I want 24 hour a day customer service. I am usually up all night and that is usually when the computer we have starts to act up. I will take my time looking but at least thanks to Fawkes and you, I can narrow my search.

chiajones, Hang in there. You will build up stamina.

boop, I am sorry I neglected to comment on your avatar. What cute baby girls. Do your daughters mind your using their baby pictures for all the forum to see?

T G Abby, What did you mean yoga "classicals"? Were you referring to a yoga class?

Sly Girl, I am excited too. We are getting closer to book 6. Yay rah!!


Madame Librarian - Feb 3, 2004 7:52 am (#2220 of 2753)

Babies, tots, kitties, and...um...bagpipers? Oh, well, they're all adorable!

You know what they say about colds and minor flu: Take all the decongestants, advils, etc., you should feel better in about 7 days. Do nothing, your symptons will be gone in about a week.

Ciao. Barb


Gina R Snape - Feb 3, 2004 8:24 am (#2221 of 2753)

Oh, Maritza. Those babies are soooo sweet!

I wish I had an extra house elf to send you for assistance. I know how exhausting just one can be, let alone three.

I hope you will use updated pictures they get bigger. You and Ticker can hang out in the baby ward of St. Mungo's together.


Fawkes Forever - Feb 3, 2004 8:27 am (#2222 of 2753)

Not that I don't like hearing praise (hee hee) just kidding, but it was Boop, Pinky & Brandon that gave you the advice on PC shopping Flame. Heres my 2 cents... sorry knuts... Here at work we just get whatever we are given... usually Dell or Compaq, whomever the big cheese is friends with this week

I've never had a problem with Dell.... but I don't contact customer support, thats IT's job The support website isn't bad however, then again I'm a big of a techy, so all that jargon reads like english to me. I've also heard that toshiba laptops aren't bad... but I'll ask someone here at work, see if they can recommend any!

Mrs Sirius, your poor wee triplets... well I hope they get better soon... oh & you too Julia... I'll take a bit of Madame P's pepperup potion myself... still got a sore throat since last week.. & a bit sniffly *wraps up warm*

SK - I don't think my boss will let me buy a infrared keyboard *sigh* I've bother enough getting a modem for one of my 'frankensteins monster' pc that I get to take home... that is, I recycled a couple of old pcs to make one.... yes indeedy there are cut backs in my department .... I call it Frankie for short (see I am a techy nerd)

EDIT : No prizes for guessing where I got part of my pic in my avatar... sorry Gina


Flame Alligator - Feb 3, 2004 8:39 am (#2223 of 2753)

Ooops, sorry boop and Pinky. You know I appreciate your opinions on lap tops. I guess I thought it was Fawkes because she is an adept(techy) with computers. Forgive me?

Fawkes, Anything you can tell me will be greatly appreciated. (hug, hug, kiss, kiss)


Madam Poppy - Feb 3, 2004 8:44 am (#2224 of 2753)
Edited by Feb 3, 2004 8:46 am

You know what they say about colds and minor flu: Take all the decongestants, advils, etc., you should feel better in about 7 days. Do nothing, your symptoms will be gone in about a week.

Which is why I said that it would take 10 days to work. I felt positive that everyone would be perky by then.

Laughter is the best medicine,
Unless you're really sick.
Then you should call 911.


Fawkes Forever - Feb 3, 2004 8:48 am (#2225 of 2753)

Most of the time anyways .... eh...

I asked one of the more techier (if that's a word) guys here & he recommends toshiba as well! So happy hunting

EDIT : Excellent advice Poppy


icthestrals - Feb 3, 2004 9:13 am (#2226 of 2753)

Oh Fawkes, my sides hurt! That is toooooo funny! And, by the way, I had a "Frankie" when I started work at my current job.

I hope everyone feels better soon.


boop - Feb 3, 2004 9:31 am (#2227 of 2753)

Fawkes, Did you get those mirrors installed yet?

Thanks Flame, My daughter helped me put that picture on the forum. ( BTW) I don't want to take credit on computers either. Brandon and Pinky should get all the credit. I was just asking about computers, because I am going to be shopping for one soon.


Gina R Snape - Feb 3, 2004 9:43 am (#2228 of 2753)

No apologies necessary, Fawkes. Such a fine sight as your avatar is it's own reward.


Fawkes Forever - Feb 3, 2004 9:49 am (#2229 of 2753)

Hee hee, no worries Gina.

Boop, you know I think I'm developing eyes in the back of my head..... It's almost like a 6th sense, I can tell when there is someone behind me, or if someone is walking past.... very bizarre! Maybe it's magic

Plus my manager has been in meetings most of today.... thus the reason for so many posts.... needless to say I've been going a little 'potty' over in St Mungos today! I even found time to pen a team song & dress up Severus


boop - Feb 3, 2004 10:21 am (#2230 of 2753)

Fawkes, I just was over visiting St Mungo's and I was rolling on the floor laughing. I think you guys are great. I have enjoyed reading the posts at St Mungo's. Everyone is having so much fun. The imagination that everyone has is great. Anyone who has not visited their should go. If you didn't notice me its, because I'm stuck in this weird room with one small window.


Gina R Snape - Feb 3, 2004 10:44 am (#2231 of 2753)

boop, if you've enjoyed the last few messages, you should really read the whole entire thread.

The madness is completely unparalleled. Plus, you'll get to see the birth of Snape Beverages.


Ladybug220 - Feb 3, 2004 12:07 pm (#2232 of 2753)

Just wanted to let everyone know that the paperback version of OOP is going to be available on August 10! I am waiting until all 7 (or 8 or 9 ...) are in a boxed set but that means that there are only 2 left to go....


Madam Pince - Feb 3, 2004 1:31 pm (#2233 of 2753)

Devika, "Bloom County" was a comic strip that ran in U.S. newspapers (maybe other countries as well? I'm not sure...) from the early/mid 1980's until around the mid-1990's (I think those dates are about right.) The avatar I was using was one of the main characters, Opus the penguin. When you commented that I had an interesting avatar, I thought that maybe you recognized dear Opus. Anyway, it was an absolutely hysterical comic strip. All fans were quite sad when the author, Berke Breathed, decided that he had sort of run out of inspiration and needed a break, and so "retired" or took a sabbatical or whatever. It is my understanding that he has recently (say, November 2003 or so) started a new strip entitled "Opus." It has so far not been printed in any paper that I read, though, so I haven't seen it yet. With "Bloom County," they would publish a book of all the strips every few years, so that was how I got up-to-speed on them.

Now, if we could just convince Bill Watterson ("Calvin & Hobbes") to come out of retirement....


Brandon Christopher - Feb 3, 2004 2:04 pm (#2234 of 2753)

The new comics are awesome Madam P. My fav is when Opus imigrates back to the US and has to deal with immigration. That was one of the best political cartoons ever! Ehhh


Madame Librarian - Feb 3, 2004 2:21 pm (#2235 of 2753)

Madam Pince, he's back! "Opus" runs on Sunday in the Chicago Tribune. As controversial as ever. I'd like Gary Larson ("Far Side") to un-retire.

Ciao. Barb


boop - Feb 3, 2004 2:41 pm (#2236 of 2753)

Madam Pince, That cartoon of Opus is also in our paper as well. The Center Daily Times

Gina, I have read the first 700 posts. I go to St Mungo every day and read the latest happenings. I really only have 1200 post to catch up!That place is my comic relief. I just have to say that you all know how to use your imagination really well. When I read what is happening I can just picture it in my head. I will continues to catch up on all the backs too! I just want to say thank you for all the laughs, this is for everyone at St Mungo's.


Madam Pince - Feb 3, 2004 2:57 pm (#2237 of 2753)

I think "Opus" runs in the Washington Post here, but I read the Washington Times instead (which in general has a pretty poor selection of comics, unfortunately), so no luck... Oh well, I'll wait for the books I guess!

By the way, Madame L., does "Opus" run only as a Sunday strip, or is it a daily? Wonder if there's any way for me to access it online? I'll have to look into that.


Madame Librarian - Feb 3, 2004 3:12 pm (#2238 of 2753)

Just Sunday, Madam Pince.

Ciao. Barb


Sinister Kittens - Feb 3, 2004 3:14 pm (#2239 of 2753)

OMG - Frankies? Okay, guess what our IT techie is called... yup! Hee, hee, hee! If he could only fix the problems himself, but hey ho, he IS the bosses friend!

That one will keep me smiling for days, thank you, thank you, thank you!


Gina R Snape - Feb 3, 2004 3:35 pm (#2240 of 2753)

Good to know, boop. And I'm glad you're enjoying it!

Those of us participating sure did.


Blast - Feb 3, 2004 3:45 pm (#2241 of 2753)

Mr. Noddles and I thank everybody for their well wishes, he's used up two of his lives Boop. Two hundred points to Mrs. Sirius for just being able to post. I hope that you get lots of help, maybe a job for two house elves. The little one on the left looks like a seeker. Make sure to check in at St. Mungo's Mrs. Sirius, just to get a little bit of your sanity back. The best thing about being a parent with multiples is that you develope eye's like Moody's magical one, especially when the start to walk. One more bit of advice when they start to get around by themselves, one will distract you while the others do some exploring, Slytherin for sure. Boop watch out for I.B.M. monitors. I know a few people that have had problems with them and not getting anywhere with getting a replacment from them.


Pinky - Feb 3, 2004 7:02 pm (#2242 of 2753)

Hmmm, I can't keep track of conversations at all. Was it you, Flame? that asked what Abby meant when she said the yoga "classicals"? Well, you just have to know Abby to understand that. Wait. You say you thought you knew Abby? Well, just when you get to know her and think she's a nice girl, you find out that she wants to be a pyramid vandalizing... er... pharaoh stealing... er... I mean, an archeologist (which is a noble profession to be sure!). Then, once you've got her neatly pigeonholed after that, you discover she plays the bagpipes. (Actually, I don't know for sure if she does in "real" life, but she plays them in St. Mungo's!) Ok, now you think you have this girl figured out. No - wait - she loves classical music. So when she says something "classicals" I think that is a very big compliment in Abby language. You never quite know what is next when it comes to Abby. *throws Abby a great big hug*


Mrs. Sirius - Feb 3, 2004 8:14 pm (#2243 of 2753)

Oh, thank you guys for the advise and sympathy. The picture of the girls is actually old, the girls are now in kindergarten!! That was just the last time I could get them to stay still for a picture. It has been quite a ride these last few years, my son was just over 2 years when the girls were born. The Lexicon and the Forum have been my oasis of sanity and best form of entertainment.

Flame I do believe in teas. As a little girl we started every morning with teas from freshly pulled leaves: yerba buena, limoncillo, mint, cinnimon, ginger, cloves and even dried orange peel. Great Stuff.

A number of you have mentioned infrared key boards. What precisely is that? What does it do for you?

For any one who is interested, the Spanish version of OoTP is coming out Februay 21.


Blast - Feb 3, 2004 8:57 pm (#2244 of 2753)

Mrs. Sirius do the girls have their own form of communication between them? My girls did and sometimes it was very spooky to watch them. Acually in the twins basketball leauge there are a set of triplets they think that I am very silly because I told them that they're probably just cousins. My girls move in very different circles at school though, and it was tough when one gets invited to a party and the other doesn't.


Flame Alligator - Feb 4, 2004 6:40 am (#2245 of 2753)

Mrs. Sirius, It is good to see another herbal/spice tea lover. I was starting to feel lonely here. Just the aroma from dried orange peel tea makes me feel uplifted. I also use essential oils as perfume.

I do not envy you when your triplets become adolescences and then teenagers. My godson and I spend a lot of time together. He is 11 1/2 years old. There are days when he is "hormonal" beyond belief. Usually, the days he is in a hormonal fury that is when he likes to come over to my house. (*painful smile*) I can usually make a couple of jokes and calm him down at bit. At least enough, that he appears to be human again. (*a smile and a wink*)

Pinky, Thanks for telling me about Abby. I find complexity in a person very interesting. I like classical music too. I am listening to Ropartz as I type.

Hey Abby, My favorite is Verdi, The Four Seasons.


Joost! - Feb 4, 2004 6:53 am (#2246 of 2753)

Uhm... Flame, I think you mean Vivaldi . The Four Seasons is one of my favourites too.


azi - Feb 4, 2004 7:01 am (#2247 of 2753)

I like that song! I could do with something as nice as that right now owing to the fact that the roof is leaking and water is running down the wall at my house. It's a bit annoying, especially when you've been telling your father to get it fixed since 3 years ago when it first started dripping.


Flame Alligator - Feb 4, 2004 8:10 am (#2248 of 2753)

Thanks Joost, I have a touch of brain fog today due to lack of sleep. I have been up all night reading.

I was just about to edit my post and change Verdi to Vivaldi. Alas, I was too late.


timrew - Feb 4, 2004 3:04 pm (#2249 of 2753)

If we're on the subject of classical music, my favourite of all time has to be, "Nimrod", from the Enigma Variations, by Edward Elgar.

Also "Carmina Burana", by Carl Orff - magic stuff. Plus, almost anything by Mozart.

But Vivaldi I like also - The Four Seasons, especially Spring.


I Am Used Vlad - Feb 4, 2004 6:36 pm (#2250 of 2753)

Nimrod. What a wonderful name for a piece of music. Chat & Greetings 2004 464751818
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Madame Librarian - Feb 4, 2004 6:38 pm (#2251 of 2753)

Biblical, isn't it? A king or something.

Ciao. Barb


I Am Used Vlad - Feb 4, 2004 6:45 pm (#2252 of 2753)

Nimrod is a biblical name, but when the n is lowercase, as in my "name", it means hunter.


Blast - Feb 4, 2004 7:30 pm (#2253 of 2753)

Handel is a favourite of mine but since my oldest went away to school, the protesting in the house of a little culture is too overbearing, I need a discman with some good earphones. Classical music is like any other music though, some good some not so good. That Mozart was a genius though, too bad that he didn't live longer.


scully jones - Feb 4, 2004 8:10 pm (#2254 of 2753)

Today, at work, while we were getting ready to go out and clean... Something strange happened.

My boss thought it was funny when I was bossing my boyfriend and Pei Pei(the guy who's been showing us the ropes) about how to pour chemicals into a bottle so it doesn't bubble.

He said he should name me Team Captain... In a funny way...

Then he said.... "Hey.... That's a good idea..." "I'm leaving for a month for back surgery and I need someone to run things around here while I'm away. All you'd have to do is give everyone the keys they need for the day."

I said "that sounds like something I could do"

He said "Oh, and you'd have to talk to MY boss, get instructions, make sure the carpet cleaners get the keys after you cleaners are done with them..."

I've never managed a thing in my life, this is starting to sound scary. I'm not sure what I should say about it... My boyfriend is my ride to work, though, and He might not be able to get up early enough to get me there when I'd need to be. But if I use that as an excuse to get out of it, he'd make a better time for me... He's really flexible.

But should I just take the opportunity? He doesn't have hardly anybody else to depend on for this... What if I mess up???

What do I dooooooooooo????


Blast - Feb 4, 2004 8:25 pm (#2255 of 2753)

Sarah reach for the person deep inside of you. Some people have a knack at leading, you sound like you do, but remember your only as good as the people that work for you, treat them with respect, don't insult them, don't look down on them, and they will be more than happy to make your job a lot easier. I had a leadership job thrust at me one time, a person that said he could never work for me changed his tune and said it was the best working enviroment he was ever in. The people made the job a delite and when the manager came back the staff wanted to put him back home again. Not that he was a bad boss, in fact we made a great team, but he was a bit sarcastic and lazy and it rubbed some of the staff the wrong way. A plain old thanks for a job well done always lifts me up. When people feel good about their job they will try and do it better.


The Great Abbycadabra - Feb 4, 2004 9:21 pm (#2256 of 2753)

Sarah, I think you should go for it. You seem like the kind of person who could handle it. Good luck.

Okay, I took notes this time and was flattered to see myself come up in conversation a few times. Pinky, you know me so well, who knew? Okay, Flame, I most certainly intended "classicals" as a compliment. A few years ago, my best friend and I decided that classical music was far better than rock (well, we like classic rock too, so there you go), so we started saying that something nifty "classicals" rather than that it "rocks". A fairly simple explaination, that Pinky had described very well, but this is the official drawn out version.

As for the bagpipes, I don't play in real life, however, I'd love to. Imagine practicing bagpipe: Your father yells at you to turn it down, to which you reply, "But I'm practicing!!" I'm thinking of asking for a bagpipe chanter for my birthday in June. I'll let you know how that turns out.

Yes, I'm going to be an archaeologist, but I'll have you know I'm not going into "pyramid vandalizing" or "pharoah stealing" so ha! Interestingly enough, I'm writing a research paper about archaeological ethics (a sticky area, indeed) for my ethics class. I'll soon enough have lots of new ammo to throw at you people who insist on the thievery of my chosen profession. By the way, want to read about a thief? Read about Schliemann.

*throws a hug back at Pinky*

By the way, Flame, I only seem complex. I like most classical music, my favourites being Delius, Mozart, and a bit of Beethoven. And Vivaldi is rather lovely as well. But I'm rather notorious for my love of John Williams, better known for his brilliant movie scores. He does do some incredibly gorgeous concert music. You should check it out.


Brandon Christopher - Feb 4, 2004 9:45 pm (#2257 of 2753)

Flame, Boop, I just got back from Circuit City and have some new info for you guys. Toshibas are definitely the way to go when it comes to laptops. I talked to every single guy on the floor and they all said the same thing: Toshibas are the best laptops out there. But they said there is a new type of high quality processor out there that you might also be interested in it is called the Centrino processor made by Intel. What Centrino technology is is basically lower Ghz in the processor. First off you're going: "okay why is that a good thing?" Well what they also did was double the Cache in the laptop so a 1Ghz Centrino will run like a 2Ghz Pentium4. And guess what... they make 1.4Ghz Centrino processors which means they run just as fast as a normal P4. Other than that Centrino is lighter so the laptops weigh a significant amount less (6 pounds as opposed to around 8-9,) they don't overheat at all, and have mostly the same technology otherwise making them the way to go! The video cards are the same, the sound cards are about the same but speakers are slightly lower quality but not noticeable until you get really high up there on the decibal meter. The only drawbacks are that laptops with Centrino technology don't have DVD writers yet and don't have USB 2.0 only USB. If I were going to get a new computer right now I would still go with P4 technology but if I was waiting half a year to a year then I would get Centrino. I hear that by then they will have updated hardware on Centrino systems that will be comparable to P4 systems.

My recommendation for laptops under $2000 dollars are either of these two Toshibas: TOS P15S479, or the TOS P15S409, those are the model numbers so you can go check them out. Both of these laptops are on CircuitCity.com and they typically have good deals and are very informative. You can compare both of these laptops on their site and also check out comps with Centrino technology there too. I have bought my previous two laptops from them and had no problems, neither have any of my friends who buy from them either.


Fawkes Forever - Feb 5, 2004 1:12 am (#2258 of 2753)

Happy Birthday to Luanee & a Big Welcome to the Forum (see intro thread)

Brandon, well done on the computer research.... very impressive, might be able to use some of that here at work... make it sound like I know what I'm talking about (for a change )...

Chaojones.... well done! I know its scarey getting all this responsibility... but you will be fine, just do a Hermione & get superorganised (if you're not already ), but don't be too Hermione, you don't want to upset the other workers (think house elves ... hee hee) Good luck I'm sure you will be fine!

Icthestrals.... whos the cute kid in your avatar?

I'm getting all excited today.... I might be getting tickets to see the Ireland V Brazil football (soccer) match in Dublin next week! I've ordered the tickets through work & if they can get them... (they go on sale today), then I'm on the list for a ticket! Oh fingers crossed! Should be a great match, even though we [Ireland] don't stand a chance... after all Brazil are the number one team on the planet! But what an opportunity, the tickets are like gold dust, so who knows!


Joost! - Feb 5, 2004 1:47 am (#2259 of 2753)

I hope you get tickets, FF (What is your real name BTW?), I'd love to see my country play Brazil, last time they kept us out of the World Cup final... Stupid penalty system...

As for as classical music goes, my favourite is definitely Beethoven (His symphony #9 rocks, yes Abby, it rocks!), but Dvorak, Bach, Chopin, Vivaldi and Handel are also quite good


Fawkes Forever - Feb 5, 2004 2:22 am (#2260 of 2753)

Hey Joost, too bad about the penalties... but be safe in the knowledge that Holland still has a great side... not as good as the Irish Quidditch team however

To answer your question, my real name is Siobhán... It's an irish name, & kind of difficult to pronounce from just reading it! There should be an accent (fadagh) over the A, but I can't do one on this site! (I cut & pasted my name from a text doc so you can see the fadagh, but it probably won’t work) The fadagh means that the A is pronounced as an O. Also in Irish the BH is pronounced as a V, (FYI there is no V in the Irish alphabet)!

So, my name is pronounced as Shivon... hee hee, see told you it was confusing! My nickname is Von, or as my little sis likes to call Von Weasley (the unknown Weasley sister) or Vondemort... *snigger*

Theres another Siobhan who likes to post here, whos also Irish, so as not to confuse you guys further, I went for an alias....

Fawkes will do fine Besides I like the name Fawkes.... sounds cool hee hee

EDIT : Yeay, the fadagh worked!


Marè - Feb 5, 2004 2:26 am (#2261 of 2753)

Cool name! Where do you live in Ireland Fawkes. I've only been to Ireland once (Dingle, past September) but I liked it a lot.
Two friends and I hope to go an a city trip to Dublin this April, but so far Dublin doesn't seem an easy destination. All the other "big cities" seem better reachable and much cheaper to fly to. Easyjet doesn't even fly to Dublin! (And Belfast just doesn't have the same appeal...)


Joost! - Feb 5, 2004 2:31 am (#2262 of 2753)

Great side, sure, but we've never won a penalty shoot-out and I believe Brazil never lost one...

I looked it up, the a with fadagh is ALT 160, Siobhán...

Edit: Marè (ALT 128) you can find them here: http://www.asciitable.com/


Marè - Feb 5, 2004 2:35 am (#2263 of 2753)

or you just enter the ' and the a at the same time till you get the desired effect... áa''aáááá
See! works most of the time. gets more difficult when you want something different, for example I can get Ë, but I can't get a lower case e with those dots because I have to hit shift..

I think Joosts method is a bit more consistent, if only I could remember all those codes.


Devika - Feb 5, 2004 3:10 am (#2264 of 2753)

Flame, your name sounds really interesting. Is it a common name in Ireland? Does it mean something?


boop - Feb 5, 2004 3:12 am (#2265 of 2753)

Brandon, Thank you for all that research you did. I will check circuit city out for sure!

Blast, I just want you to know that my thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. I hope your wife had a restful night, and has a speedy recovery.

Linsday, Here is a care bear HUG from me to you. Today is another day and things will be better today!

Sarah, Go for it, I know you can do it. The boss saw that quality in you so go with it.

Icthestrals, Who is that beautiful child.

Fawkes, My toes and fingers are crossed as well as my eyes, that you get those tickets. BTW What a pretty name.


Fawkes Forever - Feb 5, 2004 3:13 am (#2266 of 2753)

Awww thanks Guys..... *blush*

ááá woohoo this is fun

Marè ... see I found the è (alt 138) ... woohoo! Whoops I got this note.. ? pretty cool, but no idea how I did it.... must be magic! Oh Alt 137 ë... yeay... this is fun. Thanks Joost!

I'm currently living in Dublin, well working in Dublin & live about 12 miles outside it! It's a nice city, but I warn you VERY expensive, especially since the euro came in! It's begining to get to me at the moment... prices are rising all the time Think we're one of the most expensive cities in Europe (unfortunately), so I don't get out much Ryanair does a lot of flights to dublin, you might want to checkout their website.... ryanair.com (I think) Thats if after my negative remarks you still want to some ... lol!

I'm originally from the North West, & I went to University in Belfast... it's funny, because I was talking about Belfast just this morning & how much I missed it! I'm not sure if it's a touristy city, but I liked it!

I know what you mean about the other "big cities" I'm a fan of the city break myself. I love Paris, & Brussels in a great city too, Liverpool & Manchester are lovely... really like those too! I plan to go to London this year (I still can't believe I haven't been to London yet), also planning a trip to Edinburgh, Frankfurt/ Heidelberg, Barcelona, & Prague.... well, we'l see if I can get the cheap flights first & build from there. Usually I just get the flights & plan a holiday around them, usually a long weekend or a week (depending on cash flow ) Some of the flight companies do a deal where it's cheaper to fly on a tuesday, so the holiday would be tuesday to tuesday.... it also depends on how flexible your work schedule is! Happy Holiday hunting

Devika, my name is common enough in Ireland, but still hasn't reached the top 100 most popular names for girls yet.... good or bad I don't know.... It's the female version of Seán, & the Irish version of Joan! I think it means... God is Gracious or something about Grace....? Not sure...


boop - Feb 5, 2004 3:22 am (#2267 of 2753)

Iuanee, Welcome, and best of luck!!


Marè - Feb 5, 2004 3:25 am (#2268 of 2753)

Unfortunately we have to go friday-sunday, we are not flexible at all! (Well we are but our working schedule isn't)

As for city trips, I've been to London (it is a great city), and it is our back up plan for April. (ticket to London from Niederrein airport: ticket price E 2,99, taxes +/- E 26. How much more insane do you want it..)
I'm trying to nudge my friends towards Barcelona though, I really want to see that! But now we got this brochure for ideas and there are way to many good destinations, we are never going to sort this out. So we may end up camping in our parents garden because we couldnt decide.
I'm also planning to go to Brussel this year, my friend is working there now and I have to drop by a weekend to go shopping and partying with her. Really, that's fine with me.

O and those Alt thingies, they don't even work for me. My computer starts this annoying ringing tone, as if it wants to say: "I'm refusing to do this, can't you tell." Stupid computer.

And Blast: well wishes for yor wife.


Flame Alligator - Feb 5, 2004 4:24 am (#2269 of 2753)

Brandon, Thank you so much for the lap top information. (*a big kiss*) I really appreciate it. The weather is so bad here, lots of ice, snow and very cold. It is hard to get to work and do grocery shopping. As soon as things thaw out a bit, I shall go out to Circuit City and check out Toshiba. I wish I was out in California where you are. I detest winter.

Chaojones, I am sure you will do just fine. Look at it this way, your boss recognized you latent leadership talents. He trusts you to do a proper job.

Flame, your name sounds really interesting. Is it a common name in Ireland? Does it mean something?

Devika, Were you referring to me or Fawkes? I read my name but then I saw "Ireland". I am in America.

Fawkes, I think your name is very cool.

Mare, I had the exact same thing occur on my computer. I had to shut down completely. Arrrr!

Could somebody tell me how to use the chat room. I go there all the time. Either no one wants to chat with me, (*pouts*) or I am doing something wrong.

Brandon, Could explain to me what DSL is and how it differs from dial-up?


icthestrals - Feb 5, 2004 5:36 am (#2270 of 2753)

Fawkes and Boop, that picture is of me. Now use your imagination and add 33 years to it and you will see what I look like! Hee hee. When it was suggested to post a picture of ourselves, no one said it had to be current.

I have also taken offense to the theory that curly haired people are evil (joking, of course!). I will be putting up a color picture soon to show that I have curly RED hair--double whammy!

Chiaojones, I say go for the management opportunity. Two years ago in my current job I was asked to supervise a new project. I have never been happier since I accepted the offer (no increase in money, but that is a rant for another time!) I love a challenge and the extra work and responsibility was right up my alley.


Flame Alligator - Feb 5, 2004 6:01 am (#2271 of 2753)

Can anybody tell me how to get copies of the new British adult book covers for HP? I saw them mentioned on Mugglenet.

icthestrals, Very clever. I like your "baby" picture. Can't wait to see that red hair.


mollis - Feb 5, 2004 6:15 am (#2272 of 2753)

Flame- I think you can just order the british versions online from amazon.uk.com or something like that.

And Fawkes- I would just like to chime in here and say how much I love Ireland. I spent a semester studying in Galway at the university there. Galway is a fabulous place to live and visit. We had the time of our lives! Not much studying (first time I've ever failed a class) but I could point you to a few choice pubs! I highly recommend Galway to anyone traveling to Ireland, and for those of you in college/high school, if you ever have the opportunity/means to spend a semester abroad - Do It! Best experience of my life!


Madame Librarian - Feb 5, 2004 7:04 am (#2273 of 2753)

Happy birthday, Luanee!

And, Chiaojones, go for it!! It's really, really intimidating to manage a staff, especially when some people are older than you are. The only true advice I have (based on when I became a manager in my mid-20s), is that if you are prone to giggling, don't, and if you are assigning things or giving orders in any way, be very clear, don't leave anything up to interpretation, a manager is not an author of a fantasy series. Others have mentioned more good tips and I second them. Good luck!

Fawkes, love your name and your screen name. To us in the US, it's very exotic.

IC--cute baby no matter what the era. I had a feeling it was you based on the black and white photography.

Ciao. Barb


Gina R Snape - Feb 5, 2004 7:04 am (#2274 of 2753)

Fawkes, As you probably know, a fair number of Irish emigrated to the United States over the past 150 years. I have known and worked with several woman named Siobhán. It is a nice name. But every Siobhán in the States who I know has felt compelled to explain her name!

EDIT: In direct contrast to Barb, apparently! Well, I am in NYC...


Fawkes Forever - Feb 5, 2004 7:07 am (#2275 of 2753)

Oh yes..... Galway... oh I love that city Mollis. I was there quite recently for a long weekend with my friends, was great 'craic' as we say here! N.B. Craic (Crack) in Ireland means a lot of fun & there are quite a number of nice pubs... & a few that Hagrid wouldn't look out of place in either.

It's a great location for exploring the rest of the west ... Connemara et al, oh & I'd recommend going to the Aran Islands... Galway is not very popular as a weekend break for those outside the Ireland as the airport is only regional & internal flights. It means flying into Dublin or Shannon & commuting to Galway from there, but those hanging around for a bit should check it out!

Contrary to popular belief we do actually get nice weather here & it doesn't rain all the time, just most of it The best time to visit is May or June, thats when we usually have the best weather, nice & sunny! We call it exam weather, because that's normally when school kids & students are sitting their exams, Sitting in a warm stuffy room trying to write your paper, whilst the sun is spliting the rocks outside.... I remember those days & how impossible it was to study... my compromise.... go & read my notes in the park!

So glad to hear you loved Ireland Mollis... It's always nice to hear! No doubt you'll be leading the St Paddy celebrations on the forum this year!

EDIT : Hee hee Gina, I have to explain the spelling of it to a lot of native Irish here.... just goes to show ya, and 'Exotic'... ta very much Barb ... *feel all proud*


Blast - Feb 5, 2004 7:56 am (#2276 of 2753)

Thanks for all the well wishes, Ruth had a very good night, no pains, the nurse said if her bloodwork is okay she can get out of I.C.U. I'm fighting a cold so I can't really spend much time in the I.C.U. but once she is transfered I can spend more time without worrying that I will give something to anybody else. Top of the morning to you Fawkes, My Granny was from Belfast, Shankhill road area though. I'm trying to get caught up on the laundry, could use a house elf, this is not meant to be sexist but why do young girls have so many dirty clothes in just a few days? I have a bunch of spare socks, about twenty so far, maybe Hermiome can use them.


Blast - Feb 5, 2004 8:57 am (#2277 of 2753)

If I was a house elf, I would of been given clothes, beaten senseless, or have the flatest hands ever. I do do laundry but I forgot the number three rule this morning, to check the pockets. Facial tissue everywhere. One thing it was from my clothes. I can't think of a good enough punishment for this one, let me see, maybe I'll put myself through a spin cycle, yes that would be a fitting punishment, they never said a house elves life was easy.


mollis - Feb 5, 2004 9:02 am (#2278 of 2753)

Oh yes Fawkes! I had lots and lots of great craic in Ireland! I had forgotten about that little line! My american friend and I lived with 2 Irish girls, it took awhile to understand Irish-english. I was amazed that we could speak the same language and still not understand eachother. But after a couple weeks we figured it out and had a great time the rest of the semester! And yes, the Aran Islands are wonderful. They really give you a feel for what life was like hundreds of years ago. I miss being there, hopefully I'll get to go back again someday. I need a pint of real Guinness and some fish and chips from McDonoughs! Ohhhh. I'm getting hungry just thinking about them!


boop - Feb 5, 2004 9:31 am (#2279 of 2753)

Flame, I go into the chat room almost every night. I don't post that I'm going in I just go. There are alot of times that someone is already in there. The times that it is most in use is 7pm-12am eastern time. If you post that you are in the chat room someone will usually show up. There are times that six of us are in there at once. Come and join the fun. Just click on the chat room you should be able to go in then. Smile

Icthestrals, I can't wait to see your colored picture. I like the idea of a baby picture instead of persent one, because you always look so innocent!!!!

Blast, Great to hear you wife is doing better. As for the laundry and socks, that happens all the time. I think the washer and dryer eats them. Tissues in the pocket don't feel bad I do it all the time. I wish I lived close I could be your house elf! As for all the extra laundry of the girls, the older they get the more there is!! Just take on day at a time.


Flame Alligator - Feb 5, 2004 9:34 am (#2280 of 2753)


Devika, I like your new avatar. Is that Dumbledore?

Fawkes, mollis, Blast and Newt, All this talk about Ireland has made me very envious. I have always wanted to visit. I like the culture and would love to see the Irish countryside. I want to see all the lush green land. I have never been overseas to Europe and an dying to get over there.

Edit: Alas boop, Those are the hours my husband is using the computer. He won't even let me sit at his desk when he is not using it. He is so territorial. He is usually using Word. He works on and off on his session notes and does not want to have to wait/ask me to get off the Forum. Hopefully, there is a lap top in my future. Perhaps for my birthday in May.


Dragonesss - Feb 5, 2004 10:52 am (#2281 of 2753)

this is not meant to be sexist but why do young girls have so many dirty clothes in just a few days?

Girls??? FEW days??? Have you ever tried to take care of a boy? If boys cant find some dirt they'll make it! Since my son started to crawl around till he was about seven a had to do laundry every single day!


Blast - Feb 5, 2004 11:39 am (#2282 of 2753)

I know boys are even worse than girls, and babies  - - poor Mrs. Sirius, we had two, what amount would three produce. What scares me though we have clothes from the neighbours, teenage girls swaping outfits, I've notice most of my clothes are getting a little Lupinish, my clothes don't fit me anyway because I've lost about sixty pounds since last March.I wouldn't mind just wearing robes, Archie's right. I love night shirts. Bye the way I wasn't being serious when I mentioned about the girls laundry. I only have girls, I even have a few extra daughters that stay over for visits, my wife refers to them as number five, number six , number seven, ecc. One thing they all have in commen though is they all agree that I belong in St. Mungos. So an appology to any offence taken, I nust now go and put myself through the spin cycle.


Madam Pince - Feb 5, 2004 11:47 am (#2283 of 2753)

icthestrals, I almost posted on my note to you in the "Testing..." area that I was sure that I was seeing red hair, and I was right! I was going to ask you if your last name was Weasley!

Blast, don't be too hard on yourself. Laundry is a pain anyway, and when you add on top of it that you're distracted looking after the kids and your sweetie is not feeling well, then it's certainly understandable. A month or so ago when my little one had the sniffles, I washed a tissue in with almost every load of laundry I did. Fortunately the dryer took care of most of it. Back years ago when I was only taking care of myself and my house looked pretty decent, I used to really get bummed out about little things like the 'tissue in the washer' or the 'lost TV remote' or whatever. Nowadays, I do a little dance of joy if that's the worst thing that happens in a typical day! I never knew the meaning of the word "mess" until my son came along. And I only have one! I am in awe of you and Mrs. Sirius and Denise and others with big families -- you guys are incredible! (PS -- "get well" wishes to Mrs. Blast!) (PPS -- I love Mr. Noodles! He's adorable! None the worse for wear for his camping trip, I trust?)

Flame, are you having trouble getting into the chat room, or is it just empty when you get there? If you're actually getting in, it'll show your name over to the right. If there are others in at the same time, their names will be there also. (I go in it all the time and find that there's nobody there but me, but then I usually go in very late at night/early morning US time.) However, I have found the chat room to be rather an "iffy" thing -- sometimes I can get it, sometimes I can't. Lots of times I get an error message like "Lost contact with administrator" or something like that. Just keep trying and eventually you'll probably make it. There's good 'help' info on the "Chat" thread Kip set up -- I think it says 'please read this' or something.


Lynn Allen - Feb 5, 2004 1:02 pm (#2284 of 2753)

I've been figuring our federal and state income tax for 2003 over the past few days using computer software. I was so proud of myself yesterday when everything seemed finished, looked correct, and all errors detected by the machine had been fixed. We even have a refund due this year! I prematurely sent the forms electronically last night. This morning I thunked myself in the head after remembering I failed to include interest income from savings bonds redeemed for my daughter's college tuition. Savings bond interest is not taxable if used for legitimate education expenses but banks report bond redemption and the interest paid out to the authorities, and I would like to avoid a tax audit, thank you very much! Today I've been at the keyboard again trying to fix the problem and prepare amended tax forms for both federal and state governments. It goes without saying I would have preferred spending that time reading your postings and discussing a certain young wizard!


Lynn Allen - Feb 5, 2004 1:19 pm (#2285 of 2753)

Wasn't it the Bard who said the only things certain in life are Death and Taxes? (I would much rather deal with one than the other!) Still, I wonder how government is funded in the wizarding world? The Ministry of Magic seems to be a large organization, and hard working bureaucrats like Arthur Weasley must draw a salary. Who or what pays for it? Do wizards and witches pay taxes or must the Minister of Magic scoop galleons out of the Magical Brethren fountain when no one is looking?


wormsé - Feb 5, 2004 1:32 pm (#2286 of 2753)

Thanks Boop, for the hug!!


Madame Librarian - Feb 5, 2004 1:35 pm (#2287 of 2753)

Lynn, you might want to start a thread on this question. It could take off on a very interesting track if we get into goblin/banking affairs, where Harry's money comes from, money conversion between the Wizarding World and Muggle society. Just a thought.

Ciao. Barb


Dr Filibuster - Feb 5, 2004 1:50 pm (#2288 of 2753)

Siobhan, you've caused quite a sensation with your name all of a sudden. Thought I'd logged onto the Fawkes Failte (welcome) thread for a moment. Now I'm pining for a trip to the Emerald Isle. Haven't been for a couple of years but used to go a lot visiting friends in Rathmines, Galway and Slane amongst other places. Note to forum members, some people said they'd like to see Stonehenge if they came to England, but if you go to Ireland please visit Newgrange a spectacular neolithic burial chamber that really should be better known outside Eire. I felt so ignorant on my first trip... got the wrong end of the stick and thought it was a new shopping mall!!! So I wasn't very enthusiastic on the way there...not to mention confused when we pulled up in the car park.

Abby, (or anyone else) can I ask you a question please? I am assuming you know lots more about ancient Mexico than me. Have you been to Mexico? I'm off to Cancun for a few days in April. I want to sneak off for a day for a bit of Mayan culture. I'm bursting to go to Chichen Itza but not sure I could do it justice in a day trip. Should I go to Tulum instead or somewhere else?

Lynn, I work in a bank but your post made my brain hurt. Most Brits don't have to do stuff like that unless they are self employed. How about your name? I only realised you were a man a few days ago. Is Lynn your real name? Are many men called Lynn in the US? Oooh, just had a thought..is it short for Lyndon or something? Doh!

On another note, when is Denise (novielforme) back from Disneyworld?


Dragonesss - Feb 5, 2004 2:25 pm (#2289 of 2753)
Edited by Feb 5, 2004 2:26 pm

Blast, I didn't mean to argue
Girls are not easier than boys! My friend has girl same age as my son. Thought she doesn't give herself a mud bath in back yard she has her own ways to overfill laundry bag.
Swapping outfits! Oooh, it was sooooo much fun in high school! We actually tried to alter ours! Well, you can imagine... Even Molly Weasly wouldn't be able to fix that.


boop - Feb 5, 2004 3:25 pm (#2290 of 2753)

Lynn, Good Luck on the amended tax forms. My dad does mine, so I don't have the headache of it all. MY dad does taxes and as well is a notary. So right now he is just starting to get very busy. The refund is just a added plus for the headache! I can't wait til mine comes, I call it my fun money!

Dragoness, Is this your son holding your kitty? What a cutie he is. I bet the kitty is his best friend. BTW Belated

Blast, That is wonderful news to have your wife back home. I guess our prayers were answered. Tell your wife to take it easy and take care of herself. I drink decaf. all the time,it is not so bad. I drink decaf.,because I don't like how regular coffee makes me feel. I'm nuts already I don't need something to add to it!


Blast - Feb 5, 2004 3:35 pm (#2291 of 2753)

My wife is home, no heart attatck which is good news, but she does have angina. She has to lose weight, which will help with the blood pressure. She has to go to decalf coffee.Dragoness I see that you have an orange cat as well , the avatar is not my cat, but he does look like him. It also looks like he is beside a Harry Potter book.


Mrs. Sirius - Feb 5, 2004 9:47 pm (#2292 of 2753)

Wow, one should not miss a day on the chat thread!

Blast, in answer to your question, no the girls never really developed their own language or form of communication. We were worried about that for a while because I speak only in Spanish with the children (that was the plan anyway, it worked fine until they started talking). Many people warned us that speaking two languages in the home with so many children in the same age range might entice them to invent their own language, but that didn't happen. We also have taken every opportunity to expose them to other languages.

It has made them very verbal. The eldest of the the triplets, by 2 minutes, corrects, my speech. If I indavertantly use the past tense of a word she'll correct me, if my accent comes through on a word she'll correct my pronunciation!!! Yes, she's 5!

When my son was born I played lots of classical music for him, Vivaldi's Four Season was big on hit parade. I also played Ravel's Bolero, , which is probably not appropriate for a newborn but I figured a couple of decades down the road the memory of it will do him good, Canon, and Beethovans Ninth among others. Alas, for the girls, they suffered the extreme version of the the second child treatment, I think they have seen the CD covers.

Chiajones, go for it. It was offered to you, there was a reason. Best of luck.

Oh, Blast good luck with you wife. I'll say my version of a prayer for her.

icthestrals, great picture. it reminds me of a roommate in college that spent her days saying "happiness is have naturally curly red hair".


Fawkes Forever - Feb 6, 2004 2:48 am (#2293 of 2753)

Yes indeed Mrs Sirius, this thread is a bit like the sea.... you should never turn your back on it

Sue, *Giggle*.... 'Fawkes Failte' .... I like it! Thats a pun on the Irish tourist board btw folks... Bord Failte.. literally translated means... Welcome Board! You just jogged my memory about Newgrange. Newgrange is a Megalithic Passage Tomb build about 3200 BC, & looks amazing! It's only a half hour drive from where I live & shame of shame, I still haven't been! According to legend, the tomb was said to be the home of Oenghus, the god of love! I've planned so many times to go.... but something always comes up! I wanted to go for the winter solstice, but tickets are hard to come by for that event! It's meant to be absolutely magical as the the winter solstice sunrise illuminates the passage and chamber of the Tomb, & you can see all the carvings & designs etched into the rock, many of which celtic symbols where based on! All this & it was build thousands of years ago! Abby I'm sure you'd love it there.... I think (not sure however) that it's even older than the pyramids!

Flame... oh my birthday is in May too.... 16th, what date is yours? I have several friends who celebrate the same day as myself... which is a bit crazy! So I'm a Dragon & a Bull... doubly stubborn

Blast, delighted to hear your wife is home! Just make sure she gets loads of TLC.. (no not the Leaky Cauldron ) but I'm sure I've no need to tell you that! As for the tissues in the pockets during a wash, I'm famous for it, just give the clothes a good shake ... hee hee!

ICthestrals, are you sure you're not the missing Weasley cousin ...


icthestrals - Feb 6, 2004 5:21 am (#2294 of 2753)

Madam Pince and Fawkes, I like to think I am a distant relation to the Weasleys. My ancestors must have immigrated from over there at some point, you know.

I have always wanted to go to Ireland and now y'all really make me want to go!

Blast, I hope your wife is feeling better soon.

BTW, I'm getting older here, 5 years now.

EDIT: I forgot to add that I did want to be an accountant at one time, but didn't like my accounting class, so I switched to Art and had a blast (and ended up with a useless degree!)


Madame Librarian - Feb 6, 2004 5:34 am (#2295 of 2753)

IC, I love this "evolution" in pics!! Now, in the 5 year old pic you look amazingly like my sister (also a carrot top) at that age. The only thing, she had stick straight hair much to my mother's dismay.

Mrs. Sirius--didn't that quote about red hair = happiness originate with the little red-haired girl from "Peanuts?" She was the one who Charlie Brown adored...from a distance, of course.

Blast, hey, great news about your wife. Would a large dose of the HP books/movies help her recovery? And, remember, you are stronger than kleenex. Be thankful it's not loose coins; those can really mess up the agitator in the washer. I speak from experience.

Ciao. Barb


Flame Alligator - Feb 6, 2004 6:47 am (#2296 of 2753)

Madame Librarian, LOL .... loose coins in the washer. LOL You have given me my first big laugh of the day.

If boys can't find some dirt, they'll make it. LOL

Dragoness, You are so right about boys. LOL My son use to come in from playing with his pockets, socks, shoes, underwear and hair full of dirt every day. It wasn't til years later, after he became an adult, that he told me about a game called "Knights". In this game, the boys are all knights fighting battles. The weapon of choice ...DIRT! (as opposed to rocks or sticks) They would fill their pockets with dirt and throw it at each other. I am sure they loved this game as he was absolutely covered in dirt every single day.

I would often go out and take grape or apple juice (sometimes sandwiches) to the boys in the afternoon. I would also bring a bucket and a sponge to wash their faces and hands as they were too filthy to eat. Much to their credit, they willingly put up with this cleaning and feeding ritual of mine.

At the end of everyday, I would have him undress at the back door. This was to keep from having a "dirt trail" all over the house. The tub would be full of mud after his bath. I was completely baffled at the time. Oh well, I thought, must be a boy thing. When he finally told me a few years ago about "Knights" I laughed so hard.

My godson is just as filthy. He wears his socks until they are stiff as a board. I asked him how he gets them on when they are that stiff.

He comes here from the skateboard park and he looks like he cleaned the court with his clothes. He is usually covered in dirt and grit from head to toe.

I have never seen a girl get that filthy. I am sure their are some, maybe a tomboy. Girls just like to change clothes a lot.

Fawkes, My birthday is May 2nd. I am a rabbit and a bull. Quick witted and earth mother (Yoga, herbs, health nut ... you know.)

Madam Pince, Thanks for the Chat room information. I was beginning to think it was just me.

Blast, I know what you are going through. I suspect it may be harder because you are the male partner. About seven years ago, before we changed our diet, my husband had quadruple by pass surgery. He looked very fit at the time. Even the doctors could not believe he was having a heart attack because he appeared to be so fit. I have him in excellent health now and he is NOT on any toxic medications. (We use natural remedies.) The recovery period was very hard on me. So you have my utmost sympathy and support. Take care of yourself. Mrs. Blast is going to be fine.

See....I'm an just a regular chatterbox today......sorry.


icthestrals - Feb 6, 2004 7:14 am (#2297 of 2753)

Flame, I can tell you that I wasn't quite as bad as your son, but I loved to play in the dirt, too. My sister and I actually covered ourselves in mud once and walked around that way until it dried!

It didn't improve any when I became an adult either. I worked with horses for years and would come home filthy and smelly. It sure was fun, though. Ahhh...the good old days!


Flame Alligator - Feb 6, 2004 7:30 am (#2298 of 2753)

icthestrals, So, was that mud pack some sort of full body facial? My sister did the same thing. I had forgotten that until you mentioned your "beauty treatment". I love your picture. Keep them comin'. You look like you might have been naughty.

BTW.. Dragoness, Your son is boy band cute. He reminds me of my godson, who is almost 12, he told me to say if I mentioned him.


The Great Abbycadabra - Feb 6, 2004 1:24 pm (#2299 of 2753)

Joost, I'm sure Beethoven would argue with you if you told him his music rocked.

Fawkes, I love your name. I have a tendency to collect names (I'm so JKRish sometimes). You never know when you may need a good Irish name. So you're on my list. I hope you don't mind. On a related note, sort of, my name (Abigail) is getting closer to the top of the popular girls' name list in the US. This drives me nuts! I liked having a name that, while it's not unusual, it's not terribly common either. I always liked being the sole Abigail in a class full of Amandas, Jessicas, Ashleys, and Jennifers. Oh, well, I'm still set for my own generation.

I've always wanted to go to Ireland. I have quite a bit of Irish ancestry so the history or Ireland has always been an interest of mine. And it's so pretty!! I'll get around to going there someday.

Dr. F., I've never been to Mexico, and the Mayas aren't quite my thing. My dad's more into that, however, I can give a little advice. Chichen Itza, from what I've seen on the History Channel is a fantastic place. You should try to get it in if you can. If a day trip will do it justice, I'm afraid I can't help. But I'd definitely try to see it if you can.

Blast, I'm so glad to hear your wife is doing better. Here's some Abbyfetti for her: ,'.;,'.;',;.',;.',;.,'.;

And, Luanee, here's some blelated birthday Abbyfetti: ',.;',;.',;.',.;',.;

Icthestrals, useless degrees are fun! I'm going to wind up, hopefully, with two, so I should know.


Blast - Feb 6, 2004 2:02 pm (#2300 of 2753)

Abby be proud of your degrees, the only one I have is a deodorant bottle. MoM thanks everybody for the well wishes, she,s got a headache from the nitro patches, but no more pain in her chest. Being a house elf is great, I think a am truely a multitasker for sure now. Most of the classical composers seemed a bit different in their personalities.
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Joost! - Feb 6, 2004 2:27 pm (#2301 of 2753)

Beethoven is just an old fashioned guy...


timrew - Feb 6, 2004 3:34 pm (#2302 of 2753)

No. I think if Beethoven were around today, he would have been a Heavy Metal fan.

After all, Stravinsky was a fan of Cream (Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker). Now there was a band that could rock like no other on Earth!


Madam Pince - Feb 6, 2004 3:43 pm (#2303 of 2753)

Flame and boop (and anyone else computer-shopping)-- I just got my March 2004 issue of Consumer Reports and there's a whole section devoted to computers, both laptop and desktop. I don't know about anyone else, but I never buy anything over $100 without consulting Consumer Reports. I have found that they have really good practical info on the items they test -- things that affect "real life" use like 'the such-and-such is in an awkward position' or 'this model locks and so therefore is good for use around young children' or whatever. Little tidbits that you can't get from product specifications on the box or the website. One tiny flaw is that they do their tests so far in advance, and product models change so frequently that sometimes a specific model they tested is no longer being manufactured. But usually if one model tests well, then its successor will be of similar quality.

Anyway, for what it's worth, there you are! I think most libraries carry Consumer Reports, so you could probably find an issue there. Good luck!


boop - Feb 6, 2004 4:06 pm (#2304 of 2753)

Icthestrals, I love your new picture, so pretty. Can't wait to see the next picture of you. I like the idea of aging in each new picture.

Madam Pince, Thanks for the Information in Consumer Reports, I will check that out. I forgot all about that magazine, your right that is a good guide to look at before buying.


Blast - Feb 6, 2004 4:38 pm (#2305 of 2753)

I agree Tim, the greats weren't really composing music that sounded like everyone else's. I think that they would of looked with interest on any artist that did things a little different. These composers could accually compose with all these little musical tidbits going through their heads, in fact it is almost magical. If any composer had an influence in the mid to late 20th century it would have to be Bob Dylan. Alhough more by his words, I can't see any artist's that were halfway talented at composing say that he didn't influence them. Music has become so much of a commodity and a money making drive, that it seems controlled and almost sanitised before we hear it. That's why punk was so great, the powers that be had no idea and we actually got groups that would of never passed a record audition. Long live the revolution, bring on something different, no offence intended but this boy band, hippop, rap, new country, new new wave, new age, soft rock, hard rock, and what ever they call the stuff with all the dancers to give a performance stuff they're putting out these days, to me is not really good. Maybe Abby and her bagpipes can kickstart the music industry. There are some decent musicians and songs out there and I'm not saying that the musicians of today arn't talented, but I do think that the industry as a whole controls what goes out, and if they think it will make money then we will hear it. It is almost Big brotherish. The Beatles had a great idea with Apple, too bad there wasn't something in place liked that today.


Madame Librarian - Feb 6, 2004 4:47 pm (#2306 of 2753)

Speaking of the Beatles--I believe it was 40 years ago yesterday that they made their first appearance on the Ed Sullivan show. That was the first time many Americans set eyes on them. Talk about a storm of controversy. Janet Jackson is nothing compared to the Fab Four!

Ciao. Barb


Blast - Feb 6, 2004 7:15 pm (#2307 of 2753)

So right Barb I remember it couldn't hear much but I still remember it.


The Great Abbycadabra - Feb 6, 2004 7:47 pm (#2308 of 2753)

Heehee, yes, look for my new CD entitled Abby: Piping for the Ages coming this fall.

Much of today's music is just so contrived and emotionless. Not to say that there isn't the occasional brilliant song out there. But I'm happier in my instumental, full orchestra, breathtakingly emotional, classical music world.

By the way, Blast, I'm very proud of my possible two degrees. I just think it's funny that I'd end up with two degrees and both of them are essentially useless. But, hey, I like useless things. It works for me.


Brandon Christopher - Feb 6, 2004 8:45 pm (#2309 of 2753)

Abby, you know not to get me going on music! As long as you're doing what you like then it doesn't matter if they're useless Abby.


The Great Abbycadabra - Feb 6, 2004 9:14 pm (#2310 of 2753)

Heehee, yes, Brandon, I know that all too well.

I'm perfectly happy with my useless degrees. Two of my favourite things in the world can't be bad (history and anthropology). I honestly don't know what else I could do anyway. So it's all good.

To all the forum folk in the UK: My best friend needs some advice. She's studying abroad in the UK next semester (lucky duck) and she needs a new second choice because her former second choice isn't accepting exchange students then. Seeing as I'm so very worldly, she's asked me to ask some of my British friends what they think. She wants to know which of these cities you'd recommend: Exeter, Nottingham, Hull, and Essex. Any suggestions are welcome. Thanks.


Brandon Christopher - Feb 6, 2004 9:18 pm (#2311 of 2753)

You could become a history professor. Right now I'm thinking of becoming a literature professor. At least college professors make lots of money! All you really need is a recommendation from a top college and you're in. Triple digits within your first few years teaching, nice job eh?


The Great Abbycadabra - Feb 6, 2004 9:22 pm (#2312 of 2753)

Yeah, I've considered becoming a professor, though not history. I'd be an archaeology/Egyptology professor if at all. I just have such a bad track record with professors. I never really wanted to become one. That and public speaking of any kind terrifies me. I've looked into museum curatorships before, and that seemed cool. But, really, it all depends on what jobs come up.


Madame Librarian - Feb 6, 2004 9:24 pm (#2313 of 2753)

Brandon, I'm not sure that the academic life is all that well paying. Yes, at a prestigious university, head of departments may earn a nice salary, but the it's usually accepted that professional non-academics do much better. Now, it's not always about the money, and I think everyone is happiest when they are doing something they love.

Ciao. Barb


The Great Abbycadabra - Feb 6, 2004 9:28 pm (#2314 of 2753)

That's my thing, doing what I love. I only recently realized how little money I'd be making. Not that I really care. Hmm, I'll need to get a rich husband.


Brandon Christopher - Feb 6, 2004 9:34 pm (#2315 of 2753)

Madam L, most of my professors at a community college make triple digits. At a community college!!! I'm not sure if this is the norm but I would be teaching right around home so I figure my salary wouldn't be that much lower after a few years. That is unless I really suck at teaching, but typically I'm good with kids and presenting ideas. Key word there being "typically."


boop - Feb 7, 2004 5:33 am (#2316 of 2753)

Sarah, What a pretty young lady you are! Does your boyfriend know how lucky he is to have you?

Brandon, I like your dog. What is your dogs name? Are you giving your dog a bear hug?Smile(BTW) Only Black Coffee!Smile

I'm at work and on break, so I can use the employee computer now. I can't make Smiley's because I'm not at home:(

Everyone Have A Great Day!


Dr Filibuster - Feb 7, 2004 6:50 am (#2317 of 2753)

Here's a smile just for you Boop , ooh and another one

Abby, what will your friend be studying? I'm definitly no expert. Never went to university myself, and only kow someone who went to Nottingham from your list. He loved it (did business studies and was deputy head of entertainment for the student union).

Rowling went to Exeter in Devon.. she's from the west country. Her subject was French. from a purely geographical point of view I'd prefer to stay in Devon too.

Azi will probably be one of the best people to ask. I think she's looking to apply for Unversity now so will up on the latest info.


Mrs. Sirius - Feb 7, 2004 8:46 am (#2318 of 2753)

At least college professors make lots of money! All you really need is a recommendation from a top college and you're in. Triple digits within your first few years teaching, nice job eh?

Brandon, when you say triple digits, you mean $100. right? that is triple digits!:-) (still haven't mastered smilies)


boop - Feb 7, 2004 8:54 am (#2319 of 2753)

Thanks Sue for the smiles!

Mrs. Sirius,LOL go to Smiley Central it real easy.


Marie E. - Feb 7, 2004 10:18 am (#2320 of 2753)

Going back to dirty children: Whoever said little girls don't get dirty should see my four and half year old after a day at the park. She used to eat the sand out of our sandbox all the way up to age three. We have a picture of her literally making dirt angels in a parking lot at Disney World at age two. It's a good thing she is the youngest or else I'd have no decent clothes to use as hand-me-downs.


Brandon Christopher - Feb 7, 2004 10:41 am (#2321 of 2753)

Yup, my dog Boob. I believe in this picture I was strangling him and he was sitting there taking it as usual. I have fun tormenting him cuz he's a lab and therefore sits and just takes it, quite fun!

As for Mrs. Sirius' comment: yup, triple digits. Can't you live off of $100 in a year? Sorry it's that new math - I meant six digits but of course that might not be the norm. The price of living here is also one of the highest in the country so I should take that into account. But still - six digits is six digits!

P.S. Noooooooooo... gimme me back my bottle Boop!


Flame Alligator - Feb 7, 2004 12:55 pm (#2322 of 2753)

Hey boop and everyone, I'm sneaking in some forum because my husband is in the shop talking with a customer about doing some metal work. Besides a psychoanalyst, he is an inventor and sculptor.

Brandon, Shame on you for tormenting that sweet doggy. BTW, I new you meant six digits. Guess we are on the same wave length.

I am trying to catch up on all my house work today so I will have more time for the forum. Plus, I have been doing a lot of HP rereading. I was just getting ready to bathe my cat when there was a knock on the door. Forum time.

Mrs. Sirius, A quick hello to you.

Marie E., Your youngest daughter sounds like my sister. I had forgotten what a little dirt bomb she use to be. I'm going to call and tell my teenage nieces so they can tease her.

I have to go and visit a few more threads before my husband is finished.

I will Chat with you later.


boop - Feb 7, 2004 1:36 pm (#2323 of 2753)

Hi Flame, Maybe you could put a sleeping spell on your husband so you can spend some time on the forum! (hands wand off to Flame)


Flame Alligator - Feb 7, 2004 2:16 pm (#2324 of 2753)

boop, he is almost finished. Must type fast to get in one more post. What is the sleeping spell? Or do I need a potion? I need to go to the Lexicon and look it up. If it is a potion, I know a relaxing herbal tea I could make him? Thanks for the wand, *hands back wand*, I have my own which contains a Siberian tiger"s whisker.

Liz Mann, I went to amazon.uk.com and for the life of me I could not find HP book covers.

I had better get back to my chores. My kit kat is waiting for her bath. Yeah right.


boop - Feb 7, 2004 4:07 pm (#2325 of 2753)

Flame, Thanks for giving my wand back, also you are right it is a potion. Maybe you can ask Snape to mix up some Sleeping Draught. That will put your husband into a deep sleep!



Blast - Feb 7, 2004 5:17 pm (#2326 of 2753)

It is funny I think that a lot of kids can get dirty just by thinking about it. But isn't that one of the great things about being a kid, having fun. When you can get pleasure and a good memory out of playing in dirt, the world is your oyster.


Mrs. Sirius - Feb 7, 2004 9:15 pm (#2327 of 2753)

Ohhh, boy Brandon! Maybe we should relocate to California. I thought you were serious. Community colleges here don't pay that well. Certainly not like what mentioned. And the professors I've known have a difficult time because so of the work is parttime, semester to semester work is really unreliable.


The Great Abbycadabra - Feb 7, 2004 10:50 pm (#2328 of 2753)

Thanks, Dr. F. She's a total copycat also majoring in history and anthropology, however, she's focusing more on history while I focus mainly on anthropology. But, anyway, thanks.

By the way, I told her to go to Exeter because that's where JKR went. Heehee, she didn't find that as nifty as I did. She's never given HP a fair chance. She's lucky I still talk to her.


Marie E. - Feb 7, 2004 11:09 pm (#2329 of 2753)

Does anyone remember how to avoid being sent into chat room 2? The chat is hating me tonight. And Caput, I didn't abandon you, the room abandoned me!


The Great Abbycadabra - Feb 7, 2004 11:15 pm (#2330 of 2753)

Marie, go to the menu and click "chat room".


Caput Draconis - Feb 7, 2004 11:19 pm (#2331 of 2753)

Never give up! Never surrender! I shall go to the chatroom, and by Grabthar's hammer, Marie, you shall be avenged! Hehe, I believe you. At least we got in a lovely night's viewing before you were ejected. Forum movie nights, coming soon to a chat room near you.

Now I'm going to see if there's a pub.


Julia. - Feb 7, 2004 11:24 pm (#2332 of 2753)

Abby, I LOVE your new avatar. John Williams rocks! Or, as you would say, John Williams classicals! Fawkes the Phoenix Is the greatest peice--I almost always have it on while I'm doing homework or reading the Forum, in fact, I have it on now! I also really like his work on the Star Wars films, once again, setting up paralells between HP and SW. I hope he writes a theme for Dumbledore for the next movie, I can't wait to see how the soundtrack for this one compares with the other two.


Madam Pince - Feb 7, 2004 11:30 pm (#2333 of 2753)

I just tried to get into chat and I got "chat room 2" also, Marie. I didn't even know there was a "chat room 2." It was empty.

Edit: thanks for the info, Abby. I managed to get into chat, but still nobody there. I guess everyone's gone to bed! (Which is where I should be, so "nighty-night!" as Filch would say!)


The Great Abbycadabra - Feb 8, 2004 1:00 am (#2334 of 2753)

Heh, thanks, Julia. He does classical, doesn't he? Today is John's 72nd birthday, so I'm celebrating. As for the POA score, I've had that CD on my wishlist for years now.

Sorry, Madam P, I must have just gotten off.


boop - Feb 8, 2004 5:36 am (#2335 of 2753)

Marie and Madam Pince, I just think that chat room has a spell or a curse on it!Smile I was in the chat room until 11:30pm eastern time,sorry to have missed you two Madam Pince and Abby.Sad


Lynn Allen - Feb 8, 2004 7:43 am (#2336 of 2753)

Thanks to everyone who commiserated about my tax form problems; it has worked out but like many things took far more time than planned. Dr. Filibuster, sorry about the headache you had on my behalf; if you wish I could send a digital aspirin! As for my gender which some of you questioned, I am indeed male and have been more than 47 years. Lynn is one of those names that can be used by men or women--usually an "e" is added to denote it is feminine. During our wedding some 20 years ago, the maid of honor was also named Lynne Allen, a young woman who had been my wife's former roommate. You can imagine the potential confusion! One of these days I'll post an avatar so you can see for yourselves, though it may be safer not to send a photo out online. I don't want to be responsible for cracked monitor screens!


timrew - Feb 8, 2004 10:18 am (#2337 of 2753)

I don't think you'll crack any monitor screens, Lynn. I have had my pic up for quite a while now, and no-one has had any screen problems that I know of.....

Those monitor screens must be made of strong stuff!


tracie1976 - Feb 8, 2004 10:24 am (#2338 of 2753)

Ummm -  timrew if their monitors are not working from seeing your pic, how can people come to the forum to post that its not??? lol j/k If anyone is interested in seeing my pic, just go to profiles on yahoo...my nic is tlb331, I hate my pic so I will NEVER post it lol.


virgoddess1313 - Feb 8, 2004 10:39 am (#2339 of 2753)

Sorry to go back so far (I just ploughed through 118 posts, ah!) but Abby, you said something about doing a paper on ethics in archeology.. where did you find information? I've been into ancient Egypt and archeology since I was in 3rd grade (I'm now a college freshman, majoring in, of all things, interiror design). I've been curious abour finding some information on the differing opinions of archeological ethics... especially as a mummy person (*breifly mourns for the career I wish I could have had*).


SarcasticGinny - Feb 8, 2004 1:32 pm (#2340 of 2753)

Aargh! I think I'm ready to start throwing things a'la Snape. I am a part of another online forum board, only this one talks about other things ranging from politics to college and stuff. Anyhow, they are acting like a bunch of high school children. It's become a popularity contest all of a sudden. People are talking about kicking other people off of the site just because they don't like them. Sheesh!

I think I'll stick with you guys from here on out, far more civil, friendly, and mature. I appreciate being a part of a forum that's functional.


Sly Girl - Feb 8, 2004 3:08 pm (#2341 of 2753)

So... Does anyone else buy those little Harry Potter Valentines or am I the only dork here?


boop - Feb 8, 2004 6:05 pm (#2342 of 2753)

Sly Girl, I just tried to buy some at Wal-Mart, but they didn"t have any.


Blast - Feb 8, 2004 6:11 pm (#2343 of 2753)

Try a Hallmark store my wife saw them there, along with figurines.


virgoddess1313 - Feb 8, 2004 6:43 pm (#2344 of 2753)

I bought some last year. This year I didn't buy any... no one to give them to :-( Oh well... next year.


Julia. - Feb 8, 2004 7:14 pm (#2345 of 2753)

I looked for some, but all I could find was Finding Nemo ones.


Sly Girl - Feb 8, 2004 7:43 pm (#2346 of 2753)

They had these 'drawn' ones at Target... they were weird. It was movie Harry but it was drawn, not a photo and the effect was very.. bizarre. I bought some last year too, but after V-day. I still have them. lol Glad I only spent a dollar!


Gina R Snape - Feb 8, 2004 8:57 pm (#2347 of 2753)

I would buy them if they sold them near me!

btw, Sly Girl. Is that Harry and Hermione or Harry and Ginny in your avatar? It's very sweet.

Oh, and Abby. Let me know if your friend still needs advice. I can tell you a lot about Nottingham, where a very good friend of mine lives and I nearly lived as well.


Caput Draconis - Feb 8, 2004 9:15 pm (#2348 of 2753)
Edited by Feb 8, 2004 9:15 pm

Oh dear, I think it would definitely be Harry and Ginny. None of this Hermione business. That's not a broom closet, is it SG? I wasn't even aware of the existence of HP Valentines, I must search for them immediately.

And Gina, it made me smile to read that you nearly lived in Nottingham, for some strange reason. I hear their Sherriff is a bit of a looker...


Marie E. - Feb 8, 2004 9:44 pm (#2349 of 2753)

I bought the foil HP Valentines at SuperTarget today. I also saw Lord of the Rings Valentines that I wanted to buy soooo badly. They had really funny ones like Be My Valentine-Orc Else! and Valentine, you are my precious.

I'm giving the HP ones to my students since I couldn't find any "from your teacher" ones this year. I can't remember where I bought them last year. I checked the teacher supply store and the Current Outlet Store.


Luanee - Feb 8, 2004 10:47 pm (#2350 of 2753)

Thanks all for your birthday wishes !! Sorry I am a little late in replying as me n husb n bb just went for a short getaway in a offshore hotel for a night... it was wonderful coming back seeing so many new posts on the forum!! And I managed to create my own avatar at last, its a picture of my girl, do u people like it?
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Dragonesss - Feb 8, 2004 10:52 pm (#2351 of 2753)
Edited by Feb 8, 2004 10:52 pm

Wow, 69 new posts in just 3 days!
Thanks Boop! Yes, it is my son holding orange kitty and they just love to play together.
Blast, your kitty-avatar looks sooo much like my cat! We also have black cat and orange dog, chow-mix that looks a lot like Molly Weasly.
Flame Alligator , dirty "Knights"! LOL. I believe it’s a game my son been playing with our dog in the backyard! I too have him undress at the back door and put all his clothes in washer.


Sly Girl - Feb 8, 2004 11:49 pm (#2352 of 2753)

Yes, Gina, as Caput so eloquently pointed out, that is indeed Ginny. (And no, you wicked thing, it is NOT a broom closet!!)

Oh, I didn't know there were LOTR valentines... coool... although how icky to get one from Gollum. heh


Devika - Feb 9, 2004 5:28 am (#2353 of 2753)

Hi everyone! I hope i haven't been forgotten. This is amazing... I'm away from the forum for a week or so and there are almost 100 posts piled up! I've lost track of this whole thread... or more like lost the thread of this conversation...(sorry... bad pun!).

Well... I must comment on this... some of you have acquired some great avatars! Dragonness that's a really cute picture. Brandon, I normally don't like dogs much (don't hang me all of you!!), but your dog does look quite huggable and friendly. Sly Girl, that's a great picture! Yes... vote for Harry and Ginny!!!

Oh... and Caput Draconis and other Aussies out here... congratulations... Australia put up a wonderful show for the finals of the VB Cricket series. Yes... I am a somewhat embarassed Indian fan, but I still enjoyed the game!

I didn't know HP Valentine stuff was available... actually I'm not sure if we'll get it here. I've hardly seen any merchandise anyway. But it's ok... there's no one I'll give a gift to this year unless I decide to pamper myself! Of course I've been making elaborate plans for a girls' night out with all my single girl friends... but that's the trouble with my plans... they remain just that!!


boop - Feb 9, 2004 6:19 am (#2354 of 2753)

I just want to say thanks to everyone who was in the chat room last night. The support you gave me really helped. I just got off the phone with my daughter and she is now pain free. At around 1:30am she passed the kidney stone. They ended up giving her 1 shot demeral, but that didn't help so two shot of morifine just took the edge off the pain. I just hope these drugs don't harm the baby. They will be discharging her today from the hospital.

Iuanee, Your daughter is so pretty and cute!

Marie, Thanks for the tip on Harry Potter valentines. I will be heading to Target to get mine. I don't have anyone to give them too, so I'll pass them out at work too my co-workers and the students, and my granddaughters!

Everyone Have a great Day!


Gina R Snape - Feb 9, 2004 7:00 am (#2355 of 2753)

Hee hee. Caput, that's funny. You know, the statue of Robin Hood in the town of Nottingham doesn't do him any favours either. Perhaps the sculptor was a 'Sheriff' fan as well.


Fawkes Forever - Feb 9, 2004 7:20 am (#2356 of 2753)

So many posts *faints*

Devika, course we remember you Cool avatar by the way!

Abby, feel free to use my name, infact I'd be honoured

Boop, I didn't know your daughter was sick again... big cyber hugs, hope she is ok... & you, by the sounds of it, you lived the whole experience too!

Flame... heres a link to the UK book covers... http://www.pottertastic.com/books/ukbc.html . I still can't find a page with the back covers, OotP has a nice drawing of the fountain of magical brethern... so I will keep looking


Devika - Feb 9, 2004 7:20 am (#2357 of 2753)

Boop, I'm happy for you and I hope your daughter will be back to normal very soon. My dad had kidney stones and I know how painful it can get. I'm sure she'll be well now...

Edit: Thanks Fawkes


boop - Feb 9, 2004 8:01 am (#2358 of 2753)

Thanks Fawkes and Devika, Yes you are right they are very painful. Sheila just went to into the hospital last night. I just talked to her and she was on her way home. Sheila feels good, just tied, from lack of sleep. It's just hard to watch your child no matter what age go through that much pain and not be able to do anything about it. I didn't go to the hospital she wanted me to stay home, but I was there in spirit. I just told them to keep informed and they did.


Flame Alligator - Feb 9, 2004 8:55 am (#2359 of 2753)

Devika, I missed you, too. I actually did a search on you thinking you must be busy posting on other threads. (Don't think of me as a stalker. ) Is that Dumbledore in your avatar?

Fawkes, As my son would say, you are the bomb! Thanks for the web site. Top of the mornin' to ya.

Sly Girl, Thanks for mentioning the HP Valentines. I'm going out and purchase some. I love you avatar.

boop, Glad your daughter is home and pain free. I know just how you feel.

Brandon, I am going to look at lap tops this week if the snow doesn't ruin the streets for traveling. I have all my model numbers and the information you gave me. Hopefully, I will be able to purchase one for my birthday.


Fawkes Forever - Feb 9, 2004 8:58 am (#2360 of 2753)

WOOHOOOO, I got the ticket for the Ireland V Brazil soccer match *cartwheels round office* all that & I start back at my yoga class tonight.... I'm in a good mood now!

Thanks Flame..... I have to giggle when you all say 'top of the morning' ... hee hee! Very cute!


boop - Feb 9, 2004 9:30 am (#2361 of 2753)

Fawkes, just be careful you don't get hurt with those cartwheels!


Fawkes Forever - Feb 9, 2004 9:43 am (#2362 of 2753)

Thanks Boop, however my little jaunt around the office was short lived. There was a limit put on the tickets, as they where so hard to get, & the sports & social club at work was giving us a very generous discount on the tickets, they could only get a certain amount, so the fortunate few got one each, but the rest didn't get any at all! One of my colleages was looking for a ticket for himself & his son (who is 7), but he couldn't get two....

He was so disapointed, & didn't know how to tell his kid, the match is completely sold out, so he has no hope of buying a ticket now... well not unless he pays way over the asking price.... so I said he could buy mine.... at the discounted price.... (so I'm not a ticket shark )

I thought it was the Griffindor thing to do... besides it'll be warmer watching it on on the telly Feeling a few pangs of regret , but I think it would mean more to his little boy than me anyways! ...Oh well, it's good karma.... Roll on yoga class, think I need a bit of relaxation!


Madam Pince - Feb 9, 2004 10:02 am (#2363 of 2753)

Flame, 100 points to Gryffindor on your behalf -- you are truly a good soul. When you feel the pangs while you're watching it on tv, just think about how much fun that little boy and his dad are having, and you'll feel better immediately!

boop, glad to hear about the kidney stone going bye-bye. I knew it would be ok! And don't worry about the pain killers and the baby -- my doctor told me that when they're that close to delivery, you don't have to worry as much. So anyway, yay!


Marè - Feb 9, 2004 10:08 am (#2364 of 2753)

Aaaw Fawkes, that is such a generous thing to do! You rock! (Just like Beethoven does, apparently... )


Fawkes Forever - Feb 9, 2004 10:10 am (#2365 of 2753)

Aww thanks guys.... the pangs are beginning to dissolve.... thanks for making me see that it was the right thing to do...

off to my yoga class now... all excited about it, haven't had a class in so long...

later guys... xx Fawkes


fidelio - Feb 9, 2004 10:53 am (#2366 of 2753)

Fawkes, the child will have an outing with his father he'll remember for a long time--and you will be watching the game in comfort, with access to clean facilities you aren't sharing with all comers, and your choice of refreshments!


Julia. - Feb 9, 2004 11:43 am (#2367 of 2753)

Fawkes, 100 points to Gryffindor for you. I'm very impressed, as I could never do something like that, so thumbs up to you. Hope you have fun at your yoga class. And boop, see we told you everything would be ok. I'm glad that she passed the stone, so now you can comfortably go back to the stress of an impending birth. *hugs for everyone!*


Fawkes Forever - Feb 9, 2004 12:02 pm (#2368 of 2753)

Just back from yoga, full of positive vibes.... woohoo! We have yoga classes here at work... well after work in the building, very handy!

Thanks for the points guys... feeling a lot better about giving up my ticket now .... actually surprised at myself ... there is hope for me yet .....

Sending out big positive vibes to everyone tonight.... feeling good after that class... now home I think.... *need a shower* if I was a house elf right now, my name would rhyme with winky


Brandon Christopher - Feb 9, 2004 12:03 pm (#2369 of 2753)

Hehe, Madam P. I think you mean 100 points to Fawkes not Flame. But anyways: way to go Fawkes - a true Gryffindor move!

Boop, what else are we good for if not to console and help out a fellow member. I'm glad that your daughter passed the stone without complications and isn't to drugged up.


boop - Feb 9, 2004 12:29 pm (#2370 of 2753)

Fawkes, I'm very Proud of you. That boy and his father will remember always what you did. Gryffindor trait all the way 100 points!

Thanks Julia for the positive future outlook. Mom's are supposed to be worry warts, that is part of our job description!


virgoddess1313 - Feb 9, 2004 1:13 pm (#2371 of 2753)

And part of the reason I love this forum.... there's always a mom around .


Flame Alligator - Feb 9, 2004 1:21 pm (#2372 of 2753)

Fawkes, You classical!!! As a yoga teacher, I am thrilled when anyone anywhere enjoys their yoga class.

I am moved by all the support and sympathy on this forum.


Julia. - Feb 9, 2004 1:36 pm (#2373 of 2753)

No problem boop. What are we here for if not to discuss Harry and lend support to those of us who need it? And, like you said last night, you can never have too many MoMs. (hehehe, I'm up to six now)

EDIT: MoM. Sorry about that. Force of habit, you understand. I meant 'mom.'


Catty Johnson - Feb 9, 2004 1:49 pm (#2374 of 2753)

Hi everyone, I'm a new member but I have been reading this forum for about year. I absolutely love this site, I have been a big Harry Potter fan since the first book came out. My name is Catty and I'm 15, I'm looking forward to posting my ideas. ~Catty


Pinky - Feb 9, 2004 2:46 pm (#2375 of 2753)

My heart is bursting with pride for you, Fawkes! Another 100 points to Gryffindor! This is something you'll be able to remember with a special glow in your heart for the rest of your life.

Welcome Catty! We are really glad to have you with us. Why don't you post another (or the same) introduction of yourself in the thread right above this one titled "Tell about yourself (new)".


Madam Pince - Feb 9, 2004 2:51 pm (#2376 of 2753)

Oops, you're right, Brandon, I meant Fawkes! Fawkes...Flame...they both start with "F"...plus the whole yoga thing....I was confunded. Er, confused. Whatever.

Welcome catty!


Luanee - Feb 9, 2004 3:41 pm (#2377 of 2753)

Hi boop, glad to hear that your daughter is ok now. Btw when is her baby due? Is this her first? I understand the worries/ concerns a pregnant woman goes through prior to delivery, there are just so many things to worry about! But after the child is delivered, you find that so many of your worries are unfounded! So let's think positive and look forward to the arrival of your grandchild!


Blast - Feb 9, 2004 3:56 pm (#2378 of 2753)

Boop glad to hear everything's ok, Fawkes that was a very decent thing to do. Ruth went to the Doctor today and her heart is not receiving the proper signals, there is still a risk of a heart attack but at least we know now what the problem is, thanks for everyone's concerns.


Julia. - Feb 9, 2004 5:08 pm (#2379 of 2753)

Blast, Sorry to hear about Mrs. Blast, it sucks that she's not doing well, but, as you said, at least you know what the problem is, so now the docs just have to find a way to fix it. I think I speak for everyone here (and correct me if I'm wrong) when I say we hope she get's better soon. 100 points and lots of hugs from all of us. This is us, doing the wave. This is for Mrs. Blast, so that while laying in bed she will have something to ammuse her, besides the counting sheep.

NOTE: Blast, that was not a knock on your entertaining skills, but a chance for me to use all those fun smilies. Sorry if it came off as anything other than that.


Blast - Feb 9, 2004 5:47 pm (#2380 of 2753)

No offence taken Julia, usually there is an endless mirth of laughter in our house. Between the humans and the felines, something always gives us a laugh.


virgoddess1313 - Feb 9, 2004 6:43 pm (#2381 of 2753)

Cats are an endless source of amusement I've found. That's why its always good to have mulitples.


The Great Abbycadabra - Feb 9, 2004 8:28 pm (#2382 of 2753)

Virgo, sorry to have taken so long in my response. Most of what I've found so far in regards to archaeological ethics is from Archaeology magazine. There are loads of articles in those regarding the topic. Also in Archaeology Odyssey magazine, one of Archaeology's sister magazines. You can see their website here: http://www.archaeology.org . I've also come across a number of books on the subject, but they don't seem to have any of them at the library by my house, so I have to do some school library searches soon. I found going onto Google and typing "archaeological ethics" gave me a number of good websites as well. It's very interesting reading.

I've been into Egyptology since I was in third grade, too, and I'm stubbornly persuing a career as such. This is exceedingly difficult as I have a picky scholarship, but I'm going to get there eventually. That's why I'm a sophomore history major at the moment. I'm a big mummy person, too. Funnily enough, I love interior design. It's a hobby of sorts for me, I love art and I think interior design is an interesting way of expressing that. You just need to do what you think you'd be happiest doing, and go for it.

I got some HP valentines my senior year of high school and gave them to my friends. They were a big hit, especially because no one really gave valentines out anymore. I did the same the year before, but I had Crocodile Hunter valentines, of all things. I've seen them around Target this year as well.

Gina, I think she may have already decided on what school she's going to put down, but I haven't talked to her in a few days. So any help on Nottingham is appreciated.

Luanee, your daughter is so sweet!

Fawkes, glad you feel honoured by my inclusion of your name. By the way, that was very Gryffindor of you. I'd probably be more selfish.

Welcome aboard, Catty. Here's some Abbyfetti: ,'.;',;.,'.;',.;,'.;

Boop, I'm so glad your daughter is doing better. And, Blast, I hope your wife is well, too.

Flame, by your mention of the word "classicals", I assume you've made strides into the way of the Abby. Congratulations!


shepherdess - Feb 9, 2004 8:43 pm (#2383 of 2753)

Julia Katz: "This is for Mrs. Blast, so that while laying in bed she will have something to ammuse her, besides the counting sheep."

And just what is wrong with counting sheep???!!!!


Luanee - Feb 9, 2004 8:57 pm (#2384 of 2753)

Oh Oh... now shepherdess is offended... maybe what Julia meant was one should not remember the beauty of sheep only during bedtime? So we should try to count something else in order to give sheep more credit? Sorry if this sounds silly...

Thanks, Great Abbycadabra... and I am sure all of us hope Mrs Blast will get well soon!!


The Great Abbycadabra - Feb 9, 2004 9:00 pm (#2385 of 2753)

You're welcome, Luanee. Feel free to call me Abby.


Luanee - Feb 9, 2004 9:02 pm (#2386 of 2753)

Oh sorry I didnt know what's your first name, so I copied the whole Great Abbycadabra down. Nice to talk to u, Abby !


Blast - Feb 9, 2004 9:10 pm (#2387 of 2753)

There is nothing wrong with counting sheep Shepherdess I have many sheep items in my bedroom.


The Great Abbycadabra - Feb 9, 2004 9:13 pm (#2388 of 2753)

That's all right, Luanee. I used to use this name when I was a magician. I just took my name and played with it. I resurrected it when I joined up here. And it's nice to talk to you, too!


Luanee - Feb 9, 2004 11:12 pm (#2389 of 2753)

Wow a magician!


Detail Seeker - Feb 9, 2004 11:34 pm (#2390 of 2753)

luanee, please: You is a three letter word.

We try to stick to correct language here. Thank you.


Luanee - Feb 10, 2004 12:02 am (#2391 of 2753)

No wonder you are named Detail Seeker, hee.... (sorry is this the right way to express laughter?)


Devika - Feb 10, 2004 1:20 am (#2392 of 2753)

Okay... I'll go back a dozen or so posts, but I must say Fawkes, that was a wonderful thing you did. I'm not sure I could have done that but I'm sure even you'll enjoy the game knowing you've helped someone else to enjoy it too.

Welcome Catty!

Abby, this is quite interesting... you were a magician? I'm quite fascinated by this. ... I'm not into anthing like this... I don't have deft hands, but I think you must have enjoyed it. Do you still do magic?

Another belated response... I'm flattered Flame... you actually searched for my name. Thanks... And no... I don't think of you as a stalker :-)

And for those who asked.... no.. my picture isn't one of Dumbledore, though I realised it looks like that. I'd just done a search for wizards on google. Of course I did find some totally strange and unrelated links, but this one looked good :-)


Joost! - Feb 10, 2004 1:53 am (#2393 of 2753)

I agree with everyone here, you're a good person, Siobhán. Besides what fun is it to see the Brazilians walked circles around your countrymen?

Of course Ireland has beaten teams that are considered much stronger before. I can remember one specific match that qualified Ireland for the World Cup against, well, Holland...


Julia. - Feb 10, 2004 4:18 am (#2394 of 2753)

Nothing wrong with counting sheep Shepherdess. In fact, here are some for you.


Fawkes Forever - Feb 10, 2004 4:19 am (#2395 of 2753)

Welcome to the forum Catty...

Hee hee Joost! I remember that match too You're probably right about us getting annihilated by Brazilian team however... & my toes will be nice & toasty watching the game at home.... See I'm feeling better about this already!

I just realised... I hope I didn't come across as 'blowing my own trumpet' yesterday, (sorry) but I was just a bit down about it... & obviously couldn't say anything here at work... but I needed to talk about it.... & who better to talk about 'stuff' than my forum buddies, all my surrogate brothers, sisters, mums & dads

Thanks for all the kind words... made me feel better... that and my yoga.... however I've a few aches from that today... keep telling myself it's positive pain, nothing I can't handle... I'm a griffindor... right

Blast, I really do hope your wife (MoM hee hee) makes a full recovery, I'll say a few extra prayers for her tonight

Thanks again guys.... I reckon Griffindor just won the cup with all those points....

EDIT : Just over on the cast thread & Oh My Gosh.... Dr F, I did't know you were from Warrington... I stayed there last summer for a week.... it's a lovely town.... Sorry, just wanted to share that


boop - Feb 10, 2004 5:56 am (#2396 of 2753)

Luanee, Thanks, Sheila is due on March 20th. This will be baby #2 and it is a boy. This pregnancy has been rough. Sheila has been in and out of the hospital. This is going to be their last child, they don't want to take a chance of having another pregnancy like this one. We will just be glad when the baby arrives, safely and heathy. The stress of this pregnancy is taking a toll on my daughter. Sheila just wants it over.

Blast, Sorry the hear about your wife. Just make sure she gets plenty of rest, so she gets her strength back. Hopefully the Doctors can fix the problem. I will continue keeping your family in my prayers.

Abby, You a Magician, wow that is so cool. We want to see some Magic tricks.

Fawkes, Gryffindor sure did win the house cup, and its all because of you! Thanks to you the whole Gryffindor house is throwing a party in your honor!


mollis - Feb 10, 2004 6:10 am (#2397 of 2753)

I love parties! We'll have some excellent craic!!!!


Fawkes Forever - Feb 10, 2004 6:13 am (#2398 of 2753)

Pass the butterbeer...

I just had the ticket in my hands for one brief moment... it was delivered to my desk in an envelope, so I opened it & there was the ticket winking at me... it even was an excellent seat Admittedly it was VERY hard giving it away.... literally had to wrench it out of my hands... hee hee! It's all working out for the best though, the seat is right next to the man I'm selling it to... so the little guy will be beside his dad... yay! Keep telling myself it's for a better cause ... sad now (just feeling sorry for myself... I'll be fine in a bit... hee hee) A bit of character building...

Love the smilies Boop, so cute!

EDIT : Mollis... too true..... 'excellent craic' awww thats cute! Roll on the party


boop - Feb 10, 2004 6:21 am (#2399 of 2753)

Hey maybe we can get Abby to do some magic tricks at the party. ABBY please...pretty please...with sugar on top!!!!


Madame Librarian - Feb 10, 2004 8:18 am (#2400 of 2753)

Gosh, I'm behind on my well wishing and congrats.

Fawkes, bravo for your sacrifice. Just keep thinking how convenient the loo will be if you watch the game at home.

Blast, I certainly hope your wife continues to improve. Does she realize that we all refer to her as Mrs. Blast? I think that's...well, a blast. I hope she finds it amusing, and that makes her feel better. Take good care of her now (sounds like you're doing just that).

So, Abby, do you keep your supply of abbyfetti up your sleeve or in your top hat?

B-a-a-a-a? Lost sheep? Count 'em again. So easy, you can do it in your sleep!

Boop, I wish your daughter all the luck. Take each day at a time, and at this point in the pregnancy, every day further along means that little guy is developing like gangbusters and that's one step closer to a great outcome even if it is a little early. I know, I had a high-risk situation with my son about 20 years ago. He ended up being 4 weeks early, and somewhat on the lightweight size, but absolutely no problems!

Welcome to all the newcomers. Have a ball!

Ciao. Barb
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Flame Alligator - Feb 10, 2004 9:31 am (#2401 of 2753)

Okay, I don't have much time, as my husband is up early and as soon as he is finished shaving, he is going to boot me off the computer.

Blast, I will devote part of my meditation (sending healing vibes) to your wife.

boop, The same goes for your daughter. As a mother I empathize with you but don't worry. Just channel all your maternal strength to her. Worrying makes stress hormones. Cut it out. You to Blast.

This is what I did and do as my husband had heart by-pass surgery. He said I was a tower of strength and greatly appreciated that he did not have a blubbering wife that would make him worry.

Fawkes, Top of the mornin' to ya. (It is still morning here.) Sore from Yoga? I recommend to my students a nice soak in a hot bath with 2 cups of epsom salts in it. Soak for 20 minutes. The minerals in the salts are anti-inflammatory. Plus, the salts deep cleanse your pores from head to toe. (You get a little beauty treatment.) If you don't have a tub, then put 1 cup of epsom salts in a bucket of water and sponge down after you have showered. This usually relieves a lot of soreness for me.

BTW, I just think that was so absolutely sweet to give up that ticket. I don't think you were blowing your own horn at all. You were just sharing your life with your forum buddies. We love you for it. Don't we?

Welcome aboard Catty!!!!

Devika, Yes, I did do a search for you. I am glad you are back.

Detail Seeker, Chill out.

luanee, I don't know if I have said this before but your baby girl is darling. Why is her mouth open? Is she singing? Or giving you instructions.

Okay, who suggested a Gryfindor party. I am all for a party. Yay!! Thanks for all the fun smilies. I want some. *pouts* Where do I get them? How do I use them?

Yes boop, Let's have Abby as the entertainment. Wow us with your magic Abby. Fawkes is Queen of the party for gathering so many points for Gryfindor House.

I hope I have not forgotten anything as I won't be able to get back on the Forum til late tonight. Plus, I have my other favorite threads to visit.


Julia. - Feb 10, 2004 9:53 am (#2402 of 2753)

WOO-HOO! Party in the Gryffindor common room! Is Dumbledore invited to this? Well, there he is anyway. *run's off and turns up half an hour later with lots of food and butterbeer*

EDIT: Sorry guys. I got a little carried away with the smilies.


mollis - Feb 10, 2004 11:42 am (#2403 of 2753)
Edited by Feb 10, 2004 11:43 am

Party time is great! We get to show off all the great smilies!

And some pepsi for the young-uns:

And maybe some more guests for the party: How about Harry, Ron and Hermione!

Oh, and maybe Hagrid. He always makes things interesting!!

EDIT: Now that's getting carried away! Flame, check out the How do you... thread. It’s loaded with website references.


tracie1976 - Feb 10, 2004 11:54 am (#2404 of 2753)

I love all of those smilies They are great Don't forget some music !!!


virgoddess1313 - Feb 10, 2004 1:16 pm (#2405 of 2753)

I feel like Hermione.. everyone is partying and I'm worried about homework!! I have my first speech tonight in my public speaking class. Eek!

Ah well, at least I know my subject well, a poem from Lord of the Rings. Wish me luck!


Madame Librarian - Feb 10, 2004 1:36 pm (#2406 of 2753)

Good luck, virgoddess! One speaker's tip I remember from long ago:

Focus on a spot in the rear of the room, behind where the students are sitting, pretend that one of your good friends, someone you are relaxed around, is just standing there smiling at you. Talk to her as if she were the only one in the room. That way you block out all those people who may make you nervous, but you still have the look and actions of someone speaking to someone, not just droning to the air. Hey, maybe pretend you're speaking to a special Hogwarts friend...Neville, maybe. Who could be intimidated by Neville?

Ciao. Barb


Jim the Potty - Feb 10, 2004 2:40 pm (#2407 of 2753)

oooooh....which poem?


virgoddess1313 - Feb 10, 2004 2:46 pm (#2408 of 2753)

All That is Gold does Not Glitter... I've always thought it was beautiful.

Thanks for the tip Barb!! I will definitely be trying that.


Kip Carter - Feb 10, 2004 3:05 pm (#2409 of 2753)

First I would like to welcome each of you whom I have not had the opportunity to greet to the Harry Potter Lexicon Forum. I read this thread regularly and enjoy the assistance that each member provides to the new members. The cooperation that each of you exhibits makes this Forum what it is. We have a great "family-type" atmosphere because of the help that each of you provide to those who ask for help.

However I do have a bone to pick with some and I am not going to single them out in this post because I hope they will realize their errors and correct them in the future. It concerns correcting others as to their posts, especially correcting our fine team of Hosts (see The Lexicon Forum Staff). Our Hosts are given guidance as to how to handle most situations and when one of them corrects someone for not following the Philosophy of this Forum, I would appreciate if you as members support what is said versus telling the Host to "Chill out."

Our Hosts have a very difficult job and most of you will never see the work that they do because there try to stay in the background instead of "patrolling the threads like police." Each of these Hosts are valuable assets to this Forum and to its members. They have the tools to make changes by editing, deleting, or moving posts. They can also change the status of the members to "Read Only" or "Moderated" if they feel that action is necessary. These Hosts enjoy the threads just as each of you do.

I hope that what I have said is clear; however if any of you have questions, you are more than welcome to email me at kip@hp-lexicon.org with your questions or concerns. Thank you each for taking the time to read this post!


boop - Feb 10, 2004 3:08 pm (#2410 of 2753)

Flame and Barb, Thank you for the reassuring words. I will focus on the positive thoughts from now on! One thing for sure I don't need the added stress of worrying!

Julia and Mollis, Love all the smiles, that is what we need at a party lots of smiles. Here everybody take some Fred and George fireworks. As for the music I think The Weird Sisters will do just fine!

Virgoddess, Good Luck tonight, you will do just fine.


Luanee - Feb 10, 2004 3:52 pm (#2411 of 2753)

Hi Flame, I do not know why my daughter's mouth was open. I think she was trying to make some funny faces when we asked her to 'smile!' for the camera. And she ended up looking that way.


scully jones - Feb 10, 2004 6:15 pm (#2412 of 2753)

Hey, I had that poem for my Quote in the annual. It is so beautiful, I hope it went great.


Luanee - Feb 10, 2004 6:53 pm (#2413 of 2753)

I haven't read that poem before. Can anyone quote a few lines? Thanks.

Edit: Oh and I just realised I got someone into trouble. A thousand apologies!! Really really sorry!! It was not intentional when I 'netspeak'. Realised I should have used the spell check function in future. Hope there are no ill feelings generated as I really love all you guys/gals out there!!


virgoddess1313 - Feb 10, 2004 8:01 pm (#2414 of 2753)

Thank you guys for the good wishes!!! The speech went great, but I don't know what my grade is yet.


Sly Girl - Feb 10, 2004 10:11 pm (#2415 of 2753)

I know this is totally silly but.. I just had to share. I found out that a fan fic story I'm writing (and posting on another site alas because of the rating) is the 2nd most popular fic for it's group, with 27,088 page views and 328 reviews! I can't even believe it!

I know it's silly because it's fan fiction, but that makes me really happy!! Anyway, I actually had news to share, so I shared it. Now I'm going back under my rock...


Hem Hem - Feb 10, 2004 10:24 pm (#2416 of 2753)

Congratulations, SG!


Detail Seeker - Feb 10, 2004 11:31 pm (#2417 of 2753)

luanee, it was not you, who got someone else into trouble. There will be no ill feelings. Enjoy the Forum.


Luanee - Feb 10, 2004 11:42 pm (#2418 of 2753)

Great, thanks! Anyway I just changed my avatar to reflect the romantic season coming soon... hope you people like it ! Happy Valentine's Day !! ( I know it is a bit early but I was so worried that I will forget to do it on Friday)...


S.E. Jones - Feb 11, 2004 12:33 am (#2419 of 2753)

Congratulations, Sly!


Devika - Feb 11, 2004 1:12 am (#2420 of 2753)

Congratulations Sly Girl.... can you post a link??

That's a cute avatar Luanee!


Flame Alligator - Feb 11, 2004 1:59 am (#2421 of 2753)

Virgoddess 1313, Congratulations on your speech going well. I hope you get a top grade.

S.E. Jones and luanee, I love those Valentine avatars. I want to use a Valentine avatar but I'm rather attached to Harry's eye.

boop and mollis, Thanks for those smilies. I love them! I am going to show them to my husband. He likes to sprinkle smilies in his session notes to clients. Hopefully, I can download or transfer them over to Word so he can use them.


Marè - Feb 11, 2004 2:12 am (#2422 of 2753)

He Sly, I'm not sure whether you are allowed to post a link to that story (ratings and such), but could you mail one?

PS congrats!

PPS Throw that rock out! You don't need it!


Devika - Feb 11, 2004 2:21 am (#2423 of 2753)

Oh... I didn't know that the link may not be allowed. If you can't then can you mail it to me too Sly Girl, if you don't mind.

Virgoddess, Congratulations on your speech! I'm sure you'll get a good grade.


boop - Feb 11, 2004 2:29 am (#2424 of 2753)

Virgoddess, I knew you could do it. Good job well done A+ in my book anyway!

Wow Sly Girl that must be some story. That doesn't surprise me your stories are great to read! That is a great idea, I want to read it too!

Luanee, Thanks for the Valentine, my first in many years!

Hey Flame thanks, Did you make it to the party? It was great, that Abby did a great job with those magic tricks! There was even a surprise visitor Pro. S...., and (he) danced with Fawkes. I just hope G... does not get wind of his visit.hehe!


Flame Alligator - Feb 11, 2004 2:40 am (#2425 of 2753)

boop, I only got to stay a little while. I had my yoga class to teach. Sounds like fun. Snape was there? Darn!

luanee, I like the Favorite Spell thread you've added. Boy, would those spells come in handy. Alas, we will just have to "muggle" through.

Sly Girl, I want a copy of the story too. Stay out from under that rock! We want you on the Forum.

BTW Fawkes, Top of the mornin' to ya, when you come on the Forum. I may be in bed as it is 0500hrs. here.

Anybody have any ideas for a Valentines present for my godson? He is a rough and tumble boy who likes extreme sports... skateboarding, snow boarding, roller blading. I thought maybe a CD but I don't know what he has in his collection. He prefers to rent video games. So that is out. I was thinking of something little as he already has skateboards, roller blades and the big things he likes. May be some of our younger forum members could clue me in. Oh yeah, he's "almost 12" years old.


Liz Mann - Feb 11, 2004 3:57 am (#2426 of 2753)

Hey guys! I'm in Media Studies right now. I'm supposed to be researching the 80s. Since we were going to have an 80 week on the St Mungo's thread over on the FFF, quite a few people on here remember them. So I wonder if you could help me?

What kind of movies were popular in the 80s and what was the censorship like?


Pinky - Feb 11, 2004 4:47 am (#2427 of 2753)

I feel vindicated. Sly, I've been telling you for some time now that you're a great authoress. NOW will you believe me? *grin* For anyone who has not yet read any of her stories over on the FanFiction Forum, get over there! We have other great stories as well, so be sure to check out a good sampling of them.


Fawkes Forever - Feb 11, 2004 4:50 am (#2428 of 2753)

Flame, I can't believe you're up at this time! As for ideas for presents... sorry not my forte... but will rack my brain anyways!

Congrats Sly, here's 50 points for Slytherin

Hey Liz, hmmm, I remember the Goonies, "Hey you guys", The Lost Boys, "never invite a Vampire into your house you silly boy... it renders you powerless", Back to the Future, ET, the Indiana Jones films.... First movie I remember watching in a cinema was Raiders of the Lost Arc.... scared the bejeepers out of me ... LOL

Those John Walters films where popular, (I think that's his name), you know, The Breakfast Club, Pretty in Pink, Some Kind of Wonderful, they where the original teen movies, (granted I didn't discover them until the 90's ). *Searches brain for other distant memories*.....

Willow, The Princess Bride, The Worst Witch (original Hogwarts? ), Ferris Buellers Day off, Bill & Ted films, Dead Poets Society, Dirty Dancing, Gremlins, Karate Kid movies, Superman movies, Romancing the Stone & Jewel in the Nile *when the going gets tough*, Top Gun.... To name but a few

I think the last two Star Wars where 80's movies as well? Not sure! hmmmm, I remember quite a bit from the 80's after all... incase you're wondering, I'm a little bit of a movie buff, I always score highly in those quizzes for movies quotes.... my friends think I'm a freak.... but I say it's just a semi photographic memory/ human tape recorder thing ... some one of the two.... just hopefully not a freak ... hee hee!

Oh found a website for you.... http://www.fast-rewind.com/ (hope it helps)

I can't remember what the censorship was like... but if it helps I bought the Lost Boys on DVD last week (great sale on in HMV) & it was a 15 cert in the UK & Northern Ireland & 18 cert in Rep of Ireland!

Maybe someone else might know some more?


Julia. - Feb 11, 2004 5:21 am (#2429 of 2753)

Yeah Fawkes, the last two Star Movies are 80s movies. Empire Strikes back came out in 82, and Return of the Jedi came out in 85. Of course, the most important thing that happened in 1985 was...ME! You might want to check out http://www.vh1.com VH1 is a tv station here in the states and they did two series on the 80s, "I Love the 80s" and "I Love the 80s Strikes Back" (the later being done after "I Love the 70s."). They should have some good stuff.


tracie1976 - Feb 11, 2004 5:30 am (#2430 of 2753)

The Lost Boys is one of my favorite movies lol. "Stand By Me" is a good movie from the 80's too. Julia has a great idea...I love watching "I Love the 80s" on VH1 lol. I remember more of the music from the 80s than the movies.


Flame Alligator - Feb 11, 2004 5:33 am (#2431 of 2753)

Fawkes, I'm usually up at this time. I have weird hours. I keep vampire hours... up all night, sleep all day. Sometimes I am up 36 and 48 hours. This use to drive my husband nuts. I do however take naps if I have a lot to do. I get a second wind if I am up past the time I feel sleepy. The sleepiness goes away and I am up and running for 12 more hours. This came in quite handy in my younger days as I could party all night and go straight to class or work. Yeah, my friends hated me.

Since I do so much yoga, (relaxing and restorative don't you know. ) I need even less sleep. I usually get dark circles and bags under my eyes after 48 hours. I just take some frozen stainless steel tea spoons, which I keep in the freezer, and (using the underside) put them on my eyes for one minute. Presto! Bags and puffiness gone. I learned that little trick when I modeled in my younger days. So there is a tip for you ladies.

As soon as I finish posting, I am going to bed. I will get up this afternoon and take my kitkat to the vet. Then I have to go to the Co-Op and buy tons of produce. Uh!! It takes me 2-3 hours to pack my refrigerator when I get home> One of my girlfriends says my refrigerator looks like a produce display in a store as oppose to hers which looks like she threw everything in hers. LOL

Fawkes, Good job on calling up the 80's.

Well, I had better "hit the hay". Have a great day everybody.


Lynn Allen - Feb 11, 2004 7:55 am (#2432 of 2753)

Way to go, Sly Girl! Keep up the good work! Lynn


Lynn Allen - Feb 11, 2004 7:59 am (#2433 of 2753)

Liz Mann wrote: "Hey guys! I'm in Media Studies right now. I'm supposed to be researching the 80s. Since we were going to have an 80 week on the St Mungo's thread over on the FFF, quite a few people on here remember them. So I wonder if you could help me?"

YIPES! Are the 80s actually HISTORY now? Some of my best days were in the 1980s! Grad school, marriage, two children, great new job, new home...yipes! (Lynn, feeling incredibly old!)


Gina R Snape - Feb 11, 2004 11:35 am (#2434 of 2753)

Hey, Congrats Sly Girl!

E-mail and tell me where you post, ok? I get good reviews on my fics, but never received THAT many!


Sly Girl - Feb 11, 2004 12:23 pm (#2435 of 2753)

Er... thanks guys. Smile I feel overwhelmed right about now, actually. But yeah, I can't really post a link but if I can remember who wanted a link... *laughter* I'm a bit tired right now. Like Flame, I stay up way too late. Let me try this again when my eyes have opened... !

Marè, I like my rock! It's cozy.

And yeah, Pink... vindicate away. heh


Liz Mann - Feb 11, 2004 12:55 pm (#2436 of 2753)

The Lost Boys is one of my favorite movies.

Interestingly enough, that's the movie I'm doing the research for! But we need background info. 'Wider concepts'.

So, what genres were popular?


Flame Alligator - Feb 11, 2004 1:33 pm (#2437 of 2753)

Liz, There were a lot of horror movies: The Nightmare on Elm Street Series, Friday the 13th Series. Or as I like to call them "Let's kill off all the popular teen” movies. Teen movies (with I don't fit in or alienated from the collective theme. Example: The Breakfast Club, Beetlejuice (Wynona Ryder's character) Adolescent adventure movies, where adults are stupid and kids are on their own with creatures from the other world. (Adults are no help with nightmares theme. Goonies 1 and 2, The Lost Boys, (I love that one.) I hope I helped some Liz.


Dr Filibuster - Feb 11, 2004 1:38 pm (#2438 of 2753)

Liz, you'll have to mention the video phenomenon that took hold in the 1980's. it meant we could see our favourites over and over again. The papers just went on and on about all the video nasties.

Sequels seem to feature a lot; Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Die hard, Ghostbusters, Back to the Future, Alien, Terminator, Police Academy, wasn't Rambo 80's? Rocky sequels? Mad Max sequels

Lots of those are Sci-fi, also ET, Blade Runner.

Lots of tough guys, sometimes in vests.

Lots of action/adventure

The start of the Blockbuster

Tom Cruise

Human rights: The Killing Fields, Mississippi Burning, Cry Freedom, Ghandi.


timrew - Feb 11, 2004 2:23 pm (#2439 of 2753)

Someone mentioned, "The Goonies" a while back. Is it true that Sean Astin (who played Sam Gamgee in the LOTR films), was in it? My son tells me he was, and he's usually right!


Marè - Dec 22, 2003 6:55 am (#2440 of 2753)

Yes he was! And he is the cutest little boy, he plays the most important role.

You should see the movie again tim, it's quit okay!


Pinky - Feb 11, 2004 3:09 pm (#2441 of 2753)

Hey Tim, it's your son's fault that I went and researched the "Wilhelm Scream." Remember that conversation a while back? Anyway, I found a website (address long lost) that listed all the movies that scream had been in. According to someone somewhere, it was supposed to be in The Return of the King around the time that Legolas slides off the mumalak (eliphant looking critter). I listened hard for it the second time we went to see the movie and never heard it. *pout* Tell your son to stop wasting our time with useless movie trivia that is so fascinating as to use up all kinds of precious time while researching it further! *cheesy grin*


timrew - Feb 11, 2004 3:18 pm (#2442 of 2753)

Thank you Mare and Pinky for your input.

If any more useless Movie trivia comes my way, I'll be sure and share it with you!


virgoddess1313 - Feb 11, 2004 5:28 pm (#2443 of 2753)

Sly Girl... I'd love the link to your fanfic too, please. And I don't think it's silly at all. I used to write quite a few back in my fanfic days... although not Harry Potter.


I Am Used Vlad - Feb 11, 2004 6:03 pm (#2444 of 2753)

Flame, I don't think there was a "Goonies 2". And if there was, please send me a copy by express owl.

Liz, how about a Corey Feldman themed paper. He was in "The Lost Boys", "The Goonies", "Stand by Me", "Gremlins" and two "Friday the 13th" movies. He was the eighties.


Denise P. - Feb 11, 2004 7:47 pm (#2445 of 2753)

Blast, what a gorgeous kitty in your picture! Very striking eyes...


Gina R Snape - Feb 11, 2004 7:59 pm (#2446 of 2753)

Gee whiz, Denise. Is that your youngest? I remember when you were still pregnant with her!

Hey, my dad had a Beta Max VCR, and of course the system all went VHS...


Ladybug220 - Feb 11, 2004 8:15 pm (#2447 of 2753)
Edited by Feb 11, 2004 8:22 pm


I just read the Florida vacation log and it sounds like y'all had a blast!!! I am so glad that your family got to go on such a wonderful trip. Sounds like Devin is doing very well.

And speaking of Blast , your kitty is very pretty and your qoute made me laugh quite hard...


boop - Feb 12, 2004 3:03 am (#2448 of 2753)

Denise, Your daughter is so cute. I just read about your son, I hope he keeps in improving! The university where I work Penn State has a Dance-A-Thon coming up, and its been going on since 1977. They have raised about 23 million dollars for research of childhood cancers. The fund is call Four Diamonds and it is put on by IFC/Panhellenic.The thon goes on for 48 hours and is being held on Feb 20 thru 22. Almost all the student get involved in raising money. I have only gone one time to watch and it was a very emotional experience They have families that are dealing with cancer, that come to support the dancers. They play with the kids, and so children look forward too this every year. They also have families that have won the battle of cancer too. Just thought I would share this little bit of information hope you don't mine.


Denise P. - Feb 12, 2004 8:53 am (#2449 of 2753)

Gina, yep...this is my youngest. I was expecting her when the Forum first came into being and now she will be a year old on the 4th of March. You can't tell from this picture but she has adorable dimples on each side when she smiles big. Not that I am biased or anything..... Chat & Greetings 2004 464751818

Boop, that is so cool. I am very much into supporting any kind of childhood cancer research and have several charities now that we contribute to that have helped us out.


Devika - Feb 12, 2004 9:06 am (#2450 of 2753)

Denise.. I just had to write this. Your baby is sooo cute. She looks beautiful. Is Kierryn her name? It sounds a bit unusual. I don't know if it's a common name. Does it mean something??
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Denise P. - Feb 12, 2004 9:50 am (#2451 of 2753)

Yep, Kierynn is her name. (KEER-in) We had chosen Kieran as our boy name but we liked it well enough to modify the spelling to accommodate a girl instead. It is not a common name, more common in Britain, I think. If I recall, without going to look it up, it means "Dark Warrior" which doesn't really fit her unless she is in a bad mood


I Am Used Vlad - Feb 12, 2004 12:09 pm (#2452 of 2753)

NoVeil4Me, "Dark Warrior" will be a great screen name for her to use here someday.


virgoddess1313 - Feb 12, 2004 3:31 pm (#2453 of 2753)

I can understand your bias... she's absolutely beautiful!!


Luanee - Feb 12, 2004 4:47 pm (#2454 of 2753)

Yes, Kierynn is very very cute!! I always have a soft spot for people with dimples...

All the best to Devin, hope he is feeling better now. Take care of yourself too, Denise!


scully jones - Feb 12, 2004 5:24 pm (#2455 of 2753)

Ahhhh too many posts... You guys already said all the movies I was going to say, I'm too late!

I'm going to go check and see if there really is a Goonies sequel... I hope the original cast is in it, though I doubt it.

I'm going to go off and make a new character on the Sims online, in addition to my Luna Lovegood... But, I'm not sure what character I should use...


Gina R Snape - Feb 12, 2004 6:04 pm (#2456 of 2753)

Why not Severus Snape, chiajones?


Pinky - Feb 12, 2004 6:08 pm (#2457 of 2753)

Ahhh, I always said it Kee-AIR-in. I'll try to learn how to pronounce it correctly. She's very beautiful. Does she look like you or your husband?


Blast - Feb 12, 2004 6:36 pm (#2458 of 2753)

Denise the name has a bit of an Irish hint to it.


Luanee - Feb 12, 2004 6:40 pm (#2459 of 2753)

Blast, pity your kitty's eyes are not green, else it will make a good animagus for Harry...


Denise P. - Feb 12, 2004 7:07 pm (#2460 of 2753)

I am told by everyone that she looks like my husband. I know in looking at pictures of my older girl, they look nearly identical at the same age.

Blast, Kieran is an Irish Gaelic name.

Pinky, she is called Karen all the time. I just smile and emphasize KEER-in. Like you Peer In a window...


Fawkes Forever - Feb 13, 2004 3:31 am (#2461 of 2753)

She is beautiful Denise, & glad to hear you all enjoyed Florida, (I have been following your holiday on Devin's Webpage )

Blast, as Denise said, Kieran is an Irish name, in Irish it is spelt as Ciarán. The girls name is Ciara or sometimes spelt as Kiera (KeeRa), but Ciara is the more popular spelling, (I have a niece called Ciara). I think Kierynn is very pretty, both in name & looks! Indeed, there are so many cute forum babies...

I'm going to skip back a couple of posts here, to the 80's movies discussion! Tim you're right, or your son is, Sean 'Sam Wise' Astin played the part of Mikey in the Goonies, their leader! I did read somewhere during the week that there was to be a Goonies sequel ....

Oh here's the link http://oregon.pacificnorthwestmovies.com/TheGoonies2/ (check out the photo with the grown up Goonies) Oh and I found this, some links to deleted scened from the original... http://members.aol.com/Goonies695/main2.html. I always wondered what Data was talking about when he mentioned the octopus in the end scene! Wow the film was made in 1985, boy I'm beginning to feel old, that was one of the first videos I ever rented.... hee hee!

Liz, the Lost Boys is one of my favourite movies, there was a time when I could quote most of it, word for word whilst watching it! (Me, obsessed with something .... never ) So if you have any questions, feel free to ask! Think the main thing about the film is that it was full of symbolism, about peer pressure, the dangers of doing drugs & so on ... note how innocent Kiefer's character looks after he was staked. That added to the naff 80's clothes, big hair & rip roaring 80's soundtrack all adds up to a very cool movie!


Madame Librarian - Feb 13, 2004 10:18 am (#2462 of 2753)

Well, folks, here it is noon (CST) on Friday the 13th, and no one yet has said a thing about that!

I am most definitely not superstitious, but just to cover all the bases, here's to a safe, lucky, happy day-before-Valentine's Day to all my Forum friends.

(BTW--What do you think the Wizarding World makes of traditional western culture superstitions? This is not the right thread for this topic. If there are any comments, is it worth starting a thread?)

Ciao. Barb


virgoddess1313 - Feb 13, 2004 10:38 am (#2463 of 2753)

I'm not normally a superstitious person... I love Friday the 13th under regular circumstances, but today I have cause to be stressed. My boyfriend's father goes on trial today and is looking at at least 6 months in jail. He is essentially a good person (who just happened to do a very stupid thing). I know my poor boy in freaking out and I'm stressed out because I love him and his family and they definitely don't deserve this. Sigh. Just have to keep positive.


The Great Abbycadabra - Feb 13, 2004 10:41 am (#2464 of 2753)

*jumps out of converted DeLorean time machine* TADA!!! Did you like that trick? I disappeared! I always wanted to be like Houdini, but I only have one good escape trick. I used to be rather adept at slight of hand. Some of my better, more impressive tricks are somewhat lost to me now due to lack of practice. I do get out my rather large collection of tricks every now and again and freak out my brother, which is always fun. I do have an awesome card trick that still amazes one and all. Not to toot my own horn.

Anyway, hopping back in my time machine for a bit, Congrats to Sly and Virgo for the fanfic and speech. Here's some Abbyfetti for you: ,'.;',.;',;.',.;',.;',;',;.',;.',.;

By the way, Barb, I always keep my Abbyfetti up my sleeve. It makes for a more impressive display.

Anywho, I've been gone for a couple of days because 1) I have a cold and 2) I have cable!!! Yay! I'm now a couch potato. I've been indulging in my Discovery Channel, History Channel, and BBC America glory. Hey, I never claimed to have a life.


fidelio - Feb 13, 2004 11:02 am (#2465 of 2753)

Abby--now that you have cable, does yours go up to 76? It's the New Orleans-area channel for Classic Arts Showcase--MTV for classical music! They do bits of old movies and other stuff as well, but it's mostly music. Their website is classicartsshowcase.org, if you're interested in knowing more.


The Great Abbycadabra - Feb 13, 2004 11:12 am (#2466 of 2753)

Thanks, Fidelio. I do get that channel. I must say that the TV has been tuned to that a few times.


Julia. - Feb 13, 2004 11:27 am (#2467 of 2753)

Happy Friday the 13th guys. Virgogodess, I hope everything goes will with your boyfriend's father's trail. And, Abby, welcome to the world of cabel tv. It's wonderful, isn't it? I'm not going to be on the computer until Sunday, so, one day early, Happy Valentine's Day everyone! Hugs for everyone!


Dr Filibuster - Feb 13, 2004 11:44 am (#2468 of 2753)

Hi everyone.

Abby, a brand new series of "Jonathon Creek" starts on BBC One (UK) on Saturday. Don't know how long it will take to reach BBC America though. I bet you like the theme tune

Virgodess, keep us informed.

Siobhan...you've been to "lovely Warrington"? Wow, it doesn't get called that too often, visitors normally see the crummby parts. I was fortunate enough to be raised in one of the lovely areas though.

Denise, you're back! I did wonder how your Disney trip went. I assumed that you wouldn't be able or have time to update Devin's site so only checked it yesterday. Blimey, you've written a JKR length account.


Flame Alligator - Feb 13, 2004 1:11 pm (#2469 of 2753)

Abby, Julia and Fidelio, My husband would adore you all. All our mark as favorite channels are his: Discovery, History, National Geographic, Science and 2 PBS channels. I have to throw a fit around here to watch a movie on the movie channels.

Happy Friday 13th everyone!


boop - Feb 13, 2004 3:53 pm (#2470 of 2753)

Abby, Cable, wow great have fun!

Virgodess, I hope everything turns out okay, maybe he'll get probation instead of jail time let hope! I'll keep my fingers crossed.

Julia, not until Sunday we will miss you. have fun and I will talk to you Sunday!

Happy Friday the 13th!


Blast - Feb 13, 2004 7:35 pm (#2471 of 2753)

Flame your husband has very good taste in what he watches on T.V. Kudos you have programmed him well. I basically like the same shows plus a good comedy, crude though he is, one of my favorites is Triumph The Insult Comic Dog and the T.V. heads interviews on The Conan O'Brian Show. Though I did not see it last night's Triumph was a classic it was all over the radio this morning, and was really funny.


virgoddess1313 - Feb 13, 2004 8:05 pm (#2472 of 2753)

Well, they dropped one of the charges against his dad, but they aren't going to sentence him or anything until April. So here's hoping everything works out.

I think Triumph is great! Particularly when I'm in a mean mood.


Caput Draconis - Feb 13, 2004 8:23 pm (#2473 of 2753)
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Hehe, I just watched Triumph insulting people in Quebec, Conan's in Toronto for the week. Although I did find those two towers mud-wrestling and racing to be really funny...he has a weird sense of humour that I find hilarious, for some reason. "Structures ready!" Hehe.

boop and Survivor folk, I've only had the first episode of All Stars but I loved it to death. Totally wierd first person to vote out (I guess everyone else has seen it) but they were always going to gun for the winners, me thinks. I get two episodes this week, so I'll catch up a little. Idol is great too.

Have a lovely Valentines Day, all.


Kowalla - Feb 13, 2004 8:41 pm (#2474 of 2753)

WHEW! Man, I know I haven't been on in a while, but I couldn't believe how many messages I had to catch up on in this thread alone!

OK, I was so glad to hear about Mrs. Blast & Boop's daughter. It's always nice to hear that everything is ok.

Virgoddess, I do hope that everything turns out ok. I know this has to be an extremely tough situation, & I wish you & your boyfriend's family the best of luck.

Fawkes, I LOVE your name! Siobhan. That is SO cool! I always love names that are a little bit different (well, at least to me). My mom must have had a blast when she named me. My actual name is Kauwela. I have only met 1 person that actually said it correctly after reading it. I always have to pronounce it to everyone cow-VAY-la. I am seriously considering Siobhan as a possibility as a name for a daughter. (well, we'll have to see what my husband thinks first) Just wanted to say that is GREAT!

Well, it's almost Valentine's Day here, so I'm going to wish everyone a Happy Valentine's Day. Unfortunately, I still have to work tomorrow, so we'll just see how many people forgot Valentine's Day & come in for last minute gifts. It's truly amazing how many men there were in the store today!

Well, goodnight, hope everyone had a great Friday the 13th!

Blast - Feb 13, 2004 8:49 pm (#2475 of 2753)

Denise one of my twins' name is Kyra it is very similer to Kieryn, hope it's spelled right, the name has greek roots' but it is also Irish. It is a unique name, suites her perfect she is a unique individual.


The Great Abbycadabra - Feb 13, 2004 9:50 pm (#2476 of 2753)

Yes, Flame, those are my channels! I'm having such fun. It's rather pathetic, but good Jeopardy! fodder. I do enjoy a good movie, though. We're no longer getting the movie channels, however. Which is pretty much all right since we rent so many movies as it is. I'm just hoping against hope that they won't have another HBO First Look about HP. No one I know around here has HBO. By the way, you gotta love Conan!

Dr. F, thanks for the Jonathan Creek heads up, but it'll probably be a while for it to come up over here. I'll keep checking, though.

Lauren, how about I tell you who is second off Survivor? Mwah-hahahaha.


Caput Draconis - Feb 13, 2004 10:07 pm (#2477 of 2753)
Edited by Feb 13, 2004 10:11 pm

Watch yourself, missy.

EDIT: I must give complete and total credit to Sly Girl for this temporary avatar of mine, for in her unlimited genius she manages to find all manner of neat Jason-ish things for me, and I am eternally grateful. Happy?


Sly Girl - Feb 13, 2004 10:11 pm (#2478 of 2753)

Jonathan Creek, on the BBC America channel is off for now. No new shows and no old ones. It's not 'rested' (which means it's gone for good) but it's not on either. I am entirely bummed, let me assure you. There's a whole slew of shows us Yanks haven't even seen and Maddie (Caroline) is not even with the show any longer. *sob* I'm not sure anyone really cares though. ha ha

Edit: how nice, Caput remembers my toils in her name.


Madam Poppy - Feb 13, 2004 10:59 pm (#2479 of 2753)

I'm curious how many countries celebrate Valentine's Day? Is is Global Holiday?


Dr Filibuster - Feb 13, 2004 11:38 pm (#2480 of 2753)

Poppy, you Americans seem to celebrate Valentine's in a big way. Us Brits would never dream of sending all our class mates or colleagues cards. Is that a new thing?? We only do that with Christmas cards.

PS. Just seen something on tv about a record breaking snog-a-thon somewhere in the far east.


Devika - Feb 13, 2004 11:45 pm (#2481 of 2753)


We do have Valentine's Day here in India. It's not like a holiday or anything, but it's quite hot in the metros and big cities. It has got quite a deal of corporate attention too and big companies try to cash in on this Valentine's Day fever. But it's still not as widespread as some companies would have us believe! Youngsters and college going crowds are quite excited with this day. Of course we also have our own share of orthodox elements who believe that celebration of days like this is an insult to our Indian Culture. To most rational people this is a joke of sorts...


Madam Pince - Feb 14, 2004 12:32 am (#2482 of 2753)

Happy Valentine's Day, everyone!

And Happy Anniversary to hubby and me! We thought it would be oh-so-romantic to get married on Valentine's Day, and indeed it was! However, we neglected to look into the future and see the difficulty in booking dinner reservations at nice restaurants, the ridiculously high cost of flowers on this particular date, and the frequently-applied "two-night-minimum" stay at any hotel when the holiday falls on a weekend. So anyway.....for anyone contemplating such a move, just keep those thoughts in mind! (Although I really wouldn't change anything for the world!)

Caput, love the avatar! Too funny.... And just wait until you get the next two "Survivors" -- they are 'veeeerrry innnnteresting!' **said in my best Arte Johnson imitation**


tracie1976 - Feb 14, 2004 5:07 am (#2483 of 2753)

I just wanted to say Happy Valentine's Day to everyone. Hopefully your mate spoils you rotten


boop - Feb 14, 2004 5:55 am (#2484 of 2753)

Roses are red, violets are blue, so here's two dozen from me to you!!!! HAPPY VALENTINES DAY EVERYONE! p.s. also here's some Valentines Hugs too!!

Virgoddess, That is good to here, now if only they would drop the rest. I'll keep my fingers crossed.

Lauren, Survivor's All Star is the best! So what do you think of Richard running around naked all the time. I think if you have two shows this week you will be caught up to us. This week’s show was a sad one.Sad American Idol is great, Did you see Ron Weasley look alike. He does have a good voice.

Kowalla, Thanks, Sheila was back to the hospital yesterday morning, because a stool fell and hit her in the belly. Sheila is just fine no harm done thank goodness. They asked if she was making the hospital her second home!

Abby, LOL you are so bad!Smile

Madam Pince, HAPPY ANNIVERSARY with many more!Smile


Flame Alligator - Feb 14, 2004 6:01 am (#2485 of 2753)


tracie1976, I often complain about my husband but the truth be told he spoils me rotten. I declined Valentine's Day gifts because I am campaigning for my Lap Top Computer. I even declined some *gasps* Harry gifts. (I must be losing my mind. ) He bought me small gifts anyway. Bundles (1000 sticks) of my favorite incense from India and some essential oils.

I had the most fun giving my godson his Valentine Day gifts. I had a hard time coming up with something. I finally decided on a bag of his favorite gourmet white chocolate balls. (All natural, of course, and incredibly delicious. Too bad I don't eat chocolate anymore.) I made a Valentine Card (I can draw.) and I rolled some cash up in it. Also, I gave him some skull patches to go on his skateboard clothes. (Hey, its what he likes.) His reaction was well worth it. He jumped up 4 feet in the air and did a triple spin. (Skateboarder, remember) Then he gave me a rib crushing hug. I am so crazy about him.

Virgoddess, I will send positive vibes to your boy friend's father in my meditations. Don't worry.

Abby, I give my husband a hard time about his channels. The movie channels have been lame, lame, lame lately. I am usually reading Harry.

Fawkes, If you are out there, top of the mornin' to ya. BTW, my best friend when I was in my twenties was name Chivan. Alas, we had a stupid falling out and our friendship did not recover. I still miss her.

I have been posting and trying to watch some of my favorite Saturday morning cartoons...Jackie Chan and Static Shock. They canceled my all time favorites Batman and Superman. Yes, I love super heroes.

Ta for now.


Phreaker - Feb 14, 2004 6:41 am (#2486 of 2753)

Ahh, the wife is naming our unborn children. The children she refuses to have yet! Maybe this is a good sign; maybe it's not! I don't know how many times I have asked, "can I have a baby?"(repeatedly), after playing with a little one. Always to be rejected with "NO WAY." As for super heroes, I believe I like Batman. He seems the most realistic, and all the ladies always think he's cute, no matter how cheesy the movie is! Looking forward to the next batman movie, myself. Well, enough of my ramblings. Happy Valentine's Day, all! A special I love you to kowalla and shepherdess!


Denise P. - Feb 14, 2004 6:46 am (#2487 of 2753)

Some people make a big deal over Valentine's Day, some don't. I fall into the "I don't" category. I don't want a bunch of dead flowers, I don't want a bunch of expensive jewels when I would rather get a hardwood floor and if you want to get me candy, it generally is not available in a heart shaped box. I told DH to not bother with anything although I did agree to make him lasagna tonight.

I love less than usual names. Iain and Kierynn both were hard fought battles. I had other names that I wanted to use on other children but had to go with more traditional names.

And for those curious, in the photo from left to right are:

Greg holding Iain, Ryan, Minnie, Devin, Mickey, Kaitlyn, Denise holding Kierynn and Nicholas

I could not get it any larger so you could actually SEE us so I may end up putting a larger version on the web someplace.


Ladybug220 - Feb 14, 2004 7:08 am (#2488 of 2753)

Happy Valentine's Day everyone!

Denise, I am like you and V-Day is not a big deal to me - of course that is mainly because my birthday is in 6 more days. I will be 29 this year and I will never get older. Amazing how us women can do that!


Gina R Snape - Feb 14, 2004 7:45 am (#2489 of 2753)

Denise, why don't you post the picture on your blog?

Well, I will not be doing anything for Valentine's Day. I've had a cold for over a week and it has now settled in my chest. So, I'm staying in bed, coughing and sneezing and spluttering and trying to keep Nymphadora from chewing the wires of my laptop.


Marie E. - Feb 14, 2004 9:55 am (#2490 of 2753)

Poor Gina! I am just now getting over my cold. Curl up in bed and watch lots of Rickman movies. Or are you doing that already?


megfox - Feb 14, 2004 12:09 pm (#2491 of 2753)

For Valentine's Day, Andy and I went skateboarding (my first time!!) together befoer he had to go to work. And he's goingo to make me Cornish hens for dinner Monday night. Yummy!

I hope that everyone had a lucky Friday the 13th!

If anyone has a really good recipe for a chocolate cake, could you possible let me know? Andy wants a "wedding cake demo" before he'll let me bake it for real, and I am trying out a bunch of recipes this week (February vaca week). If oyu know of or make a really decadent chocolate cake, let me know!


Lynn Allen - Feb 14, 2004 1:09 pm (#2492 of 2753)

Oh dear, I've been away for a few days and it virtually takes hours to catch up! My fault entirely, of course. I've spent some time reading and posting to Mugglenet's Wizarding World "New Clues to Harry Potter Book 5" discussions posting as AnnieMagus, just to further confuse people as to my gender! While their theorizing often seems overblown, it is fascinating to see what people can deduce from such obscure clues. Sherlock Holmes would be impressed, and I'm clearly not in that league! I won't spoil it for anyone else but it can be mindbending. (As if I needed help with THAT! )

Anyway, regards and apologies to all those to whom I haven't sent get-well wishes, condolensces and/or congratulations this past week. I did, fortunately, remember to get my wife a Valentine's Day present this year, modest but a show of true earnestness. She even liked it for once! Best wishes!


Blast - Feb 14, 2004 1:10 pm (#2493 of 2753)

Denise I know how hard fought battles can go, I have suggested some unique names to other couples, have one of them love it the other hate it. As for me if we had a son I really wanted Thucidides, but alas we did not have a son. BTW, this was my choice, my wife absolutly refused to even consider it. When she was sleeping I always talked to her belly and asked how Thude was doing anyway.


Marye Lupin - Feb 14, 2004 1:23 pm (#2494 of 2753)

Happy Valentine's Day!

SG-- I really liked your old avatar (with Harry and Ginny) but you changed it before I could save it on my computer (I'm very picky when it comes to fan art so I make sure to save the ones I like). Could you possibly post a link to it?


Pinky - Feb 14, 2004 1:49 pm (#2495 of 2753)

I love your pics, Denise. I think I figured out who everyone was in that picture, but I wasn't quite sure which ones were Minnie and Mickey.


Thom Matheson - Feb 14, 2004 2:11 pm (#2496 of 2753)

Denise, do I detect the boys with the famed "winged wheel" from hubby's Hockeytown" days? Go Wings


Denise P. - Feb 14, 2004 2:12 pm (#2497 of 2753)

My husband is from the Detroit area and so all the kids got shirts from his Aunt. 2 got Red Wings, 2 got Tigers and one had ....Lions, I think.


Thom Matheson - Feb 14, 2004 2:15 pm (#2498 of 2753)

Canton as I remember? Just can't miss with the Red Wings


Denise P. - Feb 14, 2004 2:17 pm (#2499 of 2753)

Close! He is from Plymouth and went to Plymouth-Canton HS. Go figure, his sister who was a year behind him went to Plymouth-Salem HS.


Thom Matheson - Feb 14, 2004 2:28 pm (#2500 of 2753)

Denise if you are still right there can you check my post on "problems with book 5" and make sure I am in the right place?[/color]
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boop - Feb 14, 2004 2:38 pm (#2501 of 2753)

Denise, I like the picture the kids look like they are having a great time. Your family is beautiful. Thanks for sharing the picture.

Gina, I hope you start to feel better real soon. Have Pro. Snape mix up a good potion that will have you back on your feet real soon.


Gina R Snape - Feb 14, 2004 2:53 pm (#2502 of 2753)

Thanks, Marie. Thanks, boop.

Some Pepper Up Potion would really do the trick about now!


Sly Girl - Feb 14, 2004 2:57 pm (#2503 of 2753)

Marye Lupin-

sorry about that... if you go to PhoenixSong.net and click the link for Plumage, the artist's name is Shalou. There is also an INCREDIBLE artist there called Katie Mac that you just have to see to believe.

Happy surfing!


Marye Lupin - Feb 14, 2004 3:11 pm (#2504 of 2753)


You're right KatieMac's pictures are unbelievable. I especially like her drawings for the chapters in OoP. I think they're better than the ones in the actual book (american version)


Madame Librarian - Feb 14, 2004 4:01 pm (#2505 of 2753)

Sly Girl, I love your new pic of Harry. Despite your info line, I think he's say--

What!!? How long do we have to wait for Book 6!!? You're joking, aren't you?

Ciao. Barb


SarcasticGinny - Feb 14, 2004 4:03 pm (#2506 of 2753)

Happy Valentine's Day to all of you!


The Great Abbycadabra - Feb 14, 2004 10:46 pm (#2507 of 2753)

Boop, I'm so bad, I'm good. So, Lauren, the second person voted off was *mouthing name*. How shocking! Heeheehee. I must make a mental note never to go to Australia now.

Barb, I have to agree with that sentiment. I'm sure that's what Harry is saying.

Flame, I usually read HP all the time, too.

Oh, and of course, special Valentine's Abbyfetti! ,'.;,'.;,.;,'.;,'.;',.;',.;',.;,.;


Devika - Feb 15, 2004 4:06 am (#2508 of 2753)

Denise.... your family looks lovely. Thanks for sharing the picture!

Sly Girl, your new avatar looks quite good, but I must say, Harry and Ginny were starting to grow on me!... and I do agree will Madam Librarian's sentiments on this one!

Well... my very highly planned girls' night out didn't materialise as usual. Instead I went to a party. It was great fun even though I didn't have any booze! Yep... danced away all night...but I'm not sure how soon again I'll do this! My whole body is breaking and all I can move are my fingers and therefore... I'm here!

Hope you all had a great Valentine's Day... Though personally I'm with Denise. Most of the hoopla is quite unneccesary. But I still hope you enjoyed your day!


boop - Feb 15, 2004 5:44 am (#2509 of 2753)

Abby, LOL you’re just too much fun!Smile Could you repeat that information, I didn't hear it!Smile hehe

Devika, Too bad about the girls night out, sounds like you had lots of fun anyway even without the boozes!:)Hey that's not fair, you went dancing. I love to dance, just don't get to do it often enough.Sad As for the aches and pain, how about a long soak in the tub!


Flame Alligator - Feb 15, 2004 6:39 am (#2510 of 2753)

Sly Girl, I like your new avatar. I love anything with Harry on it.

Devika, At least you danced the night away. I am surprised you are not fast asleep after all that dancing.

Abby, I hope your cold disappears soon. You haven't been posting as much as usual I miss your humor.

Hey boop, I'm with you. I love dancing and never get to go anymore. Oh well, I will just have to do some Yoga. I always use fun music. It is almost like dancing when I flow.


Sly Girl - Feb 15, 2004 6:54 am (#2511 of 2753)

Marye- yes, I think Katie's art should illustrate the next book. She makes the GrandPre stuff look like stick figures. (no disrespect to the current artist) Her drawings just seem to catch something that is unbelievably harry-ish. I can't wait to see more.

Yeah, I laughed so hard when I saw this picture of Daniel, that I had to make it an avatar. I love that expression he gets on his face. It's right after McGonagall has taken 50 points each from our trio for being out of bed...

Edited tag line from Madam Librian's excellent suggestion.


Devika - Feb 15, 2004 7:57 am (#2512 of 2753)

Thanks for the idea Boop... I'll do that! Though I've spent most of my time since then either sleeping or logging on to the forum. I was quite sleepy, but strangely my body clock woke me up quite promptly at 7 in the morning, when I had slept only at 4:30. After I came home I spent some 4 hours in dreamland and now I feel quite refreshed! I love dancing too. I myself have two left feet, but when I'm with friends or when there's good music going on, I can actually be quite a decent dancer and not have to embarass myself!

... and Flame I must give you the credit for keeping me glued to yoga, when I get lazy, thanks to your daily mention of the benefits of yoga!


Flame Alligator - Feb 15, 2004 8:33 am (#2513 of 2753)

Devika, Thank you for telling me that I inspire you to keep up your yoga practice. It is my pleasure.

I'm on my way to my yoga room now. My husband has been giving me a bunch of grief because I have had a space heater on to get the room nice and hot for yoga. It takes a couple of hours to get the room hot and I have had it on longer. He does yoga in a cold room (contrary to my protests) which is why he has had several terrible injuries. He won't listen to me. I taught him yoga but he always gives me grief. This is what happens when you are too close to your "student". He even takes a wicked delight in trying postures I warn him against. This too has caused him injuries. I take no delight in Fates revenge as I am the one who has to take care of him when he is hurt.

I'm off to do my yoga practice. Ta for now.


Julia. - Feb 15, 2004 9:45 am (#2514 of 2753)

Phew. Well, I'm back from Valentines day and Shabbos. I'm gone for a day and a half and there are 44 new posts on this thread alone! Oy vay! Anyway, Madam P. Happy aniversary to you and your hubby. Abby, perhaps you should try some pepper up potion. Ask madam Poppy for some, it works really well, no more bronchitis for Julia. Well, I'm off to catch up on all the other threads. If I'm not back in an hour, sens a search party.


virgoddess1313 - Feb 15, 2004 10:20 am (#2515 of 2753)

Wow, spend one day lazing around my boyfriend’s house watching movies and look at what all I have to catch up on!!! Happy belated Valentines to all, I hope everyone got to see someone they loved yesterday... family, significant other, pet or whomever. Hugs for all.

And thank you so very much to everyone for their support with this whole thing with my boy's family. You guys are fabulous, as always!


Blast - Feb 15, 2004 10:30 am (#2516 of 2753)

Beautiful day out today fresh snow and the sun is out. Too bad there isn't a tobboganing hill nearby. Gina this bug you have sounds familiar, I've been trying to shake it for about three weeks, but it's getting almost manageable now. Drink plenty of potions and get some rest. Hope everyone else is feeling better, this is the worst cold I've had in three years, I think that the problem is that I used to wear gloves at work, but I have switched departments and I do not wear them that much. Keeping your hands covered helps not picking up the germs, but when you work with the public you can't always avoid the germs.


Sinister Kittens - Feb 15, 2004 1:07 pm (#2517 of 2753)

Wow - there's just so much happening what on earth can I possibly say, I have read through 80's week, valentines day and so much more besides!

I don't usually celebrate Valentines day (we don't send each other cards or anything) we always celebrate the 15th (which is when we actually went on our first date!). But I just had to say - I got the only film in the world that makes me cry at it's mention - Truly, Madly, Deeply! And yes Gina, it IS Alan Rickman!


Gina R Snape - Feb 15, 2004 3:18 pm (#2518 of 2753)

Heh, Like I don't know that Sinister Kitten? Oh, I own that one!!!!

My favourite line from that film is when he is breathing into his hands and she asks what he's doing and he says, "Warming my lips."

And, it is rated PG so I encourage everyone here to see it and discuss it with someone you love. But, yes. It is a true tearjerker, and anyone who has ever been in mourning will identify 100%

Anyway, what I really came on here to say is...ba da bum...

I was accepted! I got into the doctoral program of my choice. Not long now before you all can start calling me Dr. Snape. Chat & Greetings 2004 464751818


Dr Filibuster - Feb 15, 2004 3:28 pm (#2519 of 2753)

Congratulations Gina


tracie1976 - Feb 15, 2004 3:33 pm (#2520 of 2753)

Congratulations Gina. That sounds like a good reason to throw a party lol


Kowalla - Feb 15, 2004 3:54 pm (#2521 of 2753)

PARTY!!!!! WOO-HOOO!!!! Break out the butterbeer & lime jello!

Congratulations Gina that is great news!


Blast - Feb 15, 2004 4:20 pm (#2522 of 2753)

Congrats Gina, You've earned it. It must of taken a lot of hard work to get you this far. Dr. and Professor Snape, nice ring to it.


Sinister Kittens - Feb 15, 2004 4:28 pm (#2523 of 2753)

Hey Gina - Wow CONGRATULATIONS! (and not only on loving a certain film... ;-), please don't make me cry again, I have only just turned it off) Only kidding! Wahay!


Denise P. - Feb 15, 2004 4:30 pm (#2524 of 2753)

Woo hoo Gina! Way to go!


boop - Feb 15, 2004 4:33 pm (#2525 of 2753)

WoW CONGRATULATIONS GINA, were having a party in your honor. Prof. Snape has to be very proud of you.


Gina R Snape - Feb 15, 2004 4:33 pm (#2526 of 2753)

Thanks everyone!


virgoddess1313 - Feb 15, 2004 5:15 pm (#2527 of 2753)

Huge congrats, Gina! That is incredible news!


scully jones - Feb 15, 2004 5:19 pm (#2528 of 2753)

CONGRATULATIONS Dr. Snape!!! We're so proud of you!


Ladybug220 - Feb 15, 2004 5:31 pm (#2529 of 2753)

Congrats Dr Snape!!


Sly Girl - Feb 15, 2004 6:04 pm (#2530 of 2753)

Congrats Gina.


megfox - Feb 15, 2004 6:25 pm (#2531 of 2753)

Rock on, Gina! Congrats!


wormsé - Feb 15, 2004 6:30 pm (#2532 of 2753)

Congratulations Gina!!


Marie E. - Feb 15, 2004 6:48 pm (#2533 of 2753)

Yay, Gina!!!


I Am Used Vlad - Feb 15, 2004 7:07 pm (#2534 of 2753)

Good job, Gina.


Julia. - Feb 15, 2004 7:21 pm (#2535 of 2753)

Wow Gina. That's wonderful! Mazel tov! (That's Hebrew for 'congrats') I can't wait to call you Dr. Snape. Severus must be happy. Party in Hogsmead! Hey, look! It's the Werid Sisters!


Pinky - Feb 15, 2004 8:28 pm (#2536 of 2753)

WooHoo, Gina! Way to go!


Madame Librarian - Feb 15, 2004 8:50 pm (#2537 of 2753)

Ooooh, you'll get to wear those fancy academic robes with a beret and cowl at your graduation. You'll look like a Hogwarts professor. Congratulations, Gina!

Ciao. Barb


Hem Hem - Feb 15, 2004 8:54 pm (#2538 of 2753)

Great job, Gina!


Madam Pince - Feb 15, 2004 11:07 pm (#2539 of 2753)

Congratulations, Gina!


Devika - Feb 16, 2004 1:13 am (#2540 of 2753)

Congratulations Gina!! Way to go...


Marè - Feb 16, 2004 2:23 am (#2541 of 2753)

Great news Gina! Hmmm Dr. Snape, one more step to professor Snape?


Emily - Feb 16, 2004 7:30 am (#2542 of 2753)

Great job Gina!


Fawkes Forever - Feb 16, 2004 8:08 am (#2543 of 2753)

Work is keeping me really busy, so I’m trying to catch up on the posts... Never gonna happen 80+ on this thread, wow!

Congrats Gina, well done *sending you big cyber hugs*! Can’t wait to call you Dr Snape Hmmm, what does Sev think of that Delighted I dare say!

Kowalla, so glad you like my name, indeed I’m touched *sniff* that if you had a daughter you would consider naming her Siobhán By the way, Kauwela, is a beautiful name, I’ve never heard it before, does it mean anything? Oh & Phreaker... hope you’re not too ‘Phreaked’ out that Kauwela is naming your unborn children ... hee hee

Happy Belated Valentines to you all, (& anniversary for Madame P) Admittedly I’m not into the whole hearts & flowers thing. It’s getting bigger over here too, restaurants booked months in advance, overbooked infact, where they charge well over the odds for a substandard dinner & the poor waiting staff are rushed off their feet! Gifts are getting very expensive as well, as for the flowers... lets just say they double in price the week before Vallys day. I think it was about 130 euro (166 US $ or 88 £ stg ) for a dozen roses in the florist up the street from me! Its getting way too commercial, so much so, my friends & I call it Hallmark day Anyway, it shouldn’t be the gift, but the thought that’s important! This year my friends & I had a girlie night... Pizzas & chick flicks... & Gina, we watched Sense & Sensibility...

Denise, love the piccy, I increased the size of my desktop area to the max so I could increase the size of the pic to see you all, alas it did not work, was a bit too fuzzy Tee hee, I guess that one belongs in the ‘You know you’re a lexicon fan’ thread hee hee! Talking of pictures, is that you Tracie in the piccie? Oh & thanks for the link to the fan art Sly, I'd love to use a few for my avatar, but don't want to infringe on any copyright issues Maybe I'll start drawing my own... hmmm, now there is an idea!

Flame, Top of the morning to you! *giggle* It’s funny, I’ve never heard an Irish person say that before, except on TV.... I wonder where it came from? It’s sweet though! Oh and, you may have lost your friend Chivon, (know how that feels), but now you know a Siobhán hee hee. Thanks for the epsom salts tip it really helped after yoga last week. It was my first class in ages & I had neglected my practice… oh well! Have another class tonight & I’m looking forward to it. Oh & the tip with the tea spoons in the fridge.... very good! You said it was something you picked up when you where a model... cool, tell us more

Dr F, I think I seen most of Warrington whilst over there last year…. It is lovely... then again, we are probably most harsh on our home towns! I also went to Alton Towers when I was there, for those of you who don’t know Alton Towers, it’s a big theme park… full of big adrenalin rush rides... I loved it to say the least! Here’s a thought, I wonder will there ever be a theme park called Wizard World? I love your part of England, whilst over last year, I was considering moving to England ... It’s still under consideration, (has been for a while now) so who knows!

Right, back to work…. I may sneak a few more posts in today however... see ya!


tracie1976 - Feb 16, 2004 8:17 am (#2544 of 2753)

Yes Fawkes Forever, that is me in my pic.


Fawkes Forever - Feb 16, 2004 8:20 am (#2545 of 2753)

Cool, you remind me so much of my mum at our age (I'm saying our age as I think the 1976 refers to the year you where born, same year as me ) Sorry if I sound like a nutter, it's just you're so like her.. hee hee!

Oh & I like Maggie.. hee hee


boop - Feb 16, 2004 8:47 am (#2546 of 2753)

Tracie, Marie E., and Lindsay, I just want to apologize about last night, I just couldn't keep my Internet connected. I am having my brother come in to work on it. I hope to get the problem fixed so I won't be kick off again. I just decided to go to bed instead if re connecting last night. I was very frustrated with it when it kicked me off the second time. So that is the reason I didn't come back into the chat room. I hope to have it fixed today. I thought since its a new computer I wouldn't have this problem, well I was wrong.


tracie1976 - Feb 16, 2004 8:53 am (#2547 of 2753)

Fawkes Forever, yes that is the year I was born in. (Yes you all know my age now lol ) No you don't sound like a nutter

boop thats ok about last night, I figured it had something to do with your connection. Hopefully you do get it fixed. I'm not sure if I will be in chat tonight though :sad: My 10 month old is sick...no fever, but she has a cough and starts crying after she coughs so I'm thinking a sore throat. Anyways I'm debating on taking her to the hospital after hubby gets home from work later. I'll keep you posted on her.


Denise P. - Feb 16, 2004 8:54 am (#2548 of 2753)

Okay, here is a larger version of the picture but it is still scaled down about 70% from the original. Our Visit with Mickey and Minnie You can see all of us had gotten some sun the day before. The original picture is not that sharp so the blurring is not really anything I can fix.


Gina R Snape - Feb 16, 2004 9:32 am (#2549 of 2753)

Hey, Denise. How great that you have that picture for your family. In years to come, it will be part of a great memory I'm sure your children will never forget!


boop - Feb 16, 2004 9:48 am (#2550 of 2753)

Tracie, Thats too bad the baby is sick. I hope they give you something for her. It's hard at that age, because they can't tell you what hurts. They also like to be just held when they are sick. Yes please keep me posted on how she is doing.

Denise, The picture is just fine I can see everyone very clearly. The kids are so cute. Yes it does look like everyone got some sun. Thanks for making it bigger so we all could see all your smiling faces.
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SarcasticGinny - Feb 16, 2004 10:06 am (#2551 of 2753)

A late congratulations on your acceptance, Gina!


Flame Alligator - Feb 16, 2004 10:42 am (#2552 of 2753)

I have been away for half a day and there is so much to catch up on just to be repetitive.

Gina, Belated Congrats. *gives Gina a big hug* I am ready to call you Dr. Snape right now or is it bad luck to refer to you that way beforehand.

Blast, The way to protect yourself is to keep an antibiotic hand gel to clean your hands without water. Then put on a good hand cream. It makes a barrier against germs. I personally use essential oil of lemon (as an antibiotic). Then I put on an almond oil and aloe vera hand cream as a barrier. The almond oil goes on and feels dry so my hands are not slippery when I am on my mat teaching yoga.

traciel976, I am so sorry that your baby is sick. My son was sick with a bad cough when he was a bit older and it turned out to be whooping cough. I spent hours and hours just holding him and sleeping as best I could with him in my arms. I shall send good vibes to you and yours during my meditation today.

boop, It is not your computer bumping you off the net. It is the net. I got bumped off 5 time in one day last week. Of course it won't hurt to trouble shoot your computer.

Fawkes, Duh! Now I feel stupid. So the Irish don't say, "Top of the mornin' to ya. LOL True, I have only heard it in Irish movies. What do you say? Just Good Morning. That's no good. I want something Irish which is exotic to me. I am pleased that my little tips were used and that they helped.

Yeah, I was a model in my younger days. I was a "photographer's model" which is mainly art shots scantily clad and sometimes nude with naughty bits carefully covered. I did a couple of Album covers. I can't remember the name of the band. If you want to know the name of the band I can go dig it out. They were popular for a short while I remember. I did petite catalog work and I worked as an artist's model (painters, sculptors) for individual artists and at the Indiana University Art College. Artist's model was by far the hardest. You have to be still in poses they put you in for 1/2 hour at a time. (LOL It prepared me for yoga.) At the end of the day, my body would be completely exhausted and I would feel like I was still in the poses. The good part about being an artist model is they think your every flaw is beautiful and interesting, great for you ego. As oppose to some photographers who want you to be picture perfect. I would have to wear very loose clothing and shoes so that there were no imprints on my body. This way we could start shooting sooner. Imprints from tight jeans (which I wore back then) can take a couple of hours to go away. The pay was excellent. It helped pay my tuition, rent and a lot of money for partying with my friends.

My husband is ready to get back to work and I am going to beg him to let me read a few more posts. Ta for now.


Detail Seeker - Feb 16, 2004 10:53 am (#2553 of 2753)

Congratulations, Gina !

Now I hope, you get a good topic to cover with a handle-able amount of material to find and to discover. So: much luck with it - and the right amount of help, maybe even from this Forum. Just ask, perhaps somebody here knows something.


wormsé - Feb 16, 2004 10:55 am (#2554 of 2753)

It's alright Boop! We forgive you! *hugs* As for me, I'm sorry I keep zoning out when people come in and I never answer them, as well as having to leave in the middle of a conversation. I STILL have the virus, and it's not going away (grrr!!!!)... plus my computer is moving ever so slow... *sobs* WOE BETIDE ME! Anyways- Tracie, I hope your baby gets better!! I'm sending my bestest wishes.


tracie1976 - Feb 16, 2004 11:07 am (#2555 of 2753)

Thanks for the well wishes for my daughter but she is doing a lot better now. She is off and getting into the dog dish as I'm trying to type (her older brother is not doing a good job of getting her out of it lol ) I'm glad she's doing a lot better. I hate when any of the kids are sick.


Flame Alligator - Feb 16, 2004 11:12 am (#2556 of 2753)

Yay!!!!! tracie1976, So happy to hear that your baby girl is better. Now you can get back to chatting with us. BTW, I get a lot of LOL from your posts. Especially when you lace your posts with a bit of sarcasm.


timrew - Feb 16, 2004 11:28 am (#2557 of 2753)

Flame, if you want to know something really Irish, then look no further than their road markings. A single yellow line at the side of the road means, "No parking at all!" And a double yellow line at the side of the road means, "No parking at all, at all!"

Sorry, Siobhan!!! And by the way, my mother is Irish, from Cork!

Belated congratulations, Gina! So, are you going to be a Professor, just like Severus?


azi - Feb 16, 2004 11:30 am (#2558 of 2753)

Isn't the yellow line thing the same in England? Tis weird at any rate.


boop - Feb 16, 2004 12:53 pm (#2559 of 2753)

Thanks Lindsay, that's ok that you zone out. I sure wish you could get rid of that virus. My brother has not shown up yet, but I hope he will soon.

Flame, I wish my problem was only 5 times, but it is happening very 4 to 8 minutes that I have to reconnect. I am reading posts on a thread then go to read the next page and I'm told can't find server. Then I have to reconnect again. I shouldn't have to reconnect every time I want to read a new thread. Then when I go into the chat room its ok for a little bit then my computer freezes and I lose my connection. I'm not sure what the problem is, but hope to get it fixed soon. BTW when I was ready to post this my computer told me cannot find server, so I had to reconnect just to post this!

Azi, Is this a picture of you. If so, What a pretty young lady you are!


Fawkes Forever - Feb 16, 2004 1:29 pm (#2560 of 2753)

Hee hee Tim, that cheered me up.

I'm still at work.... 9.30pm here. But the good news is we just released our product, WOHOOO! Everyone here has what I call Hamburger eyes.... (half shut, you can see the top & bottom lid & a little bit of your eye pokes through, like a burger in a bun )

Flame... hmmm, let me see. It depends what part of Ireland you are from

Northern Ireland say "'Bout Ye", (what about you?) which means "How are you?"

Southern Ireland say "Howaya" - "How are you?"

Then there's Hi, Hiya, Hey there, Hey you, Hows it goin'? (how is it going, again means, how are you?), These are but a few... again it depends on local dialect & accent!

Goodbye is, See Ya, Cheerio, Bye.... hee hee, you get the point

Talking of goodbyes, I just found out, I'll be out on a training course (linux... yuk), for the rest of the week... so more than likely I'll not be back on the forum 'til then.... I might nip into a cyber cafe on a lunch break though.... Thus the reason why I'm still here at this time of night.... to let ya know, I'm not ignoring you, I'm just not online

So folks.... as Tigger would say ... TTFN I'll miss you!

Right I'm off home to my bed ... zzzzzzzzzzzzz


Julia. - Feb 16, 2004 2:21 pm (#2561 of 2753)

Lindsay, boop, and everyone else who has viriuses on their computers, you might want to try grisoft. It's an anitvirius program that workes extreemly well. Go to http://www.grisoft.com and download the free version. It works. Fawkes, good luck with your training course. We'll miss you here. TTFN to you too.


wormsé - Feb 16, 2004 2:24 pm (#2562 of 2753)

Well Boop, I had a compaq once... As a matter of fact, I still do. It's sitting behind my laptop, and I haven't turned it on in months. Everytime I tried to do something, it would lock up... *mumbles* So my parents, how lovely they are, got me my laptop last May, and I haven't had much trouble with it until now. *sigh* I guess I'll have to call my Aunt and ask her to help me fix it... how I hate bothering her... ah well.

Edit: I just missed Julia's post. Thanks, I'll go check it out.


Gina R Snape - Feb 16, 2004 2:44 pm (#2563 of 2753)

Thank you again to everyone. Really sweet. I especially liked Denise's cheerleader smileys, btw.

Tim, I am already a lowly adjunct Professor. Will never forget the first time I was addressed as "Professor." But after the PhD, I'd like a proper tenure track position. So, yeah, I think Dr. would be good because otherwise people will say "Oh, Professor Snape!" and could mean Severus or myself!

As some of you may know, I have found little ways to work HP into class, chief among them evoking my inner Snape when students don't hand things in...


Blast - Feb 16, 2004 5:19 pm (#2564 of 2753)

Flame my father was a model too, too bad it was for Fred Flintstone, he really did look like him. Boop if your brother is working too slow, threaten to turn him into a slug, that might make him work a little faster. I've heard an Irish man reply to top of the morning to you, with and the rest of the day to yourself. He was from Galway so maybe they used this phrase there. Tim that was pretty funny.My goodness Azi you look a lot like a friend of my daughter.


Kowalla - Feb 16, 2004 5:39 pm (#2565 of 2753)

Thanks Siobhan. I always have a lot of fun with my name, since nobody can ever say it. Actually, the reason you never heard of it (bet that nobody here has heard of it) is because the name is actually Hawaiian! It means Summer. Ah! I wish I was in Hawaii in the summer right now! That sounds so much better!

I have to agree with Flame with the hand sanitizer. I always carry some around in my vest pocket at work. Money is some of the nastiest stuff sometimes. Never know what all has been on it. So, I always just take a second & rub some of that stuff on my hands, saved me from that nasty flu that's been going around! I think next I'm going to have to try the epsom salt bath to help my poor aching shoulders & back.

Another congrats & good luck to Gina! Tracie, I'm so glad your baby is feeling better, that's got to be really tough to see her cough like that. And to everyone that is having computer problems... REPAIRO! hope that helps!


Blast - Feb 16, 2004 6:10 pm (#2566 of 2753)

Accually in Ontario, in our area, everyone entering a hospital has to wash their hands before entering. They use hand sanitiser and it drys very quickly. I'm going to get some if it saves even one cold a year. When the sars scare was on, it opened a lot of eyes.


boop - Feb 16, 2004 8:14 pm (#2567 of 2753)

Kowalla, I agree Hawaii does sound good right about now. BTW Thanks for the repairo spell, I just hope it helps. I'll have to get out my new wand and see if I can't get it to work!

Blast, My brother did come in, but I need to update my Penn State connection. The disc I have is old and won't work with windows xp. I'm going tomorrow and get the new disc. BTW How is Mrs. Blast, I have not talked to you in the chat room to ask. I hope she is getting stronger every day!


Marie E. - Feb 16, 2004 9:24 pm (#2568 of 2753)

Tracie, glad to hear your little one is feeling better. My four year old had that nasty cough last week, along with a low grade temp. She back to her adorably evil self again.

As a kindergarten teacher, I always have a supply of hand sanitizer. It doesn't do much good for the coughs and sneezes in the face that I get, but it does cut down on some of the nasty germies.


Madam Pince - Feb 17, 2004 9:12 am (#2569 of 2753)

Denise, I can't believe how much you resemble one of my cousins -- except she has blonde hair. If not for that, you two could be twins! Well, they say everyone has one!

Looks like you guys had a fantastic time! Did you find it to be very crowded, or was this a good time to go? Hubby and I will probably plan a trip there in the next year or two, when the boy is around 4, and were wondering what was the best time of year. I was thinking late Sept. or Oct., but maybe not?


virgoddess1313 - Feb 17, 2004 9:29 am (#2570 of 2753)

I went last year in late March and it wasn't too crowded and the weather was gorgeous. It rained on us one day... the day we went to the beach of all days! Fortunately it cleared up about 30 minutes after we got there. And when we were in Epcot where it was a delightful 75 degree Farenheiht, it was icy and snowing at home in Missouri!


Madam Pince - Feb 17, 2004 9:35 am (#2571 of 2753)

Very true, that would be a big plus! "Ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-haaaaaa... you guys at home are cold and we're nooooottttttt!"


icthestrals - Feb 17, 2004 9:42 am (#2572 of 2753)

Madame Pince, take it from a native Floridian that the "off season" is the best time to go to Disney/Epcot. Winter is the best time since it is not crowded with summer vacationers and it is not unbearably hot. The weather can be unpredictable, but at least you know it won't snow on you!


Madam Pince - Feb 17, 2004 12:35 pm (#2573 of 2753)

We definitely weren't wanting to go during the summer. We're pretty flexible since we won't have to worry about school yet, but just weren't sure if late fall, winter, or early spring would be best. We know, of course, to avoid Thanksgiving and Christmas also. Thanks for the advice, everyone! Sounds like we've got a few good choices!


Denise P. - Feb 17, 2004 1:17 pm (#2574 of 2753)

Madam Pince, according to the Unofficial Guide to Disney World (2003), the best time to visit is between mid January - mid February or between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Those times are when crowds are the least.

We went to the Magic Kingdom on a Wednesday, it was still plenty busy. The longest wait we saw was 35 minutes for Dumbo. Most waits were 5-10 minutes. The wait is the longest in the middle of the day and if you make use of the Fast Pass system, that helps. We returned on Saturday and the crowds were even larger. The longest line we saw that day was over 2 hours at Space Mountain. We had been told the crowds thin out if it rains, we saw no evidence of that when it began to rain although the wait times did go down. The waits over at Universal were longer and we were there on a Thursday. Sea World was crowded on a Friday. Monday, we did Animal Kingdom and there were decent sized crowds. Most of the wait times there were between 10-35 minutes.

We had gorgeous weather, other than rain on Saturday.


Madam Pince - Feb 17, 2004 2:41 pm (#2575 of 2753)

Thanks for the info, Denise. Wow, sounds like they're kinda crowded all the time. I sent away yesterday for a "Disney Trip Planner" that was advertised somewhere -- that combined with everyone's helpful info should put us on the right track! Thanks again!


Madame Librarian - Feb 17, 2004 2:53 pm (#2576 of 2753)

Many years ago when we went to Disneyworld one of the shuttle bus drivers from our hotel said the absolutely least crowded day was the Tuesday after Labor Day--the day most kiddies go back to school around the US. He said that most parents don't mind a kid missing school for a special trip, but usually not the first day. Made sense.

Ciao. Barb


Mrs. Sirius - Feb 17, 2004 9:40 pm (#2577 of 2753)
Edited by Denise P. Feb 18, 2004 5:58 am

Hey Congratulations Gina! Well done (I'll leave the Abbyfetti-ing to Abby)

About those hand sanitizers, while they are great at killing bacteria, I told by at least one docter that they do not work at all on viruses. According to a different source, the best way to affect viruses is to use a hand cream, moisturizing after washing your hands.

Edit: urghhh my smiles didn't work $%^^&(&*(

Edit: You have to put the correct formatting in front of the URL in order for the image to be seen, I fixed it for you. ~Denise


The Great Abbycadabra - Feb 17, 2004 10:18 pm (#2578 of 2753)

Okay, into the time machine I go. I really ought to stop missing days.

Boop, glad you enjoyed my torment of my dear Aussie friend, Lauren.

Flame, it's so sweet that you missed me. My cold is why I wasn't around Sunday, but Monday night I just had to go to bed for school today. School frequently ruins my fun. I did take Julia's suggestion, and I took some pepper-up potion. I'm much better now, thank goodness.

Gina, guess what? Abbyfetti! ',.;',.,';.,'.;,'.;,'.;.';, You called it, Mrs. S.

The best times we ever went to Disneyworld was during Mardi Gras week, which in this year's case is next week. This is definitely the best time to go. It's neither too hot nor too crowded. Perfection.


Julia. - Feb 18, 2004 5:23 am (#2579 of 2753)

Abby, I'm glad that the pepper up potion worked and that you're feeling better. You should give your self some Abbyfetti!. Mrs. Sirius, I'd give you a lesson on how to do the smilies, but , being that I just woke up, and I have class in twenty minutes, I really don't think now is a good time for that. So, I'll do it when I get back, unless someone does it while' I'm pretending to be Hermione In the meantime, I suggest loooking in the 'how do you do this thread. .Leprechaun !Jack "-- How do you ....... ?" 2/9/04 2:48pm Look! A Monty Python smilie! Now all I have to do is find a good post to use it in...


Flame Alligator - Feb 18, 2004 6:49 am (#2580 of 2753)

Yay!! Glad you are back with us Abby. I have a bit of the winter blues today. I am tired of being cold, tired of wearing heavy winter boots, sick of putting on hand cream, bored with in door heating and I do so much miss being out in the sun. I usually spend at least 20 to 30 minutes out in the sun so my body can make some vitamin D and I like that bronze goddess look.

Julia, Even though it was for Mrs. Sirius, thanks for the smiley information. I have desperately been wanting to know how to do the more complex smilies.

Edit: Just got back from the how do you... thread? I could not or maybe I am just too thick to find out how to do the more complex smilies. Help!


tracie1976 - Feb 18, 2004 6:56 am (#2581 of 2753)

I know what you mean about the cold weather Flame. Its been so cold here, I'm beginning to think its never going to get warm again


Flame Alligator - Feb 18, 2004 7:01 am (#2582 of 2753)

tracie1976, I can hardly wait for Spring. Last night my yoga students were suffering from winter blues. Well at least I got them up for class and then nice and relaxed at the end.

Sorry, I did not stay in the Chat room long. I would as you and whomever can join us to go now but I can not get in this morning. Is the chat room working?


Madame Librarian - Feb 18, 2004 8:17 am (#2583 of 2753)

Just have to crow a bit here, folks. My husband is a wonderful, dear man--for my birthday (today) he got me Hogwarts mugs and the book "Conversations with J.K. Rowling" (it's a kids book, I know, but will be good for reference, I hope). The mugs are the black pedestal style. Unfortunately, only two were in stock, so the others are yet to arrive. I hope this isn't an omen, but the very first one that I unwrapped was Slytherin, the second was the special Quidditch cup (hey, I got the Quidditch cup!). They were incredibly well-wrapped, too. We had a terrible time getting all the packing and padding off. I sure could have used some sort of spell like "alohamora" only for packages not doors.

Ciao. Barb


icthestrals - Feb 18, 2004 8:20 am (#2584 of 2753)

Madame Librarian, you're not going to DRINK out of them are you? Hee hee. I don't think I'd let anyone touch them! Cool gift. Your hubby is definitely a Keeper! (Pun intended!)


tracie1976 - Feb 18, 2004 8:23 am (#2585 of 2753)

Happy Birthday Madame What great gifts you got


Julia. - Feb 18, 2004 8:41 am (#2586 of 2753)

Ok guys, Professor Katz here to give you a smilie lesson. What you have to do is go to a website that has a collection of smilies. Click on the smilie you want and code will appear in a box towards the bottom of the page.

Most of the look something like this, but without the *(The parts that you'll need to worry about are in red) . [*img]http://www.handykult.de/plaudersmilies.de/wave.gif[/img].

This is the UUB code for the smilie, but we use html here, so that won't work. At the front of the code, change the [ to a < after the img get rid of the ] and add *space*src= The first part of the code (in red in the origional code) should now look like this, again, without the * <*img src=http:

At the end of the code, (also in red) just get rid of the [/img] and replace it with a > Do not touch the bit in the middle,(in green) that's the actual code for the smilie. The end result should look like this, again without the * <*img src=http://www.handykult.de/plaudersmilies.de/wave.gif> The end result should be the smilie.

Here are a bunch of good websites from which to get your smilies. And, yes, I know a few of them are in German.

http://www.abestweb.com/smilies/ (on this one, you don't have to worry about all that. The codes are written right next to the smilies already in html form. All you have to do is cut and paste)





For the less complicated smilies, check out this thread, and scroll down to post #18. http://wc6.worldcrossing.com/webx?128@@.1dddf7e7

There's also something called Smilie Central, but I haven't figured out how to use that yet. Hope that helped.


Ladybug220 - Feb 18, 2004 9:11 am (#2587 of 2753)
Edited by Feb 18, 2004 9:14 am

Ok everyone, there is a new POA trailer out on the mugglenet.com!



I hope you have a great day! I am looking forward to mine on Friday especially since they have said that it will be in the 60's and I am off of work.


Julia. - Feb 18, 2004 9:57 am (#2588 of 2753)

Happy Birthday Barb!

EDIT: I like the new PoA trailor, but what was that thing about housekeeping at the end?


Denise P. - Feb 18, 2004 10:12 am (#2589 of 2753)

I think the first trailer, with the toad chorus, is still the most striking of the 3 trailers we have seen so far. I would rank this one second. Thanks for posting the link!


Julia. - Feb 18, 2004 10:26 am (#2590 of 2753)

Denise, There are three trailors? Really? I've only seen two. Where's the other one?


icthestrals - Feb 18, 2004 10:29 am (#2591 of 2753)

I've only seen one also and I couldn't get this one to work. Oh well.


Denise P. - Feb 18, 2004 10:32 am (#2592 of 2753)

I think it is over on the PoA thread where Sarah posted a link to it. Let me double check to be sure I remember correctly that it is different from the link posted today.

Yep, I just opened all 3 I have labeled as PoA trailers and they are different.


icthestrals - Feb 18, 2004 10:44 am (#2593 of 2753)

Thanks Denise. Couldn't get those to work either. Poo!


mollis - Feb 18, 2004 12:26 pm (#2594 of 2753)

Happy Birthday Madame Librarian!

And yes, the 3rd POA trailer is very good. I might like it better than the first one. But that could be because I've watched the first one about 50 times. I'll let you know tomorrow which is better (time to watch the latest one over and over again!).


Detail Seeker - Feb 18, 2004 12:42 pm (#2595 of 2753)

Happy Birthday, Barb ! And much luck and health in this year. Whatever you drink out of your new mugs - may it taste twice as good as before !


tracie1976 - Feb 18, 2004 1:07 pm (#2596 of 2753)

I had to take my baby to the hospital today I only took her because my husband kept nagging me about her being sick. Well anyways she has tonsilitis (sp?). She was put on antibiotics and hopefully I will have my happy little baby back soon.


fidelio - Feb 18, 2004 1:24 pm (#2597 of 2753)

tracie, you will, you will--once she's forgiven you for giving her the antibiotics. Just remember, the harder she fights, the better she's feeling!


wormsé - Feb 18, 2004 1:35 pm (#2598 of 2753)

Back to Hand Sanitizer for a moment: My Health Science teacher, who is a Registered Nurse, told us that we shouldn't use Hand Sanitizer. She says that the bacteria on your hands will basically build tolerance towards the stuff, and become immune... then they will become Super Bugs, and the sanitizer will no longer work to kill them... thought that interesting.

Tracie, I hope your baby feels better soon!!


Denise P. - Feb 18, 2004 1:41 pm (#2599 of 2753)

Following Devin's bone marrow transplant (and actually anytime he was on the unit), we always had to use hand sanitizer to come in, anyone coming into the room did, they did again as soon as they left the room. The nurses was before coming in, after they leave and then do it again before going into any other room. That is a lotta handwashing. It will dry your hands out big time so they use lotion. I carry a little bottle of hand sanitizer in my purse.

Tracie, hope the wee one gets feeling better.


virgoddess1313 - Feb 18, 2004 2:10 pm (#2600 of 2753)

My mom works in the Intensive Care Nursery and she says they use the hand sanitizer a lot... dries out your hands less if your not doing anything too important, and they have lotion everywhere. Everytime I go in there I borrow whoever left theirs lying on the break table.
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